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Nightwing #8 Review

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Nightwing #8

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Pencils: Eddy Barrows
Number of Pages: 32 pgs
Price: 2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
A lead-in to next month’s thrilling “Night of the Owls” Batman event! With the Owls descending upon Gotham City, the fate of the city’s leader rests on the shoulders of Nightwing! But as our hero embarks on a mission to rescue Mayor Hady, just how do Cameron Kane and turn-ofthe-century Gotham City factor in? Plus: the untold story of William Cobb – the Talon who’s hunting Bruce Wayne!

Reviewer’s Comments:
Issue eight is one of the best issues of Kyle Higgins’ run on the title. It hits spot on an interesting dynamic between a talon and Nightwing. Higgins knows how to make it personal, and oh, does he ever do it…..

Issue eight picks up back in Gates of Gotham. To be specific, it is Gotham City in 1910. The narrator introduces us to the story he is about to tell: it is one of love. He remarks how he was not a true son of Gotham or being a descendant of a Wayne, Cobblepot, Elliot, or Crowne who are the elites of Gotham. To survive, this kid begs for money out in the street where many times he is performing some act such as juggling. This is much to the dismay of his mother who is not too happy about him doing this seeing it as embarrassing. He feels though he had no other choice when his family is not taking in much income to survive. However, one night a man steals something from the young boy, and throws a baseball at him. It turns out this man works for Haley’s Circus, seems to be a talon, and wants the young kid to join along. The narrative then moves back to the present day where Dick is investigating the Rossini murder that involved one of his Escrima sticks. As Dick is getting closer, Alfred calls upon the entire Bat family as the talons are getting ready to kill all of Gotham’s influential people. Dick goes off to protect Mayor Hady after he informs Alfred of this. As Dick is on his way, one of the talons makes his way there, and slices the head off of one of the councilmen meeting with the mayor. Luckily, Dick gets there in time to stop the talon before he gets to the mayor. We then move back to 1910. The narrator reflects about how the Haly’s Circus man had his eye on the young kid for weeks. His mother also was not fond to hear he’d been begging in the street. However, as he developed in the Circus, he became quite good and famous as a result. One night, he met Amelia Crowne, the daughter of Mr. Crowne, and they fell madly in love with one another. The narrative moves back to Dick’s fight with the talon. Then, the narrator remarks how everything was stripped in the months after Amelia and him feel in love. After taking out the talon, the mayor remarks he has been killed. However, Dick notes he was already dead, and cannot be killed after that. However, the talon regenerates stabbing Dick with three knives, and the narrator reveals who he is……

This issue is perhaps one of my favorite issues of the series. Kyle Higgins is doing an excellent job of moving the narrative along. He knows Dick, and is certainly making use of this event wisely to develop Dick further as a character. Eddy Barrows is just amazing. He can do almost anything with his art, and he continues to nail every inch of this book completely. Not only do I look forward to seeing what comes next, I also do not want to see this team go anywhere but here….




#110 – Fanboy Buzz

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#110 - Fanboy Buzz

During this (almost) Canadian free podcast we’ll chat about iTunes reviews and how we spark discussion on them, Lord of the Rings coming to comics and Shia Lebeouf creating comic books of his own. Speaking of which, Scott shares his personal experience he had with Shia. Being fresh back from C2E2 Jason will give his convention report including some live clips and interviews he recorded from the event. In our issues section Steve makes Walking Dead 95 his CCL pick of the week, Jason brings the return of Hellblazer and Rapid Fire Reviews and during Issue to Issue we’ll review Secret #1, Saga #2 and Scarlet Spider #4. Finally Scott has round two of Nerd Rage pitting Thor against Blackbolt and Wally West vs Barry Allen. Call us at 239-244-2899 or email podcast@fanboybuzz.com

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Secret #1 Review Review

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Secret #1 Review

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Image Comics
Publisher Websitehttp://www.imagecomics.com

Writer: Johnathon Hickman
Pencils: Ryan Bodenheim
Number of Pages: 22
Price: 3.50
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: PARENTAL ADVISORY – 15 years and older. Similar to T+ but featuring more mature themes and/or more graphic imagery.

Publisher’s Blurb:

A man gets shot in London, a law firm gets broken into in Washington, an accountant gives away the password to his computer, and something put to sleep 20 years ago awakens. What’s the unsavory relationship all these things share, and how could it bring down two of the largest governments in the history of the world?

Review:

What is it about a mystery that keeps one coming back for more? One could say that it’s which one doesn’t know, it’s information that might in fact be useless, but it’s something that needs to be discovered. It’s simply wanting to know the unknown. Secret, much like the title suggest has abundance of perplexity going for itself from the opening page involving a home invasion, to the end of the first issue to keep one entangled.

Without giving anything away (like I even know what’s going on at this point), Jonathan Hickman dangles the proverbial carrot in front of the reader and ask them to take the bait. Perhaps a better analogy, is that Hickman’s a poker player who is not letting on that he’s holding a Royal Flush and he’s simply biding his time until all the other players at the table either fold their hands or reveal their cards before he lays down his own cards. With this first issue, Hickman has a strong poker face and in many ways is daring the reader to guess and/or jump to conclusions about where the remainder of the series is headed.

Speaking of trying to figure out where the series is ultimately going, Secret, brings together an ensemble cast on par with many Hollywood films such as Pulp Fiction or The Usual Suspects. Much like Hickman’s recent work on FF, there is a wealth of colorful characters packed within the 22-pages of the comic, from Grant Miller, a employee of Steadfast Security Holdings to Roger Dunn, the poor unfortunate sap who losses a tooth thanks in large part to a home invader and a pair of needle nose pliers.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention one issue that I had with Secret that relates with the plot of the story, more sufficiently, the fact that there are a few moments that come across as cliché. One such moment has to deal with the character of Mrs. White and her the action she takes in the issue to move to plot along. Without getting into spoiler territory what Mrs. White executes (i.e., breaking and entering) in this issue has been done countless times in both movies and television. Now, I’m more than willing to give this particular issue the benefit of the doubt as the comic has great potential to turn those clichés on their ear and do something that is bold and exciting.

Overall, Secret, has a lot going for it in terms of storytelling as well as the art direction and the use of muted colors and tones throughout the issue which gives the comic a distinct style. There also appears to be a short and long con at play which possibly plays into foreshadowing of where this story is eventually going. Secret is conceivably more than the sum of it’s part and I look forward to the next issue to see what Jonathan Hickman has up his sleeve.




Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-series #4: Leonardo Review

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-series #4: Leonardo

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: IDW
Publisher Website: http://www.idwpublishing.com/

Writer: Brian Lynch
Pencils: Ross Campbell
Colors: Jay Fotos
Number of Pages: 32
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
The final Turtle Micro-series is here! Leonardo, the eldest brother, has always valued honor and discipline. These noble qualities may not be enough against the most fearsome opponents he has encountered—the ruthless Foot Clan! That’s right, the first battle between Turtle and Foot happens RIGHT HERE! This story also leads into the next ongoing story-arc. Don’t miss this essential issue!

Reviewer’s Comments:
I love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I grew up watching the cartoon, playing with the toys with my cousin, playing the video games (who doesn’t love the arcade game?) and of course I’ve seen all the live action and animated films. Little did I know that my favorite green band of brothers started out as a comic book! I found that out when I went to my local comic book shop and picked up a free copy of the 25th anniversary first issue of the comic that started it all.
When I learned that IDW was publishing a new TMNT series well I had to start reading it. Granted, this series isn’t as dark as the original but so far the story has been great with its mixture of new and old. And on top of that there’s the micro series which features each one of the turtles in their own adventure and next issue, Master Splinter will be debuting his own story so I’m super excited.
This issue spotlights the leader of the team Leonardo. If you’ve been ready the ongoing (and if you haven’t spoiler alert!) the turtles were attacked by mousers in their lair which were being controlled by Hob-the mutant cat-. The brothers were overwhelmed by the mousers and Hob was able to kidnapped Splinter. Leonardo and his brothers split up to try and track down their father.
At the start of his search, Leo is high up on a construction site deep in thought about his family’s past, when he’s suddenly attacked by a group of ninjas. He ends up protecting a homeless woman from them and then he fights their leader who’s not impressed by Leo’s fighting and defeats him soundly sending Leo into a garbage bin. Is it possible that these ninjas might be the Foot Clan and their leader the Shredder? Guess we’ll have to keep reading to find out.
Writer Brian Lynch did an excellent job getting readers into the mind of the turtles’ fearless leader. The art in my humble opinion was okay. I enjoyed the action scenes throughout-even though Leo was getting his butt kicked-but I didn’t like Ross Campbell’s depiction of Leonardo. It such a different contrast to the way the other turtles have been illustrated in the micro series.
Overall this was a good book and the micro series is still going strong.




Avengers vs X-Men 2 Review

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Avengers vs X-Men 2

AvX #2 (Marvel Comics)

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Marvel Comics
Publisher Websitehttp://www.marvelcomics.com

Writer: Jason Aaron

Pencils: John Romita Jr.

Colorist: Laura Martin

Number of Pages: 22
Price: 3.99

Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

“Round Two”

Publisher’s Blurb:
As the opening shot is fired, The Avengers storm the beach of Utopia, and the Phoenix draws ever nearer to Earth! But which side will Wolverine fight on? And what choice will Hope make that will change the direction and scope of the conflict dramatically?

Reviewer Comments:
Although issue #1 was titled “Round One,” this is the issue where the fight truly begins. Red Hulk vs. Colossus. Namor vs. Thing. Black Panther vs. Storm. Iron Man vs. Emma Frost. Cyclops vs. Captain America. It’s like being a kid pitting your favorite toys against one another in a make believe Battle Royale. If you’re a fan of the punching and kicking than this is the place to be.

Jason Aaron takes the reigns of the writing chores for this issue, and like Brian Michael Bendis in the issue before him, he has many characters to juggle. Aaron maintains the balance of characterization and plot with the use of a third-person narrator that captures the essence of the collective Avengers and X-Men on hand (with a few hiccups here and there) while allowing his own voice to shine through. Besides the macro story—the Phoenix Force steamrolling towards Earth—Aaron displays a wherewithal to allow for several micro stories to develop, which may be picked up in following issues of this series or the Versus book that will be released in conjunction with AvX. One such plot thread that arose in this issue relates to a scene between the Wakandan King and his Queen. Without giving away the details of their encounter there’s certainly a story that needs further exploration.

Now, as far as the macro story is concerned, the team of Aaron and John Romita Jr. do an exceptional, no, an impeccable job of making the battle between the X-Men and Avenger appear larger than life. With mutants  magicians, web-slingers and Prince of the Sea all in conflict, there is a relative balance in terms of the major players in this brew-ha-ha and minor players. That in no way means that some of the lesser characters don’t get their moments in AvX, it’s just the bulk of page (and panel) space is reserved for the big boys, so to speak.

One thing that as a reviewer and fanboy that I must wonder aloud: okay, if Hope’s mutant ability is to mimic any mutant’s power and the Phoenix Force isn’t a mutant but in fact an entity; however, a mutant once bonded to that entity’s raw power, wouldn’t it imply that the Phoenix Force coming towards Earth is attached to a mutant, say maybe uh, Jean Grey? Guess that’s one of a thousands of inquiries that will continue to come out of AvX as each issue rolls off the presses.

Marvel’s marketing campaign for AvX has hinged upon fans choosing a side, be it the Mighty Avengers or the Uncanny X-Men. However, unlike Civil War, where the battle line was drawn based on who was pro- or anti-(hero) registration, the line is a bit more convoluted in regards to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Children of the Atom. (Besides, I gravitated to the X-Men when I first got into comics and it wasn’t until my teenage years (and with the help of Kurt Busiek) that I became an Avengers fan.) So, instead of going to bat for a particular side I find myself rooting for certain characters. Overall, I think that’s the true genius of AvX and I eagerly look forward to the next issue in this enormous clash. 




Wonder Woman #8 Review

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Wonder Woman #8

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Publisher Website: www.dccomics.com

Writer: Brian Azzarello
Pencils: Cliff Chiang
Inks: Cliff Chiang
Colors: Cliff Chiang
Number of Pages: 32
Price: 2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
To march on Hell itself, you’re going to need some sensational weapons – and Wonder Woman intends to call in a few family favors to get them! Armor of Hephaestus? Check. The pistols of Eros? Check! But will any of it be enough to wrest an innocent soul from the grasp of Hades? And what does Hermes know that Diana doesn’t…yet?

Reviewer’s Comments:
I became a fan of Wonder Woman from watching the two Justice League animated series and I wanted to start reading her comics but didn’t know where to start. Thankfully, DC came out with the new 52. So far, I’m loving writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang’s run! It’s an excellent series both visually and story wise, and issue eight is no different.

First of all let’s start with the cover. All of the covers for each issue in this series have been amazing, and this cover doesn’t disappoint. This is a good example of a cover that catches the reader’s eye and this would definitely grab a person’s attention who hasn’t been reading Wonder Woman. The artwork throughout the book is fantastic, Chiang as always does his thing. I love the way how Chiang draws Hades. Besides Wonder Woman, he’s my favorite Chiang drawn character.
Wonder Woman and Hermes go straight to hell in order to rescue Zola from Hades’ imprisonment. There are some deep and morbid truths that are revealed as well as ass kicking performed both by Wonder Woman and Hermes along the way. At the end of the story-spoiler alert-somebody dies leaving an excellent cliffhanger for what will happen next issue.

The only complaint that I have is there’s no mention or closure about what was revealed about the Amazons last issue. I know this was a point of conflict for a lot of readers of the book and I hope that Azzarello resolves it soon.
Overall this book was great and I’m looking forward to what future issues will bring.






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