Category Archives: Comics

Preview: Captain Marvel #129

Captain Marvel #129

(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Phil Noto
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

DARK ORIGINS PART 5
• CAROL DANVERS unites the ZETAS in a last-ditch effort to stop DR. EVE’S PLAN!
• But will her plan strand her in this alternate reality?
• Also: BEAN’s shocking secret revealed!

Preview: Lumberjanes #47

Lumberjanes #47

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Ayme Sotuyo
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Kat Leyh
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover: Michelle Wong
Price: $3.99

After their new friend Emmy goes missing in search of a jackalope, it’s up to the Lumberjane scouts to track her down and help get her back home to her herd.

Preview: America #12

America #12

(W) Gabby Rivera (A) Stacey Lee (CA) Joe Quinones
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE MIDAS WAR PART 2
• La Légion is back! And they’re setting fire to everything America’s fought for.
• Can she take back the home she’s come so far to find? Or is this the end of the Chavez line?
• America battles for the big stuff – legacy, family, love. Who knows what adventure awaits?

Preview: Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #6

Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #6

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Artist: Jorge Corona
Colorist: Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jorge Corona
Action Figure Subscription Cover: Michael Adams & Marco D’Alfonso
Connecting “Jack Through Time” Variant Cover: Will Robson
Price: $3.99

Jack, Lo Pan, and Wang are trapped in their own separate, personal hells that they can only escape if they find a way to work together once again.

Preview: All-New Wolverine #31

All-New Wolverine #31

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Marco Failla (CA) David Lopez
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• GABBY makes a shocking discovery about the past and turns to the only person she can trust to help her…DEADPOOL?
• Will Deadpool help with Gabby’s mission of vengeance, or will he only make matters worse?
• And why is JONATHAN THE ACTUAL WOLVERINE joining them?

Ice Cream Man #2 Sells Out and Heads Back for a New Printing

Image Comics has announced that the second issue of Ice Cream Man, from W. Maxwell Prince and Martín Morazzo, has been fast-tracked for a second printing in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

Each issue of Ice Cream Man serves up its own flavor of misery, and through them all runs the ribbon of fudge that is the Ice Cream Man: a friend, a foe, and a purveyor of sweet treats.

Ice Cream Man #2, 2nd printing (Diamond code: JAN188318), as well as Ice Cream Man #3, Cover A by series artists Morazzo and O’Halloran (Diamond code: JAN180752) and Cover B by Mike Shea (Diamond code: JAN180753), will be available Wednesday, March 21st. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 26th.

Go Behind The Scenes of The Death of the Mighty Thor!

For more than three years, Jason Aaron has been building Jane Foster’s story to its epic conclusion – and it all comes together in Mighty Thor #705! This March, don’t miss the final chapter of Thor’s journey, written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Russell Dauterman, as Mangog’s rampage threatens to bring about the end of Asgard as we know it – and the Goddess of Thunder herself.

Get the behind the scenes look at The Death of the Mighty Thor #705 featuring writer Jason Aaron!

In case you missed it, Marvel is also giving you the chance to dive into the epic final adventure for FREE with the oversized kick-off issue #700. Head to www.marvel.com/redeem, enter the code THOR700 by Monday, February 26th, and start reading now! Don’t miss the opportunity to jump in on the story that has hooked fans and critics alike!

Archie Comics’ Releases in May 2018

VAMPIRONICA #3

NEW ONGOING SERIES! You can’t go home again… or can you? Veronica’s search for answers leads to a deadly confrontation at Lodge Mansion.

Script: Greg and Megan Smallwood
Art: Greg Smallwood, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Covers: Francesco Francavilla, Audrey Mok
On Sale Date: 6/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE BLACK HOOD VOL. 2 (TR)

After the soul-crushing events of BULLET’S KISS, disfigured cop Greg Hettinger leaves Philly for Southern California, but a plane ride can’t separate Greg from his troubles. THE BLACK HOOD, VOL. 2 collects THE BLACK HOOD ongoing series issues #7-11.

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Robert Hack, Greg Scott, Rick Burchett, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
Cover: Greg Smallwood
978-1-62738-890-0
$14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/23

ARCHIE #31

Break-ups, hook-ups, Archie on the guitar again, and the Bee drops a huge announcement! Add to this the threat of the Blossom Twins’ real father, and peril is everywhere as this arc races towards its game-changing conclusion!

Script: Mark Waid, Ian Flynn
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Ben Caldwell, Pete Woods
On Sale Date: 5/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE VOL. 5 (TR)

The fallout from OVER THE EDGE is here! One life has been destroyed, another family has been torn apart—and only the kids of Riverdale High can save their town from imploding! ARCHIE VOL. 5 collects the HEART OF RIVERDALE storyline from issues #23 – #27 of the ongoing Archie series.

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Various
978-1-68255-929-1
$17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/2

BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS #6

NEW STORY ARC! “Hunted”: The Vixens are being followed by a sinister former foe, but he claims to come in peace—can he be trusted? Meanwhile, a young woman’s mysterious disappearance has the Vixens’ questioning if their actions are having consequences. Please join us as we welcome new interior artist Jen Vaughn!

Script: Jamie Lee Rotante
Art: Jen Vaughn, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
Cover: Jen Vaughn
Variant Covers: Sanya Anwar, Eva Cabrera
On Sale Date: 5/9
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

COSMO #5 (of 5)

Retailers: Combined initial orders matching or exceeding 75% of combined initial orders on issue #1 will receive an additional 10% discount.
Cosmo puts on his game face for an all-new adventure! When an unexpected detour lands Cosmo inside an arcade machine, the mighty Martian will need more than wits to level up and conquer the cabinet of digital demons!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
Variant Covers: Game Box Art, Retro Art
On Sale Date: 5/23
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #6

The history of werewolves in the Jones family runs deep—but does that include Jughead’s little sister Jellybean as well? It’s a question good ol’ Jug must answer before the Coopers or Reggie’s new Pack get to her first!

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 5/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

RIVERDALE #13

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale, this ALL-NEW, ongoing comic series features stories set in between episodes of the new CW TV series Riverdale.

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Various
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman
Cover: CW Photo Cover
Variant Cover: CW Photo Cover
On Sale Date: 5/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE ARCHIES #7

This is it! The band has reached the end of their tour. Are they ready to play the show Veronica booked for them way back in THE ARCHIES #1? Have they learned enough to open up for JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS? The hard rockin’ conclusion to the beloved rock ‘n’ roll comic is here! FINAL ISSUE.

Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Cover: Cliff Chiang, Fiona Staples
On Sale Date: 5/2
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE ARCHIES VOL. 1 (TR)

The rockin’ debut featuring the battle of friendship vs. fame, with a few special guests along the way! Follow Archie’s quest to make his songwriting dreams a reality, and see how the rock ‘n’ roll dream effects the lives of the band! Features a special cameo from indie-pop trio CHVRCHES! Collects The Archies one-shot and issues #1 – #3 of the ongoing series.

Script: Alex Segura, Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Joe Eisma
978-1-68255-893-5
$17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/30

ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #7

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Viva La Vinyl!” Collecting vinyl records has returned in popularity, and Archie is really getting into his parents vinyl record collection—but what will he do when he accidentally destroys his dad’s prized Elton Pretzley album?

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 5/16
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #289

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Room With a View!” Archie’s ready to move onto bigger and better things—namely, a bigger room! But when Archie decides to remodel himself, things might get messy!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Bill Galvan, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/30
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE GIANT COMICS SURPRISE (TR)

You’ll be SURPRISED at how much fun we can pack into these GIANT compendiums of our most entertaining stories! This collection features 480 pages of iconic Archie tales in one amazing volume!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-68255-891-1
$7.99 US/$9.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
480 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/16

BETTY AND VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #263

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Now You ‘Sea’ Me!” Betty and Veronica hit the high seas for Spring Break. But it’s not all fun and play as the girls start performing alongside the cruise ship illusionist—will they be able to work some magic on his terrible act?

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Bill Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/16
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

BETTY AND VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER #1: AT THE MOVIES

Classic Betty and Veronica-style stories make their return with this collection of fun tales that see the two iconic BFFs get the Hollywood treatment and experience some matinee madness!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 5/2
24-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #261

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Where the Buffalo Roam!” Betty and Veronica are checking out a college campus for a weekend—but their visit takes an unexpected turn when the school’s mascot turns the campus into a real animal house!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/9
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #78

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Historical or Hysterical!” When Brigitte makes her big Broadway debut, the gang gets together to support her—but Veronica’s in need of support herself when her expensive gown rips in two!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/2
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Review: The Mighty Thor #704

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When we last left our hero, Jane Foster has been told if she uses Mjolnir one more time, she will die given each use will increase her cancer but back in Asgardia, Mangog has been unleashed and someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

There are two issues for the final arc of the Jane Foster version of Thor which is leaving many fans, myself included, saddened at the possibility. Though I am being positive and hope for the best for whatever happens. In the meantime, The Mighty Thor #704 has certainly a lot to go on.

For starters, throughout much of the issue besides the fight with Mangog in Asgardia, there are sections of pages dedicated to Jane Foster’s past dealing with the death of her parents and family in each section of her life. They’re the most poignant moments of the issue given its reflection on Jane’s predicament and plays a lot to her character development and it’s to a point where you feel for her. You completely understand especially via her narration about her feelings.

Jason Aaron really nails these moments, never holding back the emotional baggage that would come out of these type of moments in life, whether it’d be in the past or the current moments of the issue especially given a moment between her and Bonnie. And while the entire sections are poignant to the point of tears-the end of the book at least shows a true testament to her character to the point of seeing one of the greatest panels of the Jane Foster Thor design ever-complete with an awesomely badass quote.

The Asgardia stuff is well done too especially given a moment between Loki and Freyja. The fight and Mangog certainly demonstrates that even Thor Odinson is helpless against the great beast, the entire situation just looks flat out dire and Aaron is certainly good at upping the stakes for his stories-even on an epic scale from 1 to 10. Aaron always has a knack for balancing action and emotion and it’s no different here.

The art by Russell Dauterman is extremely well done as are the colors by Matthew Wilson who gives the two different types of scenes between the Earth hospital and Asgardia scenes very distinct looks. The Earth hospital moments looking gray, degraded and sad while the Asgardia scenes are vibrant in color but also looking a bit grit. They both have a different feel but never to the point of jarring.

The Mighty Thor may be coming to a close soon but if this issue is anything to go off on, it may at least go out with a bang. Check it out!

 

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Wires and Nerves Volume 2: Gone Rogue

In every major change, especially when it comes to politics, there is always some dissension in the ranks. Change is never easy, and we have seen with every presidential election, where the opposing party will find fault, with the incoming “leader of the free world”. This is especially true when the party in power’s sole mission is to destabilize their opponent, which is very true in many countries and in ours, where gerrymandering is becoming an increasingly apparent tool to control elections. Rarely do these types of actions lead to violence or upheaval, but they may spill out into other venues such as protests and marches.

I bring this up, because one must always consider what would happen, if a different course in history has taken place. One of my favorite books, Terry Bisson’s Fire On The Mountain, is one where John Brown’s raid on Harper ‘s Ferry was successful and lead to founding of separate sovereign country, “Nova Africa”. Insurgency is what stokes that rebel fire, which leads people of all nations to stand up to injustice. In Marissa Meyer’s Wires and Nerve Volume 2: Gone Rogue is one such tale of promises unkept.

In this book, we meet Iko, the best friend of the newly crowned Queen, Cinder who helped overthrow the previous queen. She is sent to Earth to stop a rogue pack of Wolf Soldiers, ones which is lead by a Alpha, named Lysander Steele, who is hellbent on equaling the odds, as they were promised in exchange for helping Cinder, their mutations would be reversed. Eventually the wolf soldiers start taking hostages, showing to the hierarchy that they are serious. By book’s end, Steele’s rebellion is thwarted and peace reigns over Earth once again.

Overall, an excellent story that shows how lies can ruin lives and how they sometimes lead to death. The story by Meyer is fun, action packed and is riveting throughout. The art by Stephen Gilpin is beautiful. Altogether, a story which will keep the reader guessing too the end who is telling the truth.

Story: Marissa Meyer Art: Stephen Gilpin
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

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