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Pull List #5 30th January
Avengers #4
Nowhere Men #3
Superior Spider-Man #2

Pull List #5 30th January

Avengers #4

Nowhere Men #3

Superior Spider-Man #2

— 1 year ago with 1 note
Pull List #5 30th January

Pull List #5 30th January

 

Nowhere Men #3

 

Writer: Stephenson

Artist: Bellaire & Bellegrande

Publisher: Image

 

This book is stunning. Simple. Every last detail is meticulously crafted to give a serious atmosphere around this series. It’s a thick book too, each page has weight to it which trumps most of Marvel’s publications. I feel like we’re getting more than just a story with each issue that is coming out for Nowhere Men, we’re being introduced to a whole open universe that pretty much nobody has no fucking idea what is going on.

 

I really enjoy the advertisements, the interviews and web pages all created around the story to give a sense of something else big going on while we’re reading this. Much like The Massive, it’s those extra details that make me love this comic.

 

The art by Bellegarde and Bellaire is something different to what I’ve seen, especially in #3. I think there are around 3 or 4 single page splashes, with no text and just a scenario which really blow you away when you turn over to them. Colouring is down to perfection too.

 

I’ll admit, from #1, I had not a single clue what was going on apart from a tiny little chunk of my brain thinking ‘what if?’ – asking 100s of questions about what could be. Now at #3, I think it’s settling down a bit, setting the plot out, filling out foundations, but still leaving an air of serious mystery.

 

Superior Spider-Man #2

 

Writer: Slott

Artist: Stegman

Publisher: Marvel

 

As previously mention in my review for #1 of this series, I did not read the Amazing Spider-Man for a single issue, all my knowledge is gathered from reviews, wikis and forums, so I sort of made my own judgment on the whole Doc Oc in Spider-Man’s body thing; which is that I think it is something a hell of a lot different to anything I have read so far in many superhero series – so it’s not too shabby at all. Alternative.

 

I like this book. I really think Slott is doing a great job on bringing forward Peter Parker’s humour to the front line of the book, even if he technically is not the main character right now. Him following Oc around as a spirit or ghost and giving a running commentary was great, it had me chuckling at times.

 

I think that this style of writing is partnered up really well by Stegman’s art and colouring, something is going on that has a slick presentation yet keeping a bright, colourful approach – boosting the almost ‘playfulness’ of the book. That makes it sound a little childish, but I don’t mean it like that.

 

I think I might say that this issue gets my pick of the week because I read it in the fastest time possible – everything was running smooth and had me flicking over the pages faster and faster – in fact, I had to go back and read it again to take in the art, rather than solely the dialogue the first time round. This comic book is fun.

 

 

 

Avengers #4

 

Writer: Hickman

Artist: Kubert

Publisher: Marvel

 

I’m surprised myself when I say this, I really think the art turned me off this issue. The work of Opeña from issue #1 to #3 were really stylized, possibly so stylized that it maybe didn’t always seem right for a Superhero book, but I loved it too much to care. That said, Kubert on this issue I felt was a bit lacking. Thankfully though, we know that Kubert is helping out on this due to the crazy schedule of Avengers over the next couple of weeks – an issue a week for a month or so? Damn Marvel. Bit too crazy.

 

Anyway, we’re introduced to Hyperion, someone who I’ve not much knowledge on and spent some time reading around after I finished #4, to which I found out that he is essentially Marvel’s Superman. Cool, OK, that’s grand, but I still felt like a lot of this went over my head, especially after last weeks issue or maybe I just wasn’t paying enough attention to this issue at all. I’m not too sure. Because of this, my review is quite short. I felt a little confused over #4. Let’s see how this packed release schedule goes…

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#Comics  #Comicbooks  #Image  #Marvel  #Avengers  #Hickman  #Slott  #Spider-Man  #Superior Spiderman  #Nowhere Men  #Pull List  #Opeña 
Pull List #4 23rd January
FF #3
Young Avengers #1
Avengers #3
The Massive #8

Pull List #4 23rd January

FF #3

Young Avengers #1

Avengers #3

The Massive #8

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#Marvel  #Marvel comics  #Comics  #Comicbooks  #Gillen  #Avengers  #The Massive  #Brian Wood  #Young Avengers  #FF  #Foundation Four  #Matt Fraction  #Pull List 
Pull List #4 23rd January

FF #3

Publisher: Marvel

Writer: Fraction

Artist: Allred

I am truly hooked on this series after only 3 issues. Superb work by Fraction. I’ve read some of his Iron Man work and it was pretty decent, but it feels like this run of Future Foundation is working much better for his style of writing paired with the art of Allred.

The art is working so well and I really do enjoy it – a proper pop-art feel to it. With this though, I can imagine that many looking at it might not rate it against such titles as Avengers with Opeña, or Capullo working on Batman, but this is totally different – and it works. I brushed FF aside when I first saw it, but started picking it up after giving it the attention it deserves. The cover artwork this issue may be a bit lacking, especially with speech bubbles, which is a first for me as I haven’t seen that before.

Anyway, as for story and plot progression, I can admit that there isn’t much going on, but I honestly don’t care. I prefer just spending time with this book, paying attention to the colouring and the quirky humour within each issue. I think this is a fun book backed up by the wonderful stylized art and colouring. I must recommend this to anybody.

I’m pretty sure I can put down FF #3 as my pick of the week.

The Massive #8

Publisher: Dark Horse

Writer: Wood

Artist: Brown

So it seems we’re really getting into the meat and bones of The Massive. At #8, you could expect to have the plot fully laid out in front of you – obviously with twists and turns on the way – but I feel that this is not the case for Brian Wood’s series thus far. OK, you could say the main aim of the book is finding The Massive with it’s sister ship Das Kapital, but I feel this is forgotten about with most issues.

That makes it sound like I am criticising Wood’s direction with this, wanting the characters within to move forward, but actually, I’m enjoying the layout of each issue – they feel more episodic. I feel like each issue is like watching a television show, even with the first 4 or 5 pages being dropped into a scene which picks up directly from the previous and comes to a diverging point, then the title The Massive splashed across a spread – much like the introduction of Breaking Bad, or Lost comes to mind.

The art of Brown has been stellar thus far, but in this issue I feel like there is a little something lacking – possibly even a bit of rushing? A few panels lacked exact detail – the detail I so adored in the first few issues. Brown has a very strong sketch aspect to his work, but this issue seemed to be filled with this a bit too much.

Plot wise, I think it’s fair to say that not a lot happens in #8, but as it is part 2 of a 3 part mini-arc, it definitely is leading on to bigger things. This leads me to feel like the issue is a bit of a ‘filler’, but I won’t slag the whole comic off for that. It’s definitely moving on to an explosive – maybe literally – ending. The filler feel to it certainly racks up the tension between characters.

Young Avengers #1

Publisher: Marvel

Writer: Gillen

Artist: McKelvie

Hmm. I’ll throw it out first, I’m not sold on this. I really felt like I was missing out a serious back log of Young Avengers titles and a lot of history. It’s hard, I’ve read dozens of reviews about how amazing this book is and how Gillen is going to bring big things to the table with this series, but after #1, I honestly can’t say I am with these people.

I understand that this series is pitched as more of a Teen Drama than an out-and-out superhero comic book – fair enough, something different – but I just can’t relate to it. I know I am no longer a teen, but Jesus, I’m on 3 or 4 years passed them, I should be able to feel something.

I can’t really criticize the artwork of this book though, McKelvie has done pretty darn well and I believe that him and Gillen have worked together before, so that’s promising. I thoroughly enjoyed the sort-of introduction page, with great text splashed between a few panels over a double page spread.

As with all #1s I pick them up going in with a naivety about me, maybe knowing nothing fo the characters that I am about to be introduced to, maybe knowing a lot, but what it always comes down to is plot. Does this issue want me coming back for round 2? Does it end of a real cliffhanger, or interesting point, were I want to grab #2 to see what happens? And for Young Avengers #1, I can honestly say no, I am not sold. I feel bad for saying that, but I’m sure my wallet doesn’t.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#Pull List  #Matt Fraction  #Foundation Four  #FF  #Young Avengers  #Brian Wood  #The Massive  #Avengers  #Gillen  #Comicbooks  #Comics  #Dark Horse  #Marvel  #Marvel comics 
Pull List #3 January 16th

Black Beetle #1
Change #2
Indestructible Hulk #3
The Great Pacific #3
Saga #9
All New X-Men #6

Pull List #3 January 16th

Black Beetle #1

Change #2

Indestructible Hulk #3

The Great Pacific #3

Saga #9

All New X-Men #6

— 1 year ago
#Marvel  #Image  #Dark Horse  #Hulk  #Change  #Great Pacific  #Saga  #X-Men  #X Men  #Black Beetle  #Comics  #Comic books 
Pull List #3 16th January Part 1

Pull List #3 16th January Part 1.

Black Beetle: No Way Out

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Writer: Francesco Francavilla

Artist: Francesco Francavilla

After starting the year off with getting back into films which are noir in nature, LA Confidential and Gangster Squad, I came across Black Beetle on this weeks releases. I had a quick peek at the cover and blurb and it is being sold as ‘a pulp sensation’ – I knew I was interested – even with know knowledge of Black Beetle himself.

This issue is just great and just what I wanted. The cover art is fantastically done and inside the book too. I feel like each issue could be a poster for a noir film,  everything about it feels right and fitting to the setting. And it’s not just the art, the dialogue works in tandem with this gritty thriller, and would not be out of place in the likes of The Maltese Falcon or Sunset Boulevard – the self narration so often heard and read in noir themed books and film.

A great aspect about this book is also the fact that it is a 4 issue run. Perfect to jump in to without having to commit to too much, with also the hops of a packed issue each month due to the short run unlike other comics which maybe draw out their stories and plots as they know they have 12+ issues to work with.

Overall, I think this is my pick of the week and I shall certainly be gathering the next 3 issues. So glad I picked it up. I am even interested in the trade Black Beetle: Night Shift, if it’s anything like this series.

All New X-Men #6

Publisher: Marvel

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: David Marquez

Thus far, I am very pleased that I have stuck with this new iteration of X-Men, especially as it is my first few steps into a massive back catalogue. So it’s currently knocking out at #6, with #1 only being released in November! This is due to Marvel deciding to go with double month shipping, which is currently a hot topic amongst the comic book community. As for me, I’m not minding it as much, but I feel this may be due to me having a relatively small pull list and still relatively new to comics.

Anyway, on to #6. This issue focuses on Young Jean and Young Scott getting to grips with their powers and dealing with their older counterparts. The front cover is somewhat lackluster – I still crave for the covers for the first two issues or so, which are still outstanding. And speaking of art, this issue sees David Marquez on guest artist duties, with the previous 5 issues having Immonen and von Grawbadger. Thankfully, it did not look wholly out of place and kept in line, or I feel it did, with the previous 5 issues – which is to say, fantastic art and colouring.

I feel the series may start to slow down just a touch now over the next few issues as the plot line really thickens out after setting its foundations so well. I can’t say where I think it will lead, bar having a massive conflict between Cyclops and his new recruits pitching against Jean Grey and the young X-Men – but I reckon it’ll be a long while until we reach that. I’m really hoping for Bendis to pull this out of the bag and really blow me away. It X-Men stays to this quality I can see me following it for many years.

Saga #9

Publisher: Image

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan

Artist: Fiona Staples

This series just keeps on giving. From the cover to the back page, this comic is beautifully presented to the reader – everything works perfectly, fonts, colouring, styles, shading and everything inbetween. It’s continued brilliance by a team which inspires.

#9 focuses on a character we haven’t seen for a few issues, The Will, after saving Slave Girl from the sex slave culture. It’s starting to tie together a few loose ends from previous issues, whilst developing characters and plotlines further. What it certainly develops is the fact that The Will is 100% badass, with a few of his lines certainly film-worthy. It’s great that in this comic that we get just as much story of the bad guys as we do for the good guys, which must mean something big will happen when they meet.

I recently looked at sales figures for comics in the month of December and was disappointed to see so many Image titles so low down in the rankings. After some thinking and discussion on /r/comicbooks, the subreddit, I became aware that most of my discussion and news upon comics come through the same few websites, which is a narrow scope of a world wealthy of discussion. On /r/comicbooks, Saga is probably rated as the most hyped comic out right now – and for good reason, mind – but looking at sales figures, it looks like it is not getting the worldwide recognition I so often assume it gets. Interesting. Anyway, go buy Saga and catch up. Or get the trades. It’s worth it.

Indestructible Hulk #3

Publisher: Marvel

Writer: Mark Waid

Artist: Leinil Yu

After picking up #1 of Indestructible Hulk a couple of months back and never really knowing who the artist nor writer was, I can definitely say I am pleased I keep collecting this book – albeit only 3 issues in. I never really had a fondness of The Hulk, but this series is changing that.

The Incredible Hulk series tends to be my all out pleasure-fest. A comic always filled with amazing art fueled by almost 99% action of The Hulk just tearing things and people apart – this issue proves this point. We see Hulk battle against Quintronic Man who I believe was originally created by Tony Stark and it’s main use was to explore space, but in this issue it goes head-to-head with Hulk. Pretty awesome battle indeed. This comic for me is all about the action, almost the Transformers of the comic world, if you’ll allow me to make that comparison; it’s just accepted that the plot may not be all that great, but you’ll get to see some serious madness and violence.

I look forward as to how Waid brings this series together. It’s got potential to be bigger than what it currently is, but I feel that the storylines will have to be developed and Waid will have to start pulling out the big guns – whilst keeping his great execution of humour, perfectly exampled on the last page of #3.

As a note… I also received The Legend of Luther Strode #2 from the 9th January releases, so I have ordered #1 as I missed that one completely due to Image and their shipping times. Really looking forward to it. The previous arc The Strange Tale of Luther Strode was fantastic, so Legend should be just as great. Review to be added on to next weeks releases.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#Black Beetle  #No Way Out  #Dark Horse Comics  #Dark Horse  #Comics  #Comicbooks  #Francesco Francavilla  #All New X-Men  #X-Men  #Brian Michael Bendis  #David Marquez  #Saga  #Brian K Vaghan  #Image Comics  #Image  #Fiona Staples  #Hulk  #The Hulk  #Indestructible Hulk  #Mark Waid  #Leinil Yu 
Pull List #3 16th January Part 2

Pull List #3 January 16th Part 2.

These are two comics that I finally got a hold of that were released on the 9th and 2nd January dates.

Change #2

Publisher: Image

Writer: Ales Kot

Artist: Morgan Jeske

Well. I honestly have no idea how to review this issue of Change as I have honestly no idea what is going on in this issue of Change.

I feel like just because I do not understand this comic, that I could easily just think that this is a piece of shit and not worth my time, but something is bringing me back. Whether it is the actual story or plot that’s bringing me back, or the fact that I know it is only a 4 issue run – knowing that I’ll have a complete story done in another month or so.

I don’t know, I just don’t. The art is so-so. It looks lazy in places. The colouring is strange; there is a great palette being used, but each colour has a sense of dullness to it, pastel like almost. It gives a strange atmosphere to the comic.

Trying to see the end of this series, hell, even a single issue, is a futile endeavor. Too confusing, but I shan’t shun it because of that.

The Great Pacific #3

Publisher: Image

Writer: Joe Harris      

Artist: Martin Morazzo

Another lovely crafter front cover keeps me coming back for another issue of The Great Pacific. It’s a strange plot line – that said, when did comics ever become realistic? – which see a young chap inherit his father’s billions and is set to take up the throne of his oil company, but instead, fakes his own death and begins settling on a large (the same size of the state of Texas) mass of waste that floats around the Pacific, calling it ‘New Texas’.

Ok, so, we got that plot outlined to us in #1, but where can this comic go? I mean, hearing that pitch I was intrigued at first, but quickly questioned – where can this story go? It’s something I am beginning to put to the back of my mind when reading comics.

Anyway, after an explosive first two issues I knew that The Great Pacific would be staying on my pull list. Couple that with delightful artwork from Morazzo and dialogue that is not bogged down in detail, nor fleeting on the specifics by Harris, you’ve got a decent set up. The story is essentially about trash and Morazzo makes trash look beautiful. There is something that is just so pleasing with the presentation of The Great Pacific. I applaud Image publishing yet again.

It seems that #3 has leveled out a bit. Not a lot of shocks in this issue, as it now begins to settle down and put down the base layer for future issues – much like Chas is doing with the ‘island’. It was a bit slow at times, and due to the heights of the first two issues, I could argue that #3 was quite slow and uneventful. But to be honest, I don’t mind, not for this issue at least. I have a feeling that this series may become a lot ‘Lost’ like, a show I adore, so I know I’ll be coming back for #4. I’ll probably give it until #5 before I reassess.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#Change  #The Great Pacific  #Great Pacific  #Image  #Image Comics  #Joe Harris  #Ales Kot  #Comics  #Comicbooks 
Pull List #2 January 9th
Star Wars #1
Superior Spider-Man #1
New Avengers #1

Pull List #2 January 9th

Star Wars #1

Superior Spider-Man #1

New Avengers #1

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#Star Wars  #Comics  #Comic books  #Brian Wood  #Dan Slott  #Jonathan Hickman  #New Avengers  #Avengers  #Dark Horse  #Marvel 
Pull List #2 January 9th

Star Wars #1

Writer: Brian Wood

Artist: Carlos D’Anda

Publisher: Dark Horse

As I came about comics, one of the first names that was thrown around was Brian Wood. He had been tipped for his work on DMZ and Northlanders amongst others, which led me to pick up and follow his ongoing series The Massive, which I am thoroughly enjoying so far. Fast forward until just a few weeks ago before Christmas, I find out he is writing a Star Wars comic, my hopes were always held high.

Wow. What a great issue to get things kicked off. Back to Star Wars which everybody knows – ‘classic’ if you will. Pitched between Episode IV and V, shortly after the Death Star is destroyed, we’re presented Luke and Leia ambushed by a squadron of TIE Interceptors as the main plot point. Hell, we’re even introduced to Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Han Solo and even Chewbacca – which was pretty funny with his ‘WWWOOOOOORRRR’ speech bubbles! The panel which shows the TIE Interceptors ambush was incredible. The art of D’Anda really pulled me in on this.

Speaking of art, the front cover is perfect for this series. It’s almost a throwback to the old 70s film posters found, with faces of Luke and Leia merging yet facing the other way, with a centre piece of Vader the main villain. Whilst I particularly do not enjoy that form of film poster, I can’t help but feel it is just right for this comic book series – I hope they continue in similar fashion.

I honestly have not a bad word to say about this issue. I am excited to see the direction in which Wood takes it and understand that he must tread quite delicately in the Star Wars canon. That said, I have faith he’ll pull it off. I want this to be a trade paperback already.

Star Wars #1 is definitely my favourite book this week.

Superior Spider-Man #1

Writer: Dan Slott

Artist: Ryan Stegman

Publisher: Marvel

OK, so, this is my first Spiderman comic series I have ever touched. I know that I am following on after the ending of The Amazing Spider-Man after a humungous 700 issue series and a serious amount of back story – in particular the whole Doc Oc / Spiderman transference of conscience business towards the end of the most recent run.

With this, what seems to be quite controversial topic amongst the comic book community, I was hesitant to jump in on Superior Spider-Man but I figured this week I’ll give it a go as it was generally quite quiet this Wednesday. I am pleased. I still can’t get my head fully around what I previously described between Doc Oc and Spiderman and I can see myself in future issues probably wanting to ask questions to various forums. But if I take this issue as it stands, it was pretty decent.

The front cover had me in a 50/50 state over the art. I didn’t particularly love it, but turning over the first page and getting into the thick of it, I started to really appreciate the art of Stegman, with what I believe a few throws towards Capullo and his style.

This issue had a very high tempo from the off, which is exactly what a superhero action comic should be about. It worked well and paired up greatly with the humour that Spiderman so often creates. For now, I’m in on this comic, I’ll follow it although I am sure over the next few days I’ll read reviews calling for Slott to calm himself down. Many feel that he is wanting to put down his own marker with this series, which is grand enough, but I suppose I have limited amount of back story…

New Avengers #1

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Steve Epting

Publisher: Marvel

OK, so, this was released the week of 2nd January 2013 but I was reserved over buying it as I am currently involved in reading and enjoying Hickman’s other Avengers series and I felt it could be a little weird reading two titles working with generally the same ‘cast’… But after recommendations from a friend, I figured I might as well pick it up this week if a copy was still hanging around.

I’m not 100% on this New Avengers. First off, it’s starting off with a character I know very little about, Black Panther, so things were off on the wrong foot. It seems to be mashing a few styles together that I do not really appreciate or enjoy, the tribal African landscape moulded together with sci-fi and modern weaponry and technology.

The art is quite decent, with Epting doing a good job of it, but I don’t really enjoy the front cover. Too much red? Can that be a complaint? Too much of a single colour? I just don’t think it goes well against the silhouettes of Iron Man, Black Panther et al.

I think this may very well be the first #1 issue that I feel like not continuing. That being said, the main thing drawing me back to #2 – which isn’t that far away due to Marvels shipping routines – is the fact that it is written by Jonathan Hickman. He’s got a wealth of great titles to his name and is already writing the other current Avengers series – which I love – so maybe this might server as more of a slow burner of a series, because in all honesty, this #1 had very little substance. We’ll see. The last page did end nicely.

Change #2

Writer: Ales Klot

Artist: Morgan Jeske

Publisher: Image

Again, my pull list has been delayed on mainly Image titles, so I haven’t received this issue yet, but I’ll add it on to next weeks if it is here on time. Same goes for a few others, such as FF #2, Nowhere Men #2 and The Great Pacific #3.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#Spider Man  #Spiderman  #Spider-Man  #Superior Spiderman  #New Avengers  #Avengers  #Marvel  #Image  #Comics  #Comic books  #Hickman  #Star Wars  #Brian Wood  #Dark Horse  #Dan Slott  #Change 
Pull List #1 January 2nd
Iron Man #5
All New X Men #5

Pull List #1 January 2nd

Iron Man #5

All New X Men #5

— 1 year ago with 7 notes
#Iron Man  #Tony Stark  #X Men  #All New X Men  #Bendis  #von Grawbadger  #Land  #Gillen  #Marvel  #Comics 
Pull List #1 January 2nd

Iron Man #5

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Artist: Greg Land

Publisher: Marvel

God dammit. This is the 5th issue in this new Marvel NOW! series and I still do not know how I feel about it. I said to myself, by the end of this arc of 5 issues, I’ll surely have a decision made… And I don’t.

On to this issue. The first cover I have enjoyed of this run, quite simplistic with just Iron Mans helmet/mask. Nice colouring, well, if I ignore some of the faces, but that is down to the art mainly. On second glance of the front page, you can see it is floating in space, a sign of what’s inside.

This issue started off strong with a younger Tony working with Eli and bringing it back to present time and Eli holding the last Extremis in orbit and the title of this issue ‘Men of the World’ ties back in smartly and not overtly.

So this ‘in orbit’ thing. At first I was like ‘Oh fuck off. Stop making everything go in to space, or Mars’ then, with great dialogue exchange between Tony and Eli, I didn’t think it was that bad. I didn’t like Iron Mans armour in this issue one bit, which pisses me off. I think there has only been one occasion that I have, in #2. Anyway, I got over the fact this was in space… then the finale of this issue came around. I just don’t know. Ending with Tony in space, with even shittier armour on this time made me want to throw out this copy, but then I just keep telling myself that I love Iron Man, and he is one of the coolest in the Marvel universe. And he is.

I think that is what it has come down to - I love Iron Man, so I’m going to keep collecting this series solely for that reason. Regardless of Land and his porn star tracing artistic techniques, I’ll keep it on my pull list. Plus Iron Man #1 was my first hard copy comic I ever purchased.

All New X-Men #5

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Stuart Immomnen

Publisher: Marvel

X Men is probably topping everybody’s lists of best Marvel NOW! launches and rightly so. Right now it’s a jostle between this and Avengers, with Avengers only have 2 issues released thus far.

As for the cover art, I was not overly impressed this time round. Grawbadger has been doing a sterling job on the art throughout this series, nearly my favourite right now, but this cover is lacking. I suppose it was hard to follow up #1 and #2, which linked up together and made a kick ass image. #3 and #4 were quite bad, but this one picks up a little.

As for the story, there is no better place to jump into the X-Men canon. Great stuff so far, nothing entirely original, but still with a good level of sophistication. I must say, each issue has not been left at a massive cliffhanger, found in the likes of say… Saga, but rather, I feel each issue is really setting the ground for the series. That is not to say there is no level of suspense, but I have no problem with it thus far. Build a great background then start dropping the bombs.

Really pleased with this run of issues and really appreciating Bendis work, who I believe is releasing Gaurdians of the Galaxy in the upcoming months which should be worth a look at. #5 has an incredible double page spread depicting Jean looking at her entire life whilst with Beast and is quite a powerful spread. I haven’t really taken note of any special two page spreads in some time, and this certainly stands out.

Great Pacific #3

Writer: Joe Harris

Artist: Martin Morazzo

Publisher: Image

As a note, Great Pacific #3 did not arrive for me to collect, but I should be adding it to next weeks round up. Looking forward to it.

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#Iron Man  #X Men  #Bendis  #Land  #Gillen  #von Grawbadger  #Marvel  #Tony Stark 
A New Year, A New Project.

It’s now my 3rd year of posting to Tumblr and attempting to do some form of journal or daily challenge. It seems I make it to around 6 months in and things start to slip and I forget to post and because I’d rather have something fully completed, I miss two weeks work and I just leave it. Ignoring it. Regretting it.

Oh well… Time for a new project. 2013 I shall post my weekly pull list collections of comics and give a review, with them becoming shorter and shorter as time passes no doubt.

— 1 year ago with 1 note

Beirut - Postcards from Italy


I had heard numerous mentions of Beirut but never really paid attention to them over the years. I say years, I really mean about two, so I was a bit surprised to discover Zachary Francis Condon had been knocking about since 2006. Debut effort in the form of Gulag Orkestar is something different. I’m not one for general folk themes, or world music, but this project is all about exploring. I don’t know how I feel about it.

The music itself is somewhat infectious, especially heard in Postcards from Italy, but for me, it’s Zacharys voice that is the true instrument of Beirut. From what I’ve read, he was only 19 or 20 whilst this album was made, but he has the voice of a rum-swigging 40 something that might have had too many cigarettes before he recorded this album. The major let down of this album is the track Scenic World. It sounded out of place, completely, something the likes of that guy Owl City would make. Disappointing really. Put that aside though, and I’ve got an album I can appreciate.

Postcards from Italy had to be the stand out track. That dreamy, floaty guitar intro coupled with Zacharys voice has a summery haze about it, backed up with a bit of a stomping background. The horns are perfect.

— 2 years ago with 8 notes
#Zachary Francis Condon  #Beirut  #2006  #Gulag Orkestar  #52 Weeks 52 Albums  #Song of Week Fifteen Album 
The Beatles - In My Life

Song of Week Fourteen Album

Unfortunately, I cannot get a decent version of In My Life for an audio post on this blog, so I will have to make do with just linking it via YouTube. I dislike this because it ruins the uniformity of my blog! Ah. Oh well. Here’s the link: http://goo.gl/Hmas

Out of a record that has numerous tracks I could choose as favourites, I went for In My Life. I’m not too sure why. It’s probably the short riff that is brought in at the start and played sporadically throughout. It just sounds lovely. Reminds me of Under The Bridge or something. It annoys me that some of my favourite riffs or intros are so short. In My Life does that, but redeems itself.

I had never really given The Beatles a real go, bar having their “1” album, which I guess doesn’t really count for anything. I was fed up of reading and hearing people say they are overrated and yadda yadda, so I wanted to see for myself. Although I knew I wasn’t really doing it justice by listening to only one of their albums… Maybe I might make an exception to the rule and listen to more of their albums through the 52 weeks…

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#The Beatles  #In My Life  #Rubber Soul  #1965  #52 Weeks 52 Albums  #Song of Week Fourteen Album