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Uncanny #6 (Dynamite): Emotional Manipulation Is A B****!
Styles comes to save his friends and things turn pretty ugly for the guards.
Styles's ability its a kind of telepathic thingy that plays on the emotions of his enemies. The Sargent of the guards gets a little annoyed when one of the soldiers doesn't listen properly and Styles steps in
Forcing everyone to kill each other.
Suicide Risk #9 (BOOM!): Leo Becomes Requiem
In this issue we get to see how truly awesome Leo is now he has gotten better control of his abilities. What was the military's idea to deal with him? MOAB the entire fricking town!!!!
Except things don't really go to plan when Leo basically says "How about no?". Leo's list of powers increases to molecular manipulation it seems. To quote the issue "he told the fire not to burn."
And after Prometheus turns on him we get awesome art and a pretty annoyed Leo.
And to top it off he becomes Requiem!
Executive Assistant Assassins #18 (Aspen Comics): Hand To Hand For The Win!
To sum this issue up its basically just Daffodil beating people up. First in the court room.
And then against her nemesis Chuni.
The main thing I like about this issue was not only the conclusion to Daffodil's story but also the way the hand to hand wasn't over played. It was simple and effective no fancy stuff.
Well I haven't had the time (or funding) to do this thread for the past month or so but its back!
Baltimore: Chapel Of Bones #2 (Dark Horse): Vampires Get Merced!
Henry has finally tracked down the Vampire that killed his family and suffice to say he's not a happy bunny.
After what happened to his family you can understand Henry's desire to unleash a bit of good ol ass whooping on the Vamps.
To sum this issue up......lots of Vampires that do not sparkle die very bad deaths.
Aphrodite IX #8 (Top Cow): The "Superior" Aphrodite!?
For the first time since her appearance we finally get to see what Aphrodite XV, Aphrodite IX's upgraded model is capable of and she's got a very different approach to situations to IX.
She shows herself to be far more brutal than IX......efficient but brutal
I wasn't sure about Sejic's new approach to his art since issue #6 but this issue completely sold me on the new style of inking!
Artifacts #34 (Top Cow): Ian's Back!
Top Cow really knocked it out of the park with Aphrodite IX but without a doubt one of the most anticipated events of this week from them was the return of Ian Nottingham who hasn't been seen since 2011. For those of you who are unaware of who Ian is he's an ex member of the British SAS and a genetically modified killer who makes a habit out of catching bullets. This time though we see another side of Ian. His Assassin side, the side that caused Kenneth Irons to pick him as his bodyguard and most of the Top Cow-verse to fear confrontations with him.
In this issue Ian is proving to himself that he doesn't need the Blood Sword in order to kill people and he proves that quite convincingly via assassinations, extortion and out right cruelty.
Unfortunately for them the Yakuza are the ones the psychopathic Brit turns his talents against.
and why did Ian do all this exactly? To prove he didn't need the Blood Sword yes but also to send a message to anyone who wants to challenge him in order to take it!
Apparently drawing a picture of a giant sword in the blood of his enemies across the street was a big "Come at me brah!" to the rest of the Artifacts!
Well its happened. Games Workshop have done it! They are branching out into their own series of Graphic Novels based around the Horus Heresy in the 40k-verse. Starting with Macragge's Honour.
The novel follows the aftemath of the Word Bearers betrayal and attack on Calth and the Ultramarine's retaliation against their former brothers.
In the aftermath of the Word Bearers’ attack on Calth, the wounded Kor Phaeron flees aboard his battle-barge Infidus Imperator, intent on returning to the war that now rages across the entire galaxy. But the Ultramarines First Chapter Master Marius Gage – under orders from Roboute Guilliman himself – has taken the mighty flagship Macragge’s Honour in pursuit, and the battle to come will surely be remembered for all eternity. Cut off from their Legions and with no hope of reinforcement, the crews of the two vessels stalk one another to the very edge of reality... and beyond.
The story is by industry talent Dan Abnett who's name you may recognize as he's worked for Marvel (most notably Nova), DC and Wildstorm in the past as a writer but 40k is where this guy's talent really shines through (take it fro a fan of his novels).
It is illustrated by 40k artist Neil Roberts. This guy is a stunning artist to say the least here are few interior previews we have from the graphic novel itself. Yes I said interior art!
This is the first time that Games Workshop has used its own company to print a graphic novel. The other comics and graphic novels where printed mainly by BOOM!. This project has apparently been quite a few years in the making and the novel itself is over 100 pages in length, leather-bound and includes a ton of bonus artwork and a free prequel and story about the Emperor Of Mankind. This is the initial printing in which not many will be released because they are literally made to order. Hence the stupidly hefty price tag of £75 nope I kid you not £75!!!!!!
If you are interested in what looks like a master-piece of art-work and the first of what looks like to be a whole series of comics and graphic novels from Games Workshop but are unwilling to pay the price (I don't blame you) then wait for the mass-market reprint which is going to be cheaper!
All I can say is Neil Roberts..........you are the god of interiors!
The comic based on Dan Luvisi's "Killbook Of A Bounty Hunter" has taken a leap forward with panels from the series and some promotional art being posted from Luvisi himself:
The whole series is written and illustrated by Luvisi and will be printed by Dark Horse and titled "Last Man Standing: Welcome To Amerika". Having been an avid followed of this project since it began a few years ago its great to see that this is indeed progressing into a comic series and with art like this to accompany it I can't wait to see what Luvisi has in store for us! Yet another indie series stealing my money *shakes fist*
Anyhow what are you're thoughts on the series? Will you be buying it when it comes out next year?
Now before I start this is not a hate thread or flame thread about why Superior sucks or is a terrible idea and must be scrapped. This is my view on exactly what went wrong and where.
The idea itself is not a bad one in fact I really like the concept however it has been poorly executed.
This jumped out at me big time within only the second appearance of Superior. His personality and demeanor are inconsistent. In Amazing Spider-man #700 that showed us Superior's birth we got this (see left).
Ock cradling Peter in his arms and then swearing to become Spider-man and protect the innocent. Heck I can quote from that panel "You may be leaving this world but you are not leaving it to a villain." However in Avenging Spider-man 15.1 Superior's second appearance we had this panel (see right).
We went from a repentant villain who found respect for his nemesis on his death-bed and vowed to honor his memory by continuing his legacy to a someone who suddenly doesn't seem to care about the man who's body he now has and is actively celebrating the fact he killed a man and took his life.
This personality shift happened for no reason and within the space of one issue. Why? It makes no sense. We left Superior in one place only to have him reappear straight away with a different mind-set for no apparent reason.
This is not only in the first few issues. This is going on nearly every time Superior appears under the pen of a different writer. The two main writers are of course Dan Slott and Chris Yost but we've seen him written by other people in A+X, Avengers etc... and everyone seems to be changing how he thinks and acts for no apparent reason. The only reason I can think of is that the writers do not know how to handle his character. Some are writing him as a cold calculating anti-hero (Yost), some are writing him as an almost corny 60's villain (Slott) and others have absolutely no idea whats going on (like in the latest A+X). Suffice to say no one has actually agreed on how Superior should be written and this is very degrading and also leaves the reader very confused.
The writers especially the consistent ones need to sit down and decide on how this character needs to be written because from going from this:
Is just disjointed at best. Someone seriously needs to get everyone together and set up some pre-defined parameters for writing this character properly its bordering on lazy now.
Poorly written supporting characters
Now we saw this from the beginning when we saw Mary Jane almost oblivious to Peter's change. Now due to OMD Pete's and MJ's marriage never occurred so there is a distinct possibility that she is no longer as in tune and knowledgeable as pre-OMD MJ however not noticing complete changes in his personality or choosing to completely ignore the changes entirely is just bad writing and a little disrespectful of characters that creators and other writers have put years of their time and creativity into.
Victims of this have included:
Mary Jane: The most obvious one due to her being a fan favorite and a long-standing established character
J.Jonah Jameson: Who suddenly began to endorse Spider-man getting more violent (prior to Superior blackmailing him) despite the fact that he's always been at heart a good guy. Not a guy who openly endorses people getting beaten within and inch of their lives. He's always been an ass but never an evil person.
Kaine: As Peter's clone he should know Peter better than almost anyone and being his evil clone at that should know exactly how far Peter would be pushed before becoming what Superior is and yet he seemed oblivious as to why Peter was doing what he was doing. Especially with his comment about clones. Peter was very close to Ben and Kaine knew that and yet no alarm went off at that?
Peter Parker: He was portrayed as someone who was prepared to let a child die in order to save his own life. The argument made by Slott is that and I quote "Peter is not like Steve Rodger's, he's not a saint." Which is true but that still doesn't make sense or excuse the action. Peter has put his life on the line for villains and other evil people as well as innocents in the past and yet he was willing to risk a child's life in order to save his. This is not just out of character but out-right wrong and goes against everything 50 years of story telling has tried to do. This happened for no other reason than an attempt to assert Superior Spider-man by degrading Peter.
Doctor Octopus: Otto is one of Spider-man's oldest and most dangerous foes who's intelligence and cunning has proved time and time again how dangerous he is. He is an educated man who has shown in the past the up most respect for Spider-man even saving his life during the Clone Saga when Peter was dying and he has been reduced to someone who isn't even smart enough to pretend to be Peter in public to the people who know him best? This is probably the worst one of them all.
I could list so many other characters such as the Avengers but that would take to long and you all probably get my drift by now. Suffice to say characters are being dumbed down and degraded in order to accommodate Superior when in reality it should be the other way around as it shows laziness and disrespect for said characters. Someone of Otto's intelligence should know to at least make an effort to seem like Parker. In fact the only time I have EVER seen Otto do this was here:
Aside from this instance I can't recall another moment.
Now despite all the bad stuff there is a few good moments in this idea. If it wasn't for how poorly and inconsistently it is executed it would be a very interesting and intriguing idea. There are some things i've liked about the series. The new tech is cool and even his personality on the few occasions its written right (Yost seems to be doing the best thus far). These are some of my favorite moments which to me best represent what Superior could have and by all rights should have been:
If Superior was always written like this and was portrayed as the smart, cold, calculating and cunning character he should be and his supporting cast wasn't dumbed down to accommodate him this could have been one of the best parts of Spider-History and sadly it probably will not be so.
This week I had a ball with indie comics. I had quite a few possibles but these were the three I decided on.
The Hit-List #2 (Zenescope Comics): Boom Headshot!
This week the Hit-list officially kicked off and the Assassin team making their move on the Brown House Bishops. The results are deadly and effective.
Our first assassin gets a gun pulled on him fortunately the thugs doing it are unaware of who they are threatening.
The second uses herself as bait to lure her targets in.
I could show more but heck buy the comic to see the rest of this. The last Assassin we see shall be known simply as the Honey-badger. The others all show their skills but him? Well he just does this and doesn't care about showing off.
Bushido #5 (Top Cow): More Vampire Samurai's
Well Bushido is back and with a vengeance at that. This week it we saw probably the best fight in comics in general for the week.
So while Kichiro's brother is using his Vampire stats against other Vamps whats happening to Kichiro. Well he's getting his ass handed to him by the big bad guy.
After getting smacked around for a while the two brothers double team.
What happens next is pretty awesomely brutal.
And what follows that even more so.
At the end of this issue we also see what I have been waiting for since this series started.......Ninja Vampires! Yes Ninjas who are Vampires but you'll have to buy the issue to see that mwhahahaha.
Aphrodite IX #5 (Top Cow): Say Wha!?
Yep another Top Cow title made the list this week. Aphrodite after breaking free of her programming is a little bit pissed off.
The main thing I liked about this issue was her internal monologue. Hawkins I praise your writing and of course Sejic is still (imo) the undisputed king of comic art currently!
Yet another BOOM! title. I really wanted to go for a different company this time but I bought the first issue on a whim from Comixology and it was good enough to warrant making it onto this blog. This series has only just started it is only 1 issue in with the next issue coming out next week (I think). It is written by Matt Gagnon and Micheal Alan Nelson (Supergirl) and illustrated by the very talented Brian Stelfreeze. This is primarily a Vampire series (I think I heard a few people groan then) and I know the whole-Vampire theme is getting very over used lately and has gotten a bad rep due to certain (not pointing fingers...) media incarnations but hear me out.
What Is It About?:
For thousands of years the world has been controlled by the "50 Families" a network of Vampires that basically control almost everything under the sun (oh the irony) and are engaged in an eternal conflict for territory, food etc... with each other. However the Vamps all have the classic weakness to sunlight (and by weakness I mean they go extra-crispy when they go out in it). So what do they do during the day when they can't go out and wreak havoc?
They have humans to do it for them. The Day Men. This is where the protagonist David Reid comes in. Reid is a Day Man and protector of the Virgo family more specifically Azalea Virgo. Day Men have been employed for thousands of years and while they are just normal humans thousands and thousands of years of combat training and Vampire hunting techniques is passed down to each one and Reid is no exception.
The series basically follows Reid and him doing everything in his power to allow his family to overthrow the others and become the most powerful colony in the world.
Why You Should Read It?
Although only one-issue in it has the potential to build into an incredible series. For those of you who are familiar with Lazarus it has that kind of vibe going for it and a similar concept albeit executed very differently. One thing that sets this series apart from most Vampire based fiction is that the Vamps are not the top of the food chain in fact most of them have a decent amount of fear for the Day Men and with good damn reason.
These guys are damn scary and seem to make a mockery out of Vampires despite their super-human speed and strength.
I can't even think of a comparison I can make for this series as I said prior in this post Image's Lazarus is the closest comparison I can make due to the feel of the story. Ever since I, Vampire got canceled (damn you DC *shakes fist*) i've been looking for a decent Vampire themed series which is a lot harder to find than you would think and if issue #1 is anything to judge this series on then its is going to be awesome. If you have room on your pull-list for another series and you like the look of this then DO IT! Its only 1 issue in! You have 0 catching up to do!
Executive Assistant Iris V4 Issue #2 (Aspen Comics): Best Fight!
The best fight from indie's this week comes from Executive Assistant Iris who has taken it upon herself to protect a small girl. I won't go into story details for people who want to read the issue but straight off the bat about 1 page in we are greeted with this double page.
This pretty much sets the tone for this issue which is basically non-stop action including but not limited too: Motorbike chases, flying daggers and all round awesomeness.
The are was awesome and Iris yet again shows why she is the most formidable of the Assistants.
As I said most of this issue was comprised solely of Iris kicking ass.
The Spider #15 (Dynamite Comics): And Not A Single F*** Was Given That Day!
In this weeks Spider issue the Spider is out of his "tiny little tree" basically doing whatever he can to as many people as possible.
In this issue he cuts loose not really caring about the repercussions just killing everything and everyone he deems guilty.
I shall leave with this which basically summed up the entire issue and Spider's motivations during the entire thing.
The Darkness #115 (Top Cow): Guess Who's Back!?
The reason this is one of the best moments in comics this week is as follows. For those of you who haven't followed the Darkness, Jackie is no longer the Darkness but an evil clone made of nothing but pure Darkness is. Jackie finally having enough of his Doppelganger antics enlists the help of Aram.
But due to some circumstances Jackie wants his new Doppelganger dead.
However when Aram goes to destroy the Darkness Jackie steps in and we are left with the best panel I saw all week from any comic!
Alias: The Soulthief, Fulgrim's Champion, The Scion of Chemos
Blade Of The Laer:
In Lucius' left hand, he wields a relic Power Sword from the Great Crusade. Millennia ago, following the Drop Site massacre on Istavaan V, the Greater Daemon of Slaanesh who possessed the body of the Primarch Fulgrim presented the Daemon-sword Fulgrim had recovered from the homeworld of the xenos known as the Laer to Lucius as a sign of Slaanesh's favour. This alien, single-edged blade once contained the captured essence of the daemon that possessed Fulgrim, but lost much of its power once the daemon was freed from imprisonment within the sword to inhabit the unfortunate Primarch's body for a time. Now the blade is an ordinary Power Sword of an exquisitely curved, single-edged design, but in Lucius' hands it remains as lethal as any blade that has ever been forged.
In his right hand, Lucius is armed with his personal Daemon Weapon, a gift from Slaanesh known as a Lash of Torment. This weapon takes the form of either a whip, or multiple lengthy tendrils, that twists and coils with a mind of its own. Cruelly barbed hooks run along its length and its sinuous coils are warm yet unsettling to the touch. Within this physical vessel is bound the essence of a Daemonette, and the whip is in turn bound to its bearer, either fusing to and ultimately absorbing his or her hand, or by fusing directly to his or her spine like a Mechadendrite. The Lash of Torment is, like all Daemon Weapons, sentient and has a will of its own. In battle it will move independently from its bearer, attempting to coil around any living being foolish enough to get close. Once it has trapped a victim, the Lash will writhe and constrict around the hapless being, slowly suffocating it and cutting it to pieces with its multiple barbs. The most disturbing power of the Lash is that it does not only thrive on the pain and fear of its victims, it also psychically projects these feelings to all those in the vicinity of its actions. Servants of Slaanesh find this highly entertaining and wonderfully pleasurable, but other beings have been seen running away in terror when forced to experience the terrible agony of one of their fellows caught in the Lash of Torment. Even outside of combat, the Lash 's ability to project emotions is a valued tool during the debased and perverse rituals of praise that the servants of Slaanesh engage in.
Lucius further bolsters his already superhuman speed and strength with exotic combat stimulants, a prize wrested from the gladiatorial arenas of the Dark Eldar. The stimm-rack that dumps these combat drugs into his system before each duel was implanted within his flesh by the renegade Chirurgeon Fabius Bile, a fellow student of the black arts and pilgrim to hidden Commoragh.
Armour Of Shrieking Souls:
Lucius is able to constantly reincarnate within the body of any being that manages to kill him, effectively making him immortal. So long as the killer takes some measure of satisfaction from the victory over Lucius, this will result in the victor's body transforming and their soul becoming trapped in Lucius' suit of Power Armour, a Daemonic artifact known as the Armor Of Shrieking Souls. This armour draws its hellish strength from the thousands of souls trapped within it, providing Lucius with enhanced protection from any onslaught he encounters. Lucius is also able to focus the residual energies of the imprisoned souls' torment into a lethal sonic crescendo on an opponent's mind at will, causing the foe immense pain. Lucius' ancient Mk 4 Power Armor is all but hidden under a writhing skin of tortured flesh.
Lucius also bears the Mark of Slaanesh upon the Armour of Shrieking Souls and is equipped with Slaaneshi combat drugs intended to heighten the sensations of battle. He is empowered with the powers wrought by Slaanesh's favour and daemonic physical strength and durability. Lucius has mutated considerably in the millennia since his fall to Chaos and among the physical "gifts" he has received from the Prince of Pleasure are a pair of goat-like cloven hooves.
As an Adeptus Astrates Lucius is capable of replicating any feat performed by a Space Marine however he is considerably fast in terms of combat speed. For Space Marine feats and stats see the Space Marine Respect Thread.
Lucius Killing Space Marines with ease while dodging bolter fire (mach 2 speed):
Lucius killing megarachnids.
Megarachnids are too fast for Space Marines with mach 2 reactions to even see properly:
Lucius takes on Megarachnids and doesn't only beat them but shows that he is out-right playing with them:
Lucius continues to play with the Megarachnids as he takes on the equivalent of 4 super-humanly fast swordsman at once and Tarvitz admits to having never seen him be beaten in a sword-fight:
Lucius deflects a bullet before killing a Marine:
Beats a Chaos Lord in close combat with his swordsmanship:
Lucius Vs Charmosian (Chaplin):
Lucius Vs Erebus. Lucius strikes move so fast that 5 experienced marines have trouble seeing his strikes.*
Drawing his blade, Lucius had entered the practice cage facing Erebus. The iron hemispheres closed around them. Lucius took up a straddled stance, his broadsword held high and close. Erebus kept his own blade extended low. They circled. Both Astartes were stripped to die waist, the musculature of their upper bodies rippling. This was play, but a wrong move could maim. Or kill.
The bout lasted sixteen minutes. That in itself would have made it one of the longest sparring sessions any of diem had ever known. What made it more remarkable was die fact that in that time, mere was no pause, no hesitation, no cessation. Erebus and Lucius flew at one another, and rang blows off one another's blades at a rate of three or four a second. It was relentless, extraordinary, a dizzying blur of dancing bodies and gleaming swords that rang on and on like a dream.
Abaddon, Tarvitz, Torgaddon, Loken and Aximand closed around the cage in fascination, beginning to clap and yell in thorough approval of the amazing skill on display.
Still they duelled on. Erebus's style was defensive, low, repeating and changing each parry like a mechanism. Lucius's style was full of attack, furious, brilliant, dexterous The play of them was hard to follow.
At the fifty-ninth second of the sixteenth minute, according to the practice cage chron, Lucius scored his winning blow. He hooked his broadsword under Ere-bus's guard and wrenched the Word Bearer's blade out of his grip. Erebus fell back against the bars of the practice cage, and found Lucius's blade edge at his throat.
'Whoa! Whoa now, Lucius!' Aximand cried, triggering the cage open.
'Sorry.’ said Lucius, not sorry at all. He withdrew his broadsword and saluted Erebus, sweat beading his bare shoulders
A good match. Thank you, sir.'
'My thanks to you,' Erebus smiled, breathing hard. He bent to pick up his blade. 'Your skill with a sword is second to none, Captain Lucius.’
-Horus Rising Pg. 73
If anyone has the feat where Lucius lolstomps that squad of Terminators it would be much appreciated because I can't remember where its from :(. I'll update this as I find more feats.