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Preview: John Carter: Warlord of Mars #2

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #2

Ron Marz (w)
Abhishek Malsuni (a)
Ed Benes, Bart Sears, Emanuela Lupacchino, Abhishek Malsuni (c)
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Alien invaders are on the verge of conquering all Barsoom. Only one man stands between them and the planet’s annihilation: John Carter, Warlord of Mars. But John is marooned deep in the Martian wastes, confronted by a savage white ape. Even if he survives, how will he return to the side of his beloved Dejah Thoris in time to save his adopted world? Ron Marz finally tackles the series he’s always wanted to write, teaming with rising artistic star Abhishek Malsuni for the best Barsoom ever!


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Review: John Carter Warlord of Mars #2

JCWoM02-Cov-A-BenesAfter the first issue of John Carter Warlord of Mars, this second issue feels far more routine.  After the revelation in the previous issue of the true identity of the mastermind behind the invasion of Barsoom, little time is spent here dwelling on it.  Instead this issue shows John Carter in the barrens of Mars, trying to formulate a plan to save Helium while also trying to stay alive.  Meanwhile, Dejah Thoris is downgraded slightly from the previous issue’s stubborn monarch, to this issue’s damsel-in-distress.  While John Carter’s time is spent fighting for his life, she seems almost indifferent to the events as she argues with Captain Clark.

While the first issue set up the following issue with a fair amount of intrigue, this second issue keeps the story moving along, except only by substituting plot development for action.  A lot of this issue is spent in the throes of life and death battle, and to be fair this side of the story is handled well by Abishek Malsuni.  The action sequences practically jump off the page for their intensity and choreography.  However, what is a feat for the eyes here also has to be an apology to the brain, as John Carter’s honorable nature alone manages to convinces two separate enemies to aid him in his attempt to regain Helium.

It is not that this story is particularly bad, it is only that it is a bit of a letdown after an impressive first issue.  All of the pieces are still here, and the forces introduced in the plot are still working here, it only seems as though the entire story has been put on hold for some gratuitous action scenes.  While this does little to progress the story forward, it was still an enjoyable enough experience to get to the end of the issue, and hopefully the third issue channels more of issue #1 than #2.

Story: Ron Marz Art: Abishek Malsuni
Story: 7.7 Art: 8.0  Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.  

Preview: Witchblade #179

Witchblade #179

Story By: Ron Marz
Art By: Laura Braga
Cover By: Laura Braga
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: AUG140696
Published: November 19, 2014

Sara Pezzini’s fiercest ally in her battles against the supernatural has always been the Witchblade. But what happens if the Witchblade abandons Sara when she needs it most? A shocking turn of events leaves Sara alone and in deadly danger!


DC Comics Spills More Details about Convergence

Taking place in April and May 2015, Convergence is a massive two month publishing move for DC Comics that takes advantage of their multiverse to bring what hopefully is interesting stories. The company has revealed plans for their first ten releases, and have given some more insight into what we can expect for the next ten.


(Writer: Louise Simonson; Artist: June Brigman and Roy Richardson, with color by John Rauch)
Metropolis was taken when Superman was missing, so it’s up to Steel to guard the city from the heroes of GEN13 in his absence.



(Writer: Larry Hama; Artist: Philip Tan and Jason Paz, with color by Elmer Santos)
A year ago, Batman got trapped in Metropolis when hunting down Azrael. Now he must team with the man that replaced him, and see how differently they operate as Batmans.



(Writer: Ron Marz; Artist: Mike Manley, with color by Sotocolor)
The levity of the JLI team collides with the severity of the world of Kingdom Come.



(Writer: Justin Gray; Artist: Ron Randall, with color by Gabe Eltaeb)
A year under the dome can change anyone, even Catwoman. She’s set aside her life of crime to become the protector of Suicide Slum, but when the dome falls she will face her greatest challenge—Kingdom Come Batman.



(Writer: Keith Giffen; Artist: Ramon Bachs, with color by Hi-Fi)
What do Supergirl, Lady Quark, and Ambush Bug have in common? Well… nothing really. But that didn’t stop us from sticking them in a story together. You are SO welcome.



(Writer: Fabian Nicieza; Artist: Karl Moline and Jose Marzan Jr, with color by Hi-Fi)
Has Kon-El earned the right to be the man of steel? Kon will have to prove his mettle in battle against the Superman of Kingdom Come! But what if the only way to save Metropolis is to lose the fight?



(Writer: Tony Bedard; Artist: Cliff Richards, with color by John Rauch)
Trapped in the domed city, Aquaman struggles with the loss of his hand as he confronts a deadly adversary—Deathblow.



(Writer: Frank Tieri; Artist: Tom Mandrake, with color by Sian Mandrake)
When Kingdom Come’s floating fortress of New Oa threatens Metropolis, it’s up to Amanda Waller to put together a team of the city’s deadliest villains to stop it.



(Writer: Tony Bedard; Artist: Ron Wagner and Bill Reinhold, with color by Paul Mounts)
Rookie Green Lantern Kyle Rayner gears up to battle invaders, but is he ready to fight Hal Jordan, also known as Parallax?



(Writer: Christy Marx; Artist: Rags Morales and Claude St-Aubin, with color by Nei Ruffino)
Oliver Queen meets Connor Hawke for the first time, but is he ready to hand over the Green Arrow mantle to his son?


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DC Comics Reveals More Details on Convergence

Last week DC Comics revealed the cover to their big event next year Convergence. Now, They’ve revealed even more details about what we can expect during the event including plot details, creative teams, and teaser images. Check out below for what you can expect.


Superman and Lois deal with the impending birth of their child as he is called in to protect the city. Dan Jurgens (W), Lee Weeks, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund (A).



Ray Palmer finds that Ryan Choi is still alive. Together, they meet and confront Deathstroke, the man responsible for “killing” Choi, before fighting the invading Extremists. Tom Peyer (W), Steve Yeowell and Andy Owens (A).



After a year in the dome, Stephanie Brown is not sure she wants to be Batgirl again. But when Flashpoint Catman attacks, Red Robin and Black Bat call her back into service.Alisa Kwitney (W), Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington (A).



Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon reevaluate their relationship under the dome (wedding!), but Flashpoint Hawkman & Hawkwoman attack, and everything changes. Gail Simone (W), Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons (A).



Wally West and his kids are separated from Linda, which was bad enough, but when the dome falls, Flashpoint Wonder Woman comes for them. Tony Bedard (W), Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons (A).



Starfire and Donna Troy come to get Roy Harper who has gone into seclusion since the death of his child and loss of his arm, but then Arsenal has to choose between his team and resurrecting his dead daughter. Fabian Nicieza (W), Ron Wagner and Jose Marzan (A).



When Supergirl, Zatanna, and Jade went to Jessie Quick’s baby shower, they didn’t expect to be taken to another planet for a year, or to be attacked by Flashpoint Aquaman. Frank Tieri (W), Vicente Cifuentes (A).



Two-Face is fighting another world’s Harvey Dent, and it’s up to Renee Montoya as the Question to help him beat the odds. Greg Rucka (W), Cully Hamner (A).

The Question


Bruce Wayne and Damian have friction with Red Hood before the Extremists attack. Ron Marz (W), Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson (A).

Batman and Robin


Harley Quinn is enjoying her normal life under the dome until Catwoman and Poison Ivy draft her to fight Captain Carrot. Steve Pugh (W), Phil Winslade and John Dell (A).


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Preview: Artifacts #40

Artifacts #40

Story By: Ron Marz
Story By: Steve Foxe
Story By: Jim Mitchell
Art By: ROM
Art By: Adalor Alvarez
Art By: Fabian Quintero
Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Price: $5.99
Diamond ID: ICSEP140574
Published: November 5, 2014

DOUBLE-SIZED SERIES FINALE! RON MARZ returns to the title he helped launch with a self-contained MAGDALENA story foreshadowing his new MAGDALENA series (coming in January) while wrapping up ARTIFACTS! Also inside are two talent hunt winner stories! One a story of the Witchblade deep in the heart of Africa in 1904, and the other a present day story of Tom Judge trying to help a man afflicted with an ancient curse.


Preview: John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1

Ron Marz (w)
Abhishek Malsuni (a)
J. Scott Campbell, Bart Sears, J.G. Jones (wraparound), Ed Benes, Emanuela Lupacchino (c)
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Bart Sears Black & White Art retailer incentive cover
J. Scott Campbell Black & White Art retailer incentive cover

John Carter: Warlord of Mars returns in a new monthly series, officially authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.! Superstar writer Ron Marz finally gets to pen the series he has always wanted to write, with amazing new art talent Abhishek Malsuni joining him. Return to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, as John Carter has to save his adopted world, not to mention his beloved Dejah Thoris, from an enemy like no other he has ever faced.

John Carter must truly become Warlord of Mars against an adversary who is every bit his equal on the savage red planet. An amazing new era for John Carter of Mars starts here!


Review: Skylanders #1

Skylanders 1 coverThe smash-hit videogame and toy sensation, Skylanders, makes its comic book debut this fall! This all-new series will focus on fan-favorite characters and features stories tying directly into the videogames that cannot be found anywhere else!

I know very little about the Skylanders video game. I know that it’s some toy figures you put on a base and then you can play games with them based on the figures. That’s about where my knowledge ends, as I’ve never played it myself, and don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone play it either. As far as the characters, my knowledge is also lacking, and I chalked it all up to being the latest craze of games featuring small creatures you collect, continuing a long tradition.

Overall, I went into the first issue with an open mind, but generally expecting a cash-in to the video game. In reality, I found a comic that felt more like a worthy successor to the Saturday morning cartoons of my youth, that are currently awol for today’s kids. The comic features two stories, one a comedic trip through the skies as the latest Skylanders class heads to their destination, and the other an origin of sorts for the character Trigger Happy. Neither you needed to know anything about the characters or world, and both were very enjoyable, even as an adult. Yes, the comic is generally geared towards kids, but the humor peppered throughout has enough winks and nods that also makes them enjoyable for adults as well.

The art is pretty solid with a consistent look between both stories. Each artist captures the kinetic energy of each story well, giving it a flow that helps out and adds to the humor, especially the physical comedy of a lot of it.

IDW’s Skylanders comic is a worthy addition to the growing line of comics geared towards kids. And more impressively, even though it’s an off-shoot of a very successful toy/game line, it doesn’t feel as such. If you’re a long time fan of Skylanders, or totally new to it all, Skylanders is simply fun. This is an absolute buy for fans of the serious, or those looking for a fun comic to give their kids.

Story: Ron Marz, David A. Rodriguez Art: David Baldeon, Mike Bowden
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Witchblade #178

Witchblade #178

Story By: Ron Marz
Art By: Laura Braga
Cover By: John Tyler Christopher
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JUL140595
Published: October 1, 2014

Witchblade bearer Sara Pezzini has discovered the shocking identity of the new Angelus host, and now faces a decision with universe-shattering consequences. Does she dare confront the Angelus, and risk destroying not only the universal balance, but even the very fabric reality?


Ale Fit for A King to Benefit The Hero Initiative

Label_kirby_printShmaltz Brewery in Clifton Park, NY will host a fundraiser birthday party on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 to celebrate the late Jack “The King” Kirby’s birthday. Kirby is considered by many to be the co-creator (along with Stan Lee) of the Marvel Comics Universe. Kirby co-created many of the superheroes being adored by fans of Marvel’s recent blockbuster movies, including the Avengers, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, the Fantastic Four and many more.

A group of local comic professionals approached Shmaltz about doing an event, with proceeds to be donated in Jack Kirby’s honor to Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need. Shmaltz stepped up in a big way, creating a limited-edition, Kirby-labeled ale exclusively for the party. King Kirby Ale will make its debut at the event, and a limited number of cases will be available for purchase. With a special edition label designed and drawn by Clifton Park artist Paul Harding, the ale will be available in both Pale and Dark varieties.

The Aug. 28 event will run from 4 to 8 p.m., and feature an impressive array of comic professionals, including Green Lantern and Silver Surfer writer Ron Marz, sculptor Paul Harding, X-Men artist Tom Raney, Conan and Spider-Man writer Fred Van Lente, writer Crystal Skillman and many others, who will be signing and sketching for donations to Hero Initiative. Van Lente and Skillman are the co-authors of the recent play “King Kirby,” about Jack Kirby’s life, which enjoyed a successful, well-reviewed run in New York City. Fans attending the party will be able to get autographs and sketches from the comic pros, and enjoy a beer tasting as well as a piece of special Jack Kirby birthday cake. Live music will be provided by Saratoga-based rock ensemble Sugar Pill, led by John Stack on guitar and vocals. Party tickets are $20, with proceeds donated to Hero Initiative. Door prizes have been donated by Comic Depot of Saratoga Springs, and Excellent Adventures Comics of Ballston Spa.

Tickets for the event are available online.


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