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Preview: Batman Beyond #31

Batman Beyond #31

(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Rick Leonardi, Wade Von Grawbadger (CA) Chris Samnee
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

With a series of spectacular high-tech heists, a mysterious new villain known as the Splitt is preying on Neo-Gotham. Only Batman is capable of stopping him, yet Terry McGinnis wants nothing more than to get his life back to normal after his destructive battle with The Joker. Making this even more difficult is the strange, enigmatic fate of Bruce Wayne!

Batman Beyond #31

Review: Superman: Action Comics Vol. 1: Invisible Mafia

Superman and Clark’s life has been shaken up and new threats emerge in Metropolis as his personal life is in shambles.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 1: Invisible Mafia features issues #1001-1006 by Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook, Patrick Gleason, Yanick Paquette, Wade Von Grawbadger, Alejandro Sanchez, Brad Anderson, Nathan Fairbairn, and Josh Reed.

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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.

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores January 15th! 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: Superior Spider-Man #1

Otto Octavius leaves the moniker of Doctor Octopus behind and once again becomes THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN! If you think you’ve already read the most intense and surprisingly heartbreaking Superior Spider-Man story, prepare to be wrong. Otto is going to prove to the world that he’s the most effective and (to him at least) the best super hero in the world. But when a villain that overpowers him by so much shows up in San Francisco, there’s no way Ock can win, right? Can you see Otto smirking from where you’re reading this?

Story: Christos Gage Art: Mike Hawthorne
Ink: Wade Von Grawbadger Color: Jordie Bellaire 

Lettering: Clayton Cowles

Review: Superior Spider-Man #1

Superior Spider-Man #1

Otto Octavius leaves the moniker of Doctor Octopus behind and once again becomes The Superior Spider-Man! If you think you’ve already read the most intense and surprisingly heartbreaking Superior Spider-Man story, prepare to be wrong. Otto is going to prove to the world that he’s the most effective and (to him at least) the best super hero in the world. But when a villain that overpowers him by so much shows up in San Francisco, there’s no way Ock can win, right?

Back in October, the Superior Octopus was released and had Doc Ock in his new body setting up a new life in San Francisco. Then, Spider-Geddon happened, and that issue feels more like a tease of the series we were supposed to get, Superior Spider-Man. Much of Octopus‘ creative team is onboard with this new series making for a nice transition though it feels a bit like deja-vu at times.

Writer Christos Gage is the one taking us along Doc Ock’s new direction and new life and it’s not a bad start. Some of my complaints of the original series, namely Ock’s speech patterns, are lessened here and instead the issue feels more like a different spin on Spider-Man. And, that’s not a bad thing. As has been seen numerous times, different spins on Spider-Man can work. Here we get the arrogance and brilliance of Ock in a new body and a new location. I enjoyed his time in Peter’s body under Dan Slott’s run and how the character approached similar issues from the past in a different way. Here Gage is continuing that with the use of villains as his eyes and ears, something we know will come back to haunt him in some way.

Mike Hawthorne handles the art along with Wade Von Grawbadger on ink, Jordie Bellaire on color, and Clayton Cowles on lettering. The art isn’t too flashy but there’s solid use of page and panel layouts. Hawthorne and the team don’t attempt to recreate the more iconic bend in all ways Spider-Man poses instead focusing on dramatic angles and perspectives. It works to set the art apart from what else is out there and come before.

The issue is a solid one delivering a new start, after what feels like a false one, and a direction that’s interesting. There’s a lot to like in this debut and for Spider-Man fans, or those interested in a reformed villain, it’s an issue to check out. First issues can really be judged if they get you to want to come back for a second and this one succeeds in that and then some.

Story: Christos Gage Art: Mike Hawthorne
Ink: Wade Von Grawbadger Color: Jordie Bellaire

Lettering: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Superior Spider-Man #1

Superior Spider-Man #1

(W) Christos Gage (A) Mike Hawthorne, Wade Von Grawbadger (CA) Travis Charest
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE-IN!
Otto Octavius leaves the moniker of Doctor Octopus behind and once again becomes THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN! If you think you’ve already read the most intense and surprisingly heartbreaking Superior Spider-Man story, prepare to be wrong. Otto is going to prove to the world that he’s the most effective and (to him at least) the best super hero in the world. But when a villain that overpowers him by so much shows up in San Francisco, there’s no way Ock can win, right? Can you see Otto smirking from where you’re reading this?

Superior Spider-Man #1

Advance Review: Superior Spider-Man #1

Spider-Geddon is over and Doc Ock/Spidey is back home and trying to be the best Spider-Man he can be! We review this restart of a new take on this redone character!

Superior Spider-Man #1 is by Christos Gage, Mike Hawthorne, Wade Von Grawbadger, Jordie Bellaire, and Clayton Cowles.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 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: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 9 Worldwide

This is it, Dan Slott‘s epic run on The Amazing Spider-Man comes to an end and is collected here. It’s one last battle between Spider-Man and Green Goblin!

Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 9 Worldwide collects issues #797-801 by Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Marte Garcia, Nck Bradshaw, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Marcos Martin, and Munsta Vicente.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 24th! 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: The Superior Octopus #1

Doc Ock has set up shop as San Francisco’s protector, but you won’t believe his methods. Some of Otto Octavius’s new super hero strategies may make Spider-Man regret letting him free, but the good doctor swears that he’s the SUPERIOR OCTOPUS!

I really enjoyed Dan Slott’s run of Doc Ock taking over the body of Peter Parker. Even the eventual spin of Doc Ock getting a younger clone body had potential. Then there was Hydra and logically for the character it made sense in many ways. This comic though… something is off.

Written by Christos Gage, The Superior Octopus is written with dialogue that’s painful to read. Gone is Slott’s take on a character trying to be a younger person. Instead we’ve got Doc Ock trying to sound like a hero with moments that are cringeworthy to read.

A scene actually has Ock saying:

“I am a force for good, while you are tin-plated would-be despots.”

Now, I know he’s not going to be the best when it comes to relatable dialogue but this is bad, even for him. While trying to get a speech pattern that could be the classic villain, the comic treads a bit too much into cheese.

The concepts within are solid as Gage sets up a personal life outside of being a superhero, dealing with Hydra, and continuing how he thinks being a superhero should be. It’s all great in that sense. The flow though is a bit of a chore to read and one that just isn’t all that enjoyable. Great ideas, bad execution.

The art by Mike Hawthorn is ok. There’s nothing too flashy or exciting and there’s some opportunity for that if he wanted. We get battles that are interesting to watch but the character design lacks a certain detail and polish. Octavious out of costume looks off with a large head and hair that’s a bit too stiff. There’s just a polish to it all that’s missing.

There’s a back-up story from Jed McKay and art by Mark Bagley that ties into the upcoming Spider-Geddon storyline which is the best thing about the comic. It answers some questions and plays into Ock’s arrogance and self-centered aspects.

For a comic that I was sure I was going to enjoy, I’m walking away wishing I spent the time reading something else. It just misses as far as story and dialogue and the art is pretty average. There’s nothing superior at all to it except it setting up the world it will revolve around. For a title that was a sure win it’s a hell of a miss.

Story: Christos Gage, Jed McKay Art: Mike Hawthorn, Mark Bagley
Ink: Wade von Grawbadger, Craig Yeung
Color: Jordie Bellaire, Dono Sãnchez-Almara & Protobunker

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Story: 4.0 Art: 6.5 Overall: 4.5 Recommendation: Pass

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Review: The Unexpected #1

Spinning out of The Dark Nights: Metal, The Unexpected #1 features obscure DC Comics heroes and villains, multiversal threats, exploding innards, and lots of violence. Ryan Sook, Cary Nord, and Steve Orlando start the story out strong by telling the origin of the new Firebrand, Janet Fals, who was a paramedic that was experimented on and given the Conflict Engine. Thanks to the Conflict Engine, she must fight every 24 hours, or she will die. It’s a cool concept and connects well to Janet’s character because she wants to help and heal people, not beat them up. However, this origin is derailed by interesting a flurry of new characters, who are then mostly killed off in the middle of the story. Luckily, Sook, Nord, and Orlando cast an almost saving throw with a theatrical villain, who may not be the biggest fish in the pond, er, dark multiverse.

By the time it finds its footing, The Unexpected strikes a balance between Doom Patrol and Suicide Squad with Greg Capullo inspired artwork as a garnish. Getting Batman colorist FCO Plascencia to go full heavy metal garish with his palette helps with this last bit, and inkers Mick Gray and Wade von Grawbadger help with the clarity of storytelling and some of the details on character designs and costumes. Sook and Nord do make a few poor blocking choices like awkward cuts being long and close up when Firebrand meets her possible girlfriend, Joy, at the hospital. Orlando’s dialogue is fun and flirty, but there is no chemistry in their body language or facial expressions. Sook and Nord also cut away from the death scenes of the two redshirt members of The Unexpected lessening the impact of a sequence that barely registers because we barely know who Viking Judge and Elligh are besides that they have cool, magic fighting things and were introduced in other comics. Subpar storytelling aside, Sook and Nord’s art styles have a kind of 1990s loose cannon, anarchic energy with better anatomy while keeping a sense of bloodthirstiness.

The Unexpected”s main issue is that Ryan Sook, Cary Nord, and Steve Orlando are unsure if it is a solo, team, or buddy book and tries out all three takes to varying success. Even if Firebrand is a relatively obscure DC hero (Janet is the 5th iteration), she has a fairly compelling origin story as an ordinary human, who tries to help people in the midst of multiple apocalypses and sci-fi experimentation. She is a fugitive from scary organizations and folks, but still works as a pro bono paramedic for the good of her conscience. Plus she’s snarky as hell, isn’t the greatest at relationships, and Sook and Nord get a real kick out of drawing her no holds barred brawls even though she is constantly trying to avoid collateral damage. This is a seed of a great story that immediately gets sidelined when the lineup of The Unexpected shows up and starts rattling cages. All three members spout exposition about their backstories and various MacGuffins while the reptilian cowboy Bad Samaritan kicks their asses. He meets his end in the issue too, but has more personality than the not so golden trio combined. At least, Neon the Unknown has the whole mystery mage vibe going for him as Orlando sets up a possible sage mentor/violent newbie dynamic for them going forward.

The Unexpected #1 is a bonkers journey into the weirder side of The Dark Nights Metal and has a potential breakout character in Firebrand plus some cool double page spreads from Ryan Sook and Cary Nord and a crackling color palette from FCO Plascencia. However, it sidelines its momentum to turn into a failed attempt at a Doom Patrol/Challengers of the Unknown time team book until someone remembered that DC was already publishing these books and course corrects into a not so dynamic duo taking on very high level threat book. The Unexpected #1 is a mixed bag of a comic, but the series itself has potential mostly thanks to Steve Orlando’s three dimensional writing of Firebrand.

Storytellers: Ryan Sook, Cary Nord, and Steve Orlando Inks: Mick Gray and Wade von Grawbadger
 Colors: FCO Plascencia Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
Story: 6.5 Art: 7 Overall: 6.8 Recommendation: Read

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