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Spider-Men #1 Review

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Spider-Men #1

Rating: 3/5

Publisher Name: Marvel Comics

Publisher Website: www.marvel.com

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Sara Pichelle

Colorist: Justin Ponsor

Number of Pages: 22

Price: 3.99

Safety Content Label: Teen

Publisher Blurb:

History is made as Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales meets the one and only Peter Parker, your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man!

Reviewers Comments:

I’ve been a long time fan of Spider-Man since the age of twelve. Over the years I’ve had the honor—nay, the privilege—of experiencing many of Peter Parker’s pleasures and pains. And as a reader I’ve been there for some of the character’s triumphs as well as his lows which include the God forsaken “Clone Saga” storyline and dare I say it, “One More Day.” It was due to the latter story-arch that I stopped reading Amazing Spider-Man as I felt that my heart was broken once too many times.

Now that’s not to say that I’ve given up on my monthly Spider-Man fix as I like to check in on the character through his many other appearances around the 616 and Ultimate Universes… and in the case of the Ultimate version it isn’t even Peter Parker behind the mask. So as most fans of either Spider-Man can attest the possibly of Peter Parker and Miles Morales meeting is huge. However, in the first issue of this five issue limited series that isn’t necessary the case.

The majority of issue #1 is spent with Peter Parker Spider-Man as he does what he normally does; i.e., catching regular criminals which wouldn’t be a problem except the title of this comic is Spider-Men… men, plural. I realize that there needs to be some set-up to justify the two Spider-Men meeting but when Peter Parker dominates 99% of the pages of the premiere issue it feels as if Miles Morales is more of a secondary minor character and not a co-star. With the lack of balance between Peter and Miles, plus what propels the 616 Spider-Man throughout this issue feels a bit mundane and coincidental, it’s very difficult to get emotional invested in the story as well as the lead characters.

Basically the biggest problem in this issue is that not much happens. It’s got a great premise and there’s plenty of story potential with Peter Parker and Miles Morales coming face-to-face, but as of issue #1, it just feels like an average issue of Spider-Man. Damn decompression! As a Spider-Man junkie, I look forward to seeing where this story goes, however, I wish this issue would have went a little further.




VALIANT Unleashes NINJAK In X-O MANOWAR #5

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VALIANT Unleashes NINJAK In X-O MANOWAR #5

VALIANT Unleashes NINJAK In X-O MANOWAR #5

X-O MANOWAR VS. NINJAK. TWO HEROES. ONE PRIZE. The hunt for the world’s most wanted weapon is on this September in X-O Manowar #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new arc for Valiant’s critically acclaimed, chart-topping series from New York Times bestselling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and fan favorite artist Lee Garbett (Batman R.I.P.)! The perfect jumping on point for the summer’s hottest series starts here!

X-O Manowar has landed on Earth – and now the world’s most lethal intelligence agent has a new target. But who is the operative known as Ninjak? And who – or what – has marked Aric of Dacia for death by his blade? Find out when the all-new, all-ruthless Ninjak makes his shocking debut – and cuts his way to the forefront of the Valiant Universe!

Jump on board the most lauded return in comics as two legends of the Valiant Universe collide for the first time this September, only in X-O Manowar #5 – featuring covers by superstar artists Mico Suayan, Philip Tan and Patrick Zircher, and the first appearance of Ninjak, co-created by Joe Quesada, Mark Moretti and Bob Layton!

And find out where the twin destinies of Aric of Dacia and the X-O Manowar armor began when the 40-page X-O Manowar #1 Second Printing Wraparound Variant arrives on June 20th! Discover why this is the series that has [1]IGN.com raving, “[Hold] on to your butts, because this is a world worth jumping into.”




ARCHIE UNVEILS FIONA STAPLES VARIANT COVER

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ARCHIE UNVEILS FIONA STAPLES VARIANT COVER

Archie Comics News: ARCHIE UNVEILS FIONA STAPLES VARIANT COVER TO LIFE WITH ARCHIE #24 – FEATURING THE RETURN OF JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS!

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Your First Look at NEW AVENGERS #28

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Your First Look at NEW AVENGERS #28

Fanboy Buzz and Marvel are proud to present your first look at New Avengers #28, an epic tie in to Avengers VS. X-Men from the blockbuster creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato! With the Phoenix Five pursuing and imprisoning Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it’s up to the New Avengers to stage a prison break! But can Luke Cage, Hawkeye, and Spider-Woman escape from the heart of X-Men territory? It’s non-stop action in New Avengers #28, coming to comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this July.

NEW AVENGERS #28 (MAY120651)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Pencils & Cover by MICHAEL DEODATO

FOC – 6/18/2012, On Sale – 7/11/2012




Classic Comic Review #9 : Wonder Woman Odyssey Volume One

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Why am I reviewing older comics?

Well because I’m still sorta new at this and I’m trying to catch up on reading the ones that I wasn’t able to read growing up.  Also there are many people out there who are either new to comics or are seasoned pros who may want to revisit some of the older stuff. In fact these comics never get old. Besides, there are many people out there who are reviewing the new comics. So without further ado, I give you this week’s Classic Comic Review…

Wonder Woman Odyssey Volume One June 2011 (I’m breaking my rule again but remember I have a little bit of Loki in me!)

Publisher: DC Comics

Writers: J. Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester

Pencillers: Don Kramer, Eduardo Pansica, Allan Goldman, Daniel HDR

Inkers: Micahel Babinski, Jay Leisten, Ruy Jose, Scott Koblish, Wayne Faucher, Eber Ferreira, Marlo Alquiza

Colorist: Alex Sinclair

Letterer: Travis Lahham

Associate Editor: Sean Ryan

Editor: Brain Cunningham

Covers: Kramer , Babinksi with Sinclair

Variant Covers: Alex Garner

Wonder Woman Created by William Moulton Marston

An excellent way to read comics (especially if you’re low on cash), is to head to your local library. That is how I found this book. I have heard of it before and since I’m reading the DC’s New 52 Wonder Woman (which is an excellent, excellent comic!) and I definitely wanted to check this one out.

This storyline is its own and doesn’t follow any continuity. The plot starts out with Wonder Woman caught between two worlds-one of her Amazonian past and the one which she presently exists in. Something happened in the past that altered the timeline and caused the Amazons to fall. Their queen-Diana’s mother-is dead while the rest of her people are have been slaughtered or scattered to the four corners of the earth. Diana has been raised hidden from those who continue to stamp out the rest of the Amazons and is a now a young woman who must protect the surviving Amazons, find out what happened in the past to have caused her present existence in order to fight , defeat, and change it.

I enjoyed reading this first volume and I’m looking forward to reading the second volume-which is out now-the ending definitely left me wanting to know how this story ends. It’s an excellent and amazing story. The art is beautiful. So next time when you visit your local library find out if they have a collection of comics. You’ll never know what you’ll find!

If you have any classic comics that you want me to review please email me at taliadina@gmail.com. Remember comics must have been published before 2010 (though on occasion the Loki side of me will bend this rule a little).




ARCHAIA ANNOUNCES RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN: SPECIAL EDITION

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ARCHAIA ANNOUNCES RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN: SPECIAL EDITION

ARCHAIA ANNOUNCES RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN: SPECIAL EDITION

New printing of the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel will contain new extras, stories, and never-before-seen artwork

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 14, 2012) ­ On the heels of the news that the second printing has sold out at the distributor level, Archaia Entertainment announced today its plans to publish the Return of the Dapper Men: Special Edition, a brand-new printing of the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel that will contain new extras, stories, and never-before-seen artwork.

Return of the Dapper Men is an enchanting, all-ages, original graphic novel created by writer Jim McCann (Mind the Gap) and illustrator Janet K. Lee (The Wonderland Alphabet) about a faraway land where time has stopped and grown-ups don¹t exist‹just children who don¹t age and machines that have come to life. All that is disrupted when 314 dapper-looking gentlemen rain down on the land, intent on starting time up again and causing a ripple effect that affects everyone¹s lives. Featuring a Foreword written by TV personality and fashion consultant Tim Gunn, the graphic novel received critical acclaim for its storytelling and distinct art style‹each page by Lee is, in itself, a work of art, an elaborate decoupage glued onto a wooden board and coated with protective varnish. The book earned many accolades and was awarded the ultimate honor when it won the 2011 Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album. Return of the Dapper Men: Special Edition will feature a new-look cover with the official Eisner Award seal, and will contain the exclusive reprintings of the two Dapper Men short stories that appeared in Archaia¹s Free Comic Book Day publications in 2011 and 2012, as well as never-before-seen artwork from Lee. The book will serve as the perfect run-up to the forthcoming sequel, Time of the Dapper Men (2013).

³For the first time, fans can get ALL of the stories from the Dapper universe so far in one volume‹not only can they read the original story, they can also enjoy two tales that were only available previously for Free Comic Book Day,² said Lee. ³In addition, we¹re excited to include never-before-published Dapper artwork and behind-the-scenes concept art. The Return of the Dapper Men: Special Edition is a Œspecial¹ way to get ready for the next volume, Time of the Dapper Men, which is coming in 2013!²

³When we knew we had to go back to press on Return of the Dapper Men for a third time, we thought, why not make it extra special? New fans will still be able to appreciate the Dapper Men universe, while existing ones can have a new experience with never-before-seen material,² said Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy.

Return of the Dapper Men: Special Edition (hardcover, full color, 128 pages, $29.95, 9.5² x 11², ISBN 978-1-936393-91-6) is scheduled for release in August 2012 and is available for pre-order now through comic book shops (Diamond Order Code JUN12 0796) and wherever books are sold. Limited-edition copies autographed by McCann and Lee will be available at the Archaia booth (#2635) at San Diego Comic-Con, July 12-15, 2012, while supplies last. A leather-bound version of the previous edition is available now for order exclusively through comic book shops and the Archaia webstore.

About Archaia Archaia is a multi award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, The Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry¹s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain¹t it Cool News, Graphic Policy and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations and two Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.


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