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411’s Comic Reviews: Darth Vader #12, Marvel Two-in-One #4, More

March 22, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Driven by vengeance, CAPTAIN KRONOS – VAMPIRE HUNTER stalks the land bringing death to the undead and damnation to the damned. Now, in the mysterious town of Serechurch, Kronos will come face-to-face with a malevolent vampire force far more evil and deadly than anything he has ever encountered before… Written by fan-favorite Dan Abnett (Sinister Dexter, Batman and Warhammer 40,000) and drawn by comic legend Tom Mandrake (The Spectre, Swamp Thing and Night Force), this graphic novel marks the return of one of Hammer’s most iconic heroes, and collects the critically acclaimed four-issue mini-series. This volume also includes a series of articles about the original Hammer lm, written by of cial Hammer historian Marcus Hearn, and a foreword by actress Caroline Munro, the original Carla.

The Art of Jim Starlin: A Life in Words and Pictures

FIRST AFTERSHOCK PRINTING! There are few creative names in comics whose influence is felt more in pop culture than Jim Starlin, with his creations Thanos, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer occupying such prominent roles in Marvel’s cinematic universe. The “father of the cosmic soap opera,” Jim Starlin’s name is synonymous with the larger-than-life epic, which is why AfterShock is proud to bring back into print, this epic 328-page retrospective on the career of one of the most popular and prolific comic book artists of the last 40 years! Covering everything from his humble beginnings to his rise as one of the industry’s top creative talents, this oversized volume includes glimpses into Starlin’s files and sketchbooks, as well as images of his personal favorites with insights into his life and creative process. The first edition of this volume sold out instantly. Don’t be caught short this time! Just in time for the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War movie!

Marvel Two-in-One #4

Review by RobF

The Thing and the Human Torch continue their search for the Richards family in Marvel Two-in-One 4. After a few issues we finally have Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm in the multiverse and what they find will shock you. Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Valerio Schiti are well on their way to reuniting the Fantastic Four.

Ben and Johnny have suffered great personal loss throughout this ordeal; now they have begun to suffer physically as well. They have learned through their newest ally Dr. Rachna Koul that their powers are all tied together, that the longer the 4 are apart the weaker they get. The urgency to find Reed and Co. has been raised exponentially. One wonders if Reed and Sue are aware of this new twist.

Their travels take them to a timeline that has some similarities but ultimately does not contain their family. This universe has its own problems: Doom has defeated Galactus and devoured everything but Earth and this Reed Richards is a shell of a man because of it. Do Ben and Johnny stay to help, or do they continue their journey? And what’s Dr. Koul’s agenda?

There are some emotional scenes in this issue and it’s needs a strong artist to convey it. It’s hard to show emotion when your made of rocks but Velerio Schiti manages to show Ben Grimm’s sensitive side.

Marvel Two-in-One has been a welcome surprise in the Marvel U. Grimm and Storm continue their search for their family and it will be interesting to see what other universes and characters they will run into.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Star Wars: Darth Vader #12

Review by John Pumpernickel

I haven’t been an avid follower of the Darth Vader series outside reading previews for upcoming issues. Comic books that tie-in with movies or TV are very hit-or-miss, usually failing to capture the spirit of what made the source material so endearing in the first place. My issues with the Star Wars comic books is the fact we know what’s going to happen so the level of threat is minor.

But my interest can be peaked by an intriguing plot idea. For Star Wars: Darth Vader #12 the preview write up says:

“An expensive bounty has been put on Vader’s head! Who would dare try to challenge the Dark Lord’s place in the Empire?”

The threat to Vader is minor but the build up to who did it and why is what’s worth the read. One of the aspects of the Star Wars universe that’s open for further exploration is the relationship between the Emperor and Darth Vader. This issue does a solid job of answering some of those questions and dropping a few more questions on us.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this issue and it’s stirred to to seek out some previous issues to see how they handle Vader. Surprisingly solid!

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

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