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Review: Infinity Countdown #4

Ultron has long wished to take over all there is and replace it with only Ultron…but now armed with an Infinity Stone, he has never been closer to his goal. With the Guardians falling apart, who can step forward to stop the singularity from overwhelming everything?

Written by Gerry Duggan with art by Aaron Kuder and Mike Hawthorne, Infinity Countdown is a story I should be enjoying more than I do. I remember reading the classic “Infinity” stories like Gauntlet, War, and Crusade. This was during my prime reading experience so I’ve generally been looking forward to, and enjoying, the emphasis on Marvel’s cosmic corner.

The story is two parts with the Guardians and Nova Corps figuring out what to do with the Infinity Stone in their possession and the other focused on Silver Surfer and Adam Warlock fighting Ultron.

There’s some good aspects here but then things go sideways like Drax playing a sax (previous itterations of the character are much better) or Silver Surfer calling upon Galactus to help defeat Ultron. The Galactus feels like it has the entire job to undo changes to the character (I’m not even going to go in to the choice to give personality to the force of nature). The good aspects are some of the twists. There’s one involving a stone and another involving Silver Surfer. The epic aspect is almost there but the event never quite commits. In short, there’s better been done before and this new chapter falls short of what it’s built off of (give me Annhilation over this).

The art is another issue. The style is reminiscent of Mike Allred which may work for the Silver Surfer series but here it doesn’t quite match the story. These are some serious battles and destruction but the art style along with the coloring and inks gives it a look that doesn’t match the tone. There’s some great page layouts but it doesn’t click. The closest it does is a double page spread involving Galactus but even there the close up of Ultron looks like color pencils with some decent detail.

Something isn’t clicking here for me. Maybe it’s the story. Maybe it’s the art. The combination, absolutely. There’s glimpses of excellence but that’s mired in choices that don’t quite work. The fact we know more is to come this summer makes all of this feel even more like a prequel book, an early chapter that is dragging things out a bit too much.

Story: Gerry Duggan Art: Aaron Kuder, Mike Hawthorne
Ink: Aaron Kunder, Terry Pallot, Jose Marzan, Jr.
Color: Jordie Bellaire Lettering: VC’s Cory Petit

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6.65 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Analog is Being Developed as a Film and Gets C2e2 Variant for Shops

In order to keep up with fan enthusiasm and building interest in the hot new series Analog by Gerry Duggan and David O’Sullivan—and which was just announced this week as in development for film—Image Comics will be making the stunning Analog #1 C2e2 variant available to fans this June.

After a heated bidding war Lionsgate snagged rights to Gerry Duggan and David O’Sullivan’s bestselling series AnalogJohn Wick Director Chad Stahelski and Ryan Condal, the creator of USA’s alien invasion series Colony, are attached to the project.

Analog #1 C2E2 variant (Diamond Code APR188572) will hit stores on Wednesday, June 20th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, May 28th.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excite for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for comic shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Los Angeles Times – Comic book valued at $500 among those reportedly taken by thief at Burbank store – Booo. If anyone knows anything, please help out.

CBR – Damon Lindelof Says ‘Sacred’ Watchmen Comics Will Be Remixed, Not Retread – Interesting.

ICv2 – Lionsgate Wins Bidding War to Adapt Gerry Duggan’s ‘Analog’ – What comics aren’t being adapted?

The Outhouse – Diamond Estimates 1.5 Million Free Comic Book Day Attendees – That’s a solid amount of people.

 

Reviews

Comic Attack – New Challengers #1

Newsarama – Skyward #2

Talking Comics – The Mighty Thor: Gates of Valhalla

Requiem Revealed? The Answer Will Shatter the Universe in Infinity Wars #2!

This summer, prepare to learn the answer to the question that everyone has been asking…who is Requiem? Acclaimed creators Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato Jr. are bringing you an Infinity Stone story that will change the Marvel Universe…and the lives of those who wield the cosmic stones!

Who Is Requiem? Find out in Infinity Wars, in comic shops this August! The first issue comes to shelves August 1st and the second on August 15th.

Preview: Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1

Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Chris Sprouse, Phil Noto, Lee Ferguson (CA) Clayton Crain
Rated T+
In Shops: May 16, 2018
SRP: $4.99

The Mind Stone has reemerged into the universe in the middle of the New York underworld…and in the most unlikely of hands. Can even Daredevil keep Hell’s Kitchen from falling under the influence of an Infinity Stone’s immense power?

Infinity Wars Prime #1 Gets a Cover by George Perez and Richard Isanove

From acclaimed creators Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato Jr. comes a story so cosmic and so explosive, it will change everything. This summer, the Infinity Countdown ignites…Infinity Wars! And it all kicks off with Infinity Wars Prime #1!

Check out a new variant cover by superstar artist George Perez with colors by Richard Isanove, and don’t miss Infinity Wars Prime #1, in comic shops this July!

Infinity Wars Prime #1 is out July 25th.

Review: The Despicable Deadpool #300

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**POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW**

It cannot be an easy thing to write a character for a long time and consistently come up with unique things, especially when it’s a superhero, but I am happy to say that Gerry Duggan did just that with Deadpool. Wade Wilson has always been a mouthy, hard to kill, merc who has given us stories that are dark but filled with humor, but Duggan took that to a new level with his run. From fighting Dead Presidents, the Uncanny Avengers, the Mercs for Money, to the original way Duggan told stories during Secret Empire, there was always something refreshing and new.

The Despicable Deadpool #300 continues the theme of super violent cartoons, which is basically an adult Looney Tunes (as I have said before adults can watch Looney Tunes too!). It marries violence with dark humor. It’s the jokes you cringe at sometimes, but still laugh. It’s like Family Guy, South Park, but in a comic book with basically an invincible superhero. So often superhero titles are filled with serious plots, and that is fine, and sure others have some humor, especially Marvel titles, but it leaves room for things like Harley Quinn and Deadpool. Titles like these go for the uber-silly, and all bets are off for breaking the fourth wall, and going into territory many of the other titles just can’t.

This comic brings a lot of the running themes and jokes in Duggan’s run to a close in what you can expect in this title. There’s plenty of gross, plenty of ridiculousness, plenty of violence, and plenty of comedy. Even if the jokes don’t always land, it almost seems intentional. Wade isn’t some top level stand up comic, he’s more like a hacky amateur at open mic night throwing out everything that is in his head. It’s also his coping mechanism, as this arc and issue show us Wade wishing to die, by putting a price on his own head. He’s a sad character, but he is also funny. This is reflective of many people we may know in pop culture, and in our own personal lives. These clowns that we watch perform for us, just trying to make us and themselves laugh, while dealing with real pain.

You can’t do a comic book without art, and this oversized issue gives us quite a bit of great varying style pencils Scott Koblish, Matteo Lolli, and Mike Hawthorne. The first part of the book deals with the gross, but it still found a way to make me laugh. The way many Marvel characters we know and love show up to deal with Deadpool, but for reasons I wont spoil, vomit all over the place, was creative, and so stupid in that perfect Deadpool way. Miss Marvel’s cheeks growing to a massive size has to be the highlight. The panel work showing all of it was creative and funny. The car chase sequence was also awesome, and quite classic Deadpool. This part of the book was the most traditional for the series, with it bringing a more cartoon style, which fit the action perfectly. For the final sequence, we get some really off the wall sequences as we prepare to wrap the issue up. There’s some really fantastic panel work here as well, showing Wade hook an IV up for himself, all inside of little panels while you see the main “shot” taking up the full page below the panels.

The inks by Scott Koblish, Matteo Lolli, and Mike Hawthorne are all as equally varied as the pencils. Each section of the book (which the art is cut into a section by three artists) gives us sharp lines, great shadows, and good depth to our characters. Much like the pencils and colors, there is a lot of inking done in this oversized issue, and the quality never dips. The colors by Nick Filardi, Ruth Redmond, and Jordie Bellaire all range from a more muted tone approach in the first section of the book, where we see everyone vomiting orange and yellow, and as gross as this scene intentionally is, the colors work to not make it as gross as it could have been. The next section gives the brighter colored cartoon approach as I mentioned earlier, and gives us brighter reds, blues, and makes the superhero costumes we know and love pop. In the final section, it is more muted tones again, and gives us a nice colored pencil look to the artwork. The hell sequence in particular is awesome and the fire looks like it could come off of the page.

I would recommend this book to Deadpool fans old and new, and there’s really something special for you if you’ve followed this run. But even if you haven’t, and you want something so dumb, but in a good way, this is the comic for you. Deadpool is about taking your brain off and having a blast, and every once in awhile it gives you a touching moment, but after that, it may give you a fart joke, and I love it for that. Congratulations to all of the talented writers and artists that worked on this run and helped make it so fun and interesting. Now let’s see what the next run brings us for the Merc with the Mouth!

Story: Gerry Duggan Pencils: Scott Koblish, Matteo Lolli & Mike Hawthorne Inks: Scott Koblish, Matteo Lolli, Terry Pallot, Craig Young & Mike Hawthorne Colors: Nick Filardi, Ruth Redmond & Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Joe Sabino Cover: Mike Hawthorne & Nathan Fairbairn
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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