Marvel Blog

Uncanny X-Force #10 Review

Uncanny X-Force #10

This issue,The Dark Angel saga prequel. Today I will be reviewing Uncanny X-Force #10. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. Amahl Farouk, the Shadow King, brings some incriminating evidence to a new reporter on Warren and how he’s a cold blooded killer. When Warren finds out, the Archangel persona takes over and tries to kill anyone with the evidence. Luckily Wolverine and X-Force are there to stop him. They get him back to their base and imprison him. In order to save him, X-Force frees Dark Beast to ask for his aid. He informs them that Warren is being taken over by a death seed, created by the Celestials, and implanted by Apocalypse into Warren. Only a life seed can cure him. The only one in existence that Dark Beast knows of is in his lab in his dimension. To save Warren, X-Force has to travel to the Age of Apocalypse. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. Another incredible installment of drama and action. This time around its all about Warren and his struggle against the monster living inside of him. A monster that he has no hope of beating, it seems. I like the way Warren kept on getting more and more evil. His fight with Wolverine was pretty cool. I really enjoyed the way X-Force rescued Dark Beast. Very funny. This one was incredibly well paced and really got me revved up for next issue. I am as excited as a little boy on Christmas eve. I know what’s happening soon and I can’t wait for it to come. Billy Tan drawing Age of Apocalypse should be amazing. He really did an incredible job this issue. The Dark Beast final image was very ominous. The Wolverine/Archangel battle was incredible. Warren’s pinion knives look amazing. In fact, everyone looked really great. The lines and colors and details all meshed together in a wonderful symphony of music. This was a perfect intro into the next story arc. I’m pretty sure Dark Beast has some ulterior motives and a double cross waiting for X-Force but we’ll deal with that when it comes. Maybe he might just request to stay in the Age of Apocalypse dimension once this mission is over. We’ll just have to wait and see. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
great story. nice plot set-up. awesome art.
Rating
100%
+Continue Reading

Deadpool Max #8 Review

  • May 18, 2011 12:08 pm
  • Comments Off

Deadpool Max #8

Something cohesive actually occurs. Today I will be reviewing Deadpool Max #8. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. This issue tells us the history of Bob and his involvement with the agency he works for. We learn how Bob grew up and joined the agency. How he met agent Liu and they fell in love. How he betrayed his government so she could escape. It basically sums up everything important from the first seven issues of this title into one coherent story. Bob is about to die when he is saved by Liu and Cable. When Deadpool arrives to rescue him also, he is defeated by Cable. Still, both Bob and Deadpool are released along with the hostage they have been seeking from the beginning, Blind Al. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. Finally, a coherent story. Finally, an explanation of a totally random set of plots that have been plaguing us for the last seven issues. Finally, a well written plot and even some revelations and resolutions. To be honest, this was seriously the first good issue in this series. The fact that Deadpool barely showed his face makes it even more ironic. Basically, if you take out the expectations of having Deadpool as the main character and having him be the focus, this series becomes much less disappointing. I actually enjoyed the loved and lost aspect. I enjoyed the betrayal for the sake of love. I even enjoyed the terrible art, which wasn’t as in-cohesive as usual. Except for the cover which was a hot mess. WTF is up with Deadpool’s head? That angle is completely wrong. In any case, the art was tolerable. The action scenes were ok. The visual humor was represented slightly as well. The story was readable. Now if we can keep up the intrigue and plot progression, this title will not end as the worst Max or Deadpool book of all time, but only as something potentially awesome that Marvel dropped the ball on. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
good, cohesive, well written story. tolerable art.
Rating
85%
+Continue Reading

New Mutants #25 Review

  • May 13, 2011 10:56 am
  • Comments Off

New Mutants #25

The next phase in the evolution of the New Mutants begins here. Today I will be reviewing New Mutants #25. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. The New Mutants, along with Wolverine and Colossus, attack an auto plant to destroy a piece of Nimrod technology that is trying to rebuild itself. After a quick battle against automated automobiles, the mutants are victorious. Meanwhile, Cyclops places Illyana under house arrest for almost destroying reality during the New Mutant’s last mission in Limbo. She accepts without a fight. Dani visits Sam who is leaving the team to recuperate from his Limbo and Age of X experiences. Later, Cyclops, to the surprise of Dani, assigns her as the new team leader and tasks her with tying up some loose ends from previous X-Men missions. The first of which is finding and retrieving Nate Grey AKA X-Man. Too bad he is tied to a machine, in the clutches of the Sugar Man. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. Wow. Now that was a full issue. Lots of things get addressed and touched upon. We tie up a bunch of loose ends as well as open the door to the future of this team. The respect that the writer is showing Dani is really high. Let’s face it. Even for a mutant with no powers, Dani is an expert tactician and combat fighter. Not the most indestructible of leaders but definitely someone worthy of leading. All in all, there were a lot of different topics touched upon. Illyana’s punishment was just and necessary, I think. She is, in some ways, just as powerful as Legion and needs to be monitored. I’m sure Marvel will find some big thing for her in the future to be a villain of. I love the sarcasm that is scattered throughout the book. Makes reading that much more enjoyable. I can’t wait to see Nate Grey back in the pages of a Marvel comic. How he hasn’t blasted the Sugar Man by now is beyond me, but I guess if he did, then we wouldn’t be having this upcoming arc. Should be interesting. Sugar Man has potential as a good villain but was never fully utilized in the past. The writers need to expand his power set if they plan on letting him physically take on the team. I’m sure it will be great. The art was nothing to scoff at either. Lots of big splashes including that amazing two pager with all of the X powerhouses ready to decimate Illyana if she even thinks of resisting. Plus that gate-fold cover is stunning. A great book.That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
great jumping on point for new readers. nice art. great story none.
Rating
100%
+Continue Reading

X-Men Legacy #248 Review

X-Men Legacy #248

The Age of X aftermath begins here. Today I will be reviewing X-Men Legacy #248 . Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. Legion has reset reality and everyone on Utopia is dealing with the fallout. Most of the mutants want Emma Frost to remove or suppress the memories and experiences from Age of X because it was too painful. A few, however, refuse to give up the life they had in that reality. One such is Joanna Cargil AKA Frenzy, who was Cyclops’ lover in that world. Cyclops, however, wants no part of her. Also, Revenant, AKA Rachel Summers, is in a bad position as well. It seems her mind was torn from her body, which is halfway around the universe, and now she has no idea where it is. Cyclops vows to retrieve her. Lastly, Magneto and Rogue have a heart to heart. Meanwhile, Dr. Nemesis creates a device that might help Legion control his powers and multiple personalities. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. This was a pretty nice issue. We really get to see what a person who comes home from war thinks and feels. Let’s face it. Most of these guys are suffering from shell shock. It’s interesting how they choose to deal with it. I was very surprised that Sam Guthrie couldn’t handle the strain. He was trained by Cable, for god’s sake. He should be stronger than this. I was also incredibly happy that someone FINALLY mentioned Rachel Summers again. She, along with Havoc and Polaris have been missing for two years. I thought everyone forgot about them. Not to mention the fact that the Phoenix force left Rachel and she thought it was her mother that took it. Could this herald the return of Jean Grey? (I really hope so. Jeannie always added a ton of tension to the relationships between Wolverine and Cyclops.) The interaction between Frenzy and Cyclops was cool and definitely sets the stage for future troubles. I’m also curious as to where the Rogue/Magneto connection is going. Marvel has been trying to hook these two up since Age of Apocalypse. So many little bits of goodness are in this single issue that it makes me excited to see what the resolutions will be. A really amazing story. The art was pretty awesome too. Lots of characters and lots of details but all drawn incredible well. Not perfect, but very well nonetheless. A great overall book. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
really great character growth for multiple characters. Lots of potential future stories are laid out here.
Rating
95%
+Continue Reading

Astonishing X-Men #37 Review

Astonishing X-Men #37

It’s Godzirra. Run. Run. Godzirra. Today I will be reviewing Astonishing  X-Men #37. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. Armor’s mother and brother are killed and Armor flies to Tokyo to attend their funeral. She is accompanied by Cyclops, Emma, and Wolverine. Meanwhile, Mentallo takes over Monster Island and orders Fin Fang Foom to attack Tokyo so he can blackmail Roxxon. The X-Men are battling Fin Fang Foom but are getting their butt handed to them when Armor shows up to help them. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. Let me be honest here. I normally do not review this book because it really pisses me off. For a title that started off so strong with the Joss Whedon/John Cassaday run, this title has gone downhill ever since. I had great hopes for Warren Ellis but he really dropped the ball with his nonsensical writing. The current writer, Daniel Way, knows his way around a mutant and has amazing ability to write good, humorous tales. This current story is all right but its nothing spectacular. I enjoyed the focus on Armor and the internal struggle she faced before choosing to side with her adopted mutant family instead of her real one. There were a few brief but failed attempts at humor and sarcasm. I find the entire premise kind of cliche. (Reminds me of a Godzilla movie or ten) Still, it wasn’t completely unreadable. The art was also so-so. Nothing too spectacular but nothing that makes you want to claw your eyes out in disgust. I found that Tokyo was drawn very nicely. Very detailed. Fin Fang Foom was also drawn pretty well. The part that was very off for me were the actual X-Men. They looked very strange and simple. Not a lot of good body work. Faces looked strange as well. Still, the Wolverine vs Fin Fang Foom battle was done very well. The splash with him jumping with his claws out and the buildings in the background was cool. Armor was drawn quite well too. I hope that this arc is over soon and this book starts coming out on a more regular basis as delays have really made me not care about this book more and more. This is really a shame because Armor has great potential and this is the only title she is utilized in. We’ll see. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
good story. nice plot movement ok but sub-par art.
Rating
70%
+Continue Reading

X-Men #11 Review

X-Men #11

Time for a much needed Curse of the Mutants epilogue. Today I will be reviewing X-Men #11. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. The mutants on Utopia decide to throw Jubilee a birthday party. Jubilee, however, is in no mood for it because of her current condition. She’s a vampire. Xavier decides to give her a pep talk and tells her a story about a trip he took to Africa a long time ago. He met a very old vampire there who saved his life. He tells Jubilee that she doesn’t have to be like Dracula but can live her life in peace like that vampire did. Jubilee resigns to her fate and returns to her party. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. First off, thank God that Bachalo is gone. The art was actually interesting and enjoyable to look at. It wasn’t awesome or over the top, but it was a tremendous improvement over the disturbingly overlapping images that Bachalo cursed us with in the last arc. There was a lot of nice shadowing work and fairly decent background details. The fight scenes were pretty cool too. I’m still not 100% satisfied with this art but I can deal for now. The story was also a welcome improvement. I feel that the topic of a vampire Jubilee should have been addressed right after the curse of the mutants arc was over. I like her as a vampire. I was always a big Jubilee fan and really liked her as Wolverine’s sidekick. The flashback story was ok but not really relevant unless this vampire character is utilized in the future. Still, it was nice to get closure on a hanging issue that was completely ignored in the last arc. Let’s hope we get some better, more team involved stories in the future. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
great growth issue for Jubilee. HUGE art improvement
Rating
85%
+Continue Reading

Punisher Max #13 Review

  • May 11, 2011 10:20 pm
  • Comments Off

Punisher Max #13

Frank reflects on his current situation. Today I will be reviewing Punisher Max #13. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. Frank Castle, the Punisher, is in prison and locked away in solitary. This gives him plenty of time to reflect on his life and why he couldn’t re-assimilate himself into a normal life when he came back from Vietnam. Meanwhile, one of the prisoners who had his brother killed by the Punisher, executes a plan to get himself sent to solitary so he can confront the Punisher and kill him.  And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. So this time around we get another look into the mental state of the Punisher. I love the way Frank’s prison story and his return from Vietnam story are compared in side by side panels. I definitely sets the tone for the issue and gives the reader the clear knowledge that Frank views normal life as a prison. He is trapped in a cage of normalcy that he cannot escape. A job that any normal person would find repulsive is freedom for him. Punishing a wrongdoer instead of saving him is normal and rationally just. It really makes you understand why Frank is suck a good killer. He just thinks like one. I also enjoyed the subplot with Big Jesus. You really want to root for him but you just know the Punisher will dismantle him. I hope the fight is at least more than a few pages. I am curious to see what Mr. Fury is doing here. Hope they get to that next issue. Onto the art. Still very clean and easily understandable. I enjoyed the meat packing scenes as it allowed the artist to give us more details and backgrounds. It also allowed some colors to be added to an otherwise gray and colorless book. Still, even with that minor complaint, this book reads very well. Quick paced and never letting up, the story keeps escalating in tension. Let’s hope the payoff is worth it. So far, this MAX book has been 100% on the money perfect. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Great story. Amazing character growth. Super clean art. none
Rating
100%
+Continue Reading

Incredible Hulk #628 Review

  • May 11, 2011 9:07 pm
  • Comments Off

Incredible Hulk #628

The Hulks go to war with the Knights of Rome. Today I will be reviewing Incredible Hulk #628. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. After a bit of regrouping, the Hulks go after the Knights of Rome, who take the kidnapped doctor and Tyrannus to a flying magically protected fortress. The Knights use magic and create a magical bird that attacks Hulk. Hulk, however, gets angry and manages to overpower the bird and smash it to pieces. Tyrannus, however, has a plan of his own. While everyone is celebrating, Tyrannus attacks their captor and steals their magic for himself, transforming the flying ship into a huge monster. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. Amazing. That final image of Tyrranus as a giant colossus clutching the Hulk while Rome is laid out beneath him is stunning. The fight scenes where breathtaking. Really big with bold colors. My one little complaint was that in the first few pages, the Hulk’s face was a bit more neanderthacal than I would like. The story was pretty cool too. It was nice to see Hulk go up against a magical entity and actually win this time around. (Of course, the last time it was Zeus so the ass whupping he received then was understandable.) It was also very cool to see both Bruce and Betty as well as Hulk and She-Hulk get back together. These two have stood the test of time over the last fifty years and it’s nice that Marvel hasn’t completely given up on this pairing. I’m also gaining more and more respect for Tyrannus as a villain. He is definitely crafty and devious. He knows how to take advantage of a situation. He reeks confidence. All excellent villain qualities. Another thing that was good was the inclusion of humor and Amadeus Cho. (Not enough though, if you ask me.) Like I’ve said numerous times before, humor improves the quality and pacing of any comic. This issue in particular was perfectly paced. A great read from cover to cover. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Good story. Awesome art. Humor. not enough Cho
Rating
100%
+Continue Reading

Daken: Dark Wolverine #9 Review

Daken: Dark Wolverine #9

The crossover with X-23 ends here. Today I will be reviewing Daken: Dark Wolverine #9. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. X-23 and Daken decimate the mutated experiments that come out to attack them from deep inside the dungeons of the warehouse they are stuck in. They then find Malcolm Colcord and blow up the facility from the inside. Of course they survive the blast. It’s too bad that Colcord does as well as he has injected himself with the mutant healing factor he has been experimenting on. Daken was aware of it and had him captured and locked away. Afterwards, Laura and Gambit leave Madripoor. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. Another stunningly drawn issue. Freaking amazing, once again. The shadows really add depth to the panels. That explosion splash was incredible. The Wolverine regular series would be stunning if they had this guy as their regular artist. The story was kind of weak in the sense of plot but a strong ending to a pretty awesome crossover. The fight scenes with the mutants were vicious and violent. The inevitable ending was predictable but extremely well played out by Daken. He was always three steps ahead of Colcord the entire time. It was also nice that both Daken and Laura learned that they are more alike than different from each other. They’re both have many of Wolverine’s qualities but choose to use them in different ways. Laura chooses to earn her fate while Daken makes and takes his own into his hands. I’m really loving these two series right now and am glad that at least for now, the future of the Wolverine franchise is in good hands. (As for the Wolverine books themselves, those are crap and need some serious reworking.) That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
amazing art. great character growth for both Laura and Daken not this time
Rating
100%
+Continue Reading

Thor Movie Review

I’ve waited a quarter of a century to see Thor on the big screen.  The God of Thunder was my first favorite superhero.  He is the character that got me into comics.  His tale is the one that planted the seeds of interest for the myths and legends of Gods and Goddesses long gone within my mind and imagination.  It’s been a long time coming for me to see him in all his live action glory.

+Continue Reading

Deadpool Annual #1 Review

Deadpool Annual #1

It’s alternate universe insanity as all hell breaks loose. Today I will be reviewing Deadpool Annual #1. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. Picking up from Amazing Spider Man Annual #38, Deadpool, Spider Man and the Hulk are stuck in an alternate universe after being caught in an explosion and are trying to get home. In this issue, Deadpool meets his lookalike Death Wish. They get to know each other a little better until Death Mask shows up and kills Death Wish. Turns out Death Mask is the real Wade Wilson of this reality while Death Mask is Victor Von Doom. So Deadpool comes up with a devious plan to kill Death Mask. After some of the usual insanity, Deadpool commits his plan into action and confronts Death Mask, decimating him and blowing him up. He then disassembles his criminal empire. Meanwhile, a healed Death Wish makes a deal with Mephisto to release Demons back onto the earth in exchange for his soul. Mephisto agrees and lets loose the Infernal Hulk. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. To be honest, I did not get the Amazing Annual so I have no background as to how this actually occurred except for the explanation Deadpool gives me in this issue. Since Wade is not the most honest of chaps, I’m not so sure I should believe his explanation. Other than that, I really enjoyed this issue. It was freaking hilarious. I’ve always said that Spider Man and Deadpool have great chemistry together. The sarcasm and one liners they can drop on each other would be comedic gold. They would practically feed off each other’s humor. Villains would give up just so the verbal barrage would end. I also like the role reversals in this issue. It was cool seeing Deadpool as Doom. There were plenty of other cool images here. I love Wade spray painting the Wilson plaque just to rewrite Wilson in spray paint. Moronic as hell, but that’s Deadpool. The hug panels and Spider-Man’s response was priceless. I love how everyone has Dead in their name. The art was pretty cool too. Those Deadpool bombs were a nice touch. The explosions and action looked great. Spider-Man in a cape was strange and I for one am not a fan. I can’t wait to see how this ends in the Incredible Hulk Annual next month which I will be picking up. If it’s anything like this issue, it should be pretty good. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
a nice cool unique story. Nice action. Good humor
Rating
100%
+Continue Reading

Moon Knight #1 Review

  • May 5, 2011 1:38 am
  • Comments Off

Moon Knight #1

I’ve always been a big fan of Moon Knight. I’ve heard the people saying he’s just Marvel’s knock-off of Batman, and I can see some of the point, but I like the character anyway. I like his look, that he has different identities set up to help his fight on crime, and that he does actually seem to be an agent of an ancient god, given another chance at life to redeem his past as a soldier for hire. 

Marvel doesn’t quite seem to know what to do with him. He’s had many different series, been a member of both the main and West Coast Avengers, and is now in the “Secret Avengers,” an espionage/intel gathering type team. Over the past several years, they seem to be wanting to make Marc Spector, the man behind Moon Knight’s hood, actually insane. When I saw the new series, I hoped that Brian Michael Bendis would treat the character with more respect than that.

Moon Knight #1 opens with a Hollywood premier party- apparently Marc Spector is producing a tv show about his early exploits as a mercenary: “Legend of the Khonshu.” Now, how Marc is keeping a secret ID when his show seems to be retelling his origin and also bandying about the name of a very obscure god whose only other public reference these days is in relation to Moon Knight, I’m not sure, but we’ll see. Marc is pulled away from his party when the Avengers, in the persons of Captain America, Wolverine, and Spider-Man, summon him to a meeting. Since Marc’s in Hollywood now, they want him to look into rumors of new criminal activity on the west coast.

Despite many barbs from Wolverine about his tv show, Marc agrees, and Moon Knight shows up at the docks later that night, where two local thugs for hire await a shipment of some kind. The thugs debate about their jobs, and their mysterious employer who apparently has told them he can give them powers, but hasn’t yet. The thugs’ night takes a turn for the worse when they find they are meeting the hugely powerful Mr. Hyde, who demands payment. They weren’t told they needed to have money, and Hyde, with his usual restraint, argues with them and then attacks. Moon Knight leaps into the fray, and does a credible job for a non-powered (but used to have powers) human against a vastly superhumanly powerful villain. Moon Knight, in the course of the fight, gets onto the ship, and sees Hyde’s mysterious cargo is a deactivated (and decapitated) Ultron.

Someone we never actually see, who seems very powerful, shows up and makes their displeasure with Hyde known. What exactly happens is unclear, but Hyde either is killed or teleported elsewhere, or blasted out of the panel’s view. Moon Knight returns to his base of operations with Ultron’s head, and debates with Cap, Wolvie, and Spidey about what all this could mean. I really kinda liked this right up to the last panel, where we see Moon Knight is in the room alone. It’s never actually said, but strongly implied, that the Avengers were never there, and he’s off into hallucinations again. This story will be continued in issue two.

What I liked and what I didn’t:

I could see Marc in Hollywood, and, aside from the secret ID concerns I expressed above, the tv show could be interesting. I always like seeing Moon Knight in action, and the fact that they let him make a good showing against the incredible strength of Mr. Hyde was nice to see. I really liked the issue, mostly, right up until that last page.

He’s insane again? Really? We’re supposed to believe that Marc is having ongoing, vivid hallucinations, but his team mates in the Secret Avengers haven’t noticed? And do we really need the man to be shown as a nut job again? How about some actual decent treatment of the character? My further problems with the issue are both about this issue particularly, and some messes they’ve created in the Moon Knight mythos by this point. He used to have superhuman strength under the full moon- a real clear explanation of what happened to that would be nice. Further, none of his supporting cast is here- long time fans like me wonder what happened to Marlene, Frenchie, and even his new pilot from his most recent series before this. And finally, they decide to make some continuity problems for themselves here: the bad guy of this part of the story is Mr. Hyde. You know, Mr. Hyde who is presently in prison and being evaluated for Marvel’s redemption program, the Thunderbolts? Shouldn’t someone have checked that? And personally, I found the art to be a bit muddy in places, not really clear. Maybe that stylistic and eventually we’ll work out that’s when he’s hallucinating, but it was distracting, for me at least.

I wanted to love this, and I was ok with it, even with the continuity glitch, right up to that last page. I don’t want Marc Spector: madman. I want Moon Knight, the hero. At this point, it’s really open to interpretation whether the first meeting with the Avengers, where he actually got some respect from both Cap and Spidey, even happened. I don’t need another story where you’re always going to be wondering “Ok, is this happening, or is he in the Land of Make Believe?” I really hope they get this insanity issue squared away, or I, for one, will drop this book at the end of the first arc. It’s ok, though, it’s Moon Knight. With Marvel lately, it will probably be cancelled and yet another new series announced within a year.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Moon Knight in action and being given some respect, the Hollywood take was interesting the Mr. Hyde glitch, no supporting cast, and he’s nuts again
Rating
70%
+Continue Reading