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Preview: Damage #10

Damage #10

(W) Robert Venditti (A) Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan (CA) Dale Keown
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $2.99

Damage vs. the Justice League! Returning to the covert lab that created him, Damage vows to shut the superior-soldier program down. However, the recruit faces a two-front war, one that he might not be able to win: on one side, a newly upgraded Damage host sporting deadly new features; on the other side, the collective might of the Justice League! Might be time to raise that white flag of surrender, soldier!

Preview: Asgardians of the Galaxy #2

Asgardians of the Galaxy #2

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Matteo Lolli (CA) Dale Keown
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 03, 2018
SRP: $3.99

ALL DEAD GODS GO TO WAR!
Angela’s ragtag team of Asgardians are hot on Nebula’s trail – but she’s left a grisly gift behind. With the power of the Naglfar Armada at her cybernetic fingertips, Nebula is unleashing hordes of undead gods to ravage the galaxy. And its only defenders are a slightly traitorous Executioner, a half-mortal Valkyrie, a lost Asgardian huntress, a hammer-wielding teenager, a suit of ancient armor and a frog. And if the rest of the team finds out who’s behind the Destroyer’s faceplate, things will go from bad to Ragnarok. Guest-starring Gladiator and the Imperial Guard!

Review: Asgardians of the Galaxy #1

Angela, the not-so-beloved half-sister of Thor. The hotheaded Valkyrie – and the human who shares her form, Annabelle Riggs. Skurge the Executioner, freshly returned from Hel. Throg, the mightiest frog of thunder. Kevin Masterson, the boy who took his father’s mace to become the hero Thunderstrike. And the Destroyer, the Asgardian armor built to take down Celestials – its wielder unknown. The events of Infinity Wars set Nebula off on a quest to rule the galaxy – wielding an Asgardian weapon even Thor would fear – and it’s up to this team of gods, assassins, frogs and heroes to stop her.

Asgardians of the Galaxy feels like the comic that can be a lot of fun just based on the characters involved, and the first issue reinforces that opinion. Written by Cullen Bunn, the first issue brings together a rag-tag bunch of Asgardians on a mission that takes a bit from that rag-tag group brought together genre.

Really, the why doesn’t much matter at all. This is a comic driven by personalities and quips to each other. And Bunn pulls it off. The team assembled is one full of personality conflict but at the same time makes sense as to their roles, though some roles feel like they fit more of the stereotype slot in a adventuring warband.

Then there’s that reveal at the end. It’ll be what a lot of folks are talking about and what should cause this issue to go in to a second printing.

The art by Matteo Lolli is pretty solid with good action. Though the Asgardians have a certian aesthetic about them, the sci-fi infused look that currently dominates works well here and creates a comic that has a D&D adventure quality about it all.

The comic is a fun one where the real entertaining conflict is the characters themselves. The big bad and plan that they need to stop feels a bit extraneous if anything. This team could put together IKEA furniture and it’d be entertaining.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Matteo Lolli Cover Art: Dale Keown
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Asgardians of the Galaxy #1

Out this Wednesday is a new team of Asgardian misfits, Asgardians of the Galaxy!

Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 is by Cullen Bunn, Matteo Lolli, Federico Blee, Cory Petit, Dale Keown, Jason Keith, Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgado, Cliff Chiang, Skottie Young, Nick Russell, Sarah Brunstad, and Wil Moss.

The issue comes to shelves September 5th. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Asgardians of the Galaxy #1

Asgardians of the Galaxy #1

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Matteo Lolli (CA) Dale Keown
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Spinning out of the events of INFINITY WARS comes an epic space opera from DEADPOOL veterans Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli!

Angela, the not-so-beloved half-sister of Thor. The hotheaded Valkyrie – and the human who shares her form, Annabelle Riggs. Skurge the Executioner, freshly returned from Hel. Throg, the mightiest frog of thunder. Kevin Masterson, the boy who took his father’s mace to become the hero Thunderstrike. And the Destroyer, the Asgardian armor built to take down Celestials – its wielder unknown. The events of INFINITY WARS set NEBULA off on a quest to rule the galaxy – wielding an Asgardian weapon even Thor would fear – and it’s up to this team of gods, assassins, frogs and heroes to stop her.

Review: Avengers #686

As Wonder Man struggles to get through to the Hulk, the Black Order attacks Avengers HQ! The grand cosmic game comes to its shocking conclusion – but the war for Earth is just beginning!

I’ll admit, I thought last issue slipped a little as it focused on a lot of punching and not much else. Avengers #686, part 12 of “No Surrender,” corrects that and then some.

Written by Jim Zub, Mark Waid, and Al Ewing, the issue focuses on Wonder Man’s attempt to reason with the Hulk. What’s revealed though feels like a Hulk we’ve never seen. And, that revelation is scarier than anything presented last issue. Gone is the thoughtless machine of destruction. Now it’s clear this is a being full of rage, one full aware of what it’s doing, with a clear agenda and reasoning. Hulk has been many things and presented in so many ways but what we see here feels frightening and had me pause to say, “oh shit.”

Where the last issue was a giant action sequence, this is the portion that adds some depth to it all as we see things from Simon, aka Wonder Man’s perspective. Zub, Waid, and Ewing have done an excellent job in this series shaking things up when it comes to the narrative. This isn’t an event about punching things. Where you think an issue might be that, it turns out to be presented in a different way. The trio regularly change the narrative and in doing so keep the storytelling fresh and interesting.

The art by Paco Medina, with ink by Juan Vlasco, and color by Jesus Aburtov is fantastic. The Hulk feels intimidating in his size and strength compared to everyone else. And, while it’d be easy to go over the top in the destruction, things feel focused here. What’s even bigger is the perspective of Simon. You can see the fear and his working through the situation on his face. The artistic team does a solid job of presenting the various emotions Simon goes through. And through his realization of the horror, we experience it too. The lettering by Cory Petit enhances that emotion with emphasis on key words.

Just when you think things might have fallen into brainless punching, the series event series has no problem showing it can shake things up. Here we get a depth to the destruction and fighting that’s unexpected and through subtle moments we also get different perspectives. A wonderful issue that continues the excellent narrative that’s been weaved. “No Surrender’ is proof that big events can work and is one of the most unexpected positive surprises of the year so far.

Story: Jim Zub, Mark Waid, Al Ewing
Art: Paco Medina Ink: Juan Vlasco Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Mark Brooks Variant Cover: Dale Keown, Jason Keith
Graphic Design: Carlos Lao
Editor: Tom Brevoort Assistant Editor: Alanna Smith
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Invincible Iron Man #598

Invincible Iron Man #598

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev
Color: Marte Gracia, Alex Maleev Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Alex Maleev
Variant Cover: Dale Keown, Jason Keith
Editor: Tom Brevoort Assistant Editor: Alanna Smith
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE SEARCH FOR TONY STARK Part 6
Since the beginning, the houses of Stark and Doom have been unshakeable pillars of the Marvel Universe – and one of them is about to fall. No one ever thought they’d see what is about to happen, but the world of Tony Stark will NEVER be the same again. It all leads up to the explosive, blistering, quadruple-sized INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600, with a cliffhanger you will NOT want to miss!

Preview: Avengers #686

Avengers #686

Story: Jim Zub, Mark Waid, Al Ewing
Art: Paco Medina Ink: Juan Vlasco Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Mark Brooks Variant Cover: Dale Keown, Jason Keith
Graphic Design: Carlos Lao
Editor: Tom Brevoort Assistant Editor: Alanna Smith
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

NO SURRENDER Part 12
THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONTINUES!
As Wonder Man struggles to get through to the Hulk, the Black Order attacks Avengers HQ! The grand cosmic game comes to its shocking conclusion – but the war for Earth is just beginning!

Review: Weapon H #1

The Weapon X Program has done it again! At the cost of their own destruction, they’ve completed their biggest and possibly most dangerous experiment yet… With the strength of the Hulk and the rage and claws of Wolverine comes WEAPON H!

It’s been some time since Weapon H escaped and destroyed his creators. Now, our hero is on the run, as he tries to escape his mysterious past and seclude himself from the rest of society. But when a new kind of Wendigo threatens the lives of others, will Weapon H be able to shirk his responsibility? Does any of his humanity remain?

I’ll admit, I was skeptical going into Weapon H #1 but the fact Greg Pak is writing the series had me intrigued full of some hope. Pak is an excellent writer and his Mech Cadet Yu is one of my favorite current series. While he’s made kids with mechas awesome and the Hulk interesting, what about Hulkverine? While the series feels like one no one asked for and one we don’t really need, Pak has delivered a first issue that has an old school feel about it all. Like the character himself, Weapon H is a blend of the Hulk and Wolverine. We have a loner whose trying to hide from the military and keep the beast within and a loner in the woods hiding out trying to keep the beast within. Whether Pak has done this on purpose is unknown but what he’s delivered is a surprisingly good comic.

Where Pak’s story stands out is the details and how he builds on the story. The story is most interesting when he has his character hide out within a bunch of day laborers hiding his ability to speak English and keeping his head low. That Pak uses this situation is an interesting one, especially where that goes. Not only does he highlight this real world slave labor situation but also the pitfalls that comes with it. It also helps build sympathy for the monster and at the same time reiterates the monster.

And “the monster” is a key focus. That’s down to the first major villain that’ll be be an obstacle Wendigo. Not only does the character have history with both Wolverine and Hulk it’s also a creature that Pak can work off of with juxtaposing monsters. Add in an evil corporation and there’s clearly thought as to why Pak has chosen this as the first obstacle for he series. That evil corporation is reiterated in a back-up story which adds to the world Pak is creating. It’s a smart way to add to the greater story without interrupting it and emphasizes some of the villains Pak is setting up.

The art by Cory Smith and Marcus To with color from Morry Hollowell and lettering by Joe Caramagna is good. There’s good detail and they use angles and perspectives so that we don’t always see the monster. It’s a trope in a way but one that works really well. Reactions, especially towards the beginning helps build the mystery and horror of it all and the artists help build towards the big reveal later. The lettering too helps emphasize the chaos of the monster emerging bringing together the dialogue and art.

The team has done a solid one here with a story that gives us some tropes and a blending of what we’ve seen before but does it all in such a way that it’s still entertaining. It feels like a story that honors what has come before in many ways. This may be a comic that felt like no one was asking for but what has been delivered is something I want to see where it goes.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Cory Smith, Marcus To
Color: Morry Hollowell Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Leinil Yu, Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Variant Covers: Gustavo Duarte; Dale Keown and Val Staples; Adam Kubert and Matthew Wilson; Skan
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Weapon H #1

Weapon H #1

Story: Greg Pak Art: Cory Smith, Marcus To
Color: Morry Hollowell Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Leinil Yu, Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Variant Covers: Gustavo Duarte; Dale Keown and Val Staples; Adam Kubert and Matthew Wilson; Skan
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $4.99

AWOL Part 1
The Weapon X Program has done it again! At the cost of their own destruction, they’ve completed their biggest and possibly most dangerous experiment yet… With the strength of the Hulk and the rage and claws of Wolverine comes WEAPON H!

It’s been some time since Weapon H escaped and destroyed his creators. Now, our hero is on the run, as he tries to escape his mysterious past and seclude himself from the rest of society. But when a new kind of Wendigo threatens the lives of others, will Weapon H be able to shirk his responsibility? Does any of his humanity remain? Only the creative team of Greg Pak (INCREDIBLE HULK) and Cory Smith (X-MEN BLUE) can give you the answers!

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