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Daredevil #1 delivers weird along with predictable beats

Daredevil #1

BORN AGAIN! The new era of Daredevil starts with a new Daredevil #1! Where does Elektra fit into all of this? What is the future of Hell’s Kitchen? Romance! Intrigue! And, of course, ACTION!

After the wild ride that was the previous run of Daredevil, writer Saladin Ahmed kicks off Daredevil #1 leaning somewhat hard into those events. A quick recap catches readers up, but even with that, the debut issue feels like those who haven’t been keeping up might be missing something. Still, the debut has its moments and concepts are interesting enough.

Ahmed’s Matt Murdock is a Priest running an orphanage that both the church and city want to shut down. But, a generous benefactor makes sure that doesn’t happen, keeping things running and him in the clear. But, Murdock’s past has still happened and he’s haunted by memories and dreams of his former life. It’s an interesting concept overall for the character but one that’s a little predictable in a way. Of course he’ll done the costume again at some point and regain his memories. It’s a question of how and when.

Where the comic gets intriguing is Murdock’s faith. He sees his actions as Daredevil and what haunts him as sinful and he’s doing his best to live a life free from all of that. The dive into Murdock’s Catholicism is something we’ve seen off and on throughout the years and while present here, it feels more surface level than anything deep. Still, it’s an interesting direction with potential.

Where the comic stumbles are some specifics that feel very “Punisher back as avenging angel.” It’s not explained but felt like a record scratch in an otherwise ok issue. How that particular aspect is used in the story as presented going forward will be interesting and at least gives Daredevil something to fight beyond ninjas and Kingpin.

The art by Aaron Kuder is good. Like the story itself, it’s entertaining enough and shows some really interesting moments and potential for future issues. With color by Jesus Aburtov and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the script keeps the action limited for the most part which at times allows the action to pop. Kuder channels Jim Steranko in one two page spread that shows what could be. The use of Matt’s radar too is limited but that might be more about the story and his fighting his past. What is shown shows off some potential there for the art to pop. While there’s some solid panels and pages, overall, the visuals like excitement.

Daredevil #1 feels reserved in many ways. It’s a slow start overall that has interesting concepts but not an interesting pitch of those concepts. It feels rather safe in some ways and a little bit of a throwback in others. After the wild, emotional driven ride, that was the previous volume, this one is a definite change in pace.

Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Aaron Kuder
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Exclusive Preview: Black Panther #3

Black Panther #3

(W) Eve L. Ewing (A) Chris Allen, Mack Chater
(I) Craig Yeung, Mack Chater (C) Jesus Aburtov (L) Joe Sabino
(CA) Taurin Clarke (VCA) Chris Allen, Ian Bertram
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 23, 2023
SRP: $3.99

DEATHLOK’S NEW TARGET: T’CHALLA!
The five crime families that rule Birnin T’Chaka have heard the rumors that the Black Panther is lurking in the shadows, so they bring in a hired gun to help protect their interests the cyborg assassin known as DEATHLOK!

Black Panther #3

Black Panther #1 kicks off an interesting new direction but it’s the art that really stands out

Banished from the throne and a fugitive in his own homelands, T’Challa still can’t leave Wakanda without its sworn protector. A king without a crown, he finds new purpose lurking the streets and shadows of the Wakandan city that bears his father’s name, Birnin T’Chaka. Black Panther #1 kicks off a whole new volume that grounds the character delivering new opportunities.

Story: Eve L. Ewing
Art: Chris Allen
Ink: Chris Allen, Craig Yeung
Color: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: Joe Sabino

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Black Panther #1 kicks off an intriguing new direction

Black Panther #1

Banished from the throne and a fugitive in his own homelands, T’Challa still can’t leave Wakanda without its sworn protector. A king without a crown, he finds new purpose lurking the streets and shadows of the Wakandan city that bears his father’s name, Birnin T’Chaka. Black Panther #1 kicks off a whole new volume that grounds the character delivering new opportunities.

Written by Eve L. Ewing, Black Panther #1 picks up on the previous volume which stripped the hero of so much of his identity. He’s no longer a king, he’s a fugitive and wanted, his relationship with other heroes is strained. T’Challa’s status is twisted bringing a take on the character that’s more in common with his brief run as Daredevil than it does with Black Panther stories of the past.

Ewing presents the character more as a shadow, stalking a city and making his presence barely known. It’s a take on the character that makes him feel more like Batman than anything else but it’s a take that’s entertaining and interesting. He no longer has all of the wealth, support, tools, tech, and well… an army and nation, to support him. With a new costume and his intelligence, it’s a different take on the character that feels more “street level” than the globe-trotting or nation level stories of the past.

And Ewing does it all with a nice introduction. Whether you’ve read the series for years or start with this issue, you’ll quickly catch up and understand the status-quo, at least what you need to. While the specifics are glossed over, the major details are there allowing for new readers to easily dive in.

The art is stunning. Chris Allen does a fantastic job with inks by Allen and Craig Yeung, color by Jesus Aburtov, and lettering by Joe Sabino. There’s an attention to detail here that makes the comic more immersive in its Wakandan setting. Without it, something would feel missing from the comic. There’s page layouts and panel focuses that make it all a visual treat and will have readers lingering on the pages soaking up the art.

Black Panther #1 is an intriguing start that sets the character off in a new direction. Add in amazing art and you have a debut that can’t be missed and worthy of a (former) king.

Story: Eve L. Ewing Art: Chris Allen
Ink: Chris Allen, Craig Yeung Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.25 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Captain America: Symbol of Truth #12

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #12

(W) Tochi Onyebuchi (A) R. B. Silva
(C): Jesus Aburtov (L) Joe Caramagna
(CA) R. B. Silva (VCA) Rafael Albuquerque, C.F. Villa
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 26, 2023
SRP: $3.99

COLD WAR – PART TWO!
White Wolf has used the power granted him by Bucky Barnes to take control of Dimension Z and unleash its creatures onto the Captains America. Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers are prepared to fight their way through the onslaught, but the Outer Circle has more stakes in this fight than our heroes realize. Can Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers agree on their priorities before they fall to this new threat? And what exactly does Bucky Barnes intend to do to Ian Rogers?

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #12

Exclusive Preview: Captain America: Symbol of Truth #12

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #12

(W) Tochi Onyebuchi (A) R. B. Silva
(C): Jesus Aburtov (L) Joe Caramagna
(CA) R. B. Silva (VCA) Rafael Albuquerque, C.F. Villa
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 26, 2023
SRP: $3.99

COLD WAR – PART TWO!
White Wolf has used the power granted him by Bucky Barnes to take control of Dimension Z and unleash its creatures onto the Captains America. Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers are prepared to fight their way through the onslaught, but the Outer Circle has more stakes in this fight than our heroes realize. Can Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers agree on their priorities before they fall to this new threat? And what exactly does Bucky Barnes intend to do to Ian Rogers?

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #12

Review: Fantastic Four #1

Fantastic Four #1

It’s a new volume of Marvel’s first family with Fantastic Four #1. While I’ve read Fantastic Four off and on over the decades, I can’t say it’s a series that regularly hooked me. There’s few runs I’ve read that really jumped out to me and I often stick around for an arc here and there. So, with a new debut, new creative team, and new direction, I thought I’d give it a shot and see what’s going on. And, while the first issue is entertaining, I can’t say it hooked me.

Fantastic Four #1 has Ryan North taking over for writing duty. And while at times you might think of the Fantastic Four as grand in a galactic multiversal way, this start is very focused and kind of subdued. The Thing and Alicia are on a road trip and that has taken them to a small town in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, something odd is going on. The town should be a ghost town. It’s stuck in the past. And… it resets every day. It’s up to these two to solve the mystery and just maybe fix the problem.

While we think of the Fantastic Four as this big family, it’s interesting North keeps the start small and focused on just two individuals. There’s also not some grand galactic mystery to solve, or really even a villain. Instead, the issue feels more Scooby Doo than anything else. The duo must solve a mystery. It’s quite simple and North’s delivery is fun.

North keeps the story focused in a few ways. There’s the relationship between the Thing (Ben) and Alicia. That ties in nicely with what they eventually discover. North also keeps things going with a lot of humor. Even the tense moments are delivered with a bit of a smile. The deliver is lighthearted and fun, the type of read that puts a smile on your face.

Iban Coello‘s art is solid. With Jesus Aburtov on color and Joe Caramagna on lettering the visuals pack a lot in. There’s great work in sending the duo to a town frozen in time but what really stands out is some of the panel work. There’s pages with 15 panels on it. And it works, it works really well. The full page is used and not only does the visuals deliver the jokes and body language but the lettering doesn’t overwhelm the rather packed in panels.

As a one-shot, Fantastic Four #1 works really well. As a break between arcs, an annual, or even a one-shot special, it’d be a fun and entertaining read. But, as a debut issue that’s supposed to hook us, it doesn’t quite get there. The story and art is quite good, but there’s a lack of excitement and barely a tease of what’s to come to try to get readers to come back. As the start of a new volume, it’s a bit of a headscratcher.

Story: Ryan North Art: Iban Coello
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Exclusive Preview: Black Panther #10

Black Panther #10

(W) John Ridley (A) German Peralta
(C) Jesus Aburtov (L) Joe Sabino
(CA) Alex Ross (VCA) Jan Bazaldua, Taurin Clarke
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The devastating finale of “RANGE WARS”! While the Colonialist keeps the Avengers busy fighting his army, he sends his most dangerous lieutenant, the Buffalo Soldier, to deal with T’Challa. With advanced weaponry that can damage vibranium, T’Challa must think fast if he hopes to survive this fight and keep Earth from becoming the latest acquisition of the Colonialist!

Black Panther #10

Exclusive Preview: Captain America: Symbol of Truth #4

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #4

(W) Tochi Onyebuchi (A) Ze Carlos, R. B. Silva
(L) Joe Caramagna (C) Jesus Aburtov
(CA) R. B. Silva (VCA) Leonel Castellani
RATED T+
In Shops: Aug 24, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Sam Wilson uncovers a plot that poses an imminent threat to both the U.S. and Wakanda – but Wakanda doesn’t want to play ball with Captain America. Faced with an impossible decision, Sam tries to do what’s best for both countries. But will his gamble pay off or cost him dearly? And what interest do the elusive White Wolf and his ally Crossbones have in the outcome?

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #4

Review: Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #2

Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #2

Life leads you some unexpected paths. We all have a plan of how things are supposed to go. There are the things we can control, and we do everything we could do to ensure our desired outcome. Then there are those things out of our hands.  

That job you want , that person you have feelings for , that reward you felt was yours, things that you have no power over and can frustrate you to no end. Sometimes, this is when we surprise ourselves. It may lead us to places and people we never knew we needed. In Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #2 we find Jane , looking to Doctor Voodoo for answers.

We find Thor in a dark place, as he is being hunted by a giant snake, fearing these may be his last moments, he flashes to the time Freya thought him about death, and remembering the one he truly loved, Jane. We are also taken to Asgard, where Sif is fighting alongside the Valkyries as the Dark Elves try to take the kingdom. We also find  Jane in New Orleans looking to Doctor Voodoo for help in finding Thor,an ask, not easily granted.. By issue’s end, Jane is headed to the Splinter Realsm to find Thor and Echantress has breached Asgard’s walls to obtain the keys ot Hel.

Overall, Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #2 is a momentous second issue that never pumps the brakes. The story by Gronbekk is mesmerizing. The art by creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, it’s a story that leaves readers breathless.

Story: Torunn Gronbekk Art: Michael Dowling
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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