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Unboxing: Loot Crate Presents Marvel Gear + Goods “Thwip”

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This month’s box celebrates Spider-Man with one of the coolest items ever in a box.

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First Impressions Featuring: A Marvelous Selection!

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether you should  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

X-Men Black: Magneto #1 (Marvel)
Can you start here?
Yes
Recap & Review:
I’ve been terribly lax with my X-Men reading over the last few years, and as such I really have no idea what Magneto has been up too lately. However, that’s ultimately irrelevant as this comic contains one of the most powerful and timely stories you’ll read in a long time. Bonus, the back up story (that contnues across the X-Men Black series is also well worth reading).
Score: 9.1

Cosmic Ghost Rider #4 (Marvel)
Can you start here?
Yes
Recap & Review: 
So Frank Castle is the Cosmic Ghost Rider? What rock have I been living under that I didn’t know that? A big one obviously. Without recapping the entire comic, because I can’t, this is still an awesome read. And one that’s good enough for me to want to read the previous three issues.
Score: 9.0

Superior Octopus #1 (Marvel)
Can you start here?
Yes
Recap & Review: 
There’s a lot happening in the Spider-Verse lately, and this is just another comic that could get lost in the shuffle. Which would be a shame for any who enjoyed the Superior Spider-Man series. Yes, there’s a lot of Secret Empire references here, but you don’t need to have read that series to be able to enjoy thi. I didn’t.
Score: 8.9

Shatterstar #1 (Marvel)
Can you start here?
Yes
Recap & Review: 
Eh, it wasn’t bad. A lot of words and narration in this issue which actually serves very well in setting the stage for what’s next, but it didn’t really strike my fancy.
Score: 7.2

What If? Spider-Man #1 (Marvel)
Can you start here?
Yes
Recap & Review: 
As with all What If? stories, the only prerequisite here is you know Spider-Man’s origin. That way you can enoy this otherwise largely forgettable story.
Score: 6.2

What If? X-Men #1 (Marvel)
Can you start here?
Yes
Recap & Review: 
As with all What If? stories… yeah. This isn’t worth your time. It’s kinda like the Matrix, but not as fun as the sequels.
Score: 5.2

Underrated: Scarlet Spider (2012)

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The 2012 Scarlet Spider run.



Scarlet_Spider_Vol_2_1I have always enjoyed stories about villains becoming heroes. With 2012’s Scarlet Spider we get exactly that. When I originally aded this to my pull list, I had assumed that the Scarlet Spider in question was Ben Reilly in a new costume, and not Kaine. I’m sure had I been reading the Spider-Man comics at the time I’d have known better, but I figured this was a good place to jump on board – and I wasn’t wrong.

But not for the reasons I expected. Instead of a heroic story featuring Ben Reilly, Scarlet Spiderdelivered something I wasn’t expecting – and ended up loving more than I thought I would.

The story starts with Kaine trying to get to Mexico, having recently been cured of the cellular degeneration he was suffering as a clone (it’s a whole thing that’s explained in multiple stories and other resources), he’s seeking a chance to finally live his life free of the constant agony he used to suffer. But, as with any good story featuring a Spider, things inevitably get in the way of that and Kaine gets stuck in Houston, quickly becoming the city’s own resident super hero. The series was written by Chistopher Yost, who was joined by a variety of hugely talented pencillers, inkers and colourists throughout the series 25 issue run (there were also  couple of specials and tie-in issues that bulk up the issue count if you want the whole story).

The full run remains one of my favourite Spider stories, in part because of the redemptive nature, but also because it’s just really good. But like all series that features a lesser known character it was cancelled because of low sales. Scarlet Spider is a brilliant alternate to Spider-Man as we see a hero with, as the tag line so eloquently puts it, “all of the power, and none of the responsibility.” But Kaine is still a Parker, and as he begrudgingly accepts the responsibility of being the Scarlet Spider, we get to see a villain slowly change into (well, almost) a hero.

This is a fantastic run, easily one of my favourite parts of my collection, but it’s one I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Mile Morales Returns to Swing Into His Own Solo Series this December

This December, Miles Morales returns in his own solo series written by Saladin Ahmed with art by Javier Garron and a first issue cover by Brian Stelfreeze which you can see below.

Spider-Man #1 arrives December 12, which we expected with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse coming to theaters December 14. It’s the perfect combination of comic on the shelf timed with a movie release.

In Ahmed’s take, Miles is focus on protecting his community and city instead of universe shattering events. There’s also school, family, bullies, and attempting to have a social life. The first arc will pit him against Rhino and guest-star an unexpected character, a “big hero.”

This is the first series to feature the character that doesn’t feature Brian Michael Bendis writing (the character was co-created by Bendis with Sara Pichelli).

Marvel’s Spider-Man Launches Today on Playstation 4

Today sees the global release of Marvel’s Spider-Man for PlayStation, in collaboration with Insomniac Games and Marvel Games. The game is available exclusively for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro for $59.99 MSRP.

Marvel’s Spider-Man is a brand-new original, action-packed adventure for the famous web-slinger. Play as an experienced Spider-Man who has spent eight years behind the mask, defeating new threats as they emerge. Using his boundless acrobatic agility and active combat style, Spider-Man has mastered an evolved set of moves. Swinging through Marvel’s New York feels exhilarating, flying past iconic districts and Marvel landmarks.

Alongside the game’s release today, the limited edition Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 Pro bundle is also now available and includes a customized Amazing Red 1TB PS4 Pro console, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller, and the Marvel’s Spider-Man game. This bundle is available for $399.99 MSRP.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and we’ll be spending it swinging around as Spider-Man in the brand new video game out today! Who’s picking it up? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the work day to end and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – STATEMENT: The Valkyries Disbands Citing Failure to Serve its Community – Wow. Just… wow.

The College Fix – School’s ‘Civility Week’ will feature ‘diversity’ comic convention – This sounds kind of cool.

ICv2 – DC Parent Adopts New Diversity and Inclusion Policy – Good.

The Comics Journal – “It’s Going to Be 600 Pages Long”: An Interview with Jason Lutes – Expect this comic to win awards this year.

Entertainment Weekly – Steve Aoki to pen futuristic comic book series Neon Future: First look – This sounds interesting…

Leafly – The White House and Spider-Man’s Anti-Weed Comic, Fastlane – This sounds amazingly bad.

Kotaku – Spider-Man’s J. Jonah Jameson finds his true calling as a blustering right-wing podcaster – This sounds entertaining.

 

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Batman #54

ICv2 – The Beatles Yellow Submarine

Comic Attack – Crowded #1

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Daily Herald – Woodbury Art Museum delves into realm of comic books with interactive exhibit – This sounds really cool.

The Philly Inquirer – Bucks County Batman fights petty crime in a $12k Batsuit – Good on him.

Gamespot – Spider-Man PS4’s First Two Hours Has Everything We Want, And Something We Don’t – Who’s excited for this game?

Kotaku – The Largest Mecha Plastic Model In History Is Completed And Enormous – This is pretty cool.

 

Reviews

ICv2 – Dinosaur Explorers Vol. 1 Prehistoric Pioneers

Talking Comics – Leviathan #1

ICv2 – Run Wild

Around the Tubes

We’re still rocking it at San Diego Comic-Con and we’ve got more coverage today and to come in the following weeks! While you wait, here’s some comic news from around the web.

Kotaku – Sony’s Spider-Man PS4 Is Very Nice – This does look really nice.

CBR – Comcast Drops Bid for Fox, Leaving Disney’s Acquisition Path Clear – A path that includes regulatory approval. It’s not a done deal yet.

CBR – Paramount TV President Amy Powell Fired Over Racist Remarks – No place for that.

Unboxing: The One:12 Collective Spider-Man (Black Costume)

From Mezco Toyz, a PREVIEWS Exclusive! Assembled on an all new One:12 Collective body developed specifically for this figure, Spider-Man features over 30 points of articulation and a meticulously tailored exclusive black outfit with intricate silk screened details! Spidey comes with six interchangable hands and assorted weblines including a posable line to recreate your favorite scenes!

We open up and show off this web-swinging release!

Get yours now!

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