Saturday, December 20, 2014

Brain Tunes

Nothing More - This Is The Time
When I first heard this song, I wasn't fan. Second time I heard it, it was stuck in my head. Third time I heard it, I has bobbin' my head. Fourth time I heard it, I downloaded the cd. Overall, the debut album from Nothing More is pretty solid music wise. My only real complaint is that the vocals get a bit too high for my liking. I like my rock deep and not Maroon 5. However, it's pretty solid and I'm digging 'em.
(the video apparently includes the prelude track and the rock starts at about 50 seconds in)

Friday, December 19, 2014

(Late)NB of the Week

-JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE STUMBLES AND LOSES THEIR SPOILS,
DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE LOST FOREVER-

Justice League #37 - The Amazo Virus: Chapter Two
Written by Geoff Johns
Drawn by Jason Fabok

Luthor's plan to take out the super-powered has backfired. After a hit was put out on his head, his Amazo Virus was accidentally released upon the world. It's purpose was to target the powers in somebody and shut them down, making their defeat easier. But it was only meant for the powered. Now that it's released on normal humans, it's mutated and worse, airborne. Once infected, a human gains a random super-power until it slowly eats away at their body and kills them. Most of the League is already hit by it, struggling to live (I bet they don't...) while Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman look for Patient Zero along with their blood in order to cure this mutated virus.
Won't lie, this issue didn't have much to it. Superman and Batman finally find PZ only to find what is likely the New 52 version of Amazo. He is Solomon Grundy in looks as his body is dying and he has many powers. They figure that essentially he can copy any power-set he sees (so Grundy meets Marvel's Mimic) after he grows wings to try and copy Superman's flying and later his heat vision. Wonder Woman joins in halfway to swing the tides back to them but once Batman gets the blood sample, PZ flips a little and sends him flying, leaving us with an ending of the sample destroyed and Batman's bio-suit broken, leaving him exposed to the virus (somehow the 3rd comic this week that has Batman in a suit and trying to stop a virus...).
As I said, not much happening but it is only the third part (prelude included) and I wasn't expecting much yet. Why this issue won out the week is based on two things:
1) Geoff Johns. This man has written more than his share of amazing DC stories over the last decade or so but this title has been hit and miss for me. It's always been at worst a decent read but as with many titles and characters in the New 52, it hasn't read like it's his book. It reads as though editors are telling him the when and the where they need everything and he's just trying his best to connect those preset dots. However, once Lex Luthor came over to the team, it reads as though he's having much more fun. The distrusting dynamic that now follows everybody on the team makes for a great read and Johns seems to be enjoying it. The League is once again a book worth reading. The second reason is:
B) Jason Fabok. Fabok is an artist that would have seemingly fit into 90's Image perfectly. It's dark and detailed and, really, it's just pretty to look at. This guy has come onto a book that has already had names like Jim Lee and Ivan Reis and he's made it his. I very much look forward to seeing him draw the Darkseid War next year and hope he sticks around for a while.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NB of the Week

-NEVER SPOIL WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY-

Thor #3
Written by Jason Aaron
Drawn by Russell Dauterman

When a new, female Thor was announced, people kinda lost their collective minds. "Thor is his name, not a title passed on!", "This is just PR crap to get female readers!", The real Thor will be back by Avengers 2 so who cares?" Three issues in, are any of those complaints right? Actually, maybe. But that doesn't take away from the story that Aaron is telling.
Last issue ended with Female Thor separated from her hammer and confronted by frost giants. This issue was pure, Thor badassery.
As Malekith begins to try and enter the sealed room containing Dario Agger (CEO of Roxxon and a minotaur), the skull of Laufey (ex frost giant king, not dead) and Mjolnir (hammer of hammers), Thor is attacked by the frost giants. Easy at first, they freeze her and one eats her. Game over. They think. Soon enough, she busts her way out of the frost giant and then proceeds to beat the holy Hel out of the others before she changes back to her mortal form (being separated from the hammer will do that). This is actually where I got antsy. As she tries to pry her way into that sealed room, she slowly begins to change back, revealing small glimpses of her true form. A mystery I was anxiously turning the page to see. Alas, she reaches it before we see her form, leaving that for another time. Being reunited with Mjolnir, she doesn't play to Malekith's hand and destroys Laufey's skull, leaving Malekith speechless, only able to spurt out threats of the war she has just started with such an act. The issue ends with a word balloon coming in saying that she already has a war on her hands, revealing original Thor. And he wants his hammer back.
This is one of those "cart before the horse" moments where everybody hating this concept before reading it should finally shut up. This is Thor. I have no idea who she is, how she became worthy or why she is doing what she's doing and I don't care. Anybody who has enjoyed Thor over the years should be smart enough to recognize all the familiar traits in this female version: rough, uncaring of others feelings, brash and full of fight. I can already picture her drinking mead in the halls of Asgard, telling spoils of how she killed giants. And next issue is Thor vs Thor! I'm not sure how I'll make it through that issue in one sitting.

Friday, December 5, 2014

(Late) NB of the Week

"THERE'S A... A SPOILS ON MY FLOOR! IN THE CORNER, THERE IS A SPOILS!"

Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1
Written by Kieron Gillen (w/ Marguerite Bennett)
Drawn by Phil Jimenez (w/ Stephanie Hans)

When Marvel announced that they had plans to bring Spawn's Angela along with her creator Neil Gaiman to the Marvel U, I was pretty excited to see what both would add. Unfortunately it happened during the abysmal Age of Ultron and not much happened at the beginning. Angela then went over to Guardians of the Galaxy and just talked a lot (written by Bendis) and Gaiman did... nothing. So when Marvel made the next announcement that Angela was being turned into the half-sister of Thor and from the hidden Tenth Realm, I was once again excited. As part of the decently written Original Sin, we followed Thor as he found out of a secret sister and we learned of Angela's new origin: she was an angel from the Heven. After war with Odin seemingly killed his daughter, Odin banished Heven from existence along with his actually alive daughter. She was raised as the Wingless Warrior and Heven's greatest fighter. Until Original Sin revealed it all. For her service, Heven let her live but for her lineage to Odin (their worst enemy), she was once again banished. Which is where this new, ongoing series takes place.
We see Angela as she makes her way through "nowhere" until she comes to a place called Un-Town, where she meets with a friend named Sera. Telling her of her journey and handing over the package she has been carrying, she believes she has lost the party that is following/hunting her only to find them quickly behind her. As she fights this group of men, Sera tells a witness the story of how Angela saved her. About how her code as an "angel" to take only that which they give and to always pay debts, killed a ruler she once saved after the ruler wouldn't save Sera as Angela requested. Angels create balance and his unwillingness to repay his debt was unbalanced. As Sera's story ends, we see Angela victorious but before long, the last of the party arrives looking for her. Led by Thor and followed by Sif and the Warriors Three, Thor demands Angela. As the witness questions why, Sera explains: the "package" she was carrying is a child. The new heir to Asgard, to be exact.
I wasn't too keen on Angela getting her own series. She had very little character depth (not to mention history) in the Marvel Universe and this seemed like another attempt to force a weaker female into a lead comic to appease the female readers. Boy was I wrong. This issue read like some of the best (even if a bit cliched) fantasy.
"The angel who wasn't an angel walked across the desert that wasn't a desert. She walked across a land between lands. She walked across nothing. 'Nothing for nothing,' the angel thought to herself as the air tore at her skin and the bundle strove to sear the flesh from her fingers. Nothing for nothing. Everything has its price."
Angela comes off like all the old beings of myth. She's angry and fierce and a just warrior who will fight anyone for the cause she stands for. This one issue did more for the new her than anything Marvel has done since acquiring her rights. It's difficult to say if this excitement will last month in for me but as first issues go, Marvel has won me over.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Boobs of the Day

Eva Green.
I recently watch Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and while I'm still uncertain of how I feel about it (as a movie goes, it was great. As the story goes, something felt disconnected), one thing I am certain of is that Eva Green has amazing Coat-Hangers. As Ava, we get quite a bit of them throughout her story and did I mention they are amazing? In fact, you can find her skinners out in a number of movies. Look 'em up. I'll wait..... Told ya. Here they are covered.... Told ya.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

NB of the Week

It's Running Down My Leg
(Quick edition)

T'was a small, small week so here are the quick runs from the few I read

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #19
As Eternity Wars looms, we get a flashback to young Adam as he saves his father. with the support of his uncle Keldor (eventually to be Skeletor), Prince Adam tells his father he wants to be a master. When his father denounces the idea, Adam takes off on an adventure to prove his strength. Which is what Keldor wants. Knows King Randor will chase down his some, Keldor kills the council and begins a coupe to take the throne. Back with Adam, we get a "frozen" moment in time as the table has turned and he must try to save his father. Zodac and the Sorceress appear, felling how much of the Power of Grayskull Adam is able to unknowingly tap into. This is to be the true protector. He is able to save his father, leaving the rest to Eternia history.

All-New Invaders #12
We get a good old hero tale here as Union Jack, Sir Steel, Crimson Cavalier, Phantom Eagle and Iron Fist (Orson) fight a wave of Martian invaders. We see all this as in modern day, said Martians are back and Union Jack, Spitfire and Destroyer try to figure out why. In walks Bucky Barnes along with a friend who claims those Martians are here for him. His name? Killraven.

Superman #36
Ulysses has no hope left for Earth. Even if he was able to cure things such as disease and famine, the people would find a way to ruin it all again. So he offers some salvation: the first six million people to arrive at his ship will travel back to the fourth dimension with him and live in harmony. He flies back to his parents to say "goodbye" but when they tell him they wants to join, he tells them they can't because he wants them to be safe. Little did he know Superman was already there and now he wants real answers to whats going on. Too bad it's never that easy and fighting ensues, leaving Ulysses the victor.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #40
The other mutants have joined in the fight against Bebop and Rocksteady and it kinda goes exactly as you'd think. Back and forth rumbling until Splinter comes in and is about to out-think them all. The two pick themselves up and decide it's best to not tell Karai about their attempt and subsequent failure at beating the Turtles. Meanwhile, as we end our issue, we get a final page of Donatello as Metal Head meeting up with Shredder, telling him that the only hope to stopping Krang and the Technodrome is to team-up.

New Avengers #27
Thor, Hyperion and their group traverse the realms in between looking for ways to stop the coming incursions. What they find are the Black Priests smack dab on their own turf. After figuring out that each Priest utters a letter which then spells out the destructive word, they begin to break up said words. Until The Eye comes. A Black Priest that speaks in words and not letters. All are surprised to actually find this leader is none other than Doctor Strange. Turns out the Priests are actually good. There is a battle waging between two groups and both fight for the destruction of everything. The Priests come in and destroy one of the realities so that the other may live. Kill the few to save the many. Looks like the real battle is just beginning.

Earth 2: World's End #8
Apokolips is coming. The Avatars must unite but aren't. None of the heroes are fighting together like they should be.... I had high hopes for this weekly series but every issue is erratic and kinda sloppy. Plot points just keep jumping back for forth for no reason and we go from seemingly unimportant scene to another seemingly unimportant scene within 3-4 pages. Better hurry World's End. You're already starting to lose. me.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Boobs of the Day

"Be not concerned of her shyness, for it will pass."
"There you go."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NB of the Week

-THIS DUMB SPOILS IS ALSO MY FRIEND-

Daredevil #10
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Chris Samnee

The Purple Man is trouble even when he's not alive (though he didn't stay dead for long). Turns out he's had a number of kids through the years and worse over, when those kids get together, they have a power similar to his but even more scary: they control your emotions. With their daddy, at least you knew it wasn't your choice to take whatever actions he made you take (not that there's much solace in knowing that). With these kids, they bring out all you fear or hatred. You are feeling these things and your actions based off them are extreme and all yours. Matt Murdock included. Last issue, while trying to figure out what's going on with these kids, Matt as hit hard. "They radiate pain and grief and and rage and loneliness and despair... and there's no fighting it." He fell into a ball, everything crashing down on him. He can't move. He can't breath. It's all holding him down and that's when previously dead Purple Man walks up to him.
Purple Man begins to beat on Daredevil while demanding actions from him that Matt can't fully comply with. Until he forces upon him the one thing Matt knows how to conquer: fear. With one swift kick, he sends Purple running and tried his best to compose himself. He manages to get away but not for long as he must now stop Purple from killing his own children. This is where the comic started to lose me (but fear not, the ending brought it all back for a rousing win). Daredevil begins saving the kids and beats Purple and saves the day. The kids are all separated, which stops the powers and he goes off with his girlfriend and law partner Kristen. She walks and talks and tries to help Matt with his flood of emotions that are still on him but he plays it off with a smile, kisses her goodbye and heads into his home. He walks right over to the bed and curls up into a ball of depression. Which is where you think it ends. Turn the page and we're given one more scene. Matt rolls over and picks up his phone, calling Kristen. He tells her he would like to actually talk about things and tells her she doesn't have to come back over for it to which she replies "Of course I don't. I never left." As the door she's sitting next to begins to open, she leaves us with a smile. "Thanks for letting me in."
 The last two pages reminded me why Waid has been the perfect writer for Daredevil. Things have not been easy for good ol' Matt recently. Or really ever. Lost his life and law-practice in Hell's Kitchen, Foggy gets cancer that's eating away at him and on top of all of that, these kids just brought up everything else from the past. The death of his father, of Karen, of Elektra. All his failures flat on his head. And at the end of the day, after beating up the bad guy and saving the day once more, we're given two brilliant pages showing us that with Matt Murdock, the face under the mask needs the time to live and heal. Two pages to show how human Waid has made this book. Two pages to reconnect us to a side of superheroes that we don't see as often as we should in today's world. It was recently announced that Waid is ending his run on DD and Marvel will be hard-pressed to find another writer who will be able to make this book as beautiful as he has over the last three years.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NB of the Week

-MY CAPTAIN IS STANLEY TWEEDLE. I BLOW UP SPOILS FOR HIM.-

Wytches #2
Written by Scott Snyder
Drawn by Jock

Sail Rooks is seeing things. Weird things. Dead things. Years ago, Sail was just a school girl who was bullied an awful lot. After being taken out into the woods by one bully, she was told to some some pretty despicable things or else the bully was going to beat her to death. She made a stand and tried to fight back but it wasn't her that stopped the bully. It was the forest. A tree grabbed the bully and began to bend and twist the teen into it's truck. And the bully was gone. Nobody believed Sail and her and her parents moved. These years later, the dead bully is coming back for Sail. Or so she thinks. Her parents know something they're not telling her. The woods have secrets she's trying to find out. The wytches aren't finished with young Sail. She has been pledged.
Scott Snyder thinks he has everybody fooled with his Batman. That it's just so perfect and Batman-y that we all think he was born to write it. Wrong. Scott Snyder was born to write horror books that twist and turn with every page and leave us with nightmares every night. And Jock was born to draw the mangled images that will join. His lines and edges are a perfect match for the dank and horrifying words that Snyder provides. As with horror movies, I'm very picky when it comes to what should be scary. This comic right here? Unsettling. Genuinely creepy. The story so far is very "lost" in the best possible way a horror story can be: we have no clue what's actually happening but we know it's dark and evil and you can feel that nothing is safe from it.

BONUS BADASS BOOK

If you've had any doubt about Miles Morales, check out his fight with Norman Osborn in this week's Miles Morales #7. Kid has earned his spot in the Spider Hall of Fame.




Monday, November 10, 2014

Boobs of the Day

Eva Habermann
I came across a cheap, dvd series a little big ago called Lexx about a small ragtag group (original, I know) who come into possession of a giant spaceship called, you guessed it, Lexx. The show is pretty cheesy (it started in '97) and the special effects are bad but the story is actually cool. Within this group is the sex slave Zev, who along with her short skirt and top, wears some nice rubber bondage. And isn't so hard on the eyes either. In the second movie (the first season is made of four, full-length movies), we get an odd shower scene involving her and a shower that appears to be testicles and a penis. Weirdness aside, we get some decent skin shots I wasn't expecting and the pervert I am said "Yup, those are going on the blog". So here she is. The pretty lady behind that weird balls and penis and boobies scene. Miss Eva Habermann.
(no idea when this picture was taken but darnit all if she's still not hot)


Thursday, November 6, 2014

(Late) NB of the Week

-IF THIS RELATIONSHIP IS GOING TO WORK OUT BETWEEN US, I NEED TO FEEL FREE TO SPOIL WITH A BUNCH OF STRANGERS WHENEVER I FEEL LIKE IT-

Tooth & Claw #1
Written by Kurt Busiek
Drawn by Benjamin Dewey

If you've read comics (or my blog) at some point in the last twenty years, you likely know who Kurt Busiek is. If not by name, definitely by title. The man has written most every character out there from DC and Marvel and lots of "smaller" characters like Vampirella, Shadowhawk, Conan, Ninjak and Darkman. He's also the words behind some amazing stories like JLA/Avengers, Arrowsmith and Superman: Secret Identity. He and George Perez are responsible for an Avengers run that is held in very high regard from most, avid Avengers fans (or at least was. Opinions could change over the years). And oh yeah, he's half responsible for a little mini called Marvels with a small time artist named Alex Ross. He ringing a bell now? Yesterday started his new series from Image, Tooth & Claw, and if this first issue is the example of what we can expect, I'm extremely hopeful for this one.
Tooth & Claw, so far, is about magic and survival. It's a world where the citizens are anthropomorphic animals and all live in lush fantasy (except the poor, I assume, but you get the setting better this way). The story begins with Dunstan (a dog and an obvious focal point for the future) as he begins to follow his father, the trademaster of their home, the floating city Keneil. Shortly, all neighboring city officials begin to arrive as they discuss a very important matter: magic is fading. It can no longer support their living the way it has. Gharta the Seeker has a plan: they will use magics to reach back in time, before magic, and pull forward The Great Champion. The one who opened the gates of magic when facing the world's destruction many years ago. Many agree as many others disagree but it is ultimately shut down. But that won't stop them. Gharta leads the believers to a sacred place as they prepare to conjure the spell and save their way of life. Believe it or not, things go horribly wrong. To compensate for the lack of magic their spells bring, the gateway draws from the magic used to keep Keneil floating. With an explosion (of magic and bright colors, the best king of explosion to have), Keneil is ripped in have and falls to the Plains below. As survivors come to, they search for others that may be buried but there is much death around, including Dunstan's father. They dig and salvage and bury their dead for many hours until a green light breaks through the ruble. Out comes Gharta. She tells them all this was a horrible tragedy that she never imagined but that it was all for a greater good. They did it. They have brought the Champion. Our issue ends with everybody gathering around the captured Champion (never showing us him) and other clans of animals taking notice of the crashed wreckage. Impending doom is on it's way and I have a feeling the people of Keneil have no clue how to fight it.
I don't really like fantasy. Typically I can't ever follow or remember all the made up names and places and languages and on that, I can't connect with most characters that live in magic and dragons and all the fantasy stuff that fantasy worlds have. But that's not to say there aren't amazing stories. Thanks to visual mediums, stories like The Hobbit and Game of Thrones are even larger now then ever, bringing millions in seemingly ever week somehow. And with comics, I may have found a fantasy story I can really get behind. The writing was simple for a first issue and still fantastic. The art is amazing and I think we could be talking about Dewey quite a lot from this series. For me, this issue was one of those rare gems. No name series, brand new everything and brilliant. I can see this being a series that takes off after it's first year, leaving collectors scrambling for the early issues.

Friday, October 31, 2014

(Late(er)) NB of the Week

TIME HAS NO MEANING,
SPACE HAS NO CAUSE,
RHYMING IS DIFFICULT,
LET'S GET SOME RUNS
(spoils)

Saga #24
The Brand finally finds her way to The Will's ship, expecting to find him only to find Gwendolyn, Sophie and Lying Cat instead. After a quick scuffle (as always), Brand believes them about The Will and will do what she needs to find her brother (her wha?!). Back in the real world, we end our current arc with the surprise that Marko and Prince Robot are together, both determined to find their families. Damn this next three month wait.

Guardians of the Galaxy #20
Screwed by Bendis again. Just as it's getting good, he pulls the rug right out from us. In it's Original Sin tie-ins, we were finally going to get the reason why Richard Rider (nova) didn't make it back from the Cancerverse. And after four issues and $16 later, we're told he sacrificed himself to send the others back. That's be great except it's bullshit. He's in a dimension where death doesn't happen! Not to mention it stifles the amazing ending DnA wrote in Thanos Imperative. Stupid.

Wonder Woman #35
Azzarello ends his amazing run on the title as Wonder Woman goes against First Born for the fate of all. In the cliche of it all, Wonder Woman finds that she doesn't need to define herself with any one title for she is always Wonder Woman and will always be strong enough. After Zeke sits on the throne, we find that he is actually Zeus incarnate and Zolla is Athena. After pleading for the innocent, Athena leaves the body and Diana to help lead this little group to something better. A great ending to a great run.

Justice League United Annual #1
The Legion of Superheroes travels back in time in order to kill the young child, Ultra, that the JLU just saved. Turns out that should he live, he will cause great death and destruction. So they come back to kill him. Which is always the smart thing to do with time travel. Hawkman's not dead but we don't really know why yet. The Infinitus Saga has just started and it's sure to be a bumpy ride.

Inhuman #7
Oh Maximus, how your ways are such of trickery. Maximus the Mad has been keeping Black Bolt under his influence this whole time and two Inhumans have finally found out. So what does Maximus do? Why he lets them have a word with Bolt. Mass destruction leaves us with some dead and Maximus with the upper hand. This series is really getting impressive.

Earth 2: World's End #4
This issue was a little bit everywhere as we really just get a lot of little things happening. But we end with the heroes going into one of the fire pits, trying to stop Apokolips and the Horsemen only to find Desaad waiting for them. Not sure that scares or intrigues me. Maybe next week.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

-MY FRIEND, YOU SUFFER FROM THE MISPLACED SPOILS OF THE DOOMED-


He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #18 - The Blood of Grayskull: part 5
Written by Dan Abnett
Drawn by Pop Mhan

This week was an immensely easy choice for my favorite. Ever since I was a wee lad, I was a fan of He-Man. The Masters of the Universe were the only friends I needed and that love still follows me to this day. I've bought toys, dvds, all the comics I can, posters (Boris Vallejo did an amazing He-Man vs Skeletor with Snake Mountain in the background). I love me some He-Man and the Masters. However, as one may guess from a young boy, She-Ra wasn't my cup. I had nothing against her but it's like Superman or Wonder Woman. One was the boys' favorite and one was the girls'. So color me surprised when DC revived the comics once more and Princess Adora was brought in as Hordak's evil general Despara. She was mean and ruthless and tried to kill all of the Masters. She was badass with a capital Ass. As the fighting commenced, she was slowly brought over. She regained some memory, she found out her true lineage, she rebelled against her master and now she stands with her brother, He-Man. Only on their recent journey, Prince Adam has been run through. If Adora cannot find the Sword
of Protection, she will not be able to heal her brother and she will lose her new-found family once more.
That's about all you need, This issue was pretty simple and slightly obvious but it was completely awesome. Adora gains the Sword of Protection and for the first time in this series two year tease, we get She-Ra. And I loved it. As a He-Man fan, I have come to at least respect what She-Ra brought to the story. Peanut butter and jelly. Lamb and tuna fish. Some things just go together and seeing her finally brought that to this story. She wasn't a symbol for only women and wasn't just the "honor" to Adam's "power". She was a protector of Eternia and had earned her place with the Masters. I have been a fan for many decades and I don't know that I have ever been more excited to see She-Ra. Makes me wanna claim it for the honor along with her. Well done Dan Abnett and DC. Well done.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NB of the Week

Be It By Pounds
Or Be It By Tons,
None Shall Escape
The Pressure of the Runs.

Justice League #35
Now that Luthor is a member of the League, he and Bruce Wayne have partnered companies. Yes, Wayne Tech is now in business with LuthorCorps. Only it's now what you'd think... Actually, it's probably exactly what you think. The League knows Luthor is still evil and now that Bruce is on the inside, they have the chance to catch Luthor in illegal activity. As the rest of the League waits outside, Bruce walks through everything with his new partner. Only the League isn't the only set of eyes watching as a masked man blows his way inside. As a fight emerges, Luthor goes to suit up only to find that a rupture has occurred and his secret Amazo Virus has began to contaminate everything. Finally, Johns has made the League a book worth reading.

Daredevil #9
The purple children of the Purple Man have killed their father and are now trying to find sanctuary. I think. Not actually sure what they're doing but they're wrecking havoc and have stolen a police car. Which means it's Daredevil time. Only the purple-power-of-persuasion has changed with the offspring as they cause others to feel whatever they want. Daredevil is overcome and jumps off a bridge. Only to find himself face-to-face with the not quite dead Purple Man.

Miles Morales: the Ultimate Spider-Man #11
Miles confronts Pet about how he's still alive and if he is even the real Pete as he claims to be. Along for the ride is Maria Hill and soon followed by Aunt May and Gwen. Sadly, the reunion is cut short as Norman Osborn has found his way there as well. As Pete takes the others to safety, Miles goes after Osborn now that he knows his stings can do major damage. Before he fully wins though, Osborn throws out his trump card: he knows the truth about Miles' powers and the truth about his father.

Supreme Blue Rose #4
Turns out we are in a supreme transitional instance and has lead to a "destabilisation of local spacetime" with has in turn led to a restart of time. Only something has gone wrong. A "bubble continuum" has been created and contains previous supreme instances. "Time is extremely fluid and chaotic." What does all this mean? Hell if I know. But believe it or not, it does shed light onto the first three issues. Ellis is a crazy, often brilliant writer if you can make it through.

Earth 2: World's End #2
Darkseid is coming and he's bring his new Apokolips with him. From the depths of the open fire pits from the Horsemen. As the Wonders disperse to take care of each, we focus on War as she shows why she is so aptly named. By the end, she now has Huntress, Red Tornado and Power Girl under her control. Batman and Val Zod are gonna have their hands full. DC's newest and currently third weekly title is off to a pretty good start.

New Avengers #25
Not much happening here and we essentially just see Hulk, Captain Britain, Beast and Reed Richards during what we saw last issue with Cho being captured. They spy in on his interrogation and Reed sees just how pissed Sue is with him. At the end, Black Panther contacts them saying they were betrayed and shortly teleports into the lair. He informs them that the Golden City has fallen and Wakanda is no more.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #39
Old Hob has convinced the Turtles and Splinter to give thought to his mutant army. Splinter's blood with the ooze is a mean combo and Hob wants them all to join together. Too bad Bebop and Rocksteady have come to crash the party. And in the middle of all this, Donny has stepped away on his own, feeling that Krang and the Technodrome should be the priority. Wouldn't be a Turtle comic without family tension.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NB of the Week

-THE BIGGEST SPOILS IN THIS TOWN IS PROBABLY THE HOMECOMING QUEEN-

Astro City #16 - Wish I May...
Written by Kurt Busiek
Drawn by Brent Anderson (and one page by Alex Ross)

In Astro City, superpowers are just a part of life. Heroes and villains run around, buildings get destroyed and not every day is a good one. To live here, you have to have thick skin and hopefully a desire to do good. Having been in print for almost twenty years, writer Kurt Busiek has brought back the tough city in a new ongoing from Vertigo, focusing more on the little people instead of the big ones.
Simon Says is a bad guy. A genius, teenager bad guy. As Simon Siezmanski, he never fit in and as such, was the recipient of of many cruel bullies, mostly jocks and the sort. As Simon Says, he'll get his revenge. Except he has one request from his hero nemesis Starbright: during a 24-hour truce, he will help do good. Anything Starbright needs, Simon will use his genius for the sake of helping others. But only if Starbright does his a favor. After a day of foiling robberies and stopping attempted murders, Starbright must bring Simon the other outcasts that were once his friends for a sixteenth birthday party. Starbright has always seen the best in people and he feels that maybe he can help get to Simon so he also obliges. And it all goes well. The kids have fun everybody is fine and Starbright takes them all home after. When he returns, he finds Simon gone and also finds that the 24-hour truce is done. After a failed attempt to beat him, Starbright knows that this was a weak trap and that this was Simon's small try at a 'thank you'. As Starbright calls out to the there-but-not-seen Simon, he flies off and we jump forward in time to the present as a new Starbright finally unmasks herself as Simon Siezmanski. Turns out Simon was truly lost her whole life. The bullies all saw it and made her feel worthless for it but it was Starbright that helped her. A while after the party, Starbright was killed and was shown to actually be one of those jocks from school. One of the nice ones that Simon wrote off as another asshat bully. Simon had been wrong this whole time. Studying Bright's power of energy transformation, he was able to learn how to harness the power himself. Thinking back to those words of advice Starbright gave him after the party:
"Just be yourself. Figure out who you really are, and be that. Just as much as you possibly can. Light up the world with."
And with somebody finally looking into who Simon really was, he became a she and she is fighting the good fight in his honor.
Putting it into words, it actually sounds a bit corny but the best part of Busiek's writing is how human he can make this very inhuman book feel. Busiek has written a lot of big names: Iron Man, Superman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Conan, the Justice League, Indiana Jones, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Spider-Man, Thor and not to mention the brilliant Marvels. Astro City may be what I see as possibly his most compassionate writing. Every issue has been strong. Every character has been made recognizable to us even though they may have Superman like powers or, hell, a vampire. This book connects and I can only hope that he is able to continue to take my money for many years to come.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NB of the Week

-THAT'S NOT A KNIFE, THAT'S A SPOILING DUCK-

Thor #1 - If He Be Worthy
Written by Jason Aaron
Drawn by Russell Dauterman

When Marvel announced (on The View...) that Thor was relaunching and a female was going to pick up the mantle, lots of people lost their minds. Worlds were shattered, childhoods were ruined, and apparently the penis of many a man fell off. That's just how horrible it was to some that a female was becoming Thor. Move forward two months and we have what I see as the next, logical, amazing step in Aaron's amazing Thor run.
Devastated from the loss of his worthiness (Fury whispered something to him in Original Sin, though what was said is still a mystery), Thor can only sit in despair and he fells lost and confused. But there is no time for pity as Malekith and frost giants have attacked a Roxxon underwater facility on Midgard. Imbued by the words of his mother ("Rise, my son, and let the hammer be damned. Rise and remember the hero that you are."), Thor picks himself up and heads off to battle. Armed with Jarnbjorn, he rides, bringing down the monsters. However, Thor may have let his pride get in the way of thinking as he is not as strong as he once was. Thor is beaten. Malekith takes Jarnbjorn and with one swipe separates Thor from his arm. Malekith and the giants leave as Thor sinks to his obvious demise (sarcasm). Cut back to the moon (where the hammer has been left) and a figure walks in:
"There must always be a Thor."
 And with that one line, we get a last page introducing us to the new Thor.
As mad as people wanna be about this, Jason Aaron hasn't missed a step. If you have be a fan at all of his God of Thunder stuff, this is the next story in it all and is just as strong. The identity of Thor is still a mystery and will likely be a for a while more however this issue hints that it could be Previous Thor's mother, Freyja. With Odin back, she is told that there is no place for an All-Mother anymore and becoming the power of a God that Odin himself cursed as only for the worthy would be a great way to show him that his words are lost. As goes with many other books, Aaron has proven himself in my book and here for whatever ride he wants to take me on.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NB of the Week

-IT'S JUST A THAW - SPOILS ISN'T OVER UNTIL EASTER-

Avengers #35
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Drawn by Various

It's 8 Months Later and the begin of the end of Hickman's run on Avengers. In both Avengers and New Avengers, we jump 8 months forward to a changed Marvel landscape as the rest of the Marvel U slowly makes it's way there, showing us how it all happened. Here are the highlight in stories and changes we get:
Ex Nihilo and Abyss tell us the end is coming (a theme Hickman has had for a long while now), that Earth is the center and they plan on trying to stop it.
Over to Cannonball, we get Sunspot and Manifold teleporting in to Sam's home as we find that he is living in Shi'ar space now that Cannonball has a child with Smasher (herself part of the Royal Guard last we saw). While getting re-acquainted, we come to find that Sunspot has actually bought AIM and seemingly turned it into a better organization, which is funny and strange.
Most importantly, we find out that SHIELD is running the Avengers and has taken Avengers Tower as their new Station: Golgotha. We find that Amadeus Cho is trying to infiltrate their files now that Tony Stark is gone (missing, I assume not dead). Once they lock in security, SHIELD sends in some Avengers to apprehend him, Hawkeye, War Machine and Captain Marvel (all now wearing suits colored black and gray ala SHIELD colors) During chase, we see that War Machine may not be Rhodes as we knew him as their are multiple drones that look alike. As they trap Cho, we get the masked, female lead confronting Cho herself, demanding to know where the Illuminati are: Along with Cho, the members seem to be Stark, Banner, Strange, Beast, Panther and Bolt along with newbies Hank Pym and Captain Britain (though Beast, Panther and Bolt could possibly be wanted for previous dealing as the Illuminati and not necessarily current members). Cho tells her he has no idea where Stark is missing to while refusing comment on the others. As the leader begins to unmask herself, she asks about the last member of the Illuminati, her husband Reed Richards. Sue Storm is apparently leading the Avengers on the hunt for the Illuminati.
I love Hickman's long game plans and jumping into the future only opens the doors wider. Marvel has said that this is the future of Marvel. Everything leads to this direction and we will get answers throughout. Superior Iron Man looks to be playing big as Stark seems to be wanted man #1, which surprises me because the book itself didn't look too interesting to me. Best of all, though who can say at this point, is that I don't feel like their are spoilers for such upcoming books as Axis. Marvel is taking a big risk with jumping forward, both story-wise and because DC has Futures End going already. but this first issue was a very promising start. Hopefully the clues play out in smart fashions and the story doesn't kill itself as it unfolds.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

(Late)NB of the Week

-WELL AIN'T THAT SOME E.T. SPOILS-

Avengers #34.1
Written by Al Ewing
Drawn by Dale Keown

Back in 1969, the Squadron Sinister was created as villains of the Avengers. Based off members of the Justice League, Hyperion was the Superman. All these years later, the Avengers were joined by a new Hyperion when his planet was destroyed during an incursion (pretty much the main premise going through Hickman's Avengers and New Avengers). This Hyperion is from a world where he was raised to protect mankind from any and all dangers and that's what this issue solidified for us.
When a young boy is kidnapped, Hyperion steps in, desiring to help. Even though he's not met with much appreciation at first, he made a vow to his father (also just called Father) to protect all. What we find through this issue is that even though he is not from this planet or even dimension, this Hyperion is much "softer" than most versions we've seen. When he finds the boy, he finds that he was taken by his real "father". That's in quotation because even though the child is adopted, this isn't his real father. It's the villain Mauler. Turns out that Mauler did in fact give his son up for adoption years ago. After finding out his son was killed, the distraught man say this boy and in him, saw his son. He couldn't bare thinking his son was actually dead and this boy was, in his mind, the son he gave up. Instead of a big fight and badass action, Hyperion remembers back to what Father told him:
"Were you really put here just to react? At best, you'd be treatment for a wound that should never have been inflicted. At worst -- someone's revenge fantasy. The biggest bully in the playground. And I don't think that's what you are. I think you're one of the teachers. I've spent my life trying to teach the world, Marcus. To educate society -- guide it towards change. When I'm gone, that task will fall to all of you. The question is...
What lesson do you have for us?"
So as Mauler unleashes everything he has, Hyperion simply lets him. And when he falls and breaks and cries about his lost son to Hyperion, he merely listens and offers some advice. He feels everything should work in tandem and the only way for all those pieces, "from the smallest to the largest, from the lowest sinner to the highest saint," to work together is through understanding.
"If we flinch from that understanding -- declare it impossible, inconceivable -- then all truth is compromised. All thought will contain error."
This Earth is now his home and all it's life now his family. He will protect it however he can.
I was skeptical about Ewing guest writing this issue but it was extremely well written, even if a bit cliched and unoriginal. Hyperion has made his presence known and I, for one, am very interested to see what happens now. However, I do feel that this may be a setup for a sacrifice. New Avengers and the incursions are gaining momentum and after seeing one family destroyed already, he may be the one to safe his new kin.
Also, this issue is better than any Superman the New 52 has written in it's three years.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Clif-Notes: The Baytown Outlaws

The Oodie brothers are three, red-neck hillbillies who have a little business going for them: hitmen. And they're pretty good at their job. Assuming they actually find the right people. Business changes though when a lady (Eva Longoria) wants to hire them to retrieve her godson from her ex-husband (Billy Bob Thornton). When the brothers finally arrive for the boy they are surprised to see that he's handicapped, in a wheel chair and unable to speak. There is obviously more to the lady's story than she led on and the brothers are about to find out just how much story she left out.
I imagine this movie was made after somebody watched Smokin' Aces, saw the Tremor brothers and said "Hey, I bet if they had more of a moral compass..." Not to say that's a bad thing, but the connection was pretty much my first thought. Overall, it was a fun movie. Story wasn't the greatest and the acting wasn't anything to praise but the movie had just enough action and humor to make it an enjoyable watch. In that regard, it reminded me of a Jason Statham movie but with much less hand-to-hand action. I really liked the brothers and their relationship with the boy, Rob, even if the connection made is pretty loose and cliche. The brothers face a few gangs from the stepfather and those were pretty old-school cheese but fun: a female biker gang who kill with their sexuality, a horde of black guys who look like they came from Mad Max and a gang of Indians who fight with, yup, you guessed it, arrows (and also guns).
As I said, it's nothing great and a good group will likely find it terrible but I found some awesomeness in that terrible and say this is one that's worth watching at least once.
(And yes, that's Colossus himself as the mute muscle)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

NB of the Week

-LATE SALT LAKE CON EDITION-

As I finally return from an amazing Con, I also get to finally read this last Wednesday's comics So as to not bore anybody with late reading, I present the best quote from the batch:
"Feel that wind across your cheeks? What a smell! The fragrant flatulence out of the icy ass of K'un Lun"

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NB of the Week

-OH LOOK, HE'S DOING HIS SPOILS VOICE-

Amazing Moments Edition
Today had some great issues along with some not so great issues (I'm still looking at you All-New Ultimates...) but more so than any issue, two moments stood out as the best of the week. First the funny...
If you've read any Saga, you know that each issue tends to start with a full first page that sets the tone. From giving birth (twice, one definitely being more graphic) to a beautiful day, the first page is always a great welcome back to the story. In Saga #22, we get one that's almost too childish to believe....


Now, it may just be the storytelling of a ghost to amuse a little child, but still. She farted a universe. That's awesome. Even if it makes me very juvenile.
The second moment is much more badass.
From Original Sin - Thor & Loki #4, Thor has been captured by the Angels of Heven and betrayed by his brother (now a female again so sister?). As he's chained and beaten, we see that Loki was actually betraying the Angels and Thor seems to be aware of it. As the Queen of Angels talks down to the Odinson, she gets news that clouds have started forming in their land where there are no clouds. He lets her in on a little news:
"Are they any in your Heven who have seen a storm? You know wealth, Queen of Angels. You know power. But I fear you know little of thunder. And now... You have made the master of storms your prisoner. And I have called my great servant to me. While you played games. And though it took time for it to cross the span of realms and meet you... The Storm Is Here."


The God of Thunder has joined his heavy friend once more and he is ready to finally talk to them about his sister. Thor doesn't get more badass than this. One more issue to go to see just how mad he's going to get over Angela.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Clif-Notes: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

There is little setup needed for this movie. Fans and normals alike pretty much all know what Turtles is about so why bother repeating it here? All that matters is my opinion:
This movie was pretty badass.
People can clamor and complain all they want (and it's been done in droves) but this movie is what summer action should be. Was there hokey writing? Yes sir. Acting worthy of Oscars? Definitely not. Giant ninja turtle mutants who kick ass and fight for our safety? Bet the house on it. Here's my take on it: if you went into this movie wanting anything more than just fun action, you have sadly misled yourself and are living a lie. I'm a big Turtles fan. Probably so much that it's possible I'm slightly blind to the quality that others may see but I loved this movie. The original movies weren't that great. Let's all take a look back and remember how cheesy those were:
Jose Canseco jokes between Raph and Casey (among many other sports puns).
A trench coat blinds people to seeing a walking turtle with a giant shell.
Casey giving off after-school-special advice for the young kids of the Foot.
"I made a funny!"
Secret of the Ooze was littered with horrible one-liners from every character and even background characters.
Vanilla Ice.
We loved these movies not for their quality but for how awesome and fun it was for us to watch. The cartoon is gimmicky as they all were back then. The movies and poor and not well made. But we love them all. Yet when this movie comes out, everybody wants to bitch and moan about the casting of Megan Fox or how this isn't how the Turtles look (because we all know what mutant turtles are suppose to look like) but nobody wants to praise how awesome the fighting was or how the characterizing of the Turtles and even Splinter were spot on. Aesthetics may have been different than what we knew growing up but too f-ing bad. Leo was stern. Raph was angry and forceful. Donnie was a chatty lab geek. Mikey was dumb and funny. This is the Turtles family I've grown up with and I can absolutely let go of all the movie problems that were outside of that.
Except Swiss Army Shredder. That was pretty dumb.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Boobs of the Day

Something's off about this version of Aquaman but I just can't figure it out...
If only I could put my hands on it...


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NB of the Week

-WHAT THE SPOILS DOES WTF MEAN-

Supreme: Blue Rose #1 & 2
Written by Warren Ellis
Drawn by Tula Lotay

A month ago, Image comics released the first issue of Supreme: Blue Rose which was a relaunch-type take on Rob Liefeld's Supreme. In it, we find reporter Diana Dane setting out on a journey to find the mysterious Ethan Crane (Supreme). To do so, she must team up with the rich Darius Dax and his many resources (Think Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor).... That's kinda all I can make out so far but stay with me for a minute.
If you've ever read Warren Ellis, you know he can be a weird writer. He's one of those crazy Brits that approach stories differently and you  almost have finish the journey before you can fully understand why you took it. So far, one doesn't need to know the Supreme history in order to get what's going on here. In fact, one doesn't need to know anything because it's almost a little too confusing to understand anyhow. And that's where it's beauty lies. Ellis tells just enough story to grasp what's happening but leaves it confusing enough that you feel like you just learned something scientific. It's beautifully confusing. On top of that is the gorgeous art of Tula Latoy, which has just enough abstract flow to add to the confusion. It's been a great read and I plan on staying with Ellis through this for now but I'm sure by it's/his end, I'll have to read it all again to make sure I even understood it..

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NB of the Week

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose.
You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”
(BIG 'OL SPOILERS FOLLOW)

Captain America #23
Written by Rick Remender
Drawn by Carlos Pacheco

The mysterious person from Dimension Z finds his way into the Avengers' house, looking for Steve. Tony Stark tries to intercept but the armored man dodges everything, Thor joins and can't stop him. In comes Hulk and still nothing. This man is real good but he does one thing wrong: he underestimated Steve. Rogers may be an old man now but he still knows a thing or two and takes the man to the ground. He tells the figure to that if he's a smart man, he'll stay down.
"I always stand up. Like my dad taught me."
Revealing himself, Steve is shocked to see the face of Ian, the son he thought he had killed.
After quick introductions, Ian tells Steve he's here to stop the attacks Zola started in the last issue. The plan is hopefully simple: Ian and the heavies attack from outside while Falcon and Jet (not yet aware of her brother's revival) attack from the inside, undetected. As Ian and the others come face to face and mutate versions of the Avengers, we cut back to Sam and Jet as they sneak inside Zola's tower. What they find surprises Sam. Chained up and on the floor is Sharon Carter. Alive. Ian says it's been ten years in Z since Steve left. Wonder what Zola has done to Sharon in that decade.
This is billed as the big ending to what Remender started in issue one and it's showing. Ian back and alive. Sharon back and alive. This is what Remender is great at. Big scope stories and long plots. And it gives the finger to all those fans who bitched that he killed of Carter and Brubaker made her such a strong character. Female Thor has gotten all the attention but Remender is relaunching Cap with Sam as the new mantle. With Ian possibly by his side and Sharon back to kick ass, I'm more excited for this than I have been since it first started.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NB of the Week

Climb All the Mountains,
Traverse All the Canyons,
When the Hunt Has Started,
You Can't Hide from the Runs
(It still rhymes so it counts....)

Iron Fist: the Living Weapon #5
Kung Fu Girl is pretty badass for being a little girl but she's no match for the whatever-it-is that's after her so she runs. Back with Danny and his shattered hands, he is able to remember his childhood as he watched a prospected Iron Fist face the Challenge of The One, which is how he knows this monstrosity posing as his father. He's more machine now but since Danny took his head their first fight, he decided to return with another. Back to Kung Fu Girl, we now see what it is that she's stolen: a dragon egg. And wouldn't ya know it, she tripped and now it's hatching.

Miles Morales: the Ultimate Spider-Man #4
Miles is in a showdown with Norman Osborn, AKA Green Goblin and it's being televised to everybody with a tv. Miles is holding better than we'd expect but still getting beaten. When out from behind comes... Spider-Man!? Assuming he's real, Peter joins in as new and old Spider-Man team up and send Goblin running. As police surround the carnage, we get Aunt May's reaction to what she's seeing on the tv: "I know... I know it's him. My Peter is Alive."

Original Sin - Thor & Loki #3
Few words are spoken between Angela and Thor as the two still don't know who the other is exactly. He is the Prince of Nothing and she is an angry chick wanting to fight. Meanwhile, Loki and the Queen of Angels get to more talking and she explains some hidden past with him. At the end of the issue, Thor loses the fight but isn't killed when it's said that the Mistress of Strategies wants him. Which turns out to be Loki, turned female again. Apparently he's just more comfortable with boobs.

Earth 2 #26
As enjoyable as it was, The Kryptonian story ends a little lackluster as everything is kinda just done with. For now. Aquawoman is able to stop Bedlam and thus shut the Boom Tube and stopping the invasion. Back at the Superman fight is where things get wonky. Val-Zod (the new Kryptonian) is fighting Superman when Superman begins to crack and crumble. He then starts speaking like Bizarro only to turn to dust and scattered about by Red Tornado... No explanation and it just kinda stopped. It was like Taylor didn't quite know how to end it. But at least we're given that Superman did not turn evil. Mostly.

New Avengers #22
Namor has cross the line and done exactly what the team set out to do. Yes, you read that. They creates a device to destroy the other Earth during an Incursion if need and he used it when the others decided they shouldn't. So he and Panther finally throw down. After a lot of blows, Hulk stops 'em and Namor finally reveals that during Infinity, he's the one who sent Thanos' people to Wakanda and he'd do it again. They're all monsters, he just knows how to admit it. And with that, everybody goes their own way and we're left with an along Reed Richards as he gets another warning that another Incursion is coming.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NB of the Week

-IF YOU'RE NOT IN SPOILS, YOU'RE NOT DOING YOUR JOB-

Image Comic Edition

Remember when Image Comics stood for something new and different? Image became so big because they had amazing art. But around that art was a company willing to give you something that you weren't getting from the the Big Guns. They were dark and gritty and flashy and new and in your face. WildCATS was unlike any super-team that you were getting. Spawn was the anti-hero we all wanted. Years later, Image wasn't doing so well. Spawn and Savage Dragon were still somehow going but none of us knew why. WildCATS was cancelled and relaunched a few times and we didn't care. Top Cow had come and brought us The Darkness and Withchbade but even those lost all their vigor.
And then things became different again.
DC and Marvel have both made the transition into dark and gritty heroes. They have and the funds and means to promote and sell it all. What they don't have is the will to be different. Talk all they want, it's about sales and numbers each day. They tell some amazing stories, they really do, but they typically tell them safely. From that shadow came Different. Image Comics has opened the doors and is letting creators spread their talent wings. Different. Some of the industry's biggest names are joining Image to tell new and fresh stories that they call tell all on their own and not have to worry so much about the sales. Robert Kirkman helped start this new wave with Invincible and Walking Dead and has currently released a new book called Outcast whose first issue was ordered more than either book. Rick Remender and Jonathan Hickman both worked on Image books before becoming huge with Marvel. Now Hickman has titles like The Manhattan Projects, East of West and Secret. Remender has Deadly Class, Black Science and his newest one, Low, out today, may be one of the strongest fist issues I've read of his and from most others. And if you haven't been reading my blog, you are one of the few people who don't know just how brilliant Brian K. Vaughan's Saga is.
Marvel and DC offer a lot of titles. Some are great and some are just there. But if you're looking for better, if you're looking for Different, Image Comics is a place you should really look into.

Friday, July 25, 2014

(Extra Late)NB of the Week

-CUT OFF A WOLF'S SPOILS AND IT STILL HAS THE POWER TO BITE-
(I thought I did this Wednesday but I was apparently wrong)

Original Sin - Thor & Loki: the Tenth Realm #2
Written by Jason Aaron & Al Ewing
Drawn by Lee Garbett & Simone Bianchi

Original Sin has seen the death of the Watcher and with that murder, Uatu's eyes have unlocked secrets around the Marvel Universe. One of two minis that are tied directly into the main mini is Thor & Loki. After bringing Angela over from Image's Spawn, we finally get told her she's connected: she is the half-sister of Thor, daughter of Odin and belongs to the lost Tenth Realm of Heven where she was raised with Angels. As the Wingless One, Angela had become their greatest warrior until Age of Ultron ripped her from her home, stranding her on Midgard. Thor and Loki have traveled to Heven looking for their sister but all they found were really pissed off Angels. As Thor beats the beauties, Loki slips away to speak to their queen. But as they begin their little chess match of words, Angela returns to Heven. Facing Thor, unknowing of their connection, Angela is ready to throw down.
I'm not very familiar with Al Ewing's writing. I've read some Mighty Avengers and it wasn't the best but no means would I say it was terrible. Jason Aaron on the other hand, is amazing (as anybody who has heard me speak of God of Thunder knows). Put the two together on a series that involves Thor and Loki finding their lost sister and you have my interest. Making this issue even better is that it turns out that Al Ewing wrote this issue, which outta the two has actually been the better one. Maybe Mighty hasn't hit me that hard but I'm definitely willing to take more chances with his name attached to 'em. No matter what writer you want to read here, you're going to get a solid story with great art. Plus it's Thor and Angela.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NB of the Week

Pestilence, Famine, War, Death
And All They Have Done
Pale in Comparison
To the Destruction of the Run

(SPOILS ABOUND)

Ultimate FF # 4
Marvel is ending both versions of the Fantastic Four titles but it's a crying shame because Ult FF has been pretty damn good. When we last say Doom, his skull was being crushed by the Thing's bare hand. We don't get answers to how he's still alive quite yet but we do find that Doom claims is was only his associate that Grimm killed. Before Ben can get more answers, we're lead into a room where a dimensional traveler is waiting to talk to them: Miles Morhames, The Ultimate Spider-Ham! And he's here to save the Universe.

Original Sin #6
Few answers are given as we reach closer to the end of our murder mystery. Midas reveals they need to head back to space, which is where the rest of the Avengers have also figured out they need to be. Old Fury begins to tell his selected team that one of them will need to replace him as the Man On The Wall but they want answers and begin to turn on him just as the other Avengers arrive. But he's not going with a fight, especially after what the Watcher's eyes have shown him. Yes, plural. Looks like Old Fury pulled the trigger on Uatu.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #36
Splinter and Leo continue to disagree as Leo questions his father's choice to strike at Shredder and finish him for good. As they talk, we are introduced to the new Rat King. He is from a distant past where people fought to rule over all. Now the time has come for people like him to do just that once more. Further more, we're shown that his sister is none other that Kitsune. And for a last page jerker, we're shown that Shredder and Krang have just met. The Turtles just can't catch a break.

Savage Wolverine #21
Logan is fighting in France during WWI when he leads a group of men (one of which is a mutant with telepathy) on a raid to take out communications. As he comes across the dirty work, he finds himself face-to-face with a man he's been dreaming about...
And that's about it. Not a bad issue but quite underwhelming. Hopefully it builds into something greater

All-New X-Factor #11
Memento Mori has Gambit and is willing to make a trade for his daughter. He's also willing to kill in order to get what he wants. As fighting breaks out. Mori's (ex?)wife decides it's time to step in. She is able to approach him and she tells him that she is to blame. She dabbled in magic and he got the power she wanted for herself and it's up to her to take it back. In a flash and an explosion ("It feels like the entire world around us is cooking. A massive flash of light and energy unleashed, but in absolute and total silence.") we are left with Factor gathering around a little girl who now has nobody left in her life.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

(Late) NB of the Week

-THE RELATIVE MINOR IS THREE HALF-SPOILS DOWN FROM THE MAJOR, NOT UP!-

Daredevil #5
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Chris Samnee

Once revealing himself as Daredevil, Matt Murdock has moved back to San Francisco  to try and start new. However, Foggy (suffering from cancer) is said to have died, even though we the readers have seen him and know it to be a ruse. This is the how and why of that.
As Pym is shrunken down and trying to fight the cancer from within Foggy, Matt tries to convince him that faking his death will be the best thing to do. Villains are now out to get him and with knowing his identity, they'll go after those closest to him in order to achieve it. With his ailing condition, Matt believes it'll be best to ask forgiveness later and let Foggy fight his battle without all that trouble. During this speech, a new and improved Leapfrog attacks, in a new and improved frog-mobile (not sure what it's actually called so that's what it is). It captures Foggy and get Matt to give chase only to be stopped in the middle of the city. After apprehending the new Leap, Matt figures out the frog-mobile is set to blow, taking all around with it. Matt decides this is the time. Foggy wants to go out a hero and here it is. Foggy leaps into the machine and jets himself about the city before the whole thing explodes. Lucky for Foggy, Pym was still there and was able to shrink him out to safety. Foggy has died a hero. With the last page, we are given Foggy's thoughts on Matt:
"And that is what it's like to live in the orbit of Matt Murdock. He will confound you. He will frustrate you. He will make your choices for you, he will manipulate you without consulting you, and you will want to punch him in his self-assured face at least once an hour. He will make you wonder every single day why you ever put up with him, because the Devil is full of tricks.
But he will care about you in a way that no one else ever could. When it comes down to it., I guess I don't really need the world to know I exist. I'm just glad he does."
First off, I have absolutely no problem with a dark and gritty story if it's well told. I understand kids look up to characters like Spider-Man and Superman but the nature of what their stories involve should mean that some dark things happen to them and those around them. I get that. But thank God for Mark Waid proving that it doesn't have to be. Blood and violence and boobs and cursing are great and fun but not necessary to stay relevant. Waid continues to tell stories that are filled with character and heart and it forces you to remember why you should find inspiration in these "funny books." I care about Matt Murdock. I care about Foggy Nelson. Caring is one of the hardest things to get out of reading (in my opinion) and Waid does it month in and in spades.