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411’s Comic Reviews: Marvel Two-in-One #1, Dark Nights: Metal #4, More

December 28, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Marvel Two-in-One

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Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Titan Comics and Statix Press are excited to announce a brand-new comic series, Factory, from Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius collaborator – Yacine ‘Elgo’ Elghorri (Character designer on Matt Groening’s Futurama).

Arriving March 2018, Factory is part of Titan Comics’ new Statix Press imprint, which showcases the best comics from Europe and around the globe, introducing audiences to fresh new creators & titles.

In the new Factory comic series, Mad Max meets Fallout in a nightmarish vision of life on a dystopian planet. A band of mutants slog through the harsh deserts of a dystopian planet in search of The Factory – the last semblance of civilization left among the wasteland.

Factory #1 will come with a spectacular cover by renowned artist Simon Bisley (Lobo, Doom Patrol, 13 Coins).

“The first time I was published in the USA was in the magazine Heavy Metal. I was 22 years old… Years later and after working on movies and TV shows in Los Angeles I briefly worked for Marvel and IDW,” said series creator Elgo, “However, my French albums have never been translated into English. Today I am excited and happy to have the opportunity to be read by a wider audience thanks to Titan Comics. I hope that people will see something artistically attractive or interesting in the spirit of my mentor Jean Moebius Giraud.”

“As a lifelong fan of Moebius, who was already familiar with Yacine’s work, it’s a privilege to finally bring Factory to the US market,” said Statix Press brand manager Chris Thompson, “At Statix Press we try to team international creators with artists that readers are already familiar with, which is why Simon Bisley was a no-brainer for this first issue cover. His stunning art complements Elgo’s, and gives fans an idea of what to expect from the series.”

Sea of Thieves

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Titan Comics are excited to announce brand-new Sea of Thieves comics, based on the hotly anticipated shared-world adventure video game from Rare! Writer Jeremy Whitley (Princeless, Thor Vs. Hulk) and artist Rhoald Marcellius (The Incredible Hulks, Warren Ellis’ Supergod) are setting sail across the fantastical Sea of Thieves with an epic new all-ages comic book series in March 2018.

In 2018’s Triple-A video game Sea of Thieves, players crew up together to become pirate legends on the Sea of Thieves – a world filled to the boots with ancient treasure to plunder, vast islands to explore, and undead hordes to combat.

With over 330,000 players already signed up to the Sea of Thieves Insider Program, over 1 million views of the gameplay trailer and an ever-increasing, passionate community of dedicated fans, the highly anticipated video game is set to arrive on the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs in early 2018.

In Titan Comics’ brand-new series, follow two competing crews of pirates, bound by a shared past and a single destiny, as they sail the Sea of Thieves in a race to track down an ancient treasure. Along the way they’ll deal with undead hordes, devious traps and their own bitter rivalries, but which crew will emerge victorious and ultimately claim the legendary loot?

Arriving in stores March 2018, Titan Comics’ Sea of Thieves will feature three phenomenal covers for fans to treasure, including Rhoald Marcellius, Jose Carlos and a stunning game art cover.

Marvel Two-in-One #1

Review by RobF

At the end of Secret Wars the Richards family disappeared into the Multiverse, fates unknown. Left behind, The Human Torch and the Thing try to move on with life. Chip Zdarsky and Jim Cheung author the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the Fantastic Four.

In the post-Fantastic Four days both Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm have dealt with their grief quite differently. While Grimm has kept a quiet existence Storm has become reckless and uncaring for his own welfare. So reckless that Johnny’s close friend Spider-Man cannot get through to him and asks Grimm to step in. It’s taken a long time but Marvel is finally addressing the absence of the Fantastic Four and the toll it has taken on the remaining members.

The participation of Doom adds an interesting wrinkle. Is he here as a concerned party or an opportunistic foe? His intentions lately have been virtuous but the end of the story leaves some doubt.

Jim Cheung does a wonderful job illustrating this issue. The Human Torch on page 2, partially on fire, sadness permeating his being is a great visual and sets the tone for what is to come. Ben Grimm looks weathered, both inside and out.

The books spawned from Legacy have been hit or miss, but MTO has the potential to be a hit. The Fantastic Four situation needs to be addressed, and Zdarsky and Co. look like the right team for it. Hopefully a regular series is in the cards.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Dark Nights: Metal #4

Review by John Pumpernickel

Events in comic books are a mixed bag. They over-promise and under-deliver, most of the time, but when you find a good one, you cherish it. Many make the mistake of taking too long to get to the point and you usually get an issue or two that feels like padding.

Not with Dark Nights: Metal. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo keep the pace swift, pack each issue with plenty of meat, and provide plenty of sizzle.

After finishing the issue, you wish they had left room to let the story breathe. The arc definitely bites off more than it can chew but I rather enjoy the risks it takes and sets up an interesting future.

Snyder and Capullo show the Justice League broken and scattered to the far corners of the DCU, each member forced to face their worst fears alone…and the fears are winning. When an unlikely ally reveals a glimmer of hope, they must seize their chance, or risk their window of opportunity closing for good.

Dark Nights: Metal is overly ambitious but well worth the price of admission.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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