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Preview: Firefly #27

Firefly #27

(W) Greg Pak (A) Ethan Young (CA) Bengal
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $3.99

New Characters! New Enemies! A Brand New Era continues… but what happened to Mal Reynolds?

Mal Reynolds has left everyone and everything behind after the deaths of Wash and Book.

But one call from Zoe will change his life – will he return to Serenity, or has the sky been taken from him forever?

Firefly #27

Seven Secrets Returns in April

BOOM! Studios has announced the return of the blockbuster series Seven Secrets on April 7, 2021 with issue #7, kicking off the next chapter of the highly praised new original comic book series from New York Times bestselling author Tom Taylor, artist Daniele Di Nicuolo, colorist Walter Baiamonte, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, about the seven powerful secrets—words, wonders, weapons, and worse—with the power to change the world.

In this brand new chapter, another case has been opened, and with it, a new path revealed. Caspar and the remaining members of the Order have managed to escape to the world of Faerie… but are they truly safe? 

Seven Secrets #7 features main cover art by series artist Daniele di Nicuolo and variant cover art by acclaimed artists Bengal and Miguel Mercado.

Overwatch Anthology: Expanded Edition is an Essential Companion to the Overwatch Universe

Dark Horse Comics and Blizzard Entertainment are releasing an updated and expanded Overwatch Anthology with Overwatch Anthology: Expanded Edition. This hardcover includes the previously collected Overwatch one-shots along with seven more stories and a new cover by Bengal.

In this exciting comic series, explore the backstories and motivations behind Overwatch’s most popular heroes—from Ana to Zarya! This updated hardcover anthology now collects all of Blizzard Entertainment’s existing digital Overwatch comics from an all-star lineup of creators, including Ryan Benjamin, Matt Burns, Robert Brooks, Micky Neilson, Nesskain, Bengal, and more. Whether you’re starting in bronze or a Grandmaster, this expanded anthology adds over fifty pages of new comics and behind the scenes content, making it an essential companion to the Overwatch universe!

Overwatch Anthology: Expanded Edition hardcover will be in comic shops on November 10, 2021 and in book stores on November 23, 2021. It is available for pre-order and will retail for $24.99.

Overwatch Anthology: Expanded Edition

Overwatch’s Tracer’s Comic Series is Collected in Hardcover

Overwatch: Tracer—London Calling is being collected in its entirety in a 112-page hardcover from Dark Horse Comics with a brand-new cover by series cover artist, Bengal. From acclaimed Eisner and Harvey award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and kinetic artist Babs Tarr, joined by exquisite colorist Rachael Cohen and letterer extraordinaire Deron Bennett, Blizzard Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics present Overwatch fans with an exciting new addition to Overwatch’s unique universe!

Overwatch may be disbanded, but Tracer’s time in “retirement” is up . . . After a punk-rock omnic named Iggy shows Tracer the dire living conditions forced upon London’s omnics, Tracer vows to help. But things might not be so easy, especially with larger forces sowing conflict between humans and omnics in London.

Overwatch: Tracer—London Calling hardcover will be in comic shops on September 15, 2021 and in book stores on September 28, 2021. It will retail for $24.99.

Overwatch: Tracer—London Calling

Preview: Firefly #26

Firefly #26

(W) Greg Pak (A) Pius Bak (CA) Bengal
In Shops: Feb 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

New Characters! New Enemies! A Brand New Era continues… with a shocking return?

Zoe, her daughter Emma and the new crew of Serenity are faced with an impossible choice thanks to the shocking arrival of the last person anyone expected.

But first Zoe needs to escape the Alliance’s latest trap.

And it means turning to the one person she ever wanted to see again… Mal Reynolds.

Firefly #26

Preview: Batman: Black & White #3

Batman: Black & White #3

Written by: Tim Seeley, Bengal, Nick Dragotta, Bilquis Evely, John Ridley
Art by: Olivier Coipel, Bengal, Nick Dragotta, Bilquis Evely

The mythology of Batman continues to expand in this issue of Batman Black and White as we explore alternate takes and possible futures for the Caped Crusader from the minds of comics’ most innovative and creative thinkers! • Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and iconic Thor and Avengers artist Olivier Coipel reteam to dip into the world of Future State and expand the legend of the next Batman and introduce us to his new-well, she’s not exactly Robin! • Bilquis Evely, Eisner Award-nominated artist of The Sandman Universe’s The Dreaming and Wonder Woman, writes and draws a tale that takes the myth of Batman to a medieval realm of knights and sorcery. In this vision of Batman, the Dark Knight is a real knight-and he must save a community from a dryad known as Ivy! • Nick Dragotta, co-creator of East of West, makes his DC writing debut with a tale that looks at a post apocalyptic future where a giant Batman-like robot rampages through what’s left of Gotham City. • Celebrated co-writer of Grayson and writer of Nightwing Tim Seeley returns to his horror roots with one of comics’ most legendary Batman and horror artists, Kelley Jones, to show us a Gotham cursed to be forever haunted by Batman! • Bengal, international comics luminary and co-creator of Death or Glory, returns to DC to tell a story expressing Batman’s admiration for his father and how he once protected Gotham City.

Batman: Black & White #3

Jump Fifty Years into the Future in We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #6

BOOM! Studios has revealed We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #6, the launch of a brand new story arc in the acclaimed sci-fi comic book series from writer Al Ewing, artist Simone Di Meo with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti, and letters by AndWorld Design, about one crew’s epic search for the truth about gods in space . . . and the dire reality-shattering consequences of their quest, available in stores on May 19, 2021.

Fifty years have passed since Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II embarked on their fateful mission – and the universe has changed in ways no one ever expected. Jason Hauer, one of the fated Vihaan II crew, is now 71 years old and living a life on the razor’s edge between the Harvesters and the Worshippers. 

As these rival religious factions clash throughout the galaxy, Jason finds himself thrown into the center of the chaos and forced to confront his tortured past. And the only people who can help Jason have their own secret agenda – one that may bring him face to face with Captain Malik in ways beyond comprehension…

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #6 features main cover art by series artist Simone Di Meo and variant cover art by fan-favorite artists Bengal, Mike Del Mundo, and Toni Infante.

Preview: Firefly #25

Firefly #25

(W) Greg Pak (A) Pius Bak (CA) Bengal
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $4.99

New Characters! New Enemies! The BRAND NEW VERSE ers starts here!

For the FIRST TIME EVER, it’s the most-demanded Firefly story ever, as the series jumps forward in time after the battle with the Reavers that left Wash & Book dead.

Mal and the new crew of Serenity set a course for the EARTH THAT WAS!

That’s right, fans will see what’s happened to Earth for the first time in Firefly history – and that means all the rules are going out the window, in ways even Mal can’t imagine…

A Perfect Jumping-On Point For New Fans!

Firefly #25

Review: Batman #104

Batman #104

Mixing Batman with Saw sounds like an awesome concept. Batman #104 dances around diving into that combination as Batman, Harley Quinn, and Clownhunter have been captured by Ghost-Maker. The first story arc after “The Joker War” continues to stumble as the series fails to excite.

Batman #104 has the group capture by Ghost-Maker bouncing between that and Nightwing and Oracle discussing Bruce’s history with Ghost-Maker. Writer James Tynion IV dips his toes in what could be a very interesting concept and direction. Ghost-Maker forcing Batman to make a tough decision with Clownhunter and Harley Quin while trapped within a room. But, the issue focuses mostly on Bruce’s past with the mysterious Ghost-Maker. By the end, we have learned only a little more than we knew before.

Almost half of the comic is dedicated to the past of Bruce and the anti-hero, about six times as is needed. We already knew they trained together, so adding in a little more is fine but much of the issue sets up the relationship between the two to once again emphasize that Bruce/Batman cares. The focus feels like filler to some extent presenting a sequence extended far more than it needs to be.

Where things would get interesting is presenting Batman with an actual dilemma, one where he needs to make a difficult choice. We get that tease in what looks like the set of Saw. Pitting Batman, Clownhunter, and Harley Quinn together in the situation really emphasizes Ghost-Maker’s point. And while the basics are there, it never really gets to the interesting aspects. That’s teased for the next issue.

Things aren’t helped with the art on the issue which is inconsistent. Ryan Benjamin, Danny Miki, Bengal, and Guillem March all contribute to the issue and it’s noticeable that there’s so many hands in it. There’s a dip in details from segment to segment and at times page to page that’s distracting. While DC has gotten away with multiple artists where things aren’t an issue, Batman #104 features such a variation that it’s jarring at times. Not even the art can really save the issue.

Much like much of the Ghost-Maker arc so far, Batman #104 continues a story which has potential but never quite nails the interesting meat of it. The issues feel like a build-up to what will be a packed final issue that really lays things out. This seems to be Tynion’s pattern with his multiple arcs so far. The initial issues lay out some interesting concepts, dances around them, and the final issue lays out the theme and “conclusion” of the arc. It creates for issues where things don’t feel satisfying and as a reader we’re left with potential with little payoff.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Ryan Benjamin, Danny Miki, Bengal, Guillem March
Color: David Baron Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation:
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ComiXology Features 5 New Comics Including Batman and Overwatch!

ComiXology kicks things off with five new digital comic releases on their platform from DC, Magnetic Press, Dark Horse, and Harlequin. Check out all of the issues here or the individual issues below!

The Ballad of Yaya #9: Sonata

Written by Charlotte Girard, Patrick Marty, Jean-Marie Omont
Art by Golo Zhao
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Yaya is finally back home but finds the big house where she expected to find her family to be deserted. Only the loyal driver Chang is there to greet her. Fortunately, Tuduo and his little brother arrive to cheer her up and give her hope, because her parents may not be that far away…

The Ballad of Yaya #9: Sonata

Batman: Gotham Nights #22

Written by Mark Russell
Pencils Scott Koblish
Inks Scott Koblish
Colored by Nick Filardi
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The Toyman is creating the MUST-HAVE toy this Christmas, and everyone’s gotta have a piece of it…but when the toys become violent with the innocent press of a button, Batman must find a way to be in every home in Gotham, before it’s too late!

Batman: Gotham Nights #22

Overwatch: Tracer–London Calling #3

Written by Mariko Tamaki
Pencils Babs Tarr
Inks Babs Tarr
Colored by Rachael Cohen
Cover by Bengal
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Tracer struggles with guilt after the assassination of Mondatta. Meanwhile, Kace—the major omnic advocate for anti-human-omnic cohabitation—provokes a rebellion against humans in response to the death of their omnic leader.

Acclaimed Eisner and Harvey award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, X-23) and kinetic artist Babs Tarr (Batgirl, Motor Crush) are joined by exquisite colorist Rachel Cohen (Snotgirl) and letterer extraordinaire Deron Bennett (Tale of Sand). Working in close collaboration, Blizzard Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics present fans and players with an exciting new addition to Overwatch’s expanding story!

Overwatch: Tracer--London Calling #3

Pregnant At Acosta’s Demand

Written by Maya Blake
Art by Eri Kawamura
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Suki has always been in love with her best friend’s brother, gorgeous and kindhearted Ramon. After they spend the night of her twenty-fifth birthday together, her heart is shattered when he immediately gets back together with his stunning girlfriend. For the next year, she keeps her distance from Ramon, until a tragic accident brings them back together. Suki has never told him about the baby they almost had, but Ramon has shocking news of his own… He wants Suki to have his child!

Pregnant At Acosta's Demand

The Tycoon’s Proposal

Written by Leigh Michaels
Art by Amie Hayasaka
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Lissa is working the cloakroom at a party when she bumps into Kurt Callahan, someone she never thought she’d see again. He’s still as charming as ever, and now he’s become a very successful businessman. He asks Lissa for her phone number, seemingly forgetting they’ve met before. Lissa, however, hasn’t forgotten about Kurt sleeping with her just to win a bet. This time, it’s his turn to get a taste of humiliation!

The Tycoon's Proposal

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