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Review: Champions #13

The titanic clash between the Champions and the Avengers continues! Since they were old enough to say the word “Avengers,” the Champions have idolized Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Now the two teams are on equal footing – and the Champs must walk the walk alongside their former mentors! Will their experiences in GENERATIONS help them – or tear the two teams apart?

Champions #13 is the second part to the “Worlds Collide” storyline that began in Avengers #672 and the second issue is a bit more focused on the action and teamwork than how folks get along. Written by Mark Waid the issue isn’t bad but much like the previous story arc issue, there isn’t something that really excites me. The issue isn’t bad at all and is a fun read but it’s not quite exciting enough to get me to really look forward to what’s next. It’s a perfectly entertaining read though.

The various folks need to head around the world to deal with the vibrations going on and there’s some good interactions there. The “you’re a junior Avenger” is gone and instead this is power sets being used together type stuff. We also get a little bit more of the major issue as… well I don’t want to ruin it, but it also feels like we’ve seen this all before with the whole “incursions” that led up to Secret Wars. So, the story feels a little familiar.

There is some really good in the issue in that Waid explores the relationship of Viv and the Vision and along with some of the other interactions there’s a decent injection of humor through all of the action.

The art by Humberto Ramos is pretty solid as would be expected by him. There’s some panels where there’s a lot going on and things are a little muddled but generally I’m a huge fan of the style. Ramos’ style adds to the energy of it all and is great to look at.

Writer Robbie Thompson and artist Alberto Alburquerque provide a back-up story catching folks up on the Champions history and the art is a little blah compared to Ramos’ It’s still a good way to catch up on the history in the big picture view of it all.

The issue is entertaining and while it didn’t blow me away, it was fun enough to have me come back to read what comes next.

Story: Mark Waid and Robbie Thompson Art: Humberto Ramos and Alberto Alburquerque
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Champions #13

Champions #13

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

WORLDS COLLIDE Part 2
The titanic clash between the Champions and the Avengers continues! Since they were old enough to say the word “Avengers,” the Champions have idolized Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Now the two teams are on equal footing – and the Champs must walk the walk alongside their former mentors! Will their experiences in GENERATIONS help them – or tear the two teams apart? PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and a TBA artist!

Review: Archie #24

JUL171404._SX360_QL80_TTD_*Spoilers for the end of “Over the Edge”!*

Riverdale returns to the screen this week and Archie Comics wrapped up their summer drama arc just in time. Archie #24 rounds out the “Over the Edge” event that conveniently spanned the Riverdale hiatus and kept fans new and old on the edges of their seats. Much like a classic Life with Archie, “Over the Edge” dialed everything up to 11, from the stakes (life or death) to the relationships (the entire Andrews family banned from the Cooper household?) to the consequences (Reggie Mantle in HANDCUFFS?).

There were very few laughs to be found in “Over the Edge”, but this issue sets us up for a return to life as usual, or as usual as it gets in Riverdale, with a sigh of relief all the way around.

As it turns out, no one died in the drag race of the century which kicked off the “Over the Edge” storyline. However, it’s fair to say almost everyone involved lost the life they’d grown accustomed to. After driving the car that pushed Betty Cooper over a cliff, Reggie is arrested. Archie sells the Mustang that started it all to help the Coopers make the needed renovations to their home. Renovations made necessary by Betty’s new wheelchair-bound state.

Archie24_09_colLast issue, the gang split up Betty’s enormous responsibilities among the Riverdale community. Now they shift gears to bake sales, Go Fund Me campaigns, and car washes—all to benefit Betty and the causes she holds dear. While Betty is plenty grateful, she’s also not one to let other people get their hands dirty on her behalf. From her friends to her parents to her physical therapist, Betty turns down offers to help, always adding “but thank you”, because she wouldn’t be Betty if she didn’t.

While the cover of Archie #24 teases Reggie in handcuffs as the main event, it’s almost a side-plot that will hopefully hold more weight in future issues. The entire town of Riverdale, unimpressed with Reggie to begin with, has decided to drag his name through the mud. Even his own father capitalizes on the drama surrounding his son to make a catchier headline in his paper.

Archie and Betty

Some things never change…

The real drama, as usual, exists between ol’ Cooper and Andrews. Betty takes a step back from her relationship with Dilton only to head home and shed some tears of frustration over her seemingly irreparable relationship with Archie. Mr. Cooper is having none of it, and actively lies to Betty about why Archie hasn’t been around since she got home from the hospital. In true Archie fashion, however, he finds a way to break the rules and let Betty know he’s still in her corner.

Writer Mark Waid continues capturing the true essence of the Riverdale crew. Archie’s self-awareness, Jughead’s lack thereof, and Betty and Veronica’s undying devotion to one another come through over the course of “Over the Edge.” But the truly remarkable relationship here is the one between Betty and Archie; the relationship that has kept the drama high since long before the first issue of the Archie re-brand, and it seems will keep us on an emotional rollercoaster until the end of time.

Archie #24 is the first for new-to-the-team Audrey Mok, but his art fits the upbeat style of previous issues. Mok’s Betty is particularly impressive, and the sequence with the most power is Betty’s breakdown, which requires no dialogue at all. That sequence alone makes this issue one to keep on the shelf.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Audrey Mok Colors: Kelly Fitzpatrick Letters: Jack Morelli
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Avengers #672

Marvel Legacy comes to the Avengers in this renumbered refresh that picks up post Secret Empire in a story that has a foot in the past with a story that references some recent past storylines but not enough that it impedes the enjoyment of the story and comic.

In Avengers #672, the countdown has started as the High Evolutionary, a twisted scientist determined to create a better world at all costs, sets the Earth on a collision course with destruction! The Avengers and the Champions are ready to meet this threat – but will their first cataclysmic clash deter them from Changing the World?

Written by Mark Waid, this issue is all about the coming together of these two teams that in a way that is similar to that first team years ago. A villain brings together heroes for what is sure to be his doom. In this case it’s the High Evolutionary and a story that references the “other Earth” on the other side of the Sun. That’s not super important right now, but who knows in the future.

The issue is really about these two teams and how they gell and for the most part the interactions are pretty solid. There’s lots of friction due to age and “experience” as the senior heroes meet their junior counterparts. It’s good, though for this series to succeed in the long term it’ll need to find more material to mine than that. But, as far as a “classic” feel, this does that, but the classic it mines is more of the forgettable but enjoyable years. We’ll see if that changes.

The art by Jesus Saiz is really good and enjoyable for the main story but where it really shines. Daniel Acuña there does a fantastic job running folks through what brought the original Avengers together in a story written by Robbie Thompson. Thompson does a good job of condensing things.

Overall, the issue isn’t bad and enough to get me to see what happens next but it doesn’t quite deliver an experience that has me excited.

Story: Mark Waid, Robbie Thompson Art: Jesus Saiz, Daniel Acuña
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Avengers Disassemble in Avengers: No Surrender!

It’s the end of an Avengers Era as we know it! And in the team’s final days, a change has come to the Marvel Universe in the form of a story that’s filled with so much action and so much drama, Marvel had no choice but to make it a weekly epic!

Beginning this January, Marvel will unleash the epic Avengers: No Surrender with Avengers #675, a weekly saga that unites the casts and creative teams of three titles into an epic tale of heroic action, jaw-dropping cliffhangers, and drastic adventures! The Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, and U.S. Avengers come together in a powerhouse of an event that will be unleashed in a story as spectacular and epic as the Marvel Universe itself.

Featuring one of Marvel’s biggest collaborations to date, each issue will be co-written by superstar writers Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub with art by Pepe Larraz for the first month, Kim Jacinto for the second month, and Paco Medina for the third month. The first issue features a wraparound lenticular cover by Mark Brooks. With shocking returns and brand new characters, No Surrender is a book where every character will get their moment…where alliances will be forged…and where the earth will be forever changed!

In the announcement SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said:

The Earth has been stolen! That’s the kickoff to the wildest Avengers epic ever put to paper, a widescreen adventure with a massive cast and an unlimited budget. Avengers past and present will be called upon to cope with a threat spanning out of the pages of Marvel Legacy #1. And like that oversized special, there’s a huge character return or two along the way that fans have been asking for—and one that they didn’t even know they wanted!

From Falcon to Black Panther to the mysterious Voyager, No Surrender will see an appearance from every current Avenger – those we know and love and those we’ve never heard of. But what happens when Lethal Legion and the Black Order battle their way across the Earth? Most importantly, how will this new incarnation of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes come together to fight one of the biggest threats the world has ever seen? This is just the beginning, but there’s so much more to come.

Don’t miss a truly inclusive celebration of the legacy that is Marvel’s Avengers, when No Surrender hits comic shops this January!

Review: Indestructible Hulk by Mark Waid

It’s Wednesday which means comics are hitting comic stores all across the world. This week from Marvel is a trade dedicated to the Indestructible Hulk by Mark Waid!

Indestructible Hulk collects issues #1-20 and Annual #1 by Mark Waid, Jeff Parker, Leinil Francis Yu, Matteo Scalera, Aaron Kim Jacinto, Mahmud A. Asrar, Miguel Angel Sepulveda, Joe Bennett, and Walter Simonson.

You can find this trade in comic stores today and book stores on October 10.

Get your copy at comic and book stores now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Indestructible Hulk by Mark Waid
Amazon or TFAW

 

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Preview: Archie #24

ARCHIE #24

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Cover: Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 9/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The fallout from OVER THE EDGE continues! One of the Riverdale kids has become a pariah in town, so it’s either run or face a life filled with hate and violence! Join us as we welcome new interior artist Audrey Mok (Josie and the Pussycats).

Preview: Avengers #11

Avengers #11

(W) Mark Waid (A) Mike Del Mundo (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

SECRET EMPIRE AFTERMATH!
• Not every Avenger came out of the Secret Empire’s regime the same as going in.
• One of Earth’s Mightiest, in particular, will either step up to lead the team – or retire altogether!

Heart of Riverdale continues in Archie #24!

ARCHIE #24

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Cover: Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 9/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The fallout from OVER THE EDGE continues! One of the Riverdale kids has become a pariah in town, so it’s either run or face a life filled with hate and violence! Join us as we welcome new interior artist Audrey Mok (Josie and the Pussycats).

Preview: Champions #12

Champions #12

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 06, 2017
SRP: $3.99

SECRET EMPIRE AFTERMATH!
• The Champions team was born from a fracture inside the Avengers. Now the events of SECRET EMPIRE have divided the Champions – and which ones are still with the team may surprise you!

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