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We have our new focus book in the cue! Enjoy this amazing read to discuss in the next two weeks!

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Check out Lynn's fantastic Simonson Frog Thor review. (Smile challenge accepted!)

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Ian Johnston commented on a post on Blogger.
Agreed! We can do classics, "Contract with God", etc. . . but I would like to tackle some of his lesser known or popular works or Spirit story arcs... I recently got through his book about Comics and Sequential Art which has a lot to say about his way of thinking too. Some additional insight for when we discuss things like "gutters"... Literal and metaphorical.

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Ian Johnston commented on a post on Blogger.
I think this was a great opener and should kick off this 2 week read for the book club! If any of you have any Simonson stories to share that are unique, please do so as we would love to hear them! Ready? Set? READ!

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Great to see you! We're back today!

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Ian Johnston commented on a post on Blogger.
SPOILER ALERT if you haven't read the series yet and are doing so... First word: WOW. Just wrapped reading the Vision 12 issue story arc and what a pleasant surprise! I found it way more relatable despite the protagonist's typical role in older Avenger stories. This is the Superman story I've always wanted to read but never got. Even though the synthezoid carries a program that makes him "yearn" to do and become things, it proves that even in our best intentions, we reap what we sow. The Vision plays a role in this story that I've never seen the likes of before for his character. It's definitely an evolution from my reading stand point and perspective.

MURDER. I think Lynn was right from his first take on the first book. It is a MURDER story, but alludes to a cataclysmic, self-contained blast that only destroys most of what the Vision creates himself. I did find myself still feeling for his children and their trying to fit in at school moments. For how short the story is, all the pieces are masterfully placed in perfect timing to surmount to the climax witnessed. With the children's key roles, and their pathos, ignites sympathy, and the worst offender, the Mom's story, is truly a trigger born of self defense.

FIRE IS LIT. The Story is woven incredibly well from various angles. Prejudice, pride, bigotry, humans acting uninformed, and worst of all, dealing with humans that can't take responsibility for their own actions. All tied up in a bouquet of irony from when the Dad kills his own son believing he is shooting HIS gun in self defense, which is mirror of where the wife of the Vision was just a few issues back. It's a sharp sloped commentary, but proves that we as humans have found where our thinking needs to evolve next. WE are responsible for our own actions and to not pass the blame on to those who emotionally evoke us. Other people's business needs to respectfully stay there own business. We choose who we involve in our lives because we relate. We seek alternative perspectives, advice from experience, or needed compassion and validation to emotionally deal with what we're going through but that is intimately our own decision.

LEARN. To sum up, The Vision showcases some of humanities worst qualities and Fraction heavy hands us a story where we follow a non-human vehicle with hope, and end up with a thought provoking, self reflective scenario that begs us to evolve in our own way of thinking. I really enjoyed this read. It made me look at Vision in a whole new light that I hope is integrated more-so into his regular team-based storylines, but I feel this will be a very slow transition as the character has so much history to reconcile with Roy and Stan's collaborative ideas to include. When evolving a character, it's best to include what's been established and add to it, than strip it of all we know and try to make something new. Then it ceases to be what it was and actually IS something new. The Vision books do this wonderfully which is why I hope they keep this evolved version of the classic hero in the new oncoming stories.

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Ian Johnston commented on a post on Blogger.
We're about to review Vision 2 parter story arc! Be on the lookout start of next week when we reveal the next story arc we're reading together! Wahoo!

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Resident Evil 7 Unboxing Video, with humorless acting.

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