For those of you that don’t know the Essential series by Marvel is basically a collection of reprinted comics, they’re nice collections, decently priced but they’re in black and white. A lot of people scoff at the black and white prints, I don’t even like them for most things, but I’m into it for the horror comics, I think because it reminds me of watching the classic monster movies. The Werewolf By Night series was Marvel’s wolfman; these were written in the 70’s so they still actually have a lot of that old horror movie feel to them. Some of them are like something Hammer may have adapted. But these are still Marvel so from time to time you’ll see something like Hangman, Moon Knight, Morbius, Man-Thing, or Ghost Rider pop up. It doesn’t happen often but it does happen, luckily these are written well enough it doesn’t take you out of the story, most of the time it still works. Some of these stories features him in fights with the Frankenstein Monster, a mad scientist turned Jekyll & hyde-esq monster (which happens to be my favorite story) and fights with gypsies, wizards sorcerers and unspeakable monsters! As great as this collection is there are two stories I didn’t like, the first seemed a little out of nowhere and too sci-fi for me and the second is a pretty lame one involving Iron Man. In fact I blame Iron Man completely, but these are a very small part of this great collection. The team-up story was a little flat as well, but even that was still fun. As I said these are decently priced the cover price on this thing is seventeen bucks and considering that it includes Werewolf By Night issues 22-43, Giant-Size Werewolf issues 2-5, and Marvel Premiere issue 28, I’d consider twenty six comics for seventeen bucks a hell of a deal. Especially for this caliber of comic.
August 22, 2014
April 5, 2014
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Not being a Captain America fan I was pretty surprised when I enjoyed ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ so much. Up until this point it was my favorite Marvel movie, everything about it was pretty much perfect. Now a few years later we get the sequel, Captain America is still trying to get used to living in the future then this Winter Soldier starts attacking. Shit goes south for Captain pretty quickly and he’s a fugitive from SHIELD before he knows it. On top of that secrets about SHIELD are being discovered that makes it seem like this might not be the great organization that they all thought. It breaks down to a small group of SHIELD agents against the rest of the organization in a pretty big rumble. The movie is just fucking fantastic. This is now the best movie that Marvel has made. I cannot highly recommend this one enough. If you like comics, if you don’t, if you like Captain America, if you don’t, I think anyone can enjoy the hell out of this one.
February 3, 2014
Marvel once again takes something too far. They’ve had a recent run of ‘Kills’ series’ most recently with Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and Deadpool Killustrated. Both of which I enjoyed a lot. But as with Marvel Zombies and even Deadpool himself Marvel just doesn’t know when to quit. Deadpool Kills Deadpool is about a group of Deadpools from different universes trying to kill off all of the other Deadpools from various universes. Overall it’s drab, boring and dumb. There are some highlights of enjoyment but just not enough for me to call this good. It’s kind of like Deadpool before Brian Posehn started writing it. Unless you’re a super Deadpool superfan you’re most likely going to find this boring and stupid. I’d recommend just moving on past this one. Hopefully Marvel gets the hint and just stops.
December 27, 2013
So you remember when they gave Spider-Man a side kick for a few issues a little while back? Well it was so bad they decided to give him his own mini-series. The weird thing about it was its surprisingly good. They took and were able to make me like a character that I hated. And I mean this kid sucked. Dan Slott wrote this and he did a damn good job (mostly). They take Alpha (Andy Maguire) and give him some of his powers back, well actually Peter Parker (or Doc Ock) does. He starts to learn how to become an actual hero, but he’s seemingly got a short leash and a fraction of the powers that he had. In the course of this he meets a girl, and manages to create a monster. It’s a big series of ups and downs for Andy but he’s handling it like slightly less of a douche than he would have before. Reading this I began to think this could be a new addition to the Marvel universe that I could get behind…Until the last issue. The final issue of the mini-series just stunk. It sucked so bad it ruined everything that it had accomplished. I’m not sure what happened at the end but it seemed rushed and just….bad. I’m not sure if Dan ran out of steam or what but it threw me back into not giving a shit about Alpha. I guess I’d recommend reading the first four issues of this if you’re interested, but really don’t bother with the end.
December 21, 2013
A four part series from 2012 Space Punisher features our old friend Frank Castle in space. The book is pretty much exactly what it sounds like; it’s the Punisher….in space. A little shooting people in the face and a little sci-fi movie. Written by Frank Tieri and drawn by Mark Texeira this alternative universe telling of the Punisher has a lot of things we know and love but with a lot of weird differences. There features a lot of the marvel characters you already know but with some pretty cool sci-fi redesigns. This tale of the Punisher also has Frank with a robot sidekick that can do a good amount of destruction too. I’m pretty much going to stop here because to go into more detail would give away some cool stuff that you might not see coming but I’ll just say if you like the Punisher you’ll like this. And if you like the Punisher and Sci-fi movies, then you’ll love it.
December 17, 2013
Written by Brian Wood, art by Mark Brooks and Roland Boschi. This is a five part series where Quentin Quire (or Kid Omega) really crosses the line and displays a great extent of his powers. As you can guess from the title is takes place within the Wolverine and the X-Men series of comics so we’re at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning when Quentin decides he wants to flex his cognitive and telepathic muscles and play a little game. He constructs his own reality and throws Wolverine and Armor into it, ya know, just for fun. In this world they don’t know much about themselves and they’re on the run in kind of a post apocalyptic world. Meanwhile in the real world Armor is in a coma in her room and Wolverine is tied up in barbed wire in the shed. Wolverine eventually goes berserk and mindlessly rampages the school while the world Quentin Quire created goes beyond his control. I’m a big fan of the Wolverine and the X-Men title and I thought this was a great side story to that. I like Quentin and Armor is one of my favorites among the newer mutants so I was glad to see that both of them were big focuses in this book. If you like Wolverine and the X-Men you’ll dig this series a lot.
December 15, 2013
The 90’s are when the Punisher was at his best and War Zone is a perfect example of that. This is a collection of the first six issues of Punisher War Zone and it’s a great way to kick it off. In order to take down some pretty bad dudes the Punisher goes undercover in an organized crime family. He doesn’t make this easy on himself because he’s still the Punisher while he does this so one night he’s setting up some deal, the next he’s busting it up, then he’s got to avoid suspicion from the family. All in all it’s a pretty great Punisher story; it’s basically got everything you could want from the Punisher. Highly recommended for any Punisher fans and a great starting point if you’re not familiar with the Punisher too.