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Dark Avengers #185 Review

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Dark Avengers #185

Rating: 5/5
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Jeff Parker
Pencils: Neil Edwards
Number of Pages: 22
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:
Skaar, Moonstone & Ragnarok go to war with the deadly Dr. Strange! “The Witch” Dr. June Covington is turned loose in Tony Stark’s Frankensteinian Laboratory. Her first subject? Ragnarok!

Reviewer’s Comments:
Jeff Parker really kicks things in to high gear in this issue and that’s a really good thing. When we last left the splintered team Skaar and Moonstone were at the mercy of Doctor Strange. Meanwhile June Covington the Dark Scarlet Witch has been manipulating Hank Pym into restoring the rest of the team to health. Doctor Strange has put a plan in motion to pit his enemies against each other. Using Moonstone disguised as Captain Marvel to attack the Yancy street territory and it’s leader the thing while simultaneously sending Skaar to attack Iron Man. Elsewhere in Pym’s labs Covington has begun to “improve” the members of the team who are out of commission. Including brain surgery on Thor’s clone Ragnarok and bringing about the return of John Walker as U.S. Agent. Repairing his missing arm and leg but things may not be all that they seem and there may be a hefty price to pay.

There is a lot of action in this issue and a lot of development character wise. We really start to get a feel for the earth the group is stranded on and it is a stark contrast to the regular Marvel universe. It’s not yet clear what happened that caused the schism between all these heroes but it’s obvious it has changed the face of the New York and the planet. So far the Dark Avengers have had little impact but it’s obvious we are building toward a huge conflict.

Things for this series are really starting to look up. I was very apprehensive when the book split from the Thunderbolts but now I’m starting to come around. I’m really hoping that U.S. Agent steps in as team leader and points the group in the right direction or maybe manipulates them whatever works. It’s obvious this world needs heroes, and these villains may just be the right ones for the job.

Tomorrow Jones #2 Review

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Tomorrow Jones #2

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Self-published
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Writer: Brian Daniel
Artist: Johan Manandin
Number of Pages: 28
Price: 1.99
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:
Tomorrow Jones, 14 years-old and the second child in a family of superheroes. After witnessing a bank robbery in progress in issue #1, Tomorrow used her incredible strength to intervene. Not wanting to hide her identity, Tomorrow reveals her name to the crowd of witnesses. However, her parents are none too happy about their daughter’s public display of her powers. It looks like Tomorrow may be grounded indefinitely. That is until her mother Astraea’s worst enemy Dementa comes tearing into town. Can Tomorrow prove she can fight crime her way, or is Dementa more of a challenge that she can handle?

Reviewer’s Comments:
Issue 1 was a fine start. There were loads of information given and characters introduced, all done in an entertaining matter. But I feel like this issue is where the story really starts. Where issue 1 focused on the titular character’s distaste of secret identities, her using her powers for the first time, and a final page with a reveal to rival “I am Ironman”, issue 2 is where we get to see some of the repercussions. We see how Tomorrow’s revelation effects the media, her school, and, most importantly, her family(Especially her mother, Astraea, my favorite character so far).

The first thing I said when I heard about this project was “It kind of sounds like something Joss Whedon would come up with”. Two issues in and I still feel that’s the closest comparison as far as comic bigwigs go(coming from me, a Whedon comparison is a HUGE compliment).

According to Google, the only other comic project I’m seeing by writer Brian Daniel is a webcomic called “Shifter”. Honestly, the storytelling, pacing, and dialogue in Tomorrow Jones feel like they were written by someone with a lot more experience. This should bode well for Daniel’s future in the industry.

I found even less while searching artist Johan Manandin, whose style I am loving so far. The art of Tomorrow Jones, both the appearance and the sense of storytelling, seem like a marriage between the American comic and a Japanese manga. It works really well with the overall tone of the story.

I hope to see more from both of these creators.

Lately, there has been a giant outcry for diversity in comics(namely for more representation of “real” women, minorities, and the LGBT community), and while I agree with the outcry in general, the majority of comics I read that attempt to answer that outcry feel like they’re forced and/or pandering to specific groups for sales. Tomorrow Jones in definitely an exception. While there is no strong representation for LGBT or minorities(so far at least, this is only issue 2, after all), there is a strong female lead who, for better or worse, is going to do things her way. She’s not over-sexed and doesn’t feel like a male fantasy. She feels real.
It’s just refreshing to see a comic that empowers a lead female character in a realistic way without feeling like the writer is trying to find easy sells to a niche audience.

Bottom line(cause Stonecold said so): Tomorrow Jones is a fun comic. It mixes real emotions with a lighthearted tone. The pacing is perfect and the dialogue flows amazingly. If this sounds enticing, consider scrolling up and clicking the publisher’s website. If this sounds enticing to you and you’re one of the folks who have been a part of the outcry for better female representation in comics, don’t consider scrolling up and clicking, just do it. A better comic will be hard for someone with this agenda to find.

#151 – Fanboy Buzz – Apparently Mics Have Bowels Too

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In this Stephen-less (and partially Steve-less) episode, we start off with a discussion about what makes not-so-good actors ok, and just terrible actors bad. After that we roll into the news to discussion Warner Brother winning big in the Superman legal case and how some fans have a created a petition to cancel Avengers Arena. This segues perfectly into our Issue to Issue where we review Avengers Arena #1, Green Lantern #15 and Superior Spider-Man #1. In a special edition of the CCL Pick of the Week, Steve reviews Star Wars #1 by Dark Horse. Finally, JS concludes the show with another fashion-driven episode of Cocky Cosplay. Call us at 239-244-2899 and leave us a voicemail or tweet!

Genre: Comic Book Podcast | Updates: Weekly | Duration: 123 minutes | Subscribe: RSS Feed

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