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Preview: Shuri #1

Shuri #1

(W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Leonardo Romero (CA) Sam Spratt
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE BLACK PANTHER!
The world fell in love with her in the movie. Now, the Black Panther’s techno-genius sister launches her own adventures – written by best-selling Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor and drawn by Eisner-nominated artist Leonardo Romero!

The Black Panther has disappeared, lost on a mission in space. And in his absence, everyone’s looking at the next in line for the throne. But Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one – and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own.

Nnedi Okorafor and Leonardo Romero Team Up for Shuri #1 this October

All hail Wakanda’s technological genius! Marvel has announced that this fall, award winning author Nnedi Okorafor and Eisner-nominated artist Leonardo Romero will be bringing Shuri #1 to readers everywhere! And revealed for the first time, Marvel is excited to share the dazzling cover to issue #1 by one of industry-acclaimed artist, Sam Spratt, best known for his cover art work on Janelle Monae’s “Electric Lady.”

The world of Wakanda is facing a tragic crisis: Black Panther is lost in space, and everyone is looking at who will step up to lead their country in his absence. But Shuri is happier in a lab than she is on the throne…how does a princess choose between her duties to her country and her own ideals?

Don’t miss all of Shuri’s adventures in Shuri #1, in comic shops this October!

Preview: Captain America #702

Captain America #702

(W) Mark Waid (A) Leonardo Romero, Howard Chaykin, Rod Reis (CA) Michael Cho
Rated T+
In Shops: May 16, 2018
SRP: $3.99

PROMISED LAND Part 2
The quest to save his son leads Jack Rogers into the bowels of the Earth, far from the idyllic surface – and a meeting with the descendant of another notable Marvel hero!

Preview: Captain America #701

Captain America #701

(W) Mark Waid (A) Leonardo Romero, J. G. Jones, Adam Hughes (CA) Michael Cho
Rated T+
In Shops: May 02, 2018
SRP: $3.99

PROMISED LAND Part 1
The year is 2314, and the grandson of Steve Rogers lives in the utopian America of which his ancestor dreamed. The legacy of Captain America has been realized – but something sinister lies beneath the surface! Leonardo Romero (HAWKEYE) joins Mark Waid for this very special look into the tomorrow of Captain America, featuring guest contributions from notable artists past and present!

Adam Hughes, JG Jones and more join Mark Waid on Captain America #701 & #702

The year is 2134, and the legacy of Captain America lives on…not only shaping the future of the country, but the future of Steve Rogers’ family! This May, series writer Mark Waid will be joined by Leonardo Romero and a host of superstar guest artists such as Adam Hughes, JG Jones, Chris Sprouse, and Howard Chaykin, as Captain America’s storied history in the Marvel Universe is spotlighted in an all-new adventure told through the eyes of Steve Rogers’ grandson!

But this seemingly perfect utopia isn’t exactly the America Steve Rogers dreamed of…

Captain America #701 is out May 2 and Captain America #702 is out May 16. Both feature a cover by Michael Cho.

Review: Hawkeye #16

hawkeye16coverThis era of Hawkeye draws to a close as Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, and Jordie Bellaire deliver a story full of punching, trick arrows, and quips that still resonates emotionally. Sure, the clones and time travel might be a little too much, but the light, delightful tone of the story makes it work. Hawkeye #16 is Kate and Clint’s last stand against Madame Masque and Eden Vale, who can use people’s blood to bring them back through time temporarily, including some of the greatest ranged weapon using villains in the Marvel Universe. In a previous issue, Eden told Kate that she could bring her mother back. And to spice things up even more, there’s also Kate’s mental suggestion ability having father waiting in the wings as a wild card. It’s a slugfest of an ending that shows how Kate has built a great, if a little crazy life for herself and still leaves a couple plot threads for Thompson to play with when a book featuring Kate Bishop comes back in August.

Throughout his run on Hawkeye, Leonardo Romero has shown a real knack for connecting readers to the action starting with Kate and Clint with their backs literally up against the wall surrounded by a horde of enemies. Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye paid homage to Rio Grande. This is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid transposed to the key of Humphrey Bogart playing Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon. The noir tones of the earlier issue have been replaced with hand to hand combat and sort of siege warfare. The fight scenes really work when Romero draws a sequence from a rooftop vantage point to create an activity and trick arrow filled double page spread or tightens up and shows a one on one battle in a nine panel grid like Clint fighting his former mentor, Swordsman and kicking his ass.

Romero and Jordie Bellaire also capture these nigh flawless close-ups of characters before a big emotional beat like Eden realizing her quest for vengeance is hurting innocent people, like a young girl who reminds her of dead daughter. Bellaire does something beautiful with her palette later in the book using a faded blue to reunite Eden with her daughter for one last moment juxtaposed with a faded pink flashback of  of Romero’s art is clever, fluid,  never boring, and when he trades out arrows with shields, I think he will be a perfect fit for Captain America.

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Humor and sass are two of Kelly Thompson’s greatest strengths as a writer, and the sass level is doubled when Kate and Clint are both together in Hawkeye #16. Honestly, along with Romero’s art, the sass is the reason why Hawkeye is one of my favorite Marvel books. I’m dying to see what goofy thing will come out of Clint’s mouth or a choice portion of snark quip that Kate will deliver. And the best and most adorable parts is when Kate and Clint make the same joke at the same time because they have the best, bad strategy at the same time involving exploding arrows and heart to hearts. Romero and Bellaire’s storytelling skill at drawing the reader’s eye to the main action on the page as well as some great deadpan reaction shots allow Thompson’s jokes to hit and not have to go into narrator mode until the every end because every private eye story worth its salt has to end with an insightful voiceover.

Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, and Jordie Bellaire pull out all the cool archery move/surprise superpower/generally badass stops in Hawkeye #16, which reads like the third act of a particularly thrilling buddy action movie. However, it’s not entirely caught up in the cool, and Kate finds a little bit of closure with her whole supervillain dad/dead (Or not so dead) mom situation thanks to the help of her new friends in L.A. Kate Bishop, the best Hawkeye, might not have the best life, but she does have a pretty good one.

Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Leonardo Romero Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 8.7 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

 

Preview: Hawkeye #16

Hawkeye #16

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Leonardo Romero (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• As Madame Masque, Eden and a crew of misfit villains take on Hawkeye and Hawkeye with renewed vengeance, our heroes dig deep into themselves to solve the unique challenges they face.
• Arrows can’t solve EVERYTHING, it seems. Who knew?!
• When the dust settles, what will the future hold for the two Hawkeyes?

Preview: Hawkeye #15

Hawkeye #15

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Leonardo Romero (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

FAMILY REUNION PART 3!
• Two Hawkeyes deserve two super villains – it’s only natural (and so, so bad). Kate and Clint find themselves fighting both Eden and Madame Masque, who have teamed up under the “common enemy” banner.
• Emotional punches WILL be thrown…along with actual punches, of course. It’s dangerous to be a Hawkeye these days.

HAWKEYE #15

Preview: Hawkeye #13

Hawkeye #13

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Leonardo Romero (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $3.99

FAMILY REUNION Part 1
Can L.A. really handle TWO HAWKEYES? Just as Kate reaches out to ask for Clint’s help with finding her dead mother, Clint shows up needing help of his own. An unknown party is gunning for him and it kicks off a chase across Los Angeles with two Hawkeyes trying to stay one step ahead, fully alive, and with minimal property damage…well, okay, with moderate property damage. Re-united and it feels so good!

Exclusive Preview: Hawkeye #10

Hawkeye #10

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Leonardo Romero (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 06, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• Kate Bishop is NOT being herself. She’s being WAY EXTRA TROUBLESOME. Which, since this is Kate, says A LOT.
• Skipping out on her case work, partying way too hard is one thing, but when her friends get in trouble and need a helping hand from Hawkeye and she doesn’t come through, it becomes clear that something is really off.
• Who is this fake Kate, and what’s she done with the real deal?

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