Challenge 2: Day 164: Death Of Love #5 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Death Of Love #5 (2018)
Justin Jordan- Writer
Donal Delay and Omar Estévez– Artist
June 13, 2018
Image Comics

DeathofLove_05-1Today is a happy and sad kind of day all rolled into one and I’ll explain. I’m happy because it’s New Comic Book Day, but sad because today is also the end of a run for a comic that I fell in love with and I didn’t even need those cute little pills with the hearts on them like in the series Death Of Love. The series was written by Justin Jordan (Green Lantern: Lights Out) and illustrated by Donal Delay (The Gathering) and Omar Estévez (Batman ’66). Here is what we know leading up to issue #5: We know that Philo is a complete screw up asshole who happens to be the lucky recipient of some pills with hearts on them that allow you to see cupidae (multiple cupids). In his frightened and shocked state, he happens to kill one of them which incensed those cute cherubs into declaring war on Philo. In a moment of dumbfounded selfishness, he manages to get his friends involved in this matter by dosing them. Now after they murdered some more cupidae, the big guns gets called in the form of an angry god named Eros. Now, the question is what will the trio do to get out of this mess because Eros wants answers.

DeathofLove05-02I’m trying not to spoil as much details as I can because this is the way to close out a series for sure. I have to give Justin Jordan a lot of credit because he is the man behind the story and I love what he did with Eros. If I had to describe Eros, I would say that he is that Jock in high school who is always claiming that he is getting so much play from the ladies that he is just dumbfounded that no one else is doing it as much as he is. You know the one who tells you that you couldn’t get laid in a women’s prison! Yeah that is Eros right there for you and I love it because it works with who Philo is because as Justin says at the end, Philo is not really a hero and they point out plenty of times that he is doomed in the ladies category. Then there is the artwork that is done by Estévez and Delay who by the way has not let me down since we spoke on Twitter. These guys brought the characters to life and they made the comic very enjoyable with every issue. While, I am sad that this was the last issue, I hope that things are truly not over and that maybe we’ll get more in the future. For now, check out the series and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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Challenge 2: Day 163: Prison Pit Book 1 (2009)

COMIC TITLE: Prison Pit Book #1 (2009)
Johnny Ryan– Artist
Johnny Ryan–Writer
October 20, 2009
Fantagraphics

prison pitWe are always looking for new and interesting material to check out for this challenge because it’s fun to explore a bit. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the world of DC and Marvel that we forget that there are others out there. So, while searching online for a comic book to read I stumbled upon one that described itself as the author/illustrator Johnny Ryan (Comics Are For Idiots), “combining his love of WWE, Gary Panter’s Jimbo comics, and Kentaro Miura’s Berserk Manga into a brutual showcase of violence, survival, and revenge.”  That is the book Prison Pit as we present book one as today’s comic book choice. In the first book of the six book series, we meet C.F., a man with blood on his head as if it were a mask heading to a prison island of sorts for crimes we do not know. Little to his knowledge that his new world is filled with monsters who battle over territory and slorges. Slorges are worm like creatures that give off a steroid like effect that is used as a drug. C.F. gets himself into some trouble when he kills Rottweiler Herpes (I’m not making this up) slorge. Now he has to find one and return it if he wants to get back what Rottweiler took.

prison book book 1I honestly do not know what I just read as I am still trying to digest everything that happened in that first book.  One thing is for sure and that is I am not a huge fan of the artwork. It looks like some metal head from the 80’s took what he doodled in his notebook and used it a\for a comic book. It has the style and feel of Adult Swim shows like Superjail! and Ballmastrz: 9009 and I mean that in booth artwork and just the overall feel of the writing of the comic. The comic book is definitely more visual than it is writing because there is not a heck of a lot of dialogue and when there is, it’s very primal in nature which I can dig because it works for this comic. Again with every turn of the page, I feel like that burnout kid from math class who is doodling rather than taking actual notes did this comic book. I have to be perfectly honest in saying that this is probably not a book I am going to be exploring much more of, but that is not to say that I won’t check out some of his other work. If you love the absurdity of those Adult Swim shows that I mentioned then you may like this. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: B+

Artwork: C+

Character Representation: B

Entertainment Value: B-

Challenge 2: Day 162: Amazing Spider-Man #795 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Amazing Spider-Man #795 (2018)
Wade von Grawbadger– Artist
Dan Slott and Christos N. Gage –Writer
February 7, 2018
Marvel Comics

Amazing_Spider-Man_Vol_1_795So I have for you guys today Amazing Spider-Man #795 which was once again written by Dan Slott (Spider-Verse) and Christos N. Gage (House Of M: Civil War) and illustrated by Wade von Grawbadger (Starman). So, let’s recap a bit, shall we? In the events of issue #794, Parker Industries is bankrupt and literally all Peter has at the moment is his Spider-Man suit. We know that Scorpio gained the knowledge of what was to happen for one year when Peter initially stopped him. So, Peter along with Mockingbird traveled to England where they battled Scorpio until Peter was able to outsmart him and defeat him. Meanwhile, we find out that Norman Osborne hired a crew to infiltrate a facility that housed dangerous things that included the Carnage Symbiote which they stole and gave to their boss. In issue #795, we find out that things are just getting worse for Peter as now he has nor girlfriend (Mockingbird dumped him) and he has to get a crappy apartment because he has no money. That is until he gets an invite from one of the most unlikeliest of Gods of Asgard. In other parts of New York, Norman Osborne is about find out just how dangerous the Carnage symbiote really is.

spideyI definitely enjoyed where they went with his character in this one because Peter literally has nothing, but his Spidey suit. We get to see one of the coolest superheroes in Marvel history struggle a bit because he has lost everything after all. Little bit of a spoiler alert, but I need to find out how Loki gained control of what Doctor Strange has in Doctor Strange #391. I won’t go any further as far as details are concerned, but it would be nice to know how that all went down. I hadn’t been following Spider-Man all that much so I had no idea that he was dating Mockingbird until this issue and that situation all made sense soon after. The writing is great because they give you a little bit of comedy to go along with the great action that is presented in this issue. Now as far as the artwork in the comic is concerned, I still think it’s excellent and you have to love what Grawbadger is bringing to the table for sure. He’s captured the essence of Spider-Man if you ask me and that is truly all we can ask for. I think that things are about to get a whole lot more interesting in the very next issue and I pity whoever doesn’t want to see it. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 161: Go Go Power Rangers #1 (2017)

COMIC TITLE: Go Go Power Rangers #1 (2017)
Dan Mora– Artist
Ryan Parrott– Writer
July 26, 2017
Boom! Studios

go go power rangers #1Everyone talks about the 1990’s as if it wasn’t as great as the 1980’s, but that can kind of be far from the truth. Was it a completely different mindset in music and entertainment in the 90’s then it was in the 80’s? Well, the answer is an obvious yes because the climate always changes from decade to decade. The one thing that the 90’s did provide us with is the very bad ass TV show The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers which has seen so many different versions come out since it’s release 25 plus years ago. The tale of a group of kids that you never thought would come together do when they band together to fight the forces of evil when they are given special abilities by Zordon. They fight their first battle against Goldar and they win. That is where today’s comic book comes in entitled Go Go Power Rangers #1 which was written by Ryan Parrott (Star Trek) and illustrated by Dan Mora (WWE: Then. Now. Forever. #1). The comic follows what happens immediately after the win because we know all about the legendary battles, but what did they have to deal with afterwards? Especially when you find out from Zordon that Rita Repulsa is free from her jail!

megazordI have to be honest in saying that this is a comic book that I wish I picked up back when it first came out. It’s actually kind of cool to see what happens to the gang when they have to return to their normal lives following a catastrophic event in Angel Grove. If you have ever read any of the WWE comics that Boom! Studios puts out then you already know that you can expect nothing but the best from Dan Mora. I love his artwork and he has not disappointed me yet. I really loved the picture that I chose to accompany this paragraph because it’s not something I can remember seeing them do. It’s just them hanging out with their Megazord just soaking in the day’s victory and contemplating what happens next. The story is pretty solid as you see that they are not quite mature enough and Ryan Parrott does a good job of writing that in which includes their confrontation with Rita Repulsa. They’re not all exactly a cohesive unit and it can almost be said that it was either luck or the lack of real ability from Goldar that led to their first victory. I can not wait to read on and see what happens next for our young Power Rangers. Check out the comic for yourselves and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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Movie Homage Variant

Challenge 2: Day 160: Wasted Space #1 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Wasted Space #1 (2018)
Hayden Sherman– Artist
Michael Moreci– Writer
April 25, 2018
Vault Comics

ted spaceIt’s hard sometimes to choose a comic to read that you think is going to be interesting not just to yourself, but to anyone else that follows your blog. It is important to choose something you are going to like, but I chose today’s comic for a completely different reason. I had been following Vault Comics on Twitter for quite some time now and after 159 days I realized that I hadn’t covered a comic yet from the company. So, I thought there was not better time than now to sick my teeth into something from the company and I chose Wasted Space #1. The comic was written by Michael Moreci (1985: Black Hole Repo) and illustrated by Hayden Sherman (John Carter: The End). The comic follows former prophet Billy Bane, a man who once thought that he knew exactly what he was doing, but because of him the whole galaxy has been suffering ever since. Now, Billy spends his days deep in space with his trust Fuq Bot Dust, but one day when landing on a space station to look for some drugs, he runs into some trouble and someone who is considered the new prophet needs his help to save a galaxy he could care less for.

wasted spaceSo, I have to be honest in saying that I had to look at the description on Vault’s page to get the full picture of what was going on. It all made perfect sense to me as I saw exactly what was going on in the comic and it’s gearing up to be one heck of a space adventure. Billy Bane is one of those guys that is jaded about his past life that he just wants to barely exist, he wants to be under the radar until this new prophet comes along and he is still sort of like why should I care. You add in someone who is known as a “Fuq Bot” and it definitely adds up to what could be one interesting dynamic for future issues to come. The one thing that I am not exactly sure if I am crazy about is the artwork. There is a lot to digest in one picture and it can kind of be overwhelming and it’s very colorful which is cool, but I am just not sure I completely dig the way some of the characters look. As I said before, it’s not bad at all and it’s got a lot to digest in some pictures which is very cool, but the real question is will I give it another chance? Yeah you can bet on that for sure, but for now check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A

Challenge 2: Day 159: The Immortal Hulk #1 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: The Immortal Hulk #1 (2018)
Joey Bennett– Artist
Al Ewing–Writer
June 6, 2018
Marvel Comics

Immortal_Hulk_Vol_1_1One of my all time favorite Marvel superheroes was always the Hulk because I felt like we had a connection in a way. The only thing that we don’t have in common is that I don’t transform into a giant green guy with the strength to destroy whoever in my path, but being vulnerable to rage has always connected us as kindred spirits. While Amadeus Cho is running around Marvel thinking he’s the coolest thing going and while Weapon H tries to figure out his place in the world, the original gangster known as the Bruce Banner Hulk is back and  have the issue for you guys today. Marvel released a new comic this week entitled The Immortal Hulk #1 which was written by Al Ewing (You Are Deadpool) and illustrated by Joey Bennett (X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse Dawn). Everyone in the world believed that Bruce Banner was dead, they buried him which in their minds was proof alone that he was gone. In the slightest chance, what if he wasn’t dead? With all the recent sightings of a monster going around, it has people thinking. Tommy Hill is about to make the biggest mistake of his life when he decides to enter a gas station to rob it with Bruce Banner in the building.

hulkAll we want Marvel to do is just to come out and say it that Bruce Banner is not dead and because of the Hulk he will never die. I think that is exactly what is happening here, but I am a little fuzzy with how they are approaching this matter. It’s almost like by day he is Bruce Banner, but by night he becomes the Immortal Hulk like he is a werewolf that is afflicted with a curse. I am hoping in future issues that they are going to clarify just what is going on with everyone’s angry green giant. They kind of hit you with a holy crap moment at the beginning of the comic to the point where you’re thinking that you weren’t really ready for that and then the ass whopping begins in the latter parts of the comic. It’s looking to be a really good story where we are going to find out who the demon in the mirror is. The artwork was a very cool point of the comic for me because I love the way they made the Hulk look and the artwork overall was just very good too. Joey Bennett did a really good job with the action scenes above and Paul Mounts did a great job with the colors. Check it out for yourselves and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 158: Evil Ernie vs. The Movie Monsters (1997)

COMIC TITLE: Evil Ernie vs. The Movie Monsters (1997)
Greg Luzniak– Artist
Phil Nutman–Writer
March 1, 1997
Chaos! Comics

evil ernie vs the movie monstersWhen doing challenges like this one, I am always looking for new material to check out that I missed during my formidable years. I always enjoyed comic books as a kid, but I was never a full fledged collector and I never explored anything outside of DC and Marvel. I missed out on a lot of cool titles through out the 90’s and that is why I am excited to use Throwback Thursdays to catch up on what I missed. While I was searching for a title, a friend suggested that I check out Evil Ernie which was a character that was created by Brian Pulido and Steven Hughes in 1991 for Chaos! Comics. While I tried to find the original series, I decided that I would settle for Evil Ernie vs The Movie Monsters which was a one shot special written by Phil Nutman (Halloween #1) and illustrated by Greg Luzniak (Venom: Sinner Takes All). Much like his previous effort Evil Ernie vs Superheroes, he takes on all the monsters you can imagine when he tries to live out all the things he was deprived of as a child when he visits a theme park in Florida.

evil ernieThe funny thing going into this comic is that none of the monsters go by their actual names that way the comic book company couldn’t get sued and we can get some “movie monsters” in it. Overall, it wasn’t a bad comic although I was trying to understand who was who in this comic because I only know the dynamics between Ernie and his trusty sidekick Smiley, a button that hangs out on the lapel of his Jacket. It’s a very campy kind of comic book that deals with a lot of dead jokes because they are essentially dead I believe, but there’s also some deep rooted stuff in this issue with his parents that were a little predictable. There’s no way that he was going to have a “normal” childhood and just become this guy known as Evil Ernie, but I am OK with that backstory. I definitely loved all the action scenes and all the different monsters and other pop culture stuff that it contained within it. I have to say that Ernie became a favorite of mine the moment he proclaimed his adoration for The Creature From The Black Lagoon who is my favorite of the movie monsters. The artwork is pretty good, it has that horror feel to it that you see in a lot of issues. Dynamite Entertainment now owns the rights to Evil Ernie and we can only hope for more in the future, but for now take a trip to the past. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+