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The Final Premonition – Your First Look at Civil War II #8!

This is it! Captain Marvel vs. Iron Man for the fate of the Marvel Universe! Marvel has released a first look inside Civil War II #8 – the epic final chapter! Blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez go out with a seismic bang as fists fly over Washington D.C.

Plus, Ulysses’ precognitive powers grow stronger with each passing moment. As they reach their peak, what horrors from the future will be unleashed? And seeds sown here will bear bitter fruit for the Marvel Universe of tomorrow. Protect the future or change the future? It all gets decided here!

Featuring covers by Marko Djurdjevic, Michael Cho, John Cassaday, and Phil Noto.

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Preview: Guardians of the Galaxy #14

Guardians of the Galaxy #14

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Kevin Maguire
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $3.99

SPIDERS! IN! SPACE!

A flashback from Flash Thompson’s early days as a Guardian, co-starring SPIDER-MAN! Will VENOM endanger his new team to save his old friend?! Find out why Spidey’s one of the reasons Rocket hates Earth!

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Review: Civil War II #7

civil_war_ii__7The war ends…

Marvel‘s 2016 event Civil War II begins to wrap up with just a few more issues to go and this issue raises a hell of a lot of questions as to what’s to come.

Civil War II #7 is an interesting issue in that I’m very mixed in my thoughts about it. As an issue that teases things to come, it’s one that fans will be going over and be examining for a while to come. As part of a story that’s supposed to be exploring precognition’s use to stop crime, it falls rather short.

The issue is broken up into two parts written by Brian Michael Bendis. Half of the issue deals with Ulysses and his freezing at the end of the last issue and now being in the future somewhat which is the most intriguing thing about the issue.

Artists Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo lend their hand for that as the issue is set in the future that is Old Man Logan where the future grizzled Wolverine gives rather cryptic statements to Ulysses about where things have gone wrong. Of course, that opens up questions like why Wolverine doesn’t recognize Ulysses and why he hasn’t spoken up to everyone to tell them the future and put an end to all of the silliness. A bit of a Catch-22 there. Still, the art is utterly fantastic and the teasing is intriguing.

civil_war_ii__7-9The other half of the comic deals with Spider-Man on the steps of the Capitol which is actually presented in a pretty authentic way post upgrades. Though where’s the Capitol police in all of this? There’d be more than DC police involved. He’s trying to come to grips with what Ulysses saw and Captain America confronts him to discuss that. That too is interesting but as soon as we get somewhere to really discuss things, the fighting begins again diluting any actual philosophical debate to be had. And that’s my issue with the series. For as smart as it seemed to have been or presented it has mostly been about heroes punching each other and characters dying. The actual important discussion of using an algorithm to arrest people before they commit a crime isn’t explored enough in the main story. It’s a Michael Bay film on paper, all flash, little depth.

David Marquez‘s art is solid as usual. As I said his interpretation of the Capitol is solid and I felt like I was walking around it. His characters and framing of the scenes keeps you watching and entertained. It’s really good work and continues the art of the series being strong than the story itself.

The issue sets a lot of things up to come and you know what’s hinted at will be something bigger than presented. It also interestingly shifts the importance of Marvel’s “X” lines a bit as the events to come are presented from the view of Old Man Logan increasing his importance. But, like the six issues before, the concept is muddled with too much flash.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: David Marquez, Andrea Sorrentino, Marcelo Maiolo
Story: 6.95 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.05 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Civil War II #7

Civil War II #7

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) David Marquez (CA) Marko Djurdjevic
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 23, 2016
SRP: $4.99

THE WAR ENDS…

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Invincible Iron Man #2 Takes Riri Williams to the Next Level – Your New Look Inside!

It’s the story that has the whole industry talking – and it’s unfolding right before your eyes! Marvel has released a look inside Invincible Iron Man #2, the next can’t miss chapter from blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli! Riri Williams has built her own homemade Iron Man armor, and now she has an A.I. to help her – the downloaded consciousness of Tony Stark himself! With Tony Stark mentoring her (okay, a version of Tony Stark) she can’t lose right? Let’s just say Riri Williams just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever…if she survives the experience first. Easier said than done! Don’t miss the highly anticipated next issue on December 21st!

The issue features a cover by Caselli, and variants by Anthony Piper, Mike Deodato, and Pascal Campion.

The second printing of the first issue is out December 28th.

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Preview: Spider-Man #9

Spider-Man #9

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Nico Leon (CA) Sara Pichelli
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 16, 2016
SRP: $3.99

CIVIL WAR II TIE-IN!

What did the Profiler see about Miles?

Whatever it is, it’s made him the Marvel Universe’s most wanted!

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Review: Jessica Jones #2

jessica_jones__2In Jessica Jones #2,  the comic suffers a little bit of a sophomore slump as Jessica’s estranged husband Luke Cage confronts her about the whereabouts of their daughter, Dani. This is one of the many questions that writer Brian Michael Bendis actually answers the comic as Jessica’s P.I. case is still ongoing, and he hasn’t really dug deep into the falling out between Luke and Jessica beyond yelling and destruction of property. This reliance on mystery doesn’t leave much room for characterization beyond Jessica being a bad mom, on the run, and trying to live a “normal life” if normal means investigating cases involving other dimensions and obscure Spider-Man villains.

However, the art in Jessica Jones #2 remains solidly laid out and filled with the raw emotion of Alias, but with more inventive layouts from Michael Gaydos. He and colorist Matt Hollingsworth show the evolution of their art style from the original series thanks to a flashback done like an issue of Alias. Gaydos’ new take on Luke Cage looks a lot like the actor Mike Colter from the Netflix TV show, and his use of jagged lines gives him a powerful energy in spite of Bendis’ one note characterization of him. Hollingsworth keeps his colors neutral or muted to keep the book looking “realistic” even if there is a lot of flying and even some dimension hopping. A few major superheroes make cameos, but he doesn’t focus on the colors of their costumes because this is Jessica Jones’ story.

The parts of Jessica Jones #2 that really strike home are when Jessica is coming to grips with her feelings, and this is where Bendis’ decompression works unlike the parts with Luke Cage and her case. Gaydos’ vivisection of the pagejessicajones2interior helps too as she retreats in herself and wonders why she still can’t land after flying, or why she missed her daughter’s first steps. He also doesn’t reuse as many panels as he did in Alias using more poses like her lying down on the pavement after a long flight to New Jersey and trying to avoid superhero interlopers. Jessica’s longing for stability with her daughter and to be left alone to rebuild her life as a private investigator are the moments which will keep me continuing to read this series even if the whole tension with Luke plus run of the mill private investigator case that gets freaky  and connected to superheroes is a retread of storylines in both Alias and New Avengers.(That is unless it somehow connects to Bendis’ work on the Ultimate Universe, which would be strange, yet cool and a good use of characters that he, Mark Millar, and others developed for over a decade.)

The main thing that keeps Jessica Jones #2 stuck in mediocrity is how Bendis writes Luke Cage, which is surprising because he was the writer that took him from obscurity, gave him a 7 year arc in his run on the Avengers titles where he went from an individualistic hero to a family man and a leader, and just made him so damn cool. A touch of this coolness remains in a flashback where he retells a funny story where he asked Dr. Doom for $200. But, in the present, his only character trait is anger that is channeled in highly unproductive ways like destroying his wife’s car, threatening her, and stealing her camera, which is important to her private detective work. It’s like Luke Cage went from a good, if occasionally goofy and reckless dad to borderline abusive overnight with no warning or reason. Hopefully, Bendis and Gaydos shade out his motivation and actions a little bit more, but for now, it reeks of a publicity stunt at best and a slap in the face to people, who have been the victims of their spouses abusing them verbally and through destroying their personal property.

Jessica Jones #2 is evidence of Michael Gaydos’ ability to draw out genuine emotions through poses and page layouts, but the plot is a bit of a police procedural snooze and Bendis falls back on old patterns when it comes to Jessica Jones’ characterization while being downright regressive with Luke Cage.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Michael Gaydos Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Story: 6 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Infamous Iron Man #2

infamous_iron_man__2The secrets that propel Victor Von Doom’s new quest as a hero start to reveal themselves, but that is nothing compared to the who’s who of heroes AND villains looking for a piece of revenge for his past sins – beginning with Ben Grimm!

The concept of Doctor Doom as Iron Man is an intriguing one and over the years the character has really been an alternate version of Tony Stark. That’s a concept that hasn’t been explored a lot in the Marvel universe but we get a version of it here.

Writer Brian Michael Bendis is sending this former villain in a new direction as he attempts to fill the hole that’s been left by whatever has happened to Tony Stark during Civil War II. It’s an interesting and good concept especially since we get it in another perspective as far as the adventures of Riri Williams.

But, there are some issues. Doom is a villain and he has a lot to pay for as far as his past sins. And we get that explored right away here with Ben Grimm stalking him to make him pay, or see what’s up, actually I’m not quite sure other than the two have been enemies. It’s definitely not a checkup considering the amount of damage Grimm does.

But, a lot of the issue is focused on Doom trying to do good. He goes up against a villain and the confrontation is pretty telling as far as how it goes. That really sets up the direction and the tone we should expect from the series.

What I also like is Bendis’ use of Grimm in that he sets it all up for us to question who is a hero and who’s the villain. Depending on your perspective that answer may differ a bit.

Alex Maleev‘s art is absolutely fantastic as usual. I’m a fan of the style and I know if his name is on a comic it’ll deliver in every way when it comes to the art department. Bendis and Maleev have worked together so much it’s not a surprise the art works so well. The art style too works with Doom’s villainous ways and his turn to the heroic side.

I’ll admit the concept cause me to roll my eyes when I first heard it but two issues in, the series is solid in so many ways and it actually shows a villain on his journey to be a hero. This has quickly become one of my favorites of Marvel NOW! so far and a favorite of mine for Marvel in quite some time.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Alex Maleev
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Infamous Iron Man #2

Infamous Iron Man #2

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 16, 2016
SRP: $3.99

The secrets that propel Victor Von Doom’s new quest as a hero start to reveal themselves, but that is nothing compared to the who’s who of heroes AND villains looking for a piece of revenge for his past sins – beginning with Ben Grimm!

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Preview: Jessica Jones #2

Jessica Jones #2

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Michael Gaydos (CA) David Mack
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Nov 16, 2016
SRP: $3.99

There are so many mysteries to discover in the Marvel Universe and Jessica’s new case may be the most dangerous one.

No spoilers, but some of the biggest questions about the new Marvel NOW! are about to be revealed in this very comic.

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