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 062014

The fury of AXIS has spread its event title tendrils throughout the entirety of the Marvel Universe; it has even gone as far as to spawn whole new titles from its wake. AXIS has gone about turning our most treasured heroes into despicable villains, and vice versa. So many heroes have been caught in this event’s power, but none seem to be affected more severely than our dear billionaire playboy philanthropist, TONY STARK.

In his new on-going title, Tony has already claimed San Francisco as the new Stark utopia, where he spreads his new FREEMIUM mobile app which delivers physical perfection to anyone who uses it. So basically, Tony Stark plans to take over the world with “flappy birds.” The sad fact is that he is SUCCEEDING! But SF is home to more heroes than just Stark, and Daredevil is not happy with Tony’s new business practices. How will he react? Let’s find out!

Superior Iron-man-2-cover

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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

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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