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Review: Spider-Geddon

Spider-Verse united them and Spider-Geddon threatens to destroy them. The Inheritors have escaped their prison and want their revenge.

Spider-Geddon collects Spider-Geddon #0-5 and Vault of Spiders #1-2 by Christos Gage, Clayton Crain, Jed MacKay, Javier Garron, Israel Silva, Travis Lanham, Dan Slot, Jorge Molina, Carlo Barberi, Todd Nauck, Stefano Caselli, Joey Vazquez, Jay Leisten, Craig Yeung, Roberto Poggi, Jose Marzan, Jr., and David Curiel.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on February 26! 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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Review: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2

Miles is getting closer to solving the mystery of the thievery ring plaguing Brooklyn, but the Rhino has complicated matters quite a lot. Rhino doesn’t usually have minions preferring to charge alone. What’s behind this change of methodology? Plus, meet a new antagonist who may just become Miles’ most dangerous foe!

Okay, permit me to give you a bit of context regarding where my head was at when opening this comic. I’d not had the best of days. To put it mildly (professionally – thankfully all my loved ones are okay). It was the kind of day where the absolute last thing I wanted to do was come home and write about comics. The last thing. Then I read this comic, and for ten minutes I lost myself; because of Miles Morales, I forgot what was bothering me. Because of the Rhino, my shoulders felt a lot lighter.

And suddenly, I wanted to write about comics. Specifically, Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2. Now I understand that not everybody will be in the same place as me when reading this comic, and I know that technically I should remain objective and logically look at the merits of this book, but that’s not going to happen. Whenever one reads a book or comic, listens to music or watches a movie then then one will have, on some scale, an emotional reaction. And I had one with this comic; I had fun while reading it. For the fifteen minutes it took me to read this, I had forgotten my troubles and I didn’t care about tomorrow. I was happy and lost within the pages of a comic book.

At this point, you’re probably wondering when I’ll start talking about the book itself. I appreciate your patience, dear reader, and will let you know that while the first issue was fun, this was amazing. Sensational, even. The first issue found Spider-Man battling the Rhino over a misunderstanding (and without giving too much away, it’s a pretty hilarious issue), but this issue took everything that worked and runs with it. Saladin Ahmed has such a wonderful grasp of the characters within this book that each page’s dialogue a vibrantly natural feeling. The pacing is spot on; relentless, exhausting. A day in the life of Miles Morales is not for the faint of heart. Although it makes an awesome comic.

But as good as the writing is, Javier Garron and David Curiel match every beat. Garron’s layouts, choreography and kinetic figures carry remarkable weight on the page (especially Rhino). Curiel adds the cherry on top of a pretty fantastic pie with his colouring. Artistically the book is solid. Very, very solid.

Objectively, this may not be the best Spider-Man comic you’ll ever read, but it was exactly the comic I needed to read today. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also very good, but the impact for me was immeasurable. Sometimes the right comic (or song or whatever) can lift you, and Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2 has done that for me. So thank you, Saladin Ahmed. Thank you Javier Garron. Thank you David Curiel. Thank you for being the bright spot in a day that was, up until the opening of this comic, pretty shitty.

Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Javier Garron Colours: David Curiel
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1

Miles Morales is back in his own series just in time for Into the Spider-Verse. How does a new creative team of writer Saladin Ahmed, artist Javier Garron, colorist David Curiel, and letterer Cory Petit stack up?

I review and show off the new Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 from Marvel, check it out!

Review: Avengers: No Surrender

A hyped up weekly comic event that delivered?! That’s Avengers: No Surrender which brought together the various Avengers teams for a story that could only be told in comics… it’s that epic!

Avengers: No Surrender collects Avengers #675-#690 by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Pepe Larraz, David Curiel, Kim Jacinto, Mike Perkins, Stefano Caselli, Sean Izaakse, Paco Medina, Joe Bennett, Juan Vlasco, Ruy Jose, and Cory Petit.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 31! 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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Review: Miles Morales Spider-Man #1

In Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1, the torch is passed nicely to writer Saladin Ahmed aka the first person not named Brian Michael Bendis to pen the solo adventures of Miles Morales, the Afro-Latino teenager who is also bit by a genetically modified spider and survives the wreckage of the Ultimate Universe to become Spider-Man in the main Marvel Universe. In couple pages with big panels from artists Javier Garron and David Curiel, Ahmed summarizes the recent adventures of Miles because he knows this might be someone’s first comic book. It’s an old school trick that along with the narration allows the book to breathe between frenetic action sequences, nascent conspiracy plotlines, and romantic subplots.

Miles Morales Spider-Man #1 truly is a great hybrid of old school and modern comic book storytelling techniques even if Garron’s art isn’t terrible, but nothing to write home about and Curiel’s color palette is just drab and “there” for lack of a better word. Nothing really pops except the black in Miles’ costumes and some energy weapons, and color is used for representation, like skin tones, apartment buildings, and occasionally shadow.

Garron’s art doesn’t detract from Ahmed’s writing, and he gets some solid licks in like a fierce mano a mano fight between Miles and Rhino where Rhino busts his webs or that his depictions of hair actually have texture. However, his faces and body movement lack the clean expressiveness of his predecessors on the title like Sara Pichelli, Dave Marquez, and most recently, the highly underrated Oscar Bazaldua. With big smiles and relaxed poses, he can show characters having a good time like Miles watching online videos with his roommates Judge and Ganke.

However, with the exception of some amazing under-the-mask facial acting in a panel where Miles watches  a young child get food at a homeless shelter, the big emotional scenes fall flat whether its his mother Rio’s concern for him after his costume gets all bloody or his budding feelings for his classmate Barbara. Ahmed’s dialogue is fairly flirty and adorkable, but there is no chemistry awkward or otherwise in Javier Garron’s artwork.

Generic art aside, Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 thanks to Saladin Ahmed’s sharp writing of Miles Morales. He explores the difficulty of being a student and a superhero, which is par for the course in a Spider-Man story, but also spends a page dwelling on how exhausted he is after fighting crime. It’s hard to sleep after punching, kicking, and venom stinging. Ahmed also digs into Miles’ Latino heritage as he speaks in Spanish with his mom, potential girlfriend Barbara, and Barbara’s cousin Eduardo.

Miles also shares a poignant moment with his mother when she reads in the newspaper about Latino immigrants being separated from their children, and how she would cope if that was her and Miles when he was younger. This real world connection flows into the bigger plot and leads Miles to ponder if his calling as a superhero includes bring social justice and change to his community as well as stopping muggers and armed truck robbers plus the odd supervillain. Ahmed nails this feeling with the line “…I’ve never been more sure about my power. But I’ve never been more confused about my responsibility”, and it flows into the moral ambiguity of the story’s final act.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 might not have flashy visuals, but Saladin Ahmed crafts a wonderful journey for Miles Morales as he deals with moral ambiguity and social injustice to go with the usual teen superhero soap opera elements of punching bad guys and romance. It’s also nice to see a hero be open about their secret identity around their family and get support from them, and so this comic evokes shades of the fantastic work John Rogers, Keith Giffen, and Rafael Albuquerque did with Jaime Reyes on Blue Beetle

Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Javier Garron
Colors: David Curiel Letters: Cory Petit
Story: 8.8 Art 7.5 Overall: 8.2 Verdict: Buy

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Review: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1

Miles Morales is back in his own series, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, just in time for Into the Spider-Verse. How does a new creative team of writer Saladin Ahmed, artist Javier Garrón, colorist David Curiel, and letterer Cory Petit stack up? Watch the video and find out!

Get your copy in comic shops December 12! 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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Review: Spider-Geddon #2

The Inheritors have made landfall and have drawn first blood. Now the Spiders have to gather their army and start their missions. But can it possibly be enough for an incredibly powerful family that eat Spider-People?

Action packed, that’s the only way to describe Spider-Geddon #2 which continues the rollercoaster from the first issue and doesn’t let up. Spider-people are dying, the Inheritors are getting more powerful and a debate how to stop them rages.

Writer Christos Gage has picked up the ball that Dan Slott set up and is running with it in an entertaining fashion. For the last few years, the Spider-Man events have really paid off and lived up to the hype and expectations and this is no exception. The sequel to Spider-Verse, it’s really using the terror of its villains to drive home how much of an uphill battle this is for the various Spider-heroes.

But, what Gage recognizes is this isn’t just Spider-Man in different costumes. These are characters who all have different ways of doing things. They all have different solutions as to how to win. They work together but don’t necessarily get along. There’s confrontation as to how to proceed. Compared to the group mind of the Inheritors, it’s interesting to explore.

The action is put on paper by artist Jorge Molina who along with Jay Leisten, Craig Yeung, and Roberto Poggi on ink and David Curiel on color deliver a comic that looks fantastic. The action is fantastic and there is a tightness that’s created through the art is a timer ticks down before an explosion. Each Spider-person looks great, it’s just top-notch art that has me as excited as the story itself.

Spider-Geddon #2 continues a fantastic event that has delivered at every step and continues Marvel’s knocking it out of the park when it comes to their Spider-Man events. Lots of action, lots of great interactions, and it goes in different directions you might not expect. It’s just fun which is exactly what I’m looking for in this type of story.

Story: Christos Gage Art: Jorge Molina
Ink: Jay Leisten, Craig Yeung, Roberto Poggi
Color: David Curiel Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham

Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Spider-Geddon #1

REVENGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE!

Back in 2014, SPIDER-VERSE brought every Spider-Man ever together. This event spinning out of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 has Christos Gage and Dan Slott teaming up to destroy them all. The Inheritors have somehow gotten out of their radioactive prison planet and made their way to the Marvel Universe. It’s going to take a whole Spider-Army to keep them from TAKING IT ALL! Starring Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, Spider-Woman, the Spider-Man from the anticipated video game and, well, every Spider-Man and Spider-Woman ever, including some brand-new ones! With Jorge Molina on art, the END OF ALL SPIDERS never looked so good!

Review: Spider-Geddon #1 (of 5)

Back in 2014, Spider-Verse brought every Spider-Man ever together. This event spinning out of Amazing Spider-Man #800 has Christos Gage and Dan Slott teaming up to destroy them all. The Inheritors have somehow gotten out of their radioactive prison planet and made their way to the Marvel Universe. It’s going to take a whole Spider-Army to keep them from TAKING IT ALL! Starring Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, Spider-Woman, the Spider-Man from the anticipated video game and, well, every Spider-Man and Spider-Woman ever, including some brand-new ones!

Spider-Verse was one of the most fun Marvel events in some time from Marvel. It just screamed fun bringing together so many different versions of Spider-Man from across the Multiverse. That included all-new creations where you can tell creators were just having fun. So, with the announcement of a sequel, I was even more excited. And Spider-Geddon #1 doesn’t disappoint at all.

Based on the concepts of Dan Slott, writer Christos Gage kicks things off with a pure action packed issue that has the Spider-Warrriors coming together to try to stop the Inheritors, vampires that feed on Spider-people. Their first stop? Stopping the Superior Octopus from using the Inheritors’ cloning technology.

The issue is all about the personalities much like the first event. And like that event, it’s just fun. Each character brings something to the mix and there’s even more versions of Spider-Man to keep readers on their toes. And we’ve barely seen them all! I still have issues with Doc Ock like I did in his first issue. There’s just something not clicking for me, but the personality is nailed and when things go off the rails as a reader I had a “oh shit” moment.

The art by Jorge Molina with color by David Curiel and lettering by Travis Landham is excellent. Each character has so much personality and their looks are great. Then there’s the battles that have the perfect balance of chaos and action. You can track what’s going on, it’s not overwhelming. Then there’s that “oh shit” moment and when it hits… it’s just looks amazing. The art and story hit the beat perfect.

I had high expectations for this first issue and it exceeds them. Just a fun event that I can’t wait to see where it goes. Damn near perfection.

Story: Christos Gage Based on Story by: Dan Slott
Art: Jorge Molina Ink: Jorge Molina
Color: David Curiel Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Avengers #1

*MINOR SPOILERS BELOW*

I am happy to say The Avengers are back. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, let’s get into why Avengers #1 is such an awesome thing for Marvel, and Avengers fans everywhere. While the last Avengers story, which introduced the new character Voyager (complete with a big plot twist of who she really is), was a lot of fun, I felt that the core Avengers title was fairly lackluster for a few years. I enjoyed The Uncanny Avengers far more than the main book, and I felt the title that should be Marvel’s biggest and best book was not living up to it’s legacy (pun intended).

So how do you inject life into a title that has had so many good runs over the years while also keeping it somewhat original on the storytelling front? You bring in Jason Aaron. This is the man who has been writing The Mighty Thor for years with both Jane Foster and Odinson and all of the wonderful characters of that world. He wrote Original Sin before that as well as many other titles like Wolverine, and more. It makes a ton of sense to bring Aaron on, since he is easily one of their top writers. I could go on for quite a bit about his awesome work on Southern Bastards, and more of his creator owned work, but let’s focus on The Avengers shall we?

Avengers #1 brings us back to a status quo for some of our big classic heroes like Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man. There is even a great joke in this book where Aaron takes a jab at Hydra Cap, Unworthy Thor, and gives us a new name from Tony Stark himself, Coma Tony. It is a great moment where the three of them are in a bar and discussing getting the band back together. It is great dialogue, and something Aaron excels at. You can tell the three of them need this, after what each of them has been through the last few years, even if all of them may not want to admit it yet.

We also get to see Doctor Strange and Black Panther together investigating some disturbances below the Earth. Again we get some fantastic dialogue between Stephen and T’challa, and another great joke from Doctor Strange about his Strange Sense tingling. I loved the dynamic between the characters, and can’t wait to see more conversations as more team dynamics expand. The book also gives us glimpses of Robbie Reyes as Ghost Rider, She-Hulk, and Captain Marvel all in different parts of the world, but by the end, all of them are converging on the massive threat that is hitting Earth, which is pretty awesome, and very epic in scope.

It would be wrong of me to not mention the awesome 1 Billion BC Avengers, because they are also a lot of fun, and a great set up. You may remember them from the Marvel Legacy one shot from last year, if you read it. The team is made up of Odin, Iron Fist, Ghost Rider (with a flaming Mammoth), Phoenix, Black Panther, Starbrand (who is a Hulk), and Agamotto. These characters are great not only because of their design and the introduction of them fighting the Celestials, but because of the legacy they provide to our modern day Avengers. When I first heard about this older team, I had my doubts, but they really pay off in this issue in a very cool way.

The pencils by Ed McGuinness is classic style Marvel. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that it is outdated, but that it really has that old style superhero comic approach where everyone is a bit bulkier and wider. It is nostalgic while also feeling unique. There is a lot to draw in this issue, and McGuiness drew the hell out of it. From the opening pages alone, the 1 Billion BC Avengers look fantastic, as does the Celestials, as well as our modern team. Also, the panel work that McGuiness provides is really interesting and varies quite a bit. On some pages, there’s no panels at all and the scenes just blend together in a very cool one or two page spread, where on others, the panels are done to uniquely move the story forward in different ways. The inks by Mark Morales keep everything crisp and along with the colors by David Curiel help everything pop with awesome shadows and scenes that cover such a wide array of tones.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a classic Marvel fan, a new Marvel fan from the movies, or really anyone who enjoys superhero comics or movies. It’s a great jumping on point for fans of the old and the new. It gives us the heroes we missed, while giving us some other members that I cannot wait to see shine in their new larger roles. It’s been a while since She-Hulk has had big moments, Captain Marvel deserves more of the spotlight and is getting even more popular, especially with her upcoming film, and Robbie Reyes has always been a great character, and also gives us Ghost Rider while also giving us someone new under the hood. Not since Jonathan Hickman’s last run on the book have I been so excited about The Avengers title. Avengers Assemble!

Story: Jason Aaron Pencils: Ed McGuinness
Inks: Mark Morales Colors: David Curiel Letterer: Cory Petit
Cover: Ed McGuiness, Mark Morales, Justin Ponsor

Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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