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Preview: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Omnibus Vol 2 TP

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Omnibus Vol 2 TP

writers: Jim Butcher, Mark Powers
artists: Joseph Cooper, Carlos Gomez
cover: Ardian Syaf
FC | 432 pages | $39.99 | Teen+

When the Chicago Police Department are baffled by cases, they turn to Harry Dresden: private investigator and wizard! Armed with vast yet unrefined mystic skills, Dresden doggedly pursues every lead in his search for answers, crossing mobsters, renegade sorcerers, otherworldly monsters, and more!

This second volume of The Dresden Files Omnibus collects three complete comic book series: “Ghoul Goblin”, “War Cry”, and “Down Town”. These mind-blowing tales of Harry Dresden are set within official continuity, expanding Jim Butcher’s rich universe with adventures never-before-seen in the novels!

Preview: X-Men: Gold #8

X-Men: Gold #8

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Ken Lashley (CA) Ardian Syaf
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 19, 2017
SRP: $3.99

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
• The Xavier Institute is on lockdown.
• But the X-Men haven’t succeeded in keeping danger out.
• Instead, they’ve just locked themselves inside with it.
• Can the X-Men stop the all-new X-CUTIONER before he claims any more of their number?

Preview: X-Men: Gold #6

X-Men: Gold #6

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) R. B. Silva (CA) Ardian Syaf
Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• The perfect mutant-killing machine has MUTATED.
• As the X-Men fight for their lives against the most fearsome SENTINEL yet, one X-Man decides to do the unthinkable!
• Will it take the life of one X-Man to save the rest?

Preview: X-Men: Gold #3

X-Men: Gold #3

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A/CA) Ardian Syaf
Rated T+
In Shops: May 03, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The CLIMACTIC SHOWDOWN between the X-MEN and the new BROTHERHOOD OF EVIL MUTANTS! Who will be left standing after the world’s mightiest mutants throw down? And when the dust settles, not everything is as it seems…

Preview: X-Men: Gold #2

X-Men: Gold #2

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A/CA) Ardian Syaf
RATED T+
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

BACK TO BASICS!

An all-new BROTHERHOOD OF EVIL MUTANTS is rampaging through New York City! And there are some surprising familiar faces in their ranks… Can the X-MEN subdue their foes and former friends?

Ardian Syaf Off of X-Men Gold

Marvel has terminated their contract with artist Ardian Syaf after the artist placed hidden messages within X-Men Gold #1.

The artist’s work will still be seen in X-Men Gold #2 and X-Men Gold #3 as both issues have gone to the printer. RB Silva will take over with X-Men Gold #4 and continue on art through X-Men Gold #6. Ken Lashley will then take on the art duties with X-Men Gold #7-9.

A permanent artist will be announced in the future.

Here’s Marvel’s full statement.

Marvel has terminated Ardian Syaf’s contract effective immediately. ‘X-Men Gold’ #2 and #3 featuring his work have already been sent to the printer and will continue to ship bi-weekly. Issues #4, #5, and #6 will be drawn by R. B. Silva and issues #7, #8, and #9 will be drawn by Ken Lashley. A permanent replacement artist will be assigned to ‘X-Men Gold’ in the coming weeks.

Below is some of the “hidden” messages Syaf included in the issue which are interpreted as being anti-Christian and antiSemitic.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What’s everyone excited to get? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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CBLDF – This One Summer Tops ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books List – Grrrrr.

Newsarama – X-Men Gold Artist Ardian Syaf: ‘My Career Is Over’ – You think?

The Beat – A Year of free Comics: Lauren Purje explores the aspiring artist’s life at Hyperallergic – Free comics, go read.

The Comichron – Retailers order 114,000 Amazing Spider-Man #25s, most expensive comic ever to top charts – More info on March’s sales data.

 

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Talking Comics – X-Men Gold #1

Marvel Releases a Statement on Controversial X-Men Gold Ardian Syaf Art

You know how we can’t have nice things? Well, here’s another example. Artist Ardian Syaf decided to make a statement in his artwork for this week’s X-Men: Gold #1 by adding in some coded religious messages preaching intolerance and a political protest taking place in Indonesia.

Marvel released a statement distancing themselves from the art.

The mentioned artwork in X-Men Gold #1 was inserted without knowledge behind its reported meanings. These implied references do not reflect the views of the writer, editors or anyone else at Marvel and are in direct opposition of the inclusiveness of Marvel Comics and what the X-Men have stood for since their creation. This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken.

Syaf’s references were focused on numbers being used by Muslim Indonesians in protest of the Christian Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. Purnama is accused of making intolerant statements with the protests being led by Islamists.

The scene(s) in places Kitty Pryde (a prominent Jewish character) next to the “Jew” part of a sign for a jewelry store in the background. 212 and 51 appear in the issue, including the scene with Pryde. Colossus in the comic in another scene also has QS 5:51 on his shirt. QS meaning Qur’an Surah. 212 refers to a mass protest and 51 is a reference to a Qur’an verse forbidding Muslims from being led by non-Muslims. It’s interpreted as being anti-Christian and anti-Jewish.

The X-Men were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, two Jewish creators and this comic is written by Marc Guggenheim who is also Jewish. Marvel is run by Ike Perlmutter, also Jewish. The X-Men themselves have always fought for inclusiveness regardless of a person’s background.

It’s unknown if Syaf will stay on the series after this and what “disciplinary actions” are.

Review: X-Men Gold #1

fXavier’s dream comes full circle as Kitty Pryde takes the reins and assembles a squad of the most iconic X-Men to fight at her side. Storm. Colossus. Nightcrawler. Old Man Logan. Prestige. They are X-Men Gold! And they’re on a mission to be Earth’s finest heroes, even when that means defending those who hate and fear them.

It’s a new beginning for the classic heroes as Marvel returns to the 90s  with two teams one Gold and one Blue. The Gold team is more of the classic team now lead by Kitty Pryde and after reading the first issue, this feels so much like the fun classic X-Men from decades ago. In a return to the 90s labeling, writer Marc Guggenheim captures some of that more positive time (I remember the 90s X-Men as big colorful adventure).

While X-Men Prime helped catch up new readers, X-Men Gold #1 does a solid job of reintroducing the team with comments here and there to remind readers as to what’s going on and for those who are all caught up there’s tons a small details and humor to entertain long-time readers. And it’s those small details that got me really intrigued.

The issue kicks off with the usual hate towards mutants and that again is brought up so the social consciousness of the series is front and center. The comic starts with it! The mutant population is now hated for being mutants and starting a war with the Inhumans and Guggenheim lays that out. That hate is a fundamental of the line of comics and to see it so squarely presented early on is a reminder of this and also shows a commitment for that to still be a focus of the X-Men. The other small details of the comic is references to things we’ve been missing. Kitty and Logan sitting outside watching the X-Men play baseball for instance. A simple scene that harkens back and Kitty and Logan in their discussion feels like an acknowledgment that the X-Men have strayed to the reader.

The one negative I have is though there’s some action, the first issue feels as much as a prelude as X-Men Prime dragging on a little bit too much in getting to that ending, which again is a solid wink to old-school X-Men comics. But that action is cool and feels original as the X-Men takes on Terrax, a character I don’t think I’ve ever read them fight, so bonus on the originality, especially how Kitty saves the day. There’s something “woah” about it all.

Ardian Syaf‘s art is fantastic reinforcing the brighter direction of everything. The characters look great and there’s some cool layouts and what action exists looks great. The opening fight with Terrax too looks amazing with some panels that hand me linger. Syaf nails Guggenheim’s action, it’s a fantastic combo of writer and artist. Syaf is helped by Jay Leisten on inks and Frank Martin on colors. Both help make the art pop off of the page.

This first issue feels like a return to the classic X-Men I grew up reading decades ago with a mix of action and humor but most importantly reminding us that these though these characters have extraordinary powers, they’re very much human. Welcome back my X-Men!

Story: Marc Guggenheim Art: Ardian Syaf Ink: Jay Leisten Color: Frank Martin
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.50 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: X-Men Gold #1

X-Men Gold #1

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A/CA) Ardian Syaf
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
SRP: $4.99

FROM THE ASHES OF INHUMANS VS X-MEN, AN ALL-NEW TEAM OF X-MEN RISES!

Xavier’s dream comes full circle as KITTY PRYDE takes the reins and assembles a squad of the most iconic X-Men to fight at her side. STORM. COLOSSUS. NIGHTCRAWLER. OLD MAN LOGAN. PRESTIGE. They are X-MEN GOLD! And they’re on a mission to be Earth’s finest heroes, even when that means defending those who hate and fear them. Brought to you by an all-star creative team of Marc Guggenheim (X-MEN, S.H.I.E.L.D., television’s Arrow) and Ardian Syaf (BATGIRL, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, BRIGHTEST DAY), a new beginning for the strangest heroes of all starts here!

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