Tag Archives: mattia de iulis

Review: Invisible Woman #1

Invisible Woman #1

Invisible Woman #1 puts the spotlight on Sue Storm. The story takes her out of the Fantastic Four and into S.H.I.E.L.D. Written by Mark Waid, the debut touches upon a role she’s had in the past but not one that’s been used a lot.

Beginning with a past mission, the debut issue has a friend from the past in need of help and kids in need of rescue. It forces Sue to take matters into her own hands to do what’s right and help a friend in need.

The first issue is a fun start. Waid uses Sue’s powers well in the situations she’s put in. It has you questioning why this hasn’t been done before as it’s such a natural fit. Waid also has Sue stand out from other spy characters like Black Widow by focusing on her unwillingness to kill. Those two things make Invisible Woman #1 feel a bit differently than a Black Widow story but beyond that, it’s a pretty standard spy tale.

Where things stumble a bit is the focus on the many roles Sue has. She’s been a spy, she is a mother, a wife, and a member of the Fantastic Four. That’s a lot of hats for one person. She slips from one to the other a bit too easy though. I didn’t get a sense of her running off on this adventure impacting the rest of those responsibilities. A bit more focus on that would add a depth to the story that would make it really stand out. It’d also differentiate Sue from Black Widow beyond the invisibility and unwillingness to kill.

The art by Mattia De Iulis is interesting and rather unique. I’m not quite sure how to describe it but it’s a style that stands out from the rest of the comics on the shelf.

Invisible Woman #1 is a unique take on the character. It makes her more than the Fantastic Four though doesn’t use that to make the comic stand out from other spy adventures. Still, this is a start that seems like it’ll be a fun ride. Waid has shown he can use Sue’s powers to make the action more interesting and the art by De Iulis brings that all to life in a dynamic fashion.

The first issue didn’t blow me away. But, this is a miniseries I want to read and see where it goes. Whether that’s as single issues or together as a trade is unknown. Invisible Woman brings a unique story to the shelves that’s worth checking out.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Mattia De Iulis
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Invisible Woman #1

Invisible Woman… Agent of SHIELD? A past mission has impacted Sue Storm’s present in this new miniseries!

Story: Mark Waid
Art: Mattia De Iulis
Letters: Joe Caramagna

Get your copy in comic shops starting July 10! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
TFAW

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Preview: Invisible Woman #1 (of 5)

Invisible Woman #1 (of 5)

(W) Mark Waid (A) Mattia De Iulis (CA) Adam Hughes
Rated T
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Fresh from the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR, for the first time Susan Storm-Richards stars in her own limited series – and the secrets about her past revealed therein will shake readers’ perceptions of the Invisible Woman forevermore! Years ago, she undertook an espionage mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. – and now it’s up to her to save her former partner from death at the hands of international terrorists!

Invisible Woman #1 (of 5)

Sue Storm Goes Solo in Invisible Woman #1 this July

She’s always been a super hero, fighting to keep the world safe with the Fantastic Four…and now, it’s time for Sue Storm to take the spotlight in her own series!

This July, the superstar creative team of Mark Waid, Mattia De Iulis, and Adam Hughes take Sue on a journey that will unlock the secrets of her past in the most surprising way!

Years ago, after becoming part of the Fantastic Four, everyone’s favorite Invisible Woman was taking on adventures of her own on an espionage mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, it’s up to Sue to save her former partner from danger before it’s too late!

In over fifty years, Sue Storm has never had her own title, but that changes this July when Invisible Woman #1 comes to shelves!

Invisible Woman #1

Review: Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #2

In Jessica Jones #2, the new creative team of Kelly Thompson and Mattia De Iulis bring a great new energy to one of Marvel’s best characters by simply giving her a compelling case to solve and letting her do her P.I. thing as she follows the trail of a serial killer, who is offing “D-list” female Marvel superheroes and supervillains. Like the previous issue, Jessica Jones #2 is divided into two parts with the first chapter being more about physical ass kicking and tracking down leads and with chapter two being more personal and psychological. Artist Mattia De Iulis is game to draw both kinds of plots, and he excels at everything from Elsa Bloodstone and Jessica Jones using axes to kill green blood oozing sea monsters to more subdued, noir scenes like Jessica snooping around Dia Sloane’s house, who was the first “victim” of the serial killer and has an incredibly power set that is both and blessing and a curse.

Kelly Thompson understands that Jessica Jones has such an engaging and complex personality, and her skills as a private eye and background as a superhero and strained relationships with them and more traditional authority figures like the NYPD add emotional stakes and sometimes dark humor to a murder mystery case. Thompson creates an immediate bond between Elsa Bloodstone and Jessica as they are both no-nonsense ass kickers, who protect people while not being particularly good at interacting with them. However, in the flow of action, Jessica learns more about Elsa’s connection to Dia while also trying not to get all navel gaze-y with Elsa thinking about how all humans are monsters.

Sticking an edged weapon into a squicky, gross thing over and over as your job probably gets repetitive so self-reflection keeps things interesting, I guess. And having an exciting action scene with acrobatic poses and panels from De Iulis is a way more entertaining way to do an “interrogation” scene than reusing panels and using a grid with talking heads and placing all the storytelling weight on dialogue, which is really fun too and gets a little poignant as Elsa really had a great bond with Dia. Elsa Bloodstone has some creative ways of swearing, and the pulpy, horror vibe meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer turned cynic would make a great Marvel MAX book.

But Jessica Jones #2 isn’t all guest stars and ass kicking even those make a great garnish for this story. Kelly Thompson and Mattia De Iulis craft an original, new villain that gets his power by siphoning it from women because he has no powers of his own. He’s not like Killgrave; it’s all just murdering them and bringing them back to life, and towards of the end of the comic, there is a real Tyler Durden/Narrator thing going on with him. Because this is a second act, Thompson and De Iulis don’t reveal everything about him, but just enough that he is the power of toxic masculinity in relationships weaponized. He is the guy who will lash out at a woman and then build her back up, but add a Marvel twist on that. Thompson and De Iulis also deal with this theme of toxic masculinity in a more true to life way when Jessica is doing her investigation at the Menagerie, the bar of the murdered female supervillain White Rabbit. She’s pumping the bartender for info, and a guy hits on her and then grabs her butt because he thinks he is entitled to her body because she is wearing leather pants. Of course, she sends him flying and walks out, but it is s ad and painfully realistic to see real world harassment in a Marvel comic and a benefit of having a female writer on the book, who writes one of Jessica’s best lines yet, “I’m goddamn sick of dudes just putting their hands wherever they want. Dudes thinking they can do whatever they want”.

In that scene and others, De Iulis is fantastic at drawing Jessica’s strength and tenacity, and an almost successful “superhero landing” seems like visual character development for a character whose secondary power is that she can fly, but not land. The aforementioned bar scene has a whoosh of wind as Jessica clocks the creep, and that same energy continues when she runs out to chase a new lead on Dia and get away from Misty Knight while almost “breaking the sidewalk” outside Alias Investigations in a hilarious scene. Like Michael Gaydos before them and in a more visually sharp manner, De Iulis has a certain skill for keeping his art in Jessica Jones grounded in a detective story while adding more fantastical elements in a matter of fact way like a big time superhero showing up in the second chapter to not team up and fight bad guys, but having an emotional breakdown. He handles that scene so well, and it’s a reminder that what makes the Marvel superheroes great is their flaws and humanity.

The first arc of Kelly Thompson and Mattia De Iulis’ Jessica Jones run has been a master class in three act storytelling with issue one introducing Jessica’s case, premise, and putting in her dire straits, Jessica Jones #2 doling out information about the serial killer revel and putting her even more dire straits, and who knows what issue three will bring. As well as being a compelling mystery, Jessica Jones #2 explores its title character’s guilt, acumen for detective work, and continued fight against toxic masculinity that happens to involve superpowers. It also has enjoyable scenes of humor and action, especially when Elsa Bloodstone is involved.

Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Mattia De Iulis Letters: Cory Petit
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Jessica Jones #1 Kicks Off New Marvel Digital Originals Line!

Innovative. Original. Double-Sized.  The Marvel Digital Originals are here and launching this exciting new line of digital comics is Jessica Jones #1, on-sale now from writer Kelly Thompson with art from Mattia de Iulis and covers by Martin Simmonds.

Jessica Jones was once the costumed super hero known as Jewel, but now she’s a private investigator at her own firm, Alias Investigations. With the Purple Man gone, her relationship with her husband, Luke Cage, and their daughter, Danielle, is better than ever.  But in Jessica Jones #1, her past comes knocking, and when a woman whose case she fumbled winds up dead on her office floor, Jessica goes from private investigator to prime suspect. Can she find the real killer and clear her name?

Cloak and Dagger will also be joining the Marvel Digital Originals line, with Cloak and Dagger (Marvel Digital Original) #1 going on-sale today, containing the first two chapters of “Shades of Gray” from writer Dennis Hopeless and artist David Messina with covers from Mahmud Asrar.