Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 1/25
Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.
These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.
Once and Future #6 (BOOM!)– The first arc of Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, and Tamra Bonvillain’s riff on Arthurian legends and the Holy Grail comes to an action-packed conclusion. Duncan has truly transformed from a nerdy academic to a pure of heart hero and fulfills the archetypes of these legends while also putting his own stamp on it. The story’s emotional crux is the dysfunctional relationship between Duncan and his grandmother who used him in a pawn to get the Holy Grail. Mora draws some harsh glances, and Gillen adds some harsh words when they interact between the sword slashing, skeleton killing, and Celtic, er, white supremacist pearl clutching. Once and Future really works as a self-contained miniseries, but Gillen and Mora dangle some delightful elements from the legendarium for arc two. Overall: 8.4 Verdict: Buy
Marauders #6 (Marvel)– Ooh, this comic got good. Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli, and Mario Del Pennino show the battle between the Marauders and the Homo Verendi that is some good racist ass kicking content. Storm gets to kick a guy in the face. However, Marauders #6 doesn’t stop here, but twists the knife even deeper with the mutant political intrigue and Kate Pryde’s status of being unable to go to Krakoa. Sebastian Shaw demonstrates why he’s a fantastic villain, and Duggan, Lolli, and Del Pennino score some big emotional blows in the issue’s third act. Marauders has really leveled up as a comic in issue six with high emotional stakes to go with its cleanly rendered action and sense of humor. (Apparently, Pyro enjoys LITs and Rick and Morty.) Overall: 8.8 Verdict: Buy
Excalibur #6 (Marvel)– Some of the previous issues were little rough, but I think I’ve come around to liking Tini Howard and Marcus To’s Excalibur. This issue is full high fantasy with evil witches, death and rebirth, a duel to the death, and dragon fire. Howard and To also relish in Apocalypse’s plotting as everyone, including Morgan Le Fay and Jamie Braddock, have a role to play as he expands Krakoa into Otherworld. However, Excalibur #6 balances this big picture plotting with warm moments like Rogue and Gambit discussing their relationship in a hot tub, and Betsy and Brian Braddock talking about heroism and their commitment to the Captain Britain Corps. These scenes with pairs of characters are something Tini Howard really writes well and restored my interest in this title. Overall: 8.0 Verdict: Buy
Atlantis Attacks #1 (Marvel)– As someone who read the original 1989 crossover event, I can definitely say that the only connection is Namor. As we find the Agents of ATLAS building the Portal City of Pan, as the businessman who built it holds a dark secret, that’s it is powered by a dragon stolen from Atlantis unbeknownst to the Agents. This of course comes to the knowledge of Namor who sees this as another slight against his rule. By issue’s end, we find our heroes battling against the Submariner, which is the reason why he is probably one of Marvel’s most complicated anti-heroes. Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy
Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!
Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).