Monthly Archives: August 2012

Shadowman #1 Preview

The next epic expansion of the Valiant Universe starts this November in a new ongoing series by comics superstar Patrick Zircher (Captain America, Thor: Ages of Thunder) and Harvey Award nominee Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Team 7)!

There’s a million dreams in the Big Easy. But now its worst nightmare is about to come true. As the forces of darkness prepare to claim New Orleans as their own, Jack Boniface must embrace the legacy he was born to uphold. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become the only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from beyond the night. But is the mantle of Shadowman a blessing or a curse? And what is the true cost of his otherworldly power? The rebirth of a Valiant icon starts right here when Shadowman strikes this November!

Story by: Justin Jordan, Patrick Zircher
Art by: Patrick Zircher
Cover by: Patrick Zircher, Dave Johnson, Bill Sienkiewicz
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: Wed, November 7th, 2012
[Source: CBR]

DC Announces New JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

Launching in 2013, DC Comics will publish a new ongoing comic book series, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by David Finch. The highly controversial Arab American gun wielding Green Lantern Baz will also be on this team!

“This is a very different kind of team book,” says Geoff Johns. “On first glance, people might think the heroes of the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA stand in the shadows of Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the JUSTICE LEAGUE, but Green Arrow, Katana, Martian Manhunter, the new Green Lantern, Stargirl, Vibe, Hawkman and Catwoman thrive in the shadows. They’re underdogs who have everything to prove and something to lose. They’re a team of unlikely heroes who will help one another discover they’re as A-List as anybody — yes, even Vibe. Though getting there won’t be easy. Why they’re formed, why each member joins, what they’re after and who the society of villains is they’re trying to take apart will all be clear in the first issue when it hits early 2013. David and I are really focused on delving deep into what it’s like to not be a member of the big seven and why, sometimes, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”

More as it Breaks!

[SOURCE: DC COMICS]


GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #12 Review

Green Lantern: New Guardians #12 Review

The RING THIEF – unmasked!

The NEW GUARDIANS vs. LARFLEEZE!

The final judgment of INVICTUS!

 

Summary

Kyle confronts Sayd about why she sent the rings to him to form their group. While they quibble about the “how’s” ad “why’s” of it all Invictus ship has entered the orbit of Larfleeze’s home planet. Kyle realizing that they don’t stand a chance against Invictus unless they stand together. He manages to unite them all as Invictus attacks. They discover the source of his power and trap him away from his sun powered ship. Larfleeze takes the now stone like Invictus as a trophy as Sayd explains why she sent the rings to Kyle to create their group. The other members of the group leave unwilling to remain having been brought together by deception.

 

The Good

Art-Tyler Kirkham, oh how I love your art!  The dynamic colors make this a very gorgeous book!

Cover- Kyle bound on his knees with every emotional spectrum known to man? I like it! I had to stop the urge to make a “Kneel before Zod” joke. lol

Brief interlude- We already know through advanced solicits that the group reforms with new members, larfleeze, Carol Ferris etc. I must say I’m disappointed that my girl Fatality will be gone from the titles since I won’t have an excuse to review this book in the coming months. I’ll still be buying it but you guys won’t get my feedback since we will no longer have a “black hero” in the book :(

Continuity- Love the little touches like the Yellow Ring malfunctioning, the bond between Arkillo and Saint Walker, the bond between Sayd and Ganthet, how his violation by the guardians has affected her profoundly, Kyle’s place as unique in the universe all this really added much needed depth to the issue.

Action- Invictus vs the New Guardians round 2, action junkies will b very happy.

 

The Bad

The end of Fatality on this book :(

Invictus seemed way depowered this issue, some may hate that!

 

The Ugly

Well this issue answers the question raised from this series since Issue #1 and sets up what is to come. Overall: 4/5


Idris Elba’s Heimdall To Have Expanded Role In Thor 2

Recent Thor 2 news has introduced us to Kurse played by actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje but not to be forgotten Idris Elba says his role as Heimdall will be expanded in the upcoming film. :)

“In the new film we’re going to get to know Heimdall the Asgardian a bit better, and we’re going to get to know Asgard a bit better,” Elba said. “I can’t say too much, but the expansion of Thor in his world is going to be huge.”

Color me excited!

More as it breaks!

“Thor: The Dark World” is set for a Nov. 8, 2013, release

[Source: Examiner.com]


Gryphon

Publisher: Insane Entertainment & Ka-Blam Entertainment

Created by: Ewart Da-Souza & Will Scott

Real Name: Zell Armstrong

First Appearance: War of the Gods #1, 2010

Nationality: African-American

Team Affiliation: U.S. Navy SEALs (formerly)

Legal Status: U.S. Citizen and Military Veteran with No Criminal Record

Height: 5’11”               Weight: 195 lbs.

Eyes: Brown               Hair: Blonde

Relatives: Father (Unnamed), Mother (Unnamed)

Skills and Abilities: Military Training in Armed and Unarmed Combat

Powers: Heightened Reflexes, Superhuman Strength and Stamina

Biography

Gryphon believes himself to be the greatest soldier of his time.  His record of success on the battlefield supports his belief.  While his results in battle are impressive, he has been known to take unnecessary risks which have endangered his life and the lives of his compatriots.  His resiliency, strength, and reflexes are his best assets in the field, and which he attributes his performance to his training and all the “hard work” he has put in.

After serving in the Navy, Gryphon, and his wife Bella, went on to become bounty hunters.  Gryphon wanted to go after the most dangerous bounties because they would bring in the biggest reward.  He felt that with his talents and Bella’s weapons and equipment, they would be extremely successful.  Soon their efforts would earn Gryphon and Bella a sizable fortune, and they quickly gained a reputation as some of the most formidable bounty hunters in the world.

But after Gryphon is tasked with tracking down a man he served alongside during his time with the SEALs, details of his past begin to be revealed.  These revelations, which include the origin of his abilities, will cause him to question all he has ever known.

Gryphon also comes to accept that he must prepare himself to stand against a great evil.  This force was long thought to have been destroyed, and if it were to re-emerge, it would threaten the entire world once again.


Black Panther #39 Review

It’s Black Panther vs. Iron Fist in ‘Nuff Said combat! The karate king of K’un L’un is back, but he’s not quite the Iron Fist you remember! Black Panther battles a murderously unhinged Danny Rand while time runs out for Everett K. Ross and, quite possibly, the world! It’s super silent fisticuffs between two of the greatest fighters of the Marvel Universe!

Summary

Iron Fist and Black Panther fight all over New York while Everett Ross trapped in the Black Dragon’s body starts undergoing uncontrollable shape shifting. After the Panther manages to purge the black dragon essence from Iron Fist, the dragon takes back his body from Ross and prepares to destroy both the Panther and Fist.

 

The Good

Cover-Black Panther vs Iron Fist in smooth, slick and crisp colors, I like it!

Art- Very suited to the massive amount of action that takes place from start to finish in this issue.

The fight- This is the fight that most Panther haters always use in forums online. What I don’t get is how and why this fight was a bad showing for T’challa? From the start of the fight underwater T’challa managed to avoid getting hit white tagging Fist multiple times. T’challa is not even trying to kill his opponent while Fist is. All it would take to kill Fist was one well placed strike (and T’challa had multiple chances); T’challa instead though is trying to work out purging the Black dragon essence from his friend while remaining alive. Also if the winner of a fight is based on TKO then this is nothing but a draw at best: both were knocked out for awhile and a win for T’challa at worst since he hits the floor after Iron Fist and is the first to recover.  How is this a bad showing for T’challa? I don’t get it!

Nuff Said- This issue came out a months after marvel was changed to create a story without words. It was run throughout all the books for this month but I can honestly say this issue worked perfectly without dialogue. A fight spanning the whole issue really never needed much exposition from the get go so Priest really knocks it out the ballpark with this unique wordless one off tale!

The Bad

No Complaints.

The Ugly

All in all this was a very enjoyable read with Panther showing both his skills as a martial artist and resident brain. Christopher Priest after all these years is still the premier writer for Black Panther! 4/5 Solid on so many levels!

stars- 4


Black Panther #38 Review

Black Panther heads back to New York City just in time to help Everrett K. Ross with his recent problems. But will T’Challa be able to return his friend to his true form… or will Ross be stuck as he is forever? And what does this have to do with the ancient and deadly menace of the Black Dragon? Guest-starring a plethora of heroes, including Colleen Wing, Misty Knight, and Iron Fist!

Summary

Deadly Nightshade defeats Coleen Wing and secures the remains of the Black Dragon, a mythical creature from Kun Lun one of his peers is the very source of Iron Fist’s powers. She brings the creature back to life and codes a “genetic bomb” into his body to ensure that he co-operates with her plan. He however rebels immediately. Black Dragon ties up nightshade and takes the body of Everett Ross, friend of T’challa the Black Panther. He also transforms Everett into a facsimile of Mephisto to throw Black Panther off his trail. 

Nightshade escapes and Black Panther makes Black Dragon’s life harder by destroying his “eggs”. This infuriates the dragon who takes control of Danny Rand/Iron Fist and send him to deal with the Black Panther decisively.

The Good

Art-Not my favorite but very suited to the story unfolding on each page.

Nightshade- Always a favorite of mine, this deadly lady has crossed paths with so many martial arts related characters and this issue finds her facing samurai Coleen Wing who she manages to best, a cool feat for such an underrated villain.

Story- The Black Panther is one of the power players in the marvel universe and his nation Wakanda is in trouble once more, from within. The Panther has left his country in a state of seeming disarray with Henry Gyrich in tow and winds up tangled with the Black Dragon. Seemingly unrelated plot threads all tied together perfectly by Priest.

Cover-Cool looking though unrelated to anything that happens in the book.

What’s next- This is the start of the legendary and always talked about battle between a crazed Iron Fist and the Black Panther.

Continuity- By now everyone knows I’m a continuity whore. I know my history and love when writers don’t gloss over what happened in the past but instead use it to enrich the story. This issue takes place after Junzo Muto a terribly underused and underrated martial arts prodigy stripped Iron Fist of his powers and left him a simple martial artist. This becomes how Black dragon takes control of him by restoring his chi based powers, driving him mad and setting him loose to kill the panther.

Respect- This issue also points out why the Panther when written correctly is such a force to be reckoned with. His plans within plans under writer Christopher Priest really is the benchmark by which all others are judged.

Classic Misty Knight and Coleen Wing are also a cool addition though looking back at their design it really isn’t or wasn’t nearly as good as the recent update in Daughters of the Dragon.

Action- Pretty damn cool is the best was to describe some of the fisticuffs that take place this issue.

The Bad

Unfortunately by modern standards this book is heavy on the exposition.

The Ugly

Enjoyable though exposition heavy and man what comes next will be awesome! Overall: 3/5


Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline Vol.1-3

Born from the fire of his father and the passion of his mother, Antonio Valor, forged a commitment to bringing a new justice to Big City. Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline is the continuing story of a man drawn deeper into the darkness to bring light to those who have lost all hope. Armed only with his strength, wit, intellect, and his drive, Antonio Valor, straddles the line of being both the keeper and dispenser of the law. Supported by a sprinkling of friends, colleagues, and confidants, the residents of Big City can begin to find peace in a place under siege. As it is written on the subway walls, He s here…and everything’s gonna be alright!


T.J. Combo

Killer Instinct’s T.J Combo

 

Created by: Rareware

1st appearance: Killer Instinct, October 1994

Species: Earthling

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 220 lb            Height: 6’1

Eyes: Brown                 Hair: Black

Relatives: Parents (deceased), three unnamed siblings.

Skills and Abilities: World class boxer and street fighter.

Powers: T.J has peak human strength enhanced to superhuman levels thanks to Cybernetic implants in both arms.

Biography

Born into a life of poverty and raised by a single mother. T.J dreamt of becoming a boxing champion. His first attempt left his arms badly injured but thanks to cybernetic implants granted by Ultratech he recovered and becoming the heavy weight champion of the word. Over time they found out about his implants and stripped him of his rank and riches. With nothing left to lose he enters the Killer Instinct tournament where he defeats Riptor and winds p stranded in the past.

He first appeared in the arcade version of Killer Instinct in 1994 before moving on to the console version and it’s sequels Killer Instinct 2 and Killer Instinct Gold.

Gallery


Judd Winick leaves Batwing and DC Comics

Hot off the heels of Rob Liefeld and Grant Morison’s departure from DC Comics comes this devastating news that Batwing scribe and long time writer Judd Winick is also packing his bags and leaving the company. Are more writers calling it quits too? Only time will tell but if Rob is to be believed things are not ” a bed of roses” in this New 52 Dc land! Below is a quote from Winick on his departure. More as it breaks!

“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that I’ll be leaving the DC monthly Batwing. I’ve had a terrific time on the title and have loved crafting this adventure with some phenomenal people. Artists Ben Oliver, Marcus To, and Brain Reber have made these stories come to life. I will miss telling the tales of David Zavimbe, the Batman of Africa in many ways, but I’m proud of the work we’ve done. My departure is simply a time issue. I’m pursing a few other projects that make it impossible for me continue doing a monthly book.”

[Source: Bleeding Cool]


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