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Review: Airwolf: Airstrikes TPB

airwolf_airstrikesI can honestly say that growing up in the 1980s, was a real treat, for nerds everywhere as we were exposed to some of the best and the most innovative entertainment. The reverberations of my generation can still be felt in all mediums of entertainment , as shows like The Goldbergs, stands as a testament to just how influential , the popular culture of the era was and still is. The era was also filled with more action heroes than one can count on one hand, as I remembered many great TV shows like Fall Guy, A-Team and Knight Rider, had heroes that every kid in America wanted to be and urged our parents to buy their action figures. Then there were TV shows, that were truly unsung, until years later, when retro loving sites such as AV Club, gives it, it’s just due.

I can think of many TV shows, that fit this category, and yet to find it under any spotlight such as Stingray and the original Denzel Washington –less Equalizer. Another TV show, which I remembered that fits this category, and actually exceeded the expectations of its less than stellar movie counterparts, was Airwolf. The show surrounded a high tech military helicopter and the crew that supported it, as I remember people synopsizing it as “Knight Rider with propellers.” The show was more than that , it was spy craft with tons of action usually in high stake situations, and spoke very much of the times, as America was involved in the Cold War.

IDW has continued the missions of Airwolf, in its comic series, and to extremely interesting results, and none which were good. I came into reading this collection, hoping IDW would continue their string of successes in nostalgia comics, but this one falls flat on its face. This collection reintroduces you to the characters from the TV show as well as to new characters to bring it up to date. Sad to say, this collection comes off as no more than “a bad guy of the week” series as not one story I can talk truly of note.

Overall, I came into the trade paperback, hoping to relive the adventures of Stringfellow Hawke and rest of the Airwolf crew, and their struggles with the Firm, and felt seriously cheated, having met a poor copycat. The stories by Mike Baron, Jeff Mariotte, Marc Andreyko, Barbara Kesel, Rob Worley, Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman, were very much well intentioned but uninspired. The art by Jean Froes and Fabiano Neves, were probably the only highlight, but paired with the average stories contributed, diminishes their contributions. Altogether, IDW and the talented team, on this project, should have seriously construed their plans, as execution is always key, as this serves as a perfect example of when it is poorly done.

Story: Mike Baron, Jeff Mariotte, Marc Andreyko, Barbara Kesel, Rob Worley, Marc Bernardin & Adam Freeman Art: Jean Froes and Fabiano Neves
Story: 3 Art: 7 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Airwolf Airstrikes, Vol. 1

Airwolf Airstrikes, Vol. 1

Mike Baron, Jeff Mariotte, Marc Andreyko, Barbara Kesel, Rob Worley, Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman (w) • Jean Froes, Fabiano Neves (a) • Billy King (c)

Hawke, Santini, and the coolest attack chopper ever made are back in this epic reimagining of the hit TV classic! Airwolf, the nuclear-powered helicopter, is featured in this blistering anthology of stand-alone thrillers that redefines the classic for a new generation!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-315-6


Exclusive Preview: Wonder Woman ‘77 Chapter #8,

Wonder Woman ’77 Chapter #8

Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Richard Ortiz

Wonder Woman ‘77 Chapter #8, the second part of a three part storyline featuring the debut of Wonder Woman’s notorious arch nemesis… The Cheetah!

At the grand opening of Wonder Woman’s museum exhibit, Cheetah crashes the event with a dart gun and all chaos ensues! Can Wonder Woman save the day from this catastrophe?

Don’t miss this digital-first special based on the classic TV series starring Lynda Carter!

The chapter releases this Thursday via the DC Comics App, Readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus.



Review: Mulan Revelations #3

mulanrevelations003Cyberpunk can look to Blade Runner as the project which brought the sub-genre into the mainstream, and it is often with this same movie where many of the classic representations reside.  A futuristic world full of references to the ancient past with out of control mega-corporations calling the shots.  There is often a tie to the modern world in cyberpunk as well, and specifically the cities of Eastern Asia which have embraced advertising technology to the point of over-saturation.  The combination thus far into Mulan Revelations has been a pretty logical one, combining an ancient heroine with a near-future version of Shanghai, with only slight differences from the regular script of cyberpunk or superhero comics.  The presentation of the series has been somewhat different though, especially as it has unfolded Mulan’s background story to her superheroics in front of the reader as well as its artistic display of science and legend melding together.  Despite that the series could be said to be a bit too dependent on its style and not enough on its substance, as it has drawn what might fit into one issue elsewhere now into three issues.

The plot here continues to follow Mulan, also in the company of Adam, as she gets closer to her discovery of what secrets she contains within herself.  As she explores what that means with Adam in tow, it is revealed that she is being betrayed on numerous different occasions and in different places by others that she trusted.  What results are another sequence of actions scenes, even as she is still trying to find out what is happening and why she is so important to so many other people.

The first couple of issues of this series could be either criticized or applauded for putting style over substance, and win or lose, the same approach is taken here.  This is undoubtedly a beautiful comic, not only this issue, but the entire series, but at some point the story has to catch up with the style.  It is understandable from one vantage point, because the cyberpunk look is a hard one to capture, and perhaps even harder in the pages of a comic.  Equally though, the narrative that holds the images together is little bit lacking in providing an engaging story.  Fans of art in the medium will love this, fans of the stories perhaps less so, but it is still unquestionable that the experience of reading this series is an intriguing one, and that same experience continues here in this issue.  Eventually the story will catch up, and until then this has to be a pleasure for the eyes more than the mind.


Story: Marc Andreyko and Robert Alter Art: Micah Kaneshiro
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Preview: Legenderry: Red Sonja #5

Legenderry: Red Sonja #5

Marc Andreyko (w)
Aneke (a)
Sergio Dávila (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Sergio Dávila B/W art retailer incentive cover

After franken-monsters, submarine escapes, shark attacks, and shipwrecks, can a mentally and physically exhausted Red Sonja defeat the evil of Victor Frankenstein before he unleashes his master plan upon the world of Legenderry? What new monstrosities have sprung from Victor’s deranged and fractured psyche? And will the “rebuilt” Captain Nemo and Elizabeth Frankenstein help Red Sonja’s cause…or be the death of her? Find out all of the answers in the stunning conclusion to Red’s first Legenderry solo adventure!


Preview: Legenderry: Red Sonja #4

Legenderry: Red Sonja #4

Marc Andreyko (w)
Juanan Ramirez (a)
Sergio Dávila (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Sergio Dávila B/W Art retailer incentive cover

After coming face to face with the evil that is Victor Frankenstein and seeing the horrors he has planned for the world, Red Sonja must struggle not only to survive an army of monsters, but to save herself from a horrible fate! With her only ally taken from her, Red seems utterly alone against an insurmountable task. Can the clever swashbuckling heroine overcome the odds and live long enough to bring down Frankenstein’s Army? Or will she be consumed by the sea?


Preview: Clive Barker’s Nightbreed Vol. 1 TP

Clive Barker’s Nightbreed Vol. 1 TP

Authors: Clive Barker & Marc Andreyko
Artist: Piotr Kowalski

What’s to Love: Before Fables, before Once Upon a Time, Clive Barker created a secret city of With Clive Barker’s vision for Nightbreed finally released—Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut—this series gives readers the untold histories throughout time for the monsters of Midian that fans have been craving. The Nightbreed is a secret society of monsters and misfits that hide away from humans, but have been a part of this world since time immemorial. Explore both the past and the present of this clandestine tribe, unleashing new secrets and horrors as they fight to coexist with mankind. Collects issues #1-4.


Preview: Chastity Vol. 1: Life/Death

Chastity Vol. 1: Life/Death

Marc Andreyko (w)
Dave Acosta (a)
Emanuela Lupacchino (c)
FC • 176 pages • $19.99 • Teen+

Chastity, the classic Chaos! Comics character, returns… reimagined and ready for blood! After a career-ending injury shatters her Olympic dreams, seventeen year-old Chastity Marks finds an escape in Alyce Stonecliff’s popular series of vampire novels. Little does she know, however, that the books conceal a secret underworld of blood, agony, and death… one that she will be dragged into, kicking and screaming! Falling victim to the author’s seductive charm, drawing the attention of the enigmatic Council, and discovering a tragedy at her own doorstep, will Chastity survive the coming darkness? And even if she does, will she remain human, become a vampire, or evolve into something new and even more fearsome?


Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja #3

Legenderry Red Sonja #3

Marc Andreyko (w)
Aneke (a)
Sergio Fernandez Davila (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Sergio Fernandez Davila B/W Art retailer incentive cover

Sonja always fancied herself a pirate extraordinaire… until now! As she and her newest ally sail the high seas in pursuit of a madman bent on defying death, Red comes face to face with one of the most, ahem, legendary pirates of all time! The question is: whose side is he on? The adventure exploring the outer reaches of the LEGENDERRY world continues!


Preview: Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #12 (of 12)

Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #12 (of 12)

Author: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Emmanuel Xerx Javier

Final issue! Boone and Ashberry fight for the future of Midian. In this last moment, with the Nightbreed coming together, will Baphomet rise?


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