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Preview: Marvel Comics Presents #5

Marvel Comics Presents #5

(W) Charles Soule, Chris Claremont, More (A) Paulo Siqueira, Luke Ross, More (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: May 22, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Welcome to the 1980s, Marvel style! First, Wolverine’s Vigil goes into its fifth decade but doesn’t go the way he planned. Then, join Nightcrawler mid-Cross-Time Caper at the fall of the Berlin Wall! Finally, a pivotal Venom tale by fan-favorite creators Leah Williams and Guillermo Sanna!

Marvel Comics Presents #5

Preview: Marvel Comics Presents #4

Marvel Comics Presents #4

(W) Charles Soule, Daniel Kibblesmith, Ben Percy (A) Paulo Siqueira, Pere Perez, Juan Ferreyra (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Our tour of the history of Marvel reaches the turbulent 1970s! Wolverine’s vigil takes an unexpected turn! Spider-Man has an adventure in the new age of blockbuster cinema! Finally, an all-new tale of Moon Knight, one of the decade’s most exciting creations, helmed by superstar creative team Benjamin Percy & Juan Ferreyra (Green Arrow)!

Marvel Comics Presents #4

Preview: Marvel Comics Presents #3

Marvel Comics Presents #3

(W) Charles Soule, Andrew Aydin, More (A) Paulo Siqueira, Daniel Acuna, More (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $4.99

“THE VIGIL” featuring Wolverine continues with part 3 in this ongoing series! Three tales with echoes of the decade that began the Heroic Age-the swingin’ 1960s! First up, Wolverine continues his vigil, bringing him to the worst places on Earth. Then, the co-writer of the award-winning March trilogy, Andrew Aydin, pens a tale of Captain America during the Civil Rights movement. Finally, an all-new story of Marvel’s most famous son of the ’60s — Spider-Man! Brought to you by Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart (Hamilton, Aladdin on Broadway) and Ray-Anthony Height (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur)!

Marvel Comics Presents #3

Review: Marvel Comics Presents #2

Marvel Comics Presents #2

Three fantastic fables in one mighty magazine! First, a tale of Logan in the fabulous fifties! Then, a new swinging story of the jungle’s cursed crusader, Gorilla-Man! Finally, Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom enter the space race as Sputnik takes orbit!

I don’t have a long history with Marvel Comics Presents, although I have read stories reprinted from the original series, I’ve never read one of the original issues. The first one I had picked up was the first issue of the 2019 series, and I was immediately taken with the format. Probably because I’m a big Wolverine fan.

Thus far, each comic features two standalone stories, with the series being linked by a multi-part story featuring Wolverine (though even that can be read starting here is you missed MCP#1). It’s a format that immediately brings me back to a time when I didn’t care about continuity as much as I did a good story (now I’m a little more concerned with continuity whilst also wanting a good story). This issue has three stories that decline gradually in quality from the first to the final, though I’d happily read the issue for two of the three, so one average tale in an anthology style comic isn’t bad (especially when it takes up the least amount of page space).

Charles Soule‘s Wolverine tale kicks us off, and was the highlight for me. It follows on from the previous issue, though one can read this without having read the first part. The story is set in the fifties, and finds Logan teaming up with a young mystic to combat an unkillable demon named The Truth from corrupting the world; one can argue the allegories and symbolism in this till the day is long, but even on face value this is still a very entertaining tale.

Mark Waid‘s revisionist take on the Fantastic Four before their powers is interesting, and a neat twist on Marvel’s First Family focused more on Reed and Ben’s relationship against a Cold War setting. It’s an interesting What If? style story that I’d love to get more of in the future.

Lastly, we have the Gorilla-Man feature by David and Maria Lapham. It isn’t bad by any means, but certainly isn’t the highlight of the issue. In fairness, this may be more down to my lack of knowledge of – and desire to read about – Gorilla Man than any indication of the ability of the writers. It wasn’t my cup of tea, and I found it a touch jumbled as it seemed to bounce the story between present and flashback. Still, this is far from unreadable, and suffers more because of the stories it’s paired with than anything else.

All in all, Marvel Comics Presents #2 is a win. Easily one of the more fun comics for Marvel right now., unencumbered by continuity and story constraints as it is.

Wolverine: The Vigil
Story: Charles Soule Penciler: Paulo Siqueira
Colour Artist: Frank D’Armata Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.7

Liftoff featuring Mister Fantastic
Story: Mark Waid Artist Djibril Morissette-Phan
Colour Artist: Dan Brown Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.1 Overall: 7.8
This Man, This Gorilla featuring Gorilla-Man
Story: David & Maria Lapham Artist: David Lapham Colour Artist: Lee Loughridge Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Story: 6.3 Art: 7.2 Overall: 6.7

Marvel Comics Presents #2 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Marvel Comics Presents #2

Marvel Comics Presents #2

(W) Charles Soule, Maria Lapham, David Lapham, Mark Waid (A) Paulo Siqueira, David Lapham, More (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 27, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Three fantastic fables in one mighty magazine! First, a tale of Logan in the fabulous fifties! Then, a new swinging story of the jungle’s cursed crusader, Gorilla-Man! Finally, Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom enter the space race as Sputnik takes orbit!

Marvel Comics Presents #2

Review: Return of Wolverine #4

Return of Wolverine #4

Can Logan handle the truth of what he’s done?

As the penultimate issue of the series (finally) heralding Wolverines, uh, return to the Marvel Universe, Return Of Wolverine #4 does an admirable job of setting up the conclusion, but there’s nothing here that really excites, either. It’s an example of a perfectly average – at best – book.

The story tries to have shocks, but fails. There’s a revelation that, presumably, should carry some weight, but either I’ve read far too many comics and books or it’s telegraphed early enough that any surprise is long gone by the time you finally get to it. The promise of the first issue has either been long spent or Charles Soule ran out of time while writing this. Soule is a really good writer, and has produced some top tier comics; this just isn’t one of his best.

Declan Shalvey does his best to bring the scores up, but while he’s very solid, there’s nothing here that pushes this comic into a Must Buy purely because of the art.

The comic’s plot is focused almost entirely on a conversation and the flashbacks that part of the story is told in, which leaves one with the feeling that not a whole lot occurs. Certainly the longer flashbacks were almost unnecessary when combined with the brief flashes we get earlier in the comic (personally I find the brief flashes have more of a weight than the full window into the past; less is more, after all). There’s very little inherently wrong with the comic, but it’s hard to recommend paying full price for an issue that doesn’t seem integral to the story when a quick recap blurb in the finale would sum up this issue in its entirety.

Unfortunately, it’s a comic that neither demands to be read nor garners enough of an emotional reaction in your humble reviewer to find a lot to talk about. It’s simply very okay. That’s not always a bad thing, but neither is it a particularly great thing, either. As the oft used phrase goes, “it is what it is.”

And that’s very average.

Return Of Wolverine #4 is a comic that’s far from bad, but struggles to be anything more that pretty good. At the end of the day, for the price of this comic, I expected more.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Declan Shalvey 
Colours: Laura Martin Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino
 Story: 6.2 Art: 7.6 Overall: 6.6 Recommendation: Read 

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Review: Marvel Comics Presents #1

The classic series is back! Marvel Comics Presents delivers three new stories featuring Wolverine, Namor, and Captain America.

Marvel Comics Presents #1 is by Charles Soule, Paulo Siqueira, Oren Junior, Frank D’Armata, Joe Caramagna, Greg Pak, Tomm Coker, Michael Garland, Ann Nocenti, Greg Land, and Jay Leisten.

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Preview: Marvel Comics Presents #1

Marvel Comics Presents #1

(W) Charles Soule, Ann Nocenti, Greg Pak (A) Paulo Siqueira, Tomm Coker, More (CA) Arthur Adams, Federico Blee
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 16, 2019
SRP: $4.99

THE CLASSIC MARVEL SERIES RETURNS FOR MARVEL’S 80th ANNIVERSARY!
Three titanic tales celebrating the first decade of Marvel stories! First – an all-new tale of the man they call the Wolverine begins in the 1940s! Then comes Captain America, the first Avenger of World War II still fighting for freedom today! And finally, the untold tale of Namor and the atom bomb!

Marvel Comics Presents #1
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