Michael Bakari Jordan (born February 9, 1987) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as teenage drug dealer Wallace on The Wire, Reggie Montgomery in All My Children, Vince Howard on Friday Night Lights, and Alex in Parenthood.
A NEW BEGINNING!
It’s the ultimate jumping on point for new readers and a bold new beginning as Malcolm Dragon takes over the title role from his famous father.
Malcolm Dragon is not your typical teenager. He lives in an apartment by himself in downtown Chicago, he’s a junior who’s just transferred to a new high school, and he’s trying his best to fill the shoes of his father, the Savage Dragon, fighting the forces of evil in the Windy City! New dangers! New adventures!
Get in on the ground level of a whole new SAVAGE DRAGON!
Story-It’s Malcolm’s first day at a new school now that he’s living on his own in an apartment. At school the girls try to throw their bodies at him and the guys try to forcefully become his friend all because he’s a celebrity. On his way home he has to deal with a potential stalker before aiding the police. At the end of the day he visits his incarcerated father.
Cover- A very nice cover from creator Erik Larsen; Savage Dragon is in the background while Malcolm is in the foreground striking a pose, a la power rangers. The alternate cover is rendered by Todd Mcfarlane of Spawn/Spider-man fame and it too is glorious!
Celebrity- I think Erik Larsen has captured what it’s like to be a celebrity teenage superhero in today’s society. The ogling at school, the inappropriate questions, the forceful ‘wanna be’ friends, it was all handled very well. Larsen has always handled the human moments very well in Savage Dragon it’s good to know he still has it.
Black Hero- Malcolm Dragon is here front and center and looking more like his father than ever.
Art- Courtesy of Erik Larsen in his famous trademark style. It’s a love it or hate it style but I’ve always found his work on this series his very best.
Action- Despite great character moments Larsen then squeeze in an action scene filled with fists, blood and bolts of electricity. Action junkies should be quite happy.
Accessibility- By moving Malcolm to a new school and location Erik is clearly trying to provide a jumping on point for new readers. For the most part it does work though longtime readers will get far more from this book. There are subtleties of Malcolm’s recent problem with his Asian girlfriend or the fact that his black girlfriend the one who came before the Asian got pregnant for his sister’s boyfriend.
Hmmm- Why is there all this buzz over Malcolm taking over this book from his dad? This title has been Malcolm’s since issue #169? I’m a fan, papa Dragon has not been the star in quite awhile.
Erik Larsen delivers consistent art, great characterization and all out action as Malcolm Dragon takes Savage Dragon in a bold new direction! We give it-4/5
WARRIORS REBORN! Adventurers SPEEDBALL and JUSTICE have come together with a group of young heroes including NOVA, SUN GIRL, and HUMMINGBIRD (and even a couple of new faces) to stop the latest threat to the Marvel Universe—the Atlanteans, Inhumans, clones and hundreds of other so-called “superior” beings are living among the humans of the Marvel Universe, but not everyone is pleased about it.
THE HIGH EVOLUTIONARY has raised an army to combat the evolution of humanity – and the New Warriors are locked in his sights!
Cover- The whole team on a plain white background looks pretty decent.
Story- The High Evolutionary and the Evolutionaries have joined forces to apparently rid the earth of all super humans. They run into Sun Girl, Namora, Speedball and Justice separately before capturing Nova.
Art- Marcos To’s art looks good. A bit too youthful for all the members of this team but decent nonetheless.
Humor- Speedball provided a few funny moments.
Black Hero- Courtesy of the one drop rule we have Sun Girl a Bi-Racial (Black mom, white dad) new kid on the block introduced in Superior Spider-Man.
Mystery- Who is this new Namora?
Action- We also had a small fracas at the beginning with the Salem seven. Not exciting but cool I guess.
Mandate- I like the idea that this book will use the entire marvel universe as it’s playground and not just mutant or avengers stuff. It really opens up where this book can go and the story telling possibilities.
Diversity- There is the usual quota of white guys along with Sun Girl, a Latino demi-goddess and an Atlantean chick. That line up still trumps the all Aryan Uncanny Avengers or the brand new X-Factor.
Cast- (Shakes head) I’m not seeing this as a top shelf title. I simply can’t without a single member to anchor this book. That one character who represents the reader in this cross match world Chris Yost is selling. Where is our tether? Justice was never very fun without Firestar, I never cared for speedball……..I love Chris Yost as a writer but for a first issue this one was more of a Lull than exciting.
Night thrasher- I’m not sold on a New Warriors team without Night Thrasher. The last series to bear the New Warriors name like all others had Night Thrasher front and center. Mind you Dwayne Taylor died before Civil War. His estranged brother Doynell Taylor had taken over the mantle under the pen of Kevin Grevioux. Where the hell is NIGHT THRASHER?! People are complaining about having Nova, Speedball and Justice but without Thrasher in any capacity, I’m not sold, even with Chris Yost as writer.
Average- Honestly this issue left me underwhelmed. I thought this first issue was too short and the cast wasn’t well introduced. I know about the Spider-Man clone than I do about anyone else and considering I’m not a fan of “reworked” Kaine you can imagine how tedious I found that.
Youth- (Sigh) why does Justice and Speedball look like teenagers? Is this a new marvel thing to de-age the cast? Not feeling it, not a fan of it, just irritated by it! Fix that $hit please!
Honestly I had high expectations but thought the entire package was surprisingly average and dull. We give this new outing by the warriors 2.5/5
Created by: Christopher Yost and David Lopez
Real Name: Selah Burke
1st appearance: Superior Spider-Man Team Up #1, 2013
Team Affiliations: New Warriors
Legal Status: Unknown
Height: 5’5 Weight: 110 lbs
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Relatives: Dr. Edward Lansky/Lightmaster (Father), Unnamed Mother
Costume: Sun Girl has access to her father Lightmaster’s technology granting her superhuman abilities. Her costume grants her resistance to injury, the harness grants her the ability to fly. She also carries two blasters capable of firing concussive light blasts, they can also release a flash to blind enemies.
Selah Burke was born to an unnamed black mother and white father by the name of Dr. Edward Lansky. Her father would became the supervillain Lightmaster. She is currently a college student who after finding her father’s technology moonlights as the superhero Sun Girl. Selah had been observed by Superior Spider-man [Superior Spider-Man Team Up #1, 2013]. When she attempted to stop Whirlwind she was pulled into a gang war between the Superior Six Spider-man’s enforcers and the Masters of Evil. During the exchange she ran into her father as Lightmaster and revealed her identity as his daughter while helping Spider-man end the threat [Superior Spider-Man Team Up #6, 2013]. After saving the day she parted with Superior Spider-man on bad terms [Superior Spider-Man Team Up #7, 2013].
Check out the debut trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be released on August 1, 2014. In the trailer we get our first glimpse of Zoe Saldana as the assassin Gamora and Djimon Honsou as ‘Korath the Persuer’.
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More as it breaks!
Coming in courtesy of CBR are rumors that Jada Pinkett-Smith has been cast as Fish Mooney. Comic fans may be scratching their heads as to who the hell that is, no worries though it’s an original creation for Gotham itself. Mooney is describes as:
“a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner, she’s got the street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book. Imposing and hotheaded, she’s not one to be crossed.”
CBR also notes that Mooney is also “the boss of Oswald Cobblepot, the man who eventually becomes The Penguin”.
Interesting stuff right there!
More as it breaks!
Art-Barry Kitson and Robson Rocha do their best at trying to fill the book boots of Nicola Scott. In a trade it’s going to be obvious this is a fill in job but for a single issue it’s not bad.
Dynamic- The gathered heroes of Earth 2 have an interesting dynamic with diverse personalities that surprisingly shine through regardless of their numbers or what’s taking place.
Story- Picking up where last issue left off. Hawkgirl is carrying Batman, Aquawoman and some agent. They can’t seem to outrun the parademons. Aquawoman uses her powers to take care of the parademons before heading into the ocean depths. The heroes then rendezvous at Batman’s cave. All around the word religious locations and building get bombed by evil Superman as he proclaims, “there is only Darkseid”. Back in the cave they expose Val directly to sunlight in hopes that his Kryptonian physiology hoping he will be the best shot at defeating Evil Superman and saving the world.
Diversity- Hawkgirl and Val are black. Aqua-woman has a distinctive Latino features, Dr. Fate is Middle Eastern while Batman and company are all white. This is a very diverse cast, easily the most diverse cast out from either Marvel or DC.
Action-Aqua-woman brings it this issue and it’s forever been etched in my mind that it has been brought. Very cool display of power.
Potential- I really like the organic manner in which Earth 2 has been expanding. At first the focus was on Flash/Jay Garrick and Green Lantern/Alan Scott, now the focus is on Batman, Val and Red Tornado/Lois Lane. It’s good to see the changing cast and how they will be connected to the earlier heroes as things progress.
Cover- Minimalist, plain and just not what I expected or wanted.
White Wash- So! The elephant in the room? Connor Hawke the dark skinned mixed race kid that once belonged to Green Arrow/Oliver Queen and Sandra Moonday Hawke is officially a white dude with red hair. YAH! I’m just going to leave that here.
Earth 2 is an organically written multiracial superhero opus each and every month. Kudos to all involved on a very solid book! 4/5
Cover-A battered and bloody Psylocke prepares for an attack while Lady Deathstrike, Enchantress and Typhoid Mary gloat in the background. It’s neat, to the point and illustrated by the Dodson’s. I like it!
Villains- I’m digging the sisterhood. The new Latino Lady Deathstrike, the Asgardian Enchantress, Daredevil’s Typhoid Mary and Arkea the computer virus? Hell yeah! Arkea shows just how much of a threat she really is by merging Typhoid’s personalities, upgrading Yuriko and allowing Enchantress access to her magic. This kitty cat has some serious claws and huge potential!
Art- The Dodson’s are on art duty and everything looks great. I honestly can’t complain about anything.
Budding Romance- Just what the hell is going on with Rachel Grey and John Sublime? Talk about a bad romance!
Black Heroes- This issue Monet displays her near invulnerability and super strength by literally tearing through a building. Decent feat for Monet and it’s great to see her powers really just in your face like that after the often reserved manner Peter David used her in X-factor.
Costume-So this issue Sabra shows up….and Monet gets a new costume…..but they look VERY similar. Did we run out of costume ideas or were we feeling lazy this month? A quick flip through the book you could easily get the two confused.
Overall this series is chockfull of action, great characterization and all out fun. I give this issue a 4/5
The Falcon is on the hunt – and what he finds will rock the Mighty Avengers to their core! Meanwhile, Luke Cage and Adam Brashear – aka the Blue Marvel – sit down and talk about dead Presidents, old mistakes and family ties. GUEST STARRING IRON FIST!
Art- I expect most comic fans to say “thank you lord” with Greg Land nowhere in sight. I hate to “hate” on Greg but Valerio Schiti turns in an excellent job on art duty with only a minor complaint throughout. Frank D’Armata’s colors compliment the line work excellently making this a very pretty book.
Chemistry- The team dynamics are staring to show. Street wise Luke has a clash of ideals with Blue Marvel. Monica Rambeau has taken on a mentor role to Power man.I’m curious to see how these roles will evolve as the adventures go on and tensions increase.
Black Heroes- New Powerman has the making of a next generation heavy weight. He has been trained and partnered with Iron Fist/Danny Rand, joined the Avengers initiative. Been tutored by Blade/Ronin and now is getting lessons from Monica Rambeau (Who was trained by Captain America I might add) and She Hulk? Executed right this dude is supposed to have crazy skills!
The Falcon also gets some much needed mileage this issue. Much like Rat Catcher from Batwing his connection to birds is highlighted. A man flees from the start of the issue after committing a crime which is only witnessed by two birds. Falcon who’s out of sight has the birds of the city scare the man into running straight into his direction. It’s one of those moments when you realize Falcon’s powers have been terribly underused since inception. Hickman teased something similar in the opening of Avengers (2013) but failed to deliver. Hopefully Al Ewing is up to the task at hand.
Monica Rambeau- Those crying foul at how Monica was illustrated during the Greg Land opening can breathe a sigh of relief as Monica’s African features are back, her nose now looks like most other black women so “whiteification claims” can be dashed to the winds. Ewing is also well aware what the Internets have been saying and with tongue in cheek has a woman with a little girl around age eight thank Monica for finally “relax” her hair aka ‘flash frying’ because her daughter idolizes her. When Vic gives her sass about it? Hilarity ensues.
Luke Cage and Blue Marvel- The talk these two have is ripe with all the problems or issues we as readers have had with Blue Marvel’s retirement from heroics. Al Ewing has a handle on these characters and their history.
White Tiger- This issue she reveals her obsessive drive to patrol the city. We also know through advance solicitations that the name drop on the last page, Gideon Mace is the name of the man who killed her family. Shit just got real!
Metaphor- Ewing has extended the introduction phase of this book by using the “moving in” scenario as an excuse to have the team bond and for new readers to see the team in a non-action heavy sequence which highlights their humanity.
Humor- Having Ava Ayala and Luke discuss his old costume was pretty funny.
Continuity- It was also net to have Ava comment on what happened during Avengers Arena since she did serve in the avenger’s academy with all those involved.
Cover – While it does stick out on the stands I really wasn’t feeling it this month.
Youth – While did enjoy the art why did Luke and Jessica look so darn young? I mean Luke could easily pass for a nineteen year old while talking with Ava and Jessica? Her hair color was a bit off and she also looked like a teenager. That definitely needs to be fixed for next issue.
Mighty Avengers (2013) has made me a huge fan of Al Ewing! He has delivered a character driven superhero romp that’s not just about heroics or about race. For that I give this issue a – 3.5/5
1st appearance: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #26, 2013
Real Name: Unknown
Team Affiliations: Unknown
Legal Status: Unknown
Weight: 210 lbs Height: 6’2
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Abilities: Skilled armed and unarmed combatant trained in unspecified martial arts.
Powers: He has an unspecified degree of resistance to injury and can absorb and re-channel whatever powers are used against him.
Hired by Roxxon corporation CEO Donal to track down Roxxon test subjects Cloak and Dagger [Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #26, 2013]. While tracking his prey he found Spider-man, Spider-Woman and another of Roxxon’s experiments Bombshell. He quickly took down the trio with an illegal paralyzer weapon [Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #26, 2013]. With the heroes unaware of his powers he was allowed to absorb both their super strength and Spider-man‘s venom blast. He almost defeated the heroes when Bombshell, Cloak and Dagger came into play giving him even more power. He was only subdued when Cloak consumed him [Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #27, 2013].
He alludes to working with weapon-X and his connection to the program which created Wolverine [Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #27, 2013].