Day 91: Madballs #1 (2016)

COMIC TITLE: Madballs #1 (2016)
Brian Smith– Artist
Brad McGinty– Writer
April 20, 2016
Roar Comics

MB_01_CvrA_McGinty_FNLIf you were born at all in the 80’s then I guarantee you that you have heard of a foam product that came out called Madballs. I never knew their true purpose or what they were made for, but I always thought that they were the coolest looking toys when I was a kid. So, it’s safe to say that when I saw that they had released a Madballs comic (not an April fool’s Joke) from Roar Comics/Lion Forge Comics, I had to buy the issue. The funny thing about Madballs #1 is that I bought it and left it at a friend’s house for a long time and now I am just getting it back. The comic has several different stories within it from that feature Screamin’ Meemie, Brain Bash, Skullface, and the rest of Madballs clan in an attempt to make it to the Bizarro Bowl, but something goes wrong. In another story, an alien life form comes to Earth and is just screwing up the communication. The last story is about the Madballs by-accidentally getting thrown into a time machine to meet their doppelgangers. To read what is going on with Lion Forge Comics, then just click here.

mbIf you are interested in smart and impressive dialogue, then this may not be the comic book for you. If you want an excuse to reconnect with the child version of yourself through nostalgia, then this is the comic book for you. The dialogue is not brilliant for sure, but it’s fun to sit there and read because after all when we were kids did great dialogue really matter to us? I think the eight year old version of me is smacking me saying hell no and let me read that comic. The artwork is obviously the selling point of the comic book and it would almost certainly have to be. Why else would you want to read an issue of Madballs. The best artwork in the whole comic book comes with the second story which is something about a purple purty kitty. I know the title sounds insane to say, but it’s true. That to me had the best artwork in the whole comic book and it was a little different than the rest of the issue. If you were a fan of this stuff back then, then why not give it a shot, I did and I enjoyed it.

Grades:

Story/Plot: B-

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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Day 90: America #1 (2017)

COMIC TITLE: America #1 (2017)
Joe Quinones– Artist
Gabby Rivera– Writer
March 01, 2017
Marvel Comics

americaToday is March 31ST which means the month is now behind us completely, but that also means that this is one last chance to feature an all female superhero. Why you ask? Well, it’s because on 365 Comics, we have been celebrating Women’s History Month here on the blog and I want to close this one out with a bang. I decided to close it out with a superhero that I am not really familiar with who goes by the name of America Chavez. She is a superhero that is able to travel through portals and dimensions who comes from a utopian planet where he two moms sacrificed themselves for the safety of the planet. Ever since then, she has been living on her own and fighting for the good of the galaxy alongside The Ultimates (Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Blue Marvel, and Spectrum). What if this isn’t what she had in mind though for her life from here on out? What if there is a chance that she was destined to do something else? America takes the chance and goes to college, but she may have bitten off more than she can chew. To read more about the issue and more, please click here.

america 1I didn’t know what to really expect out of the comic when I was first going into it even though I am a huge fan of Joe Quinones and his work. I have to be honest in saying that it’s actually a pretty good comic book and a very hip with today’s society kind of book. They definitely fly the colors for the LGBTQ community which is very cool to see because why not? We live in a society where anything is just about possible and that begs the question all the way down the line. She is kind of a tough girl who doesn’t really take criticism very well because I think she has that chip on her shoulder, but you have to read this comic because that could all possibly change for her. What do I need to say about Joe Quinones artwork that I haven’t already said in the past. It’s new, fresh, and it’s hip to what every one is doing today. The panels are easy to read and follow along with so you shouldn’t have a problem there. If you need something different in your life, then check this one out because a certain Marvel Legend makes an appearance at the end.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A

Day 89: DC Bombshells #1 (2015)

COMIC TITLE: DC Bombshells #1 (2015)
Marguerite Sauvage– Artist
Marguerite Bennett– Writer
August 12, 2015
DC Comics

DC_Comics_Bombshells_Vol_1_1_VariantEven though there are only two days left (including today) in the month of March, we are still celebrating Women’s History Month and we plan to finish strong. Through out the month, we have checked out various female superheroes from DC and Marvel like Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Wolverine (X23), Spider-Gwen, Silk, Spider-Woman, and so many more. There is one comic book series that we haven’t checked out yet that looks completely awesome and it’s a re-imagining of sorts. The series that I am talking about comes from DC Comics and it’s called DC Bombshells where it takes all of our favorite characters and sticks in World War II era Earth. The comic book deals first with Batwoman and her struggle that she faces in Gotham City with her true identity and that of Batwoman until someone we all know shows up. The second story deals with Princess Diana (Wonder Woman) and the struggle to understand the war and Steve Trevor who has just crash landed on her island. The last story deals with Kara Starikov and her sister Kortni as they try to become Night Witches for the Soviet Union, but Kara has to hide who she truly is for her and her sisters sake. To find out more about the comic, please click here to go to DC’s website.

Bombshells02One of the things I love about this comic book is the artwork because it takes all of your favorite female superheroes and makes them classic looking. It gives them that classic 1940’s look that we all grew to love about that era and I am enjoying it. I can’t wait to see who else shows up later on in the series and how they are going to look. The comic itself left a lot to interpretation and I don’t want to give any details away look who showed up to visit Batwoman, but I like the story line with her. Does her girlfriend know that she is Batwoman or is that a secret? Just who in the world is Kara Starikov? At least I know who she is, but do you? What is Wonder Woman going to do to Steve Trevor is the last question on all of our minds as we wonder about issue two. The panels are easy to read and follow along with so you shouldn’t have a problem there. If you’re a fan of that bombshells era and all of DC’s amazing women, then check this comic out. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Day 88: Snotgirl #1

COMIC TITLE: Snotgirl #1 (2016)
Leslie Hung– Artist
Brian Lee O’Malley– Writer
July 20, 2016
Image Comics

Snotgirl_01-1We are still celebrating Women’s History Month here on 365 Comics in 365 days and I thought that I would try something different with today’s choice. To be perfectly honest with all of you, I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I picked up Snotgirl #1 from Image Comics. The story was written by Brian Lee O’Malley and the artwork was done by Leslie Hung. The comic book focuses on a 25 year old girl named Leslie Person, who is a fashion blogger and has been doing it for eight years. It seems like she has everything going for her with friends and her fashion blog career, but she has some secrets that she keeps from the public. You see she has a problem that when she gets a little rattled, snots start pouring out from her nose and eyes and her allergies start acting up. After most of her friends bailed on her, she meets a new girl that she hopes can be her new best friend, but can she keep the secret from her. To find out more about this more adult themed comic book and more from Image, you can do so here.

Snotgirl-1-Panel-2While I am going to be completely honest with you guys about this comic book, I do want you to understand something though. There is probably an audience out there somewhere for a comic book of this nature, but it is definitely not with me. I don’t want to knock the work that these people put in to this comic book, but if I were to judge this just believe that I am fine with only reading one issue of this ever. This is not a comic book that I will never glance at or contemplate ever picking up ever again. The subject matter to me is non relateable to me or any of my interests in my life, but I am sure there is someone who can relate to this somewhere in the world. The panels are easy to read, but it can be difficult deciding whether it’s a thought bubble or her actually speaking. Take a chance if you like or don’t it’s up to you. Check out my grades below and remember there not going to seem fair, but they are my grades on it and what I thought about the issue. Take them for what it’s worth:

Grades:

Story/Plot: C-

Artwork: C-

Character Representation: C-

Entertainment Value: D

Day 87: Spider-Women Omega #1 (2016)

COMIC TITLE: Spider-Women Omega #1 (2016)
Nico Leon– Artist
Dennis Hopeless, Robbie Tompson, Jason Latour– Writer
June 01, 2016
Marvel Comics

spiderwomen omegaWe are moving right along very smoothly with our Women’s History Month and we are also moving along our Spider-Women Crossover event with the last issue in the series. We are checking out the issue that ties everything together between Spider-Gwen, Spider-Woman, and Silk for the final event of the crossover series. Before we can do that though, we have to look back at what has already happened leading up to this. In the last issue, Spider-Gwen at the right moment during the confrontation between Jessica and Jesse Drew and told Jesse some revealing information. She found out that Jesse was bitten by a alien spider that almost killed him. For years, she used him telling him that she didn’t have a cure for him yet when in fact he was cured. In this issue, Jesse helps Gwen and Jessica in distracting Evil Cindy enough for them to pay her a surprise visit that starts and ends with an epic match up between them. To read what happens in this epic last issue and whatever else Marvel related, you can do so by clicking here.

spiderwomen omega 1I am definitely going to be spending the time now criticizing the series and telling you how I felt about it as well as this issue. The issue itself was everything you would want from a final epic confrontation that is just action packed from beginning to end. The fight scenes were drawn very well and the series of events were written well as Evil Cindy displays just what she can do. There is plenty of comedy to go with the drama that ensues in the issue, but they did very well. This was an awesome crossover event from Marvel with some of the best female characters in the Spiderverse. My only criticism of the series is that we got to see Cindy and Jessica confront their doppelgangers, but we never got to see Earth-616 Gwen Stacy confront Spider-Gwen. That would have been very cool to see, but that doesn’t matter anymore. The artwork was amazing in this issue and any of the other issues in the series as well. The panels were easy to read and follow along with any of the issues. Check out the event, you will not regret it.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Day 86: Spider-Woman #7

COMIC TITLE: Spider-Woman #7 (2016)
Joelle Jones– Artist
Dennis Hopeless– Writer
May 18, 2016
Marvel Comics

spider-woman 7We are moving right along very smoothly with our Women’s History Month and we are also moving along our Spider-Women Crossover event with the next issue in the series. We are checking out the next issue in the story line which brings us back to Jessica Drew a.k.a Spider-Woman for what should be another power packed issue for Spider-Woman #7. Before we can do that though, we have to look back at what has already happened leading up to this. In the last issue,we saw Black Cat help both Silk and Spider-Woman escape from the clutches of the Agents Of Shield. The only problem is that Silk decided to stop overthinking things and she went with the flow which was to lie and pretend that she is the one that stole everything just to get in with Black Cat. In this issue, Jessica goes home to finally see her baby, but who is that man in her apartment? It turns out to be her doppelganger Jesse Drew who is there to screw up her life, but Spider-Gwen may have some information that could possibly change his mind. To read the rest of the issue and read what happens next, please click the link to go to Marvel.

spiderwoman 7I am going to be completely honest in saying that I was hoping for a little bit more from the confrontation, but I am satisfied however with how it ended. It was one of those where Jesse tries to prove why he is the better of the two because there is a difference between business and being a superhero. It is actually a very well written issue by one of the best in the game in Dennis Hopeless because we get a little bit more drama that is helping us set up the very next issue which also happens to be the last in the series. We also get some comedy in the issue as well especially when it has to do wit Jessica’s choice of a babysitter. So, this has been one exciting series that I hope goes out with a bang at the end, but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out. The artwork is great as usual and the panels are easy to read and follow along with so check out the series for sure.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Day 85: Silk #8 (2016)

COMIC TITLE: Silk #8 (2016)
Tana Ford– Artist
Robbie Thompson– Writer
May 11, 2016
Marvel Comics

silk 8We are moving right along very smoothly with our Women’s History Month and we are also moving along our Spider-Women Crossover event with the next issue in the series. We are checking out the next issue in the story line which brings us back to Cindy Moon a.k.a Silk for what should be a power packed issue for Silk #8. Before we can do that though, we have to look back at what has already happened leading up to this. In the last issue, Spider-Gwen and Silk confronted the evil Silk only to find out that she has been stealing stuff from the Avengers as she defeats the both of them. Most importantly though, we find out that she is responsible for Spider-Gwen gaining her powers because it was all apart of the plan. In this issue, the two of them are arrested by Mockingbird because after all it does look like Silk has committed the crimes. The only problem is that Silk now has a dilemma when Black Cat arrives to save the day, but she also wants answers from Silk. To read more about the issue like what happens during and next, please click here to go to Marvel.

silk8As I have said before, the last issue was one power packed issue that revealed so much to us especially fans of Spider-Gwen like myself. That was definitely going to be an issue that was hard to follow up, but I think they did a pretty good job handling it with the amount of drama that is in this issue that will set up the rest of the event. Silk is definitely faced with a dilemma which is a classic set up point and kudos to all the authors for a job well done. Thompson does a good job of giving us some action int he comic to go along with that huge set up situation with Black Cat that could change the face of what is to come. I am seriously trying not to give too much away to you guys, but if you haven’t started reading these yet, then I don’t know what is wrong with you. The artwork is awesome as usual and the panels are easy to read and follow along with. Check out this issue and check out my grades below as well.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+