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411’s Comic Reviews: Thanos #2, Ultimates 2 #2, More

December 29, 2016 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

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Hello and welcome to 411mania’s weekly Comic Book Review Roundtable! Each week we’ll be serving up a warm dish of reviews from Marvel, DC, and anything else that captures our interest. What did you pick up this week? Let us know in the comments.

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Yesterday we discussed, “What’s in Store for All-Star Batman?”

Now on with the show!

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Thanos #2

Review by RobF

An animal can be most dangerous when it is wounded. With a sick and dying Thanos the whole universe is in danger. He will stop at nothing to find a cure. Can a family-led revolt stop the Mad Titan and save the universe from his wrath?

Thanos is a desperate being, so desperate that he turns to a man that he truly despises, his father, Mentor of Titan, to attempt to cure the incurable disease. To no one’s surprise he fails to find a cure and finds no sorrow in his sons’ predicament.

Meanwhile in another part of the universe Starfox, Tryco, and Thane have recruited Nebula in their quest to kill the weakened Thanos. The only part of this issue I didn’t quite follow was the recruitment drive conducted by Thane. I thought Starfox and Tryco were already on board but it felt like they weren’t completely convinced in the mission. Once Nebula agreed Thane revealed that in order to continue they need to steal something from another cosmic powerhouse, Terrax the Tamer. What do they need? And will he join the witchhunt?

The artwork by Mike Deodato and Frank Martin is dark and brooding as it should be. Deodato renders an imposing Thanos even in a sickened state. At times his art is a bit unclear but overall it’s well done.

Thanos has been dead before and has resurrected several times. Is this time any different? Only time will tell, but his family has a vested interest in his demise. I wouldn’t be surprised if others from the Marvel U join the crusade.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

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Ultimates 2 #2

Review by Sankalp G.

Let me tell you something folks, watching our earthly heroes solve mysteries about cosmos is one thing but changing Galactus is another. When the author makes you witness a war between immortals, ultra powerful cosmic beings, you know something bad is going to happen sooner or later. This exact scenario is the 2nd issue of Ultimates 2.

Ewing is making readers see more, feel more. We are slowly seeing the backstories of some of the members and we are getting more information about the new multiverse formed after Secret Wars. Yes, repercussions are still there.

We are watching the cosmic beings interact with each other on a regular basis. This is a very grand project and I hope the conclusion of this series is a good one; at least better than the recent company wide event which didn’t even felt like one.

The Anti-Man is now officially the next herald of Galactus. Galactus has also shown him some things which aren’t supposed to be shown. I don’t want reveal what is happening on the Galactus side and people should unveil it themselves because it is better that way. The ship of Galactus, TA-II, which now is the secret working base of the Ultimates, is visited by a ghost; a ghost who is here to warn Galactus: Everything Lives!

There are some interesting things to be noted here. The build up to Secret Wars told the readers one thing: Everything Dies. Now a theory: After the destruction and reconstruction of the multiverse, courtesy of FF4, Everything Lives, which means previous multiverses could have survived the Secret Wars.

The art is pretty shaky. After the first issue I expected the same amount of detailing, as well as style, in this issue. Most of the visually pleasing things: the cosmos, cosmic beings looking like 3D rendered plastic figurines, which can hamper viewing experience by a large margin. It is just the second issue so I am not going to complain about it too much.

Story somewhat slowed down in this issue though the final pages were pretty cool and made up for it. Not good as previous one but this issue is good enough to warrant the attention of readers.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

(If art was better, it could have been easily 8)

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Reborn #2

Review by Jonathan Durden

To nobody’s surprise, Mark Millar is at it again with another potential blockbuster comic book. Teamed up this time with Batman’s Greg Capullo on pencils and Jonathan Glapion on inks, with invaluable aid from FCO Plascencia on colors and Nate Piekos from Blambot on letters, Reborn is about as surefire as you can get.

It’s not just the team that makes a comic book good, however. It’s the concept, and the vital proper execution of that concept. With Reborn, Millar and the rest of the creative team do great work together to bring us this fantastical and intriguing world beyond our own.

What also makes a comic book good is obviously its story. The execution part of the concept. There are no members of this team that lack in that department. With the help of her father, Bonnie tries to appeal to the Queen of the Faeries, who happened to be her best friend once upon a time in the real world. This is proven to no longer be the case, as the Queen does not care about anything anymore since discovering that the religious life that she led was all for naught. Although, it did make her Queen of the Faeries, so there may be grounds for some argument there, right?

We then get a glimpse into the Dark Lands of Adystria, where we find that Bonnie’s childhood pet cat in the old world is now working for Lord Golgotha, leader of the Dark Lands, and is out for revenge against Bonnie. The reason? His testicles were removed when he was just nine months old. There’s sure to be a great confrontation there!

I think this story is full of great potential and I have no doubt that Millar, Capullo, Glapion, Plascencia, Piekos and the editors will achieve all of it.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

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Venom #2

Review by Stephen M. Lyon

The second issue of Venom picks up where it left off in issue one, with the struggle between the symbiote and its new host, Lee Price. The strong character development of both Price and the symbiote is continued by the conflict, which reveals more of the different personality traits and mental strengths/weaknesses of both. The symbiote persists in its goal to avoid killing, and criminal activity, while Price does not appear to be swayed from his new goal of becoming a major player in the New York crime scene. The issue finishes without much resolution, but continuing to build toward a future resolution, without giving anything away about who the resolution will be in favor of. The build is steady; not slow enough to lose the reader’s interest, but not so fast as to feel like it’s being rushed.

This issue begins with Price returning the merchandise he was sent to sell in issue one to the owners. SPOILER ALERT. When he arrives, they turn out to be the Black Cat & Mac Gargan (The Scorpion), who the symbiote apprises Price of.They are skeptical of his story, and wonder why it took him so long. He says that he was thinking about his best move, and then flashes back to his fight with the symbiote, where the symbiote tried to intimidate Price, but he fought back (mentally and physically), forcing it to submit. Back in the present, Black Cat is impressed with him, calling Price a survivor, and states she can use him; the symbiote triggers a vomiting fit in Price, forcing him to make an early exit. Later, Price reveals to the symbiote that he doesn’t want to be a crime boss, but wants to be behind the scenes, in the darkness pulling strings. As the story ends, a character named Firebug arrives and attacks Price, forcing the symbiote to attack in self defense. It ends on a cliffhanger, with a federal agent on the scene attempting to make an arrest.

This comic has me fascinated, which is hard to do these days. I often find newly introduced characters hard to commit to, but Lee Price is intriguing enough to keep reading just to see his backstory and where the character is going. The addition of the symbiote who has had a crisis of morality has made this the highlight of Marvel’s newest offerings. It is definitely staying on my pull list.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

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