Posts Tagged ‘Marvel Comics’

COMIC TITLE: G.I. Joe #1 (2019)
Chris Evenhuis – Artist
Paul Allor–Writer
September 18, 2019
IDW Publishing

IMG_5406 (1)Spoiler Alert Warning: There could be potential spoilers in this article so reader discretion is advised. As a child, one of my favorite action figure lines and cartoon was the G.I. Joe series which followed a special forces team that battled a terrorist organization named Cobra. In the comic book world, we know that G.I. Joe had it’s first run with Marvel Comics (155 issues plus 28 issues of a side G.I. Joe title) before making it’s way back to life with Devil’s Due (for 79 issues). Devil’s Due lost it’s publishing rights from Hasbro and the comic then moved to IDW Publishing for 243 issues before relaunching G.I. Joe once again for this very day and we have it here for you in G.I. Joe #1. The issue was written by Paul Allor (Uncanny Inhumans) and illustrated by Chris Evenhuis (Wynonna Earp) and it features a world where Cobra is ruling and the G.I. Joes are fugitives in this strange world. Things get even worse for the Joes when their fearless leader Duke is executed right from the start by Major Bludd leaving a giant sized hole in a team that is already dwindling. One man who goes by the name Tiger witnesses the execution of Duke and he wants to make a change so he seeks out Scarlett and the rest of the Joes, but a bombshell is about to shock their world even more.

IMG_5405So let’s get one fact down right now and that is no matter how many weapons the Joes had int he cartoon series they never killed anyone. And I mean EVER! The fact that Stalker freaks out in the comic after killing a Viper is kind of hilarious to me and I think it was a fun way to poke fun at that by Paul Allor so kudos to him for doing that. I also want to give him kudos on the execution of Duke because that really came out of nowhere and I was like, “holy sh** they killed Duke!”  So once again kudos to Paul for throwing that monkeywrench (no pun attended) into the comic right from the start. I will also give him credit because he did the one thing that I enjoy seeing and that is he left a bombshell right at the end which will make me come back for more. When I read a comic, I need something that entices me to want to come back for more and he accomplished that. My one issue with the comic book itself is that I am not 100% a huge fan of the artwork. Now, I am not saying that it’s terrible with that statement, I think it’s really good just not great. It has it’s moments when it shines, but there are some panels that I was like well that’s OK. Other wise, I really liked the comic book and if you are a fan of G.I. Joe then I suggest you check this one out because it may surprise you. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Marvel Comics #1000 (2019)
Various– Artist
Various –Writer
August 28, 2019
Marvel Comics

IMG_5119In all of 2019, Marvel Comics has been celebrating 80 years as a company with reprinted stories and all brand new cutting edge stories that have obviously kept us glue to what the company has done. It’s amazing to believe where this company has been considering all the good times and bad times it endured over 80 years and it all started with Marvel Comics #1. Now it has all come down to this moment as I present to you Marvel Comics #1000 which features a boatload of variant covers, artists , writers for this one from the past, present, and as Marvel puts it the future. The comic celebrates all of Marvel’s big moments from the creation of certain characters like Captain America or Red Wolf to origins of certain characters being revealed like Galactus, but there is just one common thread throughout this 80 page celebration. Just who is the bearer of the Eternity Mask and what is the Eternity Mask? He is a figure whose legend says that he is older than most in the Marvel Universe put together, but we want to know it’s secrets. When all is eventually revealed, who will step from the shadows of the mask and into the light. I guess we just have to wait to find out. For more information on the comic, just visit the Marvel fansite here.

IMG_5126There is a lot to digest in this comic because it’s 80 pages worth of history, but it’s fun to see all the different artists that came together for this like Carl Burgos, Steve Epting, Patch Zircher, Leonardo Romero, Joshua Cassara, Irene Koh, John Cassaday, Stuart Immonen, Ron Garney, Leonard Kirk, Phil Noto, Cameron Stewart, Gabriel Hardman, Michael Allred, Doug Braithwaite, Tim Sale, Cory Smith, Chris Weston, Eduardo Risso, CAFU, and so many more. It was definitely fun to see all the historical moments through out every single year since the company had started. I thought that was a very good touch and a little different than what DC did with their 1000 milestone. One of my favorite moments was seeing the old school Howard The Duck page that we got as it celebrated the milestone of Howard The Duck being a feature film in 1986. Then there’s the big moment where Batman makes a cameo in the comic as he meets the Merc With A Mouth. Well, he sort of does! The artwork in my opinion is where it’s at with this comic as you get everyone from, Blade to Hercules all the way to the mystery of the Eternity Mask which promises to be solved in 2020. I am definitely looking forward to that, but for now check it out and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Ghost-Spider #1 (2019)
Takeshi Miyazawa– Artist
Seanan McGuire –Writer
August 21, 2019
Marvel Comics

ghost spider 1This week was a pretty decent week for for comic books with a bunch of new debuts as well as some continued stories that we are also following, but we have something special for all of you this week. One of my favorite superheroes to come out in the 21ST Century has always been Earth-65’s Gwen Stacy a.k.a. Spider-Gwen or as she is known now as Ghost-Spider. I definitely understood why they changed her name because no one knew her as Spider-Gwen. Nonetheless, after a ten issue run called Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, Marvel did what it does best and they have a new comic called Ghost-Spider #1 and we have it for you guys today as it was written by Seanan McGuire (X-Men: Gold) and illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Ms. Marvel). You see Gwen faces a huge problem in Earth-65 which is her home and that problem is that everyone now knows her true identity and she feels that she can’t have a normal life and get an education unless she goes to Earth-615 which is the home of Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man and no one knows her there. As Peter Parker helps her get into ECU, she know has to figure out how to balance her school life on Earth-615 while trying to figure out how to fight crime on Earth-65.

ghost spider 1 1I definitely liked the comic and really enjoyed what they were presenting in this one because they are basically continuing the story from the previous run which is nice. I didn’t want another new origin story or anything of that nature with this run, but I get the title change. The last one was a way for them to introduce the new name so that they could drop the Spider-Gwen moniker even though that will be hard for me, but now she is just Ghost-Spider with a pendent that allows her to travel between dimensions. The artwork is definitely a little different than the Robbi Rodriguez days of that amazing first run, but it’s definitely enjoyable. Takeshi Miyazawa gives it more of a traditional comic book feel which I definitely enjoy as well. The action scenes when they happen are pretty cool as they fight a giant rat which is kind of random and they just leave him there tied up in webs and I am hoping that someone will take care of it. They definitely leave you on a cliffhanger as they kind of reveal someone who has the potential to be the next villain for Ghost-Spider so we will see where that takes us. If you love Ghost-Spider, Spider-Gwen, Gwen Stacy or whatever you want to call her then check this one out. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A

COMIC TITLE: Absolute Carnage #1 (2019)
Ryan Stegman– Artist
Donny Cates–Writer
August 7, 2019
Marvel Comics

Opera Snapshot_2019-08-07_093334_twitter.comFor one whole entire year, there have been events that have been put in place that have been setting up this very moment as it all started with Venom and the introduction to the God of the Symbiotes known as Knull. Then you add in the events that happened in The Amazing Spider-Man series when the world was introduced to The Red Goblin which was Norman Osborn with the Carnage Symbiote and you mix all together and it brings you Marvel’s latest venture Absolute Carnage #1 which was written by Donny Cates (Venom) and illustrated by Ryan Stegman (Venom). Eddie has been separated from his symbiote for a while now and he has found out that he has a son, but there’s one problem with that and that is the kid doesn’t realize Eddie is his dad. He think’s that Eddie is his older brother and Eddie is OK with that for now because he wants to protect the kid from the Carnage symbiote. You see the Carnage symbiote is on the loose and he is trying to kill off anyone that he has had a symbiote combined with them and according to Eddie that is a lot of people. After a run in with his old Symbiote, Eddie now has to get some help from Spider-Man himself Peter Parker if they want to stand a chance against Carnage because if he is successful then there is no stopping him.

Opera Snapshot_2019-08-07_094010_twitter.comI am definitely loving the fact that this comic is diving deeper into the world of the symbiotes and the idea (SPOILER ALERT) that if Carnage is able to take all of the codices from the hosts that have worn a symbiote, he’ll not only be the most powerful symbiote, but he’ll be able to wake up Knull from his imprisoned sleep. You see all of the symbiotes rose up and trapped him on what was thought to be the planet of the symbiotes, but it’s really a prison. So that is a big time kudos to Marvel for hiring the man behind the recent run of Venom in Donny Cates to write this one which obviously makes the most sense. Donny has done such an amazing job for Marvel that I don’t think there is a comic out there that he has done that I have not liked. You can definitely sense the fact that he has gone all in when it comes to this series and I appreciate that. Not only is the writing of this comic amazing, but the artwork from Ryan Stegman is absolute superb. I have enjoyed every turn of the page and the amazing detail that has been put in. The imagery is so well done that Carnage definitely looks like someone you do not want to mess with so kudos to Marvel for keeping the team together for this run. I am so excited for what the future issues hold so I am sure you’re going to be seeing more from Marvel on this blog. Check out my grade below and check out this comic where ever you get your comics from.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Death’s Head #1 (2019)
Kei Zama– Artist
Tini Howard–Writer
July 31, 2019
Marvel Comics

771624._SX1280_QL80_TTD_I was feeling excited this week because there were so many cool titles that came out this week so I am being generous and I am giving you a second comic book of the week. About five or six years ago, I was going through the toy section of a store and I came across this cool looking figure that read Death’s Head. I had to know more about this character so I did some research on him. Now fast forward to a couple of weeks ago as I was looking through a comic that advertised that Death’s Head #1 was coming and I literally exploded with joy. The new miniseries from Marvel comics was written by Tini Howard (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and illustrated by Kei Zama (Scarlet Witch). One minute Death’s Head is in space and he is trying to make a deal with his employer Yondu and then the next thing you know he wakes up on stage in New York City where he is being used as an amp. As things begin to spiral out of control, half of the members of The Young Avengers in Hulkling and Wiccan show up and they decide to do battle with the galaxy’s most lethal bounty hunter. For more info on the comic, check out this link here.

Opera Snapshot_2019-07-31_214757_twitter.comI have to admit that at first I was a little confused with the pacing of the events that were going on because I am not that familiar with the Young Avengers. Some things just begin to happen and sometimes they happen out of nowhere in this comic book which I think was the confusing part for me. I am usually a fan of Tini Howard’s because I have read most of her work in Guardians, Rick & Morty, and even the stuff for the WWE. Once the issue rolled on, things began to become more clearer and things started to get real good to the point that I will definitely be back to check out issue two. I always usually give comic books one more chance to try and impress me enough to want to continue reading. The one thing about this comic that I loved was the artwork by Kei Zama. It is like Kei has taken us back to the days of the old with the classic comic book look and I absolutely love it. It is definitely the element of the comic that definitely saved my interest for sure. I am a huge geek for nostalgia and this definitely brings me back which made me happy. I say this with every issue that I review and that is take my opinion with a grain of salt. I am not here to persuade you to not read the comic, but I am just giving my opinion of what I liked and you can take it from there. The cliffhanger (the hook) at the end has me curious to see what happens next. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A-

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A

COMIC TITLE: Symbiote Spider-Man #4 (2019)
Greg Land – Artist
Peter David–Writer
July 10, 2019
Marvel Comics

Symbiote_Spider-Man_Vol_1_4This was another slow week for me as far as comic book titles were concerned and a lot of the titles I did pick up were titles that I was continuing to read like my choice for today’s comic. Back in early May, I covered the second issue of Symbiote Spider-Man which followed Spider-Man who had this new suit that was actually alien technology because it was a symbiote. In the previous issues, Spider-Man has had some issues with Quentin Beck a.k.a. Mysterio who can’t take the fact that no one respects him for losing to Spider-Man all the time. So, he tries everything, but he continues to fail until he decides that the only way to succeed is to convince Spider-Man’s girlfriend Felicia Hardy a.k.a. The Black Cat to steal a little slice of the suit for him. After showing her the files that the Kingpin kept on her, he blackmails her into to stealing the slice which was pretty easy for her to do considering Peter and her are going through a rough patch. In this month’s issue of Symbiote Spider-Man #4, Felicia hands over the piece of the suit over to Beck and he brings it to the Kingpin’s lab to dissect it, but it’s too strong and out of control and it bonds with him. Meanwhile, all Peter wants to do is meet up with Aunt May for some pancakes to try and smooth things over with her, but Mysterio could prove to be a thorn in his side.

zb2ZunnUFor a very long time, I had kind of lost interest in the web-slinger, but thanks to Tom Holland and his performance in all the Marvel films including the brand new Spider-Man: Far From Home film, he has renewed my interest in it. I have been enjoying the story so far as it keeps building and building in momentum and now it looks like we are about to see an epic battle between Spider-Man and a new and improved Mysterio. I think Peter David has been doing a great job with the story as far as having the main plot and then all these little subplots that appearing now in the story like the relationship between Black Cat and Spider-Man and what is going to happen to their relationship if he finds out? These stories can definitely be some of the best soap operas around and better than what you get on TV. The artwork has been fantastic from Greg Land, I can never complain about the work that this man is doing with the comic and he’s done a terrific job throughout every issue. He hast stayed true to what the comic is to look and feel like it and he has run with it. The panels are easy to follow along with so you shouldn’t have any trouble there. If you haven’t checked out the series yet then I think you should definitely give this one a shot. So, check out the comic and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Silver Surfer Black #1 (2019)
Tradd Moore – Artist
Donny Cates & Tradd Moore–Writer
June 12, 2019
Marvel Comics

STL123410This week was a pretty decent week for comic books, it wasn’t as crazy as last week, but if you are a Marvel fan then this was a heavy week. When it came to choosing this week’s comic book of the week, there were a lot of great choices to choose from, but when I saw the name Donny Cates (Death Of The Inhumans/Doctor Strange) and saw that it was attached to the Silver Surfer I couldn’t resist. He’s kind of a rockstar right now in the world of comics and with that said I chose to check out Silver Surfer Black #1 which he co-wrote with Tradd Moore (The Strange Talent Of Luthor Strode) who also provided the artwork as well. To catch you up to this comic, Thanos was killed and the Silver Surfer attended the last will and testament of the mad titan only to be ambushed by his black order who in turn sent him and several others into a black hole where they now lie in the void. The Silver Surfer who he himself is battling his own inner demons is trying his best to save these others to try and make it back, but it seems hopeless until he finally finds a planet. Unfortunately, there is something strange about this planet because he senses a being as strong as a God.

1234I usually do not start my review paragraph with the art side of the comic, but isn’t that why we read comics in the first place? The artwork in this comic is phenomenal as every page matches the mood and what exactly is going on in every scene as we navigate through the void with the Silver Surfer. I especially love the artwork that we get when the Silver Surfer is describing all the doom he has brought to several different planets in his service for Galactus. You can see the artwork to the left of this paragraph and while it might seem simple to some, it does a lot visually because of the stylistic choice he went for. The artwork in the comic is definitely having me come back for more and when you see the world that he lands in, it looks like an acid trip meets some of the Heavy Metal comics. Now as far as the story is concerned, I definitely enjoyed it a lot. I think Donny Cates is a rockstar because his stories are always intriguing and he knows how to deliver. I never thought the Silver Surfer would ever be more than interesting visually, but Donny has me coming bask for more especially with the huge cliffhanger at the end of the issue. I definitely suggest that you pick this comic up at your local comic book shop. Remember, support your local comic book store.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+