Comic Book Review – Incoming #1

Cover to Incoming #1. Depicts a number of iconic Marvel characters and a motionless hand.
Cover to Incoming #1. Comic book cover by Patrick Gleason & Marte Gracia

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Credits:

  • Artists (pp.1-85) – Al Ewing, Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgado, Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Fornes, Jordie Bellaire, Kelly Thompson, Mattia De Iulis, Carmen Carnero, Rachelle Rosenberg, Jason Aaron, Andrea Sorrentino, Jay David Ramos, Matthew Rosenberg, R.B. Silva, Israel Silva, Greg Pak, Annie Wu, Triona Farrell, Eve L. Ewing, Kim Jacinto, Espen Grundetjern, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, Dono Sanchez-Almara, Ed Brisson, Aaron Kuder, Michael Garland, Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, David Curiel, Saladin Ahmed, Javier Garron, Tini Howard, Jim Cheung, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jonathan Hickman, Marte Garcia, Dan Slott, Luciano Vecchio, Francesco Manna, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, & Morry Hollowell.
  • Letterer – VC’s Travis Lanham
  • Cover – Patrick Gleason and Marte Gracia
  • Variant Covers – Jim Cheung, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jorge Molina, Dustin Weaver, Edgar Delgado, Sanford Greene, Kim Jacinto, Tamra Bonvillain, J. Scott Campbell & Justin Ponsor.
  • Graphic Designer – Carlos Lao
  • Assistant Editor – Shannon Andrews Ballesteros
  • Associate Editor – Alanna Smith
  • Editor – Tom Brevoort
  • Special Thanks – Jordan D. White
  • Editor-in-Chief – C.B. Cebulski
  • Chief Creative Officer – Joe Quesada
  • President – Dan Buckley
  • Executive Producer – Alan Fine

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Here we have quite the ensemble cast of Marvel Superheroes. As a result, we also have almost 45 artists working on this one book! No wonder the cover price for Incoming #1 is $9.99. You can tell when the artists switch each time just by seeing the style change drastically. This is a product of being an introduction to so many different upcoming books at once. There is a general flow to the overall story, but it goes everywhere in the middle of the book. This isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy reading this comic book. The beginning and the end could have been pasted together and it would have made for a more cohesive flow.

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You are now exiting the spoiler-free zone. Do yourself a favor and stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers.

I loved seeing Ghost Rider killing a bunch of demons. I’m guilty of not having read a ton of Ghost Rider. So seeing his methods of offense was a bit intense in a good way. The Agents of Atlas play a big part in this. We get an extensive appearance by the Blue Marvel, Jessica Jones and Reed Richards. As a matter of fact the actual flow of the overarching story begins and ends with them. Bruce Banner makes an appearance, but not as himself. Rather he is Grey Hulk stuck in Banner’s body. We even get to see Knull, god of the symbiotes, and Eddie & Dylan Brock. There is so much going on in the middle of this book that it really doesn’t feel cohesive at all.

As far as the main story goes, it starts off as a murder mystery. The mysterious Masked Raider is investigating a murder when Elektra and Matt Murdock (no longer Daredevil) get involved. Murdock calls in Jessica Jones to help with the investigation. This begins a trail of superheroes calling upon other superheroes for help. Jones goes to Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel goes to Black Panther, and then later the Blue Marvel. The Blue Marvel goes Reed Richards and then later Iron Man (who is now Arno Stark).

As Reed and Jane Foster are about to conduct an autopsy on the murdered victim, Richards recognizes him as a Kree warrior. With this information he is able to further the investigation. It turns out that a Skrull warrior is impersonating the dead Kree warrior. As the Skrull is explaining this to Jessica Jones, Captain Marvel, and Reed Richards, something kills him. I’ll let you read the book to find out what killed him. One hint: “Beware the trees.”

Both the Kree and Skrull warriors were working together for an unknown cause. This is later revealed to be part of a much larger alliance between all of the Kree and Skrull combined. They have appointed Hulking, one who is both Kree and Skrull, to lead them. Their primary target is revealed at the end of the comic book.

As I said before, this comic book really jumps around a lot. And not everything sticks with the main story line of Incoming. They focused a lot of the book on introducing characters from various comic books, and it feels kind of thrown-together. Despite this, Incoming #1 was a good read. It depicts the first time I’ve seen full representation of an LGBT couple, which I appreciated. The story isn’t bad at all. And despite packing so much into one book, the content itself is enjoyable to read. The collaborative artwork is amazing all-around. Buy this book!

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