Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan Hickman’

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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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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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One of my new favorite series has returned to bring us Volume 4.  How well does it stand up with the greatness of its predecessors?  Let’s find out.

East of West, Volume 4: Who Wants War TPB has a slightly shorter story arc, as this volume also contains the East of West: The World one shot, which is a helpful little guide that gives a little bit of back story for each of the seven different factions involved in the main narrative.  It also provides a timeline that spans several pages that gives a brief overview of what happened to lead up to the current conflict.  Once we get past that, the story picks up immediately after the end of Volume 3, with the “Beast” and his mentor on the run following their escape.  They meet another interesting character in their travels, and the Beast is forced to learn some very difficult lessons… It’s getting harder and harder to write these without giving anything away…

Jonathan Hickman takes a different approach in this story arc and chooses to focus the narrative predominantly on one character rather than what is happening in the world at large.  We get a few glimpses here and there of a large scale war going on between two of the factions, but for the most part the focus remains more intimate, which leads me to believe that Hickman is telling us this story is not so much about the big action itself, but more the characters that manipulate and steer the action to where they want it to go.  It still works, but it makes for a slightly slower story, especially when he’s given us three volumes chock full of intrigue and backstabbing leading up to this one.  Ultimately, the story still moves, but it took a little bit of a detour in this volume to add some life to one of its secondary characters, who appears to be working his way into a much larger role.

Nick Dragotta’s artwork is just as solid as it’s always been.  No major complaints in this area.  I will point out that it’s quite interesting to see the Beast’s perception of the world, as shown to him by his mentor, vs. the way the world actually looks.  He does a great job with the juxtaposition of the two perceived “realities” … I guess you could call them that.  One other really bright spot in this issue is the killing fields that the horsemen War, Conquest, and Famine encounter early on on the volume.  The art is conjunction with some of the dialogue in that particular segment is actually kind of chilling to read and see.  It’s like seeing something out of the machine ruled future of the Terminator movies.

All in all, this volume won’t blow your mind, but it does accomplish the task of moving the main story along (just a little), while simultaneously giving us a much deeper look at a character who had kind of been on the sidelines up to this point.  It certainly was not the best of most interesting volume in the series so far, but it’s still a worthy addition to one of the best series currently on sale.

The Verdict for East of West, Volume 4: Who Wants War TPB:
4/5 – I can dig it.

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Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
Secret Wars #4
Ultimate End #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Secret Wars Journal #3
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition
Terminator: Genisys (Movie)