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

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736532._SX360_QL80_TTD_Avengers: No Road Home #1 (Marvel Comics)

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

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Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man and X-23!

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208209_1192996_1003The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2018)

Easily one of my most anticipated comics of the year is the relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man. Despite Nick Spencer’s involvement (no, I’m still not over Secret Empire), the fact that Invincible artist Ryan Ottley is making this his first comic since the end of the Image series is more than enough to get me to stand up and pay attention. With an artist known for big, bombastic art like Ottley, it’s easy to expect that this opening issue will be a good showcase for him, but I’m more surprised by the fact that Amazing Spider-Man #1 seems to indicate that the Nick Spencer that wrote Superior Foes of Spider-Man is back as well. Read the rest of this entry

The Amazing Ryan Ottley

asm0012018cov-lrv2-1087143Dan Slott is leaving The Amazing Spider-Man. It was bound to happen one day, but it’s still a shock to realize that a day is coming very soon where Slott’s name won’t be on the title anymore. After being on the book for a decade, the writer is leaving behind a massive legacy on the book that will be very hard for anyone following him to live up to. Luckily though, there’s one name that will be coming to the book that will definitely make an impact: Ryan Ottley. 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: 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