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COMIC TITLE: Morning In America #3 (2019)
Claudia Aguirre– Artist
Magdalene Visaggio –Writer
May 15, 2019
Oni Press

BFyxXkXHI am a sucker for anything that has to do with the 1980’s which is why I am fan of Stranger Things, but it also has transitioned into the comic world for myself. While it was a relatively slow week for comic books this week, I couldn’t pass up on the chance to review the third issue of Morning In America which is written by Magdalene Visaggio (Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim) and illustrated by Claudia Aguirre (We Are The Danger) and it was released by Oni Press. In the previous issues, weird things have been happening in the small midwestern town of Tucker, Ohio. High school kids have been going missing and the police are not doing anything about it. Then we cue in the Sick Sisters who seem to be the only ones with the guts to try and investigate what is happening since the events match what has happened in a book and one of their own was taken by this bat beast. In this issue, they decide that it’s time they take a closer look and that means breaking into the police station to try and get some answers. After they get what they came for, the sick sisters are then faced with the problem that they are trying to solve, but will the beast claim another victim or will they stand tall against the beast? For more info, check out Oni Press here.

IcfTDVwUThis is one comic that is keep me on the edge of my seat because I want to know what is going to happen next. The writing on this comic is very well done in my opinion, but sometimes you’re left wondering how in the hell are these girls so lucky because they are always doing stupid sh**! I know they are getting the job done, but they have such impressive records with the local police that I am surprised they are allowed to roam the streets. The writer definitely leaves you with a lot to think about from now until the next issue because it’s an almost where do they go from here kind of things. Magdalene has done quite an awesome job from issue one all the way to now so I am not worried at all as far as how they will handle it moving forward. This I believe is Claudia’s first comic as the penciller, but her years of experience as a colorist has done her well heading into this one as she pulls double duty there. Overall, I thought the work was pretty good and while it may not be my absolute favorite, I think it definitely fits the overall mood, setting, and content of the comic. I definitely think this is a comic book worth checking out so get where you can and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Symbiote Spider-Man #2 (2019)
Greg Land– Artist
Peter David –Writer
May 8, 2019
Marvel Comics

symbioteI am more than positive that most everyone in the world has seen Avengers: Endgame at least once since the film did make over two billion in just nine days. If not, spoiler alert, you have been warned and do not read any further if you do not want anything spoiled. So, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the next leader of the pack going forward in the MCU is definitely going to be Peter Parker just from what we have seen in the new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer. With that being said, I have always been a fan of the web slinger and I decided to check out the second issue of Symbiote Spider-Man which once again features writing from Peter David (Captain America) and art from Greg Land (All-New X-Men). In the previous issue, Spider-Man is dealing with a lot on his plate with one of them being his new love interest in Felicia (Black Cat), a new suit that is alien technology that he’s still trying to figure out, and the always annoying Mysterio. In this issue, he tries to track down Mysterio to apologize to him for his actions, but Mysterio has some serious muscle up his sleeve waiting as Mysterio hires a new threat because he’s sick of losing and being the laughing stock of villains. Will Mysterio succeed or did he bite off more than he can chew. For more on the comic book and anything else Marvel related, just click here.

SneIe9itOne of the things I enjoyed about this comic is the fact that it’s exploring what happened right after Secret Wars and we are getting to see what this suit can really do. I kind of like how Mysterio starts off the series kind of cocky in that he thinks he has a plan, but as things begin to fall apart, he realizes that maybe everyone was right about him and that he is way over his head. I’m hoping that in the next issue, we get to explore the Black Cat/Spider-Man dynamic a little more because that will be an interesting tale to say the least. I don’t think we’ll have to worry about that because I’m sure Peter David will deliver as he always has. At first, I thought the artwork was going to be the old school Secret Wars look which I would have been OK with, but then as you turn the pages you see Greg Land’s amazing work on every single page. The detail in the comic is incredible and it definitely almost pops off of the page which I definitely enjoyed. The panels are easy to follow along with and pretty direct so you shouldn’t have a problem there and the comic is great. I definitely suggest giving this one a look especially if you’re a Spider-Man fan and in the meantime check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Free Comic Book Day: The Tick (2019)
Ian Nichols– Artist
Ian Nichols and Jeff McClelland –Writer
May 4, 2019
New England Comics

tickNot only is today May The 4TH Be With You Day, but today also happens to be a very special day for comic book fans all over the world. That’s right because today is the day that we celebrate all the comic book writers and artists that we have grown to love called Free Comic Book Day. Hopefully, you had the chance to visit your local comic book shop or retailer and you were able to enjoy all the free comics that came out. When I was a kid, there was a short lived animated series called The Tick that was based off of the comic of the same name and I loved it. That is why I chose New England Comics own Free Comic Book Day: The Tick for today’s special post. In the story title Meatloaf Menagerie, Tick and Arthur have just foiled another sinister plan and were about to call it a day until the world’s greatest Tick collector comes along and invites the duo over for dinner. The only problem is what is this guys true motivation and is he up to something. There is that and a couple of other stories included in this free comic so check it out while supplies last.

tick 2What more could you ask for from a Tick comic book, it has a lot of that absurd slapstick humor that we have all grown to love in a short dose. Ian Nichols has been doing this for so long now that it just feels natural and he knows the character very well. The story flows very well and while there is not a ton of action, you don’t really need it to enjoy the comic. One of the stories that I liked in the comic as well is the last story in the comic which features The Tick making references to Jurassic Park as he battles dinosaurs, but then he gets amnesia and thinks he’s a coyote. I thought that story was hilarious when it needed to be while being minorly suspenseful. There’s a couple of other on page pieces in the issue as well, but overall I was very pleased with the comic. The artwork is fantastic as it looks and feels like a Tick comic and that is all I can really ask for and the panels are easy to follow along with. There were a lot of great issues that came out this week and hopefully you’re enjoying them. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: DCeased #1 (2019)
Trevor Hairsine and James Harren– Artist
Tom Taylor–Writer
May 1, 2019
DC Comics

DC-comics-DCeased-1-Yasmine-Putri-horror-variant-coverOne of the most exciting books to come out this week comes to us from DC Comics and it’s the latest horror injected miniseries they are doing. There are a lot of great first issues that have come out this week, but DCeased #1 is the comic book that caught my attention and I had to have it. To be perfectly honest, it was Yasmine Putri ‘s movie variant cover that really caught my attention as they did a parody of 2017’s IT movie poster with The Joker as Pennywise and Robin as Georgie. In the issue, the Justice League has just defeated Darkseid and all of his minions or so they think they have defeated him, but Batman notices that Cyborg is missing. When Darkseid returns to his home planet, he activates the anti-life equation and when he is returned to Earth, the equation links itself to all digital devices and begins turning the citizens into rabid zombies. Now, it is up to Superman and co. to try and figure out how in the heck can they stop this virus before it’s too late. For more information on the comic and anything else DC related, you can find out by visiting their website here.

DCeased_01_preview1What I truly love about this story is that they take what all of society is addicted to and they make it our worst nightmare. To avoid being infected, you have to avoid all forms of social media and television. Darkseid has literally sent the world into the dark ages if you think about it because how are you going to get the news if you can’t use your phone, tablet, or TV? As simple of an idea as it is, it was definitely a smart route to go because we are always exploring the dangers of technology and we always have through films and comics. I feel as though this comic starts right where Justice League 2 the film would have ended if that was still going to be a thing for the DCEU. Darkseid was going to be the main villain and this definitely explores the aftermath and how we are foolish for thinking we’ve won the war. The artwork to the comic was definitely phenomenal and I can not wait to see what they bring to the table in issue #2. This could definitely be one heck of a ride moving forward. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: The Replacer (2019)
Arjuna Susini– Artist
Zac Thompson–Writer
April 24, 2019
Aftershock Comics

replacer_vhs-copy-e1553999067924Last week was a dull week in my opinion, but this week was absolutely insane as far as brand new issues that looked amazing were concerned. Sometimes that is the unfortunate job that i have because I have to pick just one comic book for the comic book of the week. There was one comic book that was on the shelf that caught my attention and it was because the cover looked like a vintage VCR horror film that you would’ve found at your local video store (when those existed). That comic book was The Replacer which was released by Aftershock Comics. The horror themed comic was written by Zac Thompson (Edge Of Spider-Geddon) and illustrated by Arjuna Susini (Made Men). Everything is normal for nine year old Marcus, he watched horror and monster movies with his dad while his sister has to go to church with mom. All that changes the night The Replacer shows up and takes over Marcus’s dads body. The only problem for Marcus is that he is the only one that thinks and sees that there is a demon inside of him while everyone else thinks it was a stroke. Time is running out for Marcus as the demon continues to feed on his father’s soul, but what will Marcus do? For more information, check out Aftershock Comics website here.

REPLACER_PREVIEW_FIN_Page_6I honestly enjoyed the comic and what it brought to the table. At first, I was a little confused by the ending, but I instantly got it within minutes. The story seems to be based on a real life situation in Zac Thompson’s life and how he had to deal with tragedy. It’s hard being a kid and I say that in any day and age whether it be the 1980’s like the comic was set in or even today. The difference is that there is a lot more information at our disposal today then there was when Zac Thompson was growing up. Sometimes those are the best stories to tell because confusion as a child can be horrific especially when we don’t understand exactly. Plus it can be very therapeutic for the author as well and the story is a really good one as Marcus struggles save his dad from this demon that eats their souls. Oneof the other things I enjoyed were all the references to great 80’s/70’s horror films like The Exorcist, The Evil Dead, and The Shining to name a few because those are the films I would’ve watched in his situation.  The artwork is pretty decent, it matches the tone of the book overall with not a lot of bright colors because this isn’t a happy story overall and that is what you want in a dark horror story. I definitely recommend this to anyone that loves the 80’s and all of the shows like Stranger Things, etc. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Please do me a favor and check out all the great titles that came out this week as well. 

COMIC TITLE: Major X #2 (2019)
Brent Peeples– Artist
Rob Liefeld–Writer
April 17, 2019
Marvel Comics

IMG_4127This week in my opinion wasn’t really a strong week in comics as far as new series was concerned, but it was a good week if you were continuing to read an existing series. That was definitely the case for me this week and that is why I have chosen the second issue of the six issue miniseries entitled Major X which is written by legendary Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld and this issue was illustrated by Brent Peeples (Captain Kid). In the previous issue, we see Major X and Hank McCoy (Beast) jump back into the past where they target Cable, but they are met with resistance until Major X is finally able to explain why he is there. He comes from a place where Mutants live in unity, but all of that is threatened when an evil force looks to destroy it. After being able to fend off his world’s version of Deadpool named Dreadpool. In the second issue, we actually see how things played out and we find out that Major X is actually Cable’s son (Alexander Nathaniel Summers) from the future. With Cable’s help, they go to his lab to try and see if they can figure out what happened, but they are immediately met with a threat that they should have seen coming.

IMG_4126I really loved the first issue of the comic because there was so much action happening every where and I loved the way they worked the comic as it jumped from past to present at different times. Now as far as the second issue is concerned, it wasn’t a bad issue, but it didn’t feature the same kind of action as the first one as this was the issue where they show you what actually happened and it helps establish the potential threat. So, I understand all of that and I even like that they are potentially setting something up that could include Namor eventually (I hope anyways), but you’ll have to read the comic to find out what I am talking about. The artwork is great and it’s a different take as Liefeld drew the first issue, but chose to have Peeples do the second and he does not disappoint me at all. I definitely think the artwork is the strong suit of the comic, but things look like they are about to pick up in issue three which is what has hooked me in. So, I think it’s definitely safe to say that I’ll be back for more, but I want some controversy or a I didn’t see that coming in the next issue. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Cold Blood Samurai #1 (2019)
Ludovica Ceregatti & Renato Stevanato– Artist
Massimo Rosi–Writer
April 10, 2019
Action Lab Comics

Cold-Blood-Samurai-1-Cover-1-675x1024Some of the greatest films ever made on the past of Japan and it’s Samurai culture was done by the legendary director Akira Kurosawa whose list of great films include The Seven Samurai and Yojimbo to name a few of them. I have also been fascinated by the stories and the culture of the Samurai and one of my favorite comic books has always been Usagi Yojimbo, which is about a Ronin Rabbit that roams Japan righting the wrongs. When I saw that Action Lab was putting out a comic called Cold Blood Samurai, I had to check it out as it peaked my interest. The comic was written by Massimo Rosi (The Blackening) and penciled by Ludovica Ceregatti (Hot Line Miami Wildlife) and colored by Renato Stevanato (The Blackening). In the comic book, Japan was protected by Samurai frogs who lived in peace until Lizards showed up baring weapons and a war broke out in Japan after the death of a generals son. With the landscape of Japan looking bleak over all the bloodshed, the frogs will turn to a salamander who is looking for the noble death, but will he help them? To read more about this comic book and more from Action Lab, just click here.

Cold-Blood-Samurai-1-Page-2-3-1024x783So before I had read more about the comic book and it’s background, I felt when I was reading it that it was playing out like Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai and to be honest they had me hooked right in. Massimo Rosi does an amazing job getting the story together, figuring out all the names like Swollen Cheeks, etc. I was also digging the types of animals they used for certain roles like the crabs were bandits and this lonely Salamander is the Gaijin or a foreigner to Japan, but he’s also the deadliest Ronin the country has ever seen or at least they are building it up that way. Their is a reason that I included Renato into the conversation and that is because with Ludovica, they brought this comic book to life and they made it feel authentic in the way that some of the drawings looked like they could be old Japanese drawings and I loved it. That was probably my favorite thing about the comic was the artwork and in comics isn’t that one of the most important factors besides the story? Overall, I was very happy with the final result and I am definitely coming back for more issues. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+