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MarchBookThree-CoverIt’s new comic book day! What are folks excited for? What are you picking up? 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.

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ICv2 – New Graphic Novel Imprint for Tween Girls – Nice to see this.

The Frame – Rep. John Lewis wants his graphic novel, ‘March,’ to inspire young activists – We hope it does!

Gawker – The Philadelphia Pokémon Situation Is Hell – Hard hitting journalism.

Kotaku – Woman Cosplays To Work To Beat Stupid Dress Code – Well played. Well played.

Bandcamp – Jean Grae Premieres “What You Came For” from Marvel’s New “Black Panther” – Cool.


Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – The Incantations Of Daniel Johnston

Comic Attack – Nighthawk #3

Review: Nighthawk #2

nighthawk2coverIf Nighthawk #1 was an action movie, then Nighthawk #2 fits more squarely into the detective genre as Nighthawk, his tech help and much needed comic relief Tilda Johnson, and the pretty good cop Sherman Burrell dive into the mystery of the Revelator, a serial killer, who kills white people that commit crimes against people of color. Writer David Walker doesn’t back down in drawing parallels between Officer O’Neil’s murder of Latron Stanis in Nighthawk with the actual shooting death of Tamir Rice, a 12 year old African American child from Cleveland, who was killed by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann in 2015 and cleared of all charges. The connection to this real life event adds a righteous fury to Nighthawk’s actions beginning with a brutal beatdown of a police officer, who beat up a teenager depicted with power and vigor by artist Ramon Villalobos and colorist Tamra Bonvillain   But Walker casts some doubt on Nighthawk’s actions as Tilda compares him uncomfortably to the Revelator because he doesn’t have a no-killing policy. This adds a moral dilemma to the sociopolitical psychological thriller that just happens to star a superhero.

Along with furthering the mystery plotline, Walker, Villalobos, and Bonvillain show how Nighthawk is perceived by some black teenagers in Chicago compared to the establishment as well as starting to flesh out his ally Sherman Burrell and who will likely end up being the Big Bad of the series after the serial killer plot concludes, Dan Hanrahan, or a less orange Donald Trump that calls Chicago, not New York home. Like the previous, Nighthawk #2 starts off in a visceral, political way as a cop pulls a gun on two teenagers. Villalobos frames the actual beating in the background of the panel to signify that sometimes we forget about police brutality. Bonvillain’s color palette is almost hellish as the cop and his victim are framed in warm red and then cold blue light like a police siren. And then Villalobos takes a page out of all the great Batman stories by showing other characters’ reaction to Nighthawk’s vicious attack before NIghthawk2interiorcutting to a powerful full page splash as Bonvillain’s blacks overwhelm the reds in the background. However, the gushing blood and pained poses of the cop that Nighthawk beats up shows that he is a character who has a rock solid set of beliefs, but goes a little too far in acting on them. This is echoed later in the issue by Tilda Johnson, who tells him that he is “one bad day” away from being the Revelator. It’s the Daredevil/Punisher debate, but Walker reframes it by making them black men.

None of the rest of Nighthawk #2 quite reaches the heights of the three page flashback cold open except the last couple pages, which bring back the hellish red hue. However, Walker starts to weave together the different plot threads introduced in the series, such as the O’Neil trial, Hanrahan’s racialized gentrification, the Revelator investigation into a well-honed suspense engine by the end of the issue. He doesn’t plot by coincidence, but establishes a relationship between Burrell and Nighthawk that started when Nighthawk saved the police detective from a gimp masked supervillain that puts Villalobos’ fluid fight choreography on display with oranges from Bonvillain that remind me of a tattered issue of Power Man and Iron Fist or a late night kung fu with a darker edge. They definitely aren’t friends, but they respect each other’s mission and also have access to resources the other doesn’t have namely police reports and working outside the law. Walker borrows beats from Batman comics and David Fincher films, but has the cleverness to have supporting characters make quick witted jokes about it. Dismembered bodies aside, familiar pop culture tropes are the life raft that we cling to as we are assailed by the realities of racial tension in Chicago, police terror, and the would be tyrant running for president, and Walker understands this by injecting a one-liner every now and then to break up the brutality.

Nighthawk #2 continues to weld together a bloody thriller with relevant political commentary and the realities of being black in the United States with a protagonist’s whose actions are unethical to say the least. David Walker uses supporting characters to remark on this fact instead of just focusing on the violence, and Ramon Villalobos and Tamra Bonvillain turn the Marvel Universe’s Chicago into a kind of hell on Earth without falling headlong into overexaggeration.

Story: David Walker Art: Ramon Villalobos Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Story: 7.5  Art: 8.5 Overall:8 Recommendation: Buy

Listen to Graphic Policy Radio Talk Captain America, Black Panther, and Nighthawk on Demand

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Graphic Policy Radio has a brand new episode and we talk some recent comic releases. Last week, the comics world saw controversy as Marvel released Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 where it was revealed that Rogers has been a Hydra sleeper agent. It’s supposed to be a take on the “current zeitgeist.” Juxtapose with Nighthawk #1 which was also released the same week and had the title character taking on real world social issues. One made news, the other did not.

We’ll discuss that as well as the first two issues of Black Panther and DC Comics’ DC Universe: Rebirth #1. It’s a comic book filled episode!

Graphic Policy Radio Talks Captain America, Black Panther, and Nighthawk LIVE Tonight

GP Radio pic MondayGraphic Policy Radio has a brand new episode and we’re talking some recent comic releases. This week, the comics world saw controversy as Marvel releases Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 where it was revealed that Rogers has been a Hydra sleeper agent. It’s supposed to be a take on the “current zeitgeist.” Juxtapose with Nighthawk #1 which was alos released the same week and had the title character taking on real world social issues. One made news, the other did not.

The episode airs LIVE tonight at 10pm ET.

We’ll discuss that as well as the first two issues of Black Panther and DC ComicsDC Universe: Rebirth #1. It’s a comic book filled episode!

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Review: Nighthawk #1

Nighthawk1CoverIn Nighthawk #1, writer David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist), artist Ramon Villalobos (E is for Extinction), and colorist Tamra Bonvillain (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur) craft a vigilante meets psychological thriller yarn rooted in the reality of 21st century United States with racial tension and gun violence everywhere. Nighthawk is wealthy African American businessman, Raymond Kane, by day, but at night, he beats the shit out of white supremacists, drug dealers, and basically racist scum. There are definitely parallels to be made with Batman and Midnighter, but Walker and Villalobos differentiate Nighthawk from these characters by rooting his war against crime in the real life racial tension of Chicago.

The first issue of Nighthawk has a lot to do as Walker and Villalobos must build the corrupt infrastructure of this fictional version of Chicago, establish both Nighthawk and Raymond Kane and their supporting cast, and throw in a serial killer mystery. But despite all these plates up the air, the team catches our attention early on with a brutal action sequence featuring Nighthawk killing and blowing up a meth warehouse run by white supremacists while establishing the repartee (or lack thereof) between Nighthawk and his tech support/information broker, Tilda Johnson. Tilda plays an active role in coordinating Nighthawk’s various surveillance drones as well as bringing a much needed dash of comic relief and pop culture inflected dialogue into a very dark comic. She also reminds Nighthawk about the cost of his violence and killings on his psyche in faded out flashbacks of a young Raymond, who is angry about how black people are treated in Chicago.

This rage is channeled in bone breaking, surgical panels from Villalobos, who shows his deadliest blows, while NighthawkVulnerableBonvillain punctuates them with sparks of red. The comic really kicks in another gear when Nighthawk is doing his violent avenger routine, like a six panel page that cuts between him feeling the weight of his anger in the shower and then acting out that anger and beating up criminals. Bonvillain’s colors in the shower scene are almost golden as she hints at Nighthawk possibly finding some kind of redemption, but that doesn’t seem like the case for now as he brutally beats a white supremacist. Villalobos uses realistic anatomy and poses without being stiff or losing emotion as Nighthawk’s mask, dark costume and color palette hide his real feelings. It’s Nighthawk at his most vulnerable, and we get to see the angry, honorable, and woke man beneath the costume, surveillance gadgets, and fighting moves.

Nighthawk #1 is like the granddaddy of all vigilante novels/films Death Wish, but without its victimization of women, obsession with rape, and problematic racist elements. It still has Death Wish‘s ruthless, unrelenting violence that takes a toll on its protagonist as Nighthawk’s kills are less theatrical versions of the Revelator, a Biblical themed serial killer that belongs in a David Fincher film. (Fincher is even referenced by one of the less than competent police offers that Nighthawk is watching over with his drones.) However, Walker is punching up rather than punching down as Nighthawk fights for disenfranchised African American people in Chicago and goes mano a mano with a shady real estate developer, who wants to gentrify a housing project. This sequence shows that Raymond Kane fights for justice just as much as Nighthawk albeit with less blood letting. Both Raymond and Nighthawk are both laconic too as they focus on their mission and have no time for quips and pleasantries. They truly have a war time mentality.

With its connection to real world problems, a murder mystery that doubles as a moral dilemma, and David Walker’s ability to get Nighthawk a distinct voice from the quick, self-aware wit of supporting cast members, like Tilda and Detective Burrell, Nighthawk #1 is a strong debut issue. Ramon Villalobos and Tamra Bonvillain bring the rage and altruism of the protagonist while building the world of corrupt, classist, and racist Chicago in the Marvel Universe that is part over the top revenge thriller and part ripped from the headlines.

Story: David Walker Art: Ramon Villalobos Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Story: 8  Art: 9 Overall:8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: DC Universe Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – Wait, what??? A DC title on my list?  AND the top pick??  Yup…I am really looking forward to this Rebirth thing that’s coming up.  I didn’t get into New 52 (though I did read a few titles) but this looks like a good opportunity to dive into DC again.  I’m sure this will be something that is talked about for a long time, and I don’t want to be left out of the conversation.

Extraordinary X-Men #10 (Marvel) – The Apocalypse Wars are in full swing, and the X-Men are making their away across the different lands of Omega World trying to get back to their time and save their teacher in the process.  I’ve enjoyed reading this latest story arc; it’s been action filled and fun to see the younger X-Men spending their time in this world and growing into X-Men.

Mockingbird #3 (Marvel) – this has been an interesting read; Bobbi having numerous side effects from her exposure to the Super Soldier formula and the Infinity formula has lead to some weird things happening to her.  And not to mention keeping up with SHIELD and her spy duties.  All in a days work for her, and I am looking forward to see where this leads.

Scooby Apocalypse #1 (DC Comics) – Ok so now you’re thinking I’ve just totally lost it.  ANOTHER DC title on my pick list…and it’s Scooby Doo?!  This looks interesting to me; sounds like a great twist on a childhood classic and the redesign of the characters does look pretty cool (though I’m still on the fence about hipster Shaggy).  But this looks like a fun ride.



Monstress #6 (Image Comics) – Monstress is easily and very quickly becoming one of my favorite comics. Marjorie Liu has written an amazing fantasy story with great underlying themes, and Sana Takeda’s gorgeous illustration makes the characters and world feel real.

We(l)come Back #8 (BOOM! Studios) – I’m so sad that this is the final issue of the series! Sebela has taken an awesome concept (time traveling assassins) and fleshed it out into an amazing story with characters you love and root for.



Top Pick: Divinity II #2 (Valiant Entertainment) – A sequel to one of the best miniseries I’ve read in a long time always interests me. When the first issue actually lives up to expectations? I’m in.

Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas #1 (IDW Publishing) – I loved the graphic novel version of this, and having seen a sampling of the special features included in this 48 page comic when I had a chat with Troy Little, I’m super excited to get a chance to read the finished article.

Johnny Red #7 (Titan Comics) – I just love this series. The artwork, the story, the setting…  everything about this comic just works for me.

Judge Dredd #6 (IDW Publishing) – Didn’t the last issue just come out? I could probably find out, but I don’t care enough to find out. I’m just happy to read the next issue.



Top Pick: Tomboy #5 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Such a fantastic series that’s a bit horror, a bit action, a bit superhero and all staring a teenage girl into anime. This is a mature title that is grossly overlooked and one that is flying under the radar. Every issue has knocked it out of the park and I expect no less from this.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 (Marvel) – Steve Rogers is back as his younger self and donning the mantle of Captain America once again. It’ll be interesting to see how this comic makes itself stand out from the Sam Wilson led one, and also how Steve acts now he’s back to the way he used to be.

East of West #26 (Image Comics) – It feels like forever since the last issue and that’s a shame because this apocalyptic Western is an amazing read with every issue.

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas #1 (IDW Publishing) – I read the full graphic novel, and now broken out in single issues, I’ll read it again. It perfectly captures the frenetic nature of the novel and movie that came out of it.

Nighthawk #1 (Marvel) – The Squadron Supreme character gets his own comic series. The fact David Walker is writing is is what has me really interested and how he makes the character stand on his own as opposed to a certain other big city vigilante from another publisher.

Meaner. Nastier. Deadlier. Your New Look at Nighthawk #1!

Straight from the pages of Squadron Supreme comes the most brutal super hero in the Marvel Universe in a hard-hitting new ongoing series! Marvel has released a first look inside Nighthawk #1 – the new ongoing series from fan-favorite creators David Walker and Ramon Villalobos.

He is Chicago’s lethal vigilante – dispensing swift and vicious justice to those who truly deserve it. But when the city’s shadiest power brokers begin turning up dead – each murdered more gruesomely than the last – Nighthawk must ask himself the hard questions. Does this killer deserve to be caught? What does he want? More importantly, what does the killer have to do with Nighthawk? To answer those questions – Nighthawk might have to look in the mirror first. The mystery begins here! Don’t miss one minute of the bone-crunching action this May!

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Variant Covers by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE (MAR160742)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR160743)
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Catching Up on Reviews, Part 8 — Fear Itself

Fear Itself #1 (Marvel) – For the record, I am a big fan of the thematic art that ties Fear Itself together. I think I like just about every single cover of the series and tie-ins. I also like the story better than any of the recent Marvel events, maybe going back to Secret Invasion. Issue one is exactly what the launch of a big event should be like. Matt Fraction’s writing really pulls us right into the story and sets up the importance of the conflict. Suart Immonen’s art is near-flawless, it takes chances and it captures the grandness of the epic. Some of the keys here are the supposed helplessness of Steve Rogers, the fall of Thor and the cryptic rise of the Serpent.

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10

Fear Itself #2 (Marvel) – I’ll say that the hammer concept used here is just great and the idea that the Worthy are drawn from across the spectrum of good and evil is great as well. The level of the threat established here from the very beginning is awe-inspiring. How can anyone stand up to eight of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe who have all been given significant power boosts. Plus the Serpent, the one who gave them all the power boosts. Plus Odin and all of Asgard. Fraction continues to tell a great story and Immonen’s art impresses as well, particularly the new appearance of Juggernaut, which I think is one of the coolest-looking characters I’ve ever seen, and the opening shot of Blitzkreig U.S.A., which is breathtaking.

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10

Fear Itself #3 (Marvel) – It would seem difficult for Immonen to improve his art, but in this issue, he does it. Some of the most epic battle and apocalyptic artwork to ever appear in Marvel is in this issue. Fraction also ups the ante on the story with a shocking death that you wouldn’t have expected.

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10

Fear Itself #4 (Marvel) – While it would seem likely that four issues into a series like this, it would be prime time for a letdown and, to be fair, this issue is the weakest so far, but that’s not a knock on this issue, which is better than most things on the market, it’s just not quite as good as the previous issues, which were all superb. There is still some amazing art — Immonen’s Thor looks amazing — and a couple of great plot points towards the end, involving Tony Stark-Odin and Thor-Hulk-Thing. Issue #5 will have to be a barn-burner with a set-up like this.

Story: 9.75 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.75

Fear Itself – Book of the Skull (Marvel) – Another example of the over-used Marvel device of extensive retcons that add backstory to current events. This one isn’t a bad one, and it helps set up Fear Itself, but I think I’ve already forgotten the point of the story, and I just put it down.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

Fear Itself – Deadpool #1 (Marvel) – Cartoonish art and a cartoonish story — and I don’t mean that in a good way — make for another bad comic in the extensive overuse and killing off of the quality of the Deadpool character.

Story: 5 Art: 5 Overall: 5

Fear Itself – Deadpool #2 (Marvel) – When the best thing about an issue is the picture on the cover of Deadpool in MC Hammer pants, you know that reading a comic would be a waste of your time.

Story: 4 Art: 5 Overall: 4.5

Fear Itself – Fearsome Four #1 (Marvel) – The art in this series is my least favorite in the past few months, but even the art is better than the story, which inexplicably teams up Howard the Duck, Frankenstein’s Monster, She-Hulk and Nighthawk and calls them “Fearsome” because they are interacting with the Man-Thing. It isn’t as coherent as it sounds.

Story: 3 Art: 4 Overall: 3.5

Fear Itself – Fearsome Four #2 (Marvel) – The art here is a little worse, almost unprofessional, but the story is a little more coherent. It’s still a bad comic and a terrible series. Has to be a very strong contender for Worst Limited Series of 2011.

Story: 4 Art: 3 Overall: 3.5

Fear Itself – FF #1 (Marvel) – Much better premise for a Fear Itself spin-off, how do the Thing’s friends deal with his conversion to a monster? The issue has great tension and a compelling story, something missing from most of the Fear Itself tie-ins. Kudos to writer Cullen Bunn.

Story: 9 Art: 7 Overall: 8

Fear Itself – Sins Past (Marvel) – I’m not a fan of these reprint issues from Marvel. While it does have a little bit of new material, it doesn’t reprint stories that are important enough or compelling enough that they should’ve wasted an issue on it.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Fear Itself – Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – It’s pretty clear that, to date, The Spider-Man Fear Itself spin-off is the best of the mini-series. Chris Yost does an amazing job here of framing the Fear Itself story in terms of the regular people who face it and not just the super-heroes. Sure, Spidey is the lead here, but he’s really just another small figure going through this big event and not sure he’s going to be able to cope with it. Mike McKone’s art is stylish and unique and adds to the story.

Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.75

Fear Itself – Spider-Man #2 (Marvel) – Yost’s story continues to impress, but the key in this issue is McKone’s art, which takes chances and more often than not succeeds. This issue has a lot of stunning art and a strong story to go with it.

Story: 9.25 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.5

Fear Itself – Spider-Man #3 (Marvel) – The art isn’t quite as good in this issue, although it has its moments. The story is an interesting twist on past Spidey-FF crossovers, this time with Spidey clashing with the Thing instead of the Human Torch, who isn’t around anymore.

Story: 9.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

Fear Itself – The Deep #1 (Marvel) – I’m not really that big a fan of Namor and stories that focus on him frequently leave me bored, but this one has enough guest stars (Including Dr. Strange, who I like a lot) and good enough art to make it worth a read.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Fear Itself – The Homefront #1 (Marvel) – I’m not a big fan of the Marvel anthology mini-series, either, as most of the time, the individual stories aren’t that good. That is only partially true here. The first story, starring Speedball is awfully compelling and has amazing, almost photo-realistic art. The team of Christos Gage, Mike Mayhew and Rain Beredo does a great job. The Agents of Atlas story, though, is much like the rest of the Atlas stories, in that it doesn’t really grab my attention and I forget about it right after reading it since the characters and the story don’t do much to excite me. It isn’t poorly executed, just nothing special. The final story, about the residents of Broxton, Oklahoma, after the departure of the Asgardians, is interesting if not essential.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Fear Itself – The Homefront #2 (Marvel) – The first two stories in this issue are amazingly consistent with the first issue. The Speedball story is just as good and the Atlas story is just as mediocre. The third story, which is about Liz Allan and Tigershark, I think, aims high, but doesn’t quite deliver.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

Fear Itself – The Homefront #3 (Marvel) – The Speedball story, if anything, gets better in this issue. The story in the Atlas tale is growing on me a little bit, but the art is losing me. A third tale, starring Cardiac, has a compelling tale to tell about revenge and redemption, but the art is too cartoonish for the weight of the story.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5

Fear Itself – The Homefront #4 (Marvel) – My thought is that the Speedball story here should’ve been expanded and given its own series or one-shot and that the Atlas story, which ends here, should’ve been eliminated altogether. Some of the art in the Speedball story is amongst the best in the entire Fear Itself storyline. The third tale here, starring someone apparently known as the Blue Marvel, is puzzling. If I’m supposed to know who he is, I don’t. If I’m supposed to get something big from the story, I don’t. I’m left with nothing but question marks, mostly the one after the question “Who is Blue Marvel and why am I reading about him”?

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Fear Itself – Uncanny X-Force #1 (Marvel) – While Simone Bianchi’s art takes a lot of chances, and some of them succeed, I don’t like a lot of the detail of the characters’ faces. The story itself is only vaguely related to Fear Itself, but it is a pretty good and interesting.

Story: 9 Art: 7 Overall: 8

Fear Itself – Wolverine #1 (Marvel) – I don’t really find much about this comic compelling, not the premise, not the story and not the art. I think that Marvel (and probably DC, too), should cut back on the number of extra series that are related to their events and make sure that every series really has a good premise and a point to its creation. This one doesn’t seem to meet that.

Story: 6 Art: 6 Overall: 6

Fear Itself – Youth In Revolt #1 (Marvel) – I like the idea of bringing back the Initiative, it wasn’t a bad idea when it was done before and done right now, it could be a good thing. I’m not sure the characters they chose to focus on in this series are the best ones, though.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Fear Itself – Youth In Revolt #2 (Marvel) – So after the first issue, which doesn’t really have great, compelling characters, the way to expand that is to bring in Frog Man? Really?

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

Fear Itself – Youth In Revolt #3 (Marvel) – Much better, bring in Juggernaut, improve the art and end it with a shocking finale that makes you actually care what happens in the series.

Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75

Fear Itself – The Worthy #1 (Marvel) – Okay, so we know a little bit more about Sin’s background and it’s obvious why she is Worthy, but this isn’t something that is particularly memorable.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

Fear Itself – The Worthy #2 (Marvel) – To date, I think that Juggernaut is the coolest of the Worthy, but this issue doesn’t do anything to explain why and is a bit of a weak link in the Juggernaut portion of Fear Itself.

Story: 5 Art: 5 Overall: 5

Fear Itself – The Worthy #3 (Marvel) – This issue seems to give a little bit of insight as to why Titania is Worthy, but I can’t escape the feeling that she gets in because she’s dating the Absorbing Man and he’s Worthy.

Story: 6 Art: 6 Overall: 6

Fear Itself – The Worthy #4 (Marvel) – If anything, this story makes it seem like the Grey Gargoyle is unworthy. He’s a bit of a whiny loser, how does that make him a prime candidate for serving the serpent?

Story: 5 Art: 5 Overall: 5

Fear Itself – The Worthy #5 (Marvel) – Solid, if not spectacular, tale of why the Hulk is Worthy. Doesn’t tell us anything we don’t know, but could be valuable to newer readers.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Fear Itself – The Worthy #6 (Marvel) – I’m not sure I get the point of this backstory of why Attuma is Worthy. It tells a little bit more about his background than we previously knew, but we already knew he was an evil bastard, what does this add to that?

Story: 7 Art: 6 Overall: 6.5

Fear Itself – The Worthy #7 (Marvel) – A brief bio of Absorbing Man that doesn’t tell us anything we don’t know, doesn’t explain why he’s worthy and doesn’t help the story.

Story: 6 Art: 4 Overall: 5

Fear Itself – The Worthy #8 (Marvel) – This one focuses on the last of the Worthy, the Thing, and moreso than any of the other issues, it makes it clear why the Thing becomes one of the Serpent’s servants. The only issue of this series that really adds something to the story. Too bad the art is so weak.

Story: 9 Art: 5 Overall: 7

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