Monday, July 24, 2017

Luke Cage #3 Review - Marvel Monday


Power Man Go Home

Written by: David F. Walker
Art by: Nelson Blake II
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Review by: Aaron Anderson

David F. Walker continues his tail, twisted with Power Man's past and his compromised future. Hopefully we can all get on the trolley and move this story along. Because last issue felt like it dragged a little. Let us just hope it's not the trolley on the cover being punched to a screeching halt.


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Ep #12: All New Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man, Astonishing X-Men, Secret Empire / Marvel Madness Comics Podcast


Episode #12: All New Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man, Astonishing X-Men, Secret Empire / Marvel Madness Comics Podcast

The 12th Episode has arrived to pleasure/torture your ear drums! The dastardly duo, of “Wait until Game of Thrones is Over” Branden and “the Uber Connoisseur” Trevitt, bring to you four new Marvel titles to talk about for the week of July 19, 2017. “Sleepy” Carl is still working the early shifts but sends his thoughts in as well … in the end  should BUY, BORROW, or FORGET the following titles:
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Marvel Monday's Marvelous Covers - Week of July 19, 2017


Marvel Monday’s Marvelous Covers of the Week – July 19, 2017


We’re back again with some Marvelous covers for you to glance through this week with a bunch of recommendations from some Get Fresh Crew members to boot!   With a glut of Comic-Con news coming out over the last few days you may have missed a few of these standout covers this week that come along with some hard hitting art analysis from yours truly so jump in and find out what’s what.

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Marvel Monday Melee Madness - Week of July 19, 2017


Marvel Monday’s Melee Madness – Week of July 19, 2017

There was a bunch of cool and noteworthy stuff I found hunting through the books this week. I even went ahead and cheated a little bit and pulled a movie poster and a few DC moments along for the ride until Jim gets his act together and does a DC version.  

Also message to the Get Fresh Crew; you're all quick with suggestions about covers but we’re all severely lacking in the suggestions for the moments column … trust me you don’t want me to be the ultimate judge of whats cool or not, let me know what you think as well!
  
If you find yourself reading and think something, anything, stands out and grabs your attention let me know either on the slack chat (tag me) or on twitter at @bmur3660. Until next week enjoy.


As always SPOILER ALERT from this point forward.  
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Astonishing X-Men #1 Review - Marvel Monday


Astonishing X-Men #1 Review


Writer: Charles Soule
Art Team: Jim Cheung, Mark Morals, Guillermo Ortego,
Walden Wong, Richard Isanove & Rain Beredo
Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Cover Price: $4.99

The Right Stuff

The X-Men Resurrection lineup wraps up its relaunch by finally dropping its final title Astonishing X-Men.  With a team made up of a unique mix of morally ambiguous characters it’s definitely an attention grabber for sure. So does this cast of characters translate into a team you care reading about going forward? Do you have too many X books on the pull list already and aren’t sure if this should be added?  I’m about to break this down, spoil it, and tell you right ….. now.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 133: DC Comics Rebirth, Kite Man and Knuckle Sandwiches

Jim, Eric, Reggie and the GFC get together to discuss Kite Man's origin, Superman's love of the U.S.A. and so much more.  Hear what Jim's favorite color pants are and maybe even an alt-version of Forest Gump...Hell Yea!

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New 52 Review Podcast Ep 11: Green Arrow Vol 1 - The Midas Touch



Jim and Eric discuss Volume 1 of the New 52 Green Arrow.  Eric actually had very fond memories of this book...does he still agree with those as we go back and check it out? Let's just say,  sometimes you shouldn't go home again!

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Sisters of Sorrow #1 Review




Written by: Kurt Sutter and Courtney Alameda
Art by: Hyeonjin Kim, Jean-Paul Csuka and Jim Campbell

Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Review by: Aaron Anderson

I have been branching out in my comic collecting lately. If the stories I am reading are not making me happy I will find some that will. When I was perusing the comicbookroundup.com I came across this issue, Sisters of Sorrow. I didn't read any of the reviews just the scores and this one was really scoring high and had a cool cover and that was enough for me. Now let's see if the interior matches the drapes.


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

American Gods: Shadows #5 Review and *Spoilers*


Monsters and Gods

Written by: Neil Gaiman and P Craig Russell
Art by: P Craig Russell and Scott Hampton and Rick Parker
Cover Price: $3.99
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: July 12, 2017



Dark Horse’s American Gods has, after an initially underwhelming start, become a comic to which I rather look forward each month. This adaptation has been very much a slow burn up to now, but there are deepening mysteries beginning to unfold and characters being introduced who are quirky and distinctive enough to hold the attention even while the questions swirl around the reader’s head. In this issue, Shadow’s journey down the rabbit hole continues apace and shows no sign of letting up. Step into the madness…

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Spencer and Locke #4 Review



Cat Got Your Tongue?



Written by: David Pepose
Art By: Jorge Santiago, Jr., Jasen Smith, and Colin Bell
Cover Price: $3.99
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Release Date: July 19, 2017

With Spencer & Locke coming to a surprise end ( which is only a surprise to me as I mostly jump into reviewing some of these series without knowing much about them and do my best to avoid any kind of solicitation talk), I’m looking forward to wrapping this mystery up. Although the series hasn’t been all highs, I think it’s done a great job of using a well-known and beloved comic strip to broach the subject of imaginary friends and coping mechanisms we use to find solace in the more traumatic sides of our lives. With that being said I can’t help but be a bit disappointment in how the mystery itself has been handled as it seems to take a backseat to having surprise endings and focusing more on the emotional coping aspect. So let’s jump in and see how the series wraps up.


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The Wild Storm #6 Review and **Spoilers**



Written by: Warren Ellis
Art by: Jon Davis-Hunt, Steve Buccellato and John Kalisz
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017


Aaaand… I was right. It doesn’t happen very often so allow me to bask in my own self-reflected glory just for a moment. As I guessed last month, this issue does indeed open with the kind of action sequence to make Michael Bay go weak at the knees. It’s been a long wait (since issue 1 actually), but we finally get to see Deathblow in action and, bloody hell, it is brutally, gorily glorious. But, this issue isn’t just about Michael Cray putting the beatdown on two hapless IO goons. There’s a lot more going on here and I suggest you buckle up. There’s a lot to take in.

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Batman #27


It's time for a spotlight on Batman #27.  It's a Kite Man origin story...does that mean Hell Yea?  Let's find out...

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Injustice 2 #15 Review



Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo, Juan Albaran, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 18, 2017

The previous issue had me pretty pumped, as we got a lot of action with the two parties coming to their first big confrontation. Then to find out it’s mostly just a distraction as they pull off the twisted idea of stealing the decaying body of Alfred with the intentions of resurrecting him. Then to add insult to macabre injury part of the crew makes off with Dina, Ollie and Black Lightning’s children. I look forward to hopping into this issue and seeing just where these threads lead, so take a look after the jump and see my thoughts.


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Best DC Comics Covers of the Week 7/19/17

Two Aquamen, Two Jorges

There was some really great artwork gracing the fronts of DC Comics this week! Paring them down into the five best was really difficult--so I didn't! Two covers wound up in a rare tie, and they were both from the same book! Which book was it? You'll have to read on to find out!
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Throwback Thursday: KFC Presents: Colonel Corps - Crisis of Infinite Colonels #1 Review



Infinite Deliciousness

Written by: Tony Bedard
Art by: Tom Derenick, Trevor Scott, Hi-Fi and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: FREE
Release Date: July 5, 2016

I have to thank Taylor for "making" me read and review both of the KFC Presents books which have to be among the zaniest DC Comic crossovers ever.  The first book (Colonel of Both Worlds) featured the evil Colonel Sunder from Earth-3, coming to our Universe to take it over by making chicken "the easy way", but as everyone knows, that just don't fly.  The Colonel, with help from Flash, was able to defeat Sunder and the book ended with him heading back to his Earth, "where things make more sense".  Well, if I've learned anything in life, it's that KFC is delicious and bad guys always come back for more evil doing!  So, the book I never thought would be made got a sequel and that leads us to the matter at hand...my review for KFC Presents: Colonel Corps - Crisis of Infinite Colonels #1.  Does it continue being a finger lickin' good time or did Tony Bedard and crew try to make it the easy way?  Let's find out...


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Throwback Thursday: The Colonel of Two Worlds #1 Review




THE COLONEL



Written by: Shane Edwards and Tony Bedard
Art by: Tom Derenick, Trevor Scott, Hi-Fi and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: Free
Release Date: October 7, 2015

Way back in 2015, I was planning on reviewing this book and for one reason or another (laziness), I never did.  So, when my my Taylor sent out a message on Twitter that he was surprised we never reviewed it, I thought he was wrong at first and then found out what his girlfriend must know by now...Taylor is never wrong!  Well, I am going to rectify the situation by reviewing this book and I'll tell you right now, it's not as silly as it appears.  Is that a good thing?  Let's find out...


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Batwoman #5 Review and *SPOILERS*

Fill in the Blanks


Written By: Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV
Art By: Stephanie Hans
Letters By: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Just when I thought there was a light at the end of the tunnel, I read the solicitation for this issue and realized that it was not the beginning of a new story arc but rather an epilogue issue for the first story arc. Needless to say, this entire series so far has been a major disappointment and I’m desperate to move on to the next story arc but I’m forced to remain on the island of Coryana for what seems to be an eternity. However, I must come into this issue with an open mind and judge it accordingly but when I think of this series so far, the word that comes to mind is lazy. For most of the first arc we saw the same fight over and over again with a list of unmemorable characters and some vague flashbacks thrown in. At least we’ve had Epting’s art up to now but even that has begun to decline in quality. That said, lets just jump right into this issue and see if it can surprise us.
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Batman '66 Meets The Legion of Super-Heroes #1 Review


Where we’re going, we don’t need Bat computers

Story and Art by: Lee Allred, Michael Allred, Laura Allred
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover: Michael and Laura Allred
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Review by: Ryan Douglas





I haven't paid any attention to the ‘66 titles up until now. But this particular title got my attention, based on the creative team behind the scene, working their magic. That alone gave me a reason to finally give this series a go. Even the pairing on the two teams, makes the possibilities endless of wacky adventures to take our characters on. I turned off my modern comic reading eyes to visit a time of the past, going in with a open mind and remembering things could get bonkers….


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Green Arrow #27 Review


Green With Wonder

Written by: Ben Percy
Art by: Jamal Campbell and Nate Piekos
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017

I have gone back and forth with this book during Rebirth.  It has consistently great art and while the start had me wondering why Ben Percy didn't give us these stories in the New 52, it hasn't been great since.  The main problem is it is starting to feel a bit stale, but hitting the road maybe just what the doctor ordered.  I may not have been a huge fan of last issue, but I'm hoping Wonder Woman changes my latitude and attitude.  Let's find out if she does...


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Trinity #11 Review


I Want Mercy 

Written by: Francis Manapul
Art by: Francis Manapul, Scott Hanna, Scott Godlewski, Wil Quintana, Blond and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017

I love Francis Manapul's art.  I love it so, so, so much.  You can say that I am a Francis Manapul fanboy.  That's why it pains me so much that I don't like this book.  Granted, I love the art, but the book itself has been issue after issue of disjointed and unnecessary storytelling that has gone nowhere at all.  The current Dead Space story is more of the same up to this point...all art/no story and I hope Manapul can somehow pull out a Doug Flutie hail marry to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.  Well, does he?  Let's find out...


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Aquaman #26 Review and **SPOILERS**

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Say, You Look an Awful Lot Like Aquaman

Story: Dan Abnett 
Art, Color and Cover: Stjepan Sejic 
Lettering: Steve Wands 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: July 19, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

I could go into a long preamble about the current story in Aquaman, what I expect, my hopes and dreams for comic books and life in general. But Stjepan Sejic drew this issue. So let’s not delay and hop right in!
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Super Sons #6 Review


Ten > Teen

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017

Super Sons has been one of my favorite books since it came out, but I am starting to teeter a bit.  The problem isn't the character, which I love, but the overuse of their bickering and fighting.  I understand that they need to become friends and it's a nice amalgam of their dads...but please, let's put it behind us and get to the good stuff!  Hopefully, with the Kid Amazo stuff behind us, we can get just that...the good stuff.  Does it all begin this issue?  Let's find out...


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Harley Quinn #24 Review and **SPOILERS**


Your Mommy’s Alright, Your Daddy’s Alright, They Just Seem a Little Bit Weird

Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner 
Artist: John Timms, Joseph Michael Linsner 
Colors: Jeremiah Skipper 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Back-Up Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Paul Dini 
Back-Up Pencils: Bret Blevins 
Back-Up Inks: J. Bone 
Back-Up Colors: Alex Sinclair 
Cover: Amanda Conner & Alex Sinclair 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: July 20, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Okay, so what’s going on right now? Harley’s parents are hanging around, the Mayor is going to kill the Chief of Police, Harley Sinn wants to kill the mayor…is that everything? Oh yeah, Red Tool is joining up with Poison Ivy to throw a surprise party for Harley and there’s that girl from the future that’s supposed to be fighting crime or something? I think that covers everything currently happening in the Harley Quinn title right now. Plus a Paul Dini/Bret Blevins back-up that’s largely inoffensive. So what will we get this issue? Let’s find out, right now!
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Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #10 Review and **SPOILERS**

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Mister Carson Was My Father

Written By: Jon Rivera 
Story By: Gerard Way & Jon Rivera 
Art & Cover By: Michael Avon Oeming 
Interior & Cover Colors By: Nick Filardi 
Letters By: Clem Robins 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: July 19, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

For the last few issues, I’ve been thinking this series should be re-titled Cave Carson Had a Cybernetic Eye, but the way things left off last time, he could get it back again! It would be cool, if only so we don’t have to keep looking at that gross bloody bandage over his open eye socket anymore. So let’s play comic book opthamologists and check in on Cave Carson’s current ocular health, shall we?
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Justice League #25 Review


You Can't Stop Shirak

Written by: Bryan Hitch
Art by: Tom Derenick, Andy Owens, Scott Hanna, Trevor Scott, Hi-Fi and Richard Starkings
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017

Well, Bryan Hitch is back just in time for the extra sized anniversary issue of Justice League.  Maybe I should have put "anniversary" because for the life of me, I'm not sure what it's an anniversary of, especially since we started off Rebirth with two #1 issues.  I guess I am too naive to see this is just a way to tack on a few extra pages and up the price by a dollar...or am I???  Oh well, after not getting any Hitch for almost two months, he is back and he is bringing all his Timeless, Kindred, World Breakers (do I need to go on?!?) baggage with him.  Does he use the extra pages given to him here to actually tie up one of his stories and make the future of the Justice League look bright?  Let's find out, but I'm guessing you won't need to wear shades...


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Batman #27 Review and *SPOILERS*



Hell No


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Clay Mann, Danny Miki, John Livesay, Gabe Eltaeb, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The War of Jokes and Riddles has been a bit disappointing in my opinion because where we have this really cool concept for a story, we're only shown the least intriguing parts of it, while trying to determine in what world would the Joker, after only being the Joker for what seems like a little under a year would lose his damn sense of humor.  Not only that, but the Riddler just spouts off riddles that don't seem to do anything for the story, while the two are setting up for a war that we're only given a single splash page to see.............  That's what I want to see damn it, show it!  Anyway, when we last left the war, Riddler was getting Poison Ivy on his side, while the Joker was getting the full force of the Falcone crime family on his....... through the Penguin, which I'm guessing is acting in secret on Joker's behalf because even though Carmine was still alive at the end of last issue, his helping the Joker would just seem off.  Okay, let's jump into this interlude here and check out the origins of Kite-Man........ for some reason.  Let's check it out.
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Nightwing #25 Review and *SPOILERS*



Making A Difference 


Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Minkyu Jung, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

When we last stepped into Bludhaven, we saw our hero going through villain after villain on Tiger Shark's submarine as he tried to find himself a way out.  Too bad that when he finally reached his destination and was completely pooped from his experience, he found Blockbuster waiting for him and using the escape pod for himself, but not before leaving a bomb for Nightwing and the rest of the Bludhaven outsiders, who he believes he getting rid of to save the city.  Yeah, it was a hell of a cliffhanger that made it look like our hero wouldn't survive, but since this is the Nightwing book, we all know different.  Let's jump into this issue and see how our hero overcomes and when he does, how he's going to take on Blockbuster.  Let's check it out.
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