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Review: Iceman #6

Writer Sina Grace, new series artist Robert Gill (Who ups the beefcake level considerably), and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg give Bobby Drake a fresh start on the West Coast in Iceman #6 as he reunites with his former Champions teammates: Angel, Hercules, Darkstar, and Ghost Rider (The Johnny Blaze version) in L.A. They start by sharing memories about their fallen friend Black Widow (Who was brutally fridged in Secret Empire by HYDRA Cap.), but the story gets much lighter. The banter between the short-lived superhero teammates is pretty fun, and best of all, Iceman finally gets to go on a date and do gay things with a cute guy out West.

Iceman #6 is a little short on action with the bad guy being a Hollywood effects wannabe/single mom, who decides to make her big mark by building a Sentinel and wrecking the city for some reason or another. Her motivation is pretty weak, and she’s basically just there to set up a superhero team-up in the next issue and set up a funny joke mixing Iceman up with the Silver Surfer. (Because they both wear trunks and nothing else sometimes, I guess.) But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Grace and Gill spend most of the issue establishing the bond between the once and future Champions and having Bobby flirt, dance, and yes, even make out with a guy he meets while waiting in line for a new pair of cool shoes. Judah uses even more ,and it’s nice to see someone finally show Bobby the ropes of being an out gay man with the painful coming out to his parents arc out of the way.

He does doing anything crazy or innovative with panel layouts, but Robert Gill brings a real energy and sexiness to his artwork in Iceman #6. My main problem with his art is that his civilian designs for Johnny Blaze and Angel are a little too similar, and I had to use context/comics backstory clues to realize that Bobby and Warren were having a heart to heart on the Hollywood sign, not Iceman and Ghost Rider. However, he more than redeems himself in the sequence where Bobby and Judah cut a rug on the dance floor that has a swirling energy and a blue from Rachelle Rosenberg that is part romantic, part “in da club”. Gill uses a couple inset panels to show off Bobby and Judah’s moves and flirting before zooming out for a big damn Hollywood kiss. He captures the fashion, fun, and friendship of my favorite gay bars and clubs, and some highlights are Hercules’ deep V and Ghost Rider trying to find parking for his bike next to some leather daddies. Grace’s writing digs into a nice vein of awkwardness, self-realization, and adrenaline that I definitely felt the first time I kissed a man  Yay for stubble on cheeks!

With the return of the Champions combined with Bobby going on its first date, Iceman #6 hits a nice sweet spot between Bronze Age era nostalgia and modern slice of life. Sina Grace writes the interactions between Bobby and the Champions like a college reunion (He even studied accounting in grad school during the original series.) with the memories of the past being the main conversation topic except for when he chats with Angel, who is like the good college friend you’ve stayed in touch with over the years. It’s also nice to see him go on a date and use his superhero buddies to impress his date while Robert Gill’s art is definitely more aesthetically pleasing than some of the previous visuals on Iceman.

Finally, the Iceman smooching in this issue is a great belated National Boyfriend Day present.

 Story: Sina Grace Art: Robert Gill Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Ghost Rider Returns for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Finale

Gabriel Luna‘s Ghost Rider returns for the season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on May 16. Ghost Rider and the team must stop Aida from ending the world. The episode, “Worlds End,” was written by Jeffrey Bell and directed by Billy Gierhart.

There’s just three more episodes left of the season and it’s unknown if the series will be returning for a fourth. The latter half of the season has seen the S.H.I.E.L.D. team trapped within a virtual reality world run by Aida and has Hydra in control with members twisted into new versions and some fighting as part of a resistance.

Preview: Ghost Rider #5

Ghost Rider #5

(W) Felipe Smith (A) Danilo Beyruth (CA) Felipe Smith
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99

FOUR ON THE FLOOR: CONCLUSION!

The gang’s all here: Ghost Rider, Silk, Wolverine, Hulk and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are taking on the big space monster that stole all their powers!

Preview: Ghost Rider #3

Ghost Rider #3

(W) Felipe Smith (A) Danillo Beyruth (CA) Felipe Smith
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 25, 2017
SRP: $3.99

SIBLING RIVALS!

Newly minted big sister Laura Kinney goes toe-to-toe with Tumblr’s favorite big brother, Robbie Reyes! Plus: Gabe versus Gabby! Hey, uh, is anybody gonna stop the giant purple alien rampaging through southern California?

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Preview: Ghost Rider #2

Ghost Rider #2

(W) Felipe Smith (A) Danillo Beyruth (CA) Felipe Smith
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 28, 2016
SRP: $3.99

MONSTER SQUAD!

The all-new fanfare following the Ghost Rider heats up! Robbie Reyes isn’t exactly a team player, so what’s he supposed to do with Amadeus Cho, a.k.a. the HULK, following him around? And who’s that hot on their heels? None other than the WOLVERINE!

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TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E8 The Laws of Inferno Dynamics

agents of shield season 4With the lives of everyone in Los Angeles hanging in the balance, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Ghost Rider find themselves working together.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wraps up the with the midseason finale that feels like sound and fury signifying nothing.

There’s a lot that goes on here as SHIELD and Ghost Rider take on Eli. And the Inhumans step up as a team including the director who straps on his own costume. A lot of the episode deals with Yo-Yo, Ghost Rider, and Quake stepping up as a unit. There’s lots of action and lots of special fx, but overall it feels pretty empty.

Stories wrap up nicely and a lot of new ones begin and overall there just feels like something was missing. We finally get an idea of what Eli’s plan is and it’s… something. I’m still not quite sure the point other than his being nuts. And when it’s all wrapped up it kind of feels like the writers weren’t sure where they were going with it all either.

Thrown into all of the action Mac and Yo-Yo’s relationship is really pushed. It’s something thats been danced around all season, but not really addressed in a long way, but it feels like it’s a major issue in this episode. Since it just is thrust front and center it feels really out of place due to that.

And the episode really feels like it’s a way to wrap up the rather listless plot for the first half of the year and moving us onto the next which will have more to do with ADA and LMDs. For fans of comics, that has potential and while this season generally feels improved it still has shown some major issues when it comes to the plotting.

Hopefully we’re done with this mess of a story… on to January!

Overall Score: 7.95

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Review: Ghost Rider #1

ghost_rider_1_coverIt’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?

I read a little of the previous volume of Ghost Rider, but for the most part skipped the series. So, while somewhat familiar with the Robbie Reyes version of the character, the whole possessed by the ghost of his evil uncle was something I was up on. After reading this issue, I’m not sure I know anymore than I did before.

Written by Felipe Smith with art by Danillo Beyruth the main story is… interesting. While Ghost Rider’s name is splashed across that cover it feels like a lot of the issues is devoted to, Totally Awesme Hulk!? Yes, the Hulk is peppered throughout the issue as Reyes story is broken up by a build up featuring that character. The problem is, there’s not really any payoff with the Hulk in how Ghost Rider ties in, so the scenes feel like someone produced the comic wrong and mixed up the two series. It’s confusing and an odd choice that takes the focus away from a character who is garnering some interest with a high profile spotlight in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Then there’s a back-up story written by Smith with Tradd Moore on art. This addition is a bit more straight forward in the comic sense with Reyes having someone attempting to steal his car. It’s nothing earth shattering, but it’s entertaining and looks great.

Beyruth’s art is ok for the series and has a generic feal about it all. In fact the Hulk scenes felt like they could be found in that series, so things feel replaceable. Not necessarily a good thing but also not horrible. It evokes a little of Moore’s style that made the previous volume so cool to look at, though it doesn’t copy it.

Moore’s contribution on the other hand is as solid as solid can be as expected. I love Moore’s art and he always adds a kinetic energy that’s just fun to look at.

The choices for this issue are… interesting to say the least. With pages that feel like they’re from an issue of Totally Awesome Hulk and then another character showing up at the end, the issue feels like something you’d find many issues down when sales have dwindled and a crossover is needed to boost sales. I can’t see folks who came to this from the live action version would stick around after this issue. I’m seriously perplexed.

Story: Felipe Smith Art: Danillo Beyruth, Tradd Moore
Story: 4 Art: 6.7 Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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