Today We Explore and Explain the events of today’s newest Flash Forward #1 Wally Wests Redemption
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.
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.
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
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!
Directed By Andy Muschietti
Distributed By Warner Bros. Pictures
IT all ends here. Join The Losers Club as we review the continuation of Pennywise’s reign of terror in IT Chapter Two.
As you may already know IT Chapter Two is the sequel to the 2017 film IT and remake of the 1990 version, which is also an adaption of the horror novel. So right away we already know Chapter Two has the challenge of bringing in new scares while also loosely following the source material. You may have already heard that the story starts off with bang as we do see a graphic hate crime depicted on screen that also serves as the return of Pennywise. This particular scene is definitely hard to watch but it is not in poor taste as it sets a very dark tone and gets the audience ready for horrible events to come. In response to some’s criticism of this scene they have to realize that Stephen King loves to show the evil in both the paranormal and in humans equally, so unfortunately if you were not expecting any feelings of discomfort in a movie about one of the most famous monsters of all time, that’s on you. Moving along it doesn’t take much time for our favorite losers to appear on screen as adults, and I have nothing but praise for the casting choices of our heroes. They absolutely nailed it in terms of both looks and personalities, especially with James McAvoy(Bill) and Bill Hader(Richie). We see the club reunite and we are treated to an almost normal dinner scene, the on screen chemistry between the main characters is very believable and will be sure to bring a smile to your face throughout the movie, when they’re not being terrorized that is. The unofficial leader of the group has been taken up by Mike as he is now the most knowledgeable about the clown and reveals a way to stop him for good setting the group on harrowing and life threatening mission.
I’ll try not to reveal much but each loser must complete a certain task individually and that sets up unique scares tailored to each member which also gives the movie an opportunity to display flexibility. IT has a very unique style of horror that mixes in humor very often and while it does work, comedy might have been favored a little too much. The scares were well done but relied just a little too much on CGI, it would’ve been nice to see more practical effects mixed in. When it comes to horror movies I am a firm believer in “Less is more.” What I mean by that is the illusions created by Pennywise were given a little too much screentime, therefore letting the audience get used to them, resulting in less fear experienced by the viewer. When it comes to Pennywise himself however, Bill Skarsgard has a natural talent for the horror genre and it truly shows when he brought Pennywise to life and breathed new life into Coulrophobia. Some might even argue his performance surpassed the legendary Tim Curry and there is no doubt that Pennywise has now been permanently cemented as one of scariest monsters of all time. IT Chapter Two also gave more background information on the killer clown and a glimpse into the truly bonkers universe that Stephen King created.
Overall IT Chapter Two is a good but not great horror movie that failed to surpass its 2017 predecessor. The pacing could have been improved on as 2 hours and 50 minutes seems a little unnecessary. In comparison to other entries in the horror genre, IT Chapter still stands above many and is definitely among the elite. I will have no hesitation to recommend the watch to fellow hardcore fans of horror.
Today we Explore and Explain the events of the newest chapter of Geoff John’s and Gary Frank’s Epically delayed masterpiece Doomsday Clock #11 from DC Comics.
Writer: Geoff Johns
Illustrator: Gary Frank
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letters: Rob Leigh
The long awaited eleventh installment of the hit maxiseries, Doomsday Clock has finally made its way through the unforgiving chain of delays, and into our eager hands. Well ladies and gentlemen, let me be the first to tell you that this book was well worth the wait. The opening of this book deals heavily with the fallout of Superman rushing to the aide of an unstable Firestorm, and the incident in Red Square. Tensions rise between The US and Russia regarding the “Superman Theory” that seems to be coming to fruition thanks to one Ozymandias; and the Justice League after traveling to Mars, are still nowhere to be found. We finally get to see exactly what Ozymandias has planned since first arriving in the DC universe. With Superman and Dr. Manhattan finally meeting face to face, will Ozymandias’ sinister scheme play out according to his plan? Or will another unlikely hero emerge to save the day, along with the rest of the planet from an ultimate demise.
One of the most compelling parts of this issue comes about halfway through, the interactions between Lex Luthor and Lois Lane. Lex having reached out to Lois brings her into one of his secret vaults, which he claims she is only the second person to ever step foot in besides himself. It is there Lex reveals to Lois that he has been monitoring abnormal chronal energy spikes for the past two years, which any avid Comic reader should know is shortly after the beginning of DC’s “Rebirth”. Its just a few short panels after that were given a second POV shot of the notorious reunion between Barry and Wally in “DC Universe: Rebirth#1”, after having lost Wally to the speed force. While at first Lex thinks these anomalies are caused from the two speedsters, he soon realizes the true source of these readings; an old photo.
The art in this book has fit the tone of the story perfectly. Gary Frank’s grittier style matches up beautifully to a story that’s set to take place in the mid 80’s. One standout aspect of the art is Franks’ ability to capture the emotions of the characters to a tee. From the rage from the angry mobs, to Adrian Veidt’s smug arrogance, the facial expressions from this artistic team are top notch. There’s only one final issue remaining to answer the biggest question yet, what happens when Superman meets Dr. Manhattan, one on one. You won’t want to miss this penultimate chapter in the Doomsday Clock epic that’s sure to make waves for the DC universe to come. Doomsday Clock #11 hits the shelves of your local comic store September 4th, don’t miss out!
Written by: Neil Adams
Drawn by: Neil Adams
Colored by: Neil Adams
Letters by: Clem Robins
Neil Adams is one of the most prolific writers and artists in comic book history. His track record speaks for itself and he’s a contributor to the modern comic book canon with some of the most important characters of all time, mainly being Ra’s Al Ghul. He’s one of those writers that immediately earns your respect based off of history, and his books can sell with no knowledge of the book other than Neil Adam’s name. “Batman vs Ra’s Al Ghul” is Adams’ latest comic book, with the first part of a six issue storyline coming out today.
Overall I think that this issue is a mixed bag of quality. Adams takes on all aspects of storytelling in this series, because he is both the writer and the artist of this tale. It’s always hard to judge the first issue of a storyline without knowing what’s coming next or what the writer has planned for the rest of the story, but there is a lot that you can assume by reading the first issue. I think the artwork all throughout the issue was very good. I like Adams style of artwork and coloring, and it’s obviously very reminiscent of a time that’s been passed by in the comic book industry.
As far as the story is concerned, I’m not very interested in what’s going on yet. The issue starts in an interesting way by thrusting us into the middle of a disaster in Gotham, and we slowly learn why this is all happening. Unfortunately, I think the actual context of the story really isn’t very interesting and it doesn’t really pick up until Deadman and Batman cross paths. Deadman is a really cool character so I’m glad that we’re getting to spend some time with him here, but I feel like the interesting parts of the story start and end with him. Batman and Ra’s have a conversation that feels kind of meandering and like it runs around in circles, and another mystery for the story that’s teased on the cover occurs at the end, but I can’t say that I was really interested with what happens next. I’ll likely keep reading to see how the story unfolds, but I can’t say that I’d recommend jumping into this story without seeing if the quality gets better or not.
Written by: Dan Slott
Art by: Paco Medina
Colors by: Jesus Aburtov
Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna
The Fantastic Four has always been Marvel’s first family, and after a shaky decade of awful film reboots, a few character deaths, some canceling of titles, and a regaining of rights by Marvel, the Fantastic Four is back and better than ever, and writer Dan Slott is leading the charge. I didn’t get the chance to get in on the ground floor of this title, but with issue 14 being the start of a new storyline, I felt like now would be a great time to jump in.
Issue 14 is the first part of the new story, “Point of Origin.” In this story arc, the Fantastic Four return to their original Marvel roots and set out on a space exploration journey to finish the original mission that gave them their powers. I absolutely love the idea for this story and am super excited to see where it goes. This story was very well written, and Slott is one of those writers who just understands these characters. We get a chance to see Reed’s endless desire for exploration, Ben’s constant search for happiness, and Johnny’s relentless need to prove himself.
The artwork is awesome and somehow finds a way to walk the line between modern day comic books and the classic art style of the 1960’s. Artist Paco Medina is doing some career defining work with these characters and I’m almost at the point of only wanting to see these characters through his lens. The scene that opens the issue of the Richards family at the Marvel-1 unveiling was really well done and it set the stage for the issue great. The flashbacks to the accident that started it all were used very effectively and Johnny Storm’s origin was very well done. This issue has convinced me to give Slott’s run with the Fantastic Four a read through and I’m very excited to see what’s to come.