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Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson Reunite for God Loves, Man Kills Extended Cut

Framed by a brand-new present-day X-Men story by the original creative team themselves, Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson, Marvel re-presents the beloved X-Men classic, God Love, Man Kills, in an all-new extended edition this April!

In 1982, writer Chris Claremont was in the midst of his legendary run on Uncanny X-Men, changing the comic landscape forever and creating a new standard for superhero stories! A wealth of ideas, Claremont’s brilliance wasn’t contained to the main title alone, and he joined forces with industry giant Brent Anderson in Marvel Graphic Novel #5, a special edition issue titled God Loves, Man Kills. This groundbreaking story saw the X-Men teaming up with their bitter enemy, Magneto, against an adversary threatening mutantkind in the name of God.

This extended edition features a main cover by Anderson and a variant cover by Salvador Larroca.

X-Men God Loves, Man Kills Extended Cut

Exclusive Preview: Doctor Doom #4

Doctor Doom #4

(W) Christopher Cantwell (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Tomm Coker
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

As his homeland is invaded by foreign adversaries, DOCTOR DOOM continues to be hunted, and on his own. But his conviction strengthens as he further embraces a possible future where he becomes the savior of all humankind. In order to confront those who have set him up as a global criminal, Doom will fight his way through the doors of the spy organization A.I.M, where he’ll battle his would-be assassin TASKMASTER, and match wits with one of the biggest brains in the universe… M.O.D.O.K. Meanwhile, a forgotten and bereft hero of the past will suddenly rise on the geopolitical stage…

Doctor Doom #4

Review: Doctor Doom #3

Doctor Doom #3

Three issues and three amazing reads. Doctor Doom #3 three-peats with an issue full of tragedy, some action, and political intrigue. Doom has been assassinated and sent to Hell in what’s clearly a play to “nation-build” Latveria.

Writer Christopher Cantwell has mixed socio-political machinations with superheroics and the result is amazing. In Hell, Doom must escape and to do that, a deal with Mephisto must be made.

Cantwell does an impressive job of tying in Doom’s sins of the past with his visions of the future. It’s an interesting juxtaposition that has a poetry about it. We’re still not quite sure what Doom is seeing but it’s driving him not to just survive but to do better. We’re presented with someone we can cheer for in an odd way. A tyrant who wants to do good. A toxic individual who wants to grow and change.

Cantwell also delivers us intrigue as it’s clear whomever is behind Doom’s framing and assassination is also likely behind the threats Latveria are seeing in his absence. The name check of the UN and NATO adds a real-world tint to the situation. It’s a political thriller masked in armor.

The art by Salvador Larroca is fantastic. With color by Guru-eFX and lettering by Cory Petit, the look of the comic is fantastic and the flow from Hell to the real world and Latveria all works. Nothing seems out of place and the shift from the dreamlike Hell to the real world is an interesting one. There’s a visual flair that adds to the story and its transition of scenes.

Doctor Doom #3 is a fantastic issue delivering a nice mix of tragedy and action. There’s so much packed in, this is a prime example of what comics can be. It also keeps you on your toes as to what might happen next delivering a healthy mix of mystery and reveals. This issue continues what might be the best series of the year.

Story: Christopher Cantwell Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Doctor Doom #3

Doctor Doom #3

(W) Christopher Cantwell (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Aco
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 04, 2019
SRP: $3.99

DOCTOR DOOM is dead. For now. In this issue he literally finds himself in Hell, battling against his old foe Mephisto for the control of his own soul. It’s an epic underworld fight, the victor of which may have to be decided by an unexpected third party. Meanwhile, the Blue Marvel continues his hunt for the Doctor, and begins to wonder if Victor’s more victim than villain…

Review: Doctor Doom #2

Doctor Doom #2

The first issue of Doctor Doom was fantastic and exceeded expectations. Doctor Doom #2 delivers that and then some. This is an amazing second issue to a series delivering one of the best new series of the year.

Writer Christopher Cantwell has put together an amazing second issue that’s full of twists and turns as he brings The Fugitive to comics. Doom has surrendered to the world after being accused of attacking the moon base. He proclaims his innocence though those around him doubt his statements. It’s an interesting new direction for Doom as we get to see him in a vulnerable state. This isn’t the ruler of Latveria. He comes off as a man scared in many ways and one that’s stripped of his strength.

But Cantwell delivers more than just a man on the run. He includes the political implications of such actions. Latveria is threatened by its neighboring nations. Its embassies are raided by the world. Their sovereignty is being challenged by the world in a new way. Cantwell has thought out the implications of a super-powered ruler that the world sees as a villain.

Artist Salvador Larroca nails the art. Joined on color by Guru e-FX with lettering by Cory Petit the issues shows the vulnerability of Doom physically. Doom’s exposure and is laid bare. His defenselessness is for all to see. The details and lack of, throughout tell so much about the characters and what’s going on. A scene in an apartment is a prime example of this. The coloring pops with a focus on Doom’s greens and blues.

This series has been amazing from the start and a solid first issue is followed up with an amazing second. This is a smart series that mixes superheroics and a political mystery. Doctor Doom #2 is a fantastic issue that helps plant the flag for one of the best series on the shelves today.

Story: Christopher Cantwell Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru e-FX Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Doctor Doom #2

Doctor Doom #2

(W) Christopher Cantwell (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Aco
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

DOCTOR DOOM has been taken prisoner by the world itself… but he may find unexpected aid in his escape. Now vulnerable and without his usual strength, he must keep a low profile on the streets of New York, or else risk being captured again. He’ll seek out an old ‘frenemy’ for help and battle lethal opportunists, all while wrestling these visions he continues to have of a better, happier life.

Doctor Doom #2

Review: Doctor Doom #1

Doom is back in charge of Latveria in this comic that’s a hell of a start. An amazing debut!

Story: Christopher Cantwell
Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru e-FX
Letterer: Cory Petit

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Preview: Doctor Doom #1

Doctor Doom #1

(W) Christopher Cantwell (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Aco
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $4.99


From Christopher Cantwell (HALT AND CATCH FIRE, SHE COULD FLY) comes a new monthly ongoing series…

Victor Von Doom – scientist, sorcerer, disfigured face, twisted soul – has been spending much of his time warning against a trillion-dollar global effort to create the first “artificial” black hole. Wrestling with visions of an entirely different life…a better future…DOCTOR DOOM finds himself at a crossroads. (what is he questioning?)

A catastrophic act of terrorism kills thousands, and the prime suspect is… DOOM? Victor will have to push his unexplained thoughts aside and focus on remaining alive as the title of “Most Wanted Man” is thrust upon him….
Left with no homeland, no armies, no allies, indeed, nothing at all, will the reign of Doctor Doom come to an abrupt halt?

Doctor Doom #1

Preview: Uncanny X-Men #22

Uncanny X-Men #22

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Whilce Portacio
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $4.99

It all ends here. This is forever! As Cyclops’ cleanup mission nears its close, all the problems the X-Men face come together. The truth behind the Hellfire Club’s intentions, the culmination of the O.N.E.’s assaults on mutantkind and even the inner struggles within the team… It all ends here. This is forever.

Uncanny X-Men #22

Review: Uncanny X-Men #21

Uncanny X-Men #21

Uncanny X-Men #21 continues to bring things together as the finale of writer Matthew Rosenberg‘s run looms closer. That impending end, and the relaunch to follow, is both good and bad.

It’s clear whatever is to come has allowed Rosenberg to do whatever he wants with his time on the franchise. Not only is he closing up recent plot threads but he’s also killing characters left and right. At this point it feels like most of the issues have featured the death of at least one character. There’s good in that no one feels safe. That’s also bad in that it gets a little “been there done that.” Still, there’s a frenetic pace to it all which makes the comic entertaining.

And that’s the bad thing.

Uncanny X-Men #21 feels rushed as far as pacing. Scenes which should play out longer feel a bit shortened and stunted in some ways. It feels like shortened scenes instead of a more flowing narrative. There’s a “time limit” that’s working against Rosenberg’s storytelling.

The issue though features the shocks and twists we’ve come to expect in this run. Though it’s not 100% clear what O.N.E. is up to and why what is clear is that it’s a horror show and needs to be stopped. Add in major characters being changed even more and it’s another issue where anything can and does happen.

The art by Salvador Larroca is fantastic. Along with color from Guru-eFX and lettering from Joe Caramagna, the comic’s art matches the pacing of the writing. There’s an energy about it all and you can “hear” the X-Men yelling to each other to hold the line. There’s something about the art that just matches the intensity of the story.

While not perfect, the comic is a fun addition to the current run. It continues to really shake things up and throw in a lot while dealing with lingering stories.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letters: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.65 Recommendation: Read

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