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GEEKY GUY COMICS REVIEWS: PRETTY VIOLENT #1

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Comic Name: Pretty Violent #1

Written by: Derek Hunter & Jason Young

Artist: Derek Hunter

Published by: Image Comics

Release Date: 21/8/19

 

SYNOPSIS:

SERIES PREMIERE! Gamma Rae wants to be a superhero, and why shouldn't she!? She's been strong since she was a baby. The only problem is, all her siblings are notorious hero-murdering criminals! Join artist @derekdraws (DuckTales, Adventure Time), and writer Jason Young (I HATE FAIRYLAND) for this all-new ongoing, gore-filled, laugh-out-loud comedy for mature readers that explores one girl's journey through the rift between personal and family identity.

 

GEEKY GUY COMICS VERDICT:

Im a bit late to the party but better late than never!!! Firstly I wanna give a massive shout out to Tom @aplaceinspace as it was him who brought this comic to my attention. I LOVED IT. The whole comic from start to finish was just awesome, full of action, quality artwork and a story line that leaves you drooling at the mouth to turn the page. Pretty Violent #1 is published by Image Comics and is written by Jason Young with the top notch artwork illustrated by Derek Hunter and coloured by Spencer Holt. The main character of the comic is Gamma Rae, a funky, edgy foul mouthed kid who has wanted to be a superhero ever since she could remember. However this isn’t your standard “kid becomes superhero” story. In this one she’s having a hard time adjusting to her newfound life as a hero. During her first act of heroism she intervenes in a fight between Hulktress and a stranger. Believing that Hulktress is the villain, and rightly so, Gamma Rae attacks her, which leads to some amazing foul mouthed narrative, violence and plenty of guts and blood. With the rather unique fight that will test her patience, the unfortunate consequences that arise i”m sure are going to royally backfire in upcoming issues. 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Overall, this comics is a breath of fresh air and unlike anything that is on the shelves at the moment. I seriously enjoyed reading this comic so much so i read it twice.  @derekdraws’ artwork is incredibly done and makes the characters unique and provided an interesting perspective on what heroes and villains look like. Young’s writing of Gamma Rae as its reckless but ambitious central character for me has similarities of Harley Quinn. By this I mean in the early stages Harley’s life she tried everything to do good but failed miserably, could this be a sign of things to come for Gamma?

I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series goes, especially with the big reveal at the end of this issue. This is definitely a comic series that I will be following and I would highly recommend doing the same. What’s a comic collection without a PRETTY VIOLENT comic…

 

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: LOKI #2

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Comic Name: Loki #2

Written by: Daniel Kibblesmith

Penciler: Oscar Bazaldua

Cover Artist: Ozgur Yildirim

Published by: Marvel Comics

Release Date: August 14, 2019

 

SYNOPSIS:

ESCAPE FROM STARK UNLIMITED! Restless with his new duties after the War of the Realms, Loki seeks out the advice of the closest thing Earth has to a king — TONY STARK, THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN! — Close enough, right? But it turns out old Shell-head isn’t happy to see Loki on account of all that stuff he did. Now the God of Mischief/Stories/Evil/Chaos has to outsmart the cleverest man in Midgard or die (again) trying. Meanwhile, could Thor be hatching a mischievous plot of his own?

 

GEEKY GUY COMICS VERDICT:

After the great first issue I was super excited for this to be released and it didn’t disappoint. We all know that Loki is the God of Mischief but after the events in WOTR as of late he’s been playing the role of the hero…(mind boggling right) lol. In true Loki fashion though being a basic hero isn’t enough, in fact its pretty boring for him, so he’s decided to apply to be, wait for it.. an Avenger!!! For me this was an amazing piece of writing by @danielkibblesmith because if you are a fan of the Avengers franchise you will remember that it was his mischievous ways that brought the team together for the first time, so what more of a perfect fit could it be?

 

As for the story, its pretty much based around the building of the relationship between and Tony Stark and Loki. As we start Tony Stark isn’t exactly happy or expecting Loki when he shows-up out of the blue. Loki wants to be an Avenger, but he’s not exactly all that experienced with the idea of a job interview, to be honest he probably hasn’t ever had one. With that said, Stark has a very vivid memory of the long history Loki has with the Avengers. He has no intention of letting , who he still classes as a villain join but Loki has other plans in what is another deeply charming 20 page issue.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This issue is largely a comic drama. It is full of fantastic moments that extend the plot in various directions, but for me, the interaction between Loki and Tony Stark is what really brings this issue to life. Bazaldua could have simply allowed Kibblesmith’s clever dialogue to set the drama, Instead, Bazaldua partners effortlessly with him. Overall its great to see Kibblesmith and Bazaldua establishing a firm foundation for a stand alone Loki series that will be a wanted edition to any comic collection.

 

GEEKY GUY COMICS RATING 4 OUT OF 5.

 

WRITING/ STORY: 4

 

ARTWORK:5

 

ENJOYMENT: 3

 

OVERALL COMIC: 4

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GEEKY GUY COMICS REVIEWS: ABSOLUTE CARNAGE - SCREAM #1

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Comic Name: Absolute Carnage - Scream #1

Written by: Cullen Bunn

Penciler: Gerardo Sandoval

Cover Artist: Gerardo Sandoval

Published by: Marvel Comics

Release Date: August 14, 2019

 

SYNOPSIS:

THE RETURN OF A CLASSIC SYMBIOTE…AND IT’LL BE A SCREAM! Years ago, Patricia Robertson was unwillingly bonded to the clone of Venom that eventually became Mania, and she’s been living in fear of symbiote’s ever since. But she’s also been living with a secret, and with the coming of Carnage, Patricia must take a stand — and will have no choice but to confront her demons head-on!

 

GEEKY GUY COMICS VERDICT:

I haven’t been a follower of the previous story arcs or standalone Scream stories but i do know that she is one of the first female Symbiotes and sharing a host with a unique relationship with Eddie Brock, it seems that Scream was always going to be close related and have a part Absolute Carnage. Unfortunately, for me this first issue of her standalone tie-in series from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Gerardo Sandoval didn’t do anything to draw me in and if i’m honest it was all over the place and failed to capture the characters best parts in favour of connecting her to the larger MCU.

I did however like the idea of an all-female storyline as this can only be good for the wider  Absolute Carnage event but the introduction of Patricia’s with absolutely no information or build up felt rushed and forced. Fair enough i know about the characters (some more than others) but the dialogue is only saved by the spooky and dark imagery.

With the release of Absolute Carnage, the Scream title wasn’t a tie in I was really fussed about but when I saw the cover and read about it changed my opinion. So obviously I gave it a go. I didn’t really know anything about Scream and after reading this comic its clear to see she has a kick-ass design with attitude but I wished Marvel had done more with the character as i still feel i don’t know that much. Scream has been given a three part tie in and i’m going to read it but I will be like “meh” instead of ecstatic while doing so.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

As a new reader of Scream I didn’t find the introduction comprehensive enough and although it has some fantastic art throughout, for me thats really not enough to save this Absolute Carnage tie-in from being completely forgettable.

For the previous readers I can assume its good to Scream back in the fold but this was not an interesting read. Maybe we’ll actually get a more in-depth look into Patricia’s head with the following two issues, but as of right now, Bunn brought back two forgotten characters in a forgettable fashion.

 

GEEKY GUY COMICS RATING 1 OUT OF 5.

WRITING/ STORY: 2

ARTWORK: 3

ENJOYMENT: 1

OVERALL COMIC: 1

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