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3.84 stars 3.84/5 Stars Average score of 19 user reviews

Another Landmark Issue? 0

In a series where every third or fourth issue is a pivotal one; it can be hard for any single issue to truly stand out as more memorable than the rest. We have seen a hero rise, we have seen that hero meet with multiple tragedies, and each one of these moments feels well earned. It is therefore a substantial claim when I call Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #23 a landmark issue. We see the clock speed up as we move an entire year into the future. Due to the events of the last issue, M...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

If we have to have Point-One, they should all be like this! 0

Despite any financial success Marvel has seen from their Point One line of comics, it has been a significant creative failure. That is…until now. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16.1 uses the idea of a one-shot jumping on point to its greatest potential.Even the most enjoyable Point One issues feel like stories that should have taken place in the pages of the regular series because they generally follow the same characters and plotlines. Writer Brian Michael Bendis approaches this Point One in a bri...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A fitting swan song. 0

Brian Michael Bendis's early days with The Avengers were great. Disassembled and New Avengers were certainly not the first times that Marvel's A-Team had been written with grounded problems or witty dialogue, but Bendis certainly capitalized on these qualities in a way few others had. But of course as often happens when a talent's work is extremely successful, they get thrown more and more projects until they just don't have any ideas left. By the end of Civil War, Bendis was writing two ongoing...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Shaping up to be one of The Punisher's must-read adventures. 0

There are a lot of critically acclaimed series out there. Though I like to keep up on the books that receive positive word of mouth, I just don't have enough money to pick up everything the professionals rave about. Even when I do; when I find good starting point (X-Force: Dark Angel Saga) or a high profile issue to a series receiving good word of mouth (Fantastic Four 607-608 featuring Black Panther), I find that my enjoyment rate of recommended books is only around 50%. Even then I tend to onl...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The bros are back in town. 0

Three issues in on the new Hawkeye series and I can official state that it is one of Marvel's best books. Fraction as a writer is very hit and miss, but his precision has reached Clint Barton levels with this series. This issue focuses on a not so innocent damsel in distress who Hawkeye falls in with. He and Kate Bishop protect this mysterious redhead by taking to a gang of bro-saying, track suit wearing, mini-cooper driving thugs from the same seedy circle as issue one's Ivan the Landlord.The c...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Better than the entire run of AvX. 0

I hate AvX, every single thing about it...well, maybe not every single thing. Skottie Young's Midtown Variant Cover feature the long forgotten Marvel Babies characters was nothing short of beautiful. I was lucky to be in New York the week it was released, and therefore get my hands on it. Despite how terrible the interior of that issue was, the cover is so good that the AvX #1 variant edition is one of my most prized comics. Apparently I wasn't the only one who was impressed, that single lowly r...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An unexpected gem. 0

Had it not been for Free Comic Book Day I would likely never have heard of this series. Anti is written by Peter Calloway with art by Daniel Hillyard, both of whom are relative rookies to the comic industry. Gale Anne Hurd, famous for her involvement in the Terminator and Aliens series is listed as a producer, but I haven't a clue what that could possibly mean in the realm of comics. My guess is that she gave permission for her name to be added in hopes of boosting sales. Hopefully that ends up ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Chicken Suit! 0

Although I have been loving Jeff Lemire on both Animal Man and Justice League Dark, I was worried about how the quality of this issue would be. The last time Animal Man had a standalone issue, where we saw Buddy Baker as Red Thunder in the fictional movie 'Tights', it was a weak issue that had trouble finding its motivation. I am glad to report this is not the case with Animal Man #0. This, while working as a done-in-one adventure dealing with Animal Man's origin, still manages to keep the ongoi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Shooting with precision. 0

Hawkeye is a very different kind of Marvel book. It's not the first of it's kind, taking prominent characters from that universe and moving them away from conventional super heroics, but it is a novelty that is still fresh nonetheless. For a series about a lifetime member of Marvel's flagship super-team The Avengers, it is very surprising that in the first two issues of Hawkeye, we have only seen a single panel in which Clint Barton wears his spandex tights.In this issue, Barton teams up with th...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A New Beginning. 0

As someone who respects Geoff Johns's lengthy run on Green Lantern even if I have rarely followed it, it was not the creative team or the ongoing story that brought me in to Green Lantern #0. For me, and probably many others, it was the introduction of Simon Baz which brought me to the book. As someone with only a moderate amount of information on Red Lanterns, Guardians, and the upcoming Third Army I was glad to see that this #0 issue is very much a good jumping on point.Baz is an interesting c...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

An Ambitious Occasion 0

Because I'm so excited for the upcoming Northstar wedding, along with hearing postive things about the writer Marjorie Lui, I decided to pick up Astonishing X-Men #50, a book I quite back around issue 36. I am glad to see Northstar receive a character evolution much like those received by straight counterparts like Spider-Man and Mary Jane, or Cyclops and Jean Grey. Northstar has been an openly gay character for around 20 years, and it makes sense that it would be time for him to take the next s...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Deeper into the Styx. 0

Following the events of Wonder Woman #8, Diana finds herself enthralled by Hades, king of the underworld. But while the colorful cast of friends she has made along the way rush to save her from an impeding marriage to the cunning god, it seems Diana may be plotting a plan of her own. And of course, whenever trouble befalls Wonder Woman, Strife is behind the scenes digging the knife further in. The story is as engaging as ever, and although I don't think Brian Azzarello has yet done Wonder Woman ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Buddy Baker's big screen antics only recive one thumb up. 0

Let me start off by saying that Animal Man is probably my favorite title of the new 52, and if not it is certainly the most consistent when it comes to quality. The idea that I would one day get to see 'Tights' the film evolve on page was one that held considerable promise for me. Darren Aronofsky is my favorite director and seeing as Lemire was clearly referencing that artist's film 'The Wrestler' brought my two great loves: cinema and comics together.Unfortunatelly, while Lemire grasps complet...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The new Ray shows glimmers of greatness. 0

When I initially heard about The Ray revamp, I was disappointed to see that Ray Terrill who spent two decades trying to break out of the C list was not being given the opportunity to shine once again; but rather a new character would be filling the 40's legacy character's shoes. That being said, if I trusted anybody to create this new Ray it would be Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray who had been doing such an excellent job of writing the previous Ray in their three volumes of Uncle Sam and The Fr...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Toy hoggers. 0

Imagine somebody took out your old G.I. Joe toys from your childhood, played with them in front of you, but wouldn't let you join in. Whatever feeling that conjures is likely pretty close to what you'll feel leaving the theater after seeing "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra". There's fun characters that may be just cheesy enough for there own good. There are a few somewhat interesting action sequences. But the whole project lacks the cohesiveness and audience engagement that it so desperately needs. ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Transformers taken too far. 0

Okay, okay, Michael Bay finally went too far and alienated me (possibly his last fan). It is a shame, considering that for someone who defended the last two films adamantly, and received much flack for it, there is a lot to like about Dark of the Moon. The action is better than ever, the middle school humor still delivers, and there are a considerable amount easter-eggs for old school 1980's Transformers fans.Among these throwbacks to the cartoon are increased screen-time and voice-work from eve...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A good 'bad' film. 0

After years of hearing about how "epically bad" the 1994 Fantastic Four film was, after knowing that it was made on a string's budget strictly with the intention of maintaining the film rights to the property, it is someone disappointing to finally come to the conclusion that this low budget Roger Corman hero flick is actually in many the superior film to the one which actually saw a theatrical release. While the sets look like they were made for a high school play and the acting is generally no...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Not a total loss. 0

The Losers will not blow you away like Zoë Saldana's rocket launcher, but it still fires off a couple of successful rounds. Based on a comic book by Andy Diggle, The Losers does its best to stand out from other action flicks by emphasizing its colorful origins. It has multiple comic art interludes and a devastating WMD with a name out of South Park and science out of G.I. Joe. But don't be fooled, this is very much your standard 1980's action movie fare.The script is jam-packed with comic relief...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Intelligent source, 'dumb fun'. 0

I am well aware that Kick Ass is destined to join the catalog of legendary "guy movies" no matter what I say here. That being said, if you have hair on your chest go see it already. Those who have never heard of the comic book will be shocked and delighted by this outrageously inappropriate romp; Kick Ass has some of the most comedic scenes gratuitous violence ever shot outside of a Tarantino film. Unfortunately, like many of Tarantino's successors Kick Ass relies too heavily on its gore and fou...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.