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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: February 18th, 2015

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Gaumer’s Top New Ongoing Comics of 2014

We continue our review of the year that was 2014, and I wanted to cap off my series of articles covering the awesome of 2014 by highlighting this year’s comics that will persist into 2015 and beyond. Ongoing comics are one of my favorite aspects of the medium because they are there each and every month, provide an opportunity to tell elaborate stories with epic scope, and there’s nothing quite like a 50 issue investment paying off in spades. But, being a comic Nowist (coined term; trademark pending) I’m all about the new comics, and the freshness and excitement that comes along with them. Here’s my top new ongoing comic books of 2014.

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: December 24th, 2014

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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

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: May 7th, 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.


Jules: Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #1

Brian Michael Bendis has been delivering a Spider-Man tale for my generation since it’s inception at the tail end of the 90’s. This recent reboot comes at a solid time in the Ultimate Universe as the rebuild after 616 Galactus destroyed New Jersey. Now a member the fresh, young Ultimates, how will Miles Morales continue his life and the legacy of Peter Parker the original Ultimate Spider-Man? I’m ready to pick this one up!

Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man 1

Variant Cover by FIONA STAPLES
Variant Cover by Brandon Peterson
• MILES is back in action with a new status quo and a new outlook on life!
• A BIG BIG BIG villain from PETER PARKER’s past is alive and well and about to turn New York upside down!
• The last page will have ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN fans SCREAMING!
• This issue can’t be missed!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


Taylor: She-Hulk #4

She-Hulk has been the most pleasant surprise of the year for me, and I’m looking forward to this new issue. With the promise of a showdown with Dr Doom, it’ll be interesting to see how Charles Soule keeps up his blend of super-heroics and legal intrigue. Should be fun!

She-Hulk 4

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 outted 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


Christian: Detective Comics #31

Another week, another issue of Batman, but this time it’s not Eternal or vs. Bane, it’s the tour de force of art known as Detective Comics by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The job this dynamic duo did on The Flash was special, but the seeing them work on the Bat last ish was an amazing thing to behold. Can’t wait to get into this comic come Wednesday!

Detective Comics 31
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 7 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Death comes to Wayne Manor – and the number one suspect is Bruce Wayne! In order to solve this mystery, Batman’s investigations will lead him to the mysterious man known as Sumo!


Gaumer: The New 52 – Futures End #1

Yes this is just a really big What If? sort of book, yes it’s a weekly investment, and yes I wish they’d punctuate better (of maybe it’s a bunch of futures ending??), but the FCBD #0 issue of this series really got me going, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Batman Beyond travels back in the day to stop Brother Eye from putting the Borg on the entire DCU. This one is going to be fun!

Futures End

Cover by RYAN SOOK
1:50 Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON
On sale MAY 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52! In this debut issue of The New 52’s weekly series, Batman Beyond arrives five years later! Grifter turns against humanity! And a Justice League member DIES!


Jesse: Nailbiter #1

Image Comics has been hitting the shelves really hard with number 1’s lately, and I couldn’t be happier about it. The publisher adores topics and stories that the Big 2 won’t touch with a 10-foot pole, and my pick this week is a testament to that fact. Serial killers solving crimes isn’t anything new, but when Scott Snyder says something is a great idea, you listen and listen hard.

Nailbiter 1

art / cover: MIKE HENDERSON
MAY 7 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99
JOSHUA WILLIAMSON & MIKE HENDERSON deliver a mystery that mixes Twin Peaks with the horror of Se7en!
Buckaroo, Oregon has given birth to sixteen of the vilest serial killers in the world. An obsessed FBI profiler investigating the town has suddenly gone missing, and now an NSA Agent must work with the notorious serial killer Edward “Nailbiter” Warren to find his friend and solve the mystery of “Where do serial killers come from?”
“If Josh died I wish he’d leave NAILBITER to me in his will so I could say it was my idea.” — Scott Snyder (SEVERED, Batman, American Vampire)


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

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Review: She-Hulk #2


She-Hulk #2

Writer: Charles Soule

Artist: Javier Pulido

Jennifer Walters( She-Hulk for those who have no idea what her real name is) has left the big law firm she had previous worked for and has now opened a private practice of her own. The first issue was an incredibly start to what will no doubt be a very talked about title this year. In this issue you find Jennifer building her practice with new employees, a night on the town, and drunken superhero hi-jinks. Needless to say this title is just plain too cool for school, and the fact that an actual lawyer writes this title only makes the jargon so perfect it stings.

The Good

Patsy Walker, Hellcat. What an awesome character to appear out of nowhere. One of the many I thought someday I’m gonna be an awesome writer for Marvel and I’m gonna throw one of my favorite Defenders into a title. Well, Charles Soule beats me to this one and it was a great touch. The two of them on the town getting drunk and deciding to go costume up and punch some bad guys, brilliant. Javier Pulido’s art is sheer gold. As many may know I’m a giant fan of this classic style. This is the perfect kind of title, the panel work is genius. All sorts of fun following the story up down and around pages.

The Bad

Not a whole lot wrong with this issue. I was hoping to dive deep into the next case, I mean a case file is sitting in front of her int first few pages. However her next big case doesn’t fall into her lap until the last page, which really got me stoked for the next issue. One tiny little knit pick was the big S on her costume. Did not think She-Hulk needs a big S on her chest to remind us that she’s She-Hulk. I mean come on the fact that she is like 6’7″ and is hulking green doesn’t immediately let us know? Still the art is spectacular, so who am I to complain?

The Verdict

This is a strong follow up to the amazing first issue of the series. Apparently Charles Soule is just on a hot streak and cannot be stopped. A man writing the pages for both Marvel and DC. Javier Pulido’s art delivers a classy look to a classy title. This isn’t the usual heroes smash the bad guys all the time title. This is a sort of slice of life with hero stuff in the background or on the side. I love this title, it may not be for you but it was for me.

A solid 4 out of five smashes!

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: March 5th, 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.


Jules: New Warriors #2

Really think this title is gonna be solid. The first issue was just exactly what the doctor ordered. Classic Chris Yost, a team spread out with very different ideals will somehow make their way to one another for a common goal they cannot foresee. I love how random the cast of characters are for the most part. Really can’t wait ’til this team is pulled together. I’m dying to see just where exactly the New Warriors fit in the Avengers World, this new dawn of Mutants, this Inhuman age… Where will this team fit?

New Warriors 2

VARIANT Cover by Mark Bagley
• The Evolutionaries are on the war path! If it’s not human, it DIES.
• What does the High Evolutionary want with Nova?
• All across the world, the New Warriors come together… SEE! Sun Girl and Haechi deal with Morlocks! WITNESS! Justice and Speedball fight to save magic! CRINGE! As Scarlet Spider refuses to play well with others.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


Gaumer:  Forever Evil #6

The penultimate chapter in Geoff Johns and David Finch’s amazingly entertaining event, Forever Evil, is finally upon us, if not a week or so late. The final fate of Nightwing, more escapades of Lex Luthor’s new Justice League, and more Crime Syndicate dysfunction is on the menu, and, going by what we’ve been given thus far, I have a ton of faith that the last build-up to the finality of this event is going to something people talk about for years. Don’t miss this!

Forver Evil 6

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
1:25 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:50 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:100 Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale FEBRUARY 19 • 32 pg, 6 OF 7, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The final fate of Nightwing! The most unlikely of allies have set the Crime Syndicate in their sights — and they’re playing for keeps while the life of a hero hangs in the balance! Plus, the identity of the mysterious man in the hood is finally revealed!


Taylor: She-Hulk #2

Fresh off of a strong showing from Issue #1, Soule and Pulido return with their next installment in the adventures of Jen Walters. This series is shaping up to be a lot of fun, and a refreshing change of pace from usual super-heroic fair, as it looks to blend Shulkies superhero and lawyer identities together. I’m anxious to see if they can keep up the good work.

She-Hulk 2

• Jennifer opens her own practice, but things aren’t going as smoothly as she’d like.
• A new client rides into town…but is he hero or villain?
• Guest-starring Patsy Walker, Hellcat!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99


J. Jonah Jesse: The Saviors #3

A sort of quirky Lizard Aliens taking over the earth, and our protagonist, the unlikely stoner, caught up in the middle of it! James Robinson got out of DC and is making serious waves in new Indie titles and Marvel books. This is a gem of a comic. Artist J. Bone is creating a snapping black and white world with a stylized feel right out of a ’70s cartoon. This is certainly at the top of my pull list this week.

Saviors #3

art / cover J. BONE
FEBRUARY 26 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99
Tomas Ramirez is now in the small Mexican coastal town of La Calma, where other new freedom fighters allies intend to test a device to end the threat of the aliens forever. But the aliens have a counterattack plan of their own, so this certainly will be the Day of the Dead.


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 1

All-New-Marvel-Now-logoMarvel Comics is doing it again! The publisher’s NOW! series of “mini” relaunches isn’t quite a year old and the House of Ideas thinks it’s a really good idea to rebrand the whole damn thing. Okay, whatever! The first NOW! brand gave us some really fun and interesting stories, with Hickman’s Avengers, Aaron’s Thor: God of Thunder, Bendis’ All-New X-Men, and Waid’s Indestructible Hulk leading the way. Some of these new titles, like Avengers Arena, were needed breaths of fresh air, while others, like Morbius: The Living Vampire, just didn’t resonate with readers quite as much. All-New Marvel NOW! is sure to have the same “hit or miss” titles in the mix, and Outright Geekery is here to give the rundown and speculate on will rock and what will suck. The list is way too big to be contained by a single post, so here’s the first in a series about Marvel’s upcoming #1’s.

In this first part of the series, we get a bit of the old, a bit of the new, and whole lot o’ ladies.


All-New Invaders
All-New Invaders
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Steve Pugh


The World War II throwback team of Namor, Captain America, Bucky (AKA The Winter Soldier) and the original Human Torch is reformed with a modern twist. There promises to be plenty of old-school nostalgia but it’s set in the current day of Marvel continuity.

Gaumer: I have to admit I’m pretty tired of the same old Cap and the Gang stories from WW2. But I also have to admit I love the team itself, and seeing them thrown back together in the modern day is going to be pretty freaking awesome! James Robinson rarely disappoints, and this should be no different.

I’ll be grabbing this off the shelf, and I’m on-board for at least the first few issues. There’s no telling where this will go, and I’m sure it will be fun getting there, but, unless I simply love where it’s at after a few months I’ll be dropping it.

Jules: I’m down right stoked for this title, James Robinson was doing great things with Earth 2 at DC, he’s always done well with Golden Age Characters and this is def one of those titles. I was also a big fan of Steve Pugh’s art while he was on AnimalMan also on DC, so I feel like good things coming through in this title. I’m mostly excited to see Namor in another book and the original Human Torch.

I’ll pick it up for sure, and knowing Robinson, I will wait out the sea of words he’ll throw at the first couple of issues. Steve Pugh’s art alone has me in this for the long haul.

Taylor: The book itself seems like it should be good enough. James Robinson is a good fit with the characters, and Captain America can serve as an effective tool to draw readers in so that Winter Soldier, Namor, and Old School Torch can have more mainstream exposure. But really, we should just be excited that Stave Pugh is being given a vehicle to reach more audiences.

That being said, though, this probably won’t be an immediate purchase for me. For one thing, I’m no fan of Namor’s, and as much as I love Cap, he’s being handled well in a number of other books. But really, I’m just not excited enough by a reunion of the Invaders to jump in without seeing where it’s heading first. If it gets good word of mouth, though, I’d be glad to check it out in trade.


All-New X-Factor
All-New X-Factor
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico


While the Investigations team of the past may still bring a tear to the eye of some forlorn fanboys, this New, sorry, All-New X-Factor is a different take on the typical team book. This one is controlled by a corporation, namely Serval Industries, and may truly be something new.

Gaumer: I have no need whatsoever to see a solicit or an interview or even a single spoiler as to whatever will go on in this book. I don’t care what the plot it; I don’t care who is on the team; I don’t care who is drawing the book. Peter David is writing an X-Factor and I couldn’t be happier about it! I loved X-Factor Investigations so much that this book could be Layla and Madrox living family life on the farm and I’d read the damn thing.

This never left my pull-list. I’ll get it; I’ll buy every single issue; I’ll buy the tie-in books that will ultimately follow; I’ll gladly kneel before the greatness that is Peter David. Did I mention I like Peter David?

Jules: PETER DAVID?! I mean come on! Did Gaumer mention Peter David is writing this book? Look, honestly, Peter David means I will buy every issue. He’s Peter David. Yes the premise is awesome, the art looks awesome, the team has solid selections, but Peter David alone makes this worth purchasing. I was afraid when the end of X-factor was announced I wouldn’t get another Peter David book, or another X-factor. Marvel comes through in the clutch.

I will Purchase EVERY ISSUE! If you’ve never enjoyed anything this man has written you’re seriously missing out on one prolific writer in the Marvel bullpen. No I won’t ignore that Carmine Di Giandomenio is such a sweet artist, and will make this book rad looking.

Taylor: …Soooo, I don’t know if you heard, but Peter David is writing X-Factor, which is pretty cool. I’ll leave it at that, as I’m pretty sure that you get the point by now. Instead, I’d like to point out that Carmine Di Giandomenio is a great artist and that I’m excited to see him headline a relaunch. Add on to this a strong line-up, and you have all the makings of a great run on the series.

But while I’m sure that this book will be great, I’m going to hold off for now. I say this not because I’m particularly worried about anything; it’s just that I usually only keep up with so many X-Books at any given time, and right now Wolverine and the X-Men and Brian Wood’s X-Men are where I go for my mutant fix. But hey, maybe there’s room for one more. If this new X-Factor lives up to the promise, I’ll be glad to pick it up.


Black Widow
Black Widow
Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: Phil Noto


Constantly shifting story tones and super-hero spy thrills are the order in this new title for one of Marvel’s most exciting characters. Black Widow may get the 2014 she deserves after all.

Gaumer: I am in no way a fan of this character. It’s nothing personal at all, but Widow just never really did it for me. However, the art is going to be great; Edmondson is by no means a slacker in the writing department, and “spy thriller” sounds like something missing from my hold box. But, I’m still not sold.

I’m on-board for at least two issues. I like the art, but if Edmondson doesn’t have me by issue two I’m just not going to give it much more attention. I want to love Black Widow, I just don’t.

Jules: I’m with Gaumer, I’ve always wanted to like Black Widow more than I do. Bendis’ Mighty Avengers has always been when I liked her the most, but for the most part I still like Mockingbird better, yup went there. Edmondson is a solid choice for writing a ‘spy noir’ kinda book. I’m really just looking forward to Phil Noto’s art. I mean if you haven’ seen his fake candid photo’s of Marvel heroes in the 60’s, you have no idea why I’m stoked on him penciling this book.

All that aside I’m on board for at least the initial arc, I hope I get gripped, shut my mouth and start loving Black Widow more than Mockingbird, yes went there again.

Taylor: This one is actually one of the new books I’m most excited about. Every now and then, a character gets paired with the perfect creative team, and I think we have just such a case here. Edmondson brings a strong background in espionage capers, which seems a natural fit for Marvel’s premiere secret agent. And it only gets better with the art being handled by the very capable Phil Noto, who excels at drawing strong, powerful women, making them beautiful without reducing them to sex-toys.

I’m certainly going to be on board for this one, at least for the first arc.


Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: Mike Del Mundo


Elektra Natchios is back and in full-form as the red-clad assassin. Elektra is still up to her old ninja games, but she is torn by her identity: is she a hero, or is she a villain?

Gaumer: Here we go again! It’s as if I’ve read this same solicit 5, 6, or 10 times before…oh, because I have! I’ve been fooled way too many times before. I’m not a fan of the character because she’s been so overused, and I’m not getting on that Titanic just to  wait for the inevitable iceberg.

Nope! Ain’t goin’ ta do it! I’m leaving this on the shelf.

Jules: Seriously? Again with this? Dude, no one will ever write her the way Frank Miller did on Daredevil run; can’t we just say it was the best because we barely knew the character, and just as we got to know her, she f#ckin died!

Of all the characters that could get their own book, this is the one I was hoping they wouldn’t try again. I’m not into it. Someone else read it and tell me if I was wrong and if its any good.

Taylor: As someone who’s never really been interested in Elektra as a character, I’m afraid that I’m not really drawn to check her new book here. That being said, Zeb Wells is a very capable writer, and Mike Del Mundo has a strong and inventive art style that could be very interesting to see, especially on a book like this one that should be a little left of mainstream, perhaps allowing him a loose leash to work with.

Maybe it will end up being a sleeper hit, but I can’t say that I’ll be along for the ride.


Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Javier Pulido


She-Hulk is back, and back in a huge way! Big muscles; big adventure; big cases? Jennifer Walters gets back to her lawyer roots and attempts to balance a job, a life as a super-hero and a love life.

Gaumer: I love this character; I love this writer; I love the ideas being bounced around about the character by her new writer! Soule being a lawyer himself should make for some really interesting stuff and I cannot wait!

Yup, this is making my pull-list. I’m not completely sold, I’ll admit, but unless the book is just so completely terrible that I can’t justify keeping it on my list I’ll be reading it.

Jules: Where the hell was this when that travesty called the RED SHE-HULK book was being published. I’m super stoked for this title. I’ve always been a big fan of She-Hulk I’m happy to see her being used more, She’s honestly a really solid character.

I’m become a small fan of Charles Soule’s recent work and really looking forward to see what he can do with her. I’m gonna give it a shot and hope for the best.

Taylor: I’m unabashedly excited to have Jen Walters back, if for no other reason than because I’m glad to see Marvel moving away from the whole Red-Variety Hulks phase. That, and Jen is one of the cooler characters out there to begin with.

This is going to be one of my wait-and-see books. It has a lot of promise, and I’m hoping to see the creative team live up to it.


That’s it for NOW! for now! Tell us what you think in the Facebook comments or below, and be sure to check back tomorrow for more of what All-New Marvel NOW! will have in store!