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411’s Comic Reviews: The Return of Wolverine #1, The Wrong Earth #1, More

September 20, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Return of Wolverine

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 our Favorite Superhero Couples!

Now on with the show!

Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch Graphic Novel

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

This December sees the release of Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch graphic novel – written by New York Times best-selling author, Aaron Dembski-Bowden (The Horus Heresy: The First Heretic), with art by Tazio Bettin (Warhammer 40,000: Will of Iron).

Titan’s Deathwatch graphic novel is based on the best-selling standalone Games Workshop boardgame. As well as inspiring dozens of Black Library novels, the Deathwatch property has found success in other mediums including a new PS4 videogame (released in 2017), and Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion, a turn-based strategy videogame, available on iOS and Steam.

Based on the popular Warhammer franchise, the Deathwatch stands guard as the last line of defense at the edge of the universe, defending Mankind from inhuman horrors!

The Deathwatch is made up of the best of all Space Marines, recruited from across all Chapters to serve as the last resort against the multiple hostile alien civilizations threatening humanity. To be chosen to serve in the Deathwatch is a great honor granted only to the most elite and experienced veterans, but the specifics of their sacred duty must remain secret!

Stranded and alone at the edge of the Calaphrax Cluster, one Deathwatch kill-team must hold the line against the xenos hordes that threaten to destroy humanity. Assailed on all sides, they alone have the strength of mind and body to act as humanity’s first, and only, line of defense

The Last Space Race #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

It started as an anomaly. An outlier in the noise that’s so common in astronomical data. But the truth sends the United States—and the world—careening into what will become humanity’s LAST SPACE RACE.

Leading the effort for the United States is one man, Sasha Balodis. A fun-loving tech billionaire turned aerospace titan, Sasha’s seemingly perfect life has been gripped by recent tragedy. Building and launching the most expensive, most ambitious and most important project in history—well, it gives him something to live for again.

There’s only one thing standing in his way: his arch-rival and chief aerospace competitor, Roger Freeman.

The Wrong Earth #1

Review by RobF

This week I broke out of my Marvel/DC ways to try The Wrong Earth from AHOY comics, written by Tom Peyer with art by Jamal Igle. It’s a new company and if this is the kind of stories we can expect then I say, ‘Welcome to the fold’

The story centers around Dragonflyman and Stinger, heroes on one Earth but villains on another. The hero version is right in the middle of battling a villain when he is transported to an alternate world where he is public enemy #1. Its just enough serious storytelling/parody
to be interesting without going overboard. What it does need is some characterization, hopefully some to come in future issues.

Jamal Igle’s art complements the story well. He clearly differentiates the worlds, the Golden Age Dragonflyman’s universe is bright and vibrant, the modern one dark and gritty. The GA hero is flabbier, the Modern hero ripped. It’s details like this that make the issue so enjoyable.

In addition to the Peyer/Igle 20-page main story there are a few Q&As, a story by Paul Constant and Frank Cammuso, prose written by Grant Morrison, and a single page cartoon from Shannon Wheeler. It’s a lot of bang for your buck.

It was wise for AHOY to base their first story around 2 veterans like Ingle and Peyer. They have the pedigree to make this work. With a little backstory this could have been an even better issue. I will be on the lookout for issue 2.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

The Return of Wolverine #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

Death isn’t what it used to be in comic books. When characters die we know they’ll be back and the big questions are how long they’ll be a way and how they’ll explain them coming back.

After four years and plenty of set up issues, we get The Return of Woverine #1. The man who offed him, Charles Soule, is onboard to bring him back along with artist Steve McNiven. It’s a solid, if not by-the-numbers issue.

Logan wakes up in a laboratory, not knowing who he is or what’s going on. He gets bits and pieces of memories of friends and foes but nothing substantial. We learn Wolverine’s return is thanks to an organization called Soteira, whose goals don’t seem to be very heroic. Yes, Wolverine has some new, unexplained powers, like really hot claws but the reason behind them isn’t revealed.

McNiven’s art is solid, as usual, but hopefully things kick it up a little to really test his mettle.

Like any first issue, The Return of Wolverine #1 is more about set up than answers. It’s good for what it is but I wouldn’t rush out for this issue.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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