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Comic Book Review: Darth Maul #1

“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...

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Comic Book Review : Nova #1

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...

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Comic Book Review: Hero for Hire #1

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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...

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Comic Book Review: Supreme Power

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I don’t use the term “epic” very loosely, in fact I believe that it’s an overused adjective that takes strength from the overall meaning of the word. That being said… this week i’m going to discuss a particular comic book that i think IS  truly “epic.”.  That comic: Supreme Power.
In essence, it’s a bold retelling of Superman and The Justice League only this isn’t sugar-coated and it isn’t for kids. In the opening pages you realize that this isn’t the old story of an alien baby crash landing on earth and being raised by an older farm couple. It seems to start out that way until the government breaks down the door searching for what was in the ship. From then on Mark Milton, as they named him, was property of the US Government...
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Comic Book Review: The Sire # 1

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When I first started exploring the convention scene, I talked to many other creators.  One of the first indie comics that i picked up was  was The Sire.  Unfortunately, I packed it away and wasn’t able to read it… until now. I’m glad that I finally did because its a really cool comic. What’s the premise, you ask? Well, officially it goes like this: Donald Wright was a lowly assistant looking for a way to impress his boss, when his life was changed forever! Now he’s the SIRE, a superhero transformed against his will, forced to fight evil by his own costume. When the very same alien energy force connected to his costume begins wreaking havoc on the globe, it’s up to the SIRE to uncover the truth and somehow save the Earth from a technology mogul hell bent on its destruction!
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Special Review: Stranger Thing

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m a sucker for good storytelling. This week, I’m going to write about something that’s in a completely different genre than comics. The reason? It’s an awesome story with equally awesome writing.  There’s actually another reason. That being the fact that this story in a few ways brought me back to my childhood which then brought me to a place where i was tapping into a deeper kind of inspiration.
So what is “Stranger Things,” you ask. Here’s the low-down:
This thrilling Netflix-original drama stars award-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, who lives in a small Indiana town in 1983 — inspired by a time when tales of science fiction captivated audiences...
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Comic Book Review: Flashpoint

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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...

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Comic Book Review: The Flash: Rebirth

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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...

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Comic Book Review: The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1n1

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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...

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Comic Book Review: The Flash 50

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I’m definitely in a Flash mood after watching the season finale of the T.V series. So I decided to make June centered on The Flash. All month long I’m going to relive with you how the ‘fastest man alive’ inspired my comic book creativity by sharing my favorite issues of all time. I’ve already discussed issue 1 in a commentary previously so moving past that, I want to share another one of my favorite issues of all time: The Flash #50. The comic series at this point starred Wally West as the “Scarlet Speedster” being that Barry Allen had died to save the world. The events leading to this point had Wally battling the villain Vandal Savage (the same Savage that is the villain DC’s Legends of Tomorrow TV show)...

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