Written by: Tini Howard, Al Ewing, Eve Ewing, Dan Slott, Matthew Rosenberg, Chip Zdarsky, Jonathan Hickman, Saladin Ahmed, Jason Aaron, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, Donny Cates, and Greg Pak
Art by: Mattia De Iulis, Aaron Kuder, Ryan Stegman, Francesco Manna, Annie Wu, Jorge Fornes, Joe Bennett, and Javier Garron
ONE WILL UNITE THEM! A mysterious murder brings together the heroes of the Marvel Universe in the search for a killer – but no one can imagine where the trail will lead, or how it will affect everything in 2020 and beyond! Who is the victim and who is the assailant? The closing chapter to MARVEL’s 80th year, which will connect the dots of everything that happened in 2019 and propel the narrative into the year that is to come! Featuring the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, Spider-Man, the Champions, the Agents of Atlas, Valkyrie, the Immortal Hulk, Jessica Jones, Venom, Ghost Rider, the Masked Raider and more!
This comic was a heck of a trip. The main purpose of this book was to serve as a preview and/or launching point for all of Marvel’s upcoming major storylines for the next year. The story starts off with a mysterious murder. This one crime ends up involving most of the major players in the Marvel Universe in trying to solve it. The rest of the major players get showcased as well in side stories that branch off from the main storyline. This story felt like a grand tour of the Marvel Universe as we went to every corner of the universe and touched base with what is currently going on in the lives of all of our favorite Marvel superheroes.
One very interesting concept used in this book was that each individual segment had a different creative team and different art styles. I was impressed with how all of these different creative teams were able to piece together each of their segments to form this massive, universe spanning story. All of the different art styles showcased throughout the comic were excellent. Each style worked well depicting the different heroes in their respective segments of the story.
The main storyline and side stories were all well written. Each segment flowed seamlessly from one part of the story to the next. As I said in the beginning of this review, a lot of big storylines were introduced. The main storyline involving the murder, for example, set up what should be the biggest Marvel crossover event of 2020, Empyre.
This book was my first introduction to the character, The Masked Raider. I felt that he has a really cool look and design. He reminds me of classic heroes like The Question or The Spirit, but with a cosmic twist. His powers are also very cool. His powers come from the Eternity Mask, a mask woven from a piece of the soul of the living embodiment of space itself. The mask gives him the ability to make him the equal to anyone he fights, temporarily granting him all of their physical abilities and fighting experience.
Overall, this was a great read and if you want to get a heads up for what to expect from Marvel Comics for at least the next year, I highly recommend checking out this one shot comic.
A fun ride around the Marvel Universe that sets up the major stories coming from Marvel for the next year.