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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Publisher’s Weekly – Tapas Sees Big Gains for Digital Comics – This is the comic space to watch. Webtoons have a massive reader base and it’s only going to get bigger.

Reviews

The Beat – Abbott 1973 #1
Games Radar – Avengers #41
Collected Editions – Doctor Fate Vol. 1: The Blood Price
The Geekiary – Future State: Nightwing #1
The Beat – Terminal Punks #3

Preview: The Avengers #41

The Avengers #41

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Javi Garron (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 20, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE BATTLE TO DECIDE THE ALL-NEW PHOENIX CONTINUES!
Who will wield the power of the PHOENIX FORCE? A globe-spanning tournament is underway, under the direction of the firebird itself, pitting some of Marvel’s greatest heroes against their fiercest enemies and also against each other, giving each of them a taste of the awesome cosmic might that’s at stake. All will be transformed. Not all will survive.

The Avengers #41

The Avengers Join the Battle Against the King in Black in April

Now fully underway, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s King in Black has taken the entire Marvel Universe by storm. And in April, the year’s most talked-about event will explode in the pages of Jason Aaron’s Avengers. Featuring art by Luca Maresca, Avengers #45 stars Blade and a vampire army taking on Knull’s forces.

The vampire hunter has been at the forefront of battles throughout King in Black and now the vampire hunter will pay a dark price that will change his world forever. Setting up Blade and the Avengers for what’s to come, Avengers #45 is a key chapter in the King in Black saga that fans won’t want to miss. Check out the cover by Cory Smith below!

Avengers #45

Review: Avengers #40

Avengers #40

The Avengers are on to their next big storyline as the Phoenix has returned to Earth searching for a new host. Writer Jason Aaron has been building out a long-running epic that’s building to something with this latest chapter exploring another aspect of the original Avengers from thousands of years ago. Avengers #40 kicks off the “Enter the Phoenix” storyline and for all the build-up and hype, the issue is a whole lot of been there/done that.

After briefly aiding Moon Knight’s battle in the previous story arc, the Phoenix has taken up residence on Earth once again, this time searching for a new host to hold the power. The Avengers are on alert as are numerous groups and individuals looking to take the power for their own. But, the Phoenix has its own plan to find a champion in a battle between individuals with apparently the last one standing gaining the power.

Writer Jason Aaron delivers a pseudo-follow up to Avengers vs. X-Men as the Phoenix looks for a new host, this time focusing mostly on non-mutants. The battle between characters to prove who’s mightiest is something we’ve seen over and over again and this issue provides nothing new as far as that. In fact, it riffs on the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a groan-inducing moment involving Captain America. Uninspired. Not exciting. Downright boring. These are the words I’d describe a moment that has global implications.

The most interesting aspect of Avengers #40 is its ending where we see those who have been whisked away by the Phoenix to compete.

Javier Garrón provides the art along with David Curiel on color and Cory Petit on lettering. The art is a somewhat interesting aspect of the comic making best of Aaron’s disjointed script. While some panels lack details the focus and highlight is the battle between Captain America and Doctor Doom. It’s an anime/manga inspired fight full of energy blasts dripping of Phoenix Force. While Phoenix powered Doom isn’t all too exciting Captain America’s look is interesting though a bit “just happens”. The colors pop on the page emphasizing the energy oozing off of the combatants.

After a lot of build-up and hype, Avengers #40 and “Enter the Phoenix” is an uninspired start. Like the title suggests, it’s a riff on the tournament battle story we’ve seen so many times before. It delivers nothing new or interesting to the genre. Maybe down the line it will but as a beginning it’s a hell of a stumble.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Javier Garrón
Color: David Curiel Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.35 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Avengers #40

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Avengers #40 (Marvel) – “Enter the Phoenix” begins as the cosmic force returns to Earth looking for a new host.

Bad Reception (AfterShock) – If you missed the individual issues of this slasher horror comic, now’s your chance to see what you missed.

Batman Annual #5 (DC Comics) – Clownhunter gets the spotlight in this issue where we learn more about the intriguing character.

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last 52: War of the Multiverses #1 (DC Comics) – The event wraps up next week but we’re getting one final spin-off one-shot before the big finale.

Ghost Rider: Return of Vengeance #1 (Marvel) – The rather interesting Ghost Rider gets the focus in the next chapter in that pocket of the Marvel universe.

Kaiju Score #2 (AfterShock) – A robbery under the cover of a kaiju attack is a nice twist on the genre. The first issue had a lot of personality and details that stood out and where this all goes should be a lot of fun.

Nailbiter Returns #8 (Image Comics) – The horror series wraps up the year and it’s been a great addition and return. It’s proof not all horror sequels have to stink.

Power Pack #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a fun return of the team of kids. The tie-in to “Outlawed” also has worked out well so far. There’s a nice mix of event and standing on its own and it has us wanting an ongoing series.

Transformers: Escape #1 (IDW Publishing) – A new limited series that spins out of “World War”. With war raging, the Ark program is reactivated to get those caught in the crossfire off the planet.

Early Preview: Avengers #40

Avengers #40

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Javi Garron (CA) Leinil Francis Yu (Variants) Joshua Swaby, Dustin Weaver
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 30, 2020
SRP: $3.99

ENTER THE PHOENIX!
The infamous firebird of cosmic destruction and rebirth known as the Phoenix Force has returned to Earth to find a new avatar. So now the Avengers and some of the most powerful heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe are being called into a competition unlike anything they’ve ever seen. A globe-spanning battle that will transform them all and ultimately decide…who will be the all-new Phoenix.

Avengers #40

Early Preview: Avengers #39

Avengers #39

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Dale Keown (CA) In-Hyuk Lee (Variant) Greg Tocchini
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 09, 2020
SRP: $3.99

ENTER THE PHOENIX PROLOGUE!
In the harsh, primordial world of One Million B.C.E., early humans who are different are left in the Burnt Place to die. But one young girl whose only crime was being born with red hair finds something else entirely in the place of bones and ash – something that will change human history forever.

Avengers #39

Preview: Avengers #37

Avengers #37

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Javi Garron (CA) Matteo Scalera
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $3.99

THE AGE OF KHONSHU COMES TO ITS THUNDEROUS CONCLUSION!
The ragtag Avengers take the fight to the power mad Khonshu, deep in the heart of New Thebes City. But which side will Moon Knight choose? And is Earth doomed either way?

Avengers #37

Fortnite and Marvel Collide in Mark Brooks Avengers #37 Variant Cover

Your favorite Marvel heroes are currently embroiled in an epic crossover with the amazing world of Fortnite via new character skins, weapons, and even in-continuity stories in some of Marvel’s most popular titles. To celebrate this amazing teamup, Marvel Comics has debuted a series of stunning variant covers by the industry’s top artists. The latest is a gorgeous wraparound cover by superstar artist Mark Brooks, featuring Thor, Storm, Wolverine, and more bursting into action alongside popular Fortnite interdimensional travelers like Renegade Raider, Rust Lord, and Galaxy Scout. Check it out below and pick up the variant cover when Avengers #37 hits shops on October 14th!

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