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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

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Comic Reviews: Secret Empire and Bane Conquest!

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HT-secret-empire1-cf-170209_2_8x13_992.jpgSecret Empire #1 (of 9) (Marvel Comics)

To say that Marvel’s Secret Empire has been controversial would be the understatement of the year. Fans have been voicing their displeasure over the “Hydra Cap” storyline for a year now, so much so that Marvel had to issue a special press release that asked them to hold judgment until they read the new event to completion (and that SPOILER ALERT Captain America will be back to normal by the time it’s over). Now the storyline that Nick Spencer has been building to since last year’s Steve Rogers Captain America is here. With Cap’s “true allegiance” now in the open, the battle begins for the soul of Marvel’s greatest hero. But removed from all the hype and headlines, how does Secret Empire stack up as the latest in the long line of Marvel events? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Justice League vs Suicide Squad and Captain America!

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justice-league-vs-suicide-squad-6-cover-1-300x461Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6 (of 6) (DC Comics)

MILD SPOILERS

In a lot of ways, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad has been the complete antithesis of a lot of major comic book events. It was weekly, on time, and didn’t involve a ton of crossovers with other books. In fact, if you just read the main event series, you’d be just fine. An added bonus has been the fact that the Joshua Williamson written event has been pretty fun, and featured a lot of fantastic artists on each issue (which helped the timeliness of the event). Which is why as we reach the final issue of Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, I’m kind of bummed to see it go. This has been such a fun ride that it’s the only time I actually WANT an event to be given a few extra issues. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Doom Patrol and The Fix!

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640-1Doom Patrol #1 (DC Comics)

It’s been a few years since Gerard Way, the lead singer of the My Chemical Romance, had a book on the comic stands. But his return to the paneled page could not have come with more hype. Not only is he writing a new take on Doom Patrol, he’s also the creative force behind “Young Animal”, DC’s new publishing imprint that’s kind of like Vertigo if it was really into punk and zines. As the first book in the initiative and the first mainstream series written by Way, all eyes are on Doom Patrol. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: DC Universe Rebirth and Steve Rogers: Captain America!

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366074._SX640_QL80_TTD_DC Universe Rebirth #1 (DC Comics)

MILD SPOILERS

This is it. Once again the hopes and dreams of the future of DC Comics rests on the shoulders of one man. No, not Superman, Geoff Johns! The master behind Sinestro Corps War, Infinite Crisis, and nearly every other major event at DC comics has brought us DC Universe Rebirth, the kick off of DC’s newest hope for taking back some of the comics market share that they so desperately need. Unfortunately, spoilers broke out about this bad boy over the weekend, and not even I was immune to them. But even though I know about the huge, “what the $&^#!” reveal, there are still plenty of interesting moments in this new one-shot issue that features art from Ethan Van Sciver, Gary Frank, and tons of other DC artists. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Black Panther and The Fix!

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DIG076383._SX640_QL80_TTD_Black Panther #1 (Marvel Comics)

With his big movie debut in a month, Black Panther’s new ongoing series couldn’t have come at a better time. With Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates penning the series, it’s a safe bet that Marvel is planning on big things for this new volume of Black Panther. Hell, the last page even has a breakdown of the creators involved and their past credits, not unlike what you’d find on the back of a best selling novel.  So how does this first issue, with art by Brian Stelfreeze, stack up? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill and Power Man and Iron Fist!

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Avengers_Standoff_Welcome_to_Pleasant_Hill_1_Cover-600x902Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1 (Marvel Comics)

I’ll be honest. I was planning on skipping the upcoming “Avengers: Standoff” event. Call it being uninterested, not thinking that this was a “major event”, or plain old event fatigue, there just wasn’t anything that I thought was appealing about Nick Spencer’s upcoming crossover storyline.

But then I read this. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Arkham Knight Genesis and Ant-Man!

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Batman-Arkham-Knight-Genesis-720x1106Arkham Knight Genesis #1 (of 6) (DC Comics)

First things first, if you haven’t beaten the story mode in Arkham Knight, you should not read this comic (that should be apparent from a comic with the title Arkham Knight Genesis). I’ll do my best to not reveal the identity of the Arkham Knight in this review, but know that you WILL find out who Arkham Knight is within the first few pages if this issue, so if you haven’t played the game yet, you’ve been warned. If you have played the game, you won’t get too much new information about the Arkham Knight that you didn’t already know before, but writer Peter J Thomasi and artist Alison Borges do present an interesting spin on the character’s origin that’s really entertaining. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Ant-Man and The Fade Out!

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 ant-man-1-cover-mark-brooksjpg-80061cAnt-Man #1 (Marvel Comics)

 Ant-Man is starting to become a pretty big deal for Marvel Comics. As you may or may not know, there’s a movie coming out (look, there’s even a trailer), and with that means that Marvel is going to start pumping the character up in the comic book circle. Of course, this means the start of a regular ongoing series for the diminutive hero, but before you turn away, it should be worth noting that this series features a creative team of Ramon Rosanas on art, and Nick Spencer on writing duties, which puts Ant-Man #1 in the category of “must read”, since Spencer’s Superior Foes of Spider-Man was one of my favorite titles of the past year. In fact, a lot of Ant-Man fits right in with Spencer’s previous series. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Rumble and Black Widow!

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 rumble_01rgbRumble #1 (Image Comics)

 Yes, Image Comics has another new series out this week. However, John Arcudi and James Harren’s Rumble is different enough to make it stand out from the crowd of Image titles. A weird mash up of Conan the Barbarian, modern city life, and the supernatural, Rumble is definitely one of the stranger comics to debut this year. It’s also pretty damn awesome.

Rumble follows the exploits of Rathraq, a “Scarecrow Warrior God” who mysteriously reawakens in modern day, walks into a bar, and proceeds to start laying waste to everything in his path. After hacking off a man’s arm, Rathraq is quickly taken out by the barkeeper, but after that, things start getting weird. A lady’s cat jumps four stories out of his apartment, but is completely fine when he lands. Strange monsters appear and follow the barkeep home, who has foolishly decided to try to pawn Rathraq’s sword. Luckily (or unluckily) for our “hero”, Rathraq reappears, ready to throw down again. Read the rest of this entry