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Review: The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1

It’s not business as usual in Jersey City. Aliens are wreaking havoc in Kamala’s corner of the world, and they seem weirdly interested in Ms. Marvel…and her family.

It’s a brand new era for Ms. Marvel as a new creative team has taken on the character. Writer Saladin Ahmed takes over for G. Willow Wilson and right away differentiates his take with an interesting framing for the story.

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 is told from two perspectives. One is a bedtime story told by an alien to their child about the “Destined One,” who is Ms. Marvel. Ahmed though also focuses on Kamala and her attempt to balance her personal and superhero lives. What Ahmed does that’s good is that the comic acts as a really solid introduction for new readers. There’s an explanation of Kamala’s origin and sets up her world for those who might not know.

The alien aspect is an odd one that judgement is reserved to see where it all goes. The story has a lot of potential and it feels like something different but with the framing and the threat faced, plus that last page, the story is a lot of setup and mystery. That’s not bad but it’s hard to judge overall. The mystery is good. What’s presented different. But, it also feels a bit different than the more grounded expectations for the character.

The art by Minkyu Jung with ink by Juan Vlasco, color by Ian Herring, and lettering by Joe Caramagna is good. There’s some solid action sequences and they’re balanced well with the “quieter” moments of the issue. The style also continues what we’d expect from the series giving Ms. Marvel fans a consistent look. The aliens are interesting in their concept but their look isn’t anything special in that they look like things we’ve seen before elsewhere.

The issue isn’t bad but also doesn’t quite pop. There’s some solid mysteries set up and there’s more than enough to want to see where the comic goes but as is, this feels like an issue that may read better as part of a trade than on its own.

Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Minkyu Jung
Ink: Juan Vlasco Color: Ian Herring Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Ghost Tree Explores Love and Loss

In April 2019, IDW Publishing will debut the first chapter of Ghost Tree, a four-issue miniseries that takes readers on a journey from the dark forests of Japan to the ethereal realm beyond. Written by Bobby CurnowGhost Tree is illustrated by Simon Gane and colored by Ian Herring.

In Ghost Tree, a young man named Brandt returns to his ancestral home in Japan, seeking a refuge from his unhappy life. There, he discovers a haunted tree and the departed souls that are drawn to it – including his grandfather. Brandt attempts to heal some of history’s wounds, but will he be able to find any measure of peace for himself when someone special from his past returns?

Ghost Tree
Ghost Tree

Review: Deadpool Vol. 1 Mercin’ Hard for the Money

Deadpool has a new series and this time it’s written by Skottie Young. It combines Young’s out there humor with a character who’s all about the out there humor.

Deadpool Vol. 1 Mercin’ Hard for the Money collects issues #1-6 by Skottie Young, Nic Klein, Scott Hepburn, and Ian Herring.

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores January 15th! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Edge of Spider-Geddon

Spider-Geddon is coming but before that event get to know Spider-people from around the multiverse in this trade paperback collecting the four issue series and Superior Octopus #1.

Edge of Spider-Geddon is by Jed McKay, Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Gerard Way, Jason Latour, Aaron Kuder, Christos Gage, Gerardo Sandoval, Alberto Alburquerque, Tonci Zonjic, Will Robson, Mike Hawthorne, Mark Bagley, Brahm Revel, Craig Yeung, Wade Von Grawbadger, Brian Reber, Triona Farrell, Ian Herring, Andres Mossa, Jordie Bellaire, and Dono Sanchez-Almara.

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores January 15th! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 7 My Two Dads

Meet Master Matrix who has a connection to Peter Parker’s parents and might destroy the planet in the future! Not if Deadpool, Spider-Man, Old Man Deadpool, and Old Man Spider-Man have anything to say about it!

Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 7 My Two Dads collects issues #33-40 by Robbie Thompson, Scott Hepburn, Flaviano, Matt Horak, Jim Towe, Sean Parsons, Cam Smith, Livesay, Craig Yeung, Keith Champagne, Ian Herring, Brian Reber, Andrew Crossley, and Jim Campbell.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on December 11! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Luke Cage: Everyman

The Marvel Comics original digital comic comes to print and has Luke Cage facing something he never has before, CTE. An interesting concept, this is your first chance to own the series in print.

Luke Cage: Everyman is by Anthony Del Col, Jahnoy Lindsay, and Ian Herring.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores November 27! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1

It’s a whole new spin on Gwen and her world of Earth-65!  We pick up with Gwen right where we left her – fighting crime through her home reality, unaware that it sits on the precipice of interdimensional calamity! Someone’s gonna be late to band practice…

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #1 picks up where the previous volume of Spider-Gwen left off and Spider-Geddon has lead to. Gwen has done her time and is figuring out the hole superheroics thing still when she’s recruited by Spider-Ham to take on the Inheritors again.

If you haven’t read Spider-Geddon #1 and especially this week’s #2, you’re going to want to do that. This issue dives right into what was revealed in that second issue.

Warning, there be spoilers ahead!!!

Ready?

Last warning!

In Spider-Geddon #2 at first it looked like Spider-Gwen had died but we know she was sent off to another Earth in another part of the multiverse. Which Earth? We still don’t quite know as we get to explore this new world as our heroine does as well.

And that exploration is part of what Seanan McGuire has set up as part of the fun of this first issue. We get to work through the logic and what steps to take as Gwen does exactly that. Who should she seek out for help? Who’s good and who’s evil? We meet one potential villain at least but when it comes to the multiverse, you never quite know.

Artist Rosi Kämpe along with colorist Ian Herring and letterer Clayton Cowles deliver worlds that feel a bit more like the upcoming dayglow of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in theaters this December. It’s an interesting style and while there’s points where I might have taken advantage of perspectives more, it’s an artistically good issue that’s entertaining to look at. There’s some issues with Gwen’s body herself that doesn’t quite look right when it comes to the human form but it never hurts the enjoyment.

The issue is a good one serving as a direct tie-in to Spider-Geddon and continuing the interesting events from there. A new world to explore always has me interested in seeing what’s going to be done differently and that has me wanting to come back for more and see what’s next.

Story: Seanan McGuire Art: Rosi Kämpe
Color: Ian Herring Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.35 Recommendation: Read

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Exclusive Preview: Ms. Marvel #35

Ms. Marvel #35

Story: G. Willow Wilson
Art: Nico Leon
Color: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Valerio Schiti & Rachelle Rosenberg
Associate Editor: Marko Basso
Editor: Sana Amanat
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• MS. MARVEL’s powers are on the fritz!
• If she and BRUNO can’t figure out what’s going on, it could be the end for Jersey City!
• Which is all fine for the self-appointed big man on campus – the SHOCKER!

Review: Edge of Spider-Geddon #3

Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, and it causes his Uncle Ben no end of troubles. Until, that is, Ben gets shot in a mugging and Peter’s blood donation turns Ben into a Spider-Hero, too! There’s a new dynamic duo in town, and the story doesn’t go where you think it will!

Edge of Spider-Geddon has delivered a series of one-shots introducing us (really re-introducing us) to various Spider-Men around the multiverse. Each issue so far has left me wanting more from these characters. Each has been fun and entertaining in their own way.

Edge of Spider-Geddon #3 delivers the emotional punch of the miniseries.

Writer Jason Latour explores the relationship between father and son and the limited time we have together in this issue which seems to take place both before and after the upcoming Spider-Geddon. Clearly devastated, Ben spends the issue recounting his origin to a friendly bartender who is there to lend a sympathetic ear. What builds is the hint at tragedy as the emotion pours off the page. Ben is dealing with loss and we can only imagine the worse and may very well experience it in the upcoming event.

That’s the brilliance of this issue. Not only is there an tragic emotional arc through it all there’s also now dread for the upcoming event as we may have to experience Ben’s loss for ourselves. It’s that issue that has me expecting more from the event it leads up to and also preparing for a gut punch now.

The art by Jorge Molina with breakdown and finishing assists from others is solid. Much of the comic is of quieter moments and the art reflects the melancholy that Latour has put together. The colors by Tonic Zonjic are few and I guess flat is the best way to describe it? There’s a clear, simple palate choice here and combined with Molina’s art, it creates a style that fits the mood.

The entire miniseries has been top notch so far and this issue again leaves me wanting more of these characters. It’s a touching comic which may leave you an emotional wreck by issue’s end.

Story: Jason Latour Art: Jorge Molina
Breakdowns: Tonci Zonjic Finishes: Tonci Zonjic & Brahm Revel
Colors: Tonci Zonjic & Ian Herring Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Edge of Spider-Geddon #3

Edge of Spider-Geddon #3

Story: Jason Latour
Art: Jorge Molina
Breakdowns: Tonci Zonjic
Finishes: Tonci Zonjic & Brahm Revel
Colors: Tonci Zonjic & Ian Herring
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Tonci Zonjic
Variant Cover: Cully Hamner & Ian Herring
Production Designer: Anthony Gambino
Assistant Editor: Kathleen Wisneski
Editor: Nick Lowe
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, and it causes his Uncle Ben no end of troubles.
• Until, that is, Ben gets shot in a mugging and Peter’s blood donation turns Ben into a Spider-Hero, too!
• There’s a new dynamic duo in town, and the story doesn’t go where you think it will!

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