Fantastic Four #22

Fantastic Four (2018) #22 | Comic Issues | Marvel

Fantastic Four #22

You Had One Job”

Writer:  Dan Slott

Artist:  Paco Medina & Sean Izaakse

Cover Art:  Nick Bradshaw & John Rauch

An Empyre tie in sees the story of Franklin and Valeria Richards continuing on Yancy Street with Spider-Man and Wolverine.  Franklin and Valeria are meant to protect the two children, one Skrull, one Kree, that the team had rescued last issue.

Unfortunately, Wolverine got a little stabby last issue, and N’Kalla the Skrull was injured.  Spidey’s spider-sense is going off, but he is more interested in meeting Sky, Johnny Storm’s soulmate.

It seems great that Dan Slott has a chance to write Spider-Man once again.  You can tell he slips right back into a regular feel with the Wall-Crawler.

I enjoyed this issue very much and I am looking forward to the advancement of this storyline.  Spidey and Wolvie are a fun pair to play off and we get to see how Franklin and Valeria continue to progress.

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X-Factor #1

X-FACTOR #1

X-Factor #1

Suite No. 1″ Prelude: Aurora Moratorium”

Writer:  Leah Williams

Artist:  David Baldeon

Cover Art:  Ivan Shavrin

I have not been a huge fan of the rebooted X-Men series.  I have only continued buying the main X-Men title since coming out of Powers of X/House of X series by Hickman.  So I did not have a lot of hope when I found X-Factor #1 in my pull box today.

Yet, I really enjoyed this book.

Northstar senses that his twin sister Aurora has died and he goes to demand that the resurrection process in Krakoa get started.   However, Hope demands proof of death before they start on the process.

Northstar and Polaris team up and recruit a group to help investigate what happened to her.

Joining Northstar and Polaris is Daken, Prodigy, Eye-Boy, and Rachel and they called themselves X-Factor.

I enjoyed the character interactions in the book.  I must say that the story of Aurora’s death was really underplayed.  I would not have minded if that had been spread out and made a little more substantial than what we got.  It felt like it was tossed in just to justify the creation of X-Factor.

However, the characterization was so good that I can excuse the lack of the plot with the hope that the story improves as the book continues.  The idea that X-Factor will be an investigative team looking for missing mutants and determining if a mutant has died is a solid hook for this comic.

I wonder if this book is just going to blend in with the other X-books and lose its identity.  That is one of the current strengths of this book so far.

It is an interesting and hopeful start at this point.

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X-FACTOR #1

Eisner Award winners 2020 SDCC at home

 

The Eisner Awards were presented at the San Diego Comic Con at home edition, on YouTube.  The Eisner Awards are present to the top in the area of comics publishing.  Winner listed in red below….

 

Best Short Story
  • “Hot Comb,” by Ebony Flowers, in Hot Comb (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • “How to Draw a Horse,” by Emma Hunsinger, The New Yorker
  • “The Menopause,” by Mira Jacob, The Believer
  • “Who Gets Called an ‘Unfit’ Mother?” by Miriam Libicki, The Nib
  • “You’re Not Going to Believe What I’m About to Tell You,” by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal

Best Single Issue/One-Shot
  • Coin-Op No. 8: Infatuation, by Peter and Maria Hoey (Coin-Op Books)
  • The Freak, by Matt Lesniewski (AdHouse)
  • Minotäar, by Lissa Treiman (Shortbox)
  • Our Favorite Thing Is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
  • Sobek, by James Stokoe (Shortbox)

Best Continuing Series
  • Bitter Root, by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene (Image)
  • Criminal, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Crowded, by Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt (Image)
  • Daredevil, by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto (Marvel)
  • The Dreaming, by Simon Spurrier, Bilquis Evely et al. (DC)
  • Immortal Hulk, by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, and Ruy José et al. (Marvel)

Best Limited Series
  • Ascender, by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (Image)
  • Ghost Tree, by Bobby Curnow and Simon Gane (IDW)
  • Little Bird by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram (Image)
  • Naomi by Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker, and Jamal Campbell (DC)
  • Sentient, by Jeff Lemire and Gabriel Walta (TKO)

Best New Series
  • Doctor Doom, by Christopher Cantwell and Salvador Larocca (Marvel)
  • Invisible Kingdom, by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Berger Books/Dark Horse)
  • Once & Future, by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora (BOOM! Studios)
  • Something Is Killing the Children, by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera (BOOM! Studios)
  • Undiscovered Country, by Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Daniele Orlandini (Image)

Best Publication for Early Readers
  • Comics: Easy as ABC, by Ivan Brunetti (TOON)
  • Kitten Construction Company: A Bridge Too Fur, by John Patrick Green (First Second/Macmillan)
  • The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books)
  • A Trip to the Top of the Volcano with Mouse, by Frank Viva (TOON)
  • ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market, by Raúl the Third (Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea and Zachariah Ohora (Little, Brown)

Best Publication for Kids
  • Akissi: More Tales of Mischief, by Marguerite Abouet and Mathieu Sapin (Flying Eye/Nobrow)
  • Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls, by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic Graphix)
  • Guts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix)
  • New Kid, by Jerry Craft (Quill Tree/HarperCollins)
  • This Was Our Pact, by Ryan Andrews (First Second/Macmillan)
  • The Wolf in Underpants, by Wilfrid Lupano, Mayana Itoïz, and Paul Cauuet (Graphic Universe/Lerner Publishing Group)

Best Publication for Teens
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh (DC)
  • Hot Comb, by Ebony Flowers (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Kiss Number 8, by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw (First Second/Macmillan)
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second/Macmillan)
  • Penny Nichols, by MK Reed, Greg Means, and Matt Wiegle (Top Shelf)

Best Humor Publication
  • Anatomy of Authors, by Dave Kellett (SheldonComics.com)
  • Death Wins a Goldfish, by Brian Rea (Chronicle Books)
  • Minotäar, by Lissa Treiman (Shortbox)
  • Sobek, by James Stokoe (Shortbox)
  • The Way of the Househusband, vol. 1, by Kousuke Oono, translation by Sheldon Drzka (VIZ Media)
  • Wondermark: Friends You Can Ride On, by David Malki (Wondermark)

Best Anthology
  • ABC of Typography, by David Rault (SelfMade Hero)
  • Baltic Comics Anthology š! #34-37, edited by David Schilter, Sanita Muižniece et al. (kuš!)
  • Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival, edited by Diane Noomin (Abrams)
  • Kramer’s Ergot #10, edited by Sammy Harkham (Fantagraphics)
  • The Nib #2–4, edited by Matt Bors (Nib)

Best Reality-Based Work
  • Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, by Mira Jacob (One World/Random House)
  • Grass, by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translation by Janet Hong (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos, by Lucy Knisley (First Second/Macmillan)
  • Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight, by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm (Hill & Wang)
  • My Solo Exchange Diary, vol. 2(sequel to My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness), by Nagata Kabi, translation by Jocelyne Allen (Seven Seas)
  • They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker (Top Shelf)

Best Graphic Album—New
  • Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden (First Second/Macmillan)
  • Bezimena, by Nina Bunjevac (Fantagraphics)
  • BTTM FDRS, by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore (Fantagraphics)
  • Life on the Moon, by Robert Grossman (Yoe Books/IDW)
  • New World, by David Jesus Vignolli (Archaia/BOOM!)
  • Reincarnation Stories, by Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
  • Bad Weekend by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Clyde Fans, by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Cover, vol. 1, by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack (DC/Jinxworld)
  • Glenn Ganges: The River at Night, by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • LaGuardia, by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford (Berger Books/Dark Horse)
  • Rusty Brown, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium
  • Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made, by Josh Frank, Tim Hedecker, and Manuela Pertega (Quirk Books)
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry and P. Craig Russell, (HMH Books for Young Readers)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel, by Margaret Atwood, adapted by Renee Nault (Nan A. Talese)
  • HP Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, vols. 1–2adapted by Gou Tanabe, translation by Zack Davisson (Dark Horse Manga)
  • The Seventh Voyage, by Stanislaw Lem, adapted by Jon Muth, translation by Michael Kandel (Scholastic Graphix)
  • Snow, Glass, Apples, by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran (Dark Horse Books)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
  • Diabolical Summer, by Thierry Smolderen and Alexandre Clerisse, translation by Edward Gauvin (IDW)
  • Gramercy Park, by Timothée de Fombelle and Christian Cailleaux, translation by Edward Gauvin (EuroComics/IDW)
  • The House, by Paco Roca, translation by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)
  • Maggy Garrisson, by Lewis Trondheim and Stéphane Oiry, translation byEmma Wilson (SelfMadeHero)
  • Stay, by Lewis Trondheim and Hubert Chevillard, translation by Mike Kennedy (Magnetic Press)
  • Wrath of Fantômas, by Olivier Bouquet and Julie Rocheleau, translation by Edward Gauvin (Titan)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
  • BEASTARS, by Paru Itagaki, translation by Tomo Kimura(VIZ Media)
  • Cats of the Louvre, by Taiyo Matsumoto, translation by Michael Arias (VIZ Media)
  • Grass, by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translation by Janet Hong (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Magic Knight Rayearth 25th Anniversary Edition, by CLAMP, translation by Melissa Tanaka (Kodansha)
  • The Poe Clan, by Moto Hagio, translation by Rachel Thorn (Fantagraphics)
  • Witch Hat Atelier, by Kamome Shirahama, translation by Stephen Kohler (Kodansha)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
  • Cham: The Best Comic Strips and Graphic Novelettes, 1839–1862, by David Kunzle (University Press of Mississippi)
  • Ed Leffingwell’s Little Joe, by Harold Gray, edited by Peter Maresca and Sammy Harkham (Sunday Press Books)
  • The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1916–1918, edited by R.J. Casey(Fantagraphics)
  • Krazy Kat: The Complete Color Sundays, by George Herriman, edited by Alexander Braun (TASCHEN)
  • Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady, by Violet and Denis Kitchen (Beehive Books)
  • PogoVol. 6: Clean as a Weasel, by Walt Kelly, edited by Mark Evanier and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
  • Alay-Oop,by William Gropper (New York Review Comics)
  • The Complete Crepax, vol. 5: American Stories, edited by Kristy Valenti(Fantagraphics)
  • Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love, edited by John Morrow (TwoMorrows)
  • Moonshadow: The Definitive Edition, by J. M. DeMatteis, Jon J Muth, George Pratt, Kent Williams, and others (Dark Horse Books)
  • Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo: The Complete Grasscutter Artist Select, by Stan Sakai, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
  • That Miyoko Asagaya Feeling, by Shinichi Abe, translation by Ryan Holmberg, edited by Mitsuhiro Asakawa (Black Hook Press)

Best Writer
  • Bobby Curnow, Ghost Tree (IDW)
  • MK Reed and Greg Means, Penny Nichols (Top Shelf)
  • Mariko Tamaki, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC); Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan); Archie (Archie)
  • Lewis Trondheim, Stay (Magnetic Press); MaggyGarrisson (SelfMadeHero)
  • G. Willow Wilson, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse); Ms. Marvel (Marvel)
  • Chip Zdarsky, White Trees (Image); Daredevil, Spider-Man: Life Story (Marvel); Afterlift (comiXology Originals)

Best Writer/Artist
  • Nina Bunjevac, Bezimena (Fantagraphics)
  • Mira Jacob, Good Talk (Random House); “The Menopause” in The Believer (June 1, 2019)
  • Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, Grass (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • James Stokoe, Sobek (Shortbox)
  • Raina Telgemeier, Guts (Scholastic Graphix)
  • Tillie Walden, Are You Listening? (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
  • Ian Bertram, Little Bird (Image)
  • Colleen Doran, Snow, Glass, Apples (Dark Horse)
  • Bilquis Evely, The Dreaming (DC)
  • Simon Gane, Ghost Tree (IDW)
  • Steve Pugh, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC)
  • Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Painter/Digital Artist
  • Didier Cassegrain, Black Water Lilies (Europe Comics)
  • Alexandre Clarisse, Diabolical Summer (IDW)
  • David Mack, Cover (DC)
  • Léa Mazé, Elma, A Bear’s Life, vol. 1: The Great Journey (Europe Comics)
  • Julie Rocheleau, Wrath of Fantômas (Titan)
  • Christian Ward, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist
  • Jen Bartel, Blackbird  (Image Comics)
  • Francesco Francavilla, Archie, Archie 1955, Archie Vs. Predator II, Cosmo (Archie)
  • David Mack, American Gods, Fight Club 3 (Dark Horse); Cover (DC)
  • Emma Rios, Pretty Deadly (Image)
  • Julian Totino Tedesco, Daredevil (Marvel)
  • Christian Ward, Machine Gun Wizards (Dark Horse), Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Best Coloring
  • Lorena Alvarez, Hicotea (Nobrow)
  • Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Middlewest, Outpost Zero (Image)
  • Matt Hollingsworth, Batman: Curse of the White Knight, Batman White Knight Presents Von Freeze (DC); Little Bird, November (Image)
  • Molly Mendoza, Skip (Nobrow)
  • Dave Stewart, Black Hammer, B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know, Hellboy and the BPRD(Dark Horse); Gideon Falls (Image); Silver Surfer Black, Spider-Man (Marvel)

Best Lettering
  • Deron Bennett, Batgirl, Green Arrow, Justice League, Martian Manhunter (DC); Canto (IDW); Assassin Nation, Excellence (Skybound/Image); To Drink and To Eat, vol. 1 (Lion Forge); Resonant (Vault)
  • Jim Campbell, Black BadgeCoda (BOOM Studios); Giant DaysLumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship (BOOM Box!); Rocko’s Modern Afterlife (KaBOOM!); At the End of Your Tether (Lion Forge); Blade Runner 2019 (Titan); Mall, The Plot, Wasted Space (Vault)
  • Clayton Cowles, Aquaman, Batman, Batman and the Outsiders, Heroes in Crisis, Superman: Up in the Sky, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen (DC);Bitter Root, Pretty Deadly, Moonstruck, Redlands, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Reaver  (Skybound/Image); Daredevil, Ghost-Spider, Silver Surfer Black, Superior Spider-Man, Venom (Marvel)
  • Emilie Plateau, Colored: The Unsung Life of Claudette Colvin (Europe Comics)
  • Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (IDW)
  • Tillie Walden, Are You Listening? (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
  • Comic Riffs blog, by Michael Cavna
  • The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, RJ Casey, and Kristy Valenti(Fantagraphics)
  • Hogan’s Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes (Hogan’s Alley)
  • Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, edited by Qiana Whitted(Ohio State University Press)
  • LAAB Magazine, vol. 4: This Was Your Life, edited by Ronald Wimberly and Josh O’Neill (Beehive Books)
  • Women Write About Comics, edited by Nola Pfau and Wendy Browne

Best Comics-Related Book
  • The Art of Nothing: 25 Years of Mutts and the Art of Patrick McDonnell(Abrams)
  • The Book of Weirdo, by Jon B. Cooke (Last Gasp)
  • Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe (Dark Horse)
  • Logo a Gogo: Branding Pop Culture, by Rian Hughes (Korero Press)
  • Making Comics, by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny, by Paul Tumey (Library of American Comics/IDW)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work
  • The Art of Pere Joan: Space, Landscape, and Comics Form, by Benjamin Fraser (University of Texas Press)
  • The Comics of Rutu Modan: War, Love, and Secrets, by Kevin Haworth (University Press of Mississippi)
  • EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, by Qiana Whitted (Rutgers University Press)
  • The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life, edited by Andrew Blauner (Library of America)
  • Producing Mass Entertainment: The Serial Life of the Yellow Kid, by Christina Meyer (Ohio State University Press)
  • Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond: Uniting Different Cultures and Identities, edited by Fusami Ogi et al. (Palgrave Macmillan)

Best Publication Design
  • Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe, designed by Ethan Kimberling (Dark Horse)
  • Krazy Kat: The Complete Color Sundays, by George Herriman, designed by Anna-Tina Kessler (TASCHEN)
  • Logo a Gogo, designed by Rian Hughes (Korero Press)
  • Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady, designed by Paul Kopple and Alex Bruce (Beehive Books)
  • Making Comics, designed by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Rusty Brown, designed by Chris Ware (Pantheon)

Best Digital Comic
  • Afterlift, by Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo (comiXology Originals)
  • Black Water Lilies, by Michel Bussi, adapted by Frédéric Duval and Didier Cassegrain, translated by Edward Gauvin (Europe Comics)
  • Colored: The Unsung Life of Claudette Colvin, by Tania de Montaigne, adapted by Emilie Plateau, translated by Montana Kane (Europe Comics)
  • Elma, A Bear’s Life, vol. 1: The Great Journey, by Ingrid Chabbert and Léa Mazé, translated by Jenny Aufiery (Europe Comics)
  • Mare Internum, by Der-shing Helmer (comiXology; gumroad.com/l/MIPDF)
  • Tales from Behind the Window, by Edanur Kuntman, translated by Cem Ulgen (Europe Comics)

Best Webcomic
  • Cabramatta, by Matt Huynh
  • Chuckwagon at the End of the World, by Erik Lundy
  • The Eyes, by Javi de Castro
  • Fried Rice Comic, by Erica Eng
  •  reMIND, by Jason Brubaker
  • Third Shift Society, by Meredith Moriarty

 

Empyre: Avengers #1

Empyre: Avengers (2020) #1 | Comic Issues | Marvel

Empyre: Avengers #1

Seeds of Conflict

Writer:  Jim Zub

Artist:  Carlos Magno

Cover Art:  Steve McNiven & Morry Hollowell

Marvel Comics newest gigantic crossover event is Empyre and, as most of these type of events, there are a ton of secondary issues outside of the actual Empyre limited series.  Exactly how many issues are unknown because I have heard some of them may have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The fact that some of the issues can be cancelled in this story and not have them affect the overall event tells you something about a lot of these tie-in issues.  They are not necessarily important to the story.

However, there are positives to Empyre: Avengers that, while may not be vital to the story, make for a nice side tale worth reading.

This takes place within the continuity of the Empyre saga and I very much liked the group of characters that are involved.  By doing this, we get a more detailed look at these characters.

There are two prongs to the story.  My favorite part was seeing Brother Voodoo, Ka-Zar, Scarlet Witch, Black Knight and Zabu return to the Savage Land to face off with the the Cotati. In the Savage Land, we get a couple of cool cameos that could lead to some excitement next issue.  The other prong of the story was less interesting which included Quicksilver, Mockingbird and Wonder Man who wind up stuck in the middle between the forces of the Kree/Skull alliance and the Cotati.  There is a short third part involving Vision, Luke Cage and Doctor Nemesis too, but this was a very little piece of the book.

The deep roster of characters allow this book to focus in on other Avengers besides just Cap and Iron Man.

While the book may not be relevant for the overall story of Empyre, I did like the pieces that they are telling us of the outlier of the tale.

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X-Men + Fantastic Four #4

X-Men + Fantastic Four #4

Welcome to the New World:  The Might of Latveria has been Unleashed

Writer:  Chip Zdarsky

Artist:  Terry Dodson

Cover Art:  Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson

This is one of the many mini series/regular series that have suffered because of COVID-19.  It has been such a long time since we saw the first three issues of this series that it really made this climactic chapter in this mini series feel like an after thought, and that is too bad since I had really been enjoying this series up to this point.

Everybody is trying to get their hands on Franklin Richards for their own reasons.  The series does a good job of presenting the different sides to the argument over Franklin whether it is the plans of Dr. Doom or the X-Men or Franklin’s parents.

I have to say that the art of this book has not been my favorite so far (in particular the faces of the characters), but I really think this issue stepped it up.  Some of the art here is so wonderful, especially with the images of Franklin and his power, so it helps the issue.

However, the ending scene (which I will not spoil) with Professor X and Magneto doing something that made me reconsider those two characters and their motivation.

The series also seemed to wrap up pretty easily.  Made me think about those sitcoms that introduce the story and it gets wrapped up in the half hour.  The characters’ changed their minds quickly.

The series was a decent overall read, and , if you did not have the months in between, I think it would have been all the better.  The minor quips I have are nothing major, but the final issue was not as great as my memory told me about the previous issues.

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Daredevil #21

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Daredevil #21

Truth/Dare Part 1

Writer:  Chip Zdarsky

Artist:  Marco Checchetto

Cover Art:  Marco Checchetto & Erick Arciniega

The Daredevil series has been such high quality during this recent run by writer Chip Zdarsky and this week’s Daredevil #21 is a good example of why.  If you are being honest, nothing actually happened in this book.  And yet, it was thoroughly compelling and engaging.  I found myself turning the pages with a renewed vigor.

The battle of Hell’s Kitchen is over and now the fall out happens. Daredevil decides that he must turn himself into the police to face the consequences of his actions.  This issue is going from the end of the battle to DD turning himself in.  While there was not much plot-wise involved here, there was a bunch of remarkable character beats for Daredevil and the others involved.

There is a tense scene between Daredevil and Spider-man (with a great throwback to the previous cameo with the Wall-Crawler).  There are some amazing scenes with DD and Foggy.  Detective Cole North has become a top notch character in this arc and he continues as a fantastic piece.  DA Hochberg and Daredevil have an amazing interaction too.

Then the comic begins a new arc that is perhaps going to be one of the most intriguing and potentially influential plot in a superhero comic.  I am very excited about where this comic is headed.

Marco Checcetto’s art in this book is fabulous.  There are so many panels that jump off of each page.  His work truly sets up the tone of this book and helps with the enjoyment of the book.

Daredevil #21 felt like a transition, but it was a transition at the highest level you can get.

excelsior

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Captain Marvel #17

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Captain Marvel #17

Game Night

Writer:  Kelly Thompson

Artist:  Francesco Manna

Cover Art:  Pepe Larraz & Marte Gracia

The recent issues of Captain Marvel have not been my favorite among the books I buy.  It has been awhile since I have truly enjoyed the issues of Captain Marvel.  The Star stuff was fine.  The Captain Marvel kills the Avengers left me wanting.  It is a title that has been low on my list for a time now.

Then, they come up with issue #18.

Yes, it feels like a filler.  It will not be setting up any long term story arcs.  However, some times you need these types of issues to keep your comic fresh.

And how fresh was it?  Who could have anticipated Carol inviting Kamala Khan over for “game night” which was poker with Logan, Monica Rambeau, Jessica Drew, and Hazmat?  Whereas the others wanted to play poker (a longtime standby for Marvel heroes), the innocence of Ms. Marvel brought a different idea.

Escape room!

Is the set up coincidental?  Sure.  Of course the escape room they go to is run by a wannabe super villain.  But the plot contrivances aside, I loved this book.

The main part of the story that I loved was the interactions with the six main heroes in the story.  Wolverine’s reaction to the idea and attempt to get out of going.  Carol trying to make Kamala happy.  The running joke with Jessica Drew and her sweatpants (in fact, Jessica Drew is becoming one of my favorite Marvel characters because of her wit and humor).

The characterizations here are spot on and the escape room concept brought fun with just enough menace to keep you guessing.

The world of Marvel Comics has been too many wide spread crossovers with massive universal stakes.  Some quieter, lighter, more fun books keeps the balance nicely.

Awesomeness

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2020 iWolverine #1

2020 iWolverine (2020) #1 | Comic Issues | Marvel

2020 iWolverine #1

Writer:  Larry Hama

Artist:  Roland Boschi

Cover Art:  Juan Jose Ryp & Jesus Aburtov

The COVID-19 quarantine affected comics books dramatically.  One of the biggest things is that we did not see issues of continuing stories and when we finally came back to it, it was hard to get back into some of them.  The Iron Man 2020 crossover is one of those.

Honestly, the Iron Man 2020 story has not been one that I have loved as is and then I had a several month break.  The momentum of this story stopped significantly.

iWolverine does not reclaim that momentum that had been lost.

It is a robot Logan in Madripoor.  That is about it.  Oh, there is a little girl robot too that has a stupid speech impediment.  She started off as a head (which I already saw in The Runaways).  Boring.

Not sure if this was meant to be a joke.  There is a #2 on this coming later, but I won’t be buying it.

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Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda#8

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Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #8

Legion of Foom

Writer:  Jim Zub

Artist:  Lan Medina

Cover Art:  Carlos Pacheco, Eafael Fonteriz & Matt Milla

I was going to write about this issue because I enjoyed the book, I have really liked the characters in the story and thought it looked great.

Then I discovered that this would be the final issue of the series, which has been cancelled.

Bummer.

I really like the group of characters.  Ka-Zar has always been a favorite.  Okoye and American Eagle I are great.  Broo is a fascinating inclusion.  I love Mockingbird.

I must say though that the fact that Black Panther appears on the cover, but not in the comic itself is disappointing and misleading.

However, that is a minor point.

I loved the way that Jim Zub used Fin Fang Foom in this story and I would have liked to see FFF’s part expand as the series progressed.

Sadly, that is clearly not going to happen.

There was an originality involved here that made this book a fun read.  The combination of the characters really moved through this book.

The cancellation of this book is sad news.  Hopefully the Agents of Wakanda may find their way in the Marvel Universe.

Bleed Them Dry #1

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Bleed Them Dry #1

Writer:  Eliot Rahal

Artist:  Dike Ruan

Cover Art: Dike Ruan

Very sparse week of comics this week as both Marvel and DC had nothing released that I was picking up.  So I found a couple of independent comics to try out this week. One of these is from Vault Comics’ Bleed Them Dry #1.

It is a future story from the year 3333.  The city is Asylum.  Vampires are real and around.  They live hand to hand with humans.

However, someone is murdering vampires.  Detective Harper Halloway gets the case.

There was some cool moments in the book.  Worlds colliding.  The cover has it listed as a Ninja Vampire tale.  How could you not like ninjas and vampires?

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Vault Announces Bleed Them Dry: A Ninja Vampire Tale - Previews World

Captain America: Marvels Snapshots#1

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Captain America: Marvels Snapshot #1

Writer:  Mark Russell

Artist:  Ramon Perez

Cover Art:  Alex Ross

The story in the most recent Snapshot one shot is one that had underpinnings that really feel like it is relevant in the world today.

Though there is nothing specifically mentioned, this issue deals racism and how neighborhoods of black community do not receive the attention that it requires.

In the book, the focus is on a young African-American teen named Felix.  One day, there is a terrible attack on the city by a weapon called the Madbomb, which caused people exposed to lose their minds and respond in violence.  It was a short moment before Captain America and other Avengers stopped it, but the effects were dramatic.

Felix’s family suffered a terrible tragedy, and his neighborhood was devastated from the aftereffects.

Felix was a technological wiz but he was not going to be able to afford to go to college.  However, Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM) approached and recruited the boy.

This story did not have a lot of Captain America in it, but he does make some important moments.  The story was a good read, but it did feel, at times, like a disposable book.

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Iron Man 2020 #4

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Iron Man 2020 #4

Writers: Dan Slott & Christos Gage

Artist:  Pete Woods

Cover Art:  Pete Woods

The Iron Man 2020 storyline continues here as the Machine Rebellion takes a turn to the negative side after the “death” of Mark One last issue.  As this moves toward the final two issues, major events happen here that will certainly lead to the wrap up of the series.

Dan Slott, who will be leaving Iron Man after this saga concludes, built a fascinating story here with Friday on her mission (which I am going to try to not spoil).  Another aspect of the issue that I liked more than I had ever before was the connection between Machine Man and Jocasta.  This pair was an unexpected joy in Iron Man 2020 #4.

The whole Machine Rebellion storyline has not been a personal favorite of mine, but this issue was the one that made it more of a connection to me.  I am interested to see where the title goes from here.

I do want to state that I think the art from the interior of the book as well as the cover is fantastic.  This story required more of a detail in the art than some comics may and Pete Woods came to play here.  The cover especially is beautifully rendered.

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Sleeping Beauties #1

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Sleeping Beauties #1

Writer:  Rio Youers

Artist:  Alison Sampson

Cover Art: Annie Wu

A new series from IDW came out today based on a novel by Stephen King and Owen King entitled Sleeping Beauties.

A strange sleeping sickness, with sticky, web-like substance coming out of the faces of the victims, which was only women.  The sickness is being called Aurora (named after the Sleeping Beauty princess) and it has a remarkable relevance in the world of COVID-19.

I have become a fan of the independent comics scene very rapidly over the last several months, and, because of that, I am more willing to give a number one from Image or Dynamite or IDW a chance.  This is a great start to the ten-issue adaptation.

One of the best parts of the story is that Rio Youers takes the source material and shows you the world and the people of the book in great specifics without dropping a lot of exposition.  In fact, there are pages of the book that has a limited amount of words on it, relying on the images of the art to tell the story.

Speaking of the art, I really enjoyed the work of Alison Sampson in these pages.  It not only sets the tone of the story, but it presents information in beautiful panels throughout the book.  The coloring by Triona Tree Farrell is remarkably distinctive as well, using the different colors schemes to highlight the artwork and the characters.

The story does not waste time explaining and that creates a pacing that is easy and fun to read.  It raises a ton of questions and makes the reader want to see where it goes.

This is another independent book that shows amazing work in creating an engaging and entertaining read.

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The Old Guard

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The Old Guard #1-5

Writer:  Greg Rucka

Artist: Leandro Fernandez

Cover Art:  Leandro Fernandez

I was able to pick up this five-issue mini series from Image Comics at my local comic shop recently.  The selling point?  I have been looking at more independent comics over the last year or so and these covers looked intriguing.  Then, I inquired about the storyline and it sounded decent.

Then I discovered that it was going to be an upcoming Netflix movie starring Charlize Theron which is reportedly debuting in July.  That helped me decide.  So I picked up the series (my friend Todd who worked at the shop had to find me issue 4) and I have finished it tonight.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this book and the characters I found within.  There was great action, some great character beats, and some excellent writing.

The art is original too.  From Leandro Fernandez, the art may not have the specific details, but the look of the panels really stood out and the art helped set this mood of the story.

The group of characters, Andy, Booker, Nicky and Joe and the new recruit Nile, are fascinating and each have their own developed character.  They look at the idea of how immortality affects these characters.  The five of them are a group of mercenaries who are immortals.  They are seemingly unkillable, though there is more to this than what we discover.

We do not find how this happens or why these people keep coming back from wounds and attacks that should kill them totally, but we do find out that they will die at some point.

Apparently, there is another series in the works, and I am excited for that, as well as the new Netflix film.  It makes me wonder what other great comics have I missed with my devotion to Marvel?

Dark Nights: Death Metal #1

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Dark Nights: Death Metal #1

“An Anti-Crisis + Part I + It All Matters”

Writer:  Scott Snyder

Artist:  Greg Capullo

Cover Art:  Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion

Do you know what time it is?  It is time for the regularly scheduled DC Universe reboot/crisis.

Or, at least, that is what I thought it was.  I am not a regular DC reader so I was really confused by what was happening in the book. Apparently, this was a continuation of the Justice League/ Batman Who Laughs story arc.

I did enjoy the Batman Who Laughs during the Batman/Superman arc, but I have not been paying attention to JL.  So when I started this book, it had a very Age of Apocalypse vibe to it.  I’m not sure if this is an alternate universe or if it meant to be the main DC Universe.

However, with the discussion of Anti-Crisis that happened throughout the book (a interesting idea, to be fair), it seems as if DC will be at it again.

Crisis on Infinite Earths.  Zero Hour.  The New 52.  Flashpoint.  Infinite Crisis.  Hypertime?  Rebirth.

I do like Batman Who Laughs, which makes this issue one that may not appeal to me as much as I thought.  Batman and Wonder Woman are pretty kick ass here, while Superman is touched upon.  There are other DC heroes who look to have had a more difficult time.  The world itself feels like the most recent Battleworld in Marvel’s Secret Wars, different lands with heroes as rulers.  Looks like a fun place to play a role-playing game.

The book had a ton of exposition.  I had to read a lot because I was not sure what was happening.  Art was good, but some of the character designs were throwaways.  Some of the cameos/Easter Eggs seemed like it had characters for fans just to spot.  Not important to the story.

This was fine. I am not a huge fan of alternate universe materials and I am not sure if this is leading to another reboot.  That is what it feels like.  I may pick up the five issue series, but it is not my top choice.

Awesome cover though.

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