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Exclusive Preview: Champions #2

Champions #2

(W) Jim Zub (A) Steven Cummings (CA) Aaron Kim Jacinto
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• When the dream is at stake, everything you believe in and have fought dearly for, what would you be willing to sacrifice to keep it alive?
• One of the Champions has made a choice that will haunt them for the rest of their days… And now the villain behind that decision has everything they need to shatter the next generation of heroes.
• Jim Zub (AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, UNCANNY AVENGERS) and Steven Cummings (Wayward, Legends of the Dark Knight) take the Champions into uncharted territory, and the team will never be the same.

CHAMPIONS #2

Preview: Sentry #4

Sentry #4

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Joshua Cassara (A/CA) Aaron Kim Jacinto
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

With his mind and both worlds he inhabits being ripped apart, Sentry comes face to face with one of his oldest enemies, and his only salvation may be his damaged ex-sidekick, Scout.

Review: Avengers #688

As the final battle for Earth begins, one Avenger will sacrifice everything to give his teammates a fighting chance.

Doing the impossible. That’s at the heart of Avengers #688 as our heroes rally to defeat the Challenger. It’s that inspirational moment where they come together and yell “Avengers Assemble” one last time before going on the offensive. It nails that in every sense and had me muttering “fuck yeah” as every moment is hit.

Writers Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub have knocked the issue out of the park giving us some humor, some heart, and that pep talk that makes you want to go into battle. The trio of writers deliver and while it’s pretty standard in what you’d expect, how they deliver it all, the pacing, the details, adds together for an emotional ride.

There’s Quicksilver attempting to stop the beacon which we know will free the heroes. It’s obvious. What will he sacrifice to do that? And how? There’s the Challenger and the Hulk who has a grudge about him. There’s the frozen heroes. There’s the heroes attempting the stop the Challenger and keep the Earth from crumbling. Everyone feels like they have a moment and that’s impressive considering the cast. The other thing is, there’s real sacrifice. You feel the emotion as decisions are made, both good and bad. There’s a connection somehow… it’s just impressive.

Some of that is the writing and a lot has to do with the art by Kim Jacinto and Stefano Caselli, color by David Curiel, and lettering by Cory Petit. The art just looks great but it’s the small details that really add up and create the emotional depth. A tear flowing down a cheek. The pain on a face as a character makes a decision they know is a bad one. It all comes together and adds to the emotional ride that the writers have set up. Then there’s the lettering which is important. It too adds that emotional punch. How big or small that lettering is, is key. And you can read into (no pun intended) a lot of that based on what’s decided as far as the lettering.

This might be my favorite issue so far and that’s from an even that has delivered with almost every issue. Yes, we knew this was coming but the details and how it’s all put together makes it shine. Events are dragging down comics? Here’s your exception and an example of what every one should strive to be.

Story: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub Art: Aaron Kim Jacinto, Stefano Casselli Cover Art: Mark Brooks
Color: David Curiel Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Avengers #688

Avengers #688

(W) Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub (A) Aaron Kim Jacinto, Stefano Casselli (CA) Mark Brooks
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONTINUES!
NO SURRENDER Part 14
As the final battle for Earth begins, one Avenger will sacrifice everything to give his teammates a fighting chance.

Review: Avengers #681

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Where we last left Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, various members scattered across the globe with one taking on the Lethal Legion and the other, the Black Order due to the two teams battling over a game between the Grandmaster and the Challenger and the game isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Continuing off where the last issue ended, there’s still plenty of action and intrigue to go around and it’s working for the most part save for a few minor hiccups. For one, Rogue killing Corvius Glave doesn’t seem to have much consequences aside from a few of the heroes being unnerved by the extreme action she took. Really, absorbing him amounted to her finding out what exactly is going on. It’s good that it served that purpose but I would have liked some more moments about Rogue killing one of the Black Order. Though you can argue she was justified for doing such given, you know, they’re using Earth as a battlefield for a sick game?

So between that and Synapse getting a thought reading on one of the Lethal Legion, everyone now knows what is even going on, so now the stakes are completely set, which is good! And we also get an idea for the origin of Voyager which in true sort of, Silver Age fashion, it was something of a total accident, not helped by the fact that said accident was motivated by her as a child not wanting to accept her parents getting a divorce and as she describes it, “[her powers] took away the pain.”

It still doesn’t technically explain how she knew the Avengers and was part of the history, maybe it’s just me and either writer of this book can explain it better to me. I mean, it’s not a bad origin, just that I don’t think I’ve fully grasped how is Voyager supposed to work in the greater context.

Despite that however, writers Jim Zub, Mark Waid, and Al Ewing still craft a solid issue with good character moments spread out. It’s an all out action brawl with small character moments this time around but it’s good action and they paced themselves quite well at it. As does the art by Kim Jacinto but this time with some assistance by Mike Perkins given the Voyager origin which gives it a nice aged feel to it which worked quite effectively.

Not much else to say except it’s a good issue to get things moving forward especially with the last couple of pages. If you’ve been enjoying this, keep reading it, it’s still a solid story.

 

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Preview: Avengers #681

Avengers #681

(W) Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Mark Waid (A) Aaron Kim Jacinto, Mike Perkins (CA) Mark Brooks
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

NO SURRENDER Part 7
Who is Voyager? Valerie Vector, the forgotten founding Avenger, tells all! And a fan-favorite Avenger returns to the fold as the stakes in the battle for Earth become clear!

Preview: Avengers #680

Avengers #680

(W) Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub (A) Aaron Kim Jacinto (CA) Mark Brooks
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

NO SURRENDER Part 6
Wonder Man and Beast team up in a desperate attempt to save Jarvis, while the Avengers reel from the crushing loss of one of their own.

Review: Avengers #679

AVENGERS #679Who is the Challenger? What is at stake in his grudge match with the Grandmaster? And when the two of them clash, can the Earth survive the destruction they unleash?

“No Surrender” continues in Avengers #679 and we now have a better idea who the Grandmaster’s opponent is and why they’re battling. Taking a break from the action, writers Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub use the issue to explore the Elders who are using Earth as a Chessboard for their own pissing match.

Waid, Ewing, and Zub deliver an excellent entry that explains exactly what’s going on and why filling in more history of the Marvel Universe. The issue feels like a solid explanation for new readers and should entertain long time fans too. It also sets up the rivalry well keeping it simple and in by doing so also making it easy to relate to.

But, what the issue does that’s impressive is provide that “reflecting” issue due to the Human Torch’s “death” without an entire issue of characters mourning something we know isn’t true. They break expectations that way and shake up the narrative. That aspect is there but it’s relegated to a few pages instead of an entire issue.

The art by Kim Jacinto is excellent creating a cosmic feel of it all. The Grandmaster and the Challenger in ways feel like gods to the pawns being used in their battles. The designs are fantastic in both characters and settings and the focus on character expressions when dealing with Storms’ “death” adds emotion in a minimum amount of ways. Instead of pages, it’s panels.

The issue is a solid chapter that slows things down a little just as it was ramping up. It takes a step back to reveal more pieces of the puzzle and delivers a nice twist at the end just when you think everything’s been explained and all pieces are on the board.

There’s also fun added to each issue with extras. Here we get some of the thought process as to the design of the Challenger as well as Mark Waid explaining some of what we saw last issue, the type of debate comic fans love.

This continues to be an event that’s a hell of a lot of fun and living up to the hype, exactly what I was hoping it would be.

Story: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub Art: Aaron Kim Jacinto Cover Art: Mark Brooks
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Avengers #679

Avengers #679

(W) Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub (A) Aaron Kim Jacinto (CA) Mark Brooks
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

NO SURRENDER Part 5
THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONTINUES!
Who is the Challenger? What is at stake in his grudge match with the Grandmaster? And when the two of them clash, can the Earth survive the destruction they unleash?

AVENGERS #679

Review: Indestructible Hulk by Mark Waid

It’s Wednesday which means comics are hitting comic stores all across the world. This week from Marvel is a trade dedicated to the Indestructible Hulk by Mark Waid!

Indestructible Hulk collects issues #1-20 and Annual #1 by Mark Waid, Jeff Parker, Leinil Francis Yu, Matteo Scalera, Aaron Kim Jacinto, Mahmud A. Asrar, Miguel Angel Sepulveda, Joe Bennett, and Walter Simonson.

You can find this trade in comic stores today and book stores on October 10.

Get your copy at comic and book stores now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Indestructible Hulk by Mark Waid
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