When it comes to Mark Millar, I am a man divided. I’ve read some of his work at DC and loved it (for example Superman: Red Son) and the same stands for the work I’ve read of his at Marvel (such as Wolverine: Enemy of the State). But, when it comes to his creator owned work, I’m not always as convinced. Millar’s creator-owned work is known for its over-the-top action, violence, seedy suggestions, and strong language.
The only reason I decided to pick up this book was because I’m a huge fan of Psylocke and was interested in seeing where Sam Humphries would take the character and the X-Force as a team. I respect that Humphries decided to take this story in a different direction than Remender did in his Uncanny X-Force though some similarities still remain.
In this issue of Superior Spider Man the relationship of Mary Jane Watson and Peter (Otto) Parker is in the spotlight as we see Otto try to weasel himself back into Mary Jane’s life. It isn’t that easy though as we see Mary Jane taking things very slowly and as if she is dating Peter for the first time (she is technically). I was a bit worried (and still am) about how Slott was going to handle this icky situation with Petey and MJ but Slott has handled this very delicately but I feel that MJ has taken a slight step back in terms of character growth.
The world of music and comics make regular collisions and sometimes with amazing results. It’s strange to think that even if you hate a persons music you can still enjoy their comics. For me this was “Umbrella Corporation”. Nothing against “My Chemical Romance” but they are not for me. But when “Umbrella Corporation” came out I was totally side-swept. Hopefully this one will fair as well as some of it’s predecessors. “Raised By Raptors” is a comic written by “Bring Me The Horizon” front man Olli Sykes and drawn by illustrator and graphic designer Ben Ashton-Bell.
Hello and welcome back to the Comic Asylum. You’re a lucky bunch of mother truckers this week as we have penned a double edition of our blog for you all to feast your lovely eyes upon. As you have already noticed this is the second part of our double bill as @Pete_the_Red wrote up a preview of Iron Man 3 in #012, if you haven’t had a look go check that out. So enough about Pete let’s get back to me (it’s all about me…) and what I have in store for you with #013. The title maybe a bit misleading today because this isn’t about Star Wars or galaxy’s far, far away. This is all about planet earth and a few species that occupy it called Fan Boys! (Cue the DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN)
This is how an origin story should be written! Nova is a character with a very rich history and I felt that Jeph Loeb really did a fantastic job of helping us to ease into getting to know this character. Sam Alexander is the new Nova, but this story is about him and his alcoholic father who was also a Nova Corps member. The story blends both his Dad’s final mission (?) as a Nova and gives us a great look at the character of Sam and his family. Sam is very similar to Hal Jordan in terms of how he acts, I’m not quite sure if that’s a complaint or insult.
Anyway, on to serious matters at hand (ha! Like I can be serious), this addition will focus on a film that is not so far away at all and a preview blog from myself was inevitable. This characters foundations lie in alcoholism, womanising and basically showing off but despite those ‘flaws’, he somehow manages to be one of the most loved and revered characters that have ever stepped off the page and has found a new home and a new audience on the big screen, he is…of course..Ol’ Tinhead…….Iron Man! (Cue the music)
When launched in March 2012, Saucer Country was plugged as a hybrid between The West Wing and The X-Files. Despite it being an odd tag-line for a comic, I decided to give it a go for its intriguing premise. Based around Governor Arcadia Alvarado of New Mexico, the comic tells the tale of her attempts to run for the presidency of the United States whilst hiding the fact she, along with her ex-husband Michael, is an alien abductee.
Last Thanksgiving, Marvel announced the first event of 2013 would be the Age of Ultron. Written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Bryan Hitch, Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco will help tell us the story of Ultron (an Android created by Hank Pym) taking over the world as what’s left of the world’s heroes tries to form a resistance to stop him.
Wednesday 23rd January 2013 was unofficially branded Green Lantern Day. Due to last minute changes in their publishing schedule DC Comics released Green Lantern #16, Green Lantern Corps #16 and Green Lantern: New Guardians #16 all on the same day. The excitement amongst Lantern fans was high and, given the recent disappointment of all three titles, I am pleased to report our excitement was suitably matched by great improvements in quality and storytelling.
Brief history of the Chamber itself. It wasn’t seen on a WWE screen until 2002 Survivor Series when then General Manager Eric Bischoff (who is credited with its invention) announced that the main event was an Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Rob Van Dam, Kane, Triple H, Chris Jericho, Booker T and Shawn Michaels. The premise is that 2 men start the match while the other four are in chambers or ‘pods’ at each corner of the enclosure and they enter randomly at 5 minute intervals. The structure itself is 16ft in height, 11m in diameter and weighs approx. 10 tons. Only a pinfall or submission will eliminate an opponent and this is done until one remains. Since its inception, there have been 15 Elimination Chamber matches and the record holder for number of entries is Chris Jericho with 7.
In 1999 wrestling was a different kettle of fish to what we are watching now. This is often the cause of many arguments between fans all over the globe. It may also be an argument that will never go away “Was wrestling better in the Attitude Era then it is now?”, in my opinion maybe it is because I’m a lot older now but I prefer the Modern Era now. Yes a lot can be changed and maybe mimicked from the Attitude Era but one thing I am glad that is gone away is the sheer brutality of what wrestling was in the years ’97 – ’01.
The Green Lantern world boggles my mind. It is just too big; there are too many heroes and too many species! Essentially the writers have infinite universes and species at their creative disposal, but they have shaken the Green Lantern world to the core, repeatedly, leaving it in a completely jumbled mess. They were part of the New 52 reshuffle, but did not follow suit, instead they landed a further two titles in the form of Red Lanterns and New Guardians. Many of the DC books returned to a simpler, less complex, restarted universe, meaning they could create simpler stories and focus on some core ideals.
The month of December was a big one for Peter Parker and Spider-Man, well for Spider-Man at least. If you haven’t heard yet…Peter Parker is dead (again?) and the new SUPERIOR Spider-Man is none other than Doctor Octopus! Allow me to explain and this has been in the work for about 100 issues (still working reading through them). Sometime during one of their encounters; Doctor Octopus implanted his memories into the body of Spider-Man/Peter Parker and vice versa.
Ok a wrestling post on a comic book website. You must think we have lost our minds. The world’s gone crazy, cats and dogs are in fact living together… Nope none of that has happened yet but this is all happening on, let’s say a trial basis for the time being and see where it goes. What I have found over the past year on my twitter feed is that the huge sports entertainment vehicle WWE and Comic Book fans seem to go hand in hand.