Review – Malefic #1

  • Writer: Dan Schaffer
  • Artist: David Miller
  • Published by: 1First Comics

Stories of insanity always have their own surprises and twists, Malefic is an interesting and modern take on such a tale. A young aspiring doctor, a past tarnished with a bit of shame, cannibalism and a dash of attempted murder. This is the life of our Doctor Freust in Malefic, it’s ugly, gritty and fascinating at once as the young doctor kicks off their debut issue right in the lion’s den without a second thought.

This first issue is a casual introduction that slowly drags Doctor Freust and readers deeper and deeper as events unfold. Having a lead with no issue about bearing it all in their back story with no issue is a welcoming, they know what happened, what it did and they’re not paralyzed by it. It’s just the larger machine and inmates of the facility that do manage that state later on once Doctor Freust realizes what her father was really up to and buried in.

Complimenting this intricate story are pages of art from David Miller, delivering expressionistic styling throughout. From the first pages of Doctor Freust talking in her cell to cannibalistic seductive murder, faces and gestures in these pages are creative and expressive giving life to each scenario. We get a detailed grand picture of the facility, the dark halls and chambers within it and a bit of extreme detail when it comes to inmate habits. But it all acts as a support to the story and the atmosphere of Malefic, even more so when adding in the Diagnostic Spectacles which are just an interesting twist on the real inner demons waiting to make their way out later in the series.

Malefic #1 delivers a bit of everything out of the gate, interesting back story, a horrifying granny figure, devastating loss, an asylum to end all asylums, super-secret religious organizations and more. It’s just packaged so well and delivered in the right portions that it makes for an interesting read especially as we stroll into Halloween season. Can it get much worse for Doctor Freust? Undoubtedly and it most likely will which is a good hook for readers looking for something to tickle/scar their brains.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

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Review – X-Men Gold #2 (2017)

  • Writer: Marc Guggenheim
  • Artist: Ardian Syaf
  • Colorist: Frank Martin
  • Cover Artists: Ardian Syaf

The issue starts off with the X-Men battling it out with Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the X-Men seem to have the fight in hand but Prestige informs the others the brotherhood members have been manipulated mentally, the person behind this Mesmero, a mutant who uses Hyper-Hypnosis.

Nightcrawler unintentionally teleports Old Man Logan and himself to Mesmero’s location, the fighting between the two groups causes the arrival of Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D. Captain America warns Kitty Pryde about the increase of negative attention from reporter Lydia Nance and her Anti-Mutant cause.

As for Logan and Nightcrawler, they were capture. Mesmero kept Old man logan and forced Nightcrawler to use his teleport powers until exhaustion. Meanwhile Kitty and Prestige follow up on lead at Gracie Mansion in New York city. The Brotherhood has taken the Mayor, a detective name Elizabeth Kim confronts the two of them about an interview the Brotherhood release. The video features them holding the mayor captive and declaring war on humans, reporter Lydia Nance uses the video to her advantage, she hints at a need of segregation between mutants and humans.

We jump back to Mesmero and Logan, it seems as if Mesmero was trying to interrogate Logan. Instead Logan mocks Mesmero for thinking he can interrogate him, so Logan breaks himself free and takes out Mesmero along with some of the other Brotherhood members. A potential plot twist comes when Prestige uses Cerebro and realizes that Mesmero wasn’t the one who help the brotherhood by protecting their minds, but whoever did is strong enough shield themselves from Cerebro. Issue ends with Logan calling Kitty about some information she’ll need.

Conclusion: They mystery behind the Psi shields on the minds of the brotherhood is interesting, as well as Lydia Nance potentially being the main antagonist, theirs clearly something big in the works and i’m guess the next couple issues we will find out what.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

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Marvel’s Defenders official trailer was release today. The trailer starts with Matt Murdock interrupting Misty Knight’s integration of Jessica Jones, from there we get some good action sequences throughout the trailer, antagonist’s Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver) and Elodie Yung (Elektra Natchios) are also feature in this trailer. So far, The Defenders looks interesting, this is sure to causes some buzz until its August release.

Review – Super Sons Rebrith #3 :When I Grow Up… Part Three: Sibling Rivalry

Writer: Peter Tomasi
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Colorist: Alejandro Sanchez
Cover Artist: Jimenez & Sanchez

In the last issue, we see Robin and Superboy approach by each other’s fathers, but before that, we are get more back story on Kid Amazo and his family. One thing we find out is that his family all had superpowers and they called themselves the Super Duffys. Back when the original Amazo was taken out by the Justice League, at the time evil Lex Luthor was able to get his hands on a synthetic version of the Amazo program, and was able to turn it into a human virus. The virus effected thousands, eventually a vaccine was made and used, 97% of infected was cure, and the 3% was Reggie and his family.

All of this comes to light by Kid Amazo’s sister Sara, she all tells them Kid Amazo has gotten has hands on the amazo armor that was in lexcorp’s possession. A twist in the issue comes when Sara’s revealed to be an android made by her brother. Sara helps the Supersons fight against Amazo’s android clones, even with Sara’s help Superboy and Robin are still overwhelmed.

Conclusion: Given us a quick backstory about kid Amazo and Sara was good for plot purposes, what makes Supersons so funny is the relationship between Damian and Jon. Despite being in a dangerous situation Tomasi reminds us these two are just children. Look at Robin, teenagers that have experience a lot at a young age usually want to prove his or her independences, Jonathan kent on the other hand is the kid that’s raised with good values but was shelter by those same values, similar to his father. Now that Amazo has made his move to take out robin and Superboy, I expect the final showdown between the three of them in the upcoming issue.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

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☆