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Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Spider-Man Kingpin BAF assortment

I know the title puts the Kingpin right up front, but we’re going to take a detour first. If you recall, last week we did a bit of a preview of the ML Target exclusive Captain Marvel (Starforce) figure. Today, we’ll start with a look at the actual figure.

Captain Marvel (Starforce): As I said before, the notion of exclusive figures that bring a value-add past a simple outfit swap is great. Granted, completists might want the green outfit, given its prominence in the film. But the inclusion of all the separate pieces (head, hands, scarf, bandolier, rifle) that allow you to convert the figure into Doctor Minn-Erva just really stands out. It enables Hasbro to essentially offer an extra character in the same package as a headliner character that the stores will want. Moves like this, along with things like the Shadow King and Lilandra heads, just elevate the line.

Now Comes the Days of the Kingpin . . .

When this assortment was announced, I was genuinely excited. There are some characters here that I’ve wanted for years in ML form that FINALLY made it in. There’s a fairly new villain that I was surprised to see included. And of course, Mr. Fisk. Let’s go.

Silver Sable: FINALLY, indeed. This is a drop-dead excellent figure that should have been made years ago, but I’m glad that it happened on the back of the constantly improving sculpting that Hasbro brings to the line. This is top-notch.

Black Cat: I wasn’t quite as into this one because honestly, I was satisfied with the previous versions. However, I think this turned out great, and I’m glad to have it. A lot of attention was paid here to the hair and to the “fur” portions of the outfit. The whip is also nicely done, as is the wrapped segment arranged as a belt.

Night Thrasher: Back to the FINALLY portion of the program. It’s kind of mind-boggling that we never got the founder of the New Warriors before now. The accessories are great; while the staff portions pre-existing, the backpack and skateboard are new. The board even has working wheels. I took a shot with the original Nova and Vance Astro from the GOTG2 assortment because that’s as close to the original New Warriors as we have right now. I certainly hope that Speedball, Firestar, and Namorita are in the cards down the road.

Puma: I’ve always dug Puma. The ML line can only benefit from diverse characters like Thrasher and Thomas Fireheart here, and I genuinely like that hybrid human look. The figure nails it and gets the flourishes like the feather fetish and necklace right. The increased articulation present in most Legends works a great benefit in the figure, as it affords some very character-appropriate posing. Big winner, kids.

Red Goblin: I didn’t expect Red Goblin this soon; in fact, that might be some kind of page-to-Legend record. But man, they did another great job. And that tail! Honestly, it’s a little crazy that this exists already, but damn if they didn’t prove that it should exist just by making it exist. Well done.

Symbiote Spider-Man:I’ll be honest; I’m pretty take it or leave it with this one. It’s kinda neat of its own accord, and it looks good, but I doubt I would have gotten it were it not for the BAF piece. Still, if you don’t have a black costume Spidey, this is a solid get.

Spider-Man (Six-Armed): I know that there were some early complaints about the torso from some fans online, but I have to say that this looks quite good in person. The arms are surprisingly poseable, given the torso size, and I’m glad that the new torso sculpt also gives us the ability to have Doppelganger Spider-Man later in the year. This version of Spidey wasn’t super-high on my list, but it’s cool to see and it’s a worthy entry, given its place in the comic’s history.

Before we get to the big guy, here’s a quick rundown of which piece comes with whom:

Heads: Symbiote Spider-Man
Torso: Puma
Right Arm and cane: Black Cat
Left Arm: Silver Sable
Right Leg: Red Goblin
Left Leg: Night Thrasher
The Six-Armed Spidey does not include a BAF piece.

The Kingpin (BAF): I mean . . . just look. This thing is outstanding. The alternate heads were a fine idea (one smug, one angry), and it’s just . . . massive. I took a picture of the recent Defenders boxed set Daredevil for scale. It’s just awesome. And I’m looking forward to turning him into the Shadow King in the near future. Yeah, I’m a giant X-Men fan from way back, so that’s happening.

Overall, this is a pretty great assortment with strong character choices, pleasant surprises, and a whale of a BAF. These are available on Hasbro Pulse right now and should be hitting retail around you at any time.

How about you? Thoughts, questions, discussions? Let us know.

Review: Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #14

patrsy-walker-14Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #14 is a flash grenade fast end to the Black Cat story arc as writer Kate Leth, artist Brittney Williams, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg show the final battle between Hellcat and her Hellkittens and Black Cat’s girl (and gay ginger) gang. Ian Soo and Jubilee play major roles in the final action sequence while Leth shows that Ian is better being himself around his new boyfriend Tom than walking on eggshells around his ex, Zoe.

Teaming up with an enemy is an old-as-the-hills Marvel superhero trope with heavy hitters, like Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Rogue starting out as a bad guys. Except Leth and Williams add a personal touch with Zoe trying to seduce Ian to join her in his bedroom, and there are the awkward feeling of being exes combined with the fact that she didn’t care about her bisexuality. Zoe had romantic feelings for Ian, but she minimized his bisexuality and the fact he didn’t want to dress in a traditionally masculine way, which made him feel low. Even though they are fighting together against Black Cat, Leth is clear to say that they aren’t friends. Williams also cuts the “ex-reunion” close with a panel of raised hand while Rosenberg replaces the cool night colors with the pink and yellow pastels of a Jubilee morning donut run.

The mind control mechanics starts to wear a little then in Hellcat #14, but Williams makes up for it with some strong aesthetic choices, like everyone in Black Cat’s gang wearing matching pink and black cat jackets. This includes Tom Hale, whose dialogue while under mind control is hilarious and pathetic. Everyone calls Black Cat, “Ms. Cat” for some reason, and there is no way for her to have any kind of real relationships because they are all based on her scratching them with magic claws. She may get to do snow angels in bank vaults, but Felicia ends up alone in the end. Williams’ art is super funny when she shows Black Cat enjoying her powers between muttering about Spider-Man, who she still kind of has a crush on.

Leth makes Ian Soo and Jubilee integral parts of the plot in Hellcat #14. With the arc wrapping up, Jubilee’s vampire abilities, which seemed to be just played for laughs in previous issues, come in handy in the final fight. (You can’t scratch incorporeal clouds.) Ian’s telekinetic abilities have also come a long way since he was failing at robbing armored trucks back in Hellcat #1 and instead blasts with large swathes of pink from Rosenberg taking out Black Cat’s henchpeople. Jubilee and Ian are a pair of badasses and also happen to be great allies and friends to Patsy. Not even a girl gang can keep them down.

Although the plot was dependent on mind control, Hellcat #14 is a strong end to the comic’s third arc as Kate Leth, Brittney Williams, and Rachelle Rosenberg give Hellcat a personal connection to Black Cat’s gang through Ian and his ex and add plenty of physical comedy, smooching, and fierceness to see this story to the finish line.

Story: Kate Leth Art: Brittney Williams Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #13

patsy-walker-hellcat-13-coverPlot-wise, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #13 is a middle of the road issue in the series as Patsy, Jubilee, and Ian are trapped in their friend, Bailey’s magical bag while Black Cat and her girl gang try to get a list from Hellcat’s temp agency so they can be muscle for her. Most of the issue happens in the bag, and this lets Brittney Williams and Rachelle Rosenberg play with panel layouts and color schemes. The lack of blood in the bag also gives Kate Leth a chance to show Jubilee actually struggle with her vampirism. It’s mostly played for laughs, like a hilarious panel of Ian comparing chibi-Hellcat and Jubilee to Louis and Lestat after Jubilee tries to feed on Patsy’s cut.

Mind control is an overused trope in superhero comics, and the entire premise of Hellcat #13 rests upon it as Bailey and even the lovely Tom Hale join Black Cat’s team in the issue. The arc really could have ended this issue with a battle between Team Hellcat and the Black Cats, but instead Leth has the good guys take some lumps, including completely getting their asses kicked in the first couple ages. Williams’ fierceness serves this fight well as Ian’s ex Zoe goes from being a general annoyance to throwing knives at people. Rosenberg uses plenty of reds and black when things take a turn for a violent like when Black Cat slashes the backs of some of her new henchfolks. There is definitely something a little off about Felicia, and Hellcat mentions this in dialogue as she’s gone from a sympathetic, flirtatious cat burglar and anti-hero to a stone cold villain.

Leth, Williams, and Rosenberg don’t go the reality bending route with Bailey’s special bag in Hellcat #13 like they did with Hell in the last arc, but instead just make it a huge purse full of random junk with a constantly changing color scheme. The enclosed space makes Team Hellcat feel powerless and not like themselves, especially when Jubilee starts vamping out. It’s a piece of plot negative space as Black Cat is free to wreak havoc on everything that Patsy has built in the real world, and poor Tom Hale gets caught in the crossfire. For the most part, the scenes in the bag feel like a waiting room for the next showdown between Hellcat and Black Cat, but the humor from Leth and Williams keeps it from getting too boring, like the various shapes Jubilee shifts to in her cloud form.

Hellcat #13 is a passable issue in a fantastic series as Kate Leth, Brittney Williams, and Rachelle Rosenberg increase Black Cat’s nefariousness levels by having either completely wipe the floor with Hellcat as well as use violence and mind control to get her way. Williams continues to show off her art chops, which runs the gamut from fierce to silly in this comic. Plus the Black Cats continue to have the most fashionable attire despite being evil.

Story: Kate Leth Art: Brittney Williams Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #12

hellcat12Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #12 is soo much more than a battle between a feline-themed hero and villain (That’s fun too, though.) as writer Kate Leth, artist Brittney Williams, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg give Patsy’s bisexual Inhuman roommate Ian Soo some time in the spotlight as he has a very personal connection to one of Black Cat’s goons, Zoe. This comic explores toxic relationships, biphobia, and even realizing one’s potential with plenty of cat puns, action, and moody coloring from Rosenberg as most of the issue takes place at night. It’s another fierce, funny read as Jubilee’s transformation into a snarling cloud is worth your $3.99 alone.

There comes a day when a non-powered character in a superpowered universe wants to be a superhero. (See James Olsen in recent episodes of Supergirl as well as the Ur-example Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) Leth plays with this trope a little bit by making Ian, who has an Inhuman with telekinetic powers and no desire whatsoever to be a hero, think about taking up the profession. His desire to use his powers more actively is connected to being more open with his bisexuality thanks to the support of his new boyfriend Tom Hale and Patsy, who says he’s her best friend in a touching panel. And Leth and Williams aren’t afraid to show his anger that exhibits itself in crushed trash cans as Zoe continues to put him down like she did as the worst girlfriend/roommate ever. Their flashback is one of the top five scariest sequences in comics, and there is all take and no give in how Zoe treats Ian. But Ian channels this rage and negative feelings into one empowering full page spread as he rocks his new costume that’s like Gerard Way’s hellcat12interiorBlack Parade outfit with skull motifs. Now, he just needs a cool name to match his outfit.

Along with Ian’s character development, Hellcat #12 is the full blossoming of Black Cat into the most fabulous and evil crime kingpin. Leth writes Black Cat as obsessed with fulfilling her desires no matter the cost to her subordinates and using them only for what she wants out of them, like Bailey’s bag, which can grab and transport any object. They are utterly expendable, and Williams draws her as an oversized, almost regal presence taking up space on the page with extravagant, yet ridiculous trappings like a throne with cat motifs at her headquarters. (Also, her henchwomen communicate via cat ear headsets, which is kind of adorable in a nefarious way.) She has a similar relationship to her Black Cat gang that Ian used to have with Zoe despite gifting them some pretty cool motorcycles for quick getaways from superheroes.  Her eyes always have a fierce, mysterious glimmer, and Leth keeps her purpose for robbing a costume museum decently secret in its connection to her overall goals of running Brooklyn.

Hellcat #12 has quick, visual laughs (Any time Jubilee shows up.), spends a lot of time looking into Ian’s motivation into becoming a hero, and has quite the theatrical villain. It’s another win for Kate Leth, Brittney Williams, and Rachelle Rosenberg, and an argument for why Ian Soo really needs a miniseries with crop tops and Hamilton references turned up to eleven.

Story: Kate Leth Art: Brittney Williams Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #11

hellcat11coverA new arc kicks off in Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #11 as Black Cat positions herself as a dark reflection of Hellcat’s temp agency by recruiting twenty somethings from Brooklyn as thieves and petty criminals. In the opening sequence introducing the “Black Cats”, writer Kate Leth and artist Brittney Williams channel a more hipster version of Beyonce’s Lemonade (Albeit with a darker color palette from Rachelle Rosenberg.) with smashing, graffiti, and some nimble acrobatics. It’s nice to see what seemed like an annoying ex-boyfriend get his due, but Zoe, Ari, Jin, and Lina’s actions get shadier as Black Cat sends them on a mission against Hellcat and her temp agency.

Leth makes the Black Cats a good antagonist for Hellcat by connecting them personally to Patsy, her friends, and the world that Leth and Williams have constructed for the past eleven issues. Zoe used to be roommates with Hellcat’s best friend Ian and possibly his girlfriend from her unbearably cheesy dialogue featuring the word “macking” unironically. Ian has already been going through a hard time because he wants to stay away from the insane world of superheroes, but keeps getting drawn into them so the return of Zoe only exacerbates things for him. Plus he has been playing the completely depressing second disk of Hamilton non-stop. Even though they involve superpowers, girl gangs, and hell dimensions, Ian has the real fear that the good things in his life will end, which is the scariest feeling. He is also one of the few characters in a superhero comic, who doesn’t want to be a superhero even though he gets kind of a mini “Dark Phoenix” moment towards the end of the issue.

When she isn’t drawing acrobatic smash and grabs or the more legal sparring sessions between Jubilee, Hellcat, and the magic bag wielding temp worker Bailey, Brittney Williams excels at developing the friendship and bond between hellcat11interiorIan and Patsy. She dials down the usual humorous hyperactivity in her art for these pages showing little moves like a surprise hug or a winking Hamilton joke to rebuild their friendship, which has been struggling a little bit since Patsy has been egging Ian on to be a superhero and not just a bookstore worker. But, sometimes it’s just better to support our friends instead of trying to direct their life’s path. Leth and Williams don’t use superhero or romance fiction cliches, like love triangles or mind control, to create tension in Ian and Patsy’s friendship, but let the arguments and make-ups flow organically.

Hellcat #11 brings a new level of chaos to the series as Black Cat and her girl gang disrupt Patsy Walker’s temp agency for seemingly no reason except to mess with her. However, the previous relationship between Zoe and Ian as well as the fact that Zoe was evicted by Patsy’s landlord adds some nice connective tissue to the earlier issues while still injecting some fresh energy into the comic. Also, as seen in the final page, Kate Leth and Brittney Williams’ Black Cat has kind of a mean streak and isn’t just the flirtatious anti-hero that occasionally smooches Spider-Man. Rad jackets aside, she isn’t someone you would want to hang out with unlike Ian Soo despite his high levels of melancholy in this issue.

Story: Kate Leth Art: Brittney Williams Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Verdict: Buy

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Comics Herstory: Barbara Hall

black_cat_-1Barbara Hall became a prominent cartoonist during World War II before becoming a “hippie commune co-founder.”  Her family was Southern and had strict rules against befriending Northerners, but Hall eventually attended art school in California and moved to New York.

In New York, she would begin a career that contributed many notable female characters to comics. Hall was hired by Harvey Comics to draw the comic Black Cat, about stuntwoman-turned-lead-actress-turned-hero Linda Turner. After Black Cat, she worked on the strip Girl Commandos, about an all-women team that was based on Pat Parker, also known as War Nurse. The team, consisting of Pat Parker, Pat Parker’s friend Ellen, a Soviet photographer named Tanya, a Chinese woman named Mei-Ling, and radio reporter Penelope Kirk, fought Nazis as a team. None of them had superpowers. Hall worked on Girl Commandos until 1943.

Hall was also responsible for creating Blonde Bomber, also known as Honey Blake. Blake was a broadcast news camera woman and an expert chemist. She worked with cameraman Jimmy Slapso and appeared in several issues of Green Hornet. During this time, she signed most of her work “B. Hall,” because it wasn’t commonplace or widely accepted for women to be in comics. After Hall left Harvey Comics, artist Jill Elgin took over much of Hall’s drawing responsibility.

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 8.38.52 AMAfter her marriage to Irving Fiske in 1946, Hall and Fiske bought property in Vermont that would become the Quarry Hill Creative Center. Quarry Hill is the oldest alternative living community in the United States, and was created with the intent of becoming a creative retreat for writers and artists. Cartoonist Art Spiegelman and his wife Françoise Mouly maintained a friendship with many of the residents. Quarry Hill is still open as an alternative living community, run by Hall and Fiske’s daughter.

Hall continued with art and opened a gallery called The Gallery Gwen in East Village in the 1960s. She and Fiske eventually divorced. Hall remarried at the age of seventy, and would remain married to Dr. Donald Calhoun until his death. Hall died in 2014 at the age of ninety-four.

Review: Silk #6

silk006It is interesting to look across the wide swath of Secret Wars and to discover what has fit into the concept and what not.  While the creative minds behind the massive Crossover have given readers numerous versions of The Hulk, Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men, they have mostly left some other properties untouched.  Two of these are Miss Marvel and Silk, but when examined there is a common enough theme there to show that there might be some incompatibility.  Although DC gets the credit for the recent wave of girl-friendly books with the relaunch of Batgirl, the move really got underway a year before at Marvel with the new Ms. Marvel.  The wave of new female character unleashed by both DC and Marvel was impressive though and included Silk among their numbers, a new kind of Spider-Girl.

While Ms. Marvel has been dragged into the Secret Wars world a little bit, she has also been mostly left alone, just dealing with the evacuation of her city while dealing with her continuing ongoing problems.  The presentation of Silk has been different again, first of all that her monthly has come out sporadically since the release of the big crossover and secondly as it allows the series to mostly continue its story without any interference.  The story focuses on the continuing search for her family, while others are seeking her out for her connection to Spider-Man and spider related powers.  Although this has focused somewhat on Spider-Man and Black Cat, the emphasis has been on Silk, and her story continues here in the same manner, with some intervention from those other two, but allowing her own story to be told through her own actions.

It could be that the story telling which has revitalized and reshaped the presentation of female characters simply does not mesh with the kind of grand storytelling that is Secret Wars.  As this new wave has helped reshape the medium of comics, especially at the Big Two publishers, it is maybe evident that the massive crossovers are not the way forward for the future but rather a focus on characters over concepts.  Whatever the case, that approach has worked in this series and continues to work here, as one of the standout series from Marvel in the past year, and one which will hopefully be back at full strength following the end of Secret Wars.

Story: Robbie Thompson Art: Adam Stacey Lee 
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.9  Overall: 8.9  Recommendation: Buy

Review: Silk #5

silk005Although she is not exactly the poster child for the new wave of series led by young female superheroes, Silk very well could be.  Until this point her story has been simple but engaging, as the series has taken on a more female-centric outlook in its storytelling, all the while maintaining that being female does not equate to being weaker but rather that a female approach to crime fighting can be just as effective as a male one.  This was the case not only in Silk, but also recently in another title from the spider ladies (Spider-Woman) as both Spider-Woman and Silk have looked at the deeper problems surrounding the actions of supervillains and decided to let them go on their own recognizance so that they can deal with the bigger issues.

In the case with Silk, she did this with Dragonclaw who had been forced into actions that he did not want to undertake, only because the Black Cat was controlling him.  This formed the backbone of what was the first story arc for the character.  While Cindy Moon continues to search for her family, she is also drawn back into the same scheme as Black Cat is not yet done with the young heroine.  This time though she brings in backup as both Dragonclaw and Spider-Man show up to provide assistance in order to take down the menace that is Black Cat.  Things don’t exactly go as planned though as Cindy makes a sacrifice and ends up in an unexpected situation.

Once again Silk proves to be the best of the new wave of Spider-Women (though Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen are not really lacking).  She combines a youthful charm into the same superheroics that is common throughout the remainder of the Marvel Universe.  So many years ago, Spider-Man re-established the comic book universe by being a wise cracking young superhero, and now Silk is doing the same thing, only with a female voice.  Perhaps no other series better captures this new wave of young female superheroes than does this series, even if it is among the less popular of these series.  This issue captured what is special about this character both in terms of plot and in terms of characterization, and proves that Cindy should be here to stay.

Story: Robbie Thompson  Art: Stacey Lee
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Game Review: Legendary Paint The Town Red Expansion

legendaryThe “Paint the Town Red” expansion for Legendary is the third expansion in the series, and the second in a row with a stronger thematic concept.  Although the second expansion came right out and declared itself the Fantastic Four expansion, this is definitely the Spider-Man expansion even though it doesn’t really identify itself as such except for the box art.  As an overall analysis of this game series reveals, it is the street level characters that are the bigger push in terms of popularity, but it is also these characters, their villains and these villains’ schemes which make for a much easier game play experience.  The Dark City expansion helped a bit to counter this trend of the street level scenarios being that much easier to play, but this expansion goes much closer to the original trend.  As opposed to the grand schemes of certain villains, this expansion plays out a lot more like a Spider-Man comic, fun at times but never in any real danger that the characters (or in this case the players) are in much danger.

The focus here is all Spider-Man, meaning that anyone expecting more variety will be disappointed.  Instead this sticks close to the Spider-Man story lines with Black Cat, Moon Knight, Scarlet Spider, Symbiote Spider-Man and Spider-Woman.  The schemes are equally related, focusing on Carnage and Mysterio and various spider-related problems, although one does strive for a bit more by trying to take on the Clone Saga.  As with the Fantastic Four expansion, this does little to expand any of the more disappointing mechanics of the game, as the S.H.I.E.L.D. draw pile and the bystanders are once again left untouched.  This is an expansion on the same scale as the Fantastic Four expansion, incorporating in fewer cards while also adding to the refinement of the game play experience.

At this point the “street vs. skies” divide in this game might almost be moot anyway.  At the very least the base game is required to play Paint the Town Red, but by incorporating in the other expansions the imbalance between the two character types is less evident.  While heavy hitters like the Fantastic Four might have no trouble in a street level scenario, at least in this way one can face Black Cat against Galactus and see what happens.  That is the fun of these expansions, is that their price is not outlandish, and that they therefore help to build the game easily and inexpensively, even if the individual expansion offers little else new, the sum ends up being greater the parts.

Score: 8.2 

Review: Silk #4

silk004There is an unfortunate bellwether of comic series facing hard times, especially those that are right out of the gates.  As opposed to running stories featuring their own heroes, there are numerous crossovers featuring other heroes or others teams.  Spider-Man has been an obvious constant with this series since its inception, but the Fantastic Four have not.  While their appearance here makes sense, one might also hope that it is not a sign of things to come for this intriguing heroine, especially as she has the potential to be just as popular as Batgirl or Ms. Marvel in the new landscape for comics.

The appearance of the Fantastic Four in this story is introduced so that Silk can learn the boundaries of her powers, with the help of one of the greatest scientific minds of the Marvel universe.  While she is busy with Mr. Fantastic, Peter Park and Johnny Storm take a moment to reconnect and talk primarily about the new heroine.  His attraction to her leads the two of them to an awkward-ish date.  There are a few moments that don’t make sense here, such as when she attacks Peter, or going dancing at a club before a date, but for each moment which misses a bit there are others which are nearly perfect.  In particular the end to their date is perhaps one of the most clever uses of the non-speaking panels in recent years.

While this issue fits with the overall approach of the series thus far, it also acts as a bit of an interlude for the series.  Instead of focusing on some action sequences, this issue is practically devoid of them (aside from one near the beginning which is kind of funny.)  Instead as before this issue succeeds by building itself in the strength of its characters, and succeeds once again.  The appearance of the F4 is a bit of a distraction but the series succeeds in finding its heart where it has been all along.  Cindy Moon is built and written as a person first and as a hero second, which is incidentally what made Spider-Man so popular so many years ago.  The formula is perfect but the question remains whether it will catch on with this title.

Story: Robbie Thompson  Art: Annapaola Martello
Story:  8.7 Art: 8.7  Overall: 8.7  Recommendation: Buy

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