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411’s Comic Reviews: Hunt for Wolverine – Dead End #1, Batman #54, More

September 6, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Hunt For Wolverine Dead Ends

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Dark Arc #10

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Echidna, the Mother of Monsters, rages against Shrae. Even as their battle draws to a deadly end, new life—both human and monster—is welcomed into the world. But what’s that on the horizon? Could it be…land?

From writer Cullen Bunn (UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (ANIMOSITY: THE RISE, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics!

The Legend of Tank Girl

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

It’s Tank Girl’s 30th birthday! Join in the celebrations with over 300 pages of madcap adventures illustrated by fan-favorite artist Brett Parson! Collecting three stories with a new wraparound cover! Tank Girl faces her worst enemy in Two Girls One Tank, blows a fortune in Tank Girl Gold, and tries time travel in World War Tank Girl!

Hunt for Wolverine – Dead End #1

Review by RobF

The Hunt for Wolverine mini-series have all ended and lead us to….a dead end? Some of the greatest heroes (and villains) on the planet have failed in their attempts to find Wolverine. Charles Soule and Ramon Rosanas start us on the inevitable return of Wolverine.

Daredevil, Iron Man and Kitty Pride and their respective teams have tried and failed to find the man called Wolverine. Now they have gathered together to share information. They each have pieces that complete the puzzle. While the resolution to the mystery doesn’t result in the finding of everyone’s favorite fuzzy mutant, the clues gathered by the teams help uncover something far greater: a mysterious organization that may be behind not only Wolverine’s disappearance but much, much more.

It’s interesting to see the X-Men, Daredevil and Iron Man work together to prevent the destruction of the X-Mansion. They play their roles well, so well that Soule should get a shot at a team book. While this issue doesn’t answer all the questions it does reveal the secret agency behind it all.

I have never seen Ramon Rosanas art before I can say I am impressed. From the small moments to the large action Rosanas has it all covered. I look forward to more of his work.

While it’s a slow burn, ‘Dead End’ quickly picks up the pace and delivers some answers while adding a new layer of intrigue. How it all comes together is what makes me want to pick up the next issue.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Batman #54

Review by John Pumpernickel

If you follow artist Matt Wagner on then you know the drama that surrounded this issue. I’ll let Mr. Wagner explain for any latecomers:

“Hey gang…in stores tomorrow (9/4)–BATMAN #54, for which I provide the art from a charming script by Eisner Award-winner, Tom King. Most of you know the controversy over this issue in that Brennan Wagner was slated to color (as he does all my stuff) only to have the brass at DC pull him off the book and replaced after he was nearly finished with the entire issue. Their (to my mind) arbitrary reasoning was that his style didn’t mesh with the series’ regular look (big shocker…my art doesn’t either). The task of recoloring fell to the book’s ongoing colorist, Tomeu Morey. I want to go on record to say that I think Tomeu did a very nice job and I’ve passed that sentiment along to him. Of course, I still wish DC hadn’t canned Brennan in such a heavy-handed manner…but Tomeu’s coloring provides a stylish and different approach to my work. Unlike some folks…I think different is good. Hope you all agree and enjoy this issue of which I know the entire creative Bat-crew is really proud.”

As a huge fan of Wagner’s art and having seen the original coloring, I’m really not sure what DC’s brass was talking about. I wasn’t aware that DC had a “house color” style but apparently they do.

Let’s put that color situation to the side. How’s the issue? Quite good, actually.

For fans of stand alone issues, this one is just about perfect. Dick Grayson and Batman reunite to fight crime and reminisce about the good ole days. The issue doesn’t break any new ground but is a fun read that takes a solid, honest look at the duo and how they’ve grown over the years.

In a world filled with multi-issue, mega-crossover books, this was refreshing and much needed.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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