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Review: Empyre: Avengers #0

Empyre: Avengers #0

Zero comics are always interesting in that they’ve really become recap comics in so many ways. Their goal is to get us introduced to whatever event is coming. It’s also to catch up new readers so that they have an idea as to what’s going on. So, it’s clear they have a goal in mind and something to achieve. Empyre is an event steeped in Marvel history and it wears that on its sleeve. Empyre: Avengers #0 catches readers up with an almost bullet-point coverage of what they really need to know.

Written by Al Ewing, Empyre: Avengers #0 sets up what’s to come in the cosmic event. The Kree and Skrull empires have united and are on a mission of genocide. The Avengers are tasked with standing in the way and stopping a cosmic juggernaut from ravaging and terrorizing others. While the comic itself does a good job catching readers up, those who have read Marvel for decades, especially the cosmic side of things, will absolutely appreciate what’s within more. There’s talks of the history of the Skrulls and Kree and Celestial Madonnas, all referencing past stories and history that hasn’t really felt completely relevant for some time. Ewing though, makes it feel relevant. His writing almost takes the idea that these concepts were put to the side and makes them relevant again much like an empire rising.

Ewing also gives us an interesting perspective in the comic. It’s told mostly from Tony Stark’s perspective. A clearly resurrected Tony Stark which is happening in the “2020” event that’s going on. A case of bad timing for releases. But, what Ewing does is take the characters to the moon where a garden has formed and delivers Tony a religious experience. This is a man stuck in the world of science and we see him for the first time recently really let that go and let faith come in. A man of metal is struck by the beauty of green.

There’s also lots of small details of personality that are touched upon, especially between Tony and Carol Danvers. Marvel has made it a dance of personalities between these two well before Civil War 2 and well after. There’s a new direction for Tony here potentially and where the story takes him might be the most interesting aspect.

The art by Pepe Larraz, colorist Marte Gracia, and letterer Joe Caramagna is fantastic. The team has the task of delivering organic beauty in a space we’d normally consider desolate and cold. And they do so by playing those two aspects off of each other. There’s also some fantastic sequences of action and even the more contemplative quiet moments are engaging. While there’s aspects that could have gone overboard in the visuals, the team holds back and in many ways it’s preferred. It has more of a fin of the shark before seeing the full shark feel to it all. The scale of what’s about to happen is hinted at but the full weight not felt.

Empyre: Avengers #0 has a goal and it achieves that. New readers should be able to understand what’s going on and longtime readers should be reminded as to what stories they should reflect upon. It sets up what’s to come delivering entertaining moments while looking ahead. If you are at all interested in this event, this is a comic to absolutely get.

Story: Al Ewing Art: Pepe Larraz
Color: Marte Gracia Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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A Wave Blue World Kickstarts Maybe Someday: Stories of Promise, Visions of Hope

Maybe Someday: Stories of Promise, Visions of Hope

A Wave Blue World has announced the launch of its latest anthology, Maybe Someday: Stories of Promise, Visions of Hope which is now raising funds on Kickstarter. The graphic novel anthology is a sequel to All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World which received a Ringo Award nomination for “best anthology.”

Maybe Someday is a new full-color anthology presenting over twenty-five aspirational stories to lift the spirits of readers and instill the hope that a brighter future is possible. Maybe Someday also reunites the publisher with the editorial team of Matt Miner and Eric Palicki.

The Maybe Someday Kickstarter campaign, running through the entire month of June, offers a Kickstarter exclusive cover, which is only available to backers. The cover art is by Max Dunbar with colors by Espen Grundetjern. Logo and cover design are by Tim Daniel. A different cover by this same team will be featured on the direct market edition when the book comes out later this year.

Other rewards include a digital sketchbook, signed bookplates, and combo packs of previously published anthologies.

Check out the full list of creators taking part, it’s a who’s who of comic talent:

Natasha Alterici, Alejandro Aragon, Darren Auck, Max Bemis, Anthony Breznican, Ryan Cady, Mario Candelaria, Joe Caramagna, Tyler Chin-Tanner, Gab Contreras, Shawn Daley, Jono Diener, Jeff Edwards, Greg Anderson Elysee, Mike Feehan, Ryan Ferrier, Joe Glass, Isaac Goodhart, Adam Gorham, Hagai, Ray-Anthony Height, Josh Hood, Daniel Kibblesmith, Konner Knudsen, Michael Kupperman, Alisa Kwitney, Valentine De Landro, Robert Lee, Yasmin Liang, Mauricet, John McFarlane, Matt Miner, Christopher Mitten, Michael Moreci, Steve Niles, Eric Palicki, Emily Pearson, Stephanie Phillips, Curt Pires, Sebastian Piriz, Andy Poole, Nick Pyle, Rod Reis, Renfamous, Marco Rudy, Ethan Sacks, Phillip Sevy, Erica Shultz, Martin Simmonds, Aubrey Sitterson, Stelladia, Sally Jane Thompson, Zoe Thorogood, Bobby Timony, and Rockwell White.

Review: 2020 Ironheart #1

2020 Ironheart #1

2020 Ironheart #1 is an interesting comic. It’s a tie-in miniseries to two different events that appear to be happening at the same time. Focused on Riri Williams, Ironheart, the issue takes on the current “2020” storyline playing out in Iron Man but also the “Outlawed” story impacted Marvel‘s younger heroes.

In “2020” Arno Stark has taken over Tony’s company and decides to wage a ware against Artificial Intelligence. In “Outlawed,” legislation has been passed banning kid superheroes. It’s two very different stories but writers Vita Ayala and Danny Lore brilliantly focus the issue on the morality of both plotlines.

2020 Ironheart #1 isn’t an action comic. Sure, there are some scenes involving out of control AI-powered cars. But, at its core, the comic is Riri debating her artificial intelligence, N.A.T.A.L.I.E. about what they should do. In this debate, the roles are reversed from expectations. Riri is the cold, logical individual, while N.A.T.A.L.I.E. is full of emotion. It’s an interesting thing to read as it plays out and circumvents expectations of a superhero comic where you’d expect them to punch things most of an issue. Instead, comes off more as a thought-provoking play than a blockbuster movie.

The art by David Messina is good. With color by Mattia Iacono and lettering by Joe Caramagna, visually the comic is solid though doesn’t quite suck you in. There’s some solid sequences when it comes to the action but the comic is about the quieter moments. Those quieter moments never quite deliver visually. And, that’s hard to do generally. The comic feels more cerebral than emotional and part of that is the visuals never quite connect emotionally. Still, they do the job in telling the story.

2020 Ironheart #1 is a good comic. But, unless you’re invested in the character or the two storylines that are connected, it’s hard to say this is a must get. Still, there’s some solid moments and debate about the role of superheroes within.

Story: Vita Ayala, Danny Lore Art: David Messina
Color: Mattia Iacono Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.15 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

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Review: The Amazing Mary Jane #6

Mary Jane has wrapped up filming her film and is back on the East Coast… but a promotional interview goes sideways in this brand new arc.

Story: Leah Williams
Art: Carlos Gómez, Zé Carlos, Annapaola Martello
Color: Carlos Lopez
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

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Review: Fantastic Four Vol. 4 Thing vs. Immortal Hulk

The Thing is married and it’s time for his honeymoon! But, the Immortal Hulk has other plans!

Fantastic Four Vol. 4 Thing vs. Immortal Hulk collects issues #12-13, Fantastic Four: Yancy Street, and Fantastic Four: Negative Zone.

Story: Dan Slott, Gerry Duggan, Mike Carey, Ryan North
Art: Sean Izaakse, Greg Smallwood, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna, Luciano Vecchio, Pere Pérez, Stefano Caselli, Steve Uly
Color: Marcio Menyz, Greg Smallwood, Erick Arciniega
Letterer: Joe Caramagna, Cory Petit

Get your copy in comic shops now and bookstores on March 24! 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.

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Spy Island #1 Sells Out Before Its April Release

Spy Island #1, the Bermuda Triangle spy-mystery miniseries from the Eisner-nominated team Chelsea Cain, Lia Miternique, Elise McCall, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna sells out ahead of its on-sale date. Dark Horse Comics has announced a second printing, featuring an all-new cover by co-creator Lia Miternique. 

The highly anticipated dark-humored espionage-adventure is told from the point of view of wry super spy Nora Freud, and takes place on a tropical island where surfers are more likely to be attacked by mermaids than by sharks, and cheap super villains take advantage of the deep discounts during the off-season.

Spy Island #1 arrives in your local comic shop April 1, 2020 featuring a main cover and variant cover by Lia Miternique. Dark Horse Comics will publish the new, second printing variant of issue 1, featuring an all new cover by Lia Miternique on April 8th, in order to meet the high demand from comic book stores and readers.

Spy Island #1

Preview: Marvel Vault of Heroes: Thor Vol. 1

Marvel Vault of Heroes: Thor Vol. 1

(W) Louise Simonson, Paul Tobin, Todd DeZago, Joe Caramagna (A) Rodney Buchemi, Jon Buran, Ronan Cliquet, Jeremy Freeman, Ron Lim, Scott Koblish, Kevin Sharpe, Terry Pallot, Amilton Santos (CA) Karl Kesel
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
SRP: $19.99

THE MIGHTY THOR’s story begins here! See how the God of Thunder came to our world, and what awesome adversities shaped him into a champion of man in this collection of young-reader comic book stories.

Includes Marvel Adventures Super Heroes (2008) #7, #11, Marvel Adventures Super Heroes (2010) #6, #13, #19, Marvel Adventures The Avengers #5, #15, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #10.

Marvel Vault of Heroes: Thor Vol. 1

Review: Dawn of X Vol. 3

Want to get into Marvel’s X-Men relaunch? They’ve made it easy with Dawn of X collections that package all of the comics of the same number!

Dawn of X Vol. 3 includes the third issue for X-Men, Marauders, Excalibur, New Mutants, X-Force, and Fallen Angels.

Story: Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Tini Howard, Ed Brisson, Benjamin Percy, Bryan Edward Hill
Art: Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Michele Bandini, Elisabetta D’Amico, Marcus To, Flaviano, Joshua Cassara, Szymon Kudranski
Color: Sunny Gho, Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega, Carlos Lopez, Guru-eFX, Frank D’Armata
Letterer: Clayton Cowles, Cory Petit, Travis Lanham, Joe Caramagna, Joe Sabino

Get your copy in comic shops now and bookstores on March 24! 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.

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Review: Star Wars: Darth Vader #2

Star Wars: Darth Vader #2

The debut issue of the series ended with a shocker, Darth Vader facing down Padmé Amidala. Though we saw her die, there she was, alive and well. Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 doesn’t keep the mystery going long and the explanation is pretty obvious. But, the comic continues to excel at exploring Vader’s motivations and close up a nagging question from the prequels.

Writer Greg Pak delivers a solid second issue that delivers some action but mostly focuses on Vader. Through flashbacks, we get the sense of an individual torn by his history and haunted by it as well. There’s an overarching familiar tone to the comic. Pak presents Vader as a looming ghost stalking faux-Padmé. There’s an infusion of the familiar slasher/horror trope of the slow plodding killer hunting down his victim. It’s a genre infusion that I’ve yet to experience in Star Wars. It’s also an interesting mix for a universe whose various recent releases have reached out more to other genres to explore the familiar world.

Raffaele Ienco‘s art is key for the issue. Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 uses similar visual queues as the first issue. It bounces between Vader’s memories and the current situation. Neeraj Menon‘s colors are important for that. Vader’s memories are shown in red giving us a cold but angry perspective. We see the world and memories through his eyes. Literally coloring our view of his world. We get to see his perspective and how it has warped his mission. It makes his motivations understandable as the reader. But, it also doesn’t justify them since we know it’s a false viewpoint.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 is a solid second entry that continues Vader’s quest. What’s interesting is it also seems to address the open question of who knew about Padmé’s death? Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 has interesting implications about information and how it’s wielded and controlled in the Star Wars universe.

Closing unanswered questions while adding depth to Vader, it’s a series that expands Marvel’s positive mark on the world of Star Wars.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Raffaele Ienco
Color: Neeraj Menon Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Ducktales: Faires & Scares #3 (of 3)

Ducktales: Faires & Scares #3 (of 3)

(W) Joe Caramagna (A) Various (CA) Marco Ghiglione, Christina Stella
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

It’s a flashback to Scrooge’s days in S.H.U.S.H. as he and Bentina Beakley go undercover to infiltrate and stop a F.O.W.L. sleeper cell in the final issue of DuckTales! But what mysterious figure from Scrooge’s past will arrive to complicate matters? Find out in “Under the Cover of Can’tarctica!”

Ducktales: Faires & Scares #3 (of 3)
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