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Batman #130

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What did you enjoy? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

ICv2 – Chispa Comics to Launch Latinx Universe, ‘The Thirteen’ – Honestly, kind of forgot about this publisher.

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Comicbook – Batman #130
Comicbook – Dark Web #1
Collected Editions – Detective Comics Vol. 2: Fear State
Comicbook – It’s Only Teenage Wasteland #1
Atomic Junk Shop – Red Scare
CBR – Thanos: Death Notes #1

Review: Dark Web #1

Dark Web #1

Due to my middling thoughts on the latest issue of The Amazing Spider-Man which leads into Dark Web #1, I went into this event kick-off issue with some trepidation. The event sees Ben Reilly and Madelyne Pryor teaming up to seek their revenge against Spider-Man and the X-Men. The two see themselves as rejects and others, both clones. Reilly is the clone of Peter Parker and Pryor that of Jean Grey. Up to this point, Reilly has been abused, thinking his memories stolen, he sees himself as abused. Pryor, resurrected again, is ruling over Limbo as the Goblin Queen. Each see themselves as screwed over.

Written by Zeb Wells, Dark Web #1 i a stronger opening for the event as it gets the ball rolling on multiple fronts. While the motivation is presented here and there, it’s more the opening moves of Reilly, aka Chasm, and Pryor, aka the Goblin Queen, that are interesting. Not only do they recruit a new ally with major ramifications, they also go on the offensive.

What’s really fun about Dark Web #1 is how it perfectly fits the holiday season. There’s a bit of Halloween and a bit of Christmas, making the comic a fun bridge between our real world calendar. While it’s a sort of follow up to the classic story Inferno (mention briefly), the knowledge needed about that event is minimal. Instead, Dark Web #1 lays out much of what new readers will need to know and delivers far more than enough for those that have been following up to this point.

The art by Adam Kubert is great. With color by Frank Martin and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the visuals perfectly blend the “holidays” of the issue and story. What I particularly like about the visuals of the comic is the tinge of “horror holiday” it has about it. It feels like a Christmas story that goes off the rails and with how it’s depicted, it evokes some classics like Gremlins. It’s just twisted enough not going too deep in one pond or the other. The slow build up visually is excellent eventually delivering some scares as Chasm and the Goblin Queen’s plans get going. And further, the team does a great job of adding in the superhero aspects. With the scares and ice skating, we get a nice fight as well as a final full page that’ll have fans drooling with what’s to come.

Dark Web #1 is a solid start. While I was interested in the event, I’m now excited to see where it all goes with some unexpected directions and a nice focus on horror, the holidays, and the characters themselves. It packs a lot in and does an impressive job of balancing things. Even if you haven’t been keeping up, this issue will get you what you need and get you pumped for what’s to come.

Story: Zeb Wells Art: Adam Kubert
Color: Frank Martin Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Do a Powerbomb #7

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

All Against All #1 (Image Comics) – In the distant future, humanity is gone and the sole human specimen, Helpess, will give his captors more than they bargained for.

Daredevil #6 (Marvel) – Looks like there’s some big things coming for Daredevil in the future and it’s all building from here. Amazing art and storytelling, this is a series to not be missed.

Dahlia in the Dark #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – A washed up hitman, Donny Dahlia, takes one last job transporting a package cross country in the hopes of seeing his estranged daughter again. But, a war between the fairy realms that could determine the fate of humankind gets in the way.

Dark Web #1 (Marvel) – Spider-Man and the X-Men team up to take on the Madelyne Pryor and Ben Reilly who have reignited the Inferno!

Do a Powerbomb #7 (Image Comics) – The series is far more than just wrestling, it’s focus on the characters and their relationships has been amazing.

Earthdivers #3 (IDW Publishing) – This time travel series about killing Columbus to help save the future has been intriguing so far with its details and teases.

Gargoyles #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Expect this debut to be huge. The popular cartoon is back as a comin set in continuity!

Golden Rage #5 (Image Comics) – Think Battle Royale with older women and a mystery that’ll keep you guessing.

Hexware #1 (Image Comics) – If you can sell your soul, can you buy a new one? Teases of class inequality and corporate overlords has us intrigued to check this out.

It’s Only Teenage Wasteland #1 (Dark Horse) – When his parents go out of town for the weekend, Mexican-American high schooler Javi decides to throw a party-one that’ll launch him and his buds into popularity!

Know Your Station #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The wealthy have abandoned Earth for safety but the 1% aren’t safe when a murderer is on the loose.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – It’s a new volume with a new creative team. A solid jumping on point.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (Marvel) – With an anticipated animated series coming soon, this is one to keep your eye on so you don’t miss out when everyone wants it.

Radiant Pink #1 (Image Comics) – The world of Radiant Black expands even further!

X-Treme X-Men #1 (Marvel) – Chris Claremont returns for a new story set during the original run of X-Treme X-Men with art by Salvador Larroca.

Preview: Dark Web #1

Dark Web #1

(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) Adam Kubert
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 07, 2022
SRP: $4.99

DUSK!
The two most famous clones ever are back to take what’s theirs. Ben Reilly and Madelyne Pryor have had enough and are reigniting the INFERNO! Spider-Man and the X-Men are not ready for what’s coming, and what role does Venom have in all of this? The sun is setting, dusk is approaching, and it’s going to be a long night.

Dark Web #1

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #14

Amazing Spider-Man #14

It’s been a bit since I’ve read Amazing Spider-Man, but with “Dark Web” approaching, I thought it might be a good time to swing on board. “Dark Web” is the upcoming crossover event between the X-Men and Spider-Man (and a few others) that has them taking on the Goblin Queen and Chasm. Amazing Spider-Man #14 begins to get things rolling in an issue that focuses on Chasm and his motivation behind what’s to come.

Written by Zeb Wells, Amazing Spider-Man #14 is a series of short stories by different teams of artists telling the story of Ben Reilly, aka Chasm. When we last saw him, Ben was vowing revenge against the Beyond Corporation and Peter Parker wanting his memories and life back. In his plot, Ben has found a perfect partner in Madelyne Pryor who is also a clone and having some issues with that. Granted dominion over Limbo she was looking to forgive and forget, but Ben has other plans. The two together making an interesting duo, as both have gone through similar situations a connection I hadn’t really made until this issue. Wells does a good job of giving us motivation and the anger that Chasm feels. But, while the issue does a decent job of catching up readers, there’s still a little bit of backstory missing for those coming into this new. There’s a lot to pack in though and the issue does an admirable job of fitting in so much. You get the basic overview, not the small details, enough to catch up and know what’s going on.

Where I think the issue falls a little short is the use of so many artists to tell the story. While the arc of it all works and makes sense, the art styles themselves vary so much. None of the art is bad at all, it’s good, but the styles are so different it’s jarring. Why this route was taken isn’t clear but it’s something that stands out to me in a negative way. There’s also some styles that work better than others as well, making the difference stand out a bit more.

Amazing Spider-Man #14 is an interesting issue. It feels like something that might normally be a “zero” issue or one-shot leading into an event. “Dark Web” kicking off in a regular issue that doesn’t feature Spider-Man or anyone else other than the villains is interesting in a lot of ways. Overall, it’s a nice issue that delivers motivation but doesn’t quite have that punch that really excites. Still, it’s more than enough to keep me interested in the event to come.

Story: Zeb Wells Art: Michael Dowling, Kyle Hotz, Terry Dodson, Ryan Stegman
Color: Richard Isanove, Dan Brown, Rachel Dodson, Matt Hollingsworth
Ink: Tim Townsend, JP Mayer Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.35 Recommendation: Read

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Dark Web descends this December. Get an early look!

Dark Web #1

(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) Adam Kubert
(VCA) Carlos E. Gomez, Bobby Hernandez, Peach Momoko, David Baldeon
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 07, 2022
SRP: $4.99

DUSK!
The two most famous clones ever are back to take what’s theirs. Ben Reilly and Madelyne Pryor have had enough and are reigniting the INFERNO! Spider-Man and the X-Men are not ready for what’s coming, and what role does Venom have in all of this? The sun is setting, dusk is approaching, and it’s going to be a long night.

Dark Web #1

Exclusive Preview: Venom #13

Venom #13

(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Bryan Hitch
(I) Andrew Currie (L) Alex Sinclair
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 09, 2022
SRP: $3.99

“DARK WEB” PRELUDE!
Forced to watch his son die from across the timestream, Eddie Brock finds himself surrounded by enemies. Alone, and with no one to trust, an unexpected ally lends a hand, and she’s setting the stage for the MOST EPIC CROSSOVER OF THE YEAR!

Venom #13

The Flames of Dark Web Go Out while Spidey and Black Cat’s Relationship Heats Up on Amazing Spider-Man

 This past weekend at the Lucca Comics & Games festival, attendees got a special sneak peek at what’s on the horizon for Amazing Spider-Man! Fans finally got to see the epic cover of February’s Dark Web Finale #1, the startling conclusion to the X-Men/Spider-Man crossover that’s going to ignite the holiday season come December! It was also revealed that Amazing Spider-Man #19 and #20 will be a two-part guest arc by two Spidey superstars: Joe Kelly and Terry Dodson! Readers of Zeb Wells’ current run have seen that Peter Parker and Felicia Hardy’s love affair is in full swing and now two of Black Cat’s most defining creators return to take it to the next level!

The dawn rises after the demonic invasion of New York City, but what will that light reveal? Find out in Dark Web Finale #1 by Zeb Wells and artist Adam Kubert. The climactic double-sized issue will reveal Chasm’s final gambit and the new denizens of Hell he helped create and unleash on Spider-Man and the X-Men! Fans will witness how Limbo will changed the city’s landscape forever–literally! The latest cover by Kubert as well as an Amazing Spider-Man #18 variant cover by Ed McGuinness also provide a startling first look at the INSIDIOUS SIX, a twisted take on the Sinister Six that will plague Spidey throughout the event!

Dark Web is over, but the effects will shake Spider-Man for a long time. To recover, Peter Parker and Felicia Hardy escape from the city to an exclusive spa upstate in Amazing Spider-Man #19-20! Surely, trouble won’t follow our Web-Head and ruin his romantic getaway… Join guest creative team Joe Kelly and Terry Dodson for this special two-parter where Spidey and Black Cat take their next step and no one tries to kill them…yet.

Swing from one crisis to the next—with some romance in between—when these thrilling issues of Amazing Spider-Man hit stands in February! 

Madelyne Pryor and Ben Reilly Unleash their revenge in Dark Web!

Madelyne Pryor. Ben Reilly. As clones of two of Marvel’s greatest super heroes, they’ve gotten the short end of the stick time and time again. This December, they’ll join forces to take their ultimate revenge in Dark Web, an epic new Marvel Comics crossover involving Spider-Man, the X-Men, Venom, Ms. Marvel, and more! The saga will fan the embers of the iconic Inferno crossover and pack an emotional punch that pays off decades of Marvel storytelling. Fans have already gotten a sneak peek at what’s to come and now, it’s time to see just how things will continue to spiral downward for your favorite heroes come January!

Dark Web will unfold in the pages of Zeb Wells’ run on Amazing Spider-Man where he’ll be joined by artist Ed McGuinness for the duration of the story arc. In Amazing Spider-Man #17 and #18, Peter Parker is reeling from the opening battles of DARK WEB and now finds himself in Limbo. Peter not only has to find his way back home, but he has to do it in a truly hellish fashion. And who is shadowing him? As if the normal run-of-the-mill demons of Limbo weren’t enough… Spider-Man finds himself facing a small army of demonized versions of his rogues’ gallery! Can he make it home to stop Chasm and the Goblin Queen?! Featuring covers by John Romita Jr.!

Fighting his inner demons, Norman Osborn attempts a fresh start as a super hero in Chris Cantwell and Lan Medina’s thought-provoking Gold Goblin limited series. In Gold Goblin #3, Norman Osborn now finds himself face-to-face with his own sins after battling Chasm as Queen Goblin makes her terrifying return! Taurin Clarke provides the cover.

Mary Jane Watson and Felicia Hardy are trapped in Limbo and at the mercy of BELASCO THE SWORDSMAN in Jed MacKay and Vincenzo Carratu’s Mary Jane & Black Cat #3. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they’re also keeping secrets from one another! Somehow, MJ’s got powers and there’s a new (old) man in Felicia’s life – and if they don’t come clean with one another, they could be stuck in Limbo FOREVER! With a cover by J. Scott Campbell.

Dark Web will also leave a profound impact on Al Ewing, Ram V., and Bryan Hitch’s hit run on Venom. In Venom #14, Dylan Brock finds himself renewed and reinvigorated by his descent into the symbiote hive but Bedlam has come calling again – looking to finish what it started by killing Dylan and Venom once and for all. Luckily, an old friend is around to lend a crimson-clad hand… (And it isn’t Spider-Man!)

Caught in the explosive events unfolding across New York – including a face-to-face confrontation with Chasm himself – Kamala Khan finds herself teleported to Limbo, the domain of the Goblin Queen Madelyne Pryor in Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2 by Sabir Pirzada and Francesco Mortarino and a cover by Marco Checchetto! As the city descends into chaos that threatens everything and everyone Kamala holds dear, she’s left with no choice but to call on Miles Morales for a helping hand! 

And Madelyne Pryor’s complex place within the Summers family results in a dramatic confrontation that will go down in X-Men history in Gerry Duggan and Rod Reis’ Dark Web: X-Men #3! When Jean Grey returned from the dead, Scott Summers left his wife and child to be with her. The fact that she was revealed to be a clone of Jean didn’t make her feel any better. Maybe the cold sting of revenge can? With a cover by Phil Noto.

NYCC 2022: Red Goblin gets an ongoing series as Dark Web gets a trailer

The audience at the Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing Panel during New York Comic Con witnessed the level of havoc Madelyne Pryor and Ben Reilly will unleash on the Marvel Universe this holiday season in the all-new Dark Web trailer. The two spurned clones will team up as Goblin Queen and Chasm to reignite the embers of Inferno in a saga starring the X-Men, Spider-Man, Venom, Ms. Marvel, and more!

The crossover will officially start this December in Zeb Wells and Adam Kubert’s Dark Web #1 and then dramatically unfold across ongoing titles Amazing Spider-Man and Venom as well as limited series Dark Web: X-Men, Dark Web: Ms. Marvel, Mary Jane & Black Cat, and Gold Goblin. The exhilarating trailer provided a never-before-seen sneak peek at all the action to come including Chasm and Goblin Queen’s opening attack, the demonic invasion of New York City, an amazing friends team-up, and so much more! This far-reaching epic promises to leave a scar on the Spidey and X-Men mythologies and that’s not all! Dark Web’s impact will also result in two just announced series: Red Goblin and Hallows’ Eve!

An all-new symbiotic saga begins in Alex Paknadel and Jan Bazaldua’s Red Goblin! Spinning out of the pages of both Dark Web and Al Ewing, Ram V, and Bryan Hitch’s Venom, this new ongoing series will see Normie Osborn receive his own symbiote at last! As a new Red Goblin, will Normie fulfill his destiny as an Osborn – or will he and his symbiote be able to make a difference for the better? Featuring a cover by Inhyuk Lee!

Making her devilish debut in Amazing Spider-Man #14, new villain Hallows’ Eve is set to play a major role in Dark Web. And as the event comes to a close, Spider-Man will discover this is one baddie that is sticking around! The newest addition to Spidey’s unmatched rogues gallery will star in her very own limited series this March by writer Erica Schultz and artist Michael Dowling. Stay tuned for more information!

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