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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1

Seven teams of creators get together and jam on this comic in a round-robin style story. Each team has no idea who the previous are until they get their part and no idea what’s coming. The result? Really entertaining.

Story: Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Nick Spencer, Kelly Thompson, Al Ewing, Chip Zdarsky, Jason Aaron
Art: Chris Bachalo, Greg Smallwood, Michael Allred, Valerio Schiti, Chris Sprouse, Rachael Stott, Cameron Stewart, Mark Bagley
Ink: Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Greg Smallwood, Michael Allred, Valerio Schiti, Karl Story, Rachael Stott, Cameron Stewart, John Bell
Color: Chris Bachalo, Greg Smallwood, Laura Allred, Mattia Iacono, Dave McCaig, Triona Farrell, Nathan Fairbairn, Frank D’Armata
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

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Review: Giant-Size X-Statix #1

Giant-Size X-Statix #1

The X-Statix are back in Giant-Size X-Statix #1! Who are the X-Statix? Well, you don’t need to worry about that a whole lot as the creative team has you covered and catches you up. Writer Peter Milligan does a brilliant job and laying out the land for new readers, reminding older readers, and setting up what’s to come in this oversized issue.

Being unfamiliar with the series and characters myself, I got a good sense of their voice rather quickly. They come off as a less serious X-Men with a pop-indie vibe. The X-Statix are as focused on their popularity as they are doing what’s right. And with that comes a lot of humor as the ream is brought together to face a new threat and confront some of their past.

I’m sure older fans of the X-Statix will enjoy Giant-Size X-Statix #1 on a different level than I did but I still found myself laughing enough to want to come back for more. There’s a certain pop-sense about it all with updated jokes that creates a fun reading experience.

A lot of that fun experience is due to the art of Michael Allred and Laura Allred. The two together have a certain style that’s unique and easily recognizable. A trippy style is mixed with small visual jokes and a whimsical feel that fits Milligan’s writing style for the series. All together it has you wanting to drop acid and enjoy the ride.

The comic was unexpected and not sure it was even needed. But, after reading it, I know I want more and looks like we might get exactly that in 2020.

Story: Peter Milligan Art: Michael Allred
Color: Laura Allred Letterer: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Giant-Size X-Statix #1

The X-Statix are back! But who are the new members and what’s their connection to the past X-Statix? Also, who’s The X-Cellents!? Find out in this entertaining giant sized issue.

Story: Peter Milligan
Art: Michael Allred
Color: Laura Allred
Letters: Nate Piekos

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From X-Statix to The X-Cellent in 2020

This week sees the release of Giant-Size X-Statix #1 that brings Peter Milligan, Michael Allred, and Laura Allred together again for a new adventure of the cult classic characters.

At the end of the issue, it’s revealed we’re getting more of this creative team with The X-Cellent, coming in 2020.

Giant-Size X-Statix brings together classic X-Statix characters with some new members to take on a new threat. Who are the X-Cellents? You’ll have to get the comic to find out!

Is this one of the new series that’s part of the “X Universe” post House of X and Powers of X? We’ll find out more soon!

Check out The X-Cellent teaser that you can find at the end of Giant-Size X-Statix below. As the first appearance of The X-Cellent, it’s a comic you might want to invest in.

The X-Cellent

Preview: Giant-Size X-Statix #1

Giant-Size X-Statix #1

(W) Peter Milligan (A/CA) Michael Allred
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $4.99

They’re back and more alive than ever for this special one-shot! But what new threat is so grave that only the most famous mutant celebrities can fight it? And who is the new U-Go-Girl? Only the original X-Statix creative team Peter Milligan, Michael Allred and Laura Allred know for sure!

Giant-Size X-Statix #1

Preview: Archie Meets Batman ’66

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ’66 (TP)

Script: Jeff Parker and Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Michael and Laura Allred
978-1-68255-847-8
$17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 3/27

Gotham City meets Riverdale in this crossover graphic novel that brings together some of the most iconic characters in comics and television! A battle in Gotham City extends its reach into Riverdale–and it’s up to the teens of Riverdale to recruit some help and place a call… to the Batcave!

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN '66

Preview: Archie Meets Batman ’66 #6

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ’66 #6

Script: Jeff Parker and Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
Variant Covers: Joe Giella w/ Vincent Lovallo, Jerry Ordway w/ Glenn Whitmore, Dan Parent, Ruben Procopio, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 1/9
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The United Underworld has all of Riverdale under their control and it’s up to Batman, along with Archie and the Gang, to save their beloved hometown! It’s going to come down to some ingenuity, a few high-tech devices, and the showdown of the century right in the center of town!

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN '66 #6

Review: Fantastic Four #5

Fantastic Four #5

The wedding that’s been years in the making…Ben and Alicia say “I do!”

No bait. No switch. Not a dream. Not a hoax. And we swear, not a single Skrull around. This is really happening! From the book that brought you the first, best and longest running super hero marriage in comics, we give you…the wedding of Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters!

It’s the 650th issue of the Fantastic Four and it’s a special one as Ben and Alicia get married… and they DO get married. No tricks. No fakeouts. This issue delivers on the promise that quite a few comic failed at this year. And it’s a solid delivery with three stories that capture so much of what makes the Fantastic Four… well, fantastic!

Change Partners” kicks off the issue with art by Michael Allred and color from Laura Allred. The story features an untold tale of courtship between Ben and Alicia and how Sue helped get the two of them together. There’s a lot to unpack here as it also takes on the relationship between Ben and Sue, something that comes and goes as far as importance in the Fantastic Four family. It’s an interesting story that’s a great introduction to how Ben and Alicia got together and the wedding between the two of them is used in a way so it’s not just a flashback story that’s included. It’s cute and fun and the Allred’s style takes what could be a rather messed up story (Sue really meddled a lot) and spin it into something else.

What’s a wedding with a bachelor party? We saw the lady’s night out in the wedding special comic and here the “Guy’s Night Out” is planned by Johnny Storm and goes off the rails as expected. Adam Hughes delivers the art for this and it’s just insanity. But, it’s touching too in so many ways. The story has some great moments also taking us through Ben’s history but also diving into the friendship between him and Johnny and what it means that Johnny is now the only one not married. There’s also a lot of humor and hopefully some of the aspects come up down and are mentioned in other series because there’s no way some of this is being let go.

But, all of that is a warm-up for “4-Minute Warning,” the wedding between Alicia and Ben. Writer Dan Slott, through this entire comic, has had a tough task to deliver. With two failure wedding comics this year, this one had to come through. While it plays it safe in some ways, Slott nails it with a tone that just feels like classic Fantastic Four.

The wedding itself is all about the details. How it ends, the lead up, and all of the little touches to acknowledge Benjamin’s Jewish heritage, Slott gets it right. The story feels joyous and its ending is spot on in everything it needs to do setting up what’s to come and leaving readers with a smile on their faces. Does it go smooth? Of course not! But, the bump screams Fantastic Four.

And it partially screams that due to the art of Aaron Kuder with colorists Marte Gracia and Erick Arcieniega. There’s a lot to pack into this story and a lot to get right and it just feels right. There’s two pages in particular that gave me a Kirby vibe and a wink and nod to his and Stan Lee’s legacy.

As I said, the comic plays it safe in some ways but the heart is here and it’s hard to not enjoy the complete package. The issue is a throwback in some ways delivering a special issue without angst, without negativity, it’s a celebration. It’s something to gush and awe about and just enjoy in something going right (even when it isn’t perfect). And sometimes that’s all a comic needs to be.

Story: Dan Slott
Art: Aaron Kuder, Michael Allred, Adam Hughes
Color: Marte Gracia, Erick Arcieniega, Laura Allred
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Fantastic Four #5

Fantastic Four #5

(W) Dan Slott (A) Aaron Kuder, Adam Hughes, Michael Allred (CA) Esad Ribic
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 26, 2018
SRP: $7.99

SPECIAL 650th ISSUE SPECTACULAR!
The wedding that’s been years in the making…Ben and Alicia say “I do!”
No bait. No switch. Not a dream. Not a hoax. And we swear, not a single Skrull around. This is really happening! From the book that brought you the first, best and longest running super hero marriage in comics, we give you…the wedding of Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters! Featuring an untold tale of the courtship of Ben and Alicia. A bachelor party that only Johnny Storm could throw. And a very special ceremony brought to you in the Mighty Marvel Manner.

Fantastic Four #5

Advance Review: Fantastic Four #5

It’s the wedding of Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters but will there be shenanigans?! Fantastic Four #5 features three stories by Dan Slott, Aaron Kuder, Marte Gracia, Erick Arciniega, Michael Allred, Laura Allred, Adam Hughes, and Joe Caramagna.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 26! 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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