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Review: Venom #1

In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – Venom! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock!

Venom restarts with a new number one that’s frankly fantastic. Writer Donny Cates kicks things off with some mysterious flashbacks and a bit of insertion of history and delivers a comic that feels like it breaks from the normal Venom formula and delivers something that’s new and interesting.

The issue opens with a flashback and nightmare of sorts with a style that’s more reminiscent of something we might see from Esad Ribic. From there we get running as Eddie must deal with his symbiote which is having some issues in both its function and… is afraid!? Eddie’s attached to an alien and that alien is having some issues. How does Eddie deal? What’s going on? That’s the mystery that drives this first issue.

Cates humanizes the alien in ways I haven’t seen before (not that I’ve read every Venom comic) and it’s actually interesting. I at times felt sympathy for what is essentially alien goop. The creative team seems to have spent a lot of time focusing on “humanizing” this pivotal piece instead of just focusing things through Eddie and saying “we” all the time. That humanizing of the alien is juxtaposed with Eddie himself who is struggling to stay under control and not let the beast out. This trauma is something I hope Cates explores more as the two concepts pulling against each other creates an interesting mix.

Cates also adds in some history of the symbiotes on Earth and while it feels a little shoehorned it’s also entertaining  and rather interesting. While it’s something I feel like we’ve seen a few times, there’s a weaving of this reveal into Marvel’s history that works and does so well. It’s hard to discuss more of this as this is a direction I wasn’t expecting and the results of it all is what I enjoyed. Going in cold it felt fresh and was rather surprising.

The art is fantastic. Ryan Stegman delivers the pencils with inks by JP Mayer and color by Frank Martin and it all together comes together in a way that is absolutely stunning. I’ve enjoyed Stegman’s work but this issue is some of the best I’ve seen from him. The depiction of Brock at times, you see a broken man who is near bottom and trying to start over. There’s a horror sense of it all with great use of inks to create shadows and build tension. That’s all helped by Clayton Cowles‘ lettering which too emphasizes the emotion from the symbiote and is particularly interesting when an alien language is introduced.

There’s a lot packed in here and it works really well delivering an issue that has a fresh aspect to it all that’s entertaining and will get you questioning the relationship between Eddie and his alien pal. There’s some solid questions asked and good reveals that are interesting each in their own way. This first issue builds upon what has come before and does so in a way that honors that past and takes us into a new direction and future where Venom will become more than the monstrous version of Spider-Man who occasionally is a hero and eats people. This is a Venom I’m finding interesting and can’t wait to see where this all goes.

I’m not normally a fan of Venom but this first issue has really caught my attention and could easily make me one.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Ryan Stegman
Ink: JP Mayer Color: Frank Martin Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Rebound #1

The allure of literary magazines is the simple escape that words can provide. They transport you to a world that your imagination takes you. This is what made Edgar Rice Burroughs books so infectious to read. Anyone who picks them up instantly gets pulled into how sweet the prose drips off the page. What brought this to mind, is that I recently found in The Mucker (The Man Without Soul), a ruffian that carries some characteristics from his more celebrated characters but has a grit all his own. I feel as though if Burroughs was alive today, he would have certainly explored the anthology format, magazine, or book, as his interests were not constricted to one genre.

From the geniuses at ComicHaus, we a get new anthology series Rebound which plays in more than one sandbox and readers are that much more fortunate for it.

In the first story, “Owl Tribe Music Chapter 1,” two friends from indigenous tribes embark on a murder mystery as young musician is taken under mysterious circumstances. In “The Bored and The Eternal,” a languishing superhero, reminisces about his better days, but chooses to continue journey by becoming a celestial being. In “The Tales of Jeff & George,” we follow two friends as thy are on a rollicking quest to find the “perfect scene.” In “Apes N Capes Chapter 1,” we are introduced to world where animals fill the human roles, and we a beleaguered superhero, who is dourer than Batman. In “Creator Process: Vince Rodriguez,” the talented artists give upcoming artists a lesson on how to draw hair. In “The Deep,” an undercover agent almost loses her herself and her life, as the lines get blurred. In “Dawn of The Dad Part 1,” a Ouija board brings “up” an unexpected surprise for one college student. In “Modern Testament: The Old Man and The Sea Serpent,” a grandfather still reaches out to his grandchildren from the stories he told. In “Shadows of Vicenti Chapter 1”, a family dinner, has a man wrought with guilt, as he knows his family’s misfortune was all his undoing.

But, the anthology doesn’t just feature comics, it also has interviews.  “Creator Focus: Richard Starkings”, allows us to get in depth with creator of Elephantmen.

The stories by the creators are all different but all very well told. The art too varies from story to story but complement each well. Overall, an excellent new series which will captivate the reader on every page.

Story: Kieran Squires, Bradley Golden, Thomas Hugo, Frank Martin, Grainne Mcentee, Edward R. Norden, Jason Snyder, Lukasz Wnuczek, Anita Zaramella
Art: Thomas Hugo, Reinaldo Lay, Edward R. Norden, Luca Salzano, Matt Rooke, Glenn B. Wang, Lukasz Wnuczek, Anita Zaramella, Michael Stock, Christian Docolomansky, Vince Wooten
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.4 Overall:9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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Image Reveals #WeBelieve in Colorists Apperciation Variants

Image Comics has revealed the black and white Spawn #286 cover artwork by legendary artist Todd McFarlane and the seven Colorist Appreciation variants that display the high impact of colorists on the artistic medium.

A selection of bestselling colorists—Moreno Dinisio, Frank Martin, Matthew Wilson, Owen Gieni, Annalisa Leoni, Nikos Koutsis, Jean-Francois Beaulieu—each put their own spin on the same McFarlane cover for these #WeBelieve in Colorists variants, and each cover displays their radically different techniques and stunning results.

We Believe in Colorists is the second of many initiatives throughout Image’s planned #WeBelieve 2018 campaign highlighting the important, lately overlooked talent of the comics industry.

Comics is a visual storytelling medium with an artist’s inks and the colorist’s pallete working hand in hand to convey the tone and mood within a finished piece of artwork.

Available on Wednesday, May 30th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, May 7th:

  • Spawn #286 CVR A B&W by McFarlane (FEB188683)
  • Spawn #286 CVR B by Dinisio (FEB188684)
  • Spawn #286 CVR C by Martin (FEB188685)
  • Spawn #286 CVR D by Wilson (FEB188686)
  • Spawn #286 CVR E by Gieni (FEB188687)
  • Spawn #286 CVR F by Leoni (FEB188688)
  • Spawn #286 CVR G by Koutsis (FEB188689)
  • Spawn #286 CVR H by Beaulieu (FEB188690)

Review: X-Men: Gold Vol. 4 The Negative Zone War

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the X-Men!

X-Men: Gold Vol. 4 The Negative Zone War collects issues #16-20 and material from #12 by Marc Guggenheim, Luke Ross, Lan Medina, Ken Lashley, Jay Leisten, Craig Yeung, Frank Martin, and Andrew Crossley.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores April 10. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

 

 

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Review: The Mighty Thor Vol. 3 The Asgard/Shi’ar War

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the Mighty Thor!

The Mighty Thor Vol. 3 The Asgard/Shi’ar War collects issues #13-19 by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Steve Epting, Valerio Schiti, Matthew Wilson, Frank Martin, and Matt Lopes.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores April 10. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

 

 

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