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Comic Reviews: Secret Wars and The Walking Dead!

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Secret_Wars_9_Cover-696x1057Secret Wars #9 (of 9) (Marvel Comics)

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At long last, the finale of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars has arrived. The long delayed concluding chapter has the inenviable task of wrapping up a major event and setting up the status quo that Marvel fans have been aware of since October. And for the most part, Secret Wars succeeds. It definitely feels a little rushed, but when compared to other Marvel events (Age of Ultron, I’m looking at you), Secret Wars is one of the better event stories that Marvel has published recently. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Superman and Ghost Racers!

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superman 44Superman #44 (DC Comics)

The current “Truth” storyline in Gene Luen Yang and John Romita Jr’s Superman has been pretty slow going, but all that changes this month with Superman #44. Now that Clark’s secret has been let out, the latest installment in the game-changing storyline finds some of Clark’s most dangerous enemies striking out at his closest friends, an act that pushes the Man of Steel to his limits and causes him to lose some friends in the process. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: 1872 and Deathstroke!

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portrait_incredible 1872 #3 (Marvel Comics)

 1872 has been one of the stranger Secret Wars tie-ins, but it’s also one of the ones with the most charm too. Seeing Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and other Marvel mainstays through the prism of the old West has been really interesting, and Gerry Duggan’s script has had a lot of fun playing in this world. While 1872 has seemed like it’s been on the outskirts of Marvel’s massive event, with this issue it’s starting to show that it may have a larger role in the future of the Marvel universe than we originally thought. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Archie and Inferno!

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Archie_2StaplesRegCvrArchie #2 (Archie Comics)

Two issues in and it’s safe to say, the reboot of Archie works. After a great reintroduction to Archie and the citizens of Riverdale, Mark Waid and Fiona Staples’ second issue puts most of the focus on Betty Cooper, who’s taking her break up with Archie just as well as he is. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos and Red Hood & Arsenal!

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Mrs._Deadpool_and_the_Howling_Commandos_Vol_1_3_TextlessMrs. Deadpool & The Howling Commandos #3

As a fan of Marvel’s monsters, I was one of the few people looking forward to Mrs. Deadpool & The Howling Commandos. It’s definitely one of the weirder Secret Wars tie-ins, and isn’t at all essential to the main Marvel event. Gerry Duggan and Salvador Espin’s spin-off stars Shiklah, the vampire bride of Deadpool leading a motley crew of Marvel Monsters in a quest to kill Dracula before Shiklah is married off to him (oh yeah, Deadpool’s dead, for now). It’s nothing hugely groundbreaking, but that’s also where some of the charm in this series lies. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: X-Men ’92 and Superman!

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downloadX-Men ’92 #1

The 90’s X-Men cartoon served as an entry point for numerous comic fans. It had a team ripped straight from the comics, current storylines adapted for TV, and of course, hundreds and hundreds of characters that became toys. It seems strange that Marvel hasn’t done a series set in the world of the cartoon until now, with this version of the team as part of the larger Battleworld of Secret Wars. Written by Chris Sims and Chad Bowers and featuring art by Scott Koblish, X-Men ’92 nails the characters and tone of the original cartoon, but it’s a little too bogged down in exposition in parts. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew You Vows and Batman Beyond!

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 amazing-spider-man-renew-your-vows-1Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 (of 4) (Marvel Comics)

Remember how I said last week that Old Man Logan was my “most anticipated Secret Wars tie-in”? I lied.

Like many children of the 90’s, I have a soft spot for the Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson marriage. For most of my comic book reading life, Spider-Man was a married man. While the events of One More Day lead to resurgence in the stories that Marvel was able to tell with the webslinger, I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a part of me that longs for the return of the status quo that I grew up with. Thankfully, Secret Wars has me in mind, and this week sees the return of the Spider-Man marriage with Dan Slott and Adam Kubert’s Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Old Man Logan and Fight Club 2!

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Old-Man-Logan-1-Cover-9c041Old Man Logan #1 (of 4) (Marvel Comics)

Old Man Logan is widely regarded as not only one of the greatest Wolverine stories of all time, but one of the best Marvel stories as well. The Mark Millar and Steve McNiven storyline is my favorite Wolverine story, and hearing that this version of ol’ Canucklehead would be receiving a Secret Wars spin off filled me with both hope and dread. With Brian Michael Bendis taking over for Millar and Green Arrow artist Andrea Sorrentino stepping in for McNiven, the pieces are there for something special, and as I opened the cover I wasn’t entirely sure what kind of book I’d be getting. Well, after reading this opening issue, I’m relieved to see that this is not only a great opening issue, but also a pretty worthy addition to the Old Man Logan story. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: A-Force and Convergence: Swamp Thing!

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4562204-aforcesw2015001_dc11-0A-Force #1 (Marvel Comics)

A-Force is easily the most anticipated (and hyped) Secret Wars crossover. Featuring a team of all female Avengers, the Marguerite Bennett and G. Willow Wilson scripted series has every single female member of the Marvel universe teaming up, but before you go grabbing this book thinking it’s the start of the next big team in the Marvel Universe, you should probably read the first two issues of Secret Wars first. A-Force ties into the event heavily, so much so that I get the feeling that the new readers Marvel has been pitching this series to might be turned off by it. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Secret Wars and Convergence!

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secret-wars-1-112759Secret Wars #1 (of 8) (Marvel Comics)

The latest big Marvel event is here: Secret Wars. Jonathan Hickman’s mega event has been years in the making; we just didn’t know it until now. Teamed up with Thor: God of Thunder artist Esad Ribic, the first installment of the eight-issue event contains an insane amount of action and tragedy for the heroes of both the 616 (Regular Marvel) universe and the Ultimate Universe, and is an extremely entertaining debut issue. Read the rest of this entry