GEEKY GUY COMICS REVIEWS: THE INCREDIBLE HULK - LAST CALL #1
Comic Name: Incredible Hulk - Last Call#1
Written by: Peter David
Artists: Scott Hanna, Marc Deering, Walden Wong, Mark Farmer, Dale Keown
Cover Artists: Dale Keown, Peter Steigerwal
Published by: Marvel Comics
Release Date: 05/06/19
Peter David and Dale Keown reunited on The Incredible Hulk: Last Call after working together from 1990 to 1992 on Incredible Hulk. It's possible this is part of Marvel's celebration of its 80th anniversary and it's fun to see these creators working together again after their 2002 one-shot Hulk: The End.
GEEKY GUY COMICS VERDICT:
So is Last Call bad? Honestly I kinda liked it. Other than the timing of this release, this was a solid book but the Christmas references just seemed out of place. If, like me you had forgotten the back story between Bruce and Betty with all the Hulk comics out there this is a perfect quick fire way to catch up. The plot for this one shot is based around Bruce Banner calling into a suicide prevention hotline to confess his guilt for the death of his wife Betty Ross. Now to be fair the Hulk comics have never shied away from this sort of subject matter and there's even a line in The Avengers movie where Banner recalls "eating a bullet" only to have "the other guy spit it out." It’s this exact sort of action that illustrates just how crippling Banner's dilemma is. On one hand you have an unbreakable (and often uncontrollable) rage monster that doesn’t think twice before engaging in violence but on the other hand you have an intelligent scientist that will always look for a reason to not fight. In this comic though it feels a bit slap dash. Obviously we've seen this before and how Bruce is handling the situation but this time it feels a bit insensitive at times, especially to those who deal with mental health issues. Surely, it's not intentional, but it sure is there.
The Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1 is a tough but must read for Hulk fans. The comic’s a rough emotional ride focused on depression and loss which I can totally relate to. But, that’s also where the comic soars. It creates an emotional impact in the reader and when art can impact you like that, it’s a success. The art however by Keown does have its ups and downs. For the most part it’s bold and engaging. But, it’s clear Keown’s strength is the monster himself. So, when presented with Banner, things just aren’t as impressive. For me this comic is a celebration of two creators who have had a massive impact on the character. The Immortal Hulk -- which has yet again redefined the character -- is a far cry from what is represented here, despite how The Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1 helps you understand how and why things have gotten so bad for Bruce Banner. Overall though, other than the out of date timing of this release it’s a solid, enjoyable 3* comic. And just as a little heads up, the surprise at the ending could quite possibly be one of my favourites in a comic book in years. You won’t be disappointed!!!
GEEKY GUY COMICS RATING 3 OUT OF 5
Overall Comic: 3
Six Stones for Comic Creators: Tips for Writers/Artists
Stone 1: Soul Stone- Put your all into your piece.
- One thing that differentiates you from everyone else is your passion. In order to give you’re all you need to dig down deep and figure out why you do what you do. Discover how you can showcase your message and skills in a unique way to make your work stand out. Having a passion is a great thing, don’t be afraid to unleash it.
Stone 2: Reality Stone- Don’t limit yourself to your own reality. Don’t be afraid to branch out and understand other perspectives.
- One of the biggest things you need to do as an artist or writer is adjust to receiving constructive criticism. This can be achieved by experimenting with your work and taking feedback into consideration to help yourself grow and learn new things. Don’t be discouraged by any negative feedback you receive, as it will only help you to strengthen your skills for the future. Get creative and have fun with your work!
Stone 3: Space Stone- Don’t over exert yourself if you are in a creative block. Take a step back, give yourself space, and recover.
- Creative block happens to the best of us. The worse thing you can do is wear yourself out spending endless time trying to get past the mental block. Close the screen, put your pencil down, and focus on yourself for a while. Give yourself time and space to gather your thoughts. Some of the best ideas often come when you are not even trying, so cut yourself some slack!
Stone 4: Time Stone- Control your time wisely.
- Maintaining a schedule and organizing your plans are a significant part of having a productive week. In order to produce work, you need to make sure you put in the effort, which requires giving your time. Remember, time is compounding: the more you do things, the better you are at them and the faster you can get things done. The first priority you should set is to dedicating the time to yourself and your work, it will go a long way.
Stone 5: Mind Stone- Focus.
- One of traits behind every successful creator is an intense mental focus. It is easy to pick something up for a day, it’s a little harder to do something consistently for a month, and its increasingly difficult to do it for years, but being able you stick to your work and to focus on what you want will make it all worth while in the end. Make your goal, stick to it and don’t lose focus!
Stone 6: Power Stone- Believe in yourself.
- Have confidence in the message you are trying to get across. Be proud of the work you are creating. The fact that you have a passion strong enough to want to share your creativity to the world says a lot about you, don’t be afraid to embrace that. It Is rare to be able to take your passion and be able to bring it to life. A strong message can touch someone and cause an explosion of emotion within them. Your work can have that impact on the world, so don’t hold yourself back!
BONUS: The Infinity Gauntlet- Put all these stones together and be the one to control your own yourself. Be unstoppable, be a great creator, and show the world what you can do.
GEEKY GUY COMICS REVIEWS: DECEASED #2
Comic Name: DCeased #2
Written by: Tom Taylor
Artists: Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano
Published by: DC
Release Date: 05/06/19
As the massacre continues, millions are dying every minute. Heroes and villains alike are falling. Can the Justice League unite to find a way to stop the spread of death? Can they save humanity from extinction? Can they even save themselves? The key to survival may hinge on the last moments of one of the World’s Finest Heroes…
GEEKY GUY COMICS VERDICT:
As like in number 1, this issue is so well written. I’m a big of @tomtaylormade, his writing isn’t always that innovating and he isn’t doing things that are entirely unique to this story, but he has wrote a seriously solid, tight script, and he makes it look so easy. Its clear for everyone to see that the team working on this comic are totally united as the narrative and images throughout the entire comic result in a greatly impactful final product that not only looks fantastic but reads easy as well. With the introduction of Aquaman in the opening sequence and infected people falling off the ship, into the water, sinking, its this straight to the point art and writing that sees this comic doing well at what its trying to do, grab your attention, draw you in and make you feel part of the action and horror unfolding. I loved Aquaman’s scene and feel that it was a great way to open this issue as it serves as a gory reminder of how f*@%ed up the current situation is in the DCU. Even far out at sea, people (and heroes) aren’t safe from the virus.
After the first issue I couldn’t wait to read this. Did it disappoint? HELL NO!!! I’m I’m seriously enjoying the DCeased run so and this issue is no different, great twist and turns, great art to look at and another good read. As I read and review more and more comics I find myself looking at the details put into every scene and this comic has some seriously details pieces. Now as many of you know I’m a huge Harley Quinn fan so anything with her in it is an instant hit. One of my favourite parts in this issue is when Ivy and Harley are introduced, it may only be a small part but these two are great together. In my opinion, if there is one constant throughout DC comics over the years this is it! I’d love to see them have another solo comic…@DC i’m talking to you lol, who’s going to join the campaign??? If there is one criticism I have though, and its only a small one but the connectivity and flow between certain scenes is lacking, which results in part of this comic reading more like a collection of scenes rather than a continued story. I have no doubt that these scenes in question will be revisited in the next issues and made more relevant However, the action, the dialogue, the artwork and especially the emotion within the final cliffhanger more than make up for this shortcoming. P.S. Without giving any spoilers the part with Black Canary is FRICKING AWESOME!!!!!!
GEEKY GUY COMICS RATING OUT OF 5
WRITING/ STORY: 4
OVERALL COMIC: 4
GEEKY GUY COMICS REVIEWS: HEROES IN CRISIS #9 THE FINALE
Comic Name: Heroes in Crisis #9
Written by: Tom King
Artist: Clay Mann
Colour Artist: Tomeu Morey
Release Date: 29.5.19
The most-talked-about miniseries of the year reaches its stunning finale! The mystery behind the murders at Sanctuary is solved, but the mind behind it is one the heroes never expected. With their deepest secrets exposed, the Trinity has to consider how to carry on. The answers will be found in the ashes of this final showdown, and the fates of Booster Gold, Harley Quinn and the rest hang in the balance.
GEEKY GUY COMICS VERDICT:
Hey Geeks so here it is… The conclusion to Heroes in Crisis. If you have been following the whole story you will know how up and down this has been. In the epic conclusion of the nine part series, Wally must come to terms with the consequences of his actions. As he prepares to kill his past self to throw off the murder mystery, the previous suspects including Harley Quinn and Booster Gold and the rest of Trinity confront the former hero along with one of his resurrected victims and it takes both future Wally and Booster to convince present Wally that there is something worth living for. If, like me you were hoping for all the questions to be answered or just a decent conclusion to the book itself, sorry guys that ain’t going to happen. While there are moments that are impactful and gripping these are always followed by moments that are pointless and damn right rubbish. I’ve said in my previous reviews of HIC that its clear to see that King had the best intentions going into this book, but the end result, in my opinion, is pretty rubbish and unfortunately damaging to the issues before it.
Heroes in Crisis’ early issues started off great and it seemed to be something that DC had produced and was worth shouting about. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case in the end. As the story progressed these great points that made it amazing at the start fell by the way side and if i’m honest its an overall failure as far as I’m concerned.
GEEKY GUY COMICS RATING OUT OF 5.
Writing/ Story: 2
Overall Comic: 2
GEEKY GUY COMICS REVIEWS: THE HAWK #1
Comic Name: The Hawk
Written by: William Miles
Artists: Samir Simao, Kyle Sanchez, Matt Seborne
Colour Artist: Michael Sanders
Release Date: TB
As you know, at Geeky Guy Comics not only do I review comics from the big guns such as DC and Marvel but I also like to give others the limelight. So last week when I had the absolute pleasure of receiving and being able to read and review this great stand alone comic from the creative mind of William Miles I leapt at the chance.
The Hawk tells the story of boy, Ryan, who having suffered an abusive and terrible childhood at the hands of his underground king pin father has grown up and decides that enough is enough. Having been pushed too far by the man he looked up to the time has come to finally stand up to him once and for all.
GEEKY GUY COMICS VERDICT:
Now upon first flicking through the pages as I always do before I read a comic I instantly saw similarities between The Punisher, Iron Fist and Batman stories. It was then I knew I was going to enjoy this comic more than I thought I would.
For a first comic I have to say I thought it was very impressive. It had everything; drama, action, emotional ties drawing back to the origin of the story and it all tied together like a comic that has been around for ages. The artwork by @samirsimao779, @sandersdigitalart & @sancho_panzais seriously good, the way it has the edginess feel of the likes of Sin City - dark over tones with bold pops of colour in certain parts does a great job of grabbing your attention, at certain parts I found myself not even reading the dialogue. The overall story and writing style from @william_miles514 is definitely worth shouting about. enjoyable and it’s clear to see he could go a long way, this guy has some serious talent and I’m looking forward to see how this story plays out in the coming issues and what else is up his sleeve. These guys seem to be onto something here and I’m hoping I get a sneak peek at what is coming next.
GEEKY GUY COMICS RATING OUT OF 5
Writing/ Story: 4
Overall Comic: 4