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Preview: Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #2 (of 6)

Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #2 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Daniel Bayliss
Subscription Cover: Humberto Ramos
Price: $3.99

Forced to share the wheel, Jack Burton and Snake Plissken must make the best of their unwanted companionship on the dystopian road trip of a lifetime. The mystery behind their meeting is revealed, with the return of some old enemies, and the unearthing of a world shattering threat.

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Preview: Totally Awesome Hulk #11

Totally Awesome Hulk #11

(W) Greg Pak (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Terry Dodson
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 26, 2016
SRP: $3.99

CIVIL WAR II TIE-INS!

With the BLACK PANTHER watching his every step, the HULK takes on a mysterious new arch-enemy. But who is AMADEUS really after?

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Review: Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #1

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Writer Greg Pak serves up some serious magic in this BOOM! Studios crossover comic. In part one of this six issue story arc we find the one and only Jack Burton riding along with his usual confident swagger with ghost world Lo Pan riding shotgun.

Things take a turn for the weird when his truck is sucked into a mystical wormhole bringing him face to face with an alternate world. In a case of mistaken identity, bad guys assume he’s the mega bad ass Snake Plisskin. In an attempt to keep himself and his sidekick alive he plays along until he can get to safety.

Turns out the Wang Chi doppelgänger of this world has used some magical artifacts to bring forth the baddest mofo he can think of Snake Plisskin. Unfortunately, his lack of Madarin skills and time may have summoned the wrong antihero. Which as far as I am concerned is an easy mistake, Kurt Russell was the biggest bad ass of the 80s/90s,  these two classics combined are great but, there’s also Tango and Cash to contend with.

But, alter-Wang may not have gotten it all wrong after all because in a bar in the badlands sits Snake Plisskin getting his drink on and listening to a radio. After a bit of action, Plissken eventually sets off on a hunt for the FauxSnake.

Snake is not down with the copy cat version of himself stealing his thunder and rocking his name. When the two finally link up you get a real life split screen version of two amazing characters and realize just how alike they are. The baddies are now at the gate, Snake, who always loves a fight, is down with the challenge and Jack is on board in an attempt to grab at the glory.

Overall this was a killer comic and I can’t wait to see how this arc plays out. The writing and scenes are very 80s John Carpenter and that makes the premise even doper!

Daniel Bayliss serves up classic 80s comic book art making every panel magic. It’s a real page-turner and anyone who digs Carpenter’s work , Snake or Jack will love the homage, artistry and style. It is the best kind of throwback and the mashup to end all mashups. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Daniel Bayliss
Story: 7.8 Art: 8 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1 (of 6)

Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artists:
Main Covers A & B: Daniel Bayliss
Subscription Cover: Michael Allred
East Vs. West Incentive Covers: Michael Cho & Andy Belanger
Movie Poster Incentive Cover: Oliver Barrett
Price: $3.99

It’s the mother of all crossovers as Jack Burton and Snake Plissken meet for the first time ever anywhere! Done with director John Carpenter’s complete blessing, witness this melee of the mullets as two cult-classic characters made famous by actor Kurt Russell crossover in an improbable adventure.

As lightning cascades around Jack and his good ol’ Pork-Chop Express, he finds himself transported and driving through the horrors of what seems to be the dystopian future of…Escape from New York?! Snake Plissken catches wind of Jack and goes on the hunt to find who is trying to steal his identity. Prepare for the road trip of a lifetime, with Jack and Snake rumblin’ down the streets of a dystopian future to find what craziness caused Jack to jump through worlds.

Written by Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk, Action Comics) and illustrated by Russ Manning Award nominee Daniel Bayliss (Kennel Block Blues, Translucid).

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Monsters Unleashed Prelude Sets The Stage For Marvel’s Monstrous New Series!

Long before Super Heroes patrolled the skies, mammoth monsters roamed the Marvel Universe – leaving wanton destruction in their wake. Now, they have returned! Before their explosive re-emergence in the all new spectacular Monsters Unleashed #1 – catch up on the rich history of these marvelous monsters with the Monsters Unleashed Prelude TPB coming to comic shops and bookstores everywhere in January! Peel back this brand-new cover from artist Greg Land and you’ll find a treasure trove of iconic stories and first appearances! Titanic tales from the past and present designed to get fans everywhere prepared for Monsters Unleashed!

Before the can’t-miss first issue of Monsters Unleashed in January, meet a menacing menagerie of unforgettable monsters, Marvel mainstays, and some major players in Monsters Unleashed! Featuring Monstrom, Grottu, Moomba, Bruttu, Orrgo, Elsa Bloodstone, Lady Hellbender, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and many more!

Monsters Unleashed Prelude TPB collects Fearless Defenders #8, Marvel Zombies (2015) #1, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1, Totally Awesome Hulk #2-3 and material from Strange Tales (1951) #73 & #90, Tales to Astonish (1959) #11-13, #15, #17, #19 and #23; and Tales of Suspense #15, #17, #19 and #22.

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ISBN: 978-1-302-90089-2
Written by STAN LEE, LARRY LIEBER, CULLEN BUNN, SIMON SPURRIER,
AMY REEDER, BRANDON MONTCLARE and GREG PAK
Art by JACK KIRBY, WILL SLINEY, KEV WALKER, NATACHA BUSTOS & FRANK CHO
New Cover by GREG LAND
264 pgs…$34.99
FOC – 11/14/16, On-Sale – 01/04/17

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Review: Kingsway West #1

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After spending thirteen years in a war that made him a monster, a Chinese gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to live in peace with his wife, Sonia. But even in a fantastical Old West crackling with magic, a man of his skills can never quite disappear. So when a woman with a red-gold sword brings bloody chaos to his doorstep, Kingsway must fight for his life, his wife, and his very soul.

Magic, gunslingers, and swordsman collide in the premiere issue of Kingsway West written by Greg Pak. The fist issue manages to showcase a solid, action-filled, pace as everyone seems to lust after red gold, the one element in the world that is more magic than science. It all comes together to create a really solid first issue, that leaves you wanting more.

Artist Mirko Colak manages to showcase a strong degree of realism, and heavy violence. Even with fantasy based creatures like dragons, and bigfoots running around the world feels real. I’m really curious to see what other fantasy-inspired creatures and elements get added as the story continues.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Mirko Colak
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Civil War II: The Fallen #1

Civil War II The Fallen #1 CoverAs a giant falls, friends and enemies alike gather to mourn his passing. Amadeus Cho, Rick Jones, Betty Ross, Thunderbolt Ross, the Warbound and more. Can they all keep a level head – or will some of them get ANGRY? Plus, what secrets lie in the Last Will and Testament of Bruce Banner?

Written by Greg Pak, Civil War II: The Fallen #1 deals with the aftermath of the murder of Bruce Banner by Clint Barton. A funeral. A follow up with various key Hulk characters. A Last Will and Testament. A lot is thrown into this issue which feels rather rushed and a bit choppy.

What’s presented in this comic is pretty important and closes some plots while opening up some others. The issue is a set of chapters that work slightly together as if a bunch of scenes were written, but it wasn’t clear how to actually tie them all together in a smooth narrative. But, most importantly, none of this had to be in its own comic one-shot. There really isn’t a reason this couldn’t have been a part of a few other Civil War II tie-ins.

The issue attempts to give a funeral for Banner as well, but that too feels barely thought out. There’s some discussion on the duality of the character, monster and hero, but the scene involving that feels flat and lacking real emotion. Much of the issue is like that.

The art by Mark Bagley really falls short as well. I’ve like Bagley’s work and was shocked when I looked to see whose name was on the comic I thought it was that bad. It looks and feels rush, exactly what I’d expect for a comic event tie-in put together by the “B” team, but this is Bagley! C’mon!

The comic as a whole is just flimsy in so many ways. Lacking much emotion. A series of scenes. Art that just doesn’t work. All for $4.99. This one is an absolute pass unless you’re a die-hard Hulk fan or obsessive completist.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Mark Bagley
Story: 5 Art: 5 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Preview: Kingsway West #1

Kingsway West #1

Greg Pak (W), Mirko Colak (A, Cover), Wil Quintana (C)

After spending thirteen years in a war that made him a monster, a Chinese gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to live in peace with his wife, Sonia. But even in a fantastical Old West crackling with magic, a man of his skills can never quite disappear. So when a woman with a red-gold sword brings bloody chaos to his doorstep, Kingsway must fight for his life, his wife, and his very soul.

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Escape From New York and Big Trouble in Little China Crossover Thanks to BOOM!

It’s a double dose of Kurt Russell as BOOM! Studios is bringing together Big Trouble in Little China and Escape From New York in a crossover comic Big Trouble in Littla China/Escape From New York.

The comic has the blessing of John Carpenter and will be written by Greg Pak with art by Daniel Bayliss. It finds Jack Burton transported to the dystopian future of 1997 where he meets Snake Plissken. Both characters were played by Russell in their films.

Check out the connecting covers for the series below.

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Review: Civil War II – Totally Awesome Hulk #7

34733fec-afb7-4529-8307-24f499462e89_Screen20Shot202016-06-3020at206.14.0720PMFor those of you who have been keeping up with Marvel’s Secret Wars saga along with the new Civil War II series, Totally Awesome Hulk #7 will answer the one question folks have had since the franchise introduced Amadeus Cho as the new version of Hulk. In the 8 months since the Secret Wars ended, what happened to Bruce Banner? And where has he been since the Hulk’s gamma powers were transferred to Cho?

The story starts with Bruce Banner coming to at the side of a road, freaked out and stealing clothes from a nearby farmhouse in classic post-Hulk-out fashion. (This opening reminded me of the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno Hulk TV Show where Bruce would wander up a random road at the end of almost every show). When Banner tries to make a phone call at a nearby bar the owner of the stolen clothes recognizes him and confronts him, (I always used to wonder why that never happened more often). Only this time, when Bruce is threatened, he doesn’t Hulk out. In fact, he seems to be suffering from temporary amnesia, because he can’t remember why he can’t feel the Hulk anymore.

Amadeus Cho, the new version of the Hulk does make an appearance in this issue and he shares the Cliff’s Notes version of how he and Bruce changed places. Cho’s version of the Hulk is very different, because, as he explains, he’s different. Cho’s transformation appears effortless, less agonizing both during and post Hulk out compared Banner’s. He embraces his new role as a hero, but as previous issues have revealed, he’s never looked at Hulk or Banner any other way. Cho is smart, confident, and not at all freaked out by his psyche’s new green roommate.

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On the flip side, remember how when Bruce wasn’t the Hulk, he was socially awkward, always on the run, anxiety-ridden and plagued by guilt? Well, this version of Bruce is still like that…just..all the time. This is a bit of a mid-life crisis for Bruce as this is the first time in his life that he hasn’t had to worry about accidentally hurting people or property damage, and it has a profound effect on him.

 

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What I Think

I have been a little wary of Marvel’s “All New All Different” all e’er thing, because as many of us cry for diversity in comics we often get reboots of only one or two characters thrown at us in tribute. However, I think this is a fun series and I think Greg Pak and Frank Cho have everything to do with that.

With issue #7, Pak’s writing is reminiscent of Peter David’s classic tormented Banner mindset, (which I really liked) and my only wish here is that there were a couple more pages of it. Alan Davis replaces Frank Cho as the penciler in this issue and personally, I miss him, but Chris Sotomayor’s colors make everything feel congruous enough that the switch isn’t too jarring. I did feel, however, that Cho in human form, resembled more of a skinny Kpop star on his day off rather than a super-scientist.

But then again, Cho isn’t Banner.

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I believe this is the point of this issue. The storyline definitely feels like we’re being prepped for something, and it wraps up what happened to Banner fairly well.  I feel Banner’s representation here is exactly what Bruce would do if he woke up and realized that the Hulk was no longer a part of him. For good. I really wanted one comic totally devoted to the retelling of how this switch happened, instead of being spoon fed the story in flashbacks and memories, but this will do.

This is classic all-ages Marvel, but this issue is a slight departure from the main arc and is definitely for folks who are Banner fans since Cho really only makes a guest appearance. This comic is definitely worth a read and I’m curious what will happen next. What are they going to do with Banner? Are we being prepped for two Hulk’s in the Marvel U like we have two Spideys and two Captain Americas? I also find it interesting that in each case one version of each of the aforementioned characters is a person of color.

Writer: Greg Pak Penciler: Alan Davis Inker: Mark Farmer
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Artists: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer & Matt Hollingsworth Editor: Mark Paniccia


screen-shot-2016-01-14-at-6-47-27-pm@theblerdgurl is a commercial film/video editor by day and comic book reading, anime watching, TV live tweeting,  K-Pop listening, blog writing, geek gurl by night. She is on a mission to shine a light on indie, female and comic artists of color and highlights them and their work on her blog theblerdgurl. She currently lives in a century old brownstone in Brooklyn with 2 cats who plot her demise daily. You can also find her on twitter, facebook, instagram,  tumblr and snapchat.

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