Sweet Heart #1

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Sweet Heart #1

Chapter One

Writer: Dillon Gilbertson

Artist:  Francesco Iaquinta

I have been picking up a few series that are non-Marvel for about a half a year.  It all stems back to Something is Killing the Children.  I love that book and I would have never known about it if I continued to only read Marvel books.

Now, buying other company’s comics takes a bit of an investment, but I have found other series that I have enjoyed as well.

So when I saw Sweet Heart #1 on the stands today, from Action Lab, I figured I would give it a chance.

I really liked the book.

Honestly, I was not 100% sure I knew what was going on.  Yet, I enjoyed the not knowing and I was shocked by some of the developments in the issue.

It was a creepy issue and had some very disturbing moments.  The art work from Francesco Iaquinta fits wonderfully with the tone of the book.  It is a dark feeling that washes over the reader as the book progresses.

The design of the “Stringer” is frightening and brings that feeling of horror to the story.  What are these things?  Why do they do what they do?  Why does this tonic keep them at bay?

There are a lot of questions here that I have and I hope that will be addressed in future issues.

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The Immortal Hulk #33

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The Immortal Hulk #33

The Thoughtful Man

Writer: Al Ewing

Artist:  Joe Bennet (main story) Nick Pitarra (Mindscape sequence)

Cover Art: Alex Ross

The Immortal Hulk has been one of the most consistently excellent books Marvel has been putting out over the last few years. This issue is listed as #33, but the Legacy numbering that is on many of Marvel’s books, lists this as #750.

So there is an extended issue as the storyline with the character of Xemnu at Roxxon comes to its close.  I will be honest and say that I was not a huge fan of the character Xemnu or what has been going on with the Hulk during this arc.  However, it looks to me that things are about to pick up as the last few pages indicated.

There were some really fun, large scale battle scenes that fall right into the wild and horrific imagery that we have been used to during this run.

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Hellions #1

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Hellions #1

Let Them Be Snakes

Writer:  Zeb Wells

Artist:  Stephen Segovia

Cover Art:  Stephen Segovia and Rain Beredo

This week saw the arrival of a new book in the X-Men family that features all of the X-Men unwanted in a team.  Named The Hellions, the team includes a group of mutants, backed by Mr. Sinister, who have caused problems and who were close to being exiled from Krakoa.

Unlike a lot of people, I have not been a huge fan of the new Hickman-led X-Men renaissance happening at Marvel.  I am unsure whether I like how they are taking these characters.  The idea has some interesting possibilities to it, but they feel so much like a cult that reading it is more uncomfortable than fun.

Hellions seems to be embracing that uncomfortableness and doubling down on it.

I only purchase X-Men as a title so far, and I do not think that Hellions will be breaking that trend.

The basic behind an X-Men book is… do I enjoy the characters involved?  I will admit that I do not know a bunch of these characters in this book.  Psylocke is here and I have never been a massive fan of hers.  I do like Havok, but I am not sure I like how he is being written.  It feels inconsistent with some other versions of Havok that I have seen, even recently.

Mister Sinister is kind of fun with his banter and quips, but that will carry the book only so far.

We’ll see how this progresses, but issue number one did not do enough for me to warrant continuing the series at this point.

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Robin: 80th Anniversary #1

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Robin: 80th Anniversary #1

Writer:  Various

Artist: Various

Cover Art: Lee Weeks & Brad Anderson

I have always been a Robin fan.  I have always preferred Robin to Batman.  I can remember as a child, watching the old Batman TV series in reruns and wanting to be Robin.  In fact, I made my mother make me one of the half-masks so I could dress up like Robin.

I don’t know why I always related to the Boy Wonder more than I did Batman.  Maybe because he was closer to my age at the time or maybe because Robin, on that TV show, always had to fight the main bad guy as Adam West fought the henchmen.  Watch it next time.

Anyway, when I saw this special issue for Robin’s 80th anniversary, I chose to pick it up.

There are a bunch of stories in this book that detail adventures by the different Robins over the years.  Dick Grayson has always been the one I like the most.  The rest were just pretenders.

Most of these stories were fun and showed a decent bit of each of the characteristics of the individual Robins and their connection to Batman.  These short Robin stories were considerably more interesting than the short stories of Detective Comics #1000 (the only interesting story in that thing was the Kevin Smith short story).  While none of these stood out as much as Smith’s story, none of these were bad either.  They were all just solid Robin stories.

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Spider-Woman #1

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Spider-Woman #1

Writer:  Karla Pacheco

Artist: Pere Perez

Cover Art:  Frank D’Armata

 

“New Costume, Who Dis?”

Writer:  Karla Pacheco

Artist:  Paulo Siqueira

I have been a fan of Jessica Drew for several years now.  The last version of Spider-Woman, pre-pregnant, was one of my favorite versions of the book.  The whole mom Spider-Woman was okay, but not my favorite.

However, this seems to have blended the last few group of Jessica Drew books into one and the first issue was hitting on some great character details.

I loved grumpy Jess.

I loved bad ass Spider-Woman.

How she approached each problem that arrived in this issue was really funny and creatively sound.

The new costume… it was fine.  I did not love it, but I have seen worse.  My favorite version of Jess’s costume was the leather jacket wearing, motorcycle-riding one.  This will work and it looks as if the costume may have some secrets that connect to the story being told in the book.  That is a plus!

And although it may have been a bit predictable, I loved what she did to “Deadpool” in this issue.

I want to see Jessica Drew and Jessica Jones together again.  See which one can swear the most. Ha!

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Something is Killing the Children #6

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Something is Killing the Children #6

“The House of Slaughter Part One”

Writer:  James Tynion IV

Artist:  Werther Dell’Edera

Cover Art:  Werther Dell’Edera

This has been one of my favorite books over the last half of a year.  I had zero expectations for it but now, every issue makes me excited about reading it.

This issue is no exception.

Something is Killing the Children is heading into its second story arc, focusing on the group of assassins that Erica came from as the story sets up the next step of what is going to happen.  For laying the groundwork, this is a very solid issue.  There is a ton of world building that should pay off nicely as the series continues.

The plot is expertly laid out and keeps the readers on the edges of their seats.  The art is dark and foreboding and creates an excellent mood for the story that is being presented.

This is going to continue to be one of the books I look forward to the most.  Congratulations to Boom! Studios for their success.

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Outlawed#1

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Outlawed #1

Writer:  Eve L. Ewing

Artist: Kim Jacinto

Cover Art:  Pepe Larraz & David Curiel

Marvel’s newest storyline to involve all of its teen heroes kicked off today with the release of Outlawed#1, and it looks as if the company has found a great way to bring these young heroes into the major spotlight of the Marvel Universe.

With a bunch of call backs to Civil War, Outlawed takes the somewhat familiar story and changes it up.  Starting off with the Champions was a smart move as Ms. Marvel, Spider-man, Nova, Viv Vision, Wasp, and others are fairly popular.

It was also cool to see some of the older New Warriors be involved, especially Speedball, whose cameo is a vital tie to the Civil War storyline.

There is a lot going on here.  It feels as, if they take this in the proper path, they have a lot of great story to tell over the next few months.  I hope it does not just become the crossover where the only things that are important are the main book and the individual issues are just fillers.  War of the Realms had a ton of filler issues that felt as if I had already seen it in the War of the Realm series.

There are a bunch of questions raised by issue #1 and I am looking forward to seeing how they answer them.  One that I am interested in is how many of these young heroes became uncertain when Kamala Khan was not around and that they needed someone to be calling shots.  Their lack of leadership skills lead to a huge problem in this book.

Either way, I love the Champions and I used to love The New Warriors and Power Pack and I’m going to get a bunch of those characters coming up.  Good times.

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Spider-Man Noir #1

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Spider-Man Noir #1

Writer:  Margaret Stohl

Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Cover Art:  Dave Rapoza

I have been excited about this comic since I saw it was coming out.  I was a big fan of the previous Spider-Man Noir series, having read them in a trade paperback collection.  Then, Spider-Man Noir made his presence felt amazingly on the big screen, vocied by the one-and-only Nic Cage, in the Academy Award winning animated masterpiece, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

This issue did not disappoint.

I have never been a huge fan of alternate realities, but there is just something so stylish and special about Spider-Man Noir.  The look of the comic is unlike anything on the market currently.  The black and white imagery, with the splashes of colors as highlights, truly make this a beautiful comic to read.

This Peter Parker shares enough characteristics of the main Spider-Man that make him familiar, but not a copy.  This is a character all to himself.  He is not just another version of Peter Parker and that is why I like this version.  I also enjoy the pulpy/noir feel to the story.  This makes a nice co-read to DC’s Strange Adventures.

I have to say that I feel that the cover is a little too busy.  It suffers from the same problems that a lot of movie posters do these days.  It tried to cram all of the different faces and items on the cover, but it loses part of the story that the cover is trying to show.  The art is great, but I would rather have something more specific happening.

Other than that, I did not have any problems with the new Spider-Man Noir series and I look forward to continuing this noiry-goodness over the coming months.

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Strange Adventures#1

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Strange Adventures #1

“Chapter 1: They Floated Above the Ground”

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Mitch Gerads & Evan “Doc” Shaner

Cover Art:  Mitch Gerads & Evan “Doc” Shaner

I have always liked the character of Adam Strange, even if I really did not know much about him.

I remember seeing him appear in some old Justice League books when I was a kid and I liked the look of the character.  He appealed to me and inspired some creativity.  I remember basing a few of my own characters on the design of Adam Strange.

Yet, I did not have any books that he appeared in regularly and I truly did not know that much about the character.

When I saw the DC Black Label issue out today on the stand, and that Todd, my friend at the comic shop, had placed it at number one on list top five of the week list, I decided to give it a chance.

Then I saw that it was written by Tom King.  King has been working on DC books lately so I have not seen much of his work, but I know his run on Mister Miracle was tremendous and his Vision series for Marvel is one of my top five or so runs ever.  He seems to be able to take those characters that are not quite as mainstream or A-list as others and find that sweet spot for them.  He did it with Vision.  He did it with Mister Miracle and it feels as if he is on target once again with Adam Strange.

The story was interesting and engaging.  There were two parts taking place at the same time, creating an effective mystery about exactly what had happened.  Lots of little clues were dropped that seasoned the meal that this series is going to deliver.

I loved the art work here too.  It fit the tone perfectly.  There was an old fashioned, pulpy feel to the art which fit beautifully with Adam Strange, a character that shares many characteristics in common with a Phantom or a Flash Gordon.  There is a brightness to the art that really stands out.

However, there is a dark undertone to the story that plays wonderfully against the art.  This feels that there is something horrible getting ready to happen and I am excited to see where this takes me.

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Tomorrow #1

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Tomorrow #1 (of 5)

Episode One: Going Viral

Writer:  Peter Milligan

Artist:  Jesus Hervas

Cover Art:  Jesus Hervas

Hey, there is another book from independent publishers that is about a post-apocalyptic world.  Who would guess?

I kid.  Yes, there has been a bunch of “end of the world” stories in comics these days, but they have been pretty good.  Tomorrow #1 has joined that list of solid stories.

We are seeing beginning of the end of the world in this comic via a terrible virus (which may be too close to home with the Coronavirus floating around out there these days).  There are some very fascinating characters.  My personal favorites were Oscar and Cira, the twins.  There are a couple other story arcs that are fun too, but these two are the reason to read this book.

I believe that this book could be a book that will focus on character development and that is very exciting.

Tomorrow #1 is a Berger Books comic, an imprint of Dark Horse.

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Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #4

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Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #4

Writer:  Kelly Thompson

Artist:  Mattia De Iulis

Cover Art:  Valerio Giangiordano & Marcio Menyz

I love this comic book.

I have to say that this new Jessica Jones limited series is as good as it gets.  The writing is so solid and funny.  The mystery behind the story is mostly revealed in issue four and it is fascinating.

Admittedly, this is probably my least favorite of the issues so far, but since the level has been so high up until this point, the drop off was not that much.  My expectation was sky high because of Spider-man being on the cover.  His part is not huge in the story so that probably brought my opinions down slightly.

However, the last four or five pages brought the goodness back to a high level and finally showed us what was going on in those first pages of the comic.

I believe next issue is the conclusion of this story and I am very excited to see how it finishes.

It is a total epic series.  Love it.

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Wolverine #1

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Wolverine #1

The Flower Cartel

Writer: Benjamin Percy

Artist:  Adam Kubert

Cover Art:  Adam Kubert & Frank Martin

 

Catacombs

Writer:  Benjamin Percy

Artist:  Viktor Bogdanovic

The newest Wolverine issue has been released by Marvel Comics.

It’s fine.

Two full length stories are found inside the book, which is nice, considering the price tag of the book is a healthy $7.99.

I think I was more interested in the second story, which introduced a new female character in Logan’s life as well as brought the Vampire Nation to the front and center as a opponent for the mutants on Krakoa.  Marvel sure seems to be diving head first into stories involving vampires.  I was not huge fan of the story arc from the Avengers involving the vampires, but this one is a bit more interesting.

The first part of the issue though was, for me, one gigantic eye roll.  The end of the story specifically made me really stop and gasp, but not in the good way.

I did enjoy the art work from Adam Kubert in the first story arc.  The art of the second tale was by Viktor Bogdanovic and it fit the darker tone of the vampire story.  All in all, the art was one of the best parts of this issue.

Both stories were “To Be Continued” so it will be interesting how they do that in an issue #2.  Is it going to cut these stories in half and spread out the arc over more issues or will each issue have this monumental price tag connected to it?

I think Wolverine #1 was good enough to at least look at issue #2 and see where they go from here, but I am not sure I am ready to commit to more than that at this time.

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Daredevil #18

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Daredevil#18

Through Hell Part 8

Writer:  Chip Zdarsky

Artist:  Jorge Fornes

Cover Art:  Julian Totino Tedesco

This is a fantastic issue.  Daredevil has been one of Marvel’s best books over the last six months or so.  Ever since Matt Murdock “died” and was revealed to have dreamed a huge story arc.

While that twist was a bit iffy for me, this re-imagining of Daredevil has been spot on wonderful.  Chip Zdarsky has taken the character of Matt Murdock/Daredevil and tore it down to its basis essence.  It seemed as if we might never see the Man Without Fear again.  Now, with each issue, Matt Murdock slowly is regaining the confidence and the gravitas to reclaim his alter ego.

The fact that we have not seen the Daredevil costume during this entire run has been spectacular.  It has also shown us a Matt Murdock who had done things that were shocking and seemingly out of character.  However, everything that Murdock had done was simply a way to discover that part inside him that he needs to be a full on version of Daredevil once again.

Little things like changing from a black half-mask to a white half-mask in this issue gives you a small hint about how the character of Matt Murdock is feeling.

I also loved the storyline in this issue involving The Owl and the kidnapping of the granddaughter of Izzy Libris.  Daredevil’s pursuit of the kidnapper and eventual confrontation was just brilliantly done.

I have enjoyed as well the development of the character of Detective Cole.  His inspirational speech to the police was a definite highlight for me.

I will say that I am not sure what the cover of this issue has to do with anything that actually happened in the issue.

Daredevil is most likely close to reclaiming the red suit, but if they kept him as he is here for a little while longer, I would not complain.

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Bang #1

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Bang #1

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Wilfredo Torres

Cover Art:  Wilfredo Torres with Nayoung Kim

So when I grabbed the copy of Plunge #1, I also spotted a number one form Dark Horse Comics called Bang.  I took this issue too.  Now, Ben, the owner of ComicWorld had not tried to talk me into this issue, unlike some other issues.  When he saw I had this one, he said that the first four pages were awesome, but the rest got too convoluted.  Not quite the same sell job as some of the other books he ( as well as Todd) has talked me into.

And yet, I really enjoyed this issue.  I enjoyed this one more than I did the Plunge #1.

Ben was right.  The first “cold open” of Bang #1 was exceptional and created a very intriguing situation.  I had not seen it coming.  However, I disagreed that the remainder was too convoluted.  I thought the rest of Bang #1 did a great job of setting up what we were going to see.  Perhaps the arrival of the science fiction writer came too quickly and dropped too much info in a first issue, but I was already in by this point.  Maybe I would have ended the issue when Thomas Cord, a James Bond-type spy that worked for an off-books agency called MI-X, arrived at the office of the science fiction writer.  Let that moment build a bit.  The story had laid out enough at that point.

There is a pulp feel to the book and it read quickly.  The world it was building had a lot of fascinating details to it that will build all the more as we see what is going on behind the scenes.

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Plunge #1

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Plunge #1

Writer:  Joe Hill

Artist:  Stuart Immonen

Variant Cover Art:  Gary Frank & Brad Anderson

It is my next book recommended to me by my comic shop.  They know that I am heavily Marvel so when something comes out that is intriguing and a good read, they suggest I buy it.  They even offer to let me read it before I make a decision.

There have been books that I love that have been recommended to me (Something is Killing the Children, Family Tree), some that started strong but have slipped a bit (Sea of Stars, Far Sector), but I have to say, when they recommend one, it has never been a flopper in my mind.

This time it is a book from Hill House Comics, which looks to be under the DC Black Label and it is called Plunge.  Plunge #1 has two very compelling and beautifully illustrated covers, one regular and one variant.  I did buy the variant, but I really found the regular cover interesting and I almost chose it over the variant.

The book starts slowly, and we are introduced to our characters.  There is some excellent dialogue in the book as our new group of characters are very well written.  There is some witty banter here as well as we meet our crew that is being hired by a company called Rococo to salvage a ship of theirs that has reappeared after 40 years.

The issue takes its time to set the story and the characters up and, while that may make the first issue a little less energetic, in the long run, should pay off nicely.

There is a compelling story being set up too and the ending panel promises us that the first issue presentation is going to bring us something different.

While this issue did not blow me away, I did like the set up and the dialogue was definitely funny and enjoyable to read.  There seems to be some promise of horror involved here and I hope that this will be another book that only improves.

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