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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.

Preview: X-Men: Gold #24

X-Men: Gold #24

Story: Marc Guggenheim Art: Thony Silas
Color: Arif Prianto, Marcio Menyz
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: David Nakayama
Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
Editors: Mark Paniccia, Darren Shan
Assistant Editors: Christina Harrington, Chris Robinson
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

CRUEL AND UNUSUAL Part 2
• The NEW X-MEN GOLD are doing their best to protect people from the likes of The Shredded Man and other baddies…
• …but pretty soon a threat bigger than they can imagine will be on their doorstep.
• Something has survived the Negative Zone, and it wants revenge.

Review: Luke Cage #170

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Defenders, Generation X, if we were making a list; next on the track of final issues of Marvel books is David F. Walker‘s run on Luke Cage.

David F. Walker who is also known for writing Shaft comics for Dynamite, has written the character since 2015 with Power Man and Iron Fist in the new All-New All-Different Marvel launch Post-Secret Wars before becoming a solo title Luke Cage in 2016. Both runs have been beloved. Unfortunately, issue #170 is the final and it’s a huge shame because the character has gotten newfound popularity thanks to the Netflix show which made it a good call on Marvel to publish solo series.

So for this final issue after the previous arc that went into dark places, David Walker decided it should be a bit lighter and fluffy so to speak. Does it work? It actually does.

On the “Power Mail” section at the end of the book, Walker mentioned the main inspiration was an issue of Uncanny X-Men and The Princess Bride and it shows. Not to mention, he had been wanting to do an issue about Luke Cage being a father to Danielle for quite a while since writing Power Man and Iron Fist. He saved this personal story for last. In an odd way, it’s kind of fitting.

We know Luke Cage is a badass dude, we know that and certain deep issues about him and the world around. But we have to remember, he’s also sensitive and does care about people. And given this issue is about his daughter Danielle, this showcases his fatherly side. Basically, Danielle has been having it rough at daycare and Jessica Jones makes the point that because they’ve been busy doing their own things, they haven’t had time for their own daughter as a result that may have her feel abandoned. So of course, he goes to comfort her.

What follows is pretty much what influenced the story. An entire tale of King Luke Cage and Princess Danielle who also happen to be superheroes and the latter having snakes as weapons coming out of her hands. Yes, you read that right. But the entire is wonderfully amusing that way because yeah, I’d expect a kid to think of this stuff especially the part about fighting trolls and dragon-tigers. It was funny but it took something of an emotional turn as it seems that something of Danielle’s feelings about her parents not being around much come to light but she still keeps on fighting and a rather poignant moment regarding the troll of the story which makes the point that and forgive me for the minor spoiler, the troll had a human face which makes the point that these trolls act big and tough sure but they’re not, they’re still weak. And that’s an honest to god good message that gives this issue much of an edge.

I can tell David F. Walker had a blast writing this story. It’s fluff sure but it’s very fun fluff to show Luke Cage as a parent. One of the reasons I connect with Marvel more than say DC is that the Marvel heroes are still people first. They’re people who happen to be heroes. Some are single people and others are couples or parents and Walker undoubtedly understands that.

The art by Guillermo Sanna is well done, it’s angular and stylized in a way that fits Walker’s writing especially given the subject matter and the colors by Marcio Menyz makes the art pop. And they both certainly fit the lighter tone of the issue.

Overall, it’s something of a fitting end to Luke Cage and I hope to see more of David F. Walker’s stuff for Marvel and whatever future beholds for Luke Cage. You won’t be disappointed. Just bring a tissue or two upon reading though.

 

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Preview: Skybourne #5

Skybourne #5

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Frank Cho
Artist: Frank Cho
Cover Artist: Frank Cho
Colorist: Marcio Menyz
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

Oversized final issue! The final battle over the fate of Excalibur begins, with Skybourne outmanned and outgunned by Merlin and his supernatural forces. Will the magical weapons of the Mountain Top Foundation be enough to slay the beasts?

Review: I Am Groot #1

When the Guardians of the Galaxy get caught in a wormhole, a smaller-than-normal Groot is separated billions of light-years away from the team. Falling to a planet below, Groot discovers he is on an entirely alien and unknown world full of strange creatures and societies. Seriously underdeveloped and with nobody who can understand him, Groot will need to make the journey to the center of this world and find the way back to his family!

Take the hilarious, fresh, and over the top I Hate Fairyland and mix in Baby Groot and you have I Am Groot, the new series that feels like it takes a one-note joke and attempts to run with it.

Written by Christopher Hastings I Am Groot #1 is cute and fun and not a whole lot else. If you like Baby Groot, you’ll like the issue. If you’re tired of him already, then you won’t. It really is that simple.

The story sees Groot up to no good as a child, pressing buttons he’s not supposed to (sound familiar?) and getting himself launched into a weird dimension where he’ll go on a journey with weird twisted creatures in a strange land (hence the I Hate Fairyland comparison).

With the fact our main character can only say three words, a lot of the story is left to artist Flaviano whose colors with Marcio Menyz breathe some impressive life into the comic. Everything is very expressive and again reminiscent of Skottie Young’s work (again with the comparison). That’s not a bad thing as I love Young’s work. Everything is over the top with a lot of the emotions and “words” of Groot expressed through his body language and eyes. The fact they’re able to “say” so much through that is actually impressive and the art is the draw of the book enhancing the cute tone of it all.

I Am Groot doesn’t break ground instead delivering a (too) familiar story with a character I’m already worn out by. It’s cute though and definitely a comic geared towards Groot fans or the younger set getting into comics. It’s one that might work as a digest or graphic novel, but the first issue is enough that I want to see where it all goes and if we can be delivered more than just three words over and over.

Story: Christopher Hastings Art: Flaviano Colors: Marcio Menyz Cover Art: Marco D’Alfonso
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.50 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Review: Luke Cage #1

Like a good number of folks, I was sorely disappointed when Marvel Comics decided to pull the plug on David F. Walker and Sanford Greene‘s superb Power Man And Iron Fist series after an all-too-brief run, but at today’s “Hollywood First, Comics Second” iteration of the so-called “House Of Ideas,” I guess it was too be expected — after all, Luke and Danny both have “stand-alone” series going on at Netflix, and are apparently only “allowed” to team up as part of the forthcoming The Defenders, so it only stands to reason that the same set-up would would be making its way over to the printed page. On the plus side, Walker is still writing the new solo Luke Cage book, but still — you knew damn well going in that the light-hearted, comedic tone of PMIF would probably go by the wayside in favor of a more sober-minded, tonally-similar-to-the-TV-show iteration of everyone’s favorite bulletproof Hero For Hire, and sure enough, there’s not a single “fiddle-faddle” to be had in this new comic.

That being said, it’s still a fun and engaging read, even if it’s a bit more buttoned-down. Walker makes a surprise move by taking Luke out of his familiar NYC environs and transplanting him to New Orleans (at least for the opening story arc), and that proves to be a smart storytelling choice given that a new (if temporary) locale certainly lends itself to a new approach, and goes some way toward putting his protagonist in the same situation his readers are in — navigating through unfamiliar, perhaps even uneasy, but ultimately exciting territory.

The plot here revolves around Luke heading to The Big Easy to attend the funeral of the borderline-mad doctor who gave him the imitation super-soldier serum that turned him into a hero in the first place only to find that he’d made some less-than-savory contacts as he continued his experimental work in subsequent years, and one of these shady characters may have had a hand his demise, which is being sold to his friends and acquaintances as a suicide. Luke is pretty quick to smell a rat, of course, street-smart guy that he is, but there are those even more powerful than him who don’t take too kindly to his snooping around — isn’t that always the case?

We’re looking at pretty tried and true Chandler-esque stuff here, it’s gotta be said, but hey — it’s executed well, and nobody has a better grasp on Cage than Walker, obviously. He makes the cardinal mistake of telegraphing his cliffhanger halfway through the book (come on, whenever you mention a character who hasn’t been heard from in forever and a day you know they’re bound to turn up at the end), but even that plays out as more of a “yeah, I should have seen that coming” moment rather than a “hey, I saw that coming” moment, so it’s all good in my book. Do you really go into a comic like this looking to have the wheel re-invented before your eyes, anyway?

Unfortunately, I’m a little less enthusiastic about Nelson Blake II‘s art than I am the script. It’s certainly clean, crisp, and reasonably expressive, no question about that, but it all feels a bit too meticulous for a “street-level” hero in my own humble estimation, and he skimps on the background details (when he even bothers to include any) to a degree that I find both irritating and, I’m sorry to say, lazy. Marcio Menyz redeems the visuals somewhat with his cinematic color palette that enhances the storytelling quite nicely (see the above sequence for proof of that which I speak), and Rahzzah‘s powerful, dynamic cover is “Classic Cage” all the way, but the line art in this book just doesn’t give you enough for your $3.99 (which I paid out of my own pocket) to make you feel like it was necessarily money well spent.

Odds are that I’ll stick around to see how the first arc plays, out, though, and go from there. Luke Cage #1 didn’t knock my socks off, by any means, but the story, while predictable, was engrossing enough to pique my curiosity and Walker, in my experience, always delivers a payoff that rewards your continued reading. I don’t see myself loving this comic the way I did PMIF, but I liked it well enough, and there’s no shame in reading comics you like.

Story: David F. Walker Art: Nelson Blake II
Story: 8.0 Art: 5.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Review: Monsters Unleashed #1

Spinning out of the recent event, Marvel‘s Monsters Unleashed is a high-action sci-fi series centered on a team of monstrous and monstrously massive do-gooders including Kid Kaiju, Aegis, Slizzik, Scragg, Hi-Vo, and Mekara. Now teaming up with vampire-hunter Elsa Bloodstone, the series unfolds as the team takes on gargantuan creatures and protects the planet from ruin and disaster. However, can they be accepted by the rest of the Marvel Universe and allowed to help, or will they be deemed dangerous as well?

Since the event series has ended, I’ve wondered how writer Cullen Bunn would spin out the concept of Monsters Unleashed into its own ongoing series. While I wasn’t a fan of the first few issues of the mini-series/event, by the end, Bunn’s vision was much clearer and while the series could be described as a “team book,” it resembled more of the 90s Japanese shows that came to American shores. Monsters Unleashed has more in common with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Digimon than it does the Avengers or X-Men. And, the series is stronger for it.

Bunn gives us a first issue that’s full of humor (hello Scragg!) and eventually some action, but what the series really has going for it is heart. At its core it doesn’t forget that Kid Kaiju is exactly that, a kid. His actions and reactions are that of a kid. He runs away when adults are arguing over him and he exudes a loneliness about him that you can feel emanating from the page.

Beyond the humor and the heart, Bunn intelligently includes Damage Control, S.H.I.E.L.D., and even a H.e.r.b.i.e. There’s tons packed in this first issue that but a grin on my face. I was never a fan of those Japanese shows, but Bunn has made me a fan of this concept.

The art by David Baldeon is fantastic. The sense of scale of the monsters is there and he’s able to somehow keep everything in a panel no matter the scale we’re talking about. Monsters and humans mix effortlessly and the detail is where it needs to be. There’s also lots of small details that help enhance Bunn’s humor. The art, including colors by Marcio Menyz, just pop on the page and create a fresh and youthful feel to it all. Travis Lanham‘s lettering also stands out as it helps give each monster their own personality as they talk.

I enjoyed the previous event that led to this more as it went along but this first issue has so much energy and fun about it, plus there’s a mix of giant monsters to enjoy. Bunn brings action, heart, humor, and fun in a series that’s quite unexpected from Marvel. While I was really interested in this first issue, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did and out of everything I’ve read so far this week, it stands out from the pack.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: David Baldeon Cover Art: Arthur Adams
Story: 8.65 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

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