“‘Tomorrow’ becomes yesterday.”
Hey, hey. This is D.C. back to throw down on another new series that hit last week, Marvel Comics’ Cable.
Who is this Cable?
Nathan Summers is the son of the X-Men’s (dearly departed) leader, Cyclops, and a clone of Jean Grey. An encounter with Apocalypse forced Nathan to be saved and raised in a dystopic alternate future by the Clan Askani, where he became a hardened warrior named Cable. Cable eventually traveled back to his original timeline, where he lead the New Mutants, X-Force, joined the X-Men, and raised the mutant messiah, Hope.
Marvel’s latest initiative RessurXion includes the third Cable series in the lineup, written by James Robinson and drawn by Carlos Pacheco.
I was hopeful going into this new Cable series, since James Robinson wrote an enchanting Scarlet Witch series just last year. With Pacheco backing him up on art, what could go wrong?
Turns out, plenty. Let’s see…
Plot. What plot? There is nothing good plot-wise. There are references to an individual Cable is hunting throughout time, but what about Cable’s motivations, thoughts? More importantly, what about who Cable is? I have intimate knowledge of Cable, but for the new reader with no experience with the character, this issue does absolutely nothing to get that kind of reader up to speed on who Cable is, what he’s done with his life, where he sees himself (heck, I don’t even know that), and where he is going.
Next to nothing on who he is hunting, why he is hunting him (a “device” is all?), and how he came across this character.
I understand not being given all the answers in the first issue, but this issue gives far too little to be understood. Here, Cable is simply doing. All action, few words, and no depth to his character or his motivations. Here, he is just a man hopping through time, fighting.
Oh, and getting his butt kicked at the end.
If Robinson was going to dredge out another played out version of Cable being a time-hopping tough loner, he could have at least made a more interesting beginning. I’m surprised to say that Robinson’s work here is woefully mediocre.
The only saving grace in this beginning issue is Carlos Pacheco’s art. It’s smooth, modern, and full of beautiful atmosphere and structures that are appropriate for their eras of time. The colors provided by Jesus Aburtov simply dazzle with Pacheco’s art, shimmering and darkening when necessary. These two a quite a pairing.
I can’t call Cable #1 anything but a worthless read and an even more worthless new beginning. I’m disappointed, given how well James Robinson’s Scarlet Witch run turned out. But here, it seems as if Robinson isn’t even trying with the time-hopping mutant. There’s nothing here to help a new reader understand Cable as a character; even a seasoned reader like myself find Robinson’s take seriously lacking.
Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Aburnov’s pencil and color combination is top notch here, but it’s simply not enough in the face of such shallow, mediocre writing. Robinson must invoke the skill he has shown in prior work and step it up.
“…Remember one day you will die.”
Hey, hey, all. This is D. C. here to start some throwdowns–it’s been a good while, ugh. I have plenty planned, but let’s start here: Marvel’s new run, Royals.
What’s up with this?
For anyone who followed the Inhumans vs. X-Men crossover and the follow-up one-shot Inhumans: Prime, the Inhumans have officially lost the Terrigen mists on Earth, and a small envoy is off in space to find the true meaning (and hopefully reserves?) of Terrigen, aided by the dimension Kree ensign Noh-Varr (of Marvel Boy/Captain Marvel/Protector fame).
In a short phrase: I don’t like this, but I also think I’m coming from a strong bias.
- Al Ewing: I had a certain fondness for Al Ewing after he wrote an interesting run of the Ultimates. However, that shine wore off quickly when he scripted a very lackluster and unnecessarily silly run of U.S.Avengers. I gave this book a reluctant shot, hoping my reservations would be unfounded.While the mystery of what Terrigen actually is does carry its own mystique, the voices of the Inhumans bothers me too much. I became familiar with the Inhumans through Paul Jenkins’ work, and saw the Inhumans as having an air of majesty about them befitting a royal family, with voices that were very distinct.
I feel that majesty and individuality has been lost in the face of the modern, young Nuhumans. Even the royal family became mediocre and neutered to appeal to a modern audience, a sentiment I already stated regarding Charles Soule’s Uncanny Inhumans.
My biggest problem with Royals #2 was Crystal’s portrayal during the Chitauri attack (another problem I have with MCU elements being incorporated strongly in the comics: why are the Chitauri so prominent without achieving legitimacy?). As she readies to counter the swarm, Crystal immediately starts quoting video game lingo: “Ready, Player Two? Here comes a new challenger.”
Do you honestly expect me to believe that Crystal, an Inhuman mother who, for all intents and purposes, has never shown enough interest in fighting video games, let alone any video game, to start quipping that way? It just doesn’t fit Crystal’s personality. It’s comes off as just plain silly and nonsensical, just as I’ve felt Ewing’s writing of U.S.Avengers has been.
- Jonboy MeyersOh, Jonboy. When I first saw his art in the DC Rebirth version of Teen Titans, I was repulsed. I don’t think he is a bad artist, but I think his art is not appropriate for superhero comics. Meyer’s manga-like style is too sharp, his facial expressions are almost too dynamic and exaggerated, and the art doesn’t give me the feeling that the Inhumans, especially the royal family, are refined, elegant creatures. Meyer’s art was an eyesore in Teen Titans, and I feel it’s an eyesore here. In Meyer’s hands, the Inhumans seem more like action figures made only for action-packed books…and little else.
Aside from Ewing’s poor tackling of the more established characters (including Noh-Varr) and Meyer’s intense art, issue #2 suffers from the growing problem Marvel has had recently: the book falls out of sequence with other books that already alluded to the coming Chitauri swarm such as Captain America: Steve Rogers, Secret Empire, and Civil War II: The Oath. It feels like you’re backtracking, and that isn’t the best thing.
Al Ewing and Jonboy Meyers’ Royals run is proposed as a space odyssey set to elaborate on Inhumans history, both past and future. However, I can’t get on board with Ewing’s uncharacteristic portrayal of these characters, nor can I accept Meyer’s unfit artistic style. Together, they make the Inhumans an unnecessarily action-heavy team, rather than a refined group of…well, ROYALS.
While I am curious about what Noh-Varr meant as to the true nature of Terrigen, and what the future events depicted mean for the present lives of the Inhumans–not to mention the hopes that Crystal’s Kree husband Ronan will appear–I can’t say that I will stick with this book in its current state.
Hello everyone, this is Kay G. As always, its been awhile so finally here’s another one from me. Today we will be discussing Supergirl: Being Super. A comic I was little bit skeptical to read since I’m not a huge Supergirl fan. Although, I have to say I was very surprised how much I actually liked it. Written by Mariko Tamaki and art by Joëlle Jones, the story shows a teenage Supergirl going through regular teenage problems. It’s a great coming of age story for the young super hero who has to make a lot of difficult discussions.
Along with the art the writing in this comic is fantastic, filled with great images the story real makes an impact. The writer gives Supergirl a vulnerably, to make believe that even though she has powers and strength she is still impacted by tragic events. Supergirl is finding difficulty with her problems along with regular teenage puberty coming about. When faced in a bind, she is forced to make a heart wrenching choice that leads to a fatality of someone she loves. This act changes her; it not only affects her as a person, but the ability to use her powers correctly.
I love how insecure she feels, how helpless. Tamkai really focuses on the underlining of a teenage girls problems and the pressure that comes with it. Even if some of Jones art can be questionable in some panels and possibly taken the wrong way, the art matches well with the story; super Kryptonian zit and all.
The writing is great, real and it speaks to the reader and makes you understand Supergirl’s emotions. You feel for her as the reader and I can’t wait to see more of where this story goes. Even for a mini-series; which I feel are usually more successful, the story telling is very much worth the time. I can’t wait to see what happens next, so if you readers want to check out something great and want to learn a little about Supergirl, check out Supergirl: Being Super #1.
“THIS was twisted.”
Hey, hey. This is D.C., finally back from Wondercon and the chaos of life (hint, I work in CSI), but it’s time to throw down on a book that’s not quite fiction, but I think deserves a discussion: My Friend Dahmer.
The heck is this about?!
This book follows the life of Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the most prolific and vile serial killers in history, up to his death. Focused through the perspective of the man who knew him, Derf Backderf, the story details the gradual destruction of Dahmer’s life, the chaos of his family life, and Dahmer’s appearance through the so-called “friends” who knew (of) him.
Simply put…I don’t think I’ve ever read a graphic novel that made me this uncomfortable.
Backderf’s portrayal of Dahmer is multi-faceted. At times, Dahmer is foolish. Other times, he is as awkward and creepy as Backderf’s cartoonish and macabre art make Dahmer out to be. Yet other times, you can’t help but feel sympathetic of Dahmer’s plight. The chaos in his home–particularly from his mother–seems enough to drive anyone insane. Dahmer’s destructive home life, the neglect he endures at school, and the transgressions Backderf and Dahmer’s so-called “friends” commit just for laughs…
It really makes you wonder how someone could endure life in the manner of which he did. Even his ways of coping were destructive. Still, they were very human.
Derf Backderf succeeds at writing not just a very human and very open portrayal of Dahmer, Backderf himself, and all others, but also at weaving an unusually sympathetic tale of the teenager who becomes a serial killer. The title is many things: misleading, sarcastic, and saddening. I honestly felt myself damning Dahmer’s family and “friends” and pitying Dahmer, and wondering just what kind of person he could’ve been if he had a healthier family and truer friends.
When we see Jeffrey Dahmer’s post-high school life, it’s only in snippets, but they’re more than enough to convey just how far gone Dahmer had fallen.
Derk Backderf’s My Friend Dahmer is probably the most heartbreaking, macabre, and honest depiction of a serial killer as you could imagine. It’s a shockingly honest and self-damning look at the author, Dahmer, and everything around Dahmer. It’s difficult to remember that this tormented young man becomes the monster we all come to know from books and documentaries. Dahmer is easily someone we could see in ourselves or people we know who suffered much of the same.
It is a harrowing read that I can’t recommend enough.
Hello everyone this is Kay G. Today we will be discussing Netflix’s original Iron Fist. First of all, this series had a lot of bad mouthing. It had some of the worst reviews for Netflix show, especially a Marvel one. Most I didn’t bother to read most because I didn’t want it clouding my judgement on what I was watching. The few complaints I did read though seemed very off from what I was watching. I felt as though most of them stemmed from either not knowing much about Iron Fist origins and/or didn’t bother watching more than a few episodes. Although everyone is entitled to their opinion, mine happens to be the show is definitely worth checking and worth the time.
I honestly liked the show, now I’ll be honest it was no Daredevil but that’s not a fair assessment. As a whole, Iron Fist’s character even in the comics was never the most popular and perhaps not the most interesting. This mostly has to do with the fact that he isn’t as a heroic icon and a popular Marvel character. Even despite not being the most popular character what I have read, I’ve also very much enjoyed. Iron Fist is the underdog character, this happens to be something I gravitate more towards in my stories. I like different and uniqueness, they’re only so many hero stories with same premise you can read over and over again. Plus his history and his background I’ve found most intriguing.
The original origins of Daniel Rand are that he was the son of businessman Wendell Rand, who had once lived in the fabled city of K’un-Lun, which exists in another dimensional realm. This fact stayed the same, what was different was the way his parents died and how it affected Danny’s way of coping with their death. In the show we see Danny more vulnerable than he is in the comics. The best way to describe the real Danny Rand is that he’s Marvels version of Batman. A young orphan who inherits lots money, a company, responsibility and will of vengeance for his parent’s death. So yes, reviews were right about one the thing, the origins of Iron’s Fist story was told differently like much cinematic events are. But in this case I liked the change; I liked how they adapted the story to fit into the universe that Netflix was trying to create with these characters. They are making it work for the story that they are trying to tell.
Another bad review was the fighting style. It’s something if only watch the first few episodes of you’ll agree that it isn’t great. Although as the episodes go on, the fighting style increases and so does the capability. Of course this is my own personal opinion, I thought the scenes were well choreographed and strategically done. Not to mention I thought some of them were fairly bad ass. Not to mention when the iron fist came alive…it was epic. Some reviews were about Finn Jones role as Iron Fist and how it wasn’t convincing. Jones might not have looked exactly like the “real” Danny Rand, but to me if was fairly close. Another dismissal I would like to say about the bad reviews was that there was no costume. First of all it’s an origin story so the costume would make no sense and outdated for the show they’re trying to create.
Iron Fist had everything I look for in a good show. It had action, a little bit of comedy, some romance, some drama and overall it had heart. Every emotion was written in this show, it had a lot of compassion and good moments. I liked how confused and difficult Danny Rand’s life seemed. Rand had to experience deception and really understanding who he is and who Iron Fist is. I think Finn Jones along with the rest of the cast did a fantastic job making Iron Fist come to life. Netflix has done a great job showcasing these underdog characters and making them great again and not forgotten. It has created new comics, some are good and some are not so much. Either way it’s a good start for anyone who wants to learn and know who Iron Fist is. I made sure to give nothing away, so all of you can watch and make your own assessments. I hope you all enjoy and be prepared to binge watch.
“Because now I am proud of you.”
Hey, hey. This is D.C. here. I’m up to my ears in comics (preorders are good, but costly in time-management), but I had a hankerin’ to throw down on Marvel’s Infamous Iron Man.
With all the divisiveness over Riri Williams taking on the role of Ironheart and the erroneous belief that she is Iron Man, we have one Victor Von Doom, a new man from his experiences in Secret Wars, looking to make himself a better man by being Iron Man. With the kind of baggage and history Doom’s had, you can imagine he’s got his work cut out for him.
The first few issues of Infamous Iron Man had me intrigued. There’s something interesting about a reformation story, especially one involving a man like Doctor Doom. How will he succeed? How will he fail? Brian Michael Bendis took Von Doom on a very interesting, yet low-key, start to his journey. Alex Maleev’s art adds a dark, gothic feel to the armored sorcerer.
At least in the beginning.
Throughout the first issues, I was stil unclear as to why exactly Doom is targeting the other scientific villains, many of whom he felt a kinship to, as men who have squandered their talents. I doubt he killed any of them since–as always–a death unseen in comics is a death undone. Is Doom merely capturing them? Who can say? With Bendis’ lack of depth and introspection of Doom, it is hard to tell where he goes.
In Infamous Iron Man #5, Bendis adds a major kink in Doom’s path by reintroducing Cynthia Von Doom, Victor’s not-so dead mother. Why such a big thing is introduced in the middle of a vague redemption story isn’t entirely clear. Kay read this as well, and she felt that Bendis is throwing in too many different elements at once–Doom’s nascent heroism, the circumstances of Cynthia Von Doom’s return, why the events of Doctor Strange don’t seem to affect either Von Doom’s access to magic, the Maker, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s intentions with the conflict in Latveria, Amara Perera’s roles. I fear all this will muddy the overall storyline if too few things are brought in and unresolved.
While Maleev’s art still excels, one thing threw me off during the reunion fight between Doom and his mother: Why are Cynthia’s spells written with Greek letters and hiragana? Did they think that no one would catch that? Looking below on the top panel, and the hiragana don’t seem to mean anything; nor did the Greek letters. Maleev would’ve been better off making up his own glyphs for magical spells…
(However, if anyone can read Japanese, feel free to prove me wrong. Please.)
The big reveal of the Maker (the villainous Reed Richards of Earth-1610) at the end of the issue adds even more questions than perhaps was needed in this series, least of all is his relation to Cynthia Von Doom and his plans against the new Iron Man.
With Infamous Iron Man, I have the same problem I’ve had with Bendis’ other series, Invincible Iron Man. Bendis’ writing is much too sparse when writing Doom. Are we to assume that a man, a thinker, a genius like Victor Von Doom, doesn’t have a million thoughts of his path? That he doesn’t wrestle with his darker impulses, the desires he’s acted upon for some 50 years? Is he supposed to be the relatively quiet type, and we’re supposed to just go along for the ride as if that is sufficient?
I would appreciate knowing more about what’s going on in Doom’s head, especially how he sees himself and those who damn his attempts at heroism at every turn. And while Alex Maleev’s art is superb, it doesn’t suffice when words are lacking. Action can only carry a book so far. Bendis really needs to work on this in the issues to come, or I can’t see myself staying along for Doom’s rise…or his fall.
Hello everyone this is Kay G, today I’ll be discussing Thor: “The Goddess of Thunder.” Thor is a wonderful read of Jane Foster as the role of Thor. Foster has gotten a lot of bad here say of how she portrays the role of Thor, mostly because other people don’t like that a woman is Thor. I believe that Jason Aaron does a beautiful job showing Jane’s transformation along with Odin’s (original Thor) struggle with what he’s lost.
What I liked most about Jane’s portrayal is how heroic she is. She jumps into this role that she didn’t ask for and completely takes charge all while her health is talking a major toll on her body. Foster in lack of better words, “completely kicks-ass” in all ways of being Thor. Odin really struggles in this story, and how he loses his worth and title of his name. Upon meeting Jane her identity is a secret to him, although it is a woman he knows quite well. In battling with her, Odin realizes that Jane is more worthy than he could be and that Mjolnir chose her for a reason.
Even in the battles Jane has a different control of Mjolnir than even Odin ever did. Jane has to fight off the King of Ascgard, who wants her killed all because he thinks she stole the hammer along with a bunch of other nasty things. I think the people who complain about Jane don’t really know the full story. Odin gave her the permission of being Thor. When she didn’t know what to call herself, Odin named her that. He told her that she was the new Thor now, and that she deserved the title.
As a woman, I like that we get to see strong woman in the world of super hero males. Although she plays a strong woman, she struggles a lot with her personal life. Jane Foster doesn’t but up with anyone though and she can completely hold her own. Despite any haters of her, Jane Foster truly is the new Mighty Thor and definitely worth checking out. I look forward to reading more of her and what she can do.
“Hope ya don’t ALL change.”
Hey, this is D.C. here to throw down with my thoughts on Image Comics’ one-shot tale, The Belfry.
The Belfry caught my eye when I first read its solicitations some months ago. It’s not too often you see any book heralded by one person. In this case, Gabriel Hardman was in control of delivering this one-shot in both art and story.
The question was…did Gabriel Hardman deliver?
Simply put, The Belfry tells a tale of a flight crew and its passengers crashing landing in a forest, being hunted by creatures of the night. Basic enough.
Right away, I was captivated by Hardman’s art. The dark color tones and moody pencils fit in so well with the horror and suspense genre. Even the onomatopoeia used by Hardman are lettered in such a scratched and macabre way to give a sense of terror. The sounds in my head reverberated unpleasantly as I read the sounds, and I think that worked. With regards to art, I think The Belfry delivered very well.
It is clear that Hardman is in his element when drawing this story.
Story-wise, however, The Belfry was a severe disappointment.
In a one-shot, I expect a little more depth in a story to get to its point. Hardman’s writing is so scant here that I was left with far more questions than answers. By the end, it’s obvious what happens to most humans who are bit by these creatures, and how they repopulate. But as for everything else?
Who are the victims? Did they have some importance, or were they just cannon fodder? Couldn’t they have been both?
Who exactly are these creatures? Why do they capture and transmute humans? Is there a goal in mind, aside from simple repopulation? Why do those that don’t turn get blinded? What’s the significance there? More imporantly, why are those blinded enslaved?
Hardman simply wrote a horrid situation for the passengers of a crashed plane that may be just another week in the lives of the unnamed creatures. In this case, I can see that delving into the characters’ backgrounds isn’t key. Nonetheless, I felt that there was too little given on both ends to give the story satisfaction. Unfortunately, the art could not carry what was, in my opinion, a lackluster story.
Gabriel Hardman can really bring the horror in The Belfry. His art is truly terrifying. Hardman excels at capturing horror-suspense in every corner of his art, right down to the sound effects. However, the story was far too short and left far too little information to understand anything about the monsters to deliver a satisfying one-shot. The Belfry might have worked better as an anthology of tales that would have given the readers some depth into the history and motivation of these creatures.
Still, I think think this story is worth a pickup for anyone looking to delve into the horror genre. Give a go, and share your thoughts.
Hello everyone, this is Kay G. Today I’ll be talking about The Unstoppable Wasp by Jeremy Whitley. I was a little bit uncertain to check out because I wasn’t sure how good it would be. I wasn’t familiar with character and the art work wasn’t the greatest in my opinion. After going back and forth I decided to pick up a copy and I wasn’t disappointed.
The Unstoppable Wasp is about Nadia (Wasp), who spent the entire first half of her life as a captive of the Red Room, but now this teenage super-scientist is on her own for the first time. The daughter of Hank Pym (aka Ant-man and Giant-Man) has a lot of time to make up for and she’s determined to change the world. For those who don’t know about the Red Room: the Red Room is one of the K.G.B.’s espionage training programs. For decades the Red Room had been a Cold War facility to train female spies known as Black Widow.
The first thing I noticed about Nadia was the way she spoke. She spoke so intellectually and almost child-like. Nadia was seeing and experiencing a lot life outside of captivation. We get so see how exciting even the simplest task and nuances are, such as a phone ringing or taste of a donut. I loved the way Whitley wrote her character, it was very fitting for her experiences and her dialect really fit. The only problem I really had with it was the art; I did wish that the art could have been much better. To me the art seemed a bit cartoonish but the story definitely makes up for it.
The one think I loved about The Unstoppable Wasp, was how inspiring it was. Nadia is highly intellectual just like her father and is also an inventor. Nadia makes it a point to be one of the smartest women on the list of smartest in the world. Not only does she want to make the list herself, she wants to find other women like her.
I think this story is very encouraging for young women who want to pursue these male-dominated careers. Nadia is trying to prove that no matter the age or sex of the person, anything is possible. This story is very female-driven, but not done in a way where it screams feminism. Even my partner D.C mentioned that it would be a great read for any young woman.
After I finished reading the first issue as a woman you feel uplifted and want to conquer the world as much as Nadia does (just a little less superheroic, ha). I highly recommend this story to all women and to anyone who just wants to read a good story.