Review - Iron Fist (Netflix), Season 2

Iron Fist (2017), Season 2, TV-MA, 10 episodes - I seem to have enjoyed the first season of Iron Fist more than most, but even though I found enough cool comic book references and moments to classify the overall season one experience as positive, I certainly can't argue the fact that it was easily the weakest Marvel/Netflix contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). 

The good news is that Season 2 is significantly better than its predecessor.  Don't get me wrong, it isn't perfect, but new showrunner Raven Metzner has taken great strides in course-correcting the series after its critically-panned, lackluster first season.

Just like the second seasons of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage (both released earlier this year), this season of Iron Fist takes place after the events of last fall's The Defenders.  It begins with Danny Rand (Finn Jones) going out on nightly patrols in an effort to keep his promise to Matt Murdock to protect the city. Danny and Colleen Wing (J…

Collected Comic Review - The New Teen Titans: Games

The New Teen Titans: Games - Collecting The New Teen Titans: Games (2011) Original Graphic Novel.

This is a book that I didn't even know existed until I read Marv Wolfman's introduction to The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 3 (New Edition), when he mentioned it along with The Terror of Trigon arc as being some of George Pérez's best work in his opinion.  Anyone who follows this blog knows that I've been on a wicked Wolfman/Pérez kick lately, so when I was able to scoop up a copy for cheap online, I decided to see what their final New Teen Titans collaboration was all about.

Games is an original graphic novel (OGN) that pits the New Teen Titans against a villain known as the Gamesmaster, a master strategist and former government consultant on war tactics.  Gamesmaster has set in motion a series of explosions across New York City in order to prove to the government that fired him that even with protection from superheroes like the Titans, a carefully executed plan could st…

Collected Comic Review - Wonder Woman Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2

Wonder Woman Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2: Collecting Wonder Woman (2016) #15-25, Annual 1, and material from DC Holiday Special 2017 (2018) #1.

With release of this book last month, the entirety of Greg Rucka's Rebirth-era Wonder Woman run has now been collected in the oversize hardcover format.  DC continues to do an excellent job collecting their Rebirth-era material, even if the pace of said releases is a bit slower than just about anyone would like. 

This volume picks up right where the previous volume left off, with Rucka continuing to alternate story arcs each issue in order to weave a tale between Diana's earliest days in man's world and the present.  This may sound a bit confusing, and it did make things a little difficult to keep up with as the issues were originally put out, but when it is all collected together in the originally intended order (the trades collected each arc on its own, regardless of publishing/issue numbering), the alternating issue format wo…

Collected Comic Review - The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 3 (New Edition)

The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 3 (New Edition)Collecting Tales of the Teen Titans (1984) #42-68, Annual 3, and The New Teen Titans (1984) #1-9.

My last review was for volume two of this series of omnibi and I enjoyed it so much that instead of taking a break for something else, I dove right into volume three (just released last month), and boy am I glad I did.

This volume covers two of the best story arcs from the creative team of Marv Wolfman and George Pérez that I have read, beginning with the classically acclaimed The Judas Contract and then later The Terror of Trigon (Pérez's last contribution to the title before a few year hiatus).  I had minimal passing knowledge of the events of both arcs thanks to their loose adaptations in the Teen Titans animated series that ran from 2003-2006, but these original versions prove to be masterfully crafted.

The Judas Contract starts this collection off with a bang as the Titans are betrayed by one of their own, Dick Grayson re-brands h…

Collected Comic Review - The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 2 (New Edition)

The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 2 (New Edition) - Collecting The New Teen Titans (1980) #21-40, Annual #1-2, Tales of the Teen Titans (1984) #41, and Batman and the Outsiders (1983) #5.

This collection was released earlier this year and is the second installment in the set of new editions of The New Teen Titans omnibi that looks to more comprehensively collect the classic DC comics run spearheaded by creators Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.  The contents of this volume differ slightly from the original edition released in 2012 (that edition also included the first three issues of The Judas Contract story arc).  These new editions move the entirety of that arc to the beginning of volume three, which was released last month.

This volume up directly following the events of volume one and starts off with the introduction of Brother Blood, the leader of The Church of Brother Blood from the small nation of Zandia, and a new villain for the Titans to oppose.  Wolfman and Pérez use Blood'…

Collected Comic Review - Daredevil: Back in Black TPB Vol. 6 (Soule)

Daredevil: Back in Black Vol. 6 - Mayor Fisk - Collecting Daredevil (1964) #595-600.

I'm a big proponent of talking up material that you enjoy and not wasting energy on bad mouthing the stuff you don't.  With that in mind, here are a few quick thoughts I have on this book, the most recent collected volume of Charles Soule's criminally under rated ongoing run on Daredevil.  Those who follow this blog know that I have been pushing this run for months, so please bear with me and don't tune me out!

Charles Soule continues to advance his run with this arc, and beyond the spoiler given away by this volume's title, he throws in a couple additional twists on top of that new, slightly outrageous status quo that makes this arc a quick, intriguing read, and that also propel the story beyond this collection (an arc illustrated by Nailbiter's Mike Henderson that recently ended and should be collected in Volume 7 early in 2019). 

As the potential threat to the city that is W…

Collected Comic Review - Wonder Woman by George Pérez Omnibus Vol. 3

Wonder Woman by George Pérez Omnibus Vol. 3 - Collecting Wonder Woman (1987) #46-62 and #168-169, War of the Gods (1991) #1-4, and material from Wonder Woman (1942) #600.

With the recent release of this volume, DC has finally collecting George Pérez's classic Wonder Woman run in the omnibus format.  Fortunately, this volume didn't take nearly as long to hit the shelves as it did for the second volume to be released after the first (an almost two and a half year gap that may have been stretched out in order to coordinate the release of volume two the Wonder Woman film's release last year).  In any event, after a little over three years, all of Pérez's work on Wonder Woman has been collected in a beautiful oversize format.

I didn't come to comics until much later than most (after college) and as result, I had not read any of this material from the mid-eighties and early-nineties.  When I picked up the first Pérez Wonder Woman omnibus, it was based solely on reputatio…

Collected Comic Review - Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus

Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age OmnibusCollecting: House of Secrets (1956) #92, Swamp Thing (1972) #1-24, and The Saga of the Swamp Thing (1982) #1-19, Annual 1.

Swamp Thing is a character that I have had some awareness of since I was a little kid, thanks primarily to the two 1980's film adaptations.  It wasn't until much later that I really got into the character thanks to Scott Snyder's New 52 run.  My enjoyment of Snyder's collaboration with Yanick Paquette caused me to seek out more Swamp Thing, and as one might guess, Alan Moore's classic run was what was unanimously recommended to me.  That run quickly became one of my personal favorites and since that time, I have tried to fill in the gaps of Swamp Thing's history by reading the works of Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Brian K. Vaughan, and Charles Soule.  All of which have helped to my developing a healthy appreciation for the character.  So when this Bronze Age Omnibus was released last fall, I was excite…