Logan: Film Review

“Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.” – Logan


Writer: James Mangold, Scott FrankMichael Green Director: James MangoldRun Time: 2h17m, Full Cast

To watch this film you don’t particularly need any of the franchises former film’s back-story. It works completely on its own as it doesn’t tie into other stories in great detail. It does pick small items from the solo and group films. Example: The an adamantium bullet was introduced in the first solo film (Origins). There were a few articles going in that said this isn’t in the same universe as the other films based on the merry mutant bunch.

It was established in the comics “Wolverine Origins“, that Logan is, at his core, a man who is both troubled, brings on trouble to those around him, and those he loves and cares about. In this film, we get the clearest view of who and what Logan is. He’s an animal who wants noting more than to be left alone. He also, under all his tough bravado, simply wants a place to belong and for once to be considered human. Being a mutant is no different than being black, gay, native or any other outsider/minority group. But, at this point, he’s come to terms with it all and just wants to ride off into the sunset.

But Kids always have a way of changing you. Enter Laura.

She represents a second chance at life Logan can never get back. He tried to fight the obligation he knows Charles will put on him. And does so for most of the movie. The film isn’t about how he vanquished evil, but how he beat himself into breaking the mold he made of/for himself.

The first act of this film is super strong.  It doesn’t try to load up on complicated plot beats; and even if something does go over your head, the simple idea of ‘little girl needs saving’ is more than enough to drive the story. The manner in which the film starts with Logan… was simply to let you know this isn’t the same Logan we have seen thus far. It doesn’t truly stop being that sort of high-octane film until you meet the nice rural family. Then there’s much needed peace and time to dispense some quality exposition. Those entire groups of scenes are my second favourite one succeeded by the entire final act (yes, the whole act). While suspended in disbelief, you almost buy into the idea this rural family moment is a perfect time to use the real-world washroom only to find out that Logan’s luck wasn’t far behind him. Then to find out that all the chaos was caused by X-24 (aka all of the violence in Logan, none of his self control or compassion… aka Sabertooth). It’s sad. Because though he has seemingly beat all the other villains before him in his heyday, he was never able to break that mold of what others always wanted him to be. A controlled, raging animal.

Again, enter Laura.

It was great to see Patrick Stewart play a strong, rational, old man. I’m sure everyone has an elder person in their life who knows they are nearing their end and as a result don’t care about the common etiquette they may have displayed in their more youthful years. Many disliked that He curses but, given the situation and whom he has to deal with, it was rightly justified. his demeanor helps to shape the world we enter. His realization of what he did in Winchester was some of the best acting he’s done in the whole mutant franchise.

Enter Laura.

From her first action sequence to her final moment before the credits, she was outstanding. She didn’t out act anyone. But she was a decent addition to the cast and I fully want to see her get her own movie or series on HBO one day, for this character. If not, she may just be able to be a fit in as a co-star. But she’s new. Time will tell how far she goes. It’s weird (read: scary) how good kids can be at being crazy sadistic violent beings.

What more can be said of a guy who became a break out star from this role? It’s unfortunate that he’s been in a lot of movies that bombed as the character: as it leaves a bad taste in your mouth as you recall your favourite moments from his time. But, except for “The Wolverine”(previous film), he acted tremendously in every outing he’s had. I think it was a cool idea to have Wolverine be the secret weapon against Logan. We are our own worst enemy after all. Though I might be reaching at straws here, but he decided he was done with the role after all.  I’m glad he was able to do this film and that they made it in the way that they did. It was a great send off for him.

I’ve never seen a movie in all my years that I really wished was in black and white. There’s countless scenes that are so great, in that photography composition way. I’m glad they are re-releasing a black and white version. It was also interesting how play like the scene was when Logan goes to give Xavier the pills in the fallen water tower. It was a well acted and directed scene.

The complaints I have was that it was too little too late. Hollywood ultimately ruined the entirety of the mutant universe. Wolverine shouldn’t have to be on the verge of a reboot in order to get what fans have been asking for since X2( where is his yellow and blue spandex?). I think, since we know most in these genre of films will eventually have a sequel, it’s a bit of a let down to know there’s going to be a new actor and creative team behind whatever is in store for the character. I do hope that they keep this version of Logan alive with his intensity and rage. And also that they develop a fighting style other than what looks to be arms flailing about. Lastly just more use of the word bub.

Bottom line: The perfect Swan song for Hugh Jackman (and Sir Patrick Stewart). He brought a lot of heart to a character that otherwise could have been reduced to some comedic muscle (read as hulk). It’s great however you wish to watch it. If there’s a classic list being made for super hero films, Logan is in the top 10 without question.

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  • Overall rating of the movie: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 9 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Not sure if I’d pay money to watch it at full price again. But on a Tuesday, the re-release would be a worthwhile watch if you have the time to kill. Definitely worthy of ownership but, only with the black and white version included. Otherwise, watch it on Netflix.

Deadpool: Film Review

 

Deadpool-Mike-Mitchell-Mondo-Marvel-450x600Some 11 years (according to Mr. Reynolds) this film was in development. And it paid off like aged wine.


Director: Tim Miller, Writer: Rhett Reese, & Paul Wernick, Runtime: 1h48m

Full Cast and Crew

Deadpool for those that don’t know, Deadpool is a character made to be the contrast to Deathstroke. Or vice versa. The major difference being Deadpool talks a lot. I have no idea if that was always the case. But let’s be honest. It doesn’t fully matter.

The first incarnation was played by a younger Reynolds but was such a defamation to the character in almost every way, and I legit mean in every wa, that even he makes fun of it within the film. Which was probably a big way of showcasing how different the film was from any predecessor.

The story over all is probably my only big issue. It leads to the fact the budget is small. In ways that it makes it so obvious. During the entire film, I couldn’t help but feel cheated in terms of how much more could be done to flesh out his story. The logistics behind his origin can change. Which they did. They don’t matter. But for the fact of integration, they lost out on key elements to his origin as modern comics have written it to be. On the flip side. You have an attention span story. By that I mean, it’s such a short span of story time that you don’t need to pay a lot of attention to it. I will say when you pass the hour mark, it felt like an hour had passed. Lastly, as fun as the story was, it was as predictable any movie could be. But as I write this. That’s sort of the charm of Deadpool. The good thing is that the ads weren’t lying. The story was and is a love story, a messed up twisted love story from the view point of Deadpool.

The Main reason for this film being made was the desire from both the fans to see it (clearly, it’s breaking records all over the box office right now) and it’s talent, Ryan Reynolds. It was almost as if every role he had in a comedy was a stepping stone for him to be Deadpool. It was some time during Blade 3’s theatre run (and I would even argue home release) that his name became synonymous with the Deadpool. Even the comics used him as a template for what Wade Wilson used to look like before getting his powers. I will say that this was probably the most comfortable he’s ever seemed on screen (my opinion). The one thing I wonder was how much did he really do under that suit… it’s easy to fake talent with a face covering body suit. Just ask James Earl Jones. Either way he does nail it vocally every time you listen to him talk.

Ed Serkin was cool. He had a lot of moments of being a modern villain. There’s no reason not to like his performance.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Hildebrand) was cool. She’s a relatively a new character in the xmen universe. And I think in a way she was a great choice both story wise and over logistics wise.. she creates an element of separation from the Hugh Jackman led X films.

I’m more than happy with what I got from Colossus. He should be George Lucas’d into the other X-men films.

Visually it was as creative as one could hope for, to bring this character to life. It had… 95 % of great shots. I was very drawn in right from the start. Aside from.the action scenes I really loved how the crew came together to make his origin work. The art dec, camera angles and lighting were great to look at for about an hour.

The best thing about this is that it got made. It got made the right way. And it got made In Canada. The small budget is evident but it it achieved big things as being as respectful as it can to the source medium. I look forward to future sequels. But hopefully you don’t come out feeling like I did playing the Deadpool video game.

 

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8 out of 10 (music is like a 4 though),
  • Acting: 7 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? I’m glad its making its theatrical run, but personally, I’d rather had seen this at home. Which is not a bad thing.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

X-Men: Days Of Future Past Movie Review

by Richard Davies
by Richard Davies

Don’t believe the hype.

Director: Bryan Singer Writer(s): Jane GoldmanSimon KinbergMatthew Vaughn

Cast:

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This story has been done in almost every iteration of the franchise known as the X-men.

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The story is more familiar with those who were born in the  late 70s/80s via comics by the legendary, Chris Claremont; and later by the cool kids who watched the X-men cartoons on fox kids (see above). Since then, it was last seen in comic form (if I’m not mistaken) in the Ultimate Comics version of X-men or the T.v. cartoon, “Wolverine and the X-men”. Whichever was first. But more on that in another post..

The X-Men are, simply put, the white versions of Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X with mutant powers Prof. X and Magneto respectively). Their powers could be said to be accurate to their Real life, black inspirations. But that’s another story all on its own. From where we left them we saw Prof. X crippled and Magneto forming the first Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants. Time passes and then we’re in the future. In my personal opinion this was the(ir) first mistake of sorts. Well… in the way it was handled. I’m all for dystopian futures and stuff of that sort but, this was just a very flat portion of the film. Sentinels are shown here as these giant leap in the line of defence. However, as cool as they are, we’re all gathered to see the X-Men kick ass. To put it lightly,  that doesnt happen to much.

Honestly, I need to just get this off my chest. What really bothers me, is the made up for the sake it, power that Kitty Pryde aka Shadow Cat has. As an avid movie goer,  it works. But as a fan, its a giant piss off.

Ok, back to this story. One of the best things between all the films is Prof. X desire to inspire hope and confidence in humans and mutants alike all while battling his best friend in Magneto. One of the best performances you will probably see this summer comes from Michael Fassbender and  James McAvoy in a plane. The intensity of it and the dire need for it is amazing. Then past that was the real purpose of this story; To see where Charles got to become the hopeful inspiration he is. Those are very interesting elements and I thought, of anything else, Bryan Singer really captured that marvelously. By the end of the film you’re just happy he pulled the first ever movie retcon to a franchise that desperately needed it.

x_men_days_of_future_past_poster-wideThere was a lot of hate on the look of new comer Quicksilver and its understandable. I still think the choices behind his look were stupid. But it does make sense within the story. Its the 70s. A time where basically anything goes and it was very much the boom of of society as we see it and/or know it today. The actor was tremendously casted as well. I wouldn’t say be on the look out for him but, I’m sure he will be back in the next X-Men movie. More on this dude later. Wolverine was very much the tent pole character he’s been since the first movie 14 years ago. He was a brute individual who basically got caught up in the words and actions of prof.X and his fellow X-Men. Jackman has played many various mindsets with this character and if he decided to retire from the role, I wouldn’t be mad. I think in his acting range he’s exhausted all abilities to the character. Plus he keeps hinting he’s done anyway. Aside from that, the future set of mutants didn’t really do much for me. I enjoyed them. But in terms of development, I don’t think anything new was added. I would have liked to seen a bit more of their story. Writer, Simon Kinberg said it was his vision to show you the “end” to original actors. But not to rule anything out.

My biggest flaws with this are the pacing, character relationships, and lack of music. As cool as the fights and action was. I felt it was all very short and uninspired. Bryan Singer isn’t the best for fight scenes,  the best one he was in charge of was and still is X2:X-Men United. This felt like a natural progression to X-Men First class, but it lacked a lot in the action and showing the best of the powers with the added new mutants. The overall look and pacing was off. It was funny but not entirely consistent. It was dry but not sand paper dry (thank the Lord). Theres one point where Iceman and Shadow Cat run by each other and have some weird moment. And for the life of me couldn’t figure out why. That would have been great to see what happened to their love over the years from X3: Last Stand. Beyond that it just felt off. Didn’t seem to get a rhythm going until after the first 40 mins. Then you have the “very odd given the circumstances” love between Charles and Raven aka Mystique. Sorry it just rubbed me the wrong way and sort of came out of left field. Music is probably the most important part to a movie or anything you watch. Its very suggestive and I feel with the epicness that was First Class, this was a giant let down. Another thing that sort of bothered me, was the swtiching back and forth with the current style of film and what I’m guessing was 16mm film. It was natural given the period but felt out of place because as a movie.. who exactly is looking at that reel? We were (mentally) following Wolverine. Why are we seeing that?

Bottom line: I think this is perfect for simple movie watching with no history known or prior memory of the other iterations of this story. The lack of a epic score really dumbs this movie down and where the editing is concerned it is isn’t the strongest. Its not a terrible film but its NO WHERE NEAR THE BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE OF ALL TIME. Avengers still happened, Captain America still happened, The Dark Knight still happened, Iron Man still happened… THE FIRST CHRIS REEVES MOVIE STILL HAPPENED… so… yea.



 

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.2 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7.2 out of 10,
  • Editing: 6.9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 5 out of 10 (Score was lacking),
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worthy add if you have the others in the series so far. Only getting  it for the special features.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Fan Expo 2013

If you like any of the pics you or your friends are in you can now purchase that photo (original, no watermark) for $1 or have it edited your in a fashion you’d like with the original for $5 (no watermark) (NOTE: THIS GOES FOR ANY OTHER PICTURE THAT I’VE TAKEN AND OR POSTED)

Enjoy!!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

He’s A Mutant Terrorist and An Avenger

Quicksilver, who along with his sister Scarlet Witch, is set to appear in Joss Wedon’s Avengers 2 , is now also going to be appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is currently filming.

Director Bryan Singer tweeted the news on his personal account.

“Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver.”

 

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The way Singer phrased the tweet, it would seem there was an agreement made, that Fox would get to use Quicksilver as a younger character, perhaps in the past scenes, while Marvel Studios will use an older, more adult version of the character. As we previously reported, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are a strange, unique case, where both studios have the rights to the characters, as they are both mutants (being the children of Magneto), and also longtime Avengers. As Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said last year, “They’re uh – It’s a little complicated, but if they want to use them in an X-Men movie they could, and if we want to use them in an Avengers movie we could. They’re unique.”

Evan Peters is a 26 year-old actor best known to comic book fans as “Todd,” one of Dave’s friends in Kick-Ass. More as this story develops.

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Video of the Day: Patton Oswalt’s Star Wars Filibuster – Parks and Recreation

On “Parks and Recreation,” Patton Oswalt ad-libbed a filibuster containing his story idea for Episode VII. Some of it is incorrect (Sony owns Spider-Man and Disney, the rest of Marvel outside of what Fox owns like X-Men for example) and there is no X-Men “Quinjet”. But does it not sound bad ass? Apparently he even got a response from J.J.Abrams (scroll to see)

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.@pattonoswalt Time ribbon it is!! – JJ #starwars pic.twitter.com/NnSALt1BEN 

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


Uncanny Avengers #1 Review

So if you remember this year’s event AVX, and even the epilogue of the AVX: consequences (maybe if you’re lucky you can still get the issues, I posted them in my review of book 12 at the bottom), then you may have seen this coming. From Marvel anyway.
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“…. We failed him. Chuck’s died without ever seeing his dream come true”- Logan aka Wolverine.

Now, take that in. It’s true isn’t it? In all the years I’ve known about the X-Men, only in alternate universes have the X-Men even come remotely close to achieving the professor’s dream. So with that in mind, the creative team of Rick Remender, and John Cassidy (on art minus colour) bring us Uncanny Avengers, which consists of Wolverine, Captain America, Havok (see X-Men: First Class), Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlett Witch, Rogue, and Thor.

The book deals with the core X-Men principle: “Why are we hated? Because we’re different”, which I think everyone at some point in time in their lives will experience some form of hatred. Be it from an obvious/fair reason (I. E, YEARS of bullying), or even to things out of ones control, such a being of a certain creed and race (in case you didn’t know, the X-Men is a super powered version of the civil rights moment of the 60’s), but I’m drifting…

I love this book. If I didn’t say it in my Spider-man review, then I meant to say that I’ve never had a “favourite all time individual comic”. I have favourite arcs/runs etc, but nothing for an individual issue. This may have topped any single issue I’ve ever read, which is largely due to the creative team. The Red Skull (last famously seen in the Captain America movie, and last years event, Fear Itself) just by appearance is scary, and the way in which John Cassidy drew him. Then there’s the extent of his villainy.. *SPOILER * HE TAKES OUT THE BRAIN OF PROFESSOR XAVIER. Let that sit for a second, a pro Nazi general has taken the brain of the worlds STRONGEST TELEPATH.

Uncanny Avengers-Zone-022So go get your copy, and know it’s worth every penny.

Rating:

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

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 #10

The beginning of the end.

nicely done cover with both Hope Summers )right) and Wanda done by Jim Cheung

As seen in the last issue, more of the Avengers were on a rescue mission and what ever was left at Kun’ Lun were injured. And Cyclops had found where Hope was being trained. Iron Fist (no connection to the movie coming out) Grabs her as Cyclops begins his one man war for Hope. Iron Fist gives her a chance to run to find Lei Kung by creating a distraction and in so doing runs to the Lei Kung who shows her, her final lesson. On Utopia, Magneto witnesses the dark side of the Phoenix in Emma Frost. Back at Kun, Lun, a few injured , but able body, heroes come to try and stop Cyclops.But he stops their efforts. Hope and Lei Kung stop him from causing more. Harm but summoning the “Shao Lao” (“the undying force of the power os K’un Lun. They seemingly fight to stand off where somehow Hope Steals the Dragons power(s).. Shocked and scared, she run and finds Beast, Scarlet witch, and Iron Man. Tired of all that happened She uses the first ever usage of the “Chaotic Fist” saying “GO AWAY!” Which he does… To the moon. Realizing he needs more power.. He heads to find Emma. Magneto contacts Xavier and tells him he’s needed to save his X-men.. To be continued.

I really thought Cyclops had the best Phoenix outfit.. Then when its all said and done with the Art efforts of Adam Kubert and so forth. I was left asking… Why is Scott wearing a speedo… It was kinda hard to take him seriously. Besides that.. I love that this Kubert isn’t cheap when it comes to doing split second art work (as in something is in one panel and for whatever reason its “not” in the next even though everything else stays the same). Many times I’ll read something and the art will be just copied and have small edits/adjustments. Even though I do love continuity. Knowing that each panel was “hand drawn” made the  comic feel just that much more enjoyable while reading. There’s more but the review must continue.

I think Ed Brubaker may be becoming something worth following. The pacing set up behind this issue felt, fast, but not fast enough to have you lost. Granted that’s a matter of perception, but everything just seemed to appropriately follow the last action. And the small jokes that are in the issue were great as well… My favourite parts were the end bit of the book where hope give him the “Chaotic Fist” nd the bit afterwards.

Enjoy your week!!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.7 out of 5
  • Art: 3.5 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3 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 #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

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW