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Marvel Rising Gets Variant Covers this December

The next generation of super heroes have arrived! To celebrate, Marvel presents Marvel Rising Action Doll Homage variants, hitting comic shops this December!

Featuring Marvel Rising characters such as Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, America Chavez, Ghost Spider, and Quake stepping into their predecessor’s shoes, each of the five covers is a homage to a classic cover from years past.

The entire line-up of Hasbro’s Marvel Rising Action Dolls are available exclusively at Target! Find them on these select comic books starting this December.

CHAMPIONS #27
FOC – 11/12/18
On Sale – 12/12/18

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #39
FOC – 11/12/18
On Sale – 12/12/18

CAPTAIN AMERICA #6
FOC – 11/19/18
On Sale – 12/19/18

DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE #1
FOC – 11/19/18
On Sale – 12/19/18

AVENGERS #12
FOC – 12/10/18
On Sale – 1/9/19

Review: Champions Vol. 4 Northern Lights

The Champions are on their latest adventure which takes them to Canada where they meet… the Master! Yes, the classic Alpha Flight villain. All that and a brand new hero, Snowguard!

Champions Vol. 4 Northern Lights collects issues #19-21 and Infinity Countdown: Champions #1-2 by Jim Zub, Sean Izaakse, Emilio Laiso, Marcio Menyz, and Andy Troy.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on November 20. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology
TFAW

 

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Preview: Champions #26

Champions #26

(W) Jim Zub (A) Max Dunbar (CA) Sean Izaakse
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• In a world of magic and glory, the Champions can take hold of what they desire, but not without a price…
• Plus, how can Snowguard protect the North, when she’s not even on planet Earth?

Preview: Champions #25

Champions #25

(W) Jim Zub (A) Max Dunbar (A/CA) Sean Izaakse
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 03, 2018
SRP: $4.99

OVERSIZED 25TH ISSUE!
Celebrate 25 issues of Champions with the start of a brand-new story and a perfect jumping-on point! Swords and sorcery beckon as our heroes travel to Weirdworld, a place where dreams can come true, but nightmares are never far away! A quest begins and sacrifices will be made…

Exclusive Preview: Champions #24

Champions #24

Story: Jim Zub
Art: Sean Izaakse
Color: Marcio Menyz, Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Sean Izaakse, Marcio Menyz
Associate Editor: Alanna Smith
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The Champions grapple with a foe that all the super-powers in the world cannot vanquish!

Weirdworld Still Needs Heroes, and the Champions Head on the Ultimate Quest

This October, Jim Zub, Sean Izaakse, and Max Dunbar are taking the Champions on the ultimate quest—one that involves an adventure beyond what could ever be imagined! But as they travel through this twisted fantasy realm, one thing becomes clear: they may never be the same…

Two of their teammates have vanished into Weirdworld and the rest of the Champions have no choice but to follow them into that ever-changing landscape. The team will be changed in profound and unexpected ways leading to something new on the horizon.

Join the quest and prepare for sacrifice, swords and sorcery as our heroes encounter the monsters and nightmares only found in Weirdworld! The three part story begins in Champions #25, coming to shops October 3rd.

Joe Ryan’s What To Buy for July 11

Joe goes over his top picks for comic books and trades for the week of July 11th 2018.

UPDATE: I missed mentioning Relay #1

Comics I Pull:
Amazing Spider-Man #1
The Punisher #227

Other Comics Featured:
Superman #1
Suicide Squad #44
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #48
Hawkman #2
Champions #22
Daredevil #605
Ms. Marvel #32
New Mutants #5
Old Man Logan #43
Plastic Man #2
Black Science #37
Oblivion Song #5
Farmhand #1
Bloodshot Salvation #11

Review: Champions #19

CHAMP-1Ironheart and The Unstoppable Wasp join the Champions at last! The team has grown but the mission stays the same – the Champions fight to make the world a better place for all! Writer Jim Zub (Avengers: No Surrender) and artist Sean Izaakse (Uncanny Avengers) reunite to push the Champions beyond their limits with any icy Antarctic adventure that will challenge everything they believe in! Don’t miss this first chapter of a new era of Champions – and the birth of a brand new hero!

Well, the creative team has changed. I am a huge fan of this book and have loved the ride it has taken me on.  When I heard that the team working on the book was changing, it had me worried. Not that this talent couldn’t do what they do, but worried if they could do what they do on this title. So I did my best to go into this issue open minded and see if it measured up. Short answer: no. Jim Zub does a fine enough job bringing us up to speed with the team and where they are now with their new members.  It just didn’t feel like anything exciting or page turning. The story is very generic, something we’ve all seen before and not done any differently. Same with the banter between the characters; nothing note worthy, just ok.

And Sean Izaakse’s art is fine. Some of his facial expressions look strange (especially some panels of Hulk) but that’s really the only knock I have against it. It looks ok, it’s good art. That’s all I can say.

I know I’m being pretty basic here but that’s really how this issue felt to me; basic. I know this is all going to come across as me sounding like a bitter fanboy, and ok maybe I am, but the magic is gone from the Champions. First, to get it out of the way, I hate this new Wasp (Nadia Van Dyne). There, I said it, let the hate commence. No, I didn’t read her series, but that was because what I saw of her in Avengers wasn’t enough to make me like her. I don’t have any real reason for the dislike, other then I just don’t like her. She annoys me. A lot. I am also not a fan of Ironheart joining the team. Her book I did read, or least I did when it started and stuck with it for a few issues, and it was good. I enjoyed her interaction with AI Tony Stark and how she was becoming the heir, as it were, to the Iron Man mantle. But it got old; Tony and Riri talking armor, flying off to fight a bad guy and then working on her armor in her garage. And repeat. And now here she is on this team, pretty much being the non-team player, working on her armor and being annoyed by having other people around. Then why join a team? Yes, yes, this will lead to character growth and development, but a few pages of her already just working on stuff and being annoyed by her teammates and I’ve had enough of her.

And it’s sad too, because there were other potential recruits that would have made better additions to the team, at least in my opinion. These were original characters that could have been fleshed out and added more depth to the storytelling. Red Locust, Patriot (Rayshaun Lucas), and Falcon (Joaquin Torres) are the three that really stand out to me; they had great origin stories, were new to the superhero scene and would really have fit in with the vibe and message of this book. I think the creative team missed a huge opportunity and just gave us something that was safe and that really just misses the mark.

And MAN do I miss Humberto Ramos‘ art on this book! His style was PERFECT for this title; it was youthful and bold and in your face. It really brought the energy and characters alive and it was a huge reason why I enjoyed this title so much. I really missed that in this issue.

Overall, as you might have guessed, I was underwhelmed with this new creative team and their debut issue. The story is generic with a “been there, done that” feel to it, and the art was just ok to me, with some really weird depictions of Hulk throughout. As I stated earlier, yeah I’m bitter about the talent changing on this book, but I really wanted to like this issue. I wanted great things for this title and for it to live up to it being one of my favorite books. I’m not so sure about it now. Am I giving it up? No, I won’t just let this one issue turn me off completely from a title I have raved about since issue one.  But I’m not optimistic about the direction it is going in. First impressions leave a lasting mark, and this new creative team did not leave a good one with this reader.

Story: Jim Zub  Art: Sean Izaakse  Color Artist: Marcio Menyz
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Champions #19

Champions #19

(W) Jim Zub (A) Sean Izaakse (CA) Stefano Caselli
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

A WIDER WORLD Part 1
• IRONHEART and THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP join the Champions at last! The team has grown but the mission stays the same – the Champions fight to make the world a better place for all!
• Writer Jim Zub (AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) and artist Sean Izaakse (UNCANNY AVENGERS) reunite to push the Champions beyond their limits with any icy Antarctic adventure that will challenge everything they believe in!
• Don’t miss this first chapter of a new era of Champions – and the birth of a brand new hero!

Review: Champions #18

CHAMP-1The new order changeth! After a series of tragic setbacks and shakeups, the Champions are faced with a grim decision – is it finally time to disband and give up the fight?

As I’m sure our regular readers have seen on this site, I am a huge fan of this book.  Right from issue one this book hit the ground running and gave us a great team of heroes who wanted to go out and change the world. They didn’t want to just go out and stop the bad guys, they wanted to spread their message around; make everyone a Champion.  The last few issues, however, have been dealing with problems more close to home. Mark Waid wraps things up in this issue, and really makes this personal for the team and gets them back on track with their mission statement; make everyone the hero; a champion. As past issues have done, this one really highlights the bond of this team, the founding members anyway, but also does a good job of bringing in the latest recruits, really showing us that the Champions and their cause are here to stay. I’d be lying if I didn’t say i wasn’t a little hesitant to see which new recruits stick around; I have been with this team from the start, and they have a dynamic and connection that a new member can easily throw out of whack. But, they have done a good job introducing these new members and how they interact with the originals, so I’m hoping the transition will be smooth and the book doesn’t suffer.

And as usual, Humberto Ramos is nothing but stellar with the art in this issue, and the book as a whole.  This is combined with colorist Edgar Delgado and inker Victor Olazaba. I have long said that Ramos was the best choice for this book and I stand by that statement now. His style is absolutely perfect for a youthful group of superheroes with every page showing emotion and action and just really bringing the narrative to life. Of course, the colors and ink work play in connection with this, but this team has been nothing but excellent, bringing life to these characters issue after issue.

As I’m sure you can tell, I loved this issue. It brought the current story arc to a close and reaffirmed the strong bond this team has for each other. Yes, there is a change to the team line up and as much as I am sorry to see one character leave, and I am excited to see where this team goes next. But not only is the team line up changing in the book, but the creative team on this book is changing as well. And that has me nervous. Jim Zub will be taking over the writing duties while Sean Izaakse will be taking over the art. Waid and Ramos have really given life to this book, and I can only hope that once the torch is passed, Champions is still as great as it has been. I’ll remain cautiously optimistic and stay excited to see where this book goes next.

Story: Mark Waid  Art: Humberto Ramos
Ink: Victor Olazaba Color: Edgar Delgado
Story: 9.0  Art: 9.0  Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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