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411’s Comic Reviews: The War of the Realms #2, Batman #69, More

April 18, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
War of the Realms 2

Hello and welcome to 411mania’s weekly Comic Book Review! Each week we’ll be serving up a warm dish of reviews (and previews) from Marvel, DC, and anything else that captures our interest. What did you pick up this week? Let us know in the comments.Want to write a review? If you can write at least one review a week, consistently, email me at [email protected]!

Animosity #20

Preview by Steve Gustafson

The Animals awoke. What woke with them?

From creator/writer Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, DC Comics Bombshells, Batwoman) with artwork by Rafael De Latorre (SUPERZERO).

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Sirens #2

Preview by Steve Gustafson

BOOM! Studios revealed a first look at JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SIRENS #2, an exciting new tale in the four-issue comic book series based on the Emmy Award-winning classic television show, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller. The story follows a lonely goddess who created humans and animals and built a world where she would never have to be alone again, in stores May 2019.

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SIRENS #2, from cartoonist Chan Chau, introduces readers to the goddess Nuwa, a shapeshifting snake deity who traveled the world at its creation when the earth and trees and air were perfect and brand new. While Nuwa had the whole world at her disposal, able to scale mountains and visit oceans whenever she pleased, she found herself overtaken by loneliness. And so began the creation of animals and people, and the start of human life and love.

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SIRENS #2 features a main connecting cover by Cory Godbey (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Tales) and a variant cover by Chau.

“Chan Chau’s lovely storytelling and brilliant art come together in SIRENS #2 to tell a tale about how the world came to be,” said Matthew Levine, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Chau imagines that the human race was born from a goddess’ heartfelt desire for love and companionship, resulting in a story that is sure to delight fans of fantasy, legends, and myths.”

Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying

Preview by Steve Gustafson

George Mann is the New York Times bestselling creator of the hugely successful Newbury & Hobbes series! Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Airships soar in the skies over the city, ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons serve the bustling public. But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side. Queen Victoria is kept alive by a primitive life-support system while her agents Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes, face plague revenants, murderous peers, mechanical beasts, tentacled leviathans, reanimated pygmies, and an encounter with Sherlock Holmes, in this brand new adventure for the detective team.

Batman #69

Review by Steve Gustafson

Batman’s “Knightmares” wraps up with this issue titled “The Last Dance” and Tom King gives us a deep look into Bruce Wayne’s mind and what lurks in the dark.

Artist Yanick Paquette does some beautiful work in bringing the visions to life on the page and sets the pace for this gripping conclusion. Some of the images and scenes he weaves are hauntingly alluring and add to the depth of King’s story.

Wayne’s nightmares bring to the front many of his fears and questions, with his dance with Catwoman intercut with a fight between Bane and Thomas Wayne. When Bruce finally wakes up, we get the feeling things are about to change and he’s a changed man.

I enjoy these types of stories because it allows the writer to tweak the character enough to open the door to new types of stories without having to use a mega crossover or story and slap a “Nothing Will Be the Same” on the cover.

Great wrap up on the story and King continues to write some of the best Batman/Bruce Wayne stories out there.

Rating: 8.8 out of 10

The War of the Realms #2

Review by John Pumpernickel

Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson’s War of the Realms continues, upping the ante with big stakes and amazing artwork!

Like mentioned before, this book has a cinematic feel to it and it feels truly epic. This issue ramps things up while clearly showing the consequences the heroes face.

On top of that, we start to see how Aaron is tying plenty of loose ends together from previous stories. Jane Foster fans will want to pick this one up.

The artwork is stunning and I would love to see it sans the words so it can be truly appreciated.

While the issue feels like it’s setting up the board, it gives you enough to taste to make you excited for what’s about to come.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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