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Exclusive Preview: Star Wars: Han Solo – Imperial Cadet #1

Star Wars: Han Solo – Imperial Cadet #1

Story: Robbie Thompson
Art: Leonard Kirk
Color: Arif Prianto
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: David Nahayama
Variant Covers: Elsa Charretier & Matt Wilson; Luke Ross & Javier Tartaglia
Production Designer: Anthony Gambino
Assistant Editor: Tom Groneman
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

YOUNG SOLO’S ADVENTURES CONTINUE!
• HAN SOLO escapes Corellia by joining the IMPERIAL NAVY, vowing to return for QI’RA.
• But how does a thief used to the chaos of the streets adjust to the order and discipline of the military?
• Not well! Han’s dream of becoming a pilot is quickly grounded as he realizes he may not even survive basic training!

Review: Heroes in Crisis #2

Suspected of murder, [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] find themselves on the run from the super-hospital called Sanctuary -with each thinking the other one is the real killer! It’s up to Batman to solve this heinous crime, but suspicion falls on him when Superman and Wonder Woman ponder just how much Sanctuary’s A.I. is telling them. Meanwhile, [REDACTED] tries to make a shady deal to hide from the Trinity, while [REDACTED] searches out an old friend to help him out of this mess-and only gets deeper in trouble.

That’s a whole lot of “redacted” in that description and going into this comic with as little information as possible is helpful. Heroes in Crisis #2 not only deals with the fallout of the murder of an unknown amount of individuals, but also peels back more about Sanctuary and those that have visited it.

Writer Tom King balances a lot in this issue with a few tracks along the way. Harley is on the run both wanting to get caught and not at the same time. Her actions as presented make her a prime suspect as to the massacre at Sanctuary. The trio of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are on the hunt for her and it’s not the eventual confrontation that is the key moment, it’s what it reveals. King intelligently adds a wrinkle to the situation with that reveal, one that will make relationships rocky going forward.

But what of our other suspect? Booster is on the run as well deciding what to do and his decision is simple, try to find the killer. That also might mean him. Unfortunately, he’s kind of rambling and while we can say it’s the trauma of the situation, he’s not off the hook. His intentions make it seem like he might be but again King gives us just enough to leave him as a suspect. It also expands the story bringing in another hero impacted by the events.

While all of that would be more than enough to enjoy, King uses confessionals to dive deeper into our heroes. Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman, are all explored showing each have deep trauma. No matter how much we think of them as together, they’re not. They have flaws and while brief, it’ll make you think of each of them and how their confessions add to their characters.

There’s also revelations of more murdered individuals, with one being a shocker. That leads to the most touching moment as one character mourns their loss. What’s said is sweet and beautiful in a way and gives us an emotional punch beyond the shock and anger we’ve seen.

Artists Clay Mann and Travis Moore, along with colorists Tomeu Morey and Arif Prianto, and letterer Clayton Cowles deliver a beautiful comic. It looks great on every level and a high profile comic like this deserves art like this. The characters are solid with much of the emotion delivered through their facial expressions. Teasing just enough for us to get the situation and where they’re at. There’s also solid transitions between scenes as the comic might go from a fight to a quieter moment in a page. And the art helps deliver those highs and lows of emotion from a high octane fight to mourning. What details are focused on add to the narrative.

The first issue was solid and second continues the pattern. This is an event you’ll likely either love or hate and I’m enjoying it as it explores layers we rarely see discussed when it comes to superheroes and all of that is wrapped up in a nice murder mystery.

Story: Tom King Art: Clay Mann, Travis Moore
Color: Tomeu Morey, Arif Prianto Lettering: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: DC’s Beach Blanket Bad Guys Summer Special

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a summer special!

DC’s Beach Blanket Bad Guys Summer Special is by:

“WORST FINEST“
A JOKER/BIZARRO STORY
Lee Bermejo – Writer
Francesco Mattina – Artist
Tom Napolitano – Letters

“HELP“
A LEX LUTHOR STORY
Jeff Loveness – Writer
David Williams – Artist
Steve Buccellato – Colors
Carlos Mangual – Letters

“CLOSE SHAVE“
A MR. FREEZE STORY
Paul Dini – Writer
John Paul Leon – Artist
Deron Bennett – Letters

“FALSE IDOLS“
A CHEETAH STORY
Vita Ayala – Writer
Amancay Nahuelpan – Artist
June Chung – Colors
Clayton Cowles – Letters

“ICY EMBRACE“
A BLACK MANTA STORY
Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko – Writers
Gabriel Hardman – Artist
Matthew Wilson – Colors
Deron Bennett – Letters

“GIGANTA STRONG“
A GIGANTA STORY
Michael Moreci – Writer
Max Raynor – Artist
Paul Mounts – Colors
Dave Sharpe – Letters

“CRUEL SUMMER“
A GORILLA GRODD STORY
Tim Seeley – Writer
Minkyu Jung – Artist
John Kalisz – Colors
Tom Napolitano – Letters

“DOG DAYS OF SUMMER“
A DEATHSTROKE STORY
Shea Fontana – Writer
Carlos D’Anda – Artist
Luis Guerrero – Colors
Carlos Mangual – Letters

“PERFECT GENTLEMAN“
A PENGUIN STORY
Daniel Kibblesmith – Writer
Laura Braga – Artist
Arif Prianto – Colors
Dave Sharpe – Letters

“INDEPENDENCE“
A CRIME SYNDICATE STORY
Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing – Writers
Giuseppe Camuncoli – Pencils
Cam Smith – Inks
Tomeu Morey – Colors
Clayton Cowles – Letters

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Review: Dark Nights Metal: Dark Knights Rising

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a collection of the Dark Knights Metal one-shots!

Dark Nights Metal: Dark Knights Rising is by Scott Syder, Grant Morrison, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Frank Tieri, Sam Humphries, Dan Abnett, Peter J. Tomasi, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Riccardo Federici, Ethan Van Sciver, Philip Tan, Tyler Kirkham, Francis Manapul, Tony S. Daniel, Danny Mini, Riley Rossmo, Howard Porter, Jorge Jimenez, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Ivan Plascencia, Rain Beredo, Jason Wright, Dean White, Arif Prianto, Tomeu Morey, Hi-Fi, Alejandro Sanchez, Wil Quintana, TOm Napolitano, Clayton Cowles, Jason Fabok, and Brad Anderson.

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Preview: X-Men: Gold #24

X-Men: Gold #24

Story: Marc Guggenheim Art: Thony Silas
Color: Arif Prianto, Marcio Menyz
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: David Nakayama
Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
Editors: Mark Paniccia, Darren Shan
Assistant Editors: Christina Harrington, Chris Robinson
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

CRUEL AND UNUSUAL Part 2
• The NEW X-MEN GOLD are doing their best to protect people from the likes of The Shredded Man and other baddies…
• …but pretty soon a threat bigger than they can imagine will be on their doorstep.
• Something has survived the Negative Zone, and it wants revenge.

Review: The Silencer #2

The world’s deadliest assassin thought she was out…but the past won’t let her leave! Talia al Ghul’s violent disappearance has led to a mystery that could cost Honor Guest the lives of her family, and to defend those she loves, Honor must once again don the mantle of the Silencer! Seeking information from the neutral ground of the assassin’s armory, Silencer gets more than she bargained for as the most monstrous forces of the underworld descend for the kill!

The “New Age of Heroes” continues as Honor must deal with the attack on her and Talia and then attempt to go about her life. The Silencer #2 continues a fun mash-up of the familiar blending together True Lies, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and John Wick into a series that feels very unique and unlike anything DC has done before.

Creators Dan Abnett and John Romita, Jr. aren’t delivering anything new or groundbreaking here. Honor confronts the new management and wants out but is dragged back into the business. We’ve seen that. A lot. But, it’s done in a way that’s entertaining with solid art to compliment the story. Abnett and Romita do a fantastic job of balancing the action, the tension, and family life, finding a humor that connects it all.

Romita is helped on art by Sandra Hope‘s ink, Dean White and Arif Prianto‘s color, and lettering by Tom Napolitano. For the series to go from this action packed sequence to a domestic one in just a few pages, that requires some solid artwork to make it flow well. And that is exactly what happens. There’s small details like Hope’s hair being fringed and must be cut so her husband doesn’t know. A drawing by her kid. A cleanup of the bodies. It all comes together well in Romita’s distinctive style.

The Silencer is a winner blending action and humor in a familiar package that still feels fresh. While it doesn’t feel very “DC” it is entertaining and part of the “New Age of Heroes” that I’m coming back to check out and see where it takes us.

Story: Dan Abnett and John Romita Jr. Art: John Romita Jr.
Ink: Sandra Hope Color: Dean White and Arif Prianto Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Editor: Paul Kaminski Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1

Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1

Script: Paul Dini & Marc Andreyko
Art: Laura Braga, Tony Aviña, Arif Prianto, Deron Bennett
Cover: Amanda Conner
Variant Cover: Adam Hughes
Rating: Teen
On Sale Date: October 4th, 2017
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Free college tuition for all Riverdale residents?! That’s the plan—after the town drains the wetlands that lie between it and Gotham City and then builds a new campus. The only snag? A certain botany-obsessed super-villain. When Poison Ivy enlists her bestie, Harley, to kidnap both Veronica Lodge, daughter of Riverdale’s most important citizen, and her friend Betty, she’s counting on some assistance—and the mayhem that ensues will probably work as well!

DC Comics and Archie are proud to present the adventure of a lifetime for all these best pals. Their hijinks are brought to you by the real-life team-up of Paul Dini (HARLEY QUINN) and Marc Andreyko (WONDER WOMAN ’77), with art by Laura Braga (DC BOMBSHELLS)!

Review: Action Comics #969

ac_cv969_dsAction Comics #969 continues the fantastic run by Dan Jurgens featuring Superman, Super Lex, Lois, another version of Clark Kent, Superboy, and so much more. This arc is dealing with two aliens who have claimed they are on Earth to stop Lex for not what he has done in the past, but what he will do in the future. The Slayer of Gods, L’Call has brought Lex to the planet of Nideesi in a distant galaxy. We learn a lot more about L’Call and Zade, and get a look into their motives, and a get very touching look at L’Call and his wife and daughter. This really makes the Godslayer, who seemed like a straight up villain before this moment, a deeper character. There is one scene in particular that explains why he stopped fighting Superman when Superboy begged him to in a previous issue. It really made that line that he uttered to Jon that much more powerful when we see how it tied to his own child.

Like all of the issues in Action Comics so far, the story flows really well. According to the Godslayer, L’Call and his associate, they say that spheres have shown them the future where Lex Luthor will replace the fallen Darkseid as his equal and bring the same horrors and genocide to many living beings. Lex argues that they cannot punish him for things he had not done, and we get the Minority Report and Civil War II type story where one side says you can’t police the future while another says if there is any chance at it coming true, you must prevent it at all costs. This is an interesting premise for Lex since he has been such a monster before, but he has been doing a lot of good these days as another version of Superman.

Of course Superman is about honor, even when it comes to Lex. He searches for the man who for a very long time spent every waking hour trying to destroy him, even against the other Clark Kent’s wishes. This issue doesn’t deal much with the other Clark, but they have been hinting at something with him for quite some time, and something just isn’t right with him. I cannot wait to find out what it is, or who he is, and although everything checks out that he is in fact Clark Kent, there’s obviously a bigger mystery there.

The art by Patrick Zircher has a nice classic feel to it, and is well done. I felt like I was reading an old school Superman story, and that is a great feeling to have. DC has done such a good job on this series, and while it is what Dan Jurgens is doing with the story, the art is a big part of that as well. Not only do Superman and Lex look great, but so do L’Call, and Zade. The colors by Arif Prianto are bright and work well contrasting with the deep inks.

Action Comics is one of my favorite DC Rebirth titles and the great issues just keep coming. I highly recommend this series to anyone, even if you aren’t a huge Superman fan. This book provides a ton of mystery, and great storytelling. I really like how while there are smaller arcs, they all tie into the bigger story and what is going on with Mr. Oz, Doomsday, Lex, Superman, and more. This series has the biggest legacy of any comic book. These creators are doing a great job living up to it.

Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Patrick Zircher Color: Arif Prianto
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Action Comics #961

AC_Cv961_dsWith his family’s safety hanging in the balance, Superman confronts Doomsday to finally bring the beast’s destructive rage to an end. To save his wife and son, Superman must overcome the monster that once killed him, or die trying!

There’s lots of punching action in Action Comics #961 which again focuses on the battle between Superman and Doomsday. Written by Dan Jurgens, the comic gives us just enough more than the two titans trading blows to keep it interesting.

The comic since it’s Rebirth relaunch and been building towards something with a mysterious figure watching on, and in this issue we get some movement as far as that as the battle between the Man of Steel and Doomsday actually gets somewhere. It’s the end of the comic, but that just sets up the next one hopefully being a bit of a change of pace.

But it’s the non-punching where Jurgens keeps things interesting. The focus on Superman protecting his family grounds the comic and gives it some emotional heft. Seeing his son wanting to help him adds a bit as well. Throw in Wonder Woman helping out and it all gets rather interesting and helps build a new dynamic between the two characters (that weirdly hasn’t played out in other series like Justice League). There’s also a focus on the aftermath and destruction of Metropolis that adds a lot to the series as well. Things clearly aren’t going back to normal and resetting once they’re off page.

The art by Stephen Segovia, with inks by Art Thibert and colors by Arif Prianto, is solid as usualy. The style enhances the themes that Jurgens is going for. More importantly the action is dynamic and the quieter moments between Superman and his family work well. Key moments are emphasized through the use of panels and there’s some good transition between the action and those moments that comes through in the art. This is just solid Superman art that reminds me a bit of the 90s (minus the mullet).

The Superman team continues to deliver action and excitement and has me interested in Superman for the first time in a very long time. Here’s looking forward to the next issue and see if some of the mystery is finally revealed.

Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Stephen Segovia Ink: Art Thibert Color: Arif Prianto
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

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