The All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe is here, but the event that was supposed to kick off the brand new publishing line Secret Wars is still in production. We’re here to take a look at the brand new books in the line and tell you if they are worth the money.
It’s week seven of the All-New, All-Different Marvel Rundown:
The Black Knight #1
Writer: Frank Tieri Artist: Luca Pizzeri Colors: Antonio Fabela
Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino
The Black Knight is one of two ongoing series taking place in Weirdworld. This take on the character follows Dane Whitman, who ends up stranded in the strange land, using a premise that bears some familiarity to Jason Aaron’s recent Weirdworld Battleworld mini-series. Dane’s debut felt unfocused and lacked the same sense of wonder Aaron’s tale prevoked, but the series did have hints of promise that could bear fruit later on. In addition, the narration and art gave the a comic a uniquely classic favor that may please a certain sector of readers.
Much like the recent Hercules, this ongoing may need the reader to get invested before they can see the heart at Black Knights‘s center.
The Mighty Thor #1
Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Colors: Matthew Wilson
Letters & Production: VC’s Joe Sabino
This issue of Thor ditches the super heroics entirely, focusing in on the personal life of Jane Foster. Writer Jason Aaron details Foster’s life expertly while establishing a sense of mystery for the comic. Dauterman’s art is a treasure trove of riches, demonstrating an incredibly expressive sense of movement through textures that seem to float throughout the comic. Also, Matthew Wilson’s expressive color work, seen on the cover of this first issue, should express his talent to readers. The fact that the team was able to make Foster a strong and engaging character in a single issue is a great way to strengthen the series as a whole.
Verdict: Everything I want in life.
Jason Aaron’s Thor saga has been the strongest take on the character since J. Michael Straczynski’s — an issue proving that Jane Foster is just as interesting as Thor herself.
Ms. Marvel #1
Writer: G. Willow Wilson Artist: Adrian Alphona & Takeshi Miyazawa Colors: Ian Herring
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Ms. Marvel picks up eight months after Secret Wars, the same can be said for each of the All-New, All-Different Marvel books (see below for an extreme example.) Ms. Marvel has joined the Avengers, she’s stopped paying attention to her friends and she hasn’t been investing time into her own personal life. Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona blend their respective artistic abilities to astounding results. Having the hero grow up (even just a little) is a great way to hook new readers without alienating the old ones. For the uninitiated, though, I could see this comic book not offering enough charm to really capture them if they’re looking for superhero action. This issue gives the comic enough foundation to really kick off the life of Kamala Khan and suck readers into her everyday adventures.
Ms. Marvel is in a good place right now — author G. Willow Wilson has a great handle on her solo adventures.
Writer: Dennis Hopeless Artists: Javier Rodriguez Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Letters: VC’s Travis Lanham
Dennis Hopeless’ extremely odd take on the Spider-Woman saga is made even more complicated with the events that happened during Secret Wars. Similar to the Spider-Woman previews taking place before the events of the series, we’re only given tiny hints in this book on why Jessica Drew is pregnant. This might madden some readers feeling impatient, but the art from Javier Rodriguez should earn those readers back. Also, Hopeless continues to mix and match these same tones as evoked earlier in the run back into the comic book itself. While I’m not sure exactly where this story is going, the tone of the comic is unique, author Dennis Hopeless should be commended for writing with such incredible imagination.
Verdict: Take a look.
Dennis Hopeless’ Spider-Woman series has a new angle — it’s even adding that new angle into the old angle.
Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Javier Garron
Colors: Antonio Fabela & Frank D’ Armata Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
The brand new comic book featuring Star-Lord had me worried, how could a series featuring a pop culture icon stand to be even slightly unique. Thankfully author Sam Humphries is focusing in on the origin of Star-Lord to the make the comic book unique. Zeroing in on what makes Peter, Peter even in his young age adds the depth and complexity of the hero towards his young age. Javier Garron’s artwork is incredibly lovely and adds to the rest of the series.
Humphries has a unique angle on Star-Lord — Garron’s art is lovely.
A great week in the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe concludes, the books from this Wednesday are incredibly unique and all worth a look.
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