Comic Review – Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics)

Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.

Warning: minor spoilers.

“… You’ll find what you need” – Aunt May

Marvel have released a new series of Spider-Man written by J. J. Abrams and his son and it came out today. I was curious to see what kind of spin they put on the character and what new telling of the Spider-Man story they could manage. This first issue goes in big and early to really shake up the Spider-Man formula. There is a major character death early on in the issue (bail out now if you’d rather not know who) and a significant time skip to show a very different Spider-Man to the one we know and love.

This comic was bought to us by:

  • Writer – J.J. Abrams and Henry Abrams
  • Artist – Sara Pichelli
  • Ink Artist – Elisabetta D’Amico
  • Colour Artist – Dave Stewart
  • Letterer – VC’s Joe Caramagna

Spoilers from here on! The issue begins with a new foe – Cadaverous – and Spidey duking it out. During the battle however, Mary Jane is brutally murdered by this new villain. Peter is traumatised by the events and twelve years in the future he is a distant father to his son Ben. Ben lives with May and struggles to stay out of trouble in school. He fights, he wins, and he protects the weaker kids a lot like a certain hero. I have read, watched and played more than my fair share of Spider-Man media in my time and this is the first time I have seen such a pessimistic variant of Peter Parker. I’ve seen him met with mixed reviews online, though to me as this has a very ‘alternate universe’ or ‘what if?’ feeling to me I would like to see where they go with the character. The arc they are setting up is for Ben to pick up the mantle and Peter to be dragged back into the crime fighting lifestyle and rebuild his relationship with his son. Whether or not this happens I’ll be sure to find out.

Pichelli’s art excels at set piece character conversations where emotion and detail is clearly communicated through expression and body language. On the other side however while the combat set pieces are aesthetically very impressive, this certainly felt like of the least dynamic/acrobatic Spider-Man (Spider-Men? Spider-Mans?) I have come across. With the passing of the torch I would like to see a more flexible and inventive Spidey in battle

D’Amico’s inks and Stewart’s colours bring the tone of the comic to life, providing an atmosphere of apprehension and dread early on and calm or distance and tension later in the issue.

Final Verdict

I liked this issue, I can see why I have seen a mixed response to it in places, however I try to be open to new tellings and approaches to a hero. While this is not the Peter I know and love there is plenty of time for him to return and it’s not like the shock of the death in the issue wouldn’t impact any one of us in his shoes.

Score: 7.75 Freaky Dreams out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 138 – Baked Potato Rocket Launch

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This week we chat about the new Joker trailer, Matrix 4, Bond 25 and El Camino, and a lot of stuff from D23 this year, including the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man news, the Ms Marvel, She Hulk and Moon Night Disney+ show announcements, the Obi-Wan show, and The Mandalorian and Rise of Skywalker trailers.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time 5) by Robert Jordan, All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries 1) by Martha Wells, and An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon/Archer 1999 and Orange is the New Black Season 7 on Netflix, This Way Up on More 4/Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order on Nintendo Switch

Ian – The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal/Black Mirror: Bandersnatch on Netflix/Dynasty Warriors 9 and Skyrim on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 137 – Every 2 Weeks

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This week we chat about lots of things that happened at San Diego Comic Con 2019, including the trailers for The Witcher, His Dark Materials, Westworld III, Cats, Top Gun: Maverick, Picard, Watchmen and Snowpiercer, as well as all the announcements from Marvel Studios!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – How Long ’til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin and The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal/Russian Doll on Netflix, Fleabag and What We Do in the Shadows on BBC iPlayer/Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order on Nintendo Switch and The Witcher III on PS4

Ian – The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat by Brooke Bolander, Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson and The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells/Nothing/Resident Evil 7 and Fallout 4 on PS4 and Stardew Valley on Nintendo Switch


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Comic Book Review – The War of the Realms #6 (Marvel Comics)

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Then he reviews one every other week.

Cover by Arthur Adams & Matthew Wilson (Marvel Comics)

Its been a while since we did a comic book review, but this week the finale of Marvel’s The War of the Realms came out with issue #6, so it seemed appropriate to dive into! This event has been the culmination of years of work on Thor from writer Jason Aaron, with interior art on the event by Russell Dauterman, cover by Arthur Adams, colours by Matthew Wilson and lettering by VC’s Joe Sabino.

War has come to Midgard, and the Avengers and the rest of the world’s heroes struggle to fight off the forces of Malakith the Accursed and his allies, who have already laid waste to all of the other realms. Thor hangs from the World Tree in the middle of the sun, seeking an answer for how to defeat Malakith and end the war. Meanwhile Malakith awaits Thor at Stonehenge, where he has his parents Odin and Freya hostage and will kill them unless Thor alone comes to face him.

In this finale, Earth’s forces turn the tide on their invaders. Despite their losses, in New York (the exact centre of the Marvel Universe I believe) Captain Marvel tangles with Sindr, Queen of Muspelheim, while Daredevil (now the God Without Fear) leads the charge against Laufey, the Kind of the Frost Giants. At Stonehenge, Thor Odinson takes an artful interpretation of the fact that only ‘Thor’ can penetrate the magical shield Malakith has erected to bring allies in with him, as both his older and younger selves join the fight, along with Jane Foster: Thor, Goddess of Thunder. Together they take on Malakith and some of his strongest forces to save Odin and Freya and stop the War of the Realms.

The War of the Realms is the payoff of years of work, with possibly more set up than any event comic I have ever read. This is ridiculous superhero comics at its best, and Aaron and co totally stick the landing. With 6 issues they have told a complete story, that not only never felt like it was treading water (as events often do), but was also somehow magically delivered on time (as events never are). Nothing drags, everything is just a constant dopamine hit. Aaron’s character work over years, particularly with Odinson and Jane Foster, is so strong at this point and both have immensely satisfying arcs that finish up here, and have so much potential for the future. Most supporting characters are largely just that in this finale, but a few get the chance to shine (notably Daredevil). But this was always a Thor event. There are just a lot of Thors to share the spotlight.

Art by Dauterman, Wilson & Sabino (Marvel Comics)

Speaking of a dopamine hit – Russell Dauterman’s art on this book. Not to take anything away from the more recent arc on Thor, but I loved Dauterman during the Jane Foster era, and it is great to see him stretch into the full Marvel roster. But the scale and magic in this finale are what is truly impressive, from the insides of a boiled sun, to both a storm of gods and a god storm, everything is just gorgeous. And constantly on fire. Wilson’s colours make the art burst off the pages, with a richness of palette that makes the ethereal and the brutal seem real. Sabino’s letter work impresses too, with so much going on and so much being said, it only takes centre stage when it needs to, and remains discretely guiding the rest of the issue.

The War of the Realms has been a triumph of an event, hitting on all cylinders and showing the full scale of how ridiculous and amazing superhero comics can be, especially when you have a great art team that can deliver the insane ideas of the writer to their fullest. I can’t wait to see what is coming next for Thor and Jane, despite the bittersweet knowledge that the story to come in King Thor will be Aaron’s last on the character. Pick this up at your local comic shop now!

 

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 127 – Sentences are Hard

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This week we chat about the new trailers for Avengers: EndgameGodzilla: King of the Monsters, Bird Box, Angels of Death, and Brightburn, some of the things announced at the Game Awards, including Dragon Age 4, Hades, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and The Outer Worlds, and new on Doctor Strange 2.

Screentime – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

We review the new Spider-Man animated movie from Marvel and Sony! We don’t go into spoilers, mostly because we are too busy being overwhelmingly positive about it.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Once and Future Book by Ian Green/Doctor Who Series 11 on BBC 1/Call of Cthulhu on PS4
IanKilling Commendatore by Haruki Murakami and Malagash by Joey Comeau/The Good Place on Netflix, Dynasties with David Attenborough and The State of It on BBC iPlayer/Dark Souls Remastered on Nintendo Switch, Red Dead Redemption 2 Online on PS4, PUBG on iPad

Check out any of those through those Amazon links and we get a kick back! Or you can go through here.

Look at those yellow boys. They are the same boy.

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 126 – Gerald the Witcher Boy

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This week we chat about Bethesda’s Fallout 76 problems, Farcry New Dawn, Black Panther’s Golden Globe nominations, and the new Captain Marvel trailer.

No Screentime this week!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Milkman by Anna Burns/rewatching 30 Rock/The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PS4
IanMoon’s Artifice (Empire of a Hundred Houses Book 1) by Tom Lloyd/The Office/Dark Souls Remastered on Nintendo Switch

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 125 – Hand Wavy Nonsense

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This week we chat about Disney+ and the Loki and Cassian series coming to the service, the Toy Story 4 teaser and the Once Upon a Deadpool and Detective Pikachu trailers, Aquaman presales, and the Birds of Prey film.

No Screentime this week!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Watch by Keith Buckley/Daredevil Season 3, The Haunting of Hill House, Altered Carbon, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix/Shadow of the Tomb Raider on PS4
IanUFO Drawings from the National Archives by David Clarke/Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 124 – Strongly Sad

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This week we chat about Diablo Immortal and Blizzcon, first impressions of Henry Cavill in Netflix’s The Witcher series, AMC’s Walking Dead and Breaking Bad film plans, and Disney’s Marvel streaming plans for The Winter Soldier and Falcon.

No Screentime this week!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time Book 2) by Robert Jordan/Daredevil Season 3 and The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix/Shadow of the Tomb Raider on PS4
IanEdgedancer (A Stormlight Archive Novella) by Brandon Sanderson and Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami/Jack Ryan on Amazon/Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 123 – Boulder-Resistant Horse

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This week we chat about Chuck Wendig’s firing by Marvel, The Mandalorian, Iron Fist not returning for Season 3 on Netflix (and Luke Cage, but that announcement happened after we recorded), the Dracula adaptation for Netflix from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Rockstar’s 100 hour work weeks and the saga at Telltale, trailers for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Pet Semetary, and the live-action Aladdin film.

Screentime – Venom

This week we review Venom, the first Sony film starring a Spider-Man character without Spider-Man. We had some thoughts. There are some spoilers from 40:57-47:30 if you care!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray/Doctor Who Series 11 on BBC and Bojack Horseman Season 5 on Netflix/The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
IanThe Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive Book One) by Brandon Sanderson/The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 on Amazon and Making a Murderer Season 2 on Netflix/Super Mario Party

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Comic Review – Shuri #1 (Marvel Comics)

Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.

Warning: minor spoilers.

“Even then I learned best by observation. And I moved like a panther” Shuri

Cover by Spratt (Marvel Comics)

While I was at a friend’s over the weekend we re-watched Black Panther, because it’s fantastic of course. There’s a pretty strong consensus between us that Shuri is one of the best characters in the film as well. This meant that when I saw Marvel were releasing a Shuri comic series this week I had to check it out, especially with the wonderfully realistic front cover drawn by Sam Spratt which caught both my attention and a likeness to Shuri in the movies that makes the comic very recognisable for new readers who will know her from the movie. I’ve really enjoyed Marvel’s Black Panther runs previously, so looked forward to seeing Wakanda and the stories it holds from somebody else’s perspective.

This coming was bought to us by:

  • Writer – Nnedi Okorafor
  • Artist – Leonardo Romero
  • Colour Artist – Jordie Bellaire
  • Letterer – VC’s Joe Sabino
  • Cover Artist – Sam Spratt

The story begins with a brief overview of Shuri’s history in the Marvel Universe. Explaining some of her previous adventures and the powers she’s obtained. With T’Challa currently busy elsewhere in the Marvel Universe, Shuri has time on her hands to focus on her inventions and some of the significant issues in Wakanda. We get to see her relationship with her ancestor’s and the dichotomy between her modern attitude towards those issues and those of her family and ancestors. We’re also treated to a flashback which defines her relationship with her brother and how the movers and shakers within Wakanda view her. To avoid any particular spoilers, the set up presented at the end of this issue could easily have been shunted in right at the beginning, which would have been a shame as we’d have been deprived of the chance to get to know this incarnation of Shuri that Okorafor is able to bring out.

Art by Romero, Bellaire & Sabino (Marvel Comics)

Bellaire’s light pallet provides a sense of reality to the issue. The less bold tones providing some gravity as opposed to intense wackiness seen in some comic books. The flash back is presented in very contrasting red and white giving an other worldly sense to the spectacle. Finally, the shift to warmer tones in the setting sun during the final scene gives the sense of change that the issue delivers to the state of affairs in Wakanda as well as Shuri and her story. Romero’s art compliments Spratt’s eye-catching cover art well, keeping the characters recognisable to those who only know the films to date. I’m very familiar with Sabino’s work now which as usual is well worked into the issue in both spoken and online chat format.

Final Verdict

My only issue with the set off for the series is I’m worried Shuri will simply fill in shoes that are not her own as opposed to really fitting into hers. We’ll see however. Okorafor clearly has a talent for Shuri, who is definitely in a safe pair of hands.