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Return to the Wastelands of Old Man Logan in Wastelanders

This December, return to the post-apocalyptic Wastelands of Old Man Logan in five all-new stories set in the Marvel future where heroes have fallen, villains have won, and your favorite characters defy all odds to survive. Brought to you by all-star creators including writers Steven S. DeKnight, Ethan Sacks, Rich Douek, and Torunn Grønbekk, these five one-shots will focus on Wolverine, Hawkeye, Doctor Doom, Star-Lord, and making their first appearance in the Wastelands, Black Widow.

DeKnight, known for his work on Netflix’s Daredevil and Wolverine: Black, White & Blood, will lead the return alongside artist Ibrahim Moustafa in Wastelanders: Wolverine, an all-new story set in the days after the conclusion of the original Old Man Logan, as he fights once again to save the people of the Wastelands who have been crushed under the heel of the Red Skull and Bruce Banner! The super villains united and took out most of the world’s super heroes decades ago, and while the man known as Logn attempted to live a life of peace, he had to pop the claws once again to do what he does best! But saving the day looks different with the Baby Hulk under his care. Is Logan doing the right thing by protecting the progeny of the HULK or dooming what’s left of the war-torn world? Logan may not have long to ponder if he is crushed by the adamantium armor of his newfound enemy Downfall! Featuring a main cover by Josemaria Casanovas and connecting variant by Steve McNiven.

Wastelanders mastermind Ethan Sacks, writer of both Old Man Hawkeye and Old Man Quill, is also back with artist Ibraim Roberson to bring you a never-before-told story of Hawkeye’s training with Stick—the man formerly known as Daredevil—in Wastelanders: Hawkeye! Clint Barton’s sight may be gone, but his will to avenge is stronger than ever, and with the training and expert guidance of Matt Murdock, arrows will fly again! But what is Murdock’s actual target? And how will this change Hawkeye’s path in the Wastelands? This is one issue YOU can’t afford to miss! Featuring covers by Casanovas and McNiven.

The Mighty Valkyries writer Torunn Grønbekk and rising star Julius Ohta explore the complex nature of everyone’s favorite tyrant in Wastelanders: Doom! Doctor Doom helped wipe out the heroes on the Day the Villains Won, but even as he rules his domain in the Wastelands, a greater destiny calls to him. When a mysterious power blocks his oversight of a particular region, what he discovers will have ripple effects across the Wastelanders stories! With a cover by Casanovas.

Writer Rich Douek makes his Marvel Comics debut alongside artist Brent Peeples in Wastelanders: Star-Lord! The legendary Star-Lord has fallen on hard times. With the Guardians of the Galaxy disbanded, Peter Quill returned to Earth to find it a wasteland unlike anything he’s seen across the stars – heroes dead, villains in power. While he’s taken out one threat, others remain in the Wastelands, and Star-Lord’s own desire to assuage his guilt for being off-world during the calamity will land him right in the middle of another! Will Quill overcome the mysterious force waiting for him at the site of his lost love’s death? Or is she not really dead at all? With a cover by Casanovas.

Bookending the saga, DeKnight will team up with artist Well-Bee to introduce the Wastelander’s take on Natasha Romanoff in Wastelanders: Black Widow. The Lizard King has grown monstrous and deadlier than ever as the lord of his southern domain. But when rumor breaks that critical information is believed to be stored in his impenetrable fortress, only the greatest spy of all is up to the infiltration: the deadly Black Widow! But who is she, and how has she survived this many decades in the Wastelands undetected? With a cover by Casanovas.

Don’t miss the latest evolution of this fascinating saga when this all-new group of Wastelanders adventures hit stands in December!

Preview: Bloodshot #11

BLOODSHOT #11

Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by PEDRO ANDREO
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by ADELSO CORONA, ANDREW DALHOUSE
Cover B by LEONARDO MANCO
Preorder Variant Cover by BRENT PEEPLES
On Sale February 24th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

“One Last Shot” fires away as Bloodshot and his crew hunt down the resurrected Project Rising Spirit!

Bestselling writer Tim Seeley and rising star Pedro Andreo push the one-man army to a pulse-pounding point of no return.

BLOODSHOT #11

Dynamite Does Homage Covers to Rob Liefeld in September

This September Dynamite and artist Brent Peeples show respect to one of the industry’s most influential figures with a 5-piece set of variant covers homaging Rob Liefeld‘s famous covers!

Artist Brent Peeples brings maximum effort to these covers that mirror some of the most recognizable covers of all time. Brent and Rob have worked together on the smash-hit Major X and other projects together, so there is respect and admiration in these pieces.

All six of these covers grace Dynamite’s top titles. The Princess of Mars has green martians in her sights, as Dejah Thoris #8 calls back to New Mutants #87Rob’s second issue on the title. Arguably even more iconic is the 98th issue of that series, which Killing Red Sonja #5‘s cast stepping in for a merc with a mouth. Bettie Page #3 reenacts the pivotal next issue that moved toward a huge shift in Liefeld’s career and the industry as a whole. Vampirella/Red Sonja #11 places those two Women of Dynamite into the iconic image of X-Force #1. The blockbuster second and third issues of that record-breaking series are spotlighted with Red Sonja #19 and Vampirella #14.

Preview: James Bond (2020) #5

James Bond (2020) #5

writers: Vita Ayala & Danny Lore
artist: Brent Peeples
covers: Afua Richardson (A), Richardson Grayscale (RI-B/W), Richardson Grayscale (RI-B/W Virgin), Richardson Vintage Paperback Cover (RI)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Action/Adventure | Teen+

Fakes are everywhere. 007 has no clue who to trust. His training and intuition are all that stand between the shadows and the light.

By VITA AYALA (Morbius, Gamora), DANNY LORE (Queen Of Bad Dreams) and ERICA D’URSO (Captain Marvel).

James Bond (2020) #5

Preview: The Infected: Deathbringer #1

The Infected: Deathbringer #1

(W) Zoe Quinn (A) Brent Peeples (CA) Viktor Bogdanovic
In Shops: Dec 04, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Donna Troy is a hero. She fought alongside friends, led the Titans into battle, and buried more friends in the line of duty than she cares to remember. She’s strong, she’s brave, she’s one of the fiercest warriors on the planet…and she’s the Batman Who Laughs’ next target for infection!

Spinning out of the events of The Batman Who Laughs and Batman/Superman comes the story of a hero who is done with bringing peace to a world that cannot be trusted with it. A woman who’s past has been her greatest adversary, and whose newly awakened dark side is ready to burn it all down and forge a new destiny. No more peace. Only…Deathbringer!

The Infected: Deathbringer #1

Review: Major X

Rob Liefeld returns to the X-Universe with his new creation, Major X!

Major X collects issues #1-6 and Major X #0.

Story: Rob Liefeld
Art: Rob Liefeld, Brent Peeples, Whilce Portacio
Color: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Ink: Rob Liefeld, Adelso Corona, Dan Fraga, Scott Hanna, Whilce Portacio, Cory Hamscher
Letterer: Joe Sabino

Get your copy in comic shops now and in bookstores October 15! 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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Review: Major X #5

Major X #5

The rise of the X-Ential! And the full identity of Major X himself! Major X #5 is full of reveals and twists that by the end will leave your head spinning and utterly baffled as to what you just read.

Yes, I’ll admit it, I hate reading this series at this point. But even with a general dislike, I want to see where creator, and writer, Rob Liefeld will take each issue.

There are some great concepts here but the narrative at times is baffling, full of holes, and with plotting that’ll leave you wondering if you missed something. It’s borderline incoherent at times.

And really, none of the above really matters as fans of Liefeld, and the series will buy it anyways no matter the reviews. It’s pretty bulletproof like that (and there’s nothing wrong with it).

Major X, M’Koy, and X-Ential have lept through time to Genosha. In the wasteland of the nation, much is revealed, but not explained, about X-Ential and we meet a new character Aura. Nothing is explained about Aura. We just go with it. We get new age dialogue and we’re expected to roll with it as well. Aura somehow knows Major is “Major” but this should be the first time meeting. Then there’s a random battle and a reveal at the end which will get folks talking. I’m not even going to dive into the scene in Atlantis which feels like it belongs in an entirely different issue.

It’s all… bad. Really bad. In a more skilled writer’s hands what’s presented could work but as is it feels like a bunch of ideas on notes cards laid out on a table.

The art by Brent Peeples doesn’t help. With ink by Adelso Corona, color by Romulo Fajardo, Jr. and lettering by Joe Sabino, the art style and character designs are inconsistent. A prime example of this is in the depiction of Aura. At times the character looks like an adult. At other times she looks like a teenager. And at other times Aura looks like Sloth in The Goonies.

Major X #5 and the series as a whole feels like a throwback to the 1990s except this takes the excessively bad aspects of this period to the extreme. Choppy storytelling. Bad art. The comic features interesting concepts that aren’t explored or fleshed out enough.

At this point, I’m not even sure my 13-year-old self would have enjoyed this series.

Story: Rob Liefeld Art: Brent Peeples
Ink: Adelso Corona Color: Romulo Fajardo, Jr. Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 4.0 Art: 6.5 Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Major X #4

Major X #4

There’s a point you hit at times where you need to step back and question why you’re reading a comic series. Major X #4 is that point. The issue is the epitome of what was wrong with the comics of the 90s. It features stilted dialogue, storytelling, and inconsistent art. For some, the issue will be fantastic capturing their youthful excitement. For others, you’ll see how far comics have come in 20 years.

Major X and M’Koy are captured by the mysterious Administrator. He’s the typical bad guy whose motivations and inclusions are thin. It truly feels like a throwback introducing characters and then figuring out their origin and reason for inclusion down the road. Look cool and ask questions later is the name of the game for Major X as a whole.

Rob Liefeld handles writing duties delivering dialogue that’s one quip after another. It forgoes a cohesive plot, instead focusing on choppy jumps from fight panel to fight panel. Characters are thrown around and introduced with little motivation other than “bad guy” and “revenge.” Major X #4 is a frustrating experience as Liefeld continues to show he’s a much better idea person than storyteller.

The art by Brent Peeples is decent. Adelso Corona handles inks with Romulo Fajardo, Jr. on color, and Joe Sabino lettering. The style very much feels like an homage to the 90s as well which Peeples has pulled off before. Here though, there’s inconsistency of character design and the habit of dropping detail in action scenes. Again, the poses, gun blasts, and action take precedence over the polished product.

Major X #4 isn’t for me and as the series drags on it’s clear I’ve moved on from this sort of storytelling. My 13 year old self would have loved this. My adult self just expects more.

Story: Rob Liefeld Art: Brent Peeples
Ink: Adelso Corona Color: Romulo Fajardo, Jr. Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Major X #2

Major X #2

The 90s are back in so many ways with Rob Liefeld‘s return to Marvel and the world of the X-Men and Major X #2 continues both the good and the bad from the first issue.

We learn more about The X-Istence with some hints as to what lead up to the need for it. It’s classic Liefeld with lots of flash of visuals and characters with spikey helmets. The concepts are great and entertaining but the execution, including dialogue and flow of the narrative, are wooden and stiff. For all the flash of the art, Brent Peeples steps into the issue on that duty, the story and dialogue lag. It’s the 90s all over again, which channeled the cliched driven 80s.

Brent Peeples takes over art duties, with Scott Hanna on ink and Romulo Fajardo, Jr. on color, and continues the look and feel of the first issue. There’s some inconsistencies in the art such as Major X’s forehead in one panel being rather huge but overall, Peeples does his best Liefeld impersonation. The characters introduced tend to be bland in some ways and stand out in others and the action sequences are more about the visual than an attempt to make sense at all (see the entire fight sequence in Graymalkin).

Major X is a summer disaster film. It’s all about concepts and visuals but lacks a depth and clearer narrative that would elevate the product. It’s fun in a throwback to the 90s way and I’m sure if I read this back then my teenage self would be bouncing off the walls with excitement. But my tastes have grown since then and I want a bit more from my entertainment. Liefeld is a great idea man but this series is showing that he’s best when working with a master storyteller.

Story: Rob Liefeld Art: Brent Peeples
Ink: Scott Hanna Color: Romulo Fajardo, Jr. Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

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Major X #2 Sells Out and Gets a Second Printing and New Cover

Following the sell-out of Major X #1 ahead of its release, Marvel is excited to announce that ahead of its release on April 17th, Major X #2 has sold out and will return to comic shops for a second printing with an exclusive second printing cover by Rob Liefeld!

Major X #2 is written by Rob Liefeld with art by Brent Peeples and main cover by Liefeld and Romulo Fajardo, Jr.

Major X marks Rob Liefeld’s return to the X-Men, and buzz among critics and fans alike is high! Major X #1 debuted on April 3rd and has already gone back for a second printing…check out the exclusive second printing cover for Major X #2!

Major X #2
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