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411’s Comic Reviews: Immortal Hulk #1, Titans Special #1, More

June 14, 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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Now on with the show!

Alters Vol 2 Trade Paperback

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

“Collecting the complete second story arc of this hit AfterShock series!

With her nemesis, Matter Man, finally under control, Chalice begins a new chapter of her life as spokeswoman and primary recruiter for the Gateway Army. Sensing that time is running out on the safety of the world’s newest Alter, Chalice expands her search. But as she closes in, new complications arise: Chalice finds herself juggling impossible responsibilities to her family, her Alters family, and an impoverished, now-homeless family she barely even knows. As past guilts intensify, she must stand fast against the pressure of her new responsibilities, or be consumed.

From Paul Jenkins (Wolverine: Origin, Sentry) and Leila Leiz (NVRLND) comes the groundbreaking series that HAD to be told at AFTERSHOCK.”

Konungar: War of Crowns #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

“Gorgeously rendered epic fantasy with duelling brothers at its heart, Konungar is the ultimate fusion of Game of Thrones and Warcraft!

Two sons at war in a battle for the throne that has torn their country apart. Taking advantage of this conflict, the Centaurs, mortal enemies of the Vikings, have declared war. To combat this ancient foe, the two brothers must put aside their differences for the good of their people.

Immortal Hulk #1

Review by RobF

The Hulk, is he dead or alive? A large green monster has been sighted taking vengeance on the perpetrator of a deadly crime and it appears to be the Incredible one. But how can that be? Last we saw the Bruce Banner he was assassinated, dead and buried. Al Ewing and Joe Bennett unravel the mystery of the returning Jade Giant.

The story begins with a horrific crime committed at a gas station somewhere in the southwest USA. One of the victims appears to be Bruce Banner. Wait, isn’t he dead? Well, he is alive and well and his other side is looking for revenge. This issue is a call back to the dark horror days of the Incredible Hulk. This is a scary, fierce sadistic beast, part Peter David version, part Bruce Jones but all monster. His dealings with the shooter as well as the gang he is associated with is surgical and brutal.

Is Banner insane? Did the bullet in his brain trigger this behavior? Why is he so afraid of his alter-ego? Questions like this are intriguing and make me want to read more.

This story needs an artist that can accurately portray the savagery and horror that the latest version of the Hulk represents. Bennett is the man for the job. His distorted images compliment the story well, reflecting the ebb and flow, quiet one minute and crazed the next.

This relaunch harkens back to the Kirby days when the Hulk was monstrous and the lines between good and evil were blurred. The questions concerning his revival and possible immortality scream for answers and I look forward to finding out the answers.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Titans Special #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

I truly enjoyed DC’s “Metal” and “No Justice” stories. They felt fresh and inventive without straying too far from makes me a fan of DC comics.

I grabbed Titans Special #1 because I knew it grew from those series but, more importantly. I’m a Teen Titans fanatic and never miss a relaunch or reboot for the team.

So how’s the issue? Fantastic! It really sets the table for team and its connection to “Metal” and “No Justice”. We get a clear idea of how the game has changed for our favorite characters and the DC Universe in general.

Dan Abnett knows where to take the action and his writing over-delivers in this Annual. I love his portrayal of Nightwing is impeccable. Abnett gets right to it, giving the team a true purpose and keeps the reader engaged from start to finish.

If I told you this issue has nine different artists, you might assume the art is a disjointed mess. Wrong. Each artist compliments the other and within the confines of the story, it simply works.

I don’t want to give anything away as far as plot points but this is an easy recommendation and delivers real excitement for the future.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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