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Preview: Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters TP

Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters TP

writer: Karl Kesel
artists: Alec Morgan, Dan Schkade
cover: Alec Morgan
FC • 136 pages • $19.99 • Teen+
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The reimagined Battlestar Galactica, beloved by sci-fi fans for its gripping drama and tense action, returns with an all-new tale! Gaius Baltar, the Galactica’s resident genius and self-serving narcissist, believes he was chosen by God – and now moves closer to being one himself when he constructs a living Cylon Centurion. Is it his greatest achievement or biggest mistake? Will it hunt down hidden Cylons within the fleet, or join them? Commander Adama, Starbuck, Apollo, and others throughout the fleet debate the merits of having this new potential threat among them, with one frightful thought simmering beneath the surface: will the Cylon’s bloody history repeat itself?

Preview: Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters #4

Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters #4

writer: Karl Kesel
artist: Dan Schkade
covers: Alec Morgan (a), Pete Woods (b)
incentive cover: Alec Morgan (B/W art)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Things go horribly wrong during an important operation on a volcanic planetoid, but is Baltar’s monster—the rebuilt Cylon Centurion—responsible…or is it Galactica’s only hope? Can Starbuck and Apollo trust it? Should they? Everything comes to a boiling point in this TRIAL BY FIRE!

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Review: Bullseye #1

bullseye__1Bullseye #1 finds one of our favorite bad guy assassins presumed dead and free from a SHIELD prison with a little help from The Hand, taking out a house full of Feds to get to an accountant turned snitch. Bullseye’s more than a little restless from trying to keep a low profile and his shady AF booking agent has some pretty unscrupulous assignments up for grabs to keep him occupied and covered in blood.

We get treated to two stories for the price of one. Both of them are to be continued in second issue and both storylines are thought out and intriguing enough to stand on their own, even with their briefness.

The first part of this two-fer issue has Bullseye on a search for maximum carnage and money leading him on a mission to Columbia to rescue the leader of a cartel head’s kid from an even more dangerous sadistic mobster. There’s more going on in the first half but you’ll have to read it to find out and yes, it is worth buying. “The Columbian Connection Part 1 is written with all the gritty old school Marvel style that made you love the dark side of Marvel to begin with. Writer Ed Brisson gives selfishness, realness and swag that we’ve grown to love on this underrated character. He writes him as a cocky, brash, sadistic bad ass and gives him a foe that’s just as equal. Guillermo Sanna gives the first story in this issue that old school Marvel flare we crave. His art has the same style that we fell in love with when we started reading back in day where NYC was a scary place and good and evil both lurked in the shadows. The nostalgia was on point and Morgan manages to give the pages hixbisn flare.

The second half of the issue, “If I Tell You… finds Bullseye at the tail end of the hunt for some stolen and erased data , while being chased by goons who want it back for their boss. The Marv Wolfman story is short, “sweet” and to the point. It’s a nice little side story that complements the main one and gives the readers a nice little bit of character nuances that will get even the newest Bullseye reader a decent primer (Which is pretty damn dope considering Wolfman is one of Bullseye’s original co-creators). Alec Morgan manages to convey the same nostalgic, old school 80s vibe that the first story gave us but, he adds some sleek modern touches to it. The difference is nice and not too jarring especially sine even there is a nice little ad to separate the stories giving your eyes a second to adjust.

Overall this issue as a whole was a solid read. The stories match up nicely and seem to complement each other. The two separate storylines also seem like if at some point they wanted to combine the two stories into one story, it would work well and it’s quite feasible that the storylines could interconnect. The first issue of Bullseye gave us two really good stand alone stories that prove that Bullseye doesn’t need the Devil of Hells Kitchen to be interesting or relevant.

Story: Marv Wolfman & Ed Brisson Art: Guillermo Sanna & Alec Morgan
The Columbian Connection Part 1 Story: 8.9 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.8
If I Tell You … Story: 8.8 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8
Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters #3

Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters #3

writer: Karl Kesel
artist: Dan Schkade
covers: Alec Morgan (a), Pete Woods (b)
incentive cover: Alec Morgan (B/W art)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Baltar’s Centurion poses a threat, not only to humanity, but to the Cylons hidden in the fleet. They must do something to make sure their identities stay a secret, and it means danger for everyone around them! On occupied Caprica, Cavil helps Simon, but it is just another twisted turn in the cruel game he is playing.

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Kingpin, Bullseye & Elektra are Running With the Devil This February!

Marvel has announced “Running With the Devil” beginning this February! A brand new initiative, “Running With the Devil” spotlights a brand-new story arc beginning in the pages of Daredevil as well as the launch of three major titles for his closest friends…and deadliest foes!

It all starts in Daredevil #17, as secrets will be revealed! Blockbuster creators Charles Soule and Ron Garney team to answer the question on everyone’s mind –  just how did Matt Murdock regain his secret identity?! Then prepare to delve into the mind of two vile villains in Kingpin #1 from Matthew Rosenberg and Ben Torres and Bullseye #1 from Ed Brisson and Guillermo Sanna.  Finally, Sin City is about to get a new player in Elektra #1 from writer Matt Owens and artist Alec Morgan! How long can Elektra escape her past when she runs afoul of Arcade and his new Murderworld?!

The table is set and the pieces are on the board. As Elektra, Kingpin and Bullseye set off on their own paths, how long before all three come crashing back in to Matt Murdock’s life?

Kingpin #1 features a cover by Jeff Dekal, Bullseye #1‘s cover by Dave Johnson, and Elektra #1 cover by Elizabeth Torque. There’s also a connecting variant for the three series from Marco Checchetto.

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The Reimagined Battlestar Galactica Universe Returns in Gods and Monsters

Hot on the heels of the release of the classic Battlestar Galactica series earlier this month, Dynamite has announced the continuation of the Reimagined 2004 universe storyline with the release of Battlestar Galactica: Gods and Monsters this November! Karl Kesel and Alec Morgan team up for all new stories from the groundbreaking re-imagined series!

Baltar believes he was chosen by god- and now moves closer to being one himself when he constructs a living Cylon Centurion! Is it his greatest achievement or biggest mistake? Truly obedient or waiting for the perfect time to strike? Is it the protector of Sharon’s unborn baby or its greatest threat? Will the Cylon’s bloody history repeat itself?

This explosive first issue features covers from series artist Alec Morgan, Pete Woods, and Brett Schoonover, and slated for release in November.

Steve Orlando’s Midnighter Embodies Both Machismo and Vulnerability

Midnighter7The best heroes always have some kind of personal problem that can you latch onto. This was how the Marvel empire was made with the Thing struggling with his disfigured appearance, Peter Parker dealing with bullies at school and balancing superheroics and life as a teenager, and the X-Men being stand-ins for any kind of oppressed people group, especially once Chris Claremont starting writing about them.

And this goes for heroes of action movies as well. Sure, it’s fun to see Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Seagal, or Lundgren mow down aliens or random mercenaries for an hour or two, but the action heroes that I remember are the ones with vulnerability. What made the first Die Hard so compelling was that John McClane wasn’t a superhero jumping on fighter planes guns ablazing like in the sequels, but that he was just a simple beat cop from New York with a marriage on the rocks that happened to get caught up in an insane situation. He gets duped by the villain, his feet bleed, and both the LAPD and FBI are terrible to him. John doesn’t ever reunite with his wife and even develops a drinking problem in Die Hard with a Vengeance, and his estrangement from his daughter is part of the main plot of Live Free and Die Hard. However, he’s not a lonely, mopey loser and still somehow beats the bad guys in each film while uttering some of the most hilarious one-liners. And heroes with a vulnerable side, who still manage to kick ass, have headlined some of the highest grossing action films of this millennium from Daniel Craig’s James Bond (especially in Casino Royale where he struggles to kills and falls for Vesper Lind) to Jason Bourne and even Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal of Tony Stark, who both quips and has panic attacks.

Midnighter as written by Steve Orlando and drawn by ACO, Alec Morgan, Stephen Mooney, and colored by Romulo Fajardo falls into this post-John McClane action hero with problems tradition albeit with more science fiction and superhero trappings because he is a part of the weird, wacky, and multiverse rocking DC Universe. In case you don’t know, Midnighter was experimented on by a mysterious woman named Gardener, who gave him special enhancements, including a fight computer that allows him to see the outcome of any fight. He doesn’t know anything about his childhood, has no secret identity, and isn’t afraid to kill evil doers. But he doesn’t brood like his original inspiration, Batman, and is always ready for a snappy rejoinder after punching someone’s head off or before defeating them in combat. Midnighter is also the only gay male superhero to have his own title at both Marvel and DC and is single after a long term relationship with Apollo, who has godlike powers similar to Superman.

And it’s in his romantic and interpersonal relationships that we really find Midnighter’s vulnerable side beneath his snarky one-liners and the incredible action sequences choreographed by ACO, Morgan, and Mooney. Orlando gives us just the right amount of flashbacks featuring Midnighter and Apollo’s breakup in Midnighter #2-3 as Midnighter struggles to find his identity as both a human being and out gay man apart from him. These scenes show Midnighter at his most cynical as he tells Apollo that “Midnighter is a nameless, hopeless fight robot” and kissing him one last time because he knows the outcome of this fight will be a breakup thanks to his fight computer.

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And Midnighter’s post-Apollo love life is fraught with even more instability as he wonders whether to take things fast or slow with several men, including Warren, who seemed to only be a one night stand in the Midnighter preview comic; Jason, who he puts a kind of biotechnological GPS tracker on and ends up being “just friends” with after moving too quickly, and Matt. Matt was just the worst. After Midnighter saved him from homophobes in Russia, had romantic chats with him on rooftops, built him a new apartment using special God Garden technology, and even had a heart to heart with his “dad” about Matt coming out a while back, he is revealed to be the Big Bad of the first arc, Prometheus.

His and Midnighter’s easy romantic chemistry gets twisted when it’s revealed that Prometheus has an implant that PoorMidnighter7can shut down Midnighter’s fight computer, and his brain is programmed with the moves of 30 great martial artists, including Batman, Lady Shiva, and of course, Midnighter. He also has access to Midnighter’s “origin file” containing all his childhood memories from the God Garden, which Midnighter destroys in an emotional double page spread from ACO with all of his anguish about his failed relationship with Matt taking the form of a brain punch. The post-mortem after the fight scene with Midnighter chatting with some of his friends that he has made throughout the arc, like Tony the pool player and Marina the martial arts instructor turned human weapon saved by Midnighter, is even tougher as Midnighter thinks he can’t get close to anyone because he can’t predict their moves. Sadly, there’s no fight computer for human relationships, and this is hard for Midnighter to wrap his mind around. Hopefully, his love life is better in the next arc, but solicits teasing appearances from Apollo are sure to complicate and continue to bring out those sad emotions from the DC Universe’s biggest badass.

And yes, Midnighter is definitely a macho dude with a quit and a penchant for the theatrical, like when he uses Dick Grayson’s limber body as a spear in an atlatl, tears out his eardrums in Midnighter #2 to take out a woman who kills with sounds, or puts “headbutted an alien” on his Grindr profile. Each issue of Midnighter is action packed as he fights different supervillains, mercenaries, or generally bad folks, who are using the God Garden technology to exploit regular people. Some of these missions bring out his softer side, like in Midnighter #3 when he empathizes with a young girl, who was kidnapped by human traffickers telling her that none of this was her fault and about his kidnapping as a child. But because he’s a violent and a killer, he doesn’t join the girl and her mother for dinner going on to the next battle because he thinks that fighting is all he is good for. It’s a bittersweet ending to his non-stop punching of Multiplex thanks to ACO’s crazy layouts.

Steve Orlando makes Midnighter a compelling action hero by having perform cool fighting moves and say witty things while also having relatable problems for readers like me, like dating  after a long, practically life defining relationship. (Apollo is the only man Midnighter has dated after coming out.) The title “Out” is a perfect one for the first Midnighter arc from Orlando, ACO, Morgan, and Mooney as Midnighter must simultaneously find his personal identity as a newly, single gay man as well as  It’s the perfect marriage of text and subtext to go along with Midnighter punching the brain matter out of homunculi and walking shirtless in saunas with Dick Grayson.

Review: Aquaman #44

Aquaman #44 coverThe relationship of Mera and Arthur is on the rocks. After all, Mera wants Aquaman dead. Now, the estranged lovers are about to meet face to face. Is a reconciliation in the works?

Aquaman, what has happened to your series!? And Cullen Bunn, what the hell!? Where do I even begin with Aquaman #44. Much of the issue feels like a rehash of the previous one, as Aquaman confronts NOT!Mera and explains to her what he’s trying to do, and why he’s doing it, in hopes of getting her on his team. We know from last issue that it’s not actually Mera, and instead her sister Siren in disguise. We then get a sex scene….. so that’s two really rapey scenes from Bunn in the last few months and both are initiated by women. Cullen, you’re so much better than this! Seriously check out most of his other work. It’s almost as if the controversy is to get eyes on this (as well as Lobo where the other incident happened). It’s just… odd.

The art by Alex Morgan is a step up from the last two issues (interestingly the team from the last two issue’s interiors give a pretty solid cover). Morgan is listed as layouts with Art Thibert ad Jesus Merino as finishes, and there’s an inconsistency that happens about half way through that looks like two individuals have done the art. It’s a far cry from when the series launched, and shows how the series’ shine has dulled.

The overall story in Aquaman is very interesting, but there’s some twists and turns that have not helped at all, with art issues added on top of it. Just not the quality it used to be, and that’s a shame.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Alec Morgan
Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review