Average Cap

Captain America: Winter Soldier, Vol. 1Captain America: Winter Soldier, Vol. 1 by Ed Brubaker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another superhero that I mostly know through the movie adaptations. I like the movie Winter Soldier quite a bit.

The artwork was mostly ok. Parts where flat and not terribly good in my opinion. The story started interesting enough with the Red Skull.

A lot of flashbacks, a bunch of superheroes and bad guys. The story was suspenseful enough to hold my interest to about the midpoint, then the whole thing lost steam for me. Ok, I guess, but nothing special.

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Mighty confusing

Free Comic Book Day 2018: Avengers/Captain America #1Free Comic Book Day 2018: Avengers/Captain America #1 by Jason Aaron
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Free comic, so I gave the Avengers another try. Apparently this contained two stories, but it could have been one, it was allover the place. Black Panther has a chat with Odin, Loki makes an appearance—with black nail polish and sadly not looking like Tom Hiddleston. Then there is a slightly confusing Captain America story.

It‘s all a bit short to be truly engaging, but the artwork is not bad and the first story was interesting enough to maybe continue in the universe. If I could figure out what to pick up next…

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After Ragnarok

Thor, Vol. 1Thor, Vol. 1 by J. Michael Straczynski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was mildly entertained until about halfway into this collection, where it picked up when Thor confronts Ironman. Call me shallow, but I mostly know these guys through the recent movies and I dig Robert Downey Jr.

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Thor’s outfit is the hardest to get used to. I know, it’s the original one, but I have Chris Hemsworth stuck on my brain, without the dorky helmet.

So, comic… I like the vibrant colours and the artwork in general. The story, as mentioned, is mildly entertaining. The plot is ok, but not something terribly intricate or exciting. My interest picked up with book 3, when Ironman is introduced into the storyline. My favourite part was the epilogue.

Recommended to readers with prior knowledge of Marvel comics and Thor. I would read another copy, if I got my hands on it cheaply.

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Bullseye!?

Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel NOW!) (Hawkeye Series)Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel NOW!) by Matt Fraction
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Collects Hawkeye #1-5 & Young Avengers Presents #6.

Hawkeye #1-3:
What a fun comic! I liked the flat artwork with its muted colours, the humour, the down to earth, quirky storyline. We do have an Avenger here without flashy superpowers and snark and that heart of gold…

Kate:

Him living in an apartment building in New York without any other Avengers had me a little confused, but I am not really up-to-date and just jumped in, because the comic looked interesting.

Hawkeye #4 and #5:
Unfortunately the artwork changed with Issues 4 and 5 (The Tape). The characters looked different, cleaner and with less personality. Kate looked so different, I had trouble recognizing her. Pity. The style of the first three issues was a lot grittier and more original.

The story was still good, though.

Young Avengers Presents #6:
The feel and look changed again. Quite a lot. I did not like it or the story of the last issue much. Kate looked like a bimbo, the story was simplistic and not very interesting.

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Hawkeye #1-3: 5 stars
Hawkeye #4-5: 3.5 stars
Young Avengers Presents #6: 2 stars

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