UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero II Review

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Over the last couple of years, I have found MMA, and more specifically, the UFC to be a complete bore. The lack of stars and divisional relevance along with the oversaturation of events has made the majority of the fights a standard affair as opposed to something special. That all changes, at least for one night, as UFC 225 from the United Center in Chicago, produced meaningful fights from top to bottom. Continue reading “UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero II Review”

I’ve Been Quoted for a Review!

I’ve been writing comic book reviews at Forces of Geek for almost three years. During that time, I’ve seen my colleagues quoted by various publishers. Well, Dynamite Entertainment quoted me for a review I wrote about the The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Knights graphic novel. Click here to check out my review.

Batman & Robin #0 Review: One Cute Book

Batman & Robin #0 | Writer: Peter J. Tomasi | Art: Patrick Gleason & Mick Gray | Colors: John Kalisz |Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $2.99

The book may be titled “Batman & Robin,” but this series has always been about the pint-sized assassin, Damian. Over the last twelve months, we’ve seen the son of Bruce Wayne struggle with his morality. He was bred to be a masterful killer since the day he was born and has a hard time fighting the urge to kill.

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Hawkeye #2 Review

Hawkeye #2 | Writer: Matt Fraction | Art: David Aja
Colors: David Aja
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $2.99

Act two of the Arrowed Avenger proves the outstanding story in the first issue was no fluke.

Matt Fraction delivers a thrilling comic book that shows Clint Barton’s time away from his famous super team.

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The Walking Dead #100 Review

The Walking Dead #100 | Writer: Robert Kirkman | Art: Charlie Adlard | Colors: Cliff Rathburn | Publisher: Image Comics | Price: $3.99

Most people, including myself, were expecting some sort of second zombie apocalypse. While this didn’t happen, fans paid one dollar more for 30 uninterrupted well-paced pages that changed everything for Rick and company.

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 Review

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 | Writer: James Robinson | Art: Phillip Tan, Ruy Jose & LeBeau Underwood | Colors: Richard Horie, Tanya Horie & Carrie Strachan | Publisher: DC Comics Price: $2.99

Besides professional wrestling, He-Man defined my childhood as I played with the action figures and my Snake Mountain play set until the cows came home. I didn’t think this book would make the list because I thought it would only appeal to fans of the cartoon.

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Spider-Men #1 Review

Spider-Men #1 | Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: Sara Pichelli | Colors: Justin Ponsor | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99

The original Ultimate Comics Spider-Man crew is back together with the first installment of this highly anticipated series. One of the things that drew me to the series is how this creative team would handle the original Peter Parker.

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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man # 7 Review

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #7 Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: Chris Samnee | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99

Brian Michael Bendis has done a masterful job of providing comic book fans with a feel good story that follows a character you love to cheer for.
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Red Lanterns #6 Review

Red Lanterns #6 | Writer: Peter Milligan | Art: Ed Benes, Diego Bernard & Rebecca Buchmann | Colors: Nathan Eyring | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $2.99

British professor Jack Moore has dealt with a lifetime of torment and ridicule. He buried his anger, thinking he could keep his feelings in line. Things change for Mr. Moore as the instrument of rage selects him and begins a harrowing transformation of the mind, body, and perhaps, soul. Moore tries his best to fight it as a tidal wave of awful memories floods his mind.

Reminders of the past begin to chip away at his consciousness until Jack realizes he can no longer control himself as he’s encountered the one thing that can make him the monster he hid from everyone: A Red Lantern ring.

Meanwhile, Atrocitus and Bleez fight each other for leadership of the Red Lanterns as many of the Lanterns watch on, rooting for one over the other.

The crux of the story is Moore’s emotional struggle as the power ring plays the devil’s role on the shoulder, telling him to embrace the hate.

There was nothing special or bad about the artwork as it did a great job orchestrating Milligan’s script. It is detrimental to our mental health to keep things bottled inside because eventually, you will snap.

The red ring was drawn to Moore like a moth to a flame, and the end result produces the first human Red Lantern.

Grade: A-

 

Wolverine #19 Review

Wolverine #19 | Writer: Jason Aaron |Art: Ron Garney | Color: Jason Keith | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99

I almost can’t put into words how good this issue was and how much I enjoyed reading it. I’m not going to say too much because you should just take my word for it and buy this book.

It was just one big adventure that has everything a comic book fan loves. Wolverine, Fat Cobra, and Gorilla-Man are hiding inside the stomach of three dragons, using them as a disguise to break into Jade Claw’s secret hideout.

If that doesn’t hook you, then I don’t know what will. The art and colors are wonderful, and one of the panels on the last page is a bar scene where one of the dragons poke their head in the window and takes a sip of Fat Cobra’s 24-ounce beer mug.

The conclusion shows an unknown group of people looking at various targets, and they get the word they have to take out our adamantium-clawed Canadian. These last few pages really put over how much of a badass Wolverine is.  I’m done typing, please; just buy it right away. It is the must-read Wolverine book of the year!