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Review: Cable: The Last Hope Vol. 2

The Mutant Messiah has been found and she’s Mutantkind’s last Hope. Cable heads to the future to protect her and is joined by X-Force. But, Bishop, Stryfe, and Apocalypse are all looming.

Cable: The Last Hope Vol. 2 includes X-Force/Cable: Messiah War, Cable (2008) #13-25, X-Force (2008) #14-16 an X-Men: Hope by Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Duane Swierczynski, Mike Choi, Ariel Olivetti, Paul Gulacy, Gabriel Guzman, Humberto Ramos, George Caragonne, Paco Medina, Clayton Crain, Steve Dillon, and more!

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 24! 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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Review: The Death of the Inhumans #5

The Royal Family has been broken. Now, something new and terrible rises from its ashes. Who is Vox? Where are the Inhumans he’s killed? And what lies ahead for a king without a kingdom?

When I first heard about this event, I have to admit, the title and what it promised had me worried as a “stunt event.” The downplaying of how big it would be and the fact writer Donny Cates was in charge had me intrigued that something “was up.” And with the conclusion in The Death of the Inhumans #5, we’ve gotten an “event” comic that is tragically under the radar.

This final chapter goes by the title “Rome” and by the time it wraps, it’s clear why that title was chosen. With the dark reality of what and who Vox is, Black Bolt must face his destiny to bring down the Kree and save his people.

The final chapter is solid on the action and high on the drama but rather lacking in some key aspects, an issue that hampers the overall package. While we have a better idea of what/who Vox is, the how isn’t explained too well. It ends up being a slasher/horror movie boogeyman more than anything. An unstoppable force that we just accept. Black Bolt also goes on about destroying the Kree and while damage is done, we’re never quite given the moment of the enemy’s defeat. Another issue, or an increased page count, would have benefited this issue and the series as a whole.

Despite that, this is a pretty solid ending putting Black Bolt squarely back into the warrior king role having to make a difficult decision to keep his people safe. It also sets up a very unknown future for the Inhumans.

The art by Ariel Olivetti with color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Clayton Cowles is ok and feels a little different than the previous four issues. Something doesn’t feel quite as polished. I’ve hadd issues with Olivertti’s art in the past but here it has mainly been good. This issue though it’s a miss unfortunately. Action sequences that should have oomph to it don’t and emotional scenes lack it for the art. The detail too is a bit different. If you had asked me, I’d have been convinced the issue had a different artist than the previous four.

The issue is a tragic one and Cates sets the classic characters off in to a new direction and new era. What’s next, who knows? But, for what I was expecting to be an eye rolling event, this is an entertaining story and one that ends on a pretty high note. The title might be a bit over the top but the story within really brings things together and gets the characters back to their roots. Here’s hoping Cates is given a chance to steer these characters into the future for some time.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Ariel Olivetti
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.25 Art: 7.65 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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

Death of the Inhumans #5 (of 5)

(W) Donny Cates (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Kaare Andrews
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE FINAL STAND!
The Royal Family has been broken. Now, something new and terrible rises from its ashes. Who is Vox? Where are the Inhumans he’s killed? And what lies ahead for a king without a kingdom?

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.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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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

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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

 

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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.”

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