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Comic Reviews: Martian Manhunter and Winter Soldier!

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mm_cv01-p_2018Martian Manhunter #1 (DC Comics)

After the critical success of Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle, it makes sense that DC comics would want to replicate that success with some of their other characters. Stepping up to the plate is Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo, starting a new twelve part miniseries focusing on J’on J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter. Naturally the comparisons to King and Gerads’ series are going to be rampant, but so far it seems like Martian Manhunter isn’t going to be making anyone forget Mister Miracle anytime soon. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Ironheart #1 and DC Nuclear Winter Special!

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Riri Williams made a pretty big splash a few years ago in the pages of Tony Stark: Iron Man, and now that ol’ Tony is back in the armor, it’s time for her to break out on her own. Ironheart #1, from Eve L Ewing and artists Kevin Libranda and Luciano Vecchio, is a great start for Riri character-wise, but there’s not much to keep you interested when it comes to the plot. Read the rest of this entry

Stan

Stan!Stan Lee is gone.

Even typing those words feels surreal. For many, myself included, it seemed like Stan Lee would be around forever, making Marvel Studios cameos and appearing at cons with a joyful, boundless energy that seemed too much for his age. This was a man who, in his 90’s, was still making multiple appearances a year at many different venues. He’s been a part of my life since I was first aware of comic books, introducing my Pizza Hut X-Men tapes with a joyful exuberance that made him feel like a grandparent from the other side of the glass. He’s had an insurmountable, almost impossible to describe impact on my life, and I’m glad I got the chance to at least tell him so, in my own weird, awkward way. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Marvel Knights and The Green Lantern!

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Twenty years ago, Marvel launched the Marvel Knights imprint, and changed the publisher forever. Naturally with a big anniversary coming up, Marvel wants to capitalize on that nostalgia, and hiring Donny Cates and Travel Foreman to create the new Marvel Knights #1 is certainly a good way to celebrate. Focusing on an intriguing mystery that revolves around our favorite street-level heroes forgetting their true selves, this opening issue is really interesting, even if it doesn’t quite match up with what is happening in the other characters’ solo books. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Lucifer and Marvel Zombie!

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LUCI_01_300-001_HD_5bb3b345a4b2c2.64568755Lucifer #1 (Vertigo)

No Vertigo relaunch is complete without a new Lucifer series. The Sandman spin-off returns, with a new #1, a new creative team in the form of Dan Watters and Sebastian and Max Fiumara, and the Lord of Hell depowered and trapped in a world he doesn’t understand. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Murder Falcon and The Immortal Hulk!

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MurderFalcon_01-1Murder Falcon #1 (Image Comics)

After Extremity, I made the decision to follow writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson on any book he decided to work on. While I was definitely expecting something crazy for his next project, in no way was I prepared for Murder Falcon. A raucous love letter to all things Metal and Rock, Murder Falcon #1 is a jolt of intensity on every panel, and it’s one of the best debut issues of the year. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Superior Octopus and Dead Rabbit!

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Superior_Octopus_Vol_1_1Superior Octopus #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s hard to think of a character that’s had more changes in the past decade than Otto Octavius. He’s gone from a dying husk, to taking over Spider-Man’s body, to having his consciousness put into a robot body, and is now in a NEW cloned body of Peter Parker with a new name and mission. While it’s enough to make a newcomer’s head spin, if you’ve been following Otto’s story like I have, it’s turned him into a character that’s far more nuanced than just being a Spider-Man villain, and he’s ripe for an ongoing series to flesh out his character. While Christos Gage and Mike Hawthorne’s Superior Octopus isn’t the start of a new ongoing yet (Superior Spider-Man, from the same creative team, won’t start for a few months), it does give us a neat look into the character’s current goings on, and how he’ll play into the Spider-Geddon event later on. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Iceman and Archie 1941!

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28iceman_cover1-articleLargeIceman #1 (Marvel Comics)

After being canceled last year, many thought that Bobby Drake, also known as the X-Man Iceman, would be back to being relegated to the X-Men books. Luckily for fans of the cool mutant, Bobby is back in a new solo series, with his former writer Sina Grace and artist Nate Stockman. The series focuses on Bobby’s efforts to find out who’s hunting Morlocks for sport in the sewers of New York City. That sounds like a heavy comic, for sure, but surprisingly Grace and Stockman’s Iceman #1 is a really fun and engaging opening issue. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Asgardians of The Galaxy and Bordertown!

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Asgardians_of_the_GalaxyAsgardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s a little strange that Marvel is putting out a title called Asgardians of the Galaxy after the release of Thor: Ragnarok, seeing as how the internet gave that nickname to the third Thor film. But here we are, with a new series that’s….supposed to replace Guardians of the Galaxy? Serve as a tie-in to Thor? I’m not entirely sure, but the opening issue from Cullen Bunn and artist Matteo Lolli is pretty fun, if a weird addition to Marvel’s publishing slate. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Venom The First Host and Rick and Morty vs Dungeons and Dragons!

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The current Venom run is doing some pretty incredible things with the character, exploring the history of the symbiote and it’s long connection with the universe. Which makes Venom: the First Host, a new miniseries from Mike Costa and Mark Bagley, a weird one. While it’s showing off a new part of the history of Eddie Brock’s “other”, the fact that we’re getting some additional “never before seen” history behind the creature at the same time as the current run on the character makes The First Host seem repetitive, and if I’m being honest, a little boring too. Read the rest of this entry