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Tue
28
Jul

My review of "Who is Stan Lee?" by Kira Maillaro

Who is Stan Lee Marvel Comics Geoffrey Edgers Critical Blast

WHO IS STAN LEE?

Written by Geoff Edgers
Illustrated by John Hinderliter
Published by: Grosset & Dunlap (2014)
Cover price: $4.99

Tue
28
Jul

Front Lines - Secret Wars (Week of July 22, 2015)

Front Lines by Mike Maillaro, Mike Weaver, Grey Scherl, and Gina Maillaro

E IS FOR EXTINCTION #2 by Chris Burhnam, Dennis Culver, and Ramon Villalobos

Summary:  Cyclops, Emma, and Wolverine had tricked the U-Men to free Xorn.  The old X-Men end up blowing up the U-Men as they leave.

Meanwhile, Beast realizes that the Hank McCoy who showed up at the end of issue one is a human with no X-Gene.

Tue
28
Jul

The Longbox Short-List - Week of July 29, 2015

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it! 

Comics shipping this week

The fifth comic release week of any month is usually a pretty light week for me, and this month is no exception.

Wed
22
Jul

Flash and Arrow both getting new costumes next season

WB posted up a new promotional picture for THE FLASH season 2, and I immediately noticed something was different.  Honestly, it took me a few minutes to figure out what, and I had to bring up a picture of the costume from season 1 (on the left) to figure it out.


Wed
22
Jul

The Blacklist #1 - Does James Spader translate to print?

THE BLACKLIST is just about my favorite network drama these days. Come to think about it, it is the only network drama I watch that is not superhero related. I will admit that pretty much all of my enjoyment of THE BLACKLIST comes from James Spader’s brilliant performance as Raymond “Red” Reddington. I’ve been a huge James Spader fan for as long as I can remember. That said, Meghan Boone and Ryan Eggold are both very good as the world’s most dysfunctional couple, Elizabeth and Tom Keen.

Tue
21
Jul

Front Lines - Secret Wars (Week of July 15, 2015)

Front Lines by Mike Maillaro, Mike Weaver, Grey Scherl, and Gina Maillaro

ARMOR WARS #3  by James Robinson and Marcio Takara

Summary: Kiri is mourning at Spyder-Man’s grave with Lila.  Kiri is feeling betrayed that Peter never told her that he was Spyder-Man.  Rhodey arrives to talk to them about what he found during the autopsy.  Peter’s Uncle Ben Urich was also murdered.  Rhodes is certain Peter and Ben had found out what caused Technolopolis to get sick.  Spyder-Man’s armor points them towards Wilson Disk.  Rhodes has heard rumors that tied Fisk to Arno Stark, so he goes to check it out.

Tue
21
Jul

The Longbox Short-List - Week of July 22, 2015

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!  

Comics shipping this week

I have a lot coming out this week, but not a lot jumping out at me in terms of exciting books to talk about.

Sun
19
Jul

Cheap Pops - Wrestling News & Views - July 19, 2015

Cheap Pops - July 19, 2015

by Chris Delloiacono, Mike Maillaro and Jeff Ritter

This week!

- NXT Invasion - Women's edition
- Chair shots and Erective Dysfunction...
- Battleground Prediction
- NXT Results
- Lucha Underground Results


NXT Invades Raw

Fri
17
Jul

Open Mike Night - Book of Death #1

by Mike Maillaro and Mike Weaver

 


Book of Death #1

Wed
15
Jul

Was Spider-Man created 10 years before he first appeared in comics?

Saw an interesting story in the New York Post this morning:

Back in 2006, comic book and toy dealer John Cimino bought a collection from a seller who needed money for a new hot-water heater. Within the assortment of pop-culture oddities for which Cimino paid $500 was a cheap, rayon-and-cotton Halloween costume from the 1960s featuring Spider-Man.

“I didn’t think twice about it,” Cimino tells The Post. He tossed it in his basement.

But Cimino would later give that costume a closer look, and what he discovered has led to one of the more puzzling mysteries in the superhero world, and might muddy the origin story of one of the world’s most well-known — and lucrative — characters

...

Wed
15
Jul

Jennifer Blood is Born Again!

Exposure to unfamilair characters is a huge part of the reason I like crossovers so much. For example, ZERO HOUR was pretty much the whole reason I became interested in Starman and the Legion of Super-Heroes. I had never really heard of Jennifer Blood until she showed up in SWORDS OF SORROW, but Nancy Collins did an excellent job explaining the character in a two-page spread in the VAMPIRELLA/JENNIFER BLOOD tie-in.  Because of that comic, I wanted to know more about Jennifer Blood. So when I saw Dynamite was putting out a collection of JENNIFER BLOOD: BORN AGAIN, I had to give is a try.

Tue
14
Jul

Real Life Horror Highlights Zenescope's Alice in Wonderland Tenth Anniversary Special

Zenescope Alice Wonderland Tenth Anniversary Critical Blast

While Zenescope's WONDERLAND may focus on Calie Liddle, the White Queen, the series began with a lot more horror -- and with the one and only Alice Liddle, who was imprisoned in the madness realm for years as a child.

But Alice wasn't always alone. Over a period of years, she was visited by a young boy, J.W., who was initially rescued by Alice from a pair of cannibal twins. After making a promise to the Jabberwock, young J.W. is sent back to the real world, but he continues to visit little Alice over the years even as he ages into an adult.

Tue
14
Jul

Front Lines - Secret Wars (Week of July 8, 2015)

Front Lines by Mike Maillaro, Mike Weaver, Grey Scherl, and Gina Maillaro

1872 #1 by Gerry Duggan and Nik Virella

Tue
14
Jul

The Longbox Short-List - Week of July 15, 2015

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!  

Comics shipping this week

HAWKEYE #22 - I don't really like Matt Fraction's work all that much. To me, HAWKEYE was a bit overrated. I hate that work, but it's the only way I can describe it. Even though ALL-NEW HAWKEYE has been out for months, the last issue of Fraction's HAWKEYE run is just coming out this week. I am not buying this one, but I did think it was worth mentioning, I know a lot of people enjoyed the "Hawkguy" run.

Fri
10
Jul

Open Mike Night - We Stand on Guard #1

by Mike Maillaro and Mike Weaver


WE STAND ON GUARD #1

Thu
09
Jul

At long last, the relaunch of Archie starts here!

I’ve been hyping this ARCHIE relaunch since it was announced back in mid-December. I do think ARCHIE has a certain classic timelessness about it, but there is a TON of room for them to update the title for a new audience. So, now that it's here, is ARCHIE 2.0 going to live up to the hype?


ARCHIE (2015) #1

Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Fiona Staples
Colored by: Andre Szymanowicz with Jen Vaughn
Lettered by: Jack Morelli

Published by: Archie Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

Wed
08
Jul

IDW and DC Boldly Go Into Green Lantern's Light

Star Trek Green Lantern Spectrum War IDW DC Critical Blast

Someone -- and by the word balloons, we know that someone is a Black Lantern -- is chasing Ganthet, who carries with him six rings of power, each a different color. He escapes in the nick of time to another universe... the Star Trek universe!

Specifically, the J.J. Abrams STAR TREK universe, because that's important to people.

Ganthet's fate is discovered by the crew of the USS Enterprise, and the rings are taken for analysis. Of course, this would correspond with the sudden appearance of a Klingon vessel, captained by someone with a mad-on for Kirk. And with emotions running high... people on each side get CHOSEN!

Wed
08
Jul

Elektra cast for Daredevil Season 2

Marvel has announced that Elodie Yung (Jinx in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION) will be joining the cast of DAREDEVIL season 2 as Elektra. 


I will say upfront that I don't know Elodie Yung's work all that much, but she does seem to be an extremely beautiful woman.  Which really isn't a required trait to play Elektra, just a personal commentary from me.  I am definitely a fan of beautiful women.

Tue
07
Jul

SDCC 2015 Survival Guide

SDCC 2015 Guide Click Communications
PR stuff. We get it. Some of it, we ignore, some of it we use.
 
And sometimes it's just too good not to share with our readers. Like this San Diego Comic-Con Survival Guide from our friends at Click Communications. Enjoy!

 

Tue
07
Jul

Front Lines - Secret Wars (Week of July 1, 2015)

Secret Wars #4 by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic

Summary: The Cabal are fighting Thors.  Doctor Strange explains to the liferaft survivors that the old multiverse was created with order by alien entities.  Battleworld was more of an act of desperation with Doom taking the shattered remains of the broken Earths and pulling them all together. The new world is unnatural, and survival is its first and highest purpose.  In needs a god with a firm hand...in other words, it needs Doom.

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