Deadpool: Classic Vol. 1

There has been a LOT of hype recently around Deadpool, and I love it! Obviously Ryan Reynolds killing his performance in the feature film Deadpool has been the direct catalyst for much of this buzz. For plenty of us who loved Deadpool well before the movie you will certainly enjoy this collection of Deadpool as this novel collects all of Deadpool’s first appearances in order. Deadpool is widely known as the character with the ability to break the “4th wall/dimension providing much comic relief and whacky instances of instigated turmoil on both sides just for the fun of it. Because of all this Deadpool makes for one of the most entertaining characters around the Marvel universe. However, he wasn’t always this way, so as I said, this novel, being a compilation of his first appearances, will  be a wonderful insight to his image early on in the begining stages of his development. You all  should love Deadpool Classics Vol. 1!

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He’s the Merc with a Mouth, the Assassin with Elan, the Wryest Wisecracker of the Weapon X Program, now in a collection of his earliest sagas Deadpool, with sidekick Weasel in tow, sets out on a quest for romance, money, and mayhem – not necessarily in that order – only to learn he’s being hunted by an enemy he killed years before As if that isn’t enough, the Juggernaut crashes into the action, and it’s the unstoppable vs. the un-shut-up-able But all may not be lost if the sultry Siryn can inject a little sanity into the proceedings Will Deadpool be steered toward a better life by his new heartthrob, or stay the chaotic course he’s set for himself? The answer is Yes Guest-starring the New Mutants, Banshee, Sasquatch, and more Collects New Mutants #98, Deadpool: The Circle Chase #1-4, Deadpool: Sins of the Past #1-4, and Deadpool (1997) #1

Reader Reference (1-5)

Story/Plot – N/A  (Not really fair to give all these individuals the same story rating but if i had to average them together 3)

Artwork – 3 (Same applies to all these categories really)

Dialogue – 3

General Concept – 3

Overall – 4

Basic Info

Publisher – Marvel

Author – Fabian Nicieza

Publication Date – May 7, 2008 (the collection, some of the issues date back to the 90’s)

Pages – 264

Pricing – Sticker Price – $29.99

                 Online – $21.37

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Omnibus

As, a lot of these blog posts start out, I am sure many of you are familiar with the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen from the movie that come on FX 50 billion times through our teenage years (roughly 10 years ago for me). As always, please do not judge this series on the movie. Now I will say I myself enjoyed the movie and didn’t thunk it was bad, I think it just had a horrible villain. The graphic novel does a great job, just like the movie, of diving deep into the characters and displaying the quarks and idiosyncrasies of one hell of a wildly assembled  bunch. Between the invisible man (Rodney Skinner), who uses his abilities to sexually posses the nuns at catholic churches, the Allen Quartermain, the sharpest shot huntsman of all time being drug out of an opium den/addiction, Dr. Jykell and Mr. Hyde’s extreme case of schizophrenia that turns him into a uncontrollable beast (similar to The Hulk), Cpt. Nemo and his world renowned aquatic exploration skills, and Mina Harker’s dark mysterious powers, which I will leave a mystery for you, this squad has so much to offer. It is to no surprise that a story like this with dark anti-hero characters taking main stage that the graphic novel genius, Alan Moore, is the mastermind behind such an enthralling journey. I specifically liked this book, not only for its length, but mainly for the ability for Moore to take us into the lives of these characters and gain true insight to the darkness it would take or potentially breed with powers like this bunch. I highly recommend the Omnibus as its a better bang for your buck and I promise you will just want more by the time you finish the first volume.

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Reader Reference (1-5)

Story/Plot – 4

Artwork – 3

Dialogue – 4.5

General Concept – 2.5

Overall – 3.5

Basic Info

Publisher – Vertigo

Author – Alan Moore

Publication Date – September 3, 2013

Pages – 416

Pricing – Sticker Price – $29.99

                 Online – $21.70

Magneto Vol. 1: Infamous

If any of you guys are familiar with the X-Men (One of Marvels superhero teams that is comprised of mutants who carry the “X-gene” hence the name X-Men, as well as their fearles leader Charles Xavier), then I need not explain too much as you clearly know who Magneto is. For those of you who might not be so familiar, Magneto is an extremely powerful mutant who has the ability to…yup you guessed it, control the metal through manipulations of magnetic forces. Magneto has a very interesting villain backstory. As I stated before, the head of the X-Men is Charles Xavier, who at one point used to be best friends and college of Max Eisenhardt A.K.A. Magneto. The two had a major falling out as their ideology of how mutants should react to living in a human world where the local human population has highly mixed feeling about their presence in society. Many believe the mutants are unsafe and should be eradicated or cured, where other think they can assimilate into society and in fact help humanity with their powers. This line is too much for Magneto as his quick temper leaves him too angry towards any opposition so Magneto forges  an alliance mutants willing to do anything necessary to display the dominance of their race, where Charles Xavier and his X-Men strive for peace and a more coexisting relationship with regular society. This series is awesome as it just focuses on Magneto himself where most X-Men comics have a deep variety of characters who are all focused in on the clashing of the two views. So it is very nice to get a close up on the evil mysterious man of metal manipulation and how he got to be this way.

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Synopsis –Once the deadliest, most feared mutant mastermind on the planet, Magneto is no longer the man he was. After allying with Cyclops and the X-Men, he became a pawn in another man’s war. But now, determined to fight for mutantkind’s survival on his own terms, Magneto sets out to regain what he’s lost…and remind the world why it should tremble at the sound of his name. Magneto will safeguard the future of the mutant race by hunting down each and every threat that would see his kind extinguished – and bloody his hands that they may never be a threat again. But as horrors from his past loom large and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents pursue him, will Magneto soon become the villain he once was? And how will a mysterious woman from his past affect his mission?

Reader Reference (1-5)

Story/Plot – 3

Artwork – 3

Dialogue – 3.5

General Concept – 3.5

Overall – 3.25

Basic Info

Publisher – Marvel

Author – Cullen Bunn

Publication Date – October 14, 2014

Pages – 136

Pricing –  Sticker Price $17.99

                  Online – $11.53

Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 1

Finally! I can’t believe I got as far as I have into my own comic blog without talking about my favorite writer of all time: Alan Moore. Most people may recognize his name from the Hugo award winning novel Watchmen. If you call yourself a comic book lover and you have not read Watchman or any of Alan Moore’s works FOR SHAME! Haha just kidding, but seriously the level of depth that Moore brings to his works are unlike any other. His ability to take superheroes and graphic novels as a medium to discuss deep philosophical insights to humanity itself is astonishing.  I am always going on about depth, or the lack there of, and there is none who can take you deeper down the rabbit hole than my man Alan Moore. The Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book One is no different. The best thing about Swamp Thing is the fact this saga has 7 volumes! So by all means if you think this review of Swamp Thing would entice you I highly encourage picking up the first book as there is TON of more material waiting for you as one volume ends the next is waiting, calling your name. I am on book 4 currently and have loved every single one more than the last!

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Synopsis – For those who are not familiar with Swamp Thing the hero is the living vegetated remains of scientist Alec Holland. Moore introduces us to his story through scientist Jason Woodrue a man who is obsessed with Swamp Thing. Woodrue studies the frozen remains of the creature in hopes of understanding it. The result is a long mediation on the nature of life. Moore raises the question of Swamp Things very existance. Is he the remains of Alec Holland, or is he a plant with the memory of Holland? In typical Moore fashion, the answer isn’t simple. The majority of the first arc has Swamp Thing coming to terms with its own existence. Bisette and Totleban (Illustrators) send us through a trippy journey into the subconscious as Swampy tries to regain his humanity. The art here hits full stride, the warped sense of Holland’s memory is aided by the incredible dynamic art. The first book is mainly Alec or Swamp Thing coming to grips with his powers and existence as a “green” entity, however the novel leaves plenty of action in the mix with psychological discovery.

Reader Reference (1-5)

Story/Plot – 4

Artwork – 4.5 (If you like Watchmen style illustrations you will love this series. No one utilizes page space and transitions quite like these two.)

Dialogue – 5

General Concept – 4

Overall – 5

Basic Info

Publisher – Vertigo

Author – Alan Moore

Publication Date – April 10, 2012

Page Numbers – 208

Pricing – Sticker Price – $19.99

                 Online – $12.37

Daredevil: Born Again

That deaf dumb dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pin ball!… O wait, wrong blind kid. Daredevil the amazing blind superhero is ready for action in Frank Miller’s Daredevil: Born Again. I’m sure most people know Daredevil from the feature film released in 2003 staring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. PLEASE do not judge Daredevil on this awful performance. Now its not nearly as scarring as the butcher job Ryan Reynold’s with Green Lantern, or Halle Berry in Catwoman. Now I will say that the movie does a good job of explaining the origin story and developing the protagonist vs. antagonist build up between Daredevil (Matt Murdock) and Kingpin (Wilson Fisk). For those of you who do not know, Daredevil’s origin entails Matt Murdock as a child gets into an accident resulting in radioactive waste damaging his eyesight rendering him completely blind. Daredevil’s super powers then derive from his ability to utilizes his other 4 senses who have been heightened beyond imagine. Matt Murdock grows up to be an attorney at law, who specializes in bringing down the criminal corruption that plagues his home town of Hell’s Kitchen. By night, Matt Murdock turns into Daredevil who uses a more hands on approach to taking care of Hell’s Kitchen. Stan Lee’s creation of Daredevil has always been an inspiring rendition of a visually impaired superhero, which has made for a great superhero.

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Synopsis – As I mentioned before, Kingpin and Daredevil are always going back and forth, as Daredevil always attempting to clean up the city as William Fisk is trying to build his crime lord status and ownership of the underworld. Naturally the two are sworn enemies. Daredevil: Born Again’s main theme lies within building up the tension and explaining the hatful dynamic these two carry against each other and why. Early in the novel we see Murdock get his ass kicked by Kingpin and in fact Fisk sees to it that Murdock is sleeping with the fishes. To everyone’s surprise Murdock makes it out of this sticky situation and the burning obsession to fix this error consumes Kingpin’s mind and life, as he becomes infuriated at the thought of a loose end. The majority of the novel deals with Matt Murdock’s revival (hence the title name Born Again) and then as he is nursed to health, he takes a vow to carry on his Daredevil ways suiting back up in search for vengeance. Kingpin then hires the best mercenaries he can find to deal with this devilish thorn in his side.

Reader Reference (1-5)

Story/Plot – 2  (Very basic origin story, so do not expect too many twists and turns)

Artwork – 4.5 (I may be biased but I absolutely love this artwork as it is almost identical to Allan Moore’s Watchmen)

Dialogue – 2.5

General Concept – 2

Overall – 2.5

Basic Info 

Publisher – Marvel

Author – Frank Miller

Publication Date – January 20, 2010

Page Numbers – 248

Pricing – Sticker Price – $19.99

                 Online – $16.95

Atomik Comik

In my last post I mentioned my favorite comic book store: Atomik Comik. I have been kicking out reviews on tons of graphic novels and always hint towards buying online (specifically amazon) as I show the obvious price difference. However, I want to take time to spotlight an establishment that may not be able to shave prices the way Amazon can (no retail establishment can in fairness) but the few extra dollars you may spend are well worth it when you walk into Atomik Comik downtown Johnson City, TN.  The staff is mainly Sean (the owner) and his wife Lindsey who live eat breath and will die comic books and everything that comprises the glorious realm of nerd. Getting to know Sean and some of the other customers has proved to be a most dope community of comic book conversations that will leave your head spinning in the best of ways. Also, if you are worried about choice selection walking into a physical store as opposed to the plethera of anything and everything online, well have no worries Atomik Comik happens to be THE LARGEST comic book store in all of Tennessee! If the biggest store in all of Tennessee isn;t enough for you, no worries, as Sean will happily make an online order for you. I feel so lucky to have stumbled my way into my college town that holds the largest comic book store in the state, and the best part about Atomik Comik is how local and family owned the place still feels. You would think with a title like the largest comic book in all the land (of Tennessee that is lol) they may have a corporate or business-first attitude, but I assure you thats not what you will find here. Atomik Comik is a great place to not only make your purchases, but furthermore to start amazing conversations and advice that you just can’t match online. So head on down to 213 E Main St, Johnson City, TN 37604, or call (423) 929-0317 today!

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Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One: The Complete Collection

So back in the Fall of 2016, I was strolling through the dopest comic book store in all the land: Atomik Comiks (located in downtown Johnson City, TN), when the kind employee was generous enough to make a suggestion for my next graphic novel endeavor. She suggested Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One: The Complete Collection. My first reaction was “are you serious?… I am not going to buy into some cheap ploy of some shittily built story arch butchering the JL just to help sales with some video game.” See if you don’t know back in 2013 DC released a badass fighter game for major gaming consoles: Injustice. So when I saw that they had attempted to staple the same name with similar images on to the graphic novel series I was highly skeptical. However, as I stated before, I have the highest respect for Atomik Comik so I took a leap of faith, cast my skepticism aside and tried the first in the series (There are 5 years with 2 vol. in each year). And now today, I currently have every volume available!

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Synopsis – As always I will try and give the general and rough summary of the plot without giving too much away. Injustice deals with a very interesting concept: What happens when the Man of Steel, the Earth’s greatest hero, feels like he has failed at protecting what he loves most? Well, Superman suffers an insanely plot twisting misfortune as one of the all time best villains pulls a fast one resulting in one of his loved one’s death. Now, the Last Son of Krypton is enforcing peace on Earth by any means necessary. Only one man stands between Superman and absolute power: Batman. And the Dark Knight will use any method at his disposal to stop his former friend from reshaping the world in his shattered image. The Justice League quickly draws sides and Injustice actually serves as a great cross bridge into the entire Batman vs. Superman story arch, while also keeping its own unique flavor. Rarely do we get to see the Justice League pitted against themselves, and here in this amazingly surprise of the decade series we see so much its almost superhero overload (but totally in a great way)!

Reader Reference (1-5)

Story/Plot – 4

Artwork – 3.75

Dialogue – 3

General Concept – 5

Overall – 4.5

Basic Info

Publisher – DC Comics

Author – Tom Taylor

Publication Date – March 8, 2016

Page Numbers – 144

Pricing – Sticker Price – $24.99

                 Online – $16.10

The Vision Vol. 1: Little Worse Than a Man

Like any human being I love to be right, but many times its better to be wrong. There is nothing more that I like to see than Marvel proving me wrong when it comes to my opposition towards  their lack of depth. I tend to gravitate heavier towards DC for this reason. However I am always on the lookout for something that might change my attitude and Tom King’s Vision Vol. 1: Little Worse Than a Man definitely swings in Marvel’s favor. Tom King utilizes an amazing character The Vision who is android member of the Avengers. The Vision has been around the comic world since 1940 and has always played the A.I. struggling to understand and assimilate with the human race role. So its absolutely killer to see someone dive deep in the matter of how The Vision may actually do something of this nature. Adopting/Building his new family in order to completely submerge himself into humanity proves to leave for quite an adventure. The Vision’s struggle provides some deep philosophical insights towards what it truly means to be human.

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The Vision wants to be human, and what’s more human than family? So he heads back to the beginning, to the laboratory where Ultron created him and molded him into a weapon. The place where he first rebelled against his given destiny and imagined that he could be more -that he could be a man. There, he builds them. A wife, Virginia. Two teenage twins, Viv and Vin. They look like him. They have his powers. They share his grandest ambition, (or is that obsession?) the unrelenting need to be ordinary.
Behold the Visions! They’re the family next door, and they have the power to kill us all. What could possibly go wrong? Artificial hearts will be broken, bodies will not stay buried, the truth will not remain hidden, and the Vision will never be the same.

Reader Reference (1-5)

Story/Plot – 2.5

Artwork – 3

Dialogue – 4.5

General Concept – 5

Overall – 4

Basic Info

Publisher – Marvel

Author – Tom King

Publication Date – July 12, 2016

Page Numbers – 136

Pricing – Sticker Price – $17.99

                 Online – $11.40

Green Lantern: Rebirth

If you haven’t heard the name Geoff Johns and you call yourself a DC comic book lover, you must not have picked up much material in the last 10 years or you are full of shit, or possibly you have just been living under a rock for the last decade. Geoff Johns has recently been taking our beloved classic superhero characters and bringing them back to life as he uses the material of canon stories and using that to carry the story as he puts his own unique flavor into the mix. Green lantern happens to be my favorite superhero (I know I said Spawn was, but he is technically an anti-hero) as he is the Emerald Crusader who uses his will power to control his mystical ring bestowed upon by the guardians (and Abin Sur’s unfortunate crash landing on Earth if you look at it logistically) which enables him to fly across the galaxy upholding the law protecting his Sector of the universe (Sector 2814, there are thousands of Green Lanterns each assigned to a different sector of the universe). Green Lantern is all about not allowing other emotions like fear, anger, and greed (some of the root emotions that fuel some of the other Lantern Corps – which is explored in Geoff Johns GL story arch – Blackest Night) to cloud his mind and allow willpower to overcome and be the fuel of his power to protect his sector and more over the entire universe. So to have Geoff Johns come through an re-vamp this amazing character/story gives me the feeling of a kid in a candy shop. So if you are a Green Lantern long time fan, or don’t even know who Hal Jordan is, Green Lantern: Rebirth is the perfect graphic novel to pick up.

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Synopsis – As I said before Green Lantern: Rebirth touches on a lot of what used to be, but Geoff Johns continues the story. One of the best parts about GL:Rebirth is how Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, and Hal Jordan are all accounted for. Unfortunately Allen Scott fails to make an appearance, I guess it is understandable as he is the original Green Lantern and is the one who’s power is not derived from the Guardians and their will, which is where Geoff Johns takes his entire story arch continuation. Rebirth serves as the beginning of a new Green Lantern era with Geoff Johns leading the march. This does not mean Johns deviates from the original canon, he simply adds on to it. Rebirth has a lot to do with Parallax and the re-emergence of this ominous threat. So just as Coast City, Hal Jordan’s City (similar to Batman’s Gotham or Superman’s Metropolis) is rebuilt from the previous destructive force known as Parallax, the Green Lanterns of Sector 2814 are facing ominous troubles of the past.

Reader Reference (1-5)

Story/Plot – 3

Artwork – 3.5

Dialogue – 3.5

General Concept – 4.5

Overall – 4.25

Basic Info

Publisher – DC Comics

Author – Geoff Johns

Publication Date – May 11, 2010

Page Numbers – 192

Pricing – Sticker Price – $14.99

                 Online – $8.15

Justice League: Dark

Today Comic Kingdom will see its very first movie review! When I created this site I had originally intended to primarily review graphic novels, but every once in awhile its good to mix things up. Also, I promise to stay far away from the new live-action superhero movies that have dominated the box offices and main stream movie culture today. So, I invite you guys to trust me and go on a adventure into the animated film world. I must say there might not be many better places to start than Justice League: Dark. The film features some of my favorite JL characters as I LOVE the darker more magic based characters and JL: Dark is jammed packed with dark mysterious content.

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Synopsis – So obviously form the film cover, you can guess that JL: Dark is all about featuring the lesser utilized JL members who all have ties to a dark and mysterious path and/or strong ties to the mystical dark forces/magic. When people all over the world begin to hallucinate and see everyone else as demonic monsters, it leads to complete and utter chaos. People are killing innocents and committing horrible action due to the hallucinations. So naturally, the Justice League assumes magic must be the source of all this foul play. At first Batman gets a whiff of magical trickery and wants no part of it as he despises the dark forces and magic all together. However, John Constantine won’t let Batman skip out on the fun that easy as he calls upon Batman, the greatest detective of all time,  to help him solve this mystery and take out this evil force of magic. Reluctantly Batman accepts and the two then rally the troops: Zatanna, Deadman (Boston Brand), Etrigan the Demon (Jason Blood), Black Orchid (Colleen Villard), and Swamp Thing. The crew then uses their unique combined skill to hunt out the dark source of all this corruption and chaos. To avoid ruining the film I will avoid going into detail of who the evil villain truly is, you will just have to check it out yourself!

Film Review (1-5)

Story/Plot – 3.5

Animation – 4

Dialogue – 4

General Concept – 4

Overall – 4

Basic Info

Publisher – DC Comics

Release Date – February 7, 2017

Film Length – 1h 15m

Pricing – Sticker Price – $19.99

                 Blue Ray/DVD/UV – $14.99

                 DVD – $12.96

                 Amazon Video – $4.99