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All-New, All-Different Marvel: Round Two of those #1 Issues
Marvel is rolling along with their reboot. I’ve already covered October and half of November’s first issues. Time for round two with the end of November and December’s new titles!
Let’s get started!
All-New Inhumans #1
Out of the Inhuman titles that has been released, this was the most fun. It doesn’t have the stuffy pomp and circumstance of Uncanny Inhumans where you know it’s a history lesson for the common reader. This one feels more real with an X-Men vibe. The characters are more relatable having a wide range of teenagers, middle age, and the older generations all represented. Plus, Swain is probably my new favorite character introduced to the Marvel Universe. If I don’t see cosplays of her, I’ll be very disappointed!
All-New X-Men #1
I’m not much into X-Men titles for the most part, so I was a little confused. I knew these kids were in the previous X-Series, but that was about it. Still, All-New X-Men presented a great dichotomy about how mutants from the past are trying to stay positive while not becoming their jaded future selves. The story feels a bit like a fanfiction. Seriously, the plot is the original X-men are pulled as teenagers from the past to road trip around America to show how cool mutants are. It’s a fun read, but I’m waiting for the more drama filled shoe to drop on this one.
I wasn’t interested in this at all until I read the preview in Marvel Point One (or was it Avengers #0? I don’t remember). The story set up was Blindspot was an illegal alien trying to provide for his sister in a system that wasn’t in his favor. Then, Daredevil took him under his wing to train him.
This first issue didn’t disappoint! It’s a great balance of what make Daredevil a hero mixed with an action packed set up story. I do wish there was a bit more Blindspot in it, but I’m sure there will be plenty of time in the future.
Guardians of Infinity #1
Now that a lot of the hype around Guardians of the Galaxy has quieted down, I don’t see why they launched this title. Guardians of Infinity would have sold better a year ago, but not now. The market is saturated with so many GotG titles that it’s ridiculous! This one is just a dull read overall. Older Guardian fans might like it, but it’s a hard sell for the newbies. Even the Ben Grimm story at the end isn’t that great.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1
Lunella is a child genius. She’s too smart for her school and her friends but is rejected from places she can thrive. When she finds the Nightstone, a monster from the prehistoric days bursts through portal! It’s Devil Dinosaur!
Okay, that was a sucky summary, but you need to read this comic. Lunella is super adorable. She’s a talented African American girl trying to find her place in the world. This is a comic that more young ladies need to see. It’s okay to be smart, because you get a great dinosaur friend to go with you!
One side note: Teachers, don’t act like the ones in this comic. The two teachers are mean, cruel, and belittle Lunella. This isn’t healthy at all when the teachers bully her as much as the kids do.
I really enjoyed this comic a lot, and I can’t wait for the next issue. I’m excited that it’s going to a second printing!
Verdict: BUY! Great for teens and girls!
Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #1
I loved Kate Leth’s work with Power Up and Brittney Williams’ art in Lumberjanes, Archie, and other projects, so I was so excited to get my hands on Hellcat. It did not disappoint! I wasn’t sure what to think going into it, but it’s a super fun romp becoming one of my favorites in All New All Different Marvel!
Patsy is trying to leave her past behind. She comes up with an idea to help Inhumans and Mutants find jobs. Her next test is working retail (which I can appreciate since I work retail too)! The first issue is a bit loaded. Some parts of Patsy’s past arise, and I would rather see that unravel over the course of multiple issues. That aside, this is a hilarious title. Williams’ art is fun and adorable pairing well with Leth’s energetic writing.
If you’re a fan of Squirrel Girl, Lumberjanes, or Power Up, you MUST have this title!
Verdict: BUY! BUY! BUY!
Red Wolf #1
I freaking LOVED 1872, the Secret Wars tie-in this story came from. I love alternate universe stories putting timeless characters in new situations. Red Wolf is no exception. The art in this title is gorgeous! Dalibor Talajic did an awesome job with it! Story wise, this issue is mostly set up laying down the mystery of how present day items like candy rappers are appearing in the past. The only part I feel is missing are the other 1872 characters. The final issue had Natasha, who was literally a widow in black, riding off with Red Wolf. Why isn’t she deputy? Where is Tony Stark who also helped saved the day? I think if these characters come back, this will be an amazing title!
Also in 1872, there was the Barton homestead on the map. It might be my insane love of Hawkeye, but I want Clint to pop up too!
Scarlet Witch #1
Wanda is out to make a new name for herself as she leaves the Avengers behind. But something is not right in the magical world as history starts to repeat itself. Can she figure out the problem before it’s too late?
Other than the fact I hate her headdress, this is a strong first showing. The writing is intriguing enough to please old fans, but also give insight to a new fan coming out of Age of Ultron’s Scarlet Witch. Jordie Bellaire shines as the colorist truly capturing the mood of this issue. While it stands well on it’s own, I do suggest picking up Dr. Strange for a bigger picture of what’s happening. Also, Agatha from this issues shows up in Vision #3 so look into that as well.
The only thing I found strange was on the first page it didn’t have a character recap like in all the other Marvel titles. For a new fan, that might be needed information to show Wanda’s progression up to this point.
I’ve given Silk a bad wrap in the past. I wasn’t a fan of her first run at all. While I liked her in the Spider-Verse event, she bored me afterward. I only ever saw her as a bad knock off of Peter Parker.
Thankfully this new launch is awesome! The artwork is great! Cindy is a double agent working for both Black Cat and Shield. There’s a lot of things going for this title that’s going to make it so much better. I think I’ll actually stick around for Cindy this time.
If you have never read Spider-Man, this would be a good introduction for you. We revisit teenage Peter Parker balancing high school and being a superhero. Old readers will find a lot of nostalgia in this especially in the billions of Spider-Man titles out there. There’s even Gwen Stacy in this issue looking more and more to her Spider-Gwen design. There’s nothing new in this, but you’ll like it if you’re an old fan.
Squadron Supreme #1
Mark me down as surprised, because this was a pretty damn good read! Here you have a group of super powered vigilantes taking the law in their hands to “Do what the Avengers are too scared to do.”
Like murder people.
I wasn’t looking forward to this title at all, but it ended up keeping me on the edge of my seat. In the first issue, the group murders a huge player in the Marvel Universe. I can’t wait to see how other heroes will respond.
Starbrand and Nightmask #1
I want to give this title a couple more chances with issue two and three. I liked the concept in the previews– two cosmic superheroes trying to go to college– but the first issue is all over the place. You could cut out the New Avengers stuff with Sunspot showing up in the beginning. Also don’t get me wrong because I love her, but Squirrel Girl didn’t really need to be there either. What I found fascinating was Starbrand’s guilt and PTSD like emotions over accidentally killing over 3,000 last time he went to college. That needed to be the focus. I want to see where this title goes, but unless it tightens up the writing, I won’t stay too long.
Verdict: Read the first few issues
Totally Awesome Hulk #1
Sorry, kid, but Totally Awesome Hulk was not totally awesome. Amadeus Cho is a douche bag who needed more spankings as a child. He’s using the Hulk for his own gain to make himself feel better and pick up women along the way. All the other characters in this were great. I would like to see him run into Bruce Banner at some point. Though, I probably won’t be reading this title for that long. Maybe I’m just biased, because I had an elaborate theory Bucky Barnes would be the new Hulk coming out of Secret Wars’ Planet Hulk.
This title was a chore to read.
Verdict: Ugh! PASS!
Venom: Space Knight #1
You know what I said about too many Guardians titles? Venom Space Knight is not one of those.
Honestly, I’m glad I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It reminds me a lot of DC Comics’ Grayson but in space. Flash Thompson serves as an Agent of the Cosmos protecting the universe using his Venom suit. The only thing is he doesn’t exactly know much about the organization he works for. Overall, this was one of the more simple set ups from All New All Different Marvel. It’s still really cool that we have a double amputee as a superhero. There’s nothing groundbreaking though. Buy it if you’re a fan of the character, but you can wait if there’s other pressing books.
If you like kick ass warrior ladies destroying wizards, a teenager trying to get to Mexico, and just a fun LSD acid trip with beautiful art, Weirdworld is for you!
I didn’t know what to expect reading Weirdworld at first. From what I had previously gathered was it’s a world where lost things are found. I’ve also heard it described as taking drugs and then reading comics. Now that I have read it, it’s a bit of both. When warrior woman Goleta the Wizardslayer strolled up to her pink topless car and crammed her axe into the back, I was sold. This title is strange, but a real surprise if you want something different from the superhero scene.
Do you agree with my verdicts? Let me know in the comment section!