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Preview: Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #2 (of 6)

Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #2 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Robbie Thompson, Justin Jordan
Artist: Barnaby Bagenda
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Ethan Van Sciver
Classic Variant Cover: Paul Rivoche
Movie Variant Cover: Robert Sammelin
Spectrum Variant Cover: Felipe Massafera
Action Figure Variant: David Ryan Robinson
Unlocked Retailer Connecting Variant Cover: George Pérez
Price: $3.99

Ape City is in a panic. Word has spread of the capture of a talking human (Hal) and his bizarre alien companion (Sinestro). What’s worse, a group of strange, scarred humans—Mutants—are spotted in The Forbidden Zone, being led by a strange-acting Cornelius, who’s wearing a ring—a ring Sinestro has long been searching for.

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Preview: New Talent Showcase #1

New Talent Showcase #1

(W) Vita Ayala, Emma Beeby, Joélle Jones, Hena Khan, Michael McMillian, Michael Moreci, Erica Schultz, Christopher Sebela, Adam Smith (A) Barnaby Bagenda, Juan Ferreyra, Sonny Liew, David Messina, Khary Randolph (CA) Klaus Janson
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $7.99

In this new one-shot, Wonder Woman unleashes her true god of war against a parade of monsters! Superman discovers a new threat that might be bigger and badder than the joker himself! Hawkgirl solves crimes in the weird weapons unit for the GCPD! Carol Ferris and Kyle Rayner fight about ice cream in space! You’ll find all of this and so much more in NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #1, where recent graduate writers from the inaugural DC Talent Development workshop showcase some of their strongest work yet! See what they’ve learned from masters of the craft Scott Snyder, Jim Lee and Klaus Janson.

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Variant Covers for Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 Revealed

BOOM! Studios, DC Comics, and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are pleased to reveal variant covers for Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1, a six-issue, monthly limited series debuting on February 1, 2017 by writers Robbie Thompson and Justin Jordan, and artist Barnaby Bagenda.

Variant covers include a movie poster homage cover by Steve Morris, a Silver Age-themed cover by Paul Rivoche, a foil-stamped cover by Felipe Massafera, and a vintage action figure cover by David Ryan Robinson.

Print copies of Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 will be available for sale at local comic book shops or at the BOOM! webstore on February 1, 2017. Digital copies will be available to purchase the same day on all major digital marketplaces, including comiXology, iTunes, Google Play, and Kindle.

Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1 Action Figure Variant Cover by David Ryan Robinson

Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1 Action Figure Variant Cover by David Ryan Robinson

Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1 Movie Poster Variant Cover by Steve Morris

Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1 Movie Poster Variant Cover by Steve Morris

Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1 Silver Age Variant Cover by Paul Rivoche

Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1 Silver Age Variant Cover by Paul Rivoche

Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1 Spectrum Foil Variant Cover by Felipe Massafera

Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1 Spectrum Foil Variant Cover by Felipe Massafera

Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 Cover and Details Revealed

BOOM! Studios, DC Comics, and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are bringing together two celebrated pop culture properties in a historic comics crossover event when the talking simians of the Planet of the Apes meet the Emerald Crusaders of the Green Lantern Corps. Written by Robbie Thompson and Justin Jordan, and illustrated by Barnaby Bagenda, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern debuts February 1, 2017 as a six-issue monthly limited seriesWhen Taylor goes missing, Cornelius investigates and discovers an ancient ring, unlike anything he has ever seen. As its power echoes through the stars, the Guardians of the Universe must reveal to their Lanterns a secret they had hoped would remain buried. With the Green Lantern Corps, led by Hal Jordan, racing to get to the source of this power before Sinestro can get his hands on it, they will discover a truth that will change them forever on…the Planet of the Apes!

When Taylor goes missing, Cornelius investigates and discovers an ancient ring, unlike anything he has ever seen. As its power echoes through the stars, the Guardians of the Universe must reveal to their Lanterns a secret they had hoped would remain buried. With the Green Lantern Corps, led by Hal Jordan, racing to get to the source of this power before Sinestro can get his hands on it, they will discover a truth that will change them forever on…the Planet of the Apes!

The main cover to issue #1 is illustrated by iconic Green Lantern artist Ethan Van Sciver. Variant covers include a movie poster homage cover by Steve Morris, a Silver Age-themed cover by Paul Rivoche, a foil-stamped cover by Felipe Massafera, and a vintage action figure cover by David Ryan Robinson.

Print copies of Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 will be available for sale at local comic book shops or at the BOOM! Webstore on February 1, 2017. Digital copies will be available to purchase the same day on all major digital marketplaces, including comiXology, iTunes, Google Play, and Kindle.

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Omega Men is 12 Issues Again

OMEGA_MEN_2_552d64e1ed3095.70430801DC Comics had announced last week the cancellation of a few series, and that some limited series would be seeing their runs cut short. One series, Omega Men, was planned for twelve issues, but was announced that it’d end after six.

While sales weren’t great, the series has been praised, especially by reviewers, and is one of the most well reviewed series out of DC’s recent relaunch. So, folks weren’t too happy about the short run.

The comic is a sci-fi series focused on a group that may, or may not be terrorists, it all depends on which side of the fight you’re on. It’s written by Tom King with art by Barnaby Bagenda.

Well, DC has listened, announced the series would return to its full twelve issue run. See companies do listen!

Review: The Omega Men #2

OMEGA_MEN_2_552d64e1ed3095.70430801What do you do after the entire galaxy watches you murder the White Lantern Kyle Rayner? Run.

The first issue of The Omega Men felt like those few moments before the credits of an action movie where you’re thrown right into the thick of it, and have to figure out what’s going on in the midst of the chaos. It was cool in ways because of that, but it’s good to take steps back, and that’s exactly what happens here in this second issue.

We’re introduced to the “big bad,” just called Viceroy as he surveys the damage the Omega Men created and what will happen in return (hint it involves more death with an interesting real historical twist to it). And that’s what’s really cool about writer’s Tom King‘s comic work. King in the past has worked in CIA counter terrorism, and brings that knowledge to his writing.

There’s some very cool movement in the plot here, things I don’t want to spoil, but it all got me more excited to see what comes.

Of particular note for me is the use of religion, and symbols in the issue. It comes up over and over at times subtle ways. It’s small details I really enjoyed. And speaking of details, I need to give a shout out to Trevor Hutchison for his propaganda covers. So cool and just adds to the series.

Barnaby Bagenda‘s art for the series is fantastic. The various aliens, the world, the small details of the symbols (you’ll see when you read), all adds to a great visual experience. It’s some of my favorite art in a DC series. Just a great match.

The Omega Men so far has continued the tradition of sci-fi to explore real world issues, and entertain at the same time. Here’s to many more issues and see where King takes this story, especially with his interesting background and knowledge, a unique perspective in the industry.

Story: Tom King Art: Barnaby Bagenda
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Titan Comics releases a trailer for The Weirding Willows

When she was nine, Alice discovered a portal to another world… a world called Wonderland!

But Wonderland isn’t the only world connected to the Wild Woods, a dimensional nexus that Alice spent her childhood exploring. It’s a strange, magical place where Earth, Wonderland, OZ, Neverland, Mars, Pellucidar and Elysium collide – and where anything can happen!

From talking rabbits to winged monkeys, from Frankenstein’s Monster to a rampaging purple T-rex, from a kidnapped Mowgli to a werewolf with a deadly secret – there’s never a quiet day!

Now a young woman, Alice and her amazing friends are all that stand between the gateways in the Weir – and those who would exploit them.

This astounding first collected edition includes a brand-new chapter, exclusive to this volume.

Step into the Weirding Willows… and be transported to worlds beyond your imagination.

The Weirding Willows written by Dave Elliot, art by Barnaby Bagenda, and Sami Basri, colors by, and lettering by Imam E. Wibowo goes on sale July 1.

An A1 Annual Teaser

A1 ANNUAL

Writer(s): Ron Marz, Matt Wagner, Dave Johnson, Tom Raney, Rufus Dayglo, Andy Kuhn, Dave Dorman, Mark A. Nelson, W.H. Rauf and more…
Artist Name(s): Jim Steranko, Dave Wilkins, Sami Basri, Alex Horley, Tom Raney, Brian Smith, D’Israeli, Garrie Gastonny, Mark A. Nelson, Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau, Garry Leach, Dave Johnson, Barnaby Bagenda, Sakti Yuwono, Dave Dorman, Steve White, Kai Lim, Andy Kuhn, Philip Tan, Rhoald Marcellius, Michael T. Gilbert, Sunny Gho, Doug Braithwaite and more…
176pp
Titan Comics/Atomeka
Released 26/11/2013

A1 has always been a laboratory for creators to experiment and innovate, to break away from corporate creations and unleash their own ideas. Already proving a success with the new monthly comic book, this first all-new A1 Annual marks the thrilling return of the award-winning graphic anthology series to bookshelves everywhere!

Inside these oversized pages, a Who’s Who of comics’ talent – past, present and future – spread their imaginative wings across a gripping selection of all-new short stories. Which ones will be the breakout, creator-owned characters of tomorrow?!

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Preview: A1 Anthology #4

 A1 Anthology #4

Issue Number #4 (of 12)
Full Color
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release date: September 11 2013 
Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastonny, Rhoald Marcelius

WEIRDING WILLOWS: There’s a dinosaur from Hollow Earth loose in the Weir and she’s eating Farmer McGregor’s sheep! Can Alice and Frankenstein’s Monster stop her – before McGregor puts down this purple T-rex for good?!
ODYSSEY: What do you get when you cross soldiers, superheroes, supervillains with a truckload of guns, in a children’s hospital in Iraq?! This month’s ODYSSEY, that’s what!

CARPEDIEM: NINE IRON: Grab your woods and irons, and join the CarpeDIEm agents as they battle a haunted putt-putt golf arena – where deadly surprises wait in every hole!

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Review: A1 #3, Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #2, Lenore #8, Tomorrrowland #1, Numbercruncher #1

A1 #3

A1_03_CoverB_Back_webFrankenstein’s Monster is in the Weir and the angry mob greeting him with pitchforks and flaming torches are Mice, Weasels and Rabbits.

From World War 2 to Iraq, you’ll always find Blazing Glory in the thick of it. But after 60 years of combat he’s starting to question what he’s doing and why.

An extremely out-of-shape video game freak assembles his own army of gamers and plans a hit on a well-loved politician.
The reason? Said politician made a really disparaging comment on the nutfreak’s favorite game. Carpediem vs an army of vengeful nerds!

That’s the three stories you’ll find in Titan Comics‘ amazing anthology. Each is totally different in style and story, but they’re all amazingly good. There really is something for everyone, and that something is quality. The three stories, Carpediem, Odyssey, and Weirding Willows are each entertaining in their own way. All are familiar, with similar stories out there, but each have a spin and look that make them stand out from the rest.

Carpediem is the most original of the bunch following a team of super-agents, each named after a day of the week and each with their own “theme” and ability. There’s some great continuing jokes through the series that gets me to laugh with each issue. It’s just mad fun to read.

Odyssey might look like a certain character from another certain company, but it’s standing on its own with a beautiful style and action that keeps you entertained.

Weirding Willows is a mash-up comic taking characters from literary past. You’ll recognize the characters in a whole new way and so far the comic really stands out from all of the other similar comics out there with it’s focus, pacing and amazing art.

Titan Comics is making a case with each issue that A1 could be “the” anthology comic of the year. It’s that damn good.

Story: Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf Art: Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #2

Chron_Comm_02cover_webNazi saboteurs have overrun Chronos Command, and made off with a Chronosphere core – a priceless piece of Allied technology that could change the course of the Time War!

Can the Sarge, his crack squad depleted after the white-knuckle events of #1, mount a daring recovery mission into the past with a unit of rookies? You’d better hope so — because all of history rides on the outcome!

First, lets talk about the art from Stuart Jennett who pulls double duty as the writer. The painted art is jaw dropping and so cool looking. There’s only a few artists who can pull this off and Jennett is up there with a style that makes each character unique and stand out, something some artists of this style have issues with. The art alone makes it a “buy.”

Next is the story which continues the pulpy B-movie fun involving time travel, dinosaurs and Nazis. That combination, how can it not be enjoyable? But, like the first issue, the characters are cookie-cutter and fill their role as the adventure moves along. You have the grizzled leader, the scientist who isn’t a soldier, and the red-shirts that you know will die at some point. They all have their role and fill it well.

The comic is just a lot of fun, it feels like a pulp movie. Rarely does a comic deliver exactly what you expect and does so with as much fun. We’re two issues in and I still think this is one of the most fun comics of the summer.

Story: Stuart Jennett Art: Stuart Jennett
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

It Came! #1

IT CAME! CoverWitness a very British invasion!

Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will love this hilarious B-movie romp, a knowing throwback to the heyday of low-budget SF cinema – in comic book form!

An enormous alien robot lays waste to the English countryside, annihilating bunting, villages and diagonally-sliced sandwiches alike! Only the pipe-chomping space scientist Dr. Boy Brett and his assistant Doris Night (a lady) stand a chance of stopping it from marching all the way to London – but can they possibly escape the grasp of GRURK and get the might of the British Army on their side?!

Keep your upper lips stiff, your ties immaculately knotted, and your notions of gender equality dialled back sixty years – for the sake of the planet!

It Came! feels like a lost classic movie, in this case from Pinetree Studios, filled with advertisements that draw you further into the time this might have come out.

Writer and artist Dan Boultwood continues Titan Comics’ dominance of the B-movie done in comic form with a story that not only feels like a B-movie plot wise, but also pulls from the sexism and misogyny of that time. You’re sucked in and at no point is Boultwood breaking character to update the tale.

Comics are supposed to be fun and Boultwood clearly understands that. This is a great debut and another example why Titan Comics is a publisher to keep an eye on.

Story: Dan Boultwood Art: Dan Boultwood
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Lenore #8

Lenore#8-coveraWhen a film crew from the “Ghosty Toasty” TV show: “Where we toast that ghost!” turns up at Lenore’s mansion in search of ‘ghosts and ghouls’… they get more than they bargained for, much, much more!

Issue #8 of Lenore marks the beginning of the end for one of Lenore’s main characters; with the start of a four-issue story-arc that will culminate in a fight-to-the-death between two of the comic’s most beloved characters. But who will stand victorious – and who will die, never to live again..?

Each of the four issues will also reveal the shocking truth behind the mask of Taxidermy (perhaps Lenore’s most mysterious and sinister character) and reveal his incredible history, which started back in the days of ancient Egypt!

It’s been a long time since I picked up an issue of Lenore, but even after all these years, creator Roman Dirge has continued the cute and twisted series in exactly the same messed up way I remember. The comic is hilarious, to the point I was laughing out loud numerous times and had people staring at me trying to figure out what I was reading and why it was so funny.

The cute beginning, the skewering of the “ghost hunting” shows that’s on television, and all in a package that moves along Lenore’s story. It all works together in a fun and twisted way.

I got to the end and felt like it’s been too long since I picked up a copy of Lenore. I’ve clearly been depriving myself and need to go back and find out what I’ve been missing all these years.

Story: Roman Dirge Art: Roman Dirge
Story 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Tomorrrowland #1

TomorrowLand (Atomeka)From the Eisner award-winning writer of Spider-ManWolverine: OriginThe Inhumans and The Darkness comes a music-led adventure like no other!

Meet Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, two young DJs – and the public faces of the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival – as they are drawn into an impossible adventure to save the vital spark of creativity!

Over the course of this retina-blasting fantasy adventure, the pair find themselves sucked into an eternal war between two worlds, a battle waged between the forces of creation and destruction for the energy we all carry inside us. It’s a war we’re rapidly losing, but can two DJs turn the tide over the course of just one festival?

I went into this comic with no idea what to expect. I’ve seen the build up and the previews and other than it taking place at some music festival, I was in the dark. The comic is best described as a modern fantasy with music acting as magic and full of the types of characters and monsters you’d expect in that type of story.

The characters are interesting too, I’m still not quite sure if I’m totally bought in and like the two protagonists. I’m not bought in that I’m cheering for them right now. Something just doesn’t sit right yet. Maybe it’s because I’m long disconnected from the type of world and environment they live in?

The art though is fantastic, with a great look and feel about it, that’s a major draw to the comic. The look is amazing.

The first issue was enough for me to come back for the second. It’s interesting and unique enough to stand out. We’ll see though what the second issue has in store and if that’ll keep my interest and enjoyment more than just something pretty to look at.

Story: Paul Jenkins Art: Stellar Labs
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Numbercruncher #1

Numbercruncher_#1_FinalCoverLayout_lowNumbercruncher is an  off-the-wall romance mixing time-travel, life-after-death and coal-black comedy is by Si Spurrier and  P.J. Holden.

Utterly unusual, vaguely insane, and unexpectedly heart-warming, Numbercruncher follows a brilliant mathematician who dies young, enters the afterlife and discovers a way to cheat the terrifying Divine Calculator. He schemes to be endlessly reincarnated within the lifespan of the woman he loves, no matter how often the violent bailiffs of the Karmic Accountancy cut short each life. It falls to one such bailiff – the surly Bastard Zane – to put a stop to the time-twisting romance once and for all, before the Mathematician can pull-off his greatest trick and escape Existential Justice forever!

Numbercruncher was originally serialized in black & white in Judge Dredd Megazine in the UK. The series is now being newly colored and expanded for the first time by Titan Comics. And that coloring is something that stands out to me, because it’s not the entire comic, instead just specific panels and parts. It’s a look that’s very cool and really catches the eye.

Overall the story is highly entertaining with a concept I haven’t quite seen before. The concept is an interesting one with a new spin in life after death and a main character in Bastard Zane who you can’t quite cheer for. But, at the same time, he’s entertaining, hell the whole world is really entertaining.

The fact that this comic is a reprint doesn’t phase me at all, it’s all new material in my eyes. And it’s material that I find engrossing and creative. I want to see what comes next and where this all goes. If you’ve never read the series before, absolutely check this one out. Another example why Titan Comics is a titan in the industry.

Story: Si Spurrier Art: PJ Holden
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

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