Thor joins Marvel’s Fresh Start.
E3 may be dominating the entertainment headlines this week, but it was still a significant week for the comic book industry. In particular, Marl’s Fresh Start relaunch continues to show promise thanks to a new issue of Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s Venom and the debut of Jason Aaron and Mike De Mundo’s Thor.
Scroll down to check out our new reviews and thinkpieces, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below.
Thor #1 Review
Written by Jason Aaron | Drawn by Mike Del Mundo & Christian Ward
“It’s becoming slightly ridiculous just how many times Marvel has relaunched Jason Aaron’s ongoing Thor saga. It started as Thor: God of Thunder, then became Thor, then briefly changed to Thors during Secret Wars, then transformed into The Mighty Thor. And now we’ve circled right back around to Thor again. But no matter how often the title on the cover changes, the quality has remained consistent. If you were reading and enjoying The Mighty Thor before, you’ll want to be following Thor now.” -Jesse
Venom #2 Review
Written by Donny Cates | Drawn by Ryan Stegman
“To date, we’ve only seen a handful of the new series that will comprise Marvel’s Fresh Start relaunch, but the results have been promising so far. Venom in particular is a showcase for what’s possible with the clean slate this relaunch allows. What was once a struggling series with some promise has suddenly morphed into one of Marvel’s most engaging monthly books. What a difference a few weeks can make.” -Jesse
Between the Panels: The New Age of DC Heroes Is Failing
“DC Comics has been nothing if not ambitious in the last few years. The DC Rebirth relaunch was just the beginning, paving the way for a slew of new imprints like Young Animal, Wildstorm, DC Black Label and the recently revealed DC Vertigo relaunch. Then there’s “The New Age of DC Heroes,” an imprint devoted to spotlighting big-name artists and new characters. More than any other initiative this year, The New Age of DC Heroes embodies the kind of publisher DC is striving to be. That’s why it’s so unfortunate that the line has so utterly failed to live up to its promise.” -Jesse
Marvel’s New Black Panther Comic Embraces the Movie In the Right Way
“Marvel’s Fresh Start relaunch has brought about a number of big changes for popular heroes, but perhaps no hero’s world has changed as radically as Black Panther’s. The recent Black Panther #1 introduced a drastically different status quo, one where T’Challa finds himself a prisoner who breaks out to join an interstellar resistance force. Rarely has a comic kept the same writer and yet changed so drastically from one issue to the next. But this new status quo also seems to be just the change of pace Black Panther needed, as well as giving Marvel the chance to draw in some characters and elements from the movie that otherwise wouldn’t be possible.” -Jesse