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Troy’s Toys but with Comics: Seeing Purple Edition

Happy Whatever you’re celebrating Forbidden Planet Faithful! Let it be known that I’m writing this article instead of playing several Blizzard video games because I love you (and money).

Hawkeye_vs._Deadpool_Vol_1_3_TextlessHawkeye Vs Deadpool #3

Gerry Duggan/Matteo Lolli/Jacopo Camangni/Cristiane Peter

Marvel $3.99

If you’ve been reading this blog at any point over the last 2 years, you’ll know that I’m VERY protective of reading the Hawkeyes when not penned by Matt Fraction. Luckily for me, Hawkguy Clint Barton has been handled incredibly well over in the various Avengers books, and Hawkeye Kate Bishop has only appeared in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie‘s excellent Young Avengers run.

Kate is also our narrator in this issue of Hawkeye Vs Deadpool and series writer Gerry Duggan absolutely nails her voice. Duggan balances Kate’s youth plus her relationship with Clint exceptionally well, with some nods to “recent” events over in the Fraction/Aja series. Her interactions with Deadpool are hilarious, and it’s fun to see Katie-Kate interact with the greater Marvel universe.  Duggan’s Deadpool is still a blast to read, and bouncing him off of Hawkeye Kate keeps the book fresh.

Art wise, the duo of Matteo Lolli & Jacopo Camagni remain a great fit for this title. Aside from the amount of teeth in Deadpool’s mouth being inconsistent, their expressive and clean art is perfect for this book’s kooky antics. They also capture modern NYC well, doing the city justice and making the some of the more modern reference work. They’re also great at capturing the humor in Duggan’s script, especially as seen on the final page of the book. Apparently Queen jokes are in fashion in comics this year.

Deadpool Vs Hawkeye continues to show what sort of fun one can have with a Marvel team up. Great visuals, solid jokes and good character work justify this book’s existence, and I would recommend it to anyone with any investment in the Hawkeyes and or Deadpool. AKA me.

Uncanny_X-Men_Vol_3_29_TextlessUncanny X-men #29

Brian Michael Bendis/Chris Bachalo/ 5 inkers/2 colorists

Marvel $3.99

Ambitious best describes this incredibly dense issue of Uncanny X-men. Brian Michael Bendis is already balancing several plot lines with this current arc, and the addition of a few last minute Macguffins may take this book into a new direction. It’s a bold decision, especially when Bendis is balancing a number of plotlines with a large cast as is, but hopefully he can pull it off. Time will only tell.

Art wise, this book isn’t a mess per say, but having 2 different colorists work on the same penciler is jarring. Chris Bachalo usually looks best when he’s coloring his own work, so Antonio Fabela and Jose Villarrubia aren’t doing his much justice. One of their pallets are too light, maker the book look paler and more retro than it needs to be, while the other is much brighter, but does some weird inkless coloring with several characters hairs and fur. To be fair, that almost may be on one of the several inkers, it’s hard to place blame.

While the art is a bit inconstant, the stakes are certainly raised in the penultimate (I think) chapter of The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier. Hopefully the story will stick it’s landing, because while the creative team has done some good work on this book, there’s still a chance that it’s gotten too bloated for it’s own good.

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Troy’s Toys, but with Comics: Purple is the new Black

MISSING: Intro. Last scene: When I didn’t have a lot of words about comics to vomit upon my computer.

Hawkeye_vs._Deadpool_Vol_1_2_TextlessHawkeye/Deadpool #2

Gerry Duggan/Matteo Lolli/Jacopo Camangi

Marvel $3.99

With the Fraction/Aja’s Hawkeye series continuously hit with delays, I’ve had to turn to the wonderful Secret Avengers and this mini series for my Clint Barton and Kate Bishop fix. As luck would have it, I couldn’t have chosen 2 better books to do so, and oddly enough, book both has a healthy amount of Deadpool in them.

Not that I’ve pointed out Marvel’s lack of original content (KIDDING), I should talk about this comic that I have purchased.  This issue, tying into recent events in both  Deadpool and Amazing Spider-Man,  sees our team try to set a trap for the baddies, and it goes as well as one would an except a Hawkguy conceived plan to go. Also the Hawkeyes learn just exactly how weird and complex Deadpool’s life can get, and video games are played. Other things goes down too, but those are spoilers, so it’s probably bess that I don’t discuss them.

Gerry Duggan, who co-writes Deadpool’s monthly series, draws upon both characters histories, bringing up some more obscure elements of their careers for hilarious results. I was not expecting a reference to the beloved Joe Kelly era Deadpool book, nor a discussion about the fate of Hawkeye’s Sky-Cycle. The book also continues to reference a few visual gags from the Hawkeye on-going, and they continue to remain fun little nods to that book.

Matteo Lolli gets some help from Jacopo Camagni on the art side of things, and it’s certainly something I welcomed. I was a fan of Camangi’s work on last year’s Longshot mini series, and he fits the book well. His Kate Bishop looks like a young woman, and his softer, round faces and exaggerated body language help sell a lot of the book’s humor. The two artists’ styles are similar enough to tell a cohesive story, but you can also appreciate what each brings to the book as well without preferring one to another. And the colors complete the package, making this title long for a Hawkeye/Deadpool animated series that we’ll never get.

For a mini I was willing to write off as a cash grab, I’ve been having a blast reading Hawkeye Vs Deadpool. It’s a fun hero team up/fight book that looks great, is good for a few laughs, and helps fans realize how much growth these two popular characters have gone through thanks to their respected creative teams.

 

Batgirl-36Batgirl #36

Cameron Stewart/Brenden Fletcher/Babs Tarr/Maris Wicks

Dc $2.99

Batgirl’s 2014 soft relaunch continues to impress, with a strong follow up issue to the current creative team’s debut. In this issue, Barbara Gordon’s supporting cast continues to grow, with several new characters introduced, as well as a throw down with a pair of cosplayers turn contract killers on stolen high-tech motorcycles. As someone who loves Barbara Gordon as a character, having her throw down with murderous cosplayers isn’t needed for me to buy your comics, but I appreciate you targeting my tastes.

Judging from what I just wrote, it’s safe to assume that I liked this comic. And I don’t mean to take away from writer Brenden Fletcher, who’s contributions to this book are crucial, but a lot of this book worked for me thanks to the talents of  artists Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr and colorist Maris Wicks. While Burnside is very much a new part of Gotham, the artists really did an excellent job of fleshing out the city and it’s various locales, making it a very believable place. Tarr using a number of fashion blogs for her character designs also helps sell the city, which definitely looks like part of Brooklyn I’ve been to recently.

Maris Wicks’ colors are fantastic. The book definitely pops out thanks to his bright palette and blends well with Tarr’s kinetic pencils, especially when it comes to the book’s climatic fight scenes. I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s the best looking book on the market, but it definitely sticks out on the shelf, and yes,  looks great. And Fletcher’s dialogue is sharp, smart, and manages to tug at the hear at times. It’s a creative team that meshes together well, giving the reader one hell of comics experience

Batgirl continues to be a title I didn’t know I wanted, but glad I now have. It’s been awhile since I’ve been this invested in Barbara Gordon’s life, and this creative team is already batting (not a pun, I swear) .1000 after 2 strong issues. Batgirl is giving my pull list a run for being my current favorite title, which says a lot given how strong comics have been as whole in 2014.

 

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Troy’s Toys, but with Comics: Crimes againist Inhumanity

FPNYC Faithful, I have a sore throat and IT IS THE WORST, PLEASE SEND HELP/A NEW THROAT.

Inhumanity-1-coverInhumanity #1

Matt Fraction/Oliver Coipel/Leinil Yu, Dustin Weaver/ Mark Morales/Laura Martin

Marvel, $3.99, 40 pages

THIS WEEK IN CONFESSIONS: Aside from a few (4) tie-in issues, I pretty much skipped over Infinity these past few months. HOWEVER,  Inhumanity #1 recaps what you need to know quite nicely, so you can enjoy it and still wait for that pricey hardcover to drop in February.

Rumor has it the Inhumans are getting a big push due to FOX having the rights to the X-men movie franchise and Marvel needing something that can be feared and loathed on the big screen for $$$. If that’s the case, Marvel Comics has definitely assembled the right team to get that ball rolling, as Matt Fraction has been on fire for the last year, and his run on the Fantastic Four books has shown that he knows how to write those characters. Pair him with 3 of Marvel strongest artists in the form of Coipel/Yu/Weaver and chances of this book being a hit are good.

And it is! Karnak makes an excellent tragic lead, and Fraction tosses his fan base a nice little bone by throwing in some quality Iron Man and Hawkeye scenes. It’s nice seeing Matt flex some different creative muscles, as this book feels ways different than some of his recent big hits. And Coipel and friends deliver as well, offering some unique visuals and character moments that hit hard. Inhumanity is off to a strong start, and I’m hoping it can keep this level of quality going.

tumblr_mt25ubqonv1qg8i80o1_1280Burn the Orphanage: Born to Lose #2

Sina Grace/Daniel Freedman/John Rauch

Image/ $4.99/32 pages

 

The first issue of BtO:BTL was arguably the best comic of this year that I never asked for. Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman created a nice homage to beat ’em video games and had they ended the series there I would have been pleased. HOWEVER, issue 2 is a homage/parody to fighting games, specifically Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, and YO, I am quite BOUT that!

Everything about this 2nd issue is a step up from the already impressive debut. Grace’s art is less sketchier this time and feels a lot more finished. The script takes a few unique twists, leading to some great fight pieces, cool locales, and really solid jokes. And the fights this time are a lot more brutal, which says a lot considering the 1st book ended with some dude getting his head kicked off. Except to cringe at least twice when reading this.

However, this 2nd issue drops the ball in two area. $5 for 32 pages seem like a lot, especially since this lacks the free digital copies Marvel and DC usually offer for that price range. And the ending is more abrupt than a cliffhanger. Still a great read though, Burn the Orphanage #2 is worth the cash if you want more good indie comics that pay homage to video games.

 

Longshot_Saves_the_Marvel_Universe_Vol_1_3Longshot saves the Marvel Universe #3

Christopher Hastings/Jacopo Camagni/Victor Calderon-Zurita

Marvel, $2.99, 20 pages

With this third issue, Longshot saves has gone in full Dr McNinja territory. The Marvel Universe finds itself at war with various “What-If” variants of themselves, all while the fabric of reality is threatened. Also Senile Magneto may be the character find of the year.

This month’s (or week’s, I have no idea if this mini is monthly or bi-weekly) issue sees Victor Calderon-Zurita help out on pencils, as seen on the cover. Victor’s pencils are very similar to Cagmani’s, although some characters eyes look too big for their skulls are certain times. Still, the book remains a delightful romp, as Chris Hastings knows how to balance action with comedy perfectly. The humor is this book’s strong point, but there’s some moments of badassery too. With an issue left (I think.), it’s been a very fun little mini that I hope sticks it’s landing.

 

 

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I have bought some comics and read one that isn’t even out yet.

I cannot even begin to tell you how HYPE I am that Warren Ellis will be signing at FPNYC in a few short weeks. That’s an insane GET, and something NYCC hasn’t even managed to do yet. I am excited to meet the man who’s written some of the most important comics ever (NEXTWAVE NEXTWAVE), and have him acknowledge my existence, something he’s yet to do on Twitter. #ThanksObama

CaptainMarvel17_FinalCaptain Marvel #17

Kelly Sue DeConnick/ Filipe Andrade

Marvel, $3.99, 30 pages

Confession time: When this issue was originally solicited, I thought it was going to be super cheesy and pandering, given it’s the #CarlCorp issue. I am glad to be so wrong, because this is EASILY the best issue of the run. Shame on me for doubting that which is KSD.

The final issue of the first volume of this series (don’t worry, Carol’s back in March with a brand new #1, pre-order that when you can!) deals with the fall out from the Enemy Within crossover in a very nice done is one. The focus on this issue is Kit, Carol’s “kid sidekick” and Kelly Sue has done a bang-up job of developing her relationship with the good Captain, which serves as the A-plot of this issue. Aside from that, Cap gets a new enemy, a new apartment,  and a new Ms. Marvel, whom you’ve may have heard about by now, makes her official debut. The reason why it’s the Carol Corp issue makes sense once it wraps up, and it’s a very cute and cool shout-out to the awesome fanbase KSD and co. has acquired over the last year and a half. Filipe Andrade is firing on all cylinders with this final issue, as the art is fantastic. It’s clean, kinetic very Eric Canete-esque, which fits the type of book Captain Marvel should be. Jordie Bellaire‘s colors are a little too dark for my liking at some times, but overall she does a great job with em. And Kelly Sue bounces back after 2 less than impressive tie-in issues, ending this volume of Captain Marvel on an impressive.

The hiatus for this title certainly sucks, but it’s needed. KSD is obviously focusing on Pretty Deadly moment, and as great as Andrade is, David Lopez is a great upgrade for this title. Hoping the All-New Marvel Now relaunch will help with the sales with the next volume of Captain Marvel, because this has been a fun ride so far, and I’m excited for more in 2014.

longshot-saves-the-marvel-universe-600x900Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe #1

Christopher Hastings/Jacopo Camangi

Marvel, $2.99, 20 pages

The mini-series you never know you wanted is here and man, I am thrilled.

Longshot is one of those character I’ve always had a soft spot for, and I’m really glad he’s been written well under Peter David in X-Factor. But that story is over, and Christopher Hastings is here to give us the first solo Longshot story in years.

Hastings has written a few Deadpool stories for Marvel over the last couple of years, but is mostly known for his excellent Web-comic Doctor McNinja. Which makes him a PERFECT fit for ol’ Longshot, as he’s put in a very zany, almost Doctor Who-esque scenario. And Jacopo is the perfect fit for this book. His work is very animated and clean, the perfect fit for Hastings’ story. It’s nothing ground breaking so fat, but it’s very fun. Which is pretty much all I want from a Longshot story.

 

UNITY_001_COVER_BRAITHWAITE1ADVANCE REVIEW: UNITY #1

Matt Kindt/ Doug Braithwaite

Valiant, $3.99, 40 pages

Reviewer’s Note: The version of this comic being reviewed is not the print version, but a 40 page PDF supplied by Valiant.

Confession time 2: Up until now, I’ve yet to read a single book published by the new Valiant comics. Sorry gang, but my comics-allowance is limited, and I REALLY like the X-men. It’s a shame, because the company employees a lot of creators I do like, and I’m glad to see it doing well in the market.

Unity, according to the press release supplied by Valiant, is the company’s answer to the Avengers or the Justice League, and is brought about by the actions of X-O Manowar. Not being familiar with Valiant all too much, I really didn’t recognize a lot of the book’s cast, and  Matt Kindt doesn’t exactly bring the reader up to date on all of the characters. That being said, after a slow, kind of confusing start, the book picks up and delivers right until the ending.

Doug Braithwaite is brillant from cover to cover. A great artist, this book really showcases his talents, and Valiant was wise to bring him aboard for this new series/mini-event.  He’s really on the same pages as Kindt when it comes to telling this story, and visually this book couldn’t be better.

Unity is sure to please fans of the current Valiant universe, but people planning to jump into the book/universe for the first time may want to do a bit of research first. I’d go with X-O Manowar volume 1, which is all of $10. But Unity is off to a good start, and things can only get better with Matt and Doug involved.

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