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411’s Comic Reviews: Young Justice #1, Conan the Barbarian #1, More

January 10, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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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 asked, Will DC’s Wonder Comics line sink or swim?

Now on with the show!

Moth & Whisper #5

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

After a stunning revelation about their parents from their unexpected new ally, Niki is ready to take the fight to Ambrose Wolfe once and for all. Taking out the most powerful man in the city won’t be easy when he knows they’re coming — but then, the Moth and the Whisper are known for accomplishing the impossible…

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) — a socially significant and engaging story that AfterShock is proud to tell.

The Girl who Danced With Death

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Lisbeth Salander returns in this gripping new story written specifically for the graphic novel format. It continues the saga of Stieg Larsson’s smash-hit international bestselling Millennium trilogy, which has also spawned films and novels.

Conan the Barbarian #1

Review by Stephen Gustafson

This review is pretty easy. Do you like Conan the Barbarian? Then you’ll truly love Conan the Barbarian #1.

Never read a Conan comic? Grab Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian #1 because it’s an epic, action-packed comic that shows you why this iconic character has remained popular for so long.

Author Robert E. Howard’s

Writer Jason Aaron and artist Mahmud Asrar take Robert E. Howard’s creation and inject all the things that work in book that is pure pulp goodness and will hold its own on the shelf next to the usual superhero fare.

Conan the Barbarian #1 isn’t just a bunch of sword swinging and yelling. The story is well thought out and will surprise you with its wit and smarts. If you’re looking for something new to read, Conan might be the answer.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Young Justice #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

The first book in DC’s Wonder Comics hits the stands and I found it to be fun but will probably not find the audience DC wants it to.

We get the impressive lineup of Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin, Impulse, Amethyst, along with introducing Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex. If I could talk to DC directly, please keep this crew together for a while. I see so much potential and exciting stories for this group that I’m hoping the editors realize this.

The story revolves around the dimension known as Gemworld invading Metropolis and Young Justice has to reunite to save the day. A simple premise but it carries a number of angles; the biggest being the return of Connor Kent.

Mr. Bendis reunites with artist Patrick Gleason and it feels right. The gel together for the tone and characters, giving us a bunch of feel good moments.

The big drawback, which may or may not be a big deal, is that the Wonder Comics line is aimed at the younger crowd. It feels that way but it also has a lot of nostalgia that will attract longtime fans. It’s a great jumping on point but I don’t see this being the book that will open the door to the new masses.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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