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Review: Wastelanders: Black Widow #1

Wastelanders: Black Widow #1

When it comes to mysterious characters in the MCU, there is only a handful.  One of those being satisfied in the recent Hawkeye series, which gave fans, some well deserved answers to our burning questions. As we found what happened to Yelena during the “Blip” and how she has coped with her sister’s death. We also found out exactly where the Kingpin has been during everything going on the wider Marvel Universe.

It is Yelena’s sister, Natasha AKA Black Widow that remains ever so enigmatic to longtime fans and viewers. AS Natasha rarely gives up as much as she takes, which is possibly a job hazard. AS being one of the world’s greatest spies, often means hiding in the shadows and plain sight. That is why she may be the most interesting character in the first 3 phases of the MCU. In the latest one shot story in the Wastelanders, we get Wastelanders: Black Widow #1, Natasha Looks to take on one more job, a secret that can change the world

We are taken to the domain of Lizard King, deep down in Florida, where he has taken a prisoner and Black Widow, long thought to have died in the Villain Uprising, has risen from hiding for one big score.  We find out happened to her after the villains won, Yelena burying her sister and taking over the mantle of Black Widow, scavenging the Wastelands the best way she could. She works her way though his lair, defeating Hulk’s grandchildren one by one and temporarily slowing down the Lizard King to get to  Elias Starr. By the issue’s end, Yelena finds him, but a shadow of his former self, leaving her to take down Red Skull all on her own.

Overall, Wastelanders: Black Widow #1 is an outstanding entry into the Wastelanders and proves that some heroes never die. The story by DeKnight  is incredible. The art by the creative is wonderful. Altogether, a story which shows why the MCU should make Yelena the next Black Widow.

Story: Steven DeKnight Art: Well-Bee
Color: Mattia Iacono Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Wastelanders: Black Widow #1

Wastelanders: Black Widow #1

(W) Steven S. DeKnight (A) Well-Bee (CA) Josemaria Casanovas
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99

WHO IS THE BLACK WIDOW?
The LIZARD KING has grown monstrous and deadlier than ever as the lord of his southern domain. But when rumor breaks that critical information is believed to be stored in his impenetrable fortress, only the greatest spy of all is up to the infiltration: the deadly BLACK WIDOW! But who is she, and how has she survived this many decades in the Wastelands undetected? Witness her first appearance in the Old Man Universe!

Wastelanders: Black Widow #1

Review: Wastelanders: Doom #1

Wastelanders: Doom

Once you have everything you ever wanted in life, can you truly be happy? Reaching your goals, means that you have reached your zenith?  As people can get this feeling misdiagnosed. Throughout the world, they have different adjectives for this, but the most common being angst, ennui or weltschmerz.

We generally feel angst, when we worry but that would be reductionist, as it can be more directly described as a feeling that disrupts peace and contentment for no definable reason.  Then there is Ennui, which dates back to the French Revolution, and is described as feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction. Then there is Weltschmerz, which dates back to the Romantic Era in Germany and rightfully so, as it can be described as when the one who suffers wishes the world to be otherwise.  In the latest one shot story in the Wastelands, we get Wastelanders: Doom, where the wary ruler , seemingly has gotten everything but suffers a combination of angst, ennui or weltschmerz in varying degrees.

We are taken to Doom’s Lair, where Doctor Doom rules his territory of the Wastelands, and as such, since Red Skull’s death, chaos has spilled over, whereby rogue groups have since emerged. As Doom lays waste to one of these groups of raiders, he discovers a small town somehow in his territory but not of his knowledge,  but it is not what it seems, as it is trap made by magic. As it is realm protected by witches who only induce his nightmares, filled with memories from his childhood, and of the past, when he welcomed his goddaughter, Valeria Richards, Reed’s daughter. As he finds himself enchanted by the possibilities of staying there, but is told the cost would losing a precious memory, and right when he is about to make a choice, he finds the puppet master behind the rouse, Baron Mordo. By the issue’s end, Mordo finds the source of the magic was Darkhold ,trapping hundreds of people include Sofia Strange and Agatha Harkness who helps Doom give a decisive blow to Mordo once and for all.

Overall, Wastelanders: Doom is an excellent entry into the Wastelanders canon that shows villains can be a hero even when they don’t look to be. The story by Gronbekk is amazing. The art by the creative is breathtaking. Altogether, a story which shows why the MCU should bring Viktor Von Doom into the MCU sooner than later.

Story: Torunn Gronbekk Art: Julius Ohta
Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Cory Pettit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Wastelanders: Star-Lord #1

Wastelanders: Star-Lord #1

Guilt is one of the many emotions burden humans.  As this comes often when one feels they have done something wrong, whether at the time or soon after. Those whom we have wronged may have forgiven us, but we rarely forgive ourselves. There is also those of us who don’t feel guilt whatsoever, as they don’t see that they ever did anything wrong in the first place.

Rather than dwell on those many who are amoral, it is often those who are wrought with this burden that find ourselves revisiting this one memory that evokes guilt over and over again. As I can remember a museum exhibit I made my Mom miss, even though she made no big deal of it. I felt guilty then and it stings even more now she is no longer with us, because there is no way to undo that mistake. In Wastelanders: Star-Lord #1, we find Peter Quill back home on Earth feeling guilt for leaving the place he called home before the Ravagers took him.

We find Peter Quill back on Earth, shortly after defeating Galactus’s final threat on the planet, as he pays a tribute to those he left behind at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. He is greeted by someone who looks like Kitty Pryde, who he chases at the once standing mansion, where he also runs into what looks like the specter of Cyclops and the rest of the X-Men. It turns out these are manifestations of guilt borne of his mind palaces, even brining up the ghosts of the Avengers and Nova, eliciting physical pain in exchange for mental anguish, tearing the very fibers of his character. By Issue’s end, we find out Shadow King was behind it all, and shuts him down once and for all, leaving Earth again and changing the designation of his ship to the name of his former love, the Pryde.

Overall, Wastelanders: Star-Lord #1 is the best of the Wastelanders one-shots so far. The story by Douek is bittersweet and satisfying. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that those of us who suffer from PTSD will more than identify with.

Story: Rich Douek Art: Brent Peeples, Cris Peter, VC’s Cory Petit, Josemaria Casanovas
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Wastelanders: Star-Lord #1

Wastelanders: Star-Lord #1

(W) Rich Douek (A) Brent Peeples (CA) Josemaria Casanovas
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Dec 29, 2021
SRP: $3.99

PETER QUILL HAUNTED BY HIS PAST!
The legendary STAR-LORD has fallen on hard times. With the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY disbanded, PETER QUILL returned to Earth to find it a wasteland unlike anything he’s seen across the stars-heroes dead, villains in power. While he’s taken out one threat, others remain in the Wastelands, and Star-Lord’s own desire to assuage his guilt for being off-world during the calamity will land him right in the middle of another! Will Quill overcome the MYSTERIOUS FORCE waiting for him at the site of his lost love’s death? Or is she not really dead at all…?

Wastelanders: Star-Lord #1

Preview: Wastelanders: Star-Lord #1

Wastelanders: Star-Lord #1

(W) Rich Douek (A) Brent Peeples (CA) Josemaria Casanovas
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Dec 29, 2021
SRP: $3.99

PETER QUILL HAUNTED BY HIS PAST!
The legendary STAR-LORD has fallen on hard times. With the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY disbanded, PETER QUILL returned to Earth to find it a wasteland unlike anything he’s seen across the stars-heroes dead, villains in power. While he’s taken out one threat, others remain in the Wastelands, and Star-Lord’s own desire to assuage his guilt for being off-world during the calamity will land him right in the middle of another! Will Quill overcome the MYSTERIOUS FORCE waiting for him at the site of his lost love’s death? Or is she not really dead at all…?

Wastelanders: Star-Lord #1

Review: Wastelanders: Hawkeye #1

Wastelanders: Hawkeye #1

As Disney+ ramps up production on a slate of Marvel intellectual properties, one wonders if they only continued on Netflix. As when the original announcement was made those years ago, fans were excited at the possibilities. When Daredevil first premiered, it made all the superhero shows on television at the time, seem mediocre. Then came rest of the Defenders solo shows, which showed that you can tell good stories with superheroes as protagonists.

One of the best things about the Daredevil show was the introduction of Stick. In the comics, he was a better mentor than Whistler was to Blade, often giving Matt, tough love. As I feel if there more seasons, we would have seen much more of the character and maybe a familiar story arc or two. Ethan Sacks and Ibraim Roberson bring back Hawkeye as he loses his sight to be trained by the one man who how to move forward, in Wastelanders: Hawkeye #1.

We’re taken to the Goblin State Park deep in the Wastelands, where the territory is being ruled by a ruthless warlord Marko The Terrible, as an elderly Hawkeye. What Hawkeye doesn’t count on is who is Marko’s muscle, Juggernaut but he gets help from an unexpected ally, Matt Murdock AKA Stick. Stick realizing that Clint is losing his sight, decides to train him on how to fight without sight,as he soon finds about himself, that he is even more dangerous and a better shooter with Matt’s training. By issue’s end, Matt sends Clint on one last mission , which also serves as a lesson, that even though he lost his sight, he will never lose his memories.  

Overall, Wastelanders: Hawkeye #1 is an exciting first chapter to Clint’s adventures in the Wastelands. The story by Sacks is a great character development. The art by the creative team is astounding. Altogether, a story that is the best version of the 80s training montage.

Story: Ethan Sacks Art: Ibraim Roberson
COlor: Dijjo Lima Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Wastelanders: Hawkeye #1

Wastelanders: Hawkeye #1

(W) Ethan Sacks (A) Ibraim Roberson (CA) Josemaria Casanovas
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Dec 22, 2021
SRP: $3.99

DEADLY ACCURACY!
Witness the never-before-told story of HAWKEYE’S training with STICK-the man formerly known as DAREDEVIL! Clint Barton’s sight may be gone, but his will to avenge is stronger than ever, and with the training and expert guidance of MATT MURDOCK, arrows will fly again! But what is Murdock’s actual target? And how will this change Hawkeye’s path in the Wastelands? This is one issue YOU can’t afford to miss!

Wastelanders: Hawkeye #1

Review: Wastelanders: Wolverine #1

Wastelanders: Wolverine #1

In a world where it feels like we are living in the end days, dystopia as entertainment seems too real. The Walking Dead seemed farfetched just two years. This has caused many to view the show more like a reality television show than escapist fiction. Needless to say, within this genre, it says more about human beings than the circumstances we find ourselves in.

One of the best comic books that takes place in a dystopian setting is Old Man Logan. The movie version also lived up to the book, giving fans what they wanted, a faithful adaptation. The thing is like like with all adaptations, it left a lot out and the story was too good not to be continued. Steven DeKnight and Ibrahim Moustafa bring back Logan for another ride, protecting the progeny of a one time foe in Wastelanders: Wolverine #1.

We are taken to the Eastern border of the former Hulkland Territory of the Wastelands, where we find out what happened after Old Man Logan, as he tried to find peace, but ended up having to go against the Banners, killing all of them except Bruce’s son. As his trek is not without troubles as he settles in Ghost Rider Territory, who challenge his presence and who all pay the ultimate price for it, as Logan’s taste for blood is still fresh from the massacre in Hulkland. As he looks for food and water, an unexpected enemy pops out of nowhere for one final fight. By the issue’s end, Logan stands victorious as Bruce’s son becomes bonded to him, burying his enemy once and for all.

Overall, Wastelanders: Wolverine #1 is an exciting first chapter to Logan’s adventures in the Wastelands. The story by DeKnight is wall to wall action. The art by the creative team is amazing. Altogether, a story that will have readers rooting for Logan to be the last man standing in the Wastelands.

Story: Steven DeKnight Art: Ibrahim Moustafa
Color: Neeraj Menon Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Wastelanders: Wolverine #1

Wastelanders: Wolverine #1

(W) Steven S. DeKnight (A) Ibrahim Moustafa (CA) Josemaria Casanovas
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Dec 15, 2021
SRP: $3.99

STEVEN S. DEKNIGHT LEADS THE RETURN TO THE WASTELANDS OF OLD MAN LOGAN!
The super villains united and took out most of the world’s super heroes decades ago, and while the man known as LOGAN attempted to live a life of peace, he had to pop the claws once again to do what he does best! But saving the day looks different with the Baby Hulk under his care. Is Logan doing the right thing by protecting the progeny of the HULK or dooming what’s left of the war-torn world? Logan may not have long to ponder if he is crushed by the ADAMANTIUM ARMOR of his newfound enemy DOWNFALL!
Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil season 1 showrunner, WOLVERINE: BLACK, WHITE & BLOOD) teams with fan-favorite artist Ibrahim Moustafa to tell an all-new story of WOLVERINE in the days after the conclusion of the original OLD MAN LOGAN, as he fights once again to save the people of the Wastelands who have been crushed under the heel of the RED SKULL and BRUCE BANNER!

Wastelanders: Wolverine #1
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