Thor Movie Review: By Odin’s Beard, T’is a Thor-ough Treat!

If you are reading this, then you’re probably a big Thor fan like me. The God of Thunder has hit Philippine cinemas straight from the pages of Marvel Comics. I am an avid follower of Thor for various reasons. But primarily, my fondness for this character is rooted from the fact that I really enjoy reading Norse Mythology in all its forms. Besides, unlike other favorite comics superheroes, the Thunder God’s story is the only one oozing with godly essence. Here’s my take on this year’s Thor movie, directed by Kenneth Branagh with screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stenz, and Don Payne and based on the comics story by J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich.

Thor Movie (2011)

I Hate Spoilers, But Thor Told Me to Write Anyway

If you’re not familiar with Marvel Comics’ resident superhero god, here’s the rundown.For centuries, the realm of Asgard – led by the All-Father Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins) – had waged war against their sworn enemy, the Frost Giants. These monstrous walking popsicles, led by Laufey, wanted to conquer all of the nine realms under the World Tree, also called Yggdrasil. Finally, in 970 A.D., a big battle between the Asgardians and the Frost Giants ensued. Needless to say, the Asgardians (also called Aesir) won the day. As a trophy, Odin seized the Casket of Ancient Winters which provided the power (think of it as the freezer coolant) to the Frost Giants.

Fast forward to the present, all of Asgard was about to witness the ascension of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as successor to Odin. But this most glorious of days was interrupted by a small band of Frost Giants who had deviously entered the city of the gods to retrieve the Casket. And they almost succeeded in obtaining their target had they not been fried to bits by the Destroyer, an indestructible suit of armor created by Odin himself and intended to be the last line of defense of Asgard.

After the dust had settled, the young arrogant Thunder God wanted to know why and how those Frost Giants were able to sneak into the weapons hall of Asgard. Thor proposed an attack on Jotunheim (home world of the Frost Giants) to show the frosties who’s the boss in all the Nine Realms. But Odin ordered Thor to do no such thing as it could ruin the current truce between Asgard and Jotunheim.

Thor stubbornly disobeyed his father’s orders and went to Jotunheim anyway, accompanied by Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Hogun (Tadanobu Asano), Fandral (Joshua Dallas), and Loki (Tom Hiddleston). In Jotunheim, Thor’s party engaged the Frost Giants in a skirmish, which quickly snowballed into a full-blown battle involving six Asgardians against hordes of frost giants. Armed with his hammer Mjolnir, Thor is simply unbeatable. In the last minute, Odin arrived mounted on his eight-legged steed called Sleipnirthe. The All-Father stopped the fight, brought Thor and his company back to Asgard, and ultimately banished Thor to Midgard – that’s Earth. And that, my friends, is where the Thunder God’s – and Earth’s – troubles have begun.

The Bottom Line

The essence of the story is Thor’s human element. Here’s an arrogant, selfish, vain god cast down to Midgard by his own father Odin who wanted to teach his boy a lesson or two. In short, even gods need some spanking. One isn’t born into whatever he wants to do in life. Oftentimes, we have to lift our own hammers and fight for what we believe is ours for the taking – just watch out for government guys and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents!

I must admit, Thor movie has exceeded my expectations. For the past few months, I was worried that my favorite comicbook character’s jump on the big screen will be the cause of his downfall. Also, it didn’t help me a bit to know that director Kenneth Branagh, while he is a great great actor (remember Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), is best known for his directorial works that focus mainly on Shakespearean plays.

Sure, the way that Asgardians talk to each other would have big similarities to many of the characters in William Shakespeare’s theater pieces, but we’re talking Norse legends here not some cross-eyed lovers or English kings. But after watching Thor movie, I take it all back. All my doubts about Kenneth Branagh’s ability to bring to life one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Universe are all without substance.

The film was able to seamlessly combine the worlds of gods and mortals into one kickass story. Sir Anthony Hopkins as the All-Father Odin is just phenomenal. Even Hollywood newcomer Chris Hemsworth truly embodies the physical features of the Thunder God and was exceptionally extraordinary as Thor. The supporting cast also delivered. As for Loki, it would seem that Tom Hiddleston was conjured by the gods themselves to play the role. He’s just so convincing.

In terms of visual effects, Thor movie also got everything right. The rendering of the Bifrost bridge was just plain awesome. Plus, the Destroyer armor is truly alive. Costume design is also very impressive. Overall, avid fans will find an instant sense of endearment to this Thor movie adaptation.

On the downside, I think Volstagg was not as huge as he should have been. And I still prefer Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) as nurse or medical doctor rather than an astrophysicist. Also, I can’t help but ask where Balder and Tyr are? Perhaps, we’ll see these characters in the sequel. Yes, shameless as it is, Thor is one of those flicks that I would love to have a sequel.

Comic Book Review: Thor for Asgard #6 – Asgard Conclusion

Cover Art for Thor for Asgard #6

Story: Robert Rodi
Art: Simone Bianchi
Inks: Simone Bianchi and Andrea Silvestri

In a Nutshell

Thor for Asgard #6 is a downer. The problem with this issue is its failure to work out the problems that have beset Asgard right from the beginning of the series. This is supposed to be the finale, but the Asgardians are still beleaguered and about to suffer Ragnarök. We started this storyline with the Aesir facing the biggest threat of their lives and, six issues later, they are in a far worse predicament. Odin is still lost in his quests while Balder is dead and Thor can’t seem to do anything concrete about Asgard’s troubles.

What's Cool

  • If there was one thing that changed in Thor, it was his newfound power to inspire his fellow Asgardians, particularly those who were already in Valhalla. Thor’s death and resurrection has given hope and revitalized the tenacity among the citizens of Asgard.
  • Art by Simone Bianchi is one of the reasons why I kept coming back for each issue of Thor for Asgard. His work evokes a larger-than-life feeling that befits Asgardian gods.
  • The scene in the last page of the comicbook, where at last Thor held his hammer Mjolnir, is a classic. The Thor fan in me can’t help but shed a tear.

What's Crap

  • As the finale, this issue reconciled nothing. Unless they come up with a follow-up mini-series, Thor for Asgard is nothing more than a dangling storyline.

The Bottom Line

This series gives readers a glimpse of Thor as Lord of Asgard. For the longest time, Odin has been the top honcho until Balder took over. But this time, it’s Thor’s turn. In the beginning, he felt that he was not capable of being Asgard’s king. In fact, he refused to take hold of his powerful hammer. But along the way, Thor learned to accept his destiny – that of being Asgard’s leader, as shown by his readiness to lift Mjolnir once again.

Comic Book Review: Ultimate Thor #4


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Cover Art for Ultimate Thor #4

Story: Jonathan Hickman
Pencils: Carlos Pacheco
Inks: Dexter Vines, with Jeff Huet and Jason Paz

In a Nutshell

Thorlief Golmen, the European fellow who believes that he’s Thor is actually the latest reincarnation of the Thunder God. And Dr. Donald Blake turns out to be Balder. Crazy, right? But all these twists make Ultimate Thor #4 a very interesting read for this week.

All this time, the European Union Super Soldier High Command has been designing a new outfit for Thor. One of their scientists has also created a portable power unit capable of weather manipulation and even teleportation. Initially, the size of the machine was a problem. But at Thor’s suggestion, the scientists worked around this little snag by incorporating the machine inside a huge hammer-cum-axe, reminiscent of Beta Ray Bill’s hammer except the new one is made from what looks like indestructible steel.

Eight months later, the latest reincarnation of Thor – along with the newly reintroduced version of Captain America – has become the most recent addition to the Ultimates. And it does not take long for Thor’s deeds to get noticed. The Americans, through the versatile Nick Fury, tries to recruit the God of Thunder. At first, Thor says no.

Meanwhile, back in Germany, an old man named Helmutt goes to Norway and uses the long lost Asgardian runes to open a portal that frees Loki. In short, Loki has returned as a god while Balder and Thor have been reborn as mortals. As evil looms, Thor eventually reconsiders Nick Fury’s offer. And the first order of battle for the new Thunder God is none other than the Incredible Hulk, who now has stamped out Iron Man and Captain America.

What's Cool

  • This issue blew my mind off. Awesome finish for Ultimate Thor series.
  • Excellent cover art by Carlos Pacheco and Dexter Vines.
  • Eye-popping color work.
  • Now, I know how Loki got out of the Room with No Doors, one less loose end for me to puzzle over.

What's Crap

  • The timelines in this issue can be confusing, moving forwards and backwards. Damn, the comicbook spine has been worn-out in one sitting.
  • I still love Thor with his classic Mjolnir and not with a hammer combined with an axe blade.
  • Thor authoring books and involved in speaking engagements? C’mon!

The Bottom Line

Ultimate Thor #4 is a fitting finale for the series. As a matter of fact, I think issue #4 is the best in the series. It’s just fun to read and Carlos Pacheco’s artwork… well, it brought down the house. I can’t wait for a new collaboration between Jonathan Hickman and Carlos Pacheco.

Comic Book Review: Iron Man Thor #3 – God Complex, Chapter Three

Cover Art for Iron Man Thor #3

Script: Dan Abrett, Andy Lanning
Pencils: Scot Eaton
Inks: Jaime Mendoza, Jeff Huet, Lorenzo Ruggiero
Letters: Veronica Gandini

In a Nutshell

Iron Man Thor #3 bares the tricky relationship between Diablo and the High Evolutionary. Meanwhile, Crimson Dynamo puts up a good fight in stopping Thor from breaking into Diablo’s Secret Hermitica… but not for long. A surprise character helps the Thunder God neutralize Crimson Dynamo.

But even after Thor finally penetrates the nerve center of the High Evolutionary’s diabolical plans, his problems are from over. Using an alchemical substance, Diablo holds Iron Man and Thor in a trance, making them fight each other. The ultimate twist comes when, in an act of treachery, Diablo switches minds and appearances with the High Evolutionary. Now, with the body of The Destroyer, Diablo possesses the perfect vessel to attain godhood.

What's Cool

  • Thor with facial hair
  • Thor fighting with Iron Man
  • “Change is conflict. Someone must fail so that someone else may win” – From the mind of Diablo
  • Diablo fooling the High Evolutionary, switching their minds and appearances.
  • Very impressive cover art.

What's Crap

  • I feel that the back story about Herbert Wyndham – who would later on become the High Evolutionary – can be a bit complicated, especially for new Marvel Comics readers.
  • In this comic book issue, I just can’t believe that Thor couldn’t take down the Crimson Dynamo without any help.

The Bottom Line

This is it, we’re one issue shy of completing this storyline. With Thor and Iron Man weakened and held inside Diablo’s Secret Hermetica, we can only speculate on how they will defeat Diablo, who has grown more powerful by integrating himself into the body of The Destroyer and maybe even absorbing some of the High Evolutionary’s superhuman powers. Iron Man Thor #3 has but held me in high suspense.

Comic Book Review: Ultimate Comics Thor #3

Cover Art for Ultimate Thor #3

Story: Jonathan Hickman
Pencils: Carlos Pacheco
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Edgar Delgado

In a Nutshell

The Nazi Army joins forces with Frost Giants to destroy Asgard. Before they attack, the Nazis are persuaded over by the giants to drink the blood of fallen Heimdall, supposedly to give the humans more strength and power. The young Loki murders Balder. Odin meets his doom. The end of the Asgardian gods is at hand. Again!

What's Cool

  • The Nazis and the Frost Giants breaking into Asgard’s walls.
  • The Final(?) Stand of the Warriors Three in 1939 – Volstagg, Fandral, Hogun.
  • The surprising fall of Odin during the attack of the Nazis and the Frost Giants.
  • A flashback to the younger days of our favorite Asgardians gives readers yet another look at Loki’s cunning, not to mention his murderous intents.
  • Loki as the man behind Baron Zemo’s hood – I still can’t get over this twist.
  • The artwork, particularly the colors, is impressive. I just do not like Thor’s and Fandral’s look in 1939.

What's Crap

  • Well, obviously this is another Thor storyline in preparation of his upcoming movie. Talk about milking the cow dry.
  • The story in each issue of Ultimate Comics Thor is split into three eras or ages – the present day, the Nazi Era in 1939, and the age when Thor and the boys were still young. The reader basically has to shift through these periods and risk muddling up the timelines. I think it would have been more convenient for the readers if the story ran on a straight timeline from the past to the present. I still don’t know if the constant time-shifting serves a bigger purpose, like in Justice League Generation Lost were time travel is actually a central theme of the storyline.

The Bottom Line

Ultimate Comics Thor #3 offers solid action scenes that comic book readers will surely enjoy. I particularly like the 1939 Nazi-era and the Ages Past portions of the storyline. For hardcore fans of the Thunder God, this issue, nay, this series is a must have.

Comic Book Review – Astonishing Thor #1

Just like any other opening issue for a comic book mini-series, Astonishing Thor has little excitement to offer. Except for the fact that the main characters are being laid down on the table, there are few things that fans can look forward to in any opening chapter. But even if this issue has little to offer to stir up fans, it still made my weekly comic book pull up list because of its amazing, eye-popping art by Mike Choi.

Cover Art for Astonishing Thor #1

Again, many fans will find this issue to be a bit dull, storywise. Even the character development is weak. My main complaint is the part where Heimdall blurts out the word hyperspace. I mean, Asgardians surely have a more archaic term for hyperspace, right? Or did their stay in Oklahoma, during and after the Siege, also defiled their tongues?

At any rate, I’m looking forward to a more exciting second issue. With Thor finally bumping into the living planet called Ego and its creator known as The Stranger, a climactic battle is just around the corner.

Weekly Comic Book Review (Nov. 11): Comic Book Guy Saga Ends, Return of Bruce Wayne Finale

This week’s comic book review really drained my wallet. It’s one of those weeks where most of my favorite titles come out simultaneously. What did me in was the deluge of Thor comics, which have steadily increased in number recently, owing to the fact that a Thor movie adaptation is scheduled for release in 2011. Anyway, here are the titles that made my top list for this week:

American Vampire #8

Writer Scott Snyder never ceases to amaze me. In this issue, he presents a new take on vampires by letting it slip that they actually have several breeds (not just covens). Each breed has its own unique weakness that hunters can use to their advantage. But more than that, I believe that future issues will be jam-packed with battles not just among vampire families, but among different breeds.

American Vampire #8

Many characters in the comic book have already appeared previously, but new ones are also coming into play. Issue #8 is biting (no pun intended) and interlaced with new revelations that American Vampire fans should not miss. Pencil work by Rafael Albuquerque and colors by Dave McCaig add more vibrancy to an already intense storyline.

Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne #6

Return Of Bruce Wayne #6

This is an epic end to an epic series and just what fans can expect from the great Grant Morrison. This is the story of how Batman finally arrives in the here-and-now, which we’ve seen in Batman and Robin #16. As a whole, the issue is an analysis of what makes the Dark Knight the greatest superhero in DC Universe. Here we see Batman, yet again and singlehandedly, getting ahead of the Justice League and rendering them defenseless. And with everything that exists depending on him, Batman fights Darkseid in a contest of intelligence and wits. Of course the Dark Knight wins. Indeed, for as long as Gotham City still needs him…and the night’s not over, Batman’s here to stay.

Ultimate Comics Thor #2

Ultimate Thor #2

Impressive pacing, great art, and intense revelations are packed in this issue. First, Dr. Donald Blake conducts a thorough examination of a man who believes he’s Thor. Our good doctor—who’s actually the real Thor—finds out that the man’s claims are actually coming out from memories and not from some schizophrenic episode. The question is, if the man’s recollections are valid, what would that make Dr. Blake?

Next, we see Thor, Balder, Loki and The Warriors Three in a friendly gladiatorial match among themselves. It happened ages ago as the Asgardians celebrated their victory against the Frost Giants. Even Loki was such a good sport and it would seem that peace ruled the home of the gods in those days.

Finally, the comic book pages transport readers to scenes during World War II. We see Baron Zemo successfully harnessing the power of the Norn stones and opening the gates that allowed the Frost Giants to cross the time stream into the 1940’s. Together, the Nazi war machine and the Frost Giants launch an attack on Asgard, even killing one of its bravest citizens. Again, the question is who’s the guy wearing the hood of Baron Zemo?

Victorian Undead II: Holmes vs. Dracula #1

Victorian Undead: Sherlock Holmes Vs Dracula #1

Professor Moriarty and his zombies are done for. The destruction that they brought upon London has been cleared away and life in the city slowly gets back to normal. But a new menace has been washed ashore. As Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend Dr. Watson have been commissioned to look into the mystery behind what remains of the ship Demeter, a bad moon is rising. Count Dracula is at large, not only in the streets, but also in the highest rungs of the British monarchy. This is a new arc in the Victorian Undead saga and a perfect starting point for new readers of the series.

Chaos War Thor #1

Chaos War Thor #1

This special tie-in to the Chaos War saga gives Thor fans a deeper, even a bit philosophical look into the God of Thunder. A cosmic battle with a demon-god named Glory hurls Thor back to earth, landing in his mortal form known to us as Dr. Donald Blake. For me, the battle scenes are actually the best part of the issue. But there’s more to the story.

Being cared for by Becca Steinhardt, a widow and polytheist, we see the amnesiac Dr. Blake locked in a discussion about faith in the eyes of an average believer. To a certain extent, the drama in this comic book can be profound as two individuals try to heal themselves – Thor trying to get his memories back and Becca looking for comfort and hope after her family perished in an accident years ago.

Comic Book Guy: The Comic Book #5

Comic Book Guy #5

It’s another finale of epic proportions. Comic Book Guy’s saga has come to an end and the revelations that occurred will definitely shock fans. By far, this is the grittiest issue in the series, featuring a history of Comic Book Guy that spells out what makes him THE Comic Book Guy. Well, at the very least, Springfield gets its famous comic book store back under old management. But this is not to say that the characters in The Simpsons will drift down into normal lives. I hope not.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Oct. 20): JLA #50, GL Corps, and a Vampire Roman Senator

Green Lantern Corps #53

Kyle Rayner and Sinestro are headed for a big showdown one of these days. Well, it’s not that these poozers haven’t already pulled at each other’s hairs before. But this time around, a woman is going to be caught between the crossfire. It’s Soranik Natu, Sinestro’s daughter and now Kyle’s object of affection. Worse still, the grudge match between Kyle and Sinestro (to be played by Mark Strong in the upcoming Green Lantern movie) does not even come close to the brutality of The Weaponer’s vendetta against Sinestro.

Green Lantern Corps #53

We all know The Weaponer from planet Qward. He built Sinestro’s power ring. But somewhere down the line, the two had a falling out. And comic book readers will know why in this issue, which incidentally marks the debut of Tyler Kirkman as artist for the Green Lantern Corps series.

Brightest Day #12

Brightest Day #12Many issues in the Brightest Day series can be a bit dragging. But number 12 is definitely not one of them. In fact, I’d even say that this is a hit issue, especially if you’re a fan of the Martian Manhunter. Don’t let the Firestorm cover fool you. Our green shape-shifting alien hero takes center stage here as he fights another Martian survivor named D’kay D’razz. Needless to say, when a Martian is out thumping another Martian, all hell breaks loose. That’s right, this issue is action-packed with several helpings of horror and insanity! Can J’onn J’onzz come out unscathed from this turmoil? Definitely not.

Doctor Solar Man of Atom #3

Doctor Solar #3What I love about this week’s comic book review is the fact that many of the issues are action-packed. Here we find Doctor Solar locked in battle against an equally powerful character named Moloch—another creature from the mind of Whitmore Pickerel. Well, you don’t need rocket science to know that Doctor Solar ultimately wins. I mean, he’s a guy who can form, un-form, generate, and degenerate anything that fancies his whims. The question is would this be the last time that we see Moloch? ‘Course not.

The great cover, impressive overall art inside, plus a slick storyline make this issue a must-have for comic book readers who follow the Man of Atom.

Ides of Blood #3

Ides of Blood #3I’ll go straight to the point. Valens, our erstwhile Roman vampire senator, got caught and Antony is having a fun time torturing him. Roman barbarity is at its worst, as Antony torments Valens. What kind of a beast can think of peeling off a man’s face? Good thing, our hero is a vampire and he’s got incredible healing powers sans adamantium. The best part is that Valens somehow found an ally from the inside and they instantly plot an escape. The bad news is that the golden ticket to freedom can only be attained with the help of the vampire Ione, whom Valens wrongfully accused earlier as the bloodsucking murderer known as Pluto’s Kiss. Convincing Ione was no easy task, but no sooner than when she said yes did they find themselves in the middle of a gladiatorial match against four beastly undead.

Thor: First Thunder #2

Thor: First Thunder #2I like this issue for a reason and one reason only—the cover. Awesome cover art by Filipino artist Jay Anacleto. Reminds me of a statue released by Bowen Designs where we see Loki sitting on a throne in a very imposing form. It makes one wonder whether the Trickster God is only good for naughtiness or unrivaled viciousness.

The story itself is not bad. Here we find Thor going to Asgard only to be denied entry by Heimdall acting on Odin’s orders. The sequence of events that transpired between Thor and Heimdall on the Bifrost accidentally broke the chains that held Loki, who’s now out for revenge against the God of Thunder.

Justice League of America #50

Justice League of America #50It’s the big five-o and for comic book readers, this issue is a milestone. A female Green Lantern from another world or dimension comes to Earth-1 or the primary Earth. Apparently, her home world has been destroyed, courtesy of Doctor Impossible and the Crime Syndicate of America. The bad news is that the syndicate is hot on her heels and now poised to annihilate the Justice League’s world.

As one would expect, fighting ensues (told ya, this week is full of action) between the Justice League and their respective counterparts from Crime Syndicate. We see Jesse Quick against Johnny Quick, Jade facing Power Ring, Donna Try versus Superwoman, Supergirl exchanging blows with Ultraman, and Batman matching wits with Owlman. But it leaves little to imagination for us to know that the big clash is just a charade for a bigger and more sinister plan. A plan that involves bringing back Darkseid (is it really him?).

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Sept. 23): Millar’s Nemesis plus GL Corps

Nemesis #3

You’d be crazy if you don’t like this series written by Mark Millar, with art by Steve McNiven. Think Batman/Bruce Wayne, except that Nemesis is on the other side of the law. Yep, a billionaire gadget-totting masked character who wants to destroy the status quo that we all have come to know. Nemesis #3 In this latest issue, we see Nemesis in a fantastic and bloody fight scene against prison guards—97 in all. His unbelievable escape is definitely one of a kind and a very expensive one at that. It shouldn’t to be missed. To top it all, McNiven also dishes out an awesome and very energetic art.

Thor #615

Thor #615In this issue, we find Agardians and Broxton citizens busy rebuilding their lives after the Siege. Thor is about to jump on a new course. Where would that lead him? We don’t know. If you have been a longtime fan of the series, this issue signals the turning of a new chapter in the life and adventures of the God of Thunder and his friends.

Green Lantern Corps #52

Green Lantern Corps #52Let’s face it. Blackest Night was one hell of a series. After that, it’s just hard to find another great story about the Green Lanterns. I have to admit, I am slowly getting bored with Brightest Day as a whole. But this latest issue of Green Lantern Corps has given me the jolt that I needed. Here, we find two great lanterns from our very own Space Sector 2814—Kyle Rayner and John Stewart—on center stage as they save the day in Planet Grenda. This issue is made more relevant as it shows us the sad end of Hank Henshaw (aka Cyborg Superman) in the hands of Lantern Boodikka. Moreover, Alpha Lanterns have been changed back and reinstated into the Corps. For many Green Lantern fans, the team pose at the end is reason enough to get this issue.

Flash #5

Flash #5Previously… Flash is being arrested by the time-traveling Renegades from the 25th century for a crime that our hero is supposed to have committed in the future.

Now…Flash gets support from Top, one of the Renegades from the 25th century. But any help from Top is offset by the fact that the other Renegades and both present and future Rogues are hot on our duo’s tails. The plot also thickens as the mirror containing the Mirror Lords is also about to crack. Will things get better or worse for the Flash? Well, writer Geoff Johns hangs us in suspense till the next issue.

Justice League Generation Lost #10

Justice League Generation Lost #10Magog and Maxwell Lord have joined hands and we see the kind of future that this alliance could bring. Make no mistake, Maxwell Lord simply wants to corrupt the future. That’s why it is imperative that our Justice League heroes uncover Max’s plans. This issue also features Batman and Power Girl inquiring about Max. Did these two finally break free of the global mind wipe performed by Max? If so, will they be able to join the Justice League in the hunt for Max? Let’s all stay tuned.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Sept. 16): Aliens Vs. Predators, Emerald Warriors

AVP Three World War #6

In this issue, the Colonial Marines and their Hunter Predator ‘allies’ are on the offensive against the Killer Predators. The conclusion to this 6-issue series from Dark Horse Comics reveals how the Killer Predators were able to subjugate their Alien pets. And with that piece of information—thanks to the android David Sereda— the allies now have a chance to defeat the Killer Predators.

AVPThreeWorldWar6

With a Queen Alien in their ship, the Hunter Predators provides the much needed boost to help them and their human comrades win the war. As the series ends, what will happen to Machiko and her team? Rating: 8 out of 10.

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #2

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #2The Emerald Warriors—consist of Guy Gardner, Arisia, Kilowog, and a Red Lantern named Bleez—visit Odym, the home base of the Blue Lantern Corps. In this issue, Guy discovers that the violent energy of the Red Lantern still rages inside him. What would this visit to the Blue Lanterns do for Guy? Can the team really work with a Red Lantern? This issue brings us a step closer to the Guy’s mysterious mission in the outskirts of the galaxy.

Thor First Thunder #1

Thor First Thunder #1Basically, this is a retelling of the very first Thor story as featured in Journey Into Mystery #83, which has also been reprinted as a special feature here in this issue. If you have read the first Thor appearance, you surely have met the Stone Men from Saturn. Well, they are back along with the classic moments leading to where Dr. Donald Blake found a misshapen but mysterious piece of wood that he would later use as cane and emergency lifeline to the God of Thunder. But make no mistake, this issue is not just a recapitulation of how Thor came to be. Rather, it presents how the story of the Son of Odin fits in modern times. Rating: 9 out of 10.

Thor For Asgard #2

Thor For Asgard #2Everything’s wrong in Asgard nowadays. This issue presents a very depressing time in the city of the Norse Gods. The gloomy mood stems from Thor being alone and saddled with the responsibilities of an Asgard’s ruler. To make matters worse, some young and rebellious Asgardians have banded together to attempt to demolish the Rainbow Bridge. How long can Thor put up with all the problems that beset Asgard? So far, I find this arc very interesting both in terms of story and art.

Brightest Day #10

Brightest Day  #10Don’t be fooled by the amazing cover art by David Finch. Aqualad will not beat the crap out of Deadman, at least not in this issue. What you will see though is the ongoing changes and new theories that will redefine Firestorm. Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch still find it hard to agree on anything even as they are fused to become Firestorm. The other highlight of the issue is Jackson Hyde, the new Aqualad. Here, we will see the events that will ultimately lead him to his destiny. Brightest Day #10 is one of the most engaging issues in the series.

Ides of Blood #2

Ides Of Blood #2I admit it. I’m not a big Vampire fan. Besides American Vampire, I have not come across a refreshing vampire story arc lately. But I’m afraid I have to make another exception with Ides of Blood. Sure, many fans find this new take on Roman history a bit boring, but the pacing of the story in each issue has been first-rate for me. After all, if you can imagine a vampire being involved in one of the most vicious assassination plots in history, you would get hooked to this series too.