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RWBY Season II Episode 12 (Season Finale)
The video picks up with Jaune getting Ruby’s call that didn’t go through only for the team to change course to head to the city when the sirens go off while Cinder mentions the plan was too early. RWBY is surrounded on all sides by Grimm and basically decide to cut loose like they’re in a FPS until Jaune and his team get there, with Jaune basically lucking into his first win when Sun and Neptune and… well, everyone else arrives.
Cinder has Emerald and Mercury maintain their cover by joining in before Team CVFY shows up and Coco basically takes the show as the ultimate badass. Then we get Oobleck, Port, and Glynda putting things back into place and wrapping up as Roman finally gets caught (and doesn’t give a damn because he knows he’s getting away). Afterwards Team RWBY reflects on everything and Ozpin basically gets talked down to by his bosses because Ironwood is a sellout who thinks he brought it onto himself before having a little talk with Roman, who only laughs.
Yet, somehow, Cinder calls it a successful day as Adam shows up and credits roll. Afterwards Yang meets the woman in the mask to see she looks like her with black hair. I’m guessing her mother.
I’m conflicted. On the one hand it showed Team CFVY’s moves, especially Coco’s, but it suddenly made what was their darkest hour look like nothing special. I was expecting death and them pulling a win from what looked to be the jaws of defeat. Not eight minutes of a one-sided slaughter. Even the first season finale was more intense.
I must painfully give it a 3 out of 5.
RWBY Season II Episode 11
The video opens with Roman playing with Rose, before she tries to run and he reveals that cane has a hook-shot to reel her in. Before he can get any further in his interrogation her friends come and he tells them to kill her as she tries to make a break. Long story short, they get into a game of train-top leapfrog to get away from bombs and then a fight with a bunch of mooks as its revealed that the train-bombs are creating openings for Grimm to get into the city.
They split up with Weiss, Blake, and Yang to stop the bombs while Ruby and Oobleck go out to stop the train. Yang gets into a fight with Neo, which starts one-sided… by which I mean Yang got messed up. Weiss, on the other end, gets into a fight with an Elite Mook using a chainsaw who has a hard-on for killing Schnee, and Blake gets into a fight with Roman and showcases the use of a dust cartridge Weiss gave her to make short-work of him.
Weiss seems to have the advantage in her fight as she’s faster, and by which I mean she pulls some Sonic the Hedgehog moves. But he’s stronger and takes the blows before grabbing her and getting ready to saw her in half. Yang, on the other end, gets tossed around by Neo’s more passive style and goes down.
So Roman, being the only one who lost, tries to lecture Blake on she would never be accepted as Weiss gets knocked into her cart and she knocks him out to save Weiss. Neo’s getting ready to stab Yang when some ninja woman comes out of nowhere and Neo runs away before the woman opens some kind of wormhole and escapes as Yang comes to.
Oobleck and Rose do much better, but he tells her to go ahead while he and the dog handle things in the rear. They see that it’s a dead end at the train stop and Weiss tries to protect them, but in the end the train crashes and brings with it a ton of Grimm to swarm the helpless population.
Damn, this episode was hardcore to a whole new level. While the samurai-ninja woman came out of left-field, the rest was a brutal and harsh affair that I had to admit the bad guys won. 5 out of 5.
Fanfic Recommendations 26
Fanfics that I have found interesting and have recently been updated:
A Fate Stay Night/Persona 4 Crossover Fanfic
Summary: A chance decision leads to an unlikely discovery. The mention of a rumor leads to an unbelievable mystery. And the connection to a long forgotten family leads to an unforgettable experience. Welcome to Inaba, Yu Narukami… or should I say Shirou Emiya? (Co-Authored by Nameless Flame Wielder)
A Fate Stay Night/Sword Art Online Fanfic
Summary: Ilya likes to play video games, and in the time she has remaining, Shirou is more than willing to play the new VR game with her. But when they are trapped inside the game, [Sword Art Online], they determine something even more distressing: Kayaba Akihiko is definitely a Magus.
A Fate Stay Night Fanfic
Summary: When the Einzberns summon a different Servant for the 5th War, Shirou Emiya winds up summoning the Red Saber from Fate/Extra. With this Servant by his side, Shirou’s in for a Grail War unlike any other. Done as a response to The Infamous Man’s challenge.
A Persona 3 / High School DxD Crossover Fanfic
Summary: Igor had asked him to die for the world. She would ask him to die for her. Problem was, he didn’t really like dying, not for a second time, at least.
A Fate Stay Night Fanfic
Summary: Emiya Kiritsugu was happy living the rest of his short days. He had put his past behind him… until he began to dream of futures that had yet to be. Let it be known that the Magus Killer was not dangerous simply because he was dying and had no plans to fight.
A RWBY Fanfic
Summary: What does it take to be a hero? What must one give up in order to defend others? What does one gain? What if you don’t have the same advantages as everyone else? Jaune will have to find out whether he wants to or not. Jaune/Weiss.
A Naruto Fanfic
Summary: The potential of Team 7 was never questioned. But when the drums of war thunder in the distance, and a rain of blood covers the land, can three Genin and a broken Jonin weather the storm? [AU]
A Pokemon Fanfic
Summary: “Why do I try so hard to stay alive? I lost so much to gain the power to survive, to conquer. And for what? A part of me is dead. Good. That part was weak, now I’m stronger. Do I wish Pokemon were back to normal?” A rare smile painted Paul’s lips. “Never”
Amazing Spider-Man #8 (Edge of Spider-Verse Tie-In) Review
Amazing Spider-Man #8 and the next tie-in to Edge of Spider-Verse are bundled together once again. What are my thoughts on the matter? Read my review and find out!
The comic picks up with Ms. Marvel having a fangasm as she gets to perform the slingshot maneuver and knock down the monster woman. It won’t keep her there for long, so they grab the cocoon and split, but it starts hatching. Meanwhile Cindy Moon is learning the hard way that rent in New York is a bitch, but she can’t stay with Peter since they keep acting like horny teenagers and then gets the Spider-Man treatment in the same way the Daily Bugle does him by the Fact News channel.
Anyway, the cocoon hatches into a baby and Ms. Marvel has to take it and run while Peter holds the Kree off. It goes poorly for both, with Ms. Marvel calling them monsters for shooting at her while she was carrying a baby. In all fairness, I think like half of the Marvel Universe would agree there and so does one of the henchmen, which is why he turns on the other two. They put together that Minerva is doing this without the Kree Empire’s permission and she runs off by him claiming to call them. Oh, and Silk does up her new outfit.
This part of the comic ends with Ms. Marvel getting complimented and then rushing back to school, while Peter gives the henchman a job at his company since he feels for him.
The next part has Spider-Girl from her own series running afoul of an inheritor known as Daemos, who intends to eat Peter, Mayday, and her baby brother. Peter, despite the bum leg, and MJ buy the kids some time to get away as more of the dimension traveling Spider-Men come to save them. Mayday wants them to help her parents, but they can only pick up the kids’ signals meaning that they’re dead. As the comic ends Mayday vows to kill the bastard and he states she’s more than welcome to try.
Okay, review time.
Not much to write about on the Amazing Spider-Man part. It was filler, at best. Padding and not relevant to the current story, so 3 out of 5 on that. The other part though, that was messed up. Mayday was a fan-favorite and Marvel just killed off her father and mother. The fan outrage is going to be a firestorm, but 5 out of 5 for such a short tale.
New Warriors #11 Review
The Children of the Celestials have arrived in the aftermath of the heroes victory. Will the New Warriors survive? Read my review and find out.
The comic opens with Justice being dragged off by thespeedster of the group and refusing to listen as he says they’re trying to save the world. Meanwhile the others are just standing around as Scarlet Spider gets his ass beat like a drum. High Evolutionary tells them to kill him and be done with it, but Speedball runs interference and gets knocked around so hard he starts thinking their deaths are for the better.
Of course, once that moment passes they start doing better than they really have any right to. And then they get right back to where they were before until Nova pulls a win out of his ass. Then he gets beaten down and the team gets strung up to the murder machine before Hummingbird, who went into Zuras’ mind, claims he’s lying while Water Snake ganks the High Evolutionary before getting laser-beamed. As the comic ends Speedball thinks he wants to kill the man but can’t and there’s no hope, but Justice has dug himself out of his snowy grave.
Okay review time.
So mostly this was a curb-stomp issue. Not that much of a surprise really, other than learning that this whole thing was likely a ploy on Zuras behalf and how cynical Speedball really was. No wonder Hummingbird liked him. 4 out of 5.
All-New X-Factor #15 (AXIS Tie-In) Review
Okay, AXIS is in full swing and right now we’re getting a tie-in in the form of All-New X-Factor #15. Who will fall to the hate-plague running rampant around world on our corporate team? Read on and find out!
The story opens with the president getting ready to start a nuclear war with Russia and abandons his family at the White house, where they would likely return fire. See what happens when you don’t vote in Marvel Universe? Anyway the soldier carrying the nuclear football trips and when they’re in the air they discover the briefcase holding it only contains magazines. So while that poor bastard is getting the Guantanamo treatment we skip back to the scene and see that Quicksilver stole it and left the poor bastard to suffer.
The Serval team is working overtime to try and stop Washington from burning. Unfortunately an implant that Warlock gave Gambit burns out and he has to go replace it while Georgia, Luna, and Cypher deal with a riot when the police try to kill Luna, upon which Quicksilver saves her and knocks them out. Oh, and Georgia wants the uniform.
Back with Gambit, he tries to kill Lorna, who states she doesn’t mind if he goes after her brother and sister, but she draws the line when it comes to her. He… really kinda does her up. If it weren’t for Warlock she would have died, but he gets the implant back in to stop the hatred and Gambit apologizes.
Back at the base they are spared from the hate wave by the barrier, but since the nuclear football has a GPS they get found out. The president sends Sentinels to deal with them as the comic ends. Figures.
Okay, review time.
I’m not really sure how much value this has because it drew away from the last issue with Wanda outing Quicksilver as a mole. But Marvel just can’t seem to help but do tie-ins, so it’s a moot point anyway . 3 out of 5.
October 2014 Sugar Bits Update 2
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Magneto #11 Review
Okay, Magneto is involved in the whole Axis event and despite me not covering the main event I will chip in with my review of issue #11 of his solo series! Read below for more!
The comic opens with Mags thinking how heroes rise during the worst of times and he may have been responsible for several coming into creation, but that doesn’t matter now that they are dropping like flies again Red Onslaught and the two Adamantium Sentinels that he picked up courtesy of Tony Stark. They’re picking off heroes, so Mags is needed to step up. Rogue tries to backtrack on what she said about him being no better than the Red Skull for killing him now that they need him, which doesn’t do wonders for her image since she just compared him to one of the most evil men in Marvel, but he pretty much sees through it and goes to help anyway.
He gets shot in the back and then feels guilty since the original Onslaught was born from his own hatred and rage and killing the skull set it free once more. So he’s afraid that if he kills it then something worse would come about. So he runs away from the fight and back to Raleigh, wondering that when he’s dead and gone will his legacy be all the bad things he’s done.
I know he seems a bit whiny, but he makes a point. For all he’s done his people, mutants, are still suffering and he’s unleashed hell on the world. I don’t blame him for that since, like Raleigh said, he couldn’t have expected that and the skull was a powerful telepath who egged him on. He had it coming.
Still Raleigh decides tough love is in order and pulls up all the bad things he’s one both before and after his power loss and she doesn’t hold back. But she shows him he also saved someone, using his anger. It’s hollow, but it shows that not everything he’s done has been completely bad and the mutant race is better off because of him, not the things he’s done.
Mags takes the advice to heart and goes on a little trip around the world, recruiting Mystique and Sabertooth, Carnage, Absorbing Man, Hobgoblin, Loki, Doom, and Enchantress. Deadpool finds him though. They all team-up to take on the Red Onslaught since heroes just aren’t cutting it as the comic ends.
Okay, review time.
Once more we got a look into Magneto’s head and Mags recruits everyone through different means. Mystique and Sabertooth via their loyalty to their race, Hobgoblin by force, Doom and Loki since they see him as equals and have had fair dealings, Absorbing Man by telling him to do something with his life, and so on. I’m getting Forever Evil vibes from this and I loved that DC event.
5 out of 5.
Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #5 Review
Okay, here’s the latest entry in the Edge of Spider-Verse series. Read my review and recap of Spider-Man 2099 # 5.
The comic opens with an alternate version of Miguel O’Hara , who sold out to the Avengers, being attacked by Morlun. It goes about as well as you would expect, namely he gets eaten so hard that all the other version of him felt it, including ours in the 616-universe and he nearly blacks out while chasing a helicopter. He pulls himself together and catches the robbers in the helicopter, but is confused about it.
Back with Morlun, it turns out that another alternate version of Miguel was watching and he may have led Morlun to him. This Miguel, who works with the Exiles, learned about Morlun and tried to reach the other versions of him through a mental link. Now he’s grabbing whatever he thinks will help and then running to the 616-Universe since Morlun might be afraid of it because he died there.
Back with our Miguel, he’s managing to convince Ty Stone and Liz Allen to work on building a super-prison for the villains when he gets another migraine. A younger version of him bit the bullet and once again the Exile Miguel felt it and decided it’s time to go to his 616 counterpart. Just as soon as he gets the portal open, he gets eaten in front of our Miguel and the only reason Morlun doesn’t go after him is because he’s afraid of their universe.
The comic ends as Miguel decides to go find Peter Parker.
Okay, review time…
So, we see another Spider-Man taking preemptive measures to stop the Inheritors, albeit one that failed. With only a final entry left in the Edge series before the main event I am excited.
4 out of 5.
Edge of Spider-Verse #5 Review
Okay, here’s my review of Edge of Spider-Verse #5. Read on as I try to make sense of the plot of the story.
The comic begins with the death of the previous user of SP//dr, which is a spider that uses a power-armor that can only be used by his daughter Peni. So after her Aunt May and Uncle Ben show up and tell her to get bitten by the spider so she can get into the robot we skip to five years later when she’s going again a giant orb that’s killing people while spouting lines about the meaning of terror and being powered by a lamer version of Mysterio. Who are we kidding, this is like a watered down version of Evangelion, only more optimistic and less mind-rapey.
To prove my point the next day when she gets called out of class, Shinji Ikari, Asuna, Rei, and that white-haired guy who died for him in the last move sit next to her. Mysterio tipped them off to a bunch of gangs because he’s a fan of hers so she and another version of Daredevil start kicking ass and taking names.
It’s on her way home that it starts getting confusing as Spider-Ham and another Spider-Man come to tell her that the Inheritors are coming and they would wreck the place to get her. Since SP//dr, the spider, trusts them she decides to listen to them and get her power-armor. The comic ends as the three of them jump through the dimensional gate.
Okay, review time!
Uh… I feel it’s skippable. I only hope that the author doesn’t get sued. 3 out of 5.
Uncanny X-Men #27 Review
The next issue in the Will and Testament of Charles Xavier is out in Uncanny X-Men #27 and this is my review/recap!
Okay, continuing where we last left off Cyclops manages to get on-board the Helicarrier with Maria Hill not ordering his detainment to her bedroom since he’s come with the other X-Men. Right away we see where everyone stands on the topic of the coming of the God-Mutant, Cyclops and Storm want dialogue first, Wolverine wants to go the Snikt-List route, and Rachel decides to hit him with an illusion of Charles and the Avengers telling him to behave like he’s a naughty toddler.
To be fair to Rachel, it almost works. For like five panels. Then he asks why they’re trying to stop him from being what he’s supposed to be, and works towards the ‘might is right’ attitude. Then, once he learns that Charles Xavier is actually dead, he brings the Helicarrier down and teleports the X-Men to their individual schools in the process, stating he doesn’t blame them since they were being manipulated too by Charles. I’m assuming he knew the school’s locations and that Charles was dead by reading Rachel’s mind.
Cyclops has an anxiety attack as he lands in the snow and the Stepford Sisters calm him down and read his mind. Again, I question where’s that psychic protection he was supposed to have had when he first visited the JGS to recruit, but it doesn’t matter since Magik arrives and offers to take him back to the other X-Men, who are basically assembling all the heroes to take the new mutant down.
Cyclops has a different idea, one even the sisters think is crazy. He returns the site of the crash via Magikbus as Maria Hill is asking the guy to leave the planet and then talks to him, explaining that they have a lot in common, with both being former prodigies of Charles and have been manipulated by him, and that he’s a one of a kind blessing but the world may not be ready for him. He then offers to buy him breakfast to talk about things and he accepts as the comic ends.
Okay, review time.
Honestly, there were pages wasted here and this whole arc is negligible. You don’t introduce God-Tier characters without some criticism and I’ll be glad when it’s over, but at least they didn’t resolve things by trying to punch him out. Still, I’m have tempted to think that Cyclops earned his trust the same way he does virtually every psychic, invite them into his head, whisper sweet words of understanding, and then breakfast.
I give it a 3 out of 5.
Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #6 Review
The big secret behind Peter Parker’s return is revealed in Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #6! Read my recap and review of the cop-out of his epic death and more proof that the Ultimate Universe is coming to an end! But despite that I did like it!
The comic begins with JJJ having a moment of guilt over shooting Osborn before calling Ben Urich about it. Let’s face it, sometimes you have to put the monsters down and he could argue self-defense. Unfortunately for him, Osborn is apparently immortal now ad believes he’s responsible from creating new gods like Spider-Man. Then he kills JJJ.
Meanwhile Miles finally wants answers if Peter is real or not. MJ tries covering for him, but he wants answers from the man himself. Peter believes that he came back from the dead because he remembered his life and death, waking up in an abandoned lab in Atlanta and then making his way back to Queens, where he ran across MJ. They dug up his coffin and found it was empty, realizing that someone would have stolen his corpse for being a wonder of science.
Seeing how MJ broke down at seeing him again after years he decided he couldn’t show his face to the others since they had closure and Miles was out there. He only wanted the web-shooters since they were the only connection he had to his dad, who made the original formula. But Aunt May and Gwen state otherwise as they appear, stating that they could figure out he would be there because where else would he go?
Unfortunately Osborn thinks the same way and shows up for Round Two, stating they are his Spider-Men as Miles goes in alone. Osborn demands his respect as he gave birth to his powers, but Miles zaps him until he submits. As the comic ends, Osborn tells him that without him around he’ll never know where his powers came from and who his father really is.
Okay, review time.
Begrudgingly, I have to admit Peter has a good reason for not telling the others he was back. I mean, they had closure and were being left alone now that he was gone. Him being alive again would put targets on his family and friends back since everyone knows who he was. It’s fucked up in how much sense it makes.
But with Peter Parker and Osborn coming back, it’s safe to say that Marvel is crapping on their own rules when it comes to ‘Dead means Dead’ and are circling the drain in the grand scheme of things. Since Peter’s death was a turning point of epicness and meaningfulness, having both him and Osborn come back sets a bad precedence, especially if he ain’t a clone, and with the other Ultimate Titles being canceled it doesn’t bode well for them.
That being said, 5 out of 5.
Iron Man and the Graviton problem
You like murder mysteries? Of course you do, but rarely does Tony Stark get involved in an ol’ fashioned whodunit. He’s far too busy tinkering or shooting lasers or trimming his goatee or whatever he does with his time. But after the Marvel event Civil War and before the Marvel event Secret Invasion, Stark served as Director of SHIELD, obligating him to do stuff like find out who killed his operatives. Get ready for a bummer today from Invincible Iron Man #21-23, volume four, written by Daniel & Charles Knauff and drawn by Roberto De La Torre & Butch Guice.
Each state in the USA gets assigned one superhero team. Nebraska gets Paragon, Gadget, and Ultra. I don’t know who they are either.
That’s right, I called this a murder mystery when it seems obvious Graviton totally murdered Gadget. As the pieces unfold, Stark’s mental state gets slowly unraveled…
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RWBY Season II Episode 10
It opens with Ironwood looking out in the distance at night until Glynda comes out and, contrary to her previous interactions, gives him a pep talk about trust after complimenting him. We then cut to RWBY, with the others faking sleep until the professor is asleep before they contemplate the meaning of being huntresses. Weiss admits that her father is a corrupt executive and being a huntress is a way to redeem her family name, Blake joined Beacon after realizing that White Fang went off the deep end but she doesn’t know what she’s going to do afterwards and runs from challenges, and Yang just goes with the flow and loves adventure. So Ruby is the only one who really joined simply to be a huntress while the others see it as a job.
Later on Zwei wakes Ruby up to go potty when they run across White Fang members patrolling and Ruby and the dog chase them before falling into a literal pit trap into the enemy territory and getting knocked out and the dog fetches the others. The White Fang members take her to Roman, so she’s screwed, and Oobleck goes on a lecture about the underground village where bad stuff happened and he whips out his weapon and tells them they need to find Ruby.
It’s 5 out of 5 obviously.
Amazing Spider-Man #7 (Edge of Spider-Man) Review
Okay, the next Edge of Spider-Verse and Amazing Spider-Man are both in one comic, so I can knock out two reviews in one here!
The comic begins with Peter, Cindy, and Anna Marie sitting in a tree—well, apartment room—with the first two K-I-S-S-I-N-G…. I’ll stop now. But anyway, Anna Marie has to play their babysitter until Cindy splits to find some place to live that doesn’t involve humping Peter, while Anna then tells him to ease up on being Spider-Man.
Meanwhile some people are stealing an Inhuman in its cocoon while wearing an original Ms. Marvel suit. Naturally the new Ms. Marvel can’t have that while Anna compares Peter’s method to Otto’s and suggests he leaves small things to the cops. That backfires the moment he gets wind of the incident with the Inhuman and goes after them.
He arrives just after the new Ms. Marvel gets there and stomps on the fake Ms. Marvel before getting a backhand into Peter, who she fangirls over since he dated the current Captain Marvel. Was that information public?
Either way, the mooks get their crap together while dropping hints how one knows Spider-Man and the imposter Ms. Marvel has basically kidnapped the Inhuman because her powers suck compared to the real Ms. Marvel and they’ve reached a creative dead-end, kind of like Marvel. Anyway, since it ends there after she transforms and I have no intention of reading another series for the conclusion, let’s call it a 3 out of 5, avoidable in the grand scheme of things.
As for the Edge of Spider-Verse part, we come across the British Spider-Man in Otherworld, a sort of hub for all space and time. There he’s watching as Morlun and his family kill off the spiders until one manages to spot him with some tech and he cuts the feed, deciding he needs to tell the other members of the Captain Britain Corps.
Naturally of the two women who are in charge, one of them chews him out about the limited scope of his totem being killed off since all of space and time is collapsing with incursions. Yeah, after Wolverine screwed the time-stream over on top of Beast bringing the O5 that reboot is looking more and more realistic in the aftermath of the Heroic Age. Shame DC did it first, but whatever. It would explain some of the bull that they’ve put out lately…
Uh, back to the story, the other lady believes this may be the source of all their problems and gives him the go ahead to play hero along the multi-verse as the comic ends. In all honesty, this should have been separate from the Amazing Spider-Man since both needed more pages that could be used to flesh out their story, like Spider-UK going out to save a few Spiders like Otto and set up the good team or finishing off the team-up.
But as it is relevant to Spider-verse I give it a 4 out of 5.
Batman and Superman switch powers, Pt. 3
Maybe it’s for the best. The was things were going it was looking like Injustice Gods Among Us all over again.
Before we begin, have you seen the cover for Superman/Batman #56? You should. It’s the issue we read today. Plus it includes Superman’s Batman-esque costume he received from Alfred last issue.
Right? Isn’t that awesome? For those who don’t know iconic pictures of American history, artists Rags Morales and Nei Ruffino recreated a super famous boxing photo of Muhammad Ali standing victorious over Sonny Liston back in 1965. Here’s the original:
I know, it’s great. Let’s get to the issue. Our big finale! It’s well worth the wait, to which you should go buy the arc as soon as you finish this article because your friends will be impressed and women will be attracted to you. Probably. Look, let’s not beat around the bush, you know what’s going to happen: lots of angry punching. But remember last time when Nightwing exposed a Superman-vulnerability to our Dark Knight of Steel? Mainly…
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RWBY Season II Episode 9
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Words of the wise…
Umm, well the team is stuck with Dr. Oobleck while the others go elsewhere and the professor takes them to a region that’s just outside of Vale where they were trying to expand once but the Grim overran it so they had to wall it off. They meet with a whole pack of Ursa not two minutes in and the dog gets found out not one minute before then, but his sense of tracking might prove useful so he stays.
The girls handle most threats as they come in, but Yang states she wanted to see Oobleck in action. He basically tells them that not all missions are violence and then grills Yang on why she truly became a huntress. She confesses she’s a thrill-seeker and if she helps people it’s a bonus. Weiss sees it as her duty for being part of her family, while Blake sees there’s too much wrong in the world and someone has to stop it even though she hasn’t figured out how.
With Ruby he takes her off while telling the other three to set up camp, before showing her a herd of really big Grimm and tells her that not all Grimm are mindless and those that are so powerful they’ve lived for centuries and learned, but are waiting for something. Ruby then asks why he wants to be a huntsman, and he states that he sees lives that could have been saved in the ruins and by teaching the next generation he’s giving them power and can save more lives than with a weapon. The questions he asked the rest still makes them ponder about it, but they notice he never asked her why she wanted to be a huntress.
Well, I wanted to see more action from Oobleck, but he makes a fair point and we learned more about the characters and Grimm…
4 out of 5.
Edge of Spider-Verse #4 Review
Edge of Spider-Verse continues in the fourth issue! What will type of horrors will we find inside? Read my review and find out!
Our comic begins with a day in the life of Patton Parnel, who starts his mornings by burning ants and follows up with spying on the girl next door getting dressed in the morning, who he refers to as a test subject. So we clearly see he’s not right in the head, but the girl next door doesn’t mind as she makes conversation with him for the first time on a field trip before corralling him into trying to free animals that were being used in experiments in Alcorps. He naturally finds a spider and becomes so enthralled by it that he reaches for it and gets that magical bite befalling most potential spider-men.
The next day he’s sick and his uncle gives him a beating, to which even the neighbor girl can hear, and it does seem a little unfair… but he does mention he’s done experimenting on neighborhood pets and he’s a little…. okay really messed up in the head. Either way he discovers the more he eats and feeds the inhuman hunger inside of him, starting with a recently dead rat, the stronger he gets and he soon discovers his spider powers before chowing down on his Uncle Ted.
At this point he only sees his classmates as meat, so when the class bully gets in-between him and a pigeon he was about to munch on he disappears after lunch before Patton decides to pick up a kid off the street to have dinner. Later on the girl next door, Sara Jane, shows up asking if he’s seen her boyfriend, aka Lunch, before he seeming puts the moves on her and then bites into her neck. She tries to run, but he webs the exit and she ends up in his room with some guy webbed to his bed and another strung up on his ceiling, while baby spiders literally crawl from inside the poor bastard.
This is some horror movie stuff right here and I can’t feel too much sympathy for Venom-Junior, so when Morlun shows up to claim him I was honestly cheering for him. He mentions he could smell Parnel from the furthest dimension being such a fresh and new totem. So between two inhuman monsters who like to eat, Morlun comes out on top as Sara Jane runs away. The next morning, spiders come out of her body from where he bit her, giving us a rather bleak ending.
Okay, review time…
I’m not going to lie, this was kinda creepy…. No, scratch that, really creepy. It’s basically the worst case scenario of Spider-Man, where his love of science has screwed with his brain to the point he only sees test subjects and then food. When the Inheritors come off as the lesser evils, you know you’ve botched it.
4 out of 5.
Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #4 Review
The Spider-Man of the future now faces the Scorpion of the present in the fourth issue of the 2099 series! How does it all go down? Read my review and find out!
The comic picks up where it last left off, with Miguel about to go mano-a-mano with Scorpion. He tries to tell them they’re on the same side, but he doesn’t care since Otto punched his jaw off the last time they met and he’s not bright enough to tell the differences in the costumes. Alchemax made his suit stronger and faster since there was apparently no one who knew spiders and robots better… except maybe Smythe, but Otto straight up killed him.
Miguel quickly learns, however, that despite history stating he was barely a nuisance to Peter, history books often pale in comparison to the real thing as he gets a proper tail whip out of the building and into a group of Spider-Slayers. Then again, he doesn’t have Spider-Sense, so sucks for him.
As for Ty, the little bastard’s about to get buried alive when the building starts collapsing, all because of Scorpion. Then the woman who took him hostage saves his ass at the cost of her own life. It looks like he has a moment of guilt, but given who he is it’s hard to say. More on that later.
Back to the fight, Miguel is forced to dodge since lasers hurt until loud-mouth yells they’ll attack anyone looking like a spider. So he hides and holograms his clothes, but he neglected to remember that Scorpion is a villain and is perfectly willing to kill civilians unless he shows himself. This is why you don’t fight in a crowd if you can help it. Then Miguel remembers he has holographic tech and could put it on Scorpion to make him look like Spider-Man….
Yeah, they swarm his ass until Ty arrives and uses a deactivation phrase to shut them down. They messed him up. Anyway, with that problem solved we go back to the business meeting where Ty seemed to have learned from the woman’s sacrifice and basically tells the dictator to leave the country or the slayers will come after him.
Does it interfere with political boundaries, yes it does. Do we care? No! He’s learned something! Someone managed to reach into that black heart of his and moved it! As the comic ends Scorpion, Miguel, and Ty head back to the airport and onto the next great adventure, Spider-Verse.
Okay, review time…
Well, this turned out better than I expected. I honestly thought Ty wouldn’t learn a damn thing, so maybe he has hope besides being a little bastard. Let’s just hope no one else has to die for it to happen again.
5 out of 5.
Batman and Superman switch powers, Pt. 2
Here’s the problem with a Superman-powered Batman: he’s never going to stop. Ever. Until his dying breath in a post-apocalyptic kryptonite meteor shower, Batman’ll never pause or take a break from heat vision-ing crime. Y’see, the only reason he heads back to the Batcave during dawn is to do normal human stuff like collapse into his bed or suture up his wounds or do that whole feeding himself nutrients thing. But no more. Superman always had a stable alter-ego in Clark Kent, but not Bruce Wayne — and you can see his obsessions fully manifest as the arc progresses:
I looked up the word unequivocal: leaving no doubt, unambiguous. Part of Batman’s war on crime relies on evil-doers knowing Batman’s out there and ready to strike. With heat vision, the bad guys can’t crop up their failings on bad luck when the Batman symbol gets seared into their car. Also, take a…
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