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Absolute Carnage #3 Review

Writer: Donny Cates

Penciler: Ryan Stegman

Inker: JP Mayer

Color Artist: Frank Martin

Letterer: Clayton Cowles

     The bloodshed is just getting started as Absolute Carnage hits its third issue, and halfway point. Venom just recently lost Miles Morales, infected by the Carnage symbiote, leaving him alone and outnumbered to defend an injured Scorpion from the onslaught of the Carnage horde led by a symbiote empowered Norman Osborn. While the horde’s numbers grow, we start to see a riff form between Eddie and his Symbiote, as the later has had enough and is ready to do whatever it takes to put an end to his offspring once and for all. Ryan Stegman and the artistic team do an absolute astounding job displaying the resolve of the symbiote as he holds his position while Eddie runs in the opposite direction to save The Scorpion. While the relationship between Eddie and his Symbiote hasn’t been at its best recently, this could be major foreshadowing of problems to come.

    After narrowly escaping with his head (and spine) Venom brings a wounded and paralyzed Scorpion to Rex Strickland’s safehouse for immediate medical attention. Once they arrive, they’re not only greeted by Spider-man, but the team he’s assembled; comprised of Captain America, Wolverine, The Thing, and Dr. Bruce Banner. Eddie is put at ease once he sees his son Dylan whose been kept safe there under protection of the latest Spawn of Venom, Sleeper; who’s aligned himself with our heroes in an effort to stop Carnage and Knull. It’s soon after this point that all hell breaks loose, you can’t expect too many happy moments in a book titled Absolute Carnage… 

   Pay attention to the little details in Eddie’s face as the panels progress. Cates does an amazing job pulling off major surprises in each issue and #3 is no let down at all. I won’t spoil the ending for anybody who hasn’t read it yet, but the biggest shocker comes in the final pages. Seriously, if you haven’t read Absolute Carnage your missing out on Marvel’s greatest comic event in recent memory. This book hit your local comic store October 18th, so make sure you stop by and pick it up today!

Flash Forward #1 Review

Writer: Scott Lobdell

Pencils: Brett Booth

Inks: Norm Rapmund

*This review may contain spoilers for Heroes In Crisis*

Even the fastest man alive is finding outrunning his past mistakes difficult. 

Following his loss of control in Heroes in Crisis resulting in the death of multiple fellow heroes, including his best friend Roy Harper, Wally West is left in Blackgate Supermax Prison awaiting trial…or death, he doesn’t really care. However, he is recruited by a cosmic being and thrown into a mission to save the multiverse and possibly find redemption.

Coming out of the Heroes in Crisis miniseries there has been a lot of bellyaching about the perceived “character assassination” of Wally West and that was only amped up with the announcement of this miniseries. Personally I loved the overall route they took with the character in Heroes in Crisis and was excited to see the next step in that arc I.E. this series. I have to say, so far so good.

There isn’t a ton that happens in this issue, but it is almost the perfect first issue to the series. It continues putting the reader into the tormented mind of Wally West and works to make you understand just how far Wally has fallen in his own mind and how it is affecting him. The art throughout the issue is very cramped and claustrophobic and for the majority of the issue it makes sense and adds to the way Wally is feeling. However, I will say there is a shift in the issue where it feels like the art should have expanded out and become less claustrophobic but it doesn’t change style and I thought that was the point where it strayed from being a choice that added to being something that kinda starts to hurt the book. 

Overall, I loved this issue as a first issue of a miniseries and am beyond excited to see where the story takes us. Based on the events of this issue it seems like we’re going to explore the inherent natural draw of a hero to always find a way to return to being a hero even when they don’t believe in themselves and I have a feeling that we are going to get to revisit some great alternate universes from throughout the DCU history and I am here for all of it. I would absolutely suggest going to pick this book up whether you are a Wally West fan or not and whether you enjoyed Heroes in Crisis or not. 

Year of The Villain | Lex Luthor | Explored & Explained

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Today we Explore and Explain the events of today’s brand new One Shot tie in issue to Justice League Year of the Villain, Today we travel the Multiverse with Apex Lex

Justice League #32 | Anti Monitors Revenge

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Today I Explore and Explain the events of today’s brand new issue of Justice League #32 as We see the league join forces with The Monitor, Anti Monitor and the World Forger.

Batman #79 | Explored & Explained

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Flash Forward #1 | Wally Wests Redemption

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Today We Explore and Explain the events of today’s newest Flash Forward #1 Wally Wests Redemption

Spider-Man #1 Review

Written by: J.J. Abrams & Henry Abrams 

Art by: Sara Pichelli 

Inking Assistant: Elisabetta D’amico 

Colors by: Dave Stewart

Letters by: VC’s Joe Caramagna 

J.J. Abrams and his son Henry Abrams have teamed up to deliver to the world a very personal Spider-Man story that deals with death, grief, the relationship between a father & a son, and much more. This is a gut wrenching story that took some very unexpected turns, but it’s very well written and an exciting new take on the character of Peter Parker. Often times Peter Parker is a character that gets stuck in age purgatory as Marvel likes to view him as a teenager or young adult, and we never get to see much of his life outside of that age range. It’s really exciting to see a different take on his personality, especially one outside of being Spider-Man, but at a later point in his life than we’re used to. 

Ben Parker is an interesting character so far. I’m glad that they’ve set him apart from Peter and given him a different edge than Peter even though they’re in similar situations. I’m not super into the moody kids who’ve lost someone archetype, but it’s fine so far and I have a feeling that Ben’s arc will round out nicely. The villain of this story is one that I’m worried could fall into generic tropes that most origin story villains do, but he’s off to a hot start by the way this first issue starts out. I’m interested to see where this story goes, but the first issue was definitely a step in the right direction. I’d like to know which of the Abrams pair has more influence on the story, especially since it seems to be at its core a story between father and son, but they’re doing a great job. 

Lex Luthor #1 Review

Written by: Jason Latour

Pencils by: Bryan Hitch

Inks by: Bryan Hitch & Andrew Currie

Colors by: Tomeu Morey

Letters by: Tom Napolitano 

DC’s Year of the Villain has had its hits and misses so far, but the highlight for me has been these very personal one shot stories of random villains getting their own issues. The most important one seems to be Lex Luthor’s as he has been at the forefront of the Year of the Villain, and we finally get to read his solo story. In this issue, Lex goes on a journey through the Multiverse and interacts with several different versions of himself. I love the concept of the multiverse because of the sheer magnitude of stories that you can tell and how each one can be unique and risky without any consequences. 

It was cool to get to see the different Earth’s versions of Lex Luthor, but I’m not quite sure I understood what the point of the story was. I get that Lex wanted to interact with all of these different versions of himself and decide which ones were worthy, but I’m not sure why or if that was even his mission. That’s not to say that the issue wasn’t good or entertaining, but it just went over my head I think. The highlight of the issue was definitely the Earth where Lex was Batman, that was a unique take and a fun trip for a few pages. This whole Lex Luthor fused with Martian Manhunter situation is kind of confusing to me, and I don’t feel like any writers really understand it either, but I guess that’s the problem when you start doing weird stuff like that with characters. 

This issue is a fun one that examines Lex Luthor as a character and it’s one that shows us all the different possibilities for how someone like him could turn out. Definitely pick it up if you’re a fan of the character or if you’re just trying to keep up with the Year of the Villain, as I have a feeling that this one will end up being important down the line.

Hawkman #16 Review

Written by: Robert Venditti

Pencils by: Pat Olliffe

Inks by: Tom Palmer

Colors by: Jeremiah Shipper

Letters by: Starkings & Comicraft

Robert Venditti’s Hawkman has been a breath of fresh air in the comic book industry. For a character that is all about reliving his past, Venditti has found a way to flesh out Hawkman’s future by using his past to propel the character forward. DC comics have been caught up in trying to please fans by starting Rebirth where they returned to old continuity, but outside of a few major books there hasn’t been a whole lot done to patch up some of the holes. Venditti’s Hawkman has done a great job of doing just that for the character and paying homage to the characters best moments by taking us on journeys through the past and the future.

In issue 16 of Hawkman, we get to see the fallout from Hawkman and The Shade’s previous encounter with the Shadow Thief. Hawkman and The Shade are dealing with their previous loss and the Shadow Thief now owns their shadows. We get a good amount of time building the relationship between Carter and Swift, something that was very necessary for new readers to care about their partnership. Carter Hall has been plagued with his past this entire run, and he’s struggled with being the Hawkman that he feels the world deserves. This issue was a nice change of pace because we got to see Hall show some aggression and be a little vicious in his fight with the giant shadow dragon. That fight was really awesome and amazingly drawn by Pat Olliffe, and it serves the story instead of just being a cool action piece. 

The end of this issue sets us up for a major showdown in issue 17, and it’s one that has been building nicely. I’m super happy with Venditti’s run with this character and I’m excited to see what comes next in the story. Every character that Venditti has touched in this run has been elevated because of it, and because of that I’m excited to see where things go. 

King Thor #1 Review

King Thor #1 

Writer: Jason Aaron 

Pencils: Esad Ribic 

Colors: Ive Svorcina 

Letters: Joe Sabino 

Seven years in the making…King Thor made his first appearance in Thor: God of Thunder #1. Since then The All-Father has fought Gorr the God Butcher, Galactus, Phoenix Wolverine, and Final Doom. He also helped defeat Malekith the Accursed in The War of the Realms. King Thor has faced some of the deepest and darkest villains in the blackest voids of the cosmos. 

King Thor #1 starts off a four issue miniseries that reunites legendary creative team (Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic) behind the comic book run that started it all Thor: God of Thunder. Highly recommend rereading, tons of references spanning the entire seven year epic. 

King Thor #1 picks up right where Thor #16 ends. King Thor arrives back in the future, speaking to himself of regrets and his failures then bang a blast from Loki wielding the Necro-Sword! 

This book cannot be contained! Aaron and Ribic come together and hit another home run! This issue gives me everything I ever wanted and more. A slow build with the Granddaughters of Thunder and Shadrak God of (spoiler), then BAM! A full in your face epic battle to the death, brother against brother, God against God Butcher! I promise you this is a story for the ages. The last page will have all Thor fans screaming!

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