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"Marvel Action: Chillers #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by IDW Publishing

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Written by Jeremy Whitley
Illustrated by Gretel Lusky and Bill Underwood
Colored by Nahuel Ruiz and Heather Breckel
Lettered by Valeria Lopez
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 25h, 2020

Review:

As Doctor Strange and Riri Williams (aka Ironheart) continue their search for the Darkhold and Iron Man, they discover another strange team-up between Captain America and Elsa Bloodstone. This isn't your everyday Steve Rogers though. He's been turned into a werewolf! That's right, folks! It's the return of Wolf-Cap.

IDW has a great format for these all-ages horror stories that it perfected with Star Wars Adventures. There's an overarching story and then individual tales within each issue. While the main arc is following Strange and Ironheart and that bookends the issue, there are opportunities for other artists to dig in and tell other tales.

This unlikely team-up is pretty fun. Writer Jeremy Whitley creates an interesting clash of personalities as the stoic Strange is often shown up and surprised by the young, tech-savvy Riri Williams. It's like trying to teach your mom how to use TikTok.

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Artist Gretel Lusky captures this dynamic well too. Riri is wide-eyed and excited to be on this adventure while Strange is more reserved and often annoyed. That's probably because the Avengers found a creepy magic book and didn't bother to call him. He does magic, so you'd think he would be the first person they reached out to. Colorist Nahuel Ruiz creates a welcoming and just frightening enough tone for these pages.

Wolf-Cap is the real standout in Marvel Action: Chillers #2. Artist Bill Underwood does a tremendous job with this design. It's not just Captain America with a wolf head. This is a full-on werewolf with fur bursting out of his uniform and a huge neck and head that looks like it can tear your throat out at a moment's notice. It's scary. Contrast that with Elsa Bloodstone, shown here as a scrappy teenager, and it makes for a fun clash. She's like a pint-sized Casey Jones.

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Colorist Heather Breckel makes Wolf-Cap's eyes glow with an unnatural light. The pupils are gone as the First Avenger gives way to this monstrous side. There are some great dynamic action sequences that Breckel amplifies with some bright yellows and oranges. It's as if each punch or kick thrown hits with a blast of color, like Wolf-Caps's seeing stars.

This story is narrated by the Darkhold itself. Letterer Valeria Lopez shows this in a dark caption boxes with an ancient-looking font. It stands out against the other narration that pops up throughout the issue.

Marvel Action Chillers presents a great all-ages take of the horror within the Marvel Universe. Some elements are over-explained, but it doesn't take away from the overall fun of this comic. Telling the story through these unlikely team-ups adds a refreshing take to the whole thing. It's a nice way to introduce horror to the little ones in your life.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
Buy from Amazon US
Art: fourstars
Overall: 3 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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