The Marvel Reviews For The Week Of March 20, 2019 – Life Story!

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Join us as the Marvel Reporters turn into the Marvel Reviewers our weekly review roundup. This is where we have assembled to give our thoughts on various issues that are released each week. This week we have Jay, Josh, and Louis giving reviews for books for the week of March 20, 2019. Check out the reviews below and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter. Welcome to the MARVEL REVIEWS, hope you enjoy the experience!

CAPTAIN MARVEL #3
“RE-ENTRY PT. 3”
Written By:
Kelly Thompson
Art By: Carmen Carnero
Colors By: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters By: VC’S Clayton Cowles
Cover By: Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
Variant Cover(s) By: David Mack
Price: $3.99

She-Hulk makes a pleasant surprise appearance in this issue of Captain Marvel. While the book checks in at a normal pace for comics. Carol is back full-force with the heroes of Earth. She’s insisted on being a part of the Avengers. While she’s trying to re-acclimate herself to the people of Earth, Nuclear Man has been fast at work trying to kill off her good name. With the help of a small crew, one of whom may or may not be a double agent, Carol Danvers faces one of her biggest challenges to date. Just when Carol thinks she’s turned the tide on the battle, a familiar face shows up to give her the fight of her life. ~ Josh @FightOnTwist

Verdict: 4 Stars

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #4
Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Juann Cabal, Douglas Franchin (Finisher 18-20)
Colors By: Nolan Woodward
Letters By: VC’s Travis Latham
Cover By: Andrew C. Robinson
Marvel Meow Variant Cover By: Nao Fuji
Price: $4.99

The Under Yorkers come to wage war on the city to get back Leilani and her children. Tom Taylor has brought back the Friendly Neighborhood back to Spider-Man! I missed the fun that Spider-Man gave us, even when he was facing death Peter always had some great quips to dole out. It isn’t just Peter though, it is the world feels different here, even with the danger of the situation we have folks in the neighborhood taking a stand for Spider-Man because he does the same for them. Another nice little piece here was the commentary on immigration in America, Taylor made it work into the story without having his politics overpowering the scene. But it is the moment in the end with Aunt May that really hits us in the feels and has me both anticipating and dreading that next issue. Woodward helps feed that sense of the classic feel in his colors that perfectly fits the simplistic yet detailed art of Cabal. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS #3 (Via IDW Publishing)
“The Iron Mechanic Part 3”
Written By:
Matthew K. Manning
Art By: Jon Sommarvia
Colors By: Photobunker
Letters By: Christa Miesner
Cover By: Jon Sommarvia
Variant Cover By: Ryan Jampole
Price: $3.99

The Avengers have to face off against the Advanced Iron Mechanic who is the brainwashed Tony Starke while also taking on Fin Fang Foom and A.I.M. Meanwhile, Madame Masque and the U-Foes break out of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarrier. These Marvel Action books are fun! I am really enjoying the continuity-light fun approach to them. I think it is the fun that I enjoy most! When was the last time Thor had some good quips? It is hard to remember when any of these Avengers last smiled and here they are enjoying being Avengers while not taking away from the gravity of their situation. The art here really does a nice job giving it an animated feel. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 Stars

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #1
Written By:
Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum
Art By: Michele Bandini
Colors By: David Curiel
Letters By: V.C.’s Travis Lanham
Cover By: Clayton Crain
Variant Covers By: Various Artists
Price: $3.99

Set in the GamerVerse Spider-Man takes down Kingpin and with a power vacuum in the city, Mr. Negative tries to fill that void. I am not a gamer and have only played the PS4 Spider-Man sparingly with my nephew, but I have seen the “cut scenes movie” online so I have an understanding of the basic story. If you are someone who either played this game or like me watched the cut scenes, don’t worry, while they do tell the same story overall, this issue adds new dimensions to it. I really like the added depth and story we got here, they really give me a better feel for the GamerVerse world.~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ¼ Stars

MEET THE SKRULLS #2
“Family Unit”
Written By:
Robbie Thompson
Art By: Niko Henrichon
Colors By: Laurent Grossat
Letters By: V.C.’s Travis Lanham
Cover By: Marcos Martin
Variant Cover By: Rahzzah
Price: $3.99

The Warners continue their mission while their handler Moloth informs Carl that the man hunting the Skrull sleepers could be after his daughter Alice. I love how complex these characters are. These are Skrulls, who should be just seen as evil threats but through their backstories, we see maybe there is more to them? Then that rug is pulled from under us when we see apparently Carl doesn’t care that his own daughter could be killed by the hunter. Even Alice herself is complex she seems to be the one who is the best of them, then she goes total Mean Girl on a girl from school. I can’t wait to see what Thompson has planned for the next issue! Niko Henrichon’s style is the perfect fit for this Twilight Zone meets Riverdale vide this book has. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #4
Written By:
Saladin Ahmed
Pencils By: Javier Garron
Colors By: David Curiel
Letters By: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover By: Marco D’Alfonso
Price: $3.99

This issue has an easy premise of Miles skipping school with his friends Judge and Barbara for the last day of an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. However the only obstacle is Brooklyn Vision’s Vice Principal, Lyle Dutcher. This issue does a great job introducing Dutcher as a recurring/minor antagonist for Miles whenever the young hero leaves school to help out during NYC’s latest disaster. Also since this is a story about skipping school, it wouldn’t be complete without a Ferris Bueler style montage return trip. Although artwork-wise Miles and company’s trip back looks like a map featuring Billy from Family Circus, it’s still a delight to see. Overall this was a fun one-shot story that focuses more on Miles as a teenager and not just Spider-Man. Also this would be a good recommendation for people who only know Miles from Into the Spider-Verse. ~ Louis @spiderman1991

Verdict: 4 Stars

SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #1
Written By:
Chip Zdarsky
Pencils By: Mark Bagley
Inks By: John Dell
Colors By: Frank D’Armata
Letters By: VC’s Travis Lanham
Covers By: Chip Zdarsky
Variant Covers By: Marcos Martin, Greg Smallwood, and Skottie Young
Price: $4.99

This series has a great premise, exploring Spider-Man’s career against a backdrop of real time. Starting off with the 60’s and the Vietnam War is a great choice because we still get Flash Thompson enlisting which actually happened in Amazing Spider-Man #47. However, this series has it’s own continuity which is enforced by it’s dates for when Peter got bit by the spider and references to his age. Also this issue’s dialogue is very well-written. Chip Zdarsky does an impressive job using slang from the 60’s in his characters lines. Plus there’s an amazing scene where Spidey talks to Captain America about whether he should join the Vietnam War. Zdarsky really captures Captain America’s lines in his advice to the webhead. Spider-Man: Life Story has an impressive debut issue that will leave readers wanting more which is the constant mark of a memorable story. ~ Louis @spiderman1991

Verdict: 5 Stars

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