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Preview: Champions #5

Champions #5

(W) Eve Ewing, Danny Lore (A) Bob Quinn, Luciano Vecchio (CA) Toni Infante
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Champions are done running. The time to stand up and fight is here. But can they win when an entire government is aligned against them? And if they can’t….where do the Marvel Universe’s next generation of heroes go from here?

Champions #5

Preview: Champions #4

Champions #4

(W) Eve Ewing (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Toni Infante
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Guest-Starring CYCLOPS and the MARAUDERS!
Avast, ye! CHAMPIONS ON THE HIGH SEAS! NOVA, IRONHEART, MILES and MS. MARVEL have narrowly escaped C.R.A.D.L.E. for now with the help of their old teammate, but it’s out of the frying pan and into the…ocean.

Champions #4

Exclusive Preview: Champions #3

Champions #3

(W) Eve Ewing (A) Simone Di Meo (CA) Toni Infante
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 02, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The Champions are on the run! Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, Nova, and Ironheart race to stay one step ahead of C.R.A.D.L.E., but someone keeps leaking their location, and they’re running out of places to hide.

With a spy in their midst and their allies locked up in a disturbing correctional school, they’ll turn to the one adult they know they can still trust…

Champions #3

Preview: Champions #2

Champions #2

(W) Eve Ewing (A) Simone Di Meo (CA) Toni Infante
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

When clashing protests over the teen vigilante ban break out across Chicago, the Champions risk their freedom to protect the young protestors from overzealous C.R.A.D.L.E. agents – but Chicago’s own hometown hero, Ironheart, is nowhere to be seen.

Where is Riri Williams? Why has she abandoned the Champions? And could it have anything to do with the mole in their ranks…?

Champions #2

Early Review: Champions #1

Champions #1

The recent iterations of Champions have been something I’ve generally enjoyed. They always had a solid concept of the “next generation” of heroes stepping in and doing what the adults can’t, won’t, or don’t think is important. The basic mantra has been it’s their future and they’re fighting for it. That concept has been the underlying idea for the various volumes. The execution has varied, often sidetracked by “events”. The latest volume, the third since 2016, takes the premise of the team and lays it all out there. Champions #1 plants a flag and wears its attitude and purpose on its sleeve.

Written by Eve L. Ewing, Champions #1 kicks off as part of the “Outlawed” storyline. Unlike other events, “Outlawed” is squarely focused on the younger generation of heroes. After an accident by Viv Vision causes massive destruction, a law is passed outlawing younger heroes unless they have a mentor. The story is a bit too similar to what happened in Marvel’s first Civil War but unlike that event, this one is much tighter in those impacted.

Ewing brings the Champions into the era of David Hogg and Greta Thunberg and all of the other Millennials and Generation Z who are making their voices heard fighting injustices. This is “kids” fighting for their future. But, Ewing does it right. Not every member of the Champions is in board and many disagree with how things are going about. Ewing doesn’t present this generation as a monolithic viewpoint.

The story Ewing presents is solid. It feels like it takes a lot from stories we’ve seen in the past, Pump of the Volume comes to mind as one, but it’s all done so well. The story keeps readers on their toes and who winds up in which corner and each individual’s viewpoints are presented so that the comic isn’t so cut and dry. It keeps readers on their toes and keeps things interesting.

Simone Di Meo provides the line art with Federico Blee on color and Clayton Cowles lettering. The art is fantastic delivering a youthful energy about the story and also delivering emotional punch. The panel work is fantastic keeping the visuals interesting and packing in a lot. The angles and breaking up of the page delivers a “flash/swipe” like feel that adds to the energy of the comic. The style of the comic as a whole is a bit exaggerated in everything but it enhances the story. Instead of falling into a comical space, the facial expressions and body language helps nail down the emotional punch Ewing is going for. It’s needed to make it all work and a different style would have the issue likely fall flat our be a bit more dour than it’s supposed to be.

Champions #1 is a hell of a debut delivering a start that wears its thoughts and heart on its sleeve. This is a flag planted as to what this series is about. And delivers conflict in that even the next generation isn’t in lockstep as to how they should go about making the world a better place. It’s a beginning, and probably the best so far of the three volumes. It not only has a vision for what it wants to say but how it’s going to say it. Much like Millennials and Gen Z, it understands its politics is a part of its story. Champions #1 has no problem talking about them and trying to fight for what’s right.

Story: Eve L. Ewing Art: Simone Di Meo
Color: Federico Blee Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Champions #1

Champions #1

(W) Eve Ewing (A) Simone Di Meo (CA) Toni Infante
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 07, 2020
SRP: $3.99

THE CHAMPIONS RETURN IN TROUBLED TIMES!
• A law is passed that goes against everything Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man founded the Champions for…But the world still needs heroes, even if the world doesn’t want them right now.
• After Ms. Marvel makes an unexpected and emotional announcement that her team won’t go down without a fight, a group of teen vigilantes gathers to plan their next move. But the C.R.A.D.L.E. task force is hot on their trail, and there’s a spy in their midst…
• Eve L. Ewing (IRONHEART, OUTLAWED) and Simone Di Meo (IMMORTAL HULK: THE BEST DEFENSE and VENOM: ACTS OF EVIL) team up for a dramatic new era of Champions that will define Marvel’s teen heroes for years to come!

Champions #1

The Champions Get Ready to Change the World

When the livelihoods of young Super Heroes are threatened, they will unite as Champions to prove that the world needs them more than ever. This October, acclaimed author and award-winning writer Eve L. Ewing and artist Simone Di Meo team up for a dramatic new era of Champions that will define Marvel’s most promising heroes for years to come.

After a terrible tragedy, Kamala’s Law is passed, forbidding anyone under the age of 21 from acting as vigilantes. Not going down without a fight, Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, Nova, and more will rise up to reclaim their destiny. With everything the Champions stand for in jeopardy, the stakes have never been higher.

Check out the daring team of heroes, ready to take on any obstacles that come their way, in Ron Lim’s variant cover below, and pick up Champions #1 at your local comic shop this October!

Champions #1

Review: Outlawed #1

The all-new status quo for Marvel’s teen heroes begins in Outlawed #1. A crackdown has begun on the young heroes sending a shockwave across the Marvel Universe.

Story: Eve L. Ewing
Art: Kim Jacinto
Color: Espen Grundetjern
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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Preview: Outlawed #1

Outlawed #1

(W) Eve Ewing (A) Kim Jacinto (CA) Pepe Larraz
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $4.99

EXPLODING FROM THE PAGES OF INCOMING!

In the wake of a devastating tragedy, the United States passes a law that will shake the Marvel Universe to its core.

The world has had enough of teen heroes. The crackdown has begun. And the lives of Marvel’s next generation will never be the same again.

EVE L. EWING and KIM JACINTO launch a new era in this game-changing event one-shot that will send shockwaves across the Marvel Universe! You won’t want to miss this one!

Outlawed #1

Review: Incoming #1

Get a look as to what’s coming in 2020 with Incoming #1. Marvel teases what we can expect in the months to come in this end of the year oversized comic.

Story: Various
Art: Various
Color: Various
Letterer: Travis Lanham

Get your copy in comic shops! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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