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411’s Comic Reviews: Black Panther vs Deadpool #1 #1, Old Lady Harley #1, More

November 1, 2018 | 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 The Best Comic Book Suggestions!

Now on with the show!

Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Experience mind-blowing challenges and dynamic adventures through time and space – right alongside the Doctor and her friends!

A new series for a new era on the TARDIS, from a creative team of astounding women – Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Faith, Mother Panic, Star Wars: Rogue One, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Orphan Black), art by Rachael Stott (Doctor Who, Motherlands, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes) and colors from Enrica Angiolini (Shades of Magic)!

The Lost City Explorers #5

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Hel Coates, her brother and our teenage urban explorers have journeyed through underground New York City on a journey to find the Lost City of Atlantis…and Hel’s missing father along with it. Now, they’ve reached their destination.

As the first story arc comes to a close, our teenage urban explorers must face the threat of a supernatural guardian and corporate mercenaries, while Hel travels through the mysterious portal—beyond which is anyone’s guess.

Explore science-fiction and archaeology in this new adventure series by Zack Kaplan (Eclipse, Port of Earth) and Alvaro Sarraseca (Magnus, Turok)–a story for the ages that could only have been brought to you by AfterShock!

Black Panther vs Deadpool #1

Review by RobF

In a long series of “Deadpool vs” comics from Marvel, Black Panther is next in line. Here Daniel Kibblesmith and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz bring together the monarch and the moron in a battle for vibranium.

Even when Deadpool tries to do something good he manages to screw something up or piss someone off. For example, he tries to do a good deed by rescuing some children from the Wrecker. In his haphazard, sloppy way he manages to injure Willy Lumpkin. And to make a bad situation worse he manages to anger the one man who could help him, the Black Panther. Both play their roles perfectly, Panther the
straight man, Deadpool the fool. But T’Challa made one big mistake: he made Deadpool mad. And he is not one to let something go.

I have mixed feelings about the art supplied by Lopez Ortiz. His action scenes are fun and full of motion. But his characters faces are a problem. Deadpool’s constant smile is a distraction and makes me want to look away. Not what you want in a comic book.

I liked this story and I want to read more but I hope Ortiz can tone the facial expressions down. I’m not sure if the humor and action can survive 5 issues, but I’m willing to find out.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Old Lady Harley #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

I might be one of the few guys out there that’s not a huge fan of the Harley Quinn character. She’s on a popularity track that mirrors Deadpool and can fit in a number of types of stories but she feels a little too processed, taking away from me being able to relate to her.

Now we have her in a “Old…” type story, which isn’t high on my favorite scale. So how surprised was I that I enjoyed Old Lady Harley #1? Very.

Old Lady Harley #1, writer Frank Tieri and artist Inaki Miranda have set up a fresh take on Harley that takes a stab at the “Old…” type of stories, making for an enjoyable read.

The issue is quirky, meta, and over-the-top in action. Harley plays hostess to a bizarre landscape where she’s traveling with Red Tool, meeting a random bunch of characters, setting up some intriguing possibilities for the future.

Miranda’s art is a big plus here. His detailed art elevate the story and allows the reader to overlook some story weaknesses.

I enjoyed Old Lady Harley #1 thanks to its entertainment factor and the books commitment to not take itself too serious.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

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