Posted in Comics n Stuff, Uncategorized

Last Week’s Comics 5

Smaller week this time thankfully.

Spoilers

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

Domino 4

Marvel Comics : written by Gail Simon, art by David Baldeon

Domino studies under Shang Chi, master of kung fu, just not as under him as she wants.

What I liked: Slick story, clever dialogue and a little bit fun.

What I didn’t: Less than enthused by the villain and the pacing.

Overall 3 / 5 Not bad, but waiting for great.

Exiles

Marvel Comics : written by Saladin Ahmed, pencils by Javier Rodriguez

The Exiles bring their first story to an explosive climax.

What I liked: It was a fun and exciting finale with stakes and heart.

What I didn’t: Less than original, unsure what the series will be from here.

Overall 4/5 Fun comics are good comics.

Hawkman 2

DC Comics: written by Robert Venditti, art by Brian Hitch

Hawkman continues to search for clues to his many histories and the oncoming threat.

What I liked: More history, more Hawkmen and it all looks beautiful.

What I didn’t: Still needs better pacing and more info on this new threat.

X-Men Blue 31

Marvel Comics: written by Cullen Bunny and art by Jorge Molina

The X-Men realise that Magneto might go too far and go after him. Too far? Surely not, him being so reserved and such.

What I liked: Finally some plot and we get the X-Men after Magneto but with a bloodier edge than before.

What I didn’t: Still not loving the art, sorry.

Overall: 4/5 Back on track and highly enjoyable.

Comic of the week: Superman 1

DC Comics: written by Brian Michael Bendis and art by Joe Prado

A return to form as Superman battles monsters, loneliness, temptation and the Phantom Zone

What I liked: From the pages of Man of Steel,we get the next chapter and it’s a good one. Art and words work well together and Bendis does have something to say.

What I didn’t: Again, nothing this was a really good comic.

Overall 5/5 More of this sort of thing please.

Advertisements
Posted in Calendar 2018, Comics n Stuff, Uncategorized

Trivial Calender 2nd – 9th July

Another bulk post, might end up being the status quo.

Perfectly true and right in every way, but wrong comic, it was Action Comics 252. The MIGHTY Rosie warned me that I would spend my time finding the mistakes.

Really the Squadron is based on the Squadron Sinister, who were old Avengers villains, who were based on one of the teams on this list.

Answer is the Justice League, there are analogues for all of them.

I have one question about Cerebro, which is how a geneticist got his hands on it. Cerebro simply reminds me that Professor X is as dodgy as f**k.

The only comment I have is that Mogo is a Green Lantern and not an ape.

Answer is Bat-Cow, because why not.

The place I first saw Amanda Conner’s work was the Harley Quinn and Power Girl series that was chock full of fun and comedy and much of it was in the art. I really should re-read that series.

And finally the weekend.

Simon and Kirkby’s Captain America was fascinating and had an energy that went beyond what anyone else had been doing.

Well now I am up to date, see you guys again.

Posted in Comics n Stuff, Uncategorized

Last Weeks Comics: 1

Trying something, maybe it’ll take.

Spoilers, since these are quite recent.

>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

Domino 3

Marvel Comics: Written by Gail Simone with art by David Balderon and Anthony Piper

20180618_1243191208357897.jpg

Continuing the war between Domino and the mysterious Topaz.

What I liked: Gail Simone is always worth reading and here she fleshes out Domino very well. She showcases new depth to the character, without contradicting anything that came before.

What I didn’t: Just not a fan of Diamondback, that’s the only negative that I have.

Overall 4/5

Exiles 4

 

Marvel: Written by Saladin Ahmed and pencilled by Javier Rodrigues

20180618_124335451291539.jpg

The cross-reality motley crew end up in the pirate era, bumping into the Thing from the Silver Age story in Fantastic Four 5, only this Thing stayed as Blackbeard the Pirate and now wages war on the slave trade alongside other Marvel analogues.

What I liked: Again this is a fun issue, swashbuckling, romance, high spirits and a look at an old FF story with a Thing that is very much at home here. There’s a lot to enjoy.

What I didn’t: Really not taking to the ‘Wolvie’ character, or to be honest Iron Lad either. It’s taken a while to get back to the plot, which has given the series some disjointed pacing.

Overall 3/5

Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk 2

 

Marvel Comics: Written by Chris Simms and Chad Bowers with Gang Huyk Limon on Art.

20180618_1244071195898677.jpg

Shameless add-on mini to a lacklustre event. Darkhawk heads into space and it goes badly.

What I liked: Simms and Bowers do their best with what they have been given, which isn’t much. The art is decent and it’s positive that after the false start reboot from War of Kings that Darkhawk is getting another (fourth?) chance.

What I didn’t: It’s all a bit mediocre and after a strong start I don’t really care much for the Fraternity of Raptor’s concept and it’s inclusion in this mess of an event isn’t filling me with hope.

Overall 3/5

Man of Steel 3

 

DC Comics: Written by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils by Ryan Sook:

20180618_1244272057328660.jpg

30 years ago, DC got one of Marvel’s biggest creators across to reboot Superman in a series called Man of Steel. 30 years ago? Or last month? The Fortress of Solitude is destroyed, buildins are being torched in Metropolis and the man who destroyed Krypton is heading towards Earth.

What I liked: This comic plays to Bendis’s strengths of character and dialogue. The new concepts are handled in a way that doesn’t make me feel like the old fan railing against the new stuff.

What I didn’t: The rotating art team thing is destroying any consistent visual sense of the story, which is a little jarring and doesn’t allow for the formation of a creative partnership that can turn a good title into a great one.

Overall 4/5

Thor 1

Marvel Comics: Written by Jason Aaron with art by Mike Del Mundo and Christian Ward.

20180618_1244341157251500.jpg

Asgard is in ruins, it’s treasures scattered across the 9 realms and there’s a war between those realms waging ever more fierce, we’re going to need a lot of hammers.

What I liked: Jason Aaron starts off another new era for Thor and brings Odinson back to the lead role. There’s intrigue, family squabbles and I feel there’s an epic coming along here.

What I didn’t: The art isn’t doing it for me and though this is an issue 1, I do feel quite lost, but these are small problems in the grand scheme.

Overall 3/5

Witchblade 6

Iage comics: Written by Caintlin Kitteridge with art by Roberta Ingranta

20180618_1244491874775547.jpg

Alex’s battle with her demons both inner and  outer come to a head as this first arc comes to an end.

What I liked: This new non-t&a version of Witchblade is interesting, there’s a horror element to it and it feels like the netflix show that your friends keep telling you to watch. The dialogue is punchy and the art is cartoony, but with good story progression and it’s own distinctive look.

What I didn’t: It’s slow paced and it feels like very little has actually happened and the visuals don’t really live up to the story that could be being told here. It’s something of a damp squib, where it should be dynamite.

Overall 2/5

X-Men Blue 29

Marvel Comics: Written by Cullen Bunn and pencilled by Nathan Stockman

20180618_1244421967177636.jpg

The Blue team return to Earth and try to find Jimmy Hudson, now possessed by one of the Poisons.

What I liked: The art was good, the background characters feeling more real than in other comics in this run. It’s nice having the title characters back in the title and there was a good final page reveal.

Not having read the last Venom related mini-series I was a bit lost, feeling like I had missed an issue and wasn’t pleased to see  symbiote related shenannigans still infesting this book.

Overall 3 out of 5

Comic of the Week: Hawkman 1

DC Comics, written by Robert Venditti with pencils by Bryan Hitch

stl084287_hawkm_01_300-001_hd_5b0f40916ddde7125356869.jpg

In the aftermath of METAL, Carter Hall tries to find all the clues to his past, all of it, all the lives he has lived that he knows about and the plethora that he doesn’t.

What I liked: Part Vultan from Flash Gordon, part Highlander, part Conan and part Indiana Jones, I have always had something of a soft spot for Hawkman. A good first issue will give you some background on the character, some insight on the new direction and whet your appetite for this new series and in this, Hawkman 1 delivers. Venditti has a handle on this version on Carter, world weary, cultured and always searching. This is a man ready to dig and gently open a mystery, just as easily as he will pick up a mace and attack with the force of a tank. It’s matched well by a seasoned and polished Bryan Hitch, who offers wide-screen action set against beautiful backdrops and quiet character moments. This is not a Hawkman I have read before, but it is one that I want to read more about. The idea that this series will look at Hawkmen from dozens of times and worlds is fascinating and makes me want to read the next issue right now. That is another thing a first issue should do, it should make you impatient.

What I didn’t: Not a damn thing.

Overall 5/5

DC Races back into my good graces with some excellent comics this month and am curious to see what next week brings.

I don’t know if I will do more like this soon, but it was nice writing about comics again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Calendar 2018, Comics n Stuff, Uncategorized

Trivial Calender June 4th

Issues again and this ended an age.

I have never considered the death of Gwen Stacy, often considered to be the end of the Silver Age, to be fridging. Fridging is when a female character is killed or harmed to provide the male lead with motivation. The death of Gwen Stacy didn’t motivate Spider-Man, it destroyed him. I don’t know if it’s as important as the death of Uncle Ben, but it left its scars all the same.

Posted in Calendar 2018, Uncategorized

Trivial Calender April 9th – 15th

Work stress rears it’s ugly head and could only do a week’s worth of Calender posts in one go, so here goes.

It’s hard to say what was influenced by Kirby’s work in something like Star Wars, which is full of tropes and archetypes from many different places. But the conflict between Darkseid and Orion is to me far more interesting than the Skywalker family.

Quiz for Tuesday

Very few characters have varied quite as much as Batman. Being so variable has aided in his longevity, it’s interesting to see what we consider Canon is additions and not part of the original tales.

Answer: Kill, originally Batman carried a gun.

Stuff time for Wednesday

No hero epitomises the concept of clothes make the man as much as Iron Man does.

Quiz again.

It’s telling that all of those mentioned are creations of Jack Kirby.

Answer: The New Gods. If you think of all the things that a smart phone can do, the Mother Box starts to look like a Cosmic smart phone.

A creator on Friday 13th

His contributions to comics are many, including the 1980’s Phoenix retcon and a hundred more, he is also responsible for one of my favourite ever comic panels.

And finally…

Wonder Woman doesn’t have always the same city, but is often single city based and it could be argued that her Gotham/Metropolis is Paradise Island.

Going to try and get back to a regular schedule here, wish me luck.