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Daredevil (Marvel Comics)

DAREDEVIL #18 review

Daredevil #18 is available now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

Matt must come to terms with what Daredevil truly means. And he better do it soon, as a new and deadly foe makes a decisive return…

Review

I have been a huge fan of Chip Zdarsky’s run on Daredevil so far, and the ‘Through Hell’ arc in particular has been thoroughly intriguing. The stakes are high as DAREDEVIL, Cole North and the Libris crime family all race to rescue the kidnapped Granddaughter of Izzy Libris, perpetrated by The Owl.

Chip Zdarsky weaves a wonderful and tense story, supported up by the fantastic art of Jorge Fornes who seems to be channelling his inner David Mazzucchelli. Zdarsky sets the stakes in the first 4 pages with emotional outbursts in the scene with the Libris Family and a calculated appeal from Detective Cole North – a character quickly becoming one of my favourites – to his peers. There is a child missing and we must find her.

The panel layouts work well to pace the scenes and build tension, as we zoom in closer and closer to Det. North’s face as he makes his speech, Fornes doing a stellar job with his acting work. A scene later Daredevil, in white shirt with white cloth mask, and Det. Cole speed off in to the rain to rescue the child. I am convinced that the officer Det. North leaves behind is a rendition of Chip Zdarsky!  

The tension continues to build during the chase – rain is pouring from the heavens, Daredevil is using his enhanced hearing to locate the whereabouts of the kidnappers, the colour palette has shifted where alarming reds now prominent. However the climax of the pursuit falls flat, failing to deliver a satisfying culmination of the tension which was so well laid, the situation being resolved in typical Daredevil fashion. I feel that the situation itself had no bearing on the story. That being said the art and the storytelling cannot be faulted and the last page reveal has left me yearning for the next issue.

What I have really enjoyed about this book is the character development. The Owl has been elevated from low lever gangster to a dreaded and dangerous mob boss. One powerful panel in this issue emphases this, wonderfully and harrowingly drawn by Fornes, and I will not spoil. Wilson Fisk has gone through a different journey. Once feared and respected as the Kingpin of Crime, he is now a broken, limp puppet to those above him, emphasised by the one page and two lines that that he is granted in this issue in which he is bed ridden, the reader and camera looking down on him. I am very excited to see what Zdarsky does with these two characters and the inevitable rise of the Kingpin once again.

Verdict

Overall great storytelling and genuinely tense, but an anti-climactic where it counted. The art from Fornes is stellar and is perfect for a Daredevil book. As a final issue to an arc it works well, upping the stakes and setting up future conflicts. I enjoyed the whole arc and great character development and final page reveal saved this issue for me.

7/10 (9/10 if that was a Zdarsky cameo!)


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Captain Marvel (Marvel Comics)

Carol Danvers wields the power of all the AVENGERS in CAPTAIN MARVEL #16

Marvel Comics has released a brand new preview for Captain Marvel #16, on sale Wednesday, March 18, and it is a big one for Earth’s Mightiest Hero — it’s Captain Marvel’s 150th issue!

Written by Kelly Thompson with art by Lee Garbett, Carol Danvers finds herself at war with her human side and her Kree side. But while she has her own internal struggles, she also has to face Vox Supreme! Will having the power of every Avenger help her?

Speaking of the landmark issue, Kelly Thompson said, “It’s so great that the last issue of our ‘The Last Avenger’ arc is the Legacy 150th issue of CAPTAIN MARVEL because it’s an issue that really highlights how and why Carol is such an incredible hero, that she will go to any lengths to save the day, that she NEVER stays down no matter how deep and dark the odds… and that’s been in her since the beginning.”

See a preview of CAPTAIN MARVEL #16 below:

Captain Marvel #16 preview art
CAPTAIN MARVEL (2019) #16 preview art by Lee Garbett
Captain Marvel #16 preview art
CAPTAIN MARVEL (2019) #16 preview art by Lee Garbett

There’s much more to come as Carol Danvers reaches a critical point in her latest story!

CAPTAIN MARVEL #16, written by Kelly Thompson with art by Lee Garbett and a cover by Mark Brooks, goes on sale Wednesday, March 18. Pre-order your copy today online or at your local comic shop!


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Star Wars (Marvel Comics)

Luke Skywalker wields a new Lightsaber in Star Wars #6 preview

Marvel.com has debuted a first look at the upcoming sixth issue of the latest incarnation of Star Wars comics. Set after the events of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, writer Charles Soule and artist Jesús Saiz are currently telling the previously unseen adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and the Rebel Alliance in  STAR WARS!

The newest issue, STAR WARS #3, hits stands next Wednesday, February 26!
The newest issue, STAR WARS #3, hits stands next Wednesday, February 26!

With this exciting new era underway, some of the franchises’ longstanding mysteries are getting the spotlight, including what happened to the lightsaber Luke lost in his climatic duel with Darth Vader in Cloud City…

While the results of Luke’s search remain to be seen, it would appear he eventually obtains a replacement… See the young Jedi ignite a never-before-seen yellow lightsaber on R.B. Silva’s STAR WARS #6 cover below—and learn more when this issue hits stands this May!

Star Wars #3

Read STAR WARS #3 at your local comic shop next Wednesday, February 26—and pre-order STAR WARS #6 today!


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iWolverine (Marvel)

WOLVERINE’s android counterpart returns in iWOLVERINE #1 this May

This May will see the return of Marvel’s robot Wolverine as the character gets his own title, iWolverine. At a time when no robot is safe in the Marvel Universe it seems that maybe the tide is about to turn.

Get all the details on the upcoming title from Larry Hama and Roland Boschi in the press release below!


Larry Hama and Roland Boschi team up for a new Albert story for a new robot era!

Marvel in the year 2020 marches on! In the wake of Arno Stark’s crusade against A.I.s, no robot is safe. Fearing of Elsie-Dee’s safety in these tumultuous times, Albert, the robot Wolverine, goes to Madripoor to find her… but what he finds is a fight against Madripoor’s criminal underbelly instead! IWOLVERINE 2020 #1, written by Marvel legend Larry Hama with art by Roland Boschi, will hit comic shops this May!

Hama shared his excitement over penning a new story for Albert and Elsie-Dee, characters he co-created with Marc Silvestri, with CBR.com: “I’m super amped to be returning to two of my favorite supporting characters from my ’90s WOLVERINE run. Elsie-Dee and Albert started out as an odd, Bizarro version of Wolvie and Jube, but they quickly developed lives of their own, and their dialog was gosh-darn fun to write. Exhilarating to be able to dip into this particular font again, and I’m having a blast.”

Have a look at the cover by Juan José Ryp!

iWolverine 2020 #1
IWOLVERINE 2020 (2020) #1

IWOLVERINE 2020 #1, written by Larry Hama with art by Roland Boschi, goes on sale in May! Stay tuned to Marvel.comfor news about all upcoming comic releases!


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Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)

MARVEL reveals cover art for two Free Comic Book Day titles

Marvel has unveiled covers for two of its upcoming titles which will be available on Free Comic Book Day 2020.

First up, the publisher will release a special Spidey-issue that brings together Spider-Man, Venom, and Black Cat back for an adventure through Manhattan. We don’t have more details on the story, but the creative team includes Venom writer Donny Cates and Amazing Spider-Man artists Ryan Stegman and Patrick Gleason, additionally Black Cat writer Jed MacKay will be involved.

Next up is a new X-Men story from writer Jonathan Hickman and his House of X collaborator, artist Pepe Larraz. The story is set to feature the likes of Magik, Rogue, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Wolverine and will also feature another story that leads into a new project from writer Tom Taylor and artist Iban Coello.

Free Comic Book Day 2020 takes places on May 2.


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Daredevil (Marvel Comics)

DAREDEVIL is back in red with new preview of issue #21

Matt Murdock’s journey in Chip Zdarsky’s current run on the Daredevil comic hasn’t been an easy one. The Man Without Fear hung-up his costume early in the run and has since been on the long journey back to reclaiming his mantle.

Most recently Matt has been suiting up in a black costume similar to his early days and reminiscent on the suit seen in season 1 of the Netflix series. But that is soon to change as new preview art for issue #21 is showing.

As for what inspires Murdock to put the costume back on, we’ll have to wait until May to find out! For now take a look at this very exciting teaser image!

Written by Chip Zdarsky, with art by Marco Checchetto, Daredevil #21 will be available where all good comics are sold in May.


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New Mutants (20th Century Studios)

New poster artwork for NEW MUTANTS debuts

Following the release of an exciting second trailer, 20th Century Studios and new partners Walt Disney Studios have released a new poster for Josh Boone’s New Mutants.

Similar to the first poster it features the main cast of the X-Men spin-off looking highly stylised and sufficiently moody. Look carefully inside the text and you might get to see a little more than you bargained for!

New Mutants stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, and Alice Braga. The film is directed by Josh Boone from a screenplay by Boone and Knate Lee. Production credits go to Simon Kinberg, Lauren Schuler Donner and Karen Rosenfelt.


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Marvel Zombies: Resurrection (Marvel)

The undead arrive in April with MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESURRECTION

Back in October, Marvel revealed that the corpse of Galactus has appeared on the edge of our solar system. The arrival heralded the return of one of the Marvel Universe’s most fearsome forces, Marvel Zombies.

That one-shot now leads in to a new four-issue miniseries, Marvel Zombies: Resurrection, which begins publishing in April. Get all the info you need to know in this press release from Marvel.


Coming This April: ‘Marvel Zombies: Resurrection’ #1

The undead arrive again as Phillip K. Johnson and Leonard Kirk present a new limited series!

Last October, Galactus’ corpse appeared at the edge of Earth’s solar system, and the Avengers, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four were called to investigate. Too late, they discovered that Galactus’ body was the vessel of an interstellar terror, which transformed Earth’s Mightiest Heroes into the universe’s most terrifying predators. As heroes escaped the superpowered cannibalistic aberrations that were once their friends and family, they retreated to Earth, hoping to protect it from the coming infestation…

And this April, the colossal cadaver finally arrives in MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESURRECTION #1!

MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESURRECTION #1 cover by In-Hyuk Lee
MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESURRECTION #1 cover by In-Hyuk Lee

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with art by Leonard Kirk, the mag kickstarts a four-issue limited series that will pit Spider–Man and a ragtag group of heroes against the carriers of this cannibalistic virus as they attempt to save survivors and uncover the truth behind these harrowing happenings.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be writing MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESURRECTION, or to be working with the amazing Leonard Kirk again,” says Johnson. “The original MARVEL ZOMBIES made such an impact on fans when it came out, and now Marvel has been kind enough to let me do my own take on it. And although there’s a lot there for fans of the original, it’s a very different take. MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESURRECTION is an all-in horror series, with tension that doesn’t let up and a cast of characters who have become like family to each other, none of whom are safe.

“In the MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESURRECTION one-shot, we saw Earth’s Mightiest Heroes travel into space to investigate a mysterious threat, leading to horrifying consequences. In the miniseries, we’re showing readers what came next: for the doomed characters in the one-shot, for the ones they left behind on Earth, and for the rest of the Marvel Universe.”


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Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2018-) #37 review

Amazing Spider-Man #37 is available now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

There are too many problems in New York City and Spidey can’t be in four places at once– unless he CAN?! Peter’s life is as complicated as ever but can science be the answer? It’s a new year and the buildup to “Last Remains” and much more starts here!

Review

The Amazing Spider-Man series is an interesting beast. It often presents Spidey in some of the biggest scale stories of his career. Huge action set pieces, big character arcs which often involve aspects of the wider so-called Spider-verse. So its rare that we find an issue which stops to take a breather and look inwards.

With his current school project, Parker has a device in his possession which analyses all possible outcomes of a situation from across the multiverse. With this tech he’s able to predict upcoming crimes as well as troubles at home and basically anything which the story requires.

But rather than have the device take him on some wild goose chase, writer Nick Spencer instead takes the opportunity to have the character look inwards.

Parker is notoriously tough on himself, as high achievers often are, but the Amazing Spider-Man series moves at such a pace that he’s rarely able to do so for more than a couple of panels.

With the device Parker amiably takes down a whole bunch of weird and wonderful criminals and also helps out members of the general public with issues he is able to predict. It’s quirky, funny and at times heartwarming to see how much Parker just wants to help.

But the book really comes in to its own as he debates using the device to help carve out some time in his private life. Through much of the story Parker laments those he has let down in recent weeks. Aunt May and M.J. being two of those.

It culminates in a small but touching moment where Parker and M.J. do some TV streaming over video chat whilst she is away working. It’s the first quality time the two have spent together in months and of course there’s a punchline to the joke. But to get there the series asks some interesting questions about what Spider-Man needs to do in order to have a life.

There’s plenty of action boiling away in the background as the series heads towards its “Last Remains” arc. But for now this much more inwards looking issue is a breath of fresh air.

Verdict

Amazing Spider-Man #37 finds Peter Parker looking inwards and assessing the priorities in his life. It’s a much needed breather following a series of large scale stories and poses some interesting questions about his future.

6/10

Amazing Spider-Man #37 is written by Nick Spencer with art by Ryan Ottley. Ottley also provides cover art for this issue.


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