Airboy Archives, Vol. 5
Chuck Dixon (w) • Stan Woch, Ernie Colón, Alberto Maldonado, Brent Anderson, Enrique Villagran, Jim Longstreth, Mark Johnson, Andy Kubert (a) • Timothy Truman (c)
Volume 5 concludes the complete run of the Eclipse Comics Airboy series! Collects issues #41–50, the second three-issue mini-series featuring Valkyrie, the one-shot Airboy vs the Air Maidens, and a never-before-printed 8-page Skywolf backup story.
TPB • FC • $29.99 • 336 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-810-6
Action Comics #978
(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli (CA) Andy Kubert
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
“Superman Reborn Aftermath” part two! Superman’s life has been changed, some good is back, but the bad is back as well-with a vengeance! As Superman’s allies gather to address the looming threat of Mr. Oz, another Squad seeks revenge against the Man of Steel-and you won’t believe who made the team!
DC Comics feels like its dropped the gauntlet down at today’s Diamond Retailer Summit before C2E2 as they announced a new line of books called Dark Matter that emphasizes artists along with writers, with a whole bunch of new characters. The initiative comes after Marvel was criticized for saying artists don’t sell books. At the announcement were Jim Lee, John Romita, Jr. and Andy Kubert.
The initiative comes out of the company’s latest creator summit and fills what they thought was missing from comics and was a chance to “create something different than maybe fans of this generation hadn’t see before.”
The line kicks off in August with Dark Nights: Metal which will be written by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the duo who gave a shot in the arm to Batman and made his series consistently one of DC’s best selling comics. That comic is the launching pad for the rest of the line.
One series is Sideways about a teleporting teenager who was changed during those events. It will be co-written by Justin Jordan and Dan DiDio with art by Kenneth Rocafort. Also launching is The Silencer written by Dan Abnett and drawn by John Romita, Jr. That series is about Honor Guest, the former world’s deadliest assassin trying to live a quiet life in the suburbs before her former life comes back to haunt her. Both of those debut in September.
October sees the launch of Immortal Men by James Tynion IV and Jim Lee. The story is about five immortal siblings who operate in the shadows to recruit individuals to prevent Armageddon. That month also sees Damage written by Robert Venditti with art by Tony S. Daniel. In that series army recruit Ethan Avery is granted the power to unleash an unstoppable monster for one hour at a time.
finally, New Challengers debuts in December written by Snyder with art by Andy Kubert. The comic is a reboot of the classic Challengers of the Unknown with a “new cast” and “new mission.”
At the event Lee said more talent and series would be coming down the road later this year.
Action Comics #977
(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Ian Churchill (CA) Andy Kubert
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
“Superman Reborn Aftermath” part one! Following the epic struggle against [REDACTED], Superman examines his entire history-the birth of Jon, the marriage of Lois and Clark, their lives at the Daily Planet-to discover who tried to destroy his life. Who is waiting in the shadows? Who is Mr. Oz? All questions the Man of Steel cannot answer alone. It is time for him to unite the entire Superman-Family!
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #8
(W) Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello (A) Klaus Janson, Frank Miller (A/CA) Andy Kubert
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
Baal’s Kryptonian army has invaded Themyscira. Wonder Woman and the Amazons will show them why that was a deadly mistake.
DC Comics has announced a massive event this summer, writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV collaborate with iconic artists Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr. for Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Dark Days: The Casting #1.Spearheaded by Snyder, these new stories will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe. The mysteries of THE FORGE and THE CASTING will hit shelves on June 14 and July 12, respectively, and break new ground in DC’s publishing line.
Spearheaded by Snyder, these new stories will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe. The mysteries of The Forge and The Casting will hit shelves on June 14 and July 12, respectively, and break new ground in DC’s publishing line.
Snyder in the announcement says that Dark Days posits a mystery that traces all the way back to when he started on Batman. This is something that’s been hinted at over the years with Easter eggs and clues. The event ultimately leads to huge revelations about the past, present and future of the cosmology of DC. The two issues are a prelude to an event that’s been developing for years.
Visually powering this event is a master class of artists, including Kubert, Lee and Romita Jr., who will drive DC’s initiative to bring artists to the forefront of the storytelling process. Beginning with Dark Days, these writers and artists will collaborate to develop new ideas and characters, that further enriches the DC Universe.
DC has said to expect more information about the comic event at upcoming conventions like WonderCon, Fan Expo Dallas and C2E2 over the coming months.
First published in August of 1991 (according to the legal bit in the back cover), the last time I read Wolverine: Rahne Of Terror must have been nearly twenty years ago in an old British reprint comic called Wolverine Unleashed (Issues #24-26), so when I found it for $3 at my LCS a couple weeks ago I jumped at the chance to read it again. You can’t really go wrong getting a 64-page story for three bucks, I thought, and I remembered enjoying it when I last read the story. Of course yesterday I saw the comic in the dollar bin, but what can you do?
Now despite this being labeled as a Wolverine comic, the story focuses more on Rhane Sinclair and the New Mutants than it does the title character. While it was probably a useful tactic aimed at pushing the New Mutants using Wolverine’s name at the time – though how successful it was at the time, I’ll never know because I don’t care enough to research sales numbers from that time right now.
Aside from focusing on the New Mutants Rahne Of Terra positions Wolverine as the villain thanks to the age old mind control trick, and places him at the mercy of an evil wizard who has pulled Wolverine into an alternate dimension that echoes medieval Europe in order to murder a few people. The story isn’t one of Peter David‘s best, but it’s still an enjoyable diversion for a half hour or so. Andy Kubert‘s art holds up surprisingly well, although some of the hair styles and costume choices have a very 90’s feel, the alternate universe nature of the story mitigates the aesthetically aging moments.
Although this story doesn’t hold up as well as I’d hoped it would after twenty years, it’s still worth reading if you come across it in a dollar bin, but it may not be worth deliberately going out to look for it.
Story: Peter David Pencils/Inks: Andy Kubert
Colours: Sherilyn Van Vaulkenberg
Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read
(W) Phil Jimenez (A) Phil Jimenez, Matt Santorelli, Jackson Herbert (CA) Andy Kubert
In Shops: Feb 08, 2017
“WHO KILLED SUPERWOMAN?” finale! The battle between Ultra Woman and Superwoman proves too much for either to bear, as Lena Luthor’s dream of surpassing her brother Lex and asserting total domination over Metropolis starts to vanish before her eyes. Only one solution remains: make sure Superwoman dies-for good this time! Don’t skip to this issue’s shocker ending!
DC Entertainment has announced that it is kicking off their 2017 Artists Workshop program today and is now accepting applications through March 1. The DC Writers Workshop will begin accepting online applications on March 1 through March 31.
DC’s Talent Development Workshops are led by an all-star talent line-up including Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert. The series of workshops are designed to give access and a voice to new and prospective talent, providing an opportunity to showcase their work following intensive DC workshop sessions.
Competitive candidates that apply for the Artists Workshop will have an established portfolio of sequential art. For the artists selected via the online submission process, the Workshop will provide the knowledge and exposure required to help cross the threshold into the competitive world of comic book publishing. Chosen artists will be asked to complete art assignments that will be critiqued by several top DC Artists. If the artists achieve the level of work required for the course they will then be invited to a two-week, intensive workshop at DCE’s Burbank offices.
The 2017 Writers Workshop was developed by DC with bestselling writer Scott Snyder. For selected candidates, the 2017 DC Writers Workshop will run in the summer/fall as an online real-time, weekly interactive seminar, for thirteen consecutive weeks. Each seminar will teach a new skill essential for surviving and excelling in this highly competitive field.
Upon completion of the program, DCE’s Talent Development group will ensure successful participants are considered for positions on current DC titles.
We’re a few issues away from the end of this intense mini-series and Dark Knight III: The Master Race #6 doesn’t disappoint or slow down the story train one bit. When things left off we the team was giving it all they had, all hell was breaking loose and, there was sense of urgency and anything goes mayhem in the Batcave and beyond its walls. Members of the team were falling seemingly as soon as they showed up for their cameo.
The rise of Quar and the rest of the aliens hell bent on earth domination, is upon us and no matter what the heroes of Gotham and the adjoining cities throw at the onslaught of baddies, the war is far from over. But, this time around the humans are ready to join in the fight en masse and there is still hope. Superman is still rocking his Kryponite proof suit and Batgirl/Catwoman/Batman is ready to give it all she’s got, even if it costs her her life.
Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello give us one hell of a story. There’s war, behind the scenes plotting and, a humanity taking a stand of sorts. It’s a compelling read with a load of action, some sadness and , a whole lot of sacrifice and love. Miller and Azarello deal with the complexity of the characters by showing them in all possible emotions and states. They showcase the strength of the fallen, the loyalty of those who remain standing and, the fight of those affected by the fall out not yet ready to kneel.
Andy Kubert‘s art adds another layer to the story. His artwork matches the tone of the story and the pace of the fight. There is so much attention to detail and there is no line wasted.
Overall issue #6 was a perfect read, it propelled the fight and current story arc forward. As a stand alone issue it’s still solid and stands up but, as part of the whole it is a perfect piece as this storyline winds down. With a few more issues to go before the end of this series, this issue gives us something to look forward to and, a team to root for when everything comes to an end.
Story: Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello Art: Andy Kubert
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy
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