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Star Wars: Yoda #3 shows off the wisdom of Yoda

Star Wars: Yoda #3

We all make errors throughout our lives. We are after all, fallible. This is what makes each of us human. That is partly why we always feel bad when we make them.  

As we tend to retrace our steps, we often wonder if we could do something better. Sometimes even asking that question doesn’t help. That is why we should always learn from the mistakes we make. In Star Wars: Yoda #3, Yoda fails in the worst way but he sees that there is a way to make it all good.

We are taken to the Outer Rim in Turrak, where Yoda has come to visit an old ally, now fully grown from when they first met, when he was a child. Unfortunately, this reunion is bittersweet, as a Crulkon scouting party is headed to this Scalvi village, whereby engaging their defenses for an attack.The leader of the Scalvi find a peaceful end to what couyld have been a deadly fight, something Yoda feels proud to have been part of . By issue’s end, Yoda is visited by another Jedi, one that can help stabilize Turrak.

Overall, Star Wars: Yoda #3 is an excellent issue that shows the wisdom of Yoda. The story by Cavan Scott is exciting. The art by the creative team is stunning. Altogether, Star Wars: Yoda #3 is a story that shows peace is always the best way.

Story: Cavan Scott Art: Nico Leon
Color: Dono Sánchez-Almara Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Star Wars: Yoda #2 delivers even more reasons to love Yoda

Star Wars: Yoda #2

Being judgmental is part of the human condition. Most people would like to believe they don’t judge others. The truth is, many look down on others.  As this where gossip usually begins, as they fail to see their own flaws.

This holds true for many people who are now considered geniuses. Take for instance, Nikole Tesla, whose  contributions to modern electricity supply system gave us a framework for what we use now. As most people cannot understand  something where sometimes only a singular person can.  In Star Wars: Yoda #2, Yoda’s tenure in Turrak is met with dissent, but he remains steadfast.

We are taken the Wheel in Besh Gorgon, where Yoda is meeting with Pra-Tre Veter and Ela Sutan, the members of the Jedi Council who have come to check on his progress. We are also taken back to Turrak, where we see Yoda training the Scalvi how to build their defenses and how to fight for themselves, which both remain, works in progress. Of course, this all gets tested, when the Scalvi suffer another invasion from the Crulkon, but their training defenses hold up, but Yoda gets kidnapped during the clash. By issue’s end, Yoda discovers a deep seeded problem, one that cannot be solved anytime soon

Overall, Star Wars: Yoda #2 is an exciting issue which gives fan more reasons to love Yoda. The story by Scott is cool. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that ratchets up the action.

Story: Cavan Scott Art: Nico Leon
Color: Dono Sánchez-Almara Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2 is silly fun mixed into a bigger event

Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2

Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2 wraps up the two issue tie-in series to Dark Web delivering a hell of a lot of fun and laughs. Demons have descended upon New York City as Chasm and the Goblin Queen are out for revenge in a follow up event to the classic story Inferno. In the previous issue, Ms. Marvel was sucked into limbo leaving readers to think she’d spend this issue battling her way out and then connecting with the other heroes. Well, if you did, you’d be wrong.

Writer Sabir Pirzada takes the series in an unexpected direction as Ms. Marvel’s time in Limbo is rather short. Instead the comic mostly has her battling a group of villains, The Inventors, who I have no idea about. But, you don’t really need to. What’s fantastic about these two issues are that they can be enjoyed by themselves with their tie-in to Dark Web tenuous at best. There’s all sorts of weirdness going on but Kamala’s interaction with the other heroes or event at large is minimal. Though, the issue delivers its best moments following the story of Kamala’s mosque which has come alive and now going… somwhere.

Pirzada delivers so much humor in the comic it’s hard to not constantly laugh or at least have a smile on your face. What’s presented is so absurd in a way the story just goes with the flow having fun with the possible this event presents. The mosque segment alone makes the issue worth it.

Some of the fun involves the art which pops. Francesco Mortarino‘s art style is awesome and it’s only made better by the colors from Dono Sanchez-Almara and Fernando Sifuentes and lettering by Ariana Maher. Though the comic event falls into the horror genre, the comic pops and never goes too dark. The colors fall on the dark side of things but they still glow off of the page like a night sky lit up. The design of everything is great and will have you lingering to see all of the details.

Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2 is just a hell of a lot of fun. The comic could easily stand on its own, having little to do with the greater event. Even if you’re not interested in it, this is a two issue series that’s worth picking up to just sit back and enjoy.

Story: Sabir Pirzada Art: Francesco Mortarino
Color: Dono Sanchez-Almara, Fernando Sifuentes Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1

Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1

You know her, you love her! But this time, Kamala Khan may be in over her head. Kamala is working at Oscorp as an intern which puts her in the crossfire as “Dark Web” begins! Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 brings the character into the web that is this mini-event and the story works and works really well.

Written by Sabir Prizada, Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 is a solid entry in the spin-offs for “Dark Web”. What works so well is the comic feels like it’s any Ms. Marvel comic. The focus on Kamala’s personal life comes first leading into the difficult balance she faces as a superhero. The comic makes sure to humanize her in ways readers can connect to, whether it’s deciding what to do with our lives or relationship issues.

But, Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 most importantly feels like a comic anyone can walk into. There’s little that needs to be explained beyond why everything is going all crazy. That part isn’t clear for those not paying attention to the event but everything else is very focused and easy to take in for new readers. There’s little presented that you need a deep background as to who Kamala Khan is to either understand what’s going on or just enjoy the story.

The art by Francesco Mortarino pops on the page. With color by Dono Sánchez-Almara and lettering by Ariana Maher, the comic does a great job of keeping the vibe of “Dark Web” as things begin to role. The corruption of items around the characters by demonic forces could easily just be played for laughs, but the team does a solid job of balancing laughs with horror. But, beyond that, the characters look great and the action’s solid. This is some great for a comic whose story stands out as well.

For too often spin-offs for events feel like a slight cash grab. Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 is far from that. The story is excellent and art solid creating a combination that makes this a comic that can be enjoyed on its own even without reading the event. It balances everything really well creating an experience that welcomes new readers and those heavily invested in what’s going on. It actually makes me want to go back and read some of Kamala’s adventures. I’ve done that here and there but this makes the case I’ve really been missing out.

Story: Sabir Prizada Art: Francesco Mortarino
Color: Dono Sánchez-Almara Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Star Wars: Revelations #1

Star Wars: Revelations #1

In the recent foray for Star Wars, Andor , we see the rise of a revolution. We find out exactly what happens when people have enough. When a society is oppressed, they eventually will push back. This holds true for most environments, even not on a national stage. I have seen potboilers in combat situations, where people lose all composure, because of someone acting tyrannical.

Eventually, no one suffer fools or injustice. As people who do things because they feel they are in the right, is because of self preservation. The reality is, it is a perversion of the truth, it is a lie they tell themselves so that they can sleep at night. In Star Wars: Revelations #1 we find out when the people the Empire is supposed to serve, fights back.

We find Darth Vader as he seeks guidance from the Webbish Bog, as he senses an unseen threat headed his way. As Lady Q’Ra has found the Fermata Cage, something the Emperor needs and he dispatches Vader to secure it. We also catch Luke, as he senses a disturbance in the force,  as they arrive on Klugson’s Moon,  a planet not on any interstellar chart, where they encounter Ajax Omega,  a onetime revolutionary droid, who looked to supplant sentient beings, which leads to a skirmish between the two. By the issue’s end, Vader escapes an ambush and is even more determined to extinguish the enemies of the Empire.

Overall, Star Wars: Revelations #1 is a muddled mess of an issue. The story by Guggenheim is action packed but looks to do too much in one issue. It teases what’s to come at the detriment of entertainment. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, Star Wars: Revelations #1 is an issue that doesn’t quite live up to its ambition and mission.

Story: Marc Guggenheim Art: Salvador Larroca, Pere Pérez, Emma Kubert, Justin Mason, Paul Fry
Ink: Wayne Faucher Color: Guru-eFX, Dono Sánchez-Almara Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire #1

Devil's Reign: Villains for Hire #1

Devil’s Reign has been solid so far. The event sees Wilson Fisk’s plans all coming together as he uses his power as Mayor of New York to try to reign in Marvel’s superheroes. There’s a little bit of Dark Reign mixed with the Superhero Registration Act but all updated to reflect today’s political reality. But, even better, the tie-ins for the event have been really good as well. It feels rare that event tie-ins have been the quality that they’ve been so far. Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire #1 is an entertaining read and one that shines the spotlight on just one aspect of Fisk’s plan.

Written by Clay McLeod Chapman, Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire #1 focuses on a new team of Thunderbolts who work alongside the NYPD to maintain law and order. Of course the team is beyond dysfunction comprising of Taskmaster, Rhino, Whiplash, Electro, and Agony. It’s a varied mix of personalities and issues with an end result you know is only going to wind up with a meltdown of the team. Chapman focuses in on that dysfunction. Not only the team’s dynamic with each other but their brutal justice as well. They might hold up law and order but they’re murdering to do so. They also have no problem fighting each other as well as those that break the law.

The fact Chapman focuses on the initial villains as comical terrorists attacking a ball for its excess instead of using the money to help feed families. It plays up the comical aspects of the comic though delivers villains that feel a bit goofy and easy targets. But, they’re not really the point, it’s the death and destruction the Thunderbolts bring to resolve the issue that is.

The art is by Manuel Garcia and it’s good. Generally it plays up the over-the-top nature of the story. My gripe is Rhino who never quite looks right and at times feels flat in the visuals. Everyone else is great, just his character feels very off in almost every scene. Garcia is joined by a bunch of inkers Lorenzo Ruggiero, Scott Hanna, Livesay, Andy Owens, and Victor Nava. Dono Sánchez-Almara and Fer Sifuentes-Sujo handle the color while Joe Sabino is on lettering. The art is generally good and tries to play up the comedy of it all instead of focusing on the gore.

Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire #1 is an entertaining addition to an event that has been solid. It plays out as expected and hits the beats that are expected. It, so far, hasn’t broken any new ground but it does deliver enough entertaining moments to make it a worthy read.

Story: Clay McLeod Chapman Art: Manuel Garcia
Ink: Lorenzo Ruggiero, Scott Hanna, Livesay, Andy Owens, Victor Nava
Color: Dono Sánchez-Almara, Fer Sifuentes-Sujo Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

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Spider-Bot Comes to Marvel Unlimited as an Infinity Comic

Spider-Man’s battle-ready Spider-Bots are coming to Marvel Unlimited! Spider-Bot #1 is available on the app in MU’s exclusive Infinity Comic format. The 12-part weekly series is written by Jordan Blum with artist Alberto Alburquerque and color artist Dono Sanchez-Almara. It’s edited by Edward Devin Lewis.

For most of his crime-fighting career, the one and only Amazing Spider-Man has worked on his own – but some jobs are too big even for a wall-crawling, web-slinging wonder like Spidey to handle by himself! Luckily, he’s got a team of technological wonders called the SPIDER-BOTS, who’re equipped with some of the most cutting-edge tech this side of Avengers Tower (and GREAT battery life) and by his side, ready to stop trouble in its tracks across the Marvel Universe! 

Spider-Bot #1

Review: Marvel’s Voices #1

Marvel's Voices #1

Marvel’s Voices is an Experience, capital E. It’s the first comic I know about that adapts the concept of a podcast into a comics anthology collecting stories from black creators giving their take on the Marvel universe.

The book’s title carries over from the podcast it’s based on, which is hosted by Angélique Roché. The list of creators includes Vita Ayala, Damion Scott, Kyle Baker, Brian Stelfreeze, Roxane Gay, Method Man, Alitha Martínez, among other notable industry names. What’s interesting about the project, though, is that it embraces its multimedia roots by featuring essays from other creators accessible via Marvel’s Voices online page.

Two particular essays grabbed my attention: Regine L. Sawyer’s “Growing Up Marvel” and Karama Horne’s “The Legacy of Isaiah Bradley: The First Black Captain America.” (Disclosure: Karama and Regine have both contributed to our site – ed.)

Sawyer’s essay is about her origin story into comics through a less conventional avenue than most other stories of the kind: X-Men trading cards. I don’t want to spoil the essay because it is a fascinating and well-written story, but it is wonderful to get this look at how comics allow for multiple entry points given it’s an entire cultural package. It made me remember my card collecting days growing up, both the same X-Men cards Sawyer collected and the classic Pepsi Cards I religiously hunted down back when they came out in Puerto Rico. I still have them with me and they also helped me embrace comics.

Horne’s essay is about two comics: Truth and The Crew. Each one stands as some of Marvel’s best comic book offerings. They were subversive and hard-hitting, daring enough to give Marvel a black Captain America (in Truth), complete with an exploration of the tragic treatment black heroes get using real-life black history as the basis for the problems each character faces (which is expanded upon in The Crew).

The essay is a great and concise history of these comics, but it also serves as a lesson on visibility. That Marvel hasn’t reprinted these stories or released newer editions of the paperbacks brings up more questions than it should. I think Horne’s essay makes a strong argument as to why we need these comics back on the stands.

On the comic’s side of Marvel’s Voices, we get a strong if a bit uneven set of short stories that are personal, celebratory, and thoughtful as to why Marvel characters mean so much in the struggle for more diverse voices in the industry. Kyle Baker, for instance, produced a one-pager Ant-Man and Nick Fury story titled “Perspective,” about Fury’s problem with depth perception. It’s a quick hit but the art on display here is impressive enough to make anyone want to see Baker do more Marvel work.

Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph, and Emilio López’s “Top of the Key,” on the other hand, is a one-pager on Mosaic story (a character Marvel has severely underused, in my opinion) that would’ve benefited from an additional page or two. It feels more like a setup for a larger story and we only really just get a taste of it.

Rob Markman, Damion Scott, and Dono Sánchez-Almara’s “What a Wonderful World” stands as one of the most impressive stories in the anthology as it offers a well-rounded look at a Marvel character with outstanding art and a clear message to boot. It centers on a troubled Silver Surfer, comparing Marvel’s biggest villains with humanity’s own villainy when it comes to protecting the environment. No panel was spared, no color was misplaced, and no bit of text hung without intent. Just a really good two-page story.

The best story in the book is without question “Inspiration,” by James Monroe Iglehart, Ray-Anthony Height, and Emilio López. This 4-page tale gives the radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his powers a much-deserved platform to contemplate his role in the grand scheme of things. The script showcases an interesting play on what a superpowered spider is supposed to be and how much of its natural instincts define its actions. It’s simply unforgettable and truly worthy of getting its own comic book series.

Marvel Voices #1 is the type of book Marvel needs to invest more on. It shows just how important it is to bring in other perspectives into this superhero universe and just how different it can all turn out to be. It speaks to the power of voices hungry for diversity in storytelling. And that, in itself, is a beautiful thing.

Writers: John Jennings, Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, David Betancourt, James Monroe Iglehart, Evan Narcisse, Vita Ayala, Regine L. Sawyer, Brian Stelfreeze, Brandon Montclare, Tatiana King Jones, Karama Horne, Kyle Baker, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Don McGregor, Geoffrey Thorne, Rob Markman, Method Man, Daniel Dominguez, Charlamagne The God, David F. Walker, Chuck Brown
Art: Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, Ray-Anthony Height, Jahnoy Lindsay, Bernard Chang, Brian Stelfreeze, Natacha Bustos, Kyle Baker, Brittney L. Williams, Khary Randolph, Damion Scott, Alitha E. Martinez, JJ Kirby, Sanford Greene
Color: Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, Emilio Lopez, Marcelo Maiolo, Brian Stelfreeze, Tamra Bonvillain, Kyle Baker, Rachelle Rosenberg, Dono Sánchez-Almara, JJ Kirby, Matt Herms
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Writing: 9 Essays: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10
Recommendation: Buy and make sure to bag and board it.

Review: Amazing Spider-Man: Daily Bugle #1

The Daily Bugle is getting back to its roots at breaking news instead of reacting as Amazing Spider-Man: Daily Bugle #1 kicks off the stories that’ll keep them busy.

Story: Mat Johnson
Art: Mack Chatter, Francesco Mobili, Scott Hanna
Color: Dono Sánchez-Almara, Protobunker
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

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Review: Ravencroft #1

After the events of “Absolute Carnage,” Ravencroft is open once again. What evil secrets and horrors are within?

Story: Frank Tieri
Art: Angel Unzueta
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg, Dono Sánchez-Almara
Letterer: Joe Sabino

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