GraphicAudio Sale


GrapicAudo is having a sale for a few days and some of the Marvel Books are on it if anyone wants to pick them up on the cheap.


Promo Code for Marvel Unlimited


Right now you can get a year subscription to Marvel Unlimited for $60 with promo code PANTHER.  These promos usually run a few times a year and coincide with the release of new movies or series they are promoting.  In this case the new Black Panther movie that’s going to be released on 2.16.2018.   It’s a good discount especially if you compare it to the cost of a month to month subscription at $9.99.

The Silencer #1


The New Age of DC Heroes continues with The Silencer #1 by: Dan Abnett, John Romita Jr., Sandra Hope (Inks), and Dean White (Colors).

The story set up for this is that our lead Honor Guest once known as The Silencer was a member of Leviathan; a criminal organization and subset of the League of Assassins controlled by Talia Al Ghul.  She’s been out of the life for six years, has gotten married and is now the mother of a three year old.  When all of a sudden people from her old life show up and drag her back into the life she’d left behind.

Story wise this is a solid issue.  Nothing mind blowing was presented but the potential is there.  Honor is the narrator of the story and you get a feel for her from the beginning of the book.  I feel that this could be really good as it goes on.

Lets talk about the artwork, because frankly I have some conflicted feelings about it.  There were action scenes in the book that really looked on point like when she would activate her powers and everything would get a bluish hue to them; or the stark contrast of a black silhouette against an orange-ish background. Other panels… I felt like someone spun the color wheel and randomly filled items with muted pastels…  like the grocery shopping scene with a purple shopping cart, turquoise flooring, and mint shelving.  It felt a bit sloppy to me, and I thought the story and the line-work deserved better.

Even though I didn’t love all the art I definitely felt like I would like to read the next issue so I will be picking that up when it comes out.

X-Men: Gold, Vol. 1: Back to the Basics


So, Friday my new tablet came in the mail and I’ve read quite a few things off of the Marvel Unlimited app while I was testing it out.  Among the things that I read were X-Men Gold #1-6, and X-Men Prime #1.  Those issues have a collected volume out titled X-Men: Gold, Vol. 1: Back to the Basics  by Marc GuggenheimArdian Syaf (Penciler)Jay Leisten (Inker)Craig Yeung (Inker)Frank Martin (Colorist)Andrew Crossley (Colorist)R.B. Silva (Penciler)Adriano Di Benedetto (Inker) , Cory Petit (Letterer) .

Wow!  This was actually quite readable.  I won’t say much about the previous X-Men run, because well, I haven’t read it.  My previous attempts to get back into reading any of the X-Men books did not go well.  Maybe it’s because they presented a team line up with characters I was familiar with at least.  Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler, and  a version of Wolverine…  those are the core members of the X-Men I grew up with and remember.  Now that I found a jumping back on board point I may try again to go and read some of the gaps I’ve missed.

Issues #1-3 have the story Back to the Basics, that introduces Lydia Nance, Heritage Initiative Director [Who wants to deport the Mutants.]; and the newest incarnation of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

The next three issues, #4-6, are a story titled Techno Superior, which brings in Gambit, and the granddaughter of Bolivar Trask [Inventor of the Sentinels], when he steals some nanites for her.

One of the things I really liked about this is that they are actually presented as a team that goes out and fights super villains for once.  On the stupid side of things the school is now in the middle of Central Park.  I will probably be confused as to why they decided to put it there for quite some time.

I would have done a few art samples but I haven’t figured out how to do it on my new tablet yet so maybe next time.

Gothic Tales of Haunted Love Edited by S.M. Beiko and Hope Nicholson


Gothic Tales of Haunted Love is a new anthology that attempts to merge the style of old 1970s gothic romance comics, with more modern sensibilities.  These stories feature people of color or LGBTQIA individuals in them.  It was a crowd-sourced book and you can check out the KICKSTARTER page for some more art samples.

I actually liked every story in this anthology but the three that stood out for me were:

  • One More Cup by Barbara Guttman – The story of a woman who shares a cup of tea and conversation with a monster every night at her window.  I found the tone of this story both whimsical and darkly romantic.
  • Ouroboros by Svetla Nikolova & LAB – A story of love, loss, sacrifice, and rebirth.  The art on this story was wispy and romantic.
  • The Promsie by Sanho Kim – A Korean styled ghost story.  This seems to be a reprint of Charlton Comics All New Ghostly Tales from the Haunted House #101.

The best thing about the collection is probably the selection of art styles.  These stories are all short and it’s refreshing to see that although some of them are simplistic they are satisfying.  I came to think of it like bedtime stories for adults.

I think quite a few of the stories in this collection fall short of the genre they were shooting for and are more just horror or weird tales.  This didn’t keep me from enjoying them a bit.  I totally recommend this collection to those who have an interest in this style.

I found this book on Netgalley under the Read Now section and received no compensation from the publisher for this review outside of the pleasure of being able to read the book for free.  #GothicTalesOfHauntedLove #NetGalley

Marvel Unlimited 1/24/2018


New in the Marvel Unlimited app today were comics originally published July 19, 2017 [List Below]. Also back issues of Fallen Angel #1-8, and Namor: The Sub-Mariner #1-10.

I jokingly say that Marvel Unlimited is full of unlimited disappointments but here I am again getting a new year of it.  I let it lapse last year so I haven’t had it for about eight months or so I think. I usually will read any new #1’s that show up so today I read Astonishing X-Men #1, and am quite surprised to say that I actually thought it was good. I added that to my library list and plan on reading the next issue.

So what I really need to know is are any of these worth reading?  Any opinions out there? Wanna rec me or warn me about any of the issues on this list?  For me the ones with a strike through are hard passes; I just have no interest whatsoever.


  1. All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #6
  2. Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #9
  3. America #5
  4. Astonishing X-Men #1
  5. Daredevil #24
  6. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again #2
  7. Doctor Strange #23
  8. Invincible Iron Man #9
  9. Luke Cage #3
  10. Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok Prelude #2
  11. Mighty Thor #21
  12. Monsters Unleashed #4
  13. Ms. Marvel #20
  14. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #2
  15. Poe Dameron #17
  16. Royals #5
  17. Secret Empire #6
  18. Secret Empire: Brave New World #4
  19. Spider-Man 2099 #25
  20. The Totally Awesome Hulk #21
  21. U.S.Avengers #8
  22. Ultimates 2 #9
  23. X-Men Gold #8

Damage #1



The New Age of DC Heroes has arrived with the publication of Damage #1.  A lot, and I mean a lot of comparisons to the Hulk are being brandished about and it’s not hard to understand why.  DC Comics have themselves to thank for that, considering this is what they wrote on their own website:

“Ethan “Elvis” Avery just wanted to serve his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster! Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. The beast is cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as  effective, and Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when it springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe.”

Because with minimal editing you end up with: Bruce Banner just wanted to work for his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster! Turned into the government’s own living, breathing ticking time bomb, Bruce retains no control when the monster takes over. The beast is cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as  effective, and Bruce fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when he gets angry. With everyone around him in danger, Bruce struggles to contain the Hulk…

I’m not sure if this was a deliberate move on DC’s part to try to entice disenchanted Marvel fans or a poorly thought out marketing decision that invited unwelcome comparisons.  Who knows?

The question then becomes, is he a rip off of the Hulk?  My answer at this point is there are quite a few superficial similarities; and quite a few dissimilarities.  If we boil it down we can say here are two guys that are involved with the military and gained super strength that they aren’t able to willfully control.  I think we’re going to need quite a few more issues before we can make the rip off call, one way or the other.

As for the content of the issue, the art is fabulous.  Really.  It’s probably want-able on that alone.  Unfortunately it’s very story light.  Basically we are given two scenes.  The primary one is a lengthy fight scene of Damage wreaking havoc somewhere in Atlanta.  The second is someone called Colonel Jonas leading a team looking for Damage after the fact.  That’s all we get.  It’s more like a promo for an upcoming series than a first issue.  I don’t feel that it delivered any satisfaction story wise.  If this is going to be the pacing of the story I would never stick with it as I would be too frustrated by the slowness of it.

Will I pick up the next issue?  Maybe.  How about you?

DC Event – Dark Nights: Metal *Part 1


So, Dark Nights Metal started months ago and is wrapping up in March of this year.  Are you guys reading?  I’m perpetually behind myself.  I thought it was a good enough place as any to start my blogging efforts again tho.  This event is ending with the launch of DC’s New Age of Heroes; the first book Damage #1 came out this week. [I plan on giving all of the new #1s a review so that’s comming soon.]

Anyway back to the subject of Dark Nights Metal.  The story started with two prologue one-shots, Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting.  These were billed as optional but in my opinion they are pretty core to understanding the set up of the story and you probably would want to have them both.  There’s all sorts of stuff in there like Mr. Terrific, Mr. Miracle, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and the list goes on.  It’s a very intriguing introduction into into a twisted tale of the Dark Multiverse.

Oh, and it has Batman in it.  You know, Batman doing Batmanish things like knowing that there is a new “Crisis” on the horizon and just investigating it by himself.  And then you know the Justice League finds out about it and chases him around while trying to get a strait answer out of him.  In short it’s pretty fun.

The trade these two books will see their reprint in is already solicited for a May 2018 release date. It will be called DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL and will also contain material from quite a few other books.

What I’m wondering is what books did you go in for? Just the mini series?  Everything? Picky choosy?  I will probably end up with everything because I’m reading most of the books that the tie ins are in anyway…

Thanks for reading.  I’m going to try to get back into the habit of trying to write at least a little something everyday and hopefully I’ll have something more to talk about in my next post.

2018 is here…

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Wow!  2018 is here and the days have just flown by.  2017 was not a good year for blogging or comic reviews that’s for sure.  I hope this year will be better.  I’ve read a ton of stuff but just couldn’t find the time or motivation to write last year.  I changed the background on the site today and need to do a lot of updating.  I wonder if my followers have all given up on me?  Haha, well I can’t blame them if they have.  Lets have a great year everyone! 🙂

The Sweet Scent of Justice


Wonder Woman merchandise is starting to show up for the big movie release and today I found out about this 5 part promotional video for Jean-Paul Gaultier fragrances based on Superman and Wonder Woman.  I’m a little intrigued as to what they will smell like although not because of this little motion comic…  which I’ll admit let me a bit… speechless.

Links to Videos on YouTube Here