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King in Black – Wiccan and Hulkling number 1, Nocterra number 1 and more! – The Geekiary

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King in Black: Wiccan and Hulkling – Issue 1 (Image: Marvel Comics)

Welcome to my comic book reviews this week (March 3, 2021). I will cover King in Black: Wiccan and Hulkling number 1, Nocterra number 1, 40 seconds number 5, and more!

I will start by talking about King in Black: Wiccan and Hulkling Issue 1. From writer Tini Howard, this link focused on Billy and Teddy as they attempted to fight off a Symbiote invasion during a resort vacation the Shi’ar gave them. Even though I’m a huge Wiccan and Hulkling fan, I didn’t enjoy this issue as much as I had hoped. The comedic tone (including Luciano Vecchio’s art) didn’t match the Symbiote threat well. Plus, I’m a little fed up that Billy always has to sing his spells to distort reality. He should have leveled up now.

I liked that Billy and Teddy were doing all they could to save the people in the complex as well as those who were infected with Knull. Even though Hulkling is the King of Space and Wiccan is the future Demiurge, both are superheroes first, which means they leave no one behind.

Reading this issue reminded me of how much fun I always have reading a Wiccan and Hulkling story written by Anthony Oliveira. Hoping Marvel Comics gives him more work.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Meh.

Runaways issue 34 review
Runaways issue 34 (Image: Marvel Comics)

Runaways number 34

From writer Rainbow Rowell, a lot of madness has happened in Runaways number 34. Wolverine and Pixie explained to the Runaways why they thought Molly was in danger and wanted to come to Krakoa. It was revealed that there was another mutant in the same location who needed to be rescued. Logan, Pixie, Nico, Molly, Chase, and Old Lace decided to search for the mysterious mutant and found themselves in a strange dimension.

The funny banter between the characters continued to be a highlight. I wouldn’t mind Logan and Pixie sticking around for another issue or two. Also, is it just me or were there romantic sparks between Nico and Pixie? I am interested!

Does he have any obvious weird characters? Yes.

Recommendation: TO PICK UP!

nocterra number 1 review
Nocterra number 1 (Image: Image Comics)

Nocterra number 1

I was provided with a free digital copy of Nocterra number 1 for review. The opinions I have shared are my own.

By writer Scott Snyder and artist Tony S. Daniel, this new comic book story takes place in a world where the sun has ceased to shine and the resulting darkness has mutated living things. Only a few humans were able to survive in various outposts. You should always be near a source of light if you don’t want the dangerous mutant monsters to kill you. Other than that, staying in the dark too long will infect your body and you will start to mutate.

Our main character is a truck driver named Val. She tries to find options to help her brother Emory beat an infection. During one of her jobs (transporting humans to an outpost), she meets an old man and his granddaughter. Apparently they know the location of a shrine. Val decides to take them there as she hopes to find something that will cure Emory. And while Val is ready to deal with the monsters they will encounter along the way, she has no idea that a mysterious person is following her for reasons I don’t want to spoil.

Nocterra Number 1 did a great job introducing the main players and the kind of world they live in. From what I could tell, it’s been 13 years since the world went dark and things continued to get worse for the remaining humans.

I love Val as the protagonist. She can get by in a fight, and her tough demeanor hides an emotional side. It’s clear that she will do everything in her power to protect Emory. I enjoyed reading their interactions.

While I can’t wait to see what happens in the current timeline, I hope the tale continues to give us flashbacks (similar to the first issue) to when Val and Emory were younger. Growing up in such a world must have been difficult for them. I want to see him!

Daniel’s art is quite vibrant during the action sequences and I’m interested in seeing more of his monster creations.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? No.

Recommendation: TO PICK UP!

40 second preview of issue 5
40-second issue 5 cover (Image: comiXology)

40 seconds number 5

I was provided with a free digital copy of 40 seconds number 5 for consideration. The opinions I have shared are my own.

From writer Jeremy Haun, 40 seconds number 5 concluded the current arc while setting things up for the next. I would be lying if I said I figured out everything that happened in this five issue story. There is a shady society, alien worlds, alternate dimensions, something to do with an old god and evil clones; so many things i want to know more about. So, I hope Haun and his creative team come back for a second release because I need some answers.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? Yes.

Recommendation: To pick up.

What comics have you read this week? What did you think about Nocterra problem 1?

Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a double master’s degree in psychology and biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in molecular genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville and The Game Master of Somerville. It gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime / manga, video games, and movies.

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