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It’s a new week with lots of news and more coming up. What geeky things did you all do this weekend? Sound off in the comments below! Here’s some news and reviews you might have missed while you were out having fun.

The Mary Sue – Female-Led Investment Group Buys the Weinstein Company Assets – Very nice twist to things.



Herts Advertiser – Astonishing X-Men: Life of X

Comic Attack – Bloodborne #1

Herts Advertiser – Marvel Legacy #1

Talking Comics – Redneck #10

Talking Comics – Royal City #10

The Beat – Speak

Why I Won’t Miss Marvel’s Iceman Comic

I have had such a love/hate relationship with Sina Grace‘s Iceman run over its nine issues, but issue nine tipped the scales from “Hey, this is a fun book. I’m feeling it” to “Daken is hot, and it’s nice to see Northstar and his husband, but wow, this is bad.” After spending the five issues having Bobby summon up his courage to come out as gay to his parents via letter, Grace and new series artist Robert Gill have had him let down his hair and relax in the four issues of the “Legacy” era. While having a reunion with his old Champions teammates, Bobby met a cute boy named Judah Miller in L.A. and was thinking about leaving the X-Men and moving to Southern California. This was really a big step for him as a character, and it seemed like Iceman was starting to explore his sexuality more for the first time since he came out in November 2015’s Uncanny X-Men #600.

But that didn’t happen. In Iceman #9, Gill continued to bring the beefcake, and it looked like he and Sina Grace were turning in yet another fun issue with Bobby introducing Judah to his X-Men family and a fight against the mutant-phobic (And probably homophobic) Purifiers while setting up Daken and his edgelord acolyte Amp as the main villain. A throwaway line about the gay former X-Force/X-Factor member Rictor breaking up with his longtime partner Shatterstar should have foreshadowed that events were going to take a turn for the sinister. This is when Daken stabs Judah and makes a joke about fridges, and the plot reason is basically to make Iceman angry and use more of his potential powers.

It’s the “bury your gays” trope in a comic that up to this point has seemed to be about finding your own unique identity even when people hate and criticize you like Bobby’s parents about his life as an X-Man and a gay man.

This trope is even more disappointing coming from Sina Grace, who is a gay man himself, and has written insightful graphic memoirs like Self-Obsessed Nothing Lasts Forever , and even Not My Bag is a humorous, relatable look at balancing an artistic career with a dead end retail job.

Instead of mining the potential of Iceman moving three time zones away from the X-Men and beginning his first romantic relationship with a man, Grace and Gill go for cheap drama and stale story elements. They don’t make an attempt to add Judah Miller to the great stable of “civilian” X-Men supporting characters, like Moira MacTaggert or Stevie Hunter, and just kill him off to further Iceman’s story and make Daken a “more evil” villain.

Also, changing Daken from a seductive manipulator who kisses Judah right in front of Bobby into a remorseless killer makes him much less interesting character. Sure, his powers might have an upgrade, and he might have a new look thanks to the Apocalypse death seed inside him, but the whole sexy bad boy thing goes away. After Daken kisses Judah, there’s a great opportunity for Bobby and Judah to have a talk about their difference in sexual experience, but I guess that’s too mature for a Marvel comic and takes time away from edgy jokes, fight scenes, and mind control drama.

In a very later seasons of The Walking Dead way, killing off Judah does up the stakes of Iceman and finally gives the book a real Big Bad after going more of a villain/antagonist of the week route ranging from Purifiers to Juggernaut and weirdly and slightly more sympathetically, a woman trying to make it in Hollywood by jerry-rigging her own Sentinels. However, Sina Grace falls into the trap of writing gay men as wholesome Modern Family/Will and Grace types, who enjoy fashion and brunching and bisexual men (Really man because Daken is the only bi character in Iceman.) as sexually predatory and villains.

We’re good for fun sexy times and intense flirtation, but definitely aren’t someone to bring home to the X-Men or parents.

I’m not saying that Grace really thinks bisexual men are sociopaths, but it’s a little sad that gay characters, like Bobby, and to a lesser extent after this issue, Judah, can be fully fleshed out human beings with desires, interests, and neuroses while a bisexual character gets coded as the bad guy, who, oops, makes funnier jokes than the good guys. Daken going completely off the rails without having a solid villain motivation beyond his “edgy” bisexual coding is a regressive, boring throwback to the queer coding of Disney villains and using society’s implicit biphobia to make them seem both evil and seductive. It’s up there with connecting Deadpool’s pansexuality to mental illness.

Daken doesn’t have to be a cuddly, Drag Race watching superhero with a strict, no kill policy, but he has to have a stronger character motivation beyond adolescent nihilism or “for the evils”. For example, Steve Orlando wrote the gay anti-hero Midnighter as a murderer, but he killed those who exploited others like he was exploited by the men who experimented on him and implanted his brain with technology to see the outcome of every fight. This is much more fascinating than depraved bisexual serial killer.

Throughout its run, Iceman has suffered from inconsistency in quality from the constantly changing artists to the heavy decompression and sometimes after school special tone of Bobby coming out to parents his in the first storyline. Up to this point, the “Legacy” storyline hasn’t been bad thanks to some fun guest stars like the younger Iceman, Champions, and Northstar and Kyle in Iceman #9, but then Sina Grace decided to sacrifice character growth for hackneyed plot “twists”.

Instead of doing something revolutionary with a rare opportunity to have a gay male character headline his own Marvel book, he falls back on the same old story patterns of mind controlled, queer coded villains and a dead, barely fleshed out love interest to make the light hearted hero darker and more vengeful.

It’s nice to have a mainstream comic book featuring a queer male character as a headliner, but we as readers deserve more than Will and Grace meets Women in Refrigerators, which is why I’ll be missing Iceman less than I probably should. His solo title had an excellent opportunity to zero in on Bobby’s relationships and growth, but now he’ll probably be back as the X-Men’s resident dad jokester and source of untapped potential without even getting to take a shot and see what his life would be outside that world.

Review: Darkhawk #51

Years ago, Chris Powell discovered a mysterious amulet that allowed him to transform into the spacefaring gladiator known as DARKHAWK. With his newfound edge against crime, he stood against some of the most extreme threats the Marvel Universe has to offer! Now, when two members of the Fraternity of Raptors descend on New York with designs on stealing the amulet and returning it to the stars, it’s not Darkhawk who has to rise to the challenge…it’s Chris Powell!

With these Marvel Legacy one-shots, Marvel is testing the waters to see readers’ reactions and if any of them should continue on in some way. Out of all of them that I’ve read so far, Darkhawk #51 makes the best case it should continue on.

Written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims Darkhawk #51 is actually better in many ways than a lot of the regular ongoing series Marvel’s currently printing. Bowers and Sims pull off the issue not only catching up readers but also making the comic accessible for new readers as well. You don’t need to have read the previous fifty issues, the issue has everything you need in one issue and then some. It feels like a first issue in many ways and the premise presented fills a gap and adds to one of the weaker elements of Marvel right now, their cosmic offerings. At one point a half dozen comics covered that side of the Marvel Universe resulting in epic stories and this issue feels like it’s the start of that in many ways.

But, more important than the set-up is the writing team’s focus on Chris Powell. This isn’t just about him as Darkhawk but his relationships are too. He’s engaged, his father’s history is explored, how that impacts his position in the police department. There’s a lot packed in and in one issue we get a hell of a lot of character development.

The art by Kev Walker is top notch. For a one-shot the art isn’t shorted here and if things were to continue, I’d love to see Walker continue. There’s some solid action and page layouts. The art is actually better than some of the regular ongoing series. It just clicks bringing a mix of slice of life and action.

I’ve enjoyed some of the one-shots released so far but this one makes the case it should continue and makes you question why it’s taken so long for this series to pick up again.

Story: Chad Bowers, Chris Sims Art: Kev Walker Cover: David Nakayama
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Frenemies Are Brought Together in Spider-Man/Deadpool #23!

The tables have turned. No longer an Avenger, Deadpool is living a life of crime. There’s only one super hero who can guide him to the right path and that’s…Spider-Man?! That’s the Marvel Legacy story that will begin in November, when Robbie Thompson teams with artist Chris Bachalo for Spider-Man/Deadpool #23.

The Merc with the Mouth and the webslinger may have their differences, but they’ve got one thing in common: they’re both at odds with each other. And despite Spider-Man’s best efforts, Deadpool is back to his old ways – he’s become an arms dealer in the absence of S.H.I.E.L.D.

But Spider-Man determined to bring his frenemy back to the right side of the law. And when a familiar villain from Spider-Man’s past makes an appearance, the two super heroes have no choice but to team up to save the world!

Spider-Man/Deadpool #23 features a cover by Chris Bachalo.


Marvel Legacy Week One Sells Out and Gets Second Printings

On the heels of Marvel Legacy #1 being the best-selling issue of 2017, Marvel is pleased to announce that all week one Legacy titles have sold out, and will immediately return for a second printing: Avengers #672, Iceman #6, Iron Fist #73, Jessica Jones #13, Royals #9, Spirits of Vengeance #1, Venom #155 and X-Men: Gold #13.

The 1 million BC Avengers in Marvel Legacy #1 were just the beginning – over the past few weeks, Marvel Legacy has pushed the Marvel Universe into a new and exciting direction with epic adventures, returning fan-favorites, and fresh story arcs from top creative teams.

Missed them the first time? Don’t miss your chance to get caught up on some of the most exciting titles when they return to comic shops this November!

Written by MARK WAID Written by AL EWING
FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17 FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17
FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17 FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17
Written by ED BRISSON Written by MIKE COSTA
FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17 FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17
FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17 FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17

Review: Avengers #672

Marvel Legacy comes to the Avengers in this renumbered refresh that picks up post Secret Empire in a story that has a foot in the past with a story that references some recent past storylines but not enough that it impedes the enjoyment of the story and comic.

In Avengers #672, the countdown has started as the High Evolutionary, a twisted scientist determined to create a better world at all costs, sets the Earth on a collision course with destruction! The Avengers and the Champions are ready to meet this threat – but will their first cataclysmic clash deter them from Changing the World?

Written by Mark Waid, this issue is all about the coming together of these two teams that in a way that is similar to that first team years ago. A villain brings together heroes for what is sure to be his doom. In this case it’s the High Evolutionary and a story that references the “other Earth” on the other side of the Sun. That’s not super important right now, but who knows in the future.

The issue is really about these two teams and how they gell and for the most part the interactions are pretty solid. There’s lots of friction due to age and “experience” as the senior heroes meet their junior counterparts. It’s good, though for this series to succeed in the long term it’ll need to find more material to mine than that. But, as far as a “classic” feel, this does that, but the classic it mines is more of the forgettable but enjoyable years. We’ll see if that changes.

The art by Jesus Saiz is really good and enjoyable for the main story but where it really shines. Daniel Acuña there does a fantastic job running folks through what brought the original Avengers together in a story written by Robbie Thompson. Thompson does a good job of condensing things.

Overall, the issue isn’t bad and enough to get me to see what happens next but it doesn’t quite deliver an experience that has me excited.

Story: Mark Waid, Robbie Thompson Art: Jesus Saiz, Daniel Acuña
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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A new week and we’re gearing up for New York Comic Con! Who’s going and what are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the convention to start, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Broadway World – Graphic Novel-Inspired ‘CIRCLE OF BLOOD’ Will Be Shadowbox Live’s Next Original Show – Interesting. The next Fun Home?

CBR – Former Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie Exits Publisher – What will he take a bite out of next?

ComicMix – Marc Alan Fishman: Can I Love the Art But Not the Artist? – A very intriguing question. What do you all think?


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The Outhousers  – Infamous Iron Man #12

Talking Comics – Marvel Legacy #1

Comic Attack – War Mother #2

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Herald Argus – Parks department to offer ‘Comic Book Project’ – Interesting and sounds cool.


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Newsarama – Batman: The Murder Machine #1

Newsarama – Generations: Miles Morales: Spider-Man & Peter Parker: Spider-Man #1

Newsarama – Generations: Sam Wilson: Captain America & Steve Rogers: Captain America #1

Newsarama – Hi-Fi Fight Club #2

CBR – Marvel Legacy #1

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What’d you all enjoy? What’d you all dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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CBR – Deadly Class Lands Syfy Pilot, Russo Bros. Attached – We’ll ask again, what comic doesn’t have alive action adaptation in the works!?


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Newsarama – Marvel Legacy #1

Comic Attack – Spider-Men II #3

Review: Marvel Legacy #1

It all starts here…

It begins at the dawn of the human race, and ends with a child’s prayer! In between, empires fall, mysteries brew, secrets are revealed, quests are undertaken and legends are forged! All leading up to the dramatic return you’ve been waiting for – and one you’ve been dreading!

After months of build up, Marvel Legacy #1 kicks off the next phase of the Marvel universe much like the numerous “bridge” issues we’ve seen post major events. It does a decent job of setting things up and teasing what’s to come, but as a read on its own, the issue feels a bit lacking.

Written by Jason Aaron with art by Esad Ribic, Russell Dauterman, Chris Samnee, Alex Maleev, Stuart Immonen, Pepe Larraz, Jim Cheung, Daniel Acuna, Greg Land, Ed McGuinness, and Steve McNiven, Marvel Legacy is a bunch of segments acting as preludes as to what’s to come down the road. It’s not a complete story instead catching us up on where characters are and where things will go.

It’s not bad at all and much of what it teases has me excited and wanting to see where it all goes, which is its goal. However, there’s something that feels a bit hollow about it. It doesn’t do much of a job of addressing the social ramifications of Secret Empire, just its impact on institutions and the teases shown will only really excite die-hard Marvel fans.

Infinity Stones are thrown into the mix, Celestials are focused on, and a legacy of characters is presented with an Avengers team from a billion years ago and not a whole lot of explanation about them other than they’re earlier versions of today’s characters. It’s pieces of a puzzle that forces the reader to connect the dots and I’m not sure there’s enough to interest new ones, though there should be enough to interest old ones.

In other words, this issue plays to Marvel’s long history and backstory that only the die-hards will really appreciate. It’s audience are the Wednesday warriors, not new readers. And in that way, it feels like a missed opportunity.

There’s lots of reveals and returns of characters, things I’m not going to spoil in this review like other sites. Instead the primary enjoyment is that discovery but I hope you know your Marvel history to truly get it.

The art is solid and beautiful at times, no shocker with the artistic team assembled, so even if the story falls flat the art is at least great to look at.

Whil not bad, it also feels like it’s a missed opportunity. The issue plays to those who know Marvel’s history with the full enjoyment only really being experienced when you truly understand everything you’re reading. This is the trailer for the film to come and like a trailer, it has me interested in what’s to come but in itself, it’s not a complete story.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Esad Ribic, Russell Dauterman, Chris Samnee, Alex Maleev, Stuart Immonen, Pepe Larraz, Jim Cheung, Daniel Acuna, Greg Land, Ed McGuinness, Steve McNiven Cover Art: Joe Quesada
Story: 6.95 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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