Friday 31 July 2020

True Believers: The Criminally Insane - Green Goblin #1 (re:view)

Welcome to a whole new adventure with... a comic for your dollar! I'm bringing you an introduction of the Green Goblin with Spidey and co. Let's dive in!
We're going to Hollywood baby! Hollywood film aficionado wants to make stars out of Spidey and co. He is like my spirit animal! I never felt more connected to anyone else in the Marvel universe! He simply lives for the drama of his art to find the next big thing. His visions are so blinded though which might be due to the fact he's surrounded himself with yes men. His main staple is to cast a big star and have hundreds of dancing girls which sounds like my type of musical - werk!
GG plays off with his scheming ways and methodical thinking which nicely sets up that ending of mystery (but we know all know who he is!). His flying mechanical broomstick which doubles up helpful on many occasions as you don't want to be riding a one-trick pony. Who imagine he would become such a tour-de-force in the universe! Poor Spidey - he asks for no trouble yet the first new supervillain on the block goes directly for him. 

You know Peter Parker is such a play-ah with Liz and Betty on-the-go. I guess he did pave the way for other such characters like Nova who forms part of the side of teenage underdog but starts to win at life (kinda). It's nice that you see him stand up to the bullies and in a way when Spidey stands up to the Enforcers that form Green Goblin's posse in the issue. 
Hulk is brought in to boost the ratings literally and figuratively in that the cave that they fight in "coincidentally" is the hideout for the Hulk... Guaranteed thump-fest galore with no room to disappoint! Spidey can't catch a break!

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It's a fun issue with a lot of action sets with a guest star from the Hulk and the introduction to the nefarious Green Goblin - what's not to love?

True Believers: The Criminally Insane - Green Goblin #1 (reprint of Amazing Spider-Man volume 1 #14)
Stan Lee - writer
Steve Ditko - illustrator 
Art Simek - letterer

Wednesday 29 July 2020

True Believers: Iron Man 2020 - Pepper Potts #1 (re:view)

Welcome to a whole new adventure with... a comic for your dollar! This time I'm bringing you some Christmas magic - I mean - frosty magic as Iron Man takes on umm... Jack Frost. Let's dive in!
The story is a ringer when one of Tony Stark's scientist goes rogue to steal some trade secrets. It's quite funny as Tony considers him to be his most trusted scientist so I'd be worried how much of a gallery of supervillains he's harbouring. Jack Frost adopts the name after even saying it's on the cheesy side but what can you say though... Iceman called, he wants his wig back. He does throw some icy puns but he should go all ice pun queen up in this place and go full cheese to score those extra brownie puns (and then be locked up in Marvel vault to never be seen again).
The issue does introduce Pepper Potts as a woman with a lot of crust as she brings buckets of shade to Happy Hogan who is just coming in for his first day. He definitely can hold his own though and gives it back as good as he can get. His actions and thoughts make him for an admirable character.

Tony does show his vulnerable side here without his suit, he does run into when he needs some juice to stimulate his heart back into action. He becomes papier-mâché in the arms of Happy which is quite different side to see than the steel casted iron suit he synonymously adjourns. The most hysterical part is seeing him plugged directly into the wall socket to charge himself like a human power bank. Just need to invent wireless charging and bob's your uncle. He's quite buff in his early days and I wouldn't mind having a slice of that cheesecake. 
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Tony and I are on a first-name basis.

True Believers: Iron Man 2020 - Pepper Potts #1
Stan Lee - story 
Script - Robert Bernstein
Don Heck - art
Sam Rosen - lettering

Monday 27 July 2020

True Believers: The Criminally Insane - Klaw #1 (re:view)

Welcome to a whole new adventure with... a comic for your dollar! Black Panther heightened senses something this way comes as he tracks it down to the US of A. Let's dive in!

It's pretty interesting to see Black Panther venture to the US for the first time and skips over public relations in the pursuit of just exploring the commercial side. It's showing more of the business person than the politician. I guess it's important to keep your guard up especially with the number of resources that Wakanda has. If it was me, I'll be like "politics? What's that, hun?"
I like a good swish and flick with the likes of Daredevil and Spidey but the Black Panther has their unique styling with his crouched approach and clawed, striking movements. I never really liked his costume compared to the rest of the Avengers due to the blandness but seeing it now I have a real appreciation for it as it just makes sense. It's dark sheen Black Panther's costume camouflages them in the dark. There's a backstory too which quickly provides depth to the story including the villain who is quickly disposed of mysteriously though (never trust the cover!). And there's ummm... Windeagle... I don't know what else to add there. 

I was half expecting an epic team-up with the cover but quite frankly Black Panther wanted to go it alone and I don't blame him after receiving quite shady words from the Captain Shady. Black Panther has to take down the Thunderbolts gang who have inherited the Klaw's umm... claw which is cleverly worked a device that sonically creates a physical being of the imagination which I can imagine can be very, very fun to play with. 

The ending itself is a goosebumps moment as Cap knowing it's not gonna end well steps in and says they will fight as Avengers... my god!

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It's a beautiful new beginning for Black Panther - get it!

True Believers:  The Criminally Insane - Klaw #1 (originally printed as Black Panther volume 1 #14)
Ed Hannigan - writer
Jerry Bingham - penciler
Gene Day - inker
Rick Parker - letterer
Nielson Yomtov - colourist
Roger Stern - editor
Jim Shooter - editor-in-chief