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411’s Comic Reviews: Heroes in Crisis #4, Extermination #5, More

January 3, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Heroes in Crisis 4

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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The Michael Moorcock Library: Hawkmoon The History of the Runestaff Vol. 1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Follow the adventures of Dorian Hawkmoon, Duke of Köln, as he fights against the Dark Empire of Granbretan and attempts to free himself from a malevolent black jewel that has been implanted in his brain. Out of print classics, adapted by James Cawthorn, are collected together at last as part of Titan’s acclaimed Michael Moorcock Library.

Animosity Tales

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

AfterShock Comics announces the release of an all-new, fully illustrated tale from the critically-acclaimed world of ANIMOSITY, written by title creator Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, DC Comics Bombshell, Batwoman) and illustrated by Elton Thomasi (Hassas, Socket) with cover by Rafael De Latorre (SUPERZERO).

Debuting on Free Comic Book Day in May 2019, ANIMOSITY TALES is an extension of the dystopian world of ANIMOSITY, which is currently being adapted for the big screen by Legendary Entertainment, and brings readers intertwined tales of three lives and a date with destiny amid a black comedy apocalypse where animals take revenge.

“ANIMOSITY TALES is our gift to the fans who have made ANIMOSITY one of the most popular and sought after titles on the indie scene and AfterShock one of the most talked about new publishers in comics,” said Mike Marts, AfterShock’s Editor-in-Chief. “Fans of the series and new readers are in for a treat with this free, single issue special edition from an incredible creator and storyteller.”

“I hope readers new and old will get a kick out of the more light-hearted tale of the world of ANIMOSITY and the events of the Wake, the day the Animals all ‘woke up’ and gained the powers of thought and speech previously reserved only for humans,” said Marguerite Bennett. “Our FCBD story is fun, funny (fin? finny?) adventures of a certain Siamese fighting fish and his college student mistress – while the birds, bees, and other Animals run amok in the aftermath, our betta fish is determined not to let a glass bowl or tank walls keep him from living life to the fullest.”

Heroes in Crisis #4

Review by Stephen Gustafson

Out of every comic book I’ve read the last few months, the Heroes in Crisis series is the one I really feel deserves its own podcast. So many themes, layers, and angles to cover, I feel I’m doing it a disservice by just giving it a rating and telling you all to go read it.

Heroes in Crisis really gives weight to the magnitude of DC’s history. It takes little things that you might think were an editorial mistake and slides them into a characters story like it was meant to be there from the start. What I enjoy most is that it gives a more mature take on DC, that’s appreciated.

The fourth issue really nails it, with Tom King balancing a number of “DC moments” and institutions that we might think we know all there is to know but have overlooked some minute point. I’m talking stories like The Killing Joke and books like Teen Titans and Justice League International. We also get a nice, realistic tweaking to the Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman dynamic.

The art is sensational, the story is thrilling, and you get versions of Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, and Harley Quinn that feel both familiar yet fresh. I truly love the series and believe you will as well.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Extermination #5

Review by John Pumpernickel

Here we are with Extermination #5 and it’s the finale of a miniseries that ties up all the loose ends but still feels lacking. I’m not sure how to rate this and will probably need to read it a few times before I finally settle on whether I liked it or not.

First impression? It was…good. With the mutants convoluted history, you’re bound to have confusion and continuity hiccups. Spoilers ahead. So we get original X-Men sent back to their place in the timeline and the big (not really shocking) return of the adult Cyclops.

I find the X-men corner of the Marvel universe too inclusive. It feels like they’re trying too hard to reboot things to the way they were without making too many changes, minimizing the tweaks they’ve made in the past. Extermination is done but X-Men: The Exterminated is ready to go. I need a breather, a non-series run to let these characters find their place.

As a series, Extermination answered a number of questions but did so in a way to set up what’s next. Good, not great.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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