Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (BOOM! Studios)

Hi guys! In my last review I talked about the 1997 Buffy the Vampire TV show so today I am going to talk about the new Buffy reboot comic that is being published by Boom! Studios and being written by Jordie Bellaire. This review will contain spoilers for the first volume of the new series.

The book opens with Buffy working at a fast food restaurant and while taking out the trash she saves WIllow and Xander from a vampire, revealing herself as the Slayer and confides in the two about who she is. Willow recognizes Buffy from school and the three become friends fairly quick, which Buffy likes as she is new to the area.Things slowly begin to go south in Sunnydale however as Spike and his mistress, Drusilla, arrive with some dark purpose.

The biggest question when it comes to reboots is the question of whether or not it is needed. I feel like this one is as it brings Buffy into the modern age and does a very good job at capturing the love for the original show. Buffy is a bit more geeky in this version. When she should be doing her homework her mom catches her reading comic books instead. Willow is mostly the same but she is already gay in this version and the book doesn’t make a big deal of it. She just has a girlfriend when you first meet her. Xander struggles a lot in the comic with his anxiety and it causes him to be driven towards Spike and Drusilla, who bites him at the end of the comic. Honestly Xander I found to be more relatable to the modern age as he pretends to be ok when he clearly isn’t which is what a lot of people do and a lot of his problems could be solved if he just made himself heard to his friends and expressed his concerns.

My complaint with the comic is that if you have watched the original show, the first few issues are a little slow as Buffy explains what a slayer is and what Giles, her watcher, does for her and it’s a bit like “ok I know this already lets move it along here”. And I know if you haven’t seen the original show you need that information but as someone who has, it still is a little hampering to the pace.

I’m giving Buffy a B.

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Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show 1997)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a TV show that premiered back in 1997 and was created by the legendary Joss Whedon. Minor spoilers ahead.

Buffy is the new girl in Sunnydale California who would like nothing more than to be an average high school girl but she can't do that because she is this generation's Slayer; a chosen one gifted with enhanced, speed and strength in order to fight back the Vampire's and other forces of evil that prey on man-kind. She doesn't fight alone however. Backing her up is her watcher Giles, the school Librarian, and her friends Willow and Xander. Together they become the Scooby's and they work together to save their town and classmates, even if a lot of people think they're weird.

There are are 7 seasons of this show. I'm not gonna go into details on each them cause that will take awhile. So I'm gonna summarize the show as a whole. I like it alot. As I said, a lot of people think Buffy and her friends are weird so it's a show that focuses on the outcasts of high school making it a bit more relatable to a different audience. Buffy also is a relatable hero as she is an everyday person who has to step up to a role that she isn't always prepared for, kinda like Peter Parker. Buffy and her friends are also all very flushed out and have their ups and downs throughout the show as the struggle to deal with not only supernatural forces but also their own personal lives. Buffy at two separate points has to deal with the fact she has feelings for a vampire that she should kill, while her friend Willow on the other hand realizes she's gay and what that means for the next step of her life.

I will say that show is definitely dated in a few ways & a lot of 90s cliches and the special effects don't hold up that while either but I still enjoyed the show. I felt the best season was probably S2 when Buffy had to battle her former lover turned evil Vampire boyfriend Angel. Weakest season was a tie between either Season 4 or Season 5. In both cases I felt the villain was weak and Buffy there was a lot of drama with Buffy's boyfriend Riley that felt very forced and I found his character in general to be very boring and basic.

I'm giving Buffy the Vampire Slayer a B+.

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Review: Salem's Lot

Salem’s Lot is written by horror legend Stephen king is the first book I ever read of his. I read this back after Season 1 of Stranger Things dropped on Netflix and my dad recommended it to me. He didn’t tell me much of the plot so I won’t do that here for you guys.

The book takes place in the Maine town of Jerusalem's Lot, the hometown of author Ben Mears, who is returning to his childhood home after putting his wife to rest and hopes to get a fresh start. There he meets local girl Susan Norton who recognizes Ben from his books and the two begin dating and all seems to be going well for Ben. That is until the old Marsten mansion, an old house that overlooks the town, is purchased by an unseen business man followed shortly by the disappearance of young Ralphie Glick. A string of events force Ben and other members of the town to band together to get the bottom of the case which soon turns into a living nightmare for everyone involved.

Like I said, this was my first Stephen King book I read and I loved it. It is filled with suspense and well developed characters that you come to care about so when shit hits the fan, you actually are concerned for who may or may not make it out alive. My complaint with the book is the length. King books are very long and throughout the book you have chapters that just focus on random people in the town which can be a little hard to get through at times and I found myself slowly down on my reading during these chapters. That being said, stick with it cause it all comes together at the end.

That’s as much as I want to say about the book because I really don’t want to spoil it or give anymore away. I’m going to give Salem’s Lot an A-

Guys thanks always for reading and stay tuned for my next review. I’ve read the next 2 volumes of Deadly Class so the next review may be those or another horror review. Either way, stay tuned. Until then, Signal Out!


Review: Alien (1979)

Hey guys so as I said on the podcast I want to do as many horror/supernatural reviews for the month of October. I figured I'd start it off by reviewing one of my favorite movies of all time; Ridley Scott's 1979 masterpiece Alien. This will contain spoilers so if you haven't seen this movie, seriously, change that.

The premise of Alien is a mining ship called the Nostromo is redirected to a derelict where they pick up a distress beacon. Following the beacon to its source, they find an alien spacecraft and one of the crew, Kane, gets a spider-like creature latched to his face. Kane later dies as an alien burst from his chest in one of the most iconic scenes in movies. One-by-one the crew of the Nostromo is picked off until only Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, is left alive and she blasts the Alien into space.

I can’t remember how old I was when I first saw Alien but I remember falling in love with this movie. It is honestly perfect in my opinion. The set pieces are well done and all the characters are developed to where you like them which is something I think makes a good horror movie, rather than just have characters meant to be killed off. Even when some characters go off and you kinda know they kill die, like when Dallas goes into the air ducts in an attempt to kill the Alien, there is so much tension in the scene has he slowly makes his way from the dark air vents while his crew waits for him to return.

As for the Alien itself, or Xenomorph for you fans of the movies, this thing is freaking awesome! It is so terrifying and cool looking at the same time. H.R. Giger did a great job with the design of this thing and I doubt anything will top it as my favorite Alien in a movie. To top it all off, between the great cast and designs, Ridley Scott then does a fantastic job behind the camera and deserves so much credit for creating this masterpiece. After I saw this movie, I remember watching all the interviews with Scott and I learned how much time he put into this movie to make it the best it could be and it still holds up to this day! I mean, other than the very dated computer systems and when you watch the one scene when the Alien is shot into space, you can clearly tell the alien is just a dude in a suit but I honestly don’t care!

Alien gets a freaking A+.

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Absolute Carnage #3 (Spoilers)

Absolute Carnage #3 continues the story of Carnage's resurrection and rampage across NYC. At the end of the last issue, we see Carnage absorb Miles Morales into his army and this issue deals with Spider-Man blaming himself for what has happened. Venom and Spidey realize they need back up and even then, they don't know what it will do.

Spider-Man gets the Avengers who arrive to help and Venom is finding it harder and harder to keep his son's identity a secret. The issue ends with Carnage attacking Venom HQ and Venom decides to leave Eddie in hopes of getting a host more capable of doing what has to be done; Hulk.

Much like Guardians #9 this week, this comic was a lot of build up with some action really only at the beginning and end. As I said though, the issue ends with Venom bonding to Hulk so I can't wait to see where Carnage #4 goes!

I'm giving Absolute Carnage #3 a C.

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Guardians of the Galaxy #9 (Spoilers)

Issue 9 of Cates' run of GOTG dropped this week and as you know I have been really into the series and what Cates has done. That being said, reason this review is short is because their wasn't much that happened in the comic.

The comic is mostly exposition, with Peter being shown by his father what the Church intends to do and what drives them to succeed. Their goal is to defeat death, and to do so they need to commit genocide on Earth which Peter isn't on board with. It is then revealed that the Church intends to destroy Earth with their Destroyer; newly resurrected Drax the destroyer.

Meanwhile, Rocket and crew are attempting to recruit Magus to their cause (tbh I know the name but don't know who he is). That's basically all that happens. Like I said, a lot of it was exposition so there is isn't much else to say.

I'm giving Guardians #9 a C-.

This easily was Cates' weakest issue in the run so far and hopefully it will pick up speed again with issue 10 next month. Stay tuned for my Absolute Carnage #3 review. Until then, Signal Out!

J.J. Abrams' Spider-Man #1

Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics) is co-written by movie director J.J. Abrams and his son, Henry Abrams. This review is gonna have spoilers so now that you know, let's get into it.

The book opens with MJ frantically looking for Peter who emerges from a pile of rubble, beaten and bloody; his one arm completely torn up. You see Spidey is facing off against what appears to be a new wave of Spider-Slayers lead by a giant mechanized war suit that kills MJ right in front of Peter! Her funeral happens 6 days later where we see a now 1 armed Peter holding the hand of his son as they put MJ to rest.

Cut to twelve years later and we see Ben, Peter's son, fighting bullies in school and we learn that Peter now an absentee father who has left Ben to be raised by an elderly Aunt May, who is trying to convince Peter to be involved in Ben's life as Ben is showing signs of Spider-Man abilities. May takes it upon herself to tell Ben of his Father's past and the issue ends with him finding the spider suit.

I didn't really read what this comic was about going into it so I had no expectations. I liked. I didn't think the first issue was anything groundbreaking, apart from killing MJ, which I guess is sorta groundbreaking come to think of it. I'm looking forward to the second issue to see where it goes with this new generation of Spider-Man.

I'm giving Spider-Man #1 a B+.

Guys thanks always for reading. Today I picked up Absolute Carnage #3 as well as Guardians #9 so be on the lookout for those reviews. Until next time, Signal Out!

Joker (DC Black Label)

Joker is written by Brian Azzarello and is drawn by Lee Bermejo. Originally published in 2008, the book recently got republished under DC's Black Label and I bought a copy cause I wanted a Joker story to get me ready for the upcoming movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.

The comic is told from the perspective of a low level criminal named Johnny Frost who is picking up the Joker after the Clown Prince of Crime is released from Arkham. The story follows Johnny as he travels around Gotham with Joker, who isn't happy with what has become of his city and his criminal empire while he has been away. So, Joker being Joker, decides to take matters into his own hands and turn things around.

I was really excited to read this comic as I heard a lot of praise for it, and after reading it, I felt really let down. So, the artwork is very good and the comic does do a good job at giving us some good Joker moments and also let us see a little more into the Joker's mind and his psyche. That being said, I found the pacing to be kind of slow and I didn't care for Johnny's character at all, which is a problem because like I said, the comic is told from his perspective, and I don't care what form of media it is, if you don't like the main character of the story, you aren't going to have a good time.

I'm giving Joker a D+.

Sorry for the short review guys. I just really didn't have much to say on this comic. Thank you as always for reading, and be sure to stay on the lookout for the next review. Until then, Signal Out!


The White Vault - Seasons 1 & 2 (spoiler free)

The White Vault is a horror fiction podcast written by K.A. Statz and follows a 5 member repair team sent to a remote arctic research station called Outpost Fristed, located in Svarlbald, Norway. Revealed in the first episode, the events of the story are being laid out by an investigator sent to the Outpost after the repair team went missing. The investigator and her team recovered a series of documents, personal notes, and audio recordings from the outpost and have pieced them together in as close to chronological order as they could so that they can try to figure out what happened at the station, and learn the whereabouts of the missing crew.

There are currently 2 seasons of The White Vault available, with each season being 10 episodes long. As of this review, the 3rd season is in the works and is set to premiere in October and I can not wait for it to come back! This is a very well done audio drama, with good writing and voice acting. The show reminds me of John Carpenter's 1982 movie “The Thing.” In that movie, you got a real sense of the characters being stuck in isolation at the arctic facility in subzero temperatures and snowy conditions. You get that same effect in The White Vault & possibly even more so since you can't see what is happening and have to create an image in your head as to what is going on.

Dodging spoilers, Once you get the reason why the team is where they are, the production work has another level added to it. When listening to the show, you get recordings of the team as they step outside the Outpost and this where the show excels at creating this chilling atmosphere.The audio recordings pick up the howling winds, the crunch of snow beneath people's feet as they walk around outside and the voice actors do a great job at reacting to the sudden drop in temperatures. I got chills listening to the show picturing the snowstorms in my head as the mention the wind cutting through their jackets and their heavy breathing as they try to keep warm.

I want to keep this a spoiler free review, so I don't really want to give much more away as I want you guys to experience it for yourselves. You will not be disappointed. It has a great story with lots of suspense and more importantly, characters you care about. Most times, when it comes to horror, there are usually undeveloped characters created for the sole purpose of being cannon fodder. The White Vault doesn’t have this issue. Each character is flushed out and are given their own personalities and motives. It’s refreshing to hear.

In Summary, I'm giving The White Vault - Seasons 1 & 2 an A+. You can find out more about The White Vault at thewhitevault.com & catch the White Vault podcast on Apple Podcasts among other podcast distributors.

Thank you for reading. I really hope you check this show out & let me know what you think of it! Leave a comment for me on the Contact section of the ODPH webpage.

I have decided my next review is going to be DC Comics Joker by Brian Azzarello in preparation for the new movie coming in October. So until next time, Signal Out!


IT: Chapter 2

IT Chapter 2 is directed by Andy Muschietti and stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and Bill Skarsgard. The movie takes place 27 years after the first movie and the Loser Club is all grown up and have all gone their separate ways but are drawn back when they receive a call from their old pal Mike telling them "It's back". One by one, the losers are return to Derry for the final confrontation with the shapeshifting killer clown Pennywise.

I will say this movie was not bad but the first one was much better. The actors all did a great job at playing older counterparts of themselves. Legit I believed these guys were the adult versions of the kids. Bill Hader was very good in the movie, which I liked cause Richie was my favorite in the first movie. I also really liked James McAvoy as older Bill and Jay Ryan as Ben. No spoilers I was really happy with what happened to Ben in this movie.

My complaint with the movie is the runtime. The whole middle act, dealing with flashbacks as each character goes off to do their own thing, I was so bored. It was all very drawn out and it took me a bit to get back into the movie when the third act/climax started. Which the movie did end strong it just doesn't help a good chunk of the movie is so slow and boring.

I'm giving IT Chapter 2 a B-.

I do recommend this movie if you liked the first one. It isn't bad just very slow. It also does have a cameo from Stephen King himself which I liked.

Guys thanks always for reading. This month might be a little slow for reviews because my goal is to knock out as many horror/supernatural reviews as possible through the month of October but I will try to keep putting out new reviews this month. Until next time, Signal Out!


Carnival Row Season 1 (Spoiler Free)

Carnival Row is the new fantasy show on Amazon Prime starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. The story takes place in a city called the Burgue, and Philo (Bloom) is investigating a series of brutal murders when is ex-lover Vignette (Delevingne), a fae, returns to confront Philo. 7 years ago, Philo was a soldier in a war and while fighting in the fae homeland, he met Vignette and the two fell in love. When Philo's forces were ambushed at a fae church, Philo faked his death to Vignette because he knew that he couldn't give her a normal life back home in the Burgue, where non-humans are treated as a second class citizens.

So I have mixed feelings about the show. He goods first. The acting is very good. Bloom and Delevingne have great chemistry together in my opinion and their characters are very flushed out. The creature design is all very good bringing life to the non-humans creatures. The world itself is also very cool as it has a very Victorian era feel to it, which is what first drew me to the show after the first trailers. My problem with the show is what most critics have been saying is that there are ALOT of side plots that not only seem to go nowhere, but also center around characters that are, honestly, pretty boring.

I'm going to give Carnival Row a C+.

Overall, I am happy I watched the show and I hope there will be a second season but I will not be upset if the show does not get renewed. Guys thanks always for reading. I don't really have another reviewed lined up at the moment so be on the lookout for the next post. Until next time, Signal Out!

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (spoiler free review)

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance dropped on Netflix Friday and is the long awaited return to Thra and the world that Jim Henson and Frank Oz created way back in 1982. Just like the original movie, the characters in the show are all puppets with CGI being used in small amounts to better enhance the environment. The show also features not just taltened puppeteers but an amazing voice cast featuring Taron Egerton, Mark Hamill, Nathalie Emmanuel, Mark Strong and many others (seriously, look the cast up, it's nuts)

The show is a prequel to the 1982 movie so it is able to be enjoyed by people who haven't seen the film and there is a lot of fun to be had with the show. As I said in my review of the original movie, The Dark Crystal excelled at bringing spectacular visuals to life and the show takes that to the next level. I was so amazed at what they creative team was able to do with these characters and how they added to the world we saw in the first movie. We get to see the Gelfing's at the height of their civilization as well as a leaving breathing world as compared to the barren world we see in the film.

That being said, all is not well in Thra. A blight, or "darkening" is creeping out into the world and contaminating it, bring woe and destruction with it. The Lords of the Crystal of Truth, the Skesis', claim this blight is nothing more than a superstition while in truth, they are the cause of the Darkening as they draw more and more on the Crystal to extend their long lives. But the Crystal gives them less and less, and so they seek the life source from another place; the life essence of their Gelfling subjects.

This show was very enjoyable. The story was better than the original film and the characters, who I felt in the film were kinda dull, were more flushed out and with a larger cast, you could become attached to certain characters better than the film. That being said, the one flaw I have with the show is the reason I like the show; the visuals. There are several sequences I felt that were solely on the show to display what the creators were capable of and while it does look cool, it slows the story down at points and if you go to rewatch the show, it will probably only feel more drawn out than needed.

I'm giving The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance a B+.

Guys thanks always for reading. With the Dark Crystal done, I'm going to start watching the new fantasy show Carnival Row, so be on the lookout for that review. Until next time, Signal Out!

Absolute Carnage Issues 1 & 2

Hey guys! So this is going to be a duel review of Donny Cates' Absolute Carnage Issues 1 & 2. Cletus Kassidy is back and bonded once again to symbiote Carnage, son of Venom. Resurrected by a cult that worships Knull, the god of the Symbiotes, Cledus is on a mission to by his God and master to find everyone who once had a symbiote and extract from a piece left behind called the codex. It's a bit confusing to summarize so I'll leave it to the comic explain it in depth, which it does very well.

As such, Carnage is gunning for his father Venom. Eddie is currently on the run with his son, who thinks Eddie is his older brother, and realizing the situation he is in, Eddie turns to Peter for help and the two agree to team up to defeat Carnage, who is on a major power boost and is infecting people with his symbiote to form a sorta death cult that answers to him.

Venom, with the help of a alternate dimension Reed Richards, has a way to hopefully extract the codex from a former symbiote wearer without killing them. With the codex, Venom and Spider-Man will be able to prevent Carnage from bringing Knull to power. However, they need a test subject and so they go to Ravencroft Institute (Marvel's version of Arkham Asylum) to get Norman Osborn, who was briefly bonded to Carnage and became Red Goblin (no idea what happened there, different book).

Since this review is kinda dragging, gonna speed it up; Carnage shows up with an army of inmates now in his cult, Eddie and Peter barely escape. Miles Morales shows up and so does Scorpion but in the end, Miles ends up getting taken over by Carnage.

I sped it up not because I hate the comic, but more so because there is just so much going on and I really want you guys to read it for yourselves to get all the details. This is basically in my opinion, Marvel's version of Dark Nights Metal and it's good! My only complaint is this, much like Cates' Final Gauntlet I reviewed, does rely on you reading other recent Marvel books if you want the whole story, but it's not really groundbreaking. I haven't read many of newer Marvel comics and I enjoyed this alot.

I'm giving Carnage Issues' 1 and 2 a combined score of an A.

Thanks always for reading guys. I am going to be reviewing Dark Crystal Age of Resistance when I finish it as well the new Amazon Prime show Carnival Row. Both drop this weekend and I will do my best to finish both and post the reviews so stay tuned. Until next time, Signal Out!

Star Wars Age of Resistance: General Hux

Star Wars Age of Resistance: General Hux is a one-shot written by Tom Taylor and is the latest in the one-shots from Marvel featuring a different Star Wars character. Ok, not gonna lie, this comic was boring.

It sells itself as a story that explains the events that made General Hux who he is, which would be a cool story, if that actually was what the comic was about. We get 3 pages of Hux as a kid getting abused by his Imperial Father and then it cuts to the present where Kylo Ren and Hux are stranded as a result of their shuttle being sabotaged.

The two eventually get off planet and Hux tracks down the guy who sabotaged the shuttle and it is one of his father's comrades who also abused Hux. Hux kills the guy, but not before revealing Hux killed his dad and plans to kill Ren and Smoke and rule the Galaxy….blah blah don't care.

I wasn't a fan of the story is case you couldn't tell and also wasn't a fan of the art. It looks rather cartoonish and I couldn't really take it seriously. Kylo Ren looked like his helmet was sad in my opinion.

I'm giving Star Wars Age of Resistance: General Hux an F.

Guys I realize this may have been a bit rough but I'm just saying how I felt. If you want, pick up the issue for yourself and if you disagree, leave in the comments. Love to hear your thoughts. Until next time, Signal out!

#TBT: The Dark Crystal

The Dark Crystal is the 1982 fantasy cult-classic from Jim Henson and Frank Oz. With The Dark Crystal: Age if Resistance about to drop on Netflix tomorrow, I figured it's time reviewing the movie that started it all. I didn't see this movie as a kid and only watched it for the first time a few months ago after I had two of my friends suggest it because of the Netflix show coming out. This review is going to have some spoilers so let's get into it.

The premise of the Dark Crystal is a young Gelfling named Jen is called back to his village to hear the final words of his dying Master, the lead the race known as the Mystics. The Mystic Master reveals to Jen that his destiny is upon him and that is up to him to save the dying world of Thra. It is revealed that Jen is the last of his race, the rest being killed long ago the vile, bird-like race for fear of the prophecy that a Gelfling would bring about the end of the Skeksis reign. Jen is given a crystal shard that he must take the Skeksis castle and place within the Skesis' source of power; their Dark Crystal. This he must do by crossing Thra and reaching the castle before an event known as the Great Conjunction.

So the first thing I want to say about this movie is the design and production is amazing. All the characters and creatures are animatronics and puppets given a very unique feel and different take on your typical fantasy movie. In fact there isn't much CGI used in the movie, which is good cause the CGI hasn't aged well. Combined with Trevor Jones's score, Henson really brings you into this world that Henson and his team created, which is probably what makes it a fun movie to watch.

Downside I will say with the movie is that it is technically a children's movie so at times so of the dialogue can be kind of cheesy at times and the story is very simple. That being said, it is an 80s kids movie so it does get dark at times, making it a little easier for adults to watch, while also probably terrifying kids watching the scene unfortunately.

I'm going to give The Dark Crystal a B-.

Overall, the movie is fun to watch, mostly because of the animatronics and cool visuals that create a fun movie experience. I will definitely be reviewing the new Netflix series as soon as I finish it so be on the lookout for it within the next week or so. Also be on the lookout as I have a few comic reviews in the works. Until next time, Signal Out!

Guardians Of The Galaxy Issue 8

Issue 8 of Donny Cates' Guardians of the Galaxy run explains where the heck Rocket Racoon has been and more importantly, why he looks like a disheveled mess hooked up to life support machines.

Spoilers ahead.

As it turns out, the augmentations Rocket received to become Rocket are beginning to breakdown and he is slowly dying as a result. This is why he left the Guardians. I didn't want them to see him in the state he is currently in and wanted to go out on his own terms and choose how everyone would remember him. This issue really hits on the family aspect of the Guardians and emphasis' you don't need to be blood related to be family. Groot tells Rocket after Rocket explains his wish remembered by telling Rocket that the Guardians are family and to up and ditch them without a word was a betrayal of the family and that they would have done anything to help Rocket.

Inspired by this Rocket agrees to help Groot save the other Guardians trapped by the Universal Church of Truth; and he's going full anime by hoping in a mech suit to save his family.

Meanwhile, at the Universal Church of Truth, Star Lord is alone as the only non-mind controlled Guardian. In a conversation with his father, Patriarch, Peter is shown the church's plan. As with each time the Church appears, they are attempting to resurrect Adam Warlock to lead them to glory, only this time, instead of just 1 Adam, Peter sees they intended to unleash an entire army of Adam Warlock's upon the Galaxy.

So, this issue was a lot of world building, as is usual for a mid-arc comic and while it's always important for the story, it can be very exposition heavy but luckily it's exposition heavy for a good story.

I'm going to give Guardians 8 a B.

Guys thanks always for reading and be sure to check in on Thursday for another #tbt review. This week's review will Jim Henson's 1982 cult classic The Dark Crystal.

Guardians of the Galaxy Issue 7 - "Have Faith" Part 1

Guardians of the Galaxy Issue 7 - "Have Faith" Part 1 SPOILERS AHEAD

Following the events of the Final Gauntlet, the Guardians are enjoying a little R&R some more than others. At the end of the Final Gauntlet, Star Lord revealed his true reasoning for wanting to leave Gamora be and why he didn't want to see her. It wasn't just because she killed him, although that was definitely part of it because no easily forgets getting killed by the woman that they love. Star-Lord confessed his feelings for Gamora, who had similar feelings herself and the two are now a couple.

However, Star-Lord, Gamora and the rest of the Guardians are quickly called back into action when the Universal Church of Reason returns and eliminates the enter Nova Corps and Star-Lord's father. Determined to see if his father can be saved, Peter leads the Guardians in a hastened assault on the Church, but quickly realize it's a trap set by Star-Lords father who is known as Patriarch, leader of the Church. The Gaurdians, save for Star-Lord are lost to the mind controlling powers of the Church and only Groot and Dragon escape.

Groot then goes to the one person who can help. The last Guardian of the Galaxy besides Groot and Dragon; Rocket Racoon, and let me tell you, Rocket has seen better days.

This issue follows the Final Gauntlet by setting up the next arc of Cates run with high stakes and rapidly putting things in motion without wasting much time but still doing a good job at explaining what is happening.

I'm giving Guardians Issue 7 an A.

Thanks always for reading and be on the lookout for my review of issue 8.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 - The Final Gauntlet

The Guardians are back and with Donny Cates as their writer! Spoilers ahead.

Following the events of Infinity Wars, which I didn't read if we're being honest but know some of what happened, Thanos is dead and many have gathered to hear his last will and testament. At the reading, it is revealed that Thanos has uploaded his consciousness into the body of another. Spearheaded by Thanos' brother a manhunt immediately begins for the most likely suspect; Gamora, daughter of Thanos.

Elsewhere in the galaxy, the Guardians of the Galaxy, or what's left of them, agrue about what to do when they learn Gamora is in danger. Groot wants to go after his friend as Guardians/friends don't abandon each other while Peter Quill wants to leave Gamora be and get drunk. Apparently in Infinity War Gamora stabbed and killed Peter and as such he doesn't want to see her.

After a few others join their ranks, Groot and Star Lord go after Gamora and try to reach her before she is found less friendly hands. All the while, Hela and the Black Order seek to rebuild Thanos' body so that the Mad Titan will walk again once the host of his consciousness is revealed.

This comic is good and my complaints aren't so much with the story but with that of other comics. This book makes several references to other comics I haven't read and while it's made mostly clear what happened in those books, it's still annoying I guess, that you need to track down a few books to get the whole story. Overall, this is the Guardians book fans should pick up. I can easily say Star Lord is my favorite in the MCU and I'm happy Marvel is starting output good comics again that aren't trying to emulate their movies, but tell compelling stories of their own.

I'm giving Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 - The Final Gauntlet an A-.

Thanks always for reading guys. I plan to write a review for Cates' Guardians issue 7 and then continue to review each issue as it comes out so stay tuned for Guardians of the Galaxy action.

#TBT: Wolverine (1982 Comic Book)

For this #TBT, I went with a book I’ve heard a lot from recommendations. Wolverine is written by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller (1982) and follows fan-favorite Logan, aka Wolverine, as he returns to Japan in an effort to win back the heart of his love, Mariko. Things don't go so well once in Japan and he learns that not only is Mariko married to an abusive husband, but that her father is attempting to seize control of the criminal underworld.

Logan ends up in a bitter struggle to free Mariko from her situation, win back her heart and also eliminate Mariko's father. Only thing standing in his way is the fearsome Hand, a group of ninja assassin's who push Wolverine to his breaking point.

I had this comic recommended to me by the Commonman Vince Ciotoli and Ken M. and after reading it I thought it was good. This movie served as the source material for the 2013 movie with High Jackman and overall I enjoyed it. The story is good with plenty of action but I felt some of the dialogue got a little repetitive, such as wolverine mentioning in his inner monologue how certain attacks would have crippled him if not for his adamantium skeleton and it's somewhat annoying when you know the character pretty well. But again, it's a good comic.

I'm giving Wolverine a B.

Thanks always for reading and I hope you are enjoying my #tbt reviews. Until next time, Signal Out!