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Sep 162014
 

by Lindsay Young, CMRO Contributing Writer

Worth

Issue #1

Written by Aubrey Sitterson, Art by Chris Moreno

Published: March 2014

Worth #1

In Detroit, Grant Worth is a legend. His ability to control machines has made him invaluable to society—until the progression of that society begins to overtake his usefulness. With the invention of computers, Grant finds that his powers aren’t so eager to adapt as the rest of the world, and he sinks deeper and deeper into bitter alienation.

Worth #1 is an interesting and unique take on superheroes and their evolution over time, and what happens when a hero simply becomes obsolete. It’s engaging stuff, and Aubrey Sitterson’s dialogue and narrative are really solid, maintaining a realistic feel that I totally buy. It sets up the story really satisfyingly, giving me a really good idea of who the characters are and hinting at their burgeoning relationships. Grant is fun as a bitter old man struggling with his inability to connect with an increasingly digital word, and I can’t wait to see him properly paired up with Elliot, a digitally-inclined kid with a single mother in a poor neighbourhood.

Chris Moreno’s art is stylish and suits the story well. There are a couple odd or lopsided expressions, but more often than not they really pop, and there’s a solidness to them that really makes the expressiveness impressive. Grant’s grizzled mug is a thing of beauty, with his weathered looks rendered in loving detail. The body language and poses are also solid in this way, with convincing motion and a good sense of forward momentum from panel to panel. The colours are muted but work well to evoke a vaguely grim, realistic atmosphere. Overall, it’s good work.

Worth #1 is a really solid, engaging first issue with a lot to recommend. Fun art and excellent writing make for a smart, attractive read, one that satisfies on multiple levels. Definitely worth checking out.

Sep 162014
 

Weekly Marvel Roundup 09/07 - 09/13

 

Edge of Spider-Verse – Spider-Man Noir #1
Written by David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky
Art by Richard Isanove

I have never been a huge fan of the Spider-Man universe because I find it very constrained, all focusing around one person and his amazing chums. With the Edge of Spider-Verse starting and all versions of Spider-Man coming to the fore, we have so much more potential for stories. What helps is that this is written brilliantly, allowing people like myself with no real knowledge of this incarnation to understand the character and with dark and ‘soft’ art which is so fitting for the time period. This can surely only get better?
Story – 4/5
Art – 4/5


Death of Wolverine #2
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten and Justin Ponsor

There is only one thing that annoys me more than badly written Wolverine; exceptionally written Wolverine after they have decided to kill him. For the last year I have been wishing they would get rid of him and now that he is going I am absolutely gutted about it. I hope this series sets record sales because it deserves it for more than the fact that it is the ‘Death of Wolverine.’ To be frank, I am not certain what is going on, with every villain he ever had turning up in the pages of the last couple of issues, but something does not feel right, Nuke with an iron face, Sabretooth chained up and Deathstike back in her old body?
Story – 4.5/5
Art – 4.5/5


Inhuman #5
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Ryan Stegman and Marte Gracia

After much delay finally this series is back on schedule and I only wish it had been released sooner. I harp on about the delays, but it has absolutely wrecked any chances of this title doing anything meaningful, they would be better off finishing it at issue 12 and relaunching with a proper release schedule. This issue finally gets a dramatic finish and brings back the old King of Attilan, I just wonder when Black Bolt is going to make a reappearance?
Story – 4/5
Art – 4/5


Amazing Spider-Man #6
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba and Edgar Delgardo

This comic is an utter contradiction; ingenious hilarity followed by gut wrenching annoyance. The way Slott gets around Peter Parkers unmasking is nothing but brilliant and so in character it almost kept me happy through the bad bits. The other side is summed up by two moments, but they were hardly the totality of it. Peter and Silk going at it like rabbits constantly is boring to say the least and about as sexy as a tarantula. Part two is that Silk is everything Peter is, but better; creates her own webs, stronger spider-sense and more agile. I start to wonder if Thor is not the only one who will be replaced by their female counter part soon…
Story – 2/5
Art – 4/5


Nightcrawler #6
Written by Chris Claremont
Art by Todd Nauck and Rachelle Rosenberg

This comic annoys me so much, I cannot help it. Every time it does something right, it does something monumentally contrived and it makes me want to strangle a digital image. Nightcrawler can teleport at will, why is he fencing with someone who is clearly better than him when he can simply pop in and out of space and skewer her at will? Why does a teleport beam transport people without their clothes and yet place them in different clothes on their arrival? How can Nightcrawler, even with all the Bamfs, teleport across space when supposedly he has a maximum of about 5 miles? And why oh why does Claremont insist on cramming 3 comics worth of story into 2 pages?
Story – 1/5
Art – 3.5/5


Captain Marvel #7
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by Marcio Takara and Lee Loughridge

This comic has finally found its sense of humour! They got rid of all those annoying ungrateful Ring-World aliens, but unfortunately she cannot seem to shake Tic who turns up without being invited. Rocket is definitely a welcome inclusion and brings almost all the humour with him, even if the artist cannot get his appearance right. 
Story – 3/5
Art – 3/5


All-New Ultimates #8
Written by Michael Fiffe
Art by Giannis Milonogiannis and Jordie Bellaire

I do not think I have seen a series with less consistent art than this one which has jumped from beautiful to average and finally to this which is simply weird. In all the long shots none of the character have faces, just blank spots, unless you are Spider-Man in which case your web lines turn black rather than red. Anyway, despite the odd art style the comic is fun and the first half spent with the characters is far better than the random punch up at the end of the issue.
Story – 3/5
Art – 2/5


Ms. Marvel #8
Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Adrian Alphona and Ian Herring

My biggest problem with this character rears its ugly head again; the complete and utter mystery as to her powers. However in this instance it is their failure to work, rather than acquiring a new set. There are some wonderful moments, mostly with the art, and that is clearly because Alphona is back on this issue. Kamala head butting a robot was an absolute kill, but the last page did leave me a bit mystified; what the heck was the giant goldfish doing there?
Story – 2.5/5
Art – 4/5


Magneto #9
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire

There is only one thing more I want from this series. When it is finished and this story has completely unfolded, I want the ‘real’ Magneto back. Bunn is telling a fantastic story of a weakened and nearly broken man, but I want the Master of Magnetism back. I want to see him throwing police cars around and dragging missiles out of the sky. It would be a fitting ending for this story which is taking us back into the depths of his past, which unfortunately is too much like his present for comfort.
Story – 5/5
Art – 3/5


New Warriors #9
Written by Christopher Yost
Art by Tana Ford and Ruth Redmond

I have liked this series, but I have never been sure why. This issue encapsulates everything I have loved about it and throws in a giant stuffed teddy bear smashing up Houston to sweeten the deal. This comic is just silly enough to be fun without being ridiculous and it brings character development to the two least used heroes in the series so far, Justice and Scarlet Spider.
Story – 4/5
Art – 3/5


X-Force #9
Written by Simon Spurrier
Art by Rock-He Kim

Doctor Nemesis is back with a vengeance and absolutely steals this entire comic. And that is quite a feat as this is the best this series has been to date. Everything is falling into place, the team, the back story, everything and that means we can move forwards from here rather than sideways like it had until the last issue. Cable is still dying every day, Hope is still a machine and Maggot is still powerless without the drugs, but at least they have a clue as to how to proceed.
Story – 4/5
Art – 4/5


Avengers Undercover #10
Written by Dennis Hopless
Art by Tigh Walker and Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Even if I did not know that this series had been cut short by two issues, I could have seen it by this comic. It is utterly jam packed with action and events so that they could squeeze everything in before it ended. What is good is that we do get an ending, so I have to thank Marvel for doing this the right way and not simply cancelling it on a whim. It is not as good an ending as Avengers Arena had, but it is at least satisfying and means that these characters can move on hopefully to bigger books to explore more about where they go from here.
Story – 4/5
Art – 2.5/5


Fantastic Four #10
Written by James Robinson
Art by Marc Laming, Scott Hanna and Jesus Aburtov

This series started out so well and it is gradually going downhill, as the team disintegrates so does any consistent storytelling. This book is split four ways telling tiny parts of the ongoing story and it feels practically like an anthology title as they are so individual. The Thing is having a fight in prison with another Thing, Jonny is being an arrogant ****, Sue is stealing ships and Reed is being beaten up and seems incapable of doing anything to save himself. I hope this comes together soon otherwise this is going to feel very hard to read.
Story – 2/5
Art – 3.5/5


Hawkeye #20
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Annie Wu and Matt Hollingsworth

I know I get funny looks every time I say this, but I love this book when it is drawn by Wu and about Kate Bishop. The clumsy incompetent superhero bit works for her because she is young and just starting out whereas it makes Clint Barton look like a complete moron. This book is still a bit weird with dead people coming back and Kate acting as a naked sushi table, but overall it is really fun and makes me appreciate this series so much more than random issues about dogs and pizza.
Story – 4/5
Art – 3.5/5


Deadpool #34
Written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn
Art by Scott Koblish and Val Staples

I hate you Gerry and Brian, or whichever one of you thought it would be a good idea to make this issue deep and meaningful instead of fun and carefree. What makes it worse is that you need to go back and read a previous issue to feel the righteous fires of revenge burn away the bile and hatred I feel for the man that ruined Wade’s life. This is an Original Sin tie in that was built into the story that was already running and once you get past the (intentionally) terrible 90’s art riff and the general wackiness of the story, you realise how horrific it is, but you hope that it might be ok of him even if it is only for a short while.
Story – 5/5
Art – 2/5 (intentionally!)


Avengers #34.1
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Dale Keown, Norman Lee and Jason Keith

I know Hyperion is supposedly a Superman rip off and there are clearly similarities in the back story, but that is about as far as it goes. This entire issue is giving us a crash course in where he came from and why he thinks he is still here. Marvel is doing a lot with their ‘super’ super heroes, like with the Blue Marvel over in Mighty Avengers. It is always my fear that these characters ruin books because they are too powerful compared to the other heroes, they take all the risk out of the story by being the answer to practically any problem. However when they are constrained or harnessed in certain ways they can make a book all on their own. This is no exception and if they can keep it all like this, I really want a Hyperion solo series.
Story – 4/5
Art – 4/5

Sep 162014
 
Updated
  • Wolverine #98 (v2) to add Archie Corrigan, ODonnell, Jean Grey, Zoe Culloden, Tyger Tiger, Wolverine, Dirtnap, Nguyen Ngoc Coy and Baran.
  • Wolverine #99 (v2) to add Wolverine, Cannonball, Zoe Culloden, Tyger Tiger, Lifeforce, Dirtnap, Deadbolt, Genesis, Hurricane (Dark Riders) and Gauntlet and add Dark Riders.
  • Silver Surfer #112 (v3) to add Khirn, Silver Surfer, Uatu the Watcher, Harquis Tey, Jyx, Uni-Lord, Vartu and Blackbody and add Watchers.
  • Wolverine #97 (v2) to add Zoe Culloden, Chimera, Jean Grey and Wolverine and add X-Men.
  • Wolverine #100 (v2) to add Lifeforce, Cannonball, Wolverine, Zoe Culloden, Spyne, Elektra, Hurricane (Dark Riders), Stick, Gauntlet, Dirtnap, Deadbolt and Genesis and add Dark Riders.
  • Web of Scarlet Spider #4 to add Speedball (Darrion Grobe), Scarlet Spider, Firestar, Justice, Alex Power, Turbo, Scarlet Spider (Joseph Wade), Maddie Baldwin and Stephanie Briggs and add New York Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and New Warriors.
  • Fantastic Four #303 (v1) to add Alicia Masters (Earth-30987), Captain America (Earth-30987), Franklin Richards (Earth-30987), Human Torch (Earth-30987), Invisible Woman (Earth-30987), Iron Man (Earth-30987), Mr. Fantastic (Earth-30987), She-Hulk (Earth-30987), Thor (Earth-30987) and Wyatt Wingfoot (Earth-30987).
  • Captain America Comics #2b to add Hate-Monger and Hermann Goering (Golden Age).
  • Young Allies #1a (v1) to add Hermann Goering (Golden Age) and Red Skull (Impersonator) (Golden Age) and add Soviet/Russian Armed Forces and Chinese Military and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • The Punisher #6 (v2) to add Microchip Junior and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Solo Avengers #3a to add Batroc the Leaper and update Machete and Zaran and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man #135 (v1) to add Francis Tork and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Spellbound #2 (v2) to add Snaarl and Sally Fortune and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Spellbound #3 (v2) to add Sally Fortune, Roy Fortune and Snaarl and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • The Human Torch #3a to add Hermann Goering (Golden Age), Benito Mussolini (Golden Age) and Hate-Monger and add Nazi Party.
  • Avengers #6 (v1) to add Franz Gruber.
  • Captain America Comics #5b to add General Haywood (Golden Age) and Captain Okada (Golden Age) and add United States Armed Forces and United States Armed Forces and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Power Pack #35 (v1) to add Iceman, Beast and Prosh (Ship) and update Mass Master and Pestilence and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Web of Scarlet Spider #3 to add Scarlet Spider (Joseph Wade), Firestar, Justice, Alex Power, Turbo and Stephanie Briggs and add New York Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and New Warriors.
  • New Warriors #67 (v1) to add Stephanie Briggs, Smartship Friday, Scarlet Spider (Joseph Wade), Shirley Washington, Hairball, Maddie Baldwin, Turbo, Timeslip, Scarlet Spider, Firestar, Justice, Alex Power and Speedball (Darrion Grobe) and add New Warriors and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Web of Scarlet Spider #2 to add Stephanie Briggs.
  • Scarlet Spider #2 (v1) to add Stephanie Briggs.
  • X-Factor #118 (v1) to add Havok, Forge, Adversary, Polaris, Naze, Random, Dark Beast, Roma and Fatale and add X-Factor.
  • X-Man #11 to add X-Cutioner, X-Man, Professor X, Rogue and Moira MacTaggert and add X-Men.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #212 (v1) to update Spider-Man, Joe Robertson and J. Jonah Jameson and add Daily Bugle and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Avengers #15 (v1) to update Franz Gruber and Baron Zemo (Heinrich Zemo).
  • Captain America Comics #5c to update Young Allies and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Silver Surfer #8 (v3) to update Supremor and Emperor Kylor and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #50a (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Solo Avengers #3b to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Captain America Comics #5d to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #49a (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Amazing Spider-Man #211 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
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Sep 152014
 

by Lindsay Young, CMRO Contributing Writer

Goof

Issue #3

Written by Guy Hasson, Art by Borja Pindado

Published: April 2014

Goof #3

After several screw-ups and awkward shenanigans, Nick finally gets the chance to rescue the girl of his dreams from invading aliens—if only he can keep his hormones under control.This issue is divided into two plots. The first is Nick trying to rescue Melody, accidentally popping off all her clothes, and fighting off against a bunch of goofy aliens. The second is about Nick’s publicist going to talk to Nick’s terrifying little niece and nephew about their uncle’s superpowers.

Melody, despite being around for several issues now, still has no discernable character. She exists as a sexy prize for the hero rather than an actual character, which makes her boring to read about. Unfortunately, sexy isn’t interesting, and she’s just so passive that it’s hard to get a read on her at any point in time—and thus the comic potential, for me, is limited. I don’t care about Nick’s relationship with her because the entire relationship is just Nick wanting to sleep with her, and there’s nothing particularly interesting about that. Any time the plot revolves around Nick’s attempts to get closer to her, I check out a little bit.

The stuff with Nick’s little niece and nephew, however, is really endearing. His niece in particular is a hilarious little terror, and her vicious personality is oddly sweet when she turns her fierceness towards protecting her uncle. I’m eager for more of them; I like Nick’s family quite a bit, and the artwork during these scenes in particularly funny, with his niece’s dark expressions and his nephew’s feral look.I wasn’t a huge fan of his arc in particular, but having read Goof out of order, I know that issue

Issue #4 brings a lot of interesting elements into the mix. So while I wasn’t wild about issue #3, I do still see a lot of potential and fun in Goof, and would recommend it for folks who enjoy pervert humour a bit more than I do.

Sep 152014
 

by Charlie Brooks, CMRO Contributing Writer

She-Hulk

Issue #6

Written by Charles Soule, Art by Ron Wemberly

Published: September 2014

She-Hulk #6

As expected, She-Hulk #6 starts off by dropping the cliffhanger of last issue in a disappointingly clichéd way. Luckily, that and the fact that the art still isn’t a good match for the story are the only bad things about this issue.

The phone call with Wyatt Wingfoot which presumably would have led to him going berserk due to some sort of spell placed over everybody involved in the “Blue File” gets dropped due to poor reception. Angie, who got shot last issue, is revived by way of her apparently magical monkey puking into her mouth. (Interesting thing to file away for the future: if I’m right and the monkey is magical in some way, this could get revealed when Hellcat, who has the ability to detect magic auras, takes a look at the little guy.) And that’s the end of the Blue File…for now. Jen seems willing to drop it, although she is also likely influenced to do so thanks to the magical brainwashing involved here. In order words, we’ll certainly see more of this plot later on.

The main action beat in this issue is some sort of demonic attack on Jen’s office. This is where the art really suffers, to the point where Jen becomes almost unrecognizable during the battle scene. She seems to get bigger and get torn-up clothing prior to actually enter the battle, which is weird. I’m wondering if the artist failed to realize that Jen’s green-skinned form doesn’t change a la Bruce Banner turning into the Hulk or Betty Ross going from normal red She-Hulk to a more powerful mindless version. With so many Hulks around, I guess it’s hard to follow these things.

While the battle drives Jen’s rent up due to the property damage, it does yield something beneficial: Jen’s vigilante buddy Nightwatch puts the word out that she’s looking for clients. As a result, the issue ends with a whole slew of super-powered individuals needing a lawyer. This is a very good development because while the idea of Jen being down on her luck and struggling to make ends meet can work for a while, the real potential of this series is a chance to showcase how the legal system works in a world populated by superheroes.

Overall, this issue is hampered by poor art and a so-so opening, but it remains very strong despite that. It deepens the mystery about the Blue File while also signaling a new chapter to the series as Jen shifts from struggling in her new office to becoming the go-to lawyer for supers in New York City.

The first six issues of this series are going to be released in trade paperback format as She-Hulk volume 1: Law & Disorder in October, and it should be well worth your money if you missed the first few issues of this series. I will say that the trade paperback won’t have the closure that some people might expect, because issue #6 definitely feels more like the launching point of a new direction than the end of a story arc. Still, if you’re hooked like I am on this series, the trade will be well worth acquiring.

Sep 152014
 
Updated
  • Force Works #16 to add Skewer, Broker and P.L.A.T.O..
  • Force Works #20 to add Cybermancer (Earth-9528), P.L.A.T.O. and V.I.R.G.I.L..
  • War Machine #20 (v1) to add Cybermancer (Earth-9528) and remove Cybermancer.
  • Iron Man #324 (v1) to add Masque (Madame Masque Clone), Mantis (Space Phantom) and Luna (Space Phantom).
  • Avengers: Timeslide #1 to add Tobias (Space Phantom) and Malachi (Space Phantom).
  • Force Works #15 to add Skewer and Broker.
  • Avengers #394 (v1) to add Tobias (Space Phantom), Malachi (Space Phantom), Luna (Space Phantom), Mantis (Space Phantom) and Masque (Madame Masque Clone).
  • Avengers: The Crossing #1 to add Luna (Space Phantom).
  • War Machine #22 (v1) to add V.I.R.G.I.L. and Cybermancer (Earth-9528).
  • Force Works #19 to add Luna (Space Phantom), Cybermancer (Earth-9528), Malachi (Space Phantom), V.I.R.G.I.L., Tobias (Space Phantom) and Mantis (Space Phantom).
  • Force Works #18 to add P.L.A.T.O., Cybermancer (Earth-9528) and V.I.R.G.I.L..
  • Force Works #17 to add P.L.A.T.O. and Cybermancer (Earth-9528).
  • Iron Man #323 (v1) to add Masque (Madame Masque Clone) and Mantis (Space Phantom).
  • Avengers #393 (v1) to add Masque (Madame Masque Clone), Mantis (Space Phantom), Malachi (Space Phantom), Tobias (Space Phantom) and Luna (Space Phantom).
  • Iron Man #320 (v1) to add Masque (Madame Masque Clone).
  • Iron Man #321 (v1) to add Masque (Madame Masque Clone) and Cybermancer (Earth-9528).
  • Avengers #392 (v1) to add Luna (Space Phantom), Malachi (Space Phantom), Tobias (Space Phantom), Mantis (Space Phantom) and Swordsman (Space Phantom).
  • Iron Man #322 (v1) to add Masque (Madame Masque Clone) and Luna (Space Phantom).
  • New Mutants #58 (v1) to add Brightwind.
  • Star Masters #2 to add Morfex, Xenith, Votan and Aldebron and update Quasar, Silver Surfer and Beta Ray Bill and add Star Masters, Cosmic Commandos and Axi-Tun.
  • U.S.A. Comics #1f to add Eric Von Himmel (Golden Age) and add Nazi Party and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • U.S.A. Comics #1e to add Roffler (Golden Age) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • U.S.A. Comics #1c to add Ethan Allen (Golden Age), Hate-Monger and Paul Revere (Golden Age) and add Nazi Party and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Star Masters #3 to add Morfex, Xenith, Votan, Sidereus, Ramrog, Dampyre and Throk and update Beta Ray Bill, Quasar and Silver Surfer and add Cosmic Commandos, Star Masters and Axi-Tun.
  • Star Masters #1 to add Aldebron, Sidereus, Morfex, Xenith and Ramrog and add Axi-Tun and Cosmic Commandos.
  • New Mutants #59 (v1) to add Brightwind.
  • Iron Man #227 (v1) to add Mockingbird, Hawkeye and Ling McPherson and update Captain America, Nick Fury and Iron Man and add West Coast Avengers and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Incredible Hulk #340 (v1) to add Halflife (Masterson) and remove Halflife and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Champ Comics #14a to add Scaly Dragon (Golden Age) and Toby (Human Meteor Sidekick) (Golden Age) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • U.S.A. Comics #1g to add Mike Zelby (Golden Age) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Generation X #13 to add Vincente and Bulwark and update Gayle Edgerton, Emplate and D.O.A. and add Hellions (Emplate).
  • Avengers #395 (v1) to add Swordsman (Space Phantom), Tobias (Space Phantom), Malachi (Space Phantom), Mantis (Space Phantom) and Masque (Madame Masque Clone).
  • Generation X #14 to add Murmur (Allan Rennie) and Vincente and update Gayle Edgerton and Emplate and add Hellions (Emplate).
  • Iron Man #325 (v1) to add Tobias (Space Phantom), Malachi (Space Phantom), Mantis (Space Phantom) and Masque (Madame Masque Clone).
  • Age of Innocence: The Rebirth of Iron Man #1 to add Masque (Madame Masque Clone).
  • U.S.A. Comics #1b to add Granno (Golden Age) and Emil Frank (Golden Age) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Generation X #12 to add Bulwark, Murmur (Allan Rennie) and Vincente and update Emplate, Gayle Edgerton and D.O.A. and add Hellions (Emplate).
  • Amazing Spider-Man #210 (v1) to update Rupert Dockery, April Maye, Katrinka Clayton, Barney Bushkin and Spider-Man and add Daily Globe.
  • Fantastic Four #303 (v1) to add Fantastic Four (Earth-30987), Men from Machus (Earth-8009), Femizons (Earth-8009) and Avengers (Earth-30987).
  • New Mutants #60 (v1) to update Ani-Mator, Cameron Hodge, Sunspot, Warlock, Wolfsbane, Cypher, Magik, Mirage, Cannonball and and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Premiere #56 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Team-Up Annual #3 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Captain America Comics #5a to remove Red Skull and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
Added
Sep 152014
 
Updated
  • U.S.A. Comics #1a to add Sally Kean (Golden Age), Dame Kackle (Golden Age) and Rusty (Defender Sidekick) (Golden Age) and update Defender (Golden Age) and add Nazi Party and United States Armed Forces and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Generation X #12 to add Emplate, Synch, Skin, M (Monet St. Croix), Mondo (Clone), M-Twins, Jubilee, Husk, Emma Frost, Chamber, Banshee, D.O.A. and Gayle Edgerton and add Generation X.
  • Dracula Lives #9 to add Lou Garver, Ursula Lensky and Anton Rizzoli and add New York Police Department.
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #20c to add Florus Homo (Golden Age) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #20a to add Hawk Rivers (Golden Age) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Generation X #10 to add M-Twins, Banshee, Emplate, Magneto, Omega Red, Synch, Skin, M (Monet St. Croix), Mondo (Clone), M-11, Jubilee, Husk, Emma Frost, D.O.A., Gayle Edgerton and Chamber and add Generation X.
  • Generation X #11 to add D.O.A., Banshee, Emplate, Omega Red, Emma Frost, Synch, Skin, M (Monet St. Croix), Mondo (Clone), M-Twins, Jubilee, Husk and Chamber and add Generation X.
  • Lightning Comics #1c (v2) to add Mike Johnson (Golden Age), Max McNulty (Golden Age) and Al Mirch (Golden Age) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #21f to add Pindar (Golden Age) and Chaka (Ape) (Golden Age) and add Italian Fascist Army and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #20g to add Chaka (Ape) (Golden Age) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #16h to add Pindar (Golden Age).
  • Doctor Strange #45 (v2) to add Daily Globe and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Fantastic Four #311 (v1) to update Ms. Marvel (Sharon Ventura) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Lightning Comics #4c (v2) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #20e to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #20d to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Ghost Rider #50 (v2) to update Manitou and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Thor Annual #10 to update Manitou.
  • Ghost Rider #49 (v2) to update Manitou and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Daredevil #85 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Daredevil #84 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Savage Action #2 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Ghost Rider #51b (v2) to update Ghost Rider and Phantom Rider (Carter Slade) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Daredevil #167 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Fantastic Four #119 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Savage Action #1 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Ghost Rider #51a (v2) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
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Sep 152014
 
Updated
  • Force Works #19 to add Jarvis, Fisher Todd, Immortus, Neut, Iron Man, James Rhodes, John Walker, Moonraker, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Crystal, Cybermancer, Amanda Chaney, Century, Rachel Carpenter and Black Widow and add Avengers and Force Works.
  • Dracula Lives #2a to add Lord Turac.
  • Giant-Size Dracula #3 to add Lord Turac, Elianne Turac, Ruth Caulderon, Reuger and Dr. Kelly Forrest and update Katherine Fraser and Inspector Chelm and add Metropolitan Police Service and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Strange Tales #177 (v1) to add Saudia Yamal, Jason Adamson, Professor Yeates, Wayne Logan and Rebbeca Adamson.
  • Iron Man #324 (v1) to add Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Scarlet Witch, Moonraker, Century, Swordsman (Philip Javert), Vision, Hercules, Henry Pym, Crystal, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Immortus, Marianne Rodgers, Machinesmith, John Walker, James Rhodes, Iron Man and Quicksilver and add Avengers and Force Works.
  • Strange Tales #174 (v1) to add Professor Abraham Adamson, Jason Adamson, Wayne Logan and Rebbeca Adamson.
  • War Machine #22 (v1) to add Century, James Rhodes, John Walker, Black Widow, Fisher Todd, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Scarlet Witch, Moonraker, Amanda Chaney, Rachel Carpenter, Immortus and Iron Man and add Force Works.
  • Strange Tales #176 (v1) to add Jason Adamson, Wayne Logan and Rebbeca Adamson.
  • Force Works #18 to add Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Scarlet Witch, Moonraker, John Walker, Black Widow, Hawkeye, James Rhodes, Amanda Chaney, Rachel Carpenter and Fisher Todd and add Force Works.
  • Dracula Lives #8 to add Lou Garver and Jean Garver and add New York Police Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Avengers #392 (v1) to add Luna, Jarvis, Swordsman (Philip Javert), Iron Man, Vision, Quicksilver, Henry Pym, Lifecry, Crystal and Tuc and add Avengers.
  • Force Works #17 to add Black Widow, Fisher Todd, Rachel Carpenter, Amanda Chaney, Hawkeye, John Walker, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Scarlet Witch, Moonraker and Iron Man and add Force Works.
  • Iron Man #322 (v1) to add Iron Man, Machinesmith, Luna, Jarvis, Hawkeye, John Walker, James Rhodes, Wasp, Vision, Quicksilver, Crystal, Black Widow, Neut and Marianne Rodgers and add Avengers.
  • Avengers #288 (v1) to add TESS-One and Doomsday Man and update She-Hulk, Black Knight (Dane Whitman), Sub-Mariner, Doctor Druid and Pulsar and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Captain America #338 (v1) to add Nomad, Falcon, Scourge (Dennis Dunphy), Puff Adder, Black Racer and Copperhead and update Fer-de-Lance, John Walker and Sidewinder and add Serpent Society and remove Vagabond and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #4e to add Hymie Pazetto (Golden Age), Dick Gardner (Golden Age), Doc Wagner (Golden Age), Knuckles Johnson (Golden Age) and Lynne Froehm (Golden Age).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #2g to add Kru (Golden Age) and Chaka (Ape) (Golden Age).
  • Marvel Comics #1e to add Kru (Golden Age) and Chaka (Ape) (Golden Age).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #4g to add NJaga (Golden Age), Ed Kivlin (Golden Age), Kru (Golden Age) and Chaka (Ape) (Golden Age).
  • Alpha Flight #55 (v1) to add Pathway and update Tundra, Somon, Manikin, Purple Woman, Madison Jeffries, Sasquatch, Vindicator, Goblyn and Kariooq and add Great Beasts and remove Darby Dean and Susan Dean and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Amazing Spider-Man #297 (v1) to add Joy Mercado and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Avengers Annual #19b to add Andy Rooney.
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #4f to add Doc Wagner (Golden Age), Knuckles Johnson (Golden Age) and Lynne Froehm (Golden Age) and add New York Police Department.
  • Iron Man #178a (v1) to add Mikey (Iron Man Fan).
  • Iron Man Annual #11e to add Mikey (Iron Man Fan).
  • Avengers #393 (v1) to add Black Widow, Crystal, Henry Pym, Hercules, Neut, Immortus, Iron Man, Tuc, Luna, Jarvis, Wasp, Swordsman (Philip Javert), Hawkeye, Vision and Quicksilver and add Avengers.
  • Captain Marvel #40 (v1) to add Rachel Dandridge and update Uatu the Watcher, Una and Captain Marvel and add Watchers and Kree.
  • Captain Marvel #39 (v1) to add Emnu and Mad-Eye.
  • Iron Man #323 (v1) to add Luna, Jarvis, Wasp, Swordsman (Philip Javert), Vision, Quicksilver, Hercules, Henry Pym, Lifecry, Crystal, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Marianne Rodgers, Machinesmith and Iron Man and add Avengers.
  • War Machine #21 (v1) to add Sheva Joseph, Deathunt 9000, Black Widow, John Walker, Hawkeye and James Rhodes.
  • Classic X-Men #18 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
Added
Sep 122014
 

by Etienne Paul, CMRO Contributing Writer

The Shadow / Green Hornet Volume 1

Dark Knights

Written by Michael Uslan, Art by Keith Burns and Tony Alvina

Published: July  2013

The Shadow / Green Hornet Vol 1: Dark Nights

I was actually looking really forward to this book; Dynamite has been on quite a roll for me producing some of my favourite comics of recent years from Dejah Thoris to Chaos. From being a devout hater of pulp and especially modern comics based on those characters, they have very much changed my opinion. Wade’s Green Hornet comic has been a fantastic example of this with his clever dialogue and the beautiful modern art style it gave me an entirely new appreciation for this era of comics. Many of the other books I have read, even new ones, seek to copy the style of the 40′s comics with its limited colours, rigid grid and unimaginative drawing. What this allows me to do is appreciate the clothing, cars and architecture of the time period without fighting my way past archaic printing dots and 3 colour Dick Tracy style artwork.

This book is just plain weird, for the most part because it cannot seem to work out what it wants to be. Having admitted that I am not the greatest fan of pulp stories, I am leaving myself open to ridicule when I say this, but this is totally not what I expect to see. We have the 1930-40s time setting; we have strange gadgets, helicopters before their time and karate chopping sidekicks; but what I do not expect is magic, technomancy and the Nazi’s invading the USA. If I was going to describe this book in a sentence, it starts off interesting and mysterious, becomes clever and then just turns plain silly.

The President of the USA is conscripting rich and powerful people to help him prepare for the Second World War. Now, this for me is a bit of an issue because it becomes retrospective storytelling. Roosevelt himself did coin that phrase, but not until 1941, two years after this book is set and it certainly was not in common usage until a few years later. However we have the Green Hornet spouting phrases like ‘If we lose Roosevelt we probably lose the next World War’, which really annoyed me. There are plenty of other ‘future’ events which are placed into this book, such as the urban legend of alligators in the sewers, a story which was not in existence until a book published in 1959 made it common knowledge. Now obviously this is a comic and it is allowed to mess with history, however it is not merely the facts that annoyed me, but the language in which they are written. If we take the Green Hornet quote about losing the war, he is saying that while he is fighting a giant crocodile, it is just so cumbersome and unnecessary; it feels like something someone would write, but not what someone would say. All of the language in the book is like that, a cross between conversation and plot dump and it is so reminiscent of the silver age comics where the writer did not trust the artist to tell the story, but felt that he had to spell it out for everyone as well.

The irony is this book starts so well and I had really high hopes for it. You have the two alter egos of the Shadow and Green Hornet meeting, unaware of the others secret identity, being asked to help out Roosevelt because of their connections to the media and charity. We then have introductions between their associates, with Margo and Nori discovering they both went to the same boarding school and clearly did not like each other. These interactions and the later ones between the Hornet and the Shadow, were what I was hoping the book would form around. For the first half of the volume that is exactly what happens as otherwise friends become enemies who realise they are on the same side and come together to fight the common enemy; however it is the other plot strand which spoils the book.

Now we have Tesla creating a death ray, that is fine the real one did all sorts of weird stuff, but he is using a Girasol which is a crystal formed from the heart of a star and it all gets very mystical. I know the Shadow can often go off in that direction and his ‘powers’ are right on the border between mysterious and outright magic, but the rest of the book descends very much into the latter. The strangest part is that I prefer the Shadow to the Green Hornet because he has more levels to his background, but in this comic my preferences were reversed. I found the parts centring on the Green Hornet were much more grounded and less reliant on hand waving away problems. However it is the ending which really killed this for me as they decent under Manhattan and discover a place akin to the world in the book ‘Journey to the centre of the earth’ with monsters, burial grounds and strangely enough a sky underground.

There are some modern comics which delight in referencing anything they can from modern pop culture. They will throw in a pop star, president and sportsman while referencing brand beverages and have people hitting on the latest Z-list celebrity. This entire book does exactly that, but using facts from 1940s USA and, most importantly, doing it badly. I have mentions a couple like Roosevelt coining the phrase World War 2, but doing it too early, but they also throw in other references to shows of the time, like the Wizard of Oz; charity programs, like the March of Dimes; and topical people like Walter Cronkite. This entire book reads like a snapshot of American history and the writer/ letterer was so keen to let you know that they had half done their research by putting all those little things into speech bubbles and bolding the names.

This book could have been fantastic and the concept was there to have a great story. They should have kept the parts with the two heroes meeting as civilians, and getting along, but meeting as ‘capes’ and finding themselves on different sides. They should have done away with the over the top secondary plot and the entire 5th comic which would have meant I was not subjected to two characters doing Star Wars force lightning impersonations with their magical rings. But most importantly the writer needs to learn to let the artist do his job, stop telling us what is happening, make all those clever little things you have researched enter the story naturally, or just do not include them. Make sure the artist can do a good rendition of a young Walter Cronkite and leave it as an Easter egg for people who recognise him, but don’t beat me over the head with his name just to show how clever you are.