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Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked on A Feline

This THORsday comes with Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat [The Book Depository]. If you haven’t read this trade already, do it, because it’s hilarious. The artwork is fresh, funny and inspiring. And the script is simply a masterpiece of laughs. Hellcat is jobless and fighting crime. In the first pages we discover that the She-Hulk has to fire her because of a lack of work. Despite this, she keeps on the positive side of the street and keeps fighting crime. Even if she has to work in retail!

One of the things that I like the most are the explanations with kitty-shaped panels. These are funny, fresh and make the resumes on what’s going on amazingly.

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Comics THORsday: Hawkeye, My Life as a Weapon (Marvel Now)

Welcome to another comics THORsday! Today we’re going to explore Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel NOW!) [The Book Depository]. This is a great trade to discover Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, the coolest Hawkeye pair existing in the comics. I personally don’t like Clint, at least in the movies. However, I do enjoy this encarnation and Kate. Both are badass and are a great team who kickass at ease. In this first volume we discover how down-to-earth Clint is, and his relationship with his collegue Kate.

There are many strong points in this series: we get to enjoy two different Hawkeyes together; we get to enjoy amazing art in all the pages, and we get thrilled with the stories in the volume. And in all, this is a masterpiece.

[SPOILERS: there are mild spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read the comic book yet, refrain from reading beyond here. However, if you are okay with spoilers, please keep going!]

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Comics THORsday: New Romancer, not what you might expect

Welcome to an excellent comics THORsday! Today we’re going to explore New Romancer Vol. 1 [The Book Depository], a trade from Vertigo. And it’s not what you might expect. The main character of the story is a computer girl called Lexy who codes crazy stuff. She works on the Romance Algorithm for New Romancer, a code that matches and seduces likely lovers. However, to make it work, she uses the A.I. she stole from her previous job at the Incubator. The Incubator is a trying to put personalities into dead bodies. A thing our protagonist doesn’t know.

Solar flairs make an accident just when Lexy is working on the personality of Lord Byron and Casanova’s. As this happens, back in the lab of the Incubator, all the dead bodies awaken along with those Romancers personalities. And this is when the fun begins!

Just as she walks back to the Incubator to make sure she didn’t smash things up too much, she encounters a guy who speaks in poems. Since she loves poetry, she decides to help him. However, he is rather odd.

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Comics THORsday (& Funko Friday): Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur with Uhura

Welcome to Comics THORsday on Friday. This is a mashup with Funko Friday. Today we’re exploring Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: Bff (Amazon) along with Uhura. I bought Moon Girl by chance. The cover of the trade is quite funny. Although I couldn’t figure out how a story about an evil dinnosaur could fit in the Marvel Universe, I bought the trade anyway. It was a smart move sin the trade is very funny.

This is a comic for all ages: it’s sweet, smart, and funny. It has a great recipe for having tons of fun. What’s more: it has a great recipe for natural diversity. What do I mean with “natural diversity”? A type of diversity that isn’t forced but it feels like just walking in the streets. The only magical thing here is the dinosaur.

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Comics THORsday: Vikings Uprising #1 to #3

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The first comics THORsday of 2017 is all about Vikings Uprising, the comics based on the show. The comic book takes us to different shores. We meet a defeated Ragnar who returns home. He has nightmares and visions of his Chinese slave. Everybody can see that there’s something very wrong with him, but no one suspects there’s an uprising going on. Slaves in a farm have decided to kill the Viking Gods. Colum, the reluctant leader of the slaves, is searching for freedom. What starts being a plot to escape, ends up being a rebellion.

Meanwhile, Ragnar still dreams about his Chinese slave who gave him medicine. Or rather, drugged him. And now, he must face the demons. He killed her, but he must deal with a lot in a very short time.

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Comics THORsday: Monstress – Awakening

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Our comic Thorsday today is all about Monstress: Awakening Volume 1. I went last week to Forbidden Planet, and although I was down because I couldn’t find a Newt Pop, I found a fantastic comic book. Monstress caught my eye because of the art style. For some reason, Japan popped out into my mind when I saw the cover. Then, after inspecting it further, I realized that in fact Sana Takeda, a Japanese, had made all the illustrations. Marjorie Liu is the writer. Published by Image Comics, this jewel is a great mix of Japanese and Western ideas. The art is beautiful, horrific and elegant, in the way many horror mangas are. The story is shocking but moving.

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Comics THORsday: Pretty Deadly, say hello to American Spaghetti Manga

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Welcome to a Comics THORsday! I must admit that I’m usually drawn to oddities. Sometimes it can be pretty deadly, and quite often it leads you to find treasures. Going to the comic book store is like entering the cave of wonders. I usually spend hours taking a look at comics in the hopes of finding something new. This weekend, my geek haul was great: Gweenpool, Vote Loki, a Star Wars Tsum Tsum, a Funko Pop and Pretty Deadly.

In the haul you’ll see a creepy cover belonging to Pretty Deadly, a new type of comic. This is an odd trade that caught my eye when exploring all corners of the local comic book store. I was unable to point its genre nor the type of artwork. Is it a fantasy tale? A Western? Manga? What the hell is this? After much thought, I decided that I would define it as an American Spaghetti Manga. However, I fear this definition comes pretty short. It’s a story that mixes fantasy elements with Western elements. The artwork is a mix of European comics and Japanese manga. And, to make things even more odd and interesting, the story does not follow the three-act structure that most modern comics do. I must say that Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos have bravely created a new compelling style for us to enjoy.

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Comics THORsday: Silk, the life and times of Cindy Moon

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Welcome to a Comics THORsday! Today we’re reading Silk, the life and times of Cindy Moon. Silk was bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker when she was a teen. It gave her powers similar to those of the Amazing Spider-Man. However, afraid that she could harm her family, and that spider-hunters and murderers called the Inheritors could murder them, she locked herself in a bunker for ten years. Whose idea was it? Ezekiel Sims, a super rich man who, theoretically, wanted to help her. He died, and Spider-Man found her. But when she goes out of the bunker, she is unable to find her family. Where are they?

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Comics THORsday: They’re not like us, Black holes for the young

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Welcome to a Comics THORsday! We’re going to discover They’re not like us, Black holes for the young. This Image Comics comic book caught my eye because of the artwork. It’s a little bit unusual, but it managed to get me interested. When I started reading it at the local comic book store, I had to buy it. It’s a masterpiece! A great insight into what might go on in today’s young people’s minds. But it does it with style. If you’re a fan of the X-men, you’re going to like this one. There are similarities between “They’re not like us” and the “X-men.” An older guy, who owns a mansion, makes it a refuge for young people who are different from the regular humans. Yes, these youngsters have abilities. But, unlike the X-men, they’re not mutants nor persecuted.

The main difference here is that the young characters of the comic are angry with the world. They do what they want, and use their powers as they wish, taking from society what they consider was denied to them.

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Comics THORsday: Doctor Strange, the Way of the Weird

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Welcome to a Comics THORsday on LOKIsday! We’re going to explore Doctor Strange, the Way of the Weird. It’s a comic for those who are open minded and eager to get shocked by great art. I’m not going to lie to you: I loved every single page of this volume. It’s creepy at times, funny, alluring and intoxicating. Doctor Strange is going to be portrayed by Cumberbatch this fall. Thus, it’s not astonishing to find him within the pages of many different comics across Marvel titles this year. Yes: you can spot Doctor Strange with Cumberbatch’s face in several pages. However, not so much in this volume. Doctor Strange was born back in July 1963 from the hands of Steve Ditko. He first appeared in Strange Tales #110. Doctor Strange was especially popular on College campuses. Ditko’s trippy and surrealistic illustrations through magical dimensions looked a lot like what the youth of the 1960s was experiencing with psychedelic drugs. When Ditko left drawing Doctor Strange, Marie Severin became a regular penciler. Doctor Strange had entered the Popular Culture stream along with Spider-Man, so when Esquire magazine asked for a feature to Marvel, it sounded weird. None of the male artists at Marvel took it seriously, and so the job to provide five pages of Doctor Strange’s weirdness went to Severin. It might sound like a small thing, but in a time where there were only two women working in mainstream comics, this is huge news! (Only Ramona Fradon and Marie Severin, working for DC and Marvel respectively, were in the comics industry at the time!!)

But, who is Doctor Strange?

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