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Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Templars Volume 2 – Cross of War TPB

ASSASSIN’S CREED: TEMPLARS VOLUME 2 – CROSS OF WAR TPB

Writer / Artist: Dennis Calero
SC – FC – 112pp – $14.99
On sale in ​all
stores: May 2​4, 2017
ISBN: 9781782763123

Based on the hit video game by Ubisoft!

In the dungeons of Tripoli, a man will have his fortunes changed forever as he becomes an agent of honor for the legendary Templar Order!

Features the return of the notorious fan favorite character Juhani Otso Berg, leader of the Templar Sigma Strike Team!

Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Templars #9

ASSASSIN’S CREED: TEMPLARS #9

Writer / Artist: Dennis Calero
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
COVER A: Dennis Calero
COVER B: Ian Culbard
COVER C: Abigail Larson
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: January 25

FINAL ISSUE!

With the reality of his situation now almost preternaturally clear to Dre, there is only one possible course of action… he needs to get away from Abstergo.

With no clue how to do this, he lets his instincts take over, and finds that he has hidden depths he never knew of… and skills he couldn’t have imagined!

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Preview: Assassin’s Creed Templars #8

ASSASSIN’S CREED: TEMPLARS #8

Writer/ artist: Dennis Calero
Cover A: Dennis Calero
Cover B: Simon Myers
Cover C: Antonio Fuso
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: December 7, 2016

Things are not all they seem in the Abstergo facility – not for Dre, and definitely not for Otso. When Dre realises he hasn’t been told the whole truth, it’s time for his survival instincts to kick in. The only question is: who can he trust?

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Preview: Assassin’s Creed Templars #6

ASSASSIN’S CREED TEMPLARS #6

Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dennis Calero
COVER A: John McCrea
COVER B: Maria Laura Sanapo
COVER C: Adam Gorham
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Oct 19

Brand new arc! New characters! In this explosive opener to the brand new arc, the events that happened in Shanghai take on a whole new meaning as the Templars call on Juhani Otso Berg, legendary Sigma Team leader, to try and discover the truth about the mysterious last-known Black Cross…

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Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Templars #5

ASSASSIN’S CREED: TEMPLARS #5

Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dennis Calero
COVER A: Staz Johnson
COVER B: Dennis Calero
COVER C: Antonio Fuso
FC – $3.99 – 32pp – On sale: September 7

With the revelation that the puppet master of the corruption in the Shanghai rite is a dangerous political figure, Black Cross is forced to take matters into his own hands as the honor of the Order is at stake. But a moment of distraction could destroy everything he’s worked for…

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Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Templars #4

ASSASSIN’S CREED: TEMPLARS #4

Writers: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dennis Calero
COVER A: Matt Taylor
COVER B: Dennis Calero
COVER C: Joe Corroney
Colorist: Dennis Calero
Letterer: Comicraft
FC – $3.99 – 32pp – On sale: 27 July

The streets of Shanghai have erupted into utter chaos as Black Cross finally evades the henchmen of Big-Eared Du and heads to the International Settlement to establish just how much trouble the Shanghai Rite is in, and he learns that the corruption goes deeper than he ever could have imagined…

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Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Templars #3

ASSASSIN’S CREED: TEMPLARS #3

Writers: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dennis Calero
COVER A: Dennis Calero
COVER B: Jake
COVER C: Blair Shedd
Colorist: Dennis Calero
Letterer: Comicraft
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Jun 15

In the infamous pleasure tower that dominates the Shanghai nightlife, the Great World, Black Cross battles with the triads that have pursued him through the city night. With time running out, Black Cross has to find the missing information that will reveal what is about to happen in China…

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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 5/1/16

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

TEMPLARS_2_Cover A_Chris Thornley4001 A.D. #1 (Valiant) – Valiant’s Summer Event technically kicks off with this issue, but 4001AD #1 is a direct continuation of the events from the last couple of issues of Rai’s solo series. While you don’t need to read them to enjoy this issue (there is a stunning recap page or three) it certainly doesn’t hurt matters. Despite the possibility that some readers may not be as familiar with the characters here, this is a beautiful comic book – or at least it was on my iPhone screen – and I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy (expect a bigger review next week). If you’re Valiant fan, this should be on your pull list, and if you’re not it’s still well worth a read. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Smosh #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Was… kinda interesting, but not really my cup of tea. I’ll probably read the next issue or two, but I can’t justify recommending it yet. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Read it if you’re curious, but it’s more of a Pass

Kings Quest #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Despite being labelled as a first issue I felt like there was more of a back story than was explained (and I don’t think it’s a case of Just Wait Ad All Will Be REVEALED!), but other than that this was a good diversion for ten minutes. There’s some moments that made me laugh, and that almost made up for my disorientation when reading the issue. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Assassin’s Creed: Templars #1 (Titan Comics) – I honestly never expected I’d be rooting for a Templar in the Assassin’s Creed universe, but with this series I find that I am absolutely doing that. Templars is a solid comic; the artwork is appropriately dark and swathed in shadows, deliberately obscuring the Black Cross at times. It’s a nice touch, and one that helps the character come off as the boogeyman that he’s supposed to be. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy if you an Assassins Creed fan, Read it anyway if you’re not.

 

Shean

The Paybacks Vol 1Paybacks Volume 1 (Dark Horse Comics) – When it comes to superhero parodies, Mystery Men, The Tick, and Kick Ass , come to mind , and a few forgettable ones, all come to mind , as they mostly make fun of the genre, with only a few actually honoring it, enter the Paybacks. Just like the Watchmen, touched on the realities of being a superhero, so does this book in rollicking fashion. As we meet a cast of characters, who resemble a few of your favorites much like the way Image’s Sex does, they go about repossessing different superheroes properties as they default on their loans. Within this first story arc, a killer is on the loose, and clues through the story lead the reader right to who it is. Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

 

Ryan

Jacked #6 (DC Comics/Vertigo)* – A very satisfying if thoroughly unsurprising conclusion to what’s been, all told, an excellent little series that’s largely flown under the radar. Eric Kripke’s story has combined super-hero revisionism and mid-life regrets in a manner both seamless and painfully, joyously human, while John Higgins’ art has been a “warts-and-all” feast for the eyes. I’ll miss having this on my monthly pull, and while it’s set up nicely for a sequel that will probably never come to pass, it stands just fine (and then some) on its own. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4 (DC Comics)*  – Only this series could give you an issue where Superman fucking dies (whoops! Spoilers!) and somehow make it feel like a complete waste of time. The story plods along as Carrie Kelly assumes another new identity (this time that of Batgirl), and the former inhabitants of Kandor continue their bog-standard takeover techniques. Brian Azzarello achieves the dubious honor of somehow making a contemporary Frank Miller script even worse via his contributions, while Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson keep on keepin’ on approximating the original “Dark Knight Returns” look to the best of their ability — a task which, at this point, is just getting sad. Overall : 3 Recommendation: Pass

PowerLines02_CoverPower Lines #2 (Image/Shadowline)**  – Jimmie Robinson’s topical exploration of how superpowers (could) affect the urban/suburban and black/white divide certainly continues to be interesting, but while his art remains gorgeous to look at, this issue’s story is perhaps a bit too earnest for its own good, devolving into outright preachiness on many occasions and reducing characters that seemed reasonably fleshed out last time around into mouthpieces for various points of view. Also, no mention whatsoever of the intriguing Native American mythologically-based origins of these powers is anywhere to be found. The whole comic feels like it could’ve benefited from some tighter editing. Still intrigued enough to keep going, but this was a big step back from an excellent debut. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Read

Batman #51 (DC Comics) – So, the Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo era comes to a close with an issue that can best be described as an epilogue, but at least it seems a reasonably heartfelt good-bye. There’s no real “threat” on offer here — one is hinted at, but you know it ain’t gonna amount to squat — but as a 22-page victory lap for a couple of creators who’ve had a good run, I can’t fault this book in the least. And it’s nice to see them bid farewell not just to Batman, but to all of Gotham. You’re not going to get choked up or anything, but you’ll probably think to yourself “that was a nice way to go out.” I certainly did. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Review: Assassin’s Creed: Templars #2

TEMPLARS_2_Cover A_Chris ThornleySomething strange happened to me when I read the first issue of Assassin’s Creed: Templars: I found myself rooting for the organization I had spent a decade or so systematically taking down in the video games that this comic has spun out from. Which, if you have played any of the games before, then when you start reading this series, the idea of rooting for the Templars is probably anathema to you.

It shouldn’t be.

I honestly never expected I’d be rooting for a Templar in the Assassin’s Creed universe, but Fred Van Lente has made that easy with this series.

Templars is a solid comic; the artwork is appropriately dark and swathed in shadows, deliberately obscuring the Black Cross at times. It’s a nice touch, and one that helps the character come off as the boogeyman that he’s supposed to be, and yet there’s never any doubt in the readers’ mind that even though he’s just a man, this figure is as every by as deadly as his reputation would have you believe.

If you’ve never played an Assassin’s Creed game, or read one of the other comics being published by Titan, then don’t worry. While it certainly helps if you have some background to the universe, it’s not required for you to enjoy this series. If you’re a fan of the AC universe, or characters like the Shadow, then this is a series that you’re going to want to get in on from the ground floor.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Dennis Calero
Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy if you’re an Assassins Creed fan, Read it if you’re not

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Templars #2

ASSASSIN’S CREED: TEMPLARS #2

Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dennis Calero
Colorist: Dennis Calero
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – On Sale: April 27

In the bustling streets of Shanghai, Darius Gift has come unstuck, his head turned by a pretty girl and a stunning smile. His tenuous position as a newly initiated member of the Templar Order is under threat, until he is rescued by the mysterious figure that is Black Cross…

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