After uncovering a brand new hive of scum and villainy last month, Domino and her tentative partner, Daredevil, trace the contraband weaponry back to its source in X-Men #39. It’s a fun, interesting, and surprisingly emotional trip that closes this two-parter in style.… Read the rest
Now that the Star Wars Expanded Universe has begun to recover from its Rebellion Era refractory period (this is my term to describe the aversion to post-Episode III events after decades of overuse), we’re seeing some solid titles slotting themselves in and around the original trilogy’s place in continuity.… Read the rest
I can respect the effort to make a fresh start after the heavy events of the Breaking Points arc, and Peter David accomplished that with last month’s issue. This week, he may have pushed too hard, with the continued silliness pushing the arc further from what he does best: tight drama and witty dialog.… Read the rest
We’re coming down to the end of Minutemen, and that means that the Golden Age optimism of the early issues is no almost totally quashed by that trademark Watchmen doom and gloom. As with all the Before Watchmen books, the central criticism is that we all know where this story is going to wind up.… Read the rest
So far, every Valiant book is worth your time and money. Their relaunch has been a a huge success quality-wise, and a lot of that has to do with how diverse their lineup is. Shadowman is dark, bloody, and graphic. It feels more like a finely tuned horror story than superhero comic.… Read the rest
Spoilers for issue #698 and beyond within.
Since we were on holiday when The Amazing Spider-Man #698 hit the shelf, I’ll just say that I totally dug the twist. Pulling a Freaky Friday on Peter and Doc Ock is an old school, fun idea that only superhero comics can do and still be taken seriously.… Read the rest
Blackacre’s biggest problem is the way it starts, or rather, the way it doesn’t start. The first six pages of this book are heavy exposition. It’s sluggish, boring, and feels forced on the reader. We don’t get to learn about the world in a natural way, such as through the characters.… Read the rest
December 6, 2012
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Supernatural wrapped up the first half of Season 8 with “Citizen Fang,” an episode that found Sam and Dean at odds after a body showed up in Dean’s vampire friend Benny’s town.… Read the rest
December 6, 2012
Warning: full episode spoilers follow.
Arrow wrapped up a two-part story arc this week as Oliver Queen and Helena Bertinelli became first partners in the war on crime and then enemies when their goals clashed. Before the end, the two managed to spark a war between the Triads and the Bertinelli crime family and cause some friction in the developing romance between Tommy and Laurel.… Read the rest
I Love Trouble #1 is a conflicted first issue. It’s not awful, but it’s so scatterbrained and confused about what it wants to be that you’ll have a hard time latching on to it. It requires a second or third read and not because the story is intricate or dense.… Read the rest