Author Archives: Michael Govan

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“Age Of X-Man: NextGen” #1

By | Feb 15, 2019 | Reviews

I bought my very first comic book back in fifth grade, a Marvel Select ‘double-sized flip magazine’ from the 7-Eleven. On one side was Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s “Astonishing X-Men” #11. On the other was my favorite story of the two, “New X-Men: Academy X” #11 by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir. After that […]

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“Archie 1941” #5

By | Feb 8, 2019 | Reviews

In all stories, it’s imperative to stick the landing. A tale’s ending can make or break it. Some novels have fantastic twist endings. Some television shows have had crappy finales. People say it’s all about the journey…well, the destination’s pretty darn important too. “Archie 1941” #5 is the end of this mini-series. Does it stick […]

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“Oliver” #1

By | Jan 24, 2019 | Reviews

Sometimes, I’m a little jealous of people who go see superhero movies but don’t read the comics. When I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters, there were some surprised gasps and murmurs when Bucky Barnes was revealed to be Hydra’s brainwashed assassin. While this was old news to a comic fan like me, […]

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“Black Widow” #1

By | Jan 18, 2019 | Reviews

The Marvel universe is full of spies and assassins. Anybody can throw on a wig and go undercover but only a few are actually noteworthy. Black Widow is one of those few, one of the best. Trained since childhood in assassination and espionage. Taught by Wolverine and the Winter Soldier. She’s so good, she fights […]

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“Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” #1

By | Jan 11, 2019 | Reviews

Spider-Man is probably (if not definitely) Marvel’s most popular superhero. Sure, over the past decade, the likes of Iron Man and Captain America have had surges in mainstream popularity but the webhead’s been an American icon for generations. It’s no wonder that Sony has been so reluctant to share. Since he’s so well-known and beloved, […]

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“Heroes in Crisis” #4

By | Jan 4, 2019 | Reviews

When the title was first announced, I had no doubt that I would love “Heroes in Crisis.” Not to knock his ongoing work, but Tom King seems to really shine when writing a limited series. “The Sheriff of Babylon” and “The Omega Men” were both met with critical acclaim. The 2017 Eisner Award for Best […]

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“Freedom Fighters” #1

By | Dec 21, 2018 | Reviews

It’s always nice to see obscure characters get their time to shine. You can read about Superman anytime. The Dark Knight’s not going anywhere. Come read the adventures of the Freedom Fighters! Doll Woman! Human Bomb! Phantom Lady! Black Condor! Not to mention the Yankee Doodle Dandy himself, Uncle Sam! Written by Robert Venditti Penciled […]

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“Winter Soldier” #1

By | Dec 7, 2018 | Reviews

In recent history, Bucky Barnes has become one of Marvel’s most popular characters. He isn’t just a favorite among comic book readers, he’s got mainstream recognition. It’s kind of insane, considering that he was six feet under for forty-one years. Dead. ‘Regular’ dead too, not the ‘Jean Grey’ kind. Today, he’s a Marvel mainstay and […]

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“Ironheart” #1

By | Nov 30, 2018 | Reviews

Brian Michael Bendis may be a DC exclusive writer now, but for years he was Marvel’s golden boy. During that time, he created several breakout characters. Maria Hill. Daisy Johnson. Jessica Jones. Miles Morales. His last big character, the one he spent the least time with, was Riri Williams. How does the character fare with […]

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“Archie” #700

By | Nov 23, 2018 | Reviews

Archie Andrews is an American icon. He’s been drinking milkshakes at Pop’s since before the moon landing. The redhead is popular with the ladies and with comic book writers. Mark Waid took over the reins but now Nick Spencer of Marvel fame wants his turn. Written by Nick Spencer Illustrated by Marguerite Sauvage Lettered by […]

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