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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (11/08/17)




Josh’s Recommendations…
Fence #1
“Its often said that ‘there’s a manga about everything.’ To the best of my knowledge, there isn’t one about fencing! While this is more or less an American comic, it sounds like it has the sensibilities that people desire in Manga: plotting, characterization, the constant struggle of the protagonist and his gradual evolution. This sounds like a slam-dunk, involving the classical sport of fencing. Color me intrigued.””

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Uncovering the Best Covers, 3-30-17

Want to know what covers caught our attention this week?

Curious what our eyes fell in love with at first sight?

Well, here they are, the most memorable images on the stands this Wednesday . . .

Creighton supports the women of  . . .

InSeXts 10 Ariela Kristantina
InSeXts #10 by Ariela Kristantina

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Freeze Frame 10/30/2015

From Robin Son Of Batman #5 by Patrick Gleason & John Kalisz
From Robin Son Of Batman #5 by Patrick Gleason & John Kalisz

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The Rough Guide To All New, All Different Marvel

Fall is upon us but while Secret Wars and it’s many tie in’s sit in delay purgatory for the time being, Marvel is once again relaunching it’s superhero line with a whole bunch of #1 issues for their comics. With that said, the publisher is moving from a different position than they were in with Marvel Now & All New Marvel Now. With the former, Marvel had a lot of young creative talent that they were able to re-position during the relaunch to give their line a fresh make over and give creators they had brought up on  their lower tier titles a higher profile like Jonathan Hickman, Jerome  Opena, Esad Ribic, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jason Aaron or Rick Remender. After Marvel Now was a success, they added several new talents into their fold by building off the success of the original relaunch, giving creators like Ales Kot, Tradd Moore, Michael Walsh, Felipe Smith or Michel Fiffe their first shot at a major comics launch with the publisher. Now, much of the talent from both those initiatives has moved on from the publisher. In their place, Marvel has new creators coming on from all sorts of different mediums in addition to some of their old standby’s like Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Waid or Greg Land, and they are publishing a lot of comics. Probably too many. Below is a list of all the announced new series categorized into grouping of Yay, Mayhaps or Nah like we did with Secret Wars. Keep in mind that I won’t be including series that are basically the same creative talent and that Marvel will surely have more books to announce in the months ahead.

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Updated: All The New October 2015 Marvel Series Via Bleeding Cool

635689708958153536-marvelIn addition to the Warren Ellis project, Bleeding Cool is announcing several new Marvel series & creative teams. They are as follows:

Update: Newsarama confirms The Vision series by King & Walta

Sean Ryan & Cory Smith will be taking over Nova

Writer Nick Spencer & artist Daniel Acuna will be taking over Captain America from Rick Remender & Stuart Immonem

Jeff Lemire & Humbert Ramos Extraordinary X-Men is confirmed from this interview on CBR

New Avengers title relaunching with writer Al Ewing & artist Gerardo Sandoval

S.H.I.E.L.D will be relaunched as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D with writer Marc Guggenheim taking over on writing duties and artist Mike Norton becoming the full time series artist

Writer Gerry Duggan & artist Ryan Stegman will be taking over Uncanny Avengers from Rick Remender & Daniel Acuna

Scarlet Witch series written by James Robinson

Carnage series from Gerry Conway & Mike Perkins

Ultimates comic in the mainline Marvel continuity by Al Ewing & Kenneth Rocafort 

New Illuminati series by Joshua Williamson & Shawn Crystal

New Vision series from Tom King & Gabriel H Walta

Mike Costa will be continuing Spider-Verse as Web Warriors with artist David Baldeon

Daredevil by Charles Soule & Ron Garney

Uncanny X-Men by Cullen Bunn & Greg Land

Extraordinary X-Men by Jeff Lemire & Humberto Ramos

All New X-Men by Dennis Hopeless & Marc Bagley

New X-23/Wolverine by Tom Taylor & David Lopez

Venom: Spaceknight by Robbie Thomas & Ariel Olivetti

Howling Comandos of S.H.I.E.L.D by Frank Barbiere & Brent Schoonover

Angela Relaunch With Marguerite Bennett remaining as the main writer on the series and art from Stephanie Hans & Kim Jacinto

Deadpool relaunch by Gerry Duggan & Mike Hawthorne

Writing duties on Old Man Logan will be taken over by Jeff Lemire with Andrea Sorrentino remaining on art.

Thor, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Ms Marvel, Amazing Spiderman, Legendary Star Lord, Howard The Duck, Spider-Woman, Hawkeye, Spiderman 2099 & Silk will also feature the same creative teams that are currently writing the books.

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Freeze Frame 5/22/2015

From A-Force #1 by Jorge Molina
From A-Force #1 by Jorge Molina

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Review of Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Brent Schoonover

by Frank Barbiere, Brent Schoonover & Nick Filardi

Marvel’s All-New All-Different rollout continues with the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wednesday did not bring the relaunch of the main team title (that comes later) but of an off-kilter auxiliary branch. Dum Dum Dugan, veteran of the original Howling Commandos, has been tasked with leading the Commandos’ latest iteration: a strike force made up of monsters. The first issue of their exploits is an entertaining ride which both fulfills and subverts expectations.
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Review of Ant-Man Annual #1

DIG061172_2by Nick Spencer, Brent Schoonover & Ramon Rosanas

The story opens in the present day. Sunday to be specific. Scott Lang has taken his security firm’s two employees, former criminals Grizzly and Machinesmith, out for bonding at a local establishment. As always, Spencer’s trademark wit is immediately on display amidst the three’s bantering. Highlights include Grizzly’s inability to accept that a Miami bar would have the Dolphins game on instead of Da Bears and Machinesmith’s observation that the “no murder” clause in their contracts is probably unenforceable. These verbal quips do settle down (a little) when the TV is overtaken with reports of the latest Ultron attack (the events depicted in the recent Rage of Ultron graphic novel). Lang learns from the news coverage that the original Ant-Man Hank Pym has been presumed dead in the aftermath. This sparks Lang to remember the last time he saw Pym . . .
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King: The Phantom #2

King Phantom 2

by Brian Clevinger and Brent Schoonover

Lothar Kehwabe, Guran, and Jen Harris clash in this issue as their plans go horribly right.

The Story: Lothar and Guran have made inroads infiltrating a mercenary group attempting to destabilize Bengalla, but they’re still have to prove themselves. They do, with a timely assist from Mandrake the Magician. Just as they’re ready to move to the next stage of their plan, captive Jen Harris escapes from her cell. Mandrake then returns to tell Lothar she is the woman he’s been looking for (possibly reveling her to be Kitt Walker’s heir to the Phantom legacy).

The Art: Schoonover’s pencils feel stiff in this issue, as though the characters were drawn at the moment they began movement instead of a natural position to suggest movement.

Overall: There’s not a lot of action and the plot seems to drag. The basics could conceivably be covered in 6 pages instead of 28. What seems to be an undercover reconnaissance mission feels by the numbers as Lothar and Guran move through the story without facing challenging obstacles. Have to shoot an innocent? It was a fake-out. Have to face an armed group of henchmen? Call in Mandrake for some magic. The only thing that really seems to slow them down is Jen Harris pointing a gun at them. The possibility of a female Phatom could be interesting, but the stakes don’t feel real as the current placeholder already seems to be more than qualified.

This issues lacks the energy and momentum of the first issue, and makes me wonder if I need to see what happens next…

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent.