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Review: A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #5

A&A_005_COVER-B_LAFUENTEA&A’s whirlwind ongoing series is hitting the town with the one and only FAITH! With Armstrong on the road, Archer is taking some much-needed personal time…and bringing his long-distance Romance with Los Angeles’s number-one superhero off of FaceTime and into the real world! As these friends take their relationship to the next level, will romance conquer all?

There aren’t many comics coming out that are as fun as A&A: The Adventures of Archer And Armstrong these days, although Valiant did just debut another comic this week, coincidentally starring this month’s guest star: Faith #1.

This issue of A&A  has Armstrong  leaving Archer to his own devices for a few days for a legitimate story reason, although the slightly more jaded among us may see it as Rafer Roberts just setting up Archer as having the time to go to LA to meet his long distance girlfriend. But when the resultant story is this entertaining, who cares where Armstrong went?

This is the second comic featuring Faith  to hit the shelves this week, and although it’s certainly going to be receiving a lower profile than the debut of Faith #1 (that we reviewed here), A&A The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #5 centers around the first actual date between Obadiah Archer, the sheltered young ninja that could give Nightwing a run for his money, andFaith Herbert, the relentlessly upbeat hero known to the world at large as Zephyr. In a ridiculously charming series of events, we see the influence of Faith on the sheltered Archer as the evening progresses, and their talk of pop culture is interspersed with brief snippets of recent (and perhaps not so recent) adventures that took place in various different  series – but don’t think you’ll be lost if you’re oblivious of those adventures; the dialogue is so effortlessly done that the details we are given are more than enough to enjoy the scenes.

Actually, the story probably works better if you don’t know exactly what has happened in previous issues (although since that’s the boat I’m in, I may be biased), and just allow the comic to bring you along for the ride. This wouldn’t be an Archer and Armstrong comic if something wasn’t punched, and the build up to the inevitable confrontation is incredibly well done, and the resultant fight is genuinely funny; the art is fluid, smooth,  and very easy to follow throughout the issue, but it’s the text-planations of Archer‘s fighting abilities (among other things) that are the cherry on top. In an already fun comic, it was often these that had me laughing out loud.

A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #5 may not move the overall story along too much, but it’s an absolutely fantastic read. This is a comic that can easily be read as a one shot comic, so whether you’re just getting into Faith and want a double dose this week, or you’ve always wanted to jump into the series proper this is an ideal place to begin.

Pick this up before you leave your local comic shop next time you’re in. you’ll not regret it.

Writer: Rafer Roberts Penciller: Mike Norton Colourist: Allen Passalaqua
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Mighty Crusaders: The Lost Crusade


Script: Ian Flynn, Chuck Dixon, Scott & David Tipton, Howard Mackie, Vito Delsante, Dean Haspiel, Tom Defalco
Art: Mike Norton, Ken Hooper, Sergio Cariello, Vicente Alcazar, Chrischross, Dean Haspiel, Ron Frenz, Terry Austin, Rick Bryant, Jim Amash, Thomas Mason, Allen Passalaqua, Tom Smith, John Workman
Cover: Ron Frenz, Jim Amash, Tom Smith
On Sale Date: 9/18
44-page, full color comic

The Mighty Crusaders return in an all new lost tale, featuring a stellar cast of talent. With the New Crusaders facing an uncertain future and the truth about their parents slowly being revealed, one man searches for answers. But will the answers he finds be worth reliving the pain of his own past?


Review: Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak #1

BOD-NINJAK_001_COVER-A_KANOSo let it be written, so let it be done…

In the ruins of his mansion, Colin King hunkers down as the last living member of Unity after the Third Armor Hunt – or so he thinks. A visit from an old friend and a peace offering present the chance for Ninjak to break the cycle of death and escape the horrible fate foretold in the Book of the Geomancer. Will he betray his dead friends or will The Fall Of Ninjak come to pass?

Valiant’s Book Of Death has become one of the best event story lines from any publisher this summer, and it’s definitely my favourite, but is this tie-in standalone worth reading?

Well first of all, Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak is not required reading in terms of understanding the over arching story of the event that it ties into; you can easily skip this comic and you won’t harm your enjoyment of the main Book Of Death series. If you do that, however, you’ll miss out on a tie-in comic that has a deeper reach than just the main Book Of Death story line that it will be primarily associated with. There are hints in this comic that may answer some questions from other series that readers may have, but then again maybe that’s just me.

In terms of the characterization within this comic, Matt Kindt gives us a look at a much more experienced, and a much more mature, Ninjak in this comic. This older version of Ninjak may be unfamiliar to those used to the character in his usual setting, but you can still feel echoes of that younger man in this issue. That is to say that the character presented here really feels as if he’s had sigificant life experience, and has grown a lot from the younger incarnation in the comics.; although the older Ninjak may be unfamiliar, Matt Kindt has given us a story that undoubtedly stars everybody’s favourite purple clad ninja (from the Valiant Universe).

The three artists on this book, penciler Trevor Hairsine, inker Ryan Wynn and colourist Allen Passalaqua, work together in such a way that the art work feels incredibly in sync.  Ryan Wynn‘s inks never swallow Trevor Hairsine‘s original pencil work; indeed for the first few pages I was wondering whether the pencils and inks were done by the same person. Allen Passalaqua gives us some truly fantastic final pages, really bringing the scenes to life, giving a soft beauty to the final moments in the Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak.

You don’t need to read this comic book in order to follow along with the main Book Of Death story arc, but by skipping this comic you’ll miss out on a great standalone story that takes place far into Ninjak‘s future.

And you wouldn’t want to do that, would you?

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Wynn, Allen Passalaqua
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recomendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: The Fox #5


Plot: Dean Haspiel
Art: Dean Haspiel, Rachel Deering and Allen Passalaqua
Script: Mark Waid
Cover: Dean Haspiel
Variants: Robert Hack, David Mack, Eli Powell, Bill Sienkiewicz
On Sale Date: 8/5
32 page, full-color comic

The FOX HUNT reaches its cataclysmic conclusion with the biggest brawl in Dark Circle history!

“Fox Hunt, Part 5”: The Fox and She-Fox have invaded Mr. Smile’s evil headquarters and are on the attack against the final five deadly villains that stand between them and their son! As parents do battle for the fate of their son, blood, sweat tears and money are on the line—but the freak magnet and his super family are far from finished! This arc may be ending, but the Fox’s adventures continue on—if he can survive the final showdown with the dreaded IRON FOX! Featuring story, art and covers from the biggest names in comics, including variant art from Robert Hack, David Mack, Eli Powell and Bill Sienkiewicz!


Preview: The Fox #4


Plot: Dean Haspiel
Art: Dean Haspiel, Rachel Deering and Allen Passalaqua
Script: Mark Waid
The Fox #4 CVR A Reg: Dean Haspiel
The Fox #4 CVR B Variant: Irvin Rodriguez
The Fox #4 CVR C Variant: Dirk Shearer
The Fox #4 CVR D Variant: Jay Shaw
On Sale Date: 7/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


“Fox Hunt, Part 4”

The FOX has been punched, thrown, stabbed, crushed, shot at and smothered by a virtual army of super villains—but nothing is stopping Paul Patton, Jr. from finding his son! But that was just for starters—get ready for intense action and psychedelic paranoia as The Fox straddles the line between reality and a world of NIGHTMARE! Who is behind all of this madness? Will Fox’s son, the Ghost Fox, make it out of the city alive? Find out as the hunt continues! Featuring cover art from Dean Haspiel, Irvin Rodriguez, Dirk Shearer and Jay Shaw!


Preview: The Fox #1


Plot/Art: Dean Haspiel
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, and John Workman
Cover: Dean Haspiel
Variant Cover 1: Chris Samnee and Matt Wilson
Variant Cover 2: David Mack
Variant Cover 3: Ulises Farinas and Ryan Hill
Variant Cover 4: Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 4/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) is once again united with Eisner award-winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Thrillbent) for FOX HUNT: Part One “The Situation”: When a billionaire philanthropist prepares Paul Patton Jr’s home town for demolition, our hero is sent on assignment to photograph the event. But what strange force lurks in the shadows, and why will it take Paul’s alter-ego, THE FOX, to stop it? The answer is the beginning of a deadly FOX HUNT and you won’t believe what happens next!

Don’t miss the debut issue from the critically-acclaimed team that brought you THE FOX: FREAK MAGNET, featuring FOUR all-new variant covers! With art from Dean Haspiel, David Mack, Thomas Pitilli, Ulises Farinas and Chris Samnee!


Preview: The Fox: Freak Magnet


Script: Mark Waid, J.M. DeMatteis
Plot/Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, Mike Cavallaro, Terry Austin, John Workman
Cover: Dean Haspiel
$14.99/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 7/2

It’s the critically acclaimed debut of the high-flying FOX! Emmy Award-winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (BILLY DOGMA, HBO’S BORED TO DEATH) and Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, THRILLBENT) bring the legendary, pulp-style hero The Fox to life in FREAK MAGNET! When photojournalist Paul Patton, Jr. donned a superhero costume, he thought it would be a quick way to make some news–now the strange and unusual just can’t help but be drawn to the freak-magnetism of the fabulous fighting Fox! Then, go back in time for an all-new story featuring the world’s first patriotic superhero, THE SHIELD from acclaimed writer J.M. DeMatteis (ABADAZAD, JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Mike Cavallaro (PARADE WITH FIREWORKS, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAVIOR 28). What connection does the Shield’s top-secret mission in the Arctic have to do with the Fox’s diamond-studded adventure? And what ultra-powerful villains have arrived to wreak havoc?? Read on, dear reader–The Fox and the Shield have their work cut out for them! The Fox: Freak Magnet collects the five-part comic book series of the same name.


Preview: Sonic Super Digest #7


Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Lamar Wells, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli, Allen Passalaqua
Cover: Rafa Knight
On Sale: 5/28
128-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

Sonic Super Digest is BACK and featuring a brand new story! Sonic the Hedgehog’s adventures are now available in the popular digest format. Where Sonic Super Special Magazine leaves off, this quarterly digest collection picks up, with even more classic adventure from the Sonic comic library! The secret origin of the new Sonic universe is REVEALED in the all-new SONIC COMIC ORIGINS mini-feature! Discover a whole new world alongside Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic Comic Origins, Part Two, featuring new story and art from the superstar Archie Sonic team! All this (and Freedom Fighters too) as we give you more classic Sonic comics as only Sonic Super Digest can provide! Featuring an all-new CG cover from rising Sonic comic star Rafa Knight!


Preview: The Fox #5

The Fox #5

Plot/Script: J.M. DeMatteis
Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, and John Workman
Cover: Dean Haspiel
FOX FIVE Variant Cover 1: Dean Haspiel
FOX FIVE Variant Cover 2: Howard Chaykin
FOX FIVE Variant Cover 3: Mike Norton
FOX FIVE Variant Cover 4: Mike Cavallaro
FOX FIVE Variant Cover 5: Alex Toth Throwback
On Sale at Specialty Comic Shops Date: 3/12
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

The fantastically-foxy finale IS HERE in Freak Magnet Part 5: “Future’s End”!

Emmy Award-winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) is joined by acclaimed writer J.M. DeMatteis (Abadazad, Justice League 3000) to conclude the “Freak Magnet” saga of the pulp-style hero The Fox! Our hero has won the day and defeated his evil adversaries, so why does he now find himself trapped 70 years in the past, side-by-side with the legendary hero of WW2 known as THE SHIELD?! And what does the Shield’s arctic battle-royale have to do with the diamond realm?! And will SOMEONE please tell The Fox, aka Paul Patton Jr., why he can’t just have the simple, freak-free life he wants?? Don’t miss the finale to end-em-all, and don’t miss out on collecting all five “FOX FIVE” Variant Covers to this issue! With art from Dean Haspiel, Howard Chaykin, Mike Cavallaro, Mike Norton and a special ALEX TOTH throwback edition!


Preview: The Fox #3


Fox Plot/Art: Dean Haspiel
Fox Script: Mark Waid
Fox Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, and John Workman
Shield Script: J.M. DeMatteis
Shield Art: Mike Cavallaro, Terry Austin, and Steve Downer
Cover: Dean Haspiel
Get-FREAKY Variant: Mike Allred and Laura Allred
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/8
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

NEW RED CIRCLE SERIES! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) and Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Thrillbent) continue the saga of the legendary, pulp-style hero The Fox in FREAK MAGNET Part Three: “Hell’s Half Acre”! The Fox is stuck in a nightmarish, fantastical land rife with underground dungeons, medieval traps, and enslaved Red Circle heroes! When he finally reaches his ultimate destination, will he encounter heroes or villains—or both? Meanwhile, in “The Face of Hate pt2: The Enemy of my Enemy,” the Shield’s battle against arch-rivals Hachiman and Master Race continues in the icy tundra! But what monster from the depths has these hated rivals all shaking in their boots? And what connection does it have to the FOX and his misadventures in the Diamond Realm?? All will be revealed as the adventure continues! Featuring all-new variant cover art from acclaimed artists Mike Allred and Laura Allred (FF, iZOMBIE)


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