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Review: Daredevil #9

Mark Waid has built impressive, overarching weight to his run on Daredevil. His venture into writing the man without fear can be described at certain points as being about Matt Murdock being capable enough to overcome the hardest of challenges. It can also be described as being about Matt Murdock having the gusto to stick to morally righteous principles. Collaboratively, though, his Daredevil is about the horned hero overcoming depression and finding prideful happiness. Daredevil #9 engages this head-on, offering a clever and emotionally-resonate chapter in the ongoing struggle of Matt Murdock’s search for competent, mentally-healthy living.

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Currently, Daredevil is at odds with a group of five dastardly kids pegged as the “Purple Children.” Their superpowers grant them the ability to supernaturally impose their will upon other people; if they think and feel it hard enough, their victims will too. This leads to a whole load of antics surrounding juvenile grand theft auto, but more importantly, it leads to a stunning and brilliant sequence that spirals Matt back into his depression. When forced to vividly confront sensations of “pain,” “grief,” “rage,” “loneliness” and “despair,” memories come back and he crumbles into a ball of defeat.

All of that is caked thematically with another part of the comic, focused on Matt attempting to write an autobiography for a large sum of cash offered by a publisher. Matt’s fight against depression has always been in the background, or only dabbled into when in the forefront. This issue changes that, directly confronting it, and it’s lovely. The story of Daredevil, as told by Mark Waid, is inspiring, complex, and genius.

The comic remains fun despite all of this. The pencils from Chris Samnee shine, delivering at one point an amazing action sequence that takes remarkable advantage of the comic book medium. Five panels across a single page showcase an explosive bit of destruction and acrobatics that is meant to take place in the span of a few seconds. On top of that, comedy is present and works wonders for lightening the tone. When something meaty isn’t being done with Daredevil’s supporting cast, they’re put to use for solid laughs.

Daredevil continues to kick ass and make itself boldly deserving of being read. Mixing light fun with heavy themes is something superhero comics amazingly well, and Waid’s Daredevil is that idea at play to a tee.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Chris Samnee
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Cosplay, Toys, and More!

Baltimore Comic Con 2014 wrapped up this Sunday, and we already have some photos for you. Guest photographer Michella Ventres has some photos from her time at the convention. You can find more of her fantastic photography at Nerd Bastards. We’ll also have more photos coming up!

Preview: Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #3

DOCTOR SPEKTOR: MASTER OF THE OCCULT #3

Mark Waid (w)
Neil Edwards (a)
Christian Ward (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
FANS, ASK YOUR RETAILER FOR THE:
Phil Hester Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Jae Lee Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Ken Haeser “Li’l Spektor” Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Mark Waid Signed Ken Haeser “Li’l Spektor” retailer incentive cover

MARK WAID(Daredevil) & NEIL EDWARDS (Fantastic Four) bring the The GOLD KEY universe closer to unlocking! Why is a Master Of The Occult forced to deal with a Robot Fighter, a Dinosaur Hunter, and a Man Of The Atom!?

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Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Kickoff the convention with All-Star Reception!

baltimore comic con logoThe 2014 All-Star Baltimore Comic-Con Reception will take place on Friday, September 5 at 8:00 pm, and Baltimore Comic Con is hosting an an all-star lineup of special comics guests! Join them for this intimate evening, which is unlike anything else the rest of the weekend has to offer! On Friday through Sunday, thousands of comic book fans will be meeting these creators in the hall. Ticket holders to THIS event will be able to enjoy the company of these creators in a cocktail party setting.

Guests for the night so far include Christina Blanch, Mark Buckingham, Alan Davis, Dave Gibbons, Barry Kitson, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, Brennan Wagner, Matt Wagner, Mark Waid, and Bill Willingham. Join the convention and their special guests as they welcome you to the 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con.

The exclusive event will be held at a 4-star hotel adjacent to the convention center, high atop the city of Baltimore with a wonderful view of Inner Harbor.

Kick-off the Baltimore Comic-Con in style at this private, limited event, which is only open to ticket holders. This special engagement is a true meet-and-greet event where you will have the opportunity to socialize directly with the guests! Catered light snacks and desserts will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

The All-Star Baltimore Comic-Con Reception will include:

  • A private panel discussion and opportunity to mingle afterward
  • Finger foods, appetizers, and desserts
  • A copy of the Collectible Hardcover Baltimore Comic-Con 2014 Yearbook

The All-Star Reception Packages are priced at $199.00 and does not include admission to the show, which is available separately.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Welcomes You to Level Eight This December!

High-tech weaponry. High-stakes missions. High-octane adventure! This is S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 – the all-new in-continuity Marvel series inspired by the hit ABC television show! Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid brings you a new series that explodes off the page with done-in-one missions each drawn by some of the top artists in the industry including Carlos Pacheco, Alan Davis, Chris Sprouse and more!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Waid said:

[S.H.I.E.L.D.] has the best toys. And the best allies – anyone and everyone in the Marvel Universe is a potential guest-star in this book, from Dr. Strange to the Thing to Spider-Man to Cloak and Dagger to Groot – if they’ve got the skills needed for the task at hand, they’re on the front lines (like it or not).

Leading the charge is special Agent Phil Coulson, as he brings together the best and brightest, the gifted and the elite – normal people and superhumans alike from all corners of the Marvel Universe! If you’ve got the skills, S.H.I.E.L.D. has a mission for you! Phil Coulson, Maria Hill, Skye, Melinda May, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and more team up with the Marvel Universe’s most iconic characters each and every issue to confront, combat and curtail cataclysmic threats and world threatening dangers beyond the scope of any conventional peace-keeping force!

Each and every issue: One mission. Twenty pages. Non-stop action. Guest stars from across the Marvel Universe. And a helper monkey. Hold on to your hats Agent, as S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 brings thrilling espionage and high-octane superhero action to comic shops and digital devices this December!

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
Written by MARK WAID
Art by CARLOS PACHECO
Cover by MIKE DEODATO
Coming this December!

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SDCC 2014: Marvel Announces Three New Star Wars Comics

At San Diego Comic-Con Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment announced the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away.  Beginning in January 2015, prepare for Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron, artist John Cassaday and colorist Laura Martin, Darth Vader by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson.

Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new series spotlighting beloved characters from the iconic trilogy! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, the three new Star Wars series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe!

It all starts this January when Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin take fans back to the days following the destruction of the first Death Star in Star Wars! Discussing the flagship series, writer Jason Aaron tells Marvel.com, “Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy.”

However, the return of the Rebel Alliance to Marvel Comics also invites the return of its opposition, the Imperial Forces of the Galactic Empire and in February 2015, Kieron Gillen plans to delve into the psyche of one of the vilest villains of all time with the new ongoing series Darth Vader. Witness the struggle for the freedom of an entire galaxy – from the Dark Side!

Then, in March 2015, Mark Waid & Terry Dodson bring you the harrowing tale of loss and hope in the 5-issue limited series Princess Leia! Fresh from the Rebel Alliance’s victory at the Battle of Yavin, Leia must confront the reality that her homeworld has been destroyed. But in the light of such tragedy, there is always hope. Skilled equally with diplomacy as she is a blaster, witness the rise of one of the greatest heroines in history as she takes her rightful place as one of the Alliance’s peerless leaders!

STAR WARS #1
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Coming January 2015!

 

DARTH VADER #1
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by ADI GRANOV
Coming February 2015!

 

PRINCESS LEIA #1 (of 5)
Written by MARK WAID
Art & Cover by TERRY DODSON
Coming March 2015!

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Dark Circle Comics Unveils First Wave of Superhero Titles

the shieldToday, Dark Circle Comics – the superhero imprint of Archie Comics – revealed that the label’s first wave of titles will include The Black Hood from writer Duane Swierczynski and artist Michael Gaydos, The Shield from writers Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig and artist Wilfredo Torres, and The Fox from writer/artist Dean Haspiel and scripter Mark Waid. All three series will be ongoing and launch early next year.

The new titles – overseen by Dark Circle Editor Alex Segura – will serve as ideal jumping on points for new readers – providing unique, literary and cinematic takes on the classic properties in the Dark Circle Comics library that can appeal to new and long-time fans of the characters.

A dark crime saga in the vein of Boardwalk Empire and True Detective. A stunning and revisionist new take on the first patriotic hero. An off-the-wall adventure that meshes a DIY indie comix aesthetic with the best of superhero craftsmanship. Dark Circle Comics will present fans with a novelistic and thoughtful approach to superhero comics more akin to cable television shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Justified and Fargo.

The Black Hood will be presented in a gritty, noir crime thriller, as a true urban vigilante. The Shield gets a make over, and debuts as a woman who’s not to be messed with. The Fox returns, in what I’m sure will be another fun run.

Check out some more art below (along with the new Shield at the left) as to what you can expect!

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Preview: Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #2

DOCTOR SPEKTOR: MASTER OF THE OCCULT #2

Mark Waid (w)
Neil Edwards (a)
Christian Ward (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
FANS, ASK YOUR RETAILER FOR THE:
Phil Hester Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Jae Lee Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Ken Haeser “Li’l Magnus” Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Mark Waid Signed Ken Haeser “Li’l Magnus” retailer incentive cover

Nothing makes sense…everything that Doctor Spektor has ever known is called into question, and he’ll stop at nothing to uncover the secrets and lies that hide beneath the surface of reality. Can the Master Of The Occult overcome his fears, and learn the unfathomable secrets of the universe? Only the legendary MARK WAID (Daredevil) and NEIL EDWARDS (X-Factor) can tell you…

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Preview: The Fox: Freak Magnet

THE FOX: FREAK MAGNET

Script: Mark Waid, J.M. DeMatteis
Plot/Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, Mike Cavallaro, Terry Austin, John Workman
Cover: Dean Haspiel
978-1-936975-93-8
$14.99/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 7/2

It’s the critically acclaimed debut of the high-flying FOX! Emmy Award-winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (BILLY DOGMA, HBO’S BORED TO DEATH) and Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, THRILLBENT) bring the legendary, pulp-style hero The Fox to life in FREAK MAGNET! When photojournalist Paul Patton, Jr. donned a superhero costume, he thought it would be a quick way to make some news–now the strange and unusual just can’t help but be drawn to the freak-magnetism of the fabulous fighting Fox! Then, go back in time for an all-new story featuring the world’s first patriotic superhero, THE SHIELD from acclaimed writer J.M. DeMatteis (ABADAZAD, JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Mike Cavallaro (PARADE WITH FIREWORKS, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAVIOR 28). What connection does the Shield’s top-secret mission in the Arctic have to do with the Fox’s diamond-studded adventure? And what ultra-powerful villains have arrived to wreak havoc?? Read on, dear reader–The Fox and the Shield have their work cut out for them! The Fox: Freak Magnet collects the five-part comic book series of the same name.

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Mark Waid Returns to BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios is rolling out announcements leading up to San Diego Comic-Con, the first hits today! Mark Waid is returning to BOOM! in a new creator owned series… with someone he’s always wanted to work with, though he doesn’t mention who.

From August 2007 to December 2010, Waid served as Editor-in-Chief, and later, Chief Creative Officer of Boom! Studios, where he wrote titles such as Irredeemable, Incorruptible, and The Traveler.

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