April 2015 Grim Tales Update 2
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Magneto (2014) #17 Review
Magneto’s attempts to rebuild Genosha have come under threat by a murderer that has a mysterious past with him. Who is this killer? How does it end? Read my review of Magneto #17 and find out!
Okay, so the comic begins with the Marauders clones searching for the killer, while Mags thinks on why mutants are returning to Genosha. Some seek asylum, others a home, but Magneto thinks that it was pride that had him move to rebuild his fallen utopia. Pride has a heavy-cost, and more than once it’s been paid for in blood.
Briar points out that he believes a mutant is responsible, leading to a memory where he watched as fellow escapees from the Holocaust were being gunned down and Hitzig narrowly missed him, though his parting words still manage to haunt Mags. Turns out this is horribly relevant as Hitzig is alive and the murderer haunting Genosha. So that issue where we saw the psychic creation of the Nazi surviving after Red Onslaught had been dealt with turned out to be a lot more relevant than we thought.
The thing is from Mags’ mind, brought into the world and made real. This makes killing him again rather difficult for Magneto, and he slips away. Magneto realizes he will continue to do this because the only way for it to continue to exist is to make him suffer, meaning it will never end up less he does something drastic.
Meanwhile, Briar goes to sleep in her own quarters, where Arclight is jealous of her. It turns out that the shade of Hitzig is there and decides to kill her to make Mags suffer, as nightmares like it usually do. Magneto remains blissfully ignorant of this, instead going to confront a mutant who he believes has something to do with this.
It turns out that the illusionist mutant, Amy, could bring things to life, but she couldn’t control them. After what the Red Skull did to her, she ends up pulling Hitzig out of his head accidentally and she can’t stop it. She didn’t come to a remote beach to hide, but because she knows what he has to do to end it and doesn’t want anyone to see him when he does it, otherwise everything would fall apart.
The comic ends with the Hitzig shade turning to ashes and Magneto contemplating how his legacy has spoiled under the ruins of his own darkness, having to kill the child to save what he had left.
Okay, review time.
Once more, Magneto’s tale ends with blood being spilled in order to do what is best for mutants. This time, much like the knock-off Omega Sentinel, it was someone who had no control over what they were doing, but because of an outside power influencing them. It’s tragic, as expected of this series.
5 out of 5.
April 2015 PPGD Update 2
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Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #11 Review
Miguel O’Hara is back in the present and back to working with Alchemax. How will his future knowledge affect the timeline again? Read on and find out in my review of Spider-Man 2099 #11.
The comic opens with Tempest, the suicidal pink-hair woman who has a terminal cancer, talking on the phone with her mother. They clearly have issues to work out, but none so much as Miguel who was creepily watching her for an hour on her ceiling until she goes to sleep. He then injects her with something meant to cure her cancer, and then flees when she wakes up screaming about her rather justified anger at his intrusion.
He goes back to work the next morning thinking on what Maestro said about Alchemax leading to the end of the world. When he gets there he learns about them competing with Parker Industries for the prison contract. See the last issue of Amazing Spider-Man for his side of things there.
Anyway, Miguel helps Spider-Man deal with another D-lister and then they discuss what he saw in his future. Since that only occurred after he went back in time, something must have changed because of his presence or the whole Spider-Verse mess. Either way, he wants Peter to win the competition.
Miguel heads home and finds Tempest drunk off her ass, celebrating her miraculous recovery. She puts together that Miguel told Spider-Man so he cured her and starts kissing him. Then bad things happen and she turns into an insect monster with a hunger for Miguel’s flesh as the comic ends.
Okay, review time….
Nice to see some consistency among the books and in the natural Spider-Man luck something they try to do for good reasons bite them in the ass. I liked it, but the stalker angles creep me out, so I give it a 4 out of 5.
Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #12 (Final Issue) Review
The final issue of Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man is out now. As the series comes to a close, I’ll give you my review of both the issue and how I thought the series was. So let’s get into what happened in Issue #12 of Miles Morales’ story.
The comic opens with the teacher noticing that three students, Miles, Katie, and Ganke, are missing and asks Judge if he had seen them. A sensible person would have sent the dorm guy to go check their room, but instead Judge is the one who has to do that and finds out the place has been trashed. Seriously, how did no one notice him being kidnapped if they made that much of a mess?
Meanwhile, Miles has been captured and hung up in a suspension cube by Doctor Doom. You see, he has a thing against Miles because he invaded Doom’s castle in a crossover with the All-New X-Men. Doom makes it clear he’s going to mine him for every biological secret he’s got and then make a bunch of super-Hydra agents. Miles explodes with a new power, gets free, and begins to curb-stomp everyone off-screen.
Judge, the ever-curious person, goes to Miles’ house to see that was also trashed and runs into Cloak and Dagger, who scare him until he explains that he was his friend and thinks something has happened to him. They decide to gather their remaining friends and Maria Hill to try and find Miles, receiving a notice about an explosion in a warehouse district. By the time they arrive, Miles and Jessica have mopped up everything.
Miles finds everyone safe and sound, breaks up with Katie by letting Dagger stab her (just knocked her out), and the comic ends with their planet about to smash into the 616-universe.
Okay, review time…
You can tell they rushed this with the whole Hydra subplot. Doom’s beef with Miles comes out of left-field if you didn’t read the All-New X-Men issues, we suddenly get him having either a new power or a souped-up Venom Blast unlike what he unleashed on Osborn, and the world is getting ready to end. You can tell they just wanted to get things into place so they can close the Ultimate Universe with Secret Wars after Ultimate End.
It was rushed, so I can’t give it more than a 3 out of 5.
As for the series as a whole, it wasn’t bad. In fact, it was the one series I never got completely jaded or frustrated with. I flat-out dropped All-New Ultimates and Uncanny X-Men because they were flawed through and through and I just couldn’t take it anymore. But asides from bringing Peter back from the dead and Jefferson’s flashback, this was a good series overall.
It gets a 5 out of 5.
April 2015 Grim Tales Update 1
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April 2015 PPGD Update 1
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Amazing Spider-Man #17 Review
Amazing Spider-Man #17 is out now! Here’s my review and recap as we see once more why Anna Marie is best girl!
Okay, it opens with Anna Marie and Peter at Aunt May’s for dinner. She’s still unaware that Doc Ock was riding in his body for a few months, so she believes they’re still together. Peter is once again being flaky on how to broach the topic, so Anna does it for him by saying they’ve split due to work but it’s rather amicable—which is the truth, more-or-less. She then points out that they can get back to their workplace faster by web-swinging and no one would blink an eye since Spider-Man has saved her twice. I like how she cuts through the neurosis and gets to the point.
Meanwhile, Sanjay is once again bitching about how Parker’s project has little profit rather than being a good thing for the city, which Clayton promptly calls her out on. He earns points in my book there. But sadly she goes back to the whining when Anna reveals that he has a secret entrance for his meetings with Spider-Man and they broke up.
At the same time, Ghost is screwing with their security system, kills a guard, and turns their testing equipment on them. Peter, through a combination of Spider-Sense, Anna being best girl and covering for him, and the Living Brain being a shield, he manages get them out and shift into costume. But not before Sanjay tries to take matters into her own hands and fails to reason with the guy sabotaging the place since he isn’t doing it for profit, but because he wants to.
The comic ends with Peter arriving just in time to see her get stabbed. There was also something with Black Cat, but all you need to know is she plans on robbing Aunt May next issue.
Okay, review time…
Yes, I’m bias in thinking Anna Marie is best girl. She was the one thing Otto did that stayed good in the end. Also, Sanjay lost me when she sold out Parker Industries by telling Black Cat how to sabotage the machine with Electro, which could have potentially killed them all or ruined the company. She did so intentionally, just now too, thinking that she’s the only one who can do something—only this time it bit her in the ass.
I don’t even mind the secret project, because I can see where they’re both coming from. Anna Marie still respects and honors Otto’s legacy and work, so she wants to continue. If she talked to Peter, I’m sure he’d agree. Sanjay… well, she only cares about the bottom-line and would be better off working at Alchemax.
5 out of 5.
April 2015 Sugar Bits Update 1
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