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Messages from Midgard #7- I Am Iron-Odin

In what is probably a law of averages/regression to the mean situation, a decent issue of War of the Realms happened as Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson stopped crafting trailers for tie-in issues (For the most part.) and turned in a damn good Odin and Freyja story. Throughout his run on Thor, Aaron has done a fantastic job creating character journeys for Odinson’s supporting cast and rekindles some of that old magic as Iron-Odin and Freyja go all Thermopylae against the Dark Elves. As far as tie-ins, we’ve got two hits and a (near) miss. Inconsistent art and directionless plotting squander the amazing cast that Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum, Kim Jacinto, and Ario Anindito have been gifted with in War Avengers while Spider-Man and the League of the Realms and Giant-Man are basically throwing shit at the wall to see if it sticks. And it does thanks to Nico Leon’s clean art, Sean Ryan’s heroic writing of Spidey, and Leah Williams’ wonderful wit.

War of the Realms #4

Freyja has been a complete and utter badass during the course of the “War of the Realms” event leading the charge as all her male relatives are Frost Giant food or injured. With the foresight that comes from her background as a Vanir goddess, she can both ward off hordes of Dark Elves and coordinate the Avengers recruiting surviving members of other realms to make a last stand on Midgard. Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson channel Jack Kirby a little bit when showing her action using Kirby krackle and squiggly lines to demonstrate her magical powers and a black and pink palette that intensifies into red once her situation gets more dire.

And speaking of dire, this is what motivates an injured Odin to jump into battle. He truly cares about his wife and is angry that Ghost Rider, She-Hulk, Blade, and Punisher left her by herself at the Black Bifrost. He is very pissed off, and not even Captain America’s good wishes can calm him down. Luckily, Tony Stark has forged him an incredibly cool, golden suit of armor in one of the series’ most badass moments. Aaron also does an excellent job writing a bickering couple even sneaking in a joke about how Odin isn’t great in bed as they reach their end. Over the course of four issues, he and Dauterman have taken almost everyone away from Thor, and he is ready to be a hero with his axe, hammer, metal arm, and interruption of Jane Foster. This arc for Thor is very in line with his recent characterization in the Marvel movies, and I’m curious how many of these “deaths” will actually hold up once the event is over.

War of the Realms #4 has bits that feel like trailers for other issues (She-Hulk’s motivational speech to the dwarves of Nidavellir is very funny though.), but Jason Aaron’s focus on Freyja and Odin’s characterization combined with Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson’s beautiful, yet tragic visuals of their final stand give the comic an Overall Verdict of Read.

War of the Realms Strikeforce: The War Avengers #1

Writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum, artists Kim Jacinto and Ario Anindito, and colorists Java Tartaglia and Felipe Sobreiro’s War Avengers one-shot is set up back in War of the Realms #3 with Freyja sending a team led by Captain Marvel to coordinate the defense of Midgard. The members of this team are Deadpool, Sif, Weapon H (Hulk and Wolverine combined for some reason.), Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Captain Britain comes into help later. Hopeless understands the voices of these characters very well with inappropriately timed quips for Deadpool, a badass warrior vibe for Sif, strong military leadership from Carol, and simmering black ops chemistry between Natasha and Bucky that would make Ed Brubaker and Mark Waid smile. As the team heads to London to try to take out Malekith, he even writes one hell of a Union Jack, who quaffs a pint while waiting for the next wave of Dark Elves.

This previous paragraph made War Avengers #1 sound like a damn fine team comic, but it’s not. I know that deadlines are a thing and this issue is longer than usual Marvel ones, but Jacinto and Anindito’s art is very hit and miss and doesn’t really mesh. Some scenes are more cartoonish while others are stiffly rendered. This stiffness comes at awkward moments like an extended bit with Deadpool and a shark, or Black Widow and Winter Soldier doing a cool stealth mission to steal mechs from Frost Giants. But there are some good panels here and there like when Deadpool makes a joke about a scene of Natasha leaping from an explosion being a good movie poster for her. Sometimes, this comic does feel like Dennis Hallum unloading every joke he has for Deadpool at one go.

So, unlike the excellent Dark Elf Realm one-shot, Hallum doesn’t really have a focus after the Frost Giant heist mission and the failed attack on Malekith wrapping the comic up with some statements about war straight out of All Quiet on the Western Front’s Cliff Notes. With the exception of Venom’s capture, he doesn’t show the War Avengers being beaten back by Malekith and ends the issue with a Carol voiceover and setting up their next “mission”. This lack of conclusiveness plus inconsistent art earns War Avengers #1 an Overall Verdict of Pass even though I personally love this team lineup.

War of the Realms: Spider-Man & the League of Realms #1

Sean Ryan, Nico Leon, and Carlos Lopez take one of the coolest concepts from Jason Aaron’s Thor run and craft a heartwarming, occasionally quirky heroic story in Spider-Man & the League of Realms #1. The story opens with Spider-Man driving a jeep to Lagos, Nigeria with a Light Elf, Dwarf, Mountain Giant, and Vanir god in tow. They’re trying to liberate Lagos from the Angels of Heven, who now rule the continent of Africa. The result is Spider-Man awkwardly trying to keep a team that has a couple killers at bay and looking out for regular people while angels rain down fire and fury from above.

What really makes this comic work is the clean lines of Nico Leon, which make the story fun and easy to follow even if you, like me, forgot half the names of the League of the Realms members. Leon works with colorist Carlos Lopez to highlight important parts of each panel like a gorgeous church in the background where Fernande, the Angel commander and a definite crusader type, has her headquarters. His Spider-Man is quite expressive, and he treats the mask like a face and not something static. Ryan gives him plenty of action to draw, but this comic has a pretty peaceful ending for a “War of the Realms” tie-in. It’s a done in one story and also has a cool cliffhanger plus Ryan creates tension between Spider-Man and the more violent members of his team that will probably lead to more conflict down the road.

Even though he’s in Lagos, not Queens, and is palling around with an Elf, Dwarf (I love me some Screwbeard.), god, troll, and not the Human Torch or Mary Jane, Spider-Man & the League of Realms #1 is still a great Spider-Man story. Spidey takes responsibility for every life he comes in contact with on his mission and truly lives up to Thor’s description of him as “the most Midgard of men”. Throw in Nico Leon’s artwork, and this comic earns an Overall Verdict of Buy.

Giant-Man #1

I would love to be a fly, er, ant on the wall when Leah Williams pitched Giant-Man #1 to Marvel. Basically, four size changing superheroes (Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Raz Malhotra aka Giant-Man, Tom Foster aka Goliath, and Atlas) grow to their full height, disguise themselves as Frost Giants, and take a trip to Florida to whack Laufey’s Frost Giant buddy, Ymir. Freyja is channeling the power of “big boy season” to get revenge for Laufey eating her adopted son, Loki back in War of the Realms #1. Scott wants to go back to Florida to look for his daughter, Cassie, and Williams and artist Marco Castiello do a great job having him and Freyja connect over their love for their children. Their care also extends to Goliath, who struggles with powers and being in the shadow of his uncle Bill Foster as well as Raz, who is a cute wholesome soul that had a recent breakup with his boyfriend, and of course, Atlas, who is just happy to have a shot at heroism again and comes to the mission already in “giant” mode. At first, Goliath seems like the team asshole, but Williams and Castiello prod his vulnerabilities and insecurity and add layers to his character.

However, for all its humor, general adventurous tone, and creative uses of size changing, Giant-Man #1 has a few flaws. There’s some Freyja dialogue at the beginning when she’s giving the mission that needed to be copy edited, and once the team has their “disguises” on, it’s sometimes hard to tell the characters apart except for Scott, who wears a larger version of his Ant-Man helmet. There’s a real flying by the seat of their pants quality to the characters’ interactions especially once they reach the Frost Giant haven of Yeehaw, Florida, which is a fantastic name for comedy purposes. The cast of Giant-Man has similar powers, but no real bond with each other except for Scott and Raz, who was trained by him in a previous comic. This is a definite liability for such an important mission as this one, and shit almost immediately hits the fan and doesn’t let up. Also, Frost Giant dogs make look cute, but they’re actually pretty scary.

Leah Williams and Marco Castiello go full hog with the fun, weird side of “War of the Realms” in Giant-Man #1, which also features plenty of jokes (Including a very good dick one), three dimensional characters, and characters riding on each other’s shoulders and in pockets. One line of clunky dialogue and occasional art clarity issues aside, it gets an Overall Verdict of Buy.


This was one of the better “War of the Realms” weeks in recent memory with Jason Aaron,  Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson doing strong work with Thor and his family in the main title while Spider-Man and the League of the Realms and Giant-Man showed there’s room for traditional hero stories and wacky capers in this event. War Avengers was kind of a disappointment, but extended panel time for Captain Britain, Union Jack, Sif, and non-surveillance state Carol Danvers is a good time. I like how Dennis Hallum wrote these characters, and maybe we’ll get a spinoff with a better artist. I still don’t get the deal with Weapon H other than as a cash grab.

Panel of the Week

She-Hulk is available for all your company’s motivational speaking needs. (War of the Realms #4; Art by Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson)

Preview: War of the Realms: Strikeforce – War Avengers

War of the Realms: Strikeforce – War Avengers

(W) Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum (A) Ario Anindito (A/CA) Kim Jacinto
Rated T+
In Shops: May 15, 2019
SRP: $4.99

CAPTAIN MARVEL AND HER WAR AVENGERS HOLD THE FRONTLINE!

While two other Strikeforce teams head out to other realms, Captain Marvel leads the fight to reclaim the Earth! But even with a crew of heavy hitters (Weapon H, Captain Britain, Venom, Deadpool) and two of the best spies on the planet (the Winter Soldier and the Black Widow), Carol’s fighting a losing game. Malekith’s allies are without number – and the battlefield bigger than any Carol’s commanded before. Time to lay it all out on the line – and fight for a miracle.

War of the Realms: Strikeforce - War Avengers

Champions #3 Celebrates International Women’s Day with a cover by Elsa Charretier and Sarah Stern!

In celebration of International Women’s Day this March, Marvel has revealed a brand-new variant cover for Champions #3 showcasing leading ladies Ms. Marvel, Viv Vision, Ironheart, Snowguard, and Wasp – as well as the legacy of Captain Marvel – illustrated by superstar artist Elsa Charretier and colorist Sarah Stern!

Best known for her work on 2017’s critically acclaimed The Unstoppable Wasp, Charretier’s art has appeared in series such as The Unbelievable Gwenpool and Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! while Sarah Stern’s brilliant colors have been dazzling the industry in books such as Oni Press’s Rick and Morty and IDW’s Jem and the Holograms: Infinite.

Don’t miss your chance to pick up this stunning new variant cover in local comic shops on March 6th, just ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day! Champions #3 is written by Jim Zub with art by Steven Cummings, and a main cover by Kim Jacinto and Rain Beredo.

Champions #3 International Women’s Day variant

Review: Avengers: No Surrender

A hyped up weekly comic event that delivered?! That’s Avengers: No Surrender which brought together the various Avengers teams for a story that could only be told in comics… it’s that epic!

Avengers: No Surrender collects Avengers #675-#690 by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Pepe Larraz, David Curiel, Kim Jacinto, Mike Perkins, Stefano Caselli, Sean Izaakse, Paco Medina, Joe Bennett, Juan Vlasco, Ruy Jose, and Cory Petit.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 31! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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TFAW

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Review: Sentry: Man of Two Worlds

The Sentry is back but what does that mean for the Marvel Universe? Writer Jeff Lemire explores the duality of the character in this series.

Sentry: Man of Two Worlds collects issues #1-5 by Jeff Lemire, Kim Jacinto, Joshua Cassara, and Rain Beredo.

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The Sentry Returns with Jeff Lemire and Kim Jacinto

This June, The Sentry is returning to the Marvel Universe, along with writer Jeff Lemire and Kim Jacinto in an all-new story as part of Marvel’s “fresh start.”

The character made his dramatic return in the current Doctor Strange storyline and Lemire will explore the emotional depth of the character as well dig into the psychology of him.

Sentry #1 flies on to shelves June 27, 2018 with story by Lemire, art by Jacinto and cover by Bryan Hitch.

 

Review: Avengers #679

AVENGERS #679Who is the Challenger? What is at stake in his grudge match with the Grandmaster? And when the two of them clash, can the Earth survive the destruction they unleash?

“No Surrender” continues in Avengers #679 and we now have a better idea who the Grandmaster’s opponent is and why they’re battling. Taking a break from the action, writers Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub use the issue to explore the Elders who are using Earth as a Chessboard for their own pissing match.

Waid, Ewing, and Zub deliver an excellent entry that explains exactly what’s going on and why filling in more history of the Marvel Universe. The issue feels like a solid explanation for new readers and should entertain long time fans too. It also sets up the rivalry well keeping it simple and in by doing so also making it easy to relate to.

But, what the issue does that’s impressive is provide that “reflecting” issue due to the Human Torch’s “death” without an entire issue of characters mourning something we know isn’t true. They break expectations that way and shake up the narrative. That aspect is there but it’s relegated to a few pages instead of an entire issue.

The art by Kim Jacinto is excellent creating a cosmic feel of it all. The Grandmaster and the Challenger in ways feel like gods to the pawns being used in their battles. The designs are fantastic in both characters and settings and the focus on character expressions when dealing with Storms’ “death” adds emotion in a minimum amount of ways. Instead of pages, it’s panels.

The issue is a solid chapter that slows things down a little just as it was ramping up. It takes a step back to reveal more pieces of the puzzle and delivers a nice twist at the end just when you think everything’s been explained and all pieces are on the board.

There’s also fun added to each issue with extras. Here we get some of the thought process as to the design of the Challenger as well as Mark Waid explaining some of what we saw last issue, the type of debate comic fans love.

This continues to be an event that’s a hell of a lot of fun and living up to the hype, exactly what I was hoping it would be.

Story: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub Art: Aaron Kim Jacinto Cover Art: Mark Brooks
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Avengers: No Surrender: Third Month Covers

Avengers: Disassemble! The epic weekly takeover continues this February when Paco Medina takes the reigns to draw the third month of Marvel’s biggest team adventure, and Marvel is excited to reveal the covers for issues #683 – #686 of Avengers: No Surrender by Mark Brooks as well as the first look at February’s interlocking variant covers by Nick Bradshaw!

Month three of Avengers: No Surrender takes its epic storytelling to another level, as Jarvis’ life hangs by a thread and the Black Order is on the attack. And as if the Avengers don’t have enough to worry about, they’ll need to deal with a betrayal of one of their own.

Co-written by Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub with art by Pepe Larraz, Kim Jacinto, and Paco Medina, Avengers: No Surrender unites the casts and creative teams of three titles into one weekly book of exciting action. It all starts with Avengers #675 this January, when the teams of The Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, and U.S.Avengers come together in a story as exciting and powerful as the Marvel Universe itself.

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER #683
Written by MARK WAID, JIM ZUB and AL EWING
Art by PACO MEDINA
Cover by MARK BROOKS

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER #684
Written by MARK WAID, JIM ZUB and AL EWING
Art by PACO MEDINA & JOE BENNETT
Cover by MARK BROOKS

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER #685
Written by MARK WAID, JIM ZUB and AL EWING
Art by PACO MEDINA
Cover by MARK BROOKS

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER #686
Written by MARK WAID, JIM ZUB and AL EWING
Art by PACO MEDINA
Cover by MARK BROOKS

Avengers: No Surrender: Second Month Covers Revealed!

Avengers: Disassemble! The epic weekly takeover continues this February when Kim Jacinto takes the reigns to draw the second month of Marvel’s biggest team adventure, and Marvel is excited to reveal the covers for issues #679 – #682 of Avengers: No Surrender by Mark Brooks.

Co-written by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub with art by Pepe Larraz, Kim Jacinto and Paco Medina, Avengers: No Surrender unites the casts and creative teams of three titles into one weekly book of exciting action. It all starts with Avengers #675 this January, when the teams of The Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, and U.S.Avengers come together in a story as exciting and powerful as the Marvel Universe itself.

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER #679
Written by MARK WAID, JIM ZUB and AL EWING
Art by KIM JACINTO
Cover by MARK BROOKS
On-Sale – 2/7/17

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER #680
Written by MARK WAID, JIM ZUB and AL EWING
Art by KIM JACINTO
Cover by MARK BROOKS
On-Sale – 2/14/17

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER #681
Written by MARK WAID, JIM ZUB and AL EWING
Art by KIM JACINTO
Cover by MARK BROOKS
On-Sale – 2/21/17

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER #682
Written by MARK WAID, JIM ZUB and AL EWING
Art by KIM JACINTO
Cover by MARK BROOKS
On-Sale – 2/28/17

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