Posts Tagged ‘Esad Ribic’

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Two issues to go and Battleword is in utter chaos.  Doom is using every tool at his disposal to hold the world together, but nothing seems to be working.  One thing is for certain, not all of these characters are going to make it out alive.  Secret Wars #8 is the last issue before the finale of this event and creators Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic do not disappoint.  The action that has been building throughout this entire series has boiled over and it is spectacular to behold.  Some of the publisher’s titans wage war on one another, and there are casualties.  Hickman has paced this story nearly perfect, and Ribic’s visuals are something amazing yet again.  I sit in awe, eagerly awaiting the (rumored to be delayed) finale.

The Verdict for Secret Wars #8:
5 out of 5

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So, this is going to be a really short review, because if you’re not reading this series by this point, then there really isn’t a whole lot that I’ll be able to say without spoiling things.  Everything that holds Doom’s Battleworld together is starting to fall apart.  Discord and rebellion have begun to show all over and the whole system is coming apart at the seems.  Hickman’s story continues to be immensely interesting, and I’m learning that he is a masterful writer when it comes to Doom.  He understands the character and really makes you look past the fact that he’s (supposed to be) a villain.  Ribic’s artwork is actually a little lacking in this issue.  While still good, it’s not great, not like what we’ve gotten used to over the past six issues.  The facial expressions of certain characters just doesn’t seem to fit in some panels.  All in all, still a solid issue, but the artwork, in comparison to previous chapters in this story, is what knocks it down a little for me.

The Verdict for Secret Wars #7:
4 out of 5

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I’ve been keeping my reviews short lately because I’m still a little behind, but this is one that I’ll be keeping kind of short to avoid spoilers.  At this point in the main Secret Wars story line, there’s so much going on that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to avoid giving anything away, but I will say that by the end of this issue, it is very clear that the proverbial sh– is heading straight for the whirling blades of the fan.

Doctor Strange has left a gift for our heroes to find, the Spider-Men (Peter Parker and Miles Morales) have discovered the secret to Doom’s power, and Thanos is starting to sow the seeds of dissent on the surface of Battleworld.  Oh, and let’s not forget that Marvel recently announced there will be a ninth issue in the mini-series, so the final three issues here should be a pretty amazing ride.

I honestly cannot get over how much Jonathan Hickman has impressed me with his writing here.  Everything has been so tight knit and held together, despite the epic scope of the story.  With something this massive, it would be easy for the story to become unwieldy at some point, but it never has.  It’s had it’s ebbs and flows with pacing, but it’s never once gone off the rails.  This issue is like the last little bit of calm before the storm.  Throughout the first five issues, and most of this one, there was a sense of tremendous pressure being built up, and here you certainly get the impression that something, at some point is going to have to give, in a disastrous fashion.

Ribic’s artwork is again, masterful.  He was great on Thor: God of Thunder, and he’s even better here.  This story has a vast, dream-like quality to it, like something reserved for mythology and legend.  Given the nature of this series and how it’s supposed to redefine the shape of the Marvel universe, the art is fitting, as this could technically be the “origin story” for everything that follows.

Bottom line: Read this book.  Great story, amazing art, and the ending is sure to be something you won’t want to miss.

The Verdict for Secret Wars #6:
5 out of 5

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Upcoming reviews:
Old Man Logan #5 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Doctor Strange #1 (All New, All Different Marvel)
RunLoveKill, Volume 1
Crimson Peak (Movie)

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The comic event series of the summer is back for issue #3, but does it live up to the high bar set in the first two issues?  Read on to find out.

In Secret Wars #3, we finally get back to the main focus of the event, which is Doom practically single-handedly running the patchwork planet known as Battleworld.  However, while Doom may be all powerful on this world, he is not all seeing, and for that he needs someone who can oversee the activities of an entire planet.  That duty falls to none other than Dr. Stephen Strange.  The two work closely together to make Battleworld possible and they actually do a fine job of it, until some characters show up from the previously existing realities and start to make things REALLY interesting.

Hickman’s writing is, once again, fantastic.  Early on in the issue he has a brilliant scene between Doom and Strange where they’re discussing all of the minutia of running an entire planet, and they have a long talk about how at the creation of Battleworld, things could have gone slightly different, but ultimately, both characters are satisfied with how they are.  I think hands down, the best part of this issue is how it resonates emotionally.  Hickman writes Doom as an incredibly sympathetic character, as opposed to the megalomaniac villain that we all know.  I mean, you almost feel sorry for him because of the sheer amount of responsibility he has.  He is literally the god of Battleworld, and he feels the weight of that on his shoulders daily.  As with the previous issue, there isn’t a whole lot of action here, but the setup for the series is finally starting to come to a close, and I expect some serious action is just over the horizon.  We also get a couple of answers to some questions from previous issues here, so that’s a bonus too.

Again, as with both previous issues, Esad Ribic’s artwork is phenomenal.  As much emotion as Hickman is able to write into these scenes, Ribic intensifies that with his art.  One incredibly poignant scene in this issue takes place between Doom and Susan Storm, and I feel it’s probably the best of Ribic’s art in this series so far.  We’re shown a side of Doom that rarely ever gets scene, and all of the emotion, insecurity, and vulnerability he feels is completely on display.  It really is jaw-dropping.  I truly can’t say enough about how much I like his art style.  It just has a genuinely epic feel to it, that you rarely get in comics.  Amazing stuff.

At the end of the day, this book, like issue #2, is ultimately another story set-up book, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring.  Not by a long shot.  The characterization you get from some of the major players is the best I’ve read in a while.  Also, now that the setup is out of the way, and an impending conflict has just slightly been hinted at, I think we’re in for a real treat over the last five issues of this one.  If the remaining issues in the series are as good as the first three have been, this is going to become an instant classic.  I really am glad to see that it appears Marvel put a lot of thought into this one, since it might end up being one of the biggest events in their history.

The Verdict for Secret Wars #3:
Must Have Moar!!!

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Upcoming reviews:
East of West, Volume 3: There Is No Us TPB
Secret Wars: Battleworld #2
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Wytches #1-#6
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition