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Guardians of the Galaxy #4 Review (2020)

A Review Of Guardians of the Galaxy #4 Writer:  Ewing Artists:  Cabal Colorist:  Blee & Guru-eFX Cover Artist:  Shavrin   Editor’s Note:  The opinions expressed herein are purely the opinions of the author of this article and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions of CosmicBookNews.  Timelord regularly reviewed the 2007 “Nova” and 2008 “Guardians of …

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Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Review (2020)

A Review Of Guardians of the Galaxy #3 Writer: Ewing Artists: Vakueva, Sprouse, Ortega, & Cabal Colorist: Blee Cover Artist: Shavrin   Editor’s Note:  The opinions expressed herein are purely the opinions of the author of this article and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions of CosmicBookNews.  Timelord regularly reviewed the 2007 “Nova” and 2008 “Guardians of the …

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Review (2020)

A Review Of Guardians of the Galaxy #2 Writer:  Al Ewing Artist:  Juann Cabal Colorist:  Federico Blee Cover Artist:  Shavrin   Editor’s Note:  The opinions expressed herein are purely the opinions of the author of this article and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions of CosmicBookNews.  Timelord regularly reviewed the 2007 “Nova” series and …

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The Ultimates #1 First Look Preview

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This November, meet the heaviest of the heavy hitters as the ultimate superteam takes shape. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at THE ULTIMATES #1 – the new ongoing series from writer Al Ewing and artist Kenneth Rocafort! Black Panther! Captain Marvel! Ms. America Chavez! Spectrum! Blue Marvel! Brought together to handle problems too big for the rest of Earth’s heroes! From cosmic forces lurking on Earth to what waits on the outside of the omniverse – the impossible is where they start! Their first target? Putting an end to Galactus, the devourer of worlds once and for all! This could get ugly. There’s a new superteam in town. Don’t miss their first blockbuster adventure this November in THE ULTIMATES #1!

Writer: Al Ewing
Art: Kenneth Rocafort
Covers: Kenneth Rocafort, Terry Dodson, Arthur Adams, Skottie Young, Mike Deodato
Price: $3.99
In Stores: November 11th, 2015

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Review: Mighty Avengers #12 (Ewing and Land)

The Mighty Avengers keeps on trucking with good solid stories and character-driven adventures, and one hopes the freshly announced relaunch as Captain America and the Mighty Avengers will not take this book out of the mold into which it has put itself: simply the best of the franchise now on the stands!

With writer Al Ewing continuing at the helm, I won’t worry. Yet.

As to Mighty Avengers #12, as a son my sympathies are certainly with Luke Cage as we learn the whys and wherefores of his father’s distance all these years … especially since we see that Dad was a bit of adventurer himself, hobnobbing with Blade, Blue Marvel, etc etc. And the most unusual thing about the situation between Luke and his father is that the explanation is so believable, so logical. Yet like Luke, we are thrown for a loop! At least I was.

The Deathwalkers as villains are truly enjoyable given their difference from most of the “fighting shadows” stories we find in many modern comics. There is definitely a retro feel to this issue – and to this book – and that is a good thing, believe me.

And BEAR!!!

For those who dislike Greg Land’s art, it is beyond my understanding. The action is crisp and clear, not murky and covered with patches of purple, and the facial expressions could not be better unless one could resurrect the late Gene Colan. Land’s panel arrangements in action and in quiet moments carry Ewing’s story well.

I have worries about this book – or its relaunch – going forward. But right here, right now, this is the best Avengers title for your hard-earned bucks.

‘Nuff said!

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Review: Mighty Avengers #11 (Ewing and Land)

Readers of Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers series and the 1990s Cage series get rewarded when the old school, continuity-minded Al Ewing brings us Mighty Avengers #11 and the secret of Luke Cage’s father.

There is a certain art to continuing an ongoing comic today with its own identity and plots (and subplots, remember those!) while the emphasis is on the big, the overall and the “event.” This has ruined many a beautiful book for Marvel and DC, and to save his X-Factor Peter David refused to even participate in most, to his book’s improvement and continuation.

But this volume of Mighty Avengers was born as part of an event and has actually had more issues connected with events than not. This time around, the book is part of the ongoing Original Sin event, and Ewing dances expertly through the dangers of tie-in hell with his customary ease, actually using the events of the Watcher’s death to accentuate and further his own story ideas.  Simply amazing!

This issue, we learn of the 1970s Mighty Avengers run by Luke’s dad and listing Blue Marvel, Blade and Kaluu in its number. The big bad are the Deathwalkers, whose storyline has been beautifully back-burnered in Mighty since issue #1.

Those with patience now reap the reward without having to go through the often drier issues of Jonathan Hickman’s own long-term writings. Ewing, like Rick Remender, is slowly bringing back Mighty Marvel (if allowed to).

Greg Land, it goes without saying, has never been better and brings life to Ewing’s script. His flashbacks are wonderful as are Blade’s torture scenes, but the real meat is the sit-down between Cages Sr. and Jr.

Again: simply amazing.

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Review: Mighty Avengers #10 (Ewing and Land)

Writer Al Ewing gives us yet another strong, character driven issue of Mighty Avengers. I do not know how this writer has taken the modern demands of Avengers films, movie moguls, Disney officials and seemingly uncaring administrators on the high side, but Ewing has taken that in stride and has made the “events” of the day his own and this book one of the truly memorable runs on Avengers by any writer.

While little was known by many of us about the Blue Marvel, we always saw him with Uatu, the Watcher, and they seemed true friends. So it is with sadness that we see Adam on the Blue Side of the Moon with the Watcher’s widow and baby. (Apparently, Watchers do not live by observation alone, lol.) The respect this female Watcher has for Adam is tremendous, not belittling him as a lesser being and that heightens the sense of family, of warmth that lead to the Blue Marvel’s surprise new job!

Attention, writers of comics with tons of head shots: Use Mighty Avengers #10 as your bible. This is how it is done and this issue is nothing but top notch, as have all the issues of this iteration of the labeled team.

The revelations and actions of Blade (now revealed) were less interesting, but still welcome to see for all old fans of Tomb of Dracula, et al. I can hardly wait to get to know the Deathwalkers, so well has their slow burning plot been worked by

Ewing through the many “event” happenings. I recall when Roy Thomas or Chris Claremont used to introduce new menaces with much fanboy excitement on my part. That is how I feel here.

Of course, Greg Land has set new standards for superhero comics with his work here, IMHO. I cannot say enough about his storytelling and action abilities, not to mention the “character’ he packs into these underused, underappreciated characters.

Simply put: The Avengers (at least here) are mighty again! 

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Review: Mighty Avengers #9 (Ewing and Land)

Al Ewing has me riveted.

I was not much for the “Diverse Avengers” for diversity’s sake when this title was first announced. Too divisive, to PC for my taste.

Boy, has Ewing showed me (and all of the rest of fandom) how to do it! First step, ignore the races, creeds, religions, genders and treat these characters in the Mighty Marvel Manner (ie, as people). And that has been the key to this brief but very impressive addition to the Avengers franchise. The Mighty Avengers are people, individuals working as a team.

We have two bases of operations in Mighty Avengers #9:

A: On the island of Dr. Positron (in reality the son of Blue Marvel), we have a great history of this wonderful character who has finally found a writer to do something with him. Added to that is narration from Adam that is so heart-rending it has to be read to be felt.

B: At the safe house of Ronin, he adds fuel to the long-standing plot thread of the Deadwalkers in very mysterious, mystical form. I appreciate how this plot has been on front and back burners and is developing like Stan and Roy used to do it in the Silver Age. And Ewing’s use of continuity continues to impress, as we mention yet another plot device from before most readers (not me, but most) were born. Rama Tut, cool!

Welcome back to the book, artist Greg Land! Your vivid action scenes, facial expressions and panel arrangements bring Al’s script to life and you certainly help in establishing these characters as individuals. What Land’s art helps Ewing’s script do to the She-Hulk this issue …! I just hope this does not creep back to hurt Jen. With Ewing, you never know.

All in all, this is the one Avengers book I am most satisfied with and support fully. A permanent place on my pull list has just recently been awarded. Fun!

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Review: Loki, Agent of Asgard #3

Al Ewing is fast becoming one of my favorite comics writers of all time, and Loki, Agent of Asgard one of my favorite books.

Oh sure, I know we are here because of the popularity of Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his brilliant portrayal by actor Tom Hiddleston. But Issue #3 reminds us there was a Loki before the “agent,” one that would trade on his adopted father’s power and real father’s legacy to get anything and everything he desired, the one you believe really did cause Ragnarok. Twice!

Ewing takes the Loki who helped form the Avengers in the comics and mixes him with the Loki who helped form the Avengers in the MCU and adds quite a bit of young Loki in to boot. The result is one of those classic Marvel books of the 1970s, ones I really miss, that periodically retold a hero (or villain’s) origin and added significantly to it. (Seems like they used to do that every third issue in Iron Man and Sub-Mariner.)  

Love the inclusion of Norse/Asgardian lore anywhere I can get it. And here it really connects Loki to his step-brother’s book, which right now is so rich in same. Ewing is a continuity quiz master who, like Rick Remender, uses that talent in the best possible way. Dare I say … in the Mighty Marvel Manner?

There is nothing I can say about the art of Lee Garbett and Nolan Woodard that equals the sensation it brings to your eye. The splash of Loki walking a Bifrost-like bridge is off the chart!

Loki, Agent of Asgard is setting new precedents for villains comics. In three issues, it has already done what DC could not do in months of variant comic books.