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Edge of Spider-Verse #1: Spider-Man Noir Review

Spider-Verse is coming and the first in the Edge of Spider-Verse series is out with Spider-Man Noir. Read my recap and review below.

Our story begins in New York 1939 in a movie theater where some people are reviewing footage caught of Spider-Man beating up some robbers and questioning whether or not there’s a place for a vigilante now that most of the mobsters have been taken out. One of the people, a woman, hopes to meet him soon for the blood of the spider-god runs through him, while Mysterio gets a diss by someone choosing to pay for a monkey over his show. Even in the past he couldn’t win…

Anyway, at the World’s Fair we have Peter, Aunt May, and Mary Jane browsing around. Apparently MJ went overseas for three years to record a war in Spain and changed, but not really relevant unless you’ve read the past series I’m assuming. They go to Mysterio’s show when Peter’s Spider-Sense starts acting up but nothing immediately comes of it, and the show ends with Peter realizing Mysterio’s a fake but saying nothing since it made MJ smile.

After the show Mysterio and his assistant go on about his plan to become a new Kingpin once they get Spider-Man’s blood when Fisk shows up telling him they got the last living member of Goblin’s gang. They do a recap about how Spider-Man got his powers before he asks about Felicia Hardy.

They go to see her, where Felicia is wearing a mask, and when she refuses to move it they kill her friend. It’s a gore-discretion shot so you can’t see, but her face has been disfigured by the last person who thought she could lead them to Spider-Man. Fisk notes that he can do nothing to her that hasn’t been done so she won’t talk, but Mysterio goes with the holding the former love interest hostage gambit.

He leaves a message in a newspaper for him to come and make a blood-sacrifice or she dies, and Peter goes along to save her while his Spider-Sense, which is new for him I guess, is blaring. At the show, where the audience thinks it’s just a show, he shows up and gets gassed, then put into a water closet death trap after having his blood taken.

Peter traps air in a web on his face to last ten minutes before breaking out of the chains and kicking Mysterio’s butt with one hit. The guy hunting Spider-Men pops up and then Otto does too and rescues him. As the comic ends Felicia steals the blood taken from Peter as he arrives to meet a few other Spider-Men in the year 2099.

Okay review time.

Spider-verse is shaping up to look decent. This is only the second time I’ve seen Spider-Man Noir, the first being the Shattered Dimensions game, so I don’t know much about him, but I’m eager to see his role in things. I can’t wait for this crossover to continue with Gwen Stacy next in line.

5 out of 5 folks.


Amazing Spider-Man # 6 (2014) Review

So, will the world learn of Spider-Man’s secret identity in issue #6 of the new series? Read my review and find out.

Picking up where the comic ended, JJJ once again tries to expose Peter’s identity to the world instead of doing something to stop it, with everyone in a panic that its’ about to happen….except JJJ stood in the dead center of the shot. Contrived, maybe, but no one was fooled into thinking otherwise. Even though Black Cat gets the mask off, Silk manages to wrap his head before they can get a decent shot and splits with him.

Black Cat then goes to a villain bar to get muscle, but no one really sees her as much since she’s working with Electro, who killed basically half of their numbers when he tried to bust into the prison. Meanwhile Silk and Anna are getting Peter onto his feet as Electo asks Sajani if the device can really cure him when Black Cat arrives. Later on they’re getting ready to prep the device when Black Cat and Electro sneak in while Peter and Silk keep making out in the backseat when she senses something wrong because her spider-sense is better and then suit up, while Anna gets a promotion.

Anna goes to shut the project down and clear the area when Black Cat and Electro get to the machine and she uses it to amp up his power as the web-slinging duo arrive. Black Cat decides to turn Electro into a bomb and its killing him, meaning if he’s really Spider-Man and not Otto, he’d save Electro. Yeah, needless to say he gets right into it and she condemns them both to death before Silk saves them.

In the aftermath Electro is depowered, Silk goes to work for the news company in order to search for her family, Black Cat is back into good graces with the villains and is intent on copying Catwoman on being a new Kingpin (real subtle Marvel), and Sajani arrives to see Anna getting along with Peter. As the comic ends we see that Sajani actually told Black Cat willingly how to destroy the device because it was a bad business model, which doesn’t paint her in a very good light. Then again, she joined up with Otto’s graces…

Okay, review time.

Well, this first arc has been… interesting. The flaws are they’ve basically killed all the character development Black Cat had and they are pushing Silk like an overeager drug-dealer outside a rehabilitation center with a banner stating the first one’s free. I mean come on, we get she’s new and awesome. I even approve of the whole web-shaping abilities and how she can change them, but being faster and better Spider-Sense?

Bull.

Anyway, still loved the rest of it so…4 out of 5.


Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #3 Review

A bit late, but my Spider-Man 2099 #3 review is here. Read on!

The comic opens with Miguel being told by Liz to get to work by accompanying Ty to a foreign country to go and sell the Spider-Slayers that got hacked by the Green Goblin a bit ago. He’s not eager, but she’s calling the shots for now so he agrees reluctantly. Miguel believes they’re being merchants of Death, but Ty sees it as by providing superior weapons that the fighting will stop since no one will want to fight against them once they demonstrate their power.

They promptly get attacked when the plane lands and, lacking a Spider-Sense, Miguel almost gets a bullet in the head from a sniper. When they try to kill him up-close things go much better for him, but Ty gets kidnapped and Miguel has to go after him to save his own skin since if he snuffs it then Miguel stops existing. He grabs a jeep and chases after him, since he has a tracker on the man, but has trouble believing how hard the capital has been hit by the poverty due to all the fighting.

Ty finds himself in the rebel group’s base. They basically give him the ultimatum of making a recording of canceling the sale of the weapons or killing him. He pretty much agrees to what keeps him alive, admitting that his priority is his own life. The rebel leader actually looks like she’s making ground on trying to convince him to try turning the robots on the one buying them as Miguel arrives, only for the guard they brought to protect the shipment of robots to get there.

It’s Scorpion. Last time we checked he was severely injured, but now he’s good enough to make threats. While Miguel is all for him freeing Ty, he won’t let him kill the other people and moves to stop him. Scorpion thinks he’s the normal Spider-Man in another new costume, but decides he doesn’t care since the Spider-Slayers are there and he’s a spider to slay as the comic ends.

Okay, review time…

It wasn’t a bad issue. But there wasn’t much humor to be had and it was actually pretty grim looking considering the current circumstances in the world. And most of the suspense was killed since we know both Ty and Miguel are coming out alive one way or another.

I’ll call it a 3 out of 5.


All-New X-Factor #13 Review

What has come about due to Pietro’s admission of guilt last issue? Read this review of All-New X-Factor #13 to find out.

The comic opens with Harrison Snow more than a little displeased about what came out last issue at the press-conference. He wants Polaris to fire Quicksilver to save face, but she tells him if Quicksilver goes the team goes. It shows that, as messed up as the Magus family is, they do have strong family bonds. Unable to lose the entire team, Snow lets it go as long as they don’t hide anything else important, which prompts Gambit to say he runs the Thieves’ Guild, Doug is obsessed he might turn evil, Polaris may have been responsible for killing her mother, and Warlock might turns nuts. They leave out afterwards and Gambit reassures her she was a decent leader before kissing her and getting slapped, but to be fair he said he had it coming….somehow.

Luna, in the meantime, hangs out with Georgina in the middle of brooding when she suddenly decides to come with them on their visit to a historical site. Warlock tries hanging out with Danger and once the topic of sex between them comes up, somehow, he bolts. I’m as confused as Doug was, wasn’t that what he was going for?

Quicksilver is with his daughter and Georgina, who he notices is off and calls Luna out for using her powers on her. Luna says she wanted to help her because she was depressed and is actually happy he talks to her like a father since things with her mother are off since she left her last boyfriend, Ronan. It’s about here that another Inhuman, Gorgon, has come chasing after Luna since she ran away without telling anyone and proceeds to try and kill Quicksilver.

Georgina tries to make him go away, but he tries to stomp her and Quicksilver gets her and Luna out of there before laying on the hurt. He doesn’t do well since a thousand hits from him don’t pack enough punch. Polaris shows up and does much better with cannonballs until Quicksilver tries to say it’s his fight and gets hit from behind.

Luna’s mother, Crystal, shows up to end things here and take her daughter back. Despite her clearly being upset with him, he does apologize that things between her and her last boyfriend didn’t work out. She lets Luna stay with him until she returns as the comic ends.

Okay, review time…

I found this issue sweet in we see family bonds, with sparse moments of comedy. It was okay for a filler issue to me and touching. So I’ll give it a 4 out of 5.


Uncanny X-Men #25 Review

Okay, after the revelation from the last issue that Charles married Mystique, you’d think that things couldn’t get anymore screwy. So what’s this big secret of Charles? Here’s my review of Uncanny X-Men #25.

It starts with the Charles stating that what he’s done may horrify them, but at least hear him out to the end. While the X-Men were out, he found the signature to a mutant so powerful that he had to find him before Magneto did. It turns out to be Matthew Malloy, the dude from before who is wrecking stuff like there was no tomorrow.

Charles’ first interaction with him goes poorly, what with the kid having possibly killed his parents and able to sense him trying to tamper with his mind. He nearly kills him for it, with Charles only able to get away by hiding his presence. To Charles, the kid represented his worse fears in that humans would persecute mutants more if he was left unchecked.

Everyone decides to take a break and get their heads together before he went on, with Storm reasoning with Cyclops that Mystique going all over the place may be because he killed Charles. That being said, none of them are letting her get the school, final will be damned. Kitty and Nightcrawler have at tender moment, while Dazzler and Beast chat about how surprising it was that he married Mystique but Dazzler’s going to kill her anyway.

Back at the will reading, Charles admits he considered putting the boy down, but he didn’t have the manpower to do it and had to go with option B. That’s to say he pretended to be a child the kid’s age and earned his trust before placing psychic blocks on him in the same manner he did with Cyclops regarding Vulcan and possibly Jean Grey. So basically he lobotomized him from being a mutant in a way that Magneto would call his ass out on.

This is nothing new to me, but Cyclops naturally has a problem with this and calls him a hypocrite post-mortem, which rubbed some people the wrong way. Then Iceman says the stupidest thing he could and gets blasted for it. It’s really telling with Wolverine being the calm one and Iceman being a dumbass that they are trying to make him look bad now that Wolverine is dead…

Anyway, after Rachel controls her father’s body to calm him down (again, abuse of power when he just had Dark Beast pulling that shit), Charles continues with how later on he proceeded to make sure the blocks were in place until the kid was old enough to see through the illusion and had Charles wipe his memories of everything since he didn’t want to live with the guilt of killing his parents.

Now that he’s snuffed it he wants Wolverine and Cyclops to go and check on him and make sure everything is in order with Rachel there to make sure the blocks are put back up. Once they’re done they’ll get the last of the will and testament, dragging this out for another issue at least. As the comic ends we see Matthew wrecking the city he was in.

Okay, review time…

This wasn’t all it could be cracked up to be. Honestly, the Mystique reveal was more shocking. And they are really derailing Iceman…are we sure the good Iceman won when he tried to freeze the world?

Either way, 3 out of 5.


Avengers Undercover #9 Review

Well, after the events of last issue things can either go good, or they can go pear-shaped. Which happens now? Read my review of Avengers Undercover #9 and find out.

The comic picks up where it last left off, with the Avengers flying towards Bagalia and into Zemo’s trap. Ax-Bro, on the other hand, just finished his flight as Cullen’s Soul Beast beats him like a drum. Hellstrom tells him to just stay down since he’s just putting them in their place and they were pawns who don’t need to die for this to work. Ax-Bro, however, doesn’t care about living so long as he saves Cullen.

Hazmat and Nico show up to hold off Hellstrom while Ax-Bro manages to snap Cullen out of it, which earns him a kiss he wasn’t expecting. The Avengers show up about now and back the kids while Hellstrom calls in his own backup and soon we have a free-for-all. Or at least it looked that way until Zemo gives the word and Hellstrom teleports the bad guys out and seals the entrance to Bagalia, trapping them inside as Alex then returns to Hell.

Zemo pretty much takes the Helicarrier they bought with them by killing everyone on-board. He then has Deathlocket hack the ship and take control of it. They intend to go even further, but as the comic ends we see that Cammi has escaped her prison and is on-board as well.

Okay, review time.

I’m kinda disappointed with how this ended up. For starters, even though covers always lie, I wanted to see Zemo and Ant-Man at least attempting to go at it. Alex went back to Hell, which he shouldn’t have been in for starters by Canon, and Chase is a vegetable, which leaves Nico as the only Runaway in the story and they’re shilling that she’s leveled up but we didn’t see any of that beyond a single spell and hit-and-run. This was unsatisfying overall, but it is a major part of the plot.

3 out of 5.


All-New X-Factor #12 Review

It’s time for Serval to announce the All-New X-Factor to the world. What will go amiss? Read my review of issue #12 and find out!

It starts with Havok meeting with his spy, Quicksilver, in a downtown bar. After his report, Havok tells him to come back to the Avengers, but he feels Polaris still needs him. Havok tries to pull rank, but Quicksilver up and quits the Avengers because he didn’t want to be another power-set like the sell-out that Havok was. This alone earned my respect for Quicksilver.

We then skip to Danger questioning why she has to wear a uniform, before she encounters Warlock. He tells her she looks nice and she notes he changed his speech pattern, despite it being hard for him, because he thought it would impress her. He got a kiss on the cheek for it, so good for him.

With Gambit, he goes to confront Harrison Snow about being left to die. The man is so damn smooth with pretending that being with his wife didn’t bother him that Gambit is confused. If it weren’t for the evil eyes at the end you might even believe him.

Things aren’t as smooth for Doug, who is trying to comfort Georgina after losing all her parents and home because of him, technically. He offers her the chance to slap him if it would make her feel better, which she does so hard it hurts her hand, but it doesn’t make her feel better in the slightest. She then apologies and thanks him for everything he’s done regardless before he leaves for the press conference.

Cut to the conference, where Quicksilver asks a final time if the PR lady, Linda, wants to do this because it’s waving a flag for villains to come and attack them. She points out it has happened a few times now and they were fine. The press conference is derailed when Fatale calls Quicksilver out on his actions in Son of M, which he owns up to live and on camera, before leaving for his room.

There, hours later, when he expected Captain America or someone to come and take him in, his daughter Luna shows up. Now, because of Son of M and that Quicksilver claimed that a Skrull did it in preparation for Secret Invasion, she was ashamed of him and told him she would love him because he was her father, but she would never forgive him and would always be ashamed of him. Since she was watching the press conference and saw him admit the truth, she forgives him and they hug as the comic ends.

Okay, review time.

This was not an action piece, but I loved it all the same as it served as development for Quicksilver. He owned up to a mistake (granted most of the other Inhumans are too busy with the Inhumanity event to bother him about it now) and earned his daughter’s respect again after years later our time and like one in theirs. He’ll probably get arrested, but I like him more than I did before this series and when he was working with the sell-out.

5 out of 5.


Magneto #8 Review

It’s time to put an end to the MGH hunt in Magneto #8. Read my review of how he does so with surprisingly little bloodshed.

The comic begins with our useless agents of SHIELD coming to the site of where the Predator X remains are. Turns out they’ve managed to piece together what happened pretty well and they even manage to get a computer that the master of magnetism trashed working again. Because of this they claim they know exactly where he’s heading.

Magneto himself is venturing into a ghost town, noting that like any living thing it can die. But it’s in this town where the ones who’ve earned his ire are holed up and making MGH. The men shoot up instantly with the stuff when he walks through the front door and gain powers, but he claims he only wants to talk. They don’t believe him, which is smart, but rather than simply ganging up on him they reveal they admire mutants and don’t hurt them since the ones they get are already dead.

He wants it to stop, but it’s a very good business and he doesn’t think that Mags can take them down because he’s lost his powers. Mags knows he’s goading him, but he’s also right. Still, he notes that the difference between someone who’s a real mutant and a MGH-user is that they haven’t been persecuted and think they’re immortal just as SHIELD busts in and starts shooting with rounds meant to kill Mags, who he notes only shoot because they look like mutants at the time.

The head of the operation tries to run with his cook, but Magneto puts a stop to that. The useless agents chasing him tells him to stand down, but he rightfully points out that if they did a better job of stopping this crap he wouldn’t need to keep doing what he’s doing. The agent ignores him and thinks he’s just a feeble old man hurting people to make himself relevant.

Magneto promptly states she doesn’t understand him and he doesn’t answer to her, before escaping with the MGH cook. He takes the cook to a lab that his new friend bought and tells him to perfect the MGH formula so he can regain all his lost powers as the comic ends.

Okay, review time.

What can I say, Mags is a man with more than one goal and this time he only personally killed one person. It’s clear he pretty much set it up so SHIELD would do the dirty work for him, and he got what he wanted without having to strain himself. That’s a master planner for you, folks.

The air was a little off at the end, but other than that it was a solid issue at 5 out of 5.


Avengers Undercover #8 Review

We skip ahead three months later in issue #8 of Avengers Undercover. Who’s going native in the arc? Read below to find out!

The comic begins with a couple of panels of the Masters of Evil screwing over SHIELD while Hazmat is working alongside Ax-Bro and Madam Masque to basically get Sabertooth and Mystique’s attention in Madripoor. She’s striking up a deal for them while the kids get to talking about everything and then kissing one another. Well, both lost their lovers so I shouldn’t be surprised they’d hook up, but afterwards Hazmat calls up Hank Pym and apparently set things in motion.

When Hazmat goes to talk to Death Locket about it, who has basically done an evil makeover, she reveals that she’s playing for the other team now. Ax-Bro goes to talk to Cullen about it, but Damien seems to have him under mind-control at this point and sics him on the ax-less Celtic god.

Hazmat tries to tell Death Locket to pull herself together, but she’s having none of it since they’re her friends while she’s some stranger that tried to blow her up. Hazmat then decides to cut her losses and leave, giving shovel-boy a shot in the groin and stealing his magic shovel, before Death Locket tries to stop her. Hazmat pretty quickly takes her down, stating that she never did teach her how to fight.

Nico then wakes up because of all the noise to see Cullen trying to eat Ax-Bro and wonders what he’s doing. Alex, who isn’t wearing a shirt, points out that Damien is controlling him and that Zemo is springing his trap. When she asks what that is, he points out that they were never part of the game, but were bait to lure in the heroes as Zemo watches them arrive while the comic ends.

Okay, review time….

Let’s start with the fact that the art is worse than before. But at least the plot is moving. We see how everyone is acting, with Chase being referenced to being a coma (damn it) and Cammi is still in her cell. Cullen, well we had hints to him being controlled earlier, but Death Locket was somewhat of a shock. Points for that one.

It gets a 4 out of 5.

 


Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #2 Review

Miguel O’ Hara of 2099 is in the Heroic Age and he’s here to stay for some time. Read my review of Spider-Man 2099 #2!

The issue begins with Miguel enjoying the spider-man luck… by that I mean problems show up wherever he goes. He’s making a trip to the bank, it promptly gets robbed. After about five minutes and some acrobatic feats, he gets some flowers and promptly starts flirting with the girl from the last issue. He even gets inside her apartment, but screws it up when he reveals he knows she’s sick. Give the man some credit, he at least knows he was being too intrusive and apologizes before leaving.

On his way back up, Liz Allen shows up and catches a ride with him to his room. He’s only got a chair in it, I swear. Anyway, Liz asks him who he really is because she’s looked up the SSN and did a thorough background check on his ass.

He briefly entertains the thought of killing her, only to decide against it because it was too dramatic. I found it disturbing because there was no sign it was an imagine spot until afterwards, but he does come up with a reasonable lie after she explains she think he’s the Spider-Man from before.

He explains that he’s an Alchemax employee from 2099 and Ty stone is his grandfather and he wanted him to live up to his full potential. If she tells anyone, he either leaves or will throw her out a window. Again disturbing, but most of it was somewhat true.

Anyway, she mostly cares about how he changed his clothing so quickly, so he shows her Lyla and then asks what he wants. She kisses him for some reason and then goes about her way, leaving him as confused as I am. What is with all the spiders getting some action this week? Naturally Tempest shows up afterwards and explains she has Leukemia and she has months to live, before going about her way as the comic ends.

Okay, review time…

This basically a follow-up to the last issue, introducing all the players in the game. There’s the boss who knows his secret and seeks to exploit it, there’s the sick love-interest and he just so happens to be an expert in genetics, and there’s the archrival grandfather who’s kind of a dick.

Still, call it a 4 out of 5.


Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #5 Review

Okay, after that last issue we have a new character in story who’s serving as the love interest of Spider-Man. Where does it go from here? Read my review of Amazing Spider-Man #5 and find out!

The story picks up with Black Cat crashing a secret gambling parlor, where a villain named Eel is getting ready for a meeting. And she’s brought a friend with her, Electro, to steal his thunder. Even Eel thinks he’s too dangerous, but she’s confident he can’t shock her.

Meanwhile, Peter and Cindy are in the process of doing things in public that are highly illegal and they’ve just met. It takes her revealing she knows who he is to dampen those spider-urges and get the blood flowing back to the head that has a brain in it. They both snap the hell out of it and wonder if it’s some kind of primal connection, but she’s fine with it since it’s the first time in years she’s kissed someone.

At the fact channel they’re waiting to do an interview with Sanjani, but she’s been kidnapped by Black Cat. As far as the kidnappings go, it’s not bad. She’s sipping on champagne and eating caviar as they get information out of her as to how they’re trying to cure and contain Electro. Black Cat then takes a stroll in the bad part of town with a couple of others who were outted by Spider-Man with plans to pay him back big time.

Then we finally see Anna Marconi, Otto’s ex-lover, coming into their apartment to see Peter making out with Cindy on the ceiling. Cindy kinda gets territorial, but she’s not in the mood to argue. Instead she tells Peter Sanjani’s gone missing and he needs to get his butt over to the tv station. There he finds and congratulates JJJ for bouncing on his feet and begins the interview about his plans to cure villains like Electro, who may see their powers as a curse, while said villain shows up with Black Cat, and threatens to kill Peter unless Spider-Man shows up in fifteen minutes.

Since Peter can’t just disappear into a costume without a little help, Cindy suits up and buys him time. He and Black Cat get into it, with him claiming his innocence, while Electro and Cindy duke it out, until a stray electric blast nails him. Black Cat then prepares to reveal his identity to the entire world on camera as the comic ends.

Okay review time….

Well, the story is moving along and the art is nice. I find the whole threatening to reveal his secret identity thing kinda pointless because he can make his mask stick to his face with the stick’em powers he’s got, and he really should have packed an insulated suit the moment he first went after Electro.

Still, 5 out of 5 from me!


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RWBY Season II Episode 3 Review


All the feels….

This episode features mostly emotions and new outfits as the team begins the investigation after class, where Jaune promptly gets shot down again for a date with Weiss. Where is Pyhrra during this?

Anyway, Wiess and Ruby planned on heading out to get files from her father’s company about the shipments, while Blake and Sun would find the White Fang’s base and see if they could learn more, while Yang and Neptune go to meet with an old contact of hers in the wrong part of town.

Ruby and Weiss split when they run across Penny, leaving Weiss to go to the communication room. She gets the information, but she avoids talking to her father and sister, Winter, over the line because of some emotions that weigh on her shoulders. It’s a humanizing moment.

Ruby, on the other hand, tries to get Penny to open up about what happened weeks ago when she left the group. She says her father was upset and she wasn’t supposed to talk to them, but when they stop at an android exhibition, the things Blake and Adam cut through in drones, two security guards spot her and she flees. Things happen and that poor dust seller is about to run over Ruby by accident when Penny grabs the truck and stops it.

Obviously, that set off some warning bells and Ruby asks for answers. As the video ends, Penny reveals she’s not a real girl (Pinocchio anyone?).

It was a deep episode, giving more insight into the mask Weiss wears and Penny’s true identity. 4.5 out of 5.


Superior Spider-Man #32 (Edge of Spider-Verse)

The Edge of Spider-verse is beginning and it’s starting with SpOck in the lead as we review issue #32 of The Superior Spider-Man, set between the period where he got wiped from the time-stream and Horizon was destroyed.

The comic begins after he was “inferior” to Peter Parker because he couldn’t stop the explosion due to wiping his memories. It turns out that it didn’t kill him, but put him in the year 2099. Public Eye, the generic bad guys, tries to arrest him, but he’s not Miguel and won’t take that lying down or running away. He makes them run, but Miguel’s brother, Gabriel, remembers from his voice he’s Peter from the 90s series of Spider 2099 when they crossed over, but Otto doesn’t and it doesn’t matter.

Once in a safe place, Otto wastes no time in procuring parts to travel through time and dimensions with the aid of his holo-agent in his new base of operations. By that, I mean he steals from everyone with the parts, including Alchemax. It’s kinda awesome.

He then adjusts the holo-agent to resemble Anna Marie and then begins to time-jump. Instead of landing in his own time, he lands in a parallel timeline where someone (Morlun, I’m sure) has killed the fantastic five, the last of which was another Spider-Man. He tries again and again, finding more and more dead spider-men, and figures out he’s not the only one jumping through dimensions.

We then skip to another Spider-man, one named Peter Phabhakar, who is getting hunted down. He’s about to be another dead spider when Otto jumps in and saves him, explaining that he’s been tracking the hunter through twelve dimensions and taken it upon himself to raise an army of Spider-Men to fight the creature. As they reach the group we see he’s gotten a couple more to join his ranks.

In the second part of the comic we met a spider-man who became more like Otto and started taking this seriously, killing his enemies and training with Logan, who dies when the masked creature runs him through and vaporizes him. When Alex, a woman he loves, tries to cover for him, he knocks her out and then lures the creature into a trap.

It doesn’t work and he’s saved by Otto again, who reveals that he wants him to join so they can help kill the bastard. Most of the other Spider-Men aren’t as pragmatic as they are, so he needs someone like him backing him. He joins on the condition that they kill the creature, which Otto states it’s him or them as the comic ends.

Okay, review time.

This was better than I expected honestly, a great way to get into a crossover of this size. I can’t wait for Jessica Drew, Kaine, Miles, and the others to join in soon. The art was lovely as well.

It gets a perfect score!


New Warriors #8 Review

The warriors are out to rescue one of their own in New Warriors #8.

The comic opens with a flashback for Haechi, who recalls the moment the terrigen mists spread across the world while Lash is giving him the “join me” speech. When the three-eyed one tells him his puppets have detected the New Warriors have arrived, he says to kill them. Said puppets are possessed people. There’s a lot of friction while they fight, while Silhouette spies on the Inhumans who brought them there.

When Haechi actually considers the offer, Sun Girl tells him better of it and then gets held hostage and told to choose. The New Warriors continues to cut through their ranks with Hummingbird shutting down the mind-control and Speedball dropping the goofy act when Scarlet Spider tells him to get serious. And Silhouette ends of up getting caught.

Haechi recalls getting chased by six men who wanted to kill him because he was Inhuman, so basically the mutant treatment, and was saved by one older man with a gun, which allowed him to keep his faith in humanity. He saved Sun Girl as the other New Warriors arrive and Humming bird cripples the mind-controller when he got a look at her through his brain, chain-boy got his ass-kicked by Speedball, and while Lash was telling Justice that his race squandered their chance, Haechi was about to make him into a chew toy until Hollow arrived.

Despite this, Lash kills Hollow because he’s a coward and tells Mark they will be back for him. As the comic ends, Nova arrives at their base to learn he was too late to help.

Okay review time…

Well, it was a decent, action-heavy story, where we learned how Mark came about his Inhuman powers and what he went through. Unlike the new Ms. Marvel, he had it rough from the get-go. I’m still hoping that he gets some closure with his family, but I’m more eager for Scarlet Spider’s return to Houston.

5 out of 5.


Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #4

Holy Hell, this issue was something special since even I don’t know what’s going on. But, I’ll do my best to review Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #4.

The comic picks up with Katie making it back to her home, where her older sister Misha is, crying. When her sister asks what’s wrong, she tells her Miles is Spider-Man. Now, this is the exact type of thing you don’t want happening and the reason I called Miles an idiot for blabbing about it.

But what’s more concerning is the fact that her sister tells her to break up with him for both of their sakes, because if their parents find out they’ll kill them both. What type of parents do they have? Uh, anyway, the sister states the best case scenario is that he gets killed by a super-villain, which is all kinds of messed-up, but considering everything else she’s said it fits.

It’s just her luck then that Osborn decides to make his kill-count 2 for 2 on Spider-Men. Miles learns the hard way that fire burns, but he has more tricks at his disposal than Peter and can go invisible long enough to bean him with something heavy. Still, he’s out of his weight-class and the police pretty much gets toasted as the news reports Miles almost imminent demise.

It’s then that Peter Parker shows up in the Spider-Man suit, where he got it I don’t know, and everyone stares in stunned silence as Osborn, like me, wonders how the hell is he alive. I’m still going with the shape-shifter theory, but a clone might be on the table now.

The surviving police open fire, and promptly get fried for it, but it buys enough time for Peter to web his face and Miles to give him the poke of doom. Venom Blast + Fire Demon = Big Boom. Osborn flies off and the police decide they’re going to try and take in the two Spider-Men. Aunt May thinks she’s going insane, while Gwen reasons it’s someone else, but Aunt May says she knows it’s him as the comic ends.

Okay, Review Time…

First, I’m still on the fence if this is the real Peter or not. I want his casket exhumed, I want a lie detector test, I want a DNA test, and a psychic reading to boot before I believe it. Second, I’m not sure it’s a good thing he’s still alive. I mean, his death was the pinnacle of the Ultimate Universe.

You can’t top that, especially not by ruining it by bringing him back to life all of a sudden. This is a Hail Mary that can blow up in their faces. But, knowing Marvel, if they think it would save the series and boost sales, he back.

The art was top-notch and the whole damn issue was sweet. Full 5 out of 5.


Uncanny X-Men #24 Review

Okay, my review of Uncanny X-Men #24. Not much really happening in this issue, so the review will be short.

The story picks up where it left off, with She-Hulk needing Cyclops for the will reading and Bobby running off because of it for some strange reason, but I stopped caring about this iteration of him some time ago so it doesn’t matter. Beast reveals he’s known all along where Cyclops was, sounding even more like a jilted lover than Wolverine, and Storm calls his ass out on it before they saddle up to and get him. At least Rachel finally spoke the hell up for once.

Then we skip to Maria Hill trying to get the new guy whose killing everyone left and right and failing, but that’s hardly interesting.

Meanwhile the sell-outs, I mean Jean Grey School team, arrives to find Dazzler looking insane, Scott sleeping naked for some reason, and basically tell him to get dressed and come on. Scott doesn’t want to, but decides to take his own ride with the adults while the students stay behind. When we get there we learn that Professor X married Mystique, which must make things awkward for Rogue, Nightcrawler, Iceman, Wolverine, Forge, and every other being she’s slept with.

Oh, and there’s a mutant so powerful that it threatens the relationship between mutant and humans so they need to go take care of that.

Okay, review time.

No. Just no. Leaving aside the fact the art isn’t worth writing home about, this has to be the dumbest string of words I have read. Mystique murder Moira, has threatened to kill his students multiple times, and shot her own daughter, and somehow he married her? I could get having a kid with her, because quite frankly she’s basically genetically tied to the majority of the X-Men that way, but damn.

This issue gets a 2 out of 5.


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RWBY Season II Episode 1 Review


Yes, the wait is over at last!

RWBY is back with season II and it does it with the best Food Fight EVER!

The episode begins with Emerald and Mercury, after robbing the poor dust seller, going to a book store and then subsequently killing the Faunus who planned on running. I suppose that means that Blake was lucky to get out when she did.

Afterwards we skip to Ruby with her team eating lunch, with Ruby planning the best day ever. Blake isn’t too up to it after everything that’s happened, but then Weiss gets a pie in the face. We then skip to Sun talking to his friend about how cool they are as all sorts of stuff happens in the background, until they get in and everyone is running because of a food fight.

Then we get the best food fight ever. Seriously, it was hilarious and bad-ass.
Glenda comes in and fixes their mess, but Ozpin says kids will be kids and to let them enjoy it while they can.

We then skip to Roman, Emerald, and Mercury arguing until Cinder comes in and puts everyone in their place. Then she tells him to pack up the dust since they’re going into phase 2 as the video ends with the new opening.

Perfect episode, what can I say? This is how you do a season premiere!


Amazing Spider-Man #4 Review

Our story begins at Parker Industries, where they are testing an anti-Electro suit when Peter gets the call from the Avengers. He’s thrilled, since it means he’s not on their shit-list anymore, and runs off to explain he was brain-swapped with Doc Ock while Anna Marie tries to cover for him, but Sanjani is having none of it.

While in the battle he gets hit by a barrage of images that basically tell him that Cindy Moon, Silk, not only got bitten and developed powers, but where she is. He pieces together that she was the replacement for him Madam Webb mentioned, not Kaine. Once close enough to the location he can feel her and realizes Ezekiel kept it from him.

She warns him not to free her, because if he does Morlun will come. Morlun… well, he killed Peter. I’m going to gloss over that when you can go to http://arousinggrammar.com/2012/08/01/spider-man-takes-on-morlun-pt-3/ and read that series of articles for yourself to get a summary of the ass-kicking he gave him multiple times. The dude is a monster and she is right to fear him, but Peter believes he’s dead and rips the metal door off its hinges.

This gives up an ominous shot of a figure far, far away, who can smell her presence and is about ready to begin what he calls the Great Hunt. Considering that Kraven fucked up the Spider-Family the last time someone called open season, that’s bad. In this case, I’m betting Spider-verse.

Anyway, Cindy comes out pissed and has greater spider abilities than him. He calms her down by saying Morlun is dead and she does a complete-180. Then she makes her suit out of webbing and they take a swing through the town.

As they do this, Sanjani is about to quit when Black Cat catches her. After all, she needs someone who knows how everything works to tell her about their plans and gadgets. Really, the timing couldn’t have been better.

Peter, in the meantime, finally catches up with her and she learns that her parents are gone from where they lived. She’s upset, he tries to comfort her and makes it worse by revealing that Morlun’s died twice. Since that means he can come back, all her sacrifices were wasted. Then, after a brief spat, we have kissing as the comic ends.

Apparently spider-sense makes you horny. This can only end badly.

Okay, review time.

I was eager for this issue. I really was. It was a good issue, but Silk screams Mary Sue right out the gate. Better powers, attracted to the main character, a soul-bond of some kind. It’s this type of thing that made his last girlfriend, Carlie, a scrappy character. I’m trying to like her, so don’t fuck it up Marvel.

5 out of 5 is my review. You need this issue.


Magneto #7 Review

Magneto has more work to be done and this time he’s going overseas to do it in Magneto #7.

The comic starts with him in a cell in Hong Kong, having allowed himself to be captured by some douchebags in order to get the drop on who’s been kidnapping mutants off the streets according to Briar, who has a private jet to get him there. Like he said, most people don’t recognize him without the helmet. If they did, they wouldn’t have nabbed him of all people.

To his surprise, they have not only sentinel tech, but a creature called a predator x. This thing is covered in metal and hunts down mutants, but Magneto is more than his powers. He was defined by his experiences, and once the predator x gets some of his blood and establishes a psychic link, it got a full blast of them and ended up crippled long enough for him to shove a bone through its brain like a boss.

He then gives everyone else five minutes to clear out before he beats the hell out of the assholes setting up the fight, letting them have a taste of what the mutants they sentenced to death felt like. Passing two more predator x creatures, he comes to the holding cells with only two mutants left alive. The mutants reveal the bad guy sells those who can’t fight off, only for Magneto to learn he’s been making MGH from the captured mutants, which Mystique pulled on Dazzler up until recently.

He grabs the guy, gives him a shot of it in the eye, and then tosses him down to the two remaining predator x creatures so they can munch him as the comic ends.

Okay, review time…

A quick issue with Mags dishing out his brand of justice is always something I can respect. While it has ties to the plot of someone giving tech to people way above their means, it is somewhat skippable overall. Not that I would recommend it.

4 out of 5.


All New X-Factor #11 Review

Okay, our story picks up after Gambit was “accidentally” left behind with Snow welcoming the team back and sending Georgia to the infirmary to get some medical treatment, with Quicksilver going to the hospital to get her mother before she can be used as a hostage and Polaris only then noticing a member of her team was missing.

Gambit is being tortured while naked. I’m assuming this was done for the remy fangirls, because leaving him some boxers would have been more deserving. Anyway, Memento Mori wants answers, Gambit doesn’t break until his mind is fried and the bad guy floats the idea that maybe him being left behind wasn’t an accident. He lets Snow’s name slip and Memento packs his men and tells them to get to moving, intent on retrieving Georgia and leveling the place.

Polaris is less than thrilled to be missing a member and notices Snow doesn’t seem too upset before calling for Quicksilver to swing back to the Mall to find him. But he’s got other problems as Memento has an airship on the way and shooting at him. Snow reveals that he didn’t buy only the X-Factor name, since he’s seen the number of time the Jean Grey School has needed to be rebuilt (burn!), but he also bought Layla Miller’s force-field glove and uses it to make the building impenetrable.

Both the bad guy and I will admit that was clever, but it does nothing for Gambit, who’s under the gun. He states it reminds him of his place in the world and it doesn’t matter if the trigger gets pulled or not, as long as Georgia is safe. Danger then appears as Georgia and gets the drop on Memento before tossing Gambit his coat and the fighting kicks off once again until he reveals he’s a walking bomb and knock them all down.

Georgia’s mom, Dakota, steps in and reveals that she’s responsible for him ending up like this since she practiced magic and didn’t harness the power correctly. She then tells her daughter farewell and causes them both to explode in a column of light, leaving Georgia alone and without any of her parents as the comic ends.

Okay, review time.

First off, I’m calling bullshit on the magic angle. Where was the foreshadowing? All this served to do was make the new girl even more of a woobie. Her adoptive father handed her over to Snow, he real father was a villain, and her mother was a sorceress who was killed off with her real father. It’s just all about hurting her as much as possible for the last two days, isn’t it?

Comic gets a 4 out of 5.


Uncanny X-Men #23 Review

Well, now that that cop-out of an arc is done , our story picks up in the aftermath by starting the Original Sin tie-in event, The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier, in issue number 23 of Uncanny X-men.

The story begins with a couple arguing. I don’t want to get into details because about five panels in the wife or girlfriend is killed in a random Skrull attack. Weren’t they supposed to be near-extinct or something after Secret Invasion? Either way, the windowed guy blows a Skrull’s head up all of a sudden and has no idea what the hell he just did as SHIELD does their damn job.

Okay, first off, this was last year. Unless this was after AvsX he damn well shouldn’t be a mutant and last I checked it’s only been a few months at best. Next, doesn’t SWORD deal with alien threats? Given how Brand is, that Skrull ship shouldn’t have made it into orbit, and even then not before a team of Avengers went to town on it. Out of all the feasible threats, the Skrulls are the last ones who should be involved here, so that’s just lazy writing.

Anyway, we then skip to She-Hulk, who was disbarred in her comic if I recall, still working and being shamed for her many sexual encounters, who receives something important. Three guesses what it is, and the first two don’t count. Madripoor has Dazzler pissed the fuck off for everything Mystique as done, but they know she’s damn well gone so there’s nothing to be done, and in their secret school Cyclops is having another mini-break down as he recalled Xavier’s last moments.

Tempus arrives to ask him how he is, but he in turns asks her about the time travel incident she went through. She tries to deny it, but the Cyclops has children who travel through time and has done it himself plenty of times. He knows when someone has aged years in the span of weeks… that, and the Stepford Sisters told him. Eva… she doesn’t take it well and storms out.

As for the JGS, She-Hulk crash lands in their front yard to see that the school is wrecked, yet again. Honestly, how the hell have they not been shut down? If the administrators who investigated it the first time didn’t get mind-wiped the school would have been. Are any of the teachers actually qualified? Uh… anyway, the point of her visit is that they need to read the will of Charles Xavier.

As Magik returns with the rest, Dazzler runs off to the bathroom, Magik and Emma tell Cyclops not to talk to her and talk to Hijack, while Magneto goes back to his own solo-series to be a bad-ass. Hijack eats some humble pie and Cyclops welcomes him back. Dazzler, on the other hand… well, a therapy session might be in order from the way she’s looking at the scissors…

Back with the dude from the opening, who runs into his dead girlfriend or wife’s sister who wants to talk to him because he’s looking kind of like a bum, he loses control over his powers and kills her and everyone near him. Yeah, this is kinda why no one trusts people with powers in these series.

She-Hulk then asks if Xavier’s really dead. We can’t blame her since the X-Men come back more than anyone else in Marvel. But since we saw him chilling with Nightcrawler in the afterlife, let’s say he is. The comic ends with She-Hulk needing to have Cyclops there to read the will as well.

 

Okay, review time…

The art work takes a hit more than normal this issue since it hurt my damn eyes to look at, and since this is the opening of the plot I won’t get on the about that, but the continuity errors are annoying to say the least.

3 out of 5 at best.


Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #1 Review

Miguel O’ Hara is now part of the Marvel 616 universe and I intend to review how he adjusts to our time period with my review of Spider-Man 2099 #1.

The story picks up with some time traveling douche-bag crashing a truck meant for Serval Industries (All-New X-Factor) and then snapping the neck of someone who got out of their car to help him just to steal it. You can already tell this asshole time-cop is the bad guy of the issue. I’ve seen D-List villains with better manners and motives.

Meanwhile, Miguel is renting an apartment that looks like the scene of a murder. There’s even blood on the floor. Tempest, the girl from the short in Amazing Spider-Man that Miguel saved from a mugging, arrives to clean it up. She’s not exactly friendly, but he’s clearly got an interest in her.

Miguel, under the name of Mike, goes to work at Alchemax, where the time-cop douche is and demands help or he would kill one of the guards. Which he then does, before threatening to hurt the other since one of his children would go to do serious cancer research and that means he can’t kill him. The guard sends him up to the executive-level, where Ty Stone and Miguel are.

Ty Stone leaves Miguel to die, I kid you not, and so the fight begins. Miguel points out that he could just take him back to his time period if he can jump through time, but the guard states that is illegal. Not this is the man who killed at least three people because they inconvenienced him. When SWAT gets there he adds to the body count before Miguel drops into Liz Allen’s office with time-cop on his tail.

The cop basically gives him an ultimatum: Since she’s had her son and partly responsible for the bad future, and he can’t actually hit Miguel, he can kill her and leave him be. Miguel agrees, only to make him shoot himself, solving the problem for the time being. Yeah, he’s not Peter Parker.

He leaves and Liz Allen immediately asks her assistant if any windows are broken. Because they aren’t and because Spider-Men always enter from windows, and theirs are all sealed, he must be an employee. If so, she’s taking the Serval route and getting her own superhero for hire.

Okay, review time.

I’m not sure how I liked this issue. Yes, it was action-paced and informative, but Miguel doesn’t kill indirectly or directly if I can remember correctly. You could argue that it was necessary, but I’m not sure how it would fly in the long run…

Oh well, it gets a 4 out of 5.


Avengers Undercover #7 Review

There are hard times ahead for the Runaways in this issue of Avengers Undercover, and I plan to give you my thoughts on the subject in this review of issue #7 of the series.

The story opens with Nico facing off against some Hell-beast as part of her training with Alex flirting with her through some inter-dimensional mirror. She tells him that he’s supposed to be giving her battle strategy training, which he does by pointing out she’s scared of her new powers and if it weren’t for the blood magic that brought her back from the dead she would be killed by now. Then he flirts with her again and it causes her to nearly throttle him until Ax-bro and Hazmat show up to tell her about Chase.

The mission it turns out was to retrieve a prisoner from AIM, which they succeeded in doing. True, Captain America showing up was unexpected, but Chase being in the crossfire naturally pisses Nico off and she asks who is responsible while glowing with evil energy. Shovel-boy states that no one was responsible and it was collateral damage, with Death Locket crying she’s sorry about it and Nico tries to use her magic to fix him.

In the meantime, Maria Hill, Ant-Man, and Captain America go over the events, stating that he was there to retrieve the prisoner because he was an agent of SHIELD. Ant-Man wants to get the kids back, Maria Hill not so much, with Captain America taking the middle-ground and stating Bagalia isn’t someplace they could raid that easily. Basically a lot of foreshadowing some things are going to go down in a few issues.

With Zemo the prisoner is the architect behind SHIELD’s information network. Naturally he’s a game changer in if they have him they can go off-grin and be untouchable, so AIM tried to get his head cracked open but failed because he’s been trained by telepaths and made resistant. He was not, however, resistant to a demonic monster possessing him, so the Bad Guys win.

Back with Nico, she’s watching as the evil scientist doctor work on Chase while thinking she’s responsible for this since she convinced him to stay and eventually loses her patience and wants to help him with her magic. Apparently those blows to the head caused some brain trauma (shovel-boy) and the doctor tells her not to because she doesn’t know what they hell she’s doing, which she doesn’t, so she goes back to her place thinking that good isn’t working for her and she’s going to try being bad for a change and making out with Alex.

We then go to Cammi, who’s locked up behind Zemo’s Living Room, trying to figure out how to escape when her neighbor keeps annoying her. As the comic ends we discover that neighbor is none other than Arcade, who’s in the cell next to her. Alive.

Okay, Review time…

Well, as controversial as this series is, it does show some of the key points of the Runaways. It shows that Nico still has a habit of clinging to romances when she feels troubled and stressed, as well as the fact that of the original Runaways Alex was the strategist, which gives a plausible reason for him being kept around. Providing that it’s really him and not some hell-spawn Daimon molded to his image. She also has a habit of taking betrayal’s badly, so Death Locket is in some deep trouble if Nico ever figures out she’s responsible.

We all figured Zemo planned this, but what was the point of keeping Arcade alive? All that’s going to do is screw his plans up later on.

Hmmm…. I’ll call it a 5 out 5.


New Warriors #7 Review

The Inhuman arc continues in New Warriors #7, and here’s my review!

When we last stopped a trio of Inhumans broke into Haechi’s home, planning to kill his family and friends and take him to join them. You have to understand, from a rational point of view, that’s stupid as hell. But they don’t strike me as smart. Either way Haechi straight up eats the explosion before it could kill anyone, turning into a mini-dragon in the process, allowing Sun Girl and Justice to deal with the fire starter and fume guy.

His family takes his transformation…. poorly. Not as bad as you would expect, but given he turned into a dragon you could understand it a little bit. Maybe if they took a moment to calm down and talk about this things would get better. But there’s no time for that as Sun Girl and Haechi get caught up in the teleportation of the third Inhuman, Night, leaving Justice alone.

Back on Mount Wundagore, the New Warriors have claimed the base as their own and are searching for the High Evolutionary by tracking celestial energy signatures like those found in his allies. Speedball annoys Water Snake by referring to her as though she were the friend he knew. They find three signatures from obviously evil-looking guys, but have to put it on the back-burner so they can go help Justice. The same goes for Scarlet Spider and Aracely, who are with the cat-human searching for the evil that she sensed earlier, but it’s not like she’s experienced in it even though the cat can sense it.

In Jakarta, Sun Girl wakes up to find Haechi out cold and herself surrounded by the Inhumans. Leaving aside the fact that they could have killed her while she was asleep instead of waiting for her to wake up, Hollow, gives a recap on when the Terrigen Mists were unleashed and basically thinks the world belongs to them and not humans. Basically he’s evil Magneto, or any racial extremist, so he’s not really original. Sun Girl jumps into the fire that blocks her from her equipment and takes a few shots to free Haechi, who dragons-up and gets ready to throw down.

At the New Warrior’s base, they try tracking Inhuman signatures down to find Haechi, but there’s so many and the number is only growing. Scarlet Spider tells Aracely not to get attached because they aren’t staying since they’re not heroes, but give it time. Justice, on the other hand, has called in a darkforce teleporter to track them down through the darkforce energy that Night used.

As the comic ends Haechi and Sun Girl run across the leader of the Inhumans, Lash, while someone manipulates the darkforce to drop the rest of the New Warriors into enemy territory and surrounds them.

Okay, review time…

I liked this issue. We’re seeing more of the fallout from Inhumanity, the art is amazing, and there’s the fact that Scarlet Spider never fails to amuse me with his cynicism. This issue gets a 5 out of 5.