Daredevil #8 (2012) Review

Well, since I’m trying to catch up on Spider-Man comics, there was a two part tie-in issue, Amazing Spider-Man (ASM) #677, and Daredevil (DD) #8 written by Mark Waid and art by Kano (that is such a wicked name by the way). The Story for the two books is simple. Black Cat (Felicia) is the Marvel version of “Catwoman” found in “DC” comics. This Means she’s the cat burglar who is an on /off hero when she sees fit. She has the hots for Spider-Man and has been framed for stealing a hologram. Daredevil is one of Marvel’s go to lawyers, so Spidey enlists DD’s help to try and get her out of jail or any kind of legal trouble in general (which she didn’t need since she escaped and found Spidey and DD anyway and is persuaded by Spidey to investigate further).

The three manage to find the man who invented the hologram device in inside a hidden room in his apartment, where they interrogate him and he reveals that his kidnapping was forced by members of Terra-One in order to co-operate. Spidey and Felicia believe that he might be lying but Daredevil’s acute senses reveals that, not only is he telling the truth, but he’s also been poisoned and has very few minutes remaining to live, so Spider-Man rushes with him to the hospital while DD and Felicia head to investigate.

They both manage to find the location of the Holographic Projector, safeguarded by members of Black Spectre and an ambush is at place. After defeating the initial assault, DD and Felicia head to the high security levels to search for the device, all of this while Felicia flirts with DD. They both split and DD manages to find the device and easily defeat the guards, since they ignore the fact that DD is blind and therefore can’t be fooled by the holograms.

Easily one of my favourite moments

After finding the device and reuniting with Felicia, she comments that Daredevil is not satisfied with the job done so she decides to compensate him with a long, passionate kiss. Daredevil tries to think who might’ve set up Felicia and in a flashback is revealed that Felicia bumped with the mastermind of the theft who reveals to her that the entire ordeal starting with Felicia being set up, was part of his plan to get her attention and “test her” in order to offer her a huge reward in exchange of a device in possession of Matt Murdock (DD) himself.

Meanwhile, in the distance, Spidey sees DD and Black cat kissing with pain and anger. Afterwards, Felicia and Matt go to his apartment to continue the passionate exchange but just when things start to heat up, Foggy Nelson calls Matt to tell him that the body of his father has suddenly disappeared.

The story, as you can see isn’t for much, but the MAIN part to this story (to me anyway) is the new “love triangle” that’s established. As you can see in the end, it sets up a next story arc thats solely in the pages of DD. I don’t often read DD (blame the Daredevil movie) but this take seemed refreshing. He recently had this whole dictator like arc going (see “Shadowland”) and from what I’ve heard about it, it seemed pretty stupid (Maybe one day I’ll review it). The flirting moments are very comedic to the story/character its so welcomed and easily the best part about this book. I’m curious to see how this plays out later.

The art (in both books if not just in this one) is outstanding. I prefer this kind of art (that I’ve called “loose anime style”). The cover is done by one of my favourite artist by the name Paolo Rivera with interior art by Kano (I believe I’ve seen his art work before just can’t remember where exactly). The art is a good transition from the issue previous. In terms of the art to story, with Daredevil as the main guy here, I felt it was a calm approach and very “down to earth”. Which, with DD you kind of need that because he isn’t like Spider-Man, he mostly deals with gang crime and lawyer stuff. More so stuff thats grounded in reality as a blind superhero can be in.

Mark Waid writing was solid, I don’t know if this was a creative story or a story told because of Marvel but either way as i said before it isn’t for much. Maybe because I don’t read DD comics often or at all, but it just seemed like there was a bit too much going on (yet still not enough) it is a good jump on point story however.

Mark Waid’s writing was solid. I don’t know if this was a creative story or a story told because of Marvel, but either way, as I said before, it isn’t for much. Maybe because I don’t read DD comics often or at all, but it just seemed like there was a bit too much going on (yet still not enough) it is a good jump on point story however.
******** FOR SINGLE ISSUE COMIC BOOKS, RATINGS WILL BE OUT OF 5********
  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
  • Art:  4.7 out of 5,
  • layout*: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 2 out of ,
  • Continuity? It has yet to be seen (by me) how good this story connects. I doubt i’ll be reading another Daredevil comic book though for some time. I do hope that Black Cat toes get DD tho. they have good chemistry.

*layout for anyone wondering is just how each frame is set up, from singles to full/double page spreads to word placement bubbles to the art.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Death of Spider-Man

I hope you enjoyed the first review as well as Amazing Spider-Man review. I promise they won’t all be Spider-Man. Well, as the title says, this comic book review will be about the “death” of Spider-Man. Well not the death of Spider-Man but of Peter Parker. The Rejuvenation of the Marvel’s “Earth-616” universe, is that of the entire brand of “Ultimate comics”, and has had a big part in shaping many of the Marvel brand of movies (& some of the ones produced under Fox & Sony), with a more modern “genetic” hidden point of origin. In  the normal Earth 616 everything basically came from some kind of radiation. So, 1, 2, skip to my lou & we have Ultimate Spider-Man still in highschool, living with Aunt May & just trying to do good by his aunt, Nyc-Manhattan, and honor his Uncle’s words of great power & great responsibility. By chapters end, you’ll see that this too, like I said in Spidey Blue, is about girl.

Chapter 1: Cut to a dinner of MJ & Peter enjoying each others company like it was nothing. Pete gets a phone call from a number that he doesn’t recognize, only to find out that it’s Captain Friggin America to take him on a one on one training, spider-man still being a teen, goes full steam ahead, without ever making a plan of attack (lol). Just as Cap is about to give him some good advice, S.H.I.E.L.D calls upon Cap to take care of a situation. At the S.H.I.E.L.D. hq, Norman Osborn » Green Goblin, Max Dillion » Electro, Otto octavious » Dr. Octopus, Sergei Kravinoff Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, Vulture have all just escaped–Peter thought Osborn was dead.

Chapter 2: Osborn & his entourage just break and enter some NYC apartment, they then try assess the situation that they are in. After turning on the tv, we see that it’s crazy right now for shield. As they are having some fight with Nick Fury & his newly formed Ultimates (In the Ult. Universe, he left shield one way or another, for a one reason or another). Dr Octopus is now having a change of heart, & maybe the only one in the gang to have some common sense, tells Osborn to stop his revenge crusade. We see just how pissed off Norman is & at that, as well as how determined he is to finish off Peter once and for all. After Peter makes a stop at his house to warn Aunt May, Gwen and whomever else is at home, May & Gwen take the car & leave. On his way back to trying to help the situation at the Queensborough Bridge, he spots The Punisher. He sees Captain America, and he puts two & two together. Peter/Spier-Man has been shot saving Captain Friggin America.

Chapter 3: The Self Banter narration has been a consistent thing since the first issue and this issue is no different. After the shocking end to the last issue/chapter we see five panels of black, and Peter struggling to regain consciousness to at least to get himself to the hospital. As he struggles to find himself  the strength, energy and will to do so, he sees the sinister 5 (it would have been six had Norman not killed one of them). Realizing that great responsibility is being asked of him this one last time, he swings off. Cut to Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake (who live with Peter due to the events of Ultimatum) who arrive to the Parker residence to find a note from Gwen to leave the house and call when they’re safe. Moments later, the Sinister five show up asking for Peter. Unbeknownst to them, Storm and Drake are the Human Torch, and Iceman (respectively). A fight ensues, and the two tried their best, but in comes the man everyone is looking for, Peter– in a very grand way.

chapter 4: Peter tries to stall, Electro calls him on it, he’s right, they notice he’s been injured. Spidey physically tells him to shut up. An onslaught falls upon Peter, an on-looking neighbour calls Aunt May, hearing how bad it’s getting, she returns to try and aid him. As Pete is about to get the “final blow” from Sandman, Electro zaps him, he wants him, so again just as he is about to do it, Aunt May in the nick of time puts three bullets into Electro, who then short circuits and knocks out most of the remaining evil doers, EXCEPT FOR NORMAN OSBORN

Chapter 5: Mary Jane, who for most of this arc has been M.I.A., is desperately trying to call her boyfriend with no success. She sees lightning flares and tries to dart outside, but is stopped by her mom who insists she will see him at school tomorrow. Pete tries to get Gwen and Aunt May out of harms way, and says to Gwen: “Gwen listen to me, I don’t care what Aunt May says– I don’t care what Aunt May does… You get her as far away from here as you possibly can. I don’t care if you have to hit her on the head with a hammer and carry her over your shoulder!! you get her out of here!!!” that moment is where Peter becomes the most courageous hero. but I’ll get into that in a moment. peter tries to take on Norman who beats him and as he now tries to give Peter the final blow, ENTERS MJ WITH A VERY BIG TRUCK! (gotta love the women in Peters life) After Peter kissed Mary Jane, he literally threw her out of harms way and lifted the truck and smashed it onto Osborn. The truck exploded in front of Peter’s face, further wounding him.

Mary Jane, Johnny, Gwen, and Aunt May all gathered around a mortally wounded Peter, who told May that while he couldn’t save Uncle Ben, he was able to save her.Peter then finally closed his eyes and died. Mary Jane cradled his lifeless body while Johnny, Gwen, and May all cried uncontrollably. Norman Osborn died with a smirk, knowing he had succeeded in killing Spider-Man.

This is the best death story I’ve read since the Death Of Superman (maybe I’ll review that soon). This story,if you’ve ever read a Spider-Man story, shows exactly why he so special as a hero. This version of Spidey is often times better than the 616 version, mostly because he has been a teenager since 2000, and because maybe only a year has passed in this continuity. Case and point, this arc took place in maybe 6 hours, not even a day. Bendis has written this character for so long, and originally started out with Bagley so the meshing of the words to visual art is at its best here.

The art work here is incredible. Bagley really out did himself this entire arc than he’s done for most of his time on this ultimate character. I’m not a big fan of his work, but everything he did here was outstanding. I believe this was the most appropriate send off for the character. If you’ve seen The Amazing Spider-Man, then you know there’s a moment there where he’s defending being Spider-Man and how he knows this is his responsibility, blah blah blah, the picture that’s up there is kinda the same thing, this is why he’s doing it. He has MASSIVE guilt over not being smart enough to save Uncle Ben from being shot by a mugger he could have stopped. As I said, this version is the closest to the recent movie.

  • Overall rating of the comic: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Art:  8.7 out of 10,
  • layout*: 10 out of 10,
  • True to character dialogue: 10 out of 10,
  • Story: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Continuity? well this was the end end chapter to 10+ years of work, so join backwards, its riddled with continuity.

*layout for anyone wondering is just how each frame is set up, from singles to full/double page spreads to word placement bubbles to the art.

(I recently just found this, its a little random, but here, hope you enjoy!)

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Spider-Man Blue Review

*Hello there, it’s just your friendly neighbourhood movie reviewer, bringing you part of the next chapter. In the P.S.A I had mentioned that more reviews were coming, and since I’m a giant comic book fan for a lot more than one reason, I decided to write up some reviews so that more of my thoughts can be on the inter-web. Most of the comics I’ll review are going to be Marvel brand comics, because frankly the “New 52” DC has done, didn’t tickle my fancy in the slightest. With that said I’ll review comics from issues,  to story arcs and even Graphic novels (mostly one  shots, out of continuity stories) from today, to stories of old. There will be no order or pattern, a lot like my movie reviews.  It will all depend on what I have time to read, and so on and so forth. Suggestions on how or where to improve is always helpful. Now that the introduction is out of the way, let’s get to some comics.

I chose Spider-Man Blue, simply because I heard it was fantastic and couldn’t find much on it in terms of reviews (not that it wasn’t out there, I just couldn’t find it). I heard about it roughly when I had started to get back into comics, but at the time I was so “scared” about where to start. I wanted a good start, somewhere  I could get a handle of things, and this seemed like it wasn’t gonna be it at the time. But I did always want to read it, and so now that I’m “caught” up I said I’d give it a read and see what happens. I’ve read work from this creative team of Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale before (mostly DC stuff), and I was always left pretty impressed; not so much by the art, but by the symbolic story telling. I mean Jeph Loeb has proven himself time and time again, he worked on  “Heroes“… Ok maybe not a good example, but hey it had a good first season, also seasons 2 and 3 of Smallville. The first chapter (consisting of 24 pages) starts off very well,  if you remember the opening lines of the first Spider-man movie like I do–which came out the same year.

“This like any story worth telling, is all about a girl” – Spider-manPeter Parker – Tobey Maguire

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This story is about Peters love for Gwen Stacy.   Gwen was and always will be (to most Spider-Man fans anyway) the true girlfriend for the Peter. Her tragic demise is a milestone in comics, both for the genre and character. I believe until then, the Superhero would always save the girl they are in love with. He tried, and still to this day he battles with himself being the cause, or if in fact the Green Goblin is the reason she died. The story takes place with Spidey swinging through NYC to where he last saw Gwen “alive” as we read we understand this is a just us being taken down memory lane, but he’s actually at home talking into a tape recorder. It’s here we discover why the story is called “Spider-Man Blue” he feels “blue” for missing her, kind of  like how a jazz player feels when playing the blues. The story then flashes forwards a bit to a retelling of Amazing Spider-man (ASM) #40. After 8 pages of stunning work we get some action as the story progresses, we learn come the first chapters end, just how Peter and Gwen met. The Hidden but obvious message was “Things have to get really bad, before they can get good.”

Most recently in comics they dissolved the marriage of Peter and Mary Jane (which I won’t get into just know that they did it and only No fan agreed with it). They explained it in a similar manner that this book does with a “moment in time” (the comic book arc to see what I’m talking about is One Moment In Time) style of story telling. I don’t think I’ve read the stories/issues this book retells, but i know of them from reading the bio of Spidey and the infamous cartoon shows and what not. So I don’t know how accurate they are in terms of  replicating the frames and words and so on and so forth. However, that doesn’t mean it takes away from how pleasant this story is. Skipping along, book two we are shown a mystery man whose identity  I will reveal later. Come chapters end, we are introduced to Mary Jane Watson, this is where the book gets interesting (and all nerds who read comics and can maybe relate to Spidey, become happy that MAYBE a beautiful blonde NERD, a beautiful SUPER-MODEL, would fall in like/love with them). From here on out it’s a bit of a tug of war between MJW and Gwen (face it if you had the above mentioned options you’d just let them duke it out and hope for the best, it’s a win win really). The action here is him fighting the Rhino with the help of Dr. Curt Conners (which you will see in the new Spidey movie). Book three: MJW is now fully into play. The gang of Flash Thompson, Gwen, MJW, Harry and Peter all meet up at some local bar/pub where “The Lizard” strikes, which means duty calls for Peter to get pics for the Daily Bugle. MJW happens to go along with him (There is more to that story, but that is for another time, though it is obvious). Peter agrees to move in with Harry Osborn which was drawn to have this erie feeling like he’s up to something, which of course he is, because before Peter can really even muster a no much less yes, he asks Pete if he was gonna take a chance at MJW (which in my opinion is a huge reason why Peter and Gwen even had a bit of a chance to be together).

Book four starts with Pete and Aunt May, this may be the best scene with Aunt May ever. Well, since she figured out Pete was in fact Spider-Man all this time (way later in issues). In a way, she recaps where we left off, and gives him that friendly motherly advice that parents can’t always give because of the role they have to play, and that faint touch of being out of time helps a lot too. Elsewhere, The Vulture is poisoned only to have another, by the name of Blackie Drago, take his place as the green winged menace. There’s a fight that leaves Spider-Man seemingly dead (or unconscious), and even how that looks is amazing. It’s like your eyes watch him “drop” from the sky, only to be abruptly stopped by Spidey a pile of snow.

Book Five has the most comedy, and some how Pete finds himself to his new apartment and word has got out that he’s sick and BOTH MJW and Gwen come to play nurse to him (remember: from really bad to good). Sad part is, this isn’t even the best part but it’s on the rise. Just outside, the original Vulture and the new one are duking it outside and of course, Pete knows that “With great power comes great responsibility” so he suits up to take em both on, all while just WISHING to be with Gwen.

FINALLY, Book Six, as I said, the mysterious man is revealed to be Kraven, the hunter who was watching and studying the concrete jungles animals (makes sense when you think about it all). When that fight is all said and done, it is Valentine’s Day, and Peter finally gets a moment of what you could easily call a break (for him). In walks Gwen. (I’ll leave that to you, the reader of this entry, to find out how that all goes down). Fast forward in time to Pete shockingly finding MJW to be there only to have her say: “Tell Gwen I miss you too.”

NOW THAT THE STORY IS OUT THE WAY…

This story as I may have said before is just beautiful. If you ever lost a romantic loved one (which I pray I never have to deal with), then you can read this story and I’m sure choke up a bit, cause you didn’t get to spend the rest of your life with them like you hoped, though they did with you. As long time fan of spider-man, I believe Gwen will forever be the woman for Peter, while MJW will be the woman for Peter AND Spider-Man.

Tim Sales’ art is an acquired taste. This isn’t cause I have a personal bone with him or anything (he was quite rude when I met him at Fan Expo), but because it actually is. He draws with A LOT of lines, for the most part they aren’t straight, and sometimes it does get a little weird, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s different, and for that simple reason, I like it. I don’t know what to call it or classify it as, but his art honestly just works so well with what Loeb is writing about.

Now, for the rating system–many ask how it works. The general/overall rating is just how you would possibly think of it WITHOUT getting all detailed. Not to say you don’t understand but to just give you an idea of how I rate things, I don’t have just a general rating of things. With that said, all comic book ratings will be out of ten. (well maybe just graphic novel stories) so here goes:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 8 out of 10,
  • Art:  7.5 out of 10,
  • layout*: 6.8 out of 10,
  • True to character dialogue: 9 out of 10,
  • Story: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Continuity? I think since this was published it has been mentioned once  in the main Spidey comics, so if you just want a good story, this is a good grab, if you want to know more about Gwen, also a good story just on its own to make those issues have more of a connection.

*layout for anyone wondering is just how each frame is set up, from singles to full/double page spreads to word placement bubbles to the art.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW