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Review: Conan: Serpent War #1

Conan: Serpent War #1

I don’t know Robert E. Howard’s creations all that well. Say Dark Agnes or Solomon Kane and I’ll stare at you blankly. Still, Conan: Serpent War #1 is intriguing to me on multiple levels. It’s my introduction to those characters who join Conan the Barbarian and Moon Knight for the limited series. Going into the comic I was looking to see how well it introduces those characters. I also wanted to see how Howard’s characters gel with Marvel’s Moon Knight.

Written by Jim Zub, Conan: Serpent War #1 is a decent introduction to the various characters. They’re brought together to take on an Elder God. The story revolves around a dying James Allison, another Howard creation. Allison’s visions introduce us to the various characters as Allison experiences his past lives. It’s an interesting hook that gets to the point eventually, though slowly.

There’s a lot to pack in. We need to get a good sense of the characters and what we can expect and Zub succeeds in that. By the issue’s end, I have a good sense of the main characters, their archetypes, and some of their personalities. It’s enough I want to read what comes next making the first issue feel a bit like a chapter in a story in a way. Each character’s connection to the threat is presented and the vignettes set up what’s to come. It’s not a comic to read on it’s own but the start of the adventure to come.

Zub’s use of Moon Knight works well as his connection to Egyptian mythology fits with Howard’s world and “the Serpent God.” The disconnect that has happened with Conan meeting other Marvel heroes isn’t as present here though the adventure has just begun. The mythology as folded together feels a bit like a case is being made as to why it all fits together like a dungeon master taking ideas from various modules and mixing them to their own seamless adventure.

The art sequences are broken up between two teams. Vanesa R. Del Rey and Jean Francois Beaulieu handle Allison’s sequence while Scot Eaton and Frank D’Armata handle the rest. There’s a slight disconnect in the art in the beginning as the style differences are notable but as the issue progresses it’s less noticeable. The various eras and settings work well together and the teams present each page in the dreamlike storytelling that’s presented. Travis Lanham‘s lettering stands out as so many characters have a “unique” voice when it comes to that and it all enhances the read.

The issue also features extra material to enjoy in the form of a prose story by C.L Werner. It’s the beginning of a four-part adventure featuring Solomon Kane and feels like the cherry on top of an already enjoyable read.

The issue is a good one in that it checks the marks off as an introduction to the adventure and characters. As an opening chapter, it’s a good one but as a standalone comic, it’s just ok. This may be an adventure to read in one sitting as part of a trade or all of the issues but the issue has me wanting to read what else is to come. It feels like a menagerie of heroes come together for a roleplaying game adventure.

Story: Jim Zub, C.L. Werner Art: Scot Eaton, Vanesa R. Del Rey
Ink: Scott Hanna Color: Frank D’Armata, Jean Francois Beaulieu
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Review: New Mutants #2

New Mutants #2

New Mutants #2 shifts the focus of the series a bit. The team is still busted by the Shi’ar but it feels less like a team comic. Instead, it feels like Roberto da Costa and the New Mutants. Much of the issue is told from his perspective. It makes sense as the mission of the New Mutants is focused on Roberto getting back his best friend in Sam Guthrie.

The comic is the Roberto show as Jonathan Hickman dives into the character and his relationship with his team. We get the loveable and entertaining arrogance on full display as he brags about his lawyers, homes, and how good looking he is. There’s a charm in Hickman’s writing which is good since it’d be so easy to make the character so unlikeable.

But, Hickman has time for other characters as well. Many of them get their moments, much of it full of humor. Out of all of the Dawn of X series, this one displays the most fun and carefree attitude of the bunch. There’s a youthful fun about it all that makes it stand out. That fun extends off the page as it’s hard to not enjoy reading the comic. The flow, style, humor, the whole package deliver an entertaining read.

The art by Rod Reis is great. With lettering by Travis Lanham, the comic features Reis’ unique style that’s hard to describe. It’s almost painted in a way and gives the series a unique design. There’s not quite as much detail as other artists but the style has a flair about it and fits a space adventure like this quite well.

New Mutants #2 continues the fun adventure. While the focus shifts a little, the comic is still all about the team and character interactions. There’s a lot of humor to the comic and everything is with a wink, smile, and a nod. There’s a charm about this series that’s infectious and makes it stand out.

Story: Jonathan Hickman Art: Rod Reis
Letterer: Travis Lanham Design: Tom Muller
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Conan 2099 #1

Travel to the year 2099 where the immortal Conan the Barbarian has to decide what to do to allow the survival of his people and take care of the voice in his head.

Story: Gerry Duggan
Art: Rogê Antônio
Color: Erick Arciniega
Letterer: Travis Lanham

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Review: Fantastic Four 2099

Fantastic Four 2099

Fantastic Four 2099 is an interesting comic. While part of the “2099” event, it doesn’t feel like part of any greater story. In a way the issue has more in common with The Twilight Zone than Marvel‘s 2099. 2099 Alpha teased a return to the world of 2099 celebrating 80 years of Marvel by looking 80 years in the future. While it seems like there’s some greater picture, the debut Alpha comic also was a bit disjointed feeling more like a series of teasers. This first full one-shot might have 2099 in the title but the comic itself is one you can pick up and just enjoy.

Written by Karla Pacheco the comic is an interesting one. The plot features H.E.R.B.I.E. on a mission to bring the Fantastic Four back together. From there, it’s a team origin of sorts.

While it’s interesting, it’s not until the end where the comic kicks you in the gut. It’s an unexpected ending that feels like it comes out of leftfield creating one hell of a read. It’s a story that’s worth the twist ending.

The art by Steven Cummings is decent. It evokes the 90s 2099 line a bit. Along with color by Chris Sotomayor and lettering by Travis Lanham, the visuals give a hint of the future without going over the top. The character designs are interesting but it’s H.E.R.B.I.E. that really stands out when it comes to characters and their depictions.

Fantastic Four 2099 is an interesting comic. The majority of it feels rather standard as far as a team origin. It’s rather mundane in that regard. Where it stands out is that ending which plays so well against the rest of the issue.

Story: Karla Pacheco Art: Steven Cummings
Color: Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.05 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.65 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Savage Avengers Vol. 1 City of Sickles

The Punisher, Wolverine, Elektra, Venom, Voodoo… and Conan? They’re the Savage Avengers!

Story: Gerry Duggan
Art: Mark Deodato, Jr.
Color: Frank Martin
Letterer: Travis Lanham

Get your copy in comic shops now and in bookstores on Novmeber 26! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble #1

Spider-Man and Venom are… roommates? Writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Gurihiru deliver a hilarious new take on this rivalry.

Story: Mariko Tamaki
Art: Gurihiru
Letterer: Travis Lanham

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Review: New Mutants #1

The New Mutants are back and they’re on a mission to find their missing member in space!

Story: Ed Brisson and Jonathan Hickman
Art: Rod Reis
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Design: Tom Muller

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Batman Beyond #37 Gets a Second Printing

The Dark Knight of Neo-Gotham has returned to protect the streets, but it’s not Terry McGinness. Not even close!

The debut of a “Beyond” version of Batwoman in the pages of Batman Beyond #37 (“First Flight, Part One”) was a big hit with fans when it went on sale October 23, and DC is making sure that any readers that missed it get a second chance as the publisher announced plans to return to press for a second printing of the comic book, written by Dan Jurgens with art by Sean Chen, Sean Parsons, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham.

An amnesia-stricken Terry McGinnis walks the streets of Gotham, untraceable by Terry’s younger brother Matt, or Bruce Wayne. Since Batman hasn’t been seen for days, many of Neo-Gotham’s citizens fear him wounded or dead. Just when the city’s criminals think it’s safe to crawl out of their holes to threaten the safety of the town, a familiar figure in a black and red costume appears, dealing swift and terrible justice to these evildoers, then vanishing just as swiftly.

When reporter Jack Ryder is live at a hostage situation, he witnesses first hand this grim avenger at work, thinking for sure that Batman has returned. But on live TV it looks like the mystery behind Batman’s disappearance only deepens, when it’s revealed that this Batman is actually a Bat-woman…

And just to make things interesting, issue #37 ends with a bang, with the return of Blight, who won’t rest until he’s put an end to Bruce Wayne!

This second printing is expected to arrive in participating comic book stores on Wednesday, November 27.

Batman Beyond #37

Review: New Mutants #1

New Mutants #1

New Mutants #1 kicks the next generation of mutants into an intergalactic adventure. The original team is back together with new members Mondo and Chamber but one member is missing. Sam Guthrie, Cannonball, is still in space and the team wants to go out and get him. So, they hitch a ride with the Starjammers.

Written by Ed Brisson and Jonathan Hickman, the debut issue is absolutely fantastic. There’s so much personality and fun oozing from the pages and characters. And that’s helped in a way by the simplicity of the series. It’s a journey to find a friend, nothing more. But, that journey leaves open so much opportunity for adventure.

What Brisson and Hickman nail down is the personality of all of the characters. Each get their moments and each are unique. You get a sense of who everyone is and the two writers have these characters down in their attitudes and speech patterns.

There’s also something just fun about the comic. Jokes are made and a scene as simple as a sparring session adds to the depth of the characters and situation. There’s real thought put into the comic and it shows. Some of that includes touching upon how this all relates to Krakoa and “Dawn of X.” There’s revelations as far as that but nothing is jarring for new readers. Instead, the focus is on Cannonball and these friends getting back together.

That includes the return of Rahne Sinclair, Wolfsbane, who was murdered in the last volume of Uncanny X-Men. Seeing her return feels like it rights a wrong but like all the other return of the dead, it feels rather hallow. It is nice in that there’s a religious connotation about it all and the character being deeply Catholic, it’s a much-needed detail.

The art by Rod Reis is fantastic. Travis Lanham provides lettering and the combination is the best looking of the new line of X comics. The characters all look fantastic and there’s just some amazing panels. Tom Muller continues on design and like other Dawn of X books, there’s use of this to enhance the world.

New Mutants #1 is a hell of a debut that’s just a lot of fun and one of the best things to come out of “Dawn of X.” The issue captures something that’s been missing from the numerous attempted reboots over the years and carves out a unique space in the line of comics.

Story: Ed Brisson and Jonathan Hickman Art: Rod Reis
Letterer: Travis Lanham Design: Tom Muller
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble #1 (of 4)

Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble #1 (of 4)

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A/CA) Gurihiru
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• You’ve seen ’em duke it out in the Marvel Universe for years, but prepare to see Spidey and Venom as you never have before: as begrudging… buddies?
• It’s fun of the freaky variety this time around, as an unexpected mind-swap sets Spidey and Venom in each other’s bodies! But WHO swapped them, and why?!
• From Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru comes an all-new take on your favorite arch-Frienemies in the MU – and now they’ve gotta work together to set things right!

Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble #1 (of 4)
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