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Review: Spider-Geddon

Spider-Verse united them and Spider-Geddon threatens to destroy them. The Inheritors have escaped their prison and want their revenge.

Spider-Geddon collects Spider-Geddon #0-5 and Vault of Spiders #1-2 by Christos Gage, Clayton Crain, Jed MacKay, Javier Garron, Israel Silva, Travis Lanham, Dan Slot, Jorge Molina, Carlo Barberi, Todd Nauck, Stefano Caselli, Joey Vazquez, Jay Leisten, Craig Yeung, Roberto Poggi, Jose Marzan, Jr., and David Curiel.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on February 26! 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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Celebrate The New Guardians of the Galaxy Team With Special Covers!

This January, Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw – the creative team that brought you Thanos – will bring a new Guardians of the Galaxy series to readers! And to celebrate the debut of this brand-new team, Marvel is releasing a series of variant covers showcasing past and present Guardians of the Galaxy characters from superstar artists Mike McKone, Ema Lupacchino, Dale Keown, Will Sliney, and more!

Look for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy variant covers on these select titles:

  1. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 by Gerald Parel
  2. AVENGERS #13 by Patrick Zircher with colors by Jason Keith
  3. BLACK PANTHER #8 by Jamal Campbell
  4. DEADPOOL #8 by Jamal Campbell
  5. DOCTOR STRANGE #10 by Will Sliney with colors by Frank D’Armata
  6. FANTASTIC FOUR #6 by Pasqual Ferry
  7. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 by Ron Lim with colors by Israel Silva
  8. IMMORTAL HULK #12 by Geoff Shaw
  9. SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST SPIDER #4 by Bobby Rubio
  10. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #2 by Mike McKone with colors by Jesus Aburtov
  11. UNCANNY X-MEN #8 by David Marquez
  12. X-23 #8 by Dale Keown
  13. X-FORCE #2 by Ema Lupacchino

Don’t miss your chance to collect all Guardians of the Galaxy variants, coming this January to your local comic shop!

Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Lost and Found

After an accident, Ant-Man and the Wasp are trapped in the microverse, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Lost and Found is a standalone adventure from Mark Waid, Javier Garron, and Israel Silva that collects all five issues.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on November 20. 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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Exclusive Preview: Infinity Wars: Weapon Hex #1 (of 2)

Infinity Wars: Weapon Hex #1 (of 2)

Story: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker
Art: Gerardo Sandoval
Ink: Victor Nava, Gerardo Sandoval
Color: Israel Silva
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Humberto Ramos & Edgar Delgado
Variant Covers: Humberto Ramos; Adam Kubert & Morry Hollowell
Assistant Editor: Annalise Bissa
Editor: Jordan D. White
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

In a dark weapons program breeding subjects specifically for magic use, the 23rd attempt, now called Wanda, was finally able to connect to violent magics – making her one of the deadliest people on the planet!

Review: Thanos Legacy #1

Out this Wednesday is the next chapter in Marvel’s cosmic adventure, Thanos Legacy! Bridging the gap of what was to what will be, the issue picks up after the shocking events of Infinity Wars.

Thanos Legacy #1 features Donny Cates, Brian Level, Jordan Boyd, Clayton Cowles, Gerry Duggan, Cory Smith, Ruth Redmond, Geoff Shaw, Antonio Fabela, Stonehouse, Ron Lim, and Israel Silva.

The issue comes to shelves September 5th. 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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An Astonishing New Look at Marvel’s X-Men Trading Card Variant Covers!

This July, mutants will once again assemble in Astonishing X-Men #1, and Marvel is celebrating the occasion with a series of nearly thirty X-Men Trading Card Variants by legendary artist Jim Lee! After debuting a selection of covers earlier this year, Marvel is proud to release the remaining variant covers of the full collection.

Remastered and recolored from the original trading cards, relive this iconic era of the Children of the Atom with a series of eye-popping covers celebrating your favorite characters. Originally penciled by legendary X-Men artist Jim Lee with inker Scott Williams, colorists such as Jesus Aburtov, Israel Silva & Chris Sotomayor apply modern coloring techniques to these classic masterpieces!

Look for all of these can’t-miss X-MEN TRADING CARD VARIANTS on your favorite Marvel titles, coming exclusively to comic shops throughout the month of July:

  1. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #22 (Archangel)
  2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30 (Bishop)
  3. AVENGERS #9 (Mystique)
  4. BLACK PANTHER #16 (Storm)
  5. CABLE #3 (Cable)
  6. CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #19 (Gambit)
  7. CHAMPIONS #10 (Cyclops)
  8. DAREDEVIL #23 (Domino)
  9. DEADPOOL #33 (Deadpool)
  10. DEFENDERS #3 (Shadow King)
  11. DOCTOR STRANGE #23 (Mr. Sinister)
  12. GENERATION X #4 (Jubilee)
  13. GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #18 (White Queen)
  14. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 (Colossus)
  15. IRON FIST #5 (Sabretooth)
  16. JEAN GREY #4 (Dark Phoenix)
  17. MIGHTY THOR #21 (Sentinel)
  18. MS. MARVEL #20 (Lady Deathstrike)
  19. OLD MAN LOGAN #26 (Professor X)
  20. PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2 (Psylocke)
  21. THE PUNISHER #14 (Forge)
  22. ROYALS #5 (Magneto)
  23. SPIDER-MAN #18 (Shadowcat)
  24. THANOS #9 (Strong Guy)
  25. UNCANNY AVENGERS #25 (Rogue)
  26. VENOM #152 (Polaris)
  27. WEAPON X #5 (Warpath)
  28. X-MEN BLUE #7 (Jean Grey)
  29. X-MEN GOLD #7 (Mojo)

Review: Secret Warriors #1

Captain America has been revealed to be an agent of Hydra – and he’s coming after Inhumans! S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake, wants no part of Hydra, so she goes underground, teaming up with Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, KarnakK and Inferno to set things right – for the Inhumans, but also for the entire country!

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Secret Warriors #1 delivers the thing that’s been missing from Secret Empire, actual heroes to root for. The comic bounces around time introducing us to the situation and getting new readers caught up. With the issue being so tied into Secret Empire, for those not interested in that event the story might feel a bit bland, but the combination of characters and their interactions so far makes the first issue a treat even for those not enjoying the event it’s tied in to (like myself).

While the story itself isn’t really anything new, a team must free prisoners who can help them, what does feel fresh is who’s doing it. Primarily focused on Quake, Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, the group creates a dynamic that mixes adults and kids in a way that something feels new and different. Moon Girl in particular interacting with the adult Daisy/Quake creates a child/adult that’s more reminiscent of a big sister/little sister situation including the humor that can bring. It also helps lighten up what is a heavy situation the rounding up of Inhumans to bring them to camps.

Not everything is perfect. Like the main Secret Empire title the lack of a time frame leaves things a bit too open as you don’t know how much time Hydra has had a chance to build upon their plan and reveal and makes some of the different settings in time a bit more nebulous instead of being clear where they fit in the timeline. That’s a problem for the main story as well and seems like a clear choice is being made to not include time frames like “8 months later.” There’s also an issue with a confrontation in the beginning where SHIELD agents now loyal to Hydra aren’t given enough of a motive for us to feel the heel turn makes sense (again an issue with the main series as well).

The art by Javi Garron is solid and the characters look fantastic, especial Moon Girl in her awesome costume (one of my favorites). We also get a bit of a new look for Hydra with some troops which is interesting in a way as they aren’t the standard green uniform. The colorse by Israel Silva help make the art pop too, enhancing scenes where Daisy uses her powers. There’s something that just clicks here.

The first issue is pretty solid and has me looking forward to this team post Secret Empire. It has some of the vibe of the original series but also a bit more light hearted style to it all, which helps eleviate the seriousnous and dour feeling of the main series. This is a team that feels like it’s going to be fun and gives us heroes we can actually cheer on.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Javi Garron Color: Israel Silva
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Deadpool The Duck #1

deadpool_the_duck__1Sometimes I think that Marvel are milking Deadpool for everything he’s worth, plus a little bit more; case in point Deadpool The Duck. I can think of no reason for Marvel to mix Deadpool and Howard the Duck, but as a Howard fan who can take or leave Deadpool, I was curious to see the inevitable train wreck that would result from their combination as it happened.

Upon opening the comic, it seemed even Marvel were unsure as they “haphazardly present” the story to you, the reader. Needless to say, my expectations were pretty low, and I could hear the train starting to derail.

And yet the train never left the tracks.

Deadpool The Duck #1 wasn’t anywhere close to being the train wreck that I expected. The Deadpool bits will feel familiar to anybody who has read anything featuring him in the last year or so (and there’s been a lot of that, so I’m sure you have some familiarity), and the sections featuring Howard were as biting as I hoped they’d be. Artistically, the comic is solid, and here the depiction of Howard is another highlight.

The only issue I have is how long it takes from the initial set up of the joining of Howard and Deadpool to the act itself – we clearly know it’s going to happen, so why take your time doing it?

Story: Stuart Moore Art: Jacopo Camangi Colours: Israel Silva
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
(But if you’re a fan of either character, buy it. I think this’ll be a solid series once it gets going)

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Review: Solo #1

solo_1_coverThe “One Man War on Terror” will get the job done! That’s right – James Bourne, A.K.A. Solo, is on his own, right where he belongs! Deadly alien weapons are making their way into the hands of ordinary thugs – and Solo is going undercover to locate the source. Things are heating up, and Solo might just wish he had some backup!

I vaguely remember Solo from when he debuted in the mid-80’s and his running with the Six Pack for some adventures. Generally, I remember the character being a Marvel take on the steroid he-man mercenary that dominated films of that time, though it has been 30 years. And its been 30 years to the month since this character first debuted and now he may, or may not, finally break out in his own solo debut… errr… Solo #1.

Co-written by Gerry Duggan and Geoffrey Thorne, Solo is an interesting comic that’s somewhat entertaining but has me trying to figure out exactly what it’s trying to be. Duggan has recently been writing Deadpool and the style he shows off there is somewhat seen here with humor peppered throughout the over the top action. Together with Thorne there’s a vibe about this issue that feels like the beginning of a film where the leader of the organization says “get me xyz.” In this case that organization is S.H.I.E.L.D. and the leader is Dum Dum.

The comic shares a lot with those action films. The character of Solo is fairly thin in this issue mainly defined by his quick responses and ability to get the job done. It has some humor, it has action, it has some interaction with some other characters, but I didn’t really get a sense of who this character is and why I should be care about him. What’s the hook to keep me coming back? What makes Solo the character interesting? The humor towards the beginning is good, but there’s not enough of it. The action isn’t quite paced to the level that it’s the hook either. This feels like the first five minutes before the title sequence of an action film.

The art by Paco Diaz might be that? Along with colors from Israel Silva, the art is solid and reminds me of something we might see in a Marvel animated series. There’s some nice page layouts where Solo breaks the panels that looks great and the flow of each page is really good. Diaz seems to enjoy playing with perspective a bit, for example the fourth page where Solo is introduced and it’s stylistic, so slighly wonky, but interesting none the less.

Solo #1 isn’t bad, it just feels like a thin action comic that in this first issue is missing that hook to make it stand out as something original or interesting that’d get it to rise from the pack. The character and comic feels like it’s a throwback to 90s Marvel, and I’m still debating if that’s a good thing to be reminded of.

Story: Gerry Duggan and Geoffrey Thorne Art: Paco Diaz Color: Israel Silva
Story: 7 Art: 7.4 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Angela Queen of Hel #7

Angela_Queen_of_Hel_Vol_1_7_TextlessMarguerite Bennett’s 17 issue run writing everyone’s favorite deal-making, ginger, lesbian angel bounty hunter and her hilarious, multi-instrumentalist, trans woman lover comes to a close in Angela Queen of Hel #7, which ties up the love story of Angela and Sera as well as the story arc of Leah, who begin as a literal “hand” maiden of Hela and now has her own life and adventures with more just waiting to be told by another enterprising creative team. Bennett and artist Kim Jacinto also tie up some loose ends from the 1602 Angela Witch Hunter series with the Angela from that comic showing up as Faustia, the ultimate deal maker. Also, there are pages upon pages of gorgeous Stephanie Hans art telling the story of Leah and also hinting at possible future story arcs if the comic wasn’t unfortunately cancelled.

The nine page Hans drawn montage in the middle of the comic depicts the seven years that Leah, Angela, and Sera are all together while Leah sets up Faustia’s release from the Faerie Curse and most of all, her reunion with Serah. If I recall correctly, this is the first time in a Big Two comic that a same gender couple has been depicted with an adopted child even if the circumstance for Leah being Angela and Sera’s daughter are quite “fantastical”. Angela‘s depiction of a loving queer relationship will definitely be missed in years to come, but Bennett gets in some last quips and sweet nothings while Hans gets to draw everything from Loki and Leah facing off in a kind of reunion to another fun team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy and even a restructuring of Heven’s caste system, which is pretty complicated and definitely needed at least an issue to But equality is cool, and Bennett and Hans show the almost limitless storytelling potential of the world that they, Kieron Gillen, and other artists have created over the past couple years for Angela and Sera.

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In her art style, Hans is a rare talent that can find the happy medium between cartooning and painted style art while also coloring her own work in an evocative manner. Even though Angela and Sera are the main characters in Angela Queen of Hel, Leah is the star of Bennett and Hans’ sub-story. Hans gives her a great range of expressions from sad and listless to cheerful when she gets a big lick from her Hellhound Thori and super serious when Angela, Sera, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. She can do adorable too like when Sera gets the present of a flute from Angela so she can play more than “Scarborough Fair”. Honestly, a family sitcom starring Angela, Sera, and Leah would make an excellent comic, and luckily the past few issues have given readers a glimpse at their “domestic” life. But when she isn’t drawing them having ramen or talking about Leah’s day at school, Hans makes their lives downright epic through mood capturing colors, like splashes of paint for Sera’s bard attack on a dragon near L.A., faded cream colors when Leah feels sad, and a scarlet red gold when Heven decides to invade that in a happy alternative universe would be a linewide crossover. Israel Silva uses a similar palette in his work with dark reds when Faustia threatens Angela, Sera, Thor, and Leah to a softer hue of red when all of the Angelas and Seras find their happy ending.

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Throughout its run, Angela Queen of Hel has actually been one of Marvel’s funniest books between all the Shakespearean drama of Hel, Heven, and the places in between. (No one likes to spell things correctly in this book.) There’s everything from witty barbs to references both highbrow and what white dudes in ivory towers would call lowbrow as well as some timely fourth wall breaking and even good old fashioned slapstick. The characters bounce off each other really well and even the guest stars have an easy rapport, like Sera inviting Star-Lord to sing “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence during their next excursion to a karaoke singing planet. (Who knew this lover of 70s pop hits had a mall Goth side?) And Leah has her dry wit intact from Kieron Gillen’s run on Journey into Mystery as the literally eternal sulking teenager. Angela Queen of Hel is stealthily Marvel’s finest contribution to the romantic comedy genre, especially with the way Jacinto draws the final pages with Angela and Sera with plenty of close-ups of them holding hands concluding in a final page spread of the Brooklyn Bridge at twilight as Bennett ties together Angela’s main theme of making deals and bargains in an apt final line of dialogue.

Angela Queen of Hel #7 gives Angela and Sera the beautiful and well-earned happy ending that Marguerite Bennett has been building up during her entire run on the title. She and artists Kim Jacinto and Stephanie Hans also round off Leah’s character nicely, especially in the sub story, which acts as a glimpse of possible storylines if the Angela Queen of Hel will be missed not only for having Marvel’s best example of a same gender relationship and LGBT representation, but also for being one of its funniest and gravitas filled books.

Story: Marguerite Bennett Art: Kim Jacinto and Stephanie Hans Colors: Israel Silva and Stephanie Hans
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy