Avengers: X-Sanction (If it ain't broke yet, come back to the past and make sure it doesn't)

Avengers X-Sanction #1 Cover
This series has not disappointed AT ALL. Even if you have no idea what is going on in current Avengers or X-titles, and I really don’t, then you can still love this series. For one, it has Cable. Cable is one of the coolest characters in the Marvel U and this is definitely his book to shine in. You get to see Cable play Judge, Jury and Executioner in this title. THAT’S the Cable I remember from the early 90’s. And what is there even possibly NOT to like about the team of EdEx? Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines have brought something that was much needed back to the table. Big muscles on big heroes with a smooth animated feel to round them out. I, personally, would love to see an animated series based on their art syle. I digress. Continue reading “Avengers: X-Sanction (If it ain’t broke yet, come back to the past and make sure it doesn’t)”

Avengers Assemble # 1 (Assembly Required)

Avengers Assemble #1 Cover
Just picked it up! I had to as soon as I saw it had Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, Danny Miki and Paul Mounts as the team behind it. As soon as I opened it up, I figured I would like it. I love the way Bagley brings his characters to life. I even like the way the villains were “assembled”. It makes sense. The overall delivery of this book gets a 6 from me. I only marked it down because I was thinking that this was going to somehow tie-in to the upcoming Avengers movie. Was I wrong to believe that? Are they NOT the characters from the movie on the cover? Color me stupid but isn’t creating a new book dubbed “Avengers Assemble” and then putting all the characters from a movie that is coming out soon WHILE advertising said movie at the top of the cover kind of like false advertising? I mean, seriously? I bought the book for two reasons:
1) The team of Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, Danny Miki and Paul Mounts.
2) Because I thought it was somehow related to the movie.
I kind of feel cheated by buying this now. The story was alright (at best) but I was let down because of the reasons I actually bought the book. Needless to say, it gets a 6 based on the art and the camaraderie shown. They have obviously tacked onto more of the Avengers’ history so I will continue to see where this is going.

Image Expo -- Day Three

[See also: Part ONE & Part TWO – Ed.]

The day was upon us! The last day of Image Expo! I was so pumped! I just knew today was going to be great. We get down to the hall and are almost immediately let in. But before we would go in, I would ask that the people at the ticket booth take a picture of my family with John Huyler. John was the man that we met when we got there. He was actually working at the convention. He saw our family and our kids reminded him of his.

John Huyler

We started to talk and the guy was just really nice about everything. The guy was so nice and just a pleasure to be around so we had to get a picture with him. He had made the weekend a lot better just by being the guy he was. We took the picture and parted ways for a few. Continue reading “Image Expo — Day Three”

Redhead (Mark McGwire) & Mule of the Day - 20 March

Redhead of the Day: It’s hard for me to describe Mark McGwire‘s overall contribution to baseball. What a shame that he and several of his fellow hitters fell into the steroid temptation. However, that didn’t stop me from finding these:

A talk with Albert Pujols:
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March Media Madness - Pi Review

Pi movie poster

Pi is a film about a man who is pushed outside his comfort zone and pays the price for it. Like the name suggests, there’s plenty of math discussed but the highlight is Max Cohen’s obsession of numbers and how out of touch he is. The grainy black and white presentation assures that the movie isn’t pandering to the mainstream. However the movies looks less dated and anyone who’s interested in the movie can focus on the themes presented by director Darren Aronofsky.

Pi features the nagging of three sides trying to influence Cohen: religion, capitalism, and rationalism. One big struggle over a 216-digit number that either validates Cohen’s genius or insanity. Film scholars and math lovers may have fun digging to the deeper, sometimes number-crunching, meanings. I, however, feel that Cohen should’ve been a gambler, a profession where randomness and chance are at least tolerated. He would be more human and not a fleshy part of a mad machine.

Scarlet Spider #1 Review

Kaine. Who would have thought ANYTHING from the ‘Clone Saga’ blunder could affect the here and now? Regardless, it’s a good read. ‘Scarlet Spider’ #1 takes place immediately after the events of ‘Spider Island’ (get it while you can!). Now a fugitive from the law, Kaine must now remain on the run from everyone…EVERYONE. You name a group, faction or agency, they are after him. If you can’t get all of the ‘Spider-Island’ series, at least pick up Marvel’s ‘Point One’ one-shot. This issue marks the official start in the new life of the Scarlet Spider.

Now that he is cured of his mental ailments, Kaine now has a chance to live his own life. And being a genetic clone of Peter Parker but not having the same upbringing, he must now figure out why he has this “nagging” sense of responsibility. It gets him into trouble half-way through the book after he hears a lady buried amongst the dead and digs her out. Even though he was trying to do the right thing, it just causes him to get into a problem that wasn’t his to begin with. Or at least not the brooding Kaine were just introduced to. Though he is cured of his mental problems, he still looks to the mental image of Peter Parker for approval. You can tell he looks up to him like he was his bigger, more popular, brother. With a new costume and some newer powers, THIS is the dark vigilante character that the Spider-family has been in need of for a long time.

Speaking of new powers, can Kaine possibly be Earth X’s “Spider-Man”? Time will tell.

Read the preview at Comic Book Resources!