Category Archives: Comic reviews

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

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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

Comic Reviews: Action Comics and DC Bad Guys Summer Special!

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ACT_1001_CVR_fnl_5acd480ba4dca4.41390433Action Comics #1001

Now that the dust has settled in Man of Steel, Brian Michael Bendis has started his runs on Superman and Action Comics. While Superman will focus on the Man of Steel’s personal life, Bendis’ Action Comics, which begins with issue 1001 (no renumbering here), focuses on the heroic adventures of Superman. Teamed up with artist Patrick Gleason, the first issue of Bendis’ run isn’t as action-packed as described, but still seems to be setting up some pretty intriguing things. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman #51 and Batman ’66 Meets Archie #1!

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BM_Cv51_5b230bb86b1b02.15851194Batman #51 (DC Comics)

Tom King continues to put the Dark Knight into new and interesting places, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Batman #51, which puts Bruce Wayne into a situation we’ve never seen him in before: jury duty. Partnered with artist Lee Weeks, the latest issue of Batman doesn’t directly tie into the events of the previous “wedding” issue, but it does feature some truly remarkable moments that could go down as a new classic Batman story. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man and X-23!

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208209_1192996_1003The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2018)

Easily one of my most anticipated comics of the year is the relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man. Despite Nick Spencer’s involvement (no, I’m still not over Secret Empire), the fact that Invincible artist Ryan Ottley is making this his first comic since the end of the Image series is more than enough to get me to stand up and pay attention. With an artist known for big, bombastic art like Ottley, it’s easy to expect that this opening issue will be a good showcase for him, but I’m more surprised by the fact that Amazing Spider-Man #1 seems to indicate that the Nick Spencer that wrote Superior Foes of Spider-Man is back as well. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Multiple Man and Detective Comics!

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indexMultiple Man #1 (Marvel Comics)

One of the Marvel universe’s best sleeper characters is Jamie Madrox, aka The Multiple Man. The mutant hero was the lead in a stellar run on X-Factor years ago that was one of the best comics that people never read, but after the whole “Terrigen Mists” plot point that ran through multiple X-titles a few years ago, the character was killed off. Or at least he was, until now. With a brand new miniseries from Matthew Rosenberg and artist Andy Macdonald, the last surviving Madrox clone has to find out why he’s still alive, and what can keep him up and walking in this new Marvel universe. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story!

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany

Directed By: Ron Howard

MINOR SPOILERS

With Lucasfilm and Disney pumping out new Star Wars movies every year, we were bound to get one that wouldn’t be met with a ton of pre-release hype. The early behind the scenes buzz around Solo: A Star Wars story hasn’t been great, with original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller getting the boot and Ron Howard being brought in to help finish the project, so it would be understandable to think that Solo would be the first of the Star Wars “sidequels” to truly bomb in the narrative department. But surprisingly, the end result is still a pretty good time at the movies. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Deadpool 2!

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Deadpool 2 (2018)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison

Directed By: David Leitch

SPOILER FREE

It’s hard enough to come up with a good comic book movie sequel, let alone a comedy movie sequel, so the announcement that Deadpool would be a getting a number two, while unsurprising, was one that made me a little worried. The original film was a hilarious surprise, especially since I was becoming a little burnt out on the character in the comics. But amazingly, Deadpool 2 is able to surpass the comedy sequel curse and present a new adventure for the Merc with a Mouth that is equal parts hilarious, action-packed, and surprisingly moving too. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Superman Special and Quicksilver: No Surrender!

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SUPERMAN_SPECIAL_1_5a7cf6bd99d7e3.73824567Superman Special #1 (DC Comics)

With Brian Michael Bendis taking over the Superman books at the end of the month, DC has given the creative teams of Superman and Action Comics the chance to wrap up any loose ends before Bendis’ arrival on the books. That means the Superman Special features the usual creative team of Peter J Thomasi and Patrick Gleason (with Scott Godlewski on art) tackling one of the last loose ends of their run: Dinosaur Island. Jumping back into that location leads to an issue that contains all of the action, heart, and humor that you’ve come to love from their run. Read the rest of this entry