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Monday, January 28, 2013


Sometimes I save some comics until after the podcast when we have a heavy week like this week was. I regret saving Batwoman for last. Check out her book and the rest of our written reviews. 

Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #20 $3.99

Writer: Sam Humphries, Art: Scott Eaton, Rick Magyar w/Andrew Hennessey & Dave Meikis
The art is lacking in this title and a little inconsistent especially in this issue. Considering how many people are working on art thought that's not much of a surprise. On the other hand the story just keeps getting better and more interesting. It was revealed at the end of the last issue that Nick Fury is now with HYDRA. The way this plays out in the issue just gets more intense as it goes on. Based off of the ending I can't wait to see what happens next issue. As far as I'm concerned that's how you do comic book issues right. Susan Storm is also trying to find the mind gem with the aid of Thor and they do kind of get somewhere. Lacking art or not this is a great read.
Verdict: BUY


Marvel NOW! Young Avengers #1 $2.99

Writer: Kieron Gillen, Art: Jamie McKelvie w/Mike Norton
The panels look classic in design and set up at first and throughout most of the book. The intro page had really cool, unique, artistic structuring and design. The art is gorgeous with its cool, sleek, smooth feel. To be honest the story was quite confusing but interesting nonetheless. There was a gay couple scene that seemed like they were laying it on a little too thick. I just felt forced and unnatural the way they did it. The way it was done in Earth 2 felt real whereas this felt over the top. I really like the inclusion of young Loki and a Hispanic female character. It's nice to see Hispanics being a bigger part of comics and the Marvel U. The art was captivating and story was interesting despite minor issues.
Verdict: BUY n' ADD

Marcel NOW! Uncanny X-Force #1 $3.99

Writer: Sam Humphries, Art: Ron Garney
It starts with a good hook throwing you in the thick of it with Psylocke and Storm. It had some exposition on both characters mostly on Betty. Storm is sporting the Mohawk in this and I love it. The explanation as to why they are doing what they're doing makes sense and works. The art is impressive and sucked me in instantly. I never thought Puck could be a like able or interesting character but they manage to do it. With the addition of an old X-Men adversary amped things up. Bishop is back. The ending provides a good WTF moment. I was sucked in more and more with each page.
Verdict: BUY n' ADD

Marvel NOW! FF #3 $2.99

Writer: Matt Fraction, Art: Michael & Laura Allred
It's tough to talk about this issue without too many spoilers because a lot is revealed throughout the book. Old man Torch tells us who and how the Fantastic Four are defeated along with the rest of world. It appears are up to no good as it seems they have an unholy alliance with an old Fantastic Four adversary. Darla Deering really comes into light in this issue as we see her in a Katie Perry-like performance at first then with Ant Man trying to win her over. It was great to see the yancy street gang as well as what may be a possible romance forming between Darla and Scott Lang. The art is stunning and unique there's no doubt about that. There were a couple classic cameos and great spreads that really stood out. What they decide to do about the situation at hand seems uncharacteristic for the Fantastic Four but maybe not this team.
Verdict: BUY n' ADD

Marvel NOW! Avengers #3 $3.99

Writer: Jonathan Hickman, Artist: Jerome Opeña
The art in this book is gorgeous, unparalleled beauty. The story arc wraps up quite nicely in this issue though sooner than expected. The Avengers did not pull any punches. I love the new Captain America suit with its realistic look and design. Essentially this issue was just the expanded team of Avengers show up on Mars and whoop on the villains. The universe has something to say about all of this. The story isn't exactly what I expected from what I've heard about Hickman but its a very interesting and good introduction into this new Avengers title and team.
Verdict: BUY

Marvel NOW! Uncanny Avengers #3 $3.99

Writer: Rick Remender, Artist: John Cassaday
I could not stop reading this issue for a second. From beginning to end this was a geniusly constructed story building with ferocity each panel, page, image, and word. It is quite evident that not only is this not a team yet they are completely unprepared and out of their league when facing this menacing, mind controlling villain with his S-Men. Havok is quite the leader as we see here. Remender and Marvel did something here that I have not seen nor expected to experience in mainstream comics. I'm excited for this titles future and scared for the future of this team as well as mutants. Red Skull unleashes all hell loose on New York and even more so against this "team". So many unexpected things happened in this issue that its mind blowing apparent that this is now one of the best titles of Marvel NOW!

Marvel NOW! Deadpool #4 $2.99

Writers: Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan, Artist: Tony Moore
Funny and gross at the same time, that's what comes to mind when reading this issue. The art is great at depicting the humor that this book is going for. I'm surprisingly impressed with how good the art has been from the beginning and continues to be. Deadpool dresses as Marilyn Monroe to get the attention of dead president JFK and hilarity ensues. He takes out presidents 10-13 at the Golden Gate Bridge, then 15, 29-31 at the Hoover Dam in over the top, ridiculous, and hilarious ways. In the final fight of the book he takes on honest Abe in a UFC match. All the jokes were sharp, witty, clever, sometimes cheesy but I especially liked the references to rock bands. The issue was well paced, fun, and hilarious not to mention it may be the best art I've ever seen in a Deadpool book.
Verdict: BUY

Marvel NOW! Wolverine & The X-Men #24 $3.99

Writer: Jason Aaron, Art: David & Alvaro López
With a different art team it's a little daunting but this title still retains its cartoony, warm, soft almost all ages book look. Some of the expressions do look odd and goofy though but overall the art was quite enjoyable. The staff of the Jean Grey school have a night on the town. Bobby Drake and Kitty Pryde go on what seems to be an awkward date, at least at first. I love the deep character moments that are in each issue especially this one as it reminds me why Iceman is my favorite original  X-Man. As the cover depicts Storm and Wolverine have a nice night and some moments as babysit the Jean Grey school together. This book is fun, funny, real, emotional, everything I love about X-Men and more. There are some great panels and spreads in this issue. I still believe this is the best most consistently good x-book there is.
Verdict: BUY

Deadpool Killustrated #1 $2.99

Writer: Cullen Bunn, Art: Matteo Lolli, Sean Parsons
The beginning was slightly interesting mostly due to the art but dialogue was just more Deadpool slop. This is essentially a spinoff of Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe. This seems to be made of the sane material. There's WAY too much nonessential dialogue. I got bored about half way through. Personally I find the idea of him traveling into different literatures as stupid and it was. Stupid and boring story and dialogue, I'll pass. The art is decent, better at certain points than others.
Verdict: PASS

Winter Soldier #18 $2.99

Writer: Ed Brubaker, Art: Butch Guice, Brian Thies
The conclusion to the Black Widow Hunt story arc and Ed Brubakers last issue on this title. It wasn't as exciting or climactic as I thought it was going to be but it will definitely have lasting effects. This book is anything if not consistently great. Almost every single issue has rain  which gives it a great noir, spy, espionage feel. The team is hot on the trail of Bucky's adversary. The ending was a little too generic for me. I really felt like this antagonist would have something up his sleeve for the final hurrah not to mention the writer himself. As I said what the villain does do can not be undone and its sad. Honestly this was a better last issue for Brubaker than Captain America was. The has always been top notch and this issue is not exception. It's suspenseful and emotional. This would be a fantastic series to own in trade.
Verdict: BUY

Judge DREDD #3 $3.99

Writer: Duane Swierczynski, Art: Nelson Daniel, Langdon Foss
The first story was new, fresh, and interesting in multiple ways. This is a new story arc with a unique concept I had really thought about or considered much about. Somebody is making clones and trying to get ransom money for what they're saying is the real deal. Dredd gets tasked with delivering the payout but in a city overrun with crime everybody is all of a sudden out to get a cut. The art is a little cartoony and over the top but it works surprisingly well. This seems to be the first half of this story. The second story was weird in look and tone. I didn't like it at all. I thought it was plum stupid. It did nothing for me. The art was weak too.
Verdict: weak BUY

Mars Attacks the Transformers One-Shot $3.99

Writer: Shane McCarthy, Art: Matt Frank
The retro-looking Autobots and Decepticons are duking it out as usual then the Martians arrive on Earth. Do the Transformers join up to defeat the Martians or do the Deceptions  help the Martians destroy the Autobots? In a sense  both of these possibilities play out. What I really enjoyed most about this book is that there were two different factions that were drawn differently but they somehow made them gel so well. All the characters were well written. This was just an enjoyable fun one and done romp.
Verdict: BUY

Wonder Woman #16
Writer: Brian Azzarello, Art: Cliff Chiang
The art in the issue looked good. Orion seems like a cool character. The last issue made you think Wonder Woman and him were going to fight. This issue they talk and it looks like they have a common mission, The book is really good, but seems to be going really slow. It may be better to read in trade.
Verdict: BUY

Batwoman #16
Writer/Art: J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
This book blew me over in aw. I really did not like the last issue much, but his issue was amazing. The art got me sucked in. It was great seeing Wonder Woman fighting the Hydra.Batwoman was going after Medusa. She even finds the kids so they are still alive. She still need to rescue them, but now we know they are alive for now. Medusa is trying to bring the mother of all monsters back.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Comic list for 1/30/2013

These are the comics that Pablo and the Ambassador are looking to get this week. Only on the podcast will you find out how good they are if they made it to cashier. 


Deathmatch #2, 3.99
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Art: Carlos Magno


Legend Of Zelda Hyrule Historia HC, $34.99


Arrow #3, $3.99
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Andrew Kreisberg
Art: Mike Grell
Sergio Sandoval
Jorge Jimenez

Aquaman #16 , $2.99
Writer: Geoff Johns 
Art: Paul Pelletier

Batman And Robin Annual #1, $4.99 
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Ardian Syaf
Vicente Cifuenties

Before Watchmen Dollar Bill #1 (One Shot), $3.99
Writer: Len Wein
Art: Steve Rude

Before Watchmen Ozymandias #5 (Of 6), $3.99
Writer: Len Wein
Art: Jae Lee

Flash #16, $2.99
Writer: Francis Manapul
Art: Brian Buccellato

Talon #4, $2.99
Writer: Scott Snyder
James T. Tynion IV
Art: Guillem March


Invincible #100, $3.99 
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Art: Ryan Ottley

Mara #2 (Of 6), $2.99
Writer: Brian Wood
Art: Ming Doyle


Avengers #4, $3.99 
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Art Adam Kubert

Hawkeye #7, $2.99
Writer: Matt Fraction
Art: Steve Lieber
Jesse Hamm

Journey Into Mystery #648 , $2.99 
Writer: Kathryn Immonen
Art: Valerio Schiti

Punisher War Zone #4 (Of 5), $2.99 
Writer: Greg Rucka
Carmine Di Giandomenico

TNTM Comicast: Episode 65

On this Comicast find out which comics are worth buying and which comics should stay on the shelf.
Don't forget to check out our podcast on iTunes! Avengers #3, Before Watchmen Minutemen #6, Deadpool #4, FF #3,Green Lantern #16, Judge Dredd #3, Justice League #16, Nightwing #16, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret History Of The Foot Clan #2,Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #20, Uncanny Avengers #3, Uncanny X-Force #1, Winter Soldier #14, Wolverine And The X-Men #24,Young Avengers #1, Mars Attacks The Transformers

Podcast Rating: PG

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Talk Nerdy to Me Presents Amazing Let-Down #700

Amazing Let-Down #700
Here is a slideshow of Amazing Spider-man 700 paired with Rihanna’s song “Diamond”. Amazing Spider-Man was so bad that we had to give it the right send off. Essentially this is what we think of ASM 700 as there is commentary throughout. Hope you enjoy it. Tell us what you think.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 16 Comic Week in Review

This week for the Comic Week in Review we have a treat for you. This week we are covering MORE comics than we did than on the Comicast with the inclusion of Avenging Spider-Man, Captain America, and Captain Marvel. This week we also reviewed All-New X-Men, Savage Wolverine, New Avengers, Avengers Assemble, Indestructible Hulk, Daredevil, Batman, Batgirl, and Batman & Robin.
Marvel NOW! Avenging Spider-Man #16 $3.99
Writer: Christopher Yost, Art: Paco Medina & Juan Vlasco
This issue actually wasn't bad. Yost is doing his best with a bad situation. That bad situation is essentially the only thing that brings this down. Doc Ock as Spider-Man is awkward and not funny awkward but bad awkward. There's a reason we all hate Otto. He's a pompous, self-involved jerk. What is funny is that Yost is actually doing a better job than Slott is at his own story as he finds the perfect balance of good and evil for Octavius. The story plays off the tension of Otto getting found out as Spider-Man especially with him meeting up with the X-Men. Something that Slott doesn't even try but should that is done in Avenging is play off that Spidey IS acting weird and almost everybody notices. The challenge for Ock is trying to walk, talk, and act like true blue himself. How this all plays out is actually pretty well done and enjoyable unfortunately I still hate this contrived idea and the character of Otto Octavius. Just the way he talks annoys me but that IS the character. The art was quite impressive and enjoyable. All I know is that I love this art team but I would like to see them on a book I actually give a damn about. Personally I refuse to buy into this whole contrived Dan Slott bs but for all intents and purposes this issue was good.
Verdict: Strong SKIM
Marvel NOW! Captain America #3 $3.99
Writer: Rick Remender, Art: John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson
Starts with a flashback about Arnim Zola that I could care less about and felt added nothing to the story. I have never liked Romita Jrs work but I really have been trying to give him a chance with this title unfortunately his art in this issue is the straw that broke the camels back. This may be some of the worst work I have ever seen him do. I looks so sloppy and unfocused. People have pencil necks and huge looking bobble heads. I've given up on this title. It's not getting any better if anything it's getting worse. The flashback to Steve as a boy helping another kid like himself should have been the best part but instead it was the weakest in both writing and art. This title is a PASS.
Verdict: PASS
Marvel NOW! Captain Marvel #9 $2.99
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Art: Filipe Andrade
I did not like the art. It looked sloppy to me. The dialogue was instantly enjoyable, I won't deny that. Right away she gets roped into doing something for Stark. At first it seems like a normal day in the life of Carol Danvers until dinosaurs show up. Well it turns out that fighting dinosaurs is just something she fit into her schedule as it turns out to be exactly that, a normal day in the life of Captain Marvel. The language, people, and dialogue just seems so real. By the end of the book I had warmed up to the art despite still having minor issues with it. I just don't like the way people's faces look. It is a very unique, artistic, stylistic kind of art. The colors really pop with powerful bursts of energy. Overall is was a nice enjoyable story with a sad ending.
Marvel NOW! All-New X-Men #6 $3.99
Writer: BMB, Art: David Marquez
This issue feltfffxessccvc like more of a transitional set up feel to it was enjoyable nonetheless. It started with a great hook in which you don't know is real or fake at first. There was quite a few bonding moments between Jean and Kitty. We also see a role reversal of sorts with Logan and Scott. Angel also finally meets himself and its a pretty interesting interaction. This book primarily focused on character moments. The ending was as much of shocker as it was a revelation that things are going to get messy due to a certain monkey wrench getting thrown in the works. Overall it was a solid issue despite being slow paced.
Verdict: BUY
Marvel NOW! Savage Wolverine #1 $3.99
Story & Art: Frank Cho
What can I say, it's Frank Cho doing what he's best at. Well he may not be the best writer but I'll be damned if he's not one of the most talented artists in the biz. There should be no doubt that the art allow is worth the cover price. He no slouch when it comes to writing though. The story may seem pretty basic but dammit it's a fun and enjoyable ride. Logan wakes up in the Savage Land, kills some neanderthals, finds Shanna the very sexy She-Devil, and then dinosaurs attack. This was easily one of the most enjoyable and fun books of the week and the art is just absolutely delicious.
Verdict: BUY
Cover of The Week
Marvel NOW! New Avengers #2
Writer: Jonathan Hickman, Art: Steve Epting, Rick Magyar
Hickman really stepped it up in this issue. The first page is a recap of the first issue. The intro page was a great unique introduction to the illuminati infinity gem holders. It was great to see Reed Richards take the reins on being an interrogator which you don't think it would work but he has such a different approach that it works really well. One thing is made very clear that was missing from the first issue which is the explanation and severity of the situation at hand. My favorite part of this issue and the reason I will continue picking this title up is the tension between T'Challa and Namor with T'Challa informing Namor that when everything is said and done he WILL kill him. There were so many great moments in this issue. I won't bother explaining them all as its best to find out yourself. The art in this issue impressed me with the variation of clear, concise, organized, thematic styles of art.
Verdict: BUY n' ADD
Marvel NOW! Avengers Assemble #11 $3.99
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Artist: Stefano Caselli
The artist really shows his chops in the first few pages with variations of Spiderwoman and his attention to detail with the big green guy. The dialogue is witty, fun, and smart. The villain turns out to be smarter than he looks. It's interesting to see that Tony does what has to be done and how Spiderwoman appeals to his and the hulks humanity. Surprisingly enough we see Thor unconventionally use his head to fix a problem. Unfortunately the villain wasn't as tough as he appeared but the way it ended was quite comical. The dialogue is probably the funnest part of this issue but the art is definitely the most enjoyable aspect.
Verdict: BUY
Marvel NOW! Indestructible Hulk #3 $3.99
Writer: Mark Waid, Art: Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan
The issue started interestingly enough with Maria Hill interviewing people to work with Banner, one of them being an inmate. From there it goes into a covert ops SHIELD operation. Lets just say it doesn't stay covert for long. AIM has something big up their sleeve as well though. The art is strong, intense, and powerful. The colors really pop and add add a whole other level to the art. My biggest problem with this issue is that there was not much of a challenge for the Hulk physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. I also know that Waid is just building a solid foundation before he starts taking on an awesome risk filled journey.
Verdict: BUY

Daredevil #22 $2.99
Writer: Mark Waid, Artist: Chris Samnee
Only a talented team like this one could make something as menial as exchanging money interesting. Instantly Matt Murdock is made a more relatable guy than most superheroes within the first few pages. I really like this issue because it plays off the fact that Doc Spidey isn't fooling anybody whether it be his cheesy villain speak or horrible fight banter. Daredevil knows there's something not right with his old buddy but he focuses on the major problems and prioritizes. Samnee really hit his stride in this issue. The art was so vivid, fun, and imaginative. I felt like I could actually smell the bacon cheesecake and it was revolting. Despite having my own misconception about the ending it was still a huge shock. Over a year later this title is still one of the best books being published.
Verdict: BUY

Batman #16 $3.99
Writer: Scott Snyder, Art: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
You wake up in prison on a cold hard floor, around you there are men in cells dressed as Batman & Joker dancing hand-in-hand with each other. This is how the book starts and shows you how demented Joker has become. Joker forces Batman to run the run gauntlet of sorts. Batman is as sharp and focused as ever being prepared for each challenge that comes his way. It is until he reaches the court with his jester, judge, and others is thrown off his game. With flies swarming the Jokers rotted face it appears that he may have fine achieved his life goal. The back up story by Tynion and Jock breaks down Harvey like I have never seen before using the Joker as the instrument and it plays out beautifully. My only complaint is that I can't see the finish line or where it will go from here.
Verdict: BUY
Batman & Robin #16 $2.99
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Art: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, & Keith Champagne
Father versus son, that's what has been eluded to at least. A drugged Damian Wayne is forced to fight his Joker poisoned and controlled father to the death. He goes through a process and cadre of emotions. At first he is resistant and persistent to make his dad snap out if it. Then he moves to more of a fine I'll just beat some sense into you. After a little of that he breaks and submits to the acceptance of his own death at the hands of his father. There was a great amount of tension throughout this book but after the big reveal it felt quite anticlimactic and almost cheap. The bad boy wonder may have failed in the test Jokers eyes but he definitely passed in mine. I'm pretty sure this is the most demented looking Joker of not just the death of the family books but of all time. 
Verdict: BUY
Batgirl #16 $2.99
Writer: Gail Simone, Art: Ed Benes, Daniel Sampere, Vicente Cifuentes
Who hasn't thought of choking out the Joker? Well Barbara dreams it and that's what we first see. Batgirl is set to marry Joker at his insane forced request. His pre-nup is all kinds of messed up for so many reasons. Then a game changer arrives but which team is he playing for. I put my money on nobody but himself. Seeing Batgirl take this opportunity of distraction to whoop ass is awesome unfortunately it's cut short. All of these end the same, with Joker presenting something bloody on a silver platter to each hero. This is the book in which I am most excited to see the conclusion to.
Verdict: BUY

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