Jan 222015

The Valiant #2 cover

Last month, The Valiant premiered to much well-deserved fanfare. I counted the days until I could read the second installment, continuing the adventures of Gilad, Kay, Bloodshot, and more as they face the Immortal Enemy.

The previous installment ended with the new Geomancer coming face-to-skull with the Enemy itself. While in a compromised position, the heroes of the Valiant Universe don’t give in easily, and allies are never far behind. Let’s take a look at The Valiant #2. 

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Jan 152015

secret avengers volume 1 cover

Superhero teams like the Avengers are usually synonymous with competence. Minor disagreements aside, when superheroes team up problems tend to get solved quickly and effectively. This is not one of those teams.

Secret Avengers Volume 1: Let’s Have a Problem focuses on a titular team containing Black Widow, Spider Woman, Nick Fury Jr., and Agent Coulson led by Maria Hill. Yes, both Hawkeye and M.O.D.O.K. are on the cover, but both aren’t technically on the team. With this colorful group of “heroes” fighting a covert war against evil, writer Ales Kot and artist Michael Walsh take readers on a wild journey.

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Jan 112015

January is here folks: a brand new year is upon us, and in the world of comics, that means a WHOLE NEW SLEW of #1’s! Yes, every year, under the MARVEL NOW! label, Marvel has been publishing brand new on-going titles every January, featuring some of your favorite characters, and perhaps even new ones. Last year, we saw the rise of a long forgotten team, the NEW WARRIORS, and we also saw the beginnings of a new fan favorite, the young Ms. Marvel.

However, this year, I believe Marvel has decided to start pulling in second stringers and low level characters, as there are only so many A-listers they can make books about. Why do I say this? Because the subject of my first review of 2015 is none other than the UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL!

Squirrel Girl-1-cover

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Jan 082015

Well folks, it’s a new year, and that means some new changes are coming to the site. One is that each month I plan to use Silverwolf’s Den to look at an entire run of a comic series, from the first issue to the last. Today, I’m discussing Punisher by Greg Rucka and Marco Chechetto, a series that ran for 23 issues from 2011 to 2013 (16 issues of the main title, one issue each of The Amazing Spider-Man and Draedevil as part of a crossover, and then 5 of the follow-up mini-series Punisher: War Zone).

The Punisher never interested me. Sure, he’s got a cool backstory and has his share of kick ass moments in comics, but I always felt he was one-dimensional and thus didn’t appeal to me. However, after reading a crossover of Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Punisher from a few years ago, I got interested in Frank Castle and his world. Given that Rucka, a massively talented writer, tackled the character, I figured I’d give the series a shot and read it from the beginning.

And boy, does this run on Punisher prove that a good writer can make any character interesting!

Punisher #13 cover

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Jan 012015

Samurai Jack #11

A review copy was provided by Jim Zub.

Samurai Jack is one of my all time favorite cartoon series, as I’ve discussed before. Sadly, the series ended without a proper resolution, leaving Jack’s quest hanging despite fan interest. Luckily, IDW Publishing started releasing their own Samurai Jack series not too long ago, which seeks to continue the story for the series’ fans while simultaneously allowing a new crop of people to enter this amazing fantasy world.

Jack’s most recent quest follows a story arc known as “The Broken Blade,” in which Jack’s sword plays a pivotal role in his latest attempt to return to the past.

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Dec 252014

With 2015 just around I corner, I decided to once again present my list of my top 10 favorite comic series of 2014. There have been some amazing comics released over the past year, and it was definitely difficult to develop this list. To make things a little easier on myself, I’ve decided to only include series that are still ongoing as of the end of 2014; sorry mini-series (like Armor Hunters) and ongoing series that ended (like Superior Foes of Spider-Man and Archer & Armstrong), y’all were amazing but aren’t on this list.

So what did I choose? Check it out after the jump!

Comic stack

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