Day 31: WWE: Then. Now. Forever. #1

COMIC TITLE: WWE: Then. Now. Forever. #1
Dennis Hopeless, Ross Thibodeaux- Writers
Dan Mora, Rob Guillory, Derek Fridolfs, Daniel Bayliss– Artists
November 9, 2016
Boom! Studios

wwe_then_now_forever_b_intermix_1_stonecold_pressI have been a huge fan of the WWE for about 32 years and I say that because I can’t remember much from before I was three years old. The only constant in my life has been World Wrestling Entertainment and through the good times and bad times, they have entertained me well. When I heard that they were putting out a comic book through Boom! Studios, I had to get my hands on it and here it is the introductory issue that was presented to the SDCC crowd. The issue is divided into several different stories with the first one titled The Breaking of the Shield which is told through the eyes of Seth Rollins a week before he makes the fatal choice. The second story is called The New Day’s Optimistic Odyssey which follows the trio as they try to solve why everyone at their camp has now positivity in them. The third story was written and designed by portraiture Rob Schamberger and it follows Sasha Banks, and there’s one more plus some one page stories as well.

WWE_Then_Now_Forever_Preview-008-thumb-500x767-526289I am definitely a huge fan of the first story involving The Shield because it takes it from being a fictional storyline in the WWE and makes it like it’s everyday life. It takes what was a storyline and it gives it a real backstory that helps explain how he came to his decision. The New Day story seems like one that will be fun to read because I think it captures the goofiness of their power of positivity idea. The New Day is a fun tag team that deserve a fun backstory to go on. The next one makes a better art story than what it was about only because of Schamberger’s unique style. The fourth story was a very Sunday style funnies section styled story that took a character who was fun for kids and turned him into Popeye in this one. The artwork for The Shield story was very good while The New Day’s could be compared to that of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur style. Overall, it’s a very entertaining comic book especially if you are a fan of the WWE and their product. If you can find the issue then I suggest picking it up or you can get it through their site here. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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Day 30: Underworld Blood Wars #1 Variant Edition

COMIC TITLE: Underworld Blood Wars #1 Variant Edition
Kevin Grevioux- Writer
Roberto Castro, Mario Guevara, and Agustin Padilla– Artists
January 4, 2017
Darkstorm Comics

51DrH+Z3pmLWhile the world is checking out the latest edition in the Underworld film series Underworld: Blood Wars which once again sees Kate Beckinsale return as the famous death dealer on the run Selene, I am checking out the comic book that will probably help me understand. The first issue follows the story as Selene is still on the run from both the vampires and the lycans. The only difference is that she has been asleep for a very long time and did not know that she was pregnant. She has discovered that she has a daughter who has both bloodlines and could be the cure that the Lycans need as their new leader Marius wants her blood and he’s willing to go to any lengths to get it. Now Selene has to try and figure out how she can continue to hide her daughters whereabouts so that she can save her from both sides. I say both sides because Semira wants revenge against her. To read more information about the comic, please visit Comixology for more information here

6207dea210e919f8a0fbfb9ad61af018._SX1280_QL80_TTD_The comic has the feel of a graphic novel due to the length of the first issue, there is a lot of information that needs to be covered in these issues if this plans to be the companion piece to the film. I do like the way they set everything up and after reading this issue, you are left wondering how many more twists are there possibly going to be in the series. Everywhere you look in this issue, there is so many freaking twists that it makes it a tiny bit annoying, but you can see where they are going with it. Some of the scenes can get a little confusing as to who is who in this comic, but that has to do with the artwork. There are three different artists for this issue and each one tackles so many pages. The only reason I said confusing is because when they have not transformed, I had a hard time at one point figuring out who was who. Overall, the artwork is very cool and the panels are very easy to follow. They do a pretty decent job keeping things tied in with the previous films in the franchise which was nice to see. Kevin Grevioux, the writer of the comic, has also starred in the series as one of the lycans so he knows the story very well. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A-

Artwork: A-/B+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A

Day 29: The Lost Boys #1

COMIC TITLE: The Lost Boys #1
Tim Seeley- Writer
Scott Godlewski– Artist
October 12, 2016
Vertigo Comics

The-Lost-Boys-1-2-600x923Besides all of the things that I have said that I love, horror films and the 1980’s is definitely something else I love. In the world of vampires, there was nothing more iconic in the 1980’s than the 1987 classic The Lost Boys which starred Corey Feldman and Corey Haim and many others. When I saw that Vertigo decided to adapt The Lost Boys into a comic book, I had to find out what they were up to so I picked up issue one. The comic book as far as the timeline is concerned is right after the events of the film where Sam is working at a comic book store, Michael works with old people and is still dating Star, The Frog Brothers are still training for any situation, while Grandpa runs a vampire hunters society club. All things look normal for once in Santa Carla until something new and sinister decides to show up and disturb the peace. To read more about the issue or anything else that Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics produces, you can do so by going here.

TLBOYS_1_1Think of this comic book miniseries as the unofficial sequel to the film The Lost Boys instead of those films that came out later on. The comic book shows us what life is like in the town of Santa Carla and how everyone has adjusted to the events that took place. I love the story because it sets you up perfectly and leaves you wanting to know more about what happens next which is what any great book should do. I realized coming into this paragraph that this is the first Vertigo release that I have covered for this challenge and they may have their sh** together as far as comic books are concerned, but DC is doing a really good job now with Rebirth. The artwork in the book is pretty cool as it takes a little bit more of a horror look to it which I definitely like and it’s very easy to read and follow along as far as the panels are concerned. This is a great comic for fans of nostalgia and horror and vampires too. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Day 28: He-Man/Thundercats #2

COMIC TITLE: He-Man/Thundercats #2
Lloyd Goldfine, Rob David- Writers
Freddie E. Williams II – Artist
November 16, 2016
DC Comics

dc-heman-thundercats-crossover2_fullEarlier in the week, I told you how excited I was for the He-Man/Thundercats series after just reading one issue of it. Well, I have read issue number two and as a fan of both cartoons I am super excited to share it with you. In the last issue, we saw Mumm-Ra steel the sword from He-Man as he escaped Eternia with it to please the evil spirits of the black pyramid, but what he didn’t expect to see was Skeletor sitting in the pyramid waiting for him. In this issue, we see that Skeletor has reduced Mumm-Ra to ashes, but he plans on using him for something. Meanwhile, He-Man now has to deal with the fact that he no longer has his sword and some unexpected guests show up to try and test his will without the sword. What happens next, you will have to pick up the issue your self and find out. There are several ways to do so with one being that you drive yourself to your local comic book shop and pick up a copy of it. The other step is to click this link to go to DC’s website where you can also read it there.

The coolest thing about this comic book is that I feel that it plays out like a TV series where typically they’ll spend time with the villain then cut to the hero after a cliffhanger and so on and so forth. I love how they structured it that way because it feels like a TV series for sure. The story is getting better and better as you turn the pages of it. It definitely leaves you wanting more and it’s such an amazing take. I love the fact that the villains of both shows team up together and there is a special surprise at the end of the issue that you have to check out for yourself. The artwork in the book is amazing and I have to say that I love the artwork on the cover which is done by Freddie E. Williams II. I love the style of it because he took it from the TV version and he turned them into comic book characters if you catch my drift. The panels again are easy to follow and this is one to check out if you are a fan. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A+

Day 27: X-Men ’92 #1 (2016)

COMIC TITLE: X-Men ’92 #1 (2016)
Chad Bowers, Chris Simms- Writers
Alti Firmansyah – Artist
March 30, 2016
Marvel Comics

FullSizeRender (4)One of my favorite things about waking up on a Saturday morning was the fact that the X-Men cartoon series was on. The show would be affectionately known to fans as X-Men ’92 and it was awesome and it was what made me interested in comics in the first place. When I found out that Marvel Comics was taking my favorite cartoon show and was turning it into a comic book, I had to get it. So, here is what is going on in X-Men ’92 issue one: Professor Charles Xavier has decided to open the doors to the school so that new mutants out there could attend the school. He has also decided that he is going to be taking a backseat to everything and that he is allowing his X-Men to teach the classes now while he takes more of an advisory role. There’s just one problem on the first day of school and that is an unexpected guest makes his way to the school to warn them of danger that is coming their way. To read the issue or see what else is available from Marvel Comics, you can do so by clicking this link.

FullSizeRender (5)I am going to start off the article by talking about the artwork first because that is what attracted me to it in the first place. Flipping the pages of this comic book made me realize how much I loved the original cartoon especially the look of the characters like Wolverine and Jubilee. It feels like you are watching the cartoon and it’s definitely easy to read and follow along with the panels. Now as far as the story is concerned, it’s definitely one that packs a punch with the villains you see right from the start like the famous Omega Red, but you’ll find out about a more sinister villain that is coming there way. I loved the dynamics of the characters and how they were represented in the story which was very entertaining. You see a different side to some of them considering they are in the school and the comic features an interesting mutant you’ll get to know in Chamber. Check out the comic especially if you are a fan of the X-Men and the 90’s cartoon series. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

 

Day 26: Deadpool #1 (2015)

COMIC TITLE: Deadpool #1 (2015)
Gerry Duggan- Writer
Mike Hawthorne – Artist
November 4, 2015
Marvel Comics

IMG_7345I figured since we covered Deathstroke yesterday that we would check out our other favorite merc with the last name Wilson. If you haven’t figured that out yet, we are talking about the one and only Merc with a mouth Deadpool. In 2015, Marvel brought Deadpool back, but in a very different way than probably what most fans were expecting. Deadpool is now one of the most beloved superheroes especially more than Spider-Man which is a total victory for Wade Wilson. He is also very wealthy, but where in the world is Deadpool as we speak? Why are their so many different guys like Foolkiller, Madcap, Solo, etc. dressing like Deadpool? What in the world is this heroes for hire company and what does it have to do with The Avengers? All of these questions are sort of answered in issue number one, but you just have to read the issue for yourself if you want to know. To find out more information about the issue like reading it or just finding out information on Marvel, ou can do so by visiting this link here.

FullSizeRender (3)As far as the story is concerned, I truly believe that this is a great start for the series because it’s sort of keeping you on your toes. You’re sitting there trying to figure out who the real Deadpool is and the story has you hooked to want to find out what happens next. Plus, you get some surprise appearances from various Marvel characters and you get an appearance from George Stephanopoulos in the comic book as he is trying to interview Deadpool. One of my favorite sequences that best represents Madcap is this one scene where he is being interrogated by the police. You have to read it for yourself to find out what I mean. The artwork for the comic is phenomenal and while it’s traditional looking in a modern way, it’ll catch your eye. The panels are actually very easy to read and follow so you won’t have trouble reading it. Marvel has a gold mine with Deadpool that they will continue to expose with all the different series and miniseries that are out there. I am excited to read issue number two and you can be sure that I will share with all of you. For now check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Day 25: Deathstroke #1 (2016)

COMIC TITLE: Deathstroke #1
Christopher Priest- Writer
Jason Paz, Carlo Pagulayan – Artists
August 24, 2016
DC Comics

deathstroke 1For a very long time, I believed that Deadpool was an original character, but after doing a lot of research on Marvel and DC Comics, you’ll notice a lot of characters that are very similar to each other like Deadpool (Wade Wilson) and Deathstroke (Slade Wilson). With the whole DC Rebirth thing, I decided to pick up the first issue of Deathstroke to check it out for myself since he is also the confirmed villain for The Batman film. The issue is titled The Professional Part One and it follows the world’s deadliest assassin as he is after a familiar foe who could end ruining a big plan that Deathstroke has conjured in a war torn African country where the right decision can influence a lot. He also has to decide whether it’s worth saving a an old friend or fulfilling that contract I talked about. To find out what happens and more from the series, you can do so by visiting DC’s website here.

Screen-Shot-2016-08-23-at-10.51.19-PMWe are obviously dealing with an older Deathstroke in the issue since they give you a bit of a history lesson with his past including some stuff with his ex-wife. I think the whole set up kind of feels like a film when you’re reading it because it’s like its divided into different sections like a film. I’m definitely interested in reading where the story is heading in the future issues that I have obtained just to see how it ends. Do I like Deathstroke better than Deadpool? I am not 100% sure about that because I love the wittiness of Deadpool and his antics like breaking the fourth wall because it makes it a little more personal. If you want a serious story of a contract killer, than Deathstroke is probably the way to go for those of you looking for a more serious merc. The artwork in the comic book is definitely cool and appealing as soon as you open it and flip the pages. It’s easy to read and easy to follow along as far as the panels are concerned. I like some of the imagery in the issues like The Time King who’ll you meet in the issue. It’s an interesting read to say the least, check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A