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Comic Reviews: Lucifer and Marvel Zombie!

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LUCI_01_300-001_HD_5bb3b345a4b2c2.64568755Lucifer #1 (Vertigo)

No Vertigo relaunch is complete without a new Lucifer series. The Sandman spin-off returns, with a new #1, a new creative team in the form of Dan Watters and Sebastian and Max Fiumara, and the Lord of Hell depowered and trapped in a world he doesn’t understand. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Superior Octopus and Dead Rabbit!

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Superior_Octopus_Vol_1_1Superior Octopus #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s hard to think of a character that’s had more changes in the past decade than Otto Octavius. He’s gone from a dying husk, to taking over Spider-Man’s body, to having his consciousness put into a robot body, and is now in a NEW cloned body of Peter Parker with a new name and mission. While it’s enough to make a newcomer’s head spin, if you’ve been following Otto’s story like I have, it’s turned him into a character that’s far more nuanced than just being a Spider-Man villain, and he’s ripe for an ongoing series to flesh out his character. While Christos Gage and Mike Hawthorne’s Superior Octopus isn’t the start of a new ongoing yet (Superior Spider-Man, from the same creative team, won’t start for a few months), it does give us a neat look into the character’s current goings on, and how he’ll play into the Spider-Geddon event later on. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman: Damned and Return of Wolverine!

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indexBatman: Damned #1 (of 3) (DC Comics)

DC’s put a lot of hype behind their new “Black Label” imprint, which allows some of the best creatives at the company full creative freedom behind their vast stable of characters. There’s books from Frank Miller, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and John Ridley coming our way, but the first up is Batman: Damned, from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. DC has a lot of expectations for this line of books, with the hope that this line will birth a new Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns. While it remains to be seen if Damned will reach those levels of popularity and acclaim, it’s definitely off to an intriguing, if strange, start. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Iceman and Archie 1941!

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28iceman_cover1-articleLargeIceman #1 (Marvel Comics)

After being canceled last year, many thought that Bobby Drake, also known as the X-Man Iceman, would be back to being relegated to the X-Men books. Luckily for fans of the cool mutant, Bobby is back in a new solo series, with his former writer Sina Grace and artist Nate Stockman. The series focuses on Bobby’s efforts to find out who’s hunting Morlocks for sport in the sewers of New York City. That sounds like a heavy comic, for sure, but surprisingly Grace and Stockman’s Iceman #1 is a really fun and engaging opening issue. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Asgardians of The Galaxy and Bordertown!

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Asgardians_of_the_GalaxyAsgardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s a little strange that Marvel is putting out a title called Asgardians of the Galaxy after the release of Thor: Ragnarok, seeing as how the internet gave that nickname to the third Thor film. But here we are, with a new series that’s….supposed to replace Guardians of the Galaxy? Serve as a tie-in to Thor? I’m not entirely sure, but the opening issue from Cullen Bunn and artist Matteo Lolli is pretty fun, if a weird addition to Marvel’s publishing slate. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Venom The First Host and Rick and Morty vs Dungeons and Dragons!

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The current Venom run is doing some pretty incredible things with the character, exploring the history of the symbiote and it’s long connection with the universe. Which makes Venom: the First Host, a new miniseries from Mike Costa and Mark Bagley, a weird one. While it’s showing off a new part of the history of Eddie Brock’s “other”, the fact that we’re getting some additional “never before seen” history behind the creature at the same time as the current run on the character makes The First Host seem repetitive, and if I’m being honest, a little boring too. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: West Coast Avengers and Justice League Dark!

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With the Avengers getting a brand new relaunch, it was only a matter of time for their West Coast counterparts to make a return. While this sister team typically featured Avengers mainstays like Hawkeye and Iron Man, it was always a little sillier than the main team, and that’s a tone that’s still apparent with West Coast Avengers #1, the brand new start from writer Kelly Thompson and artist Stefano Caselli. Despite featuring a team of relatively new characters, West Coast Avengers #1 is still really charming, even though the team features Gwenpool, easily my least favorite new character Marvel has introduced. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Extermination and Pearl!

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It’s been a while since we’ve had an X-Men event, but all that is changing now with Extermination. Serving as the catalyst for the next big refresh of Marvel’s Mutants, Extermination, from Ed Brisson and Pepe Larraz, is chock full of what makes the X-Men, well, the X-Men. No, not mutants fighting one another (although that’s certainly here in this opening issue), time travel! Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Fantastic Four and Sandman Universe!

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687096._SX360_QL80_TTD_Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s been a dark time for Fantastic Four fans. The past few years have seen the team removed from the Marvel publishing slate, and whether that was due to declining sales, a way to build up anticipation for their inevitable return, or because the head publisher didn’t want to be promoting a property that Marvel didn’t have the film rights to, their absence has been felt. But luckily with the team returning with Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli’s Fantastic Four #1, the team is brought back to their glory days, and are ready to take back their title as “Marvel’s First Family”. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: The Raid and Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider!

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The-Raid-1-600x910The Raid #1 (Titan Comics)

I’m a gigantic fan of The Raid and The Raid II, but when I heard that Titan Comics would be taking that world and putting it into comics, I was very hesitant. Both Raid films are known for insanely kinetic (and violent) action, which is very hard to translate to the paneled page. Impressively though, writer Ollie Masters and artist Budi Setiawan’s The Raid #1 is actual really cool, and fills in some unknown areas of the film world as well.

Set during the events of The Raid II, this opening issue finds Rama, under his “Yuda” alias, in prison. When a former trainee arrives in the same jail, he tries to strike up a friendship with Rama, who quickly makes it known that he’s not into the idea of making friends during his stay. But with enemies at every corner, Rama’s going to find out that he may need some help if he’s going to make it out of jail alive. Read the rest of this entry