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An Announcement (Of Sorts)

This blog was part of the ComicCodes.com website, and while that venture didn’t come to full fruition, this blog is still here, and it might as well stick around because I don’t have that much to do. There is somewhat regular traffic to this site, and while there is little feedback on whether this site is providing useful reviews of Marvel comics to those visiting…I like to hope it is. But I would like to have more than hope.

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Avengers 31

I’m requesting that regular (heck, even random) visitors here let me know what books you are interested in reading reviews about. I have another blog which involves all around comic book reviews, and since this blog is unofficially tied to one of the cohosts of the Marvel 616 Podcast I would prefer just to keep this to Marvel only reviews which is what it has been up until now. If you are interested in other comic publications or analysis of comic subjects please see my other blog. Also because of the tie to Marvel 616 Politics Podcast and their desire to create a family friendly community (even though they talked about horrifically slaughtering a handicap bunny on that one episode) this blog will veer away from most of the mature titles Marvel offers. But I will be happy to review those on my other blog.

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Fantastic Four 12

I’ll try with somewhat regularity to keep reviews coming on the books I am reading. And I’ll try to branch out on titles to cover a wide girth of interests from Marvel Comics. But if you, the reader, would like to see a review of a certain issue or even an arc please let me know and I will do my best to fulfill that. Any excuse I can find to buy and read more comics is not a problem to me.

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Uncanny X-Men 35

Also, I am deciding to most likely not do the current week’s releases in reviews. I’ve looked over past reviews and after further mulling and reading I believe in a hurry to release the latest reviews I haven’t properly reviewed and critically analyzed certain issues. While many of the reviews I stand behind, the issues still deserved further contemplation and potentially more than just two read-throughs prior to writing a review.

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Daredevil 2

As always, I am happy to receive any positive or critical feedback as well as any unused digital comic codes. Please feel free to let me know what you think or request a review or, again, give me any unused digital comic codes. (hint. hint.) I hope to continue to grow this into a blog you can trust and rely upon even if you don’t always agree with my opinions.

kevin.mcvicker@gmail.com

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Amazing Spider-Man 5

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Review: Thunderbolts 20.Now

Written by Charles Soule
Art by Carlo Barberi

ImageThis issue marks a jumping on point for the All-New Marvel Now campaign while continuing the storyline set up with issue one of this latest volume. General Ross (aka Rulk) has his ragtag group of antiheroes and has promised them help with their problems as long as they help him with his. I haven’t read this series since Daniel Way handed the series off to Charles Soule, so I am reviewing this as someone who is slightly aware, but as a new reader.

Image Charles Soule does a fantastic job with this script. He shows he is at great ease with a team-book and making sure that each character’s voice and personality shine through correctly and adequately. Obviously any book where Deadpool is written well he can easily steal the show, but Soule does a great job of making sure that each character is given their piece of the spot-light without making it feel forced. Soule also uses the natural progression of the story-arc to add Johnny Blaze to the mix of the team without it feeling forced. All-in-all this is an extremely humorous script and is an enjoyable read. Another writer could have easily made this feel like a throw away issue that was forgettable. Soule is able to quickly make me want to go back and read his run on this series so far and then continue with what he has planned. This series has become my brand new series to pick up each month.

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Carlo Barberi is a talented artist. His work on Daniel Way’s Deadpool series was always some of my favorite, and while I’m not a huge fan of the way he chooses to draw the Punisher, the rest of the group and even the backgrounds are expertly drawn. One nice small touch is the addition of small background pieces that reference old storylines after General Ross mentions something about alien relics. The Mark I and the Beyonder’s jumpsuit are the obvious entries. Barberi continues to show he is a talented artist even if he isn’t one of the bigger names at Marvel.

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I have to recommend this book if you are interested in any of these characters. All aspects of this book bring a humorous and fun addition to each of these characters’ continuity. And as long are you are not a stickler for everything being serious you may find a new series to pick up as well. Basically this is a very fun read.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

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