Writer: Brian Michael Bendis / Artist: Stefano Caselli / Marvel
After thoroughly kicking the Techno Golem’s repurposed armor all over the place and giving S.H.I.E.L.D. the high hand, Riri is, understandably, becoming famous. The issue explores what happens when a teenage superhero badass starts getting notoriety. Opportunities are rising from everywhere and everyone and it sets the story well for what Riri will be involved in moving forward. But also, the reckoning, I’m sure. A new villain has returned to Latveria (not Doom) that I’m sure will threaten Riri’s new found status.
All of that is good for the story moving forward, but it meant a great deal of set up and exposition for this issue. Riri’s wit and humor is always welcome, but its turned up to 11 this issue, mostly because she’s not doing a whole lot of action. Its still a good issue, just a table setter more than anything, so hopefully it bears fruit for the immediate issues to come.
Caselli is still drawing a gorgeous book. The pencils are surgical and versatile, as we see a lot of new characters and heroes make their way into this issue. Also, Marte Gracia deserves a shoutout because the color pallet this book is working with make the characters jump off the page.
Riri gets a dose of fame and all the good stuff that comes with it. For now. The book is mostly dialogue as Riri gets a lot of options thrown at her. Its a lot of set up and a calming after the last arc, but it puts the story in prime position for some big things moving forward.
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