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Review: The Mighty Captain Marvel Vol. 2 Band of Sisters

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Captain Marvel and Alpha Flight!

The Mighty Captain Marvel Vol. 2 Band of Sisters collects issues #5-9 by Margaret Stohl, Michele Bandini, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, and Elizabeth Torque.

Get your copy in comic shops today and bookstores on January 9. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below.

While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in around the web.

iO9 – All the Hints and Details Hidden in Avengers: Infinity War’s Cosmically Gigantic Trailer – For those that like these sort of things.

Haaretz – ‘Justice League’ Features Silver Screen’s First-ever Jewish Superhero – Not true. The Thing in the Fantastic Four reboot was Jewish. There was also Magneto who was a hero in First Class. It was still great to see.

CBR – Sana Amanat Defends Marvel’s New Editor-in-Chief, C.B. Cebulski – In such a horrible way.

Newsarama – WGN Passes On Scalped Television Series – Hopefully someone else picks this up (assuming the pilot is good).

 

Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – The Death of Stalin

Atomic Junk Shop – Mighty Captain Marvel

Preview: The Mighty Captain Marvel #9

The Mighty Captain Marvel #9

(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Meghan Hetrick
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 27, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• Between battling a horde of Chitauri, keeping Alpha Flight afloat and fighting off the raging HLA monster insider her, Carol Danvers has been stretched a little thin.
• Though she desperately needs to unwind, there’s no time for recreational asteroid punching today…
• Not when Earth’s fate rests in the hands a few Alpha Flight Cadets…

Preview: The Mighty Captain Marvel #8

The Mighty Captain Marvel #8

(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Elizabeth Torque
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
SRP: $3.99

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
• Captain Marvel and her crew may have finally found a way to defeat the Chitauri…but it’s going to take all the strength they’ve got – including the new recruits.
• As Alpha Flight puts their plan into action, an enemy from Carol’s past rears its head, threatening to ruin everything!

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

Preview: The Mighty Captain Marvel #4

The Mighty Captain Marvel #4

(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Ted Brandt, Ro Stein, Brent Schoonover (CA) Elizabeth Torque
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

As Captain Marvel chases down leads on the missing Hala children, Earth’s extraterrestrial refugee crisis escalates further. Mim’s evil plan finally is unveiled, changing the course of Captain Marvel’s future forever. Oh how the mighty will fall…

Preview: The Mighty Captain Marvel #3

The Mighty Captain Marvel #3

(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Elizabeth Torque
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99

An elusive enemy gets closer to destroying everything Carol and her Alpha Flight have sworn to protect. But is the threat hidden amongst them? Time for the mightiest hero there is to become the fightiest hero there is.

Watch Captain Marvel: Alien Nation

The Greatest. That’s what they call her. Carol Danvers has been to the depths of outer space and back, but that still hasn’t prepared her for her newfound status of biggest super hero ever.

For someone like Carol Danvers, being super famous isn’t exactly enjoyable — she’d rather be focused on her job as commander of Alpha Flight Space Station than worried about who’s playing her on the new Captain Marvel TV show. So when her crew discovers that a shady character is hunting for alien refugee children, Carol jumps on the case.

Review: The Mighty Captain Marvel #2

mighty-captain-marvel-2Confession from your reviewer: I didn’t read Civil War II except for the tie in books that occurred with the books I was already reading, the previous run of Captain Marvel included. Not just because I had no interest in the concept, but I also had no interest in reading Brian Michael Bendis completely trying to tear down all the work that had been put into my favorite superhero over the past four years just to make Iron Man look right.

Luckily, other writers have been trying to course correct with Carol during and after Civil War II, one of them being Margaret Stohl currently on The Mighty Captain Marvel. In the second issue, we see more of the issue Carol is running up against with the shapeshifter and the Kree refugee nicknamed Bean.

Stohl so far in the first two issues and the zero issue has done a great job at capturing the stubborn diplomat air that Kelly Sue Deconnick had all over her run of Captain Marvel, especially when running up against the “problems she can’t punch.” For this one in particular, it’s trying to figure out why Carol’s powers go haywire whenever Bean gets close to her and tolerating the “Cap’n Marvel” TV show that’s supposed to pay for Alpha Flight’s budget for the year.

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Admittedly, the TV show subplot has been my least favorite part of the comic so far. I understand what they’re trying to go for, with Carol confronting her newfound popularity in the Marvel universe that runs parallel to her rising star with comics readers over the past five years. Plus, this issue makes a subtle jab at whitewashing with showing the cast member playing Wendy Kawasaki being revealed to be “blonde” with curly hair (there’s a colorist error here, I believe since the cast member is redheaded in the comic despite multiple references to her being blonde). However, it’s a subplot that ultimately feels shoehorned into the book to make some statement about how wrong media gets about comics stories. It feels awkwardly done and doesn’t currently add much to the current plot besides awkwardness for Jessica Drew to laugh at. And Jessica isn’t even in this issue.

Ramon Rosanas has been on art duties for the comic and unfortunately, his work is very stiff and lifeless in comparison to some of the past artists on Captain Marvel books. Which is rough considering how nice Michael Garland’s colors are and how fun Stohl’s writing has been. Maybe he’s still getting used to the character, but it’s really disappointing when there’s only one page I like out of the whole book artwise and it involves a shape shifter impersonating Carol’s alien tentacle cat.

Criticisms aside, The Mighty Captain Marvel #2 has been doing a pretty decent job of getting Carol back on track after Civil War II. We do see some of her guilt still residing after the entire thing, but the series is more focused on Carol balancing her work and her newfound popularity. I can’t wait to see where the series goes next, especially in regards to the Kree refugee crisis.

Story: Margaret Stohl Art: Ramon Rosanas Colors: Michael Garland
Story: 7.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

div3-aric_001_cover-b_bernardWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Joe

Top Pick: Kill or Be Killed #5 (Image) – Ed Brubaker, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Sean Phillips are back and I cannot be more excited. They have done a tremendous job on this book and have proven once again, they hold the crown for pulp crime comics. This comic has me nervous and excited each time a new issue comes out!

U.S.Avengers #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was such a blast, and Al Ewing is on a roll lately, and one of the best things Marvel has going for it. We will see more of the Gold $kull by the looks of it, and probably go a bit deeper on this whacky team. More Red Hulk, he’s great.

The Clone Conspiracy #4 (Marvel) – I am a massive Spider-Man fan, I won’t apologize for that, so therefore I am excited for this issue, and actually enjoy the event. Now obviously if you’re not enjoying what they are doing, don’t listen to me here, but I want to see how this wraps up, and we are almost there. We also get a double Spidey dose with Amazing Spider-Man this week!

Superman #15 (DC Comics) – You get a Superman! And you get a Superman! I’ve loved this run by Tomasi and Gleason and the last issue was so much fun and just crazy. This is one of DC’s most consistent comics and I want to see where they are going after the last wild issue. Also, Red Son Superman, Captain Carrot, and more!

Trinity #5 (DC Comics) – Francis Manapul should be reason enough for anyone to read and drool at this comic. His art is just completely on another level to me, and this book rivals The Mighty Thor for the “prettiest” comic. Also, I actually am enjoying the story of our legendary trinity quite a bit.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity III Stalinverse: Aric Son Of The Revolution #1 (Valiant) – There’s a sense of something awesome about Valiant’s Divinity III, and while the first tie-in was good, it’s this one that has me most excited. Getting a chance to read some more about Aric of Dacia in this setting has me chomping at the bit to get my hands on the comic.

Harbinger Renegade #3 (Valiant) – What can I say? I’m a fan of Harbinger, and with Peter returning to Earth I’m looking forward to seeing how Rafer Roberts reunites the Renegades.

Deadpool the Duck #2 (Marvel) – When the first issue didn’t make me want to claw my eyes out, I kinda got curious to read the next issue. I mean… now that Deadpool The Duck is finally in the comic, I want to see what we get.

 

Brett

Motor Girl #3 (Abstract Studios) – Sam has problems. UFO’s are keeping her up every night, dropping in for parts and coffee, and a suspicious Area 51 fanatic is determined to catch it all on video. To make matters worse, the bank wants to repossess the junkyard and build a casino. But Sam is determined to stop them, especially when she learns the junkyard is sacred ground. This new series by Terry Moore is fun, funny, cute, and the first two issues are some of my recent favorites from anyone.

Curse Words #1 (Image) – A wizard comes to Earth to… conquer it? It’s a bit nebulous in this first issue that introduces is to Wizord, a hipster-ish wizard bringing realy magic to Earth. The first issue is entertaining and launches a stylish new series.

The Mighty Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel) – I think Carol Danvers really came off poorly in Civil War II, but I’m still interested in seeing where Marvel takes her and this series.

Monsters Unleashed #1 (Marvel) – Marvel heroes versus kaiju. Nuff said.

Revolutionaries #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW and Hasbro’s “Revolution” is over and this series looks to bring together some of the characters from the now shared universe into a team book.

 

Shay

Harley Quinn #12 (DC Comics) – Joker + Harley = War of the Roses style mayhem.

Raven #5 (DC Comics) – Raven calls for familial back up to save San Francisco from the orb.

Gamora #2 (Marvel) – Gamora is on a collision course with revenge and things might not be what they seem or go as she planned.

SLAM! #3 (BOOM! Studios) – derby drama and love in comic book form, what more could you want?

 

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