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It’s Doctor Strange vs. Dormammu and Galactus in “Herald Supreme”

This summer, the “Herald Supreme” arc of Doctor Strange continues…and thanks to his alliance with Dormammu, Galactus has never been more terrifying! He’s set his sights on the Marvel Universe, and it’s up to Strange to stop him from wreaking havoc on the world as we know it…

Writers Mark Waid and Barry Kitson, along with artist Scott Koblish, and covers by Jesus Saiz, are taking fans on a wild ride as Doctor Strange goes up against his biggest fight yet! Don’t miss the epic continuation of the “Herald Supreme” arc in Doctor Strange #15 and Doctor Strange #16, coming to comic shops this June!

Doctor Strange #15
Doctor Strange #16

Review: Marvel Comics Presents #2

Marvel Comics Presents #2

Three fantastic fables in one mighty magazine! First, a tale of Logan in the fabulous fifties! Then, a new swinging story of the jungle’s cursed crusader, Gorilla-Man! Finally, Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom enter the space race as Sputnik takes orbit!

I don’t have a long history with Marvel Comics Presents, although I have read stories reprinted from the original series, I’ve never read one of the original issues. The first one I had picked up was the first issue of the 2019 series, and I was immediately taken with the format. Probably because I’m a big Wolverine fan.

Thus far, each comic features two standalone stories, with the series being linked by a multi-part story featuring Wolverine (though even that can be read starting here is you missed MCP#1). It’s a format that immediately brings me back to a time when I didn’t care about continuity as much as I did a good story (now I’m a little more concerned with continuity whilst also wanting a good story). This issue has three stories that decline gradually in quality from the first to the final, though I’d happily read the issue for two of the three, so one average tale in an anthology style comic isn’t bad (especially when it takes up the least amount of page space).

Charles Soule‘s Wolverine tale kicks us off, and was the highlight for me. It follows on from the previous issue, though one can read this without having read the first part. The story is set in the fifties, and finds Logan teaming up with a young mystic to combat an unkillable demon named The Truth from corrupting the world; one can argue the allegories and symbolism in this till the day is long, but even on face value this is still a very entertaining tale.

Mark Waid‘s revisionist take on the Fantastic Four before their powers is interesting, and a neat twist on Marvel’s First Family focused more on Reed and Ben’s relationship against a Cold War setting. It’s an interesting What If? style story that I’d love to get more of in the future.

Lastly, we have the Gorilla-Man feature by David and Maria Lapham. It isn’t bad by any means, but certainly isn’t the highlight of the issue. In fairness, this may be more down to my lack of knowledge of – and desire to read about – Gorilla Man than any indication of the ability of the writers. It wasn’t my cup of tea, and I found it a touch jumbled as it seemed to bounce the story between present and flashback. Still, this is far from unreadable, and suffers more because of the stories it’s paired with than anything else.

All in all, Marvel Comics Presents #2 is a win. Easily one of the more fun comics for Marvel right now., unencumbered by continuity and story constraints as it is.

Wolverine: The Vigil
Story: Charles Soule Penciler: Paulo Siqueira
Colour Artist: Frank D’Armata Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.7

Liftoff featuring Mister Fantastic
Story: Mark Waid Artist Djibril Morissette-Phan
Colour Artist: Dan Brown Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.1 Overall: 7.8
This Man, This Gorilla featuring Gorilla-Man
Story: David & Maria Lapham Artist: David Lapham Colour Artist: Lee Loughridge Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Story: 6.3 Art: 7.2 Overall: 6.7

Marvel Comics Presents #2 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Marvel Comics Presents #2

Marvel Comics Presents #2

(W) Charles Soule, Maria Lapham, David Lapham, Mark Waid (A) Paulo Siqueira, David Lapham, More (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 27, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Three fantastic fables in one mighty magazine! First, a tale of Logan in the fabulous fifties! Then, a new swinging story of the jungle’s cursed crusader, Gorilla-Man! Finally, Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom enter the space race as Sputnik takes orbit!

Marvel Comics Presents #2

Preview: Archie: Varsity Edition Vol. 1

ARCHIE: VARSITY EDITION VOL. 1 (HC)

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, Veronica Fish, Thomas Pitilli, Ryan Jampole, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli
Cover: Fiona Staples
978-1-68255-839-3
$34.99 US/$36.99 CAN
7 1/2 x 11”
HC
352 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/20

ARCHIE, one of the longest-running titles in comic book history, is rebooted here in this full-color collection that brings together top creators in comics to create a new and definitive take on the classic characters. This book captures the bite and hilarious edge of Archie’s original tales in a modern, forward-looking manner, while still retaining the character’s all-ages appeal. ARCHIE: VARSITY EDITION VOL. 1 is the premium, hardcover collection of issues #1 – 12 of the best-selling ARCHIE series by Mark Waid.

ARCHIE: VARSITY EDITION VOL. 1 (HC)

Preview: Doctor Strange #11

Doctor Strange #11

(W) Mark Waid (A) Jesus Saiz (CA) Kevin Nowland
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• After the incredible #400, Doc is finally face to face with the man who controls Earth’s magic!
• What chance does Strange have against a foe who can literally turn Strange’s spells off?!

Doctor Strange #11
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