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New York Comic Con 2017: Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino Present Gideon Falls

Image Comics has announced a suspenseful ongoing supernatural/horror series from the creative team behind Green Arrow and Old Man LoganNew York Times bestselling and Eisner Award winning writer Jeff Lemire and critically-acclaimed artist Andrea Sorrentino—in Gideon FallsDave Stewart joins the team on colors.

The series has been percolating in Lemire’s brain for a long time and been with him for over a decade. In Gideon Falls, the lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed up Catholic Priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, a otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake.

Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character driven meditation on obsession, mental illness and faith. The series is set to launch in March 2018.

Review: Old Man Logan Vol. 5 Past Lives

It’s Wednesday which means comics are hitting comic stores all across the world. This week from Marvel is a trade dedicated to Old Man Logan!

Old Man Logan Vol. 5 Past Lives collects issues #19-24 by Jeff Lemire, Filipe Andrade, Eric Nguyen, and Andrea Sorrentino.

You can find this trade in comic stores today and book stores on October 3.

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

Old Man Logan Vol. 5 Past Lives
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Review: Secret Empire Omega #1

Hydra has fallen, but the world is not secure! As the heroes of the Marvel Universe stir from the wreckage of the battlefield, the inevitable rebuilding must begin. One big question hangs in the air over the proceedings: What redemption can there be for Captain America?

This is it (hopefully), the final nail in the coffin that is writer Nick Spencer‘s uneven, poorly thought out, millimeter deep Marvel event, Secret Empire. Secret Empire: Omega picks up after the finale that saw Steve Rogers “return” to defeat Hydra Steve Rogers. And while this epilogue is at times self aware, it also at times falls short of reality playing with grand generaliztions and of course setting up a future that feels like a repeat of the past.

The story, as shouldn’t be a surprise, sees “good” Steve Rogers confront is incarcerated “bad” Steve Rogers where the two spar verbally back and forth and lay out their vision of the world. This seems familiar as Spencer has done this exact same thing before when he wrote Civil War II: The Oath. It’s clearly on purpose, but can’t help solidify that Spencer has a habit of just reworking what’s come before instead of paving  his own new path and narrative (similarities between Secret Empire and Secret Invasion are many for instance).

There’s some good here in that it does a decent job of establishing the status quo that faces many of these characters, especially Captain America, as it is questioned if and how they can recover from this mistrust. Some characters who were declared “dead” are indeed not (at least we’re lead to believe that), shocker, and we’re taken through some of the rebuilding and fallout.

The bad is how easily Spencer and Marvel feel like they’re brushing off the fact the majority of the country fell in line with Nazis (and in one image from Andrea Sorrentino it is impossible for Marvel to claim Hydra is anything but). A double page spread mixes the Nazi Luftwaffe with Hydra. We also get some simplistic worldviews of “I’m good and you’re bad” from each of the main characters. Finally Spencer again doesn’t explore his concepts enough, an issue that has plagued the event. The concept of “fake news” and worldviews is explored in discussion but what that means and its reflection on the real world is barely explored. It just comes down to “some believe the Nazi/Hydra world is the real one and will now fight harder.” It’s not explained why, how this will be perpetuated, or how it touches upon the misinformation that permeates our every day lives. It’s wide in ideas and thin in the exploration and common issue with a lot of Spencer’s work.

Sorrentino’s art is amazing though and that’s the draw here. What is a “talky” issue that features a debate, the flow of the page and layouts are absolutely amazing. Sorrentino is easily one of Marvel’s top art talents and one of the best out there for comics as a whole. While I found myself bored and unchallenged by the writing, the art is enthralling and memorizing. It’s unknown who came up with the artistic choices but Sorrentino’s art is the draw here, no pun intended.

Hopefully this is the end of Spencer’s guiding hand and we can see other writers pick up the themes and concept he’s laid out and run with them in a way that does them justice. The damage has been done and Secret Empire: Omega shifts things towards the healing but in the end gives us a story that’s “sound and fury signifying nothing.”

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Andrea Sorrentino Cover Art: Mark Brooks, Michael Cho
Story: 5.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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In the Aftermath of Secret Empire, How Will Our Heroes Be Changed?

In the aftermath of Secret Empire, one big question lingers in the minds of all the heroes of the Marvel Universe: what redemption can there be for Captain America?

But Captain America isn’t the only one who was changed under the Secret Empire regime. As the world rebuilds itself in the wake of Hydra, so do our heroes – what does it mean for Earth’s Mightiest? And how will it all end?

Don’t miss Secret Empire Omega #1, the epic wrap-up to the Secret Empire saga from writer Nick Spencer and artist Andrea Sorrentino. And watch the fate of your favorite heroes unfold in Secret Empire: Aftermath, in comic shops this fall!

SECRET EMPIRE OMEGA #1
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Cover by MARK BROOKS
Variant Cover by MICHAEL CHO
Variant Cover by MICHAEL TURNER
Black and White Variant Cover by MICHAEL TURNER
No More Hydra Variant Cover Also Available

SECRET EMPIRE AFTERMATH: SECRET WARRIORS #6
Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Art by JUANAN RAMIREZ
Cover by TRADD MOORE & MATTHEW WILSON

SECRET EMPIRE AFTERMATH: U.S. AVENGERS #10
Written by AL EWING
Art by PACO DIAZ
Cover by PACO MEDINA

SECRET EMPIRE AFTERMATH: CHAMPIONS #12
Written by MARK WAID
Art by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Venomized Ultron Variant Cover By DAVID NAKAYAMA

SECRET EMPIRE AFTERMATH: DEADPOOL #36
Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art by MIKE HAWTHORNE
Cover by DAVID LOPEZ
Secret Comic Variant Cover by SCOTT KOBLISH

SECRET EMPIRE AFTERMATH: AVENGERS #11
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MIKE DEL MUNDO
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Venomized Loki Variant Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM

Preview: Secret Empire #5

Secret Empire #5

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Andrea Sorrentino, Rod Reis (CA) Mark Brooks
Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 28, 2017
SRP: $3.99

They thought they were safe! They thought they could handle anything that was thrown against them! But the united heroes of the Marvel Universe never reckoned on the dread power that Steve Rogers would unleash! THE SECRET EMPIRE WILL AMAZE YOU!

Review: Secret Empire #2

Enshrouded in darkness, plagued by the minions of Baron Mordo and cut off from all assistance, The Defenders and Doctor Strange struggle to save the lives of the innocent people consigned to this hell on Earth. Will Dagger prove to be the key to stopping this nightmare? Meanwhile, will the appearance of a new hero provide Iron Man with the key to Captain America’s startling change?

Secret Empire #2 attempts to do what the lead up and first issue failed, give us someone to really cheer for. With a focus on the resistance we’re given a look at those standing up against Steve Rogers/Captain America/HydraCap and Hydra. Though, not all is presented in a solid way. Writer Nick Spencer presents a resistance at odds with itself, disagreeing upon which actions to take and how extreme their end actions should be when it comes to “taking out” Steve Rogers. This cause a fracture within and who winds up on which side is interesting if not a bit head scratching. The conclusions made as a whole are a bit head scratching when an all of the above decision would in the real world be what’s decided upon. There’s little strategy it feels like, just focus on one task. It’s hard to not think Spencer is saying something about the left and current resistance through this, a problem with this entire event story, it’s impossible to disassociate itself from reality.

Spencer doesn’t help matters in a revealing scene involving Steve Rogers/Captain America. After addressing the nation about his attack on Las Vegas, we learn a startling fact which presents the character as a symbol and figurehead for Hydra (aka Marvel Nazis). When those involved don’t condemn or see issues with Captain America being used as a prop by real life Nazis/White Supremacists/Alt-Right, there’s something uneasy to see that be reflected in a story that was written months ago. In this case fantasy causes a different reflection on real life and makes responses by the creative team and its defenders a bit more ominous.

The art by Andrea Sorrentino and Rod Reis is pretty stellar. I love this style and it has worked so well in other series. Here it adds to the grizzled and rough vibe of the world, adding a dirtier tone to it all. A different art style would impact how the comic is taken when read but in this case it reflects the story. The one knock is with the coloring which makes it hard to distinguish some characters, in particular Spider-Man.

Spencer ends the issue with a “shocking surprise” and again foreshadows how it’ll all likely end, which since the narrative is being told in past tense, will end with resistance victory. This is an improvement as it actually gives us characters to cheer for in a way and some folks we should care about as a whole. The issue and event still comes off as poorly thought out and perspectives are too simplified missing the complexity of real life politics. A step in the right direction, but one that’s far too late.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Andrea Sorrentino and Rod Reis Cover Art: Mark Brooks
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Preview: Old Man Logan #22

Old Man Logan #22

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Eric Nguyen (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

HULK SMASH, OLD MAN LOGAN SNIKT!

It’s LOGAN versus a WENDIGO and THE HULK – all over again! And as he continues his journey through his own past, Logan is forced to relive an especially poignant and painful moment from his past… Will he try to change the outcome to save a person he loves more than anyone else?

Preview: Old Man Logan #21

Old Man Logan #21

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Eric Nguyen (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99

THE EPIC “PAST LIVES” SAGA BEGINS HERE!

AN INSTANT CLASSIC FOR THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES! Follow LOGAN through the ages – in the 1800s as a young mutant, to his first encounter with the HULK, to his stint with the X-MEN as WOLVERINE – it’s all here! OLD MAN LOGAN is accidentally sent spiraling through his own past, forced to relive some of his most tragic and intense moments. Will he be able to free himself from these living memories? And will he ever return to the WASTELANDS and the young baby Hulk he left behind?

Preview: Old Man Logan #20

Old Man Logan #20

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99

OUT OF THE FRYING PAN…AND INTO NEW JERSEY!

Trying to correct a mistake from his past, LOGAN has been forced to resort to teaming up with a past adversary! Will Logan learn to heed his friends’ warnings about mixing magic and time travel? Guest-starring MILES MORALES, SPIDER-MAN!

Preview: Old Man Logan #19

Old Man Logan #19

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

PRISON BREAK WITH OLD MAN LOGAN!

A failure from the past haunts LOGAN…and to correct his mistakes, he’ll need magical assistance. But when he faces opposition, Logan will turn to an unlikely – and potentially treacherous – ally! Will an encounter with MILES MORALES convince Logan to alter his path?

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