Thursday, October 21, 2021

Andy Richardson:

Addicted to Comics

Yet another Sentinel series (up to issue #6 now…) and a Marvel Milestones collection featuring work from Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, Geoff Johns, and Aaron Lopresti.



Sentinel (3rd Series)

The mutant-fighting powers of a towering Sentinel would be trouble in the wrong hands, as the X-Men have discovered on more than one occasion. But what about in the hands of a teenaged boy? A relationship that began as a simple plan to become a hero becomes far more complex in this miniseries, as the boy learns one of Marvel’s oldest lessons: With great power comes great responsibility. Suddenly young Juston might wish he’d never found his giant new friend, or at least, he’ll feel that way when the government comes up with a plan to get their Sentinel back — at all costs.

This series features a fairly simple story–a boy trying to find his mother–but evolves into a power struggle in which the boy has much more to worry about. Sean McKeever and Joe Vriens collaborate on this clever adventure.









Certain comics become scarce, particularly those pesky half-issues. This one-shot collects the rare “1/2” issues of Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men, the former featuring The Daily Bugle’s editorial process — should they run a story that unfairly makes Spider-Man look bad? — and the latter an X-Men tale featuring Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. The Spider-Man issue also introduced Daniel Rand, Iron Fist, to the Ultimate Universe. Inexplicably, a pair of short stories from the 1940s, originally presented in Human Torch #2, are also included, in case fans want to read about Microman and Mantor. Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, Geoff Johns, and Aaron Lopresti handle the main features.

This issue, the second part of a 5-part miniseries which returns Captain Universe to pantheon of Marvel heroes, is written by Jay Faerber and drawn by Juan Santacruz.









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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