World Comic Book Review

15th April 2024

Guardians of the Galaxy – The Telltale Series #1 (Review)

Guardians of the Galaxy – The Telltale Series #1 Marvel Comics, July 2017 Writer: Fred Van Lente “Guardians of the Galaxy – The Telltale Series” is a new comic book series from American publisher Marvel Comics. In this day and age of incessant cross-marketing, it serves as a tie-in prequel to the same-titled video game … Read more

Grounded: Rocket Raccoon #1 (Review)

Rocket Raccoon #1
Marvel Comics, December 28, 2016
Writer: Jorge Coelho, Matthew Rosenberg

Anthropomorphizing animals is nothing new to the comic book genre: Disney Entertainment’s “Mickey Mouse” (1928) has a long line of thematic offspring, ranging from “Snoopy” (1950) to “Scooby Doo” (1969) to “Tawky Tawny” (1947). Giving a raccoon a dirty sense of humor, guns, and putting the character in space, however, is an almost unique anthropomorphic exercise even in a genre renowned for its wackiness. This character, called “Rocket Raccoon”, is the star of a new title.

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Omega Men #1 [review]: the laziest of writing and editing

One assumes that DC Comics have revitalised the concept of the obscure 1980s team of aliens, first appearing in 1981 as The Omega Men, because of the success of Marvel Entertainment’s film featuring an equally obscure group of aliens, Guardians of the Galaxy.

When the concept was first published as its own title in 1983, in the days of letters pages, a reader wrote and asked why the team’s leader was called “Primus”, when alien team leaders were unlikely to have names alluding to their “primacy” by use of a word with a Graeco-Latin root, and more ludicrously, why a tiger-esque alien was called “Tigorr”.

The editor responded by noting in words to the effect that an unintelligible character names would render the characters inaccessible to readers.

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Guardians of the Galaxy & The X-Men – Black Vortex Omega

In this comic, Starlord Proposed to Kitty Pryde and she accepted.

I wanted that out of the way first. It is the big money shot of the comic. Marvel seems to think that it is kind of a big deal, and I hope to god you don’t mind it being spoiled if you agree with them.

With that out of the way, all but the first 5 pages of the Guardians of the Galaxy & The X-Men: Black Vortex Omega reads like an epilogue instead of the last part of a crossover story arc. If you’re one of the unlucky few that picked this up thinking that it is a standalone or the first in the series, the issue is going to feel thin.

The full story spans 13 chapters that starts with The Black Vortex Alpha and crosses over to key issues of All New X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Legendary Starlord, and a few others (Nova, Cyclops, Captain Marvel, and Guardians Team Up.)

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