Challenge 2: Day 200: The Maxx #1 (1993)

COMIC TITLE: The Maxx #1 (1993)
Sam Kieth– Artist
Sam Kieth and William Messner-Loebs–Writers
March 1993
Image Comics

the maxx #1Sometimes It is hard to believe that I have been able to persevere through this challenge, but I have officially made it to 200 straight days reading a comic book a day and then blogging about it. It’s one thing to just read, but then you have to blog about it and that is what I love to do. The comic book I chose for today is one that I wanted to be meaningful cause it is 200 days after all. The first time I ever had heard of The Maxx was through MTV and their show The Oddities. The only thing is that I had never read the comic books, but I loved the show and there is no better time than now to start reading it. The Maxx #1 which was released in March of 1993 was written and illustrated by Sam Kieth (The Incredible Hulk) with William Messner-Loebs (Wonder Woman) as one of the writers as well. In The Maxx, someone is raping and killing women all over the city and it’s getting pretty bad. One day while a woman was about to be attacked, a homeless superhero tries to save the day, but he ends up getting arrested because they are corrupt and the girl is left to the mysterious Mr. Gone. What will The Maxx do next?

maxxThe one thing I loved about these indie companies in the 1990’s was that they were willing to explore subject matter that hadn’t really been touched by the big two. The thing that I find silly about The Maxx is that we don’t know why he is wearing a purple and yellow suit, but apparently it might be like a symbiote where it chose this guy because apparently the mask has a mind of it’s own. I say silly, but that is what makes the comic book fun to read because you suspend your belief for the time that it takes to check out the comic. I love the artwork because it has that 90’s indie style look that I have seen in comics like Bloodshot or even Barbwire and  definitely appreciate it cause it takes me back. This was only the first issue and the way the comic ends makes you believe that things are going to get a little more interesting. One thing I am hoping for is that we learn a little more about the origin of the suit cause that would be an interesting piece of information to learn about and we need to know more about Mr. Gone as well (I’m sure that is answered). Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A

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Challenge 2: Day 199: The Immortal Hulk #3 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: The Immortal Hulk #3 (2018)
Joey Bennett, Leonardo Romero, Paul Hornschemeier, Marguerite Sauvage, and Garry Brown – Artist
Al Ewing–Writer
July 18, 2018
Marvel Comics

Immortal_Hulk_Vol_1_3When I arrived at my local comic book shop, I was very surprised at the titles that had been released that I might have missed the first issue when it came out. I was also surprised to see the release of a comic that the previous issue had come out two weeks before. The comic book that I am talking about is The Immortal Hulk #3, but I was very happy to see it and present it to you guys as today’s comic. In the previous issues of The Immortal Hulk, we see that Bruce Banner is not dead after all, but he is controlled by the beast that lies inside him. It’s almost as if the Hulk will not allow Bruce Banner to die and it was proven after Bruce had been shot in a convenience store robbery. After avenging the people that were hurt in the robbery, he moved on from Colorado to Arizona where he runs into a doctor who tried to cure his son with the same Gamma formula that Bruce has been working on. The Hulk made sure that the Doctor wouldn’t infect anyone else with Gamma Radiation. In this comic, four witnesses of an incident involving Hotshot get interviewed by Jackie McGee who seems to be the only one that believes Bruce is alive or is she the only one?

HULK2018003_Romero-spread-1There were a lot of artists that worked on this comic book as well as a lot of inkers and you should see why. They go from the style that we all know from Joey Bennett right into an old school comic book look as well as some other styles in this super cool retro flashback comic. I loved it because it was a nice change to have from the usual one styled comics that we always get. The other thing that was cool about this comic was the writing and particularly the style of the writing which is called The Roshomon Effect. What that is in case you didn’t know is that you get the same story, but told in many different ways from different points of view. I’ve only seen this done in the films, but it was cool to see it done and how they did it. The old woman’s story is probably my favorite as she has a classic Hollywood crush on the perp. This is probably my favorite issue in the whole series and if the ending is any indication of what is to come then I am super excited and ready for it. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 198: The Wicked + The Divine #1 (2014)

COMIC TITLE: The Wicked + The Divine #1 (2014)
Jamie McKelvie– Artist
Kieron Gillen–Writer
June 18, 2014
Image Comics

TWTD_1AEarlier in July, I decided to check out a comic book from Image that I had been meaning to read for a long time. After reading the comic, I was so impressed with the imagery and the story that I had to check more of Jamie McKelvie (X-Men: Season One) and Kieron Gillen’s (Phonogram) work that they did for Image. The comic book that I am talking about is the one and only The Wicked + The Divine which I have heard several people talk about it as they praise the comic. For today, we are checking out the very first issue of the comic which takes us all the way back to 1923 where the twelve gods have gathered around a table. It seems that some have realized that their time on the Earth has come to an end, but never fear because 90 years later and they are back. The reason for that is every 90 years, 12 Gods will inhabit the Earth as humans and while they are both loved and hated they are pop stars, but it only lasts for two years. Well, it’s 2014, they are huge pop stars again, but after some militants shoot at them, one of the Gods clicks her fingers and their heads explode which in turn sends her to court where she’ll fight for her freedom.

I4_DSbxSAt first it took me a little time to understand what the concept was or what made them so special, but I instantly understood with every turn of the page. The artwork is phenomenal and it’s so colorful and bright that I love how they took advantage of all the great colors and they made it work. There is a reason that I love what Image puts out because it’s quality over quantity it seems at this company. One of my favorite characters in the whole first issue was Luci who is basically Lucifer back on Earth as a really hot English blonde. She is so arrogant in the comic that it’s funny, but you don’t hate her for her arrogance. I think it’s a quality about her that I admire, but it comes back to bite her  big time in this issue. I am definitely interested to see where this comic book goes from here because they set up what looks like it’s going to be one hell of a thrill ride. I definitely think this is one ride though that you’re going to want to hop on for sure. I’m just upset it took me this long. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 197: Old Man Hawkeye #5 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Old Man Hawkeye #5 (2018)
Marco Checchetto–Artist
Ethan Sacks– Writer
May 23, 2018
Marvel Comics

Old_Man_Hawkeye_Vol_1_5For today’s comic, we are checking out Old Man Hawkeye #5, but before we can do that, let’s see what has happened so far in the story. After the fact that he found out that he was losing his vision after the incident in the mountains with the Madrox gang, Clint decided that it was time to get some revenge on the deaths of of all of his friends in the Avengers. The only problem was for a while we had no idea who he was looking for until he went to Murderworld. It became clear at that moment that he was hunting all the members of the Thunderbolts team who apparently double crossed him. He also finds out that Bullseye has been hot on his tail and they have an altercation after he killed the man known as Beetle, but what he doesn’t realize is that he also has the Venom symbiote after him which bonded with the Madrox gang. In this issue, The symbiote finally attacks Clint and co. while he was getting some information on a convent. Meanwhile, the Red Skull has determined that Bullseye is dangerous and he wants his army to take him out.

4qU7FJcXOne of the things I continuously love about this comic is the story because while it shares a lot of similarities with Old Man Logan, you could also see this being made as a film. It has that kind of a story that I think everyone would want to see. One thing that I loved in this issue was the interaction between Bullseye and Taskmaster, it was like seeing two hitmen who obviously respect each other in a difficult situation. The artwork in this series still continues to impress me with every single issue and I think it’s cool that they are showing you the older versions of some of our favorite characters. I loved that they were starting to include more of the Venom Symbiotes in the last issue, well wait till you see how involved they are in this issue and the action scenes are great especially with them. If you haven’t picked this comic up then you are doing yourselves a disservice or you’re just not a fan of Hawkeye which is OK too. The story is definitely getting better and the I am liking all of the conflicts and subplots that are being presented. Pick this up or just check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 196: The Immortal Hulk #2 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: The Immortal Hulk #2 (2018)
Joey Bennett– Artist
Al Ewing–Writer
July 4, 2018
Marvel Comics

Immortal_Hulk_Vol_1_2Back in June, Marvel decided to bring back one of the most bad ass characters in the one and only Hulk and its not Amadeus Cho. They brought back Bruce Banner back from the dead with a twist in the new comic The Immortal Hulk. The comic book which was written by Al Ewing (You Are Deadpool) and illustrated by Joey Bennett (X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse Dawn) started off with some guys robbing a convenience store in the first issue. What these thieves didn’t expect is that when they shot the man and the child in the store that the man was going to get up, but this time he gets angry and turns into the Hulk who apparently is the one that controls him. He ends up opening a can of whoop ass that even the cops have never seen. In The Immortal Hulk #2, Bruce is still sort of on the run, but an article in the local newspaper makes him curious to find out some answer while also trying to make the time he has with the Hulk inside him. He ends up hearing some info about a local curse of sorts whose real identity maybe an issue that Bruce Banner knows all to well about.

iEwsVEaaI feel like with every issue that while it is a continuous story, everything he does is it’s own separate story. He’s kind of a walking vigilante that goes around and helps whoever needs the help of a Hulk. It’s a little different than what I am used to because there is usually a story arc, but this seems to be separate stories within one story arc (reminds me of Quantum Leap and The A-Team). I definitely dig it becaue I think I understand where they are going with it. I definitely can’t wait to see what adventure or where Bruce Banner ends up next. The artwork continues to be impressive and I have enjoyed it from issue to issue. This one was definitely an awesome comic as far as the artwork is concerned and wait till you get to the man on the cover of the comic. I know a lot of people complained about characters like Amadeus Cho who became the Hulk because it wasn’t a Bruce Banner Hulk, but the story made sense even though I wasn’t a huge fan of it. Now, we have the real Hulk back and I hope you guys enjoy this comic as much as I did. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 195: He-Man/Thundercats #4 (2017)

COMIC TITLE: He-Man/Thundercats #4 (2017)
Lloyd Goldfine, Rob David- Writers
Freddie E. Williams II – Artist
January 18, 2017
DC Comics

WsP9RAY2A couple of Months or so ago, I re-introduced an old title that I had original read for the original challenge and the reason I had to find it again for this one was because it was based off of two of my childhood favorite cartoons with one being He-Man and the other being Thundercats. What we know so far is that Mumm-Ra had stolen the sword from He-Man, but by the time he showed up to the Black Pyramid, he had an unexpected visitor in Skeletor who reduced him to ashes and drank him. Now, Skeletor has the power of the sword and the powers of Mumm-Ra and he looks to take over Castle Greyskull once and for all, but first he’ll have to deal with not just the Thundercats, but now he has to deal with the fact that Mumm-Ra’s spirit is a power player now too. In He-man/Thundercats #4, Prince Adam is still dead and the Thundercats are trying their best to help the citizens of Eternia. With their backs against the wall, Lion-O and Cringer take He-Man’s body to the Black Pyramid in hopes too revive him, but the question is will it work and how will he come out of it.

xRoDZ3Xs.jpgOne of the things that I have been most impressed about when reading this comic is the artwork because Freddie Williams II continuously does an amazing job and he never seems to disappoint me. One of the scenes I loved from this issue is the transformation of Cringer (a.k.a Battle Cat) into a Thundercat that we get in this issue. Cringer is a scaredy cat by nature and the power of Lion-O’s sword makes him a bad ass. I definitely think that he is doing the series justice unlike the new Thundercats TV series that we are about to get. The story is just getting better and better and this one does it’s job with the cliffhanger at the end because we are all wondering what condition is Prince Adam in after going into the Black Pyramid. This was definitely a great set up issue for the rest of the series and what we can expect to get moving forward. I loved the personal battle that ensued between Skeletor and Mumm-Ra, but they’ve added a different dimension to it because they are working well together now. It’ll be interesting to see who blames who if it all goes wrong in the end. I definitely recommend this series to anyone, so check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 194: Motor Crush #1 (2016)

COMIC TITLE: Motor Crush #1 (2016)
Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr– Artist
Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and Brenden Fletcher–Writers
December 7, 2016
Image Comics

MotorCrush_01-1First of all, I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy Friday The 13TH so whether you’re binge watching every Friday The 13TH film or just trying to be safe on this “unlucky” day, I hope it’s a good one. Unfortunately, I do not have a Friday The 13TH themed comic book for you guys, but rather I have a title that I have been itching to read since the first time I saw it on the shelf. Now the title I am talking about is Motor Crush #1 and while I am not a huge fan of racing sports, I like comic books that add another dimension to it and I think this was does it as it was written and illustrated by Cameron Stewart (Fight Club 2) and Babs Tarr (Batgirl) with Brendan Fletcher (Black Canary) with some additional writing. You see Domino Swift is a very good racer who competes professionally by day, but it’s what she does at night that makes this more interesting. You see at night, she cracks skulls and takes names of biker gangs all in the name of a machine narcotic called Crush that these racers seem to be addicted to that gives them a boost. What happens though when you’re stash has been messed with and you risk it all?

o1f2y0-a.jpg largeOne of the things I like about this comic is that at times, it feels like you are watching the stuff live on an app with all the ads and warnings. If you ever read the comic we covered called VS then you know exactly what I am talking about because it’s the same style. The thing that I like the most about the artwork are the characters they created that race these illegal races. As you can see to the left of this paragraph, some of those are some interesting looking characters. There is definitely plenty of action in this comic with the races and they capture it perfectly in my opinion. I definitely give credit to guys who are willing to take their work and claim responsibility for it because they are pulling double duty. It’s like the classic case of true auteurs which was usually used in the case of cinema, but that same sense can be used here. The story is really good as well as it hooked me right in the end with that cliffhanger that makes me want to find out what happens next. I can’t wait to continue reading more of this comic and you should too. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+