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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 4/20/19

By this time next week, I will have seen Avengers: Endgame and all will be right in the world. I can’t wait. I’m very excited. Let’s hope I’m not too excited!

Until then, we’ve got to read some fun comics, like Guardians of the Galaxy and the final issue of West Coast Avengers! The War of the Realms also continued this week! But Comic Book of the Week goes to the big, climactic issue of Tony Stark – Iron Man for a solid, enjoyable story.

Iron Man Rules 04

Kids are jerks

Meanwhile, my skimming of new Uncanny X-Men issues reaffirms my correct decision to drop them. More characters I like are dead. Though if my brother is reading this, he might be slightly pleased to know that the original Pyro has been stealth returned to the living…though apparently as a one-note bad guy. I’m working on a larger Pyro article, I promise.

Comic Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy #4, Magnificent Ms. Marvel #2, Tony Stark – Iron Man #10, War of the Realms #2 and West Coast Avengers #10. 

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Ms. Marvel is Getting a New Uniform; I Don’t Like It

Marvel Comics has announced that Ms. Marvel will get a new costume redesign to go along with some outer space adventures she’s going to have in her new comic. The redesign was announced alongside the new comic solicitations this week.

I don’t like the new costume.

Kamala New Costume 01

Hopefully it’s not a symbiote

Judge for yourself, obviously, but I think it’s way too busy. It’s got all this new metal and all these new design features. It’s garish and tacky.

Kamala New Costume 02

Because she uses so many shoulder bags?

Ms. Marvel’s original costume is pretty much perfect. And the old adage of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” definitely comes to mind.

But at the same time, costume redesigns are quite common in comics. Kamala isn’t immune to that sort of thing. But man, this redesign stinks. Another old adage — “Keep it simple, stupid” — also comes to mind.

This isn’t just me bitching about a change in a comic. A lot of recent costume redesigns have been great. Carol Danvers upgrading to that cool Captain Marvel suit was perfect. And the Spider-Woman redesign led to me reading her comic, which easily became one of my favorite comics of the past 10 years. I am a Spider-Woman fan to this day because that sweet costume change got me interested in the character.

We’ll see how this Ms. Marvel change goes…

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 2/16/19

These are the best comic book weeks! Sometimes I’ll get a couple of comics on my Buy Pile to pick through, see what I like or don’t like. But weeks like this one was stuffed with my favorite comics! We’ve got Runaways, we’ve got Mr. & Mrs. X, we’ve got Go Go Power Rangers! It’s like I’m being spoiled!

We’ve also got G. Willow Wilson’s final issue of Ms. Marvel, a bittersweet but otherwise wonderful moment! I wanted to give it Comic Book of the Week to mark the occasion, but it had to go up against the first issue of Mark Russell’s Wonder Twins comic. I can now die a happy man for having read Wonder Twins #1.

Wonder Twins Hall 01

Four decades in the making

That’s not to say Wilson’s final Ms. Marvel isn’t fun! Read that too!

Comic Book Reviews: Captain Marvel #2, Go Go Power Rangers #17, Mr. & Mrs. X #8, Ms. Marvel #38, Runaways #18, Wonder Twins #1 and Wonder Woman #64.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 2/2/19

Last week was a wasteland of new comics I like to read, and this week drops a bunch! How do you like them apples, eh? Suffice to say, I had a lot to read and enjoy this week.

Action Comics and Wonder Woman are both enjoyable out of DC, and my opinion starts to change for the better on Heroes in Crisis. Then we’ve got Marvel dropping a solid Ms. Marvel and West Coast Avengers. But the real standout, a true gem of a comic, is the new issue of Unstoppable Wasp. This is a rare game-changer of an issue and easily wins Comic Book of the Week.

Nadia Not Fine 02

This is fine. Everything is fine.

Could be a standout for Comic Book of the Year.

Meanwhile, I read the Alpha issue for Age of X-Man and it looks fine. Pretty bare bones, with more than a few obvious glitches in the manufactured reality. I still haven’t decided how I’ll cover the event. I’m not about to buy and read every single issue…but maybe I won’t buy or review any of them. All I know for sure is that I’m excited to see what Leah Williams does with the Blob.

Comic Reviews: Action Comics #1007, Captain America #7, Heroes in Crisis #5, Ms. Marvel #37, Unstoppable Wasp #4, West Coast Avengers #7 and Wonder Woman #63.

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Change Has Finally Come for The Magnificent Ms. Marvel

Dread it. Run from it. Creative changes still arrive. The day we all feared has come: G. Willow Wilson will be leaving Ms. Marvel. She’s written the character she helped create for five years now, at around 60 issues, but word came down today that she’s leaving. I have long feared this day.

Wilson’s run will end soon, and then the new year will kick off with The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1, written by Saladin Ahmed, with art from Minkyu Jung. More on them in a minute.

I am saddened to see Wilson leaving the title because Ms. Marvel is a fantastic comic. Kamala Khan is arguably the greatest new comic book character of the 21st century, in large part to Wilson’s pen — with help from editor Sana Amanat, and the various awesome artists. Together, they created a freshly original superhero character who is both instantly charming and deeply complex. Kamala’s journey from fangirl to legit hero has been wonderful to read over the past five years.

Personally, I’ve always been a little disappointed at how quickly Marvel spread the Ms. Marvel love. Kamala succeeded in large part because of her grounded humanity. For me personally, Wilson and Amanat welcomed me into the world of Muslim households and places of worship, giving me greater insight into a culture I have never been exposed to. But then Marvel had to go and make her an Avenger almost immediately, and now she’s joined and left and re-joined so many major superhero teams that the very act has no meaning.

Thankfully, Wilson kept the main series grounded. I really am going to miss her work on this comic.

Meanwhile, Wilson wrote an open letter today at Marvel.com. Fun read!

I don’t know what to expect from Ahmed. Word of mouth around the internet on him is great. But I didn’t care for his Exiles comic at all, and I still haven’t read his Black Bolt series (though I have the first tpb sitting on my “to read” pile). I didn’t much care at the time for the short story he wrote in Ms. Marvel #31, but I suppose it was fine. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

And then we can all get hyped for the Ms. Marvel movie! It’s gotta happen eventually, right?!

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