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Preview: Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special

Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special

(W) Matthew Rosenberg, Brandon Choi, J. Scott Campbell, Brett Booth, Ed Brisson and others (A) Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Bryan Hitch, Brett Booth, and others
In Shops: Nov 29, 2022
SRP: $7.99

In 1992 Jim Lee changed the course of comics history with the founding of WildStorm Productions, which would revolutionize the business and launch the careers of so many top creators. To this day, 30 years later, the impact of the imprint, its characters, and its creators is still felt! In honor of this legacy comes a 100-page giant that pays homage to the past…and looks toward the future! Part of this mammoth special will be reprinting–for the first time in periodical form!–short stories from the acclaimed WildStorm: A Celebration of 25 Years hardcover, including stories by Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Brett Booth, Dustin Nguyen, and more…plus new stories featuring WildStorm characters in the DC core line, charting their future in the DC Universe…

Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special

Preview: Avengers Assemble Alpha #1

Avengers Assemble Alpha #1

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Bryan Hitch
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 30, 2022
SRP: $5.99

UNITING THE AVENGERS, AVENGERS FOREVER AND AVENGERS OF 1,000,000 BC
IN AN EPIC SAGA THAT FORMS THE CAPSTONE TO JASON AARON’S ERA ON AVENGERS!
From throughout time and the far corners of the Multiverse, the Mightiest Heroes of All the Earths are assembling as never before for a battle beyond all imaging. A war that will take us from the prehistoric beginnings of an Earth under assault by the greatest villains who’ve ever lived to the watchtower that stands at the dark heart of the all and the always, where an army of unprecedented evil now rises. The biggest Avengers saga in Marvel history begins now.

The Final Battle in Jason Aaron’s Epic Avengers Run Begins in March!

This week, comic readers witnessed the opening of the biggest Avengers story in Marvel Comics history in Avengers Assemble Alpha #1! The one-shot kicked off a monumental saga that will serve as the capstone to Jason Aaron’s nearly five-year run on Avengers and run through upcoming issues of Aaron’s two Avengers titles, Avengers and Avengers Forever. Joined by superstar artists Bryan Hitch, Javier Garrón, and Aaron Kuder, the visionary comic writer has crafted a story so massive in scope that it may very well shatter the Avengers mythos!

Tying together plot threads from throughout Aaron’s run, “Avengers Assemble” is 10-part showdown at the edge of reality between an army of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the evilest forces in the multiverse. Read on to learn what awaits in March’s installments of “Avengers Assemble” which will present some of the final battles in this epic war, filled with heartbreaking defeats, legendary victories, and character-defining feats beyond imagination!

At Infinity’s End stands Avengers Tower which has fallen under assault by the ultimate forces of evil including the Multiversal Masters of Evil and Mephisto. The Avengers that fans know and love will unite with heroes from the past, future, and far reaches of the multiverse to defend Avengers Tower and the fate of Marvel history as we know it. Can they work together? And will their power be enough to prevent the end of all that is?

In Avengers #66, enter the dark heart of all that is where the battle to save the entire Multiverse is raging, featuring a cast of Avengers that staggers the imagination. Surely no foe from any universe would dare stand against such a force? Mephisto dares, as the full extent of his plan finally comes into shocking focus.

In Avengers Forever #15, the greatest battle in the history of the Multiverse continues to defy expectations as Avengers from throughout time and space, including countless different versions of Captain America and Iron Man and the God of Thunder, unite on the battlefield. Yet somehow, it all comes down to one Starbrand and one Ghost Rider, who unfortunately are the only Avengers whose powers don’t seem to be working…

Check out March’s covers now and stay tuned later this month for the cover reveal of the final issue in Jason Aaron’s Avengers run, Avengers Assemble Omega #1!

Review: Avengers Assemble Alpha #1

Avengers Assemble Alpha #1

For quite a while, Jason Aaron has been guiding the Avengers, building to a a big even we’re now seeing roll out. Mephisto has been building an army and attempting to unravel the Avengers’ history through time. A multiversal Avengers have been dealing with the treat of the Multiversal Masters of Evil who have been conquering universes. All of that is coming together in Avengers Assemble Alpha #1 which kicks off the event that’ll have the Avengers of 616 and Avengers Forever dealing with a universal threat.

Unfortunately, Avengers Assemble Alpha #1 is a mess of an event one-shot that falls into silly tropes, features muddled art, and delivers hokey dialogue. The story takes place mostly in the past as the modern Avengers have travelled back in time to the era of the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC. They fight. Because of course they fight. Why do they fight? It makes absolutely no sense as the Avengers of the past think the Avengers of the future attacked them? It makes absolutely no sense but gives an excuse for the teams to duke it out.

Then there’s who shows up. Avenger Prime, a new character who’s the greatest Avenger of all, heads to the time and… stands around and chats with Mephisto while they both watch the battle. Why? Again, not quite sure other than to set up the end of the comic. Then the Multiversal Masters of Evil show up to battle which just gets a rather lackluster single page reveal at the end and then dropped.

The narrative of the comic is a mess of an event kick-off with a choppy delivery that had me wondering if pages were out of order and panel order that too was confusing as to why it was done that way. Aaron’s writing doesn’t help with dialogue that’s a bit goofy at time and feels like the typical grand statements from villains and heroes we’ve seen over and over. When Doom asks his competition if they know how many people he’s killed, Doom’s response after no answer is “Neither do I”, a statement meant to show off how powerful/a threat he is but falls rather flat.

The art by Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, and Alex Sinclair doesn’t help. Hitch’s art for me is very hit and miss and this falls into the miss category. Characters don’t always look consistent, there’s a lack of really exciting and memorable visual moments, and panels spotlighting characters just look off. Faces are almost comical at times, the splash pages feel like they’re missing something, and details look like they lack depth. What should be holy crap moments as the two teams battle just bounces around in a mush of visuals and at times the panels themselves feel out of order.

Avengers Assemble Alpha #1 has a lot going on. And that might be the issue. There’s three different stories going on and none of them are given enough room to really breathe and become interesting. The cuts between them don’t help making the comic feel unfocused disjointed at times. As far as the start of an event, it does its job of catching up readers as to what’s happening. It just feels like that’s about all it does. We’ve seen so much of the plot before, it’s almost comical at this point how the hero vs. hero over a mistake is still being used. This could have been so much more but the end result lands with a thud.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Alex Sinclair Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 5.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special

Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special

(W) Matthew Rosenberg, Brandon Choi, J. Scott Campbell, Brett Booth, Ed Brisson and others (A) Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Bryan Hitch, Brett Booth, and others
In Shops: Nov 29, 2022
SRP: $7.99

In 1992 Jim Lee changed the course of comics history with the founding of WildStorm Productions, which would revolutionize the business and launch the careers of so many top creators. To this day, 30 years later, the impact of the imprint, its characters, and its creators is still felt! In honor of this legacy comes a 100-page giant that pays homage to the past…and looks toward the future! Part of this mammoth special will be reprinting–for the first time in periodical form!–short stories from the acclaimed WildStorm: A Celebration of 25 Years hardcover, including stories by Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Brett Booth, Dustin Nguyen, and more…plus new stories featuring WildStorm characters in the DC core line, charting their future in the DC Universe…

Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special

Preview: Avengers Assemble Alpha #1

Avengers Assemble Alpha #1

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Bryan Hitch
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 30, 2022
SRP: $5.99

UNITING THE AVENGERS, AVENGERS FOREVER AND AVENGERS OF 1,000,000 BC
IN AN EPIC SAGA THAT FORMS THE CAPSTONE TO JASON AARON’S ERA ON AVENGERS!
From throughout time and the far corners of the Multiverse, the Mightiest Heroes of All the Earths are assembling as never before for a battle beyond all imaging. A war that will take us from the prehistoric beginnings of an Earth under assault by the greatest villains who’ve ever lived to the watchtower that stands at the dark heart of the all and the always, where an army of unprecedented evil now rises. The biggest Avengers saga in Marvel history begins now.

Preview: Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special

Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special

(W) Matthew Rosenberg, Brandon Choi, J. Scott Campbell, Brett Booth, Ed Brisson and others (A) Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Bryan Hitch, Brett Booth, and others
In Shops: Nov 29, 2022
SRP: $7.99

In 1992 Jim Lee changed the course of comics history with the founding of WildStorm Productions, which would revolutionize the business and launch the careers of so many top creators. To this day, 30 years later, the impact of the imprint, its characters, and its creators is still felt! In honor of this legacy comes a 100-page giant that pays homage to the past…and looks toward the future! Part of this mammoth special will be reprinting–for the first time in periodical form!–short stories from the acclaimed WildStorm: A Celebration of 25 Years hardcover, including stories by Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Brett Booth, Dustin Nguyen, and more…plus new stories featuring WildStorm characters in the DC core line, charting their future in the DC Universe…

Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special

Early Preview: Avengers Assemble Alpha #1

Avengers Assemble Alpha #1

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Bryan Hitch
(CA) Bryan Hitch (VCA) J. Scott Campbell, Salvador Larroca
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 30, 2022
SRP: $5.99

UNITING THE AVENGERS, AVENGERS FOREVER AND AVENGERS OF 1,000,000 BC
IN AN EPIC SAGA THAT FORMS THE CAPSTONE TO JASON AARON’S ERA ON AVENGERS!
From throughout time and the far corners of the Multiverse, the Mightiest Heroes of All the Earths are assembling as never before for a battle beyond all imaging. A war that will take us from the prehistoric beginnings of an Earth under assault by the greatest villains who’ve ever lived to the watchtower that stands at the dark heart of the all and the always, where an army of unprecedented evil now rises. The biggest Avengers saga in Marvel history begins now.

Avengers Assemble Alpha #1

Preview: Venom #13

Venom #13

Writer: Al Ewing
Art: Bryan Hitch
Cover: Bryan Hitch

Dark Web Prelude! Forced to watch his son die from across the timestream, Eddie Brock finds himself surrounded by enemies. Alone, and with no one to trust, an unexpected ally lends a hand, and she’s setting the stage for the most epic crossover of the year!

Venom #13

Exclusive Preview: Venom #13

Venom #13

(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Bryan Hitch
(I) Andrew Currie (L) Alex Sinclair
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 09, 2022
SRP: $3.99

“DARK WEB” PRELUDE!
Forced to watch his son die from across the timestream, Eddie Brock finds himself surrounded by enemies. Alone, and with no one to trust, an unexpected ally lends a hand, and she’s setting the stage for the MOST EPIC CROSSOVER OF THE YEAR!

Venom #13
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