New Comics Reviews! Quick Picks (7/20)
Here are the comics you should pick up from your comic shop this week! I'll give a quick reason for why you should buy each!
Judgement Day #1 - Written by Kieron Gillen, art by Valerio Schiti, and colors by Marte Gracia
It has been a hot minute since the last big all hands on deck Marvel event. This one isn't as large as The Black King was, but is definitely a little more "Dire Threat" than the Kingpin was. In a nutshell, The Eternals are trying to wipe out the X-Men, because they are "Deviants" due to their being able to resurrect dead mutants. It's a well told story by Gillen, with plenty of twists and turns, and honestly a pretty well told multi team event. I look forward to seeing to how it all plays out. The first issue was HEAVY on the action, so I'm hoping the rest of the series isn't just exposition, and still gives us plenty of comic action. Marvel sent two of their best in Schiti and Gracia, the art is awesome, and seeing Uranos in all his glory detail sent a shiver through me. Definitely hop on this bandwagon and follow along!
2. X-Men Hellfire Gala #1 - Written by Gerry Duggan, art by Kris Anka, Russell Dauterman, Matteo Lolli, and CF Villa
I could get used to a Hellfire Gala every year. It's a creative way to debrief what exactly happened in the X-Men world, and where allegiances stand between the mutants, and between them and the outside world. This issue is another solid one that progresses the Moira and Sinister plot a little, and gives us a brand new X-Men team. But with that being said, weren't we allowed to vote on it last time? I know we were this time too, but publicity for it was down. I didn't see any QR codes in any issues of anything, and I was a little disappointed I missed my chance, even though my pick won anyway. Either way, Marvel and Duggan have a great thing going in X-Men right now, so enjoy the ride and attend the Gala!
3. The Punisher #4 - By Jason Aaron, Jesus Saiz, and Paul Azaceta
I wasn't a big fan of Jason Aaron's run on Avengers, so I'm thrilled to see him back on a project that he was made for. He is currently taking the Punisher through a gauntlet, aligning him with the Hand, in a way that makes sense. It isn't a "Bizzarro Captain America" cop out, it feels believable that Frank would do it for the reasons Aaron suggests. The action is awesome, Ares as a villain is inspired, and the dialogue in this issue alone is as good as Aaron has ever written. Pick it up. Come enjoy the mark of the Beast. Plus the art is wonderful to look at.
4. Daredevil #1 - Written by Chip Zdarsky, art by Marco Checchetto, color by Matthew Wilson (really the best name for a Daredevil comic)
Chip's run on Daredevil these last few years has been inspiring. He has put Matt through the paces, and it as never felt boring or repetitive. This issue is a little bit of the greatest hits of his run, as he showcases the awesome dynamic between Spider-Man and Daredevil that he helped build during his run, Elektra's commitment to her new role as Daredevil, and the rise of The Kingpin's son. And not that this is about Spidey, but Marco Cheecchetto really draws him well, and I wish Marvel would put him on the current Amazing Spider-Man run, the art there isn't the best at the moment. Wilson (colorist not the villain) colors well, using dark colors we have come to expect from any DD comic. I'm assuming this arc will be as great as any he has done, so go grab the first issue while you can!
5. New Fantastic Four #2 - Written by Peter David, art by Alan Robinson, color by Mike Spicer
This is definitely my feel good run currently. It's silly, it's a fun team, it's well written, the art is good, what's not too love? It's the story of a demon trying to enthrall people in Las Vegas, and Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Joe Fix It Hulk, Wolverine, and Spider-Man team up to stop it. It's a perfect team, and I'm glad Marvel finally brought them back to us. Peter David is clearly having a blast with this, and I hope he gets to continue for a while!