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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 9/2/17

Odd news, everybody! Due to a couple different factors this week, the review pile is kind of small. For one thing, it’s a fifth Wednesday, so there were already fewer books being released, and most of the comics that came out I’m way behind on. For another thing, I have been laid up with a pretty bad cold all week, and I just didn’t feel like reading a lot of comics. Oy, this stupid cold. My kingdom for a cure!

At any rate, I’ve only got two comics on the stack this week. I’m kind of taking it easy. And out of the two of them, Saban’s Go, Go Power Rangers wins Comic Book of the Week! It’s almost as much fun as the regular Power Rangers comic.

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Not what it appears

Secret Empire came to an end this week, and I couldn’t care less. I like the ambition and the general idea, but the ending isn’t anything special and the whole adventure lost steam awhile ago. It was a little too huge in scope and didn’t really earn its earnestness.

Comic Reviews: Go, Go Power Rangers #2 and Infamous Iron Man #11.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 8/26/17

You know what I love to do on vacation? Nothing! Flame Con was a huge success last weekend for Gamer Girl & Vixen, and I had a super fun time in New York City. But now I’m just living out the rest of my vacation in calm and solitude. Gotta love that.

Had some great comics this week, from new Power Rangers to Harley Quinn, and a somewhat disappointing new issue of Chip Zdarsky’s Spider-Man. Not sure what happened there. Comic Book of the Week goes to the new Iceman, which is turning out to be a remarkably well-built comic.

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Take that, Daken! You’re terrible!

Secret Empire is almost over, thankfully. It’s worn out it’s welcome. Nick Spencer now seems to just be narrating what amounts to just a giant battle of superheroes punching goons. It’ll all be over soon and we can move on with our lives.

Comic Reviews: Batgirl #14, Harley Quinn #26, Iceman #4, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #18 and Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #3.

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My 6 Favorite Villains Turned Heroes

I talk a lot on here about one of my favorite tropes in fiction: the Heel-to-Face Turn. Or, to drop the wrestling parlance, when a bad guy becomes a good guy. I just dig it for some reason. I like the idea that these villains, albeit bad people who do bad things, are still reasonable people who are capable of more than just playing their villainous role. When the chips are down, or when doing the right thing is on the line, these baddies turn out to be alright folk.

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The granddaddy of them all!

For counter example, I don’t particularly like the Joker. I know he’s probably the most popular super-villain in all of comics, and people adore this guy, but I just don’t really like him. I don’t like his straight crazy villainy. There’s little complexity to the character. He’s just crazy and he does crazy things; clever crazy things, sure, but still just crazy things. Count me out.

Give me a morally complex figure who can recognize the error of their ways or recognize the need to do the right thing in a given situation. Join me after the jump for my favorite Heel-to-Face Turns in all of fiction!

 

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Honestly, I Really Liked the Power Rangers Movie

Power Rangers is one of my favorite films so far this year, and I’ve made it a point to see a lot of movies this year. The only exception is Transformers: The Last Knight. For reasons I do not yet know, my local movie theater did not play Transformers this weekend. I kind of hope they’re taking a stand against garbage, but that doesn’t make any sense.

Anyway, back to the point, Honest Trailer for Power Rangers, go go!

The movie has great characters, it treats them well and it treats them like real people. That’s a major plus for me. The costumes and the Zords look cool, and they have a lot of fun with it.

I sure do hope we get a sequel. I want me some Green Ranger on the big screen, gosh darn it!

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 6/24/17

Woo boy, do we have a wallop of a column today. As I’ve whined about in the past, all of my favorite comics tend to have the habit of coming out in the same week. Or maybe I’m just reading too many comics. Whatever the case may be, I went all out and have reviewed nearly a dozen comics this week!

We’ve got Power Rangers, we’ve got a new Spider-Man comic, we’ve got Luke Cage and Iceman, and I tried to throw in more DC comics, like Batman, Harley Quinn and hopefully the start of my Aquaman coverage. Thankfully, there were some real gems this week.

But the standout, as has been said numerous times, is the new issue of Silver Surfer. This consistent Comic Book of the Week is going to break my damn heart.

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I almost jumped back into reviewing The Mighty Thor now that the Shi’ar story arc is over, but this week was a standalone issue to introduce The War Thor…which, I guess, is similar to The War Doctor? It was a fine issue, and I suppose this new concept could be fun, but there were just way too many comics on my review pile already.

Comic Reviews: Aquaman #25, Batman #25, Batwoman #4, Iceman #2, Luke Cage #2, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #16, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1, Silver Surfer #12 and The Wild Storm #5. 

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