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411’s Comic Reviews: Marvel Legacy #1, Action Comics #987, More

September 28, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Marvel Legacy

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Yesterday we gave our thoughts on Marvel’s Spoiling Marvel Legacy #1!

Now on with the show!

Animosity: Evolution #1

Review by Steve Gustafson

One day, the animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking revenge. Now, they’ve started building. In a city by the sea, a new power is on the rise…and they’re making an animal kingdom all their own.

From the brilliant mind of creator/writer Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, Bombshells and Batwoman) with artwork by Eric Gapstur–ANIMOSITY: EVOLUTION is an exciting new series that expands upon this already amazing world!

Animosity has quickly become one of my favorite books because it expertly lays out what would happen if every animal in the world gained the power of speech and the ability to understand what’s going on around them.

It has balanced both light, happy moments with darker, more intense scenarios, showing how humans and animals would react if the playing field between the two was tipped upside down.

Animosity: Evolution keeps the intrigue rolling and doesn’t let up from start to finish. I’m slow to share too much of the plot or spoilers but I wouldn’t hesitate to put this issue into the hands of anyone who enjoys great comics and well delivered plotlines.

AfterShock has earned their reputation for putting out some of the most diverse and entertaining comics in the industry. Animosity is a prime example of this. Writer Marguerite Bennett has filled the book with likable characters and realistic scenarios that will intrigue readers from the start. Artist Eric Gapstur has a clean, familiar style that makes it easy to follow both the quiet scenes and action moments.

Thumbs up and keep Animosity going!

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Venomverse #2

Review by RobF

Cullen Bunn and Iban Coello have taken a paper thin plot and added some very cool visuals to present the series Venomverse. In issue 2 the heroes suffer a traumatic loss and a defection to the Poison side. Unfortunately we have a severe case of style over substance with little else on the horizon.

As I stated earlier this series is based on shock and awe while plot takes a backseat. It looks cool; the venomized versions of Wolverine, Deadpool, Iron Fist and others are awesome. But the story hasn’t moved forward an inch since its debut. The best part of the story is the role reversal between Venom and Spider-Man. In the regular Marvel U Peter Parker is the hero but in this universe he is a bloodthirsty villain while Eddie Brock finds himself the unlikely protagonist.

The art saves this story. Coello does an excellent job venomizing our favorite characters while keeping their identities intact. His cartoonish style matches the action-filled script perfectly. If I am going to keep reading it’s because I love the art.

I expect more from Cullen Bunn. This series is filled with one dimensional characters with Spider-Man the only standout. Its saving grace is the artwork. I’m not sure where this series is headed but I would like to think there is more story coming.

Rating: 5.0 out of 10

Action Comics #987

Review by Jonathan Durden


Okay, now that you are warned, we can get right to it: Mr. Oz is revealed to be none other than Superman’s biological father, Jor-El. He somehow survived the destruction of Krypton and came to earth to watch over his son and his family. That’s not all, though. He also apparently came to collect many super villains and others and imprison them in this strange dimension that they cannot easily escape from.

So, the question of who Mr. Oz is becomes clear but leaves us in even murkier waters. Now there seem to be more questions than answers. Questions like:

* Why was Jor-El not affected by Metallo’s Kryptonite? Is he not Kryptonian?
* How will Jonathan and Lois take to this news?
* How will Superman take to this news?
* What is Jor-El’s plan for earth, and by extension, his plan for his many prisoners?

Since this is a part one, we will most likely get answers in time. However, I am still worried about how this will end for Clark. I don’t see this version of Jor-El being a very forgiving one after influencing all of the “man-made” calamities on the planet. Will he be forgiving of Clark if he does not see eye to eye with his father whom he believed to be dead? Jor-El does not see the world as deserving of Superman, but does that mean that he should just give up on it?

This issue offers a lot of good questions to think about as this story arc unfolds. Though I have a feeling that whatever endgame writer Dan Jurgens has planned will leave Clark scarred in some way. That is, after all, what the best Superhero stories do, right?

We are supposed to discover the secret origins of Jor-El in the next issue so maybe that will shed some light on who he is and what his intentions for his prisoners are.

I found the art to be exactly what I wanted out of this issue. It did not disappoint me, it did not exceed expectations. That’s all one can ask for this book. The main draw here is the story, and Jurgens made one hell of a setup issue.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Marvel Legacy #1

Reviewby Sankalp G.

Marvel has decided to change things around again. Secret Empire was a story which, arguably, most of us didn’t wanted. With Legacy, rather than feeling like an event, this issue is much less a trailer or preview of things to come; bearing a stark similarity with Rebirth.

The much hyped and marketed part 10,000 BC Avengers was arguable best portion of this issue. The team has a nice dynamic and filled with heroes you would like to see. What follows takes away the attention of the reader with a confused Ghost Rider dealing with a wild Star Brand. This part is obviously the main conflict in the series. What will interest most of the readers is what follows next.

The next portion of the issue is the usual addressing of the Marvel Universe. This is where the issue shines again. With two or three faces we’d all love to see back, it also talks about few others such as Captain America, the All-New Avengers (Sam, Riri and Jane), Loki, Norman Osborne, Deadpool, the New Wasp and the newly built Wakandan Empire.

Everyone loves Ribic’s art style and colorist Matthew Wilson does his part well. Though as he did not work on the whole issue himself, there are contributions from other artists. Writer Jason Aaron has built up a solid issue here. The 10,000 BC Avengers part as well as tying up the ‘previews’ with a one-shot storyline involving Frost Giants. His work on Thor was excellent and this issue is just shows off what he can do with the whole Marvel Universe.

Legacy still has some issues to address, such as there are multiple versions of heroes running around with almost all the old timers back with their ‘All new’ counterparts. Infinity Stones are back in the mix as well. It’s too soon to talk about anything but as far as this issue go, it’s a step in the right direction and a throwback to the time when Marvel was at the top.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

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