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411’s Comic Reviews: Shuri #1, Venom Annual #1, More

October 25, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Shuri #1

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Beyonders #3

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

“Imagine there was a single, mysterious word, written in English, that found itself scrawled across multiple ancient sites, some of which predate the English language. Imagine that word was the key to possibly solving the greatest treasure hunt of all time. Now, imagine a young boy named Jake finally decoded the meaning of the word, and along with his loyal, one-eyed Welsh Corgi and his increasingly confused partners, went in search of the word’s meaning, only to find it led to multiple treasure troves.

Now, imagine that the very book you in which you were enjoying this story contained its own awesome treasure hunt–hidden inside every panel–and you’d have BEYONDERS #3!

From Paul Jenkins (ALTERS, Wolverine: Origin, Sentry) and Wesley St. Claire (FU JITSU, Teen Titans) comes the mystery series that can be summed up in one word of its own–AfterShock!”

The Prisoner: The Uncertainty Machine

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

“Cult classic The Prisoner has been captivating audiences and firing imaginations since it first aired in 1967. Now fans can go even deeper into The Village with all-new adventure The Uncertainty Machine, written by Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Shade The Changing Man) with art by Colin Lorimer (Harvest, The X-Files) published by Titan Comics on November 13, 2018

First shown on Canadian and UK TV screens in 1967, The Prisoner was co-created, written, directed and starred Patrick McGoohan (Scanners, Braveheart). The release of The Prisoner #1 comic coincides with the 50th Anniversary year of the first US transmission in 1968.”

“The Uncertainty Machine sees a modern-day spy called Breen tasked with breaking into The Village in order to extricate a fellow spy who has been ‘lifted’ – the information she possesses is too valuable to fall into the hands of whoever it is that controls The Village. In order to rescue her, Breen must engineer his own defection and go rogue thereby becoming a person of interest to powers at work behind The Village. However nothing can prepare Breen for the bizarreness that awaits him…”

Venom Annual #1

Review by Stephen Gustafson

Everything old is new again and the 90s resurgence continues as we get a slew of Venom related comic book offerings. Thanks to a surprisingly successful movie starring everyone’s favorite anti-hero, Marvel has gone all in with Venom and the results are a mixed bag.

Marvel assembled some unique creative teams to tell some Venom centered stories in this Annual and for the most part it’s a solid issue. I’ve always been partial to Annuals because you don’t have to fully know what’s going on in continuity to understand the tale. It’s a simple one-and-done with the character. The downside is you sometimes get a near-perfect writer/artist pairing that you’d wish would get a shot at writing the character full time.

Regular writer Donny Cates and artist Kev Walker frame the action where a bunch of supervillains are sitting around telling their interactions with Venom. Simple yet effective. The first story comes from writer David Michelinie and artist Ron Lim, both favorites of mine so I had high hopes. A solid chapter that uses Felicia Hardy’s Black Cat to show us Venom’s early transition from bad guy to sorta good guy.

Writer Jeff Loveness and artist Tigh Walker really impress with a Venom/Wolverine adventure that flows smoothly and made me want to see more from these two with both these characters. This really stood out to me and put the book up a notch.

Closing things out, writer/artist Jeff Stokoe supplies a Venom and Juggernaut story that lives and breaths on the artwork. Simply fantastic and worth picking up this issue for the visuals alone.

At the end of the day, I would say pick up Venom Annual #1 for an old fashion reminder that comic books don’t need to be multi-issue epics to be fun and engaging.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Shuri #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

I admit that I didn’t know much about Shuri until seeing Black Panther in the theater. I found her character to be way more relatable and entertaining in the movie than in the books so I picked up this issue to see how Marvel would use the good will established in the movie to give the character some much needed spotlight.

The results are mixed.

Doing some research, her comic versions and movie version had several difference and this is Marvel’s way to re-introduce her back into the swing of things.It’s a tough job but I trust the creative team of Nnedi Okorafor, Leonardo Romero, Jordie Bellaire, and Joe Sabino.

The issue worked for me because I wasn’t familiar with her past baggage and could enjoy this story for what it is: a set up for a bigger adventure.

I enjoyed the ebb and flow but really became interested at the end when Shuri is asked to take the Black Panther mantle once. Her indecision will bring me back next issue.

A solid first issue with great promise for the future.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

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