Posted in Calendar 2018, Comics n Stuff

Trivial Calender June 20th

Stuff again and this time it’s misnamed?

From what I remember of the Authority, that ship was called the Carrier, the Shiftship was if memory serves from Planetary another (and in my opinion better) Ellis series of the time.

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Last Weeks Comics: 2

Kind of enjoyed writing this, so am doing it again.

Spoilers again

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Avengers 3

Marvel Comics: Written by Jason Aaron, pencils by Ed McGuiness

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Celestials v Celestials with Earth in the middle and the forces to save it starting to assemble.

What I liked: High stakes, high concept story that moves the pieces into place at a nice place. It’s a new mix of characters that still feels like an old school Avengers story.

What I didn’t: It’s pacing is very much trade-related and it’s linked too much to the Marvel Legacy one shot, making that Avengers 0. But since I have Marvel Legacy, this isn’t insurmountable.

Overall 4/5

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider 20

Marvel Comics: Written by Peter David, art by Will Sliney.

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Back to the main plot with Ben trying to cure the casino owner’s daughter, whilst Kaine battles a monster being controlled by a little boy.

What I liked:  David’s writing is on point and you’re back into the story after the crossover stuff he was lumbered with, there’s an unexpected villain and a nut shot.

What I didn’t: Not a fan of Sliney’s work to be honest, being a poor subsitute for Mark Bagley and there isn’t the pagecount to handle two Scarlet Spiders.

Overall: 3/5

Cable 158

Marvel Comics: Written by Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson with art by German Peralta.

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Cable remembers his battles with Metus, this time during the early days of X-Force.

What I liked: A more nuanced look at the Liefeld-era X-Force with depth added to Cable, it was good to see.

What I didn’t: Not loving the Metus story in general and am aware that this is the title’s swan song.

Overall: 2/5

Infinity Countdown: Black Widow

Marvel Comics

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What I didn’t:

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Infinity Countdown: Black Widow

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Marvel Comics: Written by Gerry Duggan, art by Nik Virella and Brent Schoonover

Logan has given Black Widow the Space gem (Gem, I refuse to use the word stone, so deal with that) and she uses it to try to save the lives of children, from forgotten X-villain Jamie Braddock.

What I liked: This was a little bit silly and fun. Not what you expect with Black Widow.

What I didn’t: This was another rather forgettable tie-in issue, to a less than stellar event.

Overall 2/5

Infinity Countdown: Champions

Marvel Comics: Written by Jim Zub with art by Emilio Laiso

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Warbringer of the Chitauri attacks the Nova corps, forcing the involvement of Sam Alexander and the rest of the Champions, who go into space, looking trouble and finding Warbringer and Thanos.

What I liked:  One of the positives of events like this is the spotlighting of characters that I normally don’t get to see and the Champions certainly are that. The art was good, tobe honest a bit of a hidden treasure. It’s snappily written, more high stakes excitement and I was genuinely disappointed to see the to be continued.

What I didn’t: This all feels to throwaway relating to the event, it would probably be served better as a story in the Champions own title, rather than be buried in a tie in that could be considered as throwaway as the Black Widow special.

Overall 4/5

Justice League 2

DC Comics: Written by  Scott Snyder, Jorge Jiminez on art.

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As Lex Luthor plots, the Justice League try to recruit John Stewart as the multiverse level threat increases and tensions begin to mount.

What I liked: This is a solidly written story, with recogniseable characters in new situations, like Avengers, this is high stakes and high concept with some great ideas, some new twists and a classic feel.

What I didn’t: Well that’s it isn’t it? Like Avengers, which has done the dying multiverse and high stakes stuff with classic line ups and new directions. This is good, but it’s nothing new and I am beyond bored with the constant need to use Lex Luthor as a Justice eague level villain.

Overall: 3/5

Man of Steel 4

DC Comics: Written by Brian Michael Bendis with pencils by Kevin Maguire

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We catch up to Action Comics 1000 as Superman, Supergirl and Green Lantern take on the man who killed Krypton.

What I liked: Maguire is great at faces, character stuff and conveying emotion and really does the job here, also adding a degree of action that this series needs and fleshing out the intelligence of Superman, rather than just making him punch stuff.

What I didn’t: We still don’t get much about what happened to Superman’s family or why this villain is anything special, hoping that the final third of this series brings it all home.

Overall: 4/5

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 28

Boom Studios: Written by Kyle Higgins with Daniele Di Nicuolo and Simona Di Gianfelice on art.

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BooM Studios:

Power Ranger survivors from difference eras battle again Drakkon to save these shattered eras

What I liked: Fleshed out characters from barely written kids tv characters and giving it a solid narrative voice has really made this series something to look forward to and this issue gives you a sense of oncoming resolution.

What I didn’t: It’s taken a long time to get to this and there are many characters that I am unfamiliar with and that’s taking me a little out of the story.

Overall: 4/5

X-Men Gold 30

Marvel Comics: Written by Mark Guggenheim with art by David Marquez

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Wedding issue, there’s flashbacks, a ceremony and twists and turns as well as emotional moments in an issue that’s reminiscent of X-Men vol 2 issue 30.

What I liked: I liked the quiet moments, the reflections, the joys and sorrows of this series, that in this issue is at it’s soap opera-y and Claremont-y best. The moment were teenage Jean and teenage Scott are talking about where their future wedding was going to be was almost as much fun as watching adult Jean telling teenage Jean she was too young to be drinking.

What I didn’t: Some of the emotional beats didn’t feel particularly earned and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a great fan of the Piotr/Kayta couple. It felt very rehashed.

Overall: 4/5 a solid effort and almost the read of the week, but.

The comic of the week, The Wild Storm 14

DC Comics: Written by Warren Ellis with art by Jon Davis-Hunt and Steve Buccellato

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Former spymaster John Lynch goes to see another ex-spy to warn her about oncoming trouble, while IO and Skywatch prepare for war.

What I liked: Warren Ellis’ reboot of the Wildstorm characters he revitalised in the late 90’s continues with hints of Gen-13 characters this time. It’s high concept stuff, but not in the flashy explosive way that Avengers and Justice League are doing. These are quieter stories, all sci-fi noir and body horror. No squared jaw heroes here, just wounded people touched by the bizarre and terrifying.

What I didn’t: Nothing really, this is just a comic I wish was weekly, because I enjoy it so much. There’s aliens, spies and a 6 page fire fight that is some John Wick level shit and if that isn’t enough to sell the idea of why it’s comic of the week for me, then nothing will.

Overall. 5/5 This series has taken my nostaligic love of 90’s comics and made better versions of them for me to enjoy now.

 

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Trivial Calender June 18th

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Never been a big one for Doctor Strange as hero in his own right (despite how much I enjoyed the recent Doctor Strange film) but those early stories exploded with wonder, bizarre ideas and a set of psychedelic visuals that nothing else on the printed page matched. Ditko is often lauded for his work on Amazing Spider-Man, but it’s his work on Doctor Strange that deserves the most credit, because it was revolutionary and still is.

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Last Weeks Comics: 1

Trying something, maybe it’ll take.

Spoilers, since these are quite recent.

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Domino 3

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

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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

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trivial Calender June 15th

The weekend starts with creators and it’s a another recent one.

The successor to Brian Michael Bendis’ throne as Marvel’s star writer, Aaron has a huge body of work already done and his Thor run can be considered alongside Simonson’s in accla and quality.

One of my favourite works of his was the Thanos Rising series from a few years back, which is something of an overlooked gem.

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Trivial Calender June 14th

The Speed Force is a bit of a necessary retcon, a way to explain the amount of running the Flash does, but not have him eating 30 times his body weight in food.

It’s also led to some great stories and thats what a good retcon should do, add to the mythos without changing too much.