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One Hell of a Ride! | Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams, Megan Wilson, Joe Sabino, and Clayton Cowles Combo Mini Review

27415870Title: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Volume 1: Hooked On A Feline

Author: Kate Leth

Artists: Brittney Williams, Megan Wilson, Joe Sabino, and Clayton Cowles

Publisher: Marvel

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Goodreads Summary: Patsy Walker has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally) – but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City! Between trying to make rent and dodging bullets, Patsy barely has time to deal with her mother’s exploitative romance comics about Patsy’s past resurfacing, much less how they start to interfere with her work and dating life. As she goes from living a double life to a triple, what the hell is Patsy Walker supposed to do? There’ll be friendship and burgers, monsters and rent checks and a ghost from the past with questionable motives! Comics’ most flexible heroine has been a provisional Avenger, a Defender, Satan’s daughter-in-law and a dead woman–but she’s never been anything like this!

Collecting: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! 1-6

30621636Title: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Volume 2: Don’t Stop Me–Ow

Author: Kate Leth

Artists: Brittney Williams, Megan Wilson, Joe Sabino, and Clayton Cowles

Publisher: Marvel

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Goodreads Summary: In another world they might be gal pals who help each other through hard times. But when Patsy Walker and Jessica Jones meet at last in the Marvel Universe, could it be they’ll end up as…best frenemies?! Not everyone can get along all the time, which is why the world’s heroes are about to be rocked by a second Civil War! But when the fallout from the battlefield hits close to home, Patsy is forced to take stock of her life and face what it really costs to be A.K.A. Hellcat! Plus, fallouts with former friends don’t get any worse than Patsy and Hedy. Now Ms. Wolfe is about to torment her rival more than ever, with a little help from Patsy’s evil exboyfriends! Will Hellcat get burned by her old flames?

Collecting: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! 7-12

Are you looking for a cute, superhero, Marvel comic to fill you with those good ol’ feels? Look no further, friends! Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat’s got ya covered! I’ve been interested in Hellcat since I ran across it back in December, but it wasn’t until recently that it was offered in the Comixology Unlimited selection—so naturally I jumped on the “one month free trial” thing ASAP! I thought Hellcat would be alright. Boy was I wrong! Because Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat isn’t just alright—it’s great!

If you’re a total Marvel newb then I’d say that Hellcat is an okay place to begin. What I mean by that is that reading Hellcat requires a smidgeon of basic knowledge of the Marvel Comics universe. But, it’s still not the worst place to start! However, if you’ve already read one or two Marvel series, then I’d say you’re probably set when it comes to Hellcat!

One of the things that I think Marvel fans (even newer ones, such as Yours Truly) will appreciate about Hellcat is the guest appearances made by other Marvel superheroes such as America Chavez (a.k.a. Miss America), Doreen Green (a.k.a. Squirrel Girl), Jennifer Walters (a.k.a. She-Hulk), and Doctor Strange, among others. It was nice to see old friends walk onto the page and work together!

Another thing that I adored about Hellcat was the focus on friendship! Patsy and Jennifer have an incredibly close friendship and we see Patsy form many new friends, such as Ian Soo and Tom (although, technically I think Tom counts as an old friend?). Many of the stories focus on teamwork and it was awesome to see the gang get together and kick some villainous butt!

Even though there is a great focus on teamwork and friendship, Patsy, the title character, really is the true heart and soul of Hellcat. An adorable redhead with a big heart, a big personality, and a bit of a short fuse, Patsy walks (heheh) onto the page and you can’t help but fall in love with her. The thing I love about Patsy is that no good deed is too small for her—she realizes that they all count. So while other superheroes are off fighting aliens and robots and supervillains, Patsy takes on some of the smaller baddies. Not that she doesn’t face off with some bigger bad guys, it’s just for the most part she sticks to the smaller ones. I feel like this sent a really positive message that it doesn’t matter how relatively “small” your good deed is, it can still change someone’s life.

All in all, I think I can safely say that I’ve fallen in love with Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! I honestly can’t wait to pick up volume three. Equal parts adorable and triumphant, Hellcat’s definitely not one to miss!

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Quick Comics! | Ms. Marvel Vol. 2 Generation Why + Silk Vol. 0 The Life And Times of Cindy Moon Mini Reviews

Hello, ducklings! Whew! I am quite out of practice when it comes to reviewing! But you know what they say–you can’t get back in the game unless you get back in the game!…Actually, no one says that–but they do now! I figured I’d ease back in with some quick comic bindup mini reviews! So today I’ll be reviewing Silk Vol. 0: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee, Annapaolo Martello, Tana Ford, Ian Herring, Travis Lanham, and Dave Johnson and Ms. Marvel Vol.2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jacob Wyatt!

Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jacob Wyatt

23017947Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! If Kamala can stop fan-girling out about meeting her favorite super hero, that is. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity — by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. Kamala bands together with some unlikely heroes to stop the maniacal villain before he does real damage, but has she taken on more than she can handle? And how much longer can Ms. Marvel’s life take over Kamala Khan’s? Kamala Khan continues to prove why she’s the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is!

Collecting Ms. Marvel(2014) #6-11. (goodreads.com)

Generation Why sees Kamala struggling to come into her own as a superhero. With the return of The Inventor and the help of some familiar new friends (many of whom even a Marvel newb such as myself could recognize), Kamala must realize that being a superhero is a full time job, not just a fun side hobby and that even superheroes need a little bit of help sometimes.

I was a little iffy with Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal, but Generation Why had me sold! Again, it had a youthful, fresh art style, but more than that, the story really had heart! There were so many important themes in Generation Why, yet the series wasn’t at all preachy. Instead, Kamala learns like every teen–heck! like every human being–does: through trial and error. It’s so lovely to see a hero who’s so young and full of passion, optimism, hope, and heart who’s just like you and me! In the end, Kamala always comes back stronger and wiser and all the more lovable for it!

So I’d say in conclusion that Generation Why was a definitely win for me!

Silk Vol. 0: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee, Annapaolo Martello, Tana Ford, Ian Herring, Travis Lanham, and Dave Johnson

25066773Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by the same radioactive spider from the Spider-Verse arc of Amazing Spider-Man!
She then went on to save Peter Parker’s life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-Verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as Silk, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV’s Supernatural) fills this new story with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee.

Collecting: Silk 1-7 (goodreads.com)

Silk Vol. 0: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon gives readers a bit of backstory on Cindy Moon (a.k.a. “Silk”). We see that Cindy has just been released by Spider-Man (Peter Parker) from a bunker where she was trapped for 10 years after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Now Cindy is a newsroom intern who doubles as superhero “Silk.” While Cindy was held captive, her family disappeared without a trace and so now Cindy is on the hunt for them. To complicate matters, Black Cat has been running around town with her minions, causing all sorts of trouble!

The minute I began reading The Life And Times of Cindy Moon, I knew I was gonna love Silk! First of all, I loved Cindy! She’s the self deprecating kind of sassy and is determined but also knows when to be kind. I also love the element of mystery that The Life And Times of Cindy Moon had–it added an edge to the story, while also making it more personal. It also helped that the art had an accessible, youthful, modern feel to it!

All in all, I have to say I really enjoyed Silk Vol. 1: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon and I can’t wait to pick up the next volume!

That’s all for now! Have you read Generation Why or The Life And Times of Cindy Moon? If so, what did you think? If not, do you think you’d pick both or one of these bindups up?