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Review: Heroes Reborn #7

Heroes Reborn #7

Heroes Reborn has been an interesting event. It’s one that has shown its potential. But, that potential has never really been reached. The narrative has taken on a different delivery with a series of one-shots and a main series that’s been split. Half of the main event comic has focused on the members of the Squadron Supreme while the second half has dipped its toes into the bigger story of a world changed. This “final” issue continues that pattern. Heroes Reborn #7 has the Squadron Supreme attempting to figure out who the Avengers are while the second gives a better idea as to who is behind everything.

Delivering an event in a style that’s almost like an anthology is absolutely something different and new. But, it also has felt like not enough. Writer Jason Aaron has juggled his two tasks and done with what he could. The comic has had to build this world with a rich past and current present while also addressing the mystery before us. The mystery aspect has felt like it’s gotten shortchanged as the series has done its best “What if Marvel did DC?”. That riff on DC has been interesting and entertaining with numerous winks and nods. But, there’s something that doesn’t completely click about it all. It’s not really DC as more Earth-3 DC as the Squadron Supreme builds up a pile of bodies and we learn more of their thirst for war and destruction.

With the main event, you’d think this issue would wrap things up. Nope, it’s extended even further with the upcoming Heroes Return. That makes this seven-issue series feel even shorter in its goals. It’s the opening chapter in what will likely be dragged out further than it needs to. The issue for Heroes Reborn interestingly doesn’t seem to be the content or concept but its execution and packaging.

The art by Aaron Kuder and Ed McGuinness is solid. The comic looks great as each brings their styles to the issue. It looks great and that’s not a problem at all. Mark Morales ads his inks to McGuinness’ pencils with Dean White and Matthew Wilson handling color with Cory Petit on lettering. Everyone looks fantastic, the locations are interesting and the moments between characters flows nicely. The issue never pops though. There’s moments that should have been memorable but it never hits the reader. It could be due to the shortened storytelling pages but the imagery never stands out as epic and memorable.

Heroes Reborn #7 like the issue before both works and doesn’t. There’s some great ideas and concepts but it never quite clicks and flows. Everything feels too short and like it’s missing that moment that really hits you. The fact that it ends as just one chapter doesn’t help matters. This is another Marvel event that doesn’t hit the mark.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Aaron Kuder, Ed McGuinness
Ink: Mark Morales Color: Dean White, Matthew Wilson Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Static: Season One #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Black Friday #3 (Scout Comics) – This has been a fantastic horror series that plays with the horror that is Black Friday at big box retail stores.

BRZRKR #3 (BOOM! Studios) – The high-profile series has been interesting so far and this issue promises to dive further into the character of B giving us something more than just action.

Compass #1 (Image Comics) – The series sounds like an Indiana Jones like adventure as Shahidah El-Amin searches for the secret to eternal life.

Heroes Reborn #7 (Marvel) – The event wraps up and we’re interested in seeing how. As a whole, the story has been a bit mixed in quality but there’s obviously a bigger picture here.

Nottingham #4 (Mad Cave Studios) – The new take on the classic story of Robin Hood has been amazing so far.

Perhapanauts: Second Chances #1 (Scout Comics) – The heroes head back in time to investigate The Flatwoods Monster!

Planet-Sized X-Men #1 (Marvel) – It’s a big enough issue that Marvel didn’t provide a preview. Which makes us all the more interested.

Save Yourself #1 (BOOM! Studios) – What if the heroes you looked up to weren’t what you though they were?

Seven Swords #1 (AfterShock) – Swashbuckling adventure bringing together literary heroes!

Silver City #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue reminded us a lot of Dark City and we want to see where this interesting take on the afterlife goes.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock #1 (Ablaze) – Set within the timeline of the original series, Captain Harlock heads out to new adventure. Planet Earth is threatened by an upcoming invasion by the Sylvidres and despite being banished as a pirate, Captain Harlock won’t give up trying to save the world.

Stake #4 (Scout Comics) – The series has been a nice updated take on the classic vampire genre with a lot of small details that makes it well worth checking out.

Static: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – The Dakotaverse is back! After a long wait, it’s finally here and we’re beyond excited to dive back into this amazing world of heroes and villains.

Venom #35 (Marvel) – It’s a big enough issue that Marvel didn’t provide a preview. Which makes us all the more interested.

Preview: Heroes Reborn: Weapon X and Final Flight #1

Heroes Reborn: Weapon X and Final Flight #1

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Roland Boschi (CA) Tony Daniel
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $4.99

THEY’RE THE BEST THERE IS AT WHAT THEY DO!
In a world without the Avengers, the Squadron Supreme protects and defends the interests of America! But where does that leave a country like Canada? The Great White North is now a wasteland. Their forests are scorched. Their provinces annexed. Their people barely surviving. Who will stand up and protect them from the supremacy of the Squadron? Weapon X and Final Flight, that’s who!

Heroes Reborn: Weapon X and Final Flight #1

Preview: Heroes Reborn #7 (of 7)

Heroes Reborn #7 (of 7)

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Aaron Kuder, Ed McGuinness (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
40 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Together they ended the Kree/Skrull war, defeated Dr. Doom in his Secret War and even endured their own civil war between Hyperion and Nighthawk, but now the Squadron Supreme of America faces their greatest challenge yet: a mysterious new group of troublemakers called the Avengers.

Heroes Reborn #7 (of 7)

Preview: Heroes Reborn: Squadron Savage #1

Heroes Reborn: Squadron Savage #1

(W) Ethan Sacks (A) Luca Pizarri (CA) Stephen Segovia
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $4.99

ELEKTRA LEADS A TEAM OF THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST HEROES AND VILLAINS – WITH ALL OF REALITY HANGING IN THE BALANCE!
There are some threats that require a more savage approach than the Squadron Supreme of America can offer. For those missions, the Department of Defense has put together a team consisting of Elektra, the Punisher, Crossbones, Cloak and the enigmatic Murder Hornet. They must fight their way through a team of super-powered terrorists known as the Redeemers-if they don’t kill one another first! Prepare for twists, turns, double crosses and action aplenty!

Heroes Reborn: Squadron Savage #1

Preview: Heroes Reborn: Night-Gwen #1

Heroes Reborn: Night-Gwen #1

(W) Vita Ayala (A) Farid Karami (CA) David Nakayama
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $4.99

INTRODUCING: NIGHTBIRD! By day, Dr. Gwendolyn Stacy is Ravencroft Asylum’s leading psychiatrist. But by night, she dons the guise of the vigilante known as Nightbird! But how did this happen? Why did this happen? And what does Kyle Richmond, the Nighthawk, have to do with it? There may not be any time to find outt, because Nightbird must hunt down a new killer called the Jackal!

Heroes Reborn: Night-Gwen #1

Preview: Heroes Reborn #6 (of 7)

Heroes Reborn #6 (of 7)

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Erica D’Urso, Ed McGuinness (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
40 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Over the eons, the fabled daughter of Utopia Isle known as Power Princess has defeated the All-Gog, Gorr the God Butcher and the King in Black, but now she must venture into the ruins of Asgard, where something unexplained is stirring in the graveyard of the gods.

Heroes Reborn #6 (of 7)

Early Preview: Heroes Reborn: Squadron Savage #1

Heroes Reborn: Squadron Savage #1

(W) Ethan Sacks (A) Luca Pizarri (CA) Stephen Segovia (VCA) David Blatt
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $4.99

ELEKTRA LEADS A TEAM OF THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST HEROES AND VILLAINS – WITH ALL OF REALITY HANGING IN THE BALANCE!
There are some threats that require a more savage approach than the Squadron Supreme of America can offer. For those missions, the Department of Defense has put together a team consisting of Elektra, the Punisher, Crossbones, Cloak and the enigmatic Murder Hornet. They must fight their way through a team of super-powered terrorists known as the Redeemers-if they don’t kill one another first! Prepare for twists, turns, double crosses and action aplenty!

Heroes Reborn: Squadron Savage #1

Early Preview: Heroes Reborn: Night-Gwen #1

Heroes Reborn: Night-Gwen #1

(W) Vita Ayala (A) Farid Karami (CA) David Nakayama
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $4.99

INTRODUCING: NIGHTBIRD! By day, Dr. Gwendolyn Stacy is Ravencroft Asylum’s leading psychiatrist. But by night, she dons the guise of the vigilante known as Nightbird! But how did this happen? Why did this happen? And what does Kyle Richmond, the Nighthawk, have to do with it? There may not be any time to find outt, because Nightbird must hunt down a new killer called the Jackal!

Heroes Reborn: Night-Gwen #1

Preview: Heroes Reborn: Marvel Double Action #1

Heroes Reborn: Marvel Double Action #1

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Dan Jurgens (CA) Dave Johnson
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 02, 2021
SRP: $4.99

A TALE FROM THE SQUADRON’S PAST! Years ago, Nighthawk and his trusted partner, the Falcon, patrolled the streets of Washington, DC, from the vile criminals that lurked in the dark. But that all changed one fateful night… Re-presenting for the first time ever: the Night Sam Wilson Died!

Heroes Reborn: Marvel Double Action #1
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