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Top O’ the Lot: Daredevil Runs

From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.

I’m sure by now you’ve all binged Netflix/Marvel’s Daredevil, and thought, “Damn, Daredevil is an awesome character!” Then thought to yourself, “I should read more Daredevil!” Then thought, “Where should I even begin?” Well, Daredevil has always been a character that thrives behind great creative teams with serious runs. This week we count down the best Daredevil Runs, so, that way, you can go out after marathoning Daredevil to get your comic fix of the Man Without Fear!

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Review: Superior Iron Man #3

Superior Iron Man #3This year I took a huge step away from Marvel Comics, dropping almost all of the publisher’s titles from my pull-list and adding almost none. One title that WAS added to that list, however, was Superior Iron Man, a twisted take on Tony Stark that I just could not bring myself to skip. As I said in my review of ish #1, I simply adore douchebag Iron Man. Issue #3 of Superior not only took everything that’s been established up a notch or two, but I’m certain that the creators read my ish #1 review, because every problem I had with the series in that earlier issue was addressed to perfection. In a title that is all about taking a risk with a dramatic character change, Taylor and Cinar are (finally) taking huge creative risks, and the result is a wildly rewarding payoff for readers. (NOTE: There will be spoilers!) Continue reading Review: Superior Iron Man #3

COVERED: July 23rd, 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. Continue reading COVERED: July 23rd, 2014

Top o’ the Lot: Disabled Marvel Characters

Top o' the Lot Image UpdatedOne of the inherent qualities of Marvel comics is the way it showcases people overcoming challenging obstacles while dealing with inherent flaws. Whether it was a nerdy kid dealing with new found coolness or a doctor struggling with his own anger issues, Marvel Comics have always had a way of showing that heroes could be just like us, and, logically, we could be just like heroes, no matter our flaws. But, when the obstacle our hero must face is a bit more apparent and specific it adds an additional layer of importance that makes the real-world comparisons that much more significant to society as a whole. When a reader can walk away from a book with some perspective, knowledge, and a bit more understanding…well, it’s just one of the things that makes comics great. So, without further ado, we present another installment of Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Disabled Marvel Characters.

Honorable Mention: Curt Connors

Curt ConnorsCurt Connors was a gifted battlefield surgeon until a blast injured his right arm and it had to be amputated. Driven by this loss, Doctor Connors worked on a serum that would regrow his lost limb, the same way reptiles are able to regrow lost appendages, and one experiment-gone-wrong later, The Lizard was born. The long-time Spidey villain is one of THE most popular of the wall-crawlers Lizardmenagerie of badguys, but good ole Doc Connors only gets a mention because of his alter-ego’s popularity and the inherent nature of the villain’s origin within the context of this List. It could be said that Connors disability, or rather the desire to remove it, drove him mad, leading him to throw caution and commonsense out the window and take the path toward villainy. But it’s cooler to look at the Lizard as an even worse disability than the one Connors was trying to fix…makes you wonder.

5. Misty Knight

Misty KnightMercedes “Misty” Knight was an officer with the NYPD who lost her right arm while saving uncountable lives preventing a bomb attack. Unwilling to take a desk job because of her stubborn perseverance and drive to make a difference, Misty retired from the police force only to be given a bionic arm by Tony Stark granting her great strength and allowing her to take up her super-heroic shenanigans once again. Personally, I love the hair, and her on again/off again romance with Danny Rand notwithstanding, Misty is a great character, and she’s a respectful representative of the hundreds of police officers injured every year protecting American streets.

4. Husk

Paige Guthrie, the mutant known as Husk, has had a unique and important story during Husk2her relatively short history. Created in 1984, Husk is the brother of X-Man Cannonball, and when his mutant power revealed itself, Paige did everything she could to find out if she herself was a mutant. Upon finding out her power was the ability to shed her skin, Husk went into a deep depression, an illness that had yet to be dealt with in quite this way prior to Paige. Since then Paige has continued to be used as a tool for writers to deal with this serious and often ignored state of mind that can very easily become debilitating. While this use of the character has been seen as Husk1recently as Wolverine & the X-Men, Husk’s ability to shed her skin and become anew is such a creative and appropriate way to deal with something as serious and misunderstood as depression I knew she had to be a part of this list. In this case, like many other Marvel characters, Husk’s true power is over us, the readers.

3. Daredevil

Blinded as a child by a radioactive substance that falls from the back of a truck (in Hell’s Kitchen, New York no less), Matt Murdock becomes the Man Without Fear, Daredevil, as his other senses become supercharged due to the same accident. A sonar-like hearing, heightened sense of touch, and even super-smelling make Daredevil one of the coolest characters in all of comics, but also one of the most compelling. As Matt Murdock, the character known as Daredevil is a lawyer by profession, and the way he used his disability to help hide that alter-ego was a fascinating take on the whole context. I’d be in for a beating if I didn’t put Daredevil on this list, and his stock is in no fear of sliding as a Daredevil TV series is due out on Netflix in the next year or so.

2. Professor X

Professor X 2Any Marvel Comics fan worth his weight in adamantium recognizes the statement Stan Lee was making with 1963’s The X-Men, and it’s heralded as one of the most timely pieces of fiction supporting the entire equality movement of the 1960’s. While race, gender, and overall social equality were relatively blatant, the Civil Rights movement also empowered disabled groups to take direct action against discrimination, poor access to help, and Professor X 1inequality, demanding a social solution instead of the failing medical model. With all issues regarding equality, it’s been an uphill battle, with the Americans with Disabilities Act coming in 1990, with room for improvement still apparent today. Despite being bound to a wheelchair, Charles Xavier was by far the most powerful mutant in the world (at least until the Phoenix came along), and while his depiction made for a great role-model, his example and the perspective he provided was landmark. Professor X is still at the height of his popularity, with the current blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past making about a billion bucks at the box office.

1. Flash Thompson

Flash ThompsonAlthough Eugene “Flash” Thompson may be best known for bullying Peter Parker in High School, the way Marvel has utilized the character relatively recently has been nothing short of Spectacular in its own right. Leaving his job as a P.E. teacher, Flash re-enlists in the Army out of pure selfless patriotism to fight in the Iraq War. While on patrol, his platoon is ambushed, with Flash taking several bullets to his legs. Despite his wounds, Flash still manages to save his commanding officer, but winds up needing both his legs amputated below the knees. Although this earns him the Medal of Honor, Flash quickly sinks into a depression, only to be called back to duty for an experimental military project called, Agent Venom. That’s right, through the magic of science and more than a bit of the willpower only a war veteran could have, Flash becomes an all-new, all-heroic version of the villain known as Venom. Now a super-soldier in his own right, Flash/Agent Venom has recently taken to the stars in the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy, and it’s been so fun. Flash Thompson’s story of bravery, injury, loss, and unwillingness to give up symbolizes the heart of our fighting men and women in uniform, and is an example of the mettle our armed forces show each and every day. Agent Venom1

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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All-New Marvel NOW! Preview and Opinion, Part 5

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Is this the end? We honestly have no idea! Outright Geekery follows the ever-changing lineup of comics hitting the shelves from Marvel, in Part 5 of our delve into All-New Marvel NOW! Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 of this series.

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Moon Knight
Moon Knight
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Declan Shalvey

Summary

Marc Spector moves from L.A. back to NYC, and writer Warren Ellis promises, his words, “Weird Crime”. Moon Knight takes on the dirty underbelly of the city while dealing with his own splintered psyche.

Gaumer: I have to admit, I’ve never ever been a fan of Moon Knight. Nothing against the character, the timing was just never right for me to jump onboard the title. I never really got the appeal of the whole concept of Moon Knight either, and I have no idea about the new mental disorder elements that have been added.

With that said, I think I’m going to grab this first issue. The time for excuses is over! But, if it isn’t amazing from the start, I’m not going to waste my time on issue two.

Jules: I can honestly say I’m really looking forward to this book. I’ve been a big fan of the character since the ol’ West Coast Avengers, so him getting his own book again is the right choice for me. I really enjoyed Bendis’ run on MoonKnight, the appeal for the character is already there for me, and Warren Ellis of all people to handle this book is a damn fine idea. I’m a fan of his work, and I’m ready to see what he can do with Moon Knight

I’ll for sure be picking it up and letting you know if I love it or I hate it.

Taylor: This could end up being something special. Warren Ellis had a brief time to get acquainted with the character during his stint on Secret Avengers a few years back, and has shown there and in other places that he knows how to write unbalanced psyches. Pair that with Declan Shelvay’s gritty yet stunning artwork, and you have a recipe for success.

I’ll certainly be giving it a shot.

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Daredevil
Daredevil

Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Chris Samnee

Summary

Matt Murdock travels west and sets up shop in San Francisco, as the Man Without Fear goes through some radical changes. We’ve been promised the same sort danger and destruction that comes with any DD book, with a whole new backdrop.

Gaumer: Stupid. Dumbass. Idiot. Yeah, I didn’t jump on Waid’s first stint on Daredevil when I had the chance. I won’t be making that mistake again! This is going to be a fun ride!

I’m on this for better of for worse. I have enough confidence in Waid with this character that even if he wants to take his time with a build-up, the payoff is going to be that much better. Seriously, grab this and thank me later.

Jules: When I heard about this title being relaunched I was scared, Mark Waid has had such a fun run on this title I didn’t think I could handle who the next person to try Daredevil. But all fears aside when the last issue of the previous run was announced I took a breath of fresh air and said I’ve gone through worse before. As it turns out Waid is stay and just moving the location of the title.

I love Mark Waid’s run on Daredevil I’m happy for it to continue, you better believe I’m picking this up. I’m a huge fan of Chris Samnee’s art, and Javier Rodriguez’s colors are perfect. If you haven’t seen what those two guys have made Daredevil sonar look f#cking radical! I’m def picking up this book and you should too!

Taylor: If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it; I’ve yet to meet a single person who has had a single bad thing to say about Waid’s run on Daredevil, and why should they? Along with stellar artist Chris Samnee, Waid has been doing strong work, and will likely continue to do so.

Give it a try if you haven’t already.

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Wolverine and the X-Men
Wolverine and the X-Men
Writer:Jason Latour
Artist:Mahmud Asrar

Summary

We didn’t leave for very long, but we go back to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, with a new creative team and a new focus. It’s all about the students in this All-New Wolverine and the X-Men, with the fallout of Battle of the Atom a big part of the book.

Gaumer: I was a huge fan of Wolverine and the X-Men…when Jason Aaron was at the wheel. Now, that’s not reason enough to not pick up this new volume, but, as fun as the Jean Grey School student body is, there’s way too much Battle of the Atom mentioned to make me overly excited.

I’ll not be grabbing this when it drops. The characters at the school are awesome, just not awesome enough for me to care about them dealing with a future that was in no way interesting. I’m not worried either: If it’s good, the back issues will be a plenty.

Jules: I’m skeptical about this book, Jason Aaron is honestly a hard act to follow, and I understand he’s moved over to Amazing X-men to continue his story, but this is gonna feel weird without him. Saying all that, Marvel has done well with picking new writers to take the reigns of different books at the right time, very rarely do they give the wrong man the job anymore. Not to say they didn’t used to.

I’m gonna give it a shot, X-books can always be fun, at worst the art will be super fly, yeah I said super fly, judge me. I’m not gonna say I’m extremely happy with this change but I can see where it goes.

Taylor: I’ve loved Jason Aaron’s run on Wolverine and the X-Men, largely because it was a book that had good characters and because it knew how to have fun. Heck, this run is the reason why Quintin Quire is now one of my favorite mutants.

The sad truth, though, is that I don’t really see how the things that made this book work can survive without Aaron; the zany, off-the-wall nature of his stories is what made this book work so well, and really defined the experience.

But even if the book will be different, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be bad. I won’t be there to find out though, as I’m going to be migrating over to Aaron’s Amazing X-Men instead.

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Magneto
Magneto
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Summary

The Master of Magnetism becomes judge, jury and executioner to anything he deems a threat to mutantkind. Erik become a one-man X-Force, and even gets the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Gaumer: Sure, why not? I love Magneto. I like the concept. Cullen Bunn isn’t terrible. This book has a ton of potential. I want to see Marvel give us more titles starring underused characters NOT on a team, and supporting this, hopefully, supports that.

I’m in for the first arc at least. I want to see some really ruthless Magneto mayhem, and less of the way overused ominous threat lurking in the shadows. It’s all about the short game for me, and if the book puts too much focus on the long-term, I’m out.

Jules: Honestly I love Magneto, he’s always been such an interesting character, as far a good guy/bad guys go, Far more interesting than Loki, seriously. I’ve always thought the Master of Magnetism could carry his own book, I’m just I’m just a little skeptical about the writer. No offense but Cullen Bunn is known for closing out books, and never really saving them. He’s not terrible, but he’s not great either.

I’ll give it try but I can’t say I’m going all in on this book. I love Magneto, so if Bunn messes this up, I’m gonna hunt him down, and make him read a Chris Claremont book!!!!!

Taylor: This one falls squarely in the “wait-and-see” bin. Magneto is easily one of my favorite mutants, and possibly the best sympathetic villain in comics. But I’m not familiar enough with the creative team to be excited about their interpretation of the character.

So if it’s good, I’ll be glad to pick it up in trade. If not, I’ll keep my distance.

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That’s it for our 5th and, possibly, final part of our All-New Marvel NOW! series, but if Marvel keeps dishing it out, we’ll keep dicing, slicing and cooking up the goodness. As always, tell us what you think about the books in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter. And be sure to share the love!