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Review: Midnight Suns #1

Midnight Suns #1

I remember the first time I read a team up in comics. It felt cool whenever your favorite characters would get together. This is initially what drew me to the animated series Spiderman and His Amazing Friends as a kid. Peter’s interactions with the Firestar and Iceman made the series so entertaining and fun.

I did not know it then but it was giving me the foundation of how it is to work within a team. It definitely helped me in organized sports, knowing that you have to work with each other to win. This absolutely made it crystal clear when I joined the military, as we all had our part. In Midnight Suns #1, a new team is formed to face a very evil threat.

We’re taken to a town called Centerville, where a young woman that goes by the name of Mary Beth Zoric, is being threatened with a gun, for practicing Black Magic. We are also taken to the Strange Academy, where we meet Zoe Laveau, is a new student at the school, who is having a hard time adjusting, but right when it looks like she will be just fine, she has a dark vision, one that looks to change her whole life. Blade summons the Midnight Suns, as Nico Magik saw the same vision as Zoe. They take it as a harbinger of evil to come. By the issue’s end, they fend off an attack by a hoard of demons but find an unlikely foe in Dr. Doom.

Overall, Midnight Suns #1 is a fun issue but somewhat predictable. The story by Sacks is serviceable. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, it’s a fine team up but not one which I can exactly say I am compelled to continue.

Story: Ethan Sacks Art: Luigi Zagaria
Color: Antonio Fabela Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Wakanda #1

Wakanda #1

When Chadwick Boseman passed, the world pretty much stopped. As everyone was dealing with fatigue of COVID and the deaths related. Never would anyone think that someone like him would pass. As he was the first actor who played a superhero whom many of us saw ourselves in.

So when the news broke that they would continue on with a sequel to the modern classic, Black Panther, many did not know what to expect. As the world speculated that the role would be recast. To many fans great delight, it was not, and they found a way to carry the story forward in Wakanda Forever. In Wakanda #1, fans get to know more about the world where T’Challa was born and a true history of every Panther before him.

In “ Shuri”,  we find a Wakanda with T’Challa on the run, as his sister looks to use her lab for good, creating a synthetic type of vibranium. As she tries to understand how to navigate her future without her brother, Rhino uses smugglers  infiltrate his way into the nation state, but Shuri is there to stop him in his tracks. By story’s end, we find out Rhino was not operating alone, as an old foe surfaces. In “ History Of The Black Panthers Part One”, we are taken to 1,000,000 BC, in the Wakandan wilderness, where we discover how the first Wakandans survived and how many of their myths came to fruition and how the first Black Panther fought his way to the top to lead his people.

Overall, Wakanda #1 is an excellent debut issue which shows why fans have loved the birthplace of T’Challa, even before the movies. The stories by Williams and Narcisse, are funny, powerful and resonating. The art by the different creators are awesome. Altogether, a must buy for Black Panther fans.

Story: Stephanie Williams, Evan Narcisse Art: Paco Medina, Natacha Bustos
Ink: Walden Wong, Elisabetta D’Amico Color: Bryan Valenza, Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Deadpool #1

Deadpool #1

When it comes to  Deadpool, there has never been a character that everyone loves like him for so many different reasons. As he is relatable in a way that many readers find him both sensitive and mean simultaneously. Where he truly shines  is his comedic sensibility. This of course is an off shoot from his creator, Rob Liefeld, as he imbued the character with such great comic timing even in the early depictions, and that eventually morphed into other creators using the character to poke fun at the seriousness of comic books.

The character does something that Joker really has never done, actually be funny while doing horrendous things. This is exactly why we love the Merc with the Mouth, because it is all in good fun making this former villain a superhero. In Deadpool #1, he must kill a supervillain to join an elite group while trying to figure out what exactly is growing inside of him.

In the debut issue, we find Deadpool in a very compromising position under duress from the Harrower. Her reason for capturing Wade is to implant a symbiote of Carnage in him as an experiment. Meanwhile, 40 hours earlier, we find Wade looking through a file of Doc Ock. Deadpool is auditioning for an elite assassin group known as the Atelier. As he gets the terms of his audition, he knows it may impact his reputation as a hired gun. By the issue’s end, all the various plotlines come together slingshotting the series into the kinetic insanity we’d expect from this series and character.

Overall, Deadpool #1 is a hilarious issue that reminds fans why he is the funniest character in all of comic books. The story by Wong is outrageous. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a must buy for any longtime or casual Deadpool fan.

Story: Alyssa Wong Art: Martin Coccolo
Color: Neeraj Menon Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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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: Thunderbolts #2 (of 5)

Thunderbolts #2 (of 5)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Sean Izaakse
(C) Java Tartaglia (L) Joe Sabino
(CA) Sean Izaakse (VCA) Stefano Caselli, Betsy Cola, Mateus Manhanni
RATED T+
In Shops: Sep 28, 2022
SRP: $3.99

WHO IS EEGRO THE UNBREAKABLE?
• How will his strange power help New York’s only official super hero team battle their enemies and balance their budget?
• Read on and discover, True Believers!

Thunderbolts #2 (of 5)

Exclusive Preview: Carnage #6

Carnage #6

(W) Ram V. (A) Roge Antonio
(C) Erick Arciniega (L) Joe Sabino
(CA) Kendrick Lim (VCA) Declan Shalvey
RATED T+
In Shops: Sep 21, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The Carnage symbiote has a bloodlust unlike any other organism in the Marvel Universe. IN THIS ISSUE, its ruthless and aggressive efforts to quench that bloodlust reach new and never before seen heights. But what in the Hel is Carnage up to, and what will it do to anyone who gets in its way?!

Carnage #6

Review: Thunderbolts #1

Thunderbolts #1

There are those time in your life where people may look to you to lead. Most of us try to avoid it, but unfortunately those situations we often fall into. My first instance of this was when I was still active duty military. I remembered  I had to take care of a small task, but they gave me five people to do it.

The rest of my career, I often found it to be effortless, because I mostly looked for consensus. Still being thrust into it, is never a pleasant experience at first. You doubt yourself more than those who are looking to you to lead them. In the debut issue of Thunderbolts, Hawkeye get asked to lead a new group of superheroes as they pick up the pieces in New York City.

We find Clint Barton as he hides out in New York City, being on the outs with most the Avengers, he is looking for a new purpose and it just so happens because Luke Cage became mayor, he needs someone to lead the Thunderbolts.  As the city is in disarray after Kingpin, leaving the city open to menaces like Taskmaster, who is trying to pull off a heist at the exact time  Clint leads the new crew on their rescue mission. Once Clint realizes who is in play, he knows exactly how to counter  Taskmaster’s crew: Electro, Whiplash, US Agent, and the Abomination. By issue’s end, the team saves the city, but the chinks their armor also show, leaving each of them, that much more flawed.

Overall, Thunderbolts #1 is a great debut issue, which will remind fans why people love Hawkeye. The story by Zub is hilarious. The art by the creative team is enthralling. Altogether, another great addition to the superhero team genre.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Sean Izaakse
Color: Java Tartaglia Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Amazing Fantasy #1000

Amazing Fantasy #1000

(W) Kurt Busiek, Various (A) Jim Cheung, Various (CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $7.99

The comic that brought you SPIDER-MAN hits issue #1000! We’re going big to celebrate in this, our thousandth issue of AMAZING FANTASY! An ALL-STAR roster of creators – Anthony Falcone, Dan Slott, Ho Che Anderson, Jonathan Hickman, Kurt Busiek, Michael Cho, Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Cheung, Marco Checchetto, Olivier Coipel, Ryan Stegman, Steve McNiven, Terry Dodson, Todd Nauck, and more – are coming together to celebrate Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s birthdays!

Amazing Fantasy #1000

Review: Thunderbolts #1

Thunderbolts #1

The Thunderbolts feels like a “team brand” that hasn’t really ever had a negative run. Some have been better than others but overall, it’s generally positive. Since the reveal from the first volume, each take has delivered it’s own spin. They’ve been villains playing heroes, a “work release” program, deputized villains, and now it’s a team on mission. During “Devil’s Reign”, Wilson Fisk banned heroes from New York City and in its place created his own Thunderbolts featuring deputized villains. With Luke Cage now Mayor, he must decide what to do. Not just the law but the Thunderbolts themselves. Enter, Thunderbolts #1 the newest volume which feels like something a little new and a little old at the same time.

Written by Jim Zub, Thunderbolts #1 is a fun take on the team dynamic. There’s a lot that’s nailed right in the debut that has the introduction to the team, the first mission, it’s vision, and a lot of hints and the strife to come. Zub keeps the comic moving with a nice pacing that feels almost musical in the beats it hits. Bouncing around the past and present we get to see how the team formed, the proposal Luke gives to Clint, the thoughts about the team in general, and more. It’s all done with a fun attitude and delivers laughs never taking itself too seriously.

Much like the team itself, the comic feels like it picks and chooses some of what has worked so well in past volumes. The crisis at the center of the team according to one group is its perception. Having just been deputized villains the “brand” needs to be rehabbed and this new team has been picked for their abilities and how well they go over with demographics in New York City. There’s a question of leadership and whether Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, is the right choice. He’s not the first, is he even the best? There’s a new mysterious member who feels like a throwback to the 90s. Overall, the comic keeps the team’s dynamic front and center which has made what’s come before work so well.

The art by Sean Izaakse is good. With color by Java Tartaglia and lettering by Joe Sabino, the style fits the tone of the series really well. This isn’t some hardcore, all-action comic, it’s more an action comedy. The art reflects that. There’s a slight retro look to the comic, reminding me a bit of the original Thunderbolts, during the first volume. Some of that is due to new characters like Gutsen Glory who looks like Cable meets Garrison Kane. What the visuals do really well is capture those humorous moments. As I said, the comic is more action comedy so those visual punchlines are key and the art team does that all well.

Thunderbolts #1 is a fun start. The comic is fresh while also the best of what has come before. It sets up an interesting team dynamic, and team in general, and delivers enough mysteries to come to keep readers on their toes. It’s a solid buy for long time fans of the characters and property and those new to the Thunderbolts.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Sean Izaakse
Color: Java Tartaglia Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Amazing Fantasy #1000

Amazing Fantasy #1000

(W) Kurt Busiek, Various (A) Jim Cheung, Various (CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $7.99

The comic that brought you SPIDER-MAN hits issue #1000! We’re going big to celebrate in this, our thousandth issue of AMAZING FANTASY! An ALL-STAR roster of creators – Anthony Falcone, Dan Slott, Ho Che Anderson, Jonathan Hickman, Kurt Busiek, Michael Cho, Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Cheung, Marco Checchetto, Olivier Coipel, Ryan Stegman, Steve McNiven, Terry Dodson, Todd Nauck, and more – are coming together to celebrate Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s birthdays!

Amazing Fantasy #1000
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