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Deadly Vehicles and Deadlier Racers Come to Battleworld in GHOST RACERS #1

Start your engines! Prepare for terror! The deadliest racers on Battleworld are peeling out and unleashing their fury this June. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at GHOST RACERS #1 – a new Secret Wars series from writer Felipe Smith and artist Juan Gedeon! Continue reading Deadly Vehicles and Deadlier Racers Come to Battleworld in GHOST RACERS #1

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: March 11th, 2015

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. What are you looking forward to reading this week? Continue reading Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: March 11th, 2015

‘Ghost Racers’ #1 is Death Race with Ghost Riders!

GHOST RACERS #1 – A Furious Race into the BATTLEWORLD Arena of Horror!

Strap in. Start your engines. And prepare for terror! Deadly vehicles and deadlier racers unleash their hellish fury upon Battleworld in GHOST RACERS #1 – a brand new Secret Wars series coming this June! Felipe Smith and Juan Gedeon put the pedal to the metal as familiar Spirits of Vengeance duel one other in lethal, cutthroat races! Continue reading ‘Ghost Racers’ #1 is Death Race with Ghost Riders!

Review: All-New Ghost Rider #4

Ghost Rider 4ALL-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

It never seems to fail! I find a good comic book, talk it up as one of the best of the year so far, and on the very next issue the book hits a rocky road. I’m not saying that ish #4 of All-New Ghost Rider was bad, but it was nowhere near the quality of the first three issues of the series.

The Good

While this issue gave us a bit more insight into the negative side of being a vessel for the Spirit of Vengeance, this ish really shined in the fight on the first few pages. Fun action scenes, a twisted villain, and some very creative uses of Ghost Rider’s possessed car made this a really rad, albeit very short, fight. Although the rest of the issue was mostly filler, adding importance to the various characters and their schemes and plights, the meat of this book is our hero Robbie slowly coming to the realization that his new “friend” the Spirit of Vengeance may be more than he can handle. I’m not sure how I feel about Robbie physically changing to appear more like his ghostly alter-ego, but the implications make for some great potential from this book in the long-term, and hope is always nice. Tradd Moore is his usual unique and vivid self, and I could look at his stuff all day long. Of particular fondness of mine is the artist’s background graffiti in a few of the panels, and I need to know what we have to do to get an issue from Tradd Moore that is done completely in this style. Really, what do we have to do?

The Bad

Writer Felipe Smith is building on what he’s already constructed, and while that’s good, this ish is nothing more than a filler issue cementing in place what is already there. While the newish elements of Robbie dealing with his Ghost Rider possession were fun and will hopefully lead to a bigger story down the road, those elements have always been subtly suggested in previous issues, and they only seem more apparent in issue #4 simply because everything else is so ordinary. This is of course in relation to the rest of the issues in this series, which have been stellar. I always want to see more from Tradd Moore, and he’s showing off his talent with the action panels and great work with character expressions, but I really missed the speed that was the highlight of other issues. It’s hard for me to say this ish seemed rushed, but the detail compared to the rest of the run just isn’t there.

The Verdict

All-New Ghost Rider #4 is a good comic book overall, and a fun addition to the series in it’s very brief run so far, but it’s not a great book, and is the worst of the series so far. There’s nothing particularly bad going on, it’s just not on par with the work in issues 1-3. What we have is the classic “filler issue”, and it’s really hard for me to blame the creators in this case, because despite 6-issue arcs being the current trend, this filler issue wasn’t boring, had a few semi-important thing going on, and was still a blast to look at even if the art fell off a tad. Definitely still a book to read, but not the best example of the run so far.

Writing: 3 Out 5
Art: 3.5 Out of 5
Overall: 3 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

Top o’ the Lot: Marvel Comics of 2014 (so far)

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It’s quite difficult for me to believe, but we’re already halfway through 2014, and it’s been an incredible six months of comic books. From the Big 3 publishers of Marvel, DC, and Image, to the lesser known independent publishers, the first half of 2014 has been chock full of comic book awesomeness. Since we’re such big comic fans here at Outright Geekery, we’d be negligent in our geekly duties if we didn’t put a spotlight on the best of these books from all of these great publishers, and we’re starting this 4 week series of Tops o’ the Lot with Marvel Comics. So, without further ado, Excelsior! Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Marvel Comics of 2014 (so far). Continue reading Top o’ the Lot: Marvel Comics of 2014 (so far)

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: June 25th, 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. What are you looking forward to reading this week?


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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Review: All-New Ghostrider #3

All-New Ghost Rider #3

ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #3
FELIPE SMITH (WRITER) • TRADD MOORE (ARTIST)
Variant by FELIPE SMITH
Artist Variant by MARK TEXEIRA
“ENGINES OF VENGEANCE” PART 3
• 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: Comic Quick Hits for April 9th 2014

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I played a bit of catchup last week with my comic purchases. I was two issues behind on Marvel’s New Warriors, two issues behind of Hickman’s Image hit East of West, and 4 issues or so behind on the BOOM! Studios book Revelations, the off-the-radar hit from Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos. So, I didn’t really get many new books this week, and instead of throwing out 3 separate reviews, I figured some quick hits is enough to get the job done. And, besides: I’ve got some comics to read!

Ghost rider #2The first quick hit I have for you is Marvel’s All-New Ghost Rider by writer Felipe Smith and artist Tradd Moore, and it’s good. I mean, it’s crazy good! These relative newcomers have come on with a firestorm of fun story-telling, backed up by some amazing art. We get a lot more meat on the bone as far as the backstory of all the characters is concerned, which is nice in a book with an entirely new cast. But it’s Tradd Moore’s art that shines on this title, and this issue is no different, with the speed of race cars, and the Spirit of Vengeance, flying from each and every panel in beautiful strokes of brilliance. I was hoping ish #2 of this title would keep up the same pace as ish 1, and I was not disappointed at all.

All-New Ghost Rider #2
Story: 3 Out 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4 Out 5

Next we have the next big thing from DC Comics, Batman Eternal #1. This new weeklyBatman Eternal title is promising a new and exciting story about the Batman, and I just didn’t see it in this first issue. Now, normally, that’s a really big problem, and it still remains one here, but with the weekly release schedule, the build up for this was bound to be slow. The usual Bat-Suspects are here – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, among others – and the team of writers is hopefully going to go to some amazing places in this title, but the places this first ish went seemed way too familiar and, may I say, boring to the jaded Batfan. A big weekly investment needs to take me on a roller coaster ride that I just don’t want to stop riding, and this felt more like the first act to an episode of CSI: Batman (a two-parter with N.C.I.S. Bat-Family). Jason Fabok’s art is the one shining facet of this dull gem that I’m sure will get a nice spit-polish within a week or two. It gets a point or two overall for the potential.

Batman Eternal #1
Story: 1.5 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 3.5 Out of 5

All-New X-Factor 6Finally this week, I have All-New X-Factor #6, and Peter David’s slow burn to getting the team together has finally come to its ashes. While the book’s been entertaining up to this point, the crawl to the already solicited final line-up of this team has been a grind. As much as I love David’s character interactions, the title has been more than a bit boring in places, but that’s mirrored with great moments of exciting adventure, and this ish is no different. Things go from exciting character action to boring and often cheesy character dialogues almost from page to page. Things are looking up, however, because the team has been rounded out, and it’s one of the most dynamic in all of the X-Books. Polaris, Gambit, Quicksilver, Danger, Cypher, and Warlock. Things are looking bright, but they aren’t quite there yet. Carmine Di Giandomenico’s work on art is great. He’s consistent, has a style all his own, and he just works well on this book. Top grades for a good story; bad marks for a few yawns.

Story: 3.5 Out of 5
Art: 4 Out 5
Overall: 3 Out of 5

 

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: April 9th, 2014

outright-geekery profile-largeNew 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: All-New X-Men #25

Brian Michael Bendis is bringing another giant collaborative issue this week. Regular artist Stuart Immonen is joined by Art Adams, Bruce Timm, Dan Hipp, David Mack, David Marquez, J. Scott Campbell, Jake Parker, Jason Shiga, J.G. Jones, Jill Thompson, Kent Williams, Lee Bermejo, Maris Wicks, Max Wittert, Paul Smith, Rafael Grampa, Robbi Rodriguez, Ronnie Del Carmen, and Skottie Young, so this issue is bound to at least look awesome! Coming off the heels of the Trial of Jean Grey, a crossover with the Guardians of the Galaxy, we find the original X-Men in disarray. Young Cyclops has left the team to pursue adventure with his father in space, leaving X-23 to help lead the team. Jean having now discovered a new side to her powers, which just may match her Phoenix abilities. Will Beast now swoop in on Jean now that Cyclops is gone? Is everyone gonna start paying attention to Angel? I really cannot wait to see what Iceman has to say about all of this. Grab this issue.

All-New X-Men 25

ALL-NEW X-MEN #25
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (Writer)
ISSUE #25 – STUART IMMONEN, ART ADAMS, BRUCE TIMM, J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, SKOTTIE YOUNG, RAFAEL GRAMPA AND MORE! (Artist)
ISSUE #25 –
• OVER-SIZED 25th ISSUE!
• Artist Stuart Immonen is joined by a practical comic book artist hall of fame for this special landmark issue!
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

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Jesse: East of West #11

It’s hard not to look forward to the beautiful alternate American History Epic that has been Jonathan Hickman’s East of West. As Death grows closer to finding his son, the mysterious Judge looks to step in as the next trial. With the Chosen continuing to make a mess of the known world, I honestly can’t say I know what’s gonna happen next?! I can say I can’t wait to finish the issue and stare at Nick Dragotta’s seriously brilliant art he provides for this title. Every issue has been worth every cent. If you haven’t touched this title you need the trades, and everything that leads to this issue.

East of West 11

EAST OF WEST #11
story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art / cover NICK DRAGOTTA
MARCH 26 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.50
“THE NATION, XIAOLIAN”
The Bride of Death makes her first moves in the great game of Nations. The Chosen begin to splinter.

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Taylor: Captain Marvel #2

Issue #2 of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel hits the shelves this week, continuing the title character’s adventures through space. With the plot picking up steam and the venue expanding to cosmic proportions, this issue promises to be a lot of fun. And honestly, it’s hard to not like a book where the main character names her cat “Chewie”.

Captain Marvel 2

CAPTAIN MARVEL #2
Kelly Sue DeConnick (Writer) • DAVID LOPEZ (Artist)
Artist Variant by J.G. Jones
• Higher, faster, further…. WAR?!
• Captain Marvel forges towards the final frontier—and is thrown into the frontlines of battle.
• Can this half-alien survive in an all alien-world?
• The breakout hit of 2012 makes a glorious return!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Christian: Batman Eternal #1

This is a book I’ve been looking forward to for a while now. If any single character in the DC Universe deserves a weekly title, it’s the Dark Knight himself, Batman. I’m expecting a face-paced, entertaining story that not only makes this first issue a must-read but also shows some building for the future. They’ve got a lot of issues to fill in this series, and if they want to sell all those issues this first one is going to have to be awesome. So look for it to be.

Batman Eternal

BATMAN ETERNAL #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, JOHN LAYMAN, RAY FAWKES and TIM SEELEY
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
1:50 Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale APRIL 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Don’t dare miss the start of the Bat-story so big it’s going to take every week of the month to tell! A massive cast of Gotham City’s best (and worst) examines the relationship between Batman, his allies and his city. In this debut issue, Commissioner James Gordon is caught on the wrong side of the law!

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Gaumer: All-New Ghost Rider #2

Ghost rider #2

There were moments in Ghost Rider issue #1 where my jaw dropped and I audibly gasped at the speed and beauty of Tradd Moore’s amazing work on art, and I have the highest confidence that he will be repeating that brilliance with issue #2 of All-New Ghost Rider. Writer Felipe Smith was no slouch on the story from ish #1, either, and I’m really excited to learn more about the newest Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes, as we go on this life-altering journey along with him. There’s plenty of questions leftover from the first ish of this series, and I’m ready to get to some answers.

ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #2
FELIPE SMITH (Writer) • TRADD MOORE (Artist)
Variant by FELIPE SMITH
Vehicle Variant by Pop MHAN
“ENGINES OF VENGEANCE” PART 2
• ROBBIE REYES has been given a new awesome power but can the teen handle it or will it drive him to a path of destruction?
• Who owns the HAUNTED RACE CAR and what will they do to get it back?
• What are the PINK PILLS and who is behind their creation?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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

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