I think a lot of us can agree that by and large, 2016 was a pretty bad year all around. Nearly every major blockbuster movie disappointed, the country showed us how terrible it can be, and we lost a ton of great performers and celebrities to the man upstairs. That’s what makes this installment of my annual ‘Worst of” lists so much more difficult. In a year as crappy as this one, how can you choose the absolute crap of the crap? Well my friends, I’ve thought long and hard about this one, and after much deliberation, I give you my absolute WORST of 2016. Read the rest of this entry
Daredevil #1 (Marvel Comics)
The Man Without Fear is back in a monthly book, and it’s definitely got more in common with his recent Netflix series than Mark Waid’s run. Charles Soule and Ron Garney’s Daredevil is darker in both tone and style, and it’s one of the more impressive debuts in the All New All Different Marvel line up. Read the rest of this entry
Marvel Studios’ Daredevil has finally hit Netflix, and by now, you’ve probably either started the series or already binged through every episode available to you. So what now? With no news on a season two just yet, you’ll have to sit tight until AKA Jessica Jones hits (or a few weeks until Age of Ultron releases). But if you’re still jonesing for more Daredevil, then you’re in luck, cause there’s plenty of fantastic stories featuring Matt Murdock just waiting for you. Of all of Marvel’s characters, Daredevil has arguably had some of the greatest runs, with some big names working on the character throughout his publishing history. But where to start? Luckily, all of the following Daredevil stories I’m listing to you are easily accessible, and awesome.
Jonathan Hickman’s other Avengers title kicks into high gear with New Avengers #24, which is also under the “TIME RUNS OUT” banner. However, unlike the Avengers issue, NA doesn’t waste anytime giving you what you really want: Namor and the Cabal absolutely wrecking stuff up.
Actually, this issue gives us even more than we bargained for, as it also features a pretty healthy helping of Dr. Victor Von Doom as well. The issue opens with Namor meeting with Doom and asking for his help with stopping the incursions that have been threatening Earth since the beginning of New Avengers. In the eight-month gap between this issue and the last one, Namor is finding that his Cabal, which includes members like Thanos, Terrax, and Maximus, is becoming too hard to control, and they’re sensing that Namor doesn’t relish destroying worlds like they do. Of course, Doom turns Namor down in one of the best scenes of the issue. Hickman’s dialogue for this scene is so good that it makes me want him to write a Doctor Doom ongoing right this second. Read the rest of this entry
I’ll admit it; I dropped Harley Quinn a few months ago. As much as I loved the character, I wasn’t a fan on this new “Deadpool” spin that writers Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti were giving her. After two really good opening issues, the book quickly devolved into an unfunny, incoherent mess. But for some reason I was compelled to pick up Harley Quinn Invades Comic Con International San Diego. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because the premise, which has Harley trying to pitch her own comic book, seemed similar to the zero issue that I loved. Maybe I felt I was being too hard on Harley’s main series and wanted to give her another shot. Or maybe I just simply like Harley Quinn and wanted to see her at San Diego Comic Con, the nerd Mecca that I’ll probably never go to in my lifetime. Whatever the reasoning, I picked up this one shot issue and actually found that I enjoyed it quite a bit. It still has a lot of the same things that irk me about the regular series, but I found myself being able to look past that and really enjoy the main story. Read the rest of this entry
After last month’s #0 issue, Harley has a new lease on life, and more importantly, the artist for her ongoing series. That artist is Chad Hardin, who’s penciling the script by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Harley Quinn #1 is nothing like the previous issue. There’s no fourth wall breaking humor or jabs at the creative team. That doesn’t mean that it’s not fun though. Ms. Quinn’s first solo ongoing in the New 52 is full of surprises, and the characterization of Harley is particularly strong. Read the rest of this entry