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Preview: Occupy Avengers #8

Occupy Avengers #8

(W) David Walker (A/CA) Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 28, 2017
SRP: $3.99

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
• With Hawkeye pulled into the fray of SECRET EMPIRE, the rest of the team finds themselves without a leader on their most important mission to date, forcing Tilda to take charge.
• But honestly, was Clint that much of a leader? And with new members joining the fight, the team is poised to save the country, or die trying.

Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Occupy Avengers Vol. 1 Taking Back Justice

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week from Marvel is Occupy Avengers!

Occupy Avengers Vol. 1 Taking Back Justice features issues #1-4 and Avengers (1963) #80-81 by David F. Walker, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Sonia Oback, and Wil Quintana.

Find out about the book and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find it in comic stores and book stores now!

Get your copy at comic stores June 21 and book stores July 3. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Occupy Avengers Vol. 1 Taking Back Justice
Amazon or TFAW

 

 

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Preview: Occupy Avengers #6

Occupy Avengers #6

(W) David Walker (A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta (CA) Paulo Siqueira
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

When the van broke down in the manure capital of Iowa, Hawkeye and his team never thought they were in danger. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Now they must fight to stay alive against an unlikely menace that has come to destroy Small Town, USA.

Preview: Occupy Avengers #5

Occupy Avengers #5

(W) David Walker (A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta (CA) Paulo Siqueira
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Welcome to Dungston, Iowa, the manure capital of the state and home of a deadly secret. When the team’s van breaks down, they find themselves in the last place on Earth anyone would want to be, up against an enemy no one could see coming. Plus, the newest member joins the team…sort of. STRAIGHT FROM THE VISION, GABE WALTA COMES ON BOARD THE SERIES AS REGULAR ARTIST!

Preview: Occupy Avengers #3

Occupy Avengers #3

(W) David Walker (A) Carlos Pacheco (CA) Agustin Alessio
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
SRP: $3.99

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT – NIGHTHAWK! BUT DOES HE COME AS FRIEND OR FOE?

Clint Barton and Red Wolf have taken to the road, determined to defend those that can’t defend themselves. Unfortunately, that mission may end before it gets started as a deadly threat looms on the horizon. Meanwhile, Clint and Red Wolf are joined by an unlikely ally – a perfect member for their new team…unless, of course, they all get killed.

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Preview: Occupy Avengers #2

Occupy Avengers #2

(W) David Walker (A/CA) Carlos Pacheco
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 21, 2016
SRP: $3.99

Clint Barton wasn’t looking for trouble, but trouble found him. Caught in the clutches of the enemy, Clint and Red Wolf face certain death – which is too bad, because they would’ve made a great team.

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Around the Tubes

champions__2So… how about that election? America, you’re hungover from politics and we’ve got your geeky goodness to kick off your day. Check out the news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Here’s How The Presidential Election Is Playing Out In Second Life – Second Life is still a thing?

Kotaku – We Are Simulating Today’s Election Using A Video Game – Well at least you can start from a save point if you mess up.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – Rochester man sentenced in deadly comic books case – Such a shame and sad story.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Attack – Champions #2

The Beat – Mooncop

Talking Comics – Occupy Avengers #1

Around the Tubes

occupy_avengers__1It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Newsarama – DC Comics Takes Part In Drive to Send 20k Comic Books To US Military & Their Families  – Always great to see this happen.

ICv2 – Is Gamestop’s Pivot to Tabletop Games, Merch Too Late? – Agree? Disagree?

The Beat – Tilting at Windmills #255: The long and diminishing tail of graphic novel series – A good read!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Batman #10

ICv2 – Century’s End: The Black Order Brigade & Hunting Party

Newsarama – Justice League #8

Comic Attack – Nighthawk #6

Newsarama – Nightwing #8

Newsarama – Occupy Avengers #1

Talking Comics – Transfer #1

Review: Occupy Avengers #1

occupyavengerscoverAlthough it’s super sad Nighthawk was canceled, writer David Walker has yet another socially conscious Marvel comic book. It’s called Occupy Avengers #1 and is extremely relevant in light of the Standing Rock/Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota, and the ongoing Flint, Michigan water crisis. The comic features Hawkeye as a protagonist as he travels across the United States like some kind of purple and black T-shirt wearing Robin Hood and tries to comes to terms with his killing of Bruce Banner in Civil War II. The first stop on his guilt trip is Santa Rosa, New Mexico where 100% of the inhabitants live under the poverty line, and the water on the Native American reservation is poisoned, which was their main source of income. Hawkeye wants to help, but this is a different and more nuanced challenge that shooting aliens with arrows.

Occupy Avengers #1 features artwork from Carlos Pacheco with inks from Rafael Fonteriz. Pacheco is a veteran artist, and his credits include the time-spanning epic Avengers Forever, a couple Uncanny X-Men runs, and a stint on the weekly series Trinity. Except the final few pages, Occupy Avengers isn’t a traditional superhero comic, but Pacheco is up for the switch in style. The first half of the comic is a slow burn focused on facial expressions as Hawkeye tries to figure out what’s going on in Santa Rosa, and Red Wolf, the town’s deputy and a superhero in his own right, looks on in disdain. The second half is all action, and Pacheco gets to cut loose with a double page, canyon-hopping motorcycle chase as Hawkeye is on the run from men who bear a resemblance to the troopers at Standing Rock. (But some of them have skull bandannas because this is a Marvel comic after all.) Pacheco lays out pages like a stained glass window showing off Hawkeye’s precision as an archer before opting for a bigger panels as Red Wolf, who is more of a hand to hand brawler, gets involved. And colorist Sonia Oback adds filters and a brown meets occupyavengersinteriorpurple color palette to capture the tension of one guy with a bow and arrow fighting an entire group of men with machine guns.

Along with being a wonderful character study of Clint Barton and having some exciting fight scenes, David Walker explores the futility of the white savior narrative in dialogue, narration, and even in the action towards the end in Occupy Avengers #1. Granny Fireheart, a leader on the reservation, thinks he’s a journalist looking for a scoop or a “bleeding heart environmentalist” here to make himself feel good by going to Santa Rosa. The second is partially true even though he is more trained in the art of medieval-era violence. Hawkeye wants to help, but he doesn’t know where to start. He makes some ill-informed comments about the people of Santa Rosa moving away, but Red Wolf quickly educates him on the reality of this area’s poverty, and he kind of shuts up. Walker shows the importance of listening in activism and not barreling with a Messiah complex with a side of Instagram. He melds this listening with superhero action in the final third of the comic as Hawkeye lets Red Wolf take the lead against the soldiers watching the reservation.

Occupy Avengers #1 has a lot of narrative caption boxes for a comic book in 2016. However, Walker uses them to develop Hawkeye’s character, his feelings about killing the Hulk, and the situation on hand along with the occasional wry one-liner. Even though he murdered his friend, Hawkeye is just a regular guy from Iowa and currently Bed-Stuy that happens to be really good at shooting a bow and arrow and is an Avenger. Walker sets him up as the well-meaning, liberal white guy who needs to learn more about intersectionality and curing the roots of social problems and not just the symptoms but does it through quick, witty dialogue and an action narrative. And occasionally, the narration becomes pure poetry as Hawkeye describes why he uses a bow instead of a gun or a knife as Pacheco uses a nine-panel grid to show each creative hand to hand or archery move. (He is basically one of those writers, who still use typewriters instead of Word processors or CMSes.) It adds to the comic instead of just covering Pacheco and Fonteriz’s art.

David Walker’s ability to meld socially relevant themes with action-packed superhero narratives continues in Occupy Avengers #1. The inclusion of Hydro Man at the end seems a little on-the-nose and shoehorned to give the book a traditional “supervillain”, but it could be the beginning of a bold reimagining of the character. Carlos Pacheco and Rafael Fonteriz’s art gives the book an almost photorealistic style while Sonia Oback’s earth tones color palette sets the tone of Santa Rosa. The best parts of the comic are when Red Wolf cuts loose and Pacheco foregoes photorealism for bold moves and poses as he fights to protect his home and still doesn’t really trust Hawkeye for good reasons and not the usual “fight, then team up” cliches.

Basically, Occupy Avengers #1 is a 21st-century take on Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ “Hard Traveling Heroes” run of Green Arrow/Green Lantern, but with a lot more nuance and intersectionality thanks to its diverse creative team.

Story: David F. Walker Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Rafael Fonteriz Colors: Sonia Oback
Story: 9.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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