Category Archives: Marvel

Rant: Lego Marvel Super Heroes

I freely admit that I’m an “old age” returner when it comes to video games. In fact, I never thought that I’d return to gaming after my youth of playing with the C= 64 and, much later, the original Nintendo Gameboy.

Well, our daughter wished for a Nintendo 3DSXL last Christmas. She got a nice red one with a small number of games. Long story short, 7 days later I was the proud owner of a blue 3DSXL as well as some games. (Apparently leaving gaming behind can be problematic.)
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I grew especially fond of the Lego games. So far I’ve mastered:

  • Batman
  • Batman 2
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Pirates of the Carribean

What I really like about them, apart from the humour, is the fact that while you can die in the game (=lose all hearts), all you lose is a mere 1000 points because you are resurrected immediately next to the spot you died on.

It is this ease of play that really makes the Lego games utterly enjoyable. With this in mind let us turn our attention to the Lego Marvel Super Heroes game:

Lego Marvel Super Heroes BoxLooks pretty slick, right?

Let’s start the game. The first character you get to play is the Hulk. Guess his role. Yeah, right something like:

HULK SMASH CAR! HULK SMASH ENEMY! HULK JUMP …? What? No jumping?

Sad, but true, this is the only Lego game that I’ve played where you can’t jump. We’re not talking about a double jump, but about a simple hop. And it is not only the Hulk, but every character has been made jump-less. Spider-Man for example can use his web, but mostly has to walk or run up to his opponents. Very funny, when compared to the comics.

But wait, there is more!

You also don’t resurrect after you die. Instead, the mission (=level) fails and you have to start again. This means that you will have a rather hard time to beat the bosses at the end of each level. I can’t even remember the number of tries it took me to take out Doc Oc at the end of the first part. Well done, folks. Nothing like that to turn gaming into a frustrating experience.

And finally:

In all other Lego games so far, beating the boss lets you enter the next chapter of the story. Well, not with Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Here you have to beat the boss and have had collected enough special bricks throughout the level. In case you haven’t, tough luck, enter free play mode and try to find the remaining ones. Utterly enjoyable, especially when it is so easy to die and in consequence fail the mission.

So, do yourself a favour and stay away from this game.

 

 

 

Peter Parker returns as Amazing Spider-Man

Amazing Spider-Man #1Today is the day Peter Parker returns as Amazing Spider-Man in the appropriately named Amazing Spider-Man #1 (AKA the Marvel Now reboot). I’m really happy about this as Spidey is one of my childhood heroes back from the day when I quit reading Mickey Mouse for, ehm, serious comics.

Therefore, no wonder that I grabbed my issue and can’t wait to read it. Still I wish they had changed the cover. I’ve already bithced about that here.

Ms. Marvel #1 review

Ms. Marvel #1What seems to be the most anticipated comic book of 2014 (at least at the moment) has come to its audience. And apparently everyone of this audience and their mother and dogs seems to like it.

Well, I for one can’t really judge it after only one issue, but I’m not very convinced of the story. There are several downsides I noticed, but what really threw me off was the use of every cliché that could possibly come to mind given that the hero of the series is a muslim and has (who would have thought) muslim parents:

  • Kamala is a geek/nerd. She likes the smell of bacon, writes fanfiction of Marvel superheros and is an outsider at ther school because of her religion/ethnic background.
  • Her schoolmates use her and her friend’s religious beliefs to ridicule them.
  • Kamala’s brother is a very devoted muslim, praying all the time. He is ridiculed for this by his own family.
  • Her father is the family’s patriarch.
  • Kamala believes that she would be treated differently by her parents if she were a boy. (Compare previous point.)
  • Possible love interest in the not-muslim and not-Pakistani figure of Bruno.

Come on. Isn’t this just a bit too much?

 

 

Pull list week 6/2014

Here is my pull list for this week:

Aphrodite IX Vol. 2 #8
Aphrodite IX Vol. 2 #8

Black Widow (2014-) #3
Black Widow (2014-) #3

Ms. Marvel (2014-) #1
Ms. Marvel (2014-) #1

Hinterkind (2013-) #5
Hinterkind (2013-) #5

The Eighth Seal #6
The Eighth Seal #6

The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #4
The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #4

I’ve somehow given up on Hinterkind, but I’m really thrilled for all the other issues. Especially the fresh ones from Marvel!

 

Pull list week 3+4/2014

These two weeks only four comics were added to my collection:

Coffin Hill #4Coffin Hill #4 (Vertigo)

This comic is more and more turning into a total joyride. I love the character development, the art, the story, simply everything.

However, I happen to notice that we now have a tremendous number of witches in comic books. But, as long as the stories are so diverse and the witches don’t start to sparkle, bring ’em on, I say!

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Deadly #4Pretty Deadly #4 (Image)

A butterfly and a rabbit’s skeleton telling a story. Intriguing and original. I haven’t read the issue already but I’m definitely looking forward to it, even if western stories normally bore me to death. (No pun intended.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Widow #2Black Widow #2 (Marvel)

The second issue of the new series to give the Marvel Universe a second chance. I felt ambivalent about the first issue. The art was nice, but somehow lacked a punch and the story was nice to read, but not more. I hope the series catches up speed (and my interest) with this issue.

If not, I don’t think I’ll be able to bother about it any more.

 

 

 

 

 

Hacktivist #1Hacktivist #1 (Archaia Entertainment)

Being a computer science teacher, I really like to know how activists and hackers are portrait in popular media. Oh, and Alyssa Milano wrote the comic. Both of the reasons are equally valid to try out the book, right? Right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spider-Man reboot in April 2014

From what you can read here, Marvel is rebooting the Amazing Spider-Man (with Peter Parker) by issuing a #1 in April 2014.

I don’t know what you think of this, but Peter’s facial expression on the cover does make him look like an imbecile, doesn’t it? The eyes and grin are just creepy. Have a look for yourself:

Amazing Spider-Man #1

Pull list week 2/2014

Bandette #6 D4VE #2

Here is my pull list for this week:

  • Hinterkind #4 (Vertigo)
  • Sex Criminals #4 (Image)
  • Aphrodite IX Vol. 2 #7 (Top Cow)
  • Bandette #6 (Monkeybrain)
  • D4VE #2 (Monkeybrain)
  • Black Widow #1 (Marvel)

As you have probably guessed, I’m rather excited for the two Monkeybrain titles this week: Bandette and D4VE.

 

 

Giving Marvel another chance

In a recent post I lamented about the problems I encountered while trying to get into the Marvel Universe after an absence of 20+ years. Now @arreyJB has kindly informed me of a fresh wave of Marvel Now releases aimed at people like me.

Most of the series I really don’t care for, but I’m willing to try. So, I’ll give these two series a chance and we’ll see if they can make me stay: Black Widow and Ms. Marvel (2014)!

Black Widow #1Ms. Marvel #1

Some more series I started in 2013 and stopped quite early

Trish Out Of Water #2Trish Out Of Water (Aspen)

What originally caught my interest in this series was the blurb on Comixology:

What would you do if your life was turned upside down– before it even really started? Trish Powell is about to find out, as she discovers that everything she thought she knew about being a teenager–friends, parents, and most importantly–her own body, is all a lie. […]

Sounds cool, right? And I have to say that issue #1 was quite good. In the course of this book, Trish finds her father murdered, her mother having killed herself and her boyfriend sleeping with another girl. All of this shock her into using her newfound control of water to create a giant tidal wave threatening to drown the city Trish lives in. (Revenge a la Carrie, anyone?)

Unfortunately, the following two issues only add confusion to the story and made my interest wither away…

 

 

X-Men Vol. 4 #1X-Men Vol. 4 (Marvel)

When I started reading this one, I knew next to nothing about the X-Men. Even worse, I knew nothing about the Marvel universe other than the few titbits I picked up reading some Spidey issues back when I was young (that was in the 80s of the last century). What caught my interest was the fact that with this volume the X-Men would be an all female team. I hoped that I could just jump right into the action and that there would be some kind of reset to make newcomers feel welcome. (Yeah, that’s what DC did with the New52 and I have to say that that was well done!)

Alas, no reboot, lots of old foes, lots of characters to follow, lots of history that I knew nothing of made this series a hard read. Add a tie in/crossover story with other X-Men titles (Battle of the Atom) and I had to give up. Not worth my time, sadly.