Invaders #1

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Invaders #1

War Ghosts

Writer:  Chip Zdarsky

Artist:  Carlos Magno with Butch Guice

Cover Art:  Butch Guise & Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Captain Amercia.  Namor.  Bucky/Winter Soldier.  Jim Hammond the Human Torch.

The Invaders.  Marvel’s premiere World War II super hero team is back, facing a huge problem within the Marvel Universe.  Namor is preparing his forces of Atlantis to launch an assault on the surface world and Cap and Jim hope that the can find the way to bring him back to the side of the heroes.

I enjoyed this issue quite a bit.  It was told in a couple of different manners, including flashbacks back to the war that showed a connection with Namor that we may not have known or understood.  It also followed Jim Hammond, the android who was once the Human Torch, trying to write a book about the days of the Invaders and uncovering some mysterious truths of Namor and his years of wandering the earth.  And how does Charles Xavier fit into the story?

I am compelled to see what will happen.  These characters have literal centuries of interactions and development to mine from and that means this series can go in many possible directions.  Captain America is conflicted.  It certainly wasn’t that long ago when he was the public enemy #1, so he may understand Namor.  But Namor appears to have taken a turn toward the insane.

I have to say that I do not love the art.  It is fine, but it does not blow my socks off.  I would say that the art is the only current part that is even slightly negative with the new Invaders series.

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Captain Marvel #1

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Captain Marvel #1

Re-Entry

Writer:  Kelly Thompson

Artist:  Carmen Carnero

Cover Art:  Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts

I’m not sure how many Captain Marvel #1s there has been over the last five years, but the new version, written by Kelly Thompson, is really good.

Marvel Comics has had multiple Carol Danvers books over the last several years and, of course, the big Marvel Studios movie is coming out in a few months so the time is right for Marvel’s biggest female hero to really take off.  And if she is going to do it, this is a fantastic way to do it.

I loved the banter and the dialogue throughout this book, between Carol and all the other heroes in her life.  It was awesome to see her catch up with Jessica Drew, Tony Stark, and James Rhodes, in particular.  Carol’s return to the Avengers was a big deal and her short interaction with Captain America was also a lot of fun.

I truly loved the dialogue of this book.  It was so fun and witty.  I could read a whole book with Captain Marvel and Spider-Woman as buddy super heroes.

Captain Marvel showed how powerful she is, especially against this Kraken-thing at the beginning.  It was cool to see Carol back in New York and not patrolling space in Alpha Flight any longer.

However, I have some nervousness about the final couple of pages and I hope this does not go the way I think it might.  This feels like something that we have seen many times before (any number of X-books, Dimension Z and Cap, etc) and I hope that this creative team can provide us with something new and not just a retread of other dimensional stories.

If this book can be as fun as the first 3/4 of the comic, then this will be a great lead in to the Captain Marvel movie.

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Conan the Barbarian #1

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Conan the Barbarian #1

The Life & Death of Conan, Part One:  The Weird of the Crimson With

Writer:  Jason Aaron

Artist:  Mahmud Asrar

Cover Ar5t:  Esad Ribic

Marvel Comics have regained the rights to Conan the Barbarian and have jumped at the chance to once again publish the adventures of everyone’s favorite sword swinging barbarian (not named Groo).

Conan the Barbarian #1 attracted my attention for one major reason.  I was never a huge fan of Conan.  I know him, saw the movies, but I did not collect his previous comics, whether or not they were with Marvel.  But the difference this time was the fact that one name was attached to this series:  Jason Aaron.

I have found myself to be a fan of Jason Aaron from his days on the Thor series and when I heard he was coming to try his hand at Conan, I decide that I would give it a read.

I really enjoyed the issue.  It is just the first in a story arc, but I found it engaging and interesting.  I loved the story and the characterization Aaron brought to Conan.  It has a feel of the days when we were getting different ages of Thor and I am excited to see where this takes the creation of Robert E. Howard.

I will also add that I found the artist style of Mahmud Asrar to fit this book perfectly.  There is a savageness to the pages, a feel of grunginess to the panels that works remarkably well and creates a beautiful image for the violence on the page.  It really works for Conan.

I am going to continue to pick up the Conan the Barbarian series and I will tentatively check out the upcoming Savage Sword of Conan (which is not written by Jason Aaron) book as well.

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Fantastic Four#5

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Fantastic Four#5

Writer: Dan Slott

Cover Art:  Esad Ribic

 

“4 Minute Warning”

Artist:  Aaron Kuder

 

“Change Partners”

Artist:  Michael Allred

 

“Guys’ Night Out”

Artist: Adam Hughes

 

The wedding of Benjamin J. Grimm and Alicia Masters.  After literally decades of a relationship, The Thing finally ties the knot with the love of his life, Alicia.  No Skrulls.  No super heroes.  No super hero shenanigans.

The issue has a distinct special feel to it as there are three sections by different artists, all written by Dan Slott.  The oversized issue would represent the 650th issue of Fantastic Four, if we counted things like Marvel does.

This was a really fun issue with a ton of reminders of who these characters are and why we loved them for so many years.  We get Mr. Fantastic focused on a project, ignoring everything else.  Susan being the strong center of the Four that she is.  Johnny Storm feeling some anxiety about his own lack of successful relationships.  Franklin feeling his teenage angst by changing his hair color.  Spider-man wanting t come to the wedding and give a speech.

Poor Spidey.  He was told no capes by Ben because super heroes and weddings lead to shenanigans.  Ben said it was small…family only.  Spidey certainly should be considered family.  I guess he was always closer to Johnny, but still…

Fantastic Four#5 is a great trip down memory lane and gives us a wedding long overdue.

Congrats to Ben and Alicia.

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Old Man Hawkeye#12

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Old Man Hawkeye #12

“Justice is Blind”

Writer:  Ethan Sacks

Artist:  Francesco Mobili

Cover Art:  Marco Checchetto

The finale of the twelve-issue maxi series featuring Clint Barton on his path to the place he was in at the beginning of Old Man Logan.

Fact is that Old Man Hawkeye has been one of the best comics of the year and this conclusion, which sees a blind Hawkeye facing off with Bullseye, is just awesome.  This series never let down from the beginning and has just brought it each and every issue.

The tale of Clint Barton on his vengeance quest worked so well and the future iterations of the Marvel Universe characters was always fascinating.

What is even better, the final page of Old Man Hawkeye #12 hints that there is yet another year before Barton meets up with Old Man Logan and maybe we can get another Old Man Hawkeye series.  I loved the final page of this book and the shock of the mystery cameo (which I will not spoil) was spot on.  It would be a wonderful story to tell.  So Marvel Comics… get on that as soon as you can.

Until then, Old Man Hawkeye is a series that you must search out, if you have not been reading it yet, and see it from issue one.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man#1

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man#1

Writer:  Saladin Ahmed

Artist:  Javier Garron

Cover Art:  Brian Stelfreeze

With the release of Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse this weekend, Marvel Comics took the opportunity to release the first ever Brian Michael Bendis written Miles Morales series.  Miles Morales: Spider-Man#1 is that series.

Miles Morales has become quite a big deal in the Marvel Universe and this series looks to be a great re-start for the character.

The story is pulled out of today’s headlines and has Miles in an unexpected team-up with someone you would not expect.  I found it fascinating and I am excited to see where they take it from here.

Of course, lots of people online may not be a fan of Miles and the comic having a polticial tinge, but I think this story will be very important.

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Killmonger#1

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Killmonger#1

By Any Means

Writer:  Bryan Hill

Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Cover Art:  Juan Ferreyra

Because Marvel Studio’s Black Panther was a huge billion dollar hit, we now have a mini series based on the villain played by Michael B. Jordan in that film.  Killmonger#1 came out this week detailing a story of Killmonger’s past, nearly an origin story.

Now, Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of Killmonger in Black Panther was amazing, but this comic version was not quite to the same level.

While I thought the art was solid, I had a difficult time engaging myself with the story. I thought the Killmonger character certainly did not pop as much on the page as he did on the screen.

This actually highlights to me one of Marvel Comics biggest flaws.  Once something is popular, they drive it into the ground.  How many X-Men books were there?  How about Deadpool?  Wolverine?  Spider-man (although Spidey is my favorite character so he needs all those books).

Right now Marvel has had a couple of Black Panther books, a book featuring the Dora Milaje with Spider-man, the X-men etc, a book with Shuri, The World of Wakanda, and now Killmonger.  Where is that book featuring Everett Ross?

I mean, The Immortal Hulk has become one of their biggest, hottest comics, so look for a renewed number of Hulk books coming soon to try and grab onto the momentum.

Marvel does not seem to understand that the glut of books of these characters hurts the character in the long run.  Just write good stories with your characters and don’t try to overexpose EVERYTHING and you may have a chance at success, because you have great characters.

Killmonger feels like it is too much and the story is unneeded.

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Daredevil #612

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Apeirophobia

The Death of Daredevil Conclusion

Writer:  Charles Soule

Artist:  Phil Noto

Cover Art:  Phil Noto

I have been enjoying the recent run of Daredevil very much.  I have been engaged in the story and every twist that has happened.

And because of that, Daredevil #612 is both one of the best and one of the worst Daredevil stories I have read.

I’m not sure the term “bait and switch” does this justice.

The first two-thirds of this issue was fantastic.  It was a joyous end to the saga of Wilson Fisk, NYC Mayor.  It had an awesome takedown of Kingpin at the hands of not only Daredevil, but a huge cast list of guest stars.

Then, it all changed.

I am not sure how I feel about the end of this comic.  Fact is that it feels like a cop out.  I am not sure if I can describe this without spoiling, but I will try.

The end negated a huge chunk of this story and took some of what I had really connected with and wiped it away.  I must say that I did enjoy the very end of the issue, leading into the new Daredevil series from Chris Zdarsky, titled “Know Fear,” but the way it got to the last scene felt like a cheat.

So, while I would recommend the book, it does have a chance to make you very angry.

Of course, if it makes you angry, perhaps that is a good thing.

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The Immortal Hulk #9

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The Immortal Hulk #9

“The Sinners”

Writer:  Al Ewing

Artist:  Martin Simmonds and Joe Bennett

Cover Art:  Alex Ross

The Immortal Hulk has really been hitting its stride over the last several months at Marvel Comics.  It has taken a brand new take on Bruce Banner’s uglier half.  The Hulk comes out at night and it does not matter whether or not Bruce Banner has survived the day… the Immortal Hulk will come out to play.

This title, helmed by writer Al Ewing, has taken the series in an original direction.  It is a horror/Monster story and the psychological aspects of the character of the Hulk as well as the other side characters are fascinating.

This month we get a fantastic appearance form Carl “Crusher” Creel, the Absorbing Man and we get a look at this long time character in a manner that we have never seen before.  The story was told in a disjointed narrative style that worked extremely well.

And we get closer to discovering the answer to the internal torment that has been torturing the Hulk recently.

If you have not been reading this book, you need to go back, pick up the book and catch up.  It is most likely a book that would be tough to jump onto, but catching up is well worth the time and effort.

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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

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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?