Review: Old Man Logan #1 (2015)

  • Writer: Jeff Lemire
  • Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
  • Cover:  Andrea Sorrentino & Marcelo Maiolo
  • Published by: Marvel Comics
OML #1
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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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Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review: Guardians of The Galaxy #4 (2015)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Valerio Schiti
Cover: Art Adams
Published by: Marvel Comics

Guardians of the Galaxy #4
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A new threat to the galaxy has emerged. His name is Yotat the Destroyer and he will have blood

The issue continues with Hala the Accuser’s hot their trail Gamora buys the team time by jumping at Hala to keep her from catching them, Peter and a few others are shocked by Gamora’s actions and want to go back and save her but Rocket is against it reminding them that they barely got away, after quick debate the team decides to go back and save Gamora in the after math of that team is divided on whether they should go back and save her. Back on Spartax Hala is given Gamora a serious beat down, just when it looks like she’s going to finish her off the rest of the team arrive and being to fight Hala back, Peter tries to reason with Hala saying that his father was the one who destroyed her planet not him, but to Hala it doesn’t matter and she continues to attack them, anticipating Hala’s answer the team executes one last plan by having The Thing surprise attack from above.

With Hala down the for count the team started to relax a little bit, Peter and Kitty share a moment, with Kitty stating that he can finally fix his planet and their relationship, but that is short lived when Yotat The Destroyer of Destroyers arrives claiming to want revenge as well.

Conclusion: Guardians of the Galaxy #4 is has all the things a Bendis written comic is known for, I always enjoyed his character dialog and interactions whenever there’s multiple characters, he makes sure that every character is present at that moment and not a lot of writers do that, some writers don’t, a lot of times it seems like they forget to include the secondary characters in crucial moments of the story, at last Valerio Schiti deserves the equal amount of praise as Bendis, his clean and very detailed art style makes for a dam near perfect comic. While it may come off like I’m biased towards Bendis I assure I’m not, I’m just given him and the people working with him on this run there proper praise

 

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Release Date: Out Now

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

Review: Uncanny Avengers #4 (2015)

Writer: Gerry Duggan

Artist: Ryan Stegman

Cover Arist: Richard Isanove

Published by: Marvel Comics

The Uncanny Avengers save Boston from destruction, but at what cost? The finale of the first arc has devastating consequences for one Avenger.

UNCANNY AVENGERS (2015) #4
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The begin of issue #4 we get a flashback of Emily Guerrero (Synapse) and her grandfather Ivan Guerrero (Shredded Man) when the Mist hits there home, Emily is confused and scared but Ivan is more acceptable to the change and is already dead set on becoming a hero, It just back to the present time and now Emily who is now Synapse is on her knees crying before Ivan aka Shredded Man asking him to stop the destruction and chaos he’s caused but lvan refuses and they start to battle it out, Meanwhile Deadpool and Rouge are taking out the infected animals, a funny moment happened when Deadpool asks Quicksilver to get him more weapons from his armory, instead he runs to a local gun store and brings not only the weapons but also the owner of the store, he and Deadpool shake hands and the two pick up guns and start taking out the creatures.

Back in the lab Torch and company are finishing up Cable’s serum for the Terrigen Mist outbreak, Quicksliver drops in and asks if the serum is ready and from there we see him blazing to every man and woman infected by the mist and giving them a shot of the cure. We jump to Cable and Rouge who are still fighting, cable gets a psychic flash and sees a vison of Synapse taking out Shredded Man causing a catastrophic event, just when it looks as if she’s going take him out Cable teleports in and takes her down before she can, the starts to reason with her stating that her actions will causes more damage to the city, Cable surprises them both when he instead shoots down Synapse, she goes on to tell him that she knows he still is the grandfather she always knew, but also didn’t want to die with the shame of what he’s done, so as a gift for his granddaughter he uses his powers to stop it all. But not without telling Synapse that his love for her is gone and the next time they meet he’ll have no mercy for her and with the last bit of his power escapes.  In fear of what the others my say, Synapse pleads with Cable to not say anything about her connection with the Shredded Man.

When Deadpool and the others arrive back to Boston, Cap asks Cable if he’s going to stick around, and Cable first says no, but quickly changes his mind when Cap tells him the next mission is to take down Red Skull and retrieve Professor Xavier’s brain.

The issue ends on what you could consider a cliffhanger when we see Hank Pym saving some people from an Alien attack, the interesting thing about rescue is that he’s not in his typical Ant-Man get-up but instead a new exo-design suit that he says is Ultron.

Conclusion:  There’s a lot of subplots within this arc that could turn into something interesting later on, but for right now it looks as if the main plot is over, we see a lot of emotional turmoil in Synapse, at one point she gives up physically because the emotional drain, her character development and story was the focal point in the issue, with that said I’m curious to see where Duggan takes this story now that the big bad is out the picture.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

 

Conan The Avenger #22: A Witch Shall Be Born Pt 3

Writer: Fred Van Lente

Artist: Brian Ching

Colorist: Michael Atiyeh

Cover Artist: Paul Renaud

The final arc of Conan the Avenger continues!

In the beginning of issue we see two men Tarek and his brother scavenging the desert and come across Zuagir soldiers one of the soldiers finds a letter in one of the brother’s possession and begins to read it.

Dial log heavy A Witch Shall Be Born has a lot of exposition of Queen Taramis and 25292Constantius influence on the kingdom and how they have turn it into chaos with Adultery, Taxation and oppression, Astreas of Nemedia sends a letter to Alcemides revealing the destruction Taramis and her mercenaries caused, he gets into detail how about the people are being exploited and the woman ravaged, he then explains how the neighboring small cities are also effected by the chaos, Khauran  a city that is significant in the realm because of its rich farmland is now under the control Constantius and his crazed men, also in letter he writes about the rebellion Conan has started and how that’s been given the people hope, lastly he writes that he thinks Taramis is being control or is a Demon as rumors of her exiting her temple with blazing eyes and covered in blood.

The Issue ends when Conan disguised as one a Zuagir warrior saves the two brothers and tells them that he plans to take down Constantius and Taramis

Conclusion: Like I said in the begin of this review this issue has a lot of exposition,  Van Lente does a great job explaining in detail how things have changed in not just the current city but everywhere, his world building is great.

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Release Date: January 27, 2016

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

King Conan: Wolves Beyond The Border Part 2 of 4

Writer: Timothy Truman

Artist: Tomas Giorello

Colorist: Jose Villarrubia

Cover Artist: Tomas Giorello

Part 2 of the Wolves beyond the Border we are introduce to Kwarada a mysterious female 27957warrior who seems to have mission to recover the crown, she sends a message crow to inform her men that Conan has escaped to the west towards The Black River, and we then see Conan, Crassus and Dariun in the Black Forest, Conan states that he must find out why the crown is so important to the Pict’s cause it could impact his Kingdom.

Things get interesting when they are confronted by Kwarada’s allies the Hawk Clan, they put up a good fight but are eventually capture, the clans chief Kroth demands Conan to give him the to which Conan begins to mock them. Later that day Kroth and Kwarada hold a mass gathering of Pict’s at the Hawk Clan’s village, tied up Crassus and Conan are surprised to see so many pict’s in one place.

We find out Kwarada is a shaman and the reason behind the tribes uniting as she has had foreseen visions of it happening, again she confronts Conan about the crown of Brule but this time she lights Crassus on fire thinking it would make Conan confess the crowns whereabouts, before his death Crassus tells Conan to honor him by not telling them anything, and in his last breath tells the Chimmerian he’ll buy him a drink in hell once they meet again. Kwarada then mocks Conan about Crassus’s death and is about to light him on fire when Bril, Son of Brak steps in and demands to speak with Conan before his death, he strikes Conan and at the same time leans over his shoulder gives him an arrow tip without anyone noticing, shocked Conan looks up and sees a hooded woman smiling back at him, kwarada begins to start the ceremony sacrifice but Conan cuts himself of the stake and escapes, but not before taking out a couple of pict warriors. The Issue ends when Conan runs into the hooded woman, who tells him to follow her so he can escape Kwarad’s trackers.

Conclusion: This issue was again simple and straight forward but also feature an unexpected death, other than that it’s your typical Conan issue with a character reveal cliffhanger at the end.

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Release Date: January 27, 2016

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

Review – Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and the Bird #2

Writer: Caitlin R. Kiernan

Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson

Colorist: Carlos Badilla

Cover Artist: Greg Ruth

Published by: Darkhorse Comics

After the death of Dancy, Maisie and bird are hanging at the Old live Cemetery in Selma, 23974Alabama, they come across an old lady who bird sees as a potential client to con, with Dancy gone Maisie now has to provide for herself without Dancy and performing mediums is one the ways she does for cash. Things get interesting when we jump to Carson and Hunters trailer the two are clearly psychopaths, like a scene in a horror movie the two of them are covered in blood, the dialog between them is interesting it seems that they have plans for Maisie, hopefully in the upcoming issues we see what exactly what it is.

When Maisie and bird reach the old lady form the cemetery’s house, she begins to setup for the medium, as they begin Brid notices that the old lady has a cat which is a big no no for him/her and con ends up a disaster with bird revealing its self, lady freaks out and calls Maisie a witch and throws the both of them out of her house, knowing that the old lady will spread the word of their con the two of them leave the town.

The issue ends on a cliffhanger when two unknown werewolves track down Hunter and Carson, and begin to what looks like an ambush attack thinking the two are just humans.

Conclusion: Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and the Bird #2 is dark and witty like some of other Dark horse comics, while I haven’t read a lot the previous Alabaster series, I had to do some back tracking to catch up to speed, and as of right now I can’t really say anything bad or good, so I’ll continue to follow this series so can give this series the proper review in deserves.

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Release Date: January 13, 2016

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

King Conan : Wolves Beyond The Border Part 1 of 4

Writer:Timothy Truman

Artist:Tomas Giorello

Colorist:Jose Villarrubia

Cover Artist:Tomas Giorello

Published by: Dark horse Comics27956

For me the most enjoyable comic series has been the King Conan series by Timothy Truman, Conan is a well establish king now and spends most of his time reminiscing and telling his tales to a scribe, while the stories of King Conan are simplistic and straight forward at its core, it’s still very enjoyable due to the fact of Truman’s writing, The Wolves Beyond The Border focuses on the Pictish Crown a treasure that has mysterious power. When Conan is approached by Gault a Ranger who has fought with Conan in the pass, tells him of a battle he and his fellow comrades’ encounter Valerian and Kwarada and other leaders form the Pict’s great tribes, a fire breaks out and takes everyone out, but Gault escapes with the Crown of Pictish’s. He continues to tell him how the crown’s power was driving him crazy so he decided to get rid of it by taking it to Conan.

Excited by the story Gault has told him Conan takes the crown with curiosity begins to examine it, a stone on the crown starts to glow and a voice starts to talk to Conan, it tells him of a story of two bloodlines  one being the founding father of the Cimmerian’s were allies. When the king of Valusia Kull hands the stone to his pictish ally the Spear-Slayer Brule, A great cataclysm happens and both bloodlines almost becomes extinct, within the stone a crow is flying towards Conan as he is visually shown, the crow transforms into a female warrior who challenges Conan to come find the truth of the stones history.

Conclusion: As expected of most King Conan issues the pacing is fast, Truman doesn’t reveal a lot despite the pacing. As setup chapter Wolves beyond the border part 1 isn’t a action heavy, instead it hooks you with a very interesting cliff hanger.

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Release Date: December 23, 2015

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

Review – Deadpool #1 (2015)

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Mike Hawthorne
Inker: Terry Ballot
Cover: Val Staples
Published by: Marvel ComicsDeadpool Variant #1

In Duggan’s Deadpool #1 we get to see just how impactful deadpools recent claim to fame has really changed the people’s view of him, his celebrity status has made him even more popular then Tony Stark aka Iron Man and Spider-Man, with his new fame comes more job opportunities, whether it be appearing at a bar mitzvah or interviewing for his own red carpet theater show, Deadpool has become a house hold name. Because of the new demands of being the new “IT”, Deadpool has started now “Deadpools Heroes for Hire” a clear reference to Luke cage’s “Heroes for Hire”, his team of heroes are similar to that of the Deadpool Corps. They take care of the missions and media appearances while he does whatever he wants, and throughout the issue we see, for most part how it works.

They also make reference of him being part of the Avengers, Duggan has intertwine this arc with the The Uncanny Avengers (2015) on going run, when Deadpool starts his interview at with George Stephanopoulos, Rogue walks in and is greeted by Deadpool and George, he asks her if she would like to comment on the recent Terrigen Mists outbreak to which she frowns and fly’s away. The Comedic aspect of the issue shine when Deadpool starts lieing about being in part of the Heroes for Hire, as Luke Cage and wife Jessica Jones look on,and angry Luke Cage calls Matt Murdock and asks if he can get in touch with the Punisher so he can take out Deadpool, other characters like Sabertooth along with his wife Shiklah, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Scott Adsit and Emily Preston also see and comment on his interview, all of them are surprised at how sane Deadpool has now become and for 25 pages it looks as if Deadpool is new and improved, but that comes to question when we see him shoot Don Anderson in his office letting us know that his still the same old shoot first ask question later Deadpool.

Conclusion:  Although he isn’t the same insane Deadpool we are used to seeing, we do see that he’s still annoying and He’s still dangerous, what I enjoyed was the reactions of other characters when he was being interview, everything he saying was clearly a lie which I found to be the most funny part of the issue, as a whole this arc is starting off really well.

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

Review – Guardians of The Galaxy #1 (2015)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Valerio Schiti
Cover: Art Adams
Published by: Marvel Comics293474._SX640_QL80_TTD_

8 months after the Secret Wars the team of Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Venom (Flash Thompson), Groot, Thing and Star Lord aka Kitty Pride are the new Guardians of the Galaxy, with Kitty being the new Star Lord, since Peter Quill left the team to take over as the new king of the Spartax Empire. Rocket Raccoon takes over as the active leader, jumping into this issue I had my doubts of this new team mostly because members Thing, Venom and Kitty Pride, I feared that the trademark sarcasm amongst the members would be lost, but that’s not the case in this issue.

The issue starts with the team running into a single Chitauri ship, and some that classic quirkiness is shown when Rocket asks Kitty if she’s going to do the “Thing”, which turns out to be her phasing through laser fire while doing spinning pirouettes, when it’s all said and done the team makes quick work of the ship, but not before taking a mysterious item from the ship. Meanwhile on Spartax Peter is debating whether to leave his duties as King and head back to exploring the cosmos again, it’s obvious that Peter isn’t interested or confident on being the King of Spartax and is kind of looking for a way out.

Back on the Guardians ship the team is curious about the mysterious item but are afraid to open it, a funny moment happens between Kitty and Rocket when she suggest taking it to Peter without actually saying it. When the Group reach Spartax they are greeted by Peter, Rocket gives the item to him and Peter promises to them that his science council will take a look at.  The issue concludes when an object crashes down in front of Peter and company, the team becomes shock when they see that the object wasn’t an object but heavily injured Gamora who informs them that Hala the Destroyer of Worlds is here to destroy them, in the finally panel we see Hala dropping down full deck out in armor ready for battle.

Guardians of The Galaxy #1 (2015) is well balanced issue, granted there isn’t any character development due to it being a continuation of secret wars event. Bendis still gives you that classic Guardians humor despite having a new team who aren’t known for their humor. We get great insight of how different the team is without Peter Quill along with how he’s dealing with being king of Spartax, I always enjoyed the balance writing Bendis’s shows in his runs.

Artist Valerio Schiti illustrates all the emotions and expressions with pefection in moments where it should be demonstarted in, hopefully he sticks around for the entirety of bendis’s run

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Release Date: Out Now

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

Review – The Uncanny Avengers (2015) #1 “An imprefect Union”

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Ryan Stegman
Cover Artist: Ryan Stegman & Richard
Published by: Marvel Comics 

The Uncanny Avengers (2015) #1 takes place after the Avengers vs X-Men, when Captain America decided to formed a team featuring mutants and humans called Avengers Unity Division, this team of Captain Steve Rogers, Rogue, Deadpool (Wade Wilson), Human Torch (Johnny Storm) Synapse (Emily) (First appearance), Doctor Voodoo (Jericho Drumm), Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff),Spider-Man (Peter Parker) are supposed to show the world that all of mankind can work and live together in peace, with that said coming into this I wasn’t familiar with its first run by Rick Remener so I had no unbiased opinions before reading. One of the few things I found to be head scratching is the implementing of the inhumans into the story, granted this run takes place months after the original teams run post-Secret Wars, Rogers and company are still trying to improve human and mutant relations while also keeping a terrigen mist outbreak from turning the world upside down once again, but the main focus in this issue is the team’s dysfunctional unity. Throughout the entirety of this issue Cap has to deal with jealousy, anger and resentment within the group.The Uncanny Avengers (2015) #1 Pic 2

One of the groups key member Spider – Man quits because of his dislike for Deadpool, stating that he is a distraction and too dangerous for the team, on the other hand rouge also expresses her discomfort with Deadpool also, she admits she’s tired of him and all the limelight he’s been receiving, but Cap tells her that Deadpool’s popularity is bring in funds for the team so she as well as the others have to deal with him for now, For me the most intriguing moment of the issue is when Rouge expresses her true feelings towards the inhuman outbreak, calling it inhuman poison she goes on to tell Cap she doesn’t truly trust Synapse because of her inexperience, we also get a glimpse of Terrigen Mist’s effects on Rouge after takes off her glove when she checks her Terrrigen levels.

With all this drama surrounding this team so early it’s hard to believe that members won’t be replaced, things do get a little better when an outbreak of spores that evolving into insects and animals attack New York City during Quick Sliver and Synapse’s date, this makes the team come together as they try to figure out who is behind the attack. The issue ends when a cop who is evacuating people stumbles upon a new villain by the name of Shredded Man.

Conclusion: Besides the group’s inner turmoil nothing real catches your attention, in fact this seemed more like a 3rd or 4th issue, the lack of appealing members of the team is big downside for me, tag that with a poor plot development make this issue uninteresting for the time being, hopefully in the future that will change.

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Release Date: Out Now

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