Wolverine is popping his claws for his biggest adventure yet! On February 19th, Benjamin Percy, industry legend Adam Kubert, and all-star artist Viktor Bogdonavic join forces for a giant-sized premiere issue that will give both Wolverine and X-Men fans everything they love and more!
Celebrate the launch of Wolverine’s brand-new ongoing series by picking up exclusive giveaways and variants at your participating local comic book store. Readers can brush up on Wolverine’s extensive history with the exclusive Wolverine: Through the Years Primer, chronicling Wolverine’s best moments from his first appearance in Incredible Hulk #181 to his most memorable stories like Old Man Logan and Enemy of the State. Also, see Wolverine get in on the fun in the Wolverine #1 Party Variant by Rahzzah!
Dynamite has announced a new original James Bond graphic novel for release in February, incorporating contributions from a cavalcade of writers and artists to celebrate the timelessness of the character and the countless talented creators who have brought him to comics.
James Bond in “Reflections of Death” is a 128 page hardcover of nonstop thrills and intrigue. Several Dynamite Bond veterans return for this tapestry, including Benjamin Percy, Andy Diggle, and Greg Pak and the writers of the December-launching new ongoing series, Vita Ayala and Danny Lore. Stars of both Dynamite and comics at large Gail Simone and Mark Russell join the team as well. Artists enlisted for the mission include Luca Casalanguida, Robert Carey, Jordi Perez, Dean Kotz, Eoin Marron, and Kewber Baal. All wrapped up in another beautiful noir and pulp flavored cover by Fay Dalton.
With a framing story Ayala and Lore, over 20 total creators will collaborate to contribute stories that both stand on their own and tie into an overarching narrative. The central figure through the anthology of case files is Moneypenny. She’s been kidnapped. and the mystery of her captors and their demands will only be revealed when, or if, 007 is able to complete his missions. While Moneypenny herself may have some surprises up her sleeve.
While the first issue didn’t impress me too much, X-Force #2 makes up for it with tight storytelling and addressing issues I’ve been having with Hickman’s X-vision.
Xavier lays dead and Cerebro destroyed. There’s lots of issues with this, the first being that Cerebro was a helmet apparently and not a supercomputer decentralized and backed up. Krakoa and the mutant nation are in a panic and roll into their plan to revive Xavier, resurrecting him like they’ve done so many others.
Writer Benjamin Percy delivers some pathos here. You can feel the fear and anxiety of the unknown. It almost is enough to get you to overlook the flaws presented in how Hickman has created the mutant nation. It also delivers the first real issue with the constant deus ex machina that is resurrection.
But where Percy’s story really stands out is Wolverine and Kid Omega who are on a mission to find the people responsible for Xavier’s assassination. It’s not the action or the update on the classic Reavers that’s interesting. What’s said between the two characters are. Kid Omega expresses mutant superiority of humans, saying this is Xavier’s vision. Wolverine clearly doesn’t agree and dismisses the talk at one point shuffling the philosophy to Magneto instead. It’s the first real schism and rejection of the superior of Homo Superior. It also ties back to my (controversial) interpretation that Hickman’s X-Men are one fighting for supremacy, not just survival. They see themselves as more and don’t want equality.
It’s here we’re starting to see the cracks really form in Dawn of X.
The art by Joshua Cassara is solid. Along with colors by Dean White and Joe Caramagna‘s lettering, the art style matches the morose feel of the situation. There’s also small details throughout the issue that helps build the world further or further emphasizes themes in the issue. It’s a solid combination of art of story. Add in the horror like visuals of the new threat and you’ve got a hell of mix of art and story.
X-Force #2 is a solid comic vastly improving on the first. It doesn’t tip its hand early and instead does the opposite revealing tidbits as the story moves along. It’s a solid mix of reflection on events and action. Though not the traditional team book, this is more the X-Force I was looking for.
Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Joshua Cassara Color: Dean White Letterer: Joe Caramagna Design: Tom Muller Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
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Marvel has released its special edition of The Pull List, unveiling exclusive information for titles coming to comic shops this February! Check out below for some of what you can soon read!
GWEN STACY #1 (OF 5)
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE Art by TODD NAUCK Cover by ADAM HUGHES
The First of Gwen Stacy’s AMAZING Adventures!
Gwen and Peter may not have met until AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31, but that doesn’t mean Gwen’s life began on that page. Learn the never-before told origin of Gwen Stacy, top of her class, daughter of the Police Captain and, as her friend Harry Osborn calls her, “The Beauty Queen of Standard High.” But she’s way more that you even know! Gwen’s got a science brain, a nose for trouble and a no-quit attitude that always gets her in trouble. In the early Marvel Universe, that’s a recipe for disaster. Don’t miss Gwen, Captain Stacy, Harry and Norman Osborn, Crimemaster, Wilson Fisk, Jean DeWolff, Yuri Wantanabe and even Spider-Man!
FALCON & WINTER SOLDIER #1 (OF 5)
Written by DEREK LANDY Art by FEDERICO VICENTINI Cover by DAN MORA
An office of dead government agents. A gifted new killer. Two ex-Captain Americas…
When a dramatic attempt on the life of Bucky Barnes reunites him with Sam Wilson, the two old friends are plunged headlong into a race to uncover the new leader of Hydra before a mass casualty event announces the terror group’s resurgence to the world. The clock is ticking…
Derek Landy (BLACK ORDER, SECRET EMPIRE: UPRISING) and Federico Vicentini (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: MILES MORALES) team up for a pulse-pounding action spectacular!
X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (OF 4)
Written by CHIP ZDARSKY Art and Cover by TERRY DODSON
THE SEEDS WERE PLANTED IN HOUSE OF X….
THE LINE IN THE SAND!
KRAKOA. Every mutant on Earth lives there … except for one. But now it’s time for FRANKLIN RICHARDS to come home.
It’s the X-MEN VS. the FANTASTIC FOUR and nothing will ever be the same.
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #13
Written by JIM ZUB Art by ROGÊ ANTÔNIO Cover by E.M. GIST
A NEW ARC BY JIM ZUB & ROGÊ ANTÔNIO
INTO THE CRUCIBLE AS THE MARCH TO KHITAI BEGINS!
Conan has faced many foes since leaving Cimmeria, but the greatest challenge lies ahead! A perfect jumping-on point for new readers as Conan finds himself in a city in the mystical Uttara Kuru, further on the eastern border than the young barbarian has ever traveled. And with the new city comes new dangers! Unfamiliar with the language, Conan inadvertently agrees to be the latest entrant to the Great Crucible. The people of the city support their foreign champion…but what deadly traps does the Crucible hold, and what will Conan sacrifice to overcome his ordeal?
Writer JIM ZUB (SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME) and artist ROGÊ ANTÔNIO (CONAN 2099, X-MEN RED) lead Conan on an all-new journey, as we begin a new era for CONAN THE BARBARIAN into undiscovered country!
ANT-MAN #1 (OF 5)
Written by ZEB WELLS Art by DYLAN BURNETT Cover by EDUARD PETROVICH
Scott Lang is back and doing better than ever! Er, at least according to him, but his daughter, Stinger, and the anthill he’s living in say otherwise. Desperate to raise his daughter’s opinion of him, Scott takes a job from local beekeepers only to uncover a global conspiracy that could topple the world order! No time to call the Avengers, this sounds like a job for – ANT-MAN?! Join the explosive creative team of Zeb Wells (NOVA) and Dylan Burnett (X-FORCE, COSMIC GHOST RIDER) as they take Ant-Man to all-new heights in this epic adventure!
Written by BENJAMIN PERCY Art by ADAM KUBERT & VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC Cover by ADAM KUBERT
THE BEST IS BACK!
Wolverine been through a lot. He’s been a loner. He’s been a killer. He’s been a hero. He’s been an Avenger. He’s been to hell and back. Now, as the nation of Krakoa brings together all Mutantkind, he can finally be… happy? With his family all together and safe, Wolverine has everything he ever wanted… and everything to lose. Writer Benjamin Percy (X-FORCE, WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT) and legendary artist Adam Kubert (X-MEN, AVENGERS) bring the best there is to his new home! PLUS: The return of OMEGA RED!
The high price of a new dawn! X-Force is the CIA of the mutant world—one half intelligence branch, one half special ops. Beast, Jean Grey and Sage on one side, Wolverine, Kid Omega and Domino on the other. In a perfect world, there would be no need for an X-Force. But we’re not there… yet. Creators Benjamin Percy and Joshua Cassara deliver this impactful series that follows the flipside to the X-Men’s new status quo. And, for a limited time, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at this all-new X-Force!
Those who have preordered or purchased a digital copy of X-Force #1 before 11/20/19, 11:59 PM ET, will instead receive the DIRECTOR’S CUT edition of X-FORCE (2019-) #1!*
This exclusive content will feature a draft of #1’s script, inked pages, color pages, a variant cover gallery and more! Not only will you receive this buzzed-about issue – you’ll see the building blocks of its creation! Limited time offer, act now!
$4.99 Written by BENJAMIN PERCY Art by JOSHUA CASSARA, DEAN WHITE, VARIOUS Cover by JOSHUA CASSARA, DEAN WHITE On Sale NOW!
*Limited time offer. You must purchase or pre-order a digital copy of X-Force (2019-) #1 before 11:59 p.m. ET November 20, 2019 to receive the X-Force (2019-) #1 Director’s Cut. On November 21, 2019, 12:01 a.m. the Director’s Cut is available for purchase at $7.99. Those who subscribe to the series will receive the standard edition of X-Force (2019-) #1. Offer is limited to one per person. The offer expires on 11:59 p.m. ET, November 20, 2019. Marvel and ComiXology reserve the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is valid for one-time use only, is non-transferable and may not be resold. If any of the products or content related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product or content, subject to applicable refund policies. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.
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Upshot Now #0 kicks off AWA’s upcoming titles with black and white first issues of three series along with previews of five other comics!
Story: J. Michael Straczynski, Michael Moreci, Jason Starr, Frank Cho, John Lees, Benjamin Percy, Ollie Masters, Rob Williams Art: Mike Deodato, Jr., C.P. Smith, Will Conrad, Dalibor Talajić, Ramon Rosanas, Laurence Campbell, Bretn Schoonover Color: Sabine Rich Letterer: Sal Cipriano Covers: Rahzzah, Jeff Dekal, Tim Bradstreet, Kaare Andrews
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Newly declassified information from Krakoa has arrived! The mutant special operations team codenamed X-Force has been revealed, and the world should take note! Gain access to their first mission files in this launch trailer featuring Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, Senior Editor Jordan D. White, and writer Benjamin Percy!
The birth of the fledgling nation of Krakoa in the pages of Jonathan Hickman’s House of X has ushered in a new era of mutant sovereignty. With new diplomatic considerations to be wary of, X-Force has been transformed from rogue strikeforce to government-backed secret service agency! Wolverine, Beast, Colossus, Marvel Girl, Domino, Sage, Kid Omega, and Black Tom join forces to undertake the clandestine missions that must be completed quickly and quietly.
X-Force #1 kicks off the “CIA” of the X-Men world. The debut issue emphasizes that part of this group’s role is intelligence gathering and part covert-ops. Unfortunately, the issue misses the group part. It’s full of poor foreshadowing. And leaves us with an ending that will clearly be undone. It’s a comic with cool moments and the depth of a summer mindnumbing blockbuster.
Written by Benjamin Percy, the comic is a series of focusing on individual characters as opposed to a cohesive team. While the title is X-Force, you might have called it Black Tom works security. The issue revolves around a few individuals as we learn more about Krakoa’s stance with the world and the threats it faces with its new international standing.
Percy’s writing is a bit forced in that it’s so clearly foreshadowing for the latter part of the issue. It’s a bit too obvious as to what’s going to happen and who it’s going to happen to. That includes the death of a character. But, that death rings rather hollow due to what we know. We know mutants can be brought back. So, the fact there’s fear of death, or really shock of it is rather silly. It also loses jaw dropping value. Deaths used to mean something, even with all of the resurrections. Now, with no implications, the concept when it comes to mutants seems even sillier.
The art by Joshua Cassara is pretty solid. There’s some fantastic moments within the comic. With colors of Dean White and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the comic has the grittiness we’d expect from an X-Force comic but misses the doom and gloom. There’s also a large amount of varied characters involved and each stands out in design and uniqueness. The detail is great.
X-Force #1 lacks the feel of a team book the title implies. Instead, it feels like a guide to Krakoa security using characters to highlight aspects. There’s also just too much foreshadowing to take events beyond eye rolls. It’s got some great concepts but the execution is lacking.
Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Joshua Cassara Color: Dean White Letterer: Joe Caramagna Design: Tom Muller Story: 6.0 Art: 8.25 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read
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A new age for mutants is upon us and with it comes a brand-new way to get in on the action! Jonathan Hickman reshaped the entire world of the X-Men in House of X and Powers of X with shocking revelations and the promise of an exciting future. Now Hickman will lead some of Marvel’s biggest talents into the “Dawn of X,” the first wave of six distinct ongoing titles that will explore the X-Men’s new status quo: X-Men, Marauders, Excalibur, X-Force, New Mutants, and Fallen Angels, each launching the X-Men into thrilling new directions!
This February, Marvel is collecting the first issue of each of those series in Dawn of X Volume 1 TPB.
DAWN OF X VOL. 1 TPB
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN, BENJAMIN PERCY, GERRY DUGGAN, TINI HOWARD, BRYAN HILL & ED BRISSON Penciled by LEINIL FRANCIS YU, JOSHUA CASSARA, MATTEO LOLLI, MARCUS TO, SZYMON KUDRANSKI & ROD REIS NEW Cover by TBA
Get in on the ground floor of the Dawn of X! Jonathan Hickman rewrites all the rules and reinvents the X-Men universe for a new and exciting era! Hickman himself helms the adventures of a powerhouse team of X-MEN in a world of fresh possibilities — and co-writes the reunited NEW MUTANTS on a cosmic quest to find their missing friend! And more of the industry’s best and brightest talents take on uncanny X-squads! X-FORCE — the CIA of the mutant world, one half intelligence, the other half special ops! Captain Kate Pryde and her MARAUDERS of the high seas! A new Captain Britain leads EXCALIBUR — made up of Rogue, Gambit, Rictor, Jubilee…and Apocalypse! But who are the FALLEN ANGELS? Collecting X-MEN (2019) #1, X-FORCE (2019) #1, MARAUDERS #1, EXCALIBUR (2019) #1, FALLEN ANGELS (2019) #1 and NEW MUTANTS (2019) #1.