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Favorite Marvel Comic Books of 2010

  • January 7, 2011 9:07 am
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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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Deadpool Corps #5 Review

  • August 20, 2010 4:24 pm
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Deadpool Corps #5

The first story arc of the Deadpool Corps come to a close. So sit back, relax, and grab a Pop Tart, cause we’re having a party and you’re invited. Today I will be reviewing The Deadpool Corps #5. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. The Deadpool Corps quest to stop the Awareness finally comes to an end as the gang goes face to face with their enemy. After surviving a preemptive strike by some awareness followers, the Corps are confronted by the Awareness itself. The team is put through the ringer as the awareness makes them face their greatest fear but in the end, the team survives and kills the Awareness, restoring balance to the universe. They are rewarded by the Collector and go on their merry way. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. Still no comedy. Still no plotlines. Overall a sad read. At least they finished the whole Awareness thing. (In a weird Wizard of Oz type way.) I am not as much a fan of this book as I was the first few issues. The characters are just not that captivating. Kidpool completely sucks. Headpool is a one trick pony. Dogpool is cool but seriously, how much comedy are you going to get out of a non speaking dog in a mask. Lady Deadpool, after the change in this issue, has new potential. And Deadpool himself is still being the main focus of a team book. (Not a way to do a team book, in my opinion.) Liefeld does the art so I have little complaints there. But in all honesty, if the next story arc does not improve, I will stop picking up this book completely. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
the first arc is over, thank god. the art is great. the story is still not as good as the first three issues. there is little in the way of comedy or the usual Deadpool violence.
Rating
70%
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Thanos Imperative #3 Review

  • August 12, 2010 12:38 am
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Thanos Imperative #3

And now, a word from our sponsors. It’s time for the commercial portion of our story. The part where everyone takes a break from the action and does what they need to do. Today I will be reviewing The Thanos Imperative #3. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. The battle at the fault continues. The Galactus engine does something and one of the cosmic entities is destroyed. Our universe’s main line of defense begins to fall back. Nova, gaining some cosmic awareness from the dying entity, learns some of the plans of the cancerverse villains. To counteract these plans, he creates a strike force of power (Quasar, Beta Ray Bill, Gladiator, Ronan, Silver Surfer and himself) for a stealth mission. Meanwhile, inside the fault, Star-Lord and his crew are taken by the Vision to Titan, the last point of resistance in the cancerverse. There, our heroes learn how the cancerverse came into existence. Lord Mar-Vell infected all of the heroes of this universe and used them to do a dark ritual, killing the avatar of death, and as a result, killing death itself. This caused the demons and monsters to be released. That is his purpose in our universe as well. To find death’s avatar (Thanos), and kill him. To stop him, Thanos must reverse the ritual. However, before that can happen, Drax snaps and attacks Thanos, putting an anti-matter disc on him and disintegrating him. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. Visually stunning, as usual. Beautiful colors adorn every page. Storywise, starting to pick up. We’re beginning to get some revelations as to what is going on and how this story will end. Even with all of the characters, we still had time for some good individual characterization. Lord Mar-Vell’s origin made perfect sense and I can’t wait for him to go one on one with Thanos. The cosmic stealth team visual gave me a Right Stuff flashback. (That’s an 80′s space movie for all you youngins out there.) I like that the sarcasm is still being incorporated into the writing. It adds some lightness to a very dark situation. Next issue should see a bit more space fighting and I’m personally looking forward to when the Revengers take on Nova’s band of cosmic bruisers. (I’m just wondering who Marvel plans on “sacrificing” to give this story lasting relevance.) That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Good origin story. Sets up for a few big battles that should be visually stunning. Too many characters and everyone want to be in the show. Drax/Thanos battle was bad.
Rating
85%
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X-Men Second Coming #2 Review

X-Men Second Coming #2

X-Men Second coming is over.  The big yearly mega mutant crossover has finished. There was death. There was action. There was BOREDOM. Today I will be reviewing X-Men Second Coming #2 as well as the entire Second Coming crossover event. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. Hope is alive. Bastion is dead. The mutants won. Cable sacrificed his life. Everyone is mad at Cyclops for creating X-Force so he disbands it. Wolverine decides to undisband it and creates a new, much much cooler team that Cyclops will not be told about. Beast leaves. Many mutants are injured but healing. Rogue is on probation for not following orders. A bunch of other tiny tidbits. But most importantly, Hope, using what appears to be the Phoenix force reignites the spark in humanity and mutants begin to be born and created. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. The book itself was garbage. Great art. Pointless, non-surprising story. Anyone with any clue to what has been happening in X-Comics for the past few years knew immediately that Hope would be Phoenix. I knew it from the second she was taken by Cable. She was too much of a Jean Grey clone. Looked like her too. We knew that X-Force would not be disbanded. (It’s the best drawn monthly X title and the only one that caters to the violence junkies out there.) We knew Beast would quit. (He’s on Secret Avengers.) We knew the X-Men would prevail. (Just had to see who Marvel decided to kill to make the series “potent and having a lasting effect on X-Men continuity.”) I’m just sad that this last issue in the crossover didn’t really create any surprises or set up any possible future unexpected plot twists. Legion wasn’t even in the book, for god’s sake.

I have been reading X-titles since they first started. I have read EVERY SINGLE ISSUE of every single x-book. I am a huge X-men fan. This was not their best attempt. On the crossover as a whole, I am sadly disappointed. This crossover has been fed to us over the past decade many times. (Operation Zero Tolerance was a better version of this anyway.) Half of the books in the crossover sucked or was just filler. It really didn’t need to run three months. There really were no surprises. (I knew Hope would be the Phoenix from day one.) Nightcrawler, Cable, and some non popular mutants died. I just don’t feel like any of it mattered. What I really want to know is where is Legion? He’s an omega class mutant with reality warping powers. Is there a reason he didn’t just snap his fingers and make everything good again? Was there a reason in even waking him up or bringing him back? He fought for two pages and then disappeared. What was the point? This entire crossover was unoriginal. From the bottom of my heart, I wish Marvel could have done better. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Return of Phoenix and mutants in general. This ridiculous crossover is over huge letdown on the entire crossover
Rating
60%

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Thanos Imperative #2 Review

  • July 15, 2010 10:10 pm
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Thanos Imperative #2

Thanos causing death? Check. Comedy from Rocket Raccoon? Check. Galactus enters the battle? Check. The Fate of the universe hanging in the balance? Check. Cosmic violence and a talking dog? All present. Today I will be reviewing The Thanos Imperative #2. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. The battle at the fault gets hot and heavy. Evil deathless creatures are trying to kill all opposition with Nova and Quasar as the main lines of defense. Suddenly, the Silver Surfer joins the battle and starts to stem the tide. Then Galactus and the other cosmic entities enter the battle, decimating the enemies ranks. In response, the cancerverse send the Galactus engine through the fault. (An awesome looking Galactus skull attached to a spaceship. We’ll see what it does next issue.) Meanwhile, inside the fault, Star-Lord and his crew easilly dispatch the cancerverse Defenders only to have them rise up again. (Since they cannot die.) That is until Thanos, who finally wakes from his weakened stupor, blasts them to pieces and kills them permanently. They are then greeted by the Vision. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. This book was good a good visual experience but the story fell short. Nice big colorful splash pages. Watching the Guardians of the Galaxy decimate the cancerverse Defenders like they were nothing was both cool and a letdown. I wanted a better fight. It’s tough to focus because there are so many characters and pieces of story that each bit only gets a few pages of attention. Hopefully, the end result will be worth it. Visually, so far, it definitely is. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Thanos is back causing death and mayhem. Awesome cosmic art. no major battles or story progression
Rating
75%

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Deadpool Corps #4 Review

  • July 15, 2010 10:05 pm
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Deadpool Corps #4

If the awesome Guns and Roses cover doesn’t make you want to pick this book up, I don’t know what will.  Today I will be reviewing The Deadpool Corps #4. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

So let’s talk about the book. The Deadpool Corps continue their quest given to them by the Collector to stop the Awareness. They need info from the Eyeball (who, by the way, is a giant eyeball) so they stop by his planet to ask. The Eyeball directs them to a character called the Broken Blade (who turns out to be a hot looking Domino type chick.) They team up (after the standard fighting, hi-jinx, comedy, and origin back-story) and fly out to stop the Awareness. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. This book was not as good as the first three issues of this title but still a decent read. Liefeld’s art, (if you like his type of art) is still visually stunning. The battle scenes are great but the story leaves much to be desired. I found that without the comedy, which was heavily present in the first three books, this is a rather weak plot. (It was a weak plot before, but the comedy made it seem much better.) I hope next issue has more Dogpool, easily the funniest character of the entire Corps. (Which is kind of sad if you think about it. A dog with no dialogue is the funniest, most memorable member of the book.) That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Sweet Liefeld art. Cool new character intro. Lots of fighting. Not enough comedy or story.
Rating
75%
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Cover of the Week: May 12, 2010

  • May 12, 2010 9:02 am
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Every Wednesday I pick my favorite cover from all the comic books that came out during the week…today’s pick goes to Steve Epting’s Marvel’s Project #8 Variant.

Steve Epting continues to outdo himself.

It’s one thing to tell a story in a classic setting, it’s another thing entirely to transport the reader to that setting with you. And that’s exactly what Steve Epting has been doing with his Marvel Project covers, all of which have been exceptional. The Marvels Project has been “a modern day retelling of the origin story of the Marvel Universe,” [Human Torch #10, All-Select Comics #5, Daring Comics #10

Other Honorable Mentions (click title to see cover):

Batgirl 10, Wolverine #900, The Unwritten #13

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S.H.I.E.L.D #1 – First Look!

Leonardo Da Vinci was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. So was Issac Newton. So were Imhotep and Zhang Heng and Galileo and many other geniuses throughout time. They were the first heroes to defeat Galactus and the Brood and turn Celestials back. They saved the world long before Captain America or Iron Man were ever born, but what does this mean to our heroes of today? What does this mean to Nick Fury? Do not miss this Marvel Comics masterpiece that fans will be talking about for decades to come. All the insanity is courtesy of JONATHAN HICKMAN (FANTASTIC FOUR, SECRET WARRIORS, Nightly News) and DUSTIN WEAVER (X-MEN).

I was never planning on picking this title up, but after reading the above  series description and feasting my eyes on the  remarkably beautiful artwork by Dustin Weaver, I know this title will jump to the top of my read pile once it hits the shelves. But dont take my word for it, check the preview pages yourself, right HERE.

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The Return of ‘Marvelman’!

  • March 24, 2010 1:12 pm
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From Marvel.com:

Marvel is proud to announce the return of Marvelman to shelves everywhere with the release of MARVELMAN CLASSIC PRIMER #1 in June! Who is the mysterious Marvelman? And just why is he one of the most enduring super heroes of all time? The answers arrive in this commemorative one-shot featuring interviews with creator Mick Anglo, superstar Neil Gaiman and more who contributed to this character’s history over the years! Plus, get all-new pinups of key Marvelman characters by superstar artists Mike Perkins, Doug Braithwaite, Miguel Angel Sepulveda, Jae Lee, Khoi Pham and Ben Oliver! This landmark issue features two covers–one with the timeless art of Mick Anglo and another with the now-iconic rendition of Marvelman by Marvel Editor-In-Chief–and superstar artist–Joe Quesada!

Then, in July, thrill to the debut of MARVELMAN FAMILY’S FINEST #1, a new ongoing series reprinting Marvelman’s greatest adventures for the first time in the US! Plus, no comics fan can miss MARVELMAN CLASSIC VOL.1 PREMIERE HC, reprinting Marvelman’s earliest adventures in chronological order!

Now’s your chance to learn just why Marvelman is one of the most important characters in comic book history-it all begins in MARVELMAN CLASSIC PRIMER #1, this June!

MARVELMAN CLASSIC PRIMER #1
Written by JOHN RHETT THOMAS
Cover by JOE QUESADA
Variant by MICK ANGLO
Rated A …$3.99
ON SALE IN JUNE!

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Free Marvel Comics – Spider-Man Special!

Your free digital comics this week focus on the spectacular Spider-Man and the Legend of the Spider Clan series. Just click the links below:

SPIDER-MAN: LEGEND OF THE SPIDER CLAN #1
SPIDER-MAN: LEGEND OF THE SPIDER CLAN #2
SPIDER-MAN: LEGEND OF THE SPIDER CLAN #3
SPIDER-MAN: LEGEND OF THE SPIDER CLAN #4
SPIDER-MAN: LEGEND OF THE SPIDER CLAN #5

Find out what next week’s five free digital comics will be below!

ULTIMATE X-MEN #63
ULTIMATE X-MEN #67
ULTIMATE X-MEN #68
ULTIMATE X-MEN #69
ULTIMATE X-MEN #70

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Marvel Previews – Comics on Sale 3/3/10

  • March 1, 2010 9:27 am
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Marvel Comics has provided CBR with advance looks at new comics on sale this Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

Click the links below to be taken to the preview of your choice.

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Free Marvel Comics! – This weeks selection

  • February 25, 2010 10:25 am
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Here’s your free digital comics this week courtesy of Marvel. I recommend checking out Dark Wolverine #76, it’s a very cool read.

Just click the title of your choice.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #27
DAREDEVIL #265
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #612
THOR #9 (1998)
DARK WOLVERINE #76

Find out what next week’s five free digital comics will be below!*

MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: THE ILLIAD #5
IMMORTAL WEAPONS #1
LUKE CAGE NOIR #1
MODELS, INC. #1
NEW AVENGERS #55

*All schedules subject to change.

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