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Comic Reviews: Kingsman: The Red Diamond and Scales & Scoundrels!

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KingsmanTheRedDiamond_01-1Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1 (Image Comics)

With Kingsman: The Golden Circle arriving in theaters in just a few weeks, it’s no surprise that there’s a sequel to the original series, Kingsman: The Secret Service (formerly called Secret Service), ready to hit comic shelves. But what is surprising is the fact that Kingsman: The Red Diamond isn’t written by Mark Millar or illustrated by Dave Gibbons. In their place is Rob Williams of Suicide Squad fame and Simon Fraser handling the art, marking this the first time outside of the Millarworld Annual specials that a Millar property isn’t written by Millar himself. Unfortunately for Red Diamond, it shows. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: The Punisher and Suicide Squad!

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516363._SX1280_QL80_TTD_Punisher #14 (Marvel Comics)

Frank Castle’s adventures in the Marvel NOW era have been a little more comic booky than I typically like, but recent issues have definitely improved on the original storyline. Becky Cloonan’s ongoing tale of Frank Castle going after Mutant Growth Hormone drug dealers had been a tiring slow burn, but there’s been a new jolt of electricity to the series in recent months, and there’s no better example of that than in Punisher #14. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Ghost Rider and Suicide Squad!

ghostrider1covermarcochecchettoGhost Rider #1 (Marvel Comics)

I’ll be honest; I wasn’t the biggest fan of All-New Ghost Rider. While I admired the art by Tradd Moore, the series that introduced Robbie Reyes to the world just didn’t do much for me. Maybe it was because Johnny Blaze will always be my favorite Ghost Rider, or maybe it was the fact that this time the Rider drove a muscle car instead of motorcycle, but something just didn’t click with me. Despite this, the Robbie Reyes version of the character has a pretty devoted following, and he’s returned with a brand new series written by Reyes create Felipe Smith, with art from Danillo Beyruth. Unfortunately this new series doesn’t do much to convince me to keep following this Rider’s adventures. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Suicide Squad Rebirth and Kill or Be Killed!

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SSQUADREB-Cv1-tan-cffecSuicide Squad Rebirth #1 (DC Comics)

You may or may not know, but the Suicide Squad movie hits this week. So what better time to roll out Suicide Squad Rebirth, the latest DC Rebirth special to grab new readers? DC is well aware of the added interest on the Suicide Squad now, and they’ve tapped Rob Williams and Phillip Tan to write and draw the new series. Legendary artist Jim Lee (yes, that Jim Lee), will be handling the regular issues as well, but let’s be honest, asking him to handle the Rebirth issue and the first issue was never going to happen (I’ll be amazed if he’ll be able to handle the first issue to be honest). Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Superman: Doomed and Royals: Masters of War!

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 superman_doomed_coverSuperman: Doomed #1 (DC Comics)

The big Superman event of the summer starts off with this week’s Superman: Doomed. Written by Charles Soule, Scott Lobdell, and Greg Pak (aka the guys writing Superman/Wonder Woman, Superman, and Action Comics respectively) with art by Ken Lashley, this one-shot finds Superman going to battle with a new and improved version of Doomsday, the creature that killed him years ago.

Or did he? This issue never gives us a clear “yes” or “no” as to if the “Death of Superman” storyline happened in the “New 52” DC universe. They do mention that Superman has met Doomsday before and show the Doomsday we’re all used to, but never come out and say if Superman was killed or not in the new rebooted universe. Despite this, I found this issue to be pretty cool, and I love this new take on Doomsday. No longer just a really strong monster, this new Doomsday is a true embodiment of death that literally sucks the life out of everything around him. When he first appears in the Bahamas at the beginning of this issue, he’s surrounded by burning grass and forests, and has already killed thousands of people. Read the rest of this entry