Posts Tagged ‘Black Cat’

COMIC TITLE: Black Cat Annual #1 (2019)
Joey Vazquez– Artist
Jed MacKay–Writer
November 13, 2019
Marvel Comics 

IMG_5794There were not a lot of comics that were coming out this week that I was interested in unless you were already following some storylines. Out of all the various companies, Marvel Comics was the big winner this week and that is why I chose Black Cat Annual #1 as this week’s Comic Book Of The Week. For those that do not know what an annual is in the comic book world, it is a chance for publications to release an issue once a year that has a longer story or sometimes multiple stories that may not fit in the scheme of things with the regular monthly release. Black Cat’s series happens to be one that I have been enjoying  and this one gets interesting because Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and Felicia Hardy (Black Cat) are getting married. Well, you see they are sort of getting married even though they broke up, but Peter is doing it because Felicia has asked for his help in the case of a Maggia crime family wedding. Meanwhile, Christopher Coffin is doing his best to break into some kind of vault while Bruno Grainger breaks into an old S.H.I.E.L.D. facility to prove that no one pays attention to big dumb looking guys. The issue was written by Jed MacKay (Spider-Geddon) and illustrated by Joey Vazquez (Magnificent Ms. Marvel).

IMG_5793I have to be honest in saying that I like annuals because you get stories sometimes that don’t exactly fit in the scheme of the series and sometimes it’s the crew just having fun with their specific title. I definitely felt that way about this specific issue and that it was Jed MacKay having fun with the title while keeping it as close to the series as he possibly can. Who would of thought the idea of a crime family that when both families are in a disagreement that two potential newlyweds have to fight each other to the death. If it’s someone that you truly love then how do you just kill them for the sake of two families? Nevertheless, it’s a wild and zany adventure like only Spider-Man would have in his comics and he goes on the adventure with the the beautiful Felicia Hardy which is a conflict of interest, but they used to date. At first, it has it’s moments where you are asking what is the point of these side stories, but it will all make sense when you keep reading on and it’s kind of cool because it’s like Ocean’s 11 where you see the main characters doing their thing before it goes to the side characters and what they are doing. The comic has plenty of action and the action is good and it’s funny when it needs to be. I love the artwork in the main story more than I do in some of the side stories. I felt in Bruno’s story that some of the artwork just got a little lazy, but that is OK. It’s easy to follow along with and the colors are vibrant as they bring it to life on your page. Check it out and check out the grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Symbiote Spider-Man #4 (2019)
Greg Land – Artist
Peter David–Writer
July 10, 2019
Marvel Comics

Symbiote_Spider-Man_Vol_1_4This was another slow week for me as far as comic book titles were concerned and a lot of the titles I did pick up were titles that I was continuing to read like my choice for today’s comic. Back in early May, I covered the second issue of Symbiote Spider-Man which followed Spider-Man who had this new suit that was actually alien technology because it was a symbiote. In the previous issues, Spider-Man has had some issues with Quentin Beck a.k.a. Mysterio who can’t take the fact that no one respects him for losing to Spider-Man all the time. So, he tries everything, but he continues to fail until he decides that the only way to succeed is to convince Spider-Man’s girlfriend Felicia Hardy a.k.a. The Black Cat to steal a little slice of the suit for him. After showing her the files that the Kingpin kept on her, he blackmails her into to stealing the slice which was pretty easy for her to do considering Peter and her are going through a rough patch. In this month’s issue of Symbiote Spider-Man #4, Felicia hands over the piece of the suit over to Beck and he brings it to the Kingpin’s lab to dissect it, but it’s too strong and out of control and it bonds with him. Meanwhile, all Peter wants to do is meet up with Aunt May for some pancakes to try and smooth things over with her, but Mysterio could prove to be a thorn in his side.

zb2ZunnUFor a very long time, I had kind of lost interest in the web-slinger, but thanks to Tom Holland and his performance in all the Marvel films including the brand new Spider-Man: Far From Home film, he has renewed my interest in it. I have been enjoying the story so far as it keeps building and building in momentum and now it looks like we are about to see an epic battle between Spider-Man and a new and improved Mysterio. I think Peter David has been doing a great job with the story as far as having the main plot and then all these little subplots that appearing now in the story like the relationship between Black Cat and Spider-Man and what is going to happen to their relationship if he finds out? These stories can definitely be some of the best soap operas around and better than what you get on TV. The artwork has been fantastic from Greg Land, I can never complain about the work that this man is doing with the comic and he’s done a terrific job throughout every issue. He hast stayed true to what the comic is to look and feel like it and he has run with it. The panels are easy to follow along with so you shouldn’t have any trouble there. If you haven’t checked out the series yet then I think you should definitely give this one a shot. So, check out the comic and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Symbiote Spider-Man #2 (2019)
Greg Land– Artist
Peter David –Writer
May 8, 2019
Marvel Comics

symbioteI am more than positive that most everyone in the world has seen Avengers: Endgame at least once since the film did make over two billion in just nine days. If not, spoiler alert, you have been warned and do not read any further if you do not want anything spoiled. So, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the next leader of the pack going forward in the MCU is definitely going to be Peter Parker just from what we have seen in the new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer. With that being said, I have always been a fan of the web slinger and I decided to check out the second issue of Symbiote Spider-Man which once again features writing from Peter David (Captain America) and art from Greg Land (All-New X-Men). In the previous issue, Spider-Man is dealing with a lot on his plate with one of them being his new love interest in Felicia (Black Cat), a new suit that is alien technology that he’s still trying to figure out, and the always annoying Mysterio. In this issue, he tries to track down Mysterio to apologize to him for his actions, but Mysterio has some serious muscle up his sleeve waiting as Mysterio hires a new threat because he’s sick of losing and being the laughing stock of villains. Will Mysterio succeed or did he bite off more than he can chew. For more on the comic book and anything else Marvel related, just click here.

SneIe9itOne of the things I enjoyed about this comic is the fact that it’s exploring what happened right after Secret Wars and we are getting to see what this suit can really do. I kind of like how Mysterio starts off the series kind of cocky in that he thinks he has a plan, but as things begin to fall apart, he realizes that maybe everyone was right about him and that he is way over his head. I’m hoping that in the next issue, we get to explore the Black Cat/Spider-Man dynamic a little more because that will be an interesting tale to say the least. I don’t think we’ll have to worry about that because I’m sure Peter David will deliver as he always has. At first, I thought the artwork was going to be the old school Secret Wars look which I would have been OK with, but then as you turn the pages you see Greg Land’s amazing work on every single page. The detail in the comic is incredible and it definitely almost pops off of the page which I definitely enjoyed. The panels are easy to follow along with and pretty direct so you shouldn’t have a problem there and the comic is great. I definitely suggest giving this one a look especially if you’re a Spider-Man fan and in the meantime check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+