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Preview: Jonesy #1 (of 4)

Jonesy #1 (of 4)

Imprint: BOOM! Box
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Caitlin Rose Boyle

Jonesy is a self-described “cool dork” who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows. She has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone. With anything. She’s a cupid in plaid. With a Tumblr. There’s only one catch—it doesn’t work on herself. She’s gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong…

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Preview: Hellbreak #10

HELLBREAK #10

(W) Cullen Bunn
(A/CA) Brian Churilla with Gonzalo Duarte

Orpheus Team is trapped in a mental asylum in Hell… but they are making their escape. The only problem? Their demonic tormentors have become aware of the squad’s ability to enter the land of the living, and they mean to take advantage of the capability and invade our world!

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Deadpool vs. Sabretooth Begins in Deadpool #8!

This March, the Merc With a Mouth takes on the Uncanny X-Men’s hairy, clawed, feral mutant! No, the other one. Marvel has released a first look at Deadpool #8 – the first chapter of “Deadpool vs. Sabretooth”! Writer Gerry Duggan and incoming artist Matteo Lolli bring you the explosive next chapter in Wade Wilson’s life! Deadpool has no idea that he was responsible for his own parents deaths. Only problem is, he’s sworn vengeance on the one responsible. And he thinks Sabretooth did it. This is gonna be a messy. The fireworks begin this March!

DEADPOOL #8 (JAN160891)
Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art by MATTEO LOLLI
Cover by MIKE ALLRED
Women of Power Variant by ANNIE WU (JAN160892)
Secret Comic Variant by SCOTT KOBLISH (JAN160893)
Story Thus Far Variant by MIKE HAWTHORNE (JAN160894)
Classic Artist Variant by HOWARD CHAYKIN (JAN160895)
FOC – 02/08/16, On-Sale – 03/02/16

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #3

Uncanny X-Men #3The story of the latest volume of Uncanny X-Men sees a new issue this week, as the Dark Riders continue their killing spree of mutant healers.

It appears as though my hunch in my last review was correct and the Dark Riders quest is tied to some Darwinian ethos, given the current status quo with mutant kind and the Terrigen mists. This revelation came about courtesy of Psylocke’s psychic sleuthing and Magnetos’s rough handling of the Dark Riders.

I really enjoy the dynamic between these two characters. Their back and forth banter in this issue reminds me of how they were written during Kieron Gillen’s run  on the title. Their relationship seems to be a recognition of each others dark sides, but it’s done in a cordial and teasing way I have always appreciated. These two are really good foils for each other.

This issue is also marked by the re-emergence of Shen Xorn, as M attempts to further the team’s mission of protection to mutant healers. This was among the more interesting re-emergences as Xorn has been a notorious character due to major continuity flubs the characters’ use had previously caused.

During Grant Morrison’s visionary X-Men run, Xorn apparently took on the guise as Magneto and exacted revenge on New York for the atrocity committed in Genosha. Magneto was later revealed to be alive and elsewhere but confusion over what really took place and who was never 100% resolved. Xorn declined M’s assistance, but his reintroduction really has me anticipating an encounter with Magneto. If Cullen Bunn can unknot this continuity hiccup while resolving a long overdue encounter it would definitely add some weight to the current series,  I’m all for it.

I did not mention this in my previous review but I do have some concerns with Archangel falling sway to forces beyond his control again. Admittedly I am a bit unaware (as we all are) as to what has transpired within the 8 month jump but it doesn’t really matter. With something so familiar and recent (an apocalyptic possession) presumably happening to Archangel, I have reasonable concerns that Archangel is becoming a plot device again.

I understand that there is another Apocalypse event on the horizon but this really feels reductive, doubly so with so many Akkaba affiliated characters available for use. During the first volume of Wolverine and the X-Men I had always anticipated some apocalypse event perhaps with Blink, Chamber, and the newly cloned Genesis residing at the Jean Grey School. Anyone of those characters, (Genesis notwithstanding) could have filled in this role I find.  Still a lot remains to be seen, I am hoping I am proven wrong.

The last part of this issue reveals that Fantomex and Mystique have both been working with Hellfire Club with their investigation of the Someday Corporation. While this is an interesting development I felt that it led to a very flat ending and overall not much was added to progress the story to make it worthwhile.

All things considered It seems I have adjusted somewhat to Land’s art, either that or this particular issue wasn’t as overtly offensive as issues past. I found it less noxious as a result. There were some nice touches that I feel were worthy of note, I loved the neat effects that Magneto and Psylocke had while using their powers. The Butterfly telepathic effect is a time honoured effect but its use typically depends on the whims of the artist. In this issue Magneto’s gauntlets and boots had some glowing details that were really cool and made him feel more menacing.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Greg Land
Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass/Borrow

Preview: Deus Ex Universe: Children’s Crusade #1

DEUS EX UNIVERSE: CHILDREN’S CRUSADE #1

WRITER: ALEX IRVINE
ARTIST: JOHN AGGS
COVER A: CONCEPT DESIGN BY YOHANN SCHEPACZ
COVER B: GAME COVER BY MICHAËL VERHAAF
COVER C: ALEX RONALD
COVER D: BLANK SKETCH
PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS
PAGE COUNT: 32PP
FORMAT: SOFTCOVER
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 10

With society still reeling from the Aug Incident –  the Illuminati orchestrated event which caused augmented individuals to mindlessly attack their ‘natural’ counterparts – anti-aug sentiment is at an all-time global high. Task Force 29 – an Interpol-funded coalition, created to quash the rising tide of terrorist activity – stands as the world’s main defence against total anarchy.

In the city of Prague, where tension is especially high, the team’s latest recruit, Adam Jensen, readies for his first mission with the unit.  But being augmented himself, how will the former SWAT officer handle himself when faced with the grim reality of the mechanical apartheid?

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Review: The Walking Dead #151

Twd151he Walking Dead no longer describes the survivors infected by a virus which will turn them into zombies when they die. The Walking Dead seems to describe characters who no longer have an interest in appearing in this book.

Rick Grimes has led the community of Alexandria to relative peace in the years following his all-out war with Negan. Tension has been growing with The Whispers, an animalistic society that wears the skins of the dead in order to coexist with the Walkers. After their leader, Alpha, butchered members of Alexandria and the neighboring communities, the call for war has come again. Rick has now begun to militarize Alexandria to prepare them for all-out war… though no one is likely to call it “all-out war”. That’s the story they just did. (Are they dragging their feet across these issues hoping we’ll forget?)

At this point, Rick has become the man dressed as Mickey Mouse in Disneyland. He’s little more than a figurehead, always present but not really what anyone came to see. Instead, you pass him by looking for the characters you haven’t begun to outgrow. In this case, we’re looking at people like Carl or Michonne. Rick himself acknowledges to the degree to which he’s no longer relevant. Of course, there’s no reason Rick couldn’t be as engaging and as interesting as he’s always been. It just feels at this point that maybe Robert Kirkman himself has grown a bit tired of him. It might explain why his best moments these days (for example, ripping people apart an attacker with his teeth last issue) are just repeats of his glory days (for example… oh, man, that was years ago, don’t make me look up the issue number).

Sadly, even the characters you’re looking for seem disinterested with the story. Michonne’s appearances are so sparse, if this were the television show you would expect she was only making the minimum appearances according to her contract. She actively wants to leave to join characters we saw briefly almost two years ago. She’s not standing with Rick or Alexandria against the Whispers. She’s literally napping on the couch. Meanwhile, other mainstays like Carl and Andrea make no appearance at all.

Dwight’s appearance in Alexandria seems to be a desperate attempt at this point try to bring new life into the series. Rick says, “You obviously have some military training…” in explaining why Dwight should be leading people in his stead. Well, does he or doesn’t he? You’ve known him for years at this point, Rick. Did you ever ask? Or do you simply not care because you’re just done with all this?

In fact, to revisit the television show analogy, it’s hard to escape that fatigued feeling you see in later seasons, just before the show goes off the air. The actors have unexplained absences while they film movies and think about the future of their careers, the writing team clearly begins to run out of ideas and every story is not just familiar, it’s directly taken from a few seasons before. Every issue since “All Out War” has just been building up to another “All Out War” scenario. The only difference is… the bad guys are different.

The bad guys are different! So, yes… The Walking Dead has a chance to breathe new life into its pages by showing us more of the Whispers and Alpha, by establishing new characters there instead of focusing on the extras in Alexandria. We’re getting training scenes with characters who either won’t die or who will die to the great indifference of the reader.

Does anyone care if Gabriel decides he wants to train? This is a genuine question becomes it seems any reader-interest in Gabriel died many years ago. Was anyone surprised that Eugene made contact with someone on his radio? The wide-eyed ending at someone actually responding to him via the radio is ridiculous. We know there are other people in the world, we’ve been seeing new communities show up for years. Eugene knows there are other people. And if he didn’t know it, why is he so surprised? He was clearly using the radio because he expected he could get in touch with someone.

The hardest part of the series is being one hundred and fifty-one issues in and wondering at what point to give up and walk away. Every issue is discouraging and it forces even the most die-hard fans to ask at what point are you are simply dead with no interest in coming back?

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard
Story: 5 Art: 7 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #3 (of 4)

THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE: SECOND LIVES #3 (of 4)

Written by JEN VAN METER
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (DEC151677)
Cover B by KEVIN WADA (DEC151678)
Cover C by BILQUIS EVELY (DEC151679)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (DEC151680)
$3.99 | 32 pgs | T+ | On sale FEBRUARY 10

Shan Fong-Mirage thought she had solved the riddle of her ghostly husband…

They thought the magic of an ancient scroll, the Secunda Vita, could restore Hwen Mirage’s physical form. But the spells in the scroll are deadly…and after spending decades trapped within its words, the malevolent and corrupted spirit of a long-dead sorcerer has been freed to wreak lethal havoc on Earth! To stop this dark force once and for all, Shan and Hwen Mirage must marshal an alliance of old friends and new enemies, of the living and the dead. If they should fail? The living will die…and the dead will be extinguished in this life and the next!

Valiant’s Harvey Award-nominated sensation unleashes an all-new chapter as acclaimed creators Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages) and Roberto de la Torre (Daredevil) throw the Doctors Mirage into their biggest adventure yet!

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Roche Limit Rings in a New Story Arc

The bestselling team of writer Michael Moreci and artist Kyle Charles will launch the final story arc in their ongoing dark sci-fi series Roche Limit this March.

Previously in Roche Limit, the Roche Limit colony, and consequently most of Earth itself, crumbled under the onslaught of the insidious Black Sun.

Following the fan-and-critic-favorite Clandestiny, Roche Limit: Monadic #1 kicks off the final chapter in the Roche Limit trilogy. Earth is in ruins after the Black Sun’s annihilation of the planet. Now, in the last remaining human city, its inhabitants fight for survival while a chosen few realize that their world may not be what it seems.

Roche Limit: Monadic #1 (Diamond code: JAN160550) hits stores Wednesday, March 16th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, February 22nd.

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The Three Stooges #1 Arrives in February Previews

The Three StoogesThe Three Stooges are coming back to comics in April 2016 and, for the first time ever, their comic book incarnations will be produced with their actual likenesses rather than cartoon-inspired versions. It will also mark the 70th anniversary of the last original shorts filmed featuring Larry, Moe and Curly.

Under license from C3 Entertainment, American Mythology Productions (AM) will launch The Three Stooges as a full-color, 32-page comic book featuring their return to the printed page. The Boys will be featured in the comics section of the February 2016 edition of PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors, listed under “American Mythology Productions,” on pages #280 – 281. It carries a $3.99 U.S. cover price.

The new adventures of Larry, Moe and Curly will be produced by an array of creators including S.L. Gallant, Bill Galvan, Greg Larocque, Mark Wheatley, Brendon & Brian Fraim, Andrew Pepoy, S.A. Check, J.C. Vaughn, and Mark L. Haynes, among others. Each creator participating in the program is a huge fan of The Three Stooges and is excited to be telling stories that honor their legacy.

The Triumphant Return of the Marvel Treasury Edition!

Swing into action True Believer and witness the return of the famous Marvel Treasury Edition! Gone from comic shops for nearly 35 years, be there as this long-lost format makes its big comeback with Spidey: All-New Treasury Edition Vol. 1! Presented in an oversized tabloid size format, this can’t miss tome collects the first five issues of Robbie Thompson and Nick Bradshaw’s hit series Spidey! Prepare for a webslinging Spider-Man experience like no other when the oversized adventures of teenage Peter Parker are released this June!

Today, he’s the world’s greatest super hero. But before he was amazing, he was just Spidey. Class is in session as he faces off against Doctor Octopus, the Sandman, the Lizard, the Vulture and more iconic Spider-Man rogues! Strap in and suit up as Thompson and Bradshaw bring you an action-packed thrill ride through Peter Parkers early days.

SPIDEY: ALL-NEW TREASURY EDITION VOL. 1 TPB
Collecting SPIDEY #1 – #5
Written by ROBBIE THOMPSON
Art & Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
112 pgs….$15.99

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