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Comic Reviews: Savage Avengers and DCEased!

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SAV_AVENGERS_1Savage Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics)

We all knew it was only a matter of time for Marvel to have Conan The Barbarian cross over into the Marvel universe, but I don’t think anyone was expecting it to happen this soon, and in a title like Savage Avengers. A new series from Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato. Jr, this offshoot of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes brings together Wolverine, The Punisher, Venom, Doctor Voodoo, Elektra, and Conan the Barbarian to take on only the most brutal of missions. No, they’re not officially sanctioned (yet), and yes, at first glance making Conan an Avenger is a major eye-roll moment. But surprisingly, this opening issue isn’t just chock full of ridiculous action, it’s also one of the most fun comics of the year. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: War of the Realms: Punisher and Daredevil!

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downloadWar of the Realms: Punisher #1 (of 3)

Ever since the Punisher MAX run, it’s been hard to put Frank Castle in the main Marvel universe. With the exception of Matthew Rosenberg’s current Punisher run, any time that Frank Castle is put into the main Marvel universe it puts the character in a difficult position. But Punisher is a popular character, and isn’t immune to big sweeping line-wide events, so the War of the Realms is coming for Frank Castle, and surprisingly Gerry Duggan and Marcelo Feirrera’s War of the Realms: Punisher tie-in miniseries is a blast to read, and doesn’t try to force the character into an area that he’s not comfortable in. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Hex Wives and Avengers Halloween Special!

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HEXW_01-(Cover)_5bc51c7b2637c8.48679262Hex Wives #1 (Vertigo Comics)

Vertigo’s new series Hex Wives couldn’t have been released on a better day. The Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo series, an interesting mix of witchcraft and The Stepford Wives, is a pretty fun and slightly spooky book. Unfortunately though, it’s more interesting when it’s focused on the history of the two leads than the actual plot. Read the rest of this entry

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: Uncanny Avengers and I Hate Fairyland!

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4806935-uncanny_avengers_1_coverUncanny Avengers #1

Of all of the Avengers titles in All New All Different Marvel’s line up, Uncanny Avengers was the one that piqued my interest the most. A diverse team, including Spider-Man? Check. Written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by Ryan Stegman? Another check. Deadpool’s in it too? If it’s anything like his tenure on Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, it should be a blast. There’s a lot of goodwill toward this series in my eyes, but unfortunately all of these different pieces don’t add up to a satisfying debut issue. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: 1872 and Deathstroke!

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portrait_incredible 1872 #3 (Marvel Comics)

 1872 has been one of the stranger Secret Wars tie-ins, but it’s also one of the ones with the most charm too. Seeing Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and other Marvel mainstays through the prism of the old West has been really interesting, and Gerry Duggan’s script has had a lot of fun playing in this world. While 1872 has seemed like it’s been on the outskirts of Marvel’s massive event, with this issue it’s starting to show that it may have a larger role in the future of the Marvel universe than we originally thought. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos and Red Hood & Arsenal!

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Mrs._Deadpool_and_the_Howling_Commandos_Vol_1_3_TextlessMrs. Deadpool & The Howling Commandos #3

As a fan of Marvel’s monsters, I was one of the few people looking forward to Mrs. Deadpool & The Howling Commandos. It’s definitely one of the weirder Secret Wars tie-ins, and isn’t at all essential to the main Marvel event. Gerry Duggan and Salvador Espin’s spin-off stars Shiklah, the vampire bride of Deadpool leading a motley crew of Marvel Monsters in a quest to kill Dracula before Shiklah is married off to him (oh yeah, Deadpool’s dead, for now). It’s nothing hugely groundbreaking, but that’s also where some of the charm in this series lies. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Deadpool and Legacy of Luther Strode!

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Deadpool_45_cover Deadpool #45

Not content with killing off Wolverine last year, Marvel’s now focusing the Grim Reaper’s sights on their OTHER mega-popular mutant: Deadpool. Yes, the Merc With A Mouth is meeting his maker, and Marvel’s giving him a grand send off with Deadpool #45(which also counts as the 250th issue). Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Arkham Manor and Deathstroke!

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arkham-manor-612x968-f3e97 Arkham Manor #1 (DC Comics)

 The second Batman title for October has been released, and while it’s more Bat-Centric than Gotham Academy, it’s probably going to have its work cut out for it to stand out from the pack. Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal’s Arkham Manor has a pretty intriguing plot, but this first issue doesn’t do much with it. In fact, its opening page tells you to read Batman Eternal #30 before reading Manor, which is interesting because Eternal #30 isn’t coming out until next week. Read the rest of this entry

Too Many Batbooks?

Batman3Last week, Entertainment Weekly of all places announced two new titles that will be appearing on DC’s publishing slate in October: Arkham Manor and Gotham Academy. As a surprise to pretty much no one, both of these titles are, you guessed it, Batman related. Naturally the internet got into a tizzy about there being even more Batman books being released on the nerd buying public, but is it really that big of a deal? Read the rest of this entry