Sunday, March 18, 2018


   ... for the sporadic posting of late in Chuck's Comic of the Day!

   The real world (work, family, etc.) has been keeping me hopping for the past week or so - but I see the light at the end of the tunnel, so hopefully we'll be back to regular posts soon.

   Thanks for your patience!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Marvel 2-In-One #4

   The search for Reed and Sue continues in this series that, with any luck at all, is leading up to the eventual return of the Fantastic Four.

   But for now. Marvel 2-In-One focuses on the Thing and the Human Torch.

   They have recruited a "big brain" (which is to say, an accomplished scientist) named Rachne Koul (who has her own mysterious agenda) to help guide them in their search through the Multiverse.

   It's no surprise that the search does not start well - and the trio find themselves in a world of trouble (pun intended).

   It's another strong issue in this series from writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Valerio Schiti and color artist Frank Martin - I'd certainly hope the same team takes over the long-overdue return series devoted to the FF.

    (And yes, I know I've mentioned this in virtually every review of this series so far - you can't blame me for trying!)

Grade: A-



Friday, March 16, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War: Movie Trailer

   Marvel Studios has released a new trailer for the not-too-far-off Avengers: Infinity War, and I have to say, this movie is looking to be a monster (in the best possible sense).

   Check it out:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Nicodemus Flynn

   If you're looking for a sprawling saga about monsters, demons and those who fight them, Nicodemus Flynn is one to watch!

   Weighing in at more than 160 pages, the graphic novel pits a grimly efficient monster-killer (Nicodemus) against an apparently indestructible demon that's cutting a swath across Europe while it seeks out a man with a mysterious past.

   The story follows a bit of a winding path to get where it's going, including a trip to the netherworld, rescuing a damsel who isn't quite in distress, bad guys who don't get along at all, and tracking down a particularly potent weapon.

   It's a solid adventure tale by Alex De-Grunchy, with the more-than-capable hero leading a small band against some dark and deadly opponents.

   The art is by Robin Simon Ng with color art by Robert Denton III, and it's strong work with great character designs, but it's just a bit stiff in spots.

   This is (I assume) just the beginning for the adventures of Nicodemus Flynn - one hopes it's not the last!

Grade: B+


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

New Comics Day

     Here's what I picked up at the comics shop this week:

- NEIL GAIMAN AMERICAN GODS MY AINSEL #1 - The adaptation continues!

- AVENGERS #684 - He's green, he's angry, and he's back among the living!

- DOCTOR STRANGE #387 - "Damnation" Tie-in!
- MAGE HERO DENIED #7 (OF 15) - The quest continues!

- MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #4 - "Fate of the Four" Part 4!

- MISTER MIRACLE #7 (OF 12) - The end is near!

     And I received these review copies:

- ATHENA VOLTAIRE #2 - Deep sea diving!

- ATLAS AND AXIS #3 (OF 4) - Medieval adventures continue!

- BABY BADASS #2 - It's origin time!

- CAPTAIN KRONOS VAMPIRE HUNTER TP - Collecting the series!

- CHARISMAGIC VOL. 3 #2 (OF 6) - The forces of magic have returned!

- COME INTO ME #1 - Two minds share one body.

- DOCTOR WHO 12TH YEAR THREE #13 - The conclusion of Year Three!

- FIGHTING AMERICAN VOL. 1 - Collecting the first story from the new series!

- JUPITER JET #4 - Things look bad for Jupiter.

- NINJAK VS VALIANT UNIVERSE #3 (OF 4) - Figuring it out.

- QUARRYS WAR #4 (OF 4) - Contract on an old friend.

- SEA OF THIEVES #1 - Based on the epic game!

- SECRET WEAPONS OWENS STORY #0 - Spotlight on Owens!

- SUBSPECIES #1 - Return of an old enemy!

- ZOMBIE TRAMP #45 - Can a zombie die?

     And that's it!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Bloodshot Salvation #7

   My reaction to this issue is, quite simply: HAHAHAHA!

   And a tip of the hat for a gutsy move.

   The issue finds the hero Bloodshot trying something desperate to save the life of his young daughter: he carries her over to the dimension known as Deadside.

   It's a trip loaded with peril, especially since, upon arriving, the hero finds he is blind.

   So, of course, each page is back, only illuminated by word balloons and sound effects.

   So yes, most of the issue features black pages - and word balloons.

   It's the opposite of the old John Byrne / Alpha Flight "polar bear in a blizzard" gag - this issue has pages and pages of black..

   It's an interesting device, and the story is pretty compelling - but I suspect ,, to anyone who paid full cover price, it may seem to be a gag too far.

Grade: B 



Saturday, March 10, 2018

Fighting American: The Ties That Bind #1

   The classic Joe Simon and Jack Kirby-created hero, Fighting American, is back for another series of adventures, and the emphasis is on fun.

   The series is set in the present day as FA and his sidekick, Speedboy, continue their fight against some really offbeat villains (like Double Header, who actually has two heads) - many of them transplanted from the '50s to modern times, and all working to bring an end to the colorful heroes.

   But while problems are building behind the scenes, something else happens that threatens to break up the patriotic duo (though admittedly, it's pretty silly).

   Writer Gordon Rennie and artist Andie Tong are crafting another entertaining chapter that takes this series in some unexpected directions - and that's a good thing!

   (I think.)

Grade: B+