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Exclusive Preview: Death of the Inhumans #4 (of 5)

Death of the Inhumans #4 (of 5)

(W) Donny Cates (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Kaare Andrews
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 03, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The Kree have imprisoned the so-called Midnight King – but they have not yet made him a slave. In a final stand, Black Bolt gives his all – for his family, for his people and for his honor. But there is more to the legend of the Midnight King than even he knows. The destiny of the Inhumans is revealed here!

Review: Death of the Inhumans #3

Out now in stores is the next fantastic chapter of “Death of the Inhumans!” This event series is brought to you by writer Donny Cates, artist Ariel Olivetti, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles.

Get it in comic shops 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.

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Preview: Death of the Inhumans #3

Death of the Inhumans #3

(W) Donny Cates (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Kaare Andrews
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Once, Black Bolt’s voice could shatter planets. Now, it cannot even break down the walls that hold him. The Midnight King is naught but a wounded prisoner – and his family but lambs to the slaughter. They will plea for help from a distant ally. It will not save them.

Review: Death of Inhumans #1

I will give no spoilers for The Death of the Inhumans, the amazing, well written and soulful story that writer Donny Cates tells with precision bringing you further into the world of the Inhumans. Cates opens this new miniseries with a bit of a history lesson on Inhuman history and evolution before pushing us forward to Black Bolt on his mission to discover more about the 11,036 dead Inhumans that he never knew existed but feels responsible for. There’s a killer on the loose bent on Inhuman genocide and there is no question that war is coming.

Ariel Olivetti and Jordie Bellaire’s art work makes the characters look realistic and human. The mutated hybrids look both ethereal and sympathetic. The art is simplistic yet refined and gives off the feel of reading a movie rather than a comic book, it’s not so flashy that you’re distracted but, not so dull that you’re bored. The present tense portion of the story uses a beautiful blue tint that feels calming and cold, a wonderful compliment to the mission that Black Bolt finds himself on, it’s also a direct contrast to the earth tones and primitive but, detailed art style used in creation story of the Inhumans that fills the early pages of this issue. The palette and tone of the art shifts again to a more muted and realistic tone after Medusa’s pep talk as she and Black Bolt go to speak to their people. Every color change and panel comes off as deliberate , even when the features on the characters is hard to make out, you feel it’s intentionality and get moved by the feeling of despair and confusion which sets up the carnage that follows perfectly especially when the comic panels get tinged with red for the introduction of Vox and continues as a theme for the deaths he causes.

Between Cates compelling and information packed story and Olivetti and Bellaire’s scene and character appropriate art Death of Inhumans #1 is one hell of a page turner. The fact that Olivetti and Bellaire use a different color palette for each change and part of the story could be messy and disorientating but, is done so well that it helps you shift your emotion to whatever is happening on the page now. The creative team mixes what they do so well that it’s more like looking at a movie more than reading a comic book and the story is so riveting that you forget that you’re actually reading and not just watching.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Ariel Olivetti, Jordie Bellaire
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

Review: Death of the Inhumans #1

This week’s new comic book day sees the possible end for the Inhumans!

Death of the Inhumans #1 is by Donny Cates, Ariel Olivetti, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles, Kaare Andrews, Sarah Brunstad, and Wil Moss.

Get your copy in comic shops starting July 4. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Preview: Quantum & Woody! (2017) #7

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #7

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by ARIEL OLIVETTI (APR181862)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (APR181863)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (APR181864)
Q&W Icon Variant by VIKTOR KALVACHEV (APR181865)
Pre-Order Edition by ANTONIO FUSO (MAR188175)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 27th

“WHAT THE KLANG?” Hey, who the heck invited these guys to HARBINGER WARS 2?

With HARBINGER WARS 2 seizing America, Livewire has rendered the nation’s power grid useless in a last-ditch attempt to shield her psiot allies. The people of Washington D.C. need someone to save them – and so do Quantum and Woody! Now that the high-tech wristbands that keep their atoms stabilized have become nothing more than fashion accessories, the world’s worst superhero team is going where no one has gone before… Into the atomic realm!

Do not attempt to adjust your eyeballs because red-hot rising star Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and fan-favorite artist Francis Portela (FAITH) are taking things from zero to Dada as Quantum and Woody tie into, outside of, and in between Valiant’s seismic summer event!

 

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #6

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #6

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by ARIEL OLIVETTI (MAR181994)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (MAR181995)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (MAR181996)
Q&W Icon Variant by JAVIER PULIDO (MAR181997)
Pre-Order Edition by JAY FABARES (MAR188175)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 30th

AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! A TIE-IN TO HARBINGER WARS 2…?

“KLANG, KLANG…KLUNK?” In the ultimate display of power, Livewire has plunged the United States into darkness. From coast to coast, once-vital technology has now been rendered worthless… No cars… No phones… No quantum bands?!? Without the high-tech gauntlets that bind them together, the world’s worst superhero team have 24 hours before they disintegrate into nothingness…Now, stripped of their powers and unable to “klang,” can Quantum and Woody become the heroes they’ve always aspired to be and secure the streets of the nation’s capital…before time runs out?

Hey, hey, nobody invited these guys! Quantum and Woody come kicking and screaming into Valiant’s seismic summer crossover, courtesy of rising star Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks, Cult Classic), acclaimed artist Francis Portela (FAITH), and a perfect entry point into the title that The A.V. Club calls “a superhero series not to be missed.”

Preview: X-O Manowar Vol. 4: Visigoth

X-O MANOWAR VOL 4: VISIGOTH TPB

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by RYAN BODENHEIM and ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR182018)

From SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR…to OUTCAST!

Aric of Dacia’s bone-crushing climb to the throne of an alien world earned him scores of allies…and a legion of scorned enemies. Now, stripped of his crown and cast out of his kingdom, the man known as X-O Manowar must return to his roots as a sword-wielding warrior of Earth if he is to survive the relentless band of intergalactic bounty hunters that have been hired to kill him cold. But with few places left to turn, could the last Visigoth’s best hope be the all-powerful…but insidious…weapon he once swore away: the X-O Manowar armor?

X-O MANOWAR’s whirlwind first year in the Valiant Universe comes to a climax here in a bold new volume from Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and explosive artists Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying and the Dead) and Ariel Olivetti (Incredible Hulk)!

Collecting X-O MANOWAR (2017) #11–14.

$9.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 23rd
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-263-8

Review: Valiant Free Comic Book Day Shadowman Special

VALIANT_FCBD_2018_COVER_DELATORRESuperstar writer Andy Diggle and high-octane artist Stephen Segovia present an all-new introduction to Shadowman as Jack Boniface reemerges from the Deadside to reclaim his birthright… and forges a new legend of magic, might, and malice for the long-awaited return of Valiant’s most-demanded hero! Then, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and legendary artist Ariel Olivetti return Aric of Dacia to Earth in X-O Manowar – just in time for the seismic comics event of 2018! Finally, Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer and artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín plunge the whole of the Valiant Universe into an epic power struggle in the prelude to Harbinger Wars 2!

If you pick up Valiant‘s 2018 Free Comic Book Day release on May 5th, you’ll be treated to snippets from three different Valiant series. Snippets from comics already published, but none of which have more than two issues out in the arc you would be starting with if you were to look further into the respective series after picking this taster up, and aside from the first issue of Shadowman all the comics this Free Comic Book Day Special encourages you to pick up have been released within the last couple of weeks.

Regardless, on to the stories.

The first taster you will get comes in the form of Shadowman. With seven pages from the first issue you get juuuuust enough to encourage you to go hunting for the first and second issues in the newly relaunched series, but not quite enough of the story that will make you feel like paying for the first issue is a waste of money. Andy Diggle (writer), Stephen Segovia (art) and Ulises Arreola (colours) have already delivered two issues of a high quality, and the seven pages you’ll see here are indicative of that. You can find reviews of the first issue here and the second here. For those interested, the first half of Black Sabbath’s first album makes an excellent audio companion (I say first half because I was listening to it on vinyl).

VALIANT_FCBD_2018_004

Up next is an excerpt from X-O Manowar #14, which was reviewed here. This arc finds Aric of Dacia returning to Earth after a lengthy absence (possibly around two years) only to discover that things have moved on without him. But you don’t get that in this six page preview, you only get to see part of his journey from deep space back to Earth. Matt Kindt‘s  script is given a stunning visual treatment by Ariel Olivetti, and although there were some questionable backgrounds in the rest of the comic, what you get here is an utterly fantastic piece of art. Audio companion: the second half of Black Sabbath’s first album.

Finally there are the first six pages of Harbinger Wars II: Prelude #1, a comic that was released May 2nd (yes, this week), which you can find a full review of here. Valiant’s big summer event will kick off next month, and this preview will give you a perfect taste of what Eric HeissererRaul Allen and Patricia Martin have in store for you in the rest of the prelude comic. Audio companion: silence, because the record player doesn’t repeat the album. It was oddly fitting, however.

For those hoping for a new short story starring Shadowman in the same vein as last year’s X-O Manowar FCBD Special you will be disappointed as the comic is essentially just an extended print based preview of three of Valiant’s current series. Which, ironically enough, is perfect for Free Comic Book Day and those who may not already be reading all three of these series like myself. If you see this in your comic shop on Saturday, and you’re at all curious about Valiant, then this is a must… uh… pick up.

Preview: Valiant FCBD 2018 Shadowman Special – On Sale May 5th!

VALIANT FCBD 2018 SHADOWMAN SPECIAL

Written by ANDY DIGGLE, MATT KINDT, AND ERIC HEISSERER
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA, ARIEL OLIVETTI, MJ KIM, and RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTIN
Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (JAN180046)
FREE! | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 5th (FOC – 2/5/18)

Superstar writer Andy Diggle and high-octane artist Stephen Segovia present an all-new introduction to SHADOWMAN as Jack Boniface reemerges from the Deadside to reclaim his birthright… and forges a new legend of magic, might, and malice for the long-awaited return of Valiant’s most-demanded hero! Then, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and legendary artist Ariel Olivetti return Aric of Dacia to Earth in X-O MANOWAR – just in time for the seismic comics event of 2018! Finally, Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer and artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín plunge the whole of the Valiant Universe into an epic power struggle in the prelude to HARBINGER WARS 2!

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