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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: August 27th, 2014

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Review: New Avengers #23

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Jonathan Hickman (WRITER) • KEV WALKER (ARTIST)
Issue #23 – “OF ALL THAT WE ONCE WERE”
• We follow the members of the now-broken Illuminati through their last day on Earth.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

The Illuminati have done the unthinkable! No, they didn’t destroy a planet and save two universes in the process (that was last issue), they’ve all lost their nerve and have just given up on their mission to keep their universe safe from multiversal incursion. All but one, that is. Jonathan Hickman is flipping the script on right and wrong, and telling one hell of an entertaining story steeped in complicated morality. Caution, there will be spoilers!

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: August 6th, 2014

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: July 30th, 2014

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Review: New Avengers Annual #1

New Avengers AnnualTitle: New Avengers Annual #1
Writer: Frank Barbiere
Artist: Marco Rudy
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $4.99

Time again for another Annual, and fans of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme will be glad to see that New Avengers Annual #1 features a solo adventure for Doctor Strange. This book doesn’t really tie into the current events of New Avengers so much as it draws inspiration from them as we watch Steven Strange continue to walk down a darker path, even as he continues to work for the greater good. And with a well-suited creative team in place, I’m happy to say that the story are quite impressive.

Following the Doctor as he makes a house call in a nearby dimension, the narrative switches focus back and forth between Steven’s struggle to exorcise a demon from a little girl and his early days as a neurosurgeon. Both settings place their focus on Strange’s drive and personality, his willingness to do or try anything save a patient, and his refusal to accept the impossibility of a given situation. This focus displays a level of savvy storytelling from Barbiere; Doctor Strange, after all, is a difficult character to write, what with his vast powers with practically no set limits on what he can and cannot do. By centering the story on Strange’s morality, though, Barbiere allows the readers to be compelled by the decisions he makes rather than his bout with the demon.

Yet while the writing is very strong, this issue is worth reading just for the artwork alone. Marco Rudy uses every inch of the page to bring the exotic, bizarre setting to life, sprawling beautiful artwork across the page while eschewing panels and traditional layout, with stellar results. As Strange battles his demonic opponent on the astral plane, Rudy lets his imagination run wild, using a variety of shapes and colors to display the action, even using rough sketch work when the situation calls for it to show the Doctor in dire straits. From cover to cover, this comic is a wonder to behold, and a perfect fit for the exotic adventures of the Sorcerer Supreme.

With strong writing and beautiful art, then, this issue is a standout comic book, and treat for any fans of Doctor Strange. There is one sticking point, however, that might be off-putting for some: the price. This being an annual, it comes with the obligatory $4.99 price tag. And while the story itself is amazing, and does clock in at 30 pages, the issue comes with nothing else to justify the price hike. Still, this is ultimately a very small complaint, and there will no doubt be many people who are willing the pay an extra dollar for very strong work.

Verdict: 4 out of 5

 

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)

Review: New Avengers #16

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New Avengers 16

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Riggs Morales

Well if you are similar to one of my colleagues and didn’t care for the last issue but love the title. Hickman gave you only a week to dwell on that last issue. That’s right a week later and we move in the. Ext exciting arc of Marvel’s Illumaniti. We find Black Panther scrolling through on the various other realities which had come to an end. Namor finds him and asks why waste his time on such trivialities? Panther has found a world which their heroes have no only stopped incursions before but are looking to take it a step further.

The Good
Jonathan Hickman seriously knows what he’s doing with this title. While I am one of the few who enjoyed the last issue. It really felt like he told that last arc just so that this one would make sense. The Great Society is absolutely genius! An otherworldly team who slightly resembles a certain League found in another comic brand. The Great Society is a group that has taken to stopping the incursions to the next level. Panther and Namor’s squabble at the beginning of the issue was just awesome. I love the two of them asking about how worlds are there with Panther still leader or how many where Namor is still king. Rigs Morales really provided the art this title has been needing for a while. Feels like the right choice after Deodato left. His character work really impressed me with the subtle designs of the The Great Society without blankly ripping off the League.

The Bad

Honestly I wanted everyone else beyond Namor and Panther. The Great Society was genius, but I wanted some non Cat Beast in this issue. I just wanted more to this issue. The ending lefty me lingering as to what was gonna happen next. How would the rest of the team react to what the Great Society had accomplished. Anyone else curious as to when the Real Blackbolt is gonna reappear? I’m missing some Midnight King right about now! Also why out Doctor Strange on the cover if he isn’t gonna appear in this issue?! I was all stoked and ready to see just what had been going on with the best part of the Bianchi issues! And oh nevermind he’ll be back in an issue or so?!

The Verdict

I loved this issue! It really set the tone once again to what Hickman is trying to achieve in this title. Much like his Fantastic Four, it will be a run unlike anything else. This remains my favorite title in Marvel right now. I can tell you already this arc is gonna be a phenom read you def don’t wanna miss out on. If you felt like dropping the title after the last couple issues this is the one that will put you back on the right track!

This one gets 4.5 not the Justice Leagues out of 5

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: March 26, 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: Silver Surfer #1

While Dan Slott may be a terrible person he still has always had the ability to tell a good story with silly concepts. This doesn’t sound like it’s gonna be a silly title actually! Surfer traveling through space exploring moral dilemmas with a young woman. Honestly if Mike Allred is doing the art I will pick it up. I was a huge Madman/Atomics fan so believe me when I say I’ll buy anything the man draws. That all being said I’ve always been drawn to the Silver Surfer, goofy name aside he’s one of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s most interesting creations and totally underused/misused. I’m not say this gonna be the most gripping title but I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun.

Silver Surfer

SILVER SURFER #1
Written by DAN SLOTT
Art by MICHAEL ALLRED
VARIANT COVER BY FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
ANIMAL VARIANT BY CHRIS SAMNEE
YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
“NEW DAWN”
The universe is big. Bigger than you could ever imagine. And the SILVER SURFER, the lone sentinel of the skyways, is about to discover that the best way to see it… is with someone else.
Meet the Earth Girl who’s challenged the Surfer to go beyond the boundaries of the known Marvel U– into the strange, the new, and the utterly fantastic!
Anywhere and Everywhere… Hang On! THE SILVER SURFER
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Gaumer: Uncanny Avengers #18

Everything has been leading up to this! Planet X! The ride through this alternate-timeline mapped out by not-quite-superstar-writer Rick Remender has been nothing short of brilliant, and I simply cannot wait to see what happens next. The Apocalypse Twins’ plans seemed to have come off without much of a hitch, and I’m anxious to see what everyone who survived the mayhem has been up to, as well as how Kang is going to fix this mess! Surely, he’s not going to leave ALL those Avengers dead is he? IS HE?!

Uncany Avengers 18

Uncanny Avengers #18.NOW!
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by DANIEL ACUÑA
VARIANT COVER BY IN-HYUK LEE
DEADPOOL VARIANT BY ROB GUILLORY
ANIMAL VARIANT BY KATIE COOK
CAPTAIN AMERICA VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
“AVENGE THE EARTH” Part One
Welcome to Planet X, the new mutant homeworld, where everything is great—presuming that you possess the mutant gene! Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp, is the last human being alive, relentlessly pursued by Magneto and his All-New X-Force and their “No More Humans” campaign, and protected by her husband, Havok! Witness the fate of the Uncanny Avengers–who survived the Apocalypse Twins’ plot, and how?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Amazing X-Men #5

Jason Aaron’s and Ed McGuinness’ romp through the afterlife reaches its conclusion this week, bringing an end to their first story arch. This story has been a ton of fun so far, and I’m anxious to see if they end it on a high note. Also, we’ve been going through Nightcrawler withdrawals for quite a while now, and this book has our fix.

Amazing X-Men 5

AMAZING X-MEN #5
Written by JASON AARON
Art by ED MCGUINNESS
• Nightcrawler and his pirate band of X-Men take on Azazel and his hellish hordes!
• One of the X-Men must make the ultimate sacrifice!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Christian: Batman: The Dark Knight #29

Three words: The Freakin’ Man-Bat! Three more words: Ethan van Sciver! Put them together and that’s 6 awesome words! This arc has been fun so far, and if the end lives up to the rest of the story this is going to be a great one. A new creative jumps on this book next issue, so look for some greatness from Hurwitz in wrapping this whole thing up.

Batman TDK 29

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #29
Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art and cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
On sale MARCH 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE
The savagery of Man-Bat reaches a horrifying peak this final issue of the series!

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Bonus Picks

Avengers #27

I feel like I’ve waited an eon since last months issue. The All-New Avengers origin is coming, the fight with the New Adaptoids is going doing! Hickman promises a science war in the solicitation! I’m beyond stoked on the next issue in this incredibly wonderful run on Avengers

Avengers 27

AVENGERS #27
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by MIKE DEODATO

“ADAPT OR DIE”
• The secret behind the All-New Avengers revealed!
• The science war overtakes the world(s).
• All the answers to the questions you wished remained hidden.
• The collision of Avengers and New Avengers is imminent.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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New Avengers #16

That’s right one week later we get the immediate next step in what Jonathan Hickman is doing with my favorite Marvel title right now! Namor and Panther to make amends finally realizing just what lies ahead and the war now seemingly trivial! Can the Illumaniti really stop what has systematically destroyed other members of the multiverse, or are they just in over there heads like many of the alternate versions of them we’ve seen prior issues?! Unlike some of my counterparts I’m looking very forward to Hickman’s immediate response to the last issue.

New Avengers 16

NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by Rags Morales
Cover by Mike Deodato
VARIANT COVER by Rags Morales
“THE NIGHT BEFORE THE WORLD ENDED”
No more bloodshed. To save their nations, the proud Black Panther and the arrogant Namor have sued for peace. As members of the Illuminati, the secret organization made up of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful heroes, they must work together to stop the extinction of the entire universe! But are their amends too little too late? There’s no turning back for the Illuminati after this issue – and they’ll pay the price for their sins.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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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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Re-Review: New Avengers #15

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New Avengers #15

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Simone Bianchi

Disagreements are big part of geekdom. Which Enterprise Captain was the best? Who is the best Doctor? Marvel vs. DC? Batman vs. Superman? These disagreements are almost as important as the things disagreed on. Since Outright Geekery is all about adhering to the awesome, arrogance of arguing an attitude, when we see something we disagree with we should, nay, are obligated to speak up in outrage. This is a Re-Review!

Last week we got a review for New Avengers #15 from Outright Geekery’s resident Marvel Zombie, and it seemed to me that the House of Ideas undead purification may have glazed his eyes and twisted his senses a bit. There may have been a few redeeming moments in Jonathan Hickman and Simone Bianchi’s next chapter in an ongoing science experiment, but not nearly enough to save the book from being quite forgettable.

The Good

Hickman has spun a tale of the infinite multiverse that has allowed for some truly fun looks into alternate versions of characters. This issue open on one of those alternate Illuminati talking about Reed Richard’s miracle machine. You know, the one that first allowed Reed to enter a pocket universe in Hickman’s Fantastic Four run, and then was used by the Illuminati to watch other universes like Cinemax? Well, it can now look into the past of these other universes, like Cinemax on DVR. The science was explained very nicely, and that aspect of the title overall has been great, but, alas, is the only redeeming element of this issue.

The Bad

Where to begin? Bianchi’s art may not be my cup o’ tea, but it’s not just taste that ruins this artwork. Some panels seem rushed, while others are full of finer details, and, although I completely understand how artists can draw Beast differently from book to book, Bianchi draws the Beast, and many of the other characters, differently from panel to panel in this ish. The inconsistency is terrible. Hickman’s writing is good, and he’s definitely building on an epic landscape that is sure to be great once the bigger picture is made more apparent, but New Avengers #15 trudges through a mire of boring that leaves the reader wanting. Half of the issue is spent explaining how a piece of science works, with Reed and Beast teaching Tony (which is only believable due to this being an alternate universe, but feels equally worthless to the 616 version of the Illuminati we actually care about), then the issue goes into using that newly discovered science to give readers some background on the character Black Swan, which only reinforces that she’s a total bitch, something readers pretty much already knew, and the issue ends with the reveal that Terrax has been giving Black Swan advice, which, again, we already pretty much knew, with that “advice” being to do absolutely nothing instead of taking any action at all. I get that Black Swan did stuff in other universes, I get that she was maybe planning on doing something in the 616 universe, but this issue did nothing to make that entire aspect of the character more attractive as a bigger part of the epic Hickman is telling, and does more to ruin this single issue of a comic.

The Verdict

I get what this issue is; it’s a filler issue that’s building to something more; and that’s quite fine and good, if I was going to read New Avengers in trade. But I’m not, I’m reading them in single issues, and I want every issue to be good on its own, not just fertilizer on a garden that will bloom in the future. I have no doubt that what was being presented in this issue will be important down the road, and that will lead to an entertaining experience then, but this won’t be one of the issues in this epoch that will be looked at as entertaining all on its own.

Writing: 3 Out of 5
Art: 2 Out of 5
Overall: 2.5 Out of 5

Review: New Avengers #15

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New Avengers #15

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Simone Bianchi

We continue where we last left the Illumaniti, looking through Mr. Fantastic’s bridge. Watching as other versions of them fall to the incursions that try to take their Earth from them. They begin to speculate that the gate is like a telescope when refined. That some of the alternate worlds are further from them. Like a star they have perished long before they laid eyes on them. That its these long since perished worlds are the ones they can learn from. Even more to the point that they can observe just how the Black Swan plays into all of this… What they fine is far worse than they could imagine.

The Good
While Simone Bianchi is not everyone’s cup of tea, I def would say on this title, its for me. Its very much a work of art in this issue. What more praise can a give Jonathan Hickman, other than this issue was absolutely brilliant. The twist at the end left my head spinning and called for me to reread the last couple of issues. It was there in front of me the entire time! Man I could not believe I didn’t see that. Yes I’m purposefully not spoiling it because you need to read this issue, and maybe take a look at the last few from after Infinity. There was a little goodie there the entire time.

The Bad
Gaumer really should have done this review because I’m surre he has a long list of things he found wrong with this issue. What I will say you have to be on your game on this issue. Its one of those if the last few aren’t super fresh in your head its a little confusing. Some readers may not appreciate it, I totally understand. Like I said reread if you have to, its awesome. Like I said before not everyone likes Simone Bianchi’s art and there are a few week panels which I will point out. It seemed rushed or lazy on details. It bothered me more the second time I read it.

The Verdict
This was an awesome rap up to this little arc on preparing us for just what Hickman is gonna throw at the Avengers. The stage is set for whats gonna be all sort of chaos and far worse than what Infinity brought for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. I have to say this has been for me the best title coming out of Marvel for the past year. i know you might not all agree with me on that, but its just plain DOPE!

It gets 4 Black Swans out of 5