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Review: Sinister War #1

Sinister War #1

When writer Nick Spencer‘s run on Spider-Man began, it was an enjoyable and fun start that felt pretty welcoming to new readers. An impressive amount of issues later, his run is beginning to wrap up and part of that is Sinister War bringing together various groups of villains for something… along with Mephisto… and Dr. Stange. Sinister War #1 isn’t so much an entry into the event and Spencer’s end-run but the continuation of years of continuity that’s almost impenetrable to new readers.

For those that don’t know the general story, there’s multiple groups of “(fill in word) Six” villains. They all seem to not get along. They either want to fight each other or are pissed about a movie made. For those that didn’t read the Mary Jane miniseries, MJ has made a film and the director is a “reformed” Mysterio. Yeah… Then there’s Mephisto doing his thing which seems like a reference to that so loved “One More Day” storyline. I’m not quite sure. There’s so much packed into the issue that not a lot is explained and there’s just a lot of hints. Then there’s the whole Kindred thing… It’s a jumbled mess.

When events kick off with a miniseries first issue like this, there’s an opportunity to ease new readers in as well as move the story along. A successful issue does exactly that. Instead, this issue just continues everything Spencer has been doing as if it’s just another issue of Amazing Spider-Man. If you’re not caught up, tough luck. It’s the exact opposite of what a solid “event” debut should be and by the end of the issue, I was turned off and resigned to wait for the new creative team to take over in a few months.

Mark Bagley‘s art is… decent. There’s a lot packed into the issue and it’s cool to see Bagley’s take on each of the characters but none of it really pops. I know folks love Bagley’s work on Spider-Man but it’s never been a style that has really hooked me. For me, it’s good, not great. Bagle is joined by Andrew Hennessy, John Dell, and Andy Owens in inks, color by Brian Reber, and lettering by Joe Caramagna. The art is really good at times and at others falls a little flat. It doesn’t help the story is choppy, the art doesn’t pick up the slack making a smooth narrative.

Sinister War #1 had me excited going into the comic. The idea of rival villain groups battling it out sounds like it could be fun and entertaining. But, the story is more a continuation of what’s been going on in Amazing Spider-Man. It’s not a jumping-on-point, just a spin-off to pack everything in and check off storylines. It’s definitely a pass for those who haven’t been reading the series already.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Mark Bagley
Ink: Andrew Hennessy, John Dell, Andy Owens Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Sinister War #1 (of 4)

Sinister War #1 (of 4)

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Bryan Hitch
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 14, 2021
SRP: $4.99

DOCTOR OCTOPUS IS BACK! AND THE SINISTER WAR HAS BEGUN!
Ock’s got a new Sinister Six and if you think he’s thought big in the past, think again. What Ock DOESN’T know is that the VULTURE has a sextet of his own: THE SAVAGE SIX! It’s an all-out WAR between two of the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe, and the only person they hate more than each other is SPIDER-MAN! Spidey’s in deep trouble with the toughest battle that he’s ever faced. Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley team up for this epic Spider-Man story guaranteed to shock readers everywhere!

Sinister War #1 (of 4)

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #69

Amazing Spider-Man #69

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Marcelo Ferreira (A/CA) Mark Bagley
32 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 23, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• Spidey and his superspy sister, Teresa Parker, dig to uncover THE CHAMELEON CONSPIRACY.
• Their investigation is challenged by Chance, Jack O’Lantern and the Foreigner’s anarchic alliance!

Amazing Spider-Man #69

Nick Spencer’s run on Amazing Spider-Man Ends this September

Nick Spencer will close out his epic run on Amazing Spider-Man this September! Since taking over the title, the acclaimed writer has crafted a Spider-Man saga for the ages, taking not only Peter Parker but his beloved supporting cast and iconic rogues gallery on radical new journeys. With numerous memorable storylines under his belt, Spencer will end his redefining work on the Spider-Man mythos in Amazing Spider-Man #74. The milestone 875th issue of the title, Amazing Spider-Man #74 will be an incredible 80-page blockbuster issue complete with artwork from some of the artists that have contributed to this landmark run: Patrick Gleason, Mark BagleyMarcelo Ferreira, and more! The culmination of over three years’ worth of thrilling storylines, this climactic finale will be full of surprising developments that will launch Peter Parker into his next high-flying era.

Check out Patrick Gleason’s cover below and pick up Amazing Spider-Man #74 when it swings into shops on September 22nd.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #74

Five New Comics Featured on comiXology Include the Pulse and Thanos

There’s five new comics on comiXology today. Four are from Marvel and one from Harlequin. You can start shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Pulse Vol. 1: Thin Air

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mark Bagley
Cover by Mike Mayhew
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Collects Pulse (2004) #1-5.

It’s an inside look at the Marvel Universe’s most notorious newspaper, the Daily Bugle! Former super hero and current private investigator Jessica Jones has just been offered a new job: a position with the Bugle’s new super-hero section, The Pulse! Jessica’s first assignment: to uncover the true identity of a former Bugle reporter’s super-powered murderer! How is millionaire industrialist Norman Osborn involved in the case? And how will Jessica’s shocking discovery affect the entire Marvel Universe?

Pulse Vol. 1: Thin Air

Pulse Vol. 2: Secret War

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Brent Anderson
Cover by Mike Mayhew
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Collects Pulse (2004) #6-9.

Jessica Jones and Luke Cage’s lives have been destroyed by the events of the Secret War, so what is Jessica going to do about it? Fans of SECRET WAR – feel THE PULSE as it pounds out more gritty intrigue even as it welcomes a new artist: award-winning comics superstar Brent (RISING STARS, ASTRO CITY) Anderson! Guest-starring: Captain America, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Nick Fury and more!

Pulse Vol. 2: Secret War

Thanos: Epiphany

Written by Jim Starlin
Art by Al Milgrom, Jim Starlin
Cover by Jim Starlin
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Collects Thanos (2003) #1-6.

The most powerful, enigmatic villain in the Marvel Universe takes center stage in a galaxy-spanning tale woven by his creator, Jim Starlin (MARVEL UNIVERSE: THE END). He’s held ultimate power in his hands, only to see it all slip away time and again. His attempts at conquest and destruction have all been thwarted. So what inner demons drive the mad Titan known as Thanos towards his goals — and what hidden desires now pull at his heart and mind?

Thanos: Epiphany

Thanos: Samaritan

Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Ron Lim, Al Milgrom
Cover by Jim Starlin
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Collects Thanos (2003) #7-12.

At the very edge of existence, Thanos has a fateful encounter with his lost love, Death, which causes him to re-evaluate his goals and his approach to attaining them. Meanwhile, a co-op of alien races Thanos has victimized forms a Super Posse to bag the Mad Titan once and for all!

Thanos: Samaritan

His Pregnant Princess Bride

Written by Catherine Mann
Art by Yu Mahara
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Erika, a princess of a small country in Northern Europe, is traveling to America. She needs to tell billionaire Gervais that she’s pregnant with his child. Three months ago, Erika met him in England and they spent a night together. She never intended to see him again but feels obligated to inform him of the baby. She’s shocked when Gervais is delighted by the news and proposes to her. But as the fifth sibling in her family, she has no claim to the throne! What could Gervais possibly want with her?

His Pregnant Princess Bride

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Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #67

Amazing Spider-Man #67

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Marcelo Ferreira (CA) Mark Bagley
40 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 02, 2021
SRP: $4.99

• In the wake of KING’S RANSOM, Spidey’s journey takes a BIG turn.
• The revelation of GIANT-SIZE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: KING’S RANSOM was huge, but you don’t understand half of what it actually means.
• But you should know that the Chameleon is making his biggest play ever as THE CHAMELEON CONSPIRACY begins here!

Amazing Spider-Man #67
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