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411’s Comic Reviews: Dead Man Logan #1, Shazam! #1, More

December 6, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Dead Man Logan #1

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Yesterday we discussed The Worst X-Men Ever

Now on with the show!

The Avant-Guards #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

BOOM! Studios revealed a first look at THE AVANT-GUARDS #1, the riveting start to an all-new twelve issue series in January 2019 from writer Carly Usdin (creator of the critically-acclaimed Heavy Vinyl) and artist Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer) where it’s all about finding the courage to shoot your shot.

Olivia “Liv” Bates is determined to jump start the first basketball league ever for art colleges, and while the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics isn’t necessarily known for its team sports, she’s got all the missing pieces except one: the final member of her basketball team. Which is where new student Charlie Bravo comes in.

Charlie is a recent transfer to the historic women’s art college and, for some mysterious reason, has decided to leave her glory days as a basketball star behind. If only Liv can convince a reluctant Charlie to lace up her shoes and get back on the court with their ragtag team, her dream of an art school basketball team could come alive! And Charlie might just find the friendship and community she’s looking for at this brand new school.

THE AVANT GUARDS #1 features a main cover by Hayes and a variant cover by Veronica Fish (SLAM!).

Rivers of London: Water Weed

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Spring Breakers meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on the banks of the Thames in this new graphic novel from Ben Aaronovitch.

When two of the less well-behaved River goddesses, Chelsea and Olympia, decide to earn a few quid on the side, Peter and Bev find themselves drawn into a sordid cannabis-smuggling operation, controlled by London’s new queenpin of crime – the brutal and beautiful Hoodette!

Dead Man Logan #1

Review by RobF

In the face of death, one may start completing items on their bucket list. Old Man Logan is no different. He has only one task on that list: to kill Mysterio. Will he complete his final task before he expires? Ed Brisson and Mike Henderson author the final mission of Old Man Logan.

OML is on borrowed time. We know it, he knows it. He decides to spend his final days finding and killing Quentin Beck, otherwise known as Mysterio. Why him? Well, at the Wastelands, Mysterio tricked OML into slaughtering the X-Men. To make sure this horrible fate doesn’t befall this Earth’s X-people OML has decided to sanction Beck before he gets the opportunity to fool him again.

It’s funny to see Hawkeye here as Logan’s Tonto. He brings some much-needed levity to the comic, a buddy cop movie in the making. Glob is also another welcome edition to the cast. Without them this story could be a real downer.

Henderson’s fight scenes are fun to look at. It’s like action movie. His facial expressions are top notch as well, which is important because there is some heavy dialogue.

I know OML must end, I just wish it wouldn’t.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Shazam! #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham’s Shazam! #1 is one of the most entertaining books of 2018 and has made me truly excited for how this series will play out.

Shazam,aka Captain Marvel, has a long, complex history and has come close but has never reached his full potential in the DC universe. Don’t get me wrong, he’s been involved in big stories but when you occupy the same universe as Superman, you have to be special to stand out.

Johns and Eaglesham give us a book that encompasses everything good about comics and introduces us to a Billy Batson that works on a number of levels. Updated for a new time but still remains true to his classic origins.

The book balances a tone of action, humor, and all -around comic book goodness. I’ve read plenty of #1’s over the last year and this one stands out as one of my favorite. It defines Shazam for a new era and is perfect for both new readers and old school fans.

This book is an easy recommend and represents a high mark in the history of Shazam.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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