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Review: Iron Fist Vol. 2 Sabretooth – Round Two

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Iron Fist!

Iron Fist Vol. 2 Sabretooth – Round Two features issues #6-7 and #73-77 by Ed Brisson, Mike Perkins, Andy Troy, Travis Lanham, Jeff Dekal, Kathleen Wisneski, Mark Basso, and Jake Thomas.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores March 13. 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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Venom 30th Anniversary Variants in March

In preparation for Venom’s 30th anniversary, get ready for 20 key moments showcasing the symbiote’s epic history. These anniversary covers will feature art by some of the industry’s top creators and rising stars, including Mark Bagley, Mike Perkins, Francesco Francavilla, Ron Lim, Inhyuk Lee and more!

  1. All-New Wolverine #33 by Dustin Weaver
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #798 by Terry and Rachel Dodson
  3. Avengers #687 by Jamal Campbell
  4. Black Panther #172 by Greg Horn
  5. Captain America #700 by Mark Bagley
  6. Daredevil #601 by Ramon Perez
  7. Doctor Strange #388 by Chris Stevens
  8. Infinity Countdown #2 by Ron Lim
  9. Invincible Iron Man #599 by Akcho
  10. Marvel Two-In-One #5 by Dave Johnson
  11. The Mighty Thor #706 by Mark Bagley
  12. New Mutants #2 by Bengal
  13. Old Man Logan #38 by Greg Smallwood
  14. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #303 by Rob Liefeld
  15. Thanos #18 by Mike Perkins
  16. Venom #164 by John Tyler Christopher
  17. Weapon H #2 by Mike Mayhew
  18. X-Men: Blue #25 by Francesco Francavilla
  19. X-Men: Gold #25 by Todd Nauck
  20. X-Men: Red #3 by Inhyuk Lee

The first wave of Venom Variant Covers will hit comic shops on March 7th. Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 variants, coming to comic shops this February!

Review: Black Panther Annual #1

This has certainly been a great month to be a Black Panther fan, hasn’t it? Between the Black Panther comics going strong and most importantly, the recently released film from Marvel Studios which has garnered well deserved critical praise and killer box office numbers. And the Black Panther train ain’t stopping anytime soon because for starters, Marvel has this annual issue of Black Panther which celebrates the past but look forward to the future with the help of past writers of the character such as the likes of Christopher Priest, Don McGregor and Reginald Hudlin.

The first story, “Back in Black,” is by Christopher Priest with art by Mike Perkins. However the story mostly concentrates on Everett K. Ross. Which I can only sum up as that it’d suck to be Ross because the guy despite moving on from superheroes, he gets sucked back in whatever business that involves T’Challa but gets more than he bargained for. The book concentrates on characters created by Priest for this story and as such, it can be seen as an extension of Priest’s own going he did for Marvel Knights around the late 90’s.

The story has a noir feel to it with great effect-helped the efforts of the artwork by Mike Perkins, who gave it a lot of shadows (and plenty of shading) and panels in trippy angles to give the idea of disorientation and the colors by Andy Troy do give it additional flair.  The story definitely comes off as Priest wanting to step back into the world of Black Panther one more time after being away for so long. And it’s a good story. Like I said, it’s a very noir kind of story and fits in with the world of Black Panther.

Now in comes Don McGregor‘s tale, “Panther’s Heart.” Which can also be seen as an extension of his run from many years back in the 70’s when it was still called Jungle Action. It’s probably the most emotional of the three stories once you read on and also benefits from people familiar with McGregor’s issues because it does feature a notable character from his run. Who is it? Well, I can’t say given the character is a surprise for new readers or old readers who haven’t read his run for so long.

I will say it is an emotional story with the art by Daniel Acuna helping much. He nailed the emotional expressions on every character’s face and the writing by McGregor is not very over the top and definitely paced himself regarding what T’Challa is feeling throughout the book. It’s a solid story and probably the best among this Annual issue.

And finally, we have Reginald Hudlin‘s Back to the Future Part II and no, Doc Brown is not in this nor does it involve T’Challa time traveling and leaving a Sports Almanac in the hands of a maniac. Though the thought of Black Panther punching Biff Tannen is a nice thought.

No, instead, it’s a continuation of a particular story penned by Hudlin called, well, “Back to the Future.” In this story, we have an alternate timeline where T’Challa and Ororo Monroe a.k.a. Storm had not been divorced. And instead, because of their marriage, Wakanda grew stronger and became a powerful nation. So much had happened that it offers a variety of things that would be enough to tell an interesting set of comics in their own right like Spider-Gwen has.

We have an older T’Challa telling one of his grand children Grace about everything that had happened since his marriage to Storm. Dude took on Doctor Doom and Magneto and won. It’s all a fascinating look at a future that could have been and honestly, I’d love to see stories evolve from this simple story especially given the last page that had me wondering, “Wait, what the hell happened with that and how?”

The art by Ken Lashley is very good as are the colors by Matt Milla that drive the art home, it all looks good and compliments the writing well enough.

It’s a solid annual issue that celebrates past runs of the title character and if you’re looking for a Black Panther fix after seeing the movie, you won’t be disappointed-especially if you liked either writer’s take on the character.

 

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Review: Avengers #681

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Where we last left Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, various members scattered across the globe with one taking on the Lethal Legion and the other, the Black Order due to the two teams battling over a game between the Grandmaster and the Challenger and the game isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Continuing off where the last issue ended, there’s still plenty of action and intrigue to go around and it’s working for the most part save for a few minor hiccups. For one, Rogue killing Corvius Glave doesn’t seem to have much consequences aside from a few of the heroes being unnerved by the extreme action she took. Really, absorbing him amounted to her finding out what exactly is going on. It’s good that it served that purpose but I would have liked some more moments about Rogue killing one of the Black Order. Though you can argue she was justified for doing such given, you know, they’re using Earth as a battlefield for a sick game?

So between that and Synapse getting a thought reading on one of the Lethal Legion, everyone now knows what is even going on, so now the stakes are completely set, which is good! And we also get an idea for the origin of Voyager which in true sort of, Silver Age fashion, it was something of a total accident, not helped by the fact that said accident was motivated by her as a child not wanting to accept her parents getting a divorce and as she describes it, “[her powers] took away the pain.”

It still doesn’t technically explain how she knew the Avengers and was part of the history, maybe it’s just me and either writer of this book can explain it better to me. I mean, it’s not a bad origin, just that I don’t think I’ve fully grasped how is Voyager supposed to work in the greater context.

Despite that however, writers Jim Zub, Mark Waid, and Al Ewing still craft a solid issue with good character moments spread out. It’s an all out action brawl with small character moments this time around but it’s good action and they paced themselves quite well at it. As does the art by Kim Jacinto but this time with some assistance by Mike Perkins given the Voyager origin which gives it a nice aged feel to it which worked quite effectively.

Not much else to say except it’s a good issue to get things moving forward especially with the last couple of pages. If you’ve been enjoying this, keep reading it, it’s still a solid story.

 

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Preview: Black Panther Annual #1

Black Panther Annual #1

(W) Christopher Priest, Reginald Hudlin, Don McGregor (A) Ken Lashley, Mike Perkins (A/CA) Daniel Acuna
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $4.99

LEGENDARY PANTHER WRITERS RETURN!
Three legendary BLACK PANTHER writers return to Wakanda! Don McGregor’s famous storyline “The Panther’s Rage” has become one of the most well-respected runs in comic book history. Now, the author who redefined Wakanda for a generation is back to expand the mythos! Bearing the heart-shaped herb that defines the Panther legacy, King T’Challa leaves his beloved country for a heart-wrenching mission in the streets of New York. Then: For half a decade, comics legend Christopher Priest made his mark on the Panther. The acclaimed writer returns with an all-new story – and with it, of course, U.S. State Department employee Everett K. Ross! And finally, no Panther history would be complete without Reggie Hudlin, author of more than 50 Black Panther stories, including the famed “Who Is The Black Panther?” Don’t miss the sequel to his “Black to the Future” story, featuring original artist Ken Lashley!

Preview: Avengers #681

Avengers #681

(W) Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Mark Waid (A) Aaron Kim Jacinto, Mike Perkins (CA) Mark Brooks
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

NO SURRENDER Part 7
Who is Voyager? Valerie Vector, the forgotten founding Avenger, tells all! And a fan-favorite Avenger returns to the fold as the stakes in the battle for Earth become clear!

Marvel’s Hulk Variants Smash Their Way Into Comic Shops!

He’s back. He’s mad as hell. And you’ve never seen a Hulk this angry before.

This February, Marvel will help appease the green goliath’s anger by introducing the Hulk Variant Cover Program. Showcasing key moments in the Hulk’s past life, these covers will feature art by some of the industry’s top creators and rising stars, including Mike McKone, Marco Checchetto, Stephanie Hans, Dale Keown, Ron Lim, and more.

Look for Marvel’s Hulk variant covers on these select titles:

  1. All-New Wolverine #31 by Mike Perkins
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #795 by Dale Keown
  3. Avengers #679 by Ramon Perez
  4. Black Panther #170 by Anna Rud
  5. Captain America #698 by Bilquis Evely
  6. Daredevil #598 by Marco Checchetto
  7. Defenders #10 by Stephanie Hans
  8. Despicable Deadpool #294 by Daniel Warren Johnson
  9. Doctor Strange #385 by Mike Deodato
  10. Incredible Hulk #713 by John Tyler Christopher
  11. Infinity Countdown Prime #1 by Marcos Martin
  12. Invincible Iron Man #597 by Chris Stevens
  13. Marvel Two-In-One #3 by Mike Hawthorne
  14. Mighty Thor #704 by Tyler Kirkham
  15. Old Man Hawkeye #2 by Terry Dodson
  16. Old Man Logan #35 by Steve McNiven
  17. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #300 by David Nakayama
  18. Rogue & Gambit #2 by Mike McKone
  19. Venom #161 by Ron Lim
  20. X-Men: Gold #21 by Adi Granov

The first wave of HULK VARIANT COVERS will hit comic shops on February 7th. Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 variants, coming to comic shops this February!

Preview: Iron Fist #75

Iron Fist #75

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Mike Perkins (CA) Jeff Dekal
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $3.99

SABRETOOTH ROUND TWO Part 3
• CHOSHIN has not suffered the CONSTRICTOR’S double-cross lightly…
• …and SABRETOOTH and IRON FIST show up just when their beef GETS GOOD!
• LEGACY continues with the most brutally action-packed issue of IRON FIST yet!
• Plus: The secret of the Constrictor is revealed!

Preview: Dan Dare #2

DAN DARE #2

Writer Peter Milligan
Artist Alberto Foche
Colorist Jordi Escuin
Cover A: Mike Perkins
Cover B: Alberto Foche & Jordi Escuin Liorach
Cover C: Chris Weston
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale November 8, 2017

It is a golden time for Earth and the Sol Alliance. Peace reigns supreme. The MEKON, perhaps mankind’s greatest enemy, has finally been vanquished and is undergoing behavioral treatment in a maximum-security prison built on the Moon.

Yet the one man responsible for the capture of the Mekon, the legendary space pilot DAN DARE, languishes in a prison of his own making. With no foe to fight, battle to win or day to be saved, Dan finds himself shackled by the chains of normality and boredom. In a silent prayer, Dan begs the universe to give him a reason to take flight again to the stars.

And his prayers have seemingly been answered.

From an uncharted sector of the galaxy an ancient spaceship of unknown origin and purpose has arrived, broadcasting a strange, un-decipherable signal – and stated its intent by destroying one of the moons of Saturn in a colossal show of strength and firepower…

Preview: Hammer Comics: Captain Kronos #1

HAMMER COMICS: CAPTAIN KRONOS #1

​(Part 1 of 4)
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Tom Mandrake
​Cover A: Mike Perkins
Cover B: Hammer Glamour – Caroline Munro
Cover C: Tom Mandrake
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: September 27, 2017

In the depths of Eastern Europe, the legendary vampire hunter, Captain Kronos, and his two assistants, Grost and Carla, are called upon to help rid a town of its vampire plague.

However, beneath the surface of the beleaguered town a malevolent force far more evil and deadly is awakening and it might just be the match of Kronos… ​

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