By: Derek Ng.
7/01/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Secret Wars #4 – $3.99
Chew #50 – $3.50
Secret Wars #4
Writer: Jonathan Hickman | Artist: Esad Ribic
We’ve reached a difficult time for many major event comics: the midpoint. Usually by this issue, you’ll invest in the event or be done and don’t care. Well, I’m happy to report that Secret Wars #4 proves that Secret Wars is one of the best Marvel events in a long time. After issue #1, issue #2 and #3 established the rules of Doomworld, Doctors Strange and Doom seem to be the only characters who remember the past. Now, with issue #4, the event progresses as the survivors of 616 and the Ultimate ‘verse make their presence known! The strength of this issue (and really this event) is that Doom is such a compelling villain and Hickman is doing such a magnificent job crafting this story around him. Doom has created this functioning universe that works because of his established rules. Prior issues highlighted his change in being a ruler, but this issue shows that Doom is still the villainous, envious, and egotistical Doom we remember. Seeing Reed Richards unsettles Doom and makes him emotional. It wasn’t Thanos or Phoenix Cyclops that worried Doom; it was Reed Richards. Esad Ribic’s art also continues to be a highlight of this event. His painting-style of art really makes this event feel special. The battles are grand and epic. There are some odd faces here and there, but overall the artwork is nothing short of extraordinary. Ive Svorcina’s colors are equally as impressive. Doom’s presence darkens the page as the characters realize the gravity of his power. Likewise, Phoenix Cyclops brightens and seemly burns the colors on the pages as if the characters were looking at the Sun. Secret Wars is a Doom event and a damn good one. Secret Wars #4 is worth the money and a complete package (story and art). Secret Wars in general is an event I highly recommend reading. There is only Doom.
Writer: John Layman | Artist: Rob Guillory
Chew #50…only 10 issues left of John Layman and Rob Guillory’s multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series. Chew #50 is amazing. Remember that intense satisfaction you felt when Goku fights Frieza or in Gladiator when Russell Crowe finally gets revenge on the Emperor? Chew #50 is all of those feelings. In fact, I’ve reread this issue so many times just because it’s such a rewarding pay-off. Chew #50 is the fight between the series villain, The Collector, and the series hero, Tony. This is the big one, the one all Chew fans have been waiting for. John Layman and Rob Guillory don’t disappoint. The fight is crazy. And if you read Chew for the humor, this issue also provides a good laugh in the end. There’s also just enough of a cliffhanger to make you wonder what’s going to happen in the last 10 issues. It’ll be sad to see Chew off the shelves after an issue like this one. Issue #50 is a buy. If you’ve read this series, pick up this issue. If you haven’t read this series, I recommend you start buying some trades and work your way up to issue #50. It’s just that good.
Panel of the Week:
All Hail Doom
There are many, many more books released by DC and Marvel this week. I wish I could read them all but my wallet can only take so much. What did you read this week? Which issues would you put on your $15 budget this week? Remember to read and buy what you want and support your favorite writers and artists!
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