It’s Wednesday! That means new comic book day. The indie publishers dropped the ball by not publishing any new books this week, and there were no DC #1s, so we are at our first week of four issues from the same publisher: Marvel. Marvel dropped a bunch of stuff this week, including a good grouping of #1s.
It goes without saying that they will win the Best of the Four award this week, but which book will it be!?
Star Wars – Age Of Republic: Obi-Wan Kenobi from Marvel Comics
Written by Jody Houser; Illustrated by the team of Cory Smith, Wilton Santos, Walden Wong, and Java Tartaglia
These Age Of Republic issues seem to be one-shots, giving the reader a few glimpses into the Star Wars Universe yet to be explored. This particular issue deals with Obi-Wan’s hesitation in being the teacher that Anakin Skywalker needs.
After a moment of doubt, Obi-Wan takes young Anakin with him on a mission, showing that each they have lots to learn.
It’s a cool issue. I love stuff like this. Neat little glimpses into a familiar world to spend some time with old friends. In this case, Obi-Wan and Anakin. The art is good, but the writing of Jody Houser is exceptional. I’ve been a fan of Houser’s for some time now; her pacing is excellent, and it continues in this one-shot.
Wolverine: The Long Night from Marvel Comics
Written by Benjamin Percy; Illustrated y Marcio Takara; Colored by Matt Milla
Yooooo! This issue is legit. A Wolverine story set in a remote town in Alaska as local cops and federal agents attempt to figure out a series of deaths in the middle of nowhere.
Most of the first issue is told through flashbacks, as the federal agents, new to the town, interview those with info. The reader gets caught up with them, and we are off to the races. Dark and well-written, this tale is my pick of the week. Not much action, but the pacing and the well-written dialogue put this book above the other Marvel books this week.
The opening credits state that this story is based off the Marvel podcast, and you can learn more at wolverinepodcast.com. Check it out! This has been added to the pull list, and I’m going to check out this podcast…and I don’t do podcasts.
Man Without Fear from Marvel Comics
Written by Jed MacKay; Illustrated by Danilo S. Beyruth; Colored by Andres Mossa
I’ve not read much Dare Devil; honestly, most of what I know comes from the terrible film and the television show (which I have not fully watched). So for this to be one of the new #1s today, I was stoked. One of the reasons that I like this NCBD #1 habit is that I get to read stuff that I would not have normally picked up.
This book is set entirely in Matt Murdock’s mind as he rests in a coma in a hospital bed after getting hit by a truck as he was saving a distracted teen.
It’s dark and a bit confusing as Matt wrestles with the demons in his mind, but the art is dope. It feels a bit like some Fraction Hawkeye…but a Tales From The Crypt version. Man Without Fear has set itself up to be a psychological journey that might be fun to take.
Champions from Marvel Comics
Written by Jim Zub; Illustrated by the team of Steven Cummings, Marcio Menyz, and Erick Arciniega
I was a big fan of the Champions book when it hit a couple of years ago. A new breed of heroes for a new generation and all.
I fell off with the book for a while, but I excitedly picked up the new international version of Champions as it hit shelves today.
It’s cool. Personally, I think this issue introduces waaaay too many characters: 15 in the first two pages! Yes. 15. Luckily, I knew about half, but I was still spinning from all of the new characters. I get that this book is working to introduce a world-wide team of Champions that work to right the wrongs and correct injustices, but dang…I don’t know if I got it in me to keep track of 15 heroes in one title. I have trouble enough keeping the members of the Wu-Tang Clan straight, and I’m a huge fan!
Still great art, and I am impressed that the creative team got so many characters and so much story in one issue. Kudos to the team! Just too much for me at this point in my hero-book life.
At the end of these posts, I’m keeping a running list of the “Best of the Four” publisher wins! Here you go. Fourteen weeks in…Marvel, even with a great book, wins this one by default.
BOOM! Studios: 2
Archie Comics: 1
Dark Horse Comics: 1
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