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Preview: The Thing #3 (of 6)

The Thing #3 (of 6)

(W) Walter Mosley (A/CA) Tom Reilly
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99

WALTER MOSLEY’S FORAY INTO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE CONTINUES!
It’s time for the greatest rematch in the cosmos as Ben Grimm collides with his old sparring partner the Champion of the Universe once more! But this time, it’s no prizefight! The stakes are life or death – not just for the Thing, but also his newfound friends and maybe the world itself! A pugilistic parade of paragon perfection!

The Thing #3 (of 6)

Preview: The Thing #3 (of 6)

The Thing #3 (of 6)

(W) Walter Mosley (A/CA) Tom Reilly
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99

WALTER MOSLEY’S FORAY INTO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE CONTINUES!
It’s time for the greatest rematch in the cosmos as Ben Grimm collides with his old sparring partner the Champion of the Universe once more! But this time, it’s no prizefight! The stakes are life or death – not just for the Thing, but also his newfound friends and maybe the world itself! A pugilistic parade of paragon perfection!

The Thing #3 (of 6)

Preview: The Thing #2 (of 6)

The Thing #2 (of 6)

(W) Walter Mosley (A/CA) Tom Reilly
RATED T
In Shops: Dec 15, 2021
SRP: $3.99

WALTER MOSLEY’S FORAY INTO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE CONTINUES!
From the stage at Radio City Music Hall to a secret underground conclave situated deep beneath Central Park, bashful Benjamin J. Grimm fights and fights and fights to rescue his newfound love, Amaryllis, from the seemingly unstoppable Brusque! But there’s more going on than meets the eye, and the Thing’s epic journey continues to take larger and larger steps, from the gritty urban setting of Yancy Street to the far-flung reaches of the cosmos!

The Thing #2 (of 6)

Review: The Thing #1

The Thing #1

The Thing #1 kicks off a new series that’s described as “sweeping.” And after reading the debut issue, it might be a bit too “sweeping.” The story has Ben Grimm embarking on a journey that has potential but doesn’t quite click for a first issue. It seems he’s having a bit of bad luck, he in fact might be cursed. That lands Grimm in trouble and a rift between himself and his love. We get the start of Ben’s journey, whatever that might be.

Written by Walter Mosley, The Thing # has a lot of potential but doesn’t quite get across exactly what it’s going for. There’s some interesting aspects, like what would Ben attempting to date be like and what a jail to hold him would be, but overall, the story has a choppiness about it. There isn’t a smooth narrative, instead it has its moments setting up what’s to come with the end result coming off more like a puzzle of which we’re missing some pieces.

A dark ominous figure overshadows the story. Who that is, isn’t really teased much. Why they’re doing what they’re doing isn’t as well. Instead, we just know there’s this enemy that’s manipulating events and making Ben have a really bad few days. It’s a setup but one that leaves a bit too much unanswered.

Tom Reilly‘s art is interesting. With color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Joe Sabino, it captures a sadness and frustration as far as what’s happening to Ben. There’s some scary moments that come off well and create enough of a visual tease to play off of the dialogue that only dangles further mysteries. The Thing looks great with a style about the comic that feels a bit like a riff on Jack Kirby.

The Thing #1 is an interesting start but not one that really excites. It has its moments and potential but there’s just too much that feels rather random or unexplained to really get the reader excited for what’s to come. There’s a clear threat but beyond being an annoyance, it doesn’t feel much like one. The Thing #1 might take the whole “thing” to heart a bit too much and feels like it leaves a lot of things hanging.

Story: Walter Mosley Art: Tom Reilly
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.65 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read


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Preview: The Thing #1

The Thing #1

(W) Walter Mosley (A/CA) Tom Reilly
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 10, 2021
SRP: $4.99

THE NEXT BIG THING BEGINS HERE!
Renowned storyteller Walter Mosley brings his signature style to a sweeping saga of Yancy Street’s favorite son that will range from the urban sprawl of the back alleys of Manhattan to the farthest reaches of the cosmos itself! A lonely evening and a chance encounter (or is it?) sends Ben Grimm embarking on a sojourn that will have him encountering – and battling – figures both old and new. Featuring guest appearances from figures drawn from throughout the Marvel Universe as well as precision artwork by Tom Reilly, THE NEXT BIG THING will remind audiences why the Thing is one of the most popular and beloved characters in the history of comics!

The Thing #1

Novelist Walter Mosley Takes on The Thing for Marvel this November

This fall, renowned storyteller Walter Mosley, known for his definitive and bestselling international work in mystery and crime fiction, brings his signature fiction writing style to a sweeping saga of Yancy Street’s favorite son in The Thing. The six-issue series debuts in November 2021.

Written by Mosley and with art by Tom Reilly, the story will range from the urban sprawl of the alleys of Manhattan to the furthest reaches of the cosmos itself. In The Thing, a lonely evening and a chance encounter (or is it?) sends Ben Grimm embarking on a sojourn that will have him confronting—and battling—figures both old and new.

Featuring guest appearances from throughout the Marvel Universe, as well as precision artwork by Reilly, THE NEXT BIG THING will remind audiences why The Thing is one of the most popular and beloved characters in the history of comics!

Don’t miss The Thing when it hits stands this November.

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marvelspidermanpvcThe weekend is almost here! What geeky things will folks be doing? We’ll have our latest episode of Graphic Policy Radio up later today so you can listen to it on demand this weekend.

While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Thomas Reuters Foundation – Indian rape survivor comic superhero takes on acid attacks – Very interesting.

Vulture – Walter Mosley on Why Spider-Man Is Black – Also an interesting read.

CBLDF – Singapore Bookstore Chain Pulls Webcomic After Parent Complaint – Sigh.

The Beat – I Used To Sell You Comics: Comics Are For Everyone (and how working in a comic shop reminded me of that) – Boy do we have stories from our comic shop days.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Bam Smack Pow – Adventures Crime #1

Talking Comics – Clone Conspiracy #1

The Beat – Shortbox

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