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Preview: Faithless II #3

Faithless II #3

(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Maria Llovet
In Shops: Aug 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Faith is ready to take new risks with her art and her magic – and something powerful that lives between the two. But her experiments draws new attention, and a mysterious collector may be interested in more than just Faith’s art.

Faithless II #3

Faithless II #1 Sells Out and Returns with a New Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that Faithless II #1, the premiere issue of the brand new six-issue sequel series, has sold out at the distributor level! To meet demand, BOOM! Studios has announced the Faithless II #1 Second Printing, available in July 2020 and featuring main cover art by superstar artist Kris Anka, as well as an erotic variant cover by Anka that will be polybagged and not publicly previewed due to sexually explicit material. Each erotic variant cover will be limited to its initial print run and will not be reprinted or collected in any subsequent formats.

From critically acclaimed team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Maria Llovet, who return to the world of their bestelling erotic series, with letterer AndWorld Design, comes the story of Faith and her lovers, Louis (AKA The Devil) and Poppy (his daughter), as they spread magic and chaos in the streets of Italy.

Turin, known as the epicenter of black magic, is also a place of high fashion, art, and literature. Now, Faith is in the center of it all and with that, her own power grows. But any power comes with a price. Faith has only just begun to pay for hers.

Print copies of Faithless II #1 Second Printing will be available for sale on July 15.

Preview: Faithless II #1

Faithless II #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Maria Llovet
Letterer: AndWorldDesign
Cover Artists:  

    Main Cover: Maria Llovet
    Erotica Variant Cover: Tula Lotay
Price: $3.99

The best-selling erotic thriller returns from the acclaimed team of Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and artist Maria Llovet (Heartbeat) as Faith, and her lovers, Louis (AKA The Devil) and Poppy (his daughter), bring magic and chaos to the streets of Italy.

Turin, known as the epicenter of black magic, is also a place of high fashion, art, and literature. Now, Faith is in the center of it all and with that, her own power grows. But any power comes with a price. Faith has only just begun to pay for hers. Curious about this blockbuster occult sex thriller? This is your new jumping-on point! Featuring the first of six connecting erotic variant covers by superstar Tula Lotay that are too explicit to show you in PREVIEWS!

Faithless II #1

Preview: The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

(W) Brian Azzarello, Paul Dini, Dennis O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Tom Taylor, James Tynion IV, Others (A) Rafael Albuquerque, Lee Bermejo, Simone Bianchi, Tony S. Daniel, Mikel Janin, Jock, José Luis García-López, Eduardo Risso, Riley Rossmo, Others (CA) Greg Capullo
In Shops: Jun 10, 2020
SRP: $9.99

The Clown Prince of Crime celebrates 80 years of chaos! The Joker has been the greatest villain in comics since his debut and to celebrate we have a who’s who of comics’ finest talent giving the Harlequin of Hate the birthday roast he deserves. The stories feature a range of terror and anarchy, showing how the Joker has impacted Gotham City from the police to Arkham Asylum, from the local underworld to the Dark Knight and his allies! Make sure to RSVP to this birthday bash-you wouldn’t want to wake up with a Joker Fish on your doorstep, would you?

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

Review: Birds of Prey #1

Birds of Prey #1

With the Birds of Prey having a bit of a moment with a cult love of the recent movie release, you’d think DC Comics would be focused on capturing that wave with a comic that’s accessible, new reader-friendly, and most importantly. Instead, we get Birds of Prey #1, a one-shot comic that’s a part of the “adult” DC Black Label line of comics. It’s also a mess.

Written by Brian Azzarello, the story follows a Mexican drug cartel and their soldiers, the Esposas De La Muerta, as they make a move on Gotham’s drug trade. What follows is a story that is steeped in stereotypes, many bad, and action movie cliches. The drug mentioned is fentanyl, which is the first issue of the comic and highlighting the unfortunate choices from there. While “Mexican drug cartels” might be the “enemy” the current President points to, fentanyl is mainly flowing from China. So, for those who know these things, that detail takes me out of the story. It makes the “bad guys” presented feel even more cliche and not needed.

From there, it’s just bad plotlines like drug overdoses, calls to missed connections just before getting killed, crooked cops (this part doesn’t even make sense), and shoot outs that defy all logic. It’s a poorly paced, badly plotted comic that has so many issues… well, lets try to find something positive.

Azzarello does deliver some nice banter. The interaction between Huntress, Harley Quinn, and Black Canary is fun with some solid banter and dialogue. The lettering by Steve Wands really pays off here. There are also some fun “action film” moments that are enhanced by Emanuela Lupacchino‘s art but so much is steeped in bad cliche and stereotype.

Lupacchino’s art absolutely has its moments but there’s just comically bad moments as well. It all comes together for a rather blah visual experience. The design for the Esposas De La Muerta take from the Dia De Los Muertos. Again the gives us nothing new or interesting, just Mexican visual stereotypes. That extends to speech patterns in Azzarello’s writing.

Birds of Prey #1 doesn’t take flight and instead plays off like an 80s B-movie mixed with really outdated views of Mexicans and just incorrect real world information. It’s hard to overlook the bad here. Take out the Birds of Prey, and you have a bad crime story that’s forgettable in every way. DC had an opportunity to deliver a comic that’d entice movie audiences to discover more but this comic’s end result might be the opposite.

Story: Brian Azzarello Art: Emanuela Lupacchino
Ink: Ray McCarthy Color: Trish Mulvihill, John Kalisz Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Birds of Prey #1

Birds of Prey #1

(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy
In Shops: Jun 03, 2020
SRP: $9.99

Black Canary’s life has spiraled out of control: her personal life is going through the ringer and her band is in crisis when an old flame resurfaces only to flicker out and set her on an all-new mission against an all-new opponent. The only thing she has to be grateful for is the fact that she’s not alone, as Huntress finds herself on a collision course with Black Canary’s quarry at Detective Montoya’s urging. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn has resurfaced outside of Gotham City and out of the Suicide Squad, with a new lease on life that is sure to make everyone else’s life more complicated.
And that’s only the first five pages of this high-octane, graphic novel-length one-shot that pushes the Birds of Prey far beyond their limits and puts them up against the most brutal crime syndicate to ever sweep into Gotham City! Hardboiled superstar writer Brian Azzarello and the bombshell art team of Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy take the Birds into the no-holds-barred world of Black Label, and none of them will ever be the same! PRESTIGE FORMAT One Shot

Birds of Prey #1

BOOM! Studios Announces Surprise Faithless II #1 Day One Variant For Retailers

BOOM! Studios has announced the Faithless II #1 Day One Variant, a special advance edition of the hotly anticipated erotic thriller sequel from superstars Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet. The limited-edition Faithless II #1 Day One Variant features new cover art from Eisner Award-winning artist Paul Pope. Moreover, this one-per-store edition arrives at qualifying comic shop retailers on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, one full week in advance of the series debut on June 10, 2020.

This is the first surprise monthly variant cover for comic shops as part of the groundbreaking Day One Retailer Support Services Program, an industry-first plan to immediately support comic shops and their communities worldwide. More details on the program can be found right here.

In Faithless II, Faith must travel to Turin, known as the epicenter of black magic – it’s also a place of high fashion, art, and literature. Now, Faith is in the center of it all and with that, her own power grows.

But all power comes with a price. 

And Faith has only just begun to pay for hers.

Faithless II #1 will be available for sale on June 10, 2020.

Faithless II #1 Day One Variant

DC Releases a First Look at The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

On June 9, some of the most talented names in comic books will gather together to pay tribute to the Clown Prince of Crime in a special 100-page must-have collector’s item, The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular. And DC has revealed a first look at some of the stories that will make up this landmark issue.

“WHAT COMES AT THE END OF A JOKE?”

Spinning out of the pages of his best-selling run on Batman, series writer James Tynion IV tells the origin story of the sensational new character Punchline! With stellar art from the acclaimed art team of Mikel Janín and Jordie Bellaire.

“BIRTHDAY BUGS”

The Joker turns birthday clown in this tale by Tom Taylor and Eduardo Risso. When The Joker goes to the home of an accomplice that did him wrong, he finds the man’s young son sitting alone picking apart bugs on his stoop. The boy assumes that the Joker is the clown for his birthday party and tells him that no one is coming. The Joker finds this unacceptable and goes around the neighborhood, “convincing” families to attend the birthday party and make it the best day he’s ever had. As for the boy’s father, he’s in for the worst moment of his life!

“KILL THE BATMAN”

In a story set in a not-so-distant future the Joker has finally made his dream come true of killing the Batman and we see the all the DC universe in mourning. But this act doesn’t provide the catharsis the Joker thought it would…he needs an encore…something at Batman’s public memorial perhaps? Written by acclaimed screenwriter Gary Whitta, popular writer/podcaster Greg Miller and rising star comic artist Dan Mora.

This is a must-have one-shot for any fan of The Joker; this 100-page tribute also includes stories from fan-favorite creators such as Scott Snyder and JOCK (The Batman Who Laughs, Batman: The Black Mirror), Denny O’Neil (Batman) and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Paul Dini, Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (Joker), Tony S. Daniel (Batman) and more. The comic book also features a gallery of covers spotlighting key moments in The Joker’s history, along with a gallery of tribute from renowned comic artists such as Kelley Jones, Ivan Reis, Fiona Staples, John Romita Jr., and others. For the ultimate collector, eight variant covers will be available (check stores for details) celebrating eighty years of the Harlequin of Hate.

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular will be available in open and operating comic book stores and participating digital platforms on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, for $9.99. To find the nearest open and operating store near you, check out DC’s Comic Shop Tracker.

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