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4LN Comic Review: Drax #1

Series: Drax
Writer(s): CM Punk & Cullen Bunn
Artist: Scott Hepburn
Colorist: Matt Milla
Page Count: 23

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Summary from Comixology: “UFC fighter CM Punk makes his mighty Marvel Debut! Drax the Destroyer is the muscle for the Guardians of the Galaxy, but what does he do when he’s not adventuring through space with the Guardians? He lets his bloodthirsty quest for revenge take the pilot seat, of course! Determined to find and kill Thanos once and for all, Drax is ready to take on the universe. But when you’re tooling around the universe in a ship aptly named “The Space Sucker”, an unwavering desire for bloodshed isn’t enough to keep a mission from derailing. Drax crash lands into his wildest adventures ever, encountering foes no one will ever expect! The depths of space may not be big enough to contain this much grit, vengeance and all-out action!”

I’m a huge wrestling fan, and CM Punk is my all-time favorite wrestler. He was the perfect heel, and you never really knew what to expect from him. It’s one of the things that made him so amazing in the ring, and during promo’s. From his feuds with Undertaker to The Rock, CM Punk could sell anything. In April of this year it was announced that CM Punk would be writing a comic, and I was beyond excited. Although I’m not a big Guardians fan, I couldn’t think of a better character for CM Punk to write than Drax. I know that Punk is a pretty big comic book fan, so I’m sure he was marking out for this opportunity like I was marking out to be able to read it. I’ve been patently waiting for this book to hit shelves, and I’m so pumped it’s finally here.

This comic is a great mixture of pure violence, and also comedic relief. This is may be only the 10th Guardians related comic that I have read, but I really enjoyed what CM Punk and Cullen Bunn are doing with this book. As a comic writer, I’m a big fan of Bunn’s work on Magneto and Sinestro. He does a great job capturing the villains and the reason for their actions. I think Bunn and CM Punk make a great team, and I really look forward to where this book is going to go. This creative team makes a badass Drax, and he’s a character I would never want to mess with. Two scenes that stick out vividly in my mind happen within the first five pages of the book. The first one, Drax just rips an alien in half, and sprays blood, gore, and entrails all over Rocket Raccoon, who’s just not that thrilled about it, for some reason…

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When I first flipped through this book, I wasn’t that thrilled with the art. It seemed very “cartoon-y” but when I finally began reading the book, I realized the art was actually a perfect fit for the tone of the book, and Scott Hepburn’s art ended up kinda stealing the show. I also think that Matt Milla did a beautiful job with the colors in this book. It was a great blend of dark colors, but also very bight blues, pinks, and greens. The more I read this book, the more and more I began to love everything about it.

For this being CM Punk’s first time co-writing an entire book, he did a great job. It seems like Punk and Cullen Bunn both have a main vision for this book, and it seems like together they are going to make Drax one hell of an interesting read. Punk and Bunn made me interested in a character that I have never had a desire to read, or see in a solo book, so for that I seriously congratulate them as writers. I’ll be coming back next month to see what happens, and I think you’ll be missing out if you don’t pick this issue up.

Let it be known that I made sure this review was edited with a fine tooth comb, because the last thing I want is to be on CM Punk’s Grammar Slam. Where he rips trolls apart for insulting him with bad grammar.

 

Music Pairing:
I really had to think about what the best music would be for this book. I wanted to say Cult of Personality only because that was one of CM Punk’s walk out music when he was still with the WWE, but that didn’t really mesh well with the book. Instead I think a better fit would be the LA garage punk band F.I.D.L.A.R. (Fuck it Dog, Life’s a Risk)  and the song Drone just feels like it’s a good fit for this book.

Beaking News: CM Punk to write Marvel series, Drax

Announced at C2E2 earlier this weekend, former wrestler, and soon to be UFC Fighter, CM Punk will be writing an on going series for Marvel. With the critical success of the film Guardians of The Galaxy, we have seen great stories since the release of the movie such as Bendis’s run on the main title, Skottie Young knocking it out of the park with Rocket Raccoon, and Sam Humphries continues his work on Legendary Star-Lord. CM Punk has worked on one previous Marvel book, Thor Annual #1, and it was great!

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With CM Punk being my all time favorite wrestler, I am really excited for this comic to his the shelves. I’ll be sure to be jamming Cult Of Personality as I read every issue. Will Drax be waging war on drugs and alcohol? We’ll have to stay tuned on more updates, check back for more breaking news regarding CM and Drax.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Why “Guardians of the Galaxy” is Totally Worth Seeing!

I get it. You’ve never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy and so it’s difficult for you to get excited about a film with these characters you’re not even remotely invested in. But guess what, you’d never heard of Luke Skywalker, or Han Solo, or Princess Leia, or Chewbacca before Star Wars… you’d never heard of James T. Kirk, or Spock, or Jean-Luc Picard, or Geordi La Forge before Star Trek… I promise you, just because you’re not familiar with these characters DOES NOT MEAN you won’t like this movie.

Last night I had the pleasure of catching the 17 minute, exclusive footage sneak peek of Guardians of the Galaxy, at a local IMAX theater. It was, without question, the best 17 minutes of film I have seen all year long. I want to share with you all the unbridled epicness that I bore witness to, so please snuggle into your office chairs, or couch, or kitchen stool, or beanbag, and allow me to share a few points of info with you…

 

It’s not your typical comic book movie.

Sure the Guardians of the Galaxy is a comic, but the style of this film is more like a B-style, spaceplotation’s spirit in a big-budget, space epics’s body. It doesn’t really seem to be like the other Marvel movies, or really any other comic films at all. The only potential exception is maybe Hellboy. The dark tone of Hellboy and the bizarre visuals are touched on here. There are certain aspects that are reminiscent of, say, The Avengers, in that these people all have different talents and abilities that all serve their team-functionality.

 

Rocket Raccoon really is “the heart of the movie”.

In a previous interview, director James Gunn made that statement regarding Rocket’s role in the film, and it’s clear from the footage I saw that this is absolutely true. He’s not just some cartoon-ish comic relief, he is an integral and crucial part of the team. They definitely NAILED that aspect from the comics. Also, Bradley Cooper does a fantastic job injecting the right amount of snark and ego without making Rocket a parody. He’s like a hairier, Goodfellas-era Joe Pesci.

 

The scope of the film is HUGE.

It’s apparent from the get-go that this movie uses a very large scope of filming. Every piece of set and CG imagery is so big and elaborate. It definitely gives even The Avengers a little bit of a run for its money. I wouldn’t say it ventures into Beyhem by any means though. The big, elaborate moments seem to serve the purpose of the story and plot, and not the the way around.

 

Gamora is not just eye-candy.

It’s typical for comic book movies to employ a woman to be the “sex-factor” in the film. There’s no denying that Zoe Saldana is sexy and attractive, which does translate to her portrayal as Gamora, but they’ve done a great job of making her more than that. She’s a vicious killer and she gets shit done. I’m really eager to see more of her because this is the female character I’ve been waiting for in a comic movie. She kicks ass, but doesn’t bother with taking names because they don’t matter.

 

It’s by far the funniest Marvel movie to date.

The crowd that I saw the preview with was laughing so much that we all actually missed other jokes. Between Rocket’s mischievousness, Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) quick-witted sarcasm, Drax’s hilarious obliviousness, and Groot’s Charlie Chaplin-like physical comedy, it appears there are more laugh-out-loud moments in this one movie than in all the other MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) films combined.

 

It’s the raw, rugged space-epic we’ve been waiting for.

Sure, Avatar and both of the new Star Trek movies are great. They’re clean, polished films and everything is pretty. This flick right here though, is not afraid to be ugly. Not “ugly” as in “unattractive”, but “ugly” as in “real”. It’s got grit. It reminded me of Raiders of the Lost Ark blended with Star Wars and a pinch of Serenity to give it that modern flavor.

It’s gonna kick all kinds of ass so get your tickets, and get a front row seat (or back row seat, or middle row center, wherever you prefer to sit) for the chaos and excitement that is the Guardians of the Galaxy!