The Marvel Reviews For The Week Of July 03, 2019 – Prodigal

Join us as the Marvel Reporters turn into the Marvel Reviewers our weekly review roundup. This is where we have assembled to give our thoughts on various issues that are released each week. This week we have Jay, and Tatiana giving reviews for books for the week of July 03, 2019. Check out the reviews below and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter. Welcome to the MARVEL REVIEWS, hope you enjoy the experience!

“Protector Of The City”
Written By: Zhou Liefen
Art By: Keng
Adaptation By: Greg Pak

“Aero & Wave: Origins & Destinies Part One”
Written By: Greg Pak
Art By: Pop Mhan
Colors By: Federico Blee
Letters By: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover By: Keng
Variant Covers By: Artgerm; Mirka Andolfo
Price: $3.99

Aero breaks out onto her own adventures after fighting alongside the New Agents of Atlas. I loved the New Agents of Atlas in Was of The Realms and I am looking forward to the next mini-series but was also looking forward to this and Swordsman mini-series as well. I am so pleased by this as a fan of both western and eastern comics/manga and other properties including Anime and even Tokusatsu which this book has a bit of all in it! Right from the beginning, I knew this was going to be a fun read and I was not disappointed, but I did find the secondary story more entertaining, but that could be due to the inclusion of Wave. The art in both stories was top notch and has me looking more from both artists. Overall Aero lived up to my own hype and gave me some nice bonuses I was not expecting like the manga/anime influences. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

Written By: Roy Thomas
Pencils By: Jerry Ordway
Colors By: Jay David Ramos
Cover By: Jerry Ordway & Frank D’Armata
Variant Cover(s) By: Patch Zircher & Frank D’Armata; Ron Lim & Israel Silva
Price: $4.99

This Captain America one-shot takes us back to 1941, reveling in the time that Steve Rogers would beat up Nazis with the FBI on his side. Writer Roy Thomas makes great use of classic puns, giving the feeling of a Silver Age story. The work trip to the Bahamas comes with some basic history lessons, which are presented in a compact and compelling way as part of the plot. Speaking of the plot, Baron Zimo is incorporated seamlessly and thrillingly, providing a seriously complicated problem for Captain America to solve his first week on the job. Aside from the impressive backstory, though, the plot is rather straightforward – although the team up with Human Torch is a great bonus.

Jerry Ordway employs a rather realistic art style for Captain America & The Invaders, and it works perfectly with the material at hand. The tone of the story is serious, and the art follows suit, with Ramos’ subdued color palette underscoring the high stakes. There is no need for dramatic flourishes, but the action sequences are detailed and easy to follow. Overall, it’s an enjoyable read with visually appealing art that highlights Steve’s early days very well. ~ Tatiana @myrcellasear

Verdict: 4 Stars

Written By: Peter David
Art By: Francesco Manna
Colors By: Espen Grundetjern
Letters By: VC’s Corey Petit
Cover By: Mico Suayan & Rain Beredo
Variant Cover By: Greg Land & Frank D’Armata
Price: $4.99

A strange alien arrives in the Savage Land and Kazar calls the Fantastic Four for help. This was a bit different than I was expecting. I was thinking someone like Vulcan and some serious battle or something but instead, this was a nice fun read. I loved the humor here, David does a great job keeping in line with what Slott is doing in Fantastic Four while making it his own as well. Manna does a great job bringing the Savage land to life as well as the Fantastic Four’s world. Overall this was a fun issue and has me interested in Prah’D’Gul, so I will be grabbing the rest of these one-shots. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict 4 ¼ Stars

Written By: Magdalene Visaggio
Pencils By: Jon Lam
Colors By: Msassyk
Cover By: Stefano Caselli & Andres Mossa
Variant Cover(s) By: David Baldeón & Andres Mossa; John Tyler Christopher
Price: $4.99

The first Magnificent Ms. Marvel provides the fan with a mostly self-contained story about real heroes versus fake ones, thus reestablishing what makes Kamala one of the most real heroes around, before introducing a long-term storyline. The so-called Captain Hero comes barging into Jersey City with a Punisher-esque brand of justice, courtesy of a vague Super-Skrull plan to take over Earth. Thanks to his antics, Kamala gets another chance to make the case for redemption and mercy. And thanks to her efforts, even one of her enemies joins forces to stop a greater evil. Magdalene Visaggio crafts a sweet and simple story that only briefly touches on the events of Magnificent Ms. Marvel, but still maintains a similar spirit. The ending is something of a cliffhanger that reminds readers the main timeline will continue this plot, but for now, it’s an outlier in Kamala’s world.

The artwork is very different from Ms. Marvel’s usual style, which adds to the alienating feeling. Especially given that it’s an annual, it seems like there should have been a stronger visual connection to the run up to now. Nonetheless, Jon Lam has a fun take on character designs, introducing a playful and cartoonish look that befits Kamala’s age. Msassyk’s colors are bright and brilliant, complementing every panel even if there’s a bit of overuse on the yellow tones. ~ Tatiana @myrcellasear

Verdict: 3 ½ Stars

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