Issue 25, Whispers of Death, is out today.
The assault on the Fortress of Solitude rages on!
The actor makes a late career comeback reprising his role as a high school principle in Marvel's new Nova ongoing.
An advance review of the Image comic.
Ravagers and 'Stalker' to feature a different focus
Could the classic Superman supporting character be gender-swapped in the upcoming 'Man Of Steel' movie? All signs point to yes, say hello to Jenny Olsen!
Cover The Marvel Summer event of 2012 comes to Wolverine and the X-Men. The mutants at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning have to choose what side they want to fight for. Wolverine tries to keep the normality of the School and the neutrality of his students, but something are just impossible to control. Students strand up against teachers and friends will fight friends. Will the school ever be the same?! How is it? Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 3 is a very disappointing book. If you read any of my previous Wolverine and the X-Men reviews you know I've loved the book from the start and have praised it a lot. If you haven't read them, this a good opportunity, check them in these links: Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 1 Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 2 Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha & Omega Sadly when judge this book by its own merits this book fails miserably. However Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo and Nick Bradshaw aren't to blame. They do their respective jobs as well as its possible. The problem is with Marvel editorial. This book was dragged into the crossover event du jour and as a consequence it lost even the slightest shred of story telling ability Its a disjointed mess of chapters, where stuff happens off pages (probably in other books) that radically change the dynamic between the characters and, unless you read the main event in order or you're Sherlock Holmes, you're going to be dazed and confused (in the bad way). In order to be fair to the authors lets break this down in more manageable chunks. The Good Chris Bachalo's and Nick Bradshaw's art is amazing as it was in the previous volumes. Everything is vibrant and dynamic. The fights are really cool to watch. There are 3 characters they draw in a spectacular way: Ice Man, The Beast and Rachel Summers. It is ON! The latter is one of my favorite X-characters that as a bit of a spotlight in this volume. Rachel has to confront her past as a hunter of mutants when she is asked to do just the same. Jason Aaron does a good job fleshing out her inner conflict about using her mutant hunting ability to track down Hope. Orders are orders The last chapter is really good. Its about Warbird's origin. Ava'dara Naganandini, soldier of the Shi'ar Imperium, Royal Warbird, Deathbringer class is a much more complex character than she's had the chance to show. Once again Jason Aaron creates a very interesting background for a lesser character that not only fleshes her out as it opens a few door to future plots. I loved her sins, her depravity (its not what you're thinking) and her punishment Saying more would spoil the best story in this collection. The Bad: Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 3 is, for the lack of a better word, a clusterfuck. Basically from chapter to chapter you get lost and confused. Lots of stuff happens in between chapters that you have no way to know, unless you're reading all the AVX books. Even if you were reading all the books that compose the AVX event, you'd have to read a chapter at a time from everyone of them. And it was up to you to figure out the correct reading order. The Ugly: Either Marvel had an enormous lack of vision or a disturbing lack of consideration for their readership. Publishing such a disjointed and disconnected book is a huge mistake. I want to think this was a lack of vision and a bit of incompetence but it feels more like they did it this way to "force" the reader to buy other books he doesn't want to in order to understand whats going on. Next time, please look how Dark Horse did it with Vector or how DC Comics did with Blackest Night. In Vector Dark Horse collect all the issues, in the proper reading order, in two easy to read volumes. DC opted for a different route. The involved tie in books had coherent narratives that contributed to the main event. When DC collected them, it read like a regular story arc that was readable and understandable on their own. Hi, I'm here to hijack the story. Verdict? Unless you're following the Avengers Vs X-men event, don't bother with this one. In fact stay away! This is a mess. Publisher: Marvel Comics Year: 2012 Pages: 112 Authors: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Nick Bradshaw ISBN: 0785159991 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-wolverine-and-x-men-volume-3.html
Boom! Studios battle royale continues as the world’s greatest superheroes are forced to fight each other to the death in a mysterious, otherworldly prison.
The PC version of GTA V has been listed for preorder on the French version of Amazon.com.
The president of Marvel Studios sat down with MTV News to talk about the next Iron Man movie.
The Walking Dead season 3 continues on February 10th, but we have a sneak peak at the new episode and a pretty poor quality leak of a future trailer.
Definitely a bridge episode.
An upcoming IDW Star Trek comic will feature Klingons, not to mention we should be seeing them in Star Trek 2. But what will they look like?
As the battle to stop H’El rages on, Superman learns the truth about just what Superboy is...but is it the whole truth?
All hell is breaking loose as John and Fatality battle the Third Army and the Guardians unleash horror on Oa!
'The Big Dirt Nap' continues
Cover Green Lantern Emerald Dawn re-imagines the origin story of the Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Hal Jordan is a test pilot for Ferris Aircraft. One day, while working on a simulator he is snatched be a mysterious green light and flown to the desert. There he meets an alien that gives him a powerful green ring and dies before Hal can come to terms with whats happening. From an arrogant and irresponsible grounded test pilot to a galactic trainee cop, the journey of Hal Jordan is a whirlwind filled with aliens, new found responsibilities and introspection. How is it? Before we get into the book I should tell you that this is one of those books that remind me of my childhood. I actually bought this book twice, in 92/93 still on my allowance and again in 2005/2006. This book reminds me of Summer vacations. Not that it has anything to do with the story, but I first read it in in the Summer of 92/93 while lying down on the sand by the Atlantic (yes it got filled with sand, but I was a kid back then). I've read it more than a couple of times since. Call to OA Nowadays its common to hear voices against the use of Hal Jordan as Earth's Green Lantern, but 20 or so years ago (God, as it been that long?!) he was a very popular character. In a time of near perfect heroes he was the imperfect one. He had family issues, work problems even his long time on-again off-again girlfriend tried to kill him many times. Hal was a Green Lantern, not because he was fearless, but because he could overcome his fear, and that made him unique. It starts with Hal Jordan in his flight simulator when suddenly it takes off flying, heading into the desert. Upon arrival he meets Abin Sur, a dying alien, that gives him his power ring. Abin Sur explains what are the Green Lanterns and why he was chosen. Shortly after Abin Sur dies and Hal is handed the most powerful weapon in the Universe. From here on Gerald Jones, Jim Owsley and Keith Giffen weave a story where Hal Jordan will have learn how to be a Green Lantern and take responsibility for his past and present actions. In a way this is a coming of age story. Hal never looses his trademark cockiness, but he does learn to accept new found responsibilities and handle the consequences that come with being a Green Lantern. In the beginning of Emerald Dawn Hal is driving while drunk and crashes is car against a sign near the road. As a result one of his friends is paralyzed. At first he doesn't take responsibility for that, but eventually Hal grows a conscience and tries to atone for that by giving himself up to the police. This is a symbolic moment that marks a turning point in Hal's life. He's finally growing up. Emerald Dawn is full of memorable moments. Among the best of them are: Hal getting the ring for the first time; Hal taking flight for the first time, Kilowog's training; the final battle against Legion and Hal turning himself in and going to jail. Kilowog is the man This book has great art. At the time it was top notch, but even 20 years later the art still manages to keep a high quality. The coloring on the other hand would benefit from an update. Panel layouts are not very imaginative by today's standards, but are not very static either. They change it a bit here and there. You will find few, but glorious, full pages panels. Verdict? To me this is the definitive origin story for Hal Jordan. It is also one of my favorite Green Lantern stories of all time. I admit to be bias towards this book, because it made a big impression on me when I was younger. If you are a fan of the Green Lantern mythos and want to read more about Hal Jordan or just want to understand why he was such a popular character, then this book is a must read. If you're only interested in the current generation of Green Lanterns, then this won't add anything to that. Publisher: DC Comics Year: 1991 Pages: 144 Authors: Keith Giffen, Gerard Jones, Jim Owsley, M.D. Bright, Romeo Tanghal ISBN: 0930289889 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-green-lantern-emerald-dawn.html
Charles Xavier, the founding father of the X-Men has been slain at the hands of his most beloved pupil, Cyclops (Scott Summers). Now it’s time for Havoc (Alex Summers) to assume leadership of a group comprised of mutants and humans. After the disastrous events that took place in the previous issue, a new anti-mutant agenda starts spreading in every major TV network in the US. The Red Skull is behind all of this, but besides inciting hatred and bigotry, he has also desecrated the corpse of Professor X. By removing Xavier’s brain he’s now in control of the world’s most powerful weapon. And he’s already using those enormous telepathic talents to brainwash Scarlet Witch. X-Men & Avengers Both Rogue and Scarlet Witch were captured, but the Southern mutant manages to escape, in part thanks to her mutant powers which allow her to absorb other people’s abilities and memories, and also in part thanks to “Remy LeBeau and all those kinky bondage drinking games” (who said sexual experimentation wouldn’t come in handy for superheroines?). The most shocking moment, however, takes place right after Rogue has escaped and has found Wanda Maximoff. Together, the two women witness a horrifying spectacle: the body of Charles Xavier, which has been mutilated: his skull has been opened, and his brain has been removed. Red Skull & Scarlet Witch John Cassaday has some truly memorable pages here. For instance, in the partial double page spread, the superior half is a wide panel that shows the Avengers and the X-Men rescuing the victims after Avalanche’s attack. We can see Spider-Man, Falcon, Logan, Havoc, Captain America, Thor, Captain Marvel, Iron Man and Daredevil. I’ve also enjoyed the design of the Red Skull’s secret headquarters, and the initial confrontation between Scarlet Witch and the villain. When Cassaday shows the body of Xavier he also includes a flashback that recounts Rogue’s first experiences with the X-Men. Laura Martin, one of the best colorists of the industry, gives us cold and pale tones in the first frames (Xavier’s corpse) and warm and soothing tones in the last frames (Rogue’s memory of Xavier’s altruism). ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ the body of Professor X / el cadáver del Profesor X Charles Xavier, el padre fundador de los X-Men ha sido asesinado a manos de su bienhadado pupilo, Cyclops (Scott Summers). Ahora le toca a Havoc (Alex Summers) asumir el liderazgo de un grupo compuesto por mutantes y humanos. Después de los desastrosos eventos que sucedieron en el capítulo anterior, una nueva agenda anti-mutante empieza a extenderse en las grandes cadenas de televisión en USA. Red Skull está detrás de todo esto, pero además de incitar el odio y el racismo, también ha corrompido el cuerpo del Profesor X. Al extirpar el cerebro de Xavier, ahora controla el arma más poderosa del mundo. Y ya está usando estos enormes talentos telepáticos para lavarle el cerebro a Scarlet Witch. Tanto Rogue como Scarlet Witch fueron capturadas, pero la mutante sureña logra escapar, en parte gracias a sus poderes mutantes que le permiten absorber las habilidades y memorias de otras personas, y también en parte gracias a “Remy LeBeau y todos esos mañosos juegos de bondage y de beber” (¿quién dijo que la experimentación sexual no sería útil para las súper-heroínas?). Red Skull and his minions / Cráneo Rojo y sus secuaces El momento más impactante, sin embargo, sucede justo después que Rogue ha escapado y ha encontrado a Wanda Maximoff. Juntas, las dos mujeres atestiguan un horrendo espectáculo: el cuerpo de Charles Xavier, que ha sido mutilado: su cráneo está abierto, y su cerebro ha sido extirpado. John Cassaday tiene algunas páginas realmente memorables. Por ejemplo, en la página doble parcial, la mitad superior es un panel ancho que muestra a los Vengadores y a los X-Men rescatando a las víctimas después el ataque de Avalancha. Podemos ver a Spider-Man, Falcon, Logan, Havoc, Captain America, Thor, Captain Marvel, Iron Man y Daredevil. También he disfrutado con el diseño de los cuarteles secretos de Red Skull, y la confrontación inicial entre Scarlet Witch y el villano. Cuando Cassaday muestra el cuerpo de Xavier también incluye un flashback que recuenta las primeras experiencias de Rogue con los X-Men. Laura Martin, una de las mejores coloristas de la industria, nos da tonos fríos y pálidos en las primeras viñetas (el cadáver de Xavier) y tonos cálidos y apacibles en las últimas (allí Rogue recuerda el altruismo de Xavier). Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/uncanny-avengers-2-rick-remender-john.html
Toby Jones has confirmed he'll be reprising his role of Armin Zola for the Captain America sequel.
The controversial short will finally air at long last online this Tuesday during the afternoon.
The team gets a deadly new member in the form of Strix, a former Talon from the Court of Owls!
The Legion is about to have a new leader…and the Fatal Five is about to return!
This final-issue epic leads into the new DCU series THRESHOLD!
Cover The mantle of Dr. Fate has been without a bearer for a long time. Fate's helmet has been thrown into space and now returns to choose the new Dr. Fate. Fate dictated that the helmet finds his way to Dr. Kent V. Nelson, a distant relative of the original Dr. Fate. Kent Nelson is a good man that is in a truly low and bad moment of his life. Far are the days when he was a top psychiatrist, good father and husband with a nice house and a great life. Dr. Fate Countdown to Mystery was supposed to mark the start of a new era in the Dr. Fate legacy. This story sees Kent Nelson coming to terms with his personal fate and the beginning of the journey to rebuild his life. How is it? When Fate's helmet return to earth we find the good Dr. Kent V. Nelson in session of "Rumble Bums", this is, fighting another bum for money. He looses and gets scammed out of his share by his friend, who coincidentally was the other bum on the "Rumble Bums" fight. This leaves him passed out on a dumpster in the rain. Soon after he wakes up with the helmet by his side and puts it on for the first time. This puts him, and the reader, in a fast but enlightening journey through the recent history of the helmet. In doing this Steve Gerber ensures that this book is accessible for everyone, even for one that has never read a Dr. Fate story. Kent has the misfortune to go against the Demon Negal in his first time wearing the helmet. Its only with beginners luck that Kent manages to defeat Negal, but its only temporarily. All of this turns out to be too much for the, already frail, Kent Nelson to handle and he drifts back into the bottle. That leads to a series of events that bring together Kent and Inza (a throwback at the original Dr. Fate's wife). Inza is a struggling comic book creator (wink wink) and proud creator of the KillHead comics. She then takes on the unwilling role of the damsel in distress, and the rest is history. The Helmet Whispers the Spells Strange but familiar Sadly Steve Gerber passed away and he didn't had the chance to end this book. DC Comics called on Gail Simone, Adam Beechen, Mark Evanier and Mark Waid to write an ending to the truly great story Steve Gerber started. As a result there are 4 possible endings to this story. Its a shame there isn't a cannon ending to this story, but this doesn't mean Countdown to Mystery isn't worth your time, because it is, very much so. The lack of a definitive ending only downgrades this book from stellar to fantastic. The art is gorgeous. The expressiveness of the faces is great. You can almost taste Kent's misery in (almost) every shot. Justiniano and Walden Wong really bring Dr. Fate's costume to life. It is very simple, a full body blue suite and the usual yellow gloves, belt, amulet, helmet and cape, but its very powerful to see. When Dr. Fate appears he's both gracious and imposing. The contrast between Kent's world, Negal's dimension and KillHead's story is fantastic. These are three very different aspects of Countdown to Mystery that are characterized with subtle but powerful differences in the art style that represents each one. Also worth mentioning is that the page composition is amazing The panel layouts are unique for every page, creating great reading dynamic. I love the panel overlapping they used regularly. Symbolism Newbie Fate gets beaten Verdict? Dr. Fate Countdown to Mystery, even if unfinished, is a must read for any Dr. Fate or magic themed stories fan. I'm both so I love this one, so much so that I've read it more than a couple of times since I got it. My preferences apart, be it for the fantastic art or the compelling story this book is worth your attention. Publisher: DC Comics Year: 2008 Pages: 160 Authors: Steve Gerber, Justiniano, Walden Wong, Adam Beechen, Mark Evanier, Mark Waid, Gail Simone ISBN: 1401218407 Follow Reading Graphic Novels in Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-dr-fate-countdown-to-mystery.html
The United States enters the battle against Atlantis, setting in motion the creation of the Justice League of America!
Don’t judge a book by its cover, even if that cover wreaked havoc upon your country and life.
So who's going to guest star on the remaining Season One episodes of TMNT on Nickelodeon? Behold the return of the Corey, Kelly Hu, Cassandra Peterson, and Rosanne Barr as the Kraang Prime?! Yes you read that right.
In this penultimate chapter, everything that’s been happening in BATWOMAN comes to a head!
The action figures NECA had made for the smash hit movie, Django Unchained, have been discontinued.
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