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Comic Reviews: Mister Miracle and Avengers!

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xvai1pug76101Mister Miracle #6 (DC Comics)

I mentioned in my review of the first issue of Mister Miracle how the Tom King and Mitch Gerads series could do the impossible and give me a solid introduction to Jack Kirby’s Fourth World saga, but now six issues in (and a few Kirby trades later), I can easily say that was definitely the case. Simply put, this is one of the best series currently on the market. As the final issue of the first arc of the miniseries, Mister Miracle #6 has much of the same charm as you’d expect from King and Gerads by now, but there’s also some pretty major surprises and reveals as well. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Rise of the Black Panther and Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles!

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uytkwit0skdh8b8kwco0Rise of the Black Panther #1 (of 6) (Marvel Comics)

With a brand new movie coming out in just under a month, it’s no surprise that Marvel would put out a new Black Panther origin comic. But what makes Rise of the Black Panther stand out is the fact that it’s written by current Black Panther writer Ta-Nehisi Coates with an assist from journalist Evan Narcisse, which allows them to work in aspects of Coates’ run into the story of T’Challa’s rise to becoming the King of Wakanda. While this may not be a necessary read for fans of the character, if you need a refresher on T’Challa and his world, Rise is a great read. Read the rest of this entry

The Best of 2017!

logan-x-men-comics-001-1280x5352017 may have been a crap year in a lot of ways, but when it came to entertainment, it was pretty damn awesome. Not only did we have the largest amount of comic book movies in recent years, they were all varied enough to fly in the face of the “all comic book movies are the same” hot take that has sprout up on the internet lately. And speaking of comic books, we’ve also got a ton of awesome books this year, including some from Marvel, a company that has been in trouble for some time now. So let’s stop with me setting stuff up, and talk about that best of 2017! Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman/Ninja Turtles II and Venom, Inc.!

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IMG_1036Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 (of 6) (DC Comics/IDW)

The original Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover was a massive success for DC and IDW, so it’s only natural that the two publishers would want to make a sequel. Bringing back original writer James Tynion IV and artist Freddie Williams II, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II is a welcome return to the worlds of these two mega franchises, but like the original series, it does take a little while to get the plot moving. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: John Wick and Spider-Gwen!

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JohnWick01CovBCowanJohn 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

Comic Reviews: Doomsday Clock and Thanos!

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variant-cover-of-doomsday-clock-1-with-superman-and-doctor-manhattanDoomsday Clock #1 (of 12) (DC Comics)

MINOR SPOILERS

The hype around Doomsday Clock is certainly palpable. When the DC Universe unveiled the Rebirth initiative two years ago, it was all but assured that it would lead to the DC heroes meeting the characters from Watchmen, thanks to Doctor Manhattan screwing with time and causing the heroes to forget ten years of their lives and adventures. Today, it’s finally time to see just what Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have in store for the DC and Watchmen worlds with Doomsday Clock. But if you’re expecting to see Superman square off with Doctor Manhattan in this first issue, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Read the rest of this entry

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: 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