Editorial: What Comics I Read This Week

This is a quick, to the point section on what I picked up in comics in the last couple days and what I think of them.

Uncanny X-Men #4

Avengers Arena #7

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Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Alessandro Vitti
So how has Arcade gained super powers and forced these kids to kill each other?  This issue reveals how in a surprisingly entertaining, somewhat emotional look at Arcade’s past as a giant loser, laughingstock, and pitifully horrible human being.  I’m super surprised at how much I enjoyed this issue.  The answer to it all is ridiculously generic but the story telling is there.  Arcade is now a villain to me that I don’t know what to think about.Also a quick complaint that has nothing to do with the story and art: Marvel, why do I not get a free digital copy of this from my physical copy?  Fix it!  

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #20

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Writer: Brian Bendis
Artist: Yves Bigerel
This series is finally starting to get better.  This issue focuses almost entirely on Xander with some wonderful comedic relief via Andrew.  Unfortunately this issue also has the side effect of having me worry as to where its going to go.  This is primarily due to that they could ruin the greatness that is the Angel & Faith series.I’ve also decided reading the fan letters in these books is an absolute riot!  So many Spike fan boys and girls out there who want him to wind up with Buffy!

Injustice: Gods Among Us #13

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Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Jheremy Raapack
Holy crap this series is so freaking good!  This issue focuses entirely on The Flash and his state of mind as he helps Superman and Wonder Woman police the world.  I just, seriously its like $0.99 on Comixology, just go buy them already!  This is a Kingdom Come or Red Son Superman quality comic. Granted its accelerating towards a non-ending but as a comic reader you should be used to things not ending.
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Writer: Brian Bendis
Artist: Bachalo
Now we get to see another perspective on the conversation that happened last issue of All-New X-Men as well as who was recruited.  I had two guesses on the new recruit and one of them was correct.  The new cast of mutant teenagers are really likable characters so far.  Bendis writes teenagers really well.  Illyana is also turning out to be one of my favorite characters of the series.  She’s come a long way from a Colossus MacGuffin and it looks like the next story arc is going to surround her.  Very much looking forward to it.

Wolverine and the X-Men #1-3

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Writer: Aaron
Artist: Bachalo
I think this series might have been built up a little too high for me.  I’ve heard it touted as the best X comic out there.  Unfortunately for it I now have Uncanny X-Men and All-New X-Men to compare it to.  It would probably help if I was familiar with any of the new students.  I should clarify, this book is a good book but it hasn’t won me over as the best.  The story starts out with Xavier walking (I must have missed something here) with Wolverine telling him how happy he was that Wolverine is starting a new school.  Xavier soon departs and hijinks ensue.  The appealing aspects of the series are the ever polite Brood student named Broo, the rebellious Kid Omega, and of course one of my favorite X-women Kitty Pryde.  The enemies of the first 3 issues appear to be a new teenage Hellfire Club.  I honestly wish they just wrote the story without an actual villain attacking the school.  There were so many scenes that could have been elaborated on if they just left those pages out.  But still enjoyed it.  Maybe in a week or two I’ll read the next few issues.

Editorial: What Comics I Read This Week

This is a quick, to the point section on what I picked up in comics in the last couple days and what I think of them.  I might of picked some of them up last week.  

Angel & Faith #20

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Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs
With 3 souls in him, Angel is basically incapacitated.  Spike and Faith go out on a mission to fix it.  Another excellent issue to the series, the banter between Faith and Spike is priceless and has me hoping Spike will stick around in this series for a while.  I still have no idea how they’re going to fix the main Buffy comic, but Angel & Faith has a wonderful and rich cast of characters with a plot any fan of the show can get behind.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1


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Writer: Bendis
Artist: McNiven
I’m still bothered Star Lord is a blonde but the issue is pretty good.  Sure we’re missing half the team and they added Iron Man but the characters are for the most part reacting the right way.  Maybe not Drax though.  The whole protect the Earth thing isn’t something they just decided to do, there’s actually a story with Star Lord’s dad and the Badoon that will necessitate it thankfully.  Issue #1 is way too early to judge but it makes me way more confident than Nova #1 did.

Uncanny X-Men #3

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Writer: Bendis
Artist: Bachalo
Wow, this issue is kind of awesome.  Granted if you hate Cyclops, you it may make your blood boil, which could be a good reaction in its own respect.  The characters in Uncanny X-Men are ballsy as hell and I’m glad I’m subscribed.  Magick is also quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  No longer is she Colossus’s little sister to kidnap, now she’s pretty awesome and gets quite a few good lines.  If you’re an X-Men fan, the Bendis comics are worth looking into.

91 – Tro-Bo Lord of the Trannies

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Featuring Joey, John “MusiM”, Scott “Artisann002″, and Suzy “Sprinkles”.

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This we discuss John Dies at the End, Law and Order, Drawn Together, Ni No Kuni, Far Cry 3, FTL, Steam on Linux, Book Thief, and The B Team.

Also visit Suzy’s new website at http://spectervision.wix.com/spectervision

Turn 89 – Favorites of 2012

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Featuring Joey “Nebula”, John “MusiM”, Lauren “Literally”, and Suzy “Specter”.

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Its that time of year again except this time we do it a bit differently.  Each of us reads our 10 item list which includes movies, games, books, comics,  etc all combined and present argument for our choices.  And its under 2 hours.  Enjoy.

88 – Extreme Liver Challenge

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Featuring Joey “Nebula”, John “MusiM”, Lauren “Literally”, Scott “Artisann002″, and Suzy “Meh”.

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This week our intended topics of discussion are alcohol, Spec Ops The Line, alcohol, The Walking Dead, Assassin’s Creed 2, Crysis 2, alcohol, Dark Tower, Locke and Key, alcohol, Who is the Killer?, alcohol, Botanicula, and who knows what else.

87 – HHCHCHCHCHCHCHS


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Featuring John “MusiM”, Lauren “Literally”, Scott “Artisann002″, and Suzy “Meh”.

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This week our intended topics of discussion are Cloud Atlas, Skyfall, Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2, Walking Dead, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, Sherlock, Frozen Synapse, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Assassin’s Creed 3, and Upgraded Soul.

Turn 76 – Surprisingly Springy


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Featuring Joey “Nebula”, John “MusiM”, Lauren “Literally”, and Scott “Artisan002″.

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Our intended topics of discussion are Saga, Marvel AR, Avengers vs X-Men, The Wind Through the Keyhole, Snow Crash, Pottermore, Cabin in the Woods, Legend of Korra, Transformers Prime, and Eternal Sonata.

Be sure and email us for the next show at carouselpodcast@gmail.com!

Atomic Robo: Last Stop Kickstarter

The Fictory animation studio has started a Kickstarter to finish funding the animated film.  The DVD comes with one of the $35 tiers and most of the upper tiers.  While the studio has already met their $12,000 goal, they have “unlockables” that come as certain monetary goals are met with the Kickstarter that will either grant additional bonuses for tiers or additional product improvements.  As of right now the Kickstarter has 42 days to go.  If you’ve never read Atomic Robo and love life, robots, and the world I might recommend the $250 tier which comes with all six trade paperbacks signed among other goodies.  Worried you won’t like Atomic Robo?  Go read the free comic book day issues over at http://www.nuklearpower.com/atomic-robo/.

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/66184978/atomic-robo-last-stop

Turn 72 – Its Precisely That Bad


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Featuring Joey “Nebula”, John “MusiM”, Sam Bell, and Scott “Artisan002″.

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Where we earn that explicit tag.  Our intended topics of discussion are Heroclix, Y’s Oath in Felghana, Borderlands, Mass Effect toys, Tribes Ascend, Mechwarrior, Diablo 3, Leviathan, Wolverine and the X-Men, Secret of Arrietty.

Be sure and email us for the next show at carouselpodcast@gmail.com!


X-Men: Some stuff about 51-100

So its a lot harder to just pick 10 goofy or relevant things to tell you about X-Men 51-100.  Part of it is that from issues 67  through 93 Marvel starting reprinting earlier stories with new covers.  67 was a reprint of the first appearance of the Juggernaut and they simply went on from there, oftening reprinting two issues in a single issue.  From 1970 to 1975 X-Men was basically not a series.  I can’t even fathom how angry fans must have been.  Luckily Lein Wein came along in 1975 and published Giant Sized X-Men.  Once that happened everything changed as Chris Claremont started writing the monthly series and Chris was not afraid to have just as much if not more drama than action.  But I now bring you tidbits.  Little interesting nuggets of information that are fact in the context of issues 51-100.  They may not all be funny, but they will be informative and entertaining.  And in the future I may have to look at smaller issue sets to do.

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