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Exclusive Preview: Doctor Doom #9

Doctor Doom #9

(W) Christopher Cantwell (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

After growing the Latverian empire through bloodshed, Doom turns his attention to the potential apocalypse that is the black hole in Earth’s orbit, as he’s the only brilliant scientific mind left that has any chance of preventing catastrophe. But in the wake of all he’s been through, Victor grapples with a profound change of heart… one he dare not show his enemies, else they see his weakness as opportunity!

Review: Iron Man #3

Iron Man #3

The latest volume of Iron Man has been a solid start. For three issues we’ve explored Tony Stark as a person as he attempts to find his place in the world. With Patsy Walker helping to guide him, we get to see different aspects of the character. And, we get to see the start of what’s likely to define him for some time. Iron Man #3 is a fun read and a good chapter in the opening arc but it also isn’t all that memorable. It’s a bit rushed at times getting to its latter half a bit too quickly. It feels compressed in its story.

Writer Christopher Cantwell knocks it out of the park as he explores characters. It’s the dive into the psyche that’s interesting. The first two issues focused on Tony attempting to find his place, a person with unease. Cantwell’s Tony Stark is a Gen-Xer who is at the point in their life they question what they’ve been doing. Did they do what they wanted? What will their legacy be? As someone in that position, it’s something I can relate to.

Iron Man #3 gets us to the next phase of that introspection, we question why others aren’t grateful. With Tony attempting to do the hero thing, he’s noticing how the public is reacting more. It’s something he’s focused on and it’s frustrating him. He doesn’t know how to act. Cantwell could easily take it all down a very dark route but he ads in a lot of humor as Iron Man tussles with various villains. There are truly great moments and a few that got me to laugh.

It’s the latter half of the comic that’s the issue as Tony checks on his investment. That all has reveals that are a bit too quick and feels like a segment better suited for the fourth issue (assuming this is a five issue arc). That “rushed” feeling is compounded by a segment with Tony in coach on an airplane. That part is something that could have been mined for comedic gold and also told us more about who Tony is now and who he wants to be. It’s a quick moment that actually should have played out longer.

It’s a comic that feels like it gets from A to D rushing through B and skipping C. By the end, I felt like I missed something in a previous issue but the reality is the main villain is never really set up well to make readers care. He’s a classic villain, and that’s about what we’ve gotten.

The art by Cafu is amazing though. There is truly great art here and it’s helped by Frank D’Armata‘s color. The early parts of the comic and the end fight all look fantastic with some really interesting visuals and color pops. Iron Man has rarely looked better and his villains are the same. There’s just something about this art that really clicks for me.

There’s nothing bad about Iron Man #3 at all. It’s a solid comic with an interesting story and great art. As a chapter of the opening arc, it’s fantastic. But, the arc so far isn’t anything that’s jumping out as an instant classic. It is fantastic storytelling though. It’s also a great exploration of Tony Stark as a person. If you’re a fan of Iron Man, Cantwell, or Cafu, it’s an issue to check out but for new readers, this isn’t one that’ll hook you.

Story: Christopher Cantwell Art: Cafu
Color: Frank D’Armata Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Iron Man #3

Iron Man #3

(W) Christopher Cantwell (A) CAFU (CA) Alex Ross
32 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Tony Stark is getting tired of apologizing for being himself, especially when as Iron Man he’s more powerful than most any other human being on Earth. As he wears himself out trying to do everything he can to be a force of good in the world, he’s beginning to chafe at the idea that he really owes anybody anything. Is it too much to ask for a thank you? He’s trying to keep his head down and his ego in check, but when KORVAC reveals himself as the puppet master behind Stark’s latest investment, Tony will at least have somewhere to channel his anger and frustration… That is, if he survives the conflict at all.

Iron Man #3

Preview: Doctor Doom #8

Doctor Doom #8

(W) Christopher Cantwell (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 28, 2020
SRP: $3.99

After regaining his throne, Doctor Doom presses his advantage and invades Symkaria with the intent to conquer and annex the entire nation. And with the Ultimate Nullifier in hand, he’s able to keep the entire world at bay while he declares total war on the country that tried to overthrow him. Once the dust settles, he realizes he’s humanity’s last hope for preventing an unstable black hole from annihilating all of Earth…

Doctor Doom #8

Preview: Iron Man #2

Iron Man #2

(W) Christopher Cantwell (A) CAFU (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 21, 2020
SRP: $3.99

TONY HAS COMPANY… AND HIS NAME IS KORVAC!
Tony Stark continues to roughly dismantle the fancy, shiny and sophisticated ways of his past… but the world doesn’t seem quite convinced that he’s changed his rich guy tune. As Iron Man, he takes the fight to the streets, looking to sacrifice himself on the altar of super heroism again and again-first with Arcade and Absorbing Man then with medical vigilante Cardiac – all in hope of redemption in the eyes of the public. Only trouble is he might get himself killed in the process, and there are still plenty of people in line with an ax to grind. Old friends like HELLCAT try to help him find peace of mind and speak truth to his stubborn god complex, but lurking on the horizon is a threat Tony – and indeed the entire cosmos – hasn’t seen in years… KORVAC… yet another guy who believes he’s smarter than the rest of the universe.

Iron Man #2

Preview: Doctor Doom #7

Doctor Doom #7

(W) Christopher Cantwell (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Doctor Doom returns to Latveria, out for revenge on those who stole his throne away from him. With the help of his remaining allies and one of the most powerful weapons in the universe, he’ll work to expose and destroy the conspirators working against him. But the black hole on the moon is growing critical, and Doom’s brilliant mind may be the only one that can stop catastrophe that will wreak havoc throughout the entire solar system. Still, Doom isn’t one to just offer a friendly hand… If the people of Earth want his help, he’s going to make them beg for it.

Doctor Doom #7

Review: Iron Man #1

Iron Man #1

Tony Stark has been through a lot lately. He died, came back sort of, died again, and is back? Whatever, it’s information that’s not needed to enjoy the brand new Iron Man #1. The newest volume is a flag planted in the ground giving us a clear idea of this latest iteration of the character and what his focus is on.

Written by Christopher Cantwell, Iron Man #1 is the mid-life crisis of a superhero. It’s a fantastic debut that’s new-reader friendly but also should be engaging and interesting for new readers. The issue has Tony Stark going back to basics. He’s divested himself from Stark Unlimited and wants to focus on simpler things. As he states it “machines should be building machines now,” and he wants to remember what it’s like to be “human.”

Tony is trying to find his role and what he should do next. He’s street racing, moved across the country, and attempting to connect with people. I say attempting.

Cantwell does an amazing job at the mid-life crisis of the white male. There’s so many interesting things and small details in this comic. As someone who might be about Tony’s age and in a similar headspace (without the money) I can’t help but connect and relate to where he’s at. There’s a complication in life that has compounded and there’s a want to focus on those things that bring enjoyment and create fulfillment (woe it is to be a while middle-aged man).

Cantwell delivers that very human aspect to the character in a story and direction that’s familiar. Tony has lost his fortune before and gotten “back to basics” multiple times. But, it’s that focus on the individual that makes the issue interesting. This is a very human Tony Stark. Cantwell has been a master of this type of storytelling giving a similar focus on Doctor Doom, one of the best new series to debut recently.

The art by Cafu is fantastic. With color by Frank D’Armata and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the art has a painted style that’s reminiscent of Adi Granov’s work in the modern classic Iron Man: Extremis storyline. Much like Cantwell’s story, there’s a focus on the small details like a look of the eyes and body language. These tell as much as the dialogue being spoken. There’s also an interesting use of social media visually giving us quick hits of information that again layers on the rich worldbuilding of the story. The team does a fantastic job of mixing action and quieter moments. The comic has some great action moments. It also has some very human moments as well.

Iron Man #1 is a Tony Stark that I can connect to. It’s not for everyone but it delivers a man who was on top of the world and is trying to find purpose. It’s a comic that realizes that there’s a man within the suit and Tony Stark has to be more than just his company and fancy toys. There’s a person that looks to be facing a mid-life crisis. It’s something that’s relatable for many. It also reminds us that many of those that are super are also very much like us underneath.

Story: Christopher Cantwell Art: Cafu
Color: Frank D’Armata Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Iron Man #1

Iron Man #1

(W) Christopher Cantwell (A/CA) CAFU
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 16, 2020
SRP: $4.99

BIG IRON!
Tony Stark is looking to restart his engine. He decides he’s going back to basics, putting away his high-tech toys and high-profile image so he can get his hands dirty again. It’s time to dig into the guts of real machines, put on some old-fashioned metal and fly.

But can he really lay that Stark-sized ego down? Life isn’t that simple, something that old friends and frustrating foes are quick to point out. If you strip down a billionaire to his bolts, does he run solid or just overheat?

Tony’s going to find out once a threat to the entire universe rears its head from the past. As he suits up again, Tony remains sure of one thing: he’s still IRON MAN down to his flesh and blood core.

Iron Man #1

King in Black Descends on the Marvel Universe in December

The long-dreaded arrival of Knull, god of the symbiotes, is almost at hand. Backed by a massive army of symbiotic monsters, the terrifying new villain poses a threat unlike any the Marvel Universe has ever seen. The latest chapter in writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman’s radical reshaping of the Venom mythos, King in Black is an event years in the making that will change everything you thought you knew about symbiotes.

Eddie Brock has already seen the chaos that Knull will bring firsthand in the pages of Venom, but he won’t be facing him alone. Knull’s unrelenting darkness will enshroud every corner of the Marvel Universe in various titles debuting this December! This past week saw announcements about new titles and tie-ins showcasing how Knull’s unrelenting darkness will enshroud every corner of the Marvel Universe! Bruce Banner will have to fight through a planet of symbiotes in King in Black: Immortal Hulk #1 by writer Al Ewing and artist Aaron Kuder; writer Christopher Cantrell and artist Salvador Larroca will celebrate Knull-mas with a twisted yuletide tale of unlikely allies in King on Black: Iron Man/Doctor Doom #1; and Kurt Busiek, Ben Dewey, and Jonas Scharf’s King in Black: Namor #1 offers a deep dive into Marvel history to learn about Knull’s chilling connection to Atlantis. King in Black will also tie-in to ongoing titles such as Spider-Woman #7 by Karla Pacheco and Pere Pérez and the new Black Cat #1 by Jed MacKay and C.F. Villa. You also won’t want to miss Eddie coming face to face with the lord of the abyss for the first time in Venom #31, written by Donny Cates with art by Iban Coello.


KING IN BLACK #1 (OF 5)

Written by DONNY CATES
Art and Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

DARKNESS REIGNS!

After a campaign across the galaxy, Knull’s death march arrives to Earth and, worse yet, he hasn’t come alone! With an army of hundreds of thousands of symbiote dragons at his command, the King in Black is a force unlike any Earth’s heroes have ever faced. EDDIE BROCK, A.K.A. VENOM has seen firsthand the chaos that even one of Knull’s symbiotic monsters can wreak – will he survive an encounter with the God of the Abyss himself? From Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Frank Martin and VC’s Clayton Cowles comes the definitive chapter in their two-year-long VENOM saga that changed everything you thought you knew about symbiotes!

KING IN BLACK #1 (OF 5)

KING IN BLACK #2 (OF 5)

Written by DONNY CATES
Art and Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

HAIL TO THE KING!

KING IN BLACK #2 (OF 5)

VENOM #31

Written by DONNY CATES
Art and Cover by IBAN COELLO

KING IN BLACK ARRIVES!

What happens to Eddie Brock when he finally comes face to face with the lord of the abyss, the KING IN BLACK: KNULL?

VENOM #31

BLACK CAT #1

Written by JED MACKAY
Art by C.F. VILLA
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

THE CAT IN BLACK IS BACK!

Feeling lucky? Knull’s attack on Earth interrupts the Black Cat’s latest heist, and if you know Felicia, you know that’s a problem. So the Cat and her crew aim to steal something of greatest value to both Knull and Earth’s hope of survival. You’ll have to pick up this issue to find out what! This issue guest-stars the X-Men! Captain America! And Doctor Strange! DO NOT MISS IT!!!

BLACK CAT #1

KING IN BLACK:  IRON MAN/DOCTOR DOOM #1

Written by CHRISTOPHER CANTWELL
Art and Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA

Iron Man has risked everything to save Eddie Brock, but now he’s left with nothing but guilt. As longtime ‘frenemy’ Doctor Doom shows up with both counseling words and ulterior motives, they’lll be forced to battle an all-too-familiar specter of the holiday season—albeit one now twisted and controlled by the recent invasion of Earth by the symbiote homeworld. As Iron Man and Doom fight as temporary allies, their unexpected encounter both with each other and a horrifying inversion of yuletide joy may ultimately reveal to them the true meaning of Knull-mas.

KING IN BLACK: IMMORTAL HULK #1

Written by AL EWING
Art and Cover by AARON KUDER

A PRESENT FOR THE HULK!

The Hulk is in a bad place. Half of his alters are dead or missing — including Bruce Banner — and the Leader’s got the rest of him on the ropes. But never let it be said that Joe Fixit doesn’t know how to have a good time — and he’s out to make sure this is the best holiday the Hulk’s ever had. He just has to fight his way through a planet of symbiotes first.

KING IN BLACK: IMMORTAL HULK #1

KING IN BLACK: NAMOR #1 (OF 5)

Written by KURT BUSIEK
Art by BEN DEWEY AND JONAS SCHARF
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS  YU

Spinning out of the KING IN BLACK epic comes a dark, chilling story of the birth of Atlantis’s greatest villains. The players: Namor, Lady Dorma of Atlantis, the outsider Attuma — all still in their teen years — and The Swift Riders, the Atlantean Empire’s greatest heroes. It begins with alliances and possibility, as Attuma’s people may join the Empire…but what lies ahead is tragedy, betrayal, and the unleashing of dangerous, deadly magics. A deep dive into Marvel history…and the birth of a threat that will only grow in menace across time.

KING IN BLACK: NAMOR #1 (OF 5)

KING IN BLACK: NAMOR #2 (OF 5)

Written by KURT BUSIEK
Art by BEN DEWEY AND JONAS SCHARF
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

The Young Namor, Attuma and Dorma get to accompany the Swift Riders on a mission, see them in action and learn from them. But the mission involves Russian alchemists in 1930s Murmansk, a dangerous mystic relic, and a catastrophe that brings to life the most menacing threat that Atlantis has ever faced! Now all of undersea civilization is imperiled, and only three youngsters can save it!

KING IN BLACK: NAMOR #2 (OF 5)

SPIDER-WOMAN #7

Written by KARLA PACHECO
Art by PERE PÉREZ
Cover by JUNGGEUN YOON

Abandoned by her friends, there’s only one person who comes to Jess’ aid…Octavia Vermis! She’s got a cure for Jessica, and the prescription is: Crime! Under the cover of the Knull invasion, Spider-Woman is stealing elements of a cure to her condition…OR IS SHE?

SPIDER-WOMAN #7

Go Behind the Scenes with Christopher Cantwell’s Blueprints for Iron Man

Tony Stark reignites his engine next month, when Eisner-nominated writer Christopher Cantwell ushers in a new age for the armored Avenger in Iron Man #1. Joined by top artists CAFU and Frank D’Armata, Cantwell promises to take Tony Stark back to basics, putting aside his high-tech toys and high-profile image so he can get his hands dirty as a Super Hero again. Suited up in brand-new armor designed by the legendary Alex Ross, Tony will struggle to keep his Stark-sized ego in check when a deadly threat emerges from his past.

Discover the inner workings of Tony Stark as he soars into the future when Iron Man #1 goes on sale September 16th!

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