Venom #1 (Marvel Comics)
The Marvel relaunch train is gearing up, and after last week’s Avengers #1, we’ve now got the Lethal Protector himself, Venom, getting a brand new shiny #1. But like Earth’s Mightiest Heroes before him, the appeal of the creative team helps offset any quibbles one would have over the renumbering. Rising star Donny Cates is at the writing table, and Marvel artist supreme Ryan Stegman is handling the art, which means that we’re in for a very different, and very cool, new take on Venom. Read the rest of this entry
Whether I like it or not, Sony is making a Venom movie, and we’ve got our first official look at the movie (courtesy of IGN). And it’s….Tom Hardy with a notepad.
Look, I get why Sony released this picture. For one, Tom Hardy has a pretty big fan base, so just reminding people that he’s starring in the film will be enough to get some people in seats. Plus, the movie has just started shooting, so having a crazy Venom picture ready to go probably isn’t possible just yet, simply because the CGI may not be ready. But releasing this photo instead of, I don’t know, concept art of Venom is a bad move, and it’s not doing much to get me interested in a solo Venom movie, which is, in my opinion, still an extremely bad idea. Read the rest of this entry
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 (of 6) (DC Comics/IDW)
The original Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover was a massive success for DC and IDW, so it’s only natural that the two publishers would want to make a sequel. Bringing back original writer James Tynion IV and artist Freddie Williams II, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II is a welcome return to the worlds of these two mega franchises, but like the original series, it does take a little while to get the plot moving. Read the rest of this entry
It’s widely been known that I have some….misgivings about Sony’s plan to do a bunch of Spider-Man spin-off films without the Wall Crawler. I was about to go on another rant about how idiotic it is to have Venom movie without Spider-Man, or how you could barely get anyone to care about Black Cat or Silver Sable without introducing them in a Spider-Man movie first, but it appears that I may not have to do that. Read the rest of this entry
Venom #150 (Marvel Comics)
Now that Eddie Brock is back in the symbiote, it’s time for a super sized special. With Venom reaching 150 issues thanks to Marvel’s method of renumbering series but still counting them so long as they can charge an extra couple bucks when the time is right, the Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval series is poised to finally get on track after a few aimless opening issues. Ever since it was revealed that Eddie Brock would be returning as Venom, it seemed like the entire book just kind of came to halt. We all knew that Eddie Brock was coming back, so paying any attention on the new guy seemed like a waste of time. Read the rest of this entry
Well, apparently Sony has decided to move forward with their Venom spin off film. This is a surprising (and pretty dumb) decision on their part, because Sony’s Venom film will try to use the character without any connection to Spider-Man. Much has been made about Spider-Man’s inclusion into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and many people know of Venom because of Spider-Man. So why the hell would Sony be interested in trying to get this movie off the ground in the first place?
Well, it probably has something to do with Avi Arad. Read the rest of this entry
A.D After Death #1 (of 3) (Image Comics)
There’s always a lot of hype surrounding a new series from Scott Snyder or Jeff Lemire individually, so you can imagine the kind of hype surrounding A.D. After Death. The first collaboration between two of comics’ biggest creators, A.D. tells the story of a world where death has been “cured”. A.D. After Death is an exploration of the relationship between humans and death, and it’s presented in a way that is very different from what I was expecting. No one has died in decades, and humanity lives in “cycles”. Relationships and jobs can last far longer than anyone ever imagined, but there’s a dark mystery surrounding the world. Read the rest of this entry
Dark Knight 3: The Master Race #1 (DC Comics)
At long last, Dark Knight 3: The Master Race has arrived. The Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello penned series has a metric ton of hype around it, but many (myself included) are wary after Miller’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Sure, with Azzarello helping on the scripts and Andy Kubert on art, it’s a good chance we won’t be getting DKSA again, but there’s always the possibility that we could get something even worse as well. While Dark Knight 3 isn’t a complete mess, it’s merely a solid opening issue, not the spectacular groundbreaking first issue it’s been hyped as. Read the rest of this entry