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Review: Avengers Arena: The Complete Collection

Out now is Avengers Arena: The Complete Collection which brings all 18 issues together for one handy read. The series features the Runaways, Avengers Academy, X-23, the Braddock Academy, and more on an island where they must battle it out to the death. Yes, it’s teenage superheroes meets Battle Royale!

Avengers Arena is by Dennis Hopeless, Christos Gage, Kev Walker, Alessandro Vitti, Jason Gorder, Riccardo Burchielli, Karl Moline, Mark Pennington, Rick Magyar, Frank Martin, Rain Beredo, Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Joe Caramagna, Dave Johnson, Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Greg Horn, Mike Del Mundo, Kaiman Adrasofszky, Mike Deodato, Jr., Francesco Francavilla, Jon Moisan, and Bill Rosemann.

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Preview: DuckTales, Vol. 3: Quests and Quacks

DuckTales, Vol. 3: Quests and Quacks

Joe Caramagna & Joey Cavalieri (w) • Gianfranco Florio & Marco Ghiglione & Luca Usai (a) • Marco Ghiglione (c)

Tales from the heart of Duckburg and beyond! This volume collects stories inspired by the critically acclaimed Disney Channel series, as Scrooge and company face off against brand new threats—and a few familiar ones too! Scrooge and company deal with magical relics, dastardly ghosts, and one of Scrooge’s greatest threats: a risk assessor from an insurance company! Plus, see the return of classic villains The Beagle Boys! This volume features six new tales from issues #6-8 of the ongoing series.

TPB • FC • $9.99 • 80 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-319-3

Review: Captain America #3

Cap and the Black Panther embark on a daring raid into the heart of the Nuke army, while Sharon Carter takes on a secret mission into danger!

There’s a brilliance in Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ run on Captain America that can be summed up in just one panel in Captain America #3. The issue has Cap heading the “middle America,” a town that was left behind before Hydra. When Hydra took over America, they brought back work, they improved the schools, they brought healthcare with them. These people, are those “left behind” in Marvel’s world reflecting the very real sense of the same in our real world.

Coates doesn’t go for the easy path of labeling them racist, or saying their racist in their association and acceptance of Hydra. Instead, Coates uses the situation to explore American ideals and how these individuals have abandoned them but at the same time they’ve been abandoned as well. These individuals feel they were made a promise in America’s excellence something they haven’t seen, something they lost. And, they were, are, willing to abandon their countrymen to again feel that.

It’s that promise that’s fascinating and Coates with one panel, the one above. “Morning in America” refers to the award winning campaign ad run by Ronald Reagan in 1984 which featured Americans going to work with a calm, optimistic narration. It suggested any improvement to the United States was due to Reagans policies enacted in 1980. The slogan is a metaphor for renewal. Nevermind America had to give up so much for those policies that led to genocide at home (AIDS crisis), an economy that left average Americans behind, and illegal wars throughout. We gave up many of our ideals, Americans helping each other, for Reagan and the Republican promise of “individualism.”

In one panel, Coates sums up the themes and ideas he’s exploring throughout this initial arc. He also shows that Captain America remains a politically centered character and series.

And even with that, Coates still manages to get some fight scenes in that reminds us, it’s still an action comic. It’s possible to mix the political with the entertaining. It’s possible to have the best of both worlds. And it can work and work really well.

Leinil Francis Yu’s art, with ink from Gerry Alanguilan and color by Sunny Gho, is fantastic as expected. There’s a weariness about it all and you can feel the weight and tiredness, the hope and loss, on the shoulders of every character. Yu is able to balance a quiet moment in a bar with an action scene in an evil group’s lair. There’s main street America and underneath an insidiousness of it all. All delivered through the art and tiny details.

The issue, the series so far, is utterly brilliant. It questions where we are as a nation. It questions what it is Captain America is standing up for. It makes us think and debate what America truly is. It also reminds us that we too easily trade our ideals for security and have on too many occasions abandoned those who live in the United States.

Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates Art: Leinil Francis Yu
Ink: Gerry Alanguilan Color: Sunny Gho Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: DuckTales #10

DuckTales #10

Joe Caramagna and Steve Behling (w) • Ciro Cangialosi, Cristina Giorgilli, Dario Calabria, Emilio Urbano, Luca Usai and Lucio Degili (a) • Marco Ghiglione (c)

When Huey discovers Dewey has been sneaking out at night, he gets to the bottom of the mystery by grabbing a pair of hedge clippers! Then, when Donald, Scrooge, and the boys search for the treasure of the two-headed horse, they get a few more heads than they were bargaining for!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #1

An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is…Spider-Man?! But that’s far from all you’ll find here – a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker’s job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that’s not enough, you’ll see a new roommate, new love interests – and a new villain!

Despite by disdain for writer Nick Spencer‘s recent Secret Empire, his writing on Superior Foes of Spider-Man (which if you haven’t read, it’s excellent) had me interesting in reading his debut on Spider-Man with The Amazing Spider-Man #1. After one issue, I already long for Dan Slott. Spencer excels when he focuses on humor but it seems that’s only the case when paired with artist Steve Lieber, his partner in crime on Superior and Spencer’s Image Comics series The Fix. Here, he works with artist Ryan Ottley coming off of his impressive work on Skybound’s Invincible.

Spencer’s first focus? Stripping everything that’s left of Peter Parker really setting him up for basics and to start from scratch. He’s already lost his company but what’s left to take? Spencer finds some things and in that sense the comic is interesting. The issue is that everything is delivered in such quick, rapid, bursts, it’s hard to stay focused. Again, this feels like Spencer’s previous comedic work, but this issue shows that Lieber was a key to bringing the quick hits together into a cohesive narrative.

Ottley’s work looks good. In fact, it looks like Ottley’s previous work in that Peter and MJ look a lot like the characters from Invincible. Ottley has a distinctive style and while characters vary, there’s a familiarity of them that makes them all seem a bit too recognizable. Ottley is joined by inker Cliff Rathburn, colorist Laura Martin, and letterer Joe Caramagna. The art combined with the story creates an ADD-like experience that can’t focus and delivers a lot in a scattershot way. It looks good though, and there’s a lot thrown in there for Ottley and crew to work with as so many heroes are depicted (and since when is Black Cat a good guy again?) doing battle.

The comic sets up a lot and features a return to the more humorous Spencer but something doesn’t click like his previous work. I can only conclude it’s the art which doesn’t gell. There’s some good ideas though, and potential fun. But, when a first issue has you longing for the previous creative team, that’s not a good sign. Spencer had a goal with this issue, strip everything that Peter still has and in that sense, it succeeds in setting up what’s to come with a new direction.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Ryan Ottley
Ink: Cliff Rathburn Color: Laura Martin Lettering: Joe Caramagna
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Captain America #1

This week’s new comic book day sees a new beginning for Steve Rogers, aka Captain America!

Captain America #1 is by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alangulan, Sunny Gho, Joe Caramagna, Alex Ross, Carlos Lao, Alanna Smith, and Tom Brevoort.

Get your copy in comic shops starting July 4. 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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Chelsea Cain & Kate Niemczyk launch Man-Eaters this September

Eisner-nominated and New York Times bestselling thriller writer Chelsea Cain reunites Mockingbird creative team and returns to comics. Mockingbird artist Kate Niemczyk, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, letterer Joe Caramagna, and writer Chelsea Cain are joined by Lia Miternique and Stella Greenvoss for a new ongoing series—Man-Eaters—from Image comics this September.

A mutation in Toxoplasmosis causes menstruating women to turn into ferocious killer wildcats—easily provoked and extremely dangerous. As panic spreads and paranoia takes root, the fate of the world rides on the shoulders of one twelve-year-old girl. Part Cat People, part The Handmaid’s Tale, all pro-feline agenda.

Man-Eaters—Cain’s first comic since Mockingbird lit up Twitter and made international headlines—is produced for Image comics by Ministry of Trouble, a production company founded by Cain and Miternique in 2017 with the mission of making trouble.

Man-Eaters #1 (Diamond Code JUL180103) and MAN-EATERS #1 Glitter Cover (Diamond Code JUL180104) hit stores on Wednesday, September 26th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, September 3rd.

Review: Tony Stark: Iron Man #1

This week’s new comic book day sees a new beginning for Tony Stark, aka Iron Man!

Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 is by Dan Slott, Valerio Schiti, Edgar Delgado, Joe Caramagna, Alexander Lozano, David Aja, Alex Ross, Kaare Andrew, Adi Garnov, Eber Evangelista, Carlos Lao, Alanna Smith, and Tom Brevoort.

Get your copy in comic shops starting June 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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Exclusive Preview: Star Wars: Darth Vader #16

Star Wars: Darth Vader #16

Writer: Charles Soule
Pencils: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inks: Daniele Orlandini
Colors: Java Tartaglia, Guru-eFX
Lettering: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Elia Bonetti
Editors: Jordan D. White, Mark Paniccia
Assistant Editors: Heather Antos, Tom Groneman, Emily Newcomen
Rated T
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Vader and his Inquisitors lead an elite squad of clone troopers to flush out the Jedi traitor beneath the waters of Mon Cala…and the oceans will burn with their fury.

Review: Exiles #2

SHE COMES FROM THE LAND OF THE ICE AND SNOW!
…and enchanted hammers! The Exiles land in Asgard just in time to aid Valkyrie in a fight against the fire demon Surtur! But the Lord of Ragnarok is the least of their problems. The Time-Eater is hot on the team’s heels, and when he takes Asgard, no Valhalla awaits Valkyrie or her new friends. Good thing they’re about to pick up a Wolverine! And he’s got red on his claws. The mystery of the stolen pies starts here as Blink completes her new team of multiversal champions!

Exiles #1, it was good but didn’t quite blow me away. Exiles #2 is more of the same with new team members picked up and the debut of the Thor: Ragnarok inspired Valkyrie, except she’s not a whole lot like her movie counterpart. Written by Saladin Ahmed, the issue is very similar to the first in that it bounces the team around as they barely escape the time eater. Combine the two issues and things might have been better with a quicker pace but the two issues feel a little drawn out.

Crunching the two into one issue would also take off the pressure of Valkyrie who looks like her movie counterpart but is at the point she’s still a member. That’s opposed to the drunk bounty hunter we fell in love with. So, it’s the same character but not at the same time. With a compressed beginning, that could be set up later. As is, I was too focused on the differences. Wolvie also joins the team in a comedic fashion and how he gels with the story will be interesting. Funny or irritating. It’ll be a fine line.

The art by Javier Rodríguez, ink by Álvaro López, and color by Chris O’Halloran is decent. It’s not quite my thing but the transitions are cool and there’s such varied characters and locations but it all still works.

Two issues in and I’m ready to tap out but like previous volumes, I’m not sure this is for me. And that’s ok to say. It’s not bad, it’s just not my cup of tea. Things are picking up a bit so I’ll give it until the end of the first arc but so far, we’ve seen this creative team do better.

Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Javier Rodríguez
Ink: Álvaro López Color: Chris O’Halloran Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

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