Review – Deadpool #5 (Marvel Comics)

A Lesson of Monsters and Men in Deadpool #5

After a brief break, it’s time to dive back into a world full of heroes, monsters, and insanity. That’s right; it’s time for Deadpool #5. Somehow Deadpool is still holding on to his title of King of Monsters, but how long will his reign last?

Admittedly, this whole plot arc started off feeling like another Deadpool joke almost. But the longer it runs, and the more we see Deadpool interacting with his subjects… the more it seems to fit. Perhaps his reign will last longer than I thought. Either way, it’s going to be worth reading.

While King Deadpool has been a fun and interesting change with this new series, it’s Jeff the Land Shark who’s stealing the show. Okay, that’s totally my bias showing, as I adored him in West Coast Avengers. But still, it’s fun to see him around once more.

Writing

While the previous four episodes of this series weren’t afraid to dip into something darker, it feels like Deadpool #5 hit me right in the feels. Not because of character death or anything like that – just the level of importance woven into the narrative.

Now and then, a Deadpool series will try to send a message. This time around, it’s a message about monsters and assumptions. It’s quite powerful, so I have to give Kelly Thompson full credit for what was done here.

Don’t worry; this issue isn’t all heavy tones. There are plenty of funny moments to be found (this is Deadpool we’re talking about). Likewise, there are several scenes involving my now-favorite character, Jeff.

Honestly, there’s a lot to love and appreciate about this issue. This is a side of Deadpool you don’t get to see every day. Combine that with what he’s trying to do with Monster Island, and you’ve really got something here.

I honestly don’t know how far the King of Monsters plot is going to get pushed. That being said, I’m sincerely looking forward to finding out. I adore this side of Deadpool and cannot wait to see more like it.

Art

There’s something about this Deadpool series that attacks a large number of talented artists. Deadpool #5 once again has a massive creative team, including Gerardo Sandoval (pencils & inks), Victoria Nava (inks), Chris Sotomayor (colors), and VC’s Joe Sabino (letters).

There is so much crammed into this one issue, so the number of artists involved makes quite a bit of sense. There are some entertaining scenes, some tense scenes, and lots of scenes that require creative thinking.

Even though Deadpool’s face is never shown, there’s still a shocking amount of emotion to be found in this issue. And yes, that’s also taking into account the number of monsters present. The scenes themselves are bright and full of action – just the way we like them.

Finally, I have to say that I really appreciate the way that one character in particular communicated in this issue. It was fun and different but also made complete sense given what was going on. It showed a level of forethought that I appreciated.

Conclusion

Deadpool #5 was not the issue I was expecting it to be – it was so much better. This issue mixed emotions and tones in a way that only Deadpool is capable of, creating a reading experience with a message hidden within. It’s what the fans deserved and needed right now.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

Review: Thor & Loki: Double Trouble #3

Thor & Loki: Double Trouble #3 is about to continue the tale of two iconic Marvel siblings. This series is perfect for fans that adore either brother but have been hoping to see a more light-hearted version than what the MCU most recently portrayed (looking at you, Infinity War).

Thus far, Thor and Loki have been bouncing from one moment of chaos to the next. It’s almost as if Loki has planned all of this. Which, in hindsight, is entirely possible. Knowing the God of Mischief. And it looks like the latest issue is about to double that chaos, courtesy of a few other iconic heroes of the same name.

Thor & Loki: Double Trouble is the perfect balance between hilarity and pandemonium and will prove to be an entertaining romp through the nine realms.

Writing

Thor & Loki: Double Trouble #3 is very much an issue that modern Thor fans have been waiting for. In reality, it probably was only a matter of time before the Goddess of Thunder made her way into these pages.

Written by Mariko Tamaki, this issue is pretty much everything that fans could have asked for. Then again, my bias is probably showing there, as I am a fan of both Tamaki and the guest star of the issue.

The comedic timing in issue three is on point, with plenty of MCU references (one in particular fans will enjoy), banter, and some scenes that border on slapstick humor. It makes this pair seem much younger than they are, but that is half the fun of it. Mariko Tamaki has captured the essence of these characters. She whittled them down to more bubbly versions of the characters we’re more used to seeing and created something so delightful in the process.

As for the ending of this issue? Well, it promises more shenanigans, of the variety that only Loki can create. In short, it’s going to fit in quite nicely with the rest of this series.

Art

The artwork in Thor & Loki: Double Trouble #3 is even more charming than the characters – assuming that is possible. Gurihiru’s artwork shines here, creating endearing and comical characters that steal the show.

In truth, every single panel of this series has made me crave to see the antics play out in cartoon form. Gurihiru’s artwork only compounds that craving. Much of the comedic timing is helped along with the artwork, providing subtle and nonverbal cues that land the jokes. The over-the-top reactions are just an added bonus—a significant one.

VC’s Ariana Maher’s letters are the final touch needed for this issue. While much of the writing itself looks proper Asgardian, the antics are anything but. Which is made clear through more subtle ways in Maher’s art. Or less subtle when it comes to portraying the sounds of a fight.

Conclusion

Thor & Loki: Double Trouble #3 is by far the most fun I’ve had while reading comic books in quite some time. That is saying something, given all of the comics that have been coming out in recent times.

The characters are adorable, quirky, and spirited, laying the groundwork for entertaining and memorable antics. While I can’t speak for everyone here, I can say with complete honesty that I will be sad when this series comes to an end.

Review: America Chavez: Made in the U.S.A #3

For those that haven’t been following along, America Chavez once again has worked her way into a solo series. This time around, her world is getting turned on its head, especially in America Chavez: Made in the U.S.A #3.

The whole series has been doing a bit of a deep dive on a character many know and love so well. It’s just in time for her MCU debut – portrayed by Xochitl Gomez. How much of this arc will directly affect her MCU version? Only time will tell.

America’s story has always been an emotionally compelling one. She’s a determined and super-powered LGBTQ+ Latin-American, and she isn’t afraid to let her light shine. This latest arc has brought those emotional notes to new highs, all while delving into what makes America the person she is.


Writing


America Chavez: Made in the U.S.A #3 is arguably the most dramatic issue of the series thus far, with lots of twists and surprise revelations popping up all over the place. So settle in on the couch with a nice cozy blanket because this one is going to be quite the ride.

Written by Kalinda Vazquez, this issue brings into question everything we know about America Chavez. One can only imagine how much more confusing it must be for her, as her world gets torn apart and rebuilt right before her eyes.

It’s a fascinating and compelling story, one that raises so many questions along the way. How much of this is really true? How will this affect America going forward? What is the long-term intent behind the writing? Once again, I find myself saying, ‘only time will tell.’

All I can say is that the story within these pages packs a punch. An emotional gut punch, sure, but a punch nonetheless. The irony is not lost on me.


Art


America Chavez: Made in the U.S.A #3 features some truly outstanding artwork, but the cover probably made that pretty clear, huh? Her character and her resoluteness shine through so bright here, even as everything else comes into question.

Carlos Gomez’s artwork is to die for, thankfully not literally. The characters portrayed here, both new and old, draw the eye. It’s impossible to look away or to miss the clear implications being made. Yet, there are many subtle details woven into the artwork as well, making it worth taking a closer look.

Jesus Aburtov’s colors help to make this issue so bright and vibrant, even while the world feels like it’s tipping upside down. America’s iconic colors are there, of course. But it’s more than that. It’s the way her powers are portrayed or the derelict backgrounds in a given scene. It all feels so intentional and…alive.

Finally, VC’s Travis Lanham’s letters are not to be ignored. There’s a whole lot of dialogue in this issue, but it actually doesn’t feel that way. Lanham’s artwork flawlessly merges it with the artwork, creating a sense of flow from panel to panel. Even when there’s so much information to take in, it never feels overwhelming.


Conclusion


America Chavez: Made in the U.S.A #3 is not an issue for fans to miss out on. Especially if you’re hoping to be well-prepared for what the MCU version may be throwing our way. I can’t be certain, but the changes implied here may very well be farther reaching.

Either way, her story has somehow become even more emotionally gripping and compelling. She feels more real than ever, all the more so because of what she is currently processing. It’s grounding her in ways that are difficult to put into words.

Review: Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the one and only Darkhawk. So it’s only natural that we (and by we, I mean the fans and Marvel Comics) celebrate by enjoying a new issue! Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk is an issue I have been waiting years for, and I wish I were kidding.

Darkhawk has long been one of those characters that is near and dear to me. I’ll confess that I always get irrationally excited whenever I hear his name cropping up in Marvel Comics. Far too often, it feels like he’s been cast to the wayside.

He’s a character who used to have his own series, but unfortunately, it’s been quite a while since that happened! I’m hoping that this cycle of getting new miniseries and solo issues is a good sign for his character. I desperately want to see him make a comeback in 2021.

Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk is a collection of three different stories, Cry of the City, Long Way From Home, and Last Flight. While I loved each and every one of them, I have to say that I’m really just so happy to see the original creators (Danny Fingeroth and Mike Manley) back on the scene.

Working alongside Danny Fingeroth and Mike Manley, you’ll find Chris Sotomayor, Dan Abnett, Andrea Di Vito, Le Beau Underwood, Sebastian Cheng, Kyle Higgins, Juanan Ramirez, Erick Arciniega, and VC’s Travis Lanham. It’s a huge cast of creatives, one I couldn’t be happier to see working together.

Writing

As I already mentioned, Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk is split into three different stories. Each one pulls from a different point in Chris Powell’s life. It’s fascinating to see his story broken into such a retrospective manner.

Cry of the City is the first story and was written and illustrated by the two original creators. That just felt…so right. This really felt like it was ripped right from Powell’s origin story. It’s like a missing piece that we’ve always looked for. Fingeroth’s storytelling helped to expand a little bit more on the time Powell spent on earth – while still adjusting to his newfound abilities and enemies.

The second story, Long Way From Home was written by Dan Abnett. It’s set sometime after The War of Kings and Cancerverse plots. That in itself probably speaks volumes to the fans, as both plot arcs packed quite the punch. This story helped to cement those events in Powell’s history while showing his continuing struggles and adventures.

Last but certainly not least, we have the Last Flight, written by Kyle Higgins. Out of the stories, this is by far the one that carries the most emotional weight. It’s set late into Chris’ story and is both heartbreaking and hopeful all in one. Truthfully, I don’t know how Higgins managed to weave so much emotion into the narrative, but he certainly did that. It makes for a powerful read. Again, especially for fans of Darkhawk.

Artwork

The artwork found in Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk is bold and vibrant, showing off some of my favorite designs for character. I have a feeling I’m not the only one that is going to appreciate the art and styles portrayed in this issue. While the three stories all have different artists, inkers, and colorists, they do have one person in common. VC’s Travis Lanham was the letterer for all three, providing a sense of cohesion throughout.

Cry of the City‘s artwork really does look like a blast from the past. By that, I mean it really could have been pulled straight from that time period. There’s no doubt when or where Chris Powell is! Mike Manley illustrated this part, while Chris Sotomayor (one of my favorites) colored it.

Long Way From Home is a vibrant and visually thrilling section to gaze upon. The number of aliens involved is reminiscent of a Star Wars style cantina. As is all of the action that follows, come to think of it. Andrea Di Vito (art), Le Beau Underwood (inks), and Sebastian Cheng (colors) all worked together to bring that scenario to life.

Finally, there’s Last Flight. Juanan Ramirez (art) and Erick Arciniega (colors) worked together for this one, and like the story itself, it will tug at your heartstrings. At least, it did for me. Some of the panels for this story, in particular, are breathtaking, and I would buy a print of them, given even half the chance.

Conclusion

Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk is an issue full of highs and lows. It is very much an issue that celebrates a character that I have come to love. In many ways, I’m relieved to see what has happened within these pages. It feels like fans are finally getting a sense of closure while also having the door opened for more potential down the road. Personally? I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next in Darkhawk’s story.

Review: Hawkeye: Freefall #5

Hawkeye Freefall #5

Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Released: May 20th, 2020
Rating: 4 1/2 Star

Clint Barton’s slightly chaotic journey continues in Hawkeye: Freefall #5. Given who we’re talking about here, you just know that this entire issue is going to be full of great action scenes, and more than a couple of moments in which Clint will regret his decision-making process.

For those that aren’t following along (something I highly recommend, by the way); Barton, aka Hawkeye, has gotten a new scheme into his head. One that allows him to hunt down a plague in his community: The Hood. Unfortunately, the cost for this task is high, as more allies become suspicious of what he is up to, which really is just the start of his troubles.

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The Plot

Where the first few issues of Hawkeye: Freefall felt almost light and comical (but not quite), this fifth issue has taken a dark turn. That isn’t to say that Clint’s humor doesn’t shine through – it absolutely does. But the stakes have finally and officially been set, and along with them? The cost of what Hawkeye is trying to do.

Honestly, I love that Matthew Rosenberg has added consequences to Barton’s actions. These series always feel more real when there’s a reaction to any plan – but especially the plans that are high right/high reward, such as this one.

There was a lot to enjoy about this issue in particular. It isn’t every day that you get to see this side of taking down a villain. Normally it’s all about the dramatic fight, and while that is sure to happen, we’re not quite there yet.

Another highlight of this issue? There’s a total mic-drop moment. Ironically, it wasn’t by Clint, but by another character in the series. Granted, I’m not sure how much longer they’ll be sticking around now. But it was such a powerful moment, I’m almost okay with the price that has been paid.

One thing I do know: I am extremely anxious to get my hands on the next issue, as I have so many questions about that ending. And about what is going to happen next.

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The Art

Otto Schmidt was the lead artist behind Hawkeye: Freefall #5, as with the rest of the series so far. They’ve been doing an excellent job of bringing this entire series to life – it’s easily some of my favorite artwork out there.

The action is bold and, dare I say, fun, while the colors are vibrant, especially that iconic purple we’ve all come to expect. Together it makes for a visually compelling issue (and series), one that doesn’t pull punches.

VC’s Joe Sabino was responsible for the lettering, which means that there is a certain level of quality to expect here. Don’t worry, those expectations were not let down. I actually adore the pairing of Sabino and Schmidt, as they clearly work well together.

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In Conclusion

Hawkeye: Freefall #5 was exactly what I had hoped it would be. No, I’d say it was a bit more than that. I loved the intensity, and the fact that the ante has been upped. I’ve been actively looking forward to this issue for a while now (longer than usual, thanks to the break-in comics releasing), and it was totally worth it.

Review: Alienated #2

Alienated #2

Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Chris Wildgoose
Colorist: Andre May
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Released: March 18th, 2020
Rating: 4 Star

Alienated #2 continues the quirky and somewhat odd adventure of three teenagers and the alien they accidentally came across in the wild. Yes, that really happened. And yes, it is exactly as entertaining as it sounds.

Now, Samir, Samantha, and Samuel are linked, both through strange mental abilities and through their discovery of Chip, the surprisingly adorable alien they’ve found. That means they have to somehow navigate high school, all while carrying more baggage than ever before.

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The Plot

Simon Spurrier has really created such a unique reading experience in Alienated #2. This issue focuses mainly on Samuel’s internal monologue, but that sets the scene. It also implies what sort of format we can expect from the next issues, but that’s neither here nor there.

At the root of it, this is a high school drama infused with heavy science fiction elements. There are many classic subplots to expect from that, such as the snobby girl who thinks she’s better than everyone else, and the high school bully (and we all know how well that went for him!).

It’s a fun twist on the matter when you throw into that stereotypical mix three teenagers with access to human thought. Though really, that’s proving to only be the start of the access they actually have. It’s a bit concerning admittedly, but also really fascinating. In addition, I honestly can’t wait to see what happens next.

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The Art

The artwork inside Alienated #2 is sublime. We’re talking vibrant colors, dynamic scenes full of unexpected moments, and other fun twists like that. It makes for a truly memorable series and one that stands out among the rest.

Chris Wildgoose is the lead artist, and they’re the ones responsible for how our characters look. They’re also the ones drawing Chip, a character that I find to be unbearably adorable. I personally love the design, it’s clearly alien, while not falling under any stereotypes. It, like the rest of the series, is unique.

Andre May is the colorist, and honestly, the colors are what really make this series feel so vibrant and alive. The colors veer towards the overly bright, but it works so well, especially alongside the more alien themes.

Finally, Jim Campbell is the letterer, and you won’t be surprised to hear that he did a great job. At least, I wasn’t surprised. His grasp of subtle details allowed for an unobtrusive delivery of vital information.

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In Conclusion

Alienated #2 brought with it several more surprises, all while being highly entertaining. I think what I love most about this series is the fact that I honestly can’t predict what will happen next.

The series has already gone so much darker than I expected, yet it still feels so light and bubbly at the same time. It’s a fantastic mixture of elements, and I know I’ll keep coming back for more.

Review: Red Mother #4

Red Mother #4

Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: Jeremy Haun
Artist: Danny Luckert
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Released: March 18th, 2020
Rating: 4 Star

Red Mother is arguably one of the more disturbing and chilling series I’ve been reading of late. And that’s saying something. Daisy’s tale is both alarming and intriguing, in just the right proportions. It’s also difficult to predict what will happen next, a fact that has surely increase the tension.

As if the events of her recent past weren’t enough, it seems like there’s a new mystery on the horizon. One that comes in the form of a charming executive that wants to employ her. Perhaps, if that was the end of the surprises, Daisy could handle it all. But it isn’t.

Red Mother #4 is one of the more alarming issues of the series, a fact that surprised me. The plot is starting to move forward in leaps and bounds. Yet there are so many questions left to be answered.

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The Plot

Red Mother #4 started out in a way that I didn’t expect. By that, I mean that it was almost a casual and normal day, for Daisy. You know, if you discount that first scene painted in red. Yet there’s something almost foreshadowing in the normalness of it all.

That is where Jeremy Haun’s writing shines. He’s managed to make the normal feel terrifying, and it’s all because you don’t know what’s going to happen next. A feeling that is rapidly rewarded, thanks to the events that unfold in this issue.

I can tell you with complete honestly that I do not know what’s going to happen next. Nor do I (yet) see the connection between this new executive and the mystery of what happened to Daisy. I actually kind of love that about this series. It’s refreshing to give up the reigns and just follow along and be surprised (or terrified).

Speaking of, I feel like the horror elements went up a few notches in this issue. Perhaps that’s just me though. I don’t exactly watch horror movies (weird, I know). That being said, the progression, while sudden, also feels natural. Perhaps because it has also felt so inevitable.

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The Art

Red Mother #4 features a variety of scenes, expressions, and settings. It makes for a visually stunning piece, though some scenes are surely going to be more memorable than others. Even in the calmer scenes, Daisy’s character design seems to stand out. A constant reminder of her past and the future we presume is lurking ever closer.

Danny Luckert is the lead artist for this project, providing everything minus the lettering, which was done by Ed Dukeshire. Together they’ve created a horror story worth following, full of the iconic elements that have made it so memorable.

Naturally, that means the more alarming scenes will be more memorable. Nevertheless, it’s all simply setting the scene for something so much bigger. And the artwork perfectly supports the story being told.

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In Conclusion

Red Mother #4 is one of those issues that really threw me. It wasn’t at all what I expected, and yet it was still brilliant. I find myself coming up with more questions with each issue, all of which I’m eagerly looking forward to finding the answers for.

Review: Wicked Things #1

Wicked Things #1

Publisher: Boom! Box
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Max Sarin
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Released: March 18th, 2020
Rating: 5 Star

Wicked Things is the latest new series from a creative team many of you will recognize! John Allison and Max Sarin, the creators behind Giant Days, are once again working together to bring us a charming and fascinating new series. They’ll be working alongside artists such as Whitney Cogar and Jim Campbell too, so that is even more exciting.

Charlotte Grote is nineteen years old, and she’s running out of time to get attention for being a teenage sleuth. After all, only one more year and she will officially no longer be a teen. Unfortunately, that quickly becomes the least of her problems.

You see, Charlotte Grote is about to be framed for a murder. Yes, the irony is strong in that situation. But it does force her hand nonetheless. And that is where our series begins.

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The Plot

Being a huge fan Giant Days it’s safe to say that I had extremely high hopes for this series. Thus far, my hopes have not been let down. I absolutely adore the introduction to this latest series. John Allison, alongside the rest of the creative team (see below), has created a charming and enchanting tale once again.

Wicked Things #1 is highly charming, full of quirks and drama. Everything from the way Charlotte is presented to the intrigue and tension that follows is perfection. And yes, that does include the dramatic twist at the end of this issue.

There is something so endearing about Charlotte, especially the casual version of her presented early on in the issue. Where she’s relaxing around her house and arguing about what can and cannot be thrown out. You’ve got to admit, that is a scene most of us can identify with.

Even if we’re not master sleuths in training, that is. From there, Charlotte’s adventure quickly grows in scale, culminating in the events that have been advertised early on (hint: her being framed). I’m extremely curious to see the follow-up, even though I have a general idea of what sort of circumstances she’s going to end up in. But that just proves my emotional investment, right? Either way, I can’t wait for next month!

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The Art

If you’re a fan of the artwork provided in Giant Days, then you’re going to love Wicked Things #1. The characters are adorable and charismatic in their designs, while still reading as unrelentingly human in their expression and emotion.

Max Sarin was the lead artist for this issue, obviously. That’s where most of the style and charm is coming from (and I love it). In particular, I’m finding myself loving the aesthetic of the series. Think of a classic detective series, and then throw a comic spin on it. That’s what you’re getting here, and it’s amazing.

Whitney Cogar was in charge of coloring, and they did an excellent job. Most of the colors are bold and dominant, but honestly, it works really well in this series. Charlotte’s personality would demand nothing less, after all.

Jim Campbell provided the lettering, and unsurprisingly he did an amazing job here. His attention to detail allowed for many subtle moments. Not to mention the avoidance of clutter, even on the pages that required a lot of detail to be provided.

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In Conclusion

Wicked Things #1 was exactly what I hoped it would be. It’s a highly entertaining diversion, providing a blend of out of this world plot with down to earth characters and elements. This series is going to be perfect for Giant Days fans, especially those still mourning the loss of the series (myself included).

Review: Outlawed #1

Outlawed #1

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Eve L. Ewing
Artist: Kim Jacinto
Colorist: Espen Grundetjern
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Released: March 18th, 2020
Rating: 4 Star

Outlawed #1 is the start of a new event about to rock the Marvel Universe. It is technically a standalone issue, but the events that occur within it are going to affect many series. Especially the series focused on our youngest heroes.

The events of Outlawed #1 follow everything that happened in Incoming, which can make following the thread a bit more difficult. From here, if you want to keep up with events, you’ll want to check out Champions: Outlawed (April), as well as New Warriors, Power Pack, Ms. Marvel, and Miles Morales: Spider-Man.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about the actual issue at hand, shall we? Outlawed #1 focuses on many of the teen heroes we’ve come to love from Marvel. But it also takes into account the one thing they all have in common: they’re underage. And they’re vigilantes. Until the events in these pages, most (but not all) people had been willing to look the other way. But that is no longer the case.

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The Plot

Holy cow. Eve L. Ewing sure knows how to set up an event, huh? Outlawed #1 starts out on one note, and ends on a completely different one. Even having a strong idea of what was going to happen (I made the mistake of reading another issue first, one that gave away everything that happened here), I was still blown away by what happened.

The introduction was something else though, seriously. I love the idea of everyone being interviewed. It was dramatic, but it also provided insight into how many of the characters were reacting to what happened (or will happen, I suppose).

As for the core plot, which resulted in such drama? It was fairly interesting. I love all of the hat tips and references that are strewn about. It made the whole setup feel more plausible, and certainly less forced. It also (obviously) went a long way in explaining how on earth we ended up in this situation, to begin with.

Did the reaction feel slightly out of proportion? Maybe. Probably. But then again, most political reactions in comics feel that way – with intention. Think about the arguments that happened during both Civil Wars. So I’m not surprised at all about what is happening here.

Side note: It’s so cool to see Speedball referenced again. Though seriously, how does he keep ending up on these task forces? Does somebody have something on him, or does he just like feeling included?

All that aside, I really am looking forward to seeing how this is going to affect all of the series. I’ve already seen the impact in another series I adore (Ghost-Spider), and will be curious to see how it impacts the heroes that actually reside in Earth 616.

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The Art

The art behind Outlawed #1 is every bit as dramatic as you might expect – and hope. We’re talking about a dozen different characters (heroes) working together, as well as the trouble that would actually put them at significant risk.

Leading the project was Kim Jacinto, who provided the foundation of everything to follow. Their lines allowed for dramatic scenes, including several fights, a dragon, and many emotional reactions for what actually occurred. It’s a lot to take in, and all the more impressive for it.

Meanwhile, Espen Grundetjern provided the colors, and I honestly love what they did here. The colors are bold and bright, especially in times of stress or drama. The colors portraying powers (be it tech-based or organic) were fantastic and really added a whole new visual element.

Finally, VC’s Clayton Cowles was the letterer, and they did a brilliant job here. I’m honestly not sure that the words would have had the same impact if they had not been so meticulously placed.

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In Conclusion

Outlawed #1 is one of those events that fans should check out, especially if they’re reading a series that’s going to be impacted by it. There are some obvious series (Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel, etc), but there are also some series that you might not have expected on that list (Ghost-Spider), so be sure to read it soon. That is, if you don’t want it to be spoiled for you.

Review: Hawkeye: Freefall #4

Hawkeye Freefall #4

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Released: March 11th, 2020
Rating: 4 Star

Hawkeye: Freefall has been a highly entertaining yet slightly chaotic series. Given that this is a series focused on Clint Barton, that probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. In true Barton fashion, his latest scheme has become increasingly complex, pitting him against the friends and allies he holds so dear.

You see, Hawkeye: Freefall #4 brings us a version of Barton trying to balance so much, all while keeping his secret safe. And it is one heck of a secret. The real question is, how long can he keep it under wraps? And what sort of chaos will arise in the meantime?

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The Plot

Once again, Matthew Rosenberg has written us a chaotic yet surprisingly intense issue. Hawkeye: Freefall #4 has a little bit for everyone. It’s full of action, drama, humor, and some seriously spectacular moments. In short: it was everything I had been hoping for.

The last issue ended off on a bit of a cliffhanger, a fact that this cover strongly alludes to. Keeping a secret is pretty difficult when around people like Daredevil, as Barton is about to learn. This moment could have gone many ways. But the strange balance of humor and intensity was surprising…yet oddly perfect. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The same applies to the rest of this issue, actually. It’s all that strange balance. There’s a lot going on, and some of it fairly heavy. Yet it’s all tinged with that humor that we know and love from Hawkeye. Perhaps that is why it is such an enjoyable read, even when it looks like this might go south (I mean, it’s kind of expected at this point, right?).

Once again this issue concludes with a scene that makes me desperate for more. I’m not sure if that’s brilliant or pure evil. But I do know that I can’t wait until next month, because I’ve got to see how that whole mess plays out!

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The Art

Hawkeye: Freefall #4 had so many brilliant moments inside it. Personally, I love how the artistic team really managed to showcase just how much damage Barton can take. Okay, I also adored the way they portrayed the more humorous moments as well. But can you blame me?

Otto Schmidt was the lead artist for this issue, and as such, you can thank them for all of those action scenes. I also love the way all of the cameos were drawn, they were iconic and yet stylized at the same time.

Another thing I like about this series? It doesn’t shy away from the blood. Hawkeye is a character that gets hurt. It happens. Sometimes a lot, especially when in a solo series. That means there’s going to be blood. It isn’t an extreme amount by any means, but it does bring all of the damage to light, and I appreciate and respect that.

VC’s Joe Sabino was the letterer for this issue, and unsurprisingly they did a fantastic job. I’ve always loved their work, and it really seemed to shine here. Or rather, it was so subtle in what it did that it was perfect.

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In Conclusion

Hawkeye: Freefall #4 was everything that I had hoped it would be, and then some. It was chaotic and intense, funny and terrifying, all bundled into one. I honestly can’t wait for the next issue to drop, because I’ve got to find out what happens next. I have a feeling I won’t be the only one feeling that way, either.

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