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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: The All-New Marvel NOW! – Punisher #5 “Blackout”

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Loved it. Is what I said after my first experience with the Punisher. A lesser known origin story entitled “BORN” a 4 issue arc released in 2003 via MAX comics. In it focused his days of guerrilla warfare fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. Frank Castle is here again to give the page flipping adrenaline, kill the bad guys with the most bullets and biggest explosions. When I read about the Punisher making a return, I got stoked! Originally this review was meant to deliver on only issue #5 but I’ve been following it since the inception of issue #1. It had yet to let me down and it’s really hard to justify standing behind only one issue since they have all been great so far.

On the hunt for drugs, he tails the Los Sols, Mexican cartel into L.A. You learn in issue one, never insult a man’s car, no matter how shitty; and you never, NEVER, touch his gun. Lessons to live by kids. He befriends officer Stone, her empty received flirts towards Frank get her nowhere, he’s a Ronin renegade, and a damn near permanent five o’ clock shadow. The Los Sols have a new weapon once believed to be chemical, capable of cleaning out an entire town, leaving nothing but torched and rotting corpses. We soon meet an old foe, recent for Spiderman, but a “shock” for Mr. Castle. All of this and he’s unaware that he’s being trailed by a black ops group that call themselves “The Howling Commandos”. It seems to be getting plenty thick for the ol’ skull shirted man. He implements his regular, no-nonsense type of interrogations both behind closed doors and in the field. He’s trumped by his electric foe again trying to get to the bottom of this newly developed weapon. Los Sols working with A.I.M. getting the hired help is working quite well.

The shadows are getting closer to Punisher, this issue ends in a face off. Strong words and great quotes. Fearing death is “A weakness of men. I am The Punisher.” Oh how I wish the the poorly created movies that have been birthed were written like this comic. In some fashions giving the death dealer a bad name! Being dismissed before given a chance. I’ll be honest, I was in that crowed for a time, but no longer! Often found myself saying out loud the sound effect of the guns or the explosions, reading the narration in a deep monotone voice, it plays out so well, this series is 5 for 5 in my eyes. It’s rugged, violent, unforgiving, shoot-ask questions-shoot again – kill, repeat. Illustrations weren’t skipped in bringing the splatter meter either! Great writing, storytelling, and flow. Recommend to the fullest.

Til next time geeks!

\m/\m/\m/\m/ of five.

-Simon Hernandez (Ironsleeve318)

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STORY BY:
Nathan Edmondson

ART BY:
Mitch Gerads

COLORS BY:
Mitch Gerads

LETTERS BY:
VC – Cory Petit

COVER BY:
Mitch Gerads

PUBLISHER:
Marvel Comics

COVER PRICE:
$3.99

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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: The All-New Marvel NOW! – Cyclops #1

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Before getting started, I just want to acknowledge this year is the year of reboots and first issues. Boy do we really need them. For that matter, we are given another X-men spin-off title. Don’t get me wrong. Magneto’s series is kick ass! Check out JM’s review on it and your see why! I am really into, Brian Michael Bendis’ “All New X-men” but my interest for a pubescent teenage Scott Summers with daddy issues is non-existent.

The comics isn’t terrible buy any stretch of the imagination; but it’s just average. The art has done very well to keep to artist David Marquez’s drawing style of the young Scott Summers from All New X-Men. There are some redeeming quality’s. For instance, Scott using his optical beam through space. Also, there is a scene in the Space Jammers cockpit what very Star Wars Esq and it was cool to see how a young Scott Summers instinctively lead the head of the attack on the other ship…but that’s really about it. There is just no substance. No edge to get you hooked. No yearning for more. The way it ends it could easily be a one shot issue with nothing really leading you for more or no real cliff hanger.

I know I’m not really writing much about the first issue but I don’t believe in shitting on someone else work too much. To me this comic isn’t worth paying for by adding it to your Wednesday hauls. So swerve it for now, maybe wait until it’s a Trade Paper Back. Nevertheless, if you do get it go for Skottie Young’s baby variant. Its a pretty cool dawn baby Cyclops shooting his optic beam. Anyways, I’m only going to give this a 2 Metal Horns out of 5.

So let me know what you think and reach me on Instagram @his_masters_voice25 or tweet me @hamidhojabr.

I am Hamid Hojabr. All ways remember to “Rock Out With Your Geek Out!”

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COMIC BOOK REVIEW – All New Marvel Now! – Elektra #1

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Return of the red clad assassin in barely there underoos paired with sharp steel and bandanas. A quick read this time around. All referencing old memories of a life that once was of what she used to be. A daughter, girlfriend, daughter, and a slave. Now only an assassin she seeks to gain exit from New York, her cage. The cage that traps her in a pool of depression and not so good times. She visits the matchmaker. In simple terms, the death dealer, she handles the contracts when someone else wants a certain target eliminated. A couple of pages of montage and silhouettes of well-known characters including Daredevil, Bullseye, King Pin, and Sabertooth. Asking for a contract to get her out, she’s given one by the matchmaker; which has her chasing a ghost of sorts.

Intro, Cape Crow. An assassin killing vigilante, taking other’s contracts for his own gain, seems to have disappeared. Going off of cold tracks and whispers of his last whereabouts, the Match Maker gives Elektra all that she may need to bring him in alive. With a major vote of confidence, Match Maker tells Elektra she’s the only one that has a chance of accomplishing just that. Elektra agrees to the 30% cut for the contract dealer, as the reward is the highest she’s ever seen. It’s then that we meet the second devious demon in the story, “Bloody Lips”. An acrobatic spear wielding force that’s able to consume a piece of his fallen enemy and get their memories and or abilities, Megaman style….but with cannibalism thrown in. His attack on one of the many S.H.I.E.L.D. storage facilities leads him into “asset containment” room, where he is introducing himself to a groggy Bullseye.

Overall I didn’t really think it all meshed up well enough to be considered a cohesive book. The illustrations took a form of grain like water paintings, maybe to create ambiance and perception of a memory sequence; or so I thought at first, but when it continued past all of that it was just another vault to overcome getting though the read. It being the first issue I left a window for explanation and references with some memories thrown in but it was quickly closed and seemed as a try-to-hard in storytelling. Just something’s should not be re-done or just left alone. Another bad one in my eyes, so definitely a pass on this route. Normally I’d say there’s a change for redemption in later issues but even if there was, I wouldn’t be aware as I’ll be passing on this run all together. Til next time folks.

– Simon Hernandez

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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Magneto #3

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Magneto, The Master of Magnetism. Well sort of…you see, at the moment; Magneto has broken powers. The Phoenix Force blasted through him and many more Marvel characters and their powers have been “broken”; or rather, reduced. Sure it is a handicap of course; however, that won’t stop Magneto from infiltrating corporations with intentions on harming Mutants and humans. That’s right. He’s pretty pissed about and I quote:

“…I must use more conventional means to achieve my goals. Those who hide within are responsible for unspeakable acts against the HUMANS they corrupt and turn into monsters…and against the Mutants those monsters have slaughtered…and ME. Here to bring it all down.”

In other words, there are not any limits or boundaries to restrain himself from annihilating all those involved in this project. Except maybe he can’t just toss the building into the sun. Since he’s a brilliant man he’s become extremely versatile with the restrictions, embarrassed by the lack of strength, he utilizes the simplistic approach to conquer. With that said, he has moments of frustrations with captions of nostalgia and reminiscing of how powerful he was in the past. But writer, Cullen Bunn, uses his phenomenal talent to make Magneto just as powerful, without all the power. Confusing? Well you will have to read issue 1 and 2 to understand how far Magneto will go, how he’s adapted, and why he’s being tracked. He’s leaving a body trail and the feds are just a few steps behind.

One last word on the comic because it’s VERY important. Artist, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, has been on board with Cullen Bunn since issue 1. Every page is masterful. The darkness of Magento’s mental state is plastered throughout the comic book. I hate to compare the style to Charlie Adlard of The Walking Dead fame, but it’s what I think of in most of the panels. Particularly in the homeless tent camp. Further into the comic are splashes of colors by Jordie Bellaire conveying the travesty Magneto has endured in trying to find his own sanctuary of peace. Nevertheless, this comic has phenomenal artistic presentation.

Do I recommend you reading Issue 3? Yes. There are some easter eggs for potential story arcs or game changers in this issue; but I must urge you, again; read from issue 1. It’ll cost you $12 at your local Comic Shop. It’s well worth it. Why? Because I give this issue a solid 5 out 5 Horns.

 

– JMMetalGeek

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ALL NEW MARVEL NOW! Comic Book Review: Original Sin #0 Who Is The Watcher?

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When I first heard about this comic coming out, I immediately went to JM and demanded to give me this issue for review. It wasn’t even on our agenda for the week. That’s how bad I wanted it ! And trust me I was not disappointed at all!

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Original Sin is the definition of what story telling really is. You follow a young Sam Alexander (aka NOVA) opening by speaking to his drunken dead beat father listen to his stories of pride of his glory days. After a few panels you get a real scene of the lads innocence. Even though he carries so much responsibility on his back he still has that inquisitive nature knowing the Watcher can never intervene; but still, he remains relentless in his quest of knowledge.

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Later you get really peek into the Watchers world; which isn’t really something that hasn’t really been explored. Accompanied by mind blowing visuals of everything Uatu has ever seen and is ever going to see is an array of alternative time lines and paradoxes. If you’re an “80’s baby” like me, every dream you had just came true reading about time! But above all else the story writes so well it just keeps you yearning for more!

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In my eyes, this comic is a perfect representation of why THE ALL NEW MARVEL Now! Has such a strong line of comics coming out. They stick to a well thought out format of how to tell a story, while keeping it so close to the father of comics Stan Lee’s vision , The Marvel Method; every comic is someone’s first comic. So, if you’re a lover of space dramas, twist-n-turns, and parallel universes this title is for you! That’s why this week im smashing out a first time 10/10 for this comic. Don’t just take my word for it! Go check it out yourself! Let me know what you think you can reach me on Instagram, Tweet me, or even drop me line on the MetalGeeks FB page!

For next time Geekazoids, I am Hamid Hojabr. All ways remember to “Rock Out With Your Geek Out!”

 

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COMIC REVIEW: ALL-NEW Ultimate FF #1 (The Fail Federation)

UltimateFF1Following the Events of Marvel’s “Cataclysm”, comes a new run of Ultimate Comics like the one I am reviewing today; FF “The Future Federation”. This is not to be confused with The Future Foundation or The Fantastic Four; however, they are similar in their casting roles. The new version of the faction consists of the members of Doc Sue Storm, Tony Stark’s Iron-Man, Sam Wilson as the Falcon, and Danny Ketch aka Machine Man. Now, before the final review of the comic I read it over; twice. Both times I struggled to get into it. There was just something missing. At times, it was extremely Ultimate_FF_1_Coverhard to keep interested in and even harder to write-up a review on without saying, its Shit; THE END!…BUT, I wont do that! Lets break it down and talk about what could have been better.

The story begins with two local builders at the site of Galactus. Before you know it, BOOM! They are gone with an explosion of blue smoke. Next is a two page spread of the team and everyone at the scene of the explosion. There is just way too much going on in this page. Its hard to know where to look and there are pointless IQ scores next to the FF. The second thing what was to my displeasure was the horrible purple and blue suits. I don’t know if it was writer Joshua Hale Fialkov’s concept or the artists, Mario Guevara and Tom Grummetts conception; but they could of gone down so many different avenues with the new look. If it were my conception, I would have pulled from the Earth 616 universe and tweaked the stunning white and black costuming. Moving on. Further into the story there is a “What the hell?!?!” moment as Iron Man not only knocks himself out from a blast of energy from his suit while trying to use jump leads to break the force filed around him; only to be grabbed by their new unknown creators. One grabbing at his leg and the other at his leg, pulling most of the Iron man suit clean off; leaving him in his underwear…

Ultimate_FF_Preview_2Not everything is all “Doom” and gloom. The most redeeming quality about this book is an arrival of an Unknown Assailant being sent down by Agent Phil Coulson. Concealed in a coffin casing is to be held by someone who is so evil only this tomb can hold him. Once this persons energy is released from within the Coffin, the “big blue dome” they have been held in disappears. All of the work has now been saved. While Dr. Sue Storm is ranting, a mysterious figure begins emerging from the shadows. Then Sue hears the voice. She recognized the voice. The voice of Victor Van Damme (not Von Doom…remember its a different time line) Dr. Doom! Looking badass as ever! On a final note my score of The FF (Fail Federation) is a low 4/10! Don’t trouble yourself into buying it. It’s easily a title you can skip, but if you want to get into a new issue #1 you HAVE to check out Moon Knight or Magneto now those are issue number 1’s to invest in!

That concludes this weeks review so for next time Geekazoids. I am Hamid Hojabr. And all ways remember to “Rock Out With Your Geek Out!”

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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: All New Marvel Now! X-Force #3

 

x-force-3As with all things new to me, I go in with empty impression and an open mind. Nothing has changed here with this read. I’m hardly going to go into detail due to the depressive display I’ve just read. Another button in the shirt of the ALL NEW MARVEL NOW recreation, or rather, the re-imagining of an old Black Ops team known as X-FORCE. Most notable characters such as, Cable and Psylocke return as part of this team completed with it’s accented companion Fantomex and “newbie” Marrow. It was a complicated read at times. It wasn’t until the 3rd or 4th page that I found out who was talking and who was arguing back and forth with the snide comments; Note to self…never talk crap about a mutant…especially when he/she is a psychic, you just get your speaking skills taken away at the bat of their eyelids). The meaningless banter of Marrow continued through a good chunk of the book. It became a challenge to want to continue.

Along with this team, a recently liberated weaponized mutant,named of MeMe,XFORCE2014003 follows X-Force via personal relocation device (designed by Dr. Nemesis) that resemble a quad-copter with a Zordon like face (MMPR GOOOOOOOOOO!) and the non-funny version robot temperament of Alpha. The team begins tracking to find the whereabouts of a man by the name of “Volga”; who is behind a massacre that was called “The Alexandria Incident”, where this non-mutant, Volga, used mutants as weapons to kill 3,000 innocent people. The cells failed to coincide with the text at times feeling you in a paradox of story emptiness; which became another negative aspect of the read.

 

Psylocke has a narrative every so pages as if she was attending an A.A. meeting, saying it’s been a certain amount of days since she last “weakened” a.k.a. dismembered someone and or played tic-tac-toe on someone’s torso with her sword. She is literally addicted to killing, which really isn’t a bad thing; but it goes against the legendary “Comic Book Code”. The killing scenes of her “weakened” were some of the best illustrations in the read, but were nowhere close to being enough to save it from disappointment. It tediously dragged on for most of the story. Aside from the killing scenes, there was maybe an honorable mention to Pantera in the form of Volga’s mantra, “Volga Display of Power.” See what they did there? I XFORCE2014003PG6did….or maybe I obsess about hidden messages that aren’t really intened the translation I gather, maybe they are only coincidences. Maybe the METAL GEEKS podcast will have writer, Si Spurrier, on to elaborate on this. Anyways, this Comic Book is certainly a pass and wouldn’t recommend it. It was kind of a slap in the face of the makeover that they gave Cable after all. He went from bad ass to…bleh, retired lost time travel pirate with metal arm rather than a peg leg. Until next time. Listen to metal. Be metal. And read more comics.

-Simon Hernandez

 

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