Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Marvel Comics’ Category

THOR: THE GODDESS OF THUNDER by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Jorge Molina

August 6, 2016

  I remember all the hoopla that went along with the debut of the female Thor. There were arguments on all sides, that it was just a gimmick, that it was to build onto the diversity package Marvel was hoping to bring to the brand. I didn’t buy into any of it. I figured it […]

DAREDEVIL: CHINATOWN by Charles Soule, Ron Garney, & Matt Milla

July 30, 2016

It’s been a while since I checked in with Daredevil. The last I’d read, he was out in San Francisco, and the scripts were by Mark Waid. I enjoyed the first graphic novel because Waid is always entertaining, but for some reason the story never quite came together for me. No reason in particular. The […]


May 25, 2014

Roy Thomas was the second major writer at Marvel Comics, groomed by Stan Lee himself. But Thomas was also the first guy to bring Conan the Barbarian to comics. In fact, he was the one who named Conan “the Barbarian” instead of the Cimmerian as Robert E. Howard usually referred to his larger-than-life hero. I […]

BLACK WIDOW: THE NAME OF THE ROSE by Marjorie Liu & Daniel Acuna

May 11, 2014

I read the first issue of this graphic novel collection when it came out and was impressed. The story is pretty emotional and there’s lots of action along the way. Marjorie Liu is a novelist by trade, and the layered plot shows off those skills. She also does a really good job building up all […]


May 11, 2014

For a long time, Bucky Barnes was the deadest superhero in the world. Though other heroes died and came back, making the ultimate sacrifice just to sell more issues of their comics, Bucky remained blown to pieces somewhere deep in the ocean. That Captain America survived was just impossible to believe, though his return heralded […]

DAREDEVIL by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Marcos Martin

January 3, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Daredevil, Vol. 1 For years now, Daredevil has been a dark character. I remember when Frank Miller took over the writing chores of the monthly book way back in the day. We’d never seen cinematic art like that, and we’d never seen Daredevil portrayed so … mean. I liked the change. Daredevil […]

ALL-NEW X-MEN: HERE TO STAY by Brian Michael Bendis, Dave Marquez, and Stuart Immonen

December 23, 2013

After reading the first volume in this new series, I couldn’t help downloading and blazing through the second volume. If you haven’t read the first review I’ve done for this series, take a minute and do so. In this book things really come to a head. Young Scott is trying to figure out what he’s […]

ALL-NEW X-MEN: YESTERDAY’S X-MEN by Brian Michael Bendis & Stuart Immonen

December 23, 2013

Mixing the old X-Men with the new X-Men? You’d think that had been done before, and if memory serves, it has been done before. But never like Brian Michael Bendis is now doing it in All-New X-Men, which seems like a weird choice for comic books that feature the “old” X-Men. When I’d first heard […]

HAWKEYE: MY LIFE AS A WEAPON by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido

December 14, 2013

Matt Fraction has revealed yet another facet of iconic hero, Hawkeye: Clint Barton’s days NOT wearing the purple costume. However, even though these stories are not focused on supervillains, more or less, they still feature a lot of action and character development. The first issue gathered in this graphic novel has already been reviewed in […]

THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. by Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu

December 12, 2013

The Hulk is an intriguing character, shifting from hero to villain depending on the circumstance (usually beyond his control) and the inspiration of the writers currently scribing his adventures. Peter David had an impressive ten-year run on the book and did a lot of things with the character, followed by Greg Pak who gave us […]