Avengers: No More Bullying

Friday, January 9th, 2015

I was curious about this particular one-shot ever since I had heard about it.  Marvel doing an anti-bullying comic sounded very interesting to me.  After reading it, I can say I’m glad I gave it a shot.  The book is well worth it.  The overall comic is broken into four short stories.  You get an Avengers story, Guardians of the Galaxy story, a Spider-Man story and then a story that doesn’t involve any of the heroes in a direct way.  I loved all of the stories in different ways.

If I had one complaint about this issue, it would be why did the creators feel the need to put in continuity when it came to the Avengers story.  You basically have the movie Avengers in the story except for the fact that Sam Wilson is Captain America, Thor is in his “Odinson” look and Iron Man is in his “Superior” armor.  Why not just use the characters and costumes that was in the movie?  Other than that, I think the story was pretty good.

Overall, I think this issue worked in a lot of ways.  Each issue shows a different aspect of being bullied and I think the resolution of each story was fantastic and the art for each story was incredible, especially the Guardians of the Galaxy story and the last story that didn’t involve any heroes.  Each story resonated with me in a different way and I really want to recommend this.  Good job Marvel.


Batman 75th Anniversary

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

So 75 years ago, Detective Comics #27 came out and it introduced us to a hero that would have a lasting effect on pop culture.  His name?  Batman.  I remember my first time I experienced Batman.  It was in some of my uncle’s old comic books.  He had a lot of the older books from the 60’s as well as a hardcover book that showcased Batman and Robin from the 30’s to the 70’s.  I found him fascinating.  Here was this normal guy who trained himself to near perfection in order to take down crime.  He was so cool and I loved reading about his adventures.

Then I discovered the Adam West Batman series and I was completely hooked.  Looking back at it now, it was kind of silly but when I was a kid, that Batman show was one of my favorite things to watch.  I loved all of the bat-gadgets and watching the Dynamic Duo wall-walk and all of the sound effects during the fights.  Along with his appearances in cartoons like The Super-Friends and other cartoons, Batman had quickly moved to the top of my favorite character list.

Over the decades, we’ve seen a variety of incarnations of the character.  Whether it’s the original version from 1939 or the Adam West version or the Dark Knight Returns version or the Animated Series version or the many other versions, everyone has a favorite and it’s why the character has been able to keep himself fresh and relevant for as long as he has.  It also helps that he’s got a great backstory, a cool costume and those wonderful toys.  

Batman has always been one of my favorites for a variety of reasons.  The creators who have done the book.  The stories that were told.  The actors who played him on screen or voiced him in animated features and video games.  He has a great supporting cast from Alfred Pennyworth to Jim Gordon and Dick Grayson to his rogue gallery which include The Riddler, Two-Face and of course Joker.  For 75 years, Batman has been telling incredibly intelligent stories mixed in with some goofy, silly and fun stories.  It’s part of what makes him so timeless and I look forward to seeing what comes next for the character.

Happy 75th Anniversary Batman.  Tune in next time.  Same Bat-Time.  Same Bat-Channel.


Grayson #1

Monday, July 14th, 2014

One of my favorite characters in comics is Dick Grayson.  Not Robin.  Not Nightwing but Dick Grayson.  It probably has to do with the fact that when I started reading comics, one of the first books I read was a random Detective Comics from the 60’s and there was Robin, the Boy Wonder.  He was awesome.  Here was this other kid who was fighting crime with Batman and having adventures with Superman.  I used to pretend I was Dick Grayson and as I got older, so did he.  I watched him go from Boy Wonder to Nightwing and even take a turn as Batman before going back to Nightwing,

I remember hearing about this new direction for Dick Grayson and I wasn’t sure at first.  Dick Grayson: Super Spy.  I was excited about it but I was also unsure.  This is one of my favorite superheroes and he’s going into a genre that I like but didn’t know how the character would fit.  Then of course you had the creative team that I wasn’t entirely familiar with and you have hesitation.  All that changed when I read the first issue.

The first page baiscally goes over who Dick Grayson is and it’s done very well.  Then we get into the story which is basically an adventure on board a speeding train.  Very spy-ish.  Dick Grayson and his partner are assigned to pick up this Russian man named Ninel. who is more than meets the eye.  Dick and his partner as with any mission meet resistance whether it’s the sexy blonde that tries to use her womanly ways to grab the target or a guest appearance by Midnighter from Storm Watch.  The issue was action-packed with lots of pretty cool moments throughout.

 This first issue is a really good introduction to the new status quo of Dick Grayson’s life.  It doesn’t go too much into how he got to this point but you can read it and get invested in what’s going on.  I like the re-introduction of Helena Bertinelli in this series.  From what I understand, she’s going to be the seasoned vet when it comes to the spy business and will in a way be Dick’s mentor.  I like the Sypral, the organization that Dick is now working for.  We get a glimpse at the end what kind of group Spyral is and we even here if from Midnighter that Spyral isn’t really on the up and up.  We also realize that DIck knows that and that he’s joined the group for a particular reason.

While reading the first issue and getting an idea for what the series could be, I got the sense that the creators were going after an “Alias” feel.  No, the comic book but the television series created by J.J Abrams.  Dick is playing the Sydney Bristow character in that he’s infiltrated an organization at the behest of his mentor to figure out what this organization is about and if they are indeed a threat.  Having read this issue, my mind is thinking about all of the really cool possibilities that could play out in the upcoming issues.  What happens if Dick’s mission is found out?  What happens if Dick succeeds in his mission?  The creative team of Tim Seeley, Tom King and Mikel Janin really hooked me with this first issue and I can’t wait for more.


Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Hey.  So I’ve been away from this for a little bit.  Well, a lot.  I think the last time I posted anything was way back at the end of January when I was contemplating my big birthday.  It’s been a busy time since then and there had been a few things since then that I wanted to write about.  Some of it on a professional side which I still will but finding time to write has always been difficult for me.  I like doing it.  I enjoy doing it but finding the time is difficult when you don’t make it a priority.  This little post is just to say that I’m still here and that I have a few posts that are coming down soon.  The next one that will be out will be a review of Grayson #1 which was a book that I went into with anticipation and it didn’t fail to hit it’s mark.  So until then, be seeing you.

Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

In case Warner Brothers decides to do another Green Lantern movie, take a tip or two from this.

Ms Marvel #1

Saturday, February 8th, 2014


So I really didn’t pay much attention to the hype that went along with the relaunch of this title.  So we’re getting a new Ms. Marvel.  Okay. It makes sense considering that the person who used to be Ms. Marvel is now called Captain Marvel.  This new Ms. Marvel is a teen.  Okay.  Teen superheroes are fun and I enjoy watching them learn and grow as they gain experience.  Oh, and there has been something about her being a Pakistani American and a Muslim.  Why should that be a big deal?  Honestly, I’m not sure but I do know there were people who were unhappy about it even before they read the issue which is not a big surprise but you know what?  There concerns were unwarranted.

The issue follows teenager Kamala Khan.  She goes to high school and wants to fit in.  She deals with her family and their unique quirks and she deals with the restrictions of her religion and customs.  She’s also a fan of the superheroes of the Marvel Universe. to the point where she even writes fan fiction about them on the internet.  Basically, it’s about a teenage girl who simply wants to fit in.  Nothing new or unusual.  By the time I finished this issue, I really took a liking to Kamala.  She is more or less just like any teenager.  She hangs out with her friends.  Wants to fit in at school and has your everyday issues with her family.  I like her friends and her family and the interactions feel natural and fun.  I’m curious as to why they chose Jersey City as the setting but I like it.  It’s a refreshing change of pace from New York and I’ll be curious to see if there are background settings that I’ll recognize.

I love the art in this a lot.  It’s a bit stylized but fits the book very well.  Along with the coloring and the inking, it’s just fits.  The writing is also very fun.  All of the characters are interesting and unique.  I got a good sense of who everyone was in this first issue and I am looking forward to learning more about these characters and watching them grow and evolve as the series goes on.  I really like the cover of this a lot and reminds me of a Supergirl cover from the 90’s that I really liked.


This was a fantastic first issue.  It introduces the audience to the main character.  We get to meet her friends and family and see what kind of people they all are and so far, I think these are people worth checking out each month.    I loved how the first issue ended and as of now, I only have two questions that I hope are answered at some point int he series:  1. Why was she chosen to be the new Ms. Marvel.  2. Why does her hair turn blonde when she transforms?  I thought this was very entertaining and I cannot wait for the next issue.  Well done Marvel.


Loki: Agent of Asgard

Friday, February 7th, 2014



Confession time.  I haven’t been reading a lot of Marvel aside from Hawkeye in years.  Now that doesn’t mean I haven’t kept tabs on the Marvel Universe.  What I mean is that I haven’t been invested in a Marvel book month in and month out for awhile.  Reasons are mostly monetary.  I don’t believe in $3.99 books but that’s a topic for a different post all together.  I had seen the preview for Loki: Agent of Asgard in Marvel’s one-shot and thought it was very interesting so when I saw it and noticed the $2.99 price, I thought I would give this book a shot and boy, was I glad I did.

I want to start with the art which I thought it was amazing.  I love the dynamic in the panels and  between the inking and the coloring, it’s just a beautiful book to look at.  The writing is outstanding.  I love the characterization of Loki.  He’s fun and has great interactions with the characters in the book.  I love how Hawkeye can get into so much trouble in a bass fishing simulation game and the fight between Loki and the Avengers was so well written and had me chuckling out loud.  I think the creative team just knocked it out of the park and just made a great comic.

Now I know a little bit about Loki’s backstory and to be precise, his most recent history about dying and then coming back and being a kid so I wasn’t surprised by a teenage Loki.  What did surprise me was how much I enjoyed this young Loki and the way he carries himself and the way he interacts with the various characters in this first issue.  The basis of this first issue has Loki fulfilling a mission for the All-Mother that has him crossing paths with brother Thor and members of the Avengers.  I think it’s interesting that this roster of the Avengers is the same as the one from the movie but it also makes sense.  They tussle and we eventually figure out what Loki’s mission is and why he is doing it which is pretty freaking cool.  He’s a reformed villain trying to undo his villainous past and create a new, more noble one.    I find that interesting and I’m looking to see where this goes.  As for the ending, I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Overall, this was a great first issue to what I am hoping will be an intriguing series.  On the top of the cover, it says “Trust me #1” and I agree with this statement 100%.  Check this issue out.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.


Star Wars Clone Wars

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

I remember watching this on Cartoon Network and loving it.

The 12th Doctor’s Costume

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014


I like it.

Death in Comics (and the eventual return)

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

So I’ve been reading about the return of Peter Parker to the Spider-Man comics.  The stories I’ve seen on the geek sites is that Peter Parker will make his inevitable return to his body in the newly relaunched Amazing Spider-Man #1 and my first reaction was, “Well of course he’s coming back.  He’s got a movie coming out roughly a month after that and Peter Parker is Spider-Man in that.”  There was a time where I would have been more excited and it’s not to say I’m not interested or curious to see how Peter comes back but from the moment that he lost his body to Otto Octavius, (aka Dr. Octopus) and became the Superior Spider-Man, I was already wondering how long this was going to last before Peter took back his body and Spider-Man went back to becoming Amazing.  Well it was roughly a year and I don’t know how I feel about it.  I’m not excited or angry or anything.  It’s just a thing that’s happening.

I remember reading the story “Kraven’s Last Hunt” and being so enthralled.  I was in summer camp at the time and my mom was sending me my comic books and at the time I was reading all of the Spider-Man comics and this story starts out and in it, it appears that Kraven has killed Spider-Man.  He then buries him and then puts on Spider-Man costume.  I remember reading the issue and freaking out.  Did Marvel just kill Spider-Man?  What?!  I needed the next issue as soon as I could get it.  Of course, Spider-Man wasn’t dead but for that brief moment, I was actually nervous as to what was coming next.  I don’t completely get that so much anymore.

Comic deaths aren’t a regular occurrence.  It doesn’t always happen every month but when you do read them, it’s supposed to be a game changer.  I don’t know if this is the first death in comics I experienced but it’s the first one I remember reading and it was the death of the Wasp in an issue of Secret Wars.  I couldn’t believe that Marvel was killing off a character I thought was pretty popular and just as I was wondering what was going to happen next, she’s brought back to life.  Even back then, (I was 10 or 11) I thought that it was cool but why was she brought back so quick?  Then I read Crisis On Infinite Earths and that really shock me to my core as a young comic geek.  I still remember reading issue #7 and being very  nervous when it came to the cover.  Then I read the issue and I was so tense throughout the whole issue.  When it got to the moment where Supergirl comes in and attacks the Anti-Monitor to save her cousin Superman, I was feeling so tense, wondering what was going to happen next and then it happened.  Supergirl was killed.  I was so upset about that and then as if I wasn’t sad enough, in the next issue, Barry Allen (the Silver Age Flash) was also killed off and I screamed out a “NOOO” that probably put Darth Vader’s to shame.  

I have read a lot of deaths over the years when it comes to comics.  Characters such as Barry Allen, Hal Jordan, Oliver Queen, Colussus, Jason Todd, Steve Rogers, Wonder Woman and Superman to name a few and the one thing they all have in common when it comes to death is that they have all returned.  Some took longer than others but eventually, somehow they have all returned from the dead and over the years I began looking at deaths in comics and just thinking to myself, “Oh, I wonder when that person will be back?”  It’s not that I’m not invested in the character’s death.  It’s just that with so many deaths in comics and then having that sacrifice overturned by bringing that character back, I then take the next death I read with a bit more skepticism.  As of now, the only deaths in comics that really make me feel anything is the Walking Dead simply because as of this blog, the only way you come back from death in that world is by becoming a zombie so dead is indeed dead which I both love and hate.

I’m reading Nightwing and seeing how he’s being used in DC’s event story “Forever Evil”, I am getting a bad feeling that Dick Grayson may not be long for this fictional world.  It doesn’t really surprise me too much.  Dan Didio hinted in 2006 that he wanted to kill of NIghtwing in a story that took place in 2005 and he’s made the joke a lot since then.  I could see the character being offed in this “Forever Evil” story and while I’m wondering how and even if the powers-that-be over at DC would do that, I’m not as worried about it because as we have learned over the years when it comes to death in comics, dead does not mean dead.  Unless your Uncle Ben and then, well, you’re still dead.

I’m looking forward to Peter Parker’s return.  He’s always been one of my favorite comic book characters and he’s probably my favorite Marvel character but as I said, I’m not surprised about the return.  It’s never been about “If he comes back” but “When he comes back” and so seeing the return talked about on the geek news sites isn’t surprising to me.  I’ll be curious to see how he comes back and what the creative team does with the character once he’s back but the death and return of too many characters in the past has me looking at this as just another thing that’s going to happen and it makes me wonder about my comic book fandom but that’s probably a blog in itself.  So until next time, stay amazing.