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411’s Comic Reviews: Avengers #700, Han Solo: Imperial Cadet #1, More

November 29, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Avengers 700

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A Walk Through Hell Vol 1 TPB

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

So these two FBI agents walk into a warehouse…

Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just the way Shaw likes it. She’s pushing 40, a borderline burnout, the ghastly memories of her last investigation still clinging like shadows. McGregor is younger, more dedicated, hanging onto some measure of idealism whatever the world might throw at him.

When two fellow agents go missing inside a Long Beach warehouse, Shaw and McGregor are sent to investigate. But what they find waiting is far from routine, as the local police have already discovered to their cost. Before the night is out, our heroes will encounter terror beyond their most appalling nightmares—in a place where the night may never end at all.

A new kind of horror story for modern America, written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Crossed) and drawn by Goran Sudžuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer).

The Prague Coup

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Winter 1948: the Czech capital is under occupation by the allied powers. Debriefed by London Films, Graham Greene works on the writing of his next feature film, assisted by the enigmatic Elizabeth Montagu. A seemingly peaceful mission enters into a revolution that history will remember as the Prague Coup…

Based on the real-life journey of Graham Greene to research what would become The Third Man, this is another classic tale from Hard Case Crime, full of atmosphere, intrigue and noirish twists.

Avengers #700

Review by Stephen Gustafson

Wow. I’m really taken aback because I never thought I’d be reading the Avengers #700 and find myself excited for what’s to come. Even more, writer Jason Aaron has found a way to make this book count in a fresh way.

Beware. Spoilers are coming!

Avengers #700 feels like an old school Annual, where you get a solid story with some cool add-ons. This issue gave us a more focused and dangerous Namor and ends with the return of Phil Coulson and the Squadron Supreme of America. Plenty to keep our team busy in the near future.

The issue also gives us a look at a darker future and plenty to keep fans speculating. These include:

* Iron Fist taking on The Hand with a serious looking Punisher in Samurai gear.
* Moon Knight backed by a mummy army
* Man-Thing holding the hammer of Thor
* Lots of Starbrands and a hint of war

Artists David Marquez and Ed McGuinness are their usual solid selves, a good fit of the action called for. This Avengers team feels epic and comes off as important. This issue is one that both new and old fans of the team can grab and feel caught up practically immediately. Easy thumbs up.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Han Solo: Imperial Cadet #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

Han Solo was my favorite character in the Star Wars franchise because he was cool and had an air of mystery around him. Now I feel they are stripping all that away and trying to explain what doesn’t need explaining and give origins to characters that don’t need them.

Han Solo: Imperial Cadet doesn’t add anything of relevance to the character and I can’t see anyone picking this up who is already familiar with the scruffy looking nerf herder. Even someone going in fresh will be flummoxed by the issue.

The Star Wars universe is so vast but these books make it feel trite and much too small for my taste. Keep mining the well but at least move the drill to a new location. Or time.

Rating: 5.0 out of 10

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