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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 3/28/20

These might be my last batch of comic book reviews for the foreseeable future! Diamond Distributors announced this past week that they’re going to shop distributing comics to retailers, and we don’t yet know if any of the major publishers are going to go digital-only during this virus apocalypse. If they do, I’ll be fine, because I read all my comics digitally. But if Marvel, DC and the like shut down all releases…welp, that’s the whole ball game!

Perhaps I’ll start doing reviews of all the tpbs I’ve been catching up on…

Comic Book of the Week goes to the second issue of Force Works 2020 for being the most entertaining comic this week! A lot of comics were just moving the story along, whereas Force Works 2020 was really fun to read with some solid character work.

Ultimo Stomp 01

Shoot harder!

Meanwhile, speaking of those tpbs, I read through the entire collected edition of Nick Spencer’s Astonishing Ant-Man and it totally held up! Great series. I started on Dennis Hallum’s Cloak and Dagger, and the first tpb was good, solid. But I cannot recommend the latest tpb of Rat Queens, with a whole new creative team. That was a disappointment.

Comic Reviews: Far Sector #5, Force Works 2020 #2, Hellions #1, Legion of Super-Heroes #5, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #49, Wolverine #2 and X-Men #9. 

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 2/29/20

Howdy ho, everybody! Did you check out my review of the Harley Quinn cartoon earlier this week? That show was great! The first season just wrapped up last week, and season 2 is coming in April! DC really nailed this one!

Speaking of which, I don’t review very many DC comics this week! Really just Far Sector, which remains awesome. Though I do check out stuff like Ant-Man and Force Works from Marvel, as well as a new Power Rangers comic.

Comic Book of the Week goes to X-Men #7 for an issue that might just be exactly what I’ve been waiting for in Dawn of X. This issue is bonkers in all the best ways!

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Someone is finally using Apocalypse well

Meanwhile, speaking of Dawn of X, I glanced through the Giant-Sized Jean Grey and Emma Frost issue and it’s fine. It’s one of those totally silent issues, relying on the art to tell a crazy story set in Storm’s mindscape. I’m not a fan of dream settings, but Russell Dauterman’s art is fantastic. Why Marvel hasn’t put him on a main X-Men title yet, I do not know.

Comic Reviews: Ant-Man #2, Far Sector #4, Force Works 2020 #1, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #48, New Mutants #8 and X-Men #7.

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I think Multiple Man Has a Freaky New Costume

Multiple Man is my all-time favorite comic book character. After a rough couple of years, during which he was unceremoniously killed and replaced by a poorly written duplicate, I’m fairly certain that he’s back among the living on Krakoa with all of the other mutants. Several months in, Jamie Madrox hasn’t actually appeared in any active scenes or had any dialogue in Dawn of X, but we have had at least one flashback appearance…during which a couple dupes were horribly murdered.

I think Multiple Man has made another appearance in the new Wolverine #1…but I don’t have any confirmation other than this dude just looks like Multiple Man…if Multiple Man was given a freaky new costume.

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Really? Those eyes?

This character isn’t named and doesn’t speak. He just appears in this single panel.

But here are my clues:

1.) This looks like a Multiple Man costume. It’s new and freaky, to be sure, but dark blue body suit with yellow lines and dotes and a full-head covering are signature to a classic Madrox costume.

2.) There are others. In this scene, this character is looking over some of the Krakoan flowers. And the camera does show other figures doing the same thing…but the camera is too far away to see any details. So either a bunch of different people in dark outfits are looking over flowers, or they’re all the same guy in this costume.

3.) The writer is the same. Benjamin Percy wrote Wolverine #1, and he also wrote X-Force #4, which is the issue where the Madrox dupe was killed that I linked to above. So if Percy used Madrox in X-Force, it stands to reason he might throw in another Madrox cameo in Wolverine.

4.) He’s using a clipboard. The freaky new costume guy is using a clipboard while looking over the flowers. The Multiple Man cameo in X-Force #4 was also using a clipboard to look over stock. Can it then be extrapolated that Benjamin Percy has given Multiple Man the job of looking over Krakoa inventory? I wouldn’t put it past him!

Look, I’m just a guy who likes Multiple Man and wants to see him with a proper appearance in Dawn of X. And if it takes a freaky new costume to make that happen, so be it! I kinda like the costume.

Though it could use a trench coat

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At Least Somebody on Krakoa is Getting New Uniforms!

In a recent interview at Marvel.com, we learned a bit more about the upcoming X-Factor comic, including the fact that the whole team is getting new costumes! Check out these bad boys, as designed by series artist David Baldeón!

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Rachel, Daken, Northstar, Aurora, Polaris, Prodigy and Eye-Boy

I like the look!

I also like that at least somebody is getting a new uniform for Dawn of X. I love it when the X-Men wear matching uniforms, or at least uniforms with a unifying theme. It really makes the X-Men stand out. And I would have hoped that Dawn of X would prompt a new uniform across the line, as a way to really re-enforce the new status quo. I loved the Grant Morrison uniforms, at least in hindsight.

I will admit to being rather disappointed that Dawn of X features a random mish mash of old and new uniforms. Something more solid for everybody would be fun. And it looks great on X-Factor!

I only wish the Blob got a fancy new X-Factor costume…

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 2/8/20

It’s Birds of Prey weekend! I was trapped in a snowstorm yesterday, so I haven’t seen the film yet, but it’s definitely on my docket for this weekend! And I’ll have my review/thoughts at the usual place on Wednesday! Too bad I didn’t read any Birds of Prey-related comics…

But I did enjoy new issues of Marauders, Lois Lane and Batman! So at least that’s something. Comic Book of the Week goes to the stellar debut of Zeb Wells’ new Ant-Man mini-series! Hilarious and fun all in one!

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Ant-Man is friends to everyone!

Meanwhile, the big X-Men/Fantastic Four Dawn of X crossover kicked off this week and it was fine. The X-Men really come off as jerks…and then the Fantastic Four kind of comic off as jerks. It’s not a good showing for anybody. I feel like the X-Men could handle superhero diplomacy a little better if they really want to solidify their new status quo.

Comic Reviews: Ant-Man #1, Batman #88, Doctor Doom #5, Lois Lane #8, Magnificent Ms. Marvel #12 and Marauders #7.

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