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Tiny Navajo Reads: The War of the Realms

The War of the Realms by Jason Aaron, illustrated by Russell Dauterman

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*Published August 27, 2019*

the war of the realmsI finally FINALLY! read The War of the Realms, the final volume (to me) in the Mighty Thor series with Jane Foster as Thor. Such a great final volume and I loved seeing everything and everyone come together.

THE WAR OF THE REALMS is upon us! Malekith, king of the Dark Elves, has been conquering the Ten Realms and now has his sights set on the last one: Earth. And with armies of Frost Giants, Fire Goblins, trolls, angel warriors, Roxxon corporate soldiers, the Enchantress and the prince of lies himself, Loki, at his side, Malekith may just succeed. Asgardia is no more, Old Asgard is in ruins, and the majority of Asgardians are refugees on Earth. Now Thor and Earth’s heroes — including the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and even such unlikely allies as Venom and Punisher — are all that stand in Malekith’s way! It’s an event five years in the making as the MIGHTY THOR creative team of writer Jason Aaron, artist Russell Dauterman and colorist Matthew Wilson reunite to save the Ten Realms!

It was a while back that I read this comic, so I honestly don’t remember a whole lot of what happened, other than it was awesome! Jane Foster comes back as Thor, as do many other iterations of Thor that show up. We also have just about every other character in the Marvel comic universe show up to fight against Malekith and his army as they crash into Earth. I do believe that is something that Marvel does really well with their comics, is they bring in so many characters and give all, if not equal time, at least decent time to get to see what everyone is doing.

My favourite part of this comic though was seeing Jane Foster become Thor again and to see her join other Thors in attacking Malekith and taking him down. It was just amazing!

What have been some of your favourite Marvel characters? Why are they your favourite characters? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: The Mighty Thor, Vol. 5

The Mighty Thor, Vol. 5: The Death of the Mighty Thor by Jason Aaron

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*Published June 26, 2018*

mighty thor 5The final volume of Mighty Thor, of Jane Foster as Thor, and it is a fantastic finale for one of my favourite versions of Thor.

Marvel Legacy hits Asgard with a bang, with…the death of the Mighty Thor! The final judgment comes as the Mangog arrives. The War Thor will meet the beast head-on, but even the bloodthirst of this Ultimate hammer-wielder may pale in comparison to the Mangog’s might! The battle rages even as Jane Foster’s cancer takes a turn for the worse, and she might not have to wait for the final judgment at all. The clock is ticking, the War of the Realms is spreading, and Mjolnir cannot save her this time. Can even the legendary Hercules help avert disaster? It’s the beginning of the end – one that will lead to the most dramatic return in the Marvel Universe!

Okayokayokay….there’s not a lot that I can write about without giving the whole ending away which is the best bit! I love Jane Foster and her friends and all those who look to keep her safe and hopefully as herself long enough for the chemotherapy to take actual effect on her. I love how much she knows that she’s killing herself slowly, but she can’t ignore the injustice in the world or the call of Mjolnir; she has to answer the call, she has to become Thor.

Overall, I will say that this is a most satisfying ending to a comic series that I have ever read! Really well done! What do you think of comic series endings? Do they hold up the story arc of the series? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: The Mighty Thor, Vol. 4

The Mighty Thor, Vol. 4: The War Thor by Jason Aaron

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*Published January 20, 2018*

the mighty thor 4This is one of the best versions of Thor I have read about: War Thor. This a Thor who can only hear the screams of victims and must bring war to those who have cause grief and pain to the innocent. But how will Mighty Thor take to War Thor?

Who is the new Ultimate Thor? The Ultimate Universe’s Thor died defending the Multiverse, but his hammer remains. Who wields it now? Ponder that question along with Jane Foster, the Mighty Thor, as she faces the Ultimate team-up! War is coming to the Ten Realms – and when the Queen of Cinders sets them ablaze, even the combined might of not one, not two, but three Thors may not be enough to put out the flames! Meanwhile, Malekith’s army grows and the looming conflict reaches Asgard’s doorstep! But even the fire of Muspelheim pales beside the fury of the Ultimate Thor…and with his thunder comes his vengeance!

War Thor has come to bring war to the fires of Muspelheim where the Queen of Cinders has reigned. What tragedies can make a big friendly man who just hungers to become the War Thor? A Thor who hungers for war. Yeah, lots of rhyming there. BUT! I can emphasize with this Thor, who wants to destroy those who have brought war to his world.

There isn’t much else that I want to say, other than you need to read about War Thor.

What versions of Thor have you enjoyed so far? Why did you enjoy them? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: The Mighty Thor, Vol. 3

The Mighty Thor, Vol. 3: The Asgard/Shi’ar War by Jason Aaron

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*Published August 1, 2017*

mighty thor 3.jpgVolume 3 of the Mighty Thor and I’m super excited to continue reading the adventures of Jane Foster! I love her!

As the War of the Realms rages on, the only way to defeat Malekith is with a united front – and it’s up to Thor to bring the many races together! Now heroes from across the ten worlds – including Lady Sif and Angela – unite under Thor’s command to form a new League of Realms, with the sole mission of bringing this conflict to an end! And their first mission is to infiltrate Dark- Elf-occupied territory! But when the war spreads to every branch of the World Tree, the League’s road to peace is fraught with challenges they hadn’t anticipated. To stand against the heroic allies, Malekith forms a wicked union of his own, calling on Loki and the all-new Kurse to take down Thor and her band of heroes!

The most interesting bit in this volume for me was the Challenge of the Gods that Thor was challenged to by the gods of the Shi’ar to prove who has the most devotion/followers. Throughout the whole challenge, Thor shows that not only does she have compassion, but her compassion is what brings devotion to those who see her.

This has always been what has sent Jane Foster apart from other Thors. She is a Thor of compassion, to look to those who will are downtrodden and oppressed. She fights for those you cannot fight for themselves and so begins her war.

What do you think of characters who are the same base archetype, yet have different connotations? Do you like their differences? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: The Mighty Thor, Vol. 2

The Mighty Thor, Vol. 2: Lords of Midgard by Jason Aaron

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*Published December 20, 2016*

mighty thor 2Volume 2 of Lady Thor, I fricken’ love her! I love how strong she is and how she’s trying to just keep everyone alive while keep S.H.E.I.L.D. from finding out who she is.

The legend continues with Thors new and old! Loki spins a special ages-old tale of a young Odinson in action against a hulking great enemy. You wouldn’t like this Viking when he’s angry! But what incredible impact will this yarn from the past have on the present? Prepare for corporate espionage, Marvel-style, as some of the world’s most powerful and evil conglomerates go to war — with Thor caught in the middle! But if Roxxon and the rest aren’t enough trouble, Jane Foster must contend with a new enemy: S.H.I.E.L.D.! Whose side will Agent Roz Solomon be on? Worse still, somehow millions of lives will depend on the God of Thunder saving Roxxon’s evil executive, Dario Agger! All this and…the Exterminatrix and the Silver Samurai?!

There was so much stuff I was not expecting to show up in this, like Midas’s daughter. She was pretty cool and I liked her weaponry. I also liked seeing how Jane was able to protect her identity as Thor from the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That was actually quite fantastic and it leads to a wonderful bit of lore at the end that I enjoyed. It also started out with some lore between Loki and Thor and how this influenced the Vikings in some areas.

I like getting to know all the different versions of Loki and Thor and how they have not only changed but stayed the same as well. I also like how Loki doesn’t know who is the Thor under the mask and so he’s at a direct disadvantage at trying to talk to her.

What different versions of Thor and Loki have you run in to? Which version do you like? comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: The Mighty Thor Vol. 1

The Mighty Thor Vol. 1: Thunder in Her Veins by Jason Aaron

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*Published June 7, 2016*

mighty thor 1.jpgI love my friends so much! Especially Megan, because she is the one who gives me all the best comic recommendations and that’s what this is!

DR. JANE FOSTER IS THE GODDESS OF THUNDER–AND IT’S KILLING HER.

Her enemies are many as Asgard descends further into chaos, and unrest threatens to spread throughout the Ten Realms. Yet she wages her greatest battle against a far more personal foe: the cancer killing her mortal form. When Loki steps back into Thor’s life, will it ease her troubles or only add to her pain? There’s no such question about Malekith as he continues to fan the flames of a looming War of Realms–when he isnt’ wedding planning, that is! And as Asgard is torn apart, the skies will shake in one of the bloodiest battles of all time: It’s Thor vs. Odin like never before!

I love Thor and I love mighty Thor! Jane Foster as Thor is flippin’ fantastic and I love just how strong she is both inside and outside of being Thor. But being Thor is wreaking havoc on her being Jane Foster. Jane Foster has cancer and cancer treatments are not working. The poison that kills cancer is forced from her body each time she becomes Thor. But she fulfills the need to be Thor to protect the Nine Realms.

I love this so much! I love Jane Foster as Thor! I love having a female Thor! I love how Jane’s duty holds to her herself and the realms she looks over. While she tries to put herself first, to heal, to get the treatments she needs to attack her cancer, it’s all reset once she takes up Mjolnir to protect the realms. I love lady Thor!!! So much excitement!

What do you think of Jane Foster as Thor? Or do you like Odinson as Thor? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Shuri, Vol. 1

Shuri, Vol. 1: The Search For Black Panther by Nnedi Okorafor

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*Published May 7, 2019*

shuriI loved watching Shuri in the Black Panther movie that came out a few years ago. She was sassy and fun and probably the smartest character I had seen in Marvel movies since Iron Man. I absolutely loved her and was excited to read her story in the comics.

The world fell in love with her in Marvel’s Black Panther. Now, T’Challa’s techno-genius sister launches her own adventures — written by best-selling Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor and drawn by Eisner Award-nominated artist Leonardo Romero! T’Challa has disappeared, and everyone is looking at the next in line for the throne. Wakanda expects Shuri to take on the mantle of Black Panther once more and lead their great nation — but she’s happiest in a lab, surrounded by her own inventions. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them down! So it’s time for Shuri to go rescue her brother yet again — with a little help from Storm, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, of course! But when her outer-space adventure puts the entire cultural history of her continent at risk from an energy-sapping alien threat, can Shuri and Iron Man save Africa?

I think what I enjoyed most about this is that Shuri is not afraid to be herself. She is the smartest person in Wakanda and as such is creating all of these new things in order to be of use. She also loves trying out all of her new technology, rather than taking on the mantle of the Black Panther. But when her T’Challa goes missing in space, Shuri is called upon to take up the mantle of the Black Panther. She refuses, but when a black hole appears in Africa, Shuri rushes to see how to fix the hole before it swallows all of Africa whole.

I do have to say, that this version of Shuri is not my favourite. I still enjoyed the story of Shuri wanting to be herself, and not what her nation wants to be. But the personality of Shuri in the movies is more the millennial mindset. I loved her more in the movies, but I think that’s because I could actually see her more than I do in the comics.

Have you read any Shuri comics? What do you think of her and of Wakanda? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Miles Morales, Vol. 3

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 3 by Brian Michael Bendis

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*Published December 8, 2015*

miles moreales 3This is the last volume of Miles Morales, and it’s interesting to say the least as Miles has to deal with the fallout with his father and Peter Parker and Green Goblin seemingly coming back to life.

The Ultimate Spider-Man is back in action! Unfortunately, Galactus has arrived in the Ultimate Universe, and he hungers. Miles must undertake a dangerous trip to Galactus’ home universe if Earth has a chance of surviving this cataclysm! Then, Miles faces the worst villain from his predecessor’s past: the Green Goblin – the man who killed Peter Parker! But is Peter truly dead? As events unravel in surprising fashion, Spidey takes on Spidey – and only one of the two will rise! COLLECTING: CATACLYSM: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN 1-3, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN 200, MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN 1-12

I honestly feel really bad for Miles in this one. The world as he knows is being destroyed by Galactus, which we do not see the end of! BOO!!! But we do get to see Peter Parker and the Green Goblin come back from the dead. Miles thinks at first that someone is playing a joke…or that he is hallucinating, but then Green Goblin shows up at Aunt May’s house to take out Spider-Man again. So, Miles does what Miles does best, he jumps in to take on the threat. But then Peter Parker joins the fight and we see that there may be something to what Green Goblin is saying, that all those who had been affected by the Ozcorp spiders may never die…or at least, that is the current theory, especially with Peter Parker coming back from the dead.

A lot of Miles’s issues this time around center around his dad…his dad who has told him time and time again that if Miles were ever to be a mutant to like any of the heroes they see around New York, it wouldn’t end well. And he proves that to be true.

I truly feel badly for Miles, he is abandoned by his father and he has to come to terms with it along with Peter Parker showing up again. He just seems to go through a lot. This is a darker version of Miles Morales compared to the movie version of Miles. Not that this is a bad thing, but it is a thing to keep in mind.

What changes do you like made from comic to movie? Are they good changes or bad changes? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Miles Morales Vol. 2

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2 by Brian Michael Bendis

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*Published October 20, 2015*

miles morales 2In this second volume, we see Miles work to become the superhero that he believes is needed, even if no one else wants/needs him. We also see what happens when those you love are caught in the crossfire you choose to be in.

Miles Morales is still getting used to being Spider-Man when Captain America makes him a very special offer. Is Miles really joining the Ultimates? With a wounded nation crying out for heroes, Miles Morales is determined to prove that he has what it takes! But when a terrifying new Venom symbiote surfaces, armed with the truth about the incident that gave the new Spider-Man his powers, Spidey might have just made his first true archenemy. COLLECTING: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) 13-28, 16.1

I think this is the volume where we see Miles grow and change the most, both for good and for bad. We see Miles become Spider-Man, a Spider-Man that is needed, but one that is rejected on several levels because of how young he is. When Miles is offered the chance to join the Ultimates, he jumps at the chance to prove that he can be Spider-Man. It all comes crashing down on his head though when a new Venom symbiote surfaces with info about Miles’s creation and what it means for him, the Peter Parker’s Spider-Man, and Norman Ozborn’s Green Goblin. It leads to the death of a family member, someone who would have believed in Miles indefinitely. It also leads to the injury of another, causing Miles to doubt who he is and what it means to be Spider-Man.

We see Miles vacillate between believing that what he is doing is for the greater good and that he can truly be a superhero to turning his back on being Spider-Man for the pain and trouble that it has not only brought him, but his family has well. Most times when we see superheroes, they are already adults with some of their life in order. Miles is literally just a kid, he was 11 when he got bit and received his powers and I believe 13 when he fully became Spider-Man. A kid who loses a parent, another is injured and he still has to go through puberty all while trying to be Spider-Man?! That’s asking a lot of someone, even when they aren’t Spider-Man.

I think what I liked most about this is that we see Miles go through so much that I would not even blink an eye if he decided that he needed to get away from New York, away from this place of superheroes, and just decide to be a kid. No one needs that much responsibility from such a young age, an age where you barely know what going on inside of you even without the spider bite to make you into Spider-Man. Yet, Miles Morales chooses to continue. He chooses to be Spider-Man. He CHOOSES to do what he thinks will best help his home that is to pull on the mask and save those he can.

What have you chosen to do that would have crushed you? Why did you choose to do so? Don’t comment on this one if you don’t want, this being a bit more personal. But do think about it and what it has brought you in your life.

 

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Miles Morales

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis

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*Published August 18, 2015*

spiderman 1I had recently watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and I was so curious about who Miles Morales was, so I borrowed the these three volumes from my library. I’m going to review each one, and today is volume one.

Miles Morales takes up the mantle of the Ultimate Spider-Man! Before Peter Parker died, young Miles was poised to start the next chapter in his life in a new school. Then, a spider’s bite granted the teenager incredible arachnid-like powers. Now, Miles has been thrust into a world he doesn’t understand, with only gut instinct and a little thing called responsibility as his guides. Can he live up to Peter’s legacy as Spider-Man? As Miles grapples with his new life, Miles’ Uncle Aaron – a.k.a. the Prowler – learns his secret! He’s got plans for his nephew, but little does he know that the Scorpion is on his tail! Spider-Man story! COLLECTING Ultimate Fallout 4, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2011) 1-12, Spider-Men 1-5

Okay, going to be completely honest, I enjoy movie Miles better than comic Miles. But the comics give a view of Miles that the movie did not show, as it’s a movie. All the beats of the movie are in the comics, which makes sense. The biggest change was Uncle Aaron’s full personality. In the movie, once he realizes that Miles is the newest Spider-Man he starts to have second thoughts about going after Spider-Man. In the comics, Uncle Aaron takes this knowledge to try and start his own crime ring.

I will have to say, that I did enjoy these comics. We do see the Avengers and Nick Fury, we see a Spider-Man come in through a wormhole like the ones in the movie, but mostly I like seeing a young mixed teenager take in the mantle of Spider-Man and learn who he is as Spider-Man and what Miles Morales would do as Spider-Man, rather than what Peter Parker would do, or what anyone else do. Miles learns that he will and does make as good a Spider-Man as the original, as long as he acts like himself while doing so. And I do truly enjoy that about the comics, we see more growth from Miles.

What do you do when movies are based on comics/books? Do you read them, or just enjoy them for what they are? Comment below and let me know!