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Review: Vault of Spiders #1

Only a Spider-Army can stop the end of the Multiverse! Meet Web-Slinger, the Spider-Man from the Wild West,. He is the Emissary from Hell, he is SUPAIDAMAN! The Spider-Man from the live-action Spider-Man show that aired in Japan in the 1970s is back. And that’s just a glimpse into the Vault of Spiders!

One of the fun things about the Spider-Man multiverse events is that they’ve delivered utterly insane Spider-Man concepts and allowed Marvel, and creators, to explore their multiverse in a controlled way. Things still have to be Spider focused but they can be a little out there. That has made those events a lot of fun and entertaining. So, I was looking forward to Vault of Spiders #1, a spin-off of the excellent Spider-Geddon and walked away, a little bummed.

Vault of Spiders #1 is an anthology so the quality of stories and art is all over the place. Some are good and others head scratching. What’s good about this issue is there really are great concepts. All are great concepts. The executions though, some were a bit lacking.

Spider-Byte and Savage Spider-Man stand out from the four stories. The first stands out for the concept and creativity, and solid costume design, while the latter due to its fantastic art and twist at the end. Both are entertaining and deliver something a little different.

The Web-Slinger, a western set story, and Final Galaxy Battle!, the Japanese take on Spider-Man each have their charms but also stumble. The western aspect is played up a lot and in some ways entertaining but with the story relying on a twist of a character as far as the bad guy, there’s a shrug of the shoulders where a reveal should shock readers. A connection there is missing. The Japanese Spider-Man, while the art is fantastic reminding me of classic manga, the story is headscratching in every way. It makes no sense. That’s part of the point, I think, but when everything else in the comic winks and nods as to their roots (Savage is straight up Tarzan), this one maybe goes a bit too far.

Vault of Spiders #1 is a bit of a let down but fun to see the various versions of Spider-Man. I’d love to see this as an ongoing with longer stories, the brevity was a hindrance. Like a lot of anthologies, there’s some good here and some bad but if you’re a Spider fan it might be worth checking out.

Prologue
Story: Jed MacKay Art/Ink: Scott Koblish
Color: Andres Mossa Lettering: VC’s Travis Lanham

The Web-Slinger
Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Javier Pulido
Color: Muntsa Vicente Lettering: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Final Galaxy Battle!
Story: Jed MacKay Art/Ink/Lettering: Sheldon Vella

Spider-Byte
Story: Nilah Magruder Art/Ink: Alberto Alburquerque
Color: Andrew Crossley Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham

Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Vault of Spiders #1 (of 2)

Vault of Spiders #1 (of 2)

(W) Cullen Bunn, James Asmus, Jed MacKay, Nilah Magruder (A) Javier Pulido, Juan Gedeon, Sheldon Vella (CA) Marcos Martin
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $4.99

A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE IN!
• Only a Spider-Army can stop the end of the Multiverse!
• Meet Web-Slinger, the Spider-Man from the Wild West, in an unforgettable story by CULLEN BUNN (X-MEN BLUE) and JAVIER PULIDO (SHE-HULK).
• He is the Emissary from Hell, he is SUPAIDAMAN! The Spider-Man from the live-action SPIDER-MAN show that aired in Japan in the 1970s is back in comics form in an insane story by JED MACKAY (EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON) and SHELDON VELLA (DEADPOOL, SPIDER-VERSE).
• And that’s just a glimpse into the VAULT OF SPIDERS!

The Rocketeer Soars Again in a New Miniseries Rocketeer Reborn

Rocketeer RebornThe Rocketeer, the pulp-inspired hero immortalized by the late, great Dave Stevens, blasts off once more in December with the first issue of a brand-new five issue IDW series: Rocketeer Reborn!

Writers Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet and artist Javier Pulido reintroduce an all-new jetpack wearing hero into the 21st century.

In Rocketeer Reborn, eighty years have passed since Cliff Secord first found an experimental jetpack and soared through the skies as a high-flying hero. Now, decades later, The Rocketeer is all but forgotten to most people, a legend of a bygone era. When Cliff’s jetpack is found in a most unexpected way, it’s a race for those with good and evil intent to grab hold, strap on, and take off for adventure!

Rocketeer Reborn features a main cover by Javier Pulido and beautiful Retailer Incentive covers by Elsa Charretier featuring the traditional Rocketeer and Betty.

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #6

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #6

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by ARIEL OLIVETTI (MAR181994)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (MAR181995)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (MAR181996)
Q&W Icon Variant by JAVIER PULIDO (MAR181997)
Pre-Order Edition by JAY FABARES (MAR188175)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 30th

AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! A TIE-IN TO HARBINGER WARS 2…?

“KLANG, KLANG…KLUNK?” In the ultimate display of power, Livewire has plunged the United States into darkness. From coast to coast, once-vital technology has now been rendered worthless… No cars… No phones… No quantum bands?!? Without the high-tech gauntlets that bind them together, the world’s worst superhero team have 24 hours before they disintegrate into nothingness…Now, stripped of their powers and unable to “klang,” can Quantum and Woody become the heroes they’ve always aspired to be and secure the streets of the nation’s capital…before time runs out?

Hey, hey, nobody invited these guys! Quantum and Woody come kicking and screaming into Valiant’s seismic summer crossover, courtesy of rising star Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks, Cult Classic), acclaimed artist Francis Portela (FAITH), and a perfect entry point into the title that The A.V. Club calls “a superhero series not to be missed.”

Quantum and Woody! #6 Comes Kicking And Screaming Into Harbinger Wars 2 This May!

Valiant has revealed a first look inside Quantum and Woody! (2017) #6 – the FIRST ISSUE of a PULSE-POUNDING TIE-IN TO Harbinger Wars 2, the seismic summer event of 2018! On May 30th, red-hot rising star Eliot Rahal and fan-favorite artist Francis Portela take the reins as the world’s worst superhero team faces their toughest challenge yet – surviving the biggest catastrophe the Valiant Universe has ever witnessed!

In the ultimate display of power, Livewire has plunged the United States into darkness. From coast to coast, once-vital technology has now been rendered worthless… No cars… No phones… No quantum control bands?!? Without the high-tech gauntlets that bind them together, the world’s worst superhero team have 24 hours before they disintegrate into nothingness… Now, stripped of their powers and unable to “klang,” can Quantum and Woody become the heroes they’ve always aspired to be and secure the streets of the nation’s capital…before time runs out?

Featuring covers by Ariel OlivettiGeoff Shaw, and Javier Pulido – comes kicking and screaming into Valiant’s cataclysmic summer crossover!

The World’s Worst Superhero Team Jumps into Harbinger Wars 2 for Quantum and Woody! #6 – Coming in May!

Valiant has announced Quantum and Woody! (2017) #6 – the FIRST ISSUE of A PULSE-POUNDING TIE-IN TO Harbinger Wars 2, Valiant’s seismic 2018 event! Klang, klang…klunk? When the lights go out across America, the world’s worst superhero team is going to finally find out if they have what it takes to be the heroes the Valiant Universe deserves!

On May 30th, get a supercharged introduction to the colossal stakes and worldwide ramifications of the summer’s must-read crossover event, as red-hot rising star Eliot Rahal and explosive artist Francis Portela finally answer the gripping questions that have long haunted Eric and Woody Henderson: When push comes to shove, can they stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the world’s most formidable heroes…and, hey, just what happens if they don’t “klang,” anyway?!?

In the ultimate display of power, Livewire has plunged the United States into darkness. From coast to coast, once-vital technology has now been rendered worthless… No cars… No phones… No quantum bands?!? Without the high-tech gauntlets that bind them together, the world’s worst superhero team have 24 hours before they disintegrate into nothingness… Now, stripped of their powers and unable to “klang,” can Quantum and Woody become the heroes they’ve always aspired to be and secure the streets of the nation’s capital…before time runs out?

Featuring covers by Ariel Olivetti, Geoff Shaw, and Javier Pulido – comes kicking and screaming into Valiant’s cataclysmic summer crossover!

Review: Jessica Jones Vol. 2 The Secrets of Maria Hill

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Jessica Jones!

Jessica Jones Vol. 2 The Secrets of Maria Hill collects issues #7-12 by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos, Javier Pulido, and Matt Hollingsworth.

Get your copy in comic shops today and bookstores on December 12. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology

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Preview: Ninjak #0

NINJAK #0

Written by MATT KINDT with CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA with MJ KIM, KHARI EVANS, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, SIJA HONG, JUAN JOSÉ RYP, and TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by DAVID MACK (JUL172260)
Cover B by CLAYTON HENRY (JUL172261)
Cover C by YAMA ORCE (JUL172262)
Variant Cover by PETER BAGGE (JUL172264)
Variant Cover by JAVIER PULIDO (JUL172265)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (JUL172263)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 13th

AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! AN EXPLOSIVE 40-PAGE MILESTONE! Ninjak’s past and future – in the crosshairs!

Behind the years of training… Underneath the high-tech gadgetry… MI-6’s most experienced operative is still flesh and blood. So just how is a mortal man like Colin King able to survive in a world filled with telekinetic psiots, eternal warriors, and sentient suits of alien armor? The key to Ninjak’s survival is buried deep in the past…and today, the world’s most dreaded super-spy prepares to reveal his most closely guarded secrets!

FIRST: Superstar writer Matt Kindt concludes his masterful, record- setting run alongside fan-favorite artist Francis Portela (FAITH) and an all-star cast of special guests with an essential and revelatory tale of Ninjak’s deadly beginnings!

THEN: The gauntlet is passed to acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and blockbuster artist Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) as they prepare a startling introduction to Colin King’s next mission with a shocking prelude to NINJA-K #1, a riveting new ongoing series beginning in November!

 

Preview: Jessica Jones #12

Jessica Jones #12

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Michael Gaydos, Javier Pulido (CA) David Mack
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Sep 06, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• The secrets of Maria Hill are revealed, and the Marvel Universe will never be the same again! Has Jessica opened a door that she can now never close? How will it affect the other Defenders?

Preview: Josie and the Pussycats #9

JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS #9

Script: Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio
Art: Kelsey Shannon, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Cover: Javier Pulido
On Sale Date: 8/23
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The Pussycats and their various musical allies and friends must unite to save the kidnapped Archies! Don’t miss the stunning finale to “FASTER, PUSSYCATS: DRIFT, DRIFT”!

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