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Star Wars The Black Series 6 Inch Finn (Jakku)
Star Wars The Black Series 6 Inch Finn (Jakku)
Offered by Toystar UK
Price: £12.94

4.0 out of 5 stars I found this figure to one of the best Force Awakens Black Series in terms of sculpt paints ..., 31 May 2016
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although he's perhaps a little bland because comes with just a blaster, instead of a lightsaber. I found this figure to one of the best Force Awakens Black Series in terms of sculpt paints and very poseabelity

Ultimate End (Secret Wars: Battleworld: Ultimate End)
Ultimate End (Secret Wars: Battleworld: Ultimate End)
by Brian Michael Bendis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Career Killer, 2 May 2016
Bendis as co-creator of the Ultimate Universe sets himself three massive challenges here
1) too out do Jeph Loeb in producing the worst marvel book
2) to take mildly popular miles morales out of his home universe and put in the main marvel universe and pray it works
all as part of a tie-in to much larger and frankly superior event to anything bendis has written.
3) End the Ultimate Universe.

As reader of the ultimate universe since its early 2003 (It got me too comics) I found this book horribly depressing. Not because it was ending the ultimate universe (it was ruined along time ago) but because of how bad the writing was. basically the main marvel universe and ultimate universe has been cloned in an odd way and they don't get along, and punisher wants to shoot the heroes. Nothing happens till the ultimate Jesus appears - miles morales. Bendis literally makes out he's the messiah. Miles convinces heroes off both universe to go off and fight Doom. we never see that fight, it doesn't even happen in the main event. The book spends the final few pages on Miles, Peter Parker and Tony Stark saying good bye to their loved ones. Tony Stark is most bizarre because he's never had a love interest in the ultimate universe or any relationship to pepper potts.
Miles Morales wakes up the main universe with all friends and family conveniently transported in to the marvel universe just in time for All Gimmick All SJW pandering MarvelNOW!

Mark Bagley art is awful, pages are waste, there's copy and pasting going on repeated to save time. the final issue is about 20 pages of copy pasting.

Years ago Jeph Loeb brutally nearly beat the ultimate universe to its death. it survived and limped on. Bendis had the opportunity to send it out a high with a encapsulate the best values of the ultimate universe - realistic modern takes, less continuity, grounded story telling. Instead Bendis decided he wanted to out do loeb and ruin his own career.

Given beyond the skin colour miles morales was no different from peter parker, I doubt miles will survive outside his own little universe.

Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire (Star Wars (Marvel))
Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire (Star Wars (Marvel))
by Greg Rucka
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.74

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a quick cash grab by marvel., 27 Nov. 2015
The book focuses on pretty thin story about two bland characters who happen to orbit the main star wars cast. Everything appears to happen with a month of Return of Jedi which does not help set up or even cover the 30 years the force awakens. The writer is self confessed fan of the Phantom Menace, as a result a section of the book is wasted on fan service to that film. Art work is good in some sections but not consistent through out.

the book also comes with 2 unrelated issues from other marvel series as a teaser for marvel other star wars stuff.

If your hyped for the force awaken, save your money, you'll get nothing of value from this book!

Avengers: Rage of Ultron
Avengers: Rage of Ultron
by Rick Remender
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid - a confusing mess of book with some great art., 1 April 2015
I once was fan of Rick Remender marvel work but his lack luster Captain America run (Particularly the final issues), Axis and the bland All-New Captain America have certainly shaken my faith him. Rage of Ultron continues that trend embodying many of same traits that plagued Remenders recent work.

The book sets out to be accessible to movie audience ahead/after Age of Ultron (People who don't read comics), but at the same it attempts to draw in existing comic book audiences by making it part of continuity. The problem is that these two focuses in this case are not compatible. the book attempts to provide a more accessible look at the relationship between Ultron, Hank Pym and the Vision. this an admirable goal as this relationship has been part of the history that Comic Book Readers know of by heart, but for new post film audience difficult to understand as its been effectively told of 20 plus years of comic book history. It doesn't add anything new per sa but it certainly the best bit of the story.

However, this accessibility is completely hindered by the desire for this book to be in continuity. Unlike the MarvelNow! marketing Initiative which sought make all of Marvels books more accessible, the AvengersNow does the opposite. Captain America (Steve Rogers) has been pointlessly replaced by Sam Wilson, Thor is no longer able to wield his Hammer and an unknown female is now wielding it, wolverine is dead (temporary) and has been replaced by Sabertooth. this makes the book very inaccessible if you've not following the recent developments.

Remenders writing here also seems to point out the problem with Avengersnow, Sam Wilson acts exactly Steve Rogers, Sabertooth acts like Wolverine, the female thor acts like the Male Thor. none of them act any different, Remender doesn't write them different, they don't provide any unique traits to distinguish them the characters they've temporary replaced. I'm not surprised by Remender's in ability to distinguish Sam Wilson and Sabertooth from Captain America and Wolverine as this a problem with his current series, but the female Thor does have a distinct voice when Jason Aaron writes her.

there is another issue, by attempting to be part of continuity. Where does sit in continuity? another problem with the Avengersnow is that continuity on the avengers/solo books has become a mess. this book will only add to this mess. The end of book cannot occur before Hickmans superior Time Runs Out arc but is implied to occur sometime after Axis. with Secret Wars on the Horizon look like its about to reboot the marvel universe its hard to guess. It may be the case that despite marketing statements this book isn't in continuity at all. Furthermore the book ends on a cliff hanger which would introduce a major change of the status quo.

The art is overall very good, Opena provides some beautiful pages but Opena doesn't provide the entire run, given his unique style, the change in artists is unwelcome Larraz and Morales are good but they are do match the style of Opena.

This a major disappointment after Marvel last Avenger OGN by Warren Ellis (a book which is very accessible and well written). I was deeply looking forward to this book and its a real shame. my hope is that the really reason behind the poor quality of Rage of Ultron, Axis, All New Cap is more down to editorial interference, ill thought marketing focus and rather then Remender himself.
The book is not accessible and not well written, I don't know who this book would be good for, thus I cannot recommend it.
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Avengers Volume 6: Infinite Avengers (Marvel Now)
Avengers Volume 6: Infinite Avengers (Marvel Now)
by Jonathan Hickman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible arc... the art alone is worth the price of admission!, 27 Jan. 2015
Infinite Avengers is fantastic book even if your not that much in to Hickman's grand narrative. The book follows the Captain America & some of the Avengers fall forward through time while finally addressing the lingering plots from beginning of the run. I place emphasis on Captain America because this whole arc is focused on him and what motivates him. It's a great way to explore the character and it shows that Hickman unlike the current cap writer Rick Remender has better grasp of who captain america really is, while equally drawing distinctions between him and various other marvel heroes like Iron Man and Franklin Richards.

At the end of each issue (except the last issue) the avengers are thrown forward in time to various more advances future. It's really how Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu present these futures that's so thrilling, its a case of seeing is believing. I cannot praise Leinil Francis Yu's art work enough on this arc, he's on fire on here. His art is incredible from start to finish, his designs of various futures is beautiful, the way he draws Captain America. I've been a fan of Yu art work for many years but I can say with confidence this the best work he's ever done.

If you are in to the Hickman grand narrative you may want to read this alongside New Avengers Vol 4 Perfect World.

Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man
Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man
by Mark Waid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, 7 Dec. 2014
Iron man and the hulk fight and then settle their differences for 100th time

Spinning out of forgettable original sin, this tie-in/spin off book is equally forgettable. This book acts as a closer to Kieron Gillen horribly forgettable run on Iron man and Mark Waid interesting but over looked run on Indestructible Hulk. 2 issues are written by Waid and the 2 issues are by Gillen. Basically the Waids strengths hold the book together while Gillen lags way behind in terms of quality. Gillen poor characterisation of Tony Stark continues to be a problem, he also has to remind of us re-con idea of tony being adopted. Gillen is a good writer on but his talents are more towards magic and alternative culture rather then mainstream super-hero work, this book much like his run on thor, x-men and Ironman merely confirms this point further.

The story itself is so pointless and really isn't gonna be worth remembering in 20 years. They fight, they bite,
They bite and fight and bite, Fight fight fight, bite bite bite, (and cry) and that's pretty much it. neither character is different for the experience. Which leads us the question why this story even exists?

Ross does some sharp crisp good art work and Bagley seems little rough. the Inking on bagley issues is far to heavy. The flow is broken up by the different artists alternating between the issues. Perhaps it would of been better if Ross did the whole thing.

Original Sin
Original Sin
by Jason Aaron
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.68

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another lack luster event (although great work), 4 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Original Sin (Paperback)
while I highly commend this book for its strong art work by Mike Deodato, I cannot say the same about the writing per sa.

The series starts off with a lot of great characterisation, a general sense of mystery over who killed the watcher and makes use of some obscure bizarre Marvel Characters like Orb (Aaron has wrote the Orb in to multiple stories before to great success). However, around the half way point, the book takes a turn for the worse. the great mystery becomes solvable but yet we are forced to sit through characters who cannot see the writing on the wall. Secondly the characterisation takes a turn for the worst, with one particular character; Nick Fury Senior.

The book positions itself at the beginning as being one last heroic adventure for nick fury senior to go out guns blazing. However, Aaron does a 180 on this point and turns Nick Fury in to antagonists, to justify this suddenly change of character Aaron attempts to rewrite all of fury's history and immediately de-values it all. Fury may of done some questionable actions but he was never a villain, Aaran isn't able to excute this transformeration well, so the idea it's justified. The later half of the book Aaran sets out to make Fury a villain, but never really succeeds in convincing us of this. If your at least aware of marvel current history marvel are now promoting a new Nick Fury who is based on the Ultimate Marvel/Samuel L Jackson appearance. While I have no problem with the new Fury, its a shame marvel didn't use this story as a opportunity for the original fury to go out heroically gun blazing. Discrediting Fury Senior seems too extreme.

Another problem is in classic Marvel Event Fashion, the later half becomes about set up a new status quo, in particular to do with Thor. Here he is made unworthy by villain mode Fury whispering something in his ear. Again this simply doesn't make sense, the Aaron has dug himself a hole by asking the audience to believe like Fury, Thor isn't that heroic (Despite us having over 40 years of history pointing to fact that 99% Thor is more then worthy of wield his hammer). Additionally Bucky Barns is set to become intergalactic assassin as a result. all this setting up of new status quo just doesn't feel natural to the story, It feels like Aaron had the Marvel Marketing Team telling him what to write for the later half.

Great Potential for this book... badly wasted.

Add this event to list of forgettable Marvel "events"

The Weight Of Your Love
The Weight Of Your Love
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Crushing Disappointment, 21 Dec. 2013
Both the Back Room and An End Has A Start were fantastic albums which established a success formula for Editors, Yet that was abandoned for the awful third album. Editors attempt to return to that formula but still cannot re-create it perfectly. The problem is they've lost the signature guitar sounds, placed over emphasis on the vocals of tom smith and tired to do an "America" style album.

The result is another disappointment. where there would be a Editors guitar rift is now replaced with strings or lame know off Arcade Fire "Oooooh"-ing. Tom Smiths vocals are biggest problem, "What is Thing Called Love" features tom singing in falsetto and its awful, while "A Ton of Love" and "Formaldehyde" have Tom shouting to point where you cannot understand what he's shouting, for example in a ton of love the lyrics are supposedly "a chance of love" but with tom shouting it in such a ridiculous way it sounds more like "A Chin Sir". Hyena feels like a terrible rip off of Interpol something Editors would deny. Phone Book is as exciting as reading a phone book, while "nothing" is self indulgent what could of been a great editors song is ruined.

Sure its better than the third album, but its not a major improvement and new problems have arised.
Its a real shame Editors are going well of Idlewild
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Uncanny Avengers: The Red Shadow
Uncanny Avengers: The Red Shadow
by Rick Remender
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but very good, 9 Jun. 2013
Firstly i'll say the whole idea of the Uncanny avengers is a horrible, its a mix mash of avengers and x-men characters done for purely commercial reasons. However, At least they gave it to Rick Remender who does the best with a bad concept. in practice all he have done is continued on what he originally planned for uncanny x-force, before marvel pulled the pull. So expect great dialogue and stories to come.

The flaws are very obvious, the team is promote mutant/human harmony, which we know they will never succeed at, since the main x-men books have not succeed in achieving that goal in 40 years worth of comics. Secondly the book is only highlighting the illogical views of the marvel universe that superheroes and mutants are two different things, why do the mutants get hated for having superpowers but spiderman and the avengers are loved. thirdly, the villain, the red skull (although not the same red skull from ed brubaker's run) sets out to destroy mutant kind, but he has a team of super powered villains and he steals a professor x mutant power, it hard to take him seriously when he's particularly become a mutant himself. Fourthly, this is more Remender focused problem, he always seems to have a villain with the perfect power to beat wolverine. finally, the book brings back a concept/villian which nearly bankrupted marvel in the 90's, seems like a bad idea to even bring that back.

Nevertheless, the writing is pretty good, even in the issues where the art seems to be unable to express what Remender is going for in the scene. The art is bit rigid, cassady does make the red skull look very creepy with his smile. Also the coipel does the art for the final issue in the book which is excellent.

Overall, its a good book, but its not best Avengers book on shelve (see hickmans avengers) nor is the best x-men book on shelve (See Bendis all new x-men). if you enjoyed uncanny x-force i would recommend you stick with the series, but if your a new reader, go for something else.

Avengers - Volume 1: Avengers World (Marvel Now)
Avengers - Volume 1: Avengers World (Marvel Now)
by Jonathan Hickman
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Era of Avengers, 26 May 2013
Despite Marvels claims Uncanny Avengers is the true avengers book, this is actually the best Avengers book. strong writing and dynamic art really make the book stand far above all the other avengers books marvel is throwing out right now.

the plot is well basically like all hickman plots, there is a story, but that story is really a tiny part of massive picture. the story is pretty average, the Avengers movie team go to mars to stop a new set of villains (good on hickman for not using the same avengers for 20th time) even then Im sure calling them villians would be the correct term, they more like antagonists, they are not evil, they seem to justify their plans as being in the greater good for humanity. The Avengers movie teams is beaten and captured, and so Captain America forms an all new team (very much akin to the giant size x-men) there is a mix of old favorites from geoff and bendis area and new members. The first 3 issues with the book focus on the battle with garden, its a short but sweet affair, big battles, with no time for characterisation.
the next 3 issues then wisely a more character driven affair, hickman chooses to focus on characters we've not really seen before and lack their own titles (who wants to learn about spider man when he's got 3 of his solo books). This style is very different from bendis gossip style, and its nice to see the change after having so many years of the bendis run.

each issues hints at something bigger, there is a machine code for readers to work out, although will confess by the end of the first volume i have no idea what's going on in terms of the overarching narrative, but thats fine because the main story is of such a high quality. I think if your gonna invest yourself in this series, the end will be a massive pay off for you (very similar to grant millars batman run) as opposed to the traditional short term gratification

the art is pretty good across the board, Jerome Opena art is very unique and stands out, the colouring is also very interesting on his parts. Adam Kubert then does the final 3 issues, sadly in particular issue 5 looks rushed and there a lot of errors, however, given his father passed away around the time of production of this, I don't blame him. Nor does that single issue ruin the whole presentation.

all covers are by dustin weaver, there is also a tone of variant covers at the back, sadly they are not full pages, some of them look incredible, its a shame they've been shrunk down.

The second problem is marvel new Hardbacks no longer come with a sleeve, thus the outside of the books looks and feels weird. this a problem across all of MarvelNOW!'s hardback range.

Overall a very strong start. High recommended.

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