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3-page preview: Spider-Men #3 – sort of…


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Marvel Comics Friday afternoon released a three-page preview of Spider-Men #3 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Sara Pichelli. The problem with the preview is some of the panels are blackout till you read Spider-Men #2. No one wants spoilers but it seems like a have hearted effort by Marvel Comics. Also, the Comic Vault is waiting to review Spider-Men till something happens because the first issue is just a very long setup. Bendis is great at witty banter but could use some help with the pacing. With that said, Marvel loaded the press release with quotes from other comic book website and I feel like I read a different book.
The Comic Vault would like your opinion of what you thought of the first issue of Spider-Men #1.

“With well-judged pace and tone, it’s everything a Spider-Man fan could want.” – ComicBookResources.com

“A fine comic book that is spilling with the same charm that we get from Ultimate Comics Spider-Man each and every month.” – IGN.com

“…there isn’t a single panel that feels static.” – AintItCoolNews.com

“A purely enjoyable comic book, and three cheers if that continues through to the end.” – Comicsbeat.com

SPIDER-MEN #3 (MAY120671)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Variant Covers by SARA PICHELLI & TERRY DODSON
FOC – 6/18/2012, On Sale – 7/11/2012

Dial H #1 A Guy Walks Into a Phone Booth…

Dial H

Story By: China Mieville

Art By: Mateus Santolouco

First off I know this book came out a few weeks back but due to the move to the new apt and a lot of other shit getting in the way I’m finally able to give you my take on this interesting new title from DC.

Dial H is part of DC’s second Wave of New 52 books and labeled as DC’s Dark line along Animal Man and Swamp Thing. That’s some pretty impressive company to keep since both Animal Man and Swamp Thing are two of the best books at DC. After the first issue I’m happy to say that Dial H belongs in that discussion as well.

This is a relaunch of a series I wasn’t fully aware of growing up but I instantly fell in love with the concept after reading. The book introduces us to our main character Nelson. Nelson is an overweight , chain-smoking depressed man. After getting into a fight with his friend over his negative habits Nelson chases after his friend to apologize. He ends up finding his friend getting beaten half to death in an alley and runs to the closest payphone to call for help. What ends up happening from there I don’t want to spoil for you . I will say that this is one of the most interesting and fresh concepts for a book I’ve read in a long time. Also Mateus Santolouco’s art is haunting and slightly off in a way that perfectly matches China Mieville’s writing. While a bit heavy in the inks, the art really shines due to the use of experimental layouts and characters that literally weave in and out of pages. It’s a fun book to look at and constantly throws new images and characters at you to enjoy.

One of several erie and fun pages of Artwork by Mateus Santolouco

The first issue moves along at a pretty good pace establishing the main characters and a nice bit of intrigue as to who the Villains in the book will be. I also love that there is so much potential with what it is Nelson may become every time he exits that phone booth. Already after one issue I’m most excited to see what China Mieville has up his sleeve for potential Superheroes and their powers in  issue two. Using Nelson as the narrator during the process of him changing into random characters is enjoyable and keeps things fresh the entire issue. Mieville even does a great job explaining what the title of the book means and how things work by the end of the issue which I appreciated.

I’m excited to say that DC has another hit on their hands as long as this book stays as exciting and fun as it is. The art is great and Mieville’s ability to jump right into a pretty heavy concept and make it accessible to everyone makes this a book that’s definitely being added to my pull list from now on. I recommend this to fans of not just DC’s other Dark books but fans of comic books as a medium.

Review score: 8.5/10

Mike DeVivo

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