CHAMPIONS #8 arrives this week with an issue that serves as an emotional breather following last issue’s troubling conclusion. The latest installment finds our heroes battling not villains, but emotion and angst, leading to some needed character development. CHAMPIONS #8 is an excellent issue that shows off the strengths of the book, proving that action isn’t all there is to …
While CHAMPIONS #7 presents itself as a fight between unambiguous sides of good versus evil, it also manages to examine the CHAMPIONS’ current story themes of self-identity within a name/brand. Since their creation, the Champions have allowed their insignia to be used as a symbol of hope for those who wish to make a positive difference. Now, they must fight against those who wish to tarnish that symbol not only in this issue, but in the stories yet to come as well.
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CHAMPIONS #6 is a fun teambuilding story that shows off the group’s individual strengths. But it’s also a darker reflection of a new super team to rival the Champions. Fun art and great storytelling make this an excellent issue.
CHAMPIONS #1.MU is a fun issue with plenty of monsters. Jeremy Whitely manages to slip in team building and great dialogue, with monsters fights as well.
CHAMPIONS #5 brings us the guest star of Gwenpool while the Champions combat racism and a corrupt sheriff in Middle America. The original goals of the Champions stay consistent in this series as the smaller scale needs of individuals and groups are addressed by the team.
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Comics today are made to appeal to a wide audience. However, as they’ve grown more popular in modern media, many have become too complex to attract the most important audience- the youth of the world. While both Marvel and DC have created iconic youthful heroes, they must continue to do so, and create the next generation of kids buying comics. That means more having realistic young heroes to carry on the mantle.
After forming to set an example in the last issue, CHAMPIONS returns with its heroes on a camping trip, trying to bond. The issue has a well-written story by Mark Waid that shows the group dynamics and forces them to deal with their ideals with the young Cyclops tries to join. The art of Humberto Ramos adds a fresh pop as well, allowing the issue to look as fun as its story often is. There’s not a lot of definition for the Champions, but the issue feels like a natural progression for the team at this stage in the game. Well worth picking up.