Hawkeye (2016) #1 Review

Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Leonardo Romero
Colours by Jordie Bellaire

Hawkeye has a… strange battle to fight. While Kate Bishop is a very liked character (very easily the most popular Young Avenger, and especially mine), she’s in a weird climate where there is noticeable backlash against Marvel’s “politically correct” legacy characters. While Kate has existed for about a decade and started out with the Hawkeye name, and was even later kinda mentored by Clint Barton, newer readers who have jumped on relatively recently probably don’t know about her and see her as a replacement for Clint.  So how does Kelly Thompson go about addressing this? She doesn’t. Thompson just depicts it as another part of Kate’s life while telling a fun, unremarkable story about a lady who’s good at archery. Continue reading “Hawkeye (2016) #1 Review”

Nova (2016) #1 Review

Written by Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez
Art by Ramon Perez
Colours by Ian Herring

Nova has always been a minor league title in the grand scheme of things. Even putting Richard Rider at the centre of the Cosmic Marvel side of things and developing him into a more mature and gritty character didn’t make him a big mainstream hit. And using Sam Alexander to tell typical teen stories didn’t do that in a climate where Ms. Marvel has a more unique approach to teenage superheroes. Not only that, but the fanbase is decidedly split on Sam Alexander’s replacing of Richard Rider after his death, a death that didn’t seem like it was going to be undone any time soon. But since DC brought back a fan-favourite who was replaced in their Rebirth relaunch, I guess bringing Richard back is Marvel’s attempt to do something similar. And it works! Jeff Loveness (Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy, Groot) — a writer who really deserves more work — and Ramon Perez clearly understand both Novas and what makes them different from each other, and write both very well while setting up stories down the line. Continue reading “Nova (2016) #1 Review”

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #1 Review

Written by: Gerry Conway
Art by: Ryan Stegman
Colours by: Sonia Oback

Joe Quesada and J. Michael Straczynski’s “One More Day” story (yes, I know JMS wanted his name removed from the issue) ranks up there with “The Night Gwen Stacy Died” as one of the most important Spider-Man stories ever told. It’s by no means good, but its effects can still be felt to this day, every time Mary Jane Watson is onscreen or Peter is in a relationship. While many feel Marvel’s Spider-Man line recovered once Dan Slott came aboard, there are also those who feel his run has gone on too long, and those who just want Peter Parker and MJ back together. This issue, a follow-up to the well-liked Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows miniseries by Dan Slott and Adam Kubert, released during Secret Wars (2015), is meant to appease those people. So how does it do? Okay. Just okay. Continue reading “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #1 Review”

Champions (2016) #2 Review

Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Humberto Ramos
Colours by: Edgar Delgado

Champions has a lot of things going for it: its characters are among the more popular teen superheroes, it boasts Mark Waid as writer and it features the adventures of a new team, albeit one using an old name. But what makes Champions great isn’t any of that, but how it approaches adolescence. Not since New X-Men – Academy X and Young Avengers have I seen such good writing of teenagers, and if you know me, you know that’s high praise indeed. Continue reading “Champions (2016) #2 Review”

Avengers (2016) #1 Review

Written by: Mark Waid
Pencils by: Mike del Mundo
Colours by: Mike del Mundo, Marco D’alfonso

Here it is, the comic people have been waiting for. While Mark Waid’s All-New, All-Different Avengers (ANAD Avengers) started off strong, it always felt weighed down by, among other things, its younger characters (Kamala Khan, Miles Morales, Sam Alexander). The idea was admirable, making the Avengers act more like mentors and bringing a youthful perspective to the team, but it never really gelled and they felt like a hindrance. But now those characters have been shipped off to Mark Waid’s Champions, and that’s actually a very good read that focuses on youthful waywardness and hormones. So with the kids out of the way in a well-written series, Mark Waid can finally write a great classic-style Avengers comic too, right? Well, if so, it’s not this issue. Continue reading “Avengers (2016) #1 Review”

Trinity (2016) #1 Review

Written by: Francis Manapul
Art by: Francis Manapul
Colours by: Francis Manapul

I’m just going to stay straight out the gate that if you’re a fan of Francis Manapul’s art, then get this issue. With Manapul in control of both the story and art, Trinity really allows him to let loose, even more so than he did on The Flash. That’s not to say the writing is bad, because it’s actually great. It’s a heartwarming exploration of DC’s big three characters and their relationships, but tackled in an interesting way. Continue reading “Trinity (2016) #1 Review”

Animosity (2016) #1 Review

Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Rafael De Latorre
Colourist: Rob Schwager

Marguerite Bennett is one of those writers that I know has many projects going for them, most of which I haven’t touched. I know she’s an up-and-comer, and that she wrote Angela: Asgard’s Assassin which I really wasn’t a fan of, and Bombshells, which just isn’t my thing. But it’s due to her apparent greatness as a writer that I picked up Animosity (that and it was featured on Comic Shop News’ cover and looked pretty), and I’m glad to say I really enjoyed it! Continue reading “Animosity (2016) #1 Review”