Tag Archives: secret empire

Around the Tubes

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

Around the Tubes

Democrat & Chronicle – New Rochester-based comic book aims to unite – This sounds rather interesting.

CBR – Legendary Acquires Film Rights to Nate Simpson’s Nonplayer – Which comes out first, the movie or the next issue?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

IGN – Secret Empire

Review: Secret Empire Omega #1

Hydra has fallen, but the world is not secure! As the heroes of the Marvel Universe stir from the wreckage of the battlefield, the inevitable rebuilding must begin. One big question hangs in the air over the proceedings: What redemption can there be for Captain America?

This is it (hopefully), the final nail in the coffin that is writer Nick Spencer‘s uneven, poorly thought out, millimeter deep Marvel event, Secret Empire. Secret Empire: Omega picks up after the finale that saw Steve Rogers “return” to defeat Hydra Steve Rogers. And while this epilogue is at times self aware, it also at times falls short of reality playing with grand generaliztions and of course setting up a future that feels like a repeat of the past.

The story, as shouldn’t be a surprise, sees “good” Steve Rogers confront is incarcerated “bad” Steve Rogers where the two spar verbally back and forth and lay out their vision of the world. This seems familiar as Spencer has done this exact same thing before when he wrote Civil War II: The Oath. It’s clearly on purpose, but can’t help solidify that Spencer has a habit of just reworking what’s come before instead of paving  his own new path and narrative (similarities between Secret Empire and Secret Invasion are many for instance).

There’s some good here in that it does a decent job of establishing the status quo that faces many of these characters, especially Captain America, as it is questioned if and how they can recover from this mistrust. Some characters who were declared “dead” are indeed not (at least we’re lead to believe that), shocker, and we’re taken through some of the rebuilding and fallout.

The bad is how easily Spencer and Marvel feel like they’re brushing off the fact the majority of the country fell in line with Nazis (and in one image from Andrea Sorrentino it is impossible for Marvel to claim Hydra is anything but). A double page spread mixes the Nazi Luftwaffe with Hydra. We also get some simplistic worldviews of “I’m good and you’re bad” from each of the main characters. Finally Spencer again doesn’t explore his concepts enough, an issue that has plagued the event. The concept of “fake news” and worldviews is explored in discussion but what that means and its reflection on the real world is barely explored. It just comes down to “some believe the Nazi/Hydra world is the real one and will now fight harder.” It’s not explained why, how this will be perpetuated, or how it touches upon the misinformation that permeates our every day lives. It’s wide in ideas and thin in the exploration and common issue with a lot of Spencer’s work.

Sorrentino’s art is amazing though and that’s the draw here. What is a “talky” issue that features a debate, the flow of the page and layouts are absolutely amazing. Sorrentino is easily one of Marvel’s top art talents and one of the best out there for comics as a whole. While I found myself bored and unchallenged by the writing, the art is enthralling and memorizing. It’s unknown who came up with the artistic choices but Sorrentino’s art is the draw here, no pun intended.

Hopefully this is the end of Spencer’s guiding hand and we can see other writers pick up the themes and concept he’s laid out and run with them in a way that does them justice. The damage has been done and Secret Empire: Omega shifts things towards the healing but in the end gives us a story that’s “sound and fury signifying nothing.”

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Andrea Sorrentino Cover Art: Mark Brooks, Michael Cho
Story: 5.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

It’s Labor Day and lots of the GP team will be spending the day relaxing and having fun (we hope). We’ll still providing lots of news today! While you wait for things to kick off, here’s some news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

The Comics Journal – Yoe Books: A Disservice to Comics History – While there’s merit to this, maybe when doing hit pieces you should be transparent about who owns you aka a rival to Yoe? Transparency people!

Nerdist – Yohance is the African Space Opera Comic You’ve Been Waiting For – This sounds pretty cool.

CBLDF – Utah Judge Rules Against Speech-Chilling Liquor Law – Good.

Daily Hive – ‘Deadpool 2’ shuts down Georgia Street to film stunt scenes (PHOTOS) – Some cool photos.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #1

The Outhousers – Secret Empire #10

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and it’s a long weekend too! We’ll be at Dragon Con and NOVA Open this weekend, what geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – Emergency actions that must be taken when it is discovered that Thor is a Woman – God forbid you have trades to sell or other comics to suggest!

Kotaku – Read The Japanese Horror Manga That’s Been Retweeted Over 94,000 Times – Might need to check this out.

CBR – Death Note to be Adapted into a 12-Hour Audio Drama – Has to be better than the Netflix movie.

Smash Pages – Creator of ‘Pepe’ book admits plagiarism, must donate profits to civil rights group – Good!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Halo: Rise of Atriox #1

Talking Comics – Secret Empire #10

Around the Tubes

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

Around the Tubes

NPR – Mirrors And Neck Ruffs: A Graphic Novel Takes On Velázquez – This sounds pretty interesting.

ICv2 – Hasbro Sues DC; More Buck Rogers Litigation – And you get a lawsuit and you get a lawsuit!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Secret Empire #10

Flickering Myth – Star Wars: The Force Awakens GN

Review: Secret Empire #10

Can there be any redemption for Captain America as the Secret Empire starts to crumble?

It’s been a while since I reviewed Marvel‘s Secret Empire and to catch up, my general thought is the entire event thinks it’s smart but is paper thin and equally deep. With Secret Empire #10 the main event wraps up here with an Omega issue left to come out and the question is out there, how will it all get resolved?

As I predicted so long ago, Kobik has “returned” Steve in a way and he must battle himself, a concept that I completely predicted and shows the lack of imagination that writer Nick Spencer has displayed throughout this event. Of course Hydra Steve is defeated and the heroes are returned in a way (some will remain dead) that’s a “no shit Sherlock” ending we all knew was coming. But the bigger question is what’s addressed as far as ramifications in this “final” issue… and the answer is very little.

Spencer leaves us with “hope” and the heroes winning though millions are dead, the government is still full of individuals that sided with genocidal fascists, and neighbors we saw as racists suddenly are friendly again. In just a few pages it’s as if everything magically returns to normal like the nine previous issues and over a year of story never happened. I’m hoping some of these issues will be addressed in what’s to come from other writers but Spencer does himself no favors in this conclusion. The answer to racism and murder is… magically making it go away and no repercussions? Neighbors who had no problems sending you to a concentration camp suddenly being your best friends? Millions dead and no trial?

There’s only so much you can do in one issue but the fact none of this is addressed and the event ends on such a “knowing is half the battle” note that any impact is muted and anything interesting that could have been said is missed. As usual with Spencer’s writing I find the execution lacking compared to the concept and a writer who thinks he’s smarter than he really is when it comes to commentary. Like a Michael Bay film, it’s sound and fury signifying nothing. And like a Michael Bay film the comic has numerous call backs such as to the iconic scene of Iron Man fighting Captain America in Civil War. Even in the titanic battle for the fate of the world Spencer gives us no originality or thought.

Artist Steve McNiven does what he can with it all delivering all of the action. Here though some of that stumbles as well with inconsistent character design. While McNiven focuses on a returned Captain America and he looks great other detail is dropped. Not the usual quality I’d expect from his art.

Spencer’s entire event can be summed up by one scene in this issue were an Inhuman who after having been held in a concentration camp and when presented with a form that lets the United States government off the hook decides to sign it instead of a lawyer look at it. It’s as if to ask the readers to move on and forget this ever happened… I wish I could…. I wish I could…

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Steve McNiven Cover Art: Mark Brooks
Story: 3.0 Art: 7.25 Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Javier

Darkseid Special #1 (DC Comics) – Given that we celebrate Jack Kirby’s centennial this week, this book is auto selected as my number 1 pick. Penned by Mark Evanier (Kirby’s biographer), and with Paul Levitz, it includes Granny Goodness, an OMAC short, and a classic Kirby Fourth World story.

Deadly Class #30 (Image Comics) – 1980s big hair and depression. Remender delivers.

Crosswind #3 (Image Comics) – Gail Simone and Cat Staggs breathe new life into the old body switcheroo story gimmick, with a murderous hitman twist.

Animosity #9 (Aftershock Comics) – Marguerite Bennett’s post-apocalyptic animal ruled world blends action and drama with Latorre’s spellbinding art.

Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer (BOOM! Studios) – There’s definitely some hubris in including the writer’s name in the comic book’s title, but this is the Victor Lavalle who wrote ‘Slapboxing with Jesus’ and ‘The Ballad of Black Tom’. His graphic update on Shelley’s Frankenstein is potentially the BOOM! sleeper hit of 2017.

 

Brett

All-Star Batman #13 (DC Comics) – All-Star Batman has been one the most consistently entertaining comics from DC and one of the best comics on the market. A character study in comics and a must read.

John Carpenter Tales of Science Fiction: Vault #2 (Storm King Comics) – Great science fiction horror action that ups the tense setting and story.

Return of the Dapper Men (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing) – The award winning graphic novel is reprinted with new material. If you missed it the first time, now is your chance to get it.

Star Wars #35/Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #1 (Marvel) – Some of the best comics Marvel has been producing has been their Star Wars comics and this week we get two releases that I’m sure are entertaining if the past releases are any indication. Add in a comic just focused on mace Windu and I’m totally in.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #10 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Transformers comics have been knocking it out of the park with political intrigue, action, lots of drama, and some of the best science fiction allegories being produced today. These comics feel like they have more in common with the original Star Trek than they do the 80s cartoon.

 

Preview: Secret Empire #10

Secret Empire #10

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Steve McNiven (CA) Mark Brooks
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
SRP: $4.99

Can there be any redemption for Captain America as the SECRET EMPIRE starts to crumble?

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! It’s just a break before more conventions next week! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below!

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Wizard World Sales Drop Nearly 50% – That’s not good.

The Outhouse – The Batman Director Matt Reeves Clarifies Statements Regarding Film’s Standing In DCEU – So reporting was wrong?

The Hollywood Reporter – Behind Netflix’s Bold Bet on Comics King Mark Millar – Get the behind the scenes info.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Secret Empire #9

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Black Hammer #12 (Dark Horse) – Jeff Lemire continues to impress with his take on deconstructing super heroes.

Detective Comics #963 (DC Comics) – Things are kicking up as the group now knows that Tim Drake is alive. But, before we get to that this issue focuses on Spoiler and Anarky.

Mother Panic #10 (DC Comics/Young Animal) – Batman without the restraint. Just brutal and awesome.

Nightwing: The New Order #1 (DC Comics) – Maybe not the best timing but we’re intrigued to see what this fascist Nightwing has in store for us.

First Strike #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue started off with a bang (literally) and we can’t wait to see what the second brings in this crossover of properties like G.I. Joe and Transformers.

Saucer State #3 (IDW Publishing) – Aliens. Conspiracies. Politics. The President of the United States. Yes please!

Hard Place #1 (Image Comics) – A former wheelman tries to go straight but is caught up in a robbery and is being chased by the cops and Russian mob. Sounds awesome!

Lazarus X Plus 66 #2 (Image Comics) – Some of the best world building in all of entertainment.

Shirtless Bear-Fighter #3 (Image Comics) – The concept is goofy but we’ve been having a blast with this series.

Generations: Unworthy Thor & Mighty Thor #1 (Marvel) – We’re not quite sure the big picture point of these one-shots, but we’re still holding out hope.

Secret Empire #9 (Marvel) – We’ve had mixed reactions here as to this event (generally negative) but with one more issue to go we want to see how it wraps up and if there’s any way to right this wrong.

X-Men: Gold #10 (Marvel) – The relaunched X line from Marvel has been a big improvement and this is easily its best series.

Bubblegun Vol. 2 #4 (Aspen) -A fun sci-fi series with eye catching visuals that feels like it should have a game to go along with it.

Catalyst Prime: Incidentals #1 (Lion Forge) – The company’s latest addition to its Catalyst Prime line of comics and the first group book. We’re intrigued to see where things go and how this stands out.

Clueless (BOOM! Studios) – As if!? The classic film gets a new graphic novel and we’re so ready to head back to the 90s.

Heathen #5 (Vault Comics) – The first four issues have been fantastic to read and look at in this new take with a vikings(ish) world.

Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Sounds like a riff on Empire Records. We’re sold on that alone.

Letter 44 #35 (Oni Press) – All the answers!!! ALL OF THEM!!! The series wraps up with this final issue.

Sisters of Sorrow #2 (BOOM! Studios) – A gritty series from the same person that did Sons of Anarchy. The first issue felt like a 70s exploitation/revenge film in a way and it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes from there.

War Mother #1 (Valiant) – This character has been touched upon a few times through various Valiant events, but she’s finally getting her own series and we can’t wait to see what’s done with the character. Valiant consistently knocks it out of the park and we’re expecting no less with this one.

« Older Entries