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The X-Men Face Mysterious Challengers in X of Swords

X of Swords, the next great X-Men crossover, kicks off this September and rages on in October with Chapters 3-11. The mysterious group of swordbearers come from the land of Arakko, and the X-Men will have to draw swords of their own to defend the new mutant nation of Krakoa. Arakko and its visitors are shrouded in mystery, and none more so than the group’s leader. While her identity remains classified, her story is sure to shock X-Men fans everywhere.

Spinning directly out of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men and Tini Howard’s Excalibur, X of Swords will be a massive mutant milestone that each X-Book will take part in. Every current X-Men writer— Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, Ed Brisson, Zeb Wells, Leah Williams, and Vita Ayala— have come together to craft a modern epic that will go down in X-Men history! Joined by incredible artists like Carmen Carnero, Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, Viktor Bogdanovic, Matteo Lolli, Mahmud Asrar, Phil Noto, and Rod Reis, the dramatic battles in store for the X-Men will be unforgettable.

WOLVERINE #6

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC
Cover by ADAM KUBERT

X OF SWORDS, PART 3

Descent. Penance. A legendary power reclaimed.

WOLVERINE #6

X-FORCE #13

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER

X OF SWORDS, PART 4

Stealth. The power within. The burden of knowledge.

X-FORCE #13

MARAUDERS #13

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by MATTEO LOLLI
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

X OF SWORDS, PART 5

A secret flight. A long journey. A Thief and a Queen.

MARAUDERS #13

HELLIONS #5

Written by ZEB WELLS
Art by CARMEN CARNERO
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

X OF SWORDS, PART 6

Desperation. Help from unexpected places. An advance into the unknown.

HELLIONS #5

NEW MUTANTS #13

Written by ED BRISSON
Art by ROD REIS
Cover BY MIKE DEL MUNDO

X OF SWORDS, PART 7

Diligence. Discipline. A sword of the self.

NEW MUTANTS #13

CABLE #5

Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art and Cover by PHIL NOTO

X OF SWORDS, PART 8

A hand held aloft. A mystery in the stars. An ace up the sleeve.

CABLE #5

EXCALIBUR #13

Written by TINI HOWARD
Art  by R.B. SILVA
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

X OF SWORDS, PART 9

Opposition. Despair. The dark night of the soul.

EXCALIBUR #13

X-MEN #13

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

X OF SWORDS, PART 10

Lessons. Longing. What has begun cannot be undone.

X-MEN #13

X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1

Written by TINI HOWARD & JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by PEPE LARRAZ & MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

X OF SWORDS, PART 11

A ritual. A parliament. A game begins.

X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1

Review: Devil’s Highway #1

Devil's Highway #1

Devil’s Highway #1 is an interesting comic as far as a debut. As part of the larger story, it feels like it’s a solid entry. But, on it’s own it’s a slow start whose pacing is along the line of a psychological thriller. Written by Benjamin Percy, the story follows a young woman who returns to town after her father has been murdered. She decides to take the investigation of his death into her own hands in what looks to be a serial killer situation.

As said above, the issue is slow. It heavily relies on the art of Brent Schoonover the deliver the story as characters look at crime scenes and evidence to piece together what has happened. This is a comic whose every detail has been thought out and in some ways is asking the reader to play along as detective.

And that’s where it’s all interesting as well.

Percy and Schoonover in a way beg the reader to go further into the story and linger on the images and what’s said to figure out the mystery. We’re shown things for a reason and go along the ride to see what this mystery is all about. We’re delivered evidence and like everyone else are challenged put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Those images too are key in invoking the emotion of it all. Many pages take on a nine panel view with little to no dialogue. Instead they rely on the positioning of the character and body language to tell the story. And it does an excellent job at that.

But, there’s also something unsettling about it all as well. Victims feel fetishized in a way with the final one being particularly unnerving. It doesn’t go over the top in an y way but it still feels a bit off to stare at these images. We get a voyeuristic view into into all.

Percy and Schoonover are joined by Nick Filardi on color and Sal Cipriano on lettering. The color choice of the comic really helps set the mood. With blues and whites, there’s a coldness to it all. It adds to the comic creating a dour mood beyond the at times horrific images.

Devil’s Highway #1 is an intriguing debut. It’s mostly wordless relying on body language and imagery to really drive the narrative. It’s absolutely unsettling at times with images that are disturbing. But, for those that enjoy murder mysteries, it’s a start that has a lot of potential. It doesn’t quite stand on its own but the technical execution is impressive and what they’re doing is rather unique.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Brent Schoonover
Color: Nick Filardi Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read


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Check Out this Trailer for Devil’s Highway from Benjamin Percy, Brent Schoonover, Nick Filardi, and Sal Cipriano

Benjamin Percy (Wolverine) and Brent Schoonover (Batman ‘66) present a nerve-racking thriller examining murder in the dark underbelly of America’s heartland. A young woman with a dark family secret embarks on a quest to hunt down the serial killer that brutally murdered her father – only to discover he is just one piece of a national network of evil that snakes across the country and hides in plain sight. To catch the devil she must first embrace the darkness within.

Devil’s Highway is written by Benjamin Percy, with art by Brent Schoonover, color by Nick Filardi, and lettering by Sal Cipriano.

AWA Studios Announces Devil’s Highway from Benjamin Percy, Brent Schoonover, Nick Filardi, and Sal Cipriano

Devil’s Highway

Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Brent Schoonover
Colors by Nick Filardi
Letters by Sal Cipriano

Benjamin Percy (Wolverine) and Brent Schoonover (Batman ‘66) present a nerve-racking thriller examining murder in the dark underbelly of America’s heartland. A young woman with a dark family secret embarks on a quest to hunt down the serial killer that brutally murdered her father – only to discover he is just one piece of a national network of evil that snakes across the country and hides in plain sight. To catch the devil she must first embrace the darkness within.

Devil’s Highway

Review: Year Zero #1

Year Zero #1

A zombie tale in today’s world is an interesting read. It’s hard to not read the story and think the pandemic happening around us. Year Zero #1 releases as comics returns from their break due to COVID-19 and it’s a slow roll of a zombie tale, which might have helped it in some ways.

Written by Benjamin Percy, Year Zero #1 introduces us to individuals around the world in what seems like the initial outbreak of zombies. We’re not quite sure as most of what’s happening is off-camera. We see the aftermath such as bodies or the smoke and fire but the zombie reveal doesn’t really happen until the very end.

In a way, this approach saves the comic in that the reader is distracted by focusing on each individual’s story but also left pondering what exactly is going on. The concept of the infection spreading isn’t present and in your face so that it’s not quite as reflective as to the real world. The mystery acts as a distraction in this case instead of being distracted by the real world news.

But, things not happening clearly also works against the first issue as well. It’s a slow start juggling numerous characters across the world as they deal with what’s going on. There’s some action but there’s a lack of shocks and wildly different situations which makes the tone and pacing uneven at times. There might have been more success by focusing on fewer characters with more story in the first couple of issues but as is things feel a bit dragged out. The characters too never quite stand out as interesting, instead, they all fall into stereotypes we’ve seen before.

The art by Ramon Rosanas is interesting. With color by Lee Loughridge and lettering by Sal Cipriano, there’s a challenge of featuring so many different parts of the world. There’s some fantastic art such as a Day of the Dead celebration with lots of costumes and interesting design. But, then that’s compared to an assassin in Japan where the detail is a bit more sparse but what’s shown sets up what’s to come and tells us a bit more about the character. The bouncing around of the settings creates an interesting comparison of how each comes off compared to each other.

The issue is a bit of an uneven start. It’s a very slow start and there might be too many different characters introduced. Possibly a quicker pacing may have helped but as is, Year Zero #1 is a bit boring. I want to check out the second issue but the first is a bit of a slog. Zombie fans may dig it but “the meat” isn’t gotten to and instead the issue is all character setup. That’s needed but as done it doesn’t quite work.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Ramon Rosanas
Color: Lee Loughridge Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Year Zero #1

Year Zero #1

Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Sal Cipriano

Ben Percy (Wolverine) and Ramon Rosanas (Star Wars: Age of Resistance) team up to present an epic tale that offers a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse. A Japanese hitman, a Mexican street urchin, an Afghan military aide, a Polar research scientist, a midwestern American survivalist – five survivors of a horrific global epidemic who must draw upon their unique skills and deepest instincts to navigate a world of shambling dead. Year Zero wrestles with the weighty moral and theological questions posed by the pandemic and investigates its cause and possible cure.

Year Zero #1

Preview: Year Zero #1

Year Zero #1

Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Sal Cipriano

Ben Percy (Wolverine) and Ramon Rosanas (Star Wars: Age of Resistance) team up to present an epic tale that offers a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse. A Japanese hitman, a Mexican street urchin, an Afghan military aide, a Polar research scientist, a midwestern American survivalist – five survivors of a horrific global epidemic who must draw upon their unique skills and deepest instincts to navigate a world of shambling dead. Year Zero wrestles with the weighty moral and theological questions posed by the pandemic and investigates its cause and possible cure.

Year Zero #1

Read AWA Studios’ Year Zero #1 for FREE!

Writer Ben Percy and artist Ramon Rosanas team up to present an epic tale that offers a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse. A Japanese hitman, a Mexican street urchin, an Afghan military aide, a Polar research scientist, a midwestern American survivalist – five survivors of a horrific global epidemic who must draw upon their unique skills and deepest instincts to navigate a world of shambling dead. Year Zero wrestles with the weighty moral and theological questions posed by the pandemic and investigates its cause and possible cure.

Year Zero #1 features colors from Lee Loughridge and lettering by Sal Cipriano. You can read the first issue below for free!

Review: Dawn of X Vol. 3

Want to get into Marvel’s X-Men relaunch? They’ve made it easy with Dawn of X collections that package all of the comics of the same number!

Dawn of X Vol. 3 includes the third issue for X-Men, Marauders, Excalibur, New Mutants, X-Force, and Fallen Angels.

Story: Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Tini Howard, Ed Brisson, Benjamin Percy, Bryan Edward Hill
Art: Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Michele Bandini, Elisabetta D’Amico, Marcus To, Flaviano, Joshua Cassara, Szymon Kudranski
Color: Sunny Gho, Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega, Carlos Lopez, Guru-eFX, Frank D’Armata
Letterer: Clayton Cowles, Cory Petit, Travis Lanham, Joe Caramagna, Joe Sabino

Get your copy in comic shops now and bookstores on March 24! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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The X-Men Return to Genosha this May in Empyre: X-Men

It’s going to be a battle so monumental that it’ll take the entire writing crew of the X-Men to depict it! The intergalactic visitors coming to Earth in Marvel’s 2020 event will be arriving just in time to face off against an army of mutant undead this May in Empyre: X-Men.

Don’t miss the X-Men’s strange return to Genosha in this unpredictable series written by all your favorite current X-Men writers.

It all begins in Empyre: X-Men #1 written by Head of X Jonathan Hickman and writer of Excalibur, Tini Howard, with art by Matteo Buffagni and cover by Mike McKone, and continues in Empyre: X-Men #2 written by Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, and Leah Williams, writer of the highly anticipated series, X-Factor and art by Lucas Werneck.

 Empyre: X-Men #1
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