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411’s Comic Reviews: Infinity Countdown Prime #1, Amazing Spider-Man #796, More

March 1, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Infinity Countdown Prime

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Alisik #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Written by Hubertus Rufledt with haunting art by Helge Vogt, Titan Comics’ Alisik is a cross between Emily The Strange and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book – a beautiful dark and gothic tale of mortality and what happens after death.

When Alisik wakes up alone in a cemetery, she thinks she’s in the middle of a nightmare. Terrified, she flees into the night, but realizes she is invisible to everyone she meets. She really is dead, with no memory of how it happened…and only the ghostly residents of the graveyard can help her unravel the mystery of her afterlife.

Babylon Berlin

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

A graphic novel adaptation of the book that inspired this autumn’s highly anticipated TV series, now showing across Europe and due to air on Netflix soon!

Following an unfortunate incident of manslaughter and at a moment of radical change in Germany, Detective Inspector Gereon Roth moves from his old position in Cologne to a new appointment in Berlin. He stumbles into an ever-growing criminal investigation into a pornographic sex ring, discovering that he can trust no one, not even the police.

Set in the 1920s, at the birth of the Weimar Republic amid great economic and political difficulties, this is a tale of corruption, trafficking, and scandal.

Infinity Countdown Prime #1

Review by RobF

Who has the Infinity Stones and what do they plan to do with them? It’s a good question that deserves an answer. We know Wolverine has the Space stone, but the who has the others remain a mystery. We won’t get the answers until we read Infinity Countdown Prime #1 produced by Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato Jr.

The reincarnated Wolverine has been making the rounds of the Marvel U with the Space stone. Ultron and Loki, by force or coercion, try to relieve Logan of the precious trinket with no success. Apparently, it was Ultron’s first, with Logan taking it at some point. And he has no plans to give it up.

The rest of the issue is a rundown of where the other stones are located. There are some odd choices here. Turk, a low-level scumbag from Daredevil has the Mind stone, easily the strangest. Captain Marvel, the Reality Stone. The Super-Skrull, the Time stone. And Ultron has the Soul Stone, having murdered the Magnus to retain it.

Mike Deodato’s art is fine in this issue. What I do question is the amount of gore. I mean, do I need to see Loki’s eye on the end of Wolverine’s claw? I’m no prude but it seemed gratuitous even if it is finely drawn.

I’m not sure how necessary it is to have this issue: It seems more like a preview of what is to come. I liked the history of the gems, I had forgotten some of the events surrounding them. But I think we could start with Infinity War and not miss a step.

Rating: 5.0 out of 10

Amazing Spider-Man #796

Review by John Pumpernickel

We’re almost finished with Dan Slott’s “Threat Level: Red” saga but this issue feels pedestrian compared to what has come before and iis very unlike Slott. The issue set up is almost a pain-by-numbers Spider-Man tale that left me feeling more than a little confused.

Great art can save a bad story but even that left me with a sense of “meh”. I’m not sure if that’s due to the story being such a disjointed mess or not. We get a story that tries to juggle Anti-Venom, Peter Parker and the Daily Bugle drama, Stark Industries employee Mary Jane Watson, and the Goblin Nation. It feels like a jumbled mess.

With everything Spider-Man has become, he’s due to have off-issues. Slott and co-writer Christos Gage miss on this one and with one issue left, I’m wondering how they’ll stick the landing.

Rating: 6.0 out of 10

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