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By: Steve Orlando, Brian Ching, Michael Atyeh
Escape from the Phantom Zone Part One kicks off an arc that I’ve been dying to see since Rebirth started. A Barbara Gordon and Kara Danvers team up.
The concept is simple. The Tychotech company in National City is unveiling a new clean energy concept to the world. As Supergirl, Kara has been invited due to her attachment to the technology used. Of course, something goes wrong and the machine goes haywire sending Barbara’s friend Ben into the Phantom Zone. Naturally, Batgirl and Supergirl head into the Phantom Zone to find him and get him out.
Writer Steve Orlando did pull off something that I didn’t see coming. The villain who turned-on the machine was Magog, who hasn’t made a ton of appearances (that I’m aware of) since Kingdom Come. Brian Ching does a good job with this world and has since Rebirth started. Michael Atyeh’s colors are perfect for any “Super” book: Nice and bright. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]
By: Dan Abnett, Brett Booth, Benjamin Percy, Mike McKone
Since the beginning of Rebirth, Titans has always stood at the center of it all thanks to Wally West, the one hero who kickstarted this whole event. With Titans #11 and the first chapter of The Lazarus Contract, Wally and the rest of his team find themselves set to change the DC Universe yet again.
Like all great Titans stories, Titans #11 centers on Deathstroke, who seeks to bring his son back from the dead. Slade believes the key is through Wally West and time travel, which could have potentially devastating effects on the already fragile state of the universe. In particular, the last page of this comic will shake things up in a big way for both the Titans and Teen Titans.
Titans #11 is the start of yet another exciting mini-event for DC Comics and looks to shake everything up once again. The superstar writing team of Ben Percy, Dan Abnett, and Christopher Priest are well on their way to knocking this one out of the park. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]
The Unbelievable Gwenpool #15
By: Christopher Hastings, Myisha Haynes, Paulina Ganucheau
Weird team-ups! Hijinks! 4th-wall breaking! It’s all here in The Unbelievable Gwenpool! This whole series is nothing but obscure adventures and breaking the 4th-wall, and no surprise, it’s been awesome.
Gwenpool’s friend is trapped is a gem, and she’s working with Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) to help free him. Well, first she’s got to get her friend back from Ghost Rider, then save him from the dwarves that want the gem. Then, she has to somehow get him out, all while Ghost Rider does his thing and Kate Bishop a.k.a. Hawkeye, just shoots arrows.
This is a really fun series that you can’t take seriously at all: It’s zanier than good ol’ Deadpool. Less blood and guts, but more wacky fun. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]
Secret Warriors #1
By: Matthew Rosenberg, Javi Garron, Tradd Moore
i>Secret Empire #1 revealed a shocking truth about the state of the Hydra-controlled world: Inhumans were being rounded up into camps. While this is only touched on briefly in that book, Secret Warriors #1 dives headfirst into the subject.
Writer Matthew Rosenberg assembles a dream team of Inhumans for this latest incarnation of the Secret Warriors, including Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl and Quake. The comic features equal amounts mystery, suspense, drama, and action, and Rosenberg nails all of it. Artist Javi Garron does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life.
If you’ve read the solicits for Secret Warriors, you won’t find any surprises in this book. However, if you’re following Secret Empire #1 or you’re a fan of the Inhumans, I highly recommend this book due to its strong writing and the impact it’s going to have on Secret Empire as a whole. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]
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The ANAD Avengers / Civil War II tie-ins (both of them, anyway) have thus far stayed in the peripheral of the main conflict of the crossover. All New All Different Avengers #13 was a character study on The Vision. All New All Different Avengers #14 turns a spotlight on The New Wasp.
Nadia Pym was introduced as The New Wasp in Free Comic Book Day 2016’s Civil War II. In All New All Different Avengers #9, Nadia arrives at the dilapidated airplane hangar that now serves as the Avengers’ home base. The New Wasp quickly gains the trust of the Avengers by helping to stabilize The Vision, who is suffering lingering effects of Kang’s manipulation from a few issues back. The Avengers head into space to help Nova rescue his father, leaving Jarvis and Nadia behind to go get the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne’s blessing. When we last see Nadia, Janet, and Jarvis in All New All Different Avengers #12, there is a team of very large men from the Russian Consulate on Janet’s doorstep asking for Nadia.
In the opening panels of ANAD Avengers #14, the men on Janet Van Dyne’s doorstep who claim to be from the Russian Immigration Bureau turn out to actually be goons from an organization called W.H.I.S.P.E.R. The Wasps team up and are able to quickly dispatch the men before moving on to the conflict at hand, what to do about Inhuman Ulysses’ unreliable visions of the future. Nadia’s naiveté and altruistic nature are exposed as she attempts to apply a purely scientific solution to a problem of human emotion. Science and logic can fix anything, right?
When I was reading All New All Different Avengers Family Business (issues #9-12), I didn’t understand the timing of Nadia’s introduction. The rest of the team was off in the Negative Zone fighting Annihilus, and the new girl was off on a road trip with the butler. This is the issue I was waiting for. Now it all makes sense. All New All Different Avengers #14 didn’t require much narrative exposition because Mark Waid had already served it up in previous chapters.
All New All Different Avengers #14, Marvel Comics, Rated T+, released September 7, 2016, written by Mark Waid and Jeremy Whitley, art by Adam Kubert, colors by Sonia Oback, letters by VC’s Cory Petit, cover by Alex Ross, variant cover by Mike McKone and David McCaig, $3.59
Review by Brendan Allen.