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"The Union #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Paul Grist
Illustrated by Andrea Di Vito with Paul Grist
Inked by Drew Geraci & Le Beau Underwood with Paul Grist
Colored by Nolan Woodard
Lettered by Travis Lanham
2020, 23 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on December 2nd, 2020

Review:

Knull's arrival on Earth has quickly sent shockwaves around the world. It just so happens that he's swooping in just as an all-new team of super heroes is beginning in the United Kingdom. The fledgling team is just learning to work together when a symbiote dragon attacks. Will they be able to rely on each other in the face of such insurmountable odds?

Introducing new characters into the decades-old Marvel Universe is no easy task, especially when it's a tie-in to a massive event like King in Black. Fortunately, The Union has a ringer in its midst with Union Jack, one of my favorite slightly-more obscure heroes, although the public doesn't seem to share that sentiment. The rest of the team is made up of new faces who don't get much time to shine just yet.

The main focus on this story from writer Paul Grist is the formation of the team and how quickly they have to rally together to face Knull's forces. We get a good idea as to what this project is working towards as the team goes through its training exercises. They are green with the two exceptions being Union Jack and Britannia, a new hero that is clearly the adult in the room.

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There's a twist to The Union #1 that has happened in a few of these new team books over the years. It's a tried and true one as it works to shuffle the story about a bit. I remember it fondly from The Order, another similar Marvel book from a few years back spinning out of the Initiative era.

While we don't get much time with the new characters, we do get just enough to give us an idea of their personalities. Artist Andrea Di Vito is joined by Grist for some great design work that instantly delivers a rough idea as to who each of these characters are and what their power sets are like. I can't wait to find out more about Snakes, the towering figure with a hooded face. Letterer Travis Lanham uses diamond-shaped word balloons for his limited dialogue and it just adds to the mystery.

The action in The Union #1 is top notch and exciting. What struck me most is how quickly things change when the dragon shows up. This thing is hideous. Di Vito's work on it sends a shiver up my spine. Inkers Drew Geraci & Le Beau Underwood with Grist bring out all these gnarly details in this creature. It's skin is rough and full of wrinkles. It's gross.

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This shift in tone, from playful action to dread-filled horror, is defined by Nolan Woodard's colors. The dragon looks like it comes from the sun. It's an explosion of darkness that comes from the bright light in the sky. Everything changes from that moment.

The Union is thrust into a mega-event in the Marvel Universe right out of the gate. They're dealt a crushing blow that can utterly destroy any hope of survival, but they're heroes. They're rising up against this horde for Queen and country. Pip Pip.

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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 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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