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Cataclysm 0.1: Spoiler Free Review

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This is finally it. The Cataclysm has begun. Although I am not a fan of point one issues, this issue i found extremely illuminating in illustrating just how big of a mess the Ultimates are going to be in a mess they may not come alive. And while yes this is a spoiler free review I will tell ya to read Ultimate Disassembled to see the intent of just how bad the Ultimates have fucked up saving the universe.

This issue stars Ultimate Vision (last seen in the Ga Lak Tus trilogy) and her journey to decipher Galactus and to find a way to defeat him. Not to spoil anything (kinda hard) but Vision comes to a realization that only one person can save them now. Unfortunately he tried in Disassembled and failed (on the account of Tony Stark). And just as Ultimate Kang said to her past self: salvation lies with **********. Who is this hero? Read Ultimate Comics Ultimates TPB Disassembled to find out.

Fialkov did an excellent job in giving us a story which shows just how grey the world has become and how broken the Ultimate Marvel Universe has become. The only downside comes from the artists Nico Suayan, Mirco Perfederici and Leonard Kirk. For only a issue, 3 artist are too much and the art suffers as a result. Plus the “love story” between Sam Wilson and Vision is a little too creepy. As a result I would give this issue a 3 out of 5.

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The End of October and the Beginning of November and Cataclysm

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As October ends so does the current run of Ultimate Comics from Marvel to give way to the Cataclysm. Ultimate Comics Ultimates (it’s longest run from 2011-2013) already ended on September and Ultimate Comics Spider Man v.2 and Ultimate Comics X-Men end this month. And it all starts at Cataclysm .01 staring Ultimate Vision.

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This issue will set up for all of those who want to start re reading ultimate marvel again is a good spot to prepare yourself to the event that will define Ultimate Marvel.

Bring it on

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TPB Review of Talon Vol.1 Scourge of the Owls

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Written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. Illustrated by Guillem March.

 

i will admit that most people do not review trade paperback for many reasons. i found this tpb curious to see how the Court of Owls have developed and founded myself regretting not being involved in this story earlier. This story involves Calvin Rose, the only Talon ever to escape the reach of the Court of Owls. In the aftermath of the Night of the Owls, the Court finds itself short on Talons to do their bidding. Calvin embarks on a journey back to Gotham to confront and destroy what’s left of teh Court, but finds himself overwhelmed by the power of the Court. For those of us who followed the Court of Owls in Batman, we can see here an expanded universe inside the dark corner of Gotham.  The standout character is Calvin Rose. Being a pupil of Haly’s Circus ( the same circus as Dick Grayson, the current Nightwing and former Robin.) he was recruited by the Court of Owls to become a Talon. You see how he changes and becomes the only Talon to escape the reach of the Court. Calvin is an escape artist second to none (beating an “unbreakable” lock of Waynetech) and you can see why the Court is interested in recovering Rose. Snyder and Tynion (star pupil who took over completely in writing Talon) do an excellent job in creating an underground world the which Batman finds it hard to track of. While Calvin doesn’t have the resources and toys that Wayne has, he has first hand experience in handling the Talons which were modernized due to the serum Mr Freeze made for them. However the situation for both the Court and Rose turns desperate as each one does what they can to win the endgame. The Court desperate and weakened by Batman and Lincoln March ( Earth One’s Owlman….see Batman #10 and #11 for details) are forced to release and awake Talons that were considered TOO dangerous to release (even to the Court). Releasing the infamous Gotham Butcher is one of the desperate moves done by the Grandmaster of the Court to get back on their feet. 

 

The Good: 

Bedside the great story , the artwork by Guillen March is superb.  Collecting issues 0-7, it is a particularly superb long read. Of course another plus is the fact that it came out in paperback and not in hardcover which makes it affordable to get. At $17 buck it is not bad, plus all the extra artwork is a nice addition to the tpb.

 

The Bad:

having waiting to buy this tpb, to enjoy this wonderful read

 

Overall:

If you can, get this trade, it is worth it and it’s good to catch up with current events. A good expansion of Gotham beyond Batman and the underground world that he tend to miss.

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Ultimate Comics Ultimates #30: Ultimates Disassembled Finale

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The final issue of Ultimate Comics Ultimates before the start of Cataclysm and I must say that it did not disappoint. It does feel a little clustered with all the information packed in. Probably the only downside to the whole “Ultimates Disassembled” story arc. I’ll try to avoid spoiling as much as possible so you can enjoy reading it and be shocked. IT has a lot of fights and interesting dialog that not only moves the story forward but also explains Ultimate Kang’s origins and motivation. So this issue is laying the groundwork for Cataclysm which will change the face of Ultimate Marvel as a whole and we see that for the Ultimate Marvel Universe to survive, the Ultimates had to de disassembled (pun intended i know). So the Ultimate emerge victorious and victory is won, but the Ultimate Marvel will suffer from their interference. The art is a little clustered and confusing at times but you have to read each page slowly to fully grasp the implications. This single issue pretty much rewrites the history of Ultimate Marvel and Ultimate Reed Richards.  Pretty much it explains WHY Reed Richards went the path he went after the Ultimatum Wave. This is major to say the least. Joshua Hale Fialkov have done a good job in laying the groundwork for Bendis’ Cataclysm.  

 

A good read if you read all Disassembled issues from 25-30.  Let’s wait and see what Cataclysm brings

 

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As if DC Comics need more bad news…..Swam Song for The Flash

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Another one bite the dust as it is now confirmed that Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul who have been writing The Flash since 2010 are leaving the book for some unknown (as of 2013) for next year. t is a very sad tale since they have done a beautiful job in revamping the Flash and Barry Allen plus in The New 52 era, modernizing both the support cast and the villains. This plus the past news of editorial heavy hand makes me as a fan ask the dreaded question i did not wanted to ask: WHAT THE HELL S GOING ON IN DC COMICS?????? i would ask Dan Didio and Jim Lee to stop their con tours and find out about what is going on since DC is bleeding writers and artist at an alarming rate. Look what happened to Marvel when the exodus happened just at the dawn of the 1990’s. i feel the same may happen to DC and could screw up with their long term plan.

stay gold cause my heart just sank

here is the link for the article
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=47809

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2 years on later: DC’s The New 52

Well into two whole years since DC Comics rebooted their entire line of comics back to square one (and zero eventually), and we are seeing the first crossover event FOREVER EVIL . 45028_10151827729853485_1238000598_n

At the very least DC has kept consistent of going forward and not reverting to the old pre new 52 way. In a ironic way, they have managed to go bold and do stuff that really changes the status quo. However not all this are good. Dc has taken some serious missteps that in the long run will ruin the New 52 initiative. The worst of the bunch is one that can be called a self inflicting wound: the constant change of writers due to to editor problems is the one constant factor that many talented writers leave like Grant Morrison, George Perez, Sterling Gates, Gail Simone (and then the outcry against DC became so strong that they were forced to hire her back) and now the writers of Batwoman, J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman all because they were not permuted to do a lesbian wedding. Also Andy Diggle, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Kevin Maguire were kicked out of the main lines before they even started. For where I AM seeing, the editors of DC are looking like the big bads from DC joint. Dan Didio and Jim Lee better start do some serious revaluation on the editorial process. The New 52 is kicking ass because of the fact that they are giving writers wide berth to to some kick ass stories ( Batman’s A CIty of Owls, Justice Leagues’ Origin). They just need to do some serious revaluation and most importantly to keep that pool of valuable writers, otherwise the new 52 will become a failure.

stay gold and later

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