Sunday, 5 July 2015

Review: X-tinction Agenda 1 & 2

Being the X-geek that I am I had to pick up X-tinction Agenda from the Secret Wars event. The title is set in the X-topic domain of BATTLEWORLD and is overseen by Baron Grey (Rachel Grey aka Phoenix). Because it's a four issue auction-packed miniseries it has to stuff a whole lot in each issue; so my receive only gives the basics:

X-tinction Agenda #1

The first issue kicks off with the final battle for Genosha that left Havok and Rahne as new leaders in this country. It fast forwards to years later when the country is plagued by an extinction virus causing them to be quarantined and cut off from the rest of X-topia. There are food riots and the only thing Havoks team is left to do is have Mystique pose as Xavier (who is no dead) to quell them.

The Genoshan leaders plead with both Lord Emperor doom AND Baron Grey but to know avail. The Genoshans believe the with the help of mutant healer Triage and Rogue, under the advice of their gene engineer, could help them stop the plague. Under the advice of Beast, Baron Grey refuses to lift the quarantine.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Review: Infinity Gauntlet 1 & 2

Infinity Gauntlet wasn't quite what I was expecting... But it was so much more!

Infinity Gauntlet #1 Cover (Secret Wars)

It's set in a part of BATTLWORLD (I don't know why I always all-caps that word) that has been all but completely destroyed by "the bugs" -- giant bug-like alien life forms that eat people.  It's the story of Anwen and her family in the desolate post-apocalyptic landscape, trying to survive and evade these bugs. Her mom had left to join the Nova Corps in efforts to stop the bugs but it's been years and they haven't heard from her, or them, since.

The story of Anwen's Mother, Infinity Gauntlet #1, Secret Wars

Infinity Gauntlet #1

This first issued was following a day in Anwen's life when suddenly her family is attacked my these alien bugs. The group end up getting split up and Anwen loses her grandfather when he risks himself to save her.

 Anwen's Grandpa sacrifices himself for her, Infinity Gauntlet #1, Secret Wars

Anwen ends up finding an infinity gem after killing a bug that was threatening her.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Review : Secret Wars 1-3

Secret Wars 1-3

I'm not going to go into much detail, but these books are highly recommended (by me) anyway, so go get reading and check out my review:

Secret Wars #1

 secret wars #1 cover

You have to read Secret Wars #1 twice to love it: On the first read you'll probably not have a clue of everything that's going one; on the second read (when you're reading to do a review on your blog after having read a few other Secret War tie-in titles) you'll realize how epic it is.

Secret Wars #1 excellently sets the stage for what the rest of the series is going to be. It opens with the war between 616 and 1610, with backstage, evilous players such as 1610's Reed Richards and (I think) 616's Thanos and The Cabal, as the two worlds are colliding. Needless to say, nobody wins the war and the 616 team manages to get some select heroes on a safety raft to survive the incursion.

Ultimate Reed and 616 Cabal plot during the Incursion

We also see Doom being set up to become the God of the BATTLEWORD that ensues.

Stephen Strange and Dr Doom  Secret Wars 1

What I liked? : On the second read? EVERYTHING!! Just get ready for a great series. There is so much happening in this book: Look out for development with Phoenix-Cyclops, a mourning 616 Reed, evil 1610 Reed, The Cabal and God-Doom.

Friday, 19 June 2015

(Return of) Comics I like: Secret Wars

I have been out of the comics game for a while now -- haven't been reading any for months from being swamped with work and life in general and also losing interest in most titles (as you already know). But -- praise the lord -- I've finally decided to dive back into the world of fiction which I love so dearly, and it seems not a moment too soon: Secret Wars is at hand.

Several titles have launched surrounding this universe-changing event and it would seem this event is ready to sweep me in. And, as I get swept, I feel I'm going to rekindle my sharing the experience with you through blogging about the titles I've picked.

The great thing about secret wars that makes it attractive to someone with my type of comic book tastes is that in this new BATTLEWORLD it's created, where Doom is god, there are, first of all, several point ones where I can hop on to these titles and, secondly, these titles are all set in their own little world that is being built from ground up; so I wont be getting too lost in the convoluted-ness that is typical 616 continuity-- you just have to know these characters exist... and that's it; follow the story from there.

I'll be giving my reviews of some of my favourite titles as the weeks press on and we'll watch where the event goes from there.

Usually I hate crossovers but this one seems just right for me.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

What ever happened to all the Comics I Like?

What ever happened to all the Comics I Like?

They’re gone, mostly. In the time that I haven't been able to post reviews (due to too many reasons to get into) most of the comics I like seemed to disappear. I haven't really been able to get my weekly read in as I used to and as a result a comic story has to capture me to get me to keep up, but most haven't been able to do so.

Granted, I don’t think I’ve given them all a fair chance. I loved X-factor. When it restarted in the recent volume I never read more than two books. When the Guardians of the Galaxy invaded All New X-men I stopped simply because I felt the story was about to go nowhere that I might want to follow and didn’t feel like I wanted to be introduced to the guardians there. It is that I’m so strapped for time that a title has to be really good for me to go out for it these days. Though I’m really not certain why I still follow Wolverine and The X-men, It’s been losing me for a while now. Ultimate X-men has ended, finally. So has Young Avengers, just as it was getting good again. All in all, I’m at a very odd place with comics.

But there’s good news. Avengers Undercover, like it’s predecessor Avengers Arena, just from the first two books has knocked my socks off! Also, while I’ve been on and off with this latest volume, something about the X-men title is definitely growing on me. ANYTHING that features Miles Morales has me gleeful as a schoolgirl on at a boyband concert (or something like that).

Even better news ; I should have a bit more time to be back on comics. I really should explore some new titles and give others a chance. It’s just I seem to have a particular taste that I still haven’t fully summed it yet ( I’ll probably expound on these tastes in a later post ). A lot of these comics, on the face of it, don't seem to appeal to me. I think I’ll be making a pact with myself to give other books  a try, to be more open in trying to find more comics I like.

Side note : Interesting how I’m not compelled to pick up X-factor when anyone who’s ever bothered to bat an eye at my fanfiction would know I’m very interested in the character Lorna Dane.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Review: All New X-men #16

All New X-men #16

All new X-men 16 is the second installment of the battle of the atom event and its a good one. It picks up right where the Battle of the Atom #1 left off and and sees  the future x-men coming to warn their past counterparts about the repercussions of letting the past x-men stay in the present.


The books briefly looks into how Old Cyclops and his team are taking the recent sentinel attacks and particularly how the new healer kid (still cant recall his name) is dealing with his powers as he has possible not just healed Cyclops but raised him from the dead.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Review: Battle of The Atom #1

Battle of The Atom #1

Twas a fantastic start to the fall crossover that sets the stage for what looks like a promising event.


The book opens showing Illyana  taking a trip to the future to see the outcome of the presence of the present day mutants. We get a glimpse of the future x-men in battle with several sentinels.The rest of the story jumps in on what I  guess is an average day at JGS. Bendis continues to give delightful little looks into the time displaced youngsters’ interactions and adjustment to the JGS. Baby Iceman’s about to start a cafeteria foodfight when Cerebro alerts Kitty to a new, powerful, mutant. Kitty and the original mutants go out to get a handling it. The mutant just so happens to be a “career criminal” who suddenly realized she could conjure dragons and started wreaking havoc. 

The team doesn't even get to deal with her enough before sentinels show up! And shortly after that its old cyclops (in an incredible display of his…. different… powers) and his team to the rescue. They all manage to contain the sentinels but not before young Cyclops gets hit. He almost dies (or DID die), at which point old cyclops vanishes without a trace from the scene, but is brought back in time by the new healer, at which point old cyclops reappears.