July 30th, 2016
A long time ago, I reviewed the original All-New X-Men title, where the original X-Men from the 70s were brought to the modern day and now, we had teenage X-Men running around again.
I generally liked the first series, more for the idea of the original X-Men running around in the modern day than the way the book actually worked out, but now that Cyclops is dead, and damn, it feels good to say that, can this be a better book that stands on its own without the specter of evil Scott Summers running around?
Let’s find out.
July 23rd, 2016
It’s been a really long time since I reviewed Saga, to be honest, while I continue to pick it up, it just keeps falling off my radar. It isn’t that it’s not good, it’s that it falls outside of my usual interests and therefore, it piles up and piles up until I realize, holy crap, it’s been a very long time since I read any of that and I run through a whole bunch of issues all at once. Honestly, I think that’s the best way to read this title anyhow.
So let’s get into this 6-issue arc of Saga, shall we?
July 16th, 2016
Last year, Marvel introduced a short A-Force series tie in with Secret Wars, which I reviewed here. I noted that they were going to turn this into a regular series in the regular new Marvel continuity and now, of course, they have. So it’s time for me to take on the first story arc of this all-female superhero story and see if it’s actually going to be a decent ongoing, or if it’s just going to be a flash in the pan.
So away we go.
July 9th, 2016
Oh look, it’s the adjective X-Men! Our favorite band of merry mutants starts a new title by Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos.
Extraordinary X-Men, at least judging by the name, hopes to be something special, not just your run of the mill New or Uncanny or even Astonishing, but can it measure up to those lofty goals? Let’s find out as I look at the first arc of this new book.
July 2nd, 2016
I just did a review of Teen Titans up to #8 and following that is the continuation of the story in Teen Titans Annual #1. So, before I continue on with the story, I have to jump over and review the annual because it isn’t a side story, it isn’t a one-shot, it’s actually an integral part of the plot.
Now you might think I’d hate that, after all, annuals have traditionally been stand-alone stories that didn’t affect the regular storyline, but honestly, I’m fine with it. I was going to get it anyhow, it’s just an extended issue that tells a good portion of the ongoing story and having it be part of the story doesn’t pull you out of the plot. So let’s get started.
June 25th, 2016
I did a review of the last Old Man Logan series last summer and my biggest problem with it was that it turned into a “Logan vs. fill-in-the-blank”. I ended up giving it a middling review and said I’d look forward to seeing how Jeff Lemire took on the character.
Well here we go.
There have been some obvious changes, after all, this isn’t the middle of Secret Wars anymore, but can these changes improve what I thought was a pretty mediocre book? Let’s find out.
June 18th, 2016
Wow, when you get behind, you get behind. I’ve been doing so many Marvel comics lately that I realized I have DC titles I need to review and one of the first ones I took a look at was Teen Titans, only to realize that, as I write this, I’m 12 issues behind! I did a review of the first 5, so expect to see a bunch of reviews for this title as I catch up.
Anyhow, Teen Titans was one of my favorite titles, probably my favorite DC title, back in the 80s and although it’s gone through a lot of ups and downs, and I’ll explain a little of that below the fold, I try to keep up on it, maybe just for nostalgia purposes, so here goes my take on the first arc of this new(est) incarnation.
June 11th, 2016
Way back when Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, lots of people got really excited about C-3PO and his red arm and wanted to know where it came from. Me? As anyone who read my belated review of The Force Awakens, my reaction was “who the hell cares?” But Marvel came out with the story that explains it all and with all of the hoo-hah about the stupid red arm, I decided to take a look and see if the story actually makes a bit of difference. So here goes nothing.
June 4th, 2016
Oh look, Disney is back using Marvel Comics to try to sell something! That never happens! This time, they released a series of 4 9-page comics leading up to the Avengers Alliance 2 video game.
But since this isn’t a video game review, but a comic review, I’m going to expect the story to stand on its own. Yeah, that’s probably a tall order, considering what it is, but nobody says you can’t shoot high, right?
So let’s take a look at this Avengers Alliance comic mini-series and see if they can accomplish art in the middle of advertising.
May 28th, 2016
I can’t say I’ve ever really been a fan of X-23. She was just created to cash in on Wolverine’s popularity (and she’s not alone, there are plenty of Wolverine-esqe characters in the Marvel Universe). And I’m not wild about just having someone step into the suit, that’s what DC does and I’ve written many times that I hate it. There doesn’t need to be an “all-new” Wolverine. If he’s dead, or old, then let the character die and just create new ones. From a story-telling perspective, that has been and always will be my position.
But Laura Kinney is now “Wolverine” so let’s see how this goes.