Archive for February, 2013

Comic Review: Hawkeye #8

February 27, 2013 2 comments

Comic Hawkeye #8 David Aja Cherry Cover Marvel Now! Matt Fraction

Sometimes a dame is nothing but trouble, bro.

She walks into your life and you know she’s bad news, but you just can’t help yourself. Before long, you’re in over your head and she’s walking away scot-free.

That’s exactly what happens to Hawkguy when the wild redhead from issue #3 comes calling at Avengers Mansion for help against the Tracksuit Draculas in Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye #8.

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Comic Review: Uncanny X-Men #2

February 27, 2013 1 comment

Uncanny X-Men #2 vol 3 Emma Frost Marvel NOW! cover by Chris Bachalo

For a comic with Emma Frost on the cover, Uncanny X-Men #2 is a warmer, more character-centric second showing for Cyclops’ new X-Men team than we saw in this title’s debut.

Writer Brian Michael Bendis injects some welcome humour and lightheartedness into Cyclops’ grim crusade for mutant kind, and Chris Bachalo continues to put his own artistic stamp on this comic to make it feel distinctly different from its All-New X-Men companion title.

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Performance enhancing drugs and the sullied sports hero

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Champion Ray Lewis NFL

It’s an awfully difficult time to believe in the purity of sport and fair competition.

Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) are everywhere right now, to the point where widespread cheating is turning into white noise. Scandal after scandal, fallen athlete after fallen athlete, we are quickly becoming numb to the dirty dark side of sport.

There have been plenty of doping scandals in the past, but they’ve typically been one athlete or a team of athletes exposed for wrongdoing. This young year has been different. 2013 has seen single athletes, teams of athletes, even whole segments of particular sports outed as cheats.

So why is this happening now? Has technology caught up with the PED users?

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Comic Review: Wonder Woman #17

February 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Wonder Woman #17 cover Cliff Chiang DC Comics New 52

Smoke ’em if you got ’em, Brian Azarello; Wonder Woman #17 finally takes War off the bench and puts him in the game to create a story-driven issue that drives the plot forward in new and exciting directions.

After sitting on the sidelines with a drink in hand for a number of issues, War finally gets some prime time attention in Wonder Woman #17. He’s played the quiet, bloodstained old man in the corner for quite a while, but he proves to be in the right place at the right time here when Diana unites the newly recruited Orion with the rest of her motley crew.

It’s great to see War get his old bones in action, and even better to witness his reunion with former student Wonder Woman. Now, the two are ready to tag team the next step in the search for Zola’s baby.

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Comic Review: Captain Marvel #10

February 20, 2013 1 comment

Joe Quinones cover Captain Marvel #10 Carol Danvers

Beautiful cover. Beautiful interior. Heartbreaking story.

Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel #10 twists the knife at all the right moments as longtime pilot and plucky superhero Carol Danvers tries to cope with a brain lesion diagnosis that demands she stay grounded. The diagnosis is no secret to Carol’s friends – or her enemies – meaning she quickly discovers that the Captain Marvel job doesn’t include sick days.

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