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Preview: Secret Warps: Arachknight Annual #1

Secret Warps: Arachknight Annual #1

(W) Al Ewing, Jim Zub (A) Carlos Villa, Carlo Barberi (CA) Carlos E. Gomez
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $4.99

“SECRET WARPS,” PART 4 – SUPREMEUNIVERSAL! The web-spinning Arachknight finds himself out of the depth of all four of his personas as his own warped universe begins colliding with another – the New Supreme Universe, homes of the Supreme Seven! PLUS: A bonus tale of ol’ AK trying to persuade the Terrific Two to become a Trio!

Secret Warps Arachknight Annual #1

Preview: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #1

Valkyrie: Jane Foster #1

(W) Jason Aaron, Al Ewing (A) CAFU (CA) Mahmud A. Asrar
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

JANE FOSTER STARS IN AN ALL-NEW NEW ONGOING SERIES! A new hero emerges straight from the pages of THE WAR OF THE REALMS! For years, you knew her as Dr. Jane Foster, one of Thor’s most steadfast companions. Then you knew her as Thor, the Goddess of Thunder, who took up the mantle when no other hero – god or human – was worthy. Now Jane takes on a new role as Valkyrie, guide and ferrywoman to the dead! But her days of punching are far from over. WAR OF THE REALMS master architect Jason Aaron and superstar Al Ewing (IMMORTAL HULK) join forces with rising star artist CAFU for the book that’ll have everyone talking!

Valkyrie Jane Foster #1

Preview: Secret Warps Ghost Panther Annual #1

Secret Warps Ghost Panther Annual #1

(W) Al Ewing, Daniel Kibblesmith (A) Ig Guara (A/CA) Carlos E. Gomez
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $4.99

“SECRET WARPS,” PART 3 – DAYS OF FUTURE MARS! The stunt-riding cursed king of Wakanda, the Ghost Panther, heads to the far future…in the year 2099! Can he rally the inheritors of the legacy of his fellow heroes to defeat the Martian invaders? PLUS: A bonus tale of T’Challa taking on creatures of the night alongside Knightblade!

Secret Warps Ghost Panther Annual #1

Preview: The Immortal Hulk #21

The Immortal Hulk #21

(W) Al Ewing (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99

As the smoke from last issue clears, General Fortean makes a fateful decision. There can be no more half measure. No weapon is off the table. Force must be met with equal force. This is a war without rules… and SHADOW BASE is going to win.

The Immortal Hulk #21

Review: War of the Realms Omega #1

War of the Realms Omega #1

War of the Realms: Omega #1 is not so much a full epilogue story to the “War of the Realms” event as a tasting menu for the various spinoffs that come after it. Kudos to Marvel for putting these in their own comic instead of stepping on Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson’s literal thunder as they hit the high point of Aaron’s Thor epic. With one last omniscient conversation between Daredevil and Heimdall as a framing narrative, Omega #1 tells the story of Jane Foster, Loki, and Punisher while setting up Jane Foster Valkyrie #1, Loki #1, and Punisher Kill Krew #1.

Even if it’s mostly just a conversation between Daredevil and Heimdall, the framing narrative of Omega #1 is a fantastic conclusion to Daredevil’s struggles with godhood that Jason Aaron penned in War Scrolls. It’s also reunion of one of my favorite recent Daredevil art teams of Ron Garney and Matt Milla, who transform the look of their framing narrative from fantasy to street level as Daredevil goes from talking about gods, prayers, and Valhalla to stopping a mugger with the help of some Yggdrasil forged fighting sticks. Aaron also brings up some interesting ideas like Daredevil’s guilt about his own faith and beliefs making him a good God of Fear that protected Midgard in their direst need. It connects to his recent writing of Thor that the best god isn’t one that fights for the mantle, but acknowledges the responsibility that is thrust upon him.

The first story in Omega #1 features Jane Foster and the Valkyries in a morgue where she hopes to help find them some peace and is written by Aaron and Al Ewing with art from Cafu and Jesus Aburtov. Jane interacts with Lisa, who used to date the superhero America Chavez, and they both can empathize on what it’s like to be connected to someone with so much power and be ordinary. It’s a nice human interaction before a beautiful transformation sequence where Jane takes on the responsibility of reopening Valhalla and finding rest for the Asgardians. Cafu’s art is clean and photorealistic, but not too stiff while Aburtov’s colors are bright, glossy, but a little sad. Jane played a major role in “War of the Realms”, and it’ll be nice to see her as headliner for a little bit in her own series that looks to continue to play on Aaron’s themes of faith and belief that he has explored throughout his Thor comics.

On the more mischievous side, there is a story starring Loki and his undersized Frost Giant buddy Drrf from Daniel Kibblesmith, Oscar Bazaldua, and David Curiel. As evidenced by his work on Valiant High, Lockjaw, and Deadpool vs. Black Panther, Kibblesmith excels at combining comics continuity with funny and genuinely heartfelt moments. And there are a few of those in this short story as Loki takes a young Frost Giant under his wing after he spots the little guy using a stew pot lid as a sled. Bazaldua’s cartoon-y style visuals are a good fit for this book and capture Loki’s every smirk and glint of mischief in his eye. He earned the role of king of Frost Giants by killing his father, but it will be difficult to keep the respect of this murderous and cannibalistic realm. However, adding Drrf to the equation keeps the tone of the story light and not super serious in a Game of Thrones kind of way.

The final Omega #1 short story is a Punisher one, from Gerry Duggan and the fantastic Juan Ferreyra that shows that the War of the Realms never really ended for one person: Frank Castle. Castle is barbecuing stray Helhounds with a flamethrower, breaking up Asgardian revelry with semi-automatic gun fire, and making sure the inhabitants of Midgard don’t loot in the post-War chaos. His mission of vengeance towards criminals has expanded from mortals to fantasy beings thanks to the losses suffered by the people, and especially the children of New York, during the War. However, the real star of the Punisher story isn’t the brooding revenge or monster becomes monster hunter narrative book, but Ferreyra’s art, which he colors himself and has a Steve Dillon meets Heavy Metal vibe. The combination of melodramatic dialogue and captions and over the top violence is a winner.

War of the Realms Omega #1 accomplished what it set out do, which is to pique my interest in the upcoming Jane Foster, Loki, and Punisher comic book series that are spinning out of the event. The artists for these books are especially well-cast, and Cafu’s beautiful take on Jane Foster’s transformation from mortal to Valkyrie was the highlight of this entire one-shot. Also, Juan Ferreyra is such an underrated artist, and I’m excited to see his take on creative fantasy monster executions.

Story: Jason Aaron, Al Ewing, Daniel Kibblesmith, Gerry Duggan
 Art: Ron Garney, Cafu, Oscar Bazaldua, Juan Ferreyra
 Colors: Matt Milla, Jesus Aburtov, David Curiel
Letters: Joe Sabino, Clayton Cowles, Cory Petit
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Secret Warps: Weapon Hex Annual #1

Secret Warps: Weapon Hex Annual #1

(W) Al Ewing, Tim Seeley (A) Carlos Villa, Bob Quinn (CA) Carlos E. Gomez
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $4.99

“SECRET WARPS,” PART 2 – INFERNO ATTACKS! Weapon Hex and Speed Weasel join the fight for Warp World as the forces of Hell invade the streets of New York City! PLUS: A bonus tale of the spellbound sisters taking down a ferocious furry femme!

Secret Warps: Weapon Hex Annual #1

Preview: Secret Warps: Soldier Supreme Annual #1

Secret Warps: Soldier Supreme Annual #1

(W) Al Ewing, Mark Waid (A) Alex Lins (A/CA) Carlos E. Gomez
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 03, 2019
SRP: $4.99

“SECRET WARPS,” PART 1 – ACTS OF WAR! As the villains of Warp World trade foes, it begins a rift between Soldier Supreme and Iron Hammer that could tear the super hero community in half! But could this criminal conspiracy be the portent of a much bigger cosmic calamity? PLUS: A bonus tale of Soldier Supreme versus Baroness Umar for the fate of our nation!

Secret Warps: Soldier Supreme Annual #1

Exclusive Preview: The Immortal Hulk #19

The Immortal Hulk #19

(W) Al Ewing (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 12, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• Something is coming for Bruce Banner. Something that can smell him wherever he hides. Something that will never stop hunting.
• It wears the face of a friend – but all it feels is hate and hunger, burning in the core of every cell.
• Ask yourself…what’s more terrifying than the IMMORTAL HULK?

The Immortal Hulk #19

Preview: The Immortal Hulk #18

The Immortal Hulk #18

(W) Al Ewing (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• Bruce Banner is trapped inside Shadow Base Site A – powerless and hunted by their top assassin.
• He can’t run forever. He can’t change form. He can’t survive…without THE IMMORTAL HULK.
• But not the one you think.

The Immortal Hulk #18
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