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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: October 29th, 2014

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Review: Future’s End #18

Review: Future’s End #18

Written by Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, and Keith Giffen

Art by Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines, Karl Story, and Hi-Fi

It is Future’s End month over at DC so I figured what better way to kick things off than with a review of Future’s End proper. The last time I reviewed this book was a couple months ago and I really didn’t have too much good to say about it. I liked the characters and general story, but felt that things were dragging on for a bit too long. So how does Future’s End fair now? Not perfect, but it is definitely making vast improvements. Continue reading Review: Future’s End #18

Review: The New 52 Future’s End #7

Futures End 7

Review: The New 52 Future’s End #7
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and ART THIBERT
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The two halves of Firestorm encounter big troubles: some personal, some potentially deadly! And Plastique comes face to face with the DC Universe’s horrifying future! Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52!

It’s Frankenstein vs. Black Adam in the Phantom Zone and finally the first face to face confrontation of Mr. Terrific and Batman Beyond! Those sound like big events, and one of them admittedly is, but the rest of the issue is filled with the same talking heads and sluggish pacing that has plagued this series from the start.

The Good

I am a Frankenstein fan. I have been since even before the start of the New 52, and relish anytime Jeff Lemire gets a chance to write this character. That said, the last few issues have been so bogged down with exposition on the Frankenstein story that it zapped nearly all the fun out of it, but not anymore. Finally the big lug can lash out with all of his righteous fury against Black Adam and it is by far the most entertaining thing to happen in this book in a while. The Mr. Terrific-Batman Beyond confrontation, while not as viscerally thrilling as the Frankenstein fight, actually offers up some future plot points that will hopefully be expanded on next week.

The Bad

More and more talking heads. Jason talks to a doctor that we met last issue, Lois Lane talks to not-Red Robin’s girlfriend, Deathstroke talks to that violent little girl, Fifty Sue, and finally Grifter talks to some random guy in a suit. This is what has always plagued this series. There are a million different little conversations and stories, but they are all about things that have either happened in the past or in the future. Stop talking about interesting things and do the interesting this.

The Verdict

While the Frankenstein-Black Adam fight was fun and the Batman Beyond-Mr. Terrific confrontation may actually set the plot in motion, these two events are still not enough justification to continue buying the book every single week. Not much was said about the art because there is not much to say. Lopresti’s art is serviceable. Its not bad, but its not going to blow your socks off either.

Story: 2 out of 5
Art: 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 Hrrns out of 5

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: June 18th, 2014

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Jules: The Wicked + The Divine #1

The creative team behind last years Young Avengers are back with an all new indie title. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have once again joined forces to deliver a wonderfully honest and illustrious story! Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. This just sounds like its gonna be a cool read and it more than likely will.

The Wicked and the Divine #1

The Wicked + The Divine #1

Story By: Kieron Gillen
Art By: Jamie McKelvie
Colored By: Matt Wilson
Cover By: Jamie McKelvie
Variant Cover By: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Cover Price: $3.50

Digital Price: $2.99
Published: June 18, 2014

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.


Taylor: Thor: God of Thunder #23

We finally reach the epic conclusion of The Last Days of Midgard, with King Thor and our Thor doing their all to defend earth in parallel stories. With each passing month, this series continues to feature one of the best combinations of a writer and artist perfectly suited to the right character. I’m looking forward to a showstopping end.

Thor God of Thunder 23
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #23
JASON AARON (WRITER) • Esad Ribic (ARTIST)
Cover by Agustin Alessio
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD Part Five
• Thor’s war to save the earth comes to its epic conclusion. In the far future, King Thor makes a dark decision that may save the day, but at what cost?
• And in present-day Broxton, Oklahoma, Thor makes a final stand against the forces of ROXXON, but not even a god can save everyone.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


Christian: The New 52 – Futures End #7

The thing I like most about this weekly book from DC Comics is the way it’s slowly weaving multiple threads of mystery into what is lining up to be a very fun story, and doing that while making the expected slow-crawl of a weekly title interesting along the way. Although I’m really ready for this book to give me some meat with those potatoes, I think this is going to be the ish that cements Futures End as a must read story, and it’s on the top of my stack this week.

Futures End 7

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #7
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and ART THIBERT
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The two halves of Firestorm encounter big troubles: some personal, some potentially deadly! And Plastique comes face to face with the DC Universe’s horrifying future! Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52!


Gaumer: Uncanny X-Men #22

Despite two weekly books from DC and Marvel’s Original Sin event in my stack this week, I’m really not that stoked about this week’s offerings. Uncanny X-Men has come to a fun point in its story, as Dazzler of all people is sure to be severely pissed off and out for some vengeance. I’d be upset too if I was kidnapped, drugged into a coma, and milked for mutant growth hormone. Look out, Mystique, things are about to get complicated.

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UNCANNY X-MEN #22
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (WRITER)
CHRIS BACHALO (ARTIST)
• The war between the Uncanny X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D. heats up!
• Can Cyclops and his team track down the source of this new brand of sentinels? And is S.H.I.E.L.D. really behind these attacks?
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: June 4th, 2014

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Jules: Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #2

The last issue was beyond solid. The last page left my jaw on the floor. Is Ultimate Peter Parker Back? Will Miles’ father come back? Miles has a whole lot to figure out! David Marquez owns up to his new Young Gun title. Bendis has honestly yet to slow down on this title. I am super stoked for this issue. You should be!

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MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (WRITER) • DAVE MARQUEZ (ARTIST)
VARIANT Cover by AMY REEDER
PART TWO OF THE BIGGEST SPIDER-MAN STORY OF THE YEAR “REVIVAL”
• After the mind-blowing reveal at the end of the first issue, miles life will NEVER be the same again.
• With SHIELD gone, the biggest villain in SPIDER-MAN history is out and nothing can stop him.
• Miles has made a huge choice about the woman he loves. Will he live to regret it?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Original Sin #3

With our villains’ identities revealed, this issue will hopefully delve in to their motivations, all while our heroes are being exposed to some long-buried secrets. This issue should play an important role in fleshing out the plot of the overall book, and could go a long way towards establishing the event’s success or failure.

Original Sin 3

ORIGINAL SIN #3 (of 8)
JASON AARON (WRITER) • MIKE DEODATO (ARTIST)
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
VARIANT cover by Gabriele Dell’otto
VARIANT COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS
TEASER VARIANT BY STEPHANIE HANS
ANSWERS AT ALL COSTS.
• In the wake of last issue’s explosion of secrets, the heroes of the Marvel U are reeling, leaving Nick Fury to stand alone.
• He Who Holds the Eye is still on the run, and now we meet his boss, the villainous mastermind behind the raid on the Watcher’s lair.
• And in deep space, the Winter Soldier leads a team that uncovers the most bizarre murder of all.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Christian: The New 52 – Futures End #5

It could have gone two ways with my pick this week, but since both of my choices are weekly books, there will be another one next week, so I flipped a coin and Batman Eternal lost out over The New 52 – Futures End #5. This title has been hit or miss in its first month, but the stage is set for something really big to go down in this issue. Mr. T is a badass mother – shut your mouth – and we hopefully see his evil, universe destroying tech this week.

Futures End 5

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #5
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by JESUS MERINO and DAN GREEN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Mr. Terrific unveils his latest technical achievement – but will it take over the DC Universe? Plus, Firestorm’s inner conflict explodes!

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Gaumer: Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #3

There once existed a time at Marvel Comics when labels like writer, artist, cover artist, storyteller, and the like weren’t so damned important. Steranko, Kirby, Ditko. Yeah sure, these guys are artists, okay. But you know what else they were? Amazing writers! There’s a certain quality that a comic book adopts when there’s one person – a single creative mind – doing EVERYTHING on a title, and that’s exactly what we’ve been getting with Kaare Andrews’ Iron Fist: The Living Weapon. I’m hoping that the same creative synergy Andrews has been gifting readers in the first two issues continues in this book, and I’ll find out first thing Wednesday.

Iron Fist 3

IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #3
KAARE ANDREWS (WRITER/ARTIST)
VARIANT cover by Jerome Opeña
K’UN LUN IN RUINS!
• Ninja nurses versus killers in suits!
• Our villain’s face revealed, and it’s one terribly close to Danny Rand’s heart!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

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

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: May 21st, 2014

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

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Jules: Ultimate FF #2

Picking up the pieces as the Ultimate Universe is in disarray! New Jersey was destroyed by Galactus. S.H.I.E.L.D. was disassembled thanks to law suits. The original Ultimates have called it a day with a teen squad taking their place. The FF now are all that stands between destruction and the world. Iron Man, Falcon, Invisible Woman, Machine Man, and Doom?…. Yes this title is going in all the right places already. A kick in the pants the Ultimate Universe has needed for quite sometime! I’m picking it up and I’m hoping you do too!

Ultimate FF 2

ULTIMATE FF #2
JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV (WRITER) • MARIO GUEVARA (ARTIST)
Cover by MIKE McKONE
Artist Variant by FELIX RUIZ
“PALACE OF THE BRINE” (PART 1 of 2)
• A lavish vacation spot for the super-rich suddenly goes dark, with hundreds missing…
• And the only suspect is an old frenemy of the FANTASTIC FOUR
• Meanwhile, the truth of the team’s mysterious fourth member spells doom for another member of the team!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Thor: God of Thunder #22

Maintaining its position as the king of my pull list, Thor: God of Thunder hits the shelves this week. This issue comes at a key point for both of our parallel story arches, as we now move on to the fallout of both Roxxon’s nefarious takeover and King Thor’s bout with Galactus. This title continues to impress month after month, and I have no reason to doubt that this issue will deliver as well.

Thor God of Thunder 22

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #22
JASON AARON (WRITER) • ESAD RIBIC (ARTIST)
Cover by JEE-HYUNG
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD – Part Four
• Thor and SHIELD agent Roz Solomon vs. Ulik the troll! ROXXON vs. Broxton, Oklahoma! And in the far future, the Goddesses of Thunder take on Old Galactus! But wait, where’s King Thor…?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Christian: Futures End #3

I know what you’re all thinking but yes I have a pick of the week. Futures end has been pretty interesting for me as a DC fan, and I’m hoping in this issue to see Terry finding out more about Brother Eye and how to stop this world changing event from ever happening. Hopefully we get all more action in this issue to balance out the death of a beloved archer.

Futures End 3

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #3
Written by KEITH GIFFEN, DAN JURGENS, BRIAN AZZARELLO and JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DAN JURGENS and MARK IRWIN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Did Firestorm kill a member of the Justice League? Who is watching Batman Beyond? And why is Frankenstein living in an igloo?!

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Gaumer: Forever Evil #7

Wait! What is that? It can’t be. I thought it was a myth, like Watchmen 2, or that Stan Lee is an actual LMD, but it’s happening. Forever Evil is finally wrapping up, and it’s about time. Delayed for at least 2 months, and subsequently throwing off the launch schedule of a huge part of the DC line, I’m still excited to see how they wrap this whole thing up. I DO have to go back and re-read the previous issues for a refresher, but I’m hoping that’s the worst part of this great, albeit really late, event.

Forever Evil 7

FOREVER EVIL #7
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Cover by DAVID FINCH
1:25 Robot Chicken variant
1:25 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:50 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:100 Variant cover by GARY FRANK
On sale MAY 21 • 48 pg, FC, 7 of 7, $4.99 US • RATED T
It’s evil versus evil in the shocking “take-no-prisoners” conclusion to FOREVER EVIL! What will be the fate of Lex Luthor and his Injustice League? Who will live – and who will die? And why is The Hooded Man the most feared being from the Syndicate’s world? Do not miss this startling finale that will leave the DC universe reeling and reveal the secrets to the future!

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

Comix City Too!This post brought to you by Comix City Too! in Madison Tennessee, Outright Geekery’s local comic shop of choice. Check out everything coming out this week in stores here, and be sure to get out to your local comic shop.

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: May 7th, 2014

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

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Jules: Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #1

Brian Michael Bendis has been delivering a Spider-Man tale for my generation since it’s inception at the tail end of the 90’s. This recent reboot comes at a solid time in the Ultimate Universe as the rebuild after 616 Galactus destroyed New Jersey. Now a member the fresh, young Ultimates, how will Miles Morales continue his life and the legacy of Peter Parker the original Ultimate Spider-Man? I’m ready to pick this one up!

Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man 1

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (WRITER) • DAVE MARQUEZ (ARTIST)
Variant Cover by FIONA STAPLES
Variant Cover by Brandon Peterson
PART ONE OF THE BIGGEST SPIDER-MAN STORY OF THE YEAR “REVIVAL”!
• MILES is back in action with a new status quo and a new outlook on life!
• A BIG BIG BIG villain from PETER PARKER’s past is alive and well and about to turn New York upside down!
• The last page will have ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN fans SCREAMING!
• This issue can’t be missed!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: She-Hulk #4

She-Hulk has been the most pleasant surprise of the year for me, and I’m looking forward to this new issue. With the promise of a showdown with Dr Doom, it’ll be interesting to see how Charles Soule keeps up his blend of super-heroics and legal intrigue. Should be fun!

She-Hulk 4

SHE-HULK #4
CHARLES SOULE (WRITER) • JAVIER PULIDO (ARTIST)
Cover by KEVIN P. WADA
• Jen’s new client Kristoff Vernard has been kidnapped by his dad, DOCTOR DOOM!
• What does fellow lawyer (and recently outted Man Without Fear) MATT MURDOCK know about it?
• It’s an international jailbreak, She-Hulk Style, as Charles Soule (INHUMANITY) and Javier Pulido (HAWKEYE) take us to Latverian soil!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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Christian: Detective Comics #31

Another week, another issue of Batman, but this time it’s not Eternal or vs. Bane, it’s the tour de force of art known as Detective Comics by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The job this dynamic duo did on The Flash was special, but the seeing them work on the Bat last ish was an amazing thing to behold. Can’t wait to get into this comic come Wednesday!

Detective Comics 31
DETECTIVE COMICS #31
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 7 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Death comes to Wayne Manor – and the number one suspect is Bruce Wayne! In order to solve this mystery, Batman’s investigations will lead him to the mysterious man known as Sumo!

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Gaumer: The New 52 – Futures End #1

Yes this is just a really big What If? sort of book, yes it’s a weekly investment, and yes I wish they’d punctuate better (of maybe it’s a bunch of futures ending??), but the FCBD #0 issue of this series really got me going, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Batman Beyond travels back in the day to stop Brother Eye from putting the Borg on the entire DCU. This one is going to be fun!

Futures End

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #1
Written by KEITH GIFFEN, DAN JURGENS, BRIAN AZZARELLO and JEFF LEMIRE
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by RYAN SOOK
1:50 Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON
On sale MAY 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52! In this debut issue of The New 52’s weekly series, Batman Beyond arrives five years later! Grifter turns against humanity! And a Justice League member DIES!

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Jesse: Nailbiter #1

Image Comics has been hitting the shelves really hard with number 1’s lately, and I couldn’t be happier about it. The publisher adores topics and stories that the Big 2 won’t touch with a 10-foot pole, and my pick this week is a testament to that fact. Serial killers solving crimes isn’t anything new, but when Scott Snyder says something is a great idea, you listen and listen hard.

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NAILBITER #1
story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art / cover: MIKE HENDERSON
MAY 7 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99
JOSHUA WILLIAMSON & MIKE HENDERSON deliver a mystery that mixes Twin Peaks with the horror of Se7en!
Buckaroo, Oregon has given birth to sixteen of the vilest serial killers in the world. An obsessed FBI profiler investigating the town has suddenly gone missing, and now an NSA Agent must work with the notorious serial killer Edward “Nailbiter” Warren to find his friend and solve the mystery of “Where do serial killers come from?”
“If Josh died I wish he’d leave NAILBITER to me in his will so I could say it was my idea.” — Scott Snyder (SEVERED, Batman, American Vampire)

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

Comix City Too!This post brought to you by Comix City Too! in Madison Tennessee, Outright Geekery’s local comic shop of choice. Check out everything coming out this week in stores here, and be sure to get out to your local comic shop.