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Preview: King in Black: Black Panther #1

King in Black: Black Panther #1

(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) German Peralta (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 10, 2021
SRP: $4.99

SYMBIOTES INVADE THE UNCONQUERABLE COUNTRY OF WAKANDA!
T’Challa’s most treasured allies are lost in a storm of Knull’s making in this wild one-shot! Critically acclaimed writer, actor and producer Geoffrey Thorne explores a Wakanda gone dark – invaded by Knull’s massive symbiote army. Wakanda needs its king. It needs the Black Panther. But once again, the hero must choose between his role as an Avenger, his role as a king… and the yearnings of his heart.

King in Black: Black Panther #1

Early Preview: King in Black: Black Panther #1

King in Black: Black Panther #1

(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) German Peralta (CA) Leinil Francis Yu (VCA) Steve Epting
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 10, 2021
SRP: $4.99

SYMBIOTES INVADE THE UNCONQUERABLE COUNTRY OF WAKANDA!
T’Challa’s most treasured allies are lost in a storm of Knull’s making in this wild one-shot! Critically acclaimed writer, actor and producer Geoffrey Thorne explores a Wakanda gone dark – invaded by Knull’s massive symbiote army. Wakanda needs its king. It needs the Black Panther. But once again, the hero must choose between his role as an Avenger, his role as a king… and the yearnings of his heart.

King in Black: Black Panther #1

Preview: Maestro #5 (of 5)

Maestro #5 (of 5)

(W) Peter David (A) German Peralta (A/CA) Dale Keown
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

THE FINAL NOTE IN A SYMPHONY YEARS IN THE MAKING!
The Hulk is dead – long live the Maestro! But this is no good night lullaby. It’s nonstop action in Peter David fashion as the secrets behind Future Imperfect finally come to light!

Maestro #5 (of 5)

Preview: Maestro #4 (of 5)

Maestro #4 (of 5)

(W) Peter David (A) German Peralta (CA) Dale Keown
32 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

GIVE ME YOUR BEST APOCALYPSE!
The Hulk’s enemy — Hercules?! — gets the upper hand, but not for long. Rick Jones attempts to intervene…but it’s no longer clear whose side he should be on. Don’t miss a pivotal moment as the Maestro’s plans fall into place! Can the being we know as the Hulk survive? Does he want to?

Maestro #4 (of 5)

Knull’s Darkness Overtakes the X-Men in King in Black #4

The war against Knull erupts on December 2nd in King in Black #1, the shocking new chapter in Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s game-changing run on Venom. In February, Knull’s influence continues to spread, ensnaring the entire planet in the darkness of his reign. Outgunned and outmanned, the heroes of the Marvel Universe will unite like never before. Will the combined force of Eddie Brock, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and more be enough to turn the tide of this devastating conflict? Find out in February’s King in Black #4 as well as newly announced King in Black one-shots and tie-ins coming your way!

Steve Rogers is joined by Winter Soldier and Falcon in a brutal brawl against Knull’s forces in the streets of New York City in writer Danny Lore and artist Mirko Colak’s King in Black: Captain America. Kate Pryde leads the Marauders in a dangerous rescue mission on the high seas in writer Gerry Duggan and artist Luke Ross’ King in Black: Marauders! Wakanda will need its king more than ever when Knull sets his sights on it in King in Black: Black Panther by writer Geoffrey Thorne and artist Germán Peralta. The Fantastic Four and the Unseen (AKA Nick Fury) enter the fray in Fantastic Four #29 by writer Dan Slott and artist Ze Carlos.

Check out the cover of King in Black #4 below and find out if the Marvel Universe has what it takes to repel Knull’s unrelenting darkness when the event kicks off next month!

KING IN BLACK #4 (OF 5)

Written by DONNY CATES
Art and Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

WHAT’S A GOD TO A KING?

KING IN BLACK #4 (OF 5)

KING IN BLACK: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

Written by DANNY LORE
Art by MIRKO COLAK
Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA

Captain America is in a brutal battle to win the streets of Manhattan back from Knull’s forces, aided by the Winter Soldier and the Falcon…but there’s a darkness inside Steve that he’s struggling to shake. Can his closest friends help him through, or will he succumb to the shadows? Danny Lore (IRONHEART 2020) and Mirko Colak (DEADPOOL, PUNISHER) join forces for a twisted and terrifying story at the heart of the war against Knull!

KING IN BLACK: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

KING IN BLACK: MARAUDERS #1

Written by GERRY DUGGAN 
Art by LUKE ROSS 
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

THE QUEEN IN RED SAILS!

Red Queen Kate Pryde and her crew of Marauders set sail against the forces of Knull! Captain Kate has pledged to fight for the needy, and a global disaster like this one gives plenty of folks in need.

KING IN BLACK: MARAUDERS #1

KING IN BLACK: BLACK PANTHER #1

Written by GEOFFREY THORNE
Art by GERMÁN PERALTA
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

SYMBIOTES INVADE THE UNCONQUERABLE COUNTRY OF WAKANDA!

T’Challa’s most treasured allies are lost in a storm of Knull’s making in this wild one-shot! Critically acclaimed writer, actor and producer Geoffrey Thorne explores a Wakanda gone dark — invaded by Knull’s massive symbiote army. Wakanda needs its king. It needs the Black Panther. But once again, the hero must choose between his role as an Avenger, his role as a king…and the yearnings of his heart.

KING IN BLACK: BLACK PANTHER #1

FANTASTIC FOUR #29

Written by DAN SLOTT
Art by ZE CARLOS
Cover by MARK BROOKS

“BONDING TIME.”

In the middle of the chaos that is KING IN BLACK…a symbiote bonds with a member of Marvel’s First Family!

Also in this issue, the Unseen is putting together a squadron for a secret mission in deep space.

FANTASTIC FOUR #29

Preview: Maestro #3 (of 5)

Maestro #3 (of 5)

(W) Peter David (A) German Peralta (A/CA) Dale Keown
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 21, 2020
SRP: $3.99

WHO KILLED THE WORLD?
The Hulk meets the Maestro-and it’s not who you expect it to be. And when a band of rebels tries to recruit the Hulk to fight beside them, his answer sends shock waves through Dystopia. This world will never be the same…and neither will the Hulk.

Maestro #3 (of 5)

Review: Maestro #2

Maestro #2

Maestro #2 is an interesting second issue. It’s quite literally a cross-country journey as the Hulk explores what’s left of the United States and ponders the destruction at humanity’s hands. As a stand-alone issue, it’s an interesting read though not all that exciting. As part of the greater story, it’s much more and nice entry into the bigger picture.

Writer Peter David delivers a Hulk who recognizes the destruction before him and feels sad about it. This isn’t the raging Hulk who seeks death himself or rages against those that won’t let him find peace. This is one that’s more philosophical in nature and reflecting on his life and what’s before him.

In what both works and doesn’t, David uses Hulk’s travels to allow us to see more of what’s left. We’re shown the various survivors and what has sprung up, each different from the last. A few bring hope while others bring future conflict. What’s nice is we get a better lay of the land. But, each segment is just that, a quick segment. There’s little exploration of each settlement which hurts the story. It feels choppy and a bit short in depth and worldbuilding. Its’ been years since I read the original Future Imperfect so there’s probably more there but as is, nothing is explored enough.

Maestro #2 reads more like a guidebook to a world as opposed to a full fledge story. Not enough time is spent with each interesting group. And without that, it’s hard to care what happens. There’s a disconnect between the comic’s presentation and making you invested in what might happen to them. It’s a bit cold in some ways. Where moments could deliver hope, they feel a bit disconnected and a bit mechanical. It’s more roleplaying sourcebook without the in-depth information than story.

Some of the issues with the story is the art by Germán Peralta. While none of it is bad, there’s also a lack of detail at the time to add to the story. A discussion about wanting to add nutrients to a soil could have done with more details of the crops telling the story of the struggle of farming. An animal dead in the woods due to radiation isn’t mutated or emaciated enough to really impact. The motions are there without the detail, like the plot itself.

The issue also kicks off the first part of “Relics,” a back-up story with art by Dale Keown and color by Jason Keith. This is a bit more interesting. In just a few pages more is told about the world and also delivers some emotional heft. The short story is itself a quick rollercoaster ride full of hope and then crashing down showing how much society has not evolved after almost destroying itself. It’s the highlight of the issue and the only reason I’m not suggesting to skip it.

Maestro #2 isn’t a bad issue but it also feels like it doesn’t do the world and Hulk’s journey justice. It’s quick hits to give us a tour of “the players” in a single issue. While that can work as part of the bigger picture, it also doesn’t deliver enough interesting aspects or depths to really excite. As a collection though, it’d be fine as you can quickly move on to the next chapter. Sadly, for all of the excitement the first issue delivered, the second lacks the same punch.

Story: Peter David Art: Germán Peralta, Dale Keown
Color: Jason Keith Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

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Exclusive Preview: Maestro #2 (of 5)

Maestro #2 (of 5)

(W) Peter David (A) German Peralta (A/CA) Dale Keown
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

PART TWO: THINGS GET UGLY!
The world as we know it is long gone – but the Hulk we know and love will never die. Humans killed the Earth…and now the Hulk must choose whether to save it or doom it forever. Peter David’s legendary saga continues with an action-packed tale of irradiated destruction! Plus: Just how did Rick Jones gather all the weapons and collectibles of his super-heroic generation? Hulk veteran artist Dale Keown reveals secrets decades in the making!

Maestro #2 (of 5)

Review: Maestro #1

Maestro #1

I remember many years ago when Maestro debuted and getting those issues. It was an interesting take on the Hulk. At the time he was a character I didn’t really care for. The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect gave us a “possible future” story when those felt rare and special. All these years later we get Maestro #1, the origin of the brutal future version of the Hulk. When it was announced I immediately wondered if this was a story we really needed. After reading the first issue, I want more. There’s so much there and I and fully expect spin-offs in the “Old Man” sort of way.

Created by ‎Peter David‎ and ‎George Pérez and debuting in 1992, Maestro was a future version of the Hulk coming from a world where the heroes have been wiped out. It’s been almost 30 years so the original story is a fading memory but the debut was huge as this was a brutal version of the Hulk unlike anything seen at that time. Mixed with the popular trope of “alternative futures” the character was a hit. Over the years, the Hulk and Bruce Banner have evolved as characters adding depth to a level that didn’t exist back in the early 90s.

David returns to write one of the characters and runs he’s known for with Maestro #1. He delivers an emotional opening of shock and loss. While it falls into a bit of a trope-ish space and the plot is one we’ve seen before, the result when layered on to the Hulk works and works really well.

It’s hard to really dive into the first issue and why it works without really spoiling it. It’s a rabbit hole of a story that gets more and more intriguing as the layers are lifted and we learn more of what is happening and what happened. Where the issue gets interesting is in the current run of the Hulk and his outlook on life and death. He’s currently a destroyer of worlds and that evolution to the Maestro and where that begins gets complicated with that. But, at its heart, the story is about loss and family and where a person goes when they lose everything. We’re left with the question as to how the Maestro is born but we get to see the first steps.

The issue has some layers in a Matrix-like way. Dale Keown handles the art in the opening with Jason Keith on color. Germán Peralta handles the art from there with Jesus Aburtov on color. The transition from one artist to the other works and works really well. It’s used in a way as the story shifts and the two styles are close enough it’s not jarring going from one to the other. While a lot of the history is explained, there’s still a lot left for readers to pick up on visually. The characters, the background, everything tells a bit of the mystery. It fantastic to see Keown back on the Hulk and the art pops taking us into the opening spiral.

Maestro #1 is a comic where I cringed at first. I didn’t think it was a story we needed to know, the mystery worked. But, after reading the issue, it’s a solid opening that has a lot of potential as to where it takes us and goes. While much of it is familiar it’s a perfect start and base to see the further evolution of the Hulk as a character.

Story: Peter David Art: Germán Peralta, Dale Keown
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Jason Keith Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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