REVIEW: Thanos Rising #5

THANOS RISING succeeds wonderfully despite itself. We’ve seen so many attempts to justify the actions of madmen in the modern age of superhero comics – to humanize outlandish and inhuman villains – that we’re justifiably prepared to write off a prequel story to Marvel’s personification of evil.

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REVIEW: X-Men Legacy #15

X-MEN LEGACY #15 reunites David Haller with his estranged mother, and serves as a stream-lined primer for the title character’s ridiculously convoluted back story. Of course, Spurrier, Huat and company give us far more than a simple continuity clean-up; this is a thrilling exploration of the superhero genre’s worst aspects – the escapism, the juvenile misogyny and the often trite and brutal attempts at tragedy.

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REVIEW: Uncanny X-Force #10

Written By: Sam Humphries Art By: Ramon Perez / Colors By: Jay David Ramos and Rachelle Rosenberg / Letters By: VC’s Cory Petit Price: $3.99 UNCANNY X-FORCE #10 is wildly uneven. It’s almost a perfect example of the strengths and weaknesses of modern superhero comic books – featuring far more human characterizations and natural dialogue than … Continue reading

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REVIEW: X-Men Legacy #14

X-MEN LEGACY #14 is a sincere and thrilling look at what it means to be a nation – the terrifying and morally complicated question of modernity, that of having independent thought and still being a part of something bigger. It’s also a look at superhero trends, a very introspective and self-referential title that against all odds avoids indulgence in it’s relentless cleverness.

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REVIEW: Thanos Rising #4

“Come here and give your true love a kiss.”

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REVIEW: Uncanny X-Force #8

UNCANNY X-FORCE #8 is an incredibly compelling argument in regards to just what superhero comics are capable of; a deeply felt and personal story that isn’t afraid to embrace the context of it’s own genre, Sam Humphries is using Psylocke’s unique super powers to explore what it is to be a human being, the exact reason these characters were created in the first place.

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REVIEW: Thor God of Thunder #10

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #10 reads almost like a parody of what we imagine Thor comics to be, and I mean that in a complimentary sense. Never has Thor’s world felt so epic, never have his stories felt so much like myths. Jason Aaron completely embraces the fable like aspects of his story, telling a fantastical parable of a man bent on revenge losing touch with the world and the hero that must stop him.

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