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Thanos #1

by Alan Rapp on November 26, 2016

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Thanos #1Given the power of the character and his wide-ranging plots from taking over the entire universe to killing everything in his path, Marvel Comics periodically shelves Thanos in a variety of ways. Sometimes this means killing the character, sometimes this means trapping him in an alternate universe, sometimes this means having the character go missing or even retire. Whatever the case, Thanos always returns.

The new series from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike Deodato is about precisely that. Thanos is back, and back with a vengeance. Not attacking Earth, not going after the Cosmic Cube or the Infinity Gems, this time Thanos is going home. Retracing his steps to rebuild a power base, Thanos quickly dispenses with the former lieutenant Corvus Glaive and reassures his control over the Black Order. The question is, what does Thanos have planned?

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Jessica Jones #2

by Alan Rapp on November 22, 2016

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Jessica Jones #2After others had tried and failed to get answers out of her, Luke Cage confronts Jessica Jones for answers about their missing child. Notable mainly for he confrontation between the two (which, when it doesn’t go that well for either hero, Jessica runs away from by jumping several city blocks), Jessica Jones #2 may not give Luke any answers about his little girl but the reader will discover the truth.

Yep, Jessica’s personal life remains a trainwreck (with no signs of that changing anytime soon). Things don’t go any better on the professional front as Jessica’s client turns up dead. Before she can deal with that bit of bad news, however, Jessica is attacked by the Spot who abducts the private investigating super-hero in broad daylight in the middle of the street.

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Green Lanterns #11

by Alan Rapp on November 21, 2016

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Green Lanterns #11With the unstable Frank Laminski now in control of the Phantom Ring, it falls to Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz to take down the would-be hero. The task is doing so is complicated by Laminski actually performing some very public heroic duties, including saving a young girl’s life. Caught on camera, the two assigned Green Lanterns for Sector 2814 struggle to explain the situation (although Laminski’s unstable personality eventually gets them out of the jam).

The scene in which the Green Lanterns are stopped in their tracks not by a villain but by a reporter works well. Having Laminski’s own insecurities get them out of the situation feels a little too neat, as it saves the heroes from thinking their way out of the problem.

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Infamous Iron Man #2

by Alan Rapp on November 21, 2016

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Infamous Iron Man #2Doctor Doom‘s stint as the new Iron Man continues here with the reformed villain paying a visit to another former associate. As with the first issue where Doom confronted Diablo, in Infamous Iron Man #2 Victor von Doom confronts the Mad Thinker. When his associate refuses to see the world through Doom’s new hero-colored lenses, the two fight out their issues.

Along with Doom targeting another villain, the second issue of the new series also features the Thing hunting down the Fantastic Four villain in methods that don’t befit an Avenger or member of the Fantastic Four (including busting his way into the sovereign soil of the Latverian embassy and demanding to see Doom). Sadly, we’ll have to wait until the next issue to see how these former associates work out their issues. (I’m just guessing here, but I’m not expecting them to work over their issues over coffee).

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #4

by Alan Rapp on November 16, 2016

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #4Red Hood‘s undercover mission inside Black Mask‘s criminal organization is put in jeopardy by the realization that the crime lord has gotten his hands on Bizarro. Jason attempts to make nice with the immensely powerful Superman clone while also attempting to keep his cover intact. Well, one out of two ain’t bad.

The reveal at the end of the issue that Black Mask knows who Jason is and what he’s really after (and has for some time) makes him a far more dangerous adversary (especially now that he’s figured out a way to control his super-human wrecking machine). It also raises questions as to just who is supplying Black Mask with such specific information, and why? I’m not sure the comic has any plans to reveal that information and the final panel suggests a more action-oriented next issue.

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