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Edge of Spider-Verse #3 is out-of-control ideas and no direction

September 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Edge of Spider-Verse 3

With a heavy anime influence and an overly convoluted backstory, Edge of Spider-Verse #3 by Dustin Weaver feels like it could’ve used an editor to trim it down from teenage pipe dream to true comic book script.
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Comic Review: Daredevil: End of Days #4

January 2, 2013 1 comment

Daredevil: End of Days #4 Klaus Janson Bullseye cover for Marvel Comics
Daredevil: End of Days #4 delves deeper into the ugly underbelly of New York City as reporter Ben Urich continues to follow Matt Murdoch’s last days, and his last word, “Mapone.”

Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack have really captured the spirit and tone of the hardboiled detective story, and putting it against the tarnished shine of a murdered superhero seems to make it all the more depressing for its loss of idealism. It’s more of the deliciously dour here as Bendis and Mack continue to raise more questions than answers.

Issue #4 takes Ben Urich to the bullet-riddled apartment of the recently deceased Bullseye, then drags him deeper into the muck by sending him to a strip club called Visions.

Depressing as this comic is, the fast-forward in time gives the Visions scene a great opportunity to wink at the past. All the dancers are dressed like Marvel heroines. Look closely and you’ll spot Jean Grey, Ms. Marvel, Scarlet Witch, and even Elektra.

While last issue was a Little Black Book journey for Urich through all of Matt Murdock’s exes – and their bastard children – this issue focuses on Bullseye and his history with Daredevil. Bullseye is dead, but in his last moments he was reliving a key scene from Daredevil lore. Mapone pops up again, this time scrawled in blood behind Bullseye’s body. Urich follows the breadcrumbs and continues to drop the big word, and he finally gets some recognition out of a certain former vigilante with a penchant for skulls and killing criminals.

Klaus Janson’s pencils continue to layer on the filth of this grimy, dystopian future. He does another busy two-page spread of the streets similar to last issue, and you’ll surely find yourself scanning the rooftops for the Man Without Fear.

Yes, he’s still lurking in the shadows. People are reporting copycats, but it’s plain enough that Daredevil is following Ben Urich.

There’s no questioning Urich’s investigative skills.

He’s good.

But Daredevil?

He may be magic.

9 out of 10

Comic Review: Captain Marvel #8

December 19, 2012 1 comment

Captain Marvel #8 cover Carol Danvers robot Dexter Soy Kelly Sue DeConnick Marvel comics

Captain Marvel #8 has plenty of wisecracking, robot smashing and energy blasting; in other words, it’s the perfect Marvel girls’ day out.

Kelly Sue DeConnick and co-writer Christopher Sebela lay off the heavy-hitting character work to give Carol Danvers a flat out fun time with gal pal and former Captain Marvel Monica Rambeau.

Carol and Monica coin the term “robotomy” as they join forces to topple a giant robot assembled out of airplane parts from the ocean floor. Carol’s friend Frank Gianelli does his best not to get killed during the fighter plane throw-down, and Carol lets Monica get extremely close and personal to finish off the brutal metal baddie.

DeConnick has certainly penned some hard-hitting, character-centric stories for Carol Danvers, but it’s great to watch her cut loose and play with her hero here. This is a straight-up giant monster battle, and DeConnick really brings out Carol’s love of kicking ass.

Dexter Soy’s robot design is such a perfect blend of retro USAF hull pieces and high tech machinery that it ought to make Michael Bay jealous. The robot has a definite Transformers feel, but Soy’s style clearly roots it in Captain Marvel‘s world. Soy continues to make this one of the most stylish comics around, and colorist Veronica Gandini deserves plenty of credit for the visuals as well.

It’s unclear whether this is the second half of a two-story adventure at sea or if it’s leading into something bigger. Does it really have to go any bigger than this, though? Captain Marvel smashes an airplane robot, and it’s a thrill to read.

8.5 out of 10.