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411’s Comic Reviews: Marvel Legacy #1, Batman #32, More

October 5, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Marvel Legacy

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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Yesterday we gave our thoughts on the Scariest Comic Books Of All-Time!

Now on with the show!

Jimmy’s Bastards #4

Review by Steve Gustafson

“Chaos descends on London as the mysterious Gender Fluid is suddenly revealed to the world, putting everyone—except Jimmy and Nancy, oddly enough—through some rather extreme changes. Daniella bites off more than she can chew, Sir X struggles to get abreast of the situation, and our hero finally comes face to face with the results of his life of excess.

From the creator and writer of Preacher and The Boys comes the brand-new series that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.”

I’ll hand it to Garth Ennis, he definitely has style. To catch you up, Jimmy Regent is Britain’s number one super-spy. Think James Bond if Ennis got his hand on him. In a nice twist, Jimmy gets a new partner who isn’t quite as impressed by Jimmy as all other women appear to be. Jimmy’s years of multiple romantic conquests catch up to him and create chaos for him.

It’s hard to review Ennis books because they have so many twists and unique angles, you don’t want to spoil it for potential readers. Your left with saying, “This book is really cool and you should check it out because you’ll see things that you’ve never seen before.”

Gender Fluid provides the catalyst for some of the wildest scenes and scenarios I’ve ever read on the comic book page. The visuals alone are worth the price of admission. Russ Braun’s strong, clean style are ideal for the book and especially Ennis’ imaginative satire. Like anything Ennis does, it’s not for the faint of heart or those with more reserved palettes.

Jimmy’s Bastards is familiar but never trite with its portrayal of the secret spy genre. It mixes plenty of flavors into the recipe, mystery, romance, action. The book flows with excitement, laughs, and by the end you’ll want to go back and read it again to catch all the cool things you missed the first time.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

SPECIAL NOTE: This is RobF’s 200TH REVIEW for us! RobF has been with us from even before the beginning, doing reviews in my old Comics 411 column. He’s been both the steak and the sizzle and his hard work, time, and talent are deeply appreciated by everyone here at 411mania. Thank you RobF!

Marvel Legacy #1

Review by RobF

In my opinion, sometimes the journey can be more interesting than the destination. In the pages of Marvel Legacy (and various news outlets) we know that Wolverine is alive and well, the Fantastic Four will soon reunite, Tony Stark is missing, and several other heroes will be altered in some way. What we don’t know is how we are going to get there but I trust Jason Aaron and the cadre of artists to lead us.

I was excited when I heard about Marvel Legacy: after reading it I am still excited but a little overwhelmed. There is A LOT going on in this issue and I admit I read it more than once to take it all in. It starts with a look at Avengers One Million BC and their battle with the First Host, a deranged Celestial.

The story then shifts to the present when, after dreaming about the mad Celestial, Robbie Reyes (Ghost Rider) wakes up and encounters Starbrand, who is trying to stop him from uncovering something buried in South Africa. Later we see that the battle awakens the Celestial and apparently Starbrand is killed by GR’s penance stare.

Another story involves Loki and a horde of Front Giants attacking a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, looking to retrieve a container with unknown contents. The Avengers are there to stop them but one giant escapes with the box. He runs into a resurrected Wolverine who easily dispatched him and claims the prize: an Infinity Stone.

Lastly we see Valeria Richards (who has been our narrator) and she reveals that she is done exploring and wants to “come home” with a no-so-subtle “4” in the corner.

With all of this I didn’t mention the small interludes featuring Deadpool, Planet Hulk, and what-the-heck-is going-on-with Wakanda, nicely piquing our interest without giving too much away. This could be some of Marvel’s best work to date.

The artwork supplied by Ribic, McNiven, Dauterman, Maleev, Immonen, Acuna gives Legacy a big game feel to it. Even the interludes have a sense of importance and the art has a lot to do with it.

To this point Legacy has lived up to the hype. I want more, particularly involving Wolverine (and the Thor cover really got me) and Deadpool. Marvel’s future looks good, let’s hope it lasts.

Rating 9 out of 10

Batman #32

Review by Sankalp G.

Batman, the Joker and the Riddler come face to face. They start throwing punches like madmen. What happens between those three, will result in Selina’s answer to Batman’s question: Will she accept his proposal? It all hinges upon on a question: What is the difference between a joke and a riddle.

Batman #32 is the final issue of the The War of Riddles and Jokes. Tom King could have wrote this issue in many different way. There could have a great twist, a dark secret, or there could have been all out war similar to battle against Bane. What King gives us is something very different. I didn’t expect this ending and yet it feels satisfying and shows another side of Batman, his human side, which is the staple of King’s Batman run.

I have mentioned before that Janin’s art style has granted a distinct personality to both the Joker and the Riddler. Same thing can’t be said about Selina’s face, which looks generic. The art was as consistent as usual.

Overall, a very different ending. Unexpected and may disappoint its readers.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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