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Preview: Archie Vol. 2

ARCHIE VOL. 2

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Veronica Fish, Thomas Pitilli, Ryan Jampole, Jack Morelli, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn
Cover: Veronica Fish
978-1-62738-798-9
$19.99/$21.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
176 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/30

The all-new ARCHIE adventure continues! Superstar writer Mark Waid teams up with rising star artist Veronica Fish to bring a modern take to the legendary Riverdale cast of characters. The elusive, rich Veronica Lodge has taken Riverdale by storm—and it’s caused everyone to take sides, with Archie Andrews stuck in the middle of it all. Relive all the drama, all the romance and all the beautiful art and storytelling once more in this graphic novel that collects ARCHIE #s 7-12. Welcome to the New Riverdale.

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Preview: Black Widow #8

Black Widow #8

(W) Chris Samnee, Mark Waid (A/CA) Chris Samnee
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $3.99

DARK ROOM FIELD TRIP!

Students of the DARK ROOM – the successor of the Red Room – are making their way into the world. One young assassin has her sights set on a VERY high-profile target. There’s no shortage of men prepared to stop her, and BLACK WIDOW will have to fight them all to save her.

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Preview: Insufferable: Home Field Advantage #2

Insufferable: Home Field Advantage #2

Mark Waid (w) • Peter Krause (a & c)

Nocturnus must negotiate a deadly labyrinth to save the captive Meg. Meanwhile, Galahad must protect Bob the Electrician from death in order to free the city from criminal tyranny. One of these men fails at his job.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Archie #14

ARCHIE #14

Script: Mark Waid with Lori Matsumoto
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Joe Eisma
Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Alitha Martinez
On Sale Date: 11/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Once, Veronica Lodge was the Princess of Riverdale, flowers strewn at her feet everywhere she walked. Now she’s a just regular student at a private school full of Mean Girls who’ve made her their Betty, led by their Queen Bee, the alluring and diabolical Cheryl Blossom.

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Review: Avengers #1.1

avengers__1_1My first thoughts as I saw Avengers #1.1 was who is this comic aimed for, and what is its purpose? We have the current Avengers team, and then the young upstart Champions which are also both penned by Mark Waid. Don’t get me wrong, I think returning to the old days of Marvel is an interesting place to tell a few stories from, but I am hoping this book is much more than that. It would be cool if Waid touched on the lack of diversity on the team back then. I would love a book that wasn’t afraid to confront that topic.

The book starts with the founding members taking some time off and handing the reigns over to Captain America, and three other members they selected. Cap plays the usual boy scout, and not the Hydra Cap we are seeing currently. He is struggling with Hawkeye, who seems to be challenging him as the leader, and two former criminals, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, who are the children of Magneto. I am curious to see if this will be a rehashing of some things for a younger audience, or a retelling of some things from the old days. Will Waid use all of these titles to retcon some things? Only time will tell.

Barry Kitson does a good job on art in making the book feel authentic to its time period. It was fun to see Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp, Scarlet Witch, and more in their old costumes. There was a few moments that I felt like I was looking at a book by Jack Kirby, so that’s a good thing for what the title is going for. Our heroes look sharp and straight out of the Silver Age of comics. It was fun to see some old school over the top villains fighting our heroes, and they’re drawn well. Even the lettering was well done to the time period. Character names and plot points are in bold and capital letters to show the reader what is going on in that old heavy handed way that comics from this era used.

It is claimed that this series will have direct ramifications to the current Avengers title Waid is writing, and I cannot help but think it will have to do with their current conflict with Kang. That makes me a little excited for this series, and immediately changes things as we may not just see some isolated story set in Marvel’s past, but something where the heroes of old could meet the heroes of the current team. I must say if that is done well, it would make me immediately more excited for this series. It helps that Waid is writing all of these books and could find a way to tie them together.

This was an okay book, and it could get interesting if it truly ties into the current team, or it could be a fun little break from everything else Marvel is doing. I plan to keep my eye on this title, and I want to see where Waid is taking all of our Avengers, both new and old.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Barry Kitson
Story: 6 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Avengers #1.1

Avengers #1.1

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Barry Kitson
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 09, 2016
SRP: $3.99

The Old Order Changeth – more than you ever suspected! For the first time ever, learn what really happened all those years ago when the founding Avengers turned their membership over to a set of new recruits. The recently thawed Captain America is joined by three reformed super villains – Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch – and a new group of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes takes shape – in a story that has direct ramifications for the Avengers of today!

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Preview: Strange Fruit #4 (of 4)

Strange Fruit #4 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: J.G. Jones & Mark Waid
Artist: J.G. Jones
Cover Artist: J.G. Jones
Price: $3.99

Final issue! One man cannot stand alone against the full fury of the mighty Mississippi.

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Review: Avengers #1

avengers__1The time has come! Their ranks shattered by Civil War, their spirits weighted down by a toll both personal and spiritual, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must find the resolve to stand united one final time against their greatest foe! Captain America! Thor! The Vision! The Wasp! Spider-Man! Hercules! When the dust settles, not a one of these valiant heroes will make it to the final page alive! This is KANG WAR ONE!

Writer Mark Waid kicks off Avengers #1 with a new status-quo following whatever transpires in the finale of Civil War II. And that’s the one armed tied behind the back aspect of this debut issue of the mightiest heroes’ latest comic series. Without knowing how Marvel’s event ends we’re left with teases and a statement here and there as to what transpired and why the team is in the situation they’re in. It’s a bit odd, and could work in a jump forward sort of way that transpired post-Secret Wars, but this isn’t a jump forward so it’s a bit clunky and the issue might have been read differently if Marvel‘s release plans had worked out originally and not be hampered by Civil War II‘s delays. So that’s the bad thing about the comic.

What’s good is Waid writes the comic so that it’s still new reader friendly and doesn’t spoil the ending of Marvel’s event. Instead, we have a new Avengers team that’s short on members and without a base. In steps Peter Parker to help them out filling the role of a socially awkward Tony Stark-ish benefactor. It’s an interesting direction for the team and Parker as a character and is just different enough that it doesn’t feel like the same ole with different characters plugged in. The inclusion of Parker/Spider-Man is interesting especially considering how he was originally part of Captain America’s Unity squad but quit due to the inclusion of Deadpool.

But, what Waid does really well is focus on the characters themselves and their interactions, both good and bad. The Wasp has issues with Spider-Man, Sam Wilson is a bit uneasy with the way things are, there’s a good bit of humor, it all blends together into a fun read and a bit of a throwback to the more “loose and fun” Avengers of old.

Waid too sets up what comes next well having the team take on Kang who is after Vision. We get a solid explanation as to why everything is going on and the end of the issue sets up what’s next really well with some twists that actually should be really fun to see how it plays out. It’s Kang, so there’s lots of time travel involved, but Waid explains it as best he can and there’s a point you just go with it.

Artist Mike Del Mundo‘s art fits the tone of the comic perfectly and the action sequences are fantastic to look at. As I said, Waid mixes action with humor and Del Mundo’s art reflects that in many ways. It’s a solid combo of writer and artist and the two together really pull things together in a visual treat that’s as much fun to look at as it is to read.

And fun is a key thing here. Waid is clearly going for a tone between this series and Champions and that tone is a return to fun comics that don’t linger on the grim and dark. I had gotten a bit tired of the Avengers as a team, but this first issue has me interested again and wanting to see where things go from here.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Mike Del Mundo
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Avengers #1

Avengers #1

(W) Mark Waid (A) Mike Del Mundo (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 02, 2016
SRP: $4.99

The time has come! Their ranks shattered by Civil War, their spirits weighted down by a toll both personal and spiritual, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must find the resolve to stand united one final time against their greatest foe! Captain America! Thor! The Vision! The Wasp! Spider-Man! Hercules! When the dust settles, not a one of these valiant heroes will make it to the final page alive! This is KANG WAR ONE!

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Preview: Champions #2

Champions #2

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 02, 2016
SRP: $3.99

Welcome to the CHAMPIONS, Cyclops! Unfortunately, not all of your new would-be teammates feel the same way!

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