Review: Black Bolt #1 Promises A Fine New Series

The new Black Bolt comic from Marvel is finally here, and it’s pretty great. Written by Saladin Ahmed with art by Christian Ward, Issue #1 kicks the series off into a strangely lit, dark direction. I’ve been a fan of Ahmed’s writing ever since I picked up his novel Throne of the Crescent Moon, during one of my “read all the Hugo nominees” phases, and I’ve been looking forward to this book for months. It was worth the wait. Black Bolt #1 feels like the start of a big, mythic story about escaping a strange Underworld. Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans, has woken up in a prison thanks to… Read More

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Pull List Review – Black Panther, Wicked+Divine, and More

Comics! Things are slowly getting back to normal, and better than normal, around here. I’m almost caught up on a huge backlog of comics and will be posting reviews again. Here’s a rundown of last week’s pull list and what I do and don’t recommend you spend your money and time on. Black Panther #1 Ta-Nahesi Coates (writer) and Brian Stelfreeze (artist) with Laura Martin (colorist) It is always exciting to get a comic in my hands that I have been waiting to read for months. There has been a lot of buzz about this comic and the first issue lives up to it. Black Panther #1 gives a strong… Read More

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Spiderwoman #5 – The real story starts here

Alright y’all, the Spiderverse crossover is over at last and we can finally, finally, get this party started. Jessica Drew, aka Spiderwoman, has decided to quit the Avengers and go have herself some ‘figure out who the hell I am’ time.  She’s awkward and unsure of herself, but manages to feel great in an awesome new outfit. She’ss a fun character, relatable in how she deals with the world, and truly enjoyable to read. I want to know how this whole thing with quitting her job to go freelancing turns out.  The mystery that immediately drops in her lap to set up this next arc is also intriguing! There is… Read More

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Review: Thor #5

Thor #5 by Jason Aaron My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is my favorite issue in the new Thor series so far. Odin is out of his mind, the All Mother is still trying to protect her kingdom, and Odinson-formerly-known-as-Thor has become surprisingly chill about the whole thing and wants his crazy dad to drop the obsession with getting the hammer back. Thor herself is just trying to do the super hero thing, fighting crime in NYC and all that. There’s a fantastic dig against all the Lady Thor haters out there that had me cracking up. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, you’re missing out. View… Read More

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Review: Captain Marvel #12

Captain Marvel #12 by Kelly Sue DeConnick My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the most intense issue the series has had in a while. Cat-napping, black hole TARDIS jokes that never end, and Carol doing very impulsive Carol things that don’t work out when punching things isn’t the solution, accent the tension of the very bad things that are happening. I’d say that this particular issue could be a great jumping-in point for anyone who isn’t currently reading the series but would like to. It has a little bit of everything, from showing off Kelly Sue Deconnick’s sense of humor to jumping right into a new serious arc.… Read More

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Review: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3 by Kieron Gillen My rating: 5 of 5 stars This series is young at its third issue, and I have been waiting for that first issue to come through that finally bursts forth as something I can point to that says “This is what Angela: Asgard’s Assassin” is all about. She’s still being chased down by Thor, but it also turns out that she has a heart that has sacrificed for what she loves! Angela is a strange character, raised in a culture with some seriously screwed up values. It makes for good science fiction, but it takes some warming up to wrap one’s head around… Read More

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Review: Darth Vader (2015) #1

Darth Vader (2015) #1 by Kieron Gillen My rating: 5 of 5 stars I kind of just want to fangirl at Kieron Gillen after reading the new Darth Vader (more than I already did). I mean, everyone’s had soooo many feelings about Disney buying Lucas Films, about Dark Horse losing the rights to publish Star Wars titles, but Marvel knows what the hell they’re doing, and they’re good at it. For one thing, they put the brilliant Kieron Gillen on the Darth Vader title. It starts out with the Emperor being super pissed at Vader after the Death Star blows up, busting him down and telling him to do whatever… Read More

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Honest Trailers Does Guardians of the Galaxy

Honest Trailers tries to riff on Guardians of the Galaxy, and instead ends up extolling the true power of Marvel Cinematic Universe over all of us, and how very ok we all really are with that.  

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Comic Review: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1 by Kieron Gillen My rating: 5 of 5 stars It feels like a good start to what I hope will be a strong series. There’s plenty in here for both fans of Asgard stories and general comic readers, though the dialogue as always is a bit thick for non-Thor readers. I think this issue effectively establishes some distance from her Original Sin origin story, which was basically the plot of the 80’s cartoon She-Ra pilot (though I admit I kind of loved that). The values she was raised are really screwed up and I like the weird gray area she exists in morally. This issue does… Read More

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What I read today March 27th

Behold the glory of the Poster Posse’s ‘Godzilla’ fanart project, an interview with Nathan Edmonson, writer of the Marvel comic Black Widow, NASA made a time-lapse video of the unending freak hell winter of 2013-2014, a new Austin-based magazine published my friend Michael Walker’s poetry, Zapier has some great advice about video and email marketing, the shocking revelation that at least one entire demographic doesn’t ‘get’ the most recent Aronofsky film (Noah), and Michael Bay has excavated yet another of my childhood memories from its cold grave in order to create a monster of dubious purpose and quality. Blurrpy: EXCLUSIVE: Poster Posse Project #7 Releases The RAGE With Phase 2 Of… Read More

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