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 Post subject: Marvel News & Views
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:02 am 
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Here are some snippets of what I've been reading, maybe we'll get some ongoing discussion for this thread.

Let me preface this, with that I get my Marvel comics on a monthly basis from an online source.

This is what I've read lately, thus far:

Venom #158: Finale to The Lethal protector story arc, which was enjoyable. Kraven was used well here. Other than a panel or two, Bagley’s art was great. Loved the cover too.

I really enjoy Marve;’s letter pages, wish DC would bring them back. Looks like the art team really enjoyed working on this story arc, as they expressed a lot of enthusiasm. That’s nice to see.


Venom Inc. Parts 1-4: Venom Inc. Alpha, Amazing Spider-Man #792, Venom #159 & Amazing Spider-Man #793 show a good story thus far, involving the recently released Lee Price creating a symbiote gang of his own. He plans on taking out The Black Cat (a villain nowadays) and take over her turf, but gets some interference from Spider-Man & the new Anti-Venom. Looking forward to where things go with this.

I foresee a few new action figures coming out of this storyline.


Ben Reilly – Scarlet Spider #11-12: Ben has to deal with The Slingers & his conscience. Interesting story going on, as more players are added to the mix. #11 has some atrocious art however.


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 Post subject: Re: Marvel News & Views
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:31 am 
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Phoenix Resurrection – Return of Jean Grey #1: The X-Men investigate some odd mutant-related readings in different parts of the world, while who we assume is a young Jean as a waitress. Too little to go on to say anything definitive about this.


Jean Grey #10-11: The Phoenix is coming after Jean. Emma & company are helping her to fight it off. Interesting last couple of pages in #11.


Daredevil #596: Daredevil is now on the run from the NYPD after a confrontation with Mayor Fisk. At issue’s end Murdock gets an offer he can’t refuse. The story was decent enough, but the title needs better artwork. I’ll more than likely cut this title, as it’s not doing enough for me.


Monsters Unleashed #9: Kid Kaiju & Scragg take on giant bees in Part 1 of “Learning Curves.” I surmise we’ll have five issues consisting of a story for each monster Kei employs.

I’ve liked the concept of this title from the beginning, but I think writer Justin Jordan has run out of steam for this.


Marvel Two-in-One #1: The Thing & Johnny get back together, and Doom’s in the mix as well. Didn’t dig this, probably won’t be sticking around other than the issues I’ve already pre-ordered. I just think this is the wrong vehicle for all of the characters involved (I’m putting Doom in that context as well).


Darkhawk #51: I knew this character a little bit, seen him in a few things. His origin here was enlightening, albeit a bit odd. I might look to get back issues of his old title to learn more about the character.


Falcon #3: Mephisto reveals himself, as Falcon & The Patriot try to fight back. This title just doesn’t work for me, I’m out.


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 Post subject: Re: Marvel News & Views
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Venom #160/Venom Inc. Omega: Good conclusion to the Maniac/Made Men storyline, although #160 had the better writing of the two. I see more action figures coming out of this.


Amazing Spider-Man #794: Peter takes on Scorpio after a year’s wait, while we see Osborn acquire a weapon. So-so issue.


Phoenix Resurrection – Return of Jean Grey #’s 2-4: A bit of a slow burn here, with waitress Jean experiencing more weird things, while the X-men enter the world the Phoenix has created. Should be an interesting final chapter.


Monsters Unleashed #10: Kei & aegis help Elsa out. This title is on fumes. I’ll probably be dropping this.


Captain America #697: Picked this up for the Kraven the Hunter appearance. Kraven captures Steve so he can hunt him. Seen this type of story before in a lot of different mediums. I don’t care for the art style. Man, Marvel has screwed up Captain America pretty royally.


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 Post subject: Re: Marvel News & Views
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:42 pm 
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Been a while. March Madness, and just not having time to get thru the stack of comics. Here goes.

Amazing Spider-Man #795-796: Maybe it happened in the Annual I didn't get, but I don't recall when Bobbi & Peter broke up. Don't recall when Jonah found out about Peter being Spider-Man either. Not feeling Dan Slott's final storyline here. Hopefully it ends better than how it's starting.


Venom #161: Eddie & the symbiote are trying to be good (Eddie more so), but convincing others of that--like Spider-Woman--is proving to be difficult. Decent issue.


Ben Reilly-Scarlet Spider #13: The Slingers & Spiders (Ben & Kaine) take on the demonic Black Marvel & Cyber. Okay conclusion.


Ben Reilly-Scarlet Spider #14: While Ben visits an ex-Spider Man foe, Kaine takes on an Angry Angry Hippo. It's Vegas, anything can happen. This title is taking a downturn.


Phoenix Resurrection-The Return of Jean Grey #5: Wow, that was one heck of a conclusion.


Jean Grey #11: An end for the title, but a new start for the character? Interesting issue.


Daredevil #598-599: Got these because of Muse, who's being a menace to Fisk (sort of). Now I'll have to pony up for #600.


Monsters Unleashed #11: Kei & Mekara go to the moon to help out The Inhumans' Karnak. Better issue than the last couple.


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 Post subject: Re: Marvel News & Views
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Amazing Spider-Man #797: After a rather lackluster previous issue, this one righted the ship. Good story all around, with creepy moments via Norman Osborn. Looking forward to the next issue.


Ben Reilly-Scarlet Spider #15-16: If I knew this was a part of a crossover, I would've skipped it. These issues were truly awful. I'm thinking of dropping this title.


Avengers #684: "No Surrender" storyline bringing back Bruce Banner - Hulk. Not impressed.


Avengers #685: The storyline continues, with a better issue here. The Hulk is going thru the heroes to get to the pyramoid, with Wonder Man stopping for a chat at issue's end.


Avengers #686: Banner isn't in charge, The Hulk is. Interesting issue.


Monsters Unleashed #12: Last part of "Learning Curve" w/ Kei, Moon Girl, Devil Dinosaur, Hi-Vo & Slizzik, going up against some giant robots. With a translator made by Moon Girl, Kei can now understand these two monsters of his. This issue felt like an end for the title. Well, it's an end for me anyway, as this title just isn't doing anything for me.

In closing, great concept. I'll be shocked if this doesn't gets adapted to the big screen at some point.


Despicable Deadpool #296: Wade goes after Steve Rogers for payback (because of Hydra-Cap). Good story.


Despicable Deadpool #297: Wade puts a bounty on himself. Good story with some good art as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Marvel News & Views
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Amazing Spider-Man #798-799: Norman knows that Peter is Spider-Man & goes after him, then goes after Harry & his family. Peter & Company try to stop him, but they're finding that the Red Goblin is too much to handle. Can't wait to read the conclusion.


FCBD Amazing Spider-Man: Free Comic Book Day issues can be a double-edged sword. If you like the preview, you get on board & buy the upcoming issues. If you don't, like I didn't in this preview for the new creative team/status quo for the title, you bail & cancel your order for what's coming up next. On a positive note, Marvel saved me some money.


Venom #164-165: Something is having a baby. This was a bit weird, to say the least. Decent conclusion to this title's chapter, with two of my favorite villains--Shocker & The Scorpion--to close things out.


Despicable Deadpool #298: Deadpool puts a bounty on himself & a few major villains come to collect. This has been a fun storyline.


Domino #1: Wow. What a disappointment. Love the Greg Land cover, but everything else is just abysmal. Poor interior art matches the poor storytelling served up by writer Gail Simone.


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 Post subject: Re: Marvel News & Views
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Venom #1: What an awesome start by writer Donny Cates & penciler Ryan Stegman. We see Eddie Brock continue to have problems with his symbiote, and someone who may have answers for him. Such a good read.


Ben Reilly - Scarlet Spider #18: Last issue for me for this title, although the story here was pretty good. Mysterio has a daughter, who plans to make the entire casino disappear (she's a magician/performer), but Ben doesn't trust her.

It's the last issue for me because this title just isn't going anywhere. Other than being involved in Marvel events, it's the same story each time out. And the art is really poor. It's so pedestrian, so blah. Big disappointment. Coming off of Clone Conspiracy, I was excited for this. Peter David was making Ben another Deadpool, which was cool, but it got stagnant really quick. Maybe he should've gotten him out of Vegas, got him on the road, had him on the run. Of course, maybe if someone was looking for him other than Kaine, it would've mattered.


The Incredible Hulk #716-717: The Hulk & Amadeus are fighting each other for control, while the Hulk fights the heroes. Decent story.

This title comes to an end. I've liked the Amadeus Cho character from Day 1. I liked his adventures with Hercules. And when he became the Totally Awesome Hulk, I was on board. But the title lost itself, direction-wise. First he was a monster hunter, but because of Monsters Unleashed, the title was stripped of that role. Things went downhill, so I bailed. It just wasn't that good anymore, and I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did. I mean 717 issues, wow (I kid). I won't be reading Champions, as that grou does nothing for me.

I'll definitely will be checking out the Banner-led Incredible Hulk title.


Domino #2: Better story in this issue, but the art team can't draw Domino worth a dang. Too bad they don't have Greg Land on interiors.


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 Post subject: Re: Marvel News & Views
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Amazing Spider-Man #800: Spider-Man's final battle with the Red Goblin provides a good ending, albeit somewhat familiar. A character dies here, a pretty important one, at that.


Amazing Spider-Man #801: Heartfelt send-off by departing writer Dan Slott. A nice story to end his decade old run.


Venom #2-3:The symbiote-god goes game of thrones, but I like that it has a form. I like where this story is going.


Immortal Hulk#1: A gas station robbery goes awry, and The Hulk re-emerges. WOW. This issue has the old TV show--which I loved--mixed in with some horror and a good dose of self-reflection for Banner. The writing & art are superb. Always been a Hulk fan, and this title just jumped to the top of my pile. You want to read a great comic? This. Is. It.


Tony Stark: Iron Man #1: Good story, although it comes off a bit familiar as it's a bit Amazing Spider-Man-ish with a touch of the Iron Man anime.


The Punisher #226: Castle is going after Hydra, and he has some friends to join him. Good story, I just wish the art was better.


Domino #3: We see some of Domino's past, as the present doesn't progress much. This would be passable if Greg Land was doing the interiors.


Super Hero Adventures #1: Spider-Man stumbles upon Dr. Strange battling Hera. This was a nice story, with really good art by Dario Brizuela. He's one to watch.


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 Post subject: Re: Marvel News & Views
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Super Hero Adventures - Ms. Marvel & the Teleporting Dog #1: Spider-Man shares a story involving Ms. Marvel & Lockjaw with a young who's fallen into the wrong crowd. Good stuff. I'll say it again, big fan of artist Dario Brizuela. Gotta also give a shout out to color artist Chris Sotomayor. A good colorist makes good art even better.


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