My Top Five Marvel Comics

My Top Five Marvel Comics

Honorary Mention

Infinity Gauntlet (1991): 

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The Infinity Gauntlet story was written by  Jim Starlin (Infinity War, Batman: The Cult) and drawn by George Pérez (Infinite Crisis, JLA/Avengers) and Ron Lim (Rann/Thanagar: Holy War, Infinity War), in 1991. It is one of the comics that defined Thanos as one of the most dangerous beings in the Marvel universe and is one of the comics that Avengers: Infinity War will draw inspiration from. The states are high right from the off with a snap of Thanos’s fingers and it only ramps up from there. It is a must read for any cosmic Marvel fan.

Ultimates (2015-2016)/Ultimates² (2016-):

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Ultimates and Ultimates² is Al Ewing’s (Zombo, Mighty Avengers) epic restructuring of the Marvel cosmic landscape following Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Wars (2015). With fantastic artists like Kenneth Rocafort (Red Hood and the Outlaws, Astonishing Tales: Wolverine/Punisher) and Travel Foreman (Prowler, Constantine) the comic both looks fantastic and reads amazingly. The comic takes risks and delivers on promises it makes with epic reveals throughout the series.

Fantastic Four: The End (2007):

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The 6 issue mini series was written and drawn by Alan Davis (JLA: The Nail, Excalibur) in 2007 as part of the Marvel ‘The End’ imprint which imagined a possible conclusion for some of Marvel’s big named characters. The story is about reuniting a broken family as humanity advances out into the stars much to the dismay of other alien races. It is a fantastic book it that highlights the first families influence on the Marvel universe and their family dynamic.

5. Old Man Logan (2008):

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This story redefined Wolverine back in 2008 into the character we know him as today, a no-nonsense man with a heart of gold. Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Civil War) and Steve McNiven (New Avengers, Uncanny Inhumans) were the creative team on the comic and they worked wonders. The post hero world sees Logan trying to make a living until he has to go on a road trip with an aged Hawkeye in order to make ends meat. With all the twists and turns, every page is gripping.

4. Punisher War Zone (2012):

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Punisher is my favourite Marvel character so the story where he has to fight the Avengers single-handedly had to make my list. Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman, Cyclops) portrays the Punisher’s single-mindedness very well and captures a the flare of each of the Avengers. Carmine Di Giandomenico’s (Grayson, Flash) art is stunning and captures the bleak tone. It is a must read for any Punisher fan as it caps off the end the Greg Rucka run.

3. Superior Spider-Man (2013-2014):

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Superior Spider-Man was a limited series that was a long time coming, the culmination of Dan Slott’s (Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Silver Surfer) Amazing Spider-Man run. The six comic arcs had a rotation of three different artists; Ryan Stegman (Inhuman, She-Hulk), Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man, Runaways) and Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man, Jonah Hex) all of who bring this story to life. It breathed new life into the Spider-Man mythos as it has had lasting elements in the current Amazing Spider-Man run. A must read for any Spider-Man fan.

2.The Vision (2015-2016):

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Tom King (Batman, Grayson) wrote an epic with The Vision, as Vision tries to have a normal life but the world seems to be against him. His family is under constant suspicion by town, he lives in and eventually the Avengers themselves as the family has a hidden secret that begins to tear them apart. The art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Magneto, Astonishing X-Men) is beautiful with epic detail on the Vision family. Finally, the covers alone by Mike Del Mundo (Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), make my day whenever I see them as they portray the Vision family as a regular suburb family.

1. Thanos Rising (2013):

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Jason Aaron (Thor, Southern Bastards) and Simone Bianchi (Green Lantern, Thor: For Asgard) bring new depth to my favourite Marvel villain by showing his upbringing as a Deviant in a world of perfect Eternals. the story is a brilliant character study outlining how sadistic Thanos can be.

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The Ables (2015) Retrospective Review

The Ables (2015) Retrospective Review

I first bought the book when Jeremy from Cinema Sins first announce that he was releasing his first book back in 2015. Two years later I decided to read it and I wish I had done it sooner as I could not put it down.

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The story is about a group of boys aged 12 that first find out they have superpowers and they are our insight to a whole superpowered community with it’s own secret customs and history. It may sound like a played out premise but there is one major difference. All of these children have a disability whether it be physical or mental, and that makes for an interesting read as they try to overcome their disabilities to use their superhuman abilities.

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The story itself takes many twists and turns but ultimately is about the boy’s journey to understand their powers and how they fit into the world. It was a refreshing breath of fresh air as it was an overall positive outlook on the world and how everyone can make a difference regardless of their difference.

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Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review (Non-Spoilers)

Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review (Non-Spoilers)

Better late than never but if Disney is still trying to capitalise on Beaty and the Beast why can’t I? I was worried about the film before it came out as I was not sure how they would approach the source material. I was afraid it would be a carbon copy of the 1991 classic. However, I think the film walks the line quite well.

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The cast itself is quite strong with my personal favourite being Luke Evans as Gaston, as he embraces the role will so much vigour and enthusiasm. Ewan McGregor as Lumiere and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth play their roles brilliantly playing off of each other to much delight. However, I found Emma Watson as Belle to be a bit flat in some moments but overall a good performance.

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The new film allowed Disney to address some of the plot holes made in the animated film, some obviously and some more subtly. The adaption to live action played to the strengths of the actors which only aided the film. Josh Gad as Lefou took full advantage of his role adding in some ‘cheeky’ moments that I quite enjoyed like paying off people in the tavern to sing for Gaston.

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The songs were all wonderfully sang as they played into the actor’s strengths and weaknesses in their singing abilities. So the songs may not have been as bombastic as the original but they were all brilliant in the context of the film. Dan Stevens as Beast even got an original song that was great and added to the Beast’s development.

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All in all I really enjoyed the new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. It was entertaining with highs and lows all keeping my attention. It is definitely a film people should watch.

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Hercules: Still Going Strong Retrospective Review

Hercules: Still Going Strong Retrospective Review

Hercules: Still Going Strong was the first volume in the 2015 series by Dan Abnett (Annihilation: Conquest, Titans Hunt) and Luke Ross (Darth Maul, Totally Awesome Hulk). The series lasted 6 issues before being cut short due to lack of sales, which is a shame as it is a gem of a book.

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The comic addresses to how Hercules has always been considered a joke by the other heroes due to his brash nature and disregard for property damage, mostly because of his drinking. In this comic, he has turned over a new leaf and wants to restore his image as the architect of heroes.

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The comic pulls from all across mythology to build stakes for Hercules and highlight how he has changed. Enemies arise from pre-stone age monsters to ancient Greek, whilst creating a new big bad that is a threat to all previous mythology.

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In addition to Hercules’s interesting rouges gallery, the creative team surround Hercules with a wonderful supporting cast that are more like an extended family to him. They range from his Landlady that convinced him to stop drinking to the washed up demigod Gilgamesh and a Punk rock version of Appollo’s prophet Tiresias.

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The comic has a strong ending before it was canceled with Hercules on both a high and a low with hints a more story to tell. It was a shame however that it was canceled before Dan Abnett and Luke Ross could tell the full story they wanted. However, Dan Abnett was fortunate enough the finish his story through the tie-in to Civil War 2, Gods of War. That being said Luke Ross was replaced as the artist with Emilio Laiso (Hack/Slash, Squadron Supreme).

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Hercules: Still Going Strong was one of the best comics to come out of Marvel’s All New All Different reshuffling. It is a shame it didn’t get the love it deserves but I hope this review will bring it and it’s sequel Civil Wars 2: Gods of War some more attention and that the creative team gets the praise they deserve.

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