Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Spider-Woman


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Thanos wave Spider-Woman figure.

Figures in the Series

Figure Details

  • Character: Spider-Woman
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: Thanos
  • Dimensions: 6.25
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $10.83
  • Part Number/SKU: 630509284320
  • Buy it on Amazon

Total Points of Articulation = 28

  • Articulation – ★★★☆☆
  • Sculpt – ★★★☆☆
  • Paint – ★★★☆☆
  • Accessories – ★★★☆☆

Overall Score –

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Batroc

Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Thanos wave Batroc figure. I started collecting after this wave had already hit retailers so I’m playing catch-up a bit. I’ve also been quite underwhelmed by the Thanos Build-a-Figure so I’ve held off on buying this wave, and this figure in particular until I managed to stumble upon him in a Target when they were doing a 50% off on Cartwheel deal. Score!


Figures in the Series

Figure Details

  • Character: Batroc
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: Thanos
  • Dimensions: 6.25
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $10.83
  • Part Number/SKU: 630509284306
  • Buy it on Amazon

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Articulation – ★★★★☆

Since this figure is based mostly on the Bucky Cap mold, the articulation is going to be quite good. Let’s check to make sure they didn’t mess it up.

Total POA’s = 32

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint that allows the arm to come out and up a little higher than the shoulder. Full 360 rotation.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint that is quite standard and works very well.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joints provide good bend of the elbow, though the larger bicep does prevent it from bending entirely in half.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint in the wrists provide a very good amount of rotation as well as curl.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides a really good forward kick motion. Backward motion is pretty decent. If you force it, you can get the figure to do a pretty good split of the legs, though it’s not a full split by any means.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint is a standard cut joint which loses some continuity of the sculpt of the thigh, though this isn’t super noticeable due to the uniform paint.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees provides a good bend of the knees.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has a Pin/Hinge Joint as well as an Ankle Rocker Joint. Backward motion is pretty good, but forward motion of the ankle is pretty limited. The ankle rocker is good, but it could be positioned a little better as it currently angles a little funny.
  • Body – There are 2 joints in the body
    • Torso: Pin/Hinge Joint in the torso area provides a really good ab crunch and the back arch is just ok.
    • Waist: Peg Joint provides full 360 degree rotation of the waist.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint allows for good up and down motion though my hinge is a little loose. Side-to-side motion is fully functional but tilt is almost nothing.

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Mold – ★★★★☆


I like this mold, and it’s something we’ve seen a lot, so let’s not waste a lot of time on it. Let’s talk about what’s actually unique to this figure.

The head sculpt is pretty much the only thing unique to the figure and they did a really good job. The mustache and the mask are really well done as they molded those out of separate plastic rather than just painting them on. This does set this figure apart as a unique figure, even though the rest of the figure is just recycled.

Beyond that, there’s really nothing else to talk about. It’s a good body mold, just very basic.

Paint – ★★★☆☆


Paint on this figure is decent, but not superb by any definition. Most of the figure is cast in either purple or gold plastic which works pretty well. I know yellow and gold can be a little difficult to paint with. The areas that are painted are done nicely, though a lot of the black lines have a lot of bleeding which makes the lines not look very crisp. The paint on the face is very well done and I have zero complaints there.

Accessories – ★☆☆☆☆


There are zero accessories. With such a basic figure, that is almost entirely recycled, Hasbro could have given us an alternate head or alternate hands, but they didn’t for whatever reason and that’s why the rating is so low from me. I don’t feel the retail price of $20 is worth it when you get nothing else with the figure when so many other figures do come with more stuff and have more unique sculpt.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★☆☆

This figure is decent. Nothing spectacular about it, though Batroc is high enough profile of a villain to warrant getting him for your collection, but do me a favor. Don’t pay full price for him. It’s not worth $20 in my opinion.

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Custom Action Figure: Red Hulk

I’ve completed my first adventure in custom action figures. That’s right, I’ve created my first custom action figure. Well, if I’m being honest, it’s mostly just a repainted Marvel Legends action figure, but I did do a custom sculpt of the hair. I’m not going to review the toy like I would normally do with the toys I buy, but I’m going to share this as more of an art piece that I want to show off to my friends who follow my blog. It’s hopefully the first of many custom action figures to go into my collection. I hope you enjoy.

Character: Red Hulk

Base Body: Target 3-Pack Exclusive Incredible Hulk (green)

First, I should explain why I chose to create my own Red Hulk, because there are several reasons. The biggest reason is I love the Red Hulk. I almost love this Marvel character more than the Green Hulk. The story line behind him is really good and I recommend you read the comics. Another big factor for why I chose this character is because the current Marvel Legends Red Hulk figure which is a Build-A-Figure is going for $50-$100 on Ebay right now. Yeah, not gonna spend that much on the figure. I also don’t really care for the way that figure looks. I could have gotten the Marvel Select Red Hulk which is still pretty inexpensive and looks great, and I may still get him, but the articulation on the Selects is usually pretty bad. Finally, I got two of those Target 3-Packs for really cheap, which means I wound up paying about $5 for the base figure, so how could I go wrong. Even if it turned out horribly, I’m out almost nothing.

Ok, here he is, in all his glory. I hope you enjoy. He’s going to look great on my shelf.

Here’s some work in progress pictures as well so you can see a little bit of what my process was to get to this point.

This was my first ever attempt at doing a custom action figure. I think it turned out really well. Are you an action figure customizer? If so, share your own pics in the comments below.

Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Ultron

Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Target Exclusive 3-Pack Ultron. I was super excited when I first saw this 3-pack show up finally at my local Target. I just wasn’t willing to pay full price. Then I saw it for $25 and I still passed. When I saw it for $15 for the 3-pack I just couldn’t pass it up. I actually bought 2 of these 3-packs. Let’s take a look and see if this is a good set of figures.


Figures in the Series

  • Ultron
  • Hulk
  • Marvel’s Vision

Figure Details

  • Character: Ultron
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: Target Exclusive 3 – Pack
  • Dimensions: 6.25
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $49.95 Paid: $15.00 ($5 each figure)
  • Part Number/SKU: 630509336203
  • Buy it on Amazon

Articulation – ★★★★

All the articulation is there on this figure. It’s pretty good. There are issues, but I attribute those issues to something else. Let’s take a closer look.

Total POA’s = 30

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint that is good, but not great. There are sculpt choices in which the little red nodes on the shoulders prevent the arms from rising up. This isn’t too bad though.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint which works very well.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joints that provide a really good amount of bend in the elbow. Well over 90 degrees of bend.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Both operate very well and were nice and tight.
  • Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides good forward kick, really bad backward motion and almost no outward motion. In the end, these are robots, so I don’t think we need a figure that can do the splits.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint with a standard cut joint. Shortly after recording the short stop motion film you see below, I broke the right leg off right at this joint. The plastic is very brittle. This isn’t specifically an articulation issue, but try using a blow dryer or hot water before trying to move these joints.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for a really good bend in the knee.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for good backward motion and nearly no forward motion. The ankle rocker is a nice addition as well.
  • Body – There is 2 joints in the body area.
    • Torso: Pin/Hinge joint that provides a really good ab crunch, but very little back arch.
    • Waist: Peg Joint that allows for unhindered swivel.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint and a Pin/Hinge disc that provides great up and down motion. Side-to-side motion is good. The tilt is somewhat limiting, but still allows for a good amount of motion.

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Mold – ★★☆☆☆

There’s a reason there are less images in my slideshow above. I broke the right leg off of one of the Ultrons I got right after I finished the last frame of my short film. What a bummer. So I’m dropping the rating on this figure because they used such horribly brittle plastic on these figures. Looking online in some of the Facebook groups as well as Youtube videos reviewing these figures and you’ll see a consensus on this. This is likely why they were discounted so much because this figure alone was garbage for the sake of quality control.

Regarding the actual sculpt of this figure, I was super excited to get this figure into my collection. I bought two sets so I could have 2 Ultrons and then some day I’ll have the movie Ultron Prime to go with them. The sculpt is a repaint of the Ultimate Beetle from the Ultimate Green Goblin wave. My favorite part of the figure is the head sculpt. It is very much comic accurate in my opinion. I don’t like that the little fin things that poke out of the sides of the head are malformed a bit, but I assume with a little heat you could fix that.

Overall, this figure just loses stars because of the QA.

Paint – ★★★★

I like the paint application of this figure. I can’t tell if this figure was actually just cast in a metallic grey plastic or if it’s actually painted. Either way, it’s really slick looking. They did a really good job of painting the red nodes on the figure. That was done really clean. Even the face paint was very cleanly done.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

This figure comes with no accessories and I’m torn because it really doesn’t need any. Should I have taken away more stars? Can it really get any stars? Well, I’m giving it four stars because this was actually a decision to not give stars that really makes some sense to me.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

This is a version of the standard Marvel Legends packaging but enlarged to fit all 3 figures in the pack. I really like this packaging. If I were a MOC/MOB collector, I’d think this was a good box for display.

Overall Rating – ★★★☆☆

Overall, this figure should have been a 4, easily. The QA issues dropped it down. It had to get dropped. You need to know about the fragility of this figure before you go out and pay any money for this figure. If you’re buying it for your kids, it’s gonna break. There are a lot of folks out there that have managed to not break theirs though and they obviously have been careful. I’m hoping I can heat mine up that hasn’t yet broken and hopefully those joints will not break on me. It would have been a must have for any collection, and I still think so, but don’t play with it.

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Bullseye

One of my favorite villains is Bullseye, namely because I love Daredevil. This review is of the Toy Biz Marvel Legends Galactus Series Bullseye. I don’t have very many of the old Toy Biz figures from the early 2000’s, but when I saw this figure on Ebay, I had to have him. If I’m being honest, I love this figure. I would love it even if the articulation was horrible, which it’s not. Ok, let’s take a closer look.


Figures in the Series

Figure Details

  • Character: Bullseye
  • Manufacturer: Toy Biz
  • Series: Galactus
  • Dimensions: 6.125″
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $9.99 Paid: $23.00
  • Part Number/SKU: 086892711422
  • Buy it on EBay

Articulation – ★★★★☆

Bullseye is loaded with articulation and it is awesome. There is one issue, however, I’m not sure if it’s the type of plastic used back then, or the paint, but you need to be really careful as you move these joints. They can get stuck over time and if you force it, you’ll break the figure. Use hot water or a hair dryer to loosen these joints before you start moving them around if you have to. Let’s take a look.

Total POA’s = 42

  • Arms – There are 12 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: There’s a lot going on in the shoulders. There’s a Ball Joint with a Peg Joint as well as a butterfly joint. All of these joints are very well done, though the butterfly joint provides mostly backward motion instead of forward. It would have been great to get a little more forward out of it. The arms can raise above the shoulders, and there is good rotation of the arms.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint with full range of motion. The joint will open up a good sized gap depending on how you have the arm positioned, but it doesn’t drastically affect the look.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joints provide good bend of the elbows. The positioning of the hinges does prevent the arm from a full bend, but it’s still quite good.
    • Forearm: Peg Joint just below the elbow joint. This is a strangely placed joint. I wish it were right in the wrist like the newer figures have, but it is sufficient. The cut joint does create a bit of a lip of extra plastic depending on the positioning.
    • Wrist: Pin/Hinge joint provides decent range of motion, though the newer style of wrist joints is a big upgrade to this style. I wish there were a peg joint here as well. The forearm joint just doesn’t cut it.
    • Hand: Each finger is individually articulated via a pin/hinge joint. It’s great to have so much articulation, but the shape of the fingers does make positioning the fingers a little difficult. Since the fingers are mostly straight, you cannot put his hands into a fist as it just looks really weird. The joints themselves are nice and tight, though.
  • Legs – There are 8 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Y-Jointed Ball Joint along with the Pin/Hinge joint in the ball of the hip joint provides a good amount of backward and forward kick motion. Bullseye also has good outward motion. The peg joints are a little loose and the Pin/Hinge joints are overly tight and need a lot of careful coaxing to activate so be careful with these joints.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint right from the hip ball. This is a bit of a redundant joint as the upper hip joint does the same thing.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for a really good bend in the knee.
    • Shin: I can’t tell if this is an articulation point or not. There is a joint here but if it’s supposed to move mine are both locked and I don’t want to force it into moving since shin joints are usually useless anyway.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for really good backward and forward motion. The ankle rocker is a little different than the newer Hasbro ankle rockers. This one seems to be a Pin/Hinge joint which is sufficient, though the newer style does provide for a little more motion, but this style provides a straighter articulation.
    • Foot: There is a toe hinge on each foot. I’m on the fence whether this articulation is really even useful. This Pin/Hinge joint provides a small amount of motion and is a little loose on my figure.
  • Body – There are 2 joint in the body area.
    • Torso: Pin/Hinge Joint in the torso provides a really good ab crunch as well as a really nice back arch.
    • Waist: Peg Joint provides a standard waist swivel. This joint is well hidden by the belt so the typical cut joint oddities created by a joint like this are quite unnoticeable.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint and a Pin/Hinge disc that provides good up and down and side-to-side motion but the tilt is almost nothing.

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Mold – ★★★★★

I love this figure. Next to my Daredevil figure, this is probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite figure. The sculpt on this figure is just amazing. Everything about this figure is awesome. There are some problems, though they are very minor. The ankle joints are a little oversized, creating a strange look to the ankles. I already noted the shape of the fingers and how you cannot make a natural looking fist. Beyond that, there isn’t a lot to complain about in my book.

The face sculpt is probably the highlight of this figure. Toy Biz really nailed this figure. They got the likeness of the comics perfectly in this figure. He looks like he just fell off the page of a Daredevil comic. Even the body sculpt really matches the look of the character. There’s a ton of detail in this figure from the belt and pouches to the stitches throughout the costume of the figure. They even sculpted the bullseye in his forehead, which they could have easily just painted it on and called it good.

Overall I think the sculpt deserves 5 stars.

Paint – ★★★★

There isn’t a ton of paint on this figure, and there really doesn’t need to be. I really like the way they applied the white over the top of the black, letting some of the black show through. Normally this just looks like a crappy paint app. The black is bleeding through and for this application, it really works well. It gives the figure a nice look. The paint app isn’t so much about the detail work or even cleanliness of the lines, though they did a sufficient job throughout the figure. It’s just the overall simplicity that works. The face, however, is extraordinarily clean and well painted. The detail of the face is amazing. I really just enjoy looking at this figure as he’s so well done.

Over the years, even in the packaging this figure has aged, and the paint quality is starting to show. The paint on the hinge joints is quickly flaking off. Luckily, the majority of these joints that are painted white and losing their paint were also cast in white plastic, so it’s not such a big deal.

Finally, you can see some hints of a dark blue throughout portions of the figure. This gives the figure some much needed depth and detail that an all black outfit just wouldn’t have provided. At times, the blue application seems a bit too limited. Most of the blue is saved for the larger portions of the torso, so there is no blue on the arms. Since the blue is for the most part pretty minimal, you don’t notice it much until you look real close, but when you do, it makes it seem as though the arms and legs don’t entirely fit into the body as there is not blue on the arms or legs. Not a big deal, but certainly could have made the figure a little better.

Accessories – ★★★☆☆

Bullseye comes with no accessories, but he does come with a comic book which I have yet to read. I wish he would have come with some playing cards, that would have been pretty cool.

Packaging – ★★

The Toy Biz line came in blister packaging which I absolutely hate. It looks nice, but you’re required to essentially destroy the packaging just to get to the toy which I cannot stand.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Overall this figure is amazing. Don’t let the 4 stars sway you into thinking this is a run of the mill figure. Bullseye lost stars for superficial reasons in packaging and accessories. This is a must have figure and he’s still pretty affordable to buy on Ebay which is where I got him. Go get this figure, you will not be disappointed.

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Toy Review: Marvel Select | Ultimate Hulk

It’s Toy Review Tuesday again and this week I’m reviewing the Marvel Select Ultimate Hulk figure. This figure is actually the very first Marvel Select figure by Diamond Select Toys I purchased. It wound up sitting on my shelf all this time in its packaging. I never looked that closely at the figure when I bought it. I wish I had and you’ll find out why. I hate to say it as I love everything about the Hulk, but this figure is so disappointing, it makes my fingers hurt as I angrily type this review.


  • Character: Ultimate Hulk
  • Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
  • Series: Marvel Select 
  • Dimensions: 8″
  • Weight: 14.4 oz
  • Recommended: Ages 14+
  • MSRP: $24.95 | Paid: $24.95
  • Part Number/SKU: MAR031852

Articulation – ★☆☆☆☆

Articulation on the Ultimate Hulk figure is atrocious compared to the other Marvel Select figures. I believe the one I purchased was a re-release, which I would have hoped would have had a slightly higher quality not lower quality than the original. I have no idea what the original was like, but this one was horrible.

Total POA’s = 13

  • Arms – There are 3 POA’s on each of Hulk’s arms. There isn’t a lot of positive words I can find. I cannot believe there are no elbow joints.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint with full 360 rotation capability as well as outward motion.
    • Upper Arm: Peg joint allows for full 360 degree rotation.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint allows for 360 degree twist of the hand.
  • Legs – There are 3 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area. Similar to the arms, there are no knee joints. REALLY? No knee joints?
    • Hips: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. This is the only highlight on this figure and it’s a real stretch to call this a highlight. It is adequate to allow Hulk to stand. This gets cancelled out, however, because if you move Hulk’s legs backward too far, they bind in his butt and some of the plastic is then easily cracked.
    • Ankles: Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for about 30 degrees of rotation of the foot forward and back, there is also just a little bit of tilt capability of the foot to allow the foot to remain flat on the floor in different positions. This is almost unnecessary considering the figure really can’t be put into that many poses because of the lack of POA’s.
  • Body: There are no joints in the torso.
  • Head: Pin/Hinge joint in the neck. This means Hulk can look to his left and right and that is all. This motion is also very limited.

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Mold – ★★☆☆☆

The mold of this figure is only slightly better than that of the articulation. At a glance, Hulk looks decent enough. The sculpt isn’t that bad. There is good detail, it actually looks like Hulk which is good. For a limited articulation figure, he’s closer to a statue and he doesn’t look too bad. The problem is the materials used. Cheap and brittle plastic was used. You can easily see the seams on his legs, arms, and torso. As noted above, the way the figures back side was molded, it impedes the motion of his legs and with the cheap plastic, you’re going to wind up chipping the plastic, but who poses their figures butt side out right?

The biggest positive is the mold of the head and face. This looks very well done. No complaints there.

Paint – ★★★☆☆

The paint isn’t too bad, though it really just looks like it’s wearing off. It gives a decent enough look, though I wouldn’t have minded a little better paint on the pants/shorts. Otherwise, I don’t have a lot to say about the paint on this figure.

Accessories – ★☆☆☆☆

Ultimate Hulk comes with pretty much zero accessories. Aside from a cheap cardboard background that a lot of the re-released figures are coming with. These stupid cards are just that, stupid.

Packaging – ★★★☆☆

Ultimate Hulk comes in the standard Marvel Select blister packaging with the information card backing. I’m not a huge fan of this packaging as you must tear the plastic from the cardboard which can cause a lot of damage to the cardboard. The unfortunate part is that the packaging is the highlight of this figure.

Overall Rating – ★★☆☆☆

Overall, I gave Ultimate Hulk 2 of 5 stars. Disappointment doesn’t even begin to explain my feelings toward this figure. The worst part is he was my first purchase. I didn’t unbox him until yesterday, only because I needed space on my shelf. I wish I would have left him in the box. Had he stayed in the box I wouldn’t have seen all those cheap “features.” I keep asking myself if this was Diamond Selects’ attempt at an action figure or something. It seems like the quality I would have gotten from a late 80’s action figure.

If you’re on a budget like I am, pass on this figure. Get one of the other Hulk figures. This one is not good.

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Marvel Unlimited Subscription

Marvel Unlimited Header

I was given a 1 year subscription to the Marvel Unlimited subscription service for Christmas. I was so excited to get started perusing the digital collection now available to me. I’m a novice comic reader so I have a lot of reading to do to get myself up to speed; especially concerning Marvel Comics.

I had been using the Comixology app on my Nexus 7, 10, and Samsung Galaxy S IV for quite some time and love the app. I know that the regular Marvel mobile app is written by Comixology so I was expecting the same experience in the Marvel Unlimited realm.

I’m sorry to report that I was disturbingly wrong. Where do I even start? Ok, let’s start with the pros. I will not limit myself to just the mobile app as I think there are some big pros that need to be mentioned, unfortunately, if I only reviewed the app, those pros would not be surfaced. So here we go.


  • Tons of content
  • Inexpensive
  • There IS an Android app as well as iOS
  • Search on the Web is Decent


  • App is Buggy
    • Almost every time I sit down to use the mobile app, it shuts down on me at least one time.
    • Attempting to swipe to scroll from one title to the next often will initiate a click on a seemingly random issue, or will simply send the scroll on a roller coast ride at 100 MPH (slightly exaggerated)
  • Browsing is not Good
    • Using the browse option in both the browser and app are a little funky. Some titles seem to work better than others. I was trying to find the original Incredible Hulk titles and it took some scrolling to find issues #1-6 as some of the higher numbered issues showed up first even when I sorted by oldest.
  • Reading is Second Rate
    • Perhaps I’m spoiled by Comixology but the Marvel Unlimited reader for the mobile app is bad. Mind you, I’m using their Beta reader, though I tried out the regular one too and that one wasn’t much better.
  • Site is Slow
    • I’ve found as I try to browse the Unlimited site on my computer it is very, very slow, both at work and at home. It can sometimes take upwards of 60 seconds to load the initial page.

I wrote all of the above in January of 2014. I had been using the service for only about 12 days. It is now April and I’ve read nearly 200 issues. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the service, but only because it was so inexpensive. The pros and cons I noted above haven’t really gotten fixed since I first started writing this article. What has happened though? I’ve noticed two additional cons that I’m having a hard time getting over and one that is simply just annoying but I can live with. The app shutting down issue seems to have gotten worse as well.


  • Missing or Partial Bubbles
    • Some issues have dialog bubbles either missing, or they are cut in half. The hardest part about this is when there is one missing, then you start wondering if there are others missing. I’ve finished pages and been utterly confused as to what was happening, so I have to assume there were missing dialogs or thoughts. This truly hurts the issue and the story altogether. At least when they are just cut in half, I know I’m missing story.
  • Missing Issues
    • This hasn’t been too bad but I’ve found from time to time an issue in the middle of a series such as the Incredible Hulks where issue #609 is missing. I haven’t run into this too often, but it is frustrating when it does.
  • Auto Size
    • As noted, I have a Nexus 7 and 10. When I open an issue in the Nexus 7, the content fills the screen. When I open the same issue on my Nexus 10, it fills about 75% of the screen and I have to zoom in to get it to fill the screen. This isn’t a big deal, but I’ve notice the zoom is a little touchy which will be noted.
  • Few App Updates
    • I believe there have been about 2-3 app updates since I started and none of them have addressed any of the issues.
  • Touch Controls are Finicky
    • As already noted, the zoom control is pretty bad, the overall touch experience is not smooth at all. It feels as though it is either sticky or the screen is being broken into large squares in which you don’t have much flexibility in the amount of zoom you want.

Overall, for the 4 months I’ve had the subscription I have been very satisfied. The content is great, the quality is typically good visually, but the user experience is not very good and I’ve not seen any improvements. That being said, for the price I paid, I will not complain too much considering DC Comics has yet to come up with anything to compare with this service. My prediction is that Marvel will increase the cost to $100-$150 per year once they fix the app issues, if they’re going to continue with this subscription model. I hope they do.

This is the best thing for a new comic reader and it encouraging me to find titles I might never have read and even better for Marvel, to go out and buy physical issues of the issues/series I’ve truly enjoyed. Deadpool 2008 has been my absolute favorite series thus far and I hated Deadpool the first time I was introduced to him.

I highly recommend getting a subscription, namely because it’s such a good value. My goal is to have read 2 issues per day for the entire year. I’m actually a little behind schedule, but I should be able to read 700+ in one calendar year. If the average price per issue is $2 I’d have to spend $1,400 per year to get that much content. Instead, I’ve spend about $70.

I’ve noted some of the various series I’ve read or at least tried out. I haven’t made it very deep into the Marvel world and I’m finding it is getting more and more complex than I even realized, but so far I’ve enjoyed every issue I’ve read.

  • Hulk 2008
  • The Incredible Hulks 2009
  • World War Hulks 2010
  • Deadpool 2012
  • Deadpool 1993
  • Marvel Zombies 2004
  • Civil War
  • Captain America 2004
  • Origin 2001
  • Fantastic Four 1961
  • Thunderbolts 2006
  • Incredible Hulk 1962
  • Deadpool 2008

Comic Review: The Ultimates Vol. 2: Homeland Security

Title: The Ultimates Vol. 2: Homeland Security (The Ultimates Trade Paperback #2)
Author:   Mark MillarBryan Hitch 
Pencils: Paul Neary 
Inks: Andrew Currie
Book Format: Trade Paperback
Published:  April 5th 2006 by Marvel (first published April 5th 2004)
Pages: 200


This is the continuation of The Ultimates Vol. 1It includes issues 7-13 of the comic book series of the early-mid 2000’s. I rated the first volume 3 of 5 stars and rightfully so compared to this volume. This is where writers Millar and Hitch truly find their stride. The story comes together much better in issues 7-13. There actually seems to be a purpose and an outcome worth reading.

Essentially, earth is being attacked by an alien force and it is up to The Ultimates to take them on and save the world. There is plenty of story to go around, however, with the relationship between the Pyms going bad and of course, Bruce Banner and the Hulk which is always an interesting dynamic. Other characters include Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. The last two surprised me considerably as I’ve not had any experience reading comics with them. The sheer violence brought on by the two of them was jarring. It took me a moment to understand what they were doing and why they were killing what appeared to be innocent people. I’m still not sure how they knew the people were not “people” but wow, that was pretty intense.

Without spoiling too much of the story, I’m always surprised how the Hulk is used, and how he is made into a weapon, the deadliest weapon of all sometimes. I also love how he was drawn. Much more modern from the way I’m used to seeing him in cartoons. A much scarier and more sinister look. He looks, uncontrollable, which keeps you wondering how the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, or even Thor will be able to contain him. Let alone use him for good.

This book saved the series for me. It wasn’t the best series I’ve ever read which is why it only gets 4 of 5 stars, but it’s a solid read if you can get past volume 1 (issues 1-6).

Comic Review: The Ultimates Vol. 1: Superhuman

Title: The Ultimates: Superhuman (The Ultimates Trade Paperback #1)
Author:   Mark MillarBryan Hitch 
Inks: Andrew Currie
Book Format: Trade Paperback
Published: April 12th 2006 by Marvel (first published 2002)
Pages: 160


This is my first dive into the Marvel comic world. Up to this point, I’ve been reading DC Comics only. I chose this series primarily because it was available at the library, and because I recognized the characters.

I enjoyed this book, but as I look back on it now, having finished it nearly a week or so ago, I cannot remember as much as I thought I should have. This is not a positive sign. I originally rated this as a 4 star book, but since I can’t entirely remember that much about what happened, that rating had to come down.

I’ll talk about what I remember, and that was the artwork. I was impressed by the drawing and coloring, but I feel I’ve seen a style I prefer more in some of the DC artists. It could be the paper quality as well, as the pages are slightly more matte finish as opposed to a lot of the New 52 series comics I’ve been reading.

Captain America has been thawed after narrowly defeating the Nazi’s in 1945 to the present day 21st century. He is reintroduced into the modern age in which Nick Fury, who is almost entirely drawn to look like or resemble Samuel L. Jackson, and has been given the keys to the S.H.I.E.L.D.

This was my first introduction to Giant-Man and The Wasp, characters I’d never heard of before. The relationship between the Pyms (Giant-Man and The Wasp) was probably the best character piece of the story. At a close second is that of the Hulk and Bruce Banner.

If felt this was a good setup story, but as we’ll see in my next review, is overshadowed by the next volume which is by far the better book. This book just didn’t get far enough into the story as the next volume does.