Comic Book Review!: Avengers Vol 5 #1-13


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Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Jerome Opeña, Dustin Weaver, Mike Deodato

Inker: Jerome Opeña

Colorist: Dean White, Justin Ponsor, Morry Hollowell, Frank Martin

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $3.99

 

Hello there comic book fans, today I got a new collected series to review for u and that is Avengers volume 5 #1-13, which Jonathan Hickman took the lead from after Bendis has left, and I gotta say I’m loving it. Hickman has made the stories so far much more fun and action pack, with bigger scaled and more interesting story lines and has given a clear cut idea of the ever rotating and expanding Avengers’ cast. This time around they will be going for a global Avengers, having many teams of characters all kinds of threat that may pop up, now this idea is not new but here it is done very smoothly and generally the characters used are not just left in the background, more on this later. And throughout this review there will be little to no spoilers, I just want to give my thoughts and general feel of the the Avengers title by Hickman.

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The Avengers are facing a new threat, a being name Ex Nihilo, with the power and technology to create life and environments on a global scale, so the Avengers are alerted to his appearance on Mars, where Ex Nihilo is terraforming (process of deliberately modifying its structure and makeup to be similar to the biosphere of Earth to make it habitable by Earth-like life) Mars. This of course leads to a clash between the Avengers and Ex Nilhilo, where the Avengers learn that Ex Nilhilo plans to also change up the Earth, but thanks to help from a expanded roster of Avengers, they were able to put a stop to Ex Nilhilo’s plans to transformer the Earth. At least that is what the Avengers think, but Ex Nilhilo has set into motion events that will drastically change the Earth. Events that will introduce us to new characters, and  present problems for the Avengers that they have never face before.

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Hickman is doing a pretty good job on the Avengers, he gives good voice to all the characters, good dialogue that don’t feel out of place with the characters, and his stories are top quality Avengers storylines. Hickman does his usual style of storylines here like he did in the Fantastic Four (which is the only other comic I have read from Hickman), where his storylines have a bigger implications then they seem to do, that he leaves many plots or subplots dangling within the story for him to get back to much later down the road. What I have read about Hickman’s ideas for the title is that he has planned a 3 year storyline for the Avengers, so that would mean there will be many unanswered question that is made for u to stick with the title for the long run to find the answers to. This kind of approach has its good and bad to it, some good would be that it makes for some grander stories which fits for the Marvel Universe premier team, making the events and repercussion more meaningful from a good amount of time to buildup, and speaking of that, there is the room to buildup characters and storylines where they will feel more natural, which Hickman has been doing.

We getting introduce to new characters like Hyperion, Smasher, Nightmask, Star Brand, characters that Hickman seem to be slowly building up. Now for the bad, things wouldn’t be easily understood without a deeper reader when it comes to Hickman, and things must be read continuously, for example, a question u may have had in issue one probably wont be answered until issue 10. For Hickman, story arcs doesn’t mean that the story is finish in those few issues of that story arc, that things are just a small part of a bigger story Hickman wants to tell, and this is not always easy for younger readers, new readers or causal readers. But for me, luckily Hickman has captivate me with his story telling so far, he has crafted characters and storylines that makes a reader interested in finding out where things will go in the future. For me personally, I’m interested in seeing where and how he develops Hyperion.

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We getting a good influx of new characters or a spotlight on unused characters from Hickman, like new villains such as Ex Nilhilo, a new Hyperion, a new Smasher, new takes on characters like Star Brand, Nightmask, and spotlights on characters like Manifold, Sunspot, Cannonball, and many other new characters or spotlighted characters. And what is good is that Hickman is giving every character to shine, giving back stories to new characters like Hyperion and Smasher, and showcasing Cannonball, Sunspot and Shang-Chi, he is definitely making good use of his large cast of characters and satiate the appetite fans have for certain characters, while breathing new life into the Avengers universe with new characters and fresh storyline. It was interesting that Hickman included characters and concepts from a unused and in the past poorly used imprint, New Universe, where we get the introduction of Star Brand and Nightmask, introducing this brand into the main Marvel Universe.

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Since this is a collected edition review, there are multiple artists on this, but to be a bit general and both pacific, I say generally the art throughout the series has been consistently good, that there isn’t any new artist’s artwork was below the quality of the previous artist. So far from these issues, we had three of Marvel’s top artists, Jerome Opeña, Dustin Weaver, Mike Deodato, all of which have produce highly detailed work that is nicely rendered. Characters are designed very beautifully, action is depicted in great detail, lines are clean, backgrounds are also usually equally as detailed, coloring is bold want matches and flows the art style very well. When it came to the art of this series there is little to nothing to really complain about, although Jerome being my favorite I had wished he stick around much longer.

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I very satisfied with Hickman

 

My Take:

Definite Buy

Here are the covers of Avengers vol 5 #1-13, if you think this is up your alley then be sure to pick up this series which should be in stores now, and like always Have Fun Reading! And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

 

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Comic Book Review!: Nova #1-5


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Writer: Jeph Loeb

Artist: Ed McGuinness

Inker: Dexter Vines & Ed McGuinness

Colorist: Marte Gracia, Edgar Delgado

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $3.99

Hello there comic book fans, today’s review will be the collection of the Nova series #1-5, the first arc of the new NOVA series, where we get a new character dawning the mantle of Nova. Now I was a bit hesitant with this title because I had fallen in love with Richard Rider’s Nova, and when he just recently just to gain popularity in recent years they killed him off and introduce a new character. I felt with new fans of Richard Rider’s Nova this would have been a chance to breathe life into the character and let his popularity in the Marvel Universe soar to new heights, where he may eventually reach fame like Wolverine, the Avengers, maybe even Spider-Man with the right amount of exposure. So I was deeply disappointed in that they killed him, so I didn’t go into this title with much love but with high expectation.

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With Jeph Loeb as the writer I wasn’t particularly wow with the idea of this title, I always felt his writing either border between decent to border and stupid, never really amazing or absolutely fun to read for me. But at least, luckily this title has fallen into the side of decent, we’ll introduce to Sam Alexander, who is of mixed race which is a nice and unique thing, who discovers his missing father was a member of the Nova Corps. Putting on his father’s Nova Corps’ helmet, Sam becomes the newest recruit to the Novas and his adventures begins. Jeph does a decent job introducing Sam and giving us a sense of what kind of kid he is, and gives a decent yet generic kid discovering his powers story. Sam comes off like a regular kid discovering that he has a bigger destiny ahead of him, and Jeph lets us discover things along with Sam, things like power and the mysteries of his dad, we are learning along with Sam.

Though nothing about Sam personality really makes me love the kid, nothing really strikes out to me but I can see from these issues that he could grow on me. It is nice that Sam has a purpose in his life, trying to figure out if his missing dad is dead and if not, trying to find where his dad is. It makes him very endearing, does add a bit to his character, and makes me feel for the character more. So I will say that Jeph has done a decent job of introducing Sam to the Marvel Universe Fans (not really much of a introduction into the actually in comic Marvel Universe), we get a good origin story, nothing that stands out but there is definitely potential. Plus its great getting guest appearances from other cosmic characters, like the Watcher, Rocket Raccon, Gamora, and many others, and Jeph does a decent job voicing them.

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For me, the art of Ed McGuinness is where I love this series the most, and combine with the strong and bold ink work of Dexter Vines, and bright polish colors of Marte Gracia and Edgar Delgado, I completely enjoying the beauty on the page. I love how Ed’s characters look, very clean lines and dynamic features, and his action scene are a amazingly rendered, many eye catching moments on the page.

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After reading Jeph Loeb introduction of this new Nova character, I will say I’m less on the fence, and even though Richard Rider is still the better Nova in my opinion, I see the potential of Sam Alexander. I see that Marvel comics have a clean slate character that they can be able to introduce new fans to the Nova/Cosmic Universe. I like the series but I not as crazy about it as I was the last Nova series, and I felt the price point for a new title is ridiculous, yet because I see the potential, I would rate this serious a “Buy,” and hopefully this serious will be a good introduction to one of my newest favorite of the Marvel Universe, the Cosmic Universe.

My Take:

Buy

Here are the covers from Nova #1-5, if you think this is up your alley then be sure to pick up this series which should be in stores now, and like always Have Fun Reading! And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

 

Comic Book Review!: All New X-Men #5-14


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Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Stuart Immonen

Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger

Colorist: Marte Gracia

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $3.99

Hello there comic book fans, today’s review will be kinda of a big one encompassing All New X-Men #5-14 review, because I felt that instead of giving you a bunch of little reviews I might as well read a bit more and give more of a story arc review. So far we know that the present day Beast had gone be into time bringing the original X-Men team to the present with the hope that the past Cyclops would possibly wake up present day Cyclops to how he has been making a big mistake and that he is not promoting Professor Xavier’s dreams, instead he has become a mutant terrorist. After that disastrous encounter that does damage to the original X-Men team, we have the original X-Men, that consist of teen versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Beast, Angel, and Iceman, deciding to stay in the present to see if they can change things for the better and give some meaning to their life despite their roller coaster of a future that is ahead of them.

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I have been reading this series for a bit and I can say I got a deep understanding of the story and can see where Bendis is going with his series. And I gotta say I’m loving it, I haven’t been loving his stories in the Avengers’ universe for awhile, but his writing style is an amazing fit in this series. I have always felt Avengers were about were more about saving the world, being superheroes and the drama that goes with it, while the X-Men for me has been more in the realm of a soap, drama focus, personality and character driven with sprinkles of superhero actions. The X-Men has always been driven by emotion and drama, the battle between inner turmoil, the drama of persecution, with a good mix of superhero action. And Bendis has been nailing it down for me so far in All New X-Men series, great character interaction, good action scenes, and giving these characters great believable personalities that fits them.

I have said it before that I wasn’t sure about the premise of this series, where we get the original teenager X-Men traveled forward thru time into present day X-Men time. But surprisingly and thankfully Bendis convinced me that this was an ingenious idea, which this makes for some great story ideas. We get great drama, with the teenager X-Men feeling the effects of knowing their future and how it weighs on them and how it destroys their group dynamic. So far we get to see the effects on the team as a whole, and individually with Jean Grey and Scott Summers mainly. With the focus mainly on Jean, makes sense with how roller coaster like her life becomes, its amazingly believable and natural seeing how Jean’s life can actually affect her innocent teenager mind. For Scott, we get to see how the naive teenager Boy Scout that Cyclops was in his younger days reflect on the 360 version of himself of present day. We really see that these characters are really naïve teenagers in a world that they know nothing of, in a future that they a very disappointed in, Only criticism is so far, from , that we get little story time on characters like teenager Iceman, Beast, and Angel, no real page time for them to since. Which I think is a big shame, because even in present day stories, those character don’t get consistent page time, very little to nothing that makes them key characters to the X-Men universe besides them being founding members.

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As for art, Stuart Immonen continues to amaze me and completely satisfy my need for beautiful art, and complete the great writing with great art that all comics should have. I have always love Stuart’s art, always beautiful and very detailed, great looking character designs, amazing facial and body expression, gorgeous fight scenes and good looking backgrounds. Added to that are the colors by Marte Gracia and ink work by Wade Von Grawbadger, which just added to the beauty that we see on the page, giving strong lines and good shading, and nice color values and popping backgrounds. Quality of art is very consistent throughout the series so far, continuous high quality and detail pages with many favorite moments on the pages.

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All in all, I’m loving the All New X-Men series so far, I loving Bendis take on the X-Men characters, love his characterization of the characters especially the original X-Men team. I have been pleasantly surprised by this series, much like most of the other X-Men fans who were totally against the premise of this series, but hopefully like me, we are loving that he didn’t it. And it doesn’t hurt that this series has one of the top artist in the industry with Stuart Immonen, adding to the joy of this series. So far this series is a “Definite Buy” as a whole, a must read series for any X-Men fan let alone comic book fan.

 

My Take:

Definite Buy

Here are some more covers of the All New X-Men #5-14, if you think this is up your alley then be sure to pick up this series which should be in stores now, and like always Have Fun Reading! And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

 

 

Comic Book Review!: All New X-Men #4


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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


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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


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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


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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 ÂŁ170 its substantially cheaper than the ÂŁ350 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.

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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.

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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.

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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…