Star Wars Month: Star Wars Empire #29

The issue opens in the past, twenty-one years before the Battle of Yavin, on the planet of Jabiim where Anakin Skywalker and a group of Clone Troopers are ordering a group of Rebels to stand down but it looks like that he is tapping into his ‘darker side’ by force chocking one of the revels and his eyes turning red in the process. We then cut to the present as the Rebels of Jabiim are overlooking an Imperial prison where they see that the prison is managed by a skeleton crew and even thought that there is a ATST there, but it isn’t manned. Nolan, our main Jabiim Rebel signals for his group to start their attack and manage to take out a Stormtrooper and their numbers seem to outnumber that of the Empire’s troops.

Throughout the attack, Nolan narrates what has happened to his planet with the fact that the planet had perpetual rain and due to the Empire strip mining the planet for material and causing the planet to start slowly dying. Nolan orders the destruction of a communications tower, but an Imperial Officer manages to get out a message for the base to be scrambled and two TIE Bombers start unloading over base attacking the Rebels, but as well as Stormtroopers. One of the Rebels tells Nolan that they should retreat but he says that they could use this chaos that they have caused as their advantage but help comes in the form of a X-Wing, with a familiar looking Astromech on, and the pilot manages to destroy both Bombers. A smaller ship also lands along with the X-Wing and the Rebels seem to be rather cautious about who is here to help.

The ramp lowers and out comes Princess Leia, who asks for them to lower their weapons and asks to see Nolan. At first, I wasn’t sure who this person was since that I had barley read any of the Dark Horse publications for Star Wars and it seemed weird to see her wearing a purple jumpsuit. The Rebels then surround the pilot and we see it to be Luke Skywalker, Nolan tells the Rebels to stand down and that they are their guests but some of the Rebels seem to be rather unsure about them. A bit later, one of the Rebels tells Nolan that some of the captives have decided to join his Rebel teams and Leia is impressed with the way that Nolan has been as a leader and Nolan says that he got his leadership points from his father, since that he was an unshakable leader. They then start talking about the planet and Nolan says that they had spent the better part of two decades trying to get their freedom and that they are close to their objective. Leia intervenes asking if he wants more troops, but it’s not troops that he needs help, that being them to help their people forget about the past and he tells them what had happened with the Republic and a Jedi and then later with the Separatists/Empire and they need to go down a new path so that they can have a future. Leia says that they are willing to show the difference between the Empire and Alliance so that they can save Jabiim.

In space, two X-Wing pilots, Wedge and Hobbie, are talking about how they should be doing a sweep of the area since that the orbit that they are in is covered in debris and it would make it easy for the Empire to make an attack whilst they are on the planet. Hobbie seems to be nervous about what could go wrong and Wedge brings up that there could be something that could spook the Rebels there and make them trigger-happy. They then get a communique from the somebody with the name/ codename of Dantels who says that they are going into the HQ and that they will give them coordinates when they get there.

Back on Jabiim, Hesz seems to be uncertain about the Rebels being here and feels annoyed being kept out of the loop and Nolan apologises for keeping him out of the loop but if word came out that he was seeking help from the Rebels that there would be problems that might come from their group and it does. Duane, who used to be led by Nolan’s father. He seems to be annoyed by this idea but Nolan asks from him just to listen to what Leia has to say. Leia starts her speech to the Rebels but she gets interrupted by one of the who asks what she really wants from them and she replies that she wants what they want, the end of the Empire’s oppression and that she doesn’t want them to lose their homeworld like her. Whilst Leia is giving her speech, a woman that she was with when she landed (I don’t know her name since that it isn’t said through the issue) starts talking to Luke and Luke basically goes on about how weird the past six months have been since that we went from daydreaming of leaving Tatooine and now he’s part of the Rebel Alliance and he doesn’t want to let Leia down since it seems to be hitting him strong. The woman tells Luke to relax and that he’ll be back to shooting imps down. A guy that they were also with tells him that he had become a beacon for the Rebels since he was the one that dropped the torpedo to destroy the Death Star.

The man then tells Luke that he is up and Leia tells the Rebels that he blew up the Death Star and that his full name is Luke Skywalker, which seems to enrage the Rebels, asking if it was the same as Anakin Skywalker and Luke then blurts out that his father was Anakin. The Rebels then surround the two of them and Luke goes to use his Lightsaber, but Leia stops him from using it and Nolan and Hesz try to calm the rest of them and Hesz says that they are mad because the only thing that they hate more than the Empire was a Jedi that stabbed them in the back. Nolan tells Duane to stand down, but Duane isn’t listening to him since that he and the rest of the Rebels want justice and blood. In Space, Wedge and Hobbie get word from the ground for them to leave Jabiim orbit or get shot down ending with them not knowing what to do.

Overall, I did like this issue, since I didn’t know much from the Dark Horse franchise I did feel a bit out of the loop since that there were two characters that I didn’t know and I still find it curious on why Leia was wearing a purple jumpsuit. Hopefully I will find the rest of the parts for the series since that I am rather curious about how they get off of Jabiim and also what Anakin actually did twenty years ago.

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LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 Review

When it was announced that this game was going to be released, I was over the moon since I was a big fan of the first game since it had a completely new story and that it wasn’t just a movie tie in cash grab like what LEGO Avengers Assemble was (though from the looks of the season pass for the game, we do have movie as well as show tie-ins).

The story for the game is rather well done, Kang has taken cities from other worlds and timelines and formed his own world, Chronopolis, and it is up to a combination of Avengers, Guardians and Inhumans to take Kang down and try to restore the world back to their original places. A lot of the story is rather easy to go through and it took me a few hours to complete but the first few missions seemed to be a rather slog to go through since that with the help of trophies, it took me about an hour and a half to get through the first two missions, but from there it gets a bit faster paced. However, when it gets to the end of the story I found it to be rather underwhelming since all you do is fight Kang as a giant Captain America. Back in the first game you had heroes and villains teaming up to take down Galactus swapping between the groups to create a portal and manage to defeat him. But even that ending doesn’t see you being able to defeat Kang as his forced fiancé/wife, Ravonna, managed to get a hold of his Time Crystal and turned him into a baby. But it looks like that in the post credit scenes, not only in their films but now games Marvel are throwing them at us, Ravonna now called Terminatrix comes through along with what looks like an alternate version of Kang saying that they need to pretty much fix time, along with a second scene with Baby Kang getting a hold of his Time Crystal.

The hub world is rather well done since that all the different eras and place are well done. Being able to travel through the areas are rather simple by accessing fast travel spots, which also unlocks areas where to get collectables and characters or by travelling on a rail system that gets around the city rather fast. Plus, with the open world there are a lot of challenges to do which I do find to be rather fun, though a bit repetitive since that it is just destroying things to either rescue people from grunts or just rescuing them from being trapped. But there are two things that I have found to be rather annoying about the open world, the first is that there are still a lot of bugs with the game since that when I tried to do two challenges a race and mission for A-Bomb) they didn’t seem to work properly. The race had me crash into a piece of the road and it wouldn’t let me even move from the spot and the mission for A-Bomb glitched at the very end and I had to move on to do more of the story. Hopefully there will be more patches for the game to make sure that these are resolved, but going back to the missions for characters, the ones that I have done, are some of the laziest things I have seen since that all of them are defeating wave of enemies after another and I think that the only one that I have seen that doesn’t do this is a one for J. Jonah Jamerson where you have to take a picture.

The character selection for the game is pretty good since that there is a wide variation of characters since that there are different timelines since being able to use characters from 2099 and other universes. The only thing that I am rather disappointed about it is that the game is missing that is the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, something that was rather a big part for the story which is rather disappointing, but the only thing that I could think of why they aren’t there and that is the X-Men have moved to somewhere else in America and the Fantastic Four are in space. But it is disappointing not to see them there.

One of the new things that I do like about the game is the Grandmaster Mode in which we can have a four-person multiplayer mode in which one version you can play in which you can collect the Infinity Stones and use their abilities against opponents, it’s a fun mini game mode.Overall, I found this to be a okay game, but I don’t think that it deserves the 9/10 ratings that I have seen for the game since that there are some problems that the game has, lack of X-Men and Fantastic Four characters, the underwhelming ending to the story and the minor glitches. One more thing that I did think that they did well for the game was they fixed the flight controls and it makes it a lot more better being to fly a lot better. There is something that I do like about this game that I think will do well for another LEGO franchise, that being the Batman series since that DC does have their own multiverse in which we could see their different timelines and alternate Earths into a world sort of like Chronopolis and if Brainiac wasn’t the villain for the third game, it would have made a better choice for a villain for that idea.

Rating 7.5/10

House of M #1 Review

When I started reading Marvel comics properly I started reading around the time that Avengers vs X-Men had started and at the end of that Hope and the Scarlet Witch used the Phoenix Force for something good and that was to make more mutants. This had me a bit confused when I finished reading the issue and I decided to do some research and read up on what happened in House of M, and a few years ago I picked it up and thought that it was okay but the ending is what makes it good for shaking up the Marvel universe. So, let’s see how this all started by looking at House of M #1.

The cover for it is alright, it’s just the Avengers and X-Men standing on what appears to be either a cliff or possible on top of peak or in crumbling city. However, the alternate cover is a lot more better as it features Scarlet Witch and her face and hands breaking away from her body, almost as if she is losing her mind and control of her powers.

The issue opens with Scarlet Witch in labour giving birth to twins and we see her later in bed surrounded by fellow Avenger members celebrating their births. But the celebrations get cut short when Professor Xavier comes in telling Wanda to put it back and that she doesn’t have any children. Wanda tells him no but Xavier keeps telling her to put the world back, which Wanda then does, through Xavier’s possible help, as that reality comes crashing around them and we see Wanda collapsing saying that she had killed the Avengers, one being her husband, with these events happening during the events of Avengers: Disassembled.

We find out that Xavier has returned to Genosha to rebuild a haven for the mutants where Magneto is also there. He tells Magneto that Wanda’s abilities are getting out of control and she doesn’t seem to be getting any better and they can’t keep on psychically putting her to sleep. Magneto apologises to Xavier saying that this is all his fault since that it was his fault that he put his children through all this mess so that they now can’t have a normal existence and he just floats away into a possible exile.

In New York City, Ms Marvel, Wonder Man and Falcon have been invited to the new Avengers Tower and question why they have been requested. Meanwhile at the top of the tower, the X-Men have landed and we see that for this X-Men team consisting of Beast, Emma Frost, Cyclopes, Wolverine, Kitty Pride and Colossus. Cyclopes asks Wolverine why the Avengers have invited them here but he tells him to wait a few seconds but it appears that Emma knows, but I don’t know since that in my copy the bottom of the page seemed to be cut off since that there seems to be half a panel that is missing and in a good two-page spread we see the Avengers with Xavier roughly in the middle and Kitty running over and hugging him. Cyclopes asks why he is here since that apparently there was a rift between them. Xavier then explains that he had gathered the two team together to discuss the fate of Wanda.

Back over in Genosha, Pietro is looking after his sister where Magneto asks him why he is here and he reveals to him that the Avengers and X-Men plan to kill her and he isn’t happy about it at all. But Magneto thinks that this could be the right idea since that it would a way to stop her powers from going haywire. But Pietro pledges that he will protect her from both him and the Avengers. But Magneto asks him what he would do and Pietro then breaks down at his father’s feet as he is slowly realising that there isn’t anything that they can do.

Back at Avengers Tower there seems to be a split decision on what they should do with Wanda since that there are members of the Avengers that think that this rather inhumane since that they are still dealing with a person that most of them would call friend. Emma asks Xavier, as he is the most powerful psychic on Earth, if he can help her, he replies saying that he wouldn’t have had to arrange this meeting if they had. Emma then turns her attention to Doctor Strange asking if he might have been any help with the mystic arts, but apparently, he is still looking into finding a solution. Captain America says that they should let Doctor Strange continue looking into a mystic cure but some of the X-Men think that it would be a waste of time since that they are fighting against the clock. Emma comes up with the suggestion that it should be up to a vote, which makes sense since that she was a part of the Avengers, but she is also considered to be a threat to the mutants as well as humans. But the vote doesn’t happen as both teams still are at heads with each other with the Avengers having their reasons to not want to kill Wanda, with Wonder Man’s previous relationship and Janet and her having a sister connection. This then leads to the idea that they should ask Wanda what they should do, which is a good and stupid idea since that this would mean that they could get her to do the old Star Trek motto of ‘The Needs of the Many’ or she could just use her powers and destroy all of them in one fell swoop.

They head to Genosha where they discover something more worse, Wanda isn’t in her bed or even on Genosha and then all Hell starts to break loose as when they start trying to find where Wanda is, Xavier goes missing. Emma discovers where Xavier is, luckily, he is still in Genosha, and they head out where they have a location, which leads them to what appears to be a church. Doctor Strange still hasn’t sensed Wanda since that in the past she has used mystic patterns but this time he isn’t sensing anything what so ever, but Emma is certain that they are inside. Spider-Man’s senses start to go off as they head into the church and we get something rather different for the series as we get two-pages of just images without text and Spider-Man seeing a white light. After the next page of the light getting bigger, we see Peter waking up to the sound of a baby crying and a woman saying that it is his turn, and as we see it turns out that Peter is now married to Gwen Stacey, ending the issue.

For a first issue, I do really like it since that it brings up a lot of problems that have happened in previous stories. But the thing that I do really like that was explored for the issue was dealing with an issue that was close to the not only the Avengers but also the X-Men and from what I remember, I don’t think that had happened at that point.

The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5-6 Review

Previously in The Master Race, Ray Palmer let out a crazy cult of Kryptonians, in which he was killed, but in fact size changed to the sub atomic level, like what Scott Lang did in Ant-Man. Lara, the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman, aligned herself with the Kryptonian group. Carrie has now taken the mantle of Batgirl.

Issue five opens with riots happening through Gotham City as residents are wanting Batman to surrender to the Kryptonians so that they could be saved. In the sewer system, two of the Bat-Army members are taking the Flash, who had his legs broke by the Kryptonians, is sent to one of Batman’s secret bases and Barry asks if he can save then in which Batman doesn’t reply and we cut over to where the micro issue for last issue left off. Carrie and Aquaman are underwater where Carrie is now sporting a Atlantean diving suit surrounded by dozens of Angler fish, and she is narrating how much her life has changed over the years, but she says that this is the is the strangest that she has seen and we have a two-page spread of the two of them still standing on top of the shark, but this time they are also surrounded by Atlanteans all riding different aquatic animals.

Back up top Lara asks Quar why they are letting the humans do their work for him since that they would be able to do it quicker and more efficient but he replies with that he gave them a choice and not a demand. Lara then let’s slip that she has a baby brother that lives with their mother and this intrigues him and we get a quick shoot over to Wonder Woman over throwing down a deer.

Somewhere in the middle of a sea, Aquaman and Carrie fish out the Black Matter Superman, in which she uses a tuning fork, not saying where she got it from, she sticks it in and the casing starts glowing and cracking, meaning that Superman is still alive. Back in Gotham, Quar is overlooking the destruction that is happening in Gotham and is happy with what he is seeing. But then a large explosion happens and we see the Bat-Tank and narrates about fear, we then get a shot from inside the tank and we see Batman decked out in his bulky power armour, but the most frightening thing that we see in the bottom of the page is a panel of Batman smiling.

The micro issue for this comic is rather pointless as it focuses around Lara and Baal who are going around the place having fun, in which Baal throws a car that slightly resembles the cover of Action Comics that Superman debuted in. It is rather boring with Baal kissing Lara and then her decking him in the face and then her making out with him in the ‘Amazon way’.

Superman and Carrie head back to the Bat-Cave where they find Barry suspended by wires and cables where it looks like that he is using the speed through his arms. Superman wants to get answers on what had happened but Barry cuts him off and by saying that he doesn’t have time as he is trying to manipulate weather patterns and we get eight panels of him trying to speed away with his hands but he still is having some problems since he isn’t used to use his hands for speed and he tells Superman to wait to see what they have install for him. There is something that I did find weird with this and that was with the way that the artist drew Superman and that is it appears to be drawn much younger than what he should have been.

Back in Gotham, Batman has stopped his Tank and the rioters try to surround and climb up to Batman in which the Kryptonians find him and we then see Yindel activating the Bat-Signal in which we see a large green light engulfing the Kryptonians and we see lightning and rain starting to pour green through the light. Quar orders his followers to attack Batman, but we see the Kryptonians falling out of the sky. As it turns out Batman used his money to create clouds to disperse synthetic Kryptonite through Gotham, not just making the Kryptonians lose their powers but to give an advantage to the angry mob so that they can beat them up. Batman goes one-on-one with one of the Kryptonians but it appears that he is having some problems trying to move, but it turns out that there is somebody there for him. And we see Superman inside a power armour shielding him from the rain and showing my Batman and Superman are the Super-Friends.

Issue 6 opens with the continuing after effect of Batman’s synthetic Kryptonite raincloud as one of the Kryptonians is confused on what was happening to them and says that they will die and Batman asks Superman who is going to shut him up, but we don’t find out who since we now cut over to the angry mob and the group of Kryptonians. One of the rioters throws a rock at one of them and it turns out that they can bleed so that must mean that they can kill them and they start chasing them, right into the path of Commissioner Yindel blocking their escape saying that they are going to bring justice. It is a wonderful two-page spread especially at the bottom of the page where we see the lines of shielded police with the rioters in the foreground with weapons sticking out.

Back with the Super Friends, we find out that Batman decided to beat up the Kryptonian, by grappling him and then throwing him into Superman’s chest. Carrie reunites with them and is given to the keys to the Bat-Tank and that all from them for the time being as we cut over to Quar, who gets hit by a bolt of lightning and he keeps on with his mad projecting saying that he is better than him and so forth. But one of the Bat-Army snipes what appears to be using a sonic and the rest of the army in the adjacent building fire off their guns and it manages to do a lot of damage sending him into a wall, where Batman has a recording device projecting the state that Quar is now in, showing him in a weakened state. But then we cut over to the old tropes from the Dark Knight series and that is the political satire portion where news about Quar is being shared and all of them saying different things. But the most notable and parodied for today’s modern politics is the one of Donald Trump.

It also turns out that Lara and Baal were the only two Kryptonians that weren’t in the city at the time since that in the micro issue last put them in another part of the world and they decide to give them an upper hand, by taking out a rioter by crushing his head. Baal then uses what seems to be an energy release like the heat beam that Superman uses, however with the way that he is drawn it looks like that he is just standing still and firing multiple blasts where it just seems confusing. Carrie notices what Baal did, since that the multiple blasts took out a flying troupe of Batmen, but it doesn’t last long as Baal is able to wreck the Bat-Tank by just standing still. Baal starts chasing Carrie from the site and she gets cornered in an ally, but she has an ace in her utility belt. A small ball of Kryptonite which she loads up into a sling shot and hits him straight in the eye causing his face to start melting and he flies off in pain.

The micro issue for this comic is good, but boy does the cover show how bad of an artist that Frank Miller is by having both Lara and Wonder Woman posing in mid-air kneeling forward but having their heads tilted backwards so that we can see their faces. The main plot for this story deals with Carrie and Lara, with Lara wondering why she is here and saying that she is going to be the chosen on of her death, but that is interrupted when Wonder Woman making the save, by binding Lara with the Lasso of Truth, which Lara easily snaps. They get into a fight and it comes to an end when Wonder Woman knocks Lara down trying to get through to her, but it is to no avail as she just flies away.

Back over with the Super-Friends, Batman notes that the Kryptonite Rain has started to disperse but Batman thinks that they won’t attack them again since he has sent fear into them. Superman says that he is going to finish them, but Batman rejects the idea stating that he wants them to lick their wounds and know what fear is. But Quar makes a parting shot with an eye beam that is aimed straight at Batman, and it doesn’t look good for our Dark Knight as on the final two pages as a EKG goes underneath the panel ending with Batman flat-lining and Batman final words of No Hospitals and for him to tell Carrie something.

Over all I found these two issues to be better than what the previous issues. But the most important thing that I like about this is the fact that it reunited Batman and Superman as friends which is something that I’m surprised that Frank Miller would have agreed to since that in DK2 and All-Star Batman and Robin where the two of them seemed to be opposites and not what their main continuity where there have been friends and have trust in each other. Next year I will continue looking at DK3 as I will review the final three issues as well as a possible look at The Last Crusade.

Halloween Month: Helsing #1 Review

For the past few years I have been massing comics on my Comixology app thanks to free comics that I have massed and one of them was a comic called Helsing and I originally thought it was going to be a rather bad comic, but after re-reading it a few times when I have been at work, I was wrong about it. I have always been a big fan of vampires and Van Helsing so I thought why not decide to review the first issue of Helsing from Zenescope.

The cover for this issue is rather decent, showing out titular characters brandishing a crossbow with what appears to be a silver arrow with one hand and a stake in her other hand. The other covers are okay with one cover appearing to be possible Dracula on one cover, an action shot. But there are two covers that are rather bad with one of them being a swimsuit variant from C2E2 and a cover that has Liesel standing, with her back facing the reader and her legs spread apart showing off her butt.

The issue opens with a text recap on what happened to Liesel Van Helsing previously for people who are just jumping on to the series, which I do think is a nice idea. Basically, it says that she was trapped in a dimension called the Shadowlands where she was stuck there for a century, but she managed to find a way out and is now living in the modern day fighting against evil along with other characters from the previous series. The story begins with Liesel looking over a new schematic of what appears to be a gun, along with a stake as well as three people walking through a graveyard. Liesel narrates throughout going over what she is doing, that being creating a new weapon to deal with vampires and that it takes a few attempts to get it right. The vampires meanwhile start resurrecting a corpse and we see Liesel coming up behind two of them stabbing them through the back piercing their hearts. The lead vampire notices who she is and he tries to run away from her but she manages to pull her new gun on him and fires, shooting a large stake, as well as seeing her creating the special stake round with a few special capsules. The stake pierces the vampire by punching a hole through his chest thinking that he is okay, but he then spontaneously combusts. Liesel narrates that she created additions to the stake with having two separate vials on the round with one being silver and the other being a concoction that mimics UV light causing him to burn from the inside. But she then remembers that the vampires had resurrected a corpse and that she should go and take care of it.

I should also talk about Liesel’s costume that she wears for the issue. Her costume consists of a black and red corset, a black duster jacket, short pants with fishnet stockings with boots and topping it off a top hat with goggles. I do like the costume since that it does go with the motif of her being adapted for steam-punk.

After dealing with the vampires she heads back to her house where she discovers a package that we see that is addressed to her, but she just ignores it and she gets a text from somebody named Hades and she realises that she had forgot that she was supposed to meet up. She then narrates on how much dating has changed in the past few centuries since its went from courting and marriage pursuits to texting and sending selfies. She arrives at the address he sent her and it turns out to be a cupcake shop. And we then get a few rather confusing panels with Hades relaxing on a chair with relaxing his feet on another chair and then in the next panel there are two seats at the table with Hades sitting up properly. The two of them converse over why he picked the cupcake shop, then she asks him why he keeps flipping between accents, in which we find out that he had abandoned the underworld and lived life on the surface. But she then asks him a rather weird question, that being how many people he has killed and they go off on a weird tangent and she then leaves with her saying that she doesn’t think that they should see each other but then that seem to then be changed and he asks to go and see his favourite film but she says no and leaves the shop. But then Hades gives us a number of people that he has killed that being 300,507 and that the last that we will see of Hades for the rest of the issue.

Liesel, now back at her home, she is reading a book and she then gets a phone call from a person called Sela, who used to live with her but had moved out, and they have a catch up and Liesel brings up the package that she had found when she came back from her testing. But she then realises that it has her name on it so she decides to open it up and she finds a book in it that seemed to have made her happy and she hangs up the call from Sela, in which it turns out that the book was in fact the Journal of Abraham Van Helsing, her father.

This then leads to a story heading to a flashback focusing on a take from the journal. We see a man dressed in brown coat with a green suit vest walking down a busy street in what appears to be New York and Abraham narrating about taking down a person, called Walt Melville as it appears that Melville is a vampire. Melville tires to light a pipe and the man that we saw walking down the street gives him a hand with the light and he walks into a hotel. The man then jumps through a window, that being on the second floor, wielding a stake in his hand and stabs Melville through the chest but something appeared to be rather different than what has happened before. The mist that usually appears from the hole didn’t appear and the Melville had become a mist form and it then escaped him. But that is how tale had ended since that it appears that the journal had some missing pages. Liesel annoyed with this throws the journal on the ground, something that she was happy to have, then notices that there was a bookmark in the book with the name of a bookshop that’s in Rome.

This then leads Liesel to take a Red-Eye to Rome to find out who had sent her the journal and we just see her still wearing civilian clothing. But we then cut over to outside the Coliseum decked out in her Vampire Hunting gear. The issue ends with three women in white dresses noting the arrival of Liesel, with one saying the reckoning has begun.

Overall with the issue I did like it, the only thing that I found to be a bit of a disconnect was the segment with Hades, it seemed to be rather different from the rest of the issue and I think for new readers it would seem like a weird thing. However, with that being rather weird, this does make me want to read the rest of the series as well as diving to previous instalments from Zenescope since that it isn’t often that I read from other franchises besides DC or Marvel or Boom! Studios.

Halloween Month: The Good, The Bad and Pennywise the Dancing Clown

When I heard that there was going to be a new version of the film It, I was a rather looking forward to it since that the original television movie for it, wasn’t that great in my opinion and was only regarded in having the best portion being the kids story, with the adults seeming to be rather okay. But with the new film being split up into two films, with the first chapter being focused around the kids and then the second the adults maybe this would make it better.

The Good: To start out for this with the good, the entire cast of kids for the film are really good since it appears to have the token characters that you would see in a film from the 80’s, since that is when this version of the film is set. But if I did have to say who my favourite from the series would be Bev Bill, Richie and Ben. The other friends seem to be alright but I did find them to be annoying and in the case for Mike, I didn’t find him to be part of the story that much and I hope that in Chapter 2, we see him with a bigger role to play.

The second thing that I liked about the film was the way that Pennywise used the fears of the children to his advantage. It did make him seem more of a threat than in the original version where he was vaguely terrorising the children and didn’t seem to do much else. However, in the film, they did get a lot more creative with the ways that he terrorised the children, going with the way that each child had a fear that made them different with the ways that the scares happened. The three that I liked the most, weirdly enough featured the three kids that I didn’t care for that much. The first was Stan who was freaked out about a painting that his father had in his office of a deformed woman playing the clarinet/ flute. The second was Eddie getting chased by a leper, who at first, I thought it looked like Stephen King but I could have been easily wrong. The third scare that for Mike, who had arms trying to reach out at him from behind a door that was on fire, and when we get the backstory on what happened to his parents it just gets even creepier.

The third thing that I liked about the film was the story since that it seemed to do a lot better of a job explaining the lore about the town of Derry in which we find that it seems to have larger numbers of missing people but most worrying children. Another thing that I liked about the story was that it seemed to be a lot more realistic in ways. This comes to it after (Anti-Germ Kid) ends up falling through a hole in the well house and breaks his arm, it then signifies the team breaking up since that some of them no longer want to do this since according to the lore, Pennywise will be going into hibernation and not appearing again for another 27 years. But when it turns out that Pennywise has captured Bev, it gives them the reason to reunite and take on Pennywise.

The Bad: With the good comes the bad and to start it off I did rather hate the bullies from the film. I just found them to be rather plain and boring since they didn’t seem to have that much of a character at all through the film except for one scene where he is recruited by Pennywise and then goes and kills his father. Lucky for the Losers Club is that he then ends up meeting a possible worse fate after Mike knocks him down the well and he is supposed to be dead. But the thing that has me rather curious is that in the original movie, Knives, is supposed to be alive and in an either a hospital or an asylum where Pennywise breaks him out.

The second thing that I though was bad about the movie revolves around Bev and her father since that it seemed to have a rather icky sub text. That being it seemed that she might have been forced into some sort of incestuous affair with her father. This is even more suggested since that the film, the scenes that we see between the two of them there does seem to be something dark going on between them. This does make more sense since that in the final confrontation with Pennywise, he changes his head into that of her father, but instead of being afraid, she just whacks him revealing that she isn’t afraid of him anymore. In the end of the film, Bev reveals that she is going to be moving to Portland (not sure which one) mainly what I believe is down to either her father’s actions or for the small possibility that he could be dead after she clocked him over the head with the toilet tank lid.

The third thing that I found bad with the film was the scoring for it. For a lot of the scenes that happened the music seemed to be rather over the top in which that it should have been more quieter and this way makes the scene have more suspense and makes it much scarier and the Nostalgia Critic brought it up in his review of the film. I also have a problem with music being used to score for building up jump scares and it is something that bothers me when I watch horror films in general. It just seems to be rather pointless and I think that the sound would be better to place in when the scare happens.

Overall: I think that this has been one of the best Stephen King films that I have seen and if Chapter 2 is going to be anything like this, quality wise, I will be looking forward to seeing it in 2019.

Halloween Month: The Invaders #31 Review

A few months ago, I had decided to try and do another theme month and the one that came to my mind was to do Halloween theme and when I was in Durham I found a retro toy stall on the market and I found the first comic to kick off this month as The Invaders meet Frankenstein.

The cover for the issue is rather cool, with Captain America and Namor getting swatted by Frankenstein, who is wearing a blue Nazi uniform. But the thing that I find weird about the cover is that The Human Torch looks to be smaller than either Cap or Namor.

The issue opens with Spitfire cleaning the Invaders mansion in which she knocks over a hatbox and discovers a hat of a Gestapo officer and she then tries it on for then to notice Captain America standing in the doorway. Spitfire is slightly shocked about the sudden appearance of Cap and he says that the hat was a souvenir that The Torch had and Cap regales the tale of how they had gotten the hat. He, Namor and Bucky were travelling to Switzerland, but Spitfire interrupts on what happened with them heading to a neutral country and what had happened to the Torches and Cap continues saying that they had received word that there was possible Nazi activity in the Swiss Alps and the Human Torch and Toro went off to see what happened. But since they had wrapped up the investigation in England, they still didn’t hear anything back from them and they headed to Switzerland to see what had happened.

When they got there, the village where the Torch was near and they find it to be rather deserted but the lights are on in the building, but just as they said that the two of them are swarmed by the villagers with one of them saying, ‘let me drive the stake through their demon hearts’ making me think of the time where Captain America fought against Dracula in Avengers Assembled. Namor comes to their rescue and the villagers note that he is strange looking for his feet and his ears. But Cap tries to calm the villagers by asking if they have never heard of him or Namor, but the villagers then notice that in the moonlight that they recognise who they are. Cap theories that they attacked them since they were unfamiliar and the villagers say that they were attacked by ‘horror beyond all comprehension’.

The villagers inform them on what has happened recently with graves being robbed, two fire demons (which was Human Torch and Toro) that were heading towards Castle Frankenstein, and that a monster had left the castle and had murdered several villagers. The villagers had then decided to mount an assault but when they noticed the jet coming over the town they turned their focus on them. Cap doesn’t seem to believe the part about the monster and tells the towns folk who the demons were and says that they are going to Castle Frankenstein to investigate and tells the villagers to go back to their homes. But the villagers refuse to do so and inform them about Dr Basil Frankenstein and says that he consorts with the Devil, making me think more of the Invaders meet Doom than Frankenstein, and they say they are they only know how to deal with him.

Cap and Bucky reach the Castle and they manage to find an open window and make their way in and discover that the information about Nazi’s being in Switzerland being true and then they get ambushed by a group of Nazis’ from behind a secret wall, confirming more about my theory of it being the Invaders meets Doom.  Cap and Bucky manage to beat up the soldiers but they don’t notice a lumbering officer coming up behind them to reveal Frankenstein. Cap goes to punch Frankenstein but it appears to do nothing, but Frankenstein then starts beating up the two of them and then we see Basil Frankenstein and his assistant Kitty being wheeled in and Cap takes advantage of the distraction. But that comes up rather short since Basil gives the creature a command to attack them and he manages to knock them both out and we see them being bound.

Cap wakes up and finds himself being bound on a table, Bucky chained to a wall and we see that Toro is there as well who is also chained but he has been doused in chemicals that don’t allow him to flame on. Basil and his monster arrive in the room and he commands the creature to remain where he is until the need him and Cap asks him the basic questions on why the Nazi uniform and what happened to the Human Torch. But Basil first decides to inform him on the creature first and says that his ancestor was Victor Frankenstein and says that he created the first monster, and we get an editor’s note that this is in the same continuity as the events of Monster of Frankenstein. He then goes on to say that he started to appreciate more of his family’s heritage and secrets. Then we get more information on Kitty and we find out that she is in fact Japanese. Basil says that she is a surgeon from Japan and she has been acting as his hands for surgery because of a laboratory accident. They then give them the reasoning why they are doing it and it is an experiment to win the war by having an army of Frankenstein’s that would be unstoppable. Then they revealed the reason why Cap is strapped to a table and that is since Basil is paralysed he wants a new body and he decides to place his brain inside of Cap’s body.

When they wheel in Cap’s body to the laboratory, Cap discovers the Human Torch inside a large bubble. Cap tries to talk to Torch, but he can’t hear him and Basil tells him that he can’t hear him or flame on. Basil then says that he has needed Torch all of this time because he needs his ‘Android Energies’ since that this version of the Human Torch is an Android and he plans on improving on the prototype of Frankenstein with Torch’s technology. Back down at the town, the resident notice lights coming from the Castle and they decide to march up to there in a mob, but Namor tells them to stay where they are, but they don’t listen to him, so he decides to use his strengths to get to the Castle before the mob and he discovers what has happened, with Cap being strapped to a table and Torch in a bubble but this time it appears that Torch could be dying.

But that’s not all that is happening, it appears that the ‘Android Energy’ is being transferred to Frankenstein and it is changing the monster into a new form giving it a larger design. The villagers storm the castle and Basil tells the guards to butcher them, whilst Namor uproots a power pole and throws it through the skylight of the lab, managing to break the bubble that encases Torch and he manages to flame on and frees Cap. Basil commands Frankenstein to recapture Cap and Torch rescues Bucky and Toro. Torch has an idea that he wants to try out with Toro and it turns out that Frankenstein is afraid of fire, but Torch doesn’t want to hurt the monster, however Namor ignores him and punches him full force in the face and we see sparks flying off the monster after crashing into a machine. But after that punch, Torch notices something about the monster and we see tears on a close-up of the face.

The creature turns his attention away from The Invaders and switches his focus towards Basil and Kitty and he grabs them both. The reasoning about this would be when Namor punched him into a machine, it created a short circuit that disabled the brain implant. He takes the up to the roof of the castle and the creature finally speaks and says that he will return to the grave that spawned him and will take them both with him to the grave, and they jump off the Castle and they manage to land in the town where the villagers discover the bodies. The Invaders discuss what had just happened but the villagers come through and they say that they now must destroy the Castle so that no more monsters can be created, but Torch disagrees with the mob and he manages to absorb the flames of the torches. He then informs them that he is an android and he makes it his mission that he will keep the Castle intact as a monument to Frankenstein since that the creature was the one that stopped Basil from creating more monstrosities. The issue ends with Cap ending the tale saying that Castle Frankenstein is still standing but Spitfire asks why the Torch should defend the Castle and if he has asked him. But Cap just replies by asking if she should ask him.

Overall this issue is just rather strange, but it does have a lot of the tropes that come from the Frankenstein movies. I do hope to try and find more classic stories to review in the future mainly because the next issue of the Invaders sounds interesting that being The Invaders and Thor crossing paths.