Turok Hunts Dinosaurs, Ms. Marvel Hunts Delicious Infidel Meat

X-Men #10.NOW

Summer is rearing its ugly little punk head here in the Philippines and I hate it. Good thing there’s comics, am I right? Let’s review some comics, you little punks.

X-Men #10.NOW

Ms. Marvel #1

First of all, can I just say that this book is gorgeous? From the cover by Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor to the interior art by Adrian Alphona with colors by Ian Herring, Ms. Marvel #1 is a visual delight. I cringe whenever I use that expression but whatever, this book deserves it. But it’s not just pretty, though. It has substance too.

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5 Reasons to See Wicked in Manila

Wicked - CCP

Wicked in ManilaWicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical based on a novel that runs parallel to film The Wizard of Oz (1939) which is based on L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). Obviously, most people who are familiar with the concept of books and movies know about the magical land of Oz. That’s why even for people who lack culture like me, Wicked is something to be experienced and enjoyed. It is something familiar yet something excitingly new.

I saw Wicked over the weekend and it was amazing. If you’re on the fence about seeing it, let me try to help you make up your mind. Here are 5 reasons to see Wicked in Manila.

1. The Story Behind THE Story

I love  the concept of looking at an established story from a different angle. It is fairly common in comics with main event books and their ancillary titles, so I’m pretty comfortable with this Oz story that focuses on the witches. It’s just so much fun when you recognize the various references to The Wizard of Oz. Also, I just might check out the book soon because based on what I saw in the musical, I’m expecting it to be seriously clever and entertaining.

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Is Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics Really Necessary?

Necessary Evil - Dan DiDio

Narrated by Christopher Lee who has possibly the most evil voice ever, maybe the arch nemesis of Morgan Freeman’s holy voice, Necessary Evil: Super-villains of DC Comics showcases the dastardly villains of the DC Universe. While I’m no longer reading any of the main DCU books, this film gives me a new appreciation for DC baddies.

Necessary Evil

The documentary, composed of talking heads and clips from various media like comics, movies, and video games, explores different aspects of DC’s dark side from the psychology of villains to the different classifications of villains. It’s such a treat to actually hear creators talk about the reasoning for creating villains and why those characters do what they do.

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Deadpool’s Wedding And Other Things To Look Forward To From Marvel In April 2014

Amazing Spider-Man #1

Man, I love solicitations. They’re like those trailers that run right before a movie but with no movie and there’s no cool voice-over guy and… this metaphor just isn’t working, is it? Anyway, here are the things I’m looking forward to from Marvel based on their April 2014 solicitations, including Deadpool’s wedding! (Also, click on the images to view the full covers.)

Superior Spider-Man #31

It’s the series finale of a title I really like. It was such a joy seeing Doctor Octopus inside Peter Parker’s body and just trolling the entire Marvel Universe. But I guess it’s good to step down while you’re on the top of your game rather than wait for the whole thing to just turn into a sad, tired gimmick. It’s 64 pages of Spidey goodness!

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Comic Reviews: Black Widow #1, Avengers World #1, and All-New X-Factor #1

COMICS! - Avengers World

I started my all-digital comic book-reading life last week with a haul that includes the first issues of all three new Marvel NOW! titles: Black Widow #1, All-New X-Factor #1, and Avengers World #1. I figured this is a great time to start reviewing comics again on a regular basis like I did before. Let’s start with Avengers World #1 by writers Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer, and artist Stefano Caselli.

COMICS! - Avengers World

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A Budding Romance with Digital Comics

Comics Collection

I am a comic book collector. I don’t spend thousands on single issues and I don’t have extensive runs of comics that were published years before I was born, but I am a collector. I cherish the few seconds it takes for me to take a brand new comic out of its boarded bag. I take in its wonderful aroma like it’s some sort of drug. I gently cradle it in my arms like a newborn baby (with staples on its spine), slowly turning its pages with reverence. I take care of my comic books. I read them, I store them, I protect them. I am a comic book collector and rabid fan of printed sequential art.

Comics

I take my comics very seriously. Sure, most of my comics have people in skintight costumes punching each other IN THE FACE, but it’s serious business. I’ve been collecting comics since the early ’90s so I have established reading and collecting habits. That’s about two decades of managing a collection of paper and ink, yo. You’d think that I would fight the idea of transitioning to all-digital, but I surprised even myself when I decided to switch to a completely digital comics way of life.

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Original Sin – A Momentous Marvel Murder Mystery

Marvel - Original Sin

What do you do if you go to the moon and you see a dead giant toga-wearing bald dude? And what if (heh, a little Uatu the Watcher humor there) this dead dude was the keeper everyone’s deepest, darkest secrets which are now in danger of being exposed? You panic — you panic like hell. That’s the premise of Marvel’s 2014 event, Original Sin by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato Jr.

Marvel - Original Sin

Who watches the Watcher? Seriously, you guys. Stop staring. It’s not polite.

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X-Feels – Battle of the Atom, Nightcrawler, and the End of X-Factor

X-Factor - Final Issue

Last week, the X-Men celebrated their 50th anniversary. That’s half a century since X-Men #1 hit the stands. That kind of milestone deserves a celebration of epic proportions and with Battle of the Atom, I feel that we’re getting everything we love about the X-Men. But before we go into Battle of the Atom, let me just tell you about how excited I am about the return of Nightcrawler.

Nightcrawler - Dead Man

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The Day an Office Toilet Stole My Excrement

Don't take my poooop!

This is a story I’m compelled to share. This is a tragic tale of failure that needs to be passed on from generation to generation. This is a harrowing narrative of how an automatic flushing office toilet robbed me of my stool sample.

Storyteller

Gather ’round, gang! Here’s a story about poop!

The company I’m working for scheduled our annual physical examination on a Monday from 10am to 7pm, and again at 10pm to 7am the next day. My work schedule is from 7am to 4pm so I decided to do it after work — because there’s nothing like ending your day with strangers reminding you that you’re fat and you have high blood pressure.

After a grueling workday, I went through the usual process of corporate sponsored APEs.

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