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Preview: Deadpool: Black, White, & Blood #2 (of 5)

Deadpool: Black, White, & Blood #2 (of 5)

(W) Karla Pacheco, More (A) Leonard Kirk, More (CA) Declan Shalvey
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Sep 08, 2021
SRP: $4.99

• Did they not read the last one? That one was wild for sure, but this one…
• Hoo boy. WOW. I mean, look at those credits. You think this one’s gonna be LESS gonzo?
• I’m gonna need to buy our lawyers a nice fruit basket or something.

Deadpool: Black, White, & Blood #2 (of 5)

Review: Batman ’89 #1

Batman '89 #1

After over 30 years, we return to Tim Burton’s vision of Batman in Batman ’89 #1. The comic is based on the film that shifted the superhero movie genre and ushered in a new age. The story sees Gotham dealing with the escalation of crime and masked vigilantes forcing the District Attorney Harvey Dent to do something about it all.

The debut issue feels like a solid follow up to the classic film with call-backs and references that will makes fans smile and nostalgic. The story itself is decent setting up the conflict and delivering more than just Batman taking on the latest villain with a gimmick. Writer Sam Hamm gives us something a little different in the debut issue where the idea of Batman himself is the villain to some. It debates whether he’s truly helping or just getting in the way.

There’s also something rather low-tech in Hamm’s depiction that really nails home the time. Communication is antiquated looking like something you’d get at Radio Shack and Dent’s crusade is built more off of hunches and conspiracies than hard evidence. There’s no tech dragnet going on, there’s a retro feel about the comic as there should be.

The art by Joe Quinones is good. With color by Leonard Kirk and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the overall look over the comic takes you back to the iconic film. But, while the big picture works, there’s some small details that stand out and are hard to ignore. While Harvey Dent is a decent take on Billy Dee Williams, Bruce Wayne doesn’t exactly scream Michael Keaton. Other characters like Jim Gordan aren’t exactly spitting images either. To get one pretty right and the rest off is noticeable and something that stands out. There’s also a lack of sweeping visuals. The original film delivered moments seared into memories. The comic largely avoids those instead packing in pages with panels. Even Batman’s entrance feels muted.

Batman ’89 #1 is an ok start for the series. At moments it feels like the comic might have actually been helped with a digital release so it could take advantage of the focus on single panels as well as the ability to deliver cinematic transitions. It does a solid job of capturing the feel of the original film and delivers something new beyond the latest costumed “freak”. We’ll see where it all goes but for now, this is one to keep an eye on but no need to rush out and get.

Story: Sam Hamm Art: Joe Quinones
Color: Leonard Kirk Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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All-star talent celebrate the Fantastic Four’s 60th Anniversary this November

This November, fans will get to experience two of the Fantastic Four’s greatest adventures in a brand new way in Fantastic Four Anniversary Tribute #1! This giant-sized issue will present classic stories with stunning new artwork by today’s leading artists.

Sixty years ago, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby made history and brought about the beginning of the Marvel Age of comics with the release of Fantastic Four #1. Now a bevy of Marvel’s finest creators will pay tribute to that monumental moment by reinterpreting, page by page, the story from that inaugural release as well as Fantastic Four Annual #3, the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm!

Written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, it features the art by Aco, Aaron Kuder, Adam Hughes, Albert Monteys, Alessandro Cappuccio, Bryan Hitch, Cafu, Carlos Pacheco, Chris Sprouse, Daniel Warren Johnson, David Lapham, Elsa Charretier, Erica D’Urso, Federico Vicentini, Greg Land, Javier Rodriguez, John Cassaday, John Romita Jr., Kate Niemczyk, Kei Zama, Leinil Francis Yu, Leonard Kirk, Lucas Werneck, Luciano Vecchio, Marco Checchetto, Mattia Del Mundo, Neal Adams, Nic Klein, Olivier Coipel, Paco Medina, Patch Zircher, Pepe Larraz, Ray-Anthony Height, Rod Reis, Ron Fenz, Simone Di Meo, Stefano Caselli, Steve Epting, Tom Reilly, Salvador Larroca, Jorge Fornes, Kim Jacinto, Walt Simonson, Leonardo Ortolai, Sanford Greene, Terry Dodson, and Mark Bagley. It features a main cover by Steve McNiven and variant cover by Jim Cheung.

See this modern take on two of the most pivotal moments in Marvel Comics history when Fantastic Four Anniversary Tribute #1 hits stands in November!

Preview: Second Coming: Begotten Son #3

Second Coming: Begotten Son #3

(W) Mark Russell
(A) Richard Pace, Leonard Kirk
Cover: Richard Pace
July 21, 2021

The CEO of a religious-themed business tries to pull Jesus into his operation; an ancient church relic incites greed through the ages; Sunstar fears for his unborn son.

Also featuring illustrated bonus stories in the AHOY tradition.

Second Coming: Begotten Son #3

Review: Captain America #30

Captain America #30

Captain America #30 wraps up Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run on Captain America. Captain America will (yet again) finally face off with his biggest foe, the Red Skull. After thoroughly thrashing Crossbones, Cap’s plan to defeat his foe lies not in punching him out but in exposing his true intentions to the many internet followers that the Red Skull has.

My first thought after reading this issue is that Coates wraps up his take on the character with not a bang but a whisper. There have been so many fights between Cap and the Skull and it’s maybe as damaging to expose your enemy to their blindsided followers as it is to beat them unconscious. But, it did feel a tad bit lackluster. This run hasn’t been about establishing power levels or memorable fights; it’s been more thought-provoking. I think there’s some legitimate darkness and evil to some of the rhetoric of the Red Skull that’s been used in this storyline and you can certainly see it reflected in our very real lives. I love that Coates tapped into that to see how damaging it can really be. To some, that’s boring and bland but I have an appreciation for stories driven like this. Cap is in a good place for when the next creative team relaunches the title.

I thought the overall look of Captain America #30 was good but not anything really special. I’ve liked Leonard Kirk’s work more on other books but there was just something about it with Cap that almost felt wasted on this issue. His artistic style really shines on a book with a lot of colorful suits and big action. Matt Milla’s colors work with the art and Joe Caramagna’s letters don’t hide anything but there’s almost a lack of energy to the overall product.

Captain America #30 is a fine end to the Coates era of Captain America. I think there were some important ideals tackled with this particular story and it really puts some thoughts in your head about extremism. It would have been nice to also see someone like the Red Skull get punched out, too. I think if you have passion for what Coates did with Cap or if you are critical of his work on the character, an issue like this is going to do little to sway your opinion. I found it to be a decent end for another memorable run of Captain America.

Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates Art: Leonard Kirk
Colors: Matt Milla Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.5

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Preview: Captain America #30

Captain America #30

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) Alex Ross
32 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 07, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“ALL DIE YOUNG” ends here! Ta-Nehisi Coates concludes his run on CAPTAIN AMERICA with an all-out fight to the finish with the Red Skull and the Power Elite!

Captain America #30
Almost American
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