Review – Spider-Men #5 – ” Guess This Is Goodbye Huh!”

Jim Cheung Cover

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Sara Pichelli
Cover by: Jim Cheung
Variant Cover by: Travis Charest, Sara Pichellis,

This Issue concludes the meeting between Spider-Man (616) Peter Parker and Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales, While the story isn’t as climatic as it should have been it’s still a very good and entertaining for a mini-series writer Brian Michael Bendis humor and wit, most noticeably in scenes with Miles and Peter or Ultimate Iron Man and Nick Fury. Bendis nails each of these characters, Both Iron Man and Nick Fury’s sense of humor resemble its movie counter-part.

Spider-men #5 consists of a hysterical Mysterio being overwhelmed by the likes of both spidey’s and The Avengers, in a last ditch effort he drops some kind of chemical agent that causes hallucination, but that’s quickly put to rest by Miles who lands a couple of kicks to Mysterio and from there Fury and the others coming up with a perfect solution to deal with the villain, one a few emotional sense come when Peter and Miles say goodbye to one another , as the portal closes Peter shoots Miles a little words of wisdom but is interrupted when the portal finally closes on him, the interesting part is Peter is telling Miles something very important but couldn’t finish. The issue and series ends on a interesting note when Peter Parker back in 616 timeline checks to see if there’s a Miles Morales in his time.

If Marvel is smart they should keep Sara Pichelli around for more projects her work is dam near perfect in every issue, one of her strong points to me is her action sequences she nails all the body positions and facial expressions in every panel, Pichelli also blends 616 and Ultimate elements together smoothly throughout the 5 issues, you can say I’m so what of a fanboy to Sara Pichelli, and your probably right, but you can’t say the girl doesn’t have skill when it comes to the pen.

With the crossover ending the way it did I wouldn’t bee surpised if they continue the storyline in the near future, while it may not be a classic Spidey story arc Spider-Men #1-5 is an enjoyable series and has its moments, because it is written so well I think Marvel has something here in terms of long haul I can see Miles as Peters side kick in the 616 universe or Peter making appearances in the Ultimate universe.



Review – Uncanny X-Men #18 (AVX)

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Ron Garney
Colors: Jason Keith & Morry Hollowell
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Ron Garney & Matt Milla
Published by: Marvel Comics

Heads up, if you haven’t read AVX #11 this is going to be a massive spoiler situation. That said, I warned you guys.

Kate Kiloare of Superhuman P.R. fame stands alone, everything shattered, broken and wrecked. Standing at the highest point of the escalation and doing damage control to the human population to explain the insane situations revolving around the Earth and Utopia she now looks at shattered remains. This really helps setup where this has all been going, promise of a new life, a new world, peace and prosperity and yet all that’s really here is war and hell and a massive floating island that looks majestic.

You can’t spin a positive twist on the Phoenix losing its last restraints and going supernova. Try as one might this is heavy. We see final encounters between the Phoenix Duo and key mutants but given the control imbalance there’s going to be a lot of resistance no matter who talks to them. We also see some fallout with Colossus and Magik, unfortunately for Colossus his desire to protect and save Magik has bitten him in the rear. This whole arc with Cyttorak explodes in his face and she reveals her being condemned in the past was likely one of those moves that shouldn’t have been turned over. Unfortunately with no one around and all eyes on the Phoenix she’s unchecked for now.

The madness continues back to AVX #11 influenced panels and we have a look inside the elegance of chaos, the two Phoenix force combatants locked in their own minds as they slug it out and blast their way through a united front. The tension growing, the frustrations developing and then… it comes.

For those hoping to see a really solid side issue to compliment the ongoing AVX story, Uncanny X-Men 18 is a solid bet. It details the attempts for a resolution, the inner thinking before the final tide changes and how Colossus just got screwed out of his mind. Hat’s off to Gillen and Garney for that intense moment, it was probably one of the biggest punches in the issue.

Release date: September 12, 2012


Review – Avengers vs X-Men #11 (AVX)

Story: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman
Script: Brian Bendis
Pencils: Oliver Coipel
Inks: Mark Morales
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Jim Cheung & Justin Ponsor
Variant Cover: Sara Pichelli & Justin Ponsor
Published by: Marvel Comics

We’re back and I don’t even know where to start, after a 4 week break Marvel comes back with AVX #11 and it’s massive. The force is down to just two hosts and the battle is on to try to tame and control the Phoenix. Unfortunately this is coming toward the end of the series and all the stops have to come out, we have X-Men and Avengers reaching out not just to those hurt but to everyone that ever wanted to protect the planet.

The battle from that point reaches critical mass in a hurry, Scott and Emma are on the verge of insanity as the Phoenix force penetrates their minds and drives their darkest wishes to the surface, tempting fate and the future of the world with every moment. It’s not a good time for visitors when stuff like that goes down and yet Xavier manages to call him out for a chat, unfortunately by chat he meant WWIII for the fate of the universe.

It’s an interesting issue, I love the Avengers speech in the first few pages because it feels like a moment where they’ve come to face reality beyond this is for America or humans or whatever. It’s all or nothing and nothing is looking pretty buffed out right about now, they need all the power and hands they can get on this ship and it’s not going to be an easy ride at all. The Avengers are assembled and the X-Men are finally back as a squad again and they’ve put this lucid dream of a world Utopia to rest in favor of living to see tomorrow.

Xavier is charged beyond belief and so are the others, it’s a showdown that will change everything in their world and as we all know, sacrifices have to be made when the Phoenix is around. The only question is, will they be able to live with what happens if this all manages to cool off, given the extremes I really don’t see this just being a slap on the wrist and a hug to make it all better. Expect serious mental trauma when the story closes up soon.

Release date: September 12, 2012


Review – Batman #0 (New 52)

Writer: Scott Snyder
Pencils: Greg Capullo
Inks: Jonathan Galpon
Colors: FCO Plascencia
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Greg Capullo & FCO Plascencia
Variant Cover: Andy Clarke & FCO Plascencia
Published by: DC Comics

Leaping back in time from issue #12 we have issue #0 of Batman. Will the origins of Bruce be told? Will we relive his past training and frustrations? No. Not really, this is a comic book after all and not a massive graphic novel where they have that kind of page allowance. We see a young Bruce return to the streets where his life was changed forever.

Instead of a dark emotional tale of flashbacks we get something different, a young rich man in the slums working to infiltrate and break down the infestation that haunts it. He is Bruce Wayne and he’s not exactly prepared for the utter mess he’s about to unleash, he gets shot at, punched around chased and he fumbles  like a newbie. But the important part is, he’s the newbie the city needs and he has the determination and massive fists of cash to make this work.

Issue 0 is a bit embarrassing for Bruce but it’s a genuine tale and honestly it helps place some history in this new beginning for Batman. We see classic figures like Gordon and we see the roots of the Bat family start to plant themselves throughout Gotham without feeling like a forced story of the group. He’s daring and eager and attempting to push himself to be as above the cut as possible so no one gets the drop on him, he’s not exactly Batman yet but he’s sure working to get there fast.

For those who thought 12 was too much of a deviation, 0 makes up for that greatly and it doesn’t just leap back into the Owl’s to put in quick story. It’s a human look at a man who wants to change things and will stop at nothing to do it.

Release date: September 12, 2012


First Look- AvX – Consequences #1 – The Aftermath Of The AvX Event!

With the AvX event coming to an end, Avengers VS. X-Men: Consequences immediately focuses on the  after math and the damage it has cause for both teams, more importantly the impact it has on the human and mutant relationship. We know the war changed the Marvel Universe, we just don’t know how much it has!”Avengers VS. X-Men: Consequences” will hopefully shine some light on this.

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Pencils by TOM RANEY


International Premieres of “The Walking Dead” Season 3

Locked for the Week of October 15 Across All

FOX International Channels Markets

“The Walking Dead,” the most watched drama in basic cable history, returns for an exhilarating new season on Sunday, October 14 at 9pm ET/PT.  In this uncertain world, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors must not only fight the dead, but also face a whole new fear: the living.  A 16 episode season, the series Entertainment Weekly called the “greatest thriller ever produced for television” will air in two-parts with the first eight hours kicking off October 14 and returning February 2013 with the final eight episodes.  Internationally, “The Walking Dead’ will return to audiences in 120+ FOX International Channels (FIC) markets the week of October 15, as part of FIC continued commitment to broadcast the series near date-and-date globally.  Following “The Walking Dead” will be the season premiere of AMC’s live after show, “Talking Dead,” hosted by Chris Hardwick at 11pm ET/PT.

The season premiere of “The Walking Dead,” coincides with AMC’s annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films, AMC Fearfest.  Celebrating its 16th year, AMC Fearfest will feature 19 consecutive days of themed programming and more than 70 films, running from Saturday, October 13 throughWednesday, October 31.

In the highly anticipated new season, Rick and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” stars Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Iron E. Singleton, Melissa McBride, Morrissey and Gurira. The series is executive produced by showruner Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert with Greg Nicotero, Denise Huth and Evan Reilly as co-executive producers.

The season premiere of “The Walking Dead” will be complemented by a wealth of exclusive content at Fans can check out Inside “The Walking Dead” videos, episode sneak peeks, “Talked About Scenes,” “Talking Dead” bonus scenes, production diary interviews with the cast and crew, production photo galleries, fan trivia and new behind-the scenes videos from the set in Atlanta.

Following “The Walking Dead” season premiere will be the second season debut of AMC’s live after show “Talking Dead,” at 11pm ET/PT, hosted by Chris Hardwick.  Following its most watched episode ever – after “The Walking Dead’s” Season 2 finale, which attracted 4.3 million viewers – “Talking Dead” features Hardwick spending time with fans, actors, producers and TV enthusiasts, recapping that most recent “Dead” episode, providing sneak-peeks and discussion of upcoming episodes and taking questions and comments from viewers. The series is executive produced by Michael Davies and co-executive produced by Jen Kelly from Embassy Row.

“The Walking Dead” reigns as the most watched drama series on basic cable for Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. The series has garnered an Emmy®Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up, a Golden Globe® Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, and a WGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media, among other accolades.

San Diego Film Foundation Names Headline and Premiere Films

San Diego Film Foundation Names Headline and Premiere Films for the

11th Annual San Diego Film Festival – September 26-30, 2012

 The San Diego Film Foundation announced today the headline and premiere films for the 2012 San Diego Film Festival.   Sifting through 1,300 submissions from over 55 countries, the official films represent a broad spectrum of gripping narratives. Infused with new leadership and capital, the San Diego Film Festival is poised to raise this year’s profile with nearly 200 film screenings; including 11 World Premieres, 16 WestCoast Premieres, and 4 US premieres.

 Headline Films for the 2012 San Diego Film Festival include the Opening Night Premiere of Wayne Blair’s story of love, friendship, and music inThe Sapphires as well as the Spotlight Film The Oranges, directed by Julian Farino, with an all-star cast including Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester, Catherine Keener, and Allison Janey. Closing films include Grassroots, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and starring Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Cedric the Entertainer, Cobie Smulders, Lauren Ambrose, and Tom Arnold and Quartet, a drama /comedy directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring Maggie Smith.  The Horror Fest at Gaslamp, an exciting addition to this year’s festival, includes Martin McDonagh’s highly anticipatedSeven Psychopaths, with Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell.

World premieres include Robert Kirbyson’s survival story Red Line and Alonso May’s The Story of Lukea quirky story of an autistic boys singular mission, starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Kristin Bauer, and Cary Elwes.   US Debut’s include The Man Inside, a thriller centered on a young boxer trying to distance himself from his father’s gangster past and directed by Dan Turner, and the indie comedy Frankie Goes Boom with Ron Perlman, Chris Noth, Charlie Hunnam and Lizzy Caplan and directed by JordanRoberts, makes it’s West CoastDebut. 

The San Diego Film Festival will also be home to several unique events and tributes including a Gus Van Sant tribute and retrospective on September 27th, the first time his collective works will have been featured in a festival setting.  Also on tap are groundbreaking panels, including a discussion and screening of the documentary Trek Nation featuring Rod Roddenberry (son of the late Trek TGV/film producer Gene Roddenberry), and panel discussions with top level film executives including a Film Engine panel, a 3D panel with Legend 3D, the largest 3D conversion company in the U.S., and seminars for aspiring filmmakers – includingpackaging, selling, and distributing in today’s new media market place – with dozens of respected industry leaders.

The festival’s nightlife promises to be exceptional this year as well. From September 26–30, The San Diego Film Festival will transform the entire Gaslamp district into a cinematic paradise with dozens of screenings and parties, including an “Almost Famous” Block party and outdoor screening hosted by the original Pennie Lane on Friday, September 28th and many other exciting premieres, parties, and red carpet events. For a full schedule of events, visit

Highlights of the Headline Films for the 2012 San Diego Film Festival include:

 ●      The Sapphires – Opening Night Premiere, The Gaslamp

Director: Wayne Blair

Cast: Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell

Synopsis: It’s 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when theirall-girl group, The Sapphires, entertain the US troops in Vietnam.
7:00pm Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Reading Theater

●      The Oranges – Spotlight at La Jolla

Director: Julian Farino

Cast: Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt, Adam Brody, Alia Shawkat

Synopsis: THE ORANGES is a comedy about two families, who have been lifelong friends, and the hilaritythat ensues when a rebellious daughter returns home for the holidays and causes a scandal that forces everyone to re-examine what happiness really means tothem.

6:30pm Saturday September 29 at Reading Theater

●      Quartet – Closing Night, La Jolla

Director: Dustin Hoffman

Cast: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly

Synopsis: Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred are in a home for retired opera singers. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert tocelebrate Verdi’s birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on… and it does.
7:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 29th at Museum of Contemporary Art LaJolla

●      Seven Psychopaths – Horror Fest at Gaslamp

Director: Martin McDonagh

Cast: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell

Synopsis: Written and Directed by Oscar®-winner Martin McDonagh, the comedy Seven Psychopaths follows a struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu.  Co-starring Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko and Zeljko Ivanek.

9:00 pm Saturday, Sept. 29th at Reading Theater

●      Grassroots – Closing Night, Gaslamp

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal

Cast: Cobie Smulders,Lauren Ambrose, Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Christopher McDonald, Tom Arnold

Synopsis: After losing his job, a journalist reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend with his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council.
7:00pm Sunday, Sept. 30th at Reading Theater


Highlights of the Premiere Films for the 2012 San Diego Film Festival include:

  • Red Line – World Premiere

Director:  Robert Kirbyson

Cast:  Nicole Gale Anderson, John Billingsle, Kunal Sharma

Synopsis:  Moments after departing from the Hollywood & Highland Metro Station, commuters on L.A.’s subway system experience a sudden explosion. Most passengers die on impact as the train is violently derailed and sent smashing into the tunnel’s walls.

                        6:00 PM, Saturday, Sept. 29th at Gaslamp

5:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 30at Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla

  • The Story of Luke – World Premiere

Director: Alonso Mayo

Cast:  Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Kristin Bauer, Cary Elwes

Synopsis:  Luke’s world is turned upside down when his grandmother dies and he is forced to live with his dysfunctional relatives who have no patience for him or his senile grandfather, who they quickly force into a nursing home. Luke is left with his grandfather’s final semi-coherent words: “Get a job. Find a girl. Live your own life. Be a man!” For the first time in his life, Luke has a mission. He is about to embark on a quest.

7:00 PM, Saturday, September 29th at Gaslamp

  • Man Inside – US Premiere

Director: Dan Turner

Cast: Ashley Thomas, Peter Mullan, Michelle Ryan

Synopsis:  Clayton Murdoch carries a terrible darkness inside him. As a boy he was exposed, by his father, to murder and gang culture,

With his father now in prison, Clayton struggles to overcome what he was groomed to become, in a city where every day there is a constant threat of violence and death.

8:30 PM, Thursday, Sept 27th at Gaslamp

  • 3,2,1…Frankie Go Boom – West Coast Premiere

Director: Jordan Roberts

Cast:  Charlie Hunnam, Chris O’Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Ron Perlman, Chris Noth, Whitney Cummings, Nora Dunn, Sam Anderson

Synopsis: A comedy about two brothers a girl with a broken heart, a sex tape, an angel and a pig.

7:00 PM, Friday Sept 28th at Gaslamp and Sat, September 29th at 8:00 PM Coast Room La Jolla

The San Diego Film Festival is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2012 – Sunday, September 30, 2012.  For the first time, the Festival will be held at two venues: the Reading Theater in the Gaslamp Quarter (701 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 92101), and the Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla, Sherwood Auditorium (700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, 92037). Tickets start at $14 for pre-sale/$16 at the door, and go up to $75 for a one day pass, and range up to $500 for a Festival VIP Pass to all screenings, premieres, events, and panels on all days.  A dramatic expansion this year, Festival organizers anticipate hosting over 100 film screenings.

The San Diego Film Foundation celebrates the art and power of independent film by creating unique, interactive, memorable film-going experiences. The non-profit San Diego Film Foundation produces the annual San Diego Film Festival showcasing one-of-a-kind film premieres, informative industry panels, and filmmaker and celebrity events.  The organization is devoted to the inspiration and talent behind each film, and turns every screening into a must-see event, complete with after-parties.

Sneak Peak: Spider-Men #5

How will the amazing Spider-Man get back to his own reality? Can they move on knowing there not alone in the universe! What will become of Peter Parker and Miles Morales,Will the encounter change them forever?

Writer:  Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller (cover):  Jim Cheung
Artist:  Sara Pichelli


Review – Orchid #9

Script: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Published By: Dark Horse

Orchid, who has found strength through herself and strength through General China’s mask has rallied the poor and downtrodden to form an angry, badass army who refuses to sit idly by and allow evil dictator Tomo Wolfe to continue his calculated and inhumane exploitation of them. As the battle of all battles is about to take place, Wolfe is in search of Barrabas, who unbeknownst to Wolfe, witnessed the death of an animal by Wolfe’s command. This was the one and only stipulation that Barrabas had when he agreed to work by Wolfe’s side and I can’t wait for the fallout from Wolfe’s misstep. Meanwhile, Orchid and her (ever-growing) band of misfits get the jump on the first wave of Wolfe’s genocide army proving that a surprise attack was nothing the mindless minions were ready for. An extra treat in this issue comes in the form of the mask’s back story. We learn how it came to be, why it’s so powerful and why only certain people can wear it without being torn apart! Will Orchid and her crew make it to Wolfe and unleash justice upon him or will the bridge people be obliterated before they are able to do anything?

Wow! The story of the mask, freedom fighters, a bunch of wrongs being righted, the poor uniting and fighting back, what doesn’t Orchid have? This issue does a great job building up the tension of the upcoming war and rousing anticipation for the little guy. We also get to see a bunch of the mutated animals drawn with perfection by Scott Hepburn. The awesome feeling of unification and hope this issue arouses is astounding. Yet again, Tom Morello’s writing is on point and just simply amazing. Like every other issue in this series, this one is perfection. It is a great addition to the continuing story and I am SO excited to see what happens next!

Release Date: September 12th, 2012

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Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #13 Guarded: Part 3

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Nathan Massengill
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Phil Noto
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines and Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Buffy’s in a standoff with the demon and one time ally Koh who, unbeknownst to Buffy, has turned on her and is in cahoots with Wolfram and Hart. Koh has agreed to kill Theo, creator of TinCan, the social networking site of demons everywhere as long as he is given the information on who imprisoned him a long, long time ago. Buffy, who is doing her best to reason with Koh is having no luck and finds herself in a very tense situation. Theo tells Buffy that she must leave him and destroy TinCan instead of saving him which she reluctantly does. On her new mission, Buffy finds Kennedy who has a big bump on her head courtesy of Koh’s over-exuberance. Some not too friendly words are exchanged between the two women (as well as some punches) before they devise a plan to save Theo. Will they save Theo’s life and will TinCan finally be destroyed stopping Wolfram and Hart’s evil plans (at least for now)? Most importantly, has Buffy found her new calling and will she leave saving the world in the past for the prospect of some fat paychecks?

This issue is good but unfortunately I don’t care for a lot of the main characters. Theo and Kennedy are not particularly likeable or entertaining and Koh has potential but never seems to get there. Buffy needs to find herself quick because this little girl lost act is going on too long (in all fairness she may have figured it out in this issue). Without Buffy’s supporting cast something just feels like it’s missing. There hasn’t even been a mention of Xander or Dawn. I know Spike’s off finding himself, Willow’s trying to restore magic with Angel and his crew but Buffy seems to have no one. She’s pretty much alone and it’s kind of sad. The writing and art are both very good but I think Buffy’s voice has gotten a little lost along the way. I’m not ready to give up yet but I think the comic needs a little tweaking here and there to get back on course.

Release Date: September 12th, 2012

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