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411’s Comic Reviews: Avengers: Back to Basics #1, Lockjaw #1, More

March 15, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Avengers Back to Basics

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Yesterday we asked, Which Comic Book Deserves a TV Show?

Now on with the show!

Sea of Thieves #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson


Brimming with drama, doubloons and untold skulduggery, the Sea of Thieves is a strange and treacherous stretch of ocean where swarthy scallywags the world over flock to test their might and mettle.

Join us on a tale of danger and discovery as we follow the legend of two of the hardiest crews ever to brave its turbulent waters. Who will be the first to claim the treasure that awaits them… and who will be the first to walk the plank?

Shock (Hardcover)

AfterShock Comics continues to push boundaries by presenting its very first anthology collection featuring a slew of today’s top writers and artists. Presented in the European Album format (same as the ANIMOSITY: THE RISE hardcover), this handsome hardcover features the creative talents of Brian Azzarello, Marguerite Bennett, Cullen Bunn, Mike Carey, Andy Clarke, Sarah Delane, Aaron Douglas, Joe Eisma, Toni Fejzula, Francesco Francavilla, Neil Gaiman, Michael Gaydos, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Hester, Paul Jenkins, Szymon Kudranski, Laci, Leila Leiz, Travis Moore, Joe Pruett, Cliff Richards, Andrew Robinson, Hoyt Silva, Will Sliney, Jim Starlin, Richard Starkings, Brian Stelfreeze, Dalibor Taajic, Frank Tieri, Charles Vess, Bill Willingham, Michael Zulli and more! Cover art by John Cassaday with Laura Martin!

Avengers: Back to Basics #1

Review by RobF

Marvel Entertainment and comiXology have launched this online-only series Avengers: Back to Basics presented by Peter David and Brian Level. It’s another retelling of Avengers history (this time through the eyes of Kamala Khan). In this case, we see Thor, Hulk, and Iron Man attempting to stop the coming of Ragnarok.

The Avengers history has been rehashed several times over the years, it’s difficult to see how this will be any different. In the first issue Kamala is merely an observer but future issues promise some involvement. She gets to visit events in the past using a virtual reality headset supplied by The Vision. Khan is not impressed and frankly neither am I. She witnesses a group of Norsemen called the Disir succeeding in the summoning of one of the heralds, Fenris, which in legend eats the moon and starts Ragnarok.

Level’s artwork has taken a step back in my opinion. I enjoyed his work on Secret Empire: Brave New World, but I don’t feel this is up to par.

The comic harkens back to a time when plots and characters were simpler. While some may find that refreshing it is my least favorite time of comic history. I cringe when I read some of the early issues and while this is a fun issue I can’t fully endorse it.

Rating: 5.0 out of 10

Lockjaw #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

I picked this up because I was really curious on how they were going to build a book around Lockjaw. A giant dog who can teleport.

The Inhumans are experiencing some growing pains and after the not-so-great TV series, they are in need of some good news.

Guess what?

This is a pretty funny book. Writer Daniel Kibblesmith and artist Carlos Villa give it light tone that delivers where it counts. A refreshing read in a glut of overly serious and glum comics.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

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