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Marvel’s ‘Last Days’ Are Upon Us

The LAST DAYS Come For More Heroes This June!

‘Ms. Marvel’, ‘Silver Surfer’, ‘The Punisher’ & ‘Black Widow’ Begin Their LAST DAYS Story Arcs!

The skies grow dark and the end is nigh. Everything they know is about to come to an end. Fledgling heroes, soldiers and beings of pure cosmic energy alike face the end this June. And there is no coming back. Today, Marvel is pleased to present the first issues of four blockbuster LAST DAYS stories, leading in to the highly-anticipated Secret Wars. Beginning in June, be there as these heroes face their final hours and the obliteration of the Marvel Universe! Continue reading Marvel’s ‘Last Days’ Are Upon Us

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: February 4th, 2015

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: December 17th, 2014

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Taylor’s Top 5 Comics of 2014

It’s that time of year again, dear readers: time to ring in the new year by taking stock of the old. With this in mind, those of us here at OG have been busy looking back at all that 2014 had to offer and separating the good from the best. And since comics are kind of our bread and butter, we’ve got quite  few opinions on those. This is true for me as well, so it’s time for me to put in my two cents by ranking the best of the best from our favorite medium. So without further ado, let’s take a look at my picks for the Top 5 comics of 2014! Continue reading Taylor’s Top 5 Comics of 2014

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: October 15th, 2014

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: September 10th, 2014

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Review: Ms. Marvel #5

Title: Ms. Marvel #5
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Adrian Alphona
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $2.99

For those of you who haven’t been checking out the new Ms. Marvel, you really need to start. Not just because it showcases a heroine from a Muslim background that rarely gets any representation in super hero books, though it does do that. Not just because it is empowering for teenage girls, though it is also that. People should be picking up this comic because it is all these things while also being one of the most genuinely charming, heartfelt, and all around fun titles on the shelves today.

Our story here picks up in the middle of Kamala’s first ever super hero “mission,” as she attempts to rescue her best friend’s miscreant brother from the clutches of the enigmatic Inventor and his gang. She quickly finds out, though, that she has bitten off more than she can chew, and is forced to retreat. In her defeat, though, we get to see her do something special: we get see her grow.

Throughout this first story-arch, we have been watching Kamala struggling, not only to adapt to her newly acquired shape-shifting powers, but to figure out who she is and who she wants to be, as we all have struggled to do at times. Kamala in particular has had to deal with the conflict of wanting to fit while staying true to herself, a choice made more literal when she gained the power to change her own face to mimic her idle, Carol Danvers. Indeed, she admits that her desire to conform to expectations was what drove her to charge into the villain’s stronghold in the first place, because “isn’t that what heroes do?” So it is that she is forced to sneak home, defeated, but is lifted back up (mostly) by her father, who reminds that she doesn’t have to be anyone other than herself.

Kamala’s moment with her father is an extremely powerful one that will likely resonate with many readers. Through them, she is able to come to an important moment of clarity: she shouldn’t try to be an imitation of someone else, but rather the best version of herself. One Training Montage and Internal Monologue later, she is able to fight the villains and stand proudly in the open as Jersey City’s new masked protector.

What makes this story so special is way the creative team infuse life and soul into the characters. Wilson gives Kamala an adorkable personality, and you just can’t help but root for her as she lives out a struggle that all of us relate to on some level, even with the shape-shifting powers and all. And all of this is handled beautifully by the talented Adrian Alphona, who thrives drawing Kamala’s powers, believably human emotions, and the nuanced details of the environment all simultaneously. This creative collaboration is perfectly suited to the story they are telling, with truly exceptional results.

Ms. Marvel is a book with a lot of heart, one that’s not afraid to be lighthearted and fun. It hits home with a simple but powerful message that we all need to be reminded of every now and then, expertly delivered. This comic is a real breath of fresh air, and one that you should most certainly experience for yourself.

Verdict: 5 out of 5

COVERED: June 25th, 2014

Sometimes you just want to see hot comic book shelf porn. Well, we’ve got you COVERED! Here’s the best comic book covers of the week.

Adventures of Superman #14 by JockAdventures of Superman 14

All-New Ghost Rider #4 variant by Felipe SmithAll-New Ghost Rider 4 Smith Variant

All-New Ultimates #4 by David NakayamaAll-New Ultimates #24

Aquaman #32 Bombshells variant by Ant LuciaAquaman 32 Bombshell Variant

Fantastic Four #6 by Leonard KirkFantastic Four 6

Justice League #31 Batman ’66 Variant by Mike AllredJustice League 31 Variant

Ms. Marvel #5 by Adrian AlphonaMs. Marvel 5

Savage Hulk #1 75th Anniversary variant by Alex RossSavage Hul 1 Ross Cover

The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #30 by Guido GuidiTransformers Dawn of the Autobots #30 variant

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: June 25th, 2014

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Jules: Trees #2

I’m beyond stoked on the idea of this issue being in my hands. The first issue was an absolute brilliant start to what I expect to be the best title of 2014! Warren Ellis just delivers the weird in the best ways, and this is another example of it! Jason Howard’s art is just the perfect for this honest Sci-Fi story. Pick it up and grab the first issue if you haven’t!

Trees 2

TREES #2
story: WARREN ELLIS
art / cover: JASON HOWARD
JUNE 25 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99
An Arctic research station. An Italian coastal town with an occult legacy. A new city in China. The future is being written in these places, in the shadow of a strange alien invasion that has become a historical mystery.


Taylor: Ms. Marvel #5

This week brings us the release of what I think is the best new series to come out of Marvel in a very long time. This issue will feature a major milestone in the super-hero career of Kamala Khan, as it will feature her first major dust-up with super-villainy. I look forward to seeing how it all plays out, and am confident that this title will continue to charm.

Ms Marvel 5
MS. MARVEL #5
G. Willow Wilson (WRITER) • Adrian Alphona (ARTIST)
• How does a young girl from Jersey City become the next biggest super hero?
• Kamala has no idea either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99


Christian: Batman #32

A lot of people have shared the opinion that Zero Year, the retelling of Batman’s origin..again, has gone on for way too long, and while I agree it’s been going on for a while, I’ve loved just about every minute of it. And the end is now in sight, as issue #32 is the second to last in the arc. It’s been a fun ride and the momentum is bound to reach another peak in this book. It’s on the top of my stack for sure.

Batman 32

BATMAN #32
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by TONY MOORE
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for details.
The penultimate issue of ZERO YEAR is here! Batman gets one step closer to the endgame with The Riddler as the final chapter of ZERO YEAR: SAVAGE CITY draws closer to its stunning finale!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.


Gaumer: All-New Ghost Rider #4

This isn’t even a close pick for me this week. Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore have delivered a Ghost Rider book that reinvigorates a character that had become as stale as day-old donuts. The new take to the character, contemporary story, and, OH, Tradd Moore’s amazing street-art style, has made this book the breakout title of All-New Marvel NOW! for me, and I cannot wait to tear into this one on Wednesday.

Ghost Rider 4

ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #4
FELIPE SMITH (WRITER) • TRADD MOORE (ARTIST)
VARIANT COVER BY FELIPE SMITH
“ENGINES OF VENGEANCE”
• The streets of East LA flare up with drug-fueled gang violence form DR. ZABO’s power-enhancing narcotic.
• Will ROBBIE REYES submit to the sprit inside him and go too far in protecting the neighborhood?
• What is MR. HYDE’s diabolical plan to expand his underground empire?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: March 19, 2014

outright-geekery profile-largeNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down our top pick on comic stacks for this week.

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Jules: Daredevil #1

When Mark Waid first said he was ending his current run on Daredevil I was super sad. It would be an end to a very wonderful chapter in the The Man Without Fear’s life. Ironically, shortly thereafter he announced he would be writing this new run of Daredevil, taking to a place that Daredevil has not stepped foot in years…The West Coast. Daredevil in San Fran sounds like a furthered breath of air the character has needed. Not to take away from an already astounding run Waid just had with Matt Murdock in New York. I’m seriously looking forward to this fresh start.

Daredevil 1

DAREDEVIL #1
MARK WAID (W) • CHRIS SAMNEE (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY PAOLO RIVERA
75TH ANNIVERARY VARIANT BY ALEX ROSS
75TH ANNIVERSARY SKETCH VARIANT BY ALEX ROSS
ANIMAL VARIANT BY CHRIS SAMNEE
YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!
Join Marvel’s fearless hero as he begins his most awe-inspiring adventure yet in the sunny city of San Francisco! Gifted with an imperceptible radar sense and a passion for justice, blind lawyer Matt Murdock—a.k.a. DAREDEVIL—protects the Golden City’s streets from all manner of evil. But big changes are in store for Matt Murdock as old haunts and familiar faces rise to give the devil his due. Hold on tight, because here comes Daredevil…the Man Without Fear!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Gaumer: The Fuse #2

The first issue of this crime drama in space was way heavy on the crime drama, and needed more sci-fi elements to really separate itself from other titles in the genre. So I’m hoping that this ish takes some risks and gives readers something truly different. I’m reading this first because, if it doesn’t live up to expectations now, it may be the last time Fuse even makes it into my stack.

The Fuse 2

THE FUSE #2
story ANTONY JOHNSTON
art / cover JUSTIN GREENWOOD
MARCH 19 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
“THE RUSSIA SHIFT,” Part Two
Two dead cablers. Two MCPD murder police. One of them is an FGU. One vic leads to Midway City Hall. The other leads into the cables of SOLAR 1. The LT is furious. I-SEEC won’t help them. But the ME can.
“Someone want to run all that by me again? In English?”

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Taylor: Thor: God of Thunder #20

The next installment of Aaron and Ribic’s Thor: God of Thunder hits the shelves this week, giving us parallel stories from Thor’s present and future. The modern Thor’s struggles against the insidious Roxxon corporation got off to a good start last issue, and I’m anxious to see where that goes next. And if you aren’t excited by the prospect of All-Father Thor throwing down with future Galactus on the barren husk of Earth, you quite frankly are dead on the inside.

Thor GoT 20

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #20
JASON AARON (W) • ESAD RIBIC (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY Nic Klein
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD Part Two
• Thor battles to save the Earth on two fronts.
• In the present day, Thor takes on Roxxon, the world’s most powerful and nefarious super-corporation. While in the far future, King Thor is all that stands between Old Galactus and the planet he’s been dying to eat for a very long time.
• Even if King Thor wins, is the Earth still doomed?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Bonus Pick: Ms. Marvel #2

Last month’s Ms. Marvel #1 brought us one of the most refreshing debuts to be seen in quite a while, and I hope to see this issue build off of that momentum. We’ll be picking right up where we left off as Kamala learns to cope with her mysterious new powers, and what a journey it promises to be!

Ms. Marvel 2

MS. MARVEL #2
G. WILLOW WILSON (W) • ADRIAN ALPHONA (A)
Cover by Jamie McKelvie
ARTIST VARIANT COVER BY JORGE MOLINA
• As seen in the New York Times, CNN and other media outlets the world-over, the all-new Ms. Marvel has made her thunderous debut!
• Kamala Khan’s very ordinary life has suddenly become extraordinary. Is she ready to wield these strange and immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle?
• Critically acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and fan-beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) bring you the groundbreaking Marvel series that has set the world abuzz. Don’t miss history in the making.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack in comic shops this Wednesday?

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