Tag Archives: Steve McNiven

A Man Called Logan

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Logan. Jamie Howlett. Weapon X. The Wolverine. He’s known by many names, and he’s the best at what he does. A restless outsider whose an unstoppable killer, a masterless ronin whose often become a reluctant leader. Hugh Jackman has played the character consistently in live-action for close to 20 years now and made the role his own, and he’s apparently ready to hang up his claws after Logan. Over the course of four X-Men movies and three solo adventures, the man called Logan has survived many battles over his long life… Continue reading A Man Called Logan

Logan Movie Review

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(No Spoilers)

There’s a Deadpool advert that played in my theater just before Logan started, which was short but entertaining. It was just what you expect from a two minute sketch of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool teasing his next film, but in spite of that, it was enjoyable none the less. Even if the beats are well-known and semi-predictable, there is viewing pleasure to be had in seeing how those beats are played out. Logan is in the same vein as that Deadpool advert, it delivers what you expect and does it well… Continue reading Logan Movie Review

Marvel Announces Monsters Unleashed With Bunn & Several Artists

Monsters_UnleashedWriter Cullen Bunn of Uncanny X-Men, Harrow County, Conan The Slayer & The Sixth Gun will be writing a series title Monsters Unleashed being released in January 2017 with art from Steve McNiven,  Lenil Francis Yu, Adam Kubert, Salvador Larocca & Greg Land. More details at Newsarama

Civility and Wartime

 

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A look back at the paradigm shifting miniseries and how Marvel is revisiting it today…
To me, when I think of event books, none top Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War. Blackest Night is cool, Secret Wars was easier to follow than Final Crisis and Infinity was…different. Compared to Civil War though, they all feel kinda small. To understand it completely, you have to examine what preceded it and what resulted from it.

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Freeze Frame 10/23/2015

From Weird World #5 by Mike Del Mundo& Marco D'Alfonso
From Weird World #5 by Mike Del Mundo& Marco D’Alfonso

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Embracing the Fantastic…

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The Fantastic Four was the book that kicked off the Marvel Universe as we know it, and its a title that has proven challenging to reinvent since the 60s. It still has an impressive history, rife with runs for those looking to dive in in preparation for the upcoming reboot from Fox. Instead of a Top Ten, this is more of a discussion of my favorite stories/runs that people new to Marvel’s First Family might enjoy…

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Freeze Frame 4/3/2015

From Avengers: Rage Of Ultron by Jerome Opena
From Avengers: Rage Of Ultron by Jerome Opena

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This Week’s Finest: Uncanny Inhumans #0

cby Charles Soule and Steve McNiven

In case you didn’t know, I have a fondness for the Inhumans. Aside from the name, I think they’re a great cast of characters that haven’t had alot to do except for recent developments. You also may not know I have a soft spot for father/son stories, and so it was sort of inevitable I would pick this as TWF.

I mentioned that I’m fond of the Inhumans, but that only goes as far as them actually having the story be about them. Not unlike Namor the Sub-mariner (“The First Mutant!”, “Atlantis is gone”, “He flooded Wakanda!”, “Atlantis is gone again?!”), it seems hard to get stories about the main group of the Inhuman royal family without some odd extra element.

I know from Infinity that Black Bolt blew up Attilan after Thanos’ attack and released Terrigen mists throughout the world to save his species. The why is something I haven’t figured out yet, but that’s not important. What is important is that this book is about the next step for Black Bolt with new Inhumans around the world.

The story begins with him stopping some opportunistic thugs from abducting Inhumans during their cocoon transformation, and grabbing a sample of Terrigen mist. He then goes to see his wife Medusa, informing her of his mission to find their missing son. After getting some help from Eldrac, Black Bolt appears in front of a sprawling castle with Medieval archers and huge battle turrets. Black Bolt dispatches them quickly and meets the master of the castle, Kang the Conqueror. Kang has been watching over Black Bolt’s son all along, while his son has grown to resent his father. Black Bolt tries to salvage their relationship with a surprise mind-meld and impromptu Terrigenisis. He then asks Kang to take his son away from the danger that threatens the current timeline, which Kang agrees to with the caveat that he will now be the boy’s father.

Charles Soule’s script reminds me of two other father/son stories: Hook and Stephen King’s Storm of the Century. Hook in how the villain turns the son against his father, and the latter because of the sacrifice a father makes not just of himself but the life of his child. Black Bolt has always been somewhat of a tragic character, in how he could never explain the reasons for his actions or share his feelings of love for his wife Medusa. With him facing the consequences of his work with the Illuminati, and his fall from grace in the eyes of his wife and subjects, losing his son again adds an interesting wrinkle to his story. With these seeds planted, there is plenty for Soule to use over the course of the series.

Steve McNiven, one of my favorite Marvel artists, turns in a impressive array of pages. His action is dynamic, his facial expressions are arresting, and the way he depicts the Inhumans themselves feels fresh. He nails the body language of a super being that can’t speak without destroying his surroundings, or an angry wife with living hair. I love the way he depicts Black Bolt’s strength and resolve.

I’m pleased to see such top notch creators on an Inhumans book, and surpass my expectations right out of the gate. Soule has managed to craft a Shakespeare-like drama just from Medusa and Blackagar Boltagan, and I can’t wait to see what he does with the rest of the Royal family. Hopefully McNiven will illustrate more of these stories for as long as possible.