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411’s Comic Reviews: Exiles #1, Batman #44, More

April 19, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Exiles #1

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Rough Riders: Ride or Die #3

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Volume Three of the hit AfterShock Series!

In “Under the Pyramids”, Harry Houdini walks on through to the other side and discovers that the Rough Riders are up against the legendary Dutch “Bokkenrijders “who have returned to this earthly plane to settle a score with one of his teammates! But Harry’s truest challenge may be a visitor from his past who can spell his end…unless he listens to his newest teammate H.P. Lovecraft!

Created and written by Adam Glass (executive producer of Supernatural and writer of Suicide Squad) with artwork by Patrick Olliffe (Untold Tales of Spider-Man).

Supermansion #1 (OF 2)

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Based on the Emmy nominated web-based animated show airing on Crackle, now featured on Adult Swim! Starring the vocal talents of Bryan Cranston, Chris Pine, Keegan-Michael Key, Jillian Bell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Zeb Wells, produced by Robot Chickens Seth Green!

Comic written by show writer Barry Hutchison! Aging superhero Titanium Rex, and his has-been ​ ​team known as The League of Freedom, struggle to stay relevant in a changing world.

Exiles #1

Review by RobF

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Marvel U is in danger again and a team
must be assembled to save it. The Avengers? Nope. The FF? Please. The Exiles are here. Not familiar with the Exiles? Shame on you. Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez aim to remedy that with a smartly written and drawn first issue.

If you haven’t read the original Exiles series I recommend it, especially the first 20 issues. To quickly summarize a team is assembled by a mysterious artifact called the Tallus anytime there is a threat to the multiverse. The one constant throughout is Blink, a mutant teleporter. She has been selected to lead the team once again, not knowing what universe, what issue, or what team she will be working with.

Blink is interrupted from a long overdue vacation by the Tallus to the blue area of the Moon where the Unseen resides. The Unseen (Nick Fury) explains to Blink that the multiverse is in danger from a beast called the Time-Eater. This entity is destroying timelines, threatening the entire multiverse. She is transported to other timelines, collecting Khan (an alternate-universe version of Kamala Khan), and Nate Richards (Iron Lad). They have no
time to collect anyone else because they are thrown directly into the path of the Time-Eater.

Javier Rodriguez’s art is cartoonish and fits the tone of the story. Each reality has its own look and feel. I especially love his version of the Unseen, he is appropriately creepy and ghoulish.

Exiles is off to a good start. Saladin Ahmed has a strong handle on the characters and dialogue and the art hits the mark. I certainly recommend this issue and look forward to more.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Batman #44

Review by John Pumpernickel

If you’re not careful, you might miss just how incredible Tom King’s Batman #44 is. On first look, it’s a basic story that delves into the complex relationship between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. You might even be fooled into thinking this is a filler issue of no consequence.

It’s much more than that.

Wayne’s fiance, Selina, can’t sleep and hits the town to think back on their wild past together. Using clips from past adventures and misadventures, King is masterful in weaving a moving, intricate tale that builds on the layered history these two share.

From Catwoman’s first appearance in 1940’s Batman #1 to the present, this story is an engaging piece that has heart and explores the bonds these two have had.

Janin’s art must be seen to fully appreciate the task he had and how he exceeded expectations for this story. His understanding and grasp of the evolution of appearance that Batman and Catwoman have had over the years is simply a treat.

It would be easy to sleep on this issue but I’ve found it to be one that has remarkable re-reading mileage. A hearty endorsement to grab this one up.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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