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Hello comic book fans and fellow geeks, we are now winding down another year, and it honestly in my
opinion has been amazing. Marvel Legacy and DC Rebirth have recharged my interest in comics again and we
have some amazing stories that will continue us into 2018. DC’s Metal and Doomsday Clock have been
amazing and anticipation for Marvel’s Infinity Countdown and Phoenix Resurrection are to a boil. With that
here is my list of the best of 2017:
17. Marvel Legacy one-shot by Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic, Steve McNiven, Chris Samnee, Russell Dauterman,
Alex Maleev, Ed McGuinness, Stuart Immonen, Pepe Larraz, Jim Cheung, Daniel Acuña, Greg Land, Mike
Deodato Jr., and David Marquez. This was the start of the Marvel Legacy era and I was super excited for it as I
was hopefully for the Marvel version of DC’s Rebirth one-shot, and it was good. Nice “zero” issue and from
there you follow the story to see what will happen to the Marvel Universe, worth a reading.
16. Flash #21-27, by Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Neil Googe, Ryan Sook,
and Paul Pelletier. This run of stories (The Button, Color of Fear, Running Scared) really got me into Flash
again. It’s been hard to get into Barry Allen since his return way back in Rebirth, but this set of stories took me
back to a much missed era of Flash almost like when I was reading “The Return of Barry Allen.” Weather it
was Howard Porter’s pencils reminding me of JLA or just the villainess of Eboard Thawne but this was a great
reminder of Flash eras past, read these issues.
15. Detective Comics 965-968, by James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Alvaro Martinez, and Raul Fernandez. A
Lonely Place of Living is an amazing Tim Drake story that ties together a lot of great things. We get the return
of Tim, hints at Connor and the Titans of Tomorrow, some great homage covers to the classic story “A Lonely
Place of Dying” which was Tim’s story of how he came into the Bat-family. This was written so well that you
feel for the “villain” of the story and want him to be successful, but the price is just too much. Get the back
issues or next year when the TPB comes out.
14. Superman 37 & 38, Super Sons 11, and Teen Titans 15 by Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Jorge Jimenez,
Ryan Benjamin, Francis Manapul, and Ed Benes. The Super Sons of Tomorrow which continues A Lonely
Place of Living’s future Tim Drake’s quest for a better future. The tease of the return of some major missing
characters in the DCU post rebirth is what makes this saga that much more exciting. So far we have two of the
four parts out, the story will continue in January, so go get the issues and ask your LCS to hold the rest for you.
13. Nightwing #12-35 by Tim Seeley, Marcus To, Minkyu Jung, Javi Fernandez, Michael McMillian, Christian
Duce, Miguel Mendonca, Vicente Cifuentes, Chris Sotomayor, Paul Pelletier, Diana Egea, Scott Eaton, Sam
Humphries, and Bernard Chang. Nightwing is just a great character from the Batman family. We see Dick go
through a lot of changes and coming into his own, post Rebirth. Tim Seeley did a great job with showing the
struggles of friendships, relationships, enemies, and a new town. New writer Sam Humphries takes over with
#35 and I’m looking forward to his stories as I enjoyed his Star Lord and Green Lanterns runs. The best of this
in my opinion was the Nightwing Must Die issues (16-20) and that put Dick through the paces with his
relationship and feelings for Shawn Tsang aka The Defacer along with some Multiverse actions…hit the back
issue bins or TPBs for these gems and read the rest of the series and rebirth issue as well.
12. Marvel Two-In- One #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Jim Cheung. The Fate of the Four…even the title takes me
back to the Silver age. This was the comic that reminds us what is missing in the MU and it is the F4. Great to
see Ben and Johnny get back together and hopefully start giving us some answers about Reed and Sue. With
the Disney/Fox deal hopefully we will see more and more of the first family of Marvel. Get this Fantastic issue
on the rack at your LCS.
11. Tales of Suspense #100 by Matt Rosenberg and Travel Foreman. Yes Bucky is back!! After the events of
Secret Empire I was starting to worry, but he did get a good moment at the end, but this is huge. Hawkeye is on
the hunt for answers on his ex (Black Widow) who is also the ex of Bucky. So here is a buddy cop book but
with the added element of a shared ex-girlfriend who is maybe dead or alive…put this miniseries on your pull
list and it’ll be a good end to 2017 and start to 2018.
10. Fall and Rise of Captain Atom # 1-6 by Cary Bates, Greg Weisman, Will Conrad, and Carlos D’Anda.
This was a great reunion of writers Cary Bates and Greg Weisman with Captain Atom and a nice into for him
into the DC post rebirth. The story was nice with some mystery suspense and lots of black mailing for sure.
I’ve been a fan of Captain Atom (Nathaniel Adam) since the late 80’s and it was great to see these writers back
in the saddle again. I’m hoping more will be done with Cap as the miniseries did leave off with some plots that
could support another mini or an ongoing book. Trade will be out soon or just get the back issues.
9. Uncanny Avengers #28 by Jim Zub and Sean Izaakse. This issue was great, why? Hank and Simon and
they weren’t depressing! Beast and Wonder Man have been great friends and often great comic relief in the
MU, but since Grant Morrison Beast has been a bit of a downer and Bendis did some character changes on
Simon as well. They had a team up back in A+X #12, but even Hank and Simon had to agree at first they
weren’t the same. This issue had them be fun and a much needed one and done with some super heroics, give it
8. Blue Beetle #5-16 (Again another volume, so Vol 10 and the rebirth issue) by Keith Giffen, Scott Kolins,
J.M. DeMatteis, Christopher Sebela, and Thony Silas. This one hit me straight in the heart as it was the return
of Ted Kord. Yes he did have a heroic death in Countdown to Infinite Crisis and a return/sacrifice in Booster
Gold’s book, but this was him back on the page no strings. I mainly came to this book for Ted, but Keith Giffen
and Scott Kolins got me to care about Jaime Reyes’ world, family, and friends. This book was teased right out
of our DC Universe Rebirth and paid off very quick as we saw a resolution to what was happening with the
Beetle Scarab and how it was tied into magic. We saw Jaime rise up to challenges and we saw Ted become the
“guy in the chair.” Enjoyable run, give it a shot.
7. Spirits of Vengeance # 1-3 by Victor Gischler and David Baldeon. The Bad Ass Super Natural Heroes are
back. This series has been fun and was on my radar because of Johnny Blaze. Glad to see the Rider back on
the beat following a dead angel giving him a silver bullet and a mystery. Johnny is joined by Hellstorm, Satana,
and Blaze. The last two parts will be out next year and I’m hopefully that a new series will spin out of this
miniseries, get on this one.
6. Batman #14-37 and Annual 2 by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, David Finch, Danny Miki, Jason Fabok, Clay
Mann, Mikel Janin, Joelle Jones, Lee Weeks, and Michael Lark. Tom King’s run on Batman Volume 3 has been
amazing; this year we got the storylines of Rooftops, I am Bane, the Button, the Brave and the Mold, Every
Epilogue is a Prelude, War of Jokes and Riddles, Rules of Engagement, Bat and Cat Annual, and Super Friends.
Remember those as they will be classics. If you haven’t been reading this entire volume, annual 1, and the
rebirth issue go back and do so. The humanity Tom puts into Bruce is just amazing, the relationship layers that
he has added to Bruce and Selina will make you fall in love, and the action/drama is just intense. This is also
the first time in a long time that I felt the Annual issues actually counted, so thank you for that Tom and Co.
Tom has added some new beats to the Bat-verse and the art is just amazing…every cover is poster worthy. This
is a must read.
5. Ben Reilly the Scarlet Spider #1-12 by Peter David, Mark Bagley, Will Sliney, and Andre Araujo. This one
is huge for me as I totally thought Ben Reilly was done…when it came to Marvel. Clone Conspiracy had me
hoping and then Dan Slott said no, but did it anyways, which was great. The series starts off trying to find itself
and Ben is a lot of out of character, but when you think about what he has been through; being killed and cloned
27 times. My favorite issue of the bunch was #7; we see how that drama has changed Ben’s soul and honestly
felt like the moment the book really found itself as Ben was face to face with Death and had to make some
choices. It is a very out there pick, but for heroes like Scarlet Spider and the Slingers it is a nice reminder of
some nostalgia from comics past, especially with that beautiful Mark Bagley art!
4. Daredevil #15-596 by Charles Soule, Goran Sudzuka, Ron Garney, Marc Laming, Alec Morgan, and Stefano
Landini. Quite the number jump right? Well after issue 28 the book jumped back to the original numbering as
part of the Marvel Legacy era, which is nice. Mr. Soule has been giving Matt Murdock a new job perspective
as a prosecutor and hero. This year has been very generous to the volume as we have had some more amazing
stories in Seventh Day, a 2-parter that takes course over a shot fired at DD by Bullseye; Purple, in which the
children of the Purple Man help out Matt with his life and the loss of Kristen McDuffie; Supreme, in which Mr.
Murdock takes on the Supreme Court; and Mayor Fisk, ‘nuff said. These stories have pushed Matt and also
given him a new mission that shows how much he wants to fix Hell’s Kitchen and beyond. Next year is going
to be great with the continuation of Mayor Fisk and the march to issue 600. Check out all of volume 5 as well
as the issues mentioned.
3. Defenders #1-8, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2017 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez. This
book has been a gem of Marvel’s. Due to the Netflix Defenders series we got a new comic spinning out of
Secret Empire that features Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Ironfist as the latest team. I remember
reading Bendis’ run on New Avengers and liking the street level heroes that he used, and if you liked that era
then this is a spiritual successor. I love the use of the underground criminal empire, Punisher, Deadpool, Black
Cat, and Diamondback. The art of David Marquez is just amazing, this is an artist that will be going places; his
art is that of legendary stories and the fact that he can produce monthly at that level is amazing. I know Bendis
is leaving for DC, but I hope Marvel finds a way to keep this book going.
2. All New Guardians of the Galaxy #1-12, 146-149, Annual 1, FCBD 2017 by Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder,
Frazer Irving, Chris Samnee, Greg Smallwood, Marcus To, Mike Hawthorne, Roland Boschi, Rod Reis, Chad
Bowers, and Chris Sims. This set of comics recharged the GotG big time. Yes it was nice to see them get some
fame with the movies and each character getting their own book, but they are greater as a whole team. Their
adventures have been amazing since they’ve reunited and the energy of the book after the Marvel Legacy
renumbering has been great. Seeing the GotG be the internal police for the new Nova Corps has been
suspenseful and what they are building towards with next year’s Infinity Countdown is exciting. As a fan of the
DnA run of Guardians it was a treat to see Peter and Rich reunited again…plus infinity stones!
1. Mister Miracle #1-5 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads. Scott Free will cheat death! Or maybe not..? This
book has been a much discussed piece of art. Mister Miracle has been a hero of mine as he is such an odd ball
mix of Jesus Christ and Harry Houdini with a crazy colored costume. Tom and Mitch delivered right off the bat
with issue 1 pages 2 and 3. So far it has been a mysterious journey of weather of not Scott is dead or alive and
what is really happening, then…Darkseid is. What does that mean? This book is heading towards the Eisner’s
for sure, do yourself a favor and get this yesterday. Ask your LCS to hold future issues and I hope you enjoy
this book as much as I have.
Well there it is my top 17 picks for 2017. There has been a lot of amazing comics this year and I’ll admit there
were times I wanted to add more, but I stuck with my limit. Let me know what you think and if you also agreed
with my picks or had different ones. Feel free to contact me on Geek Elite Radio’s Facebook page or on
Twitter as I’m @stuffIshudSay. Happy New Year to you and may 2018 bring you even more in the world of
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John and Mitch are talking about geek news and Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 2 “Arkangel”
My Night with Marilyn.
By: Daniel Barroso
On Wednesday January 10th, my girlfriend and I went to the highly anticipated Marilyn Manson concert. It was highly anticipated because he was supposed to perform at the Arizona State fair in October, but due to some technical, and health issues Mr. Manson had to reschedule. What had happened is he had two giant prop guns that were hanging on the stage that were used as set pieces. What multiple media outlets have stated, and reported is that at one point he climbed unto one of the set pieces rode it like a horse, rocked it back and forth, jumped off, and continued to give his performance. However, during mid song, the set piece became lose, knocked him in the back off the head which caused Marilyn to fly off the stage, and hit the guard railing where he broke his ankle. In panic, the band continued to play for 15 minutes before the ambulance carried an unconscious Marilyn to the ER.
Following these events, the rest of the North American tour titled “The Heaven Upside Down Tour” named after his newest album was rescheduled (all tickets were honored at the rescheduled date for those who were still interested in seeing him. Due to the accident, the concert was also moved to a bigger venue so more tickets were sold). Phoenix was the first city on the rescheduled tour so you could tell fans were excited. With original tickets being honored, and additional tickets being sold, this was a sold-out show, and it was a packed house. The venue it got moved to was “The Van Buren” which is a new music venue that opened its doors August 2017. The Venue holds about 1,800-2,400 people which is not bad. It also features a “Mezzanine” level which allows for a better view of the stage and GA pit. If you’re there solely for the performance, and don’t really want to dance (since the venue also hosts EDM shows) or want to get shoved around while people try to get closer to the stage, then I would recommend paying the extra money so you can enjoy yourself and get the Mezzanine area since it is an elevated open concept balcony that leaves plenty of room to walk around, dance if you choose to, and last but not least it is also a seated section. For this show I would have been fine with either the Mezzanine, or the GA Pit. The GA area was not bad, it did just suck at certain points because I’m a guy who is 5’6 and I had trouble seeing the stage due to everyone around me being significantly taller. No one at this show was too rowdy which was a plus. I did get taken out of the element in certain points just since other attendees shoved me out of the way so they could get closer to the front. Just a few more complaints about the venue would be with such a big artist like this why put him in a venue that is so intimate? To be honest I feel like it was a disservice to both the fans, and the artist. At a place so small, I wouldn’t mind seeing someone like “The Pretty Reckless” since they’re still an Indy upcoming band.
After a bit of waiting around, and a few drinks in 9:15 PM hits, the pre-recorded intro starts, and we hear Marilyn say “Phoenix, fucking sing it!” the curtain drops and there he is in a motorized wheel chair with an upside down cross. At this point I thought that he was going to perform sitting down the hole time which I had no problem with, but the next song he talks to us a bit saying how he got fucked up from his stage antics, and once he’s done with story time he stands up to sing his next song. After that song he sits back down, and the band automatically plays into the next song. The band, and of course Marilyn were all fantastic even with Marilyn having to alternate between songs from standing to sitting since his foot was still in a half cast, and I can’t even begin to imagine how much pain he was in by putting pressure on hit foot. My complaint with the show is that maybe he jumped the gun, and should’ve waited until he fully healed to kick off the rest of his tour. Some song transitions did drag due to the fact that he had some costume changes, or there where set changes and the band had to clear out, and then come back on stage once the set pieces, or props were set in place. The set was a nice mix of all of his hits, and a few of the newer stuff from his new album. I will add that I felt robbed, and I say this because in the other cities before the accident they performed a total of 20 songs including the encore, while we only got 14 including the encore, and yes it may be a bit insensitive for me to complain about that but we had tickets to see this band perform, I was hoping to get the same courtesy/show they gave other cities, and once again is why I wish he waited to full recover. Overall it was a good time, and surprisingly his voice held out through the entire performance. Another reason why I’m going to rank this show a bit higher than other concerts is because Marilyn had three big things happen on this tour: 1) His longtime guitarist/bassist was accused of sexual misconduct so Marilyn fired him. 2) his very good friend, and one of the founding members Daisy Berkowitz passed away after a long tough battle with cancer. 3) Marilyn became injured and had to postpone the tour. Taking these things into consideration I will give this show 6 beautiful people out of 10 beautiful people.
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