Review – All-New X-Men (2015) #1.MU

  • Writer: Jeremy Whitley
  • Penciller: Carlo Barberi
  • Cover Artist: Adam Kubert

Recent events cause the original X-Men Cyclops, Beast, Ice man, Angel of the pass to be sent to a present timeline, with X-23, Genesis (Evan Sabahnur) and Oya (Idie Okonkwo) help they are trying to make good of unusual situation, while nothing special happens in this issue we do get some good character deposition of Wolverine (Laura Kinney), we see her slow become the team’s leader naturally, even Gambit notices how she’s not the same person she used to be, Laura is starting to accept being a member of a team but she still struggles with the same things Logan did when joining the X-Men.

As for the other members, do a little sightseeing of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, Evan and Oya seem more enthusiastic about trip more than others, in the end the trip gets spoiled when Leviathons drop in from the sky and attack the parade, with Wolverines leadership they take down the giant monsters saving the people in the French Quarter.

Conclusion: This is a dialog heavy first issue, not in a since of plot development or story but in character interaction, while it’s not as much as a Star Wars comic it’s a good amount, so if your new reader and decided to give this run a shoot make sure you catch up on pass events inn back issues so you can get a good grasp of what’s going on, the one down side to this issue is that it doesn’t’ t come off as a first issue, instead it reads as continuation of one.

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

Review – Teen Titans #4: A Trial by Combat

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

In order to save the Teen Titans, Robin returns too Infinity Island with Ra’s al Ghul and the league of assassins. His cousin Mara and the Demon Fist also arrive and she challenges Damian to a trial by combat with the winner taking control of the league, meanwhile the Titans are at odds with Damian’s decision, especially Kid Flash.

Damian has always had a superiority complex towards the Teen Titans so when he sacrificed himself for the team it didn’t come across as a noble gesture to Kid Flash, it just seen like he was saving his own skin. The voice of reason came in this moment was Beast Boy, he reminds the team of Tim Drake’s death and how losing a Robin once again is something the team can’t have happen, so in honor of Tim they agree to go save the new Robin.

Back on the Infinity Island Damian prepares to face Mara in combat, before they start Mara begins to chastise Damian which initiates the fight, Damian displays his superiority in skill to Mara, he easily defeats her but refuses to kill her. This moment of weakness gives Mara a chance to recover and stab Damian in the back.

The Titans on the other hand infiltrate the Island in their attempt to save Robin, at the same time the Demon Fist members lock Damian in a cell and begin to talk about Mara, they know Mara only looks at them as tools not as team, one of the members Stone acknowledges Damian’s sacrifice for his team and states maybe they would be better off with Damian as leader not Mara.

Issue ends with the Titans finding Damian and breaking him out his cell.

Conclusion: Damian has shown a lot of growth as character, the fact that he’s fully committed to the Teen Titans shows this growth. Ra’s al Ghul is doing his best to try and turn Damian against the titans, even Bruce Wayne. Although the Titans don’t see Damian the same way they did Tim Drake, however they do respect him as their leader and as Robin.

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

Review – Inhumans vs X-Men #4: Time is running out!

  • Writer: Jeff Lemire & Charles Soule
  • Artist: Lenil Francis Yu
  • Colorist: David Curiel
  • Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

Are the X-Men in the wrong? If you think about it, they have a legit cause, a threatening mist is poisoning all mutants on the planet yet it still feels as if the X-Men are in the wrong. You may ask the question as to why it seems that way, and the answers simple just look at the last pass crossovers, the X-Men haven’t been a shining example of heroes in the past so when they do have an actually cause to fight it still feels like they’re in the wrong.

The Royal Family finally find a way out of limbo, Iso and Inferno gather the new inhumans and devise a plan to infiltrate Muir Island using Mosaic’s unique ability, he tries to take control of Magneto but because of Magneto’s experience with mind control the possession doesn’t last long and he is spotted causing him to steal a aircraft for a quick escape. Meanwhile the royal gets free and with help of Johnny Storm set a fire around the mansion in order to keep them from attacking them, but Medusa and the rest of the royal family are confronted by Colossus.

When Mosaic returns to New Jersey he tells them the Royal family is in Limbo, and he also tells them about the Terrigen clouds are more dangerous then what they initially thought, this revelation has the younger inhuman’s questioning whether who is right and who is wrong

Conclusion:  When you have two groups believing what they’re doing is the right thing your almost certain conflict will happen, and this crossover brings that issue to the forefront once again. This is an issue that’s similar to what’s going on in today’s society more than ever, you have two teams fighting because they believe each other’s race is in danger and that there’s no other way. But because Ms. Marvel, Inferno, Iso and company are on the outside looking in they see it differently and that’s putting doubts in what they should do next.

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

Review – Inhumans vs X-Men #3 :Where’s Black Bolt!

  • Writer: Jeff Lemire & Charles Soule
  • Artist: Lenil Francis Yu
  • Colorist: David Curiel
  • Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu & David Curiel

After escaping Wolverine (X-23), ISO and inferno find themselves face to face with the original Wolverine (Logan) and fight between them breaks out, surprisingly inferno holds his own against Logan even going as far as knocking him out. With logan out for the count the two capture Forge and blow up his machine, back in limbo the Royal family are coming up with a plan for escape. The young inhumans inferno and ISO come up with a way to get help against the X-Men, they decide to get in touch with Kamala Khan Aka Ms. Marvel who they know can get other inhumans to help them.
The meat of the issue is when Young Beast, but before that we see Jean Grey and Karnak are in what looks like an illusionary world, Kanrnak sees through the illusion and escapes but is quickly confronted by Fantomex.  I said before the meat of this issue is when young and older beast chat with the X-Men, with forge gone the X-Men can’t get rid of the Terrigen Mist, the McCoy’s are trying to come up with another way but Emma and the rest of the X-Men believe the time for action is a must because once the royal family gets free things will become even harder, with Emma hint that if Black Bolt is freed all hell will break loose.

The reavel of Black Bolts capture and hinted release is sure to make things a bit more interesting in the future, with the mist still lurking around the teams’ main focus is getting Forge back as soon as possible, but with ISO and Inferno gathering inhumans to help recapture New Attilan, the X-Men could have major issues going forward.

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

Review – Inhumans vs X-Men #2 : Fate in the hands of two inhumans

  • Writer: Jeff Lemire & Charles Soule
  • Artist: Lenil Francis Yu
  • Colorist: David Curiel
  • Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu & David Curiel

The majority of the action takes place in New Attilan, With Black Bolt,Crystal and Karnak all out of commission the X-men are able to attack Medusa and the other inhumans with ease. The plan was simple attack and take out the royal family without harming the innocent civilians during the process, for most part they accomplished that goal thanks to Magik, she uses limbo as a prison for the inhumans.

Throughout most of the issue we see the perspective of the situation form each of the X-Men, whether it be through actions or dialog we get a good idea of how each member of team is feeling. While Storm is all for taking out the inhumans, she’s not about killing them unjust, Meanwhile Magnetio and his band are willing to do whatever it takes. Johnny Storm tires his best to deflate the situation by asking Medusa to not fight back, but she explains to him the X-Men are way past keeping the peace and that as queen she must defend her home and people.

Storm and the X-Men finally takedown the last few royal family members and put them in limbo, at the same time ISO and Inferno look for Eldrac the Door in order to escape a determine Wolverine (X-23), the issue ends with inferno and ISO begin teleported to Alberta where Forge and Old man look stand waiting.

Conclusion:  Without Black Bolt the Inhumans have no chance against the X-Men, as a team the X-Men are a force to be reckoned with and this issue displays that, you can argue that even with Black Bolt they still would have lost. When the X-Men are written to having a just cause, they are enjoyable to read, unlike the Avengers vs X-Men crossover I find this crossover more bit more enjoyable at the moment, I’m looking forward to seeing how this conflict plays out.

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

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News – Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger finds a cast and release date!

Marvel has finally found a cast for its live action Cloak & Dagger series, back in 2011 Jeph Loeb reported the show was in the works and in 2016 it was finally green-lighted by Freedom a Disney–ABC Television Group division of Walt Disney, the network is geared towards teens and young adults.

Joe Pokaski is the creator and show-runner, the show its self will be set in the post Hurricane Katrine New Orleans instead of its comic counterpart New Year city. As for the cast, both cast members Olivia Holt and Audrey Joseph are relatively unknown. It’s been stated that the show will be included with the Marvel cinematic universe along with the other TV shows.

Cloak & Dagger will be a coming-of-age series about Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson who come from different backgrounds, one from a privileged upbringing and other from the inner city, the two run into one another and together suffer a life changing experience which eventually causes the two to need one another.

The show is set for a winter 2018 release for the Freedom channel.

Review – Avengers (2016) #1 MU

Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Sean Izaakse
Colorist: Frank D’Armata
Cover Artist: David Nakayama

In the past runs that feature the more popular have more interesting stories in my opinion, and Avengers Monsters unleashed appears to be in the same category.

Avengers (2016-) #1 Monsters unleashed is one of those fun teamups that’s not to be taken seriously, now I’m not saying the team it’s self is not filled with star power like the original team was, but it does feature characters’ that aren’t house hold names.
Everything seems to be normal for the Avengers in fact alittle to normal in the begin of the issue, with nothing more than street level bank robbers the team of Wasp (Nadia Pym), Thor (Jane Foster), Captain America (Sam Wilson), Vision, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), and Hercules finds themselves bored, so when Spider-man is given a tip of criminal activity in Boston, they jump on it quickly despite the lack of danger it presents to the world. Most of the comedic comes from Spider-Man usual sarcasm, the issue picks up when the team runs into The Controller, he was the man behind the criminal activity in Boston.

After taking out the Controller the Avengers are hit with a series of attacks form Leviathons, the danger has jump from a 1 to 10 when vision informs them that similar attacks are happening in Los Angeles, London, Venice, Wakanda and more.

Conclusion: This was clear a setup chapter of whats to come in future issues, because of that not much was revealed, I found it a bit simplistic like most setup issues are. But that’s not saying it’s bad, just a straightforward “this is what’s going on right now” issue. The dialog between the Avengers is noteworthy, especially times when Peter Parker is trying to act as the group’s leader and Sam reminding him he’s not. As a Tie in arc Avengers Monsters Unleashed has some potential and because of that I’ll have my eye out on this Jim Zub Run.

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

Review – Conan The Slayer #5 & 6

  • Writer: Cullen Bunn
  • Artist: Sergio Davila
  • Colorist: Michael AtiyehCover
  • Artist: Admira Wijaya
  • Published by: Dark horse Comics

After Killing his father Kyrlo and saved by his mysterious benefactor, Kyrlo has taking refuge in an old temple and now seems to have regretted killing his father, consume with anger of being passed over as king Kyrlo was tricked into helping the mysterious sorcerer with knowing it. The Sorcerer used his hate and anger Kylro had for his father against him, in the end Kyrlo’s traitorous actions got him and his brother killed, while at the same time putting Conan, Oksana and the Kozaks in danger from undead warriors of the past. Issue #5 ends with Conan coming face to face with the mysterious Sorcerer/ Necromancer

With tribe leader gone along with his sons the lord of Kharwarizm, Jehungir Agha sets forth a plan to take out the Kozak tribes, he sends assassins who attack during Taraslan’s pyre and quick begin to exterminate the Kozak tribe, During the battle the body of Taraslan rises, covered in flames Taraslan grabs the leader of the assassins and burns him to a crisp. When it’s all said, and done the Kozak name Conan their new leader despite his refusal. Conan becomes conflicted about the responsibility of leading the Kozak tribe and decides to take a walk through the woods and comes across a blood trail, at the end of the trail Conan is shock to find a half-eaten human corpse, in the background we see a humanoid beast looking at Conan from within the trees.

Conclusion: Necromancy is heavily at work here, at least in these latest issues (5&6), it seems as if the true main antagonist is pulling the strings using necromancy and the prime suspect has to be Ghaznavi, the priest who Jehungir Agha has working for him. What makes this issue work are the multiple potential sub-plots going on within this issue and for upcoming future, Cullen Bunn doesn’t just focuses on Conan but

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

Logan (2017) Red Band Trailer: Logan must protect to survive

Today not only did we see the Official Power Rangers trailer but we also got another Logan (Old Man Logan) trailer also released from 20th Century. We final get a peek at Logan’s X-23 played by Dafne Keen, if you’re not familiar with the X-Men franchise and the character X-23, she is a female clone of Logan aka Wolverine created by writer Craig Kyle for the X-Men Evolution animated series and much like DC’s Jon Stewart (Green Lantern) she became widely popular and was eventually put into cannon Comics. Like Wolverine she was trained as an assassin for an organization called the Facility. Eventually she ends up crossing paths with the X-Men who take her in and train her.

The trailer reveals a lot of what I just mention along with a glimpse of movies baddies.

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