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Preview: Venom #164

Venom #164

Story: Mike Costa
Art: Mark Bagley
Ink: Scott Hanna
Color: Dono Sanchez-Almara
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Ryan Stegman, Morry Hollowell
Venom 30th Anniversary Variant Cover: John Tyler Christopher
Executive Editor: Nick Lowe
Editor: Devin Lewis
Assistant Editor: Tom Groneman
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE NATIVITY Part 1
• EDDIE BROCK, together with his symbiote partner, is VENOM! But just when things seemed like they were going back to normal, Eddie learns a terrible truth: the symbiote has been keeping a secret from him.
• And after years together, this is the one secret that their relationship might not bounce back from…
• The march to Venom’s 30th Anniversary starts HERE!

Preview: Black Panther #171

Black Panther #171

Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates Art: Leonard Kirk
Color: Laura Martin Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze, Laura Martin
Variant Cover: Nick Bradshaw, Morry Hollowell
Design: Manny Mederos
Editor: Wil Moss Associate Editor: Sarah Brunstad
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

KLAW STANDS SUPREME Part 6
• The Black Panther finally meets Ulysses Klaw face-to-face. Will the king lose his country?
• But Klaw is not the only monster corrupting Wakanda. The gods are still lost – all save one. The true Originator returns!

Review: Weapon H #1

The Weapon X Program has done it again! At the cost of their own destruction, they’ve completed their biggest and possibly most dangerous experiment yet… With the strength of the Hulk and the rage and claws of Wolverine comes WEAPON H!

It’s been some time since Weapon H escaped and destroyed his creators. Now, our hero is on the run, as he tries to escape his mysterious past and seclude himself from the rest of society. But when a new kind of Wendigo threatens the lives of others, will Weapon H be able to shirk his responsibility? Does any of his humanity remain?

I’ll admit, I was skeptical going into Weapon H #1 but the fact Greg Pak is writing the series had me intrigued full of some hope. Pak is an excellent writer and his Mech Cadet Yu is one of my favorite current series. While he’s made kids with mechas awesome and the Hulk interesting, what about Hulkverine? While the series feels like one no one asked for and one we don’t really need, Pak has delivered a first issue that has an old school feel about it all. Like the character himself, Weapon H is a blend of the Hulk and Wolverine. We have a loner whose trying to hide from the military and keep the beast within and a loner in the woods hiding out trying to keep the beast within. Whether Pak has done this on purpose is unknown but what he’s delivered is a surprisingly good comic.

Where Pak’s story stands out is the details and how he builds on the story. The story is most interesting when he has his character hide out within a bunch of day laborers hiding his ability to speak English and keeping his head low. That Pak uses this situation is an interesting one, especially where that goes. Not only does he highlight this real world slave labor situation but also the pitfalls that comes with it. It also helps build sympathy for the monster and at the same time reiterates the monster.

And “the monster” is a key focus. That’s down to the first major villain that’ll be be an obstacle Wendigo. Not only does the character have history with both Wolverine and Hulk it’s also a creature that Pak can work off of with juxtaposing monsters. Add in an evil corporation and there’s clearly thought as to why Pak has chosen this as the first obstacle for he series. That evil corporation is reiterated in a back-up story which adds to the world Pak is creating. It’s a smart way to add to the greater story without interrupting it and emphasizes some of the villains Pak is setting up.

The art by Cory Smith and Marcus To with color from Morry Hollowell and lettering by Joe Caramagna is good. There’s good detail and they use angles and perspectives so that we don’t always see the monster. It’s a trope in a way but one that works really well. Reactions, especially towards the beginning helps build the mystery and horror of it all and the artists help build towards the big reveal later. The lettering too helps emphasize the chaos of the monster emerging bringing together the dialogue and art.

The team has done a solid one here with a story that gives us some tropes and a blending of what we’ve seen before but does it all in such a way that it’s still entertaining. It feels like a story that honors what has come before in many ways. This may be a comic that felt like no one was asking for but what has been delivered is something I want to see where it goes.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Cory Smith, Marcus To
Color: Morry Hollowell Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Leinil Yu, Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Variant Covers: Gustavo Duarte; Dale Keown and Val Staples; Adam Kubert and Matthew Wilson; Skan
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Weapon H #1

Weapon H #1

Story: Greg Pak Art: Cory Smith, Marcus To
Color: Morry Hollowell Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Leinil Yu, Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Variant Covers: Gustavo Duarte; Dale Keown and Val Staples; Adam Kubert and Matthew Wilson; Skan
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $4.99

AWOL Part 1
The Weapon X Program has done it again! At the cost of their own destruction, they’ve completed their biggest and possibly most dangerous experiment yet… With the strength of the Hulk and the rage and claws of Wolverine comes WEAPON H!

It’s been some time since Weapon H escaped and destroyed his creators. Now, our hero is on the run, as he tries to escape his mysterious past and seclude himself from the rest of society. But when a new kind of Wendigo threatens the lives of others, will Weapon H be able to shirk his responsibility? Does any of his humanity remain? Only the creative team of Greg Pak (INCREDIBLE HULK) and Cory Smith (X-MEN BLUE) can give you the answers!

Exclusive Preview: Doctor Strange: Damnation #3

Doctor Strange: Damnation #3

Story: Donny Cates, Nick Spencer Art: Szymon Kudranski
Color: Dan Brown Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover: Rod Reis
Variant Covers: Ron Lim, Rachelle Rosenberg; Greg Smallwood; Leinil Francis Yu, Morry Hollowell
Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
Editor: Nick Lowe Assistant Editor: Kathleen Wisneski
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Wong’s makeshift Midnight Sons (Iron Fist! Blade! Moon Knight! The Scarlet Spider?!) stand against a whole platoon of Ghost Riders!

Preview: Spider-Man/Deadpool #29

Spider-Man/Deadpool #29

Story: Robbie Thompson Art: Scott Hepburn
Color: Ian Herring Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover: Scott Hepburn, Morry Hollowell
Title Page Designer: Manny Mederos
Editors: Jordan D. White, Nick Lowe Assistant Editor: Kathleen Wisneski
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

BRAND OLD DAY PART 3
• It’s Spider-Man PLUS Deadpool VERSUS…ALSO DEADPOOL?!
• But only the first two are real…real OLD, am I right?
• They’ll be fine if they stick together. Good thing Wade hasn’t been keeping any chilling, unforgivable secrets from Peter – oh, wait.

Review: Infinity Countdown #1

The Saga of the Infinity Stones begins!

As the Infinity Stones reappear around the cosmos, the ultimate race for power is on!! Battles will be fought, blood will be spilled, lives will be lost… all as the greatest cosmic heroes and villains vie for possession of the Power Stone, towering over a remote asteroid, somehow grown to the size of a building. Watch as the path to Infinity opens before your eyes and the END lies near…

The sage of the Infinity Stones is one that has been used in Marvel events quite a few times in the past and each has been epic in their own way. A cosmic battle of epic proportions. So, Infinity Countdown #1 has some pretty big shows to fill and unfortunately the first issue fails in so many ways.

Written by Gerry Duggan, this first issue feels like any issue of Guardians of the Galaxy. I know there were some weirdness with that series ending for this event and one wonders the impact of that on this first issue. While there’s a lot about the Guardians defending an Infinity Stone, a lot is focused on their battling the Gardner. What that has to do with the bigger picture, I have no idea as we’re dumped into the first issue with “the battle is already in progress.” While there’s been some run up issues to this event, this official first issue falls short to feel anything special beyond being the average Guardians issue. The run ups felt more having to do with the topic and as first issues than this one. Weirdly, this feels like a spin-off comic from the main series, and those are usually lower quality.

And that’s emphasized but the latter half of the comic. The art shifts and we’re introduced to a character some thought long dead (really people, you got worked up over something that clearly wasn’t the case!?). This is more of what I expected with the returned Wolverine decided to entrust his Stone with someone else. The art is solid in this part and the storytelling mysterious.

The art by Aaron Kuder, Mike Deodato, Jr. and Frank Martin, with color by Jordie Bellaire, and lettering by Cory Petit is just ok. The Guardians’ section is a style I haven’t enjoyed during the series’ run though the latter segment revolving around Wolverine being much more interesting visually. The two styles are so different it’s a clash that’s distracting in some ways.

What’s frustrating is, we’ve seen what a good event from Marvel can be. Currently the Avengers comics with “No Surrender” are knocking it out of the park with both raising the level of action but changing up the storytelling. This first issue feels like any other for Guardians of the Galaxy. One product is so good the other that falls short seems to have fallen even further short of the goal.

Will I check out more? Of course, because I have such nostalgia for the previous storylines and Marvel’s cosmic side of things. Will I expect a lot of it? Nope, this first issue takes the wind out of the sails of a series which had a lot of build up and hype surrounding it.

Story: Gerry Duggan Art: Aaron Kuder, Mike Deodato, Jr., Frank Martin
Cover: Nick Bradshaw, Morry Hollowell

Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Editor: Jordan D. White Asistant Editor: Annalise Bissa
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Flashback Friday Review: Old Man Logan

oldmanloganPublished in 2008 in Wolverine #66-72 and Old Man Logan Giant-Size, the story known as “Old Man Logan” would be one that would go on to impact the character known as Wolverine, and Marvel Comics, 9 years later. Written by Mark Millar with art by Steve McNiven, “Old Man Logan” fuses classic dystopian future X-Men tales like “Days of Future Past” with Mad Max, and western heroes made famous by the likes of Clint Eastwood.

“Old Man Logan” is a road trip story at its heart. A now blind Hawkeye enlists a retired Logan to help drive across the country to deliver a package. The United States is now a hellscape ruled by supervillains who have carved the country up into their own kingdoms after having banded together to defeats the world’s heroes.

It’s been 9 years since this story was first released and I remember picking it up in single issues and as a trade all these years later, it still holds up. Interestingly, the story beyond holds up, and definitely is a modern classic in many ways.

Millar doesn’t give us anything really new with the story, but how he packages it and its setting is what really makes it all stand out. We’re given a new Logan who is a pacifist, refusing to pop his claws or take part in any violence. He’ll take a beating instead of giving one. It’s a fascinating shift for the character who at one point was one of the most deadly superheroes out there. What caused him to be this way? That’s teased out through numerous issues getting to the emotional reveal that packs a punch. It’s not just a fall from grace for the character, but a reminder that deep down he’s an animal in many ways. Millar gives us humanity for a character who often is depicted as a killing machine.

Joining Logan is Hawkeye, Clint Barton, who is now blind and been up to some shady shit. Having to get a package across the country, out of the two, Barton is the badass letting arrows fly and talking up a storm.

The story is packed with winks and nods as we move across the country to see the devastation. From bones laying around to tokens of the villain victory, this is a comic that is full of Easter eggs for comic fans.

That’s delivered by Steve McNiven who’s backed up on inks and color by a team of individuals and the art is fantastic. McNiven is a talented artist who gives us both wide expanses and close up action scenes. There’s emotional moments and moments full of rage and destruction. With a sparse choice of colors that enhance the situation, the art will have you linger on every page looking at the details that tease the story within the story.

“Old Man Logan” holds up and in some ways, I appreciate it more reading it in one sitting and really taking in the details. The story falls back on tropes a bit too many times with twists that are easy to see coming, but it’s still enjoyable and entertaining. A classic in every sense of the word and something that’s been copied, but yet to be improved upon.

Story: Mark Millar Art: Steve McNiven
Inkers: Dexter Vines, Mark Morales, Jay Leisten
Colorists: Morry Hollowell, Christina Strain, Justin Ponsor, Jason Keith, Nathan Fairbairn, Paul Mounts
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Carnage USA, Death of X, and X-Factor

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got three volumes from Marvel covering some of their newer releases.

Carnage U.S.A. collecting issues #1-5 by Zeb Wells and Clayton Crain.

Death of X collecting issues #1-4 by Jeff Lemire, Charles Soule, Aaron Kuder, Javier Garron, Jay Leisten, Cam Smith, Scott Hanna, Morry Hollowell, Jay David Ramos, Jason Keith, Wil Quintana, Matt Milla, and Andrew Crossley.

X-Factor Epic Collection: Genesis & Apocalypse collecting Avengers #263, Fantastic Four #286, X-Factor #1-9 & Annual #1, Iron Man Annual #8, Amazing Spider-Man #282, and material from Classic X-Men #8 & #43.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find all three in comic stores March 1 and bookstores March 14.

Get your copies 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.

Carnage U.S.A.
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Death of X
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X-Factor Epic Collection: Genesis & Apocalypse
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Review: Extraordinary X-Men #17

extraordinary-x-men-17Extraordinary X-Men Issue #17 is a good example of how a tie-in to an event should be handled. This issue navigated all the gravitas of the X-Men’s impending war with the Inhumans, while taking a down to earth, outsider’s view of the situation. It’s a very refreshing vantage point to take an assessment of the status quo. The issue overall was very emotional, and a much-needed change of pace for this team of X-Men.The Extraordinary X-Men have definitely been served their share of crazy, so it’s very impressive that this issue is successful at moving the meta-plot forward by slowing things down a bit.  At the end of this

The Extraordinary X-Men have definitely been served their share of crazy, so it’s very impressive that this issue is successful at moving the meta-plot forward by slowing things down a bit. At the end of this issue this team of X-Men is wholly galvanized and convinced of their need to fight. All of this without a single punch thrown, or laser beam blasted…. Ok just one emotional lightening strike by Storm but I’ll touch on that in a bit. This issue took me back to the tie-ins from Wolverine and the X-Men during AvX, which reserved some space to explore the moral quandary of the overarching conflict. There isn’t always space to do that in the main title issues, so it was refreshing to see this explored here again to great effect.

What I find interesting and didn’t really notice before recently is how much the X-Men and Inhumans have had a role reversal of sorts. Not too long ago Earth’s atmosphere was poisonous to the Inhumans prompting them to take New Attilan to the Blue Area of the Moon. The X-Men and the entirety of Earth’s mutant population are in a similar predicament here, faced with two bleak options. Destroy the Terrigen cloud or leave the planet. The urgency strikes home for the X-Men once more when a Mutant girl named Maya dies in the X-Men’s care. The majority of the story is told from the perspective of her sister, who has to forcefully interrupt the X-Men to draw their attention.  The moment bears a lot of emotional impact as Maya, a young mutant who has idolized Storm, succumbs to the M-pox disease right after meeting her hero. This is a significant moment for Storm who since the beginning of this series has shown a rare lack of confidence in her leadership, pondering whether she was helping or endangering the mutantkind with her team’s approach to the current crisis. Throughout all the whirlwind drama and threats faced in the past 16 issues we see Storm’s uncertainty come to an end in this issue,  and symbolically it occurs after the dying mutant girl Maya chooses the nickname “Lucid” after Storm’s honorary induction of her into the X-Men. It was a beautiful moment and almost made me tear up. Writing and moments like this have been very rare, it was just beautiful to read.

Another positive with this issue is how neutral it is in its narrative. In many comics or narratives, we’re inclined to view the primary characters as tacit protagonists who are immediately afforded moral superiority. In this issue the exclusivity and prejudice within the X-Men themselves is confronted, As Maya’s sister notes how busy and perhaps standoffish the X-Men are to less pressing (or perhaps forgotten) concerns, she interestingly identifies Jean Grey as the top of the social ladder. There is even a very poignant discussion on what it means to be “hero” between Storm and Old Logan. This seemed to be a direct answer to Brett’s remarks that the X-Men didn’t seem heroic in his review of Inhuman’s vs X-Men #1. It was a moment of candid reflection, and despite the clear moral ambiguity of the X-Men’s dilemma it was very refreshing to see it addressed so honestly. I tend to pay more attention and invest emotionally more in characters when they are written (and read) critically in this way without bias.

Extraordinary X-Men #17 as well as the previous issue do a great job of framing the moral and practical reasoning for why this faction is jumping into the fight against the Inhumans, it was a heartfelt issue that took a tone and style that is quite rare. The art somehow felt very personal as well, There were some shots of Maya that were reminiscent of Frank Quietly’s art which I enjoyed and some vignette’s of Storm’s life that had a very tributary feel to it. Extraordinary X-Men #17 a must read for anyone wanting to take a quick glimpse into the X-Men’s side of the upcoming war from a moral standpoint.

Final Thoughts

Admittedly I am pro-mutant / pro X-men in this conflict however I can’t help but be fair and note that Inhumans may have some moral high ground in this conflict when faced with pollution in years passed they didn’t go to war with humanity over it, they simply left. I’ll be disappointed if this fact does not come up in any future issues of IvX X-Men or Inhumans.

Spoiler: The Inhuman’s were given multiple visions of the future(s) at the conclusion of Civil War #8. Precognition being a tricky yet powerful tool, this makes me wonder if the Inhumans won’t be as taken by surprise by the Mutant offensive as we are led to believe.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Eric Koda, Tom Palmer, Morry Hollowell
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy!

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