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

Smallville Season 11 #14

 

 

 

 

The issue starts with Otis waking Lex Luthor up, who must undoubtedly was spying on Superman save the day.. Over & over & over with out rest. Then Otis gives Lex his schedule for the day which includes a visit from a Wayne Tech Representative, cut to the Daily Planet, where Lois is and her intern exchange words about the where about’s of Clark, and why the basement is so dead. Then trouble is in the air… Literally as a school bus is taken hostage with a bunch of young aged children. One child tries to be a hero and as the child try’s to use heat vision to save his friend.. Superman shows up to show the kid how its done. After stopping the situation, the criminal begins to teleport. Of course he’s caught and after some X-ray vision, learns the tech comes from LexCorp… Too be continued.

After last issue.. This is clearly the filler of “time” to get Batman to metropolis and Miller kind of filled it decently. Though I wonder what he told the artist… But I’ll get to that in a moment. There isn’t great dialogue in this one.. It almost felt too childish.. But yet still enjoyable. I will say the best part was the kid standing up to the criminal. In season 10 there was this whole need to inspire more people to be a little more vigilant with their every lives, so it was nice to see it continue. The BIGGEST issue is when Lois enters the scene.. Its the worst handled part of any book I’ve EVER read… Ever. Like it was so bad & pointless… That entire Daily Planet scene. In the Miller written episodes he has this intern that was literally only in his written epi’s and for what ever reason.. He needed to bring him back… Pointless way of doing it too.

Chris.. Chris.. Did you watch the show.. Did you see the costume designs.. Because I don’t think you did. He screws up the nice looking Luthor Corp. Logo.. To something you’d expect to see in the 90’s. And then screws up the fist appearance of Superman in the issue.. I don’t think I liked anything about the artist in this issue. NEXT ARTIST PLS!
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Enjoy your week!!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 2 out of 5
  • Art: 1 out of 5
  • layout*: 1.5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 2 out of 5
  • Story: 2 out of 5

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smaville Season 11 #13

Finally..

It’s been some time since we last saw the boy scout, and when the story starts, we find ourselves at the famed “Fortress of solitude”. Here we find a shadowed Naked Lois in Clark’s bed. How you may ask, well somehow the Fortress can “block” it (which makes sense since when ever a satellite tries to find the Fortress, it can’t be seen on any form of tracking), but how he got there is a bit more of a mystery..or utter confusion. Basically, Oliver Queen’s satellite passed through the lane of vision to allow Superman to use the caves (see season 2 of the show) to beam himself there. This is the first time Clark also explains a bit of his flight ability.  Cut to Gotham where Nightwing is stopping a crime, but when one criminal decides it’s time to high-tail it out of there in a car, in comes Batman to save the day. As he interrogates him, he confesses a name, Joe Chill; who also happens to be connected in Metropolis. Guess where Batman is headed? To be continued.

THANK THE STARS ABOVE MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!!!! With the new arc comes a new artist, Chris Cross, who shows some promise. It’s a bit of a rocky start, but its may just be a relief to not see Perez any more. The art work at the start of this book is great. When it gets to Gotham, I fairly enjoyed seeing how they blended all the versions of Gotham from the recent movies to the ones in the animated and video game versions as well. Oddly, it felt like the “Lady Vengeance” episode in season 5 after Johnathan Kent’s death, w ith how she was introduced, and all that. The best part of this issue is when you first see the full body of Batman, and the trademark pose of him just standing there looking with thunder and lightning cracking the night sky(made famous by the “Batman: the Animated Series” that ran in the 90’s & bled into a justice league series… Fyi). The character design of Nightwing is a bit troubling. All signs point to a girl, which to me is just sad. I miss the black and blue outfit of Dick Grayson. Hopefully, however long his run is, it’s better than Mr. Perez.

Miller introduces Batman in a very crafty way, and has the Lois-Clark love thing down pretty well, though his explanation for Clark seems flawed (it does make sense however). The way he introduces batman is pretty clever, but expected. After I watched the Avengers, I went to see all of what I could find from Joss Weadon about that film and one thing stuck out to me “characters need to feel like they actually have a life outside of the 1+ you see them for”, and he certainly covered that. I say that because, when we are introduced to Batman, you instantly always go to the best moment of Batman according to you, the reader (Go ahead.. Bet you just did it). His Nightwing is a bit tacky. Nightwing is a female in Smallville, and thanks to that, Bruce Wayne seems more like Tony Stark now. But either way, I’ll give it a piece of my time, so let’s hope the next issue is better

Enjoy your week!!Rating 3
  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.3 out of 5
  • Art:  3 out of 5
  • layout*: 3 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3.5 out of 5
  • Story: 3.3 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 #6

“This is your Dream Charles, I have given it to you”

10 days after the events on the moon, the “Phoenix 5” (here on out, known as the PHX.5) have created a more tolerable, livable, and PEACEFUL earth, creating a source of food where it once couldn’t grow. On a newly erected X-men Utopia, Charles Xavier, visits his old student Scott Summers aka Cyclops and they discuss how this “accepting” of mutants will cost nothing since it’s almost like a dictatorship. The PHX.5 give reason to be more terrified of mutants who are just mutants, now more than ever. All across the world the PHX.5 are creating peace. It’s a new era from the world, much less, the X-men. At Avengers Tower, Cap.A is having a debrief with Iron fist, who tells him as a battle was ensuing, Colossus showed up, and convinced Zazz to power a PHX.5 power source. In the next room, Stark, Beast, Logan, and the Black Panther are all discussing the possibilities that the PHX.5 may take in a “worst case scenario”, whereas Beast and Black Panther figure, ‘who says they’ll do anything?’ So far they have only made the world peaceful. Days later at the White House, Stark, Cap.A, Obama, and Black Panther, discuss what the PHX.5 meant by a “Pax Utopia”. Elsewhere, Wanda Maximoff foretells the future, or sees, or even creates a possibly deadly time line. Later, the Avengers devise a plan to break into Utopia and snatch Hope away from the PHX.5. Emma Frost senses them, and her and Scott go to violently greet them. Just as the plan seems to be a bust, Wanda shows up and wants to take the Avengers away. Hope wishes to go but as Scott tries to stop Wanda by grabbing her arm, he feels, for the first time since getting the Phoenix Force, pain. After realizing that most of the problems mutants face, stems from the hero’s (in this case the Avengers) protecting the humans against anything, he says 3 words… “No more Avengers”.. To be continued.

Hickman, who wrote issue 4 in this series, and may have given the best opening so far in this crossover event, wrote this issue as well. I’ll probably go out on a limb and say this is my favourite issue to date. The talk with Xavier and Scott really has a certain weight to it. Not only was Professor Xavier a teacher to Scott, but he really was a father figure to him (Scott grew up in an orphanage before his powers came to be). So when he says “here’s you’re dream, I have given it to you”, it’s not intended to be an insult, but I’m sure it is. In the first Superman movie, there’s a saying “the Father becomes the son, and the son, the Father”, which has this never ending cycle. In those words, there holds a lot of meaning for those two, which later it will hold even greater meaning. Another part I loved about this was the Black Panther, and Beast. They give that non superhero feel, meaning they aren’t all, “let’s just go fight”. They give the reader a more rational realization of the entire thing. Fighting is basically all Cap.A and Logan now. In part, due to his weapons manufacturing, so does Iron Man but, BP(Black Panther) is the Head government official of his nation of Wakanda, and Beast hasn’t ever liked fighting, he just did when it was absolutely necessary. He brings up a great point as well about how these are his friends. Honestly, Hickman just does a good job with each character, and ends the issue great with the “No more Avengers” line.

Oliver Copiel, has done a lot of Marvel cross overs. If I’m not mistaken, he was the lead artist for House of M, Siege, and I’m sure he’s done a few Avengers (New) runs. His work in this book is good, but it’s not the best showing he’s ever had. I don’t know if he had other things going on, but I wonder why it’s not as great as others. Most of the flaws are small though. The Scale of Utopia is MASSIVE in this issue. The reveal of that, and the Utopia battle may be my favourite moments in this book.

As I said, this is my fave book, and this is the start of all hell breaking loose. Enjoy your week.
Rating:
  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.7 out of 5
  • Art:  4 out of 5
  • layout*: 4.7 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4.7 out of 5
  • Story: 4.7 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

Smallville S11 #11

This was the conclusion.. To the first set of issues. Almost all plot/story threads are tied off in this issue.

The fight that started in S.T.A.R. Labs is an all out brawl (and dialogue) between Superman and Hank Henshaw. Which ends with Superman saving Hank from himself. Then back at the lab, there’s a mild debrief and Terri Henshaw seems to be okay with everything… (Which is a let down for the issue considering how adamant she was in the last issue to end Superman) Back in Smallville, the Queens are aware of being followed so they agree to part ways and try to out smart their predator. Two “love you’s” and a panel later, we’re at the mysterious helmet wearing visitor and then they fight, as they always do. He learns that they have fought before, on a different earth. Enter Chloe; who shoots her in the arm and then tries to heal her (yes, she has the ability to heal people. Very pointless and to be honest, I could have sworn she got rid of it). Some weird repulsion thing happens and then they separate. Where ever the mysterious travel landed.. The she’s met by the same person who was following the Queens, then a loud thunderous sound occurs and as they rush over to the visitor, pull off her helmet.. It’s CHLOE! She informs them that the other earth.. Earth 2… Is gone.

Alright to kind of clear up that madness, in season ten.. They introduced a new “Earth” which just so happened to be written by Bryan Q Miller. I don’t believe Chloe was in the episode.. But it does not matter. The point that was trying to be made was that it’s gone. In the comics (bare with me here) “Earth 2” is an Earth similar to ours but more peaceful. If you can think of your golden age of comics (think 1930’s to about 1950) then you know what I mean. In Smallville Earth 2 is where Clark isn’t found by the Kent’s, but by the Luthors. Chloe wasn’t in those episodes. If I’m not mistaken, she was dead.

Artistically.. Perez has slightly gotten better each issue… Not by much, but slightly.. This issue is well done with all the action. And the shocking discovery at the end. Though.. At first read, it’s a little hard to figure out who it is.. But through process of elimination, it’s clear.

There’s a thing about comic books I’ve always been at an impasse about. If you watch a movie, for example, the Toby Magurie Spider-man series, the one draw back that was sadly consistent, is that the action scenes never had any of spider-man’s banter.. Because  well, he was off fighting. Any fighting/action movie rarely has banter/any other form of dialogue unless its a war general shouting out commands or something like that. Go ahead think about any movie, it’s rare they have dialogue during the action or if there is they both stop to talk. In comics, they fight and talk.. ALL THE TIME! Never really makes sense to me, but each panel is to represent a moment in time of which either the dialogue or the “action” takes place, which could range from a group of people walking to someone throwing a jeep into a building window. Miller and Perez use their talents well to craft great scenes because when Hank and Superman go at it they show you a level of how strong willed Superman is, and how lost Hank became in such a short period of time. This is easily the best part of the book. Then when they’re back at S.T.A.R. Labs, the remainder of that feud, though not over, seems… Well pointless.. Just becomes… Irrelevant. Mostly in part to how Terri Henshaw reacts, this issue wasn’t Miller’s best showing. In any regard, I do find it funny that he wrote one of the earth two episodes, and he brings it back. I think this may become less like the show.. And more like a Regular DC comic book.

Rating.

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5
  • Art:  3.1 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 2 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 #5

AvX continues. Not on Utopia, but this time on the Moon.

This is by far my favourite cover for the series. PERIOD.

As the two teams head to battle, Hope Summers is off to the side trying to see if she’s able to handle the entire Force of the Phoenix. The two teams engage in battle, while Logan tries to end the connection between Hope and the Phoenix, by killing Hope Summers. Meanwhile, Stark who is off preparing his “end game” weapon (If you will), a “Phoenix Buster” suit. As the battle rages on, Logan finally reaches Hope to kill her… *OPTIC BLAST*. All around Earth and slightly beyond, different characters are feeling the immense power of the Phoenix. Back on the moon, the Phoenix Buster is ready. Stark launches it towards the fire bird, he initiates the “Big Bang Cannon” (Stark & Pym believe the Phoenix Force was the “result” of the big bang.. Which may be the single most powerful “bang” in history) and just like the atom bomb, there’s a shock wave… Silence.. and questions. For as Cap.A looks around, they notice something that was far from expected. Cyclops, Namor, Magik, Emma Frost, and Colossus have absorbed the Phoenix. To be continued.

Well this issue was similar to the way issue two played out with the narrative, but instead of every hero, it was solely coming from Hope Summers. It really does ask great questions about life. Kinda like what came first, the chicken or the egg? Or, what is responsible for a gun shot victim? The bullet, the gun, or the hand? It really takes a deep look at what is happening. Fraction has been a writer I’ve been following for awhile now, since he took over the Invincible Iron man book to “reboot” it, to make it closer to the Robert Downey Jr version of the character (Which has been a major joy to read).
I believe he did a brief stint as an X-men writer (he “created” the Utopia the X-men have at the time of this issue). He tends to write stuff that makes you think, all while being able to give you great super hero moments.

JR. Jr draws such brutal scenes of violence. It’s probably why he decided to join Mark Millar in creating Kick-ass (which is now a major motion picture being filmed in Toronto… Again). When Hope goes a little berserk, Logan gets MESSED up and it’s so helpful to have an artist that can draw so well. All the previous work, I haven’t mentioned any of the great work that the inker has done. But he, Scott Hanna, has been phenomenal. The last 3 issues have just been so well done by showing how huge this event is, and how much of an impact each action has for each character. If anyone knows John Romita Jr and is reading this, tell him/her Xavier says thank you (Unless of course you are John Romita Jr.).

Again, this was a “fight” issue, but this was way more of an emotional issue as well. Hope, she is like 15 years old, and having all this chaos around her; wanting the phoenix force, having others wanting to kill her, protect/detain her. Not to mention that she is the “mutant messiah” so her “pain” and her “chicken or the egg” comparison is pretty on point, all things considered. This is the turning point issue. It’s no longer “AvX”, But Avengers Versus the Phoenix Five.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.2 out of 5
  • Art:  4 out of 5
  • layout*: 4.7 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3.8 out of 5
  • Story: 4.5 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

Looper Review


Every so often there’s a movie made that changes the idea of what cinema is. That’s where you can use the term ‘groundbreaking’ for a film (fyi, The Dark Knight Rises ISN’T ONE OF THOSE FILMS!). But, as I was saying, the 118 min movie was outstanding.

Writer / director: Rian Johnson

The story you see in the trailers is there, and it’s clear, but after a while, the story gets SO MUCH DEEPER. The tale deals with time stream continuum which is a fairly simple concept (It’s when you start to think of crazy ideas that makes it complicated) from the start to the last frame (which gives me reason to watch it again), that part of the story is always evident. The story gets to this point where it kinda becomes guess work, and then not to mention trying to figure out what “Joe” is going to do next. Honestly, it’s just so well written, everything is clear (though, I do have an advantage thanks to comic book reading), it’s emotion felt, and the ENITRE MOVIE is a play on its title. There I said it, that should help you figure out the entire movie.

The visual fx and cinematography.. man, the way it all plays out just seems so right. In the trailer you see the part where he falls? That scene was one of my many favorite moments(though I may just say the entire thing was my favourite), though there isn’t much change in what the trailer shows & what the movie itself shows. Like, there weren’t any new cuts, or added sounds etc. The make up of JGL was shockingly well done. He really looked what one would guess is a “young” Bruce Willis. The make up artist deserves an award. When the movie gets to the end, it’s where a lot of AMAZING things happen.

JGL. He…the dude has been one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. I don’t know his entire career, but when he was just a kid on “3rd Rock From the Sun” I knew (a kid myself) that he was a wicked actor. Inception, being as good as it was, just pushed 90% of his current fan base into overdrive. The work he did was amazing. There’s only one time where his voice breaks character, it’s when he’s yelling, but you can’t entirely change your yelling voice and still be able to give a heartfelt performance. Go ahead.. Take a pause and try it (You may just end up doing a Darth Vader, as seen in S.W. Epi. 3). But he had a younger Bruce down pat, added with his charm which is so good of an actor to do. Cause it’s not a bio pic, it’s a created character, but a moment in time of a character. Great casting on the two of them, and I love how ruthless “Joe” gets later. Then there’s a surprise hit in the film. Everyone In the theatre & I was with (basically the TSM team) I’m sure was shocked by one actor in particular. It’s why I didn’t put the cast of the film.

For me, this may be my new all time fav movie. One reason “The Dark Knight” is so great, is because it isn’t just a super hero movie. It branches and touches all these different genres, and its performances. This film LOOKS like a film fest kind of movie (it was screened opening night at Tiff), BUT.. You can clearly see it’s one that got the right budget to be a hit. I love sci-fi stories but this had so much realism it’s crazy. The way the city blends with it all, it’s crazy, then it gets to the rural areas, it’s all just something to cherish. Honestly, it’s the best movie of the year. Can you guess what my rating for this film is? I’m gonna go out on a limb & say its Oscar worthy for best picture.

Rating:

For a second opinion see @Mr_STiXX‘s review on the film.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 6 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4.7 out of 5,
  • Editing: 5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4.9 out of 5,
  • Acting: 8 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worth the full price of admission. then grab it on blu-ray for sure.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

AvX #4

I love how this book started out.

You remember star wars (I love star wars btw folks), well think The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke cuts open that animal. I don’t know, it’s what I’m reminded of when I read the first page. So as seen in last issue’s review, Logan got booted, and is now “lost” in Antarctica. While every other avenger and x-man is off looking for Hope..Summers that is, in Latveria, the Savage Land, Tabula Rasa, Wakanda, and Wundagore Mountain. Logan is following a trail of beers, which eventually leads him to Hope herself, who cunningly convinces him to help out. In Space, the team charged to stop the Phoenix Force, seems to meet its end by the hands of Thor, only to witness it will take more than the might of Moljnir, at the Hellfire Club. Emma Frost is using Toad to access Cerebra (Cerebro’s sister computer mutant tracker thing). As she scans, she sees that even though she is looking for hope, she sees none, nor the girl she’s after. As this happens, Logan at some point decides to inform Cap.A that he has the girl. As Emma Frost was controlling him/reading his mind, she also discovers the whereabouts of Hope Summers. At A.I.M Worldworks, where they take a shuttle to reach the “Blue Area of the moon” (an artificial Environment created by the alien Skrulls). Moments after landing, the Avengers meet the two, and Logan meets an optic blast to the face. Just as a new fight is about to begin, the MIGHTY THOR crash lands on the moon. “BA-BOOOOOM” HE POINTS… THE PHOENIX IS HERE… TO BE CONTINUED.

Sorry, I got excited. You’ll see why shortly.
So the writer, is another that I haven’t had the pleasure of knowing very much. I believe he’s currently working on Fantastic Four (FF4), where he killed off Johnny Storm. Don’t worry though, he’s back now (I stopped reading that book, before he died, so I’m not sure about how he died, or how/why, he’s back but I’m sure it was in that typical comic way where we never seen anyone actually “dead”). If you noticed, I kept using hope as a thing instead of a name, the writer does that a lot here, and it’s great for it. It’s something I’ve expected to happen since her purpose was reviled years ago. The name is so fitting to the character, and all the supporting cast who has to deal with her. This is another “fight” issue, but there’s not much of it. It’s almost a filler issue, but not at the same time. The writing is great though, if you like small plays on words like I do anyway. Some of the characters do seem outta place at times, but its ok. The highlights are the first page, and the Thor moments.

The 4th issue is by JR.jr is even better than the last. Not as great as the first, but worth every penny paid for the artist and the book. He draws a very erie looking Wolverine, when Logan needs to hack and slash. Only Steve McNiven rivals the look of a bad ass looking Wolverine doing what he does best (From what I’ve seen). The Fear he draws in a characters face is also second to none. The look on Thor’s face when he’s fighting the Phoenix… CLASSIC. You have to seriously wonder, when a “god” who is eager for a fight, gets shook. How powerful is the thing/person in his sights? If you don’t know about the Phoenix Force (which you should… Again its on Netflix), then you may not understand. X-3 wasn’t a good example. But point is, it strikes fear in a god of thunder, and it’ beautifully done by JR.jr.

Even though this book feels like a filler, it’s not a filler you wanna miss. It has a lot of info in it all the same, and it helps set up the turn of the tide that’s soon to come.

Enjoy your week!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5
  • Art:  3.5 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 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

Smallville Season 11 #10

10 issues in and we have our Villain. The issue starts with a bunch of fires being mysteriously put out from the field test, General Lane and his unit started by attacking Superman. Then, where Emil had used his Superman Alarm watch (usually in the possession of a one Jimmy Olsen) to tell him Hank has made a scene at S.t.a.r.. labs from the last issue, we see the reaction Superman gives. He excuses himself from Gen. Lane to rush off to the Laboratory to yet again be a hero. Meanwhile, at the labs, Hank is still choking Lex. He tosses Lex to where his unconscious human body lays stiff. He realizes here that he’s a robot, and can’t feel, then destroys the human body. Lex tries to convince him that this is a good thing, his new form, while Mrs Henshaw Terri, is trying to tell him this is all Superman’s fault. Lex, being the opportunist that he is, jumps on this idea and tries to seed the idea into Hank. Making the saying “speak of the devil and the devil will always come” be true, in walks Superman. The idea seed planting worked and Hank and Clark go at it.. To be continued

All this time, these issues have been doing *non-linear* story telling. Which started about four or so issues ago. And when you get to this, it all feels like a climatic point in the overall arc, for everyone really. I don’t know how much Miller has written ahead of time, but one could imagine this is already completed and we readers are just waiting week by week, to see the next round. The style of the 3 issue arc’s works fine for me, they may even be perfect. The way this issue starts was nice. I think more so written than properly drawn, but what else is new? When it comes to comics, I don’t know how much freedom the artist has to execute his style or creative versatility, but there were major improvements here than on his previous work so far with this book. I also am curious to see how much was drawn by hand, vs computerized effects.

Miller has written nine episodes (season 8-10)  for the show so is actually really grasping what this show means and is able to translate it well to the comic medium. From what I gathered about the comic medium, they set up the entire scene from the camera angle to the emotion each character is gonna feel, and some times the placement of props. If that holds true here, then in this issue it’s very effective. If not, then for once Perez has done something he seldom does so far–Impresses me.

There’s a few scenes I absolutely love here artistically. The scene when Terri Henshaw (his wife) is trying to calm him down, and the scene after he sets his human body aflame screaming “No”. The last is the final page, it  just has this “Super Moment” about it.

Enjoy your week.

Rating

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5
  • Art:  3.3 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5
  • Story: 3.5 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 #2

With cyclops throwing the  proverbial first punch… It’s official.. Avengers vs X-men has begun.


The last issue ends with S.H.I.E.L.D’s helicarrier flying just above Utopia where the fight really gets started in minutes, Hulk(Red) vs Colossus, Iron Man vs Emma Frost, Iron Man vs Magneto, Cyclops vs Captain America, Namor vs The Thing & Luke Cage, Dr Strange vs Magik. It all felt like the battle issue that was supposed to happen, given the title of the book. As all the fighting is taking place, Emma escorts Hope away, and realizing, she is the sole reason this is happening, she tells Emma that she needs to be out there. Emma instructs Hopes friends to not allow her to leave. No matter what. Hope, being trained by Cable, soon finds a way out. But not before Wolverine, who managed to slip away, tried to kill her. Some how Hope manages to tap into the Phoenix energy that is within her, and burns Wolverine inside and out. Hope has escaped. In space, Thor, Valkyrie, Beast, Ms Marvel, The Protector, War Machine, the Vision & Captain Britain look at raw power, the power of life and death itself, right in the face… To be continued.

 

Jason Aaron isn’t a writer I follow extensively. When I was trying to catch up on X-men, he did the Wolverine story where he is looking for Mystique for back stabbing the X-men (Though why you’d ever trust a shape shifter who abandoned both her kids, is beyond me), but this issue, even though its mostly a fighting issue, it has this odd grace to it. The small narration when two hero’s clash added that extra spice to make this book everything nice (Ye.. I just said that).
John romita is still as awesome as he has ever been in this issue. There’s something about his style that makes his stuff just look flawless, Maybe its the inker’s he gets to work with, but either way, the combo is just great. There are moments that are still epic and with the way the panels are placed they make everything better. My favourite moment is when Magneto challenges Iron Man and the build up to that is just a delight (Aaron & Romita may work very well together).

This book plays right into the title. This is definitely the most action packed issue until.. Well I won’t ruin which issue. But it is. (Keep reading the reviews to see.) Sadly the only thing this book/issue lacks is any clear cut winner between any two individual sides like Hulk (the red one.. here on out shall be”Rulk”) vs Colossus.. Like I’d want to see that fight. Hopefully Marvel is smart and make this a direct to dvd series that give us crazy fights and can help elaborate the story and the battles further.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.7 out of 5
  • Art:  4.8 out of 5
  • layout*: 5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4.2 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