Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: FALCON #1

FALCON No. 1
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Rodney Barnes
ART: Joshua Cassara
COLORS: Rachelle Rosenberg
LETTERS: VC's Joe Caramagna
COVER: Jesus Saiz
VARIANT COVERS: Joshua Cassara with Rachelle Rosenberg; John Tyler Christopher with Jesús Saiz; Mike McKone with Rachelle Rosenberg; Alex Ross; Elizabeth Torque (after Ron Wilson and Mike Esposito); Chip Zdarsky
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2017)

Rated T+

Sam Wilson created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan; Falcon costumed designed by Alex Ross

“Take Flight” Part 1: “Bad Kid, Mad City”

“Steve [Rogers, Captain America] being a traitor validated every cynic who felt America was an idealized metaphor for the dominant culture's survival and the minority's suffering.” - Sam Wilson-The Falcon, (p. 15 of the book; p. 13 of the story)

As Marvel's new “Legacy” initiative begins, one of the new series is Falcon, a comic book starring classic Marvel Comics character, Sam Wilson a.k.a. The Falcon.  Wilson first appeared in Captain America #117 (cover date: September 1969).  Wilson uses mechanical wings to fly, and he has limited telepathic and empathic control over birds.

The new series is written by Rodney Barnes; drawn by Joshua Cassara; colored by Rachelle Rosenberg; and lettered by Joe Caramagna.  Barnes is a noted African-American television writer, having written for such diverse TV series as “Everybody Hates Chris,” “My Wife and Kids,” and the animated series, “The Boondocks.”

I hope that the above quote will, going forward, define Falcon, as the hero tries to prove that America is not a metaphor for white supremacy.  I do not believe that it is a metaphor for white supremacy, but that it is a country whose foundation is white supremacy.  This is not so much inherent as it is the result of the will of at least a third of America's white population that has racial animus towards African-Americans and, to varying degrees, other non-white populations.  Perhaps, Falcon will imagine an America that can move beyond its racism.

Falcon #1 (“Bad Kid, Mad City”) finds our titular hero headed for Chicago in hopes that he can broker a peace between the city's two largest gangs, the Southstone Rangers and the Spanish Kings.  After battling aliens, gods, and monsters, Falcon wants to address the needs of people like Sam Wilson.  Falcon has a protege to help him in his mission, Rayshaun Lucas a.k.a. the Patriot.  However, there are quite a few individuals and entities that do not want a cessation of gang hostilities, and they will do anything to not keep the peace.

I really enjoyed reading Falcon #1.  I liked its measured pace, and artist Joshua Cassara draws storytelling that offers violent action sequences and high tension, while holding firm to that measured pace of Barnes' storytelling, which is social, political, and philosophical.  As usual, Rachelle Rosenberg's coloring is pitch perfect, by turns striking and explosive and hot and dramatic.

It seems as if Barnes and Cassara are creating a superhero comic book that will be strikingly different from others.  They will give us hot superhero action, but the story will focus on a superhero who addresses the extraordinary needs of the ordinary people.  However, that hero will recognize that the ordinary needs of the people will need to be addressed by themselves and other ordinary people.  I look forward to more Falcon.

At the end of each Legacy first issue or Legacy first chapter, there is a three-page story that summarizes the history of that issue's lead character or characters.  Falcon's three-page summary is written by Robbie Thompson; drawn by Mark Bagley (pencils) and Andrew Hennessy (inks); colored by Israel Silva; and lettered by Joe Caramagna.

A
9 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


The text is copyright © 2017 Leroy Douresseaux. All Rights Reserved. Contact this blog for reprint and syndication rights and fees.

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I Reads You Juniors October 2017 - Update #36

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From BleedingCool:  Liam Sharp's Batman/Wonder Woman project is a six-issue miniseries, "The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman," which Sharp will write and draw.

From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet episode #143 in English.
From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet episode #143 in French.

From BleedingCool:  Hypertime is back.

From BleedingCool:  Nightcrawler and Gabby will be cast members of the upcoming comic book, "X-Men Red," starring a resurrected Jean Grey.

From EW:  DC Comics fires longtime editor, Eddie Berganza, in the wake of Buzzfeed's article about sexual harassment allegations against him.

From Newsarama:  According to October 2017 numbers, comic book sales still on course to finish ten percent below 2016.

From BleedingCool:  Namor and Gentle (a mutant from Black Panther's country of Wakanda) are revealed as the first two members to join "X-Men: Red" in addition to series headliner, a resurrected Jean Grey.

From BleedingCool:  Comics community reacts to editor Eddie Berganza's suspension at DC Comics.

From BleedingCool:  DC Comics suspended group editor Eddie Berganza on Sat. Nov. 11th as controversy roils around the editor and allegations of sexual misconduct on his part.

From BleedingCool:  Comics creators take to Twitter to respond to and comment on Buzzfeed's Eddie Berganza article.

From Buzzfeed:   The mainstream gets in on the story of DC Comics' super-editor Eddie Berganza's history of sexual harassment of female DC Comics' employees.

From GraphicPolicy:  Dark Horse Comics mainstay, Scott Allie, has been accused of inappropriate behavior against coworkers and other people, including biting people.

From ComicsBeat:  "How a toxic history of harassment has damaged the comics industry" by Heidi Macdonald.

From DoctorNerdLove:  "Nerds and Male Privilege: Tess Fowler and Comic Harassment"

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From CinemaBlend:  The movie-related reason Brian Michael Bendis left Marvel for DC Comics.

From BleedingCool:  DC Comics has made an offer to Jonathan Hickman.

From Quartz:  Netflix is going to test new ideas by publishing them as comic books, according to this article.

From Netflix:  Here is the press release about Mark Millar's first comic book for the "internet entertainment service."

From BleedingCool:  The resurrected Jean Grey will be the lead of a new X-Men comic book, "X-Men: Red" by Tom Taylor and Mahmud Asrar.

From BleedingCool:  The first graphic novel in the "DC Super Hero Gils" has apparently sold over 100,000 copies.

From AnimeNewNetwork:  Akira creator, Katsuhiro Otomo, reveals a painting of his that was inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

From TheKingdomInsider:  Would Disney stop publishing Marvel comic books.

From GWillowWilson:  Comic book writer, G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel) has sold her second novel, "The Bird King."

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From BleedingCool:  Brian Michael Bendis, the longtime Marvel Comics writer, has signed a multi-year exclusive deal with DC Comics.

From BleedingCool:  According to the site, reasons Bendis left Marvel Comics for DC Comics.
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From Variety:  The first comic book that Mark Millar will write for Netflix (which bought Millarworld, reportedly for $30 million) will be "The Magic Order," a six-issue miniseries to be drawn by Olivier Coipel.

From SlashGear:  Make comics or manga right on your phone or tablet.

From BleedingCool:  Brian Michael Bendis all the characters he says can beat Batman.

From ComicBookBin:   New Johnny Bullet episode #142 in English.
From ComicBookBin:   New Johnny Bullet episode #142 in French.

From BleedingCool:  Monster Energy (an energy drink producer) does not want Marvel Comics to have a comic book entitled "Monsters Unleashed."

From Mashable:  Apparently, people are mostly ignoring Amazon's promotional sale prices on digital versions of three "Thor" graphic novels.

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From BleedingCool:  Mark Hamill will write a Millarworld comic book.

From BleedingCool:  Rian Hughes is planning on publishing a massive collection of his comic book logo design work.

From CBR:  Writer Joshua Williamson talks about the "Flash War" event that will appear in comic books in 2018.

From CBLDF:  The Library of Congress with throw the spotlight on women comics and comic book cartoonists, artists and illustrators in an exhibit that begins November 18, 2017 and will run through October 2018.

From Polygon:  Titan Comics to publish a comic book based on FromSoftware's "Bloodborne" video game.

From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet episode #141 in English.
From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet episode #141 in French.

From BleedingCool:  Salt Lake Comic Con is considering using crowd-funding to finance their fight with San Diego Comic-Con International over the term "Comic Con."


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #1

SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE No. 1
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Victor Gischler
ART: David Baldeon
COLORS: Andres Mossa
LETTERS: VC's Cory Petit
COVER: Dan Mora with David Curiel
VARIANT COVERS: John Tyler Christopher; Ken Lashley with David Curiel; Mike McKone with Rachelle Rosenberg; Chip Zdarsky; Mark Texeira; Lenticular Variant based on Giant-Size X-Men #1 by Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2017)

Rated T+

War at the Gates of Hell Part 1

Johnny Blaze – the second Ghost Rider.  Eric Brooks – Blade the vampire hunter.  Damian Hellstrom – a.k.a. Son of Satan a.k.a. “Hellstorm.”  Satana – Damian's sister and the daughter of Satan.  They are the stars of a new five-issue miniseries from Marvel Comics, entitled Spirits of Vengeance.

This comic book is written by Victor Gischler; drawn by David Baldeón; colored by Andres Mossa; and lettered by Cory Petit.  The series follows a mission to keep the balance the power in an ancient war from tipping to one side.

Spirits of Vengeance #1 finds Johnny Blaze, the second Ghost Rider and the first supernatural and first superhero Ghost Rider, stopped at a bar on Route 66.  Nursing a beer, Blaze gets a fiery visit from a winged being.  Left with an item wanted by dark forces, Blaze turns to Damian Hellstrom for help and information.  A dead angel, a silver bullet; and a kept promise – Blaze and Hellstrom will find themselves caught in a war between Heaven and Hell.  They will need some help.

Writer Victor Gischler is good with dark and edgy action, but he is also an imaginative writer, as seen in his miniseries, Sally of the Wasteland (Titan Comics, 2014).  Spirits of Vengeance #1 offers the dark and the inventive, and it is a shame that what was supposed to be a regular series is only a miniseries.  Gischler could have done something good with this, and I feel safe saying that after reading only the first issue of this series.

Of course, Gischler has an excellent collaborator and storyteller in artist David Baldeón.  The Spanish artist reminds me of artist Joe Madureira.  Here, Baldeón presents elastic and supple figure drawings that give the characters life and also give them distinct personalities – even the characters who are not around for long.  This is dynamic graphical storytelling, with an excellent sense of the dark and the supernatural.  And Baldeón simply makes Spirits of Vengeance look different from other Marvel titles.

Well, I'll enjoy this comic book while I can.

A
8 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


The text is copyright © 2017 Leroy Douresseaux. All Rights Reserved. Contact this blog for reprint and syndication rights and fees.


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Monday, November 13, 2017

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