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X-Force #37 finally reveals the Man with the Peacock Tattoo

X-Force #37

Since X-Force #1, we’ve been wondering one thing, who is the man with the Peacock Tattoo? It’s a mystery that has run all of these issues with teases and hints throughout. Now, we finally have our answer in X-Force #37 and it’s rather… underwhelming.

When X-Force debuted with its latest volume, it introduced one of the more intriguing new characters in the X-universe, the Man with the Peacock Tattoo. The leader of XENO, he came across as a nice mix of some of the X-Men’s solid villains of the past. Fueled by hatred of mutants with a mysterious agenda, the character has been a thorn throughout this run, but who is he? Writer Benjamin Percy delivers that answer in X-Force #37 and it’s just ok.

Part of the issue is that the mystery has been set up for so long. There’s little chance that anything delivered would live up to the anticipation of the reveal. Then, there’s the reveal itself. While not bad, and lots of potential, it ties back to continuity so long ago. Unless you’re a diehard fan, it’s a reveal that might not resonate as to its importance. Then there’s the tragic backstory itself which as presented is so twisted and all over, it doesn’t quite land as far as pathos or motivation. It has the building blocks there but just doesn’t stick the landing.

But, the issue does have its moments. The team is the usual dysfunction one would expect and an impatient Deadpool pestering Omega Red almost makes the comic worth it.

The art by Robert Gill is good. The characters all look solid and the detail and page layouts deliver a comic that has hints of horror. With color by Guru-eFX and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the art is intriguing as it hints at what the Man in the Peacock Mask has been up to and working on. Horrors pepper panels and pages begging the reader to dive in and try to guess what has been going on off panel and off page.

X-Force #37 is a piece to the overall story and in that way it’s good. But, on it’s own, it’s just ok delivering a reveal that doesn’t land partially because it’s been dragged out so long. There’s little chance it could have delivered the excitement that’s been built up to this point, a story that works against itself in that way.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Robert Gill
Color: GURU-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Star Wars: Yoda #3 shows off the wisdom of Yoda

Star Wars: Yoda #3

We all make errors throughout our lives. We are after all, fallible. This is what makes each of us human. That is partly why we always feel bad when we make them.  

As we tend to retrace our steps, we often wonder if we could do something better. Sometimes even asking that question doesn’t help. That is why we should always learn from the mistakes we make. In Star Wars: Yoda #3, Yoda fails in the worst way but he sees that there is a way to make it all good.

We are taken to the Outer Rim in Turrak, where Yoda has come to visit an old ally, now fully grown from when they first met, when he was a child. Unfortunately, this reunion is bittersweet, as a Crulkon scouting party is headed to this Scalvi village, whereby engaging their defenses for an attack.The leader of the Scalvi find a peaceful end to what couyld have been a deadly fight, something Yoda feels proud to have been part of . By issue’s end, Yoda is visited by another Jedi, one that can help stabilize Turrak.

Overall, Star Wars: Yoda #3 is an excellent issue that shows the wisdom of Yoda. The story by Cavan Scott is exciting. The art by the creative team is stunning. Altogether, Star Wars: Yoda #3 is a story that shows peace is always the best way.

Story: Cavan Scott Art: Nico Leon
Color: Dono Sánchez-Almara Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Star Wars: Yoda #2 delivers even more reasons to love Yoda

Star Wars: Yoda #2

Being judgmental is part of the human condition. Most people would like to believe they don’t judge others. The truth is, many look down on others.  As this where gossip usually begins, as they fail to see their own flaws.

This holds true for many people who are now considered geniuses. Take for instance, Nikole Tesla, whose  contributions to modern electricity supply system gave us a framework for what we use now. As most people cannot understand  something where sometimes only a singular person can.  In Star Wars: Yoda #2, Yoda’s tenure in Turrak is met with dissent, but he remains steadfast.

We are taken the Wheel in Besh Gorgon, where Yoda is meeting with Pra-Tre Veter and Ela Sutan, the members of the Jedi Council who have come to check on his progress. We are also taken back to Turrak, where we see Yoda training the Scalvi how to build their defenses and how to fight for themselves, which both remain, works in progress. Of course, this all gets tested, when the Scalvi suffer another invasion from the Crulkon, but their training defenses hold up, but Yoda gets kidnapped during the clash. By issue’s end, Yoda discovers a deep seeded problem, one that cannot be solved anytime soon

Overall, Star Wars: Yoda #2 is an exciting issue which gives fan more reasons to love Yoda. The story by Scott is cool. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that ratchets up the action.

Story: Cavan Scott Art: Nico Leon
Color: Dono Sánchez-Almara Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Secret Invasion #3 (of 5)

Secret Invasion #3 (of 5)

(W) Ryan North (A) Francesco Mobili
(C) Jordie Bellaire (L) Joe Caramagna
(CA) E. J. Su (VCA) Marc Aspinall, Jonah Lobe
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 04, 2023
SRP: $3.99

KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE AND YOUR SKRULLS CLOSER!
A familiar face from Maria’s past is behind the Skrull incursion in New York-but are they acting alone? Who else is supporting them? And what is their endgame? Maria is about to find out… But as she learns that not everything-or everyone-are who they seem, Maria finds herself facing both betrayal…and a choice… And what she chooses will decide the fate of not just Earth, but of the entire Skrull race!

Secret Invasion #3 (of 5)

Exclusive Preview: Secret Invasion #3 (of 5)

Secret Invasion #3 (of 5)

(W) Ryan North (A) Francesco Mobili
(C) Jordie Bellaire (L) Joe Caramagna
(CA) E. J. Su (VCA) Marc Aspinall, Jonah Lobe
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 04, 2023
SRP: $3.99

KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE AND YOUR SKRULLS CLOSER!
A familiar face from Maria’s past is behind the Skrull incursion in New York-but are they acting alone? Who else is supporting them? And what is their endgame? Maria is about to find out… But as she learns that not everything-or everyone-are who they seem, Maria finds herself facing both betrayal…and a choice… And what she chooses will decide the fate of not just Earth, but of the entire Skrull race!

Secret Invasion #3 (of 5)

Review: Captain America: The Ghost Army

In a graphic novel geared towards younger readers, Cap and Bucky must stop a Nazi ghost army.

Story: Alan Gratz
Art: Brent Schoonover, Matt Horak, Álvaro López
Color: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

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Review: Invincible Iron Man #1

Invincible Iron Man #1

When life gives you lemons, what does one do? When you have hit rock bottom, how much lower can you go? These are the questions that one hopes they never have to answer. This is when we all wonder how much more can life throw at us, and if we can keep standing.

I think most of us feel like we get have been there, but someohow some way, fate has different plans. This is why our will to fight is important especially when things don’t go our way. It is that will that tries us  time and time again and allows us to rise to the occasion. In Invincible Iron Man #1, we find Tony Stark in the fight of his life.

As Invincible Iron Man #1 opens, we find Tony Stark at his lowest. He has lost his company, his fortune, and has become a shadow of his former self.  Then one day everything gets even worse, as an explosion of his apartment building , levels it and kills and injures innocent individuals that just so happen to be Tony’s neighbors. This just puts more pressure on Tony as the little fortune he still has sees more strain in the aftermath. Who blew up the building? Was it a mistake he made or is someone out to get him? The issue builds the paranoia well keeping readers guessing until the last third when things are teased as to what’s going to come. But, even that leaves Tony with more questions than answers.

Overall, Invincible Iron Man #1 is a fun debut issue which gives a fresh remix to this very familiar character. The story by Duggan is exhilarating. The art by the creative team is remarkable. Altogether, a story that will have readers find their excitement for this character renewed.

Story: Gerry Duggan Art: Juan Frigeri
Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Invincible Iron Man #1

Invincible Iron Man #1

With a new volume, I thought I’d dive in and see where Tony Stark was in his life/crisis. I read a bit of the last volume but fell off, not because of quality but mostly the amount of comics to keep up with. So, going into Invincible Iron Man #1 I was mostly unaware of where things are in Tony’s life. Thankfully, the comic does a solid job of catching readers up as it rockets into a new direction and adventure.

Written by Gerry Duggan, Tony’s at a low point in his life. Told through a narrative as he works on his autobiography, we’re given the quick recap of where things stand. He no longer has his fortune or his companies. He’s living in a brownstone in New York City. He’s down to a couple of suits of armor. He’s on fumes is the general sense of where things are at. But, he still has his mind and can invent things, so he’s not completely down and out. Unfortunately, someone’s trying to kill him.

When Tony can’t get lower, he does exactly that losing the last bit of things he has to hold on to and convinced someone’s trying to kill him. Well, he’s right there and that opens up the mystery to come as a villain, either a new one or one from his past, is making his life a further living hell.

The art by Juan Frigeri is solid. With color by Bryan Valenza and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the comic looks good and delivers its punches well. What really works is the balance of how the story’s told and the art. For the most part it’s a voice over with Tony recounting his life as he dictates his autobiography. The visuals act as almost a montage of where things are with a slight picture frame delivery of the art. The comic is also able to balance delivering the punches of an explosion and battle with the dour moments of Tony as he slips out of control. It’s a superhero comic but one with a bit of gloom hanging over it. The art captures the sadness.

Invincible Iron Man #1 is a great start that does an excellent job of balancing what has been going on with what’s to come. It should continue to hook and excite long time readers while acting as a perfecting starting point for new ones as well.

Story: Gerry Duggan Art: Juan Frigeri
Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Dark Web #1

Dark Web #1

Due to my middling thoughts on the latest issue of The Amazing Spider-Man which leads into Dark Web #1, I went into this event kick-off issue with some trepidation. The event sees Ben Reilly and Madelyne Pryor teaming up to seek their revenge against Spider-Man and the X-Men. The two see themselves as rejects and others, both clones. Reilly is the clone of Peter Parker and Pryor that of Jean Grey. Up to this point, Reilly has been abused, thinking his memories stolen, he sees himself as abused. Pryor, resurrected again, is ruling over Limbo as the Goblin Queen. Each see themselves as screwed over.

Written by Zeb Wells, Dark Web #1 i a stronger opening for the event as it gets the ball rolling on multiple fronts. While the motivation is presented here and there, it’s more the opening moves of Reilly, aka Chasm, and Pryor, aka the Goblin Queen, that are interesting. Not only do they recruit a new ally with major ramifications, they also go on the offensive.

What’s really fun about Dark Web #1 is how it perfectly fits the holiday season. There’s a bit of Halloween and a bit of Christmas, making the comic a fun bridge between our real world calendar. While it’s a sort of follow up to the classic story Inferno (mention briefly), the knowledge needed about that event is minimal. Instead, Dark Web #1 lays out much of what new readers will need to know and delivers far more than enough for those that have been following up to this point.

The art by Adam Kubert is great. With color by Frank Martin and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the visuals perfectly blend the “holidays” of the issue and story. What I particularly like about the visuals of the comic is the tinge of “horror holiday” it has about it. It feels like a Christmas story that goes off the rails and with how it’s depicted, it evokes some classics like Gremlins. It’s just twisted enough not going too deep in one pond or the other. The slow build up visually is excellent eventually delivering some scares as Chasm and the Goblin Queen’s plans get going. And further, the team does a great job of adding in the superhero aspects. With the scares and ice skating, we get a nice fight as well as a final full page that’ll have fans drooling with what’s to come.

Dark Web #1 is a solid start. While I was interested in the event, I’m now excited to see where it all goes with some unexpected directions and a nice focus on horror, the holidays, and the characters themselves. It packs a lot in and does an impressive job of balancing things. Even if you haven’t been keeping up, this issue will get you what you need and get you pumped for what’s to come.

Story: Zeb Wells Art: Adam Kubert
Color: Frank Martin Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1

Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1

Legacy can be an impediment in finding one’s own path in life. It can be something you try to live up to because it always has been great. It can also be something because it is great, that the pressure becomes too much. Then there is one whose legacy, they are trying to escape.

Family can certainly be a burden, one whose presence outlives its mortal coil. As there are family members who are no longer with us, whose imprint on the family is so strong, you cannot break from them. AS their presence on Earth was more than a presence in your life, it changed who you became. In Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1 we find one of Hulk’s descendants in the far reaches of the universe, where those looking for him will either find friend or foe.

We are taken to the Planet Sakaar, where a large crowd has gathered to talk about the legend  of Hulk, who they fear, as his ancestors are amongst the inhabitants, but stay in hiding. So when one of them gets kidnapped by a crazed they search fro one of banner’s descendants but instead finds Amadeus Cho, who reluctantly helps .Meanwhile in New Mexico, She Hulk and Skaar are looking for Bruce, as they are looking to get back to Sakaar. By the issue’s end, Amadeus must fight his way out and Skaar looks to find his own way.

Overall, Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1 is an excellent debut issue that the shows the vastness of this saga that started with Planet Hulk. The story by Pak is exciting. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that will have readers running to grab the second issue.

Story: Greg Pak Story: Manuel Garcia
Ink: Cam Smith Color: Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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