Monthly Archives: November 2013

Comic Reviews: Infinity and Black Science!

Comic Reviews!

imagesInfinity #6 (of 6)

Last week, in my review of Avengers #23, I mentioned my concern with the finale of Infinity not having enough time to properly showcase the battle between the Avengers and Thanos. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. The final issue of Infinity is a break-neck battle for the fate of Earth that surprisingly teases very little things to come in its final pages. Unlike Age of Ultron, which had ads for the follow-up series every few pages, Infinity has a very clear and set ending that gives us a single tease for the upcoming series Inhumanity.

Much like with last week’s issue of Avengers, Writer Jonathan Hickman tones down a lot of his “Hickman-speak” for this finale, and instead focuses entirely on the battle with Thanos and his army in Wakanda. The seemingly separate plot threads between Avengers and New Avengers come together in a great way, and there are a lot of fantastic battles here in this issue. However, it’s Hickman’s great characterization of Thanos that stands out.  His response when the Avengers arrive to help Hulk is awesome, and right on point with how the mad Titan typically responds to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Even the use of Thanos’ son Thane is handled well, which is surprising considering how little time he’s in the story. Read the rest of this entry

MarvelFlix

Defenders-482x276MARVEL! NETFLIX! AAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

If you couldn’t tell by that nerdgasm, I’m over the moon about the news that Marvel Studios will be producing original content for Netflix. As someone who’s been a Netflix user for years, I’m excited. As someone who loves Marvel, I’m excited. So what can make me MORE excited?

The fact that Daredevil is finally going to be featured in a serialized form of live action entertainment. I’ve covered this topic a lot in my time writing these columns (see here, here, and here), and the fact that it’s happening makes me extremely excited. Do I falsely take credit for Marvel’s decision? You bet I do. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Harley Quinn and The Avengers!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

downloadHarley Quinn #0

Harley Quinn gets a brand new series, but instead of a standard #1, she’s starting with a #0.Harley Quinn #0, by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Connor, features a rotating cast of artists in a tale that finds Harley breaking the fourth wall all over the place. It’s a crazy book, but thankfully, that’s what makes the book so entertaining.

I’ll start with this:  Harley Quinn #0 is a weird book. Like a female Deadpool, Harley breaks the fourth wall constantly, conversing with Palmiotti and Connor in a search to find a suitable artist for her upcoming series. That’s essentially the entire plot of this issue in a nutshell. However, this opens up the book to be as out there and hilarious as possible. With a new artist each page, you get a lot of bang for your buck, and the in jokes about books like All-Star Western and the Before Watchmen series are hilarious. Read the rest of this entry

Batman vs. Superman vs. Wonder Woman vs. Nightwing vs.

Superman-Batman-and-Wonder-WomanWhen the upcoming Man of Steel 2/Batman vs. Superman/ whatever it’s going to be called was first announced back at Comic Con, I lost my mind. To say I was excited to see something I’ve wanted to see on the big screen since I was first cognizant of the fact that Batman and Superman exist in the same world is an understatement.  It seemed that Warner Bros finally, FINALLY realized how to integrate their DC Comics properties into a shared universe like Marvel Studios’. As one of the few people who enjoyed Man of Steel despite its flaws, I was ready to see the two biggest characters in comics throw down on the big screen. Hell, I’m even excited for Ben Affleck to play Batman.

But now….my excitement is waning, and it’s not due to superhero movie fatigue. No, it’s from the countless rumors of the characters that could appear in biggest team-up aside from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: All-New X-Men and Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland!

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All-New_X-Men_Vol_1_18_TextlessAll-New X-Men #18

 The X-Men of the past change allegiances in All-New X-Men #18. With “Battle of the Atom” behind them, the Brian Michael Bendis/Stuart Immonen issue sets up the new status quo for the original five X-Men, who have now followed their Professor Kitty Pryde to Cyclops’ team of renegade X-Men.

Like many of the pre-“Atom” issues, not a whole lot happens in this issue plot wise. The only major event that happens is the original X-Men getting new costumes.  Yep, that’s it. While that would be a major strike against this book any other month, the fact that this is coming on the heels of a major X-Men crossover gives it a pass. The young X-Men have been through a lot since their arrival in the present day Marvel universe, and if this issue didn’t devote some time to them reacting to their new surroundings the issue would feel rushed.  Credit goes to writer Brian Michael Bendis for crafting some entertaining scenes with all of these characters.  The scenes with Bobby Drake trying to come to grips with the fact that he may become either an ice hulk or an ice wizard in the future are the best, and the ongoing love triangle between Beast, Jean Grey, and Cyclops is actually more entertaining than it sounds. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

downloadThor: The Dark World (2013)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Ecclestein, Anthony Hopkins, and Kat Dennings

Directed by: Alan Taylor

SPOILERS

Thor returns to protect Earth, Asgard, and the rest of the nine realms in Thor: The Dark World. Thor’s second solo adventure is a solid entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that’s a lot of fun despite it’s few flaws. While it takes a while for the plot to get going, once everything is set and the pieces begin to fall into place the plot really kicks in.  Everything you loved about the original Thor is still here: Chris Hemsworth smacking stuff with Mjolnir, Kat Dennings’ quips, incredible sweeping shots of Asgard, and Tom Hiddleston glowering as Loki. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Green Arrow and Amazing X-Men!

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green-arrow-25-mtv-geekGreen Arrow #25

Oliver Queen enters the “Zero Year” with Green Arrow #25, the first of this month’s tie-ins to the current Batman story arc.  Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino present us with a story that takes place 6 years in the past during Gotham City’s blackout, and a recently returned from the island Oliver Queen. the issue is a fun break from the current story arc that helps set up the origin of the character in the “New 52”.

No one knows that Oliver Queen is alive and back in the United States. That is, until he makes an appearance to Emerson, the man currently in charge of Queen Industries. Oliver’s not ready to face the world and is still struggling with the events that he just escaped from on the island. But all that changes when the two men see a news report on Gotham City’s weeks long black out, and Emerson informs Oliver that his mother is there helping people in need. Believing her to be in danger, Oliver travels to the city to find his mother and rescue her. Read the rest of this entry

Quick Hits: Lego Marvel Superheroes and Batman: Arkham Origins!

The month of October saw the release of two major video games for nerds to salivate over:Lego Marvel Super Heroes and Batman: Arkham Origins.  Naturally, I bought both games, and while I haven’t come close to beating them, I figured it’d be good to get my first impressions down for anyone on the fence about either game.

LEGO_Marvel_Super_Heroes_box_artLego Marvel Super Heroes

I’ve always had a fondness for the Lego series of video games. From the original Lego Star Wars to the most recent title, Lego Lord Of The Rings, I’ve always had fun smashing things into tiny Lego studs and unlocking characters. Yes, the game play is super simple and the games are designed for younger players, but if they made the same games without the Lego designs people would be all over them.

With Lego Marvel Superheroes, developer Traveler’s Tales have outdone themselves. While previous Lego games have padded the rosters with security guards, goons, and other assorted unknown “bonus” characters; Marvel Superheroes has 100 different characters. While I’ve barely scratched the surface of the playable heroes, the sheer amount of blank profiles at the end of each mission is both exciting and daunting, and I can’t wait to see who else I can unlock. Read the rest of this entry