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4LN Comic Review: Darth Vader #1

Series: Darth Vader
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inks: Cam Smith
Colorist: David Curiel

Summary from Comixology: “The most fearsome villain of all time returns with an all-new series! When Anakin Skywalker fell, both to the pull of the dark side and to the blade of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he rose back up, more machine than man. Having lost everything that was once dear to him, the former chosen one must take his first steps into a darker world…as Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith!”

This is a series I have patiently been waiting for since it’s announcement some time ago. If you have been reading this site for any amount time, you would know that Charles Soule is one of my top 5 current comic book writers, and if he writes something I’m going to pick it up. His work on Poe Dameron has been fantastic, and his mini-series Obi-Wan and Anakin was a refreshing look at the characters set between Phantom Menace and Clone Wars. It’s been a few months since we had a Darth Vader book (Kieron Gillen’s book ended in October of 2016), but this is already shaping up to be the most interesting book in the ongoing Star Wars series.

In the first issue of Charles Soule’s run on Darth Vader, we pick up immediately where Revenge of the Sith leaves us. Darth Vader is awaking from his surgery and operation that added his new armor, and in his rage he throws Emperor Palpatine into the wall and this sets Palpatine into a rage and he attacks Vader, forcing Vader to come to the realization that he no longer has his lightsaber, which Obi-Wan takes after his battle on Mustafar and later gives to Luke in A New Hope.

The first arc will more than likely focus on the story of how Darth Vader got his iconic red lightsaber, and this first issue goes into great detail explaining the significance of the red kyber crystal, and that alone is worth the $4.99 sticker price. I would love to go into more detail about that, but don’t want to risk spoiling anything.

Along with Charles Soule’s fantastic work, Giuseppe Camuncoli makes a triumphant appearance on a Star Wars book and his art style matches perfectly with a story exploring Vader’s quest for his lightsaber. Giuseppe Camuncoli has worked previously on other Marvel books such as The Amazing Spider-Man and Superior Spider-Man. His artwork is a little bit more animated compared to previous Star War books, but it works great with the story. I think one of the most memorable scenes of Darth Vader #1 would have to be towards the end of the issue when Vader is on a planet in the Mid Rim and he experiments with the different lenses inside his helmet and we see the planet through Vader’s eyes and it’s a truly unique view of the character.

Personally, I can not wait to see where this story is going to lead to. So much happened between Revenge of The Sith and A New Hope that there is almost an endless amount of stories to tell. Nineteen years have passed and in that time, Darth Vader went from an unknown Sith to the most terrifying Sith Lord in the Galaxy, and I can’t wait to see the horrible things Vader has done in the unknown. Be sure to head down to your LCS and pick up a copy of Darth Vader #1. This is the perfect book for any Star Wars fan or any comic book fan, it’s also a great jumping on point because if you’ve seen Revenge of the Sith, then you will be able to follow this series without a single hiccup.

Also, the issue has an extremely dark minimalist bonus comic by Chris Eliopoulos and Jodie Bellaire that pretty much consists of Darth Vader killing everyone he has an interaction with. It was much darker than I expected and it even had me laughing a few times. It is definitely worth the short read, you’ll enjoy it.

Music Pairing:

John Williams, Imperial Death March because come on, it’s a Darth Vader book. What did you expect?

4LN Comic Review – Poe Dameron #1

Series: Poe Dameron
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Phil Noto
Publisher: Marvel

Official Summary: AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES SPINNING OUT OF STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! Poe Dameron, former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter, is the best pilot in the galaxy. Hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on a top secret and vital mission…Poe sets off investigating sites of historical importance to the Force. Revealing backstory leading directly into the holidays’ greatest adventure, follow Poe and his X-Wing squadron on covert missions against the First Order.

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When I heard that Poe Dameron was getting his own book, I was somewhat excited – he is a great character, after all – but when I found out Charles Soule (LANDO) and Phil Noto (CHEWBACCA) were combining forces, that’s when I got REALLY excited and knew I had to have it.

Poe is one of the many great things to come out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Oscar Isaac’s charismatic performance as the cocky Resistance pilot makes the character pop off the screen.  Now, with POE DAMERON #1, we get to see the events that lead to his meeting with Lor San Tekka at the beginning of the film, and boy are they crazy.

All of Isaac’s charm and charisma is on full display in this issue, which finds Poe running into all sorts of problems trying to locate old Lor.  The more I read Soule’s work the more I realize he is the Swiss Army Knife of the comic industry.  He is great at making his characters true to form.  His work on the LANDO miniseries made it seem like Billy Dee Williams had become trapped in a two-dimensional time-warp and was stuck in a five issue miniseries.  Well, that may be a *little* much…  Look, what I am trying to say is, Soule captures a character’s tone perfectly, and POE DAMERON #1 is no different.

The art of this book is easily comparable to the superb writing. The almighty Phil Noto knocks it out of the proverbial park, as is his custom.  As I mentioned, Noto previously worked on the fantastic CHEWBACCA mini-series, and his work on POE DAMERON is equally impressive.  He obviously has a handle on the Star Wars universe – his artwork is beautiful, and he is able to capture Leia’s somber sarcasm and Dameron’s mischievous smile perfectly.

Overall, POE DAMERON #1 was a fantastic first issue.  I was kind of nervous about another ongoing Star Wars title (not because they aren’t good, but because I am running out of room in my comics budget), but Poe and his Black Squadron are definitely joining my pull list.

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4LN Comic Review: Obi-Wan and Anakin #2 (of 5)

Series: Obi-Wan and Anakin
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Page Count: 23

Summary from Comixology: “Master and Padawan find themselves stranded on an unfamiliar world…a world of strange, primitive technology and dangerous natives. But even if they can save themselves…why were they called to this world?”

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I have been reading every single Star Wars book, (except for Kanan: The Last Padawan, which I’m frantically trying to collect all of them now) and Charles Soule has written my favorite one so far, Lando. But, for some reason, Obi-Wan and Anakin just isn’t holding my interests as much as previous books. I believe it has nothing to do with Soule’s writing, since he’s one of my favorite writers, but rather Marco Checchetto’s art, and I think it’s safe to say that, my fellow 4LN writer, Cameron felt the same way about issue #1.

This book takes place between episode I and II, and we have a 12 year old Anakin in the field with his Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The strongest thing about this book was Soule’s ability to capture both Obi-Wan and Anakin. This is a time before Anakin questions his master, and they truly seem more like brothers, and you can clearly tell how much Anakin looks up to Obi-Wan, specifically with my favorite quote of the comic, “That is my Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, there is no one better.”

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This series revolves around Anakin and Obi-Wan visiting an off world planet, Carnelion IV, and they realize there is a generations long war going on, between two feuding sides: The Open, and the Closed. Besides these two groups of people, Obi and Annie must fight off a wave of mindless creatures called the Corpse-Leeches, that Obi tries to control via The Force, but Anakin struggles with this ability. The book also includes a great flashback scene that shows how Anakin and Chancellor Palpatine first met; including a trip to the lower levels of Coruscant. This was one of those few moments I wanted to yell at Obi-Wan and say “You are making a terrible decision! DON’T DO THIS!” But I would have looked pretty silly yelling a comic book in this crowded Starbucks… again.

With all this said, my dislike of the art was outweighed by my love of Obi-Wan and Charles Soule as a writer. If you are a fan of Star Wars, then once again, Marvel is putting out a quality book that you need to read. The collector in me would and will read anything Star Wars, but I’m glad Marvel hasn’t dipped in quality with all the different books. This run is only 5 issues long, so head to Comix City Too! if you are in the Nashville area and pick up issues #1 & 2!

 

Music Pairing:
The ONLY music that goes along with a Star Wars book.

4LN Comic Review: Obi-Wan & Anakin #1

Series: Obi-Wan & Anakin
Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Marco Checchetto
Publisher: Marvel

Summary from Comixology: “Before their military heroism in the Clone Wars, before their tragic battle on Mustafar, and many decades before their final confrontation on the Death Star…they were Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker. It’s been a few years since Obi-Wan pledged to train the young “chosen one,” but even as they have grown closer through training, it has been a difficult road. Now, called to a remote planet for assistance, Master and Padawan may be pushed to the breaking point. Writer Charles Soule (Lando, She-Hulk, Daredevil) and artist Marco Checchetto (Star Wars: Shattered Empire, Avengers World, Punisher) bring us a tale of the Jedi at the height of their power.”

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The first thing I thought when I heard that another Star Wars title was going to be rolling off the presses at the start of the year was, “Marvel will not be content until they suck all the money out of my bank account like a Mynock on power cables,” and the second thought was, “Oooooh, Charles Soule and Obi-Wan Kenobi with the artist from Shattered Empire? I’m game.”  Some people might look over this book since it takes place during the dreaded prequel era, but if there’s one thing the prequels got right, it’s Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Another reason for Star Wars fans to be excited for this book is that every single Star Wars book Marvel has put out so far has been fantastic.

Obi-Wan & Anakin takes place in the time period before Attack of the Clones, and finds the pair investigating a mysterious distress call from a supposedly dead planet.  Anakin is struggling with finding his place within the Jedi Order, especially after a particular incident where his emotions got the best of him.  We also find a Kenobi that seems to be doubting the Senate’s jurisdiction over the Jedi.

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When I first read the book I was… I don’t know, maybe a little let down even though I enjoyed it?  Don’t get me wrong, Charles Soule is a writer that nails the tone of pretty much everything he writes, and Obi-Wan & Anakin is no different.  Checchetto’s art is also relatively strong too – some of the panels were a little disproportionate, like a lightsaber hilt would appear way too small, or a robe way too big.  I will say that Checchetto also provided some incredible panels throughout the issue as well.  I think the problem I ran into originally was that all of the other #1’s Marvel has put out have been spectacularly good while Obi-Wan & Anakin is just “really good.”  After I read it through another time before this review that I felt a lot more satisfied with this book.  There was some nuance in the story that I missed the first go around, and it sets up what looks to be a very exciting story.

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“Anakin, take your tiny lightsaber from my enormous hand.”

While there were a few very minor issues, at least for me, Obi-Wan & Anakin was a very strong debut issue that continues Marvel’s streak of strong Star Wars titles.  I love the concept.  There is a ton of story potential between  Episode I and II for both Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi.  I am thoroughly excited to see where Soule takes this series, and I highly recommend it to any Star Wars fans whether you are a fan of the prequels or not.

 

 

 

 

4LN Comic Review: Civil War #1 (2015 – Secret Wars)

Series: Civil War – Secret Wars (2015)
Writer: Charles Soule
Art: Leinil Francis Yu, with Gerry Alanguilan & Sunny Gho
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Summary from Comixology: “The Civil War never ended. Welcome to the Warzone, where six years of non-stop battle between the forces of the Blue and the Iron have split the nation down its center, utterly transforming it. In a world of new alliances and strange enemies, President Tony Stark and General Steve Rogers meet to make one last attempt at peace.”

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Overview –
Civil War is my favorite comic book event of all time. I sincerely mean that. I pretty much always hate events, and even this Secret Wars I’m mostly just tolerating. So I was skeptical when I heard they were going to be doing a another Civil War series tied into Secret Wars. Here’s the thing, this in NO WAY changes the original Civil War story. It’s honor remains safely intact. This story is an alternate take on the events FOLLOWING Marvel’s superhero Civil War.

I’ll go ahead and let you know right now, if you haven’t read the original Civil War event from Marvel, I wouldn’t bother picking this up. I know, I’m telling you at the very beginning of a review to just not buy the book, it’s crazy. The first 9 pages recap Civil War but there’s still a TON of detail that you’re missing for it to really have the impact it’s meant to.

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For those of you who have read Civil War, I believe you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It was a very smart move for Marvel to put Charles Soule at the helm of this book because he absolutely knocks it out of the park. The way he handles the balance between Steve and Tony and their opposing views is almost better, and more complex, than the way Mark Millar wrote them initially, and that’s coming from someone who is a HUGE Mark Millar fan!

A few weeks ago my fellow 4LNer, and good pal, Cameron wrote two correlating articles about the philosophy of Civil War (You can read those here and here). I am in no way capable or qualified to have the same discussion on the philosophical implications of this story (mostly because I use words like s**t and f**k way too often to pretend I’m even remotely intellectual). However, I do comprehend it all and find it very fascinating.

Steve and Tony pretty much pick up right where they left off, attitude wise. Both of them stubborn and self-righteous about why their way is the right way and neither one willing to budge an inch. Soule perfectly captures the obstinate mind of middle-aged American men in both characters. Reading this, I felt like I know politicians who behave exactly like each of them; Steve with his high regard for his own valor and misguided faith in the human spirit, and Tony with his egotistical pursuit of a perfect, violence-free, society. They both want to protect their people, and even to an extent they each want to protect ALL people, but Soule shows us that they’ve been on opposing sides for so long that it could be too late for them to come back to a place of mutual respect, let alone agreeing to live in peace and harmony.

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Let’s turn our attention to the art team for a minute. Leinil Yu did the artwork for the first arc of Indestructible Hulk, and that was a big part of what drew me to it. I’ll go so far as to say that the man hasn’t gotten better and he already didn’t need an improvement. I like his style because it’s realistic without being complex or over-thought. His line work and shading leave nothing to be desired, because they’re f**king perfect. (See? I’m low class…)

The rest of the art team both do a fantastic job as well. Sunny Gho’s color work is phenomenal. Dark yellow is kind of the dominate color in this issue, but it’s not without reason. Much of the story takes place in a desert area so it’s necessary. He balances the colors perfectly all throughout the issue so that it never feels like there’s too much of one.

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As I said in the overview section, if you haven’t read the original Civil War event, this is not for you. I’m saying that to be a s**t-head (did it again), I’m saying it because it’s true. You really have to know the full backstory on this to really feel what’s happening. The creative team here is truly crafting an interesting and enthralling story though. The original Civil War event was about the superhero civil war. Hero against Hero, doing whatever they could to fight for their belief and cause. This time around though, we see the fight having left the masks & capes behind, and the country is in a full-fledged Civil War, with a line drawn almost right down the middle.

If you’ve read Civil War, then you’re crazy if you don’t pick this up an indulge if the “what if” of it all. What if the Civil war never ended? What if the two most impassioned and commanding superheroes were responsible for separating the country into two sides that battled each other for domination? What if it drove wedges between families and innocent people were killed in the crossfire? What if… you had to choose a side?

 

Music Pairing –
For this issue I really wanted to find something that captured the emotional feel of what’s happening to the country by being torn apart by to powerful leaders who think they’re doing the right thing. I’ve been listening to the band Islander a lot lately and I feel like their song “Kingdom” captures that exact sentiment. It’s ominous, and builds carefully to aggression, and with a chorus that says, “Castle of your highest power. Broken crowns lying on the ground. While you’re trying to reason with fire, your kingdom is falling down”, I think it makes the perfect partnership for this Civil War #1.

4LN Comic Review: Star Wars – Lando #1

Series: Star Wars: Lando
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Alex Maleev and Paul Mounts
Publisher: Marvel

Summary from Comixology:

You know him, you love him…now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own comic book! Before he joined the rebellion, before he ran Cloud City, Lando made his way in the galaxy getting by on some swindles, some swagger, and a smile. Lobot at his side, Lando has a plan to steal a very valuable ship, but has he bitten off more than he can chew? Writer Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine, Inhuman, She-Hulk) and artist Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Spider-Woman, Moon Knight) bring us the tale of a scoundrel in his natural element-trouble!

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Overview-
When I heard Lando Calrissian was getting his own title I didn’t know what to expect, but I was excited that Marvel was going to delve into the past of the previous owner of a certain Corellian YT-1300 light freighter (heavily modified, of course).  In the movies he gets a bit of a bad rap for his betrayal of Han Solo, which I previously defended way back in the early days of 4LN, but he’s just so damn interesting.  He’s one of those characters that you just want to know about.  What kind of crazy shenanigans did he get into before running a legitimate Tibanna gas mining operation.  Well, here’s our chance to find out!

Lando is written by Charles Soule who also wrote this week’s Civil War #1.  Soule is a fantastic writer, and I understand why he is one of Bill’s favorites.  The dialog in this book is so good you can basically hear Billy Dee Williams speaking the lines.  And the story itself read like Star Wars intertwined with a caper film like Ocean’s Eleven, with just a pinch of the “just-one-last-big-score” vibe of the late eighties/early nineties.  This is one of those books that had me smiling to myself as I read through it.

Alex Maleev’s art is great in this book.  Every panel of this book just felt right, from the characters to the set pieces – it just felt like classic, eighties era Star Wars.  He definitely gets the classic tone of the original trilogy, and don’t get me started on the color palette! Paul Mounts does a tremendous job using some very eighties colors (neon green and pink, anyone?) and making them work perfectly.  With this book, these two guys put out some of the neatest artwork I’ve seen lately.

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This book is very different from the previous entries in Marvel’s current Star Wars lineup, which is a good thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I love pretty much everything Star Wars that Marvel is putting out, but I like that this book doesn’t have the darker tone of the other books.  It doesn’t need it.  Lando is a fun caper story featuring one of the smoothest smugglers in the Star Wars galaxy, and it’s definitely worth your time and your money.

 

Musical Pairing-
Since this book doesn’t have the same feel as the other Star Wars books, I am going to take a break from just recommending John Williams’ scores.  Instead, while reading the smooth swagger of Mr. Calrissian, take a listen to the hardest working man in show business – Mr. James Brown!

4LN Saturday Morning Review: Swamp Thing #36

Series: Swamp Thing
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Jesus Saiz
Colorists: Matt Hollingsworth

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Summary from Comixology: “The Machine Kingdom is not happy with Swamp Thing, and the lines of battle are drawn! But Alec Holland has a humanity the Machine Kingdom lacks, and that gives him an edge.”

 

Overview –
After every issue of Swamp Thing (and Red Lanterns) that I read, I become a bit more sad. Because I know these epic runs are slowly coming to an end with writer Charles Soule signing an exclusive deal with Marvel Comics. Soule’s run on Swamp Thing is one of the best I have read in a long time, and I would damn near say it will soon be added with the classics like the Alan Moor and Brian K Vaughan runs on the character. Soule know how to write a great version of the character that is a monster but yet still has so much of his humanity left.

 

Highs –
It’s really interesting seeing what Charles Soule is writing between the plant kingdom and the machine kingdom. It’ll really be interesting seeing how this story arc will play out. I also want to mentioned how cool it was to see the machines evolve in a single issue from being against having an avatar represent them, to cycling though the DC Universe searching for the perfect cyborg to be their representative. It seems to be a really solid sci-fi story that is being built in the world of Swamp Thing. The Abby and Alec scene in the stronghold of the rot was a very emotional scene. We can really see how much Abby and Alec love each other, but can not be with one another. This being because one represents life (Alec) while the other is death (Abby).
Lows –
I really can’t think of any lows for this issue, besides the fact it’s coming to an end. Swamp Thing was a violent at times, but at other moments still showed his humanity which I really enjoy to see. Besides the fact that Soule is soon leaving the book, there really wasn’t a low point in this months issue.

The Final Say –
This is one of my favorite DC books, and I really don’t think it gets the attention it needs. This book really has everything someone could be looking for. We have a strong romance present (Alec + Abby), a new enemy is forming (The Machine Kingdom) and there is always enough action to hold you over. And Jesus Saiz art was phenomenal in this issue. It was clean but yet intimidating at times when it needs to shows the power of Swamp Thing. Over all this issue was a sold 4 out of 5. If you are looking for a new series to read, pick up issues 35 and 36 and let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

4LN Comic Review: The Death of Wolverine #1

Book: The Death of Wolverine #1
Writer: Charles Soule
Art: Steve McNiven
Summary from Comixology: “The beginning of the end is now here: the death of Wolverine! With three months to live due to the loss of his healing factor, Wolverine’s demise will be the single most important X-Men event of the decade. Logan has spent over a century being the best there is at what he does, but even the best fade away eventually. Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a samurai, and a teacher. Now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he’s never played before.”

 

Let me preface this review by saying that I have not been reading the Wolverine series that built up to this event. In fact, none of us here at 4LN have. You might think that makes us poser nerds for not regularly reading Wolverine but frankly we’ve very preoccupied with other books. I should also let you know that I will attempt to keep this spoiler-free, but there will be some small, virtually un-revealing things mentioned…

Anyway, I have no idea what world this story takes place in, but it sure as hell doesn’t appear to the same universe as some of the other books I’ve been reading. For example, Nuke makes an appearance here and I distinctly remember his overzealously-patriotic ass getting blown up in Captain America. Also, Wolverine was just in the past couple issues of Ms. Marvel, where he did mention not having his healing ability, but he didn’t seem to be in any danger of death. I’m not entirely certain as to how the chronology of these stories lines up, but it seems to me that we probably haven’t seen the last of Logan entirely right now. If you do know the way this story fits in with some of the other Marvel series that Wolverine is also featured in currently, please enlighten us in the comments.

 

The Good – 
The evolution of the story in this issue is very well arranged. From where Logan starts to the revelation at the end, it paces very well and doesn’t drag or become boring. This is something Charles Soule has always been great at. He really knows how to craft a great story that keeps you engaged and entertained. Here we find him navigating Logan through the beginning of what is sure to be an exhaustive and bleak end for the man formerly known as “unkillable”.

The artwork is fantastic. There are some pages that are clean and bright, without seeming polished or “phoned in”, but then there are other moments where the panels are more rough and visceral, but they never feel lazy or unfinished. Even not being familiar with the Logan’s journey to this point, I very much enjoyed the artwork of the book.

 

The Bad –
I didn’t find anything about this book that I could define as “bad”, but I will say that, to echo some of what I said previously, if you haven’t been reading the books leading up to this, you may find yourself lost. Additionally, the price tag of $4.99 is kind of a high cost to pay for one issue of a comic. However, I will clarify that NOTHING about the story or the artwork disappointed me.

 

The Final Say –
This book is a must have. Period. Even if you haven’t been keeping up with the Wolverine saga, how can you justifiably pass up an opportunity to pick up this number 1? I give it a 4 out of 4. Subsequent issues will prove whether or not this gimmick can last, but for now it’s a solid piece of work.

Comic Book Review: She-Hulk #7

Book: She-Hulk #7
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Javier Pulido
Colorist: Muntsa Vicente

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Summary from Comixology: “Guest-starring Hank Pym! She-Hulk, Hellcat and Giant-Man team up to save one of Jen’s officemates, but what else does Hank Pym have at stake, and what isn’t he telling them?”

The Overview:
I have never really been a fan of anything Hulk related, and I’m not sure why. But, with Charles Soule on a book, I really couldn’t pass this up. I picked up the first 3 issues a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t put them down and the next day I went out and got the next four books. I have been telling people this is a great book to jump on because when Hawkeye finishes in a couple months, this book will fill that void since it’s not exactly a superhero book, but rather a book about the life and times of Jennifer Walters AKA She-Hulk.

The Good:
This book was such a fun read. The majority of the book takes place in a backyard in Queens New York. We have Hank Pym, She-Hulk, Hellcat and Giant Man all working together in order to find a business partner of a scinetist named Rufus who is hiding in his backyard, not wanting to sell their shrink ray, Shrinko. It was really fun seeing these characters interact in the backyard of someones house. It doesn’t sound like it would be a great idea, but Soule really pulls this off. Javier Pulido’s art is really top notch in this book, and it fits the feel of the book perfectly. There are two great battle scenes between our heroes fighting ants/cats. Besides the action in the book, there was quite a bit of humor and a twist or two that you may not see coming.
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The Bad:
There really wasn’t very much wrong with this book. It was a great read and an awesome jumping on point. The only thing that I was bummed about was that there wasn’t any scenes with Angie Huang and her pet monkey Hei Hei, that’s an adorable subplot that I look forward to learning more about. Besides that, I really don’t have any complaints with this book.

The Final Say:
If you are looking for a good superhero book that isn’t very superhero-y, then this is the perfect book for you. Charles Soule writes an amazing She-Hulk and his past experience as a lawyer makes him the perfect candidate for a lawyer comic book. Also, if you are a fan of Captain America, you are going to want to pick this book up and next months issue #8. The book is a powerful 4 out of 4. When you head to your favorite comic shop, or come visit Comic Collector Live, you really need to pick this book up and while you are at it, you should get 1-6 because you won’t regret it. Let us know what you think of this book/series in the comments below!

Comic Book Review: Swamp Thing #33

Book: Swamp Thing #33

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Javier Piña
Colorist: Matthew Wilson

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Summary from Comixology: “Swamp Thing has more enemies than he ever knew—and one of them is someone he once called a friend. But once said friend has put a magical hit on you, and a squadron of occult assassins shows up on your doorstep, it gets difficult to smooth things over…”

Overview:
I feel like I should start off by saying that this is only the second Swamp Thing book I have ever read. I picked up issue 32 because it was a crossover with Aquman and I really enjoyed the book. After reading this book, I was a bit confused but I caught on pretty quick, and thoroughly enjoyed the issue. I mainly picked this up because it was the first part to a new story arc titled The Wold and the Lady.

The Good:
I’m a pretty big fan of Charles Soule, and this book just proves why I like him. His writing is really top notch, and he keeps you guessing what will happen on the next page. Yes, I was confused but it was still fairly easy for a “noob” to follow along in the story. I really enjoyed the splash towards the middle of the book that shows Swamp Thing battling some environmental problems that have been created by one of his so-called “friends.” There was also a “baby” swamp thing created to help him maintain a better connection with the Earth… it was adorable and I now want one. I also want to mention how much I loved the art of Javier Piña. I loved that the art wasn’t “clean” or well defined.

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Little Baby Swamp Thing!

The Bad:
Now, this may be because I’m not familiar with the book, but there was a love story side plot that I wasn’t completely into. I would have much rather have seen the “Avatar” fight more of the demons he was fighting, but the love story did add to the cliff hanger at the end of the issue. Though, I do wish it was a little easier to understand what was going on since this was the beginning of a new story. Besides the love story, there wasn’t much more to be found wrong in this book.

The Final Say:
If you are looking for a new book to read, I would highly recommend jumping onto this title. It was a fun ride from start to finish. As I mentioned it was a little confusing at first, but you should be able to catch up on this book fairly quickly. I give this book a solid 3 out of 4, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed it you pick this book up today. If you have already read this book, let us know what you think of it in the comments!