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Avengers Academy Issue 36

It is no secret that I have a very large soft spot for Avengers Academy and the students there.  Which is why this current arc is slowly killing me due to my love the the students and the fact that they are trying to, successfully, manipulate my feelings about them.  All I think of this current arc is they want to break my heart.

First let me say that Mettle and Hazmat are one of the current couples in comics that I am an avid fan and supporter of their relationship.  I think they are two of the cutest things in the world and I love them to death.  That being said, the past two issues were lovely with their time together as normal teenagers.  That being those issues were beautiful but this issue stepped it up by the fact that they aren’t going to let things stand in their way and took the step from teen romance to a more mature level and that just made me a very happy fan, even though I was nearly crying.

The second best part of this issue (and I don’t even want to say second best because that makes it sound lest wonderful than it was, was White Tiger and Reptil and their relationship concerning their amulets and powers.  I felt it was an interesting twist that it wasn’t just their powers were being manipulated against them, but the fact that their powers were tired with the two of them bitching about how much having powers sucked.  It was a very nice moment that the two realized that their powers weren’t just something that they were burdened with but something that they were lucky and blessed to have.  It was an interesting view on that an I really enjoyed seeing them wanting their powers.

Another thing that was beautiful in this issue, and I love how it was just something in the background but the fact that Striker’s face is pretty much all marked up.  I think this shows how much Striker has grown as a character, the fact that his face, which is important to him along with all of his self image is a mess, but instead of worried about it like before, he focuses on what the problem is and chooses to not dwell on it.

Overall this issue was wonderful and heartbreaking in a very beautiful way.  That being said I felt it was more of a filler issue up to the next issue.  I am very much looking forward to reading this conclusion, even though I will be said since that will be the last. 

Issue rating:  out of 5

Hawkeye: Issue 2

Alright, so last issue I had some very harsh things to say about this series and gave it a rather poor grade.  But, as I said before, I would give the second issue a try before completely giving up on the series, and I am very glad I did because this issue was everything that I had wished the first issue was.

First of all, I don’t know if Fraction went outside and I actually listened to how people talk because there was no over abuse of the word bro, in fact I don’t think it was ever mentioned.  In fact I actually found the baddies well written and actually rather interesting, though that could be because we got a little insight about Clint and his reactions to him.  But overall I liked that they didn’t do dumb thugs again and instead decided to use a villain that was able to impart the reader with some nice banter.

I’m not going to lie when I say one of the reason that made me purchase this issue was the fact that Kate Bishop decided to show her lovely face.  Anyone who knows me will tell you that Kate is my flawless Queen, and she really is.  I 100% love the witty banter that happens between Kate and Clint, which was always one of my favorite things in the Young Avengers when Clint stopped by.  Kate and Clint make such a good team, with Kate being the sensible, refined, book smart girl while Clint takes impulsion and street smarts.  I feel like this is a good direction for them to head in.  I’m also thrilled that Kate will be getting a mature step up in this book.

That being said the whole “because I don’t want to sleep with you?” thing better not be setting up for a future romantic relationship between the two because I feel like, at least right now, that would be a bit cliche and overdone.  Though I do reserve the right to change my mind about this opinion at anytime if they trying something interesting that works.  But until then I’m going in the platonic boat. 

Also I am very happy to say Aja’s style is slowly growing on me.  Either that or it just fit this issue better.  Either way it didn’t annoy me as much as last time.

Overall, I am thrilled with this issue.  I was surprised with how quickly this issue improve from last time.  But I was very glad that I bought this issue because this issue was fantastic.  I will most certainly be buying the next issue when it comes out.

Issue Rating: ☆☆ out of 5

Hawkeye: Issue 1

Okay, so let me start off by saying I was really looking forward to this title.  Like the past month I’ve been going crazy waiting for it.  That being said, I think I’m the only one who feels this was a horrible let down.

First off, I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of David Aja’s art style.  Nothing against him, it just isn’t what I’m fond of.  Then again, I have high standards.  Aja’s art style is a lot more simple and old school. 

Second of all, I was told there would be Kate Bishop.  I know, I know I need to be patient and all that stuff, but the description on Marvel.com reads “With ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he’s out to prove himself as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!” and she certainly wasn’t by his said in this one. Needless to say, this made me sad because I was really excite to see Kate breakout from the Young Avengers and make a name for herself. 

Third of all, and I think this is the main reason, Matt Fraction needs to learn that the word Bro needs to be used tastefully and not 35 times in one issue (yes I went back and counted).  Honestly that was one of the things that really got me in this issue, the fact that the baddest were so stupid and annoying.  If you’re going to write bad people, give them depth, don’t make them say “Bro” three times in one sentence.  Maybe go outside and figure out how people talk, because I know people use bro, but beating us over the head with the word just makes us seem stupid, like the fact that it felt like they were shoving that down our throats.  You can use the word, go for it, but mix it up a bit.  And that’s what really dragged down the comic for me.

The good thing however was I felt that Fraction really had a good voice for Hawkeye and really understood the character.  The way that Clint talked about Captain American and how he went about showing us Clint Barton in the first issue rather than “LOOK IT’S HAWKEYE, ALL HAWKEYE”, I really liked.

And the best thing about this whole comic…ARROW (or whatever Clint decides to name the dog).  Seriously I cannot wait to see more of Clint and his new BFF dog.  I’m hoping that doesn’t get dropped because I’m a sucker for a man and a dog. 

Over all, I do plan on getting the next one, but this issue did not inspire a lot of hope for the new series.  I’m hoping the next issue solves my problem with the whole writing baddies and we get to see Kate Bishop.

Issue Rating: ☆☆ out of 5

Red Hood and the Outlaws: Issue 11

So I’m starting this blog with a series I have followed since the beginning, a whole 11 issues.  This is a series that I had high hopes for, seeing as I love Jason, Roy, and Kori.  That being said, I have some strong feelings about this series, but that is for another time.  Now onto the comic!

My first problem with this issue is that it is all about Starfire.  Something about the New 52!Starfire tends to rub me the wrong way.  While I did like getting to see some of Starfire’s history and how they went into her life with her sister, I did feel there were things felt like they were forcing us to find sympathy for her after they destroyed her character in the first few issues.  Though I did feel it was a noble attempt to start redeeming her character and showing there is more to her than a girl wearing next to nothing going around sleeping with everyone and giving us a reason to refer to her as Slutfire.  Though fingers crossed that they bring back more of the Starstar that I care about.

Another issue I had with the issue is the girl that Jason Todd dragged up into all this, Isabel.  I’m not sure if we’re supposed to like her or if she is supposed to be a long term girlfriend in the future but at the moment I tend to find her bland and predictable.  There is nothing about her that would set her apart from anyone that you would just read and forget about (which is why I did forget about her at first).  I do plan on giving her a chance in the up coming issues but it will be a hard sell.  But I feel I have a hard time believing her relationship with Jason Todd, just because of the person Jason Todd is (or was).

The highlight of the issue for me was that it was told mainly from Roy’s point of view, which is something I love because he has some great commentary.  If there is anything this series has been missing is going more into Roy’s character.  Though the way this issue is set up, it seems like they are setting it up to focus a bit more on him and I would be interested in if they decide to go that route.

Overall this issue wasn’t the best, and I felt that it had a lot of set up for where it was going.

Issue rating:  ☆ out of 5