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  • Captain Britain #12e (v2) to add Fern, Giggles, AC-DC, Spasm, Peeping Tom (Parasites), Quill and Lump and add Metropolitan Police Service, Cherubim, Parasites and Warpies.
  • Daredevil #357 (v1) to add Ox (Ronald Bloch), Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, Rosalind Sharpe, Mr. Hyde, Eel (Edward Lavell), Misty Knight, Daredevil, Fancy Dan (Daniel Brito), Montana and Hammer Harrison and add Enforcers.
  • Captain Britain #13e (v2) to add Spasm, Snap, Giggles, Fern, AC-DC, Quill, Lump, Siren (Parasites), Ramora, Peeping Tom (Parasites), Nettle, Hal (Parasites) and Uncle Lex and add Parasites, Warpies, Cherubim and Metropolitan Police Service.
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  • Iron Man #151 (v1) to update Iron Man, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Vic Martinelli and Mrs. Arbogast and add Stark Industries and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
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  • Avengers #45 (v1) to update Iron Man and Thor.
  • Alpha Flight #61 (v1) to update Jade Dragon and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Silver Surfer #125a (v3) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • New Mutants #9 (v1) to update Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage and Cannonball and update New Mutants and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • New Mutants #10 (v1) to update Mirage, Sunspot, Wolfsbane and Cannonball and update New Mutants and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
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Nov 212014
 

by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer

Daredevil

Issue #9

Written by Mark Waid, Art by Chris Samnee

Published: December 2014

Daredevil #9

Purple haze, all in my brain.

I’m a big fan of horror. Movies, television, books – you name it. Comic books certainly aren’t excluded and though superhero stories might not fit the usual definition of horror, if you isolate the villains, you’ll realize that they’re often overblown movie monsters. Hell, some of them are even vampires and werewolves. I have a particular weakness for mobs of mind-controlled civilians, so Daredevil 9 hit me right where it hurts. And it felt so good.

The end of last issue saw the Purple Man unwillingly walk in front of a train, so now his Village-of-the-Damned offspring are out causing trouble. That’s all they’re doing, too. They’re kids, so they don’t have a mission outside of having fun. Unfortunately, their idea of fun in this instance is hijacking a cop car and barreling through the streets of San Francisco, which honestly results in an exciting, clever action sequence. When they start controlling the masses of people around them, things stop being fun and start getting legitmately frightening, and I loved every minute of it.

The way Mark Waid and Chris Samnee display the mind-control powers is really creative and they do a good job of bringing to life the choatic nature of a group of mind-controlled patsies. Daredevil is the man without fear, but that doesn’t mean he brushes these things off, and you can feel his panic when the kids grab ahold of the gun-weilding riot officers.

The subject of Daredevil’s traumatic life is brought up twice in this issue, once in a loving, caring way by Foggy Nelson and again in a malicious way by the kids. Daredevil is a man with a lot of emotional baggage so when you bring in villains that wreak havoc on his psyche, that’s when you get the character at his best.

Nov 212014
 

by Lindsay Young, CMRO Contributing Writer

X

Issue #0

Written by Duane Swiercynski, Art by Eric Nguyen

Published: April 2013

X #0

In Arcadia, a town weakened by ineffective politicians and a bad economy, crimelords have all but taken over. It’s hell on earth, but one masked vigilante has taken it upon himself to murder his way through all the criminal fat cats in the city, slowly and painfully.

X is a gory, violent read, and it revels in it. There’s a gritty appeal to the artwork, which is dark and grimy, evoking all the stench and decay of the city. The criminals are all practically overflowing with fat, flirting with caricature at times, in an effort to make them seem as overfed and greedy as possible.

There’s a fleshy quality to the art that slowly comes apart during each murder scene, where the X Killer rips these large men to pieces, and his determination to kill is unnerving in all the right ways.

The X killer is hardly a hero. He’s a competent murderer who targets bad men, and that dynamic is interesting and complicated. He goes after these men like a mad dog—but why? Issue #0 tells us very little about him, but it wisely keeps to the perspective of all his victims in their mad attempts to avoid the inevitable. The result is that X feels like a force of nature, a mysterious shadow just barely glanced out of the corner of your eye, and one that I want to know more about. It’s impossible not to be intrigued by him.

X #0 does a great job of setting up the series and keeping just enough mystery to make me really want the next issue. It’s definitely not for everyone—it’s REALLY violent, be warned—but it worked for me, and there’s much to recommend here. Check it out if you’re a fan of vigilante justice stories.

Nov 212014
 

by Charlie Brooks, CMRO Contributing Writer

Hulk

Issue #6

Written by Gerry Duggan, Art by Mark Bagley

Published: November 2014

Hulk #6

Oh, Hulk family. You had such potential, yet you haven’t seen the light of day in three years.

The idea of a Hulk family is a case of a writer having a great idea for a storyline while the company that owns the characters needs to consider the long-term marketability of said characters. The idea of giving the Hulk a whole family of super-strong and unstable characters was a good one, but in order to keep the character accessible to those who knew him from stuff like the Avengers film franchise, Marvel pretty much ditched the idea as soon as Greg Pak’s run finished up back in 2011.

The Hulk family has been rarely mentioned ever since, so the current “Omega Hulk” storyline is essentially cleaning up those leftover plot threads that have gone unused. First up in Hulk #6 is Rick Jones, who became the gamma creature known as A-Bomb around the time that the red Hulk was created.

I can’t help but feel bad for Rick. The Hulk has threatened him, abandoned him, and even crippled him. Yet Rick keeps coming back because he’s the only friend that Bruce Banner has.

After years of being a sidekick to multiple superheroes, he finally has superpowers, and now the Hulk has come to take them away.

Rick doesn’t take this news lightly, and a fight breaks out. There are some fun quips here, such as Rick forgetting that MODOK, the guy who gave him his powers, stands for “Machine Organized Designed Only for Killing.” The drama is quite there, though, since we know the plot isn’t going to peter out two issues in. Ultimately, the Hulk succeeds in delivering the gamma cure, and Rick is back to being a normal human without any superpowers. Surprisingly, he takes this pretty well, reacting with anger at first but calming down and hearing the Hulk out afterward.

The action in this issue is pretty good, but the last few pages are extremely disjointed. We cut from the Hulk talking to Rick about MODOK to him intimidating both MODOK and SHIELD to stop all gamma experimentation. I didn’t even know MODOK was working for SHIELD, and I can’t tell if this scene is a flashback or something that happens immediately after the fight with Rick. Then, just as soon as that scene is over, we flash to General Ross, aka the red Hulk, who has somehow found out that Rick has been depowered. Ross talks to himself about a preemptive strike against the Hulk, which is supposed to be our cliffhanger but which doesn’t really provide any extra drama. We know that the Hulk taking on all the different gamma beings out there will eventually lead to a fight against Ross, and there’s no indication that Ross is even a challenge for the Hulk right now, considering how he got manhandled by the green guy the last time they fought.

Despite the disjointed nature of the last few pages, this is a pretty good issue. The art is strong, and I’m interested in seeing what the new “Doc Green” has planned. More specifically, I’m interested in seeing how his plan will backfire on him. The Hulk is bordering on villainy right now, and it will be interesting to see how deeply into that end of the pool he goes.

Nov 212014
 

Weekly Marvel Roundup for 11/10 - 11/16

 

Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 (AXIS)
Written by Al Ewing
Art Luke Ross, Rachelle Rosenberg

Raistlin:
Well, here we go with the first of 2 All-New Captain America headlining titles. Now, of course, a little placement explanation; this series is taking place during AXIS, and we are dealing with Inverted Sam Wilson. Not to be confused with the other series which we will get to later. So, technically this is the first time we get to see Sam outside of the main AXIS title, as Cap. I gotta say, if this would have been inverted Steve, I might have been having a ball with this, just laughing at the hypocrisy of the matter, but inverted Sam just rubs me the wrong way. Also Luke Cage is inverted in this but it was much harder to tell. (Cage always seems to have an attitude). Lastly, didn’t Sam just shrink down everybody in AXIS?? Wouldn’t it have been smarter to invite the Mighty Avenger members to that party as well?? Evil Sam is like the worst tactician ever. The art was fantastic in it though.
Story – 5/10
Art – 9/10

Etienne:
Oh God this was horrible. How is this Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, surely this would have been better billed as ‘Captain America VS the Mighty Avengers.’ This inversion nonsense is horrible not because of the inversions as we have seen that done to good effect, but simply because these characters are being written as one dimensional crazy loons who make Madcap and Arcade look like the sane ones. Is this really how we want to push the new black Captain America, by making him into a raving madman intent on world domination? It seems to be totally counter intuitive by making this huge announcement, big fanfare and then turning their new icon into the badguy. Also, Luke Cage was inverted? He’s always been a pompous self righteous twit like that, what did they invert? His belly button?
Story – 4/10
Art – 8/10



All-New Captain America #1
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Marte Gracia and Eduardo Navarro

Etienne:
This seems like a near direct continuation of the Captain America Infinite comic which teams him up with the Nomad and it leaves us in a really weird place. In the previous issue we have the big bad nasty Sam Wilson, intent on world domination and the crushing of his enemies and here we have the Sam Wilson who is distraught that Nomad kills someone. Ok fine, one is the inverted Cap, the other is the non-inverted one, but having both come out in the same week is just plain weird and then trying to work out where they fit with each other is going to be problematic. I get the impression that Remender enjoys having his books time displaced, I have no idea why, but that seems to be the way he does it.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Raistlin:
I missed the Infinite comic, but I agree that this is just typical of Marvel. They could have easily held off on this title until January when AXIS finished, with Mighty Avengers being the big debut, but I’ll bet even they realized they couldn’t just put out the Evil, %&&hole version without getting a ton of flack, so instead we get this one so they can say, “no look, he turns back good right after AXIS, it’s not permanent……” Well, anyways, after all that, it still is a much, much better issue then Mighty Avengers is, so maybe its better they did do it this way. Sam seems to fit into the Cap role rather easily, and the dynamic between him and Nomad is off to an interesting start.
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10



Spider-Verse #1
‘Enter the Spider-Verse’ – Written by Dan Slott with Art by Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba and Edgar Delgado
‘Spider Clan: The Many’ – Written by Skottie Young with Art by Jake Parker and Andrew Crossley
‘Steampunk Lady Spider’ – Written by Robbie Thompson with Art by Denis Medri and Paolo Francescutto
‘Penelope Parker’ – Written by Katie Cook with Art by Katie Cook and Heather Breckel
‘Late for a Date’ – Written by Dan Slott with Art by Ty Templeton and Chris Sotomayor
‘Untitled’ – Written by Dan Slott with Art by Grummett and Palmer

Etienne:
If it was not clear to anyone from that introduction, this is an anthology title. I do find it hilarious that the front cover proudly declares ‘6 stories and then the title page only lists 4, but if you search hard enough you will find the other two inside as well. This is really just a continuation from the ‘Edge of Spider-Verse’ series that launched the event and just like that, it is so much better than your standard anthology title. Apart from the one page joke, the rest of this book was really interesting and I would go so far as to say this is the best anthology title I have ever read. The stand out one was definitely the Steampunk one and not specifically because of the setting, but because it looked stunning and had villains other than Morlun.
Story(s)- 8/10
Art – 8/10

Raistlin:
Wow, as much as we both seem to hate the whole anthology part of the Events, I gotta agree that Spider-Verse is actually benefiting from them. I, too, thought the Steampunk story was the best story of the bunch; Lady Spider was just freaking awesome. I liked the interesting joke stories they pulled off, especially the last story, which was genius when you realize what medium it is supposed to be. If Spider-Verse continues like this, they can do all the anthologies they want.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10



AXIS: Hobgoblin #2
Written by Kevin Shinick
Art by Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez, Muntsa Vicente

Raistlin:
This is easily the worst corner of the whole AXIS Event. This series is just so bad, I don’t know what they were thinking, and from the interviews, it seems they were patting themselves on the back about this one going into it. I can’t stand the style and the story structure, and the main character is so maddeningly unlikable in his new “incarnation,” I find myself rooting for the antagonist more than in any other story before. I just want this series to go away.
Story – 1/10
Art – 7/10

Etienne:
Is this a comic? I really do not know how to even start looking at this book. I get the idea, they wanted to make it into an advert to the Hobgoblins services as a new hero, but there is nothing about it to make you like the book; it is not funny, clever, well written, well drawn and it introduces characters all over the place. The best part of the book; the last page where it says ‘to be concluded’ which reminded me there was only 1 issue left.
Story – 1/10
Art – 5/10



Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #2
Written by Ales Kot
Art by Marco Rudy

Etienne:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Marco Rudy is an artist who works as a fantastic change of pace when introduced for one issue on a book. He sees things in a way that other artists simply do not, but it does not work over an ongoing series. Some of his artwork is astonishingly beautiful and this book has no shortage of those parts, but it is always so hard to follow. We have been trained by reading 1000’s of other comics into a certain way of looking for the story, but Rudy puts in into one flowing picture, not bothering with the concept of ‘panels.’ This is the epitome of style over substance, where the easy of reading and story are put behind the flare and ingenuity of the artist; it’s beautiful and pointless all at once.
Story – 2/10
Art – 9/10

Raistin:
Ok, that’s your take, while mine is “what the hell did I just read?” half of that story didn’t even make sense, but then I guess I’m supposed to realize Bucky was on some sort of space-acid? At least I hope that’s what was going on because otherwise I don’t get it. Either way, that was a horrible book, and the art was not all that spectacular as you seem to think, but to each their own.
Story – 1/10
Art – 1/10



Guardians 3000 #2
Written by Dan Abnett
Art Gerardo Sandoval, Edgar Delgado

Raistlin:
I am trying really hard to keep up with this story, but all the weird future jargon, coupled on top of a very confusing time-travel story going on, really makes one strain to make sense of it all. I mean for a little while I thought I had it, but by the end I was lost again. All I know is they better not connect this back to the present day, 616 story’s going on, cause we have enough time-travel and alternate dimensions at the moment to deal with, we don’t need the old Guardians popping up to say “hey!”….. but now that I’ve said that, this is probably going to connect to Black Vortex next February. I like the art much better this time around.
Story – 3/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
I do not understand the point of this series, I know they wanted to get another Guardians book out after the success of the film, but surely a modern day Starjammers tale under the banner of ‘Guardians’ would have been better than this. I do a lot of blind reviews for the site and one of the most important things for me about those reviews is the book gives me enough information to know what is going on, even if I pick up on issue 60 of the series. Well this series, even starting from issue 1, gave me nothing and coming into issue two I am even more lost. The art is lovely, but it makes scant difference if I have absolutely no idea what it is lovely to look at.
Story – 3/10
Art – 8/10



Hawkeye Vs Deadpool #2
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Matteo Lolli, Jacopo Camagni and Cristiane Peter

Etienne:
I think I spoke too soon last issue about this not being a proper ‘Vs’ series, the only difference is this one is taking longer to get going. It is shame because this series just does not have enough humour in it, or put another way, the humour is spread too thin. Putting Deadpool with Hawkeye and Hawkeye means there is no straight (wo)man to play off, all three of them are utter dunces. Ironically it is almost Deadpool who is playing the straight man to their prat-falling. It is not a bad comic; it just does not have that spark that the ongoing series has. Then again perhaps it is only just getting started and the final two issues will give us something to really laugh at.
Story – 7/10
Art – 6/10

Raistlin:
As a normal comic book story this is fine, but this is a Deadpool comic story, and in that department, Etienne is quite right, there is a noticeable lack of humor going on here. It has a few jokes here or there but this is just too serious for the most part, and just doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t even match up with the Hawkeye series humor either so I’m at a loss as to where they are going with this.
Story – 5/10
Art – 5/10



Thor #2
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson

Etienne:
Thought bubbles! Oh how I have not missed those annoying pointless fluffy bubbles. I will let them off for now, however if they are still there in a few issues time it is going to get really annoying, not to mention make our new Thor look ridiculously schizophrenic. I have three main points about this book; 1 – it is really annoying that they are hiding who she is like it will make so much difference. For me, I think it is Jane Foster. 2 – This is so much better than I had feared it would be. 3 – What Malekith has round his neck is both ridiculous and fantastic all at the same time.
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10

Raistlin:
This is Lady Thor in action, and it does not disappoint. This was a pretty good debut, since last issue didn’t really count in my book. But I’m afraid to be the bearer of bad news there Etienne, the thought bubbles are probably going to stick around for a while, since they are trying to establish a “different” relationship between this Thor and the Hammer then the last one….. in other words, yes she is going to continue to think like a human, and talk like an Asgardian. As to her identity, I don’t think the readers will have to wait much longer, but I’m leaning toward Roz Salomon, the SHIELD environmentalist that was dating Thor. I hope I’m wrong. 
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10



Death of Wolverine: Logan’s Legacy #4
Written by Marguerite Bennett
Art by Juan Doe

Raistlin:
This series seems to be hit or miss for me. This issue wasn’t great but it was much better than the Sabretooth garbage we got last issue. This time around its Lady Deathstrike’s turn, and we even get a half-ass explanation as to what happened to her after her last appearance in the X-Men series a little while back. It’s not a very detailed explanation, but at least they acknowledged it, none-the-less. The artwork, and story going on in the present was mediocre at best, but I did like some of the text dealing with Yuriko’s thoughts on her overall relationship with Logan.
Story – 6/10
Art – 4/10

Etienne:
As Raistlin said, we get an explanation, however that explanation revolves around ‘We know that the last time you saw Yurkio she looked nothing like this, but hey, we wanted her like this and so let’s pretend none of that ever happened.’ In some ways, it might have been better not to mention it at all. Again, like Raistlin said, this is only an improvement by comparison to the last issue, which was awful in so many ways. This is not awful, but it has very few redeeming features. 
Story – 5/10
Art – 6/10



Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #5
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, Laura Martin & Matt Milla

Raistlin:
We’re going to call this one, “Superheroes acting like complete idiots.” So the book finally tells us, point blank, where we stand with who is inverted and who isn’t in both the opening page ”who’s who”, and in a couple page explanation by “geriatric” Steve Rogers in the middle of the book. So much for all the finer points of the Inversion they were talking about in interviews, they pretty much boiled it down to good guys are bad and bad guys are good, just like they swore it wasn’t going to be. And, apparently only the heroes/villains not captured by the Sentinels at the time of the Inversion on the island are the only ones Inverted. This has basically turned into an overall horrible idea, and the only thing that makes this issue better than last issue is the inclusion of Spider-Man.
Story – 4/10
Art – 6/10

Etienne:
It is AXIS, this sucks, let’s move on. Apart from the terrible story the strangest thing about this is the art as it is so variable it barely looks possible to have come from the pen on a single person. Some of the art is beautiful and his close ups are really stunning, but any time the characters are more than dead centre of the panel they seem to have been given 10 seconds of his time in the thought that no one will notice. Spider-Man is the worst because his detailing is so obvious by its absence and even when he is the only character on panel, if he happens to be a bit smaller, then his webbing is completely gone and it is so obvious. It is strange because both Infinity and Original Sin had consistent stunning art, it is almost like Marvel decided this series was going to fail before it started and gave so little time to the artists that they had to skimp.
Story – 2/10
Art – 6/10



Savage Hulk #6 (Final Issue)
Written by Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko
Art by Gabriel Hardman, Jordan Boyd

Raistlin:
Apparently, this is the final issue of the series. That kind of came out of nowhere. No announcement in the solicits or anything. It would seem that this is being rebooted as the upcoming Thanos vs Hulk series. So this is the last part to the two-part Doctor Strange story, and Hulk was basically barely in it. As Etienne has pointed out before, this is basically a story with the Hulk as a plot point, but not really as the hero. So as a Doctor Strange story it’s not half-bad, but also nothing really ground breaking. It’s a decently written forgettable read, with better than average artwork. If you like Strange, I would check it out.
Story – 7/10
Art – 7/10

Etienne:
The Savage Hulk; maybe I should ask my money back for mis-describing is as a Hulk comic. Honestly he shows up in about 10 panels and other than right at the end where he says ‘no’ and ‘nothing’ the rest of the book has him smash through a few walls growling and screaming out ‘STRANGE.’ Ok I admit I prefer the Hulk as a plot device to as the main character, but honestly you need to use him a bit more than this surely?
Story – 6/10
Art – 6/10



Silver Surfer #7
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Michael Allred and Laura Allred

Etienne:
This book is weird, and I mean weird even for this title, which in itself is about as far out there as Marvel comics goes normally. It is one long series of two page spreads about all the times they have spent together, but not that have been shown in the comic. It is almost like they had a load of ideas which were not quite big enough to fill one comic and decided to stick them all in here. The main story around these flashbacks is a copy of a Star Trek episode where it gets stuck in a space void, but I will give it credit for finding a vaguely original ending and the final panel has a decent joke at least.
Story -6/10
Art – 6/10

Raistlin:
Meh, another boring Silver Surfer story. So let me get this straight, these two have actually had a ton of adventures together at this point, but for some reason we are getting them as flashbacks, for a series that only has 7 issues so far. They must have been just as boring if they need to skip them and then feed us just the highlights as flashbacks. And now we are supposed to believe that Surfer, Dawn and Toomie have become sooooooo close….. yeah I’m not buying it……
Story – 3/10
Art – 4/10



Nightcrawler #8
Written by Chris Claremont
Art by Todd Nauck, Rachelle Rosenberg

Raistlin:
I guess they decided to change things up from the solicits, and last month’s issue was the only Death of Wolverine tie-in coming from this series. So we get an actual comic, instead of yet another sob story about Logan. I have to say I actually liked this issue, and feel this was probably the first issue of this series that felt more like an X-Men story. But then that could be because of the villain they included, but either way, it worked for me. There was some decent action, and I liked that the other X-Men were involved, and it seems like we might actually get a decent arc going for once.
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10

Etienne:
Eight issues. That is how long it took before Claremont managed to write a ‘modern’ story. This is so much better than the dross that came before it; it is hard to imagine how this is even written by the same person. Ok the ending is a bit cheesy and they have pulled out a villain from the depths of his original run on X-Men, but over all this is really good. It does not hurt that the art on this book is stunning, in a stylised rounded way. It is not ‘cutesy,’ but there is a rounded feeling to everything with very few hard edges and it is very easy to look at. I have to question just how sexist they wanted to make it, seriously a woman in ‘armour’ that tears like clothing, it’s a bit too 1980s for my liking.
Story – 7/10
Art – 8/10



Captain Marvel #9
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by David Lopez and Lee Loughridge

Etienne:
There have been some pretty poor books out this week. AXIS has been awful, Hobgoblin was even worse, but this is about as annoying as it comes. They find some mutant reject who thinks she is Dazzler who can teleport to the sound of her own music. She is set to marry someone who comes from a really rhythmic planet where all their speech is in rhyme. It might be the age that my children are, but this just makes me want to reach into each panel and punch them. There is a children’s TV show called ‘Rhyme Rocket’ and I found that more entertaining on repeat for the 50th time than reading through this book once. I was a massive fan of the previous volume by this writer, but I honestly have to question what has happened since the relaunch.
Story – 1/10
Art – 7/10

Raistlin:
Other than your negatives about Lila Cheney, this was pretty bad. The rhyming was annoying, and wasn’t even very good. The story was just really cliché, and boring. SOOOOOO boring. Yet another cosmic title with absolutely no direction. Wake me when we get to Black Vortex.
Story – 3/10
Art – 6/10



She-Hulk #10
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Javier Pulido, Muntsa Vicente

Raistlin:
Once again, I liked the whole courtroom drama story. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of Law & Order, but it was a good ending to a decent little story arc. Now if they could do something about the artwork, this might actually be a good series, but it continues to have such horrible art I’m barely able to look at it.
Story – 7/10
Art – 1/10

Etienne:
Raistlin said this all for me. The story in this series has been strong, this issue especially, but the art is mind numbingly bad. My opinion of it has soften slightly in the light of recent issues of Wolverine Legacy (last week) and it has changed from ‘terrible’ to merely ‘really boring.’ Everything about it is stationary, static and wooden and it is starting to make my personal enmity for the starting run of Thunderbolts look good.
Story – 7/10
Art – 2/10



Nova #23 (AXIS)
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by David Baldon, Terry Pallot, David Curiel

Raistlin:
This is the first of many new titles jumping on board the AXIS train wreck, and although some of the tie-ins have been great, this one gets dragged down by the fact that it focuses on KLUH, and I really hate this character. Nova’s fight with him is so over the top, I just couldn’t take anything seriously. Plus, Sam really sucks working in a group. This is like the second time in AXIS that he decides to do his own thing and it backfires. Kid needs to learn to listen to his elders. 
Story – 4/10
Art – 7/10

Etienne:
I really love the Nova series, it has been one of the most consistent (and now ones of the longest) running series of the Marvel Now era. Well this issue broke it. The art is still as pretty as ever and the final page is really strong, but the rest of it is horrible. Like Raistlin said, it is all Kluh’s fault. Is it really awful for me to admit that it has taken me this long to realise that Kluh is Hulk backwards? I blame the fact that I want to spend as little time as possible thinking about him, but being horribly dyslexic might also have something to do with it. I really have to question, just how big is Kluh? Seriously he seems to grow and shrink throughout this issue, at one point he looks big enough to swallow Nova whole.
Story – 5/10
Art – 8/10



Comic of the week; and the first book that has scored 39 out of 40 between us:


Superior Iron Man #1
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Yidiray Cinar and Guru-eFX

Etienne:
Let me just explain how good this book is. So far we have had a lot of inversions, most of them terrible done turning wonderful heroic characters into one dimensional idiots. For the first 19 pages of this book it was a brilliantly executed, rounded character of a fallen Tony Stark. Back to his drinking and taking his ego to the next level in a wave of orgies after his new phone app turns the entirety of San Francisco into a beauty paradise. To this point it was enough to give the book a clear 9/10, possible even 10. Then they showed us the real story and I cannot tell you how much I love this book.
Story – 10/10
Art – 9/10

Raistlin:
Absolutely, hands down, one of the best issues I’ve read since returning to reading modern Marvel. There was absolutely nothing wrong with this issue to critique. Everything was perfect in it. The opening fight, Tony’s new outlook on life, Pepper’s reaction, it all just worked so well together. And Daredevil was like icing on the cake. 
Story – 10/10
Art – 10/10

Nov 212014
 
Updated
  • Cable #42 (v1) to add Sanctity, Thornn (Lucia Callasantos), ChVayre, Marrow, Cable, Storm, Lila Cheney and Callisto.
  • Code of Honor #3 to add Slyde, Stilt-Man, Tiger Shark, Whiplash, Whirlwind, Jeffrey Piper, Cottonmouth, Daredevil, Living Laser, Electro, Beast, Cobra, Angel, Luke Cage, Dagger, Punisher, Black Widow, Doc Samson, Janet Ruiz, Guardsman, Moon Knight, Vengeance, Hobgoblin, Juggernaut, Falcon, Killer Shrike, Moonstone, Cloak, Francis Delgado, Invisible Woman, Plantman, She-Hulk, Iron Fist, Captain America, Pulsar, Hawkeye, Wasp, James Rhodes, Shocker, Thor, Wonder Man, Abomination, Human Torch, Rogue, Batroc the Leaper, Porcupine, Rhino, Ringer, Scorpion and Mr. Fantastic and add New York Police Department, Avengers, Heroes For Hire and Fantastic Four and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Amazing Spider-Man #422 (v1) to add Mark Howard, Paul Stacy, Goblin Knight, Chesbro, Dragonfly (Meiko Yin), Madame Qwa, Garon Lewis, Electro, Jacob Conover, Spider-Man, Mary Jane Watson, Joe Robertson, Black Tarantula, Delilah and Don Fortunato.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #423 (v1) to add Spider-Man, Joe Robertson, J. Jonah Jameson, Electro, Delilah, Jacob Conover, Martha Robertson, Madame Qwa, Dragonfly (Meiko Yin), Paul Stacy, S.H.O.C., Ben Urich and Angela Yin and add Daily Bugle.
  • Deadpool #4 (v2) to add T-Ray, Hulk, Emrys Killebrew, Siryn and Deadpool.
  • Solomon Kane #1 to add Solomon Kane and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Solomon Kane #6 to add Solomon Kane and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Solomon Kane #5 to add Solomon Kane and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Solomon Kane #4 to add Solomon Kane and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Solomon Kane #3 to add Solomon Kane and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Daredevil #247 (v1) to add Agent Crock and add Project: Reptile and Project: Reptile.
  • Daredevil #246 (v1) to add Gronosky, Murphy (NYPD), Braxton (NYPD), Officer Green, Robert Phalen and Nigel Townes and add New York Police Department.
  • Spider-Man Annual UK #1987 to add Batroc the Leaper, Silver Samurai, Living Laser, Constrictor, Sabretooth, Boomerang, Morton Wesley, Kingpin, Ben Urich, Betty Brant and Spider-Man and add New York Police Department and Daily Bugle and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • The Punisher #18 (v3) to add Punisher and Margaret Murdock and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Juggernaut #1 (v1) to add DSpayre and Juggernaut.
  • Professor Xavier and the X-Men #18 to add Master Mold, Master Man, Bolivar Trask, Professor X, Jean Grey, Iceman, Cyclops, Beast and Angel and add Sentinels and X-Men and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Spider-Man Annual UK #1984b to add Kraven and Spider-Man and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Spider-Man Annual UK #1984a to add Sleeper (Thief), Sarah Williams, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Robertson and Spider-Man and add Daily Bugle and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Spider-Man Annual UK #1983b to add Joe Robertson, J. Jonah Jameson, Electro and Spider-Man and add Daily Bugle and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Spider-Man Annual UK #1983a to add Thing, J. Jonah Jameson, Bluebird (Zora Loftus) and Spider-Man and add Daily Bugle and New York Police Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Spider-Man Annual UK #1985a to add Spider-Man, Joe Robertson and J. Jonah Jameson and add Daily Bugle and New York Police Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Spider-Man Annual UK #1986b to add Knife-slice, Hammer-fist and Spider-Man and add New York Police Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Spider-Man Annual UK #1986a to add Thermic Lance and Spider-Man and add New York Police Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Spider-Man Annual UK #1985b to add Light-Master (Thief), Joe Robertson and Spider-Man and add Daily Bugle and New York Police Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Solomon Kane #2 to add Solomon Kane and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Daredevil #236 (v1) to add Project: Reptile.
  • US 1 #1 to update US Archer.
  • Fantastic Four #254 (v1) to update Avengers.
  • New Mutants #6 (v1) to update Silver Samurai, Honcho, Wrench, Wolf (Thunderiders), Cowboy and RU Reddy and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Avengers #1 (v1) to update Henry Pym and update issue synopsis and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Tales to Astonish #65a (v1) to update Henry Pym and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • New Mutants #5 (v1) to update Sunspot, Karma, Mirage, RU Reddy, Cowboy, Wolf (Thunderiders), Wrench, Honcho, Silver Samurai, Wolfsbane and Cannonball and update New Mutants and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Fantastic Four #70 (v1) to update Mad Thinkers Most Powerful Android, .
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Nov 202014
 

by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer

Magneto

Issue #11

Written by Cullen Bunn, Art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Published: December 2014

Magneto #11

Magneto has been a consistently good title since it debuted earlier this year. I’ve enjoyed Cullen Bunn’s previous work but I feel like he’s really hit a home run with Magneto, though I suppose I’m a bit biased considering my enduring love for the character. This has been a strong run, but the last few issues have felt less than great, and I think issue 11 might be the worst yet. Bear in mind that the “worst” issue of a spectacular run is still plenty good, but it’s discouraging to see the series take a dip, albeit a small one.

I don’t blame Bunn, though. I blame the creative team behind Avengers & X-Men: Axis, the current event that Magneto is now a part of. I say this knowing full well that Bunn might be part of that team that I’m blaming, but I stand what I said. Bunn, when left to his own devices, produced a stellar comic. Now that he has to work his series into the bigger event, it’s not flowing as well as it was. This is part of the reason I dislike events. I understood the appeal of universe-wide events and they can be fun as hell, but they’re also disruptive and you can end up with incidents like this, where Magneto is worse for having to be a part of it. Of course, the character himself is a big part of Axis, but I’ve seen situations before where in order to avoid having to take part in an event, a series will run a flashback arc or give the book some other reason to skip the event entirely. I wish that was the case here.

This is all speculation on my part. For all I know, it could Bunn pushing to write his series around Axis, but if that’s indeed the case, then I stand by my argument that he works better on his own. I’m still enjoying Magneto, but I’ll be glad when this is all over.

Nov 202014
 

by Lindsay Young, CMRO Contributing Writer

Without Warning!

Written by Jeremy Barlow & Althea Rizzo, Art by David Hahn

Published: August 2014

Without Warning!

I don’t tend to read educational comics very often, but something about the cover of Without Warning caught my eye. The story is about Angie, a teenage girl caught in the middle of an earthquake, who has to make her way across the decimated down through the effects of the quake and an ensuing tsunami, to make it safely to her sister’s school. What follows is a blend of survival strategies, earthquake protocol, and disaster movies.

It manages to get enough of the comic book form right to be fun and informative at the same time. Angie is perhaps the most prepared and level-headed teenager you’ll ever see, but when she rescues a man calling for help from his sinking car by proclaiming “help just arrived!”—well, it manages to have shades of the superhero story too. She’s a product of the safety-comic genre, but she’s also likeable and competent, and it’s nice to see a teenage girl in the role of survivalist hero. The issue moves along at a brisk pace, but it never feels rushed, nor too slow. It hits a nice sweet spot between the two.

David Hahn’s artwork is very pretty, with smooth, thick lines and convincing motion. The action—while firmly rooted in reality—is realized nicely, and the poses feel natural. I really dig the style overall, which is simple but effective.

I think this is a useful comic for anyone living in an area where earthquakes are a common occurrence, not because I particularly love educational comics, but because this one manages to be somewhat fun and engaging despite those trappings. And the information is always good to have to. It’s a nice little educational diversion that surpassed my expectations, low as they were to begin with.