Archives for : September2015

The Woods #1 Review

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The Woods #1
(BOOM Studios $3.99 May 7, 2014)

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Michael Dialynas

James Tynion has crafted a interesting story with The Woods. I wasn’t sure what I was getting, and what I got was good. Bay Point Preparatory High School students are having a normal day. Pressure to get into college, being the geek no one likes or understands, unrequited love, and some streaking. In a flash of light shit gets real…….horrific. The students and their school are transported. The faculty are trying to protect the kids, they think staying put will keep them safe. Some students know better. They’re planing on leaving the school and finding some answers. The school is attacked by beastly monsters whom consume a student. Not off to a bad start, imo. Seems like a mix of Resident Evil and Battle Royale with a little teen angst mixed in. At any rate this was a good start for an original Sci-Fi/Horror story.

3 Star

Black Dynamite #1 Review

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Black Dynamite #1
(IDW $3.99 Jan. 15, 2014)

Written by: Brian Ash
Art by: Ron Wimberly

“He’s a powder keg of black fury that’s about to explode! Former CIA agent, international ladies man, and ass kicking soul brother number one….. he’s BLACK DYNAMITE” If you are a fan of 70’s blaxploitation this is the book for you. This comic was fun, and at points had me laughing out loud. Our hero is kicked out of the neighborhood because people are sick of dealing with the damage/fall out from his funky kung fu battles. Black leaves and roams the country like a nomad till he is attacked by para military dudes who mean business. Witty dialogue and good art, which at one point mimics the look of old news print comics. I have to say that if you’re a fan of this genre pick this book up, and if not give it a shot. Get a little funk in your life, you’ll be glad that you did Baby.

3 Star

All-New Ultimates #1 Review

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All-New Ultimates #1
(Marvel Comics $3.99 Mar.9, 2014)

Written By: Michel Fiffe
Art By: Amilcar Pinna

We all thought the Ultimate Universe was a goner(at least I did), but no the Ult U survived! All-New Ultimates is a different dynamic for precious versions, first off there is no more Shield. Second they are all kids. Honestly this book by all rights should be Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends. Now I’m not saying this is bad just different, like that time the Teen Titans took over for the Justice League. Sure there heroes but the name just doesn’t fit them. Maybe it they had been a little older, but anyway. The team is now comprised of Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Spider-Woman( Jessica Drew, Peter Parker’s clone, now the new Black Widow) Cloak, Dagger and Bombshell. They make a decent team but for me the core of this is the relationship between Miles and Jessica. Hell I wouldn’t mind a book just featuring the two of them. Most of the story deals with fallout from the war on Roxxon, some rouge scientists. Miles has a brief thought bout a name change and Jessica changes hers. We get some character growth out of Bombshell, Cloak and Dagger and Kitty Pride on the fence about what she should do next. I know I did a lot of complaining about the title of this book but no matter what it was called if you are a fan of the Ultimate U this is a good book. If you have been following the Ultimate line this is step one in the new phase. I for one enjoyed this book and have enjoyed the entire line. One does wonder how these young heroes fare without Shield to back them up? And how long can an Ultimates book last without Cap, Iron Man and Thor?

2.5

What If: Age of Ultron #1 (of 5) Review

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What If: Age of Ultron #1 (of 5)
(Marvel Comics $3.99 Apr. 2, 2014)

Written By:Joe Keatinge
Art By: Raffaelle Ienco

What If this comic was actually better than the real AoU? I was not a fan of AoU(If you listen to The Spinner Rack you do grin emoticon ), but I love What If’s. Nothing better than getting a story retold from a different angle. So for all of us who read AoU this is definitely different. Ultron slays all the Avengers but Hank Pym. Pym fights on to try and defeat his worst creation. Ultimately Hank’s fight is all for naught as it seems Ultron has been letting him live. He has been toying with Hanks mind, and his body. Hank is his worst nightmare come true, he’s an Ultron. Whoa…..sucks to be Hank, but not for us the reader. We get a uncompromising take on AoU when Ultron is indeed master of all,even humanities last hope. Now I do have a complaints, this is a 5 issue series with no lead for the next issue. This was all Hank. Does this mean we are getting a different hero issue issue? Essentially a five issue series of one shot AoU stories. Not sure what’s up next, but I’m in.

2 Star

Aquaman and the Others #1 Review

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Aquaman and the Others #1
(DC Comics $2.99 Apr. 2, 2014)

Written By:Dan Jurgens
Art By: Lan Medina

Aquaman has a second book..Never thought I’d see the day that DC would give Aquaman a second book, leading a team no less. If you have been reading Aquaman since the launch of the New 52 you know who the The Others are, ff not here’s the short. Aquaman was part of a team and each member had a Atlantean artifact. They were like Batman and The Outsiders (but not as cool) These artifacts are now losing power and each member is attacked for their artifact. They all re team with Aquaman and head out to solve the mystery of their failing powers. Story was ok, art was ok. Not the greatest first issue I have ever read, but it was good enough that I’ll give it a chance to wow me. As for you, be adventurous. Go for the gold, in a medium that is loaded with the same mainstream heroes at least this concept is somewhat fairly new.

2 Star

All-New Ghost Rider #1 Review

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All-New Ghost Rider #1
(Marvel Comics $3.99 Mar.12, 2014)

Written By: Felipe Smith
Art By: Tradd Moore

Welcome to an All-New Ghost Rider! No Johnny Blaze or Dan Ketch in site, there’s a new kid in the drivers seat. Our new protagonist is a young mechanic by the name of Robbie Reyes. Robbie is a hard working guy who also takes care of his handicapped brother. They live in a bad neighborhood in LA. Robbie dreams of getting Gabe (the aforementioned brother) and himself out of there and some place better. This leads him to “borrow” a sweet hot rod from his work and he sets out to race for money. A race that ends badly for him but good for us, as we receive an all new Ghost Rider. I’m not one for big changes to a character. For me Ghost Rider has always been a blazing skull tearing down the street on a bad ass bike. Well rules where meant to be broken, and the evolution of the Rider begins. The idea of a old school hot rod on fire as the new chariot for GR is very cool, just a awesome visual. Speaking of visuals the art was not my favorite but it suited the tone of the book. If you are a Ghost Rider fan and can get past them changing your “beloved character”(remember he was a cowboy before Blaze or Ketch were ever around) It’s a fun book. I for one am excited for the ride.

2.5

Survive #1 (One-Shot) Review

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Survive #1 (One-Shot)
(Marvel Comics $3.99 Mar.12, 2014)

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By:Joe Quinones

Picking up after the events of Cataclysm this series deals with the fallout from Galactus. Spoilers!!! Cap and Thor are dead, and we know in the Ultimate U dead is dead. Most of the issue is a eulogy for Cap and Thor with the remaining heroes in tow. Tony Stark is looking to the young heroes to pick up the pieces now that the Ultimates team is no more. Reed Richards is looking to amend his wrongs and attempt to reach the potential he saw in himself when he was briefly in the 616(During Cataclysm).Bendis had done a fine job of keeping this universe going, hell I think it’s some of his best work. In my experience most people don’t pay attention to the Ult U, but you should. For all the complaints about comics and bad stories, IMO, the Ult U has been good. Death means something and it is definitely not a carbon copy of the 616. Sure it has had its ups and downs but for me it has been a blast. That said this was a good one shot and I look forward to the future of the Ultimate Universe.

2.5

Avengers Undercover #1 Review

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Avengers Undercover #1
(Marvel Comics $2.99 Mar.12, 2014)

Written By: Dennis Hopeless
Art By: Kev Walker

Our favorite kids from Murder world return in this new series that promises one of our young heroes goes bad. This picks up three months after the end of Avengers Arena and deals with the fallout of Arcade broadcasting video of Murder world and the young heroes time there. Not everyone is dealing with things so well. Chase being the exception has taken to the talk show circuit, much to the chagrin of his friends. Most are trying to keep a low profile, with the exception of Bloodstone, who has set out to find and destroy all things associated with Arcade. This brings the others together in an attempt to stop their friend from going to far, which may be too late. Bloodstone’s fate my be even more dire that they realize as the final panels reveal he is being controlled and Baron Zemo is calling the shots. I enjoyed Avengers Arena and from the looks of it this may be a interesting follow up for fans of that series. Not many Avengers titles on my pull but this one is, for now anyway

2 Star

WWE & Jakks Pacific Sign New Toy Deal

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Ugh. I guess that sums up how I feel about this announcement. While I’d like to say I’m on the fence, if “Ugh” is the first thing that I can think of when I think about this, then it’s probably how I really feel. As the title states, WWE has signed a new deal with toy company, Jakks Pacific, as I’ve read on PWMania & Wrestlezone.

Jakks held the WWF/E license from 1996 all the way through December of 2009. Now, Mattel currently produces about 99% of WWE action figures and will continue to do so through 2019 so the question remains, what will Jakks bring to the table?

The new WWE Jakks toys will hit stores in 2016 and will include products for everyday dress up, role-play, radio control vehicles, seasonal costumes and Jakks’ 3D IT Character Creator brand, as well as action figures across the Asia-Pacific region.

Here is a quote from Casey Collins, WWE Executive Vice President of Consumer Products:

“In addition to our long-standing master toy partnership with Mattel, we are excited to expand our toy portfolio with a company as innovative and creative as JAKKS Pacific. This new line of products will bring to life our favorite WWE Superstars and Divas in a new way that we are sure our fans and collectors of all ages will enjoy.”

Ummmm, speak for yourself. While I’m a fan of their super cheesy looking Bone-Crunching action lines, it was the Tron Ready/Real Scan stuff that started to kill it for me. Not because of the face scans because those were gorgeous, but because Jakks would cheap out more often than not and give damn near every figure the same body mold. Why were Rey Mysterio and The Undertaker the same height? Laziness. The good thing here is that Mattel will continue the amazing job they’ve started in 2010. Here’s hoping WWE extends their master license with Mattel way past 2019.

Justice League 3000 #4 Review

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Justice League 3000 #4
(DC Comics $2.99 Mar. 12, 2014)

Written By: J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Art By:Howard Porter

Welcome to the heir apparent for LoSH (Legion of Super Heroes). I didn’t get a chance to review #1 since we were in our off season and that may be a good thing. Four issues in and I can give you a better idea of what this series is. In a now Legionless 30th century the Justice League have been reborn in a lab, which has made for a very different team from the one we know. Sure outside from some costume changes all appears the same and then they open their mouths. What we get here is some very different takes on Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Co. The mystery of who they are and why they came to be is the real driving force for this title (IMHO). So far I have not cared for any of the characters introduced. This issue throws us for a wonderful loop as it is revealed that our heroes are not clones but people who’s personalities were apparently replaced with the JL. It’s new take on the JL and the 30th century. I myself am enjoying it just for the strange quirks of our heroes reborn, plus this issue we get Firestorm, how can you not like that.

1.5 Star