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Michael Crowe recommends Legendary Star-Lord #1
In anticipation of the August 1st release of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel is launching an all new ongoing series titled: Legendary Star-Lord. The series follows Peter Quill (portrayed on-screen by Chris Pratt), as he traverses the galaxy without the help of his fellow Guardians…at least for the moment
Issue #1 introduces us to the titular character, giving us a peek into the life of an orphan from Earth turned intergalactic outlaw. As someone who is unfamiliar with the cosmic corners of the Marvel Universe, I found this issue to be both informative and, most of all, fun. Writer samhumphries infuses the character with an infectious sense of adventure. Peter seems to relish his alter-ego, Star-Lord, and even the trouble it gets him into. But beneath this facade of carefree bravado and effortless charm lies the heart of a hero. In essence, Quill is a do-gooder who doesn’t always go about doing good in the best ways.
Paco Medina’s art harnesses the outlaw narrative by calling to mind westerns through stunning establishing shots and character designs. Paco also illustrates some seriously cool ships and weapons, exciting the scifi swashbuckler in all of us. The coloring, also by Medina, is rich and vibrant, lending a liveliness to the perils of full time space adventuring and thievery. Together they craft a story that is both intriguing and non-threatening for the uninitiated.
Michael Crowe works in digital assets/launch at Comixology. He is also an avid fan of science fiction, action/adventure and horror.
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Kara Szamborski recommends Captain Marvel #3
Superhero comics are modern myths—there are heroes, villains, epic battles, grand quests, and extraordinary deeds. As readers, we are used to these patterns, however unrealistic and stark an interpretation of the world they are. In Captain Marvel #3, our hero gets a serious reality check, and so do we.
Dodging through the space dogfight at the opening of our story, Captain Marvel and the Guardians of the Galaxy (yeah, the guys in the upcoming movie! Learn about ‘em here.) reclaim the Captain’s stolen ship and complete her mission objective—-but a larger challenge looms, one that she will not be able to solve alone. She arrives on an alien planet wanting to fix the problems it faces, but the situation is hardly one that requires a sharp catch phrase and a well aimed photon blast. Most problems are complex and require cooperation, communication, and compromise, and cannot be easily solved by one person, superpowered or not.
We are so often treated to the idea that the hero will save the day without realizing that one person’s hero is another person’s nuisance or even unintentional enemy. Kelly Sue DeConnick (kellysue) introduces us to the idea that Captain Marvel is in over her head, and the potential of this idea has me hooked.
The previous Captain Marvel series was mostly set on Earth, but these new adventures look to the skies. I’m pretty new to the Marvel Universe, but I have no doubt that exploring it with Captain Marvel is going to be the best way to go.
Kara Szamborski supervises the International Production team at comiXology. She thinks the latest She-Hulk series is flawless.
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Eric Arroyo recommends Cyclops #1
Cyclops is a sentimental father-son roadtrip, where the father is a space pirate, the son is the teen leader of the X-Men, and the car is a stolen spaceship tearing through a hostile galaxy.
This first issue directly follows the events of All-New X-Men, where a time-displaced teen Scott Summers (the titular Cyclops) is dealing with two revelations: he grows up to become a jerk, and his dead dad is actually alive and a space pirate known as Corsair. And if you’re just as confused as Scott is, this issue will catch you up to speed, with clever exposition that delves into Scott’s insecurities and shows writer Greg Rucka’s (ruckawriter) command of a teenage voice.
So how do a teenage mutant superhero and a notorious space outlaw overcome their self-doubt? By getting caught up in a thrilling dogfight and hijacking a spaceship like only Errol Flynn with a spacesuit and eyebeams could!
Writer Greg Rucka (Lazarus, Batwoman: Elegy), artist russelldauterman (Supurbia), and colorist Chris Sotomayor have gone to great lengths to establish a whimsical tone and conflicted relationships at the start of this journey. The respect that Corsair commands from his crew is frequently contrasted with the fears he faces as an absentee father with a second chance. Dauterman captures Scott’s emotional clumsiness through gesture and body language just as well as he composes a cosmic pirate raid. Dauterman and Sotomayor’s environments are beautiful and desolate, effectively conveying Scott’s wonder and fears regarding his new surroundings. But the team’s greatest accomplishment is in portraying Scott and his coming-of-age dilemmas as empathetic and genuine, in spite of the world of cat-like alien stepmothers, zero-G swashbuckling, and organic spacecraft surrounding him.
The real magic at the heart of Cyclops is an outrageous sense of adventure with an honest emotional core.
Eric Alexander Arroyo is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and a Digital Editor at comiXology. He’s probably drawing giant robots or listening to ABBA.
Circa 2007 - Annihilation Book One
The Annihilation Wave has come! Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone, has declared war! Hordes of loyal soldiers swarm from the center of the universe, and only a handful of heroes can resist destruction! As the Xandarian Nova Corps meets its doom, only Richard Rider - the man called Nova - survives. Drax the Destroyer returns from exile on Earth to mentor Nova - but wait until you see his dangerous new persona! Guest-starring Quasar, Ronan the Accuser, the Super-Skrull and Thanos!
Download this Marvel cosmic classic at a discount this weekend!