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Suicide Squad #1 Review: One Step Away From Greatness

Suicide Squad #1 builds upon the same idea that the past books have and quickly establishes the premise of Amanda Waller gathering various super villains to fight as a team on black ops missions nobody else will know about. With the recent release of the new movie, Suicide Squad is a popular topic and probably one DC wants to push in their new Rebirth series. While the individual members of the Suicide Squad are lovable, the story and idea feels overworked at this point. The book, which is only one issue in, needs to quickly get past the introductory portion and move into the team going on cool adventures.

Rob Williams hasn’t done anything bad so far from a writing standpoint, but it would be really nice to see him break things open and send readers on a wild ride with this team. Suicide Squad has the opportunity to be a great book, but it needs to get readers attached to the characters and put them in moral grey areas that leave people questioning whether to support the individual character they like or the team and what is morally best for the situation. Villains as heroes is a really fun topic to explore, but if they can set it up to make these villains likable, then it should become a complex and fun book.

The art so far has felt pretty standard, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The legendary Jim Lee is working with Scott Williams on this book, and Lee’s style is so traditional to comics that you can never not enjoy it. There are definitely some more unique artists around, but Jim Lee really set the bar for comic book art and he continues to bring great style, technique and detail to his work. There were tons of great scenes in this book and each panel has so much detail to it that the pages feel very thorough. For Suicide Squad there is always a lot going on because there are the individuals as well as the team aspect which set up for Lee and Williams to deliver some beautifully drawn scenes.

Verdict

Suicide Squad #1 hopefully gets all of the set up and origin out of the way for the most part, because the majority of readers are already familiar with that information. Once this book finds its footing and is given the ability to focus on the missions, it should be a ton of fun to read.

Rating3/5 

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The 5 DC Rebirth Titles I’m Most Excited For

The 5 DC Rebirth Titles I'm Most Excited For

I’ve been on a pretty big DC kick lately and am really excited to complete the couple of New 52 stories I’m reading and move on to the upcoming Rebirth titles. There is so much coming out of the Rebirth movement and it’s a fresh start on all of DC’s comics, which means there is going to be a lot of juicy content to read through.

 

5. Batman

Batman is last on my list because I never have any doubts about the Dark Knight. You basically are guaranteed to get a good story out of Batman and the bat family. Batman is one of the very few New 52 titles that I actually really enjoy and I’m only about halfway through the run. Scott Snyder has a good grasp on the character and I can’t see myself not enjoying a Batman story. The new triple Joker idea is super interesting and it adds a fresh idea to the biggest rivalry DC has, so I’m really excited to see how that alters Batman going forward.

4. Deathstroke

I love stories focused on villains or anti-heroes and adding depth to their stories and characters. I don’t know a whole lot about Deathstroke, and that’s exciting to me because I’m hoping that this story can make me love the character and really get in touch with his personality. I like that the description for the book talks about the character having the chance to re-invent himself, because, while I don’t need to see Deathstroke have some change of heart of personality change, I like the idea that he is going to possibly be confronting his past.

To me, the pitch they’ve given us for Deathstroke seems really well-rounded and like it’s going to be a really good solo story. While I haven’t read anything by Christopher Priest, I definitely know who he is. I’m excited to have these two come together because it only increases my interest. Deathstroke is just a cool character, and adding some more complexity to him is a great opportunity.

3. New Super-Man

This is a super interesting concept to me, but I think it’s a fantastic one. “A young man living in Shanghai receives the powers of Superman,” is really cool and sort of offers a neat new spin on a YA Super-Man character. I’m all for diversity, but I prefer there to be originality behind it, so while this isn’t anything unique in that it just gives pre-existing powers to a new character, it’s completely separated (at least for now) from all of the DC titles in America.

I’m just curious to see something new here. I love the idea that this kid is going to have his whole life changed and how he will use his powers in China. This is the most intriguing title to me and something I’m hoping is super awesome.

2. The Flash

The Flash family is coming back!! It would be naive to not have this on here but it seems like the culmination of everything that makes the Flash such a rich character is being restored. I love the Flash, everyone loves the Flash and I really wanna see awesome adventures with Barry and all of his disciples just like we get with Batman.

1. Titans

I think everyone who is a previously established DC Comics fan in any form is going to be the most excited for the new Titans series. WALLY WEST…. Wally is back and on top of that he’s back in a series with Dick, Donna, Garth, and the gang. I’m just thrilled to see these characters back together and know it’s going to be amazing. Not only are these great characters reuniting but the phenomenal Dan Abnett. My favorite comic run ever is Abnett and Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2008. He is one of my favorite writers and I’m super thrilled to see him on such a main series for Rebirth. His deal with DC also has him writing Aquaman, which is why I’ll probably read that as well.

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DC Rebirth Review: The DC We All Know and Love is Back!

DC Rebirth Review: The DC We All Know and Love is Back!

Five years ago DC Comics decided that they thought it would be a good time to finally reboot their entire universe and start fresh for the new generations of comic readers. We all know how the story goes at this point; Flashpoint happens, it reboots the universe, the New 52 begins. Now, there was a bunch of good and bad within the New 52, and it was a brave and bold move by DC to decide to wipe away decades of history and start anew, but in the long-term things just didn’t hold up. It has only been five years since the inception of the New 52, so when Rebirth was announced, it rightfully freaked everyone out. Was this another universe reboot? Had DC acknowledged their mistakes but decided to scrap the new universe? It was an interesting announcement, but, in Geoff Johns we trust.

Despite not being a DC Comics expert and trying to catch up with A LOT, I absolutely loved this book. I have enough knowledge to know the deal with Wally, and he was the perfect story to focus on because of the emotional wrapped up in his character. For me, seeing Wally try to find his way back to reality by having a single person remember him was really sad, and I wasn’t sure if he would make it back. When he decides to visit Barry, when Wally thinks all hope is lost, I was pretty sad and thought that it might actually be the end; yet, when Barry remembers and they both begin to break down from the flood of memories that come rushing back, it hits you in the feels really hard.

The use of Wally trying to get back is also a great way to re-introduce us to what all of the characters are up to. Something that the story does really well is transition us into this new era of storytelling for DC by acknowledging the changes of the New 52 and that we can expect changes going forward. Wally talks about how Green Arrow and Black Canary are meant to be but currently don’t even know each other, he watches with familiarity as Aquaman proposes to Mera, and it’s things like this that help blend the past and the present of DC Comics for the readers.

Throughout the story, Wally keeps discussing the idea that it wasn’t actually Flashpoint that launched the New 52 and changed things, but an outside force who was attacking them. In the end, we learn that it was the Watchmen, or, at least, Dr. Manhattan. It’s a really interesting concept to move forward with and something that I’m excited to read through. This story positions the Watchmen as enemies and that should be a really fun confrontation.

Overall, DC Rebirth was an amazing comic. People keep commenting on the fact that it was the best DC Comic to be released in the past 10-15 years, which I can’t claim, but I can at least believe. The story presented carried a ton of emotional weight and is an extremely unique idea that feels like it’s going to work. Geoff Johns knows what he is doing and shows us that time and time again. I’ve only recently started getting back into DC comics on a hardcore level; I know I have a lot to catch up with, but I can already see the difference between some New 52 stories and Rebirth. What it comes down to is Rebirth had he emotion and heart that goes missing in the New 52. I probably won’t be caught up or following the Rebirth titles right away, but I can’t wait until I get there.

 

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Superior Spider-Man 28 Review

Well, I finally was able to catch up with the Superior Spider-Man series just as it’s heating up towards what should be a huge finale this spring.  The most recent issue, #28, totally flipped SpOck into an unusual world of chaos with him being the one to scramble for his life.

The issue opens with Spider Island up in flames. How? The last we saw of SpOck he had outsmarted the Goblin King and discovered his underground hideout with a projection of himself. Right?

It turns out the Goblin King was one step ahead of Otto and sent his three goblin glider warriors to blow up the entire island complex. This is the first time that SpOck has really been in trouble; he literally has to flee everything he has built on the back of Automaton (the magnificent whirr-klikk-iking robot).  He barely gets away, but damn, this was really an intense start to the issue.  The Goblin King doesn’t even care that Otto got away because he already has established plans to go take everyone close to SpOck hostage.

Meanwhile Mayor Jameson, of course, rolls out his newest line of “Goblin Slayers” which are really just Spider Slayers — which remind me of the navy Star Wars battle droids repainted to look like a Portal turret with a hologram of Jonah’s face in the center. Jameson has been pretty frustrated about being controlled by SpOck, so there was no surprise to see him make a prideful power move like this; although, I’m totally expecting it to just create more problems.

As I mentioned, the Goblin King had already sent out some thug units to go kidnap all of the close known associates to SpOck, starting with Mary Jane, who decided to become super badass in this issue.  Three of the flying child goblins come crashing through window; poor firefighter Ollie is helplessly swinging a chair in the air to ward them off, and all of a sudden, THWIP! TWIP! That’s right, Mary Jane pulls out some web shooters and traps the 3 mini goblins to the wall.  She understands exactly how the Goblin plays games and out of nowhere grabs Ollie and pulls him out the door like she had some Emergency Goblin Protocol ready.  It’s great, she gathers up May and Jay while telling her own mother to take the first flight out of town. I think Mary Jane is the reason SpOck will be able to win this one, by “removing pieces from the board.”

We find out that Otto made it back to Parker Industries safely, but he was tracked down and confronted by Monster, who pulls off her mask to reveal that she is a Goblinized Carlie.  She forces her way through all of Parker Industry’s defense mechanisms, eventually getting her desired one on one time with Otto.  Even though this looks like it could be pretty bad, Carlie is still able to somehow temporarily take control of Monster and tell Otto that he better cure her before it’s too late.  She says that Otto has no idea what the Goblin King has in store for him,

but no, oh no, the worst thing that could happen, the issue ends with the Goblins capturing the one person that truly matters to Otto;

Anna Maria.

Damn. I really love this series, I think it’s one of the coolest original and unique ideas that I’ve ever read.  I’ve loved SpOck from the beginning; he was a fun and cool change to the character and a great break from Peter Parker.  I definitely want Pete back, but am really really going to miss the professionally serious and technical approach that Otto’s character brings to Spider-Man.

The only thing that I didn’t like in this issue was the two full page panels that showed ghost Peter slowly losing himself having to relive Otto’s memories.  While the full page layouts were nicely designed, I thought it interrupted the flow of the main story. I’m definitely interested in what happens to Peter and how he comes back, but honestly, I don’t want it to take away at all from this Goblin Nation story and how awesome and crazy it’s getting, especially with only 3 issues to go.

Overall, I thought this was another awesome issue of the Superior Spider-Man, and obviously cannot wait for issue #29, especially because Spidey 2099 appears in his costume again!

Going forward, my one big theory or expectation is that Anna Maria, sadly, will die before the series is over.  We know that Peter is coming back, and she’s Otto’s love interest, not his. Now she’s been kidnapped, and while Otto would probably do or give anything to protect her, it would be a really tragic way to show him that he’s not superior.  It’s the easiest way for the writers to eliminate the relationship and totally wreck Otto for good, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

How did everyone else like this month’s issue of the Superior Spider-Man?  Let me know!

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The Walking Dead 121 Review

Alright, so here we are entering the final chapters of the All Out War story line.  Issue 121 of The Walking Dead comic is chapter 7 out of 12 in this run, which technically begins the start of All Out War: Part Two, and is setting up for the end of this arc which has been very intense so far.

In this issue Eugene and the bullet makers for Rick’s side get compromised and captured by Negan and his gang, meanwhile everyone else just seems really tired from this war and unable to stand the casualties it has cost them. It turns out everyone is going to relocate back to the Hilltop with Maggie and her crew.

It seems like there is going to be one last major battle between Rick and Negan that takes place at the Hilltop, which will probably work to Rick’s advantage.  It obviously really hurts to have Eugene in Negan’s possession, but I really hope he holds out somehow and doesn’t end up supplying them with the ammunition.

Either way, I think that the reason Negan will be defeated is because of Dwight. We know he’s secretly on Rick’s side, and proved it by killing Negan’s men and giving Jesus the grenades.  I think he’s possibly been getting a group together to turn on Negan, which could come as a nice flank for Rick in a battle…

There have been a bunch of deaths so far in All Out War, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more in these next five issues.  That’s plenty of time for a lot to still happen, and this will probably have a very big and thrilling end because Negan has been the toughest challenge that Rick has faced so far.

Overall, I thought that issue #121 was relatively boring and was mainly set up to kick off All Out War: Part Two, but I’m really excited for the rest of this story.

Important Parts:

– Eugene has been caught by Negan. Ouch. Hopefully he holds out.

– Rick’s group is moving to the Hilltop. Could be an advantage in positioning.

Minor Parts:

– Heath said goodbye to Denise. I think that this will cause him to rage and either blame Rick or aim his anger towards Negan and become a huge asset.

– Ezekiel and his people are possibly leaving, but are considering going to the Hilltop with Rick and gang. I think they’ll head to the Hilltop, or return in a final battle.

What did everyone think of this issue? Drop a comment below and let me know how you see the All Out War story unfolding!

 

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Get Pumped for The Vision!

Get Pumped for The Vision!

So the news hit last night that Paul Bettany, the voice of JARVIS in the Iron Man movies and The Avengers, will be taking his role in the MCU to the next level by playing the Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Yes! It’s true, and I’m so happy to hear that they will be including the super AI hero who largely ties into the Ultron story line (for those who don’t know).  He also is widely known for having a relationship with The Scarlet Witch who will be in the film as well (portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen).

The article I’m sharing gives a little more insight into the Vision and talks about the first ideas for his costume! I think that it sounds pretty cool so  far.  I trust Joss, and he knows that this is a character they are going to have to take baby steps with to portray him correctly.

I think a dark and subtle green and yellow will look really awesome, but would love to see the red face as well.  That will for sure be the toughest part, getting the face correct, which they discuss in the article.

Either way, the inclusion of the VIsion has me even more excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron to come out! Check the article and let me know what you think!

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The Walking Dead 120 Review

The Walking Dead is easily the one comic I keep up with from month to month.  As soon as I heard the television show had a comic that it was based off of, I knew I had to check it out, and since I’ve done that, the show has almost become an afterthought.  The thing I love about the Walking Dead comic series is just how fast the plot lines move and makes the previous obstacle for Rick and his gang look like nothing.  Right now, we are still in the All Out War event which we know will last, at least, until issue #126.  Right now I am loving this event because it feels like the first time Rick is actually being strategically challenged by his enemy.  Negan, while majorly messed up and a complete psycho, is really well written and just keeps pushing Rick to the edge.  One of our first meetings with Negan he (sadly) bashed Glenn’s skull in, and in issue #120 he’s now tossing endless grenades over the walls of Rick’s village.

So issue #119 ended with a cliff hanger counter attack from Negan and his army where they released a walker Holly into the camp and she ends up biting Denise the doctor.  This is a pretty important loss for Rick because you need a doctor… but she also gets distracted by Heath getting hurt and forfeits her possible survival to save him.

Things seem pretty bad for Rick at this point.  Lots of people are going down left and right, until luckily they are cut a break by 1. Dwight helping out Rick’s group and killing some of the Saviors that he is leading, then supplying Jesus with their stock of grenades, and 2. Maggie showing up from the Hilltop to help out with reinforcements.  As the battle wages on her flank causes Negan and his goons to scatter and eventually back off or else they will lose.  While Rick and the other main characters seemed to have survived the barrage of grenades, they are still in this. Negan thinks they have won but I guess we’ll find out what happens next.

Overall, I enjoyed this comic a lot.  I am really excited to see where All Out War goes because it’s supposedly going to be drastically different afterwards.  I’m just curious how long Rick can keep up these shenanigans of taking down everyone he meets along the way, I mean, just how long until he dies or loses another person closest to him like Carl or Andrea?

Well… Issue #121 of The Walking Dead is out February 12th, make sure to go grab it!

What did everyone think of this issue?

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Close up of Batroc the Leaper

Close up of Batroc the Leaper

Here’s a closer photo of Batroc the Leaper in CA2:TWS. I’m a pretty big UFC fan so it’s awesome to see the one and only Georges St. Pierre in the role. For those unaware, Batroc is actually a master of Savate (French Kickboxing) so GSP is perfect. I’m really excited for CA2 and all of the hype that it is Avengers 1.5 and the best MCU movie yet!

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New Batsuit will be “Total Reinvention”

New Batsuit will be “Total Reinvention”

I found this article about Jennifer Garner claiming the new Batsuit is a “total reinvention” and “unbelievably cool”. I hope they don’t screw this up. I can’t see Ben Affleck doing anything too extreme, and all I’ve really seen him say so far is he likes the shorter ears from the Batman Noel Batsuit, which I think is cool.

I wonder when we’ll get to see the first images of the Batfleck, and even Wonder Woman too.  I’m definitely excited to see the next installment to DC’s movie universe, but really hope they can do it right. Maybe the 10 month delay is because they really want to take their time.  I hope.

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25 X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire Covers

Empire magazine celebrated its 25th anniversary by releasing 25 X-Men: Days of Future Past character covers yesterday. You can check them out here on slashfilm.com. I still have to read the Days of Future Past comic (I know, I know…) but am really excited for the film.  I think most of the costumes look good; future Wolverine with that body armor looks sweet, Fassbender looks awesome, even the sentinels look mean.  Like I said, these covers are really solid looking.

The one problem I have.  The single cover that I hate! Although it could possibly be considered the most important of them all!

Quicksilver. 

Yuck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I guess he kinda looks futuristic? Right? With all the shiny silver and the nifty goggles and gadgets? I know it’s tough to do the silver hair thing and make it look good but I just don’t like the costume they’ve set him up in.  Obviously, this doesn’t relate to Evan Peters’ acting capabilities, so he could still be great in the role.  The costume just feels fake and reminds me of this. 

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see… X-Men: Days of Future Past looks sweet and pretty much all of the covers have me excited to see both X-Men movie cast combine.

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