Nov 282014
 

I’m just branching out all over the place this month it seems. This is the first time have done a review for a comic on an issue basis, so bear with me.

That said, I’m going to make a confession here – I’ve not finished Baldur’s Gate. I know its status as one of the all-time great Dungeons & Dragons games, and I’ve enjoyed what I have played of it, but I will admit, I’m far from an expert on it.

So I went into reading these issues without the complete BG experience on the advice of a fellow MP reviewer that it would still be accessible. He wasn’t kidding.

Legends of Baldurs Gate Cover

A review copy was provided by Jim Zub.
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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
 

wayward 4 zub comic

A review copy was provided by Jim Zub.

Having never read Wayward 1-3, I jumped in with some online reviews in hand and a tagline courtesy of Silverwolf, “strong female protagonist, half Japanese half Irish, does mystical adventures in Japan with Kappas and Cats and stuff.” As far as accuracy goes, that’s mostly the gist of it. Wayward, a comic written by Jim Zub and drawn by Steve Cummings with a team of colorists, continues off of its strong debut into issue 4.

Rori Lane moves to Japan and acquires both foreigner newcomer status as well as the burden of growing into her supernatural senses all at once. Red ropes, a little stronger than threads of fate, appear before her and inexplicably lead her to important encounters.

By Issue #4, she’s met three others with powers and they’re bumping their way to figuring out why Eastern mythological monsters are suddenly populating the city and attacking – except they’re not in the dark, what with Rori’s powers being a convenient physical guide. Though mostly a transitional piece, Wayward certainly makes an impression.

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Nov 222014
 

Spider-verse is in full swing, and this week we choose to look at the fairer sex on the web of life. While Jessica Drew has had next to NOTHING to do with the Spider-man mythos for the majority of her life-span in comic books, that doesn’t change the fact that she does bare the name SPIDER-Woman. Thus, including her in the massive Spider-verse event was all but unavoidable.

However, something that probably WAS avoidable was the choice of artist for this title. The variant cover art for this book has garnered much scrutiny over the past few months and with the book in-hand, I can confirm that the disdain is well deserved. The primary artist of this book is the INFAMOUS Greg Land, known best for his use of tracing live model photos (particularly porn), and copy and pasting his own work multiple times over. Will his artistic dreck drag this title and bring this story arc to it’s knees? Let’s find out!

Spiderwoman-1-cover

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Nov 202014
 

X-O Manowar #30 variant cover

Aric of Dacia survived the threat of the Armor Hunters, and now is the face of Unity, Earth’s premier super team to combat powerful threats to global peace. Nevertheless, everyone’s favorite time-displaced Visigoth can never rest easy, as machinations of a corrupt businessman eat away at the roots of Aric’s life. With this new arc serving to chart the next phase of the Valiant Universe by introducing the Armorines, I eagerly awaited X-O Manowar #30 and was rewarded for my patience.

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Nov 132014
 

Unity #12

Hot off the heels of “Armor Hunters” comes the latest adventures of Valiant’s premier super team: Unity. The world lies in shambles, and most governments on the planet aren’t too keen on the foremost assembly of superhumans answering to the USA and Great Britain. Thus, this arc sees the introduction of The United, a rival team cultivated from multiple nations. With the amazing team of Matt Kindt and CAFU on board, this issue was high on my reading list. Let’s check out Unity #12!

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