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Comic Reviews From Your Friendly Neighborhood: “Liebestrasse” and “New Fantastic Four” #1

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Liebestraße
Written by Greg Lockard
Art by Tim Fish and Hector Barros
Review by Felix Whetsel

If a summary includes the phrase “queer historical romance,” you bet your buns I’m going to check it out. “Liebestrasse”, written by Greg Lockard, with illustrations by Tim Fish and Hector Barros, is a love story set in the tumultuous political atmosphere of the late Weimar Republic.

Samuel is an American working in Berlin in 1932. While browsing an art museum, he comes across a handsome blond man, to get really acquainted in a backdoor gay bar. Philip introduces him to an entire underground community where they can openly be themselves, despite the rise of Nazism. As Philip dreams of an escape together, Samuel insists they must fight fascism.

20 years later, Philip returns to Berlin to find the man he loved, the man he lost in the chaos of the fall of the Weimar Republic. “Liebestrasse”, which translates to “street of love”, refers to the last place they were together, and is a story of forbidden love at a time when marginalized people struggled to survive, and the guilt of those who did. If you’re looking to learn more about the genocide of the queer community during WWII, it also includes a list of books and movies on the subject.

Liebestraße

New Fantastic Four #1
Written by Pierre David
Illustrated by Alan Robinson
Comment by Krystal Moore

In the original “Fantastic Four” series, issues 347, 348, and 349, the “new Fantastic Four” made their debut. That was 1990, and since then fans have lamented that Marvel never gave this legendary team its own series. Now those fans can rejoice as the formidable team of Spider-Man, Hulk, Wolverine and Ghost Rider finally gets at least five issues together in this limited series.

The “Hell in a Handbasket” storyline has a very colorful but dark-themed beginning. A lot of Marvel books will carry a teen or adult rating that seems questionable, but I think this one might deserve it. Long story short, something mystical happens, bringing our four heroes together in Las Vegas, shortly after the timeline of those original issues. Something is afoot in Sin City involving priests, nuns, demons, and homeless people who live in underground tunnels.

The book is written by Peter David with artist Alan Robinson and exceptional color by colorist Mike Spicer. Just the different teammate personalities are entertaining, but add some pretty serious events and you have a really fun comic! I hope the next four issues will be as good as this one. We don’t want to disappoint fans who have been waiting for this for 30 years!

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