Captain America: Civil War – Team Thor

Hilarious. Love this clip that’s a special extra in Captain America: Civil War but was also featured at Comic Con 2016. Chris Hemsworth is a riot!

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#FridayFirsts: Hawkeye – The Bishop’s Man #1

IMG_9441Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

Thanks to NJGalea on Twitter for this awesome recommendation!

I’ve heard so many great things about this comic and it absolutely did not disappoint.

I really love how it flicked back and forth between present time and twenty years ahead. It gave a nice little taste of what’s to come, what the consequences are for some of the decisions that have been made and it had me wanting more big time. I also really loved how the comic style (colouring and the way the characters have been drawn) differs from each time period. It gives a real distinction about now and future and is brilliant.

Kate Bishop is one of those strong characters that I love, she’s sassy and she has no trouble expressing what she’s thinking. I love how in future state she makes Hawkeye an organisation, to keep the legacy going (something she jabs Clint about when they meet 20 years later).

I am pretty familiar with Clint already from the Avengers movies – so it’s actually a bit hard putting that to the side when reading a comic like this. But his easy going, chill nature shines right through – which is endearing and irritating (from a female perspective) all at the same time.

Will I continue the series? Um… YES. I’m hooked! I was so disappointed when I got the end of the single issue, that I think I pouted.

Here’s to a great comic that hooks people in.

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#FridayFirsts: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

IMG_8510Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

This week, I had a look at The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1.

Instantly I was drawn to the cover, which had her hoisted on the shoulders of The Avengers. So I thought that there would be some sort of special appearance there – but alas no, not in the first issue.

The first impression I have of this comic is that its cute. I don’t mean that in a condescending way, but a genuine it’s a cute comic way. Squirrel Girl has a ‘theme song’ (which is adorable) and she talks to squirrels (as she part squirrel after all). This comic is perfect for someone who doesn’t like violent action or harsh language.

The premise of the first issue is that Squirrel Girl (SG) assumes a ‘secret identity’ (aka Doreen Green) as she moves out of the attic at the Avengers mansion (did they know she lived there?!) and heads off college. There’s quite a bit of banter between  SG and her side-kick Tippy Toe (a squirrel), which is punctuated by SG stopping crime (without breaking stride) on her walk to her new college dorm. Of course, her first day of college is interrupted by one of Spiderman’s enemies and an altercation occurs.

A point I wanted to make a note of, is the Squirrel Girl isn’t your typical female super hero. I liked that she was different both in how she looks and how she was presented.

While there are laugh out loud moments in the comic, being honest this wasn’t my type of story or comic premise. I can absolutely see why it would appeal to some – those that enjoy a slower paced story, no harsh language or violent action – but I wasn’t gripped within the first issue, so I don’t foresee me continuing on with the series.

Are there any first issues you’d like to see me review? Feel free to leave me a comment below or on Twitter – @remotetragic with your suggestions!

Review – Thor: Goddess of Thunder (Vol 1)

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Today, I thought I’d do something a bit different and review one of my very first digital comic reads – Thor: Goddess of Thunder (Vol 1). Normally, there’d be a cheesy photo of me holding up the comic – but I discovered that’s pretty hard with a digital comic! So I’ve included a lovely image of what the comic looks like for your viewing pleasure.

I think the cover(s) are incredible striking and really sets the tone of what we can expect from ‘new’ Thor.


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Note: This review will be safe to read, as I won’t be revealing the identity of Thor – I want you all to have the same reaction I did when I found out. The reaction was something like this (picture to the right), which was all sorts of embarrassing because I was on a full flight from Adelaide to Melbourne. Somehow I don’t think the woman beside me appreciated my awfully timed loud gasp as the plane was descending.

I have a Marvel Unlimited subscription so on I jumped on shortly after watching HolyBatGirl‘s review (see below for link to this) and devoured the first eight issues in record time.  As I am new to the comic world, I’ve taken to digital subscriptions really quickly. I love having something physical in the book shelf, but sometimes my life style means that I am just not able to carry comics around with me. I guess if you are an up to date comic reader the only downfall would be that there is a period of wait time before some comics become available on the digital service. Lucky for me I don’t (really) have that problem… yet.

thor goddess of thunderIn Thor: Goddess of War we see (new) Thor is an empowered woman waving around the Mjölnir. The way she navigates her way through this new path is exciting and I love how the reader is instantly taken on this journey, including the problem solving aspect which induced some laugh out loud moments (again, see above awkward full flight moment). The empowered woman theme also flows on to Freya, the All-Mother of Asgardia. I adore seeing her stand up to Odin in parts and act in what she feels is best for Asgard.

We also see the way former Thor (now known in this review as Prince of Asgard) and his father struggle with the fact he is ‘no longer worthy’ to hold Mjölnir, a sub story I think would hit home for a lot of people, I know it did for me!

I love the up close comic frames of the characters, especially Thor and Prince of Asgard. The detail is extraordinary and it goes a long way in conveying the emotions involved with the flow of the story. I also enjoy depending on the location of the characters, there is a strong colour theme to really make each planet stand out and make it clear that the story is moving.

The other thing I felt that was done well is that the secret identity of Thor was drawn out until issue 8. It really helped build Thor up appropriately and the focus wasn’t so much on who she was, but how she was navigating through the journey and her newfound ‘worth’. It really paid off to be patient!

I recommend Thor: Goddess of War, it was a good read now I am hankering for more! I was inspired to read this comic after watching this vlog from my bestie, HolyBatGirl.

Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter – @remotetragic.