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Exclusive Preview: Avengers: Tech-On #3 (of 6)

Avengers: Tech-On #3 (of 6)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Chamba (CA) Eiichi Shimizu (VCA) Peach Momoko
RATED T
In Shops: Oct 06, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE MARVEL-SENTAI SENSATION CONTINUES!
• Loki, the Lord of Lies, imbued with Infinity Shard energy?! When the Avengers can’t trust anything they see or hear, they’ll need help from an unexpected source to try to turn the tide!
• Avengers Tech-On is a sentai-inspired action-adventure series produced in partnership with Bandai-Namco of Japan written by Jim Zub (UNCANNY AVENGERS, CHAMPIONS) and illustrated by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (VENOM: THE END)!

Avengers: Tech-On #3 (of 6)

Preview: Avengers Tech-On #2 (of 6)

Avengers Tech-On #2 (of 6)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Chamba (CA) Eiichi Shimizu
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• The Avengers encounter Venom in Yokohama, but he’s supersized, super charged and out of control!
• Can Tony Stark’s untested “Do Hatsu” mode upgrade turn the tide, or is this the beginning of the end?
• AVENGERS: TECH-ON AVENGERS is a sentai-inspired action-adventure series produced in partnership with Bandai Namco of Japan, written by Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers, Champions) and illustrated by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Venom: The End, Street Fighter)!

Avengers Tech-On #2 (of 6)

Review: Avengers: Tech-On #2

Avengers: Tech-On #2

Every once in a while you come across a comic that’s just fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. It might recognize everything it riffs off of. But, those comics mostly just cut loose with crazy ideas and imagery you can only see on the page of a comic. Avengers: Tech-On #2 continues that type of series as the newly armored Avengers first take on a powered up Red Skull and then a powered up Venom. Its over the top images and ideas nail the manga feel it takes its influence from.

Written by Jim Zub, Avengers: Tech-On #2 continues the battle for the struggling Avengers. Red Skull has used shards of Infinity Stones to gain more power and stripped the heroes of their powers. This forces Iron Man to equip the team with their own suits of armor also powered by the same energy as the Red Skull.

Zub is mining a lot with the comic. There’s a clear manga influence in the action scenes and art but it’s the “tie-in” aspect that stands out. I grew up in the age that began toys having their own tv shows and comics to go along with them. G.I. Joe, Transformers, these were some of the pioneers of the 30 minute commercial. Avengers: Tech-On #2 reminds me of that in some ways with creations that feel like I should have action figures to recreate the scenes. And, that is happening in some ways with collectables based on the characters and armor comic. They aren’t cheap action figures but it recreates some of the “classic” product tie-in.

Zub also makes sure the comic is fun. There’s battles, lots of battles, each with their own style. But, the characters at the center of this all is what matters. There’s some conflict and questioning as the Avengers attempt to figure out what to do next and how to stop Red Skull. This isn’t a simple “go with the flow” type of story. There’s actual questioning of what Tony Stark has built for the team.

But, what really works for the comic is Jeffrey Cruz‘s art. With Travis Lanham on lettering, the art pops over and over again. The colors and style work so well that I felt like I was reading Marvel manga. There’s clear influences throughout the comic and every single one of them work. This isn’t some cheap knock-off manga, it feels like I should be reading this in a small digest format. The only negative is that we get so few pages compared to a volume of manga. I want more. The visuals are fantastic and you staring at the page long after finishing reading Zub’s dialogue.

Avengers: Tech-On #2 is a hell of a lot of fun. It doesn’t take itself seriously at all. It’s a comic that just throws crazy ideas out there and you run with it. The art is fantastic and just nails the tone and concept of the series. The designs are a hell of a lot of fun. It’s a comic to just sit back and enjoy, going along for the ride.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Jeffrey Cruz Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Artie and the Wolf Man

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Artie and the Wolf Moon (Graphic Universe) – Artie sneaks out at night to discover their mother is a werewolf!

Avengers Tech-On #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun as a powered up Red Skull strips the world’s heroes of their powers.

Bad Sister (First Second Books) – A middle grade graphic memoir following a young girl who undergoes a crisis of conscience, realizing that she is a “bad sister.”

Batman #112 (DC Comics) – “Fear State” kicks off as the Scarecrow’s plan for Gotham unfolds.

Bountiful Garden #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – In the year 2200, a team of teenage scientists are sent on a terraforming mission to a distant planet. When they are awakened abruptly, ten years early, halted above a strange planet, the teens are tasked with trying to figure out why they’re stalled – or what stalled them.

Deadbox #1 (Vault Comics) We have an early review and praise this debut.

Glamorella’s Daughter #2 (Literati Press) – The debut issue was fantastic introducing us to a new hero and her daughter who’d rather read books than punch bad guys.

Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land #1 (Marvel) – Ka-Zar is back! We always want to see what’s done with this character that never quite catches on.

Last Flight Out #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Humanity has chosen to evacuate Earth as a father attempts to make amends with his daughter during the end of the world.

Mazebook #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Jeff Lemire. Nuff said.

The Nice House on the Lake #4 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – This series has been amazing with a great mix of horror, mystery, and a focus on the characters. This one delivers some twists that have a major impact.

Nine Stones #1 (Behemoth Comics) – Disturbing dreams shake Alistair “Allie” Jacobi’s nights. But his daytime life is not much better.

Not All Robots #2 (AWA Studios) – In the year of 2056, robots have replaced human beings in the workforce. Mark Russell and Mike Deodato deliver more brilliant commentary.

Savage Circus #6 (Heavy Metal Entertainment) – Strange creators on the loose and a group of thieves. The series has been a lot of fund mashing up genres.

Search for Hu #1 (AfterShock) – A son must protect his parents who a feud breaks out between the two sides of his family.

Snelson #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue was interesting looking at “cancel culture”. It didn’t quite deliver the commentary we hoped for but it was enough that we want to see what the second issue has to say.

Star Trek: Mirror War #0 (IDW Publishing) – Star Trek and the Mirror Universe are two things together that always have us interested.

Whistle: A New Gotham Hero (DC Comics) – When Willow discovers that her “uncle” Edward and his friends are actually some of Gotham’s most corrupt criminals, she must make a choice: remain loyal to the man who kept her family together, or use her new powers to be a voice for her community.

Preview: Avengers Tech-On #2 (of 6)

Avengers Tech-On #2 (of 6)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Chamba (CA) Eiichi Shimizu
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• The Avengers encounter Venom in Yokohama, but he’s supersized, super charged and out of control!
• Can Tony Stark’s untested “Do Hatsu” mode upgrade turn the tide, or is this the beginning of the end?
• AVENGERS: TECH-ON AVENGERS is a sentai-inspired action-adventure series produced in partnership with Bandai Namco of Japan, written by Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers, Champions) and illustrated by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Venom: The End, Street Fighter)!

Avengers Tech-On #2 (of 6)

Preview: Avengers Tech-On #1 (of 6)

Avengers Tech-On #1 (of 6)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Chamba (CA) Eiichi Shimizu
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 11, 2021
SRP: $3.99

When the Red Skull wields a strange new power that strips heroes of their powers and threatens the entire world, the Avengers turn to Tony Stark’s experimental new technology to save us all. Here come the Iron Avengers – Avengers Tech-On!
Sleek high-tech power suits bristling with energy and amped-up attack power face off against super villains enhanced to match. It’s mechs and mayhem in the Marvel Mighty Manner!
Avengers Tech-On is a sentai-inspired action-adventure series produced in partnership with Bandai Namco of Japan, written by Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers, Champions) and illustrated by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Venom: The End, Street Fighter)!

Avengers Tech-On #1 (of 6)

Review: Avengers: Tech-On #1

Avengers: Tech-On #1

Marvel over recent years has been launching interesting licensing agreements that have seen their classic characters reimagined in other ways. There was a deal with Bandai that had characters given a Samurai spin. Most recently, superheroes armored up with mechs they could pilot. Now, we get another version, with collectible figure tie-in, that has the Avengers getting Iron Man-like armor. Avengers: Tech-On #1 delivers a fun start that feels part manga, part Saturday Morning Cartoon, and part kid playing with their toys.

Written by Jim Zub, Avengers: Tech-On #1 has the avengers facing a powerful Red Skull who has taken dust from the Infinity Stones and harnessed their power. Outmatched, the Avengers must look for solutions to win the day.

Zub delivers a fun and entertaining start that can be enjoyed by long-time fans and new readers. While similar in concept to the recent “mech” miniseries (both using tech suits to win) the style is far different. Zub blends an American style of storytelling with manga for a combination that feels like it’s an homage in some ways. There’s some solid dynamic moments of action but Zub also makes sure to deliver heart as well.

Where the comic stands out is its subtle exploration of what each hero brings and what they stand for in some ways. We’re reminded of their most basic being in many ways as they’re forced to deal with what the Red Skull has done. And, while exploring that, Zub emphasizes what makes many of these characters so special and what also makes them special even without their powers, technology, or weapons.

The art by Jeffrey Cruz takes inspiration from manga but doesn’t attempt to recreate the style completely. It honors the over-the-top moments at times but also keeps the comic squarely in a Western style as well. With lettering from Travis Lanham, the art and style of Avengers: Tech-On #1 pops. It captures the vibe and energy that Zub goes for in his story. The character designs as well really stand out. Red Skull powered up looks like a character straight out of manga. The designs for the characters as the story progresses is fantastic as well.

Avengers: Tech-On #1 is a fun comic. There’s a popcorn entertainment aspect to it that it leans in to. While it’s clearly a tie-in to a toy line, it still delivers a lot of heart and emotion and remembers the characters are what’s important. Add in some solid artwork, this is a series that screams summer enjoyment.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Jeffrey Cruz Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Campisi #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Avengers Tech-On #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been teaming up with various companies delivering new spins on their characters. This one delivers a “high tech” take that includes collectible figures available for order.

Batman ’89 #1 (DC Comics) – The classic film gets a new series continuing its wonderful world. Yeah nostalgia!

Big Apple Diaries (Roaring Book Press) – In this heartfelt diary-style graphic memoir, a young New Yorker doodles her way through middle school – until the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack leaves her wondering if she can ever be a kid again.

Bunny Mask #3 (AfterShock) – This horror series has been intriguing and the previous issue’s ending really caught us off guard as to where this series is going.

Campisi #1 (AfterShock) – A mafia hitman must take on a dragon who has encroached on their territory.

Count Draco Knuckleduster #1 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – The cosmic series has a classic Kirby vibe mixed with 70s psychedelics and we’re down for it.

Defenders #1 (Marvel) – The Defenders are a classic team and every new itteration is interesting. We’re intrigued to see what this latest version is like.

Hardware: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – Milestone’s return has been solid and we want to see this world grow!

I Am Batman #0 (DC Comics) – John Ridley continues his vision for Batman!

Pennyworth #1 (DC Comics) – From television series to comic!

Rainbow Bridge (AfterShock/Seismic Press) – AfterShock moves into young reader territory with this graphic novel debut. Check out our review.

Run Book One (Abrams Comicarts) – The second series telling the amazing life of Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis. It’s the next chapter in the history of civil rights.

Savage Circus #5 (Heavy Metal) – The series has been awesome carnage. It’s just over the top action and a hell of a lot of fun.

Unbelievable Unteens: World of Black Hammer #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The world of Black Hammer spins out even more with this meta team superhero saga taking place between two different worlds.

Preview: Avengers Tech-On #1 (of 6)

Avengers Tech-On #1 (of 6)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Chamba (CA) Eiichi Shimizu
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 11, 2021
SRP: $3.99

When the Red Skull wields a strange new power that strips heroes of their powers and threatens the entire world, the Avengers turn to Tony Stark’s experimental new technology to save us all. Here come the Iron Avengers – Avengers Tech-On!
Sleek high-tech power suits bristling with energy and amped-up attack power face off against super villains enhanced to match. It’s mechs and mayhem in the Marvel Mighty Manner!
Avengers Tech-On is a sentai-inspired action-adventure series produced in partnership with Bandai Namco of Japan, written by Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers, Champions) and illustrated by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Venom: The End, Street Fighter)!

Avengers Tech-On #1 (of 6)
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