Category Archives: Marvel Comics

Deadpool vs Carnage #2 Review

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I bought this Marvel comic book for three reasons.  Deadpool, Carnage and

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the parental advisory warning on the cover.  I knew right away this title would be a good one.

Actually, I bought Deadpool vs Carnage because I read Deadpool’s ongoing monthly comic series, and I’ve read a few Carnage titles in the past.  Two murderers, both with a history of mental illness.  Jokes from Deadpool.  Promising threats from Carnage.  Violence, bloodbath, massive chaos.  You can’t ask for anything better.

Serial Killer, Cletus Kasady aka Carnage, escaped from prison, and law enforcers are unable to track down the deranged, mass murderer.  It takes a like-minded individual such as Deadpool to snuff him out.

In the first issue, Deadpool used hidden clues from the media to track down Carnage.  Clues that only someone who is light upstairs would be able to comprehend.  

In the current issue, Deadpool gets assistance from a guy who appears to be almost just as loony as Deadpool and Carnage.  I knew he was crazy when he opened the door wearing Deadpool’s costume.  I won’t spoil it.  You’ll have to read the comic for yourself to know what I’m talking about.  I promise you it’s very funny.

Deadpool vs Carnage is a violent, but fun mini-series written by Cullen Bunn.  Dialogue is both hilarious and frightening.  Character interactions are phenomenal, especially the fight scenes between Deadpool and Carnage.

Phenomenal art thanks to Salva Espin (artist) and Veronica Gandini (colorist).  Although I knew what to expect from Deadpool and Carnage, I couldn’t help but to cringe at some of the panels.  Espin killed it on the fight scenes, and Gandini bought the entire book to life with her colors.

Deadpool vs Carnage is a four-issue mini-series, so there is no doubt I will be reading the final two issues.

VERDICT (drumroll please)
I strongly recommend this funny, but extremely violent mini-series for Deadpool and/or Carnage fans, and mature readers.  If you’re not familiar with either character, this title will surely give you a taste of what you’ve been missing.

I’m giving this issue 5/5 stars.

 

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My Replacement for Superior Spider-Man

Now that Doc Ock’s reign as Superior Spider-Man is over, it is time that I appoint a new protector in my Marvel comic life.  If you’ve read My Two Cents Worth on Superior Spider-Man blog post, then you know that Doc Ock’s successor WILL NOT be Peter Parker.

I recently tweeted the top three contenders.  It was difficult for me to decide which hardcore badass was going to have me breaking my neck to read his comic book every month.  Since I like a man who takes charge, I decided to choose all 3.  And they are:

3.  Magneto
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Written by Cullen Bunn, I was hooked on this mind-blowing title within the first pages of its debut issue.  I followed Bunn’s Fearless Defenders, Deadpool, and Carnage titles.  Magneto shows the serious side of Bunn’s writing.

Accomplishing a lot with limited supplies and resources, Magneto investigates crimes against mutants.

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Then serves justice.

2.  Moon Knight
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Written by Warren Ellis, I instantly became addicted to this smooth, maybe somewhat crazy, masked vigilante.  Moon Knight (Marc Spector) is sharp, clever and a damn good detective.

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See what I mean?

1.  The Punisher
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Written by Nathan Edmondson, there is not much for me to say about Frank Castle aka Punisher.  That’s because his actions tells all.  If you ask me about The Punisher, all I will do is hand you one of my books.  Not really.  I’ll give you my digital code or gift you a copy, because I don’t lend my comic books to anyone.  I don’t like smudges or fingerprints on them.

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Aren’t those panels just beautiful?  Thank you Mitch Gerads for the spectacular artwork.

So there you have it.  Magneto, Moon Knight and Punisher.  Three hardcore badasses you don’t want to mess with.  With these three on board, I know that I will be safe in the Marvel Universe.

By the way, if you’re looking for new comics to read, then I suggest these titles for the mature readers.

My Reaction to Superior Spider-Man #31

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This will be short and sweet with no spoilers.

It is no secret that I am not fond of Peter Parker.  But in case you didn’t already know this, I discussed it in great detail in a previous blog post.  I stated the reasons why I felt Doctor Octopus (Otto Gunther Octavius) aka Doc Ock, was the better Spider-Man.

I was not at all shocked when I learned the Superior Spider-Man series, published by Marvel Comics, would be coming to an end.  For some reason, good things always come to an end.  Obviously Peter Parker is not any good because he’s back, huh?  (You know I had to throw sarcasm in there, right?)

My reaction to Superior Spider-Man #31:  Series Finale, a wonderfully crafted series, written by Dan Slott, and drawn and colored by various talented artists, is the same as when I read issue #30.  A ginormous WHAT THE HELL?

I read the series finale a couple of hours ago, before I even left the comic shop, and wanted to tear the book into a million pieces, or let the store owners cat poop on it.  I figured my husband might want to read it, and Peter Parker wasn’t worth me spending another $5.99.  I know about the digital codes, but my household prefer print media.

So, as soon as my husband read Superior Spider-Man #31:  Series Finale, I am going to rip and rip until I get tired.

That’s right.  I’m taking Peter Parker out to the trash.

Ms. Marvel 2 Review

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We were introduced to Kamala Khan, a beautiful 16 year-old teenage girl, in the debut issue of Ms. Marvel.  Kamala is a Muslim who loves comic books.  She is also mouthy, assertive, and appears to stop at nothing to get what she wants.  She even snuck out of the house to attend a party.  In other words, Kamala Khan is a typical teenager in mainstream America.

But we don’t know how much longer all that will last, as Kamala was mysteriously transformed into Ms. Marvel.  So far she knows that she is able to shape-shift, grow, and shrink in size.

In the current issue of Ms. Marvel, Kamala tries to figure out what has happened to her, while at the same time trying to learn what her superpowers are, and how to use them.  But the most important question is, is it meant to be?  Was she purposely chosen to be the new Ms. Marvel?

G. Willow Wilson is the writer of this title, published by Marvel Comics.  Realistic dialogue,  and phenomenal character interactions.  I especially like the distinctive voices of the characters, Kamala’s family most notably.

Here are a couple of pages from the current issue, showcasing sharp dialogue among Kamala’s family.

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The creative art time includes Adrian Alphona (artist) and Ian Herring (colors).  Superb art, especially the transformation into Ms. Marvel.  I especially like the distinctive coloring on both Kamala and Ms. Marvel.  Brown skin vs. white, dark hair vs. blonde.  I also liked the panels where Kamala didn’t realize she shape-shifted back to herself, as she snuck back into her home and faced her brother.   Alphona and Herring makes a great visual storytelling team.

To let their work speak for itself, here are a few pages from the current issue of Ms. Marvel.

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Ms. Marvel is more than a superhero comic book.  It also focuses on family values.  Kamala is torn between abiding by the principles upon which she was raised, and that of mainstream society.  The comic is centered around a Muslim family, but there are themes in the book that applies to every family, no matter what culture or religion you belong to.

Last Friday at the shopping mall, I met a lady that was standing outside the library handing out literature.  She greeted me with a smile and asked if I was interested in some reading.  She pointed inside the library, and I saw a small group of women sitting at a table with pamphlets and books.  The lady said they were trying to get out and meet people, and talk to them, because a lot of people don’t know who they are, and what they are about.  They were Muslims.

I said, “You may find it funny, because a lot of people do when they find out, but I read comic books.”  She laughed, leaned forward and said, “I have a secret too!”  She told me what she reads and we burst with loud laughter.  As soon as I mentioned Ms. Marvel, she said they all knew about the book, but didn’t know that it was already out.

I told her that I had been curious since I started reading Ms. Marvel, and wanted to learn more about Muslims in hopes of me getting a better understanding of the story.  I then started telling her about the comic.  She was very excited and asked where she could find a comic book shop.  I told her the locations of the two that are in the area, but I could tell she wasn’t familiar with the streets.  She asked if she could buy it online and read it, because she really wanted to read the book.

I also mentioned a physician that I work with, who’s from Pakistan.  I told her we occasionally discuss world issues.  He will mention what the Quran says, then ask me what the Bible says.  She asked his name and immediately knew who I was speaking about!

She invited me invited me inside the library to meet the other ladies.  She told them that I read the comic, and mentioned my co-worker.  They were all very friendly and said the Muslim community knew about the comic, and they wanted to read it.  I told them I wouldn’t be able to make it to their informational meeting later on, so they let me grab whatever handouts I wanted from the table, including a copy of the English translated Quran.

When I picked my son up from school a few minutes later, we went to the nearest comic shop to look for Ms. Marvel.  We found a copy of the first issue, second print.  I purchased the book, and took it to the group at the mall.  The lady I met and spoke with first wasn’t there.  It was a different group.  But they were already aware of me, and said they would make sure that she read the book first.

By the way, the comic was placed into a Free Comic Book Day bag.  Hopefully that bag will attract new comic book readers!

I have another physician co-worker that is from Yemen.  He purchased a home last summer in a high-demand area.  He was outside building a retaining wall, when he sensed that he was being watched.  Sure enough, he turned and saw his next-door-neighbors staring at him from their fence.

He immediately walked over to the fence, smiled, stuck out his hand for a handshake, and introduced himself.  He killed the heck out of them with kindness.  That quickly ended all the staring and whispering.

When you ask people what they wish for, a lot of them always say world peace.  It’s not difficult to achieve world peace.  We have to be at peace with ourselves first, then be at peace with our neighbors.

I am definitely going to continue reading this awesome new title.  If you are looking for new comics to read, I strongly suggest Ms. Marvel.

Verdict (drum roll please)

There is no doubt that this issue gets 5/5 stars.

Top 6 New Comics You Should Be Reading

Before you say it, yes I know that 6 is an odd number for a list.  We are used to Top 100, Top 10, or maybe even Top 5.  But as you can see, I don’t always follow that pattern.  If you’ve read my list of best comics of 2013, you’ll see that I only listed 2 comics for best mini-series.

There are so many new comic books on the market right now, that it may be frustrating to new readers as to what comics to read.  Current comic book readers can become irritated as well.

Below is my list of the top 6 new ongoing comic book series everyone should be reading.  Or give them a try, at the least.

6.  The Punisher

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Publisher:  Marvel
Writer:  Nathan Edmondson
Artist:  Mitch Gerads

5.  New Warriors

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Publisher:  Marvel
Writer:  Christopher Yost
Artist:  Marcus To
Color Artist:  David Curiel

4.  Moon Knight

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Publisher:  Marvel
Writer:  Warren Ellis
Artist:  Declan Shalvey
Color Artist:  Jordie Bellaire

3.  Afterlife With Archie

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Publisher:  Archie Comics
Writer:  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artist:  Francesco Francavilla

2.  Loki: Agent of Asgard

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Publisher:  Marvel
Writer:  Al Ewing
Artist:  Lee Garbett
Color Artist:  Nolan Woodard

1.  Magneto

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Publisher:  Marvel
Writer:  Cullen Bunn
Artist:  Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Color Artist:  Jordie Bellaire

All six of these titles are new, ongoing monthly series.  And they are all worth giving a try.

Night of the Living Deadpool #4 Review

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Talking about a mini-series is hard for me to do, because I can easily get carried away and spoil the story without realizing it.  So this blog post is going to be short and simple.  This is the final issue of Night of the Living Deadpool, and the ending is somewhere along the lines of what I was expecting.  Hint:  It’s Deadpool, so you know it’s something twisted, but comical.

Previously, Deadpool was zombified for a brief moment or two.  However that brief moment was enough time to wipe out the small, virus-free town he discovered earlier in the series.

Before turning into a zombie, Deadpool discovered that Clarence, a former A.I.M. agent, was living in seclusion in that same town.  The mad scientist revealed to Deadpool that A.I.M.’s experiments could have been the cause of the zombie virus outbreak.

In the final issue of this dark and fun story, Deadpool, using Clarence’s head as a guide (remember the zombies talk until their brains rot away), finds his way to the laboratory in hopes of finding a cure for the zombie virus.

Did he find a cure?  You’ll find out when you read Night of the Living Deadpool #4.

It is no surprise that Cullen Bunn is the writer of this warped tale.  After following his Deadpool Kills, The Fearless Defenders, and Superior Carnage Annual, it was easy for me to recognize Bunn’s writing style from the beginning.

Ramon Rosanas is the creative artist, and Jay Shaw provided the cover art.  The black-and-white images, with only Deadpool in color, gives a dark and creepy feel throughout the series.

Thanks to Rosanas and VC’s Joe Sabino, Deadpool’s speech bubbles and sound effects are in color.  Check out these two pages from the current issue.

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You can’t say that’s not awesome lettering.

Verdict (drum roll please)

I enjoyed reading Night of the Living Deadpool.  If you have not read this comic book yet, and you’re a Deadpool or zombie fan, then I suggest that you read this mini-series.  It’s only four issues, and it’s full of action and laughs.

This story gets 5/5 stars.

She-Hulk #1 Review

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Writer:  Charles Soule
Art:  Javier Pulido
Colors:  Muntsa Vicente

She-Hulk is a title I had been hyped about for months.  Unfortunately, that excitement vanished before I even finished reading its debut issue.

The story begins with Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk, going up for her first annual review at a law firm.  Not only was she told she would not be getting a bonus, she was also informed that she was only hired for her ties to superheroes.

She later meets a potential client who is looking for someone to represent her in a case against Tony Stark.  After being put on the run-around by Starks attorneys, Jennifer decided that it was time for She-Hulk to pay him a visit.

The story was quirky and too comical, not at all what I expected from a She-Hulk title.  I read that Soule intends for the book to be fun, but I would like to see She-Hulk utilized in a more aggressive and mature way.

I was greatly disappointed with the art.  Instead of an attractive woman with a voluptuous body, Jennifer Walters looks like a green, and lanky, alien lady.

INSTEAD OF HER LOOKING LIKE THIS:

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AND THIS:

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I WOULD PREFER THAT SHE-HULK WOULD LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS:

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OR THIS:

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OR EVEN THIS:

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I won’t be reading beyond this issue, as I felt as if I was reading the Sunday comics in the newspaper.

Too bad Red She-Hulk was cancelled.  I enjoyed the story and the art, especially Betty Ross, aka Red She-Hulk, appearance.

Verdict (drum roll please)
I wasn’t impressed at all by this title. I’m giving it 3/5 stars.