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Avengers Undercover #1 Review

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This is a comic book that I went into blindly.  The title and its dark cover (Francesco Mattina) captured my attention.  At the time, I had no idea that Avengers Undercover was a sequel to Avengers Arena.

I wasn’t at all interested in Avengers Arena because it reminded me of Hunger Games.  I watched Hunger Games at the movie theater and hated it.  Children were forced to kill each other.  Avengers Arena was no different.  Arcade, a supervillain, kidnapped 16 superhuman teenagers and placed them in a deathmatch.  That sicko was amused by Murderworld, the name for this reality-type show, that was also aired on television.

Avengers Undercover follows the seven survivors of Murderworld.  However Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) appears to have a tight hold on Cullen Bloodstone, one of the survivors.  He is enraged and obsessed with seeking vengeance on Arcade.  Cullen tracks Arcade to Bagalia, a city that I would not want to live in, and home to Baron Zemo, leader of the Masters of Evil.  The remaining six discover Cullen’s plan and has to decide whether they should brave the dangers of Bagalia and bring Cullen home.

Dennis Hopeless is the writer of this All-New Marvel NOW! title.  Script and pacing are both flawless.  Great character interactions.  The survivors are young badasses, but it’s their distinct personalities and attitudes that hooked me.  Chase is already annoying the heck out of me, but he’s funny.  Cullen is a hardcore badass.  And Anachronism, well, let’s just say I’m still trying to figure him out.

Kev Walker is the artist, and Jean-Francois Beaulieu shows off his artistic skills with the colors.  I have nothing but praise for this great team of visual storytellers.

Avengers Undercover #5 was released last week, and it was the first comic book that I read that day.  The funny thing is, it’s on my husband’s pull list, not mine.  I went through a pile of his comics a couple of months ago.  That’s when the title and cover caught my attention (yes, a cover is a selling point).

I am caught up with this title, and I plan to continue reading this All-New Marvel NOW! series until I get bored.  By the way Hopeless is tearing this script up, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

I will read Avengers Undercover anytime rather than Young Avengers.

VERDICT (drum roll please)
I strongly recommend this title, and I am giving it 5/5 stars.

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Original Sin #1 Review

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Uatu the watcher, one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe, has been murdered.  First of all, how is that even possible?  Second, who was bold enough to kill the Watcher, and what gun was large and powerful enough to blast a hole in his ginormous head?  The killer(s) even stole his eyes.

I would say the Watcher was caught off guard, but that would be silly of me.  Uatu was the Watcher, he saw EVERYTHING in the universe.

Nick Fury is the leader of a stellar cast of heroes and vigilants, including some of my favorites such as Black Widow, Thor, Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Punisher, Moon Knight, and Gamora, as they work endlessly to solve the greatest murder mystery in the history of comics.  Not just comic books by Marvel, but ALL COMICS.

Jason Aaron is the writer of this chilling eight-part mini-series, published by Marvel Comics.  Sharp dialogue with great character interactions.  Aaron created a diverse team of heroes and vigilantes, and I can’t wait to see them work as a team.  With snarks such as Punisher and Wolverine, I’m sure I’ll be laughing at some point.  Well I already did, the scenes with Punisher and Dr. Strange.  But for now, I need to focus on Aaron’s frightening script, because this is one murder mystery that is definitely getting my full attention.

The superb artwork was provided by Mike Deodato (artist) and Frank Martin (colors).  Their frightening panels match Aaron’s script perfectly.  I especially like that magnificent spread of the Watcher sprawled out on the floor with blood gushing from his eyes, and the gunshot wound to his head (I work in an ER so I’ve seen it all, nothing is gross to me).

I’m definitely going to read the entire the Original Sin mini-series.  However, I’m not going to read all of the tie-ins, just the titles I currently read.

VERDICT (drum roll please)
Original Sin is a great murder mystery that I strongly recommend.  Along with the art, the writing is sharp and gives that frightening feel that’s needed to appreciate this suspensful comic to the fullest.

I also recommend that you read Original Sin #0, it’s an introduction to Uatu the Watcher. 

Original Sin #1 gets 5/5 stars.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Helsing #1 Review

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Liesel Van Helsing escaped the Shadowlands, after being trapped for more than a century, and is adapting to life in the present.  Not only is Liesel an inventor and a skilled hunter, she is also the daughter of the famous vampire slayer, Abraham Van Helsing.  And Liesel Van Helsing has already proven to be a badass in this debut issue.  Helsing is a 4-part horror comic mini-series, published by Zenescope.

Liesel invents and uses her own weapons to extinguish vampires.  Her latest weapon is a gun that shoots stakes, laced with a chemical that explodes upon contact with the vampire.  The explosion emits a sunlight effect, causing an instant kill.

When her father’s diary mysteriously appears, Liesel Van Helsing travels to Italy to search for answers, starting with who sent it and why.

Pat Shand is the writer of this horror comic mini-series.  Well-written script, especially Liesel’s stern voice.  I don’t like modern-day vampire stories, I prefer the classics, vampires that only come out to play at night, and are killed by a wooden stake driven through the heart.  Shand appears to have kept the classic vampire traits and that is what hooked me to this comic.

The awesome visuals are provided by Tony Brescini (art), Andress Esparza (art), Fran Gamboa (colors), and J.C. Ruiz (colors).  I especially like the cold and eerie feeling I got while looking at Walt Melville.  It’s like a warning for me to read the rest of the series in the daylight.  But I’m not.  I’m a horror, especially classic vampire fan, so I’m not scared to read the book at night.

VERDICT (drum roll please)
If you’re a fan of classic vampire stories, or horror in general, then I strongly recommend this 4-part mini-series.  Helsing is a classic vampire story with a modern-day twist.  And I don’t mean that vampire walking around in broad daylight and taking forever to turn into a vampire twist (ugh).  I know that sentence was long-winded sentence, I just always wanted to write one.   The debut issue of Helsing gets 5/5 stars.

Elektra #1 Review

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To escape the memories of certain individuals in New York City, Elektra Natchios, or just simply Elektra, the beautiful but world’s most deadly ninja assassin, pays the matchmaker a visit and requests a contract.  The matchmaker gives her a job that no one else can come close to cashing in on, the capture of Cape Crow, an assassin that may prove to be Elektra’s biggest rival.  Not only does Elektra has to get to Cape Crow before other assassins, she also has to turn him in alive.

If you’re already familiar with this female assassin, then you know that she is no joke, and I’m more than sure that this All-New Marvel NOW! title won’t be one either.  I’ve read Elektra:  Assassin and a few issues of Marvel NOW! Thunderbolts, so I have high expectations for this new comic series.

W. Haden Blackman did a great job at setting up the story, and introducing Elektra to readers who may be unfamiliar with her.  Well-written script, especially Elektra’s sharp tone.

Unfortunately, I am not fond of the art.  I’m not saying that Michael Del Mundo (art, colors) and Marco D’Alfonso (colors) didn’t do a good job, because they did.  It’s just not for me.  It looks like a painting, and that’s not the style I was looking for in this type of comic.

Although I don’t like the art in this story, I still plan to finish the first arc.  I need to know what’s going to happen on Monster Island, and just who the heck Bloody Lips is.

Verdict (drum roll please)  
Elektra, the new comic series by Marvel, has a strong opening.  Just because I don’t like the style of art for this title doesn’t mean I’m not going to recommend it.  I recommend this title for the mature readers.  I give this issue 4/5 stars.

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.