Nico Sprezzatura's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Rogues Portal Reviews: 55
7.7Avg. Review Rating

6.9
2020 Ironheart #1

May 22, 2020

David Messinas art, on the other hand, takes after his Ironheart predecessor Luciano Vecchio with a similar overall aesthetic, which lends some continuity with Riris most recent solo title for those continuing from Eve L. Ewings quality run. His visuals arent especially flashy, but they work with the script given to him. Most of this issues action is relegated to tense conversations, which requires a certain skill to successfully convey the emotion of those scenes, and I think Messina succeeds there. Mattia Iaconos colors are similarly grounded, with occasional pops of techy purple for N.A.T.A.L.I.E., which look very pretty on the page. Overall, the package presented in 2020 Ironheart #1 is a low stakes, but worthwhile, side story.

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6.8
2020 Rescue #1

Mar 4, 2020

Im less hot on the art here, drawn primarily by Jacen Burrows and colored by Pete Pantazis. Ive come across Burrowss work in the past and liked it, but Im not a huge fan of how it looks with Pantaziss colors. Burrowss thick lines combined with Pantaziss heavy, blotchy colors and shading give an overall effect of muddiness, which doesnt suit the character especially well. Flatter, cleaner coloring might have complimented Burrowss linework better.

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7.1
Absolute Carnage (2019) #1

Aug 7, 2019

At the very least, I can say that Absolute Carnage very much reads like it was created by people who have a deep love and understanding of Venom. (Cates is a very big fan of the character, and has stated that writing Venom was a lifetime career goal of his.) Penciller Ryan Stegman is a great fit for this kind of material, since his art has always had a frenetic, spindly quality to it that really suits the visual representation of symbiotes. Ill have to admit Im never been crazy about colorist Frank Martins work in general, which always looks sickly to me, but considering the assignment it does the job here fine.

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7.3
Amazing Mary Jane (2019) #1

Oct 23, 2019

Carlos Gomezs art is expressive and playful, which is what youd want from a Mary Jane comic. Its also consistent with the aesthetic established by Ryan Ottley on Spencers Amazing Spider-Man, making a seamless transition between readers of the flagship title and this spinoff. I havent been following Amazing Spider-Man too closely, but based on what I know of that ongoing story (as well as Ottleys art) this title feels like part of a whole with that one, which is a credit to Williams and Gomez.

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8
Ant-Man (2020) #1

Feb 5, 2020

Ant-Mans status as a comical character means artists can play with his visual depiction more than the artists of, say, Avengers might have an opportunity to, which makes Dylan Burnetts zany art a perfect match for Wellss script. Its dynamic, cartoony, and accurately reflects the vibe Scott (and Ant-Man) represent. But hes not the only member of the art team putting in some solid, quality work here Mike Spicers colors are vibrant and varied, while letterer Cory Petit really breaks loose with his rendering of sound and dialogue.

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6.5
Avengers (2018) #33

May 27, 2020

In any event, Javier Garrns art makes the proceedings at least worth looking at, with his typically kinetic style that helps move the script along at a brisk pace. Theres lots of imaginative imagery throughout, from a quick-paced fight scene between Moon Knight and Iron Fist, to MK overtaking Doctor Stranges Sanctum Sanctorum with zombie mummies. Even if the events being depicted are murky, at least they look good.

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6.6
Avengers of the Wastelands #1

Jan 29, 2020

In any event, Jonas Scharfs art does a good job of emulating the darker, inkier style of previous stories set in this universe, while Neeraj Menons colors are similarly muted to match the dusty setting of the Wasteland. I havent encountered Scharfs work prior to this issue, but some research tells me his most prominent works to date have been based in both horror and superhero stuff, which is an interesting pedigree for this story. As alluded to, the OML timeline is fairly gritty and brutal in comparison to the mainstream Marvel Universe, and I wonder if well see more of that aspect moving forward.

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7.9
Cable (2020) #1

Mar 11, 2020

Written by Marauders scribe Gerry Duggan, the tone he seems to have settled on here is "Saturday morning cartoon" meets Saved by the Bell, and it's surprisingly perfect? Straight away on page one, I almost expected him to say something along the lines of "So you're probably wondering how I got into this predicament," or, "I'm Cable, and my life is pretty crazy!"

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9.4
Canto #1

Jun 26, 2019

David M. Boohers script is also very tight and strong, sufficiently laying out the premise of the overall series based on this first issue. The mark of a good comic book writer is knowing when to say nothing and let the pages speak for themselves, which happens quite often here. By my count, theres a handful of pages without any text on them, save for the occasional sound effects. I appreciate any comic that knows when to pull back on narration or dialogue for the sake of them, letting the art breathe and do its own job of visual storytelling, so Canto gets high marks in that regard.

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7.5
Captain Marvel (2019) #12

Nov 20, 2019

While Captain Marvel #12 moves along briskly, it's pretty emblematic of decompressed monthly comics at their worst, comprised mostly of pages that look nice and are fun to read but ultimately don't move the story much.

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7.6
Catwoman (2018) Annual #1

May 29, 2019

Though Jones doesnt draw any of this issue herself, shes joined here by competent artists (four in total) that all share her general artistic sensibility. Its easy to forget this issue has a variety of artists attached, because nothing ever feels out of place or spotty in relation to the whole. Sometimes, a cavalcade of artists telling a single story doesnt run this smoothly, so thats a testament to editor Jamie S. Richs judgement. It also helps that coloring superstar Jordie Bellaire provides a unifying visual tone that runs through all of the art it really shouldnt be underestimated how important a colorist can be in that specific way!

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8.2
Clue: Candlestick #1

May 22, 2019

Included as back matter here is an essay on the Clue franchise by Tim Hodler, which is a good read by itself, but it feels like padding to justify the issues $4.99 price tag. Its superfluous but worth reading regardless.

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7
Contagion #1

Oct 2, 2019

Though a horror-tinged story, Contagion #1 is fairly tame in tone, and likely wont disturb or put off potential readers. A lot of this comes down to Rog Antnios art, which is much more in line with the style seen in the current Fantastic Four run by the likes of Sara Pichelli and co. than, say, Ryan Stegmans eerie work in the aforementioned Absolute Carnage. Its not a bad thing, per se, but it definitely doesnt convey the monster mayhem as much as youd expect. The forthcoming issues have been solicited with different artists on each, so itll be interesting to see how they affect the vibe of Brissons story moving forward.

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6.1
Empyre: Fantastic Four #0

Jul 8, 2020

Side stories are fun, but events can be incredibly expensive for the reader if they feel compelled to follow everything that happens. Accordingly, Empyre #0: Fantastic Four doesn't really "need" to exist because the Avengers issue succeeded in setting up expectations for what's to come.

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7
Empyre #1

Jul 15, 2020

I will say the plotting of this first issue somewhat reiterates the same beats of an Avengers-centric zero issue that was published a few weeks back, but it also gives you enough context through narration and dialogue to jump right into this issue without necessarily having to catch up on anything else.

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9
Excalibur (2019) #1

Oct 30, 2019

Tos art is very much in line with what weve seen from Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva on House of X and Powers of X, respectively, which lends some cohesiveness to the overall aesthetic of DoX. That said, he gets to play with different subject matter (i.e. magic) than what was seen in those titles, which keeps his art from feeling too samey. His linework gives colorist Erick Arciniega a lot to work with, opting for colorful flourishes to represent magic and the like.

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7
Fallen Angels (2019) #1

Nov 13, 2019

Id say Hills script is a bit stronger than Kudranskis art, colored here by Frank DArmata, which comes off as something of a cross between Greg Land and modern Mike Deodato that Im not totally decided about. I will say the books horror-flavored visuals add an interesting dimension to the proceedings that enhance what Hill has written on the page, even if theyre a bit muddy and lacking definition at times. But that speaks more to DArmatas colors than Kudrankis linework. In any event, Fallen Angels has a distinct look from some of the other art seen in Dawn of X, and that has to be commended.

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8.3
Fantastic Four (2018): 4 Yancy Street #1

Aug 28, 2019

The art of 4 Yancy Street is uniformly great, switching between four talented artists who all deliver great visuals, even if their clashing aesthetics make for a somewhat jarring reading experience. Greg Smallwoods pages are definitely my favorite, especially the early ones that recount Bens upbringing, presented with flat coloring and grainy sepia overlay that evokes the feel of older comics after decades of aging. Im not sure if this issue will actually be printed on specific paper stock and not the glossy lightweight kind that Marvel usually uses, but it would really lend a little something extra to the proceedings if they go with the former.

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7.8
Future Fight Firsts: White Fox #1

Oct 9, 2019

Writer Alyssa Wong's script is brisk and delivers a classic superhero origin story, but told from an Asian perspective that we don't get much of in the American comic book industry.

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9
Ghosted in L.A. #1

Jul 10, 2019

Ghosted utilizes the talents of Siobhan Keenan, a veteran of BOOM!s youth-driven imprint BOOM! Box, to great effect. As seen in her work on Clueless: Senior Year (among others), Keenans art is perfect for this kind of story, giving off a vibe thats somewhere between a cartoon and a romance comic. Cathy Les colors are especially fitting for Keenans style, featuring a wide palette of hues, most notably the cool blue-greens of the ghosts Daphne meets in the mansion. Letterer DC Hopkins completes the visual creative team with some great on-panel text message work and comical uses of sound effects and dialogue.

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8.2
Giant Man (2019) #1

May 15, 2019

I think the art of Giant-Man, headed by Marco Castiello and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, is very good, which is reliant on two factors: big boys and a frosty palette. You do get a sense of scale despite the constrictive layouts throughout the issue youd expect at least one double-page splash spread given the premise here, but nada. And while Rosenberg does sell the chilliness of Florida (again, you read that right) setting, she also makes an effort to contrast the snowy ice with pops of warmth, like an orange sky that contrasts with the deep blues of their Frost Giant disguises. Letterer VCs Joe Sabino does his reliably good work, though Im mildly disappointed there isnt even bigger text on display here. It's Giant-Man!

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8.6
Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Jean Grey And Emma Frost #1

Feb 26, 2020

As I mentioned, this issue is mostly dialogue-free, with only the beginning and ending parts containing panels with words. When used poorly, this tactic can come off as a gimmick, but thankfully, Hickman hands his sparse script to modern master Russell Dauterman.

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8
Guardians of the Galaxy (2019) #12

Dec 18, 2019

Another commendable thing about this Guardians of the Galaxy was the solid art throughout, which began with Geoff Shaw and ends with Cory Smith. Replacing an artist in the middle of a run is always tricky you either find someone whose aesthetic is compatible with the person theyre replacing, or completely swerve off the path into a new style altogether. They took the former approach here, and Smith has been an exceedingly seamless transition from Shaw that you may not even notice the change if you werent paying close enough attention. The fact that he also brought with him a new inker (Victor Olazaba) and colorist (David Curiel) from the departing Shaw and Marte Gracia makes the changeover even more impressive.

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7.2
Guardians of the Galaxy (2019) Annual #1

Jun 7, 2019

The Cosmo-centric Faith is more of a book-ending series of pages than a full story, placed at the beginning and end of the issue, but it's not lacking intrigue. It seems our favorite talking (Russian) dog is being controlled by a shadowy Cabal seeking to unite the others for less-than-savory means, and were told itll be followed up in next months issue of Guardians. TBD! John McCreas brief art is worth a mention, if only because of how cute he renders Cosmo. Never underestimate the power of a cute animal.

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8
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #1

Jan 22, 2020

Perhaps just as exciting as Ewing on the title is artist Juann Cabal, who has really emerged as a major name at Marvel over the past few years. I first became familiar with his work in All-New Wolverine some years back, and Im always interested in checking out what he has to offer with his visuals. Cabal proves to be a great fit for the material here, with some solid pages (and one especially impressive, intricately laid-out double splash spread) that should only further his profile as one of the companys best new finds of recent note. Federico Blees colors add a lot of dimension to Cabals linework, contrasting with the various artists of Catess run through vibrant colors opposed to their more muted approach.

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9.2
Gwenpool Strikes Back #1

Aug 14, 2019

Letterer Joe Caramagna deserves a special mention for his work here as well; this is a dense script that undoubtedly took a long while to put on the page. I have to imagine Gwenpool is a character any letterer would kill to work on because of how inherently subjective and expressive she is!

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7.4
Hellions (2020) #1

Jan 1, 1970

Writer Zeb Wells has a knack for the sort of wacko-serious vibe I assume Hellions is going for, and, hopefully, it lives up to the promise of this issue (his concurrent Ant-Man run is also very good). Stephen Segovias art is comparatively tamer given the books premise, but its very consistent with the vibe established by Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva in House of X andPowers of X, which lends some nice continuity to the overall slate. Im very interested to see what he can do with the material given to him here, especially if it involves Nanny in greater capacity.

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7
Incoming #1

Dec 27, 2019

In addition to Empyre, Incoming #1 also plugs future storylines like Outlawed (seemingly a take on Civil War but with the MUs youngsters), Iron Man 2020, Atlantis Attacks (a crossover between Namor and the Agents of Atlas), Ewings Guardians of the Galaxy relaunch, and X-Men/Fantastic Four. Even for the most cynical of readers, its hard to not read Incoming #1 and not be at least a little bit curious of what Marvel has up their sleeves for the new decade.

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5
Justice League (2018) #41

Feb 19, 2020

Unfortunately the same is true about the art, penciled by Aaron Lopresti and inked by Matt Ryan (presumably not that Matt Ryan) with colors by David Barron. Much like Vendittis script, its fairly bog standard superhero action fare thats not especially interesting or great to look at. Coming off a run largely drawn by the likes of Jorge Jimenez and Francis Manapul arguably two of DCs best regular artists at the moment anything else wouldve been a disappointment, and Lopresti/Ryan/Barrons work doesnt meet the level of their predecessors. The overall package of this issue is very meat and potatoes for a certain sect of DC fans who dont want or expect their comics to reinvent the wheel, but I cant help but be left feeling hungry for something else.

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8.2
Justice League Dark (2018) Annual #1

Jul 31, 2019

I have to say the art in this issue is wonderful, especially regarding the new King of Petals himself, who is equal parts creepy and beautiful as depicted by artist Guillem March and colorist Arif Prianto. The art direction of the issue as a whole is rather gorgeous, with ornate layouts (particularly around the flashbacks of the King of Petals's past life) and panel compositions. Rob Leigh's letters also deserve a mention, as there are frequently lots of them, sometimes even broken down into paragraphs on the page beside images. It's certainly a dense read that will take you some time to get through.

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8.3
King Thor #1

Sep 11, 2019

Its fitting that Aaron ends his Thor saga with the great Ribi, whom he started it all with in 2012. Ribi is exactly the perfect artist for a character like Thor, and especially one of this scale.

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8.8
Lois Lane (2019) #1

Jul 3, 2019

Mike Perkins art is another asset to the series. Going back to the comparison of Gaydos Alias/Jessica Jones, his particular art style works for this kind of story something of a hardboiled mystery wherein nothing is pretty or simple to grasp. Among the three Event Leviathan projects, they all look distinct from one another, which helps lend individuality to each despite all of them being of a piece with one another.

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7.8
Lords Of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling #1

Jul 22, 2020

Emperor Hulkling also feels like a revelation in how unabashedly queer it is, despite being a crucial part of the company's latest crossover event. Marvel is often criticized for being reticent to embrace its LGBTQ characters, so it feels pretty momentous when a crucial fight scene takes place at a drag show attended by four queer-identifying superheroes.

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5.9
Marvel 2099 (2019): Spider-Man #1

Dec 11, 2019

There's nothing wrong with Spencer's script, strictly speaking, but it probably could have done with a few more edits and clarification.

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7.8
Nebula (2020) #1

Feb 12, 2020

I havent seen Roes art since her run on Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, but from what I remember of it, she has a knack for expressiveness and action, both of which are represented here. Shes also upgraded her game quite a bit since then, with interesting panel layouts and detailed linework that gives her visuals a propulsive energy youd expect from the character. Mike Spicers colors are a nice match, opting for a multicolored, almost Lisa Frank-esque palette that doesnt seem like it should work, but does (speaking of the Lisa Frank connection, Jen Bartel will be doing covers for this series, and her work especially calls to mind that whole aesthetic with a modern sensibility).

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7
Outlawed (2020) #1

Mar 20, 2020

The art by Kim Jacinto is similarly up to snuff, even if his pages tend to be distractingly busy because of the action happening in them. Theres a lot to look at. Almost too much. But at the same time, its pretty astounding how much detail Jacinto puts into scene backgrounds; at the very least its impressive.

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7.3
Scream: Curse of Carnage #1

Nov 27, 2019

A book like Scream: Curse of Carnage requires a darker, horror-inspired tone, which I think Mooneyham really nails, accented by Rain Beredo's brooding colors that pop when Andi transforms into Scream mode. If there's any reason to check out this comic, I'd recommend it for the art alone.

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8.4
Silver Surfer: Black #1

Jun 12, 2019

I dont mean to overshadow writer Donny Cates in praising Moores contributions here, because it should also be commended how well hes structuring his Guardians of the Galaxy run. Silver Surfer: Black is a spinoff, of sorts, to his Guardians saga, but I think it also stands on its own as a neat little Silver Surfer story that can be read divorced of that context. Even if I think Moores art functions so well as visual storytelling that it almost renders the text redundant, Cates has a pretty good handle on the character and his voice that will serve him well as the series continues.

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5.5
Spider-Man (2019) #1

Sep 23, 2019

(And, completely appropo of nothing, Ilove the use of the '90s animated series logo on the cover!)

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7.3
Star (2020) #1

Jan 8, 2020

Star has the zippy plotting we've come to expect from Thompson as a writer, even if her protagonist hasn't really emerged from the initial sketching phase just yet.

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8
Star Pig #1

Jul 24, 2019

Dawsons script is playful on its own, but Gaston and colorist Sebastian Cheng definitely accentuate it with colorful, whimsical visuals. Tardigrades are already cute to look at, but its their rendering of Star Pig that makes him look especially cuddly, depicted in a welcoming shade of pink that almost gives the impression of a huge, floating wad of chewed gum in some spots. I also love the general art direction of the book and cover (by Sara Richard), which is very 80s/90s Lisa Frank, Trapper Keeper-esque. It gives you a sense of the tone the creative team is trying to achieve, and I think it meets it rather successfully.

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7.8
Strikeforce (2019) #1

Sep 25, 2019

Artist Germn Peralta does a good job of pulling off the supernatural horror aspects of Strikeforce, with appropriately creepy imagery that never feels too gross or off-putting but just enough that it wont alienate readers. In a comic filled with decapitations, dismemberment, and impalement, thats pretty high praise. Colorist Jordie Bellaire, a veteran of (supernatural) horror herself, comes through with reliably good colors that run the gamut of tones from page-to-page, but especially reds that arent always just blood and gore! (But usually, they are.)

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9.2
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #1

Jul 17, 2019

One thing you cant deny about Jimmy Olsen is the creative firepower it contains. As well as the aforementioned Fraction, whose beloved Hawkeye ended four years ago this week, he brings along fellow Marvel alum Steve Lieber, whose acclaimed Super Foes of Spider-Man ran concurrently with the former. Together, theyre unstoppable its such a perfect match of sensibilities that you have to wonder why it never happened sooner. Fractions script is witty enough on its own, but Liebers art takes it over the top. It also helps that Liebers style is very compatible with the platonic ideal of Silver Age comics, with clean lines and simple layouts. Colorist Nathan Fairbairns palette is equally suited to the aesthetic, opting for flat tones whenever possible but utilizing visual depth when appropriate. Its easy to pretend this is a comic that was published decades ago, and I say that in a good way.

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6
Superman: Year One #1

Jun 19, 2019

Im not saying Superman: Year One needs to be exactly that, but blending the old guard (Bagley Jr.) with the new (Zdarsky) like that title does couldve made for something a little more special. For a character whos often (derisively) called boring by some readers, Superman is capable of so much experimentation! With creators like Frank Miller and John Romita Jr., Year One feels like a wasted opportunity more than anything.

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8.4
Thanos (2019) #1

Apr 24, 2019

As far as what you can see on the page, Ariel Olivettis art is as good as ever here. Hes really the artist you wanna go to for bombastic, intimidating men doing violent things (e.g. his work on Cable, Punisher, Namor), and his rendering of Thanos makes you believe why others would fear him. While I still prefer Olivettis art as colored by himself (i.e. his recent work on Venom: Space Knight), Antonio Fabelas colors arent bad, and actually quite beautiful in many spots. Rounding out the creative team is VCs Joe Caramagnas, whose lettering does a good job of translating Howards dense script into a readable fashion without distracting from the art.

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7.3
Thor (2020) #1

Jan 1, 2020

Befitting a Thor book, Nic Kleins art here is absolutely gorgeous and easily some of the best Ive seen from a Marvel title in recent memory. Aaron is a tough writer to follow, but so are the myriad great artists (most notably Russell Dauterman, Mike del Mundo, and Esad Ribi) who collaborated with him across his run. Colorist Matthew Wilson himself a veteran of Aarons run really clinches the visuals of the book with his trademark palette, full of vibrant colors that come together (at one point, literally) into a brilliant rainbow.

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6.6
Thor: The Worthy #1

Dec 4, 2019

The last story, Rule of Reflection, reunites writer Kathryn Immonen with Lady Sif, the character she wrote in an acclaimed run of Journey into Mystery earlier this decade. This one is set during the Jane Foster era of Thor and sees them teaming up, which is a fun dynamic we didnt get nearly enough of while Jane was in Thor mode. Rule of Reflection might be my favorite of the three, if only because Im a bigger fan of Sif and Jane than I am of Bill or Thunderstrike. Immonen proves here why she may be one of the more underrated comic writers of her generation, while Tom Reillys art is appealing cartoony with colors by Chris OHalloran that match the playful vibe of Immonens script.

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8.4
War Of The Realms Strikeforce: The Dark Elf Realm #1

May 1, 2019

Rounding out the team is Matt Hollingsworth, whose vibrant color palette keeps in line with Matthew Wilsons on the main War of the Realms title, making for some nice visual consistency, even though Yus style doesnt resemble Russell Dautermans in the slightest. Its easy to overlook the importance of coloring throughout a major crossover event like this, but this is a clear case of how much it can make a difference in helping disparate titles feel alike.

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9.6
War Of The Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1

May 8, 2019

Having read a bunch of War of the Realms tie-ins, I gotta say this might be my favorite. The action is great, the art (by Gang Hyuk Lim, Federico Blee, and Clayton Cowles) is beautiful, and theres some really fantastic character work that helps you identify with the characters, even if you (like myself) dont share their common Asian heritage. One scene at the beginning does a great job of exploring Asian diaspora and how different each culture may be talking about the same thing but perceive it differently based on their ethnicity. Lim deserves a special shoutout for his work here; hes been on my list of names to watch since I first encountered him on Infinity Countdown: Nighthawk last year, so Im glad to see more of him.

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7.4
War of the Realms: The Punisher #1

Apr 17, 2019

Rachelle Rosenbergs colors help elevate Ferreira and Poggis art with a bright palette that reminds you that this book is Thor-adjacent, even with its comparably low stakes.

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7.8
Web of Black Widow #1

Sep 4, 2019

Web of Black Widow seems to be placing itself as a noir mystery of sorts, effectively swapping the hard-boiled detective protagonist with that of the femme fatale who's usually either a secondary love interest or ruthless antagonist " sometimes both. It's not a bad concept for a Black Widow title, since her loyalties are always being questioned, particularly by Tony Stark in this debut issue.

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8.3
X-Factor (2020) #1

Jul 29, 2020

This is also the second go-round for artist David Balden, last seen in the X-Men world drawing Gail Simones fun Domino series from a few years ago. Balden also recently worked with Williams on Gwenpool Strikes Back, and theres a pretty good sense of writer-artist synergy throughout. His style is a bit more cartoony than some of the other Dawn of X titles, but thats a good thing; his art helps lend a sense of levity to the otherwise grim premise of the book. Im really looking forward to seeing what kinds of stuff hell get to draw in the coming issues (also, his costume designs havent gotten to show up just yet, but they are stellar). Im a little less enthusiastic about Israel Silvas coloring, which is occasionally a bit too heavy and textured for my taste, but overall it works for Balden linework.

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X-Force (2019) #1

Nov 6, 2019

The art of X-Force, drawn by Joshua Cassara and colored by Dean White, is another reason this book feels different than the other Dawn of X titles, coming across as more lush (and even grittier at times) than, say, the clean and colorful aesthetic on Marauders as done by Matteo Lolli and Federico Blee. Cassaras inks are also much heavier than weve seen yet in the Dawn of X line, which lends a sense of foreboding that Percy clearly wants you to detect (no spoilers, but this issue ends on a major cliffhanger thats arguably as massive as the Moira MacTaggert retcon in House of X #2).

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9.3
X-Men (2019) #1

Oct 16, 2019

A heavyweight like Hickman obviously needs someone whos batting on his level enter Leinil Francis Yu. Fresh off a stint on Ta-Nehisi Coatess Captain America, Yu offers visuals at his austere best, with pencils inked by frequent collaborator Gerry Alanguilan and colors by Sunny Pho. X-Men is a handsome book befitting Hickmans stoic but not emotionless script that also manages to look completely different from what Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva were doing on HoXPoX, and the diversity in visuals so far bodes well for the rest of the revitalized X-Men line moving forward.

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7
Year of the Villain: Black Mask #1

Aug 21, 2019

The creative team behind the issue is pretty solid, spearheaded by Tom Taylor (one of the best superhero writers currently working, in my opinion) and Cully Hamner, whose experience drawing grittier action-heavy stories like this serves Taylors script well. Dave Stewarts vibrant colors offer an appealing contrast from the darkness of Hammers inks, especially the pops of bright red when Batwoman is in the scene. In all, Year of the Villain: Black Mask is a pretty unimpeachable little one-off supervillain tale.

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