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Friday, 27 January 2017 15:24
A time ago, I took the time to get you readers excited for 2017 by revealing a number of female-led anime coming out in the winter anime season of the year, which already started. Hopefully, you are finding what you anticipated to see. Well, enough of anime. It is time to turn our attention to American science-fiction. No year of entertainment is ever exciting without anything to offer from one of the greatest genres in all media. This year however, the fun begins in February, thus my reason for not starting this a few weeks ago. So without further ado, I reveal in what will be my final column for ENR, 12 things from American sci-fi that are bound to make 2017 super for all you genre fans out there. So buckle up and enjoy the ride. Engage! Read more...
Published in Pop Culture
Monday, 09 January 2017 17:12
This April, one of the most controversial characters in Marvel history returns to don the mask (and hoodie!) once more. Today, Marvel is pleased to announce BEN REILLY: THE SCARLET SPIDER #1 – the new series from New York Times Bestselling creators Peter David (Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099) and Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man, All-New X-Men)! That’s right, Ben Reilly is webslinging his way back into comic shops everywhere later this year and he’s bringing two of the most accomplished & beloved Spider-Man creators of all-time with him! Only question is – will it be as a hero…or a villain? Read more...
Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 18:53
blackcatWhen I first heard that Marvel Universe character Felicia Hardy (also known as the “Black Cat”) was due to make an appearance in issue 3 of the third and currently running comic book series volume of The Amazing Spider-Man, I was in fact excited not just because she is one of my favorite super-heroines from the saga of the Marvel Universe, but also because I was eager to see how the now resurrected Peter Parker (also known as “Spider-Man I” and the “Amazing Spider-Man”) would be able to make peace with her, given that she was not aware that the Spider-Man who brutally attacked her and put in the slammer was in fact the now deceased Otto Octavius (also known as “Spider-Man III” and the “Superior Spider-Man”) in Peter’s body. How awesome is this issue? Well, lets see in my first ever single comic book issue-focused review written for ENR | eXPress News & Reviews, shall we? Regarding the Black Cat’s activity in this issue, Dan Slott (the current writer of The Amazing Spider-Man) managed to make up for the flaws the previous issue of the comic book series had, which were that it did not take any time to go into the mind of Felicia to explore her plans of revenge against the wrong Spider-Man while it merely showed her for like one story panel after the volume 3 premier issue revealed that her love for Peter’s alter ego had turned into hatred during her time in jail. To start with, this issue of The Amazing Spider-Man depicted a fate where her hunger for revenge caused her to revert back to her criminal ways as she was robbing someone’s apartment without any sense of care for the innocent left in her heart. Then to hype things up, Dan presented a good amount pages to make room for scenes of violent combat where the Black Cat would come face to face with the original Spider-Man, who unfortunately was getting no where in convincing her that he did not attack her. 300px-Amazing_Spider-Man_Vol_3_3As for Peter Parker, while this issue was meant to feature part 3 of the storyarc that began in the series’ volume 3 premier issue, I am glad to see that the friendly neighborhood webslinger managed to gain another step in his quest to not only maintain a good life in the world forever changed by his violent successor, but also to fix whatever damages the now dead webslinging super-hero had brought upon his family and friends (including super-heroes). Two issues ago, his struggle began right after returning to the Spider-Man alter ego in time to foil co-arch nemesis Norman Osborn’s Goblin Nation plot (shown in The Superior Spider-Man Issue 31). Then one issue ago, Peter managed to fix his relationship with the Avengers and convinced Otto’s love interest Anna Maria Marconi about the mind switcheroo that took place before both Peter’s death and Otto’s first encounter with Anna Maria, with Anna Maria now helping Peter adjust to the job that Otto took during Peter’s absence. In this issue, Peter gained an ally in former love interest Mary-Jane Watson’s current boyfriend Ollie Olivera, though his quest to adjust still remains far from over due to the ignorance of the Black Cat. Overall, I liked how Dan Slott set up the storyarc so far; while the first chapter presents the problem, every succeeding chapter needs to allow the protagonist take a new step towards fulfilling ones goal to fix the problem so as to keep everything fresh for readers enough for them not to feel bored. Unfortunately, like the previous two issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, this issue was not without any flaws. Although this issue marked Felicia Hardy’s return in costume and reversion to her old twisted villainess ways after her time in jail, Dan Slott did not bother to include a short bonus feature summarizing the main parts of character’s history, not even to include a few panels for Felicia to reflect the evolution of her relationship with the original Spider-Man. Therefore, he failed to learn from the experiences of Chris Yost, the writer of Scarlet Spider (Series Vol. 2) No. 1, which functioned well as an introduction to the character of Kaine Parker (the current Scarlet Spider in the official Marvel Universe continuity)  for new comic book readers as it included a Kaine Parker chronology page. And with the title’s current series volume already lacking chronological recaps on all major events in the histories/developments of Spider-Man (whose origins and death-and-resurrection experiences were the only past events in his life referenced in the issue’s recap page) and Electro (the main villain of the previous issue) respectively, it is obvious that it did not live up to the image of being a proper introduction to Spider-Man’s world for new comic book readers that Spider-Man’s owner Marvel Comics promised to show, even while the volume’s launch issue came out during the week of the release of the film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which is not part of the Marvel Universe canon). amazing-spider-man194In the end, The Amazing Spider-Man (Series Vol. 3) No. 3 is worth reading for Peter Parker’s next step in his goal to adjust in the changed world as well as his trying to win back the Black Cat’s love and respect, but owing to a lack of information on the Black Cat’s past (except of course her encounter with the Superior Spider-Man) as well as her evolution from villainess to heroine, it is not a good starting point for readers wanting to get to know the now ex-super-heroine for the first time while long-time readers who already know at least some things about the character’s history and origins (like myself) should have no problem with this comic book issue. As for Dan Slott, he could have done better in planning out this issue, especially with the fact that this year marks the 35th anniversary of Black Cat’s first appearance (she first appeared in issue 194 of the first comic book series volume of The Amazing Spider-Man in case some of you reading this review are new to the Marvel Universe franchise). For those of you new to reading Marvel Universe comic book stories, my advice is to look for the trade paperback Spider-Man Vs. Black Cat as it reprints the early Black Cat-themed comic book stories, and then try searching for a few later Black Cat-themed back-issues (like say the ones consisting the comic book limited series Spider-Man and Black Cat: The Evil Men Do) before reading this issue of The Amazing Spider-Man so as to save yourself from feeling lost about what the Black Cat’s relationship with the original Spider-Man was like prior to her encounter with the Superior Spider-Man. Thanks for reading, and see you next time.   Read more...
Published in Let's Talk Comics
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:59
peter-parker-anna-asm-1Last month I wrote a column reviewing Superior Spider-Man #31 and Ultimate Spider-Man #200. One book was putting Peter Parker to rest after all this time, the other brought him back to the world after all this time. Both books were bittersweet. Where Ultimate honored the kid Pete was and what he could have been, had he not lost his life, Superior brought Pete the man back while the villain realized why he was better than himself, that Pete was the hero he would never be. The thing is as much as I hated Spidock, he was finally the hero he wanted to be. Like I said bittersweet. That brings us to this month and Amazing Spider-Man #1. We the fans of Pete waited a long time for this moment. Some of us kept reading, some didn't. What we all wanted though was our Spider-Man back. We wanted Peter Benjamin Parker back in the red and blues twipping it up. A ton of stuff occurred in the 31 issues of Superior and now we are down to the return. Lets get started. AS ALWAYS! I DO SPOILERS! If you have not read ASM#1 and are planning to PLEASE STOP READING!   Read more...
Published in Comic Book Reviews
Sunday, 06 April 2014 18:44
new warriors 4IDW continues to chart the great licensed path as news of their deal to produce media with Entertainment One on their creator-owned titles starts to gather steam. The licenses they handle show no signs of slowing in the wake of this, particularly The X-Files which takes off from the final season of the popular TV show. As well as having input from Chris Carter and meeting a critically good reception, The X-Files has also successfully proved to act as the glue which holds together 2014’s IDW crossover event – Conspiracy. Read more...
Published in Let's Talk Comics
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 13:59
asm leadI'm not quite yet what some would call long in the tooth (at least I don't think so). I am what some would call older, and being honest some days I feel like I'm older. Today is not one of those days. Today a ray of light has shone down, today a rainbow has appeared in the clouds, today makes this week just a little bit better than it will be. You see today Amazing Spider-Man appears back on the cover of a Marvel Comic book. Not the Superior Spider-Man or the Team-Up version, not the Ultimate Spider-Man, nor even the Scarlet Spider. Nope,  today issue 700.1 has the Amazing Spider-Man back on the cover! I didn't abandon Spider-Man when he became "Superior" although at times I have wanted to. I kept reading the book and hating that Ock was Spidey, but thinking as long as they tell good stories I will buy it. Well the fact is the stories haven't been as good, I'm tired of my Hero being a two bit has been that couldn't make it in his own lifetime. I find myself caring less and less about "how will Spidey get out of this one", and do you know why? Because Doc Ock isn't Spider-Man. He never will be and he definitely is not Superior. Websters Dictionary defines Superior as a person or thing superior to another in rank, status, or quality, esp. a colleague in a higher position. I'm thinking that made my point, but in case it didn't,  you don't take a killer (and he still is) and call him superior to the guy who lived "With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility " everyday of his life. That said I will still buy Superior Spider-Man for one thing and one thing only. There will come a day much like the whole Clone Saga thing (that still keeps giving and giving like a communicable disease) falling apart and Peter Parker will once again take on the mantle of Spider-Man. Today is NOT that day, but today we do have Peter Parker back in the red and blues and that is a good start! What we also have are some reviews. I figured I would take the three Spider related books (Team Up doesn't count) and review them. Read the reviews and you decide which Spider stands alone. WARNING:  I do SPOILERS! If you are planning on reading either book please stop reading this column now!   Read more...
Published in Marvel Comics
Monday, 18 June 2012 08:08
All The News and Previews You Need To Know Wow, what a weekend! In case you missed it the Denver Comic Con was this past weekend and our eXpertComics.com Senior Editor and fearless leader DAMM attended. If you were on the eXpertComics, or eXPress News & Reviews Face Book page this weekend you saw some of his exclusive pictures. I don't know about you but I can't wait to see what he brought back for our reading pleasure. Like every Monday let's take a look at what the rest of the eXPress News & Reviews team has to offer. Read more...
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