Digital Mini Reviews | Here Comes Miles Morales!

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  • I am glad you decided to try out mini reviews! I think they work really well, because you have to be focused and to the point when writing relatively few words.. Also, there isn’t space for deep analysis, so I find they are quick and fun to write. When I am pushed for time or just not in the mood for long essays, I often do the mini-reviews.

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  • Well as a romance reader the “sitting in a tree” is the one that caught my attention LOL!

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  • Captain Marvel? Toss that pile of tree pulp in the garbage!

    I find it funny that your post of mini-reviews is longer than most of my regular reviews 😀 I’m all for any kind of post that gets more content out there. While I take the effort to read every word you write in your longer posts, I don’t do that for every blogger I follow. So I can appreciate a shorter post…

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    • Hahaha thanks, man! Your support has always been greatly appreciated since forever. I think the fact that there were 6 comics in this wrap up helped in making this seem longer than your regular reviews 😂 It’s going to be challenge to say more with less as I continue to test out this post in the future though. I find that I go through an internal struggle to try and give you guys as much information as possible on what it’s about so that you guys can then decide if it’s worth your time or not while also not going in-depth and making this longer than necessary 😂

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  • Cool new feature Lashaan, keep it up – it’s a good way for you to put forward some succinct, quick fire thoughts on some things you don’t have time to devote to more in-depth reviews.

    I love the character of Miles Morales and the first volume of the most recent Bendis series was great, but like yourself I found the quality to dip with subsequent editions (I actually didn’t finish the series).

    Civil War II started off quite brilliantly but came apart by the end…still a decent read with some great ideas but ultimately, it failed to match up to the original Civil War which is a bit of a modern classic. I think at this point Bendis was a little burnt out at Marvel and had his eyes and heart focused on his transition to DC.

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    • Yep. That digital can of worms really allowed me to pick up a lot of stories that I’ve been meaning to try for ages without having to break my bank account for physical copies hahah

      I can’t blame you for abandoning Bendis’ last Morales run. He really juggled too many threads and got interrupted by the Civil War II event too. I’ll probably work my through the previous Miles runs too to see what they did pre-Secret Wars hahah

      I agree for Civil War II. It started off right but then it lost itself beyond the halfway mark. After completing this Morales run and Civil War II, I sort of started to see why fans were getting tired of what Bendis was delivering.

      Have you heard rumours that Bendis might soon be done with Superman too? That sounds abrupt…

      P.S. Today’s announcement of Tom King’s Rorschach series was both super exciting but also invited dread in me… 😂 I hope he can pull off a Mister Miracle on it.

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      • Yep, I heard about Bendis’ run on Superman concluding but It seems as though it was planned to finish at a certain point anyway (I listened to the podcast interview where he mentioned it) – think it’ll be a while yet though because it seems due to the pandemic he’s written stuff that’s way way ahead in terms of publishing.

        Funny you should mention Rorschach – I’ve just mentioned that in a comment on your City of Bane review! Yep, quite excited about that with Jorge Fornes providing the art!

        P.S. Tangent time – finished the Last of Us Part II…brilliant, just brilliant. I mean, I can maybe see why it hasn’t worked for everyone but they had to produce something truly sequel worthy and not simply retread/tell a similar story to the original.

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        • Ohhh that’s good to hear. Those writer podcasts really do give you a more insight that what circulates around the web ahhaha

          I do hope Tom King knows what he’s doing with Rorschach though. However, with his love for 9-panel structures, it should be a match made in heaven…

          I’m glad to hear that maaaan! I feel like they’ve left plenty of open threads at the end to make another sequel in the future but I honestly would prefer that they move on to another IP now hahaha I have myself started Ghost of Tsushima and am having fun with the gameplay mechanics and the stunning in-game visuals!

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          • Ooo, glad to hear Ghosts of Tsushima is going well – not sure when I’ll be picking it up myself but it’s definitely on the list. I’m actually playing through The Last of Us: Remastered at the moment – just as good as I remember (although obviously a previous gen game, miss some of the improved mechanics of Part II).

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  • Miles Morales is new to me. I guess I’ve been away from comics too long, I didn’t realize Peter Parker was dead. It sounds like this started as an interesting story arc but then tried to include too much, tried to tie into too many other storylines too fast. I recall that sometimes being the case with huge multi-title stories like Civil War. I remember sometimes when I was only reading a single title and they threw it into this huge crossover storyline and that left me completely confused for however many issues it went on for. But I suppose it is a way to introduce folks to other titles. And it can be very interesting if they take the time needed to really weave it all together well.

    I like these mini reviews, Lashaan! I hope you keep them up.

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    • Hahahah there’s A LOT that happens in the Spiderverse. And with what Marvel has been up with countless events, I’m not surprised that it’s so hard for many newbies to get into comics. Rest assured, Peter Parker doesn’t stay dead ahhah

      I agree about crossover events. I think one of the reasons is indeed to get people to try other series and learn more about the universe, but they obviously can’t hide the fact that it’s mostly all money-driven at the end of the day. Nowadays I try to stay away from tie-ins unless the event in itself is a masterpiece. Those tie-ins are usually so inconsequential 😂 Thanks for reading, Todd! I appreciate the thumbs up on the format!

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  • You know me – always have to throw a curveball at you.
    Question: Why are these reviews mini? Is it because they are not sponsored in a way? I mean a physical book or a digital version is still the same in terms of content.

    With that being said, I think the mini-reviews work really well. You have a dedicated panel of readers who do go through your entire review but I think the shorter ones are a great breather. Or an introduction for newcomers. While I get the entire picture from your full reviews, I get just enough from the short ones to make an educated decision regarding potential reads.

    No, I have not touched any one of these mentioned up here.

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    • Lots of reasons brought me to contemplate the idea. 1) As you might’ve seen in my monthly wrap-up, I read WAAAAY too many comics in the month as usual thanks to digital comics I got through my library 2) these digital comics aren’t purchases of mine and make me less inclined to write an in depth review for them 3) all my reviews feature pictures at the end and since I can do that (besides screenshots), I’m even less inclined to do a full review for them 4) when reading digitally, I’m less focused on details and themes, I don’t remember most quotes, and I blitz through them even faster because of the format for some reason 5) I prefer doing full reviews for things I own hahah 6) I will never be able to do a review for each without having a HUGGGEE backlog, even if I post once a day, which won’t happen… 7) Sometimes I just want to say something that isn’t too long about some things I consume 8) I was curious as to the pertinence of mini reviews for me and for you guys (would these ever get someone to try it out for themselves or will be it be NOT convincing enough?)

      I’m glad to hear that the format allows you to decide if it’s something for you or not though. That’s definitely important for me here.

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  • OH YAYYYYY!!! Such a fun series, Lashaan! 😍😍😍

    GAHHHH!! I love how lyrical the name – Miles Morales – sounds! 😍😍🌻

    Ulysses?? The Inhuman?!??? WHOAA!! 😱😱 But I am sorry that one was a so-so! 🤷🏻‍♀️ STILL, AT LEAST THE NAMES ARE COOL AS FUCK! 🤣🤣

    You know at first glance, in the cover of Miles Morales Vol 2, it seemed like those two characters (their heads) in front of the alien seemed like they were the alien’s shoulders and it just…..TOO FUNNY! 🤣🤣 My first thought was “MAN, THAT’S ONE HUNKY ALIEN!” 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🤣

    Oops! I am sorry the fourth Miles Morales Vol. 4 was a bit of a disappointment tooo!

    BUT….I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED READING THESE MINI REVIEWS!!😍😍😍😍😍😍🌻🌻🦋

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    • It is a cool name, right? A lot of heroes have names like that though (e.g. Peter Parker?)! Hahah Ulysses is a nice “problematic” character although they get rid of him quite quickly in this story… hahahahah your impression of that cover is priceless 😂 Doubt anyone thought the same though hahahha Thanks for reading these mini reviews Rain! I’m glad you had fun going through them. 😂

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  • I was gifted the Miles Morales/Spider-Gwen crossover from my trusted comic book store owner friend who unfortunately had to close. She knows how much I love Miles and Gwen and I liked it, but I agree that the story is choppy. My personal favorite Miles-ship is him and Kamala though. That’s just the way it is haha
    I really enjoyed reading these mini-reviews!! Great job, Lashaan!

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    • Maaaan, that’s unfortunate to hear. Especially local comic book shops when you know that their source of income isn’t necessarily huge! 😭 I’m glad to hear you had as much fun as me with this one though. I agree with that Morales-Kamala ship hahahah I wish this series explored it more though. Thanks for passing by Kat! Hope you’re doing well. ☺️

      P.S. Still loving your art shared on IG 😍

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      • I was really sad to see their shop close. While I couldn’t go there as frequently as I wanted, I always tried to support it. Those small shops that have a familial atmosphere are so rare, especially where I live. A lot of the comic stores are staffed with old grumpy men and there are no English editions available. It’s super annoying when they look at you as a girl and think you could not possibly know or like anything about comics.

        There’s definitely room for improvement on the series, but I still had fun with it.

        P.S. Thanks so much! Love to hear it ❤

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  • I liked the first Miles Morales, the rest I didn’t care much about. Totally agree on Captain Marvel in Civil War II 😀 Though to be fair I think that’s an evening of the score for the feminist agenda – there’s no equality until you have a despicable, strong female character – and Marvel’s much better in that than DC and their saccharine Wonder Woman! 😛
    Cool idea, Lashaan! Hope it works for you 🙂

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    • Same here for Morales. Quite unfortunate that it couldn’t get a solid run with Bendis before he left Marvel to come recreate Superman.

      Hahahah well said for Captain Marvel. I’m having a hard time imagining fans of the character. Everything she does, even her live-action counterpart make her difficult to endure. 😂 Not excited to see what the sequel movie will do with her character either. Or even how Civil War II might be like on the silver screen if the MCU goes there post-establishing the Fantastic Four and the X-Men…

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      • We’ll, if you could choose between writing Miles Morales and Superman, I don’t think you’d hesitate for long 😉

        Yeah, Captain Marvel is not a nice character – she’s a nasty piece of work; I think DC tried to do something similar with Batwoman, but just epically failed 😜
        I don’t know if they’re going to do CWII; they failed miserably with the first one, maybe they learned to leave such big events alone. Honestly, apart from the first Avengers, the really cool MCU movies are the character-led ones: Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Thor (the first one), Captain America (the second one)… But even with the bloated multi-character movies MCU is still better than anything DC came up with post-Nolan! 😜

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  • Whew! It felt like speed dating — getting to know all these comic books. After a while, I see the pattern of the writing of the comic books — generally pretty loose and messy.

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