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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

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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: Batman: White Knight and Spirits of Vengeance!

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batman_white_knight_coverBatman: White Knight #1 (of ) (DC Comics)

There have been countless classic Batman tales: The Dark Knight Returns, The Long Halloween, the entirety of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run. Hell, even The Dark Knight counts as an incredible Batman story, despite being a movie and not a comic. With Sean Murphy’s Batman: White Knight, the hype was building that this story could be just as good as those other classics. And now that it’s out I can tell you this: the hype is real. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Marvel Legacy and Detective Comics!

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Marvel-Legacy-1-featuredMarvel Legacy #1 (Marvel Comics)

MINOR SPOILERS

Well, it’s finally here. After the usual Marvel hype, Marvel Legacy has released, and with it, the promise that the Marvel Universe will “never be the same again”. With waning interest in their books and major events like Secret Empire, Marvel’s “non-Rebirth” launch is being met with a lot of anticipation and skepticism, and as someone who’s been getting more and more tired of Marvel’s hype and promotions every week, I have to admit that the Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic Marvel Legacy #1 actually has piqued my interest in a way that Marvel hasn’t done in a very long time. 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: Secret Empire and Justice League Of America!

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SECRET_EMPIRE_10Secret Empire #10 (of 10) (Marvel Comics)

SPOILERS (But it’s not like Marvel didn’t already do that for you)

My lack of interest in Secret Empire has been going on since before the series was initially announced, so now that we’re at the end (well, almost the end, there’s still an “Omega” issue coming to wrap everything up), I should be pretty pumped to see it end and move on. But even without the usual mainstream media spoilers, Nick Spencer’s big Marvel event feels like it’s just checking off the boxes of what you need to do in a major comic book event, and doesn’t really set up anything new or exciting for the post-Hydra Cap Marvel universe. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Generations: Thor and Nightwing: New Order!

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STL053867.jpgGenerations: The Mighty Thor and the Unworthy Thor #1 (Marvel Comics)

Jason Aaron’s ongoing Thor saga has made for one of the few truly consistently great Marvel titles, so the news that he would be writing the Generations: The Mighty Thor and Unworthy Thor special is a welcome one. Despite the fact that Jane Foster’s Thor has teamed up with the Odinson plenty of times before, this special, featuring art by Mahmud Asrar, takes Jane Foster back to the distant past to meet a Thor that has yet to learn what it means to be worthy. It leads to an action packed issue that finally has some ties to the upcoming Marvel Legacy special, and serves as the best Generations special so far. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: The Punisher and Suicide Squad!

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516363._SX1280_QL80_TTD_Punisher #14 (Marvel Comics)

Frank Castle’s adventures in the Marvel NOW era have been a little more comic booky than I typically like, but recent issues have definitely improved on the original storyline. Becky Cloonan’s ongoing tale of Frank Castle going after Mutant Growth Hormone drug dealers had been a tiring slow burn, but there’s been a new jolt of electricity to the series in recent months, and there’s no better example of that than in Punisher #14. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Dark Days: The Casting and Spider-Men II!

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0qj7k1c13cqyDark Days: The Casting #1 (DC Comics)

Dark Days: The Forge brought up a whole lot of questions for the upcoming Metal event from DC. From showing a new back-story for Hawkman, to revealing that Batman has one of the “tuning forks” the Monitor used to try and reconcile the multiple universes in Crisis on the Infinite Earths, The Forge had a lot of crazy reveals, but not a lot of context for them. With The Casting, it falls on Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and their trio of artists (Jim Lee, John Romita Jr, and Andy Kubert) to maybe, just maybe start making some connections to the upcoming Metal event. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Amazing Spider-Man and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

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Amazing_Spider-Man_Vol_4_29_Textless.jpgAmazing Spider-Man #29 (Marvel Comics)

Not even The Amazing Spider-Man is free from the grasp of Marvel’s Secret Empire event. Unlike most event tie-ins though, Amazing Spider-Man #29 feels like a natural continuation of the stories Dan Slott has been building up in his run that just happens to dovetail nicely into the latest Marvel mega event. In fact, with this issue being the return of Doctor Octopus, I was looking forward more to this storyline than any other aspect of Secret Empire. Luckily writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage, with artist Stuart Immonen, do not disappoint in the slightest. Read the rest of this entry