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Review: The Sixth Gun #41

6GUN #41 _Page_01“But when the horror…when death…did not come for her quickly…she sought it ought”
– speaking about Griselda

The Sixth Gun #41 is a stand alone story of Drake and Becky’s relentless journey to obtain The Sixth Gun and the five others, but also necessary if we are to understand the history of The Six and from where their power originated. That story is the reveal of Griselda The Grey Witch’s past and what other twisted and dark secrets she holds. We have seen here many times before, but never really knew what her motives were. Why does she want The Six so bad? What does she plan on doing with them once she gets them in her grips? This issue of The Sixth Gun explains The Grey Witch’s history as well as her plans for the future once she gets her hands on all six guns and it only spells out doom and gloom for our heroes Drake and Becky.

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is about The Sixth Gun that makes it so enjoyable. Is it the writing, the characters, or the art? It must be a harmonious combination of all three and Issue #41 delivers just like each chapter before it. The art in The Sixth Gun is always a standout part of each book and in this issue we are treated to the wonderful illustrations of Tyler Crook. If you remember from a few past issues, Crook aided Bunn’s co-creator and famed artist Brian Hurtt. Like Hurtt’s top-notch drawings, Tyler Crook’s illustrations take on a cinematic quality that jumps out of the page making you helpless to put it down. Add to this Bill Crabtree’s colors and sometimes I forget to turn the page because I’m staring at each drawing so intently.

The Sixth Gun is the first comic I ever read by Cullen Bunn. I have picked up everything he has written since and he never disappoints. Issue #41 of the The Sixth Gun is a perfect example of how rich and intricate his storytelling can be and the main reason it’s one of the few comic books I read four or five times in a row. The history of the Grey Witch is something I never thought was necessary until now. Cullen Bunn delivers another amazing chapter of Drake and Becky’s adventures preparing us for the inevitable with tales from the very beginning. Learning of Griselda The Grey Witch and her history was the perfect story to tell that breathes more life into one of The Sixth Gun’s most feared villains. Someone asked me once to describe a comic book with one word. If I had to describe The Sixth Gun #41 using just one word it would be, FUN. All the elements I spoke about just now make this a really fun comic to read, re-read then read again.

 

Spoilers for The Sixth Gun below – Warning

Thoughts and Discussion

- Now that Jesup has all Six guns is their nothing in Griselda’s way to utilize their power?

- Now we know that Griselda cannot physically hold any of the ‘Guns’. Will this affect how she uses them for nefarious purposes?

- How will Drake and Becky get the ‘Guns’ back?

- We know that The Grey Witch is General Oliander Hume’s mother and we probably will not see him ever again (maybe?), but will we see The Great Wyrms again? I would love to see Drake and Becky fight them.

 

Story: Cullen Bunn – Art: Tyler Crook – Colors: Bill Crabtree – Letters: Crank! – Cover: Tyler Crook (Top) & Brian Hurtt (Bottom)
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Quickie Review: Jon Snow II – The Legend of Curly’s Gold

I picked up my second Jon Snow figure recently, same company, but a completely different style. Let’s take a look at the Funko POP! Jon Snow.

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And now my watch begins….again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The package is the standard POP! fare. The character is clearly visible from the front and the Edition Two line-up is shown on the back. I really love the design of Cersei. That one should be titled the first figure to look like a total bitch. Now unleash the Snow!

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Turnaround………Jon Snow

 

 

 

 

 
Like all the other POP! figures from Funko, Jon shares a very simple body design and over-sized head. The amount of detail added to make each figure unique is where Funko shines. His Night’s Watch outfit features some really nice sculpted details, like the fur accents, belts, and straps. Longclaw is even nicely recreated and features the recognizable wolf’s head pommel. While the head features a basic sculpt, I feel it captures more of Jon Snow than the Legacy figure did. All the elements just come together to look more like Jon Snow.

The paint is very basic on this one. Black, lighter black, silver, white, and skin tone are what you get.  I would like to have seen a different paint applied to the fur lining, to break up the black and create some depth to the paint scheme. All the paint apps are applied very well and feature no bleed or slop. Longclaw`s pommel is done especially well. There are some small paint apps missing on the side of Jon`s hair that hangs down on his forehead. This only really noticeable up close and is not a big distraction at all. This seems to be a common thing with the POP! figures, as my Ned has the same issue.

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Tell me of mama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As with all POP! figures, Jon features one point of articulation, the neck. Even with this one point, it’s possible to get a pretty cool pose.  By itself, the figure is really good. However, when you add a friend, the figure shines. I got lucky and cracked a Ghost as my first Funko Mystery Mini figure and having the pair displayed together is awesome. I doubt we`ll ever get an in scale Ghost to go with the Legend figure, so this is wonderful alternative. Jon also looks great standing with Ned. I`m sure they`ll have that talk about his mother any time now……..*sniff*.

The Funko POP! Jon Snow is great addition to your Funko or Game of Thrones collection. The figure`s simple design distills the character down to its core, while maintaining the character`s essence. It also does what few figures can do, it makes other figures you own better when displayed together. I highly recommend added Jon Snow to your shelf.

 

 

Review: The Walking Dead #127

wd-cover-127“I promise Rick doesn’t bite”
- Jesus to Magna

Yes he does, Jesus. At least he did once. When he was the fearless leader of our little group of survivors years ago. I’m sure he is that same leader. That same tragic hero we all love and root for in the zombie apocalypse. A lot of people love the new Walking Dead, but I’ve read that a few people are not too thrilled with the new direction the comic took with issue #127. Is it a little different? Sure, but don’t we trust writer Robert Kirkman enough to deliver great storytelling time and time again? We have trusted him this far and we have come a long way since Rick’s coma over ten years ago. To those not loving this new arc, I say just give it time and this new beginning will grow on you, I promise.

The Walking Dead #127 was teased by Kirkman, back before the conclusion to All Out War, to be a ‘new beginning’ and a completely different feel to the story. He was absolutely right. It is an entirely different feel and reads like a new #1. We were told that All Out War would alter the story from what we were used to before it began and the biggest, and best, difference is the addition of Stefano Gaudiano on inks. Charlie Adlard is already amazing and continuing to have Gaudiano from All Out War is just icing on the cake.

Warning Spoilers Below

The new arc, appropriately titled ‘A New Beginning‘, starts us off with a few new characters. The mysterious women on the cover, that was teased a few months back and had the internet scrambling to discover her identity, is named Magna and is the leader of this small band of survivors that has been roaming the area for an unknown period of time. Her traveling companions are named Kelly, Luke, Connie and Yumiko. They have no set destination in mind and happen to come across an extremely large herd of walkers when Jesus comes to save them. At this point I could tell that the plot jumped ahead a little, but not exactly sure how much. Jesus, Heath, Eugene, Aaron and Rosita show off their skills at corralling and leading walkers where they please and this is when I think the time has skipped ahead at least a few years, thinking it must have taken some time to coordinate this talent of theirs. The only problem they had was herding the walkers right into Magna’s group, subsequently getting one of their members, Bernie, killed. RIP Bernie, we barely knew you.

After the Herd is safely out-of-the-way, Jesus and the rest of the group go back for Magna’s to bring them to Rick for approval. I really like Magna and think she will be a great addition to the comic. We then shift focus to Rick waking up next to Andrea (their relationship seems to be going strong and survived the time-jump) and he dons his new ‘hand’ or ‘claw’. I’m glad Rick finally got an artificial hand, something that was long overdue. He appears to be settled into the leadership role nicely, as well. Carl looks older and is calling Andrea ‘mom’, which I thought was a little strange. He still has some secrets, however.

The Walking Dead would not be complete without the usual twists and turns and we get one at the end (I won’t spoil it for you). I will go into more detail of it next issue. I wasn’t happy about the issue when I first read it, but after a couple more times I changed my mind. How could you not like this book? It has everything you could want. There are quite a few new characters plus old characters that seem to have larger roles also. It’s a little too early to tell where the story is headed, but, like I said, I trust Kirkman to deliver a quality book every month. Speaking of that, I kind of already miss the bi-monthly release schedule.

Thoughts and Discussion

- What was the misunderstanding Carl had with the cooper’s son, Alex? Is it important to know? I just assumed because it was in the book, but we never really know what it is.

- I’m not sure how I feel about Carl’s new look. I want the sheriff’s hat back.

- I have a theory about Magna and the time jump. Since the comic began, Rick and his group have encountered different villains that all have their own ‘community’. Now, with the time-jump, Rick is the one with the ‘community’ and groups will encounter them. Is Magna and her group the new ‘Rick and the gang’? If that is the case, I am really going to enjoy the ‘new beginning’. It will be cool to see the conflicts that arise from a different point of view.

- Where is Michonne and Ezekiel? The ‘core’ group seems to be broken up and I hope they come together soon.

Thank you for checking out my Review! Please comment below to discuss the issue further!

Story: Robert Kirkman – Art: Charlie Adlard – Cover: Charlie Adlard/Dave Stewart – Ink: Stefano Gaudiano – Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn – Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Fresh Out Of The Box – Video Review Premiere – Talon

Hi folks! Have you been reading my reviews and news articles and wondered, “What does this Adonis, this Cadillac of men sound like?” Well, here’s your answer! Below you’ll find my first video review. I’ll do these in between regular reviews just to spice things up. I had a few technical issues and I’m still learning the ropes of video production. I haven’t really done much video work since high school and we used Video Toaster back then (insert old joke here).

With that in mind, please be kind. Hope you enjoy.

 

PS. If anyone knows quick way to add some art to the sides of the video, since I shoot it in portrait, I would appreciate the help. Thanks!

Review: The Sixth Gun #40

Sixth Gun 40c“You want damnation? I’ve got plenty for you.”
- Drake to Jesup

The Sixth Gun #40 concludes the story arc, “Not the bullet, but the fall”, and book 7 of this amazing fantasy western. With all the comic based TV shows getting script orders from top networks recently I was hoping their would be renewed interest in The Sixth Gun for a series. Maybe in the future? For now, I am perfectly happy with the comic book series and at least we have about two years left of that to give us our fill of Drake Sinclair and Becky Montcrief.

Issue 40 has really changed the course of The Sixth Gun and where it goes from here is going to be hectic and crazy for Drake, Becky and Nidawi (should we call her FauxNidawi now?). Jesup is still hot on their trail after they escaped the town of Brimstone and he currently possesses one of the Six. Drake makes a valiant and noble decision by telling Becky she needs to get as far away from him as possible so he can stall Jesup and prevent him from obtaining Becky’s Sixth Gun. One of the elements I love about the comic book is how Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree create amazing sequences and panels of gunfights and dire situations so well. Drake and Jesup’s panels really stood out in this issue and the illustrations and color were a huge part of that.

This issue is almost like a ‘season-finale’ with a really huge cliffhanger. Some questions were answered and a few popped up making it a perfect story to end on until we get issue #41 some time next month. Drake and Becky have a long way to go on their journey out of the hole they are in now and I can only imagine how they will do it. Cullen Bunn is an excellent story teller and I look forward to each issue. The next arc is aptly titled ‘The Grey Witch’, and we have been waiting to see this confrontation for a long time.

Thoughts and Questions – Spoilers

- I’ve asked this before, but what is going on with Drakes shoulder? It looks like it is made of armor. It definitely helped him this issue.

- Is Nidawi dead or is Screaming Crow reviving her WHILE he is taking over her body?

- Is Gord really dead? And Where is Asher and Kirby?

- How can Drake and Becky try to stop Jesup and the Grey Witch now? Jesup seems to be unstoppable, but something tells me that whatever is happening to Drake will play an important part in that. Lol, I wish this would become a TV series soon.

- Did becky successfully change the time-line with Gord?

Story: Cullen Bunn – Art: Brian Hurtt – Colors: Bill Crabtree
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Clone #16

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Clone #16 started its fourth arc this week and we can already see the story getting grittier and riskier. The last arc ended with the clone’s and Amelia’s life in danger, but with the promise of an island sanctuary on the horizon. The Coalition and Vice President Davis were spreading the word that clones are bad news for America and need to be dealt with accordingly. It was not looking good for Luke and his band of clone compadres and this new arc appears to be heading in that same direction right off the bat.

Issue #16 is essentially separated into three acts to get the story moving forward. The Clone Sisters are undecided on what to do with Amelia since their father won’t accept her on the island. An island which I thought we would be on by now, but I enjoy this book so much I can wait as long as needed. She is not a clone, but has sacrificed a lot of herself and her life for benefit of all of them. Kazumi wants to keep her safe, however, Meiko and the other three girls want Amelia dead. They come across a cabin in the woods (this is another instance showing that you should never go into a ‘cabin in the woods’) and Amelia decides to see if anyone lives there as it could be a daytime sanctuary for all of the clones on their journey. Their journey, by the way, is taking them all to a private jet two days away. What they find in the cabin adds another twist to the story and with it Clone gets better and better.

The second story revolves around Mrs. K and her involvement in The Coalition. She is still healing from what happened to her the last time we saw her and I honestly thought she was done for. The writers believe there is more to Mrs. K to flesh out and right now her and The Coalition are the antagonists. She is visited by Pastor Snyder and something tells me there is an evil hidden agenda behind his smile and what plans he has for Mrs. K.

The third and final story that starts off in this issue is the journey of Gamma (the clone with the tattoos). He decided to leave the safety of the clone group because he couldn’t be their leader and possibly because of his love for Amelia. Luke has both and I wonder if we will get to see a showdown between the two in the future. We see Gamma getting drunk in a bar before he starts a brawl with some Coalition sympathizers. My guess is he will infiltrate The Coalition and see whats going on inside and it’s only a matter of time until his path crosses with Mrs. K.

Clone is definitely one of my favorite books every month and I can’t wait for each subsequent issue to find out what happens next. The art that Juan Jose Ryp delivers each issue never ceases to amaze me. It is truly unique and adds the perfect compliment to the story especially when added with Andy Troy’s colors. Whether you are a single-issue reader or someone who waits for the Trade you will not be disappointed.

Thoughts and Discussion (Spoilers)

- Creator and writer Schulner (Dracula) will write and executive produce the Universal TV project himself, with Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and David Alpert (The Walking Dead TV Series Producer)

- What will happen with Amelia? Will she make it to the island?

- Will the clones ever get to the island?

- What does Pastor Snyder have in store for Mrs. K?

- What is Gamma’s plan when he gets to The Coalition?

Story: David Schulner, Aaron Ginsberg, Wade Mcintyre – Art: Juan Jose Ryp – Colors: Andy Troy – Letterer: Rus Wooton – Cover: Juan Jose Ryp, Andy Troy
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Read

Review: Umbral #6

Umbral06-Cover“We all do what we must to survive. It’s the strongest instinct. Which means that sometimes, when things don’t go the way we want them to…we do things we never expected.”
– Rascal

Umbral #6 closes out the first arc, ‘Out Of The Shadows’, and continues Rascal’s struggle to stay at least one step ahead of the Redguard and the Umbral. Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten’s new dark fantasy has proven to be a top book on everyone’s pull list and if you’re not reading this wonderful world-building comic you are missing out. Each issue in the first arc has done an excellent job at creating an imaginative and inventive world that you would come to expect from the same creators of Wasteland. This latest issue completes Rascal’s first chapter and, like the season finale of your favorite television show, answers some lingering questions and prepares you for the next installment.

We last left Rascal hiding out with her friends in the Red Princess Tavern as Prince Arthir (whom we know is an Umbral) and his associates come looking for them. During their escape, Profoss Munty reveals he has a chao-dak, what appears to be a gun of some sort. He shoots the man that threatens Shayim, but loses the gun to Rascal when descending the rope from the tavern room. Prince Arthir finally catches up to Rascal and she threatens to use the gun him, but not before outing him to all his henchmen as being an Umbral himself.

When Rascal and her friends finally get to a safe spot, Dalone attempts to teach Rascal magic and we learn a little more about her life, but it raises more questions then it answers. What is her real name? What was her relationship with her mom like? I assume that’s what the Umbral that attacked Rascal was referring to when she was sleeping. What happened to her? All great questions that we can’t wait to find the answer to, but we will have to wait until the next arc or perhaps longer to find out. Dalone begins teaching Rascal magic and Profoss Munty is the perfect match with ‘science-proves-anything’ take on everything. We learn some secrets about Dalone as well in this issue and his magic powers play a prominent role. Faith versus Science might play an important part in the following arc as Rascal attempts to wield magic to take on the Umbral.

Mitten, Boyd and Mauer combine to create a visual experience in every issue and they continue their brilliant work in chapter six. I love how unique the art is in Umbral and how it looks like nothing I have seen before. The varying shades of purple make each sequence with the Umbral leap from the page. The writing mixes with the art harmoniously making this a comic book not to be missed. I can’t wait to read the next chapter in Rascal’s journey and if it’s anything like the first one then we are in for a great ride.

Thoughts and Discussion

– Who was the man eavesdropping on the king and queen?

– Who was Rascal’s mom, if that is who the Umbral was referencing?

– What is Rascal’s real name and what was her life like before she took control of the Oculus?

– I wonder what the rules are for who or what the Umbral can turn into.

Story: Antony Johnston Art: Christopher Mitten, Jordan Boyd, Thomas Mauer
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Black Science #6

BlackScience06-Cover“It’s not what I’ve done that flashes before my eyes, It’s what I’m going to miss.
– Grant McKay

Black Science #6 wraps up its incredible first arc titled ‘How To Fall Forever’. Six issues of arguably the best new comic of 2013 filled with amazing art and an equally unbelievable plot. Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera have really created something special with Black Science, mixing dimension-bending physics with top-notch art. You really feel for each of the characters and want them all to survive, even the bad guys; that’s one way to know that you’re holding a really great comic in your hands. Issue number six of Black Science, on the Wednesday when it gets released, is the first comic I read from the huge pile I get from my local comic shop. Yes, I do have access to pretty much any comic for review purposes, weeks and sometimes months before they are released, but I am one those people that love the feel and look of a physical book in his hands. That goes double for books with art that appears to jump out at you. Art that truly magnifies the amazing plot it’s meant to capture. The Walking Dead and Saga come to find to name just a few. We can definitely add Remender’s and Scalera’s Black Science to this list as well.

The current issue’s story line continues immediately where number five left off, with Grant and Kadir falling helplessly into the frozen volcano we saw at the end of the last issue. Grant had just discovered that Kadir was the one responsible for sabotaging the Pillar, the device used by the team to jump from one dimension to another. As a result, their “jumps” are erratic and unpredictable at best. Two members have already perished in previous issues and Grant places the blame solely on Kadir, who funded the project in the first place.

This new dimension is difficult to explain and must be seen to be believed, but I will try my best. Entwined with each other during their struggle and free-fall, Grant and Kadir fall through a glass ceiling and ultimately into a pool of water. The building appears to be some sort of nursery for the ape/gorilla-like residents. They have less than five minutes to return to the Pillar if they want to “jump” with it and the rest of their team. You can’t help but feel immersed in the mesmerizing scenery and Dean White’s painted art is like nothing else. Everyone involved in making this book really did a great job at bringing Grant’s and Kadir’s struggle to life. Without spoiling too much, Grant finds himself in what appears to be an impossible situation to overcome, but we love these characters and have to believe he will triumph. Chandra comes for Kadir, but not before the “sentient gas-life” (I really have no idea what to call the fire-stream thing, but this is what Kadir called it) attaches itself to her. I know this sounds strange, but trust me, it works within the context of the comic and it’s super-awesome. Even the Shaman from the previous arc steps up and helps the team out when needed. It’s a great issue. Needless to say, the next arc cannot get here soon enough.

What Remender and Scalera do extremely well is create these worlds, or dimensions I should say, that are original, imaginative and inventive. They do this every few issues which is as unbelievable as the worlds they create. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until July 30th to experience the next world our favorite dimension-jumping scientists travel to and what awaits them there. Although Black Science #6 answered many lingering questions we had from previous issues, it also created more. It was a perfect close to the arc and great set-up for what’s to come.

Thoughts and Discussion

– How will the team be able to communicate with the Shaman?

– Kadir kills two ape/gorilla-like beings of this dimension…where did the second “sentient gas-life entity” go? Which body did it attach itself to? We know the first one went into Chandra.

– What will happen to Grant? How will he get out of his “situation”?

– Did you notice…one of the ape-gorilla-like beings that Grant and Kadir come across seemed to notice Grant? How did he recognize him? Was it possibly from a different Grant, from a different dimension that happened upon this same dimension?

Thank you for checking out my Review! Please comment below so we can discuss the issue and Black Science further!

Story: Rick Remender Art: Matteo Scalera – Painted Art: Dean White – Lettering: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #1

Amazing_Spider-Man_1_Cover“Yes! This is what being a Spider-Man is all about! Swinging through the sky–a New York sky–patrolling the city. Every moment a chance to make a difference. To fight the good fight.
– Peter – Thinking to himself

Not only is Peter Parker back, but so are his quick-witted comebacks. “Silly Rabbit. That’s what you get for putting all your Faberge Eggs in one basket.” Lol, love it…and the numerous other one-liners in the first few pages alone! Glad your back Peter. Peter Parker has, indeed, returned in Marvel’s new Amazing Spider-Man #1 and he has a lot of cleaning up to do after the mess that Doc Ock created and left from the past 30 plus issues as Superior Spider-Man. The task before him may seem insurmountable to most, but we have faith That Peter will rise to the task and throw in a few one-liners in as well.

I had thought for a moment that ASM #1 would be a sort of reboot for the Spider-Man franchise, since Marvel decided to renumber the issue #1 instead of continuing to #701. Then I thought, “Where would all those problems and situations that Doc Ock created go?”. So, what we ended up with is a new element to Spidey’s history and our beloved Peter Parker is thrust into repairing his image, career and relationships at the same time. Leave it to the amazing Dan Slott to conjure up another intriguing and unique story for Spider-Man immediately after the Superior Spider-Man chapter ends.

The first arc is aptly named “Lucky To Be Alive” and, as mentioned, begins with an added element to Spidey’s history. As we all know (you should know this), Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and subsequently gained its speed, agility, and proportional strength. What we didn’t know is that someone else, a female, was also bitten on the ankle by that same spider. We don’t know who she is, but we should find out before 2014 is over. It will, no doubt, be a great story that Dan Slott introduces to Spidey’s world and I am very curious who it could be.

Parker’s first real villain in ASM is the bad-guy group, The Menagerie. He takes them down with ease, and you know he is back when you catch yourself smiling and/or laughing at all of his one-liners. A lot of problems arise out of this much anticipated first issue and we can tell right away that Parker will have his hands full for quite some time. He will have to deal with Electro and the other prisoners at Conway Penitentiary that escaped when it was destroyed from the Goblin attack.

While Peter is catching up with everything Doc Ock left in his wake he figures out that Doc wasn’t just twiddling his thumbs in the Spidey suit. He is now the owner and founder of Parker Industries as well as receiving his doctorate. I am sure he can pull that off because he is a genius after all, but Doc wasn’t all about the Spidey suit and getting degrees. He fell in love…as Peter Parker. Not only did he fall in love, but he was going to marry her. Which, of course, Anna Maria figures that out and patiently waits for Peter to return home. She figures out something else too, but I won’t spoil that for you. I don’t think anything could have prepared our webbed hero for how to handle this situation.

As much as I loved Superior, I am glad to have Amazing Spider-Man back on my Pull-List. The ink by Humberto Ramos is nothing short of outstanding and is a staple of of this franchise. Every page jumps out at you and the colors really pop in each and every panel. Edgar Delgado does an equally impressive job. Dan Slott appears to have many wonderful things planned for ASM and it’s going to a great year for the fans. I enjoyed Superior Foes and Team-up and thought they were really good series (Foes was so funny). However, I would trade anything to have Peter Parker and The Amazing Spider-Man back.

Thoughts and Discussion

– I thought this was hilarious…The old woman telling Peter, “Put some clothes on! Who do you think you are? Miley Cyrus?!

– How will Captain America and The Avengers get the proof they need that this is the real Peter Parker?

– Will Peter ever access Doc Ock’s memories for anything? Or will he think it’s too dangerous to even try?

– How will Peter break the news to Maria? Is this situation going to be a big problem for him?

– One of the most important questions, I think, is ‘what happened to Doc Ock?’ Where did he go?

Thank you for checking out my Review! Please respond below so we can discuss the issue and Spider-Man further!

Story: Dan Slott – Art/Cover: Humberto Ramos – Ink: Victor Olgaza – Color: Edgar Delgado
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Superior Spider-Man #31

SSMCOV31“I was wrong. For me to even be here–someone had to die.
– Peter Parker (the real one)

Superior Spider-Man has finally come to an end. The thirty-one issue superhero story is one of the best of I have ever read and will definitely be remembered as a very important moment in the timeline of our favorite web-slinger. I was surprised to learn that quite a few people I spoke to about the series were a little confused by what transpired in issue #30 and how Peter took back his body from Doc Ock. Before I summarize and review #31 let’s go back and I’ll explain what exactly happened in the last issue real quick. Dan Slott did a fantastic job with this thirty-one issue Spider-Man story and it would be a shame to not understand the little nuances that made it so…well…superior.

Issue #30 confused a lot of folks and left people wondering if it was Doc Ock who did the valiant thing and gave up his seat of power as the Superior Spider-Man or if it was Peter Parker’s doing and he duped the brilliant scientist Dr. Octopus? Well, in my opinion, it was a harmony of both of those. If you remember back in Amazing Spider-Man #700, Peter/Ock died and Peter’s fans and followers let out a unanimous “gasp” that one of their favorite Avengers finally succumbed to Doc’s evil plan. However, We learn later on that a part of Peter still lived on the brain of Doc/Spidey. Then in the infamous issue #9, it appeared as though the tiny remnant of Peter that we desperately wanted to cling to for hope vanished as Doc went into his brain and defeated Peter for good. I know, this is going to get a little confusing, but it will be worth it.

We all thought Peter was gone for good (most of us, anyway) until he showed up back in Doc/Spidey’s brain, during The Darkest Hours arc, to help take care of Venom because things were getting a little too crazy for Doc as Superior. And the world rejoiced. Which brings us to issue #30 and the part that confused a lot of people. If you look closely Peter’s plan all along was to hold onto the key moments in his life as Spider-Man, the parts that really defined him. Their are actually 31 of those moments, which, is why Slott made Superior 31 issues long. So, what Peter planned to do was go through Doc’s timeline, but, not lose himself by remembering the key moments he held onto as ASM; he’s fighting all the memories that are not his – we can clearly see that. Note that Doc is fighting this from happening, also. When Peter gets to the point on Doc’s timeline where we reach ASM #700 Peter doesn’t fight anymore and lets it all in realizing that those are his memories. This is why I say the FINAL switch was a harmonious result of both Doc and Peter. Doc finally decides that he is not the hero Peter is and Peter does what he planned to get his memories back. It was a perfect resolution by Slott. If this is still a little confusing, please comment below and I would love to clarify any questions you might have

This brings us to the heroic tale of Issue #31 and Peter back in his original body. The final issue of Superior Spider-Man is basically a cleaning up and restart for the much anticipated ASM #1 that will be released in a few weeks. Peter’s first task is to find out how the Goblin became so powerful so quickly. Carlie tells him that he hacked Doc Ock’s Spider-bots to not recognize anything with a Goblin mask or logo on. Peter immediately gets to work to get his city back and save the people he loves and the people that love him. In brilliant fashion, Peter goes to save Miguel O’Hara from the Spider Slayers, so he can have someone like himself fighting with him to take down the Goblin. They take down Menace and Peter injects her with the serum that Doc created to reverse the effects of what makes her a Goblin. Peter attempts the same with the Goblin, who is in fact Norman Osborn, but he admits to changing his face to become unrecognizable. The spider-bots were reprogrammed and fitted with Goblin-serum and attacked Osborn. Just like that there is no more Goblin.

The issue does a great job at setting up the next arc in the franchise and resetting things for Peter to take the reigns once again. It will be nice to have him back, but I will admit that Doc Ock as Spidey will be missed. We will definitely keep an eye out for him in the future as well as Stone, Liz Allan and Norman. I really enjoyed Doc’s time as Spider-Man and I had hoped that there would room enough in this city for both of them. That would have been really neat to see and, who know, maybe Doc Ock will make another superior outfit and challenge Peter once again. One thing is for sure, however, the next time these two meet will be one superior…amazing…awesome issue.

It goes without saying that fine lines and perfect colors are a perfect match for Slott’s unique writing skills. Giuseppe Camuncoli draws the most incredible Spider-Man issues and every issue is a treat to look at. John Dell and Terry Pallot are amazing on ink and, well, everything about this team is awesome. When I find myself staring at each page in awe I tell myself that this has to be one of the best teams in comics today. All of that would be nothing colors by Antonio Fabela and letters by Chir Eliopolous.

And lastly, Anna Maria Marconi does get saved by Peter and her confession of love for Doc/Spider really touches him. He realizes that Doc did a good job even if he couldn’t complete it. Maybe people can change? He understands the sacrifice Doc had to make to save the people he loved and Peter contemplate that someone had to die in order for him to become the Amazing Spider-Man again. That someone was the Superior Spider-Man, but in the end, it’s Peter who was Superior all along. Welcome back Peter. Welcome home.

Thoughts and Discussion

– Where is Doc Ock? Will he be a villain fighting Peter again? Will he be a good guy for now?

– What will happen with the Goblin now? Will he turn back the effects of the serum that Parker injected him with?

– What are J. Jonah Jameson’s plans? Will he hold a grudge against Spidey and be a new antagonist?

– Will Peter put a fail-safe in place so the brain-swap won’t happen again?

Thanks for checking out my Review! Please comment below so we can discuss the issue further!

Story: Dan Slott – Script: Christos Gage – Art/Cover: Giuseppe Camuncoli – Ink: John Dell & Terry Pallot – Color: Antonio Fabela – Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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