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Preview: Deadpool: Black, White, & Blood #4 (of 4)

Deadpool: Black, White, & Blood #4 (of 4)

(W) Christopher Yost, More (A) Hikaru Uesuigi, More (CA) Ryan Brown
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Nov 10, 2021
SRP: $4.99

ALL BLED OUT!
• The grand finale of DEADPOOL: BLACK, WHITE AND BLOOD includes a Chris Yost and Martin Coccolo story that must be seen to be believed
(and even then, you still won’t believe it)…
• …a story from the best-selling DEADPOOL: SAMURAI manga team, Sanshiro Kasama and Hikaru Uesugi…
• …and an ALL-RED ALLRED tale, written and drawn by Mike Allred!

Deadpool: Black, White, & Blood #4 (of 4)

Underrated: Scarlet Spider (2012)

Scarlet Spider has always been one of my favourite Spier-Man sub characters, and even more so when his former enemy (and clone) Kaine took up the mantle. However unwillingly. I recently reread the series, and so, as you can see, wanted to revisit an old column.

The series more than holds up.


This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The 2012 Scarlet Spider run.


Scarlet_Spider_Vol_2_1

I have always enjoyed stories about villains becoming heroes, struggling to atone for or come to terms with their actions; I’m a sucker for a good redemption story, I’ll admit. There’s something about somebody striving to earn forgiveness when surrounded by people who don’t believe in them I’ve always enjoyed.

With 2012’s Scarlet Spider we get almost the exact opposite of that. A man who just wants to disappear surrounded by those who inexplicably believe in him.

I originally added this to my pull list with its first issue way back in 2012, I had assumed that the Scarlet Spider in question was Ben Reilly in a new costume, and not Kaine. I’m sure had I been reading the Spider-Man comics at the time I’d have known better, but I figured this was a good place to jump on board – and I wasn’t wrong in that sense, but I was wrong about who was wearing the costume. So I settled in to enjoy a story about Spider-Man’s clone, and as I hoped I ended up loving the series.

But not for the reasons I expected. Instead of a heroic story featuring Ben Reilly, Scarlet Spider delivered something I wasn’t expecting – and ended up loving more than I thought I would given my initial expectations of who I was going to be reading about.

The story starts with Kaine trying to get to Mexico, having recently been cured of the cellular degeneration he was suffering as a clone (it’s a whole thing that’s explained in multiple stories and other resources), he’s seeking a chance to finally live his life free of the constant agony he used to suffer. But, as with any good story featuring a Spider, things inevitably get in the way of that and Kaine gets stuck in Houston, quickly becoming the city’s own resident super hero. The series was written by Chistopher Yost, who was joined by a variety of hugely talented pencillers, inkers and colourists throughout the series 25 issue run (there were also  couple of specials and tie-in issues that bulk up the issue count if you want the whole story).

The full run remains one of my favourite Spider stories, in part because of the redemptive nature, but also because it’s just really good. But like all series that features a lesser known character it was cancelled because of low sales – though Kaine still pops up as the Scarlet Spider from time to time, and I will always try to grab those issues as and when I can. Scarlet Spider is a brilliant alternate to Spider-Man as we see a hero with, as the tag line so eloquently puts it, “all of the power, and none of the responsibility.” But Kaine is still a Parker, and as he begrudgingly accepts the responsibility of being the Scarlet Spider, we get to see a villain slowly change into (well, almost) a hero. However reluctantly.

This is a fantastic run, easily one of my favourite parts of my collection, but it’s one I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

ComiXology Features 5 New Comics including Daredevil and NYX/X-23!

There’s five new digital comics on comiXology today from Marvel and Harlequin. You can get shopping now or see the individual issues below!

Daredevil Vol. 4: Underboss

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Alex Maleev
Cover by Alex Maleev
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #26-31.

Who put out a hit on the Kingpin… and Matt Murdock? The mystery man named Mr. Silke has inspired Wilson Fisk’s lieutenants to rise up and take down the Kingpin of Crime! What is the connection between the underbosses’ uprising and the contract on DD’s life?

Daredevil Vol. 4: Underboss

Daredevil Vol. 5: Out

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Alex Maleev
Cover by Alex Maleev
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #32-40.

When Matt Murdock’s most guarded secret is sold to a tabloid newspaper, Daredevil’s secret identity is exposed to the world! How far will the Man Without Fear go to reclaim his life?

Daredevil Vol. 5: Out

Daredevil Vol. 6: Lowlife

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Alex Maleev
Cover by Alex Maleev
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #41-45.

After his secret identity as Daredevil is publicly exposed, Matt Murdock is forced to reckon with the problems and legal ramifications that emerged as a result of his public outing. But there isn’t much time for Matt to dwell on his problems, as a new love appears on the horizon and one of Daredevil’s most dangerous foes returns to take over the NYC underworld!

Daredevil Vol. 6: Lowlife

Nyx/X-23

Written by Craig Kyle, Joe Quesada, Christopher Yost
Art by Joshua Middleton, Billy Tan, Rob Teranishi
Cover by Billy Tan
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Collects X-23 (2005) #1-6 and NYX #1-7.

You think you know, but you have no idea. In NYX VOL. 1: WANNABE, X-23 joins up with a pack of New York City gutterpunks, the likes of which the Marvel Universe has never seen! The X-Men’s dream has always been one of creating hope from despair–in a young mutant’s darkest hour Charles Xavier will always be just around the corner, ready with open arms and a helping hand. But Xavier can’t be everywhere at once. What becomes of a group of young mutants that have to rely on themselves for everything from food to shelter to love? Wayward angels with dirty faces who, instead of preparing for Magneto’s next big assault, must learn to survive in the cold, harsh world of the city that never sleeps. The world of the X-Men is brought to the streets, and the struggle for survival has never been more uncertain…

Nyx/X-23

Tall, Dark & Royal Vol. 1: Dynasties: The Connellys

Written by Leanne Banks
Art by Hiroko Miura
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Erin has been sent to the US to teach royal etiquette to Daniel Connelly, who’s next in line for the throne of her home country, Altaria. She’d heard he was the typical oafish American, but when she meets him, she’s surprised to find out how charming and sexy he really is. She can’t help but fall in love. But the difference in their social stations isn’t the only problem… In fact, Erin has secret orders to take him down!

Tall, Dark & Royal Vol. 1: Dynasties: The Connellys

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Marvel and Harlequin Deliver 6 New Digital Comics For You on comiXology

There’s six new digital comics available now on comiXology from Marvel and Harlequin. Revisit some classic stories or enjoy some romance manga now. Check them out now or the individual issues below.

Avengers: Above And Beyond

Written by Kurt Busiek, Steve Englehart, Roger Stern, Roy Thomas
Art by Ian Churchill, Alan Davis, Steve Epting, Tom Grummett, Klaus Janson, John Paul Leon, Jorge Lucas, John McCrea, Pat Olliffe, Ivan Reis, Paul Smith, Jim Starlin
Cover by Alan Davis
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Collects Avengers (1998) #36-40, #56 and Annual 2001; and Avengers: The Ultron Imperative.

The Avengers learn what too much of a bad thing can be when they face a city of robots and a village of Hulks! And in other international news, Blood Wraith has a BIG problem with Ultron’s extermination of Slorenia! Meanwhile, Silverclaw shines and Triathlon triumphs in Kurt Busiek’s penultimate Avengers saga! Featuring the villainy of Ultron, Diablo and Kang the Conqueror.

Avengers: Above And Beyond

Captain Universe: Universal Heroes

Written by Jay Faerber, Craig Kyle, Jeff Parker, Christopher Yost
Art by Carlos Magno, Francis Portela, James Raiz, Paulo Siqueira
Cover by Daniel Acuna
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Collects Captain Universe: Daredevil, Increcible Hulk, Invisible Woman, Silver Surfer, X-23 and material from Amazing Fantasy (2005) #13-14.

Captain Universe is known as the name for the recipient of the mysterious Uni-Power, a special kind of energy that endows an individual with superhuman powers during a time of crisis. How it has determined its hosts in the past remains a mystery. Now, the unraveling of one of the greatest enigmas in the universe begins as the Uni-Power must possess a handful of Marvel heroes-Hulk, Daredevil, X-23, Invisible Woman and Silver Surfer-to save itself form an enemy hell bent on its destruction!

Captain Universe: Universal Heroes

Last Hero Standing

Written by Tom DeFalco
Art by Pat Olliffe
Cover by Mark Bagley
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Collects Last Hero Standing #1-5.

The great heroes of the Marvel Universe are vanishing without a trace! What has happened to Spider-Man, the Thing, the Scarlet Witch, Captain America and the rest of the MU’s heavy hitters? Spider-Girl, the Fantastic Five and A-Next must join forces with today’s superstars to uncover the answer – and the trail leads to a major Avengers villain! Does the presence of the Watcher signify the end of this age of heroes?

Last Hero Standing

Last Planet Standing

Written by Tom DeFalco
Art by Pat Olliffe
Cover by Pat Olliffe
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Collects Last Planet Standing #1-5.

At last! The long awaited sequel to last year’s surprise hit, the sold-out Last Hero Standing, which Ray Tate of Silver Bullet Comics called “a comic book mini-series that’s worth buying!” For centuries beyond reckoning, Galactus has consumed entire worlds to satiate his never-ending quest for sustenance, but now he has a new plan – one that may threaten the very existence of the entire Universe! Featuring Thor, the Warriors Three, the Avengers, Spider-Girl, the Fantastic Five and the Shi’ar Imperial Guard!

Last Planet Standing

Mega Morphs

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Lou Kang
Cover by Lou Kang
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Collects Mega Morphs #1-4.

Some dangers are too big for even the Marvel Super Heroes; that’s when they activate Tony Stark’s newest inventions: the Mega Morphs! Super-powerful, high-tech transforming robots piloted by the unlikely team of NEW AVENGERS’ Spider-Man, Captain America and Wolverine — along with Ghost Rider and the Hulk?! Join fan-favorite writer Sean McKeever and superstar-on-the-rise Lou Kang for furious fighting featuring Marvel’s heaviest heroes in giant-robot action!

Mega Morphs

The Tycoon’s Marriage Bid/The Fifth Day of Christmas

Written by Betty Neels, Patricia Thayer
Art by Kuremi Hazama
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When Ellie’s delivery truck crashes, she is surprised that a handsome businessman offers to help her out. Normally, she is happy to reject any man’s advances, choosing to focus on developing her family’s wine brand instead. But something about this man enchants her. After he helps her, she expects to never see him again. That is, until he shows up later on her property, offering to buy out her family’s precious vineyard!

The Tycoon's Marriage Bid/The Fifth Day of Christmas

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Underrated: Scarlet Spider (2012)

I recently, finally, found the Scarlet Spider Marvel Legends action figure after more than a year of searching. In honour of that personal triumph, I decided to reread the 24 issue Scarlet Spider series from 2012… and because of that, I wanted to revisit the series here.

It more than holds up.


This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The 2012 Scarlet Spider run.



Scarlet_Spider_Vol_2_1

I have always enjoyed stories about villains becoming heroes. With 2012’s Scarlet Spider we get exactly that. When I originally aded this to my pull list, I had assumed that the Scarlet Spider in question was Ben Reilly in a new costume, and not Kaine. I’m sure had I been reading the Spider-Man comics at the time I’d have known better, but I figured this was a good place to jump on board – and I wasn’t wrong.

But not for the reasons I expected. Instead of a heroic story featuring Ben Reilly, Scarlet Spiderdelivered something I wasn’t expecting – and ended up loving more than I thought I would.

The story starts with Kaine trying to get to Mexico, having recently been cured of the cellular degeneration he was suffering as a clone (it’s a whole thing that’s explained in multiple stories and other resources), he’s seeking a chance to finally live his life free of the constant agony he used to suffer. But, as with any good story featuring a Spider, things inevitably get in the way of that and Kaine gets stuck in Houston, quickly becoming the city’s own resident super hero. The series was written by Chistopher Yost, who was joined by a variety of hugely talented pencillers, inkers and colourists throughout the series 25 issue run (there were also  couple of specials and tie-in issues that bulk up the issue count if you want the whole story).

The full run remains one of my favourite Spider stories, in part because of the redemptive nature, but also because it’s just really good. But like all series that features a lesser known character it was cancelled because of low sales. Scarlet Spider is a brilliant alternate to Spider-Man as we see a hero with, as the tag line so eloquently puts it, “all of the power, and none of the responsibility.” But Kaine is still a Parker, and as he begrudgingly accepts the responsibility of being the Scarlet Spider, we get to see a villain slowly change into (well, almost) a hero.

This is a fantastic run, easily one of my favourite parts of my collection, but it’s one I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Review: Battlescars

Battle Scars #1 Cover

When it comes to movies that do conspiracies right, not too many measure up to the Manchurian Candidate. It’s a movie and a book about the son of a prominent American family running for office but has been secretly brainwashed into being an assassin in a wide-reaching communist conspiracy. The story was so good that it was remade a few years ago starring the venerable Denzel Washington. Many movies have tried to emulate the level of tension within the story, but none has succeeded including the remake.

That was until I saw The Guest starring Dan Stevens in the titular role, where he portrays himself as a soldier, a friend of the son of one family whose son died in action. As with most stories that seem ordinary, this one takes a turn for the worst, as he is government trained killer, who the government ends up looking for. These type of stories usually become good the slower the mystery unravels. This is the case in the Fear Itself book, Battle Scars, one which finds our protagonist, not your typical solider as he has everyone looking for him, including every superhero in the Marvel Universe.

We meet Marcus Johnson, an Army Ranger, whose mere presence is a threat to some and not knowing exactly why, as he has become public enemy number one. As his mother is killed in what looks like a robbery, he comes from Afghanistan, to attend her funeral, and to only discover someone looking to take him out, Taskmaster. This is when Captain America comes to rescue him, where he gets into SHIELD custody, which he soon finds out is a prison. Johnson eventually breaks out, finds an old Army buddy, and hunts down Taskmaster to get some answers, which unfortunately runs him right into the path of Deadpool. As we soon find out the reason he was being hunted, and that his DNA is the secret to our villain’s long life.

Overall, an interesting origin story to a beloved character wrapped in a mystery leading to pulse pounding thriller. The story by the creative team is action packed and intense. The art by Eaton is beautiful. Altogether, an excellent story which is definitely more than meets the eye.

Story: Cullen Bunn, Matt Fraction and Christopher Yost
Art: Scot Eaton
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell Join Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

The main cast is set for Netflix‘s live-action Cowboy Bebop. John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell have all been cast in lead roles for the series based on the anime.

Cho will star as Spike Spiegel, a bounty hunter with some style. Spiegel and his partner Jet travel the solar system purusing the most dangerous bounties.

Shakir is Cho’s partner as he’s playing Jet Black, an honest cop who is crushed by a betrayal which forces him to become a bounty hunter.

Fay Valentine will be played by Pineda. The character was cryogenically frozen, has amnesia, and is also a bounty hunter.

Hassell is Vicious who is a notorious hit-man and also Spike Spiegel’s ex-partner and arch-enemy.

Casting continues for the series which has been picked up for 10 episodes. Original anime director Shinichiro Watanabe is consulting on the project while Christopher Yost is writing the first episode and executive producing the series.

Review: Cable: The Last Hope Vol. 2

The Mutant Messiah has been found and she’s Mutantkind’s last Hope. Cable heads to the future to protect her and is joined by X-Force. But, Bishop, Stryfe, and Apocalypse are all looming.

Cable: The Last Hope Vol. 2 includes X-Force/Cable: Messiah War, Cable (2008) #13-25, X-Force (2008) #14-16 an X-Men: Hope by Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Duane Swierczynski, Mike Choi, Ariel Olivetti, Paul Gulacy, Gabriel Guzman, Humberto Ramos, George Caragonne, Paco Medina, Clayton Crain, Steve Dillon, and more!

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 24! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/comiXology/Kindle
TFAW

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Underrated: Scarlet Spider (2012)

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The 2012 Scarlet Spider run.



Scarlet_Spider_Vol_2_1I have always enjoyed stories about villains becoming heroes. With 2012’s Scarlet Spider we get exactly that. When I originally aded this to my pull list, I had assumed that the Scarlet Spider in question was Ben Reilly in a new costume, and not Kaine. I’m sure had I been reading the Spider-Man comics at the time I’d have known better, but I figured this was a good place to jump on board – and I wasn’t wrong.

But not for the reasons I expected. Instead of a heroic story featuring Ben Reilly, Scarlet Spiderdelivered something I wasn’t expecting – and ended up loving more than I thought I would.

The story starts with Kaine trying to get to Mexico, having recently been cured of the cellular degeneration he was suffering as a clone (it’s a whole thing that’s explained in multiple stories and other resources), he’s seeking a chance to finally live his life free of the constant agony he used to suffer. But, as with any good story featuring a Spider, things inevitably get in the way of that and Kaine gets stuck in Houston, quickly becoming the city’s own resident super hero. The series was written by Chistopher Yost, who was joined by a variety of hugely talented pencillers, inkers and colourists throughout the series 25 issue run (there were also  couple of specials and tie-in issues that bulk up the issue count if you want the whole story).

The full run remains one of my favourite Spider stories, in part because of the redemptive nature, but also because it’s just really good. But like all series that features a lesser known character it was cancelled because of low sales. Scarlet Spider is a brilliant alternate to Spider-Man as we see a hero with, as the tag line so eloquently puts it, “all of the power, and none of the responsibility.” But Kaine is still a Parker, and as he begrudgingly accepts the responsibility of being the Scarlet Spider, we get to see a villain slowly change into (well, almost) a hero.

This is a fantastic run, easily one of my favourite parts of my collection, but it’s one I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Review: X-Men: Domino

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Domino!

X-Men: Domino collects Domino (1997) #1-3, Domino (2003) #1-4, X-Force: Sex and Violence #1-3, material from X-Force & Cable Annual ’95, A+X #10, and Uncanny X-Men Annual (2016) #1 by Ben Raab, Joe Pruett, Brian Stelfreeze, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Todd Dezago, Adam Warren, Anthony Piper, David Perrin, Gabrielle Dell’Otto, and Daerick Gross.

Get your copy in comic shops and in book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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