Review: Infinity #5

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Written by Jonathan Hickman
Pencils by Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver

The act of reading “Infinity,” is a lot like painting a wall.  In the sense, that as you paint a wall, you are constantly using the roller to go over parts you have already painted, to ensure that you cover the whole wall, with an even coat.  The issues of the main, “Infinity” miniseries and the two ancillary (required) tie-in series, “Avengers” and “New Avengers,” overlap with one another, which means you get wall-to-wall coverage that is uniformly even.  The effect of this is that it changes the dynamics, of the comic book reading experience.  When you read this story, you are not always trying to guess what will happen next, or are even surprised by what is happening when you open an issue, because many times you have already glimpsed it before.  This style has been used before, but it usually turns into a constant summary of what has already happened.  “Infinity” avoids this problem, by showing events from different angles and in greater or lesser detail, as the scenes and the issues require.  This method allows the reading experience to become more immersive. Instead of being confined by hindrances like page limit, Hickman is able to craft a series of scenes, which work together, over the course of the story’s issues and fill in all the gaps.  This was the case, when I opened Infinity #5 this week.  Major Spoilers Ahead!
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X-Men Battle of the Atom

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Although Marvel’s Battle of the Atom, a crossover held between the four core X-Men books, during the months of September and October, began rather slowly, it rapidly improved as it ran its course. By the end it emerged, as not just a great X-Men series, but also one of the best crossovers in recent memory and an overall enjoyable story. Battle of the Atom, delivered a character based, event storyline, which utilized well-written dialogue, strong action sequences, and well-drawn artwork to craft an entertaining and exciting story. Minor Spoilers follow.
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Editorial: Problems Our Heroes Can’t Solve – A look at racism in fan culture

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Every time a piece of casting news comes around it seems like Fan Culture has a very (VERY) strong opinion about who should be playing a character or more specifically who should NOT be playing a certain character.  I understand that people are going to prefer certain actors and actresses over others based on previous films and fan bias, but what I don’t understand is when someone objects to the casting of an actor or actress due to their race. Continue Reading

Review: Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue Deconnick

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Marvel does a great job of marketing their characters.  I have never read a Captain Marvel comic before reading this.  I had never read a Ms. Marvel comic book before this. In fact, I’m not even sure I had read a story that even featured Carol Danvers before this.  Yet somehow, when my wife and I were having a discussion about female superheroes that were created as original concepts and not derivative, female counterparts to male characters, I was at least somewhat aware of Carol Danvers and what Marvel has recently been trying to do with her. Continue Reading

Five Ghosts Volume 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray

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“Five Ghosts,” is yet another promising new series from Image Comics and the first arc, “The Haunting of Fabian Gray,” has been collected in an affordable $10 trade. It collects issues 1-5 with reprints of the variant covers by Ben Templesmith. After reading this volume, I can say that with a price tag of only $10 and based on the quality of storytelling on display, everyone should read this series.
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