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Comics You Should Have Read By Now: JLA/Avengers

Hello, Geeks, and welcome to our latest installment of Comics You Should Have Read By Now. For those of you joining us for the first time, we make it our mission with this article to highlight the best works that the industry has to offer. But while this sounds pretty straightforward, it is somewhat tricky to quantify, as different things can be the “best works” for entirely different reasons. Things can be good for thought-provoking stories, or for beautiful artwork, or for a profound message. Sometimes, a comic can move you with ingenious storytelling that pushes the limits of the medium. Today’s selection, though, manages to do something entirely different: it represents what I think think to be the greatest fan book to ever grace comic shops.  That’s because today we’ll be taking a look at the most epic comic crossover of all time, JLA/Avengers.
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COVERED! June 10th, 2015

Need your comic book covers fix? Well, we’ve got you COVERED! These are some of the best comic covers hitting the shelves at a comic shop near you!

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Review: Injection #1

Writer: Warren Ellis

Artist: Declan Shalvey

Injection’s premise is that five crazy people poisoned the earth and now have to deal with the mistakes they made. Now if you read Injection #1 without having read the preview its hard to pick that up. Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey are coming off easily one of the best Moon Knight runs. Pair tighter to create one of Ellis strange yet unbelievably intriguing worlds.  We slowly get to know a strange group of people who once came together to expand their ideas and limits. Specifically we get to know the aftermath of the consequences of their formation. Continue reading Review: Injection #1

Review: Unity #18

Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Pere Perez
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artists: Pere Perez, David Baron, Philip Tan, Jordan Boyd, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, David Garcia Cruz, Joe Eisma, Allen Passalaqua

The team is as fit as there ever can be, and it is wearing them down. It takes them bringing in an unstable superpowered individual to show them, and others, that they need some rest.

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All of Marvel’s Summer 2015 Teasers (updated)

With everything that Marvel Comics has been teasing us regarding Summer 2015 I figured having a one-stop shop for all the amazing was a good idea. We’re still not sure what all this means, and there’s sure to be more to come, so keep checking back with Outright Geekery as we update.

(UPDATED: November 2nd, 214) Three more titles added!

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Rant: The Two Multiverse Approaches

There is an aspect of real-world string theory in physics that makes the idea of parallel universes, and therefore parallel Earths, plausible to some degree or another. But despite any stuffy science or math proving this or that, the multiverse has been a huge part of comics, and more popularly, Marvel and DC since, well, since forever. There’s a storied history that involve Spider-Men of the 2099 variety, Earth 2, 3, 4, and so on, and all sorts of convoluted similarly new characters, places, things, and events, but more recently it’s been all about Multiversal Incursions, The Multiversity and more, and a new round of the endless boxing match between Marvel and DC.

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Review: All-New Ghostrider #3

All-New Ghost Rider #3

Artist Variant by MARK TEXEIRA
• Ronnie meets the mysterious entity behind his possession
• Is the all-new GHOST RIDER a hero or a villain?
• MR. HYDE takes on the street gangs while a thug discovers the power of DR. ZABO’S pills.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Whenever a comic publisher puts out a huge change-up to the line – The New 52 or All-New Marvel NOW!, for example – it’s a good opportunity to pick up some new titles and see what the publisher has to offer. But, it’s also a good idea to jump off said titles if/when they begin to get bad. And so it was with many of Marvel’s All-New NOW! line, and while I picked up almost every first issue of the promotion, not very many issue 2’s made it to my hold-box. A refreshing addition to my pull-list, however, was All-New Ghost Rider, an actual all-new take on the venerable character.

The Good

This ish picks up from the moment the last book ended, and we get a lot more information about this mysterious new manifestation of the Spirit of Vengeance, but ultimately leaves more questions than answers. Our hero, Robbie Reyes, speaks to this new Spirit who identifies himself as Eli and explains that he saves Robbie from his death by car accident from ish #1, and that he AND the all-new Ghost Rider souped up American dream machine are all connected via the Spirit of Vengeance. This is all set in front of a backdrop of a gang-plagued Los Angeles, and it’s nice to see the West Coast get some attention again. Mr. Hyde is an underused villain that works really well in this story and this new gang boss and his very unlucky cronies is just plain old fun. Writer Felipe Smith does a great job communicating emotion and the struggles of an inner-city kid with grown-up problems, and it’s all foreshadowing into what has the makings of an emotional roller coaster as Robbie struggles with his real-life issues and his personal “Ghosts”, pun intended. The new take to Ghost Rider as a character, although a bit off putting, is, in fact, All-New, and I’m anxious to see this new approach fleshed out a bit more. Old Flame Head was stale, and this is anything but. I sincerely believe we are seeing a comic book legend in the making with Tradd Moore’s brilliant artwork. While his work has been the shining star of the entire series in these few issues, ish #3 is a landmark to the artist’s talents. His unique style and creative panel work are just a wonder to behold, and the art alone is worth the cover price.

The Bad

This book is by no means perfect, but I’m apprehensive to point out some story flaws and poor choices because I don’t want to come off as preachy, but it IS a review and I’ll take the risk. There’s a whole lot of violence going on in this book for there to be a teenage protagonist in the starring role. We’re dealing with drugs, guns, and whole lot of gratuitous violence, sitting next to Robbie hanging out in English class. I don’t look at comic ratings much, and this series has a T+ rating, which makes sense with the teenage hero, but this is by no means Nova. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the kids will eat this up, and, as an adult, I have no problem with the violence, but the realistic problems Robbie has to deal with – raising his handicapped little brother all by himself – just doesn’t require the L.A. Gang Scene angle to make me become endeared to the character. Perhaps Smith needed it to tell his story, or maybe he just wanted to do, and, what do I know? I live in the suburbs and have no idea if Smith is bringing attention to an understated social problem, but I can’t help but feel it’s simply a cheap plot device made to increase the violence factor in a book that certainly does not need it.

The Verdict

Despite my single beef that really isn’t a beef at all, All-New Ghost Rider #3 is a great comic book. Everything is coming together nicely for Felipe Smith’s first story arc, and Tradd Moore’s art is at an award winning caliber. This title has been one of the unsung gems of an All-New Marvel NOW! lineup full of marquee series, but All-New Ghost Rider is arguably my favorite of them all, and issue #3 was a shot of nitrous to story that is only in 3rd gear and ready to up-shift.

Story: 3.5 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4 Out of 5

Review: She-Hulk #4

She-Hulk 4
She-Hulk Cover

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 outed 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

The X-Factor. No, I don’t mean the X-Men title, or the American Idol knockoff. I’m referring to that unquantifiable something that makes a comic book something special. It’s hard to define, harder to copy, and even harder to relate this aspect on an issue by issue basis like these reviews do. It’s the stuff that makes a creator’s career, wins awards, and becomes the definable comic volume for the starring character. Well, check, check, and check, because She-Hulk is staged to pull off all three, and She-Hulk #4 stands as a shining jewel in this crown of a comic book.

The Good

Writer Charles Souls is telling a truly unique story of Jennifer Walters, and one that I’m not sure any writer has come close to telling before, and one that I’m nearly positive no other writer would be able to deliver. Soule is a lawyer by profession, and he simply understands the intricacies of the job so very well that he’s made the character of She-Hulk, a lawyer herself, more real and believable than ever before. Litigation just should not be this fun! Ish 4 opens with She-Hulk wallowing in her failed attempt to gain asylum for Dr. Doom’s son (Yeah, that’s all sorts of awesome!), follows Ms. Walters to the West Coast where she hangs with fellow lawyer Matt Murdock, AKA Daredevil, on top of the Golden Gate Bridge (Again, holy crap so much fun!), and wraps up with She-Hulk laying the smack down on some Doombots, while getting owned by one very large one, before winning her clients freedom from his Dictator of a daddy. There’s a big super-hero element in this book, although it doesn’t take itself at all seriously, but the shining star of the ish is the witty banter and fun premises Charles Soule is giving us. It’s a great departure from the usual fist punches and seriousness Marvel is known for, making the entire series a special gift, and #4 ain’t even a bit different. All of this immensely fun storytelling is, as always, brilliantly drawn by the amazing Javier Pulido. He adds not a single pencil stroke more than he needs to in each and every panel, but still pulls off beautiful pieces of artwork on every page. The art is truly a gift.

The Bad

I’ll make this quick and easy: There’s almost nothing wrong with this comic book. The series is just a ton of fun, and this issue is a perfect statement to that fact. The one bad impression I had was on the last page reveal that sets up a brand new story arc, which suggested perhaps a bit more serious take to the upcoming story. Surely things can’t change TOO much, but even the thought of a change of direction to this gem makes me worry. My faith in Mr. Soule, however, lessens those concerns an awful lot.

The Verdict

You probably need to buy the first few issues of She-Hulk to fully understand, and therefore fully enjoy, this issue #4, but all I can really say to that is: Go out and buy those first 3 issues! This ish ends the intro arc, makes for some wonderful comic reading, and is a perfect title for readers who just want to read a fun comic without getting bogged down in publisher continuity. And that’s a tough thing to find! Do yourself a favor, pick up this issue, and the first 3, and thank me later.

Story: 4.5 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4.5 Out of 5