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Comic Reviews: Rumble and Monstro Mechanica!

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rumble2017_01-1Rumble #1 (Image Comics)

After a pretty lengthy hiatus, Rumble is back. And while I’d like to say that the John Arcudi and James Harren series returns with a vengeance, that’s not exactly the case. For starters, Harren has been replaced by David Rubin, and Rumble #1 serves as more of a catch up than new starting point. But at the same time, it’s good to have Rathraq back on the comic shelves. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Spectacular Spider-Man and Dark Fang!

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indexPeter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #297 (Marvel Comics)

While I’ve enjoyed Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert’s Spectacular Spider-Man series, there hasn’t been a lot done with it to make it stand out from its bigger brother, Amazing Spider-Man. However, all that’s set to change now that Marvel Legacy has set in, and the rebranded Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #297 raises the stakes and the action in this series considerably. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Port of Earth and Coyotes!

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POE01_Fullsize_356_540Port of Earth #1 (Image Comics)

What if Earth finally made contact with an alien race, and was turned into a glorified truck stop? That’s the premise of Point of Earth, the new Image series from Zack Kaplan and Andrea Mutti. An interesting mix of District 9 and cop dramas like Edge of Watch, Port of Earth has a great set up and hook, but the second half falls a little short of it’s potential. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Captain America and Gravedigger’s Union!

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Captain_America_Vol_1_695_TextlessCaptain America #695 (Marvel Comics)

Cap has a had a rough few years. His reputation has been tarnished in both the Marvel Universe and with comic book fans, so Marvel’s Legacy relaunch event serves as a great way to rehabilitate the character after Secret Empire. Fewer creators have a better pedigree together than Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, and hopes are high that the two can work the same magic on the Sentinel of Liberty as they did with previous series Daredevil and Black Widow. After reading Captain America #695, it’s clear that Samnee and Waid are doing the same witchcraft that made those previous series so compelling. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Dark Ark and Gasolina!

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dark-ark-1-preview-01-1002883Dark Ark #1 (Aftershock Comics)

We all know the story of Noah’s Ark, but what if there was another ark that carried the worst kinds of monsters into the new world? That’s the gist of Dark Ark, the latest comic series from Cullen Bunn and Juan Doe. A concept so good that you can’t believe you haven’t seen it before, Dark Ark has to set up a lot of story, but the potential for another great comic is definitely here in this opening issue. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Realm and Runaways!

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indexRealm #1 (Image Comics)

Post apocalyptic fiction is a dime a dozen these days, especially at Image comics, the home of The Walking Dead. But while Seth Peck and Jeremy Haun’s series Realm definitely has some similarities to other stories, the reason for the apocalypse in this world is what makes it stand out. Instead of zombies, a plague, or nuclear disaster, in the world of Realm, its dragons, orcs, and other fantasy creatures that cause the demise of the world we know around us. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Kingsman: The Red Diamond and Scales & Scoundrels!

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KingsmanTheRedDiamond_01-1Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1 (Image Comics)

With Kingsman: The Golden Circle arriving in theaters in just a few weeks, it’s no surprise that there’s a sequel to the original series, Kingsman: The Secret Service (formerly called Secret Service), ready to hit comic shelves. But what is surprising is the fact that Kingsman: The Red Diamond isn’t written by Mark Millar or illustrated by Dave Gibbons. In their place is Rob Williams of Suicide Squad fame and Simon Fraser handling the art, marking this the first time outside of the Millarworld Annual specials that a Millar property isn’t written by Millar himself. Unfortunately for Red Diamond, it shows. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Dark Nights Metal and Mage: The Hero Denied!

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metal-1-cover-e1498475012313Dark Nights: Metal #1 (DC Comics)

More so than many big comic book events, there’s a lot of hype surrounding Dark Nights: Metal. Of course, any book that reunites the Batman New 52 dream team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo is bound to gain some attention, but the hype surrounding Metal is definitely more palpable than other events in the works (looking at you, Marvel Legacy). Perhaps it’s the fact that this event will tie into the early days of the DC universe, or that DC has been on such a creative hot streak lately that anything they make will have a lot of attention, but whatever it is, Metal has a ton of hype, which means it has a lot to live up to. And while it’s not the action packed event that the Batman with battle axes promo images would have you believe, Snyder and Capullo are setting the stage for some major shake ups in the DC universe. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Mister Miracle and Redlands!

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Mister-Miracle-1-Cover-ColorMister Miracle #1 (DC Comics)

This may sound blasphemous to some, but I’ve never been able to quite crack the New Gods. While I like Darkseid and Mr. Miracle and have read the major aspects of Jack Kirby’s saga, there’s always been some part of them that just seemed too weird to me, so I’ve largely missed out on a huge chunk of necessary comic book lore. But with Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle, that’s definitely going to change. This opening issue is not only another notch in the awesome body of work from these two creators; it’s also the thing that finally clicked with me when it comes to the New Gods. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Generations Hulk and Elsewhere!

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529685._SX1280_QL80_TTD_Generations: Totally Awesome Hulk and Banner Hulk #1 (Marvel Comics)

Like everything Marvel publishes, there’s been a lot of hype surrounding Generations, which finds the contemporary versions of major Marvel characters meeting their “classic” versions. Marvel is presenting this as a way to go back to the roots of many of their characters, and is pitching this series of one-shots as the “next step” into Legacy, their “we promise we’re not trying to copy what DC did with Rebirth but yeah we kind of are” publishing initiative coming up next month. With the first of these titles being released this week with Generations: Totally Awesome Hulk and Banner Hulk, a lot of people are wondering just what these specials are. They’re not “time travel stories” according to Marvel, but deal with something called ’The Vanishing Point´ that’s somehow tied into Secret Empire. Well, unfortunately the Greg Pak and Matteo Buffagni special doesn’t have any insight into the greater workings of Generations, and honestly the special itself doesn’t offer anything all that interesting either. Read the rest of this entry