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Messages from Midgard #9 – Mimosas with Loki

This was a really enjoyable week in “War of the Realms” country with all kinds of heroic happenings going on from Spider-Man choosing to negotiate with and not fight both the Angels of Heven and the Nigerian army in League of the Realms #2 to Cul Borson finding redemption in Thor #13. This week also marks the return of anthology War Scrolls, which features one of Marvel’s best stories of 2019, namely, Wiccan going to drag brunch with Loki. Speaking of drag brunch, “War of the Realms” also got a head start on Pride Month by featuring LGBTQ characters in both League of the Realms #2 and War Scrolls even though the first one is a little more tragic as the angel Fernade mourns over her lost love, Anemone.

War of the Realms: War Scrolls #2

War Scrolls is really one of the “War of the Realms” tie-ins that I wish got more than three issues, especially when we’re blessed with a trio of stories that like we got in issue two. First up is the part two of Jason Aaron, Andrea Sorrentino, and Matthew Wilson’s Daredevil, God of Fear serial, which cosmic sizes a classic battle between Daredevil and the Kingpin. But, before things go from Netflix to Man of Steel, Aaron and Sorrentino do some chilling characterization in a Ben-Day dot flashback where Daredevil prays that he won’t beat a mass murderer to death. Wilson’ color palette switch from flat and old school to majestic fantasy mode helps the story keep its momentum, and although he’s a bad guy, it’s fun to see Wilson Fisk get one up on Malekith and the Dark Elves.

The second serial is a Doctor Strange one from Devin Grayson (Nice to see her getting work again), Paul Davidson, and Andres Mossa. It show the effect of teleporting all the civilians and heroes in New York to the North Pole on Strange and is also cute and charming along the way. The main plot involves Dr. Strange preventing Nightmare from attacking this plane of existence, and Davidson and Mossa channel their inner Ditko with psychedelic art that wouldn’t be out of place in a head shop circa 1968. Grayson writes Dr. Strange as a heroic figure a la the Doctor or even Morpheus from Sandman, who admits his mistake of teleporting the superheroes out of New York and shows Nightmare that fear can be fought and resisted to. And he does this all while taking a nap. (A cute kid even tucks him in and gives him a stuffed animal.)

War Scrolls definitely saved the best for last, and that is a drag brunch story by Anthony Oliveira, Nick Robles, and Cris Peter featuring Hulking, Wiccan, and Loki in a mini-Young Avengers reunion. It’s funny, sad, and Kid Loki turns Thor into a bear on the first page. Oliveira and Robles spin the tale of Loki’s relationship with Wiccan and the Young Avengers, and how even though he may have manipulated them and even cast his lot with Malekith the Accursed that they still care about and support him. The story is in direct conversation with Kieron Gillen’s Loki arc in both Journey into Mystery and Young Avengers and clears up loose ends while providing the reason for why Loki wears a horned helmets. Plus Jean Grey and Emma Frost drag queens get into a fight, and Oliveira, Robles, and Peter create a vision of the Marvel universe that is beautifully queer. This story alone (The Daredevil and Dr. Strange ones were great too.) earns War Scrolls #2 an Overall Verdict of Buy.

War of the Realms: Spider-Man & the League of Realms #2

In Spider-Man & the League of Realms #2, Sean Ryan, Nico Leon, and Carlos Lopez basically have Spider-Man herding cats, er, trying to get people like Screwbeard and Ud the Troll, who are hardwired to fight, to avoid unnecessary bloodshed. However, they start with a tragic love story, and Lopez uses beautiful whites and reds to show the story of the Angels Fernande and Anemone, who was killed by Malekith because he just wanted to know what killing an angel felt like. Fernande was the enemy in the previous issue, but now she’s a staunch ally of Spider-Man and decides to help the resistance against the Angels of Heven in Nigeria.

But this issue isn’t all triumphant, and Leon gets the opportunity to show Screwbeard, Ud, and Ivory Honeyshot, whose realm was the first one conquered by Malekith, shooting and fighting their way through Rome. The measured conversation and protective spells of the first half of the issue are replaced with catchphrases, explosions, and a foe that might be beyond any of them. The blows that Malekith’s main lackey Kurse land are powerful reminders of the pointlessness of unceasing violence, and Spider-Man’s probably going to have clean up the mess in the next issue. Because of its mix of fine and cartoon-y art, still quirky ensemble cast, and story that shows the results of both war and diplomacy, League of Realms #2 earns an Overall Verdict of Buy.

Thor #13

In the Thor tie-in issues of “War of the Realms”, Jason Aaron and artist Mike Del Mundo have been doing a fantastic job of fleshing out the supporting Asgardian characters that have popped up throughout Aaron’s run. Cul Borson, the God of Fear and on a secret suicide mission from Odin, gets the treatment in Thor #13. Beginning in the present day with Cul surrounded by crying Dark Elf children, the comic is structured like a biography of the god with childhood flashbacks of him bullying Odin and eventually being banished to Midgard as the “Serpent”. As he fights through the mushroom mines of Svartalfheim, Cul is in conflict between wanting to be feared and loving and between caring for his little brother and wanting to usurp his throne.

Although the flashbacks include Cul overhearing arguments between Odin and Thor that made him wish he had a son and dark temptations from Malekith, Thor #13 is an action-oriented issue tempered by soul searching narration from Aaron. Del Mundo’s Cul cuts a dark figure in the sickly green of the swamps of Svartalfheim where Dark Elf children, who have been called unworthy, help build Malekith’s empire. He wants to leave them to die, but in a moment of supreme character development hacks off their chains. This leads to a resistance movement even if Cul never sees the fruits of his actions. He was a never a “good guy”, but in a tough moment, he did one heroic thing and can die without wasting his life. Cul’s last stand against the Dark Elves is pretty damn noble as Del Mundo fills his panels with bodies, and combined with Aaron’s insightful writing earns Thor #13 an Overall Verdict of Buy.

Giant-Man #2

“War of the Realms”‘ most random tie-in continues in Giant-Man #2 where Leah Williams fits Scott Lang, Raz Malhotra, Atlas, and Tom Foster into a fantasy quest narrative, and Marco Castiello’s art is still so shadowy and less than detailed that it is still difficult at times to immediately know who’s talking. (Tom’s shirtlessness, Atlas’ septum ring, Scott’s Ant-Man helmet, and Raz’s Skyrim do help.) In Hero’s Journey and college movie tradition, they end up facing a threshold guardian, who needs them to pay a toll and drink way too much at a party.

Williams’ gift for humor shines through in Giant-Man #2 with Tom’s knack for karaoke coming in handy when faced by Frost Giant locals, and it’s nice to know that there are some Dolly Parton fans in Jotunheim. Castiello also turns the nine panel grid into a grid of debauchery as Atlas keeps downing pints while tired dad Scott Lang passes out early. Also, the drinking songs are cleverly weaved into the plot of the miniseries as the team literally learns how Frost Giants are made and end the penultimate issue with a shot of their final obstacle and a side of how utterly expendable they are. By leaning into fantasy genre trappings and its characters’ dysfunctional personalities, Leah Williams and Marco Castiello create a fun event tie-in that earns an Overall Verdict of Read.

Fantastic Four #10

One thing that I loved about Fantastic Four #10 is that write Dan Slott and artists Paco Medina and Kevin Libanda start out by telling the story of the Fantastic Four moving to Yancy Street and Franklin and Valeria Richards trying to fit in with “regular” kids after working with the Future Foundation out in the multiverse and don’t force a tie-in. Franklin is struggling with the dwindling nature of his powers and going through an emo phase, and there’s a block party. Then, Slott introduces all the baddies from “War of the Realms” and connect it to the strength and resolve of the people of Yancy Street as Franklin realizes that growing up in this neighborhood and learning to never give up made Ben Grimm a hero long before the Thing.

I love how Slott writes Franklin and Valeria as ungrateful adolescents and not just cute kids with big brains and godlike powers. Franklin’s almost limitless superpowers have gone to his head, and it’s nice to see some of the kids in the neighborhood cut him down to size when he brags about his abilities instead of helping with art classes at the Grimm Community Center. However, this story nails the awkwardness of moving to a new area when you’re a kid, getting used to new people, and ways of doing things. It also shows that New York didn’t roll over when Malekith invaded, and best of all, introduces a friendship/rivalry between Moon Girl and Valeria that I hope gets fleshed out in future issues. Most of “War of the Realms” has involved street level heroes fighting cosmic threats, but Slott, Medina, and Libanda turn the tables and have the Fantastic Four protecting their neighborhood. This earns Fantastic Four #10 an Overall Verdict of Buy.


Although Marco Castiello’s giant blue Paul Rudd will haunt my dreams, this was probably one of the best weeks for “War of the Realms” with issues that focused on character and story and not making the millionth Dungeons and Dragons/Lord of the Rings reference. Even if Jason Aaron’s War of the Realms mini ends up being a bust, it won’t tarnish his classic Thor run, which has done a great job showing the journey of side characters during this event. Also, Anthony Oliveira needs to write a Young Avengers run ASAP, and Nick Robles has definitely entered the pantheon of sexy Loki artists after his work on War Scrolls #2 and even made the horned helmet cute.


Panel of the Week

If this panel doesn’t make you miss Gillen, McKelvie, and Wilson’s Young Avengers, you have soul. (War of the Realms: War Scrolls #2, Art by Nick Robles and Cris Peter)

Preview: Shuri #7

Shuri #7

(W) Vita Ayala (A) Paul Davidson (CA) Kirbi Fagan
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99

GUEST-STARRING MILES MORALES AND MS. MARVEL!

When it looks like an enemy of Wakanda has left a signature behind in America, Princess Shuri heads overseas to investigate. But she’s not the only hero on the case. With New York City and New Jersey on the line, there’s no way Miles Morales and Kamala Khan are sitting this one out. Guest creative team Vita Ayala and Paul Davidson take Shuri on a star-studded adventure!

Shuri #7

Preview: Shuri #6

Shuri #6

(W) Vita Ayala (A) Paul Davidson (CA) Kirbi Fagan
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

BRAND NEW ARC!

At long last, Shuri faces her destiny. With her brother gone and Wakanda in peril, the Black Panther is needed. But the Princess of Wakanda is more than any mask – and she’s about to face a threat unlike any Wakanda has seen before. The start of a two-part story by guest creative team Vita Ayala & Paul Davidson!

Shuri #6

Preview: Moon Knight #199

Moon Knight #199

(W) Max Bemis (A) Paul Davidson (CA) Becky Cloonan
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

OLD GODS IN BROOKLYN!
• At the end of his rope, Marc takes a much-needed excursion…with his oldest enemy!
• Brooklyn is awful nice this time of year. The nightmare-scape of Ra’s domain…not so much.
• Here be monsters.

Review: New Mutants by Zeb Wells the Complete Collection

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores! This week we’ve got the New Mutants!

New Mutants by Zeb Wells the Complete Collection features #1-11, #15-21, Marvel Spotlight: New Mutants, and material from X-Necrosha #1 by Zeb Wells, Kieron Gillen, Dio Neves, Cam Smith, Ed Tadeo, Norman Lee, Craig Yeung, Ibraim Roberson, Paul Davidson, Chris Sotomayor, Niko Henrichon, Zachary Baldus, Jim Campbell, Kevin Sharpe, Jay Leisten, David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez, Paul Davidson, Sotocolor, Leonard Kirk, Andrew Currie, Guru-eFX, VC’s Joe Caramagna, Chris Eliopoulos, Cory Petit, Daniel Ketchum, Jake Thomas, Jody Leheup, Nick Lowe, and Jeanine Schaefer.

Get your copy. 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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Preview: Jean Grey #6

Jean Grey #6

(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Paul Davidson (CA) David Yardin
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• When you’re a mutant telepath, you get used to hearing voices in your head.
• But what happens when one voice keeps you up at night and refuses to leave?
• Desperate for help, Jean seeks out a physician to diagnose her problem…
• Only under these circumstances, the only qualified clinician is the Master of Mystic Arts himself, DOCTOR STRANGE!

Preview: A Year of Marvels: The Uncanny #1

A Year of Marvels: The Uncanny #1

(W) Various (A) Laura Braga, Paul Davidson (CA) Jamal Campbell
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 07, 2016
SRP: $4.99

It’s Halloween in the Marvel U! What does that mean for KATE BISHOP, A.K.A. HAWKEYE? Well, I can’t tell you here but I CAN guarantee it involves a haunted house, some witty one-liners, and a bad guy shot full of arrows…

Then it’s time to give thanks for…THE PUNISHER?! When an op goes south, Frank Castle finds himself in a subterranean game of cat and mouse! It’s a life or death tale that’ll satisfy more than any turkey dinner!

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Protect the Future or Change The Future? Your First Look at Civil War II: Choosing Sides #1!

If you knew something bad was about to happen, would you stop it? How far would you go to prevent an uncertain future? The line in the sand has been drawn, and you must decide­­—do you stand with Captain Marvel, or with Iron Man? That question will be answered this June as heroes and villains across the Marvel Universe make their decisions in Civil War II: Choosing Sides #1!

Featuring fan-favorite characters and top-tier creators, each issue of Civil War II: Choosing Sides contains three all-new stories detailing the conflict across the Marvel Universe. First, comic superstar Declan Shalvey pulls double duty as he writes and illustrates a Nick Fury story running through all six issues. Which side of the issue will Marvel’s premier super-spy fall on? Then Brandon Easton and Paul Davidson bring you a tale of the Night Thrasher and Chad Bowers, Chris Sims and Leonardo Romero present the return of Damage Control!

And that’s just the first issue! Don’t miss future issues featuring Jessica Jones, War Machine, Power Pack, the Punisher and more! Will they fight to protect the future? Or battle to change it? Find out as the Marvel Universe picks a side this June!

CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #1 (of 6) (APR160866)
Written by DECLAN SHALVEY, BRANDON EASTON, CHAD BOWERS & CHRIS SIMS
Art by DECLAN SHALVEY, PAUL DAVIDSON, LEONARDO ROMERO
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Variant Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY (APR160867)
Character Variant by PHIL NOTO (APR160868)
Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (APR160869)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (APR160870)
FOC – 05/30/16, On-Sale – 06/22/16

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Review: Magneto #19

Magneto_Vol_3_19_TextlessTwo worlds are coming to an end. The final Incursion has started, and fighting on the front lines to try and save his planet is…Magneto? We open Magneto #19 to New Yorkers looking skyward, watching as the energies of 2 planets inching closer to impact cascade and send chaos through the streets. Flying high above them, Magneto (aided by his daughter, Polaris) are taking the fight to this ‘other’ Earth, battling the parallel Sentinels sent after them. Polaris is shocked to see the energy levels her father is exhibiting, all the while trying to protect the people caught in the crossfire of Magneto and the Sentinels. Magneto clearly has one goal in mind, clearly shown as he rips a building to pieces to use against the killer robots; Polaris chides him for so reckless an action, as people in the building fall to the ground below…and his advice to her…”then catch them”.

For his attitude, this is the Magneto all of us know; not caring much for the collateral damage, or the human lives at risk, but rather making sure that he and his fellow mutants are protected and safe. But the level of power he is exhibiting is something fans of this book have not seen in Magneto for some time. To answer this, we get a flash back of Magneto and his current right hand, Briar, working with a chemist under Magnetos employ to pump him up with a new cocktail of various drugs to amp up his powers (MGH, Kick, etc..). But to face this Incursion, Magneto needs further assistance, and seeks out a geneticist who can do the kind of work he needs…and he finds Sugar Man (a cast away from the Age of Apocalypse I didn’t know was still around). From him, Magneto acquires the means to initiate his plan, and thanks him in true Magneto style. We move back to present time and see this plan working, Magneto using the very magnetic forces of the planet to aid him, but very quickly taking a deadly toll.

I have enjoyed this book from the start, showing Magneto going back to his roots and doing what he always strived to do; protect his fellow mutants. Away from the X-Men, Magneto has gone back to doing whatever necessary, even spilling blood, to see his goals attained, and this is the Magneto I have always liked reading.  I have not been a big fan of Briar, at his side serving as guide and counsel, but in this issue it is revealed Magneto as his doubts about her as well. Cullen Bunn has given a great voice to Magneto and getting the reader into the story; and Paul Davdison‘s art really made me feel the action, but also the darkness and mood of the flashbacks. The end is coming with the Incursion, and I am looking forward to see how Magento will face it.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Paul Davidson
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Your First Look At X-Club #1!

Your First Look At X-CLUB #1!

This December, fight fire with physics as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at X-Club #1 from writer Simon Spurrier and artist Paul Davidson! The X-Men’s team of supreme scientists have finally created the world’s first elevator….TO SPACE! But just as they’re about to launch this majestic innovation, chaos erupts and the X-Men are to blame. It’s up to Dr. Nemesis, Madison Jeffries, Dr. Kavita Rao and Danger to clear their name before the experiment backfires. No fan of the X-Men can miss X-Club #1!

Want to find out more about the X-Club? Head on over to Marvel.com and see what Spurrier had to say!

X-CLUB #1 (OCT110690)
Written by SIMON SPURRIER
Penciled by PAUL DAVIDSON
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
FOC – 11/7/11, ON SALE 12/7/11

X-Club #1 Cover

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