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411’s Comic Reviews: The Hunt for Wolverine #1, Mighty Thor #706, More

May 3, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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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 discussed What to Look For on Free Comic Book Day!

Now on with the show!

Tank Girl Full Color Classics 1988 – 1989 #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

30 years ago, the dynamic partnership of Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin created the first Tank Girl comics in glorious black and white. Now we present those punky, manic, seminal strips in full color, just as Hewlett and Martin would’ve liked to have seen them three decades ago!

Compiled into six indispensable collector’s comic books, these prestige editions come packed with contemporary covers, and rare and unseen artwork.

A Walk Through Hell #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

So these two FBI agents walk into a warehouse…

Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just the way Shaw likes it. She’s pushing 40, a borderline burnout, the ghastly memories of her last investigation still clinging like shadows. McGregor is younger, more dedicated, hanging onto some measure of idealism whatever the world might throw at him.

When two fellow agents go missing inside a Long Beach warehouse, Shaw and McGregor are sent to investigate. But what they find waiting is far from routine, as the local police have already discovered to their cost. Before the night is out, our heroes will encounter terror beyond their most appalling nightmares—in a place where the night may never end at all.

A new kind of horror story for modern America, written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Crossed) and drawn by Goran Sudžuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer)

The Hunt for Wolverine #1

Review by RobF

We all knew Wolverine would someday return to the land of the living, the question was how and when. Well, the time is now, and Charles Soule is just the man to do it. He presents 2 stories: “Secrets and Lies”, featuring the Reavers attempt to abduct the corpse of the Canuck, and “Hunter’s Pryde”, where Kitty Pryde attempts to recruit other members of the Marvel U to search for Wolverine. Unfortunately, this one-shot is a poor beginning to what should be a great story.

Four years ago, Marvel did the unthinkable and killed arguably their most popular character, Wolverine. An, as in 99.9% of comic deaths, it didn’t last. Wolverine is back. Apparently, he
wasn’t going to rest in peace anyway. Everyone from Reed Richards to the Beast to the Reavers attempted to revive/abduct the corpse without success. What we find out is that Wolvie’s body was spirted away by the X-men several months before and buried at an undisclosed location. Kitty Pride used her phasing powers to remove him from the adamantium shell. To the shock and surprise of the X-team when they visit Wolverine’s grave they find it empty, his body missing.

There are several issues I have with this issue. First, when Kitty extracted his body it looked
perfect with no damage. He lost his healing factor in the end, shouldn’t he be scarred or damaged in some way considering hot metal was covering his body? Second, why would Kitty contact Daredevil of all people to help her find Wolverine? Last I checked, DD was a lawyer. You need to sue someone? You call DD. You need a will executed? DD’s your man. He is not a tracker, so I don’t see the point.

David Marquez (Secrets) and Paulo Siquiera (Hunters) provide the artwork for the 2 stories. If I had to choose which art I enjoyed more it would be Marquez hands down. His detailed style is much more my speed.

All the excitement generated by a Wolverine return has been somewhat muted. Some questionable decisions hurt this issue. I still want to check out the mini-series, but this seems like an wasted opportunity.

Rating: 5.0 out of 10

Mighty Thor #706

Review by John Pumpernickel

Death in comics is often a punchline and never taken seriously. A hero dies and everyone knows that they’ll return eventually. It might takes years, but death isn’t final in the comic book world.

Mighty Thor #706, taken by itself, is a deep, meaningful issue that deals with death in a respectful, sincere manner. I found myself deeply involved in the story and journey of Jane Foster.

When it was revealed the Foster was going to be taking over the mantle of the God of Thunder back in 2014, reaction was mixed but she quickly proved herself to be worthy. The only wrinkle in the plan was Jane was fighting a more personal batter in the form of cancer.

Writer Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman present a honorable end to the heroism, both as the God of Thunder and as Jane Foster.

The story is surprisingly emotional and heavy as Jane’s Thor met her end defeating Mangog but this issue focuses on the next step and her entrance into Valhalla. The artwork alone is worth a purchase and Dauterman’s vision of Valhalla is hauntingly beautiful.

Some books are easier to review than others and in those reviews of books that are superb, you don’t want to say too much.

Even if you haven’t been keeping up on the Mighty Thor, issue #706 is the kind of story that can stand on its own. Anyone who has lost a loved one will connect with it. A fine piece of literature that speaks to the heart of each of us.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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