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Preview: The Avengers #12

The Avengers #12

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Ed McGuinness, Cory Smith (CA) Alan Davis
In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

THE ALL-NEW SECRET AVENGERS!
It’s hard to run the Avengers without a support staff. And for a team as wild, weird and insanely powerful as this new Avengers squad, just one Jarvis would never do. Luckily, Black Panther has assembled the wildest and weirdest support staff you’ve ever seen. Meet Gorilla Man, Ka-Zar and the rest of the Agents of Wakanda.

The Avengers #12

Review: Star Wars: Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi

Star Wars: Age of Republic - Obi-Wan Kenobi

Following the wishes of his master, Obi-Wan has taken on Anakin Skywalker as an apprentice. Will his mission alongside his young Padawan bring them closer together, or sow the seeds that will drive them apart? And who else is after the ancient holocron that they seek?

Star Wars: Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi is the latest release in Marvel’s series of one-shots exploring characters and time periods of the Star Wars universe. While each comic released so far is a fine read, none feature the excitement of the various ongoing series.

Writer Jody Houser takes us into the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin after Qui-Gon’s death. This is a comic focused on the master and student relationship and some of Obi-Wan’s failings as master. These are issues and doubts expressed at various points in the film and here we get a little more of that with some realizations about his role in everything. The action is quick and the search for a holocron pretty thin as far as its role. The point of the comic is to really send the two Jedi on an adventure and have them examine their relationship as student and teacher.

The art by Cory Smith and Wilton Santos, with ink by Walden Wong, color by Java Tartaglia, and lettering by Travis Lanham is good. The characters are recognizable and we’re given some unique aliens to deal with. Again, like the story, none of it is groundbreaking, it’s all very serviceable to the story and concept. Things aren’t helped by the fact the action is rather limited and locations not all that exciting.

While the concept of these one-shots is interesting, exploring characters from Star Wars over key time periods, so far what has been released hasn’t been exciting. None of it is bad, it’s just none of it has had anything new that has really shaken things up in an interesting way. They feel like deleted scenes from a film, scenes that while adding a little to the story aren’t vital to your enjoyment or provide any new insight into the world we’re exploring.

Story: Jody Houser Art: Cory Smith, Wilton Santos
Ink: Walden Wong Color: Java Tartaglia Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Jughead: The Hunger #11

JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #11

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
Variant Covers: Sandy Jarrell, Cory Smith w/ Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 1/2
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The monstrous conclusion of “Frankenmoose Meets the Wolf Jug”! Who will win the battle of Riverdale’s answer to Universal’s classic movie monsters? Find out in this issue—as well as who, or what, might be returning from the grave…

JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #11

Preview: Archie 1941 #4

ARCHIE 1941 #4

Script: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
Art: Peter Krause, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Peter Krause, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: Jon Lam, Cory Smith
On Sale Date: 1/2
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Archie is headed into action while the world watches and waits. Meanwhile, times are tough at home in Riverdale, while shortages are leading to impending rations, tensions are mounting. However, despite an uncertain future, unexpected relationships begin to form.

ARCHIE 1941 #4

Review: Avengers #11

Avengers #11

To deal with the fallout from last month’s world-shaking issue #700, the Avengers organize an international super hero summit, gathering heroes from the most powerful nations on Earth. But no one was expecting the shocking new representatives of the United States. The world is about to become a far more dangerous place. Especially for the Avengers. Plus Hulk and Thor try to go on a date.

The last issue was a big one with lots of action and this… is exactly the opposite. Writer Jason Aaron has crafted an issue focused more on the relationships and personal interactions of characters instead of punching.

The issue is broken into four parts. The new Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes, is given an introduction as to what it means to be an Avenger by Carol Danvers. The second is a date between Thor and She-Hulk, and the third is Black Panther’s idea to find allies to prepare for the future. The fourth is all about Phil Coulson who’s back from the dead and no longer sees the superheroes for the heroes they are.

The bit with Robbie is short but is full of foreshadowing, especially when a villain is name-dropped and the other three are the bulk of the issue. The Thor/She-Hulk date is interesting and full of humor but something isn’t quite clicking about this pairing and it feels like its come out of left field in a way. Still, it brings a bit of levity to an otherwise serious issue.

The Black Panther’s meeting with other regional leaders is the more interesting bit mixing politics and superherodom together in a way that really makes it much more difficult than just going where you want to save the day. There’s geo-political forces at work and Aaron re-enforces that here.

The Coulson bit is all about character development in why he’s now working with the Squadron Supreme in a sanctioned by the U.S. government team. It’s a heal turn and features events that feel very out of character but at the same time something you could imagine when a lever has been flipped. We don’t get answers as to how he’s back but are delivered a rather shocking ending to really sell the turn from the character we’ve liked.

The art by Ed McGuinness and Cory Smith with inks/finishing by Mark Morales, Scott Hanna, and Karl Kesel, color by Erick Arciniega and lettering by Cory Petit is pretty solid. It works well with decent designs and smooth shifts between scenes. None of it is particularly jaw-droppping but it looks good and the characters are solid. There’s a simplicity about it all in a way.

The issue is all about characters removing the flashy action from last issue and delivering a focus on characters and relationships. Last issue was the beginning of the set-up and this one continues that with some intrigue.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Ed McGuinness, Cory Smith
Ink/Finishers: Mark Morales, Scott Hanna, Karl Kesel
Color: Erick Arciniega Lettering: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.65 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

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It’s a classic monster battle royale in this early preview of Jughead: The Hunger #11!

JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #11

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
Variant Covers: Sandy Jarrell, Cory Smith w/ Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 1/2
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The monstrous conclusion of “Frankenmoose Meets the Wolf Jug”! Who will win the battle of Riverdale’s answer to Universal’s classic movie monsters? Find out in this issue—as well as who, or what, might be returning from the grave…

Exclusive Preview: Archie 1941 #4

Archie 1941 #4

(W) Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn (A) Kelly Fitzpatrick (A/CA) Peter Krause, Jon Lam, Cory Smith
In Shops: January 2, 2019
Final Orders Due: December 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Archie is headed into action while the world watches and waits. Meanwhile, times are tough at home in Riverdale, while shortages are leading to impending rations, tensions are mounting. However, despite an uncertain future, unexpected relationships begin to form.

Review: Star Wars: Age of Republic – Qui-Gon Jinn

Through a series of one-shots, Marvel is exploring key characters and the various era of the Star Wars universe. That kicks off with a first issue focused on Qui-Gon Jinn.

Star Wars: Age of Republic – Qui-Gon Jinn is written by Jody Houser with art by Cory Smith, inks by Walden Wong, colors by Java Tartaglia, and lettering by Travis Lanham.

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Preview: Star Wars: Age of Republic – Qui-Gon Jinn #1

Star Wars: Age of Republic – Qui-Gon Jinn #1

(W) Jody Houser (A) Cory Smith (CA) Paolo Rivera
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

JEDI ORDER…OR CHAOS?

Considered one of the greatest Jedi Knights or the one who led them to their doom, maverick QUI-GON JINN is one of STAR WARS’ most controversial heroes. The JEDI MASTER is known to bend the rules and it’s gotten him into plenty of trouble with the COUNCIL. Now, in the face of a mission that goes awry, he’s forced to confront his conflicting beliefs. What will Qui-Gon uncover about his loyalty to the Jedi vs his loyalty to the FORCE? Guest-starring MASTER YODA!

Batman joins the battle in this early preview of Archie Meets Batman ’66 #5!

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ’66 #5

Script: Jeff Parker and Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
Variant Covers: Laura Braga, Bill Galvan, Jamal Igle, Pat and Tim Kennedy w/ Rosario “Tito” Peña, Cory Smith w/ Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 12/5
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

With the Gotham villains set to take over Riverdale, it’s up to Archie and his pals ‘n’ gals to work together with Batman to save their town! But will they be able to go toe-to-toe against their own parents and teachers?

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