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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.

Spider-Man Miles Morales

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!

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


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.

Wolverine Lives! A New Look at the Warzones! of Old Man Logan #1!

Your eyes do not deceive you! Secret Wars has made the impossible possible and the battle-weary hero returns to the fray in Old Man Logan #1! From writer Brian Michael Bendis and rising star artist Andrea Sorrentino comes a brand-new Secret Wars series returning fans to one of the most revered and iconic X-Men stories of all time! Welcome back to the Wastelands, a land dominated by victorious super villains. The heroes of this land have all perished – butchered by their arch-enemies. Tyrants, terrors and madmen rule over this dusty waste. Hope left this land long ago. But there is one man who may yet make a difference. A man with nothing to lose!

Now, amidst the fire and the fury, a reluctant warrior pops his claws once more! And the war for Battleworld is brewing in his own backyard. As the event of Secret Wars unfold, will he find his life’s mission to rid the world of evil more attainable – or more futile than ever before? Find as a hero is reforged in the crucible of Battleworld. The journey begins with a resounding SNIKT the X-Man formerly known as Wolverine crashes into Secret Wars!

OLD MAN LOGAN #1 (MAR150656)
Variant Covers by STEVE MCNIVEN (MAR150657),
Blank Variant Also Available (MAR150660)
FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale 05/27/15


TV Review: Powers S1E10 F@#k the Big Chiller

Powers March 10Wolfe (Eddie Izzard) has escaped, leaving a path of destruction and death in his wake, pushing Walker (Sharlto Copley) to put aside his desire to regain his own powers in order to help the Powers Division and heroes of the world end this once and for all. Will killing Wolfe save humanity or are there more sinister forces lurking in the background?

The final episode of the series seems to mix everything that’s good and bad about the series, all in about an hour. The action, the story, it’s a bit better. The acting generally is over the top in a bad way, and about what I’d expect from a fan film on Youtube. Though some actors have reigned it in and remembered they’re professionals. The special fx are still dodgy, where flying is about as graceful as a high school musical production of Peter Pan. There’s also the continued fascination with over the top amounts of blood, almost to fetish glee. The costumes continue to look like bad cosplay.

The problem also remains the story still doesn’t make all that sense, with characters making choices that are completely baffling. Retro Girl flies through a window tackling Wolfe, knocks him down, then… does nothing except takes her foot off of him. What? With superheroes like this, how has this world not been overrun by villains?

Powers Cast PhotoThe episode ends with a lot of cliff hangers. There’s a major death. Kaotic Chic is still out there. Calista has an interesting turn. The last 10 minutes or so actually shows quality, as if the series was saving all of that for these last few episodes, and especially this one.

I’ve said through much of the series, that Powers has a lot of potential. There could be some fantastic blending of superheroes and police enforcement. But, for whatever reason corners looked to have been cut, the budget might have been too low to properly make the fx look decent. The series just had trouble finding its footing until these last few episodes, which is a shame really. As someone who watches all of the television shows based on comics I only kept watching this one for these reviews. With so many other decent shows out there, why would I have wasted the time?

Who knows if there’ll be a second season, but it looks like the folks behind the series started to get everything together. Hopefully if it returns, it gets a bit of a bump in budget, because the show has potential, we’ve seen it for a few episodes. Here’s hoping they can expand that to an entire season if they continue.

Overall Score: 6.95





A Desperate Last Stand on Battleworld – A New Look at Ultimate End #1!

As the Secret Wars begin, the Ultimate Universe reaches its end! This May, experience it’s heartbreaking curtain call in Ultimate End #1! Blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley – the creative team that helped start it all – will end it with one last, epic story! Miles Morales and the rest of the heroes of the Ultimate Universe face their final extinction. Judgement Day is here and the end is nigh. Yet as they come to terms with the end of all they’ve ever known and all they hold dear – will their gut-wrenching sacrifices make any difference? Is there any hope for the Ultimate Universe or it’s beloved heroes? Find out this May, as an entire universe experiences its final moments in Ultimate End #1!

Art & Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Variant Covers by DAVID MARQUEZ (MAR150633) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR150635)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR150634)
Spider-Man Variant by MARK BAGLEY (FEB158574)
FOC – 04/27/15, On-Sale – 05/20/15

TV Review: Powers S1E9 Level 13

Powers March 10In the penultimate episode written by the Powers comic co-creator Brian Michael Bendis, Walker (Sharlto Copley) decides how far he is willing to go to regain his powers as Johnny Royalle (Noah Taylor) sets the plan in motion to kill Wolfe (Eddie Izzard). Meanwhile the Powers Division sets a plan to catch Royalle in the act and discover where Walker’s true allegiance lies.

The series has gotten better the last couple of episodes, but has flattened out in quality in this episode which still includes horrible acting, and so many twists and turns as far as which side people were on that it became a mockery of itself by the end.

The episode continues to dance around good material, that’d make an excellent television show. Walker and Royalle keep debating and talking about their sins of the past, and wanting to make up for it as well as what it means to be a hero. That theme alone could have been drawn out the entire season and been the real focus. Instead, its lines every couple of episodes. There’s also Walker being torn as to whether or not he wants his powers back, and where his loyalty actually is. That is a focus of this episode, but that’s only shallow deep, as when we get to a juicy part, the episode and characters veer as if everything was not big deal. It also might be the fact no one can act like something is a big deal.

Powers Cast PhotoThere’s only one more episode left in the series, and there’s still lots to explore and wrap up, including Wolfe and the potential of an anti-powers movement. Either of those could be done over a bunch of episodes on their own, and both are prime for good material to come out of them. But, I’m expecting much of the same as the series wraps up.

To say this experiment by Sony and the Playstation was a failure in my eyes is an understatement. It fails on almost every single episode, never creating a voice of its own, unless B-Movie quality is its voice. With so many other choices out there, there’s many other shows featuring powers I’d choose before this series. It’s a shame because this one has so much potential as far as what can be done, it just isn’t quite using its powers right.

Overall Score: 6.85





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