Legacy and Identity Explored
After the success of WandaVision, I was nervous about Marvel’s next MCU series on Disney+. Could they recreate the cult-like fan obsession with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier the way they did with WandaVision? Or was this follow-up series doomed to pale in comparison because of its more grounded subject material? There’s some strength-enhanced individuals and a lot of political commentary here. But the show doesn’t have the witches, body possessions and reality warping of its Disney+ predecessor. Still, Falcon and the Winter Soldier manages to carve out its own niche in the Marvel Universe and stand on its own two feet.
A fun Spider-Ride!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is my favorite Spider-Man movie to-date. In fact, it’s one of my favorite animated movies of all time. And the main reason for that is because it comfortably leans into the strengths of its comic origins. The movie embraces the art, quirky characters and origin stories of its source material. For me, it remains the gold standard for comic book movies. So I was only too happy to pick up Spider-Verse: Spider Zero. Fortunately, like the movie, this 6-issue comic also leans into its strengths – as an unofficial follow-up to the movie. Mostly, the entire comic is an excuse to introduce us to new and creative alternate versions of Spider-Man. And that’s why it works so well.
A decent backstory
I found Erik Killmonger to be the most interesting character in the MCU’s Black Panther. He wasn’t just a bad guy out to destroy the world. He wanted to reclaim his birthright and use his newfound power to open Wakanda to the rest of the world. There was purpose to his character and he made sense. It was his means that made him the villain. So I was very excited to finally read about his backstory in Marvel’s 5-issue mini-series Killmonger.
Arguably the most memorable line from WandaVision comes from an intimate conversation between the two titular characters. Vision asks Wanda What is grief, if not love persevering? It’s a question that sums up the entire show. Wanda’s grief following the events of Avengers: Endgame has manifested into something much bigger than herself.
Had no idea about Hawkeye
I’m relatively new to the comic book world. Most of my reading has been limited to DC because I find that they have a fair amount of self-contained stories that are easy for newbies to get into. So when I saw a 6-issue 2020 Hawkeye comic, I decided it was a good opportunity to read something current from Marvel without getting too invested. I’m glad I made that decision because Hawkeye: Freefall was well worth the read.