By: Derek Ng
1/6/16 C.C.P. Reviews:
Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 – $3.99
Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 – $3.99
Swamp Thing #1 – $3.99
Obi-Wan and Anakin #1
Writer: Charles Soule | Artist: Marco Checchetto
Besides the fun-tastic Star Wars crossover event, Vader Down, that ends this week, new creative team Charles Soule and Marco Checchetto start Obi-Wan and Anakin. This is Marvel’s first comic series set before The Clone Wars and shortly after the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In our movie reviews of the Star Wars prequels, it was noted how Anakin’s fall from grace would have been more powerful if audiences could relate to and enjoy his character. Anakin’s character has grown on fans thanks to The Clone Wars animated series and Charles Soule has set to bring us back even further. Before Anakin was a famous war hero and before Obi-Wan became a renowned General, they were just a Obi-Wan the Jedi Knight and his Padawan, Anakin. Obi-Wan is trying his best to help Anakin adjust to living and becoming a Jedi. Anakin is shunned by the other students and feeling tremendous pressure because of the “prophecy”. There is great insight into Anakin’s character in this issue. Anakin grew up as a slave so he has a strong distrust for any “system”. He believes that the Jedi should do more because they have the ability to do more. Anakin believes that if you have the power to help people, you should do everything you can to help. But, as Obi-Wan explains, the Jedi Order must adhere to the will of the Senate and the Republic. It provides a bias for why Anakin questions the Jedi Order and why he would eventually betray the order. It also shows the sharp differences in upbringing between Anakin as a slave and Obi-Wan as a Jedi. Charles Soule’s plot has my interest, but Marco Checchetto’s art has me invested. Marco Checcetto’s art is as detailed as it was in the mini-series Star Wars: Shattered Empire. It’s very clear that he has worked hard to get the facial expressions right for Anakin so that the reader can see his internal struggle. Charles Soule and Marco Checcetto have set out to make you like the prequels more and so far I’m on board. Their effort has been impressive…most impressive. Obi-Wan and Anakin is definitely worth a buy because who isn’t a Star Wars fan right now?
Writer: Joe Kelly | Artist: Ed McGuinness
Veteran Deadpool creative team Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness return for the greatest (or worst, depending on which character you ask) team-up of all time. Spider-Man and Deadpool have developed a unique relationship. Both character are “talkers” and yet Spider-Man absolutely hates Deadpool. So let the laughs commence because this first issue is an absolute delight! Deadpool, for some odd reason, is trying to hire Spider-Man to work for him instead of that lame Peter Parker. This whole issue is just Deadpool trying to get Spider-Man to like him and Spider-Man just wants no part. It’s almost like the relationship between younger brother and an annoyed older brother. Ed McGuinness provides some great artwork for this issue. His style of art is fantastic for stronger characters like the Hulk or Superman, but I was very surprised by his work in this issue. The characters were not over-exaggerated, but still reflective of his art style. You could still clearly tell that this was meant to be a fun series with more cartoon-like art. It should be also noted that this issue comes with the full comic, Vision #1. A nice bonus for the price of one comic. Value-wise, this comic is definitely worth the price. Entertainment-wise, this may be the best Spider-Man book currently on the shelves.
Swamp Thing #1
Writer: Len Wein | Artist: Kelley Jones
One of the best comic series to come out of the disappointing Convergence comic event was Len Wein’s return to Swamp Thing with Kelley Jones. Learning from that success, DC Comics has released a brand new Swamp Thing miniseries. And with my high hopes and expectations, I was slightly disappointed. The Convergence plot was a great jumping point for new readers, covering the history of Swamp Thing, and providing the premise for an interesting new plot. However, Swamp Thing #1 is a little boring. Swamp Thing spends the whole issue monologuing about how much it sucks to be Swamp Thing. Without any sense of continuity, it seems odd for Swamp Thing to be complaining after the events of Convergence. Unfortunately, this confusion and issue of complaints made for an uneventful and slightly boring read. And that’s a shame because Kelley Jones’ art was magnificent. Kelley Jones’ exaggerated, horror-esque, style works great for Swamp Thing’s weird adventures. By exaggerating human expression, Kelley Jones’ shows that people can be just as grotesque as the monsters around them. While the plot may be lackluster, the art is nothing short of beautiful. While still curious where this series will go, my expectations have been lowered. I would recommend just a look through of this issue before you buy.
Panel of the Week:
It’s just a ghost…
There are many more comics 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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