Category Archives: Marvel

Marvel – Spider-man: Homecoming – Trailer

 

I know this is going to be a good movie. Everything I have seen so far tells me this is going to be a good movie. It’s got a funny Spider-man…….it’s got Michael Keaton……..it’s got Iron Man AND Robert Downey JR.It’s got a pretty decent looking version of a villain not yet seen before(I don’t count the shot of the wings in that OTHER movie.).I think i’m just Spider Manned out.It’s that simple.

Having said that, let’s take a look at this new trailer with as unfiltered an eye as we can muster……….. Okay, I’m back. I think that Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr are either going to make or break this movie. The new kid (Tom Holland , who I have to admit looks the part better then any of the other folks who played Spider-man before him)seems to have some decent acting  chops, but I think his interpersonal relationship with Tony Stark and his Antagonist/Protagonist back and forth with the Vulture(Michael Keaton) will make or break this movie. I mean, let’s be honest, we’ve all seen Spider-man swing through the city a thousand times on film by now. This film has to have more in the way of interpersonal relationships for it to be a hit.

Michael Keaton was a great choice to cast as the Vulture. Fitting also since we was Spider-mans first real “Supervillan” way back in Amazing Spider-man #2 .I know, I know , I left out the Chameleon, but I meant someone who went “toe to toe” with Spider-man. Wouldn’t it be a mark- out moment if Vulture examined his wings and said in a Dark voice” Steel wings…..different, but not alien to me”.

This movie will make a tonne of money. It just will. I just hope some of it’s merit is based on quality and not just on history. Movie drops July.7th. 2nd Trailer below.

Kingpin- Book 2-Marvel Comics – Review

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed the first book in this series, and had been looking forward to reading the follow -up. Matthew Rosenberg(writer) continues to flesh out the characters at a steady enough pace to move the story along, while giving the readers a chance to see a side of the Kingpin that we may not have seen yet. We know he had a strong emotional attachment to his wife Vanessa, but we may not have seen his sense of almost “Robin Hood’ like charity to those less fortunate, and his connection to them. We all have a wounded child inside of us…..even the Kingpin.

We’re reminded that even though the Kingpin may want to present himself in a different light , many vestiges of his past may not want the world to forget exactly who he is. They come in 3 forms in this 2 nd chapter. The underworld around him, the politics around him and the hook for the next issue. This hook comes in the form of an appearance I was hoping would be held off for a few more issues. I suspect this may have been a corporate decision to go in this direction so soon and I was looking forward to this book having a more “solo” feel to it for just a bit longer.

One of the main characters of this book “Sarah” is showing more depth in 2 issues then some other Marvel characters have been receiving in 10 issues thanks to Rosenberg’s attention to character building.It seems she’ll be playing a lead role for quite some time, so the fact she is being fleshed out so well is good building on Rosenberg’s part.

Ben Torres art once again helped convey a well written story .Subtle changes in facial expressions from panel to panel can say so much. Especially where more complex emotions have to be conveyed instead of, for example, just a simple toned battle scene. When you can feel emotions changing panel to panel that to me is a sign of good work.

I noticed Colorist Johnathan Boyd used more Black and whites and fleshier tones when colouring the panels this time. Gave it kind of “Sin City” vibe to it which matched the story subject and surrounding subplots.

If there was one small critique of the book I could find it would have been the use of the “Underworld” figures that they did use, and in the context that they used them. Would have liked to have seen that confrontation on a more private level.

Still, a very good outing and I’m enjoying the series very much so far. Looking forward to the next issue.

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg

Artist: Ben Torres

Color Artist: Johnathan Boyd

Letterer: Travis Lanham

 

Holy Grails of the Comic world …….Prologue

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Every collector genre has their own holy grail, or grails. Those cards, albums, videogames etc  that instantly when you mention them, there is a universal glimmer of recognition. Had an experience like that just last night.

As many of you know, Wednesday is new comic book day. When we the faithful, head in   to see what wonders wait in store for us.Waiting until the weekend is insanity to us, weekend warriors be damned. A few of us had converged in the comics section(Both new and back issues) and were buzzing like school girls about the weeks events and what was to come.(Not one of us is under 40, and would look mostly terrible to pigtails….mostly).

Suddenly, the nefarious “Mr. L” who runs our Mecca of Marvels, our Dominion of DC, our Institution of Images, our Zenith of Zenescop—-well you get the idea. Anyway, he beckoned us over to see something on his hi- def 23 inch(maybe?) PC Monitor and there we stood ……our brains slowing wrapping around what we were seeing. Gathered like schoolboys at what was pixelated in front of us.

This was Nirvana. There on the screen before us was Avengers#1 thru 6 (1963), Daredevil #1,(1963), Amazing Spider-man(1963) and Amazing Fantasy #15(1962).These were REALLY nice looking books. You could see the minor chipping(very minor) and a few creases but these books had some of tightest spines I had seen in a long while…….I need a moment.

Okay, I’m back. We looked on in awe for a moment and then the questions began “Are those yours?”…..”Where did they come from?”……”Wow, really?”…..”No, a guy brought them in in a plastic bag”…….Yup folks. These gems showed up at the comic shop of my choice in a simple plastic bag. What followed was a pretty cool story you only hear about once every 5 years or so………

 

 

Wait a minute…………………………this is too long to type out l. Make you a deal(A mantra of dealers everywhere). John”Stoney” Burke on I are gonna chat about this on the podcast next Wednesday Mar.2nd(with commentary hopefully from “Mr.L”.) and then I’ll update this post to give an abbreviated version of what went on…. pop back …..or listen in….your call.

Some of the nicest spines…….ever.

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Elektra #1 – 2017 Marvel Comics Review.

 

 

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Writer: Matt Owens

Pencilled: Alec Morgan

Cover Artist:(Special mention) Elizabeth Torque

 

 

I’ve always been a fan of #1’s when they introduce a villain who was NOT a main stay of this hero’s gallery of Rogues. It gives a chance for the book to go in a fresh direction I think. Gives it a chance to explore new skills, relationships and memories of our lead character. Marvel did that with this #1.To the best of my knowledge Elektra has not faced off against this multi issue story arc villain.

However one of main problems with it was anyone who even a had average knowledge of Marvel history, could have guessed the mystery of who this villain is in the first few panels. Great for new readers…not so great for us Vets:).Before I go any further I should state I loved this cover. Feminine yet rugged. Great effort by artist Elizabeth Torque.Really Well done .

The story itself was one of getting lost in lights of sin city and realizing you picked a hell of a town to try to get away from the corruption of humanity. It’s touches on depravity that goes on in shadows that most of us never see…….it also was a lot less dramatic than I’m making it seem. Matt Owens never really pulled me in with this story. There was nothing new that I didn’t feel that I hadn’t heard before in other storylines. Some of the characters seemed far more over the top then they should have been, and the hook to have me come back for issue two just wasn’t there.

The pencils on this issue also left a bit to be desired for me. If there was such a term as Mannequinish(there’s not, I checked)I would probably place hold it in  a bit here. I suppose I should state in full disclosure that I could not draw a bath, BUT, to me a well drawn character can say so much without saying much at all. A cocked, eyebrow, A furrowed forehead, the stretch of crows feet when a character smiles , a quivering lip, a watering eye all are able to convey sometimes more emotion then 20 words. I felt not much of that from the art here. Alec Morgan told the requested storyline in a correct manner for sure but his character features seemed almost blank to me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though I suppose

If you enjoy a fresh take on this character you will probably like the journey this issue is beginning.

I might pick up the second issue later on down the road but it’s not going in my pull file for now.

 

 

Actual Old Man Logan

The people over at The Warp Zone gives us their newest parody and it is old man Logan. Wolverine takes on Father Time and finds him to be one of toughest opponents.  Logan is trapped in a old folks home and spends his time trying to escape. Loving tapioca pudding and talking about the old days.

It’s a fun short and I got a few giggles watching it. I hope you like it also.

Source: Geektyrant, YouTube, The Warp Zone

Cosplay Thursday

Okay you guys and girls here is another Cosplay Thursday for you all.

Source: Cosplay Facebook

 

Netflix Original Series Marvel’s Iron Fist – I Am Danny Rand

It is only a short time before we get to see the Fourth Defender, Danny Rand.  On March 17 Netflix and Marvel will give us ‘Iron Fist’.  To help us get to know Danny Rand better Netflix released a featurette titled “I am Danny Rand” that explores his 15 year disappearance and the cold reality of what he faces on his return to New York.

I like many of you I know very little of the “Iron Fist” or of Danny Rand. I have to believe that from the work that Netflix and Marvel have done on the previous series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. That this series will continue the high level of story tell will give us another hero to cheer.

Billionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

Source: Netflix, Environics Communications