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Preview: Firefly Legacy Edition Book One SC

Firefly Legacy Edition Book One SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Patton Oswalt, Brett Matthews, Jim Krueger
Artists: Will Conrad, Chris Samnee, Patric Reynolds, Fabio Moon
Colorists: Laura Martin, Dave Stewart, Michelle Madsen, Julius Ohta, Chris Peter
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Nimit Malavia
Price: $29.99

BOOM! Studios presents the the first of two Firefly Legacy Editions collecting all the previously released Serenity comics for the first time under one cover in an all-new value priced format that no fan can afford to miss.

From Joss Whedon (the visionary creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), buried histories and secret identities are revealed, along with all the heist-takin’, authority-dodgin’, death-defyin’ space-cowboyin’ you’ve been missing from your life, as this ragtag crew of mercenaries, outlaws, and fugitives travel the stars in search of their next adventure in these sequels to the hit Firefly television series and Serenity film.

Collects Serenity: Those Left Behind #1-3, Serenity: Better Days #1-3, and Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale OGN.

Preview: Captain America #700

Captain America #700

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Chris Samnee
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $5.99

OUT OF TIME CONCLUSION!
Cap is finally “OUT OF TIME”!
• Frozen in time, awakened in a decimated future and once again a man out of his era, there is only one way for Steve Rogers to restore order and rebuild civilization-and that’s to rule it as King Captain America! No dream, no hoax, no lie, this IS Cap and this IS happening, believe it or not!
• PLUS: Mark Waid delivers an untold tale from Captain America’s past, featuring the classic artwork of Jack Kirby!

Preview: Captain America #699

Captain America #699

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Chris Samnee
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE STORYLINE LEADING TO THE MASSIVE ISSUE #700 CONTINUES!
• Leading a fight for freedom in the far future, Steve Rogers and his troops are outgunned and outnumbered!
• For the people of the Divided States of America, that’s always been a death sentence…
• …but with Captain America, it’s a chance to fight back!

Review: Captain America #698

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When we last left Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America, he had been hunted down by Kraven the Hunter under orders from Rampart and despite Cap’s efforts, he is caught and put on ice-literally.

So here’s the thing, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee took over Captain America from Nick Spencer (especially since this Waid’s second go around at writing a solo book for the character) after the whole Secret Empire event Spencer had set up since 2016. This book seemed to have started as a response or apology to the backlash where the character is now back to his roots while at the same time, tries to redeem the character for the readers who were displeased with Secret Empire.

And this is where things get interesting, the book starts out exactly as it does with Steve Rogers going on a redemptive road trip after the whole HYDRA Cap incident. And then he gets trapped in a black of ice and is then sent to the future. A dystopian future. That is a pretty big leap given how issue #696 started that I admit, I didn’t see coming but it did and it’s a curious direction.

Yeah, dear Steve once again is out of the ice (which, deja vu) and has now woken up to a dystopian future where the head of Rampart is now king. No more presidents, no more superheroes, no more law as we know it. It’s all run by this single jerk who wants to control everything. This book seems to be a response to the Trump administration and how it seems Waid is predicting where this country could go. And it’s not a bad idea and so far, I’m on board. Especially given the whole rebellion against rich monarchs plot where Cap joins in. It’s kind of an ideal scenario. Captain America was never about jingoism or sucking up to governments, the character always presents as we should aspire to be with our morals and Waid is still embodying that spirit, just with a different premise for the character.

In fact, I think this may be a solid Captain America as it goes on. There are no Avengers, no Sam Wilson or Bucky to help him, he has ordinary people like Liang and others as his comrades to help him fight against oppressive monarchies. And the rebels themselves are no pushovers, they still keep on fighting despite the odds against them. And with Cap on their side, they have a boost. Cap isn’t just a leader, he is a symbol of hope and given this country’s president promoting bigotry, hate and screwing over the lower class, we need to aspire to be like Cap and fight on against such oppressive forces.

Storywise, Waid does offer plenty of set up and intrigue especially given his choice of year for when Cap wakes up, that’s an interesting choice of year but I won’t reveal it. And really, nothing ever seemed forced. Everything just comes naturally especially one of my favorite scenes being a kid and his mother rescued by Cap himself just as a drone was closing in on them. There’s even a cute touch of him going along taking a picture with the kid. Given the circumstances, he suggested to take it quick but he obliged all the same but he wasn’t annoyed-even gave a smile too. Those single pages and panels feel like Captain America as he should be and Waid is extremely good at that. It just feels like Cap is Waid’s bread and butter as opposed to others he has written in the past.

New characters work well as much too like Liang, she’s a character people can relate to and her motivations and actions are understandable and she gels well with Cap himself. Liang is certainly promising among the Marvel universe’s stable of awesome women.

Chris Samnee’s art certainly helps matters with plenty of shading, looks pretty stylized that it fits the tone of the book Waid is going for and he stages the action scenes well enough, probably elevated the staging on what was written on page. Even his use of shadows works well to good effect especially given the colors look a bit degraded but again, fit the tone of the book Waid is going for. So it’s another Marvel book where it feels like the artist and writer are in sync with each other, neither feel contradicting to each other.

If you’re a fan of the character and looking for a return to form of sorts if you hated Secret Empire, this new arc, and this issue, is not a bad way to go with. Check it out!

Preview: Captain America #698

Captain America #698

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Chris Samnee
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

OUT OF TIME Part 1
THE STORYLINE LEADING TO THE MASSIVE ISSUE #700 KICKS OFF!
Steve Rogers awakens to find himself in a strange new future – and it’s his worst nightmare! Can he assemble a new band of Howling Commandos to help him battle for freedom?

Captain America Reaches #700 in April

This spring, “Out of Time” will culminate with the release of Captain America’s milestone 700th issue, concluding the arc in an oversized story from creators Mark Waid and Chris Samnee!

Frozen in time, awakened in a decimated future and once again a man out of his era, there is only one way for Steve Rogers to restore order and rebuild civilization—and that’s to rule it as King Captain America!

The issue also features Mark Waid delivering an untold tale from Captain America’s past, featuring the classic artwork of Jack Kirby!

Don’t miss the conclusion of an arc that has seen some of Steve Rogers’ most epic adventures in Captain America #700, on sale this spring!

Captain America #700 features a cover by Samnee and variants by Jim Lee and Jim Steranko and comes to shelves April 4, 2018.

Preview: Captain America #696

Captain America #696

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Chris Samnee
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $3.99

HOME OF THE BRAVE Part 2
• On his quest across America, Steve Rogers faces off against the brand-new Swordsman! Strap yourselves in for a sword vs. shield duel unlike anything you’ve ever seen!

Captain America: Back On Ice…The Answer Will Shock You!

Once, he was a man out of time…and now he’s about to re-live that moment all over again. Following the shocking ending of Captain America #697, Steve Rogers is back on ice in Captain America #698, and it’s a brave new (and cold) world. Now, it’s up to the super soldier to assemble a new group of Howling Commandos to help him battle for this freedom.

It’s a story readers won’t want to miss, and it all begins this February with Captain America #698—on ice! On sale February 7 from writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee.

Review: Captain America #695

Steve Rogers is back in action in the red-white-and-blue! Steve begins a journey across America to restore his tarnished reputation – and the dangers he encounters along the way are unlike any he’s faced before!

One of the biggest questions I had for Marvel Legacy is how it’d treat Captain America and the fallout/bad taste of Secret Empire. Generally, series have ignored any major ramifications (a rant for another time) and out of them all, you’d think Captain America’s return would be the one that deals with it the most. Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have the unenviable task of picking things up with Captain America #695 which sees Steve head across America to rediscover himself and return to where “it began” for him. Waid gives us broad strokes about Captain America’s history and has him return to one of his first adventures post return where he’s taken on Nazi wannabees in a group called Rampart. A decade later he returns to find a town celebrating his heroism.

The comic in many ways is an essay by Waid reaffirming the ideals of Captain America and Steve Rogers in a throwback conservative sort of way. The big protecting the small is the lesson here and it’s a lesson that’s repeated a lot. What Captain America is about and his history is the focus laying things out again in an almost Pollyana way. None of it is bad and Chris Samnee’s art is utterly fantastic for not just this style of story but in general. While the story feels very “white bread America” the art is beautiful to look at and enjoy.

None of what I’m saying is a bad thing but it feels like the creative team are ignoring the wrongs of the last few years instead focusing on a fresh start that’s a back to basics. There’s a brief mention of events and that the real Captain America was trapped and replaced with an evil version but the greater societal impact isn’t present. There is some solid winks and nods though and Waid has no problem dropping the word “Nazi”  or “Fascist” to describe the bad guys, something that feels like progress. There’s also some fun talking of conspiracies especially Cap’s origins in World War II and his time on ice. It’s an entertaining acknowledgement of today’s reality and how his origin might be taken by some. Even the word “icer” feels rather appropriate and spot on.

A back-up feature gives us a quick history of Captain America. Written by Robbie Thompson with art by Valerio Schiti, the brief story hits the major points but overlooks recent events to its detriment. It feels like it’s an attempt to wash away the negative turn in recent years and whether it’s a choice by Marvel as a whole or due to space constraints it feels like it ignores mistakes that have been made.

The art is amazing and the story traditional and reserved in many ways the comic has some action but more of a focus on the ideals of the title character. This feels like a statement as to who Cap is to Mark Waid and Chris Samnee and the ideals he’ll represent as their story moves forward. A nice start that just a little more action and excitement.

Story Mark Waid, Robbie Thompson Art: Chris Samnee, Valerio Schiti
Story: 7.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Marvel Legacy #1

It all starts here…

It begins at the dawn of the human race, and ends with a child’s prayer! In between, empires fall, mysteries brew, secrets are revealed, quests are undertaken and legends are forged! All leading up to the dramatic return you’ve been waiting for – and one you’ve been dreading!

After months of build up, Marvel Legacy #1 kicks off the next phase of the Marvel universe much like the numerous “bridge” issues we’ve seen post major events. It does a decent job of setting things up and teasing what’s to come, but as a read on its own, the issue feels a bit lacking.

Written by Jason Aaron with art by Esad Ribic, Russell Dauterman, Chris Samnee, Alex Maleev, Stuart Immonen, Pepe Larraz, Jim Cheung, Daniel Acuna, Greg Land, Ed McGuinness, and Steve McNiven, Marvel Legacy is a bunch of segments acting as preludes as to what’s to come down the road. It’s not a complete story instead catching us up on where characters are and where things will go.

It’s not bad at all and much of what it teases has me excited and wanting to see where it all goes, which is its goal. However, there’s something that feels a bit hollow about it. It doesn’t do much of a job of addressing the social ramifications of Secret Empire, just its impact on institutions and the teases shown will only really excite die-hard Marvel fans.

Infinity Stones are thrown into the mix, Celestials are focused on, and a legacy of characters is presented with an Avengers team from a billion years ago and not a whole lot of explanation about them other than they’re earlier versions of today’s characters. It’s pieces of a puzzle that forces the reader to connect the dots and I’m not sure there’s enough to interest new ones, though there should be enough to interest old ones.

In other words, this issue plays to Marvel’s long history and backstory that only the die-hards will really appreciate. It’s audience are the Wednesday warriors, not new readers. And in that way, it feels like a missed opportunity.

There’s lots of reveals and returns of characters, things I’m not going to spoil in this review like other sites. Instead the primary enjoyment is that discovery but I hope you know your Marvel history to truly get it.

The art is solid and beautiful at times, no shocker with the artistic team assembled, so even if the story falls flat the art is at least great to look at.

Whil not bad, it also feels like it’s a missed opportunity. The issue plays to those who know Marvel’s history with the full enjoyment only really being experienced when you truly understand everything you’re reading. This is the trailer for the film to come and like a trailer, it has me interested in what’s to come but in itself, it’s not a complete story.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Esad Ribic, Russell Dauterman, Chris Samnee, Alex Maleev, Stuart Immonen, Pepe Larraz, Jim Cheung, Daniel Acuna, Greg Land, Ed McGuinness, Steve McNiven Cover Art: Joe Quesada
Story: 6.95 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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