Uncanny X-Men #1

Uncanny X-Men#1

Disassembled Part 1

Writers:  Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg & Kelly Thompson

Artist:  Mahmud Asrar

Cover Art:  Rachelle Rosenberg

The new X-Men title has debuted this week, returning to the original “Uncanny” label after a series of colors (Red, Blue, Black, Gold).

However, I found little to be overly X-cited about here.

The team of X-Men now include Nightcrawler, Storm, Jean Grey, Kitty Pryde, Bishop, Psylocke,X-23, Jubilee, Beast and Cannonball (with guest star Northstar).  The roster of X-Men changes more than any team (even the Avengers) and I am not sure why they even bother trying to make an X-clusive line up.  They should just call it Uncanny X-Men and whomever is in the book that week is in the book.

The X-Men themselves have slipped down my list, barely noticing that they are out.  I have not been intrigued much by the color titles and I have not been too into the X-Men books since they burned me out with the original X-Men from the past book.  I liked that at first, but the idea go old quickly.

Uncanny X-Men#1 (2019) was unremarkable to me.  It was fine, but it felt like I had seen this before.  It seemed like the same scenes that they have in every new X-book.  It was X-hausting.

That is…until the final few pages of the first story.  That was a strong end to a overall disappointing issue.  That is the type of final page that can bring back a reader who may not have been too impressed.

Of course, then they slapped on some back up stories which I admit freely to only skimming.  They did not interest me.

I will probably grab Uncanny X-Men#2 to see if the final page can build some momentum, but I am afraid it will just wind up to be that series that I buy but never get around to reading.

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Marvel Knights 20th #1

Marvel Knights 20th #1

Writer:  Donny Cates

Artist:  Travel Foreman

Cover Art:  Geoff Shaw & Rain Beredo

This issue was fascinating.

The first part of a six issue mini-series that tells a story of Matt Murdock who apparently has forgotten everything about himself, including that of his alter ego, Daredevil.  However, Frank Castle helps “wake him up” and tells him that he was Daredevil.

Frank Castle, however, does not seem to be the Punisher we remember either.  He is working with Bruce Banner to see these heroes regain their memories. How did this happen?  It seems as if there are more than just Matt Murdock who do not remember what is going on as we see The Fantastic Four, Jennifer Walters, and Bullseye all with memory problems.

The series sets up an interesting mystery here, and I look forward to seeing more about what has happened here.  I will say that the Matt Murdock part of the book came to a sudden end and I was not ready for it to be done.  It did not feel complete enough of an issue to end it where it did, even with the shocking last few scenes.

There is also a few pages of Wilson Fisk meeting up with three surprise guests in a solid final panel of the book.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the story.  I was under the impression that each book would tell its own stand alone story, but it seems obvious that the books will have several through lines and tie together.

The art from Travel Foreman is beautiful and original without being childish.  I really liked the look of these characters and I do like the mystery that Marvel Knights 20th #1 is trying to tell.  I have been enjoying Daredevil quite a bit lately so I was jazzed at this issue’s use of the Man Without Fear.  The story looks to be ready to include several other major Marvel characters. I hope they return to Matt Murdock with enough time to sufficiently explain how this happened to him.

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Old Man Hawkeye#10

 

Old Man Hawkeye#10

“Blood from a Stone”

Writer:  Ethan Sacks

Artist:  Marco Checchetto

Cover art:  Marco Checchetto

 

This week’s comic of the week is perhaps one of the best series of this past year.  Old Man Hawkeye has been a wonderful tale of a future of the Marvel Universe where Clint Barton is traveling around the world in search of the former members of the Thunderbolts to kill because they betrayed him which led to the death of many of Hawkeye’s friends.

Old Man Hawkeye#10 finally arrives to Moonstone.  And there are some Sentinels along the way.

This series has been wonderful so far, bringing us a future possible story and showing us how some of these characters could end up.  Clint Barton is slowly going blind, which is a tough thing for an archer to deal with.  Kate Bishop has joined him on his path and Marshal Bullseye (yes, that Bullseye) is hot on his trail.

It also looks like a showdown with Baron Zemo is on the horizon.

Old Man Hawkeye is a twelve-issue series and it has never failed to be anything but engaging and unbelievably entertaining.  Marco Checchetto’s art is beautiful, as it reminds one of paintings and his creative ways he has envisioned the characters such as the new look of Moonstone is truly breath taking.

I have loved Old Man Hawkeye this year and it is in the running for my favorite comic of 2018.

Issue #10 continues that trend.

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Moon Knight #200

Moon Knight#200

Writer:  Max Bemis

Artist: Paul Davidson

Guest Artists:  Jacen Burrows, Jeff Lemire, Bill Sienkiewicz

Cover Art:  Becky Cloonan

Moon Knight#200 looks to be the final issue of the current Moon Knight run, which has been pretty messy for me.  I have not been a huge fan of the way the character has been taken since his return. There were some tremendous Moon Knight issues prior to this latest run, but it never really caught the same vibe of those issues.

This issues was so heavy with exposition that it never got any real momentum moving forward.  I did like the sections with Marc Spector’s daughter and the whole “Moon Girl” stuff, but the rest of the comic was over written and contained too much explanation.

The issue’s cover is a beautiful shot of the Moon Knight, though it could be the cover of any issue.

I look forward to the return of Marc Spector to the Marvel Universe in the future, but for now, this send off is underwhelming.

If you are not a hardcore Moon Knight fan, this issue is not for you.

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Marvel Zombie #1 (2018)

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The first comic I want to use in the brand new Comics This Week section of the EYG website is Marvel Zombie#1.

Writer:  W. Maxwell Prince

Artist:  Steffano Raffaele

Color Artist:  Rachelle Rosenberg

Cover Art:  Juan Ferreyra

Marvel returns to the world of horror with their zombie titles that were big a few years ago, except this is a different world than that one.  And the “Marvel Zombie” is one zombie in particular.  His name is Simon Garth and he is a previous Marvel character that was called the Zombie.

Here we see Simon befriend a young boy named Donny, who is with the few remaining heroes, the Defenders, which includes Falcon, Spider-man, Black Widow, Kate Bishop, Moon Girl, Misty Knight, Daredevil.

Part that I really enjoyed was the interaction between the remaining Marvel heroes who clashed over philosophy.  There was a very intriguing argument between Natasha Romanoff and Peter Parker that seems to truly fit their characters.  I liked how, despite the world around them, these characters and their ideological ideas remain constant.

There is also an interesting new connection between Simon and Donny and that relationship leads to some unfortunate results.

It looks that this series is a one-shot comic for the Halloween time, but I have to say that I enjoyed this enough to wish that it could continue on as a regular series.  I enjoyed the relationship between  Simon and Donny and I loved the heroes.  We also get to see many of the heroes/villains turned to zombies and what they look like now (hey there Doc Ock!)

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Comic This Week

This is a new category topic here at EYG and it will be picking one comic book and reviewing it/telling about it each week.  The goal would be to start catching up on my comic reading, which I have fallen way behind in.

So I will post this once a week, some time from Wednesday to Sunday, which is where i will receive the new comics available.

I will also say that this will almost exclusively be a Marvel comic since that is what I collect.  It is very rare when i purchase something from one of the other companies.  No judgements on them, but I just am a Marvel guy.

So…what will we start with?