Kanan: The Last Padawan #7: Review

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Kanan: The Last Padawan #7 | The Road to Episode VII @ Force of Geek.com

Kanan has been the unsung hero of Marvel’s Star Wars comic line. While it hasn’t appeared in the top ten selling comic books such Darth Vader or Shattered Empire, it’s the critical acclaim that has extended this book from a 5 issue mini-series to an ongoing series.

A lot of the credit goes to Greg Weisman who helped shape and establish the character of Kanan Jarrus when he was a writer on the first season of the Rebels animated series.

Kanan’s backstory if rife with many turbulent moments with the catalyst being the death of his master Depa Billaba. Seeing these moments in previous issues augmented Kanan’s current trust issues with clone trooper Captain Rex on the TV show. Continue reading

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Planet Hulk # 1 Review

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Planet Hulk #1 | Writers: Sam Hunphries, Greg Pak | Artists: Marc Laming, Takeshi Miyazawa, Leonard Kirk | Colorist: Jordan Boyd, Rachelle Rosenberg, Tamra Bonvillain | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $4.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

Sam Hunphries and Greg Pak hit comic book fans with a pretty snazzy 1-2 punch as they implement the beloved story arc of Planet Hulk into Marvel’s current big event, Secret Wars.

The other part of the combination deals with a gladiator Steve Rogers and his trusty steed in the form of a giant red t-Rex, Devil Dinosaur kicking ass and taking names.

I couldn’t help but notice the bump up in price compared to the other Secret Wars tie in books. The book is certainly thicker, but does it add up in the realm of content? Of course, all things in Battleworld leads back to Doctor Doom who is now referred to as God Doom.

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Secret Wars #0 Review

Secret Wars #0 | Writer: Jonathan Hickman, Hajime Isayama  | Artists: Gerardo Sandoval, C.B. Cubulski, Paul Renaud  | Cover: Alex Ross  | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Check out my Free Comic Book Day Review at Forces of Geek.com

This was the most anticipated release of Free Comic Book Day as Marvel kicks off their big event of 2015.  Secret Wars looks to change the Marvel Universe as we know it which will include over 55 books between tie-in issues and special one shots.

Jonathan Hickman has been the maestro wielding the creative force that has led to this moment with almost two years of back story that can be found in the pages of his run on Avengers and New Avengers.

Most of the story here shows Valeria Richards telling the Future Foundation about the world incursions that the Illumanti tried to prevent. Hickman makes the book new reader friendly while giving current readers some nice reminders. I loved the artwork in this issue. it was just right and conveyed a sense of world ending calamity.

There was also a bonus, which included the heroes of the Marvel Universe battling the gigantic humanoids of Attack on Titan. Manga really isn’t my cup of tea, but the show gets recommended to me on a daily basis. Three episodes in on Netflix and I’m hooked which gave me a greater appreciation for what I had read earlier. The artwork and color were the stars of this particular show and was well realized.

If you’re a Marvel fan or you have been out of the loop for some time, this is the book you need to read. The primer for Secret Wars more than did its job and you just might find yourself enamored with a completely new franchise.

Star Wars #4 Review

Star Wars #4| Writer: Jason Aaron | Artist: John Cassaday | Colorist: Laura Martin |Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

Star Wars #4 serves as the beginning of a new story arc dealing with the fallout of the Empire’s weapons factory on Cymoon 1 being destroyed.

The majority of the book takes place on Tatooine as Darth Vader arrogantly keeps Jabba the Hutt in check while maintaining the assurance of Imperial supplies provided by the mammoth gangster.

Jason Aaron was able to keep the dialogue between the two villains interesting. Vader was steadfast in his demands while Hutt surgically picked his spots to rub salt on the wound of recent Imperial damages. It reminded me of how one would book a match/story in professional wrestling with the idea being one person wins without the loser taking any damage to their credibility or character. Continue reading

Rocket Raccoon #7 Review

Rocket Raccoon #7  | Writer: Skottie Young  | Artist: Filipe Andrade  | Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu  | Publisher: Marvel Comics  | Price: $3.99 | Check out my other picks of the week at Forces of Geek.com

The creativity of Skottie Young and the hijinks of Rocket Raccoon are a perfect match that can’t be denied.

The diversity of this series is produced like a variety show that has something for everyone. In this particular outing,

Rocket and Groot and stranded on the dreaded Winter Planet. Groot is angry at Rocket for breaking off a piece of his body to use as firewood.

Sure, the furry Guardian didn’t ask permission, but that’s ok, they need to stay warm. Ice giants looking to clobber the two outlanders halts the humorous banter.

Fun action turns into a grave situation for Groot. Young seamlessly tears away Rocket’s tough exterior as bravado is replaced with gut-wrenching concern for his best friend.

“I don’t need no stupid ice ninja’s help” is a spit in the face of adversity when the locals try to convince Rocket that Groot will not survive.

Filipe Andrade’s artwork is fun to examine and works extremely well with the stories multi toned approach due to his expressive style. This is a pivotal stop on Rocket’s journey towards a redemption of sorts.

The thought of losing the one constant in his life after discovering he is the last of his kind drives him to new heroic heights.

Score: 3.5 out of 5

Ant-Man #1 Review

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 Ant-Man #1| Artist: Nick Spencer  | Artist: Ramon Rosanas  | Colorist: Jordan Boyd  | Publisher: Marvel Comics  | Price: $4.99  | From my column at Forces Of Geek.com

Marvel timed the release of this book perfectly as the teaser trailer for this summer’s Ant-Man film recently debuted. More people are talking about the micro-hero than ever before.   Hank Pym is the predecessor of this insect mantel, but this new generation will predominately associate the name Scott Lang with the character. Continue reading

Silver Surfer #7 Review

Silver Surfer #7 | Writer: Dan Slott | Artist: Michael Allread | Colorist: Laure Allread | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

The childhood me would have hated everything about this book because of the cosmic friendship Dan Slott has developed between Silver Surfer and Dawn, along with random craziness such as lady bug space creatures.

However, now that I’m in my mid-thirties, married with three cats, a dog, and some amazing nieces and nephews, I find myself saying the word “cute” more than is probably socially acceptable among my comrades, but that’s the first word that comes to mind when reading this book. Continue reading

The Death of Wolverine: Deadpool and Captain America #1 Review

The Death of Wolverine: Deadpool and Captain America #1  | Writer: Gerry Duggan  | Artist: Scott Kolins  | Colorist: Veronica Gandini  | Publisher: Marvel  | Price: $4.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

In the wake of Wolverine’s passing, Captain America and Deadpool take on the task of eliminating their compatriot’s DNA so no razor-clawed clones can be created.  

Deadpool writer Gerry Duggan was the perfect choice to helm this story.  His team-up issues are pure fun, not only because of his expertise with the loud mouth mutant, but also because of his understanding of other characters and how they interact with such an…interesting personality. Continue reading

Rocket Raccoon #4 Review

Rocket Raccoon #4 | Writer: Skottie Young  | Artist: Skottie Young  | Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu  | Publisher: Marvel Comics  | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

I have been a junkie for Skottie Young variant covers over the past couple of years now. His work on the critically acclaimed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series laid the ground work for his writing and drawing the Rocket Raccoon series which has been an excellent pairing thus far. Continue reading

All New X-Men #32 Guest Starring Miles Morales

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All New X-Men #32 | Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Artist: Mahmud Asrar | Cover: Sara Pichelli | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

The displaced X-Men have found themselves displaced even farther forward in time and have landed into the Ultimate Universe.

While Beast, Iceman, and X-23 all have some interesting adventures ahead of them, the heart of the story is Jean Grey’s meeting Miles Morales. Being the writer of Morales’ Spider-Man series gives Bendis a distinct advantage in make this cross over something tangible by giving both characters time to shine as their interaction takes center stage. Continue reading