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Well gang Scott and I are back but this time the sound is a little off. I still hope you enjoy the show. Also I have forgot my cheat sheet so I forgot what stories we talked about so…….surprise.

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Cosplay Thursday

It has been almost a year since I have posted any of the amazing Cosplay done by some amazing cosplayors. So here once again I present collection of some from around the web.

Source: Facebook Cosplay

Black Panther Heading for Larger Opening Weekend Then Expected

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is gaining momentum with forecasts estimating as much as $170 million in North America during the four-day President’s Day weekend, updated tracking shows. That’s significantly above the first tracking on Jan. 25 for the tentpole, which initially placed the debut in the $100 million to $120 million range for the Feb. 16-19…

via ‘Black Panther’ Heading Toward Massive $170 Million-Plus Opening — Variety

‘Black Panther’ Bounds Toward Huge $150 Million Presidents Day Weekend Opening — Variety

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is heading for as much as $150 million in its North American opening on the four-day Presidents Day weekend, updated tracking is showing. That’s significantly above the first tracking on Jan. 25 for the Chadwick Boseman tentpole, which initially placed the debut in the $100 million to $120 million range for the…

via ‘Black Panther’ Bounds Toward Huge $150 Million Presidents Day Weekend Opening — Variety

Raven:Daughter of Darkness #1 of 12- DC

Full disclosure. Not familiar with this character at all, other than really enjoying the look of Cover Artist Yanick Paquettes rendering for this title. Really Mythical looking cover that I suspect brought a few people to give this book a try. Another reason for me giving this book a read is , of course, a chance to read the writing of Comic legend Marv Wolfman (Amazing Spider-man, Daredevil, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Nightwing and much , much more).

I enjoyed the book overall, although I was bit lost to some of the references. If you have no background on this character, I would recommend doing a bit of research on her origin before diving right in. Some issue and serie’s references within the comic might have been helpful also. Mr. Wolfmans story was paced pretty well and parts of Raven’s past were illuminated via the storyline itself so some of the questions of the first few pages were answered by the end of the issue. I think it was Stan Lee who once said(correct me if not internet) to create a comic like it was the readers first experience. This book was a good example of that.

There were a few independently running storylines through out this issue that left the reader with questions for the second issue which is a good thing to me. Marv Wolfman did a pretty good job of introducing us to a supporting cast which is always important.I actually think it’s great that they have called this a limited series of 12 issues. We need more of these instead of running “series” that get to 7 issues and then the plug gets pulled(Hi Mickey!!) .”Limited series” are not bad words.

Artist Pop Khan has a nice style of art suited to this book.I can definitely see some Jim Lee influence in his renderings Facial expressions/reactions were done well and the paneling was well laid out for it. It felt a bit like a “70’s book ” in some parts in the vein of Marv’s Tomb of Dracula series. I’m not sure that was anything more than a happy accident but time will tell.

I’m not sure if I’d buy the second book but the art on this one brought me here so you never know. If you’re looking for a book with a supernatural vibe and a strong, though vulnerable, female lead this book may be for you. If you have a history with this character I suspect this would probably also be a series for you as DC seems to be gearing up a nice 12 issue run with Wolfman at the helm.

P.S Pop back by on Monday Jan.29th when I’m going to take a look at “Dissonance ” from the Image line.Until then.Cheers



X-Men Blue Annual #1- Marvel Review

After having had a not  very good read of the X-Men :Gold Annual, I wasn’t sure where this book was going to take me. Glad they are using this years annual as a story building component. Was pleasantly surprised, as it took me to the first chapter of a cross over between Venom and the squad from X-Men: Blue. It’s 6 parts in total and is called “Poison X”. If you familiar are with the Venomverse series you have probably already met the antagonists of this story arc. Give you a hint…Rhymes with “himbiote”

I enjoyed the prospect of this crossover, as Venom and the time displaced younger X-Men have never met to my knowledge(prove me wrong internet).They cover a lot of ground in this first part as they obviously had more pages to work with. Would love to see this done more often, even if they are debuting a new character which what many annuals tend to be used for. That, and debuting new artists and writers also. I do have a bit of symbiote fatigue after the Venomverse event from last year but this does have a unique look to it so we’ll see how it goes.

I enjoyed seeing how a cool part of X-Men lore in the “The Starjammers” played into the story. A unique position for them to be in as far as where they fit into the narrative. Writer Cullen Bunn paced the story pretty well, and I liked the fact that a few of “wilder’ members of X-Men Blue team got benched for this adventure(and explained away pretty well) to better show the contrast between Venom and the X-Men :Blue team. Also enjoyed the inner monologue interactions between Eddie Brock and the Symbiote as they struggled for a balance.  I was a bit disappointed in the hook for next issue as I feel this particular  plot device has been done to death.

Enjoyed Artist Edgar Salazars take on Venom. “Toothy but muscular” always suited the character well. Edgar had a 3 issue run in the Uncanny X-Men about 6 months ago that I suspect helped him get this job. His take on the younger X-Men made them seem less “minor leaguer ” in my eyes just from his presentation alone. The variant cover art for this series is pretty cool also. The second part of this cross over lands Feb.14th.

P.S Pop back by on Jan.27th as we take a look at DC’s Raven: Daughter of Darkness #1