Posts Tagged ‘Marvel’

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)

8th annual me awardsIt is that time of the year where we begin celebrating all the best of the previous year as we present to you The Eighth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. As usual, we here at Moshpits and Movies are once again handling the music and movie side of the awards. We are unfortunately not working together with 365 Movies Challenge blog any longer, but we have reacquired Mr. X’s Punch Out who will handle the wrestling side of things. For right now though, we are looking at the movie side of the awards which as I said before we have reacquired  and while in it’s eighth year we are pretty excited to unveil to you the categories and see what YOU the fans believe was the best of 2018. As usual, we have all the categories that you guys would expect like Movie Of The Year, Superhero Film of the Year, Horror Film of the Year, and some new ones to boot. We decided that it is time that we start celebrating the directors and actors that put in all the hard work that gets their films nominated in the first place. So, we are unveiling Director of the Year, Actor of the Year, and Actress of the Year. This year, we are doing the voting process a little different than we usually do. It’s a survey that you will take and you answer all the questions and on March 10TH, all the votes will be tallied. So, I hope you guys take the survey and you have some fun with it. Enjoy the survey below, when you get to the bottom, just hit continue for more questions:

earache-entombed-wolverine-blues-lpWe started on a journey where we looked at Loudwire.com’s list of 50 Best Heavy Metal Albums and we started covering them week after week. We have done almost every single album from 50 to 30, but today, we are traveling into the 20’s to check out an album by Swedish Death Metal outfit Entombed. In 1993, the band made up of Lars-Göran Petrov (Vocals), Uffe Cederlund (Guitar/Tambourine), Lars Rosenberg (Bass), Alex Hellid (Guitar), and Nicke Andersson (Drummer) would create what Loudwire ranked number 27 on that list in Wolverine Blues. The album was an epic boom for the band as they had started incorporating more of a groove metal oriented sound like what Pantera was doing and match that with a commercial attempt by their label Earache in changing some of the album covers was huge. The label had scored a deal with Marvel Comics in allowing them to use the Wolverine character to try and boost them into the mainstream despite the band not wanting that. The edition of the album with the artwork featured a mini comic and a heavily edited album that even left out a track. In Rock Hard Magazine’s book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time the album was ranked 494 while Guitar World stated, “1994’s best death metal effort and quite possibly the finest death metal album of this decade.”

entombed1. Eyemaster– Some guitar feedback and some groove oriented kick off the album before the death metal fury takes over for the verses in this track that I think is about a man that feels he is the master of his own domain and that he is not afraid to question things that have been in place. 4.5/5

2. Rotten Soil– I think this in your face metal track is about a man that has chosen to walk with hell so now he pays the toll of his decision. 4/5

3. Wolverine Blues– a cool sludging track that I believe is entirely about the actual wolverine animal which is a vicious animal. 4.5/5

4. Demon-another in your face track whose lyrics are actually pretty interesting in a horror kind of way. The person in the track has obviously lost their mind as he wants to be possessed by a demon. 5/5

5. Contempt– Some bomb droppings kick off this doom inspired track that looks at how society has been destroying the world as we know it. 4.5/5

6. Full Of Hell-a bad ass song that is all about a man who is just one bad dude that you do not want to mess with because he has no care for human life. 5/5

wolverine-blues-by-entombed7. Blood Song-The opening drum riff to this track is identical to Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper, but right when the music kicks in it changes. The track’s subject matter is all about vampires. 4.5/5

8. Hollowman– I feel the track is about someone who is void of any real feelings towards anyone as he goes through the end of times, but he has faith in what he is doing. 4/5

9. Heaven’s Die– I’m not 100% positive on the meaning of the track, but I think this groove heavy track is about drug use. I could be wrong. 4/5

10. Out Of Hand– The last track is a thrash/groove inspired track that looks at all the religious freaks and how they have taken one’s mans words to heart and that sickens them. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was actually a pretty decent listen especially if you love that early 90’s metal sound. It’s not my favorite album that I have checked out on the list, but it’s definitely up there as I appreciate what Entombed brought. Full Of Hell and Demon are my favorite tracks on the album while Heaven’s Die and Hollowman were not bad, but not my favorite. I am giving the album 4.45 stars out of five for a final grade.

dopes to infinityBack in the 1990’s there were a lot of bands that complained about having fame and fortune even though it didn’t stop them from making music. The grunge scene had made it sort of uncool to be a rock band that enjoyed the spotlight until one band from New Jersey decided to come along and make it cool to rock again. The band that I am talking about is the stoner/psychedelic rock band known as Monster Magnet. In 1995, the band was made up of Dave Wyndorf (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass, theremin, organ, bells, and mellotron), Ed Mundell (Bass, Guitar), Joe Calandra (Guitar, Bass), and Jon Kleiman (Drums). On March 21, 1995, the band would release their third album (first through A&M Records) entitled Dopes To Infinity that was produced by Wyndorf himself. Powertrip may have been the album that broke through the mainstream, but Dopes is the album that proved their were a rock dynamo. I don’t have figures on whether it charted on the Billbaord Top 200, but it did land at 22 on the US Top Heatseekers Chart while hitting 51 in the UK. The album itself was ranked 406 on Rock Hard magazine’s The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time book.

dopes to infinity back cover1.Dopes To Infinity– The title track kicks off the album and I read that the main guitar riff was “Lifted” from Woman Tamer by Sir Lord Baltimore. 5/5

2. Negasonic Teenage Warhead– A very cool track that Marvel Comics writer Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly used for a character (she’s in Deadpool and Deadpool 2). The song is the band’s response to all the grunge acts that reject fame. 5/5

3. Look to Your Orb for the Warning– A shorter version of this melodic and dark track appeared on the soundtrack to The Matrix. The song is very bare bones in nature, but it’s effective in a track that could be about tripping. 5/5

4. All Friends and Kingdom Come– A very cool and psychedelic riff takes over in this track that is about someone who is showing their dominance over another like a patient in a hospital being told by the orderly that he is in control. One of the coolest things is hearing the Theremin being played on the track. It reminded me of a White Zombie track 5/5

5. Ego, The Living Planet– The next track on the record that is all about the Marvel Comics character of the same name that appeared in Fantastic Four comics. 5/5

6. Blow ‘Em Off– A semi acoustic track like Space Lord that makes me think the lyrics are talking about someone who is finally leaving the nest and never looks back. 4.5/5

dopes to infinity CD7. Third Alternative– A track that many think is about a contingent plan involving Mars and the Moon, but I think the track is about a relationship that is toxic, but you just can’t get out of it. 4/5

8. I Control, I Fly– a bad ass rock song that is supercharged about a guy who doesn’t have a care in a world because he’s in control and he tells everyone to be original and not followers. 4.5/5

9. King Of Mars– a sludge driven track that that is about guys saying that the rock scene is up in the air for everyone to claim so he claims to be the king of the scene. I thinkt hat is what the lyrics are talking about. 4/5

10. Dead Christmas– a dark semi acoustic track and I have to be honest that I am not sure what the lyrics mean or what they have to do with Christmas, but this could be a loss of innocence track. There’s some bongo drums thrown into the track for fun once it goes electric. 4/5

11. Theme from “Masterburner”– A very cool instrumental track from the band that is full of high octane moments and just some kick ass rock music. 5/5

12. Vertigo– The last track on the album and it feels like starts right back where Theme ended, but this one is sludgy in nature as it’s a slow burn and I once again have no idea what he is talking about. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a superb release that really showcased what the band was capable of and what would we get to see later on in their careers as well. Favorite track on the album is a tough one, but I really enjoyed All Friends and Kingdom Come. Just the creativity that went in to that track is phenomenal. My least favorite track on the album goes to Third Alternative and I am not saying that I hated the track, just not one of my favs. I ma going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

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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