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Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Vol. 21

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Vol. 21

(W) Larry Hama (A) Alex Sanchez, David Messina, Brian Shearer, Netho Diaz, Alisson Rodrigues, Harvey Tolibao (CA) John Royle (A/CA) Jagdish Kumar
In Shops: Jan 23, 2019
SRP: $17.99

The new Snake Eyes, Dawn Moreno, has generated excitement and new fan interest in the G.I. Joe brand. G.I. Joe. Cobra. Two opposing forces. Two powerful war machines, each made more lethal by the undeniable strength of their individual parts. But who and what are those parts? Living legend Larry Hama shares some of their amazing tales in “Special Missions”-five one-shot stories featuring a variety of characters including Stalker, Baroness, Duke, and more-each illustrated by a different world-class artist! Collects issues #251-255.

Preview: G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #250

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #250

Story: Larry Hama
Art: Netho Diaz
Ink: Netho Diaz, Alisson Rodrigeus, Thiago Gomes
Color: Milen Parvanov
Letterer: Neil Uyetake, Robbie Robbins
Cover A: Netho Diaz, Milen Parvanov
Cover B: Brian Shearer
Retailer Cover A: John Boyle, Jagdish Kumar, Edgar Delgado
Retailer Cover B: Mateus Santolouco
Editor: Tom Waltz
Assistant Editor: Chase Marotz

“Dawn of the Arashikage,” Part 5! Here it is—the conclusion to the latest explosive chapter in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero lore! Dawn Moreno has battled dangerous enemies and her own inner demons as the ghost of  Snake-Eyes threatens to possess her mind and soul. Will she survive the psychic onslaught, or be lost to the dark memories of the mysterious ninja for all time? Find out in this special oversized milestone issue!

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Review: Divinity III: Stalinverse #4


The world has gone red, and now the epic final confrontation begins as Divinity, Ninjak, Shadowman, Komandar Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and the Red Brigade all choose their side on the lines of the coming battle… Wait, you think we’ll tell you how this one ends? Nyet, comrade! The universe as we know it hinges on this, so make sure you read this one first, Valianteers!

If you’re reading this review to decide whether it’s worth picking this story up in trade when it’s released, but haven’t yet read any of the three previous issues, then your answer is yes. Yes, this is absolutely worth picking up in trade, because Divinity III: Stalinverse  #4 is an incredibly strong conclusion to an already fantastic story.

Skip down to the ratings if you want to, because there will be minor spoilers for the story from here on out.

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects to Abram Adams, the original Divinity, is that he’s more interested in solving problems without using his godlike powers – although that preference did result in him losing his head last issue – which gives Divinity  a recurring thread that’s quite unlike many other publisher’s major crossover stories of late; that sometimes violence doesn’t solve everything.

That’s not to say that there isn’t a climactic battle this issue, but rather that’s not where the comic’s focus is – this is a story about Divinity, and not just another typical superhero fighting miniseries. There’s a spectacular sequence where two characters are having a verbal meeting of the minds, a meeting that’s a fantastic read, but it’s the mind bendingly beautiful artwork of Trevor Hairsine and the rest of the artistic team that elevate the sequence to the next level. If you want an example to show to your friends of a story that exemplifies, and indeed transcends, the comic book medium, then look no further than Valiant‘s Divinity.

The overarching Divinity story is the rare story that explores the nature of power and responsibility on a grand scale, while bringing the internal conflict of the three godlike cosmonauts down to a very human level in such a way that enables you to actually empathize with gods.

Divinity III: Stalinverse #4 is so much better than I expected it to be – rarely have I read a story that concludes as strongly as this did.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Trevor Hairsine
Inkers: Ryan Winn with Alisson Rodrigues
Colourists: David Baron with Allen Passalaqua
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review, but as with previous issues, I’ll be buying this myself.

Review: Ninjak #17

NINJAK_017_COVER-A_LAROSARoku has completed her mission. She has destroyed, discredited, and defeated the MI-6 operative known as Ninjak. But she didn’t account for one crucial component… the man behind the mask and gadgets, Colin King! With everything on the line, and nothing left to lose, Valiant’s death-defying super-spy strikes back at his sworn enemy to take back the life he once knew! But even if his body can survives the suicidal confrontation, can his mind withstand the untold torment Roku has prepared?

I’ve found that the last couple of story arcs in Ninjak have started out strongly before ending with a little bit of a whimper. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy those arcs, it’s just that the final chapter wasn’t as good as the issues leading up to it.

Thankfully, the same isn’t the case here, but that’s only because the last issue wasn’t as great either.

The Siege Of Kings Castle has followed the age-old story of breaking the hero down to nothing and then seeing how said hero reacts. It’s a story told ad-nauseam across multiple different types of various media, and I was looking forward to Matt Kindt‘s take on the story using the Ninjak.

Now that The Siege Of Kings Castle is all over, how did it hold up? Well, maybe because the last issue didn’t really resonate with me as much as the previous two in The Siege Of King’s Castle have done, but I felt I was playing catch up for most of this issue. I’m not saying that Ninjak #17 is a bad comic, far from it,  but this issue felt like it could have benefited from a few extra pages as both the main story and the backup strip felt a little compressed.

But when my main complaint with the issue is that it’s not long enough, I’d say the arc has ended on a high note, wouldn’t you?

The Seige Of King’s Castle
Story: Matt Kindt Penciler: Diego Bernard
Inker: Alisson Rodrigues Colourist: Ulysses Arreola Letterer: Dave Sharpe
The Lost Files
Story: Matt Kindt Art: Arendes Guinaldo
Inker: Brian Level Colourist:  Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 7.75 Art: 9 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Review: Ninjak #16

NINJAK_016_COVER-A_CHOIRoku continues to tear down Ninjak’s world brick by brick…and, now, the world’s most dangerous MI-6 operative has just found himself disavowed, out in the cold, and on the run. With no allies left to turn to, can Colin King get his bearings before Roku takes everything – including his life?

I can’t believe we’ve only had 16 issues of Ninjak, because it feels like so many more have been released. Whether that’s a good thing or not I’ll leave to you to decide, but poor ol’ Ninjak is having an awful time of it lately – and that in turn has made this series pretty interesting.

Matt Kindt is finally allowing Ninjak to get himself situated, with the former MI-6 agent starting to piece things together, the way in which Valiant‘s purple loving ninja goes about getting things together is pretty cool. Visually, there are some great sequences here, which is always something to look forward to with Ninjak.

One of the reasons that I loved Iron Man 3 more than the other two movies in that franchise was the back to basics style, and the story of a man being stripped of everything; it’s a story trope that I’ve always enjoyed – and obviously it can be an over used story – but the Ninjak team have made it more interesting than most but not as good as others (including Iron Man 3), although with the arc still not finished it’s a little unfair to level that judgement just yet. Especially with Matt Kindt involved; I have a lot of faith in his ability, so I’ll be jumping on the next issue when it’s released next month.

Overall, this is a solid issue of Ninjak. It’s far from bad, but I can’t help but feeling there’s a little missing.

The Seige Of King’s Castle
Story: Matt Kindt Penciler: Diego Bernard
Inker: Alisson Rodrigues Colourist: Ulysses Arreola Letterer: Dave Sharpe
The Lost Files
Story: Matt Kindt Art: Arendes Guinaldo
Inker: Brian Level Colourist:  Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 7 Art: 9 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Exclusive Preview: Z-Men #4

Z-Men #4

Written by Jeff McComsey
Art by Alisson Rodrigues
Cover by Ruiz Burgos

Dead and/or alive. LBJ orders the Secret Service to bring him back a zombie. This should be easy. With the U.S. in Pennsylvania, solely as advisors, the Air Force drops 300 million tons of advice on Evans County. Our Z-Men find themselves between a rock and a hard place, but who’s the rock and what’s the hard place?

Z-Men #4 Cover