From a titanic team-up to the mutant crucible, here are few takes on some new Marvel books that hit shelves, both physical and digital:
Did you hear that there’s going to be a Disney+ Marvel show focused on Falcon and Winter Soldier? I kid, I know you have. Well, Marvel Comics is getting in on the action early with a new limited series focusing on the duo.
Falcon and Winter Soldier #1
Writer: Derek Landy
Artist: Federico Vincentini
This issue kicks off with a bang and doesn’t let up, which is what you want from a series starring two former Captain Americas. Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are brought together after Barnes is attacked in his home and Wilson comes across a murder spree at the Office of Federal Utilities. It’s all very spy vs spy type stuff, and writer Landy keeps things moving while building up a plot of intrigue. By the end of the issue, we’re introduced to a new, well-crafted character who manages to kick the crap out of our heroes singlehandedly. It’s enough to leave you hungry to see what happens next.
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
I’ve made no secret of my unabashed love for Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men renaissance, and this latest issue just continues that trend. Here, we’re introduced to the concept of crucible for the mutants, which is spearheaded by Apocalypse. It’s a brutal concept that ties in with the mutants’ resurrection protocols, and the less said here the better. What I will address though, is the portrayal of Apocalypse in the X-world, and it’s one of the few criticisms I have of the relaunch as a whole. The Apocalypse on display in this book is very much in line with the character – he still looks for the worthy, and he is still intimidating, albeit with a love for his fellow mutants. However, in Excalibur the magical-based X-series where Apocalypse is a core character, I feel as that writer Tini Howard’s portrayal is lighter and inconsistent with the core series. I have trouble aligning the two, especially when Hickman’s approach is so spot on.
For those looking for the Apocalypse that has been a dominant force in X-books, and to see how that translates to the new status quo, X-Men #7 is a must purchase.