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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #352

Secret Wars #9

Secret Wars #9 (of 9) — Writer: Jonathan Hickman;  Art: Esad Ribic;  Colors: Ive Svorcina Finally! On its own merits (ignoring the lateness, the hundreds of pages of mini-series, etc.) this has been one of the better Marvel events; you can accuse Hickman of many things, but he’s always got a solid plot, and character through-lines that make sense, and he uses them here: at base, this has been a Fantastic Four story (the last for a while), stemming from Hickman’s long run on that title just before he took over the Avengers books, and it’s a good one, with … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #349

Island #5

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #1 — Writer: Kate Leth;  Art: Brittney L. Williams;  Colors: Megan Wilson Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2 — Writers: Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder;  Art: Natacha Bustos;  Colors: Tamra Bonvillain Spider-Woman #2 — Writer: Dennis Hopeless;  Pencils/Colors: Javier Rodriguez;  Inks: Alvaro Lopez We were talking about comics friendly to girls and women last week, and these first three Marvel offerings qualify, too — Hellcat, for example, really wants to be Batgirl, with its 20-something hip urban protagonist, its manga-cartoony art, its consciously-diverse cast and its cool-clubhouse group of super-friends (and even their foes). Leth, who … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #347

Scarlet Witch #1

Secret Wars #8 (of 9) — Writer: Jonathan Hickman;  Art: Esad Ribic;  Colors: Ive Svorcina This series is now like the guest who stays at the party too long: they were entertaining a few hours ago, but now all you want to do is sweep up and lock the doors, and they’re still over at the karaoke machine….  You can’t accuse Hickman of thinking small, though, considering this issue has a cover-featured battle between a giant Thing and a Galactus controlled by Franklin Richards; there’s also a Thanos/Dr. Doom “fight,” a reunion of 3/4 of the Richards family, a bunch … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #344

Ms. Marvel #1

Ms. Marvel #1 — Writer: G. Willow Wilson;  Art: Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona;  Colors: Ian Herring The Mighty Thor #1 — Writer: Jason Aaron;  Art: Russell Dauterman;  Colors: Matthew Wilson Spider-Woman #1 — Writer: Dennis Hopeless;  Pencils/Colors:  Javier Rodriguez;  Inks: Alvaro Lopez Another week, and another seven first issues from Marvel — three of them with strong female leads. Ms. Marvel is one of the most anticipated; it’s consistently one of Marvel’s best-sellers in its trade collections and digital-download forms, which indicates it’s reaching a younger, more modern audience. It’s easy to see why, too — Wilson, who also … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #343

All-New All-Different Avengers #1

All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 — Writer: Mark Waid;  Art: Adam Kubert;  Colors: Sonia Oback Uncanny Avengers #2 — Writer: Gerry Duggan;  Art: Ryan Stegman;  Colors: Richard Isanove As Marvel continues its relaunch rollout, A-N A-D Avengers is definitely the star of the week: Mark Waid brings clever plotting, deft characterization and an ability to cut right to the heart of a book’s strengths, and teaming him with a Kubert adds a visual panache that makes it even better. Wisely, this first issue doesn’t try to introduce everyone; it focuses on Sam Wilson/Captain America and Tony Stark, with the Miles Morales … Continue reading

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