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The Uncanny X-Men… Disassembled with Uncanny X-Men #1 this November

This November, Uncanny X-Men returns with a new ongoing series and it all kicks off with a massive 10-part weekly story! X-Men Disassembled brings together nearly every mutant left on earth in a story that threatens to destroy them – an epic tale of mystery and tragic disappearance, with an adventure so earth-shattering, it could very well be the X-Men’s FINAL mission!

Following Uncanny X-Men’s initial announcement at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Marvel is excited to announce the full Uncanny X-Men creative teams! Featuring fan-favorite creators fresh from their own X-projects, Uncanny X-Men brings together acclaimed writers Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson,and Matthew Rosenberg. The three superstar writers will join forces with all-star artists Mahmud Asrar, R.B. Silva, Yildiray Cinar,and Pere Pérez. The first issue features art by Asrar, second by Silva, and third by Cinar. Covers are by Leinil Francis Yu.

Starting this November, the new ongoing series will launch with Disassembled, a stunning and spectacular 10-part weekly epic. Where the series goes from there?

That depends on who survives the experience…

Don’t miss Uncanny X-Men #1, coming this November 14th to your local comic shop!

Review: Captain America #2

Distrusted by a nation that seems to have lost faith in him, Steve Rogers is a man out of time and out of options! Where can a now-unsanctioned Captain America turn for aid and assistance in order to stem the rise of the cabal of influence brokers known as the Power Elite?

I loved the first issue of Ta-Nehisi CoatesCaptain America. The issue directly addressed the fact that it wasn’t too long ago that Steve Rogers was the face, and leader, of a fascist organization that took over America. It addressed the distrust that exists due to that and the fact he’s a man attempting to find his place in the world again. It questioned what he’s fighting for with echoes of the real world around us.

Captain America #2 is an excellent follow up focusing more on the Nukes running around terrorizing an America that’s putting itself together. They’re the tattered resistance, disgusted that those who stood up against Hydra and fascism are discarded for leadership and praise by those who rolled over so easy. It’s an issue that reminds us that true heroes and true villains are hard to find as they have an actual valid point. It also begs us to question what will happen in our real world once the Orange Cheeto and his Gestapo 2.0 are no longer in charge. Who will feel the same way attempting to take credit for the resistance while those who navigate politics so well slide in to fill the leadership void. These are the themes that Coates seems to be working with and the questions he’s asking the readers. This is a comic that entertains through the amazing action and also has deeper layers left for the reader to ruminate about.

That amazing action is in part due to Leinil Francis Yu’s beautiful art. The action is great giving us sequences worthy of a summer blockbuster of death defying stunts that are in no way realistic but lots of fun. Beyond the action though we get the pain and thoughts going through Rogers head in quieter times where he reflects on the situation. It all looks amazing.

This is a complete package of a comic that has lots of action on the surface and so much more below. While things are still being set up in Coates’ signature style, the ending leaves us questioning what’s next in a “I didn’t see that coming sort of way.” When a soldier and a patriot doesn’t have a country or government that believes in him, who might he turn to? What roads may he walk down? Are there others who better embody his ideals he can fight for? These are all questions we’re about to find answers to in what is an amazing run so far.

Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates Art: Leinil Francis Yu Cover Art: Alex Ross
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Captain America #1

For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising!

Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America?

Since it was announced, I’ve been looking forward to Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ take on Captain America. Coates is a brilliant thinker, one that is a must to listen to and he’s brought his socio-political background to Black Panther with success. Where he was clearly learning how to craft a comic, Coates is out the gate at full speed with this comic which shows none of the issues his first comic series showed at the same point. Instead, he gives us an interesting comic that is actually pretty gutsy in a way.

Secret Empire was one of Marvel’s worst events in history and one they recognize as such since they’ve moved past it so quickly in their various series. Coates sees the lingering issues and potential from it though grasping the concepts of a power vacuum and a lead character who was the face of a fascist government that committed unspeakable acts. There’s no fear here as he also presents how the current US government is willing to get in bed with horrible people and delivers a lot of gray area in his concept. That idea? What does Captain America stand for in a world where fascism was embraced so easily and what happens when there’s a power vacuum? Someone, or something, will fill that space and how can he stand for the ideals he does when people see the person he was?

Leinil Francis Yu provides the fantastic art. Yu is a talented artist and I know when I see his name on a project I’m going to enjoy at least the artistic aspect of it all. It all looks great and there’s some solid action sequences mixed with quieter moments as well. There’s a balance that works and works really well.

Captain America is an embodiment of politics and Coates recognizes that. This is an exploration of who the character is, what he stands for, and how that fits in his fictitious, as well as our, world. This first issue is one that entertains and makes you think, something Coates excels at. An amazing debut that’s an absolute must buy.

Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates Art: Leinil Francis Yu
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Captain America #1

This week’s new comic book day sees a new beginning for Steve Rogers, aka Captain America!

Captain America #1 is by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alangulan, Sunny Gho, Joe Caramagna, Alex Ross, Carlos Lao, Alanna Smith, and Tom Brevoort.

Get your copy in comic shops starting July 4. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Captain America #1 Gets a Teaser Trailer

On July 4th, New York Times Best-Selling Author Ta-Nehisi Coates and international superstar artist Leinil Francis Yu usher in a new epic for the Star Spangled Avenger with Captain America #1!

After the creative team’s debut in their Free Comic Book Day issue, fans and critics are raving about Steve Rogers’ new adventures – and Marvel invites you to take a look at the promotional TV spot that aired nationwide last weekend, which included some brand-new, never before seen art!

Preview: Weapon H #3

Weapon H #3

(W) Greg Pak (A) Cory Smith (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: May 16, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Weapon H is still on the lam, but that won’t stop Roxxon from finding our Hulkverine.
• So who do you send in to root him out?
• Get ready for Weapon H vs….the Brood!!!

Review: Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the return of Jean Grey!

Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey collects issues #1-5 by Matthew Rosenberg, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Joe Bennett, Lorenzo Ruggiero, Ramon Rosanas, Belardino Brabo, Rachelle Rosenberg, VC’s Travis Lanham, Sunny Gho, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Marte Gracia, Nolan Woodard, Christina Harrington, Chris Robinson, Darren Shan, and Mark Paniccia.

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

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW or TFW

 

 

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Preview: Weapon H #2

Weapon H #2

(W) Greg Pak (A) Cory Smith (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 18, 2018
SRP: $3.99

BEAST MODE!
AWOL Part 2
• Hiding out in the Canadian wilderness from greedy corporate warmongers, Clay (A.K.A. WEAPON H) searches for peace and solitude…
• But a series of grisly murders in a local mining town stand in his way!
• GUEST-STARRING THE MASTER OF MYSTIC ARTS, DOCTOR STRANGE!

Exclusive Preview: Doctor Strange: Damnation #3

Doctor Strange: Damnation #3

Story: Donny Cates, Nick Spencer Art: Szymon Kudranski
Color: Dan Brown Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover: Rod Reis
Variant Covers: Ron Lim, Rachelle Rosenberg; Greg Smallwood; Leinil Francis Yu, Morry Hollowell
Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
Editor: Nick Lowe Assistant Editor: Kathleen Wisneski
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Wong’s makeshift Midnight Sons (Iron Fist! Blade! Moon Knight! The Scarlet Spider?!) stand against a whole platoon of Ghost Riders!

Review: Astonishing X-Men #9

The third part of “Nuke-Clear War,” sees a reality storm battering London and its inhabitants and Psylocke and the man called X fused together. Proteus is warping reality and the X-Men have to figure out why and how to stop it.

The last issue of Astonishing X-Men left off with Psylocke and X fused together due to the warping of Proteus so first task, fix that. Writer Charles Soule gives us an interesting issue that feels like the middle chapter of an average X storyline. There’s nothing particularly bad here but on its own the issue doesn’t really stand out.

To solve that issue before them the X-Men come together with some creative solutions and one in particular that help us learn more about Xavier in Fantomex’s body. What powers does he still have? What doesn’t he? We get a taste of that here and it’s a smart way to introduce this character to readers. Soule brings us some humor to it and I’m guessing a little foreshadowing as well.

We also get a better idea of what this new Proteus is up to. It’s a decent villain move but I’m not completely convinced of the motivation based on interactions from the previous issue.

The art by Matteo Buffagni is decent with some good depictions of the characters, the tech, and the country they’re battling in. It all looks distinctive enough so that it all doesn’t fall into the “generic” location other series fall in to. The characters too look good as well and while the issue as a whole doesn’t quite have that dynamic moment, it looks good.

The issue is a middle grade one. It’s not bad in any way and it has a goal of setting things up for the next couple of issues. It does that and does it really well. As part of the whole story, it’s good but on its own it falls a little short.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Matteo Buffagni Cover Art: Leinil Francis Yu
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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