Sunday, October 22, 2017

Incredible Hulk #709

   The Planet Hulk storyline was a big one for Marvel.

   It gave the character a real shot in the arm, spawned lots of great stories, and eventually bloomed into a raucous "event" mini-series.

   (It also looks to be a central part of the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok movie.)

   The Hulk has been out of the limelight lately, what with Bruce Banner being "dead" and all. (Or is he? Wasn't he revived in Secret Empire?)

   So the green-skinned heritage is being carried by Amadeus Cho, who was tagged as the "Totally Awesome" Hulk.

   His adventures, thanks to the "Marvel Legacy" movement, are now in the pages of The Incredible Hulk, now with restored original numbering (which will make it fun to sort out the filing process).

   And with original Planet Hulk writer, Greg Pak, at the helm, Cho / Hulk has returned to the planet Sakaar - and so far, it looks like a return to greatness.

   (But I admit, I picked up this issue hoping for the return of Banner. He's "my" Hulk, after all.)

   Still, its great to see this book on track again.

Grade: A

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Apologies

   Readers, my apologies for the lack of posts for the past few days - your pal Chuck has been swamped with other demands (nothing life threatening, thankfully).

   But rest assured he'll be back to posting (and getting caught up) by the end of the weekend.

   Thanks for hanging in there!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Comics Day

     Here's what I picked up at the comics shop today:

- ASTRO CITY #48 - The fate of G-Dog!

- CHAMPIONS #13 - Crossover with the Avengers!

- DOCTOR STRANGE #26 - A final house call?

- FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS #3 - The secret of Metallus revealed!

- INCREDIBLE HULK #709 - Return to Planet Hulk.

- INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #593 - The search for Tony Stark.

- JUSTICE LEAGUE #31 - The end of everything!

- MAGE HERO DENIED #3 (OF 15) - Hunt for the Fisher King!

- MAESTROS #1 - Death stalks the Royal Family!


- MIGHTY THOR #700 - Death of the Mighty Thor!

- SECRET WARRIORS #7 - Quake vs. Deadpool!

- WILD STORM #8 - Jacob Marlowe's secret revealed!


     And I received these comics to review:

- ACTIONVERSE ONGOING #2 STRAY - Remembering that first mission!

- ASSASSINS CREED UPRISING #8 - One final story.

- DOCTOR WHO 10TH YEAR THREE #10 - The truth about Gabby!

- DOCTOR WHO 12TH YEAR THREE #8 - The Ice Warriors return!

- DOLLFACE #10 - Meeting a good witch.

- FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #4 - The final countdown!

- HERCULES WRATH of the HEAVENS #3 - Facing his own demons!

- NORMANDY GOLD #4 - Seeking revenge!

- TORCHWOOD THE CULLING #1 (OF 4) - Written by John Barrowman!

- WAR MOTHER #3 - Into the badlands.

     And that's it!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Black Panther - Movie Trailer

   Marvel unveiled the newest Black Panther movie trailer today, and it looks mighty impressive.

   Check it out:

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dan Dare #1

   I have to admit that I've never read any of Dan Dare's adventures.

   Which might not sound surprising, since this is issue #1 - but of course, the hero has been a huge favorite in Great Britain for generations, and has inspired armies of writers and artists.

    The new series from Titan Comics is not a reboot - it makes use of the classic characters, including Dan's right-hand man, Digby, his right-hand woman, Peabody, his pilot Hank, and his deadliest enemy, The Mekon.

   The issue sets up the world of the future, how the Space Fleet ended the menace of The Mekon (or did they?) and what happened next.

   Written by Peter Mulligan and drawn by Alberto Foche, the issue has to cover the basics, and does so with a surprisingly laid-back pace - but by the end of the issue, things start crackling.

   The good news is, you don't have to have any previous knowledge of the series - it brings you up to speed quickly - and you can see why the series is beloved.

   It plays it straight, but there's also a playful sense about it - it's a fun series, with lots of potential.

   No doubt that's one reason why Dan Dare is a classic!

Grade: A-

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fighting American #1

   It's not always easy to love Fighting American.

   The character was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby as (sort of) a way to reclaim their most famous creation, Captain America, which they were forced to leave behind when they left Timely Comics (which later became Marvel Comics).

   But instead of playing it straight, in the original version they decided to camp it up and have fun with the concept, pitting the hero and his sidekick Speedboy against assorted comical "Commie" threats to the U.S.A.

   It's all good fun, but it didn't last long (though it survives on in some nice reprint editions). An attempt or two have been made to bring the character back over the years, but they've fallen short - at least until now.

   This new version from Titan Comics, published in time to be part of the Jack Kirby's 100th birthday celebration, is written by Gordon Rennie with art by Duke Mighten, and it actually manages to capture the feel of the original while bringing it up to date.

   It accomplishes this by that beloved vehicle, the time machine, and F.A. and S.B. chase one of their most dastardly villains into the present - and what follows is a fun collision of cultures, managing a great balance between humor and action.

   I wasn't expecting much from this series - too many creators just lean on the powerful original concept and don't bring much to the table. That's not the case here.

   Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed it. A lot!

   Go figure.

Grade: A

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Wynonna Earp Season Zero #4

   The latest Wynonna Earp mini-series (Season Zero) is really swinging for the fences, and it brings with it a Wild Bunch / Seven Samurai / World War II threshold of violence and action.

   Written by Earp creator Beau Smith and Tim Rozon, who plays Doc Holliday on the TV series, it gives us a meeting of Wynonna's two families - the paramilitary biker gang she ran with, and her new family depicted on the TV series.

   They're facing a deadly fight against a more powerful opponent - the sinister Keegan.

   What follows is one of the most intense battles I've ever seen depicted in a comic book! Lives are lost, battles are fought on scales both large and small, family pulls together and revenge is served up in large doses.

   The art by Angel Hernandez is terrific, with no punches pulled in the depiction of the violence of war.

   It's a terrific series, one any action fan is bound to love. It's a home run!

   Highly recommended!

Grade: A

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