Wednesday, July 23, 2014

the Punisher #7 and #8, an amazing tale of a hero

This is not going to be an ordinary comic review, it's more of a praise to the Nathan Edmondson and Kevin Maurer for writing such a wonderful story arc.  In the first six issues, Frank had his hands full with the Doles Soles gang, Electro, and a military strike force known as the Howling Commandos.  Everyone wanted him dead and they almost accomplished that very goal.  

In issue #7, Frank finds himself in Southern Mexico getting patched up from the Howling Commandos' bullet that almost claimed his life.  He knew it would be dangerous, but he had no choice.  While he was passed out from surgery, the doctor called on the local "police" knowing who he just helped.  Frank should have felt lucky because he had a police escort to hell.  When he reaches his "final" destination, he finds himself in Guanacaste. which is a city on the Coasta Rica and Nicaragua border.  This city is home to El Diablito aka Mr. Ortiz.  Well, Mr. Ortiz is in the business of making money and with that being said, Frank is worth more alive than dead, but that doesn't mean he cannot have a little fun.  After they mess Frank up, they throw him in a cell with another American.  This American happens to be a medic on a special forces team that was sent to shadow Mr. Ortiz. The medic and Frank hatch a plan to get out and get help.  What they don't know is, while they have escaped El Diablito's base of operations, the merc Crossbones is on his way for the Punisher.  When Frank realizes whose on their trail, he knows it is time for War.

Frank and the medic give Crossbones a little bit of Hell on Earth, even manged to trick the merc with a mine. An epic battle occurs and Frank is close to winning but Crossbones has the "best" of them, well at least for the moment.  Frank gives up his freedom to let the medic, Tom live as well as find the remains of his fallen brethren and send them back home.  Crossbones agrees because his payday is Frank and that is all he wants.

It is in that moment were this comic book became a touching story about Patriotism and the Brotherhood of Soldiers.  Unless you are or were in the military, it might be hard to understand, but you never leave a soldier behind.  Frank gave Tom the chance to live on and fight another day, and he gave the rest of the unit the ability to go home and Rest In Peace.  The story ends with Tom's point of view and how things have changed since that meeting with the Punisher.  Frank has earned a permanent spot on his team, and he knows that Frank will always have his back.

Well done Marvel, well done indeed!  
These two issues have a perfect rating of 10 out of 10, 'nuff said!

Happy Batman Day!

Happy Batman Day!


Injustice: gods among us #3

Color by Raapack

Books Worth Reading: Savage Wolverine

Check out my thoughts of the Savage Wolverine comic series over at somewhatnerdy.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Books Worth Reading: Moon Knight

If you are not reading the Moon Knight series from the Marvel Now! line, you truly don't know what you are missing.  Everyone knows that I am a huge Moon Knight fan, so I would buy this title anyway, but issue #5 stands alone and I think it has the potential to make believers out of anyone.  Issue #5 tells a story of Scarlet, a girl who was kidnapped from school due to a turf war.  Well, Mr. Knight doesn't like those kind of crimes going down in his town, on his watch.  So, he finds the place they are keeping her and takes care of each goon in his path, one by one, floor by floor, until he is able to save Scarlet.

I personally like this version of Moon Knight.  He has finally let go of sympathy so that he kind dispense the justice needed to keep innocents safe.  I would love to see a team up with this version of Moon Knight with another Marvel Now star known as the Punisher.  If those two ever join forces, I pity the lost souls that they are after because they do not have a chance, no chance in hell.  

I give this series a perfect 10 out of 10 rating.  I know the title is only in it's 5 issue, but with writing of Warren Ellis and the fantastic artwork by Declan Shalvey, the book is sure to succeed again and again.  Don't take my word for it.  Go get issue #5 of Moon  Knight and you will be hooked for life.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Story So Far: Original Sin (1-4)

In Marvel Comics Original Sin event, someone has killed the Watcher, but who?  Some of Marvel's greatest heroes team up to find out the question to that answer.  Let me tell you, some of the teams would be very unlikely in different circumstances.  

The story begins with the Watcher being killed.  Thor is the first on the scene and calls for back-up.  That back-up consists of Captain America, Nick Fury, Wolverine, Iron Man, and the Black Widow.  When they get to the scene, they got more than they bargained for.  Not only was the Watcher killed, but someone took his eyes.  Why would someone do such a thing?  The team returns to Earth to split up into teams to find out exactly what was going on.  Unknown to the Avengers, that other teams were being formed as well.  These teams consisted of heroes such as Moon Knight, the Punisher, Gamora, the Winter Soldier, and Dr. Strange to name a few.

On Earth, one of the suspects ( a Mindless One) is ranting about what he did and destroying the city.  The Thing and Spider-Man are there to stop him, but the Mindless One kills himself before they can stop it.  What would make a Mindless One become smart and then feel remorse?  Well, this added to the mystery that is who killed the Watcher.  Before long, one of the "killers" makes his presence known when he reveals the Watcher's Eye.  The villain in control of this object is none other than the Orb.  Before our heroes can stop him, he unleashes the power of the eye, which allows everyone to see their Original Sin. 

Well, of course everyone seeing their Original Sin has an effect on everyone.  Hell, Thor finds out he has a sister and leaves the battle field.  Elsewhere, the secret team of Moon Knight, Gamora, and the Winter Soldier come across a huge clue that might resolve everything that has happened.  Unfortunately, the Winter Soldier has plans of his own and destroys the ship leaving Gamora and Moon Knight stranded in space.  We then find "Bucky" on the trail of who he believes is behind this only to find Fury.  It is then that shocked me at first.  WHy did the Winter Soldier's meeting with Nick Fury?  Well, Simply put, "Bucky" cuts off Fury's head.  Issue #3 ended with the Winter Soldier holding the Watcher's Eye in one hand and Fury's head in the other.  Talk about a shocking moment.  In issue #4, the teams start to put things together and all the clues, no matter what team you were on, lead to one place, an abandoned satellite.  Once the teams are there, they run into the Winter Soldier and of course no one trusts him.  I mean he has the Watcher's eye and Fury's head for crying out loud.  Out of nowhere, Gamora attacks "Bucky" and a great fight occurs.  A fight that will end in confusion.

The fight goes on and on until "Bucky" gets tired of fighting.  He tries to tell Gamora that he left them stranded to protect her as well as Moon Knight.  Something she doesn't believe until he uses Fury's head as a shield and it sparks rather than bleeds when she slices it in half.  It turns out the Fury, that "Bucky" had killed was only a LMD, Life Model Decoy.  This made sense as to why they allowed such a great character die so confusingly but what did this mean?  Well, as the team as well as you the reader find out, Nick Fury is very much alive and he is the one who put the teams together.

I understand that when I am writing this, issues #5 and 6 are already on the newsstands and in your comic book stores, but I wanted to write a review midway and issue #4 is that midpoint.  I am really enjoying the Original Sin story line and if you haven't gotten into it yet, you should.  It is well worth reading.  Hell, I know I am going to get the trade when it comes out just to get the other story arcs that I may not see if I do not get some of the tie-in issues.  Overall, I give Original Sin a rating of 8 out of 10.  So, what are you waiting for? Go get your issues today and enjoy the ride. Get your READ on!

Classic Cover of the Day ~FLASHback Friday Edition

Classic Cover of the Day

The Flash Vol. 1 #276

DC Comics

In Case You Missed It: Deadpool vs Carnage

Today I am doing a review on the Marvel Mini-Series titled Deadpool Vs. Carnage.  I chose to wait until all the issues were out to do this review, hence the reason it is an In Case You Missed It post. Let's start this post off with looking at the cover image from issue #1.

With a title such as Deadpool Vs. Carnage, you knew it would be full of violence and insanity and it did not fail in that aspect.  The story begins with Carnage escaping his prison and going on a killing spree.  Our hero, the Merc with a mouth, learns about this killing spree while watching TV at home.  Wade then thinks to himself that he may be the only one insane enough to track and stop Carnage.  He asks for a sign and boy does he get one.  He then realizes the only way to track someone who is insane is to let his own insanity guide him.

He finally catches up to Carnage and starts to serve his brand of justice, when he realizes that Carnage has a companion, and she is going to be a problem. Well, no matter, Deadpool can overcome any injuries, even ones to his face.  Once it appears that Wade is finished, Cassidy aka Carnage wants to know how Wade found him.

Of course when Deadpool tells him his insanity led the way, Carnage doesn't believe him. Realizing that Deadpool isn't actually easy to kill, Carnage and Shriek mess him up really good before making there escape.  Well, when Deadpool heals, he eventually catches up to the devious duo and tries to put and end to the madness once and for all.  Easier said than done, I tell you.  There were epic battles and even help from the strangest people along the way, but what won the war for Wade was his insanity.  Carnage couldn't compete with Deadpool's mind, so he locks himself up until he can face the challenge that is Deadpool's mind. 

If you are a Deadpool fan, then you will love this series.  Hell, if you are a comic fan period, you will love this series.  I realize it may be hard to get all 4 issues from your comic supplier since issue #1 was released a couple of mots ago, but I recommend trying to h=get your hands on it. Hell, go the digital or eBay route if you have to.  You could always wait for the trade to come out as well.  Either way, you will want to read this book.  I give the series a strong 10 out of 10 and I think you will do the same.

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Until next time, get your READ on!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Derf's Comic Picks of the Week

Batman and The Flash Hero Run

You want to play a fun app on your smartphone or tablet?  
Do you want the game to have one of the greatest super heroes of all time in it?
Then look no more, that game is here.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Batman and the Flash Hero Run.

To read about the game in better detail, check out my review.