Marvel’s Original Sin

Original_Sin_Vol_1_1Original Sin #1 and # 2 (of 8)
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Mike Deodato
Colors: Frank Martin
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $4.99

I’ve mentioned more then once that Marvel has produced some quality books over the last few years. Seems like that with each new batch of titles almost all of them will be hits. Moon Knight, Iron Fist, Fantastic Four, All New X-Men and Nightcrawler to only name a few have all been at the top of my read pile from week to week so when the next big Marvel Event finally hit the shelves I snapped it right up.
So what’s the event this time? The Death of the Watcher.

He's Dead Jim

He’s Dead Jim

So this is something new. This is something interesting. This is something that “could” be permanent AND have lasting repercussions on the Marvel Universe.

What would the universe me without the Watcher and what if those secrets he held got out? Now this I could be on board for!

But then I read the book. 3 issues in (issue zero, one and two) and i’m realizing that aside from an awesome idea, this books stinks.

Here are my reasons.

1. The Watcher was killed by a bullet. Granted, a special bullet (we all remember Captain Americas “Time Bullet” don’t we) but a bullet just the same.

2. Hero’s team up to investigate what or who may have done this. The teaming feel like someone tossed darts at a Marvel Universe Handbook and went with the results.

3. Little things like using the Ultimate Nullifier like a handgun to have a Mindless One kill himself is nuts. Its like having an ant use a nuclear warhead to kill itself. It just isn’t done. Past Marvel history has shown that the Ultimate Nullifier would kill EVERYTHING. Thats why it ISN”T used. Now that this writer has established it can be used this way, look out. Expect to see it rolled out more in the coming years.

and finally

FINALLY!  THE WORLD IS MINE!

FINALLY! THE WORLD IS MINE!

4. The Orb. Bringing this lame Ghost Rider villain that, granted, I have fond memories of JUST because I read Ghost Rider back in the day, doesn’t make it cool. He was lame then, he’s lame now. No reason in the world should he be involved in this even as a lackey to some higher evil.

But with all that, i’m still going to read this book because I feel that for an eight issue mini series, maybe i’m being a little too critical of the initial set up. Sure this isn’t the epic storytelling of Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four Run or Infinity storyline but maybe it will pan out and save itself in the long run.

Here’s hoping.

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Big Hero 6 Trailer

Based on a Marvel title of the same name, Big Hero 6 could be just the start of some amazing pixar / Marvel productions!

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First look at Ben Affleck as Batman

First look at Ben Affleck as Batman

Amazing! Love the big bat, little ears and pouches! I have hope.

Escape from Tomorrow – A Movie Review

escape_from_tomorrow_poster-Escape from Tomorrow –

Directed by Randy Moore
Starring the following:
Roy Abramsoh
Elena Schuber
Katelynn Rodriguez
and others who wished they never filmed this.
Not Rated

Filmed on location at Disney Florida without permission, Escape from Tomorrow follows the story of one family and their mysterious and unsettling vacation at Disney. After seeing the trailer, I was interested enough to gather my friends and see if what this movie was all about. Here’s a link to the trailer so you can see for yourself.

Escape from Tomorrow

 

Was it a horror story, a twilight zone inspired story, a tongue in cheek commentary on Disney and their brand or maybe just a look at married life and mid life crisis.

Nope.

Instead what I got was a random train wreck of unfinished story threads, a creepy old guy stalking underage girls, horrible acting and an entire waste of time. Its hard to believe someone paid for this film to not only be made, but to actually decide present it to the viewing public as something edgy and underground. Honestly, this movie couldn’t even be salvaged with a comedy riff track laid over it. I can see why Disney didn’t squash this before it was released, the movie destroys itself with sheer boredom.

So you can see from my review, I hated it. Do yourself a favor and never, ever ever, watch this film. Go clip your toenails instead, it will be more fun. Trust me.

All New Ghost Rider #1

ghost riderAll New Ghost Rider #1
Writer: Felipe Smith
Artist: Tradd Moore
Colors: Nelson Daniel and Val Staples
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $3.99

Worst relaunch ever.

Thats what I thought a month ago after seeing the first of Marvels ad campaign for this “All New Ghost Rider”. A Ghost Rider geared towards Gear Heads. Featuring a latino hero based in L.A. and focused on fans of Fast and the Furious and Need for Speed games and films. That with the shock of the stylized art being presented on the book had me not only hating the idea, but being vocal about it as well to any and all within earshot.

Then I read it.

All New Ghost Rider not only presents a solid opening story for a new, youthful character but the art style that I was so against works with the story and stand out as one of the highlights of this weeks new comics.

If you’re a Ghost Rider fan from the past the tune of the book hasn’t changed much from its initial relaunch in the 90’s. Spirits of Vengeance seek a host to bring, well, Vengeance to those who deserve it. Although in this case our Spirit rides in a hot rod as opposed to a motorcycle. What sets it apart from Ghost Riders of the past is exactly what I thought I’d hate, the setting, and the change to a car. Instead of the same old story, Felipe Smith gives us the tale of Robbie Reyes, a guy struggling to survive with his younger special needs brother in a neighborhood determined to keep then down at all costs. Felipe gives us an L.A. that makes Gotham look like a day at Disney. This puts the reader strongly on the side of our hero, hoping that in the end those who deserve vengeance will receive it.

The only weakness of the book is that this first issue is really just all set up. Of course we have an over arching mystery or two. We don’t know anything about this Spirit of Vengeance yet or how its going to use Reyes as a host. I feel like there is something corrupt going on with his employer and we have yet to see what the first story arc’s “big bad”. And since this issue is devoted to showcasing both our main character pre-Ghost Rider along with the setting we’ll have to wait till next month to see what powers and abilities Ghost Rider will have. All these will keep me coming back to the book for now, and with such a slow build, lets just hope it doesn’t loose its steam.

Amazing X-Men

Writer: Jason Aaronnightcrawler-amazing-x-men
Art: Ed McGuinnes
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Marte Gracia
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $3.99

Once upon a time, Marvel Comics published only one X-book. Yup. let that sink in for just a minute, just one. Nowadays all you need to do is choose an adjective and you’ve got your X-title. Some stand out more then others, and thankfully the newest addition to the X-Books Amazing X-Men is one of those titles.
The X-Men have such a long history of strife, conflict, loss and prejudice its a breath of fresh air to have a title that shows how close these characters are to each other and how those relationships have been strengthened over the years of their being a team. Amazing focuses on bringing back not only all the joy and adventure of the classic Uncanny title but in this first story arc, bringing back a much missed member of the team, Nightcrawer.

Sure over the years we’ve seen team members join, die, and come back in some fashion or another so a returning comic character isn’t that big of deal these days but we’ve waiting far too long for Nightcrawer to come back and writer Jason Aaron does a great job showing us just how missed he was not just to us, but to each member of the X-Men as well.

lets be amazingI suppose if I had anything bad to say about this book, it would have to be the silly origin of the bamfs, the little cartoony versions of Nightcrawer. I’d have rather it just be left a mystery instead of them being some sort of shape-changing demons on either the path of good or evil.

So with the selection of X-titles to choose from nowadays it can be tough deciding which one to read but if your a long time X-fan and loved the original Uncanny title as much as me then you owe it to yourself to try Amazing X-Men. You won’t be disappointed.

The Fantastic and the Sublime

fantastic_four_1_kirk_coverFantastic Four #1
Writer: James Robinson
Art: Leonard Kirk
Inks: Karl Kesel
Colors: Jesus Aburtov
Letters: VC’s Clayton Cowles

The Fantastic Four is not an easy book to write.  53 years ago (yikes!) Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created one of the most imaginative and “fantastic” comics ever since Superman and Batman, using things like super science, monsters, high adventure and the family dynamic to create The Fantastic Four.  Marvel’s First Family was guided by its original creative team for over 100 issues plus various annuals and since then every other creative team has tried, some better then others, to keep the torch lit and the light shining on everything that made this team as great as it is.

March 2014, James Robinson takes the helm in the new Marvel Now.  A new #1 issue hits the shelves and our first family is once again presented to its existing audience and polished up to draw in new readers with this new first issue.  Initial thoughts..on the surface all cosmetic.  First off, new costumes.  Over the years our team has gone from Blue to  Black to White and now Red as their primary costume color.  I didn’t like it…being the grumpy old comic reader set in his ways that i am…but after finishing issue one I can say that the red suits them.  Next was the new title font.  Also didn’t like it and that pretty much stays the same.  Little too plain for my tastes, it would be nice to revisit the original FF Font along with the bold “Worlds Greatest Comic Magazine” standing front and center.  But still, all this is just cosmetic.  As a book, Robinson hit it out of the park with this one.  We have the family back from their long and not to be remembered journey into the whatever verse that Matt Faction forced us to endure last year and back on earth.  Robinson sets up seeds for our future story via Susan writing in her diary, a present day conflict giving us a call back the the “Age of Monsters” in Marvel with the FF taking out Fin Fang Foom (paying careful attention to Foom’s back history I may add) and finally giving each member of the team their due, Reed and Sue happy together, Johnny setting up his career and finally Ben getting back together with his love Alicia.

If anything, James Robinson has shown me again and again that he can take a title and give it all the attention and creative excitement it deserves and I’m certain after this first issue that The Fantastic Four will shine this year under his direction.

 

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Writer: Mark Millar
Art: Goran Parlov
Colors: Ive Svorcina
Letters: Marko Sunjic
Publisher: Image
Price: $2.99

So begins our first steps into the Millarworld brought to us by the fine folks at Image Comics.  If you happen to be a loyal customer at the shop I work at (That’s Entertainment) then you’ve heard me mention to anyone within ear shot that Image has been on their game for the last few years, publishing very high end books of all genres that are totally worth the look.  So whenever they put on a new issue one I tend to pay attention to it, and with an author like Mark Millar I just had to move this one to the top of my read pile.

Starlight is the story of Duke McQueen, a retired ace pilot and space hero who, forty years ago, lived one of the greatest adventures of his lifetime when his experimental spaceship fell through a wormhole and thrust him into a classic and iconic adventure very much like those of early Flash Gordon serials.  Millar takes the reader on a multi level journey within this tale, presenting us with bits of classic sic fi from the characters past, the importance of his family life and love for his now passed on wile along with the tale of an older man coping with life alone and children that aren’t there any longer.  As i said, this story hits it on so many levels, I can see this title going on for quite a while.  With all the stunning work of the rest of the creative team, you should definitely give Starlight a chance.  You won’t be disappointed.