Comic Review – eXtermination #1 (Marvel Comics)

Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.

Warning: minor spoilers.

“You’re relieved of your duty” – Mysterious masked assassin

Cover by Mark Brooks

So I’m back to pick up another comic review, having been brought up on a diet of X-Men as so many other kids were in the 90s I felt I had to check out this new short series, especially as it picks up with the young, classic X-Men who have more in common with the cartoons I watched as a kid (X-Men: The Animated Series and X-Men Evolution). With a title like eXtermination Marvel again appear to be hinting at some kind of mutant-wide wipe out or at least a few big names being bumped off. Naturally I’m a little sceptical as to if any will stick, though you never know! This comic was bought to us by:

  • Writer – Ed Brisson
  • Artist – Pepe Larraz
  • Colourist – Marte Gracia
  • Letterer – VC’s Joe Sabino
  • Cover Artist – Mark Brooks

The story begins in a post-apocalyptic city setting, mutant bodies lying about and a hooded figure swearing to clean up this mess who travels back in time to do so. The young X-Men pick up a couple of mutant children who are fleeing a mob of anti-mutant protestors. The X-Men comics have often been used as a metaphor for minority groups within the Marvel universe, this latest incarnation is a fairly clear one on immigration with cries of ‘they don’t even speak English’ when the mob realised they speak French. We are then bought into the current dynamics between the young X-Men team and have a little crash course on where the team is (some surprises to me, Storm seems a little more bitey than when I last saw her!) before all hell breaks loose. The hooded figure from the future appears to be chasing down X-Men and is set up to be the primary antagonist for at least the early part of the series.

Art by Larraz, Gracia & Sabino

The art is full of deep colours with a vibrant feel, even during scenes of destruction. Gracia does an impressive job of adding colour in dark scenes which is often avoided. Larraz provides excellent detail in the characters themselves and their features, especially in smaller panels during conversation where expression is communicated very efficiently. Sabino does a solid job with the lettering, tucking them into tight panels weaving the reader’s eye through the pages and allowing the reader to appreciate the art.

Final Verdict

These are character I had a strong connection with while I grew up and it’s been too long since I’ve checked in on them and seen what they’re up to. I want to see where this story goes. I think my main concern as with so many of these dramatic sounding titles is nothing really changing. Characters may die, but they get better, a relationship may end though it’s either fixed or the characters bounce back immediately/carry on in a separate series.

It’s well worth a look to X-Men fans though, especially if you’re more into the Evolution style X-Men and not their grown up, comic book counter parts.

Final Score: 8 psychic screams thousands of feet beneath the ocean out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 118 – Actively Fighting Against Someone

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, our fortnightly pop culture news and reviews podcast!

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This week we chat about the return of Picard, the new Venom trailer, the Maniac trailer, Ruby Rose being cast as Batwoman for The CW, Twitter allowing bigots and the new Red Dead Redemption II gameplay trailer.

Screentime – Ant-Man and The Wasp

This week we review the latest Marvel film, finally out in the UK after the delayed release! We don’t go heavily into spoilers.

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Adam The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley/Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger on Amazon/Gravity Rush Remastered on PS4
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Total Reroll NSCU: Episode 15 – Fingers for Princess

Welcome to the episode 15 of Total Reroll NSCU, our new Dungeons and Dragons podcast series. We are new members of the Neverwinter Special Crimes Unit, brought in to investigate strange goings on in the city of Neverwinter and to uphold the law!

Peggy, our most important team member, has been horsenapped! Join us as we try and find her!

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The docks where the confrontation happens! Blue is water, black is the boat, red points are enemies and the cups are cranes

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 117 – SDCC 2018 Trailer Fest

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This week we chat about Disney firing James Gunn and Dan Harmon quitting Twitter, the potential Buffy reboot, the 2 new Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition settings, World of Warcraft’s new subscription model, the Joker movie and No Man’s Sky Next.

Screentime – SDCC 2018 Highlights

This week we go through our highlights of what was shown off at San Diego Comic Con 2018 last weekend. We talk about these trailers: ShazamGodzilla: King of the MonstersFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldDoctor Who Series 11The Steven Universe MovieThe Dragon Prince, Deadpool 2 Extended Cut, Alita: Battle AngelIron Fist Season 2TitansThe Walking Dead Season 9NightflyersAquamanGlassDeadly ClassStar Trek Discovery Season 2Young Justice: OutsidersDisenchanted, and the return of Clone Wars.

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Adam The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders/GLOW on Netflix/Mass Effect Andromeda on PS4
Ian – Provenance by Ann Leckie/Steven Universe on Netflix/Octopath Traveler on Nintendo Switch

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Total Reroll NSCU: Episode 14 – Squid Pro Quo

Welcome to the episode 14 of Total Reroll NSCU, our new Dungeons and Dragons podcast series. We are new members of the Neverwinter Special Crimes Unit, brought in to investigate strange goings on in the city of Neverwinter and to uphold the law!

We’ve reached the final level of the basement below the tavern The Moonstone Mask, where we are investigating rats with exposed brains. Boss fight time.

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Comic Review – The Life of Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel Comics)

Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.

Warning: minor spoilers.

“I’ll beat down the memories so hard they’ll never come back” Captain Marvel

Cover art by Julian Totino Tedesco

It may not be out until next year, but I am very excited to see Captain Marvel when she’s released into the MCU. In the meantime Marvel are building up the hype for her character with a new short series exploring her origins. Not the alien experimentation/power obtaining origins though, her childhood, family life and what makes Carol Danvers Carol Danvers. Both the premise of this story, a more in depth analysis of a fascinating super hero, and the art style on the front cover (which I’m sure you’ll agree is excellent) drew me in to pick this up.

This comic is bought to us by:

  • Writer – Margaret Stohl
  • Penciler (present day) – Carlos Pacheco
  • Inker (present day) – Rafael Fonteriz
  • Colourist (present day) – Marvio Menyz
  • Artist (Flashbacks) – Marguerite Sauvage
  • Letterers – VC’s Clayton Cowles
  • Cover Artist – Julian Totino Tedesco

The story begins with the Avengers doing their thing and knocking a few bad guys around. As the battle progresses though we see that Captain Marvel isn’t really battling her enemy but her own trauma. It’s father’s day and that’s brought with it a whole range of memories and challenges that Carol is doing her best to repress without much success. She decides she has to face her past and goes home to her family. While the battle is dynamic and very much a spectacle as always the real conflict in this story is a very personal one, providing insight into a hero that isn’t usually offered in mainstream comic books.

The series appears to be following two primary plot threads – Captain Marvel in the present reconnecting with her family and looking back on her upbringing and Carol as a child and revealing the challenges she faced and a family life that wasn’t as ideal as she pretends it was. Stohl’s characterisation of Carol is gripping and makes her feel very human.

Art by Pacheco Fonteriz, Menyz and Sauvage

The art in this comic is fantastic. With two art teams there’s a risk the styles will clash or one will seem out of place, however both feel very realistic – in the modern day both Pacheco’s pencil work and Fonteriz’s ink work provide detailed and grounded feeling scenes while the colouring from Menyz is vibrant and brings the pages to life. However, the muted colour pallet adopted by Sauvage during the flashbacks makes them feel dream like or as memories are, something very separate to what is currently happening. For me, all of the art is of a very high calibre in this issue, both styles complimenting each other and suiting each other (young Carol in Sauvage’s work really looks like she’ll grow up to become Captain Marvel), however Sauvage really steals the show with outstanding work during the flashbacks.

Final Verdict

I’ve owned this comic for about 6 hours and read it twice. If you want a little more depth to your super heroes, especially if you want to get to know Captain Marvel better then you should absolutely pick this up.

Final Score – 9.5 Alien Cat Things out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 116 – Also French

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, our fortnightly pop culture news and reviews podcast!

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This week we chat about the PUBG dropping their lawsuit against Epic Games, Billy Dee Williams and Skyrim ports.

Screentime – Luke Cage Season 2

This week we review Luke Cage Season 2, the latest Marvel Netflix series. Let us know what you thought about it!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Flights by Olga Tovarczuk/Adventure Time on Cartoon Network/God of War and Mass Effect Andromeda on PS4
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