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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+

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: 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: Ziggy Pig-Silly Seal #1 (2019)
Jacob Chabot– Artist
Frank Tieri and John Cerilli–Writer
March 6, 2019
Marvel Comics

Screenshot_2019-03-06-16-07-09This week was a very tough week to decide who I wanted to go with when it came to Comic Book Of The Week with so many number one’s like Meet The Skrulls #1, Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1, Astro Hustle #1 (This was my other choice), and continuations of stories like Blossom 666 #2. I looked back at some of the comics that I have chosen and I noticed that we hadn’t done a title from Marvel Comics yet and this week’s pick is a head scratcher even to me, but I loved the cover and decided to go with it. This week’s comic book of the week is Ziggy Pig-Silly Seal #1 which follows to former friends and partners in a TV show that had a falling out. You see Silly struck it rich with an investment and jealousy took over, but the two have been separated for years with one in money and the other in the dumps. That all changes when Doctor Doom requests their presence in Lateveria, but can these two former best friends get along together long enough to make out of there alive? There is only one way to find out and that is you can check out this book that was written by Frank Tieri (Harley Quinn and Her Gang Of Harleys) and John Cerilli (Galacta: Daughter Of Galactus) while the artwork was done by Jacob Chabot (The Mighty Skullboy Army).

Screenshot_2019-03-06-16-37-52This was definitely quite the comic book that I chose for this week that features guest appearances by the likes of writer Frank Tieri, Method Man, Deadpool, and a lot more in this wacky Who Framed Roger Rabbit? like world. One of the reasons I chose this one was because of a comic book DC Comics came out with in 2017 with The Ruff and Reddy Show and I thought that this one was going to be Marvel’s take on a classic cartoon only to find out that at one time this was a Marvel Comic back in the 1940’s when they first appeared in Krazy Komics #1 (1942). It’s exactly like Roger Rabbit too where one of the characters is a complete moron while the other is obviously the brains, but the brains is trying to kill his old friend. So, it’s a wild and zany story that has plenty of comedy and there is even a nice twist at the end that sets up future issues. It’s the hook at the end that makes you want to come back for more. I definitely enjoyed the artwork in the comic that kind of brings this world to life where it’s the norm to have Howard The Duck sitting next to Power Man (not in the comic, just an example) at a comic con. I like a lot of crazy kinds of comics, but this is worth at least one read if nothing else. Check it out and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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Bobby Rubio Skrulls Variant (which is the cover I own)

Fox-Disney-700x300One of the biggest megadeals was pulled off three days ago after much speculation that the Walt Disney Company was inquiring about purchasing some assets from Rupert Murdoch and his company Fox. Disney paid them 52.4 billion which means that the company that owns Star Wars, Marvel, ESPN, ABC, will now acquire 21ST Century Fox which includes 20TH Century Fox, 20TH Century Fox Television, any Fox owned cable networks (FX and National Geographic), as well as Fox’s 30 percent share in HULU. While the deal may seem insane, it is a huge power move for Disney who is essentially number one in films, but it powers them up with the number three company in film in Fox. Now if you need me to spell out what the company now owns, let me do that for you then. The company now owns the Alien franchise, Predator, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Ice Age, the Planet Of The Apes reboots, The Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother, FuturamaFirefly, and The X-Files. That is just the tip of the iceberg that the company now owns as they get ready to develop their own streaming service for the public.

thumb-1920-618647Now what I am most excited about when it comes to this deal are the possibilities as far as the MCU is concerned. They have already promised that Deadpool 2 would remain rated R, but just imagine what they can do moving forward with Phase 4 of the MCU. We know that Spider-Man 2 and Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 will be Phase four films, but there is not that much else that we do know and what a better time to add the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to the mix. Just think of all the characters that they will have access to moving forward and what kind of story lines that they’ll be able to explore as well. We have seen through three phases that the big boss villain at the end of it has been Thanos we get to fully meet him in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, but who is going to be that big boss villain moving forward after that? If you ask me, the next possible villain for it all could be the one and only true eater of worlds in Galactus. We could also stars introducing villains like Kang The Conqueror, Namor, and even some X-Men villains like Mister Sinister, Apocalypse (or at least do him justice), and Omega Red to name a few. As you can tell I am pretty excited for that aspect of the merger and the fact that all of the Xenomorphs are now Disney Princesses too. It remains to be seen what they will do with all this property and what the current films coming out will mean for Marvel (New Mutants and Dark Phoenix). Stay tuned and we will try to keep you updated!

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b-mco-chris-vs-chris_nvy1Listen, I know I am not crazy and I also know that the next Superbowl (which is Superbowl LI) isn’t going to happen for another 274 days (from todays date May 7TH), but there were just too many factors that played a part in me thinking about it. First of all, this weekend saw the official release of Captain America: Civil War (read review here) into theaters and it also happens to be Free Comic Book Day which saw the release of Civil War II as well as a Captain America comic. So with all of this in my face constantly, it made me remember a bet that was waged during SuperBowl 49 between Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Pratt (Star Lord) an they called it Superhero Bowl 49 as Pratt was a Seattle Seahawks fan and Evans a New England Patriots fan. I don’t know why one wasn’t down for last years SuperBowl, but I would love to see it return once again. They made an incredible T-Shirt with proceeds going to charity and they dressed in character for each other’s charities. It was all fun and it was for great causes.

marvel_cinematic_universe_timeline_by_darkmudkip6-d9jhxzl copySo, I thought of a list of teams that I would love to see make the next SuperBowl in hopes that there is an actor from that city that plays a Marvel character. Anthony Mackie, the man who plays Falcon represents The New Orleans Saints. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow), and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) all can represent whatever team from the New York/New Jersey area (Jets or Giants). Don Cheadle who plays War Machine represents the Kansas City Chiefs while Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) could represent either the Oakland Raiders or the San Francisco 49ERS (depending on his preference). Chadwick Boseman is from South Carolina so it would be interesting to see what team he picks whether it be Carolina or any of the teams near by. If we go beyond the film, there’s Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) who can represent the Green Bay Packers and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Dave Bautista (Drax) could represent the Washington Redskins. Vin Diesel who plays Groot could also represent either Oakland or San Fran while Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) could represent the Philadelphia Eagles. If we go into the television universe of Marvel, Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) could represent the Washington Redskins while Kristen Ritter (Jessica Jones) could represent either the Eagles or the Pittsburgh Steelers (depending on her preference). Meanwhile Mike Colter (Luke Cage) is just like Chadwick Boseman where it depends on his preference as he is also from South Carolina. So, keep all of these options in mind once the football season starts and hopefully they bring back Superhero Bowl once again.