Writers: Charles Soule, Mark Waid, David & Maria Lapham
Art Teams: Paulo Siqueira, Oren Junior, Frank D’Armata, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Dan Brown, David Lapham, Lee Loughridge,
Release Date: February 27, 2019
Cover Price: $4.99
The Marvel Comics Presents series was something I really dug as a kid when I started getting into buying books. Mostly because I would usually get myself that Wolverine fix younger me required so badly, all while also being forced to broaden my horizons a bit, the series got me into other stories about characters I normally wouldn’t have read. When the series was announced to return this year, in essentially the same setup of how it traditionally was, that was all it took to sell me on the concept. To add to my joy issue one was really a good time, giving us some solid stories and art throughout the issue, so I’m back here for number two to see if we get more of the same. Let’s discuss.
Just like last issue began we start with the Wolverine story by Soule. Logan resumes, a bit unwillingly, his continuing mission every ten years to re-banish the demon named “the Truth”. This story echos the first issues in many ways with the twist here that now Logan must protect Sylvie, the daughter of the mother he failed to previously save, in the first story. When the demon approaches them here Sylvie freaks, leading to Logan taking some vicious shots, before she summons the courage to return, and saving Logan’s life in the process. The pair then decide to really team up to take the demon on, as our cliffhanger arrives with Logan promising to end this madness for good this time, however we’ll have to wait to next month to find out if the two are successful. Overall this story continues to be an entertaining throwback to before Logan was giving him metal, but as I mentioned earlier its a little too much like what we got in issue one, albeit with a small twist. The art of Paulo Siqueira, Oren Junior, Frank D’Armata, is superb and they do an excellent job of making the demon look terrifying and threatening, even to a character like Wolverine. This is worth a peek.
Then its off to a story with Mr. Fantastic from back in the day from before the Fantastic Four assembled or had powers. Reed is on a NASA Space team putting in overtime, but neglecting Sue, which leads to a breakup between the two. Ben comes to talk sense into Reed, when a fellow scientist comes running in, alerting the two of two spy’s breaking in. Despite their lack of powers at this time, the two spring into action, eventually preventing any theft from occurring, mostly due to a fail-safe installed by Reed and Ben’s fists. In the end it turn’s out it all comes back to a familiar foe you might suspect, connecting the groups back to a time even before the radiation affected the F4 with powers. All in all a nice throwback story, and improvement over the first one here, which continues the trend lately of Marvel putting out some excellent content revolving around WWI and WWII of late … a trend I would really like to see continue in books like this.
For the final story we visit Gorilla-Man, with a feature from Black Panther, who attempts to lend his friend some help to avoid fates of Gorilla-Men from the past. The story jumps around a bit, but all in all it serves as a lesson for Gorilla-Man to embrace his animal spirit, while also giving the reader a glimpse into the person behind the persona of Gorilla-Man. It was a nice quick little story, with some solid art accompanying it. I had a few issues following some of the events, and why a couple things happened in this story, but a second read through cleared up some of my concerns, and overall it was an improvement from the final one-shot last month, the weakest of the bunch here, but still very enjoyable.
As a whole Marvel Comics Presents continues to be a nice little package of stories that you don’t need to be heavily invested in Marvel Comics lore to enjoy. The storytelling really adds some depth and characterization to whoever has been featured each month so far, and the benefit of the first story being an on-going appeals to long time readers giving them something to be more invested into. The art, by all contributors, has so far been something to look forward too in each issue, as all three stories have their own distinct style, and storytelling approach. It really presents the reader with a wide variety of options keeping things fresh throughout the length of the title. This is definitely a series I’d recommend to anyone looking to jump back into the flow of comics again, or even something for long time fans, looking for some added character depth.