Monday, December 6, 2021

Andy Richardson:

Addicted to Comics

Aliens are kidnapping Marvel’s heroes and turning them into guinea pigs. A new generation of super-hero teens tap into the animal kingdom for their powers. What’s going on? ComicBase columnist Andy Richardson offers some of his inside advice on two new super-hero series.


An alien race has discovered a way to make nature’s creatures more perfect .Unfortunately, their improvements only last a few seconds before the creatures are killed; they aren’t strong enough survive the experimental procedures.

As the aliens flee from pursuing invaders, they realize the solution is to find tougher test subjects. They find them on Earth, in the form of powerful heroes including the Thing, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Elektra.

This limited series is also a video game tie-in, but whether in spite of or because of that connection, it’s a cool, fun ride.

The title is written by Greg Pak and drawn by Renato Arlem, and features striking covers by Jae Lee.







Where has J. Scott Campbell been? Well, after making a name for himself drawing a team of hot super-powered teens (Gen-13), and then creating a more over-the-top sex-and-violence escapade (Danger Girl), he returns to his roots to create… a team of super-powered teens.

These youths use science to tap into the animal kingdom for their powers. Thus, one has the speed and maneuverability of a dragonfly; another has the talons of an eagle; plus panthers, gorillas, and even dinosaurs are represented here.

Campbell’s lively art and fast-paced storytelling are as entertaining as ever in this colorful series, which he co-writes with Andy Hartnell.

Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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