Moar Powah's very own Clark Kent.

May 282015

Dark Phoenix Saga cover

In the 80s, a bunch of crazy &*^% happened to the X-Men. Arguably the most famous story arc, “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” took place between issues #129 and #137 of The Uncanny X-Men. Chris Claremont and John Byrne teamed up to tell the legendary tale of Jean Grey’s rise to the form of Dark Phoenix, and her eventual demise.

For years, I’d heard about this story. Probably the earliest time was when I watched the X-Men animated series as a child, where they abridged this plotline. I decided last week to finally pick it up and see if the comic still held water thirty-five years later. I was, ultimately, impressed with what I found.

Continue reading »

May 212015

Bloodshot Reborn #2 Johnson cover

Ray Garrison’s atonement continues in this week’s Bloodshot Reborn #2. Last month, Garrison, formerly the mindless killing machine known as Bloodshot, learned of a murderer who resembled his former self. Determined to prevent meaningless violence, Garrison set out, followed by visions of deceased geomancer Kay McHenry and the plucky doppleganger Bloodsquirt. Would the second issue live up to the masterpiece that was the first?

Continue reading »

May 142015

It's A Bird...cover

I like stories that challenge standard narrative formats and make the reader think. It’s A Bird… by writer Steven T. Seagle and artist Teddy Kristiansen is, arguably, one of the most innovative and interesting comics ever written. Yet, oddly enough, I’d never heard of it before I saw it on a library shelf and, on a whim, decided to check it out.

What I found within its pages was one of the most engrossing, compelling, and beautiful examples of graphic storytelling ever compiled.

Continue reading »

May 072015

Dead Drop #1 cover

The best comic book team-ups involve strange pairings. Valiant’s latest miniseries, Dead Drop, focuses on a disparate group of heroes, with each headlining his or her own issue. The first installment focuses on X-O Manowar, as he rushes around New York City to stop someone in possession of a deadly alien virus. With Ales Kot and Adam Gorham on board, this series promised to be unlike anything else Valiant has released thus far.

Continue reading »

May 052015

Witches Be Crazy final cover

A review copy was provided by Mark Gottlieb, courtesy of the Trident Media Group.

Fantasy is, without a doubt, my favorite genre and has been for much of my life.  Even more than standard fantasy, I love stories that lovingly poke fun at the common tropes found with such tales. Thus, when I had the chance to read an early copy of Witches Be Crazy by Logan J. Hunder, I jumped at the chance to read a book that promised to offer a hilarious spin on a classic quest story line.

Continue reading »

Apr 302015

the black hood #1 cover

The Black Hood is a big deal and I’m not just saying that because it’s the first comic series published by Archie to drop the F-bomb. Writer Duane Swierczynski and artist Michael Gaydos band together for this shadowy tale of a policeman’s fall from grace. Kicking off the premier of the revamped Dark Circle imprint, The Black Hood brings the right amount of grit to the comic book medium.

Continue reading »