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Review: Venom: Space Knight #1

Venom_Space_Knight_1_CoverFlash Thompson is a lot of things. Soldier. Veteran. Double amputee. Host to a powerful alien symbiote. Guardians of the galaxy. Spider-Man’s biggest fan. But now, apart from his fellow guardians, he’s going solo for a brand new ongoing series in Venom: Space Knight #1!

Writer Robbie Thompson and artist Ariel Olivetti bring us a first issue full of action in a comic that’s sci-fi spy action. A little bit Bond, a little bit Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a little bit Grayson, Venom: Space Knight is a fun first issue that throws us right into the middle of things as Thompson goes on a mysterious mission suggested by a mysterious voice.

Thomspon is now an Agent of the Cosmos. We don’t really know what that is, and don’t worry neither does he, and that’s part of the charm of the first issue. It feels familiar, yet sets us up with a nice mystery that’ll be answered down the road.

The first issue is all about the action and it’s visually impressive from the art of Olivetti who has an almost painted style. I’m not quite sure how to describe it. I’ve always been impressed by Olivetti’s work which is very unique and a signature style.

The comic reminds me a bit of other swashbuckling space adventures like Flash Gordon, and it’s fun in many ways (I’ll overlook how one maneuvers so easily in space). The comic has a bit of that pulp sensibility about it, but is presented more  like a modern action film. There’s potential in this series, and for those who are looking for an a spy-like action series in space, check this one out.

Story: Robbie Thompson Art: Ariel Olivetti
Story: 7.2 Art: 8 Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

About Thor’s arm (also Dr. Jane Foster)

thor armIt was Thor’s mighty arm that made me buy this comic. I had been planning to drop the series. Thors, the spoof of the police procedural Jason Aaron wrote as part of Secret Wars, was a fun idea but as soon as Aaron fridged Jane Foster in that miniseries I was out of there. I had found his recent issues of Thor itself to be good but not great.

So I almost didn’t pick up The Mighty Thor #1. But then I saw Thor’s arm. Probably the mightiest arm I’ve seen on a leading lady in a mainstream comic. It is mighty and meaningful and I needed to buy this comic. We live in a culture in which most comics artists and comics movies care more about crafting a female body to serve their notion of the conventional male gaze then they do about crafting female heroes who can believably catch a falling space station with their bare hands.

I regularly see She-Hulks with smaller arms than any woman at my gym. I’ve seen She-Hulks with waists that would not accommodate a gastro-intestinal system. And yes, I’ve seen Marvel artists draw She-Hulk and female Thor with the same exact body they give every other woman, maybe a few inches taller but just as willowy.

So seeing this Thor, this woman who is not designed to look like what publishers assume men want to wank-off to, is hugely gratifying. Artist Russell Dauterman‘s Thor is beautiful and strong and so she’s certainly the female physical ideal of a lot of people or– at least one physical ideal out of many. But she’s not built solely for that purpose. She’s built to catch a space station with one hand. She’s a female power fantasy and she turns down Tony Stark’s romantic advances (a good call).

Dauterman’s art on Thor has always been good and he’s always drawn her looking physically strong but the sheer size of her arms on this cover is unprecedented even from him.

And then I look at how he draws the body of Doctor Jane Foster— Thor’s all too mortal alter ego currently undergoing chemo to treat her cancer. Dauterman does an uncanny job drawing her bones and veins and pain. She is so sensitively drawn it hurts to look at her. Not because she’s thin or has lost her hair, but because of the delicacy with which she is drawn.


But Jane’s emotional and physical strength are both showcased in her cancer treatment scenes and in all of her interactions. It’s a worthy portrayal. If her Thor body is a female power-fantasy her mortal Jane Foster form is a visceral connection to physical pain experienced by our friends and loved ones and sometimes ourselves. Her relationship to her illness is hard for me to write about but I’m sure it will continue to be a central theme.

Jane is heroic, standing up to make her case to her fellow Senators in the Congress of Worlds — a governing body of the 10 Realms. She is physically tiny in the face of the mythic beings made of fire or whatever green stuff Light Elves are made of. But she presents her case to them and while she doesn’t win, she also doesn’t flinch. And she doesn’t let anything stop her— not as Doctor Jane Foster and not as Thor.

FullSizeRender(1)The colors from Matt Wilson are rightly radiant on Asgurad. He’s a great fit for this comic. Dauterman’s gatefold cover is wonderfully colorful and fun. I usually don’t care one way or the other about gatefold covers but this one packs in all the characters of a classic George Perez special with sensitive fine lined swirling art that’s all his own.

The current story arc in Thor is full of intrigue. Different realms and players are maneuvering against each other in twisty ways. There’s even Roxxon, the evil company most likely to show up in a Thor book these days, acting like an ungodly merger of Exxon Oil and Fox News. Roxanne is just so evil and entertaining and tremendously in character for Exxon and Fox News. I really love how Aaron is writing Roxxon. I’ve been disappointed with how several evil corporations have been written by the big two of late but this one looks very promising.

And Loki is back.

So between the political machinations, the portrayal of Jane Foster and her cancer and the excellent art– I’m highly endorsing this comic. But especially Thor’s arm.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Russell Dauterman
Art 9. Story 7.5. Overall 8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1

Moon_Girl_And_Devil_Dinosaur_1_CoverMeet Lunella Lafayette, pre-teen super genius who wants to change the world. But when she uncovers ancient Kree technology, things are about to get a whole lot stranger. Opening a doorway to the prehistoric past, her life is turned upside down when she comes face-to-face with the towering Jurassic giant known only as Devil Dinosaur! But he is not alone. Out of the portal an in to the Marvel Universe are transported the Killer-Folk, an ancient tribe of beings who will stop at nothing to acquire the Kree technology!

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 is the latest series to take a spin on the magical girl trope, but gives us so many things that are rarely experienced in comics. Written by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, the first issue is a bit mixed, but generally really fun and cute, giving us what might be the next comics break-out star, Lunella Lafayette aka Moon Girl! Smart, female, kid, African American, Lunella is something we don’t see enough in comics (Onome a member of the Future Foundation is one, and Princess Adrienne is Princeless is another). Lunella is too smart for her own good, correcting teachers and constantly building items, she’s that student who’s smarter than her teachers and has no problem correcting them or showing them so.

That teenage minority girl being the smartest one in the room is so nice to see, especially how Reeder and Montclare represent it all, with a tone and events we can all relate to. I know I dreaded dodgeball knowing I’d be a target, and it’s moments like that are cute and fun.

The comic isn’t perfect, but those imperfections don’t drag the overall comic down, and the issues I had should be gone by the second issue. The scenes in the past with Moon-Boy, and Lunella’s searching for Kree tech didn’t quite work for me, but those are just moments that set the stage for the series.

Reeder and Montclare are helped by Natacha Bustos who handles art duties and makes it all have a look that feels like it riffs a little from of Marvel’s recent cartoon series. That look works really well for the modern day part of the story and makes it all as cute as can be.

That look, along with some of the plot aspects, makes me think this is a comic geared towards the younger set (nothing wrong with that and much needed in the comic market), but I found myself intrigued as to where this was all going and really entertained. The first issue is fun, and I say it a lot, but some times that’s what you need. I’m looking forward to the second issue, especially to see what this team can do, but because this first issue shows a lot of promise.

Story: Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare Art: Natacha Bustos
Story: 7.9 Art: 7.9 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


TV Review: Gotham S2E10 The Son of Gotham

Gotham Season 2Gordon deals with a suspect linked to Galavan; and Bruce comes closer to indentifying who killed his parents.

Gotham‘s tenth episode bounces back in this episode I think to have Bruce finally stand up, lots of intrigue and the police doing what they do best, be cops.

The series to me is its best when it doesn’t focus on the quirky villains that are proto of what we know come about later on. Instead this episode focuses on the police, really Gordon tracking down the mysterious order who may be linked to Galavan, and to me that’s solid. I really enjoy Gordon when he’s in this mode. It’s a good balance of villain and cop.

More importantly the Selina/Bruce/Silver triangle comes ahead. Bruce’s being strung around by Silver at this point was so boring, so it’s nice to finally see him get a clue and stand up.

The episode is the best of the season so far, getting back to the police aspect I enjoy, and moving away from silly storylines like Nygma or freak of the week.

Overall Rating: 8.6

TV Review: Supergirl S1E5 How Does She Do It?

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara must protect National City from a series of bombings and babysit Cat’s son, while James is visited by Lucy Lane.

CBSSupergirl finally gets us to a bigger story, as it’s revealed there’s a big bad on the horizon, or at least in front of us. The episode has Kara balancing her life, and doing what she can to do her job too.

The episode is cute in many ways, revolving around Jimmy’s love life and the rather complicated matter than it is.

But, as usual, the episode really revolves around Kara/Supergirl and what she does and what she says. The episode portrays her in a relaistic way as a hero who can’t do it all, and does mess up, and have to make choices. It’s a solid episode in many ways because of that.

I’m not a fan of Kara and Jimmy getting together, which is teased as usual, but not gone through with. It’s cute, but Jimmy should be her mentor and friend.

There’s also some solid moments of a young boy looking up at Supergirl as his hero, a nice nod that her fans go across gender.

The episode isn’t deep at all, but a very cute and entertaining hour.

Overall rating: 7.9

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2


So here it is at last, a conclusion to the widely popular franchise depicting Katniss Everdeen’s epic and tragic journey. Just like other popular franchises based on books like Harry Potter, Twilight and the ongoing Divergent series, the final installment has been split into two parts to maximize profits at the box office. Part 2 continues where Part 1 left off so if you haven’t seen Part 1, it would be a sensible idea to see at least the last ten minutes otherwise you’ll be left in the dark during the initial stages of the final chapter. Finally picking up some pace after the tedious, sorely-stretched penultimate Mockingjay Part 1, the final chapter of this 2-billion dollar franchise spikes up with a promise of rip-roaring adrenaline that fits for a final onslaught—a promise it could barely fulfill with its drawn out and narratively flawed set up.

It sounds fitting to call the previous installment as a storm of fire still gathering blaze, or an engine still heating up, with Katniss’ being prepped up for a deadly rebellion as the fuel filling up the gas tank of interest for this last film. It is arguably a promise that has left a very comforting thought to dwell into, in spite of the fact that Part 1 isn’t as compelling as any of the last two films. This year Part 2 promises to unleashes a storm of fire which has been building up for three years. Honestly, I never appreciated this franchise much (frankly I still don’t) I rather pick its YA counter parts The Maze Runner series & Divergent series over this whole universe. But something about finales gets me hooked on as goodbyes are usually hard. We’re saying goodbye to this story and these characters in regards to our movie screens, and producers are saying goodbye to a film franchise that has become one of the top 20 in cinema history and whose films set box office records in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Within the action of this fourth film, the main characters have to say goodbye to others who survived the first three films, but don’t make it through this one, while in real life, Movie Fans are saying final goodbyes to the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman who died in early 2014 while filming this movie, making this his final film appearance. With so many real-life and character-related goodbyes involved with the ending of this series of movies, having a strong final film to enjoy would likely soften the blow. So, did we get it? The good news: the film is much better than what many people are giving it credit for.


But if you’re among those who didn’t much care for the last film and its politically charged human drama and grim tone, you might want to prepare yourself. While the gut-wrenching conclusion to the Hunger Games saga does bring the action back (although of a far grittier kind than what we saw in the first two films), its tone and themes are a perfect continuation of Mockingjay: Part 1. The bad news: Despite the action, the slow pacing in the first & final act along with the never ending run time of 137 minutes does play spoil sport. The story follows right from where Part 1 ended, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is recovering after nearly being strangled by her brainwashed boyfriend, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Katniss is anxious for an end to Panem’s civil war – and obsessed with getting her revenge on the man whom she blames for it all – President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland). As determined as she is to accomplish her goals, Katniss must contend with Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), the leader of the rebellion, who doesn’t always have Katniss’ best interests at heart. Gale (Liam Hemsworth) is there for her (as Peeta has gradual increasing moments of clarity), and so is her sister Prim (Willow Shields), whom Katniss has always protected – at great personal risk (and whom Katniss could blame for the mess that has become her life, if you really think about it). Hunger Games mentor, Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), friend and stylist, Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), fellow Hunger Games veterans, Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) and Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), Alma Coin’s assistant, Plutarch Havensby (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and tough military commander, Boggs (Mahershala Ali), all try to help Katniss, but there’s only so much that they can do. She has decided that she needs to kill President Snow – up close – regardless of whatever propaganda role she’s being given or what potentially deadly obstacles (as in, sadistic booby traps) stand in her way.

Ending the civil war is very personal to Katniss and she alone is uniquely able to do just that – if she can stay alive long enough. However, she soon finds out that war is rarely as black and white as her propaganda movies make it appear. This is not the good-against-evil story anymore: this is a really smart study on how propaganda works and how one fascist system is about to be replaced – albeit with the best intentions – by another. Where the first two movies show how apathy turns into peaceful protest and peaceful protest gives way to open rebellion, the last two films show how that rebellion becomes more and more radical until the lines start to blur. A very wise person once said: “War makes Fascists of us all” – I believe this film does an excellent job at getting that point across. Apart from the delightfully evil President Snow there are no mere black and white characters here; instead, we get a story that – for once – hasn’t been dumbed down and functions as a sincere and complex exploration of an escalating civil war that threatens to consume everyone. And unlike most YA adaptations, the film doesn’t shy away for a second from showing what that means: the audience is left in no doubt about the human toll this revolution will take in the end. Plus, I have to admit there are a few striking moments in here, and seeing the feline looking creature was shocking. This is one element which has always been a strong one in this series, and I think Hollywood should have been more aware of the work that goes into this type of production. There is also more drama when things really become personal, and it almost didn’t work as we see how ludicrous the last part of the plan is. It’s almost suicidal in its stupidity, considering how extra careful and Machiavellian Snow has been this far. The eventual turn is a surprise and it brings some needed energy to the movie, and the way Katniss decides the end of the empire is awesome, only to be sabotaged by the way the movie sinks again with the tortured ten minutes that lead to her “happiness”.


What hampers the film to an extent is its flaws. The film somehow doesn’t have the grand finale the franchise deserved. All the characters are back, but instead of focusing on their development and closure they just appear as some sort of cameos with nothing to do but the occasional word, battle plans, and the ones that do talk more, like Peeta and Gale are bound to speak about the same theme because the narrative doesn’t really lets them move on until the film is over. Many characters like Haymitch, Plutarch and Johanna that should be in the center of the narrative, are sidelined to the point of barely registering as cameos. Instead the focus is only on Katniss, and i could understand that, but there’s nothing really great that justifies that, and even when there is, it is addressed in such a simple way, that it barely registers. There’s tons of things happening around the districts, specialty in the capitol of course, and instead of actually show that, the battles, the tortures, the consequences of war, we only get to see Katniss underground sitting, talking, sitting, talking, resting, talking, thinking, talking, they speak on and on about the war plans but we don’t get to see nothing of that, and even when there’s an action scene here or there (there are like 3 in the entire film) the camera never gets away from Katniss’s face for us to see actually what is happening (I mean i get it, its Jennifer Lawrence, but for gods sake!).

Another issue I found was in how the movie had several deaths of main characters but doesn’t spend enough time to pay tribute to them, not as much as they did with Rue in the first film. We also never get to see Snows side, and instead of making an interesting analysis of the two sides, we get to see Snow for like 2 minutes and then they sort of make that analysis in the end but in a very sublime way, so overall we never get to see whats really so bad about Snows dictatorship aside from the obvious things that we assume and get to know in talks, but would it be so hard to actually show what the heck is happening!

The performances have always been decent in these films and everyone has definitely improved on their characters since the first movie. It’s interesting to see how these characters have grown throughout the series. Jennifer Lawrence returns as the brave and surprisingly good public speaker, Katniss Everdeen. What can I say? Lawrence is great and she does a fantastic job once again. Her character has come a long way but she’s still able to judge people pretty well and find the best course of action. Hutcherson‘s Peeta has changed a bit in this movie since he was brainwashed during the events of the last one. Hutcherson does a pretty good job showing us the much more damaged and self-loathing character that he’s become. Liam Hemsworth also returns as Katniss’s other love interest, Gale. Gale is still trying to do the right thing by Katniss and her family but he does seem a bit more bloodthirsty this time around. I guess having your friends die in a firestorm will do that to a guy. I would be remiss not to mention the talents of Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer and Donald Sutherland in this movie. Harrelson‘s Haymitch is still the voice of reason in many situations but we don’t really see his character a whole lot this time around. Moore‘s Alma Coin is fleshed out much more in this film, which was nice, but a little telegraphed also. I mean, who didn’t see that coming? Finally, Donald Sutherland as the ridiculously evil President Snow. This is one of those villains that I love to hate. Sutherland himself is grade A talent and he’s easily one of the best parts about the entire series and he certainly doesn’t disappoint this time around.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 provides a predominantly satisfying conclusion to a series that this viewer wasn’t totally enamored with. There is effective social commentary along with some finely acted dramatic scenes, interspersed with exciting action sequences, however the sum of all parts doesn’t result in a masterpiece, but more of a disposable piece of entertainment.

Overall Rating: 6.9

Director – Francis Lawrence
Starring – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 137 minutes

Review: X-O Manowar #42


As the Vine make a desperate, final stand against G.A.T.E. for a rightful home, only Aric of Dacia can bring peace. But X-O Manowar’s fed up with being manipulated… and makes a decision that will change Earth forever.

As the current four part arc, Exodus, reaches its  conclusion, Robert Venditti delivers an epic conclusion rife with tension.

Aric Of Dacia finds himself caught between the two sides of a rapidly escalating conflict, desperately trying to reach a truce between the Vine and G.A.T.E. as each side seeks to use the X-O Manowar armour to turn the tide of battle. What’s interesting here is that you can easily empathize with both sides Aric has to make a choice this issue, and that’s what the story arc has been building toward; do his loyalties lie with humanity, or with the vow he made to protect the Vine?

It’s an interesting position to put a character in, especially the time displaced Visigoth wearing the X-O Manowar armour, the choice that Aric is forced into making leads to some absolutely stunning comic book story telling and artwork.

With Exodus Robert Venditti brings this potential world ending conflict to a fantastic conclusion. The issue is a fast paced, emotionally tense confrontation that has in which Robert Venditti ihighlights just how reliant both G.A.T.E. and the Vine have become on the time  displaced Visigoth. Venditti is joined again this issue by artist Rafa Sandoval, who delivers some superb layouts and page construction here; his artwork is absolutely splendid, indeed I feel like I’m running out of superlatives when talking about his pencils. Complimenting Sandoval‘s pencils are inker Jordi Tarragona and colourist Ulises Arreola; both are on top form with this issue, and as a team the artists have delivered a comic book  that just stunning.

When it comes to a character as powerful as X-O Manowar the potential for him to be used as a game changing weapon every time a writer needs a deus ex machina moment for their story arc is always there, and sometimes it works so well. This story is a great example of the heroes within the Valiant universe expecting X-O Manowar to fulfill that role, but when both sides are waiting for his reinforcement? What choice does Aric Of Dacia make?

Confession time: a few months ago, I honestly felt that X-O Manowar was an idiotic concept, admittedly it was one that I really knew next to nothing about until I started reviewing Valiant‘s comics, but it never really resonated with me until I started reading Exodus.  I can now see just how wrong I was only six months ago by judging a character based on a preconceived notion because in the right hands, he’s a rich character that is rife with great story telling opportunities.

Robert Venditti is most definitely the right hands.

Writer: Robert Venditti Pencils: Rafa Sandoval
Inks: Jordi Tarragona Colours: Ulises Arreola
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation:  Buy

Valiant Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Review: Godzilla in Hell #5

GODZILLAHELL_05_coverASo here we are. My journey through Godzilla in Hell has been a long and weird one, with a lot of mixed emotions and reservations about the direction and tone of the story. Now it’s all finally coming to an end… let’s talk about how this weird experiment of a series played out.

The final issue has the same person pulling both art and writing duty: Dave Wachter, whose eye for expert composition and refined stylistic sensibilities are on display from page one, with a gorgeously eerie page of Godzilla trudging through a white expanse as snow begins to fall. The image of a single snowflake looping around one of Godzilla’s spines is a very pretty one, and the art maintains its moody but beautiful aesthetic all the way through. One of the best things about this series has been the different artists rendering Godzilla and his kaiju foes, and while Matt Frank’s iconic work on other Godzilla series is sadly absent on this one we have seen some other very talented people do great things with the King of the Monsters.

Dave Wachter‘s art direction lends Godzilla a weight and presence that makes him seem present in a way some artists can’t master: it’s hard to convey the sheer size of something like Godzilla without him seeming unrealistic or imaginary, the way some CGI creatures don’t appear to actually interact with their environment. But suddenly Godzilla is the most normal thing on the page, compared to the snow- and lava-flooded hellscapes he’s trudging through and the winged monsters he fights off in swarms. The art carries this issue – which is a good thing, because the writing is just as inconsistent as that of the preceding issues in this series.

I’m not going to spoil the ending. If you’ve been following this series all the way through every previous issue, you and I both know you’re going to buy this and read it to find out what happens to Godzilla. I’m used to weird endings – Twin Peaks has a pretty infamous one and I’m notorious among my circle of friends for being one of the few people in the world who liked and had no complains about the series finale of LOST – but there is always some kind of context, some kind of interpretation to be drawn that ties events together and lets the reader or viewer come up with some sort of explanation for what they’ve experienced. Godzilla in Hell ended the way it began: with little explanation and context. The art carries the series, and the plot remains disjointed and spotty all the way through. I think there’s some metaphorical meaning to be gained from the series and it was a fun experiment into a different kind of Godzilla story, but… well, I can’t help but feel unfulfilled. While it’s true that any Godzilla is good Godzilla, either I’m spoiled by the fact that the movies and previous comics have had more coherent plots or I just really was hoping for something this series never intended to offer in the first place. Godzilla in Hell has more in common with the strange and experimental story arcs comics used in the 70s and 80s and while it definitely deserves a place in Godzilla franchise canon for being such an odd and unique take on Godzilla, I don’t think I could honestly say it ranks among my favorite Godzilla projects. It’s short, strange, and leaves me hoping for a much stronger, less directionless comics outing for the King of the Monsters sometime very, very soon.

Story: Dave Wachter Art: Dave Wachter
Story: 4 Art : 9 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy… but watch some of the movies afterward

TV Review: The Walking Dead S6E7 Heads Up

walking-dead-5 photoAlexandria is finally able to begin pulling itself back together; peace is embraced between the two groups.

The Walking Dead answers a major question right away in tonight’s episode, what happened to Glenn? It should really be no surprise for folks following spoilers online, so I’ll outright say, he’s fine, and while how he does is a bit grumbling in the realism, it’s plausible. Even knowing Glenn would be sticking around, I have to say, I was still overwhelmingly happy to see him being ok. I think that says something as to the power of the show and how much we’ve come to love and connect with these characters.

The episode also moves along some other interesting plot points.

There’s Morgan letting folks live, and whether his philosophy is realistic in this new world. There’s the hoard of walkers at the walls, and there’s teaching folks to defend themselves which is just in time.

But, what I find really interesting about this episode is Rick’s actions toward Father Gabriel, and some symbolism at the end of the episode, almost as if saying religion is going to be everyone’s undoing. It’s interesting moments, and subtle and not so subtle, that can get folks debating for a while as to the significance.

There’s one episode left before the winter break, and the series is amping things up based on that final moments. While I’m bummed to see a break, I’m really amped to see what next week’s episode brings.

Overall rating: 8.4

Review: Heroes Vengeance #2

Heroes 2 A Cover_Rubine“Vengeance” Part Two It’s a day in the life of El Vengador, as he tries to balance his family life with his dealings with LA gangsters. But how will El Vengador cope when the stakes are raised and he is forced to fight a huge, fiery Evo? Plus: Discover El Vengador’s lair!

Heroes Vengeance #2 continues the story of the original El Vengador, and he came to fight the good fight against the gangsters of LA. While he pushes the good fight, as the vigilante hero going up against gangsters, EVOs, and his duty to protect his family. This book delves more into the characters childhood, and how it defined him. Defined how he became a hero and why he fights.

The contrast used in the first issue continues in this one as well with splendid results. Compared to the first issue this one isn’t as dark, or action packed as the first. The art combines with the story, as it trades back forth between the past, and the present. Contributing to the natural balance that seems to flow throughout the book.

Story: Seamus Kevin Fahey, Zach Craley Art: Rubine
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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