#1 · Champions

Champions #1

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Alright, so I actually got this issue as a freebie months ago and just threw it in a pile of unread comics. I don’t know. I wasn’t really all that interested. I looked at the cover and it just seemed like it was supposed to be a book about some old favorite heroes… but in new younger Millennial form. So I didn’t think much of it.

But now I’m trying to get in the habit of doing the Throwback Thursday thing with comics and trying to actually hit up my box of unread random backlogged issues once a week. While I was thumbing through, glancing at covers I noticed something that hadn’t stood out before: Viv.

See, I’ve been reading The Vision and absolutely adoring it lately and so now Viv caught my eye on that cover so I figured I’d give it a shot. And O… M… G. I can’t believe I’ve never been convinced to read Champions earlier than this. This first issue was amazing. I loved everything about it. I mean, even the pacing was insane with Ms. Marvel quitting The Avengers and then going on to recruit Nova and Miles and then them helping the “totally awesome” Hulk and then recruiting Viv and then – AND THEN – the issue gets totally dark with them rescuing girls who are part of human trafficking… just holy shit.

Really, this issue was incredible. Mark Waid’s writing here was top-top notch. The art was lovely. I’m just really upset I didn’t get to this series sooner. Well, now that stupid Secret Empire is over I’m planning to re-start The Avengers series, and apparently it’ll be overlapping with the Champions series as well. So I guess now’s as good a time to start as any.

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#1 · Marvel Legacy · One-Shot

Marvel Legacy #1

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I’m a sucker for new #1’s and new events and all that. But I also try not to expect too much, as generally these events will leave me disappointed. But this Marvel Legacy one-shot actually really surprised me.

Marvel’s doing their usual reboot thing, but this time feels I don’t know… different. It’s more back to basics than usual.

This was a nice lengthy story which felt hokey at first – starting a million years ago, ugh. But then it really picked up and tied together stories from The Avengers, X-Men, the Fantastic Four for crying out loud as well as others. It feels like instead of just a total hard reset, Marvel is taking all the loose ends from the Civil War II era comics and are finding a way to get them back to a time before all that stuff. A time that many fans miss.

 

#1 · Runaways

Runaways #1

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I was pretty excited about this first issue, but I finished it not feeling all that impressed. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just because the whole issue was one single scene. Nico is trying to revive an injured Gert. It just felt like the whole issue was just showing how Nico’s powers worked. It was just kind of… I don’t know. It didn’t do a lot for me.

So I’m not really sure if I’ll stick with it or not. I’ve still got so many others comics to catch up on as it is, I’ll probably throw this series on the backburner at least for now.

#1 · X-Men

Astonishing X-Men #1

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Obviously we don’t need ANOTHER X-Men book right now. Of course not. I mean there’s already more than I can even read. Right now I’m totally content with X-Men: Blue. But damn, look at that cover art. Wow. I had to pick this up. And I’m pretty glad I did.

It feels like a solid start. This oversized issue had Psylocke attacked by the Shadow King. She calls to various X-Men to bring together this ragtag team. Now they’re off hunting the Shadow King. It seems cool enough.

The art is great. The writing is – well it’s Charles Soule, so you know it’s good. I’m interested for now. We’ll see how this goes.

#1 · The Vision

The Vision: Director’s Cut #1

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I first heard about this series late last year and immediately wanted to read it. But alas, I had heard too soon. All the early issues were sold out near me. So I just put the trade paperback on my Amazon wishlist and intended to get to it “someday.” But lucky for me we’re now getting Director’s Cut reprints of these early issues, so I finally have a good excuse to check them out.

This first two issues were straight up brilliant. So The Vision decides to make a family, move out to the suburbs and attempt to live a “normal” life. And that’s what this is about. It’s about a Synthezoid family dealing with the complex relationships that are a family; worrying about steady work and paying bills; the social hell that can be high school; the paralyzing anxiety of love and responsibility.

This is heavy stuff, y’all.

#1 · Deadpool

Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again #1

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I’m a big Deadpool fan, but I almost didn’t buy this issue. See, I read the first Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe series and honestly thought it was kind of meh. It just felt pretty pointless to me. But there was something I couldn’t resist. Maybe I just have a weakness for #1’s. Maybe it’s that great cover art. Maybe it’s the fact that Bunn’s been on a roll with X-Men: Blue lately. So I grabbed this.

And I’m actually glad I did. It was lots of fun, and at least the story of WHY he’s killing (again) is a lot more interesting than in the first series.

I loved the artwork here. Specifically that when Deadpool would go on a killing spree you’d see things through his eyes and the art style would change drastically. When he was killing the Uncanny Avengers it got all kids-comic looking. When he took out Thor, Loki, Hercules and their crew it looked like an older comic and referenced those old Marvel swimsuit issues. It’s actually quite fun.

So yeah, maybe I’ll stick with this mini-series after all. I’m always glad to read some good Deadpool comics.

#1 · Secret Weapons

Secret Weapons #1

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Being the eternal optimist that I am, I buy a lot of #1’s. I’m always eager to find something new and different. Something special. When I saw Secret Weapons #1 listed on the release schedule this past week, I knew nothing about it. And honestly, probably would have glossed right over it had it not been for one thing: it was written by Eric Heisserer who wrote the movie Arrival which absolutely floored me.

I am pleased to announce that with Secret Weapons #1 I’ve found something new and different. I have found something special.

While the setup at first glance may not sound so unique – a secret agency doing secret experiments in a secret lab on subjects with rather inhuman powers – I promise you that it is done in such a unique way. I know it sounds a little Weapon X-ish. Or maybe even a lot Weapon X-ish, but really it’s got its own voice right out the gate of this first issue.

Most importantly this book is following the lives of several rejects from this project. Yes these outcasts have special powers. But they’re not especially good ones. They’re hardly useful. There’s the girl who talks with pigeons, or the guy who can make stuff glow. My favorite is the kid who can summon things from thin air – he just can’t control what he summons. So he accidentally summons a gun when he’s working his shift at the local hardware store, but summons an umbrella when he needs a gun.

Oh right – and yeah, he needs a gun at one point because these secret project defects are being hunted by this really scary alien thing. To say that there’s a lot going on in this first issue would be an understatement. But it’s all handled so well. And the artwork is excellent. I really must applaud this new book and look forward to subsequent issues.

#1 · Spider-Man

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1

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I’ll be the first to admit that we don’t need ANOTHER Spider-Man series. Right? I mean The Amazing Spider-Man has been running strong for almost thirty issues now. And then there’s Renew Your Vows, which is fantastic. And Spidey has a book with Deadpool that’s been going strong for a while. Not to mention all the spin-off Spiderverse stuff out there. So yeah, we don’t need this series.

But this first issue is definitely promising. I’ve gotta say that it is a lot of fun.

I’m kind of on the fence about its reason for existing. Even the editor himself mentions that it’s kind of meant as a jumping on point for prospective new fans that’ll be looking for something to read after Homecoming hits the theaters next month. So is that kind of crass? I don’t know. Maybe.

But again. It’s a fun new series. It opens with Johnny f’ing Storm telling Peter that he doesn’t need to tell (us) his original story again. Now that’s a good introduction!  And it’s got some other nice cameos already like Ant-Man and Falcon. And the writing is brisk and fun and full of little throwbacks and inside jokes for Spider-fans. The art carries its weight as well. And I’m pretty sure anything with Jordie Bellaire’s name on it is going to be easy on the eyes.

So y’know what? I’m gonna give it a fair chance. Because really I was having trouble getting into the main book anyway. So why not?

#1 · Generation X

Generation X #1

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Well, not exactly what I was expecting. Or hoping for.

Generation X has characters I was excited to see in this book – old favorites like Kitty Pryde and Jubilee. But something’s just… off. I think I know what it is, too. I think I miss X-Men ’92. I loved that short-lived book. And this reminds me of it. Just not as good.

The art here is mixed. The colors are nice, but I’m not crazy about how everything looks. Too slick, I think. Or aiming to be too realistic. And the writing? Eh. I mean I know it’s just one issue, but a first issue should suck you in. This was straight boring. Students fighting over scuffed shoes boring. Literally.

I don’t really see myself sticking with this one.

#1 · The Defenders

The Defenders #1

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Holy shit. This is great. I’ve been anticipating this new Defenders series since it was announced some months ago. And now that the way it is over, I know that I was right to be excited. I suspect that some who are lesser fans of Bendis may have had their doubts. But no. This is just great.

The first issue is a total “Defenders Assemble” affair. But I love – LOVE – how they’ve made sure to show the history in these pages. Seeing flashback pics of The New Avengers or Jessica in her Jewel costume… it’s giving me all the right feels.

Everything is top notch here. The writing – this is Bendis bringing his A game. The art! Oh the art. Finally I feel like this is where I want to be reading Jessica Jones again. I’m sorry, but her current solo series was not working for me. I found the writing aimless and the art off-putting. But here? This feels to me like a proper continuation from Alias, The New Avengers, Pulse…

Speaking of Pulse – the issue ends with a multi-page interview  of Luke Cage taken from the pages of Pulse and penned by Ben Urich himself.  There is just so much heart shown here. You can truly sense how much the parties involved in this issue are genuinely excited to be creating it – and the reader benefits.

I can’t wait to see what goes on. Bendis has already promised The Punisher for issue #3. This is totally one of my new favorite comics.