Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 1/8/22
I’d like to start this comic review article by saying that any criticism or nitpicking I may engage in is not directed at the creators personally. Attacking creators is an abhorrent thing, and unbecoming a reasonable human being. It’s dumb as hell, and I do hope nobody reading these reviews thinks my criticisms are directed at creators. I won’t stand for it on my dumb blog. So as I nitpick the likes of Amazing Spider-Man, Superman and even Thor, none of that is a personal attack on the writers, artists, letterers or any other people involved in making the comic.
Comic Book of the Week goes to Batman #119, but mostly for the really fun Maps Mizoguchi back-up feature. The main Batman story is good too, but this might be the official start of my “Maps as the new Robin” campaign.
Meanwhile, Book of Boba Fett remains fun, though I’m a little disappointed that it’s been mostly flashback so far. I watched Only Murders in the Building on Hulu and enjoyed it a lot. I even managed to guess the killer right early on! That never happens! I watched new Aggrestsuko, Letterkenny and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I’m burning through TV show catch-ups at the moment and having a nice time with it.
Comic Reviews: The Amazing Spider-Man #84, Batman #119, Dark Knights of Steel #3, Inferno #4, One-Star Squadron #2, Superman: Son of Kal-El #6, Thor #20 and X-Men #6.Read the rest of this entry
Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 12/11/21
By this time next week, I will have seen Spider-Man: No Way Home and none of the spoilers will haunt me anymore! The wait is getting pretty unbearable! But thankfully, we’ve got some fun comics like Power Rangers, Batman and Inferno to keep us occupied.
Comic Book of the Week goes to One-Star Squadron #1 for a fun little debut issue. Also, sometimes I just need to give Power Rangers a break from winning all the time.
Meanwhile, I finished Arcane on Netflix and it is phenomenal! Highly recommended! Possibly my show of the year. Arcane is what every video game adaptation wishes it could be. They take the characters and settings of League of Legends and actually build a really great story, juggling multiple characters, multiple arcs, multiple great moments, while still remaining true to the characters. The visuals are also out of this world.
Comic Reviews: Batman #118, Dark Knights of Steel #2, Inferno #3, Mighty Morphin #14 and One-Star Squadron #1.Read the rest of this entry
Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 10/30/21
Very interesting week in comics for me. Not a big week, but some issues that show very stark differences in what I like to see in a new comic vs. what I don’t like to see. I think there is a world of difference between how Marvel is presenting the new Amazing Spider-Man vs. how DC is presenting the new Wonder Girl.
Comic Book of the Week goes to Inferno #2 for a whole heck of a lot of really good character work starring all our favorite X-Men.
Meanwhile, I’m finally watching season 5 of The Expanse and it is wonderful. I love this show so much! And season 6 is right around the corner! And I’m still playing Back 4 Blood and having a blast killing zombies and leveling up. Things are good. Today I’m heading out to go see The French Dispatch in a theater about an hour away. I hope it’s worth the extra drive.
Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #77, Inferno #2, S.W.O.R.D. #9 and Wonder Girl #4.Read the rest of this entry
Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 10/2/21
My vacation is almost over and I accomplished not much of anything. Such is my usual style of vacation. Thankfully, it’s only my first vacation of the year. I’ve got a couple more weeks to burn. And thankfully, there were some good comics, like the second issue of Darkhawk and the start of X-Men: Inferno!
Comic Book of the Week goes to Superman: Son of Kal-El #3 for an issue that has everything, from great family dynamic stuff to cool action stuff.
Meanwhile, I saw Venom: Let There Be Carnage and it was all sorts of things. Better than the first one, for sure. A great movie? Not really. But a lot of it has me excited for what comes next, and that’s no small thing. I’ll post my review and thoughts on Venom 2 on Wednesday.
Comic Reviews: Darkhawk #2, Inferno #1, Superman: Son of Kal-El #3, S.W.O.R.D. #8 and Thor #17.Read the rest of this entry
Why Is Inferno Still a Thing?
In honor of Stan Lee, I’m going to rant a little bit about a concept he had a hand in creating all those awesome decades ago.
Marvel Rising is a new animated franchise starring young and awesome female superheroes kicking butt and being all manner of cool. It stars Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl, among others, and will hopefully find much success.
But why the hell is the character Inferno in the cartoon? In fact, why is Inferno still a thing at all?
For those who don’t know, Inferno is a young, Inhuman male with fire powers. He was introduced to Marvel Comics a few years ago at the head of Marvel’s Inhumans push, when Marvel was trying desperately to make the Inhumans a thing because they didn’t have the movie rights to the X-Men. You remember that, right? There were dozens of Inhumans comics, they had a big crossover with the X-Men and also a really crappy, very poorly received television show.
And right at the heart of it was Inferno, real name Dante Pertuz.
Now, I’ll admit, I haven’t read every single Inferno comic, and maybe he’s this really awesome character and I’m not giving him enough credit. Or maybe I’m completely right, and he’s a worthless, paper-thin nobody with the most basic of fire powers.
Honestly, I think that’s my biggest problem: the fire powers. I had a problem with it when Inferno was first introduced, and I have a problem with it now that he’s starring in a cartoon show.
Why the hell did they give him basic fire powers?! And then an incredibly basic codename to go along with them? Marvel is home of the Human Torch, the definitive fire powers character in all of popular culture. And just look at that name ‘Human Torch’. It’s so unique, and so unlike modern day superhero naming conventions. Nowadays they’d just call a fire character “Torch” or “Inferno”.
If you’re going to launch a cool new animated series devoted to promoting female characters, and you want to add a couple boys, why do you bypass all the awesome teenage male superheroes at Marvel in favor of Inferno? Is there some vestige of creator at Marvel still pushing the Inhumans? Somebody take cartoons away from that person.
If you want to use Inhumans, how about Mosaic? He’s not doing anything right now.