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In the wake of a devastating tragedy, the United States passes a law outlawing teenage super heroes! The crackdown has begun, and the lives of Marvel's next generation will never be the same again. This new law goes against everything that Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man founded the Champions for...and they know that the world still needs heroes. They won't go down without In the wake of a devastating tragedy, the United States passes a law outlawing teenage super heroes! The crackdown has begun, and the lives of Marvel's next generation will never be the same again. This new law goes against everything that Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man founded the Champions for...and they know that the world still needs heroes. They won't go down without a fight! But as a group of teen vigilantes gathers to plan their next move, the task force called CRADLE is hot on their trail - and there's a spy in their midst! As protests break out across Chicago, the Champions risk their freedom to restore order - but why has Chicago's hometown hero Ironheart abandoned the Champions? COLLECTING: OUTLAWED (2020) 1, CHAMPIONS (2020) 1-5


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In the wake of a devastating tragedy, the United States passes a law outlawing teenage super heroes! The crackdown has begun, and the lives of Marvel's next generation will never be the same again. This new law goes against everything that Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man founded the Champions for...and they know that the world still needs heroes. They won't go down without In the wake of a devastating tragedy, the United States passes a law outlawing teenage super heroes! The crackdown has begun, and the lives of Marvel's next generation will never be the same again. This new law goes against everything that Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man founded the Champions for...and they know that the world still needs heroes. They won't go down without a fight! But as a group of teen vigilantes gathers to plan their next move, the task force called CRADLE is hot on their trail - and there's a spy in their midst! As protests break out across Chicago, the Champions risk their freedom to restore order - but why has Chicago's hometown hero Ironheart abandoned the Champions? COLLECTING: OUTLAWED (2020) 1, CHAMPIONS (2020) 1-5

30 review for Champions, Vol. 1: Outlawed

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    First off, let me say that the artwork is this one is great, particularly the work by Bob Quin. It's a visual treat and the storytelling is very clear. Story-wise, well, you can't avoid the fact that the basic plot of Outlawed is a bit of a rehash of Civil War. The actual character interplay and some of the ramifications are quite different, though, to be fair. My main issue with the writing was the dialogue. I'm sure Eve L. Ewing is a great public speaker because she seems to write almost entirel First off, let me say that the artwork is this one is great, particularly the work by Bob Quin. It's a visual treat and the storytelling is very clear. Story-wise, well, you can't avoid the fact that the basic plot of Outlawed is a bit of a rehash of Civil War. The actual character interplay and some of the ramifications are quite different, though, to be fair. My main issue with the writing was the dialogue. I'm sure Eve L. Ewing is a great public speaker because she seems to write almost entirely in speeches. The dialogue all felt like the characters had been rehearsing it for a week before they actually delivered it. Quite Shakespearian in a way but I prefer my comicbook dialogue more naturalistic. Story: 3 stars Artwork: 4 stars Overall: 3.5 stars, rounded up because I love my Champions kids! My next book: Mr. Topsy-Turvy

  2. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    People call this a civil war lite. I honestly think it's just boring. So basically after an event where people nearly died and a young hero is hurt, they put in a new law to outlaw kids from saving people. Never stopped kids before protecting people but now it is a issue somehow. Anyhow, we have all the kids basically on the run trying to figure out what to do from here. There's some good character moments. Ewing writes Riri really well, and Miles pretty solid, but everyone else I feel like I do People call this a civil war lite. I honestly think it's just boring. So basically after an event where people nearly died and a young hero is hurt, they put in a new law to outlaw kids from saving people. Never stopped kids before protecting people but now it is a issue somehow. Anyhow, we have all the kids basically on the run trying to figure out what to do from here. There's some good character moments. Ewing writes Riri really well, and Miles pretty solid, but everyone else I feel like I don't know them from the past. On top of that the storyline itself feels to safe, we all know what will happen, and the ending felt way to cheerful for what the events just happening showed. Not horrible but very boring. A 2 out of 5.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Since the Champions weren't around when Civil War occured the first (and second) times, it's time they get their own version of the Registration Act. When Ms. Marvel's high school gets attacked by a dragon, the devastation left behind prompts the outlawing of all teenage superheroes. But with the law being backed by the dubious Roxxon Corporation, is there more to the story than meets the eye? Outlawed as a status quo was meant to likely last longer than it did here, and with further reaching ten Since the Champions weren't around when Civil War occured the first (and second) times, it's time they get their own version of the Registration Act. When Ms. Marvel's high school gets attacked by a dragon, the devastation left behind prompts the outlawing of all teenage superheroes. But with the law being backed by the dubious Roxxon Corporation, is there more to the story than meets the eye? Outlawed as a status quo was meant to likely last longer than it did here, and with further reaching tendrils. There were at least two other titles that got cancelled as a result of the pandemic, so this is kind of the truncated form of what the story should have been. That said, it's still pretty darn enjoyable. Eve Ewing picks up all of the Champions characters that both Mark Waid and Jim Zub left behind and spins them off into her story, keeping all of the continuity and dangling character beats flowing together as the team goes on the run. There's a lot of tension in the book as things feel hopeless, but the conclusion definitely feels earned even after five short issues. The artwork here starts off with Simeon Di Meo (of Power Rangers and We Only Find Them When They're Dead fame), before transitioning to Bob Quinn for the later two issues. The pair work strangely well together - mostly because Quinn ups his style to closer to Di Meo's janky angled, neon-infused visuals. The Outlawed one-shot gets Kim Jacinto on it though, so it also looks gorgeous, if a bit different to the rest of the book. While I'd have liked to have seen Outlawed explored a little more, what we did get here was great while it lasted. The character work is still solid, the artwork's fun if a little mixed, and there's potential for so much more to be mined even after the story closes on the final page - it's just not in the form you might have expected it to take.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James Hynes

    The book treated the debate around Kamala's law as more morally grey than I expected, but not as much as I hoped. The book treated the debate around Kamala's law as more morally grey than I expected, but not as much as I hoped.

  5. 5 out of 5

    KBeautiful1

    Happy New Year!!!! Let me start off by saying I only have Issue #1 and since Goodreads didn't have it distinguished and they only had this edition on their site for issues 1-5 that's why it had to be chosen. I enjoy author Eve L. Ewing's take when she writes for Marvel. Her Ironheart run is absolutely brilliant and the start of this series (it came out last year and I am just now getting around to reading it LOL!) it's just as superb. Marvel honestly needs to bring her in as the writer for Ironhea Happy New Year!!!! Let me start off by saying I only have Issue #1 and since Goodreads didn't have it distinguished and they only had this edition on their site for issues 1-5 that's why it had to be chosen. I enjoy author Eve L. Ewing's take when she writes for Marvel. Her Ironheart run is absolutely brilliant and the start of this series (it came out last year and I am just now getting around to reading it LOL!) it's just as superb. Marvel honestly needs to bring her in as the writer for Ironheart that will be launching on Disney+. The actress has already been hired and we don't need any white writers trying to write for black people, that trope is dead and buried. There are way too many black writers for them to f*ck this up. They have Palestinian writers for Ms. Marvel (currently filming to launch on Disney+ plus she will make her big-screen debut on Captain Marvel 2 which is being directed by Nia DaCosta (a stellar black director). Marvel for all intents and purposes are moving in the right direction of bringing to the forefront the young superheroes, honestly, their storylines are much better and fresher, not regurgitated as Marvel has so infamously done over the years. This story picks up with the young heroes being blamed for an assault that was not their fault but as the government would have it (think the Zokovia Accords) here they move to disband and bar the heroes from helping, blaming them for attacks that are not their fault, and now moving to round them up like criminals. I can't wait to dive into the next couple of books and thank goodness several issues are already out so I don't have to wait. Well Until My Next Review...Ciao!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    This was a fun read. I love the Champions and was really looking forward to this set to finally get to read it. Still, there were a couple of things that did bug me a bit. First, the whole school thing was too much the same that happened to the New Warriors, that got started the entire Civil War storyline. With CW being such a relevant story for the Marvel Universe, they could have created something a little different to get things rolling. Second, was I the only one who got bothered by the whole This was a fun read. I love the Champions and was really looking forward to this set to finally get to read it. Still, there were a couple of things that did bug me a bit. First, the whole school thing was too much the same that happened to the New Warriors, that got started the entire Civil War storyline. With CW being such a relevant story for the Marvel Universe, they could have created something a little different to get things rolling. Second, was I the only one who got bothered by the whole child abuse thing run by the state? It made me irk in a bad way several times. Still, I loved seeing some of my favorite characters back, but I have to admit I really needed a background check on some of the Champions members, haha!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    *Lots of reading + no time review = Knee-jerk reactions!* I actually really enjoyed this story: Some nice real-world themes that managed to show how two differing sides can both have valid points. The only side "demonized" in this was the corporation who only had their own interests at heart. Even the government had good intentions... but, you know... government and good intentions don't always end well. One more note: I particularly enjoyed Miles Morales' voice. *Lots of reading + no time review = Knee-jerk reactions!* I actually really enjoyed this story: Some nice real-world themes that managed to show how two differing sides can both have valid points. The only side "demonized" in this was the corporation who only had their own interests at heart. Even the government had good intentions... but, you know... government and good intentions don't always end well. One more note: I particularly enjoyed Miles Morales' voice.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Avi Woontner

    Basically a rehashing of Civil War but with teen heroes, but I enjoyed it! It engages deeply with the struggles of the young characters dealing with the plot, and I appreciated the nuance it allowed them. I started reading this because it tied into Kamala's series, and I definitely will be reading more of the Champions to see what happens next. Basically a rehashing of Civil War but with teen heroes, but I enjoyed it! It engages deeply with the struggles of the young characters dealing with the plot, and I appreciated the nuance it allowed them. I started reading this because it tied into Kamala's series, and I definitely will be reading more of the Champions to see what happens next.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ilham

    rating: 3.5* really wish i liked this more, there are a lot of great superheroes in this, but sometimes i feel like that's the problem. we get to see so many great superheroes, but we don't get to know them. i really miss when the og (2014) champions were together, because we got to learn who they are and i really connected with them, something i can't seem to do now. rating: 3.5* really wish i liked this more, there are a lot of great superheroes in this, but sometimes i feel like that's the problem. we get to see so many great superheroes, but we don't get to know them. i really miss when the og (2014) champions were together, because we got to learn who they are and i really connected with them, something i can't seem to do now.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Hope

    46/100

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meri

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nick Zinn

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andreas

  15. 5 out of 5

    Philippe Caron

  16. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Ryan

  17. 5 out of 5

    Macky Santiago

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anas

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rob

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Austin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Chase

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vapaem

  24. 5 out of 5

    Arturo Belluardo

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jack

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dimitra

  27. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ianire Garcia

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  30. 4 out of 5

    17moon

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