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Preview: Death of Doctor Strange: Spider-Man #1

Death of Doctor Strange: Spider-Man #1

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Marcelo Ferreira (CA) Greg Land
RATED T+
In Shops: Dec 01, 2021
SRP: $4.99

• This ain’t Ben Reilly’s first rodeo as Spider-Man, but he’s never had to deal with the death of the Sorcerer Supreme and what it does to New York City.
• Part of Strange’s will and testament was to ask Spidey to deal with particular problems… Is BEN up to it?
• Black Cat isn’t a big Ben fan, so is she riding shotgun because she owes Strange to keep an eye on Ben, or to sabotage Ben?!

Death of Doctor Strange: Spider-Man #1

The Final Battle for the Fate of the Multiverse in Magic #9

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Magic #9, 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 December 8, 2021.

Kaya, Vraska, Ral, and Jace assemble the most powerful Planeswalkers from across the multiverse for the final battle against a civilization-ending threat. But the terrible and ancient enemy they face is a force too powerful to face head on… With [REDACTED] headed their way, the only way to save the multiverse is to make a dangerous alliance with death! Will their veritable array of powers hold off the teeming dead and lead the true threat into their trap?

Magic #9 features main cover art by acclaimed artist Qistina Khalidah as well as variant cover art by Ig Guara and Tamra Bonvillain, Elizabeth Torque, Alejandro Mirabal, and Jae Lee.

Magic #9

Preview: Death of Doctor Strange #3 (of 5)

Death of Doctor Strange #3 (of 5)

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Kaare Andrews
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

MEET THE THREE MOTHERS!
With no Sorcerer Supreme, Earth is left entirely defenseless against the mother – MOTHERS – of all mystical threats. Meet the Three Mothers: the Wyrd, an alien mage-priestess; the Crown, a powerful warrior-queen; and the Crawling, a monstress composed of acid-mouthed worms. Will they be the Marvel Universe’s undoing? And were they the ones who killed Stephen Strange?! In the vein of the Black Order, don’t miss the first appearances of the next great Marvel villain team!

Death of Doctor Strange #3 (of 5)

Preview: Death of Doctor Strange #3 (of 5)

Death of Doctor Strange #3 (of 5)

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Kaare Andrews
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

MEET THE THREE MOTHERS!
With no Sorcerer Supreme, Earth is left entirely defenseless against the mother – MOTHERS – of all mystical threats. Meet the Three Mothers: the Wyrd, an alien mage-priestess; the Crown, a powerful warrior-queen; and the Crawling, a monstress composed of acid-mouthed worms. Will they be the Marvel Universe’s undoing? And were they the ones who killed Stephen Strange?! In the vein of the Black Order, don’t miss the first appearances of the next great Marvel villain team!

Death of Doctor Strange #3 (of 5)

Review: Moon Knight #5

Moon Knight #5

This latest volume of Moon Knight has been an interesting one. There’s a lot to like about it and some things that feel a little stretched out and some things ignored. There’s someone stalking Marc, an unknown force lurking in the background. Then, there’s a downplay of the fact he was raised Jewish and his father was a Rabbi. Moon Knight #5 feels like it’s almost made to take on those criticisms bringing together the setup of the first four issues while exploring Marc Spector’s religious upbringing.

Writer Jed MacKay focuses on Spector’s time with his doctor. It’s a required meeting, made so by the Avengers. In it, we’ve gotten teases of the man under the mask. This issue really focuses on the mask. Why does he wear the mask all the time? In it, MacKay dives deep into the history of Marc Spector. His past experiences are laid to bare but more importantly, his Jewish faith is addressed. This is the first time since one sentence in the first issue its been brought up. And, it makes the character that much more interesting.

Spector’s speech might seem like an interesting explanation to many, but for those of use raised in the Jewish faith, it feels like a much deeper cut, exploring “Jewishness” in the modern era. We learn of the varied aspects of a religion whose G-d has ignored and tried them so often versus a people who have bolted on armor and strength to say “never again”. Spector in this exchange becomes something that I’ve been waiting as a reader for so long to see, a front and center Jewish comic character whose faith and upbringing has shaped them as a hero. This is what I’ve been waiting for when it comes to the series. It’s also something that so many won’t get the impact.

Alessandro Cappuccio‘s art impresses mixing the action throughout the issue with the psychological quieter moments of Moon Knight sitting and talking. Even under a mask, we get a range of emotions through the tilt of a head and angling of the body. Rachelle Rosenberg‘s colors balance the light and the dark creating a comic that balances its settings so well and never relies too heavily on dark shadows to make the point. The colors provide a balance between light and dark like Moon Knight himself. Cory Petit‘s lettering stands out as well, packing in speeches that drama students might recite.

Moon Knight #5 is everything I want from this series. It explores the character’s mental state, his upbringing, and how it’s all impacted him. It also delivers a lot of action finally delivering the reveal of the “big bad” we’ve been waiting for. It’s a hell of an issue that feels like it really pays off for those who’ve been waiting.

Story: Jed MacKay Art: Alessandro Cappuccio
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Review: Magic #8

Magic: The Gathering comes to comics courtesy of BOOM! Studios. Magic #8 feels a bit like a recap issue as Tezzeret takes us through what has happened and what needs to happen to defeat Marit Lage.

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

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Kindle
Zeus Comics
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Marvel Reveals Timeless #1 Variants

This December, the very future of the Marvel Universe is at stake in Jed MacKay, Kev Walker, Greg Land, and Mark Bagley’s Timeless #1! The special one-shot will see Kang the Conqueror take an epic journey across space and time where he’ll get a startling glimpse at some of Marvel’s biggest 2022 stories. To celebrate this incredible moment in Marvel history, Marvel’s Stormbreakers, the next generation of elite comic artists, have turned out new covers depicting some of your favorite heroes. Incorporating time imagery in stunning fashion, these pieces are perfect companions to Kang’s venture into the timestream!

Check out all eight covers by Natacha Bustos, Juann Cabal, Carmen Carnero, Joshua Cassara, Iban Coello, Patrick Gleason, Peach Momoko, and R.B. Silva and pick them up at your local comic shop on December 29!

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #78.BEY

Amazing Spider-Man #78.BEY

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Eleonora Carlini (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 17, 2021
SRP: $4.99

• The Daughters of the Dragon are Spider-Man’s trainers, and they are kicking his WEBBY BUTT!
• But is even their skill level enough for the mission that Beyond sends them on?
• Who is the new villain OBSIDIAN STAR and how will Misty and Colleen possibly take him down?
• Don’t miss this pivotal issue!

Amazing Spider-Man #78.BEY

Preview: Moon Knight #5

Moon Knight #5

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Alessandro Cappuccio (CA) Steve McNiven
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Moon Knight’s hidden enemy is revealed – but revealed is not the same as caught, and he soon finds masks beneath masks as he hunts his way after his new nemesis. At the same time, Dr. Andrea Sterman pierces Moon Knight’s own mask and, for the first time, gets some honest answers.

Moon Knight #5

Preview: Magic #8

Magic #8

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Ig Guara (CA) Qistina Khalidah
In Shops: Nov 10, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Tying directly into the events of Magic: Master of Metal #1, Tezzeret enters the fray and brings with him vital information to the cabal of Planeswalkers defending Ravnica regarding [REDACTED]!

Only Tezzeret knows the truth about why Jace Beleren was attacked and why he is the key to saving the Multiverse from the utter destruction coming to Ravnica.

But that secret and what it means force Jace, Vraska, Kaya, and the allied Guilds of Ravnica to make an unthinkable choice… linked to the very crimes that Tezzeret seeks to be pardoned for in exchange for his help!

Magic #8
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