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Review: Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1

Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1

There is a reason why comic book fans are obsessed with origin stories.  As there are layers to each character.  How did some of those things become part of them is the question that we seek in these types of tales.   When did they realize who they were going to become?

 These sound like typical questions, but the answers for, even us, mere mortals, are often confounding and ever-changing. That is the escapism of superheroes gives us such freedom. That is also finding ourselves within their journeys is essential in discovering ourselves. In Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1, we get the origin of Thor and what makes him one of the most identifiable heroes in comics today.

We are taken to the dawn of humanity, where we discover the ancient predecessors of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Prehistoric Avengers.  They  stopn Lauffey, a frost giant whose wrath wreaked havoc because of the lost of his love,  laying destruction wherever he roamed,  but they banish him to Utgard, but not before losing the black Panther in the fight. Months later, Thor ambushes Phoenix in a shotgun wedding, one that did not go his way, leaving everything on fire on her way out of Asgard, leaving Avengers dissembled, not knowing who to trust.  By issue’s end, Lauffey returns to carry out his revenge, as the child born from Gaea, Odin and Phoenix, named Thor emerges. 

Overall, Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1 is an exciting exercise in world building, one which shows Aaron’s storytelling skills. The story by Walker and Aaron is impressive. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, our favorite heroes,  in a way the world has never seen them before.

Story: Jason Aaron, Kev Walker Art: Kev Walker
Color: Dean White Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 10 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: A.X.E.: Eve of Judgement #1

A.X.E.: Eve of Judgement #1

Marvel’s big summer event is gearing up and officially starts with A.X.E.: Eve of Judgement #1, a “zero issue” in a way that gets readers caught up on what’s going on. The event will pit the Eternals against the X-Men with the Avengers caught in-between.

A.X.E.: Eve of Judgement #1 is rather interesting as it focuses completely on the Eternals. We’re taken through their rather complicated factions and history, setting up the conflict to come. We’re introduced to a people whose role has been recently shaken but whose views still seem rather black and white.

Druig is now the Prime Eternal, guiding his people towards the future. He still sees their role as protecting the planet from deviation. What greater deviation is there than mutants who can live forever? For that, they must be exterminated. No debate. No real reason why. It just is. Make it so.

Writer Kieron Gillen takes us through the various groups and individuals all jockeying in an opening that feels almost Shakespearean in its duplicitousness. Secrets feel like they’re part of the every day when it comes to the Eternals with each individual set in their role and view of what must be done. There’s something rather classic in how “right” they feel they are. Maneuvering has already begun by so many of them as they plot the Eternals’ and world’s future. At no point is the case really made that Druig is right in his view. It feels like Gillen has planted the flag as to who is right and who is wrong in the conflict to come.

The art by Pasqual Ferry is a bit mixed. While overall it’s nice, there’s some very noticeable head scratching moments. A character is on the left and then suddenly on the right, then back on the left with no explanation. It’s jarring. Eyes feel like they’re bulging out of a head. There’s small details with Ferry’s work that add up. Dean White handles the colors which are used well as the settings change around and Clayton Cowles lettering adds dramatic flair at the right times.

A.X.E.: Eve of Judgement #1 is an interesting opening. It leaves no room to debate who is right and who is wrong. It treats the action Druig takes so nonchalantly as to make it feel like it’s not a big deal. It just kind of is. Maybe with what’s to come in the first issue it’ll flow a bit better but as presented, the comic doesn’t get me excited for what’s to come, it sets up what feels like a rather predictable narrative to fill our summer months.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Pasqual Ferry
Color: Dean White Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Read

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Avengers Forever comes to Marvel Unlimited’s Infinity Comics

Avengers Forever Infinity Comic #1 has launched on Marvel Unlimited! Written by Jason Aaron, with art by Kev Walker, colorist Dean White, and edited by Tom Brevoort, this tie-in to the current Avengers Forever series expands on the Multiverse Avengers story playing out in comic shops now. Before reading Avengers Forever#1, hitting Marvel Unlimited on March 28, readers should set the stage with the Infinity series that also builds on Aaron’s landmark Avengers (2018). New issues of the 4-part series will be available weekly on the app.

Across the whole of creation, a war is being waged—between the Multiversal Masters of Evil, a collection of the greatest scourges in the Multiverse, and the forces of Avenger Prime, who leads an organized resistance against their destruction from Avengers Tower at the heart of the God Quarry. This…is AVENGERS FOREVER!

Avengers Forever Infinity Comic #1

Preview: Kang the Conqueror #1 (of 5)

Kang the Conqueror #1 (of 5)

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Mike Del Mundo (VCA) Natacha Bustosm Juan Cabal, Carmen Nunez Carnero, Joshua Cassara, Iban Coello, Patrick Gleason, Peach Momoko, Todd Nauck, R.B. Silva, Skottie Young
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 18, 2021
SRP: $4.99

THE ORIGIN OF KANG!
The man called Kang the Conqueror has been a pharaoh, a villain, a warlord of the space ways and even, on rare occasions, a hero. Across all timelines, one fact seemed absolute: Time means nothing to Kang the Conqueror.
But the truth is more complex. Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction dictated by time and previously unseen by any but the Conqueror himself. A cycle that could finally explain the enigma that is Kang. And a cycle that begins and ends with an old and broken Kang sending his younger self down a dark path…

Kang the Conqueror #1 (of 5)
Mike Del Mundo

Early Preview: Kang the Conqueror #1 (of 5)

Kang the Conqueror #1 (of 5)

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Mike Del Mundo (VCA) Natacha Bustosm Juan Cabal, Carmen Nunez Carnero, Joshua Cassara, Iban Coello, Patrick Gleason, Peach Momoko, Todd Nauck, R.B. Silva, Skottie Young
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 18, 2021
SRP: $4.99

THE ORIGIN OF KANG!
The man called Kang the Conqueror has been a pharaoh, a villain, a warlord of the space ways and even, on rare occasions, a hero. Across all timelines, one fact seemed absolute: Time means nothing to Kang the Conqueror.
But the truth is more complex. Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction dictated by time and previously unseen by any but the Conqueror himself. A cycle that could finally explain the enigma that is Kang. And a cycle that begins and ends with an old and broken Kang sending his younger self down a dark path…

Kang the Conqueror #1 (of 5)
Mike Del Mundo

Journey Across the Timestream and Beyond in these New Kang the Conqueror #1 Covers

On August 18th, writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing team up with artist Carlos Magno, colors by Espen Grundetjern, and lettering by Joe Caramagna, to bring readers the definitive origin of one of Marvel’s most legendary villains in Kang the Conqueror #1! The new series will unravel Kang’s complex history, tying together all of his greatest stories and reuniting his alternative selves from across the timeline. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Kang is set to begin his biggest era yet. To celebrate the character’s first-ever solo series, some of the industry’s top artists have crafted outstanding covers that showcase the past, present, and future of Kang’s incredible saga. Included in this collection are covers by all eight of Marvel’s Stormbreakers depicting key moments in Kang’s history from his iconic first run-ins with the Fantastic Four and the Avengers to his epic showdown with the Young Avengers.

The man called Kang the Conqueror has been a pharaoh, a villain, a warlord of the space ways, and even—on rare occasions—a hero. Across all timelines, one fact seemed absolute: Time means nothing to Kang the Conqueror. But the truth is more complex. Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction dictated by time and previously unseen by any but the Conqueror himself. A cycle that could finally explain the enigma that is Kang. And a cycle that begins and ends with an old and broken Kang sending his younger self down a dark path… Check out all 12 covers now before the release on August 18th!

Review: Heroes Reborn #7

Heroes Reborn #7

Heroes Reborn has been an interesting event. It’s one that has shown its potential. But, that potential has never really been reached. The narrative has taken on a different delivery with a series of one-shots and a main series that’s been split. Half of the main event comic has focused on the members of the Squadron Supreme while the second half has dipped its toes into the bigger story of a world changed. This “final” issue continues that pattern. Heroes Reborn #7 has the Squadron Supreme attempting to figure out who the Avengers are while the second gives a better idea as to who is behind everything.

Delivering an event in a style that’s almost like an anthology is absolutely something different and new. But, it also has felt like not enough. Writer Jason Aaron has juggled his two tasks and done with what he could. The comic has had to build this world with a rich past and current present while also addressing the mystery before us. The mystery aspect has felt like it’s gotten shortchanged as the series has done its best “What if Marvel did DC?”. That riff on DC has been interesting and entertaining with numerous winks and nods. But, there’s something that doesn’t completely click about it all. It’s not really DC as more Earth-3 DC as the Squadron Supreme builds up a pile of bodies and we learn more of their thirst for war and destruction.

With the main event, you’d think this issue would wrap things up. Nope, it’s extended even further with the upcoming Heroes Return. That makes this seven-issue series feel even shorter in its goals. It’s the opening chapter in what will likely be dragged out further than it needs to. The issue for Heroes Reborn interestingly doesn’t seem to be the content or concept but its execution and packaging.

The art by Aaron Kuder and Ed McGuinness is solid. The comic looks great as each brings their styles to the issue. It looks great and that’s not a problem at all. Mark Morales ads his inks to McGuinness’ pencils with Dean White and Matthew Wilson handling color with Cory Petit on lettering. Everyone looks fantastic, the locations are interesting and the moments between characters flows nicely. The issue never pops though. There’s moments that should have been memorable but it never hits the reader. It could be due to the shortened storytelling pages but the imagery never stands out as epic and memorable.

Heroes Reborn #7 like the issue before both works and doesn’t. There’s some great ideas and concepts but it never quite clicks and flows. Everything feels too short and like it’s missing that moment that really hits you. The fact that it ends as just one chapter doesn’t help matters. This is another Marvel event that doesn’t hit the mark.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Aaron Kuder, Ed McGuinness
Ink: Mark Morales Color: Dean White, Matthew Wilson Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: American Ronin TP

American Ronin TP

(W) Peter Milligan (A/CA) Aco
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
SRP: $9.99

War is over, democracy an illusion, real power now lies not with nation-states but huge corporations engaged in a silent war for global domination. Their number one weapon: highly-skilled, technologically-enhanced operatives trained since childhood to pledge their allegiance to the corporate flag. But what happens when one such operative breaks free of his mental chains and decides to bring the whole system down? Can one “Ronin” make a difference?

American Ronin TP

Review: The One You Feed #1

The One You Feed #1

With the world of digital comics expanding, it opens up greater opportunities to drop comics without a lead-up and as a surprise. That happened with The One You Feed #1, the latest comic to debut through the digital comic platform Panel Syndicate.

Set in our modern world a phenomenon has begun. As the sun goes down and moon rises individuals turn into monsters. It doesn’t happen to all and seems to happen at random. Those monsters do what monsters do and destroy and kill. That has led the survivors of the world to band together to build a walled city fueled by an artificial sun where it’s never dark. Over 350 years in the future the city, Helios, is on the verge of a new leader, a young prince named Apollo. He’ll have to travel beyond the walls, survive, and return to take the thrown.

Writer Donny Cates knocks it out of the park with this debut that creates a future fantasy world. The first chapter focuses on the set up of what’s to come teasing out that what we’re told is lies and to expect an unexpected adventure. Cates has a mission with this debut chapter and that’s to shape a world and story. The world presented is an interesting one and its taken in an unexpected direction. We’ve seen numerous “cities built to protect against the monsters” story but this blends in the classic “quest” direction. It’s also clear where the story goes isn’t what’s presented. There’s likely more about the monsters and the quest. That’s the story Cates is focused on.

There’s also something nice and different with Cates’ take. The focus on a more fantasy world makes the debut stand out. The series could easily stick to its future tech setting but a city ruled by a King and a Prince who must complete a quest has a throwback and classic quality about it. The One You Feed #1 takes a familiar story and places it in a different and unexpected setting.

The art by Dylan Burnett is fantastic. Along with color by Dean White and lettering by John J. Hill the series has a nice blend of its various aspects. The monsters are numerous and varied. The technology progression tells a story by itself. And, when we get to the end point of time that begins our story the design too tells us what we need to know. While Cates dialogue walks us through Apollo’s perspective, the art team delivers what we need to know as far as what has happened over the years as well. The art fills in the details that Apollo’s words do not.

The One You Feed #1 is an absolute get. The unexpected release of it adds to the fun of it all but the quality is the real draw. This is a future fantasy story that has a lot of intrigue going for it and teases that it’ll take us in unexpected directions. The fact it’s pay-what-you-want is a bonus (and you should pay for it). Panel Syndicate is a publishing platform who is synonymous with quality and this is another feather in its cap.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Dylan Burnett
Color: Dean White Letterer/Design: John J. Hill
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: Recommendation: Buy


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Donny Cates and Dylan Burnett’s The One You Feed Debuts on Panel Syndicate

Panel Syndicate has a surprise debut on this new comic book day with The One You Feed from writer Donny Cates, artist Dylan Burnett, colorist Dean White, and letterer/designer John H. Hill.

The One You Feed is a fantasy terror tale perfectly timed for Halloween.

One day, long ago, and for no reason whatsoever..the moon rose in the night sky, and every human being on the planet began to violently change into the demons that live inside of their souls. Some of these monsters were good. Most…were not. Now, after hundreds of years of these nightly horrors, a young prince, armed only with a mysterious sword named Attum, must journey into the night to face the monsters under the stars, and meet the wolf that lives in his own heart…

Panel Syndicate is a digital comics platform that allows you to pay whatever price you want! You can get the comic right now.

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