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Black Bolt, Vol. 2: Home Free (Black Bolt (Collected Editions) #2)

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Black Bolt and his unlikely allies are finally free from their strange captivity, but their escape came at a high cost. Now, the Midnight King returns to Earth with a heavy heart and a new companion: the telepathic alien Blinky, a child with nowhere left to go! But the journey home is long and full of dangers - and a horde of space pirates is the least of them! And what aw ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Marvel
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Dan Schwent
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Black Bolt and Blinky return to earth and go to tell Titania that her husband, the Absorbing Man, is dead. The funeral is interrupted and Blinky is snatched away. Can Black Bolt and Titania save her?

I liked Black Bolt, Vol. 1: Hard Time so this one was a no-brainer for me. Still, I didn't think he'd top the first half of this run. Top it, he did. This was easily the most emotional comic I've ever read.

After the events of the last book, Black Bolt and Lockjaw have taken a beating. Black Bolt's vo
Rory Wilding
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I initially witnessed the first issue's cover of this solo Black Bolt series, I did wonder how can one create a comic solely about a character who can destroy everything with the slightest whisper. However, writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Christian Ward found a way as the silent king of the Inhumans finds himself in a cosmic adventure where he was imprisoned whilst befriending some new companions such as the Absorbing Man and the telepathic alien child Blinky.

Having escaped the clutches of
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A HUGE improvement over the last volume. Even the art is starting grow on me.
The funeral part was touching but lost a lot of its impact because you know nobody stays dead in comic book world for long, especially when "no body was recovered". But, hey, that's the nature of comic books.
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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Quite the same qualities and defaults than book one:

- Decent plot with a cool twist in the middle, good interactions between characters, one very well done issue (Creel's funeral) and some frightful revelations on Black Bolt's past but... too many explaining captions all over the place. Saladin Ahmed must learn to let go of his novelist's habits.

- Mixed art; not so great pencils imo but amazing colors and psychedelic stuff that compensate.

If you liked vol.1 it would really be a shame not to rea
Chris Lemmerman
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Midnight King has escaped from the Jailer, and now rockets back towards home with Blinky in tow. His first job is to break the bad news about the death of Crusher Creel to Creel’s wife, Titania, and hell hath no fury like a supervillain grieving. And then, when the old enemies of Attilan catch up with him, Black Bolt finds himself assaulted on all sides, and only his estranged family can save him.

Considering this is Saladin Ahmed’s first comics work, you’d never know. This book is extremely
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If only all comics could be this gorgeous.
Joana Veríssimo
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This volume was a GOOD as the first :) Beautiful art and a beautiful story :)
The art is exquisite, the simple traces of the pencil and once again, the use of vibrants colors, giving the story this scifi and dream sequence feel. And I really just want that last page/last issue cover blown up into a huge poster
Then the story is so well develop - heartbreaking and heartwarming :) Black Bolt's relationship with Blinky, and then Ahura is so well done - you see how deep and complicated they are. Titan
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The second half of Ahmed's Black Bolt run isn't as strong as the first. Issue 7 is sad and sweet with a great guest artist. But starting with issue 8, the book runs headlong into complicated Inhumans backstory that it had so skillfully skirted in the first volume. The funeral for Creel is great, but he comes back to life a few issues later which makes his death feel like even more of a cheat than is usually for a comic book death. There's great dialogue scattered throughout and Ahmed really writ ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Ehhhh, I'm going to only give it two stars. I got bored with this volume, realizing that Black Bolt wasn't really in it that much, focusing more on the supporting characters. The novelty and uniqueness (which is still there) wore off, and the art was at times difficult to follow. While I was excited about the ending, I think it was just because there was some action and was losing interest before the climax. Looking back on this series, you didn't really leave knowing BB anymore than when you st ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
An ill-fitting conclusion for a book that started out with epicness and vulnerability. Not even an issue of Frazer Irving's nightmarish art helps seal the deal, all because the plot just doesn't cut it. Especially since a whole issue (and an emotional arc from earlier) is negated by a later "twist". This is precisely why superhero comics are giving people fatigue.
Bryce Perry
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I wanted so badly to love this as much as Volume 1, but I found a lot of the dialogue to be a bit cringy and I didn't feel the need to fully devour this book in one sitting like I did with Volume 1. I do wish it could have continued on though, I'd like to see where it could have gone.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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You know, I've mostly enjoyed this series (Crusher! Titania! The phenomenal art!), but I'm certainly never going anywhere near the inhumans ever again. Even a good writer (which Ahmed is) can't get them past their core lameness.
Marisa Carpico
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
First off, this is really a 4.5. What a glorious end to a very layered and emotionally complex story. Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give the creative team here is that they made me care deeply about a character and history about which I had no prior experience. Ward deserves a lot of the credit for why this crazy story and the unconventional storytelling works. Marvel and or disinterested readers were fucking crazy to let this end.
Michal Vámoš
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kouzelný. Kresba, vyprávění, postavy, vše úžasný. Jen ke konci docela wtf mindfuck, který si myslím, že nebyl úplně nutný. Jinak super. Hrozná škoda, že to zrušili.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Still carries the emotional heft of the first book, but without quite as compact a storyline.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Not easy to explore a silent character. This was so cinematic, and I love how action is portrayed in this book, as well as color.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
me, annoyed that marvel cancelled this ??? more likely than YOU think
Sebastian Song
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A simple tale told so well.
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Gabriel Pinto
Aunque la historia pierde algo de fuerza y emocionalidad en este volumen (con la excepción del funeral de Creel y el viaje de Ahura y Blinky a la conciencia de Blackagar), el arte sigue siendo un punto fuerte. No es el cierre perfecto de una serie tan humana como esta, pero los humanos no son perfectos. Así que supongo que está bien.
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Saladin Ahmed was born in Detroit and raised in a working-class, Arab American enclave in Dearborn, MI.

His short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell awards, and have appeared in Year's Best Fantasy and numerous other magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, as well as being translated into five foreign languages. He is represented by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary A
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