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411’s Comic Reviews: The Man of Steel #1, Invincible Iron Man #600, More

June 7, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Now on with the show!

Brother Nash #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

“American Gods meets Preacher and Hellboy on the midnight road to Sacramento!

Nash is a trucker, he also sees ghosts, and when the moon is on the rise and violence threatens his friends… He roams as a wolf… As the Highway Beast.

When Nash takes on a mysterious hitchhiker heading for Tucson, he and his friends are dragged headfirst into his biggest and most dangerous adventure yet!”

Moth & Whisper #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

“Everyone knows that the two greatest thieves in the city are the Moth and the Whisper. Very few know that the Moth and the Whisper disappeared six months ago. And what nobody knows is that the new Moth and Whisper are actually one person pretending to be both of them. One supremely skilled but uncertain young genderfluid thief: Niki, the child of the Moth and the Whisper.

Niki has been trained by their parents in the arts of stealth and infiltration, but they’re still just a teenager, and now they’re alone, searching for their parents in a hostile cyberpunk dystopia. Corporations run the streets while crime lords like Ambrose Wolfe run the alleys—identity is a commodity and privacy is impossible. The truth about Niki’s parents and their disappearance is out there, but can Niki survive long enough to find it?

A Young Adult cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, MOTH & WHISPER is the brainchild of Ted Anderson (My Little Pony, Adventure Time) and Jen Hickman (Jem and the Holograms, The Dead), that just HAD to be told at AfterShock!”

The Man of Steel #1

Review by RobF

The relaunch of Superman is here. Brian Bendis makes his “official” DC debut in the Man of Steel 1. He, with Joe Prado and Alex Sinclair bring their ‘A’ list talent to DC to revitalize one of their greatest assets. Did Bendis bring anything new to the world oldest superhero?

Bendis is known for his strong characterization and he shows here he has a strong understanding of the Superman mythos. He is god amongst men trying to act as a man. And that is his struggle. People will always look at him with fear and awe and it is his mission is to assuage that fear and quell the awe.

The failure of this book is the villain. Zaar didn’t make a strong impression in Action Comics 1000 and here he isn’t much better. The quick dispatch of 2 smaller villains is much more entertaining and properly displays his powers and attitude.

Ivan Reis does a fine job with the art. His deep attention to detail makes this issue a joy to read. The scenes where Superman displays his powers are easily the most enjoyable. Add Joe Prado on inks and Alex Sinclair on colors you have a great combination.

The Man of Steel is off to a very good start. Bendis does a decent job, preferring the slow
burn to the huge impact. Only time will tell whether this is just another story or one of the classics.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Invincible Iron Man #600

Review by John Pumpernickel

Brian Bendis has a long and storied history at Marvel. He’s a polarizing figures with fans either loving his writing or calling for him to leave comics all together. That’s the fandom we live in today.

With Invincible Iron Man #600, we’ve come to the end of Bendis’ Iron Man and he does it with style and setting up Tony Stark with a whole new world of possibilities.

Tony is back and has plenty on his plate to contend with with an attempted hostile takeover, allies being courted by an enemy, and a return of someone very special in his life. Oh, and we get a resolution to Doom’s storyline.

Bendis ties up plenty of dangling strings but leaves plenty left hanging for future development by new Invincible writer Dan Slott.

The exit of Bendis creates an interesting shadow over this issue. While it’s a well crafted story, we read each page looking for the signature Bendis moments and weighty goodbye moments. While we get that, it never takes away from the book.

Like him or not, Bendis believes in his vision and created a number of “moments” in his stories. He set the table properly for the next writer to have a lot of fun with and the reader’s with a sense of hope for entertaining future adventures.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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