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Comic Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and X-O Manowar

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indexTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104 (IDW Comics)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have gone through a lot of changes in the past few months. Splinter has died, the brothers have gone their separate ways, a small community of mutants have carved out a living space in New York City, and the Turtles have a new ally with Jennika, the former human now humanoid turtle that is trying to understand her new life as a giant walking shelled mutant. Since the bombastic events of the “City At War” storyline that culminated in issue 100, IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been given a bit of a subdued storyline from writer/artist Sophie Campbell (who’s working with story outlines from Tom Waltz and TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman), and that’s served as as surprisingly welcome change of pace for the heroes in a half-shell. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Superman: Year One and Psi-Lords!

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indexSuperman: Year One #1 (DC Comics)

It seems like every few years we get another take on the Man of Steel’s origin. Sometimes it’s a part of an ongoing story line, other times it’s a passion project. But I can’t think of a Superman origin story this high a pedigree on the creative side: Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. A new spin on the early days of Superman, Superman: Year One is a brand new installment of DC’s Black Label line of titles. For a tale that’s been told hundreds of thousands of times, every time a new Superman origin is told it has to have a new twist on the story of Kal-El’s arrival on Earth. It’s just too bad that Miller and Romita’s isn’t that interesting. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Spider-Man: Life Story and the Life and Death of Toyo Harada!

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indexSpider-Man: Life Story #1 (of 6) (Marvel)

Unlike other Spider-Man events, Spider-Man: Life Story is telling the tale of Peter Parker in real time, allowing the character to grow and evolve over the decades. This gives writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Mark Bagley the chance to show readers something that rarely happens in comics: a character that grows and changes as the years go on. While Life Story #1 only touches on Peter Parker as a teenager in the 60’s, it paints a much different picture on the wall-crawler than the ones we read from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Iron Fist and X-O Manowar!

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Iron_Fist_1_Cover-195x300Iron Fist #1 (Marvel Comics)

Since he’s now starring in his own Netflix show (read my review here), it’s only fitting that Iron Fist gets a brand new series to go along with it. From Ed Brisson and Mike Perkins, Iron Fist may look a little different from the show people have been binging, but it serves as a good gateway into Danny Rand’s comic book world for those who want to check it out.

K’un-Lun is in ruins, and Danny Rand is aimless. With no mystical city to protect and his power waning, Rand spends his free time drinking, traveling the globe, and entering fighting competitions that offer him little challenge. But when he’s given a chance to enter a new competition from a mysterious fighter, he can’t pass it up. Will this give him the purpose he’s been looking for? Read the rest of this entry