Author Archives: Brian Bradley

  • Ultimate Spider-Man #17 – Review

    So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodnight. That’s all I know of that song in the Sound of Music, but this will actually mark my final review for the Crawlspace. My day job, personal life, and other extracurricular activities had been escalating to the point where it got harder for me to keep up…

  • Ultimate Spider-Man #16.1 – Review

    Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #16.1 Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Art: David Marquez Colors: Justin Ponsor Lettering: VC’s Cory Petit Cover: David Marquez & Justin Ponsor Plot: Betty Brant is on a mission to discover who the new Spider-Man is. By repeatedly watching footage of the Prowler’s death, Betty is able…

  • Ultimate Spider-Man #16 – Review

    Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #16 Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Pepe Larraz Colorist: Justin Ponsor Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit Production: Manny Mederos Cover Artist: David Marquez & Rainer Beredo  Plot: America is still reeling from a civil war, and Jefferson Davis, Miles’ father, is frustrated when the war reaches home.…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #12 – Review

    Going, going, gone! The game is over and the winner may surprise you… or maybe not if you are aware of my bias towards a certain visor-sporting mutant. Find out how the game ended in epic fashion down below, but before that I’ll share the MVPs of our game…

  • The New Avengers, vol 2 #30 – Review

    This has been a long time coming. No, not this review, but the lesson that the Avengers are taught this issue. And yes, this review has also has been a long time coming as well. I wanted to group this with the final AvX issue so we can finally…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #11 – Review

    Position: Closer. The anchor of the bullpen. This is the pitcher who thrives under the pressure of a close game. This pitcher comes in to secure the win for his team, a lot of the times it’s with an explosive fastball or with guile and a great command of…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #10 – Review

    Position: Designated Hitter. Not the most well-received rule change in baseball, the designated hitter gives the pitcher a respite from the offensive side of the game, at least in the American League. With all the heavy hitters in the Marvel Universe, it just makes sense to try to fit…

  • Ultimate Spider-Man #15 – Review

    I’ve done it! I’ve finally gotten through to the creative team behind Ultimate Spider-Man. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the last few introductions to my Ultimate Spider-Man reviews were about Star Trek: The Next Generation. Well, in this issue, our hero is sporting a Wesley Crushers t-shirt.…

  • Ultimate Spider-Man #14 – Review

    The best-laid plans, often go awry. To paraphrase an ode to a mouse. I had no idea that phrase came from an old Scots poem. Nor did I know that the novel Of Mice and Men got its title from that phrase. How about that, you learn something new…

  • The New Avengers, vol 2 #29 – Review

    Who is Keyser Soze? He’s not a member of the Illuminati, but for some reason I was thinking of the movie The Usual Suspects while getting this review up. I should probably have made a nice Usual Suspects movie poster using the heads of the Illuminati members, but I…

  • The New Avengers, vol 2 #28 – Review

    Whoa, (said in your best Keanu-Reeves-in-the-Matrix-like voice) Spider-Man hasn’t been present in any of my Avengers titles recently. Sad face. But this Shyamalan-like tale from Bendis was still pretty good without Spidey. We’re talking Sixth Sense Shyamalan.. not The Happening or Lady in the Water Shyamalan. So despite Spidey’s…

  • Ultimate Spider-Man #13 – Review

    Hey-oh! I’m back with another Ultimate Spider-Man review… and I’m still watching Star Trek: TNG… and it still isn’t offering up any clever segues. I just started the fourth season and the Enterprise crew defeats the Borg by putting them to sleep… good times. Maybe I should hold out…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #9 – Review

    Position: Right Field. It’s typically considered that the right fielder sees the least amount of action compared to the other outfield positions, but the right fielder is usually thought to have the strongest arm due to their distance from third base. The Avengers have one of the strongest arms…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #8 – Review

    Position: Center Field. The Center Fielder is the leader of the outfield crew. They help coordinate the positioning of their teammates and tend to cover the most ground in the outfield. It seems only natural the X-Men would use their resident regal, mutant, Namor, as the leader of the…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #7 – Review

    Position: Left Field. Outfielders are expected to cover a great deal of distance, and in this super-powered version of baseball, that includes covering the sky as well. There’s no shortage of high-fliers on both rosters in this game. The left fielder gets a lot of action, so the X-Men…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man Video Game – Review

    Yeah, I’m freeeee, free-roamin’. Rejoice all you rabid web swingers, Spider-Man is back in the virtual open world of New York City. Also rejoice that I don’t have any other Tom Petty influenced Spider-Man lyrics for you… on second thought, I have one more. Did you enjoy your last…

  • Ultimate Spider-Man #12 – Review

    I got nothing here. I can’t think of a clever way to begin this intro paragraph which ties the review back to the current television series I’m watching: Star Trek: The Next Generation. How about the fact that Miles is boldly going where no normal thirteen year old should…

  • The New Avengers, vol 2 #25-#27 – Review

    I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. That’s a quote from Futurama’s Professor Farnsworth, as well as a popular internet meme. But it could also very well be what Fongji, the ancient Iron Fist who bonded with the Phoenix Force, said at the end of her little…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #6 – Review

    Position: Shortstop. The shortstop position is primarily a defensive role, but over the last two decades or so, shortstops have also become a viable offensive threat as well. They have a lot of ground to cover behind the pitcher so being able to get to the ball quickly is…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #5 – Review

    Position: Third Base. The hot corner! One of the most pivotal positions in the infield. The third basemen is expected to have solid defensive skills in order to prevent any balls hit down the line from ending up in the outfield. Who better to man the hot corner than the coolest…

  • Ultimate Spider-Man #11 – Review

    Curb your enthusiasm, it’s just me with another Ultimate Spider-Man review. I sometimes try to relate this beginning intro to the show/movie that I’m watching at the time of posting the review, but unfortunately, Larry David’s hilarious HBO series doesn’t make it easy for me. Lines such as “the…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #4 – Review

    Position: Second Baseman. The short and gritty player on the diamond a lot of the times. Some of the best have been known for their determination and willingness to get dirty in order to make a play. For the Avengers, I went with Daredevil, whose radar senses should help…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #3 – Review

    Position: First Baseman. This position tends to go to the big bopper a lot of the time. The home run hitter. Guys that don’t always need to be the best on defense, so long as they can catch and scoop a ball. Of course there are always first basemen capable…

  • Ultimate Spider-Man #10 – Review

    I’ll make this brief. Or at least try to. There’s a new Game of Thrones on and I must give it my utmost attention. That show and this comic have… some stuff in common, maybe? Uh, there’s a conflict between an inexperienced teenager bestowed with power and his uncle.…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #2 – Review

    Position: Catcher. The catcher is usually the pitcher’s most trusted teammate. A rapport between the battery mates is crucial to rhythm of the game. On defense, they need to be a brick wall, blocking home plate preventing any runs from getting across. The Avengers have a good game caller and plate blocker in…

  • The New Avengers, vol. 2 #24 – Review

    Avengers Assemb—, I’m sorry, I just don’t have the drive to finish that rallying cry these days. The Avengers should be on the top of the world right now. They’re starring in this summer’s most anticipated movie, have a popular cartoon show, but I can’t support their fight with…

  • Ultimate Spider-Man #9 – Review

    There’s always money in the banana stand. That doesn’t really have anything to do with this review, but to begin this little intro I wanted to borrow a quote from one of the best written shows out there, Arrested Development. I’m watching the show once again on Netflix so…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #1 – Review

    …and the hoooome of the mutants! Play ball! It has started, and no time is wasted before tempers flare and tensions between Marvel’s greatest superhero teams get heated.  Since this is more of an X-Men story in my opinion, and Captain America brings the fight to Utopia, the X-Men…

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #0 – Review

    It’s coming! Well technically it’s already here. But the time we all look forward to has finally arrived.  No, I’m not talking about the annual Marvel comic crossover event. I’m talking about the start of a new Major League Baseball season. So to celebrate both the return of baseball,…

  • Avengers X-Sanction #4 – Review

    What a place for an ending, huh? It’s like that movie ‘Goldeneye’! I decided to go back to the Cable Guy theme for the ending of this mini-series. But we should all know this isn’t so much an ending, as it is a beginning to the next great Marvel…