“Fear. Anger. Hate. These mark the steps along the path to the Dark Side. These are the weapons of the Sith.” The first words uttered by Darth Maul, the main character of the new Star Wars series: Darth Maul, set the tone for this first issue. With an eagerness to shed Jedi blood and spread his code throughout the galaxy, Darth Maul trains, he hunts, and he taunts Jedi’s from the shadows. The time for reveal has not yet passed and his master has much for him to do in the meanwhile. These events take place before those in the Star Wars movie The Phantom Menace. he story begins after a particularly brutal training session against a pair of deadly creatures called Rathtars...Read More
Welcome, everybody, to 2017. I’m very excited about the line-up of comics that I’ll be discussing. The very first of the year is very near and dear to my heart. It involves a character that I have considered my favorite Marvel character since before I was a teenager. He was created the same year I was born (perhaps that partially has something to do with it) and up until about six years ago, he was a regular part of the Marvel Universe. What happened six years ago, you ask? He died, that’s what. The character I’m talking about is ‘Nova’, particularly the original man behind the mask: Richard Rider. Rider gained his super powers from a dying warrior so that he may stop a villain that threatened both their worlds...Read More
If you’ve been been around anyone with Netflix lately, chances are you’ve heard the name: Luke Cage. Who exactly is that? It isn’t a common household name. All you know is that he fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe…somewhere. I first heard the name from the pages of Power Man and Iron Fist. Thats a comic that will soon be relevant in the Netflix arena.
If you want to find out just why you should discover who Luke Cage is, you need look no further than Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1. The comic was released in 1972 and was created by Archie Goodwin, John Romita, Sr. and George Tuska. The story begins with his origin. You’re introduced to Luke Cage’s life before and after the event that made him who he is. You meet his true love and his worst enemy...
Gates of Midnight
Last weekend, at the Long Beach Comic Book Convention, I was able to look around at the various indie comics that other creators had to offer. There were many to choose from, so much that I had a hard time deciding which I’d like to take home and read. I finally made a few choices that I think I will enjoy. One of those comics that I was happy enough to take home with me is a book called Gates of Midnight by writer/ creator D Lynn Smith. I mowed through the first issue right away. I really enjoyed it. Smith puts together a fascinating world and immediately presents a mythology and back-story that gets us moving right away in this fast paced story...Read More
The events that took place in The Flash Rebirth revealed that Barry Allen’s mother, Nora Allen, was killed by the Reverse Flash. Eobard Thawne revealed to Barry that he traveled to when he was a child and changed history, a history that took his mother and framed his father for the murder. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the background for the updated Flash series. Geoff Johns penned Rebirth and he is also a writher for the series. What happens next helped to reboot the DC Comics universe in 2011 and seems to be the inspiration for season 3 of the show. Barry Allen traveled back in time to save his mother from being murdered. He changed history not only for himself, but a side effect was that he also changed the entire world.
Flashpoint issue 1, also written by Johns, b...Read More
Barry Allen, the first scarlet speedster, is back from the dead. Thought long since dead, it was discovered that he was trapped in the speed force for decades. In the pages of the storyline Final Crisis, he made his return. Flash: Rebirth was written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Ethan Van Sciver. The six-issue run resets Barry Allen into the DC world as the primary Flash while telling an exciting story where the power that gives Barry his speed is killing him as well as attacking the other speedsters. It all begins with the murder mystery of not only police scientists, but also that of the Black Flash and the death of another speedster Savitar...Read More
I have mentioned before that I’m a sucker for a good story. That being said, story endings are my true weakness. A good ending can be very hard to write so when I watch or read a story that has a clean and powerful ending that sells me, I’ll always care about it. For that matter, there was a mini series called Infinite Crisis that spanned across the entire DC multiverse. In the end, my favorite Flash, the one I grew up with, Wally West, gave up his life to help save everything from the villain ‘Superboy Prime.’ He did so by pushing him into the Speedforce, the source of the Flash’s power, with the help of JayGarrick and Bart Allen who are also speedsters. Afterwards, Wally was gone and so apparently was the Speedforce...Read More