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Meet Marvel’s All-New Young Guns

All-New Young Guns SpecialEvery few years or so Marvel Comics likes to put a big spotlight on their bullpen of up-and-coming art talent they’ve dubbed The Young Guns. Former Young Guns include artists like Jim Cheung, Olivier Coipel, David Finch, and Steve McNiven, and this year Marvel has put another group of hot, young talent on some of the publisher’s best titles. What better way to showcase these artists then showing off their stuff? Here’s a rundown on these hot, young artists, where you can find current work, and my favorite work from each.

Ryan Stegman @RyanStegman

Currently seen in Inhuman

Ryan Stegman 1

Best Shot: Fantastic Four

Ryan Stegman 2

Nick Bradshaw

Currently seen in Guardians of the Galaxy

Nick Bradshaw 1

Best Shot: Wolverine & the X-Men

Nick Bradshaw 2

Mahmud Asrar @MahmudAsrar

Currently seen in Wolverine & the X-Men

Asrar 1

Best shot: Dynamo 5

Asrar 2

Valerio Schiti @ValerioSchiti

Currently seen in New Avengers

Valerio Schiti 1

Best shot: Hellboy

Valerio Schiti 2

David Marquez @DaveMarquez

Currently seen in Mile Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man

David Marquez 1

Best Shot: Secret Warriors

David Marquez 2

Sara Pichelli @Sara_Pichelli

Currently seen in Guardians of the Galaxy

Sara Pichelli 1

Best shot: Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man

Sara Pichelli 2

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #15

Guardians of the Galaxy 15

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #15
Brian Michael Bendis (WRITER) • Nick Bradshaw (ARTIST)
• With the entire galaxy gunning for the Guardians and Peter Quill missing, its time to bring in a little help. Captain Marvel JOINS the Guardians of the Galaxy!
• But where in the universe is Star-Lord? And what does his disappearance mean for the safety of earth?!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Despite the team being around since the 60’s, and this “modern” version since 2008, the Guardians of the Galaxy have probably never had as high of a profile as they do right now, due in no small part to a certain summer blockbuster looming on the horizon. While the buzz surrounding the film is certainly worthy (it looks awesome!) the story being told in the comic version of this soon to be world renown super-team is the perfect balance of introduction story, wrapped in a uniquely Guardians adventure, with a shiny bow of new placed right on the top.

The Good

Although this particular story-arc has been going on for quite some time it really feels like Bendis is almost reintroducing the characters, which should turn off long-time readers, but because of the writer’s approach and pacing with the story it comes off as a truly desperate adventure tale. The Guardians are separated, and each member finds him or herself in a whole mess of trouble. Rocket’s being dissected by Kree, Gamora’s getting beat down by Baddoon, Drax has been captured by the Shi’ar for past infractions (see The Trial of Jean Grey), Venom is duped by some Skrulls, Groot is up to his tallest branch in Brood, and, in the most dire circumstance of all, Star-Lord is grounded by his dad. No video games!! It’s a dire and desperate page-turner of an issue, driven by the writer’s pacing, but beautifully depicted by one of Marvel’s newest Young Guns artist Nick Bradshaw. I haven’t see a lot from Bradshaw, but from what I have seen, the guy’s got some real talent.

The Bad

The only hitch in this issue is the cover, which not only has absolutely no bearing on the events of this single issue, but probably does more to ruin the grim situations the various members of the Guardians currently find themselves in. See that cover (look above)? See Captain Marvel on the there? Well, that’s the only page she shows up on in the entire thing. Now, as much as editorial and publishing’s cheap promotional misdirections upset me to no end, it happens so often that I’m over it. But, the entire suspense created by the fact that the team is in such dire straits is pretty much lost due to the knowledge that Captain Marvel is now a member of the Guardians, but has yet to actually show up in the book. It’s the same reason the entire promotion surrounding the death of Wolverine is such a stumper for me. Why give up the secret? Why not give a reader a surprise?

The Verdict

All in all this was a great issue for old readers and new readers alike. And with the upcoming movie about to hit, Marvel is doing a great job of giving those new readers a chance to jump on the bandwagon while still providing some entertaining story for longtime Guardians fans. This is a tough one to rate. The writing was great; the art was good; but the overall score takes a hit because of the cover debacle. It’s a shame when promotion for a book actually hurts it.

Writing: 4 Out of 5
Art: 4 Out of 5
Overall: 3 Out of 5

Weekly Recs: Marvel Comics for May 28th, 2014

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #14

Guardians of the Galaxy 14

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #14
Brian Michael Bendis (WRITER) • Nick Bradshaw (ARTIST)
100th issue ANIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
• 45 years in the making! It’s finally here!!! The 100th issue of Guardians of the Galaxy! (Okay it’s actually the 101st, but we had an X-Men crossover to get through! Sheesh!)
• It’s an all-star celebration of the most popular super team of 2014 as cosmic captain Brian Michael Bendis welcomes Nick Bradshaw (WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN) to the team!
• As the GOTG gets ready for new members VENOM and CAPTAIN MARVEL, there are unexpected dangers that promise to tear the team to its core.
• Plus in this special double sized anniversary issue…two special back up stories by former GOTG writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning!
48 PGS./Rated T …4.99

Despite being bogged down in an event or three, and only being just over a year on the shelves, I have adored this volume of Guardians of the Galaxy way too much for it to be a Bendis book. It’s not that I don’t like Bendis; I loved his New Avengers up to a point; but he’s been writing a team for so damned long that it’s hard to believe that he can still come up with refreshing ideas. But he’s been doing it, and this ish 14 was no different. Actually, now that The Trial of Jean Grey storyline is finally done, issue #14 gets back to the business of the Guardians, intros some new members and immediately makes them important, and act as a great jumping on point for new readers while remaining entertaining to long-time fans. Better yet, this is an anniversary issue or some such, and comes with two really fun back-up stories. All this culminates into an enjoyable comic book experience.

The Good

Although Bendis jumps right into already established concepts from his run on this book, he brings them into the issue by recapping them, while still making the book interesting to long-time readers, which was an amazing feat. Starlord and Kitty Pryde’s relationship is addressed, Rocket and Groot were showed off, Gamora’s backstory (the most story-centric of them all) was seamlessly added, and Drax acted as a great way to bring Venom into the fold and make it seem both relevant and interesting. And Venom’s intro into the Cosmic Marvel Universe may become an important part of the entire series, as Flash seeks out his symbiote’s origin. I’ve never really cared about Venom’s origin, but set in the backdrop of the Guardians, it may be fun to find out. Nick Bradshaw was showing off in this title, and he was a great choice for this issue. His transition work, action panels, and attention to detail worked well in this anniversary ish. Although Captain Marvel was a last page reveal and did nothing in the book besides show up, it’s cool to see her, and the Andy Lanning Groot backup story, and Dan Abnett future Guardians tale made up for it quite a bit.

The Bad

There really wasn’t a whole lot wrong with this ish in the context of it being a jumping on point for new readers. Although, I am not a new reader, and things like Starlord arguing with his daddy, yet again, and the same bounty hunter getting the drop on Gamora, yet again, seemed more like retelling for the sake of new readers than anything geared towards those reading from ish #1. Although everything is still done to move an existing story forward, even for Bendis, it was a slow, rehashed, yet entertaining, progression to the last page. The backup stories were so good that Marvel needs to give readers more of those. Short, backup stories should come back to comics, but I fear that will come with a price increase, and it just shouldn’t.

The Verdict

While only dotted with wildly entertaining new elements, Guardians of the Galaxy #14 is a fantastic place for new readers to get on the bandwagon that is this franchise. But, if you’ve had your seat on the wagon for awhile this isn’t as good of an issue as it could be, and the story catchup was an unnecessary distraction. That does nothing, however, to take away from the totality of awesome that was this issue. The Venom stuff alone would make the issue redeemable, but the Captain Marvel reveal, Bendis’ skill in intertwining new elements and old while pushing the story forward, Nick Bradshaw’s great work, and those amazing backup stories, make this ish well worth the $5 price. If you haven’t been reading this, now is the time to jump on, and if you have been reading it, you’re in for an informed treat of a comic.

Story: 4.5 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4.5 Out of 5

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: April 23rd, 2014

outright-geekery profile-largeNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week.

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Jules: Uncanny Avengers #19

This title has really been the Avengers title of a lifetime. A somewhat sequel to Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, I am absolutely loving this title. With Daniel Acuna back with the art I’m more than happy to pick this one up! The mutants now on their own planet, Earth now lost. How will Havoc fix everything? With the help of Kang the Conqueror and his lost in time misfits! I am beyond stoked to see what’s slotted next for this incredibly Avengers story, this extension of one of the best X-Men sagas. Rick Remender has yet to let me down on this one!

Uncanny Avengers 19

UNCANNY AVENGERS #19
RICK REMENDER (WRITER) • DANIEL ACUñA (ART)
VARIANT COVER BY AGUSTIN ALESSIO
• AVENGE THE EARTH Continues!
• Kang’s Chronos Corps arrives on Planet X with a terrible offer!
• The former members of the Uncanny Avengers must reunite to save the Earth!
• Magneto’s all-new X-Force are out for the blood of a Summers!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Original Sin #0

Another year, another event, and Marvel is kicking off their Original Sin book this week. Events tend to be very hit and miss, but I have a lot of faith in the creative teams here, both in Mark Waid for this prequel issue and Jason Aaron on the main book. And really, Jim Cheung’s art alone should probably make Issue #0 worth a look.

Original Sin 0

ORIGINAL SIN #0
MARK WAID (WRITER) • JIM CHEUNG (ARTIST)
ARTIST VARIANT COVER BY PAOLO RIVERA
IT’S THE PROLOGUE TO THE BIGGEST MARVEL SERIES OF THE SUMMER!
WHO IS THE WATCHER? That’s what Nova is wondering after his latest brush with the moon-dwelling enigma he’s encountered before! But what he discovers will have a profound effect on the young hero, as well as priming the pump for the most cataclysmic event in Marvel history! WHAT DID HE SEE?
40 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+ …3.99

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Christian: Justice League United #0

I’ve been waiting on this one since DC first solicited the book last year, and it’s finally here! Jeff Lemire moves on from Animal Man and throws the character onto a new team…in Canada? New team, new characters, new dynamic, new creative team. This should be fun, and it’s on the top of my stack this weeks.

Justice League United 0

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #0
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by MIKE McKONE
1:50 Variant cover by MIKE McKONE
Blank variant cover available
On sale APRIL 23 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Top comics writer Jeff Lemire teams with superstar artist Mike McKone for the all-new monthly series JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, starring the new team of powerful heroes Earth calls Justice League Canada!
In the aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, Adam Strange is caught up in an adventure across the far reaches of the cosmos that will unite an unexpected team of heroes including Supergirl, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter and Animal Man – but if they’re on the team, who exactly is Canadian? Plus: Don’t miss the debut of a new Canadian hero who will have a huge effect on the group!

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Gaumer: Guardians of the Galaxy #14

The Trial of Jean Grey is over, and good riddance, I say. I like my X-Men and I like my Guardians, but they are not peanut butter and chocolate, and they should not be combined. We get a double-sized anniversary of something or other ish, but the real pull is Captain Marvel and Venom (Yes! Venom!) are joining the team. Knowing Marvel, they’ll be last page reveals, but I’m still excited.

Guardians of the Galaxy 14

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #14
Brian Michael Bendis (WRITER) • Nick Bradshaw (ARTIST)
100th issue ANIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
• 45 years in the making! It’s finally here!!! The 100th issue of Guardians of the Galaxy! (Okay it’s actually the 101st, but we had an X-Men crossover to get through! Sheesh!)
• It’s an all-star celebration of the most popular super team of 2014 as cosmic captain Brian Michael Bendis welcomes Nick Bradshaw (WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN) to the team!
• As the GOTG gets ready for new members VENOM and CAPTAIN MARVEL, there are unexpected dangers that promise to tear the team to its core.
• Plus in this special double sized anniversary issue…two special back up stories by former GOTG writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning!
48 PGS./Rated T …4.99

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Jesse: 7th Sword #1

It’s not often I look forward to an IDW issue one but this one caught my eye in a preview sometime ago. The story of a mercenary Samurai taking out robots for the sake of village in the dessert? Science Fiction Samurai are just some of my favorite kind. Written by a newcomer John Ruffalo a former screen writer, with the talented Nelson Blake II, an artist I’ve known to bounce around the top cow titles! It may not look like the most gripping book but I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi Samurai fighting the good fight! I’m gonna give it a try at at least.

7th Sword

7th Sword #1|
John Raffo (writer) • Nelson Blake II (artist) • Andrew C. Robinson (colorist)
Daniel Cray—a samurai mercenary—stumbles upon the legendary city of ZenZion, a mysterious desert outpost under siege from a vicious warlord. The peace-loving citizenry beg Cray to defend them… forcing Cray to reluctantly draw his deadly “Malathane” sword one last time to battle a relentless army of robots and their savage masters. Science Fiction meets Samurai in an epic new adventure from John Raffo (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story).

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?

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