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Review: The Superior Spider-Man The Complete Collection Vol. 2

Out now is The Superior Spider-Man The Complete Collection Vol. 2 which collects issues #17-31 and Annual #1-2, the adventures of Doc Ock in the body of Peter Parker!

The Superior Spider-Man The Complete Collection Vol. 2 is by Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman, Livesay, Edgar Delgado, Chris Eliopoulos, Jason Howard, Humberto Ramons, Javier Rodriguez, Marcos Martin, Victor Olazaba, Alvaro Lopez, Giuseppe Camuncoli, John Dell, Antonio Fabela, Terry Pallot, Alvaro Lopez, J.G. Jones, Laura Martin, Christos Gage, Will Sliney, Philip Briones, Clayton Cowles, Mike Del Mundo, Ellie Pule, Stephen Wacker, and Nick Lowe.

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A Death in the Family! X-Men: The Exterminated #1 this December

Cable has fallen, and the events of Extermination have left a hole in the X-Men family. What comes next??

In the wake of Cable’s death, his adopted daughter Hope Summers is attempting to deal with her loss – but a dark and terrifying path beckons her, and the X-Men’s own Jean Grey may be her only hope for survival!

This December, Cable creative team Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler re-team for a special one-shot to say good-bye to the time-traveling, fan-favorite mutant – featuring a cover by Geoff Shaw with colors by Antonio Fabela and interior art by Neil Edwards and more. The issue features a special back-up story that celebrates the life of Nathan Summers, from legendary X-Men series writer Chris Claremont!

Don’t miss the X-Men story everyone will be talking about – X-Men: The Exterminated #1 arrives in comic shops this December 5th!

Review: Thanos Legacy #1

Out this Wednesday is the next chapter in Marvel’s cosmic adventure, Thanos Legacy! Bridging the gap of what was to what will be, the issue picks up after the shocking events of Infinity Wars.

Thanos Legacy #1 features Donny Cates, Brian Level, Jordan Boyd, Clayton Cowles, Gerry Duggan, Cory Smith, Ruth Redmond, Geoff Shaw, Antonio Fabela, Stonehouse, Ron Lim, and Israel Silva.

The issue comes to shelves September 5th. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: The Punisher #1

Punisher no longer has the War Machine armor, but he retained his newly acquired taste for big game, and he’s hungry for more. However, the paths to such perilous pursuits are fraught with dangers bigger than any Frank has faced before, and this lone wolf could use otherworldly help on his way up to the world stage.

There’s been all sorts of takes on the Punisher. There’s the classic version that wages a war on crime. There’s the one that was brought back from the dead to avenge for God. There was Franken-Castle… which, yeah. And there was Nazi-Punisher manipulated by the evil Steve Rogers. That last one is key here as Frank Castle is attempting to atone for his mistakes as Hydra is rising once again.

Writer Matthew Rosenberg is taking Castle through a journey where he’s attempting to right some wrongs and in doing so giving us a version that’s a mix of some classics. This is more the classic version waging a war it feels like so far but also one who’s on a bigger stage and now viewed as a terrorist not just a psycho vigilante. It’s a logical extension for the character and gives him a character progression and growth we haven’t seen addressed enough in a post Secret Empire Marvel universe. What’s more interesting is the use of characters not normally associated with the Punisher to do so. There’s the Mandarin, Baron Zemo, Roxxon, and even Hydra. It’s an expansion of rogues that feels like a solid move in getting this character more out there and integrated into the Marvel Universe.

The art by Szymon Kudranski with color by Antonio Fabela and lettering by Cory Petit builds off of Rosenberg’s Jaws-like narrative. The art uses the slow build as the action ramps up and Castle is revealed more and more not just physically but also his actions. Kudranski gives us slight sparks of enjoyment as the Punisher uses crazier and crazier weapons. Fabela keeps the color choices minimal using it to enhance the carnage and destruction. There’s some great choices on peppering pages with bullet casings as if they’re flying off the page.

The Punisher is on a mission again and this time it’s hunting for bigger game. It’s a great take on the character mixing the old with the new and bringing back the character into what feels like a force of nature that’s pure destruction and chaos and something criminals and villains need to fear.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Szymon Kudranski
Color: Antonio Fabela Lettering: Cory Petit
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Cosmic Ghost Rider #1

This week’s new comic book day sees a road trip for the Cosmic Ghost Rider.

Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 is by Donny Cates, Dylan Burnett, Antonio Fabela, Clayton Cowles, Geoff Shaw, Carlos Lao, Annalise Bissa, and Jordan D. White.

Get your copy in comic shops starting July 4. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Cosmic Ghost Rider #1

This week’s new comic book day sees a road trip for the Cosmic Ghost Rider.

Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 is by Donny Cates, Dylan Burnett, Antonio Fabela, Clayton Cowles, Geoff Shaw, Carlos Lao, Annalise Bissa, and Jordan D. White.

Get your copy in comic shops starting July 4. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Skyward #2

Willa’s Dad claims he knows how to fix the world. Willa thinks he’s a crazy old man. The truth lies down on the Streets, where the rich live, staying as far away from the deadly sky as possible. There they use the latest technology to pretend G-day never happened. And Willa quickly discovers they aren’t friendly to outsiders…

Original and entertaining. Those are two things I look for in a comic and Skyward has that and then some. In short, gravity has gone sideways and society is forever changed. Writer Joe Henderson and artist Lee Garbett (with colorist Antonio Fabela) give you a gut punch reminder of the impact of that within the first few pages. There’s a spread that’s jaw dropping and so well done.

While the series could easily be The Walking Dead without gravity, focused on surviving, the team instead has decided to drill in on the details of it all. We see how society has adapted but more importantly the divide between the haves and the have nots. As sci-fi does best, the series delivers a layered story that is as much about greedy capitalism and class as it is anything else. It’s also a story about a daughter and father and attempting to fix society. It works on a lot of levels.

Some of that is delivered through the visuals which are unique and just amazing. There’s so much detail and you can tell thought has gone in to every little bit. The first spread that I hinted at above is a perfect example telling a story unto itself. Then there’s how society has changed and adapted, all of which are told visually.

The series is creative and there’s an energy about it that makes it beyond entertaining. The issues so far are so full of detail that you’ll linger on pages to see how society has changed and what has been impacted. The layers of storytelling here are a lot and so good. Image has been putting out solid comics and this is one that stands out from the pack.

Story: Joe Henderson Art: Lee Garbett Color: Antonio Fabela
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Thanos Annual #1

Before he lights up the silver screen and potentially offs some superheroes in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos gets the Tales from the Crypt treatment in Thanos Annual #1 with the Cosmic Ghost Rider playing the role of Cryptkeeper and telling the story of the Mad Titan’s most demented deeds to a surprise audience. Cosmic Ghost Rider’s pitch black, Southern fried sense of humor keeps the story chugging along through different art styles and an all-star creative team featuring Kieron Gillen‘s return to the Marvel Universe and My Little Pony writer/artist Katie Cook telling a dark of story of fratricide, mass suicide, mass graves, and candy cane impalings.

The current Thanos ongoing series’ creative team of Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, and Antonio Fabela lead off the annual with a short, yet potent story of Thanos’ relationship with his daughter Gamora. Shaw’s art is fluid and shows why Gamora is considered to be the “Deadliest Woman in the Universe” and bursts of green blood from Fabela show that gore, death, and both physical and mental trauma are going to be a recurring motif in this comic book. Their Thanos has a malevolent evil force meets worst stage/bleacher dad ever vibe as Gamora is completely under his control to shape into something that is more of a weapon than a human being. Also, Thanos might be considered a supervillain, and Gamora is a member of the de facto superhero team, the Guardians of the Galaxy, but this story is more science fiction than superhero, especially with its twist ending that was totally once used in an episode of Rick and Morty.

Chris Hastings (Gwenpool), Flaviano (I Am Groot), and Frederico Blee (She-Hulk) go all out cringe comedy in their story which is as painful as slowly removing your fingernails and toenail, one by one. It’s about Thanos visiting a young man every year on his birthday (Except for one because there was a major Marvel Universe crossover.) and making his life utterly miserable depending on his current life situation. Basically, Thanos is evil on both a macro and micro level. He can be annoying like nuclear warfare or annoying like a hangnail. Also, the panel of Thanos texting is up there with the legendary “Thanoscopter”, and honestly, I spent most of the story wondering what evil breakup causing text he concocted. I love how Hastings, Flaviano, and Blee took a pretty standard slice of life setup and turned into torture via sequential art.

Kieron Gillen has a mini reunion with his WicDiv 455 AD collaborators Andre Araujo and Chris O’Halloran in a cosmic take on Say Anything with Thanos playing John Cusack, Lady Death as Ione Skye, and planetary explosions subbing in for a boombox. Because it’s technically about art, Gillen, Araujo, and O’Halloran’s story is metafictional with Thanos commenting that none of these stories really matter in the face of death. In a kind of Lucien’s library of unpublished books in Sandman move, Gillen also creates some of the potentially coolest planets in the Marvel Universe, including a basically Choose Your Own Adventure planet, and then literally blows it up because art can do nothing to stave off mortality. But, hey, O’Halloran colors some pretty explosions, and Araujo continues his knack for architecture in his design for Lady Death’s palace.

The next story in Thanos Annual is both funny and disturbing and sort of in the vein of Happy Tree Friends or I Hate Fairyland. In it, Katie Cook and let’s make this look as much like a cute kid’s cartoon as possible colorist Heather Breckle tell the story of Thanos visiting a planet inhabited by Adorales, who do whatever he wants. Of course, they worship him as a god and then start killing each other in twisted ways after Thanos makes a death threat towards them because they won’t stop bouncing all over him. The adorable style of Cook’s art allows her to get away with a lot more violence than the other more traditionally drawn stories in Thanos Annual and leads to some squicky moments with the Adorales’ lifeless bodies filling up the page. Luckily, Cook fills the story with some great  asides from Thanos, who was not expecting this kind of situation just as much as the readers.

In the next story, Ryan North, Will Robson, and Rachelle Rosenberg rapidly switch gears from fish out of water comedy (Thanos helping to searing existential torture and also make good use of the walking plot device that is the Infinity Gauntlet. With the exception of a colorful intro page where he and Rosenberg throw it back to the actual Infinity Gauntlet story with battles and superheroes, Robson’s art is pretty deadpan, and he nails the hilarious reactions that every day people have to Thanos helping and chatting pleasantly with an old lady. Of course, he has a supremely evil ulterior motive of stifling a brilliant mind from having an epiphany and finding a cure for all diseases and sickness. North gets to write a fantastic monologue at the end about how he doesn’t just love physical death, but the death of hope and potential. Most of us will never experience half the Earth population dying, but many people struggle with not reaching their potential so this story kind of hits hard after its absurdist beginning.

The thought provoking nature of “That Time Thanos Helped An Old Lady Cross the Street” extends to the final, full story in Thanos Annual #1 before it’s wrapped up with an ending tag featuring Cosmic Ghost Rider and a mysterious guest character. Al Ewing is one of Marvel’s most imaginative and intelligent writers, and he uses a science fiction and a gorgeously painted tale from Frazer Irving to ask an age old theological question, “Can people be moral without a higher power to look up to?” Before this question is asked by Thanos, who literally kills a god in an epic Irving splash page, Ewing and Irving create almost the perfect religion that is a hybrid of Golden Rule-driven monotheism with a side of reincarnation. However, Thanos totally upends the scientific mechanisms that kept this faith chugging along and creates one hell of an existential crisis for the Kehlrassians that bleeds into Cosmic Ghost Rider’s narration because he has been to both Heaven and Hell. It reminds readers that Thanos is both a psychological and physical threat, which is something that Ewing explored in the second half of his Ultimates run. (RIP)

Stealthily, Thanos Annual #1 is just a great collection of intelligent and darkly humorous sci-fi shorts that just happen to take place in the Marvel Universe. It features some of its most clever writers and artists that have an eye for both humor and violence on a large and small scale and makes you realize that reading stories about Thanos is like staring into the abyss or being one of those dumbasses that looked at the solar eclipse without those special glasses.

Story: Donny Cates, Chris Hastings, Kieron Gillen, Katie Cook, Ryan North, Al Ewing Art: Geoff Shaw, Flaviano, Andre Araujo, Katie Cook, Will Robson, Frazer Irving Colors: Antonio Fabela, Frederico Blee, Chris O’Halloran, Heather Breckle, Rachelle Rosenberg 
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Red Hood and the Outlaws #21

Red Hood and the Outlaws #21

Story: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy
Color: Veronica Gandini
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Trevor Hairsine, Antonio Fabela
Variant Cover: Guillem March
Editor: Rob Levin
Put Boss: Marie Javins
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Looking to make his mark on Gotham City’s crowded underworld, Red Hood infiltrates the Iceberg Lounge in an attempt to further annoy the Penguin. But it might be the Penguin who gets the drop on Red Hood this time. Plus, the truth about Bizarro’s condition finally comes out-and the consequences could be catastrophic for Artemis!

Preview: Red Hood and the Outlaws #20

Red Hood and the Outlaws #20

Story: Scott Lobdell Art: Dexter Soy
Color: Veronica Gandini Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Trevor Hairsine, Antonio Fabela
Variant Cover: Guillem March
Editor: Rob Levin Group Editor: Marie Javins
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

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