Monthly Archives: July 2012

Green Lantern Corps #11 Review

As “ALPHA WAR” concludes, The Green Lanterns learn that their troubles are just beginning!

A new threat is coming for the Corps…and they might be powerless to save themselves!

 

Summary

The Corps members who helped the earth duo escape are tortured and depowered on Oa. Elsewhere Stewart and Guy use remnants of the Guardians creations such as manhunters, Psions and alpha lantern parts to create a force to combat the alpha lanterns on OA. Stewart and Guy along with their makeshift army attack the Alphas but are taken down while their creations are destroyed. All the pieces however reform into a monstrous Amalgam of flesh and robotics still intent on taking down the Alphas.

Salak also assembles the corps to oppose the Alpha Lanterns.

 

The Good

Art- Fernando Pasarin is as always damn good on art duties with distinct alien creatures, statuesque earthlings and weird unknowns. Also of note is Gabe Eltaeb on colors, the vibrant bright greens accentuate the whole thing well.

Action-Where to start! So much happened in this issue

Cover-Awesome cover! Gorgeous glowing green, while both Guy Gardner and John Stewart prepare for showdown with the Alpha Lanterns.

The Bad

According to solicits this is where Alpha war ends but this “conclusion” had no definitive ending making it lack the finality of what one would expect from a “story arc”.

Text- Strangely this issue was plagued by tiny words. I literally had to squint to see some pages, weird.

 

The Ugly

It lacked that certain something that separates great books from the barely above average. 3/5

 


Aquaman #7,#8, #9, #10 and #11 Review

Aquaman #7 Review

Who destroyed Atlantis? In the start of a new storyline, we follow the hunter as he stalks and kills his prey, claiming their weapons and armor as trophies. A golden shield, a golden helm…and the final prize is the most powerful of all: a golden trident. The only problem is, he’s going to have to go through Aquaman to get it. Who is he? What is the secret of Aquaman’s trident? And how does this all tie into the destruction of Atlantis?

What I thought

The debut of Black Manta in the new DCU is executed very well. The art courtesy of Ivan Reis is beautiful, dynamic and awe inspiring with the splash pages. Black Manta has also been subtly redesigned but he looks great and nostalgic at the same time. Honestly Black Manta’s stoicism makes him a very ominous presence. His brutality also seems to have motivation which is always good for a well rounded and multidimensional villain. The mystery of “The Others” also has me intrigued and Johns fleshing out of the Atlantis mythology has me glued to my seat!  5/5

 

Aquaman #8 Review

Part 2 of “The Other League”! As a deadly hunter continues his murderous quest for the Atlantean trident, an unknown chapter of Aquaman’s life is revealed! Before he was a part of the Justice League, Aquaman was Arthur, the man from Atlantis, and leader of a mysterious team of adventurers. Armed with weapons forged in Aquaman’s past, these men and women were on their way to becoming the most powerful people on Earth – until it all came crashing down.

What I thought

More of “The Others” past is revealed and how Aquaman’s father died. The origin of the team is also revealed and why they each have an artifact from Atlantis. I loved the design of the team particularly Yawara and Prisoner. On the down side this issue really finished far faster than one would hope though in its defense things flew fast because it was such a good read. The art is still incredibly detailed and gorgeous. 3/5

 

Aquaman #9 Review

AQUAMAN and YA’WARA star in part three of the epic “THE OTHER LEAGUE!”

More secrets are revealed about the team AQUAMAN belonged to before the Justice League!

Plus: MERA learns a startling truth about ARTHUR’S past from Shin.

 

What I thought

All hail the prisoner and his very cool spooky powers. Cool design choice all around and the execution was right on the money!  Hats off to Johns for literally rebuilding the Aquaman mythology from the ground up much the same way he did Green Lantern all those years ago. I also like the new dynamic of Aquaman and Black Manta. Their hatred of each other has been given layers which only serve to strengthen both characters substantially. I also must give kudos to Johns team “The Others” everyone seems so fleshed out and distinct I would literally give DC my money for an ongoing staring each once Johns was the one writing it. With every issue Ivan Reis continues to turn in top notch fantastic work.  Lovely cover! 4/5

 

Aquaman #10 Review

“THE OTHERS” part four!

The Others are reunited when the hero called VOSTOK-X arrives on Earth.

MERA learns more about Arthur’s violent past from SHIN.

What I thought

Johns continues to expand on the mythology of Atlantis while filling in the blanks of “The Others” and Aquaman. This issue also cements the hate between Arthur and Manta. The Operative also takes center stage for a cool introduction, art is as detailed as always and those splash pages are a dream, also great looking cover!! Black Manta is an excellent villain!

 

 

 

Aquaman #11 Review

“THE OTHERS” part five!

AQUAMAN and THE OTHERS catch up with Black Manta – but are they really united as a team?

 What I Liked

Awesome cover! Absolutely gorgeous rendition of Aquaman with his trident through Manta’s helmet with Blood just oozing out while the background is a bloody ominous red, love the composition with Aquaman literally in the center and the logo not obscuring anything!

Badass- This has been a guilty pleasure of mine for awhile now. In the past before Grant Morrison Aquaman was a joke. I loved the edge one handed rendition of Morrison but this clean cut version from John is a darker more brooding far more engaging character. I’m interested in seeing where this character is going. Ivan Reis continues to do stellar work on art.

The problem this issue was that instead of progressing things in a substantial way more time was spent with character biographies and brings new readers up to speed for what happens next issue. This makes the issue highly accessible but for those following the book it’s disappointing.  3/5

 


Chad Ochocinco

Chad Ochocinco (born January 9, 1978) is a former American football wide receiver for the National Football League.


Voodoo #11 Review

“DEAD CITY” continues as Pris is forced to team up with VOODOO to survive an onslaught of mutated DAEMONITES!

 

Summary

On Saturn’s moon Voodoo makes her way into the temple of prophecy and Pris arrives just in time to stop her. Outside both Pris‘s unit and the Daemonites are massacred.

 

The Good

Art- Sami Basri as usual turns in stellar artwork.

Action-Blood, explosions, sparks etc all the trademarks of an action heavy story are here.

Cover-Voodoo and Pris against the guardians looks decent.

 

The Bad

Character development- If you are looking for it you best be looking elsewhere.

The end- Take a bow boys and girls the only black female with her own series from marvel or dc is also on its death bed. Voodoo hats off to you! You outlasted and outsold both Static and Terrific, hopefully you’ll show up in an ongoing title worth reading.

Average- Honestly I was bored to tears this issue, everything was just filler from start to finish with the endgame being rushed to coincide with the books cancellation.

 

The Ugly

Yawn 2.5/5


Witchblade-Queen Kijani

Witchblade-Queen Kijani

Created by:  Ron Marz and Marc Silvestri

1st appearance: Witchblade #92, 2005

Nationality: Tombutan (In Africa)

Team Affiliations: unknown

Legal Status: unknown

Height: 5’11″              Weight: 160 lbs

Eyes: Blue            Hair: Brown

Relatives: Unnamed child

Skills and abilities: Skilled hand to hand combatant

Powers: She herself possesses no superhuman abilities. Her power resides within the Witchblade and is limited only by her imagination.

Biography

(Timbuktu 1510)

Though not a member of the Songhai Empire, Queen Kijani ruled over the lost city of Tombuto, sometimes referred to as Timbuktu. She was the real power behind Askia Mohammed I. He controlled the land’s riches, but she controlled the power. The queen protected her kingdom without the need of an army, so feared was the power she possessed in the form of a gauntlet on her right arm, though Tombuto’s military was rumored to have 3’000 horsemen surrounding Askia at all times. Leo Africanus, the adventure and scholar was known to have studied under her tutelage.


Patrick Zircher talks “Shining Light” on Shadowman

Courtesy of MTV Geek

Geek: Of all of the early Valiant heroes, in spite of the supernatural elements around him, Jack was still a very street level kind of character. To what extent will the new Shadowman embody that?

Zircher: Less street. Even in his appearance we’ve moved away from a leather jacket for a costume. Fantastic things happen to Jack, crazy, powerful forces come into play.

Geek: Jack Boniface was also a really idiosyncratic character at the time–a jazz saxophonist who really would have rather not bothered with the whole dark vigilante thing. Are you looking to bring back some of that ambivalence to the character?

Zircher: Not quite. In the classic series, it took Jack a long time to get the head of steam that made him feel being Shadowman mattered to him. Becoming Shadowman changes Jack’s life. He can’t ignore it.

New Shadowman

Geek: Tell us about your take on Jack Boniface.

Zircher: Jack Boniface is the foundation for the series, our hero. But becoming Shadowman changes everything for him. Not unlike getting bit by a radioactive spider.

Geek: Could you talk about the new design of the character? What were some of the things you guys wanted to hold over from the original look?

Zircher: We wanted to get closer to the early look without losing a menacing, macabre feel; that, and a guy who punches monsters in the mouth ought to have decent fighting togs.

Read the Whole Interview below.

[Source: MTVGEEK]


Walking Dead Season 3 Trailer!

Danai Gurira as Michonne

In case you missed it and I know that the majority of my fans did miss it since they don’t all check every major comic related news website out there. Here’s the four minute trailer of  “The Walking Dead” which is coming back for a third season on October 14th with Michonne the sword wielding Zombie slayer played by Black Beauty Danai Gurira.

(Learn all about Michonne by clicking here)

(See the lovely Danai Gurira in our gallery by clicking here)

Enjoy!


Truth: Red, White, and Black #3 Review

Summary

The military goes about doing notifications to the families of the deceased soldiers. In the Bronx, NY, Faith Bradley is notified by letter, while a minister and a representative from the Army show up at the Canfield door. Meanwhile, in an undisclosed location, we find Colonel Price ordering blood supplies. He is having a problem securing Negro blood, so he asks for Caucasian blood. In observation room #2 of the location, we see one of the Black soldiers strapped to a table and given an injection. The soldier starts increasing in size and musculature, and keeps increasing until he explodes. An adjustment is made to the serum, and Larsen is given the injection. Surviving the ordeal, Larsen returns to the barracks and asks how he looks. Sgt. Evans replies that since he is the first to come back, he looks great! Meanwhile in the Bronx, Faith is making funeral arrangements for Isaiah. After talking to the funeral home director, she demands to see his body. What she sees in the casket startles her. Maurice’s father is very distraught from the news, and after staring out of his window for a while, goes to get his gun. The injection is given to 6 more of the soldiers, and a squad of Super Soldiers is born. The men are loaded onto a ship and into the cargo hold, heading out for a mission. During the trip, Sgt. Evans tells the story of his biggest battle while in the military. One of the soldiers, Jack, takes ill. With Jacks health deteriorating, he starts seeing visions of the remaining men, transformed into African Warriors.

 Writer, Robert Morales and artist Kyle Baker turn in an exciting addition to the Captain America legend.

                    


The Good

Story- The experimentation is underway. The government has secured itself human test subjects and proceeds with the massive cover-up. The project hits a snag when blood supplies run low. Colonel Price goes about trying to secure blood, and is told that there is no difference between “black” blood and “white” blood. Lieutenant Merritt laments that he would rather die than receive “black blood”. While Sgt. Evan’s friends and Maurice’s parents are distraught, Faith Bradley demands to see her husband’s body. What she is shown has her in shock. Once the experiments are successful, the newly minted “Super Soldiers” are mobilized and are transported to the battlefield for special ops missions. During the transport Sgt. Evans relates the tale of the “Red Summer” and their fellow soldier Jack passes away, but not before he sees himself and the other soldiers as the warriors they had been transformed into.

Art- see issue #1 review

Historical Significance- Charles Drew was a black physician who at the start of WWII developed ways to process, refrigerate, and transport blood. He resigned his post as director of the national blood bank when the War Department ordered that blood be segregated by race. The “Red Summer” that Sgt. Evans is referring to, actually occurred in 1919, and descriptions of that race riot can be found in a various research items.

Cover- The image of the black soldier strapped to the red and white stripped table conjures thoughts of America holding down it’s black men.

The Bad

No complaints

The Ugly

Things are starting to pick up. 5/5

Review submitted by Black Heroes member Marcus .H. Roberts


Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 #1

Summary

“The Punisher gets busy.” No matter the universe, the Punisher is the baddest vigilante around. Serving up his lethal brand of justice, he cuts a bloody swat through mobs, gangs, and hoodlums. He has caught the eye of the authorities, and with the help of S.H.E.I.L.D. and ultimate Captain America is brought to justice. Intercepting him while incarcerated is Nick Fury, who along with the Black Widow, has come to recruit him for their black ops squad, labeled “The Avengers”. He is outfitted with a special suit that enhances his strength, speed, stamina, and durability, and made the squads first member. Next up for Nick and his black ops squad; Tyrone Cash, or as he is known as; The Black Hulk. Mark Millar (Civil War, Marvel Knights: Spiderman) and Leinil Frances Yu (Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America, Secret Invasion) turn in an exciting story of greed and revenge in the ultimate universe.

 

The Good

Background- Welcome to the Ultimate Universe! This universe shares some of the same characters as the main Marvel Universe, albeit sometimes not as we are used to seeing them. The biggest example of this is found with Nick Fury. In the main universe, we know of Nick Fury, the WWII veteran and ex-director of S.H.E.I.L.D., in the ultimate universe he is a Desert Storm veteran and recipient of the Super Soldier formula, most importantly, is BLACK! Other stories have additional layers added to them, but do not stray too far off center.

Art- The art is very nicely done. The expressions made by the characters are very real, and the colors set the appropriate tone for the story. Each page is gallery worthy.

Characterizations- The whole idea of the ultimate universe was to modernize the characters of the regular marvel universe into ones that are more recognizable to the current readers. To that end, the characters got revamps that in some cases strayed away from the original just a bit, and in other cases turned the characters upside down. The case of Carol Danvers is a nice example. The current Captain Marvel in the regular universe is a career military woman in the ultimate universe.  This brings us to the beloved Nick Fury. The ultimate universe version of Nick Fury was so enigmatic that he became the one that was used in the cartoons and animated films. So popular was the ultimate Nick Fury that the main marvel universe had to come up with their own black version! (check out the story of Marcus Johnson  in the Black Superheroes)

Cover- three of the deadliest characters in the Ultimate Universe, with the Punisher front and center doing what he does best.

 

The Bad

No complaints,

 

The Ugly

For anyone looking to get started with stories from the Ultimate Universe this is a good jumping on point.  No baggage, no unresolved plots.   4/5

 

Review submitted by Black Heroes member Marcus .H. Roberts


Kabala

Kabala

 

Publisher: Chaos! Comics

Created by: Brian Pulido and William Christensen

1st appearance: Chaos Quarterly #1, 1995

Nationality: African

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Unknown

Height:  6’1        Weight: 130 lbs

Eyes: Brown           Hair: Brown

Relatives: Kush (Husband, deceased), Gorge (Son, status unknown)

Skills and abilities: Skilled fighter.

Powers: Superhuman strength, endurance and stamina. Razor sharp fangs able to turn those bitten into vampires. Razor sharp claws on each hand can rend both flesh and bone and an affinity for cats allows her to bend them to her will.

Biography

Kabala was the wife of a king of Tanzania known as Kush. For years they were unsuccessful in conceiving a child and for this were publicly shamed. Her life was irrevocably changed when she was invited to the wedding of General Ramses and Queen Ostraca. Here the Queen gave advice on herbs which finally resulted in her finally getting pregnant. At the wedding the vampire Purgatori attacked and she was bitten. Along with her husband they escaped back to their ship where she became a vampire. For years she managed to hold her bloodlust at bay as her husband fed her cattle. Upon giving birth, her child was revealed as a mutated vampiric monster, she named him Gorge. When the people of her village realized what her husband was doing he was stoned to death and she became an outcast. In the Jungle she gave into her bloodlust and massacred her village.

Over time she realized Purgatori was the cause of all her misfortune and decided to destroy her. Four thousand years later Purgatori returned to Egypt. Allied with another vampire know as Jade they almost killed Purgatory who was saved by Rath. Defeated yet spared by Purgatori her eternal life came to an end as the dawn came.


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