This June – prepare to meet the strangest super team of them all as they emerge from Monster Metropolis and take Battleworld head on! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at MRS. DEADPOOL AND THE HOWLING COMMANDOS #1 – a new Secret Wars series! Continue reading Monsters Smash Across the WARZONES! in MRS. DEADPOOL AND THE HOWLING COMMANDOS #1
This June, the Marvel Universe’s most famous tree is starring in his very own series! Continue reading First Look at Groot #1
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: February 25th, 2015
New 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: February 11th, 2015
New 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: January 21st, 2015
New 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: October 8th, 2014
Review: The Superior Spider-man #32
Written by Dan Slott and Christos Gage
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, John Dell, and Antonio Fabela
Spider-Ock is back in action and goes on another adventure, this time hopping through space and time in hopes of finding a way back home after saving Horizon Labs from a temporal implosion. Unfortunately, a mysterious mass murderer of Spider-men may have something to say about that. Continue reading Review: The Superior Spider-man #32
Superior Spider-Man #31
Writer: Dan Slot & Christos Gage
Artist:Giuseppe Camuncoli Will Sliney
Dan Slott may still be a terrible person but for a totally different reason this time around. Like many I hated the idea of Otto Octavius being Spider-Man at first. But honestly as the title went on it really grew on me. In fact I feel a little let down I don’t have another year without Peter. I’m sure you’re reading this and yelling “Blasphemy!” but it’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it. Not only is this the final issue but the finale of the Goblin Nation story arc.Otto became overwhelmed and out matched by the Green Goblin and gave Peter his body back. Peter Parker once again Spider-Man gets into his classic costume and quickly realizes he has no idea what the hell has been going on. After some quick updates as to where his love ones are he’s off to take out the Goblins. A lil team-up with 2099 Spider-Man who pissed at first realizes he’s now in the company of the Real Spider-Man, and quickly makes himself ready. The Spider-Men now take to the streets ready to take on the Goblin’s Nation and win back New York.
I really dug the way Dan Slott decided to wrap up the series. In tandem with Christos Gage’s epilogue in the back the story really feels at an end. Camuncoli was the perfect person to bring Peter Parker back to life in the pages. Camuncoli’s facial expressions nail just how emotional this issue gets for everyone as Peter tries to understand just what Otto had been doing while using his body. Never been a huge 2099 Spider-Man fan but I’ve really gotta say Dan Slott has sold me on him in this series. I really enjoy his reasoning for being in the standard 616 and I like his relationships with both Peter and Otto. 2099 Spider-Man with Spider-Man kicking Spiderslayer and Goblin tail was just nothing but everything I ever wanted in a big Spider-Man issue. Of course like all of the Superior Spider-Man series not everyone is gonna enjoy it. But I have(and you can here me rant about it in a soon follow article Superior Spider-Man: The Spider-Man we needed but not the Spider-Man we deserved.)
I stand by what I say in that the series ended before it should have. Dan Slott of course always intended to bring Peter Parker back, whether he admitted it or not. But I can’t help but feel cheated by the fact that the Amazing Spider-Man 2 is about to hit theaters and now we are getting a relaunch of the Amazing Spider-Man. Feels a little close doesn’t it? I mean there was at least another good year of stories out of Otto being Spider-Man and can’t help but feel hoodwinked by the ending of another chapter in Dan Slott’s Spider-Man Saga. Still not as bad as Brand New Day. I’m selfish when I say I wanted to see Humberto Ramos doing the art at some point in this issue. Not Will Sliney, no offense who does the art in the epilogue.
I was quite the fan of the Superior Spider-Man and I’m sad to see it come to an end. It was a wild ride that I simply was always left guessing till the very end and I really loved that about this title. So few superhero on-goings are willing to be weird and unpredictable the way Superior-Spider-Man was. Now that Peter is back maybe the masses who hated the title for no reason can give it a read and see the missed out on some really fun story. The art was amazing. The story was spectacular. The series was superior. See what I did there. I picked it up and you should too. If you haven’t been reading the story please go to your nearest local comic store and grab the trades. Dan Slott will surprise you.
this gets 4 Dan Slott’s killing a Spider-Man out of 5
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #37
Writer: JASON AARON
Artist: GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM, PART 9!
Cover Price: $3.99
X-Men Battle of the Atom has reached its penultimate chapter in Wolverine & the X-Men #37, and the event is absolutely nothing we haven’t seen before from the X-Men. There have been some pretty interesting reveals about a certain future universe, but there are already so many of these alternate universes that the whole thing just seems kind of unimportant. So, in order to fill 10 issues worth of a 6 chapter (max) story, Battle of the Atom has been crammed with repeated, over-the-top fights between various mutant teams, which wouldn’t be a terrible thing if one fight didn’t simply lead to the next. Not only is Wolverine & the X-Men #37 bursting with this overabundance of “I saw that last issue” brawls, but it tries to take advantage of the only appealing aspect of the event in a way that ultimately falls flat.
The reveals about the relationships between future and present X-Men are really fun, and this issue touches on some of the best. Quentin Quire’s brief encounter with his younger self, Wolverine’s son Raze and his unique powers were spotlighted briefly, and Iceman (again) are highlights of these longtime X-Fan morsels of nostalgic goodness. There’s some fun interaction between Wolverine and Cyclops reminding readers of the current state of affairs of the mutants of the present. The plot is adequately moved along by Jason Aaron, but it is by no means an example of his best showing, and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli is consistently straightforward, while being more spectacle than story.
While the reveals are interesting and kind of fun, they just don’t feel meaningful whatsoever. So what if Quentin Quire is the Phoenix in some alternate future/universe? It doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t stick, and nothing in this event feels like it is going to stick. The impact of Wolverine & the X-Men #37 doesn’t feel like it will have any lasting, or even temporary, impact on Wolverine & the X-Men as a title overall. And it’s a real letdown. The interaction between Cyclops and Wolverine is fun, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen in every interaction those two have had for the last 3 years of X-comics. Although the plot is adequately moved along to its end, it’s the same plot from the last three X-books in this series: fight to get to location A, fight to get out of location A, get to location B, repeat. S.H.I.E.L.D. showing up was the only thing close to a surprise in an otherwise predictable book, but even then the helicarrier only acted as another weapon for the Brotherhood to use against mutant-kind. The story may be trying to retell X-stories of old in new ways with time-traveling elements, but it falls flat on the delivery in unimaginative ways. While the art actually shines in some of the battle scenes, those scenes depict the most obvious matchups; the three Icemans fighting, or the three Beasts fighting, for example; and did nothing to help tell the story, and unfortunately helped ruin an otherwise decent aspect of the issue by ramming the entire appeal of “time-traveling mutants” further down the readers’ throats. A necessary course of action as this, regrettably, is the single only appeal of the entire Battle of the Atom event.
The only reason to pick up Wolverine & the X-Men #37 is to get a bit more (and it’s a very small bit) of information about these future versions of the X-Men and Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The issue barely adds anything to the overall event (everyone is pretty much in the same exact fix they were in at the end of the last chapter) and adds absolutely nothing to the Wolverine & the X-Men story overall. There may be something from Battle of the Atom that sticks longer than a few issues into the series’ various titles, including Wolverine and the X-Men, but my bet would be, and history shows, that there’s little chance of that happening. This issue is definitely worth skipping altogether.