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Review: Secret Empire #2

Enshrouded in darkness, plagued by the minions of Baron Mordo and cut off from all assistance, The Defenders and Doctor Strange struggle to save the lives of the innocent people consigned to this hell on Earth. Will Dagger prove to be the key to stopping this nightmare? Meanwhile, will the appearance of a new hero provide Iron Man with the key to Captain America’s startling change?

Secret Empire #2 attempts to do what the lead up and first issue failed, give us someone to really cheer for. With a focus on the resistance we’re given a look at those standing up against Steve Rogers/Captain America/HydraCap and Hydra. Though, not all is presented in a solid way. Writer Nick Spencer presents a resistance at odds with itself, disagreeing upon which actions to take and how extreme their end actions should be when it comes to “taking out” Steve Rogers. This cause a fracture within and who winds up on which side is interesting if not a bit head scratching. The conclusions made as a whole are a bit head scratching when an all of the above decision would in the real world be what’s decided upon. There’s little strategy it feels like, just focus on one task. It’s hard to not think Spencer is saying something about the left and current resistance through this, a problem with this entire event story, it’s impossible to disassociate itself from reality.

Spencer doesn’t help matters in a revealing scene involving Steve Rogers/Captain America. After addressing the nation about his attack on Las Vegas, we learn a startling fact which presents the character as a symbol and figurehead for Hydra (aka Marvel Nazis). When those involved don’t condemn or see issues with Captain America being used as a prop by real life Nazis/White Supremacists/Alt-Right, there’s something uneasy to see that be reflected in a story that was written months ago. In this case fantasy causes a different reflection on real life and makes responses by the creative team and its defenders a bit more ominous.

The art by Andrea Sorrentino and Rod Reis is pretty stellar. I love this style and it has worked so well in other series. Here it adds to the grizzled and rough vibe of the world, adding a dirtier tone to it all. A different art style would impact how the comic is taken when read but in this case it reflects the story. The one knock is with the coloring which makes it hard to distinguish some characters, in particular Spider-Man.

Spencer ends the issue with a “shocking surprise” and again foreshadows how it’ll all likely end, which since the narrative is being told in past tense, will end with resistance victory. This is an improvement as it actually gives us characters to cheer for in a way and some folks we should care about as a whole. The issue and event still comes off as poorly thought out and perspectives are too simplified missing the complexity of real life politics. A step in the right direction, but one that’s far too late.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Andrea Sorrentino and Rod Reis Cover Art: Mark Brooks
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Old Man Logan #22

Old Man Logan #22

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Eric Nguyen (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

HULK SMASH, OLD MAN LOGAN SNIKT!

It’s LOGAN versus a WENDIGO and THE HULK – all over again! And as he continues his journey through his own past, Logan is forced to relive an especially poignant and painful moment from his past… Will he try to change the outcome to save a person he loves more than anyone else?

Preview: Old Man Logan #21

Old Man Logan #21

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Eric Nguyen (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99

THE EPIC “PAST LIVES” SAGA BEGINS HERE!

AN INSTANT CLASSIC FOR THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES! Follow LOGAN through the ages – in the 1800s as a young mutant, to his first encounter with the HULK, to his stint with the X-MEN as WOLVERINE – it’s all here! OLD MAN LOGAN is accidentally sent spiraling through his own past, forced to relive some of his most tragic and intense moments. Will he be able to free himself from these living memories? And will he ever return to the WASTELANDS and the young baby Hulk he left behind?

Preview: Old Man Logan #20

Old Man Logan #20

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99

OUT OF THE FRYING PAN…AND INTO NEW JERSEY!

Trying to correct a mistake from his past, LOGAN has been forced to resort to teaming up with a past adversary! Will Logan learn to heed his friends’ warnings about mixing magic and time travel? Guest-starring MILES MORALES, SPIDER-MAN!

Preview: Old Man Logan #19

Old Man Logan #19

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

PRISON BREAK WITH OLD MAN LOGAN!

A failure from the past haunts LOGAN…and to correct his mistakes, he’ll need magical assistance. But when he faces opposition, Logan will turn to an unlikely – and potentially treacherous – ally! Will an encounter with MILES MORALES convince Logan to alter his path?

Free Comic Book Day Brings The Marvel Universe to Your Local Comic Shop

The biggest heroes, the biggest creators and the biggest stories are coming to Free Comic Book Day 2017! Featuring blockbuster lead-ins to some of Marvel’s biggest upcoming titles, it’s never been a better time to jump headfirst into the Marvel Universe! But you won’t have to wait till May 6th to get a taste of what’s in store, because Marvel is pleased to present the first interior pages from this year’s Free Comic Book Day titles – Secret Empire FCBD #1 and All-New Guardians of the Galaxy FCBD #1!

First up, the stage is set for a blockbuster comic event unlike any other as heroes must unite in Secret Empire FCBD #1. As Hydra puts their plans into action, Nick Spencer and Andrea Sorrentino bring you the opening salvo in a story that will rock the Marvel Universe and leave fans jaws on the floor! After your head stops spinning, get a sneak peek at the highly-anticipated Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, as writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Paulo Siqueira return the titular hero to his friendly neighborhood of NYC for a thrilling new ongoing series!

Then, blast off as Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder and Ive Svorcina bring you over-the-top action and out-of-this-world adventure in All-New Guardians of the Galaxy FCBD #1! Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot head back to the stars just in time for their new ongoing series! That is, if they survive a run in with the new Nova Corps! Finally, head back down to the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen as Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez and Justin Ponsor bring you a look inside The Defenders! Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist unite as they go head-to-head with a new criminal element in the Marvel Universe!

The only place to get these highly-anticipated stories is at your local comic shop! Be there on May 6th for 40 pages of superhero thrills in the mighty Marvel manner! Run don’t, walk to your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day! To find a comic shop near you, visit comicshoplocator.com!

This May, Enter Marvel’s Secret Empire

What if your greatest ally was secretly your greatest enemy? Beginning May 3rd, prepare for Marvel ComicsSecret Empire! Creators Nick Spencer, Steve McNiven, Andrea Sorrentino, and Leinil Yu are ready to challenge the entire Marvel Universe as they unite the Avengers, X-Men, Defenders, Champions, Inhumans, Spider-Man, and more, as an unwavering front against the Secret Empire!

The Marvel Universe is under siege from within! Due to the manipulations of the Red Skull, Captain America, secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra, uses the trust and respect he has gained over the years to a position where he can enacts Hydra’s ideals against the Marvel Universe and it’s up to all heroes to unite against one of the greatest challenges they have ever faced.

The series is a rallying cry for all heroes — Avengers, Guardians, Defenders, X-Men, Spider-Man, Deadpool – to put aside their differences and unify in the defense of the Marvel Universe as it’s revealed early on that Captain America is a traitor and they must unify to stop him.

That unification is what will be needed to confront Steve Rogers since all the heroes close to Cap have been be influenced by him over the years.

Forged together as one – the Avengers, the Champions, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Inhumans, the X-Men, and more will be tested as Hydra’s grip tightens around the Marvel Universe and Secret Empire unleashes a horde of villains against those who have sworn to protect the innocent.

Secret Empire #1 features a cover by Mark Brooks.

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Preview: Old Man Logan #16

Old Man Logan #16

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jan 04, 2017
SRP: $3.99

IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SNIKT!

After a disastrous rescue mission, LOGAN is trapped in the cold void of space, hunted by the BROOD! But…wait…Logan is also BACK IN THE WASTELANDS? How can this be? Has the old man finally lost it? Or is this the fateful reunion with that dystopian future he’s been dreading? Read on, True Believer and find out!

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Preview: Old Man Logan #15

Old Man Logan #15

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 14, 2016
SRP: $3.99

WHEN IN ROMANIA, DO AS THE ROMANIANS DO – STAKE VAMPIRES!

It’s up to LOGAN and the greatest supernatural hero squad the world has ever seen, the HOWLING COMMANDOS, to stop DRACULA from a dastardly plot that endangers the whole world. But when JUBILEE is in trouble, can the Commandos trust Logan to make the tough calls?

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The Asgard/Shi’Ar War Begins in The Mighty Thor #15!

Kick 2017 off with a bang as two Marvel Universe mainstays go to war – and shake the cosmos! Marvel has released a first look at The Mighty Thor #15 – the first chapter of the “Asgard/Shi’ar War”! Chartbusting creators Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman bring you a brand-new story arc that’s sure to bring the thunder!

Lately Thor has been busy trying to stop Malekith’s ongoing assault on the various Ten Realms, but far across the galaxy, another conflict is brewing and the most powerful super-army in the cosmos is preparing a surprise attack on the city of the gods. The Shi’ar Empire will lay siege to Asgardia. Their target? Thor herself! And they’ll stop at nothing to take down the Goddess of Thunder. Be there for the opening shots in a war that will ring out across the galaxy!

The Mighty Thor #15 is out January 11, 2017, and features covers by Dauterman with Matthew Wilson, Ryan Sook, Andrea Sorrentino, Mike Deodato, and Christian Ward.

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