Moar Powah's very own Clark Kent.

Dec 182014

Harbinger Faith #0 cover

A common criticism leveled against superhero comics concerns representation of female characters. It is a wholly accurate assessment that a vast majority of women in modern comics are presented in an overtly objectified manner, often to a startling degree. Luckily, there have been great pushbacks against this tired trope in various forms, such as the Hawkeye Initiative.

But why preface my review with this concept? Because there are examples of modern comics that are also fighting to break out of this box. Arguably the best recent example is Faith from Valiant’s Harbinger title, an overweight, comic book nerd with an uplifting personally and desire to do what’s right rather than what’s convenient. Finally, this fan favorite character has taken flight in her own one-shot, Harbinger: Faith #0!

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Dec 112014

The Valiant #1 cover

One of my favorite announcements earlier this year was The Valiant, a prestige format comic series from the talents of Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera. Charting a tale that brings together the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe, told by some of the most talented creators in the comics industry, this was I comic I couldn’t miss. Did this issue live up to my lofty expectations?

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Dec 042014

Secret Six #1 cover

Secret Six was, without  doubt, one of the most beloved series before DC’s New 52 relaunch in the autumn of 2011. After disappearing for a few years, DC has relaunched Secret Six bringing back previous writer Gail Simone to work with artist Ken Lashley on this series starring anti-heroes and filled with dark humor. Ever since fellow writer Elessar first suggested I check out the original Secret Six I’ve clamored for more stories of this odd family. How does this first outing shape up?

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Nov 282014

A review copy was provided by the Trident Media Group.

A few months ago, I had the pleasure to read through the first installment of the Romulus Buckle steampunk adventure series from author Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. I greatly enjoyed the book, and eagerly awaited the opportunity to dive into the next chronicle following these characters. Thus, with great gusto, I picked up the second book chronically the travels of the Pneumatic Zeppelin and her crew: Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War.

Romulus Buckle and the Engines of War

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Nov 272014

Back in 2011, DC Comics shook up the comics publishing world with The New 52, in which they rebooted continuity in hopes of gaining increased readership. The plan worked, at least initially, leading to massive spikes in sales for all of their titles.

Marvel Comics, as DC’s main rival, was not to be outdone, and launched their own initiative, Marvel NOW!, roughly a year later. Though Marvel NOW! was not a reboot, it did restart most series at #1, offering readers new and old a fresh start for stories about the Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, and more. Like DC, Marvel saw a massive sales spike in the wake of Marvel NOW!, and launched a similar initiative a year later known as All-New Marvel NOW! which introduced even more new series, characters, and concepts.

While from an overall sales perspective Marvel’s latest initiatives have been an unqualified success, rats are gnawing at the foot of the House of Ideas. Series after series is cancelled, only for some to be relaunched shortly thereafter with a new #1 (and sometimes almost no changes, as seen with Daredevil and Hulk). While I do enjoy Marvel’s comics, I’m here to discuss why I think their latest strategy hurts the publisher, the comic book industry and, perhaps most of all, the fans.

all-new marvel now banner

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Nov 262014

A review copy was provided courtesy of Funimation Entertainment.

Street Fighter is the world’s most popular fighting game franchise, and with good reason. Aside from the wildly entertaining titles that have graced arcades since the late 80s, Street Fighter also features an amazing cast of characters. As a life-long fan of a franchise, I was very excited when I heard about director Joey Ansah’s film adaptation of the series, titled Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Sadly, film adaptations of the series in the past have been major letdowns; would Assassin’s Fist fall into the same category?

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