Why I Gave Up on The Falcon Comic

Falcon #1 cover

Even though I have mixed feelings about the cover, I understand what it’s trying to do and I like the new costume.

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about comics. Sure, I’ve talked about comic book movies numerous times, especially with my reviews and editorials, but not a comic book specifically, again at least not for a while. This is kind of a review, it’s also more of me talking about a particular comic that I thought had potential, and it didn’t deliver on it. That comic was recent solo series featuring the Marvel Comics character, Sam Wilson aka The Falcon. Read More

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Turning Japanese Graphic Novel Review

turning-japanese-cover

 

Rating: 5/5

It’s been a while since I’ve done a graphic novel review, or really a review at all in general. Yeah, I’ve been kinda busy with stuff in my life, and I know that’s probably not a good excuse, but I’m trying to get stuff done now at least. What better way to get back into it than Turning Japanese? I really think so.

[Crickets chirping]

Oh c’mon, you know I gotta make bad puns like these! I can’t help it! How else am I gonna reference the Turning Japanese song?

In all seriousness, though, this is probably one of the best graphic novels I have ever read. No exaggeration or hyperbole, I am dead serious. Read More

Convergence Tie-Ins (The ones I read anyway)

I want to make this very clear, if the title of this post/article wasn’t enough, that this is about the Convergence tie-ins that I read. Now, I didn’t read all of them, and if you read all FORTY of them, good for you. Me, I just read the ones that stood out for me and that’s that. What made them stand out for me were that either they were about characters I liked and they resolved plot threads left hanging before New 52 started, though in that case why didn’t Firestorm get a tie-in that resolved the plot thread from Brightest Day of Ronnie and Jason trying to stop themselves from exploding in 90 days? Or how about a tie-in that was about Hawkman (Carter Hall) trying to find Shiera (I know there was a Hawkman tie-in, but from what I understand it was about a version of him before Crisis on Infinite Earths, so I don’t know what it was about specifically). It’s not so much of a review as it is a general summary of what they’re about, why I like these characters, some of their history, and other things. Here we go: Read More

Convergence #8 Comic Review

Convergence #8

Rating: 2/5

Writer(s): Jeff King and Scott Lobdell

Artist(s): Stephen Segovia, Carlo Pagulayan, Eduardo Pansica, Ethan Van Sciver, Jason Paz, Scott Hanna, Trevor Scott, and Peter Steigerwald

It’s finally friggin OVER. While the story as a whole isn’t entirely terrible, it just felt bloated, boring, nonsensical even for a superhero comic and crossover, and really inconsequential given the ending for it and what led up to it. Forever Evil may have been a bit bloated and prolonging, but at least it was exciting and there were stakes in it. Convergence, on the other hand, was just bleh. The story focused on mostly the Earth 2 characters rather than involving everything DC for the entire story, New 52 universe didn’t appear until the sixth issue and even then they didn’t play that much of a role other than “wait and see” which they still do even in THIS issue (HOW ARE THESE PEOPLE SUPERHEROES? HOW? TELL ME HOW?!!!!!), kept switching from antagonist to antagonist with each one overpowered until some tiny thing beats them and renders them useless, pacing was on/off at various points, A LOT of the story was told in tie-ins (which I might get to, I did read some of them and they were pretty good), and in the end it didn’t really matter because everything turned out fine, which I’ll get to. Read More

Convergence #7 Comic Review

Convergence #7

Rating: 3/5

Writer(s): Jeff King and Scott Lobdell

Artist(s): Aaron Lopresti, Mark Morales, and Peter Steigerwald

Things are almost finally coming to a close in this issue, yet some things are thrown in and make it confusing. There’s this giant monolith thing called “the great Oracle”, and Cyborg has good sense to question what it is, to which Batman explains that Superman encountered it before in some story, which isn’t even given a text reference or anything within the comic, so I have no idea. Superman is finally out of the “wait and see” mode and starts trying to save people, which include characters from Stormwatch (wait I thought they got killed or something?), and to provide more inconsistency, while the other New 52 heroes from last issue return, Guy Gardner is now a Green Lantern again, though previously he was a Red Lantern. Consistency, what’s that? Read More

Convergence #6 Comic Review

Convergence #6

Rating: 3/5

Writer(s): Jeff King and Scott Lobdell

Artist(s): Ed Benes, Eduardo Pansica, Trevor Scott, Scott Hanna, Wayne Faucher, and Peter Steigerwald

So, after SIX ISSUES (plus the zero issue), the New 52 universe comes into play in this story. Okay, technically the New 52 was involved with this story from the beginning, having Superman in the zero issue and the revised version of Earth 2 taking up most of the story so far until now, but it took up til near the end for the New 52 universe to show up? It’s just another example of how this isn’t much of a crossover and more of a showcase of Earth 2, with additional stuff. Read More

Convergence #5 Comic Review

Convergence #5

Rating: 2/5

Writer: Jeff King

Artist(s): Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope, and Brad Anderson

Remember when I said that issue #4 was the best one? Yeah, it goes downhill from here in this one.

There’s more reveal about who Telos is, but not everything. All that’s shown is that super mega giant Brainiac came to his world and turned him into something else, a servant or quite possibly…a herald. Gee, does that sound familiar? *cough*Galactus and Silver Surfer*cough*. I am NOT KIDDING. This is just like Galactus and Silver Surfer, only with super mega giant Brainiac and Telos. I mean, really? I know DC and Marvel tend to rip off each other a lot, but this is ridiculous! Read More