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Review: Omni #1

Omni #1

HumanoidsH1 universe really gets ignited with the release of Omni #1. Cecelia Cobbina is a gifted and young doctor who mysteriously acquires superpowers and quickly discovers that she’s not the only one. There are people all over the planet Igniting with powers, but only her power can answer “why”…

Written by Devin Grayson, Omni #1 plants a flag early as to what to expect. It’s blending of the real world and fantastical keeps up the more grounded feel of the H1 universe. In this case, it all revolves around Dr. Cecelia Cobbina. The use of the very real Doctors Without Borders and the situations they find themselves in creates a beginning that’s easier to relate to. This isn’t a world we have to imagine as much as it is the world we live in.

Grayson also delivers an intriguing character who is at both likeable and not. Cobbina is brilliant and she knows it. There’s a bit of arrogance there. At the same time, Grayson delivers a character who’s unsure of herself and what’s happening to her. She can think faster than the speed of light and answer almost any question. And with that comes questions and in some ways overconfidence in one’s ability. It’s all there and subtlely done. We get a layered character right out of the gate.

The art by Alitha E. Martinez is fantastic. Like the character and settings, there’s a grounded sense of design that we can relate to. Bryan Valenza‘s colors helps with that. The detail in body language and a look on a face tell as much of the story as the dialogue does.

Omni #1 is a solid debut that takes superhero stories in a different direction. There’s a scientific focus here and I hope a focus on STEM going forward. This is a dive into the H1 world looking at it as a mystery and puzzle to solve, there’s an attempt to answer questions. It’s a different take on the saturated superhero genre. And it stands out due to that.

Story: Devin Grayson Art: Alitha E. Martinez
Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: A Larger World Studios
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Omni #1

Omni #1

Writer: Devin Grayson
Artist: Alitha E. Martinez
Colors: Bryan Valenza
Letters: A Larger World Studio
Cover Artist: Mike McKone
On Sale Date: August 14, 2019

A young doctor mysteriously acquires superpowers and quickly discovers that she’s not the only one. There are people all over the planet Igniting with powers, but only her power can answer “why”…

Cecelia Cobbina is a gifted doctor. Vibrant, compassionate and praised by both her peers and her patients. But that was before the incident in Africa. Before she was forced to leave her job at Doctors Without Borders behind. Before she gained the ability to think faster than the speed of light. Overwhelmed with the power to answer almost every question, she must now overcome her own fears and tackle the one code she can’t seem to break: the truth behind the ignited.

Omni #1

Review: X-Men: Gold Vol. 7 God War

Kitty Pryde has left Colossus at the altar and the X-Men are shaken in the aftermath. X-Men: Gold Vol. 7 God War focuses on the days after the wedding and loss from various characters’ perspectives.

X-Men: Gold Vol. 7 God War features issues #31-36 and Annual #1 from Marc Guggenheim, Leah Williams, Monty Nero, Pere Perez, Michele Bandini, Simone Buonfantino, Giovanni valletta, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Alitha E. Martinez, Craig Yeung, Jay David Ramos, Matt Milla, Erick Arciniega, Dono Sanchez-Almara, and Michael Garland.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on December 11! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Marvel Knights: Black Panther: The Client

20 years ago today Marvel Knights: Black Panther launched driving Black Panther into a different direction with a more adult feel about it all.

The comic focuses on T’Challa being not just the Black Panther but King as well and the forces that are attacking Wakanda at home and abroad.

The comics are written by Priest with art by Mark Texeira and Vince Evans, storytelling by Joe Quesada, background art by Alitha E. Martinez, color by Brian Haberlin and Avalon Studios, and lettering by Siobhan Hanna and West Abbott and the trade collects issues #1-5.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Black Panther: World of Wakanda Wins a GLAAD Media Award

Black Panther: World of Wakanda has won the GLAAD Media Award for comic books. It was one of ten nominees in the comic category for the 29th annual award. Two other Marvel books, America and Iceman, were also nominated.

The award celebrates inclusivity in pop culture.

Recognized for the book was the creative team of Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne, Alitha E. Martinez, Manny Mederos, Joe Bennett, Afua Richardson, Roberto Poggi, Tamra Bonvillain, Rachelle Rosenberg, Virtual Calligraphy, and Joe Sabino.

Other nominees included the Backstagers, Batwoman, Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, Goldie Vance, Lumberjanes, The Woods, and Quantum Teens are Go.

Review: Cable: The Nemesis Contract

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores! This week we’ve got Cable!

Cable: The Nemesis Contract collects Cable (1993) #59-70 and Annual ’99 and X-Man #45-47 by Joe Casey, Karl Bollers, Michael Higgins, Terry Kavanagh, Jose Ladronn, Stephen Platt, Andy Smith, German Garcia, Alitha E. Martinez, Mark Pajarillo, and J.H. Williams III.

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Excalibur Returns in X-Men: Gold Annual #1!

This January, get ready for an X-Men story so big, Marvel enlisted two superstar writers to bring it to life. Written by Marc Guggenheim and Leah Williams with art by Alitha E. Martinez, the original Excalibur team will reunite for an exciting adventure that both long-time fans and new fans can enjoy.

But getting the gang back together proves to have its own challenges…and who is the new Braddock bundle of joy?

With a cover by Excalibur co-creator and industry legend Alan Davis, don’t miss all the action in X-Men: Gold Annual #1, coming to comic shops this January!

 

Review: Black Panther World of Wakanda #5

It’s going down! Roxane Gay brings pure fire in yet another amazing issue of Black Panther: World of Wakanda. There are Midnight Angels gone rogue, Dora Milaje taking it to the streets and cleaning house all Wakanda and, Folami acting most foul in her attempt to quench her blood lust. Everything about this issue from cover to cover is amazing and I can’t wait until the next issue. There’s so much richness, culture, and purity in this story that you feel attached to the characters. Even the villainess Folami is relatable, you still want her caught and dealt with but, you feel for her. Gay’s amazing writing gives an emotional depth and a realism to every character that she brings to life on the pages of this issue and I am here for it.

Alitha E. Martinez lays down some beautiful, dimensional lines and Roberto Poggi follows up with amazing color that brings the characters and Wakanda to life. There are beautiful and distinctive facial features for all of the variety of shades of color that the story showcases. People look like real people of color and it is wonderful, Martinez even shows different body types and characteristics making this issue even more gripping and making each character even more a part of the story.

This issue tackles so many great issues like rage, sexual assault, exploitation of the weak, and sexuality. What’s great about it is that Gay makes sure to show the ugly and beautiful sides of life in a way that makes everything seem real, human and relatable. The care she takes with the lesbian love story of two of my favorite Midnight Angels is pure magic, instead of exploiting it she makes it a part of the story because the characters are a part of the story not because they are lesbians. The way she shows the Dora dispensing justice throughout the city and keeping its bad guys in check is engaging and, the way she shows Folami’s rage and vengeance makes her relatable even though we all know she’s wrong. This issue highlights all of the amazing things that any sensible reader would love about the series and makes it accessible enough to draw in new readers. Dawn of the Midnight Angels concludes in an amazing way and I’m looking forward to the next story arc and seeing all of the great things that I am sure this stellar team has in store for us.

Story: Roxane Gay Art: Alitha E. Martinez and Roberto Poggi
Story: 9.9 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4

black_panther_world_of_wakanda__4Folami is running on a body full of nanites. Let that sink in. Folami is so hell bent on vengeance that she let a stranger pump her full of nanites so she could be even more of an asskicker. If that doesn’t tell you that you’re going to need some popcorn to get through this issue, nothing will.

The events of Black Panther: World of  Wakanda take place before Black Panther #1 and there’s a whole lot of awesome going on. The phenomenal woman that is Roxane Gay weaves a story full of passion, revenge, love and power. It’s so well written that I had to put it down every few pages to digest the words on the page and the T she was spilling. This was Beyoncé level girl power in comic book form.

The Dora Milaje have always been some of the baddest chicks of the Marvel universe, they are fierce, they are strong, they can kick your whole ass and, look hella fierce doing it. This inaugural issue of this new arc focuses on them, a whole lot of rebuilding and, a hint that something shady this way comes. Obviously, I’m here for it but, I’m pretty sure you will be too.

I’m resisting every urge to go full on spoiler tsunami because, this was such a good read that I want to tell everyone, everything about it. But, I also want you to buy this comic so I’m turning my spoiler meter down to 3. This issue shows us the aftermath of the Thanos and Black Order attack, the efforts to rebuild, the guilt of lovers who weren’t there to save their queen in the fight because they were off doing loverlike things. Gay serves up a Shakespearean level divided kingdom drama that is flawlessly executed and beautifully crafted.

The side story of two of my favorite Midnight Angels, Ayo and Aneke, add just enough extra brooding tension to the issue that you can see it becoming an arc on its own. (If you don’t know who the Midnight Angels are, get on that because if the Dora are some of the baddest chicks, the Angels can take their lunch money making them THE baddest). This issue shows the guilt and sadness they feel over by being there for the attack, it also shows us the type of Dora/Chieftans daughter Folami is and, is a precursor to what can and, probably will come next from her rash thinking and quick temper. There’s a crossing of Folami’s path and Ayo and Aneke’s that thanks to Folami’s new upgrades will undoubtedly lead to a bad end for at least one of them. We get to see a serial rapist put down and the unforeseen consequences that action will have.

Alitha E. Martinez penciled some kick ass facial features and showcased all the ways that a black woman can be beautiful. There wasn’t a hint of a white person dipped in brown crayon, or one face fits all with a different haircut that you usually see in comic books. And, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg regulated every shade of brown to perfection giving us actual differences in each characters melanin tone.

This issue was chocked full of storylines all interwoven in a way that shows all things are connected and, I’m looking forward to the butterfly effect dial waves that this will send throughout the series as a whole. Gay serves up a lot on a small plate and a lesser writer would have had so many bumps in the road, through clunky dialogue and unnecessary exposition but, Gay is a pro and not a word, bubble or scene is wasted. The handling of the lesbian relationships between Ayo and Aneke is human, real and compassionate. In the short number of pages that showcase it, there’s never a sense of putting on a show or pandering. The way she handles sexual assault is flawless, showcasing the shame and fear. This was a mostly female crew and what they pulled off I’m sure will inspire a legion of little girls who think they can’t, to take up thief pens and pencils and do it too! This issue is a fearless, well thought out tribute to the comic gods and they are well pleased.

Story: Roxane Gay Pencil: Alitha E. Martinez Color: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 9.9 Art: 9.8 Overall:9.9 Recommendation: Buy

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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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