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Review: Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1

Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1

Legacy can be an impediment in finding one’s own path in life. It can be something you try to live up to because it always has been great. It can also be something because it is great, that the pressure becomes too much. Then there is one whose legacy, they are trying to escape.

Family can certainly be a burden, one whose presence outlives its mortal coil. As there are family members who are no longer with us, whose imprint on the family is so strong, you cannot break from them. AS their presence on Earth was more than a presence in your life, it changed who you became. In Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1 we find one of Hulk’s descendants in the far reaches of the universe, where those looking for him will either find friend or foe.

We are taken to the Planet Sakaar, where a large crowd has gathered to talk about the legend  of Hulk, who they fear, as his ancestors are amongst the inhabitants, but stay in hiding. So when one of them gets kidnapped by a crazed they search fro one of banner’s descendants but instead finds Amadeus Cho, who reluctantly helps .Meanwhile in New Mexico, She Hulk and Skaar are looking for Bruce, as they are looking to get back to Sakaar. By the issue’s end, Amadeus must fight his way out and Skaar looks to find his own way.

Overall, Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1 is an excellent debut issue that the shows the vastness of this saga that started with Planet Hulk. The story by Pak is exciting. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that will have readers running to grab the second issue.

Story: Greg Pak Story: Manuel Garcia
Ink: Cam Smith Color: Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Star Wars: Yoda #1

Star Wars: Yoda #1

When it comes to Star Wars, there are so many iconic characters. Han Solo is my personal favorite. He was cool before I knew what the word meant. Then there’s Lando Calrissian. That was the first time I saw a man of color have that much power onscreen. Boba Fett showed the world that a man of few words can be the most mysterious and gain such popularity. Then there’s the iconic Darth Vader, the most imposing figure in pop culture, voiced by the immortal James Earl Jones.

Yoda, while loved in his debut, has grown in popularity. Both iconic and enigmatic, fans as are still finding out new things about him. In every story he’s in, he is both revered and feared, almost the most formidable character in the Star Wars universe. In Star Wars: Yoda #1, we find another gem about who Yoda was before we meet him in the original trilogy.

The issue debuts with Yoda deep in the swamps of Dagobah, where a former apprentice has used the Force to reach out to him. He remembers back to his time in Turrak, where they are being invaded by foreign invaders, but sends a message to Coruscant, which is received by the Jedi Temple. Yoda, despite his stature as Grandmaster, decides to answer the call himself, as he senses the danger there and the need of the force. By the issue’s end, he defeats the invaders and decides to stay, until the problem is eviscerated.

Overall, Star Wars: Yoda #1 is a  fun debut issue which will have fans wanting more. The story by Scott is fun. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that looks to shows s a different side to this icon.

Story: Cavan Scott Art: Nico Leon
Color: Domo Sánchez-Almara Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Star Wars: Revelations #1

Star Wars: Revelations #1

In the recent foray for Star Wars, Andor , we see the rise of a revolution. We find out exactly what happens when people have enough. When a society is oppressed, they eventually will push back. This holds true for most environments, even not on a national stage. I have seen potboilers in combat situations, where people lose all composure, because of someone acting tyrannical.

Eventually, no one suffer fools or injustice. As people who do things because they feel they are in the right, is because of self preservation. The reality is, it is a perversion of the truth, it is a lie they tell themselves so that they can sleep at night. In Star Wars: Revelations #1 we find out when the people the Empire is supposed to serve, fights back.

We find Darth Vader as he seeks guidance from the Webbish Bog, as he senses an unseen threat headed his way. As Lady Q’Ra has found the Fermata Cage, something the Emperor needs and he dispatches Vader to secure it. We also catch Luke, as he senses a disturbance in the force,  as they arrive on Klugson’s Moon,  a planet not on any interstellar chart, where they encounter Ajax Omega,  a onetime revolutionary droid, who looked to supplant sentient beings, which leads to a skirmish between the two. By the issue’s end, Vader escapes an ambush and is even more determined to extinguish the enemies of the Empire.

Overall, Star Wars: Revelations #1 is a muddled mess of an issue. The story by Guggenheim is action packed but looks to do too much in one issue. It teases what’s to come at the detriment of entertainment. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, Star Wars: Revelations #1 is an issue that doesn’t quite live up to its ambition and mission.

Story: Marc Guggenheim Art: Salvador Larroca, Pere Pérez, Emma Kubert, Justin Mason, Paul Fry
Ink: Wayne Faucher Color: Guru-eFX, Dono Sánchez-Almara Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Midnight Suns #1

Midnight Suns #1

I remember the first time I read a team up in comics. It felt cool whenever your favorite characters would get together. This is initially what drew me to the animated series Spiderman and His Amazing Friends as a kid. Peter’s interactions with the Firestar and Iceman made the series so entertaining and fun.

I did not know it then but it was giving me the foundation of how it is to work within a team. It definitely helped me in organized sports, knowing that you have to work with each other to win. This absolutely made it crystal clear when I joined the military, as we all had our part. In Midnight Suns #1, a new team is formed to face a very evil threat.

We’re taken to a town called Centerville, where a young woman that goes by the name of Mary Beth Zoric, is being threatened with a gun, for practicing Black Magic. We are also taken to the Strange Academy, where we meet Zoe Laveau, is a new student at the school, who is having a hard time adjusting, but right when it looks like she will be just fine, she has a dark vision, one that looks to change her whole life. Blade summons the Midnight Suns, as Nico Magik saw the same vision as Zoe. They take it as a harbinger of evil to come. By the issue’s end, they fend off an attack by a hoard of demons but find an unlikely foe in Dr. Doom.

Overall, Midnight Suns #1 is a fun issue but somewhat predictable. The story by Sacks is serviceable. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, it’s a fine team up but not one which I can exactly say I am compelled to continue.

Story: Ethan Sacks Art: Luigi Zagaria
Color: Antonio Fabela Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Transformers: Best of Arcee

Transformers: Best of Arcee

When it comes to 80s cartoons, I can’t say that there were really any strong female protagonists. The exception being She-Ra, and even that franchise was marred with problematic representations. Then there were overtly sexualized female characters like Smurfette in The Smurfs.

As it was very rare to find any real character development in any of those characters mentioned. It was not until the Transformers movie, where we even saw character like Arcee, who can stand on her own. She not only was a fierce warrior but had a prolific story that carried on in comics. In Transformers: Best of Arcee we get to know more about this Transformers’ iconoclast.

In “An Uneventful Night”, Arcee gets in a friendly fight with her brothers , one in which she learns a n important lesson and saves Earth from a falling spaceship. In ”No Fair Fight”, Arcee delivers the a decisive blow in defeating Galvatron.  In “The Life Of Sideswipe”, Arcee and the rest of the Transformers find out an old ally has outlived his usefulness, giving him an honorable death.  In “Unforgivable”, Arcee flirts with a long time rival, showing her true intentions at the very end.  In “Aspects Of Evil Part 2”, Hot Rod and Arcee fight off an ambush from Galvatron as he attempts to steal the Matrix. In the last story ”Run”, we find out how Arcee and her brothers left Cybertron for Earth

Overall, Transformers: Best of Arcee is a fun set of stories which gives this character her proper spotlight. The stories by the creators are exceptional. The art by the creative teams are magnificent. Altogether, it’s a set of stories that will have fans wishing there was more.

Story: Mairghread Scott, John Barber, Simon Furman, Brian Ruckley
Art: Sara Pitre-Durocher, Andrew Lee Griffith, Kei Zama, Art Wetherell, Umi Miyao, Beth McGuire-Smith
Color: Yamaishi, Josh Burcham, John-Paul Bove, Josh Burcham
Letterer: Tom B. Long, Glib, Jake M. Wood
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Star Trek: The Mirror War – Troi #1

Star Trek: The Mirror War – Troi #1

As we strive on in our journey of life, people often don’t take a chance to reflect.  We get swept up in our everyday troubles and never really take a chance to smell the flowers. We’re always looking for our next ship to arrive, rather than enjoy the current destination. We never really ruminate on how we got where we are.

It’s not until you get older that you start to see it’s the journey that makes you. It is what makes you resilient. It’s what prepares you for the road ahead. In Star Trek: The Mirror War – Troi #1, we find a fan favorite’s voyage thus far, in the Mirror Universe.

We find Troi back on Earth as she reflects on what got her here, and exactly what she had to sacrifice, as we begin back on Betazed, where we find her giving up her people as a pawn piece to the Empire. We soon find out just how skilled a mind she is, as she meticulously manipulates Picard and the crew of the Stargazer to take out the insurrectionists defying her rule as administrator. The final stroke that imbued her to Picard is her betrayal of her closest advisor, showing that she would do anything for power. By the issue’s end, this version of Troi will do anything to grab power, including murder.

Overall, Star Trek: The Mirror War – Troi #1 is an intriguing take on my personal favorite from the Star Trek: The Next Generation, one that proves that sometimes a mind is more dangerous than any man made weapon. The story by Nijkamp is intractably woven. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, this issue shows what a missed opportunity it was for this series to have never gotten a chance to play in this universe.

Story: Marieke Nijkamp Art: Megan Levens
Color: Charlie Kirchoff Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Star Trek #400

Star Trek #400

Anyone that’s a fan of Star Trek will tell you just how affected they are by the franchise. One becomes immersed within the first few minutes. It’s far more than a military science fiction thriller but a study of the human condition. Each of the properties have done an amazing job of not just entertaining but discussing relevant issues in society.

There has never been a IP which outright talks about societal ills like Star Trek. It was the first show I watched where I felt like I was not alone. It made being smart feel like you stood out for all the right reasons. In the 400th issue of the long running IDW Publishing comic, Star Trek, a collective of creators come together to tell some tales in this connected universe.

In “Captain’s Log”, we find Kirk as he writes final Captain’s log, as he recalls what would a lifetime of memories. In “Soldier On”, We find O’Brien as he foils a Cardassian spy, alerting their military, that Starfleet is a formidable foe. In “Meanwhile”, Scotty wakes up from a nap to notice that no work has been done, and decides his day is already done. In “A Matter of Choice”,  we find out exactly where Wesley Crusher has been all these years and how did he end up  being a guardian of time. In “Starfleeter”, we find a young Keyla Detmer as she bonds with a young Klingon warrior, eventually becoming friends. In “A Perfect System”, a sentient being name Gary Mitchell realizes the mission of Star Trek makes his existence, none essential, as it is in good hands.  In “Where No Publisher Has Gone Before”, the impact of the franchise in comics is told .

Overall, Star Trek #400 is an excellent tribute to this franchise which has meant so much to so many people. The stories by the different writers is astounding.. The art by the different artists is incredible. Altogether, a worthy tribute  and an excellent addition to the canon.

Story: Chris Eliopoulos, Declan Shalvey, Mike Johnson, Wil Wheaton, Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Rich Handley
Art: Luke Sparrow, Seth Damoose, Angel Hernandez, Joe Eisma, Megan Levens, Ramon Rosanas
Color: DC Alonso, Steve Dellasala, Ronda Pattison, Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Jake Wood, Neil Uyetake, Nathan Widick
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Wakanda #1

Wakanda #1

When Chadwick Boseman passed, the world pretty much stopped. As everyone was dealing with fatigue of COVID and the deaths related. Never would anyone think that someone like him would pass. As he was the first actor who played a superhero whom many of us saw ourselves in.

So when the news broke that they would continue on with a sequel to the modern classic, Black Panther, many did not know what to expect. As the world speculated that the role would be recast. To many fans great delight, it was not, and they found a way to carry the story forward in Wakanda Forever. In Wakanda #1, fans get to know more about the world where T’Challa was born and a true history of every Panther before him.

In “ Shuri”,  we find a Wakanda with T’Challa on the run, as his sister looks to use her lab for good, creating a synthetic type of vibranium. As she tries to understand how to navigate her future without her brother, Rhino uses smugglers  infiltrate his way into the nation state, but Shuri is there to stop him in his tracks. By story’s end, we find out Rhino was not operating alone, as an old foe surfaces. In “ History Of The Black Panthers Part One”, we are taken to 1,000,000 BC, in the Wakandan wilderness, where we discover how the first Wakandans survived and how many of their myths came to fruition and how the first Black Panther fought his way to the top to lead his people.

Overall, Wakanda #1 is an excellent debut issue which shows why fans have loved the birthplace of T’Challa, even before the movies. The stories by Williams and Narcisse, are funny, powerful and resonating. The art by the different creators are awesome. Altogether, a must buy for Black Panther fans.

Story: Stephanie Williams, Evan Narcisse Art: Paco Medina, Natacha Bustos
Ink: Walden Wong, Elisabetta D’Amico Color: Bryan Valenza, Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Namor: The Sub-Mariner – Conquered Shores #1

Namor: The Sub-Mariner - Conquered Shores #1

Kevin Costner is one of those actors whose resume is more prolific than most living actors. When I think about the breadth of movies he has starred in, I often look at the diversity of roles  he has occupied. The only other actor to have done as much may have been Robert Redford. It helps that both often take on roles to subvert their looks.

As Costner has played in every genre, with his most complex being, his current one on Yellowstone. My personal favorite being his role in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. One of his most lauded was Waterworld, whose premise was laughed at, but we fast forward to the present, and it seems more like a reality. In Namor: The Sub-Mariner – Conquered Shores #1, we see through another lens just how the world would be ran undersea ruler.

We are taken to a dystopian future where most the world is underwater and the iconic Statue Of Liberty can only be seen through the hand holding her flame. We soon find out that the Kree is responsible for the accelerated state of Earth, leaving human to hide and plunder resources where they can, while Namor’s people live in … world supremacy. This leads to Namor retiring and letting his younger cousin, Namorita, take the throne in his stead. We are taken to “Dry Man’s Land”, where humans tear each other apart for nothing at all, as an older Captain America tries desperately to keep the peace as much as possible. As Luke Cage sees different, wanting more than what the Atlanteans give them to survive. By Issue’s end, the peace between the two factions ends abruptly, as an unlikely hero emerges from Namor’s past.

Overall, Namor: The Sub-Mariner – Conquered Shores #1 is an intense story that will remind many of DMZ but set in a sunken future. The story by  Cantwell is astounding. The art by the creative team is marvelous. Altogether, a more than worthy addition to this complex antagonist who will soon see screen time .

Story: Christopher Cantwell Art: Pasqual Ferry
Color: Matt Hollingsworth Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Star Trek: Picard – Stargazer #3

Star Trek: Picard - Stargazer #3

Being part of the military always gave me a purpose. I felt listless before I joined the military, not sure of the direction my life was headed. Suddenly after boot camp, I had an idea. I found out things about myself that I never knew needed to be unearthed. 27 years later, that imprint is in everything I do , even doing hospital corners on my bed sheets.

The greatest thing I took from my time, is to give to something bigger than myself. The mere act of selflessness is one that I had to mature in. All those who have served will tell you, that we don’t have fear, it is how we move forward despite. In the final issue of Star Trek: Picard – Stargazer #3, we find Picard and Seven of Nine as they fight to save a people and a planet  where they may very well, lose their lives.

On Jenjor IV, Seven of Nine just found out about the ambush of Picard and the Jenjorans, and she must work out a plan to rescue them. Meanwhile, the Romulans start their attack on the Stargazer, which leads to a firefight between the two ships. Unfortunately, Reska and Picard are kidnapped by the Romulans, who decide to gambit Jean Luc for ransom, a chance which did not pay off, as Reska, takes control of the ship killing most of their crew. By the issue’s end, Picard leaves Jenjoran IV on a path to prosperity, while Seven of Nine gets an unexpected call from a familiar voice.

Overall, Star Trek: Picard – Stargazer #3 is a grand finale that will get fans primed for the final season of Picard. The story by the creators is exhilarating. The art by the creative team is striking. Altogether, a powerful ending to a an excellent bridge story.

Story: Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson Art: Angel Hernandez
Color: J.D. Mettler Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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