Monthly Archives: December 2013

Comic Reviews: New Avengers and Superman Unchained!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

marvel-new-avengers-issue-13inhNew Avengers # 13.INH

“Inhumanity” finally hits the New Avengers, but not in the way that you think. Cleverly playing with our expectations, New Avengers #13.INH (that’s to let you know it ties into “Inhumanity”, in case you couldn’t tell from the cover) switches gears and shows us a parallel Earth with it’s own Illuminati, and its own spin on the Inhuman gas that was released during Infinity.  Writer Jonathan Hickman continues to build on the events that have been occurring during his entire New Avengers run, but the art by Simone Bianchi definitely hurts this issue. Read the rest of this entry

Best Nerd Things of 2013!

2013 is winding down, and with that, it’s time to take a look back at the  nerd year that was. While not the slam bang that 2012 was, there was still plenty of cool moments and nerd things in 2013. Here’s a few of my favorites.

Superior_spiderman_1The Superior Spider-Man
I’ll be the first to admit it: I didn’t think this series would work. Swapping Doctor Octopus and Spider-Man’s brains? Killing Peter Parker? As a life-long Spidey fan, there’s NO WAY I would like this series. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Origin II and Forever Evil!

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Origin_II_1_CoverOrigin II #1 (of 5)

When I first heard of the announcement of Origin II, I have to admit, my first reaction was “why”?  Now that I’ve read it, I still feel that way, but do like the story within the shiny new Acetate cover. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Harley Quinn and The Illegitimates!

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HARLEY_Cv1_R1_tk051e3bb3_ Harley Quinn #1-DC Comics

 After last month’s #0 issue, Harley has a new lease on life, and more importantly, the artist for her ongoing series. That artist is Chad Hardin, who’s penciling the script by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Harley Quinn #1 is nothing like the previous issue. There’s no fourth wall breaking humor or jabs at the creative team. That doesn’t mean that it’s not fun though. Ms. Quinn’s first solo ongoing in the New 52 is full of surprises, and the characterization of Harley is particularly strong. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

download (1)The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly

Directed By: Peter Jackson

Now this is more like it.  The second film in The Hobbit trilogy has more action, more excitement, and well, more things from Tolkien’s original story than the last,and while there’s a large chunk of original material, none of it seems too out of place. The previous adventure with Bilbo and his company of dwarves was fun, but dragged considerably in the first hour. With The Desolation of Smaug, the action picks up right away and carries throughout the film. There’s a few pacing problems in the middle of the film, but for the most part this installment never lets up in the action department. Read the rest of this entry

The Walking Dead, Season 4.1 Review

The-Walking-Dead-Season-4-Cast-Banner2After a beyond sub-par season 3 finale, The Walking Dead had it’s work cut out for it for season 4.  After teasing a gigantic confrontation with the Governor that lead nowhere, the only highlight of the season was the death of Andrea, the character who was the most ruined by the TV show adaptation machine.

Thankfully, with the start of season four, it seems like the producers heard the outcry from fans over the botched battle with the Governor and Rick’s team and started to course correct. New showrunner Scott Gimple, a fan of the comic series, has gone on record saying that he’d like to the events of the show to fall more in line with the comics than in previous seasons, and after the mid season finale, I’d say he’s succeeded. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man and Batgirl!

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Superior_Foes_of_Spider-Man_Vol_1_6_TextlessThe Superior Foes of Spider-Man #6

Hey you. Yes, you! Why aren’t you reading The Superior Foes of Spider-Man? It’s one of the best titles Marvel is producing right now, and easily deserves your $3 every month. Issue six of Nick Spencer and Steve Leiber’s book chronicling the misadventures of Boomerang, Speed Demon, The Beetle, Shocker, and Overdrive isn’t quite as laugh out loud funny as the previous one, but it’s still full of incredibly fun moments that will leave you absolutely floored. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Inhumanity and Detective Comics!

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Inhumanity_1_CoverInhumanity #1

 Hot off the heels of Infinity comes the NEXT big Marvel event, Inhumanity. However, unlike the previous universe-wide crossover, the latest Marvel super heroes extravaganza doesn’t have a six-issue series to tell the main story. Instead, we have this one shot by Matt Fraction and Olivier Coipel to set up the event, which will then be carried over into various miniseries and tie-in issues of books like New Avengers and Uncanny X-Men.

Inhumanity essentially serves as a way to give new and lapsed readers background on the Inhumans, the race of super-powered beings that have long remained hidden from the rest of the Marvel Universe. Following Black Bolt’s destruction of their home, Attilan, the fallout of the explosion released the Terrigen Mists, the vapor that gives the Inhumans their powers. Unknown to anyone else in the world, that mist has found the Inhumans who have secretly been living among humans and given them superpowers.  The entire story of Inhumanity has the Avengers finding the Inhuman known as Karnak, and him telling them the entire story behind the fall of Attilan (the Avengers missed this because they were off-world during Infinity). Read the rest of this entry

Goblins At The Gate

goblin-whos-obviously-daneSigh.

That’s really my only reaction to the image of Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Green Goblin, who can be seen on the just released poster for the film. The Billy Idol on a hover board look makes the villain look more like a rejected TRON bad guy and less like the worst threat that the web slinger has ever faced. Once more, it seems like the producers, or director Mark Webb, decided that this look was better than anything else the design team could come up with, much like what happened with Sam Raimi’s Power Ranger looking Goblin (take a look at this YouTube clip and weep). Read the rest of this entry

Arrow

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It’s a good time to be a comic book nerd and a fan of TV. With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, and The Walking Dead thriving on the small screen, there’s plenty for you to choose from for live action weekly superheroics. Amazingly, three of the biggest comic publishers (Marvel, DC, and Image) are being represented on the small screen right now .  While I actively watch all three of these shows, there’s one that stands out as the best to me: CW’s Arrow, the updated, salmon ladder obsessed take on DC Comics’ Green Arrow.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Arrow? The show that featured its entire male cast shirtless for its season two promotional ads?” To which I say “look at that those abs!” and “yes”. Read the rest of this entry