The Dose: Marvel Comics Review Roundup for Feb. 4, 2015

The Dose: Marvel Comics Review Roundup for Feb. 4, 2015

The Dose: Marvel Comics Review Roundup for Feb. 4, 2015
February 04
22:26 2015

Nicholas Friedman / Features Editor

This week’s comic book releases bring us the second outings of the Skywalker Gang and everyone’s favorite Ant-Man, Scott Lang, as well as a peculiar Guardians of the Galaxy/X-Men crossover and the second-to-last outing of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye. Enjoy the fact that we didn’t get an awful blizzard and check out what this week’s Marvel comics have to offer.

If you’re interested in comics, be sure to check out More Fun Games & Comics on the Square or Madness Comics on University Drive.

Star Wars #2

Writer: Aaron / Artist: Cassaday

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In the second issue since retrieving the Star Wars comic rights from Dark Horse, tensions start to run high for Luke, Leia and Han as they try to save the prisoners of the Empire’s slave compound before the whole place falls in on itself. Things get even sketchier when the dark lord Vader himself shows up to crash the party.

Set between Episodes IV and V, this new series focuses on the aftermath of the destruction of the first Death Star and digs deep into the side stories of the gang from the original trilogy. This issue however, doesn’t excite aside from Han Solo piloting an AT-AT through the compound, trying to avoid crushing the good guys. I won’t spoil anything else.

Should you read it?

TheDoseSays

If:

– You like Star Wars and have seen the original trilogy of movies.

– You want to see Chewbacca with a sniper rifle picking off Stormtrooper baddies.

Ant-Man #2

Writer: Spencer / Artist: Rosanas

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Everyone’s least favorite superhero is back in the second issue of his revamped series, just in time for the release of the movie, starring Paul Rudd, in July. It may be hard to take the concept seriously, but it’s worth the effort.

This issue focuses on the continued efforts of Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, as he tries to gain the approval of his daughter and ex-wife after following them to Miami, despite recently being offered a job by Tony Stark. Lang interviews with a bank and attempts to show them that the only person who can protect their money from being stolen is someone who is great at stealing things: himself.

In not revealing what’s behind one of the bank vaults, Ant-Man’s misadventures get even more hectic in this quirky series that is worth the read.

Should you read it?

TheDoseSays

If:

– You like weird comics that stray away from the average Captain America and Iron Man issue (i.e. a guy in a bear costume)

– You want to prep for the new movie coming out in July

Guardians of the Galaxy/X-Men: The Black Vortex #1

Writer: Humphries / Artists: McGuiness; Anka

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The long-awaited Black Vortex crossover begins as Star-Lord calls on both his Guardians of the Galaxy and his girlfriend Kitty Pryde’s X-Men to stop his renegade father, now referring to himself as Mister Knife, from possibly destroying all life in the universe.

To get the most out of this starting issue, you should probably catch up on the series that are involved. That means All-New X-Men, Legendary Star-Lord, Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova, though if you’re a fan of cosmic Marvel, you’re most likely already here.

The vortex hides plenty of secrets, and this issue ends on a cliffhanger that’ll make any reader scared to see what happens next.

Should you read it?

TheDoseSays

If:

– You are caught up on all things Marvel cosmic. (Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova, Legendary Star-Lord)

– You’re still on a high from last summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy film.

Hawkeye #21

Writer: Fraction / Artist: Aja

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Ah, Hawkeye. After months and months of delays, the penultimate issue of writer Fraction’s Hawkeye has finally hit the stands, with all of the bells and whistles and quips and quirks you’d expect.

Clint and his brother Barney are prepping the apartment complex for the oncoming onslaught of Bros and the residents are gearing up. After a recent shot to the head, Hawkeye’s near-deafness has left him in a confused state most of the time, often hearing just pieces of conversation. When the Bros attack, all hell breaks lose and we have a cliffhanger that will probably make you doubt your emotions.

If you haven’t read Hawkeye yet, now is not the time to jump on, as you’ll most likely be very confused, especially with the series coming to a close.

Should you read it?

TheDoseSays

If:

– You are a fan of poppy art and a really clever narrative.

– You’ve been with Clint since the beginning of Hawkeye in 2012. (If you want to jump on, wait for All-New Hawkeye, premiering in March)

Every Wednesday Marvel releases new comics to the masses, and The Dose’s Marvel Comics Review Roundup will tell you what to read and what to put back on the shelf.

 

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Nicholas Friedman

Nicholas Friedman

Nicholas Friedman is the Editor In Chief of the North Texas Daily. In addition, he's had his work published at The Dallas Morning News, GuideLive and the Denton Record-Chronicle.

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