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Preview: Submit to the Vortex – a Look at Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1!

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. What would you give up in your quest for power? What if it cost you your very soul? This February, those questions and more will be answered in Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1, the first chapter in an epic, out of this world crossover through Guardians of the Galaxy, All-New X-Men, Legendary Star-Lord, Cyclops, Captain Marvel, Nova and Guardians Team-Up! From superstar creators Sam Humphries, Ed McGuinness and Kris Anka comes the opening salvo in an epic cosmic war!

The Black Vortex – an ancient and powerful artifact has been uncovered in the far reaches of the cosmos. With the power to grant its user untold, it is coveted by some of the most nefarious forces in the galaxy. Thane and the villainous Mr. Knife plan to use its power to unleash terror upon the galaxy, and only a small band of heroes stand in their way.

In an interview with Marvel.com Humphries said:

What happens when one person submits to the Black Vortex and becomes a titan of the cosmos? What happens when a whole team does it? Or a whole planet? Imagine the metamorphosis that turned Norin Radd into the Silver Surfer, or Jean Grey into Dark Phoenix, available to anyone in the Marvel Universe.

But of course, no amount of power comes without a cost.

Now, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, Nova, Captain Marvel and more must unite as one or face extinction. Because if they fail, billions will die. But even they may be seduced by the power of the Black Vortex. Are they going to save the universe? Or will they be its undoing? Find out as the

Billions of lives are at stake, the heroes of the Marvel Universe will have to face the darkness inside themselves if they hope to succeed. But will they be the ones to save the galaxy, or will they be seduced by the Black Vortex’s power?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX ALPHA #1 (DEC140820)
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Art by ED MCGUINNESS & KRIS ANKA
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Cosmically Enhanced Variant by ANDREA SORRENTINO (DEC140822)
Connecting Variant A by ALEXANDER LOZANO (DEC140821)
FOC – 01/12/15, On-Sale – 02/04/15

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Preview: The Hunt For the Black Vortex Continues in Guardians of the Galaxy #24!

This February, the hunt is on a the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men square off against hordes of cosmic foes in Guardians of the Galaxy #24 – chapter 2 of the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex crossover! Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Valerio Schiti bring you the next out-of-this-world chapter in the highly anticipated crossover event! The Guardians have successfully recovered the Black Vortex – the ancient and powerful artifact able to imbue its users with untold cosmic power. But with Mr. Knife, Thane and Knife’s Slaughter Squad hot on their tail, their only option for gaining the upper hand may be to use the Black Vortex itself! But no power comes without a price – and the cost of the using the Black Vortex is steep. Will the temptation of its power be too much for the Guardians and the X-Men to handle? Find out as the Black Vortex crossover continues in Guardians of the Galaxy #24!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24 (DEC140823)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by VALERIO SCHITI
Cosmically Enhanced Variant by ANDREA SORRENTINO (DEC140824)
Variant Cover by PHIL NOTO (DEC140825)
FOC – 01/19/15, On-Sale – 02/11/15

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Heroes & Villains Receive a Major Upgrade in Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex!

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. What would you give up in your quest for power? What if it cost you your very soul? This February, those questions and more will be answered in the pages Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex, the epic crossover taking place in the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy, All-New X-Men, Legendary Star-Lord, Cyclops, Captain Marvel, Nova and Guardians Team-Up!

But before this epic even blasts off in 2015, Marvel is pleased to present your very first look at a selection of Cosmically Enhanced Variant Covers, all by blockbuster artist Andrea Sorrentino! With the power to unlock the user’s true cosmic potential, The Black Vortex, an ancient artifact of limitless power has been unleashed upon the universe. Now, get your first look at some of the Guardians and the X-Men in their new, supercharged forms!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Sam Humphries said:

What happens when one person submits to the Black Vortex and becomes a titan of the cosmos? What happens when a whole team does it? Or a whole planet?” says Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1 writer Sam Humphries in an interview with Marvel.com. “Imagine the metamorphosis that turned Norin Radd into the Silver Surfer, or Jean Grey into Dark Phoenix, available to anyone in the Marvel Universe.

But of course, no amount of power comes without a cost.

Billions of lives are at stake, the heroes of the Marvel Universe will have to face the darkness inside themselves if they hope to succeed. But will they be the ones to save the galaxy, or will they be seduced by the Black Vortex’s power?

Don’t miss these epic variants as they grace the covers of each chapter of the epic crossover and don’t miss one moment of the action as it all begins this February in Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX ALPHA #1 (DEC140820)
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Cosmically Enhanced Variant by ANDREA SORRENTINO (DEC140822)
FOC – 01/12/15, On-Sale – 02/04/15

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Preview: The Secret Time Traveling Tale of Eva Bell Revealed in Uncanny X-Men Annual #1!

This December, spinning directly out of the pages of the New York Times Bestselling Uncanny X-Men, superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis teams with critically-acclaimed artist Andrea Sorrentino to finally answer one of the burning questions on fan’s minds – what happened to Eva Bell?! Revealed this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, the answers you’ve been waiting for are in the oversized Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 – and the accidental adventures of the young, time-travelling X-Man will shock you!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Bendis said:

It is the utmost grandest X-Men tradition to have your mutant power be the coolest thing about you and the scariest thing. It was only a matter of time before [Eva] was thrust into a situation that revealed the scary side of time related powers.

Unable to fully control her powers, Eva Bell, Codename: Tempus had disappeared in the blink of an eye during an X-Men training mission. Though she re-appeared moments later, she had aged many years. Trapped in her own time bubble, Tempus embarked on a journey into the far future of the Marvel Universe. A journey that would change the young X-Man forever! This oversized annual also marks the first ever Marvel project for critically acclaimed artist Andrea Sorrentino (Green Arrow).

How long was Eva trapped inside her temporal sphere? What horrors did she witness in an uncertain and dangerous future? And more importantly – why would she keep it a secret from her teammates? All will be revealed when Eva Bell takes center stage in Bendis and Sorrentino’s Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 – and she’ll never be the same again!

UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Coming in December!

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Review – Green Arrow #17

Green Arrow #17 CoverStarting with Green Arrow #17, the emerald archer heads into a whole new direction with a new creative team. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino take over creative duties for the series. The new issue features a new character called Komodo and decides to dismantle Green Arrow/Oliver Queen’s life. It’s systematic and quick in how it goes down leaving our hero at square one and starting from scratch.

And it’s appropriate that in this issue the character is completely dismantled and taken to the basics. Oliver Queen is no longer a DC version of Marvel’s Tony Stark, instead the character finds himself at the street level with nothing, and no one to help him. It all has to do with some mystery hinted at and something to do with Queen’s father.

It’s a character coming to terms with the loss of his fortune, his company and his past.

And that’s a perfect spot for new readers to give the series a shot. Lemire has proven he’s an amazing writer having penned many of last year’s praised comics, Sweet Tooth and The Underwater Welder to name two. The writing is as solid as I’d expect. Lemire has stripped the emerald archer from his toys, remarking on them in the comic. We’re getting a back to basics character and it should be interesting to see where this goes.

Sorrentino’s art is solid work. The artist had been knocking it out of the park in I, Vampire and the art isn’t quite as sharp at some points, overall it’s great art with some cool visual angles and use of panels.

Mysteries abound in an all new direction. There’s not many answers, but while this usually frustrates me, here it works as there’s so much action thrown at you, it feels like a thriller with the hero on the lamb. The changes or quick and swift, ripping the band aid off. I was a lapsed reader of Green Arrow but the new team has got me interested in seeing what the next issue holds.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Andrea Sorrentino

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Jeff Lemire takes on Green Arrow and a Preview!

Back in October we got a taste as to what it’d be like if writer Jeff Lemire took on Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in a back-up story in Justice League #13 which he co-wrote with Geoff Johns. Starting next month, Lemire’s new writing duties on Green Arrow kick off with issue #17, further expanding his gritty and noir take on the Justice League of America member.

Green Arrow will face off against Komodo, a new villain. Komodo is another arched, whose skill is better than Oliver’s, his better in every way physically. Though we’re not told why he wants to destroy Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Lemire has teased it has something to do with Oliver’s father.

You can check out some unfinished art by the new series artist Andrea Sorrentino who has worked on I, Vampire.

Green Arrow #17 shoots into stores on February 6.

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Review – I, Vampire #1

The DC reboot/relaunch/revamp has one of it’s goals to bring the DC universe up to modern times, a bit edgier.  With that, they’ve decided to shine a light on the dark side of their world with their “dark” line.  The first of these were decent, but we see two heavy hitters this week released, one of those being I, Vampire #1.  I was able to get an early peek at the comic and I must say, it’s really good.  The story:

For hundreds of years, vampire Andrew Stanton kept mankind safe from the horrors of the supernatural world, thanks to a truce he made with his ex-lover Mary, the Queen of the Damned. But now the truce has reached a bloody end and Andrew must do everything in his power to stop Mary and her dark forces from going on a killing spree – and she plans to start with the heroes of the DCU!

The comic is told from two perspectives, Andrew kicking ass against vampires and his debate with Mary.  It’s an interesting mix, one is a quiet and subdued debate and the other is some cool vampire slaying (though that too is also a lot more subdued than I expected).  The comic is all about the mood and that’s set by Joshua Hale Fialkov.  Fialkov has shown he can do horror/thriller/creepy with Echoes from Top Cow/Minotaur.  The comic is that fantastic work crossed with some of his recent stuff like The Last of the Greats.

The art by Andrea Sorrentino is fantastic, taking Fialkov’s setting and adding the creepy.  His writing is important, but Sorrentino’s art magnifies the mood ten fold.  This is a great team-up of writer and artist and thinking of the previous three weeks, one of the best pairings.

I didn’t know what to expect going into this and was/am totally unfamiliar with the characters.  I knew Fialkov’s past work, and had hope.  After getting through the first issue, I’m pumped.  I anticipated this first issue, now I want the second and third.  The real test will be when the vampire world clashes with the greater DCU and that’ll be the big test.  But, on it’s own, the series is one of the best of this relaunch.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

DC Announces More #1 Titles

Official Press Release

DC Embraces Its Dark Side

Swamp Thing #1

DC Comics embraces its dark side. On the 40th anniversary of the character’s creation, the New York Times bestselling writer of AMERICAN VAMPIRE, Scott Snyder, teams up with Yannick Paquette (BATMAN, INCORPORATED) to bring horror back to the DC Universe in SWAMP THING #1. For years, one man served against his will as the avatar of nature. And while he may have been freed of the monster, he’s about to learn the monster will never truly let go of him.

The World’s Greatest Supernatural Heroes

Justice League Dark #1

John Constantine, Deadman, Shade the Changing Man and Madame Xanadu are Justice League Dark, a band of supernatural heroes united to stop the dark things the rest of the DCU does not see in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1, by Peter Milligan and artist Mikel Janin.

Acclaimed Creators with New Takes on Cult Heroes

Animal Man #1

Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in ANIMAL MAN #1, the start of a dramatic new series by acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire and artists Travel Foreman and Dan Green.

Demon Knights #1

Set in the Middle Ages, the Demon leads an unlikely team to defend civilization and preserve the last vestiges of Camelot against the tide of history. Critically-acclaimed writer Paul Cornell and artists Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert combine sorcery, swords and superheroes in DEMON KNIGHTS #1.

Tomorrow’s Cult Classics

FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #1

Frankenstein and his network of strange beings work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive. It’s the breakout hero of Seven Soldiers as you’ve never seen him before in FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #1, the first issue of a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, The Nobody) and artist Alberto Ponticelli.

RESURRECTION MAN #1

A cult favorite character returns in a new series written by his classic creative team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Joining them is JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST artist Fernando Dagnino. RESURRECTION MAN #1 is the story of a hero who wakes up with new powers each time he’s killed.

I VAMPIRE #1

Vampires threaten to bring ruin to the DC Universe in I, VAMPIRE #1 by rising star Josh Fialkov and artist Andrea Sorrentino. Tortured by his centuries-old love for the Queen of the Damnned, Andrew Bennett must save humanity from the violent uprising of his fellow vampires, even if it means exterminating his own kind.

VOODOO #1

Priscilla Kitaen has just found out she’s a monster. A half-alien hybrid, the woman known as Voodoo must confront the secrets of her past to make sense of the nightmare her life has suddenly become. VOODOO #1 will be written by Ron Marz with art by Sami Basri.