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Review: Old Man Logan #4

oml4The original Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven remains one of the best Wolverine stories that have been written in the last decade, and with Marvel revisiting old stories from their past with Secret Wars (with mixed results), it was somewhat inevitable that we would return to visit the world of Old Man Logan.

Whether fairly or not, this series will invite comparison to the original, and as such it has some pretty large shoes to fill.  Although this volume of Old Man Logan has, on the whole, done a decent job of filling those shoes, up until I read this issue I felt that this volume had been gradually falling a little short of the original story.

With Old Man Logan #4, the penny finally dropped for me. The comparatively weak third issue has given way to arguably one of the best comics featuring Wolverine I’ve read in a long, long time, and in doing so it’s shone a new light on where Brian Micheal Bendis is going with this tale; giving me a new appreciation for the third issue in the process. What I’ve come to realize about Old Man Logan Vol. 2 is that much like the original was a story about Logan more than Wolverine, the sequel is about more than a man finding his place in a broken world. In many ways this is a story about hope in the worst of times.

We’ve seen some very inventive page layouts from Andrea Sorrentino during this series, and Old Man Logan #4 is no exception. The layouts in this page showcase the stunning artwork to great effect; the way in which the harshness of the art style itself reflects Old Man Logan‘s surroundings, and what he’s going through in this issue is fantastic and perfectly lends itself to the more horror themed elements of this issue. While there may have been some concerns (now alleviated) from me regarding the quality of the story, what I’ve never questioned is the consistency of the artwork, and with Old Man Logan #4 artist Andrea Sorrentino, with Marcelo Maiolo returning to provide the colours, gives us something truly special.

To say the second volume of Old Man Logan doesn’t hold up to the first volume of Old Man Logan, isn’t entirely fair; the first volume was an outstanding series that evoked the feel of the Spaghetti Westerns as it told one of the best stories about the Canadian mutant in the last ten years. The second volume, while it didn’t impress me as much during the first three issues, is a sequel that is beginning to shine in it’s own right. Yes, as a tie-in title by it’s very nature it will be bound to Secret Wars in some form that may require an ounce of understanding of the larger arc from readers eventually. That being said, this is a story focusing on Old Man Logan‘s perspective, and since he’s trying to find out just what on earth is going on in the rest of Battleworld, as a reader who is in pretty much the same situation, it’s been enjoyable to follow along with Old Man Logan‘s sense of discovery.

As it stand thus far, you can read Old Man Logan independently of Secret Wars, but whether that will change or not is still up in the air. What this issue had done, for me, however is reinvigorate my interest in the story being told; I went from being largely indifferent about the last issue to devouring every page of this comic. Twice.

Which brings us to our conclusion.

This is a fantastic horror tinged issue featuring everybody’s favourite zombified Marvel characters, and regardless of whether you’re reading Secret Wars or not, Old Man Logan #4 is an absolute blast to read, which is more than I said for the prior issue. Should you read that before picking this one up?  Maybe. Maybe not. If you’re a fan of Wolverine, then this issue is worth a read regardless of whether you’ve been following the series it has spun out of, or even this miniseries. Contrary to what I said about the previous issue, the second volume of Old Man Logan has become one of the highlights of the summer for me, and I can’t wait to see where the old man ends up next.

Story: Brian Micheal Bendis Art: Andrea Sorrentino Colours: Marcelo Maiolo
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Suit Up With Your New Look at Invincible Iron Man #1!

This Fall, the Marvel Universe is reforged and recharged as All-New, All-Different Marvel kicks off in full force! New titles, new characters, and new creators explode on to the scene as only Marvel could bring you. Leading the charge for this movement is the blockbuster new title Invincible Iron Man #1 – from the explosive creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at the highly anticipated first issue coming to comic shops on October 7th!

Exploding out of the pages of Secret Wars comes a fresh new take on the Armored Avenger in a gigantic new series! New armor, new villains, a new supporting cast and a new purpose as Tony Stark bursts across the landscape of the Marvel Universe. And a shocker of a last page that will have the entire comic industry talking! Plus, questions will be answered – what really happened at the end of Secret Wars #8? Who are Tony Stark’s biological parents? The quest begins here!

Strap in and suit up, True Believer. The marquee comic launch of the fall is coming as Bendis and Marquez armor up to bring you a new Iron Man for a new Marvel Universe.

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 (JUL150696)
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (JUL150706)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
Deadpool Party Variant by YASMINE PUTRI (JUL150710)
Variant Covers by BRUCE TIMM (JUL150700), ADI GRANOV (JUL150702), SKOTTIE YOUNG (JUL150703)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JUL150704)
Hip Hop Variant by BRIAN STELFREEZE (JUL150699)
Design Variant by DAVID MARQUEZ (JUL150701)
Young Guns Variant Set by DAVID MARQUEZ, SARA PICHELLI, MAHMUD ASRAR, NICK BRADSHAW, VALERIO SCHITI and RYAN STEGMAN (JUL150705)
Cosplay Variant by DALE OLIVER (JUL150698)

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Invincible Iron Man #1 Comes To Comic Shops For an Epic Launch Party!

All-New, All-Different Marvel kicks off in full force this fall, and Marvel is making sure all comic book stores worldwide are armed and ready for the new flagship Marvel title as Invincible Iron Man #1 explodes into comic shops on October 7th! You won’t want to miss comic superstar Brian Michael Bendis and red-hot artist David Marquez’s opening salvo in their explosive new ongoing series. And Marvel is ready to make the launch one to remember. In addition to being first in line to purchase Invincible Iron Man #1, fans will also be able to receive special items at participating retail stores, including the first piece of the exclusive Build Your Own Iron Man promotional item!

Launching alongside Invincible Iron Man #1, the first piece of the Build Your Own Iron Man promotional item will allow fans to assemble their very own Iron Man armor. Based on artist David Marquez’s new armor design, collect all six pieces, launching alongside Invincible Iron Man and five other October Marvel titles, fold and compile your very own Iron Man standing nearly a foot tall!

To ensure these parties are a massive sales success, each retailer opting into the event will receive exclusive Invincible Iron Man Party promotional materials. Check your Marvel Mailer for more information on how to opt-in by 8/10 to ensure your store has these items.

All qualifying retailers who opt in will receive the following as part of the INVINCIBLE IRON MAN launch:

  • Invincible Iron Man Invitational Postcards
  • Invincible Iron Man Build Your Own Iron Man Promo Item Piece 1 of 6
  • Invincible Iron Man Skottie Young Lithographs
  • Invincible Iron Man #1 Exclusive Deadpool Sketch Party Variant by Yasmine Putri
  • Mass media promotion around the launch of Invincible Iron Man and the associated parties

But that’s not all! Retailers who qualify will also be eligible to order the Invincible Iron Man #1 Deadpool Party Variant. Everyone loves Tony’s new armor – even the Merc With a Mouth! From rising star Yasmine Putri, fans won’t want to miss this exciting variant only available at the upcoming launch parties.

Strap in and suit up! Prepare for the marquee comic launch of the fall as Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez armor up and bring you a new Iron Man for a new Marvel Universe. Don’t miss the blockbuster on-sale October 7th !

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 (JUL150696)
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (JUL150706)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
Deadpool Party Variant by YASMINE PUTRI (JUL150710)
Variant Covers by BRUCE TIMM (JUL150700), ADI GRANOV (JUL150702),
SKOTTIE YOUNG (JUL150703)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JUL150704)
Hip Hop Variant by BRIAN STELFREEZE (JUL150699)
Design Variant by DAVID MARQUEZ (JUL150701)
Young Guns Variant Set by DAVID MARQUEZ, SARA PICHELLI, MAHMUD ASRAR, NICK BRADSHAW, VALERIO SCHITI and RYAN STEGMAN (JUL150705)
Cosplay Variant Also Available (JUL150698)

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Around the Tubes

The first day of Gen Con is done, and the team there and Boston Comic Con are gearing up for fun weekends of geeking! What’s everyone else doing to pass the time away and relax?

While you contemplate that, here’s some news you can use to pass the time away.

Around the Tubes

The Outhousers – CBR Willing to Publish Literally Anything; Takes Bendis Joke as “Hint” of Second Iron Man Series – Bwahahahaha

ICv2 – Z-Man Parent Buys Plaid Hat – Mazel Tov!

AV Club – What’s it like to be a top Magic: The Gathering player? – I could have gone pro…

Tech Times – Patrick Osborne Will Direct The Film Adaption Of Graphic Novel ‘Battling Boy’ – Can’t wait for this film.

GamePolitics – Consumers complain to FCC about ‘data caps’ – Good!

Review: Old Man Logan #3

oml1Old Man Logan originally ran for eight issues beginning in 2008. The original story was written by Mark Millar with Steve McNiven providing the artwork; it remains one of the best Wolverine stories that have been written in the last ten or more years. With Secret Wars revisiting old stories from across Marvel‘s past, it was somewhat inevitable that we would return to the world of Old Man Logan. The original story evoked a Spaghetti Western feel in a world fifty years from now where the villains had finally beat the heroes; it’s a critically acclaimed comic that is more a story about Logan than it is about Wolverine.

The Secret Wars tie in series Old Man Logan has some pretty large shoes to fill.

And while this volume of Old Man Logan does an admirable job of filling those shoes, it does fall a bit short of the original story. Brian Micheal Bendis can write a fantastic comic book, and while the series started out very strongly, it has continued to slowly dip in quality as it continues. Last issue we saw some very inventive page layout from Andrea Sorrentino, and Old Man Logan #3 is no exception. There are some very inventive pages in this comic, and while the story quality is slowly declining the artwork is not. Now for full disclosure, this is the only Secret Wars comic I am reading, and there is a very good chance that the reason I notice a decline in quality from the first issue is because the series is slowly beginning to reference the larger story.

To say the second volume of Old Man Logan doesn’t hold up to the first volume of Old Man Logan, isn’t entirely fair; the first volume was an outstanding stand alone series that evoked the feel of the Spaghetti Westerns as it told one of the best stories about the Canadian mutant in the last ten years. And while the first issue of this series echoed that very well, as volume two of Old Man Logan continues, by it’s very nature as a tie-in comic, it is losing some of the first story’s magic as it slowly merges with the larger Secret Wars tale. However that being said Brian Micheal Bendis is writing this comic from Old Man Logan‘s perspective, and since he’s largely ignorant of what is happening in the rest of Battleworld, as a reader who is in the same shoes, it’s nice to find out little snippets of the world as the main character does. This comic can be read independently of Secret Wars, but if you are reading the main series then you’ll probably enjoy this story a bit more.

Which brings us to an interesting conundrum.

This isn’t a bad comic, and perhaps were I reading Secret Wars, or not comparing this to the original Old Man Logan story, then I may have enjoyed it more. There were some good moments in this comic; the art team of Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo provide some solid, and at times great, work. But as somebody who loves the original Old Man Logan, is a huge Wolverine fan, and isn’t reading Secret Wars, Old Man Logan #3 didn’t meet my expectations. Now if you are keeping up with Secret Wars then this may have been exactly what you’re looking for.

Old Man Logan #3 is connected by name to a great Wolverine story, and it doesn’t quite measure up, but it is still a decent story that can be read outside of the main Secret Wars story.

Story: Brian Micheal Bendis Art: Andrea Sorrentino Colours: Marcelo Maiolo
Story: 6.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Guardians of Knowhere #1

Guardians_of_Knowhere_1_CoverA single moon orbits Battleworld. But no, that’s no moon. It’s a space station. It’s Knowhere. The head of a dead Celestial, somehow saved in the universal collapse, a colony brimming with convicts and criminals. The Galaxy may be gone, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t places that still need heroes. Places that need champions. That need GUARDIANS.

Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato bring us one of the stranger tales to come out of Secret Wars. There’s a lot of familiar territory here, with Gamora, Drax, and Rocket making up the core of the Guardians team. In pursuit is Angela and what looks like a new character Yotat (seriously couldn’t figure out who this one was).

But, the focus that’s interesting is Gamora, who keeps up a theme with a few of Marvel’s comics this week of characters knowing something isn’t quite right in Doom’s world. It’s a cool idea that’s slowly being seeded throughout the various series for this event that of course will eventually lead to things being righted eventually.

Most of the issue is fighting and running, there’s not much there as far as story, but all that action is brought to us courtesy of Mike Deodato’s art, which is absolutely beautiful to look at. Seriously, that’s really the main reason to check out the issue. It’s that solid.

The first issue is interesting, but only enough for me to say folks should read it. It also brings up inconsistencies in the Secret Wars world, where other stories have referenced there being nothing in the sky, but clearly there is… so yeah.

Overall, if you love these characters check this out. The art is fantastic. The story is interesting, but just not enough of it, the issue is mostly fight.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Mike Deodato
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

Miles Morales is Spider-Man Post Secret Wars

It’s not a shock that Miles Morales is “a” Spider-Man after Marvel’s current world shaking event Secret Wars. The character was featured in Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day release All-New, All-Different Avengers which took place after Secret Wars wraps up.

In an exclusive to the Daily News (I thought we weren’t going to have to scour the web to get all these announcements!?) Marvel has revealed that there will be a new series entitled Spider-Man that will feature Miles Morales under the mask.

Miles Morales will the “the” Spider-Man in the new Marvel universe continuing his role that began in 2011 in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, which was destroyed in the event currently running through Marvel’s comics. The teen character is part African-American and part Puerto Rican bringing some diversity to the line, and continuing a character today’s generation relates to. Morales will be joined by a grownup Peter Parker who will act as a mentor to the character.

Part of the reason for the change was the lobbying by fans when Marvel and Sony were deciding what to do with the Spider-Man movie franchise. Morales won’t be on the screen any time soon, and we’ll have more about that tomorrow.

The series will be written by the creator of the character Brian Michael Bendis who will be joined by Sarah Pichelli on art.

Bendis in the exclusive article emphasized that this is “the” Spider-Man, not one with an asterisk. It’ll be interesting to see how the publisher gels everything together to make this happen when their event wraps up.

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SE: NYCC 2015: Bendis and Marquez take on Iron Man Post Secret Wars

Invincible_Iron_Man_1_CoverAfter two sites, who have rather close relationships with Marvel, jumped the gun and ran canned posts before the announcement was even made, it is now officially announced at Special Edition: New York Comic Con that Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez will be taking on Iron Man post Secret Wars.

Invincible Iron Man will shake things up as his biological parents will be revealed, there’ll be new armor that can morph into other armors, there’ll be new villains, and new supporting characters including a new girlfriend.

Iron Man will take more center stage to align a bit with how movie audiences see the Marvel universe. Before this announcement, the news was choreographed as the character was front and center in both teasers Marvel released for All-New, All-Different Marvel, which had us pondering his role. It’s also been confirmed that it is still Tony Stark in the suit.

This is the first new series to be announced post Secret Wars.

There is a lesson in this announcement. Time your pre-canned posts right, don’t want folks to know how buddy buddy you are with the publishers you’re promoting! Makes you wonder about their other reporting… Oops.

Guardians of Knowhere #1 Ignites the Warzones! Above Battleworld This June!

The Marvel Universe has been destroyed. The galaxy may be gone. But there are still places that need defending. Places that need Guardians. Marvel has released a first look at Guardians of Knowhere #1 – the explosive new Secret Wars series from blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato! High above Battleworld floats the head of a dead Celestial, miraculously saved in the collapse of a universe. Now orbiting the strange, patchwork planet as its solitary moon, Knowhere survives as a colony brimming with convicts and criminals. Yet amid this vile hive of killers, thieves and thugs – there is hope. People who will stand and defend those who cannot defend themselves – the Guardians of Knowhere! But there is a new power rising inside this head of a dead god. Suspended thousands of miles above Battleworld’s surface, a dangerous new foe stalks the alleys and corridors of this floating fortress. A villain with their crosshairs aimed squarely at the Guardians of Knowhere! Who is this new foe and what are they after? No one knows! One thing is for certain – not everyone will walk out of Knowhere unscathed. Don’t miss the pulse-pounding first issue!

GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE #1 (APR150830)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by MIKE DEODATO
MAOS Variant by JENNY FRISON (APR150832)
Gwenom Variant by ROB GUILLORY (APR150831)
Connecting Variant A by SKOTTIE YOUNG (APR150833)
Connecting Variant B by SKOTTIE YOUNG (APR150834)
FOC – 05/25/15, On-Sale – 06/17/15

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Powers Gets a Second Season

Powers March 10Powers, the Playstation exclusive series based on the comic series from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming has gotten a second season. The news is a mixed surprise for me, as the season ended on a cliffhanger, but the quality was mixed and series generally panned. Add in no buzz, and it makes you wonder how it squeaked through.

The series is about a former superhero who is part of a police division that deals with super powered individuals.

The showrunner, Charlie Huston, announced he’s leaving it over “creative differences.” While he noted this sorts of changes were common, he did cite the reason he was leaving. He also said the series is “changing creatively,” but Bendis and Oeming are remaining involved.

Powers ranks as PlayStation Network’s most-watched series premiere on the platform, with all of season one available to PlayStation Network and free to PlayStation Plus subscribers.

John Koller, VP Platforms Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America said:

The reception to Powers has been incredible, and we are thrilled to have successfully launched a platform for original content with the PlayStation gamer in mind. We believe original content will continue to be a key pillar as we broaden the value proposition for PlayStation Plus, and we’re excited for what’s to come with season two of Powers.

The series will return in 2016.

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