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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

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Sabretooth and the Exiles #1

Sabretooth and the Exiles #1

(W) Victor Lavalle (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) Ryan Stegman
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Nov 09, 2022
SRP: $4.99

SABRETOOTH TAKES HIS DESTINY INTO HIS OWN CLAWED HANDS!
The powers that be condemned SABRETOOTH to the pit for breaking the rules of Krakoa. But now he’s free – and ready to show the world you can’t keep Victor Creed down – even as the EXILES from Krakoa speed along in hot pursuit! A new chapter in the fan-favorite saga begins in brutal fashion, but when DR. BARRINGTON gets her hooks in Creed, he’ll be lucky to survive the first issue! Victor LaValle and Leonard Kirk return for this unforgettable installment in the chronicles of one of Marveldom’s most vicious mutants!

Sabretooth and the Exiles #1

Preview: Sabretooth and the Exiles #1

Sabretooth and the Exiles #1

(W) Victor Lavalle (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) Ryan Stegman
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Nov 09, 2022
SRP: $4.99

SABRETOOTH TAKES HIS DESTINY INTO HIS OWN CLAWED HANDS!
The powers that be condemned SABRETOOTH to the pit for breaking the rules of Krakoa. But now he’s free – and ready to show the world you can’t keep Victor Creed down – even as the EXILES from Krakoa speed along in hot pursuit! A new chapter in the fan-favorite saga begins in brutal fashion, but when DR. BARRINGTON gets her hooks in Creed, he’ll be lucky to survive the first issue! Victor LaValle and Leonard Kirk return for this unforgettable installment in the chronicles of one of Marveldom’s most vicious mutants!

Sabretooth and the Exiles #1

Brielle Brooks is ready to slay on this Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1 cover

After arriving on the scene earlier this year in Free Comic Book Day: Avengers/X-Men, Brielle Brooks, the daughter of Blade, will headline her own series this February! Announced at New York Comic Con, Bloodline: Daughter of Blade will reunite the character’s creators, writer Danny Lore and artist Karen S. Darboe, for a five-issue saga that serves as Brielle’s fascinating origin story and her thrilling journey to becoming Marvel’s next great antihero! Not only will readers witness Brielle develop shocking new vampiric powers, but they’ll also find out exactly where she stands with her iconic father and whether she’ll live up to his legacy or give in to her dangerous new hunger! Right now, fans can check out the cover by Ryan Stegman for the highly-anticipated debut issue!

Be there in February when Brielle Brooks discovers the truth about her lineage and embraces her dark destiny in Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1!

Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1

Preview: Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #5 (of 5)

Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #5 (of 5)

(W) Torunn Gronbekk (A) Michael Dowling (CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Everything comes to a head in this brilliant and brutal conclusion to Torunn Gr nbekk and Michael Dowling’s Jane Foster epic! The puppet master who has been leading all of Asgard’s enemies from the shadows will be revealed…as will the dark secrets of R na’s past. With Asgard torn asunder, will Jane and Thor arrive in time to save the Golden Realm from certain destruction?

Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #5 (of 5)

Preview: Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #4 (of 5)

Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #4 (of 5)

(W) Torunn Gronbekk (A) Michael Dowling (CA) Ryan Stegman
In Shops: Sep 21, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Asgard’s defenses have been breached, its warriors battered and still more legions are unleashed against them! The chaos and destruction seem to be fueling some great, dark power. But to what end? Before she can find what lurks in the shadows and save the Golden Realm, Jane Foster must first save Thor!

Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #4 (of 5)

Spider-Man, the X-Men, Ms. Marvel, Venom, and more are ensnared in Chasm and the Goblin Queen’s Dark Web

This December, the two most famous wronged clones of the Marvel Universe will team up to take back what’s theirs! Madelyne Pryor, AKA the Goblin Queen, and Ben Reilly, now known as Chasm, will reignite an Inferno that will send Spider-Man and the X-Men into a spiral in DARK WEB! And they won’t be the only ones feeling the flames of Maddie and Ben’s revenge! In addition to the launch of the opening one-shot, December will bring on a series of tie-in issues and limited series and fans can get the full scoop right now!

The saga will be bookended by two one-shots, subtitled DUSK and DAWN, written by current Amazing Spider-Man scribe Zeb Wells and drawn by superstar artist Adam KubertDark Web #1 will reveal the true scope of Madelyne and Ben’s wicked alliance, what it means for Spider-Man and the X-Men, and the surprising role Venom will play. The sun is setting, dusk is approaching, and it’s going to be a long night. Featuring a wraparound variant by Ryan Stegman.

Zeb Wells will continue the story in Amazing Spider-Man #15 and Amazing Spider-Man #16 with legendary artist Ed McGuinness. Peter Parker will have his hands full with back to back showdowns, starting with Venom. Find out exactly why Venom is helping Chasm and then, it’s time for the main event. That’s right, it’s Peter Parker vs. Ben Reilly, no-holds-barred in the craziest battle you’ve ever seen! Chasm secures his place in Spidey’s rogues’ gallery…as the one who finally vanquishes Peter Parker?! John Romita Jr. provides covers.

December will also see the launch of Dark Web: X-Men, a three-issue limited series by X-Men writer Gerry Duggan and acclaimed New Mutants artist Rod Reis with covers by Phil Noto. In Dark Web: X-Men #1, chaos reigns in the streets of New York City as demon hordes pour forth from the realm of Limbo…a realm that until recently was ruled by Magik.  A realm now ruled by Cyclops’ ex. Also, Havok’s ex.  Also, a clone of Jean. The X-Men wade into the fray by taking on some of their darker history as the Goblin Queen returns for vengeance! The not-so-happy reunions continue in Dark Web: X-Men #2. Some reunions – like those with an evil ex who rules a dimension of demons – are not so great. Sometimes even having your AMAZING FRIENDS at your side isn’t enough to save things.

Currently a supporting character in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel will also have a significant story arc during the event in her own limited series, Dark Web: Ms. Marvel. From Sabir Pirzada, known for his work on Marvel’s Voices and Ms. Marvel on Disney+, and artist Francesco Mortarino in his exciting Marvel Comics debut comes a bold and badass new vision of Ms. Marvel! Fresh off her first few weeks working as an intern at Oscorp, Ms. Marvel finds herself as the last line of defense against a bunch of deadly and dangerous experiments going haywire thanks to Maddie and Ben’s demonic machinations! Things get even worse when Kamala finds herself in Limbo, with no choice but to fight her way out! Marco Checchetto provides the cover.

In Al Ewing and Bryan Hitch’s Venom #14, secrets are revealed! Madeylne Pryor has plans for Eddie Brock and the symbiotes he can control – in this issue, she and her new ally CHASM bring them all to bear! Unwittingly turned into a slathering and terrifying monster you might recognize, Eddie Brock’s fears from the last year stand fully realized in this turning point for Al Ewing, Ram V, and Bryan Hitch’s enthralling run on the title!

Writer Christopher Cantwell and artist Lan Medina continue to explore Norman Osborn’s heroic journey in Gold Goblin #2 featuring a cover by Taurin Clarke. The thought-provoking limited series will prove that being a super hero isn’t for everyone… After facing Chasm in Dark Web #1, Norman Osborn will have to face another terrifying opponent in this issue who might cut Norman’s new super hero career short!

Announced last month, two of the greatest loves of Peter Parker’s life are in for a Dark Web adventure of their own in Mary Jane & Black Cat. After taking the character of Black Cat on a whirlwind of adventures in recent years in back-to-back solo series and the current Iron Cat limited series, Jed MacKay will now continue his transformative work on Marvel’s premier super thief and this time, he’s taken MJ along for the ride! MacKay will be joined by artist Vincenzo Carratù—an up-and-coming talent making his exciting Marvel Comics debut. In this explosive and kick-ass limited series, Mary Jane Watson and Felicia Hardy find themselves thrown into one another’s paths and then into LIMBO! But SOMETHING HAS CHANGED WITH MJ! And she’s not the only one keeping secrets – Felicia’s got a guilty conscience and it’s playing havoc with their escape plan! With a cover by J. Scott Campbell!

The Dark Web is spun! Check out the complete event checklist and stay tuned for more Dark Web news in the weeks ahead!

Get a look at Gaiman and Buckingham’s Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham: The Silver Age #1

Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham‘s unfinished storyline “The Silver Age” begins next month! In the late 80s, Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham took over the saga of Miracleman to critical acclaim. The pair of comic visionaries expanded the Miracleman mythos with new characters and introduced the story of Young Miracleman. Their series was cut short mid-storyline almost 30 years ago, but now their Miracleman: The Silver Age saga will finally be completed! Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham: The Silver Age #1 and Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham: The Silver Age #2 will present the early chapters of the story that made it to stands but with stunning new remastered artwork by Buckingham and containing bonus content! And then, starting in December’s Miracleman: The Silver Age #3, all-new material by Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham will at long last, continue this legendary comic story!

Also arriving next month, Miracleman #0 will drum up the anticipation by getting new readers and longtime fans excited for the return of Miracleman! The giant-sized one-shot will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Miracleman’s modern era with a breathtaking journey through the fascinating Miracleman mythology in a collection of stories by Mike Carey, Peach Momoko, Jason Aaron, Ryan Stegman, and more. Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham will also craft a framing story for the issue that will lead into their upcoming return. Look for it when it hits stands on October 5.

A character with a tremendous legacy in the comic book industry, Miracleman’s modern era officially begin in 1982. Miracleman changed perceptions of what a comic could be with its dark and socially relevant interpretation of the Super Hero genre. Often hailed as one of the greatest comics of all time, Miracleman holds a significant place in many fan’s hearts, and his absence in the last decades have only made his impact more revered and treasured. Right now, check out an exclusive preview, featuring Buckinham’s breathtaking new artwork, and pick it up on October 19! And if you want the full scope of Gaiman and Buckingham’s Miracleman, dive into the first part of their legendary run with Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham Book 1: THe Golden Age TPB, also arriving next month! 

Neil Gaiman, Mark Buckingham, and an All-Star Lineup Celebrate Miracleman’s return in Miracleman #0!

Forty years ago, Miracleman’s modern era began and changed the world of comics as we know it. Now, on the cusp of a new era of Miracleman, Marvel celebrates all things Kimota in Miracleman #0! In this giant-sized one-shot, comic book visionaries Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham make their long-awaited return to Miracleman’s saga with a special story that leads into Miracleman: The Silver Age #1! Also on sale in October, Miracleman: The Silver Age #1 will see Gaiman and Buckingham’s return to their unfinished Miracleman epic, recreating and completing the most anticipated story in comic book history!

Joining Gaiman and Buckingham in Miracleman #0 will be an incredible lineup of industry superstars, each putting their own unique spin on the captivating Miracleman mythology with thrilling new stories! Here’s what fans can look forward to:

  • Young Miracleman faces off against classic Miracleman villain Big Ben in an action-packed story written and drawn by Marvel superstar Ryan Stegman.
  • Mike Carey and Paul Davidson introduce a new Warpsmith and explore how dangerous Miracleman’s god-like abilities can be in a riveting outer space adventure!
  • Peach Momoko reveals the deadly price of Kimota’s power in a spellbinding—and terrifying—journey into the unknown!
  • Miracleman meets his maker in an explosive and thought-provoking story by Jason Aaron and Leinil Francis Yu.
  • Eisner Award-winning artist Ty Templeton examines Miracleman’s profound impact on the world around him in a series of comic strips!

And that’s not all! Miracleman #0 will also have an exclusive sneak peek at the new artwork Buckingham has completed for Miracleman: The Silver Age #1! Check out the covers now and interior artwork and revisit the brilliant world of Miracleman in Miracleman #0 on October 5! Featuring a main cover by Alan Davis and Alejandro Sánchez, and variant covers by Peach Momoko, Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson, and Skottie Young.

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
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