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Legion of Super-Heroes #1 Gets a First Look

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Written by Brian Michael Bendis 
Art by Ryan Sook
Inks by Ryan Sook and Wade von Grawbadger
Color by Jordie Bellaire
Cover by Ryan Sook
Variant Covers by Ryan Sook and Jim Cheung
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
Final Orders Due: Oct 14, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Welcome to the 31st Century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!

Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis reteams with master artist Ryan Sook (Action Comics) for one of the most ambitious mainstream comic books ever created! Why have the Legion of Super-Heroes broken the cardinal rule of the United Planets and inducted Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy, into the Legion? What are they hiding? And what does it have to do with Aquaman’s long-lost trident?

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

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.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores now! 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: 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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