DC Readies New Suicide Squad in July

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=52056

As recently revealed in Comic Book Resources, DC is preparing a relaunch of its lesser-known Suicide Squad property in July three months after its cancellation this month. The upcoming comic, titled New Suicide Squad, will be written by Sean Ryan with art by Jeremy Roberts and feature a new team consisting of series mainstays Amanda Waller, Deadshot, and Harley Quinn and newcomers Deathstroke, Joker’s Daughter, and Black Manta. I have to say that I’m interested in this series and am considering adding it to my “to buy” list because I like the series’ concept of supervillains on death row earning time shaved off their sentences by performing black ops missions.

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DC Unveils Justice League United’s New Character, Equinox

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DC Comics has unveiled the name and powers of their new Canadian superhero debuting in Justice League United. The new character Equinox, is a female hero whose powers come from the Earth and change according to the seasons. I’m looking forward to seeing Equinox’s debut and just how the new story will turn out.

Comics Storm: Justice League of America’s Vibe #1-10

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Hello, everyone. Today, I would like to share my thoughts on DC’s short-lived ongoing series, Justice League of America’s Vibe.

The series focuses on Francisco “Cisco” Ramon, who gained the power to control sound when he was caught in the event horizon of a Boom Tube during Darkseid’s invasion of Earth. This caused his DNA to be rewritten by interstellar forces and also gave him the power to sense when invaders enter our world from parallel dimensions. Because of this, he was recruited by the organization, A.R.G.U.S., to capture such invaders, referred to as “Breachers”, and to become a founding member of the Justice League of America under the codename, “Vibe”.  The series’ plot focuses on Vibe’s attempts to help Gipsy, a young girl with shapeshifting powers, get back to her homeworld.

The book offers plenty of excitement. Vibe’s battles against Breachers, as well as one against the Suicide Squad, are very thrilling to see, and eventually, you’ll be itching to see what happens in the next issue. The art by Pete Woods and Sean Parsons is also very well done, with awesome character designs and nice, open-ended environments.

Now, I should also comment that the book is kind of slow to start, and a cameo of Batman as one of Gipsy’s disguises feels kind of forced, almost like a sales gimmick. Furthermore, the series’ finale with issue 10 fails to give the series proper resolution, and thus, leaves the series feeling unfinished.

Ultimately, while Vibe isn’t perfect or outstanding by any means, it is a fun read, and I wouldn’t object to a relaunch or a continuation in one of DC’s other titles.

Overall: 11 out of 15 (good)

-Dan

Comics Storm: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One

All-New Marvel NOW! Point One

Got your entry point right here! All we need now is Jim Shooter lecturing us on how EVERY issue should be an entry point.

Now, all kidding aside, I’m here to provide a review of Marvel’s one-shot, All-New Marvel NOW! Point One. This is a special comic designed as an entry point to the Marvel universe, as well as a lead-in to six new Marvel comic series, Avengers World(already launched alongside this book’s release), Black Widow(also launched at the same time), All-New Invaders(coming in January 22), Ms. Marvel(to be launched in February 5), Silver Surfer(headed our way in March), and Loki: Agent of Asgard(which launches alongside Ms. Marvel).

The Loki story in this book, written by Al Ewing, serves as the primary narrative, if you could call it that, and follows Loki stealing five keys forged by Wotan so that he can claim a legendary sword. We see little bits of this story throughout the whole book. The art isn’t bad at all and the narration really brings out the craftiness in Loki’s character.

The Silver Surfer story, written by Dan Slott(known for his recent work on Spider-Man), features the Surfer, now free from Galactus and with a sidekick named Dawn Greenwood, flying to the aquatic planet Nautikos to see a centennial festival of light, where the sky is filled with with cosmic manta rays. Naturally, since this is a Marvel superhero story, things go wrong, and a group of pirates drop by to ruin the fun for everybody. The Surfer’s not going to stand for this. The art resembles artist Mike Allred’s previous work on the whimsical, fun-filled FF series and gives this particular story a more casual feel. The characterization of the Surfer and Dawn is inspired, and the overall aesthetic of this story leaves me looking forward to seeing what the ongoing series is going to be like.

The third story focuses on the Kree and serves as a prelude to All-New Invaders, written by James Robinson with art by Steve Pugh. Basically, Tanalth the Pursuer is ordered by the Supreme Intelligence to retrieve a weapon called the Gods’ Whisper and hunt down Namor, the original Human Torch, and Bucky(now the Winter Solider). It’s definitely promising and suggests that the Invaders’ story could be an interesting one, and the art is realistic, with smooth images and beautiful backgrounds.

The fourth story is a prelude to the new Black Widow series(which I have already had the pleasure of reading the first issue of). It is written by Nathan Edmondson with art by Phil Noto. First off, I want to say that the art for this particular story is gorgeous. Almost painter-like, even. Noto really did well illustrating Natasha, those around her, and even the snowy landscape of Moscow. The action scene is exciting, and Edmondson did a good job of making the reader want to see everything leading up to what happens at the very start of the story.

The fifth story, as well as the primary reason I bought this book, is the long-awaited introduction of Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel, and a look at what’s to come out of the character’s ongoing series written by G. Willow Wilson with art by Adrian Alphona. After reading this, I am now even more excited for the ongoing book. Kamala’s characterization as a teenager trying to reconcile living as a teenager in New Jersey with living with her more conservative Muslim family, while simultaneously fighting supervillainy as a costumed hero, is simply wonderful, and the disagreements between her and her mother are very well-thought-out and show a realistic portrayal of someone who is only just beginning to explore their place in life.

The sixth and last story leads directly into Avengers World, and is co-written by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer with art by Stefano Casella, and features Sunspot and Cannonball being sent by Captain America and Bruce Banner to infiltrate A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics for those unfamiliar with the Marvel Universe) to retrieve a formula that can temporarily transform anyone into a Hulk while Maria Hill, discusses an Avengers-S.H.I.E.L.D. alliance with Captain America. In all honesty, this story really wasn’t given enough space to properly develop. As a result, it’s only real purpose is to serve as a foundation for the ongoing. The art is nice, but there’s not much else to this story.

Now, one more thing I should say is that each story is over way too quickly. Although, on the flip side,  I can say that the Loki story, which is split up into a handful of scenes in between the other stories, provides some intriguing moments.

Overall, this book is structured decently enough, but really should have been given more pages.

Overall score: 11 out of 15 (Good)

-Dan

Comics Storm: Sonic Universe #55-58

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I recently had the pleasure of reading the final chapter of the Pirate Plunder Panic, the most recent story arc of Archie’s Sonic Universe comic series. Now I would like to share with you my honest opinion on the story arc.

Pirate Plunder Panic is about Blaze finishing her quest for the Sol Emeralds. She only has one more emerald to go, and it’s in the possession of an evil robot pirate named Captain Metal(who, oddly enough, looks like Metal Sonic in a pirate costume with a skull mask). Blaze is assisted by Amy, Cream, and Marine, while the bumbling goons, Bean and Bark, as well as big baddie Captain Whiskers of Sonic Rush Adventure fame, also appear in this arc.

Basic synopsis aside, these four issues are actually a very fun read. Blaze is awesome as the lead, a character I could read about every month, in fact, Captain Metal, despite his uninspired character design, actually makes for a pretty good villain, even successfully trapping Blaze at one point, Bean and Bark are hilarious, when she’s not focusing on chasing Sonic, it’s possible to write Amy in a pretty neat way, and Tracy Yardley’s storytelling makes this arc one to remember through and through.

Perhaps the highlight of the story, though, is issue 58, the story’s finale. The showdown in this issue will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen next, and the climax with Burning Blaze is one for the history books.

Sonic Universe has hosted some really fun stories in the past, and this one is no exception. It has just the right mix of action and humor, as well as the perfect ending to Blaze’s story. Even so, let’s hope that we’ll still see her again in future issues.

Final score: 12 out of 15 (Great)

Thoughts On The New Ms. Marvel

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http://marvel.com/news/story/21466/all-new_marvel_now_qa_ms_marvel

A little while ago, Marvel announced that a new Ms. Marvel comic series is currently in production. However, with Carol Danvers abandoning the Ms. Marvel mantle to become the new Captain Marvel last year, a new character named Kamala Khan is set to debut as Ms. Marvel in the All-New Marvel Now one-shot in January, followed by the new ongoing series in February.

The new Ms. Marvel is a Pakistani American teenager living in New Jersey and there’ll be a part of the book focusing on Kamala’s attempts to reconcile living as a teenager in America with living with her conservative Pakistani family. Another part will focus on Kamala developing shapeshifting powers and becoming the new Ms. Marvel to follow in the footsteps of her hero, Carol Danvers.

The first thing I want to say is that I can’t wait to see how this series will turn out. I’m always very interested in stories about other walks of life, and since there aren’t a whole lot of positive depictions of Muslims in western comics, (let alone those that star in their own series) the new Ms. Marvel could turn out to be very interesting.

That being said, I’m well aware that Kamala isn’t the first Muslim in US comics. M debuted in the X-Men franchise in ’94, and Dust also made her debut within the X-Men franchise in 2002, not too long after 9/11 happened, and more recently, DC Comics has introduced a new Lebanese-American Green Lantern named Simon Baz, who has even gone on to become a member of the Justice League of America.

With all that being said, I want to say again that I’m excited to see this comic come out and I can’t wait to see what Kamala’s adventures are going to be like.

Kamala’s already made a brief cameo appearance in Captain Marvel #17, and she’s set to make her first full appearance in January in the All-New Marvel NOW! Point One one-shot before her ongoing series debuts next year.

Who’s bright idea was this!?

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-10-23/toei-makes-disc-wars/avengers-anime-for-marvel

*facepalm* Has Marvel run out of ideas?

Just listen to this. The Avengers develop discs to imprison the villains, and then Loki traps them in the discs instead, and now a bunch of kids have to release them to fight against the bad guys. Geez. You’d think they’d at least come up with something that was actually like Avengers if they really wanted to do this.