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Review: Amazing Spider-Man #14

Amazing Spider-Man #14

It’s been a bit since I’ve read Amazing Spider-Man, but with “Dark Web” approaching, I thought it might be a good time to swing on board. “Dark Web” is the upcoming crossover event between the X-Men and Spider-Man (and a few others) that has them taking on the Goblin Queen and Chasm. Amazing Spider-Man #14 begins to get things rolling in an issue that focuses on Chasm and his motivation behind what’s to come.

Written by Zeb Wells, Amazing Spider-Man #14 is a series of short stories by different teams of artists telling the story of Ben Reilly, aka Chasm. When we last saw him, Ben was vowing revenge against the Beyond Corporation and Peter Parker wanting his memories and life back. In his plot, Ben has found a perfect partner in Madelyne Pryor who is also a clone and having some issues with that. Granted dominion over Limbo she was looking to forgive and forget, but Ben has other plans. The two together making an interesting duo, as both have gone through similar situations a connection I hadn’t really made until this issue. Wells does a good job of giving us motivation and the anger that Chasm feels. But, while the issue does a decent job of catching up readers, there’s still a little bit of backstory missing for those coming into this new. There’s a lot to pack in though and the issue does an admirable job of fitting in so much. You get the basic overview, not the small details, enough to catch up and know what’s going on.

Where I think the issue falls a little short is the use of so many artists to tell the story. While the arc of it all works and makes sense, the art styles themselves vary so much. None of the art is bad at all, it’s good, but the styles are so different it’s jarring. Why this route was taken isn’t clear but it’s something that stands out to me in a negative way. There’s also some styles that work better than others as well, making the difference stand out a bit more.

Amazing Spider-Man #14 is an interesting issue. It feels like something that might normally be a “zero” issue or one-shot leading into an event. “Dark Web” kicking off in a regular issue that doesn’t feature Spider-Man or anyone else other than the villains is interesting in a lot of ways. Overall, it’s a nice issue that delivers motivation but doesn’t quite have that punch that really excites. Still, it’s more than enough to keep me interested in the event to come.

Story: Zeb Wells Art: Michael Dowling, Kyle Hotz, Terry Dodson, Ryan Stegman
Color: Richard Isanove, Dan Brown, Rachel Dodson, Matt Hollingsworth
Ink: Tim Townsend, JP Mayer Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.35 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Amazing Fantasy #1000

Amazing Fantasy #1000

(W) Kurt Busiek, Various (A) Jim Cheung, Various (CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $7.99

The comic that brought you SPIDER-MAN hits issue #1000! We’re going big to celebrate in this, our thousandth issue of AMAZING FANTASY! An ALL-STAR roster of creators – Anthony Falcone, Dan Slott, Ho Che Anderson, Jonathan Hickman, Kurt Busiek, Michael Cho, Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Cheung, Marco Checchetto, Olivier Coipel, Ryan Stegman, Steve McNiven, Terry Dodson, Todd Nauck, and more – are coming together to celebrate Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s birthdays!

Amazing Fantasy #1000

Preview: Amazing Fantasy #1000

Amazing Fantasy #1000

(W) Kurt Busiek, Various (A) Jim Cheung, Various (CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $7.99

The comic that brought you SPIDER-MAN hits issue #1000! We’re going big to celebrate in this, our thousandth issue of AMAZING FANTASY! An ALL-STAR roster of creators – Anthony Falcone, Dan Slott, Ho Che Anderson, Jonathan Hickman, Kurt Busiek, Michael Cho, Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Cheung, Marco Checchetto, Olivier Coipel, Ryan Stegman, Steve McNiven, Terry Dodson, Todd Nauck, and more – are coming together to celebrate Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s birthdays!

Amazing Fantasy #1000

Review: The Marvels #1

The Marvels #1

The Marvels #1 is the beginning of a sprawling new epic spanning decades of Marvel history. Where Marvels focused on the view of the Marvel Universe from the average person’s perspective, The Marvels is another massive story from the perspective of the heroes.

And with a sprawling story, The Marvels #1 kicks things off in 1947 taking us through modern times. It’s a choppy delivery of short stories that clearly all will connect with each other at some point down the road. But, for now it’s setup and due to that, things don’t feel rather satisfying. While some moments leave an interesting mystery, others feel like they just hang there. Some storyline segments already connect, while others feel like they’re from a different series or issue. Writer Kurt Busiek delivers an interesting history but the execution is choppy without a solid flow to it. It’s a little frustrating as the debut issue hops from one focus to another with some not playing out long enough to feel satisfying.

The transitions between segments has issues as well. There just isn’t a flow between so many of them giving off a feel of a hard cut and transition instead of a natural experience. It’s hard and abrupt as we jump from one focus to another. An example would be the segment between Thor and Iron Man transitioning to Captain America’s story compared to Schumer’s story surrounded by the Punisher’s. There’s a bit of transition in the latter example and none in the former, though even the latter has issues.

Yildiray Cinar‘s art is decent. There’s a classic feel to it in many ways with a look that fits more in the 1980s than 2021. With color by Richard Isanove and lettering by Simon Bowland the issue’s art misses a dynamic aspect. There’s some sequences that could really pop but never quite stand out on the page. It’s not bad at all but there’s a classic style about it that readers will probably be split on. For an epic story, the art just doesn’t match it on that grand scale. For an opening statement, the art doesn’t deliver. Bowland’s lettering too has a retro feel about it at times. It handles the dialogue well with some creative choices but overall feel like something from years’ past.

The Marvels #1 is an ok start. There’s nothing inherently bad about it but it also doesn’t deliver the experience that’s set up. This is a grand story but the issue feels like a series of short stories that don’t connect in a cohesive way. The issues when they come together may be quite different when read together but this one is a bit of a snooze to start. It’s a jumble of concepts that never comes together.

Story: Kurt Busiek Art: Yildiray Cinar
Color: Richard Isanove Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 6.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.6 Recommendation: Read

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The Marvels is a New Saga Spanning Decades featuring New Heroes and Villains

This April, one of the biggest, most sprawling series ever to hit the Marvel Universe finally arrives.

Written by Kurt Busiek with art by Yildiray Çinar and Richard Isanove, The Marvels #1 will kick off a fascinating new saga set in the spectacular 616 that spans decades and will range from grand adventure to intense human drama, from street-level to cosmic, and star everyone from Marvel’s very first heroes to the superstars of tomorrow. This sprawling story will play with the grand tapestry that is Marvel Comics in an exhilarating new way by diving headfirst into Marvel history to tying together unsolved mysteries, make brand-new connections between characters, and reintroduce long-dormant threats. Along the way, readers will be introduced to exciting new heroes and villains like Threadneedle, Warbird, and Kevin Schumer, and be reacquainted with new takes on classic characters such as Lady Lotus.

Anyone. Anywhere. Any Time. Don’t miss Marvel Comics storytelling at its finest when The Marvels #1 hits stands on April 28th featuring a cover by Alex Ross.

ComiXology Delivers 7 New Digital Comics from Marvel and Harlequin

ComiXology has your digital hookup with seven new digital comics available for you right now. Check out new digital comics from Marvel and Harlequin. Get the full list here or the individual issues below.

Reform Of The Playboy

Written by Mary Lyons
Art by Mayu Takayama
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Harriet can’t believe it when a handsome lawyer steals a kiss from her and tells her that her lips are sweet. How had this happened? Upon inheriting a mansion from her great-aunt, Harriet had considered selling it, but in the end she decided to renovate and rent out the upper floors. Her tenant is Finn, the man who kissed her. He’s a troublemaker, hosting one party after another with countless women coming and going. Harriet goes to tell him that enough is enough! But Finn has other plans…

Reform Of The Playboy

Psi-Force Classic Vol. 1

Written by Danny Fingeroth, David Michelinie, Fabian Nicieza, Steve Perry
Art by Bob Hall, Mark Texeira, Mike Vosburg
Cover by Mark Texeira
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Collects Psi-Force #1-9.

Neither KGB nor CIA was a match for the power of PSI in the New Universe! Gathered together by the mysterious Emmett Proudhawk, five paranormal teenagers struggled against government operatives, renegade superhumans and, most importantly, each other! Telepathy, astral projection, telekinesis, psychic empathy and psionic detonation merge to form something even greater: the Psi-Hawk! But who he is – and isn’t – may be a secret that makes or breaks the team! It’s intrigue and action, eighties-style!

Psi-Force Classic Vol. 1

Rawhide Kid Masterworks Vol. 1

Written by Stan Lee
Art by Ross Andru, Dick Ayers, Don Heck, Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman
Cover by Richard Isanove, Jack Kirby
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Collects Rawhide Kid (1955) #17-25.

Tame the wild, wild West with the one and only Rawhide Kid! Before Stan “the Man” and “King” Kirby spun stories of sensational super heroes, they told the tale of a young frontiersman who bore two Colt six-shooters! After his Uncle Ben Bart was killed at the hands of outlaws, Johnny Bart made it his personal mission to bring justice to the town of Rawhide. Packed full of shootouts and showdowns, renegades and rustlers, guns and girls galore, these Western yarns will be sure to please you in the Mighty Marvel Manner! So hold on to your ten-gallon hat when you read tales of the Terrible Totem, the Kid’s battle against the bank-robbing Bat, and the war with Wolf Waco!

Rawhide Kid Masterworks Vol. 1

Rawhide Kid Masterworks Vol. 2

Written by Stan Lee
Art by Dick Ayers, Sol Brodsky, Gene Colan, Jack Davis, Al Hartley, Don Heck, Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman
Cover by Jack Kirby
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Collects Rawhide Kid (1955) #26-35.

They’re not just the pair that created the world’s most-famous super heroes; Stan Lee and Jack Kirby prove they’re the kings of all comics, with a one, two-gun second Rawhide Kid Masterworks!

The man from the Texas town of Rawhide, Johnny Bart, is the fastest draw in the wild West, but that kind of reputation doesn’t come easy, and with the law on his trail it’s all for one for the Rawhide Kid. Every no-good varmit west of the Mississippi from Mister Lightning to the Barker Brothers to Jasper Jelko is looking to build his rep over the Kid’s dead body, and when you’ve got friends like Jesse James, who needs enemies?! So do yerself some good book learin’, reserve your copy today, and one day you might be just as good as the roughest, toughest, rootin’est, tootin’est cowboy who ever kicked back a glass of milk!

Rawhide Kid Masterworks Vol. 2

Shanna The She-Devil: Survival Of The Fittest

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Khari Evans
Cover by Khari Evans
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Collects Shanna The She Devil: Survival Of The Fittest #1-4.

Shanna the She-Devil returns in an all-new series jam-packed with jungle action, Hong Kong gangsters, dinosaurs, diamonds and cavemen! Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti reunite with super-hot artist Khari Evans (DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON) to bring you the story of modern-day pirates shipwrecked on the Marvel Universe’s deadliest island, where only Shanna can protect them from hordes of man-eating monsters!

Shanna The She-Devil: Survival Of The Fittest

Spider-Girl Presents The Buzz & Darkdevil

Written by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz
Art by Ron Frenz
Cover by Ron Frenz
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Collects The Buzz #1-3, Darkdevil #1-3.

When crime, cults, and clones collide, the result is Darkdevil, son of one great Marvel hero and heir to another! Peer into the future’s past to see Spider-Girl’s ill-mannered mentor face the mortal machinations of the Kingpin and the more mystical ones of Zarathos, one-time Ghost Rider! But the bold and bombastic Buzz has no time for legacies when he sets his brand-new super-suit against Doctor Octopus and his latest student! Twin tales of Spider-Girl’s strongest allies and harshest critics, guest-starring the one true Spider-Girl herself!

Spider-Girl Presents The Buzz & Darkdevil

Taming The Wolf #1

Written by Deborah Simmons
Art by Nanao Hidaka
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While traveling with her servants, Lady Marion’s caravan is attacked by bandits. A group of passing knights saves her and she accompanies them to their home, Campion Castle. Her arrival marks the beginning of her life among the wolves with Lord Campion and his six sons. One day, eldest son Dunstan returns to the castle and Marion feels something stir inside her that she has never felt before…

Taming The Wolf #1

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ComiXology Delivers 7 New Digital Comics for You Today from Marvel and Harlequin

ComiXology has a mix of new and classic comics for you today in their digital store. Get digital comics from Marvel and Harlequin. Check them all out here or the individual issues below.

Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol. 1

Written by Ernie Hart, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Art by Dick Ayers, Don Heck, Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber
Cover by Richard Isanove, Jack Kirby
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Collects material from Tales To Astonish (1959) #27 and #35-52.

Burned under the magnifying glass of overwhelming demand, Mighty Marvel has given in to bring you our smallest hero in his first big Masterwork! Scientist Hank Pym invented an amazing growth serum and a cybernetic helmet, making him the Astonishing Ant-Man! Teamed with the winsome Wasp, the tiny twosome battle a sensational array of mini- and maxi-sized menaces from the Scarlet Beetle to the Black Knight! And if that’s not enough to occupy a man of science, he’s also defending the good ol’ U.S. of A.’s secrets from the Commie hordes! But we’ve got more than just miniature mayhem for you, True Believer — you can also look forward to the birth of the biggest Avenger there ever was: Giant-Man!

Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol. 1

Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol. 2

Written by Al Hartley, Leon Lazarus, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Art by Dick Ayers, Carl Burgos, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Larry Lieber, Bob Powell
Cover by Jack Kirby
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Collects material from Tales To Astonish #53-69.

Hank Pym and his ladylove, Janet Van Dyne, make their highly requested return to the Marvel Masterworks in the concluding volume of Ant-Man/Giant-Man’s Silver Age adventures! Penned by no less than “The Man” himself, Stan Lee, and illustrated by an unmatched cadre of Bullpen embellishers from “Dazzling” Dick Ayers and “Sturdy” Steve Ditko to Golden Age greats Carl Burgos and Bob Powell, you’ll need high pockets to hold onto the action and adventure that’s in store for you. Giant-Man and the winsome Wasp have the decks stacked against them as they go up against an array of antagonists from the wild and weird Human Top, Porcupine, Colossus and the Wrecker to the Incredible Hulk, Attuma and Spider-Man! Also presenting the debut of the world’s tallest Avenger’s new look and the Wasp’s own solo feature!

Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol. 2

Avengers Epic Collection: This Beachhead Earth

Written by Harlan Ellison, Roy Thomas
Art by Neal Adams, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Frank Giacoia, Sam Grainger, Herb Trimpe
Cover by John Buscema
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Collects Avengers (1963) #77-97; Incredible Hulk (1968) #140.

Roy Thomas’ epic run continues with the origin of the Black Panther, the debut of the Lady Liberators, the return of the Squadron Sinister and the all-time classic Kree/Skrull War! Caught in a cosmic crossfire, Earth has become the staging ground for a conflict of star-spanning proportions! Two eternal intergalactic enemies — the merciless Kree and the shape-shifting Skrulls — have gone to war, and our planet is situated on the front lines! Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes bring about an end to the fighting before humanity becomes a casualty of war? And what good are even a dozen super-powered champions against the vast military machines of two of the greatest empires in the cosmos?

Avengers Epic Collection: This Beachhead Earth

Britannia All At Sea

Written by Betty Neels
Art by Kuremi Hazama
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Head nurse Britannia finds herself strangely attracted to the stone-faced and stoic visiting professor Jake Luitingh van Thien.

Getting a glimpse into his softer side, Britannia takes him up on his offer to visit his hometown in Holland to find love…

Britannia All At Sea

Marvel Adventures Iron Man Vol. 3: Hero By Design

Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by Scott Koblish, Graham Nolan
Cover by Francis Tsai
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Collects Marvel Adventures Iron Man #9-12.

The Armored Avenger blasts through the third arc of his solo title in the critically acclaimed, best-selling Marvel Adventures line! Featuring an army of gray Iron Man armor automatons; the Chameleon; the spectacular Spider-Woman; the Living Laser; Canada’s greatest super heroes, Alpha Flight; Kiber the Cruel; and the return of Tony Stark’s missing father!

Marvel Adventures Iron Man Vol. 3: Hero By Design

Marvel Fanfare: Strange Tales

Written by Mike W. Barr, Charlie Boatner, Chris Claremont, Steven Grant, David Anthony Kraft, Bill Mantlo, Roger McKenzie, David Michelinie, Sandy Plunkett, Roger Stern, David Winn
Art by Joe Barney, Dave Cockrum, George Freeman, Michael Golden, Luke McDonnell, Sandy Plunkett, Marshall Rogers, P. Craig Russell, Paul Smith, Charles Vess, Trevor Von Eeden
Cover by Michael Golden
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Collects Marvel Fanfare #1-7.

One of Marvel’s most unique anthology titles had a strong start with a classic Spider-Man/X-Men team-up saga in the Savage Land, presented here in its entirety, with more than a half-dozen additional tales! Mister Fantastic, alone against Annihilus! Captain America faces a forgotten wartime legacy! The Hulk vs. the circus! Christmas with Daredevil! Deathlok, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Ian McNee of MYSTIC ARCANA fame and more!

Marvel Fanfare: Strange Tales

Marvel Illustrated: The Last Of The Mohicans

Written by Roy Thomas
Art by Steve Kurth, Denis Medri
Cover by John Watson
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Collects Marvel Illustrated: Last Of The Mohicans #1-6.

The first great hero in American fiction—in the first true American epic! Across the Eastern Wilderness rages the French and Indian War—with only a handful of English and Colonial troops standing in the path of the relentless army of General Montcalm and his fierce Iroquois allies. But arrayed against the invaders are Hawkeye, the fabled frontier scout, and his noble friends Chingachgook and Uncas, the only two survivors of the Mohican tribe. THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS is a tale of bravery and barbarism — of heroism amid the horrors of the final great war fought between the British and the French — and their Indian allies — for a land destined one day to seize its freedom in its own hands. James Fenimore Cooper’s famous novel has been adapted with all its legendary excitement intact by award-winning writer Roy Thomas, and artists Steven Kurth and Denis Medri.

Marvel Illustrated: The Last Of The Mohicans

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Review: Savage Sword of Conan #1

An all-new tale of sword and sorcery begins in Savage Sword of Conan #1! Adrift at sea with no food, no weapons, and close to death, only means adventure awaits for Conan.

Savage Sword of Conan #1 is by Gerry Duggan, Ron Garney, Richard Isanove, Travis Lanham, and a prose tale by Scott Oden.

Get your copy in comic shops on February 13! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Marvel Knights Daredevil: Guardian Devil

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a return to a classic, the launch of Marvel Knights.

Marvel Knights Daredevil: Guardian Devil collects issues 1-8 and 1/2 by Kevin Smith, Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti, Richard Isanove, Dan Kemp, J.G. Jones, Steve Dillon, David Mack, Kevin Nowlan, John Romita, Sr., Jae Lee, Amanda Conner, John Cassaday, Laura Depuy, Drew Yackey, and Chris Sotomayor.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores September 25. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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