Category Archives: My Comic Network

The Beginning of my Coverage of Avengers vs. X-Men

This is a collection of my thoughts and reviews on the Avengers vs. X-Men event thus far. I’ll do more updates on this end as I do reviews for this adventure. This is probably one of the bigger events I’ve covered and it’s been an interesting experience so far. It’s an event that’s so far mostly setup and more setup. Oh the setup galore by this point in Avengers vs. X-Men. Check out my reviews and thoughts, so far this has been quite a ride.

http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/2011/12/avengers-vs-x-men-could-this-be-marvels-biggest-event-of-2012/

http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/2012/03/avengers-vs-x-men-0-setting-the-stage-for-the-grand-event/

http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/2012/04/avengers-vs-x-men-1-the-battle-has-begun/

and my look at the first tie-in for this event being New Avengers #24,

http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/2012/04/new-avengers-24-is-this-necessary-to-avengers-vs-x-men/

Let me know what you think on my coverage so far, because this will be my journey, my epic adventure into the great wide world of the Marvel Event. I say at this point if I could review the entirety of Avengers X-Sanction, Avengers vs. X-Men has been quite a bit better than that limited series was so far. Even with some of my mixed reactions to Avengers vs. X-Men. Till next time!

 

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My latest Extreme Studios reviews, holy image comics!

In my latest reviews of the Extreme Studios revival here’s,

http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/2012/03/bloodstrike-26-the-unlikely-rebirth-of-bloodstrike/

http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/2012/03/prophet-23-can-the-earth-be-reborn/

Both books are on two different levels with me as you’ll see both of these perspective reviews. It is really fascinating to me to realize just how well this Extreme Studios revival has gone. I think that Prophet and Glory take the concepts and push them in entirely different directions and that’s a good thing. Bloodstrike is a beast of embracing just how fun this concept could have been and taking it to the next level. I’m pleasantly surprised, I mean really I’m still in awe of how this has gone over. Image Comics has literally managed to develop one of the strongest lineups in comics right now even outside of the Extreme Studios material. That’s just a small piece of the impressive creator owned pie.

In fact I’ve been asked recently to do a sort of post on my favorite comics and just my favorite things period..maybe that’s not a bad idea.

The First Salvo of Avengers vs. X-Men begins! #0 Locked and Loaded

Okay just a reminder, here’s my look at Avengers vs. X-Men #0 here,

http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/2012/03/avengers-vs-x-men-0-setting-the-stage-for-the-grand-event/

Give it a look, also I’m even surprised at my reactions to the comic, which you’ll only find out if you read the review. I will be following the entire main event of Avengers vs. X-Men so you can have that to look forward to. I also will be grabbing some of the tie-ins. I already read Wolverine vs. the X-Men, so that’s a given. I am going to add the main Avengers title because Walt Simonson is doing the art and I am not missing out on Walt Simonson. I might take a look at the other tie-ins all depending on just interest and if something about the tie-in catches my eye. I will be reading the Versus stories though because big smashy Avengers vs. X-Men fighting goodness isn’t a half bad thing either. Yes I did just use big smashy but hey it works for what I’m saying. Welcome to the adventures of Wesley and Avengers vs. X-Men. If this was a Chuck episode it would be Wesley vs. The Big Event.

The Extreme Studios Relaunch: I’m just as surprised as anyone else

http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/2012/01/the-rebirth-of-extreme-studios-prophet-21/

http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/2012/02/the-extreme-age-continues-with-glory-23/

These reviews I just posted up here represent the beginning of my look into Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studio Relaunch. Collecting my shock into just how much I liked both of these books. It’s a clever idea with Liefeld to let a diverse group of creators and let them cut loose. Prophet under Brandon Graham and Simon Ray went for a Heavy Metal/European inspired book going in directions I couldn’t have ever imagined. While Glory had Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell taking the concept of Wonder Woman and taking it to new heights. It’s taking the concepts that Rob Liefeld had back in those days and taking them in brand new or just improved directions.

I’m amazed at both books instantly hitting my new favorites list. The new issues of both can’t arrive for me fast enough. Though Prophet #22 comes out next week, which is going to feel like forever. Glory #24 hits next month and I want time travel to be invented so I can have it now. They’re the sort of books that as a comic fan just make you happy. These are also the books that if you ever want to tell people why you like comics, show them these and it’ll explain it. For goodness sake, Glory has a scene where she punches out of a tank after decimating a lot of Nazi soldiers. How cool is that? I ask you, how cool is that?

While Prophet is awesome in just all the ideas that are within the issue. I honestly say as well for me that the Warren Ellis recommendation put it over the top. Then I saw Simon Ray’s artwork for the first time and it fascinated the life out of me. I had to have this book in my life. Which when I got it in my life, I then had to take Glory more seriously from there. Then Glory turned out to be great and now I want to try out Bloodstrike when it comes out next month.

Extreme Studios, a concept that I never imagined I would have wanted back. Now the comic book universe is all the better for having these characters back. Welcome back Extreme Studios and if you keep being this wonderful, may you never leave again.

Thoughts from your Humble Host: Grant Morrison

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2011/11/comics-college-grant-morrison/

I just took a read of this column off of CBR and I have to say this is interesting to me. Cracks me up that I actually have a good chunk of this material in one way or another. This for the most part is a solid look at his work. There’s some great reading in each of these things mentioned. Especially the Invisibles which by the way if none of you out there have read the Invisibles, do yourself a favor and find the trades immediately.  I got mine in a random adventure at Half Price Books in which one day I went in with a buddy of mine and there they were. Every single volume of the Invisibles right before me. Which inspired one of the weeks in which my brain felt it got rewired. Within all the ideas represented here with the sheer inventiveness of the story comes a mind melting event of awesome that has to be experienced.

By the way I like that usage of words, mind melting event of awesome. That’s cool.

Morrison’s We3 is actually one of my favorite stories of his as I own the TPB of it as well as the deluxe hardcover edition. By the way I recommend grabbing the hardcover edition since that one is just chock full of great material. I’ve had people I know who don’t read a lot of comics read We3 and get to wanting to read more from there. Mixed in with the fact that there’s so much amazing material from him out there that we’re going to get into something that’s been much talked about and argued about at times, his current Action Comics run.

I’ve done two reviews of his Action Comics so far, which I’ll link below,

http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/2011/09/action-comics-1-grant-morrison-gives-us-his-take-on-superman/

http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/2011/10/action-comics-2-superman-captured/

I’m kind of an oddball with my views on this series, I genuinely like it. What caught my eye so much with this is the fact that this series feels natural to what it would have been like for Superman to appear in our time. I think Morrison is building piece by piece the current version of Superman and there’s not as many mad ideas but we’re getting there. The next issues are going to be where Grant starts to cut loose which the Legion of Superheroes showing up. I didn’t get to do a review of issue 3 but I did like it quite a lot. Gene Ha’s view of Krypton was a thing a beauty and it’s Gene Ha doing this, you knew it was going to look great. Give Action Comics a shot if you’re curious about the series by the way. It is a good read especially if you think back to the early appearances of Superman.

The one goal of mine at some point is to grab all of his New X-Men Ultimate Collections and just read through them. Same with finishing up his Doom Patrol and Animal Man runs. All three have been on my hit list for quite a long time. I’m also going to finish up this post here as I can’t think of anything else at the moment. Till next time!