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Preview: X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing #1

X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing #1

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Andrea Broccardo (CA) Daniel Acuna
Rated T+
In Shops: May 05, 2021
SRP: $4.99

MAN-THING’S CURSE HAS BEEN REVEALED…BUT IT’S UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!
Years ago, DOCTOR TED SALLIS was ready to give up anything to crack the SO-2 serum and deliver success to his growing family. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world…he did. Today, as cities spanning from the U.S. to Krakoa are besieged by fear-driven blazes, the MAN-THING must reckon with his past deeds if he hopes to emerge renewed and rescue a world on fire. But fighting from his lowest means that Man-Thing can rise to his highest, especially with the unexpected help of the X-MEN’S resident sorceress MAGIK and her debuting team of monstrous mutants known as THE DARK RIDERS!
Part 3 of 3!

X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing #1

Deep Beyond Heads Back to Print

Image Comics will rush Deep Beyond by Mirka Andolfo, David Goy, artist Andrea Broccardo, and colorist Barabara Nosenzo back to print in order to keep up with the tidal wave of customer demand. This second printing of Deep Beyond #1 will showcase all-new cover art by Andolfo herself.

Deep Beyond is a 12 issue miniseries set in an underpopulated future Earth where, devastated by the dire consequences of the millennium bug, the survival of mankind rests on the shoulders of a small number of people. Talented scientists who, despite the adverse situation and the stupid feuds that continue to divide the small number of people still alive, try to understand and study what is hidden in the depths of the abyss. Something mysterious and dangerous, which could eventually cause an even worse and more destructive catastrophe!

Deep Beyond #1, second printing (Diamond Code DEC209336) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 10.

Deep Beyond #1, second printing

The Curse of The Man-Thing Comes to the X-Men

This year, Marvel celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of its most unique creations with critically-acclaimed writer Steve Orlando’s three-part Curse of the Man-Thing epic. Kicking off next month with Avengers: Curse of the Man-Thing and continuing in April’s Spider-Man: Curse of the Man-Thing, the Marvel Universe-spanning saga will reach its climatic conclusion in May with X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing. Throughout the series Orlando will be joined by incredible artists including Francesco Mobili and Marco Failla, and will be teaming up with Andrea Broccardo for the unforgettable finale.

Man-Thing’s tragic curse has finally been revealed… but it’s under new management! Years ago, Doctor Ted Sallis was ready to give up anything to crack the SO-2 serum and deliver success to his growing family. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world…he did. Today, as cities spanning from the U.S. to Krakoa are besieged  by fear-driven blazes, the Man-Thing must reckon with his past deeds if he hopes to emerge renewed and rescue a world on fire. But fighting from his lowest means that Man-Thing can rise to his highest, especially with the unexpected help of the X-Men’s resident sorceress Magik and her debuting team of monstrous mutants known as THE DARK RIDERS! Magik will lead one of the most eclectic group of mutants ever assembled, a fearsome mix of fan-favorites and obscure delights: Marrow, Forearm, Shark-Girl, Wolf Cub, and Mammomax!

Since his creation by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, and Gray Morrow in 1971’s Savage Tales #1, the misunderstood swamp monster has taught readers the true meaning of fear in thought-provoking tales by legendary creators such as Steve Gerber and R.L. Stine. Now it’s the X-Men’s turn to burn at the Man-Thing’s touch! See below for a full roundup of the one-shots that will contain this thrilling tale and don’t miss X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing #1 when it hits stands in May.

X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing

Review: Deep Beyond #1

Deep Beyond #1

I really wanted to like Deep Beyond #1 but something didn’t quite click for me in the debut issue. It might have been the fact we’ve seen this story so many times before, especially recently. It could also be the fact I didn’t care much for the characters. Overall, it’s not a bad debut but the hook and excitement isn’t quite there.

Deep Beyond #1 takes us to a future where disease has ravaged humanity and wild new plants and creatures have spread across the world. A team of scientists has ventured beneath the ocean encountering something and has their communication cut off. A team wants to find out what happened and possibly rescue any survivors. The concepts aren’t bad at all and there are some great visuals to the comic. The issue with this debut is, we’ve seen similar concepts recently and even similar visuals. It doesn’t feel new and fresh but rather derivative and just another entry in a genre and concept that’s getting a bit worn out.

Mirka Andolfo and David Goy handle the story and there’s a lot there to enjoy. The opening of the comic is intriguing and stands out but then is dropped. It introduces us to this world and then the comic goes in another direction. That direction feels like things we’ve seen before and doesn’t stand out.

Deep Beyond #1 opens with a party and a shocking twist where individuals embrace the disease and death, resulting in a mass suicide and murder. These “defeatists” is something that feels new to the post-apocalyptic world. Exploring this concept and idea would be interesting and new and feel appropriate as a reflection on today. There could be a hell of a lot of commentary on the world’s current situation. But, instead, we get a rescue mission that has nothing with that opening. We see giant mutated plants and animals in the world, something that’s not new. We’re teased at a giant monster under the waters, again nothing new. Deep Beyond #1 gives us something interesting then puts it to the side.

Andrea Broccardo‘s art pops on the page with bright neon colors and mutated designs. There’s something uneasy about what’s presented but it also has you hooked to the page. Some of it feels familiar but overall, it’s an interesting world visually. There’s just not enough to really back up those visuals. We see the diseased individuals sprouting neon mushrooms and weird pustules, but details as to the “what” are never there. We’re expected to roll with it and the visuals are enough. The disease is here, just deal with it. That might have worked a decade ago but the “why” is a bit too present in today’s world. It works against the story.

Deep Beyond #1 isn’t a bad comic at all. There’s a lot that’s interesting and as it progresses there might be more to it. But, the first issue doesn’t stand out from the crowd. There are far too many comics out currently with similar concepts. There are even comics that have a similar visual style and color palette. In a time when that wasn’t the case, Deep Beyond #1 might have been one to really notice. But, as is, the comic is outshined by others that are far more interesting and deliver a better hook.

Story: Mirka Andolfo, David Goy Art: Andrea Broccardo
Color: Andrea Broccardo Letterer: Barbara Nosenzo
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Mirka Andolfo, David Goy, Andrea Broccardo, and Barbara Nosenzo Take Us to the Deep Beyond Starting in February 2021

Image Comics has announced that Mirka Andolfo and David Goy will team up with rising star artist Andrea Broccardo and colorist Barabara Nosenzo for the forthcoming 12 issue science fiction series Deep Beyond. This thrilling new adventure is produced by Arancia Studio—the Italian media company which worked on Mirka Andolfo’s bestselling Image Comics titles and with the surprising Commanders in Crisis—and will launch from Image Comics this February.

Deep Beyond is set in a toxic and underpopulated future Earth, devastated by the dire consequences of the millennium bug, which caused significant disasters and a halt to civilization as we know it. The survival of the whole of mankind—and, maybe, of the planet itself—is handled by a small number of people. 

Here a contingent of talented scientists—despite the adverse situation, and feuds that continue amongst the remaining population—try to understand and study what is hidden in the depths of the abyss. Below may lurk something mysterious and dangerous—even something that could lead to an even more destructive catastrophe.

This intense, sci-fi thriller will project readers into a terrible world yet not very far from ours, with a story full of suspense, mysteries and…fluorescent sea monsters!

Deep Beyond #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 3.

Deep Beyond #1

Preview: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #35

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #35

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Andrea Broccardo (CA) Ashley Witter
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“UNSPEAKABLE REBEL SUPERWEAPON” PART IV

• It’s time for DOCTOR APHRA to do what she does best: honor her commitments, help people in need, do the right thing.
• Hahaha, nope, the people she’s swindling won’t buy that either. Unlucky for them, she’s always two steps ahead.
• Unlucky for her, the steps lead directly to Coruscant, and into the arms of an old enemy…

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #35

Review: Star Wars (The Original Series) #108

Celebrating 80 years, Marvel goes a bit retro delivering a new issue for their classic Star Wars series from the 80s!

Story: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, Andrew Broccardo, Kerry Gammill, Ze Carlos, Andrea Broccardo, Jan Duursema, Stefano Lanini, Luke Ross, Leonark Kirk
Color: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Get your copy in comic shops 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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Preview: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1

(W) Marc Guggenheim, Jonathan Adams, Si Spurrier (A) Jonathan Adams, Caspar Wijngaard, Andrea Broccardo (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli, Guru eFX
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 17, 2019
SRP: $4.99

A ONE-SHOT SPECIAL FEATURING YOUR FAVORITE (AND UNEXPECTED) CHARACTERS FROM THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS TRILOGY!
• Move over, Boba Fett. The most dangerous bounty hunter in the galaxy isn’t who you think. The cold, calculating assassin droid IG-88 had a deadly reputation. Wanted criminals should tremble in fear because IG-88 will stop at nothing to get the job done. But where did it come from? What does it want? Perfection might be a good place to start. SI SPURRIER (DOCTOR APHRA) and CASPAR WIJNGAARD (DOCTOR APHRA ANNUAL) bring the terrifying droid to life!
• The destruction of the Order, the death of his friends, exile – no matter what he has endured, YODA will always be a Jedi. Even in hiding on the isolated planet of Dagobah, far from the evil Empire’s reach, a Jedi’s work is never done. Marc Guggenheim (X-MEN GOLD) and ANDREA BROCCARDO (STAR WARS) will pay the wise, old master a visit!
• The freedom-fighting REBEL ALLIANCE has more than its fair share of heroes – like ace pilots BIGGS DARKLIGHTER and JEK PORKINS. But they’ve been fighting the evil Galactic Empire for a long time and sometimes, even noble warriors like Biggs and Porkins need a little rest and relaxation. Is anywhere truly free from the trials of the galactic conflict? Writer and illustrator JON ADAMS (the New Yorker, LOVE ROMANCES) has the answer!

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1
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