Comic book reviews for the week beginning 11/14/16

It is been awhile since I’ve done a blog post on my favorite comic books. And honestly I don’t know if I’m looking forward to this or not. Putting my thoughts down on paper or on a computer screen takes time and it’s time I don’t always have. But it has also been nice to be able to read comic books again. So let’s get started.

1.  The first book that I read this week was Uncanny X-men Annual.#1. Most annual issues have at least two stories. This issue is no different.  The book starts with the story of Elixir, a mutant with the ability to heal who recently was brutally murdered by a band if baddies called The Dark Riders.  This story examines what happens if he resurrects and what that would do to his nutant healing abilities.  You will have to read to find out.  

The second story  is about Domino being asked by.Sunspot to go on a mission to assassinate a bad guy.  

Each of the stories is really well written and very dark.  The art is intriguing and worth the read.  I think if I had one beef with the annual is that the transition between the two stories is too abrupt.  Im giving this an A-

2.  The Amazing Spider-man #21 is another tie in to the Marvel mini event called Dead no more:  The Clone Conspiracy.  In this issue we meet up with Kaine again.  For those of you unfamiliar with Kaine, he is a clone of Peter Parker who was killed during Spider Verse.  Well, he’s back from the dead and in loomworld.  The master loomer determines he has been infected by the touch of a group of zombie like creatures called Carrions.  The Carrions were brought to life by Miles Warren.  This issue focuses on Kaine’s search for an antidote.

This issue wasn’t my favorite.  Not necessarily because it was a bad book but I really only liked one or two stories that tied in to the Spider-verse event.  The events in this story by themselves are interesting but I’m struggling to understand how the story fits in to the current event.  I am sure that I will get that answer soon.  Grade: B.  Not because it was bad.  I’m just not invested in.the character.

3.  Silk has always been one of my favorite books for its grasp of how important relationships are.  Silk #014 is another tie in to Dead no more: A Clone Conspiracy.

I have not read this series in a while so my basic understanding of it is slim.  How does it tie in to the mini event?  You’ll need to read it to find out.  But in a short sentence it has to do with a loss that J. Jonah Jamison has experienced lately

What I appreciate the most about this book is how it doesn’t try to deal with being a teenager at a frenetic pace.  It deals with real emotions but gives them the weight they deserve.  

I’m not a huge fan of the art but in fairness, it fits the story and the character perfectly.  I’m giving this comic book a grade of A.

4.  To say Thanos #1 is a bit complicated, would be a bit of an understatement.  He is back and the news about him is not good.  But that doesn’t come for the final page so I’m not going to ruin it for you.

This story is divided into three distinct parts. A) Thanos regaining  power by overthrowing the current ruler of the Black Quadrant B) two mercenaries banding together against Thanos and C)  finding iut who hired the mercenaries

The author did a pretty good job keeping the stories straight, the transitions were great and the story was interesting.  The art and coloring were also decent.  I look forward to see where the book goes because Thanos is not a good guy.  Grade: B

Those are my reviews for the week.  I will try to post more as time goes on.  Thanks for reading.

Review of Doctor Strange

 I always go into a Marvel movie with a sense of trepidation and fear. There have been some great Marvel movies and some not-so-great ones. Some of the great ones include Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, and the first Iron Man movie. Some of the more lackluster movies have been Iron Man 3 and Ant-Man.
I have never been a huge fan of the Doctor Strange character. I am always a little weary of characters that use the spirit Realm as part of their power. Having grown up in a fairly strict religious household, I believe that the spirit world is very real. To the director’s credit, he did not choose to exploit the fact that one of the villains is a ruler in limbo, which looks a lot like Hell in the comic book.  

The main crux of the story is how Stephen Strange became Sorcerer Supreme.  And before you poo-poo another origin story, this one is actually interesting.  From here on out there are spoilers.  

Stephen Strange is a nuerosurgeon and he prides himself with having steady hands.  He has to.  Other people’s lives depend on it.  So when he gets in a car wreck and damages the nerves in his hands, he begins losing his mind because his livelihood is taken away from him.  He contacts different surgeons to get repair surgery but no one will help him.  

Enter Benjamin Bratt.  He plays a man who should not be able to move but is leading a very productive life.  Stephen Strange asks how he does it and he is reffered to The Ancient One who initially refuses to help Strange.  Strange, being a man of science, has trouble grasping.the concept of a spirit realm and initially thinks its hogwash, until The Ancient.One pushes Strange’s Astral self out of him.  From that point on, he becomes a voracious learner and seems to surpass the people teaching him.

There is a lot more to the story including two villains that.Strange must face during the course of the movie.  The final confrontation was humorous and highly original in how it was handled.  Im not spoiling that.

Everything about this movie.was excellent! From the rich colors to the amazing special effects to the acting.  Usually when a movie relies too much on special effects, the story is lacking.  Not this time.  The movie stole some of the visuals from the comic book.and had at least one or two scenes that inception would have been jealous of.

If you are looking for a fun popcorn flick, this is it.  I highly recommend it.  Grade:A-