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Preview: Spirits of Vengeance #5

Spirits of Vengeance #5

(W) Victor Gischler (A) David Baldeon (CA) Dan Mora
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• NECRODAMUS’ forces have disrupted the covenant and there’s HELL to pay…
• DAIMON HELLSTROM and SATANA are forced to cross a line they vowed never to again…
• Don’t miss the stunning climax to MARVEL LEGACY’S #1 limited series!


Preview: Spirits of Vengeance #4

Spirits of Vengeance #4

(W) Victor Gischler (A) David Baldeon (CA) Dan Mora
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Necrodamus’ forces mean to upset the balance and cause a deicidal rampage not seen since the Old Testament!
• The drums of war beat louder and louder, and the Spirits of Vengeance are the only thing standing between the armies of heaven and hell!

Preview: Spirits of Vengeance #3

Spirits of Vengeance #3

(W) Victor Gischler (A) David Baldeon (CA) Dan Mora
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• The Covenant, an ancient summit between the forces of Heaven and Hell, draws near, and the tensions between both factions are at an all-time high.
• When the grandest betrayal in history is weaponized, only Ghost Rider, Blade, Hellstorm, and Satana are in a position to stop it!

Preview: Spirits of Vengeance #2

Spirits of Vengeance #2

(W) Victor Gischler (A) David Baldeon (CA) Dan Mora
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• Someone’s unearthed a weapon that can the tip scales in the war between Heaven and Hell…
• And an ancient summit known as the Covenant is the perfect place to use it!
• Johnny Blaze, the Ghost Rider, joins forces with Blade, Satana and Hellstorm to unravel the plot against God himself.
• The supernatural corners of the Marvel U will never be the same again!

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week! We’ve got lots going on and lots to come and while you await it all, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBR – Comic Legends: Why Was the Original New Mutants #1 Scrapped? – Some interesting comic history.

Newsarama – Kingsman: The Golden Circle Banned In Cambodia – Interesting.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Spirits of Vengeance #1

Seattle PI – The Wendy Project

ICv2 – Witch Boy

Marvel Legacy Week One Sells Out and Gets Second Printings

On the heels of Marvel Legacy #1 being the best-selling issue of 2017, Marvel is pleased to announce that all week one Legacy titles have sold out, and will immediately return for a second printing: Avengers #672, Iceman #6, Iron Fist #73, Jessica Jones #13, Royals #9, Spirits of Vengeance #1, Venom #155 and X-Men: Gold #13.

The 1 million BC Avengers in Marvel Legacy #1 were just the beginning – over the past few weeks, Marvel Legacy has pushed the Marvel Universe into a new and exciting direction with epic adventures, returning fan-favorites, and fresh story arcs from top creative teams.

Missed them the first time? Don’t miss your chance to get caught up on some of the most exciting titles when they return to comic shops this November!

Written by MARK WAID Written by AL EWING
FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17 FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17
FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17 FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17
Written by ED BRISSON Written by MIKE COSTA
FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17 FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17
FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17 FOC – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17

Marvel Legacy Recap: Avengers, Spirits of Vengeance, and More

Marvel Legacy is underway and we’re going to take a quick look at each first issue released to determine a few of things.

  1. If the issue is a good starting point.
  2. If the issue makes me want to come back for a second.
  3. How well the back-up story holds up

So, lets dive in to each issue and see!

Avengers #672 – (W) Mark Waid (A) Jesus Saiz – As far as a comic, this issue was not bad. You can read the full review. But, while the issue is entertaining to watch the Avengers and Champions team up, the threat itself doesn’t feel epic enough. A lot of focus is given to the characters, while the big picture lacks. Sure, there’s some cool use of powers to deal with the threat, but the threat itself feels like something we’ve seen before and isn’t all that memorable. This is a comic I’d like to read but not one that has me excited to see what comes next.

As far as being “new reader” friendly, the issue is good in that sense. It gives just enough to know who the characters are and why we should care.

The back-up comic is a good quick overview of the Avengers’ history (and in a way frames the comic better) and the art is decent, though not amazing.

Iceman #6 – (W) Sina Grace (A) Robert Gill – The Champions come together to mourn the loss of Black Widow and just decompress. This issue really focuses on the characters and gives us a great deal of info as to who they are and why we should care. Some characters get shortchanged when it comes to that, but overall it’s really good. If you like the “slice of life” mixed with superhero action, this comic has that and then some.

This one is very “new reader” friendly and you have to know very little going into the comic. Things are explained well and everything you need to know is in the comic.

The back-up material does a good job in catching readers up and there’s a lot to pack in. The art too is really good as well.

Read a review of the issue.

Iron First #73 – (W) Ed Brisson (A) Mike Perkins  – This issue is all set up and follows a hell of a lot of tropes. While it’s a good issue, I’m not quite sure if it’s one that really sucks me in to see what’s next.

The issue is mixed when it comes to being “new reader” friendly. There’s a lot that’s left hanging out there, like the dragon (never really explained) and Sabretooth’s history with Danny isn’t explained well enough either. Neither kill the issue, but it’s a gap.

The back-up is good in putting the key history in there, but there’s a lot that’s left out that shows some priorities. The art is really lacking though.

Jessica Jones #13 – (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Michael Gaydos – A really strong issue that brings back the Purple Man. There’s a solid sense of paranoia put in there and amazing art. The issue really makes Jessica the victim though and focuses on her PTSD. That might be off-putting for some, but it does match up to the television show’s first season really well.

This issue is not only “new reader” friendly but it’s also solid in matching up to the television show.

The back-up extra material does a good job in catching people up on Jessica’s life but the art is pretty lacking.

Royals #9 – (W) Al Ewing (A) Alvaro Lopez – Not new reader friendly at all. This comic relies heavily on the last eight issues and you’ll need to have read those to really understand what’s going on. The story itself is interesting but without knowing the backstory, it’s one that doesn’t hold interest.

The back-up is pretty good in filling that gap but since it comes after the main story it doesn’t help a ton. The art is good though and matches the main comic the most of those released this week.

Spirits of Vengeance #1 – (W) Victor Gischler (A) David Baldeon – Not bad, but also not good. The comic just doesn’t get to the meat of it all quick enough. Solid moments that don’t come together enough to make a solid comic. Not enough to really get me interested in a second issue which is a shame.

For new readers, the comic should be ok. You don’t need to know a ton and what you do is explained as the story goes on.

The back-up story again does a good job of catching readers up but again the art is lacking.

Venom #155 – (W) Mike Costa (A/CA) Mark Bagley, John Dell  – One of the strongest of the comics for the week. It runs you through the history of Venom and his motivations. The story is goofy but at least has something at the end to get me interested in seeing what’s next. This is a good intro comic.

The back-up again does a good job of running you through the history and the art is ok.

X-Men Gold #13 – (W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Mike Mayhew – Too much packed into the issue hurts it a lot. There’s not enough explained and it feels like you’re thrown into the deep end.

This one is not “new reader” friendly at all and there’s just major issues when it comes to that. Plus kicking off Legacy with a crossover doesn’t feel like the best of ideas.

The back-up again gives a good amount of history but the art is horrendous at times.

Read the full review of the issue.

While the comics aren’t bad this past week, at the same time few have me excited to see what’s next. While the back-up stories condense history they usually are accompanied with bad art. This is a mixed bag and doesn’t bode well for a first week.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Batman: White Knight # 1 (DC Comics) – I have been beyond excited for this book for quite a while now. While it must be hard to break new ground for characters that have been around for 75 + years, I have faith that Sean Gordon Murphy is going to do it. Having been able to have a chat with the man himself this past summer I got a good sense of what he wants to do with his Batman and Gotham. I must say it is an intriguing premise one that plays off of the concept of redemption and accountability. Plus returning Joker to his Jack Napier alter ego is something I have wanted to see for a long time. This should rock in so many ways!

Batman: The Dawnbreaker # 1 (DC Comics) – The one shots for this Metal crossover have all rocked so far, and I have no reason to believe that this one won’t live up to the example set thus far. The thought of putting the most powerful weapon in the universe on the finger of a very young and angry Bruce Wayne has me on the the edge of the multiverse on the possibilities. Will there be a chance for brighter days or will it indeed be Batman’s darkest night?



Top Pick: Batman: White Knight #1 (DC Comics) – I am excited for this book, and not just because I am a sucker for Batman, but also to see the entire story flipped on its head. It doesn’t hurt that Sean Murphy is drawing and writing this.

Old Man Logan #29 (Marvel) – I have been completely shocked by how good this book has stayed since Lemire ended it perfectly. It is a blast. He’s fighting an army of hulks. I mean, that’s both ridiculous and amazing.

Iron Fist #73 (Marvel) – Sabretooth comes home as this book comes under the new legacy numbering. I am excited to see if Brisson can keep the action going, and keep delivering me a fun Danny Rand, since Netflix hasn’t.

Paper Girls #16 (Image) – Saga isn’t the only incredible story Vaughn delivers from Image. Paper Girls is such a fun and wacky ride that is full of the 80s, sci-fi, and friendship. Oh and it also features badass girls who (used to) deliver papers.

Outcast Vol. 5 TP (Image) – One of Robert Kirkman’s other projects, that also has its own show. It’s about demons, exorcisms, and small town America. It’s crazy, and creepy, and I have enjoyed every bit of it so far.



Top Pick: Batman: White Knight #1 (DC Comics) – Imagine if the Joker used his brilliance to fight for Gotham rather than against it? I really can’t express just how cool of an idea this is (and the comic itself is also very good), and getting to see the Joker use his mind to come at Batman in a new way is utterly fascinating.

Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd #1 (Valiant) – Shadowman is a Valiant character that I don’t know enough about (shocking, right?) so any chance I can get to read about him I’ll take. Plus the art is awesome!



Top Pick: Motor Girl #9 (Abstract Studios) – This series will always be my pick of the week. Cute, touching, funny, entertaining, it’s the complete package when it comes to comics and the one comic I look forward to every single month.

Catalyst Prime: Astonisher #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – The latest series to debut as part of the Catalyst Prime is focused on a rich tech white dude with psionic-ish powers. An interesting first issue that’s another solid addition to this line of comics.

Eugenic #1 (BOOM! Studios) – This one should get people talking.

Spirits of Vengeance #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s Legacy initiative is really kicking off this week and this series bringing together some of Marvel’s more horror elements should be an interesting one. Characters that have a mixed history of their own solo series are together for this new team book.

Slots #1 (Image Comics) – This series is one that was on my radar just due to the fact it’s a new one from Image Comics. After this week’s tragedy in Las Vegas, I’m reading it with a different perspective and it’ll be interesting to see how it resonates now.


And More Marvel Legacy Covers are Revealed

Marvel has been “shaking” up the industry today with their homage gifs showing off covers from their upcoming Marvel Legacy reboot which blends the old and new and brings numerous series back to their original numbering.

Check out even more covers below and round one and round two.

  • Venom: Francesco Mattina
  • She-Hulk: Duncan Fegredo
  • Monsters Unleashed: Daniel Mora
  • Black Bolt: Christian Ward
  • Amazing Spider-Man: Alex Ross
  • All-New Wolverine: Kris Anka
  • Black Panther
  • The Mighty Captain Marvel
  • Daredevil
  • Doctor Strange
  • Generation X
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel-Girl
  • Spirits of Vengeance: Ken Lashley
  • The Defenders: Szymon Kudranski
  • Jean Grey: Mike Mayhew
  • X-Men Gold: Ben Caldwell
  • Spider-Gwen: Khary Randolph
  • Spider-Man: Mark Bagley
  • Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider
  • The Unbelievable Gwenpool
  • Iron Fist
  • Thanos
  • Uncanny Avengers
  • Spider-Man vs. Deadpool
  • The Mighty Thor: Stephanie Hans
  • Ms. Marvel: Jake Wyatt
  • Falcon: Elizabeth Torque
  • Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man: Paulo Siqueira
  • Weapon X: Val Staples
  • Marvel Two-In-One: Edgar Delgado
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