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NUMBER 1 BULETS: 12-2-15


Welcome to another edition of Number 1 Bullets!

After a short Holiday break, Geoff's back with reviews of this week's Marvel Comics first issues: The Totally Awesome Hulk #1, The Guardians of Infinity #1, Daredevil #1, All-New Inhumans #1, All-New X-Men #1, and Red Wolf #1. 



The Totally Awesome Hulk #1 (Marvel Comics)-


Amadeus Cho is taking on the role of the HULK in Marvel's new Totally Awesome Hulk.  Written by Greg Pak, this new #1 throws the reader right into the action as Cho and his sister team up to take down a new waves of monsters attacking the world, Pacific Rim-style.  Cho has willingly transformed himself into the Hulk to meet this threat, though he seems to lack respect for the gravity of his situation.  Being big and green is fun, but when his emotions get the best of him and he starts to turn unwillingly, the weight of what he has taken on becomes clear.  It was a fun, light read with a brief flashback as to what might have happened to Bruce Banner.  I found the book to be rather silly but that could be because Pak is writing Cho to be immature and impulsive, so in that sense it fits the character.  The art by Frank Cho is fantastic, I am a big fan of his work and have always enjoyed it and he is at the top of his game in this issue.  However, I don't think this will be a title I will continue to read.  It feels like a place holder until the real Hulk comes back, and reading about a Hulk that is too busy hitting on girls to fight monsters is not what I am looking for. 


The Guardians of Infinity #1 (Marvel Comics)-


Marvel Comics is shipping its third Guardians of the Galaxy comic this week with Guardians of Infinity, written by Guardians alum Dan Abnett.  Rocket, Groot, and Drax stumble upon a space station that seems to exist in multiple realities at the same time, upon realizing the nature of their find, Rocket recommends the most logical and trustworthy course of action: look for something they can sell for money!  Adventure ensues and soon enough the Guardians of the future featuring Vance Astro and cast are thrown into the mix only to eventually be met by yet another Guardians team from the distant past.  So this is where the infinity of the title comes in, and the first issue does a great job of setting the stage for time-traveling Guardians craziness.  Solid art and quick banter between Rocket and Drax made this a good read, and when the action started it really did feel like the old Abnett and Andy Lanning run.  This felt more like classic Guardians to me, and while the Bendis book is a recommended read as well, this title was just more 'fun'.  There is an additional story as well written by Jason Latour about The Thing and Rocket in WCW style wrestling shenanigans on an alien world whose populous has no form of entertainment other than old earth WCW style reruns ... and yes, it is as awesome as it sounds.  Pick this one up.


Daredevil #1 (Marvel Comics)-


Matt Murdock is back back in New York in Mavel's relaunch of Daredevil, written by Charles Soule with art by Ron Garney.  It would seem that living in San Francisco and having a public identity did not site well with The Man Without Fear, so now Matt is back in NYC and has apparently found a way to make everyone but Foggy Nelson forget that he is indeed Daredevil.  The story did not make it clear how this was done. I assume it is something we will learn abut in this first arc.  Along with a return to familiar ground, Daredevil has taken on a new protege named Blindspot, a young man in training who has a suit that can render him nearly invisible, which comes in handy during a fight.  The story and set up were quite good, and I liked the idea of Matt switching sides to become a prosecutor instead of a defender; if nothing else it adds a new element to the familiar Daredevil pathos.  Include all this with a new villain and a darker tone than the Mark Waid run, and you have yourself a pretty stellar start to a new series.  My only hesitation is the art.  I found it very hard to track panel to panel during the action scenes and the limited color pallet made the faces hard to distinguish and follow.  It is very sketchy and muddled, it works for the grim tone, but I feel it detracts from the action.  This feels like a return to a Daredevil more in line with the Bendis run from a few years back, and that is excellent praise. 


All-New Inhumans #1 (Marvel Comics)-


The effort to push The Inhumans as "the thing" in the Marvel universe continues with All-New Inhumans, written by Charles Soule and James Asmus.  Another title that picks up right where the pre-Secret Wars title left off, we find Medusa and the Inhumans in Australia on a mission to smooth over political relations as well as track down and protect new Inhumans from the Terrigen Cloud.  Featuring young, new Inhumans introduced in the previous series along with noted Inhumans such as Crystal and Gorgon, the team is forced to deal with being hated and feared by the very people they are trying to help and protect ... sound familiar?  It is no secret that Marvel Comics is setting Inhumans up as the new Mutants, and this will the third Inhuman book out of seven that are planned for the Marvel relaunch.  I walked away from this book neither disliking it or loving it, it features characters that are just not memorable or notable in any fashion.  The art by Stefano Casseli is good, the writing is solid, the book is paced well and serves and a good introduction for anyone looking to read about the Inhumans.  It is not as good as Karnack, but much better than Uncanny Inhumans


All-New X-Men #1 (Marvel Comics)-


The X-Men from the past are featured in the relaunch of All-New X-Men from Marvel Comics.  Dennis Hopeless has taken over writing duties from Brian Bendis, and he has some big shoes to fill.  The Bendis run of All-New X-Men was one of the better X-Men stories of the last decade, now they are back minus Jean Grey and Scott Summers, but have gained a few friends like Kid Apocalypse and Oya.  Picking up a few months after the events of Secret Wars, this issue is right in the middle of that gray area between a fresh start and a continuation of an old story.  New readers are brought up to speed quickly, but veterans of the Bendis arc will have a more fleshed out view of the characters and their motivations.  The one big mystery across all the X-Titles is the lingering question of what exactly happened to the older Cyclops and what did he do to fuel this new wave and anti-mutant hysteria.  This is very much a 'getting the band back together' story and that portion of the title is very light and fun, this is balanced by the tortured, younger Cyclops trying to come to grips with what his older self did.  This guilt has manifested a desire to oppose young mutants across the country that have been driven to riots and violence in Cyclops' name.  I am split on this book because the fluff story about finding the members of the team fell rather flat, but the attempted redemption of young Scott Summers was a really engaging story.  Overall I felt that it worked as a setup issue and I will continue to read to see where it goes.  The art by Mark Bagley is adequate, but his work over the last few years feels like a real step down in quality from his days on Ultimate Spider-Man.  It is very flat and appears rushed.  X-Men fans should give at least this first issue a shot to see if they want to jump on a follow the continuing adventures of the original X-Men. 


Red Wolf #1 (Marvel Comics)-


Spinning out of the events of Secret Wars 1872, Marvel Comics introduces an new, original title: Red Wolf.  Sheriff Steve Rogers is dead and the Cheyenne warrior who crossed the desert to oppose Mayor Wilson Fisk has taken his place to keep the peace in Timely.  Written by Nathan Edmondson, this new series finds Red Wolf as a man stuck in two worlds, dealing with both the racism of the white town members as well as the supernatural and spiritual elements of his people.  Edmondson pulls no punches with the bigotry, contempt, and suspicious-ness Red Wolf faces when people start to go missing and bodies start to appear.  Something strange has entered their land, but nobody will believe the outsider Sheriff until they are all confronted by a man from the future wielding awesome weaponry, and the results of that encounter land Red Wolf in the last place he could ever imagine.  The tension between Red Wolf and the town's people is done extremely well to the point that it was uncomfortable to read and I was really enjoying the mystery of what was going on, yet the sudden appearance of a stranger from the future felt forced and all that tension was lost immediately at the end of the first issue due to the cliffhanger that the reader is left with.  The art by Dalibor Talajic is extremely static with one of the worst face-punch panels I have ever seen in a comic.  It gets the job done, but it is very flat and boring.  Halfway through this book, I was on board for a period comic that saw the spiritual world of the Native Americans crossing with a prejudiced western boom town, then it dived into comic book cliche and completely lost me.


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