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Celebrate 50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D. – A New Look at S.H.I.E.L.D. #9!

This August, celebrate a half century of Marvel’s premier intelligence agency in one colossal issue! Today, Marvel has released a new look at S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 – the oversized anniversary special! Be there when blockbuster writer Mark Waid and artist Lee Ferguson answer a question 50 years in the making. A question that lies at the heart of the creation of SHIELD – who is the “Man Called D.E.A.T.H.”?! This full length story features a never-before-published S.H.I.E.L.D. sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko!

Then, Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli bring you the terrifying origin of the new Howling Commandos! Before they spin out into their very own series later this year, witness the return of Dum Dum Dugan as he steps from the shadows to assemble a team truly unlike any you’ve seen before!

Rounding out this massive issue, S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 also includes the very first S.H.I.E.L.D. story by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby! Be there as a half-century celebration of espionage and intrigue comes to comic shops this August!

S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 (JUN150809)
Howling Commandos Variant by ART ADAMS (JUN150810)
Variant Cover by JACK KIRBY & JIM STERANKO (JUN150811)
Black & White Kirby & Steranko Variant Also Available (JUN150812)
FOC – 08/03/15, On-Sale – 08/26/15


Baltimore Comic-Con Announces 2015 Guest of Honor Mark Waid

Mark WaidThe 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con takes place the weekend of September 25-27 at the Baltimore Convention Center in the beautiful Inner Harbor. Buy your VIP, General Admission, and Harvey Award tickets now!

The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced this year’s Guest of Honor: Mark Waid.

Waid’s career in comics began in the 1980s when he wrote for Fantagraphics’ comics fan magazine, Amazing Heroes. His first comics contribution, an 8-page back-up story that ran in Action Comics, was at DC Comics, where he would spend his formative years. He took on an editorial role at DC, helming titles including Action Comics, Doom Patrol, Infinity, Inc., Legion of Super-Heroes, Secret Origins, and Wonder Woman. He is also co-creator of the DC Elseworlds line of comics.

In the late 1980s, Waid left his editorial position to begin working freelance, writing for DC’s Impact line on titles like The Comet and Legend of the Shield. As he entered the early 1990s, Waid took over the reins on The Flash, where he would spend the next 8 years developing the story lines and characters, including creating the popular speedster, Impulse, who would go on to star in his own Waid-scripted title. In the mid-1990s, he was the mind behind the DC crossover, Underworld Unleashed, writing the limited series.

Taking on his first role at Marvel Comics in the mid-1990s, Mark contributed to the X-Men crossover event, Age of Apocalypse, writing X-Men: Alpha and X-Men: Omega. Also for the X-Men line, Waid co-created Onslaught, the character behind the line-wide event. Later, he went on to pen numerous and acclaimed runs on Captain America and associated titles, including multiple volumes of the core title.

Back at DC, Waid and artist/creator Alex Ross penned the futuristic Kingdom Come, a limited series painted by Ross that would redirect aspects of the DC Universe to match the story written, and which spawned The Kingdom, a follow-on limited series penned by Waid. He also, along with writer Grant Morrison, came up with the concept of “Hypertime” which explained continuity discrepencies in the DC Universe. He wrote numerous Justice League titles, including JLA, JLA: Year One, Justice League Task Force, Justice League Quarterly, and JLA: Heaven’s Ladder.

At the short-lived Gorilla Comics, of which he was a co-founder, Waid wrote Empire with artist Barry Kitson (but the title completed its run at DC after Gorilla folded after 2 issues of the title had been released). He also worked for CrossGen, penning the first year of Ruse.

Waid wrote an acclaimed, and briefly controversial due to conflicts with management at the time, run on Fantastic Four at Marvel, with late artist Mike Wieringo. The controversy ended after fan outcry caused a decision to fire the team to be reversed.

In the mid 2000s, Waid’s noteworthy work at DC Comics, where he spent 2 years under exclusive contract, included the Superman: Birthright limited series, a run on Legion of Super-Heroes, the 52 crossover series, a relaunch of The Brave and the Bold, and another run on The Flash.

After his DC exclusive ended, Waid’s Marvel work was similarly lauded, with contributions to Amazing Spider-Man, the Strange limited series, The Indestructible Hulk, The Hulk, and S.H.I.E.L.D. He is also one of the brains behind the multiple-Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Daredevil title, which has run in multiple volumes under his leadership.

After writing Irredeemable and Incorruptible at BOOM! Studios, Waid became the publisher’s Editor-in-Chief in 2007, and briefly took on the role of Chief Creative Officer for the publisher in 2010 before returning to freelancing. He also launched the digital publishing website Thrillbent, with his title Insufferable as the inaugural series. He is currently in the process of recreating the Archie character at Archie Comic Publications.

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (All-New Captain America); Scott Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); John Beatty (Secret Wars); Gregory Benton (Smoke); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Bob Budiansky (courtesy of Hero Initiative, Transformers); Talent Caldwell (Grimm Fairy Tales Presents White Queen: Age of Darkness); Chris Campana (Kantara); Richard Case (Doom Patrol); Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown); Sean Chen (Secret Origins); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Amy Chu (Strange Sports Stories); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker); Vito Delsante (Stray); Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts); Joe Eisma (Morning Glories); Ramona Fradon (Spongebob Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular); Francesco Francavilla (Secret Wars: Battleworld); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman ’66: The Lost Episode); Keron Grant (Father’s Day); Mike Grell (courtesy of Hero Initiative, Action Comics); Laura Guzzo (Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Scott Hanna (The New 52: Futures End); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Russ Heath (G.I. Combat); Eric Henson (The Perhapanauts: Danger Down Under); h-eri (Ivory Dragon Studios); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Ken Hunt (Talon); Jamal Igle (Molly Danger); Geof Isherwood (Suicide Squad); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Greg LaRocque (The Avengers); Dan Leister (Grimm Fairy Tales); Mike Lilly (Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood); Nate Lovett (Midnight Tiger); Kevin Maguire (Justice League); Mike Manley (Darkhawk); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Laura Martin (Star Wars); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Bob McLeod (Secret Wars); Pop Mhan (He-Man: The Eternity War); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Mark Morales (Convergence); Nen (The Memory Collectors); John Ostrander (Suicide Squad); Greg Pak (Storm); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); Dan Parent (Archie); Brent Peeples (Legenderry: Green Hornet); Andrew Pepoy (Afterlife with Archie); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men); Khoi Pham (X-Men Legacy); Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Tom Raney (Avengers Vs.); Sara Richard (Jem and the Holograms); Rafer Roberts (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); David Rodriguez (Skylanders); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Craig Rousseau (Batman Beyond); Andy Runton (Owly); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Jeff Shultz (Betty and Veronica); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Matt Slay (The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Matthew Dow Smith (X-Files Season 10); Scott Snyder (Batman Eternal); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Mark Sparacio (Sgt. Rock); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Relativity); Brian Stelfreeze (Day Men); Paul Storrie (Sheena, Queen of the Jungle); Joe St. Pierre (New Zodiax); Marcio Takara (Armor Wars); Eric Talbot (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Mark Texeira (Ghost Racers); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Jeremy Treece (King: Mandrake the Magician); Tim Truman (Hawkman); Billy Tucci (Shi); James Tynion (Constantine: The Hellblazer); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Charles Vess (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); Mark Waid (Daredevil); John Watson (Red Sonja); Matt Wieringo (‘Ringo Scholarship Fund); Marv Wolfman (courtesy of Hero Initiative, Convergence: New Teen Titans); Rich Woodall (Kyrra); Brian Woodward (Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 Yearbook); Kelly Yates (Doctor Who); Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever); and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars).

Archie #1 Sells Out

Archie #1 – the much-heralded relaunch of the character from the superstar creative team of writer Mark Waid and artist Fiona Staples – has sold out at the distributor level, via Diamond, days before its release.

Readers can expect a second printing of the comic book to hit in early August with a modified cover.

ARCHIE #1 2nd Printing Cover by Fiona Staples


Review: Archie #1

Archie2015_01-0V-PerezIn a time when remakes and reboots are so common place, it seems as though comics have followed the horse to water on this trend, as DC and Marvel, are constantly rebooting their lines through event series and killing off and revival of characters. It was a just a matter of time, that even some of the indie comic lines, would also look to reboot their series, but I did not see this one coming… Archie. Archie has been part of my family as far back as I can remember, as my Dad introduced me to reading through reading my first Archie Digest. Although my taste in comics shifted over the years, I always ended coming back to reading Archie.

I also introduced my daughters to reading through comics, but not through Archie, but eventually one of them did end up picking it up. I also love the Afterlife with Archie series, so when I heard top talents, Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, were hopping on the series for a short run, I definitely wanted to see what they would do with it. The Archie Comics president definitely has a major plan that gives everyone a fresh look at the comics’ line. Suffice to say, these guys deliver in a major way, from the look of the book to the actual storyline, this is a nice concise book.

The story opens up with Archie breaking the third wall, as he introduces himself and Riverdale to the world. You also are introduced to Betty, who as can be seen, has broken up with Archie, who Betty is actually trying to defend to everyone. You are also introduced to Archie’s Dad, who just so happens to have taught him how to play a guitar. This sets him up, as a guitar hero at a school dance.

Waid has portrayed Archie in the most realistic view as possible, as he a teenager with normal adolescent problems and feelings. This is probably the most attractive part of this book, as I cannot remember his story being as effectual as what Waid has put in these pages. Staples definitely has done a great job here, as I am so used to her work on Saga,that I feel like I am cheating on Saga with her on this book but you can tell for her, it is a love for these characters that ring true in her illustrations. Overall, a solid reboot, and one to pick up next time you are at your local comic shop.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Fiona Staples
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Spotlight On The Fox

TheFox_01-0When a superhero desperately wants to stop running around in spandex, so he can retire to a quiet life with his family, do you have any idea how difficult that is when you seem to attract freaks like a magnet? The Fox, written by Mark Waid (Irredeemable/Incorruptible, Daredevil) and Dean Haspiel with Dean Haspiel also providing the art, explores the answer to that question. The current series is a sequel to the 2014 six issue miniseries which has been collected as The Fox: Freak Magnet, however there is no requirement to have read the 2014 series  to appreciate and enjoy the current series.

I have yet to read Freak Magnet, and I have never once felt lost in the current series.

The Fox evokes a sense of chaotic fun that harkens back to the Golden Age, while still  remaining fresh for todays audience.  Originally appearing in MLJ Comics Blue Ribbon Comics #4, the Fox continued to feature in the title until it’s cancellation with issue #22, however he only appeared on one cover; issue #16’s ensemble cover featured every character featured within the comic. MLJ Comics would eventually become Archie Comics, current publishers of the Fox under their Dark Circle Comics imprint.

Although he is another legacy hero (think Robin, Flash, Union Jack, or any character who has taken over for the original hero – the current Fox is the original Fox‘s son Paul Patten Jr), with the way Mark Waid is writing the comic at the moment, the back story of the character really doesn’t weigh on the story in that you can enjoy the 2015 ongoing series,  which is currently telling the story arc Fox Hunt,, as a stand alone story. With Fox Hunt, however, it would be a good idea to read the issues in order – or to wait for the collected edition that will inevitably be released following the conclusion of the first story arc.

fox001Issue #4, released on the 8th of July, is no exception to the mad cap fun found within the pages of the other three issues of the 2015 series. Fox Hunt has been one of the best story arcs I have had the pleasure of reading this year. Paul Patten Jr. has been steadfastly trying to retire as The Fox, but because of his innate freak magnet (and the $1,000,000 bounty on his head from the resident supervillain) he’s having a bit of a hard time doing that. 

If it sounds that The Fox is a fun series, well that’s because it is. When it comes to enjoying the comics we read, none of the comics on my pull list are as entertaining as this one.

At the end of the day, The Fox is one of the best comics on the shelves right now. The art work’s not quite family friendly (there’s the odd scene of mostly off panel violence that Dean Haspiel will highlight by having the odd bit of gristle or unidentified flesh appear on panel), but it’s a far cry from the gritty feel of many modern day comics. Waid and Haspiel‘s story telling is simply a joy to experience, and the light hearted tone never seems to go over the top into the realm of comedy, but certainly elicits a couple of chuckles from me each issue.

A spoiler free summary will not, and cannot, do the comics any justice, and I urge you to take the plunge and go check out The Fox: Fox Hunt when you can. It’s worth it.

The following review and recommendations are on the first four issues as a whole.

Plot: Dean Haspiel Script: Mark Waid Art: Dean Haspiel
Series Story: 9.50 Art: 9.25 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics/Dark Circle Comics provided a FREE copy of issue #4 to review, but the author had purchased the first three issues, and fully intends to purchase a physical copy of  issue #4.

Preview: The Fox #4


Plot: Dean Haspiel
Art: Dean Haspiel, Rachel Deering and Allen Passalaqua
Script: Mark Waid
The Fox #4 CVR A Reg: Dean Haspiel
The Fox #4 CVR B Variant: Irvin Rodriguez
The Fox #4 CVR C Variant: Dirk Shearer
The Fox #4 CVR D Variant: Jay Shaw
On Sale Date: 7/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


“Fox Hunt, Part 4”

The FOX has been punched, thrown, stabbed, crushed, shot at and smothered by a virtual army of super villains—but nothing is stopping Paul Patton, Jr. from finding his son! But that was just for starters—get ready for intense action and psychedelic paranoia as The Fox straddles the line between reality and a world of NIGHTMARE! Who is behind all of this madness? Will Fox’s son, the Ghost Fox, make it out of the city alive? Find out as the hunt continues! Featuring cover art from Dean Haspiel, Irvin Rodriguez, Dirk Shearer and Jay Shaw!


Review: Archie #1

Archie2015_01-0I have a confession to make.

This was the first normal Archie story I have ever read, and the only other Archie story I have read was the After Life With Archie comic that was released free for Halloween ComicFest last year. This may come as a surprise to many of you who grew up with Archie comics, but they simply weren’t around when I was growing up in England. Only when I crossed the pond did I even hear about them, but they never caught my interest.

Until now, that is.

Archie #1 published by Archie Comics is a perfect introduction for new readers to characters that have been loved by so many for more than seven decades. Written by the fantastically talented Mark Waid (Irredeemable/Incorruptible, The Fox, Daredevil) the reimagined world of Archie #1 is rendered with a vibrant energy by the art team led by Fiona Staples.

Since I’ve never read an issue of Archie before, I have no idea if Archie talking directly to the reader is a hallmark of the comics or not, but in this issue Mark Waid utilizes the technique very well. Never quite seeming to break the fourth wall, it feels more as if you’re just another student at the school. There are also some fantastic touches when it comes to how the art team portray sound that I won’t elaborate on for fear of encroaching too close to spoiler territory.

We really get a feeling for the characters relationships in the comic, and while long time readers may already be aware of many of them, for newer readers like myself Mark Waid and the art team give you just enough to be able to discern what you need to know as the story is happening.

The all new Archie #1 does a fantastic job of bringing Archie and the gang into the 21st century without, I imagine, changing too much from the original comics. As a jumping on point for new readers it’s fantastic. I’m a big supporter of the idea that you should have fun when reading a comic, and I had a blast with Archie #1.  

Script: Mark Waid Art: Fiona Staples, Andre Szymanowicz with Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli
Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

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Preview: Strange Fruit #1

Strange Fruit #1 (of 4)

Writers: J.G. Jones & Mark Waid
Artist: J.G. Jones

It’s 1927 in the town of Chatterlee, Mississippi, drowned by heavy rains. The Mississippi River is rising, threatening to break open not only the levees, but also the racial and social divisions of this former plantation town. A fiery messenger from the skies heralds the appearance of a being, one that will rip open the tensions in Chatterlee. Savior or threat? It depends on where you stand. All the while, the waters are still rapidly rising…


Preview: Archie #1


Script: Mark Waid
Art: Fiona Staples, Andre Szymanowicz with Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli
Regular Cover: Fiona Staples
SDCC Exclusive Covers: Fiona Staples
Variant Covers: J. Scott Campbell, Colleen Coover, Tania del Rio, Joe Eisma, Francesco Francavilla, Genevieve F.T., Michael Gaydos, Sanford Greene, Robert Hack & Steve Downer, Dean Haspiel, David Mack, Moritat, Mike Norton, Jerry Ordway & Jose Villarubia, Ramon K. Perez, Ron Salas, Greg Scott & Steve Downer, T. Rex & Andre Szymanowicz, Brittney Williams, Chip Zdarsky
Blank Sketch Cover Also Available
On Sale Date: 7/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

COMIC SUPERSTARS MARK WAID AND FIONA STAPLES REIMAGINE AN ICON! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!


Preview: Justice, Inc: The Avenger #2


Mark Waid (w)
Ronilson Freire (a)
Francesco Francavilla (c)
FC l 32 pages l $3.99 l Teen+
Francesco Francavilla “Virgin” art retailer incentive cover

Richard Benson confronts the Invisible Death – but not before more killers can invade the headquarters of Justice, Inc. and take the fight to Benson’s own doorstep! Alone and unaided, Benson’s agents have to defend their fortress. Mark Waid, the award-winning writer behind Kingdom Come and Daredevil, continues his latest tour-de-force with the pulp hero he’s waited his entire lifetime to write!


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