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Preview: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay (A) Alitha Martinez (CA) Afua Richardson
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“DAWN OF THE MIDNIGHT ANGELS” CONTINUES!

With their king shamed and their queen dead, Ayo and Aneka take justice into their own hands…. Learn the secrets behind the events that led into the 2016 sales smash BLACK PANTHER #1!

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Manga Monday: Attack on Titan Anthology

aot_anthology_nycc-450x675The manga megahit Attack on Titan, reinterpreted by some of comics’ top talent! Featuring original stories by a long roster of comic superstars such as Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Faith Erin Hicks, Michael Avon Oeming, Paolo Rivera, Cameron Stewartand Babs Tarr!

This unprecedented, full-colour collaboration between East and West will be released first in English, making it indispensable for Attack on Titan fans and curious comic fans.

When it comes to Attack on Titan my only real exposure to the series was watching the horrendous live action film that came out. I haven’t watched the anime and I haven’t read the manga, but when I heard the Attack on Titan Anthology was coming out, I made sure to grab a copy during New York Comic Con. If I was going to buy it, might as well go with the limited edition cover.

While this anthology isn’t a traditional way to be introduced, it was an interesting one as a who’s who of Western creators tackle this manga phenomenon. And what’s nicer is that each creator gave it their own spin sticking to their style of storytelling and moving the settings of the stories around for different situations and locations.

This is an eclectic mix in a good way with stories that seem to stick to a setting and story that you’d see in the manga series while other creators went with a complete break. There’s horror. There’s humor. There’s action. There’s a little of everything and it’s all enjoyable in its own way.

What’s really interesting to me is recognizing the creators based on their entries. I read the entire graphic novel in one sitting and played guess the creator as I went along creating a fun little game and each creator really does bring their own style. So, if you’re a fan of the folks’ work, you’re probably going to enjoy this.

I knew so little about the world and what to expect going in other than the creative talent lined up, but coming out of it, I want to check out more. If you’re interested in finding out a bit about Attack on Titan, but don’t want to take the chance on manga, this is a solid way to go to find out a bit more about what it’s all about.

Story and Art: Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, John Rauch, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Bill Murdon, Afua Richardson, Genevieve Valentine, David Lopez, Faith Erin Hicks, Cris Peter, Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma, Paolo Rivera, Gail Simone, Phil Jimenez, Alonso Nunez, Elmer Santos, Sam Humphries, Damion Scott, Sigmund Torre, Rhianna Pratchett, Jorge Corona, Jen Hickman, Ben Applegate, Ronald Wimberly, Kevin Wada, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Jiji Knight, Si Spurrier, Kate Brown, Paul Duffield, Dee Cunniffe, Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka, Kate Leth, Jeremy Lambert
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay (A) Alitha Martinez (CA) Afua Richardson
Rated T
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

DORA MILAJE NO MORE!

T’Challa betrays all of Wakanda, forcing Ayo and Aneka to make the biggest decision of their lives…

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The Fairly OddParents Creator Designs Free Comic Book Day 2017 Commemorative T-Shirt

Diamond Comic Distributors has revealed the artwork created by The Fairly Odd Parents and Danny Phantom creator Butch Hartman for Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2017. This T-shirt, as well as 2017 commemorative poster, are featured in the January issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog and are available for pre-order at comic shops in January. The bookmark was featured in the December issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog and will be available at comic shops in the coming months.

Butch Hartman is a multiple Emmy and ANNIE Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning animator, writer, director, producer, illustrator, and actor, best known for creating the long-running series The Fairly OddParents, which debuted on Nickelodeon fifteen years ago. Hartman is also the creator of Nick’s two other hugely popular series Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy.

Hartman’s artwork for the FCBD 2017 Commemorative T-Shirt captures the spirit of both comics and comic book stores. As hubs of the comic book community, comic book stores are the perfect place for fans of all kinds to come together and enjoy a wide array of books. The art showcases that diversity with the fans and comic book heroes reading together in front of a Free Comic Book Day participating store.

The FCBD 2017 T-shirt will be available in black and red in adult sizes Small to XXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99) and in youth sizes Small to Large (MSRP: $11.99). Women’s V-neck T-Shirts will also be available again this year in sizes Small to XL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99).

In addition to the FCBD 2017 T-shirt, Diamond Comic Distributors is proud to present a commemorative poster and bookmark. The poster is designed by acclaimed Marvel cover artist Afua Richardson and the bookmark is designed by BOOM! Studios artist Rian Sygh. The poster is also available for pre-order at comic shops in January, while the bookmark will be available as promotional material.  All proceeds go to support Free Comic Book Day’s marketing and promotional efforts.

Preview: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay (A) Alitha Martinez (CA) Afua Richardson
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 21, 2016
SRP: $3.99

TRAINING DAY!

Ayo and Aneka are given their first assignments as Dora Milaje: protect Queen Shuri at all costs! Meanwhile, T’Challa the former king lies with bedfellows so dark, disgrace is inevitable. See a major plot point from Hickman’s NEW AVENGERS run from a completely new point of view: one that changes everything…

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Review: Black Panther World of Wakanda #1

black_panther__world_of_wakandaWriter Roxane Gay spins a Wakandan love story – its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown at all costs. What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you already gave them to each other? Illustrated by industry veteran Alitha E. Martinez.

And in a special backup story, acclaimed poet Yona Harvey explores the true origins of The People’s mysterious leader Zenzi. Black Panther thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers, but he only knows part of the story… Illustrated by rising star Afua Richardson.

My criticism of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther run is that it’s a bit too dense at times and doesn’t stand up enough in single issues. You tend to need to know the world of Black Panther to really enjoy it and as a whole his series would play better as a trade than single issues. So, I was curious to go into this new series spinning out of it to see what it’d be like.

Split into two stories the first issue takes place before Black Panther #1 and also it’d seem before Atlantis’ attack on Wakanda. The issue at first is about the Dora Milaje and the growing love that we come into in Coates’ story. It’s a prequel straight up, but you don’t need to be reading one to enjoy the other. And that’s something that really stands out to me about Gay’s story, how self-contained it is. Instead of diving deep into the world of Wakanda, the story is very much an action-romance focused on a growing relationship and new recruits Ayo and Aneka. By focusing on all of that, the story becomes much more relatable as the issue progresses and it turns into a love story. And that’s what it is so far, a love story, and one that’s very interesting to see progress.

Like Coates though, Gay has some issues with dialogue with clunky thought bubbles and some stilted speach that doesn’t flow all that well. I’m sure as we see the issue progresses things will improve, but for me it was noticeable and hampered that part of the issue.

Alitha E. Martinez‘s art is pretty solid. It mimics Brian Stelfreeze’s style enough that the comic really feels like a “sister” comic. There’s some great use of panels and the framing of the various scenes. I’m not the biggest fan of Rachelle Rosenberg‘s coloring (that’s just a personal taste), but the use of shadows is really interesting.

The second half of the comic is written by Yona Harvey (with help from Ta-Nehisi Coates) with art by Afua Richardson and I actually like this part of the comic more than the first half. It focuses on Zenzi and the flow of the story and especially the dialogue are much smoother. There’s absolutely a noticeable difference between the first half and this. It’s a story that stands out and would stand out in an anthology. The story itself is interesting and Richardson’s art with Tamra Bonvillain‘s colors are fantastic. I think Richardson especially does some impressive layouts with callouts in interesting ways. For instance a head is present without the use of a formal panel to box it in. It emphasizes the facial emotion in the scene.

There’s also some cool extras, especially a map to help individuals figure out where things are at in the nation of Wakanda. It all comes together, including intro pages, to create a package of a comic that immerses you in a world from start to finish.

The first issue has its problems, but it’s well worth checking out for what feels like an amitious project and release. While I’m a bit mixed on the first issue, I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey
Art: Alitha Martinez, Afua Richardson
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 Brings New Stories & New Voices to the Marvel Universe!

Wakanda, the African country and home of the Black Panther, is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced nation on Earth. Its influence reaches across all of the Marvel Universe, and today Marvel Comics is proud to present an all-new series devoted to the exploring the people of this fascinating locale. Spinning directly out of the best-selling Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Brian Stelfreeze comes your first look at the highly anticipated Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1!

Writer Roxane Gay makes her Marvel Comics debut alongside Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Alitha E. Martinez to spin a Wakandan love story – its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but before that they were just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to join the Dora Milaje – an elite task force trained to protect the crown. Even if it means their lives. What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you’ve already given them to each other?

Additionally, the first issue of Black Panther: World of Wakanda will feature a 10-page backup story from acclaimed poet Yona Harvey and Coates with artist Afua Richardson that explores the origin of Zenzi, the mysterious leader of The People, the group currently causing so much unrest in Wakanda. T’Challa thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers, but he only knows part of the story.

This November, one of the most sophisticated and advanced civilizations on Earth expands in bold new directions. Be there as Gay, Harvey, Martinez, Richardson and Coates bring you a Marvel Universe debut on November 9th!

BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #1 (SEP160917)
Written by ROXANE GAY, YONA HARVEY, and TA-NEHISI COATES
Art by ALITHA E. MARTINEZ and AFUA RICHARDSON
Cover by AFUA RICHARDSON
Variant Covers by BRIAN STELFREEZE (SEP160918) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (SEP160919)
Black Panther 50th Anniversary Variant by NATACHA BUSTOS (SEP160921)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160922)
Hip-Hop Variant by ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (SEP160920)
Divided We Stand Variant by KHOI PHAM (SEP160923)
Blank Variant Also Available (SEP160924)
FOC – 10/17/16, On-Sale – 11/09/16

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SDCC 2016: Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, and Ta-Nehisi Coates

Wakanda, the African country and home of the Black Panther, is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced nation on Earth. Its influence reaches across all of the Marvel Universe, and at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Comics announced an all-new ongoing series devoted to the exploring the people of this fascinating locale with Black Panther: World of Wakanda!

The first arc, co-written by Roxane Gay and the best-selling Black Panther series writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, with artwork by Alitha E. Martinez, will focus on Ayo and Aneka, two members of the Dora Milaje, Black Panther’s elite squad of female bodyguards.

As Black Panther: World of Wakanda continues, each arc will focus on characters from Wakanda, and the surrounding nations, creating a key companion title to Coates’ current Black Panther series.

Additionally, the first issue of Black Panther: World of Wakanda will feature a 10-page backup story co-written by Yona Harvey and Coates with artwork by Afua Richardson. This story will focus on Zenzi, the mysterious and powerful co-leader of The People, the rebel group that is responsible for much of the strife and chaos seen in the current Black Panther series.

On the edge of revolution, the nation of Wakanda stands at a crossroad, defended and challenged by those closest to its heart. Revolution has arrived and change is coming this November!

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Comics Herstory: Afua Richardson

1200Afua Richardson is another multi-talented comic book artist. In addition to working in the traditional mediums, she is a graphic artist and is experienced in digital art. In 2011, she was awarded the Nina Simone award for artistic achievement. She is also a voice actress, singer, songwriter, beatbox artist, and classically trained flautist.

Richardson is one of the few Native American and African American creators in the comic industry who has done work for multiple publishers, including Image, Top Cow, DC, and recently, Marvel. She has also been published under the names Lakota Sioux and Docta Foo. Richardson is a self-taught artist who credits sci-fi, Swamp Thing, X-Men, and Transmetropolitan as major influences.

She has worked with several indie publishers as well as the Big Two. Richardson worked on Mad Max: Fury Road Inspired Artists, an art book inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road and published by Vertigo. Richardson has also done cover art for several Marvel books, including Captain Marvel, Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, and X-Men: 92 to Infinity. In September of 2015, she released a zine titled The Art of Afua Richardson.

In 2007, Genius, which she worked on with Mark Bernardin and Adam Freeman, won Top Cow’s Pilot Season, meaning that the comic was then picked up and published as a limited series in 2014. The Genius release was a stark reflection of actual events in the United States at the time. The story is about Destiny Ajaye, a detective who, as a child, watched her parents die at the hands of the police, and the release coincided with the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Genius remains socially and politically relevant today, and is deeply political and complex story.

Recently, Richardson has been focusing on music. She is the lead vocalist for Waking Astronomer, a three-person band based in Atlanta, Georgia. Waking Astronomer’s EP, Waking Astronomer, was released last month.

The ‘90s X-Men Return in Your New Look at X-Men ’92 #1!

The X-Men of yesteryear are back this March! Spinning directly out of last year’s smash-hit Secret Wars series, they’re slashing and optic blasting their way into their very own ongoing series! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside X-Men ’92 #1!

Writers Chris Sims and Chad Bowers return and they’re bringing artist Alti Firmansyah along for the ride. Get ready as Marvel’s merry mutants roll back the clock to a time when the pouches were big and the action was X-TREME! Cassandra Nova has been defeated, but she was just the beginning. Omega Red has resurfaced, and he’s bringing the Soviet Super Soldiers with him! Their mission? Destroy the recently re-opened Xavier’s School for Gifted Children! And that’s just the first issue True Believers! Don’t miss one minute of the action!

X-MEN ’92 #1 (JAN160739)
Written by CHRIS SIMS & CHAD BOWERS
Art by ALTI FIRMANSYAH
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Hip-Hop Variant by AFUA RICHARDSON (JAN160740)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JAN160741)
Variant Cover by PASQUAL FERRY (JAN160742)
FOC – 03/07/16, On-Sale – 03/30/16

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