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Marvel Legacy Unveils Multiple New Series

This fall, a new day will shine on the Marvel Universe with your favorite heroes, your favorite creators…where every story is an event!

Marvel has announced the following creative teams and Legacy titles:

PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #297
Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
Art by ADAM KUBERT

 

MASTER OF KUNG-FU #126
Written by CM PUNK
Art by DALIBOR TALAJIC

 

DAREDEVIL #595
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by STEFANO LANDINI

 

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #25
Written by BRANDON MONTCLARE
Art by NATACHA BUSTOS

 

For an in-depth look at our return to original numbering, fans can consult Marvel’s renumbering chart – a handy and easy way to jump on board with our Legacy content! Featuring new adventures and dozens of exciting returns, look for more interviews and updates with artists, writers, and editors of these series.

Review: Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #1

Spidey definitely has the jokes in the new series Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #1 from one of comics’ greatest comedy writers Chip Zdarsky, stellar and steady artist Adam Kubert, and colorist extraordinaire Jordie Bellaire. (It rhymes on purpose.) Instead of trying to tell some epic, interweaving crossover story or as a vehicle for his Batman fan fiction, Zdarsky and Kubert focus on the humorous and relational sides of Spider-Man. In this issue, he stops a mugger, basically goes on a date with Johnny Storm, sets up a date with a new character which he will probably miss, and there’s a soap opera ending. Sure, there might be one or two too many guest stars, but a little bit of comedy covers a multitude of gratuitous superhero cameos.

In its page layout, Spectacular Spider-Man #1 evokes the art of late 80s/early 90s “hot” artists Erik Larsen and Todd McFarlane, who tried to make every double page spread a poster you wanted to throw up on your bedroom wall unless you were one of those Goth kids that liked Sandman and Sandman alone. Except Adam Kubert is a hell of a storyteller, who kicks off the issue Manhattan style with an aerial shot of Spider-Man and his (boy)friend Human Torch eating shawarma on a New York rooftop after a frenetic opening page that both retells his origin and pokes fun at the incessant retellings of his origin in both comics and films. In his art style, Kubert strikes a balance between the cartoonish goofiness of, say, Erica Henderson and the strong superhero work of Andy Kubert. There’s punching, web swinging, and size changing when Ant-Man pops up, but Kubert leaves the page open for Zdarsky’s banter with bright pops of color from Bellaire, who is operating in happy superhero mode.

Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert spend most of the time with Spider-Man in costume because his weak Breaking Bad puns as Peter Parker either fall flat or work as excellent “your parents just spent a weekend binging Better Call Saul and didn’t answer any of your calls” jokes. Plus it sets up excellent sight gags like Spidey trying and failing to do a good cop/bad cop routine when he investigates a hacked phone in Chicago. (His costume is too damn bright.) Kubert brings the iconic splash pages while Zdarsky brings Spidey back to Earth with awkward phone conversations with Aunt May about the copyright friendly version of Tinder or freaking out about his powers when it was really just Ant-Man lending a helping hand.  Spider-Man is still about power and responsibility, but Zdarsky and Kubert show him struggling with his web fluid (This leads to so much dirty subtext if your mind’s in the gutter.) and freaking out whether to call or text back a standup comedian named Rebecca that he rescued earlier. Spidey is back to protecting ordinary people, being awkward and funny, and occasionally geeking out about science until Zdarsky pulls the proverbial rug out with a couple reveals in the last few pages.

And like a post-credits sting that stands alone as a complete narrative and adds a certain level of intrigue to the main plot, Chip Zdarsky, Goran Parlov, and Nathan Fairbarn cook up a one one one battle between Spider-Man and his fellow arachnid themed superhero, Black Widow. Zdarsky gives Spider-Man all the goofy, pleading dialogue he can handle while keeping Natasha silent and stoic until the final couple pages. She’s there to kick Spider-Man’s ass, and Parlov’s return into interior art is a true tour de force of action choreography. Spidey isn’t as good of a martial artist as Black Widow so he focuses on his speed, agility, and Spider sense as he dodges kicks that would incapacitate any ordinary person. However, his powerful figures aren’t lost under the speed lines, and you can see every move as the fight progresses. The backup makes you wish that Marvel would let Parlov draw an action-driven comic featuring any Marvel hero. Hell, he could even make Stilt-Man look badass.

If you want a Spider-Man comic that reminds you of flipping through comics with big, open layouts by John Romita Sr, Todd McFarlane, or Mark Bagley and still has a quirky, clever, and occasionally adult sense of humor, then Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #1 is the book for you. Chip Zdarsky is truly the king of comedy featuring iconic pop culture characters with his playful, sometimes encyclopedic, and joke-a-minute approach to the webslinger just like he did with Jughead for Archie.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Adam Kubert Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Backup Art: Goran Parlov Backup Color: Nathan Fairbarn
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Adam Kubert
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $4.99

SPIDER-MAN RETURNS TO THE FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD!
The webslinging, wallcrawling wonder returns to New York City in the all-new PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. A companion series to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man series, Peter Parker is going back-to-basics for big heroics in the Big Apple. Featuring adversaries old and new, be there as Spider-Man returns to his friendly neighborhood for his never ending battle against crime and the dreaed “Parker Luck”.

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Gets Launch Parties

Spider-Man returns to his friendly neighborhood in the new ongoing series Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man! From writer Chip Zdarsky and legendary artist Adam Kubert comes a companion to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man series. This can’t-miss series takes Peter Parker back-to-basics and is bursting at the seams with heart, humor, and over-the-top action!

To kickoff this incredible new series, Marvel has partnered with participating retail stores to host Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Launch Parties. In addition to exclusive variant covers, participating retail stores will receive exciting promotional items – including Spider-Man masks!

All qualifying retailers will receive the following as the part of the Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Party Kit:

  • Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Invitational Postcards (Bundle of 100)
  • Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Party City Masks (2 Bundles of 8)
  • Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Deodato Party Variant
  • Deep Ordering Discounts
  • Downloadable Cake Toppers

Retailers who qualify will also be eligible to order the Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 Deodato Party Variant and Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 Kubert Premiere Varaint.

Retailers are encouraged to check their Marvel Mailer and Diamond Daily for more information about the Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Launch Parties and how to opt-in before 5/15. Following his globetrotting adventures, it’s big heroics in the Big Apple as Peter Parker returns to the city that never sleeps! Be there as he swings between giant skyscrapers, squares off against his iconic rogues gallery and still manages to be late for that date he had planned! Head to your local comic shop on June 21st to get your hands on the highly-anticipated Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1!

Preview: All-New Wolverine #19

All-New Wolverine #19

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) Adam Kubert
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
SRP: $3.99

ALL-NEW STORY STARTS HERE! “IMMUNE”!

FROM THE STARS COMES DEATH! An alien ship! A dying passenger! Two words uttered that will forever change WOLVERINE’s life – starting a non-stop race against a deadly transformative disease, a battle in a quarantined city and a mysterious villain with a target on her head.

Review: Monsters Unleashed #5

The final chapter is here as the Monsters Unleashed mini-event wraps up leading into the new Monsters Unleashed ongoing series out in April. This is it! The odds are stacked against our heroes and the situation seems dire. What is the imagination of Kid Kaiju worth up against the queen of the leviathans? Well, in this comic we find out in a finale that feels like it takes a page from 90s Japanese import kids shows in some ways.

Writer Cullen Bunn brings together in a way that they click making the series overall feel like an action series aimed at Tweens featuring crazy monsters and something that reminds me so much of Power Rangers and Voltron. But beyond the action elements, the issue shares more with those modern classic kids shows. Between those action segments, we’re filled with quippy jokes, and inspirational speeches and statements like “it takes five fingers to form a fist.” There’s something Afterschool Special set in a spandex world about it all that makes it charming in a way. Definitely geared towards the younger set, I see the potential here, but still a bit baffled as to how a whole series will spin out of this event and the character of Kid Kaiju.

You can really see Bunn’s influences with the series in this final issue which definitely changes the tone of things overall. For the first four issues, and the spin-offs, I’d have said the influence of the series is squarely in classics like Godzilla or the recent Pacific Rim, but in this final issue things change a bit as the series puts the spotlight on Kid Kaiju and letting him loose. There’s something fun about it all and while elements felt familiar, it’s such a different direction that it’s a bit unexpected (though telegraphed for a few issues).

The art by Adam Kubert is pretty decent. There’s issues with panels where the character design isn’t solid with some characters looking a bit rough and the bigger action sequences though entertaining the action is a bit muddled too. It’s not bad though and like the writing and plot, the art is fun and feels aimed at a younger reader.

This final issue twists things a bit which is good as it’s an improvement over the last four issues. Kid Kaiju steps up to take on the enemy and his powers are interesting harkening back to some retro stories. It’s clear what the intended audience is for the upcoming series based on this final issue, but I’m also a little baffled how an ongoing series is spinning out of this. I have some ideas and this final issue has me intrigued as to what’s up. What’s really impressive is this final issue boosts what has come before and makes the whole series an interesting read.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Adam Kubert
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Monsters Unleashed #5 (of 5)

Monsters Unleashed #5 (of 5)

(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Adam Kubert
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 15, 2017
SRP: $4.99

THE FINAL CHAPTER!

Up against odds that have never seemed so dire, Marvel heroes like CAPTAIN AMERICA, SPIDER-MAN and MEDUSA will have to lean on their newest and youngest ally to save the day. But what is imagination worth up against several tons of teeth, claws and rage? Well, one LEVIATHON is about to find out. KID KAIJU will have to dig deep into his newfound powers if he wants to save the day – and the Earth with it! The final chapter in an epic story that you won’t want to miss, as drawn by comics legend, ADAM KUBERT.

Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: AXIS and Power Man & Iron Fist

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got two volumes from Marvel covering some of their newer releases.

Avengers and X-Men: AXIS collecting issues #1-9 by Rick Remender, Adam Kubert, Leinil Francis Yu, Terry Dodson, and Jim Cheung.

Power Man and Iron Fist Vol. 2 Civil War II collecting issues #6-9 and Sweet Christmas Annual by David F. Walker, Flaviano, Sanford Greene, Scott Hepburn, John Rauch, and Matt Millia.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find all three in comic stores March 8 and bookstores March 21.

Get your copies 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.

Avengers and X-Men: AXIS
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Power Man and Iron Fist Vol. 2 Civil War II
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man from Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert

This summer, the one-and-only Spider-Man returns to his friendly neighborhood! Marvel has announced Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, the new ongoing series from superstar writer Chip Zdarsky and legendary artist Adam Kubert! A companion to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man series, these two blockbuster creators are taking Peter Parker back-to-basics in a new series bursting at the seams with heart, humor and over-the-top action!

In the announcement, Zdarsky said:

With [Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man] we’re using the same Spider-Man continuity, but shifting the spotlight back to his NYC environment and supporting cast. But even though we’re pushing to make it a more personal book, we’re still going to have big adventures with ramifications that’ll be felt in other books. If I had a true mission statement for the book it would be: ‘Have fun, have heart, have stakes.’

He’s a webslinging, wallcrawling wonder. He’s the world’s greatest super hero. He’s the unluckiest guy on the planet. He’s Spider-Man! Following his globetrotting adventures, it’s big heroics in the Big Apple as Peter Parker returns to the city that never sleeps! Be there as he swings between giant skyscrapers, squares off against his iconic rogues gallery and still manages to be late for that date he had planned!

Can’t wait until June? Don’t’ miss your first taste of this highly anticipated series on Free Comic Book Day (May 6th) with a special 10-page story from Chip Zdarsky and Paulo Siqueira!

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