Comic Review – Thor #5 (Marvel Comics)

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

Warning: minor spoilers.

“And the road of the mighty necroworld shakes the heavens. But not loud enough to drown out the laughter of one little worm” Narrator

This week I wasn’t sure what I’d review, until I enjoyed Thor #5 so much I couldn’t help but take the chance to write about it. I’ve really enjoyed the return of the Odinson to the mantle of Thor (as I did the fantastic Jane Foster Thor run before) and the cosmic level adventure to date has provided an incredibly fun change of pace and has bought some of the most powerful Marvel entities such as the Great Galactus, Ego the Living Planet and a mysterious cosmic worm into the picture.

Cover by Ribic (Marvel Comics)

This coming was bought to us by:

  • Writer – Jason Aaron
  • Guest Artist – Christian Ward
  • Logo – Jay Bowen
  • Letterer – VC’s Joe Sabino
  • Cover Artist – Esad Ribic

Thor #5 takes place in the distant future, in a dying universe where the All-Father Old Man Thor and his grand daughters protect New Midgard. The issue picks up with Thor coming face to face with an old friend – (very!) Old Man Wolverine, the current incarnation of the Phoenix Force. We’re treated to a flash back to show the dynamic between the two in the modern era, with them both enjoying a few drinks in ‘the best bar in Midgard’. We see that although there is still a friendship between the two in the future there are far greater forces at play here they are both bound by. In the meantime, the majority of the universe has deteriorated and passed away, leaving only the most powerful forces standing. New Midgard has caught their attention and the grand daughters of Thor must protect it.

Art by Ward and Sabino (Marvel Comics)

Ward excels in an art style well suited to such a fantastical issue and cosmic scale events. His characters and actions scenes almost appear to be painted brushwork, with intense colours communicating motion, action and awesome imagery that captures the imagination. Sabino’s lettering adds to the grand atmosphere. His choice of speech bubble, font and text colour for various characters suits them perfectly and brings out their personality – the passion of Thor or the malevolence of Ego the Living Planet. 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

I really enjoyed this issue. This is a hell of a good way to write Thor, cosmic battles for the fate of the Marvel universe against cosmic level entities. It’s fun to see Aaron’s interpretation of a few familiar faces come the end of time, to see who from the current era is still kicking around and what has happened to certain characters and powers that make a cameo appearance and set up a cliff hanger for the next issue.

I’ve been enjoying Thor for a while, and that won’t be stopping any time soon!

Final Score: 9.5 weird goat stories out of 10

Comic Book Review – Hunt for Wolverine #1 (Marvel Comics)

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Then he reviews one every other week.

This week I picked up Hunt for Wolverine #1 from Marvel Comics, written by Charles Soule with art on the first story ‘Secrets and Lives’ from David Marquez and Rachelle Rosenberg, and on ‘Hunter’s Pryde’ from Paulo Siquiera, Walden Wong and Ruth Redmond. Lettering was provided by VC’s Joe Sabino, with cover art from Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten and Laura Martin.

Cover art by Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten and Laura Martin

Wolverine has been dead for a couple of years. Spoilers I guess. We reviewed the final issue of Death of Wolverine here. back in 2014 While the revolving door of death in comic books made his eventual return a certainty, it isn’t like the Marvel universe has been devoid of a Wolverine in the meantime. It’s had two in fact – Old Man Logan, deposited into the regular universe following Secret Wars for reasons I don’t remember, and X-23 who took on Logan’s mantle while he was dead. For whatever reason now though, he is in the process of returning. Logan has been popping up in several other teasers to tie in to the Infinity Quest upcoming event, but Hunt for Wolverine kicks off his return proper.

The first story is action heavy and involves the Reavers turning up to try and steal Wolverine’s body, encased in the solid adamantium shell that led to his death when the molten alloy was poured over him. The X-Men turn up to foil this attempt, that turns out to be largely pointless anyway. They took the body out after his death, essentially leaving a metal shrine to Logan. Cue a big fight, followed by more confusion as to where the body actually is. Part 2 of this issue leads on from the realisation on the part of the X-Men that the body isn’t where they think it is either. What follows is Kitty Pryde recruiting several disparate groups to join the search for Wolverine, including Tony Stark and some past and present Avengers, Daredevil, and one of the other groups of X-Men.

There is a consistency with Soule that leads on from Death… to Hunt… that shows clearly through the two stories. However, as this issue focuses more on the X-Men than Wolverine himself, Soule is given the opportunity to stretch out here and does it well. A few of the characters have little to do or say, but voices like Kitty Pryde come through as strongly as that character should. The first story, ‘Secrets and Lives’, is the meat of the issue here. The action is a lot of fun, the dialogue not too distracting or overblown. While there is interesting material in the second story, ‘Hunter’s Pryde’, that part of the issue unfortunately plays out like an advert for the 4 separate series that will continue the story of Wolverine’s return and as such is less strong.The characterisations there as still great, and overall this is a well written issue.

Art by David Marquez, Rachelle Rosenberg and Joe Sabino

The main draw for me to check out Hunt for Wolverine was David Marquez’s art. Civil War II, while a bit of an unnecessary mess from a story perspective, was a gorgeous book. As was the recent Defenders series. Here Marquez has the opportunity to flex his artistic muscles with some great fights that seem grander than what was on show in The Defenders without being weighed down by the sheer number of characters in Civil War II. He also manages to draw everyone as distinctly beautiful, even Reed Richards with his weird neck. I was a little disappointed when I realised Marquez wasn’t drawing the whole book, but Siquiera’s art in the second shorter story is still good, despite no action taking place, with the strengths there on the character work and some very nice backgrounds.

Hunt for Wolverine is worth picking up if you are a big Logan fan and want to know where he has been and what is coming next. The art is great, and the characterisations and dialogue from Soule are good too. At times it reads a lot like an advert for what is coming next, which is pretty typical for comics, but the fact that what is next is 4 separate series, it seems a little far and unfriendly to the wallet. Even so, I think this is a good issue and worth your time.

Score: 6.5 Adamantium shells out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 84 – Geographical Accuracy

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This week Adam was joined by his partner Rose, as Ian is off in South Africa being hunted by Cape Buffalo. We chatted about the new American Gods trailer, Iron Fist’s poor early reviews, Legion’s season 2 renewal and the rumours of a Matrix reboot. Adam also got the episode title wrong a few times.

 

Screentime – Logan

This week we talk about Logan, Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine film. Listen as Adam fails to make a point for a long time, before we get to your comments. We go into spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it, skip from 24:45-46:24!

 

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Adam Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie/Various superhero shows/Horizon Zero Dawn on PS4
RoseThe Sellout by Paul Beatty and You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman/Legion on Sky/Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon on PS1, we weren’t sure which, about 18 years ago.

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 74 – Plussed

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This week we chatted about the Nintendo Switch, the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Logan teasers, Red Dead Redemption 2 and the voice actors strike.

Screentime – Westworld

We’ve been watching the new HBO/Sky Atlantic show Westworld, and chat about the first few episodes that have aired so far. We do venture into minor spoiler territory, so if you haven’t seen it yet then skip 40:37-56:27.

Now Playing 

Adam – The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft/Star Wars Rebels on Sky/Bioshock 2 on PS4 (Collection also on Xbox One) and Resident Evil on PS4
Ian – The Eleventh Letter by Tom Tomaszewski/Black Mirror on Netflix/Red Dead Redemption on Xbox 360

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Comic Review – Old Man Logan #1 (Marvel Comics)

Kit has taken over the weekly comic book review because Adam is in the unenviable position of attempting to finish off his PhD.

“But I was kidding myself, it always ends up the same… with blood and death and me alone like an animal” – Old Man Logan

So, this week Old Man Logan #1 from Marvel caught my eye, written by Jeff Lemire with art from Andrea Sorrentino, colours from Marcelo Maiolo and lettering by Cory Petit. It’s another rebooted comic to fit in with the All-New All-Different Marvel universe. I knew of the original, which I’ve not read but have read a synopsis for so I kinda knew what to expect. This is old, very grumpy and very short tempered Wolverine. Do not expect a happy-clappy comic book. But is that what we’d really want from Mr Howlett? Honestly, part of me would love to see that, but only for a panel or two, anymore and it’d get a bit too weird.

So, focusing on the review of the actual comic again. The first thing I noticed was the art work. It sets the tone of the comic immediately, it looks dirty (in a very good way) and the colour pallet is dark even when the sun is out. Sorrentino and Maiolo did an excellent job here to give us dark, gritty world to delve into.

And dark and gritty it is, right from the little summary of his backstory on the first page. In a few years the villains team up and they win. They slaughter nearly every hero and take over the world. Old Man Logan is one of the few survivors, he’s given up and he’s trying to live a simple family life. Until the Hulk Gang get pissed off and murder his family. He responds as you’d expect. He murders them right back. After the events of Secret Wars Logan finds himself waking up in a full, vibrant New York City. There’s some kind of fat Spider-Man there (the one bit in this comic I didn’t get, I assume it’s a cosplayer?) and society is functioning. There are big posters of Iron Man and Captain America, as you’ve guess he’s gone back in time. It’s the present day and the villains haven’t won yet.

We’re treated to a flashback to his life before, tormented by the Hulk Gang’s flunkies and his relationship with his son. This really helped us get to know the kind of man this Logan is, we get to see him at his worst: broken and passive. He’s been broken down to nearly nothing, and from there he’s rebuilt himself into the ultimate survivor.

It take Logan a while to work out what’s going on, but once he does he knows what he has to do, prevent the villains from teaming up. Of course he rallies the Avengers and takes them down! Or… not…. Naturally he picks up the war path and sets off on what is planned to be a nice little murder spree of revenge on the villains.

Final Verdict

I enjoyed this more than I expected. It’s a lot darker than the other Marvel I’m reading which is a nice contrast. They did a great job in letting you get to know Logan, it’s also very clear he’s a very different man to the main timeline’s Wolverine. I can’t quite get over the random fat Spidey though. It would also be nice to have a few more supporting characters eventually. The art is excellent and gory (for a Marvel comic) and if you’re a fan of comic art that alone is reason to get this first issue.

Final Score – 8.5 Jars of Apple Jam out of 10!

Comic Review – Death of Wolverine #4 (Finale)

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Every week he is going to attempt a mini review of his favourite one, with potential minor spoilers.

After what seems like one of the longest death scenes in history, fictional or otherwise, we have finally arrived a the finale of Death of Wolverine. Spoiler alert – Logan dies. That’s been teased for months, and given that there are a slew of comics coming up dealing with the aftermath of his death it seemed like there really was no way out for Wolvie. A fake out would have been a mistake, and while there is absolutely no chance that Wolverine will actually stay dead in the long term (this is superhero comic books we are talking about, and one of Marvel’s most popular and enduring characters), if the story is compelling then it is still worth telling.

Death of Wolverine follows on from various arcs that led to Logan losing his healing factor, making him question both his mortality after being rendered killable, and his place in the world as a hero. This four-part series involves Abraham Cornelius, one of the leads on the Weapon X program that was responsible for lacing Wolverine’s skeleton with the adamantium metal alloy. Seeking to leave a legacy, and seeing Wolverine as a failure of the program, Cornelius seeks out more adamantium to infuse and graft onto new subjects. He also needs Logan’s healing factor to succeed, and seeks him out not knowing that Wolverine no longer possesses the ability. This final issue is all about the confrontation. Logan arrives at Cornelius’s facility in Nevada, lays waste to all the guards, and finds a scene shockingly similar to his experiences in Weapon X. After Cornelius discovers that he is no longer of any use to him, and Logan defeats his super-powered muscle, he flees and starts the infusion of molten adamantium into his remaining subjects. We hear the ‘SNIKT’ of claws extending for the last time before Logan goes into action. By the end of the issue we arrive where we expected, with Wolverine dead. It is worth reading for yourself though, so I won’t go into detail on how.

Charles Soule crafts a strong, tight story around the demise of Wolverine. His dialogue is pitch perfect, and this issue is an exhilarating ride. I think my favourite element that they have brought in to this story is every time Logan sustains a new injury, the affected area is highlighted in a single small red text box. When he draws his claws for the last time, it simply says ‘HANDS’. Steve McNiven’s art is superbly detailed and dynamic, and the inks from Jay Leisten and colours from Justin Ponsor finish up the art to make a really strong overall direction. The double splash of Paradise Valley, Nevada is breathtaking and does a great job of setting up the start of the issue, the calm before the storm.

This was a great end to a strong mini series, and while it was a long time coming and may only be temporary, the story was worth telling and will hopefully set off a few more compelling arcs in the aftermath of Logan’s death. My only complaint is the price point of $4.99 for 24 pages of story, the same cover price for all 4 issues. That is fairly steep, and while it has a nice quality shiny cover and contains a free digital copy, there should be an element of choice in that, perhaps knocking a dollar off the price for a standard cover. Nevertheless, this is still a series very much worth reading. There were copies of all four issues available at my LCS so you can still get the whole story physically, or pick it up digitally (where I actually believe it is a bit cheaper!).

8 SNIKTs out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 5 – Two Fingers

Good day ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse. This week we discuss anniversary editions of games, pointless video game films, and the many upcoming X-Men films and how many times Hugh Jackman is going to play Wolverine, while Adam boasts about his holiday and decides that a lot of the films released last year weren’t that great, and Gary tries to start a Kickstarter to buy people presents, mainly because he can’t afford to do it himself having wasted all his money on other Kickstarters.

Our main talking point this week was board games and the best examples of fun games to get into. We (mostly Gary, being out resident board game guy) chat about the gateway games to introduce some friends to, and what our favourite games are.

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