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Preview: New Super-Man #12

New Super-Man #12

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Billy Tan (CA) Philip Tan
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 14, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“THE ZERO ULTIMATUM” part two! New Super-Man and the Justice League of China must take back Shanghai from the current emperor-the original super-powered creation of Dr. Omen! While the battle may be winnable, a devastating secret comes to light and shakes the young Super-Man to his core.

Preview: New Super-Man #11

New Super-Man #11

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A/CA) Billy Tan
RATED T
Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue.
In Shops: May 10, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“THE ZERO ULTIMATUM” part one! Dr. Omen’s deadly first experiment, the original New Super-Man of China, frees himself! Kenan Kong may be learning to control his super abilities, but to survive an encounter with Super-Man Zero he’ll need to learn faster! Plus, the shocking origin of the ultra-powerful All-Yang reveals a surprising connection to Kenan’s teacher-Master I-Ching!

Preview: Superwoman #9

Superwoman #9

(W) Kate Perkins (A) Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert (CA) Billy Tan
RATED T
In Shops: Apr 19, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“SUPER WOMEN” part one! In this story tying in to “Superman Reborn Aftermath,” Lois Lane and Lana Lang find themselves reunited at last! Along with the Man of Steel, their reunion is cut short by the return of Cannon and Saber, who arrive to wreak havoc on the newly restored Metropolis. The mantle of Superwoman will be decided in this debut chapter of “Super Women”!

Preview: Superwoman #9

Superwoman #9

Written by: K. Perkins
Art by: Art Thibert, Stephen Segovia
Cover by: Billy Tan
Variant cover by: Renato Guedes

“SUPER WOMEN” part one! In this story tying in to “Superman Reborn Aftermath,” Lois Lane and Lana Lang find themselves reunited at last! Along with the Man of Steel, their reunion is cut short by the return of Cannon and Saber, who arrive to wreak havoc on the newly restored Metropolis. The mantle of Superwoman will be decided in this debut chapter of “Super Women”!

Exclusive Preview: New Super-Man #8

New Super-Man #8

Written by: Gene Luen Yang
Art by: Billy Tan
Cover by: Viktor Bogdanovic
Variant cover by: Bernard Chang
U.S. Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: February 8, 2017

“TRAINING DAY” part two! The Academy of the Bat descends into chaos—and the Chinese Joker, Grass Mud Horse, is to blame! As the new Bat-Man of China defends his cowl against a horde of challengers, Wonder-Woman battles the new villain to a standstill! This sounds like a job for Super-Man…but will Kong Kenan master his abilities and training with I-Ching in time to help his friends?

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Preview: New Super-Man #7

New Super-Man #7

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Billy Tan (CA) Viktor Bogdanovic
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“TRAINING DAY” part one! To uncover the truth behind his mother’s murder, the New Super-Man must reawaken his full power under the tutelage of the mysterious I-Ching! But as training begins, Kong Kenan’s ego isn’t the only thing taking a beating! Plus, Baixi’s return to his alma mater, the Academy of the Bat, has turned from triumphant to deadly! What shocking betrayal lurks in the shadows of the school that trained the New Bat-Man of China?

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Review: Green Lantern #49

Green Lantern #49“The sounds of silence”

The countdown to number 50 is on. We open the scene with a quick montage of various cities throughout the globe all desolate. No one is will to leave their homes due to the looming threat from the Super Villain now turned terrorist: Sonar.

Sonar has vowed to destroy anyone who dares to not take his danger seriously. All lives are at stake, including the life of Earth’s Emerald Guardian:  (formerly known as Green Lantern ) Hal Jordan.

This fight for Hal has become very personal. One of the victims in Sonar’s attack is his young nephew Howard, who life is hanging in the balance at the Coast City Hospital. Hal will not let this tragedy go unanswered for.

Watching the newscast of Sonar’s destruction and ultimatum, Hal becomes enraged and his Krona energy gauntlet powers up and he cuts loose inadvertently laying waste to his brother Jim’s home.

Rather than let his brother mope, Jim reminds Hal he’s a hero and there is work to be done and it must be done. The RIGHT way. As Hal ponders his next move, Jim is listening to a report about a conference to take place from the halls of the United Nations.

Hal is completely stumped until he his brother remarks that “Hopefully they’ll actually do something and not just talk like usual.”  Hal then gets a big “eureka” moment and powers up and flies off.

Neal Adams Green Lantern #49 Variant

Neal Adams Green Lantern #49 Variant

We switch to the U.N. where all the world leaders are set to convene and decide on whether or not to give into Sonar’s demands. Before it’s too late Hal bursts on the scene and forces them all to “Shut up!”

Hal realized that all of Sonar’s bombs are sound based. So if no one is speaking they are not in imminent danger. Through this course of action he has all the time to locate and nullify the bombs by containing them in a massive energy field.

With the crisis averted, Hal receives the praise from all the world leaders but he’s mostly just relieved the worst is over. Too bad for Hal he has no idea that a much larger threat is already making his way towards Earth with him in the cross-hairs.

Overall: So this was a good little read. It had angst, danger and some limited action. It never really felt like Sonar was a major threat at all, that’s just how I see it. So even though Sonar wasn’t the Uber villain to which he was intended, his presence served another purpose. I felt like the creative team used the character to make a real life referendum of sorts on today’s political climate. The fact that talk was cheap, I took as a jab (and much needed one) to our politicians today. It’s sickening the level of unfounded rhetoric that we as the American people must endure daily. So when Hal solved the problem by taking real action, rather than deliberation it was an eye opener. I thought it was well placed and I applaud the effort. Now as for the story, it was ok. It mostly felt like filler to get us to the big milestone issue next month. Which judging from the cliffhanger in this one, is a clash not to be missed. The art by Martin Coccolo and Billy Tan was easy going for the most part. I personally am not a fan when they split the art chores on a single issue but it did just fine here. So I am charging up the gauntlet for next months confrontation eagerly. At the same time trying to recite my Green Lantern Core oath: In brightest day, in blackest.. aw heck, bring it on already!

Check out the Neil Adams variant cover though! It’s fantastic!

Story: Robert Vendetti Art: Billy Tan & Martin Coccolo
Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Pass

Review: Green Lantern #47

Green Lantern 47 ArticleHal Jordan takes a break from trying to solve the mystery of the missing Green Lantern Corps, to visit his family and make sure they are still safe and protected from the dangers of the universe.

Green Lantern #47 is, simply put, a filler issue between the last battle with Black Hand, and the coming battle with a very powerful Green Lantern enemy that returns at the end of the tale. The story still has a bit going for it that helps build the character of Hal Jordan. The love Hal has for his family is apparent and well done. But, this is not something we have not seen before. There is also a problem with how drama and conflict are presented in the narrative. The way Hal’s family is threatened when they go to the amusement park is very predictable. The stakes do not feel high and it feels too much like forcing danger and drama purely to have it. This issue could have been a calming break among friends and family to flush out who Hal Jordan has become since the Green Lantern Corps disappeared. But, the unnecessary violence really takes away from this potential and really hurts the overall cohesion of the comic.

The artwork is serviceable. It is a very line heavy style which works well for backgrounds and clothing. But, some of the faces come off bizarre because of an overuse of lines as shadow. This also causes some faces to look smudged and dirty at a distance. This becomes a problem in an issue where the majority of it is people standing and interacting with each other through conversation. The minimal action scenes are actually done well and look clean but, they are very few and far between.

Overall, Green Lantern #47 misses a chance to create a solid character driven story of family, in favor of forcing drama and violence. What could have become a fun filler issue with interesting character moments quickly turns into a forgettable filler issue with little effect on the ongoing series.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Billy Tan, Martin Coccolo
Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

Review: Green Lantern #46

Green Lantern 46Hal Jordan takes a break from trying to find out what happened to the missing Green Lanterns to find a solution for the Black Hand. In his desperation, he turns to Relic to see if there is anyway to stop him.

Green Lantern #46 follows a very interesting reveal from issue 45 about Black Hand being the one who has been turning planets to stone. Hal discovers he has taken power from the source wall and needs a way to stop him. The story ends up becoming a fun clash between Hal and Black Hand but, we just saw this fight happen in the last issue. It feels like a bit of a retread. Black Hand’s power of turning anything he touches to stone creates a good bit of tension in the conflict. Although, the characters involved in the fight stop taking Black Hand seriously as a threat near the end. It feels like a filler issue between a fun reveal in the last comic and a strong tease at the end of issue #46.

The highlight of the issue continues to be the character interactions between Hal and the new crew he has acquired. His ship, Darlene, is especially entertaining with her incredibly dry humor and, what seems like, hate of Hal Jordan. Because the interactions between everyone involved are so well done, this issue remains a fun read.

The artwork is really strong throughout, expect for one panel where Hal’s face looks slightly out of proportion. The space battle and alien characters are well detailed and interesting to look at. The facial expressions are well done and do a lot to really sell how each character feels about the other. Which, most of the time, is a strong dislike. The color work adds great detail as well in scenes where the Black Hand is turning an object slowly into stone.

Overall, this is a fun filler issue setting up the next large story arc in the mystery of where the Green Lanterns have disappeared to. Not much is added to the mystery here but, it is still an enjoyable read because of very solid character moments and entertaining action scenes.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Billy Tan
Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

 

Preview: Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #4 (of 4)

SWORDS OF SORROW: VAMPIRELLA & JENNIFER BLOOD #4 (of 4)

writer: Nancy A. Collins
artist: Dave Acosta
cover: Billy Tan
FC l 32 pages l $3.99 l Teen+

FINAL ISSUE! In the final issue of this ground-breaking mini-series, “The Vampire and the Vigilante”, two of the Dynamite Universe’s most dangerous female characters must put aside their differences in order to combat a common enemy determined to destroy them. While Jennifer Blood must figure out how to kill legions of the Prince’s un-killable Shard Men, Vampirella throws down against fellow-bloodsucker Chastity to decide, once and for all, who is the greatest female vampire-turned-vampire hunter of all time!

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