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Name: Jimmy Guikema

Bio: I am a high school alternative teacher, and am working on my Masters Degree in History. I got into comics in high school by picking up an issue of Exiles and Nightwing on a trip to Waldenbooks. The issues hooked me, and from their my addiction grew. I found a local shop, started a pull list and have enjoyed comics ever since.



I just recently started reading Usagi, and I am already loving every part of this series. Usagi is a lighter…

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This issue may be my favorite yet of the whole Blackest Night event. From the team-up of Carol, Hal, and…

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This series is in a interesting place as the main story has finished 3 issues ago, and a new ongoing…

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November 18, 2011 4:08 pm It is Sin and Valkyrie hunting down the hammers from Fear Itself. Sin wants them to try and get back the power she had during Fear Itself, while Valkyrie is trying to find them so she can protect them. I have enjoyed the story so far, it has a treasure hunt/adventure vibe to it. Plus each issue has one of the two main characters run into a guest star, so it has a lot of cool guest stars. So far the Secret Avengers and the vampire Raizo that was introduced earlier this year have been in it.
November 18, 2011 4:00 pm I like it, especially with Thor being out of the picture she fills his role in a way. Also, it looks like Wolverine is just going to be on the New Avengers so she also serves as the mutant presence on the team.
November 17, 2011 4:14 pm This issue was a little confusing with main plot, but the memories were fantastic, especially Jason's. Showing his relationship with Batman was great, I would love to see a Batman book set in the past showing the new history with the Robins.
November 17, 2011 4:09 pm I think his dad got the tech for his cyborg parts from a mother box. I think in an earlier issue STAR Labs got their hands on a mother box, but I can't remember how they got it.
November 1, 2011 1:57 pm I decided to drop Iron Man and Thor after Fear Itself, and this is going to help me to decide whether to keep Cap or drop it. From what I understand this is going to set the stage for what is coming up in the CA ongoing.
October 20, 2011 2:38 pm To follow up after I read the issue: I did not like this issue as much as the previous ones in the arc. Apparently you can get to the point when those drunken dwarves I had praised have stopped entertaining me as much. The Pepper parts of the issue were very good, but the Tony stuff just felt like a repeat of what he had been doing in the previous issues of this arc.
October 20, 2011 2:28 pm I personally was not happy with Fear Itself, but enjoyed this. I was planning on dropping if I did not like the first issue, but the story was good and I really liked the art of both artists, so I think I am going to stick with it. I think that no matter what your feelings about Fear Itself are that this is worth checking out. The focus on Valkyrie and Sin made a nice contrast on the after effects of the event for both sides.
October 20, 2011 2:23 pm The problem that I had with Fear Itself is that I was never surprised. Marvel gave away almost everything in teasers. With Flashpoint there was still surprises despite the marketing around it. When Barry was burned by the lightening at the end of the first issue, or when Billy Batson was killed I was genuinely surprised. Who the Worthy were, who got Iron Man's weapons, and Thor's death were all given away by the teaser campaign, and for me this really hurt the story. Even Bucky's death felt telegraphed for me. I think if some of this had been discovered in the story itself then I would have enjoyed it more. I know they need to market the events to help drum up excitement, but I think Marvel went too far on this one and gave too much away to the point where it hurt the story.
October 20, 2011 1:24 pm There were three pencillers on this issue, but I thought their art worked well enough together that it was not a major distraction.
October 20, 2011 1:23 pm I saw the 13th guardian as a way to show how confident Bruce is in his knowledge of Gotham. He feels that he knows the city better than anyone else, and his knowledge of this extra gargoyle is an illustration of this. In interviews Snyder has said that this arc will show how Batman does not know Gotham as well as he thinks, so at this point this is building Bruce's confidence so that it can be taken away.