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Dormammu Lays Siege in The Last Annihilation

In yesterday’s action-packed Guardians of the Galaxy #15, fans finally learned that the dark threat behind the upcoming cosmic crossover “The Last Annihilation” is none other than Dormammu, Lord of the Dark Dimension! The dreaded Doctor Strange adversary has merged with Ego the Living Planet and plans to use his powerful magical abilities to conquer space, forcing the galaxy to unite like never before. The saga will kick off on July 21st in Guardians of the Galaxy #16 where Dormammu’s endless army of Mindless Ones will put the new lineup of Guardians to the test. The crossover will continue in Ewing’s space-based X-Men title S.W.O.R.D. in an issue that will see Storm face one of her first challenges as the newly appointed Queen of Sol.

“The Last Annihilation” will also spin out into a series of one-shots, each focusing on a different corner of the galaxy as Dormammu unleashes his evil across space. Al Ewing will team up with artist Bob Quinn in Cable: Reloaded #1, featuring the highly-anticipated return of classic Cable who will lead a band of mutants on a mission to retrieve a dangerous weapon that’s deeply rooted in X-Men history. When Black Panther enlists the help of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda in the war against Dormammu, a new hero rises in The Last Annihilation: Wakanda by writer Evan Narcisse and artist Germán Peralta. And writer Anthony Oliveira nd artist Jan Bazaldua will deliver another chapter in the saga of Marvel’s beloved power couple in The Last Annihilation: Wiccan & Hulkling, showcasing the might of the newlywed superheroes as they’re forced to split up to defend planets against Dormammu’s overwhelming forces.

This is what the new Guardians were built to do. But will it be too much? The war to end all wars begins. And not everyone’s going to come home. Check out the fully revealed cover of Guardians of the Galaxy #16 by Brett Booth below along with never-before-seen artwork and a “Last Annihilation” checklist. Guardians of the Galaxy #16 is written by Al Ewing with art by Juan Frigeri, and colors by Federico Blee. And be there for the start of the latest Marvel space epic when “The Last Annihilation” begins on July 21st!

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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