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Comic Book Rants & Raves This Week: 12/07/12

We speak our mind on Hawkeye's leap of faith, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN'S twist, Darth Vader's latest appearance, and SHADOWMAN's gruesomely good artwork.

Welcome and thanks for checking out this week's edition of Rants & Raves. Every week I'll point out specific things that I loved and loathed in my new stack of comics. Usually, it'll be divided into 2 rants and 2 raves. However, I'm feeling the holiday spirit, so this week we have 3 raves and only 1 rant.

Once you're all set with reading this, please feel free to chime in with your thoughts on this week's picks. And if you're feeling extra productive, share 4 rants or raves of your own!

CAUTION: SPOILERS! SO PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

Rant: Hawkeye's leap of faith

You're doing it wrong, Hawkeye!

Clint, what are you doing, bro?! Aren't you the Avenger that was trained by Captain America? Aren't you the man who rocked the Ronin outfit? I know you're by no means one of the smoothest martial artists around, but you're still better than these fools! Where'd those skills go, man?

Look, Clint, I kinda get it. You're facing a bunch of ninjas armed with blades and you're tied to a chair. That's quite a disadvantage, but these dudes are fodder! Remember that time you and your buddies effortlessly took down a bunch of Hand ninjas? Or what about the time you had the brass to take on Daken? I certainly remember. Is this situation you're stuck in a tough one? Absolutely. But your legs are no longer taped together and I have faith you can take these goons down. You might get a cut or two along the way, but you'll live. At the very least, you can now smash the chair against a wall and break free from it. Come on, man, Glenn did it... you can too! Or... you can jump through the window of an insanely high skyscraper and face certain death. Easy choice, right? Wait! No! Don't pick the window! Ugh.

Luckily for Clint, a comic book character's best friend was on his side that day (no, not pizza dog): plot! Maria Hill randomly shows up on a vehicle and catches up. Let's be real, though... our hysterical archer had no idea she'd be there to save the day. So, Clint essentially chose to jump to his death. Yeah... a bit bleak, eh?

== TEASER ==

Rave: Doc Ock's "magic trick"

You have my attention, Mr. Slott.

It's safe to say at this point you're either on-board with writer Dan Slott's twist or you're pulling your hair out. I understand how some people can be livid that Peter Parker's final story in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is a brain swap tale. But for me, it's got so much more appeal than that! I want to know what Ock is doing now that he not only has a clean bill of health, but also has Spider-Man's power and knowledge! Is he sticking to his bitter ways... or is he trying to build a new life for himself and he'll end up being our protagonist in the upcoming SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN? Or, will this be Otto's swan song? Will Peter get back into his brain and Otto, after living for a bit as Spider-Man, be able to die a remotely happy man? And if so, who will then be the new clawed and more brutal version of Spider-Man?

WHAT.

WILL.

HAPPEN?

I'm just grateful this title's bi-monthly because it really helps deal with the suspense.

Rave: Darth Vader being a boss

Like a Bossk (credit to MC Chris for that one)

In the right writer's hands, there can never be enough Darth Vader. Never. The most recent Vader title (GHOST PRISON) was brilliant and badass. Now we have PURGE: THE TYRANT'S FIST and I'm hoping it proves to be equally awesome.

At the very least, we already have a nice serving of Vader doing what he does best: being completely intimidating and killing things in his way. Insurgents about to throw a grenade at him? He uses the force to make his enemy hold onto the explosive and the blast destroys that guy and the allies surrounding him. Clone Trooper remotely questioning his orders? Vader smashes him into some rocks. I'm sure many of you will check this out primarily for Vader, so I'll spare you anymore spoilers!

Rave: SHADOWMAN'S art

It's okay, Lorenzo, I'd be crying as well.

Not only is Patrick Zircher co-writing the title, but he's also illustrating it. Someone give that man a medal. Or at least a cookie. SHADOWMAN dives into some murky territory and it's illustrated with so much disturbing detail. The biggest challenge has got to be Mr. Twist. Your immediate reaction might be to laugh at that name, but your opinion will soon change.

This evil dude struts around stripping people of their body parts to further his own body structure. He's a gory mess of guts, veins and teeth... and it looks awesome. But enough of me babbling about it. Instead, I'll just give you a taste of the comic below.

Eat your heart out, Kingpin.

The book looks fantastic and the writing is every bit as impressive. The whole fantasy and magic genre is generally off-putting to me, but I'm sold on this one and I highly recommend giving it a chance.

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine & IGN Entertainment. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for early updates every week on this on-going feature and his other feature, Best Battles.

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Edited by crazyflashfan11

Great ones here.

Posted by Cavemold

i really loved the shadowman one!!!

Posted by VictorVonDoom_1

DAT VADER

Posted by Miss_Garrick

I don't like spider-man , but I do love a brain swap story!

Posted by Deranged Midget

I must admit, the twist at the end of Hawkeye was pretty damn good.

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Posted by k4tzm4n
@crazyflashfan11: Thanks!
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Posted by k4tzm4n
@Deranged Midget said:

I must admit, the twist at the end of Hawkeye was pretty damn good.

Yeah man, it was a nice little twist to wrap it all up.  I really hope Fraction gives Wilson Fisk a bigger role down the road. It's clear he wants revenge after that "robbery."
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Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

Shadowman looks interesting. Is it the first in the series?

Posted by k4tzm4n
@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek: No, the second issue came out this week.  In the event you can't get #1, it can totally serve as a good jumping on point, though (as long as you read the recap).
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Posted by feebadger

I hate SPider-Man. I hate what they've done with him, i hate Marvel, i stand amongst the popular crowd and throw stones at anything new and original and different they DARE try to inflict on OUR charater that we exclusively own and i look forward to another seven hundred and twenty two years at LEAST of Peter doing what he had done for what must be an eternity now...

BUT...

I'm freaken exCITED by this storyline! HOW WILL IT TURN OUT!?!? DAMN YOU, SLOTT!!!!

Posted by Billy Batson

Hawkeye deserves another rant as well ;p
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Posted by TimeLordScience

@Billy Batson said:

Hawkeye deserves another rant as well ;p
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For what? The lack of David Aja?

Posted by Billy Batson

@TimeLordScience said:

@Billy Batson said:

Hawkeye deserves another rant as well ;p
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For what? The lack of David Aja?

Nah, Pulido did better than last time and k4tz already made a rant about that.
The plot is pretty stupid. Why would anyone care that Hawkeye, an AVENGER, killed a TERRORIST? And Kate's pretty stupid for thinking that Clint hasn't killed.
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Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Vader is so rocking it in his titles right now, wholly agree with you. Awesome!

Posted by TimeLordScience

@Billy Batson said:

@TimeLordScience said:

@Billy Batson said:

Hawkeye deserves another rant as well ;p
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For what? The lack of David Aja?

Nah, Pulido did better than last time and k4tz already made a rant about that.
The plot is pretty stupid. Why would anyone care that Hawkeye, an AVENGER, killed a TERRORIST? And Kate's pretty stupid for thinking that Clint hasn't killed.
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Ah. I suppose Fraction is trying to make it out that Hawkeye has an established no kill policy or something. Though I agree it would have been a much bigger deal if this happened in like a Batman or Superman story. It's somewhat unrealistic that a character who wields a bow and arrow decides to be nonlethal.

Posted by Timotheus316

Gregg, loving the Rants and Raves articles so far. I, like most the others, choose to comment on YOUR rants and raves which I hope is ok instead of posting my own (which I have none of because I usually wait and read 3 or 4 issues of a comic in one sitting). Thanks for the Glen spoiler. Hadn't watch it yet :| And I totally agree with the mind f**k going on in Spider-Man. It's a doozy!

Posted by ravisher

hnnnngggg

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Timotheus316: Thank you for the kind words and for checking them out every Friday! Apologies for talking about Glenn (TV show, of course) but to be fair, I only said he broke out of a chair. I didn't provide any details about what happens afterwards ;)

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Posted by DocFishstick

vader is a badass