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Preview: The Avengers #13

The Avengers #13

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Andrea Sorrentino (CA) Steve Epting
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 23, 2019
SRP: $3.99

FEATURING THE IRON FIST OF 1,000,000 BC!

ANDREA SORRENTINO JOINS SERIES WRITER JASON AARON another flashback tale of the Prehistoric Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Meet the primordial woman who was the first to harness the power of the heart of the dragon Shou-Lao, becoming the very first Iron Fist.

The Avengers #13

Review: Conan the Barbarian #2

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #2

Conan finds himself beyond the Black River, surrounded by the warlike PICTS! But the tribesmen may be the least of his worries if he cannot fight his way through the demonic beasts slithering around the forest!

If you expected a continuation of the first issue, then you might be disappointed. Conan the Barbarian #2 has our favorite barbarian on a mission to destroy the Picts but is recruited by them to deal with an infestation of giant venomous snakes.

Write Jason Aaron has delivered a fascinating second issue that doesn’t continue the first issue’s plotline as much as look into the nature of Conan himself. It’s an issue that adds some depth to a character who can be summed up by fighting, booze, and women. We see him grow in the issue and we can also now see how he went from a loner to a King. It’s a character focused issue… it also has a lot of battle and Conan chopping things up.

The art by Mahmud Asrar with colors by Matthew Wilson, and lettering by Travis Lanham is fantastic. Not only is this setting so different than the previous issue, a jungle versus city and crypt, but everything tells a bit of a story. We learn so much about the Picts by what’s shown as opposed to told. We can guess what their community and people are like. The battles, full of chaos and destruction, are still easy to follow with gore flowing everywhere. It’s just fantastic to look at as well as read.

The issue is a fascinating one as it deviates from the first issue. It takes us on a new adventure giving us a bit more about who Conan is and what his beliefs are. We see growth in a character, some leadership that’s not as present in that first issue. Aaron is giving us not just the story about Conan’s death but also how he got from point a, the loner barbarian, to point z, the King.

This is a perfect example of how to craft a standalone story that also ties into the greater meta story that’s being told at the same time.

This series so far is excellent delivering so much in each issue. Not only are there suggestions about what books to read for more about the Picts but the issue continues the prose story “Black Starlight” by John C. Hocking. The series celebrates the character’s origins.

Another great issue in what is becoming one of the best series out there. Fantastic storytelling and fantastic art and bonus prose combine for something that stands out from the crowd.

Story: Jason Aaron, John C. Hocking Art: Mahmud Asrar
Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

War of the Realms #2: The World at War!

The War of the Realms has come! All ten realms have fallen to Malekith and his army…except one!

Midgard still stands, but Earth is missing a pivotal Avenger – and trapped in the land of the Frost Giants, Thor’s absence may cost New York City everything! Meanwhile, all the heroes of the Marvel Universe have assembled to take on the fight…and it still might not be enough to stop Malekith’s endless war.

In War of the Realms #1, Malekith’s invasion starts in Manhattan, but he doesn’t just want to conquer part of Earth — he wants the whole realm! The heroes will have a hard enough time just defending New York from Malekith’s forces — but when they realize the full scope of his attack in April’s War of the Realms #2, they’ll have to make some daring and surprising moves in order to stop Malekith and his army of Frost Giants, Fire Goblins, Trolls and more from taking over the entire planet! And as with any war, this world at war will have some casualties…

This April, all hell will break loose as the award-winning creative team of Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson ushers in an event of unparalleled scale! Plus, don’t miss a special midnight release of War of the Realms #1 for retailers – be sure to check future Marvel mailers for details!

War of the Realms #2 is out April 17 with a cover by Arthur Adams and Matthew Wilson.

War of the Realms #2

Review: Conan the Barbarian #1

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1

I was skeptical when Marvel announced they had reacquired the rights to publish comics based on Robert E Howard’s Cimmerian adventure. Conan is one of my favorite characters but Howard’s vision was a singular one and few creators have matched his best work let alone bettered it. Where else do you go after comics have adapted every good Conan story at least twice? How could new Conan comics be anything other than superfluous additions to a canon that didn’t need expansion?

Jason Aaron proves me wrong by approaching Conan in a way that is both original and familiar. Conan confronts the Crimson Witch, a supernatural foe bent on his destruction. It’s a thin plot but Aaron’s choice to set the story at two different points in Conan’s career elevates the material. The bulk of the action takes place when Conan is a teenage pit fighter, but fast forwards to his days as a middle-aged King. The change in perspective allows the reader to compare and contrast Conan’s attitudes towards life as a young man and an adult while giving us the fulfillment of a single issue story embedded within a longer, more complex story arc. There is also a promise implicit in the premier title: The Life and Death of Conan. I don’t imagine for a second that Marvel will kill off such a major property forever but I’m excited to watch the comic book death and resurrection narrative play out with Conan at its center.

Mahmud Asrar was the right artist to pair with Aaron’s bracing script. His line work is adept at capturing the brutality and sensuality of the Hyborian age, aided by Matthew Wilson’s palette of muted earth tones and brilliant reds. Letterer Travis Lanham’s copy is as easy to read as it is inconspicuous. This is an excellent comic, crafted by creators working at the peak of their skills. Any fan of Conan or Howard will find something here to love. The character’s long history should not intimidate new readers; they summarize everything you need to know out on the first two  pages. Conan the Barbarian is one of the best fantasy comic debuts in years.

It’s not a perfect book, however. The problem lies in context. The new Conan is a throwback to the days when Roy Thomas, Barry Smith and John Buscema first translated Howard’s work from pulp fiction to sequential art. There’s nothing wrong with that but I can’t help think Comics Gate will be happy to see such a work of apolitical adventure fiction dominating sales charts. Conan himself is too close to their ideal: a blue-eyed juggernaut who takes what he wants be it wine, women or the right to rule a nation by main strength. While there is nothing as offensive as racist caricatures or sexual violence here, there is also nothing to refute their presence elsewhere in the saga. It’s an uncritical appreciation of Howard’s work with no acknowledgement of its more problematic elements. I hope Aaron and company delve deeper in future installment because it would be a shame to see a comic with this much promise turn out to be just another pale pastiche.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Mahmud Asrar 
Colors: Matthew Wilson Letters: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for the purposes of this review but I went ahead and bought one anyway. 

Preview: Thor #9

Thor #9

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Michael Del Mundo
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

MEET EARTH’S NEWEST DEFENDER: ROZ SOLOMON!
With S.H.I.E.L.D. gone, Roz Solomon has been left adrift in a world full of homeless gods and mislaid hammers. Now this Asgardian ally is about to take on a surprising new role – and make a million new enemies. For the War of the Realms is coming…and the invasion of Earth may have already begun. Cue the Frost Giants!

Thor #9

Preview: The Avengers #12

The Avengers #12

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Ed McGuinness, Cory Smith (CA) Alan Davis
In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

THE ALL-NEW SECRET AVENGERS!
It’s hard to run the Avengers without a support staff. And for a team as wild, weird and insanely powerful as this new Avengers squad, just one Jarvis would never do. Luckily, Black Panther has assembled the wildest and weirdest support staff you’ve ever seen. Meet Gorilla Man, Ka-Zar and the rest of the Agents of Wakanda.

The Avengers #12

Conan the Babarian’s First Two Issues Get Second Printings!

Know, oh prince, that in the year 2019, the first two issues of Conan the Babarian have gone back to print with Conan the Babarian #2 selling out at Diamond before hitting stores! The world has spoken, and acclaim for the sword-slashing hero’s return to Marvel is triumphant!

With Mahmud Asrar’s tantalizing art, Matthew Wilson’s sensational colors, and Esad Ribić’s stunning covers, and the start of Jason Aaron’s epic tale, Conan the Babarian is a debut you will not want to miss.

You can read our review of the first issue.

Conan the Barbarian #1 2nd Printing

Review: Conan the Barbarian #1

Robert E. Howard‘s Conan the Barbarian is back at Marvel and the first issue of his new sword and sorcery adventures are being brought to us by Jason Aaron, Mahmud Asrar, Matthew Wilson, and Travis Lanham.

Get your copy in comic shops on January 2nd! 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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