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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.

 

Earth Dream (Vol. 1): Earth Day Review

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If you’re looking for an Earth Day activity (or even if you’re not), then a great way to celebrate is by reading Earth Dream (Vol. 1):  Earth DayEarth Dream is a sci-fi fantasy anthology that includes 11 short stories by indie writers and artists.

Earth Dream, produced by indie comic publisher, 7 Robots, focuses on social awareness.  This year’s spotlight is on the environment.  The anthology is available online every year on Earth Day, and it’s FREE.

With indie creators like Suzie and Miguel (Super Corporate Heroes), Jerome Walford (Nowhere Man) and Johny Tay (Seven Years in Dog-Land), I knew Earth Dream would be nothing less than superior.

All of the stories are wonderfully crafted, and each writer has his or her own unique writing style.  A couple of the stories appeared to be vague to me, I had no idea as to the meaning.  But that’s okay.  The art made up for it.

The artwork is stunning.  I could have used the entire anthology as a picture book.  As with the writers, each artist has his or her own unique style.  Some of the pages were so breathtaking, I had to look at them more than once.

I found the following stories to be of exceptional quality, whether script, art or both:

  • The Hole – Ireneusz Mazurek and Marek Rudowski.  Dark and creepy art.
  • Paradise Found – JTW.  First thing that comes to mind is Crayola crayons.  Bold, beautiful colors.
  • The Nature of Time – Annibal Arroyo.  Great script and art.
  • The Guardians – Recondita Rick.  Great script, Beautiful art.
  • Shangri-La – Johny Tay and Kelvin Lim.  Amazing art.  Looks like a painting.

By getting your free online copy of Earth Dream from indie comic publisher, 7 Robots, you are not only helping to celebrate Earth Day 2014, but you are also supporting the indie comic industry.  The talented creators of this great collection of short stories are from the U.S., Spain, Singapore, Canada and Poland.

For more information and to download your free copy, visit www.7robots.com/earthdream

I truly enjoyed reading Earth Dream, and I’m looking forward to reading more from these talented creators.  The indie comic market is growing, and my support for the industry is growing as well.

 

Nowhere Man (Vol.1): You Don’t Know Jack Review

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Although police drama does not fit my current personal taste, I can honestly say that Nowhere Man (Vol. 1):  You Don’t Know Jack, has definitely captured my interest.

Nowhere Man, an indie comic published by Forward Comix, is a psychological thriller that is so deep, you will need a shovel to dig your way out.

The story follows NYPD Detective Jack Maguire, and his alter ego, Zade.  Jack is the host for Zade, a mysterious agent that targets advanced weapons traffickers.  The worst part is that Jack has no control over this unknown assassin, and he does not remember any of his missions.  It is unknown how Zade claimed Jack as a host.

The mystery deepens as the NYPD gets caught in the middle of a conspiracy.  A secret military operation unfolds, and all kinds of heck break loose. 

Several characters are introduced in the story, but the main key players are:

Jack Maguire.  NYPD Detective.  African-American.  A very fine piece of eye candy.  Determined to become the police chief.  Stubborn, over-ambitious.  Reckless.  Jack has a good heart, and is determined to honor the legacy of his father.

Jack also has super-human abilities.  Notice how the bullets pass through him in the picture below.  He also has an electric charge that he can use as a truth serum.  But he doesn’t have superhuman strength.

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Rose Yancey.  Jack’s partner.  In a clandestine relationship with him.  Niece of Captain Whittaker.  I don’t trust her one bit.

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Captain Whittaker.  Temperamental, belittles Jack every chance he gets, hard to get on his good side (I don’t think he has one).  Uncle of Rose Yancey.  I don’t trust him one bit either.

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Zade.  An unknown, mysterious agent.  Assassin.  Controls electromagnetic energy, ability to hack electronic and biological networks, phases through objects, and many other hi-tech abilities.

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Jerome Walford is the writer and illustrator.  Sharp dialogue and phenomenal character interactions. 

I can say only say one word about the art.  Amazing.  Walford has proven to be a very talented writer, as well as artist.

Verdict (drum roll please)

I strongly support the indie comic market, and I will do all I can to read and give my HONEST reviews on this blog.

So with that being said, I strongly recommend Nowhere Man as a comic to read for the mature audience.

I know that I mostly give high ratings.  Well that’s because I read good comic books, both mainstream and indie comics.  It’s not often that I read a book and find that I didn’t like it.  But it also proves that indie comics are just as good, if not better than, mainstream comics.

Nowhere Man  gets  5/5 stars.

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.

Scum of the Earth #1 and #2 Review

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This sci-fi, crime filled comic book depicting a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde hooked me at the beginning of the story.  Action-packed from cover-to-cover, both issues left me feigning for more.

Scum of the Earth is an indie comic published by Action Lab:  Danger Zone, a line of creator owned comic books for mature readers, from Action Lab Entertainment.  And Scum of the Earth fits into this category perfectly.

Laura and True are a crazy and ruthless couple that travels the south, leaving every destination they visit in mass chaos and bloodbath.  The best part about it is that they’re always happy and smiling about it.  Here’s a few panels from one of my favorite scenes in issue 2.

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Laura and True will smile at you one minute, but the next minute you could be getting your brains blown out.  And don’t let Laura’s pretty face and smile fool you, she’s actually worse than True.

Laura and True are not alone on their joyride crime sprees.  There’s a gun-toting robot from space that’s hot on their trail.  The psychotic couple is so hardcore, that even the robot called them ruthless mother***ers.  Turns out the space robot is a bounty hunter, and his target is True.

Who is this robot, and why is he gunning down a pair of human psychotic murderers?  Or are they human at all?

This strange and brutal, but fun, series is written by Mark Bertolini.  Sharp, mature dialogue with great character interactions.  The relationship between Bonnie and Clyde, I mean Laura and True, is phenomenal.  Strong, mature language makes the nature of this title even more appealing.

I am a fan of mature titles, so Bertolini is a writer I definitely plan to keep my eyes on.

Rob Croonenborghs did a fantastic job with the gruesome art, and I’m going to keep my eyes on his work as well.

Indie comics are just as good as, some are even better than, mainstream comics.  It’s not always about the superheroes.  Sometimes we just need a good laugh in a totally different direction, and Scum of the Earth is one of those comic books that does just that.

You can purchase Scum of the Earth on Comixology.

The series is currently on issue 5, and I plan to read issues 3-5 once I get caught up with my current reading.

Verdict (drum roll please)

Crime, sci-fi, action/adventure, great story execution and visuals.  I highly recommend this fast paced title for mature readers.  I’m giving this title 5/5 stars.

Title Discrimination in Comics

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When it comes to censorship in comic books, I often question the criteria that comic retailers use when deciding what sits on the shelf, as opposed to what is kept behind the counter.  There is a countless number of comics for mature readers on the store shelves, so what exactly is the deciding factor for age-restricted material?

I asked a comic shop owner why are there certain books kept behind the counter, when a certain other book is allowed to sit on the shelf with the rest of the uncensored comic books.  The response to the latter was pretty vague.

That was not the first time that I have asked comic shop owners or employees why

Sex, published by Image Comics
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and

Sex Criminals, also published by Image Comics
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are marked as age-restricted material and kept behind the counter, but

Crossed, published by Avatar Press
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freely sits on the shelf.

It didn’t take but a minute for me to realize why Sex and Sex Criminals are being discriminated against.  It’s because of that three-letter word in their titles.

SEX.

That’s right, comic book titles are being censored.  I haven’t been told this by anyone, but it’s pretty obvious.  I don’t know about all comic shops, so I can only rant about the few I have visited since I started reading Sex Criminals.  These books are being treated as if they are pornography, which they are not.  Although I only read the first two issues of Sex, I am not embarrassed to say that Sex Criminals is on my pulls.

If Crossed can sit on the shelf, then why can’t the two comic books with sex in the title?  That is so unfair.

I don’t know what’s currently going on in Sex, but I know that Sex Criminals is nothing to be all hush-hush about.  It is not porn or a dirty joke book.  It’s a comedy about two people who can stop time while having an orgasm.  They decided to rob a bank to save a library.  They are eventually captured by the sex police.   And there aren’t that many panels showing nude body parts.

On the other hand, Crossed is a bizarre comic about a virus that caused a zombie-like apocalypse.  This is a story of sadism, torture, rape and incest.  When humans are infected, they immediately break-out in a red rash, in the shape of a cross, on their faces.  They develop a crazed grin, and the violence and bloodshed begins.

They also turn into horny lunatics, and will have sex (rape most of the time) with anyone and anything, including children and animals.

Although the graphics speak for itself, the book has no parental advisory warning on the covers.  This is a book that sits on the shelf with other uncensored comic books.  Severed limbs are usually on the cover.

Check out the cover for Crossed Annual 2014.
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A young girl holding a severed hand.

This book sits on a shelf, at a child’s EYE LEVEL.

Now that my ranting blog post is over, I feel so much better.  In fact, I’ve decided to follow my dream and write a comic book.

The comic is about a young female that seeks vengeance on those that have wronged her.  There will be ongoing torture, bloodbath and plenty of sex.  I don’t know if the covers will have a parental advisory warning just yet, but they will definitely be sexually explicit.

To make sure that my comic book make it on the shelf with other uncensored comics, the word sex  won’t be in the title.  It will be named after the leading female character, which will be something like Cupcake, Sunshine or Bubbles.

When I wrote my review of Crossed last year, I received a couple of nasty comments that I moderated and unapproved.  I’m sure I’ll probably get some for this blog post as well.