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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #14

by Alan Rapp on February 21, 2018

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #14 comic reviewThe latest issue of Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider is a bit of a departure for the comic as the primary story focuses not on Ben Reilly but on the other Scarlet Spider, Kaine. Really the only thing you need to know about the issues is this: Kaine fights a hippopotamus dude who would fit right in with Bebop and Rocksteady. If that doesn’t interest you, I don’t know what to say (partially because there’s really not much more to the issue). Still, Scarlet Spider versus Hippo!

Our title character does get a few pages, as he looks up an old Spider-Man villain who has located to Vegas. While attempting to scare Mysterio to stay on the straight and narrow path, Ben ends up only seeing a reflection of himself in the broken man who has been (like himself) literally to Hell and back and is attempting to put the shattered shards of his life back together.

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Xena: Warrior Princess #1

by Alan Rapp on February 20, 2018

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Xena: Warrior Princess #1 comic reviewThe new series from writer Meredith Finch and artist Vicente Cifuentes goes back the beginning as a wandering Xena comes across young Gabrielle at the mercy of three of the warrior princess’ former soldiers turned marauders. Stepping in to teach the trio a lesson on how to treat a woman, our heroine finds herself stuck with a talky companion on the road to Athens.

Although I was afraid how far the issue might take the sexual overtones of three burly men jumping a beautiful girl in the middle of nowhere, Finch keeps the story from going too dark too quickly and more in tune to what fans would expect. Cifuentes style seems a good match for the comic, and he certainly enjoys drawing the smirking Gabrielle.

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on February 19, 2018

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Comic RackIt’s a new week so it must be time to talk about comics! Welcome back to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we offer you this quick list of all kinds of comic book goodness set to hit comic shops and bookstores this month from all your favorite publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Archie, Dynamite, IDW, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Archies, Avengers, Batman, Batwoman, Birthright, Daredevil, Descender, Green Lanterns, James Bond: The Body, Krusty the Clown, Mighty Thor, Red Sonja, Rom & The Micronauts, The Wild Storm, WWE, the first issues of Bloodborne, The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman, Deathbed, Doctor Strange: Damnation, Highest House, Hit-Girl, Mata Hari, Musketeers, Punks Not Dead, and the final issues of American Way Those Above and Those Below, Deadpool Vs Old Man Logan, Punisher: The Platoon, and Wonder Woman Conan.

Enjoy issue #203

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Star Wars: Thrawn #1

by Alan Rapp on February 15, 2018

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Star Wars: Thrawn #1 comic reviewThe first issue of the new six-issue Star Wars mini-series from Jody Houser and artist Luke Ross fills in some of the past of the Chiss warrior Mitth’raw’nuruodo, better known as Thrawn. While it feels like a bit too much story is shoved into a single over-sized issue, fans of the character should enjoy the peak into the history of Timothy Zahn‘s famous creation.

Thrawn #1 takes us from the Galactic Empire’s search in the Outer Rim for the legendary warriors known as Chiss, to their discovery of Thrawn, his first meeting with Emperor Palpatine, and his enrollment in the Imperial Academy where he bests other recruits while battling racism, jealousy, and hatred from those who would see him fail.

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X-Men: Red #1

by Alan Rapp on February 14, 2018

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X-Men: Red #1 comic reviewCyclops is still dead, but X-Men founding member Jean Grey (the original, not some alternate timeline version of her) is back among the living. Troubled by the divisive and hateful world she she’s around her, the X-Man chooses to put together her own team with a new mission of bringing acceptance of mutantkind to the forefront of the public consciousness starting with an address at the United Nations.

Jean is certainly the star of the show, but there are some ringers amongst the group’s members including Nightcrawler, Namor, and X-23 Wolverine (seriously, I have no idea what to call this character now). Like pretty much every on of the half-dozen or so X-Men team titles these days the team is packed with other superfluous characters, but it’s pretty obvious which characters will drive the major plotlines.

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