Morana Simmons

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Publisher: Image Comics

Alias: The one

Created by: David Hine and Brian Haberlin

1st appearance: Spawn #168

Nationality: American

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: 5’7    Weight: 145 lbs

Eyes: Brown      Hair: Black

Relatives:

Paternal: Henry Simmons and Alma (Ancestors) Little Richie (Uncle), Marc Simmons (Uncle), Bernard Simmons (Grandfather), Mrs. Simmons (Grandmother), Al Simmons/Spawn (Father)

Maternal: Granny Blake (Grandmother), Wanda Fitzgerald (Mother), Selma (Great Great Grandmother), Michael (Great Grandfather), Thomas Coram (Great Great Grandfather)

Siblings: Cyan Fitgerald (1/2 Sister)

Biography

Morena first appears as a shrouded figure behind Mammon [spawn #168]. She reappears still shrouded to her grandmother [Spawn #176].

Mamon reveals to Wanda and Al that when Al attacked her while she was pregnant had been his influence because he wanted their child. The perfect Hellspawn. Mammon had delivered their child and kept her for 18 years. On that day she performs a blood ceremony to consecrate her [Spawn #182].

She finally meets her biological parents Al and Wanda, she considered Mamon her true father and held her parents responsible for throwing her away those years ago. She took the Spawn symbiot from Nyx at Mammon’s behest. She then plans to storm earth and enslave mankind. As she attacks ‘Al Simmons’ her sister Cyan beckons Al to call forth the legion to kill her [Spawn #183]. She easily dispatched them and made short work of Spawn. Nyx with the help of Cyan binds Mammon and Morena thus saving all mankind [Spawn #184].


Slab

Slab1Publisher: Image Comics

Created by:  Erik Larsen

Real Name: Unknown

1st appearance: Savage Dragon #24

Nationality: Unknown

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: US citizen with no criminal record

Height: 5’9   (Human)     8’3 (Monster)

Weight: 190 lbs (Human)       650 lbs (Monster)

Eyes: Brown (Human)     White (Monster)

Hair: Black (Human)                 None (Monster)

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Unknown

Powers: Superhuman strength, resistance to Injury and endurance.

Biography

Nothing is known of his past except that he tried to gain control/leadership of the ‘Vicious Circle’. During his attempted coup the superhuman Negate used his powers on Slab de-powering him and thus making him human. With his powers gone it’s assumed he was killed by the Vicious Circle [Savage Dragon #24].


New Warriors (2014) #2-3 Review

 

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New Warriors (2014) #2

The Evolutionaries are on the war path! If it’s not human, it DIES.

What does the High Evolutionary want with Nova?

All across the world, the New Warriors come together… SEE! Sun Girl and Haechi deal with Morlocks! WITNESS! Justice and Speedball fight to save magic! CRINGE! As Scarlet Spider refuses to play well with others.

What I thought

Honestly this issue was head and shoulders better than the first for me. The action was good and while I can’t accept Kain as the Scarlet Spider or the book’s lack of Night Thrasher I can see the threads being woven together. The unified outlook that Kyle has planned is an interesting take on the Marvel Universe, quite similar to New Warriors Volume one from the 90’s. The team has potential: Clone, Demigod, Atlantean, Inhuman, Human tech user (Sun Girl) and Superhuman. All the bases are covered and the threat provided seems big enough to warrant a team made of these seemingly disparate groups joining together.

Another complaint is the lack of seeming maturity among the original New Warriors Vance Astrovic and Speedball. I thought it was a nice touch having Speedball mention Firestar who had a long running relationship with Vance and also joined the Avengers with him. She’s clearly not going to be joining this team since she just joined the Amazing X-men.

I also liked the use of the High Evolutionary as the ‘big bad’ of this opening arc. He really does need to get more usage with his range of skills and abilities.

Overall

I give this issue a 3/5 for good cast, art and a step in the right direction.

stars- 3 good

 

 

New Warriors (2014) #3 Review

New Warriors (2014) #3 Review

THE KIDS ARE ALL FIGHT!

The all-new NOVA has tea with the High Evolutionary as a world-wide genocide approaches.

Why does the High Evolutionary want to kill anything that’s not human? Is he a hero or villain? The answers are here!

PLUS! As the New Warriors gather in New York, a captured SCARLET SPIDER meets Nova, and one of them REALLY annoys the other. Guess.

What I thought

Art was good and I’m enjoying the story development. Team dynamics are starting to come into play. The New Nova and Scarlet Spider are two very different people who get on each other’s nerves instinctively. There is enough tension between Justice and Sun Girl for that to lead into a romance in the future or for her to be co-leader; of both. I enjoyed how Yost tied together all the different races into the grand scheme of the celestials in the first few pages. I could nitpick, the hell out of it but I’m going along with it because I’m curious to see where this goes. It’s also quite effective in introducing new readers to the marvel universe in general. That level of accessibility is priceless in this often convoluted and back story heavy realm of comics, kudos to Yost on that one. The art is pretty good though the cover is pretty damn bland. Still waiting for Night Thrasher to show up but seems like a moot point now.

Overall

I’m enjoying this which is a major step up for issue number one. I give this issue a 3/5

stars- 3 good


New Deathlok series coming from Marvel Comics!

So he has made his debut on Agents of SHIELD and he’s now back in a big way in Marvel’s upcoming crossover Original Sin details below:

DEATHLOK

Deathlok is back

Brevoort promised characters “old and new” will appear in Original Sins, with Alonso chiming in that a Deathlok story in the series is intented to be a “Point One” style lead-in to a future Deathlok solo series. The Deathlok story is by Nathan Edmondson and Mike Perkins, the latter Brevoort says calls Deathlok a “dream job” going back years. The story in Original Sins will re-introduce Deathlok, and his alter-ego Michael Collins, to the “core of the Marvel Universe” Alonso states.

According to Alonso, Deathlok will be one of “four to five” characters Marvel plans on launching ongoing series for out of Original Sin. Marvel also has plans for several of their currently ongoing series to feature “transformations” of its characters with the effects of this line-wide event.

 

That sounds like good news for Deathlok fans

What do you think of the return of Deathlok to comics?

More as it breaks!

Source: Newsarama


Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-man #1-3 Review

 

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Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-man #1

MILES MORALES learned the meaning of having great responsibility and put his costume back on after mourning the tragic death of his mother

Now he stands to lose his entire world as a cosmic threat descends on earth

Can SPIDER-MAN and his friends, CLOAK & DAGGER and SPIDER-WOMAN make a difference in the face of apocalypse?

Story- On the SHIELD Hellicarier Spiderwoman recounts recent events to Captain America and the Ultimates. Below the clouds Miles Morales snoozes in class. Elsewhere Bombshell is getting hell from her parole officer about using her powers violating the terms of her parole. She snaps at him because she used her powers for good this time. Later on Miles Morales in his Spider-man garb saves some people and gets a hug from the Police who are glad he has finally returned. Elsewhere Cloak takes Dagger to her parent’s home. She breaks down when she realizes they have left.  Cloak teleports them back to a nearby rooftop where they witness the arrival of Galactus in the city and SHIELD forces racing to intercept.

Cover- Miles Morales, Cloak and Dagger flee as Galactus imposing frame towers above them.

Emotion- The flashbacks  really helped to paint the picture of Bombshell’s past

 

 

 

Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-man #2 Review

Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-man #2 Review

The young heroes of the ULTIMATE UNIVERSE gather together to save New York from the terror of GALACTUS!!!

War time romance blooms!

A NEW hero debuts!

Story- A flashback to two years ago when New York was flooded by Magneto and his brotherhood, we find out what Dagger was up to at the time. In the present Cloak and Dagger teleport right onto Galctus’s face and start attacking. They realize they are way out of their league and instead turn their attention to evacuating the city. Miles does the same thing and quickly tries to locate his dad. His father refuses to take his help as Spider-man so he removes his mask.

Cover-This one has an all white cover with a cut out in the shape of Galactus head showing Miles Morales, Cloak and Dagger primed and ready for the attack.

This issue’s big unmasking was a treat.

 

 

Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-man #3 Review

Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-man #3 Review

The question everyone has been asking: Will Miles Morales survive CATACLYSM???

Story- With Galactus in the center of New York all hell breaks loose. Miles dad has an emotional outburst upon realizing his son is Spider-man. Before they can hash things out a plane crashes on their street. Miles helps the survivors and tells his dad to remain in the apartment until he returns. Once he swings off his father breaks down and cries. At the crash site Spider-woman, Cloak, Dagger and Bombshell show up to aid things. J Jonah Jameson is also rescued. Miles returns to his house to find his father gone. Before he can process what has happened the Ultimates contact him for aid.

 

Overall

This series  had gorgeous art from start to finish. Stunning Splash pages and characterization popping off every single page. The most powerful scenes from issue #1 were Bombshells memory as a child criminal with her mom and Dagger’s realization that her parents had just packed up and left her behind. In issue #2 the ending was the best part as Miles stands without his mask in-front of his father. The finale issue had allot of powerful moments. The confrontation between father and son and the shocked realization his dad experiences pulls at your heart springs in a way only if you’ve been here from Ultimate Comics Spider-man #1 you will truly get it. Other notable happenings was J Jonah Jameson trying to talk to Miles and then saying “When this is all over I’m going to change your life”. It’s spine tingling and tear jerking when you realize Jameson after Peter Parker died regretted everything he put Parker through. It’s the same reason he refused to disclose the Miles identity back when Venom came onto the scene (See Ultimate Comics Spider-man #16.1, Ultimate Comics Spider-man #19, Ultimate Comics Spider-man #20Ultimate Comics Spider-man #21 and eventually killed his mom (Ultimate Comics Spider-man #22).

This series manages to ease us into the Cataclysm crossover without being jarring or feeling as forced as the tragic and average United we Stand (Which ran through Ultimate Comics Spider-man #15, #16-18) which happened earlier in this run. Brian Michael Bendis delivers simply divine Characterization wrapped in great art and deep-seated emotion. I give the entire thing a 5/5

stars- 5 excellent


Stealth

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Publisher: Studio EFX

Created by: William Satterwhite

1st appearance: Stealth webcomic, 2001; Stealth Vol 1, 2005 (print)

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: United States citizen with no criminal record

Height: 6’1”               Weight: 175lbs

Eyes: Brown                Hair: Black

Relatives: Brenda White (Mother, newscaster), Edward White (Father/deceased, aerospace engineer), Eric White (Brother/deceased, policeman)

Skills and abilities: Near genius level intellect, above average to good athletic ability before gaining superpowers (backup quarterback on football team freshman and sophomore years)

Powers: Can move at super speeds, up to and just beyond the speed of sound. He also possesses superhuman strength and agility- capable of lifting one ton- enhanced senses, x-ray vision and a low level healing factor.

 Biography

A shy, reserved, sensitive and thoughtful young man, Allen White is one of the top students in Cleburne High senior class. One night, while caught in a storm, he was struck by lightning. Instead of dying or suffering any injury whatsoever, he began to develop superhuman abilities- superspeed, enhanced strength and senses and x-ray vision. At first, he was unsure what to do with these newfound abilities until tragedy struck and his older brother Eric, a rookie police officer, was gunned down by a drug dealer. Since then, Allen has sworn to use his abilities to battle the criminal element in Terminus City.

After a couple of “warm ups” against low level hoods, Stealth’s first major confrontation is with Shockwave, a bank robber with the ability to generate, control and manipulate electric energy. It is during this confrontation that he realizes he also has a low-level healing factor, which is pivotal he his winning the day. When he dresses up as Stealth, he adopts an entirely different persona. Whereas Allen is smart, quiet, shy and sensitive, Stealth is sarcastic, arrogant, and somewhat brutal. Stealth can best be described, and has been, as Allen’s dark side.

 

 


Cosplaying while Black

Gender bender Dhalsim, Luke Cage, Demona from Gargoyles, Aizan, Storm, black renditions of Psylocke, Sailor Moon, Joanna Dark and Powergirl? Cosplaying while Black is oh so beautiful!


Batwing #29 Review

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 Gotham City has been invaded by an army of criminals sent from the Gotham Underground!

Batwing must defend his home and live through his first meeting with his most dangerous foe yet: Menace!

 

The Good

Cover- This month continues the Batwing trend of a cover predominantly of blue hues. Batwing and his costume are almost completely black except for his bring blue glowing insignia. It’s simple yet effective and really sticks out on the comic stands.

Art-Eduardo Pansicca is still on art and it appears to be one of his best illustrated issues yet.

Emotion- Luke is a man out f control and out for vengeance. His life, this life he has longed for has finally resulted in tragedy. He thought he was in for a life of high-flying action, instead his sister is now brain-dead, his other sister missing and his family irrevocably emotionally shattered. Batwing#29 2The panels in which look sheds a single tear as he watches his parent’s emotional upheaval were excellently done. It was a tear jerking moment which leads straight into Luke roughing up the thug by breaking his arm and literally using too much force. It all flowed and made the book that much more enjoyable, kudos to all involved.

Action- Luke faces off with the Anubis gang before being attacked by a mutated fish creature at the end. How the hell do Palmiotti and Gray squeeze so much into every issue without making it feel rushed is truly astonishing.

Gotham Underground- I find this new playground fascinating. It literally adds depth to Gotham and opens up endless possibilities for storytelling.

Consequences The opening scenes which has Alfred and Batman lamenting Luke’s downward spiral and the tragedy which always comes with being a part of the Bat family was on point. I immediately thought of the death of Dick Grayson’s family, the death of Jason Todd, the death of Tim Drake’s father, the crippling of Barber Gordon etc. There is a great deal of danger which comes with being a crime fighter in Gotham. It’s one of the reasons why David Zavimbe was such an excellent choice; he had already lost so much. Alfred points out that if anything happens to Luke’s sisters Bruce will bear the brunt of the blame because he pulled Luke into this lifestyle.

Black Hero- Batwing/ Luke Fox is here, His father Lucius also makes an appearance as does Tamara and his mom.

 

 

The Bad

No complaints

 

 

The Ugly

I’m sick and tired of telling you each and every month to buy this book. Batwing #29 is an exciting, emotional, beautifully characterized and rendered gem. BUY IT! 5/5

stars- 5 excellent


New Avengers (2013) #15 Review

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 Just who, or what is the Black Swan? Black Panther and the Illuminati make a shocking discovery about their mysterious ally! All this and…..everything dies! 

 

The Good

Cover-A painting-esque rendition showing Black Swan in the foreground while statues of the Illuminati surround her in the background.

Art- Simone Bianchi’s art is pitch perfect this issue with, I have no complaints. Complimenting the line work of Bianchi are some bold and dynamic colors courtesy of Adriano Dall’alpi. Good stuff!

Action- Not a whole lot but dismemberment and disintegration are used to break up the rather exposition heavy plot.

Reveal- Clearly we expected the Black Priests to be kill-able but the casual nature by which the Black Swans do it was rather anticlimactic. Nonetheless it was good to know they are not the threat they originally seemed to be.

Story- The Illuminati use their devices to check the background of their “ally” Black Swan. They discover she will betray them and has seemingly more power than they realize. Later they jail her once more hoping to prevent the dismal future they watched from ever happening.

Black Hero- Black Panther the King of the Dead/Most dangerous man alive is present and accounted for.

The Bad

The Reveal-So the big reveal is that the Black Swan is not an ally? Really? Did the readers or the Illuminati trust this chick when in her debut issue she betrays her allies and has them all slaughtered (See New Avengers (2013) #1 for details?

Fight- Am I the only one who would have loved to actually see the Illuminati vs. the Black Swan? No? I didn’t think so! I would have paid good money and enjoyed it allot more than I did this issue if I witnessed a good old fashioned knock down drag out fight.

Somber- It’s becoming a bit overbearing that everything is doom and gloom always with this title. You can only see so much dismemberment and death before it really loses its ‘sting’.

Exposition- At some point it just gets too much, this book is heavy on the exposition

 

 

The Ugly

New Avengers #15 was surprisingly average and dull. We have great art sure but the “big reveal” lacked any kind of punch. This issue gets a 2.5/5

stars- 2.5


Steel Pulse

Steel Pulse

Steel Pulse

Publisher: Image Comics

Created by: Todd Johnson and Larry Stroman

1st appearance: Tribe #2

Nationality: Jamaican

Team Affiliations: Tribe

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 180 lbs    Height: 6’1

Eyes: Brown            Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Genius level scientific intellect.

Powers: Having been transmuted into a living liquid metal he has no need to eat or sleep, is seemingly immortal having survived having his upper chest being blow apart. He can also shapeshift and make his body either solid or liquid.

Biography

The Jamaican born skilled metallurgist  Desmond Negril’s past is a complete mystery. He is identified as “Rastafarian” [Tribe #2] meaning he believes in the divinity of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie.

At some point in the past he became friends with Blindspot/Murdock Elliston and was put in charge of a two million dollar private research facility, Allotech located on Strong Island. His life changed the day he was in the middle of an experimental liquid metal bonding process which would have had everyone in Washington clamoring.   His complex was attacked by agents of Europan. The perpetrators were after his most well-known discovery, Stromium. Stromium is a metal alloy known for its incredible resistance to physical stress and its unusual properties of energy dispersal.

During the ordeal he was accidentally exposed to his liquid metal chemicals. This changed the chemical composition of his body into a malleable liquid metal yet still alive form. He was rescued by Blindspot [Tribe #2].

He was present during the battle with Deus and the transformation of Rosalyn [Tribe #0 and Tribe #3]. He was also friends with fellow Tribe members, Fly Girl and Short Order


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