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Daredevil #4
Killgrave, The unbelievable purple man!

March 28, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

In sitting down to write my comic book review of  Daredevil #4 and the story titled “Killgrave, The unbelievable purple man!” I find myself thinking, that this tale may be one of the better mind control stories I have seen so far.   While the starting crime of him robbing the bank, seems a bit weak, where the tail goes from there, seems fitting.   In this tale, we have Killgrave (The Purple Man), whom has the power to control the minds and wills of anyone whom he is near.  however -as fate would have it- Daredevil finds that his blindness has made him immune to The Purple Man’s Powers.   The the critical nature of the mission becomes even more so as Killgrave takes an interest in Karen, and uses his power to change her allegiance to serving him. (more…)

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Doctor Strange: Season One

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…)

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Hulk:Season One

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…)

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Ant-Man:Season One

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…)

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Tales Of Suspense #53
The Way It Began...

May 18, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

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?

 

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Spider-Man:Season One

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…)

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Daredevil #1
The Origin Of Daredevil

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…)

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Avengers #4
Captain America Joins... The Avengers!

April 4, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

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Strange Tales #115
The Origin of Dr. Strange

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…)

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Fantastic Four: Season One

February 16, 2012 | Drew | (No 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…)

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Strange Tales #113
The Coming Of The Plantman!

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…)

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Amazing Spider-Man #3
Doctor Octopus

December 7, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
amazing spider-man #3

This comic book review of Amazing Spider-Man #3, is a comic book review not only of a great spider-man story, but the first appearance of one of spider-man’s classic nemeses Doctor Octopus.

This story starts with Spider-man Capturing some common criminals, an easy tasks for the superhero. Ironically this leads him to wish for a more challenging of a foe.  This leads us to the change of scenes where we get introduced to Doctor Octopus, or perhaps I should say Doctor Otto Octavious.  Whom while performing a delicate, and radioactive experiment suffers from an accident.

The accident leaves the doctor hospitalised, having suffered some brain damage and with the doctors unable to remove his  mechanical arms that had earned him the nickname Doctor Octopus.  It’s the brain damage however that leads us down the road of a compelling story, as it leaves doctor octopus insane and power-hungry.

Spider-mans wish seemed to come true, a foe worthy of a fight, and a foe that may just defeat him, and in fact does.  (more…)

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Tales To Astonish #44
Ant-Man and the Wasp! Vs. The Creature From Kosmos!

December 3, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
tales to astonish #44

In sitting down to do my comic book review for the Ant-Man and Wasp story in Tales To Astonish #44, I realize the importance of this issue. These simple, and short facts must be stated first before I begin even thinking about being critical of the 18 page story.

This issue is the first appearance and the origin of the Wasp,  ant-man’s lovely partner, but is introduced to us first as Janet Van Dyne, the daughter of a brilliant scientist.

While I mention the wasp first, it is far from the first important element written into this issue, before we even meet the wasp, we get a good amount of depth built into the background of Dr. Henry Pym, an epic tale of love and death that will build upon the origin we already know.

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Journey Into Mystery #93
The Mighty Thor Verses.. The Mysterious Radio-Active Man!

December 1, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
journey into mystery #93

As I sit down to do my comic book review of this tale of Thor Vs. The radio-active Man, I quickly find myself wondering, if it will get a glowing review, or just be all  hype.  Now having read it, I do find that this tale did glow, but not as brightly as I might have hoped.

a basic synopsis of the story would be as follows. After Thor helps put an end to an invasion in India from communist china, the Chinese decide to put forth an effort to eradicate Thor. This leads to a Scientist named Chen Lu, steps forward with an idea and plan to stop Thor. Using his scientific knowledge he transforms himself into Radio-active Man. after the change he sets forth to stop Thor by going to New York.

 

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Tales of Suspense #39
Iron Man Is Born!

November 2, 2011 | Drew | (2 Comments)

Who? or what, is the newest, most breath-taking most sensational super hero of all…?

In todays comic book review, we learn the response to the question posed on the cover. I do love origin stories of long running classic hero’s, ones that are well-known and even had movies made after them.  Iron man is one such hero. and today’s comic book review covers Tales of Suspense #39. the short story within is called Iron Man Is Born! This is iron man’s origin story! so find your copy of Tales of suspense, or buy one from Here.then cozy up to read the heart stopping story within.  It is well worth it.
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Amazing Adventures #1
I am The Fantastic Dr. Droom

October 25, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

with this being the last week of October, as the air is getting cool, and Halloween drawing near, I felt it time for a bit of a change. so I bring forth Dr. Droom Week.

Stay Tuned my comic book review readers as we Move back in time again for this week. To start we will go to  June of 1961 to begin this epic tale,  of a marvel hero whom would appear for five lone stories in Amazing Adventures #1 to #4 and then again in #6. Then he would vanish into the nothingness of comic history for a long time before being brought back and renamed Dr. Druid.

for a bit more history, Amazing Adventures was renamed after issue #6 to Amazing Adult Fantasy; the name it would keep for 7 of the 15 issues of the run,  the last issue, that I already reviewed it would drop the word adult and debut Spider-Man.

But for now, we are back at issue #1, and it is still called Amazing Adventures, the last short story in the book is titled I am The Fantastic Dr. Droom. In 5 pages we have the origin of perhaps the strangest marvel character until Dr. Strange. (more…)

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Incredible Hulk #6
Vs. The Metal Master!

October 22, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

As I sat down to read Incredible Hulk #6, the last comic book of the original Incredible Hulk run, I wondered what kind of story I would be in for. Would it be a story suitable for the end of a series, and perhaps a character? would I feel a scene of conclusion?  Did they even know at the time of writing and publishing that this would be the last issue?

I can’t say or speculate at what they did or didn’t know. But as an ending,  I was quite satisfied. So read on and see how my comic book review of Incredible Hulk #6 went. and pick up the last of the original Incredible hulk’s in reprint and read it for yourselves in Incredible Hulk, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks).  The collected volume includes all six issues of the original incredible hulk run.

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Amazing Spider-Man #1
Spider-Man

October 20, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

As Comic book’s go, Amazing Spider-Man #1. is just one of those classic’s that you should read, and not need a comic book review to tell you to.  It is two great stories in one comic book.  As I have been doing, I will review them separately but publish them close to the same time.

The First story in the first issue of Amazing Spider-Man comic book, is named after our hero, Spider-Man.  While Amazing Fantasy #15, Was what introduced us to spider-man, and would be where I would recommend any spider-fan start reading.  our hero was unseen in comic print from then until now.  after a nine month span of time, a good recap to bring everyone up to date is in order. The first story does that and much more!
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Amazing Fantasy #15
Spider-Man

September 15, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

Amazing Fantasy 15 is the last issue of Amazing Adult Fantasy, that was dropped from the name with just that issue.  unfortunately for Amazing Adult Fantasy #15, that with or without the adult, it was to be the last issue of that comic magazine.

But fortunately for us, and history, that allowed them to take a chance on one of comics most popular characters.  One that was a teenager and not a sidekick, and One of not just my favorite comic hero’s of all time; but one of the worlds favorite comic hero’s of all time.

You see, Amazing Fantasy #15 presented us Spider-Man for the first time. It gave birth to a legend.  It brought us a hero unlike others at the time. It was a chance taken, but one that would change the face of comic book hero’s to come. (more…)

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Tales To Astonish #35
Return of the Ant-Man

September 14, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

Following up on yesterday; I read Tales to Astonish #35. As I am sure you knew or have guessed, it’s the next issue to feature Dr. Henry Pym. This time however, he takes up the role of super hero for the first time becoming Ant-Man.

This story is a great follow-up to the first, serving as a wonderful sequel, and a good explanation on how a scientist with a bad experience becomes a hero.  This time, with a plan of keeping him around for a while, given the regular feature spot in Tales To Astonish with this issue.
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Tales To Astonish #27
the Man in the Ant Hill

September 13, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

Today I am focusing on reviewing the story the Man in the Ant Hill, From Tales To Astonish number 27.  Why would I pick out this story instead of one of the others in this volume? Well, that would not be apparent until 8 issues later when Dr. Pym, the star of our story returns.

At this point though, I won’t spoil who Dr. Henry Pym is, or will become. In this book he is just a scientist, no ambitions of being a super hero even hinted yet.  In fact I believe this tale was published as a one shot, it reads and stands on its own as a great short story.  I suspected no one was more astonished than the authors on Dr. Pym’s return and ultimate popularity. So if you’re a fan of what’s Dr. Pym is to become, or just of interesting classic Science Fiction, this is a good read. (more…)

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Journey Into Mystery #83
Thor the Mighty! and The Stone Men from Saturn

September 9, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

A big title for a short story,  the ‘Journey Into Mystery’ comics would feature a few stories in each, but all I have the luxury of reviewing is ‘Thor the Mighty! and “The Stone Men from Saturn”‘. This 13 page short is the first appearance of The Mighty Thor, and serves at the origin story for how Dr. Don Blake  by chance, luck of fate becomes him.

In fact, from issue #83 on, the title ‘Journey Into Mystery’ Would feature Thor, and grow into being a comic about our favorite Norse god. But these 13 pages is where it all begin’s for him. In them we see a wonderful showcase of Dr. Blake learning what powers he possesses as Thor as well as saving the earth from an invasion of Stone Men whom come from Saturn of all places.
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Incredible Hulk #1
The Hulk

September 6, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

The First issue of The Incredible Hulk was quite a compelling read, it was a fine example of storytelling, art, and creativity. At its root, The Incredible Hulk story is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  story.  only this time its Dr. Banner and The Hulk, One half, a brilliant man, the other half a Monster whom is driven by instinct.

It may interest some of you to know that The Hulk in his first issue does not appear to be changed by emotion, but by the change in day and night.  I will let you know when we see this change.  But for the beginning by day we have Dr. Bruce Banner and by night we The Hulk.
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Fantastic Four #5
Prisoners of Doctor Doom!

September 3, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

After the last issue of Fantastic Four knocked my sox off, I went into reading this one filled with high hopes. Would the tale that introduced Dr.Doom be as compelling and as good as the tale that reintroduced Namor?

The cover and the opening pages offered such promise, starting off with the view of our new antagonist. Then leading into the home of our hero’s.  where some character development by way of a skirmish between The Thing and The Human Torch is about to be underway.

What’s the matter with the four of us? Whenever we’re not fighting some menace to mankind, we end up fighting among ourselves!

While the issue starts off good, I must say it does not live up to the expectations I had after  last issue.

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Fantastic Four #1
The Fantastic Four

August 30, 2011 | Drew | (2 Comments)
Fantastic Four #1

The Fantastic Four Blaze into their first appearance, and their First Feature comic at the same time, in Fantastic Four #1. Bringing about the dawn of what I see as a new age for Marvel at that time.

I find the cover of this first book, does not do it justice on its own, while it does do a good job at hinting at whats to come. an epic battle with a large underground creature.  The true sence of trouble and danger that the Fantastic Four Face in the issue seems lost.

However, there can be little doubt that the early issues of the magazine where indeed successful, as there continued success to today undoubtably shows.  The cover I can’t help but feel, still seem lacking.

especially when the short book conveys the Origines of  Five Marvel Legends.  that’s right, Five. (more…)

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