Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Nick Fury

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Red Guardian

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Iron Man Mark 46

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Nuke

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Total Points of Articulation = 32

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

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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.