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FLASH POINT BEYOND #1 (DC)
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With Flash point beyond #1, Geoff Johns, Jeremy Adams, Tim Sheridan, Xermanico, Mikel Janín, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Jordie Bellaire and Rob Leigh deliver an epic sequel to the fan-favorite 2011 crossover Breaking point. While Flash point beyond #0 brought back Thomas Wayne’s Batman with a moody mystery, this action-packed issue takes a broader look at this alternate timeline. This issue sees the elder Wayne face the doomsday threat of King Aquaman as he tries to figure out what reset the Flashpoint universe.
With its wider reach and action-oriented story, Flash point beyond #1 looks like a true sequel to the original Breaking point Event. Xermanico and Fajardo channel the spirit of Andy Kubert Breaking point work with strong superhero action and awesome page designs. With a DC Universe on the brink of collapse, this issue effectively transforms the mysteries of Flash point beyond #0 in fuel for a full superhero show.
GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: THUNDERBIRD #1 (MARVEL)
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John Proudstar may have joined the X-Men alongside Storm and Wolverine, but Thunderbird’s history was defined by his infamous death during his second mission with the team. Now with Giant Size X-Men: Thunderbird #1 Steve Orlando, Nyla Rose, David Cutler, Jose Marzan Jr., Roberto Poggi, Irma Kniivila, and Travis Lanham give the recently revived X-Man a long overdue reintroduction. As Thunderbird tries to find his place in the Marvel Universe, this issue sees him return home and face off against a villain from his past who hates mutants.
While Proudstar has already made a few recent appearances revolving around Marvel’s X-Men series, this one-shot cleverly draws on the limited Thunderbird story into a compelling stand-alone tale. Cutler gives Thunderbird a sharp new costume that’s set off by the book’s strong narration. For a character who has long been defined by his absence, this is a strong reintroduction that reestablishes Thunderbird as an active and meaningful player in the world of the X-Men.
BRANCH #1 (PICTURE)
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With Twig #1, Skottie Young, Kyle Strahm, Jean-François Beaulieu and Nate Piekos have put together a great fantasy epic in the tradition of Jeff Smith’s Bone. The first issue of this Image Comics series follows a young creature named Twig on his first mission as Placeling, a deliveryman in this wonderfully realized magical world.
Filled with colorful and inventive creature designs, Twig #1 immerses readers in an immersive fantasy landscape. While Twig’s quest and slightly frictional relationship with fellow traveler Splat nods to well-worn fantasy troops, some stray comments and the book’s final page hint at a dark undercurrent in this fantasy world. Still, Twig #1’s greatest strength is its vibrant, beautifully rendered world that’s brimming with joyous fantasy.
STAR WARS: OBI-WAN #1 (MARVEL)
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Before Obi-Wan Kenobi enters Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series later this month, Marvel is putting the Jedi in the spotlight with Star Wars: Obi-Wan #1, by Christopher Cantwell, Ario Anindito, Carlos Lopez and Joe Caramagna. Embracing the broad spectrum of Kenobi’s life, this issue highlights a Obi-Wan tired and isolated from the New Hope era as he reminisces about his days as a youth at the Jedi Temple.
Separated from the events of Marvel’s other Star Wars titles, Obi Wan #1 is an accessible standalone comic that explores another side of Kenobi in his younger years. While this solidly entertaining tale takes up the bulk of the issue, Anindito and Lopez’s gritty, gritty art captures the desert-worn weariness of Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan in an eye-catching framing sequence. With its first issue, Obi Wan already seems like a solid companion for Obi Wan Kenobi.
EARTH-PRIME: LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (DC)
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With DC’s Legends of Tomorrow canceled by The CW, the Arrowverse’s time-traveling heroes embark on one last mission in Earth-Prime #3: Legends of Tomorrow, by Daniel Park, Lauren Fields, Paul Pelletier, Jose Luis, Andrew Hennessy, Jonas Trindade, Adriano Lucas, Hi-Fi and Tom Napolitano. In this lighthearted special, Ray Palmer’s Atom, Mick Rory’s Heat Wave and other ex-legends reunite to find their missing teammates. Beyond catching up on several legends, this issue also offers glimpses into the future of several heroes, including a new one featuring the Arrowverse’s Gold Booster.
Although this special was created before Legends’ the cancellation was public knowledge, it serves as the perfect postscript to the beloved Arrowverse series. The comic’s main story captures the series’ fun tone well, and Pelletier’s classic superhero art keeps the comic from feeling too cluttered. While a few plot points lead to the greatest Earth-Prime comic book crossover, it’s still a satisfying spiritual farewell for the Arrowverse’s quirky heroes.
SPIDER-MAN 2099: EXODUS ALPHA (MARVEL)
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While Spider-Man 2099 won’t be returning to the big screen in Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse until 2023, Miguel O’Hara returns to his own comic for the first time since 2019. With Spider-Man: Exodus 2099 Alpha, Steve Orlando, Paul Fry, Neeraj Menon and Joe Caramagna provide a perfect return for the future Spider-Man. In this action-packed debut issue, Spider-Man 2099 teams up with the digital Ghost Rider 2099 to take on the forces of the mysterious Cabal.
The neon techno dystopia of Marvel 2099 is more thrilling than ever here, and Orlando has a strong grip on the Spider-Man and Ghost Rider of the future. Fry draws a sleek, acrobatic Spider-Man, and Menon’s colors give 2099 an eye-catching misty glow that pops off the page. With a solid final page revealed, Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha proves that Marvel’s 2099 is still worth revisiting.
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