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Preview: Black Panther: Prelude #1

Black Panther: Prelude #1

(W) Will Pilgrim (A) Annapaola Martello
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Wakanda. The most technologically advanced nation in the world – and protected by the mighty BLACK PANTHER! Learn how T’CHALLA became the legendary hero of Wakanda in this ALL-NEW, NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD tale set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! See how the mantle was passed to the future king, in a time when super heroes were just emerging in the larger world, before this winter’s BLACK PANTHER film hits theaters!

Review: X-Men: Gold #14

Brood and Dark Phoenix and Mojo – Oh my! The Mojoverse continues its bizarre invasion of Manhattan! With reality-warping resources at the tips of his gross fingers, Mojo may finally have the upper hand against our beloved mutants…

X-Men: Gold #14 is the third part of “Mojo Worldwide” which celebrates Marvel Legacy by taking us through the “X” history through a series of short segments and scenes as Mojo attempts to challenge them and get ratings.

Written by Marc Guggenheim, the comic feels a little like classic Mojo stories but taking the characters through so many eras of X-Men, the story choice feels odd in that it doesn’t have time to establish each team to new readers and we already saw the different “X” era in Secret Wars in 2015. It feels like we have a retread in story not even two years later. The comic itself is entertaining and there’s a lot packed in as Guggenheim has to balance so many different characters.

The art by Marc Laming is good though doesn’t quite blow me away. There’s some solid looking moments but overall the art doesn’t quite blow me away. It’s good, not great. There’s moments that feel like Laming is doing his best to mimic the stories he’s covering but the original art usually stands out and this falls short due to that.

While “Mojo Worldwide” is decent, it doesn’t blow me away. There’s lots of untapped potential in a story about a bloviating egomaniac crazy about ratings. The story just hasn’t quite gotten there and feels like it won’t commit and go all the way. Even the stunt of killing one character in the storyline feels empty as we’re not given any opportunity to connect up to the point.

While I was enjoy X-Men: Gold #14, Marvel Legacy and the previous event has veered a little and taken some of the shine off. It’s not bad but it’s also not quite exciting enough that it’s one of the first things I run to read like I used to for X comics. Hopefully after this we’ll get a focus on the characters which usually makes the series the strongest. Right now, it feels a bit empty, like Mojo’s shows. All flash, little heart.

Story: Marc Guggenheim Art: Marc Laming Cover Art: Dan Mora
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Cable #150

The time-traveling mutant known as Cable has made it his one-man mission to preserve all of time itself.  But when a disturbance in the timestream sends Cable back to the recent past, he’ll find a mutant killer he won’t be able to handle alone. Cable’s led teams of X-Men before and he’ll have to turn to some old allies and new friends to stop this deadly threat. Get ready for the newer New Mutants!

The murder of an time anomaly leads to an investigation by Cable helped by Longshot and from there we’ve got Cable #150. Written by Ed Brisson the issue is a fun start that has a bit of a vibe of the 90s X-Men, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The issue is Cable bringing his team together and you can see some of them in the image to the left. There’s some fun choices here and by the end of the issue it’s only a fraction of the team though.

The issue definitely digs into the 90s with the story revolving around the Eternals (and on again/off again concept it feels like) and while the comic says “Cable” it’s a team book right now.

Brisson keeps the story flowing nicely with a solid build to the eventual action towards the end of the comic. There’s a solid mix of humor and the personalities should mesh quite well.

The art by Jon Malin is really good and definitely has a Liefeld-esque style about it all. There’s only a few panels where the depth of something seemed a little weird (again feels like the 90s and impossibly thin guns). But, it’s some of the best X art I’ve seen in some time.

The backup story by Robbie Thompson takes us through Cable’s history and condenses the convoluted intertwining stories into something that makes sense. The art by Mark Bagley is hit and miss which has been an issue with the backup stories.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of this series since its reboot but this is the shot in the arm it needed. I want to see where it goes now and can’t wait to see where the rest of the team comes from. A solid start that does what Marvel Legacy is supposed to do, get me to want to read more.

Story: Ed Brisson and Robbie Thompson Art: Jon Malin and Mark Bagley
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Champions #13

The titanic clash between the Champions and the Avengers continues! Since they were old enough to say the word “Avengers,” the Champions have idolized Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Now the two teams are on equal footing – and the Champs must walk the walk alongside their former mentors! Will their experiences in GENERATIONS help them – or tear the two teams apart?

Champions #13 is the second part to the “Worlds Collide” storyline that began in Avengers #672 and the second issue is a bit more focused on the action and teamwork than how folks get along. Written by Mark Waid the issue isn’t bad but much like the previous story arc issue, there isn’t something that really excites me. The issue isn’t bad at all and is a fun read but it’s not quite exciting enough to get me to really look forward to what’s next. It’s a perfectly entertaining read though.

The various folks need to head around the world to deal with the vibrations going on and there’s some good interactions there. The “you’re a junior Avenger” is gone and instead this is power sets being used together type stuff. We also get a little bit more of the major issue as… well I don’t want to ruin it, but it also feels like we’ve seen this all before with the whole “incursions” that led up to Secret Wars. So, the story feels a little familiar.

There is some really good in the issue in that Waid explores the relationship of Viv and the Vision and along with some of the other interactions there’s a decent injection of humor through all of the action.

The art by Humberto Ramos is pretty solid as would be expected by him. There’s some panels where there’s a lot going on and things are a little muddled but generally I’m a huge fan of the style. Ramos’ style adds to the energy of it all and is great to look at.

Writer Robbie Thompson and artist Alberto Alburquerque provide a back-up story catching folks up on the Champions history and the art is a little blah compared to Ramos’ It’s still a good way to catch up on the history in the big picture view of it all.

The issue is entertaining and while it didn’t blow me away, it was fun enough to have me come back to read what comes next.

Story: Mark Waid and Robbie Thompson Art: Humberto Ramos and Alberto Alburquerque
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – SDCC organizers hire Adam Smith to run their comcis center – Should be interesting to see where this all goes.

ICv2 – Marvel CCO Asks for Help Retrieving Stolen Art – If you can help, please do!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Attack – Catalyst Prime: Astonisher #1

The Beat – The Once and Future Queen Vol. 1

Newsarama – Sherlock Frankenstein & the Legion of Evil #1

 

Preview: Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan #1

Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan #1

(W) Declan Shalvey (A) Mike Henderson (CA) Declan Shalvey
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

What do you get when you cross a regenerative, cranky, old X-Man with a regenerative, wacky Wade Wilson? DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN! Writer DECLAN SHALVEY (DEADPOOL, MOON KNIGHT) and Mike Henderson (SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD, Nailbiter) are teaming up to team up Marvel’s deadliest heroes together in their own series! James “Logan” Howlett is after a newly discovered Omega-Level mutant, and he just won’t let Deadpool help. So, naturally, Deadpool vows to outmatch his newly marked enemy for the entirety of his mission!

Marvel Comics’ Releases in January 2018

AVENGERS #675

MARK WAID, AL EWING & JIM ZUB (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A)
OCT170809 WRAPAROUND COVER BY MARK BROOKS
OCT170810 TRADING CARD VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
OCT170811 CONNECTING VARIANT COVER (1 OF 4) BY JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
OCT170812 VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS
OCT170813 SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS
OCT170814 AVENGERS VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE
OCT170815 YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
OCT170807 PARTY VARIANT VARIANT BY DANIEL ACUÑA
OCT170808 SKETCH PARTY VARIANT BY DANIEL ACUÑA

NO SURRENDER Part 1
AVENGERS goes WEEKLY for the stunning sixteen-part saga that will write the end of an era!
The Earth has been STOLEN! The sky burns while mysterious cosmic objects crash down from above, wreaking havoc across the world! The Avengers are the last line of defense between Earth and the mysterious forces threatening to tear it apart. It’s time to ASSEMBLE! The teams you know and love from AVENGERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS, U.S.AVENGERS and OCCUPY AVENGERS come together to face a threat beyond any they’ve faced before in a weekly epic adventure that will define the future of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

AVENGERS #676

MARK WAID, AL EWING & JIM ZUB (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A)
Cover by MARK BROOKS
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER (2 OF 4) BY JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Avengers Variant Cover by ALAN DAVIS

NO SURRENDER Part 2
NOW ON SALE WEEKLY!
The Black Order. The Lethal Legion. Two teams of powerful villains bent on destroying each other have arrived on Earth, and they don’t care who gets caught in the crossfire. But who’s pulling their strings? And what is the secret of the lost Avenger?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS #677

MARK WAID, AL EWING & JIM ZUB (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A)
Cover by MARK BROOKS
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER (3 OF 4) BY JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Avengers Variant Cover by ESAD RIBIC

NO SURRENDER Part 3
NOW ON SALE WEEKLY!
Quicksilver flamed out of the Avengers, leaving devastation in his wake. But now that it’s all hands on deck, is this his chance at redemption? Or will his hunger to prove himself be his downfall?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS #678

MARK WAID, AL EWING & JIM ZUB (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A)
Cover by MARK BROOKS
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER (4 OF 4) BY JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Avengers Variant Cover by Mike Del Mundo

NO SURRENDER Part 4
NOW ON SALE WEEKLY!
The Avengers are caught in a game of cosmic proportions, but they don’t know the rules – and one of them is about to pay the ultimate price! THE FIRST AVENGER FALLS!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: The Mighty Thor #700 (Marvel) – I am optimistic with most things that Jason Aaron touches. He has been killing it on this title, and while some are still arguing if Thor should be a female or not, I have been loving this run. Does Jane die? How does Odinson fit into this? We are into Marvel Legacy territory now, so does that mean he returns as Thor? Or is that too easy? Either way, I can’t wait to find out.

Batman #33 (DC Comics) – Tom King is just getting done with “The Proposal” and “The War of Jokes and Riddles”, and is now joined by Joelle Jones on art to start a new arc. I cannot wait to see what Jones comes up with on art, as I love her style. I also cannot wait to see where King takes us next with the Dark Knight.

Invincible Iron Man #593 (Marvel) – Bendis catches a lot of flack, and sometimes it may be warranted, but I have actually enjoyed what he has been crafting with Riri and Doom. I am pleasantly surprised that this has become one of my most anticipated titles and plots.

Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1 (Dark Horse) – It’s more of the Black Hammer universe, and Lemire, oh and Rubin. These are two of my favorite creators in the medium, and I can already imagine how their styles will go together, and it excites me.

Kill or Be Killed #13 (Image Comics) – I always look forward to this incredible book. Brubaker is crafting another classic, and I cannot wait to see the ending, but I also never want it to end. That is the dilemma of awesome writing.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Batman: The Drowned #1 (DC Comics) – DC has been knocking it out of the park with Dark Nights: Metal and these one-shots have been introducing us to these nightmarish Batmen. This one is Batman mashed up with Aquaman and the comic itself is one of the best produced yet.

Infernoct #1 (Scout Comics) – A new series from Scout Comics is always worth grabbing and this new one should be on everyone’s buy list. This horror series is one that every fan of H.P. Lovecrraft and horror should check out and it’s perfect for this Halloween season.

Kid Lobotomy #1 (IDW Publishing/Black Crown) – I’m intrigued to see what this new imprint has. I’m expecting Vertigo and we’ll see if this can meet expectations. The series is described as Kafka meets King Lear by way of Young Frankenstein and that alone has me interest.

Normandy Gold #4 (Titan Comics) – I love me some noir and this is a brutal one in a period piece setting. Grim, grimy, gritty, and so good.

The Realm #2 (Image Comics) – This series’ first issue was fantastic, a fantasy Walking Dead and I expect it to find a following like that show. It has the potential to be the next big thing in comics.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Suicide Squad Rebirth Vol. 1 (DC Comics) – All of the awesome in one collected issue. The Squad doesn’t kneel before Zod and it’s amazing!

Top Pick: Black Panther Prelude #1 (Marvel) – The becoming of Black Panther is highlighted in part one of this two part story.

Batwoman #8 (DC Comics) – The “Fear and Loathing” arc continues and the 2nd installment ramps things up to 11.

Harley Quinn #30 (DC Comics) – Who doesn’t want to VOTE HARLEY!

Deadpool vs Old Man Logan #1 (Marvel) – Bring popcorn, it’s about to get real… bloody!

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