It’s a new week with lots going on! Cool interviews, reviews, and more are on tap for the week. While you wait for things to kick off, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Adam Warlock is back! Reborn from the realm of the dead, Adam has come seeking the Soul Stone…and the truth about what it did to Him! His guide through this Infinity Quest is none other than…Kang the Conqueror?!? Be there as Adam begins down the dark trail sure to lead him into the heart of the mystery of the Infinity Stones…
Don’t know who Adam Warlock is? Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock catches up new readers as to who this classic character is and at the same time sets up the next major event. Writer Gerry Duggan does an excellent job in condensing the 51 year history of the character created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, and significant contribution by Jim Starlin. There’s a lot to pack in and Duggan does an excellent job of catching readers up.
And that’s exactly what this issue is, a primer as to who Warlock is and what’s being set up. The issue touches upon the character’s history, the Infinity Stones, and what’s going on. And it feels epic and cosmic, with the cosmic seriously feeling like it’s been lacking in the Marvel Universe. Basically, someone is collecting the Stones and Kang has sent Warlock through time to save the universe.
What’s interesting to me though is this issue’s reflection on the current season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in what is revealed and what we know is coming in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hopefully the two will be a bit more divergent that what is revealed here.
But, what definitely stands out as original is Mike Allred‘s art. I love Allred’s style which takes so much from Kirby (in a good way). The pop style art is suited so well to cosmic stories in space with grand imagery and trippy visuals. Allred clearly has fun with impressive double page spreads taking us through history in a journey that’s fun to look at. That’s helped by colorist Laura Allred who delivers a color palette that feels like it’s missing black light. The colors are bright and full of energy that matches Mike’s style. Cory Petit‘s lettering helps too, emphasizing the emotional moments throughout. It adds to the pop sensibility of the visuals within.
While the story for the issue doesn’t excite, it does an excellent job of setting things up and taking us through Warlock’s history. The art though is what stands out and is utterly amazing. There’s something so unique about it all and out of everything this is the draw, no pun intended. A visual treat that is a solid way to catch up and see where things are going.
Story: Gerry Duggan Art: Mike Allred Color: Laura Allred Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit Story: 7.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Wednesdays 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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Top Pick:Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery and Incognegro: Renaissance #1 (Dark Horse/Berger Books) – These are some of the best things I’ve read in a long time in any form. A great examination of race in America wrapped up in a nail biting thriller and more relevant than ever.
Top Pick: X-Men: Red #1 (Marvel) – A new X-Men team with a returned Jean Grey as the leader? I’m intrigued where this one will go and if this is the tipping point of “X” bloat, which we’re already near. But, a big character returning to a world that’s vastly different has me very intrigued.
Avengers #679 (Marvel) – “No Surrender” has been a lot of fun so far. A rare event that’s holding up in quality.
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #4 (DC Comics) – A great mix of action and socio-political commentary. Exactly how it’s supposed to be done.
Carthago (Humanoids) – I’m a Jaws fan, so a comic that sounds like it’s another terror from below with sharks story, I’m in.
Coyotes #4 (Image Comics) – Fantastic horror with so many layers. You’ll be debating what it all means and the symbolism. Don’t think there’s much out there today like this series.
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2 (DC Comics) – One of the best comics of 2018 so far. This will easily wind up on “best of” lists.
Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1 (Marvel) – A big event is kicking off, big enough that it shook up plans for ongoing series. With a movie coming up touching upon some of the same characters and concepts, this should be interesting.
Mech Cadet Yu #6 (BOOM! Studios) – One of my favorite series. Just so much fun to read. In short, kids and giant robots kick alien ass.
(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Mike Allred
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
ADAM WARLOCK IS BACK! Reborn from the realm of the dead, Adam has come seeking the Soul Stone…and the truth about what it did to Him! His guide through this Infinity Quest is none other than…Kang the Conqueror?!? Be there as Adam begins down the dark trail sure to lead him into the heart of the mystery of the Infinity Stones…