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Review: Convergence #8

Convergence-8-coverAll the heroes of the DC Universe unite to face a crisis of infinite proportions – but when all is done, there can be only one reality. But will even that survive the battle?

Convergence #8 is on shelves, ending two months of mediocre storytelling, and giving us a clearer direction of the DC Universe to come. Written by Scott Lobdell and Jeff King, the issue continues much of what’s plagued previous issues, choppy storytelling and leaving out key moments and facts.

With Deimos defeated, the chronal energy is loose threatening to destroy the multiverse. What will the heroes do? Well somehow it involves Brainiac absorbing the energy, and sending folks back, expect none of this is really explained and just is kind of presented. But, there’s a problem, the original Crisis on Infinite Earths stands in the way!

And here’s the issue, as is the problem with much of this event. If you don’t know your DC Comics history, you’d have no idea what’s being referenced, and why it’s important. I haven’t read Crisis on Infinite Earths in decades, so the specifics aren’t exactly fresh in my mind, and I have WAY too much to read to go back and reread it all. So, some of the specifics as to what’s said went over my head, and I shrugged my shoulders for most. And even in the “correction” there’s lots of things that can be debated as far as the impact and how it mucks with DC Comic history.

But here’s the cool, the results, and this is a spoiler, but one that’s all over, it now opens up all of DC history for future stories. Everything is game, and that’s represented by a few double page spreads by Stephen Segovia and Carlo Pagulayan. It’s a who’s who of DC comic history, which is neat to see in its own way. Overall though, the art isn’t quite up to the standard we’ve seen elsewhere and even in other spin-offs.

Really, in the end, the comic is a read mainly due to its importance in shaping what’s to come, not due to actual quality. There’s some things spinning out of it, like Earth 2: Society, that I’m now even more excited about. But, the real good is DC has opened the vault, and the future is wide open.

Story: Scott Lobdell, Jeff King Art: Stephen Segovia, Carlo Pagulayan
Story: 6 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.25 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Comic Fans Flip Out Over Ads in a Comic… Which are Pretty Much a 22 Page Ad

DC Twix ad 1As reported on a few sites, DC Comics will be changing up their ads a bit on their June comics. Instead of full page ads on their own page, the publisher will have half page ads on the same pages as art. As could be predicted the internet exploded with rage and overreaction, without being presented with all of the facts.

Here’s actual quotes from comment sections, I’m not even going to look on Twitter:

I’m out. I was down to two DC comics, and I’m dropping them.

Guess my days of reading DC are over. I myself have just started a comic book publisher called Ecliptic Comics Publishers. I would never be so money hungry to place adds on the same pages I have story. DC has really stooped to an all time low. Kind of glad, makes it easier for companies like mine to work our way up when DC is ticking off their customers.

Another reason I gave up on DC.

Except here are the actual facts, that weren’t gathered before most of the click-bait was written,

  1. As confirmed by DC talent, this is a one month thing and as one said “My team found it easy to work out on both books.”
  2. Its been done before, not just in magazines, but in comics!

DC Twix ad 2This is actually smart for DC Comics. June begins their Divergence kick-off, their next big launch and direction. As such, it’s likely the print run for all of their series will run on the high side of things. More comics out there, more money they make in advertising. This is a strike while the iron’s hot moment, as the second, third, and fourth issues will not have the same circulation as first issues.

This has been done before, and is done now in magazines, so this isn’t anything new. The difference now is click-bait sites who post sensationalist stories without getting all the facts, as well as the internet for people to vent their “rage.” And the comics haven’t come out yet. Who knows how it’ll actually read.

To quit reading DC Comics over this is both childish, and idiotic. Personally, I find the ads made out to look like a comic are far more irritating.

The bigger irony is comics are advertisement as a whole. You’re being advertised characters after which you go see their movie, buy clothes with them on it, get their toys, collectibles, watch the television show. To object to an ad is to object to a lot of what you’re reading and watching. Remember, the original Transformers and G.I. Joe cartoons were really just 24 minute ads.

Now, questions are out there. Is the page count as far as story the same? How will this play out in digital?

In today’s comics, this sort of layout is more “experimental,” and businesses need to do what they can to raise revenue and remain profitable, and maximizing advertising is part of that equation. Without advertising, cover price will be forced to rise again.

So, as a reader, which would you rather have, an ad that might be intrusive, or paying even more for your comics?

 

Invader Zim #1 Ghost Variant

Oni Press has revealed the Invader Zim #1 Ghost Variant by KC Green! Check it out below, pretty awesome cover riffing off of the movie Metropolis.

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Unstoppable Armies Clash on Battleworld in Age of Ultron Vs. Marvel Zombies #1!

In the southern wastes of Battleworld, a never ending battle rages on. Two unholy factions of cold machines and rotting zombies wage war for supremacy. Today, their conflict reaches another level of horror in a new look Age of Ultron Vs. Marvel Zombies #1! Eisner award winning writer James Robinson and critically acclaimed artist Steve Pugh take you beyond the Shield – and show you a new reason to fear! Here, on the far side of Battleworld’s impenetrable barrier, all hope is lost. These festering wastes on the border between two domains are where the genocidal robotic armies of Ultron fight the endless hordes of flesh-eating corpses. Pity those poor souls trapped between these unstoppable forces, for their demise is definitely assured! Will you choose death by the super powered living dead? Or by an unending army of indestructible, undefeatable robots? One thing is for certain, neither demise will be quick or painless!

The Vision, Wonder Man, Jim Hammond, and more brave these apocalyptic hellscapes in search of sanctuary, and for survival. Can they make it out alive? One thing is for certain, whoever wins – we lose.

AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 (APR150721)
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by STEVE PUGH
Cover by CARLOS PACHECO
Variant Covers by ROCK-HE KIM (APR150722)
And SKOTTIE YOUNG (APR150725)
MAOS Variant by NATHAN FOX (APR150723)
Ant-Sized Variant by PAT BRODERICK (APR150724)
Blank Cover Also Available (APR150726)
FOC – 06/01/15, On-Sale – 06/24/15

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Valiant’s Divinity Returns in 2016 with Divinity II

Valiant has announced Divinity II – a new prestige format limited series continuing the critically acclaimed, much demanded debut of Valiant’s first all-new, headlining character from the minds of writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine! Set for release in April 2016, Divinity II will reunite Kindt and Hairsine with inker Ryan Winn, colorist David Baron, and cover artists Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic and Tom Muller as Valiant’s all-star creative team reconvenes to deliver a breathtaking new vision of humanity’s next epic encounter with the being called DIVINITY!

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him.

Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Earth is about to meet a new god. And he’s a communist. How long can it be before the first confrontation between mankind and DIVINITY begins?

Before then Abram Adams’ journey through time and space continues on August 5th in Imperium #7 by writer Joshua Dysart and fan favorite artist Scot Eaton! Toyo Harada has collected the monsters that will make his vision of world peace a reality. Now he pursues the most difficult and desirable asset of all – the spaceman with all the powers of a god – the outcast who can rewrite reality with a thought – the man who is no longer a man – the all-powerful being who is simply called DIVINITY!

And catch up on the entirety of Abram Adams’ first appearance and origin with the Divinity TPB collection – in stores July 15th! For just $9.99, this intro-priced volume re-presents all four issues of DIVINITY’s sold-out limited series!  Start at the beginning to discover the seminal arrival of Valiant’s major new force as he reshapes the landscape of the Valiant Universe in comics and beyond in the months and years to come.

DIVINITY TPB
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (FEB158003)
$9.99 | 112 pages | T+ | On sale JULY 15 (FOC – 6/22/15)
ISBN: 978-1-939346-76-6

IMPERIUM #7
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by SCOT EATON
Cover A by KANO (JUN151620)
Cover B by PERE PEREZ (JUN151621)
Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN (JUN151622)
$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 5 (FOC – 7/13/2015)

DIVINITY II #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HARISINE
Covers by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC & TOM MULLER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | Coming APRIL 2016

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Preview: Betty & Veronica: Picnic Antics

BETTY & VERONICA: PICNIC ANTICS

(DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE)
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/29
100-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

It’s a perfect day for a picnic! Join Betty, Veronica and the gang for some snacks and sandwiches in the great outdoors! This is a digital-only collection, and the perfect reading material to bring along on YOUR picnic!

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Action Lab Declares June 6 Kids of the Round Table Day!

KIDS1 copyHot on the heels of their newest all-ages release, Kids of the Round Table #1, Action Lab Entertainment has announced that June 6, 2015 is officially “Kids of the Round Table Day.” To celebrate, the creators have been scheduled for signings in three different states on the same day. The signings will be:

The Fraim Brothers (Brendon and Brian)
@ Steve’s Comic Relief
930 Woodburne Rd, Levittown PA 19056

Aaron Shelton
@ East Side Mags
7 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair NJ 07042

Robert Tinnell
@ Comics Paradise Plus
401 Walnut Av, Fairmont, WV 26554

Also, in all three stores, there will be an exclusive, extremely rare “Excalibur edition” of Issue 1 that will be given away at each store. This will be the only way to get this version of the comic.

Kids of the Round Table #1 is out now.

BiblioBoard Expands Comic Books Collection to Include Popular Content from Valiant Entertainment

biblioboard valiantBiblioBoard has announced a new partnership with Valiant Entertainment to bring the publisher’s award-winning library to BiblioBoard’s Comics and Graphic Novels catalog for digital consumption in libraries nationwide. Spanning nearly one thousand titles, from Bloodshot to Divinity to Quantum and Woody and X-O Manowar, Valiant’s beloved universe of superhero characters are now available at the click of a button on BiblioBoard Library with no multi-user limitations or turnaways. This means no checkouts, returns or waitlists.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Valiant is one of the most successful comic book publishing companies in the history of the medium with more than 81 million comics sold and a library of more than 2,000 distinct characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more. Established by a brain trust of legendary comics creators – including former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter; seminal Iron Man writer and artist, Bob Layton; and the visionary writer and illustrator of Wolverine: Weapon X, Barry Windsor-Smith – Valiant’s heroes and villains inhabit the largest independently owned superhero universe anywhere in comics.

In recent years the company has returned to great commercial and critical success, winning a Diamond Gem Award for Publisher of the Year and numerous industry awards and accolades. Valiant’s titles consistently rate among the best reviewed in comics.

BiblioBoard’s Comics and Graphic Novels catalog now contains over 3,500 titles with nearly one thousand titles from Valiant. Valiant Entertainment’s content is being sold as a ReadersFirst, subscription-pricing model with pricing tiered per library size, putting the collection within the budget of any library.

Preview: Fresh Romance #1

Fresh Romance #1

Story: Kate Leth, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Kuhn
Art: Arielle Scurti, Sarah Winifred, Sally Jane Thompson

Issue 1 of FRESH ROMANCE includes three 10-page comics stories (a high school romance, a Regency romance, and a paranormal coffee shop romance), as well as a relationship advice column by a quartet of divorced writers and behind-the-scenes art coverage.

About the stories:

“School Spirit” is a lighthearted take on classic high school romances with two queer women in the lead. Because Malie and Justine want to keep their romance a secret, they pretend to be competing over the same guy, Miles, but Miles also has a secret.

Created by: Kate Leth Arielle Jovellanos Amanda Scurti Taylor Esposito

“Ruined” is a classic Regency romance, with lots of attention to period details. Catherine and Andrew are getting married – but neither one of them is happy about it.

Created by: Sarah Vaughn Sarah Winifred Searle Ryan Ferrier

“The Ruby Equation” is a story about love in a coffee shop – where barista Ruby is on a mission to help people find love so she doesn’t have to deal with people anymore.

Created by: Sarah Kuhn Sally Jane Thompson Savanna Ganucheau Steve Wand

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Review: Grimm Tales of Terror #11

gtot11This series from Zenescope has managed at times to provide some definitely spooky issues, and it is despite the fact that comics do not provide a very good platform for horror stories.  What this series has managed to utilize is two-fold.  It takes the formula which was used in the early days of Grimm Fairy Tales by using both a story and an out-of-continuity morality lesson, and combines it with what is a fairly common stereotype or plot from horror stories.  It doesn’t always work for this series, but as many have worked which haven’t which is a pretty good success for a series such as this one.

This story incorporates in one of the fairly common motifs in storytelling for horrors, and then expands on it with some more.  The initial setup is that of two college students going to visit their grieving professor after the death of his wife.  Once they arrive they discover that there is much more to the professor’s house than what they had first anticipated with a daughter who is enticingly beautiful.  This is a play on the haunted house story, and throws in one of the lesser used motifs, that of the girl that shouldn’t be touched, and plays upon it, bringing in some inspiration from what could be Invasion of the Body Snatchers or Day of the Triffids.  Incidentally it has been the case that the morality tale is what gives the story more depth in this series, but it mostly is irrelevant here.  It is easy enough to see where the morality tale is going, and acts as more of a distraction from the fun bit of horror that the creative team has managed to put together.

Although this issue relies on some of the lesser famous motifs of the horror genre, it still manages to put together a strong issue.  The horror element is executed well enough, as is the twist ending.  While series is ostensibly linked to the lessons as taught by Keres, it doesn’t even require this as a plot element here, instead relying on the dark concept and good execution.

Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco and Steve Yockey Art: Vincenzo Riccardi
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Read

 

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