Review – Red Hood And The Outlaws: Rebirth #9

  • Writer: Scott Lobdell
  • Artist: Dexter Soy
  • Cover Artist: Nicola Scott

Red Hood and the Outlaws are closing in on the Bow of RA, the team encounters General Ahmed Heinle, and realize he is the one who has the Bow of RA. The General manages to separate the group by using the Bow of RA, it sends all three members flying, Bizarro ends up in a village that mistake him for superman, from here on we get some interesting plot development through Red Hood and Artemis.

From there we see Jason Todd setting in a cell after being caught by the generals’ men, he demands to speak with the general but not be for revealing his history to Bana-Mighdall and Qurac. It’s the place where the Joker killed him when he was Robin, looking out of his cell he sees the extract building he was killed in. Hood immediately assumes the joker is so how behind his capture.

Finally, we shift to Artemis who also is captured and chained upside down, her captor turns out to be her Amazonian sister Akila. Artemis thought she killed her sister.

Conclusion: There’s a potential plot twist involving Red Hood, no whether that’ll happened is another thing, but its enough to keep me around. Jason seems to be shaken after seeing the place of his death, he starts to questions whether him coming back was for the better

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Release Date: Out Now

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

Review – X-Men Gold #1: Back to the Basics

Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Artist: Ardian Syaf
Colorist: Frank Martin
Cover Artists: Ardian Syaf, Jay Leisten & Laura Martin

Life moves on for the X-Men, and in Marc Guggenheim’s X-Men Gold we see the aftermath of their conflict with the Inhumans. The X-Men has been through a lot in the past years, first losing Xavier then having their apparent leaders turn radical. To say the group has been in a funk is an understatement, but in X-Men Gold the future seems brighter with Kitty Pryde as the team’s leader.

The world has the same attitude towards mutants, people still label them as dangerous individuals. But Kitty Pryde along with Old Man Logan, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Prestige aka Rachel Summers are now what’s left of the main X-Main. This issue focuses on Kitty and how she handles the response abilities a leader of the X-Men faces, at one point she contemplates on rejoining the Guardians of the Galaxy just to get away from all the issues the X-Men deal with daily.

We also get some character development from Storm, after watching a news segment that mentions the X-Men’s fight with the Inhuman’s, Storm expresses her disappointment of how she ran the team when she was leader, Nightcrawler gives her some words of encouragement. The issue ends on a setup battle between the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

Conclusion: This was an issue used to establish Kitty Pryde as the team’s new leader, from the jump the team already seems different, mainly because of her personality. In the past when Cyclops, Storm and Emma ran the team it looked as if the X-Men were always on the defense whether it be through violence or prejudice. Kitty brings accountability to the team, we get glimpse of that when she addresses the media and some hateful citizens.

With that said I’m curious to see what Guggenheim is going to do with this team and if he will bring us something different.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

Review – Royals #1

  • Writer: Al Ewing
  • Artist: Jonboy Meyers
  • Colorist: Ryan Kinnaird
  • Cover Artist: Jonboy Meyers

Al Ewing’s Royals #1 takes place sometime after the inhuman vs X-Men event, much has changed for the inhumans. With the Terrigen Mist destruction, the future of the Inhuman species is in danger.

The issue starts off five thousand years in the future, we are introduced to an unknown inhuman claiming to be the last of his kinda. Through his monologue, he starts to explain the downfall of Royal family. A lot has changed since the IvX, Iso has become the new Inhuman leader, while she is appointed leader she still addresses Madusa as her queen.

On Attilan, the inhumans are greeted by Noh-Varr aka Marvel Boy, he claims to know a secret about them, a secret that can save the inhuman species. If they want to know this big “secret”, they must travel to Hala the Kree Home world to find out. Medusa is the first to agree, she feels the family has let its people down and therefore should be ones to make it right, after a brief disagreement with ISO over the new mission, all of the royal family agrees including new inhuman member Flint.

Knowing the difficulty of this mission each family member say their good byes to their loved ones, Crystal meets up with her daughter, Gorgon to his son, Swain and Flint do as well. When Medusa approaches Black Bolt, he walks away from her hinting at a potential fallout in the near future between them.

At the end of the issue we get a shocking revelation from Medusa, she’s dying, form what we don’t know but we see its effects, as see her losing her hair.

Conclusion: Form the start you can tell Marvel Boy is using the Royal family for his own personal reasons, with its good or evil, we don’t know, but we do know it involves the being inside a container he’s carrying around with him. The relationship between Medusa and Black Bolt is on the rocks once again, I’m sure in upcoming issues we will find out why. And last but not least is the health of Medusa, what is causing this mysterious illness, why is it effecting her powers, and will she make through this mission.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

Review – Iron Fist #2 (2017) : The Trial of The Seven Masters

  • Writer: Ed Brisson
  • Artist: Mike Perkins
  • Colorist: Andy Troy
  • Cover Artist: Jeff Dekal

Iron Fist is put through a gauntlet by the council of Lui-Shi, there goal is to bring legitimacy to Lui-Shi as one of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven, replacing K’un-Lun after its demises. The council is taking advantage of his vulnerability, they are well aware of Rand’s situation and his need to reclaim the title of Iron Fist once again.

The council of Lui-Shi is using Danny Rand to further their legitimacy as a member of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven, with k’un-Lun demise Lui-Shi hopes to gain the chi of Shou-Lao the undying. It’s a plan that can only flourish if Danny Rand is defeated, while some are sure of his defeat some aren’t as optimistic. Council member Seng doesn’t agree with letting Danny Rand into their competition because of him being an outsider.

In his own way, Danny knows he’s being used, but he’s okay with it because the goal is mutual. The question is would he have been so quick to enter Lui-Shi if he was able to use the chi of Shou-Lao, and it’s hard to say. The fact there’s a tournament involved makes it tuff to answer, one of is weakness is that he’s gullible when it comes to fighting. A trait the Lui-Shi council is using against him, two members find particular interesting are Wolf and Patience. These two seem to understand the true goal of this tournament, and that’s to united all the temples. When it comes to Wolf he understands defeating iron Fist will not be easy and shouldn’t be taken lightly, even without his Chi abilities Iron Fist is still a formable opponent.

Conclusion: I’m really starting to like this story so far, I’ve never really followed Iron Fist comics in the past, but after seeing that debacle of a TV show it made me want to go back and read past and present runs of this character.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

Review – Invincible Iron Man (2016) #5

  • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
  • Artist: Stefano Caselli
  • Colorist: Marte Gracia
  • Cover Artist: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Courtesy of Marvel.com

Bendis continues to slowly establish Riri Williams as the new Iron Man, we are giving so good character development so far. Bendis is showing us how someone so young and smart, when put in situation where there giving so much power and responsibility start to question his or hers future.  Riri comes off as someone who’s not truly fully aware of what being a superhero brings. Things like accountability and responsibility are not important right now, but let’s be honest, what teenager is.

After saving Pepper Potts from Tomoe and the biohack ninjas, she is approach by Sharon Carter of S.H.I.E.L.D., she is surprised at how capable Riri is with the armor and attempts to recruit her. Of course, Riri denies the offer which causes a brief spat between the two of them, it’s because of Shields miss use of their power in the past that a lot of people view them as the real-world NSA.

A twist at the end issue or perhaps the overall story shows Tony Starks Virtual projection is talking with Friday. It’s revealed to us that he’s not intelligence coding, but more of a digitized consciousness of the actual Tony Stark. Friday asks about Riri Williams well-being and the Tony Stark AI gives a very Ultron like response towards humans.

Conclusion: This issue was pretty solid, we got more character development for Riri, and that’s always good. But the most intriguing them in this issue is the talk between the Friday and the AI Tony Stark. While it’s hinted that the AI system is becoming another Ultron, I doubt marvel would go that route again, but then again this is Marvel where talking about so it could happen. So far, the introducing of Riri Williams as the new iron man going good I hope Bendis continues to focus on her development.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

 

Review – Teen Titans #6: “The Rise of Aqualad”

  • Writer: Benjamin Percy
  • Artist: Khoi Pham
  • Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
  • Cover Artist: Khoi Pham & Jim Charalampidis

With the Ra’s al ghul event behind them the Teen Titans are on R and R for the moment, but that doesn’t last for long when a mysterious figure beings to make a move against them.

The start of the issue we get a clue of the possible antagonist in the upcoming arc, in Del Sur Penitentiary north of San Francisco there’s a breakout and the unknown jailer escapes by jumping into sea after blowing a hole in the walk of his or her cell, I’m pretty sure the person behind this is the main villain so now its just a matter of time when he or she will reveal themselves.

Majority of the issue focuses on Aqulad’s backstory, while the Titans are dealing with a surprise interview from Bonnie Chung of Kare 7 News which was setup by beast boy, we see Jackson Hyde (Aqulad) in his room playing around with his abilities. His mother enters and schools him about using his powers in the open, she is worried about the danger it’ll cause if the public knew who he was. Like most teenagers with powers he struggles with keeping it a secret from his friends. So one night Aqulad decides to reveal his powers to his friend Kenny thinking that it would matter to him, but Kenny rejects him and ends their friendship immediately.

Meanwhile things pick up back at Titan tower with Bonnie Chung finishing her interview with the Teen Titans and is about to leave but something grabs her and takes her to an underwater prison underneath Alcatraz. With Bonnie Chung missing the Titans jump to action, they search and scout area around Alcatraz and come up with nothing, until Beast Boy encounters King Shark, who was the inmate that was hint to escaped in the beginning of the issue.

Conclusion: This was an opener for the upcoming arc the flow of this issue was a little smoother. Like most arcs reaching its conclusion there’s going to be an issue featuring some down time, where the team or individual is doing non-hero actives. However, we do get an introduction of Aqulad, many fans express their concerns about the arc focusing too much on Damian, but this issue doesn’t, and that’s a good sign for future issues.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

Spider-Man Homecoming (2017) Official Trailer is here!!!!

After many teasers and screenshots, Marvel & Sony pictures have released the official trailer for Spider-Man homecoming. In trailer we get a glimpse of his new suit, the main antagonist Vulture (Michael Keaton) and his band of villains Shocker ( Bokeem Woodbine) and Donald Glovers  who’s character is still unannounced. We also see Iron Man in action as well, he seems to be playing the uncle Ben role to Peter in this film. With DC releasing its justice league trailer recently it was a given Marvel was going to do the same. 2017 is shaping up to be another great year for comic films.

Review – Iron Fist #1 (2017)

Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: Mike Perkins
Colorist: Andy Troy
Cover Artist: Mike Perkins & Andy Troy

In Ed Brisson’s Iron Fist #1 we get the aftermath of Danny Rand’s decision to leave K’un-Lun, the mystical city is left unprotected and therefore is destroyed. Issue picks up with Danny Rand struggling to find his purpose now that K’un-Lun is gone, his connection to the chi of Shou-Lao the undying and K’un-Lun is what made him the Iron Fist. Becoming the Iron Fist, fighting and protecting K’un-Lun was the path he followed, the path of a warrior. But things have changed, and Danny deals with it by drink and entering street fights for money, just so he can feel that sense of purpose once again.

Midway in the issue he come across a fight name Choshin, from the island of Liu-Shi, he challenges Danny to fight and at first seems to hold his own against Danny, but he stops the match, admitting he would lose if they continued. Choshin offers Danny Rand an invitation to Liu-Shi, and as expected Danny is reluctant to take his offer but quickly changes his mind once Choshin offers to help him find the answers he seeks about his life without the Iron Fist.

Conclusion: After that debacle of a series “Iron Fist” I had questions about Iron Fist and so when Ed Brisson’s Iron Fist was release I figured I would give it a shot. In my opinion felt Iron Fist is more compelling when written darker, and so far, Brisson’s run is going in that direction and I like it. Artist Mike Perkins work is more on the heavy sketch and shade style which gives the issue a darker tone. All in all, this was a solid setup first issue.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

Review – Liberty: Deception Volume #1

Creator, Producer, Writer: Travis Vengroff
Co-Creator, Storyboards: Adam Cartwright
Sketches and Ink: Raymund Bermudez & Art Shaft Team
Colors: Joana LaFuente
Letters: Eduardo Camacho
Cover Art: Dave Dorman, Eirich Olson

A Terraformed world gone mad, sounds like another day in the dark voids of sci-fi storytelling… or is it? Liberty: Deception drops readers into the shoes of Tertulius Justus, a figure with a uniquely manufactured past that lives in the hearts of the citizens of Atrius.

While Justus doesn’t get a common introduction, his life and reputation are anything but that. Combat Medic and Senior Investigator for the Bureau, Justus takes on the worst of the bunch that want to harm Atrius. Unfortunately, his legend is built on a government propaganda machine that seeks to create new heroes on the front lines that aren’t actually on the front lines at all. Kind of complex but so is Liberty.

Volume 1 throws readers into the depths of Atrius, well within their prison system we find the darkest of offenders or at least it once seemed that way. The story fills with confusion and some levels of deception, soon the story starts to come together through a series of flashbacks to quickly build depth to the story and get a better understanding of Justus and his place in the world. Given the reach of the story there are few if any slow moments through the first issue, pacing keeps readers guessing what comes next and where Justus is going with such a troubled situation.

The issues that follow in the volume continue with character introductions, back story and development so the cast doesn’t feel like a handful of fodder thrown in for cheap drama. Consideration flows through every page to highlight the struggle, the character flaws in their core and physically while bringing together a perfect storm as Justus comes into his own. Readers also learn how those overseeing Atrius have painted a twisted narrative and hold their own vanity in such high regard they’d sacrifice anything to retain it. Enemies of the empire are painted in mutant form, alien from anything they’d know as a complete misrepresentation, the mass manipulation of the media runs so strong the citizens blindly trust anything that comes to their lap.

Unfortunately, there’s a large cliffhanger with Volume 1, while tons of work has gone into the project and talent came from around the world to make it happen, there’s a desire for more and one has to worry when the next bit will come. The story has supplements running in other mediums but with the artistic quality and stylization directing the narrative, it’s hard to just swap mediums and take in the same energy.

One of the biggest things to take away from Liberty: Deception is how refined the read is and how familiar or comfortable it feels even though it’s a completely different piece from what’s come before it. The action, dialogue, and sequences are all well executed and illustrated to tell just the right tension, emotion and direct the narrative along. Given the size of the group behind the project and the distance between everyone, the result shows a remarkable level of consistency throughout. The Liberty: Deception team does note the challenges they had to face but it really did create a much stronger product once it was all said and done. For those looking to explore beyond the everyday book, Liberty: Deception presents an interesting cyberpunk, dystopian future full of twists, turns and of course, deception.

Links:
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Release Date: Out Now

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

 

Extended Credits

Continuity, Conway Flashback, Map, ABI Advert: Casey Bailey
Character Design: Eirich Olson
Twitch Flashback: Colin Lorimer
Aemos Flashback: Danielle Otrakji
Reeve Flashback: Deon De Lange
Tales from the Tower Advert: George Kavallines
Atrian Adverts: Arianna Westerfield
Citizen Guide Cover: Sean Thornton
Reeve Endures Poster: Michael Lee-Graham
Motion Comic Production: Brian Stabile & Astro Crow
Soundtrack Composer & Producer: Steven Melin
Concept Design, Creative Consultant: Laurie Thomas
Symbol Design, Chapter Border Design: Matthew Bailey
Digital Renderings, Writer for the Liberty Podcast: Kaitlin Statz
Matte Painting: Dylan Peirpont
Liberty: Deception Logo Design: Stacey Baldini

Review – Super Sons Rebrith #2: Who needs Batman and Superman!!

  • Writer: Peter Tomasi
  • Artist: Jorge Jiménez
  • Cover Artist: Jimenez and Sanchez

With the last issue ending on a cliff hanger I was sure this issue would no doubt be entertaining, and I wasn’t wrong. One of the many bright spots in this run are the characterization and the artwork. Supersons #2 delivers on all those with and more, first off, we get a prologue of Kid Amazo the main antagonist in the future, this kid has a serious anger issues, in a game of hide in seek, he finds and kills a family we are suppose assume is his.

Jon and Damian’s encounter with lex is almost ends early when Damian uses Jon as a decoy. Once again Damian manipulates Jon into helping him, it seems as if Damian doesn’t really care for Jon’s safety, he purposely uses Jon as bait just so he can get access to Lexcorp’s data files, however do find it strange Lex has no idea who Jon and Damian are. After escaping Lex the two dig up some information on a kid name Reggie aka (Kid Amazo).

Tracking Kid Amazo’s last position to a warehouse they investigate and find the family he had murdered in the prologue, right away Jon wasn’t to inform their dad’s, but Damian is determined to prove he doesn’t need Batmans help, the two of them argue and Jon leaves the scene and runs into a little girl who escaped during Kid Amazo crazy hide and go seek game outside the warehouse.

The issue ends with Damian and Jon being watched by each other’s fathers.

Conclusion: The one issue I have is that Jon is pretty much useless, he lacks any development, granted this could be on purpose, it’s still something to note. Damian on the other hand is a complete badass, with Tomasi doing the Batman and Robin runs its not surprising Damian’s the more developed character as of right now. The artwork once again is on point so theres no need to get into details about it, Jorge Jiménez is killing it.

Overall we got some story progression, so hopefully in the future we see the two encounter Kid Amazo, I know I cant wait.

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Release Date: Out Now

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