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Review: Champions Vol. 5 Weird War One

This volume of Champions winds down as the team regroups to figure out their next steps and head to Weirdworld!? Yes, it’s superheroics mixed with fantasy in this fun adventure.

Champions Vol. 5 Weird War One collects issues #22-27 and Annual #1 by Jim Zub, Nyla Innuksuk, Kevin Libranda, Francesco Manna, Sean Izaakse, Max Dunbar, Marcus To, Marcio Menyz, Erick Arciniega, Nolan Woodard, and Jordan Boyd.

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Review: Champions #1

It’s a new team and a new volume for the Champions! Ms. Marvel is in charge and she’s got an idea and plan to go bigger. It means more members and more adventures! But, is bigger better? Find out!

Champions #1 is by Jim Zub, Steven Cummings, Marcio Menyz, Erick Arciniega, and Clayton Cowles.

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Review: Champions #1

Champions #1

The Champions have gone global! The team has seen explosive growth under Ms. Marvel’s leadership, with super-powered members ready to answer the call in a dozen different countries. They’re saving people and improving lives across the planet while they inspire the next generation… but something sinister lurks beneath the surface of their expanded mission. It’s a dark secret that could destroy the team and everything they stand for!

Champions has always been an interesting series for Marvel. When it launched, it had a mission to focus more on average people and help those that the Avengers (and the like) overlook. To some extent the characters and series did that but at times things missed the mark. This first issue refocuses the series by expanding the cast and making it clear they have a global mission. This first issue continues the previous series splitting the group into three teams with three missions. Two of those three are exactly that mission focusing on every day disasters and events that impact the average person. The third is the villain fight. That last one gets the short end as the other are more of the focus. It emphasizes the focus of the comic.

But, it’s not just the mission, it’s also the team members and writer Jim Zub puts that front and center. With an expanded cast including some obscure characters, this take on the Champions feels more like the interesting aspects of the Avengers: Initiative than the previous series. There’s a lot about the personalities and interactions and that’s key with so many characters. It grounds the series but sets up easy internal conflict and clashes and here that’s important and plenty.

The art by Steven Cummings is decent. It feels like the characters and style becomes more familiar as the series moves on as the first few pages don’t quite have the quality of later ones. Cummings is helped with color by Marcio Menyz and Erick Arciniega with lettering provided by Clayton Cowles. The mix of characters is good and together they still feel cohesive in a way despite the variation in costumes. There is some great pages and panels but at the same time, there’s some misses here and there when it comes to art. But, overall, it’s really good work where the style matches the attitude of the series.

Folks who haven’t read the series before, this is an opportunity to hop on and check it out. There’s a great mix of characters, some will be the future of Marvel, and Zub and team set up a series which will be as much action as it will be interpersonal conflict. Plus there’s that ending…

Champions #1 is a solid starting point and perfect chance to check out the series in 2019.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Steven Cummings
Color: Marcio Menyz, Erick Arciniega Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.55 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Champions Vol. 4 Northern Lights

The Champions are on their latest adventure which takes them to Canada where they meet… the Master! Yes, the classic Alpha Flight villain. All that and a brand new hero, Snowguard!

Champions Vol. 4 Northern Lights collects issues #19-21 and Infinity Countdown: Champions #1-2 by Jim Zub, Sean Izaakse, Emilio Laiso, Marcio Menyz, and Andy Troy.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on November 20. 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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Exclusive Preview: Champions #24

Champions #24

Story: Jim Zub
Art: Sean Izaakse
Color: Marcio Menyz, Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Sean Izaakse, Marcio Menyz
Associate Editor: Alanna Smith
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The Champions grapple with a foe that all the super-powers in the world cannot vanquish!

Review: The Life of Captain Marvel #1

This week’s new comic book day sees a new beginning for Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel!

The Life of Captain Marvel #1 is by Margaret Stohl, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Marcio Menyz, Marguerite Sauvage, Clayton Cowles, Julian Totino Tedesco, Joe Quesada, Richard Isanove, Sana Takeda, Fiona Staples, Artgerm, Jay Bowen, Nick Russell, Sarah Brunstad, and Sana Amanat.

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Preview: Avengers #690

Avengers #690

Story: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub
Art: Pepe Larraz
Color: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Art: Mark Brooks
Variant Covers: Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Marcio Menyz; In-Hyuk Lee
Graphic Design: Carlos Lao
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Assistant Editor: Alanna Smith
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONCLUDES!
“NO SURRENDER” REACHES ITS FINALE!
The battle is over, and those left standing in the rubble have to find a way to move forward. As an era of the Avengers comes to a close, what will rise to take its place?

Review: Luke Cage Vol. 2 Caged!

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 Luke Cage!

Luke Cage Vol. 2 Caged! collects issues #166-170 by David F. Walker, Guillermo Sanna, Marcio Menyz, Rahzzah, VC’s Joe Sabino, Kathleen Wisneski, Mark Basso, and Jake Thomas.

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Review: Champions #19

CHAMP-1Ironheart and The Unstoppable Wasp join the Champions at last! The team has grown but the mission stays the same – the Champions fight to make the world a better place for all! Writer Jim Zub (Avengers: No Surrender) and artist Sean Izaakse (Uncanny Avengers) reunite to push the Champions beyond their limits with any icy Antarctic adventure that will challenge everything they believe in! Don’t miss this first chapter of a new era of Champions – and the birth of a brand new hero!

Well, the creative team has changed. I am a huge fan of this book and have loved the ride it has taken me on.  When I heard that the team working on the book was changing, it had me worried. Not that this talent couldn’t do what they do, but worried if they could do what they do on this title. So I did my best to go into this issue open minded and see if it measured up. Short answer: no. Jim Zub does a fine enough job bringing us up to speed with the team and where they are now with their new members.  It just didn’t feel like anything exciting or page turning. The story is very generic, something we’ve all seen before and not done any differently. Same with the banter between the characters; nothing note worthy, just ok.

And Sean Izaakse’s art is fine. Some of his facial expressions look strange (especially some panels of Hulk) but that’s really the only knock I have against it. It looks ok, it’s good art. That’s all I can say.

I know I’m being pretty basic here but that’s really how this issue felt to me; basic. I know this is all going to come across as me sounding like a bitter fanboy, and ok maybe I am, but the magic is gone from the Champions. First, to get it out of the way, I hate this new Wasp (Nadia Van Dyne). There, I said it, let the hate commence. No, I didn’t read her series, but that was because what I saw of her in Avengers wasn’t enough to make me like her. I don’t have any real reason for the dislike, other then I just don’t like her. She annoys me. A lot. I am also not a fan of Ironheart joining the team. Her book I did read, or least I did when it started and stuck with it for a few issues, and it was good. I enjoyed her interaction with AI Tony Stark and how she was becoming the heir, as it were, to the Iron Man mantle. But it got old; Tony and Riri talking armor, flying off to fight a bad guy and then working on her armor in her garage. And repeat. And now here she is on this team, pretty much being the non-team player, working on her armor and being annoyed by having other people around. Then why join a team? Yes, yes, this will lead to character growth and development, but a few pages of her already just working on stuff and being annoyed by her teammates and I’ve had enough of her.

And it’s sad too, because there were other potential recruits that would have made better additions to the team, at least in my opinion. These were original characters that could have been fleshed out and added more depth to the storytelling. Red Locust, Patriot (Rayshaun Lucas), and Falcon (Joaquin Torres) are the three that really stand out to me; they had great origin stories, were new to the superhero scene and would really have fit in with the vibe and message of this book. I think the creative team missed a huge opportunity and just gave us something that was safe and that really just misses the mark.

And MAN do I miss Humberto Ramos‘ art on this book! His style was PERFECT for this title; it was youthful and bold and in your face. It really brought the energy and characters alive and it was a huge reason why I enjoyed this title so much. I really missed that in this issue.

Overall, as you might have guessed, I was underwhelmed with this new creative team and their debut issue. The story is generic with a “been there, done that” feel to it, and the art was just ok to me, with some really weird depictions of Hulk throughout. As I stated earlier, yeah I’m bitter about the talent changing on this book, but I really wanted to like this issue. I wanted great things for this title and for it to live up to it being one of my favorite books. I’m not so sure about it now. Am I giving it up? No, I won’t just let this one issue turn me off completely from a title I have raved about since issue one.  But I’m not optimistic about the direction it is going in. First impressions leave a lasting mark, and this new creative team did not leave a good one with this reader.

Story: Jim Zub  Art: Sean Izaakse  Color Artist: Marcio Menyz
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Avengers #687

Avengers #687

Story: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub
Art: Paco Medina
Ink: Juan Vlasco
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Federico Blee
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Mark Brooks
Variant Covers: Chris Sprouse, Karl Story & Marcio Menyz, Jamal Campbell
Graphic Design: Carlos Lao
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Assistant Editor: Alanna Smith
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONTINUES!
NO SURRENDER Part 13
The Avengers confront the traitor in their midst – but as the Earth begins to fall apart around them, their greatest enemy may be their best chance at survival.

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