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Review: Avengers #39

Avengers #39

In Avengers #39, a million years ago, a baby is saved from death by a wolf pack. Years later, she comes upon someone who speaks in her mind, leading her to the first mutants on Earth. Bigoted humans come and attack them and the young child unleashes her power, which is the Phoenix, engulfing everything in flames. From there, she heads to Asgard to recruit Odin.

If I was looking to read about the Avengers, I’d probably avoid this issue. Honestly, this revisionist history that Marvel allows drives me a bit crazy. The past is never good enough and we need mutants and the Phoenix used one million years ago. I feel like Jason Aaron is better than this. Overall, this is just a cheap appetizer for the main course, which is “Enter The Phoenix,” the next story arc which starts in the next issue.

My favorite thing about Avengers #39 was page after page of Dale Keown art. He’s definitely one of those artists that should be working on a big-time book. Maybe Avengers is that and I just don’t know.  There’s a level of beauty in his human characters that’s really pleasing to the eye. His action sequences look fairly epic. Jason Keith’s colors fill it all in and honestly, the colors are great on the Phoenix reveal page.

This felt like a whole lot of build-up for a better story, which I guess will be the upcoming Phoenix rehash that Marvel is serving up. Avengers #39 is fairly lackluster in the storytelling but it’s a really nice issue on the eyes.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Dale Keown
Color: Jason Keith Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 4.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 6.5
Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: The Avengers #39

The Avengers #39

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Dale Keown (CA) In-Hyuk Lee
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 09, 2020
SRP: $3.99

ENTER THE PHOENIX PROLOGUE!
In the harsh, primordial world of One Million B.C.E., early humans who are different are left in the Burnt Place to die. But one young girl whose only crime was being born with red hair finds something else entirely in the place of bones and ash – something that will change human history forever.

The Avengers #39

Preview: Maestro #4 (of 5)

Maestro #4 (of 5)

(W) Peter David (A) German Peralta (CA) Dale Keown
32 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

GIVE ME YOUR BEST APOCALYPSE!
The Hulk’s enemy — Hercules?! — gets the upper hand, but not for long. Rick Jones attempts to intervene…but it’s no longer clear whose side he should be on. Don’t miss a pivotal moment as the Maestro’s plans fall into place! Can the being we know as the Hulk survive? Does he want to?

Maestro #4 (of 5)

Early Preview: Avengers #39

Avengers #39

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Dale Keown (CA) In-Hyuk Lee (Variant) Greg Tocchini
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 09, 2020
SRP: $3.99

ENTER THE PHOENIX PROLOGUE!
In the harsh, primordial world of One Million B.C.E., early humans who are different are left in the Burnt Place to die. But one young girl whose only crime was being born with red hair finds something else entirely in the place of bones and ash – something that will change human history forever.

Avengers #39

ComiXology Delivers 6 New Releases Including Daredevil, Wolverine, and Punisher vs. Bullseye

There are six new releases on comiXology today from Marvel and Harlequin. Marvel delivers classic stories from Daredevil, Wolverine, and Punisher vs. Bullseye. Check them all out now or the individual releases below.

Battle For Love

Written by Stephanie Howard
Art by Hiroko Miura
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When Shiona is reunited with her stepbrother, Jake, his scornful gaze brings back the pain of the past. Her mother had married into Jake’s family, and Shiona had always secretly been in love with him. But he still blames her for his brother’s death. Jake’s cold attitude toward Shiona shatters her, but his engagement brings forth an unexpected turn of events!

Battle For Love

Daredevil: Marvel Knights Collection Vol. 1

Written by David Mack, Jimmy Palmiotti, Joe Quesada, Kevin Smith
Art by Rob Haynes, Joe Quesada, Dave Ross
Cover by Joe Quesada
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #1-15.

Claiming her infant is humanity’s savior, a teenager entrusts her baby to Matt Murdock. Plus: The femme fatale called Echo sets her sights on Daredevil.

Daredevil: Marvel Knights Collection Vol. 1

Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 2

Written by Chris Claremont, Erik Larsen, Marv Wolfman
Art by John Buscema, Klaus Janson, Erik Larsen, Joe Rubinstein
Cover by John Byrne
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Collects material from Marvel Comics Presents #39-50.

Like things as clear as black and white? You’re in luck — but Wolverine isn’t, as the mysterious Black Shadow/White Shadow uses his energy powers to double-team everyone’s favorite feral fighter! Then, Wolverine wanders into a costumed kidnapping scheme run by an old classmate of the web-slinger known as Spider-Man! And find out just how connected Wolverine is as we meet another mysterious marvel from his past!

Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 2

Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 3

Written by Michael Higgins, Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza
Art by Dan Day, Chris Ivy, Rob Liefeld
Dave Ross, Joe Rubinstein
Cover by Dale Keown
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Collects material from Marvel Comics Presents #51-61.

A murderous mutant is loose, forcing Wolverine to face a feral former teammate whose descent into death could be his own! Plus: the clawed Canadian gets another rematch with the Incredible Hulk! Featuring the return of a long-forgotten X-Man!

Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 3

Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 4

Written by Howard Mackie, Dwight Zimmerman
Art by Harry Candelario, Paul Ryan, Mark Texeira
Cover by Rob Liefeld
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Collects material from Marvel Comics Presents #62-71.

The mayhem-loving mutant faces occult intrigue against Abdul Alhazred, while fallout from the Acts of Vengeance brings him face to facelessness with the ninjas of Deathwatch! Wolverine does it again, and he does it the best! Guest-starring Ghost Rider!

Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 4

Punisher vs. Bullseye

Written by Daniel Way
Art by Steve Dillon
Cover by Mike Deodato Jr.
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Collects Punisher vs Bullseye #1-5.

Alphonse Patrillo’s a rare breed: a mob boss who looked down the barrel of the Punisher’s rifle and lived to tell about it. Ever since that day, he’s taken pains – great pains – to stay under the Punisher’s radar while he schemed his revenge. Now, Uncle Fonzie has got a plan: He’s going to fight fire with fire. Who do you hire to take out a relentless psychopath like the Punisher? An even more relentless psychopath. And this guy, well, let’s just say he never misses.

Punisher vs. Bullseye

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Preview: Maestro #3 (of 5)

Maestro #3 (of 5)

(W) Peter David (A) German Peralta (A/CA) Dale Keown
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 21, 2020
SRP: $3.99

WHO KILLED THE WORLD?
The Hulk meets the Maestro-and it’s not who you expect it to be. And when a band of rebels tries to recruit the Hulk to fight beside them, his answer sends shock waves through Dystopia. This world will never be the same…and neither will the Hulk.

Maestro #3 (of 5)

Review: Maestro #2

Maestro #2

Maestro #2 is an interesting second issue. It’s quite literally a cross-country journey as the Hulk explores what’s left of the United States and ponders the destruction at humanity’s hands. As a stand-alone issue, it’s an interesting read though not all that exciting. As part of the greater story, it’s much more and nice entry into the bigger picture.

Writer Peter David delivers a Hulk who recognizes the destruction before him and feels sad about it. This isn’t the raging Hulk who seeks death himself or rages against those that won’t let him find peace. This is one that’s more philosophical in nature and reflecting on his life and what’s before him.

In what both works and doesn’t, David uses Hulk’s travels to allow us to see more of what’s left. We’re shown the various survivors and what has sprung up, each different from the last. A few bring hope while others bring future conflict. What’s nice is we get a better lay of the land. But, each segment is just that, a quick segment. There’s little exploration of each settlement which hurts the story. It feels choppy and a bit short in depth and worldbuilding. Its’ been years since I read the original Future Imperfect so there’s probably more there but as is, nothing is explored enough.

Maestro #2 reads more like a guidebook to a world as opposed to a full fledge story. Not enough time is spent with each interesting group. And without that, it’s hard to care what happens. There’s a disconnect between the comic’s presentation and making you invested in what might happen to them. It’s a bit cold in some ways. Where moments could deliver hope, they feel a bit disconnected and a bit mechanical. It’s more roleplaying sourcebook without the in-depth information than story.

Some of the issues with the story is the art by Germán Peralta. While none of it is bad, there’s also a lack of detail at the time to add to the story. A discussion about wanting to add nutrients to a soil could have done with more details of the crops telling the story of the struggle of farming. An animal dead in the woods due to radiation isn’t mutated or emaciated enough to really impact. The motions are there without the detail, like the plot itself.

The issue also kicks off the first part of “Relics,” a back-up story with art by Dale Keown and color by Jason Keith. This is a bit more interesting. In just a few pages more is told about the world and also delivers some emotional heft. The short story is itself a quick rollercoaster ride full of hope and then crashing down showing how much society has not evolved after almost destroying itself. It’s the highlight of the issue and the only reason I’m not suggesting to skip it.

Maestro #2 isn’t a bad issue but it also feels like it doesn’t do the world and Hulk’s journey justice. It’s quick hits to give us a tour of “the players” in a single issue. While that can work as part of the bigger picture, it also doesn’t deliver enough interesting aspects or depths to really excite. As a collection though, it’d be fine as you can quickly move on to the next chapter. Sadly, for all of the excitement the first issue delivered, the second lacks the same punch.

Story: Peter David Art: Germán Peralta, Dale Keown
Color: Jason Keith Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

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Exclusive Preview: Maestro #2 (of 5)

Maestro #2 (of 5)

(W) Peter David (A) German Peralta (A/CA) Dale Keown
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

PART TWO: THINGS GET UGLY!
The world as we know it is long gone – but the Hulk we know and love will never die. Humans killed the Earth…and now the Hulk must choose whether to save it or doom it forever. Peter David’s legendary saga continues with an action-packed tale of irradiated destruction! Plus: Just how did Rick Jones gather all the weapons and collectibles of his super-heroic generation? Hulk veteran artist Dale Keown reveals secrets decades in the making!

Maestro #2 (of 5)

Review: Maestro #1

Maestro #1

I remember many years ago when Maestro debuted and getting those issues. It was an interesting take on the Hulk. At the time he was a character I didn’t really care for. The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect gave us a “possible future” story when those felt rare and special. All these years later we get Maestro #1, the origin of the brutal future version of the Hulk. When it was announced I immediately wondered if this was a story we really needed. After reading the first issue, I want more. There’s so much there and I and fully expect spin-offs in the “Old Man” sort of way.

Created by ‎Peter David‎ and ‎George Pérez and debuting in 1992, Maestro was a future version of the Hulk coming from a world where the heroes have been wiped out. It’s been almost 30 years so the original story is a fading memory but the debut was huge as this was a brutal version of the Hulk unlike anything seen at that time. Mixed with the popular trope of “alternative futures” the character was a hit. Over the years, the Hulk and Bruce Banner have evolved as characters adding depth to a level that didn’t exist back in the early 90s.

David returns to write one of the characters and runs he’s known for with Maestro #1. He delivers an emotional opening of shock and loss. While it falls into a bit of a trope-ish space and the plot is one we’ve seen before, the result when layered on to the Hulk works and works really well.

It’s hard to really dive into the first issue and why it works without really spoiling it. It’s a rabbit hole of a story that gets more and more intriguing as the layers are lifted and we learn more of what is happening and what happened. Where the issue gets interesting is in the current run of the Hulk and his outlook on life and death. He’s currently a destroyer of worlds and that evolution to the Maestro and where that begins gets complicated with that. But, at its heart, the story is about loss and family and where a person goes when they lose everything. We’re left with the question as to how the Maestro is born but we get to see the first steps.

The issue has some layers in a Matrix-like way. Dale Keown handles the art in the opening with Jason Keith on color. Germán Peralta handles the art from there with Jesus Aburtov on color. The transition from one artist to the other works and works really well. It’s used in a way as the story shifts and the two styles are close enough it’s not jarring going from one to the other. While a lot of the history is explained, there’s still a lot left for readers to pick up on visually. The characters, the background, everything tells a bit of the mystery. It fantastic to see Keown back on the Hulk and the art pops taking us into the opening spiral.

Maestro #1 is a comic where I cringed at first. I didn’t think it was a story we needed to know, the mystery worked. But, after reading the issue, it’s a solid opening that has a lot of potential as to where it takes us and goes. While much of it is familiar it’s a perfect start and base to see the further evolution of the Hulk as a character.

Story: Peter David Art: Germán Peralta, Dale Keown
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Jason Keith Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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