Sunday, December 1, 2013
Pick of the Week: Infinity #6 of 6 (Marvel Comics) Jonathan Hickman Writer/Jim Cheung & Dustin Weaver Pencils/Adam Kubert Cover
Just like this epic story started, it also ended with a bang. One of the best major events I have read in a long time from any publisher on the market today. This had it all and then some, Sci-Fi and Super Hero fans must get this 6 issue mini-series. You can enjoy these 6 issues without picking up any of the tie-in titles and still get the whole story.
Runner-Up: Star Trek #27 Khitomer Conflict part 3 of 4 (IDW Publishing) Mike Johnson Writer/Erfan Fajar Art
Star Trek fan or not...this is a book you should be reading. The story and art have consistently been superb, IDW unlike Marvel & D.C. knows how to do a Trek book!!!
Also Hot: Saga #16 (Image Comics), Avengers Assemble #21 Inhumanity tie-in (Marvel Comics)
Honorable Mention: Star Wars Legacy II #9 (Dark Horse Comics), Aquaman #25 (D.C. Comics), Superman #25 (D.C. Comics), Nova #10 a.k.a. #100 (Marvel Comics), All-New X-Men #19 (Marvel Comics), Aphrodite IX #6 (Top Cow/Image), G.I. Joe Special Missions #9 (IDW Publishing), The Transformers Robots in Disguise #23 Dark Cybertron Chapter 3 (IDW Publishing), The Transformers Regeneration One #96 (IDW Publishing)
Not So Much: New Avengers #12 Infinity tie-in (Marvel Comics), Superior Carnage #5 (Marvel Comics), Wolverine and the X-Men #38 (Marvel Comics), Wolverine and the X-Men Annual #1 Infinity tie-in (Marvel Comics), Uncanny X-Force #14 (Marvel Comics), Morning Glories #35 (Image Comics)
As you can see this was not one of those weeks with much shining examples of good work, maybe next week will be a brighter week!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Pick of the Week: Uncanny X-Men #14 (Marvel Comics) Brian Michael Bendis Writer/Chris Bachalo Pencils/Tim Townsend Inks
After so many volumes of Uncanny X-Men I am almost over one of the greatest series ever published. I wish Marvel would make up for there transgressions by going back to the original count on volume one of this book. Then came this issue and those feelings almost fade away into an abyss, almost!!! No really, this was one great Uncanny issue, It was well written and as always Bachalo and Townsend scribble some great pages. Let me sum it up like this, fast paced, sexy, creative and light hearted in the only fashion a the milestone mutant book should be.
Runer-Up: Superman Wonder Women #2 (D.C. Comics) Charles Soule Writer/Tony Daniels Pencils/Batt Inks
This was one of those books that is still not on my pull list, I was not sure if I wanted another team up book in my pile. Still not sure if I want to add it, but I must say the first two issues have been fun and a hell of a ride. I will let everyone know what the verdict is next month!
Also Hot: Avengers #23 Infinity tie-in (Marvel Comics), Cable and X-Force #16 (Marvel Comics), Cataclysm Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics), Battlestar Galactica Starbuck #1 (Dynamite Ent.), The Transformers More Thank Meets The Eye #23 Dark Cybertron Chapter 2 (IDW Publishing), Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #16 (Valiant Ent.), X-O Manowar #19 Unity tie-in (Valiant Ent.)
Honorable Mention: Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #1 (Dark Horse Comics), X-Men #7 (Marvel Comics), Eternal Warrior #3 (Valiant Ent.)
Not So Much: Red Hood and the Outlaws #25 Zero Year tie-in (D.C. Comics) This book has totally veered off course, we need Lobdell and Rocaforth back!!!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Pick of the Week: Savage Wolverine #11 (Marvel Comics) Writer & Artist Jock
One of my favorite solo Wolverine stories in a very long time. I was never the biggest fan of Jock, but now I have to go back and check out some of his former work. This 3 issue story will make any X-Men/Wolverine/Mutant fan happy as a pig in month. It also has the right mix and flare of Science Fiction Fantasy to get the juices and imagination going. Must get for any fan of the genre's!!!
Runer-Up: Unity #1 (Valiant Comics) Matt Kindt Writer/Doug Braithwaite Art
In 1992 Valiant was all the rage and I was knee deep in collecting there books. Back in the 90's, comics were all the rage and had a resurgence in print. Valiant came with a different vision on how comics were produced and a whole new take on heroes. Unity was there first major cross over event and the revamped Unity for the new generation does not fall short of the original. I almost feel this first issue of Unity is better then the original series. This coming right after the Harbinger Wars crossover which was splendid, Unity follows up hardcore with amazing words and art.
Also Hot: Star Wars #11 (Dark Horse Comics), Batman #25 Zero Year (D.C. Comics), All- New X-Men #18 (Marvel Comics), Star Trek Khan #2 (IDW Publishing)
Honorable Mention: Green Lantern Corps #25 (Marvel Comics), Battlestar Galactica #5 (Dynamite Ent.), G.I. Joe #10 (IDW Publishing), G.I. Joe A Real American Hero! #196 (IDW Publishing), Archer & Armstrong #15 (Valiant Ent.), Harbinger #18 (Valiant Ent.)
Not So Much: Justice League of America #9 Forever Evil (D.C. Comics), X-Men Gold #1 (Marvel Comics)
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Pick of the Week: Earth 2 #17 (D.C. Comics) Tom Taylor Writer/Nicola Scott Pencils/Trevor Scott Inks
So all in all it was a pretty damn good week and a bang for your buck. So Earth 2 has had the top honors in the past and has been a great read since the first issue, all I have heard through chatter was will the story remain and good with a new writer on board??? Well Tom Taylor carries over and continues what I believe is one of D.C.'s best titles and does a outstanding job. I was not only hppy with this issue, I can not wait for the next one. Thirty or so days seems like such a long way off. Scoot and Scott perform brilliantly as they have in the past on this book with great art.
Runner-Up: Batman Superman #5 (D.C. Comics) Greg Pak Writer/Brett Booth Pencils/Norm Rapmund Inks
So D.C. has captured the top two books this week after Marvel has had a good run. Was I worried for a second when I knew Brett Booth was filling in to give Jae Lee a break to start the next story arc? No not at all. I have been following Booth and Rapmund since there Image days, I would kill for a Booth and Rapmund Backlach re-launch over at D.C.. Greg Pak, what to say, Marvel and D.C. it does not matter. He always serves up stories to get the reader involved and keep reading. Great talent on this book all around!
Also Hot: The Star Wars #3 (Dark Horse Comics), Batman Detective Comics #25 Zero Year (D.C. Comics), Forever Evil #3 (D.C. Comics), Green Lantern #25 (D.C. Comics), Amazing X-Men #1 (Marvel Comics), Spawn #237 (Image Comics)
Not So Much: Iron Man #18 (Marvel Comics), Mighty Avengers #3 (Marvel Comics) - PASS!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Pick of the Week: Infinity #5 of 6 (Marvel Comics) Jonathan Hickman Writer/Jerome Opena & Dustin Weaver Art/Adam Kubert Cover/In-Hyuk Lee Variant Cover
Marvel keeps on going strong with the fantastic Marvel Universe meets the Marvel Cosmic Universe no hold barred event. This is turning out to be on of my favorite Marvel event on way over a decade, even better than Civil War and Avengers vs. X-Men. Even the tie-in's to this event are tightly spun stories that relate to the main storyline and do not go off course. The art and story on all the Infinity books has been outstanding, all events should be this good.
Runner-Up: Avengers #22 (Marvel Comics) Jonathan Hickman Writer/Leinil Francis Yu Pencils
Hickman follows right off of Infinity with Avengers #22, while as always Yu's line art is spectacular. Another Infinity gem, that was almost taken by this weeks Guardians of the Galaxy Infinity tie-in.
Also Hot: Star Wars Dark Times: #4 A Spark Remains Pt. 4 (Dark Horse Comics), Guardians of the Galaxy #8 (Marvel Comics), Saga #15 (Image Comics), Star Trek Khan #1 (IDW Publishing)
Honorable Mention: Superman Action Comics Annual #2 (D.C. Comics), Green Lantern Annual #2 Lights Out Pt. 5 (D.C. Comics), Uncanny X-Force #13 (Marvel Comics), X-Men Battle of the Atom #2 Chapter 10 (Marvel Comics), G.I. Joe #9 (IDW Publishing), The Transformers Robots in Disguise #22 Dark Cybertron Prelude (IDW Publishing)
Not So Much: Aquaman Annual #2 (D.C. Comics) Not too long ago I felt this was one of the better New 52 books, of late not so much. Hoping for a rebound and soon!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Pick of the Week: Savage Wolverine #10 (Marvel Comics) Jock Writer & Art
I was actually ready to drop this title after the eighth issue with Cho and Madueria's run on this book. For one I am not the biggest fan of Jock, well my mind has not only been changed with the first two issues of this story arc. It has been blown, one of the finest Wolverine stories in sometime.
Runner-Up: Star Trek
IDW has truly taken this beloved Sci-Fi property and has does it justice since the first issue. The story and art have been top notch and what gets me going most of all is that they stay true to the new movies to the letter. While I wait for the third movie in the re-launch of Star Trek I know I can look forward to these books.
Also Hot: Justice League #24 Forever evil tie-in (D.C. Comics), Nova #9 Infinity tie-in (Marvel Comics), Superior Carnage #4 (Marvel Comics)
Honorable Mention: Star Wars Legacy #8 (Dark Horse Comics), Aquaman #24 (D.C. Comics), Wolverine and the X-Men #37 Battle of the Atom Chapter 9 (Marvel Comics), Transformers Regeneration One #95 (IDW Publishing), Harbinger #17 (Valiant Ent.)
Not So Much: Red Lanterns #24 Lights Out Pt. 4 (D.C. Comics), Superman #24 (D.C. Comics), Iron Man #17 (Marvel Comics) Save you hard earned money for more books next week and pass these 3 up!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Pick of the Week: Guardians of the Galaxy #7 (Marvel Comics) Brian Michael Bendis Writer/Sara Pichelli & Valerio Schiti Art
Another week and Marvel takes the top two spots yet again with its Infinity event. Nothing really came close to GotG #7 and Avengers #21...Nothing!!! In a mediocre week only a few books stood out and that is not saying much when the pull pile from this week was 5 of the 16 books were good enough to compete for the top honors. Bendis keeps rolling with a captivating tale of the yet again re launched Guardians of the Galaxy, the art has been top notch from the jump and with the addition of Iron-Man and Angela this book remains in my sites every month. Lets see if this title stays on top when it joins the epic event Infinity in 30 or so days!
Runner-Up: Avengers #21 Infinity tie-in (Marvel Comics) Jonathan Hickman Writer/Lenil Francis Yu Pencils
Never have been a big Avengers fan, even after the motion picture. But since most of the Avengers books are tied into Infinity I had to have the titles pulled for the next few months. Hickman writes a splendid story just like his past endeavors on other titles and Yu always lays down some awesome pages. I have been picking up this book since the prologue for Infinity and I may even go back and get back issues. This Avengers volume is by far some of my favorite work since Mike Deodato Jr took over after his run on Wonder Women in the 90's.
Also Hot: Batman/Superman #4 (D.C. Comics), Redhood and the Outlaws #24 (D.C. Comics), X-O Manowar #18 (Valiant Ent.)
Honorable Mention: Green Lantern: New Guardians #24 Lights Out Pt. 3 (D.C. Comics), Justice League #8 Forever Evil tie -in (D.C. Comics), Avengers Assemble #20 Infinity tie-in (Marvel Comics), Cable and X-Force #15 (Marvel Comics), Hunger #4 (Marvel Comics), New Avengers #11 Infinity tie-in (Marvel Comics), Uncanny X-Men #13 Battle of the Atom Chapter 8 (Marvel Comics), Morning Glories #33 (Image Comics), G.I. Joe A Real American Hero! #195 (IDW Publishing), Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #22 Prelude to Dark Cybertron (IDW Publishing), Blood Shot and H.A.R.D. Corps #15 (Valiant Ent.)
Not So Much: Everyone was safe yet again for another week, but do not sleep. Uncanny X-Men almost came close this week, only save was Bachalo's art and the last page made me say "Not bad, could be better". Also must point out Hunger pulled up from it's nose dive few weeks ago when I thought it was one of the worst books I ever read, ended this series off better than I thought.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Another year has come and gone at NYCC and always I had a blast! My main mission was to get my hands on classic Marvel/Larry Hama G.I. Joe A Real American Hero! that are missing from my collection, sketch covers, Scott Barnett and Dead Man's Party #3 and the sites and experiences. I will post a review of Dead Man's Party #3 in the near future and I will now present what I thought was some of the biggest stories from this years Con and photo's...Enjoy
Miracle Man in the Marvel Universe??? Titles announced from Marvel - Elektra, Captain Marvel, All-New Ghost Rider, Punisher, Silver Surfer, Loki, Iron Patriot & New Warriors. Fanatastic Four relaunch.
Celebrating Superman's 75 anniversary!!! Batman Eternal launches in 2014 on a weekly basis for a whole year. Superboy is going to be killed off (Taking bets on how long he stays dead now)
Dark Horse Comics
Announces All new Serenity, Aliens, Predator, Alien vs. Predator and Prometheus series
Will.I.Am's Wizards & Robots & The Crow come to IDW and a all new G.I. Joe & Transformers cross over.
Movies & T.V.
Starz premiers the trailer for Hercules: The Legend Begins, Black Sails & The DaVinci 's Deamons Season 2. Also Ron Moore previews his new series book adaption Outlander.
Adult Swim announces Venture Bros. Season 6
SyFy Channel Teases Season 2 of Defiance
Foxs previews The Following season 2
Star Wars Rebels teaser for the new animated series to hit Disney Channel in 2014
Yet again Hasbro was not in attendance which was a downer for me. I heard they had some kind of private party but nothing on the show floor. I walked through the place a few times and I did not see anything. Mattel had a booth with some cool He-Man items.
1. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - X-Box 360 & PlayStation 3
For all other news go to CBR and other comic/fan boy sites, this is just a list of things I felt were relevant. So much more happened in the four days of the con. Now for some pictures!!!