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The Future of Marvel NOW! Is SMASH.

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The Future of Marvel NOW! Is SMASH.

Mark Waid.

Walter Simonson.

April 2013

Avengers Arena #2 Review

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Avengers Arena #2

Rating: 2/5
Publisher Name: Marvel Comics
Publisher’s Site:
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Pencils: Kev Walker
Number of Pages: 24
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:
ANNIHILATION’s Cammi vs. Deathlocket! AVENGER ACADEMY’s Hazmat vs. Deathlocket! But who the heck is Deathlocket? And who dies in this issue?

Reviewer’s Comments:

Thirty seconds have passed since the first issue of Avengers Arena ended. Within two more pages another character will die which will brings the total kills for the series so far up to two. Unfortunately that is the most interesting thing about this issue. AA #2 follows a most unlikely character in the grand scheme of things. One who is new as far as I can tell and is also painfully uninteresting. Her name is Rebecca Ryker aka Deathlocket the daughter of the man who created Deathlock. Rebecca along with the rest of her family was murdered by a rogue reprogrammed Deathlock unit. Of course he father couldn’t allow this to stand. In the end he was only able to bring Becca back but not before SHIELD was able to take him in to custody.

The rest of the book introduces us to the various members of the Braddock Academy. Something like a British version of the Xavier Institute or the Jean Grey School. The Academy is run by Brian Braddock better known as Captain Britain. At this point it’s kind of unclear whether Psylocke has any connection or role there. Does anyone but me find it odd that another school like this exists in the Marvel universe? Having the first mention of it turn up here just feels odd. Some of the new characters we meet have connections to existing heroes. Kid Briton for instance is an alternate universe version of Captain Britain another is Cullen Bloodstone of the Bloodstone monster hunting clan. The rest of the group seem to be of little consequence for the moment.

This issue to be blunt drags on with very little purpose or intent. It’s largely exposition which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but here it takes away from the point of the book. This is supposed to be a free for all not an episode of Dawson’s Creek with super powers. I’m not opposed to building up characters or establishing back stories but a title like this isn’t the place for it. At the very least you shouldn’t devote an entire issue to it. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Deathlocket will have a large role to play in Avengers Arena. They practically force everything about the poor girl down your throat. If she is important to the story that’s fine but there are better ways of fleshing out a character. They could have revealed her back story over a couple issues instead.

So far Avengers Arena is off to a rocky start. Issue 3 is right around the corner maybe it will get the series back on track.

Army of Darkness #8 Review

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Army of Darkness #8

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Dynamite
Publisher’s Site:
Writer: Elliot R. Serrano
Pencils: Edu Menna
Number of Pages: 32
Price: 3.99
Color: Color

Safety Content Label: PARENTAL ADVISORY – 15 years and older.

Publisher’s Blurb:
After facing dark forces in 1970’s Tokyo Japan, Ashley J. Williams finds himself trying to find a way back home and to his own time. But what happens when he gets back to his hometown and encounters himself as…a pre-teen?
Hijinks ensue when the evil of the Necronomicon tries to eliminate the Chosen One before he’s even old enough to get a driver’s license.
It’s an untold tale from the past of everyone’s favorite chainsaw-wielding, deadite-busting hero! Don’t be a primitive screwhead and order your copy today!

Reviewer’s Comments:
So far Army of Darkness has been a hell of a ride. The story has jumped around quite a bit since the series started out. Each issue brought something different to the arc or added a new twist. The last issue was a real shocker and really turned the story on its ear. In AoD #8 we once start off in a fresh time and place. We follow a high school attending teenage Ash who is far from the boom stick toting one line spouting hero we know and love. He’s an indifferent daydreaming D&D playing comic book nerd. Not quite what anyone would have expected.

There are some really well-crafted moments that tie this issue directly in to #’s 6 and 7 but in really unexpected ways. It’s refreshing to get a series that constantly leaves you guessing. It’s obvious that a lot of care has been put in to the book so far. There has also been a crazy amount of fan boy service over the course of the title. A few things we have seen so far include deadite Nazis, time travel, alternate reality versions of Ash and ninjas. I have basically given up trying to guess what Elliot Serrano will throw at us next.

The art here is kind of hit and miss, specifically in regards to character models. There were a few times in the issue where young Ash’s appearance seemed to be really inconsistent. Another small but forgivable gripe was overly dark panels on a few pages. These things didn’t ruin the book by any means but can definitely take you out of the moment as your reading it. One other thing that bugged me was characterization. While I knew I was following Ash through the story it just didn’t feel like they captured his voice. When I’m reading an Army of Darkness comic every line that Ash throws out should feel like Bruce Campbell is delivering it. Here it just doesn’t feel that way.

To wrap it up a good issue added on to a series that is really strong. While there were some small problems they were ultimately forgivable. I’m looking forward to where issue 9 takes us.

Valiant Entertainment Appoints Dinesh Shamdasani to CEO

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Valiant Entertainment today announced that co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani has been elected CEO, and founding CEO Jason Kothari has been appointed Vice Chairman of Valiant’s Board.

“The foundation for Valiant has been rebuilt after years of dedicated efforts from our team. I look forward to handing the duties of CEO to my talented co-founder and good friend Dinesh, and to serving the company as Vice Chairman to help pave the way for Valiant’s future growth,” said Mr. Kothari.

As Valiant’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Mr, Shamdasani has been responsible for overseeing the creative direction of Valiant’s comic and film projects, and has been an integral leader in the day-today operations of the company. In his new role as CEO, he will retain his current duties, in addition to assuming the responsibilities of Valiant’s chief executive office.

“Valiant had a stellar year in 2012 – one that exceeded all of our internal targets and broader expectations in the industry at large. The Board welcomes both Dinesh and Jason in their new roles” said Valiant Chairman Peter Cuneo. “Valiant’s Board and management team are energized to build on the company’s exciting pace of growth in publishing, media, and beyond.”

With Mr. Kothari as CEO, Valiant Entertainment successfully acquired the Valiant library, assembled a talented management team, and raised multiple rounds of financing from strategic investors, culminating in Valiant’s hugely successful 2012 return to comics publishing. Over the course of the past year, the company has continued to expand in comics, licensing and film, including the development of a slate of major motion pictures in partnership with leading producers and writers.

“Over the course of five years, Jason laid the foundation that became the basis for all of Valiant’s strengths,” said Mr. Shamdasani. “With the company now firmly established, we look forward to furthering Valiant’s mission in the coming months and years. We couldn’t be more excited about what’s coming next.”

The Future of Marvel NOW! Is EXPLOSIVE – TEASER!

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The Future of Marvel NOW! Is EXPLOSIVE - TEASER!

Daniel Way.

Phil Noto.

March 2013

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