I decided to review a comic from last week, having a day off from my day job and feeling the need to earn my keep around here. Looking around, I found the latest issue of Star Wars, a little disappointed that Stuart Immonen wasn't doing the interior art, but willing to give Larroca a chance. I recognize the name but couldn't place a major project I remembered him from, not having read a lot of his work on any of the other Marvel titles.
I am a big proponent of an unlimited Multiverse. I think it gives writers more freedom and makes for some extraordinary storytelling possibilities by breaking the shackles of continuity. Continuity can be a good thing, but far too often, the fear of angering fans forces a writer to adhere to continuity and lessens the impact of a story. Sometimes, the exploration of an alternate history makes for a plethora of stories. Depending on interest, this may be the first in a series of articles that explore different comic book alternate universes.
It's time for another edition of me reviewing old comics, this time with the first appearance of the New Mutants. I know that the last Marvel comic I reviewed three weeks ago was another New Mutants comic, but I have a fondness for the concept that Xavier's School should have actual students at it. In 1982, Marvel felt the same way, introducing five new youngsters to become students of Charles Xavier, even wearing the original X-Men uniforms that Kitty Pryde had eschewed in the pages of Uncanny X-Men.
New Mutants #98 marks a departure from me in writing these reviews. My golden rule in writing any review is not to write a negative review. I also try not to go into a comic that I actually haven't read with no pre-conceived notions. That's usually hard for me to do, but given that this book features a character that I don't really care for, although his movie was really good and an artist that I consider one of the worst artists of my generation. It's hard not going into this comic with the expectation that it will be bad.
So with Captain America: Civil War in theaters, I wanted to tie an Avengers review into it. Combine that with the guilt of running four consecutive DC Reviews, and it's time to review an issue of something by Marvel. Fans of the Indy titles should stick around for next time, because I haven't tackled one of those in months. If you have a suggestion, just contact me and I'll see what I can work in.
It's always a little sad when an artist takes an obvious shortcut in creating comics. It's even sadder when its an artist that normally creates work of high quality. It's saddest when that shortcut apparently infringes upon the intellectual property of someone else. In the extreme, the someone else would be a relatively unknown artist, but thankfully we are not in that realm. The artist in question is Ariel Olivetti and the issue in question is Venom: Space Knight #6.
Did you think that we had already done a Needless Character Analysis for Spider Gwen? The thing to know about her is that she is actually called Spider-Woman and is from an alternate Earth where it was Gwen Stacy that was bitten by the radioactive spider, not Peter Parker. She first appeared in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, which is available in multiple formats and has been reprinted several times, making it affordable to find a copy to read. She was created by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi.
We decided this year not to go with fake stories, but instead cover some of the more odd things that have occurred in comics and toys, in this case, Assistant Editors Month 1984. Hopefully we can explore the concept of comic book history later when time allows. For right now, let's limit ourselves to looking at the month that Marvel Comics went a little off the rails. For our toy coverage go here.
Tamashii Nations Captain America: Civil War – SH Figuarts Landing Page gives us our first look at their next figure; Black Panther. This figure has been on the radar for many fans for a long time and it was all about timing. While we only get a glimpse of the figure, just know he is coming! Black Panther is coming! Images and info will be released soon!
Let’s revisit the early 1980s this week with a review of Iron Man #152, which featured one of the first specialized suits of armor, his all-black Stealth Armor. The first was his Space Armor ten issues earlier, and at this time it seemed that Bob Layton and David Michelinie were using the logic behind Tony Stark custom
Word has come down from writer Frank Tieri that of Black Knight cancelled by Marvel Comics. With orders falling from 39,000 for the first issue to 22,000 for the second, it looks as if there is a chopping block at the All-New, All-Different Marvel.
Secret Wars, the last great Marvel Event, won't be finished until early next year and Marvel has announced the next great event, Civil War II. Is it meant to capitalize on the Captain America feature film arriving in May? Is it meant to distract that Secret Wars will end fourteen weeks behind schedule? Of course, we're not going to get any of these answers right now, as the news just hit.