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Review: Doctor Doom #2

Doctor Doom #2

The first issue of Doctor Doom was fantastic and exceeded expectations. Doctor Doom #2 delivers that and then some. This is an amazing second issue to a series delivering one of the best new series of the year.

Writer Christopher Cantwell has put together an amazing second issue that’s full of twists and turns as he brings The Fugitive to comics. Doom has surrendered to the world after being accused of attacking the moon base. He proclaims his innocence though those around him doubt his statements. It’s an interesting new direction for Doom as we get to see him in a vulnerable state. This isn’t the ruler of Latveria. He comes off as a man scared in many ways and one that’s stripped of his strength.

But Cantwell delivers more than just a man on the run. He includes the political implications of such actions. Latveria is threatened by its neighboring nations. Its embassies are raided by the world. Their sovereignty is being challenged by the world in a new way. Cantwell has thought out the implications of a super-powered ruler that the world sees as a villain.

Artist Salvador Larroca nails the art. Joined on color by Guru e-FX with lettering by Cory Petit the issues shows the vulnerability of Doom physically. Doom’s exposure and is laid bare. His defenselessness is for all to see. The details and lack of, throughout tell so much about the characters and what’s going on. A scene in an apartment is a prime example of this. The coloring pops with a focus on Doom’s greens and blues.

This series has been amazing from the start and a solid first issue is followed up with an amazing second. This is a smart series that mixes superheroics and a political mystery. Doctor Doom #2 is a fantastic issue that helps plant the flag for one of the best series on the shelves today.

Story: Christopher Cantwell Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru e-FX Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1

Marvel Zombies return in a debut that’s more Alien than zombies!

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art: Leonard Kirk
Color: Guru e-FX
Letterer: Travis Lanham

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Review: Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1

Zombie stories have been done to death. Genre mash-ups were all the rage for a while and in recent months, superheroes + zombies is back as a thing. Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1 returns the popular concept of Marvel heroes dealing with zombies and does so with a fun spin on it.

Horror stories can run the gamut and features so many genres and subgenres. Zombie stories too feature so many different spins on the same concept. Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson delivers a debut issue that feels like it’s a study of what works with the genre and runs with it.

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1 doesn’t as much a zombie story as it does Alien. Like that classic film, there’s a tension build as our heroes explore the husk that is Galactus’ body. We know they’re going to discover something horrible, it’s just a question of what and when. Johnson nails those beats well until the final chapter of the first issue when all hell breaks loose. The comic goes from Alien to the chaotic scenes of 28 Days/Weeks Later.

That tension in the debut issue is helped by the art team. Leonard Kirk is joined by Guru e-FX on color and Travis Lanham‘s lettering. It’s easy to go over the top as far as gore when it comes to zombie stories. Instead, the team keeps the details there but you need to look for them. Intestines spill out but not in an over the top fashion. Instead, it’s subtlely done in the middle of the chaotic battle. There’s also an interesting amount of detail that has you looking for clues as to what might have happened. It adds to that tension the narrative builds.

The issue is a solid debut perfect for the Halloween season. It has some beats that are familiar but that’s part of the fun. This takes what works from horror and the zombie genres and blends it together with the superhero genre. It all comes together for a debut that I want to immediately want to read more of.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Leonard Kirk
Color: Guru e-FX Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Doctor Doom #1

Doom is back in charge of Latveria in this comic that’s a hell of a start. An amazing debut!

Story: Christopher Cantwell
Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru e-FX
Letterer: Cory Petit

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Review: Spider-Force #1

The deadliest mission in all of Spider-Geddon has come up and Kaine has stepped forward for what he’s sure will be a suicide mission. But he can’t do it alone and Jessica Drew, A.K.A. Spider-Woman has signed on to help, but has Kaine told her the whole truth? With Ashley Barton, from the Old Man Logan universe, and two new characters (Astro-Spider and Spider-Kid), Kaine’s team is complete and their first mission may be their last!

You know those movies that drop you into the action and when things look really bad they rewind to show you how things went sideways and who everyone is? That’s Spider-Force #1 in a nutshell. Writer Priest has delivered a blockbuster action issue full of excitement, humor, and action.

Spider-Geddon has a benefit that Spider-Verse had as well. The bad guys are pretty clear, the multiverse is involved, and it’s focused on the Spider-Man universe. That keeps things clear and limited but at the same time unlimited when it comes to adding characters. What Priest, like other creators in this toolbox has done, is give us new characters that twist the Peter Parker we know and clash with the Spider-heroes we already have. The first issue delivers Spider-Kid whose personality clashes a bit with the rest. Add in the already abrasive Kaine and then the rather professional and conservative Jessica Drew and you’ve got an interesting mix with just that. And Priest plays that up, especially Ashley Barton and Spider-Kid’s interactions. Those personalities playing off of each other is part of the fun and it’s clear Priest knows that.

What’s also solid is that while this is part of the bigger storyline, I can read just it and enjoy it. It’s an “in addition to” so far instead of a must read allowing it to play in the pond and do its own thing.

The art from Paulo Siqueira, ink by Oren Junior and Craig Yueng, color by Guru e-FX, and lettering by Joe Sabino is fantastic. There’s an energy to the visuals that matches Priest’s style. Though this is a spin-off from an event, the visuals don’t fall into the “B team” trap so many comics like it do. It feels like a main event story visually and the worlds we’re jettisoned off to are interesting with some solid designs for the new characters.

Great dialogue, solid action, cool story, Spider-Force #1 is another win for the Spider-Geddon event.

Story: Priest Art: Paulo Siqueira
Ink: Oren Junior, Craig Yueng Color: Guru e-FX Lettering: VC’s Joe Sabino
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

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