Monthly Archives: February 2012

Invincible #89 Preview

Story by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn
Colors by: John Rauch
Cover by: Ryan Ottley, Kelsey Shannon
Publisher: Image Comics

EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT NOW!

There’s someone new in the Invincible costume, but why – and for how long? Answers to all these questions and more in this monumental status-quo-altering issue!

Guest starring Black superhero Bulletproof!


TEEN TITANS #6 Preview

In the aftermath of their battle with Superboy, the Teen Titans make a horrifying discovery: Kid Flash has been knocked out of synch! If they are going to save their teammate, the badly beaten and battered teens need to sneak into the New York branch of S.T.A.R. Labs – which means that this issue guest-stars none other than Virgil Hawkins, a.k.a. Static! But if the team was hoping to use the lab for some downtime, they are going to be disappointed, because now they must battle a new, young team of supervillains known only as 2.0! All this and the debut of Kid Flash’s new costume!

Guest starring black superheroes: Skitter and Static Shock

Story by:Scott Lobdell,
Art by: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund,
Colors by: Andrew Dalhouse,
Letters by: Dezi Sienty,
Cover by: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse,
Publisher: DC Comics

Voodoo #6 Previews

Story by:Josh Williamson
Art by: Sami Basri
Colors by: IFS – Jessica Kholinne
Cover by: Paulo Siqueira
Publisher: DC Comics

Following the shocking events of last issue, Voodoo feels betrayed by her own people and wants to be left alone. Little does she know Agent Fallon and the Black Razors are looking for revenge – but first they need to break another Daemonite Hybrid out of jail to help them track her down. The identity of that Daemonite Hybrid will leave you stunned!

Green Lantern: New Guardians #6 Review

Summary

On the Orrery (the artificial solar system ship) the alarm blares as Invictus awakens in the sun. Kyle Rayner tries to contact the other Lanterns but can’t because their rings operate on different emotions. He still manages to eventually tap into all his emotions to warn them before the Angel attacks. He catches Fatality and Munk unprepared and quickly breaks through their defenses. Before he can finish off Fatality Munk teleports them to the Blue Lantern’s location. The angel shows up and easily trashes them; the arrival of Kyle doesn’t help as Invictus is clearly more powerful than each of them individually. Just then Red Lantern Bleeze arrives in search of her friends.

The Good

Art- Instead of gushing as usual I’ll just say Kirkham does his usual top notch job on the interior arts.

Action- Archangel vs the New Guardians across a galaxy spanning spaceship made up of different self contained planets? Yes please!

Cover- Gorgeous as always courtesy of Kirkham; it shows Kyle, Fatality and Glom being blasted by Archangel Invictus, Colors are as dynamic and stunning as ever!

Characterization- I’m very impressed at the little touches the writer has managed to squeeze into fatality. After her star sapphire conversion she lost allot of her old charm, the very reason I loved her initially. Here she has returned to her hunter ways, preference of weapons, needing enemy statistics before engaging etc. Finally someone who understands the subtle nuances of writing a woman who has simply had the emptiness and vengeance in her heart “filled”; She’s the same girl just no longer limited by the need to just “kill green lanterns”, kudos all around for the return of one of my favorite villains!

Kyle continues to be “different” than a typical Green Lantern, this time he tapped into the whole emotional spectrum to contact his team when he shouldn’t have been able to. Saint Walker is as his name suggest while Arkillo is a big brute. All around solid work on all involved.

Continuity- Red Lantern Bleeze returns this issue having had her intellect restored, this happened in the early issues of Red Lanterns, nice to see it acknowledged here.

The Bad

Ending- Seriously Bleeze arriving was how this otherwise cool book ended? I’m not excited what could she possibly do that the others couldn’t?

Villain- Sure he’s intimidating but seems cliché by green lantern standards by now, a big brute was powers? We get one of these every few months!

The Ugly

While it was exciting nothing happened besides all out action to progress the story 3.5/5


Lion Fang-Alejandro Cortez

Lion Fang

 Created by:  Steve Englehart

1st appearance: Hero for hire vol.1 #13, 1973

Nationality: Unknown

Team Affiliations: Unknown

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: 5’10            Weight: 195 lbs

Eyes: Brown             Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Skilled animal tamer and trainer also skilled gymnast.

Powers: None. Uses technology to control felines such as Lions and Panthers to do his bidding, he also has a wrist mounted blaster capable of concussive force.

Biography

Lion Fang was an early foe of Luke Cage before his partnership with Iron Fist. He attacked Luke and they did battle, almost evenly matched while inside what appeared to be a circus tent. When he attempted to flee when defeat was upon him he climbed a high beam. Luke was enraged and knocked said beam over resulting in Lion Fang falling and critically injuring himself.

He didn’t die however as he showed up in The New Avengers: Luke Cage “A Town Without Pity” limited series from 2010 during the Dark Reign period. He was in a wheelchair; a result of the aforementioned incident with the high beam; and was going by the name Alexander Comillo, an enforcer for Drug Dealers in Philly.


X-Men #25 Review

Summary

Storm and her team (Psylocke, Colossus, Warpath and Domino) are still on the hunt for missing teammate Jubilee. In Siberia they find a Vampire nest and cut a swath through their ranks. For the past three weeks they have been doing this across three continents killing every vampire in their wake, still no sign of her. Luckily just as they are about to leave they find out she’s in China. They arrive at the destination and meet the “Forgiven”. They briefly have a skirmish before Jubilee stops them. Unfortunately their location has been compromised as the leader of the forsaken is a wanted man and an open contract has just been given for his retrieval. Deadpool, lady Bullseye, Scorpion and a host of others are closing in fast and their no escape!

 

The Good

Characterization- Storm is regal and commanding but Victor Gischler also incorporates her others skills such as stealth from her time as a thief and her rarely touched on superb hand to hand combat skills. Watching Storm kick that vampire’s ass warmed my heart and reminded me of when she defeated Callisto. Colossus is now the unstable angry guy and continues to do so. Domino is the seasoned soldier and tracker while Psylocke is the telepathic Ninja we know and love. Kudos for fitting in all this in the story without sacrificing anything!

Art- Fights scenes flowed seamlessly and characters certainly look distinct. Guru EFX’s colors are dynamic and stunning, adding even more depth to this great looking book.

Fight- The X-men vs The Forgiven was very entertaining. Everyone had a dance partner which almost equally matched them in skill. Fights like this are always good to watch!

Cover- Storm like a guardian Angel descending on Jubilee with a stake ready to grant the young vampire sweet release. I love it; Jorge Molina turns in some good work!

 

The Bad

Cliché- it’s been done to death the good guys face off with each other before teaming up to take down their foes. The writers and I aren’t even as old as that Cliché.

Art- While I did enjoy the art it had bouts of inconsistency, some panels were good while others were clearly rushed.

Warpath- Why is he on this team? The writer will need to flesh out his character because everyone has a discernible voice and purpose, he’s just background. No purpose in having him here and not use him.

 

The Ugly

Great art, great characterization, great action! 4/5


Triathlon

Triathlon/3D Man

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Kurt Busiek and George Perez

1st appearance:   Avengers Vol 3 #8 (September, 1998)

Nationality: America

Team Affiliations: The Avengers, Skrull Kill Krew, Avengers Initiative

Legal Status: Unknown

Height:   200 lbs            Weight: 6’2

Eyes: Brown                    Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Skilled hand to hand combatant and world class athlete.

Powers: His body operates at three times the capacity of a peak human, granting him, superhuman strength, reflexes, healing, eyes sight, stamina, agility and durability. 

Biography

Delroy Garett Jr. was an Olympic medalist who was caught taking steroids. Distraught and directionless he joined the Triune Understanding. Taken under the wing of its leader Jonathan Tremont he was bonded to the stolen energy of the original 3-D man which gave him superhuman abilities. He was unaware of how he arrived at these powers as he thought the Triune had simply unlocked his potential. He soon became their spokesman and fiercest proponent.

He made his superhero debut helping the Avengers battle Mosses Magnum. Later on he assisted them against Pagan, Lord Templar and Taskmaster. He was then recruited into the Avengers at the behest of Duane Freeman since the Avengers had suffered allot of bad publicity and accusations of racism. The manner in which he joined lead to strained relationships with a few teammates especially Iron Man. Later adventures proved he was a fine addition to their ranks and the problems eventually ceased.

During Kang’s attack on earth the “Triple Evil” entered the solar system leading to an uneasy alliance between the Triune and the Avengers. Here his mentor revealed the true origins of his powers as he tried to kill Delroy and use his powers to take control of the Triple evil. When Tremont lost control of its powers Delroy was the one who finally ended the threat. Back on Earth he was separated from the original 3-D man yet retained his abilities. When the UN reorganized the Avengers he left the team.

After Civil War he sided with Captain America’s anti-registration heroes. When Cap died he joined the initiative as an instructor now going by the 3-D man moniker. Now equipped with the original 3D-man’s goggles which allow him to see Skrulls in disguise he joined the fight against the Skrull’s during secret invasion. After this he joins Ryder and the Skrull Kill Krew  to hunt down the Skrulls left on earth.


The Return of the King!!!

Where do I go from here?

Black Panther’s last series Black Panther: Man Without Fear/Most Dangerous man Alive was cancelled due to low sales (see sales figures here) the series followed T’challa after the events of Doomwar which changed the ways of life and trading for the people of Wakanda forever. Now that he’s built himself back up he’s returning home and set to appear in the Fantastic Four due out in may FF # 18, see the solicits below:

 

The Fantastic Four travel to Wakanda

The Return of Black Panther to the pages of the F4.

What happens when the world completely runs out of Vibranium?

This news comes straight from Marvel Comics advanced solicits. I’ll be checking it out to see what angle the writer will take with the state of current Wakanda “post Doomwar” since it’s been inconsistent since he left. Klaws of the Panther implied the nation was directionless without Vibranium as Shuri searched to find an alternate source. Man without Fear’s last story took a more feasible approach since Wakanda had always relied on Vibranium they had untapped Oil, diamonds and gold mines that they never even used (This was noted in Hudlin’s run and other marvel books). Liss made note that even in a time of recession they were still doing better than every other country on earth (how? we assume they started tapping those untapped resources).  How will Wakanda be portrayed in Fantastic Four? Lets just wait and see, marvel doesn’t quite seem sure of what to do with the nation post Doomwar.


Ryder

Ryder

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by:  Grant Morrison

1st appearance: Skrull Kill Krew #1, 1995

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: Skrull Kill Krew

Legal Status: US citizen with no criminal record

Height: 6’2              Weight: 215 lbs

Eyes: Brown             Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Skilled in the use of weapons and unarmed combat.

Powers: Due to his altered DNA he possesses limitless shape shifting abilities to alter his mass, color, texture and height. In addition he has displayed telepathy, teleportation, cloaking ability, resistance to heat and flame, healing factor, superhuman reflexes and strength. He also can see anyone rendered invisible, can see through Skrull’s in disguise.

He usually uses his powers to turn his hands into ballistic weapons which fires ammunition fatal to skrulls. The ammunition presumably is generated internally.

Biography

Ryder’s story began years ago when Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic brainwashed some Skrulls into thinking they were earth born cows. Unfortunately those cows ended up on a meat farm and were slaughtered and sold just like the cows they impersonated. Ryder was one of the people to eat this “Skrull cow meat” and as a result found his biology radically altered on a molecular level by the alien flesh. As if drawn together all those altered banded together to hunt down the Skrulls on earth and kill them. By the time of the “secret Invasion” he was joined by Triathlon who had become the new 3D Man. After “Secret Invasion” they split and he returns to hunting down skrulls.

Here they realize that their genes have now become completely Skrull. They also stop the senseless Skrull killings as they learn of Earth born Skrulls who are not a threat to Earth’s population.


Wolverine and the X-men #6 Review

Summary

Wolverine has taken kid omega to an un-policed section of the Milky Way galaxy in hopes of cheating in an intergalactic gambling den so he can finance his school. The secret weapon is Kid Omega’s telepathy.

At the school the creature from last issue arrives at the school and makes his way inside with his pet brood. Inside kitty, the x-men fight an endless horde of brood and Kid Gladiator becomes one of them. Broo manages to warn kitty of the other brood incoming. She freezes Broo for his own safety right before the creature knocks her unconscious and closes in on Broo, his real target.

Back in space Wolverine and Kid Omega win allot of money but are caught. Wolverine fights them ff while Omega run’s for it.

The Good

Art- Dear Nick Bradshaw, I love your art! Fights scenes look great, alien designs are cool, everyone is distinct. I am very pleased!

Action- Littered throughout was the fight between the X-men and the Brood.

Hot Mess- The train wreck continues and we still can’t look away. This book has my undivided attention, Wolverine and Kid omega gambling together in space? We know their getting caught but the lead up was still just far too entertaining to not watch.

Cover- Typical casino cheats getting caught with a space opera twist, very cool and very funny.

Easter egg- Remember the movie gremlins from the 80’s? Yes? No? Well if you do you can’t help but chuckle s Kid gladiator becomes a brood….with a Mohawk like the villain from gremlins, Spike.

Writer- Jason Aeron has taken a book who in its debut left me as underwhelmed as Mister Terrific #1 and turned it into the comic which I look forward to lighten the “doom and gloom” of recent stories with a healthy dose of organic humor that always hits the right note. His tale also doesn’t take itself too seriously which is a good thing. Too often the weight of a book is heaped on the serious pile leaving every single thing said the weight of 1000 bombs. Jason executes humor, an off kilter tale and pretty good characterization into something that pleases on every level a comic book should!

The Bad

Hypocrisy- Ok Wolverine you left Cyclops because he was “using children” as his personal foot soldiers, he wanted to keep them “safe”.  Now you capture a student to carry him to a very unsavory and unsafe place off planet, by the end of the issue he has to flee of be killed. Is this not what you didn’t want for these children? (Shakes head) on a side note Wolverine has carried Kitty Pryde and Jubilee to all kinds of unsavory and dangerous places over the years *cough* Madripoor *cough* so we really shouldn’t be shocked at anything he’s doing right now.

The Ugly

4.5


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