Archive for the ‘marvel’ Tag

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.

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Ms Marvel #1

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

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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.

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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

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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.

 

My history with Comic Books

Friday, December 20th, 2013

My love for comics go back a long time to the point where I’m not entirely sure how old I was.  I would say I was around 4 or 5 years old but I do remember how it happened.  I went to my grandparents house and I went into my Uncle’s room and in two drawers were a whole bunch of comic books.  I remember reading them all and just being enthralled in the stories that were inside these books.  It was in these books that I was introduced to characters such as Batman, Robin, Superman, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four to name a few.  As much as I loved visiting my grandparents because I wanted to see them, I loved reading going to my uncle’s room and reading his comic books.

At some point, my dad started taking me and my brother to the U.S. #1 Flea Market.  It was there where I first found a place that sold comic books.  It was awesome.  There were a bunch of different places that had these long boxes full of comics in them.  I remember going to as many of these shops as I could and just check out all of the covers and get as many as my dad would allow.  My favorites back then were Green Lantern, anything that Spider-Man and Batman inside as well as Superman and others.  I loved reading the adventures of these larger than life characters who had these amazing powers and abilities that were told in this very colorful and fun method of storytelling.

Over the years, I have been shocked, dismayed, angry, heartbroken to name a few emotions when it comes to reading comics.  Favorite characters have died and come back.  Characters had costume changes.  Heroes became villains and in some cases villains became heroes.  More than anything else though, these stories and events entertained me and I always wanted to know what would happen next.  The creative people who brought me these stories made me care deeply about the characters within these adventures and kept me coming back for more every month and I couldn’t wait to see what awaited my favorite hero.

I find myself reading a lot less these days mostly because of time, space constraints and monetary reasons.  Comics are expensive.  Not like they were when I was younger.  However, when I can and I get a chance to read something from Green Lantern or Nightwing or Batgirl, I remember what it was like when I read my first comic and for that short amount of time, I feel like a kid again.  I’m sharing an adventure with my favorite hero and at the end of the book, I’m always wondering what’s going to happen next.  For me, that’s the power of  comics.  It’s the way that a 22 page book with words and pictures can make me feel young again and how the content of that story can make me feel excited about something.  If you’ve never tried a comic book before for whatever reason, try this.  Go to a local comic book shop and tell someone what you like and what you’re interested in.  I can guarantee you that he or she can show you something in comic book form that will grab your interest.  Give it a try.