Review: Spider-Woman #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Writer- Dennis Hopeless
Pencils- Greg Land
Inks- Jay Leisten
Colors- Frank D’Armata

Reviewed by Shawn Warner

This was one of those books that I was really looking forward to; in spite of all the flack surrounding the ill-fated original cover by woman exploiter extraordinaire, Milo Manara there was some real excitement generated by the return of Jessica Drew to her own solo monthly series. Drew has been in and out of the Marvel Universe spotlight over the years, most recently taking center stage in the events of Secret Invasion. Her role was second only to Norman Osborne’s in its pivotal nature.After that she sort of faded back into the shadows taking her place in the supporting cast of the next few Marvel events. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Avengers & X-Men: AXIS’ #4

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Rick Remender
Pencils by Leinil Francis Yu
Inks by Gerry Alanguilan
Color Artwork by Edgar Delgado

Last issue saw the bad guys come to the rescue as Magneto rounded up some of the biggest baddies in the Marvel Universe and convinced them to trade their black hats for white ones, if only on a temporary basis. Rick Remender has made character development and interaction the cornerstone of this story. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Hawkeye vs. Deadpool’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Gerry Duggan
Artwork by Matteo Lolli
Color Artwork by Cris Peter

Gerry Duggan has been methodically carving out a section of the Marvel Universe where inventive storytelling, razor sharp dialog and engrossing plots are the order of the day, of course they are all served with a side of side-splitting humor just to make the whole thing all the more delicious. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Avengers and X-Men: AXIS’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Rick Remender
Artwork by Adam Kubert
Color Artwork by Laura Martin
Lettering by Chris Eliopoulos

Continuity geeks rejoice! We have finally been rewarded for all of our unyielding adherence to past events and the effects they have had collectively and individually on the Marvel Universe. Rick Remender’s big nine issue event spins directly out of the last issue of his Uncanny Avengers Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Guardians 3000’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Dan Abnett
Artwork by Gerardo Sandoval
Color Artwork by Edgar Delgado
Lettering by Clayton Clowes

There is no denying the impact that this summer’s blockbuster film Guardian of the Galaxy has had on the comic book medium that spawned these characters who now find themselves fixtures on the pop culture landscape. Starlord and Rocket Raccoon both Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Thor’ #1 (2014)

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Jason Aaron
Artwork by Russel Dauterman
Color Artwork by Matthew Wilson
Lettering by Joe Sabino

Marvel has some major changes in store for us as we approach the end of 2014; Sam Wilson taking over the mantle of Captain America from Steve Rogers, Tony Stark moving from the Invincible east coast to the Superior west coast in a bid to become the Steve Jobs of the 616, Wolverine’s death and the one that has the internet buzzing Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Inhuman’ #6

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Charles Soule
Artwork by Ryan Stegman
Color Artwork by Marte Gracia

This series was originally conceived as a Matt Fraction project, however when artistic differences reared their insidious head it fell to Charles Soule to save the day and the book, which he has done by slowly and methodically building a complex and Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Deadpool’ #35

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan
Pencils by Mike Hawthorne
Inks by Terry Pallot
Color Artwork by Jordie Bellaire

This series has been one of my favorites since the very first issue. As any long-time Deadpool fan can attest, our beloved Merc with the Mouth has certainly had more than his share of ups and downs, and boy were some of those downs bad. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Thor’ #25

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Jason Aaron
Artwork by Esad Ribic, R.M. Guera, Simon Bisley

Although technically the final issue of this glorious run, issue #25 is more of a bookend bridging one amazing chapter in the epic saga of Thor’s life to another intriguing and increasingly tantalizing chapter full of exciting potential. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘All-New Ghost Rider’ #5

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Felipe Smith
Artwork by Tradd Moore
Color Artwork by Val Staples
Lettering by Joe Caramagna

The latest issue of All New Ghost Rider not only brings an end to the Engines of Vengeance story arc but sadly it is also the final issue to be penciled by the dynamic and innovative, Tradd Moore. Moore is leaving to focus on his incredible (and incredibly violent) creator owned Luther Strode series with writer/ co-creator Justin Jordan. This is a crushing blow for Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Hawkeye’ #19

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Matt Fraction
Artwork by David Aja
Color Artwork by Matt Hollingsworth

The excessive wait between issues is finally over but can Matt Fraction and David Aja pull us back into their world of kitschy noir crime tropes and track-suited Mafiosi? Of course they can! The creative team that originally brought us this solo Avenger series like no other and who is just coming off winning an Eisner for the wildly inventive and imaginative Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Daredevil’ #6

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Mark Waid
Pencils/Color by Javier Rodriguez
Inks by Alvaro Lopez

Mark Waid’s run on Daredevil has reached near legendary proportions; it is mentioned along with such names as Miller, Bendis and Brubaker. He has redefined the character for a new generation of readers; in fact hordes of new comers to Daredevil have been introduced to the Man Without Fear through Waid’s dynamic writing Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Uncanny X-Men’ #23

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Artwork by Kris Anka
Lettering by VC’s Joe Caramagna

The events of Original Sin have brought the last will and testament of Charles Xavier to light and suffice to say the discovery was met with shock and awe. The task of gathering together the scattered squads of X-Men Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Original Sin’ #6

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Jason Aaron
Artwork by Mike Deodato
Color Artwork by Frank Martin, Jr.

Jason Aaron follows the Nick Fury-centric, flash-back filled hiatus of issue #5 with a return to the events of the present as well as seamlessly picking up the previous tempo and dropping us back into the action at a dead run. Last issue Aaron and Deodato turned their substantial Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Superior Foes of Spider-Man’ #13

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Nick Spencer
Artwork by Steve Lieber
Color Artwork by Rachelle Rosenberg
Lettering by Clayton Clowes

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber have taken a team of D-list characters, most of who were not even appearing as blips on the comic book radar and created one the most entertaining, irreverently humorous and downright addictive series being published by anyone today. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Spider-Man 2099’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Peter David
Artwork by Will Sliney
Color Artwork by Antonio Fabela

Peter David is without a doubt one of the most prolific and talented writers in comic books today. Certainly a fan favorite; his work in prose novels and comic books is equally revered among science fiction as well as super hero enthusiasts. One of David’s defining qualities is his Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Original Sin’ #5

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Jason Aaron
Artwork by Mike Deodato
Color Artwork by Frank Martin Jr.

Jason Aaron steps on the brakes slowing the brisk pace of his revelation filled narrative to just above a crawl in this current issue that trades dynamic character interaction and up-tempo timing for meticulously detailed exposition and historic flashbacks; all in the cause of more fully examining the character of Nicholas J. Fury. Continue reading