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Friday, August 1, 2014

I Reads You Review: LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #1

LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #1
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

WRITER: Sam Humphries
PENCILS: Paco Medina
INKS: Juan Vlasco
COLORS: David Curiel
LETTERS: VC’s Joe Caramagna
COVER: Paco Medina
VARIANT COVERS: Mahmud Asrar, Nick Bradshaw, David Marquez, Sara Pichelli, Valerio Schiti, Ryan Stegman
28pp, Color, $3.99 (September 2014)

Rated “T”

Star-Lord a/k/a Peter Quill is a Marvel Comics superhero and science fiction character.  Star-Lord was created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Steve Gan and first appeared in Marvel Preview #4 (cover dated: January 1976).  Quill is the son of a human mother and an alien father, and he assumes the mantle of Star-Lord, an interplanetary policeman.

After sporadic appearances, Star-Lord was revamped (or reinvigorated) for his appearance in Annihilation (2006) and Annihilation: Conquest (2007).  He became the leader of the space-based superhero team, Guardians of the Galaxy, for the 2008 re-launch/revamp of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series.

Marvel Studios’ new film, Guardians of the Galaxy, is about to open in movie theatres, so it makes sense, from a sales perspective, for Marvel Comics to take characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book and give them their own series.  Thus, both Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord have new titles.  Legendary Star-Lord is written by Sam Humphries, drawn by Paco Medina and Juan Vlasco, colored by David Curiel, and lettered by Joe Caramagna.

Legendary Star-Lord #1 opens in Colorado, 20 years in the past.  We observe Peter Quill on the day of his mother, Meredith Quill’s funeral.  Cut to the present where we find Peter Quill as Star-Lord, outmanned and outgunned by the Badoon.  Star-Lord is a wanted man with a price on his head, and the Badoons get a second prize, the Mandalay Gem, which Quill has in his possession.  Escaping the Badoon might be easy, but facing his past will be a mess for Star-Lord.

I didn’t expect much from Legendary Star-Lord, but I liked it.  It has a lone gun, private eye, cowboy, freelance dude vibe that works, mainly because Peter Quill is an attractive character.  I figure that another issue or two will tell me if this series is really worth following for the (relatively) long haul.

I must say that I like Paco Medina’s art with Juan Vlasco’s Steve McNiven-like inks.  To the readers who liked the space opera/space fantasy style of the recently launched Cyclops comic book, I say give Legendary Star-Lord a try.

B+

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I Reads You Review: SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #47

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #47
DC COMICS – @DCComics

STORY: Sholly Fisch; Michael Kraiger
PENCILS: Dave Alvarez; Scott Neely
INKS: Dave Alvarez; Scott Neely
COLORS: Candace Schinzler-Bell, Paul Becton
LETTERS: Saida Temofonte; Rob Leigh
EDITOR: Aniz Ansari
COVER: Scott Neely and Candace Schinzler-Bell
28pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (September 2014)

Rated “E” for “Everyone”

I recently received the latest issue of my Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? subscription.  I bought the subscription via a fundraiser held by my nephew’s school last year, which involved selling magazine subscriptions.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #47 opens with “Comic Convention Card Tricks” (written by Sholly Fisch and drawn by Dave Alvarez).  Mystery Inc. is attending Mega-Pop Con (“The world’s largest gathering of pop culture!”).  Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are there for the comic books and the food, of course.  Daphne is looking to add to her collection of Fuzzies DollsFred wants to meet the star of his favorite science fiction television show, “Doc Whatzisname.”

Velma is at the convention to put her “keen strategic mind” to use in the “World Championship Tournament” of her favorite role-playing card game, “Monster Mania.”  But the gang’s fun is interrupted when monsters from Monster Mania come to life to plague the tournament.

“Night Marchers” (written by Michael Kraiger and drawn by Scott Neely) opens with Mystery Inc. in Hawaii so that Daphne can attend the “Conference on Polynesian Paranormal Phenomena.”  Of course, the gang can’t escape a mystery, especially after Shaggy and Scooby meet the ghostly procession known as the “Night Marchers.”

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #47 is unusual in that Velma is the spark in both the cases Mystery Inc. confronts.  The gang is at Mega-Pop Con and in Hawaii because of events in which Velma is participating.  Perhaps, this catches my attention because I am always curious about Velma beyond her place in Mystery Inc.  Who is she and what is her family like?  What are her hobbies?

Beside that, “Comic Convention Card Tricks” is a severely under-developed story.  Once again, it is one of those Scooby-Doo short stories that needed more space.  “Night Marchers,” which I’m assuming is the reprint story this issue (from Scooby-Doo #77), is a fun read, if for no other reason than its Hawaiian setting.

As a side note:  the setting of “Comic Convention Card Tricks” is Mega-Pop Con, which is obviously a stand-in for the legendary, annual San Diego Comic-Con International.  In conjunction with Comic-Con International 2014, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #47, in addition to the regular edition, comes with an exclusive Comic-Con variant cover edition.  Get yours if you can.

B-

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DC Comics from Diamond Distributors for July 30, 2014

DC COMICS

MAY140353     ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #15     $3.99
APR140277     AME COMI GIRLS TP VOL 02 RISE OF BRAINIAC     $14.99
MAY140189     AQUAMAN ANNUAL #2     $4.99
MAR140253     BATMAN DARK KNIGHT HC VOL 04 CLAY (N52)     $24.99
APR140257     BATMAN DARK KNIGHT TP VOL 03 MAD     $16.99
MAY140229     BATMAN ETERNAL #17     $2.99
APR140285     BATMAN LIL GOTHAM TP VOL 02     $12.99
APR140260     BATWING TP VOL 04 WELCOME TO THE FAMILY (N52)     $16.99
MAY140392     BODIES #1 (MR)     $3.99
MAY140374     DC COMICS PRESENTS BATMAN ADVENTURES #1     $7.99
MAY140244     DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #3     $4.99
MAR140282     DOOM PATROL OMNIBUS HC (MR)     $150.00
MAY148231     HARLEY QUINN #1 5TH PTG     $2.99
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APR140303     WAKE #10 (MR)     $2.99

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FEB140305     DC COMICS NEW 52 POWERGIRL & HUNTRESS AF 2 PACK     $44.95
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Marvel Comics from Diamond Distributors for July 30, 2014

MARVEL COMICS

MAY140811     100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 GOTG     $3.99
MAY148186     ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #3 2ND PTG MOORE VAR ANMN     $3.99
MAY140838     ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #5     $3.99
MAY148187     ALL NEW X-MEN #27 2ND PTG IMMONEN VAR     $3.99
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MAY140786     AVENGERS #33 SIN     $3.99
MAY140829     AVENGERS WORLD #10     $3.99
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MAY140858     IRON MAN SPECIAL #1     $4.99
MAY140851     IRON PATRIOT #5     $3.99
MAY148248     LEGENDARY STAR LORD #1 2ND PTG MCNIVEN VAR ANMN     $3.99
MAY140920     MARVELS GUARDIANS GALAXY ART OF MOVIE SLIPCASE HC     $49.99
MAY140935     MIGHTY AVENGERS TP VOL 02 FAMILY BONDING     $17.99
MAY140923     MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 08     $24.99
MAY140826     NEW AVENGERS #21     $3.99
APR140643     ORIGINAL SIN #3.3     $3.99
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IDW Publishing from Diamond Distributors for July 30, 2014

IDW PUBLISHING

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MAY140514     GHOSTBUSTERS #18     $3.99
MAR140412     GI JOE COMPLETE COLL HC VOL 05     $49.99
MAY140559     INFESTATION OMNIBUS TP     $29.99
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MAR140365     LOCKE & KEY COVERS OF GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ HC     $24.99
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MAY140460     TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #31 DAWN O/T AUTOBOTS     $3.99
MAY140531     V-WARS #4     $3.99
APR140454     WELL HC ARON WIESENFELD ART BOOK     $39.99
MAY140546     WRAITH WELCOME TO CHRISTMASLAND HC     $29.99
MAR140467     ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS Z-BOYZ I/T ROBOT GRAVEYARD PROSE TP     $19.99


Dark Horse Comics from Diamond Distributors for July 30, 2014

DARK HORSE COMICS

MAY140027     BALTIMORE WITCH OF HARJU #1     $3.50
MAY140060     CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #13     $2.99
MAY140080     DEEP GRAVITY #1     $3.99
MAR140096     EC ARCHIVES TWO-FISTED TALES HC VOL 03     $49.99
MAY140056     EMILY & THE STRANGERS BREAKING RECORD #2     $3.99
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MAY140093     KING CONAN CONQUEROR #6     $3.50
MAY140071     MASSIVE #25     $3.50
MAY140070     MIND MGMT #24     $3.99
MAY140068     PARIAH #6     $3.99
MAY140087     STAR WARS REBEL HEIST #4 HUGHES MAIN CVR     $3.50
APR140023     VEIL #4 (MR)     $3.50