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A little over a year ago, DC Comics shocked everyone when they announced The New 52, where they intended to relaunch the entire DC Universe with 52 all-new first issues. The first book to hit the stands in the new DC Universe was Justice League #1 by the superstar creative team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.
Now, if we’re being honest, while the first issue was good, it far from lived up to the insane amount of hype and expectations that had been built up around the publishing of a single comic book. However, if you sit down and read Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin, the hardcover that collects the first six issues of the series, like I just did, you may come away with a different and, quite frankly, surprising opinion. Read the rest of this entry »
The Amazing Spider-Man was the movie reboot nobody needed. Even with a strong cast, a competent director, and a bona fide bankable box office hero as the star, The Amazing Spider-Man suffers tremendously under the weight of a very uneven script. Instead of giving audiences a fresh, new take on the iconic webslinger, The Amazing Spider-Man falls quite flat, and leaves much to be desired from the eventual follow-up.
Slight spoilers ahead.
I’ve been a fan of the archer Hawkeye long before this summer’s Avengers movie made him cool. From the moment I first met him in Avengers #221, there was always something about the character I liked. Unfortunately, he’s never risen above being a B-list hero in the mainstream Marvel Universe, and the Ultimate version was more of a supporting character in The Ultimates 1 and 2. But that might all be changing.
Hawkeye is due to get his own series later this year courtesy of Matt Fraction and David Aja. Ultimate Hawkeye is now a core member of the Ultimates, and even starred in his own tie-in miniseries by Jonathan Hickman and Rafa Sandoval. I’d say that makes it a pretty good time to be a Hawkeye fan Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve been eagerly anticipating getting our hands on the first of NECA’s officially licensed Valve figures ever since the partnership between the two fan-favorite companies was announced. Though NECA’s ASHPD replica was released first, the Left 4 Dead Deluxe Boomer is the first action figure to debut. From the way-too-tight sweatpants to the grotesque growths protruding from his body, NECA’s Boomer might just be the grossest action figure we’ve ever owned. Read the rest of this entry »
I distinctly remember the first time I was exposed to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. My best friend and I were in a used book store with his Dad that happened to sell comic books. My friend asked if they had any issues of TMNT and lo and behold, they did. He ended up buying issues 2, 4, and 5 for a truckload of money, and we both wasted the rest of the day reading them. After that, I was hooked. Big time.
Shortly thereafter, everyone and their brother discovered the Turtles, and the black-and-white comic explosion happened. Then the cartoon came out, and everyone and their brother and sister were into them. But for me, it was always about those original issues by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. Now, IDW has begun re-releasing those early classics with all-new coloring as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics. All I have to say is, “Look at the colors man, the colors.”
I have found that in most things in life, everything happens in cycles; eventually, what’s old is new again. It would seem we are experiencing something like that in comic books right now. New issues of Youngblood and Bloodstrike are on the stands, Howard Mackie, Scott Lobdell and Ann Nocenti are all working on monthly comics, and Alan Moore is complaining about something from somewhere in England.
But possibly the most significant return is that of Valiant Comics. What started as the brainchild of former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter soon became one of the biggest comic book success stories of the 90s, and a real threat to Marvel’s and DC’s dominance. After disappearing from comic shops, Valiant is back, and they have brought with them X-O Manowar. Read the rest of this entry »
Rocksteady had teased the possibility of downloadable content for their smash-hit sequel Batman: Arkham City since it was released to great critical acclaim last fall. After months of “will they, won’t they” hypothesizing, Rocksteady and Warner Bros. released “Harley Quinn’s Revenge” this week. Taking place after the conclusion of the main game, “Harley Quinn’s Revenge” pits Batman and Robin against the Joker’s lovably insane girlfriend. While fans of game will be eager to jump at a chance to don the cape and cowl and venture once more into Arkham City, what they’ll find in this additional content isn’t exactly all that welcoming. In fact, it’s rather disappointing. Read the rest of this entry »
In the last year, Image Comics has been on something of a hot streak, publishing hit series after hit series by creators who want to own their own work. Saga, No Place Like Home, The Walking Dead, Danger Club, Hell Yeah… the list goes on and on. But possibly the biggest defection to the creator owned ranks has been Bryan Hitch, who ditched Marvel and DC to go to Image and debut the new miniseries America’s Got Powers with Jonathan Ross. And together, they might have created one of the most fascinating series of the year. Read the rest of this entry »
Some of my fondest memories growing up was having the weekend off from school and sitting in front of the television watching Godzilla movies. I think I’ve seen them all at least twice. What is it about watching a giant lizard destroy Tokyo over and over that I find so fascinating?
When IDW announced its new series of Godzilla comics, I was doubtful they could capture the same sense of wonder that the movies had. I mean, they’re comics. But somehow they pulled it off and have published some great Godzilla stories. Now IDW has is launching a new Godzilla ongoing comic, the first issue of which has just hit the stands. How does it stand up? Is Tokyo in trouble? Read the rest of this entry »
For my money, The Ultimates 1 and 2 by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch are probably among the best superhero comics ever produced. They mixed just the right combination of widescreen action, characterization and keep-you-guessing storytelling I just could not put down. Then The Ultimates 3 came along and left a distasteful stain on the legacy of the title. The less said the better.
Now Marvel is giving The Ultimates another shot with a new monthly title; the first six issues of which are collected in this hardcover. So does it live up to the ridiculously high expectations of the first two volumes? Let’s find out. Read the rest of this entry »