14 items from 2013
Part Three Of "The Arms Of The Octopus!" • Who is in league with Doc Ock and the Abomination and how can our heroes defeat them? • Can the Superior Spider-Man (who we all know is the mind of Otto Octavius in the body of Spider-Man) hold onto his sanity while facing his doppelganger? Superior Spider-man Team-up Special #1 Written by Mike Costa Pencils by Michael Dialynsas Cover by Alexander Lozano Variant Cover by J. Scott Campbell »
So it took all of one issue for the novelty of The Star Wars (#2, Jw Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Dark Horse) to wear off. I liked the curio factor of the first issue of this new series, which takes George Lucas’s first draft of the Star Wars script as the basis for its plot. This issue sees the Empire launching its attack on the planet Aquilae, where General Luke Skywalker (closer in age and stature to Obi-Wan Kenobi in the actual film) leads the defence.
There’s some fun stuff to see, but ultimately, it’s a bit too much of a mess narratively to persevere with. It’s interesting to see the original Death Star design, which is pretty gnarly (basically, there’s more sticky-out bits) and it’s very weird to meet an R2-D2 that speaks English, but beyond that, things seem perhaps unsurprisingly under-developed. We »
- Jack Kirby
Gary Collinson reviews G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #7...
"Flint is ready to disband the Cobra Files team, but Chameleon will have none of it. But what neither one suspects is that Tomax, the captive Cobra member, has an ace up his sleeve that will rock the team to their core."
Since the relaunch of Idw's G.I. Joe line earlier this year, I think it's fair to say that the results have been mixed at best, but there's little doubt that of the three books in the continuity, G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files has been the standout by a country mile.
Sadly, the title is due to come to an end with issue #9, but on the plus side, that means that all of the build from the past six issues is set to pay-off, and writer Mike Costa and returning regular artist Antonio Fuso get things underway here »
- Gary Collinson
Better late than never…
I bought lots of comics this week because there were lots of comics that I thought looked interesting. After being pleasantly surprised by the first book in the new Infinity (Jonathan Hickman, Jerome Opeña, Dustin Weaver, Marvel Comics) series, I was looking forward to the second issue. However, where the first issue was reasonably accessible and not a total mash of incomprehensible gibberish to any non-hardcore Marvel fans, the second has edged considerably towards this description. There’s a big space fight between The Avengers and The Builders and Thanos’s agents, the The Cull Obsidian (meaning ‘The Midnight Slaughter’, for those unfamiliar with synonyms) lay down a challenge to The Inhumans. There’s a twist at the end.
With so many factions, it’s hard to either a) understand what they all wish to achieve and b) know why this matters, if indeed it does. »
- Jack Kirby
God is Dead #1
Writer(s): Jonathon Hickman & Mike Costa
Art: Di Amorim
Cover(s): Jonathon Hickman, Di Amorim
Publisher: Avatar Press
Hickman does Avatar. Those three words are enough to make an industry stand-up and take notice. With Hickman’s Infinity in full swing over at Marvel and East of West blowing everything at Image out of the water, many are wondering what Hickman ‘unhinged’ will be like. With a smaller label like Avatar, a purveyor of some pretty twisted comics, Hickman’s latest indie offering has the potential to raise the label to new heights. Yet does an unbridled scope help God is Dead, or is it merely an afterthought product of neglect due to his busy schedule?
God is Dead tells the story of Zeus and his return to earth. Disgusted with the way humans have been treating his precious gift, Zeus summons all the deities »
- Sean Tonelli
Gary Collinson reviews G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #6...
"After being captured by the enemy and seeing the team's mission fall apart, Flint's faith in his leadership abilities has been shaken. Can Flint keep things together and help the team get past their mistakes... or have the cracks begun to show?"
Last month The Cobra Files took a break from its main story arc to delve into the backstory of Clockspring, a lowly Fobbit who's gradually been pushed towards the edge of his sanity by the manipulative Cobra defector Tomax, and with issue #6 it's the turn of the Joes' field commander Flint, a character who - along with Clockspring - looks set to be an integral part of the next major arc.
Flint has always been one of my favourite Joes, but the version of the character here in The Cobra Files is far removed from his A Real American Hero portrayal, »
- Flickering Myth
This Wednesday sees the release of Infinity #1, the first of six in Marvel’s latest Event, and the author, Jonathan Hickman, has been talking about the series and other upcoming projects in an interview with USA Today.
Jonathan Hickman, one of an elite group of writers called the Marvel Architects, has had a stellar last few years. Though only publishing his first comic, The Nightly News, in 2006 with Image, Hickman has quickly been snapped up by Marvel and has worked on several big properties since then from Secret Warriors to Fantastic Four and Ff to his latest gig writing The Avengers.
In Infinity, Hickman’s first Marvel Event, The Avengers head out into space to fight a malicious alien race called The Builders who plan on destroying humanity. Back on Earth, the Mad Titan Thanos arrives and is met by Black Bolt and the Inhumans in a conflict which will »
- Noel Thorne
Gary Collinson reviews G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #5...
"Everyone on the Cobra Files team is reeling from the previous mission. Everyone but Clockspring. He’s got other things on his mind. Dejected and bitter over Flint and Chameleon’s recent tryst, he’s starting to listen to Tomax’s sinister advice… and thinking of taking matters into his own hands."
With the first story arc of G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files coming to an end last issue, writer Mike Costa takes the opportunity to present the first of a two-part origin story entitled 'The Boy Most Likely To...', shifting the focus from Flint, Chameleon and company to get inside the mind of Clockspring and show us what makes this lowly analyst tick.
If you've been reading this series so far, you'll be all too aware that former Cobra agent Tomax has spent much of his time lurking »
- Flickering Myth
Gary Collinson reviews G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #4...
"Snakes And Tigers concludes! The mission has gone out of control. Cobra has the upper hand. Flint is in danger. Lady Jaye and Ronin scramble to salvage the operation… and Chameleon finds a way to put a stop to the enemy. But can she stop herself before she goes too far?"
Idw's Cobra series is like The Wire of comic books. Okay, let me rephrase that... Idw's Cobra series is like The Wire of G.I. Joe comic books. Like the critically acclaimed HBO show, its gradual, deliberate pacing and lack of action may prove off-putting to the casual reader, but entirely engrossing for those who spend the time investing in its complex characters and multi-layered narrative. It's meant as a grittier, mature and unpredictable alternative to the other traditional G.I. Joe books on the market and so far The »
- Flickering Myth
Gary Collinson reviews G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #3...
"Snakes And Tigers! Flint's plan to trap the team's new, elusive enemy may be crazy enough to work: offering up a target too irresistible to pass up, he thinks they can draw their opponents out. But when things start going south-fast-it's up to Chameleon to salvage the mission. Will she put the team in danger in order finish the job?"
One of two titles out this week from Idw's soft reboot of its G.I. Joe continuity, G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #3 is by no means an exceptional issue, but it's head and shoulders above issue #5 of Fred Van Lente's main series and firmly establishes writer Mike Costa and artist Antonio Fuso's mature take on the Joe universe as the stand-out title from this recent relaunch.
Despite being light on action, The Cobra Files #3 ramps up the stakes for the »
- Flickering Myth
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye # 17
Written by James Roberts
Art by Alex Milne
With colors by Josh Burcham
Published by Idw
Ever since Pat Lee sent the good ship Dreamwave plummeting towards the bottom of the sea to give the monsters from Pacific Rim something to read, the Transformers comics license has been held by the good folks ad Idw comics. A year and a bit ago, their main Transformers comics, then written by Mike Costa, imploded in upon itself in a black whole of overblown stories and bad or outright non-existent characterization, and in the aftermath, Idw came back with two new ongoing titles, subtitled “Robots in Disguise” and “More than Meets the Eye” respectively.
In the seventeen issues that followed the relaunch, “Mtmte” has proven itself the far superior book, due in no small part to the writing of James Roberts, whose masterful characterization and world »
- Thomas O'Connor
Gary Collinson reviews G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #2....
"Snakes And Tigers! A break-in at a top-secret research base sends the covert G.I. Joe team into action—and Chameleon, eager to redeem herself, takes charge! But what she and Flint uncover will lead the team straight into the jaws of an enemy unlike any other: a hidden force within Cobra and impossible to track... unless Chameleon risks everything to draw it out of the shadows."
After getting things off to a fine start last month, writer Mike Costa and Antonio Fuso continue to deliver the standout title in Idw's G.I. Joe line with the second issue of The Cobra Files, which further establishes its core characters, as well as introducing a new enemy and setting up what will presumably become the first big mission for Flint's deep cover black ops team.
Despite what the cover might tell you, »
- Flickering Myth
With arrival of G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files written by Mike Costa and drawn by artist Antonio Fuse, Idw Publishing completes the 2013 relaunch of the comic books centring around the classic action figures created by Hasbro.
The Cobra Files tells the dark, character-driven story of Chameleon, a former Cobra agent who’s found her way into the G.I. Joe’s ranks! While she may appear to have the best of intentions, how sure of her loyalty can the G.I. Joe team be?
"Antonio and I are thrilled to be able to bring fans the next chapter in our Cobra series, where everything goes wrong for our heroes,” said series writer Mike Costa. “More wrong, even, than usual in a book where the bad guys always get to win! The stakes are higher, the emotions are more intense, and the action is extreme. I haven't had this much »
Gary Collinson reviews G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #1....
"A Snake In Their Midst! Her name is Chameleon — and she used to be a Cobra agent. Now she’s made her way into the G.I. Joe team—the honest way. But even with the best of intentions, does she have what it takes to fight on the side of the angels? Flint thinks she does, and he’s willing to gamble the lives of this teammates on her… Unfortunately, with the Crimson Twin called Tomax pulling the strings, no bet is a sure thing."
We're already two issues in to both Fred Van Lente's G.I. Joe and Chuck Dixon's G.I. Joe: Special Missions, and now Idw completes its relaunch of the Joe line this week with the arrival of third and final new series, G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files. Much like Special Missions, The »
- Flickering Myth
14 items from 2013
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