Amazing Spider-Man #4 (Original Sin Tie-In) Review! Secret of the Spider!

Amazing Spider-Man #4 (Original Sin Tie-In) Review! Secret of the Spider!

As Stan Lee might say, “Welcome, true believers!” to this latest issue of Amazing Spider-Man, which is also an Original Sin Tie-In issue.  For those not in-the-know, Original Sin is an 8 part, Marvel Universe spanning event that is currently happening within its own comic line and subsequent other titles.  Check out Comic Book Herald’s own Big Phil and his review of issue number 6! (more…)

New X-Men Overview & History! – The Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely Era (2001-2004)

New X-Men Overview & History! – The Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely Era (2001-2004)

My name’s Tom, I’m an old-school X-Men fanatic, and beginning this week I’m kicking off a weekly series that will flesh out the Modern Mutant Era!  Each week, I’ll set the scene – including some of the behind-the-scenes – and then dig in, with a brief summary of plotlines followed by notes on characterisation and continuity.

There’s only one place I can possibly start – with Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run. (more…)

Old-School X-Men with Lincoln Crisler: Uncanny X-Men #193

Old-School X-Men with Lincoln Crisler: Uncanny X-Men #193

As promised in last week’s introduction, I’m kicking things off with Uncanny X-Men #193—the hundredth issue since Giant-Size X-Men #1, which was, of course, the first appearance of the “new” X-Men team. It’s from 1985, right smack in the middle of the first of my two favorite X-Men decades. (more…)

Batgirl Enters a Brave New World

Batgirl Enters a Brave New World

The world of comics was given a mainstream kick in this pants this week when Marvel announced on The View it was adding boobs to Thor and melanin to Captain America on the Colbert Report. Beneath the arguments of sexism and racism and cries of selling out and loss of originality, fans may have forgotten the week started with a small announcement regarding one Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl. (more…)

X-Men #1 Review! 100th Anniversary Special – After 51 Years of X-Men

X-Men #1 Review! 100th Anniversary Special – After 51 Years of X-Men

A classic Marvel tale: X-Men in the future. As someone who buys almost every single X-Men title currently on the shelves (about 9), and who loves the old Claremont and Morrison runs, I’ll jump on the chance to buy an X-Men future story. I’m also a large fan of the current era of Cyclops (Yes, I own a “Cyclops Was Right” Shirt) and the Uncanny X-Men comic by Brian Michael Bendis is one of my favorites. So when I see a future where Cyclops ends up on top I’m even more excited. (more…)

Original Sin #6 Review! Who Pulled the Trigger? (We Still Don’t Know)

Original Sin #6 Review! Who Pulled the Trigger? (We Still Don’t Know)

The Marvel summer event book Original Sin continues in this week’s offering Original Sin #6. With only 2 issues left in the series we still have many unanswered question in this mystery thriller and seem to get 2 new ones every time another is answered.
This issue was written by the comic superstar Jason Aaron along with the artistic styling of Mike Deodato. This series is the first event title that Aaron and Deodato have ever headed up and so far they’re doing a great job as far as events go. They do this in collaboration with the coloring of Frank Martin, VC’s Chris Elipoulos lettering and the cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco. (more…)

Savage Wolverine #21 Review! New Arc Set During World War One

Savage Wolverine #21 Review! New Arc Set During World War One

The start of a new story arc in Savage Wolverine, issue #21 jumps to the battlements of France in World War I in 1918.  Wolverine, having been around at that point for almost 40 years (by most accounts of his birth) fits right into the setting and sets up what should be another intriguing story from this line.  (more…)

Magneto #7 Review! The Master of Magnetism is Seriously Underrated

Magneto #7 Review! The Master of Magnetism is Seriously Underrated

I have been saying to anyone who will listen to me lately that Magneto is probably the most underrated book from Marvel at the moment.  Only hitting its seventh issue this month, the pages of Magneto have been crafting an interesting and exciting adventure from the perspective of this long time villain, sometimes hero of the Marvel universe. (more…)

Old-School X-Men with Lincoln Crisler

Old-School X-Men with Lincoln Crisler

Greetings, and welcome to the very first installment of my All-new, All-different X-Men column for Comic Book Herald! Each week, I’m going to review, in chronological order, Uncanny X-Men issues from my favorite era of the team: a 15-year span from around the time I was born (1982) to right before Onslaught happened (1997). To me, Onslaught signaled the end of the X-Men I’d grown up with, right down to the rather haphazard (in my humble opinion) solution to the “X-Men traitor” plot that had been woven throughout the X-Titles since I was like, ten. I’m not one of those guys who hates the new stuff because the old stuff was so awesome. I just feel like there have been a lot of highs and lows for the mutant books since then. For some reason, probably simple nostalgia, those older storylines could do no wrong. Practically.  (more…)