Spiderman: Homecoming: Film Review

Who knew a Spider-Man film could be so much fun. I only wished they’d stop making new Iron Man movies.


Writer: Jonathan Goldstein (plus) Director: Jon Watts Runtime: 2h13m, Cast and Crew

First And foremost, Can Marvel stop making new instalments to Iron man and just give him a new movie. If you go back to Avengers: AoU, Ultron is based on the personality of Tony. Dr. Strange felt too similar, again in personality(I don’t recall many similarities in the comics Certainly doesn’t read that way). I would even put money on the line when it was said: doing the right thing when it benefitted Strange, was an echo to Stark (though it works great in the film). Now this film, I feel like whatever formula is out there that made Tony Starks first (and second) outing as popular as they were/are.

On the flip side, it’s the perfect background story to reinforce the hero’s motto: “With great power, comes Responsibility”. The entire movie harbours on the question ‘What would Tony NOT do?’ With that in mind, we see someone who has all the potential in the world to be like Tony Stark but has to be willing not to, so that he can grow into his own man. I thought that was a interesting running theme especially when you get to the party sequence. You start to see familiarities to Iron Man 2, with respect to the party scene in that film. Amongst all the high school drama and super hero expected moments, Homecoming’s use of the Tony Stark angle mixed in with how Peter deals with becoming a “man” in the Spidey suit very compelling. It was Marvel’s way to reinvigorate life into a rather ‘Been there, done that’ series. If you really look at the story through that lens, it gets the audience to recall why Uncle Ben’s death is important without ever showing it. Which is something we didn’t need to see again. Much like Batman’s parents.

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The film is set in high school and not just some a few moments, as seen in previous instalments. What’s interesting about that is that it didn’t feel forced. Well Minus Flash Thompson. In every way I disliked what they did to Flash Thompson. He just didn’t come off believable for 98% of his scenes for me. Aside from that, we got a great diverse cast, that one could only imagine is reflective of New York’s schools today. It was hard not to see the genre homages to other films relating to high school (namely Back to the future). Of all the stories for this character on the big screen, this may be the strongest one.

If you needed any other clear indicator that this film was essentially copying Iron Man, I i think its important to point out there was a darn press conference at the end of both of these films. both with the same idea that a public question was gonna be answered publicly.

Michael Keaton was a surprise casting in my opinion. From his first scene to his last, I felt he was perfectly casted as the Vulture. What got me was how well he can go from nice to aggressive, yet smooth. Some of his best scenes were: his introductory scene (it also looked amazing), the ride to prom scene(probably the only time I felt a genuine concern for the superhero in a film) and every other time he was on screen. There wasn’t many times one could dislike what he was doing. Only real complaint, was that we didn’t get enough of him. Personally, if you don’t give me a means to why, or build on it, why a villain hates/wants to do something then well, you lost the effect. Theres only so much run time for a movie, sadly. I loved his juxtaposition to Peter and even (yet again) tony stark. A regular guy who wanted a chance at getting ahead but get thwarted by the big conglomerate “suit” folk (I hope you see what I did there).

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Though used in every possible advertisement, Downey is maybe 7% of the film which I am thankful for. As much as i love both the actor and character he plays, I can’t stand the reliance on him for everything in the MCU. That said, Spidey’s supporting cast was great where they needed to be. Aunt May having youth is a smart idea and something I’m sure will be part of the development of the story as it moves along in coming chapters. Though Ned Leeds is a villain in the comics the character played by Jacob Batalon here is welcoming in the sense that it pulls more from the Ultimate Comics line than it does anything else. He adds humour and helps connect you to the world. The stand out star was Zendaya (as Michelle Jones in film). Her sarcastic nature added so much in an unexpected nature. Hope she becomes more intwined with the story like one Liz Allen did.

Bottomline: It’s not the best of all the Spidey films to date. But it is exactly what Marvel needed to bring this character to new heights. Personally, I feel like Magurie’s first to films as the Spidey were and still are the best ones. The settings make this film that much more enjoyable. Just wished their on location filming feel more like New York than what we got.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8.5 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Its cool in IMAX but it is really fun to watch whenever. I’d wait for the phase 2/3 box set that this will be in.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”.

Amazing Spider-Man 2: Movie Review


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Director: Marc Webb Writer:  Alex Kurtzman (screenplay), Roberto Orci(screenplay) MORE Running Time: 142 mins

Starring:

This is way better than the Raimi movies and the first Amazing Spider-Man movie. THAT REALLY NEEDS TO BE SAID!

Dialogue is very important in a talking movie as it is in a comic book. The dialogue here is quite frankly just as amazing as the title would suggest. First, let me say that Spider-Man has been a pop culture icon since the 70’s (lets be fair, he probably wasn’t as cool with the world at the jump in 62) so he isn’t entirely hard to get right. Theres COUNTLESS  ARTICLES in his history. That said, he has been known as the kid hero who gets to beat up on you as he insults you. All while dealing with a elderly, near-nagging aunt. Homework money woes and everything and anything teens deal with in their day-to-day lives. This film is obviously a modern take on what exists. The dialogue is at its strongest when it comes to Gwen and Peter. I am no expert on love, but for the allowed time limit that this movie runs, It’s hard not to see the very obvious chemistry between the two leads. In the first ASM movie, there was that nervous love, almost secret love. Here and now, you have that same secret love but it’s a bit more of a guilty pleasure that just feels more right than wrong (because of the promise he made Gwen’s dad). Which is essentially ripped from the comic as it may (minus the contrast with Gwen’s approval of spidey). The remainder of the cast, interactions between the lot, and overall story; play very much like a comic but feels very grounded. But again, the best thing here, verbally, is the dialogue, notably between the couple. I remember sitting there and feeling the pain Peter was feeling from his guilt and  the joy, from what he was doing.

UnknownI will have to give credit to Jamie Foxx on having me believe that he could be an average dude who just wanted to be noticed. I remember how the design for this character came to be from an interview he did on one of them “late night talk shows. He said what would I look like if I didn’t make it… and was something like a nerd. (Don’t quote me tho) alas here we are with his portrayal of Max Dillion aka Electro. Everyone is mad he’s black. But I ask does it matter what he is. He was a skrull in New Avengers and no one bats an eye. So let it be. His race played no part in his character. Its not like he is Black Panther where it has a higher symbolism for that character to be black. Anyways, Mr Foxx really impressed me with what he was able to achieve. He’s really one of those underrated actors who doesn’t get proper credit (I feel so anyway). Maybe because he’s multi talented… or maybe cause of the movie Booty Call. But, here he plays a villain which isn’t so much something we have seen him play before, if memory serves correctly. Then you have DeHaan who again makes me anfan of his work. (Lawless and Chronicle) he really convinced me of his character. A bit of a bratty, very intelligent heir to a fortune; who later becomes a villian. He ties into the history of Peter nicely. Written to seem very seamless since he is a new actor/Character to the mix. The time square scene with Foxx and the board meeting scene for DeHaan are the stand out scenes for me acting wise, from those two. Andrew and Emma just steal it in every aspect when on camera together. Andrew just portrays spidey as he is meant to be.

Director, Marc Webb really out did himself in this movie. His stylistic choices only served to enhance the movie and lore of Spider-Man. I’m totally ok with chnaging aspects of what exists as long as they make sense to the character and theme of either the story and or the premise of said character. Don’t just make people switch up for the sake of it (I’m looking at you Chris Nolan). From the mechanics behind web swinging and way Foxx looks, talks, acts, etc. Overall look of the film is dope as hell. I really love the Time Square scene and the underlining importance of time.

The best thing about the Avengers was that they were able to essentially blend 5 movie star franchises into one world. Even though, most of those worlds felt very much independent from each other. What Spider-Man does is create a world all its own for itself, within. The dynamic of his parents being basically responsible for everything he is dealing with as Spidey. All while being roughly true to the comics (Ultimate Universe).

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My two flaws are the end sequence. From when he finishes off Electro (come on that’s not a spoiler) to the credits. When the inevitable happens I would have chosen to opt out of using a musical score. And the time lapse just seems odd. But still effective how it’s done. And Rhino’s voice. Not one word was understood by him… whatever happened to focus groups?! Atleast Nolan tried to fix that for that garbage I was talking about earlier.

Bottom line. This is arguably the best adaptation of any hero. It was as close as one can get to the comics and the greatness that was the 90’s animated show. Its very much reflected from Dan Slotts spidey as well as Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man. Which makes the most sense in terms of relevance (and of course the comic its based off of written by Gerry Conway) . This movie is a love letter to Spider-Man and it shows. Movies are an art form as is comics and this is a great cohesion of the two.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 10 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8 out of 10 (Score could have been better),
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Amazon has a bust statue case of it ready to pre order.. I did that weeks ago.

for your consideration, please see Spider-Man: Blue

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Amazing Spider-Man #700 review

This final chapter in the “Dying Wish” also brings the culmination of the hero Peter Parker has become (that’s not a spoiler, that’s been out there folks). For the best way to describe it, I give you this Newsarama link.
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Now, I’ve said this from time, Spider-Man is the best hero, and my favourite. So after talking to @DanSlott at this years fanexpo,

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he reassured everyone everything was going to be fine. This was not the fine I was expecting.

SPOILERS

(don’t want em, scroll down to the bottom where the rating is, and enjoy your day)

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Long story short, thanks to the mind switch, Peter and Otto Octavius have some kind of co-working mind, and will be in next months all new “Superior Spider-Man”.

Here’s my issue with this. PETER HAS SAVED THE WORD COUNTLESS TIMES OVER, and he ends up dying in the old dying body of one of his greatest villains (Green Goblin is his greatest villain, which puts Venom as his most famous). That to me is unfair. After all he’s done and all he’s been through, which Otto Octavius sees and stirs in him the reason to live like Peter, and become Spider-Man. A good Spider-Man. In Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man saves the day, he really stops the green goblin, and there was a weight to it all. IT MAKES SENSE there. Here, even though it’s a well crafted story, and I didn’t see it coming (more on this later) I just couldn’t. I can’t accept this end to the story of Peter Parker.

Now, to move on to a happy thought. This isn’t what I expected. I enjoyed reading this and knowing what may happen, but I really like to be wrong sometimes. I’m slightly curious to see what happens. But, knowing the character is really Dr. Octopus, I don’t know if I can totally accept this. I know that no life is greater than another, but Otto Octavius could’ve died and I’d be happy. Every Earth 616 resident could’ve been. It boils my blood as a fan, that in a way, the evil guy gets to keep the body and the original passes on. Then there’s the fact that he is now getting back with Mary Jane.

See children, this is why you don’t make deals with the devil. You end up losing anyway.

But if you didn’t click the link, you can still have hope that one day Peter will come back. Here’s why:

SPOLIER:

“Of course, seasoned comic book readers will note that while Peter Parker sure seemed to die in the body of Otto Octavius, the mind-swap nature of the entire storyline, as well as Peter’s lingering memories in his own body, certainly gives Marvel an “out” to return to the original status quo at some point in the story. It wouldn’t even entirely be the first time such a thing happened at Marvel Comics, let alone in the comic book world. When the X-Men character Rogue had absorbed Carol Danvers, Ms. Marvel’s powers, memories, and personality, Danvers came with it, fighting Rogue for control of her own body before eventually being transfered back into her own.” -Newsarama

Whether a scenario like that is in the future for the Superior Spider-Man remains to be done (heres hoping) but, for the time being, Peter Parker is dead and Otto Octavius is now the web-slinger.

Happy New year.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 2.5 out of 5,
  • Art: 4 out of 5,
  • layout: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 3 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Amazing Spider-Man #699 Review

The second last issue, and the second issue in the Dying Wish arc.

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It starts where the last one left off with the systems failing for Doctor Octopus. As doctors try and try to keep him alive and one even asks if it’s worth it, they end up saving the villains body. Shortly after, Peter begins to figure out how he got into this mess. He realizes that every encounter (since issue 600) he’s had with Otto has led up to this. Peter then uses the mind of Otto to hatch a plan that would allow him to get free. With the help of Hydro-Man, Scorpion, and Trapster, he breaks out of his cell. He summons for Spider-Man…alive.. To be concluded.

The only purpose this issue has, is to explain the game changer of the last issue. Though I did enjoy the fact that Dan Slott added that bit of the doctors questioning themselves to show the worth of their efforts to save this guy, who no one knew was actually Peter. The comic has a bit of a child-favoured writing style, which is noticeable as ever in this issue, and it comes to a fault… slightly. I enjoy it for the most part, as a nostalgic kind of thing, but I feel with this kind of story, that it should have been taken a bit more seriously. Which brings me to my next point.

Hamberto Ramos isn’t my favourite artist from Marvel. His interior work is spotty in my opinion. I like it, don’t get me wrong, I just don’t entirely think he is the artist to have pulled this arc off. Plus, a lot of his work was inconsistent from panel to panel on the same page. The inking and colour was decent however, I would say the part where it gets a little childish is when Hydro-Man enters the book.

The best art is when Peter is shown trying to figure out a way out of this. The best moment in the book is (which also caused @DanSlott to get slandered unfairly, on twitter) when Aunt May is seen before their wedding (yes way back when, Otto convinced Aunt May to get married to him)and the panel after. Dan explained that what the reader concluded, is ALL on the reader, which is fair, because never did you see what Peter sees after that brief moment. How people came up saying rape and incest is beyond me.

Be on the look out for issue 700 and an announcement from me coming towards the ends of the year.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Art: 4 out of 5,
  • layout: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 5 out of 5,
  • Story: 4.5 out of 5.

Heres a free comic to use in the Marvel Comics App:

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Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Amazing Spider-Man #698

By now the cat is out of the bag, and if not, well then here’s a spoiler

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For a while now, writer Dan Slott has been forcing Spider-Man to deal with one of his greatest villains, Dr. Otto Octavius aka Dr. Octopus, who learned he was dying way back in issue 600 where the doctor he had seen had told him that he had roughly 18 months left to live. Cut to this here issue and our vile Doctor now has mere hours left. Skip a few other things and enter Spider-Man, who tells the ill fated doctor that he is actually in fact, PETER PARKER. DUN. DUN. DUN (Spider-man is actually Doc Ock/Peter is actually the dying Dr. Octopus)….

Now I’ve been reading comics since maybe 2005 and I don’t think I ever had a favourite issue … Ever (though I really liked JMS’s run on spider-man… Minus the OMD arc) this issue was near flawless as an issue can be. Dan Slott has been a writer on Asm for a good while now (since #648 I believe being the main writer) the reason why this issue is so good.. Excuse me… Brilliantly excellent.. Is because it forces you to re-read the ENTIRE issue, maybe even the run issue 600. When the reveal happens it kinda punches you in the face. And leaves no witnesses or even an ice pack. Which is why it’s so great… But I can’t give Dan all the credit, the penciler, colour artist, and even the lettering was beyond exceptional. On page 8 there is a word box that floats in the air that only really hits you as to why it does, in the second reading. The art of it all… For example page 14… I don’t enjoy raving about a book that has no flaws but I can’t think of one and I’ve re read this issue maybe 7 times and I’m still shocked.

Marvel pride themselves on be a relatable reading source. And even though this isn’t going to be self relatable to most if not all readers. If you have an adult who has/d a child/friend with some kind of waking coma or some kind “trapped in my body” disease. Then maybe this book can help you grasp what they may deal with on a regular basis. But I’ve rambled enough. I end with this, if you have ever wanted to read comics or read about spider-man, this is the best issue to start with cause in two issues its all over, and we get a new hero to wear the webs.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 5 out of 5,
  • Art: 5 out of 5,
  • layout: 5 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 5 out of 5,
  • Story: 5 out of 5.

Heres a free comic to use in the Marvel Comics App:

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Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

AvX #12

Issue starts with Tony explaining how and why the Phoenix Force is here, and affected by Wanda Maximoff. Wanda’s chaos magic is a ying to the Phoenix Force’s yang of control. Then, he explains how exactly Hope will bring forth a win. It cuts to the battle that started in the last issue, and then back to roughly 72 hours prior for a bit to give us a bit of back story. The issue then gets all action oriented by showing Hulk and Thor get punched half way across the globe. And Cap, seemingly arriving to give the Avengers one last push. With Cyclops easily beating them, Nova helps ground him, where some hope comes from the tag team of Hope, and Wanda who eventually beat him. As he falls, the Phoenix Force finds its intended Host, who seems to be in total control and is fixing the destruction made by Cyclops. When she comes back (she moves very fast), she announces to her onlookers that she is the Phoenix, and Wanda informs her that’s not why she was chosen. She tells Hope that she’s the only one willing and able to deny the Phoenix a host vessel and in doing so, she does what she is most famous for doing. No more Phoenix. And just like that, the battle is over. Now most of the X-men’s prominent members are on the run, and Cap.A believes it’s time for a new set of Avengers, something a little more uncanny. Meanwhile, Cyclops has been arrested, and currently in prison. The end. For now.

First and foremost, I want to say: this is the Marvel version of Final Crisis. NOTHING REALLY HAPPENED.
I’m sure in later years, this will mean more since there’s “no more Phoenix” and all. But at the end of House of M, there was a CLEAR CUT OUTCOME. This was just, blah,  and then “oh yea.. Your fallen comrades are missing and need to be found in case you were wondering, arrested Cyclops”. I’m sorry but for as great as this idea felt, and as hyped as it was, and for how great this started,  it failed. This was a series of arcs to get here, and Hope Summers seemed fated to be this WICKED character, and all the writers as a team blew it. The art and panel work was good, but for the most part, I’m ashamed Marvel produced this.


In case you were wondering how it’s like final crisis, the heroes win by having Superman find this “wish maker” machine, that literally creates what ever you wish for. He wished for a happy ending–No more Phoenix, who really hasn’t been a thing of prominence since the Dark Phoenix saga with Jean Grey, so it  just felt lame. Since “Civil War”, these arcs have been pointless, or poorly handled. This again is why I call it similar to Final Crisis. Anyway, I’m done rambling..

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 2.5 out of 5
  • Art: 3 out of 5
  • layout*: 5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 2 out of 5
  • Story: 1 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

P.ublic S.tark A.nnouncement: I’ll be writing a script that I hope to share with you readers in the coming year, so my reveiws may be seldom… but don’t fret, we still got more mixes coming your way. If you have the “Marvel Comics” App, here’s some free comics:

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

AvX #11

R.I.P

Cap.A is at the end of his rope and goes to one person he knows will help him, simply out of respect. The Hulk who responds “Yes. Hulk will smash for you”. Later, many X-men who supported the Phx.5 have now found refuge with Charles Xavier and the able bodied Avengers, namely Rouge. As seen in the final pages of last issue, Cyclops needs Emma’s side of the PHX. Force, which she’s aware but she has other plans for, but suddenly something is wrong at Utopia. Cyclops is the only one to sense it, how ever the final battle has begun and Cyclops didn’t even know. Charles Xavier (the worlds strongest telepath) entered Cyclops mind and forced him to his will as he said he would. Cyclops eventually breaks free and realizes he needs more power not just a partner. He takes the PHX fragment and knowing he needs Charles off the board, he kills him, becoming the “Dark Phoenix”.
To be concluded.

This was the best issue in terms of pacing, emotion, and layout. Copiel and Bendis work amazingly together. I will say though, the use of the Hulk in this issue is minimal, which is upsetting. They get him to help and do it to this almost incredible scale and he doesn’t really do anything. I fault Bendis for that. Granted, no matter what Hulk did, I’m sure it wouldn’t be as effective as the “chaos magic” of Wanda. But still… look, I just like the hulk ok.

Coipel’s pencil work is just great in the issue as is the layout of it all, just feels like a movie, especially the first two pages. And I’m sure it was intended on page 7 to be a “foreshadow” of what happens to him. If not, then that is just damn good art work. This felt more polished when compared to the last issue he did.

Enjoy your week!!

Favourite moment in the series

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5
  • Art: 4 out of 5
  • layout*: 5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3.7 out of 5
  • Story: 4 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

AvX #9

“Every Avenger gets their moment”

A flash forward to pivotal moment to in the book where Colossus is beating some one to a pulp.  10 hours previous the Avengers are losing across the board, as Cap.A, Wolverine and others return from a rescue mission, Spidey, training with Hope Summers to prepare her for a fight tells hope that every Avengers gets their Turn, (she’s not an avenger.. He’s just saying) some times you just have to wait and follow the big guns for your turn. In Wakanda, Storm arrives to try to help rebuild what’s happened 8 Days prior, (see *last review**) in doing so she finds out all X-men have been branded terrorist, and that the high priest of the Panther Clan has annulled their marriage… He is the high priest… As she turns away she tells him she would like to help the avengers replenish their ranks by telling them where the PHX.4 are keeping their prisoners. Later, the Avengers begin their “Search & Rescue” mission, where they meet up with Prof X. Who helps them hid in Magik’s hell on earth prison. After finding the captured heroes they realize they can’t teleport of there for all the demonic energy prevents it. So Spidey realizes… Its his turn.. As an avenger, he knows what he must do, and he pulls them away from fighting colossus & Magik, who, fights, to an almost tragic end. But is smart enough to manipulate the two to fighting over the others portion of the Phoenix force. When the other Heroes return with the once detained, some go back, & learn that the two had basically both lost their power, grabbed spidey, and head back to Kun’ Lun… Where Cyclops has found them…. To be continued. 

Mr. Kubert’s art in this issue may have out done his previous issue. It was amazing to see his art work just come out the way it did. There was some more “out of panel” stuff. Which was very easy on the eyes, and gives you this ideas that you’re being led. As much as I love Jr.jr’s work, this guy could have drawn the whole epic and I would have been glued. Funny thing, do you guys remember the Original gameboy? Well I think spider-man’s first ever game for a “system” was for that hand held device, and when he draws the web-head, it reminds me of that.. Slightly.. And a touch of the Ultimate spider-man. He does really good work here.

Jason Aaron.. I never pictured him as a guy who would/could write spider-man, but he fairs well with the character. Has a mild feeling of that J. Michael Straczynski spider-man run, but still very much Aaron’s way of doing things. There were many jokes to be had, he may have been the best written character this issue. To this point Spidey didn’t say or “do” much. He is in each issue, just… Not a huge factor. He’s a “street” level hero. Stopping muggings, and such. He just so happens to have crazy villains. The story does seem to be on that cliff of the ending soon. And this may have been the start to it. The Emma Frost part (I didn’t mention it because its bit of a shock that one should see), is such a fav moment in the series.. I don’t know about you.. But I was waiting for that to happen.

Enjoy your week!!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.6out of 5
  • Art: 4.7 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3.8 out of 5
  • Story: 3 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

AvX #8

“Scott, I’m saying this as clearly as I can… Stop this or I will stop you” -Prof X.

Namor has brought a wet hellish fury upon Wakanda, the Avengers aren’t totally prepared, Cap.A & BP(Black Panther) lead the charge. Iron Man grabs Lei Kung thru a Portal back to Kun Lun. Where Hope & Logan had just arrived.  Namor fights with Cap.A, fitting since Namor was the one to find Cap.A in the ice, years & years ago. Iron Fist tries to help, but is thwarted, BP tries to use Namor’s Turned back against him, Namor seems to be willing to give a finishing blow, (of course there’s that egotistical dialogue to show how strong he is) but BP, and Cap.A were stalling.. For the Arrival of Earth’s Mightiest. Else where, Cyclops becomes aware of Namor’s actions & prepares to head to Wakanda. Even though Namor breaks the ones who seem to be unbreakable, Cap.A Sends in the biggest Gun, Wanda Maximoff to the final blow, she’s successful, but as he falls and the fighting seems to have stopped.. All the hero’s question if its a win. & just as they do the rest of the PHX.5 arrive, the hero’s retreat, & some how, the X-men absorb the Phoenix Force from Namor, thus making them the PHX 4. “How dare you Scott Summers” says Charles Xavier (Prof. X) mentally. He tells Cyclops to stop or he himself will stop him. When the heroes get to Kun Lun, they realize that it took every single one of them, to beat Namor, and that each time one of them falls, the PHX. Force will just go back to one of the remaining members of the PHX.4. To be continued.

Bendis wrote a great issue. Which is normal. I swear he can rarely do wrong in my eyes and even if he does, I know its really to set something else up. I believe Bendis is amazing at handling a great sum of characters, he’s proven that with his landmark run on the two main Avengers titles. (Marvel needs to keep it at 2 Avengers… 3 at max) the characters that do talk, actually have something to lose and also have a history. Mostly Cap.A & BP, though I do wish BP had more lines since it was his country being destroyed. As I’ve said before I don’t know how much influence a writer has on what is actually drawn, in the way it is. But if he had a hand in it, then that makes him even better.

Adam Kubert, has this wicked style that I can appreciate more each time because there’s often MANY GAPS is how often I see it. He has this (as I interpret) style that seems almost like a well done sketch. Like he goes says ok Ill’ draw this roughly and then tada, its perfect. Ok maybe not literally. But.. It seems that way. My fave moments by him is the first page, the above Alternate cover, the first time we see the Avengers Vs Namor the Rulk moment,and the telepathy between Prof.X and Cyclops. They all had this great epic moment to it. I do like the way the mini fight between Wanda and Namor was handled in the panels. Its hard to have a “fight” in a comic book. But may have been the best thing I’ve seen in some time. (Though not this series).

The weight of the conversation between Prof. X and Cyclops is just huge. Remember Scott was an orphan and he has basically always known Prof.X for everything. From teaching him how to control his powers, to helping him deal with the loss of Jean Grey and everything in between. Its also such a menacing scene when you look at it. Look out for #9 PEACE!

Enjoy your week!

Rating:

Enjoy your week!!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.3 out of 5
  • Art: 1 out of 5
  • layout*: 4.6 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5
  • Story: 4 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

SPOILER – Iron Man 3 Confirmed to Include Iron Patriot!

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW ANY MORE, WALK AWAY NOW!

Updates!!!

TRAILER!!

 

Captain America’s shield.

First look at “the Mandarin”

did anyone else notice this in the trailer? >>>>
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(22.10.12) Iron Man gets a teaser poster

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Here’s the synopsis:

Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

If you want you want to know more, then by all means continue reading.

*SPOILERS START HERE*

Various sites have confirmed reports that one of the villains will be in fact a recently used character from the Marvel mainstream comics, ‘Iron Patriot’.

The armor made its first appearance in 2009’s “Dark Avengers” #1. Following the events of the “Secret Invasion” crossover, Norman Osborn was mistakenly heralded as an American hero and tasked with leading a group of government-sanctioned Avengers. Taking the technology from Stark Industries, Osborn designed his suit to represent the then-recently-deceased, Captain America.

Due to Spider-Man being owned by Sony (movie rights), the man behind the mask won’t be William Dafoe or anyone named Norman Osborn, but actor James Badge Dale (The Grey, Shame), who recently joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3.

“Dale will play Eric Savin. In the Marvel comicbooks, he’s a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army put in charge of Project: Ultra. After stepping on a land mine, cybernetic surgery is performed on him and he’s resurrected as the cyborg Coldblood.” – Variety

Also noted by ‘Variety’, is that this movie will feature more elements from the ‘Extremis’ story line (comic book), which the first movie took ideas from as well. Though to my personal understanding, the only thing that was based off that story was the design of the suit for the movie.

The two differences is the man behind the mask and the colour scheme.
Iron Patriot as the suit appears in the comics

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW