Inferno #1 (Secret Wars)

Inferno #1 (Secret Wars)

Written by: Dennis Hopeless 

Art by: Javier Garron 

Cover by: Javier Garron 

Released: May 27, 2015 

Veering off from the original story, things didn’t end in quite the same way. The demons actually won and Illyana Rasputin has been a prisoner of theirs for four years. Where Dennis Hopeless brings us in is a group of X-Men, consisting of Colossus, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Boom-Boom, Nightcrawler, Beast, and Psylocke are making their yearly attempt to try to rescue Illyana. There’s something about seeing the X-Men on a more focused mission like this. You can feel there is more at stake and seeing a determined Colossus able to let go against the demons after trying to contain his anger throughout the year. And, as you would hope or expect, there are casualties. If the stakes are indeed higher than normal and this has been going on for four years, it shouldn’t be a walk in the park for them.

Javier Garron does a good job capturing the despair of the transformed Manhattan. While I didn’t really care for the design of the demon N’astirh, he and the others look as they were originally designed. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Silk #3 

Silk #3

Written by: Robbie Thompson 

Art by: Stacey Lee

Cover by: Dave Johnson 

Released: May 13, 2015

What a roller coaster ride Cindy Moon’s been on for the last three issues. Between breaking out on her own, trying to forge a life and find her family’s whereabouts, there’s barely been time to breathe and take in the sights of New York! Or find out exactly why Moon’s powers seem to be on the fritz. But thanks to some friendly-neighborhood Spider-Snooping, she’s now in the hands of the Marvel Universe’s foremost authority on all things superpowered. And basically all things in general. But Reed Richards’ diagnosis proves unexpected and unexpectedly real. Robbie Thompson gives the feeling of writing from real experience with a topic that’s sensitive without being too touchy: 

anxiety. Portrayed about as accurately as things like depression or gunfights in popular culture, Thompson begins a slow journey through Cindy’s mental process of deciding whether or not she’s got anxiety despite the fact that she doesn’t perceive herself as “an anxious person.” Oh and there’s a date with the ever-dreamy Johnny Storm in the mix as well. Thompson keeps the dialog light and witty, but weaves in plenty of serious undertones that can easily be dealt with later, and of course leaves on an eyebrow raising moment that’s sure to have some dire consequences. In all I would rate this issue a 7.5/10 that’s all for today and as always keep on marveling 

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Ultima End (Secret Wars) #1

Ultimate End (Secret Wars) #1

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis 

Art by: Mark Bagley 

Cover by: Mark Bagley 

Released: May 20, 2015 

The story picks up in Manhattan. Both Manhattans. Simultaneously. You see, the Manhattans of both the Marvel and Ultimate Marvel universes now exist in the same location. There are two Baxter Buildings for instance

Much of this issue deals with the heroes of the two universes convening to discuss this predicament. How did this happen and where do they go from here? The first issue of Ultimate End is a talky issue, but at this point, would anyone expect anything less from a Bendis-written Ultimate story?

The dialogue is sharp in the writer’s traditional manner. He is so good at setting a scene and giving a sense of world through the way his characters interact. Impressively, most characters sound different from their alternate-reality double. Ultimate Tony Stark is cockier and brasher than 616-Tony Stark. That sort of differentiation holds true for most characters, save a couple lines from Spider-Man that sound like they were ripped from the mouth of his teenage counterpart. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Avengers World #21

Avengers World #21 

Written by: Frank J. Barbiere

Art by: Marco Checchetto

Cover by: Jeff Dekal 

Released: May 20, 2014 

The focus on Odinson was an interesting choice because ever since losing his hammer he has been quite all over the place. All over the place as in it is hard to get a read on where he is at emotionally. Sometimes he seems okay, other times distant as we see in this issue. Though for Avengers World which is closer to present, it is easier to take this Odinson as the actual state he is in. One that is important to explore because for those who read all of Hickman’s run of Avengers, Odinson and Hyperion are both dead. Both going down in a glorious battle that Odinson could only have been motivated for through the progress of this issue which addresses his loss of motivation. It was the perfect way to put Odinson in the right mindset he needed to be in while also swiftly closing out the subplot surrounding Roberto finalizing his takeover of A.I.M.

Namor’s story continues to be one that you sympathize with. You sympathize with what he has to deal with knowing the Cabal are out of control, and there is nothing he can do against such powerhouses. Though that is not to say you forget that Namor put himself in this position. Nonetheless this is a change in the story leaning towards redemption, and that is what you want to see from Namor when we reach our end. At this point it is easy to tell how much Barbiere has favored writing Namor and it shows as this is the most genuine we have seen of his character since first starting this crusade with the Cabal across the Multiverse. We’ve gotten little by little of how things have been going wrong, and that difference between his reaction and those like Namor means everything. Just the way Blackswan mocks Namor is where you draw that line in the sand between what is right and what is just senseless violence. In all I would rate this issue a 7.2/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Howard the Duck #3

Howard the Duck #3

Written by: Chip Zdarsky 

Art by: Joe Quinones 

Cover by: Jason Latour 

Released: May 13, 2015 

Chip Zdarsky’s brash, “it-shouldn’t-be-funny-but-it-is” sense of humor shines in the script and the various situations presented in this issue. Last issue, we were left with a weirdly funny cliffhanger; a character that we never thought we’d see committing a crime sticking up Howard. This issue continues immediately after and develops into something more ridiculous involving a lot more senior citizens.

The jokes come flying at you every page, yet it doesn’t become overbearing… sometimes. There’s a ridiculous story here that’s enjoyable, yet at times it feels as if it’s there only to service the punchline. It’s a little disappointing because Howard and his friends (She-Hulk is the best friend anyone could ever have) have had great development, but it takes a bit of a back seat a little too early in this run, but overall it doesn’t bring the issue down.
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Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Cameo in ‘Deadpool’ just a matter of ‘scheduling’

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Jackman previously expressed interest last year in seeing the two get a proper rematch on the big screen and it still might happen according to Reynolds who tells News.com.au that he remains hopeful.

“God I hope so, that would be really nice. I dunno, we’ll see. It seems like he’s open to it, but it’s gonna be more of a scheduling issue than anything else.”

Ryan Reynolds

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Hulk #5

Hulk #5

Written by: Gerry Dugan 

Art by: Mark Bagley 

Cover by: Gary Frank 

Released: August 12, 2014 

This is an incredible direction to take this hero. For one, it kind of returns him to the semi-villain state that he was born to. While he is still in the mad scientist role, I can’t help but notice taking away everyone else’s Gamma strength is just a smarter way to say “Hulk is the strongest.” I have no idea what the nanite’s are for, but I love the throw back to the Mr. Fixit era of Hulk, with Hulk keeping Banner locked inside. If things keep up in this vein, I foresee a long fun for this series of the Hulk. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Operation SIN #5

Operation SIN #5

Written by: Kayhryn Immonen 

Art by: Rich Ellis 

Cover by: Michael Komark 

Released: May 6, 2015 

And so operation S.I.N comes to an end, but was the ending a good one or a bad one? Well let me tell you it was a good one. Like I said before on my other reviews I love Operation SIN, it’s really cool we get to go back to the 1950’s and see what was going on. It’s also very interesting to see Howard Stark and Peggy Carter go on some crazy adventures. 

The art work like I’ve said before is amazing it’s just so fluent with every stroke. Ellis does a nice job at drawing everything especially the weird alien object thing. That thing looks really cool. This series as a whole did pretty good. I would rate this series a 8/10 this issue I would also rate an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Gaurdians Team Up #4

Guardians Team Up #4 

Written by: John Layman 

Art by: Otto Schmidt 

Cover by: Otto Schmidt 

Released: April 1, 2015

The issue pairs up She-Hulk and Gamora, two of Marvel’s preeminent ladies (who also both happen to be a lovely shade of green… maybe Mantis was busy?). In John Layman’s more than capable hands, the plot stays light, the dialogue snappy, and he manages to make Ms. Jennifer Walters’ voice sound delightfully consistent with what she had in the late, great She-Hulk series (written by Charles Soule). The true star of this comic, 

however, is artist Otto Schmidt, covering art duties with his first American gig. While he’s mostly known for his exceptional good girl art (caution: here be NSFW), here he reigns in his penchant for pin-ups and draws twenty pages of Jen and Gamora simply kicking all kinds of alien ass. His style at times shares the kinetic cuteness of Babs Tarr’s work, while displaying detailed backgrounds and an innate storytelling ability.

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Hulk #4

Hulk #4

Written by: Mark Waid 

Art by: Mark Bagley 

Cover by: Mark Bagley 

Released: June 11, 2014 

It’s clear Hulk is outclassed by this new version of his longtime foe, the Abomination, but when his friends are in danger, you can bet the titan will rise to the occasion to take on any obstacle. Mark Waid hit us with an exciting cliffhanger in the last issue and I’m happy to report it’s given a fairly awesome follow-up. Mark Bagley(pencils), Andrew Hennessy (inks), and Jason Keith (colors) create a splash page that’s sure to make most Hulk fans cheer — I know I sure did. It’s a great compliment to the last issue’s final page, and the rest of the madness and destruction is where this visual team really shines. They do a proper job letting us know how vicious and chaotic a fight between these characters should be.

 The panels are never laid out in a creative way, but the fight never feels static and flows well from hit to hit. It’s impactful and downright brutal in a few moments. Truthfully, there’s some panels which feel a little rushed compared to the rest (mostly when there’s several characters involved in a mid-shot), but the visuals are consistent for the most part and I’m an especially big fan of how the hero in San Francisco is brought to life. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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