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Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Mosaic, Black Widow, Captain America: Marvel Knights

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 new volumes from Marvel featuring Mosaic, Black Widow, and Captain America

Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 2 featuring issues Captain America (2002) #1-32 and Captain America: Red, White & Blue by Dave Gibbons, Robert Morales, Robert Kirkman, Lee Weeks, Chris Bachalo, Eddie Campbell, Scot Eaton, and more.

Mosaic Vol. 1 King of the World featuring issues #1-5 by Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez, and Andres Mossa.

Black Widow Vol. 2 No More Secrets featuring issues #7-12 by Chris Samnee, Mark Waid, and Matthew Wilson.

Find out about the trade and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores April 26 and bookstores May 9.

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.

Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 2
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Mosaic Vol. 1 King of the World
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Black Widow Vol. 2 No More Secrets
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Preview: Mosaic #7

Mosaic #7

(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) Bruno Oliveira (CA) Leila del Duca
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Mosaic delves deeper into his powers with the help of the Inhumans! But the Brand Corporation isn’t done with him yet!

Preview: Mosaic #6

Mosaic #6

(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) Thony Silas (CA) Mike Del Mundo
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Witness the first meeting between the Inhumans and Mosaic!

Around the Tubes

kindredgraphiccoverIt’s a new week and there’s lots of news, reviews, and more coming at you! While you wait for things to kick off, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

iO9 – Marvel Games Won’t Be Tied to MCU, Which Is the Best Decision They Could Make – Interesting decision.

Comics Alliance – CW ‘Black Lightning’ Sets Cress Williams as DC’s Jefferson Pierce – The CW is quickly becoming the DC Channel, the impact of a new show will be interesting to see.

Newsarama – Wizard World & Shamus Settle All Lawsuits – Well ok then.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Astro City #41

Desert News – Hilo: The Great Big Boom

ICv2 – Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Comic Attack – Mosaic #5

Around the Tubes

mosaic__4It’s new comic book day tomorrow and we’ll have our picks in a few hours. What are you all excited for? Sound off in the comments below.

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBR – Logan is Rated R ‘For Strong Brutal Violence’ – Actually, a little surprised by this.

Comics Alliance – M. Night Shyamalan’s Next Movie Will Be an ‘Unbreakable’ Sequel – We totally support this!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Curse Words #1

Talking Comics – The Deep #1

Comic Attack – Mosaic #4

Preview: Mosaic #4

Mosaic #4

(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) Khary Randolph (CA) Keron Grant
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Mosaic has his first super hero encounter as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN guest-stars! Mosaic is finally getting used to his possession-like powers, but has he bitten off more than he can chew with the wall-crawler?

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Preview: Mosaic #3

Mosaic #3

(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) Khary Randolph (CA) Keron Grant
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 14, 2016
SRP: $3.99

The newest Marvel super hero continues to learn what he can do. Mosaic’s personal life comes crashing down in the wake of his Terrigenesis. And don’t miss Mosaic’s first takeover of a MAJOR Marvel character!

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Preview: Mosaic #2

Mosaic #2

(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) Khary Randolph (CA) Keron Grant
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 09, 2016
SRP: $3.99

Morris Sackett, the professional basketball player/new Inhuman, continues to figure out his new powers and what the heck to do with them. His learning time gets cut majorly short when a mysterious group picks up his trail.

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Around the Tubes

mosaic-1-coverIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited to get? Sound off what you’re planning on getting in the comments below.

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

CBR – Supergirl Premiere Rockets CW Ratings to 8-Year High – That’s good to hear!

Comics Alliance – Finn Jones Says ‘Iron Fist’ Will Acknowledge Diversity Issues – Well this will be interesting…

The Beat – Jamal Igle announces Action Lab Entertainment departure – Good luck Jamal!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Black #1

Comic Attack – Cage #1

Newsarama – The End of Summer

Newsarama – Glitterbomb #2

Newsarama – Mosaic #1

Review: Mosaic #1

mosaic-1-coverProfessional basketball player and world renowned celebrity, Morris Sackett, gains extraordinary abilities, at the grave cost of his own mortal body. Imbued with the ability to jump from person to person like a ghost, he controls the bodies and memories of those he inhabits. With his own body destroyed, the one-time superstar athlete must rely on others to survive.

While Mosaic can initially be chalked up to being a Marvel derivative of DC Comics’ Deadman there’s more to it that I think shows a lot of promise for this series which I’ll outright call gutsy. It’s gutsy because this is a new character, which can have mixed results in success, it’s truly a rolling of the dice. Writer Geoffrey Thorne has given us a very interesting beginning that’s subtle on what makes the character of Mosaic stand out.

First, Morris Sackett is just not a likeable character to begin with. He’s arrogant. He’s self-centered. He’s not a team player. He’s what’s wrong with sports celebrity. To give us a main character so unlikeable to start is interesting, as that alone may turn people off. Superheroes are characters we’re supposed to cheer for, and Sackett doesn’t seem like one so far. His early thoughts about having his powers is how it’ll make him even more rich and famous and how much he can’t wait to show it off to his father so they can figure out how to gain from it.

Then there’s the Deadman comparison.

Sackett as Mosaic seems to retain his previous hosts’ knowledge and abilities (I use that as a general term, not superhero one). I don’t think Deadman can do that, and that opens up a lot of interesting aspects as he jumps from body to body and that’s one of the more intriguing aspects as far as the power itself.

Khary Randolph‘s art is amazing and he’s helped by Emilio Lopez who handles the colors. The two together create a look that stands out from what else is on the shelf in a style that I can only describe as a mix of manga and graffiti. It’s awesome to look at and the art alone makes the comic worth picking up. There’s a fantastic flow to it all and Randolph’s art enhances Thorne’s narative and the combination of story, art, and coloring comes together like a fine mosaic.

The key in the long run with this series will be Thorne’s writing of Sackett to show growth in the character. We’re going to need to see humility learned along with lessons as to what it means to be a role model and hero. There’s a Deadman meets Quantum Leap aspect about the series making it very familiar. The question is, how will it stand out from the rest?

Story: Geoffrey Thorne Art: Khary Randolph Cover Art: Stuart Immonen
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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