The Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business OGN Review

April 15, 2014

At The Comical Librarian, I review Marvel’s latest OGN, The Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business, in which the stupidest part of Peter Parker’s backstory returns to send him on a globe-trotting adventure.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Review: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #25

July 20, 2013


An issue with many ups and downs, and an important ending that just didn’t click with me.


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Contest prize list!

July 2, 2013

readrantFor those doing the banner contest and/or the comment contests and interested in the official prize list, then READ ON!

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Spider-Man Match Up! Tobey/Andrew comparison!

March 24, 2013


Ever since Amazing Spider-Man came out I’ve been hearing people making fun of Tobey’s version, claiming that Andrew’s is far better.  Is this really true though?  Today I rewatched both Tobey’s first film and Andrew’s version and am going into an in-depth comparison.  Looking into which origin film really is better.  Be mindful of spoilers.

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xxadverbxx’s 2013 Pull List

February 17, 2013

Pic unrelated (though I want Steph back DC!)

My pull list for 2013!  Please feel free to suggest a comic for me to check out or drop in the comments!

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Review: Avenging Spider-Man 15.1/16

January 17, 2013


So I gave up Avenging Spider-Man a while back.  While some team ups I really enjoyed, others not so much and I had to cut comics someplace.  Yet here I am, back again.  16 due to the X-Men team up, and 15.1 because of Eric’s comment on my Superior Spider-Man post.  Be weary of spoilers…

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Review: Superior Spider-Man #1

January 9, 2013


Spoilers.  Yes, many spoilers.

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Ultimate Spider-Man; Miles Morales

November 6, 2012

A while back as part of a Divided We Fall review I ranted over Miles Morales version of Spider-Man; more or less I called him a black clone of Peter Parker.  After hearing a friend state they’ve only heard awesome things about him and that she was enjoying the comic, and my local shop stating they actually gained (and had no one drop) buyers when Miles took over, well I decided to give him more thorough look.  Beware of Ultimate Spider-Man spoilers…

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RANT: Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe

August 10, 2012

What can I say?  The title tells all you really need to know about the concept, so what can I say?  Well, I will say that so far this has been a disappointment.

Beware of spoilers here (in case the title doesn’t spoil things already).

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Divided We Fall review & Spider-Man WTF!?

August 8, 2012

I should have gotten to these a week ago, but they sadly melted into a pile of papers and cards on my desk until now.  As for why I’m going through these out of the blue, I’m really not sure, but it probably has to deal with my recent run through of Ultimate Spider-Man volume 1, curriosity, and a general wonder how Steve will take to a new Spider-Man…
Expect some spoilers…
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Review/RANT – The Amazing Spider-Man: Where It Went Wrong (and Why You Probably Don’t Care)

July 10, 2012

For the record, I did not think that The Amazing Spider-Man was a terribly good movie.  I thought it had promise.  I was incredibly excited to see it based on the strength of the cast and the interesting choice for director.  I think that, with a little hard work, the inevitable sequel could be fantastic.  But, as a film by itself, The Amazing Spider-Man just flat-out didn’t work on a lot of fairly basic levels.

I’m open to people trying to argue the point.  In fact, a lot of critics and fans whose opinions I really respect seemed to enjoy the film quite a bit.  But I’m far from alone in leaving pretty dissatisfied, either, so I want to discuss a little bit about what worked, what didn’t, and what I hope to see from the sequel.

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Spider-Men #2!

June 29, 2012

Two Spidermans in one comic, need I say more?  Well okay, I will, but I do warn of spoilers!  Seriously people.

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Avengers vs. X-Men so far part 5

June 27, 2012

Another large batch despite the review just two weeks ago, so its another ‘one sentence review’ structure for the latest round of AvX reviews!
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Avengers vs. X-Men: so far part 3

May 18, 2012

I was starting to plan an update every other week for AvX stuff, but the Gambit vs. Captain America fight was too good to leave for a week before it got a review!  Plus, it did help my pull list had a rather large stack this week.
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This Week In Comics: 4/18/2012

April 19, 2012

This week in comics, Wonder Woman #8 takes us to the underworld, the Avengers and the X-Men hit each other some more, and

It's important to point out that this is the greatest cover in the history of comics. Basically.

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The Unread Canon 13: Ultimate Spiderman #1-13

January 13, 2012

Ultimate Spider-man #1

When Marvel’s Ultimate line first launched, I hated it with the passion that only a fanboy can muster to hate something they’ve never read.  I eventually got around to sampling many of the titles, and what I read, I hated.  That tarred my opinion of the entire line for a good long while.  From the crass big-screen action of The Ultimates (which I never finished but plan to soon) to the cartoony retreads of Ultimate X-Men, it just seemed like a waste.  Here we had a major publisher, probably the biggest monthly comics publisher in the world, and they were wasting their time and money doing gritty reboots of old stories rather than doing something interesting and innovative.

I similarly dismissed Ultimate Spider-Man, though, unlike the other core books of the Ultimate Universe, I’d never actually read a page of it.  But I knew everything I needed to know – Spider-Man hasn’t grown and changed enough that I felt he really needed to have his entire mythos retold bit by excruciatingly slow, decompressed bit.  But then, something happened.  General interest for the Ultimates waned.  Same thing with Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four and a variety of other titles.  But Ultimate Spider-Man grew more and more respectable as the years passed until it became essentially the centerpiece of the Ultimate line and, this past year, made our list of the Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011.

Last year was the year I caught up with Ultimate Spider-Man.  This year is the year I write about it.

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Top 10 Best Super Hero Movies

January 10, 2012

Top 10 Best Super Hero Movies.

Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #3 Review

October 21, 2011

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Sara Pichelli

Colours: Justin Ponsor

Lettering: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover: Kaare Andrews


The slow yet enthralling introduction to Miles and his world continues in this issue of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man. I have really enjoyed this series so far and this issue does not let me down.

The only downside so far in this series for me has been the cover art, as mentioned in my last review I am not a fan of this ultra-realistic depiction of Spider-Man that Kaare Andrews draws and so again this issues cover is a let-down. I do however like the massive moon behind Spider-Man and the glittering city lights below him. I also think that Spider-Man’s pose on this cover is a slightly uncomfortable one, knowing that he is only 13 years old.

The plot of this issue is as good as the two issues before it. It again deals with Miles not wanting these powers that he has received but knowing that he could do a lot of good with them. We receive our first glimpse of Miles doing a heroic rescue in this issue and it is interesting that he does this in full view of everyone. Evidently at such as early point in his development as a superhero he is not thinking about needing a secret identity, but simply knows he can save those that are trapped and goes and does it. I really liked that in this issue the series has begun to tie into the end of Peter’s time as Spider-Man, right at the end of the issue we are told that there has been a superhero battle on a bridge and that there are unconfirmed reports that Spider-Man has been shot. The shock on Miles’s face when he is told this news is brilliant, it is evidently going to affect him more than those around him because he is considering not using his powers as there already is a Spider-Man, and so with Peter’s death Miles is going to have one less reason not to take up his mantle.

The interior art in this issue was again fantastic; Pichelli continues to draw the world of Miles so uniquely and vividly.  I think that my favourite panel of the entire issue was when Miles was having a nightmare that he was attacked and electrocuted by a villain. The bolts of electric shooting around the panel were amazing.

Ultimately this issue continues the excellent introduction that Bendis and his team are creating and I look forward to issue #4.

Issue Rating: 9/10

Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #2 Review

October 3, 2011

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Sara Pichelli

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Top Ten Best Comics of 2010

January 4, 2011


I’m actually getting this thing out on time? It’s a Kwanzaa miracle! This is my list for the top ten stories of 2010! Woo hoo! Now, before we get to all the fun of me voicing my opinions and you disagreeing with them, I have to get a few rules out of the way.

1. These are the top ten stories/arcs/whatever. Not comic in general, not trade, but best stories (What can I say, I’m trying to be somewhat unique).

2. These are stories that ended in 2010. They could begin at any time, but as long as they concluded in 2010, they’re eligible.

3. I tried to keep the list as diverse and reader-friendly as possible. I love certain writers, but it would be boring if it was three Morrison books, two Ennis books, etc. So, a writer/artist will only appear once on the list. I tried to spread the love evenly. You will see Marvel, DC, and even Indies on this list.

Wow, with all those rules, how did I come up with a great top ten? Well, I hope I did. Anyway, let’s begin the fun!

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