The Remnant #4 Review

The Remnant #4This series surprised a few people with it’s high quality upon its debut 4 months ago, especially seeing as it had actor Stephen Baldwin’s name attached to it. I’m glad I gave this a go though and I recommend picking up the eventual Trade when it arrives, particularly if fast paced thrillers with something a little extra are your thing.

As I’ve said before, The Remnant has been created as a Trade read, with its hectic story that doesn’t let up. There’s no chance to stop and catch your breath. You just have to run to keep up.

This final issue begins seconds from last month’s final page, with the mysterious woman with David’s wife, Sara in her sights laying bleeding in the street. Homeland Security wants answers from David and Sara but must fight to keep them both alive, as well as fighting against them at times.

This isn’t the high point for the series. It needed an extra issue or two to tie up loose ends, and with the rather ambivalent ending quite possibly involving the Rapture, it just may get it. I’d expect a Volume 2 to eventually be released. The supernatural elements that have been hinted at throughout this title come to the fore here, but rather awkwardly so. With characters espousing fate, prophecy and chaos it all seems like a flood, rather than a subtle wave. The Remnant has gone from Bourne to something else entirely in just one issue. It’s not enough to make me dislike this series, as it’s hooked me from the beginning. Caleb Monroe has an impressive handle on pace and artist Julian Totino Tedesco’s fluid figures and superb layouts, with great use of space get me every time. However, I was expecting more with the conclusion. If there is more to come, I’ll be happy. If not, this is a disappointing end to an otherwise uniquely engaging series.

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Marvel Mirth

Think of it as Marvel’s less crude version of Robot Chicken. Press release below.

Marvel’s brand-new video series “Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!” premieres on Marvel.com today! See it now here.

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In today’s Giant-Size Premiere, find out what happens when Iceman loses his powers and decides to play his luck at being a late night talk-show host!

“Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!” continues Marvel’s tradition of comic book satires as made popular in the Marvel comic book series “NOT BRAND ECHH” (from the 1960s) and “What The–?!” (from the 1990s). This time around, it’s not only a new millennium but a new medium, with Marvel exercising its might in the world of stop-motion animation. 

Tune in to Marvel Videos for more news and more Mighty Marvel exclusives!

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Marvel’s Variety

If you need proof that there’s an abundance of different comics released every week, just check out the tiny assortment below, from what Marvel’s offering this week. Looks like there’s something for everyone, as usual.

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For the full list of Marvel’s April Fool’s Day releases, see below.

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This Is How You Do It

Dark Avengers #3I read a lot of comics. I look forward to the Previews catalogue each month and my new comics every Thursday or Friday. For as long as I’ve been reading them, comics have primarily consisted of 22 story pages. Sure, the argument over that arbitrary number re-surfaces from time to  time, and perhaps monthlies aren’t as in favour as Trades and OGNs, which find a more welcome home at bookstores, but to make a story have impact in 22 pages is no easy feat. Not every comic I read is a winner of course, and some steal minutes from me as I trudge through them. However, this month has been a good one. And of course, if you read comics, you more than likely want to work “in” comics as a creator. If that’s you, then take note of these recent releases in how to craft an engrossing story.

Dark Avengers #3. Ever since Avengers Disassembled from a few years ago, which tore apart the traditional Avengers crew, the spin-offs have been abundant. We’ve had Young, New, Mighty and now Dark. They’ve all made sense and added something to the mythos though. However Dark Avengers, launching from Secret Invasion is a great twist. With Norman Osborn replacing Tony Stark as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D, he quickly re-named the agency H.A.M.M.E.R and made in his own team in his dark image. So instead of Spider-Man, we have Venom, Bullseye instead of Hawkeye and Daken is Wolverine, and so on. What a great surprise, and it could go anywhere. Bendis showed again that he’s the master strategist of the Marvel Universe. In Dark Avengers #3, things quieten down somewhat and the first few pages are a prime example of deft characterisation balanced with superb pacing, helped ably by Mike Deodato’s pencils. Basically Osborn and disturbed hero Sentry are chatting. They’re two unusual men having a heart to heart. It goes on for 9 pages, but it’s the most riveting Avengers entry I’ve seen for ages.

Similarly, Justice League of America #31, written by Dwayne McDuffie is a great example of dialogue. Sure it’s from the mouths of costumed adventurers, but that doesn’t mean it’s all capital letters and exclamation marks. As JLA chairwoman Black Canary struggles to hold the roster in place she visits all the members for their reasons why the JLA just doesn’t cut it any more. There’s no action here, just pages of engrossing dialogue. Sadly, this may be the high point in this book for a while.

If you want to see what simple, hectic action looks like read this month’s Punisher #3, The Punisher #68 or Dark Reign Elektra #1, for an awesome escape sequence. If humour’s your thing, grab The Goon #32 (or any of them) by Eric Powell. I also picked up the Athena Voltaire/The Black Coat special from Ape Entertainment. It’s my first foray into those character’s books, but I was impressed, especially as two creators managed to write simple adventure tales starring two different characters in two different eras, but managed to effectively tie the narrative through both.

It’s worth picking up something you normally wouldn’t every time you visit the LCS, because you just may find a pleasant surprise.

Extra Sequential #2 Now Out!

It’s finally arrived. Woohoo! Our second issue is 88 pages long (30 pages more than our first issue!) and features more interviews, features and reviews. Inside you’ll find stuff on the new Flash Gordon, the Brit detective series Harker, the all-ages Kid Beowulf, artist Joe Jusko, the scary Dread Force mechs, and a look at the gorgeous work of Steve Pugh in Hotwire. There’s so much more of course. Hope you enjoy it! Check it out right here.

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Chad Helder Interview

At the always delightfully informative Broken Frontier, I interviewed writer Chad Helder. His unusual horror series, Bartholomew of the Scissors is out now in TPB, from Bluewater. The art is by Daniel Crosier and is suitably unique. It features woodburning on pine planks and is creepily effective. Go here for my interview, and cast your peepers on Crosier’s art below. And go here to see Helder’s blog, including a video of Crosier at work.

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Read War of Kings For Free

warofkings_01I picked up War of Kings #1 when it was released a few weeks ago. I haven’t been up to date on all the Marvel happenings lately, but I’m glad I grabbed it. What a space epic! With a royal marriage, speeding spaceships and weird aliens, it was awesome. Now, you can read it for free, and if you like it, the second issue by the same creative team is due out on April Fool’s Day. (No kidding!) Press release below.

It’s winner take all as tensions mount and the cosmic powder keg prepares to blow in War of Kings #1 (of 6)! Wondering what War of Kings is all about? Well here’s your chance to get in on all the action for FREE courtesy of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited right here! After the Skrulls threatened his kingdom during Secret Invasion, Black Bolt’s quest to ensure Inhuman dominance in the galaxy begins! The acclaimed team of writers Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, along with fan favorite artist Paul Pelletier, place the Inhumans on a crash course with the Shi’ Ar Empire and their deadly leader-Vulcan! With appearances from The Imperial Guard, Starjammers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and more, this is one cosmic war you won’t want to miss! 

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