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Hyperion #1

HYPERION #1

Capsule Review

With all due respect to creators Chuck Wendig and Nik Varella, does anyone want a Hyperion book? Has anyone ever wanted a Hyperion book? I ask because in an age where New Avengers sells less than 20K copies a month, giving Hyperion his own book sure seems like shoving an orphan into the storm. Marvel is shining a spotlight on the Squadron, for whatever reason … in addition to their new Squadron Supreme series, we are getting a Nighthawk book in a couple weeks. It is strange, but I suppose I shouldn’t fault Marvel for trying. I do fault Marvel for not trying harder. This new Hyperion book isn’t terrible, but it is nowhere near outstanding enough to break out in this market. For those not in the know, Hyperion is Marvel’s answer to Superman, a relic of an unauthorized Avengers vs. JLA pastiche from decades ago. Here we join Hyperion as he dons a trucker cap to drive across the country and fume and ruminate about his Squadron pals. He picks up a girl on the run and then collides with the Hills Have Eyes carney rednecks that are hot on her heels. This is a perfectly adequate book with a couple mild surprises, but I tell you … I felt the shadow of cancellation before I was a quarter of the way through the book. I can’t see new readers jumping on board with this story, and die-hard Hyperion fans (both of them) will find their hero nearly unrecognizable here.

Approachability For New Readers

There is a wordy explanation of Hyperion and his backstory on the title page. It does the job.

Read #2?

No, thanks.

Sales Rank

(N/A)

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Hyperion #1

Mockingbird #1

MOCKINGBIRD #1

Capsule Review

This unexpected series promises to reward repeat reading — according to the text feature, it is deliberately designed as a four-issue “puzzle box,” with your impression of this first issue changing over time as each of the succeeding issues is read. But the first issue works fine all by itself, and maybe it isn’t wise to look too far ahead, with a few books of this latest Marvel relaunch getting the axe after just five or six issues. Live in the now! Mockingbird does, and that’s part of her problem, given that her “now” involves submitting to annoying and invasive medical tests by S.H.I.E.L.D. every week … and her doctors may not be telling her everything that is going on. Not by a long shot. All of which sounds a lot more grim than it is — this is actually a fast-paced, humorous, and light-hearted book, with writer Chelsea Cain letting us in on Mockingbird’s sarcastic inner monologue, and artist Kate Niemczyk scattering blistering little visual Easter eggs all over the place (yes, that is Tony Stark reading a STD pamphlet in the S.H.I.E.L.D. medical waiting room). This is a unique and entertaining book that deserves your support — don’t sleep on Mockingbird!

Approachability For New Readers

Pretty good. It helps to know a bit about Mockingbird’s past relationships and associations, but it’s easy enough to figure it out as you go along.

Read #2?

Yup. I need to know where the dog comes from.

Sales Rank

(N/A)

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Mockingbird #1

 

Black Widow #1

BLACK WIDOW #1

Capsule Review

“Cinematic” is an over-used term in comics, but it certainly applies here. How about, “relentlessly visual?” Mark Waid and Chris Samnee share the writer’s credit in Natasha’s latest solo effort, and that credit is well-earned, with every twist-and-turn a visual one, right down to a harrowing escape by the Black Widow that harkens back to one of the greatest visual reveals in Marvel Comics history. Really, the story comes down to this: the Black Widow has done something bad, S.H.I.E.L.D. is out to get here, and everything else is details. But what details! We get tightly-choreographed fist fights, motorcycle chases, skydiving hijinks, spy gadgets, and even the S.H.I.E.L.D. commissary in a breakneck, all-action story where our hero doesn’t utter a word until the very last page. In the text feature, Mark Waid makes much of how everyone wanted to keep the old Daredevil team together, including colorist Matt Wilson and letterer Joe Caramagna — and this is the work of a team that thoroughly understands each other, operating at the peak of their powers. You can read the book in about five minutes … but that just leaves time to go back and read it again. And again! (I will).

Approachability For New Readers

Given her presence in several of the biggest superhero films of all time, I think it is safe to say most fans will know that Black Widow is a super-spy … and you don’t need to know a lot more than that to enjoy this story.

Read #2?

Absolutely.

Sales Rank

(N/A)

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Black Widow #1

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