Marvel Mini Reviews: Week of 8/8/2018

Marvel Mini Reviews: Week of 8/8/2018

Check out these bite size reviews of select Marvel comics for the week of August 8th.

The Amazing Spider-Man 3

Amazing Spider Man 3

Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciler: Ryan Ottley
Inker: Cliff Rathburn
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Ryan Ottley and Laura Martin

It’s unfortunate that the plot and arc for Amazing Spider-Man isn’t more interesting. Another clone, really? Other than that, this still feels like a classic Spider-Man comic; I just don’t know how invested I am yet. Ryan Ottley’s art is great to look at and Laura Martin’s colors are perfect too. Nick Spencer’s writing isn’t particularly clever and includes too much inner dialogue that slows down the pace of the story.  Unfortunately this no longer feels like a must read, but hopefully it will pick up after the first arc. There are some interesting implications in some of the science stuff, and I also few like Spencer has something really cool brewing!

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows 22

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Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Scott Loblish
Colorist: Ruth Redmond
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Edvard Petrovich

Fun issue! Really straightforward action. Plot is kind of wild, and I’m glad it’s not actually about clones. Only one more issue left for this arc, which is sad because it seems like the story is really picking up. The roughness of the art is starting to wear on me a little bit, but Ruth Redmond does such a good job with the colors it goes together well. Definitely in for the next issue.

Champions 23

Champions 23

Writer: Jim Zub
Artists: Kevin Libranda & Francesco Manna
Color Artist: Cliff Rathburn
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Ryan Ottley and Laura Martin

This shit is so good I almost cried and definitely got chills. I don’t think there’s such a thing as a disappointing issue with this creative team. Soooo many feelings wow. Viv’s struggle is really fucking palpable as is Sam’s desire to help out his friends after losing his powers. This version of the Champions is the most believable team in the Marvel Universe right now. The Avengers wish they had this dynamic tbh. The narration for this issue seemed to be annoying at first, but really carried so much emotional weight. Do your self a favor and pick this one up.

Daredevil 606

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Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Phil Noto
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

Daredevil has such an opportunity to like not be a pro-police comic. He says something great here about people being their own heroes, like we take care of ourselves. I just wish that didn’t mean superheroes and the community and the cops against super villains. The NYPD are the super villains of New York! Anyway, this issue has a big surprise at the end. I was a little confused leading up to it. I like how the narrative is non-linear and weaves together to get a picture of Daredevil’s day. I also love Cypher and Reader who become part of the takedown Fisk task force.

Domino 5

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Writer: Gail Simone
Guest Artist: Michael Shelfer
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Colorists: Jesus Aburtov

Domino continues to work with Shang-Chi getting into some bad shit at a club where they're dancing. Besides the fact that he's hot, it’s unclear what Domino actually likes about Shang-Chi? It feels super fetishizing and unecessary. I don’t like this comic nearly as much as everyone else. Domino’s voice is so unhumorous to me in such a white way, it's annoying. There's nothing radical about a comic book team-up between white women friends. There’s an awesome character moment where Domino reaches a cool realization with her powers. But Shang-Chi ends up feeling like the magical Asian here, an empty vessel for Domino to get cooler through. The plot line is interesting, as is the discovery that the strength of Domino's powers were developed through hurting someone else. I'm invested in this arc, but looking forward to a new creative team.

Exiles 6

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Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Guest Artist: Rod Reis
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Mike McKone

This comic doesn’t make sense, but I love it. Rod Reis is a great guest artist, and the art has a soft, pastel quality with chalky colors. The warm color palette gives the time-travel feel and a lot of scenes feel nostalgic and otherworldly. The introduction of alternate versions of all our favorite characters is the thing that definitely keeps me reading so far. Unfortunately with Kamala gone, Blink is the only standout character to me.

Fantastic Four 1

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Dan Slott & Sara Pichelli
Inkers: Sara Pichelli with Elisabetta D'Amico
Color Artist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
 

Dan Slott knows how to write an emotional story. If you’re a fan of the FF4, I think you’ll love how they’re reintroduced here. If not, I can't really recommend this book. It’s $6 and that’s ridiculous. There’s not much that goes on and there’s only three moments that won't seem worth it to someone who isn't a fan. The art is great and fits the book well with some bright ass colors. There’s a backup Doom story which has him wearing a loin cloth (hot), that provides a cool look at the character.


Old Man Logan 45

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Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Letterer: VC's Cory Petit
Cover Artists: Mike Deodato Jr. & Carlos Lopez

Disappointing issue to the end of this cat and mouse arc. I really dislike how some of the villain’s in Marvel stories are portrayed with what ends up being a stereotypical mentally ill role. Bullseye is wiiiiild here. But the climax ends up being cliche AF and thus doesn’t carry much emotional power. I didn’t have time to be invested in any of the characters or their loved ones, so nothing seemed to matter.

Spider-Man Annual 1

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Writer: Bryan Edward Hill
Artist: Nelson Blake II with Alitha E. Martinez
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inker: Roberto Poggi
Colorist: Carlos Lopez
Letterer: VC's Cory Petit

Miles is cute and so is this comic. It’s a touching look at what happens when the hero can’t save someone. This actually seems rarer in comics than you might imagine, so it’s nice to see it handled so well here. Miles is such a cool character and easier to connect with emotionally for me than Peter Parker (wonder why?).  The back up story in this issue is skippable for me. The main story is a decent look into Miles’ character, but nothing to monumental.