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Review: X-Force #4

X-Force #4

Ahab has returned to exterminate X-Force! What twisted scheme is Ahab conducting that has attracted the attention of X-Force? The team has begun to put the pieces together, but will they figure it out in time to stop mass genocide?

The first story arc has wound down but the heat has turned up high in X-Force #4. Writer Ed Brisson delivers an action packed issue that’s full of ups and downs for the team and an ending that’ll have folks buzzing.

What Brisson does that’s excellent is keep up reveals throughout the issue as we learn what Kid Cable is up to but that hints at something else creating a greater mystery. And, he does it with the action and humor we’ve come to expect from the previous three issues. There’s also over the top moments that just ups the fun of it all.

That over the top fun is helped by artist Dylan Burnett who with Jesus Aburtov‘s color and Cory Petit‘s lettering provides a style that’s perfect for Brisson’s narrative. There’s an aspect to the story that’s hyperbolic in a way and is an example of bigger being better. The upgrades some characters get is just fun in a silly way that only comics can deliver and the moments and beats delivered by Brisson are nailed through the art.

The issue is the end of the first arc but what it sets up will reverberate for some time. The end will get folks talking and has me so excited to see what comes next and what the team have up their sleeve. X-Force has always been about over the top action and this series delivers that and then some.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Dylan Burnett
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 7.95 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Avengers: No Road Home #1

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #1 COMIC REVIEW – Herky Jerky

Night has fallen across the universe. Now seven Avengers — and one new addition — journey forth to bring back the light. But when the threat they face has destroyed even the gods… will anyone make it home?

Marvel Comics Review: Avengers: No Road Home #1

It’a an all-new weekly Avengers event, Avengers: No Road Home! Night has fallen across the universe and seven Avengers, plus one more, need to bring back the light!

Avengers: No Road Home #1 is by Al Ewing, Mark Waid, Jim Zub, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, Jesus Aburtov, and Cory Petit.

Get your copy in comic shops on February 13! 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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Review: X-Force #2

X-Force #2

X-Force has been framed for murder! And in order to clear their names, they must reluctantly team up with the young Cable and Deathlok. But will they be able to put aside their differences long enough to stop a mutant genocide?!

X-Force #1 was a bit of a shocker in its quality and how much fun it was. Writer Ed Brisson rocked that issue much like he has with X-Force #2. This second issue picks up from the disaster of a mission that was the first with a nation rounding up mutants in a Holocaust like parable and X-Force doing what it can to stop exactly that. Then, there’s the x-factors of Kid Cable and Deathlok who are on a mission to figure out how this small nation is getting weapons from the future.

Brisson delivers all of that and more in an issue that’s full of action, some heart, some team tension, and a bit to make you think. Then there’s the reveals throughout the comic including teases as to where the weapons are coming from, with a nice feint thrown in. There’s some solid revelations that at times feel a bit been there done that but it’s all done in such a way that it feels like classic X-Men in the focus.

Brisson is helped by Dylan Burnett on art, Jesus Aburtov‘s colors, and Cory Petit‘s lettering. The art style stands out in such a way that it alone is a draw. There’s some solid styling here when it comes to character design and flow of the comic itself. There’s some interesting comparisons that can be made as t what it all is a reminder of, but, it really stands out as there’s little on the market like it today. The style feels like it also helps with the attitude of the comic in a way adding to the cool factor.

There’s revelations here. There’s action. There’s heart. The issue has a lot packed in and really moves the story along. It not only defines the focus of the current X-Force but it also helps place the series as to where it stands in the greater X world. The comic has a classic style to it and Brisson definitely hearkens to the feel of the team years ago. This is a back to basics comic in many ways and in doing so, it moves the series and characters along rather far.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Dylan Burnett
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: X-Force #1

X-Force #1

Cable is dead…and now, the original X-Force team of Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom and Warpath. must hunt down the murderer of their former leader! The mutant militia are hot for blood…but when their target is the time-traveling younger version of their fallen mentor, is there a line they absolutely cannot cross? And what does Deathlok have to do with all of it?

Extermination is over and done and spinning out of it, as shouldn’t be a surprise, is a new X-Force. Except, the new X-Force is a lot like the old X-Force. Yes, this is mostly the OG team that spun out of New Mutants, so rather appropriate this spins out of something as well.

Writer Ed Brisson delivers a first issue that nails the characters with a solid mix of smart-ass humor and intimidation. They’re on a mission and they need to talk to Kid Cable. That means they’ll do whatever it takes to find him, including hurting whomever they need to. And with that there’s some tropes but it’s really entertaining and great to see.

Then, we have Kid Cable’s aspect to all of this and of course there’s more than we’re initially lead to believe. It’s not unexpected and we also know that X-Force and Kid Cable will team up and Kid Cable will clash with Domino (and pretty much everyone). That aspect though is interesting and something that I hope is explored more in this series and elsewhere. It’s kid some nice echoes of past X stories but in today’s world also feels fresh.

All of this is helped by Dylan Burnett‘s art and Jesus Aburtov‘s coloring as the combo delivers a style that reminds me a bit of Umbrella Academy. It also adds to the humor and action with a style that takes it from a rather serious tone to something else. It has a flair about it that gets you to laugh, and Brisson’s writing helps in that department.

But, there’s a second story!

Boom Boom missed out on the main story, so where is she? Brisson gives us a back-up story with art by Juanan Ramírez and color by Brian Reber. It feels a bit like films where two storylines eventually converge and it completely works. It too delivers a solid mix of action and humor though the art style is a bit more traditional and what’s expected. Nothing wrong with that and it fits Boom Boom in a way.

The artwork is a bit unexpected in the main story but this debut issue is solid in every aspect. It has the action, the violence, the humor, and the right attitude. It all comes together in a way that is a welcome return to the classic misfit team from the 90s and me excited to read more of their adventures.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Dylan Burnett, Juanan Ramírez
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Brian Reber Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Advance Review: X-Force #1

X-Force is back and they’re on the hunt for Kid Cable and want some answers. Kid Cable is up to something as well! X-Force #1 is by Ed Brisson, Dylan Burnett, Jesus Aburtov, Juanan Ramirezm Brian Reber, and Cory Petit.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 26! 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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Review: Fantastic Four Wedding Special

The Fantastic Four wedding is approaching but before that some things need to get done. The Fantastic Four Wedding Special comic features three stories from Gail Simone, Laura Braga, Jesus Aburtov, Joe Caramagna, Dan Slott, Mark Buckingham, Mark Farmer, Matt Yackey, Fred Hembeck, and Megan Wilson.

Get your copy in comic shops 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.

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Celebrate The New Guardians of the Galaxy Team With Special Covers!

This January, Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw – the creative team that brought you Thanos – will bring a new Guardians of the Galaxy series to readers! And to celebrate the debut of this brand-new team, Marvel is releasing a series of variant covers showcasing past and present Guardians of the Galaxy characters from superstar artists Mike McKone, Ema Lupacchino, Dale Keown, Will Sliney, and more!

Look for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy variant covers on these select titles:

  1. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 by Gerald Parel
  2. AVENGERS #13 by Patrick Zircher with colors by Jason Keith
  3. BLACK PANTHER #8 by Jamal Campbell
  4. DEADPOOL #8 by Jamal Campbell
  5. DOCTOR STRANGE #10 by Will Sliney with colors by Frank D’Armata
  6. FANTASTIC FOUR #6 by Pasqual Ferry
  7. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 by Ron Lim with colors by Israel Silva
  8. IMMORTAL HULK #12 by Geoff Shaw
  9. SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST SPIDER #4 by Bobby Rubio
  10. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #2 by Mike McKone with colors by Jesus Aburtov
  11. UNCANNY X-MEN #8 by David Marquez
  12. X-23 #8 by Dale Keown
  13. X-FORCE #2 by Ema Lupacchino

Don’t miss your chance to collect all Guardians of the Galaxy variants, coming this January to your local comic shop!

Review: Domino Vol. 1 Killer Instinct

Domino takes center stage in an ongoing series written by Gail Simone with art by David Baleon, Michael Shelfer, and Anthony Piper, color by Jesus Aburtov, and lettering by VC’s Clayton Cowles. The trade collects the first six issues of the series.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on November 20. 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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Review: Captain America: Promised Land

The year is 2314, and the grandson of Steve Rogers lives in the utopian America Captain America dream about.

Captain America: Promised Land collects issues #701-704 from Mark Waid, Leonardo Romero, J.G. Jones, Adam Hughes, Howard Chaykin, Rod Reis, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Jordie Bellaire, Paul Mounts, Jesus Aburtov, Irma Knivila, and Joe Caramagna.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. 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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