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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (08/16/17)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

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Tyler’s Recommendation…
Spy Seal #1
“Rich Tommaso dives into the world of espionage adventure comics. Marketed as an homage of sorts to classic Tin Tin, but with anthropomorphic characters working for MI-6. Tommaso has a style all his own, but with this comic the visual link to Herge is clear. A unique voice in contemporary comics, Rich Tommaso’s work is something everyone should check out”
 
 
 
 

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Vertigo Debuting 12 New Titles For The Fall Of 2015

The-Twilight-Children-Cv1-SDCC-81b4dIn addition to the previously announced Clean Room by Gail Simone & John Davis Haunt, Vertigo announced 11 more new series to be released in the fall of 2015. They include work by Gilbert Hernandez & Darwyn Cooke, Mike Allred, Ryan Kelly, Tom King & Mitch Gerads, Peter Milligan & Lee Garbett. More details at CBR

Freeze Frame 4/2/2014

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Meanwhile this happened-Pat by Ulises Farinas from Judge Dredd; Mega City Two #3

 

 

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Freeze Frame 3/5/2014

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Cosmo is quite happy to see Cosmo once again-Cosmo
by David Baldeon from Nova #14

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Indubitable Issues

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Dean’s going to let the users speak for…
 aug130699Jupiter’s Legacy #4
All that needs to be said comes from the NBC! users.
Jupiter’s Legacy (For now at least, if the next break is this long I’ll just wait for the trade they release in 2016) – theotherbluth
Jupiter’s Legacy. This series is shaping up to be a bi-yearly series rather than bi-monthly – sheldon-kerr
Jupiters Legacy – I’ll believe it when it’s in my hands. – hanson724
So yeah, buy this book if it exists.
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The Rough Guide To All New Marvel Now

So here we are again with ALL NEW MARVEL NOW WHERE NOTHING WILL BE THE SAME BLAH BLAH ZOMG whatever. The big difference now is that instead of shuffling most of their current creative talent like they did with the first Marvel Now initiative this time we are getting a lot of new writers and artists while Marvel is introducing a lot of comics featuring characters that have traditionally had a hard time selling consistently the way your X-Men, Thor or Iron Man comics have. I’m not bothering with titles that are being relaunched after less than a few months so don’t expect my thoughts on the upcoming Daredevil or Captain Marvel relaunches (there going to be awesome. Duh.)

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Review of Loki Agent of Asgard #7

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Loki Agent of Asgard #7 by Al Ewing & Jorge Coelho

My opinion of this book refuses to remain consistent, which I suppose is appropriate for a title centered on as shifty of an individual as Loki Laufeyson. The second issue was a blast, filled with clever plotting and good character work. In particular, I was intrigued by the introduction of Verity Willis. On paper, her superpower of being able to determine when someone is lying might seem a bit too on-the-nose for a book featuring a God of Mischief, yet, she has a winning personality which made her immediately appealing. She and Loki play well off each other, and their chemistry is one of the strengths of the series. Unfortunately, the actual plots of the narrative have not held my attention as well issue to issue. While never bad, some of the recent installments have been more meh, causing me to reconsider my monthly commitment to the series.

I skipped out during the whole Original Sin thing, so last month was my first issue in a while. Centered on Doctor Doom’s newfound conviction that Loki will one day destroy the world (not an unreasonable assumption given some of the deity’s past behavior over the years), it ended with Doom using his time machine to imprison Loki. (Out of all the gadgets invented by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby during the early days of Fantastic Four, few have gotten as much use as Doom’s time machine). After a brief prelude on Asgardia, #7 opens at Castle Doom in Latveria. Ewing has a good handle on the character of Doom, conveying not only the might of Doom but also his pomposity as well. In his hands the character contains equal measures of menace and silly. (There is a brilliant throw away joke involving “All You Need Is Love” rerecorded as “All You Need Is Doom”). I am not reading Fantastic Four currently, so I do not know why Valerie is working in Castle Doom (a plot thread retrieved from Hickman’s FF perhaps?), but Ewing makes good use of her. Her observation about growing up with “an invisible woman for a mom” is a nice moment. Indeed, throughout this issue, the character dynamics are well done.

As with last issue, the art is supplied by Jorge Coelho. He has a sketchy style which works for this book. His action scenes are clear and vibrant. Also, together with the great colorist Lee Loughridge, Coelho demonstrates why Doom’s costume remains one of the best in comics.

In sum, I really enjoyed this issue. It was the strongest since #2, if not best of the series to date. If it can keep up this level of consistency, I shall be keeping it on my pull list.

Loki All you need is Doom
Jorge Coelho

Cheers.

Loki: Agent of Asgard #5

          laaOverview: This issue we find our favorite liar on a mission of great importance, we just don’t know for whom.  Booby traps, secret doors, and double crosses that will make your brain wrinkle all provide for an engaging adventure.  Who in the Nine Realms is capable of tricking the ultimate trickster?

         Story: You all know I’ve really been enjoying Al Ewing’s take on Loki, and this issue continues that trend.  I think the best part of it all is that this feels like the natural evolution of the character we’ve come to love since Kid Loki first showed up in JiM.  Ewing maintains the calculated, conniving God of Mischief center, but surrounds it with a likeable, funny, and charming young man that you can’t help but root for.

          This issue Loki’s plan to steal the most valuable item hidden in the secret chambers of Asgard is the main thread.  With the help of some new and old allies, Loki and his team are successful, but through some seeds planted in earlier issues, the whole thing blows up in Loki’s face by the issue’s end.  The whole adventure is a lot of fun, with Loki and friends using magic, brain power, and misdirection to infiltrate the catacombs of Asgard.  My biggest complaint is that the mission went off without so much as a hiccup, I would’ve liked to see some improv by the team due to some unforseen obstacle, but that’s really just a nitpick.  The twist at the end was well done, I didn’t see it coming, but after the reveal I felt like I should’ve, which is a sign of good execution in my book.

          I’m bummed that we have to miss out on more Loki for the next two months for a contrived and unecessary “Original Sin” mini, but cest la vie and all that.  I’m still very much enjoying the world Ewing and Garbett are creating, and I hope this title continues.  It’s everything you could want in a comic book; fun, exciting adventure, interesting characters, and a duel protagonist/antagonist star.

          Art: I really try not to make my reviews consist solely of me heaping praise on the book, but Lee Garbett and Nolan Woodard make it hard on me.  There’s nothing spectacular artwise this issue, but every page is vibrant, and well laid out.  This issue is a great example of a workman’s comic.  It’s nothing flashy; just clear, concise storytelling and colors working together to create a wonderful book.  We get another appearance from Old Loki at the end and I like his design, it resembles his old look, but with some touch ups and improvements.  His face is appropriately evil looking, which reflects his personality in the same way that young Loki’s handsome mug reflects his fresh outlook, and genuinely good natured regenesis.

        Overview: There really isn’t a whole lot more to say about this book, except that you should be reading it if you’re not.  Ewing, Garbett, and Woodard are making great comics month after month.  Young Loki feels like he is genuinely trying to atone for past transgressions, and the fact that his future self is his own arch enemy is such a wonderfully “Loki” thing. Who else would be able to out wit the master himself, except for a more experienced trickster.  This also is a continuation of sorts from Gillen’s JiM run, but it’s next level, and it doesn’t feel contrived, because of how well it’s executed by the creative team. It all makes sense when explained, and it provides for an engaging story.

          Each issue of this run has been a one shot in essence and they’ve all worked to build the stakes up to this issue, you can’t ask for much more when reading comics; I never once felt shorted on story, or victim of a decompressed narrative.  I don’t know if I’ll follow the Original Sin tie-in or not, but I will definitely be back when the series proper returns in August.  If you haven’t jumped on yet, do yourself a favor and use this break to get on board with one of Marvel’s lesser know, but higher quality comics.

Loki: Agent of Asgard #4

img049          Overview: Last issue Loki made his way to the Asgard of yore, and manipulated his future Father into giving him a legendary sword that wasn’t rightfully his.  This issue his wicked ways catch up with him in the form of Sigurd The Ever-Glorious; the true owner of the (stolen?) sword.  However, Sigurd doesn’t realize that when you engage in a physical fight with The God of Mischief, it’s only because he has already won the battle of wits.

         img050 Art: So far I’ve been very impressed with Lee Garbett’s artwork, and this issue he continues that streak.  With a script full of witty one-liners and winks to the audience, facial expressions become even more important than usual, and Garbett does an excellent job of matching each character’s face with the words they’re speaking.

          A perfect example is when Verity and Loki are eating dinner and discussing Loki’s plan; there’s three big close-up panels of verity’s face and her face changes from skeptically furrowed brow, to surprised approval, and finally ends with a “da fuck is that?” look–sorry it’s the only way I could think to describe it.  Each expression matches her words and adds to the scene; it seems like a small thing, but it takes an average conversation and makes it more engaging.  I’ve seen those expressions on others, and made them myself, the relatable nature of that really adds to our enjoyment as readers.  The rest of the issue looks great, and Garbett and colorist Nolan Woodard are doing a wonderful job building the aesthetic world of Loki’s new adventures.  I especially liked their version of a certain contract-signing guest star who appears near the end of the issue.

         img051 Story: Al Ewing has done a fantastic job of moving Loki’s story into its next phase.  He had some big shoes to fill taking over after Kieron Gillen’s revitalizing time with the character, but he has filled those shoes with aplomb, and I’m happy to see one of my favorite characters continue to be written with such skill.  Ewing has also done a good job adding new characters to the fold, Verity is the perfect foil for our ever-lying protagonist, and they work off of each other splendidly. Their relationship isn’t so much a budding romance as it is a growing friendship with romantic possibilities–similar to how Castle and Beckett started out.  The potential is there, provided our boy Loki doesn’t screw it up.

          This issue is peppered with funny and charming character moments; Sigurd’s attempt to woo Verity, Loki playing some version of an 8-bit video game(Space Invaders?) while receiving his instructions from the All-Mother; and the nod to The Princess Bride–which will ALWAYS score you points in my book–make for a delightful read.  A book about Loki has become reliant on the writers ability to mix comedy with drama and not make it seem forced, while throwing in the right amount of twists to keep us guessing with the every turn of the page; Ewing is doing all that, and I’m super excited to continue following this title.

          Conclusion: Another fun installment of a wonderful series, the creative team is working together to bring the goods, and anyone who was apprehensive of reading a Loki book not written by Kieron Gillen can rest assured.  Everyone should do themselves a favor and start grabbing this book, it’s one of the only 2.99 Marvel titles so it won’t bust a budget, and I promise you’ll be happy you joined in on the fun.  Smooth, skilled artwork, and a writer with a firm grasp of who Loki is and his potential, are two reasons to not miss out on Loki: Agent of Asgard.

 

Review of Loki Agent of Asgard #2

Loki Agent Of Asgard #2Loki Agent of Asgard #2 by Al Ewing & Lee Garbett

Whoever got the job of following Kieron Gillen on Loki was going to have their work cut out for them. For three years, Gillen guided the reborn Kid Loki on a series of quests and adventures which deeply endeared him to a legion of readers, myself included. All good things must end, and Gillen relinquished the Saga of Loki Laufeyson (now aged to a young man) to other hands. Now, I have always loved Marvel’s depiction of Loki. As a kid, I would buy Thor comics that Loki appeared in, then ignore the issues he was not. So, I was naturally curious what Loki’s next chapter would be like. I bought issue one, liked parts of it, yet overall found it lacking. It felt as though Ewing was trying too hard for whimsy. Still, I rarely give up on a series after a single issue. I gave Loki another try this month and found it on much firmer footing.

This issue finds Loki making the rounds at an evening’s speed dating. He pauses at one table to chat with a charming-though-blunt young lady Verity. This encounter gives Loki a chance to explain his current status quo, and by extension, the premise of the series. Loki and Verity have an easygoing rapport, which allows their conversation to feel natural, instead of a device for exposition. I suspect that Ewing is setting up Verity’s character for later use in the series. On one hand, this contrast might be a bit obvious (the twist involving Verity is foreshadowed by her name), yet I hope that Ewing can avoid such pitfalls. Based on what I read this week, I have a good feeling about it.    

As for Loki’s actual mission, he has been charged with tracking down Lorelei, the wayward sister of The Enchantress. (Hmm, the same week that Lorelei pops up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., she surfaces in a comic I’m reading? Synergy, gotta love it). Watching him trail Lorelei, along with her attempted heist of a Monte Carlo casino, makes for a good story. Again, I feel as though this plotline is setting up story elements to last longer than a single issue. At the same time, however, it has the satisfactory feeling of a one-and-down tale. Most importantly, the tone clicks much better this installment. The humor no longer feels forced. Unlike the first issue, this does not feel like Ewing trying to copy the voice of another writer, but craft his own vision for this next stage in Loki’s story.

I have been a fan of Lee Garbett’s art since he worked on the Stephanie Brown Batgirl series. After that he did strong work for Valiant, particularly on X-O Manowar. His talent continues to impress on this titles. There is one page giving the background on Lorelei, which has a flavor of Alan Davis to it.

Sometimes, it takes a second issue for a series to find its footing and reveal its true voice. That was definitely the case this week with Loki. Where after Issue 1 I was lackluster about continuing, now I am looking forward to the next installment.

Cheers