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Review: Atlantis Attacks #1

Atlantis Attacks #1

Writer Greg Pak has been building to something with his world of “Agents of Atlas.” Atlantis Attacks #1 brings various pieces together in a miniseries that pits the new superhero team against Namor.

Pak delivers a first issue that gets you to question who the villain really is and how to handle the situation. He also makes sure that it’s friendly for new readers. Text in the credits page will catch you up so that you can enjoy what follows.

The story is decent with our heroes not quite sure what to do about what’s going on as they deal with the threat of Atlantis against their high-tech world. There’s a disaster film tone about the comic. The Agents of Atlas have to scramble to stop tidal waves and evacuate individuals. That need to cover so much at times leads to a choppiness in the narrative.

The art by Ario Anindito is entertaining helping to add to the chaotic disaster feel of it all. There’s a visual sense at times that the heroes really are at a loss as to what to do. Rachelle Rosenberg’s colors help make the issue stand out with a bright hue to it all. There is at times a loss of detail but Anindito and Rosenberg have a lot covered at times and do en excellent job of conveying the blockbuster like action.

The issue is new-reader friendly and should begin a payoff for followers of Pak’s work. The debut is an entertaining one and a nice intro for what’s to come. While it’s not the best Pak has delivered it’s still fun in many ways. Atlantis Attacks #1 gives new heroes the mini-event spotlight they deserve.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Ario Anindito
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation:
Read

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Review: Hawkeye Freefall #1

Hawkeye Freefall #1

It’s a tough act to follow Matt Fraction and David Aja’s beloved run on Hawkeye. Hawkeye Freefall #1 has the unenviable task of being that series. It also succeeds in numerous ways the most realizing it isn’t Fraction and Aja.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Hawkeye Freefall #1 has Clint Barton doing his thing. Someone else has donned his old Ronin costume and fingers are pointing at Clint. But up to that part the comic is peppered with humor and the moments we’ve come to love involving Barton.

Rosenberg delivers a solid start of a series with some action, humor, and moments that get you to take pause and think. There’s dust-ups with modern classic villains and an exploration of what happens after they get arrested. Most importantly it has Clint Barton being Clint Barton. We get a sense of where he’s at and why he’s the dick we can’t help but like. It delivers a lot that’s know but like a nice pair of slippers, comfortable and familiar.

But, the comic is smart. Rosenberg brings his own voice to the comic while at the same time recognizing individuals may come to this expecting Fraction/Aja redux. There’s a familiarity without being a copy. You can tell the team has thought through what worked so well before.

That extends to the art by Otto Schmidt. Joined by letterer Joe Sabino the art too has similar beats at times with Aja without trying to copy what was done before. Schmidt brings his excellent individual style to it all. He delivers a visual pacing whose jokes are as much “physical” at times as they are part of the dialogue.

Hawkeye Freefall #1 feels like the start to a worthy successor of the beloved Hawkeye series. It has it’s own style and voice while also paying tribute in some ways to what worked so well. Hawkeye fans should be very pleased with this one.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Otto Schmidt Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Thor #1 Begins an Epic Cosmic Adventure

Thor #1

With the end of War of the Realms and Jason Aaron’s epic run with Thor, it makes sense to restart the series with a new issue considering a new team. Thor #1 is a fresh start in numerous ways. It delivers a starting point for new readers and a new direction for long time fans.

Writer Donny Cates takes on guiding Thor in his new role as ruler of Asgard. Cates has been quietly shaping Marvel’s cosmic universe and here he seems to be bringing Thor into his grand vision. What’s impressive is how Cates does that all.

The comic is a new beginning. Even if you skipped Aaron’s run, you can start with this issue. Cates lays out the status quo and where the series is going. He’s able to do that and delivers a lot of emotion throughout. Cates gives us a good sense of Thor’s emotional state and the unease he has in his new role. This was a character of action and a blunt instrument at times. The concept of ruling and not being in the midst of battle is something new for him. You get the idea this is a character struggling to find his new role and balance in responsibilities and wants.

The art by Nic Klein is fantastic. Marvel has teased out Thor’s new costume and there’s an unexpected reason for it. If you’ve had issues with the look, by the end of the issue it makes much more sense as to the why. Klein is joined by Matthew Wilson on colors and Joe Sabino on lettering and the comic looks crisp and engaging. Cates’ script has a mix of action, quieter moments, and jaw-dropping scenes and the creative team delivers it all with beautiful art.

Thor #1 mixes action, emotion, and spectacle. The result is a debut issue that’s welcoming to new readers and should intrigue long-time fans. With unexpected twists and a whole new direction and status quo, this debut sends Thor off into the cosmos for adventure and excitement.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Nic Klein
Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: The Punisher 2099 #1

Travel to the year 2099 for this new take on a classic future character!

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson
Art: Matt Horak, Eoin Marron
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Joe Sabino

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Review: Deadpool (2019) #1

It’s Deadpool’s birthday and there’s no one to celebrate it with. Luckily he has a job killing the King of the Monsters who has taken over Staten Island.

Story: Kelly Thompson
Art: Chris Bachalo
Ink: Wayner Faucher, Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Jaime Mendoza, Livesay, Victor Olazaba
Color: David Curiel
Letterer: Joe Sabino

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Review: Fallen Angels #1

Fallen Angels #1

Kwannon is once again Psylocke and though the title is plural, Fallen Angels #1 feels like her solo series. Much of this debut issue revolves around the character. She’s struggling to find her place not just upon Krakoa but mutant kind and the world as a whole.

Written by Bryan Edward Hill the issue succeeds mainly on its themes that are weaved throughout. Hill plays off of some of the concepts and ideas writer Jonathan Hickman began in the X-Men reboots House of X and Powers of X.

With the introduction of a mysterious villain Apoth, we’re delivered the concept of new gods of mankind and biology vs. technology. Both of these weaved through Hickman’s restart of the line and the series stands out for running with them.

Each “Dawn of X” series has filled a niche and this one drops in a more philosophical side of the X Universe. It also attempts to fill in gaps for Psylocke and character who has failed to really find much depth since her reintroduction earlier this year.

Szymon Kudranski provides the art for Fallen Angels #1. He’s joined by Frank D’Armata and letterer Joe Sabino. The art style mixes in Eastern iconography befitting the character. The themes of biology vs. technology are extended in layout. Panels are presented with energy flickering or branches reaching out. It’s the small details like that of a planet that makes the art stand out. Along with a slight manga influence in pencils and color, it’s an art style and look that matches the series well.

Fallen Angels #1 is an interesting start. The series fills a space not covered by other X-Men series. It also begins to add depth to the character of Psylocke. There’s lots of potential there and the set up makes me want to check out what comes down the road.

Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Szymon Kudranski
Color: Frank D’Armata Letterer: Joe Sabino Design: Tom Muller
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Symbiote Spider-Man

Spider-Man is back in black in this story that takes place before Spider-Man figured out his suit was a symbiote alien.

Story: Peter David
Art: Greg Land, Iban Coello
Color: Frank D’Armata
Ink: Jay Leisten
Letterer: Joe Sabino

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Review: Red Goblin: Red Death #1

Three never been told before short stories of Norman Osborn‘s time as Red Goblin!

Story: Rob Fee, Sean Ryan, Patrick Gleason
Art: Pete Woods, Ray-Anthony Height
Ink: Marc Deering
Color: Dono Sánchez-Amara, Protobunker
Letterer: Joe Sabino

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Review: Marvel Future Fight Firsts: Luna Snow

The origin stories continues in Marvel Future Fight Firsts. Up next is K-Pop star, Luna! Also featuring a back-up story of Future Avengers.

Story: Alyssa Wong
Art: Gang Hyuk Lim, Alé Garza, Cory Hamscher
Color: Dono Sánchez-Almara
Letterer: Joe Sabino

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Review: King Thor #2

King Thor #2

Thor and Loki’s battle against the God Butcher Gorr continues. King Thor #2 is poetic at moments and at times visually captivating.

Writer Jason Aaron continues his final Thor story as years of setup finally begins to pay off. Gorr is back and in this issue, we find out how and why.

Within the action, Aaron focuses on the relationship between Loki and Thor in what plays out as a tragic dance. Despite the rather twisted nature of it all, it still comes off as sympathetic and to the point you feel for Loki in some ways. There’s a sense of twisted brotherly love and rivalry that is full of emotion.

What Aaron also masterfully does is give us a villain whose viewpoint makes sense in a way. Gorr has a sense of Lucifer about him wanting to free beings from the shackles of gods. It’s an interesting perspective that in some ways is correct and anti-authoritarian and represents a twisted sense of liberty. That angle provides a deeper twist to Aaron’s epic that’s worthy of exploration.

The art by Esad Ribić is amazing as expected. Joined by Ive Svorcina on color and lettering by Joe Sabino, there’s panels that are jaw-dropping. The coloring especially stands out in scenes where the lighting is used to its potential as the dance of battle plays out at a cosmic level. King Thor #2 is a treat to read but visually it’s breathtaking.

The team is knocking it out of the park with a series that is just amazing in every way. Years in the making, the story is coming together in a way that makes it worth the wait.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Esad Ribić
Color: Ive Svorcina Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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