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Because of a frankly stupid Comixology sale* I picked up the Edmondson/Noto run on Black Widow. I'd previous read Edmondson in Who is Jake Ellis, Where is Jake Ellis, a bit of The Activity and his 1872 run, before dropping Red Wolf like a hot potato. And yes, it is true that Edmondson is problematic at best. Noto on art has gone from being a nice pin up artist but a bad story teller to a dynamic and cinematic storyteller.

The plot of the Edmondson/Noto Black Widow run is that an organisation, Chaos, and Natasha aren't getting on. She goes after their assets. They go after her accountant. She goes after their accountants. She gets names and details and calls a meeting, hiring a cruise liner for the occasion.
The meeting )


In the sale, I picked up

Two volumes of Aaron's Doctor Strange
Two volumes of Edmondson's Black Widow
The first Thor Visionaries


I would recommend
All of Fraction's Hawkeye for a tenner. Honestly, you're a fool if you don't.
All of Waid's Fantastic Four
All of Hickman's Fantastic Four
SECRET WARS
Hyperion: Daddy Issues
Doctor Strange: The Oath
Astonishing X-Men
War of Kings
House of M
Chelsea Cain's Mockingbird
Ellis's Moon Knight
Fraction's Defenders
Patsy Walker: Hellcat (by Kathryn Immonen)
Runaways
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One of the best tie-in books to Secret Wars was 1872, the Marvel Western book, feat Sheriff Steve Rogers protecting the town of Timely from the nasties of the Roxxon corporation and the Kingpin.

It was largely unconcerned with the Doom-damned rest of Battleworld and just took some classic Marvel characters and transplanted them to the old west.

There was the aforementioned Sheriff Rogers (better by miles that Rhojas from 1602), alcoholic blacksmith Tony Stark, actual widow Natasha Barnes, suffragettes (please , deliver me a Marvel Suffragettes book), Wonder Man the casual dick, Bullseye, Elektra and then teased at the end Hulk, Spider-man, Deadpool and a Priest Punisher.

Marvel Suffragettes )
It has a healthy attitude towards public property )

Red Wolf himself gives good advice on weapons safety )

So, even with the whole Nathan Edmondson is a serial creep and maybe you shouldn't buy his book, I wanted to support the rest of the team and give a new title a chance.

And then Red Wolf #1 ends with this page )
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On its floor, they met the information broker Tori Raven.

She told them that the man they'd come to rescue, the Widow's attorney Isaiah, was on the top floor along with the man who'd kidnapped him. To get him back, they'd have to go through lots of men.

The Widow paid her for the info, then went upstairs with X-23.

They took different routes to get there. )
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Issue #10 of the Black Widow series that ended this week opened in a time when Hawkeye was an Avenger and she wasn't.

She was trying to get a man named Rashid out of Islamabad.

Someone followed her, leaping from rooftop to bustop and shooting out the engine block of her car.

She and Rashid escaped into the crowd.

In the now, a man held the Widow's accomplice Isaiah captive.

In the then, she pulled Rashid onto the seat of a motorcycle and drove off.

Behind her, an arrow flew.

It went over her head. )
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There's one in issue #14 of the Punisher series currently on its Last Days.

It's the end of Frank Castle's face-off with the Howling Commandos (US black ops men, not SHIELD monsters).

As the streets ran red with the works of gangs, the Punisher confronted those who wanted him so badly, they'd kidnapped his only surviving family to lure him out.

He fought them in the hotel they were holed up in.

He was doing a good job of it. )
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Everything that happens before this to Grifter kind of sucks. His brother died. His girlfriend abandoned him in a diner. He is getting chased by aliens that want to kill him (and maybe probed him). So here is when he decides to bring the crap to the daemonites. He captures ones, and finding that it worked at Q-Core, then barrels in ready to get some answers.


Read more... )

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Since this week was a light one for comics, (Only Uncanny X-Men and Supergirl), I read Who is Jake Ellis?. I'd heard lots of good things about it, and after raving about it, iFanboy made it their Book of the Month for December 2011.

It is an honour well deserved. Art is by Tonci Zonjic, who has come on leaps and bounds since his pretty good work on Marvel Divas. The use of colour in this book is amazing, with lots of bold sections of primary colours against an otherwise grey palette.

The story is by Nate Edmondson, whose book The Activity has begun recently at Image. I'll probably have a look at issue #1 over the weekend.

As for Who is Jake Ellis itself, it's a five part mini series, about a former CIA analyst (Jon Moore) on the run from Americans and other groups, hiding out in Europe and doing criminal work.

There is simply nothing half so much worth doing, as messing about in boats. )

The book is a dynamic, exciting one. It's not a tough read, or a lengthy one, but it is really well designed and a "visual treat", to use a dreadful reviewers' phrase

The sequence above is especially good as I just love seeing scenes retold in exactly the same way, but with a significant detail added, or a change in perspective that alters the whole thing.

You know what it's just made me think of? I need to watch that again.
But Who is Jake Ellis?
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