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GEEKY GUY COMICS REVIEWS: DCEASED #3

Jul 08, 2019

Hey GEEKS 

Comic Name: DCeased #3

Written by: Tom Taylor

Artists: Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano

Published by: DC

Release Date: 03/07/19

SYNOPSIS:

Heroes, villains and gods have fallen. Cities have collapsed. The virus threatens to reach below the waves and even to the island of Themyscira. The race to save planet Earth is on! The surviving members of the Justice League have learned the secret to the spread of the virus, but is it already too late to stop it?

GEEKY GUY COMICS VERDICT:

For me so far DCeased has been a fun (tad bit gory) book. The setting up of the story was done in the first two issues but within this one we get to see the fate that has bestowed the heroes, villains and gods. If you read the last issue you will know what a tense cliff hanger it was left on, Batman had tuned into a a crazed zombie just about to attack Alfred! With a shotgun in his hand..BANG!!! Did he do what we thought he wouldn’t? Let’s find out shall we.

Here we are at the halfway point of the mini series. I was excited to see how it was going to pan out and I feel that Tom Taylor has done a solid job of clearly making the reader aware of how this is going to happen throughout the issues. I’m enjoying it so far and the way each one seems to tell an emotional story or part of one makes it a pretty tense but enjoyable read. Yet again this tugs at the heart strings as we see Damian (son of Batman) dealing with the news that his father has died. With the tone seemingly set for this issue we then switch to the focal character story for this issue, Clark and how he is going to react to the death of  Bruce, Dick and Tim.

With Alfred at one end and Superman in the other and both perfectly accentuate the overall arc of the story. As fans we get some closure with Batman before we move on to the chaos at hand. Even though the main character focused on throughout this issue is Clark I love the fact that we get to see what happened to Harley Quinn when she ran into the Joker and has to sacrifice her own need for psychological healing of what just happened as she runs in to an awesome – all female – zombie cameo of the  BIRDS OF PREY!

In my opinion Taylor is doing a great job or creating the wider DC Universe so well into this story. I think you will all agree that seeing characters we know and love in their infected state is always going to be awesome.

I’m still so impressed at how DCeased has carried itself off as a serious story within the DC Universe and not just as a zombie joke.

As I mentioned earlier this issue belongs to Clark. We get to delve into his emotional arc and as he tries to move the un-infected to safety is harrowing.  The scenes in The Daily Planet are some of the most heartbreaking, or so I thought that that stage, particularly as Clark describes working with some of those whom he is tossing aside to clear a path for Lois, Jon, Damian and the others.

For me the most heartbreaking part of this comic is when Clark goes home to Smallville to find his parents. Thats all i’m saying, NO SPOILERS HERE!!!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

DCeased #3 is another emotional rollercoaster in the series. It showcases the impact of the outbreak on the Justice League and wider DC Universe by bringing in some seriously great cameos. The climatic end will no doubt leave you with a few tears in your eyes.

 

GEEKY GUY COMICS RATING 4 OUT OF 5.

WRITING/ STORY: 4

ARTWORK: 4

ENJOYMENT: 3

OVERALL COMIC: 4

 

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THE NALLS AKA DONZELL REVIEWS: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Jul 06, 2019

Hey, everyone. Spider-Man: Far From Home is a superhero film directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Peter Parker and his friends go on a European summer vacation. However, trouble follows him and Spider-Man has to team with Nick Fury and Mysterio to defeat the Elementals. I had a great time =).

Far From Home is another solid entry into the MCU. Holland once again does a great job as the titular character. He is able to convey Peter’s naivety, awkwardness, and pain following Avengers: Endgame. Gyllenhaal is a fantastic actor and brings great charisma to Mysterio. The action scenes were fun, especially the finale. The humor made me chuckle and laugh, but not as the sacrifice of telling the story. The relationship between Spider-Man and Mysterio is the strongest part of the film, and it pays off well.

There isn’t much I disliked about this movie. There is a heavy exposition scene that I found excessive. The first act of the movie was okay, but builds to a much stronger conclusion. It wasn’t weak, but I was mildly enjoying my experience at this point. Once the film fully reveals its plot, it became a much greater product.

Overall, I enjoyed Far From Home. I feel its a strong addition to the MCU and my third favorite Spider-Man film. Holland and Gyllenhaal are great in their roles. The relationship between Spider-Man and Mysterio establishes a satisfying conclusion. The movie was a bit ho-hum at first, but steps up a lot. I had a great time and I recommend it.

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GEEKY GUY COMICS REVIEWS: SILVER SURFER BLACK #1

Jul 02, 2019

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Comic Name: Silver Surfer Black#1

Written by: Donnie Cates

Artist: Tradd Moore

Cover Artist: Tradd Moore

Published by: Marvel Comics

Release Date: 12/06/19

SYNOPSIS:

Spinning out of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1, almost the entire galaxy’s defenders have been blown through a black hole, including the Silver Surfer! But the story doesn’t end there… In order to fight back the oblivion, Surfer will have to fight to save his own soul and not lose himself to the void. Follow the Sentinel of the Spaceways on a journey that will change him forever! From superstars Donny Cates (VENOM, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and Tradd Moore (ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER, VENOM)!

GEEKY GUY COMICS VERDICT:

For me, everyone else and the entire world it’s clearly known that the Silver Surfer is one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe and now he has a brand new comic series... which if this first issue is anything to go by it’s going to be AM-A-ZING!!!! I’ll be honest it’s not for everyone but take my word for it, If you’re a fan of the cosmic side of Marvel Comics, Silver Surfer: Black is the new series for you and you will not be disappointed. @dcates new series picks up from his new Guardians of the Galaxy series and follows the Surfer after the attack from Thanos’ Black Order. We see the former herald of Galactus save the other heroes from a black hole, but at what cost?

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Silver Surfer: Black #1 is a truly quality reminder of how great a character the Silver Surfer is. If I’m honest I didn’t really rate him after the terrible Fantastic Four movie franchise and I agree he doesn’t get the same love as Spider-Man, Wolverine, or Iron Man, but After reading the Guardians of the Galaxy and following up with this comic I actually find myself more excited by him when he’s paired up with the right creative team than just about any other character.

For me it’s clear to see that Donny Cates, Tradd Moore and Dave Stewart have worked closely to make a superb comic that brings each and every strength of Silver Surfer to the forefront. This issue is a strong mix of action and a reintroduction to the Silver Surfer. The reading of some of the text is a bit hard to narrate to begin with but once you find your way, old and new fans will find the issue easy to get into and gives the reader a clear set up for how the series will go.

I can’t say enough about the art and coloring, for me it’s the best the Silver Surfer has looked in comic book form. A great start to what looks like what will be a great series. Even Donny Cates himself has come out publically and said that there will be huge surprise at the end of the run... it seems that Silver Surfer: Black is just another part of @dcates master plan and I for one will be sticking around to find out what that will be.

GEEKY GUY COMICS RATING 4 OUT OF 5

Writing/ Story: 4

Artwork: 4

Enjoyment: 3

Overall Comic: 4

 

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GEEKY GUY COMICS REVIEWS: THE WAR OF THE REALMS #6

Jul 02, 2019

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Comic Name: The War of The Realms #6

Written by: Jason Aaron

Artist: Russell Dauterman

Colour Artist: Matthew Wilson

Published by: Marvel Comics

Release Date: 26/05/19

For the full review check out geekyguycomics.co.uk

 

SYNOPSIS:

THE WORLD-SHATTERING CONCLUSION! The tides begin to turn as unexpected allies appear in a twist that will shake the heavens! Malekith’s allies are faltering at last before the might of all Earth’s heroes, but the Dark Elf King has one final trick — and it’s got a VENOMOUS bite! Out of options, the God of Thunder makes a sacrifice that will leave him forever changed. But will it be enough? And what heroes may fall in his wake? Midgard’s fate is sealed as Jason Aaron’s years-long saga comes to its epic conclusion!

 

GEEKY GUY COMICS VERDICT:

All good things come to an end and I have to say this one was A THUNDEROUS (sorry) finale. War of the Realms #6—is the story’s ending, or, more accurately, its finale. For those of us that are still craving the all out battle epic-ness there is an epilogue due in a couple weeks: War of the Realms: Omega. If you have been following this amazing run you will also have noticed that at the end of this issue there were a few teaser of follow on comics coming out over the next few weeks that will tie all lose ends together plus fill the gaping void left by this finishing.

Now just to be clear, THIS ISSUE HAD IT ALL!!! It was where all major action occurred, where the stakes were at the highest, where the good beat evil (this isn’t a spoiler as everyone knows in superhero movies and comics good always wins…in the end). It is essentially the the ending of the amazing Thor run Aaron started all the way back in 2013.

As I was reviewing this issue, in my mind as it was the finale I found I had to review the entire run. Its safe to say every single one ticks the boxes and its an absolute success. I have followed this run from the beginning and delivers on all of the promises that Aaron has made. It doesn’t have the huge unexpected plot twists like *SPOILER ALERT* the death of Tony Stark in Endgame but this was never set out to be that sort of run. This finale is in line with all that has come before it. If you haven’t read the comics before this I will post a timeline on geekyguycomics.co.uk for you guys to follow.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The main angle in this issue was that we got to see all Thor’s from across time come together just as they did in Aaron’s very first arc. Thor has lost an arm and an eye, became unworthy of the hammer he needs to win the day, Mjolnir and Jane Foster has once again taken up the mantle. For a comic that had so many big characters involved it was great to see how each character was given “screen time”. The only thing only one I would like to have seen more of was Venom but I guess only time will tell.

I would like to praise Dauterman and Wilson as in my opinion they have done the work of their careers here. Dauterman’s artwork is exceptionally, impeccable and clean, and his designs are as interesting as they come for a superhero story, be it older Thor looking determined, Malekith gearing up with the symbiote weapon, or the ultimate (and quite violent) death of our antagonist. Dauterman left it all on the page, creating a comic that looks like it too was rendered in another realm. Wilson’s colours really made it come alive and off the page. There are whole pages engulfed in lightning or flame where his palettes have to distinguish what’s happening and where, and he absolutely nails it.

For me, War of the Realms #6 works as a finale for a long run and as an excellent example of today’s absurdly high levels of comics craft. If I’m being totally honest however, did we really need the thousands of crossover titles? For me, at times it became a bit distracting especially when you had to read  certain issue before reading the next install of WOTR. Obviously there are certain characters that couldn’t miss out; Spider-man for instance couldn’t very well sit this one out, because his hometown was literally beset by ice giants. Its a loaded question and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

This was the best Marvel open world event in recent years. War of the Realms was epic and i’m absolutely gutted it was only a 6 part run. As a long-time reader of Jason Aaron’s Thor, I was thoroughly satisfied by this finish. For me, the three amigos (as i’ve named them) of Aaron, Dauterman and Wilson are exceptional and it was an absolute pleasure to read the comic run. I feel privileged to be alive at a time where writers and artist work so harmoniously together and we, as comic fans reap the rewards. WELL DONE GUYS AND THANK YOU.

 

GEEKY GUY COMICS RATING: 5 out of 5

Writing/ Story: 5

Artwork: 5

Enjoyment: 5

Overall Comic: 5

 

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GEEKY GUY COMICS REVIEWS: THE WAR OF THE REALMS #5

Jun 21, 2019

Hey GEEKS 

Comic Name: The War of The Realms #5

Written by: Jason Aaron

Artist: Russell Dauterman

Colour Artist: Arthur Adams

Release Date: 05/06/19



SYNOPSIS:
MIDGARD'S LAST STAND!
 Malekith’s army gets a whole new crop of recruits — the dead! As Midgard transforms under the rule of Malekith and his allies, the dead rise up to form a new Niflheim! The Black Panther calls in every hero on his roster to fight for Earth, from Spider-Man and the Spiders of Hel to Ghost Rider and Balder the Brave. But if there’s any hope for the Ten Realms, it’ll come from the skies…


GEEKY GUY COMICS VERDICT:
It’s the penultimate issue and if this one is anything to go by the anticipated finale is going to be nothing less than spectacular. Daredevil has called Thor to New Asgard in order to show him the one thing that could hopefully change the tide of the war dramatically in our heroes favour. As he prepares to make a decision that can either help or kill him. It’s like Aaron has taken inspiration directly from Avengers Infinity War where Thor, accompanied by Groot and Rocket — travels to Nidavellir, where his new new weapon, an ax called Stormbreaker is forged for him. Thor risked his life to save earth and its exactly the same set up here. While this is happening the rest of the heroes of Midgard are busy fighting back the forces of Malekith and his alliance. With all our favourite’s coming together it’s clear to see that the ending to this epic run is going to be something that will be talked about and revisited for years. 


FINAL THOUGHTS:
I’ve been a huge fan of Jason Aaron for a while now and I have to say this is probably one of my favourite comic run he’s written. With the story coming to it’s dramatic climax, the end of the world on the line and every single one of our heroes being pushed beyond their limits its plain to see that Aaron’s writing style is one of the best in the game. He has made Thor’s character more compelling and interesting as well as lifting up the other characters connected to him. The dialogue is great and the story itself is adding some amazing twists that could change everything about the God of Thunder and the MCU. It also goes without saying that @RDauterman is killing it with the art yet again in this issue as everything he draws from action scenes to characters and backgrounds are incredible. Ive already preorder #6 and if you are following this run i can only but assume that you have all done the same!!


GEEKY GUY COMICS RATING OUT OF 5


Writing/ Story: 5


Artwork: 5 

Enjoyment: 5

Overall Comic: 5
 

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