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Black Panther-Most Dangerous Man Alive #528 Review

Summary

In wakanda the hand attacks but are easily defeated by Shuri and the Dora Milaje. In American T’challa, Luke Cage and Falcon make short work of some hand ninja who tried to hold up a bank truck.

Kingpin tries to have the bank vote to give him control. In Wakanda the woman t’challa saved along with Shuri vote to delay the boards vote by a week so T’challa can deal with Kingpin.

T’challa has his sidekick freeze kingpin’s accounts and whisk his lawyer to Wakanda while he distracts him. Kingpin is still confident but T’challa decides its time to end shadowland and fisk for good.

 

The Good

Characterization- Say what you want about David Liss but one thing for certain he can write a mean T’challa/Black Panther. This is the Christopher Priest rendition with his “batman nature” front and center. The cool just oozes off every single page!

Art- Great for action scenes!

Team- Marvel’s trio of earliest Black Superheroes Falcon, Luke Cage and Black Panther always make for an excellent team up. They play well off each other and have enough history between them to always make things interesting.

Action-Kingpin vs T’challa, Shuri and the Dora Milaje vs the hand, Luke Cage and Falcon vs the Hand. This is a very action heavy issue which manages to integrate

Shuri- Huge fan of the female Black panther and I’m overjoyed to see here back in action.

 

The Bad

Why this arc wasn’t the second instead of the tragic Fear Itself I will never understand. This is pure gold and less than ½ of the initial readers will be picking this up….just tragic…..

Cover- The washed out Newspaper vibe is just tacky. What’s worst you can’t even tell from a casual glance who’s fighting with T’challa.

Guns?- I don’t know but Wakandans brandishing guns this casually especially the Dora Milaje and Shuri…..Kinda weird….

 

The Ugly

Honestly this was just masterfully done from page one 5/5


Sindel Cosplay

Another sexy black sistah represents for the Cosplay scene as the luscious Sindel from Mortal Kombat!


Tempo-Heather Tucker

Tempo-Heather Tucker

Created by:  Louise Simonson and Rob Liefeld

1st appearance: New Mutants # 86, 1990

Nationality: Unknown

Team Affiliations: MLF-Mutant Liberation Front, Accolytes

Legal Status: Criminal record in the US

Height: 5’6                  Weight: 112 lbs
Eye Color: Brown    Hair color: black

Relatives: Unnamed mother (deceased), Unnamed father (deceased), Unnamed 1/2 sister, Unnamed stepfather (deceased)

Skills and abilities: Unknown

Powers: Tempo has the mutant ability to slow or accelerate time within her vicinity. She can also fly.

Biography

Nothing is known of her past before she became a member of the Mutant Liberation Front and fought X-force. Despite being a member of this terrorist team she saved many lives by betraying her team and having X-force save a building full of people. During the “X-ecutioner’s song” storyline she was defeated and imprisoned along with her MLF teammates. Reignfire broke them out to form a new MLF and they tried to kill Henry Peter Gyrich. Again they fought X-force, again she tried to thwart her teams evil plans by saving his life and was kicked out. She  declined an offer to join X-force at Cable’s behest and went back to school to lead a normal life.

On M-day when most of the world’s mutants lost their powers she retained hers. She joined Exodus’s Acolytes along with Frenzy with whom she became best friends. On this team she allied with the Marauders and fought the x-men. When Exodus disbanded the team she went to Utopia and joined the X-men. When Legion warped time she was killed in “Age of X”.


Judd Winick Talks Batwing

Coming in from Newsarama is an interview with Batwing writer and longtime bat scribe Judd Winick. Here are the highlights :)

 

Nrama: We’ve seen you write Batman a lot in the past, but what’s it like to write Batwing interacting with characters like a young Barbara Gordon and everyone who’s in the relaunch version of Gotham City?

Winick: I wish we could do it for five more issues. Their interactions are slight, because the action and story is just barreling forward, and because most of it is really about Batwing. But it was still fun to write them in one story. I know readers sometimes get irritated when they smell anything that smells like marketing. It’s like, “Oh, they’re just putting Batman in there to sell books.” No. I just really like writing Batman, and this is where the story was going, and I think it’s fun. Forget marketing. This is awesome.

But while we’re in Gotham, it’s really, really plot driven, so we don’t have the characters sitting down and talking. But the door’s open for that. Batwing has now been there, to Gotham, for the first time. This is his first trip there. And he’ll actually be there for three issues, right through the crossover.

After spending so much time with Batwing in Africa, it’s refreshing to put him in an environment like Gotham City. As a reader and a writer, it feels great to have him there.

Nrama: What’s his reaction to Gotham?

Winick: He’s wonderfully out of his element, and he feels like he’s surrounded by opulence. He comes from very, very humble beginnings.

For the first time in his life, he has to put on a tuxedo, because he’s at a benefit with his handler, Matu Ba. And there’s David Zavimbe in a tuxedo. And he looks devastatingly cool, because he’s like 6-foot-4 with broad shoulders, and there are many women admiring him. But he could not be more uncomfortable, you know?

He finds this a little bit repulsive, a little bit opulent. And Matu has to tell him to just relax. “Please try to have a good time.” In a sense, David is a lot like Bruce that way. Even though Bruce has to be in the suit, wearing the armor of a wealthy man, I think they’re both very, very uncomfortable in that disguise.

And he drops some details on the creation of our dastardly villain Massacre!

Nrama: Judd, you created this villain Massacre. What were your thoughts behind creating him as a nemesis for Batwing? And also as a villain appropriate for a story set in Africa?

Winick: From the jump, because it’s a new series and a new character and the New 52, I really to create someone very big and formidable and scary. When you have the opportunity to create a villain from the ground up, you really want someone who feels right as someone who can go toe-to-toe with your hero. And of course, I wanted him to look terrifying, in the fact that he’s swinging two machetes, wearing some sort of aggregated body armor which looks kind of realistic, that someone could put this together in our reality.

But also, I was really interested in telling a story that was a mystery. I didn’t want it to be a monster of the week, a bad guy doing something and then being hunted down. I wanted something that involved Batwing on many levels. And I wanted something to unfold over a big arc, a big story, in a way that would let the reader learn more about Batwing and his life in Africa.

 So it was about figuring out that mystery, working backwards from there, and then Massacre just kind of came out of it, right now to the very subtly named “Massacre.”

Batwing-David Zavimbi

And finally he talked about the authentic African feel of the book which ive been praising since batwing #1 which is highly reminiscent of DC comics Unknown Soldier by Joshua Dystart.

Nrama: One of the things that really sticks out about this series is that it really embraces the reality of Africa — the good and the bad — and it feels like you’ve done a lot of research and know the issues that many of the countries there are facing.

Winick: Thank you. I appreciate that, because, yes, we put a lot of work into this to get it right. We didn’t want this to feel like The Lion King or like Tarzan. It was about taking this very unreal situation, with superheroes, and trying to put it into as real a context as possible that is truly representative of Africa.

Of course, it’s still a big, darn superhero story. And we want to be mindful of that. This wasn’t a trip through a social studies class, you know? But that said, any good story does show you things, and should transport you someplace. This is a story that needs to transport you to Africa, and for it not to feel phony. We’re pretty sophisticated now, especially our readers. That last words says it all — they’re readers. On a regular basis, they actually pick up something and read it. So they’re a literate and educated bunch. So if this felt like some kind of phony caricature of Africa, it wouldn’t fly. So we put the time in. I’ve been getting information from people at universities in African Studies and speaking to people who have lived in Africa, and even speaking to a couple people who still live in Africa.

Nrama: His origin is also such a huge part of the African story right now, and it’s something I’ve been following closely as the sponsor of a child in Uganda. With more than a million people dying each year in Africa from AIDS, which is just an overwhelming number, the disease is leaving millions of children parentless. A lot of superheroes have an origin that includes them becoming orphans, but this one felt specifically tied to the African tapestry.

Winick: Yeah. In some regions of Africa, it’s 20 to 25 percent of people who are living with HIV, and there are scores and scores of children without parents as a result. They’re even called “AIDS orphans.” And there are orphanages all over Africa to deal with the sheer amount of children who do not have mothers and fathers anymore, because they’ve lost both of them to AIDS.

So it didn’t seem like too much of a stretch to give David a background tied to that. And it also set into motion the idea of the boy soldier that he would have to become.

 

I don’t know about you guys but I get more excited every time I hear anything Batwing related!! More as it breaks!

[Source: Newsarama]


Voodoo #5 Review

Voodoo discovers a threat that could expose her secrets before she can complete her mission. With her shape-shifting abilities in overdrive, Pris does what she does best when she’s cornered: fight.

Summary

Voodoo enters her ship in the American mid west after killing two guards. Inside the ship she’s confronted by the agent who’s been tracking her. He’s a pure blood Daemonite who plans to kill her to prove to his people that ½ breeds are unworthy of inclusion in their army. He also reveals a prophecy which involves ½ Daemites that he and his sect don’t believe in. They start to fight and Voodoo’s power of telepathy doesn’t work on her enemy. She pushes herself far beyond her usual limits and enters his mind. The Daemonite is shocked that she has power not displayed by either a Daemonite or a hybrid. She kills a Daemonite and accesses some of the information she stole last issue.

Agent Fallon has been fired from the “Black Razors” for botching the Voodoo case a few issues back. Fallon comes to a realization and takes Black Jack to an undisclosed location. Inside the secured room they find a hybrid that was captured, who look exactly like Voodoo. Elsewhere Voodoo wonders if she’s a clone!

The Good

Art-I’m still here because of Sami Basri who is a master of his game. Every page, every panel is drawn with expert skill and can you just look at Voodoo, she is smoking hot!

Black Superhero- I must say I’m impressed that Voodoo has managed to outlive both Static Shock and Mister Terrific who would have guessed it?

Cover- Voodoo a half blood Daemonite and a pure blood Daemonite in the center of a black cover in a form of alien Yin Yang symbol that looks pretty awesome!

Story- Alien hybrid on a mission, I can dig it! I like the premise of this story and how Voodoo and her ties to both the human race and the Daemonites have far reaching ramifications for the New DCU. I’m here for the long haul so let’s see where the story takes us.

Characterization- I’m feeling Voodoo on so many levels. Not just as a heterosexual man looking at a very gorgeous woman but also her nature as a woman who doesn’t belong to any specific race; in this case human or Alien; the conflict between both heritages is starting to come to a head. The memories she absorbed from the two agents have stayed with her. Love has entered her soul, something literally alien to everything she’s been taught thus far. She has started realizing there’s more to the human race than everything she’s been taught. The conflict is that she has a singular vision to her mission and the Daemonites. She kills the Daemonite agent not to save humanity but to secure her mission. She could go either way good or evil at this point. A truly neutral character is hard to find nowadays so I’m really digging Voodoo. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s a unique hybrid who may be the most powerful creature either race has seen before.

 

The Bad

Attack of the Clones- (shakes head) I can’t believe they went here. Clones have been done to death and saying it’s a cliché, is cliché, very disappointing turn of events.Priscilla Kitaen finally makes her REAL new 52 debut!

Ron Marz has been booted by dc off this book :(

 

The Ugly

Gotta show love for the only black female with her own series from either Marvel or DC 3.5/5


Lobo: The first African American Wild West Hero

Every once in awhile a fan submits something that simply must be published, it got lost in our always overflowing email but after a bit of spring cleaning here it is one fans tale of Lobo “The very first African American wild west hero” and “The very first African American with his own ongoing series”. We covered the basics in our initial History lesson (read it here) but this fan sent us scans of the original two comics and a synopsis as well as a bit of background. Enjoy this tale from before allot of us where born, this is the stuff the internet was meant to share! :)

African American comic books have often met resistance, especially in the earliest days of the genre.  When Dell comics tried to publish a Wild West tale in the same mold as the Lone Ranger with a dash of Batman they must have known the going would be rocky, especially with the mostly white drugstore owners that would be selling their books, but they could not have foreseen that issue two of this very short lived comic book would be sent back to them, with most of them still bound in their original shipping twine, never opened.

  Issue one begins with the end of the Civil War.  Lobo is a solider being mustered out the Union Army.  After being attacked by a small band of confederate soldiers whom his compatriots shoot down Lobo smashes his rifle against a tree and leaves for the west hoping to leave the world of violence behind for the life of a cowboy.  He soon finds that life as a cowboy means always proving himself to his white colleagues.  Though he is tolerant and forgiving of the unfair treatment he defends himself and remains dignified, often humbling those who would humble him.  Unfortunately two of the cowboys that he had to humble accuse him of robbing and murdering the paymaster of their cattle drive, the real murderer is another cowpoke by the name of Johnson,.  As Lobo goes on the run hoping to prove his innocence he meets a prospector who is drowning in a river.  It is revealed that the prospector was also accused of a crime he did not commit and the two form a bond.  The prospector offers Lobo his fortune to fund his quest to prove himself innocent, but he refuses, but he does take a pouch full of gold coins with the engraving of a wolf and the letter L, a coin that would become his trademark.  The two cowboys who accused him of the crime along with an accomplice of theirs rob a local bank and Lobo apprehends them and turns them into a sheriff who declines to arrest lobo after getting one of the Lobo coins saying “I don’t know there was just something about him…”  Later he finds Johnson staked in the sun, punishment by a group of Apaches whose horse he had tried to steal.  Johnson dies and along with him Lobo’s only chance at proving his innocents.  He decides to ride back and visit the old miner who made his coins only to find him dying.   The miner asks Lobo to take his fortune in gold and do some good with it, which is what he decides to do in the closing pages of Issue 1.

In Issue 2 Lobo finds a man tied in the back of a wagon heading for bottomless canyon.  After saving him it is revealed that he is a local farmer who is being bullied off his land by “the King of the West”, a local cattle owner with delusions of making a new Camelot out of the west with himself as King Arthur.  Lobo decides to help and tries to round up a resistance but finds the locals reluctant to cross the King.  Lobo rigs a flash bomb out of a bag of flour and some black powder and apprehends some of the Kings men.  The King decides to tarnish Lobo’s reputation by making some duplicate Lobo coins and leaving them at various crime scenes.  The trick is soon uncovered when the coins are revealed to be lead with a thin sheen of gold on the outside.  Lobo rides to the Kings castle for a final showdown.  The King asks Lobo to choose from his impressive collection of Anachronistic weapons from the Middle Ages.  The two men fight with spears, maces and crossbows, but when the tide turns against him the King calls in his cronies.  Lobo makes his escape along with a girl the King had been holding.  They meet up with the Sheriff and when the girl reveals to the sheriff that the King had been holding her hostage the King shoots her, wounding but not killing her.  Lobo chases him down and the King, in haste to escape falls into quick sand.  Lobo saves the ungrateful King who still tries to kill Lobo, but Lobo knocks him out and hands him over to the sheriff who lets Lobo go even though he is still technically a wanted fugitive.

Unfortunately that was Lobo’s last ride.  Dell comics received most of the first and almost all of the second issue back in opened packages.  Drugstore owners were reluctant to sell a comic book featuring and African America superhero.  Tony Tallarico, one of the co-creators was honored in 2006 at a dinner at the African American Museum in Philadelphia for helping create the first African American to star in his own comic book.   It would be years until Marvel would decide to try and enter the urban market with an African American staring in his own title.  Luke Cage would unseat Lobo as the first African American superhero with his own ongoing title that went for more than two issues, but Lobo blazed the trail.

 

Article submitted by Black Heroes fan Thomas Strange


Justice League (2012) #5 Review

Summary

Flash is the first of the team to recover followed by Superman who again get attacked by darkseid. Superman is taken prisoner while Green Lantern’s hand is broken before batman confides his secret identity to him and heads to Apokalips. On earth the team rallies around Green Lantern who leads them into another attack.

The Good

Art- Jim Lee continues to shine with great art!

Cover- Most of the covers are pretty sweet!

Villain- Darkseid has always been a very epic villain. Powerful, confident and exudes power that makes men tremble. Here Jim and Geof use him to great effect. With nary a single word uttered our villain cuts a swath through our heroes that leaves a foreboding and “be very afraid” feeling lol I am loving the inclusion of Darkseid one of my all time favourite dc supervillains.

Green Lantern- As much as I hate Hal it was pretty awesome to see him take the fight to Darkseid better than anyone else even though he got his arm broken.

The Bad

Secret Identity- Sorry but Batman discloses his secret identity in the middle of a battlefield, why? This scene really didn’t work for me at all. Sure he’s the man with an eternal plan but how the hell does this help the team in any way?

Batman’s costume- So the bat symbol peels off like a sticker now….right!  Why?

New DC U- This is the problem with the weird way in which this reboot works. Batman and Hal hate each other as a result of Hal becoming Parallax. Now I’m assuming this never happened…….so they no longer have this history…or do they? But later on after the Justice League is formed? Your guess is as good as mine. I’m so god damned lost!

Cheesy- that hero speech was far too silver age comic to be in this modern tale, fail on so many levels!

Team- Now that the team is together the focus has shifted to Flash, Batman and Green Lantern. With one more issue left for the opening arc I can’t help but feel that Superman and Aquaman are just not going to get the fleshing out they need. Cyborg our eyes and ears in this new status quo becomes background in this issue. A step back instead of forward, not cool guys!

Geoff Johns pet- I couldn’t help but chuckle as Geoff’s pet Green Lantern was arguably the big hero in this issue. I expect this to happen allot while following this book since it’s well known John’s pops a boner every time he hears or sees Hal Jordan.

The Ugly

3/5


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Black Panther: Most Dangerous Man Alive #527 Review

Summary

J’baro a member of the Jabari clan in wakanda (the worship the white gorilla and serve under the now deceased M’baku-the man ape who died in Black Panther vol.4 #4) is picked up at the airport by Black Panther in disguise. He’s realized that this man has made calls numerous times from inside shadowland where Kingpin is in power. After a car ride in which he chides the royal family of wakanda T’challa crashes the car and has J’baro sign over all his power as a member of the wakandan bank to anyone he chooses.

Inside Shadowland Miyu gets a special mission from Kingpin Lady Bullseye and Typhoid Mary warn her to not distract there master from his mission before kingpin send them to track down the doctor who escaped a few issues back. They find the location but the doctor has already been moved and T’challa takes the fight directly to them.

They think they have lead him into a trap as hand ninja attack but he calls in Luke Cage and Falcon as backup. The hand retreats and Miyu reports what’s happened to Kingpin who gives orders to attack wakanda directly.

The Good

Cover- Perhaps is nostalgia already knowing that this book is coming to a close but I liked the Francavilla drawn cover despite it’s old newspaper quality.

Art- Michal Avon Ceming won’t win any awards for detail but he has a feel of the action that surpasses every other artist on this book to date.

Characterization- It’s awesome to see T’challa portrayed as not just a super smart strategist but world class fighter to boot, facing lady bull’s-eye and Typhoid Mary while engaging in a battle of wits with Kingpin.

Action- Sweet glorious action guys, Ninjas gets pounded every which way from Sunday as T’challa, Falcon and Luke Cage cut a swath through Kingpins forces.

Wakanda- Kingpin will now attempt to attack wakanda directly since T’challa has him at a disadvantage in America. Poor Kingpin he has overplayed his hand Wakandans are badass! I expect Shuri and the Dora Milaje will make short work of the hand who can’t even take on the most basic of American heroes.

The Bad

Art- The minimalist approach may not be suited for everyone.

Cancellation- On one hand I want the book to end since I hated about ½ of this run but this last storyline much like the first set of issues shows that David Liss could write an engaging and exciting Black Panther run, he got a handle on T’challa’s personality but for some reason the stories were hit and miss. It’s sad to see a series end when the stories are just picking up pace again.

The Ugly

A very solid read! 4/5


Green Lantern New Guardians #5 Review

Summary

Kyle, Fatality and co. head toward the mysterious ship with a huge sun at its heart. They split into teams to investigate the planets which also make up the ship. Fatality and Munk discover the planet Okaara on which she and Starfire (now starring in Red Hood and the Outlaws) were trained. The blue and yellow lanterns discover the lost tamaranian race while Kyle and the orange lantern discover the legend of “the beast” Orange lantern leader Larfleez who’s the sworn enemy of their ship. They sound an alarm which rouses their guardian, the archangel who sleeps within their sun; Invictus.

The Good

Cover-The New Guardians being sucked into a wormhole, all very visible though the indigo lantern lacks the glow of the other lanterns. All in all a good cover!

Art- Tyler Kirkham wows me in every single issue! How can he keep up the pace? Books like Ultimate Spider-man and Batwing already are using fill in artists but this guy keeps hitting every page, panel and issue out the ball part consistently! I salute you Tyler you do great work!

Characterization- Fatality’s past as a hunter of green lanterns and newcomer to the Sapphire corps of love are acknowledged and her powers of observation as a hunter also lead her to a few realizations about her indigo tribe compatriot, munk. It was also cool to see her rely on her combat skills as opposed to her ring, too often these ring wielders rely on the ring and nothing else.

Mystery- This “ship” has me completely intrigued! Inside we find the thought deceased/extinct race of Tamaran and even the planet Okaara. What the **** is going on here? What’s even better is the thought of what other extinct races may yet linger in this ship? The Martians? The Kryptonians? Yes please on all accounts!

Continuity- Red lantern Bleeze’s development in Red Lantern gets mentioned here as she regains her sanity here.  We also get a nod to old continuity with Fatality acknowledged as learning her fighting style on Okaara.

The Bad

Same complaint as every other New 52 book past continuity and what is still cacon is all up in the air and not very clear!

The Ugly

Kyle and Fatality are the characters with the most history coming into this and both stay true to their history, couple that with a new villain and mystery and all i can say is beam me up captain this ship is heading to hyperspace! 4/5


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