Captain Marvel Review, Conan, Gundam, Symbiote Spidey and More!

Instead of talking about the What if news or even the Dr. Fate speculation ( that issue 1 Variant is gonna be reallllll tough to find ),  I think I will quickly review Captain Marvel and yes I expect some backlash here but I just cannot help myself.  If you haven seen it yet here is the typical SPOILER WARNINGOK so this movie sucked.  I could sit here and use all sorts of fancy, derogatory words to describe it but the truth is the truth.  For starters, this is a film filled with a mountain of forced humor.  It doesn’t fall as flat as the Suicide Squad but believe me, that is not a compliment and without the cat I wouldn’t have chuckled once.  Neither did the packed house I saw it with.

  Now before Brie calls me a troll or someone else lobs out misogynist,  remember that casting a female lead and shoehorning in moments of feminine empowerment doesn't help when the narrative is a trite, predictable mess.  It certainly doesn't help mask poor CGI, wooden acting ( I'm talking to you Clark Gregg! ), nor did it aid a surprisingly bland and emasculated Nick Fury.

A pretty original take on the Supreme Intelligence and a killer Ben Mendelsohn couldn't save this poorly conceived film.

Sometimes you just fail and sometimes the trolls are right. This movie isn't marvelous at all,  especially in comparison to Infinity War, Black Panther and dare I say, Ant-Man &The Wasp?

Disney we get it.  You have a message about women you are itching to tell even if DC beat you to it with a much better offering. The problem here is more about the agenda rather than gender and make no mistake the creators of this film are clearly delivering a message.  It is meant to be powerful but instead just makes makes you groan as it chokes with originality.

Here is a novel idea, let's leave out the politics, race and all the other things that often ruin escapism.

Now I know this is just one dude's opinion but trust me, this one will let you down from start to finish. It's  cursed with a weak protagonist and worst of all it's a bore.  Next time more Talos, more Minerva and less bullsh*t forced feminism.  Less wannabe James Gunn.  Less product placement and forced nostalgia.   For  the love of god Mickey, we don't need you to tell us women can be powerful in such a ham-fisted way.  We don't need to know that a girl doesn't have to prove anything to men at the expense of a worthy finale!  If we don't know those things already we shouldn't consider ourselves modern Americans anyway.

  Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers may have inspired S.H.I.E.L.D.'s initiative in a sad retcon but she ain't the first Avenger, not by a long shot.

On to this weeks picks, enjoy!




Dragon's Dogma Progress

First comic appearance of the franchise

Netflix is going crazy green lighting all sorts of projects and a lot of it is anime related.  That includes this popular RPG video game. 



Fantastic Four 257

So it appears there were some Galactus hints in the Captain Marvel movie and a reference to the Skrull home world having been destroyed.  I cannot take any credit for unearthing this book but it does sport a badass cover , was written by one of the best writers in comic history and is the first time Galactus destroys the Skrull planet.

Admittedly the spec here is weak,  the source in question really refers to one throw away line from Talos, but then again Galactus does destroys planets.  So there is that.



The Amazing Spider-Man Color and Activity Book ( Golden 1992 )

Well is looks like there is a 1:100 variant for the upcoming Symbiote Spider-Man book

I am not a fan of reusing old art for expensive modern variants.  In this case i would much prefer this rare book, filled with what appears to be Mcfarlane art and even a fantastic ASM 300 black and white pinup!



Mixx zine 2-2 & Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 1

First US comic appearance of Mobile Suit Gundam

Last year I dove into the convoluted comic appearance of this legendary franchise.  No one seemed to get too excited about this property making it to the big screen in a live action film.  This is surprising because Mobile Suit is one of the most popular Anime/Manga franchises ever produced.  I also don't think people expected the first appearance of Alita to sell for 100 in VF but it has and she isn't in Gundam's league in terms of popularity.  Now is the time to jump on this and hold.  If you want the first manga and cover you will never find it. Adventure King from May of 1979 is a ghost.  But these should serve you well.

The first comic appearance was in Mixx Zine 1 which predates any collected manga or VIZ series.


Any film is likely to be based on 0079 and this is an actual comic book.  I suspect it will be the one to sell for the most when things really start to heat up.  Now that BKV is attached expect that to happen.



All You Need is Kill FCBD & Weekly Young Jump January 29, 2014

Looks like there has been some progression on the Edge of Tomorrow/Live Die Repeat sequel. The All you Need is Kill manga first appeared in Weekly Young Jump from Jan 29/2014. As we know these can be very hard to find but can sell for a premium.   Kill was also serialized in Shonen Jump Magazine in 2014. It’s hard to recommend FCBD firsts even though Umbrella is selling for insane prices. I don’t know if any outside the Netflix effect will do much but a first is a first. The novel, manga and movie are all incredible. 



Fantastic Four 405 and Thor Corps 3

First Conan in the 616

If you are still on the Conan train you might want to scoop up this dollar book.  In this book Conan encounters an astronaut from the 616 which is labeled as a vision of the future.

He appeared earlier in Excalibur 47 but like Thor Corps 3 the appearance is outside of the 616 reality, though the Thor appearance is ambiguous. This one places him firmly in the 616.

NOTE:  Conan may or may not appear in Dr. Strange Sorceerr Supreme 26.


And finally I am always on the look out for killer cover art.  This one is my favorite Fred Beltran cover.  There is nothing firsty about it but it sure does impress!




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    Enough live actors for comic films. They all remind me of watching Batman reruns from the 60’s. Sony set the bar with animation of comics with Into the Spiderverse, now let the real comic book films begin!

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    You may think it sucked. Fair enough. I know a TON of kids, 8-16 year old who absolutely loved it! Sometimes it’s easy to forget that some of these movies aren’t always aimed at adults, this one especially. I’m in my 40’s and I enjoyed the hell out of it. But to each his own opinion.

    • Topher

      I never take a critic’s word…professional or amateur but I’m a kid at heart! My opinion doesn’t matter at all but i felt compelled to make these comments. Kids might like it but I suspect they would enjoy Ant-Man a lot more. In this case there are just to many flaws to ignore.

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    Understood. I went to the movie with my 16 year old, my 10 year old and my friend’s kids, age 12 & 15. They didn’t care much for Ant Man. Their favs are now Captain Marvel and Black Panther. Ragnarok is a close 3rd. The girl in the group went nuts for it.

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    I really liked the movie, I didn’t think it was in your face at all. I liked that it had LESS forced humor than those awful GotG sequels. Sometimes the trolls are right, but in this case I think you’re reaching that it had some agenda beyond Carol being a useless character they spun the movie out of. Movie character was awesome.

  • AZBarbarian

    We have disagreed in the past and had some interesting discussions. However, I have never disagreed more with your opinion than I do now regarding Captain Marvel. Based on your review, I even question whether or not we watched the same movie. I did not see an emasculated Nick Fury. I enjoyed a glimpse into his origin. I also can not recall one ‘shoehorned’ moment of feminine empowerment. Captain Marvel was just a story about a female hero. Jus tecause a woman isn’t wearing a miniskirt and thigh high boots does not mean there is some secret feminist agenda. Maybe my opinion differs since I have two young adult daughters. Maybe some men are just intimidated by a powerful woman. I don’t know.

    • Topher

      Your opinion differs because you liked a movie I found boring at best. You having daughters has exactly nothing to do with it. I also have a daughter. Your comment about miniskirts and being intimidated by powerful women have zero to do with the conversation. The point is that I don’t appreciate a corporation inserting their agenda into such a film. Not only that but it was inserted into a poorly conceived film. My indictment is more about poor writing and mediocre cgi and such problems deserve to be pointed out. They are just opinions after all so you can disagree just don’t try to do exactly what i said you would and label me a misogynist!

      Despite Disney’s agenda the real problem is that the film is boring. We all wanted this film to be great. Sometimes when we are let down we just can’t admit it. I can admit it.
      Oh and I know plenty of guys who have daughters of varying ages. Having them does not make you any more informed than those who have just sons or no kids.

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