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Review: Black Panther #2

Black Panther #2

When it comes to a story by John Ridley, I have a lot of expectations as to what I’m walking in to. I fully expect to be entertained by well-rounded characters who show depth. I fully expect to be challenged as far as my beliefs and thoughts. I hope there’s going to be some solid action. So far, his run on Black Panther has delivered all of that and more. Black Panther #2 picks up on T’Challa attempting to figure out who is attacking his undercover agents and also recalling them home from their mission.

Ridley has brought Black Panther down to Earth, literally and figuratively. No longer focused on galactic matters, he’s a King in transition as his country moves towards Democracy. He’s also a King that is dealing with the decisions of the past in his agents placed around the world ready to sow disruption if needed. Someone knows of his plan and is attempting to kill his agents. But who?

Along with a person who is clearly struggling with his decisions, Ridley is delivering a T’Challa that’s somewhat paranoid. He thinks it could be the Avengers that are doing this. It could be someone else. Lets face it, it most likely is. But, the fact that this man who has been shown to be so sure of himself isn’t, is a hell of a change. It creates a character who is now fallible. He can make mistakes and likely has made them.

And with all of that, we still get a hell of a lot of action. The comic has explosions and solid fights and more than enough to deliver a solid action basis. We’re getting a little bit of everything with the series.

The art by Juann Cabal is solid. With color by Federico Blee and lettering by Joe Sabino, the comic delivers a mix of everything. There’s the action as mentioned but there’s also humor and some very human moments. There’s a good balance of the big budget moments and the quieter ones where you can see the character reflecting on their decisions and moments. Cabal and the art team deliver a very human visual look at superheroes. It’s subtle and grounded.

Black Panther #2 is another fantastic issue. And that shouldn’t be surprising. Ridley and the rest of the creative team have put out fantastic comics in the past so, it’s not surprising they continue to. The series gives us a much more human look at T’Challa and a King who isn’t perfect. It’s superhero action that shows mistakes can be made and decisions can hurt others. It truly takes Black Panther from his cosmic adventures and brings him back to Earth.

Story: John Ridley Art: Juann Cabal
Color: Federico Blee Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Black Panther #1, Hulk #1, and Venom #1 Get New Printings

Three of Marvel’s hottest new #1s will be getting new printings in January! Readers will get a chance to dive into the latest eras of some of comics’ most iconic heroes by picking up these sold-out debut issues of Black Panther, Hulk, and Venom! Complete with two new covers each, these exciting new printing covers will showcase new art, sketches, and more!

Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and artist Juann Cabal take the world of Wakanda into a new age in Black Panther #1. The new run kicks off with an action-packed espionage story that will upend everything in T’Challa’s life and have ramifications for the entire Marvel Universe! Secrets from T’Challa’s past have come back to haunt him! Fresh from his travels in space, Black Panther receives an unexpected and urgent message from a Wakandan secret agent! Now, T’Challa must race the clock not only to save his agent, but also to keep his true agenda under wraps. Because if the truth comes out, it could cost T’Challa everything… BLACK PANTHER #1’s second printing covers will feature the sketch art of Alex Ross’ mesmerizing cover as well as a second printing cover featuring Juann Cabal’s new Black Panther design.

Superstar creative team Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley look to the stars for Bruce Banner’s colossal-sized next era in Hulk #1! Immortal no longer, the Hulk’s uncontrollable rage has reached an all-new level, and nobody – including the Avengers – is prepared to handle it. But is it really the Hulk that people should be afraid of, or is there something missing to this puzzle? Hulk #1’s second printing covers will showcase Hulk and Iron Man’s explosive fight in a wraparound cover as well as a character sketch by Ryan Ottley.

And a new symbiote saga begins in Ram V, Al Ewing, and Bryan Hitch’s Venom #1. This trio is set to take the symbiote mythos to the next level with thrilling new developments for father-son pair Eddie and Dylan Brock. Each writer will lend their talents to a different character, with Ewing taking us beyond the stars with Eddie in his new role as the “King in Black,” and Ram V bringing us back to earth penning Dylan’s beginnings as a Super Hero. Together, the two journeys will intertwine and impact one another to create a singular and epic new vision. Venom #1’s second printing covers will feature all-new artwork from Bryan Hitch as well as a sketch artwork of his main cover.

Review: Black Panther #1

Black Panther #1

I love a good political thriller. There’s a tense paranoia that often accompanies them that keeps readers on their toes. In Black Panther #1 we get a debut that takes those aspects and infuses superhero action. After a galaxy spanning previous run helmed by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Black Panther is back on Earth dealing with a changed Wakanda. Now a fledgling Democracy, T’Challa must abdicate some of his power to Parliament while also being threatened by decisions he made as King.

John Ridley steps in as the new writer for the character bringing his mix of action, politics, and thought-provoking moments. T’Challa is now split in his duties across multiple fronts. He’s still the Chairperson for the Avengers. He’s still the King of Wakanda. He’s also the leader of the galactic society we met in the previous volume. And, he’s still Black Panther. Ridley makes sure to emphasize this is an individual being pulled in numerous directions and neglecting some duties because of that. He’s not completely focused on everything he needs to be and it’s impacting him.

As a leader in multiple fronts, he’s attempting to balance his role. That includes a new Wakanda that is attempting to become a Democracy, putting T’Challa in the awkward position of figuring how to balance his previous role and allow Wakanda to find its next steps.

And that’s an interesting theme in Ridley’s opening. Wakandan sleeper agents are being hunted and murdered. These are individuals placed throughout the world because T’Challa does not trust Democracy. As he puts it, while an ally can be elected today, an enemy could be elected tomorrow. It’s an interesting first issue on multiple fronts. It paints a man who is weary of the political direction in his own country, hinting we might see an adversarial government elected in the future. It also acts as a reflection of our real world challenges not just in the United States but beyond. That you can elect leaders who are not just bad for our own nation but those we once considered friends. Ridley as expected leaves us a lot to chew on.

Juann Cabal‘s art is solid. There’s some fantastic moments full of action and heartbreak and those are balanced well with the moments that are more focused on reflection. Cabal is joined by Federico Blee on color and Joe Sabino on lettering. While the comic looks great there’s also a lack of flashiness to it too. The enemies in the opening battle are kind of generic and the fight overall is good but lacks an epic feel about it. Where the art stands out is those quieter moments that lead to a surprise. There’s a solid capture of body language of the characters that really emphasizes what’s going on. Hands on top of each other or just sitting and talking, it nails down the little more emotional moments. And those moments get a punch as the action kicks up interrupting them.

Black Panther #1 is exactly what I was hoping for in a series written by Ridley. It delivers just enough to chew on and think about while setting up an action mystery that feels more thriller than spandex superhero action. After a galaxy spanning epic, the comic comes home in a more grounded, down-to-earth, focus of a man who may be split in too many directions and whose past decisions are coming back to haunt him.

Story: John Ridley Art: Juann Cabal
Color: Federico Blee Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.95 Recommendation: Buy

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Marvel Reveals Timeless #1 Variants

This December, the very future of the Marvel Universe is at stake in Jed MacKay, Kev Walker, Greg Land, and Mark Bagley’s Timeless #1! The special one-shot will see Kang the Conqueror take an epic journey across space and time where he’ll get a startling glimpse at some of Marvel’s biggest 2022 stories. To celebrate this incredible moment in Marvel history, Marvel’s Stormbreakers, the next generation of elite comic artists, have turned out new covers depicting some of your favorite heroes. Incorporating time imagery in stunning fashion, these pieces are perfect companions to Kang’s venture into the timestream! 

Check out all eight covers by Natacha Bustos, Juann Cabal, Carmen Carnero, Joshua Cassara, Iban Coello, Patrick Gleason, Peach Momoko, and R.B. Silva and pick them up at your local comic shop on December 29!

Black Panther Celebrates 200 Issues in January

This January, the third issue of Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and artist Juann Cabal’s highly-anticipated run on Black Panther will also mark the character’s milestone 200th issue! To celebrate, Black Panther #3 will be an oversized issue with bonus stories celebrating the past and foreshadowing the future of the Black Panther and the world of Wakanda. Ridley will also introduce a new hero who rises up to protect the people of Wakanda while T’Challa finds his life and role as Black Panther thrown into turmoil! Fans will be able to witness the beginning of this new hero’s journey before seeing him become a key player of Ridley’s run in future issues.

In addition, the main story in the 200th issue of Black Panther will see T’Challa face off against the X-Men! With assassins closing in and Wakanda’s faith in him shaken, T’Challa goes to visit Storm on the newly terraformed Mars. But this will not be a happy reunion as T’Challa has ulterior motives for his visit. And back home, Shuri discovers who is behind the attacks on Wakanda’s secret agents — a revelation that will change everything.

Check out the covers by Alex Ross, Taurin Clarke, and Gary Frank now and pick up Black Panther #3 when it hits stands on January 26!

Secrets of Wakanda Emerge in the New Black Panther #1 Trailer

This November, Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and artist Juann Cabal launch T’Challa’s next revolutionary chapter in Black Panther #1! The new era will see secrets from T’Challa’s past coming back to haunt him and threaten the nation of Wakanda. Fresh from returning from his adventures in space, Black Panther receives an unexpected and urgent message from a Wakandan secret agent. T’Challa must race the clock not only to save his agent, but also to keep his true agenda under wraps. Because if the truth comes out, it could cost T’Challa everything… Fans can get their first glimpse at this historic new launch in the new Black Panther #1 trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork.

Don’t miss the start of a new Marvel epic when Black Panther #1 hits stands on November 10!

Marvel’s Stormbreakers Celebrate Comics’ Greatest Couples in Variant Covers

Marvel’s Stormbreakers, the next generation of elite artists, continue to take the comic book world by storm by shattering the limits of visual storytelling with their incredible talents! In addition to their exemplary work on Marvel’s hottest ongoing titles, this amazing group of artists come together each month to deliver outstanding, must-have collections of variant covers. And November’s Stormbreakers Variant Cover series will shine the spotlight on some of Marvel’s greatest couples.

Fans know that a super hero’s romances are just as riveting and integral to their mythos as their most epic battles, and Marvel’s Stormbreakers have stunningly captured some of Marvel’s greatest love stories including:

  • ·       Spider-Man and Mary Jane
  • Cyclops and Jean Grey
  • Daredevil and Elektra
  • Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman
  • Mystique and Destiny
  • Storm and Black Panther
  • Vision and Scarlet Witch
  • Captain America and Sharon Carter

Marvel cover reveals to come!

  • BLACK PANTHER LEGENDS #2 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by JOSHUA CASSARA
  • AVENGERS #50 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by CARMEN CARNERO
  • DAREDEVIL #36 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by JUANN CABAL
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #38 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by NATACHA BUSTOS
  • X-MEN #5 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by IBAN COELLO
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #80 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by R.B. SILVA
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA/IRON MAN #1 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by PATRICK GLEASON
  • INFERNO #3 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by PEACH MOMOKO

Preview: Kang the Conqueror #1 (of 5)

Kang the Conqueror #1 (of 5)

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Mike Del Mundo (VCA) Natacha Bustosm Juan Cabal, Carmen Nunez Carnero, Joshua Cassara, Iban Coello, Patrick Gleason, Peach Momoko, Todd Nauck, R.B. Silva, Skottie Young
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 18, 2021
SRP: $4.99

THE ORIGIN OF KANG!
The man called Kang the Conqueror has been a pharaoh, a villain, a warlord of the space ways and even, on rare occasions, a hero. Across all timelines, one fact seemed absolute: Time means nothing to Kang the Conqueror.
But the truth is more complex. Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction dictated by time and previously unseen by any but the Conqueror himself. A cycle that could finally explain the enigma that is Kang. And a cycle that begins and ends with an old and broken Kang sending his younger self down a dark path…

Kang the Conqueror #1 (of 5)
Mike Del Mundo

Early Preview: Kang the Conqueror #1 (of 5)

Kang the Conqueror #1 (of 5)

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Mike Del Mundo (VCA) Natacha Bustosm Juan Cabal, Carmen Nunez Carnero, Joshua Cassara, Iban Coello, Patrick Gleason, Peach Momoko, Todd Nauck, R.B. Silva, Skottie Young
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 18, 2021
SRP: $4.99

THE ORIGIN OF KANG!
The man called Kang the Conqueror has been a pharaoh, a villain, a warlord of the space ways and even, on rare occasions, a hero. Across all timelines, one fact seemed absolute: Time means nothing to Kang the Conqueror.
But the truth is more complex. Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction dictated by time and previously unseen by any but the Conqueror himself. A cycle that could finally explain the enigma that is Kang. And a cycle that begins and ends with an old and broken Kang sending his younger self down a dark path…

Kang the Conqueror #1 (of 5)
Mike Del Mundo

Journey Across the Timestream and Beyond in these New Kang the Conqueror #1 Covers

On August 18th, writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing team up with artist Carlos Magno, colors by Espen Grundetjern, and lettering by Joe Caramagna, to bring readers the definitive origin of one of Marvel’s most legendary villains in Kang the Conqueror #1! The new series will unravel Kang’s complex history, tying together all of his greatest stories and reuniting his alternative selves from across the timeline. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Kang is set to begin his biggest era yet. To celebrate the character’s first-ever solo series, some of the industry’s top artists have crafted outstanding covers that showcase the past, present, and future of Kang’s incredible saga. Included in this collection are covers by all eight of Marvel’s Stormbreakers depicting key moments in Kang’s history from his iconic first run-ins with the Fantastic Four and the Avengers to his epic showdown with the Young Avengers.

The man called Kang the Conqueror has been a pharaoh, a villain, a warlord of the space ways, and even—on rare occasions—a hero. Across all timelines, one fact seemed absolute: Time means nothing to Kang the Conqueror. But the truth is more complex. Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction dictated by time and previously unseen by any but the Conqueror himself. A cycle that could finally explain the enigma that is Kang. And a cycle that begins and ends with an old and broken Kang sending his younger self down a dark path… Check out all 12 covers now before the release on August 18th!

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