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This was a great week for new series with stellar titles coming in from both Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Check out our opinions on VIOLENT LOVE #1, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1, BLACK PANTHER WORLD OF WAKANDA #1, MOTHER PANIC #1, and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1.



VIOLENT LOVE #1 (Image Comics)-

5.0 Stars

It is a Bonnie and Clyde tale for the ages in VIOLENT LOVE #1 from Image comics. Written by Frank J. Barbiere this comic centers on the story of Rock Bradley and Daisy Jane, two infamous criminals who went on a crime spree whose violence could only be matched by their love for one another. Told via flashbacks as a retired cop relates the story to a young girl, we first learn about the origin of Daisy Jane. A smart girl who fought against the odds and made it to college despite her rough upbringing. When her father is tortured and murdered in front of her something breaks deep inside of her and starts her down a dark path. The framework for the story is fun and I have to guess there is something more to the flashbacks than just a good story to tell. The young girl's enthusiasm for the tale is contagious and really does serve to bring the reader in. Daisy herself is a complex woman in a time when young women were just starting to break barriers and establish themselves. She makes the journey from trouble youth, to harassed waitress, to liberal college student, to criminal in a very believable and emotional arc. I really enjoyed Victor Santos' art on this issue. The loose pencils and sketchy style allow for tons of emotion from his characters and in a personal tale like this one which is more about people than bombastic action it is a much needed addition to the script. I enjoyed this book cover to cover and it is yet another creator owned hit for Image Comics. I am already drawn into Daisy's story and want to pick up issue number two so we can see where it goes and how her love ended so tragically.


INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 (Marvel Comics)-

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The Civil War II event left the world without a War Machine or an Iron Man and now Riri Williams must step up in Marvel Comic's new INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1. Brian Michael Bendis has been all things Iron Man since the All New All Different relaunch and his reign continues in this new series. I will admit that my eyes rolled into the back of my head when yet another Marvel mainstay was going to be replaced by a young girl character but I could not be happier to admit how wrong I was. Yet again, just like with Miles Morales, Bendis has tapped into something that just works. This first issue acts as a stand alone introduction to Riri for any new readers who might not have been following her exploits in the recently ended Iron Man run. We get a look at her upbringing and events that lead her to create her own armor and take up the fight. She is inexperienced and her armor lacks finesse and the one person who can help her perfect it is gone, or is he? As a new number one and a character introduction this issue works great. The thin though entertaining fight with a monster creating mutant is fun and allows time for Riri to test her new suit, highlighting both her genius and it's shortcomings. Bendis finds the perfect middle ground between a brilliant and heroic new hero while at the same time not making her very human and vulnerable. Stefano Caselli continues to produce beautiful pencils highlighted by an incredibly expressive main character whose face shines with detail and emotion in every panel. The lines are clean, the panel placement is great, and the action is fast. I could not have been more wrong about this new turn in the Iron Man story and I am happy to report that while I think Marvel Comics is straying a bit far from the path with some of its new moves this is not one of them. This is a fantastic book with amazing talent behind it. Please give it a chance because I think you will love it.



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The Dora Milaje take center stage in BLACK PANTHER WORLD OF WAKANDA #1 from Marvel Comics. Penned by Roxane Gay with consultation by Black Panther author Ta-Nehisi Coates, this issue takes place before the events of Black Panther #1 and features the initial meeting of Aneka and Ayo, two characters who have large roles in the current Black Panther series. The first issue sees the formation of their feelings for one another under the stress of an attack from Atlantis. Namor is possessed by the Phoenix force and using his new power to seek vengeance against Wakanda. First teacher and student, then commander and soldier, and eventually lovers these two had their relationship forged in fire and if nothing else this issue does a good job of showing that. Unfortunately, for me at least, this issue does little else beyond offering a glimpse into the past of two characters featured in a far better series. While Aneka and Ayo are welcome additions to the ensemble in Black Panther they are not written with enough gravitas to carry their own comic book in this series. In a series like this based on essentially brand new characters to the Marvel universe the author needs to give readers a reason to care and I found none. The art by Alitha E. Martinez is serviceable at best and boring at worst. Dull character art with flat empty backgrounds result in a rather lackluster visual representation. This combined with weak characters makes this book really hard to recommend to anyone but the most die hard Black Panther fans who are looking for anything more to grab a hold of that takes place in the current universe. A backup story by Yona Harvey, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Afua Richardson highlights the backstory of Blank Panther villain Zenzi. This story is better written with better art that the main comic and I hope that Afua Richardson finds more work at Marvel soon because her art is really something to behold. Overall this issue is one I would advise readers to pass on but if you see it at the local comic book store check out the backup story.


MOTHER PANIC #1 (DC Comics)-

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MOTHER PANIC #1 is the last of the four initial Young Animal comics from DC Comics and it is safe to say Gerard Way's experiment has been a rousing success. Writer Jody Houser delves into the depths of Gotham City and uncovers horrors unlike any seen in your standard Batman comic. Violet Paige is a young celebutante with a troubled past. Her mother suffers from early onset Alzheimers and her father died while she was young leaving her to grow up in boarding schools. Violet returns to Gotham as Mother Panic, an urban vigilante that quickly makes it known she is not one of the Bat's lackeys. Art and murder cross paths as victims are flayed over blank canvas creating haunting patterns for rich collectors. When Mother Panic saves a would be whistle blower she ends up over her head in a game where the rules are set by Gotham's elites. In a setting like Gotham that is rife with street level heroes Mother Panic stands out on the merit of its main character. Violet Paige is instantly endearing, sympathetic, and a complete bad ass. Houser gives the reader a ton of character development in just a few short pages and it is very well done. Her past, the relationship with her mother, the death of her father, and her angst filled disposition in the present all combine to give the reader a real insight into who she is and the fact that this is all done before the cliff hanger of the first issue shows what a concise and clean script this is. Tommy Lee Edwards does on a great job on art with dark and sketchy pencils that reflect the somber tone and general unease of the main character. I think one of my favorite panels in the entire issue is a very subtle look Violet gives to a couple of fans trying to catch her in a selfie. It is such a small thing but the amount of character and personality that can be conveyed in such a small panel just goes to show the quality and attention to detail of the art. Out of all of the Young Animal books Mother Panic has been my favorite and I think this is a must buy so don't miss it.



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Spinning out of one of the realities from Secret Wars is AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 from Marvel Comics. Author Gerry Conway gives readers an alternate version of Peter Parker's world in which he is married to Mary Jane and they have a young daughter, Annie. In an odd way this spin off series feels more like classic Spider-man than the current ongoing series. Far removed from globe trotting and Parker Industries, this Peter is still taking pictures for the Daily Bugle and getting by on a shoe string budget. This Peter feels warm, light hearted, and he is focused solely on his family. I did not read the Renew your Vows side story during the Secret Wars event so I went into this with no real knowledge of this new status quo but that did not hinder my enjoyment at all. If anything my reaction was that I noticed how much I miss this version of Spider-man. Dan Slott has been doing great things with Spider-man over the years but somewhere in his run the joy of what made that character so popular was lost. Conway has captured that feeling and in doing so written a first issue that had a smile on my face from cover to cover. The relationship with MJ is fun and engaging and Annie is instantly likable and precocious. The pencils from Ryan Stegman are sharp and the bright color pallet again serves to lighten the mood of this comic. I think that anyone who is a bit burned out on Dan Slott's run or does not like the new international direction Amazing Spider-man has taken should give this book a shot. Yes, it exists in its own pocket universe and seeing MJ in costume is kinda funny but this might be one of the best Peter Parker books I have read in a very long time.


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More Reviews on MightyVille:

Number 1 Bullets Comic Reviews: November 2, 2016

Number 1 Bullets Comic Reviews: October 26, 2016

Number 1 Bullets Comic Reviews: October 19, 2016

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