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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
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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The Hunt for the Zero Shard rages on in Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War #3

Fortnite and Marvel heroes are currently fighting alongside each other to save both their universes from total annihilation in the pages of Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War, a limited comic series written by Christos Gage and Epic Games’ Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard and drawn by artist Sergio Dávíla. Fans who witnessed last month’s explosive debut issue and are gearing up for the second issue next week can now check out all six covers of Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War #3, on sale August 17!

Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War #3 will see the hunt for the Zero Shard continue into the Savage Land. Artists Francis Leinil Yu, Peach Momoko, and Ron Lim have brought the upcoming battle to life while artists Frank Cho and Carlos Pacheco depict exciting new Fortnite team ups with Storm, Hawkeye, and more! Plus, Derrick Chew delivers a romantic piece of one of Marvel’s most iconic couples, Rogue and Gambit, who debuted on the Fortnite Island earlier this year!

Each first print issue (physical copies only) of Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War contains a redeemable code to unlock a bonus digital cosmetic in Fortnite! Digital single-issue comic book purchases of Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War do not include any redeemable codes for Fortnite in-game bonus rewards.

Here are the in-game items Marvel and Fortnite fans can look forward to unlocking in the coming months:

  • Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War #2 – Stark Seven Wrap – Exclusive to comic buyers for over 2 months!
  • Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War #3 – Adamantium Claws Pickaxe – Exclusive to comic buyers for a limited time!
  • Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War #4 – New FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR Spray – Exclusive to comic buyers!
  • Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War #5 – New FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR Loading Screen – Exclusive to comic buyers!
  • Plus any fan who redeems all five codes (physical copies only) will receive a new bonus FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR Outfit!

Check out all Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War #3 covers now and pick up this action-packed issue when it arrives on August 17. Covers are by Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho, Derrick Chew, Frank Cho, Peach Momoko, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz and Jesus Aburtov, and Ron Lim and Israel Silva.

Review: Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1

Captain America is back in two different series. Both Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers are carrying the shield and “wearing” the mantle and everything that comes with it. Kicking off this new era is Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 which focuses in on Sam Wilson and his journey in the role.

Written by Tochi Onyebuchi, Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 is a nice start to the series delivering lots of action and mystery but it’s the quiet moments that really stand out. Onyebhuchi kicks the issue off with a solid action sequence but quickly dials things back to show how we got to that moment. Sam and Misty Knight spend the day together flirting and talking business and out of everything in the comic, it’s this human focus that’s the most interesting. It shows both at somewhat vulnerable moments as they attempt to experience a normal life while also having abnormal jobs. It’s a small human touch to the rather superhuman rest of it.

Joined by Falcon, Sam Wilson as Cap is on a mission involving a train with super-soldier serum being smuggled and the bad guys that want that formula. It’s good action with bits that are hard to follow visually but it all sets up things to come nicely. Where the action falls apart is it doesn’t quite nail down some of the more emotional aspects and some moments that should have a bit more punch fall a little flat. It introduces almost too much and doesn’t go enough into depth with some aspects.

The art by R.B. Silva is good. It goes from action to quieter moments and back to the action nicely and the art style fits it all well. Silva is joined by Jesus Aburtov on color and lettering by Joe Caramagna. Where the art is interesting is some of it feels a little like the opening sequence to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The action sequence is helped by what we’ve seen on the small screen as we fill in some gaps or “see it” played out on the comic page more like we saw it played out on the tv screen. Helping or hurting is unknown but I couldn’t help shake a little déjà vu in that way.

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 is a good start. There’s a lot of summer popcorn aspects to it and it sets things to come nicely. Overall, there’s a lot of potential here. What remains to be seen is how this series differentiates itself from the other Captain America series that’s coming. The two should be intriguing together and here’s hoping they compliment each other for a greater experience.

Story: Tochi Onyebuchi Art: R.B. Silva
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Exclusive Preview: Shang-Chi #10

Shang-Chi #10

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Marcus To
(C) Erick Arciniega (L) Travis Lanham
(CA) Leinil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho (VCA) Creees Lee & Jesus Aburtov, Leinil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho
In Shops: Mar 23, 2022
SRP: $3.99
Rated T+

For months, a mysterious mastermind has been operating behind the scenes to take down Shang-Chi and his family. Now, he is stepping out of the shadows to make his final strike. His objective? To destroy everyone in Shang-Chi’s bloodline! Join writer Gene Luen Yang and new ongoing artist, Marcus To (EXCALIBUR), as they embark on the next new phase of Shang-Chi’s legend!

Shang-Chi #10

Review: Maestro: World War M #1

Maestro: World War M #1

When people in power become comfortable, they tend to feel an air of invincibility. They start to feel like they are untouchable. That often leads them to mistreat the people under them. They often change for the worse.

When I was in the military, I saw the devolution often. The ones who would got promoted often decried the current leadership. When they got promoted, it became about self preservation, which lead them to forsaking those around them along the way. This is where they stop seeing their friends as well as their enemies. Blindspots become overwhelming. In the opening of Peter David’s final chapter the saga of Maestro, Maestro: World War M #1, unseen threats come to take the tyrant off his perch.

We are taken to a simulation within the Kremlin in Moscow where Maestro looks to settle a score with Abomination. The battle is brutal resulting in a tragic ending.  We soon find out MODOK had been keeping Abomination is stasis this whole time. They live in a world where Maestro rules over the survivors from a nuclear apocalypse. The issue takes us further into the world catching up with Doom and Namor and by the issue’s end, another hero for the Maestro to contend with. The issue is a solid set up showing us the key players of the story to come and reminding us of Maestro’s dominance.

Overall, Maestro: World War M #1 is an excellent first chapter to the ongoing saga of Maestro. The story by David is astounding. The art by Germán Peralta and Pasqual Ferry is amazing. Altogether, the debut issue proves just how formidable a villain Maestro is in this final chapter.

Story: Peter David Art: Germán Peralta, Pasqual Ferry
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Matt Hollingsworth Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Choose Your Destiny in Destiny of X!

What destinies await Marvel’s mightiest mutants? See what possible futures lie ahead in new teasers starring your favorite X-Men characters and stay tuned for more information on Destiny of X!

Check out these new teasers of Destiny by Mike McKone and Jesus Aburtov, Magneto by Stephen Segovia and Rain Beredo, and Mister Sinister by Dustin Weaver.

Choose Your Destiny in Destiny of X!

What destinies await Marvel’s mightiest mutants? See what possible futures lie ahead in new teasers starring your favorite X-Men and stay tuned for more information on Destiny of X!

The Hope teaser features art by David Baldeon and Israel Silva, Storm is by Taurin Clarke, and Wolverine is by Carlos Gomez and Jesus Aburtov.

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