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Posted October 5, 2017 by Chris Romero in Columns
 
 

ComicBurst: Plunder #1, Legendary Star-Lord #9, and Storm #8






Plunder #1 (of 4)

Writer: Swifty Lang

Artists: Skuds McKinley and Jason Wordie

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Plunder #1 © Boom! Studios

Plunder #1 © Boom! Studios

There’s loads of trouble lurking about a seemingly crew-less vessel in Somalia’s Gulf of Aden. As this book’s Somali pirate team soon discovers, if you go looking for a fight, chances are you’ll probably find one. This week, Boom! Studios releases its latest four-part series, Plunder. Book one introduces us to a young group of modern-day pirates patrolling the coasts of their homeland, only to stumble across a mysterious vessel with creepy zombie-like creatures on board. Told through the narration of the lead character known as Translator (the kid can speak English, so that’s his given nickname), Plunder #1 serves as a solid introduction to each of the pirates and their motives. Writer Swifty Lang drives the point home that this rag tag team is a loose cannon holding on to its last means of survival, and they’re not too savvy when it comes to teamwork. Lang writes a tight script that builds suspense and dives into the main character’s feelings of being an outcast among the crime world. Artists Skuds McKinley and Jason Wordie collaborate to illustrate quick-moving panels; particularly in the first couple of pages where a gunfight rips through the pages. Otherwise, Plunder is just too early in its life to decide if it’s going to be a knock-your-socks-off series, or just another story about zombies from a different perspective. Either way, issue #1 was entertaining enough to hold my attention for the next chapter.

Rating: Returned/Resisted/Recommended/Required

 

Legendary Star-Lord #9

Writer: Sam Humphries

Artists: Paco Medina and David Curiel (colors)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Legendary Star-Lord #9 © Marvel Comics

Legendary Star-Lord #9 © Marvel Comics

What happens when two popular super-powered teams unite to fight a potential cosmic threat? Well, another Marvel crossover, silly! Cmon, you knew that. Chapter three of the Black Vortex crossover reaches a turning point, albeit lame one, in Marvel’s Lengendary Star-Lord #9. After Gamora and Beast recently used the Black Vortex to upgrade their powers (that’s what this fun house mirror apparently does), the rest of the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy members are left looking around at one another dumbfounded. Should they each hop on in to the mirror and join the fun? The characters essentially use up this entire book, and the last chapter (Guardians of the Galaxy #24), to argue about it. That’s about as exciting as it gets. Writer Sam Humphries throws Storm against Gamora, a fight breaks out, but it ends abruptly and left a pointless feel to it. The second let down is when the Mad Titan Thanos himself shows up to the party, but yeah, turns out it was just a Jean Grey mind trick. Strike two for Humphries. Paco Medina’s artwork isn’t anything to write home about, if anything; colorist David Curiel saves the day with some pretty cool, heavy green tones that capture the eye with Jean and Gamora’s suits. Black Vortex is becoming slow and pointless, and Legendary Star-Lord #9 doesn’t help its cause much.

Rating: Returned/Resisted/Recommended/Required

 

Storm #8

Writer: Greg Pak

Artists: Al Barrionuevo and Ruth Redmond

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Storm #8 © Marvel Comics

Storm #8 © Marvel Comics

Interestingly enough, I had a debate with the guys who run my local comic shop today about which X-book is the best one out right now. One guy said All-New X-Men is number one, the other dude voted for Uncanny, and we all agreed that Nightcrawler and Cyclops are garbage. Against vehement opposition, I stand my ground in saying that writer Greg Pak’s Storm has been the most entertaining X-title on shelves in the last year. Yup, that’s right. Pak has developed Ororo Munroe into a top grade badass whose internal conflict of where she stands in a post-Wolverine world matches the excitement of her conflict with every political douchebag there is. It’s fun stuff; and issue #8 is all quick-hitting action as Storm battles money-grubbing clan leader Davis Harmon. Pak’s story features Storm at her best; after so many years a part of the X-Men, she still looks and fights as if in her prime. Artists Al Barrionuevo and Ruth Redmond don’t let us forget that notion, either. With picturesque panels of the Golden Gate Bridge about to be wiped away by a massive tidal wave, and Stom’s command of natures elements; this book’s artwork is the real deal. Storm #8 just solidifies that the former Queen of Wakanda don’t need no man–she’s one with the world.

Rating: Returned/Resisted/Recommended/Required

 

 

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Teacher by day, hero by night, Chris’ superpowers include holding his breath under water for ten solid seconds and unjamming a photocopier machine at work. You can find him at the comic shop every Wednesday afternoon, looking for what Geeks Unleashed readers should be adding to their list. Check out Chris’ weekly comic review column, ComicBurst, for the latest reviews of today’s hottest titles.