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411’s Comic Reviews: X-Men: The Wedding Special #1, Black Panther #1, More

May 24, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
X-Men: The Wedding Special

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Dark Souls: Age of Fire #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Tying directly into the very first critically-acclaimed Dark Souls video game, featuring all the main characters!

Return to the very beginnings of the Dark Souls story with a dramatic retelling of the Legends of Silver Knights!

Brothers Dracul #2

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Vlad Dracul and his brother Radu are prisoners of the Ottoman Empire. As royalty, though, they are treated with great respect. They are trained in art, music, archery, horseback riding…even vampire hunting! Herein the sorrow-filled truth of Vlad’s descent to the role of the Impaler is revealed!

From writer Cullen Bunn (DARK ARK, UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Mirko Colak (UNHOLY GRAIL,The Punisher) comes a tale of brothers and blood that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

Black Panther #1

Review by Stephen Gustafson


A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T’Challa has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed…

Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T’Challa’s name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now find out the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda!

Ta-Nehisi Coates welcomes aboard fan-favorite artist Daniel Acuña for a Black Panther story unlike any other!

Rated T

A spectacular book that can be given to old and new fans of the Black Panther. Black Panther #1 is a solid blueprint on how to put out a book that captures the spirit of the character, his rich history, and still remain approachable for anyone who saw the movie and wants more.

All the elements that have made Black Panther a sensation are here and elevated to an exciting level. Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuña vibe with each other and I hope this is a creative team that sticks around for a while.

I’m a firm believer in going into a story fresh so I won’t reveal anything but they take the Black Panther concept and really turn it to a new direction that has some intriguing, fresh possibilities.

Easy thumbs up. Grab this and tell a friend.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Hellblazer #22

Review by Stephen Gustafson

“THE GOOD OLD DAYS” part four! Things have gone downhill for John, and his ex is the reason why. It’s not her fault (she’s possessed), but it’s making their reunion somewhat awkward.

A friend, who is a huge John Constantine fan, let me borrow this and…WOOF! This book misses on just about every level. Halfway through the book I was already checked out.

Easy pass and I feel more than a little sad to see a book called Hellblazer in such disarray.

Rating: 4.0 out of 10

X-Men: The Wedding Special #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

When Marvel announced that Kitty Pryde and Colossus were getting married we all knew they’d maximize the attention and put out a few related books for fans to commemorate the event.

Don’t compare X-Men: The Wedding Special #1 to the Royal Wedding though. It contains three new wedding-themed stories but each of them never rise above being just OK. This is especially disappointing when you realize that Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck are one of the creative teams.

Claremont and Nauck’s tale is a look at Kitty’s past and her journey as a X-Men. It’s nice but my expectations were a tad higher for a writer with such a storied history with the team. Nauck’s art is on point but seemed misused for the story. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful but I really want to see him flex his skills on an epic X-Men adventure.

X-Men Gold writer Marc Guggenheim and artist Greg Land also contribute a story and it’s a paint-by-numbers bachelor party. Nothing really grabs you and it suffers like most anthology books from not having enough space to tell a quality story.

Kelly Thompson and artist Marika Cresta flip things on the last story with Kitty’s bachelorette party. It rises a little from the previous party but it’s still too little to make it a must read.

Anthology books are a tough sell. Usually you get one good story and a lot of filler. I’d rather they go all in one well done tale from a special creative team instead of breaking it up and squandering the opportunity.

Rating: 6.0 out of 10

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