September 18, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)
This comic book review is for Doctor Strange: Season One; and with it I plan to uphold the same level of expectations i did for the other season one titles I reviewed. If you would like to know more about my methods or my view points on season one as a whole, you can check out my review of Fantastic Four: Season one, as I covered those in my introduction there.
But, I feel in some ways Doctor Strange is unique, among the classic marvel hero’s. Instead of smashing and beating up enemies, he usually obtained victory with wits, and a bit of magic. Limited most by his own imagination; he could easily achieve his goal with minimum direct confrontation. so as opposed to when I reviewed the Hulk story and expected to see him smash, In Dr. Strange I hoped to see him think. I hope to see the same elements that I feel drew in college age readers for his classic (even if Trippe and out there) Tales. (more…)
August 21, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
When it came to opening Hulk: Season One and reading it for the first time, i was unsure what to think or expect. like many of our hero’s the Hulk has evolved over the years, given both a deeper background, and understanding then what was possible in the early issues.
What I hoped to get what a good taste of that depth from over the years, but I knew it would come with a cost; the real question would be, if that cost would be worth it.
if you like you can go back and read the start of my review for Fantastic Four: Season One to get an understanding of how I decided to go about reviewing these volumes, or you can just dive right in, and see what I think. (more…)
July 17, 2012 | Drew | (2 Comments)
I was filled with excitement as I opened Ant-Man Season One for the first time. Ironic considering that until I stared doing this site, he was not even in the list of my favorite hero’s but his early stories and his character has seemed to grow on me; So much so that a modern In-Continuity retelling I thought would be just the kind of thing for me to love, and to bring new people into contact with the not so well-known hero.
Also so far, my feeling of the Season One stories has been of how well they have been done. But this one, is different; even as I sit down to do my comic book review of it, it leaves me divided. I did love the art and story, but I also feel it fell short of the goals of the season one titles. (more…)
May 18, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
It is surprising to me, that the watchers races origin, on how they became the watcher’s would be put here, in his “Tales of the Watcher” section. Up until now they been mostly stories much like the other non superhero tales that used to feature these magazines, but in this issue, we get a look into the origin of a character and race that would be come a cornerstone in the marvel universe.
In the short space of five pages we would come to know the watcher, like we never have before, and just why he can’t interfere. To their credit and my surprise it was a compelling story at that.
So if you wan’t to know the watcher origin, you will have to read it for yourself, and i strongly suggest you do. but I for one would love to here what you think, about this story or the watcher? and do you feel that in a way “we” the readers are the inbodyment of what the watcher should stand for?
May 9, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
Just as I reviewed Fantastic Four: Season One, and X-Men: Season One, I now review Spider-Man: Season One. This one featuring without a doubt one of marvel’s most famous hero’s Spider-Man, as much a classic and great back in the 60′s as he is now. But just like the other Marvel books in the Season One event, we have his earliest tales being told again with a modern perspective. all while trying to maintain a connection to the original continuity, to serve as a starting point for new fan’s and yet to offer something for long running fans as well. The question’s I must ask myself in writing this review is how well it lived up to those goals, as well as how well it entertained me.
Then we have to consider that this is far from the first retelling of his early days, Just to name the ones that pop into mind right away for spider-man would be, Ultimate Spider-Man, that started in 2000, then in 2002 we had The first of 3 films featuring spider-man Staring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker. then this year we have a new movie set to debut and start from the beginning once again. and i barely scratched the surface of spider-man origin retelling’s so in this case, one must keep in mind what makes this one special and different? But I will get to that, later at the end of my review. (more…)
April 16, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
This comic book review is of Daredevil #1, who’s cover uses the fantastic Four, and Spider-Man to say how great this comic book will be. But does this classic first issue and Origin story meet my expectation’s. ones that Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four both helped to set, or was marvel blinded by their ego’s with the self promotion on this classic cover? (more…)
Captain America Joins... The Avengers!
April 4, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)
Just from the cover you know this comic is going to be important, and not likely a taunt like Strange Tales #114. In fact, even as I sat down to read and review this comic, I could not help but feel the awe and wonder of what was bound to be one of the most epic avengers tales from those early days. (more…)
Tags: Alien non-invasion
, Captain America
, Dr. Hank Pym
, Hero Team Up
, Iron Man
, Origin Stories
, the wasp
, Vs. Super Villain
February 21, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
That’s right, after having several Dr. Strange stories under our belt, today we get to the origin of our Strange hero. but before i dive into that, if your here looking for the Human Torch story of this issue, please click here for my review of that one.
Dr. Strange is not so unlike our other marvel hero’s , and in fact may have a lot in common with the now cancelled Dr. Droom stories. He was a normal man, a surgeon, with very normal motives. Then like most Marvel comic hero’s a tragic event put him though is paces and lead him down the path that changed his life forever.
But I am not going to spoil the origin for you, it is good enough to be worth reading yourself, so I suggest that you pick it up in reprint, you can get it here:Doctor Strange, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) (more…)
February 16, 2012 | Drew | (2 Comments)
For today’s comic book review I am braking from my trend of working up though the classics to cover one that was released recently, even if it is a retelling of stories I already read and reviewed. Today I read the Graphic Novel Fantastic Four: Season one
but with sitting down to read and review the first such retelling for Marvels ongoing Season one releases, I have decided I was going to approach it a bit differently then I do the classics that where completely new and original when they where released. If you want to read more about Marvel Season One, here is a link to information from Marvel itself. (more…)
January 31, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
Today’s Comic book review is of the story “The Coming Of The Plantman!” that was published in Strange Tales #113. This story featuring the human torch is in some ways a milestone for the character and the series. Because it is with this issue, and story that he gain’s his first supporting character other than the Fantastic Four. In this issue we are introduced to Doris Evans, his current girlfriend, and flame of the human torch.
To summarize the story, a mad gardener invents a device that increases the IQ of plants but also make them his slave, using the device he both frames his former employer whom happens to be Doris’s father, and then heads down a path to conquer the city, then the universe! (more…)