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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

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Comic Reviews: Fairlady and Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage!

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fairlady-1_8a97f58344Fairlady #1 (Image Comics)

We’ve all seen the stories of a big war in a fantasy realm, but what happens when the war is over? That’s the main crux of Fairlady, a new fantasy series from Brian Schirmer and Claudia Balboni that plays a little like Lord Of the Rings, a little like Magnum P.I, and ends up being a whole lot of fun. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: War of the Realms and Rocko’s Modern Afterlife!

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650x650_506176152ee488e08b42f5b0dfba979ffac91fab8ce9076cb2f98fcfWar of the Realms #1 (of 6) (Marvel Comics)

Jason Aaron has been writing Thor for a very long time. Going as far back as his God of Thunder run, his work on the character is a true testament to “playing the long game”. He’s had Thor fight new villains, lose his title of the God of Thunder to Jane Foster, and be restored to his former glory (but not without taking a hand in the process). It’s an incredible achievement that Aaron has been able to keep with the character for so long, a fact that it’s even more surprising when you consider just how many titles have had creative changes at Marvel in the time since he started working on the character. But now it’s all coming to a head with War of the Realms, the latest event from the House of Ideas that will “change everything we know about the Marvel Universe”. But this event feels different from past big Marvel events, mainly because it seems like there’s been an actual sense of anticipation and build up from Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman, who returns to the Asgardian to draw this massive tale. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Spider-Man: Life Story and the Life and Death of Toyo Harada!

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indexSpider-Man: Life Story #1 (of 6) (Marvel)

Unlike other Spider-Man events, Spider-Man: Life Story is telling the tale of Peter Parker in real time, allowing the character to grow and evolve over the decades. This gives writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Mark Bagley the chance to show readers something that rarely happens in comics: a character that grows and changes as the years go on. While Life Story #1 only touches on Peter Parker as a teenager in the 60’s, it paints a much different picture on the wall-crawler than the ones we read from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Meet The Skrulls and Domino: Hot Shots!

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indexMeet The Skrulls #1 (Marvel Comics)

As the big bads for the upcoming Captain Marvel film, The Skrulls are due for the spotlight again, and with Meet The Skrulls, they get it. But surprisingly Robbie Thompson and Niko Henrichon’s debut issue isn’t the start of a big event, but a smaller, character focused miniseries that feels an awful lot like Tom King’s Vision series from a few years ago. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: High Level and Amazing Nightcrawler!

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HLVL_01_300-001_HD_5c59ce461e41b0.82110085High Level #1 (Vertigo Comics)

What would the world look like a hundred years after an apocalyptic event? That’s the main driving force behind High Level, a new Vertigo series from Rob Sheridan (the artistic director behind Nine Inch Nails’ awesome live shows) and artists Barnaby Bagenda and Romulo Farjardo. While High Level certainly looks like a lot of the post-apocalyptic fiction we’ve seen in recent years, there’s also a strong underlying theme througt the first issue that hints at some larger things to come from the series. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Avengers: No Road Home and Amazing Spider-Man!

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Last year’s Avengers: No Surrender was an entertaining, if a little over long, success for Marvel. Naturally, that means the publisher has set up a sequel with Avengers: No Road Home. But unlike Surrender, this event won’t be taking the place of the main Avengers title during it’s run. Instead, it’ll serve as it’s own series that’ll run alongside the current Avengers title (probably because it’s selling better than when No Surrender came out). However, as good as this opening issue is, I’m not quite sure that the combined forces of Mark Waid, Jim Zub, Al Ewing, and Paco Medina are enough to convince readers to buy another Avengers title. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Age of X-Man Alpha and Fight Club 3!

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indexAge of X-Man Alpha #1 (Marvel Comics)

Not content with just relaunching Uncanny X-Men, Marvel has a new X-Men event coming our way with Age of X-Man Alpha, the new starting point for, you guessed it, the Age of X-Man miniseries that will be hitting in the next few months.Fortunately, this event isn’t following in the footsteps of Age of Apocalypse and taking the place of the X-Men series that Marvel currently produces. Unfortunatley, the Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, and Ramon Rosanas special doesn’t do a whole lot to convince you to keep going with this event beyond the miniseries. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Guardians of the Galaxy and Hardcore!

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)

Despite becoming household names thanks to their mega-successful movies, The Guardians of the Galaxy still can’t quite make it as a comic series. The Brian Michael Bendis run petered out after a few years, and the relaunch with Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder served as more of a tie-in to the Infinity Wars event than it’s own series. So what’s Marvel to do? Create a new team of Guardians with the creatives behind the mega-hit Thanos run, Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Uncanny X-Men and Black Widow!

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uncanny_x-men_vol_5_10Uncanny X-Men #10 (Marvel Comics)

After ten weeks, Marvel’s opening storyline for Uncanny X-Men has come to a close. The Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, and Matthew Rosenberg crafted story has been packed to the brim with mutants new and old, and the stage is set for the epic showdown with Nate Grey in Uncanny X-Men #10. But it can’t live up to the hype, can it?

Surprisingly, it can. Read the rest of this entry