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Review: Ivar, Timewalker #11

IVAR_011_COVER-A_ALLENWho dares survive the Space-Loop?!

Trapped as the planet Earth whips through history at lightning speed, Ivar and Neela must confront their feelings for one another – and Neela finds herself about to make a fateful decision that may save history forever – but cost her own life!

Ivar, Timewalker  has been one of the more entertaining comics published by Valiant for me over the past few months, and I’m always excited to get a chance to read the series that focuses on time travel as much as it does the fun.

We get an interesting look at the multiverse this issue, expanding upon the time travelling mechanic that’s been explored in the past two issues (and probably before those, but since I’ve only read two previous issues, I don’t want to assume that’s the case – as reasonable as that may be). Pere Perez delivers some outstanding layouts this issue as he illustrates the double page spreads of the multiverse, he’s able to convey quickly and simply just how vast the space time continuum is within instants of a person glimpsing the page. That he’s also packed the page with details that can leave you staring at the page for a long time is superb.

I really can’t understate just how impressed I am with Fred Van Lente‘s writing with this series. Time travel always has the potential to devolve into a mess of confusion and nonsensical moments as writers get lost within their own butterfly effects. That doesn’t happen here. Instead, we’re treated to a story that is both easy to follow and complex in what is going on at the same time. That I’ve only come on board since issue #9, I’m sure I’m missing subtleties to the story that longer term readers will be picking up on and enjoying, but that’s okay – that I’m not picking up on them doesn’t lessen my enjoyment in anyway shape or form.

This is the third issue of Ivar, Timewalker that I’ve read, but the series has been strong across those issues. I’ve become a pretty big fan of Valiant over the past few months, which I’m sure you’ve noticed if you’ve read any of the reviews from Valiant I’ve written lately, and the past two issues of this series have been some of the most enjoyably fun comics that I have read in a long time.

Ivar, Timewalker #11 is a great read. It may not be as new reader friendly as other issues, but that just means that if you want to hop on board this series then you’ve got issue #9 and #10 to enjoy as well.

And that’s an awesome thing.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Pere Perez Colours: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.


Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

DKIII promo image SDCCThe epic ending you never saw coming is here because you demanded it! The Dark Knight rises again to face the dawn of the master race!

The hype has been building for quite a while, and we now are able to make our own decisions as the Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 has hit shelves. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was nervous and apprehensive going in to this first issue. Writer Frank Miller‘s recent output has been overshadowed by some of his comments, and none of it left a good impression. The question, would this first comic be more akin to his earlier work, or his scattered later work?

Co-written by Brian Azzarello (and it’s unclear how much each did), the first issue actually defied my expectations, reminding more of the Miller of old. Kicking off right away with a scene that not just sets the tone, but also creates a social relevance (and political gray area) that I wasn’t expecting at all. The comic immediately dives in to police brutality, media spin, and that sets us upon the path and discussion of whether “the Bat” is back.

Layered in is Wonder Woman, Superman’s daughter, and the Atom in a mini comic included which adds a lot to the comic. That all gets us to an ending with one hell of a spin that got me to immediately want me to read the second issue.

The art is top notch returning Klaus Janson to the fold and adding Andy Kubert in. The combination of the two makes the comic feel like the original and classic The Dark Knight Returns. There’s a couple of panels where it’s difficult to tell what’s going on, but overall, the two continue a cohesive look between the three volumes.

I’ll straight up say, I was floored by this first issue which completely surpassed my expectations and reminded me much more of the classic Miller comics I grew up reading. There’s been lots of hype building to this, and when I got through it all and to that last page, that hype felt warranted.

Story: Brian Azzarello, Frank Miller Art: Klaus Janson, Andy Kubert
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for today? While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Publishers Weekly – Is Subscription the Future for Digital Comics? – What are your thoughts?

GamePolitics – New Jersey makes swatting a felony – Good.


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Comic Vine – Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

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CBR – The Massive: Ninth Wave #1

Talking Comics – Spider-Woman #1

Meniscus Magazine – Velvet Vol. 1 and 2

Preview: Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #725

Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #725

Bruno Sarda, Jonathan Gray (w) • Massimo De Vita, Harvey Eisenberg (a) • John Loter (c)

“The Search For the Zodiac Stone—Chapter 5!” Donald and Scrooge seek the next powerful Zodiac pendant in the stratosphere! Then Chip ‘n’ Dale wreak havoc in a never-before-reprinted classic!

FC • 40 pages • $3.99


Preview: Danger Girl: Renegade #3 (of 4)

Danger Girl: Renegade #3 (of 4)

Andy Hartnell (w) • Stephen Molnar (a) • J. Scott Campbell (c)

The search for Abbey’s father continues as more of her secret history is revealed. It’s non stop action in the Danger Girl tradition as we follow Abbey on an odyssey fraught with danger… And self-discovery.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Preview: G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #220: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 2

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #220: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 2

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Francesco Francavilla (c)

Once G.I. Joe uncovers more about Cobra’s sinister plot, the villainous organization goes to ground and consolidates its forces. Cobra’s Master Plan is set to begin and G.I. Joe will not be prepared for the epic scale of the coming carnage!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Preview: Justice, Inc. The Avenger #6

Justice, Inc. The Avenger #6

writer: Mark Waid, Christopher Sequeira
artist: Ronilson Freire
cover: Francesco Francavilla
incentive cover: Francesco Francavilla (virgin art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Betrayed by a former ally? Richard Benson and his Justice, Inc. team find themselves standing at the brink of a world war thanks to misplaced loyalties and a villain with a grudge that threatens to bury all of humanity!


Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #52

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #52

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Ken Garing (a & c)

A new faction within the Foot colludes against Splinter and the Turtles as they struggle to deal with new threats to New York City. And where’s Michelangelo?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Preview: Project Superpowers: Blackcross #6

Project Superpowers: Blackcross #6

writer: Warren Ellis
artist: Colton Worley
covers: Tula Lotay (a), Declan Shalvey (b)
subscription cover: Gabriel Hardman
incentive covers: Colton Worley (The American Flag), Tula Lotay (“virgin art”), Declan Shalvey (B/W art), Gabriel Hardman (B/W art)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+


The American Spirit is in Blackcross. Six haunted people are in his murderous path. This is where it ends.


Preview: Minions Volume 2: Evil Panic


PRICE: $6.99
ISBN: 9781782765554

The Minions return for more laughs and another helping of madcap fun in this second hilarious comic collection.


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