REVIEW: Guardians Team-Up #1

(Marvel Comics, 2015)

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Arthur Adams
Colors by Paul Mounts

Not only does this title team up two of Marvel’s most popular properties, The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers, but it also boasts one of the greatest creative team ups in recent memory, that being the pairing of prolific scribe Brian Michael Bendis (aka BMB, aaka The BoMB) with the quasi-reclusive artistic genius, Arthur Adams.

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REVIEW: The Black Vortex Alpha

(Marvel Comics, 2015)

Written by Sam Humphries
Pencils by Ed McGuiness and Kris Anka
Inks by Kris Anka, Mark Farmer, Jay Leisten, and Mark Morales
Colors by Marte Garcia and Marcelo Malolo
Letters by Travis Lanham

Last year’s “The Trial of Jean Grey” marked the first time these two teams were paired up for a major crossover. In the time since that first event The Guardians of the Galaxy have become a bona fide part of the pop culture landscape, thanks mainly due to a huge blockbuster film that proved just how exciting and fun this group of cosmic misfits could be. Continue reading

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1

(Marvel Comics, 2015)

Writer – Brian Michael Mendis
Artist – Frank Cho
Colors – Jason Keith

Let me begin this review with an apology; I am sorry if I offend, annoy or otherwise displease anyone with my gushing admiration of this book and its stellar creative team. With that out of the way, let the love fest begin, this issue has it all, huge action, intelligent humor, razor sharp wit and some of the most eye popping pages ever created by artiste extraordinaire, Frank Cho. I know this is the pinnacle of fanboyism but, hey this is why I love comic books so much. Bendis and Cho really knock this one out of the park; they take all the elements that made this summer’s GotG movie so much fun with the addition of setting the story firmly in current continuity.

The issue opens with a clever page composition featuring Star Lord bursting with kinetic energy as he quite literally leaps across the page where the rest of his teammates are depicted rather dramatically in a column of equally sized panels; Gamora gazes icily into the distance, Drax peers stoically from the page, Captain Marvel appears poised, ready for anything, Venom hangs inverted his head enters from the top of the panel and finally Groot and Rocket share a panel playing up their vastly differing statures. The page acts as an introduction, though none is needed, and sets a break-neck pace that never slows until the final panel of the issue. Continue reading

Review: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Writers- Kieron Gillen & Marguerite Bennett
Artists- Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans, Tom Palmer & Romulo Fajardo

Angela made her Marvel debut back in issue 10 of the Age of Ultron event series, appearing more like a last minute addendum or ill-conceived afterthought than a heralded addition to one of the most celebrated cast of characters in modern history. Met with disdain by some fans and just plain disinterest by others, Marvel has done little to change many minds about this celestial wayfarer from the days of chromium covers and print runs more in line with creators’ egos than actual sales. The result of brilliant writer Neil Gaiman and upstart artist Todd McFarlane, Angela was originally part of the Spawn mythology first appearing in issue 9 of the original series then in her own three issue mini-series also written by Gaiman but, this time drawn by the vastly superior artist Greg Capullo. Continue reading

Review: Attack on Avengers – Attack on Titan/Avengers Crossover One-Shot

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Hajime Isayama

Scenario/Breakdown: Hajime Isayama/C.B. Cebulski
Line Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
Color Artist: Dono Sanchez Almara
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos

Summary: One day in New York there comes a sudden attack from mysterious creatures known as Titans. It seems the only ones who can save the innocent public from being eaten by these ferocious beasts are Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the… Guardians of the Galaxy?! Let the ultimate battle for humanity begin!

Review: Well hey, it was a fun thought wasn’t it? Pitting the destructive Titans from the dominating series Attack on Titan against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes from Marvel comics (but mostly their Marvel Cinematic Universe movie heroes + Spider-Man). To be fair, I really shouldn’t have expected much from the story with it only being 8-pages long and Isayama having to put in as many of these characters as possible.
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Bag & Bored Interview Exclusives

This past month, the Bag & Bored staff had the wonderful opportunity at the Wizard World Comic-Con in Richmond to chat with a couple of premiere individuals in the world of comics and entertainment. The beauty of the press is the chance to by-pass the lines of people to get up close and personal with these great individuals. We had the chance to speak with Neal Adams, Ming Chen and Mike Zapcic from AMC’s The Comic Book Men, and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead). Check out these exclusive interviews below! 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: ‘Inhuman’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Charles Soule
Artwork by Joe Madureira
Color Artwork by Marte Gracia
Lettering by Clayton Clowes

No other book in recent memory has been more mired by misfortune and hindered by complications than Marvel’s Inhuman. This book has been delayed by creator changes over story concepts and scheduling delays of every kind. In fact, when Matt Fraction left the book it seemed, for a moment, like all was lost. Enter the writing machine known as Charles Soule Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘New Warriors’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Christopher Yost
Artwork by Marcus To
Color Artwork by David Curiel
Lettering by Joe Caramagna

I have been waiting for this first issue ever since the groundwork for a New Warriors reunion of sorts was put down in Nova. I was around for the first series and always felt that the book deserved a bigger audience. Now I know this is not exactly a reunion, this team is a bit more diverse and dynamic with a roster Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘All New Invaders’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by James Robinson
Artwork by Steve Pugh
Color Artwork by GURU-eFX
Lettering by Cory Petit

When James Robinson left Earth 2 and effectively severed ties with DC, at least for the foreseeable future, I feared there would be an extended period of time without an on-going title being written by the outspoken and innovative Robinson. So when it was announced that the prolific writer was coming to Marvel I was ecstatic Continue reading

REVIEW: “Infinity” #6

(Marvel Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Pencils by Jim Cheung w/ Dustin Weaver
Inking by Mark Morales w/ Dustin Weaver, Guillermo Ortego,
Dave Meikis, Jim Cheung and John Livesay
Color Artwork by Justin Ponsor w/ Ive Svorcina

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REVIEW: “Guardians of the Galaxy” #1

(Marvel Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRITER:  Brian Michael Bendis
PENCILS:  Steve McNiven
INKS:  John Dell
COLORS:  Justin Ponsor

Peter Jason Quill aka Star-Lord is Han Solo channeling James T. Kirk in the guise of a young Brad Pitt. His smouldering blue eyes gaze out from beneath a mop of disheveled blonde hair but under his boyish good looks and devil-may-care demeanor beats the heart of a true hero. He is both larger than life and down to Earth. Men want to be him and women (of all species) want to be with him. Guardians of the Galaxy #1 wastes no time in establishing Peter Jason Quill as an interstellar ladies man. Continue reading

NEWS AND MORE! December 20th, 2012

Bag-and-Bored-Wordbal2-1Not much news going around the comics world the past couple of days, but here’s some stuff we here at the B&B Crew found interesting, news or not! :)

– Mark Millar & Frank Quitely’s “Jupiter’s Legacy” is coming this April!  –> http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=71578

– Complex’s 10 Best Comic Books of 2012  –> http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/12/the-10-best-comic-books-of-2012/

– Vote for your favorites on Comic Monster’s “Horror Comics Awards”!  –> http://www.comicmonsters.com/horror-comic-awards.html

– Samuel L. Jackson won’t be in the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, but wants in on Star Wars!  –> http://comicbook.com/blog/2012/12/20/samuel-l-jackson-will-sit-out-guardians-of-the-galaxy-wants-star-wars/

– Kickstarter for Matt Miner & Joel Gomez’s “Liberator” only has 40+ days left to reach their goal of $18,000!  Help this really interesting premise (4-issue series about heroes ‘risking it all’ to protect animals) get published!  I think it’ll be awesome.  –> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mattminer/liberator-4-issue-comic-series-by-matt-miner-and-j

– Happy 200th Anniversary of the first printing of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”!  Not comics, but awesome all the same, and it’s influence can be felt all over Pop Culture – including comics!  Check it out:  –> http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/19/grimm-brothers-anniversary-german-culture

– IGN released their “Best Comics of 2012” awards, with award categories from many areas of the comic book universe:  –> http://www.ign.com/wikis/best-of-2012/Comics

– IDW picks up the rights to ‘T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents’ and a few others!  –> http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/12/20/idw-acquires-thunder-agents/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

– Graphic Novel Reporter’s “Best Graphic Novels of 2012” list!  –> http://graphicnovelreporter.com/content/best-graphic-novels-2012-feature-stories

 

AND AS USUAL, SOME AWESOME ART TO GO WITH YOUR NEWS!

Skeletor – drawn by the awesome Skottie Young!

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