RadioPress Reads – Comics – Thunder and Punishment
Today we get a chance to look at the beginning of two new books, Punisher and Thunderbolts, while diving into a couple comics still building a foundation, Bloodlines and Satellite Falling.
Nick Fury is dead, and Bucky aka, Winter Soldier has freed a small group of super-villains from the grasp of the mighty S.H.I.E.L.D. If you are familiar with the events of Civil War years ago, you’ll remember that the Thunderbolts were a team of ‘reformed’ villains. Well, it looks like they now have their time in the light again. Bucky has taken on the role of ‘Man on the Wall’ with Fury dead and no one to investigate the weird goings on within our world. He is now the sole protector and watcher to help from invasion, or complete and total annihilation.
This comic is fun, but it also has a great idea behind it, that anyone you thought might always be a villain might be able to come around. The team is a little sloppy together, they don’t work so well, but they try and they show that they want to be good. In the end, its not easy turning away from a life of crime to become the group of heroes protecting the world from the shadows. I’ll be keeping a good eye on this one as the team dynamics alone give me enough entertainment not to mention that seriously out of the blue ending to the first issue…
Frank Castle, Husband, Father, Marine, all around good guy who stands for justice. After a horrific end to his family, he becomes the Punisher, a story we are all familiar with. Much like the Black Widow comic from a little ways back there is very little talking in this issue, in fact Frank doesn’t even say a word, the story is told through other characters and their investigation of the people Frank eventually mows down near the end. This comic is in no way meant for kids, its very clearly marked for teens and up, brutal violence accompanied but a bit of a weird art style and a compelling story that you almost feel like isn’t revolving around the Punisher make this a good read. I’m almost ready to just not have our heroes talk at all these days if the story can be told without it. One last tid-bit, this comic had one of my new all-time favorite lines ever written, as Frank comes in to start a massacre. Two thugs see him on the video screen and say “Kill him!” the man behind says “You can’t kill Frank Castle, he’s already dead.” It’s a powerful line in regards to a man who no longer has anything to lose, making him one of the most dangerous people in the Marvel universe.
So this popped up on the comic list today and I was pretty intrigued. We have this woman, who was forced to leave Earth due to decline and pollution, three years prior to the start of the story. Around the same time her partner dies and her only solace is a life she has created on a space station referred to as ‘The Satellite’. She is the only human and she has taken up a position as a bounty hunter among aliens. This comic has an interesting feel, a great internal monologue with some tense moments and a way of bringing you into the characters world without much struggle. It’s very much the idea that any one of us could be this person, in this situation 100s of years from now. We as readers might not be able to relate directly but there are things here that resonate and poke at real struggles. It draws you in and then lets everything explode in your face to keep you
DC has decided that aliens need to mutate things in this new series that is only 2 issues old. We meet a young man who has lost most use of his legs and is friends with one of his highschool’s most popular football players, typical story right? Well, as we move on through the story we get a glimpse of him being dragged along to a party out in the boonies, again, typical highschool bush party. Unfortunately this bush party doesn’t end as a typical bush party… or does it? These day’s I’m too sure what is typical for party endings, but needless to say, our jock friend doesn’t make it out alive as he is trying to save our protagonist. As we watch the popular football star get torn up but a demon deer (not kidding at all) our hero seems to also be infected and protects said jock. A little too late it seems but now we have an origin story for some meteorite infected super kid. Issue 2 shows an ungrateful little girl visiting a birthday party wanting the present to herself, she isn’t aware of her power but while she starts opening the presents, her power manifests and rips everyone apart, adults and kids alike. Slowly we see others who would be infected power up but not one of these new powered people has interacted yet. Unfortunately for this read, the build up is slow, its well written enough that the end of issue 2 might have you coming back for more, assuming you get past the first issue. I’m a patient reader so I’ll likely return, but if you can’t wait an issue or 3 for a climactic event you’ll want to pass this one by.http://radiopressgaming.com/2016/05/rpg-reads-may-4th/http://radiopressgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/May4th-960x480.jpghttp://radiopressgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/May4th-150x150.jpgComicsLiteratureBloodlines,Punisher,Satellite Falling,ThunderboltsToday we get a chance to look at the beginning of two new books, Punisher and Thunderbolts, while diving into a couple comics still building a foundation, Bloodlines and Satellite Falling. Thunderbolts #1 Nick Fury is dead, and Bucky aka, Winter Soldier has freed a small group of super-villains from the...Nathan MillerNathan Millernate@radiopressgaming.comEditorEditor-in-chief of Radio Press Gaming. Comic enthusiast, Gamer dad and Tech nutRadio Press Gaming