After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday Morning Comics 8 II 2014 - All-New X-Men, Vol 2: Here to Stay by Brian Michael Bendis, art by David Marquez & Stuart Immonen

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Title: All-New X-Men, Vol 2: Here to Stay
Series: X-Men
Authors: Brian Michael Bendis, art by David Marquez & Stuart Immonen
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9780785168218
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Twitter: @Marvel
Format: Hardcover
Available: June 11, 2013
Rating: 4/5 stars

  • Marvel Girl [1]
  • Kitty Pryde
  • Cyclops [1]
  • Wolverine
  • Storm
  • Angel [1]
  • Angel
  • Mystique
  • Iceman [1]
  • Beast [1]
  • Madame Hydra
  • Thor
  • Captain America
  • Spider-Woman
  • Hulk
  • Hawkeye
  • Beast
  • Iceman
  • Sabretooth
  • Lady Mastermind
  • Emma Frost
  • Cyclops
  • Magneto
  • Magik
  • Krakoa
  • Stepford Sisters
  • Maria Hill

The young, time-displaced original X-Men continue to try to find their way in a future world that they have very little capability of understanding. Again, not much happens to move the story along in this volume, it still seems to be more character development. Young Cyclops and Wolverine have an argument (nothing new there, future or past); Mystique starts to undermine young Cyclops' reasoning about what is happening in the world; young Angel finally finds a drastically changed version of his future self and has a hard time coming to grips with anything the future has in store for him; both Angels take on a Hydra cell, and when the Avengers intervene, young Cyclops convinces Captain America to let him try to fix things; Cyclops and his current team of X-Men try to recruit students from the Jean Grey School for his new school. While all of this seems like a lot, it's what goes on in the background that really makes this volume stand out. Jean Grey's telepathic powers are developing at a remarkably early stage for her, which could lead to all sorts of interesting story developments. Young Cyclops begins to discover things about his future with Jean Grey. Angel really, really has a hard time understanding what is happening in this future, and why no one else has a problem with what's going on.

If anything, I'm anxious to see where the Jean Grey storyline is going. Seeds are already being planted for her to start falling to the dark side of her power, with or without the Phoenix. Given that Jean Grey, in all her varied forms, has always been my favorite character, this is all very exciting for me! I'll definitely be keeping up with this series.

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