Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Devil Comics Review | Secret Empire [2017] Nick Spencer

Secret Empire began during the Welcome to Pleasant Hill when an older Steve Rogers is restored to his youth thanks to the living Cosmic Cube called the Kobik belonging to the Red Skull. However the Cosmic Cube rewrote the origin of Captain America by making him a Hydra Agent. Now Hydra asserts itself to take over the world while the heroes are divided by an invasion by the Chitauri, Graviton attacking in New York, and Hydra forces in Russia. 

While the remaining heroes are hidden away at a base outside of Vegas, Steve Rogers executes Rick Jones for relaying information to the heroes while laying waste to Vegas. However the remaining heroes receives the message that Captain America was changed by the Cosmic Cube. They have to unite the shards to return Steve Rogers back to normal. 

Both sides needs to tangle with Ultron to get the first shard. Iron Man claims the first two shards while Captain America is on his tail with a resurrected Bruce Banner. Emma Frost has another shard to rule the mutant nation of New Tian and Black Panther and Wakanda has another shard. 

Captain America regains the shards from the Underground at the cost of Madame Hydra who sacrificed her life. Black Widow goes for the kill as Miles Morales faces Steve Rogers face-to-face. Rogers kills the Black Widow as Morales beats him however stops short from killing him. Morales is arrested and Sam Wilson takes up Captain America's shield. 

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT – 3 OUT OF 5

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

San Diego Comic Con 2017 Highlights

DC and Marvel Comics September and October 2017 Solicitations


DC Comics September and October 2017 Solicitations begins with Dark Nights: Metal which is the invasion of the DC Universe by the Dark Multiverse. The series will introduce new characters and concepts never seen before. Action Comics begins a storyline revealing the identity of Mr. Oz which will lead into November’s Doomsday Clock and ending with Action Comics #1000

Marvel Comics September and October 2017 Solicitations begins with Marvel Legacy One Shot where the issues revert back to their original numbering however the stories remain the same. Not much progress from a publishing point of view but it’s a step in the right direction. 

Last year comic sales grew by 6% to $1 Billion which means the industry is nearing a sustainable marketplace where creators can be able to make a living. That’s an increase of $55 Million from 2015 to 2016.

Spider-Man: Homecoming and War of the Planet of the Apes Reviews



Movie Review Spider-Man Homecoming is the sixth film from Sony however the first film connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Currently this version of Spider-Man is a five movie arc which began last year with Captain America: Civil War, continues with HomecomingAvengers 3 and 4 and Homecoming 2 which takes place immediately after Avengers 4. 

After the disaster of Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony teamed up with Marvel where Sony pays for the film and distributes it while Marvel provides the story. The budget for Amazing Spider-Man 2 was $293 Million compared to $175 Million for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Sony was definitely hedging their risks with their collaboration with Marvel. Overall the end product was a worthy film which incorporated lots of elements from the comics that made the Spider-Man character appealing. There was no rehash of his origin story, Uncle Ben, or the Osborns which gave the movie a fresh start. 

Spider-Man: Homecoming continues from Captain America: Civil War with Peter Parker still in High School at Midtown School of Science and Technology. The film consists of a diverse cast set in QueensNew York. Adrian Toomes is a blue collar salvaging company that cleans up after all the Avengers battles. Now Tony Stark has stepped in to replace him and Toomes is out for revenge by using Shocker and the Tinker to scavenge alien artifacts and sell it to criminals. The sequels are following each year of Peter Parker's schooling similar to the Harry Potter series.

Movie Review War for the Planet of the Apes is the third film of the recent reboot consisting of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. These movies are a contemporary prequels to the 1968 Planet of the Apes film. It lays the foundations for the civilization we see in the 1968 film. There is a fourth film planned where we actually see the character of Taylor returning from space and discovering the Planet of the Apes. 

DC and Marvel Comics August 2017 Solicitations

Comic Books in the Asia Market

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review


We will be reviewing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Weekly Roundup | Marvel Legacy


Marvel is releasing a 50 page one shot titled Marvel Legacy by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic in September which will revert long-running titles into Legacy numbering. Apparently Marvel Legacy is born out of the Generations event running between August and September 2017. Artist Esad Ribic has worked with Jason Aaron before on Thor and also with Jonathan Hickman on Secret Wars in 2015 where the Fantastic Four began mapping the Marvel Multiverse. Most likely Marvel Legacy is the return of the Fantastic Four as well as a threat discovered while mapping the Marvel Multiverse. 


Comic Book Buy-Ins, Diversity and the Ardian Syaf Controversy


This week on the Rebel Devil Podcast we will be discussing comic book buy-ins, diversity, and the Ardian Syaf Controversy. Retailers stock what sells and if Marvel replaces a Fantastic Four title with Squirrel Girl and Spider-Gwen then expect sales to crumble. Marvel would rather blame customers not wanting diversity than rather accepting what customers really want. People are already prepared to purchase the trade as the first issue of a new comic rolls at Marvel. Training their customers to be trade paperback readers instead of a monthly one which allows them to be apart of a community. They need to commit and engage with an audience to build diversity and inclusion through their product line. When DC Rebirth came out people were willing to experiment with their new titles because of the quality and the buy-in which was already established. They have built the monthly readership well to avoid sales attrition which Marvel is suffering from.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Devil Comics Review | Superman – Action Comics [2017] The New World


Following the events of Superman Reborn, Clark Kent has a new continuity while Hank Henshaw is gathering Superman’s worst enemies to form the new Superman Revenge Squad. The Eradicator frees Mongul from his Black Mercy dream and travel to the Himalayan refuge with Blanque to retrieve the Oblivion Stone. 

Lois and Clark move back to Metropolis but Clark receives a message from his refuge and discovers the Oblivion Stone missing. On their moon base Henshaw reveals himself as the Cyborg Superman once the two halves of the Oblivion Stone is merged. Now the Revenge Squad is set to free Zod. 

Batman and Superman discover the Revenge Squad is trying to break into Belle Reve Penitentiary to free Zod who wants the Phantom Zone Projector to free his people. Superman enters the Black Vault which affects him negatively by making him blind after fighting the Cyborg-Superman, Eradicator, and Zod. The Revenge Squad heads towards the Fortress of Solitude to confront Superman as Supergirl, Super-Man, Superwoman, Steel, and Lex Luthor arrives to save him. 

Zod organizes his Revenge Squad to take on the Superman Defense Squad. He retrieves the Phantom Zone Projector and sends the Defense Squad into the Phantom Zone except for Supergirl. Zod also sends the Eradicator and Cyborg-Superman on a mission into the Phantom Zone to find his wife Ursa and his son Lor-Zod. 

Back on Earth Jonathan uses they Kryptonian armor to fight Zod along with Krypto. Ursa and Lor-Zod returns from the Phantom Zone along with Superman and the Eradicator. Zod retreats with his family while Superman brings his team back leaving the Cyborg Superman in the Phantom Zone. Zod travels to another planet to conquer to rebuild Krypton along with his family and the Eradicator. 

RECOMMENDED – 4 OUT OF 5

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Devil Comics Review | The Flash [2017] Running Scared


Following the events of the Button, the Reverse-Flash returns and lures the Flash into the 25th Century by kidnapping Iris. Following the events of the Button, the Reverse-Flash returns and lures the Flash into the 25th Century by kidnapping Iris. The Reverse-Flash reveals how their children the Tornado Twins destroyed Central City due to the Barry and Iris becoming true parents. The Reverse-Flash takes the Flash willingly into the Negative Speed Force while attempting to kill Iris. Barry returns empowered by the Negative Speed Force and stops the Reverse-Flash however it is Iris who uses the Black Hole's lightning gun to disperse him. Now the story moves forward with Barry consumed with the Negative Speed Force while destroying both Iris and Wally West’s trust. 

RECOMMENDED – 4 OUT OF 5 

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Devil Comics Review | Thor [2017] Ragnarok

After the Age of Ultron, Thor decides to investigate the Infinity Stones which leads him to the events of Ragnarok. The movie introduces Asgardian goddess queen Hela who is rule of the realm of the dead. In the original Infinity Gauntlet story back in 1991, Thanos assembled the Infinity Gems to wipe out half the universe for his beloved Death. We can assume the same will happen in the Infinity War when Thanos assembles the Infinity Gems to wipe out the universe for his beloved Hela. The synopsis for Ragnarok involves Thor losing his hammer and is pitted against the Hulk in a gladiatorial fight before he returns to Asgard to stop Ragnarok which is the destruction of Asgardian civilization at the hands of Hela. 

RECOMMENDED – 4 OUT OF 5

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Devil Comics Review | Justice League [2017]

The primary villain for Justice League is Steppenwolf after appearing in a deleted scene in Batman V Superman with three Mother Boxes each distributed to the Amazons, Atanteans, and Humans on Earth long ago. Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Cyborg’s back story will be reflected in the Justice League. After Superman is killed by Doomsday, Batman and Wonder Woman assemble a team of Metahumans to stand up against the assault against Earth.

RECOMMENDED – 4 OUT OF 5

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Weekly Roundup | DC and Marvel Comics October 2017 Solicitations

Movie Review Spider-Man Homecoming is the sixth film from Sony however the first film connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Currently this version of Spider-Man is a five movie arc which began last year with Captain America: Civil War, continues with Homecoming, Avengers 3 and 4 and Homecoming 2 which takes place immediately after Avengers 4. 

After the disaster of Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony teamed up with Marvel where Sony pays for the film and distributes it while Marvel provides the story. The budget for Amazing Spider-Man 2 was $293 Million compared to $175 Million for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Sony was definitely hedging their risks with their collaboration with Marvel. Overall the end product was a worthy film which incorporated lots of elements from the comics that made the Spider-Man character appealing. There was no rehash of his origin story, Uncle Ben, or the Osborns which gave the movie a fresh start. 

Spider-Man: Homecoming continues from Captain America: Civil War with Peter Parker still in High School at Midtown School of Science and Technology. The film consists of a diverse cast set in QueensNew York. Adrian Toomes is a blue collar salvaging company that cleans up after all the Avengers battles. Now Tony Stark has stepped in to replace him and Toomes is out for revenge by using Shocker and the Tinker to scavenge alien artifacts and sell it to criminals. The sequels are following each year of Peter Parker's schooling similar to the Harry Potter series.

Movie Review War for the Planet of the Apes is the third film of the recent reboot consisting of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. These movies are a contemporary prequels to the 1968 Planet of the Apes film. It lays the foundations for the civilization we see in the 1968 film. There is a fourth film planned where we actually see the character of Taylor returning from space and discovering the Planet of the Apes. 

DC Comics September and October 2017 Solicitations begins with Dark Nights: Metal which is the invasion of the DC Universe by the Dark Multiverse. The series will introduce new characters and concepts never seen before. Action Comics begins a storyline revealing the identity of Mr. Oz which will lead into November’s Doomsday Clock and ending with Action Comics #1000

Marvel Comics September and October 2017 Solicitations begins with Marvel Legacy One Shot where the issues revert back to their original numbering however the stories remain the same. Not much progress from a publishing point of view but it’s a step in the right direction. 

Last year comic sales grew by 6% to $1 Billion which means the industry is nearing a sustainable marketplace where creators can be able to make a living. That’s an increase of $55 Million from 2015 to 2016.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Devil Comics Review | Spider-Man [2017] Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming continues from Captain America: Civil War with Peter Parker still in High School at Midtown School of Science and Technology. The film consists of a diverse cast set in Queens, New York. Adrian Toomes is a blue collar salvaging company that cleans up after all the Avengers battles. Now Tony Stark has stepped in to replace him and Toomes is out for revenge by using Shocker and the Tinker to scavenge alien artifacts and sell it to criminals. The sequels are following each year of Peter Parker's schooling similar to the Harry Potter series. 

RECOMMENDED – 4 OUT OF 5

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