Avx #7

So… No more Avengers right?

see this for issue credits

Cyclops, Namor Magik, Emma Frost, and Colossus have all hit and laid siege upon different Avenger “bases” (headquarters if you will) from the tower, to the mansion, to the Avenger Academy (and anything else I’m missing), following what Cyclops said, “No more Avengers”. Where ever Magik is, is where action starts, and all while everyone is fighting, Tony Stark is back in Wakanda studying the effects of her powers against the Magik to see how to beat the PHX.5. Avengers start to be on the losing side, so trying to make an escape plan & trying to buy his team more time, Hawkeye goes off and gets a piece of Emma Frost. He’s set on fire. The avengers and X-men both leave the fight, X-men taking Hawkeye as prisoner knowing they can heal him. Back at Wakanda, Black Panther “bitch” slaps Stark who is trying to create something that will allow himself to die if his plan fails. Dr. Strange and the rest of the Avengers devise a plan to appear like Wanda Maximoff if ever needed. Which it is, in another battle the Avengers take one of the X-men known as “Transonic”. And with 2 simple words Wanda, Makes Namor “Go Away” back on utopia, Namor and Cyclops exchange words, which leads to Emma Frost informing him that The Avengers are in Wakanda, who are planing on leaving to go to the mystical realm of Kun-Lung, when a great wall of water shrouds Wakanda. “WAR” shouts Namor… To Be continued.

Well, as much as I like Matt Fraction, this issue really didn’t feel right. Yes things are still crazy, but it just didn’t feel he got anyone right besides Tony Stark. It’s also kinda pointless what happens to Hawkeye,  actually a lot of it is pointless. It just feels like after the last issue there should be WAY more fights happening. More “chaos” more Avengers versus X-men. I don’t know Fraction to be boring, but it just felt that way, not even Fear Itself was this bad (However I really enjoyed it.. Even though it was RANDOM as hell). Maybe this issue is plagued by having tie in issues to fill in the gaps. One upside is the convo with Stark and T’challa.

Oliver Copiel. I may have hyped his art work a bit, though still very impressive for what it is, it just misses til the last two pages. It may be the placement/use of the panels/frames but something was off. Thankfully, it’s not dreadful, it just doesn’t have the same flair as it usually does. I remember at Fanexpo one year, he said that they finally have him drawing things he likes to draw, and that was around the “Siege” event (So was Soca Explosion 3 folks), so maybe that’s the issue with his work in this one. To further explain it, picture a movie with a lot of quick edits.

Ps. Matt Fraction explained a little what the whole Namor Emma Frost thing was and he basically said it was a long time coming since his uncanny X-men stint, and it’s why he added Namor to the team. So I’ll go out on a limb and say that is issue holds more meaning if you’re an X-men fan.

Enjoy your day,
Rating:
  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5
  • Art:  3.2 out of 5
  • layout*: 2 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5
  • Story: 2.7 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

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

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

AvX #1

Even though the summer is done, this is your Summer comic event. As I write this I just finished issue 10 and yes.. You’ll see that soon.

So this Marvel Comics event starts out with Avx #0 (which you can read the review for that issue by clicking the AvX or simply the word *HERE*… HERE) then this issue Starts off kind of almost how that issue left off, The Phoenix Force is coming. The last time it was seen it took the life of Jean Grey (see the X-men animated show.. Its on Netflix and I’m sure some TV stream site has it). As the Force comes for its intended host, Artist John Romita Jr. (Kick-ass co-creator) shows us just how much of a life and death force it is, as it clean sweeps an alien race’s home planet. Cut to Avengers tower aka, Stark Tower, where its just like any other day, and then suddenly, some streaking light appears, it crashes into a commercial airplane and all hell seems to have broken loose.. But I say again.. Its like any other day as each member of the roster at hand, springs to action,[[??]] is as soon as the actions over.. Finding the fallen object we discover its Nova (first epic moment) he then whispers, ‘it’s coming’. Captain America (here on out known as Cap.A) instructs Thor and Iron Man to follow Nova’s path prior to crash landing, only to learn what Nova meant, the Phoenix is coming. Later, at the White House, Iron Man and Cap tell Obama what the hell happened in New York City, and what to expect, all while Hope Summers is being trained on Utopia, to harness the power of the Phoenix, for she is the intended vessel. When Cyclops pushes her too far, a Phoenix like power shrouds her.. Alerting Iron man. Cap.A races off to the Jean Grey School for gifted youngsters. Where he consults the headmaster… Wolverine (here on out/aka: Logan) who tells Cap, he founded this school so kids with mutant powers, can actually learn & not fight. On Utopia, Cap confronts Cyclops informing him he wants to take the girl for safe keeping. Cyclops says no…. Cap.A tells him.. “I wasn’t asking” Cyclops says.. With an optic blast…. He knew that. (Epic moment 3)… Thus starting Avengers. versus. X-Men.


John. Romita. Jr. is by far one of Marvel’s BEST! Artist… Ever, and this issue is no different. He has a way of being able to draw epic things and then very subtle things. On a first issue you kind of have to go big so that one doesn’t go home, so to speak. There’s like 3 epic moments in this issue and its a great union that the writer, the artists and the letterer have to deliver them. For as long as this artist is around, I’ll make mine marvel.

Bendis is like the most employed writer at marvel. He’s writing the new avengers, ultimate spider-man, and he’ll guess write all while doing this. I’m sure his run on the New avengers influence the movie a bit. His and Millar’s Ultimates run. Bendis is SUPERB when it comes to dialogue, and crowd reactions. Cause the New York he depicts, is alive. It’s not just heroes running around New York all the time. There’s a moment where when nova is crashing he hits a building, someone says “that’s it, I’m done” its small stuff like that, that just makes this book and his writing excel. I’m sure the entire group of writers who we’ll see in later books, had a bit of an influence. In particular who ever is writing the X-men books. Honestly. For something that has been YEARS in the making, the writing doesn’t feel cheap, it doesn’t feel dated, it feels as if a nice pay off. Bendis has been the master mind for countless arcs, and this leading into the recently announced “Marvel Now” seems like this is his “send off”… For lack of a better term. (Don’t worry he’s not leaving Marvel).

For what this book is, it’s a great page turner, and just a nice story to pit two teams against each other. The only quibble I may have, in the over all… this is more for the people who have been following the arcs/titles the preceded this crossover( as seen in my last review).

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.8 out of 5
  • Art:  4.8 out of 5
  • layout*: 5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4.5 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

Like Us on Facebook [the “Team STARKMaDD” Facebook Page]

Good Day All,
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Safe House Review

WELCOME ONE AND ALL TO THE LAND OF XAVIERS MOVIE REVIEWS *David Rudder voice*. (Lol) I actually started this review fresh out the movie theater.

In this installment I bring you “Safe House” starring Denzel Washington & Ryan Reynolds.Denzel has been m.i.a. from movies, I believe, since the movie Unstoppable. In this movie, he gives us one of his best performances since maybe “Training Day.” Denzel really got into the character, “Tobin Frost”. Denzel didn’t have many lines, but.. HE DIDN’T NEED THEM. He ended up using his face for majority of the film & I’m glad he did as it lets the audience really grasp what his character is feeling, thinking and making him appear to be a bit of an asshole. I, personally don’t know much about Mr. Reynolds but his portrayal of the character, Matthew Weston was a lot better than what he gave us in Green Lantern. (Which, again, I believe is his last known movie). He had a set of dialogue & delivered 90% of it very well. I believe he tried to out do himself more due to the presence of Mr. Washington.

*POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING* The title “Safe House” is used as metaphor, and I argue, the driving force of the movie.

The movie plot summary is as follows: “Matt Weston has been frustrated by his inactive, backwater post in Cape Town, South Africa. A “housekeeper” who aspires to be a full-fledged agent and has been waiting for an opportunity to prove himself. When the first & only occupant he’s had in a year, proves to be the most dangerous man he’s ever met, Weston readies for duty. Tobin Frost has eluded capture for almost a decade. One of the best ops men that the CIA has known, the ex-intelligence officer has given up assets and sold military intel to anyone with cash. As soon as Frost is brought in for de briefing, attackers unknown to Weston, the CIA agents guarding Frost, and Frost himself, are sent to kill anyone in the way and retrieve Frost. Barely escaping, the two form an unlikely partnership & must discover who is attacking them & why.”

As I mentioned the title is not just the ACTUAL safe house he is in and has to guard (Reynolds), but his mind is a safe house, as is his home country. (America in the movie since he’s actually Canadian folks) What happens is Foster, broke down the walls Weston deemed safe, both mentally & physically. The entire movie is like a Padawan learning from his Jedi teacher. There are clues in the movie so subtle that play major factors in the film towards the end.

The plot seems to have been executed very well.. The editing now, along with the cinematography, is where any real complaint can be made. Shakey cam.. Is, yes, a skill, but so is normal camera work. This movie suffers from the camera work. For example, the main and first physical fight scene becomes a joke because of how it’s shot & edited. If you have motion sickness, you may want to skip this movie. The overall editing is good, but because of the shaking camera, it loses any kind of greatness it could have had. Though I must add at times I did not notice it, but when I did, it was very bothersome. There were not as many “Hidden messages in the shots” as I had hoped for, but that’s just a film student/lover critique.

Overall rating of the movie: 4 out of 5, cinematography: 2 out of 5, editing: 3 out of 5, Audio: 3.5 out of 5.

THATS IT! CHEERS “TO PEACE”, AND MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

– Xavier