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AfterShock Comics Announces A Walk Through Hell From Garth Ennis and Goran Sudžuka

AfterShock Comics has announced a new series, A Walk Through Hell from Garth Ennis with art from Goran Sudžuka, out in May. It’s the publisher’s third series with Ennis!

So these two FBI agents walk into a warehouse…

Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just the way Shaw likes it. She’s pushing 40, a borderline burnout, the ghastly memories of her last investigation still clinging like shadows. McGregor is younger, more dedicated, hanging onto some measure of idealism whatever the world might throw at him.

When two fellow agents go missing inside a Long Beach warehouse, Shaw and McGregor are sent to investigate. But what they find waiting is far from routine, as the local police have already discovered to their cost. Before the night is out, our heroes will encounter terror beyond their most appalling nightmares—in a place where the night may never end at all.

A new kind of horror story for modern America is written by Ennis with art by Sudžuka, colors by Ive Svorcina, and letters by Ron Steen. The first issue features a cover by Andy Clarke and Jose Villarrubia as well as a solid black variant.

AfterShock Announces It First Anthology Collection, Shock

AfterShock Comics continues to push boundaries by presenting it’s very first anthology collection, Shock, featuring a slew of today’s top writers and artists. Presented in the European Album format (same as the recent Animosity: the Rise hardcover for LCSD), this handsome hardcover features the creative talents of Bill Willingham, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Carey, Jim Starlin, Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, Michael Gaydos, Andy Clarke, Andrew Robinson, Sarah Delaine, Phil Hester, Paul Jenkins, Neil Gaiman, Dalibor Talajic, Travis Moore, Brian Azzarello, Francesco Francavilla, Cullen Bunn, Marc Guggenheim, Frank Tieri, Brian Stelfreeze, and more! Cover art by John Cassaday!

From the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award nominated editor of the classic Negative Burn anthology series.

Shock comes to comic shops March 2018.

AfterShock Announces Relay by Zac Thompson, Donny Cates, and Andy Clarke

AfterShock has announced a brand new series on sale July 2018, Relay. With a story by Zac Thompson and Donny Cates, written by Thomspon, and art by Andy Clarke, the series is a “tribute to the science fiction worlds.”

A perfect future of intergalactic travel and community. Every newly discovered planet is unified culturally through a monolithic structure known as the Galactic Relay. Although the towering monument is meant to inspire conformity of ideas, technology, and progress – many resent the foreign structure. Jad Carter, a Relay employee, must keep the peace and act as an emissary to new civilizations. But when he finds the Relay’s mythological creator, Hank Donaldson, his idea of reality and the universe shatters.

Equal parts The Fifth Element and Philip K Dick, Relay is an exploration of monoculture, identity, and the deceptive nature of legend set in a thriving future where humanity forcibly assimilates new worlds.

Humans & Mutants Will Cower in Fear! A New Look at Age of Apocalypse #1!

His war has been won. En Sabah Nur stands triumphant over the bones of his enemies. None will be left standing in the Warzones! Marvel has released a new look at Age of Apocalypse #1 – as one of the most iconic X-Men stories of all time is reborn on Battleworld! Writer Fabian Nicieza returns to the post-apocalyptic wasteland he helped create, along with critically acclaimed artist Gerardo Sandoval! Apocalypse rules his domain on Battleworld with an iron fist. The few humans left alive have been enslave. The mutant rebellion has been crushed – its survivors scattered. But the terrorist insurgents known as the X-Men will not go quietly into this grim abyss. They will fight. They will end Apocalypse’s reign of terror! Even if it means their very lives! A special mutant named Cypher may hold the key to turning the tide. A weapon to be pointed directly at Apocalypse and fired. Now the hunt is on. Can Magneto and his X-Men rescue Cypher from Cyclops and Havok’s Elite Mutant Force, Dark Beast and his vile experiments, and the new Horsemen of Apocalypse? Or is it far too late for salvation? Find out this July!

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 (MAY150692)
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Art & Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
Variant Covers by ANDY CLARKE (MAY150693)
and SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAY150696)
Gatefold Poster Variant by GERARDO SANDOVAL (MAY150694)
Ant-Sized Variant by MIKE MAYHEW (MAY150695)
FOC – 06/15/15, On-Sale – 07/08/15

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Review: Batman Eternal #24

spoilerStephanie Brown made a less bombastic return into DC‘s New 52 than a lot of characters. After staying ignored for the first couple of years of the relaunch, she eventually showed up in a sketch by Dustin Nguyen. Suddenly instead of remembering what she looked like as the Spoiler before, we suddenly got a glimpse of what she might look like after. This new look though was purely speculative from a DC illustrator that might have had an interest in the character. With the latest issue of Batman Eternal the character has taken center stage for the first time in the new 52, looking a lot like what Nguyen had imagined.

While this cover was enough to draw my interest, despite being a passive enough Bat-fan, to buy the book, what was inside was a lot more enticing. I should probably note first of all that I have not really been following Batman Eternal at all. This is the first in the series that I have actually read, but despite that this issue was surprisingly well contained, building up enough energy to keep the series going, but also telling a distinct story in itself.

Dustin Nguyen sketch that launched the new look

Dustin Nguyen sketch that launched the new look

One of the more unique aspects of the character in her previous incarnation was her association with her father, the supervillain known as the Cluemaster. Long before she was Robin or Batgirl, she was the Spoiler, attempting to foil his crime sprees. Usually her motivation was fairly basic, although she was interested in the common good, it was not her main interest, rather she was more concerned with her father receiving the proper care and attention that he needed to once again become her father. This character showed a maturity beyond both her years and beyond the maturity of her father. She knew that he would have to serve prison time in order to learn his lessons, but she was happy in a sense to be the person that provided this. This carried on for a time as her father went through the cycle of reformed criminal back to criminal, but it all ended abruptly when her father died on a mission with the Suicide Squad.  Gone was this familial conflict and Stephanie became a regular superhero, first as Spoiler, then as Robin, then as Batgirl. Some might remember the character better from these days, especially as Batgirl when she became more approachable and likable than the fighting machine that was Cassandra Cain.

Batman Eternal #24 succeeds in both of these ways. The story here is primarily focused on the relationship between Stephanie and her father, and ends in a fairly fun and fulfilling way. At the same time, she is a hero to be taken seriously, not just some kid patrolling the suburbs. The result is quite satisfying, and is especially so for fans of the character or those that appreciate a self-contained issue featuring superheroes.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Andy Clarke
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Friends, Enemies & Fallout in Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy!

After the Death of Wolverine comes…the world without Wolverine! Marvel has announced Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy, a new 7-issue mini-series focusing on the gaping hole left by the passing of the world’s greatest X-Man. Mourn for his loss through the eyes of some of his closest allies, and most bitter enemies.

Beginning in October and running through December, Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy stars characters with close ties to Logan – X-23, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, Daken and Mystique – as they explore a world without Wolverine in it. Beginning and ending with issues written by blockbuster Death of Wolverine scribe Charles Soule, each issue of Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy focuses on a different character and features a different creative team showcasing some of the industry’s rising star writers and artists!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Soule said:

Think of Death of Wolverine as an inciting event, one thing that has seismic-level effects on the lives of a great deal of the Marvel Universe. We’ll start in The Logan Legacy by examining those effects on people close to Wolverine, but over time, we’ll range far and wide to see what sort of black hole Logan’s death actually leaves.

The Wolverine is many things to many different people. A father, a friend, a mentor, an enemy. What does the Marvel Universe look like without him in it? Find out as those closest to him explore the crippling loss of Logan in Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy beginning this October!

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art & Cover by OLIVER NOME
Coming in October!

 

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #2
Featuring X-23!
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art & Cover by Ariela Kristantina
Coming in October!

 

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #3
Featuring Sabretooth!
Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art & Cover by JONATHAN MARKS
Coming in October!

 

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #4
Featuring Lady Deathstrike!
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art & Cover by JUAN DOE
Coming in November!

 

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #5
Featuring Daken!
Written by RAY FAWKES
Art by ELIA BONETTI
Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
Coming in November!

 

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #6
Featuring Mystique!
Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art by ANDY CLARKE
Cover by ALEX GARNER
Coming in December!

 

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #7
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art & by PETER NGUYEN
Coming in December!

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Sinister Dexter Comes to IDW!

tumblr_mn7natp7Cy1s0pt79o1_1280It was announced that the exploits of 2000 AD’s Finnigan “Finny” Sinister and Ramone “Ray” Dexter will be hitting American shores when the long-running world of Sinister Dexter is reprinted by IDW in 2014!

The pair of futuristic “gun sharks”—read: hit men—will be roaring in hot from Downlode, the European mega-city they call home, and they’ll be bringing an unbelievable cast of characters with them! From the original stories written by Dan Abnett and drawn by Andy ClarkeSinister Dexter chronicles a vibrant, madcap world of futuristic intrigue and action. Deadly ninjas, acrobatic flying car chases, shape-shifting robot assassins, a devious Yakuza? All in a day’s work, dear reader. All in a day’s work.

This continues the expansion of IDW’s relationship with 2000 AD and bringing their classic characters and material to a whole new audience in the United States.

While specific plans have yet to be announced, it’s certain that between the thousands of pages of explosively excellent material, there are more than a few worthwhile collections to be had!

Review: Detective Comics #19

Detective Comics #19 CoverIn a special oversized celebratory issue, Batman is challenged by the “Mystery of the 900!” While this is the 19th issue of the rebooted Detective Comics, it also marks the 900th issue if the series had continued on it’s original numbering, a pretty impressive number that should come with celebration. The issue is oversized made up of five different stories as well as some pinup art. It’s not a bad 19th issue, but not sure if it really sticks out to me as special for a 900th issue.

In Birth of Family writer John Layman with art by Andy Clarke we’re introduced to the origin of Man-Bat, a character that has remained absent in the New 52. But, the character’s origin is now tied into Emperor Penguin who is now running the show after his coup of the original Penguin. A virus is unleashed upon “the 900” an area of Gotham, changing it’s populace into giant bat creatures.

The solution to the story gives us the “new” Man-Bat, a semi-tragic story that would have more impact if we got more background and investment in the main players. There’s a tragic love story here, and it’s good if not predictable.

Birdwatching also written by Layman with art by Hendrik Jonsson puts some of the pieces of the puzzle together, connecting dots that have been teased and laid out throughout this short Detective run. In the chaos that is the Man-Bat virus, Mr. Combustible goes on a robbery spree. It becomes clear by the end how everything fits together, an orchestrated plan that seems overtly complicated for it’s goals and what it achieves. Still an interesting way to tie everything together.

Bane is the next focus, in the story War Council, that sees him training a bunch of juiced up freaks as he talks about how his latest plot was foiled and connects Bane with the Court of Owls. It feels a bit of a stretch, but it clearly is there to set up what comes next. While a nice teaser story, his army seems unnecessary and almost diminishes Bane as a character. It’s a little out of place. James Tynion IV is the writer with art by Mikel Jamin.

Finally, Through a Blue Lens, written by John Layman and art by Jason Masters has me missing Gotham Central, one of the best “Bat” series ever and a great depiction of cops in Gotham. Here, an officer recounts his time responding to the Man-Bat virus and his run in with Batman. His fellow officers all share opinions on Batman, which is interesting, but not quite right somehow. Again, not bad, and it gives greater incite into the relationship Batman has with the Gotham police force.

Overall, the issue is really good. As a 19th issue, it’s solid, tieing together numerous plot points while paving the way for what comes next.

Story: John Layman, James Tynion IV Art: Andy Clarke, Hendrik Jonsson, Mikel Jamin, Jason Masters, Alex Maleev, Nathan Fairbairn, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Chris Burnham, Jason Fabok, Jeromy Cox, Francesco Francavilla, Cameron Stewart, Dustin Nguyen
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review – Batman Vol. 2: City of Owls

batman city of owls coverScott Snyder brought new life to the Batman franchise when he introduced the Court of Owls and their assassins, the Talons. With them, we had a villain that felt the equal or better than Batman/Bruce Wayne. We also had the other side of the coin. Rich people manipulating the fate of Gotham from the shadows, but not in the altruistic way Batman does.

In Batman Vol. 2: City of Owls, Gotham’s vigilante protector has managed to escape the claws of the Court with his mind and body barely intact. The Dark Knight has won the battle with his deadly new aggressors, by certainly not the war. These villains will threaten all that Batman holds dear: His secret identity. His home. His headquarters. His beliefs about both his friends and his enemies. With the Court’s deadly foot soldiers, the Talons, out to destroy him, Batman and his allies must now wage an all-out war for survival against the most dangerous predators he has ever encountered.

The story and art are fantastic. Snyder’s writing is only enhanced by Capullo’s art. It’s a match made in heaven and again the Batman franchise is in a resurgence with new energy and ideas.

My issue isn’t with the story or art, it’s the price for what you get. This hardcover edition retails for $24.95 and you get Batman #8-12 and Batman Annual #1. Compare that to the recently released Batman: The Nite of Owls which included Batman #8-9, Batman Annual #1, Detective Comics #9, Batman: The Dark Knight #9, Batwing #9, Batman and Robin #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, Birds of Prey #9, Batgirl #9, Nightwing #8-9 and All-Star Western #9 for only $5 more. There’s some overlap there, and you get more for $5. So, it’s really up to you as to how you want to collect this storyline.

The most important thing though is, you collect this story, it’s that entertaining.

Story: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV Art: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, Jason Fabok, Rafael Albuquerque, Becky Cloonan and Andy Clarke

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review