John Wick #1 (Dynamite Comics)
Movie tie-in comics are always a tough gamble, and John Wick is no exception. With two of the best action movies of the past ten years under it’s belt, the Keanu Reeves hit man franchise is one of the few “sure bets” in Hollywood right now. But how exactly can you translate the insane frenetic action of those movies to the static comic page? Well, Greg Pak and Giovanni Valletta have an answer: focus on John Wick’s early years as a young assassin. Read the rest of this entry
Spider-Gwen #6 (Marvel Comics)
Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez’ Spider-Gwen has been spinning its wheels since the new post-Secret Wars relaunch. What initially started as a great new alternate world and hero started to almost give off the vibe of missed potential. To be completely honest, I was close to dropping the series.
But then I read this issue. Read the rest of this entry
Old Man Logan #1 (Marvel Comics)
Marvel’s “All New, All Different” relaunch has done a lot of strange things. In fact, some might accuse them of just throwing ideas at the wall to see if they’ll stick, which may be the reason for Old Man Logan, the new ongoing series that places the former Wolverine who starred in Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s fantastic original series into the main Marvel 616 (sorry, Marvel PRIME) universe. It seems like a gimmick, and it is. But with writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino on the series, it’s able to transcend the gimmickiness of its premise and plant the seeds for a pretty intriguing tale. Read the rest of this entry
It’s always exciting when something you’ve been saying SHOULD happen finally does. Case in point: late Thursday night it was announced that Southern Bastards, a title that I’ve longed thought could be an excellent TV show, was being prepped to air on the FX Network. FX has made a name for themselves with gritty and dark shows like The Shield, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, and Rescue Me, and in all honesty it’s an ideal fit for the world that Jason Aaron and Jason Latour have created for their Image Comics title. Read the rest of this entry
Second only to Star Wars, Spider-Gwen’s solo series is probably the most-hyped #1 to hit the stands this year. The first appearance of the Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman in Edge of Spider-Verse #2 has gone though multiple printings, and the character has already become a favorite of the Internet. With this much hype, there’s no way the book could live up to the lofty expectations people have for it, right? Read the rest of this entry
AXIS is now in full swing, which means it’s time for Marvel to do what it does best with their events: spin-offs! This time around good old Cletus Kasaday is getting the spotlight, and surprisingly, AXIS: Carnage, by Kevin Spears and German Peralta, does a better job of explaining the whole “villains become heroes” switcharoo than AXIS did last week.
The entirety of this opening issue finds Carnage trying to make sense of the strange urges to do good that are plaguing his mind. As a witness to the inversion spell that Scarlet Witch and Dr. Doom performed to try and free Professor X from the Red Skull, Carnage knows the “why” behind his actions, but he doesn’t truly understand how to control it. At the same time, there’s a new version of the Sin Eater targeting news anchors, which quickly catches the attention of the psychotic symbiote. Read the rest of this entry
What’s that? I already did a review of an issue of Edge of Spider-verse? And I did it last week?
That’s true. But Edge of Spider-Verse #2 features the debut of an alternate Spider-Man that’s so awesome that I fell in love with it from the moment I saw the preview images: Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman. Read the rest of this entry
Peter Parker is officially BACK in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man #1. Written by longtime Spidey writer Dan Slott and drawn by Humberto Ramos, the new start for Spidey finally brings us some insight into Peter’s feelings about the world around him, even though the main story doesn’t offer us quite as much information as I would’ve liked. Read the rest of this entry