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Review: Civil War II: The Fallen #1

Civil War II The Fallen #1 CoverAs a giant falls, friends and enemies alike gather to mourn his passing. Amadeus Cho, Rick Jones, Betty Ross, Thunderbolt Ross, the Warbound and more. Can they all keep a level head – or will some of them get ANGRY? Plus, what secrets lie in the Last Will and Testament of Bruce Banner?

Written by Greg Pak, Civil War II: The Fallen #1 deals with the aftermath of the murder of Bruce Banner by Clint Barton. A funeral. A follow up with various key Hulk characters. A Last Will and Testament. A lot is thrown into this issue which feels rather rushed and a bit choppy.

What’s presented in this comic is pretty important and closes some plots while opening up some others. The issue is a set of chapters that work slightly together as if a bunch of scenes were written, but it wasn’t clear how to actually tie them all together in a smooth narrative. But, most importantly, none of this had to be in its own comic one-shot. There really isn’t a reason this couldn’t have been a part of a few other Civil War II tie-ins.

The issue attempts to give a funeral for Banner as well, but that too feels barely thought out. There’s some discussion on the duality of the character, monster and hero, but the scene involving that feels flat and lacking real emotion. Much of the issue is like that.

The art by Mark Bagley really falls short as well. I’ve like Bagley’s work and was shocked when I looked to see whose name was on the comic I thought it was that bad. It looks and feels rush, exactly what I’d expect for a comic event tie-in put together by the “B” team, but this is Bagley! C’mon!

The comic as a whole is just flimsy in so many ways. Lacking much emotion. A series of scenes. Art that just doesn’t work. All for $4.99. This one is an absolute pass unless you’re a die-hard Hulk fan or obsessive completist.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Mark Bagley
Story: 5 Art: 5 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Preview: The Fallen #4

The Fallen #4

Writer: Alex De-Gruchy
Artist: Michael Montenat
Colorist: Ron Riley
Letterer: Dave Acosta
Price: $0.99
Pages: 17
Rating: 17+

Very few places have managed to actually thrive since the early post-Pulse years, but Marston is one of them. When Sam, Liz and Ray arrive in the town, it represents an opportunity to rest and reenergise before quickly moving on once again… but that’s not enough anymore for one of them. And internal division isn’t the only threat facing the three survivors, because as Marston has grown, so have the dangers it contains.

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Preview: The Fallen #3

The Fallen #3

Writer: Alex De-Gruchy
Artist: Michael Montenat
Colorist: Ron Riley
Letterer: Dave Acosta
Price: $0.99
Pages: 18
Rating: 17+

The group of murderous supervillains leaving a bloody trail across California meet the flying man who has been watching them and others. There will be more death to come.

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Preview: The Fallen #1

The Fallen #1

Writer: Alex De-Gruchy
Art: Michael Montenat
Colorist: Ron Riley
Letterer: Dave Acosta
Price: $0.99
Pages: 17
Rating: 17+

Of course the superheroes would save the world. That’s what superheroes do. But then came the day when they didn’t, when the Pulse killed billions and turned the planet into a devastated wasteland.

Eight years later, one man in a mask and cape has decided that the human race has limped on long enough: either the remaining superpowered people rise up as gods, or all of mankind is finally put out of its misery.

But where there are villains, there are heroes. And where there are those who fly, there are those who fall.

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