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Movie News


I got to watch the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie, and it was a amazing movie, so there no surprise that Captain America was the big winner at the weekend box office as it kicked off the summer movie season a month early with an estimated $96.2 million, a new box office record for April. While overseas the film, which opened last weekend, has already earned $207.1 million, which was more then the first Captain America movie had made during its entire run outside of North America. This is definitely a movie that any action movie or comic book lover should go check out.


Weekend Box Office (Studio Estimates): April 4-6, 2014
  Film Weekend Gross Screens Avg./Screen Total Gross Wk#
1 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $96,200,000 3,938 $24,429 $96,200,000 1
2 Noah $17,000,000 3,571 $4,761 $72,341,000 2
3 Divergent $13,000,000 3,631 $3,580 $114,029,000 3
4 God’s Not Dead $7,726,000 1,758 $4,395 $32,520,000 3
5 The Grand Budapest Hotel $6,300,000 1,263 $4,988 $33,380,000 5
6 Muppets Most Wanted $6,285,000 3,052 $2,059 $42,142,000 3
7 Mr. Peabody & Sherman $5,300,000 2,931 $1,808 $102,202,000 5
8 Sabotage $1,908,000 2,486 $767 $8,767,000 2
9 Need for Speed $1,836,000 1,779 $1,032 $40,839,000 4
10 Non-Stop $1,827,000 1,724 $1,060 $88,138,000 6


With the red hot Captain America movie setting box office records, Hot Toys has gotten in on the amazingness that is Captain America, releasing Winter Soldier sixth scale collectible figure for $239.99, and a Captain America in Stealth S.T.R.I.K.E. suit and Steve Rogers sixth scale figure set for $339.99. Amazing looking figures, so if you have money be sure to get these amazing looking work of toy art into ur collection.


Comic Book News

Here are the charts for the top 20 Graphic Novels and top 20 comics of March 2014, if you want a more indepth look be sure to check out ICv2 top 300 list for a full coverage of comics of march and ICv2 for their Graphic Novels of Marches.

Top 300 GNs –

March 2014

Rank Index Title Price Pub
  1. Qty
1 21.63 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 20 ALL OUT WAR PT 1 (MR) $14.99 IMA    25,290
2 17.99 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 IMA    21,030
3 7.51 NEMO ROSES OF BERLIN HC (MR) $14.95 TOP      8,777
4 6.91 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 07 RIFT P 1 $10.99 DAR      8,084
5 4.24 CHEW TP VOL 08 FAMILY RECIPES (MR) $12.99 IMA      4,962
6 3.81 JUSTICE LEAGUE TRINITY WAR HC (N52) $29.99 DC      4,460
9 3.35 MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR      3,915
10 3.29 STRAY BULLETS UBER ALLES ED TP (MR) $59.99 IMA      3,842
11 3.21 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA      3,753
12 3.16 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01 SASS & SORCERY (MR) $9.99 IMA      3,695
13 3.10 HELLBOY FIRST 20 YEARS HC $19.99 DAR      3,626
14 2.94 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 IMA      3,438
15 2.76 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMA      3,227
16 2.75 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE TP VOL 02 $14.99 DC      3,221
17 2.40 BTVS SEASON 9 TP VOL 05 THE CORE $17.99 DAR      2,806
18 2.38 WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 03 IRON (N52) $16.99 DC      2,782
19 2.34 ALL NEW X-MEN TP VOL 02 HERE TO STAY $19.99 MAR      2,739
20 2.34 UNCANNY X-MEN TP VOL 01 REVOLUTION $19.99 MAR      2,735



TOP 300 COMICS – March 2014      
Rank Index Title Price Pub Est.Qty
1 100.00 BATMAN #29 $4.99 DC 116,926
2 80.52 SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 $3.99 DC    94,147
3 78.71 FOREVER EVIL #6 $3.99 DC    92,036
4 76.72 SANDMAN OVERTURE #2 (MR) $3.99 DC    89,711
5 65.48 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29 $3.99 MAR    76,568
6 65.00 DAREDEVIL #1 $3.99 MAR    76,006
7 64.51 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30 $3.99 MAR    75,431
8 55.52 SILVER SURFER #1 $3.99 MAR    64,919
9 55.30 WALKING DEAD #124 (MR) $2.99 IMA    64,659
10 55.18 UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW $3.99 MAR    64,514
11 55.13 WALKING DEAD #123 (MR) $2.99 IMA    64,460
12 54.51 ALL NEW X-MEN #24 $3.99 MAR    63,739
13 54.32 UNCANNY AVENGERS #18.NOW $3.99 MAR    63,516
14 53.98 HARLEY QUINN #4 $2.99 DC    63,120
15 50.70 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #2 $4.99 MAR    59,278
16 49.62 MOON KNIGHT #1 $3.99 MAR    58,022
17 48.55 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #13 $3.99 MAR    56,764
18 47.45 DETECTIVE COMICS #29 $3.99 DC    55,486
19 47.33 MAGNETO #1 $3.99 MAR    55,337
20 46.95 UNCANNY X-MEN #18 $3.99 MAR    54,902


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All New Doop #1 (OF 5)
All New Ghost Rider #2
All New Ultimates #1
All New X-Factor #6
All New X-Men #25  
Archie Comic Super Special #5
Astro City #11 
Avengers Ai #11
Avengers Undercover #2 
Batgirl #30
Batman Eternal #1
Bloodshot & Hard Corps #21 
Captain Marvel #2 (OF 6)
Clive Barker Next Testament #8 (OF 12)
Coffin Hill #7
Constantine #13 
Cosplayers #1 
Creepy Comics #16   
Daredevil #1.5
Deadpool #27
Deadworld Restoration #5 (OF 5)   
East Of West #11   
Famous Monsters Of Filmland #273
FBP Federal Bureau Of Physics #9 
Flash Gordon #1 
GI Joe Special Missions #14  
Great Pacific #14 
Green Lantern Corps #30 
Indestructible #5 
Invincible #110 
Iron Fist Living Weapon #1 
Iron Man #24
Judge Dredd #18
Justice League 3000 #5   
Kick-Ass 3 #7 (OF 8)
Kings Watch #5 (OF 5) 
Knights Of The Dinner Table #207 
Legend Of Oz The Wicked West Ongoing #17   
Lumberjanes #1 (OF 8)
Magnus Robot Fighter #2    
Manifest Destiny #6  
Maxx Maxximized #6
Mighty Avengers #9
My Little Pony Friends Forever #4 
Nightcrawler #1 
Powerpuff Girls #8
Regular Show Skips #6 (OF 6) 
Returning #2 (OF 4)  
Rocky & Bullwinkle #2 (OF 4) 
Royals Masters Of War #3 (OF 6)
Samurai Jack #7
Scooby Doo Where Are You #44
Secret Avengers #2
Shotgun Wedding #2 (OF 4)
Shutter #1
Sons Of Anarchy #8
Spawn #242   
Spongebob Comics #31
Star Wars #16
Superboy #30 
Superior Foes Of Spider-Man #11
Superman Wonder Woman #7
Thunderbolts #24  
Twilight Zone #4   
Unity #6
Walking Dead #125
What If Age Of Ultron #2 (OF 5)
Worlds Finest #22 
X #12

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Artist Spotlight!: Paul Hetherington


Hello there geek lovers, today I got for you all the showcase of a amazing toy artist, this is the Joker themed LEGO funhouse built by LEGOmaniac Paul Hetherington. The build is amazing, but what makes it even more amzingly impressive when you see the video and realize that parts of the build is actully animated.

“Paul Hetherington did more than merely build this colorful funhouse lair for the Joker; he also animated so that Poison Ivy’s plants chomp, the Riddler runs his decoder, Penguin and his birds enjoy the Rocket Ride, and Batman and Robin do their best to stop their wicked fun.”

You really have to see the video to appreciate the piece, it is absolutely mind blowing with the level of detail and imagination that was put into the LEGO diarama. This piece is so amazing that Hetherington won Best in Show at this year’s BrickCon. I am absolutely blown away at the level of talent and dedication this guy put into building this, sometimes I could never think howfar you can take LEGO.

Check out his full gallery and other works of LEGO art,

Spotlight!: BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN – The Daly Show


Tim Daly (Adventures of Superman) and his son Sam Daly (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) have a regularly running Youtube series called The Daly Show… In the past to celebrate Sam getting the voice role of Superman they did an episode which included Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) and Dean Cain (Lois & Clark). Also they had an episode of Tim Daly (voice of Superman), Nathan Fillion (voice of Green Lantern), and Michael Rosenbaum (voice of Flash) play out their characters in real life, The Daly Superheroes.

With all the talk of Superman Vs. Batman the Daley team made them call upon Kevin Conroy (Batman) for a little fun. “The voices of Superman and Batman face off. Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly and Sam Daly, and it is written and directed by Ben Shelton.”

Wolverine Turns Villian? A New Wolverine #1 From Paul Cornell And Ryan Stegman


Hey there comic book fans, here is the latest news on my favorite comic book character, at the end of Killable, the current Wolverine arc, the title will relaunch with Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman, and is setup as Wolverine being a bad guy. Interesting, I have been hoping for more new takes on the character, although its nothing new to see Wolverine as a bad guy, I just hope Cornell does it justice and give it some originality, here some info about the new arc from Paul Cornell:

The first arc is called “Payback,” and that’s where we find him: working for a crime boss called The Offer, alongside a “family” of low-rent super villains. Following the end of “Killable,” he’s decided to simplify his life and drop his responsibilities.

The Offer is a minor super villain gang boss who has the power to make the best possible offer. It’s not hypnotism; you’re free to turn him down. But his offers tend to make people think twice. He’s a caring, fatherly presence to his gang, but he’s not really a good man.

His gang includes Pinch, who Logan is in a relationship with, who can pull threads from any material; Fuel, who increases powers, and thus can make Logan move at high speed; and the Lost Boy, who can make anything ignite, and who has a complicated attitude towards what heroism and villainy might be. Logan worries about him.”

Your Comic Book and Entertainment Update!

Entertainment News

I’m so excited for the new Doctor Who special, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, and BBC America is doing a Doctor Who Takeover for the week surrounding its 50th Anniversary special on November 23rd. There will be a marathon showcasing all of the first ten Doctors, and the ninth, tenth, and eleventh Doctors, and a number of new specials covering the history of Doctor Who:

  • Tales from the Tardis, a documentary program about the show’s history
  • The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox, which discusses the science behind the show
  • Doctor Who Explained, interviews of cast members from the show’s 50 year history
  • An Adventure in Space and Time, a drama about the launch of the original Doctor Who.
  • The Graham Norton Show, the BBC talk show, with Matt Smith and David Tennant as guests.
  • The Doctors Revisited – The Eleventh Doctor, interviews and more about the Eleventh Doctor.

The special programming kicks off on Monday, November 18th, and runs through the following Sunday.




This month’s new releases on Amazon include Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition (Funimation, “R,” 124 min., BD/DVD Combo $34.95, then was mark down even more to $24.99).  This classic looks spectacular in Blu-ray and also, Funimation has returned the film to its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio—the previous Blu-ray release of Akira was slightly window boxed.  The colors in the Funimation release also appear to be more saturated, though it should be noted that both versions are not as sharp and hard-edged as BD versions of contemporary computer animated features simply because of the hand drawn (and painted) nature of the animation in Akira.  The soundtrack on the new Funimation Akira Blu-ray represents a major advance over previous DVD releases. The 25th Anniversary release of Akira features both English dubs that have occurred since 1988, and there also tons of extra, with over 120 minutes of on-disc extra features; including the “Restoring Akira” documentary, interview with the Japanese Director and original storyboards for the anime.


And out on November 19, 2013 is Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece: Strong World (Funimation, Not Rated,  113 min., BD/DVD Combo $34.98, then was mark down even more to $31.48). As extra goes there seems to be only behind the scenes of One Piece: Introducing Brook, so there really isn’t much to the BD/DVD, but I’m showcasing this because of the extras, for lovers of One Piece this will be a great addition to one’s collection, we get anopther amazing tale from the One Piece crew.

The synopsis is “When the Straw Hats catch wind of trouble in the peaceful waters of the East Blue, they quickly set a course for home! But before they reach their destination, fate leads them into the deadly path of Golden Lion Shiki. This gravity-defying madman needs a navigator, and he wants Nami! Shiki scatters the Straw Hats across the far corners of a floating island filled with ferocious, genetically-mutated monsters, and issues Nami and ultimatum: join his crew – or her friends die! BIG mistake. Luffy kicks his attack mode into Third Gear and begins a brutal rampage across the beast-ridden island. It’s all hands on deck – including a new character – for this watershed adventure in the One Piece canon. Monkey vs. Lion. Winner gets the navigator”


iZombie’ and Other DC Comics TV Show


The CW is in the process of making a new series based on DC’s iZombie, which will be written by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and Veronica Mars movie co-writer Diane Ruggiero, according to Deadline. Thomas and Ruggiero will pen the series based on characters created for Chris Roberson and Michael Allred’s Eisner Award nominated comic from DC’s Vertigo imprint, which ended abruptly in August 2012 when Roberson left DC.

iZombie will be presented as “a supernatural crime procedural that centers on a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity.  But with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories, and with the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.”

iZombie is joining several other DC related titles on the CW development list, another is Hourman, according to Hollywood Reporter.  Mcihael Caleo, who wrote the pilot for the Ironside and screenplay for The Family, will write Hourman and executive produce.  Also executive producing will be Daniel Lin (of Ninjago) and Jennifer Gwartz, also of Lin Pictures. Hourman is a character that can generally gain superpowers for an hour and/or see events one hour in the future.

Also on that list is the Flash spinoff from Arrow, Gotham that is in development at Fox, and Constantine at NBC, DC is planning for big things in there TV world.

Comic Book & Graphic Novel News

Check out the top sells in comic stores in October to see what is hot right now.

Top 10 Comics–October
The Walking Dead #115
Batman #24
Infinity #4
Forever Evil #2
Infinity #5
Justice League #24
Superman/Wonder Woman #1
The Sandman:  Overture #1
Superior Spider-Man #20
Superior Spider-Man #19

Batman: Death of the Family volumes took two of the top three graphic novel slots, and other Batman volumes took another two slots, for a total of half the top 10 graphic novels.  The two Saga collections are stubbornly hanging in the Top 10.

Top 10 Graphic Novels–October
Batman Vol. 3:  Death of the Family
Avengers:  Endless Wartime
The Joker:  Death of the Family
Batman: The Court of Owls Book & Mask Set
Avatar:  The Last Airbender Vol. 6
Hellboy:  Midnight Circus
Batman Vol. 2:  City of Owls
Lazarus Vol. 1
Saga Vol. 1
Saga Vol. 2

Amazon’s Best Graphic Novels (Editors’ Picks)

These are some good titles to check out, great wide range of choices.

Top 20

1.  Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened… by Allie Brosh (Touchstone)

2.  Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (“New 52″) by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (DC Comics)

3.  Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

4.  Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)

5.  Battling Boy by Paul Pope (First Second)

6.  March Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions / First Second)

7.  Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel NOW!) by Matt Fraction (Marvel)

8.  East of West Volume 1: The Promise TP by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta (Image Comics)

9.  The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out by Francesco Francavilla and Jim Gibbons (Dark Horse)

10.  The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo)

11.  All-New X-Men, Vol. 1: Yesterday’s X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen (Marvel)

12.  Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (First Second)

13.  Solo: The Deluxe Edition by Darwyn Cooke, Jeph Loeb, Brian Azzarello and Richard Corben (DC Comics)

14.  MIND MGMT Volume 1 by Matt Kindt and Brendan Wright (Dark Horse)

15.  Very Casual by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)

16.  My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn and Quarterly)

17.  Daredevil by Mark Waid, Vol. 1 by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin and Emma Rios (Marvel)

18.  Lost Cat by Jason (Fantagraphics)

19.  The Property by Rutu Modan and Jessica Cohen (Drawn and Quarterly)

20.  Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez (Drawn and Quarterly)

Also check out Publisher’s Weekly’s 2013 best graphic novel list, to see how the two match up with each other. Publisher Weekly


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Artist Spotlight: Gene Luen Yang


Recently release is Boxers & Saints is a two-volume graphic novel written and drawn by Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series. A amazing story set during China’s violent Boxer Rebellion, and told from the perspective two young people on opposite sides of the conflict. I haven’t gotten the chance to read the story yet but if it was as compelling and interesting as his American Born Chinese, I’m going to love Boxers & Saints too.

Here’s a more detailed description of Boxers:

China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants.

Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers – commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from “foreign devils.”

Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful. But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of “secondary devils” – Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity.

And here’s more on Saints:
China, 1898. An unwanted fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn’t even given a proper name by her family. She finds friendship—and a name, Vibiana—in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie . . . and whether she is willing to die for her faith.


And you can definitely tell that this is a amazing story with depth, and this is easily his most ambitious, most groundbreaking work yet, because it has been nominated for the prestigious National Book Award.

Comic Book Review!: All New X-Men #4


Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Stuart Immonen

Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger

Colorist: Marte Gracia

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $3.99

Hello there comic book readers, today’s review is All New X-Men #4, and what a issue it is, like I said in previous issues I had my doubts of the quality of this title, thanks to its concept, but four issues in and it is an amazing soap opera story. Bendis has given the X-Men some life, giving them express some great dramatic emotions, showing off some amazing character struggles.

Before I go a bit more in depth, be sure to read previous review and know that there may be some spoilers. The original X-Men have finally met up with the present Cyclops and this is the part were Bendis writing really shines. We have turmoil of the original teenage X-Men over meeting what is now the “evil” and life harden Cyclops, as well as the seeing the future Magneto (a enemy of the original X-Men) that is now working with Cyclops. The story may still be dialogue heavy but this time around there is a lot of wonderful emotion juice to it, with both groups struggle with the event of meeting each other. Iceman’s comment to facing Magneto gave me a real good chuckle, and everyone else felt very natural in Bendis’ good hands, we also get solid character defining moments for the new members of Cyclops band of mutants. Like always, me biggest complaints have been that there hasn’t been much action in this title, and nothing that really wowed me in cool or amazing moments, but with this issue, there were such good amounts of emotional story crafting that it was easily passable.

There is absolutely nothing I could say about Stuart Immonen’s artwork that I haven’t said before, his work is amazingly beautiful. His work is top notch here, amazing amount of character and backdrop detail, he wonderfully break up pages with well created panels, and his characters show a great range of facial emotions and body language. Wade Von Grawbadger ink work is also very nice, its clean and solid with a good use of shadows, and Marte Gracia colors are equally good and solid work.

As I continue to read the All New X-Men series, the story is getting better and better, that dialogue is spot on to really enjoyable a lot of the time, and the drama top notch. Also, if Stuart Immonen and crew are staying on for the long haul then this is a most see comic book title. My continue complaint about the series is my attention and desire to continue reading the series is weak, there just isn’t enough action for my taste, and there not wow factor for me. Besides for my complaint, this is a “Definite Buy” issue, and here is hoping for more action pack issues in the future.

My Take:

Definite Buy

Here are a few pages from All New X-Men #4, be sure to pick up your own copy which is in stores now, and like always Have Fun Reading!

Comic Book Review!: Cable and X-Force #1


Writer: Dennis Hopeless

Artist: Salvador Larroca

Colorist: Frank O’Armata

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $3.99

Hello there comics book readers, today’s review is the completely new series of Cable and X-Force #1, by Dennis Hopeless (writer of Lovestruck, Legion of Monsters, and X-Men: Season one) and Salvador Larroca. Dennis is a relative newcomer, so I haven’t read any of his other works before, so I came into the title with low expectations, and I believe that is just the way to go into this title and find some enjoyment.

Dennis has a big task up ahead of him, picking a good and unique cast of characters that still have a chance to be defined by him is a double edge sword. He pick a cast that many creators haven’t been able to bring much personality to or make important in the X-Men universe, even Hope who has been a big character in the X-Men universe, comes off very boring to me. So with Dennis being unique in picking his cast, he has the job of bringing some life into these characters, and does he get the job done? Not entirely, but as first issues goes, he establish most of the cast and their purpose within this new team, but I hoping for something more in future issues to make these characters stand out more, a chance to shine and to define their life. Still, Dennis has setup a good solid story, introducing the players, and with a cliffhanger ending, he has got the ball rolling on the future threat of the issue, and the first few pages has given the glimmer of what’s to come.

I have seen many of Salvador Larroca’s artwork before, and his artwork is very solid, his art has a great amount of details in his backdrops and characters, and his character designs for Cable and his X-Force teammates are nicely done. There isn’t much to gripe about the art, besides for a panel in the beginning of Cable calling for transportation, which his arm looks extremely weird, everything else is nicely done. Yet I wouldn’t say the art is good enough to make this title a good enough buy, Salvador’s art falls in the category of solid watchable art, nothing that calls out to you.

After reading the first issue I could say that there is a lot of potential there, and here is hoping that Dennis makes real good use of his unique group of characters and give them a really good chance to shine and be define. Many people have been clamoring for more page time for some of these characters, if that is you, and then definitely support the title. With no big complaints from me about the artwork of Salvador, everything is left on how well and interesting Dennis’s story telling will be in the future, so this was a definite “Check It Out” kinda title for me.

My Take:

Check It Out

Here are a few pages from Cable and X-Force #1, be sure to pick up your own copy which is in stores now, and like always Have Fun Reading!

Comic Book Review!: Avengers Arena #1


Writer: Dennis Hopeless

Artist: Kev Walker

Colorist: Frank Martin

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $2.99

Hello there fellow comic book readers, today’s review is the new series Avengers Arena #1, written by Dennis Hopeless (who I just wrote a review of his other title Cable and X-Force, so be sure to check it out), and art by one of my all time favorite artist Kev Walker (Thunderbolts). Off the bat, most readers will think that this is a ripe off of stories like The Hunger Games or Battle Royal, so is it just a terrible ripe off?

It is both a yes and a no, it is definitely a ripe off, down to the cast being a bunch of kids and that there can only be one “winner.” Yet after reading the issue, I must say it really isn’t bad, in fact it is very good, for a cast so big and a medium with not much room for a lot of time to tell a good story (most of the times) in one issue, Dennis has created something that has made me emotionally invested and waiting for more. Also, using and bettering Arcade was a smart idea, instead of creating a new character, making the story believable. I have to admit I love this title a whole lot more then his Cable and X-Force, with an even more unique cast, Dennis has wonderfully gave me characters that I felt for. I really felt the emotional investment with Mettle and Hazmat, so what happened with them really resonated with me, and makes me hopeful for more well development of these characters, and that this won’t really be the last time I see these characters. These are characters with a good fan base, and they are the future of the Marvel Universe, so lets hope he will do them justice, I hope Dennis can continue with their development without their needless death in the end. Also, I love that there is a good amount of action blended in with a nice amount of dialogue, especially compared dialogue heavy and weak stories of a lot of other Marvel Now titles I been reading so far, making Avengers Arena a exciting and fun read.

As for the artwork, I have always loved Kev Walkers artwork, so his stuff was a big draw for me, making this title an even more worth whiled read. Kev has always developed constant high quality artwork, very detailed characters and backdrops, great action scenes and he actually brings some life and creativity to his pages by changing up his panel designs. Frank Martin has been paired up with Kev many times before, and his color work complaints Kev’s lines very nicely, smooth and vibrant in color palette, making Kev’s lines pop out more.

Avengers Arena was a definite enjoyment, great showcase of character drama, an even blend of action and dialogue, and well develop characters that Dennis seems to have a knack of giving life and making the audience feel a bit of investment in the cast. If you get past that this is an unoriginal concept in pretty much everyway, and read the comic for what it is, a solid teen superhero drama, then there is no doubt that this is a wonderfully entertaining read. Also, having great artists like Kev Walker and Frank Martin definitely made this a title to look out for, so this is a “Definite Buy,” anybody looking for there fix of characters from Runaways, Avengers Academy, or X-23, then check out this fun title.

My Take:

Definite Buy

Here are a few pages from Avengers Arena #1, be sure to pick up your own copy which is in stores now, and like always Have Fun Reading!

Review – Beats By Dre – Pill


Hey everyone, so this time im reviewing the latest product from the Beats line – Pill. Marketed on the site as a “Powerful compact speaker” – My personal opinion begs to differ. This is Beats second attempt at a portable speaker, the first being the rather clumsy Beatbox Portable which was anything but portable and drained batteries like no tomorrow. So back to the Pill – The design is sleek, functional, rechargeable, compact and at £170 its substantially cheaper than the £350 price tag on the Beatbox. However even though the pill is almost half the price of the beatbox, it’s still very expensive compared to other bluetooth speakers on the market.


The Pill comes in three colours (Black, White and Red) and has a very simple design. The main controls are based on the band across the centre. The glowing Beats logo also doubles as multifunction play, pause and call answer button with the on/off switch and volume controls nearer the back. Also certain smartphones can be paired with the Pill with the touch of a button. In the box you will find a carry case, a USB compatible AC charger, USB charging cable and 3.5mm audio cable which is about 5 feet long.


My biggest problem with the Pill is it just doesn’t seem to be able to handle bass – and I like bass. However once you reach the higher volumes some songs end up sounding slightly distorted. Now I know its small so it would not be amazing, but I don’t think its too much to expect a product “designed” by Dr Dre to be able to handle a lite bit of bass! Also the Pill uses an algorithm that is designed to soften parts of songs to stop the speakers blowing out – but it can be slightly slow to kick in. The Pill is also a speakerphone, and I have no real complaints about how that end of the deal holds up.


So my final thought on the Pill is it’s not worth the money, It’s just another “fashion” item wrapped up in a semi functional shell. For a cheaper price you could buy a much better product without the Beats logo – and id advise that’s what you did. If your just into status items then it might be for you but if your after a good bluetooth speaker there a million better items on the market…