The Black Vortex is the current big event going on in Marvel Comics with the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men teaming up to stop an ancient artifact that is imbued with immeasurable power from destroying billions of lives across the universe.
This event will be a three month trek with four books that were released in February, five installments to be released in March with the final four chapters hitting shelves in April.
Here we’re going to examine the first four books while looking at story progression, character depth, and things that look to be shaping up. If you haven’t started reading this event yet, consider this your Cliff’s Notes on The Black Vortex.
There is one question that needs to be asked and that is, “why should we care about this event when Secret Wars is right around the corner?”
The Marvel Universe as we know it will be melded into one single cohesive alignment called Battleworld where continuity could be changed, altered, or remained untouched. While crossover events should deliver some high stakes excitement that augments the overall scope of the universe in some way, shape, or form.
However, sometimes, it’s all about providing a sense of wonderment while seeing your favorite characters in uncommon situations. If you’re a Guardians and or X-Men devotee, seeing them interact is half the fun.
Check out my review of the first four installments of The Black Vortex at Forces of Geek.com
Rocket Raccoon #7 | Writer: Skottie Young | Artist: Filipe Andrade | Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99 | Check out my other picks of the week at Forces of Geek.com
The creativity of Skottie Young and the hijinks of Rocket Raccoon are a perfect match that can’t be denied.
The diversity of this series is produced like a variety show that has something for everyone. In this particular outing,
Rocket and Groot and stranded on the dreaded Winter Planet. Groot is angry at Rocket for breaking off a piece of his body to use as firewood.
Sure, the furry Guardian didn’t ask permission, but that’s ok, they need to stay warm. Ice giants looking to clobber the two outlanders halts the humorous banter.
Fun action turns into a grave situation for Groot. Young seamlessly tears away Rocket’s tough exterior as bravado is replaced with gut-wrenching concern for his best friend.
“I don’t need no stupid ice ninja’s help” is a spit in the face of adversity when the locals try to convince Rocket that Groot will not survive.
Filipe Andrade’s artwork is fun to examine and works extremely well with the stories multi toned approach due to his expressive style. This is a pivotal stop on Rocket’s journey towards a redemption of sorts.
The thought of losing the one constant in his life after discovering he is the last of his kind drives him to new heroic heights.
Score: 3.5 out of 5
I know I’m late to the party with this review, but my brain exploded after witnessing a space opera for the ages and it took me a few weeks to piece it all back together. I’m going to tell you the same thing about Guardians of the Galaxy that I said about The Avengers. There is no amount of telling you how awesome this movie is that will prepare you for how awesome this movie really is. It entertains on every level and brings new meaning to the term “Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Continue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy Is Out of This World” →
Nova #20 | Writer: Gerry Duggan | Artists: David Balldeon & Terry Pallot | Colorist: David Curiel |Publisher: Marvel | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
Original Sin seems to know no bounds as far as its personal impact on the characters inside the Marvel Universe.
The newest Nova, Sam Alexander, is a teenager that discovers the truth behind the grim tales regarding his father. Rocket Raccoon lends a helping hand, but both find themselves in a poisonous situation and time is running out. Continue reading “Nova #20 Review” →
Vince McMahon is used to getting his way but apparently, Batista didn’t get the memo. Reports have surfaced regarding “The Animal’s” refusal to wrestle Daniel Bryan at WWE’s upcoming Payback pay-per-view. Wrestlers refusing to put people over is nothing new, however, Batista deserves a pass on any flack he is receiving for refusing the match. Luckily, his support of Bryan and the refusal of the idea as opposed to the wrestler himself seems to be his saving grace. Continue reading “Batista is the Victim” →
I stayed up late to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and I’m not sure if I like what I saw? I’ve watched it seven more times since I just can’t get a lock on how I feel about it. Visually, it looks amazing, but I question if the subject matter has the juice to a sustainable film franchise. Continue reading “Thoughts on the Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer” →