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Review: The Variants #3

The Variants #3

Variations of you are popping up from across the multiverse. You’re also afraid you have a hypnosis time-bomb inside of you that’ll force you to hurt your husband and daughter. And there’s the headaches. That’s just some of the issues Jessica Jones is facing. The Variants #3 brings the “team” together as they finally settle down and begin to figure out what’s going on. Sadly, we’ll have to wait for that answers.

Written by Gail Simone, The Variants #3 is another fantastic issue that has some action, some humor, and some sadness. Jewel has shown up, a much younger and “innocent” version of Jessica which finally gets our hero to settle down. With her head more focused, the next best move is bringing the other Jessicas together to try and figure out what’s going on.

Simone delivers a rather heartfelt and sad issue as each hints at their story and and the tragedy almost all of them have experienced. Simone nails the roundtable discussion over coffee with looks and body language that exudes sadness and in one case frustration.

Much of that is delivered by Phil Noto‘s fantastic art. With lettering by Cory Petit, the art in this series helps tell so much of the story. Not only is there the various Jessicas, but each has a lot of tells and “language” from their body. One, you can tell she’s irritated at the current status of our Jessica. The Jewel version looks so much younger and in a way more innocent. It’s all impressive with the art conveying so much about our group and the mystery they represent.

But, there’s also some solid action with a nice fight to keep things rolling and entertaining. Noto and Simone definitely deliver a rollercoaster of emotions in the issue as each punch is thrown and each tragedy revealed. The Variants #3 is another fantastic issue that has us screaming to know what happens next. It’s a fantastic series that takes the rather overused multiverse concept and give us something new, a solid mystery.

Story: Gail Simone Art: Phil Noto Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1

Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1

There is a reason why comic book fans are obsessed with origin stories.  As there are layers to each character.  How did some of those things become part of them is the question that we seek in these types of tales.   When did they realize who they were going to become?

 These sound like typical questions, but the answers for, even us, mere mortals, are often confounding and ever-changing. That is the escapism of superheroes gives us such freedom. That is also finding ourselves within their journeys is essential in discovering ourselves. In Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1, we get the origin of Thor and what makes him one of the most identifiable heroes in comics today.

We are taken to the dawn of humanity, where we discover the ancient predecessors of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Prehistoric Avengers.  They  stopn Lauffey, a frost giant whose wrath wreaked havoc because of the lost of his love,  laying destruction wherever he roamed,  but they banish him to Utgard, but not before losing the black Panther in the fight. Months later, Thor ambushes Phoenix in a shotgun wedding, one that did not go his way, leaving everything on fire on her way out of Asgard, leaving Avengers dissembled, not knowing who to trust.  By issue’s end, Lauffey returns to carry out his revenge, as the child born from Gaea, Odin and Phoenix, named Thor emerges. 

Overall, Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1 is an exciting exercise in world building, one which shows Aaron’s storytelling skills. The story by Walker and Aaron is impressive. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, our favorite heroes,  in a way the world has never seen them before.

Story: Jason Aaron, Kev Walker Art: Kev Walker
Color: Dean White Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 10 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: The Variants #2

The Variants #2

Two issues. Two fantastic reads. The Variants is top notch comics leaving readers guessing where it’s all going. Jessica Jones might have a ticking time bomb in her head. The Purple Man may have implanted something that after 10 years she’ll be under his control again and hurt those around her, possible killing her family. To add to the problem, variants from across the multiverse have shown up. Why? We’re not quite sure. The Variants #2, though, is a fantastic second issue that dives deeper into the mindfuck that is this series.

Written by Gail Simone, I finished the first issue wondering if the various Jessicas were even real. This issue answers that question and then some as she confronts what’s in front of her. But, beyond the action, we get a person, a mother, a superhero, a woman, who is spiraling. She’s worried for so many reasons. What she has built, the things she cares about the most, are in danger, and she’s scared of what she might do. Could she hurt look and their daughter? Is she guaranteed to bring doom? There’s so much there and the issue feels like the worry I as a parent have had. Will I fail as a father? Will I fail my wife and daughter? The fact Dani is the about the same age and going through the same things as my own, the issue hit a little close as well.

The art by Cory Petit is fantastic as usual. The character look great and the subtle differences between the Jessicas is the chef’s kiss. Add in some really emotional hits as to what may happen and is happening and this a comic that brings it all. There’s action, there’s drama, there’s humor. Petit’s art nails it all to drive the wild rollercoaster that is this issue.

The Variants #2 is another fantastic issue. The series is amazing so far and I have no idea what’s happening next. If you’re a fan of mysteries, drama, or Jessica Jones, this is one that’s not to be missed.

Story: Gail Simone Art: Phil Noto Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1

X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1

Last year’s Hellfire Gala delivered memorable moments. The X-Men’s godlike plans for Mars were revealed. There was a murder. It was a coming out of sorts further onto the world, and galactic, stage for the mutant nation. For all of the grand ideas of last year’s event, X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1 lacks pretty much all of that. It’s a rather choppy issue whose whole at times makes little sense.

Written by Gerry Duggan, X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1 revolves around the revelation of mutant resurrection to the world. It is now a known thing setting up questions, both in how will every react, and does it create a security issue. The answer to the first is, not in any realistic way and the latter is, of course. The event will be held and it’s just Avengers, X-Men, and some celebrities that attend. And that’s what’s rather odd. With such an announcement you’d either have world leaders there to protest or protesting and not going. None of that is addressed. The Avengers attend and kind of shrug their shoulders about it all instead flirting with Emma Frost. Even when it’s revealed that Mr. Fantastic had his mind wiped over something, no one seems pissed about it. It’s like everyone took pills to relax before. For a revelation that’s built up as world shattering, the end result during the Hellfire Gala is a reaction that lacks emotion. Even Doctor Doom, who would make a speech or plot around it, makes a joke about returning David Bowie. For something that’s set to such a high pedestal, no one beyond the X-Men are treating it as such.

Then there’s the Spider-Man tie-in. Moira as infiltrated the event through Mary Jane Watson and while there’s a confrontation it doesn’t result in much after it feels like. Wolverine heads to Spider-Man’s comic for an issue but you’d think there’d be some more action regarding this. Was anyone else compromised? No one is going to check? Shut the place down? Your enemy showed up and then gets away and there’s… talk. It’s all rather odd.

Finally, the election of the new X-Men team doesn’t feel like an election. Three members remain on the team, Emma suggests one, and then others feel like they’re volunteered. Where’s the election? Wouldn’t it had been better to have some suspense and have the mutants of Krakoa vote as some are nominated and show an actual “vote”? It’s rather odd in the execution.

But, many will be buying the comic for the fashion. Kris Anka, Russell Dauterman, Matteo Lolli, and CF Villa all provide the art. Rain Beredo, Frank Martin, Matt Milla, and Matthew Wilson handle the color. Cory Petit is on lettering. The designs are always interesting to see. Some are beautiful dresses but this year’s fashion doesn’t feel as inspired by last year’s. Maybe a theme for next year would be better? Overall though, it looks good and I can’t knock the visuals too much. But, it also doesn’t quite have the memorable moments like last year.

X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1 is not the sum of its parts. It is not a better whole than each individual piece. That’s partially because each individual piece is in itself rather odd. X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1 feels like a zero issue in some ways. It sets up A.X.E.: Judgement Day for the X-Men and like Eve of Judgement being from the Eternal’s point of view, this delivers the X-Men’s side. It’s an issue that had potential but it never quite lives up to the importance it claims it has.

Story: Gerry Duggan Art: Kris Anka, Russell Dauterman, Matteo Lolli, CF Villa
Color: Rain Beredo, Frank Martin, Matt Milla, Matthew Wilson

Letterer: Cory Petit Design: Tom Muller, Jay Bowen
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: The Variants #1

The Variants #1

As a fan of all the MCU TV shows, it would be hard to pick certain ones as my favorites. I enjoyed all the ones that existed on Netflix, before Marvel Studios was a thing. The ones that really hit it out of the park are the ones you did not see coming.

So far the Disney+ shows have been a mixed bag. Not everything lands, but most do. One of my favorites is the game changing Loki. It softened how one looks at this quasi villain, revealing dimensions where the movies just skimmed the surface. In the debut issue of The Variants, much like Loki, a different hero faces different versions of herself from alternate universes. But can she survive them?

We find Jessica Jones on a street corner reminiscing on what “could have been” especially her life with Luke Cage. As she has been feeling out of sorts recently,  as she keeps blacking out, and this time Daredevil is there to catch her before she falls, as she confesses to Matt, she is not sure what is the cause.. The very next day, she goes to her favorite coffee shop, when a local gangster, Hammerhead, tries to shake down the shop owner and causes Jessica to spring into action. By the issue’s end, we meet Killgrave’s original victim, who warns of a sleeper virus he has left,  but things get more complicated, as she meets two people that look exactly like her, which she comes to find out is, are her Variants.

Overall, The Variants #1 is an excellent debut issue that only Gail Simone can weave. The story by Simone is astounding. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether,  a thrilling noir  in the world of Variants.

Story: Gail Simone Art: Phil Noto Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: What If… Miles Morales #5 (of 5)

What If… Miles Morales #5 (of 5)

(W) Cody Ziglar (A/CA) Paco Medina (VCA) John Tyler Christopher
(I) Walden Wong (C) Chris Sotomayor (L)
RATED T
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HOW MANY MILES DOES IT TAKE… TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE?!
What if…the many Miles of the multiverse assembled to overcome a threat against all realities? The Prowler enacts the final phase of his evil plan alongside LOKI, SABRETOOTH, and CLASSIFIED! SpiderMan’s gonna need some help on this one – good thing CAPTAIN AMERICA, WOLVERINE, HULK, and THOR have his back!

What If… Miles Morales #5 (of 5)

Review: The Variants #1

The Variants #1

The multiverse is pretty in right now. Variations on characters feel like they’re as common now as drops of water in an ocean. When one falls out of favor, another is there to take its place. Comics, film, it’s the current zeitgeist of superhero comics. Sometimes the concept works delivering new takes on classic characters that are different enough to be interesting. Other times, it comes off as a one-note joke stretched over 22 pages. It’s so played out there’s already spoofs and homages of the entire concept… and variants of those spoofs and homages. It’s been flogged to death it feels like, but, even with the deluge of infinite possibilities, every once in a while something stands out and surprises you. The Variants #1 does exactly that. Its concept leaves the reader guessing what’s reality and what’s trauma resurfacing.

Written by Gail Simone, The Variants #1 kicks off an intriguing story featuring Jessica Jones. Plagued by headaches and blacking out, something is clearly off. But, what? That’s at the center of the debut issue and Simone delivers it all in a way to leave them wondering what they can trust.

The comic spins off of Jessica’s trauma from years ago at the hand of Killgrave. Back then, she was controlled by the villain and made to do things, a puppet to her puppet master. A decade later, there’s hints there may be lingering effects and what Jessica is experiencing now is tied to those events earlier in her life. What can she trust and is she seeing reality or is this all part of Killgrave’s mindf#@k? We’re left to guess with this first issue and I honestly have no idea what the answer is to all of that.

Simone’s talented script is brought to life by Phil Noto with lettering by Cory Petit. The comic’s visuals are fantastic keeping readers on their toes. It’s mostly a “slice of life” type comic featuring Jessica shopping for lipstick or getting coffee but it all delivers an ominous feel about it. Through the colors and in each moment, you’re waiting for the bottom to drop out. The cheery sun hides something lurking. Noto’s art nails that feeling and teases the reader as the issue continues on. Noto is a master of the detail in this issue with a facial expression and some body language telling you everything you need to know. No words, just a look.

The Variants #1 is an excellent debut that’ll leave you guessing as to what is reality and what’s not. Is this leading to some multiversal adventure or is this Jessica breaking from reality? Simone delivers teases and you’ll want to come back for more by the end of the issue. Just when you think a concept of infinite possibilities can’t deliver anything new, this creative team surprises us and does exactly that.

Story: Gail Simone Art: Phil Noto Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Punisher War Journal: Blitz

Punisher War Journal: Blitz

There is nothing like when one gets their just due. The German have a term for it, “scheuden freuden”. It is when the individual gets deep satisfaction from another’s misfortune.  It happens in our daily lives.

 Take for instance, when somebody  cuts in front of you on the road. The first thoughts could be why  are they driving like an asshole.  This , of course, becomes vindicated when you see them get pulled over by the police or someone does the same.  In the debut issue Punisher War Journal: Blitz, one of Frank’s longtime nemeses may soon meet his hand thanks to Castle’s control of The Hand.

We find the Hate Mongerer AKA Finn Fratz waging war across the country in many of the Hand’s vital locations, as the two are waging war and not backing down at any instance.  We find out why Frank has held this grudge with Hate Mongerer, and how the mission Frank was sent all those years ago, was all a work of fiction, thanks to Fran. Unfortunately, Frank is pulled into a similar trap when he tries to lure out Fratz. By the issue’s end,  Franks gets his man, but at a cost, and with his war against his enemies not ending anytime soon.

Overall, Punisher War Journal: Blitz is a fun story that will remind readers the reason they think Frank’s is a badass. The story by Gronbekk is spectacular. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that readers will revel in.

Story: Torunn Grønbekk Art: Lan Medina
Color: Antonio Fabela Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Punisher War Journal: Blitz

Punisher War Journal: Blitz

There’s a new status quo when it comes to the Punisher. Now the “High Slayer” for the Hand, the Punisher has teamed up with criminals to wage his war against other criminals. In exchange his wife has been resurrected. It’s an interesting direction and one I’m not totally onboard with. But, it’s still interesting and entertaining storytelling. With it brings back the traditional companion “War Journal” series, kicking off with Punisher War Journal: Blitz. The series will give us stories not told in the main series, a series of tales that expands Frank Castle’s latest war.

Torunn Grønbekk delivers a tale of Castle versus the Hate Monger. Told during two time periods, we see two men who deal in absolutes and nihilation. If they don’t succeed then their death is the only acceptable alternative. It’s an interesting exploration of two men who are willing to sacrifice others so easily to also gain so little overall. But, it’s Frank’s decisions as to who is worthy to sacrifice and who is not that’s the interesting part. There’s a clear logic to his decisions and it shows there’s still humanity within.

Grønbekk piles on the action with good surprises and solid moments though the over the top death and gore is kept tamped down in some ways. There’s also satisfaction of seeing the Punisher hunt down a racist to murder them. It’s the direction I think the character should have taken on in the relaunch, so to at least see a little of it is nice. It’s satisfying in vengeance sort of way.

The art by Lan Medina is nice. There’s a bit of a throwback feel to it, which feels rather appropriate for the return of “War Journal”. The violence is there, death, dismemberment, swords through chests, heads blown apart, but it’s not quite as over the top as other recent depictions of the character and even the main series. Medina is joined by Antonio Fabela on color and lettering by Cory Petit.

Punisher War Journal: Blitz is a nice return of the side-series and hopefully it continues to deliver one and done stories and not drag things out. It gives a little bit better idea of what’s going through Frank’s mind currently and shows there’s some humanity in him, there’s a lot of potential here to explore the current iteration of The Punisher further in the coming issues.

Story: Torunn Grønbekk Art: Lan Medina
Color: Antonio Fabela Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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