Apr 052014

Wintet Soldier poster

Once you’re done reading my awesome review, you should go read Silverwolf’s also awesome review. Huh, 2 reviews of this movie in one weekend…almost like a comics focused website has a lot of people who went to see this movie…

If I have one observation about the Marvel Cinematic Universe it’s that their second of each character’s individual series tends to be pretty weak overall. Thor: The Dark World was ultimately a disappointment and Iron Man 2 is probably the weakest movie Marvel has done so far. This is odd, to me at least, because as a rule the second movie in a series is usually the strongest; The Dark Knight, Spiderman 2, The Empire Strikes Back, you get the idea. I am pleased to report that while not quite perfect, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has managed to break the Marvel Second Movie curse and is a pretty major improvement over The First Avenger.

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Apr 042014


It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been almost three full years since I reviewed Captain America: The First Avenger and almost two full years since I reviewed the comic Captain America: Winter SoldierStill, as I predicted years ago, the next Cap film would adapt this story, not least of which because of a (seemingly to some viewers) minor scene of a certain character meeting his “death” offscreen.

Now we’re within the tail-end of Marvel Studios’ “Phase Two,” as we build towards Avengers: Age of Ultron. But enough about the past: let’s take a look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

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Apr 032014
A lot of these people aren't actually involved.

A lot of these people aren’t actually involved.

Silverwolf:  Hello everyone and welcome to another awesome comic discussion! I’m Silverwolf!

Elessar: I’m Elessar and I think you and I have met before…

Silverwolf: Yes…probably somewhere? Anyway down to business! Today we’re here to talk about what is, arguably, the best run X-Men has ever had: Astonishing X-Men by a sort-of kind-of famous guy Joss Whedon. I think he directed some successful movie at some point?

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Apr 032014

Aquaman and the Others #1

Aquaman has long been considered the biggest joke superhero in existence. Thanks to his stint on Super Friends, the character is often relegated to a humorous roles in parodies of comic story lines. Though public perception of Arthur Curry may still be mostly negative, Aquaman has never enjoyed a greater fan following and greater acclaim than during the past three years as Geoff Johns revitalized the character. Crafting a new mythology for Aquaman and Atlantis was one of Johns’s greatest accomplishments, and one of the most popular concepts involves a super team Aquaman led prior to joining the Justice League known as The Others.

Now, thanks to Aquaman’s rising popularity, Aquaman and the Others is a proper ongoing series. Did this series float to the surface or sink with the flotsam? Let’s dive into Aquaman and the Others #1!

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Mar 272014

A few weeks ago, I got quite a scare when I heard a rumor that my beloved All-Star Western was cancelled. Luckily, this rumor turned out to be untrue, and I’m glad to see more issues coming out starring the lovable scoundrel Jonah Hex. Now that Hex, and his new girlfriend Gina, have finally returned to the past, we’re in for some more classic Western shenanigans. How did this issue rate? Let’s saddle up for All-Star Western #29!

All-Star Western #29

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Mar 232014

Even if you don’t read comics, you probably know about Spider-Man. Peter Parker’s story, initially developed by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, set a revolutionary precedent for a story about a young, down-on-his-luck hero who still managed to save the day. Nevertheless, even if you are the world’s biggest Spider-Man fan, you still probably know very little about the lives of his enemies when they’re not fighting the wall-crawler.

Last Summer, Marvel launched The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, a humor comic that focuses on the escapades of the new Sinister Six, including Boomerang, Shocker, Speed Demon, the new Beetle, and Overdrive (yes, you counted correctly; there are only five of them). This series has flown under the radar of most comic readers, evidence by its sadly low sales figures, but has received acclaim and a strong fanbase nevertheless. Today I’m here to convince you to check out The Superior Foes of Spider-Man!


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