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Preview: Tony Stark: Iron Man #15

Tony Stark: Iron Man #15

(W) Dan Slott, Jim Zub (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Rod Reis
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Reality is in the eye of the beholder, as Tony Stark questions his humanity… while Jocasta is making the choice to leave her robotic body behind and upgrade to biological parts. A turning point is coming to the Marvel Universe as robotic and A.I. rights are being threatened in America. Guest starring the Vision. And featuring the return of one of the Avengers greatest threats!

Tony Stark: Iron Man #15

Review: Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 Wolverine and Cyclops

Extermination has ended. The X-Men have disassembled. All that remains is a handful of mutants. It’s up to Cyclops and Wolverine to assemble a new team of X-Men.

Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 Wolverine and Cyclops collects issues #11-16.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Salvador Larroca, John McCrea, Juanan Ramirez
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg, Guru-eFX, Mike Spicer
Letters: Joe Caramanga

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Messages from Midgard #5: Cyclops Was Right

Halfway through the “War of the Realms“, and it looks like this is gonna be an event where the tie-ins were more memorable than the core story. War of the Realms #3 dropped this week, and it’s a treat to see Russell Dauterman draw, basically, the entire Marvel Universe including the Fantastic Four and Captain America’s cute little snow jacket for adventuring in Jotunheim. But, it’s just trailers for better, more interesting comics like Bryan Hill and Leinil Yu’s very longwindedly named War of the Realms Strikeforce: Dark Elf Realm #1 and Champions #5 where Jim Zub and Juanan Ramirez once and for all prove that, indeed, Cyclops was right. (But Ramirez’s trolls look like Skrulls, oops.)

War of the Realms #3

After two straight issues of various Marvel superheroes fighting various fantasy creatures, we get yet another issue of Marvel superheroes fighting various fantasy creatures. Sights that Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson subject us to include Daredevil tripping balls and flirting with being an agnostic while having the power of the god of fear, Luke Cage riding a flying horse, Punisher wanting to blow up Ghost Rider’s car, and of course, Thor covered in blue Frost Giant blood. And there are jokes; so many jokes. However, with the exception of the Thor becoming a berserker part and a Venom plot point, the comic feels like a trailer for other comics, namely, the Strikeforce series of one-shots.

Jason Aaron did a fantastic job writing Daredevil in War Scrolls #1, and I was excited to see how he set up the Man without Fear’s transformation. Boy, was I disappointed. Heimdall makes a quip about about creeping on Daredevil while he was on Earth, there’s another joke about Catholicism, and then Daredevil is the God of Fear and defender of the BiFrost. The page where he gains godhood is very trippy with a Dippin’ Dots color palette from Wilson though even if his role is basically Asgardian Scotty from Star Trek until the BiFrost has to be destroyed for plot reasons.

This past weekend, Avengers Endgame showed that spectacular action could be combined with both continuity fun and character arcs. However, War of the Realms #3 is mostly just the spectacular action part with Aaron and Dauterman just moving pieces on the board. Sure, the comic looks cool, and there are some actually funny jokes (Spider-Man’s line about fighting with a shield). But it’s all fights and no substance or emotional tether even with Freya, who is written much better in the Dark Elf Realm one-shot. I also have some little quibbles with it like Captain America and Spider-Man being cool with animal cruelty, and Aaron’s portrayal of Venom not fitting in with Cullen Bunn and Iban Coello’s story for him. War of the Realms #3 is just a skeleton to be filled in with “meat” from its tie-ins so it gets the Overall Verdict of Pass.

War of the Realms Strikeforce: Dark Elf Realm #1

I thought this was going to be yet another Punisher fights Elves shoot ’em up fest. I was happy to be proven wrong as Bryan Hill proves the old Brian Bendis saying that conversations can be fight scenes, and Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, and Matt Hollingsworth bring grit and shadow to the art of War of the Realms Strikeforce: Dark Elf Realm #1. Basically, this shows how Freyja recruited Punisher, Hulk, Ghost Rider, and Blade to destroy and then defend the Black Bifrost adding context, depth, and resolution to the fight in War of the Realms #3. Along the way, Hill and Yu create some parallels between these heroes (and one not quite hero) and the Black Bifrost itself as they and Freyja embrace their shadow selves to get the job done.

In the space of a single one-shot, Bryan Hill, Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, and Matt Hollingsworth create some fantastic chemistry between the Punisher and Freyja. Freyja is afraid that she has to dip into the dark, sorcerous side of herself to defeat Malekith so she enlists a man who has been consumed by darkness and revenge to help her. Yu goes very stylized with Frank’s first appearance and in other scenes shrouding him in shadow as he has come to terms that he’s a monster fighting monsters.

This insight extends to the characterization of Jennifer Walters, Ghost Rider, and Blade as they fight their worst fears in powerful one page sequences that involves Jen punching Bruce’s Hulk in the heart, Ghost Rider headbutting Johnny Blaze while he tries to do a Penance Stare, and Blade fighting his older self, a vampire king. Yu uses close ups to give each final blow maximum effect and establishes that even though three of these characters are Avengers, they’re not afraid to act like a black ops team on this mission. But maybe Freyja isn’t ready, which is Frank comes in and talks about how they’re at war and must do everything to get victory.

Bryan Hill makes multiple cases for why he should take over a Punisher or Blade ongoing comic, or even a dark series set in Asgard as that realm (As shown in Aaron and Fraction’s Thor work and the Thor Ragnarok film.) was built on violence and war. He, Yu, Alanguilan, and Hollingsworth serve up dark, fascinating visions of characters (Except for Freyja.)who have been treated like jokes or action figures in the core War of the Realms series so Dark Elf Realm #1 earns an overall verdict of Buy.

Champions #5

Jim Zub and Juanan Ramirez finally give Cyclops the respect he deserves in Champions #5 where he takes a break from the X-Men to defend New York with his younger self’s old superhero team, the Champions. Along the way, Miles Morales and Kamala Khan deal with the guilt of letting someone die on his watch and seeing friends and teammates drift away respectively. It’s an issue that is part introspective and part cartoon-y art from Ramirez as Cyclops and Kamala showcase their tactical skills and fight trolls of the non-Internet variety.

Through Kamala’s narration and with the help of Ramirez’s kinetic fight choreography and confident poses, Jim Zub shows that Cyclops isn’t just a stoic stiff or mutant terrorist, but a great leader, who is cool under pressure. Also, with the tension of the Champions and their shifting and expanding lineup, Kamala needed a hug and a reassurance from an old friend. Zub and Ramirez also use the return of Cyclops to have him interact with Dust, who decided to not rejoin the X-Men because their predilection for violence wasn’t in line with her Islamic beliefs. For example, after a badass sequence where she uses her sand manipulation powers to choke out some trolls, Dust prays and tries to come to grips if her violent actions were necessary for the situation. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that this lineup of the Champions is the first time that two Muslim women have been on a superhero team.

Under Jim Zub’s shepherding, the Champions series has been a template for a modern team of young superheroes with its diverse lineup of characters, social conscience, fun team-up action, and plots that come out of the team’s interpersonal relationships. Yeah, the series is a bit soapy at times, but Champions #5 ably juggles a big lineup of characters while getting in the action beats and doing some soul searching with Miles and Kamala. On top of that, Zub’s work on Avengers No Surrender and No Road Home has served him well in using big events and continuity to tell compelling stories like understanding that the X-Men are in New York at the same time as the Champions and using it to put a little respect on Cyclops’ name. For that, Champions #5 easily gets an Overall Verdict of Buy.


Unless Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman make some second half adjustments, War of the Realms might go down as that event where different Marvel superheroes had cool fantasy inflected designed and had some big battles, but it was mostly empty calories of story. Aaron does hit on some small beats like Jane Foster growing into her role of All-Mother and leading the Asgardians into battle despite having no powers and Thor’s violence addiction. The event has also been an okay frame for more perceptive intriguing stories featuring characters Freyja, Frank Castle, Kamala Khan, Blade, Dust, and surprise surprise, Cyclops!

Panel of the Week

Nothing more refreshing than Cyclops leading a team of superheroes into battle. Plus I love how Juanan Ramirez draws his classic costume. From Champions #5, Art by Ramirez and Marco Menyz.

Preview: Champions #5

Champions #5

(W) Jim Zub (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Aaron Kim Jacinto
Rated T+
In Shops: May 01, 2019
SRP: $3.99

WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN!
• The War of the Realms rages across Midgard, bringing together heroes from across the globe to fight for our world against mythic evil.
• In the midst of this chaos, the Champions need…Scott Summers?
• Cyclops reunites with the Champions, all grown up!

Champions #5

Review: Uncanny X-Men #11

UNCANNY X-MEN #11 COMIC REVIEW – My Glasses!

After the devastating events of “X-Men Disassembled,” it falls to Cyclops to rebuild the X-Men in the face of overwhelming hatred. Thankfully, he’s not the only X-Man to have just returned from oblivion. Scott and Logan are together again, and they are mutantkind’s only hope. Writer Matthew Rosenberg and returning superstar X-Artist Salvador Larroca lead the X-Men into their darkest hour…and beyond!

Review: Uncanny X-Men #11

Warning: The issue deals with grief, loss, pain, and suicide

Uncanny X-Men #11

After the devastating events of “X-Men Disassembled,” it falls to Cyclops to rebuild the X-Men in the face of overwhelming hatred. Thankfully, he’s not the only X-Man to have just returned from oblivion. Scott and Logan are together again, and they are mutantkind’s only hope.

Split into three stories, Uncanny X-Men #11 is an oversized issue marking the return of the X-Men. It’s a new beginning that admits it’s much like the old ways. Things look grim. The odds are against them. The world hates them. Mutants are threatened. We’ve seen this time and time again but there’s a sense of desperation here that emanates from the page.

Writer Matthew Rosenberg flies solo on the X-Men delivering an issue with stories that weaves in and out of each other and comes together for a story that gives us mystery, desperation, hope, and just enough “hell yeah” moments to build excitement for what’s next.

Things are bad for mutants and Rosenberg emphasizes that with what each perspective brings, especially Blindfold’s. Everything isn’t clear but it’s not meant to be. This is a mystery playing out from the survivor’s perspective.

The issue does have a bit of a flaw in that one scene in particular (Cyclops at a rally) doesn’t play out in a way that makes sense. Lets be honest, the last time Cyclops was seen he was a terrorist but apparently he’s able to walk out of the situation. It doesn’t make complete sense but it is what it is and most likely foreshadows a reckoning between the X-Men and Avengers down the road.

The art is solid with Salvador Larroca‘s work on the main story standing out. John McCrea brings a distinct style to the Wolverine perspective and Juanan Ramírez‘s art for the Blindfold story stands out, especially one double page spread in particular. The color from Rachelle Rosenberg and Mike Spicer and lettering from Joe Caramagna, it all combines to a comic that comes together in story but each part has a distinct personality about it.

As a long time X-Men reader, this is a hell of a start which feels both familiar and new. The “X-Men are dead” story has been done before but the way this is presented brings a real feel of desperation and loss we haven’t seen for quite some time. This is a group getting ready to fight. You can feel the tension building waiting for a spark to set it off and luckily it’s Cyclops and Wolverine that look like they’ll be doing exactly that.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Wolverine Returns
Art: John McCrea Color: Mike Spicer
The Last Blindfold Story
Art: Juanan Ramírez Color: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Uncanny X-Men #11

Uncanny X-Men #11

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) John McCrea, Juanan Ramirez (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
SRP: $7.99

SPECIAL OVER-SIZED ISSUE!

After the devastating events of “X-Men Disassembled,” it falls to Cyclops to rebuild the X-Men in the face of overwhelming hatred. Thankfully, he’s not the only X-Man to have just returned from oblivion. Scott and Logan are together again, and they are mutantkind’s only hope. Writer Matthew Rosenberg and returning superstar X-Artist Salvador Larroca lead the X-Men into their darkest hour…and beyond!

Uncanny X-Men #11

Review: X-Force #1

X-Force #1

Cable is dead…and now, the original X-Force team of Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom and Warpath. must hunt down the murderer of their former leader! The mutant militia are hot for blood…but when their target is the time-traveling younger version of their fallen mentor, is there a line they absolutely cannot cross? And what does Deathlok have to do with all of it?

Extermination is over and done and spinning out of it, as shouldn’t be a surprise, is a new X-Force. Except, the new X-Force is a lot like the old X-Force. Yes, this is mostly the OG team that spun out of New Mutants, so rather appropriate this spins out of something as well.

Writer Ed Brisson delivers a first issue that nails the characters with a solid mix of smart-ass humor and intimidation. They’re on a mission and they need to talk to Kid Cable. That means they’ll do whatever it takes to find him, including hurting whomever they need to. And with that there’s some tropes but it’s really entertaining and great to see.

Then, we have Kid Cable’s aspect to all of this and of course there’s more than we’re initially lead to believe. It’s not unexpected and we also know that X-Force and Kid Cable will team up and Kid Cable will clash with Domino (and pretty much everyone). That aspect though is interesting and something that I hope is explored more in this series and elsewhere. It’s kid some nice echoes of past X stories but in today’s world also feels fresh.

All of this is helped by Dylan Burnett‘s art and Jesus Aburtov‘s coloring as the combo delivers a style that reminds me a bit of Umbrella Academy. It also adds to the humor and action with a style that takes it from a rather serious tone to something else. It has a flair about it that gets you to laugh, and Brisson’s writing helps in that department.

But, there’s a second story!

Boom Boom missed out on the main story, so where is she? Brisson gives us a back-up story with art by Juanan Ramírez and color by Brian Reber. It feels a bit like films where two storylines eventually converge and it completely works. It too delivers a solid mix of action and humor though the art style is a bit more traditional and what’s expected. Nothing wrong with that and it fits Boom Boom in a way.

The artwork is a bit unexpected in the main story but this debut issue is solid in every aspect. It has the action, the violence, the humor, and the right attitude. It all comes together in a way that is a welcome return to the classic misfit team from the 90s and me excited to read more of their adventures.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Dylan Burnett, Juanan Ramírez
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Brian Reber Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: X-Force #1

X-Force #1

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Dylan Burnett, Juanan Ramirez (CA) Pepe Larraz
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 26, 2018
SRP: $4.99

FROM THE ASHES OF EXTERMINATION!
Cable is dead…and now, the original X-Force team of Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom and Warpath must hunt down the murderer of their former leader! The mutant militia are hot for blood…but when their target is the time-traveling younger version of their fallen mentor, is there a line they absolutely cannot cross? And what does Deathlok have to do with all of it? From Ed Brisson (EXTERMINATION, OLD MAN LOGAN) and Dylan Burnett (COSMIC GHOST RIDER), comes an all-new, high-octane mutant adventure! A reckoning will come!

X-Force #1

Preview: What If? Peter Parker Became the Punisher

What If? Peter Parker Became the Punisher

(W) Carl Potts (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Chris Stevens
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

WITH GREAT POWER…
When Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben is ruthlessly killed by a burglar Peter let escape, he vows to never let the same fate befall another innocent bystander. From then on, he stands as a figure of cold retribution. Criminals beware – the guilty caught in this spider’s web will be PUNISHED.

But will Parker stand triumphant…or shattered by this twist of fate?

The friendly neighborhood takes a different turn in this WHAT IF? adventure, positing a very different sense of responsibility for the man who will be known as THE PUNISHER, as his battles against villains like the GREEN GOBLIN take a new path!

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