Written by Frank Miller, and with art by Jim Lee, All Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder (Volume 1) is an out of continuity re-imaging of The Dark Knight’s early career and first encounter with The Boy Wonder. Collecting issues 1-9 of the never finished series, Volume 1 was released in 2008, to mixed reviews. Despite some awful lines, All Star Batman & Robin makes for an interesting read, but be prepared for a different kind of Batman; one that you might not like.
The initial shock of the original X-Men as they see what Cyclops was is one of the great comic book moments. You could feel some of the innocence being lost as these characters get a glimpse of their future counterparts in action. So many new and interesting plot points have emerged with this issue and it’s guaranteeing some great stories in the future.
The theme of this series so far is expansion and the first issue hit the point home even further as the team was split in two. The team is growing in size, the question will be how can Hickman balance the team and its members and keep things moving along without biting off more than he can chew.
Collecting three chapters previously seen in Dark Horse Presents, Night Shift is the first time the heavily pulp influenced Black Beetle has had an issue all to himself. Although I’m familiar with creator Francesco Francavilla’s work, I confess that I missed those earlier issues so this was my first meeting with the Black Beetle.
The Phoenix Four (Cyclops, Magneto, Magik, Emma Frost) powers seem to be all over the scale and uncontrollable. Cyclops isn’t able to focus his optic blasts (shown in the art by its chaotic style) Magneto’s power to control metal seems to have diminished greatly, and Emma can’t read minds or so she says. The only one that doesn’t seem to have been affected is Magik, whose powers might have actually gotten stronger.
The other side of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers story featuring the Illuminati as the New Avengers. Hickman is telling such a big story with the Avengers that he had to split it up into two different books (much like Fantastic Four/ FF) and although the threats are different for each team, they are similar in size and scope.
Whilst the staple part of my comic diet consists of DC, Marvel, and Image titles, there is nothing better than coming across a gem of a title like this. Twisted Dark came my way after visiting MCM Expo at London in October last year where the writer, Neil Gibson, was signing all three volumes of the series. It is with much annoyance that it has taken me nearly three months to make a start due to a ridiculous backlog of titles. All my fault I suppose!
When we last left the Young X-Men, they were confronted by Beast (of our time), and brought to the future in order to maybe change recent events. The big questions are what will happen when the Young X-Men meet their future shelves, and what will Cyclops do when he sees Jean Grey.
With Brian Michael Bendis’ run on the Avengers, Marvel had to pick a worthy successor to take over one of its flagship franchises…and no one is more worthy than Jonathan Hickman. I for one have been on Avengers overload as of late, but still decided to take the plunge.
Were back for the New Year and we hope that everyone out there had a great holiday season. I would like to say that I’ve been busy over this festive period but the fact is, I just haven’t. Unless you count being busy getting fat on turkey sandwiches since Boxing Day and spending quite a few hours with my friend Jack Daniels (This isn’t a cry for help! Honest!). In the meantime, I’ve never stopped thinking about what my next addition to the Asylum might be, I toyed with the idea of doing a ‘who could play who’ in the JLA movie and a piece about Wolverine and whether a new film could erase the terribleness of the Origins story that we were subjected to (Will.i.am was in it FFS!) but I decided to add them to my list of films to preview instead.
Avengers Arena doesn’t shy away from the fact that it’s completely lifting its story from books and movies (Battle Royale, Hunger Games) but what sets it apart from those stories is that all the contestants are super powered (for the most part) as these super teens are taken to an island by the villain Arcade and told to fight to the death for 30 days or else everyone will die.
I was a bit worried about All New X-Men when I first heard about it, time traveling Mutants in an already crowded X-Universe didn’t sound like the best idea. However, Brain Michael Bendis is at the helm of this one and although things still aren’t quite clear, he looks to be having these X-Men going in the right direction.
One of the best experiences being a comic book reader is picking up something you know practically nothing about. If it’s good then you’ve just found a brand new series to follow and if it sucks then hey, at least you only spent a couple of pounds on it! Deathmatch is one of those books where I knew it was coming but I didn’t know what I was going to get. All I knew was the premise: a group of super heroes and villains fight it out to the death.
The concept of comic book crossovers quite often leaves people thinking “oh no, not another one” which more often than not is a very justified reaction. Dynamite comics recently decided to crossover all their main pulp heroes, which sounds like a lot when you consider the amount of properties they have, The Shadow, Green Hornet, The Spider, even Zorro just to name a few. Although if you have been following any of these stories recently, this really has the potential to be something amazing.
The answer to this question is, of course, an unequivocal no. However the women in his life do cause him a lot of stress, but lets face facts; his partners suffer significantly more. He is one of the few characters that I can think of that has had a succession of women in his life, and they do play an important part in his development. This leads onto the commonly held aphorism, women in refrigerators, which essentially means that female characters are only used to progress the plot and character of the male protagonist.