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

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

Review – Deadpool (2016) #17 : No more Mercs For Money!!

  • Writer: Gerry Duggan
  • Artist: Mike Hawthorne
  • Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
  • Cover Artist: Rafarl Albuquerque & Dave McCaig

DP #17

The partnership between Deadpool and the Mercs for Money has completely deteriorate, and being looked in a bank fault with the mercs, the tension has reach its end and the mercs find themselves in a battle royal, filled with witty and funny dialog the fight seems more like a joke then anything, but from the outside in it looks really bad considering the group is destroying public property like it’s nothing.

Finally S.H.E.I.L.D agent Emily Preston comes in and arrest’s everyone, with massive damage done to the city of Podunk, New Jersey Preston tells Deadpool he’s going to pay for all the damages, before leaving Preston warns Wade about the trouble he is causing and how it’s going to affect his Avengers status.

In custody the mercs ask Deadpool to lie about the damage done, and in court he tells the judge Kang was the reason they fought. The judge buys his story and frees them but under the condition he and the others must never come back to New Jersey, outside the court house Wade tells them they’re contracts are over and if he runs into any of them while on a mission he’ll take them out.  Now that the Mercs for Money is disbanded Wade heads over to agent Preston’s home for Sunday dinner but is rejected with a punch in the face from Emily.

The issue concludes with Wade heading back to his and Shiklah love pad and is surprise to find Jack the Wolf-Man, without saying anything he grabs his shotgun and shots Wolf-Man man despite Shiklah’s doubt he would do so.

Conclusion:  Not really much was going on is this issue besides the wrapping of the merc’s for money arc, like most Deadpool comics it’s filled with wise cracks and over the top action, one interesting note is what Preston said Deadpool. Will his actions eventually catch up to him and causes more friction between him and the Avengers?. Hopefully writer Gerry Duggan will focus on that later in any upcoming issues.

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

 

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

D&S #2
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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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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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☆ 

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:★★★★☆