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cover_newts_cv1It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Paste Magazine – Phases of the Moon Knight: How Marvel’s Mentally Ill Vigilante Became its Best Character – Your thoughts on the character?

The Beat – Tilting at Windmills #256: The death of retail? – Pretty sure this gets written every year by someone. Retail has reportedly been dying for a few decades now. Still, an interesting read.

 

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The Beat – Dumbing of Age

Newsarama – Ghost Rider #1

The Beat – Ms. Marvel #13

Newsarama – New Talent Showcase #1

ICv2 – Scum’s Wish Vol. 1

Newsarama – Superman Annual #1

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libbys_20dad_20cover_20small_originalIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone looking forward to? What are you buying? Sound off in the comments below!

While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Kotaku – From Gold Farming To Gamergate, The Gaming Ties Of Donald Trump’s White House – An interesting read.

Smash Pages – Corey Lewis’ ‘Sun Bakery’ anthology moves to Image Comics – Very interesting.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Ghost Rider #1

The Beat – Libby’s Dad

The Beat – Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches From Turkey, Syria, and Iraq

Newsarama – Savage #1

Talking Comics – Super Powers #1

Talking Comics – Ultimates 2 #1

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E7 Deals With Our Devils

agents of shield season 4After losing half of their team, the remaining members look for answers as time begins to run out for Ghost Rider.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back after a bit of a break and some of the team has been sucked into the ghost world (not sure what else to call it). That leads to one of the more interesting things of the season where the episode is split between color and black and white depending on whose perspective it is.

It’s a bit of a distraction storywise, but the bigger aspect of it is its focus on Robbie and Ghost Rider. Robbie was sucked in which causes Ghost Rider to jump to Mac. Some coolness is a nod to classic Ghost Riders as he drives around on a motorcycle with a shotgun on his back. Fans of Blaze and Ketch Ghost Riders will notice the nod.

It also forces us to get a better idea of the relationship between Robbie and Ghost Rider and the deal they’ve got between them. It hasn’t been fully explained, but here it’s laid out pretty well. It also gives us a bit question mark as to what’s next for the character who is rumored to get a Netflix spin-off at some point. There’s also the fact Mac has now experienced the Ghost Rider, so he and Robbie are tied together in some ways which should play out nicely.

There’s also the reveal of Ada to a bunch of folks and she steps up to help save the day in a way. For those that have seen Doctor Strange, some of what happens there looks and feels very familiar and it’s a nod to the movie without directly tying into the film.

Overall, a not bad episode with some interesting new aspects thrown in. It feels fresh in many ways, both visually and storywise. Though the danger doesn’t every quite gel and feel like it’s a big deal, it’s better than the villain of the week fights we’ve seen over and over. It also moves along the story while setting some other things forward as well. One of the stronger episodes of the season.

Overall Score: 7.95

Preview: Ghost Rider #1

Ghost Rider #1

(W) Felipe Smith (A) Danillo Beyruth, Tradd Moore (CA) Marco Checchetto
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $4.99

ROBBIE REYES IS BACK!

It’s hell on wheels as the Spirit of Vengeance makes his roaring return! A mysterious object from space crash-lands in southern California, drawing some of the brightest minds in the Marvel Universe to Ghost Rider’s backyard – including Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk! What mayhem will be unleashed as the High-octane Hothead comes face-to-face with the Jade Genius? And with Robbie still possessed by the ghost of his evil uncle Eli…who’s really in the driver’s seat? Then, meet the newest speed trap in Ghost Rider’s life as his original creators Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore reunite for a special backup story and the debut of an all-new villain. Strap in and start your engines, True Believer, this one’s gonna be a scorcher!

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Ghost Rider#1 Brings Wheels of Vengeance to Marvel NOW!

Start your engines, True Believers – because this one is a scorcher! That’s right, Robbie Reyes is back and he’s hitting the gas and driving straight for your local comic shops in the all-new Ghost Rider #1! Robbie’s co-creator Felipe Smith is back to pen the ongoing adventures of this high-octane hot head and he’s bringing new series artist Danilo Beyruth along for the ride!

A bizarre and powerful object has been unearthed in Southern California, and the mystery behind it has lead Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk right to Ghost Rider’s backyard! What chaos will be unleashed when this jade giant comes face-to-face with the ultimate speed demon? Plus – this oversized first issue also includes a special back-up tale from Felipe Smith and artist Tradd Moore featuring the debut of Ghost Rider’s newest nemesis! Who is Pyston Nitro, and what is her endgame?

Strap in and buckle up, because the ride is just getting started. Don’t get left in the dust!

GHOST RIDER #1 (SEP160959)
Written by FELIPE SMITH
Art by DANILO BEYRUTH AND TRADD MOORE
Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO
Variant Covers by FELIPE SMITH (SEP160960), TRADD MOORE (SEP160961), And SKOTTIE YOUNG (SEP160960)
Hip-Hop Variant by FELIPE SMITH (SEP160963)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160964)
TV Photo Variant Also Available (SEP160966)
Blank Variant Available (SEP160965)
FOC – 11/07/16, On-Sale – 11/30/16

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TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E6 The Good Samaritan

agents of shield season 4The shocking origin story of Robbie’s transition into Ghost Rider is revealed as the lives of Coulson and the team hang in the balance.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is much improved after a rather dull previous episode as it really focuses on the origin of Robbie as Ghost Rider and stopping whatever happens with the Darkhold.

As the new Director looks for Robbie and Daisy to arrest them we’re given flashbacks as Robbie recounts what happened on the day he turned. It’s a really solid story as we get the same story from his and his brother’s perspective. It’s a really good way to go about it as we get where Robbie’s guilt comes from.

What I think is really solid though is all of the winks and nods the episode gives fans of Marvel. Robbie’s origin involves a certain motorcycle riding character. We’ve been told he made a deal with the devil, but it’s not the devil you’d expect. I know I got super excited to see it on screen and something I wasn’t expecting. There’s also references to Agent Carter and the Dark Force from the second season. It’s another nice wink that makes that series a bit more relevant. Finally, we get a Roxxon reference!

All of that, plus adding in some twists and turns and the episode is one of the strongest of the season by a long shot. What’s impressive is it was able to do all of that but also really move the story along the way. We have motivation for why folks want the Darkhold and some solid confrontations. A lot is packed into the episode and it all comes together smoothly as well as feeling like nothing gets short shrift.

This was a nice bounceback from last week’s episode which had me falling asleep. More of this please!

Overall Score: 8.15

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E5 Lockup

agents of shield season 4Robbie Reyes attempts to control the Ghost Rider; S.H.I.E.L.D. breaks into a high-security prison to decipher secrets.

Eli Morrow Robbie’s uncle

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is rather boring in its fifth episode as Robbie and some of SHIELD head to grab his uncle Eli Morrow from prison before the other ghosts get him instead.

The whole episode plays off of the fact people lose it when they’re infected by the ghost-like beings. That of course, gets the prisoners riled up for the eventual moment when everyone is let loose to fight the agents as they try to make their escape.

And that’s my issue with this episode. That’s about it when it comes to what happens and the whole build up until the end. It’s predictable and you can see where it’s going the entire time. There’s very little that’s exciting or shocking. Call it writing by numbers.

There is a cool moment that involves Robbie channeling his inner Ghost Rider and taking up a flaming chain. It’s something so many of us have been waiting for and we got the payoff.

But for me, that’s about it for the episode. It got us to the next thing where the end needed to be so we can get to the next episode and move the story along. For the season though, this was the most boring episode so far. Here’s hoping the next one is a bit more interesting.

Overall Score: 6.70

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E4 Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire

agents of shield season 4As Ghost Rider’s quest for vengeance brings him into an explosive confrontation with S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and Mack must rely on an unlikely ally in their time of desperate need; and Daisy reunites with a familiar face to stop the Watchdogs.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings some things together as we finally get an idea as to what the main goal of the bad guy is (sort of) and Ghost Rider, Daisy, and Coulson’s SHIELD come together.

The episode has Daisy and Robbie/Ghost Rider going after the Watchdogs and need to help of a familiar face from last year. There’s a twist to that little plot and it’s absolutely the worst thing of the episode. It’s a plot twist that’s not explained and so far just thrown out there. We don’t quite get why this particular thing happens and it the Watchdogs basically become a side story for the season based off of what is revealed. Hopefully they weren’t just a macguffin to get characters to this point, but we’ll see.

There’s some cool moments. Coulson and Robbie get into a drag race with some solid humor and entertaining back and forth between Coulson and Mack. It’s cool to see the two power cards take each other on and how Robbie is stopped got me to laugh pretty good. So, the action is decent.

We also get some more with Ada and I have no idea where the plot with the life model decoy is going. I’m interesting in seeing it, because this is a concept that’s really ingrained into the Marvel universe and opens up a lot of possibilities. Again, there’s some humor there too.

But, the biggest reveal is what the ghost is after and it’s an item that really takes the series and Marvel Cinematic Universe into some spiritual territory. It’s something familiar to comic fans, or at least those who read Marvel’s horror comics of the 90s. I don’t want to ruin it, but it’s a cool blast from the past for me. It’s also clear the show is going to tie into Dr. Strange somehow.

Again, the episode is a decent one. It’s not bad in any way, but it also doesn’t quite jump out to me. There’s some good. There’s some bad. Thankfully more good than bad. The episode had a goal and that was to bring together some of the characters and it pulled that off in an interesting way. We also have a direction going forward and out of everything, that’s the most interesting aspect of the episode.

Overall Score: 7.70

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E3 Uprising

agents of shield season 4May fights for her life as her illness worsens and Simmons and Dr. Radcliffe try to save her. Also: Coulson, Mack and Fitz attempt to thwart a rogue group looking to end Inhuman Registration.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gives us a pseudo stand-alone episode as a group sets off electronic magnetic pulses and demands the end of Inhuman Registration. There’s an obviously different motive for the move and it’s pretty clear what their plan is. It’s all convoluted, so not sure what the overall point is to it all, but it’s an episode that doesn’t dive too deep into everything else going on, but sets things up for what’s to come down the road in the series.

The rogue group really feels like it’s more meant to give some drama to May’s recovery and also put Daisy and Robbie closer together.

The loss of power expands around the country forcing some of the SHIELD team to deal with the EMP source and also Daisy and Robbie to deal with issues locally. It’s all decent with some team building but overall, kind of boring. There’s some great special fx using Yo Yo, but overall, nothing jumps out too much as far as the rest. In fact, seeing her in motion really emphasizes how boring the rest of the episode is.

Then there’s May’s condition. Simmons and Dr. Radcliffe work to save her and that too feels like there was just a need to resolve the issue, but not really a major understanding of what is happening.

The episode overall is very blah and not too exciting. It moves the plots set up in the previous two episodes but itself lacks a lot of excitement. It also sets up some things to come like who is really behind the attacks.

The episode isn’t bad, but it also isn’t necessarily good. It just is.

Overall Score: 7.65

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E2 Meet the New Boss

agents of shield season 4Daisy goes to battle Ghost Rider at a terrible cost, and Coulson faces the new Director, and his bold agenda surprises them all.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps up the momentum with the second episode of the fourth season with a whole lot going on to move the various plot points along.

Daisy talks to Robbie and gets to know him a bit. Sadly this is both good and a low point in some ways in that it follows the rather stereotypical path of fighting and then teaming up eventually. I wish things went a bit differently, but it is what it is.

Most of the episode though is to introduce the new S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Jeffrey Mace played by Jason O’Mara. That’s a character that comic fans will know, but this one is a bit different and how much the television version is similar to the comic version remains to be seen. But, there’s a reveal here that’s pretty cool.

The episode also moves along the whole “ghost” story and it’s interesting. It’s clear from the make-up that this part ties into Doctor Strange which is out this November, but what’s going on and how Ghost Rider fits in is actually a solid mystery.

This second episode was really solid with great action, a great build to whatever is happening, and a slow reveal. I have no idea what happened over the summer but the show really feels like a solid reboot in many ways and I have to say, the show is finally working.

For once… I’m actually looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Overall Score: 8.15

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