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Monday, March 30, 2015

Case Closed: The Kaito Kid - A Murderer?!

I read Case Closed, Vol. 53

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Review: Guggenheim, Tolibao and Soy Thrill Reviewer with X-MEN #22

X-MEN #22 (2013)
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

WRITER: Marc Guggenheim
PENCILS: Harvey Tolibao, Dexter Soy
INKS: Harvey Tolibao, Dexter Soy, Norman Lee
COLORS: Paul Mounts
LETTERS: VC's Joe Caramagna
COVER: Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S.

[SPOILER ALERT!]

“Exogenous” Conclusion

These are my girls.  This is a team of hardcore, bad-ass women.  Back in the day, when Chris Claremont was developing strong female characters, did anyone think that it would come to this?

Broodskulls:  thank you, Mr. Guggenheim for ruining my sleep.  Mutants, aliens, genetically altered beings, living spaceships, a vampire, and a pregnant Deathbird with her mad-on:  what else could an adventure-loving fan boy ask for?

Action, there is plenty of that for you to enjoy.  The team has to fight off an overwhelming horde of Bloodskrulls.  Deathbird kills Manifold Tyger.  Jubilee and Monet have to revive a dead Storm..  Then, we get this awesome montage of a heroine beating down the horde.  Sharada Darthris tries to escape once she sees her plans fall apart, but the heroines handle that.  Guggenheim also ties up the underlying conflict between Rachel and the Shiar advisor, D'Keth, who had advised that the Shiar destroy the Grey family line.  Read this and learn what a true heroine is.

I don't know how I'm going to express how beautiful the art is.  I would take any panel in this book, frame it, and put it on my wall.  Every time I look at the art, I find another detail that makes “Marvel” at the talent of these artists.  Look at the eyes.  I am a fan.

I rate X-Men #22: Buy Your Own Copy (#2 on the Al-O-Meter).

Reviewed by Albert Avilla



Friday, March 27, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: WAYWARD #6

WAYWARD #6
IMAGE COMICS – @ImageComics

STORY: Jim Zub – @jimzub
ART: Steve Cummings – @stekichikun
COLORS: Tamra Bonvillain – @TBonvillain
LETTERS: Marshall Dillon – @MarshallDillon
COVER: Steve Cummings with Tamra Bonvillain
VARIANT COVER: Takeshi Miyazawa; Max Dunbar with Tamra Bonvillain; Steve Cummings with Tamra Bonvillain
28pp, Color, $3.50 U.S.

Wayward is back, y'all!  One of the best new series of 2014 has a new story arc.

After a three-month hiatus, Image Comics' Wayward returns to comic book stores this week.  Wayward is an intriguing new fantasy comic book series that launched at the end of last summer.  It is the creation of writer Jim Zub and penciller Steve Cummings.  Wayward focuses on Rori Lane, a half-Irish/half-Japanese teen girl.  Rori is trying to start a new life in Japan with her mother, Sanae, only to find herself connected to the magic and ancient creatures that lurk in the shadows of Tokyo.

Wayward #6 (“Chapter Six”) apparently opens three months after the events depicted in the issue Wayward #5.  The story introduces Japanese school girl, Ohara Emi.  She is an ordinary girl from an ordinary family, and she is the “quiet,” “obedient,” and “proper Japanese school girl.”  However, changes come into Ohara life when she overhears her classmates gossiping about the “missing students.”  Then, strange things start happening to her.

I got a reminder that Wayward was returning when writer/co-creator, Jim Zub, sent out an advanced review PDF copy of Wayward #6.  I like the introduction of a new character, but I think I spent most of my time reading this issue waiting for Rori.  Zub and Cummings have created magic with Wayward.  This comic book is like one big enchantment that draws me into the story.  I guess I am not the only reader who wants to live in the world of this series.

Still, I'm excited about the beginning of the second story arc.  As a reminder, Wayward's first story arc, “String Theory,” is being released as a trade paperback the same day as Wayward #6 will be calling to you in your dreams.

A-

[Wayward #6 contains another engrossing essay, “Tradition and Japanese Society,” by Zack Davisson (@ZackDavisson).]

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DC Comics from Diamond Distributors for March 25, 2015

DC COMICS

DEC140387     ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN TP VOL 03     $16.99
DEC140377     ALL STAR WESTERN TP VOL 06 END OF THE TRAIL (N52)     $14.99
JAN150261     AQUAMAN #40     $2.99
JAN150326     ARKHAM MANOR #6     $2.99
JAN150353     BATMAN 66 #21     $2.99
NOV140308     BATMAN 66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET HC     $22.99
JAN150323     BATMAN AND ROBIN #40     $2.99
JAN150303     BATMAN ETERNAL #51     $2.99
JAN150314     CATWOMAN #40     $2.99
JAN150259     DEATHSTROKE #6     $2.99
JAN150246     EARTH 2 WORLDS END #25     $2.99
JAN150403     EFFIGY #3 (MR)     $2.99
JAN150265     FLASH #40     $3.99
JAN150327     GOTHAM ACADEMY #6     $2.99
JAN150329     GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #5     $2.99
JAN150359     HE MAN THE ETERNITY WAR #4     $2.99
JAN150268     INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #9     $2.99
JAN150257     JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #40     $3.99
JAN150233     MULTIVERSITY ULTRA COMICS #1     $4.99
JAN150226     NEW 52 FUTURES END #47 (WEEKLY)     $2.99
JAN150348     RED LANTERNS #40     $2.99
DEC148700     SECRET ORIGINS #10 2ND PTG     $4.99
JAN150273     SECRET ORIGINS #11     $4.99
JAN150349     SINESTRO #11     $2.99
JAN150275     STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES GI ZOMBIE #8     $2.99
JAN150407     SUICIDERS #2 (MR)     $3.99
NOV140304     SUPERMAN DOOMED HC (N52)     $49.99

DC COMICS/DC COLLECTIBLES

NOV140359     BATMAN ARKHAM CITY CLAYFACE DLX AF     $99.95
OCT140414     DC COMICS COVER GIRLS VIXEN STATUE     $99.95
SEP140360     SUPERMAN MAN OF STEEL STATUE BY MOEBIUS     $79.95