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STAR WARS: SKYWALKER STRIKES #1 | Review

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From a Galaxy Far Far Away, Star Wars, the legendary and greatest space adventure of all time graces us yet again, this time in the form of a comic book. From writer Jason Aaron and Artist John Cassaday comes Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes. A trilling production from Marvel comics who take over this franchise from Dark Horse (Who in my opinion were getting lame as hell), the issue promises to stay loyal to the original movie trilogy and at the same time present a new and expansive story to the already massively popular Star Wars.

The moment I laid my eyes on the cover, the theme song was ringing in my head, and as it should be! Based between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, the story picks up after the destruction of the Galactic Empire’s Death Star at the hands of the Rebel Alliance. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia are undertaking another “covert” operation to further cripple The Empire (Covert in quotes because every plan in Star wars goes up in flames). With the team disguised as smugglers from the Outer Rim, they infiltrate an Empire moon base.

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Wow! This thing is amazing! First off, the art caught my eye right off the bat. The characters look exactly like their movie versions to the point it’s creepy! The force was strong in the artist, and the story no less. The dialogue is so “Star Warsy”, with the usual charm of humor the way it was in the original trilogy. Over all the feeling! It nails the feeling of the original movies so hard I felt like that 5 year old watching Star Wars for the very first time all over again. To top things off, this issue had a surprise installed that I wasn’t expecting.

There isn’t much to say about this comic book other than it’s a work of brilliance. Tackling an already popular franchise and presenting it in a new form is challenging, but the comic looks so effortless and natural. The comic starts at such a high note, I’m convinced it was made by true fans for the fans. Devoted Star Wars followers will go nuts for this with no doubt in my mind as I did, on the other hand, new comers who have no previous knowledge of the Star Wars universe may struggle a bit with the story, as it jumps right in to matters, but also I’m confident they will love this comic.

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My Decree:

This expansion of the original movies doesn’t feel squeezed in or rushed, as the story fits in perfectly to the point it feels canon. The only thing wrong with this comic is that it’s not long enough. Though a major event occurs so early in the series, that didn’t bother me as it added to the excitment. I’ll be following the future issues very carefully because this is going to be another memorable ride, I can sense it. Marvel/Disney has massively increased my confidence in how they will handle the upcoming “The Force Awakens” movie with how they handled this comic book. Issue #2 review? Bet on it!

 [10] – A DEITY!!!

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DC COMICS | Superman Costume No More

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Superman’s costume look, origin and function changed considerably before the release of Man of Steel (2013) directed by Zack Snyder with british actor Henry Cavill in the titular role as Clark Kent/Superman.

If you’re a comic book fan, you know that character deaths and resurrections, change in origin stories and costumes are pretty popular in the comic book industry, and Superman will go through the same come June this year.

Action Comics #41 (June 3rd, 2015) features a Superman with no powers, and no costume to boot… Early preview below:

Courtesy of CosmicBookNews

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SPIDER-VERSE #1 (THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 009) | Review

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I was gonna start this review with a “How many spiders does it take to screw in a light-bulb” joke…but it ended up sounding stupid so lets just jump on this. Spiderverse! A team-up of alternate Spidermen from across the multiverse, every Spider-man EVER in one comic book. There have been a ton of re-imaginings of Spiderman, now they all come together. Wacky? Absoutely! I thought this was gonna be a cartoonish high spirited fun ride and casual read, but once someone’s neck gets broken…that always triggers a more serious take on any subject. This comic book turned out to be a little darker than I expected, but that ain’t a complaint. From creators Dan Slott, Oliver Coipel, Justin Ponsor comes an unbelievably splendid Spiderverse comic.

What It’s About:

A family of Vampires calling themselves “The Inheritors” are hunting down Spider-Men from different universes. They use a tool known as “The Great Web” which is a connection of extra-dimensional threads/portals which connect each Spider-man from the different Earths, and they use this to track down and hunt them. Why? For food! Out of the members of the Family, we get a more detailed look at Morlun and Daemos and through them, we get to know who the villains are and what are their motives. So all the Spider-men gather to unite in an effort to combat this threat.

 How is it?

 Amazing and intense, and also expect a lot of death. It’s very enjoyable and I can’t wait to read the other issues. This comic book feels like a grand event. First things first though, this is a comic book which will have all the different Spiderman versions that have graced the comic book pages over the years. As I read through, I couldn’t help but feel that this concept was developed for the mega-fans who have read each and every past Spiderman comic book. If you haven’t, you end up feeling a bit lost on who is who or where the hell these Spider-men and Spider-women are coming from. Nonetheless rest assured that the creators took various measures to ensure that new readers wouldn’t feel so left out.

 

 

 

The Story is awesome! I mean we are seeing an Army of alternate versions of Spider-man slowly take shape. This is a comic book dream come true! At first it felt a bit overwhelming because of the scale of events unfolding, but thanks to the primary character, “Peter Parker kawaida” being confused on what’s going on, the reader can relate to this and feel a bit more at ease. With a few light hearted moments and the usual Spiderman puns here and there, nonetheless this remains a very dark story. With every assault on a different Spiderman, you will feel heart break seeing one go down despite not knowing them so well. The creators are not afraid to kill off major characters, so be prepared for that. Story aside, the art work was great! The paneling and layout were nice, and the rough art style was definitely put to good use. Despite the story consisting of a large gathering of characters, the dialogue didn’t feel rushed and disjoint. In fact it was surprisingly amazing how interaction between the various Spider-men was well balanced.

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 What Sucked?

 Honestly I didn’t find anything wrong at first because I was so engaged in the story, had to read it a second time just to find the flaws…Are there worth mentioning, absolutely not to me. With that being said;

My Decree:

 No matter how you look at it, however goofy the idea is, it doesn’t matter! Because seeing so many alternate versions of Spiderman in one comic book makes for an unbelievable amount of fun. But fun is not the only element that defines this comic, the drama, the grittiness; this is a plot that is sure to leave emotions running wild. Do yourself a favor and read Spider-Verse part one. With that being said, I’m pumped up to present to you our first…

 

[10] – A DEITY!!!

Comic Books courtesy of Between the Lines, comic book store at Village Market, Nairobi. CLICK HERE for more 😉

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