CBU Quick Shot Reviews: The Defenders, The Wild Storm, Bingo Love & more!

Two Weeks of Books. Two Weeks of Trouble

– by Daryll Benjamin –

mc3Michael Cray 3 by Bryan Edward Hill, N Steven Harris, Dearbhla Kelly & Dexter Vines – So much for rest and relaxation for Michael. As he is trying to find out the nature of the strange power that cropped up during the Queen mission, seems there is another situation. A “pretty fast” assailant has taken out some assets and it seems that Michael is the right guy to stop him… Twisted visions of the DC Universe continue and I’m loving it…

aug178721ast3Astonisher 3 by Alex De Campi, Pop Mhan & Jessica Kholinne – Magnus’ abilities are taking a lot out of him and unfortunately that isn’t the major problem. Seems the situations within the family and his business are catching up to him quick. Throw in that the latest parasite realizes that he’s distracted and…can you say code red? De Campi is setting up a confrontation most foul here….

SCOOBY-AP-20-copy_59b724a8965d24.41691660Scooby Apocalypse 20 by Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis, Ron Wagner, Andy Owens & Hi-Fi; 2nd Story by Giffen, DeMatteis, Howard Chaykin & Wil Quintana – A realization most heinous caps  this edition of “A Scooby Doo Christmas”. Of course what kind of Christmas can our survivors have on an Earth that has its inhabitants mostly mutated to the point where they don’t resemble humanity? Character growth happens and so does the soul crushing revelations… In story 2, Enter the Mole as Morocco Mole gets visited but does he want to join Secret and his partner?

BSS_004_COVER-A_SUAYANBloodshot Salvation 4 by Jeff Lemire, Mico Suayan & Diego Rodriguez – We take a departure from the ongoing story to learn about the man who will become Bloodshot’s opposite number Rampage. Just wait until you see who is his relative… Just when I think Lemire can’t surprise me more, he goes and throws a few curveballs here.

580077-_sx360_ql80_ttd_Falcon 3 by Rodney Barnes, Joshua Cassara & Rachelle Rosenberg – After the disaster of last issue’s “gang peace talks”, Falcon and Patriot are locked up and Blackheart is jubilant. This is one issue where Rayshaun is definitely going to have nightmares after. And just when Sam thought it couldn’t get worse, just wait until you see the end of this issue… Guest Starring Brother Voodoo

Titans-18Titans 18 by Dan Abnett, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund & Andrew Dalhouse – All out attack as Troia makes her move on Donna Troy and The Titans. One last gasp. One giant hail mary play and a conclusion to a fight that is guaranteed to change a few Titans from here on…

STL065739.jpg.square-true_maxheight-285_size-285She-Hulk 160 by Mariko Tamaki, Jahnoy Lindsay & Federico Blee – Spotlight on She-Hulk’s number one fan as The Leader’s machinations continue to process forward. What are those plans? Why is the Doc so enamored with Jennifer? Once again, Tamaki explores the psychological nature  of these characters to an intriguing degree….

STL065737.jpg.square-true_maxheight-285_size-285Secret Warriors 10 by Matthew Rosenberg, Javier Garron, Will Robson & Israel Silva – This is the issue where things fall apart as two characters make decisions that cannot be walked back. On the surface, this is still a fun adventure for me but it seems that Sinister may not have to destroy the Warriors to get what he wants, they’ll do it for him….

Starwars2015-40Star Wars 40 by Jason Aaron, Salvador Larroca & GURU-eFX – The usual formula for Star Wars/Jedi stories rears its head here as the attack on the major Imperial crystal/fuel factory planet continues. All the while, a major development occurs to essentially change the status of one of rag-tag rebels.

619554._SX1280_QL80_TTD_Superb 5 by Dr. Sheena C. Howard, David F. Walker, Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez, Lebeau L. Underwood & Veronica Gandini – You get powers, you can essentially do anything right? Wrong. Class is in session as our young heroes are about to learn power isn’t everything. Well, Jonah knows from Abbie already and Kayla is going to learn today! Meanwhile, Foresight have their loved ones and, well, when has that ever been a good thing in superhero stories?

436739c756febb1d01c0fc2a2902bcae_originalBingo Love TP by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge & Joy San – True Love knows no color and only a few boundaries. Say hello to Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray, who met and fell in love as students, were separated and found each other again as Late Autumn Adults. How would such a thing affect their families? What about the bonds that they crafted? An insightful look at the nature of infatuation and love by Tee and Co.

Generations_Hawkeye_&_Hawkeye_Vol_1_1_Torque_VariantHawkeye Generations by Kelly Thompson, Stefano Raffaele & Digicore – Kate ends up getting transported to an island to join a young Clint. Unfortunately, he’s locked into a competition with some of Marvel’s best marksmen/killers. The Bullseye jokes alone are going to get Kate killed here but seeing Hawkeye as a cocky adult is eye-opening… Not for her but most likely for newer readers.

def8The Defenders 8 by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez & Justin Ponsor – Enter a new player in the quest to control the New York Criminal Underground. A hint? He’s a Bendis staple. Diamondback keeps making moves. Deadpool is Deadpool and safe to say that the “team” is not used to the Merc With A Mouth. All this and, oh yeah, several beds/deathbeds are losing occupants….

580147._SX1280_QL80_TTD_Marvel Two In One: The Thing & The Human Torch 1 by Chip Zdarsky, Jim Cheung, Frank Martin, John Dell & Walden Wong – It has been months since the heroes returned after the Secret Wars. This means it has been months since the Fantastic Four were a family. Now we’ll see the effects on Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm. Leave it to Doctor Doom to get the dominoes falling here….

Champions_Vol_2_15Champions 15 by Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgado & Victor Olazaba – Viv is in a place she doesn’t recognize while on Earth, the Avengers and Champions gather for her memorial. A confrontation that I have waited on since issue 1 of the series. And on top of this, Viv ISN’T alone…

lc168Luke Cage 168 by David Walker, Guillermo Sanna & Miroslav Mrva – We get a glimpse of what led The Ringmaster to this point and just how far is his power reach going? Luke and his inmates are digging underneath the prison for…something. Something that has a lot of inmates missing…

msm25Ms. Marvel 25 by G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon & Ian Herring – Ms. Marvel is missing. Kamala is nowhere to be found. So some of her nearest and dearest have stepped up to do some heroics while Marvel is gone. For some, this is a breeze, unfortunately not for all… PERFECT time for a villain of Kamala’s to get out of prison looking for revenge right?

amer10America 10 by Gabby Rivera, Flaviano, Jen Bartel, Jordan Gibson & Chris O’Halloran – All out rumble! The Exterminatrix vs everyone! Meanwhile, America has to heal but how much can she really recover with all of her nearest and dearest in mortal jeopardy? Be ready for everything and the kitchen sink to come out of this issue as we have callback to all of Ms. Chavez’s history.

620857._SX1280_QL80_TTD_Accell 6 by Joe Casey, Damion Scott, Sigmund Torre, Robert Campenella & MOSH Studios – Accell locked into a confrontation vs Midnight Blue, his first “super adversary’ borne of the same incident that birthed him. Unfortunately, he’s still gripped by the uncertainty from last issue and the battle is taking place in the club. Not a lot of room. Then depending on his state after this battle, Mr Dos Santos is being highly coveted by a “new” research group…

sum1Summit 1 by Amy Chu, Jan Duursema & Kelly Fitzpatrick – To this point, there are 3 astronauts from the original Catalyst event that haven’t been accounted for. Make that 2 now. Say hello to Valentina. She was on the mission and has been in Lorena’s care since her return. To say that the incident has messed her up is an understatement. A couple of curious cameos from the Catalyst Prime Universe, and a surprising connection to her power which… I still haven’t doped out yet. To the greatness of Ms Chu. I hate guessing…lol

aHR0cDovL3d3dy5uZXdzYXJhbWEuY29tL2ltYWdlcy9pLzAwMC8yMTYvMTk5L29yaWdpbmFsL1RXU19DdjEwX0xlZV92YXIuanBnThe Wild Storm 10 by Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt & Steve Buccellato – All credit in the world to Ellis for stretching this out actually. To some it will seem like dragging his feet BUT I am getting my characters fleshed out instead of being simple T & A. In this one, the events that are happening in Michael Cray are being monitored by our notorious control freak. Void, Savant, John Colt and Grifter are scheming BUT they’ll need Angie’s help. AND some members of a rather “authoratative” team make themselves known…much to Voodoo’s possible dismay. Not going to ruin this but Davis-Hunt was born to draw one character in particular….

02-newsuperman18New Super-Man 18 by Gene Luen Yang, Brent Peeples, Scott Hanna, Richard Friend & Hi-Fi – A year and a half of the Kenan Kong story has led to this. Justice Leagues vs Gods Avatars; Superman vs Superman vs Superman; A reckoning between brothers…. and in all of this, Kenan is supposed to find a peaceful balance to become the hero he is meant to be. And I can’t say anymore because I AM STILL GEEKING OUT over the last page reveal!!!

Happy Holidays All! Thx For Reading!

Until Next Time, Keep Fantasizing!

Daryll Benjamin
Blerd. Irritant. Blogger. Podcaster at afronerd.com Daryll Benjamin was a quiet, insecure person for years, then an incident blew Daryll’s mind to the point where he couldn’t keep it inside anymore. Now that the rage is released, EVERYONE will receive his word

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