CBR reviews this week’s Eternals, Morbius, Black Radiant, Future State: Dark Detective, and Wolverine: Black, White & Blood books.
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ETERNOS # 2 (WONDER)
In the vast reach of the Marvel Universe, Eternals are one of Marvel’s most esoteric concepts. And after introducing the franchise basics in Eternal # 1, Kieron Gillen, Esad Ribic, Matthew Wilson, and Clayton Cowles focus on one of Marvel’s most famous faces, Thanos, for a fight with Ikaris in Eternal # 2.
Eternal doubles down on the loose connection between Thanos and the immortal heroes, explicitly explaining his place in their cosmology. Beyond that, the issue continues to be grounded in the central murder mystery that baffles this incarnation of cosmic demigods and tells a tragic short story about the nature of Eternals life. Smartly scripted and with no shortage of ideas, the art is suitably epic, with hazy colors that make the proceedings feel like Marvel mythology in the making.
MORBIUS: BOND OF BLOOD # 1 (MARVEL)
While the Morbius The film has been delayed to 2022, Ralph Macchio, Tom Reilly, Chris O’Halloran and Ariana Maher Morbius: Binding of Blood brings Marvel’s Living Vampire back to the comics with an imminently accessible solo adventure. This one-shot gives the former Spider-Man villain a perfect introduction that recaps Michael Morbius’s origin and puts him face-to-face with a classic Marvel villain.
While this may have been supplemental reading for curious moviegoers after watching Morbius, this one-shot reads like a lost tale of Morbius’s adventures in the Bronze Age of the 1970s. While the theme does a respectable job of defending Morbius as a solo leader, the real star here is the Reilly and O’Halloran art. The clean lines and cool colors of the art create a classic and attractive look that gives this comic a timeless flair that is well worth the price of admission.
FUTURE STATUS: DARK DETECTIVE # 3 (DC)
Gotham City of DC’s Future State event has been protected by two Dark Knights, Jace Fox’s Batman and Bruce Wayne’s dark detective. And in Mariko Tamaki, Dan Mora, Jordie Bellaire and Aditya Bidikar’s Future state: dark detective # 3, the Batmen of DC’s present and future state finally meet face to face. While that reunion is the main selling point of the comic, this issue still finds Bruce Wayne in a neon-noir mystery, punctuated by bold colors and dynamic action scenes.
Backing up the issue finds Grifter, Huntress, and Bat-Family ally Luke Fox on the run from the ruthless Magistrate who controls Gotham in a story by Matthew Rosenberg, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Antonia Fabela, and Andworld Design. This twisted and well-executed tale helps make Dark detective a complete package and one of the strongest titles of the Future State era.
RADIANT BLACK # 1 (IMAGE)
While superhero comics were once dismissed as teenage power fantasies, Kyle Higgins, Marcelo Costa and Becca Carey have given that sentiment a clever millennial makeover. Radiant black # 1. The new Image series finds struggling writer Nathan Burnett caught in a routine of millennial misery when a chance encounter gives him a superhero costume and powers beyond his wildest dreams.
Higgins has a knack for reviving franchises like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Y Ultraman intelligently updating them with crowd-pleasing makeovers. Without the nostalgia inherent in these types of properties, Radiant black # 1 still tackles timely ideas with an efficient, lighthearted debut and rock-solid character voices. Costa’s art takes this fast-paced first number well, especially coming to life in its action sequences. While this may be a very introductory topic, it is a masterclass to introduce readers to a world completely thought out and built from scratch in a single issue that makes a compelling case for the series.
WOLVERINE: BLACK, WHITE AND BLOOD # 3 (MARVEL)
Like the handful of recent black and white superhero titles from Marvel and DC, Wolverine: black, white and blood # 3 is an artistic showcase for various fan favorite artists. However, the three Wolverine stories in this issue are solid vignettes in their own right. John Ridley and Jorge Fornes offer an intelligent insight into Wolverine’s family life with a moving and violent story that highlights Logan’s relationship with his adopted daughter, Amiko. Jed MacKay and Jesus Saiz also tell a sharp story of cosmic justice that sees Wolverine travel to Mars.
However, the most prominent story of the subject is “Burn” by Donny Cates and Chris Bachalo, in which Wolverine and an unlikely Marvel hero team up to take down the Juggernaut. While Bachalo is a veteran X-Men artist, Cates’ clever script gives him room to loosen up with his trademark style. Any of these three short stories would make this issue worth reading, but they all make it a must-read for any Wolverine fan.
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