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Review: Black Panther Vol. 6 The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda Part One

Marvel really shakes things up with this latest volume of Black Panther taking us to space and the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda.

Black Panther Vol. 6 The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda Part One collects issues #1-6 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuña, Jen Bartel, Paul Reinwand, and Tríona Farrell.

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Review: Edge of Spider-Geddon

Spider-Geddon is coming but before that event get to know Spider-people from around the multiverse in this trade paperback collecting the four issue series and Superior Octopus #1.

Edge of Spider-Geddon is by Jed McKay, Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Gerard Way, Jason Latour, Aaron Kuder, Christos Gage, Gerardo Sandoval, Alberto Alburquerque, Tonci Zonjic, Will Robson, Mike Hawthorne, Mark Bagley, Brahm Revel, Craig Yeung, Wade Von Grawbadger, Brian Reber, Triona Farrell, Ian Herring, Andres Mossa, Jordie Bellaire, and Dono Sanchez-Almara.

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Review: Spider-Girls #1

May will do anything to protect her brother from the Inheritors, and Anya’s knowledge of the mystical Spider-Totems could save the day. But how does Annie fit in? And what chance do three girls have against ageless universal forces?!

May “Mayday” Parker, the original Spider-Girl, Anya Corazon, the Prime Universe Spider-Girl, and Annie May Parker, a.k.a. Spiderling, three kick-ass Spiders together for the first time!

Spider-Girls #1 spins out of Spider-Geddon so if you’re not reading that event, and you should, this may not completely excite you as a comic. Still, writer Jody Houser delivers a hell of a first issue that does its best to be its own story while still tie into the bigger event.

Houser delivers an action packed first issue where our heroines face numerous villains, deliver the Spider humor you’d expect. The comic just nails the tone of that fun, smart-assness of Spider-Man, and puts a family dynamic into it. And there’s a lot of mystery mixed in with Annie’s powers and what’s coming with the big event. Drama too! Did we mention the drama? Yeah, Houser adds that in with a few panels that hit you in the heart. It’s just so much packed in, it’s a lot of fun.

That’s helped by Andrés Genolet’s art with color by Tríona Farrell, and lettering by Joe Caramagna. The world, the characters, the designs of the bad guys, it all comes together for something that’s so familiar but also really stands on its own. The designs alone, especially for Annie and her family, are great with solid coloring that make them pop. There’s nothing drab here, it feels like there’s inspiration from the neon of New York City.

The comic’s a lot of fun. So much so, I want to see this trio together in a series when an event isn’t going on. There’s a certain flow to the issue and it all that just puts a smile on your face and allows you to sit back and enjoy it all.

Story: Jody Houser Art: Andrés Genolet
Ink: Andrés Genolet Color: Tríona Farrell Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Mech Cadet Yu Vol. 2 SC

Mech Cadet Yu Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Price: $14.99

The second Sharg war has begun. As the alien invasion grows to a worldwide threat, the Mech Cadets answer the call alongside their robos to defend the planet. First year students, however, are grounded and forbidden from fighting on the front lines. But while training in secret, Stanford, Park, Olivetti, and Sanchez will discover that their enemy takes more shapes than they could have ever known.

Collects issues #5-8.

Review: Edge of Spider-Geddon #2

After Gerard Way and Jake Wyatt created SP//dr back in Spider-Verse, she was one of the most requested heroes. With Spider-Geddon on the horizon, SP//dr is back. Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 brings you the next chapter in Peni Parker’s life and set the table for the Spider-Event of 2018!

Too short, that’s the problem with Edge of Spider-Geddon #2. Based on a story by Gerard Way, Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson craft what is a very entertaining re-introduction to Peni Parker. But, by the end, we’re given a bit too little. This is an issue that could have benefited from about 25-50% more pages to flesh out some concepts and scenes. But, that’s also a good thing in a way in that the character and concepts are really good too. While the comic feels a little rushed as far as story, things are set up so well that, much like the first issue of this miniseries, we want to see more of this character and world.

Peni Parker and her Spider mech suit is a familiar concept and with the young age of the character and some of the concepts within, it’s hard to not be reminded of Mech Cadet Yu by Grek Pak (this character originated that series). Pak has had a dozen issues to flesh out his ideas though and Nadler and Thompson do their best giving us more Peni and introducing us to this world’s Venom. There’s also Peni’s Uncle Ben and Aunt May to meet, as well as another twist on a villain, and you can see how so much is there, it’s hard to do it all justice. It’s still entertaining though and left us wanting more.

The art by Alberto Albuquerque with color by Tríona Farrell and lettering by Cory Petit is good. There’s of course mechs running around but there’s also a horror aspect to it all later in the issue. What’s shown, while not explained fully, has a bit of a scariness to it all. It’s a mix of the organic and mechanic in a way that is a bit of a flashback to Superman III (you know the scene we’re talking about). With some solid action and character designs, this is a series that feels like it’s made for the tween set, and succeeds in look and story.

More. That’s the gist of it. We want more. This is a great concept with interesting characters and too few pages to explore any of it enough. If an issue gets you to that point and leaves you wanting more instead of frustrated, that’s a good thing right?

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Gerard Way Art: Alberto Albuquerque
Ink: Alberto Albuquerque Color: Tríona Farrell Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Review: West Coast Avengers #1

Spinning out of her fantastic Hawkeye run, Kelly Thompson kicks off the next stage in Kate Bishop’s heroic career and makes her the leader of the Avengers with artist Stefano Caselli and Triona Farrell. Well, it’s the West Coast Avengers to be honest, and they fight lands harks and 200 feet Tigras and are funded by Quentin Quire’s reality TV show and camera crew. But questionable credentials aside, Thompson and Caselli have created something special: a comedic superhero team in the vein of the classic “bwahaha” Justice League International for 2018. Caselli can do literal big action and big funny as well as romance (Kate’s boyfriend from Hawkeye is on the team as the rookie superhero, Fuse) and even capture the watercolor beauty of traveling through America Chavez’s star portals. He gives West Coast Avengers a blockbuster scope while not sacrificing the humor or quirkiness.

Like most team superhero first issues, West Coast Avengers #1 is all about assembling the team and setting up the team’s first obstacle. Thompson and Caselli create this new Avengers squad from a highly organic place: Kate Bishop freaking out. Seriously, fighting land sharks with a bow and arrow and some martial arts is a tall order. There’s also the more logical place that most superheroes in the Marvel Universe are clustered around New York City and really there needs to be a dedicated, experienced superhero team to protect the West Coast, especially the United States’ second biggest media market, L.A. (Sorry Runaways!) Thompson and Caselli immediately set up the team’s key relationships by having Kate call in the other Hawkeye, Clint Barton and her BFF, America Chavez to help out with the initial threat. They have an easy conversational rhythm in the heat of battle, and Barton especially fits into his supporting role with Stefano Caselli drawing hilarious reaction shots of him watching Kate ride a herd of sharks into the ocean or his responses when Fuse acts about Kate’s ex Noh Varr, who wasn’t invited to the team.  He also acts as the connection

The two wild cards on West Coast Avengers are Gwenpool and Quentin Quire, who brings in the reality TV show angle and makes sure everyone around him knows that he’s an omega level mutant and the strongest member of the team. Since the mid-2000s and the New Warriors, the reality TV superhero angle has been used a lot in comic, but Thompson and Caselli don’t use it for broad brushed satire. Instead, they use the sound bites for characterization and quick moments of levity like when Quire and Gwenpool blow something up in the background while Kate is doing a semi-serious confessional. During these big gags, colorist Triona Farrell’s palette is bolder and absurd than her usual sunny SoCal color choices with the soft purple of Kate’s costume or the glow of the horizon.

West Coast Avengers is a grounded world of ex-boyfriends and sprawling and eating pizza after a hard day’s work, but it’s also a world of Looney Tunes Gwenpool guns and this never gets old, land sharks. Stefano Caselli uses reaction panels to wink at the audience and say, “Yes, this book is weird. Enjoy it!” It can segue from a romance beat to a comedy beat and then an action beat and back again in the space of a couple pages like when Kate and Fuse are making out, run into Quentin Quire and Gwenpool aka “useless Deadpool knockoff” bickering about a wet towel prank to jumping into action via an America star portal. West Coast Avengers has a light tone without devolving too much into parody. For example, giant Tigra is a very real threat to the team and also an opportunity for team leader, Kate Bishop, to exercise situational ethics as she begins with getting Tigra’s old teammate Clint to try to talk her down before bringing in Quentin Quire with the psychic knockout punch.

In recent years, Marvel Comics has had several strong comedy titles in their lineup (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Howard the Duck, and Max Bemis’ Worst X-Man Ever come to mind), but Kelly Thompson, Stefano Caselli, and Triona Farrell bring the funny to a team superhero book in West Coast Avengers.  It also continues the fantastic arc that Thompson has crafted for Kate Bishop over the past two years and providing a new home for the madcap antics of Gwenpool, the goofiness and salt of the earth earnestness of Clint Barton, the laconic punching of America Chavez (Hopefully, she isn’t relegated to team chauffeur.), and the pompous edginess and untapped potential of Quentin Quire. In one issue, a team with an interesting dynamic has been assembled as well as a bad guy that fits the tone of the book so all in all, West Coast Avengers #1 is a win.

Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Stefano Caselli
Colors: Triona Farrell Letters: Joe Caramagna

Story: 8.4 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 (of 4)

Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 (of 4)

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Gerard Way
Art: Alberto Albuquerque
Ink: Alberto Albuquerque
Color: Triona Farrell
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Jake Wyatt
Variant Cover: Cully Hamner, Morry Hollowell
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 29, 2018
SRP: $3.99

After Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, The Umbrella Academy) and Jake Wyatt created SP//dr back in SPIDER-VERSE, she was one of the most requested heroes. With Spider-Geddon on the horizon, SP//dr is back. Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler are joining the team to bring you the next chapter in Peni Parker’s life and set the table for the Spider-Event of 2018!

Preview: Nancy Drew #2

Nancy Drew #2

writer: Kelly Thompson
artist: Jenn St-Onge, Triona Farrell
covers: Tula Lotay (A), Babs Tarr (B), Jenn St-Onge (C-Sub)
Tula Lotay (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Nancy’s returned to her hometown of Bayport to sniff out the sender of an ominous letter that may have to do with her mother’s death seven years ago. Re-teaming with her childhood crime solving team — Bess, George, and The Hardy Boys — Nancy is determined to get to the bottom of things. But she hasn’t even been back in town a day, and someone’s already tried to kill them once. Can they follow the clues in time to stop it from happening again? This modern take on the classic mystery icon continues from KELLY THOMPSON (Hawkeye, Star Wars, Rogue & Gambit) and JENN ST-ONGE (Giant Days, The Misfits)!

Review: Nancy Drew #1

Dynamite Entertainment takes on the classic story of Nancy Drew—created by an all-female team—Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Ong. Thompson’s writing is effortless and well-rounded. While Farrell’s art is fun and reminiscent of a more classic newspaper comic style with a more modern twist. It’s even worth mentioning the coloring by Triona Farrell who is rather impressive in skill.

With resourceful friends, Mia and Noah, Ms. Drew takes on local high school crime. It seems our leading lady is also in high school but it’s never explicitly stated. So far there is no sign of parents or caretakers, so one is left to wonder if perhaps she is college-age. This comes into question when she finds herself drawn back to her hometown, Bayport, due to a suspect, anonymous, and threatening letter—and she is able to hop on a train without question or a care in the world.

Once in Bayport, Drew is greeted by former best friends, Bess and George. It’s incredibly refreshing to see realistic portrayals of people throughout—from plus-size friendly folk, characters of color, and LGBTQ+ friends—this story is all encompassing. While it appears this is becoming more common and normalized in the comic book community, it’s still exciting to see stories come to life without making a statement about what it’s trying to be, but simply is.

There is also a special appearance by (and spoiler alert) the Hardy boys—surely to bring about a spin-off—and the issue ends on a literal cliffhanger. It will leave you anxious, wanting more, and to see where this adventure will go. This new series will be a great gift for grade five or six and above, but overall fit for the entire family, including you comic-loving adults.

Would recommend across the board.

Preview: Mech Cadet Yu Vol. 1 SC

Mech Cadet Yu Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Price: $14.99

Once a year, giant robots from outer space come to Earth and bond with young cadets from the elite Sky Corps Academy to defend the world from the terrifying aliens known as the Sharg. It’s a great honor to be chosen, but this year…well, the wrong kid was picked.
Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk) and Takeshi Miyazawa (Ms. Marvel) team up for an action-packed and heartfelt underdog story about the true makings of heroism and friendship in the face of overwhelming odds.

Collects issues #1-4 and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Mech Cadet Yu, including the comic short story that inspired the series.

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