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Superior Spider-Man #1 Review (SPOILERS!!) 0

Originally posted on Comic Frontline.Note: Spoilers abound in this review, and I'm not referring to the events in Amazing Spider-Man that led up to this series. Please do not read if you don't want to be spoiled.After shattering the status quo in a big way at the end of Amazing Spider-Man, Dan Slott teams up with Ryan Stegman to continuing weaving the web of tales that encompass the wall-crawler in the follow-up relaunch, Superior Spider-Man. Now, with Doctor Octopus in Peter Parker's body, he w...

6 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Manhattan Projects #8 Review 0

Originally posted on Comic Frontline.I will admit, the first time I picked up Manhattan Projects last year, I was a little apprehensive. I'd just met the artist, Houston native Nick Pitarra, and was intrigued by the setup he described, but it was definitely a stark contrast for the type of comic book story I typically enjoy--which is mostly superheroes. I was only mildly interested in World War II military, political and scientific historical figures, and wasn't sure their reinterpretations woul...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Amazing Spider-Man #700 Review 0

Recently published on Comic Frontline.So, it's all come down to this. The end of an era has occurred with the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man. Dan Slott has spoken, and the fans are reacting.There were a number of variant covers to commemorate the historic nature of this issue, but the standard release is an achievement of its own, a collage composed entirely of images from previous Spider-Man comics to create a larger picture of half of Spidey's mask. There's artwork from all eras of the comi...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Scarlet Spider #12 Review 0

Posted not too long ago on Comic Frontline.I took up Scarlet Spider as my first foray back into collecting single issue comics for several reasons. First and foremost, it was a Spider-title, and while I had only the slightest idea who Kaine was at the time, I'd certainly heard of him, and Scarlet Spider, and was well aware of his connection to Spider-Man. Second, it was slated to take place in Houston, Texas, which is where I reside. So many of these superhero titles take place in New York City ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW! 0

Posted not too long ago in Comics Frontline...Reviewer's note: This review does contain some plot spoilers, which is partially why I waited a few days to write it. Please do not read it if you haven't read ASM 699 and don't want to be spoiled for the details. Thank you for taking heed.My birthday was last Wednesday, so it was a fitting gift to get the next part of the Dying Wish story arc that will be the final story in Amazing Spider-Man before the title ceases publication. ASM 698 ended on a d...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I Wasn't Surprised, but Still Wasn't Prepared for This 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...Okay, I needed a couple days to write this review. The big development was a lot to absorb, and I wanted to be sure I came at this piece with a clear head.I know most fans have read the issue by now, and while I'd love very much to talk plainly about the plot of this issue, I don't plan on spoiling anything until at least next Wednesday. So, with that in mind, I'll launch into what I hope is a mostly spoiler-free review.The cover ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Avengers vs. X-Men #11 / Brian Michael Bendis, Ol 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...SPOILER WARNING!! This review contains a BIG SPOILER about a character's fate in the Marvel Universe! Please DON'T view if you don't know what it is and don't want it spoiled!Overall, a good issue, though not without its flaws. Still, it's heartening to see how this story has improved from its less than stellar beginning. Hope you enjoy!This video can also be found on my Youtube page!...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

GN Review -- Batman: Venom / Dennis O'Neil, Trevor von Eeden, Rus 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...I'll say this: if there's anything more visually disturbing than seeing Batman with a drug-induced, Joker-esque rictus playing across his crazed visage, I'm hard-pressed to come up with it right now. The Dark Knight has come to epitomize--often to an obsession-induced fault--the essence of self-control and discipline, so seeing him lose it to the throes of a drug habit is more than a little jarring. Given the relevance of Batman: ...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

GN Review -- X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga / Chris Claremont and J 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...In a lot of ways, this read was a long time coming. I've read about the Dark Phoenix Saga for years, and I knew all about it: the seduction of Jean Grey, the Hellfire Club's involvement in her corruption, Phoenix's fall to malice and power and destruction, and Jean's final sacrifice so that her friends, her universe would live. I've even read small segments of it: Jean holding in Scott's optic blasts so she could see his face, est...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Red Hood and the Outlaws #9: Who Are You?-- --Hoo 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...There's a lot of red going on in this cover, and it's just confusing enough to distract me from what's going on. After a couple of seconds, I can find Red Hood and his Talon dance partner for this installment, locked in mid-air combat as they fall. The Talon looks good, but something about Jason just doesn't look very dynamic. I know the mask probably doesn't allow for expression, but I also don't think the pose is very good. The ...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Film Review -- Iron Man / Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr., Gwynet 1

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...There are many movie reviews that are long overdue on this blog, and Iron Man is perhaps the most such entry for me. Released in 2008, this fun, high-flying superhero masterpiece by Jon Favreau will go down as the movie that kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe that links several of their recent films, and which recently featured the overwhelming success of The Avengers. While I don't have as high an opinion of its direct seq...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Uncanny X-Men #12 / Kieron Gillen, Greg Land, Jay 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...There are points in the Avengers vs. X-Men event--particularly in the main series--that I've all but given up hope for a decent, well-told epic that involves so many characters and locales. Then we get little parallel stories like the one in Uncanny X-Men #12, that may as well be part of the main narrative, that are well written segments of the arc that really pop. It makes me more certain than ever that this kind of story can wor...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

GN Review -- Marvel 1602 / Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, and Richard 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...I've been meaning to read Marvel 1602 for years, but only just recently hit that magical convalescence of having the time, energy, inclination, and proximity to put my hands on a copy and read it. It's an imaginative take on my favorite superhero universe, by one of my favorite writers, and has an epic span that weaves history and fiction so seamlessly that you're almost convinced it could have been a part of the 1600s.In other wo...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Nightwing #9: The Gray Son / Kyle Higgins, Eddy B 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...Great cover on this issue. Nightwing and Cobb the Talon are locked in a vicious, intensely personal duel, and the intensity comes through nicely. It really sets up the premise of the issue, and the artwork, colors, and setting really make it pop. Very good work.Nightwing, who is now bleeding like a stuck pig, instructs the mayor to hide himself in a panic room before starting a duel with another Talon, his great grandfather. As th...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Batman and Robin #9: Robin Hears a Hoo / Peter J. 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...Okay, this is a pretty awesome cover. I don't know much about Damian Wayne's Robin--and so far don't like much of what I've learned about him--but something about this shot really makes me really root for him. I'm not sure if it's the double under-hand grip on the swords, the fact that a boy of single-digit age is dauntlessly facing a trained adult assassin in sword combat, or the colors, composition and line work, but the effect ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Batman #9: Night of the Owls / Scott Snyder, Greg 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...This would be a slightly confusing cover if you haven't read this series up to now, with the Cylon-Batsuit staring out at you over what I assume is Wayne Manor. It's exceptionally bad-ass if you know what's going on though, and the Talons caught in the reflections of the mask's visor actually look daunted. This is why you do not mess with Batman, ever. He prepares for everything!Batman has picked up where he left off in the last i...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

GN Review -- Sense & Sensibility / Jane Austen, Nancy Butler, & S 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...While this isn't the first graphic adaptation of an established novel that I've read--The Last Unicorn and The Alchemist come immediately to mind--it is certainly the first one I've read of a novel that by far predates the twentieth century. Jane Austen is an author whose work I haven't consciously tried to avoid, but who I wasn't at the time sad to have missed. Having seen several films adapted from her works, I now feel like I s...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- AvX VS #2 / Kieron Gillen, Steve McNiven, John De 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...I like the illustrations on this cover. Colossus looks out of his mind with rage as swings at a nimble and no-doubt quippy Spider-Man, while Gambit and Captain America both look like serious business as they struggle against one another. While I'm not crazy about the large title in the center of the cover, it does make for a nice divider. Not bad.These two match-ups go a little more in line with what I expected in terms of an outc...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Avengers vs. X-Men #4 / Jonathan Hickman, John Ro 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...I know I've been pretty critical of this series, but I must admit I like this cover. It says, "Get Hope." We've got the young lass on the run, the Phoenix getting nearer, and two teams full of heroes hot on her trail. It sells the issue pretty well, and Jim Cheung's pencils here really make it look pretty.Wolverine, who has done a hilariously admirable job of surviving in the Antarctic since Captain America marooned him there last...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

GN Review -- Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and the Great Puppet Theat 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...My memory of the first volume of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer is a book that had a good premise, but that ultimately felt underwhelming due to that premise wearing thin quickly. There were a lot of twists and turns that I saw coming, jokes that were overused, and a plot that I'd seen too many times in other works. It wasn't a bad read, but I couldn't help feeling that it could have been more. I'm pleased to say that its sequel, Pinoc...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Manhattan Projects #2: Rocket Man / Jonathan Hick 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...The simplicity of the covers in The Manhattan Projects seems to be a point of contention among readers, collectors, and reviewers. While I won't personally be giving them any art or design awards, I don't see any reason yet for this series to go out of its way with the covers. The cover, in many ways, makes its case up front, with just enough insignia art to grab your attention and signal the foreboding and uncertainty of the seri...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Amazing Spider-Man #685: Ends of the Earth, pt 4 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...While I like the idea of this cover--Spidey and the two gorgeous superheroines Black Widow and Silver Sable posing all badass on a rooftop--it seems to fall flat. The line work is good, and the composition's not bad, but it doesn't really seem to fit with the level of intensity the narrative demands. The casual-ness of the rooftop scenario suggests they're in NYC, which is clearly not where the action takes place. I also think Spi...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Detective Comics #9 / Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Flore 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...I like this cover a lot. Batman is taking on three Talons and holding his own, when just a few issues ago in his self-titled series, he was having a hard time with just one. The colors and composition make for an intense, dynamic action sequence that strongly ties in with the Night of the Owls event for this issue.In this installment of the Night of the Owls, Batman has taken the fight to the Talons, specifically the ones that hav...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Batwing #9: You Have Been Judged Unworthy / Judd 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...Interesting cover, with a dynamic composition and a breathtaking angle. Batwing's struggle with this Talon emphasizes how dangerous these assassins are, with Batwing defending himself from a vicious assault from above. The artwork is nice, and makes me want to see what happens in the pages within.We open with a conversation between the members of the Court of Owls, who are talking about retiring Alexander Staunton, presumably the ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Brody's Ghost: The Midnight Train and Other Tales 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...I've only read the first volume of the main story of Mark Crilley's work, Brody's Ghost, but having worked with him in the past at Teen Book Con, the cover to the related one-shot Brody's Ghost: The Midnight Train and Other Tales immediately caught my attention, and I picked up the issue. The composition certainly does a good job of selling the series premise, it being that there's a guy named Brody, and he can see ghosts and has ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- X-Men #28 / Victor Gischler, Will Conrad, & Guru 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...While I'm these days more than a little sick of Skrull covers, I will say that this is one gorgeous cover. Of course, I'm also probably a little biased in favor of just about anything Will Conrad does. The dark tones and foreboding leers of the Skrullified X-Men makes even the presumably light-hearted presence of Spider-Man take on an air of intensity and desperation. Very well done.We start off with Pixie teleporting a man into t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- X-Men #27 / Victor Gischler, Jorge Molina, Salva 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...This is a pretty decent cover, though whether it works or not depends on how central you think Jubilee is to the team and the comic. While Psylocke, Storm, Colossus and Domino all look pretty badass as they square off with Lord Deathstrike and his mercs, her absence is telling, given that the story has basically centered around her and her struggles with vampirism. You could also say it's symbolic, given the ending of the issue, t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

GN Review -- Locke and Key, v. 2: Head Games / Joe Hill and Gabri 1

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...Also posted here because no entry currently exists for the collected trade in the wiki.While it isn't my intention to just constantly review titles that aren't for children--it's coincidence, I swear!--it really is noteworthy to mention Locke and Key again for its sheer narrative appeal. I recently got a hold of volume 2, entitled Head Games, and figured I'd put it in the pile of Things That Will Eventually Be Read and Reviewed. T...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

GN Review -- Avengers: The Children's Crusade / Allan Heinberg an 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...In continuing my exploration of the Scarlet Witch's recent past, I've skipped ahead to more recent developments, which are nevertheless surprisingly connected to some of the events I saw in Avengers Disassembled. I was a little surprised to see that this was told mostly from the standpoint of the Young Avengers, who had apparently come about soon after the Disassembled story arc.During a pitched battle with a group of overpowered ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

GN Review -- Avengers Disassembled / Brian Michael Bendis and Dav 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...After reading Avengers vs. X-Men #0, I was astounded at how good the Scarlet Witch's tale was, and the urge to understand what had led her to that point became paramount. I did a little searching, and decided a good point to start reading up about her recent history was Avengers Disassembled.What unfolds is essentially the worst day ever in the history of any superhero team I've yet read. Tony Stark, while at the U.N., suddenly is...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

GN Review -- Amazing Spider-Man: Matters of Life and Death / Dan 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...I don't think I've made any secret that Spider-Man is one of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite, comic book superhero. I've read a lot of the more recent story arcs, particularly after the lamentable One More Day, and have to admit I've found the treatment of the web-slinger to be pretty admirable since then. One volume that deserves mention in that group is the collection by Dan Slott and company, titled Matters of Life and...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

GN Review -- Locke & Key, v. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft / Joe Hill, 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...Also posted here because I couldn't find an entry for the trade in the wiki, and felt the need to post this immediately rather than wait for approval for the entry. Hope no one minds too much...I first ran across Locke and Key a few years ago, probably not long after it was first released. I read it, and remember being vaguely impressed with it at the time, but then was soon lost to other superhero comics at the time. Then I had a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

GN Review -- Empowered, v. 1 / Adam Warren 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...I came across Empowered when I read a blog post about sex in superhero comics. Empowered was cited as a comic that gets it right as opposed to how sex was generally portrayed in the more mainstream superhero comics: either as clichéd, bland soap opera suggestions; overdone, exploitative cheesecake or soft-core porn that panders to man-children and degrades women; or in a context that unfairly associates negativity with sexuality, ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Avengers vs. X-Men #3 / Ed Brubaker, John Romita, 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...I really like the cover of this issue. It's intense, personal, and vicious as Cap and Wolverine struggle for dominance. Costumes are torn, sweat and what appears to be blood are flying, and both men are determined to beat the other. The artwork itself is wonderful, and it really sells the idea that this issue will contain some violence.Wolverine recovers from his ordeal with Hope and is told that Cyclops and the X-Men have surrend...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Film Review -- The Avengers / Joss Whedon, Robert Downey, Jr., Ch 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...So, I'm guessing most of you who read this blog have probably seen The Avengers at least once already, and are well aware of the box office juggernaut (pun intended) this film is becoming. The advance reviews for it have been unprecedented in their uniform level of praise for a superhero movie, and the ticket sales back up the claim that this movie has not only been hyped, but anticipated at a ravenously frenzied level. It has act...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Amazing Spider-Man #684: The Ends of the Earth, p 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...Spidey's trials and tribulations just never seem to end, for him and his allies in this case. This cover shot of him, Black Widow and Silver Sable all caught up in a titanic fight with a desert-powered Sandman really drives that point home and pulls readers in for this issue's story. The colors here are great, the action is intense, and Black Widow continues to do an excellent impression of Felicia Hardy by leaving her cleavage ex...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Nightwing #8: Bloodlines / Kyle Higgins, Eddy Bar 1

Addendum to this post: I apparently missed a few key plot points while reading this issue, and a sharp-eyed reader pointed them out to me. I've since gone and made corrections to the original post. Erroneous original material is struck through, while additions or replacements with the corrections are done in italics.This of course also affects some of my analyses of this story, which will remain unchanged for the time being. They were, after all, valid observations at the time I made them, even ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- AvX #1 / Jason Aarons, Adam Kubert, Kathryn Immon 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...While I'm generally not a huge fan of big banners or title logos taking up an inordinate amount of space on a cover, I can actually get behind this one, since it serves as a divider between the two teams. There's no action here, but rather the calm before the storm as the two teams get ready to fight one another. Which is, of course, what this issue is all about. It's certainly cleaner than some of the covers on the main series, a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Avengers vs. X-Men #2 / Jason Aaron, John Romita 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...This cover is okay, but it does seem a little crowded this time around. You've got nearly a dozen people on it, engaged in battle, and with the exception of the characters in the forefront, everyone's a bit overlit from the Phoenix flash coming from Hope Summers in the background. It's not bad, really, and I can understand the need to convey the grand scale of the battle between the teams, but I think this effort could have come o...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Comic Review -- Teen Titans #8: A Dark Omen! / Scott Lobdell, Ig 0

Originally posted on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...I'm not familiar with the Ravagers, or why they're being reborn here, but I will admit that this is a pretty cool looking cover. I'm already missing Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund on the art here, but they deliver a nice assembly shot of the team, and the Tron motif here looks pretty good. Again, not to familiar with the Ravagers, but everything looks pretty stunning here.The Titans have been captured by N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and its leade...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.