Superbro Comic Corner: Week 4

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Welcome to the SuperBro Comic Corner. Every week, a few of our avid comic readers will be reviewing, analyzing, and recommending which comic books we feel you, our readers, should check out. Could be old, could be new. Comics are the source material for our most beloved films and TV shows so let’s take a look at what our staff read this week, who knows? Some of them may or may not be made into a movie one day (if they haven’t already).

Cyborg #2 (2016)

Review by Michael Marinelli (@mmarinelli98)

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Cyborg #2, the second installment in John Semper Jr.’s run, is an issue that feels like a step back after last issue’s fantastic emotional dilemma. The amount of action makes up for last issues’ lack-thereof, all the while the absence of meaningful and well-written dialogue accounts for the valuable dialogue in the last issue.

The issue, for the most part,  is just another robot fight that doesn’t feel special. The villain, a robot named Kilg%re, attempts to present an argument that should rattle Cyborg, but he shrugs off the denigration. The robot, although boring, does contribute well as a plot device, demonstrating how Cyborg has developed. Kilg%re is a force, not to be reckoned with, but to be ignored.

The dialogue feels sloppy, but the overall plot leads in a good direction. The cliffhanger left me curious for the direction of the story arc, with the plot seeming to set up for a main villain who could challenge Cyborg, matching his mental, physical, and emotional strength.

Paul Pelletier’s pencils, yet again, offer beautiful, detailed electronics, but are muffled by the soft colors. Rob Leigh’s letters do their job, with the word balloons guiding the reader well. The font used for Kilg%re’s word balloons, however, can make reading difficult and easy to gloss over.

The second installment of the Imitation of Life arc is an issue that makes up for its inadequate dialogue with great action and the continuation of a brilliant story. This series will likely present an intelligent story, but for the most part, this issue doesn’t take the reader in that direction. It drops quick pieces that will soon become important, but offers no tension for the current issue. Although the tension feels absent in this issue, it does utilize a cliffhanger to keep the reader interested.

Rating: 6/10

Nova #4 (2017)

Review by Jordan Humphrey (@airjordo398)

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This new Nova art features the Nova we know that is Sam Alexander, but also Marvel just brought back Richard Rider’s Nova. It has been very cool seeing the two Novas interacting both new and old Nova. Rider originally died during the annihilation invasion while also saving the galaxy from the endless armies almost on his own. Seeing Rider ‘mentor’ young Alexander and interacting with him has been very cool to see because you have never seen these two Nova’s together. Nova #4 was all about dating so to say. Sam got the courage to ask out his crush and Rider found Gamora. Both gentleman went with their respected women but not everyone knows that Rider is back.

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Sam and Lina went to the mall and did the stereotypical high school date experience there. Rider and Gamora on the other hand went to a bar and then beat up the poor sods that tried to mug them. Both dates were cut short as Sam took up for a homeless gentleman that was being heat up by some punks, which in turn impressed Sam’s date while Rider’s date was cut short because of the weird “illness” he has from being resurrected. The story has yet to reveal how Rider has been resurrected but he has struggled with weird problems that have yet to been revealed as well Rider gets real sick and knows that he needs to go find Sam so he flies off to go find his Nova comrade.

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When Sam gets back to his house he finds destruction in terms of a massive hole in the houses wall which will set up for where the story takes us next.

The art is very unique to Nova but feels somewhat cartoony at times, while not complaining it doesn’t match other books that Nova is in.

The plot in this book was very dull, but the sudden cliffhanger at the end hopefully shows us we will have action soon. It has been awesome to see the two Novas fight side by side but I think it is about time it is revealed what makes Rider sick.

Rating: 7/10

Assassin’s Creed Uprising #1 (2017

Review by Johnathan Brin (@BlackHispanic_)

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So, after buying the Assassin’s Creed movie on blu ray I ended up getting this comic for free and decided to do a review on it. I will state that you should not pick this up and think you will be starting on a new story. This comic picks up from previous Assassin’s Creed comics’ stories so you might be lost, as I was when I read it. 

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This comic starts off after what appears to be a fight between Assassins and Templars. We are introduced to Charlotte De La Cruz (who is an Assassin). She mentions that she thinks the people she had fought aren’t Templars, but also Assassins. We are also introduced to her partner Guernica Moneo, who is a tech guy in a car, talking to her over radio. Charlotte is chased by an Assassin, while her and Guernica are trying to escape. The Assassin is able to catch up with the car and swings into the back of the van to fight Charlotte like a spy movie.

I’ll give this comic props for being more mature; meaning they show a ninja star cutting two of Guernica’s fingers off and hitting him in the cheek causing him to crash a car. We get a flashback to Charlotte as a kid in a tree talking to her grandma before she gains consciousness again. She then tries to get answers from the Assassin, showing that she is skilled in torturing people but can’t go through with it due to Guernica needing medical attention.

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We are then introduced to a new group of young Assassins starting with trainee Myshell Lemair. We see that she is being trained on how to fight and that she still has ways to go before she is as on par with the others. We then have Charlotte call the group to tell them that her mission went bad because of bad intelligence and that she couldn’t get anything on Project Phoenix. She does mention that saw a boy who seemed to know who she was. Cue to we are introduced to a Master Templar who goes by Juhani Otso Breg who is examining the building Charlotte escaped from saying he was impressed with her work. Juhani is examining the scene being cautious on why the Assassin’s were at the building and what did they want. We then get introduced to another Templar who is also looking at the scene also knowing who Otso is and talking to his partner Vic before the comic ends suggesting some Assassins and Templars are working together.

This comic is something.interesting but I do feel like I couldn’t get invested into it as I did not read the stories that came before it. That being said Charlotte is an interesting character and I would actually like to read more stories with her. I think if you are a big Assassin’s Creed fan you would like this comic,  but if you are not than you might have a problem getting into it.

Rating: 6/10

Old Man Logan #20

Review by Ernesto Valenzuela (@ThisIs_Ernesto)

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Old Man Logan has been a fantastic series so far. With precise characterization and writing from Lemire, Logan has a new and interesting character arc in the Marvel Universe that has not been done before with this character. Issue 20 picks up where 19 left off, with Logan breaking the Magical Villain Asmodeus out of his prison cell, after taking his scepter and cloak back from Doctor Strange, which helps them escape from Spider-Man and the prison guards from issue 19.

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The Story quickly picks up from this point, with Logan going to a storage facility belonging to Asmodeus to perform the spell, one that Logan is uneasy about participating in, but still determined to do so that hey may go back to the future and rescue Baby Hulk from the wasteland he left him in.

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While Lemire is still on point as he usually is with this series, Andrae steps up in this issue with the art, providing some colorful and thoughtful splash pages that rival work done by Sorrentino in previous issues of this series. This art definitely looks much better than that from the previous issue, and the story is a lot more captivating too, showing various parts of Logan’s life in one beautiful panel.

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Unfortunately, as Logan should already know, making a deal with a bad guy always goes wrong. While Asmodeus kept his part of the bargain and sent Logan to another time, he was not specific about which, and leaves Logan in a very interesting predicament, which will for sure start a fun and exciting story arc for Old Man Logan.

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Overall, this was a decent and fun issue that provided some interesting character interaction between Logan and Asmodeus, while setting up a brand new time traveling adventure for Old Man Logan. I would recommend you pick this one up to get yourself ready for the brand new story to come.

Rating: 8.5/10

Justice League of America #3

Review by Demi Mertakas (@DemiMertakas)

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DC Rebirth’s new Justice League of America comic has brought together a new team of superheroes like Black Canary, Batman, Vixen, Lobo, Killer Frost, the Ray and the (new) ATOM, who most people would never expect to ever interact. Batman has brought together this new Justice League with characters who wouldn’t be considered as Gods like the Justice League is. These are more human characters, with the addition of Lobo.

This issue continues the story line of this new group of villains called The Extremists which the JLA is has to deal with. Their own world was destroyed, so now they’ve come to this world to control it and stop it from destroying itself. Lord Havok, the leader of this group, has successfully put his plan of slowly taking control of this world into motion in this issue. With the Extremists now being citizens of the country Kravia, and with Kravia being under Havok’s control, the JLA can’t take down this new threat like they would normally take down any villain. The Extremists make up an interesting group of characters, with each one having their own drive and their own reason for a shared purpose of enforcing order in the world.

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What’s so interesting about this series, is that the JLA is meant to seem like a team of heroes that anyone can be. They aren’t seen as Gods by civilians, but they’re seen as equals (with the addition of superpowers of course). This series shows this team cleaning up after their battles and interacting with and helping civilians. In this issue, the team has to join some rebels of Kravia to take down the Extremists, and they don’t do this by taking over the fight for them, but instead they join them and fight beside them.

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The team dynamics are also a strong part of this series, and each character brings their own strength in regards to both physical strength and their strength in their various personalities and character strengths which keeps the team together and stronger as a whole. All the heroes on this team are respected and loved by fans for various reasons, and to see them all together makes an entertaining series.

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Some of the previous issues may have had some more entertaining character interactions within the team, but this issue adds an interesting development to this storyline, with some more information and complexities added to this new group of villains that will leave readers curious for more.

Rating: 7.5/10

 

 

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