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#1 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

@x_29 said:

Screw Babs.

You wish.

@SavageDragon said:

@laflux:

+ =

The resemblance is uncanny.

@laflux said:

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I know your probably very busy, but seriously what extra dimensional deity possessed you to do this?

Dorm? Shuma Gorath? Mesphito?

The ghost of Biggie Smalls. (I have no idea, actually).

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#2 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

This series has been, overall, an amazing ride. I love the distinct characters we get in this story and I have been so enjoying the way Azzarello has created this interesting dynamic between them. We've grown up with these characters from the very first issue, which has been fun, and it's nice to see them all come together here in this story. Each of them have very different goals and motives, but they all have grown together, and while it's been a gradual process, it's also been a very logical one and something that has been interesting to follow. This issue was a great way to end the story arc, but it's obvious that there are a lot of characters here that we have not seen the last of.

Like I mentioned above, the dynamic between the characters in this series is what makes it such an interesting read, particularly the interactions between Orion and Diana in this issue. We get a reason for certain actions that we saw exhibited by Orion in the last issue which I personally found to be cleverly explained, and I enjoyed the use of satire in this story at the character's expense.

The art by Cliff Chiang is, once again, absolutely stunning. His pencils are perfectly complimentary to the story we see here in this issue. There were also some pages illustrated by artist Goran Sudzuka which I found to be very well done, and although we have two separate artists, the colors really brought the entire issue together. This is an incredibly easy read because the story just really flows well and keeps you entertained the whole way through.

Azzarello manages to tie up any loose ends rather nicely, closing up the current story arc. What I like, however, is that the creator is clearly setting up the next arc for readers so that when we finally see it, it won't be such a jarring reading experience. The result is a well written story that has been a lot of fun to read.

The Bad

Nothing bad here. The script is well organized, the art beautiful, and the characterizations are a ton of fun.

The Verdict

The issue is great not only because it closes the chapter in the current arc in a way that is interesting, but also in a way that is really easy to follow and clear for readers to understand. I think it's fantastic that Azzarello has been simultaneously building this "First Born" story over the course of the last several issues, setting up the next story arc while closing up this last one. The art is, once again, really well executed and even though we have two different artists on this issue, the result is is still very fluid and easy to read. I am definitely looking forward to the next arc as well as the dynamics between the characters moving forward. The next issue may very well be a good place to start the series.

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#3 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

The story of the young boy or girl who is obedient, gets good grades, and often gets overlooked in school until they are suddenly blessed with a super power is one that we've seen many times before in comics. It's similar to Spider-Man's story, if you think about it. Peter Parker was an average young man in High School, got good grades, never got into any trouble, and he is suddenly given this great power that allows him to transform into Spider-Man. But there was a lesson there for Spider-Man: that with "great power comes great responsibility." Parker wound up taking the power given to him and doing something positive with it, but that's not always the case, right? Not everyone that is given great power decides to be responsible with it. In fact, some people are downright irresponsible, and that's the reality. This is exactly the idea Hickman is toying with in the current AVENGERS series.

At the start of the first issue we were introduced to some rather interesting cosmic beings who were working on transforming Mars. Rather than eradicating them, the Avengers turned their backs on them and let these seemingly omnipotent beings do their thing so long as they stayed away from planet Earth. Well, you can't expect these guys to be in the same star system and not cause any trouble, I guess. At the end of issue # 3 of this series it had become clear that this was not the last we had seen of these characters, and we were right. The question is, what do they have in store for the Avengers?

The story here is rather interesting and picks up right where we had last left our heroes. Following the "White Event," a young boy is literally transformed, but how will he deal with his newfound power? That is the story Hickman introduces to new readers in this issue, and it seems to be the start to a very good one.

The art is, once again, incredibly pretty. The colors are very complimentary to the pencils in this issue and the result is really aesthetically pleasing and easy to read.

The Bad

As interested as I am in seeing what happens next and what decisions this new character will make, how his past will influence the individual he becomes now that he has this newfound power, it does seem like a rather tired and cliche trope we've seen before several times.

The Verdict

This issue is good, I really like that we had a break in between and now we are coming full circle to the start of the series : I think that's a good thing. The result is a positive issue and a lot of fun to read, and serves as a solid (and interesting) introduction to this new character. It will be interesting to see how he develops and eventually deals with members of the Avengers in the future. My only complaint is the fact that it's a character origin we have seen many times before, but I am still interested in seeing how Hickman takes this concept and makes it his own. The art in the issue is solid, and the colors really make everything so pretty. This continues to be an interesting story and a series I continue to look forward to.

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The Good

There are some incredibly powerful moments in this issue; one in particular is at the very start of the comic where Doctor Strange takes on a pretty significant responsibility, one that may even endanger his own life. It's a moment that signals the self-sacrifice of a certain character for the greater good, and it's written in a way that is rather touching. The story moves from that scene and into an action packed moment where worlds are literally colliding, and many of the Avengers are visibly nervous. This story is being played out on such a large stage and the scope of it is so tremendous that it's hard not to feel a little overwhelmed. There's a lot happening here in this moment, but by taking a step back things become much easier to appreciate and understand.

The last few issues have featured these characters sitting around a table discussing what to do to prevent the collision of their world with another, and the result was a series of really interesting (and rather exhilarating moments). Who knew a simple conversation and zero action could make for a good comic book? Now it seems things are really beginning to escalate and time, for our heroes, is running out. So what will happen next? After being issues a warning, these heroes are coming to the end of the line and they will be forced to do something huge -- drastic, even. Even though there isn't a whole lot of action, a lot happens in this issue as far as the plot being pushed forward. There is a lot of set-up for the coming issues and it will be interesting to see how the story unfolds.

The art is absolutely stunning. Artist Steve Epting delivers some truly beautiful pencils, but his work wouldn't be this impressive if it were not for the stunning inks by Rick Magyar. The one scene featuring Doctor Strange features some very heavy inking, and it really sets the tone and mood of the overall story. That moment is brilliantly executed by the artistic team.

The Bad

There are some moments that will force you to go back and re-read what you had just read not because it is written in a way that is confusing, but because so much happens in this issue. This is less of a complaint and more of an observation. Maybe Hickman should have fleshed things out a bit more in the issue previous or in the next one.

The Verdict

This is another great issue in a series that is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite superhero books released each month. The scope of this story is huge, something I think would be rather difficult for most other writers to depict in a way that is organized. Here, however, we have a story that is both large in scope and also well organized. The result is a comic that will blow you away. Hickman delivers a fantastic story while artist Steve Epting does an amazing job with the issue's pencils. This is not a jumping on point and if you are looking to begin reading this series, I suggest starting from issue #1: you won't be disappointed.

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#5 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

This issue is a really, really good one. Mark Waid has been giving readers an absolutely fantastic story from the get-go, and this issue really follows the traction and build-up that we've seen in the plot thus far. Matt Murdock has been pretty busy lately what with dating the city's DA, being on the run from plenty of bad guys, and dealing with the fact that his closest friend and the only family he has left in the world is terminally ill. Needless to say, the guy has a lot on his mind, and it's nice to see that Waid is actually having Matt deal with all of that. Any normal person with a soul would be devastated upon discovering that their best friend is dealing with a problem that is seemingly bigger than life, and it's nice to see that reflected here in this issue. We don't just see the way that Matt deals with his friend's illness, but we also watch as he processes his grief, something you don't often get in comics. The result is a comic that is easy to appreciate in the way that it explores Matt's psyche and character, digging well beneath the surface to demonstrate how the character must deal with these situations. The way he is written here he really feels human and down to earth, and I think that is incredibly important when it comes to telling a good Daredevil story, particularly one that deals with such poignant circumstances. It is something we've seen throughout this series since the start of Waid's run, but it is really evident here in this issue.

Overall, this story is just really well organized. We have a great depiction of Matt and all the events in his life, and his strive to create changes in what he's doing

(starting by his attempt at dumping his current lady).

And although there is a lot that happens in this comic, the events here are organized in a way that is easy to understand and follow, even if it is a lot of stuff.

The art, once again, is just beautiful. Chris Samnee does an absolutely stupendous job laying out Waid's story in a way that is both minimalist and detailed. Samnee pays a lot of attention to the little things, and makes sure to include some fun easter eggs in his panels that makes the reader feel as if he is really enjoying drawing DAREDEVIL. The colors are vibrant and beautiful and reflect the tone of the pencils and the story really nicely.

The Bad

Nothing bad to say about this story: this is another fantastic issue.

The Verdict

First off, it's not essential, but it is always nice to see a really well done cover, isn't it? Artist Chris Samnee's cover to this comic is as gorgeous as his interiors, and I absolutely loved the symbolism behind the image. Gracing the cover is Daredevil standing atop "Atlas," a famous sculpture in New York City. The statue is holding the entire world, and Daredevil stands on top of it. This issue is really about all of Daredevil's current problems -- of which there are many -- and Samnee shows us once again that he's paying close attention to the plot and the story Waid is trying to convey. This issue is well organized, well written and features some really beautiful dialogue. It also does a fantastic job giving readers insight into what Daredevil is thinking and just how he is dealing with all of his problems. The result is a well written, really pretty comic with another interesting story. While I don't recommend starting with this issue, you can (if you must) and it should not be too hard to follow along.

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#6 Edited by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

The following are Dynamite Entertainment's previews for their March 20th, 2013 new releases. In addition to these, Dynamite has also given us an exclusive preview for FLASH GORDON: ZEITGEIST #10, QUEEN SONJA #34 & THE SPIDER #10 which you can see here.

THE BIONIC MAN #18

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32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +

Written by Aaron Gillespie

Art by Rey Villegas

Covers by Mike Mayhew (main), Ed Tadeo (1:10)

Fans, ask your retailer for the variant incentive cover!

• Mayhew “virgin art” retailer incentive cover

Caught in a lethal crossfire between a growing rebellion and a vicious dictator determined to hold on to power at any cost, the Bionic Man must enlist help if he’s to make it to Libue’s capitol city in time to stop certain catastrophe. Once there, Steve navigates the bloody streets, desperate to locate the country’s nuclear weapons before it’s too late. But as time ticks away, he uncovers a plot far more insidious than he expected.
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VOLTRON #11

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32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +

Written by Brandon Thomas

Art by N. Steven Harris

Cover by Sean Chen

Commander Keith and Princess Allura love each other very much, and have done their best to remain committed to one another despite being constantly pulled away by their larger responsibilities to the Voltron Force and the planet Arus. But their best is no longer good enough, and they’re both beginning to suspect that
they don’t know everything there is to know about each other. That perhaps they’re both keeping secrets for the so- called “greater good,” that if revealed, could tear them apart forever. The shocks keep coming in “Double Blind,” and it’s apparent that this relationship is yet another thing at risk in this brave new world...
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DAMSELS #6

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32 pages FC • $3.99 • All ages

Written by Leah Moore & John Reppion

Art by Aneke

Cover by Joseph Michael Linsner

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Joseph Michael LInsner “virgin art” retailer incentive cover

Joseph Michael Linsner “sketch art” retailer incentive cover

From the tales of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Snow White comes Damsels! As Rapa, Red, Talia and Heinrich journey through the Enchanted Forest toward Villeneuve, Rapa's memories begin to return in earnest. The royal cavalcade is ambushed on the road to the kingdom, forcing Queens Talia and Rapunzel to fight for their lives. Meanwhile Queen Belle, plagued by her conscience begins to wonder if she herself might be cursed.
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JENNIFER BLOOD #24

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32 pages FC • $3.99 • Mature

Written by Al Ewing

Art by Kewber Baal

Cover by Mike Mayhew

June 6th, 1965. Samuel Victor Blute is thirteen years old in a time and place that doesn't give a damn about tender years or innocence. And over the course of one long and bloody summer's day, he makes the choice that will define him - and his family - for the rest of their lives.
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#7 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

@bsavelli said:

The comic book deaths video was definitely my favorite "off their minds" 'till today, and sorry about asking, you probably explained it already, but why isn't Tony on the news the past few weeks? (I'm not complaining, just curious. Sarah's been great)

I relocated to the East Coast

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#8 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

@Fantasgasmic said:

I think Sara should get a I <\3 Hawkeye shirt.

I would love that shirt! :D

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#9 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

I often think it is important to have a back story for a character to really understand the motivations behind their actions and thoughts, and that is the central focus of this series. The issue opens with a look at the 'God Butcher,' who he is, and why he had set out so long ago to torture and murder the Gods, but what it doesn't do is explain where the character obtained his powers from in the first place. We see how he gets them, but it's not clear what the character who had them in the first place was doing with them.

The art is good, I think it really sets the tone for the story being told in this issue. You get the sense through the colors and the backgrounds illustrated by Butch Guice that the region where the character lives is completely desolate. The tribe he belongs to is starving, and has been starving for a long time. I think both the artist and Jason Aaron capture the sheer bitterness and sadness of the situation, and you get to see the thought process of the character and see him evolve. Bitterness, loss, and sadness influence him and we see that sort of blossom.

I think its important to have an issue like this because it gives us a more well rounded perspective of the antagonist in this series, who he is, what his motivations are, and why he does what he does. All of this becomes clear and more important and overall I think it is executed really well.

The Bad

If you are looking for Thor (which would make sense since this is his series), then you will be disappointed as the character does not make an appearance in this issue. The issue instead focuses on The God Butcher and deals with the character's back story. This is all very interesting, but there is no real break in the story for the reader to take in and digest the character -- it feels like everything is explained all at once and sort of thrown at you from the beginning. I think the story would have been more interesting if it was broken up a bit and it wasn't a complete flashback.

Another problem I had with the issue is the fact that it is unclear at what point in time this story is being told. This is something vital to the story and something that should be clear, but isn't. The result makes reading the story slightly confusing.

The Verdict

I enjoyed the art a lot in this issue, I think it was one of the highlights of the book. Guice really does a solid job setting the tone for the story, and I think it's important. You can really sense the desperation of the character in so many scenes in this issue, and I thought that was important to the story being told. I think it would have been good if the issue was broken up a bit more and we got to see what Thor was doing, but we don't really get that here. This is also not an issue you want to start off reading as it doesn't give you an idea of what has been going on in the series overall, even if it does a good job giving us a backstory. The story itself was interesting, I really liked the fact that we get a deeper look at the character in general and what drives him to kill these Gods. It was a necessary issue and was, overall, really well done.

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#10 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

Sue and Reed's marriage has seen its ups and downs. Like any marriage between any couple, they have had their moments where they have not seen eye to eye, or felt that withholding some very important information was the best thing to do if it meant protecting the ones they love. The last we saw Reed and Sue, things had begun to fall apart and Sue discovered that Reed was indeed hiding something from her. Sue's reaction over the big news is something that needed to be really rather profound, and it was. The story trickled into this issue from the last one in a way that was really rather interesting and it felt real. Putting yourself in Sues shoes for a moment, every bit of her dialogue here makes sense and it was nice to see. We also see Sue go through a range of emotions: she is initially very upset at Reed for his actions, and then she very clearly forgives him tries to coax him. It's a great moment about halfway through the issue and it really captures just how much these two characters care for one another.

We've been used to seeing the Fantastic Four traveling through space (and sometimes, through time, but mostly space) over the last few years. Fraction, however, has taken upon himself to bring these characters through history, introducing them to Julius Ceasar and taking them back to Rome, 44BCE. This is very different from the stories we have gotten used to reading starring the Fantastic Four, but it's also sort of a welcome change. So why history, and does Fraction really deviate from the elements that make the FANTASTIC FOUR such an interesting read? Not at all. Fraction instead combines historical elements with sci-fi, and if you read this issue you will see just how he manages to pull it off effortlessly.

This issue isn't all talk, though, either; we get plenty of action and excitement here as well, so if you're looking for a massive fight between an out of control oversized monster and the Thing, then look no further than this issue.

Fraction concludes this issue with a very interesting turn of events, and a scene that will definitely pique your interest and leave you wanting more.

The Bad

I think the only thing I did not really enjoy here was the way that the issue took a very crazy turn when certain characters are captured. The pacing of the story speeds up a bit too much, and it feels like there were certain moments that were crammed into the story that could have been fleshed out a bit more.

The Verdict

Overall, I think this is a great series and this was a solid issue. Mark Bagley delivers some really lovely art in this comic and the story takes a very interesting and exciting turn, which was great to see. Fraction melds history and science fiction together in a way that is interesting and compelling, and the result is a story that will leave you wanting more. The relationships between characters feels grounded and real, and that's something that is definitely necessary when writing about this tight knit group of characters. The story is written in a way that is pretty accessible, so if you haven't been reading you should be able to start here without any difficulties.