Iron Fist #1 begins the way every Iron Fist story should, with Danny Rand recklessly throwing his fists in his search for something deeper. The book also uses first person narration in a similar way to the original incarnation of the series, which featured second person narration as a means of placing the reader in Danny Rand’s shoes. While “heroes without their powers” stories are not always spectacular, especially since they often lack the action of a traditional story, this book feels like the beginning of a promising journey for Danny. The colorful and gritty art also helps sell a martial arts world that, while somewhat dark, is also full of strange characters. Lastly, any Iron Fist book that uses the narration to accurately call each of Danny Rand’s expert techniques is fine by me. Iron Fist #1 Upward Cannon Punches and Tiger Tail Sweeps its way to success, even if it isn’t the most exciting book on the Marvel NOW roster. – IP
Better than the PM&IF book. Formulaic, but fun. I’m in for now. Brisson’s writing has potential, and Perkins’s grittiness gives this kung-fu epic the appropriate 70’s vibe. – MMDG
First collection: Iron Fist, Vol. 1: The Gauntlet (October)
14 Moon Knight
Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood beginning with #10
First off, Greg Smallwood’s layouts and Jordie Bellaire’s colors make this one trippy book. Delving into a character’s broken mind is something that comic books are very good at depicting. I already feel very into learning more about Marc’s fractured psyche and his quest to find out what is real and what isn’t. Lemire makes me want to read the next issue. – MeanOldPig
Collection: Moon Knight, Vol. 3: Birth and Death (October)
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always told people when it comes to comics, I’m definitely a Marvel guy. Once I signed on to do the ANAD project, however, I quickly realized what I should have been saying for all these years is, “I’m a Spider-Man guy.” While I certainly read a few X-Men comics in my earlier days, maybe a little Daredevil, the only superhero I really subscribed to was Spidey. My introduction to a lot of these superheroes has been through the MCU films, Black Widow included. I was excited to finally be introduced to these other beloved characters through their original medium.
Black Widow delivers in a lot ways. Since I’m a newbie to most of these story lines, I welcomed any kind of backstory that might help me understand the character. Black Widow surprised me in that it doesn’t provide a whole lot of Natasha Romanov’s history, but it gets by just fine by relying on pretty simple established truths (she’s a spy and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Even for someone who has been living under a rock for the past few years and hasn’t seen the MCU films, it was still easy to follow this story, and that’s where the artwork comes in. Continue reading The Best of All New All Different Marvel #10: Black Widow→
We’re still posting our rankings for the first six months of Marvel’s relaunch, but the hits keep on coming from the House of Ideas, and I don’t doubt that had we waited until All New All Different Marvel – Week 27 to tabulate results, Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze would have made the Top 10.
In an interview with NPR, National Book Award recipient Coates talks about how working with Marvel, despite his first experience writing comics, nonetheless makes him “feel back at home.” And home, in this case, is taking a character that debuted fifty years ago in the pages of The Fantastic Four, and making him powerfully relevant in the present.
Given Black Panther’s impending appearance in Marvel Films’ Captain America: Civil War, and a planned solo movie, it would have been easy for the company to simply inundate the comic shop with team book appearances; new series, both limited and ongoing; and half-hearted attempts at putting his face on as many covers as possible. You know, like Deadpool.
Granted, T’challa is part of Ewing & Rocafort’s The Ultimates, but this Coates and Stelfreeze series is the definitive Panther book, and by no means a requisite media tie-in. And despite a fair amount of back-story to churn through, including the current state of Wakanda, the fictional African kingdom ruled by the T’challa, this new Black Panther delivers on Marvel’s promise to offer an excellent jumping-on point for new readers. Continue reading New Comics: Black Panther→
Black Widow, the newest ongoing title in the ANAD Marvel Universe, gets the band back together for another wild ride of a solo book. Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, and Matthew Wilson, fresh off their run on Daredevil, open up Natasha Romanoff’s latest adventure with bullets flying, agents free-falling, and shit exploding. It’s a fun ride.
New Titles: Black Widow #1
Continuing and related titles A-Force #3 Amazing Spider-Man and Silk: Spiderfly Effect #1 (of 4) Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill #1 Deadpool #8 Guardians of Infinity #4 Invincible Iron Man #7 New Avengers #7 Nova #5 Old Man Logan #3 Spider-Man #2 Uncanny Avengers #6 Uncanny X-Men #4
This is my kind of Spider-Man comic. One of the titles I had been waiting for the longest and it did not disappoint. Bendis gets what makes a Spider-Man special all the while giving you a new kind of story. Love the interactions with Miles’s parents, his teacher, and his failed loved life. Pichelli is a goddamn beast who can keep drawing the MU for her entire career. Also we get Blackheart, which is super rad. – BC