2 More Blackhole Comics Titles Available Digitally!

Blackhole Universe #1 and Quinn-Finity #1 are now both available for digital download at Comixology.com!

For the Teen and up readers Blackhole Universe will travel around our world of heroes and villains! The first issue starts with the origin story of a major Blackhole villain; Cynical. The second story stars The Brick as he fights off the Five Headed Dragon Clan to protect his greatest secret!

In a lighter, all ages book, Quinn-Finity pairs unstoppable imagination with unlimited power in her first issue. The story titled “Universal Razzle Dazzle Dragon Boogers” pits Quinn against some booger stealing Punk-bots! She’ll have to become heroes like Razzle Dazzle, Popcorn Kid, and even Dragon Girl to stop them!

We’ll continue to release our books digitally as well as in print moving forward, so if we aren’t in a shop nearby, you can still get your fix! Go catch up on these titles today!

Bringing You the Number Two’s!

It takes a while to get these issues done with the budget restraints we’re on, but we’re hoping with the moves we’ve made this year, that will get better. In the meantime, to all our patient fans out there, Thank You, and we want you to know we’re working. We have both Quinn-Finity #2 and Proton #2 in the Que right now! They will release this year, Quinn-Finity #2 this summer, and Proton #2 not too far behind it in late summer/early fall. Both Ruben and Brian are grinding out the art, and the quality of these books is top notch in my opinion!

If you haven’t picked up the first issues of either, we’ll be at Tidewater Comicon this weekend, May 13th,14th, at Table AA1023! We’re also in Richmond Comix, Velocity Comics, and Local Heroes, and as of right now Proton #0 and #1 are available on Comixology, with Blackhole Universe #1 and Quinn-Finity #1 available this summer!

As “proof of life” I thought it would be pretty cool to let loose some preview art from the #2’s in the works, so check these out!

We’re really excited about all the projects we’re planning on getting out this year, and we’re pushing to get them out as soon as possible, so stay tuned! Until then remember; The World is Ours to Make!

-Nick Flair!

Finding our Identity

Its been a crazy road so far in the last 3 years for us here at Blackhole Comics! We’ve gone from printing a handful ashcans at Office Max to printing full sized issues in much larger print runs, we’ve got our books in multiple comic shops, and we’ve gone from selling nothing at conventions to breaking even! We’ve found some amazing artists to work with like Daniel Govar, Ruben Rojas, Brian Middleton, Luca Cicognola, Anderson Carman, Kieth Silverman, Antonio Crew, JJ Murphy, Chauncey Blakey, and John Johnston! I also like to think we found a little bit more about ourselves as well…

Our tone and our style isn’t the same as Marvel or DC, we aren’t as gritty as Image or Vertigo, we aren’t as dark or as adult as some of the other guys out there, and that’s ok. It’s not to say those sort of stories aren’t enjoyable, or even that they aren’t in our future, I think what it says is we’re focusing on light hearted superhero comics. I think that with the dark overtones in a lot of the superhero stuff out there right now, that’s a good thing.

We know that our target audience isn’t necessarily the guy that picks up 20 books a week at the comic shop, but maybe he’ll like it too, and add it to his list. We’re maybe better suited to some of the younger kids that want to get into reading comics, and need something of their own, something their generation can grow with. It’s good to know who your audience is, and I think we’re starting to figure that out. ¬†As we near completion of our 3rd different title, Quinn-Finity, we still have so many characters and so much story to tell, we can only hope you’ll be patient with us as we do our best to grind it all out!!!

Being a small local self publisher, we’re doing our best with the resources we have. We’ve come a long way, and plan to go even farther! We hope you’ll stick along for the ride. ūüėČ Until then though, I hope you’ll enjoy this teaser poster of things to come by Ruben Rojas! Follow us on twitter @BlackholeComics to get more info on the characters!

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And of course remember… The World is Ours to Make!

-Nick Flair!

Blackhole Comics are Coming to Local Heroes Comics in Norfolk!!!

After the AMAZING response we got at Tidewater Comic Con, we realized we need to have our titles in a shop out there!!! We asked everyone who came to the table, and they said Local Heroes was the place to be!

Unfortunately Proton #1 came out just 3 days after Tidewater Comic Con, so everyone there that picked up Proton #0 was not able to get it then. Sad Face. BUT It will arrive, with copies of Blackhole Universe and Proton #0,at Local Heroes on Wednesday June 15th! They’ll be carrying a limited number of copies, and for a limited amount of time, so be sure to scoop them up while you can!!! We appreciate the support of Local Heroes and the opportunity to grow out of Richmond! If you’re in their neighborhood, swing by, check us out, and support local small press comics!!!

-The Blackhole Comics Team

Rank This: Marvel, DC, & Image Comics

Normally this is where I post a review of whatever my Pick of the Week at Richmond Comix, but this week I’m going to do something different. I’m going to give you my thoughts on the state of the comic genre as it pertains to the top three companies; Marvel, DC, and Image Comics. Think you know what I’m going to say about it? You might want to read ahead a bit just to make sure.

I think for years, decades really, Marvel and DC have been battling for the throne of comics. For all of my life, you could go into any comic shop and ask who put out better comics, Marvel or DC, and it starts an instant battle among whoever was in earshot. For a long time both sides could make legitimate claims to said throne, but that was then and this is now.

I’m here to tell you, if I had to proclaim a top dog in this yard, it is hands down Marvel. I could gush about how many titles are great, the cohesion of their overall universe and events, or fanatically rant about the Marvel Cinematic Universe for hours. Instead, I’m going to go out on a limb. I’m going to say something I haven’t heard anyone else say yet… DC isn’t even #2 anymore.

“I’m going to say something I haven’t heard anyone else say yet… DC isn’t even #2 anymore.”

DC has lost a ton of momentum and fan support in my eyes since failing to take advantage of their New 52 reboot, and now with their over-correction of an event Convergence. ¬†( I recently wrote about my disappointment here) Granted it’s just an opinion, but I find myself reading no DC currently. None of Convergence interests me at all. Instead what it has done is cut me off from the two titles I was still picking up. (Batman and Batman & Robin) It makes me feel like they’ve given me a jumping off point more than a jumping on point.

“They’ve given me a jumping off point more than a jumping on point.”

It wasn’t always that way though, I was excited about the New 52, and I picked up a lot of books. That number got smaller and smaller as time passed. DC’s mature print, Vertigo, did manage to keep me excited though! With books like Joe the Barbarian, The Wake, Unwritten, Sweet Tooth, American Vampire, and Punk Rock Jesus, Vertigo was giving readers exciting stories outside the DC Universe! There were great creative teams, and each title was given a prominent place in my weekly stack. I’m not currently picking up any Vertigo titles though. Would you like to know why?

Easy answer is Image Comics. Sean Gordon Murphy, Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison, and Jeff Lemire were all putting out those books. What are their current projects you ask? Chrononauts, Wytches, Nameless, and Descender are all current projects by those same talents. You won’t find them at Vertigo though. They are all Image titles. Image has, in my opinion soundly passed DC Comics as the main contender to Marvel’s throne.

“Image has, in my opinion soundly passed DC Comics as the main contender to Marvel’s throne.”

How do you like that ¬†statement for ‘Brave and Bold’ DC? I pick up five times as many Image comics than DC comics currently. (10 Titles) Working in a comic shop, I see more excitement from books like Saga, Walking Dead, and East of West than anything DC is putting out. Image comics has really upped its game in the last few years. They have some of the best talent from both Marvel and DC coming to them to publish their creator owned work, and the comic genre is richer because of it.

They’ve come along way since launching their first titles in the 90’s. They’ve been through some rough spots, and I’m first to admit, they didn’t have my attention for a long time. I didn’t like their titles, and I didn’t like the fact it wasn’t all one universe. How naive I was in retrospect thinking I needed one big universe.

I started to change my tune pretty quickly after picking up a title called Invincible. Robert Kirkman (Who also created the book that made way for the critically acclaimed tv series ‘The Walking Dead’) gave me a story and a character I wanted to follow outside any realm I knew. It was his own world with goofy support characters, at times classically simple story lines, and really great character development. From there I found myself checking out more and more titles. Invincible was my gateway drug into Image.

The best thing about the titles I read at Image comics is I don’t have to worry about drastic change, and by that I mean the creators maintain their vision. They don’t have editors telling them a book needs to be more or less of what it is. We, as readers, don’t have to worry about a new creative team jumping in and completely changing everything we loved. With most of these books being finite, as in a limited series, we don’t have to worry about plot holes that never get explained or a character outliving interest.

“Why is DC falling behind Marvel and Image?”

Why is DC falling behind Marvel and Image? I’ll hazard you an uneducated guess. There’s an old saying that a fish stinks from the head down. That means the problem generally starts with the man at the top. In this case I believe it lies in the editorial process. I’m not a DC writer, and I don’t know how they go about it, but from what I understand of it, the editors dictate the story. Not the creators, the editors.

Now in contrast to that, Image is all creator owner, so the creators are their own editors and thus dictate their own story.

Marvel has their annual “Retreat” where all the writers gather to discuss their plots moving forward for the next year and/or beyond. MTV gave us a sneak peek into that world when Marvel Now was launching. (Check out the video here!) We saw how organized they were, and how all the creators shared their input with each other. Most importantly though, we saw the creators were dictating what story they were going to tell.

Marvel has mastered the art of telling stories in a complete and coherent universe. ¬†The stories being told in Avengers, New Avengers, and even Avengers World all play off each other without a disjointed feeling or missing information. The current Black Vortex story jumps between several titles, but the story remains fluid. And I get the feeling when Secret Wars comes out this summer, people who¬†have been reading since Marvel Now will be rewarded with the culmination of one really big story that we didn’t even know was being told!

Marvel knows they want to tell large stories in addition to small singular stories all within one universe, and they do it. Image knows they want creators to be able to tell their own stories large or small, and they do it. It feels like DC doesn’t know what it wants to do lately. With the New 52 they focused on a large-scale universe they could tell big stories in. They tried and it wasn’t working. Now with Convergence, it seems they want to tell small stories that try to ride off of the “Heyday” of different characters from different time periods and varying universes. It’s like they have no direction, and are experiencing their own ‘Identity Crisis’.

“I think DC should rename ‘Convergence’ to ‘Mid-Life Crisis’.”

DC is known for naming their biggest events as a ‘Crisis’. Crisis of Multiple Earths, Infinite Crisis, and Final Crisis to name a few. I think DC should rename ‘Convergence’ to ‘Mid-Life Crisis’. That’s what it feels like. I think they’re not sure where they’re going, they’re trying to relive the successes of their past, and they’re seemingly more reactive to what their “neighbors” are doing than planning for what they want to do.

There seems to be major dysfunction from within if you follow DC talent in social media.¬†Here a blogger, John Gholson, documents some of the more public issues. I think because of their inner confusion, DC has firmly given Image Comics the number 2 spot in Comics. Maybe that’s why the minds behind their Vertigo successes have migrated across the way? Just my opinion. Don’t like it? I fully endorse adding your own opinion here or on social media. (Call me out! @XNickFlairX on Twitter!)

With that, I’m done for now.

Here are some of the great titles being put out by Image right now that if you aren’t reading, you should be!

 

I’ll go back to reviewing my Pick of the Week in 7 days, but in the meantime remember; The World is Ours to Make!

-Nick Flair!

LOW and Spider-Gwen #1 Double Review!!!

******Quick Note: If you haven’t already checked out my Kickstarter project, Proton #0, click HERE for more info!*****

If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix on Richmond’s South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick’s Pick this week was Low by Image Comics, but I decided to make it a double since I had some extra time and reviewed Spider-Gwen #1 from Marvel Comics too!

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So let me start with Low. This is a really interesting story written by Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Uncanny Avengers, Axis, Black Science) and drawn by¬†Greg Tocchini (Uncanny X-Force, Hinterkind). These two bring to life a world where the sun is dying, air is in rare supply, and everyone lives in a domed city under the ocean where everyone in power seems to know they’re all doomed. The book follows a family initially as they keep hopeful of finding a new planet that humankind can move to and gain a new lease on life. Their bloodline can pilot a rare artifact, a mech suit, that seems to be very powerful.

I could tell the story is for mature audiences almost immediately between the violence, cursing, and sexual content! That being said, I don’t think it hurts the book, let me be very clear about that. ¬†You see the fall of some characters, some reaching absolute low points, and then some that never lose hope. This story has tragedy, corruption, redemption, battles, and just some breathtaking scenes! This issue was the sixth and the last before a brief break, so if you want to get into this book, now is the time to catch up! I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Black Science, post apocalyptic worlds, or just great art!

 

 

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Now on to the bonus, and a real joy for me personally! (I’ll tell you why in a bit) Spider-Gwen #1 comes hot on the heels of the Spider-verse event that recently took place. If you haven’t checked that out at all, I HIGHLY recommend it! Some of Dan Slott’s best work to date! In the second of the Edge of ¬†Spider-verse one-shot stories, we were introduced to a world where Gwen Stacey, not Peter Parker, had been bitten by a radioactive spider and acquired great power that needed great responsibility to control it. ¬†That book is now in its FOURTH printing. The buzz around the character has reached levels not seen very often.

The character was taken in by the fans and became the subject of fan art and cosplay on a mania level BEFORE the book even came out!!! The costume design by Robbi Rodriguez was beautiful. It was Modern. It was vibrant. It was unique. Before anyone even read the story it was cemented as the best new thing in the Spider-Man bible. Then we read the story.

Gwen Stacey took on the Spider-Woman mantle after gaining her powers. She struggled with the death of Peter Parker who had taken the role of Kurt Conners and turned himself into the Lizard to be more like Gwen, and had then died in her arms. She was a drummer in the band ‘The Mary Janes’ led by the band’s name sake. Her father, Captain Stacey, was alive and leading the task force chasing Spider-Woman. She was deemed a menace and the murder of poor Peter Parker. Our minds were collectively blown by the awesomeness of what we read.

We craved more. We NEEDED more! And when the Marvel Fans call in such large numbers, they are most often answered. We got an ongoing series for her before we even saw her again in the pages of Spider-verse! Most of us were already combing every page of the Spider-verse titles trying to get our fix, and then they name the series Spider-Gwen!?! This book only got more awesome. Could they do it though? Could they recapture the great storytelling we expected after that first issue?

Having read Spider-Gwen #1 I can tell you with all certainty, they nailed it. Keeping the formula intact with writer Jason Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez, they picked up right where they left off. We see Gwen with all the personal life drama Peter ever had, the Vulture and Jameson deeming her a menace just like any Spidey, and a need to do the right thing and be the best Spider she can be. This book has every opportunity to become historic in its run. The fans embrace it with open arms, and it’s added to the lore of Spiderdom as much, if not more, than other fan favorites like Spider-man 2099 and Manga Spider-Man. After checking this title out, which you better do, you’ll likely become a fan of Robbi Rodriguez, but you’re already five years behind me.

Five years ago, I went to my first Comic Convention in Charlotte North Carolina called Heroes Con. There I was wide-eyed and amazed at all the comics I’d never even seen, and all the artists in ¬†Artist Alley that were so unique! One of which was Robbi Rodriguez. He had done a book called Maintance, which incidently was written by Stephen Colbert. What really caught my eye were his awesome prints though. There was one he had dubbed ‘Go Go Gaget Flow that particularly drew me in. He only had 1 print left, and my good buddy Billy got it. I’ve been a fan ever since, and was one of the first to pick up his Image book Collider. (Later re-named FBP) Do yourself a favor and check out some of his old stuff still on his Deviantart page¬†Here! But below are some of my personal favorites.

Come back next week for more reviews, or check out some of the other stuff here at Blackhole-Comics.com!

The World is Ours to Make!

-Nick Flair!

Darth Vader #1 Review

******Quick Note: If you haven’t already checked out my Kickstarter project, Proton #0, click HERE for more info!*****

If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix¬†on Richmond‚Äôs South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick‚Äôs Pick this week is Darth Vader #1 from Marvel Comics!

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A few weeks ago I reviewed Star Wars #1 as it returned to Marvel, and man did it live up to the hype! The question moving forward was how would the other two titles, Darth Vader and Princess Leia, fair in comparison? Well as Darth Vader #1 released this week on new comic book day, we got our answer!

Kieron Gillen didn’t shy away from starting off with a bang in issue one as we immediately follow Vader into the lair of the infamous Jabba the Hutt! In a scene reminiscent of Return of the Jedi, the Sith Lord moves quietly into Jabba’s fortress and confronts the kingpin of Tatooine with an a fierce demeanor that can only represent Vader.

Jabba and Vader have an exciting exchange where neither gives way or backs down at the other’s threats, and in the end Lord Vader shows the strength of the Dark Side of the Force! He takes on a room full of guards and mercenaries with great ease and alot of fun action! He then finds himself one on one with Jabba where he informs him of the differences between a Jedi and a Sith!

Later in the issue, you have the Emperor make his obligatory appearance and even the fan favorite Boba Fett plays a role in the story as the plot gets even more interesting towards the end of the issue! The story was on point giving you a throw back to Return of the Jedi, some Dark Side of the Force action, and some intriguing plot points to follow going forward, but there are two halves to every comic…

Writing is great, but how is the art? A ridiculous question if you’ve seen the name at the bottom of the cover! Salvador Larocca couldn’t have been a more perfect fit for a Darth Vader comic! Just like John Cassady makes you feel like you’re watching a hidden scene in Star Wars issues 1 & 2, Larocca brings you into the underworld of Tatooine and the Dark Side of the force with great accuracy! Every page is a piece of art to behold and soak in every detail! I’d like to commend Marvel on the Superstar writer/artist pairings they’ve made with the first two titles. They’ve made certain this franchise is going to live up to the hype.

In case you couldn’t already tell, I’m giving this book and the Star Wars title a glowing recommendation! You can follow either book individually or pick up both and get alittle bit bigger picture at whats going on in the Star Wars Universe all together! I look forward to the first issue of the third title, Princess Leia releasing in the coming weeks! Check back here for the review on that as well when it comes out! In the mean time, check out the cool Vader cover gallery below and may the Force be with you!

Come back next week for more reviews, or check out some of the other stuff here at Blackhole-Comics.com!

The World is Ours to Make!

-Nick Flair!

Blackhole Comics Encourages You to Support Local/Small Press Comics!

Blackhole Comics Presents: The Proton Issue #0 Kickstarter Project!

Supporting local and small time products is more popular now than ever it seems, and with the emergence of Kickstarter it’s also easier than ever! I’m looking to take advantage of that resource and attempt to fund the remainder of my own project! Proton issue #0 written by Nick Flair and drawn/inked by Danial Govar will be the next printed book from Blackhole Comics! It launches today (2/6/2015) on Kickstarter.com and you can become a backer Here!

Why should you back this project? That’s a fair question.

Here are the Top 3 Reasons You Should Back the Proton #0 Kickstarter!!!

1. It’s a pretty cool story!

I know I’m biased, but I think it’s a cool 16 page story. It pits Proton, the super-powered hero and protector of an alien planet called Vellia, versus his powerful and evil nemesis Negaton! An armada led by Negaton makes its way towards Proton’s home carrying a lethal load of high yield weapons called Negati Bombs, and the one thing that can stop them is the unrelenting hero Proton! He takes on his rival head to head in an all out battle! Will he succeed in stopping the attack on his home world? You’ll have to read it to find out!

2. The Awesome art of Daniel Govar!

Daniel Govar is a fantastic up and coming artist you probably haven’t heard of, but this guy is top-tier! He’s current;y working on some up and coming projects for Marvel Comics and he does fan commissions seemingly non-stop! Check out his Instagram Here¬†or his website Here¬†for more of his great work! Check out some of the pencils and inks from Proton issue #0 below!

 

3. Backing means there’s more to come!

By backing this project you’re giving me momentum that will swing into future projects! Not only are there more stories to be told in the World of Proton beyond this single self-contained issue, but there are plans for more characters and their own stories moving forward! Guardian, Cynical, and Amp all appeared in my first mini comic, but I have plans for multiple mini comics in the future! Each of the three will get their own story, and many other new and exciting characters will be introduced as well! If you haven’t read the first Guardian mini comic I published, good news! It’s in one of the reward tiers for backing Proton! Help me build the comics universe I have trapped inside my head, I think you’d like it!

 

I like to live by the motto “The World is Ours to Make”, and I believe that. From the small decisions that shape our day from start to finish, to the desire to create and bring art and story to life for others to enjoy even for a moment, we all make the world what it is through our actions. My actions are to create stories. My actions are to seek out a way to bring those stories to life and share them. You have the opportunity to take an action that can help move forward my dreams, and I want to say thank you for even reading this far and giving me the chance to persuade you!

Here is the link to my Kickstarter! Check out the great rewards, and if you feel it worthy, back my project!

The World is Ours to Make!

Nick Flair!                                                                                                Writer/Creator for Blackhole Comics

Marvel’s Star Wars #1 Review

If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix on Richmond’s South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick’s Pick this week is Marvel’s Star Wars #1!!!

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I know I’ve been reviewing a lot of Marvel books recently, but its hard to pass over the relaunch of a brand as big as Star Wars! Especially when the titles relaunching are going to be considered the only official universe cannon moving forward! There is so much hype around the upcoming Episode 7: The Force Awakens, and this book is right at the fore front of it! It’s been since the late 70’s since Marvel had the rights to Star Wars, and they intend to make the most out of the title’s homecoming, but here’s the real question; is it worth picking up?

I read a handful of the old Dark Horse Star Wars comics, but it never really took with me. I think the reasons for that were that I didn’t know a lot of characters, I was never really sure when in the timeline they took place, and there were a lot of Star Wars books! One time I actually picked up the right number issue to a different book and was lost… That one is on me, but you get my point. What Marvel is doing is very different from Dark Horse.

First off, there are only three books; Star Wars, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader. I’m not going to confuse these books. In the first issue of Star Wars we see the entire cast from the first movie, and they reference events to let you know this takes place right after ‘A New Hope’ and before ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. That allows me to simply pick it up at a familiar and interesting point and enjoy the story!

Jason Aaron handles writing duties, and let me tell you, he nails it. The story has all the elements of the movies, the characters interact and talk like they’re portrayed in the movie. Its easy for me to tell that Han Solo is Han Solo and such, but I also get a little more of what makes them tick. Aaron does a great job giving me what I know, and letting me know there’s more to it.

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Complementary to that is John Cassady’s art. If you enjoyed his run on Astonishing X-Men (SO GOOD!!!) or the work he’s done on Lone Ranger then you know how great this guy is! If you don’t know him, then you’re in for a treat on this book. He brings such a great likeness of character, it makes the book feel as if its lost footage from the movies. The action, the facial expressions, the clean crisp feel of the book combined with the stellar writing make this an absolute must read for me, and I imagine any Star Wars fan!

This book gets me pumped up for the other two books; Darth Vader and Princess Leia. They nailed Star Wars and weren’t afraid to put two top talents on the book. Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca will tackle Darth Vader and Mark Waid and Terry Dodson (With inks/colors by Rachel Dodson of course) will handle Princess Leia. With an exciting new trilogy of Star Wars films set to start in 2016, Marvel is leading the way and waiving the flag high for the anticipation fans are already mustering in high levels!

IF YOU LIKE COMICS AND THE STAR WARS TRILOGY PICK THIS BOOK UP RIGHT NOW!!!!!

Here’s a small example of what I used to be confronted with when thinking about picking up a Star Wars book at the shop. (Sorry Dark Horse, but this is for the best.)

OVERLOAD!!! Haha

Come back next week for more reviews, or check out some of the other stuff here at Blackhole-Comics.com!

The World is Ours to Make!

-Nick Flair!

Spider-Woman Review

If you didn‚Äôt already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix¬†on Richmond‚Äôs South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick‚Äôs Pick this week is Marvel’s Spider-Woman!

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Now the first question a lot of people might ask is “Isn’t this part of that Spiderverse thing? Ugh, do I need to pick up all of them to get what’s going on?” Yes, this is part of the Spiderverse event, but in my opinion you do ¬†not need to keep up with the rest of the event to get this book. This follows Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman, on a solo adventure that is supplemental to Spiderverse, but can also be enjoyed on its own.

The series starts as Spider-Woman has been tasked with watching over Silk, a girl bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker! She has all the same abilities as Pete, but some are stronger and/or manifest in a different way. She is an important Spider Totem referred to as ‘The Bride’ and is heavily sought after by the Inheritors. (Psychic Vampires that feed on the Spider People of the multiverse). Spider-Woman and Silk jump around the multiverse trying to keep one step ahead of the Inheritors.

During the first issue, Spider-Man (616 mainstream Peter Parker) shows up with Spider-Girl and Spider-Gwen (New Character of the year in a lot of people’s opinion), and tell Jessica that she’s needed for another even more important mission that ONLY she can take on. Spider-Gwen and Spider-Girl are left to guard Silk, only to find she’s taken off to prove she can handle herself. It doesn’t take long for us to find out why only Jessica Jones is suited for her job and that Silk is obviously in over her head on her own.

This book is in a precarious spot at its release because the series is starting off as a spin-off from a major event. That being said, after the first issue establishes where things are at, this book takes on its own feel and tone very quickly. A few years ago, Spider-Woman had a limited series after Secret Invasion where she was an agent of S.W.O.R.D. and tracked down Skrulls to help clear her name. This book is picking up with the secret agent/spy vibe that series and recent Avengers books created for Spider-Woman. I’m actually really excited to see where this goes.

The main reason for that is Dennis Hopeless who writes the book. He’s coming off of two amazing runs on Avengers Arena and Avengers Undercover, where he did some really awesome and fresh things with some lesser known characters. If he puts even half as much into this book, which judging by the second issue he is, this is going to be a fun really cool story! On art duty is Greg Land. A lot of people like to dog him for re-using poses and referencing pictures of models like Pamela Anderson for his art, but the guy does draw some of the best looking women in comics. His art fits this book, and I for one, do not have a problem with it.

If you like strong female characters, are reading Spiderverse, or are a fan of Black Widow or Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), I recommend this book. I think its got a lot of potential to give a great character with a rich history a great monthly title, but you know what? Judge for yourself! If you don’t feel like picking up issue one and two, I’d say you can probably jump in right at two and be fine. Here is some of my favorite Spider-Woman art from the last few years!

 

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The World is Ours to Make!

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