Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Comics Rant: Silk #10

Silk #10
Written by Robbie Thompson
Drawn by Tana Ford
Colored by Ian Herring

Man, kind of weird seeing a Marvel comic reach double digits, but here we are. This is the culmination of everything that's been going on in this book since the Marvel Now relaunch. Silk has supposedly gone bad and joined up with Black Cat. But as we learned, it was just her going deep undercover for Mockingbird and SHIELD to get close to Black Cat and bring her to justice.

The kicker is that Black Cat and Silk broke into Parker Industries last issue to steal this new device.  Now, Black Cat never tells Silk just what it is, but at the end of last issue we found out it was a new Spider-Tracer and Black Cat uses it to follow Silk to her meeting with Mockingbird and learns of her betrayal. Kind of like a crazy 1990's soap opera.

Here Silk gets a message from Black Cat to meet with her so they can break into Stark Industries in Brooklyn. But "It's a Trap!" As soon as Cat and Silk get inside, Cat steals a prototype teleport belt. Black Cat uses the belt to teleport them to the Bar With No Name, it's where all of Spider-Man's villains tend to kick it and cool off with a beer, to do battle in front of all of Black Cat's goons.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Comics Rant: Suprman #2

Superman #2
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Penciled by Patrick Gleason
Inked by Mick Gray
Colored by John Kalisz

Superman and son continues, from the last issue I mean (Duh). You probably know by now that Superman has a son, named Jon. Jon's got powers just like his old man, except that they clearly aren't that well developed. It's the new status quo for the Man of Steel and I'm okay with that, so long as they keep letting Patrick Gleason draw the book. That's one awesome looking Superman. It gives John Byrne a run for his money.

So this story begins with Supes and son going to the aid of a Russian submarine crew that has a damaged propeller. Good to know the Man of Steel isn't above helping for something like this. Come to think of it, maybe Superman might think about getting a tow truck. Judging by what happens here, he'd be great at providing roadside service. Hell, you could even call it Superman and son! Cause, well, you know.

Nothing ever goes swimmingly for our hero, so of course he gets attacked by a giant octopus. Superman Jr. helps out by blasting the creature with heat vision. This kid must be strong because his heat vision even harms his dad. Talk about powerful.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Comics Rant: Amazing Spider-Man #15

Amazing Spider-Man #15
Written by Dan Slott & Christos Gage
Penciled by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inked by Cam Smith
Colored by Marte Gracia


Mary Jane strikes!! Tash Moore here, and when we last left you in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man, our lead hero Spider-Man and Iron Man did the whole team-up thing. Which leads to mixed results, I might add. Regent has been kidnapping heroes in the Marvel U and stealing their powers. You know, for the greater good. You just know whenever you read that somewhere, it leads to someone turning to the dark side.



Spidey and ol' Shellhead

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Comics Rant: Black Widow #5

Black Widow #5
Written by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee
Drawn by Chris Samnee
Colored by Matthew Wilson

Damn, just how many books does Matthew Wilson color anyway? We get more James Bond like flipping, fighting, and shooting in this new issue of Black Widow. When last we left the Super Spy she was in possession of some Russian intelligence stolen from her old handlers at the Red Room program. This was to be given to her new boss, The Weeping Lion. (Still not a fan of that name.) But, Natasha isn't really turning heel. The Weeping Lion just has some Intel on her that she clearly doesn't want to get out to the greater Marvel U.

An emissary of the Lion meets Black Widow to gather the stolen Red Room folder, but boom, he's not really with the Weeping Lion. He's a member of SHIELD, trying to find out if Black Widow has really gone rogue.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Comics Rant: Nightwing #1

Nightwing #1
Written by Tim Seeley
Drawn by Javier Fernandez
Colored by Chris Sotomayor

Look, y'all. It's Nightwing, and he's back! Now that he's no longer doing the whole "James Bond" routine he can go back to rocking tights. The story is told in three parts. The first part is Nightwing is working in Europe for the Court of Owls. Man, I mean, I really forgot about those guys. They are holding over his head that if Nightwing doesn't do what he's told, they'll kill Robin. Didn't Robin die and come back a few months ago? Does that even still exist in this universe? I admit I'm lost, so I'm just gonna go ahead and say no.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Comics Rant: Silk #9

Silk #9
Written by Robbie Thompson
Drawn by Stacey Lee
Colored by Ian Herring

Hey, would you look at that. A good issue of Silk. And that's not just because Stacey Lee is back to drawing it. Okay, well to be honest that's what it feels like since I didn't read the "Event Book" Spider-Women, and I use the term loosely. Silk and Black Cat start our tale together by breaking into the Brooklyn facility of Parker Industries. I can only image how much in rent that moron Parker is paying for that place.

So, yeah, Silk and Black Cat are sneaking their way into Peter Parker's personal lab at his company to steal what isn't very clear yet. Seems an evil version of Silk came into our universe and started stealing everything that wasn't nailed down and that's how Silk is now 100% "True to the Crew" now with Black Cat. She has her full trust.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Comics Rant: Doctor Strange #9

Doctor Strange #9
Written by Jason Aaron
Penciled by Chris Bachalo
Inked by Mark Irwin, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Al Vey, Tim Townsend and Jamie Mendoza
Colored by Java Tartaglia and Chris Bachalo

Hey, it's an issue of Doctor Strange where you can stomach the artwork and it doesn't make you feel like you were on a roller coaster. What can I say? There was time that I felt that Chris Bachalo's art was hard to follow. Now it's not that frequent, but sometimes I'm just like "What the fuck is going on here?" Either he got a handle on it himself or an editor helped him out, there was very little confusion here.

Doctor Strange is in Tibet.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Comics Rant: Daredevil #8

Daredevil #8
Written by Charles Soule
Drawn by Goran Sudzuka
Colored by Matt Milla

The Man Without Fear is playing poker. Shit, I mean, it's about time that Matt got down and dirty and decided to make some extra money playing poker with his powers. Dude ain't a high powered attorney anymore so he needs to get paid. At first Matt is using a fake French name (stupid French) and is cleaning up house. He's running roughshod over the house. Matt has been and is still tracking down something that the Black Cat has stashed away in the hotel.

Matt then plays against a telepath in the employ

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Comics Rant: Black Widow #4

Black Widow #4
Written by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee
Drawn by Chris Samnee
Colored by Matthew Wilson

Black Widow is still recovering from the wounds that were handed to her by a young killer agent from last issue. She wakes up in a cabin in the woods and is being mended to by her old, former handler, Iosef. If you don't know this guy, then you might want to dig up and read those old Daredevil issues from when Widow and Ol' Hornhead were a couple and living in San Fran and DD was really a team up book. Iosef was there. Except he had that super (not really) awesome Charles Bronson mustache.

 Iosef nurses Black Widow back to (semi) health.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Comics Rant: Amazing Spider-Man #14

Amazing Spider-Man #14
Written by Dan Slott
Penciled by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inked by Cam Smith
Colored by Marte Gracia

"Someone has to stop him!" Which would be the name of the title of this issue of Amazing Spider-Man if it had come out in the Silver Age. Man, I miss titles like that. Anyhoo, Regent is still out there attacking Avengers and capturing them to add their powers to his own. But hey, also during this time, Spider-Man and Iron Man both still have their thumbs up their asses. Hell, Regent even beats up the new Thor (Ther) and gains her powers, provided she keeps her hand on the hammer. That way Regent and his people can lift it off the ground. Nice touch by Slott and Co. To remember that little tidbit.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Comics Rant: Mighty Thor #8

Mighty Thor #8
Written by Jason Aaron
Drawn by Russell Dauterman
Colored by Matthew Wilson

Lots going on with Thor here, folks. And I mean lots. Tash Moore here and I've pulled myself away from the WWE Network and laughing at how shitty WCW was via 1999, and I ended up reading this issue. That and eating waffles, so yeah, all very essential things to do on most days. I know this is just the eighth issue, but could someone over at Marvel stop with this rebooting with a new #1 shit? Thanks.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Comics Rant: Swamp Thing #6

Swamp Thing #6
Written by Len Wein
Drawn by Kelley Jones
Colored by Michelle Madsen


The epic conclusion to the six issue Swamp Thing mini series is here. It's rare these days that comics are only six issues and even rarer that they are on time. But I guess that's what happens when you have old pros like Wein and Jones to handle your book. Unlike modern creators they focus on one title. Whereas you have one guy trying to write several books and keep them fresh and on time. Think Jason Aaron or Brian Bendis or Paul Jenkins in the early 2000's. Just like that. But, you know, with less Spider-Man involved.

So the Matt Cable Swamp Thing

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Comics Rant: Amazing Spider-Man #13

Amazing Spider-Man #13
Written by Dan Slott
Penciled by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inked by Cam Smith
Colored by Marte Gracia


Boy, I sure do love Spider-Man, not that you already didn't know that, but hey. Here we are with a brand new (I really mean late) rant for the last issue I read of Amazing Spider-Man. I'm guessing that sales must be a bit on the slow side so look, here's Iron Man (again.) Plus, somehow they shoehorned the Miles Morales Spider-Man in here, too.

Spidey meets Miles... for what you might ask? Why, batting practice of course. But it's cool because it's totally with web shooters. Huh. Who knew these Super folks, had so much spare time on their hands. What with all the Civil Wars and Rebirths and Secret Invasions that pop up from time to time. But I guess it's the little things that make life.

Iron Man makes with the disses on Peter Parker to Spider-Man. Clearly, that shit ain't gonna fly. But Miles tries to calm our hero down, seeing as how Peter Parker IS Spider-Man. If you already didn't know that, I can attest there is something very, very wrong with you. The thing that leads to an all out brawl between Spider-Man

Monday, July 4, 2016

Comics Rant: Thief of Thieves #32

Thief of Thieves #32
Written by Andy Diggle
Drawn by Shawn Martinbrough
Colored by Adriano Lucas

Holy shit! Here's a book I'd never thought I'd ever see again. Thief of Thieves started out as that other Kirkman book that wasn't Walking Dead or Invincible. So much like another Image Comic,  Haunt, it kind of fell by the wayside after the first few issues by fans. But I've been buying the book since day one. I'll admit to being eager to seeing just what new nonsense the world's greatest thief can get into. (Redmond's words, folks. Not mine.)

Our story begins. Well, in the beginning, you know, unless your name is Grant Morrison. That being the case you can start anywhere and the story doesn't have to make any sense but don't worry, people will still say things like its "thought provoking". And I guess it could be. I mean, it's hard to think that someone got paid to write shit like the Batman of Zu Enn Ruh. Ahem. Should have called Paul Levitez, he'd have shut that shit down quick.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Comics Rant: Superman #1

Superman #1
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Penciled by Patrick Gleason
Inked by Mick Gray
Colored by John Kalisz

Superman is back! No, I don't mean that weird Mexican wrestler one from a few moths ago, although I gotta admit, it was a treat seeing the Man of Steel hitting dudes with suplexes and power bombs, but our big blue boy scout is back. But he's really not, in a way. I'm not going back on my word to ever pick up another one of these fucking "Event" books, so I didn't get DC's Rebirth, so I don't know all the details but Superman is dead to the world. Only that he isn't really dead.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Comics Rant: Doctor Strange #8

Doctor Strange #8
Written by Jason Aaron
Penciled by Chris Bachalo
Inked by Tim Tonsend, Al Vey, Mark Irwin, John Livesay & Victor Olazaba
Colored by Chris Bacjalo, Antonio Fabela & Java Tartaglia

Yet, again, you can tell that almost a million people worked on this book. I wonder if they all got paid the same amount. Probably not, but hey, comics! Jason Aaron and crew bring us a tale this month that has our hero, Doctor Strange (if you couldn't tell from the title of the book) and Scarlet Witch scouring the globe for whatever leftover pieces of magic to battle the Empirikul. With the way things are going, that shit is clearly no easy task.

If it wasn't for some silver magical slug, ol' Doctor Strange wouldn't have even found the magical item he was searching for, a magical bow and arrow. Thank the man upstairs that Strange took lessons from Hawkeye at Avengers Mansion. No word yet if Hawkeye charges by the hour. I mean, the dude has to pay Brooklyn rent so you know he needs to make that money, honey.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Comics Rant: Mighty Thor #7

Mighty Thor #7
Written by Jason Aaron
Drawn by Rafa Garres & Russell Dauterman
Colors by Matthew Wilson & Rafa Garres

A Thor tale via the ages. Our story begins back in the early 1600's with Thor going ten rounds with the strongest Viking in the world. How'd he get that way? You could pretty much guess. Yep, it's Loki. He's gone down to Midgard and given a touch of power to a Viking making him like Brock Lesnar, who now that I think about it, kind of looks like a fucking Viking, too. What with the plundering of Vince McMahon and Dana White's bank accounts. Huh. All he needs now is a beard.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Comics Rant: Amazing Spider-Man #12

Amazing Spider-Man #12
Written by Dan Slott
Pencilled by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inked by Cam Smith
Colored by Marte Gracia

So the cover of this issue of Amazing Spider-Man says he meets up with Iron Man and the brand spanking new Avengers. Well, one caption is right. Iron Man and Spidey teamed up but there was no Avengers. Somebody at Marvel needs to give me a dollar back for this blatant lie. That or just maybe a few more of those digital download codes. Ahem. Lots going on with Spider-Man and his world.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Comics Rant: Swamp Thing #5

Swamp Thing #5
Written by Len Wein
Drawn by Kelley Jones
Colored by Michelle Madsen

Shit, this was a damn fine issue of Swamp Thing. It makes me kinda wish it doesn't end anytime soon, but you know, as the old saying goes, "Sun rise, sun set." When last we left off, Matt Cable had tricked Alec Holland into turning over the powers of Swamp Thing to him. Then Matt went all bat shit crazy and decided that protecting Mother Earth ain't all it's cracked up to be and said "It's better if I just take it over. It'll be safer that way." Said every dictator ever!

Got to hand it to Kelley Jones. Dude is a pro, no matter whom the colorist is, he always finds a way to create this bleak atmosphere without using too much black and making the comic book a dark, hard to follow mess. Like Richard Corbin, and that's high praise indeed. Alec Holland is floating in the ground, where Matt Cable pushed him into, so he could, you know, kill him. It's kinda what evil people do. That and order tons of Pay Per Views on your cable bill then skip town. Alec is recused by the Parliament of Trees. Since Alan Moore created them, you know they cut his ass a check. That he'll never cash, because he has morals, and fleas.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Comics Rant: Silver Surfer #4

Silver Surfer #4
Story by Dan Slott & Michael Allred
Drawn by Michael Allred
Colored by Laura Allred

Stand back, here come the Avengers! Strangely enough this isn't even an Avengers comic book. Go figure. But the price on the cover says $3.99 so it makes sense. Money sense. Since the Silver Surfer doesn't have pockets I wonder where he keeps his royalty checks. From the last issue the Silver Surfer is in the hospital. By way of using his small bit of the Power Cosmic to turn the tides on the inhabitants of Zenn La and his former ho, Shalla Bal. So I'm assuming they are broken up.

With the Surfer out of commission,