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Preview: Avengers: Mech Strike #5 (of 5)

Avengers: Mech Strike #5 (of 5)

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Kei Zama
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Avengers’ last, desperate plan lies in tatters in the face of Kang’s unbelievable power, but a surprise ally appears to give them a sliver of a chance! But Kang didn’t become the master of time itself by not having a few tricks up his sleeve, and, as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery… Will the Avengers stop one of their oldest foes, or will ANNO KANG continue forevermore?

Avengers: Mech Strike #5 (of 5)

Shocking Secrets on Dominaria in Your First Look at Magic #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed today a first look at Magic #5, the latest issue of the original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long time fans, available on August 4, 2021.

Who will Ral, Kaya, and Vraska encounter on Dominaria? The answer will scatter the Planeswalkers across the multiverse as the race to find out who is behind the attacks on Ravnica continues! The answer may lie with one of the oldest living Planeswalkers… 

Magic #5 features main cover art by acclaimed artist Qistina Khalidah as well as variant cover art by Ig Guara, illustrator Andrew Thompson, Nimit Malavia, Ornella Savarese and Pierluigi Casolino, Christian Ward, and Ario Anindito and Nicola Righi.

Magic #5

Preview: Black Cat #8

Black Cat #8

(W) Jed MacKay (A) C.F. Villa (CA) Pepe Larraz
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• Felicia Hardy, a.k.a. the Black Cat, is hired to steal the Infinity Stones.
• Has anyone told her that these stones are now PEOPLE?
• Regardless, Nick Fury will do anything to stop the stone-bearers from being gathered, even if that means taking all nine of Felicia’s lives.
• Black Cat has been picking away at the corners of the Marvel Universe, but this heist will put her square in the middle… just where she DOES NOT WANT TO BE!

Black Cat #8

Review: Moon Knight #1

Moon Knight #1

With a high-profile television show on the horizon, Marvel has started its push for Moon Knight. After his recent storyline in The Avengers comic, Marc Spector headlines a new volume of his series with Moon Knight #1. And, the result is a bit mixed in its result. The concept of the comic is solid but it seems to be a rather surface representation of the character, one who has had a mixed history when it comes to his writers.

Written by Jed MacKay, Moon Knight #1 casts Spector as a protector of the night. He now runs the Midnight Mission where he defends those who “travel at night”. This puts him in conflict with the “monster” aspects of the Marvel Universe like vampires, rat men, the things that go bump in the night. When he’s not doing that, he’s seeing his appointed shrink to help him work through his issues. Spector is the “Fist of Konshu”, the priest of the god of the moon who is tasked with fighting evil. He also has Dissociative Identity Disorder, so there’s a whole question as to what’s real at times and what’s due to that.

At that surface level, the comic is great. There’s fantastic pacing and action. Spector is an engaging lead and the supporting cast and upcoming conflict are intriguing. The comic works really well as Marvel’s version of Batman… who really does have some issues to work through.

But, the comic fails the character as well.

Moon Knight is one of the high-profile Jewish characters in the Marvel Universe. The son of a Rabbi, Spector had a troubled relationship with his upbringing becoming a mercenary. His Judaism has been a varying part of the character depending on the writer with those who are of that faith delivering a bit more insight into the varying conflicts within those of the newer generation. MacKay’s take feels like it’s setting the groundwork to not just reject Spector’s Jewish upbringing but borders on the erasure of it.

In one panel, Spector discusses his being a “High Priest” of Konshu to which he is challenged by his psychiatrist who notes it’s a contradiction from his Jewish upbringing. Moon Knight states “My father was a Rabbi, I was a war criminal. Contradictions are nothing new for me.” The rest of the comic spends its time emphasizing the “High Priest” aspect without again mentioning Spector is Jewish. And there points to a failure in the character and those handling them.

Konshu is an Egyptian god who has “enslaved” a Jewish individual to do his bidding. The Biblical connotations are clear and the writing could easily play with the Jewish enslavement by Egyptian Pharaohs and their eventual exodus from bondage. But, MacKay doesn’t. He gives us a Spector who is ok with his role. We should be getting Moses but instead, we get acquiescence. We should get the real conflict that many Jews face every day, but instead, we get complete assimilation into his role. There’s an aspect, and one that would elevate the series and character, that’s missing. We get the action but not the depth.

Alessandro Cappuccio‘s art is beautiful. With Rachelle Rosenberg‘s colors and Cory Petit‘s lettering, the comic is visually fantastic. There’s such a dichotomy in the art switching between scenes of banter between Spector and his supporting cast and all-out action. The comic is absolutely fantastic looking keeping up a run of artists who have not just done the character justice but nailed the look and tone of the character and series.

Moon Knight #1 isn’t bad. It’s full of action and great banter. But, it’s missing a key element so many of the character’s writers have missed. There’s a perspective and conflict within Spector that seems to be skipped over again and again. Still, it’s an entertaining comic if you’re looking for Marvel’s Batman taking on things that bump in the night.

Story: Jed MacKay Art: Alessandro Cappuccio
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Thor Annual #1

Thor Annual #1

(W) Aaron Kuder, Jed MacKay (A) Juan Ferreyra (A/CA) Aaron Kuder
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 21, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Thor and the other leaders of the Ten Realms (and, uh, Hawkeye?) have gathered for a World Tree celebration! But the festivities come to an abrupt halt when a mysterious guest – and his otherworldly powers – crashes the party. And his “plus-one” is a dark, twisted version of Thor who is determined to become the iron-fisted ruler of all the realms!
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: Part 5 (of 8) of “Infinite Fury”!

Thor Annual #1

Preview: Moon Knight #1

Moon Knight #1

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Alessandro Cappuccio (CA) Steve McNiven
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 21, 2021
SRP: $4.99

The mysterious Mr. Knight has opened his Midnight Mission, his people petitioning for protection from the weird and horrible. The Moon Knight stalks the rooftops and alleys marked with his crescent moon tag, bringing violence to any who would harm his people. Marc Spector, in whichever guise he dons, is back on the streets, a renegade priest of an unworthy god. But while Khonshu languishes in a prison that Moon Knight put him in, Moon Knight must still observe his duty: protecting those who travel at night.
Let it be known – Moon Knight will keep the faith.

Moon Knight #1

Review: Magic #4

Magic: The Gathering comes to comics courtesy of BOOM! Studios. Magic #4 reveals the conspiracy and the difficult task that stands before our Planeswalkers.

Story: Jed MacKay
Art: Ig Guara
Color: Arianna Consonni
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Zeus Comics

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Doctor Strange’s Death is Felt Across the Marvel Universe and Explored in New Tie-in Issues

The final saga of Doctor Strange is upon us! This September, the Marvel Universe will lose its Sorcerer Supreme in Death of Doctor Strange, a new limited series written by Jed MacKay with art by Lee Garbett. This startling story will not only dive into the mystery behind Doctor Strange’s demise but also explore the major impact his death will have on the Earth that he so fiercely protected from countless mystical threats.

In addition to the main series, Death of Doctor Strange will also spin out into pulse-pounding tie-ins that deal with the ramifications from the loss of one of Marvel’s most vital heroes.

Written by Alex Paknadel with art by Ryan Bodenheim, Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers #1 will see Earth’s Mightiest Heroes face off against a rampaging new Juggernaut. Can they prevent the unstoppable being from destroying Manhattan or do they lack the magical expertise needed to find an answer? The issue features a cover by Steve Skroce.

And Strange Academy is shut down until the events surrounding Dr. Strange’s death are resolved in Strange Academy Presents: Death of Doctor Strange #1 written by Strange Academy creator Skottie Young with art by superstar cover artist Mike Del Mundo and featuring a cover by Humberto Ramos. When the student body is forced to return home, Iric and Alvi come face-to-face with their mother: the Enchantress! Dealing with problems of her own in the wake of Strange’s death, fans will learn that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and more than just one realm is in trouble.

Check out the covers of October’s Death of Doctor Strange installments now, including the poignant cover for Death of Doctor Strange #2 by Kaare Andrews.

Preview: Magic #4

Magic #4

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Ig Guara (CA) Matteo Scalera
In Shops: Jul 07, 2021
SRP: $4.99

What secrets does Lazav keep?

Having discovered Duskmantle, Kaya, Vraska, and Ral will meet with the secretive Guildmaster of the Dimir, who may be the key to unraveling the mystery of the assassination attempts.

Meanwhile, the plot against the trio is beginning to turn Ravnica itself against them…

Magic #4

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2

(W) Karla Pacheco, Jed MacKay (A) Eleonora Carlini, Juan Ferreyra (CA) Sergio Davila
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 07, 2021
SRP: $4.99

The next can’t-miss installment of the “Infinite Destinies” saga is here! Spider-Man thinks he knows reality warpers – but he’s never met Ripley Ryan. Mass murderer and occasional Thunderbolt, Star is still searching for her own path…and the power to shape her future however she wants. But can the wielder of the Reality Stone really go up against a hero who’s fought gods?! Find out here – and get the next piece of the Infinity Stone puzzle!
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: Part 4 (of 8) of “Infinite Fury”!

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2
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