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Preview: Captain Marvel #34

Captain Marvel #34

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Sergio Davila (CA) Iban Coello
RATED T+
In Shops: Dec 01, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“THE LAST OF THE MARVELS” PART 3
There is no hope for Carol or the Captain Marvel name. There is only imprisonment…and with Carol trapped, who will save her friends? It’s going to take something more powerful to break free…something nobody, not even Carol, knew was possible… Don’t miss the reveal of the year in the penultimate chapter of “Last of the Marvels”!

Captain Marvel #34

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #77

Amazing Spider-Man #77

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Arthur Adams
RATED T
In Shops: Oct 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• Kelly Thompson and Sara Pichelli pick up the baton to define this new era for Spider-Man.
• The Beyond Corporation has retuned and this is your chance to meet the people who’ve brought you the new (and improved) Spider-Man.
• There’s a target on Spider-Man’s back and one of his classic villains is out for blood.

Amazing Spider-Man #77

Preview: Black Widow #12

Black Widow #12

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Elena Casagrande (CA) Adam Hughes (VCA) Joe Jusko
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE BLACK WIDOW FEARS NO MAN… BUT HIM!
Thanks to intel from an unexpected source, Black Widow and her team have stumbled into some high-society crime nonsense, which requires formal wear to investigate. Everyone will be looking their best as they deal with the worst. But when a haunting figure from Natasha’s past re-emerges… the game has officially been changed.

Black Widow #12

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #77

Amazing Spider-Man #77

I’m not the biggest Spider-Man fan. He’s a character I’ve read on and off over the years picking it up when a new team comes on or a new arc begins. “Beyond” is the latest opportunity that ushering in not one creative team but a “board” guiding the character’s path. And what a path that has been so far. Ben Reilly has taken over as Spider-Man as Peter now lays in a coma fighting for his life and health. With Amazing Spider-Man #77, a new team from the “board” has stepped in to guide the issue and direction of the character.

Kelly Thompson is the writer for this issue which dials things back a little focusing on Beyond and Ben before setting him off to his next adventure. It’s an interesting issue really diving more into Beyond delivering hints throughout about this rather quirky corporation. Ben does a walk and talk with the mysterious Maxine Danger who heads up superhero development. Maxine drills Ben about his commitment to the project coming off as both threatening but also like someone trying to manage a business and taking things seriously. It’s hard to get a read off of the character to see if she’ll be part of whatever obstacles Ben will have to fight in the future.

With it, Thompson helps add more depth to Reilly who in these few issues has become a fairly well-rounded character full of doubt but you want to succeed. He comes off as real and sincere, someone we can relate to as readers. You understand his motivation and what’s holding him back in some ways. He’s trying to figure out his role and how he’s going to be the hero he wants to be. This isn’t an arrogant individual who has just put on the suit and swings away using the Spider-Man mantle. There’s thought and concern there.

Where the issue really pops is Sara Pichelli’s art. With the walk and talk there’s so much detail about Beyond Corporation that adds a lot to the company. We don’t know a lot about it so everything adds a little bit. With color by Nolan Woodard and lettering by Joe Caramagna, it comes off as a tech focused company that’s a little out there. Gags play through the background but each feels like there’s a story to tell. It’s a treat to read and just look at the art picking up every small detail.

Amazing Spider-Man #77 is a pretty solid issue. It adds a lot to the depth of the story and players and sets up the next adventure for Spider-Man. “Beyond” has done an excellent job of mixing the emotional, down to earth moments, with the fantastical superhero aspects. It’s not to late to hop on and swing into Spider-Man’s new direction and so far, it’s been well worth it.

Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Sara Pichelli
Color: Nolan Woodard Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #77

Amazing Spider-Man #77

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Arthur Adams
RATED T
In Shops: Oct 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• Kelly Thompson and Sara Pichelli pick up the baton to define this new era for Spider-Man.
• The Beyond Corporation has retuned and this is your chance to meet the people who’ve brought you the new (and improved) Spider-Man.
• There’s a target on Spider-Man’s back and one of his classic villains is out for blood.

Amazing Spider-Man #77

Exclusive Preview: Black Widow #12

Black Widow #12

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Elena Casagrande (CA) Adam Hughes (VCA) Joe Jusko
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE BLACK WIDOW FEARS NO MAN… BUT HIM!
Thanks to intel from an unexpected source, Black Widow and her team have stumbled into some high-society crime nonsense, which requires formal wear to investigate. Everyone will be looking their best as they deal with the worst. But when a haunting figure from Natasha’s past re-emerges… the game has officially been changed.

Black Widow #12

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #75

Amazing Spider-Man #75

I’ve never been a Spider-Man superfan. While I’ve enjoyed some stories and arcs, it’s a character (and various series) that I dip in and out of. Beyond Slott’s run, I can’t think of any long run I’ve read. He’s a character I enjoy in doses and generally feel things get redone to a point that it just doesn’t quite interest me (swing with cool image, fight bad guy, smart comment, something goes wrong, repeat). But, when a major start of a run begins, I do like to check them out and see what’s going on. Amazing Spider-Man #75 kicks off a new era for the webcrawler and it’s a start that will have me sticking around for a while.

While Amazing Spider-Man #75 is written by Zeb Wells, Spider-Man is currently being handled by the “Beyond Board” of Kelly Thompson, Cody Ziglar, Saladin Ahmed, Patrick Gleason, and Wells. The group, along with artists, will rotate arcs and issues which is needed as the comic is upping how often it’s coming out. What is “Beyond” though? That gets answered in this issue as Ben Reilly is back in the picture and donning a Spider-Man costume. He now has sponsorship by a corporation called Beyond that feels like it can do the superhero thing a bit better than it’s been done. They also have the “rights” to Spider-Man. It’s all a very intriguing twist to the series and a bit brilliant in some ways.

Amazing Spider-Man #75 dips into Spider-Man history. There’s obviously Reilly himself but the issue takes a lot from Slott’s run when Dock Ock was in Peter’s body. It’s a solid use of that arc and makes a lot of sense when presented. It’s a great way to use continuity and add some more to the history. “Additive” is a direction Marvel has been going for a while and it plays out well here. It dips back into Peter having run a company, there’s some ramifications of that which is great as that entire chapter feels like it was dumped rather quickly. There’s also some questions as to what Peter should do. He has had a lot of heavy hits lately and you can see he’s worn out. Should he let Reilly take over? Should he just go on a vacation for a bit? There’s a lot of options here now and it all feels natural. Amazing Spider-Man #75 deals with Peter’s trauma while also setting up an “out” and we the readers have to guess where it’s going to go… or do we?

The issue ends with a punch that’s been teased but what exactly is that punch? Based on some dialogue, this doesn’t feel like the usual beaten hero story we’ve seen so many times and potentially we’re going to get something very new and interesting, and hopefully relevant (if what I think is going to happen is really going to happen).

The art by Patrick Gleason is top notch. With color by Marcio Menyz and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the comic has style and pops on the page. There’s a modern classic feel to it with body bending swinging but doesn’t take that over the top like others. It’s a bit more grounded in some ways but nails the over the top action as well. What the team really delivers on is the weariness of Peter. You can feel his tiredness. This is a person who’s emotionally beat down and it shows. That sort of small detail really stands out and is impressive.

But there’s more!

Kelly Thompson, Travel Foreman, Jim Campbell, and Joe Caramagna give us a back-up story that adds a twist to everything we just read up to that point. Colleen Wing and Misty Knight!? What are they doing in the comic!? The two are kicking ass is the answer but “Love and Monsters” adds a lot to the direction the series is going as it presents a wrinkle in everything we’ve read.

And there’s more!?

“Kafka” by Wells, Ivan Fiorelli, Edgar Delgado, and Caramagna adds even more to the new direction of the series. We learn a bit more about Beyond delivering an even greater ominous feel about it all. It’s solid work that also examines Electro and some of what his powers mean. Like the main story, it’s the details and hints that are great and will suck you in.

This is a hell of a debut that feels like it’s a natural direction building off of the last two major runs and setting Peter and Spider-Man up for a new direction. It’s good, really good. And it has this on-the-fence Spider-Man reader coming back for more… and excited about it.

Story: Zeb Wells, Kelly Thompson Art: Patrick Gleason, Travel Foreman, Ivan Fiorelli
Color: Marcio Menyz, Jim Campbell, Edgar Delgado Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Captain Marvel #33

Captain Marvel #33

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Sergio Davila (CA) Iban Coello
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 06, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“THE LAST OF THE MARVELS” PART 2 The Marvels are under attack! First they came for the captain… now they’re after the youngest to bear the title. Carol races to save Kamala
Khan, but no one knows – least of all Carol – what the Dark Marvels are up to next…or who they’ll target. And this time, not even the dead are off-limits. Kelly Thompson and Sergio Dávila deliver a shocking reveal – the first of many!

Captain Marvel #33
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