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Review: Champions #18

CHAMP-1The new order changeth! After a series of tragic setbacks and shakeups, the Champions are faced with a grim decision – is it finally time to disband and give up the fight?

As I’m sure our regular readers have seen on this site, I am a huge fan of this book.  Right from issue one this book hit the ground running and gave us a great team of heroes who wanted to go out and change the world. They didn’t want to just go out and stop the bad guys, they wanted to spread their message around; make everyone a Champion.  The last few issues, however, have been dealing with problems more close to home. Mark Waid wraps things up in this issue, and really makes this personal for the team and gets them back on track with their mission statement; make everyone the hero; a champion. As past issues have done, this one really highlights the bond of this team, the founding members anyway, but also does a good job of bringing in the latest recruits, really showing us that the Champions and their cause are here to stay. I’d be lying if I didn’t say i wasn’t a little hesitant to see which new recruits stick around; I have been with this team from the start, and they have a dynamic and connection that a new member can easily throw out of whack. But, they have done a good job introducing these new members and how they interact with the originals, so I’m hoping the transition will be smooth and the book doesn’t suffer.

And as usual, Humberto Ramos is nothing but stellar with the art in this issue, and the book as a whole.  This is combined with colorist Edgar Delgado and inker Victor Olazaba. I have long said that Ramos was the best choice for this book and I stand by that statement now. His style is absolutely perfect for a youthful group of superheroes with every page showing emotion and action and just really bringing the narrative to life. Of course, the colors and ink work play in connection with this, but this team has been nothing but excellent, bringing life to these characters issue after issue.

As I’m sure you can tell, I loved this issue. It brought the current story arc to a close and reaffirmed the strong bond this team has for each other. Yes, there is a change to the team line up and as much as I am sorry to see one character leave, and I am excited to see where this team goes next. But not only is the team line up changing in the book, but the creative team on this book is changing as well. And that has me nervous. Jim Zub will be taking over the writing duties while Sean Izaakse will be taking over the art. Waid and Ramos have really given life to this book, and I can only hope that once the torch is passed, Champions is still as great as it has been. I’ll remain cautiously optimistic and stay excited to see where this book goes next.

Story: Mark Waid  Art: Humberto Ramos
Ink: Victor Olazaba Color: Edgar Delgado
Story: 9.0  Art: 9.0  Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Champions #18

Champions #18

Story: Mark Waid Art: Humberto Ramos
Ink: Victor Olazaba Color: Edgar Delgado Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgado
Editor: Tom Brevoort Assistant Editor: Alanna Smith
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

CHAMPION FOR A DAY Part 3
• The new order changeth! After a series of tragic setbacks and shakeups, the Champions are faced with a grim decision – is it finally time to disband and give up the fight?

Preview: Spider-Man/Deadpool #28

Spider-Man/Deadpool #28

Story: Robbie Thompson Art: Chris Bachalo, Matt Horak
Cover Art: Scott Hepburn, Ian Herring Title Page Desinger: Manny Mederos
Ink: Matt Horak, Livesay, Tim Townsend, Victor Olazaba, Wayne Faucher Color: Chris O’Halloran Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Editor: Jordan D. White, Nick Lowe Assistant Editor: Kathleen Wisenski
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

AREA 14 Part 2
• A leopard won’t change its spots, and the Chameleon won’t change how he changes into other people and steals weapons!
• This is Spidey and Deadpool’s last chance to stop him (and Deadpool’s last chance to steal his stash out from under him) before something is unleashed that will haunt our heroes for years to come!

Review: Doctor Strange Vol. 3 Blood In the Aether

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 Doctor Strange!

Doctor Strange Vol. 3: Blood in the Aether collecting issues #11-16 by Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Kevin Nowlan, Leonardo Romero, Jorge Fornes, Cory Smith, Al Vey, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Wayne Faucher, Tim Townsend, Richard Friend, Antonio Fabela, Jordie Bellaire, and Java Tartaglia.

Get your copy in comic shops today and bookstores on November 7. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Doctor Strange Vol. 3 Blood In the Aether
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Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: All-New Wolverine and Champions

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got two new volumes from Marvel featuring Wolverine and the Champions.

All-New Wolverine Vol. 3 Enemy of the State II collecting issues #13-18 by Tom Taylor, Nick Virella, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Scott Hanna, Michael Garland, and Jesus Aburtov.

Champions Vol. 1 Change the World collecting issues #1-5 by Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, and Edgar Delgado.

Find out about the trade and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores May 3 and bookstores May 16.

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All-New Wolverine Vol. 3 Enemy of the State II
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Champions Vol. 1 Change the World
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: All-New X-Men, Daredevil, and Doctor Strange

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got three volumes from Marvel covering some of their newer releases.

All-New X-Men Vol. 3: Hell Hath So Much Fury collecting issues #12-16 by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy, and Nolan Woodard.

Daredevil Vol. 3: Dark Art collecting issues #10-14 by Charles Soule, Ron Garney, and Matt Millia.

Doctor Strange Vol. 3: Blood in the Aether collecting issues #11-16 by Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Kevin Nowlan, Leonardo Romero, Jorge Fornes, Cory Smith, Al Vey, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Wayne Faucher, Tim Townsend, Richard Friend, Antonio Fabela, Jordie Bellaire, and Java Tartaglia.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find all three in comic stores February 22 and bookstores March 7.

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All-New X-Men Vol. 3: Hell Hath So Much Fury
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Daredevil Vol. 3: Dark Art
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Doctor Strange Vol. 3: Blood in the Aether
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Preview: Doctor Strange #15

Doctor Strange #15

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Chris Bachalo, Jorge Fornes, John Livesay, Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Victor Olazaba (CA) Kevin Nowlan
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 21, 2016
SRP: $3.99

“Blood in the Aether” continues as Doctor Strange’s Rogues’ Gallery all take their shot at a weakened Sorcerer Supreme! Back during ORIGINAL SIN, the Watcher was killed and his eyes were removed. One eye fell into the hands of the Orb! With that immense power, the Orb has set his sights on Doctor Strange!

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Review: Champions #1

Champions_1_CoverFollowing the fallout of Civil War II, Avengers Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man strike out on their own – joined by Cyclops, Viv Vision and the Totally Awesome Hulk! Six young heroes determined to change the world – and they’re only the beginning!

I’m just going to start off with the bad. This is the first comic that really is meant to kick off Marvel‘s post-Civil War II world. The problem is we’re another 2+ months out from knowing how that event ends, so there’s a lot of questions left out there and some references that leave you scratching your head.

But, that little bump aside, Champions #1 firmly plants a flag as to what it is, a return to positive heroes who do more than just punch the bad guys and cause damage. These are heroes who also stay around to help clean up, fix their mess, and, more importantly, let the justice system do its job.

Written by Mark Waid, this first issue is beyond enjoyable with a fun positive vibe that seems to bounce along at a solid pace. These are heroes without the killing squarely aimed at a bit younger crowd or for folks who want heroes that might punch the bad guys, but also have a clue they’re causing damage when doing so. The series seems to take on that conundrum that exists in superhero comics where you have heroes that can do amazing things, but they never use those powers for basic things, like fixing the building they just damaged.

Spinning out of All-New, All-Different Avengers, the series’ heart is its core heroes of Ms. Marvel, Nova, and the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man that all have seen the Avengers for what they are, a wrecking crew. The discussion and events that lead into their teaming up feels natural and honest with some heartfelt moments peppered throughout. I can’t say for sure this is how kids of that age talk, but Waid also doesn’t attempt to painfully write their age either. It all works, and works really well.

Waid is helped by Humberto Ramos‘ art which is absolutely amazing. He’s helped by inker Victor Olazaba and colorist Edgar Delgado for a combination that’s some of his best recent art. There’s some flashbacks which are colored kind of like old-time films in a slight brown tint that look amazing. Ramos’ art also adds to the youthful energy of the characters and comics with colors that feel like they pop off the page.

I had no idea what to expect going into this series and coming out the other side… it’s awesome. It has an energy and vibe that’s missing from a lot of comics. It has action, humor, solid banter, and more importantly characters that feel very aware of what they’re doing. Marvel has position the series to be the center of what comes next and if this is any indication of what’s coming, bring it on.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Humberto Ramos Ink: Victor Olazaba Color: Edgar Delgado
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Amazing Spider-Man #1

Amazing_Spider-Man_1_Cover“Yes! This is what being a Spider-Man is all about! Swinging through the sky–a New York sky–patrolling the city. Every moment a chance to make a difference. To fight the good fight.
– Peter – Thinking to himself

Not only is Peter Parker back, but so are his quick-witted comebacks. “Silly Rabbit. That’s what you get for putting all your Faberge Eggs in one basket.” Lol, love it…and the numerous other one-liners in the first few pages alone! Glad your back Peter. Peter Parker has, indeed, returned in Marvel’s new Amazing Spider-Man #1 and he has a lot of cleaning up to do after the mess that Doc Ock created and left from the past 30 plus issues as Superior Spider-Man. The task before him may seem insurmountable to most, but we have faith That Peter will rise to the task and throw in a few one-liners in as well.

I had thought for a moment that ASM #1 would be a sort of reboot for the Spider-Man franchise, since Marvel decided to renumber the issue #1 instead of continuing to #701. Then I thought, “Where would all those problems and situations that Doc Ock created go?”. So, what we ended up with is a new element to Spidey’s history and our beloved Peter Parker is thrust into repairing his image, career and relationships at the same time. Leave it to the amazing Dan Slott to conjure up another intriguing and unique story for Spider-Man immediately after the Superior Spider-Man chapter ends.

The first arc is aptly named “Lucky To Be Alive” and, as mentioned, begins with an added element to Spidey’s history. As we all know (you should know this), Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and subsequently gained its speed, agility, and proportional strength. What we didn’t know is that someone else, a female, was also bitten on the ankle by that same spider. We don’t know who she is, but we should find out before 2014 is over. It will, no doubt, be a great story that Dan Slott introduces to Spidey’s world and I am very curious who it could be.

Parker’s first real villain in ASM is the bad-guy group, The Menagerie. He takes them down with ease, and you know he is back when you catch yourself smiling and/or laughing at all of his one-liners. A lot of problems arise out of this much anticipated first issue and we can tell right away that Parker will have his hands full for quite some time. He will have to deal with Electro and the other prisoners at Conway Penitentiary that escaped when it was destroyed from the Goblin attack.

While Peter is catching up with everything Doc Ock left in his wake he figures out that Doc wasn’t just twiddling his thumbs in the Spidey suit. He is now the owner and founder of Parker Industries as well as receiving his doctorate. I am sure he can pull that off because he is a genius after all, but Doc wasn’t all about the Spidey suit and getting degrees. He fell in love…as Peter Parker. Not only did he fall in love, but he was going to marry her. Which, of course, Anna Maria figures that out and patiently waits for Peter to return home. She figures out something else too, but I won’t spoil that for you. I don’t think anything could have prepared our webbed hero for how to handle this situation.

As much as I loved Superior, I am glad to have Amazing Spider-Man back on my Pull-List. The ink by Humberto Ramos is nothing short of outstanding and is a staple of of this franchise. Every page jumps out at you and the colors really pop in each and every panel. Edgar Delgado does an equally impressive job. Dan Slott appears to have many wonderful things planned for ASM and it’s going to a great year for the fans. I enjoyed Superior Foes and Team-up and thought they were really good series (Foes was so funny). However, I would trade anything to have Peter Parker and The Amazing Spider-Man back.

Thoughts and Discussion

– I thought this was hilarious…The old woman telling Peter, “Put some clothes on! Who do you think you are? Miley Cyrus?!

– How will Captain America and The Avengers get the proof they need that this is the real Peter Parker?

– Will Peter ever access Doc Ock’s memories for anything? Or will he think it’s too dangerous to even try?

– How will Peter break the news to Maria? Is this situation going to be a big problem for him?

– One of the most important questions, I think, is ‘what happened to Doc Ock?’ Where did he go?

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Story: Dan Slott – Art/Cover: Humberto Ramos – Ink: Victor Olgaza – Color: Edgar Delgado
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy