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411’s Comic Reviews: Thor #1, Hawkman #1, More

June 21, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Fu Kitsu Vol 1 Trade Paperback

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Collecting the first five issue of this hit AfterShock series!

Fu Jitsu is the world’s smartest boy, and has been for the last hundred years. Wait, what? Fu is an un-aging genius, and has had adventures around the globe and around the galaxy. From Einstein and the Wright brothers, to Gandhi and Johnny Unitas, Fu has met everyone in history while protecting Earth from Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man, and his dangerous magi-science.

Fu exiles himself to Antarctica to try and forget the painful breakup with his ex-girlfriend, Rachel. Meanwhile, Wadlow returns from the far-flung future and sends James Dean, his ultimate assassin, to kill Fu at the South Pole. And you thought your teenage years were tough?

From Jai Nitz, the award-winning writer of El Diablo, Sucide Squad Most Wanted and Dream Thief comes this action-packed new series with art from Teen Titans Annual artist Wesley St. Claire!

Torchwood: The Culling #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

From the cult-hit, BAFTA Cymru award-winning TV show comes Torchwood, the comic that continues the story of Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper as they tackle alien-based cases beyond the scope of the government or the police.

Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper, along with the crew of the alien tech-filled ship Ice Maiden must stop the alien Navigators’ plan to ‘compost’ the Earth, but first they must deal with the duplicitious Lady Karina, the roguish Captain John Hart, and a clone like nothing they’ve seen before!

Thor #1

Review by RobF

The original Odinson is back in Thor 1. He is back, minus Mjolnir but instead with a myriad of hammers and a gaggle of issues. Jason Aaron adds to his already legendary Thor run with a new title but some of the same old problems.

With Jane Foster returned to her mortal form and Mjolnir since departed Thor finds himself the gatekeeper of old Asgard and, in this case, the finder of lost artifacts. Aaron doesn’t waste any time throwing Thor’s fat in the fire, pitting him against the Juggernaut and some other assorted characters of the Marvel U. And let us not forget the war of the realms is still going strong. Luckily Thor has dozens of hammers and a bad attitude.

The secondary story is the continuing story of Old Thor and his heirs, where an unknown threat has come to consume everything the Thunder God once knew. It has enough twists and turns
to make it interesting and some surprise guest stars.

Mike Del Mundo’s cartoonish style is not for everyone, but it works here. It’s over the top and exaggerated but fun, especially when a wide-eyed Thor is looking through a “THOOM” like
glasses. (You must see it) Christian Ward’s Old Thor looks as you would expect: Old, worn down, beaten. It’s not a happy story and the somber tone and colors work here.

This Thor is a perfect amalgam of movie Thor and Marvel Thor. The humor and the action are dialed up and I for one cannot wait to see what comes next.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Hawkman #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

I need to disclose that I haven’t been the biggest Hawkman fan over the years. I don’t know if it was his convoluted continuity, his wings, or just his overall characterization, but I’ve never connected with him in solo series or even in team book settings.

I’ve been hearing good buzz on this issue and decided to give it a try on a whim. Suffice to say, I’m glad I did and I hope the team of Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch, Alex Sinclair and Richard Starkings stick around because this was one of the most satisfying first issues I’ve read in a while for a character that I really didn’t care about.

The book jumps right into things, setting the stage for Carter Hall being more of an adventurer and explorer of the DC Universe. Not only that, we get some great set ups for future stories.

The biggest thing about this issue is it makes Hawkman likable and someone I would be interested in reading more about. Carter Hall/Hawkman have a deep and complex history in DC but that doesn’t hold anything back.In fact, his confusing history is explained simply and without much fuss, quickly moving on to move the story forward.

Hitch’s art perfectly compliments the new and improved Hawkman, making the issue feel big and important.

Hawkman #1 more than delivers in setting up the new status quo and making you care about the character and the next issue. For the first time in my life I can say that I’m a fan of Hawkman.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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