BREAKING – Tom Holland Cast as Spider-Man

He'll have to lose that suit.
He’ll have to lose that suit.

After more than a few months of speculation, rumors, bullshit, and disappointment, it was confirmed today that Tom Holland, best known for Billy Elliot the Musical, will be putting on the spandex and playing Spider-Man.

This will be the third incarnation of Peter Parker/Spider-Man to appear on the big screen in 10 years. Tobey McGuire played the masked hero in the original trilogy from the early 2000’s and most recently Andrew Garfield has been bringing the character to life in the Amazing Spider-Man movies.

However, this will be the first time that the character will play a part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It has already been confirmed that Holland’s Spider-Man will debut in Captain America: Civil War and after that we can all expect to see yet another stand alone Spider-Man movie. This one will be directed by Jon Watts and will hit theaters July 28, 2017.

What do you think about the newest version of Spidey? Are you happy to see Holland in the role or were you pining for an on screen Miles Morales? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Comicbook.co

Comic Book Reviews 06-25-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

 

Pick of the Week:

 

Superman #32 – A

No, this is not Bizzaro World; Superman actually got a higher score than Snyder and Capullo’s Batman. This is proof that DC’s poster-child, Clark Kent, is not washed up. All it takes is a phenomenal creative team, and the Man of Steel is returned to his former glory. Thanks to writer Geoff Johns, I’m ready to start following Superman for the first time since George Pérez left at the beginning of The New52. He did have a little help from DC Comics’ rookie, JOHN ROMITA JR. That’s right – legendary Spider-Man artist and Kick-Ass co-creator is drawing the most iconic character in comic book history now. The best part about this book is that it is a perfect jumping-on point for new or estranged readers. Not that I can solicit this book any harder, but the story had me humming the John Williams theme song. The Big Blue Boy Scout is back! – Sherif

 

Other Reviews:

Dark Horse:

Dream Thief: Escape #1 – B+

Dream Thief is a new comic out this week and it is pretty cool, I gotta say.  The story is a nice twist on revenge and possession, both major factors in main character Johnny Lincoln’s life.  Johnny gets possessed by murdered ghosts sometimes.  Those ghosts then go find their murders and use Johnny to kill their murderers.  While it sounds very creepy, it is a pretty funny book because it has a lot of quips to keep the story just light enough to not be so disturbing.  The story takes place in the mid 80’s in Florida, which makes a for a very beautiful and colorful backdrop.  The book ends with Johnny meeting another person, a very special person (no spoilers, I promise) who also gets possessed by ghosts, allowing the story to end on a pretty major cliffhanger, and making me want to pick up this book immediately next month! – Adrian

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #6 – B+

Another series that has come to an end and after six months, Serenity and its crew finally get everything, well almost everything resolved.  The series ends on a great note and one that I really wish I could see done with the cast and crew of the show. This last issue makes any Serenity fan tear up by just looking at the cover with Wash being so prevalent so seeing that image going into the last issue it sets you up to have so much of what happened to Wash get resolved and have everyone on the track to healing after the insane events of the film Serenity. – Jacob

 

DC/Vertigo:

Batman #32 – A-

Zero Year is really heating up as we approach the climax – the showdown between Batman and Nygma is heating up… kinda. There is a constant back and forth between the two to see who has the statistic advantage. Even though both are so young in their respective masked careers, they are both supremely sharp and the battle of wits is a site to see. The issue ends on yet another cliff-hanger, and this one makes a little less sense than I would have liked, but that’s the nature of a story centered around The Riddler. Batman has been the most consistently great book in the DC staple, so if you’re on the fence, definitely read this arc. – Sherif

Justice League #31 – A

The idea of Lex Luthor being a valued member of the League is ridiculous, and writer Geoff Johns is not afraid to show it. Since a very dreary Forever Evil arc, Justice League is enjoying a nice little break before the next Big Bad comes along. Unlike other books, there’s no filler here. We get to see the new Power Ring, as it begins to corrupt a poor young woman in Portland. Meanwhile, Lex comes to Bruce Wayne with that shocking discovery, and it’s interesting to see Lex get the upper-hand of the detective who’s always thinking six steps ahead. Mostly though, it’s Shazam and Cyborg that steal the show with their hilarious banter at the Watchtower. – Sherif

 

IDW Comics:

Super Secret Crisis War #1 – A

Here we have an ultimate team up of all of our favorite Cartoon Network characters joining together because all of their villains are planning to take over multiple worlds together. For this issue I love how each character is done in their distinctive style and yet they all feel like they belong together which makes this issue so much more than just pictures of my favorite cartoons together. Hopefully with all the main issues and one shots included in this series we will get to a point where it all is explained a little bit better than what we got in this issue, but it is all leading up to a series that will have anyone who watched Cartoon Network freaking out because of happiness by the end. – Jacob

X-Files: Season 10 #13 – B

Thins are getting real! More of The Lone Gunmen, more Krycek,, and everyone is crazy! This issue is definitely one of the better ones as part 3 of this current story arc, and we get a couple answers but just like X-Files, we get more questions. The art in this series can be a little hit or miss, as it is not very detailed and at times it can be hard to tell who is who. The writing of this series though is what makes it good and it gives me so much hope for another movie that could be awesome. Although this issue was great for me, I have not missed an issue so for anyone trying to start here it would likely be rather confusing. – Jacob

 

Image Comics:

Saga #20 – A

If I had a dollar for every time I screamed “Holy S***!” while reading this issue, I would have $3. Seriously, follow through the pages and tell me if you can spot them. I may still be a little punch-drunk off meeting Fiona Staples at Denver Comic Con, but I’m in love with her art, and with the beautiful writing of Brian K Vaughan. The range of story goes from “trouble in paradise” to straight up disturbing by the end of the issue. How long can Alana and Marko stay hidden? What the hell is going on with Prince Robot IV? Mostly, though, I wonder how many more times can we tell you how amazing Saga is before you go read it?? – Sherif

Deadly Class #6 – A

A “sadistic, twit redneck who likes to f*** sheep” sounds like the most terrifying villain of all time. This book is so ludicrous; I love it. The kids’ trip to vacation has been no vacation, but they band together over a common enemy – the way everything plays out had my eyes wide and my heart racing. At the end of the day, every issue of Deadly Class has been beautiful and brutal, and this issue is no exception. This is a great read if you think need something to make you feel better about your own high school experience. Each issue uncovers more and more of the students’ pasts. This was a perfect way to close out the arc. – Sherif

Outcast #1 – B-

Robert Kirkman is at it… still. I can’t really say “again” because well, The Walking Dead is still happening.  Anyway, Outcast is Kirkman’s answer to the Horror genre. We follow main character Kyle Barnes and his really bad luck with the women who are closest to him getting possessed by demons, and then he has to exorcize them.  I’m not sure if this is a comment on women or not, but I’ll tell you this, for the first 20 pages of the 48 page issue, I had no clue what was going on.  But don’t let this turn you off.  By the end of the story, it all kind of makes sense.  And leaves enough unsaid that makes the reader want to know more about Kyle, our new demon hunter hero, or should I say Outcast? – Adrian

 

Marvel:

Amazing Spider-Man #3 – B

The return of Peter Parker has been a solid one so far. While he was “away,” Otto Octavius made quite the mess of his life: pissing off frenemies, chasing off close friends, and falling in love with another woman. The story with Black Cat is getting very interesting, as she is reborn with a lot more moxie this time around. Peter, meanwhile, is learning the joys of owning your own business. It’s quirky and fun, but is lacking of any real substance right now. The story is still building, so I’m sure that will change in the next couple issues. – Sherif

Ms. Marvel #5 – C+

I don’t know what happened between the end of issue #3 and this one, but somewhere along the line, the book lost a lot of momentum. I’m still really excited to see where Ms. Marvel is going, but it seems to have lost a bit of the flare and the social relevance that catapulted it to the top of my reading list each issue. I’m still interested in the story, and the dynamic characters are a lot of fun in themselves, but it still needs something to push it back over the hump. – Sherif

Original Sins #2 – C+

This series obviously is a way to connect lesser character of the marvel universe to the Original Sin storyline going on now. All of the stories so far don’t really show much connection but a small mention of the events in Original Sin. Each issue is going to contain a large Young Avengers story and then two other stories one being a medium size and the other usually just two pages. It does make me happy that Howard the Duck got to be the small story in this issue, but other than that novelty, I don’t see too much of a connection between these stories to warrant purchasing this issue unless you are a completest. – Jacob

Deadpool vs Carnage #4 – C-

Although this series has been dull, and left you wondering why is it happening (which is actually quite strange considering the other things Deadpool has done). In this last issue we finally get everything resolved, absolute insanity is brought down to a little bit crazy, and we can all finally take a nap and forget it all ever happened. But seriously this series has been entertaining for what it is, the artwork has definitely been good throughout the series and this last issue. Ultimately this series will have its fans but mostly it is just a series to read on a boring day, and there are much worse things to readout there. – Jacob

 

Funniest Panel

Shazam and Cyborg discuss additions to the Watchtower in Justice League #31
Shazam and Cyborg discuss additions to the Watchtower in Justice League #31

 

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

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Superman and his mystery buddy tag team this robot in Superman #32

 

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

 

Comic Book Reviews 06-11-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

Pick of the Week:

Detective Comics #32 – A

It’s official! Batman now has TWO good books. This Icarus storyline combines all the aspects you’d expect in a story about the world’s greatest detective. It feels like an Adam West-helmed episode, with the gadgets, and the deductive thought process, but with a modern and accessible twist that doesn’t feel campy or over-the-top. I mean, when you can fight a giant squid and still feel realistically engaging, you’re doing a good job. We also get a look at the lighter side of Harvey Bullock, who we come to find is an unapologetic crazy cat lady. Kudos to this new creative team for giving me complete faith in Detective Comics for however long their run lasts. – Sherif

 

Other Reviews:

DC/Vertigo:

Superman/Wonder Woman #9 – B+

With the continuation of the Doomed storyline we enter the next chapter of Supermans battle with himself. The atmosphere has been contaminated with Kryptonite that is slowly taking away Clarks ability to control the Doomsday inside of him. While this issue has mainly focused on that inner struggle, as usual I feel like the spotlight is on how much of a badass Wonder Woman still is. My least favorite people in the world besides Arsenal, the Red Lanterns, show up and make a cameo. The whole battle with them is short-lived and I could have done without it. This was mostly filler but it had a few essential pieces of info. – Robert

Batgirl #32 – C+

Everything about this issue bored me except for the last panel. It really isn’t a spoiler but I won’t say anything just the same, however it does excite me that they seem to be changing the formula up a bit. I do hope that they will steer clear of the one-shot villains that are lame and have no depth or staying power. I would also like to see a little bit more of the female talon as she made for an interesting dynamic with Barbara. This is the first issue of a new story arc so there wasn’t much going on except for the setup. – Robert

Batman Eternal #10 – C

(+) More filler but we are given yet another teaser at the end. The plot continues to thicken but we aren’t really given any clues as to the endgame in store for this series. Something about the art changed this issue and I can say that in some panels I am definitely not a fan. There is also the inclusion of Julia Pennyworth from last issue. I am curious as to her backstory and how she will come to play in the future. Perhaps we will have another character to add to the Bat family after the departure of Dick Grayson. – Robert

(-) Ugh. Not a fan. First of all, this stand-in artist they got, Riccardo Burchielli? Awful. I mean, it’s not bad art by any means, but it’s probably the worst style I’ve seen for Batman since I can remember. This issue would have gone down smoother if Scott Synder drew it. It’s really distracting from the actual story, which is doing it self no favors here. I miss the direction Grant Morrison took Pyg in – the psycho surgeon, not the Rob Zombie meets Human Centipede doctor. There is a neat hint that Stephanie Brown will be reprising The Spoiler, but it’s marred by an awful pun. This book is drowning in stock, and shoving more filler down my throat isn’t keeping me engaged. Please don’t be another throw-away series. – Sherif

 

IDW Comics:

Rocky & Bullwinkle #4 – B

Although this series may not be for a lot of comic readers it always pleases me to see new Dudley Do-Right. The artwork is up with all the past issues and you can expect a bunch of modern references through out the issue showing that although we may not have seen them, Rocky & Bullwinkle were around the whole time we thought that they may have been gone for good. – Jacob

Dexter’s Laboratory #3 – B-

What happened to Dee Dee? Will Dexter survive in a land of Dee Dee? We won’t find out either really in this issue but it still is a delightful read for fans of the series. We even get a cameo from the 2 Stupid Dogs! The artwork as usual is wonderful and always looks as if Genndy Tartakovsky is doing all the work himself. The only things with these animated show comics is they stick to old fans because not many people are going to become new fans from these stories. So although enjoyable it is best enjoyed when knowing the material from the past. – Jacob

 

Image Comics:

Shutter #3 – A-

This series is so great! Wondrous, full of crazy, new ideas – if you’re open to new ideas, there is no reason not to pick  this book up. I mean, any book that can turn The Busy World of Richard Scarry into cold-blooded killers deserves a look. Giant fox warriors riding Triceratops? I’m still not exactly sure where this book is about, but we’re slowing chipping away at the bigger story here. Only three issues in and we’ve been running around like crazy, revealing plot points only when necessary, but mostly meeting all the crazy character that make the story go round. This book is going to be big; I can feel it in my bones. – Sherif

The Walking Dead #128 – C+

After a giant shocker of an issue in #127, there’s a little more reveal here. This new group, who is going through the same initiation that Rick and Co. did when they first arrived in Alexandria, brings about a nice sense of nostalgia. The more things change, the more they stay the same, I suppose. Everybody has kind of gotten back to life as usual, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this group drag a few skeletons out of the closet before this arc is over – including one very loose end hiding in the basement. Like so many single issues of TWD was come to be, they seem like filler when read by themselves, but overall, the complete revamp of the series has me interested for more. – Sherif

 

Marvel:

All-New X-Men #28 – B+

The fight is on and Xavier’s son is going all in against Jean Grey, psychically.  These future X-Men have ben a pain in the ass, and their assault is challenging the rest of the X-Men. The story is definitely confusing if you haven’t been following All-New from the beginning, but there is a bigger story starting to open up. Perhaps my favorite part of the story has been the re-evolution of Jean Grey, who is picking up new tricks that she never learned before the Phoenix took over. I love this second lease at life for Jean Grey, and can’t wait to see how she continues to evolve. – Sherif

Wolverine #8 – B+

The cat is a outta the bag and people know that Wolverine isn’t a bad guy anymore. That whole plot seemed awfully short lived considering they took four issues to tell the readers about it. Wolverine has decided to go a spiritual journey to rediscover martial arts and lose his fear of death. The headline for this issue is “Three Months to Die”. I know it has never been done before but I don’t really see why they need to kill him. I guess the countdown has begun but they did hint at the possibility of immortality this issue. – Robert

Hulk #4 – B

This series got off to a rough start. A bullet lodged in Bruce Banner’s brain had left the man a complete invalid, while the monster inside was unaffected. Steve Rogers puts it best in this issue when he wonders how Maria Hill took S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mightiest weapon and broke it. This issue has some pretty awesome Hulk ass-kickery, courtesy of Hulk getting ahold of Cap’s vibranium shield. There’s still some question about where the series is going in the grand scheme of things, but I had a lot of fun reading this particular issue. – Sherif

Amazing Spider-Man #1.2 – B-

The 1.whatever story arc, Learning to Crawl is a fun, nostalgic look back to the simpler times of Peter Parker, before he had a rogues gallery capable of destroying cities and murdering loved ones. As a way to make some cash on the side, Parker is doing entertainment gigs. He attracts the attention of a young, rich loner who idolizes Spidey to a dangerous level, even crafting his own costume and calling himself Clash. One misunderstanding and this Stan turns straight psycho, vowing revenge on Spider-Man. There’s not a lot whole developing outside of that, but it’s refreshing to see a new villain forming, and the old style of writing is, at worst, amusing. – Sherif

Original Sins #1 – C

The Original Sins books are different than the regular Original Sin issues. In Original Sins we get multiple short stories in one issue that connect to Original Sin. In this issue we get a story about Deathlok, the second is about the Young Avengers and the last is a real short one about Lockjaw. It is kind of cool to collect how smaller characters within the Marvel Universe connect to the much larger Original Sin story line. The artwork is all different artists for each story as well as the writers of course. Much like the regular tie in issues, these stories don’t connect much to the storyline but are a fun addition for those fans who like the B-list heroes of Marvel. – Jacob

 

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

 

Comic Book Reviews 05-21-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

Pick of the Week:

classic spidey villain

Deadpool Annual #2 – A

Can we do this every month? Seriously, what can we do to make sure that Deadpool and Spider-Man team up ALL. THE. TIME? The hilarious banter between the two creates some of the best chemistry in comic books. The unlikely bromance is thoroughly entertaining and engaging. They are both badasses in their own right, but together it’s one giant lovefest, and neither are too proud to make fun of each other. I absolutely loved this book, and Deadpool as Spider-Man. It might not sell you on the Deadpool solo series, but this issue is well-worth the price of admission. – Sherif

Other Reviews:

DC/Vertigo:

Forever Evil #7 – A

What a clusterf*** of love! There is so much happening here, it could have easily been split up into two issues – but boy was I glad it wasn’t. The long delay led to a couple of spoilers surfacing before the issue came out, notably Dick’s survival and becoming a super-spy and Lex Luthor’s take-over of the Justice League. That annoyance aside, this was a thrilling ride from start to finish, and there were just as many new stories created as there were wrapped up. Not only did Johns make me cheer for the bad guys through this whole thing, but he made me forget that this was a spin-off from the Justice League book. It proved that DC has just as many awesome second-tier characters – many of which were villain – as there are headliners. Oh, and the buddy cop relationship between Sinestro and Black Adam? Magnificent. In an age of constant bombardment with “crossover events” and tie-ins, it’s nice to know that DC still knows how to make an amazing story. – Sherif

Justice League #30 – A-

The timing of Forever Evil really threw off a lot of congruous events, so this book won’t make a lot of sense without having read the finale to Forever Evil first. That being said, the premise of Luthor trying to join the JL is a very intriguing one. It’s an idea that’s been done before, but if there’s anybody that can make it interesting, it’s Geoff Johns. We get a good look at who will be bringing the Justice League their next fight – the Anti-Monitors! No rest for the weary, I suppose. Luthor is written with such charisma that you can’t really help but cheer for him to take a spot, especially after his development in Forever Evil. This issue gives me the firepower I needed to convince readers that Justice League is one of the best titles out, and deserves attention. – Sherif

Sinestro #2 – B

It would only make sense that the man writing Marvel’s most dangerous anti-hero (Magneto), would be doing the same for DC Comics. Cullen Bunn is unraveling quite the comeback tale for Sinestro as he fights to reclaim control of the Yellow Lanterns. There’s something refreshing about him, and while he has learned much from his ultimate show-down that capped Geoff Johns’ run, he is explicably ruthless here. Sinestro has so much potential, and it looks like this series will finally be doing the character justice. – Sherif

Batman and Frankenstein #31 – C

It’s been a long journey for Batman as he searches for closure with Damian’s death. We’re one step closer to the first real showdown between Bruce Wayne and Ra’s Al Ghul in the New52, and I’m genuinely excited. The partnership with Frankenstein feels a bit inorganic, but the development of Batman from his last encounter with Frankie in Batman and Red Robin #19 is awesome to see. Plus, there are a few panels that penciller Patrick Gleason just goes nuts on. Overall, I love this über-story and with the approach of a new Robin, there’s no reason to believe it won’t get even better. – Sherif

Batman Eternal #7 – C+

Pyg is quite possibly one of the worst comic book villains I have ever seen. The pig goes oink? Who the hell thinks of this stuff?  Even as side-villains go, Batman has many more interesting characters that they could have used to distract him. All this and in the very same issue we get to see exactly what the documentary Blackfish was talking about. I will never have to wonder what would have happened if Willy had gone crazy and started killing humans after being freed. All of those complaints aside, shit is getting pretty crazy in Gotham City and it feels like we are just getting warmed up. It feels like we are still in the buildup stage of whatever master plot is going down, and although I would have expected just a little more clarity as to what is about to happen, it seems every time we get a little explanation, the plot thickens and we know even less than before. For a weekly book, this continues to be great every week and I cant wait to see what they truly have in store for this arc. – Robert

Weekly series are bound to run out of steam eventually, and Eternal unfortunately is not an exception. It could be the lack of focus on a particular set of characters, or it could be the vague scope of storyline – I can’t really put my finger on it. All I know is that I’m kind of losing interest in where Eternal is going. That’s not a fault of writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV; there’s just so much information packed into these book, which is weird because the problem with weekly books is usually the opposite. It’s not bad, though, because this issue sees the downfall of Penguin’s empire, an event that shakes up the Batverse quite a bit. I still love Eternal for what it is, but its momentum is nearly gone. – Sherif

Supergirl #31 – D

I can honestly say that I am getting real tired of DC’s shit. Why do they feel it is necessary to always make us read another publication in order to get the whole Supergirl story. For the first thirty issues, it was Superboy and Superman that you had to read, and this was to actually finish one of her main story arcs. Now we have to read the Red Lanterns in order to know what the hell is going on in her current issue. This may come as a shock to the people of DC, but I don’t want to read Red Lanterns and this cheap trick to try and force me to read it isn’t going to work; in fact, if they keep things like this up I wont be reading Supergirl any longer, either. I know that other books do this too but nothing has been so blatantly ridiculous as to finish one of her main story arcs in someone elses book and then move on in the next issue like its no big deal. And what is worse is that they have changed the book you had to follow in tandem to something else entirely. – Robert

 

Dynamite Entertainment:

Solar: Man of the Atom #2 – A-

This comic continues to impress me, with Erica now awake and completely confused as to what just happened to her, the pieces are weird, yet they are starting to fit. But where is her dad? Where did the Man of the Atom go? WHY DOESN’T THE MATH WORK? However, after all the strange flashbacks and repressed memories that are crawling up from her brain and into reality, a lot of our old questions get solved, yet leave us with new ones. So far I am loving this series and I look forward to more issues. – Evan

 

IDW Comics:

TMNT 30th Anniversary Special – A

Now this is awesome! This issue celebrating the amazing 30 years of TMNT collects artists and writer from past incarnations to return and team together for one more story in their comic universe. We, of course, celebrate the initial Mirage years then move on to Archie, Image, Going back to Mirage and then finally ending up for their now parent company IDW. This issue is great because although we don’t get any real great or long stories we do get to see how the Turtles have evolved, faded, rose back and ended up creating one of the most iconic pop culture phenomenon’s of culture from the ‘80s to now. This is definitely a must have issue for any Turtles fans who want to know more about their history and explore almost all the different incarnations of the turtles we have seen. – Jacob

Dexter’s Laboratory #2- C+

This Dexter’s Laboratory series is going to be short lived and may just be to introduce to giant crossover, Super Secret Crisis War! Which will include Cartoon Network characters including Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory, Ed, Edd and Eddy and more. This issue offers some great art as Genndy Tartakovsky’s has always been one of my favorite artists and although he may not be doing the art for this series his creations in general are great. The story for this series so far though has been a little predictable at times but even so it reminds me of the classic series that way as it has a childlike feeling of wonder to it which can not be done with complex plots and stories that require too much thinking. – Jacob

 

Image Comics:

Saga #19 – B+

It’s been nearly four months since the last issue of Saga came out, and it doesn’t miss a beat. We jump right back into things a few months later… I don’t want to spoil any of the story, but there’s just this overwhelming sense of familiarity to the book – even though things are changing. I missed Saga a lot, and there’s a lot to look forward to. – Sherif

 

Marvel:

Uncanny X-Men #21 – B

This might be one of the shortest issues of the week, but it still manages to bring the heat. Somebody has control of Magik and Cyclops, but if it’s not S.H.I.E.L.D., who is it? Dazzler has been drained of her powers by Mystique to create some weird HGH for mutants while Mystique has been impersonating her. How nobody seems to notice that it’s not Dazzler, I do not know, but that’s not even the biggest problem they face. The use of colors in Uncanny has always been impressive, but the large-scale art sequences here are just gorgeous. This is a book you should definitely be reading. – Sherif

Elektra #2 – B-

(+) Beautiful! This comic is more beautiful than a rainbow after a sunny day, or a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. Without a doubt this comic is stunning visually with its illustrative style and panel flow. Also the dialog and story have me intrigued as well. With Elektra on a mission that suddenly just saw a twist, I’m excited to see what we will get from this comic. Especially with the abilities of our protagonist, things are really getting exciting and I can’t wait for the next issue to come out. – Evan

(-) Two issues in and a I realize that I really don’t like the art style presented in this book at all. I also for some reason can’t stop picturing Jennifer Garner when I look at the panels of Elektra’s face. I kind of expected there to be a supernatural element to her story but I didn’t realize how much that was going to bleed into the story so early. I feel like her character is a little one-dimensional and I hope that they can resolve that in the coming issues because she is not Michonne. The brooding badass female killer doesn’t really work for long as a lead character. I don’t think she needs to change into a friendly character or anything, but she does need to develop a personality. – Robert

Amazing Spider-Man #2 – B

Peter Parker’s homecoming party continues as we follow the web-slinger as he picks up the mess Otto left in his wake. Anna Maria busted him last issue when she found out a pretty big secret, the Avengers bring Spider-Man in for questioning, and a showdown with Electro happens, as well. All the events capture the whimsical attitude of Peter Parker, and there were several moments that made me laugh out loud. Most surprisingly was Anna Maria’s acceptance of the secret, and what she decides to do afterwards; it’s almost TOO accepting… dun dun dun! Whatever the case, Amazing does a good job and bringing the Spidey we know and love back to the forefront, while still exploring the events of Superior so new fans aren’t lost. – Sherif

Magneto #4 – B

Magneto is such a badass character but what is most interesting about these issues is we get to see a deeper side as opposed to the just the killer out for revenge. It is a nice contrast to see his wall of lost mutants. It reminds me very much of the Holocaust Memorial with the way he had names listed. I can’t help but feel that even though he is pretty awesome right now, there needs to be a better overall story presented because watching him go around terrorizing people will only be interesting for so long. I would like to see him team up with some people, perhaps a non-mutant. – Robert

At this point, there’s nothing more to say about Magneto other than that it is a clear look into how dangerous he has become, and how brutal he has become in light of the genocide on his people. Watching him go from facility to facility and slaughter everybody is really entertaining, but there comes a point when I need more substance to enjoy the book. It’s like a video game where every level looks different but plays the exact same way. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to a winning formula, but writer Cullen Bunn will need to switch things up if he wants to take Magneto to a level of greatness. – Sherif

Hulk #3 – B-

It’s always nice to see the Hulk battles but what happened to him being one of the most powerful beings in the universe when he gets angry? He seemed to get beaten up pretty easily which is never fun to watch. I get that they can’t make every fight a walk in the park but it seems weird to seem him get pulverized so easily. I also am glad that it looks like they got rid of the whole retard Banner persona, that got old after one issue. For that alone this book gets a higher score than the last issue. We are still in the dark about what exactly happened to Banner but it is just a matter of time before everything is revealed so now we wait. I am excited for the next issue because of the last panel of this issue. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but the combination of these two indestructible things should be pretty sweet to see in action. – Robert

Original Sin #2 – C

(+) Marvel knows exactly how to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I love how this story is progressing with the search for who took the Watcher’s eyes and the lengths the heroes are going through to figure out this mystery. From Dr. Strange with the Punisher and their flying crocodile birds, to Emma Frost, Black Panther, and Ant Man searching inside ginormous dead beasts, no punches are being pulled to discover the truth. In this issue, the action was nothing short of amazing, its overall awesomeness made me geek super hard, and I simply want more. Great comic, great issue, keep them coming. – Evan

(+/-) Who shot the watcher? Well do we find out this issue or we just raised more questions and confused at twhom and why they brought in some characters and where is this story going. I can see this series becoming interesting but definitely not the legendary type of story arc like Civil War or Infinity Gauntlet in which Marvel is so well known for. The art for this series so far is spectacular and although things have been going really fast and getting into things quickly which worries me about how they will get it all done without rushing the last couple issues of the 8 they have. – Jacob

(-) Wow… I can’t say I’ve been more disappointed in a huge arc than I have been in Original Sin. We go from arguing about steak experiences in issue #1 to eyeball bombs full of secrets in this one. I mean, just the last few panels alone were enough to make me roll my eyes at all the malarky this has become. I get it, everybody has deep, dark secrets. Can’t we just get to that part instead of this plot; Orb, really? This would have been corny in the 50’s, so it definitely doesn’t work now. Mike Deodato (pencils) and Frank Martin (colors) produce a magnificent book, visually, but the upcoming change in canon will be the only thing keeping me reading Original Sin. – Sherif

Amazing X-Men #7 – F

When Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness BAMFed their way out of this series, they took not only Nightcrawler with them, but the entire heart of the series. This issue was a straight-up joke, which is sad because Spider-Man’s re-return, with some snarky Iceman jokes should carry enough momentum to get through the issue. Instead, the two annoyingly bark back and forth at each other while Firestar nags them to death. The level of crap this series has turned into in one issue is the only Amazing thing about this issue. – Sherif

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

 

Comic Book Reviews 05-07-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

Pick of the Week:

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Moon Knight #3 – A

Three words… Egyptian Battle Armor.  I seriously considered submitting my review with just that sentence.  Moon Knight is blowing my mind in how each issue contains simple and complex themes in such a few amount of pages.  Marc Spector is so subtly interesting and overtly bad-ass at the same time.  He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite comic book characters.  And I can’t gush enough about how gorgeous these panel are.  I want to hire Declan Shalvey (artist) and Jordie Bellaire (colorist) to paint my house (inside and out)!!  I’m so pleased with how this series has kicked off.  It’s laid a strong foundation that in whatever manner the greater story ultimately develops, I’ll be along for the ride. – Taylor

If Warren Ellis writes it, and you shut up and read it! Moon Knight is so much fun to read. The story didn’t really go anywhere this issue, but who cares? He spent his evening Poltergeisting mother flippin’ ghosts while draped in ancient Egyptian artifacts. Unless you can say your night was more exciting, then you should give this issue a read. I still can’t get over how amazing the art is. Moon Knight’s perfectly white everything contrasts with the rest of the scene so well – kudos to penciller Declan Shalvey and colorist Jordie Bellaire. If you haven’t read the first two issues, this one acts as a stand-alone, and a guaranteed sell for the series. – Sherif

Other Reviews:

BOOM! Studios:

Dead Letters #2 – C

I’m on the fence pretty intensely with Dead Letters still.  I was hoping after the second issue I’d be swayed one way or another.  No such luck.  There are a few aspects I really appreciate with this story.  The life-after-death notion is unique.  I’ve never really seen another story that takes on the afterlife like Dead Letters.  The characters are cool and the story is pretty interesting; nothing too special, but entertaining.  Then I reflect a while longer and I realize there are some very poorly hand aspects as well.  I won’t give details for sake of keeping the review spoiler-free, but just know that this reader feels that some of the more defining qualities of this series have a very sloppy feel to them.  And I don’t know about you, but I really have a hard time getting into comics with loose, water-color type artwork.  I can never tell what’s going on and details are always lost.  I think for Dead Letters, it’ll be three strikes and you’re out. – Taylor

 

DC/Vertigo:

Detective Comics #31 – A-

Finally, we are putting the “detective” back in Detective Comics. This series (although not as bad as Batman: The Dark Knight) has been a complete letdown since its New 52 launch. That is, until Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato took over starting issue #30. This new Icarus arc is Batman, through and through. The art is amazing and the story-telling is on point. If you’re a Bat-fan, it’s time to put aside your bias towards this book and pick it back up. – Sherif

The artwork is some of the most amazing that I’ve seen in a while especially with the way they colored this issue. The best part about this set of stories is that they take batman back to his roots as a detective instead of a crime fighter.  I actually came into things with the last issue but it seemed to be a good starting point if you wanted to start reading this book. This is only the second issue of a new story arc so if you have been thinking of jumping in, now would be a great time. The story is great and well worth your time if you are a Batman fan looking for something extra in addition to the other ongoing publications. – Robert

Batman: Eternal #5 – B

Things are getting heated up in Gotham but there wasn’t anything that moved the story forward too much. This issue does end with a bit of a cliffhanger that won’t make much sense for those who haven’t read Zero Year yet. I actually like that this book has incorporated all of the Batman continuity since the New 52 started. It’s nice to see loyalty like that rewarded with a story that takes advantage of all the things that have happened so far in the universe. The great thing about this being a weekly series is that even though nothing major happened this week, I don’t need to wait long to find out what happens next.  – Robert

Ah snap this story is getting real…as if it wasn’t already real in the first place. There are so many things happening from so many different angles that we didn’t even need to see Jim Gordon, Batgirl, and barley any Batman this week and it was still an elegant story. It seems like with each issue the story gets bigger and bigger and I’m loving all of it. I don’t know what these nano-bots have to do with the story, but I know we are going to soon find out; I think they will be the key to Jim Gordon’s freedom. I’m loving this story and I can’t wait to see what direction it goes next week. – Evan

Five issues in and we’re really starting to see that Eternal is going to have a ginormous scope. Scott Synder and James Tynion IV have cooked up quite the all-encompassing story, with Red Robin and Vicki Vale making their first appearance of the series. Aside from the awesome banter between Vicki and her new intern at the Gotham Gazette, Joey Day, there is a lot of superfluous dialog in this article. I know it’s all set up for the next big thing, but the story kind of loses momentum because of it. Throw in some Red Robin tech, and Harper Rowe badassery, and this issue gets a pass. – Sherif

Green Arrow #31 – C

The conclusion to the Outsiders War is here and it wasn’t much of a conclusion at all. Robert Queen is dead……again, which is pretty lame. This whole conclusion felt like it was put together a bit rushed even though it wrapped up everything from the last arc. It does however end with a setup that seems like it has the potential to be pretty cool. I do hope that they change the artist with the next story arc because it just looks awful. I have not been able to stand the art from this book since they changed things back somewhere in the teen issues. I am ready to move on to the next story because this whole arc felt like one step forward, two steps back for me. Just when we learn new things about oliver and co., it all pretty much gets taken away in the next few issues. Lame, but on to the next one, hopefully it will be better than what we’ve been getting.  – Robert

The New 52: Future’s End #1 – D+

In this new major DC comics event, we see Batman Beyond arrive in his past, but our future before a giant war destroys the world, We get to see Stormwatch, Firestorm, Grifter and Batman Beyond in the same book. Now, although this seems it will be a great event if for nothing else to see some more Batman Beyond action, it does seem like an overdone type of storyline (X-Men: Days of Future Past anyone?!) that could very well become very stagnant and boring. In the Free Comic Book Day issue #0 and this 1st Issue, it seems like it will become at least an enjoyable series, we will have to wait until the next issue for the story to really pick up and shows us what this event has in store for us. – Jacob

When DC Comics came out with 52 in 2006, it was a way for the company to spotlight the C squad characters without relying on them to carry their own books. Futures End seems kind of on-board with the same thing, but with Marvel handing out series left and right – successful series, mind you – to lesser-known characters, it will be hard for DC to match that level of “give a damn” when it sloppily throws together characters that casual fans can’t identify, let alone identify with. And I’m still pissed that DC thinks its a good idea to release the aftermath of Forever Evil without releasing the actual final issue of Forever Evil. Get your shit together, DC! – Sherif

 

IDW Comics:

Rocky & Bullwinkle #3 – B

Another great issue of Rocky & Bullwinkle! In this issue we get so see more of the Fearless Leader, and our favorite moon inhabitants Gidney and Cloyd. It starts with Fearless Leader claiming he has landed a Pottsylvanian on the moon and since no one has claimed it as their own he claims ownership. Rocky & Bullwinkle find it fishy and decide to take their own trip to the moon to investigate. Fearless Leader finds out and we realize their moon landing was fake and so he decides to send Boris and Natasha there to combat Rocky & Bullwinkle. This of course is the break where we get my personal favorite part of each issue the short of Dudley Do-Right where we see the evil Snidley Whiplash starting a store that sells junk on the promise that if you return your item you get double your money back knowing that no one ever takes the time to return items. Snidey did not think about Dudley Do-right though and as Dudley is heading to the bank with the Mounties donation money and ends up buying a yogurt straightener which the Inspector makes him return. So as Dudley returns it he gets double his money and then purchases two yogurt straighteners, returns them and continues to do so until he bankrupts the store and gets twenty thousand dollars for the charity. We then continue back to Rocky & Bullwinkle where they land on the moon and meet up with Gidney and Cloyd and then Boris and Natasha land and Boris ends up betraying Pottsylvania by claiming the moon for himself only to have Rocky & Bullwinkle foil them as always leaving the moon unclaimed for now… This series has been very enjoyable and although it is not for everyone, especially those whom only read comics for heroes, but anyone who has grew up watching the show will definitely enjoy this issue and the entire series as a whole. – Jacob

Image Comics:

Nailbiter #1 – A-

Another new Image title, another one knocked out of the park. Nailbiter is a horror story (so far; I have a hunch there will be a sci-fi twist in here somewhere) set in the town of Buckaroo, Oregon, home to “sixteen of the world’s worst serial killers.” Our story follows Nicholas Finch, an army intelligence agent who is down on life – as inferred by the gun he holds to his temple in the opening pages. The most recent killer, named the Nailbiter, is on the loose and Finch’s buddy Carroll has brought him to Buckaroo to help him crack the case. This is like Silence of the Lambs meets Heavy Rain, but there seems to be a much deeper story going on here. – Sherif

This series start off with a pretty intense beginning on top of the already intense cover we get on this issue. We are introduced to a killer by the name of Nailbiter who kills people who chew their nails and then proceeds to eat their fingers off. The whole series is about connecting a whole bunch of murderers from one small town together and one man may have found out how.  This series definitely seems promising as far as plot goes, as it is an original horror/crime idea and the artwork for it is superb as the characters, especially those who are not the protagonists, make you feel creeped out, even though some of the cops do as well in the way they are depicted and introduced. It is a very trust no one type of story happening and hopefully the intrigue does not die down or get too weird which Image comics sometimes does with their properties – Jacob

I’ll be honest, horror isn’t my thing.  But dark comedy is, and Nailbiter was chock full of it.  Nailbiter chronicles famed serial killer Nailbiter and the 15 serial killers from the same town of Buckaroo, Oregon who came before him.  While very dark, this new series was able to add a lot of humor and social commentary to such a macabre topic.  Suicidal Officer Nicholas Finch comes to the small town to look for his friend Carroll who is obsessed with the 16 serial killers and what they all have in common.  Along the way, he meets a few of the townsfolk and has very interesting encounters with a few, including a man who runs “The Murder Store” and wants to start a “Murder Con.”  Creeeppyyy.  This book was very enjoyable.  It will be really interesting to see what angle the writer takes this grim tale.  – Adrian

Burn the Orphanage: Reign of Terror #1 – C+

The second story from the guys that did Born to Lose are back. This second arc already feels different, especially when it comes to Sina Grace’s art. It has a definitive 80’s feel to it, and it reminiscent of the old Heavy Metal comic books. Even down to the high hue television effects in the first few panels, it’s clear that colorist Renee Keyes is an improvement over John Rauch. The story didn’t really move along like I thought it would in a five-issue run, and there weren’t any memorable jokes or pop references like the book is known for. However, this does give it a more polished feel; either way, this series will be a fun read. – Sherif

Revenge #3 – C

Blood and Boobs. I’ve said those two words in every review I’ve done for Revenge, and this one is no different. The only difference is this time around the blood and boobs were not in the same scenes. I actually believe that this comic has been my favorite out of the Revenge comics. With Griffin back in Hollywood with his two companions, all seven levels of hell are about to be raised. I think Griffin, his sidekick, and his dog/wolf actually make one super badass team. And now that he is in a position for true revenge, I cannot wait to see what happens next. – Evan

Seriously? Are we that cliché that we need to use the word “capeesh” in comic books to let people know how cool and dangerous the main character is? This book is only three issues in and I’m already tired of the concept and ready to move on. This would probably make a cool video-game, but it’s just getting really old looking at the over-the-top violence. That’s usually enough to keep me reading, but with so many other ridiculously good new Image titles out (Black ScienceDeadly ClassPretty Deadly, Sex CriminalsShutter, etc), Revenge falls directly to the bottom of the pile. – Sherif

 

Marvel:

Magneto #1 – B+

Magneto is on a rampage. By his lonesome, he has tasked himself with taking down the entire sentinel operation, and has just stumbled upon a bigger conspiracy. The reason I love this character, and book, so much is the great societal debate over whether or not those in power can justify building arms under the pretense of defense. Only three issues in, and this is one of my favorite books; the inevitable war with whoever is making these mutants is going to be more brutal than anything we’ve seen in the main X-Men titles so far. – Sherif

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #2 – B

If you are looking for a comic that makes you feel like sunshine and rainbows in the most basic way, then keep on looking. In a sense this comic does make me feel good because it is awesome. With Danny knowing that he has to return to K’un Lun, in order to save the city, you know all hell is about to break loose. I don’t know Iron Fist very well, so I’m not sure who this intruder is, but whoever he is he must be one bad MF to do to K’un Lun what he did. Especially if he did it through the Yu-Ti. This story is dark and exciting and everybody was kung fu fighting, HIYAH!! I look forward to see what comes next. – Evan

We welcome Iron Fist on that anime-style kung-fu stuff. I’m really liking the way they present the story; it’s a bit cliché for anime fans, but it’s something new to the mainstream comic book world. Aside from a pretty deep look into the way Danny lost his parents, the story doesn’t offer much in terms of story or action until the final panel reveal. I’m thoroughly impressed with Kaare Kyle Andrew’s abilities here – he both writes the story and does the pencils here. Andrew is setting up an awesome story that I can’t wait to start expanding. – Sherif

Cyclops #1 – B+

The new series Cyclops is probably the perfect way to get into comics, particularly for teenage boys, and therefore, grown men, too.  I, however, am neither a teenage boy or a grown man, yet still thoroughly enjoyed this opener in what looks to be a very promising series.  The story follows a 16 year old Scott Summers, mutant and future X-Men member.  This issue does a wonderful job of showing us the modern and down-to-earth side of Scott.  There were moments that rang true for every person who has gone through the angsty and confusing teenage years and moments of laughter throughout.  It was fresh to see that even teenage mutants with cool super powers have problems that are normal.  I do wish that there would have been a bit more explanation about who the X-Men are and why Scott has already seen his future, but I do realize it may have had to be cut due to how much story Scott had away from his mutant story.  Also, the first panel with the reflection of his story in his glasses is ah.may.zing. – Adrian

I won’t lie, I thought Cyclops hanging out with his dad as a space pirate was gonna be so lame; I couldn’t have been further off. Cyclops starts his own series by just trying to be a good kid, finally getting the chance to escape from reality and go on that father-son adventure that every boy dreams of. There’s some quirky humor and good action scenes, but this is really about a kid trying to bond with his father, and the dad reluctantly agreeing to give parenting a try. – Sherif

Going into this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect and even after this issue I’m still not sure what the hell is going on. Apparently something happened that I missed and we now have a sixteen year old Scott Summers who has seen the future man he becomes and somehow leaves the X-Men and travels space with his father as a space pirate. The picture that Cyclops has on his desk is one with the original X-Men costumes. I may be confused but does this whole thing take place before the Phoenix Saga? Because if it does, it would seem that even wishing it away isn’t going to stop it from coming back. They have said they were never going to bring back Jean Gray back after the things she did as Dark Phoenix but this would be an interesting workaround as she hasn’t technically destroyed an entire galaxy yet. This book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but I think it has potential to be decent if they don’t go too overboard with the whole space pirate thing. – Robert

Cyclops! In Space! With his dad! This on-going solo series for Cyclops is definitely different from your average X-Men story. I mean, I’ve never seen an X-Men story where young Cyclops is a space pirate, but it is awesome. I’m excited to see a young Cyclops in action doing things we haven’t seen from him before. With so many feelings going on in young Scott’s head about Jean Grey and his father, I’m very excited to see the character development that happens. – Evan

Original Sin #1 – B

Well the Watcher is dead… At first I was really wary of this event because how could anyone kill the watcher without him seeing it coming a mile away? After reading this issue and the #0, it is rather intriguing trying to think how someone could have done it without the Watcher knowing; is it going to be a villain or a super hero? Here, we explore multiple odd pairs of heroes finding out about the event and it all starts with Captain America, Wolverine, Black Widow and Nick Fury having steaks together getting the call about the Watcher from Thor. Multiple heroes are brought together in teams by “the boss” while Thing and Spider-Man are brought on after battling with a strange alien with some connection to the death of the Watcher and he is carrying the Ultimate Nullifier! Once all these teams are together they all go their own way to figure out who killed the Watcher. The last couple panels show multiple other aliens like the ones who battled the Thing and Spider-Man all suffering from something the Watcher had shown them and amongst these figures are a woman and one man who is holding one of the Watchers eyes in his hands. Does this mean he is the killer or just one person among many who profited, after all both his eyes were missing so who has the other? This event is bound to bring together a bunch of our favorite character and may just change our views on some. I look forward to this story picking up past the initial issue and hopefully it will give a good explanation on how exactly one could fool the Watcher. – Jacob

Marvel’s next huge event is here, and it looks like everybody got invited to the party. There are a multitude of character involved in trying to solve the murder mystery that has become Original Sin. The Watcher is dead, both eyes ripped from his corpse; it’s some pretty foul stuff, but it doesn’t really have any effect on me yet. I love when Marvel does gigantic crossovers, and writer Jason Aaron (Amazing X-MenScalped) is well-equipped to handle the ensemble. This eight-issue series will span the entire Marvel U looking for who stole the eye, and how screwed that makes everybody. I love the mystery style writing, but I’m going to need the story to hit a lot closer to home if I’m going to enjoy the series. – Sherif

The Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 – C+

Last week’s ginormous Amazing #1 contained several mini-stories in the back. One of them was Learning to Crawl, by legendary Spidey writer, Dan Slott. In this story, we are brought back to Peter Parker’s earlier days as the Spider-Man, where he performs for crowds to make ends meet at home when Uncle Ben dies. In the crowd is a friendless rich kid who is so impressed with Spidey that he decides to make his own hero (or villain?) named Clash. The story looks exciting, but got off to a really slow start here for me. Don’t let the grade discourage you, there’s more to come, and with Slott at the helm (not to mention a rad Alex Ross cover), Amazing Spider-Man is worthy of your time. – Sherif

The Punisher #5 – C+

If you live in the city, you basically are living in a complete war zone right now. And if you are a cop, then it seems to be open season on yo ass. With all the death and destruction being caused by A.I.M. electro and the local gangs, the only thing that could even possibly balance it out is more death and destruction fighting for the other side; the Punisher. This comic had action right off the bat, and it was exciting, however I felt that the read was over way too quick. With so many action panels and little dialog it feels only natural for a comic to fly by. However, this one felt like it took no time at all. Oh well, if you are going to fill a panel with something, it might as well be huge explosions. – Evan

Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #1 – C

I have this “thing” about starting stories in middle.  And while the Ultimate Spider-Man that released this week was titled #1, it sure didn’t feel like it.  Trailing after the events that took place in the Galactus story arch there was a little too much focus on the past than on the future for this issue.  I was unfamiliar with most of the characters and I know that’s nobody’s fault buy my own, but still… One of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome when I started reading comics was learning how to be okay with not starting at the true beginning.  I’ve been successful in this regard for almost every comic I’ve picked up.  For the first time, I feel like little to no regard was paid for new readers.  Interestingly enough, I didn’t feel this way at all reading The Amazing Spider-Man #1 last week – another continuation of an in-depth story line that I had no prior knowledge on.  It’s a major let-down because I love seeing a character of color portraying one of the coolest superheroes of all time!  Not one of my best reads. – Taylor

Before you throw your book in the trash based on Taylor’s rant on the issue, I’d like to say how pleased I am with this totally relatable issue. The first thing to keep in mind is that this is the Ultimate universe, so the normal perception of canon is out the window. What we get with this issue is an honest look at Miles Morales, a kid who has lost his mom and his dad, and has the huge weight of his secret identity on his shoulders, while debating whether or not to tell his girlfriend, Kate Bishop (who is Hawkeye’s sidekick in the normal Marvel U, so we may see that double-secret come to light in the Ultimate U) that he’s Spider-Man. After having a whole year with nothing but obnoxious Otto Octavius in Superior, Marvel is bursting at the seams with Spidey ideas, so I welcome the intriguing twist at the end. – Sherif

Deadpool Vs. Carnage #3 – C-

This book has gone from weird to just plain ridiculous. Good; that means it’s almost over. This series needed something to set itself up for an over-the-top showdown between Deadpool and Carnage, and it definitely got it. Most of the issue was a cat-and-mouse chase that really took away the comedic banter between the two characters. The series has really succeeded by letting the two feed off each other; instead, we get panels and panels full of the characters wondering about “the signs” and it got really tired really quick. Luckily, there’s only one more issue left, and a lot of potential for that one to be a hilarious gorefest. – Sherif

I don’t know what just happened to Deadpool, but is there any way it can happen to me, too? This week’s comic was just okay. In my opinion it didn’t really hold up to the standards of the issues of the past for several reasons. It wasn’t nearly as slapstick as I was hoping for, the actual fighting between the two psychopaths didn’t actually last very long, and overall it just seemed like a whole lot of nothing happened. However, I still found it enjoyable and want to know what just happened to Deadpool. So I’m going to keep a lookout for the next issue and see where it progresses. – Evan

This series is very hit and miss, as far as I am concerned. I love both of these characters but the conflict is basically “I am insane, so I will fight someone else insane,” which is not a good plot point. Deadpool has gone against others and there has been a better meaning behind it. In this issue, we get another giant battle and major violence, of course Deadpool is disemboweled and both Deadpool’s and Carnage’s insanity leads them to the same ghost town where there is a hidden base for a operation made to kill Carnage. Carnage gets there first kills all the men and sets a trap for Deadpool and leaves him in pieces while the self destruct is counting down only to have four different symbiotes assemble him back together so now we have a symbiote Deadpool which is about as terrifying as when Wolverine was possessed by Venom.  I am not real sure where this story is leading as it seems to just be battle after battle after battle with no real progress on either characters account so although both of these character may be popular and have their own great individual stories this series is one that leaves you wanting more or at the very least, wanting to figure out why it is being done. – Jacob

 

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

Diggin’ Through the Crates: Wu-Tang Clan “Protect Ya Neck”

Song: “Protect Ya Neck”

Artist: Wu-Tang Clan

AlbumEnter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)

Lyric: “I smoke on the mic like smokin’ Joe Frazier/ The hell-raiser, raising hell with the flavor/Terrorize the jam like troops in Pakistan/Swinging through your town like your neighborhood Spider-Man”

Character Reference/Meaning:

Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nottin ta F#@! wit! Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nottin ta F#@! wit! Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nottin ta F#@! wit! Comic book nerds ain’t nottin ta F#@! wit! That’s right all you “DTC” fans out there, the one and only Wu-Tang Clan has officially touched down on our main stage, and they bring with them the nerd mentality. If you are going to mention pioneers of Hip-Hop it would be shameful not to bring in the Wu. Similar to how Spider-Man has been a monumental character in the Marvel Universe, comic books, and our hearts. It’s is no surprise that Hip-Hop has been a culture and pretty much a religion in the black culture, however, many may not realize that Spider-Man has meant a great deal to the black community as well. “What? How can that be? How is this nerdy white guy going to mean anything to black culture?” My guess is that these were some of the thoughts that paraded in your mind after I so bravely typed that sentence.

First off, Peter Parker comes from one of the birthplaces of Hip-Hop culture, Queens, New York. There have been countless rappers to come out of that neighborhood to find success such as: Nas, 50 Cent,  Marley Marl, and Pharoahe Monch. So right from the start, that parallel and that connection allows Hip-Hop fans to feel a little tingle in the back of their heads. Still to this day, African-Americans struggle, suffer, and have to continually faced discrimination coming from all angles in life. Housing markets, job opportunities, resources, opportunities, and especially the media. I may sound preachy to some, and come off as “hating white people” but that is not the case. I am all about inclusion, and I simply want to bring issues to light. Spider-Man means something to young black youth because he IS them; Peter Parker transcends race, being relatable to more than those who just look like him. The media continually portrays Spider-Man as being a menace and a monster that only hurts the city. No matter what he does, no matter how many people Spidey saves a person, no matter if he is set out to improve his community, the media will still only report the damage caused saving hundreds of lives. The media will always talk about how the only reason Electro attacked was because Spider-Man was present in the first place.

The same can be said about the black community. The news would much rather broadcast a murder than the opening of a community center, or a robbery rather than a second chance school for black youth. And this is not limited to the black community, this truth spans through all races, religions, and creeds. If you came from a single parent house hold, and your mom brought home a Spider-Man comic for you, and you read that he also came from a broken home, wouldn’t you feel something? Knowing that this character is feeling what you are feeling, and all the while he was just an average kid, is resonates with many of us. Far too many of us forget the origin stories, and what came before the heroism. Raised in a big city, with no parents at home, living modestly, trying to figure out his position in life yet more than willing to help someone with theirs. My guess is that more than a few people can relate to this. Beyond all this Peter Parker showed a life of possibilities. He is college educated mostly paying out of his own pocket striving for betterment. He showed that there is more out there, and that an awkward kid who constantly deals with loss, and less than favorable circumstances doesn’t have to let that define him. And in addition to that, he made being a nerd cool. He showed you can be smart and strong and regardless of what others think, that won’t change his morals and motivations. In addition to all that, president Obama was featured on the cover and in Amazing Spider-Man 583 (2009). That is both nerdy and bad-ass. I feel that I don’t have to explain that rappers coming out of Queens, or any where else qualify for almost exactly what I’ve said about Spider-Man. Substitute Spider-Man or Nas or 50, the same concepts apply. With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 set to release on May 2nd, you will see the mixture of brains, brawn, courage, and all that other Spidey goodness come together. So remember people “With great power, comes great responsibility.” I have no justified way of tying that quote into this article but I feel like I have to use it, because you know, Spider-Man.

Comic Book Reviews 04-30-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

Pick of the Week:

Funny Panel 5-2-14

Amazing Spider-Man #1 – A

Welcome back, Peter Parker! This week has been the best for Spider-Man. Peter has just got his bearings back as the web crawler and he is happy as ever to be back in the driver’s seat of his own life – even if he has no idea what happened during Otto’s reign as the Superior Spider-Man. There’s a lot of fallout here, and while some of it is explained to new readers, the point of this issue is to sit back and let the experience flow over you. There’s plenty of time to catch up to how messed up Otto left things in his stead, but for now, enjoy this love letter to your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. – Sherif

Talk about getting things started off with a bang! I really enjoyed Superior Spider and the changes that Doc Ock brought to Peter Parker’s character, but I never realized how much I missed the genuinely hilarious humor until this issue. This issue had me laughing almost from start to finish. It should be interesting to see how his not knowing what happened while he was gone will make for some interesting and surely hilarious situations. It is hinted at that he may have to dig into the mind of Octavius to gather some information about the last few months so that could potentially be interesting. The other big unknown is Dr. Ock’s girlfriend that he was living with and left behind. I don’t see how she could ever replace Mary Jane but I don’t see any reason for Peter not to at least give it a shot. I figure that she will figure out he isn’t the same person and they will end up splitting up. This issue was amazing and surprisingly a good jumping in point for new readers as the beginning gives a small history lesson. – Robert

For the return of Peter Parker this comic was just okay; in the book’s defense, I haven’t read any of Superior, so the subtleties are lost on me. I like the fact that Peter is trying to figure out all that happened while he was gone and that so much of his life has changed; however, I have no idea what direction this comic is going. In my opinion, there was nothing wrong about the comic, it told a decent story, brought back Spider-Man in classic Spidey fashion, some good ol’ web slinging action, but there was no kick. No punch, no defining moment to bring it all together. Still it was a good read, and I would like to continue to see Peter Parker continue on his journey back to life. – Evan

Other Reviews:

Dark Horse Comics:

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #4 – B+

The fourth issue of this series is filled with references to the show and film from past characters to Wash’s dinosaurs in the cockpit. In this issue we see River dreaming and figuring out there were many others imprisoned inside the laboratory she was tested on. After this happens, Jubal Early knocks nearly everyone out and ties them up but Kaylee shows up and knocks him out with a wrench. Once everything is back to normal they drop Jubal out on a planet and continue to the Lab but they have to stop and sadly team up with the Operative from the film because he is the only person who can help them get into the lab. Meanwhile while all this is happening, Zoe is throw into a prison and kicks the crap out of a fellow prisoner (it’s about time we saw her be her normal awesome self) before he beats the crap out of another person. The crew gets to the lab and right as they make it to the door a ship shows up and Jubal seems to distract and fight off these guards while River and the crew fight their way into the lab where the scientist who tested on River is waiting. He compliments, insults and says all sorts of stuff to them only to release the other girls he tested on and finished before River warns everyone to run. This series is just great for anyone who was a fan of the series and movie but can definitely see how anyone who had not seen either would be totally lost; although, I am not sure why you would read this series if you had not seen either. – Jacob

V-Wars #1 – C+

A world war against a fabled monster? The actual title? If this doesn’t scream World War Z rip-off, then I don’t know what will. There are some different plot points, most pronounced being that the vampires are sentient, and that there is a bigger conspiracy to fuel the war with the living and the undead. I wouldn’t call this a total loss; the art and the explicit story carried my interest through the whole issue, but I see this being much more of a guilty pleasure read than the next big thing. – Sherif

DC/Vertigo:

Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs Bane #1 – A-

Well, the big DC event, Forever Evil, is drawing to a close – except, the final issuehasn’t been published. I guess we can assume that the JL takes care of business and Batman returns home to Gotham to clean up the mess. Only thing is, Bane has actually been doing a good job of it. He took out the trash and now has a legion of Talons patrolling the streets. However, this is Batman’s house. We get a good old fashion ass-kicking between Bane and the Bats, in all its onomatopoeic splendor. The one-shot wasn’t supposed to be much more than the signal that the Bat is back in town. – Sherif

Batman: Eternal #4 – B+

Four issues in and Eternal is building a complex story, and doing it without having to bounce off of several other Bat-titles. The pre-Batman side of Gotham – the corruption and scandal in the justice system are coming out of the woodwork now that Jim Gordon is locked up. It’s a scary and uncertain time, and even though Batman thinks he has things under control, the looming danger is not good for anybody. I really like the appearance of Bagirl here, too, and to see her clash with the Dark Knight makes my stomach drop. This series continues to impress. – Sherif

The thought of Commissioner Gordon being locked up in Blackgate makes me both worried and excited at the same time. I’m worried because I can’t recall a time where he was ever killed and this could be a perfect time to do it. I get excited thinking about it because he was former special forces and I think it would be a cool opportunity to show just how much of a badass he actually is. He wouldn’t have to hold back the way a typical officer would so we could show some potentially badass scenes of him beating up multiple inmates or thwarting assassination attempts. The plot with Batgirl spiraling out of control seems almost too cliché so I hope they have something else planned for that. Batman is business as usual which means that they have something planned to turn that upside down shortly. – Robert

Things are getting juicy. With Batgirl on the case to search for who set up her father, things are going to get very messy and/or fantastic. However, can she do it fast enough to keep her father alive seeing that he has a new home at Blackgate? This is a solid story and I can’t wait to see more. So many different things are happening with Batman and Falcone, the Penguin, Pyg, Gordon, the G.C.P.D. and so much more it’s all very exciting. I think this next issue will be something special and I cannot wait to see what becomes of Gordon. – Evan

The Flash Annual #3 – B

The Flash is really gaining some traction. After the largely successful Flashpoint arc in 2011 and news of his own CW show, the third Annual kicks off a pretty intense arc. Switching between the present and twenty years in the future, Annual #3 gives us our first New 52 Wally West (who some may remember as the Flash in the Justice League cartoon). The future that Flash finds himself in, who is blue in color and seemingly unstable from decades of abusing the Speed Force, is a dark one in which future Barry Allen must cross a certain line with Gorilla Grodd. If you haven’t been sold on The Flash series, then this issue should push you right over the fence. – Sherif

IDW Comics:

X-Files: Season 10 #11- A

This is the type of X-Files I remember! Although it involves Saudi Arabia and terrorists blowing up a oil refinery, this is the type of mystery, who dun-it type of story that encompassed the series so well. In this issue we see Mulder and Scully visiting Saudi Arabia because of a weird case and instantly Mulder thinks things are fishy because of the footage they show him of the incident. He of course sends it to the trusty Lone Gunmen and as they analyze it they figure out a mysterious figure appears out of nowhere after an explosion. Scully goes to visit the hospital that is holding the people who were injured in the incident and is quickly rushed out of one room when she then pulls a fire alarm and goes into another where another injured man is who tells her a man blew everything up. We go back to Mulder who was talking to the Lone Gunmen in a computer lab when he notices men behind who start shooting at him and as he flees he jumps out of window and a s he lands a man is standing there who knows who he is and tells him not to do it making Mulder wonder who he is. The man lowers his scarf and it is Krychek, whom if you watched the show you know as one of the main antagonists along with The Cigarette Smoking Man. This leads me to wonder where this new arc is leading and it will likely be one where if you have not read any of the rest of this series, this is a good place to start. – Jacob

Dexter’s Laboratory #1- B

It is great to see new Dexter’s Laboratory in any capacity, but IDW is turning almost all of Genndy Tartakovsky’s classic cartoons into comics, which is great for me. This short run of Dexter’s Lab is all about Dexter finding out a way to finally get rid of Dee Dee. It starts with him having a whole planned out morning to have his intelligence increased to the maximum amount possible, with Dee Dee out for her dance recital, Dexter thinks he is safe to start his experiment but then Dee Dee shows up right before he starts because she forgot her shoes and she of course destroys everything. This infuriates Dexter and he wishes he was an only child which gives him an idea for an invention to grant wishes. He then waits until bedtime and uses his invention and both his and Dee Dee’s rooms light up and then To Dee Continued… This is definitely going to be an enjoyable series helping to lead up to the giant crossover event of all the Cartoon Network shows that IDW is planning and Much like Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack and Rocky and Bullwinkle IDW is bring back childhood nostalgia like crazy. – Jacob

Image Comics:

Black Science #6 – A-

This issue marks the end of the first arc in Rick Remender’s Black Science, and damn is it good. The story has been going at breakneck speed since the first panel, and wraps up with literally no room to catch your breath. Remender has slowly been feeding us background information on the major conspiracy, but with the crazy turn of events at the end of this issue, there are limitless possibilities as to where this story will go from now on. – Sherif

Southern Bastards #1 – B+

Jason Aaron, the guy who brought us Amazing X-Men and Wolverine and the X-Men, returns to give us Southern Bastards, a tale about a man who returns to his hometown forty years after his daddy, the town Sheriff, died. He immediately finds out that the town is not what it was; it’s now controlled by a man who goes by the name Coach Boss and some type of Confederate gang. There’s a fair amount of mystery around it, but there is enough here to make me want to buy the next issue. I mean, any book that begins with a dog taking a shit screams gold, right? – Sherif

Dream Police #1 – B+

What is happening?!?! I have no idea but I think it’s awesome. There is so much happening and so many components to this dream world. Dream Police, architects, shifters, nightmares, all of this is just crazy. I’ll be honest, I’ll probably have to re-read this comic several times to fully understand what is going on. Nevertheless, I think the concept is awesome, almost Matrix-like. Dream police that are supposed to make sure people dreams go the way they are supposed to, seems like a heavy job but Joe and Frank…or Katie…or whoever make it look easy. This comic is very interesting to me and for those who have a wild imagination, this one is for you. – Evan

Deadly Class #3 – B-

Deadly Class continues to impress me. Even though this issue wasn’t as action-packed or full of violence, it has some really great story-telling and character development. It’s obvious what is happening to Marcus mentally after what he did in the last issue; however, there are still so many mysteries surrounding his new life and what will become of it. The way the story is told through the eyes of a drugged up kid who claims to be the “Acid King” then instantly regrets it, allows us to see what sort of mind-frame Marcus is in. And I love it! Still a big fan of this comic and can’t wait to see what comes next. – Evan

Marvel:

All-New X-Men #26 – B+

As the team regroups from the events in The Trial of Jean Grey, we get some great introspection of Jean Grey and an awkwardly fruitful conversation between her and the present day Scott Summers. It was like a Dear John letter for all the long-time X-Men fans out there. Artist Stuart Immomen and his team put together one of the most beautiful issues All-New X-Men has seen thus far, and the cliff-hanger we leave on is an instant sell for the next issue. – Sherif

Wolverine #5 – C+

This issue was basically filler – which is fine because we are starting a new arc – but I was hoping for a little more in terms of content. We do, however, get a few new facts about Logan this issue. We find out that he is being poisoned by the Adamantium in his body and now he has a tattoo of a Rose on his arm. It is hinted that there is a deeper meaning to the rose but is never actually stated explicitly. I’m not sure if we are supposed to know or not but I am sure they will point out exactly what it means eventually. I’m curious to see whether or not the tattoo will stay when his powers inevitably return. It seems this is really just the beginning of a new arc so we shall see where things will go from here but the writing has gotten steadily better since the start and hopefully will continue the pattern from here on out. – Robert

Hulk #2 – D+

This series seems to be rather bland as it is going on. After the first issue it was kind of exciting to fantasize about what would happen to Hulk when he is smarter than Bruce Banner now. But after this issue it seems like nobody in this book knows what is going on. Although I still love Hulk and will read this series to see where it goes, it is definitely one of the weaker series for this character so far. In this issue whoever shot and kidnapped Banner revives Abomination and sends him out to find Banner. Maria Hill starts ripping into Bruce Banner when she finds out Abomination is coming so he can turn into Hulk and as soon as Abomination shows up. A huge fight ensues and everyone flees but one dumb local guy who argues with Maria Hill until some weird robots show up and are about to shoot down both of them. So not a whole much happened in this book to further the story itself but we got to see Hulk fight for the first time and maybe Abomination will have just as much brain damage as Bruce Banner or something… – Jacob

They said in Tropic Thunder that you never go full retard but that is exactly what has happened here. Why they thought that taking one of the most brilliant minds of the Marvel universe and turning him into the retarded character Ben Stiller played in that movie was a good idea is beyond me. I can’t even begin to imagine how they are going to repair his mind but they had better do it quickly because retard Bruce Banner getting mad at a sandwich container and destroying a whole town isn’t going to hold anyone’s interest for very long. If Barbara Gordon can walk again then Bruce Banner should be creating his Bannertech in no time. – Robert

Man, this comic just kind of sucks. And that is coming from a Hulk fan. Personally I think the story is pretty stupid, and it just doesn’t play as something exciting or interesting. Bruce Banner with brain damage is simply Bruce Banner who acts like he is five and it all is just dumb, dumb, dumb. And it makes me sad. The only thing about this comic that keeps me going is that I want to know who did this to Banner. But the story, the action, the “mystery” that ended this issue just has no substance to me. I hope and pray that this comic will get better, but I do not have high hopes for it. – Evan

Origin II #5 – D

I can’t help but wonder what the hell the purpose of this whole sequel to the original Origin was really for. I guessed a few reviews ago that it would show the start of the feud between Sabertooth and Wolverine and it appears that was exactly what they decided to do here. Sabertooth is a central character to the Wolverine mythos, especially lately, but I don’t really feel like they did a great job showing the beginning of a feud that lasts a few centuries. I don’t think they introduced a conflict big enough to hate someone for over a hundred years. I mean it is borderline ridiculous to think that someone could hate someone so much, over a woman no less, that either would devote the next few hundred years of their life trying to make the others life hell. This is especially true for Wolverine seeing as how he has had numerous other lovers that he has loved arguably even more than this chick. All that being said, this entire series felt like a wasted opportunity that doesn’t even begin to stand up to the original. This should have been renamed something else as opposed to being the sequel to one of his greatest storylines. – Robert

I’m really disappointed with the way this mini-series ended. Matter of fact, aside from a solid #1, I’m disappointed in everything about it. Aside from a few stand-out panels, there was nothing about this story that drew me in. The attempt to capitalize on the success of Origin failed mightily, and you’re probably better off skipping this entire installment. – Sherif

 

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.