We’re about to start July, and thus everyone will be needing some reading material (unless you’re not into that kind of thing), so this week’s post is all about comic books! Obviously it’ll only cover Marvel Comics, so if you’re a DC guy or gal – just follow the Bat-family. Nevertheless, I’ve got 3 comic book series that I’ve enjoyed or am enjoying from Marvel Comics, which I am recommending today. Continue reading “Marvelous Monday #24 – I’m Jeffrey Rex Recommends”
The following is a full review of Secret Wars #3 (Beware of Spoilers) – Written by Jonathan Hickman, with art by Esad Ribic – Release: June 3rd 2015.
Marvel Comics‘ biggest event yet still has some explaining to do following last issue, and while we don’t get any real answers in this issue – we finally got to see the people we’ve been missing. And I’m not talking about the Cabal. Continue reading “REVIEW: Secret Wars (Crossover) #3”
The following is a full written review of Secret Wars #2 – Written by Jonathan Hickman, with art by Esad Ribic – Release: May 13th 2015.
Following the end of the Marvel Universe as well as the Ultimate Universe, the second issue of the biggest Marvel crossover event in a long time has a lot to explain. The thing is, though, it does not. Instead we’re treated to a very different Marvel universe – and somehow it looks like a certain HBO show.
The following is a full written review of Secret Wars #1 – Written by Jonathan Hickman, with art by Esad Ribic – Release: May 6th 2015.
Since 2013 my number one Marvel Comics book has been Jonathan Hickman’s New Avengers, and having followed his run on both New Avengers and Avengers I know how he’s going to be writing. Every story of his that I’ve read has had an epic scope to it – and, I’ll be honest, at times it can be tough to follow.
Hey! I haven’t written a lot of posts on comic books and specifically Marvel Comics! So this week’s Marvelous Monday is all about comic books! What am I reading? What should you read? Which storylines do I need to catch up on? Let’s check it out.
The following is a full written review of Batman (Vol. 2) #40 – Written by Scott Snyder, with art by Greg Capullo – Release: April 29th 2015.
This is it. Endgame’s final chapter. One of the sad things about the business of journalism is that some sites chose to reveal spoilers from the next issue online – and that sparked a debate. Some may have an idea of what’s about to happen going in, but I’m glad to say that this issue works. This comic book review is spoiler free – rejoice. Continue reading “REVIEW: Batman (Vol. 2) #40”
On Friday, April 10th 2015, Netflix releases the first of four superhero shows preceding a The Defenders mini series. Marvel’s Man Without Fear is the first Defender to get his own show. Starring in Daredevil is Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, and Rosario Dawson.
This week’s post is sort of a preview for the new Netflix show – listing 5 reasons why we should be excited for Marvel’s Daredevil. Continue reading “Marvelous Monday #12 – 5 Reasons To Be Excited For Daredevil”
Do you want to know what I am most excited about in Avengers: Age of Ultron? It’s simple really. One of the coolest, perhaps overpowered, Marvel characters is The Vision.
While Ultron may be the title villain, the Vision will be a big character in this film – if done right – and I expect a lot of Marvel fanboys to be overjoyed to finally see him. This is the character that once made the Wasp cry that he was an: “unearthly, inhuman vision” Continue reading “Marvelous Monday #10 – Behold… The Vision”
So yeah – weird title if you don’t read Marvel Comics. What I want to write about today is the idea of The Illuminati-group in the Marvel Comics Universe. Minor spoilers for the current New Avengers run may appear, but absolutely no spoilers post-Original Sin crossover. Also, I probably need to explain why we probably won’t ever see them in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (even though Phase 3 would be perfect for its inception). Continue reading “Marvelous Monday #8 – The Illuminati”
The following is a full written review of Batman (Vol. 2) #39 – Written by Scott Snyder, with art by Greg Capullo – Release: February 25th 2015.
The Endgame story of the New 52 Batman-run has been extremely entertaining, and we’re almost at the very end of it. Last month’s issue was great, and today we’ll go into Endgame Part 5 – as Batman seeks out a group from his past to clear his head, and make him understand just what the Joker is up to.
Let’s talk about the cover. I really like it this month. I wasn’t a big fan of the cover in #38, but I like the Joker-centric cover for #39. The chair of victims is extremely morbid, and befitting of the situation the Joker is in. Some may argue that this is another cover that is too simplistic, with not enough going on in the background – but I think that’s a very subjective issue to have with a comic book cover.
Warning – the following plot-summary contains spoilers.
Endgame Part 5 opens with the Caped Crusader having a chat with the Court of Owls, looking for their cooperation in finding this Dionesium and finding answers. Sadly, they refuse to cooperate – and an ancient Talon attacks The Dark Knight. He asks if the Talon remembers the Pale Man being around 400 years ago. We are not explicitly told the answer at this point. At this point we learn that the Joker has infiltrated the armory, and Alfred has taken him on – but is unsuccesful and his right hand is cut off. The World’s Greatest Detective finds out that the only way to get a cure, is to retrieve it from the Joker’s spine, and he seeks out help from the Bat-family…. and the antagonists of Gotham. As Wayne’s plan is set in motion, the A-Story for Batman #39 concludes.
If there’s one thing I didn’t like about the issue, it is how suddenly it ends. Just like that. Sure, I get that there’s one more issue – but for a monthly series, this issue isn’t really chock-full of things we’ll remember, and answers we need. We don’t get the answer about the Pale Man, we don’t see Alfred following his encounter with the Joker, and the story ends just before ‘the big bang’ of Endgame. This isn’t a filler story, this is an important one, but we find no answers in Batman #39.
The artwork in Batman #39’s A-story is spot-on as always. This issue is very graphic, there’s a lot of blood – and it’s not for everyone – but darn it, Capullo and the rest of the art team just does a perfect job once again. I would like to mention how perfect the final image in the A-story is. The Joker looks very much like Two-face here. See how on one side his hair is perfect, his face is clean – but on the other side his hair is gone, and his face looks rotten. Perhaps this is a hint. Perhaps the Joker is rotting right before our eyes – and maybe, just maybe, he eyed this as his very last trick. Maybe he knows that he, the Pale Man, is about to die, maybe that’s why he’s going all out this time.
The B-Story The Last Smile by James Tynion IV & Dustin Nguyen is very interesting. The Doctor we’ve been following tells the inmates the story she’s uncovered. The man she thinks the Joker is – a mere mortal. The convicts don’t like the sound of that. Then our Doctor meets the Joker who reveals he had let her to the story – a story designed by him. Fake. As the convicts break through, she is gifted with a gun and six bullets – as the Joker wanders off. The Joker had fabricated her story. And we don’t know who he is.
The artwork of the B-story is actually very good – probably the best it’s been in the Endgame B-stories. I only thought the Joker wasn’t as scary as he should be, but all in all the artwork was great in the B-story.
Final Grade: B+ – Beautiful artwork is the key for Batman #39, and some might argue that the A-story is too secretive. We don’t learn anything new, really, and the concluding part of Endgame will reveal all. The B-story is excellent, the best B-story yet. For full list of Comic Book Review grades go here.
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