Breaking Late Comic Book News – Jan/Feb 2019

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Travis (https://www.youtube.com/user/oddfellowsthoughts and https://twitter.com/the_gaunt_man) joins me to discuss all the comic book news from January and February 2019 that caught our attention.

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Podcast Episode 103: Marvel, Now

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I talk about the Marvel comics that are on my pull list, including:

  • All-New, All-Different Avengers
  • Dr. Strange
  • Spider-Man
  • The Mighty Thor
  • The Ultimates
  • The Vision
  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Daredevil

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RandoMonday: Fantastic Four #609

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Fantastic Four #608 by Jonathan Hickman (w), Guiseppe Camuncoli & Karl Kesel (a), Paul Mounts (c), VC’s Clayton Cowles (l), and Frank Cho and Jason Keith (cover)

The lovely Frank Cho/Jason Keith cover only depicts one half of the plot in this issue. Sue and Storm (Hah! Sue. Storm.) accompany Black Panther Shuri on a spiritual journey of sorts, and end up battling Anubis. Meanwhile, Reed travels with T’Challa to the Wakandan City of the Dead, Necropolis. There the Panther Goddess returns T’Challa to Black Panther status, but as the King of the Dead. She also tells T’Challa about grave dangers that are to visit Wakanda, and we are shown two panels: one that shows a flaming bird in the sky and the other is of a flood. So, basically the events shown in Avengers vs X-Men #7, published only a few weeks later.

I will briefly say what I have said many times here on the blog, as well as on the podcast: I loved Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four–it is one of the best superhero and family stories I have ever read. That said, it is with stories like this, where Hickman focuses on Black Panther (also, see the most recent incarnation of the New Avengers) that convinces me that he needs to do a Black Panther monthly series. The politics involved, the character study of T’Challa, and the richness of the Wakandan culture is just ripe for the picking under Hickman’s pen.

RandoMonday: Black Panther #2

Here’s a cover image chosen at random from my collection.

Black Panther #2 by Christopher Priest (w), Mark Texiera (a), Joe Quesada (storytelling), Alitha Martinez (background assists), Avalon Color (c), Richard Alan Starkings & Siobhan Hanna (l), and Bruce Timm (variant cover)

I hadn’t read this issue until the randomizer picked it. I had purchased this based solely on the recommendation of Peter Rios. Mr. Rios had talked before on a podcast about what a good series this was, so I filed that away until I found the first 12 issues on sale from Fearless Readers Online. So, instead of picking something new or just saying, yeah, I never read it, but here’s the cover, I not only read this issue, but I read #1 as well so that I wasn’t lost. Wow. Now I see why Mr. Rios was talking about. It’s interesting storytelling, even if a bit too influenced by Pulp Fiction (which it actually references in #1), with a lot of character and humor. T’Challa is bad ass, and just proves to me, along with recent events in New Avengers, that there needs to be another Black Panther ongoing. I’d buy it.

The art, however, is interesting, but not necessarily in a good way. The inks are overly muddy and intrusive, and at times, one of the supporting characters, who is supposed to be a full-grown, if somewhat short, man, looks as if he’s 12. Plus, I don’t get the whole Mark Texiera and Joe Quesada storyteller bit. Did Texiera provide breakdowns that Quesada finished? It’s confusing. However, my misgivings about the art are minimized by the story and characterizations by Priest. The rest of the 12 issues are certainly going to the top of my To Read pile.