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Review: Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1

Spider-Man is the worst neighbor EVER! There are always crazy villains and property damage and drama and…and he CATCHES the villains. And he tries to fix the damage and he helps carry your groceries and actually that property damage keeps the rents down. You know what? Spider-Man is the best neighbor ever and this book will give you a closer look at Spider-Man’s (and Peter Parker’s) neighborhood than any book ever. Also, it wouldn’t be a Spider-Man adventure without a threat that could destroy not only Spider-Man, but all his neighbors. Superstar writer TOM TAYLOR (X-MEN RED, ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, Injustice) and rising art star JUANN CABAL (ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, X-23) give you the most local Spider-Man ever!

Review: X-23 Vol. 1 Family Album

Laura is back as X-23 and with her is Honey Badger herself, Gabby. The first volume of this new series focuses on the clone aspect of the two of them delivering some solid action and a little bit of humor.

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Review: X-23 #1

Cloned from a warrior, raised as a killer, Laura Kinney has gone through hell and come out the other side a hero. After a stint as the All-New Wolverine, she returns to her roots as X-23 to make sure no one ever has to go through the horrors she did. With her sister Gabby and their pet Jonathan in tow, X-23 forges her own destiny.

Writer Mariko Tamaki is an amazing talent. She’s released some modern classic graphic novels and luckily, the “big two” publishers took notice having her take the reigns of two of their properties where Tamaki delivered two impressive stories. Now, she’ll work her magic with Laura Kinney, aka X-23.

In X-23 #1, Tamaki has a focus, and that’s Laura’s history as a clone. In charting her future, we’ll explore her past. And Tamaki is doing that in an interesting way, by bring in the Cuckoo sisters, another set of clones. Within the mutant community, there’s also a lot of clones, something that’s been touched upon, but not really addressed front and center. This series seems to be doing that by exploring what one misses when they’re a clone. It starts with an unknown birthday and goes from there.

Though the comic begins with a fantastic action sequence, it’s the heart that Tamaki focuses on. Laura and Gabby interact and speak their thoughts so that you’re feeling for them. It’s as much about the depth of the characters as it is how far one can sink their claws. Action is one thing, but if you don’t care for the characters, it doesn’t work and Tamaki has proven she knows how to mix both in every issue.

Helping Tamaki is Juann Cabal‘s art with color from Nolan Woodard, and lettering from Cory Petit. The art is fantastic with a style that’s hard to describe. The opening feels like an action film in the use of panels. It feels like the opening from a movie. The characters have tons of personality and their body language delivers as much of their feelings and thinking as what they say. That’s especially true for Gabby who feels like she’s bouncing up and down in excitement on the page.

I’ve enjoyed X-23’s adventures over the years but she’s never been a character I’ve cared about. Tamaki in one issue has me beginning to care about her. There’s a focus on character as well as the action and together it creates a comic that’s a wonderful read and fantastic debut.

Story: Mariko Tamaki Art: Juann Cabal
Color: Nolan Woodard Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Marvel Reveals More Marvel Legacy Teams

This fall, a new day will shine on the Marvel Universe with your favorite heroes, your favorite creators as Marvel launches Marvel Legacy a new direction for the publisher.

Today, Marvel has announced the following creative teams and Legacy titles:

AMERICA #8: EXTERMINATRIX PART 1
Written by GABBY RIVERA
Art by JOE QUINONES

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #287: DEADPOOL KILLS CABLE PART 1
Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art by SCOTT KOBLISH

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN: THE SEARCH FOR TONY STARK PART 1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by STEFANO CASELLI

DEFENDERS #6: KINGPINS OF NEW YORK PART 1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by DAVID MARQUEZ

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #25
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by JUANN CABAL

For an in-depth look at the return to original numbering, fans can consult Marvel’s renumbering chart – a handy and easy way to jump on board with our Legacy content!

Plot a Course for Imagination with Two New Star Trek Coloring Books

Following the out-of-this-world success of 2016’s Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book and Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book, Dark Horse has announced two more volumes for Star Trek fans to enjoy: Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book—Where No Man Has Gone Before and Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book—Continuing Missions.

Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book—Where No Man Has Gone Before contains forty-five brand-new black-and-white images from the second two seasons of the classic science-fiction series. Printed on high-quality stock, each illustration offers an array of diverse detail to color as faithfully or as wildly as fans choose, and is single-sided to avoid unsightly bleed-through. Juann Cabal, Will Conrad, Gabriel Guzmán, and Derlis Santacruz create the gorgeous artwork, and Gabriel Guzmán’s art is featured on the cover.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book—Continuing Missions features forty-five brand-new colorable images from seasons 4 through 7 of the fan-favorite science-fiction series. The illustrations include unique, highly detailed black-and-white illustrations inspired by unforgettable episodes, like “Darmok,” “The Inner Light,” and “Chain of Command.” Juann Cabal, Gabriel Guzmán, Bill Mudron, and Shea Standefer bring the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D to life. Gabriel Guzmán’s art is also featured on the cover.

Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book—Where No Man Has Gone Before goes on sale September 13, 2017. Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book—Continuing Missions goes on sale October 4, 2017.

Review: Elektra #1

elektra__1Matt Owens starts off this reboot, or continuation, of the Elektra story by giving us an escapist vibe. Elektra is trying to sort herself out and figure out her next move, she chooses Las Vegas as the jump off point for her adventure/awakening. While there she goes after a woman beating rapist and sets herself up to possibly be used in a very dangerous game.

Owens provides a bit of girl power and sisterhood by having another woman, Elektra, come to the aid of a woman whose attack she catches on the tail end of her assault. Outside of a short bar scene, a bathroom scene and, her retaliation against the misogynistic scum bags running the casino, there isn’t much Elektra in this issue. I get that the first issue is supposed to set up the story but, the story seems to be more about the foul-mouthed bad guys than Elektra.

Juann Cabal serves up some pretty sleek artwork. It’s halfway between manga and old school Marvel. It’s sleek,y et dark and Archer-esque while being well linked and detailed. The fight scenes and the Elektra reveal are drawn extremely modern giving the readers a visual upgrade to add tone to the action.

Overall I found this issue interesting as a story but, not as an Elektra comic. The title character appears on less than half of the pages which I haven’t seen happen in any other comic book. Getting past the lack of Elektra, I can say that the story was realistic to a degree and gave us a nice little cameo in the end. Elektra’s retreat is ruined by having to be the bad ass ninja assassin that she provides a nice parallel to the abused bartender part of the story.

There’s a lot of trapped women going on and, not only does Elektra use the male abusers communication method of violence against them but, she turns it up a notch. We get a woman as an avenging angel with her own goals and agenda. I’m curious how it will turn out when she’s put in the inevitable situation of being used by men as an object of violence. I’m hoping that they keep up with the girl power vibe that Elektra embodies and don’t cop out, create a type of comic book torture porn or, remove her agency like she was removed from most of the pages.

As a stand alone issue this is a good kick off point for a story and worth having a look at. Unfortunately, I would have liked to have seen more Elektra.

Story: Matt Owens Art: Juann Cabal
Story: 7.8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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An Assassin Comes to Vegas – Your First Look at Elektra #1!

Sin City has a new player as Marvel’s deadly assassin heads for the bright lights and dry heat of the Las Vegas Strip! Marvel has released a look inside in the can’t-miss Elektra #1 – a brand-new series coming this February from writer Matt Owens and artist Juann Cabal!Elektra is “Running With the Devil” as the one-time ninja assassin attempts to lose herself in the vibrant sea of neon,

Elektra is “Running With the Devil” as the one-time ninja assassin attempts to lose herself in the vibrant sea of neon, noise and anonymity. It’s time for a fresh start. But when you have a past as tumultuous as hers, you can’t outrun it for long! Her arrival hasn’t gone unnoticed by the criminal element of Las Vegas either – drawing the attention of none other than the villainous Arcade! He’s got his eyes on her as the newest contestant for his revamped Murderworld! Can Elektra ever truly escape the vortex of violence that has consumed her life for so long? Or is the cycle doomed to repeat itself? Her new journey into Murderworld and beyond begins on

Can Elektra ever truly escape the vortex of violence that has consumed her life for so long? Or is the cycle doomed to repeat itself?

Featuring covers by Elizabeth Torque, Marco Checchetto, Pasqual Ferry, Bill Sienkiewicz, Skottie Young, and Keron Grant.

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