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Deadpool Team-Up #886 Review

  • December 30, 2010 7:50 am
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Deadpool Team-Up #886

And now, the long awaited sequel to that Kung-Fu masterpiece, its Crouching Tiger, Hidden Moron. Today I will be reviewing Deadpool Team-Up #886. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. Deadpool is hired to kill an ancient immortal warlord but gets into a bit of trouble. That’s when Iron Fist steps in, with the intent of capturing the same warlord. Lots of action, comedy and Kung-Fu occurs as well. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. I love this book. I love this title in general. It’s always funny, always action-packed, and always a self contained single issue story. That’s old school comic book writing. Getting a complete, fully comprehensive, story in a single issue. No one does that anymore. Its all four part this and six part that and giant crossovers. I wish all books would be like this. The art was great. The humor was infectious and plentiful. (Go get em Spidey. Ha) There was even some character growth on Deadpool’s part. The art was awesome. The action scenes were great to watch. Gin Goh was a great Conan rip-off villain but I love Conan so that was a bonus for me. All in all, this is the most satisfying book I have read all month. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
another amazing action packed, hilarious, well-drawn issue cons? we don’t need no stinking cons.
Rating
100%
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Green Arrow #7 Review

In this we have a brilliant one-shot story presented by writer JT Krul that focuses itself upon that rare kind of retcon that has a purpose. In this day and age of comics, we are too often presented with retcons that seem to be done on a whim with no rhyme or reason. Some writers do this quite often and to such a pointless extent that a new word is created in their wake (see Geoffcon). But once upon a time, retcons were useful and purposeful. And while I have a great distaste for retcons in most all their forms, even I have to admit this one works.

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New Mutants #20 Review

  • December 29, 2010 8:08 pm
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New Mutants #20

After the fall, comes the rebirth. Time to start mounting a comeback. Today I will be reviewing New Mutants #20. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. Illyana, Karma and Pixie return to Utopia to warn them of General Ulyssys and the Bloodstone. Meanwhile, the General confronts the demons of Limbo who try to battle him but he unleashes the power of the Bloodstone to stop them. Meanwhile Dani manages to escape and kill one of her captors. As the X-Men prepare to rescue the New Mutants, Illyana buries her Soulsword into Karma. This causes her to enter the mind of the most dangerous mutant on the planet. Karma is about to unleash David Haller AKA Legion. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. Like I said before, Danielle Moonstar is one woman I NEVER, EVER want mad at me. Tied up, outnumbered, and with a broken arm, she still managed to decimate everyone with a bow and arrow. (Amazing art splash, by the way.) And the big news. Legion, the real one, not that pathetic imitation that was revived during the pathetic Second Coming crossover, will be back next issue. It seems that reality warping might be the only way to stop Limbo from taking over our world. I really hope its not a tease again. The action scenes were nice. We need to get the rest of the team in on the action to make it even better. Seeing the X-Men was cool too. In any case, I’m hoping that this arc wraps up soon as its starting to grow a bit long. I need more team interaction to develop the main characters some more. Still, the book was great. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
finally, Legion will be unleashed. Amazing suspense and action. none.
Rating
100%
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Ultimate Comics: Avengers 3 #5 Review

  • December 29, 2010 2:52 pm
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As this third volume of Ultimate Comics: Avengers labors into this penultimate chapter, three questions came to mind.

Is this over yet?

Is Mark Millar trying to leave the Ultimate Marvel version of the Avengers forever?

Does anyone get that uncomfortable Ultimatum feeling while we watch this slaughter?

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Ultimate Comics: Thor #3 Review

  • December 29, 2010 1:39 pm
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Led by Loki and the Frost Giants, Nazis are at Asgard’s doorstep and look to unleash Ragnarok in Jonathan Hickman and Carlos Pecheco’s Ultimate Comics: Thor #3.

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Avengers #8 Review

Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr. put a bow on 2010 (in what I’d like to call The Year of the Avengers) by calling the Illuminati back together to figure out who could possibly be putting the Infinity Gems together and making the ultimate power grab.

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X-Men #6 Review

  • December 29, 2010 6:56 am
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X-Men #6

Curse of the Mutants comes to an end. Today I will be reviewing X-Men #6. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. As the X-Men arrive at Xarus’ hideout in order to finish him once and for all, Dracula has plans of his own for his rebellious son. The two battle for the title of Lord of the Vampires and in the end, the King is still the King. Dracula tears his son apart, literally. Then he lets the X-Men take Jubilee and leave. She is now their problem. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. The vampire tale has finally come to an end. I kind of liked the ending and kind of didn’t. The last battle between Xarus and Dracula was great with a fitting conclusion. The Dracula bitch slap to Xarus’ woman was funny. The overall posturing between Dracula and Cyclops was funny. Overall, it was a good book but something feels missing. I can’t figure out what it was but I will. The art is still a bit off for me. Why do all of the X-Men have eyes one panel and then they turn white the next? Why is everything so damn monotone? Everything seems to blend into everything else. Add some background colors for contrast. It felt like there was a big blotch of dust covering every page up until they returned to Utopia. Then the colors seemed to come back to the page. I’m not saying the art was bad, just off. So Dracula is the man now. I’m sure we will be seeing more of him in the future. Still, to me, I loved the way he was portrayed in Uncanny #159 all those years ago. This new Yu-Gi-Oh look is just not for me. I also like that Jubilee is now at Utopia. Should lead to some interesting future interactions. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
nice final battle. a satisfying ending to a long well written story arc. various art inconsistencies.
Rating
90%
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Marvel’s Fear Itself Coming This Spring (With Video)

  • December 27, 2010 9:33 pm
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Marvel Looks to Scare Its Heroes Straight

Happy Holidays everyone!  Last week, Marvel Comics gave all the loyal Zombies out there a Christmas treat.  They announced the next event from the House of Ideas.  Instead of looking to Brian Michael Bendis to write the new story, Marvel tapped Invincible Iron Man and Thor scribe Matt Fraction.  Joining Fraction on art duties is current New Avengers artist Stuart Immonen.  The first issue is set to arrive in stores in April and will run for a total of seven parts, plus what I’m sure will be several tie-in books and/or bannered books in regular series.

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X-Men Legacy #243 Review

X-Men Legacy #243

An X-Man cuts loose and causes another to fall. Today I will be reviewing X-Men Legacy #243 . Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. Told in flashback format, Cyclops continues hearing the tale of what happened in San Francisco. Hellion, whether by Hope’s ability or by pure adrenaline, has his power go into full force. Karima, the Omega Sentinel, was going insane and attacking all mutants. She decimates most of the team and is about to kill Hope when Hellion unleashes. He finally uses his powers on a molecular level to break Karima. Turns out Cyber’s cure to stop Bastion also affected her programming. The problem is that he is showing no remorse and Cyclops puts him on suspension. With his new jump in powers, Hellion doesn’t care. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. What an action-packed issue. Karima is damn powerful. I never realized how dangerous she actually is. She needs to be shut down like all sentinels. The fight was laid out very well. The story was intense and the flashback format kept you guessing as to what the conclusion was going to be. I think Hellion hit the nail on the head with Cyclops. The man is a HUGE hypocrite. He formed X-Force to kill his enemies. He authorizes brutal force at a whim. Hellion was protecting his people. (Getting some vengeance too, but he needs it.) Plus his amazing growth in power, if he is allowed to keep them, should be both a blessing and a potential threat for the future of the X-Men. The art felt a bit off for me this issue. Everybody looked kind of wiry. No real body distinction. Size proportion felt a bit off. Also, at the end, all of the faces looked alike. I hope the art is not heading downhill because last issue it was very nice. Still, the great story and nice battle more than made up for it. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
another good character growth tale. nice action. not as happy with the art as last issue.
Rating
90%
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My Comic Book Obsession Part One: Geek Life

Welcome back to ACB’s bi-weekly trip through the past.  For this thirteenth, and final, retrospective on the 80s, I decided to get a little more personal with you.  This episode is all about discovery and falling in love.  It’s a quest of epic proportions for one boy who, one day, picked up a little book of paper and ink and found a hobby that would change his life forever.  This is the story of how I became obsessed with comic books.

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Favorite Comic Book Writers of 2010

As 2010 comes to a close we take a look back at some of our favorites from the year; there will be many more categories to come, each author getting one pick. And after reading our favorites from the last year we want to hear yours!

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Interview with the Zargari Brothers: Writers of Prison Break 2438

  • December 26, 2010 10:01 am
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Have you ever wanted to write a novel, comic book, or make a movie, but not know how to get the funds needed to put that vision to paper or film?  Maybe you’ve heard an idea from someone that made you think “Wow, I’d like to see that.” but you don’t know how to help that idea become a tangible thing.

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