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So Much Fun To Be Back With Sara! 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.More than a year on since I first read a Witchblade comic, and I’m still in love with the character of Sara Pezzini and the entire setting that has grown up around her and the other Artifact-bearers in the Top Cow Universe. While initially it all comes across as very superheroish, its all just the surface details really since none of these characters are what I’d typically call superheroes. They are quite different, and Sara Pezzini/th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Pretty Damn Good Comic 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.After a slight bit of delay, Witchblade #171 is finally out. When Witchblade #170, marking the start of a new arc on the title with Ron Marz returning after a long time, came out in October, I was pretty damn excited for the issue, being a big fan of Witchblade and Sara Pezzini. Joining Ron on the title was artist Laura Braga, and together they turned out a fairly good issue that was better than I had expected. Not having kept up with the series for...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Sara Being Awesome All The Way 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.It isn’t for no reason that Ron Marz is one of my favourite writers working in the comics industry right now. His work is always rather… fluid in terms of the story and the concepts are always interesting to say the least. I’ve read a fair amount of his work till now, though I still have a mountain of it to go through, but none of his work has stayed with me as much as his current run on Witchblade, which is his second run on the...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Samurai Jack Is Back And Its Awesome! 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.If, like me, you grew up in the heyday of Cartoon Network programming of the late 90s and early 2000s, then you are well familiar with the Samurai Jack animated series, created by Genndy Tartakovsky. The series ran from 2001-2004 to great acclaim and it is one of the very few CN series that I remember very fondly. It was, perhaps, one of the darkest cartoons I’d ever watched, but it was told in a way that the grim and gritty really balanced o...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

True Samurai Jack Story 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.Last month, IDW launched a Samurai Jack ongoing series, penned by Jim Zub and drawn by Andy Suriano. It was a fantastic launch with a story that was very true to the core concept and feel of the old animated series from Cartoon Network and the same could easily be said for the artwork as well. As a fan of the old animated series, I had tremendous fun with the first issue and had been waiting ever since for the second issue, which goes on sale today...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Perfect Issue! 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.When Genndy Tartakovsky was at the helm of the Samurai Jack series over at Cartoon Network, one thing I distinctly remember was that often times the stories would be quite simple and straightforward, bu they would also have some deeper meanings. And often they could get very emotional too. In the first two issues of Jim Zub and Andy Suriano’s Samurai Jack comics for IDW Publishing, a little bit of that emotional connection was missing. The st...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Shockingly Amazing 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.As part of my “end of year” lists for 2013, I did a post recently for The Founding Fields where I mentioned the 5 best new comics of the year. Jim Zub and Andy Suriano’s Samurai Jack from IDW made it pretty high on that list and for good reason. It is a damn amazing series that I’ve enjoyed from day one and the creators have really taken me on a bittersweet nostalgia trip with it. Seeing Jack back again like this was a highl...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Nostalgic Finish 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.And so we come to it. The final installment of Jim Zub’s first arc on Samurai Jack. At least, I think this is the final installment, considering how the story here plays out. Its been one hell of a ride thus far and Jim Zub, along with artists Andy Suriano and Josh Burcham and Shawn Lee has done some great work. The previous four issues have been intensely enjoyable, largely in part because the stories and the art have stayed true to the origi...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Hot New Series! 0

This review was originally posted on The Founding Fields here.“Wonderful execution with tantalising hints at what’s to come next, this is a great intro issue that packs a lot in a tiny frame.” ~ShadowhawkI make no secret of the fact that right now, Gail Simone is one of the top writers working in the comics industry right now, as far as I’m concerned. Alongside Scott Snyder, Mike Costa, Brian Wood, Chuck Dixon, Christos Gage, Tom Sniegoski, Geoff Johns and others, I can ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Yay Batgirl! 0

This review was originally posted on my blog here.In its first eight issues, The Movement did something that wasn’t really being done in comics. It told the story of a vigilante superhero team that didn’t see itself as superheroes. And it tapped into the ongoing discussion of how social media can be used for changes in social structures and tackling corruption. It had characters that were flawed, and many of these characters represented minorities in comics in a way that perhaps onl...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Most Heart-Felt and Awesome Issue 0

This review was originally posted on my blog here.Doing superhero books differently is not an easy task, as I’ve come to see from the perspective of a reader. Specifically, superhero team books. Managing the personalities and attitudes and backstories and story arcs for a multitude of characters all at the same time can work if you’re really good as a writer and if you have good art to back you up. The flip side, well that happens surprisingly often sadly. DC has had a good time in ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Highly Entertaining 0

This review was originally posted on my blog here.In the New 52, DC has tried to take a lot of gambles and few of them have paid off, if at all. Launched earlier this year, Gail Simone’s The Movement is one of those gambles and for me, it is one that has definitely worked enough to keep bringing me back every month and caring about the characters. Gail and artist Freddie Williams have done some great work on the series for its first arc and their second arc continues apace with the relea...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not As Good As The Previous Issues But Still Pretty Good 0

This review was originally posted on my blog here.Writing a comic that is aware of its socio-political nature, and working that into the script itself, can be a daunting task. There are a few books that have attempted to do that over the years, but none with as obvious a message or delivery as Gail Simone’s The Movement from DC Comics. It is a modern-day comic that creates a very believable modern aesthetic, and it explores “superheroes” who take over from the social services ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Strong Issue With a Strong Story 0

This review was originally posted on my blog here.So here we are. Another month, another issue of The Movement. The interruption of Villain’s Month really threw a spanner in the works, since The Movement is very much a fringe title in the DC Universe and doesn’t really have any relation to the wider setting, even though it does have superheroes in it. And that’s kind of what I love about it, that it is set in its own small corner of the DC-verse and that it is able to stand on...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Rocking Issue 0

This review was originally posted on The Founding Fields here.Reading Gail Simone’s The Movement #1 was a rather liberating experience. It stepped away from the general superhero comics that are so prevalent at the publisher and sought to do something completely different. And it did that quite well too. The first issue was, obviously, a big set-up for all the characters and so it was inevitable, I think that the next couple issues would get down into the nitty-gritty of things and begin t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Absolutely Amazing 0

This review was originally posted on The Founding Fields here.Reading Gail Simone’s The Movement #1 was a rather liberating experience. It stepped away from the general superhero comics that are so prevalent at the publisher and sought to do something completely different. And it did that quite well too. The first issue was, obviously, a big set-up for all the characters and so it was inevitable, I think that the next couple issues would get down into the nitty-gritty of things and begin ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

One Of The Best Issues To Date 0

This review was originally posted on my blog here.Since my review of The Movement #9, it has come to my attention that the series is getting cancelled after issue #12, which will be in May. This is something that makes me really sad. Because it has been a series that dared to step out of the norms of superhero comics and do something radically different. It is an experiment that worked for a while, but unfortunately, due to various reasons, the series is now on the chopping block. With the new ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not As Good As Expected But Promising 0

This review was originally posted on The Founding Fields here.“A bold new vision of the New 52 DCU is beginning to unfold here and this is going to be one hell of a ride if this issue is any indication, aside from a few negatives.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding FieldsTrinity War ended last month, kicking off the “main event” as it were, Forever Evil, which is where the supervillains of DC universe take over now that all the “first generation” heroes such as the Ju...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Double Disappointment 0

This review was originally posted on my blog here.Forever Evil is the BIG event of the year for DC Comics, surpassing even Trinity War. Where last month was all focused on the supervillains of DC Universe, this month we go back to things being a bit more regular. But even though all the regular series are back in action this month, that doesn’t mean that Forever Evil isn’t going ahead. It very much is.The first issue was just about decent. It had some great moments with Lex Luthor, a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Decent Enough 0

This review was originally posted on my blog here.Event comics are often maligned because of their meta-perspective, giving us the overlay of events happening across an entire line. Some can be really good, such as how the recently concluded X-Men: Battle of the Atom was in its first month, or how Throne of Atlantis and Trinity War were. But some can be… bad, such as Infinity because the event comics don’t really give you a consistent story to follow. Or characters for that matter. ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This Was A Mess 0

This review was originally posted on my blog here.The sluggishness and boredom, I am feeling it. When you stretch out an event across two books for several months, you need to make sure that the pacing of the entire story is spot on. It is essential. Sure, event stories make for much better reads in collected formats, but readers do have to get over the hurdle of the monthly schedules. And when books are delayed, then that hurdle gets ever bigger. This is what Geoff Johns’ latest event, wi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not One Of Johns' Finer Moments 0

This review was originally posted on my blog here.I have put up with DC’s Forever Evil event for going on six months now, since last September. It started off fairly well I think, all things considering, but has kind of been wallowing along for a while now. With the penultimate issue in stores this week, I believe things are finally looking up, even though the new issue is still plagued by many missteps, and the story really is all over the place sadly. But I must admit that I get a weird ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Good, Strong Finish 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.This past week, John Layman ended his excellent run on Detective Comics with #29, which also marks the end of his 3-part Gothtopia arc, in which the Scarecrow created a serum to make everyone happy and caused a mass delusion that Gotham was the safest and greatest city in America. He even managed to subvert all the heroes and drew in a number of… medically-oriented villains to his cause, such as Harley Quinn, Professor Pyg, Mr. Freeze and the...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

One Of The Most Awesome Batman Stories To Date 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.John Layman’s run on Detective Comics is coming to a close very soon. The few of his issues that I’ve read, particularly the fourth volume of the new series, have been really good, and he has certainly impressed me with each issue. In fact, I’ll go one step further and say that he is one of my favourite writers at the moment. This weekend, I got to meet him in person at Comic Con India and it was great! Given some of my other plans...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Very Disappointingly Mixed Bag 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.Less than a year since Detective Comics celebrated its 900th issue with New 52: Detective Comics #19, an anthology issue which brought together several different creators, we have New 52: Detective Comics #27, which celebrates the landmark issue of the original series that first introduced Batman to the world as Bat-Man, the caped crusader and dark knight of Gotham who solved the city’s crime with acts of vigilantism. And again, we have an ant...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Disappointing Second Issue 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.Where one leaves off, another picks up. That seems to be Marvel’s motto of late, especially with their All-New Marvel launch/relaunch of certain titles. Marvel doesn’t exactly have all that many teen superheroes, unless you count some of the X-kids from their various team books. With the recent cancellation of Young Avengers, Marvel launched a new teen superhero book, New Warriors, last month and it seems to be stylistically somewhat si...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Interesting But Flawed. 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.If anything, February has been a bigger month for Marvel and its All-New Marvel NOW! launch than January was. More titles, a bit more oomph in general, and just as interesting in the final tally. And given that January was a pretty damn good month for the publisher in terms of unit sales and market share, I’m thinking that February is going to be equally good. I mean, when you launch these many new #1s and with many of them getting their sequ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Higher Stakes! 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.After a two-month long wait, Afterlife With Archie returned last week with its third issue. Having debuted in the Halloween Month and received very well by fans, for me the series became one of the highlights of the year, so much so that I put it on my “Top 5 New Comics of 2013” list and the first issue made it to my “Best Comics of 2013” list. It was just that good. Mashing the zombie apocalypse with Archie and the Riverda...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Going Super Strong 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.A month ago, I could never have imagined the concept of mashing Archie with zombies. I mean, that’s as far out of the norm as you can get right? Its like mixing Stargate with classical zombies. Which is why the execution has to be pitch-perfect. There can’t be any room for a drop in quality or anything. You have to be consistently good or the premise is going to just conk out like a bad engine. Which is why I approached Aguirre-Sacasa ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Unlike Anything You've Seen Before 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.As a general rule, I don’t read zombie comics. I have extremely limited interest in the genre and it never really clicks together for me the way fiction in other genres does. But there’s always an exception to a rule right? Its inevitable since nothing is ever absolute. But, with Halloween just a few days from now, I suppose its the perfect time to be reading some horror fiction. And what better way to do that than read what is possibly...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Spectacular Once Again! 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.After another inexplicable break, Afterlife With Archie returned last week with its 4th issue, and delivered an intensely personal story as far as the titular hero Archie is concerned. Till now there has been a lot of death and mayhem in the happy-go-lucky town of Riverdale as a zombie plague ran rampant following Sabrina’s necromantic resurrection of Jughead’s dog Hot Dog. And some of it has been quite horrific. But the stakes have ne...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Most Disappointing 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.Marvel’s revival of its British superheroes, collectively part of Marvel UK, has been a mixed bag thus far. Spread across a number of one-shot issues, the revival has focused on a specific character/team for each issue. It is an approach that has worked for some of these characters, not so much for the others. And since the story is spread out across so many completely different issues, each with a different creative team, the overall cohesio...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Almost A Perfect Issue 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.In my reviews of the firs two volumes of Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs’ Angel & Faith series, I mentioned how much I used to love Buffy back in the mid-00s. It took me a while to get warmed up to the show when I started watching it in college (after having caught an episode here and there in high school), but when I did, I was totally into it. I could watch 3-4 episodes of the show back-to-back without taking a break. Those weekend nigh...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Spectacular Second Issue! 0

This review originally went up on my blog here.After a long, long wait, we finally have the second issue of G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s Ms. Marvel, which marks the latest reboot of one of Marvel’s more prominent female heroes. But, here’s the twist, this isn’t Carol Danvers in the suit, because she has already taken on the mantle of Captain Marvel and has moved on. No, this Ms Marvel is a 16-year old girl from New York, the daughter of Pakistani immigrants, Kama...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Better Than #4, But Still Disappointing. 0

This review was originally posted on my blog.For the Crime Syndicate of America, the end has finally begun. For four issues now, they’ve continued to establish their dominance over the Earth. Whether we talk about the big time heroes like those of the three Justice Leagues, or the lesser heroes like the Doom Patrol and the Teen Titans, they’ve taken out almost everyone, and have shown themselves to be supreme. But nothing lasts forever. And this new issue is a perfect example of that...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Interesting But Not Particularly Gripping 0

This review was originally posted on my blog.Spinning out of the recent Infinity crossover event is Inhumans, which was originally supposed to be written by Matt Fraction but will now be written by Charles Soule. Consequently there has been a delay in the series being released, and in the wake of that there has been some rejuggling of issues. Most notably this past week’s Inhumanity #2 which was originally solicited as Inhumanity: Medusa #1, a one-shot. I liked Fraction and Coipel’s...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

One Arc Ends, Another Begins And Its All A Wild Ride 2

This review was originally posted on my blog.In December Jeff Parker took over writing duties on Aquaman from Geoff Johns. After more than two years of Geoff’s excellent run on the title, which saw the title become one of DC’s best-selling titles in the New 52, we are finally getting a fresh perspective on things and based on #26 and #27 both, I have to say that some really exciting times are ahead for the readers. The previous issue was almost perfect. It met my expectations and it ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Cute And Awesome 0

This review was originally posted on my blog.As you might well know from the reviews I’ve been posting in the last few months, Red Sonja is one of my favourite female characters in comics and with Gail Simone on writing duties for her with Dynamite’s latest relaunch, things are on the up and up for her. She’s always been a character that I enjoy reading about, and this past week Dynamite released a one-shot called Li’l Sonja which reimagines the fiery redhead as an all-ag...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Another Stunning Issue 0

This review was originally posted on my blog.Things are finally beginning to really heat up in Green Arrow by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. Their issues over the last six months have been really amazing and the current arc, The Outsiders War, has been highly entertaining as well. In the past two issues, we saw a lot of the setup for this arc as Green Arrow traveled back to the island with Shado, looking for answers to a lot of questions. He found few answers and many more questions. Green A...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An Excellent Example For Diversity In Comics And More Besides 0

The review was originally posted on my blog.First new comics day of a new month, and since this is February 5th, 2014 that means that today is the day that sees the launch of Ms. Marvel #1. Long the identity of Carol Danvers after she got some powers from the first Captain Marvel aka Captain Mar-Vell (sp?), it was discontinued in the launch of Marvel Now since Carol was asked by Captain America to take up the mantle of the fallen Mar-Vell. Under Kelly Sue DeConnick and a rotating team of artists...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.