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Preview: Hunt for Wolverine: Weapon Lost #1

Hunt for Wolverine: Weapon Lost #1

(W) Charles Soule (A) Matteo Buffagni (CA) Greg Land
Parental Advisory
In Shops: May 02, 2018
SRP: $3.99

WOLVERINE MAY BE THE BEST THERE IS AT WHAT HE DOES… BUT SO ARE THEY!
As one of the biggest mysteries in the MARVEL UNIVERSE unfolds, DAREDEVIL assembles a squad of uncanny detectives to track down WOLVERINE – MISTY KNIGHT, FRANK MCGEE and the mutant known as CYPHER. Investigating recent sightings across the globe of a man believed to be LOGAN, the squad uncovers a deep conspiracy with huge ramifications for the RETURN OF WOLVERINE.

The Hunt for Wolverine Features Four Series from Four Creative Teams

Logan’s return was just the beginning – the opening chapter of a story that will touch all corners and all characters of the Marvel Universe! Dive into all the excitement in the Hunt for Wolverine one-shot this April, and then be sure to follow all of the action with Weapon Lost, Adamantium Agenda, Claws of a Killer, and Mystery in Madripoor.

Featuring thrills and chills for all X-Men fans as Wolverine’s past comes back to haunt all our merry mutants, each unique story harkens back to their old school adventures – with each featuring a different shocking X-Men moment that no fan will want to miss!

Things kick off April 25th with Hunt for Wolverine #1 written by Charles Soule, art by David Marquez, and cover by Steve McNiven.

The Hunt for Wolverine: Weapon Lost debuts on May 2nd. That four issues series is by writer Charles Soule, artist Matteo Buffagni, and covers by Greg Land.

Writer Tom Taylor and artist R.B. Silva team up for Hunt for Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda. The four issues series features covers by Greg Land and debuts May 9th.

The four issue series Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer is by writer Mariko Tamaki, artist Butch Guice, and features by Greg Land. It comes to shelves May 16th.

And last, but not least, writer Jim Zub, artist Thony Silas take us to Madripoor with the four issue series Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor. It features covers by Greg Land. It comes to shelves May 23rd.

Review: Astonishing X-Men #9

The third part of “Nuke-Clear War,” sees a reality storm battering London and its inhabitants and Psylocke and the man called X fused together. Proteus is warping reality and the X-Men have to figure out why and how to stop it.

The last issue of Astonishing X-Men left off with Psylocke and X fused together due to the warping of Proteus so first task, fix that. Writer Charles Soule gives us an interesting issue that feels like the middle chapter of an average X storyline. There’s nothing particularly bad here but on its own the issue doesn’t really stand out.

To solve that issue before them the X-Men come together with some creative solutions and one in particular that help us learn more about Xavier in Fantomex’s body. What powers does he still have? What doesn’t he? We get a taste of that here and it’s a smart way to introduce this character to readers. Soule brings us some humor to it and I’m guessing a little foreshadowing as well.

We also get a better idea of what this new Proteus is up to. It’s a decent villain move but I’m not completely convinced of the motivation based on interactions from the previous issue.

The art by Matteo Buffagni is decent with some good depictions of the characters, the tech, and the country they’re battling in. It all looks distinctive enough so that it all doesn’t fall into the “generic” location other series fall in to. The characters too look good as well and while the issue as a whole doesn’t quite have that dynamic moment, it looks good.

The issue is a middle grade one. It’s not bad in any way and it has a goal of setting things up for the next couple of issues. It does that and does it really well. As part of the whole story, it’s good but on its own it falls a little short.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Matteo Buffagni Cover Art: Leinil Francis Yu
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Astonishing X-Men #9

Astonishing X-Men #9

(W) Charles Soule (A) Matteo Buffagni (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

NUKE-CLEAR WAR Part 3
• As a reality storm batters London and its inhabitants, PSYLOCKE must choose between trusting the mysterious MAN CALLED X and letting her beloved city fall into ruin.
• The SHADOW KING freed a brand-new threat with his dying throes, but who is this new threat?
• And how can the X-Men hope to stand against an enemy that can warp reality itself?

Preview: Old Man Logan #34

Old Man Logan #34

(W) Ed Brisson (A/CA) Matteo Buffagni
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
SRP: $3.99

MOON OVER MADRIPOOR Part 1
• LOGAN must return to Madripoor to stop the spread of Regenix!
• But SCARLET SAMURAI is out to stop him!
• Will LOGAN be too late? What happens with the criminals on Madripoor become unkillable?!

Review: Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

Have you ever read something and felt like you were missing a key thing? That’s what reading Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1 is like. The comic, written by Greg Pak with art by Matteo Buffagni, brings together Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho. Both individuals have carried the curse of the Hulk and now they’re face-to-face. But how and why?

Those last two questions are my frustration with this comic which feels like it’s supposed to be the follow-up to however Secret Empire ends, but with a few more issues to go that natural bridge isn’t there (an issue that has plagued the last few Marvel events). Maybe it’ supposed to be tied into something else? We don’t really know and the most connected I was with the comic was the point Amadeus Cho asks the questions. The issue is, we never get any answers making this comic feel more like a throwaway one-shot than anything special.

Pak does an admirable job with what’s on the table and in the one issue we’re provided a nice overview as to what it means to be “the Hulk” through a story that’s a throwback in many ways, battle with the military and giant monsters, but not enough is explained to make it at all interesting. No time frame is given, though long time Hulk fans can probably pin it. A giant monster appears then is just generally dealt with, again, no explanation. Cho gets transported in time (we assume) without any explanation. It feels like a story that’s missing a beginning and an end. The middle though, is decent.

The art by Matteo Buffagni is good as well mixing the two characters in a way that matches each style. Each Hulk has their own look and that look extends to the comics they’re within. Cho a more lighthearted style with Banner focusing on a more serious tone. This issue feells like it splits it all. The action is good and latter on when Banner is evacuating individuals the use of pannels and framing makes it feel like a disaster film. Some action though is a bit confusing and muddled and hard to make out what’s happening.

This is a weird one that probably will make more sense in a month or two but as is it feels like a one-shot that you’re left wondering why it was released other than for a few dollars.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Matteo Buffagni
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.85 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: X-Men: Blue #2

X-Men: Blue #2

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Jorge Molina, Matteo Buffagni (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

WHAT IS MAGNETO HIDING?

MAGNETO has joined the X-MEN, but due to their long history, not everyone on the team trusts him…especially not JEAN GREY. With tensions rising between teammates, can the X-MEN come together to be a cohesive force for good? Or will ulterior motives and personal quests derail the entire enterprise? At the end of the day…who can be trusted?

Review: X-Men Blue #1

X-Men-Blue-ResurrXionTHE ORIGINALS! Join Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel as they reclaim the title of X-Men. After the world-shaking events of IVX, the original five X-Men are here to bring mutant criminals to justice and restore a heroic sheen to their team. But with a new leader in Jean Grey and a new mentor in their “arch-frenemy” Magneto, will old rivalries and new conflicts tear these heroes apart?

I was hoping that this new book would drive these time-displaced X-Men into a more heroic role, instead of just a road trip story like their last book. And boy did I ever get what I was hoping for!  Cullen Bunn brings us an opening that feels very new and fresh for this team, but for veteran fans like myself, gives us a great nostalgic feeling and shows us why we loved these characters way back when, and why we’ll love them now in “our” time. The biggest change I’m enjoying is having Jean Grey lead this team and Cyclops taking direction from her.

In the original run of X-Men, Cyclops was the by the book leader while Jean was more unsure in her powers. Now we have the opposite; Jean is confident and strong, proving to be a more then capable leader and Cyclops is taking his lead from her. But Bunn hasn’t completely altered these X-Men, as he displays that there is a lot of the “original” X-Men in these kids. Through exchanges between Hank and Bobby, to Cyclops lamenting on what he misses from their world, I really like that Bunn isn’t taking these characters and changing their personalities, but rather adapting them to being in “our” present time.

Jorge Molina and Matteo Buffagni do a very good job providing the art for this book and I feel that they were a good choice to match up with this writer. I’m really liking the new costumes the team has, and each one has a distinct look and personality. I also really liked how the artwork felt like something you’d see in an animated series. Not saying that it felt “cartoony” but reminded me of series like Korra or Avenger’s Assemble.

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Overall, I really liked this first issue and I can’t wait to see where this title goes. I was hoping to see these five go out and be heroes and we get that in spades! A new mentor to guide them and the return of some classic X-Men villains make this an action packed issue that stirs up fond memories of the X-Men past and really has gotten me excited for the future of this team and this title.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Jorge Molina and Matteo Buffagni
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE issue for review

Preview: X-Men: Blue #1

X-Men: Blue #1

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Jorge Molina, Matteo Buffagni (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
SRP: $4.99

THE ORIGINALS!

Join MARVEL GIRL, CYCLOPS, BEAST, ICEMAN and ANGEL as they reclaim the title of X-MEN. After the world-shaking events of IVX, the original five X-Men are here to bring mutant criminals to justice and restore a heroic sheen to their team. But with a new leader in JEAN GREY and a new mentor in their “arch-frenemy” MAGNETO, will old rivalries and new conflicts tear these heroes apart?

A New Beginning for the Original X-Men in X-Men Blue #1!

This April, the original X-Men unite once more to protect a world that hates and fears them. Marvel has released a new look inside X-Men Blue #1 – the highly anticipated new ongoing series from blockbuster creators Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina! With Jean Grey at the helm, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel will set out to embody their mentor Charles Xavier’s dream. Friendly faces and familiar foes abound as the original Children of the Atom set out on a new journey. But how long will their adventure’s last before they come face-to-face with their one of their greatest enemies?

Plus – don’t miss a special backup tale from Cullen Bunn and Matteo Buffagni that features the shocking return of an ultimate fan-favorite X-character! It’s all happening on April 12th!

Featuring covers by Art Adams, Leonard Kirk, Jim Lee, Billy Martin, Skottie Young, and Neal Adams, Ramon Villalobos, and Jack Kirby.

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