Review: The Dark Knight Returns TPB

(DC Comics and Warner Books 1986)

Story and Pencils by Frank Miller

Inks by Klaus Janson and Frank Miller

Colors and Visual Effects by Lynn Varley

Letters by John Constanza

There is no denying the effect that Frank Miller can and has had on the comic industry.  His take on Daredevil changed the way we saw the savior of Hell’s Kitchen, and in the same way he changed the way we see Batman still today. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Superman’ #34

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Geoff Johns
Pencils by John Romita, Jr.
Inks by Klaus Janson
Color Artwork by Laura Martin

Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr and Superman; three of my favorite names in comic books, but even I am amazed at just how darn good this run has been out of the gate. From the very first issue of this comic book dream team the quality of storytelling has been unsurpassed Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Daredevil’ #36

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Mark Waid
Artwork by Chris Samnee
Color Artwork by Javier Rodriguez
Lettering by Joe Caramagna

With one flawless issue Mark Waid has written both a perfect, poignant ending and perfect, promising beginning in the on-going Daredevil story. This issue represents closure in many areas of Matt Murdock’s life while equally illustrating the boundless potential and limitless opportunities that await Continue reading

REVIEW: “Amazing Spider-Man” #700.1

(Marvel Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

Written by David Morrell
Artwork by Klaus Janson
Color Artwork by Steve Buccellato

Peter Parker has returned! Well, sort of anyway.  It’s not a full-fledged re-establishment of Amazing Spider-Man but it is a five issue mini-series set in the time before Spider-Man became superior, back when he was just amazing and Peter was in the suit as well as the body Continue reading

REVIEW: “Captain America” #9

(Marvel Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRITTEN BY:  Rick Remender
BREAKDOWNS BY:  John Romita Jr.
FINISHES BY:  Klaus Janson with Scott Hanna & Tom Palmer
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Dean White

We are breathlessly approaching the conclusion of Rick Remender and John Romita Jr’s epic opening story arc, with one issue remaining the complex multi-layered plot shows no signs of slowing. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Captain America” #7

(Marvel Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRITTEN BY:  Rick Remender
PENCILS BY:  John Romita Jr.
INKS BY:  Scott Hanna & Klaus Janson
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Dean White

There is light at the end of the tunnel but will Cap survive to reach it and if he does will he be in one piece, recent events in Zolandia would make this a tough call. Issue number seven begins with a flashback two years prior to the events currently taking place. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Captain America” #2 (Marvel NOW!)

(MARVEL NOW!, 2013)   –   Reviewed by Feral Fang

Captain-America-Marvel-NOW-2-cover-665x1024The Marvel Now! ‘Captain America’ title keeps getting better and better, and I was already excited after the first issue, so this makes me happy.  Opening up one year after the end of issue #1, we find Cap and his new side-kick roughing it – no shelter, hardly any food, dangers around every corner.  Steve Rogers has grown long hair and a beard, and the boy he is protecting (Ian) also sports a more aged look, even with it only being a year that has passed.  This shows you how much the two have gone through in the past 12 months – the battles and the hunger has nearly broken them, causing Cap to momentarily consider ending their lives.  He only toys with the idea for a split second before regaining his composure, but it was an option for a second, that’s how bad things have gotten for them.  Still trapped in Dimension Z, they deal with dangerous sand storms, a hostile environment on all fronts, and an attack by ‘the Mutates’, creatures that resemble how it might look if you mixed the Brood with Venom.  Genetically engineered ‘evil’, these creatures have varied powers and vehicles with which to attack.  This fight leads into an awesome creature reveal, which then leads us to the end of the issue, with both Cap and Ian in a very deadly situation.  The writing by Rick Remender and John Romita Jr.’s artwork are still perfectly executed, and I was excited to see more flashbacks to the younger Steve Rogers, the vulnerable and powerless kid with the world crashing around him.  The character study underlining the main storyline is great and flows perfectly from scene-to-scene.  This is still my favorite Marvel Now! title so far, and once again the team behind this book have created something really special.

— 5 out of 5 Murder-Slices

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REVIEW: “Captain America” #1 (Marvel NOW!)

(MARVEL COMICS, 2012)   –   Reviewed by Feral Fang

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I have never been much of a Captain America fan.  I guess I just always found him to be cheesy, either in character or his costume, or even a mix of both.  I used to regard Superman in the same way, but that changed over time to a full-on love, and the same thing is happening for me with Captain America.  Mostly based on his steadfast ‘voice of reason and safety’ position during the whole “Avengers Vs. X-Men” and it’s lead up story lines, since I’m not exactly all that well versed on his comic adventures.  The film “Avengers” made up for the somewhat crappy earlier Cap film, so I’m sure that helped, as well.  Either way you look at it, Marvel NOW! has launched with Captain America #1 being one of the main titles, and this is a book of high quality.  The pulp-y feel of this title (heightened by the first ‘present day’ scene of Cap fighting in a WWII era bomber) brings a timelessness to Cap, making it seem all at once his past and our present.  A large part of this perfectly crafted first issue is the always awesome John Romita Jr., who seems able to capture any setting or character without it looking awkward or out of his artistic range.  He’s been quite the fun artist to watch – from the old flat noses he used to have on just about every character’s face, to the damn beautiful work he’s done in Amazing Spider-Man.  I’ve enjoyed his work throughout, and this was no exception.  With the amazing Klaus Janson on inks, the images jump off the page, powered by the perfectly rendered artwork.  I was surprised to see the book open on a flashback scene to the 1920’s, with Steve Rogers/Captain-to-be as a child.  His father is in the middle of abusing Steve’s mother as he hides under the kitchen table.  What struck me the most was the Father’s mention of ‘ever since we moved to this country’, and how they were Irish immigrants.  I had never seen this portrayed in such a way before, and it struck me – Captain America, the old-time, classic American figure, was probably the first of the family to be born in the United States (he’s rather young in the flash back), but it’s that idealistic dream of this country, the one never realized, where every nationality, race, etc. meant nothing as far as status or worth. America was you and them, all of us as one solidified country.  It was a nice idea, and by now mostly nostalgic in its truth, but that was the dream.  Having Steve Rogers as a part of one of our country’s experiments with mass-immigration, that wonderful dream of a ‘melting pot’, makes him all the more American, in my eyes.  Rick Remender’s script is tightly woven, and a damn good story, if a bit quick to get to some scenes.  If you’ve seen any of the advertising for this book (and there was quite a lot), you know that this first adventure has Cap traveling (not by choice) to a place known as ‘Dimension Z’, an unearthly ‘Dimension’ where he will have to fight to survive.  This is actually one of the things that made me so excited to get my hands on this – I had wondered how they would treat the new title, and this premise is both unique and creative in many ways.  Take Cap out of his element.  Awesome.  I recommend a lot of books on here, but if you are even remotely interested, I’d say go for it – jump in the ride and see where it takes you. You might be very happy you did.

— 5 out of 5 Misplaced Superheroes

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