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Marvel Reveals Upcoming Series and Covers for July

Today, Marvel released a special edition of The Pull List, unveiling exclusive information for titles coming to comic shops this July! The episode shared details on writer Jonathan Hickman’s new direction for the X-Men; trouble for Rocket in “Guardians of the Galaxy”; The Thing and Hulk clash in “Fantastic Four”; and new series “Punisher Kill Krew #1” and “Loki #1.”

HOUSE OF X #1 (of 6)

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by PEPE LARRAZ
Colors by MARTE GRACIA
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

FACE THE FUTURE

Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (SECRET WARS, AVENGERS, FANTASTIC FOUR) takes the reins of the X-Men universe! Since the release of Uncanny X-Men #1, there have been four seminal moments in the history of the X-Men. Giant-Sized X-Men. X-Men. Age of Apocalypse. New X-Men. Four iconic series that introduced a new era for Marvel’s mutants and revolutionized the X-Men. In House of X, Charles Xavier reveals his master plan for mutantkind…one that will bring mutants out of the shadow of mankind and into the light once more.

HOUSE OF X #1 (of 6)

POWERS OF X #1 (of 6)

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by R.B. SILVA
Colors by MARTE GRACIA
Cover by R.B. SILVA

FEAR THE FUTURE

Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (INFINITY, NEW AVENGERS, FANTASTIC FOUR) continues his revolutionary new direction for the X-Men. Intertwining with HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X reveals the secret past, present and future of mutantkind, changing the way you look at every X-Men story before and after. You do not want to miss the next seminal moment in the history of the X-Men!

POWERS OF X #1 (of 6)

LOKI #1

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by OSCAR BAZALDUA
Cover by OZGUR YILDIRIM

EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HERO! ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES!

After dying a grisly death in THE WAR OF THE REALMS, Loki learned a valuable lesson in warmongering: Don’t get caught. But now he has a whole new set of responsibilities — and his brother Thor is not about to let him walk away from them this time. Late Show and BLACK PANTHER VS. DEADPOOL writer Daniel Kibblesmith takes the god of mischief in a thrilling new direction!

LOKI #1

PUNISHER KILL KREW #1 (of 5)

Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art by JUAN FERREYRA
Cover by TONY MOORE

ONE MAN. TEN REALMS. TOTAL WAR.

• During the War of the Realms, Frank Castle made a promise of vengeance, and Frank Castle keeps his promises.
• A van full of orphans is about to make that promise a lot more complicated.
• How does a man kill gods and monsters?

PUNISHER KILL KREW #1 (of 5)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7

Written by DONNY CATES
Art by CORY SMITH
Colors by DAVID CURIEL
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ

THE DEATH OF ROCKET BEGINS HERE IN ”FAITHLESS” PART 1

In the aftermath of the FINAL GAUNTLET, the Guardians of the Galaxy are taking some well deserved R&R. But their vacation is about to be cut short when a familiar, but radically powerful enemy returns. And what does all of this have to do with the whereabouts of a certain raccoon?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7

FANTASTIC FOUR #12

Written by DAN SLOTT
Art by SEAN IZAAKSE
Cover by ESAD RIBIC

Ben and Alicia are off on their dream honeymoon in a remote tropical paradise…until someone decides to crash it. Or should we say SMASH IT?! Get ready for the biggest HULK VS. THING FIGHT OF THE CENTURY! PLUS: The saga of the Future Foundation by Jeremy Whitley and Wil Robson!

FANTASTIC FOUR #12

Review: Fantastic Four Vol. 1 Fourever

The Fantastic Four are back but before they get back to Earth, they need to save the multiverse! Fantastic Four Vol. 1 Fourever collects issues #1-4 by Dan Slott, Sara Pichelli, Simone Bianchi, Skottie Young, Nico Leon, Stefano Caselli, Marte Gracia, Marco Russo, Jeremy Treece, and Erick Arcieniega.

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores on March 19! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #1

WHO WILL STAND

The universe is on fire. Hundreds of worlds are at war. Never has there been such hatred and division across the cosmos. And in spite of all this, Thanos of Titan is still dead…or is he? Now, more than ever, the cosmos need the Guardians of the Galaxy…but in the aftermath of the Infinity Wars, who is left to answer the call? Featuring every cosmic super hero in the known universe by the Thanos Wins creative team of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Takes Off for a Second Printing

Last week, the world welcomed a new age of the Guardians of the Galaxy to the Marvel Universe, as the superstar creative team of Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, and Marte Gracia – along with cover artists David Marquez and Dean White – kicked off a new adventure for everyone’s favorite cosmic heroes.

After debuting to critical acclaim from comic fans and critics alike, and Marvel has announced that Guardians of the Galaxy #1 will return to comic shops for a second printing!

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 2nd printing

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Who are the new Guardians of the Galaxy? With Thanos dead and the cosmic Marvel Universe in chaos, who will step up and save the universe? Find out in this new start with a new team!

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 is by Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, Marte Gracia, and Cory Petit.

Get your copy in comic shops January 23! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Fantastic Four #5

Fantastic Four #5

The wedding that’s been years in the making…Ben and Alicia say “I do!”

No bait. No switch. Not a dream. Not a hoax. And we swear, not a single Skrull around. This is really happening! From the book that brought you the first, best and longest running super hero marriage in comics, we give you…the wedding of Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters!

It’s the 650th issue of the Fantastic Four and it’s a special one as Ben and Alicia get married… and they DO get married. No tricks. No fakeouts. This issue delivers on the promise that quite a few comic failed at this year. And it’s a solid delivery with three stories that capture so much of what makes the Fantastic Four… well, fantastic!

Change Partners” kicks off the issue with art by Michael Allred and color from Laura Allred. The story features an untold tale of courtship between Ben and Alicia and how Sue helped get the two of them together. There’s a lot to unpack here as it also takes on the relationship between Ben and Sue, something that comes and goes as far as importance in the Fantastic Four family. It’s an interesting story that’s a great introduction to how Ben and Alicia got together and the wedding between the two of them is used in a way so it’s not just a flashback story that’s included. It’s cute and fun and the Allred’s style takes what could be a rather messed up story (Sue really meddled a lot) and spin it into something else.

What’s a wedding with a bachelor party? We saw the lady’s night out in the wedding special comic and here the “Guy’s Night Out” is planned by Johnny Storm and goes off the rails as expected. Adam Hughes delivers the art for this and it’s just insanity. But, it’s touching too in so many ways. The story has some great moments also taking us through Ben’s history but also diving into the friendship between him and Johnny and what it means that Johnny is now the only one not married. There’s also a lot of humor and hopefully some of the aspects come up down and are mentioned in other series because there’s no way some of this is being let go.

But, all of that is a warm-up for “4-Minute Warning,” the wedding between Alicia and Ben. Writer Dan Slott, through this entire comic, has had a tough task to deliver. With two failure wedding comics this year, this one had to come through. While it plays it safe in some ways, Slott nails it with a tone that just feels like classic Fantastic Four.

The wedding itself is all about the details. How it ends, the lead up, and all of the little touches to acknowledge Benjamin’s Jewish heritage, Slott gets it right. The story feels joyous and its ending is spot on in everything it needs to do setting up what’s to come and leaving readers with a smile on their faces. Does it go smooth? Of course not! But, the bump screams Fantastic Four.

And it partially screams that due to the art of Aaron Kuder with colorists Marte Gracia and Erick Arcieniega. There’s a lot to pack into this story and a lot to get right and it just feels right. There’s two pages in particular that gave me a Kirby vibe and a wink and nod to his and Stan Lee’s legacy.

As I said, the comic plays it safe in some ways but the heart is here and it’s hard to not enjoy the complete package. The issue is a throwback in some ways delivering a special issue without angst, without negativity, it’s a celebration. It’s something to gush and awe about and just enjoy in something going right (even when it isn’t perfect). And sometimes that’s all a comic needs to be.

Story: Dan Slott
Art: Aaron Kuder, Michael Allred, Adam Hughes
Color: Marte Gracia, Erick Arcieniega, Laura Allred
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Buy

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Advance Review: Fantastic Four #5

It’s the wedding of Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters but will there be shenanigans?! Fantastic Four #5 features three stories by Dan Slott, Aaron Kuder, Marte Gracia, Erick Arciniega, Michael Allred, Laura Allred, Adam Hughes, and Joe Caramagna.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 26! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Extermination #5

Extermination #5

It all ends here!!! The original five X-Men have taken the fight back to Ahab…but at what cost? Who lives? Who dies? The X-Men will never be the same again.

This is it, the end to the latest X epic as Ahab continues to press his fight against the X-Men. Things look desperate as members are turned into Hounds. And, lets face it, there’s a lot to wrap here. For years now, the original X-Men have been stuck in modern times and that has left so many questions out there. Do they get back? How? Do they remember? That’s all answered here.

Writer Ed Brisson not only wraps up so huge plot questions with this event but also sets up what’s to come for years. Extermination #5 really shakes things up delivering an excellent action packed story. And, it’s ending is satisfying. While much of it is predictable, it still wraps up what is a mess for continuity nicely.

The issue hits the right beats delivering so much so nicely in an issue that packs a solid punch. There’s death. There’s time travel. There’s so much that makes the X-Men the X-Men. And Brisson makes sure to deliver numerous small moments that matter (if the Iceman talking to Iceman doesn’t touch you a little…).

Pepe Larraz with color by Marte Gracia and lettering by Joe Sabino deliver on the art. This issue has a lot packed in with a hell of a lot of characters and the art team is focused on what to emphasize. The detail is where it needs to be and small details add so much. And the moments that need pop have exactly that. The art gives you that hell yeah punch.

This event delivers in wrapping up years of plot lines, and messy time travel plot lines at that. It also sets up some twists with one saying holy crap and one not expected to be in this issue, but expected due to solicitations. X events have been hit and miss for years but this is one that delivers in every way and that includes this final issue.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Pepe Larraz
Color: Marte Gracia Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Fantastic Four #1

After a three year absence, the book that kicked off the Marvel Universe is back sort of in Fantastic Four #1. Dan Slott, Sara Pichelli, Elisabetta D’Amico, and Marte Gracia’s first issue doesn’t have Marvel’s First Family fighting Mole Man or the Trapster just yet and creates a slow build to the reunion. However, there is plenty of sweetness, comedy, and a little of bit of familial strife along the way as Slott and Pichelli play in-universe with reader expectations about the team reuniting and the oil and water dynamic of the Human Torch and the ever loving blue eyed Thing. They do have a quite funny flashback to a “forgotten” adventure of the Fantastic Four that asks as a proof of concept that shows that Slott call pull off all the voices of the bickering, yet loving sitcom family with superpowers. In addition to this, Slott, Simone Bianchi, and Marco Russo craft a Dr. Doom backup story that is a little more traditionalist than his recent appearances in Invincible Iron Man and Marvel Two-in-One,  and there’s also a super fun and quite metafictional one page backup drawn by Skottie Young and colored by Jeremy Treece.

For her work on Fantastic Four #1, Sara Pichelli brings a looser, almost more playful art style that still shows emotions and body language in a fluid way with the help of inker Elisabetta D’Amico and colorist Marte Gracia. Even though he’s made of rocks, Pichelli’s take on The Thing is lively and utterly human. Beneath his ungainly movements, he’s a loving man, and the scene where he proposes to his long time girlfriend Alicia Masters is sentimental without being sappy. Dan Slott writes The Thing as maybe giving up on seeing Reed, Sue, Valeria, and Franklin ever again, but he still has a family in Alicia and Johnny. However, The Thing and the Human Torch aren’t always loving BFFs, and Gracia shows the subtle difference in the Torch’s flame when he’s going off in action and when he flies off the handle after Ben asks him to be his best man. This scene shows that there’s still tension in Ben and Johnny’s relationship in an organic, not drama for the sake of drama way and even builds off the way that Chip Zdarsky has written them in Marvel Two-in-One where Ben knows that Sue and Reed are lost forever while giving Johnny a false sense of hope that they’re somewhere in the multiverse.

Johnny still believes the Fantastic Four will reunite and immediately flames on to where their sign shoots off in the sky with a flare gun like in the original Fantastic Four #1. Of course, it’s just a prank, but it’s foreshadowing to a grander, earned moment all overlaid in a beautiful blue by Marte Gracia like hope in the midst of despair. And hope and family are major themes throughout Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli’s story in Fantastic Four #1. Even if Ben and Johnny don’t interact with Ben and Sue, they share plenty of moments with the “extended” Fantastic Four family, including Wyatt Wingfoot, Jennifer Walters, and the aforementioned Alicia Masters. Johnny and Wyatt take in a Mets game, and Slott engages in what is either queer subtext or queer baiting using the stadium kiss cam while Jen pops up later to flirt with Wyatt and also legally represent the Yancy Street kids who set off the false Fantastic Four flare. Slott modernizes the relationship between the Thing and what was formerly known as the Yancy Street gang making him kind of a community leader instead of the participant in an endless Itchy and Scratchy situation.

Other than the poetic ending, the best moment of Fantastic Four #1 is the flashback sequence where the Fantastic Four and supporting cast find their way back to New York City through the power of Johnny singing the Wayne Newton standard, “Danke Schoen”. It’s funny, cheesy, heartwarming, and adventurous all at once like the best Fantastic Four stories. This is thanks to some little details emphasized by Pichelli like the way Reed cranes his neck when explain the quantum science or whatever of this karaoke journey home situation and then immediately retracts when he doesn’t want to out and out say that Sue isn’t the greatest singer. There’s also time for some transcendent beauty in the midst of screwball comedy: a Marte Gracia colored cosmic flame in the deep blue night sky that even Alicia, who is blind, can see. This little adventure shows the Fantastic Four are about science as well as deep human wonder through the vessel of a family ensemble.

Slott, Simone Bianchi, and Marco Russo’s Dr. Doom backup story creates a different kind of wonder, and the baroque severeness of Bianchi’s art easily contrasts with the cosmic smoothness, yet expressive cartooning of Sara Pichelli and Elisabetta D’Amico. It’s a back to basics Doom story as one of his former subjects pays a visit to the half-abandoned Doomstadt (There’s lots of Doombots per usual.) and asks him to liberate Latveria from one of the many stop gap authoritarian regimes that have been in place since he left them to play hero/Iron Man. And the way Slott writes Doom and Bianchi draws him is the complete opposite of the “Infamous Iron Man” as his face is no longer pretty, and he’s ready to rule with an iron grip and an iron mask. Like the main story of Fantastic Four #1, the Doom backup is about hope and symbols, but it’s a dark and twisted mirror to Marvel’s First Family.

Fantastic Four #1 is nothing short of a triumphant return for Marvel’s first superhero team. Dan Slott hits a nice balance between tearing heart strings, broad humor, and the wonders of the universe in his script while also crafting an aura of mystery and terror in the Dr. Doom backup story with Simone Bianchi and Marco Russo. In the visual department, Sara Pichelli shows why she is one of Marvel’s best and versatile artists hitting all the smaller, yet very important character beats as well as the big spreads and “Flame on!” moments.

Whether you’ve been reading the title since 1961 or this is your first FF adventure, Fantastic Four #1 is definitely worth your $5.99.

Story: Dan Slott Pencils: Sara Pichelli Inks: Sara Pichelli with Elisabetta D’Amico
Colors: Marte Gracia Backup Art: Simone Bianchi, Skottie Young
Backup Colors: Simone Bianchi and Marco Russo, Jeremy Treece Letters: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Daredevil #602

Daredevil #602

Story: Charles Soule
Art: Mike Henderson
Color: Matt Milla
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Main Cover: Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Marte Gracia
Variant Cover: Mike Perkins, Andy Troy
Editors: Jordan D. White, Devin Lewis
Assistant Editors: Annalise Bissa, Emily Newcomen
Rated T+
In Shops: May 16, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The fallout from the shocking conclusion of DAREDEVIL #600 continues as Matt Murdock and Daredevil both rally allies in the face of an overwhelming enemy. And how exactly does Wilson Fisk fit into things? Not the way you expect…

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