Welcome geeks and geek-ettes to another installation of your favourite comic blog on the interwebnet, the Comic Asylum. Hosted by your friendly neighbourhood @Seanfav1 and the billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist that is @Pete_the_Red. We here at the Asylum have been having some fun the last few weeks and have decided, just for kicks, to kill off the comic universe, Sean has picked 8 D.C characters and I have picked 8 of Marvels finest and it’s a battle to the death of your beloved Superheroes.
Dr. David Loren PHD, a former whiz-kid, has been working for the military for most of his life in a DARPA led think tank. However he’s no longer comfortable creating fantastic pieces of machinery that are stunningly efficient killing machines which has lead him to become rather lackadaisical towards his work.
Throughout the past few months, I have been picking up more comics than I ever did before. I used to only pick up a few books each month. I began to open my mind to publishers other than the big 2, and as we all know by now I’m all for the smaller comics companies putting out the best work, and then I discovered Dynamite Comics!
I got the honor of meeting Cesar Feliciano, artist of the Red 10 yesterday at a con and picked up both issues 1 and 2. The story starts off with the superhero Red being beaten to a pulp and then shot point blank. Now that’s how you catch a readers attention! The story goes on with a team of superheros attempting to find Red’s killer.
Let’s be clear about one thing. Batman #12 is a filler issue. Certainly not a bad filler, but one nonetheless. This is no bad thing as, after the previous year-long ‘Court of Owls’ storyline, there would be no real advantage in going straight into the upcoming Joker saga.
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to read about the early adventures of Marvel’s greatest heroes as they were published? Or have you ever read an old Marvel comic and found it a bit dated and hard to get in to? Or have you ever just thought about what it would actually be like to be an ordinary man in a world full of superheroes?
Juston, Sentinel and the entire Avengers Academy take on Emma Frost as she tries to destroy Juston’s Sentinel. This is the conclusion that was introduced in the previous issue as Emma made a visit to the academy to dismantle the Sentinel because of it’s mutant killing history.
Spider-Man looks pretty good for fifty years old! This is a special anniversary point issue (a stand alone story) that follows Peter Parker as he does a favor for an old friend that takes him back to the warehouse where the burglar hid after he killed Uncle Ben (spoiler)
Wow…just wow…the members of the X-Force are dropping like flies and now we are in the future with a new X-Force hunting members of our current X-Force! Uncanny X-Force is the only comic that I cannot break down into a good, bad and verdict type review. My verdict is to buy every single issue of the series so that we can all talk about how amazing it is and how mad we are about the characters that have died.
A Wolverine and the X-Men comic without Wolverine…that’s actually pretty good! This is a Kitty Pryde issue, which is great because it feel’s like it’s been ages since we last checked in on her and the school. The issue focuses on Kitty as she goes on a date with Phoenix Five’s Colossus.
With Revival, Image Comics have done their best to show there can be a fresh perspective on the zombie genre. Labelling it as a ‘rural noir’, the comic focuses on a small community in Wisconsin, USA, where a to-be-confirmed number of dead have risen back to life. Not overly original until the reader discovers these ‘Revivers’ are not the mindless, salivating zombies one might expect. Instead they return exactly as their previous selves.
This is it! We finally get a hard hitting issue in this long drawn out event…at the expense of Spider-Man. The series finally seems to grow at heart, maybe because Spider-Man is the one telling the story here. We see all the events through his bruised, bloody eyes as the Phoenix Five grows stronger and takes down more Avengers each passing day.
The artwork, writing and character interactions are what make the Amazing Spider-Man one of the best comics out today. We get an intense battle between Spider-Man and Morbius all the while Madame Web is trying to get Spider-Man to save others by leaving Morbius behind. This will probably play into the big reveal in the #700 issue, so make sure to read this one.
Hawkeye begins with a huge single page action shot of our hero, which is one of the first and only times we see Clint Barton as Hawkeye. This is a very good thing as it takes you through the story through the eyes of the alter ego of the avenger, showing the non-superhero side of Clint.
The mark of a good-storyteller is the ability to build a rich world seemingly with little effort. Whilst there have, so far, only been two issues of Planetoid, there is more than enough evidence to suggest this is a skill Ken Garing does not lack.