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411’s Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #15, Wonder Twins #1, More

February 22, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Amazing Spider-Man 15

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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Now on with the show!

Descendent #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

WANTED:

Information as to the whereabouts of

JACKSON E. MILLER

Son of Senator Carter Miller

The child was kidnapped from his home in Washington, DC between 4 and 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Address all communications to FBI representative Joanna Hernandez, writer Stephanie Phillips (Devil Within, Kicking Ice), artist Evgeniy Bornyakov, colorist Lauren Affe, or letterer Troy Peteri. All communications will be treated in confidence.

Please, no more calls about secret government conspiracies or ancient cults.

Conspiracy theories, government corruption, and a really good mix of Prince drives David Corey to help solve the mysterious disappearance of a famous politician’s son. When David realizes that the truth is much more dangerous than a kidnapping, he must battle ancient secrets that have endangered the lives of children for centuries. This conspiracy-fueled adventure story looks at the darker side of American history through the eyes of an unlikely team of heroes. If they fail, the American government and its people may not survive.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc., announced today that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will make their official return after the events of Shattered Grid in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40, arriving in stores June 2019.

The new series creative team of writer Ryan Parrott (Go Go Power Rangers) and artist Daniele Di Nicuolo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) begin a bold new era as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are back in Angel Grove…with the White Ranger as their leader! But what happened to the team after they defeated Lord Drakkon? And what does the White Ranger’s first appearance mean for the future of the team? Those answers – and more – arrive in the first chapter of Power Rangers: Absolute Power, as shocking secrets are revealed!

“I’m writing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The reality of that statement hasn’t quite sunk in yet but I’m sure when it does, I’ll feel a mixture of exhilaration, disbelief and sheer panic,” said writer Ryan Parrott. “Working on the franchise for the last two years has been one of the most creatively rewarding experiences of my life, not only because of the incredibly talented people I get to collaborate with behind the scenes but also because of all the amazing fans I’ve encountered along the way. I’m not going to lie. Kyle Higgins set the bar unapologetically high with his work on the series so far, not to mention the biggest Power Ranger comic book event ever in Shattered Grid, but I’m looking forward to digging deep into these characters we all love and building off the stage that’s been set. May the power protect me.”

“If with Shattered Grid we went big, now we’re going deep, straight to the core of what means to be Power Rangers and, most of all, what consequences come from choices made for a greater good,” said artist Daniele Di Nicuolo. “I couldn’t be happier to reunite with BOOM! Studios and the Rangers again. I’m super excited to explore the fallout of the adventures that we started with Kyle and honored to face this new journey with a great writer like Ryan, my pal Walter Baiamonte and so much of the crew from Shattered Grid. It’s Morphin time again!”

Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating over 25 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest running kids live-action series in television history with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise celebrates its milestone anniversary year with the 25th season, Power Rangers: Super Ninja Steel currently airing on Saturdays at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S.

“The first appearance of the White Ranger is only one of the big revelations in Absolute Power, as we learn just what happened after the Mighty Morphin team disappeared after the events of Shattered Grid,” said Dafna Pleban, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Ryan and Daniele, along with our partners at Hasbro, have crafted a Power Rangers epic with surprises around every turn and an ending that changes everything!”

Ryuko #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Titan Comics is delighted to be publishing Ryuko by Eldo Yoshimizu through the Hard Case Crime imprint. This long-awaited translation – the book’s first ever appearance in English – follows Ryuko, a tough and powerful female Yakuza who takes revenge when her mother is kidnapped and she is forced to kill her father.

Creator Eldo Yoshimizu is famous in Japan as a sculptor, creating vast, jewel-like shapes and sinuous, vivid outlines which are among Japan’s most significant pieces of public art. His work has been exhibited in galleries all over the world, and he has held positions as an artist in residence in Italy, France and New York. Eldo Yoshimizu’s character of Ryuko has graced art galleries around Japan and Europe and now makes her jump to manga with Ryuko, the first book in a two-part criminal saga packed with international intrigue, complex questions of morality, and blistering action.

Yoshimizu said, “Ryuko decides she must atone for the crime of killing her father, but this is not a moral trial or a mere revenge play…the theme of the book is that there is good and evil on both sides of the same coin.”

Wonder Twins #1

Review by Stephen Gustafson

As a fan of the beloved Super Friends cartoon, I felt it was my duty to pick up Wonder Twins #1. I’m glad I did.

Wonder Twins falls under the Wonder Comics imprint launched by Brian Michael Bendis and doesn’t strive to be something it’s not. It keeps to the basics.and writer Mark Russell and artist Stephen Byrne do a fine job of delivering an entertaining tale about the shape-shifting duo from the planet Exxor as they balance being teenagers and superheroes.

I’ll say this, if you’re a fan of the Super Friends, then you’ll like this. It’s funny and is a worthy homage to the cartoon characters we remember o well.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Amazing Spider-Man #15

Review by John Pumpernickel

I think I’m getting Spider-Man fatigue. At one point in my comic book collecting I would most likely have loved Amazing Spider-Man #15 but after so many years of reading I found this to be…OK.

The issue takes a familiar blueprint from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and puts a modern spin on it with uneven results.

For new fans, this will work but for those of us who have been around a while, it feels…predictable. Add to that some frantic artwork and bumpy pacing, and you’ve got an issue that never elevates it’s story to bigger levels.

A good issue but, for me, Spider-Man is starting to lose his luster.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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