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411’s Comic Reviews: Action Comics #1000, Venomized #1, More

April 26, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Yesterday we discussed The Greatest Thanos Stories Of All-Time!

Now on with the show!

The Prisoner #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

This week sees the much anticipated release of The Prisoner #1 – a brand-new comic series set in the world of the cult Sci-Fi TV show. Penned by celebrated comic writer Peter Milligan (X-Statix, The Mummy) and illustrated by Colin Lorimer (The Hunt, Harvest).

First shown on Canadian and UK TV screens in 1967, The Prisoner was co-created, written, directed and starred Patrick McGoohan (Scanners, Braveheart). The release of The Prisoner #1 comic coincides with the 50th Anniversary year of the first US transmission in 1968.

This new comic series transports Prisoner fans back to the mysterious village where everyone is a number, and features 6 amazing covers, including art covers by Mike and Laura Allred, and Jack Kirby, plus a cool Patrick McGoohan photo cover.

Babyteeth #10

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

The end of our first year finally brings us to Palestine, and it is there that we unleash our biggest reveal in the series so far. It’s all been leading to this, folks. And after this issue, nothing will ever be the same again!

From Donny Cates, the writer of Thanos, Dr. Strange, Buzzkill, Paybacks, Redneck and the breakout hit God Country, comes a pulse-pounding new series with art from THE REVISIONIST’s Garry Brown!

Action Comics #1000

Review by RobF

A collection of comic’s greatest artists and writers have gathered here to celebrate 80 years of Superman and 1000 issues of Action Comics. An added attraction is a preview
of the much-acclaimed Brian Bendis/Jim Lee story. Does this comic give the Man of Tomorrow the proper tribute?

The stories attempt to paint a full picture of Superman and his supporting cast, including the city of Metropolis. The first, Metropolis celebrates his contribution to their city. Second, a trip through time with Vandal Savage. The third, Maggie Sawyer takes on a Brainac-controlled teacher. Next, a 30’s inspired story. Fifth, the obligatory Superman/Lex Luthor meeting. Then we see Superman pay tribute to his parents on a Sun-consumed Earth. Next, can Superman play hero and make a deadline? Mr. Mxyzpylk becomes a business owner as he opens a Superman-themed amusement park. Superman must protect a hostage from a bullet. And lastly, we have the debut of Brian Bendis and Jim Lee who pit Superman and Supergirl vs. a new menace.

Not all the stories hit the mark, but they do allow the creators to give their own perspective on the Man of Steel. Favorites include “From the City that has Everything” by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund, “Never Ending Battle” by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, and “Five Minutes” by Louise Simonson and Jerry Ordway. The Bendis/Lee collaboration was a bit of a disappointment, but I am willing to give it a second glance because of its pedigree.

Action Comics 1000 is worth picking up for the nostalgia, the collector value, or for the quality of the stories. There is no “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow” but there is enough here for the old or new fan to enjoy.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Venomized #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

So the trailer for Venom came out and it was something. Depending on who you ask, it was either the greatest thing ever or a total turn off. I’m not sure how it’s going to fly but we’ll see when it comes out.

One thing it did do was inspire me to pick up Venomized #1. Back when Venom was first introduced, I was a fan. I felt he had huge potential to be a major baddie and, when used right, an important member of the Marvel Universe.

Then he started appearing everywhere and I got sick of him.

Oh, I’d keep tabs on the character but I felt the original potential he had was lost.

I picked up Cullen Bunn and Iban Coello’s Venomized #1 to see how they were going to deal with the Venomverse explosion, Venom Inc., and a number of other storylines that I found a bit of a mess.

To throw you into the mix of things, the symbiote infection is spreading throughout Marvel and infecting a number of familiar faces. To be honest, I like the symbiotic angle when it’s limited to one or two. The more is not the merrier for me.

Bunn throws a lot at us and at times it’s too much. Way too much. I’m sure many will like a Marvel Universe overrun with symbiotes but it felt a little extreme. At times I felt like they were doing a zombie story, using the symbiotes in place of the undead.

In a story like this the art is crucial. Coello manages to throw a lot at the page and never loses the audience. He packs a punch and keeps the action moving clearly.

I’m torn on this book. I’ll give it a hesitant thumbs up and will give it another shot next month.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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