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Preview: What If? Magik

What If? Magik

(W) Leah Williams (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Jeff Dekal
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Before she was Magik, Illyana Rasputin was just a kid whom Limbo chewed up and spit out seven years older. So it’s no surprise that, at 15, she wants nothing to do with the X-Men…nothing to do with the New Mutants…and nothing to do with her own powers. It’s not even surprising that she runs away… but where – and who – she ends up? Well, that’s something you’ve never seen before.

Review: Old Man Logan Vol. 5 Past Lives

It’s Wednesday which means comics are hitting comic stores all across the world. This week from Marvel is a trade dedicated to Old Man Logan!

Old Man Logan Vol. 5 Past Lives collects issues #19-24 by Jeff Lemire, Filipe Andrade, Eric Nguyen, and Andrea Sorrentino.

You can find this trade in comic stores today and book stores on October 3.

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Review: Ultimates 2 #100

Ultimates_2_Vol_1_100_TextlessAl Ewing’s ambitious, multiple reality and multiverse spanning run on Ultimates comes to a suitably hopeful and abstract conclusion in Ultimates2 #100 with some fantastic art and colors from Travel Foreman, Filipe Andrade, Marco Lorenzana, Scott Hanna, Dan Brown, and Matt Yackey. Ewing starts out crowd pleasing with a great fight scene between both teams of Ultimates and the malevolent Ultimate Reed Richards plus sharp, quick satire of Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s Ultimates before they return to the larger task of restoring Eternity to its proper place in the universe with the help of anthropomorphic embodiments of past multiverses.

I was slightly disappointed that the abstract beings and concepts got more panel time than the actual team of Ultimates. However, it’s incredibly cool that Ewing, Foreman, Andrade, Lorenzana, and Scott Hanna use them to make a metafictional comment on the Marvel Universe with its mixture of magic, science, and other fun stuff and superhero stories in general and the idea of “illusion of change” and no one really staying dead in superhero comics. (Hence, the Ultimate Universe Ultimates, Chaos, and Order coming back.)

Except Galactus does change throughout the series and continues to be the bringer of life to the whole multiverse and set the Ultimates on hopeful paths as they return to their own comics with his bright gold coloring from Brown and Yackey. In the past, the heralds of Galactus have been harbingers of doom and general bad guys, but in this case, they are his helpers in helping everything return to normal. One thing I have enjoyed about Ultimates2 as a whole is seeing more of the series from Galactus’ POV instead of having him lurk in the background when the team needs a heavy hitter or feature in a one-off issue. He is basically the team leader in Ultimates2.

Even though there is some spectacular punching like America kicking Ultimate Captain America’s jingoistic ass to next week and then some, Ewing makes the Ultimates more like “paramedics” (As America describes them.) than the paramilitary heroes that Millar’s Ultimates were. They are all about fixing the multiverse’s problems through science and logic than executing preemptive strikes on Middle Eastern countries in service of American imperialism. The Ultimates are a search and rescue team on a cosmic level trying to preserve hope in a universe filled with cynicism like whatever is going on with Captain America and HYDRA. Technically, they’re sealed off from Earth by the planetary defense shield that was built to withstand hungry purple Galactus, but this doesn’t hinder the Ultimates and company from saving the Marvel universe light years away from Hydra Cap and the Secret Empire event.

The unsung hero of both Ultimates and Ultimates2 is colorist Dan Brown, who gets some help from Matt Yackey on this issue. They make Ultimates2 #100 look otherworldly with intergalactic blues, blacks, and purples as Al Ewing wraps his storyline up. And even when the storyline gets a little too metaphysical, they save the day with bright golds and orange that instantly evoke hope and rebirth. Foreman, Andrade, and Lorenzana complete this lightness with their art that is fluid like the Superflow that crosses the multiverses although their lines get more rigid during the fight scenes, and there are some epic speed lines when Blue Marvel one punches Ultimate Hulk, who is a total MRA.

In Ultimates2 #100, Al Ewing ties his team of Ultimates in with the original Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch in a non-awkward way and also paves the way for any alternate universe characters to return after the events of Secret Wars. Once again, he shows a rare talent for combining epic, high level plotting with characters (Including Galactus), who have genuine emotional arcs. Honestly, he should be in  charge of Marvel’s next blockbuster event

Story: Al Ewing Art: Travel Foreman, Filipe Andrade, Marco Lorenzana with Scott Hanna
Colors: Dan Brown with Matt Yackey
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Old Man Logan #20

Old Man Logan #20

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99

OUT OF THE FRYING PAN…AND INTO NEW JERSEY!

Trying to correct a mistake from his past, LOGAN has been forced to resort to teaming up with a past adversary! Will Logan learn to heed his friends’ warnings about mixing magic and time travel? Guest-starring MILES MORALES, SPIDER-MAN!

Review: Old Man Logan #19

A failure from the past haunts Logan…and to correct his mistakes, he’ll need magical assistance. But when he faces opposition, Logan will turn to an unlikely — and potentially treacherous — ally!

In the last arc, Logan was faced with the possibility that in his past/this world’s potential future Bruce Banner’s grandchild would grow into a despotic warlord when Jean Grey – under the control of the Brood – forced him to return to the Wastelands in a vision that took place years (decades?) after he left. Now, in an effort to prevent that vision from coming true, Old Man Logan aims to go back to the future.

Jeff Lemire continues his run on Old  Man Logan with the first of  two-part story that has a unique premise as far as time travelling superheroes go; Old Man Logan #19 takes place over a week and change and has Logan trying to find a way back to the Wastelands resulting in some short, well written, scenes throughout the issue. Lemire also seems to take a moment for an almost meta-message about midway through the comic as Logan comes across a certain guest star. It’s a moment that works both in the general flow of the story, and yet also echoes how many of us are feeling about certain big name publisher’s favorite (or one of their favorite) tricks they’ve been pulling over the last few years.

As good as Lemire is here, unfortunately, Filipe Andrade‘s art wasn’t what I hoped it would be – although it’s perfectly serviceable (and better than anything I could do), it just didn’t click for me after the last few issues. Your mileage may vary, however, but I’m not a fan of how some panels feel line heavy without any real detail – again it’s a style that’s just not my cup of tea.

At the end of the day Old Man Logan #19 is a solid entry in the series thus far – it’s just not one of my favorites.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Filipe Andrade Colours: Jordan Boyd
Story: 8.5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Old Man Logan #19

Old Man Logan #19

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

PRISON BREAK WITH OLD MAN LOGAN!

A failure from the past haunts LOGAN…and to correct his mistakes, he’ll need magical assistance. But when he faces opposition, Logan will turn to an unlikely – and potentially treacherous – ally! Will an encounter with MILES MORALES convince Logan to alter his path?

Preview: Old Man Logan #15

Old Man Logan #15

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 14, 2016
SRP: $3.99

WHEN IN ROMANIA, DO AS THE ROMANIANS DO – STAKE VAMPIRES!

It’s up to LOGAN and the greatest supernatural hero squad the world has ever seen, the HOWLING COMMANDOS, to stop DRACULA from a dastardly plot that endangers the whole world. But when JUBILEE is in trouble, can the Commandos trust Logan to make the tough calls?

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Review: Old Man Logan #14

old_man_logan__14Old Man Logan #14 begins a new arc, Monster War, written by Jeff Lemire, with art by Filipe Andrade and colours by Jordie Bellaire that guest stars the Howling Commandos, and after the more gritty stories Lemire has told in the series so far this new arc looks to be a slightly new direction from the past issues as we didn’t get any flashback sequences – are they flashback sequences if they happen in the future? This is the question I shouldn’t ask as it’ll end up in a  time-traveling clusterfuck of confusion that

Regardless, this issue we get to see Old Man Logan interact with some characters that up until now we haven’t seen him have any knowledge of. While the typical “don’t call me Wolverine” line is said a couple of times, there’s something strangely refreshing about the way Old Man Logan handles the situation at hand; and a large part of it is that he’s too old to play games anymore.

The first issue in the new arc does exactly what you need it to do, and sets the story and tone for the next three to three to five issues, ending with a sequence that’ll have you wanting to return next issue to see what happens next (and how the seqence is resolved/weaseled out of). Artistically, Andrade’s style is perfectly suited for the more supernatural elements of this story, and with Bellaire still providing colours to Andrade’s black and white work, there’s a feeling of consistency across the series despite little things about the way our old hero is drawn.

It’s also worth pointing out the first time I read this comic from the review copy Marvel provided to Graphic Policy I wasn’t too fond of the art, but when I picked up the physical copy (Old Man Logan is the last Marvel comic I still pick up in physical form) the art popped, and seemed to translate better from a physical comic than when it was on the screen. Though that could just be the screen I read it on. Either way, this was an enjoyable comic that keeps the consistency of the series so far. It’s not a spectacular issue, but Old Man Logan #14 was good enough to hold my interest and get me excited about #15.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Filipe Andrade Colours: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Old Man Logan #14

Old Man Logan #14

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $3.99

JUBILEE IS MISSING! ALL-NEW ARC “MONSTER WAR” STARTS HERE!

LOGAN will have to team up with the supernatural HOWLING COMMANDOS to unravel the mystery of why Jubilee has disappeared…but is he prepared for what this investigation will uncover? Follow the old man to ROMANIA and find out!

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Review: All-New, All-Different Marvel Point One #1

all new all different marvel point one coverIn the aftermath of Secret Wars, it’s an All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe, and this is your one-stop entry point to the changes and mysteries that have developed during the eight months that have passed! Featuring new stories of Daredevil, Carnage, CLASSFIED, CLASSIFIED, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Contest of Champions!

All-New, All-Different Marvel Point One #1 is an interesting comic in that it gives us a bit of a preview of some of the series we can expect as part of the All-New, All-Different relaunch, but also does a really good job explaining what their new series Contest of Champions is all about!

Some of the previous Marvel Point ones have been hit and missed, and with Secret Wars being many months from being wrapped up, what the new Marvel universe would be like is a pretty big mystery. This issue though uses some smart storytelling to give us an idea of how at least some of the new Marvel U fits together, and also a good taste as to what these new series will be like.

At the heart of the comic is the new series Contest of Champions which has the Maestro battling a opponents using villains and heroes to see who will control the remnants of Doom’s world he created in Secret Wars. We know that in the new Marvel U a multiverse exists, there’s multiple versions of characters, and that something survives the latest event with some individuals stuck in this world. It’s interesting and the concept takes a series that was low on my radar and immediately boosts it up a bunch of spots. The comic feels like a video game where you select your characters to battle. The ones shown so far are… intriguing.

While Maestro looks for his team to battle, we get a glimpse of the various new series launching over the next few months, in rather short stories that do more than enough to wet our appetites as to the look and feel of the series. That’s the good and the bad of it all. The stories are teases, a first chapter, so nothing is really a full complete story. That’s why I can’t quite recommend this as a buy, but it’s very entertaining, and a solid pick-up for someone interested in seeing what the new Marvel U might be like and get a look at six of the 60+ new series coming out.

I don’t want to spoil all the stories within (the teaser text did say classified, so I’m not ruining it), but of the ones mentioned above, Carnage sounds very intriguing with the character running around America doing his usual serial killer thing and an interesting character charged with stopping him. From the small preview, it feels much more like Silence of the Lambs than a superhero comic. Very interesting.

Daredevil too is interesting, featuring a new character who should get a lot of folks talking. There’s some terminology that made me cringe, but I trust writer Charles Soule’s real world experience to know what folks would actually use (illegal vs undocumented).

And there’s the return of REDACTED!

Overall, the comic got me much more enthused about the series within. There’s a nice mix of look and tone within the comic, and it seems to do the job it’s intended to do, get someone interested in what’s coming. Overall, if you’re interested in getting an idea of what to expect for the six series within, or the Marvel U as a whole, this is one you’ll want to pick up when you’re at the comic shop this week.

Story: Marc Guggenheim, Al Ewing, Skottie Young, Charles Soule
Art: German Peralta, Mike Perkins, Filipe Andrade, Ron Garney, Stefano Caselli, Paco Medina
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

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