Crypt of Shadows #1 and Moon Knight Annual #1 will return to comic shops next month! These sold-out issues were packed with adventures starring Marvel’s greatest horror icons including Werewolf by Night, Else Bloodstone, Man-Thing, Moon Knight, and more. Moon Knight Annual #1’s new edition will come complete with an all-new cover while Crypt of Shadows #1 receives a festive makeover for its Second Printing, and fans can grab both of them just in time for the holiday season on December 14!
With stories by Al Ewing, Rebecca Roanhorse, Chris Cooper, and more, Crypt of Shadows #1 was a terrifying tour of the darkest corners of the Marvel Universe! This Halloween celebration one-shot included a brain-melting fight between Wolverine and Man-Thing, a savage Werewolf by Night brawl, an Elsa Bloodstone mystery, an early adventure of the titular star of the upcoming Bloodline: Daughter of Blade series, and the return of groundbreaking character Victoria Montesi! The second printing variant cover puts a chilling spin on Leinil Francis Yu’s original cover.
One of Marvel’s most fearsome rivalries was reignited in Jed MacKay and Federico Sabbatini’s Moon Knight Annual #1. An important chapter in MacKay’s current Moon Knight run, Moon Knight Annual delivered the latest showdown between Moon Knight and Werewolf by Night! With a desperate ploy to save his people, Jack Russell, the original Werewolf by Night, has returned! In the Darkhold, there is a prophecy but to fulfill it, he’ll require the blood of the Fist of Khonshu, and Moon Knight doesn’t bleed easily. The second printing variant cover is a brand-new piece by artist Carlos Magno.
With the Conan arc wrapped up, where can our group of time displaced heroes go next? The year 2099! Savage Avengers kicked things off with a Deathlok on the hunt for Conan sending the Cimmerian and a group of heroes back in time. The battle was fierce delivering a nice final arc for Conan in the Marvel Universe. The heroes adventure wasn’t over yet, with the end of the issue leaving them in the future. Savage Avengers #6 continues the shocking adventure as the series delivers more twists, turns, and reveals.
Written by David Pepose, Savage Avengers #6 continues to features the strength of his writing, the mix. Pepose, the writer behind indie comics like The Oz and Spencer & Locke, has a knack for taking familiar properties and delivering a new twist to them. So far, he’s done that in the first arc by both changing its setting from the previous “Savage” series, but also the ending. In this new arc we get the far flung 2099 but also some spins on characters.
The Savage Avengers are being pursued by the Punisher 2099 and eventually an army of Deathloks, hinting at the meta story from the first arc. But Pepose twists things further in ways having fun with the possibilities of a story in the future that can take advantage of the past.
The art by Carlos Magno helps it all with color by Espen Grundetjern and lettering by Travis Lanham. The comic is non-stop, a race in a way from the beginning. A pursuit leads to an escape which leads to further pursuit. With different “levels” and settings, the comic has an almost Warriors vibe about it. The art team help that frenetic space with visuals that deliver the action and it all looks great in its over the top ways (in a good way). Pepose delivers opportunity for some great visual “hell yeah” moments and everyone takes advantage of it.
Savage Avengers #6 continues a wild ride of a series that’s a hell of a lot of fun. It’s popcorn entertainment in the best way with crazy concepts and ideas that hint anything can happen. It’s the fun that comics should be.
Story: David Pepose Art: Carlos Magno
Color: Espen Grundetjern Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
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