Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The End of a Hiatus

After nearly two months of taking a break I think I am finally ready to start tackling this blog again. I am sorry to all of my readers out there that used my blog to find out if current comics are worth your time but I really believe that I needed the mental break.

Anyhow, now that my summer break is long over (I have been back to work for a month now) and that my brain seems to be firing on all cylinders, I am ready to start talking comics again! There is a lot going on out there and there is a lot that I missed discussing while away. I am going to briefly cover the things I remember happened while I was gone here in this entry.

First, Age of Ultron came to an incredibly underwhelming conclusion. I came into the event with relatively high hopes considering how awesome Ultron is but was let down to see he only ended up gracing around five-seven pages of the whole thing. I don't understand how an event can claim the name of a villain and in reality not truly use the villain. I get the concept that the world wouldn't be the way it was without Ultron, but that isn't why I decided the event was going to be worth my hard earned money. I don't even want to delve into the "tie-in" books for the event and their pointlessness. The last thing I want to say about the event is that they teased Angela as if she was going to actually have something to do with the event rather than just a page spread at the end as a ripple effect from all of the time traveling.

Second, my retro-read of Amazing Spider-Man is going insanely well. It is one of the things I focused heavily on while not writing the blog. I am (as of last night) on issue #577 of 700. I am so close I can taste it. After the painful slump in the 90's that basically forced readers to read every Spider-Man title out there (which I didn't, I am focused on ASM only) and contained The Clone Saga, the book really picked up. Peter Parker is such a relate-able character considering he is a superhero. I am also liking the way that the staff at Marvel is sprinkling in small bits of detail after Brand New Day to make insanely clear what moments from the web-head's history is still intact. I think I may do a total retro blog when I hit issue #700 or once I have totally caught up with Superior Spider-Man re-reads after. This has been a fun adventure regardless.

Third, Infinity has started and I am bowing out. I have spent WAY too much money on Marvel events in the past year and a half (AvX, AoU) that I think it is time for me to let one play all the way out before I consider purchase. Don't get me wrong, the idea that Thanos is out there whooping tail and I am missing it makes me sad, but I am not really reading any of the tie-in books and I know that I will be able to get my hands on the books through friends in the future. I also thought that after my ridiculous rants about events it would be hypocritical to purchase this one.

Finally, there are a lot of great comics out there and I have missed reviewing them. I have to say that I am still loving the X-books, digging the Spidey books (even the Superior Foes of Spider-Man) and have tackled on book outside of the Marvel Universe, Six Gun Gorilla. There is a lot to discuss in the coming weeks and I am happy to be back! Happy reading comic book fans!

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