Review – KINGSWAY WEST #1

  • Writer: Greg Pak
  • Artist: Mirko Colak
  • Colorist: Wil Quintana
  • Cover Artist: Mirko Colak

After spending thirteen years in a war that made him a monster, a Chinese 28999gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to live in peace with his wife, Sonia. But even in a fantastical Old West crackling with magic, a man of his skills can never quite disappear. So when a woman with a red-gold sword brings bloody chaos to his doorstep, Kingsway must fight for his life, his wife, and his very soul.

KINGSWAY WEST is an interesting tale, think once upon a Time mixed with a little Sci-Fi Western then add some Chinese folk lore and you get Kingsway west. The first issue establishes the world of Kingsway and its main protagonist Kingsway Law. The world has been torn apart by war and because of that it looks as if every state has its own kingdom, when we first meet Kingsway Law he is hiding out in the snowy mountains of the Golden City Dead Zone.

He comes encounters some Chinese soldiers and after a brief skirmish which leaves him passed out, he’s later found by an Mexican woman name Sonia who he ends up bonding with. The story jumps to 5 years later and now Kingsway Law seems fully adapted to the terrain, we also find out he and Sonia are married. Action picks up when a woman with a dragon comes looking for Kingsway, she approaches him and ask’s if he knew the Kingsway, not knowing if she is after his head, Kingsway decides to lie to her as the woman leaves Kingsway notices an explosion  where his home is located.

The issue ends with Kingsway arriving at the explosion site and sees the woman he had lied to earlier in trouble with nearby Chinese soldiers who are looking for red gold, the soldiers continue to push the woman around but Kingsway takes them out before they can cause more harm to her, she realizes that he is actually the man she was looking for. Meanwhile two men who appear to be at a ship of sorts are talking, a woman with angel wings walks up to them and they ask her to check out an area signal they tracked on too, it seems the two men plan on taking the red gold and using it for something big in the future.

Conclusion:

Writer Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk, X-Men) gives a Sci-Fi Western in Kingsway West, filled with fantasy elements and western culture, the world of Kingsway is unconventional which makes it a fresh and original story despite it being new. The Artwork by Mirko Colak ( Red Skull, Secret Warriors) is amazing, his work is clean and nicely detail making it easy to depict whats going on.

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Release Date: August 24, 2016

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review: Conan The Slayer #2 : A new threat on the horizon

  • Writer: Cullen Bunn
  • Artist: Sergio Davila
  • Cover Artist: Serigo Davila
  • Published by: Dark horse Comics

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    Cover by Serigo Davila

The issue jumps off with Kyrylo runs into a demonic corpse like creature who surprise Kyrylo by telling him solve all his problems with a pact, being the cruel and conniving man that he is, Kyrylo makes a pact with the unknown creature.

After surviving his deadly battle Conan has taking refuge in the Kozaki Camp in order to heal, it looks as if Conan has found his place among its people. The leader Myklo has shown a lot of trusts in Conan despite the manner the two have met, with Conan watching over his sons Myklo seems to think everything is good with him and his sons but Conan hints that the oldest son Kyrylo is not to be trusted and that his blind eye towards his sons could play against him in the future.

On a mission to find the missing scouts, Conan, Oksana and Taraslan come across a totem like corpse with mysterious symbols written over it, taking it as a warning sign they toward around but are quickly ambushed by unknown armored soldiers, Conan and company easily dispatch the armor soldiers leaving one alive, assuming the soldiers were paid off he questions the man only to find out that the youngest made a deal he didn’t fulfill, At that moment Conan is hit in the head by someone. Oksana and Taraslan are shocked when they see two giant size trolls walking up to them.

Conclusion: Conan The Slayer #2 features everything a true Conan story features, that’s betrayal, action, and mystery, the question is when this arc hits its conclusion will it be an entertaining or will it be just another story upon many of its kind. As for right now it’s a little too early to judge, once it hits the 5th and 6th issue is when you can really give it a proper review, But for now I’ll say it’s starting off pretty well. The writer Cullen Bunn seems to understand the lore of the Conan franchise and the tone of which it’s been establish in recent runs by other writers and for that I’m kind of optimistic towards this arc.

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Release Date: August 24, 2016

Story:★★★☆☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆ 

Is the hype behind Hello Games No Man’s Sky good thing?

Over the years, many open world games have generated massive hype. The Elder Scrolls, GTA, Far Cry and more have all have been on a top 10 anticipated list the year of their release. For the most part, these have had success, but very few and I do mean few… have lived up to their hype.

With social networking at the level that it is now, games tend to get hyped on what I call troll status, one can argue that Twitter, Reddit, and similar networking services are the reason for games becoming over-hyped, and sadly that seems to be the issue nowadays. A key title that comes to mind is Tom Clancy’s the Division, Ubisoft announced the Division at E3 2013 and when gameplay footage was released the media and social channels went nuts, people were already labeling it the game of the year despite it not having a release date.

Later in 2014 Ubisoft stated the game would be delayed, the hype they generated from those key teasers had turned against them. When it released the game didn’t have the sales success the company expected and still faces an uphill challenge as a Spring release.

 

screenshot_ps4_no_man_s_sky_3_131993Hello Games first release, No Man’s Sky now faces that same dilemma after a surge of popularity from E3. I’m not saying it’s going to be a letdown but it does have a wave of momentum driving it, just as the Division had in many ways with so little known and experienced firsthand. Keep in mind, I’m just pointing out the similarities as far as the hype is concerned, it’s the growing wave of hope and anticipation with so little to support it that rests at the core.

Let’s be real, it’s not fair to compare other games to it but that’s where we’re at. As said before, the social media drives a different story with players. The games developers have already mentioned the pressure No Man’s Sky has generated because of the hype, now the game has an uphill battle which it’s almost destined to lose because of the pedestal the game is being elevated to before it’s even out.

NoMansSky_SpaceStationTube.0There have only been a few new IP’s able to meet the lofty expectations of the public and Hello Games is taking on that challenge. How they started was key, by promising procedural generated stars, planets, lifeforms, ecosystems, and other space-bound factions. Using deterministic algorithms and random number generators, by doing so it eliminated the dev’s time on creating these worlds by hand and will give the game a massive and open feel. Players will be able to visit specific planets vivid coordinates they come across, these coordinates serve as the planets topography and environment information.

CreatureNo Man’s Sky features 32 & 64-bit seeded galaxies, 32-bit having a staggering 4.3 billion worlds and 64-bit 18 quintillion planets, that’s right folks 18 quintillions! With those numbers, you can assume why so many jumped on the hype train and why some became skeptical. This will be the first time ever a game will promise such a massive open-world experience, games like GTA 5, Skyrim and Witcher 3 feature massive worlds, but not to this degree. The chance players run into each other in this massive game is said to be zero according to Hello Games, although players can reach planets discovered by others by the games atlas. When players discover a new planet he or she is credited for it and given currency upon, as well as the chance to name their discovery. For me, the biggest question was “Can I play Online?”, and Hello Games confirmed it would after its first semi-open beta test was completed.

Becron5With that said, can No Man’s Sky live up to the hype it has generated? The answer is no, gamers today demand bigger and better experiences, too much for any game to fill given the imaginations of all those betting on the game. Not one game coming from Bethesda or Rockstar has managed to succeed in this field and it’s because the legend the game creates is always bigger than the final product. Instead of betting on the mysticism the real question should be, will it be a good game, and the answer to that is yeah, I think so.

The highy Anticipated Season 6 of Game of Thrones is right around the corner!!!

HBO’s highly anticipated season 6 of the hit television show Game of thrones is right around the corner, the big question most fans are looking forward to be answered is. Is John Snow truly dead? This isn’t just a question TV viewers asked but also book readers, In fact most readers like myself was wondering how and if George R.R. Martin would finished the The Winds of Winter & A Dream of Spring before season 6, that was answer when HBO announced season 6’s filming in late July of 2015, Surely George R.R. Martin had to approve of this move, HBO doesn’t have any material to use since books 6 & 7 haven’t dropped yet, But again that was also answer when leaked news of the new season confirmed it will be using book 6 material.screenshot-419

The news got everyone ecstatic and the theories fans have of certain characters could possibly be answer or debunked, one things is for certain, we will find out Jon Snows fate and for book readers The Battle of Meereen and The Battle for the North, While there’s a list of questions that need answers in the book, as for TV, viewers are focus on Jon snow and the White Walkers.
arya game of thrones season 6This season is setting up to create a buzz much like the first season, HBO should be expecting a huge jump in viewership, each trailer so far for season 6 has hit over a 8 million viewer mark so it’s safe to say that people are ready the Game of Thrones greatness, the good thing is that fans don’t have to wait long with the season premiering April 24, book readers on the other hand have no true release date.

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War Trailer #2 – Spider-Man

Finally the your family neighborhood Spider-Man has appeared and it looks as if he’s team Iron Man. Since Marvel announced Spider-Man’s debut in the cinematic universe fans have been eager to see this rendition of a fan favorite.

Civil War hits theaters May 6, its sure to be another hit from Marvel!

Review – Spider-man/Deadpool #2 (2016)

Writer: Joe Kelly
Artist: Ed McGuinness
Cover Arist: Ed McGuinness
Published by: Marvel Comics

...is your boss Peter Parker an evil genius or just an evil villain? Mostly that last one

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Courtesy of Marvel.com

Someone wants Peter Parker dead and they hired the merc with the mouth to do it, While Deadpool is willing to take out Parker, he doesn’t wanted to do it without having a legitimate reason. Whoever is behind this contract on Peter Parker’s head has a serious beef with him, the evidence they have sent to Deadpool was enough for him to accept the job, but Deadpool is not as gun hoe now as he was in the past, and so he confronts Spider-man not knowing that their one in the same, Deadpool asks for his help.
Peter Parker on the other hand is still getting used to being a CEO and the press that comes along with it, his company presents their newest tech that has something to do with biorhythmic monitoring, After the presentation Parker hits the streets city and comes across Deadpool and Spider-Man (Morales) having it out about who’s the real Spider-Man, Peter interrupts and the three of them have it out, but out of nowhere the Goblin Nation attacks and the Spider-Men assume Deapool is in league with them, in actuality Green Goblin is not attacking them, it seems while they were fighting someone or something hit them with an unknown toxin. Deadpool finally gets them to settle down and the three of them figure out, someone has hacked the webware network connected to his biometric interface and reverse the process, usually the device compiles information for the user, now it was used to project information into the user’s brain.

At one of the labs of Parker industries it appears Mysterio is behind the hack, his plan is to have the people turn on Parker, and just as he’s about to finish his monologue speech Deadpool and company crash in and like deadpool fashion runs over Mysterio. Deadpool surprises everyone when he does CPR on unmasked Quentin Beck.

When it’s all done the two part ways and Deadpool continues to investigate the Lab, he walks into a run and sees a bunch doctors experimenting on arm and leg less people, they first mistake him for Parker, but so quickly realized that it’s Deadpool. Feeling deceived Deadpool attacks everyone in the room, He then calls a man called Patient Zero and informs him that he’s all in on taking down Peter Parker.

Conclusion: Surprisingly this arc isn’t as comedic I anticipated it to be but it still has its moments, while Deadpool isn’t the wisecracking psycho he normally would be, I like that fact he has a more serious side. When Spider-Man (Parker) and Deadpool are tracking the signal of the hacker, peter tries to apologies but Deadpool doesn’t really accept it, instead he just gives him a “whatever” and they keep tracking the signals location, Again for me I like that about this version of Deadpool. The reveal of Deadpools employer was nice surprise, makes me wonder how he’s going to react in the upcoming issues when he finds Spider-Man and Peter Parker are the same.

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Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Guardians of The Galaxy #5 (2015)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Valerio Schiti

Cover: Art Adams

GOG #5
Courtesy of Marvel.com

Published by: Marvel Comics

Last Raccoon standing! The Guardians face their toughest battle ever and aren’t going to make it out the same way they came in!

Things continue to get worst for the Guardians, after barely surviving an attack from Hala the Accuser, Peter and company are again attacked but this time by Yotat and like Hala he’s hell bend on taking out Drax and the other guardians, Peter doesn’t understand why Yotat is attacking them and he tries to reason with him but Yotat isn’t having it, but kitty gives us some insight of why Yotat is so gun hoe about killing them. 3 months ago the guardians where on Knowhere when they ran into Yotat for the first time, He was extorting some local traffickers when Kitty Pride steps in and Drax attacks him for behind and Rocket blast’s him with a rocket and like that the fight ends. We also get an appearance of the Knowhere Corps, they come and take Yotat away.

Back in the present time Peter finds Gamora and calls for medics to come take her, we then get a brief glimpse of baby Groot, Meanwhile Peter and the council members are discussing the fate of Hala and Yotat, Peter becomes angry when the council agrees to give Hala back to the Kree and place the blame of the attack on Spartax all on him, they try to arrest him but Kitty phases him out and they escape Spartax. Issue ends with Annihilus and Brood Queen hinting that their plan of having Spartax over throw Peter was a success and now is the perfect time for them to make a move.

Conclusion: This was a closing of the first many subplots in this arc, while it didn’t have a crazy plot twist or conclusion, it did bring back Peter as full time member of the team. The question now is, will he take over as leader? And will he take the mental of Star Lord again?.

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Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆ 

Review: Old Man Logan #2 (2015)

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist: Andrea Sorrentino

Cover:  Andrea Sorrentino & Marcelo Maiolo

Published by: Marvel Comics

With the Butcher being the first person on his list to be taken out, Logan now setsOML #2 his sights on Hulk. Early in the issue we get a flashback of the future. In this flash back we are shown the terror Hulk’s children and grandchildren has caused, granted Banner doesn’t make an appearance but we do see his off spring and just like the Hulk they are also out of control when they kill Logan’s wife and kids at random. The but meat of the issue is in the present , after tracking Hulk down, Logan attacks with everything he’s got but soon realizes that the Hulk isn’t the mindless brute he’s known to be.

Logan finds out that The Hulk isn’t Banner its Amadeus Cho, he’s the new Hulk, confuse once again Logan asked Cho the location of Banner but before he can get answer the police interrupt and Logan leaves, still confused Logan seeks out Hawkeye for help and again he’s thrown a curveball when he finds Kate Bishop instead of Clint Barton as Hawkeye.

It seems like the past has change instead of the future in Old Man Logan #2, alot of things aren’t exactly what he remembers them to be, like Amadeus Cho as Hulk and Kate Bishop being the new Hawkeye, I’m curious to see what has happened to the Banner and Barton, along with how the changes will effect the future when or if Logan makes it back. The issue is extremely fast pace just like arc,  this could be a problem later on but i’ll hold off on that until next issue.

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Release Date: February 10, 2016

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Batman V Superman, Captain America and X-Men Age of Apocalypse set the tone for 2016 and beyond

2 days removed from Super Bowl Sunday, we got to see a collection of hit and miss super bowl commercials, but let’s be real here, we all wanted to see the Batman v Superman, X-Men Age of Apocalypse and Captain America: Civil War trailers, and that’s exactly what we got.

Age of Apocalypse trailer surprised us with some new shots, the first one of them of Psylocke in action, along with an Angel vs Nightcrawler. From the looks of the trailer Apocalypse and company has started a war against humanity with this statement “Everything they built will fall! And from the ashes of their world, we will build a better one!”

“United we Stand! United we fall!” is the theme for the new Captain America: Civil War trailer, we get better look at who’s on Caps side and who’s on Iron Man’s side, again we get a good look of Black Panther, and we see he’s on iron Man’s side, I doubt he’s with the registration act, probably after Winter Solider. This movie is setting up to be a blockbuster, and one I personally can’t wait to see.

Last but not lease is the Batman V Superman trailers or should I say ads, instead of dropping a trailer the gaves a series of Turisk Airline Ads that feature Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) both pitch the wonders of their respective cities in a double promotion commercial for Turkish Airlines and Batman v Superman, is what the fans wanted? No but its creative we to market the movie. Fans shouldn’t have really expected much since the movie’s release date is right around the corner.

The question is What Movie got you excited? was it’s Batman V Superman Vacation ad like trailers , or was it Captain America’s Civil War’s action pack trailer.

Review: Old Man Logan #1 (2015)

  • Writer: Jeff Lemire
  • Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
  • Cover:  Andrea Sorrentino & Marcelo Maiolo
  • Published by: Marvel Comics
OML #1
Courtesy of Marvel.com

Jeff Lemire’s Old man Logan tells the tale of when super villains banning together and taking out most of the heroes, and with no X-Men and The Avengers to protect the world, things have become a bit darker.

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The story starts off with Wolverine waking up in an alley in Times Square, Logan runs into Spider-Man but does’t have clue who he is showing symptoms of amnesia, he then bumps into two cops who question him, this causes Logan to snap and he breaks an officer’s arm’s, the other cop tases him witch so happens jolts his memory back, logan realizes that he’s travel back in time, He comes to the conclusion that maybe he’s here to change the future and so he begins to look for the people responsible.

We jump to a flashback of Logan and his son Scotty riding through the wasteland to a villain name the Butcher market for parts, the market is actually located at an S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier crash site.  Logan and Scotty are confronted by Butcher and some of his men, they try to bait him into a fight by slapping his son in the face but Logan doesn’t retaliate he and Logan just leave. Scott asks him why didn’t he do anything and Logan tells him the world is not as hero friendly as in the past, and that one has to pick the right time to fight back.

Back in the present time Logan starts his mission to stop the villains from taking over, he writes a list of names of his arm, and one the names is Butcher, Logan finds him in bar and attacks him but Butcher so how knew Logan was coming and gets the jump on him first, But the sadness and anger drives Logan to overtake Butcher and strikes him down cutting his arm off in the process,  after savagely taking down Butcher, Logan now understands that was sent here to change things and we finally see the names on his arm, Butcher who he crosses out, Bruce Banner, Mysterio and Red Skull are the next targets on his list, with Banner being next.—————————

What i find interesting about Old Man Logan is world it’s self, there seems to be factions of sort all over the world, reminds me of Borderlands but with Marvel characters. The premise of the story doesn’t really intrigue me as of right now but i get a feel it will later on, but for right now I want to know more about the world and the heroes that live in it. The artwork is more of a sketchy type of style with alot of heavy shading, not my cup of tea i’m more fan of the style Sara Pichelli brings, now i’m not saying its bad just not for me, with that said its not hard depicting whats going on in each panel.

As a first issue it does its job laying the foundation of whats to come in the future and i’m waiting to see if Lemire gives us more charceter and world building in the future.

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Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆