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We Stand On Guard #2

If you want to read the review of We Stand on Guard #1 you can Click Here for that review.

So we talked a little bit back in the review for issue #1 about how much I love Vaughan’s writing, so I feel like we should jump ahead into the actual review of We Stand On Guard #2

Spoilers Ahead

We open up issue #2 with a flashback from Amber’s past. We’re seeing a group of soldiers bust into an elderly families home in Dauphin, Manitoba Canada in 2013. I had to look up where Dauphin was. It’s a few hundred miles north of North Dakota, and north west of Winnipeg. This is a year after bombs have been dropped. It’s implied that there is some sort of American occupation. A hunting rifle is found in the couples home, so they are taken to “the camps.” The couple are loaded into military trucks and taken away. We see then that Amber and her brother were hiding in doghouses in the couples back yard.

The scene jumps back to the present, where the Chief is asking Amber if she will be coming with them or not. They have to get out of there pretty quick, before the Americans come looking for their mech. A huge vehicle, large enough to carry the mech with them, shows up with “Highway” driving.

Amber must be blindfolded if the Two-Four are going to take her back to base with them. When they take the blindfold off of her, they are in the Two-Four’s huge base.

When they get to the base they offer Amber some food or a shower. She decides to have a shower first. And we have a somewhat creepy scene where Dunn and his coywolf (half coyote half wolf) are watching her shower. He tells her that he is just looking for scars where the yanks could have implanted trackers. Dunn and his husband had found this coywolf on their property years ago.

The Chief and LePage, had stayed behind to cover the tracks of the giant transport the Two-Four have. They see a flight overhead and Chief tells LePage to get out of there. Afterwhich Chief is confronted by several American soldiers. They tell her to put her weapon down, but she decides to shoot instead. This causes them all to shoot her, but unfortunately, or fortunately, however you see it, she isn’t dead. So they are taking her back to the “Basement.”

This is where the issue ends.
We get a little bit of development into some of these Two-Four characters, and a little bit more on how much the Americans are jerks in this story.

The art is still great in this issue. I can see I’m going to be enjoying Skroce throughout this series.

I’m still very into the story, which is always good when you read the second of any series. The second can really make or break something. This one kept me on edge, and excited to turn the page to see what else is coming up.

Still feeling like this is at least a 8 out of 10 jalapeños.
Nothing too crazy yet. Just good storytelling, world building, and character development.

Civil War II (1-8)

I’m maybe one of the few people who didn’t really love Marvel’s 2006 Civil War event.  The idea of the event is actually an excellent idea. Without reading it, the plot points and over idea sound excellent. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.
So, when I heard that one of the new Marvel events was going to be Civil War II I had mixed emotions. For one, I wish we would get more original ideas, instead of rehashing old ones. I really enjoy Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. Her being the other major player opposite of Iron Man in this series.

(Spoilers ahead)

So, here is how everything basically sets up. A new Inhuman named Ulysses now has the power to see the future. Civil War II opens with the heroes beating back an alien invasion. An invasion that Ulysses warned them about. No big deal. They had it completely covered, because they had a heads up from Ulysses. Several of the heroes (Captain Marvel included) are really excited to have Ulysses on their side. They can stop world shattering events before they even begin. This is great!
But stick-in-the-mud Tony Stark thinks it’s a bad idea. The future isn’t written and all that.
Ulysses gets a new vision, and Captain Marvel decides to get a group together and take care of business. The only problem is the business is Thanos. During this operation She Hulk is put in the hospital and Rhodey (War Machine) ends up being killed.

Tony gives his “I told you so” speech, but that isn’t good enough for Carol.

It seems like almost every time the characters are talking with each other and about to maybe make some valid points and work it out, this Ulysses kid has another vision and 1/2 the heroes run off to prevent whatever is about to happen from happening.

Several heroes die, Carol tries to arrest Tony, Spider-Man (Miles not Peter) switches sides, Carol tries to arrest Spider-Man, Captain America steps forward to stop the conflict… blah blah blah

I didn’t hate the story, the first 4 issues of Civil War II were actually pretty good. The last 4 issues just seemed like there was no real reason for anyone to be fighting. There was no real urgency to it. It also felt like it was really leading up to… well… something, and it just never got there. In the end it makes Carol kind of look like a jerk, and Tony looks like he was faking that he cared at all. There was no real reason for any of the heroes to pick a side other than “because.”

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again… I don’t hate Bendis’ writing. I think he can be a pretty good writer. But I felt like Civil War II had no heart. It wanted to take us on a journey, but then decided to just get high and hang out on the couch eating cheesy poofs instead.

I can’t say that I don’t recommend reading it at all. I’m sure that some of the things that happened in the books will “change the Marvel Universe forever” for the next 6 months. I just don’t see any of it being much of a lasting effect, other than the characters that they killed off. Which felt like an empty attempt to make a not very good event have some weight.
I did actually like the first 4 issues. So I’m going to rate this series 4 jalapeños

Jessica Jones #1

I’m not one of those people who hates Michael Brian Bendis. I think he can be a bit hit or miss at times, but I don’t hate the guy or think his work stinks. I’m also not a person that worships his work. I do really enjoy some of it. Alias was one of the works that I really enjoyed.
Jessica Jones is obviously much more popular after her hit Netflix series (seriously, if you haven’t seen it, go watch it now!) Which I would imagine is part of the reason we are getting this new series.

It is great to have the original creative team back on this book. Michael Gaydos’ art feels familiar like a good friend. Having David Mack back to do the covers is a wonderful treat as well. I loved the cover artwork from Alias, so when I saw this issue on the comic shop wall, I instantly gravitated towards it.

Like Alias, which was on Marvel’s Max imprint, this comic is a little more gritty and as the cover says this is “Not for Kids.”

(Spoilers ahead)

Since it is the original creative team, it almost feels like this story is just another chapter to Alias.
Jessica has just been released from prison, and she has no idea why she is being released, but she heads back home. She has a few messages on her phone, one asking from her friend Carol Danvers (you may know her as Captain Marvel) asking “where’s the baby.” This becomes a theme throughout the issue. Fortunately, for Jessica, there is a message for her about a case. She meets with a woman whose husband woke up 8 months ago, and did not recognize her as his wife. Jessica assumes that her husband is just crazy, but the woman insist that she take the case. Well, we all know what happened 8 months ago in Marvel Comics. It was the end of Secret Wars. Remember that?

If you want a beat-em-up comic book, that isn’t what this is. Jessica Jones and a lot of Bendis books are very dialogue heavy. You get a lot of the very characteristic Jessica Jones snark in this issue, which is something Bendis does very well, especially with characters he created.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing what else we get from this series. It is one that will absolutely be added to my pull list!

With that being said, Jessica Jones #1 gets 8 out of 10 jalapeño

Inhumans Vs X-Men #1

Hot off the heels of Civil War II, we have the Inhumans Vs X-Men event. If you have been reading comics for any amount of time, you should know that this title and idea at least slightly hints back to the 2012 event Avengers Vs X-Men.
With Civil War II just ending, I have to admit that I was a bit wary of IVX. It almost seems like comic companies will come up with any reason for heroes to beat on each other.
What Civil War II seemed to lack in actual causality for heroes to be fighting, IVX seems to have in droves.

After Secret Wars, we are thrown into the Marvel Universe 8 Months in. The Terrigen mist is poisoning the mutant population, Cyclops is dead and the Inhumans and Mutants currently have a truce.
This event is literally a matter of life and death. The mutants will die if the Terrigen cloud is not destroyed, or the Inhuman children will not get to go through Terrigenesis. Basically destroying their birthright and having the inhumans slowly go extinct.

(Spoilers ahead)

There is a weight of brevity in this story and emotions are already high. Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire do a wonderful job bringing it all together. This is what we have been waiting for since the close of Secret War.
Issue #1 is very X-men heavy. Beast has been living in Attilan, working on a cure or solution to the Terrigen poisoning problem. He has come to let the X-Men know that he has failed. Mutants only have two weeks to live. His only suggestion is they leave the planet.
Emma Frost and Magneto have another plan. It involves destroying the second Terrigen cloud, which the Inhumans will not be happy about. The last 8 months they have been devising a plan in case Beast is unable to come up with a solution. They know that this will lead to a war between the mutants and the Inhumans, so they have to strike first and strike hard.

I know I’m a little bit later to the game on this issue since it came out in December. I’ll hopefully be catching up with episode 2 and 3 soon.
I highly recommend you pick up issue 1, and I hope that it continues to be as good as that issue was.

In conclusion, I would give this comic a solid 7 out of 10 jalapeños