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Preview: James Bond #3

James Bond #3

writer: Warren Ellis
artist: Jason Masters
cover: Dom Reardon
incentive cover: Gabriel Hardman
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bond is on his way to break up a small, agile drug-trafficking operation in Berlin. The truth about what he’s walking into is bigger, scarier and much more lethal. Berlin is about to catch fire, and James Bond is trapped inside. Dynamite Entertainment proudly continues the “VARGR” storyline, the debut chapter of the ongoing James Bond saga as written by industry legend Warren Ellis and illustrated by Jason Masters!

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Injection dishes out new story arc

Warren Ellis, artist Declan Shalvey, and award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire will launch a new story arc in their ongoing genre-defying series Injection this January.

Previously in Injection, five geniuses poisoned the 21st century, and then scrambled to save the world from a terminal case of weird.

Injection #6 opens in New York, where consulting detective Vivek Headland takes on a case that quickly invokes a murderous sandwich.

Injection #6 Cover A by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire (Diamond code: NOV150509) hits stores Wednesday, January 13th. Injection #6 Cover B by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire (Diamond code: NOV150510) will also be available Wednesday, January 13th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, December 21st.

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Preview: James Bond #2

James Bond #2

writer: Warren Ellis
artist: Jason Masters
covers: Dom Reardon
incentive covers: Francesco Francavilla, Gabriel Hardman, Dan Panosian
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

James Bond is in Berlin, alone, unarmed and with no idea of the forces ranged in secret against him. If he can make it to the Embassy, he might survive for a few hours more. But he’s getting into that car with that woman, which means he has only minutes to live…

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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+

FINAL ISSUE!

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

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Review: James Bond #1

JamesBond01-Cov-A-ReardonBeginning “VARGR”, the first story in the ongoing James Bond comic series by best-selling writer Warren Ellis! James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent. But something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin…

James bond came to film in 1962, and the first comic appearance was 1963, a decade after his creation by Ian Fleming in 1953. 62 years later, and perfectly timed for his latest movie SPECTRE, 007 is back to comics this time with Ellis writer, Jason Masters providing art, and Dynamite publishing it.

The first issue is… good. This isn’t Craig, Moore, Connery, or any of the actors, Bond, Ellis has crafted his own take on the character, a kind of gentleman assassin. Which is interesting as he’s referenced within the comic as a blunt instrument, a line uttered towards Daniel Craig’s more rough and brutish take on the character. The look of bond is a mix of Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, and Connery. Dark hair, skinnier and somewhat tall, this depiction is closer to singer Hoagy Carmichael who Fleming says the character resembles.

What’s interesting is the story itself would work fine as the opening credits of a Bond film, but quickly get dull with discussion of Diplomatic immunity, carrying weapons in the UK, and whether the department will be eliminated. This is the Trade Federation and trade blockades of the Star Wars prequels, details that may be important to set the tone, but rather boring.

The end of the comic did pique my interest introducing the villain with a quirk who will likely be Bond’s nemesis for the first story-arc. He doesn’t quite seem grounded, instead reminding me of Die Another Day, not a good thing.

Masters’ art does a nice mix of upperclass gentleman and thuggish brute depicting the action and quieter moments nicely. The combo isn’t easy to do to keep visual interest, but he transitions from one to the other quite well.

Overall, the first issue doesn’t blow me away, but Bond’s adventures are best measured on the whole not the individual part. What will be interesting is if we’ll get a more over the top Bond adventure which may fit “comics,” more, or if we’ll see a more grounded adventure like the latest movies. We’ll have to wait and see. If nothing else, the comic helped satisfy a bit of my craving to see the character’s adventures.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Masters
Story: 7 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: James Bond #1

James Bond #1

writer: Warren Ellis
artist: Jason Masters
cover: Dom Reardon
incentive covers: Francesco Francavilla, Stephen Mooney, Dan Panosian, Gabriel Hardman, Glenn Fabry, Jock
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Beginning “VARGR”, the first story in the ongoing James Bond comic series by best-selling writer Warren Ellis! James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent. But something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin…

“In Stores November 4th in advance of the block buster movie on November 6th!”

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Review: Karnak #1

Karnak #1 CoverTHE FLAW IN ALL THINGS “My curse is that I see the flaw in all things. Systems. Philosophies. Structures. People. Everything. Never forget who I am. I am Karnak of the Inhumans.” You may not know who Karnak is now, but you will when Warren Ellis and Gerardo Zaffino are done with you. Phil Coulson goes to Karnak to help with a SHIELD case with Inhuman implications and what he’s going to find will terrify you.

Out of the numerous announced comics as part of Marvel‘s All-New, All-Different relaunch, Karnak with Ellis writing was one I was more intrigued about. I enjoyed Ellis run on Moon Knight, and that’s impressive for me, as I generally find him to be one of the more overrated writers out there.

For a high-profile writer, and a rather anticipated comic, I’d say this debut comic was a disappointment in that I expected better, but it’s not a bad first issue. Ellis isn’t giving us something new as much as it’s a redux of what he did with Moon Knight, a focus on the character, quirks and all. That’s not a bad thing at all, it just feels like we’ve been here and done this before. Not so all-new, all-different. Add in the fact that so far you could replace Karnak with numerous other characters (Shang-Chi or Iron First could be similar comics) and it definitely doesn’t feel like anything special or exciting.

The art by Zaffino is interesting and I found myself both liking and disliking it at the same time. Particularly what bothered me was a weird pattern we see throughout the issue that feels like a boot imprint. It’s a pattern and choice I don’t quite understand I found it rather distracting.

The issue isn’t bad at all, and I want to see what the second issue is like, despite a weird stopping point. There’s absolutely some potential in the fist issue and where it all goes is key, but the comic overall doesn’t feel like it’s special or new. Hype has definitely hurt the comic, but expectations are what they are. In this case, the comic didn’t meet them, and feels like something I’ve seen before.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jorge Zaffino
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

The Mad Monk of the Inhumans Goes Solo in Karnak #1!

This October, the most mysterious and enigmatic of the Inhumans is on his own for his very first ongoing series! Marvel has released a new look at Karnak #1 – the new series from writer Warren Ellis and artist Gerardo Zaffino!

Who is Karnak? You may not know now, but you will! With the power to see the flaw in all things – systems, philosophies, structures, people – there is nothing he cannot defeat. But when Phil Coulson  and S.H.I.E.L.D. request his help with a peculiar case, even Karnak may have met his match! Prepare for an explosive debut unlike any you’ve seen in the Marvel Universe before!

KARNAK #1 (AUG150782)
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Art by GERARDO ZAFFINO
Cover by DAVID AJA
Variant Covers by GERARDO ZAFFINO (AUG150784), SKOTTIE YOUNG (AUG150783),
And W. SCOTT FORBES (AUG150786)
Design Variant by GERARDO ZAFFINO (AUG150785)
Connecting Variant Cover by JIM CHEUNG (AUG150787)
Hip-Hop Variant by KAARE ANDREWS (AUG150788)
Kirby Monster Variant by ERIC POWELL (AUG150789)
FOC – 09/28/15, On-Sale 10/21/15

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Preview: Project Superpowers: Black Cross #5

Project Superpowers: Black Cross #5

Warren Ellis (w)
Colton Worley (a)
Tula Lotay, Declan Shalvey (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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The American Spirit has Federal Agent Bart Hill’s throat in his hand. Maggie Allen is bleeding from the eyes. Marietta Chesler and Rob Benton are burying a body. Gary Preston is still missing, presumed incinerated. All these people were part of an escape plan, but it’s all gone wrong. In the penultimate episode of Blackcross, secrets are told, threats become real, and six haunted people are about to be murdered.

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BOOM! Studios Announces Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus

BOOM! Studios and Electric Shepherd Productions are pleased to announce they will collect BOOM!’s entire 24-issue Eisner Award-nominated comic adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking science-fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into a complete softcover omnibus for the first time. The comic series, as realized by artist Tony Parker, was published by BOOM! from 2009-2011. The new collection features a new cover by Mondo artist Jay Shaw and essays from popular industry professionals, including Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis, and Matt Fraction.

Dick’s novels revolutionized the science fiction genre and influenced many well-known sci-fi films such as Minority Report, Total Recall, and the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner, which was based directly on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. His novel The Man in the High Castle was recently adapted as a pilot and subsequently ordered to series through Amazon Studios.

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. The World War has killed millions, driving entire species to extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic fakes: horses, birds, cats, sheep—even humans. Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter tasked to find six rogue androids. They’re machines, but look, sound, and think like humans—and infinitely more dangerous.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus will arrive in comic shops and bookstores this December.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Omnibus Cover by Jay Shaw

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