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Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet’s Faithless Returns in April

BOOM! Studios announced that the critically acclaimed team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Maria Llovet will return to the world of their bestelling erotic series, Faithless, with a brand new six-issue sequel series, where 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.

Faithless II #1 features main cover art by series artist Llovet and the first in a series of erotic variant connecting covers by acclaimed artist Tula Lotay 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. All issues of Faithless II will continue this variant cover program with similar content, limited release, and packaging.

FAITHLESS II #1
FAITHLESS II #1

Review: Cage #2

Cage #2

Bruce Willis is one of those actors whose presence onscreen is one of reassurance. He’s now known mostly for his tough-guy roles but that not has always been the case. As was shown in The Movies That Made Us, when he made Die Hard, most test screen audiences laughed at his very presence, because they remember him as the guy from the television show, Moonlighting. He would go on to make movies that straddled the line between tough-guy and comic relief, but most of his fans love his action movies.

Even Sylvester Stallone saw his bankability to put Willis in one of his Expendables movies before their offscreen tiff. One of my favorite movies by him was a period drama called Last Man Standing where he played a rogue gunman in the middle of a turf war. His character, no matter what he did, got pulled in deeper before he had no choice but to pick sides. In the second issue of Cage, our protagonist finds a bird in a hand, and looks to live up to the title of Hero for Hire.

We find Luke in a conversation with a dirty cop that knows about the case he just took and the implications that would occur if he gets close to the truth, giving him fair warning before trouble is headed his way. A warning that Luke doesn’t take heed, but looks to make money from. Soon Luke plots The Italian Mob, against the gang that controls Harlem, to the dirty cops that run the neighborhood, with none the wiser. By the issue’s end, a miscalculation by Luke leads to a vital witness being fatally shot which changes his plans completely.

Overall, an engaging issue that plays out like some of the best crime noir thrillers of yesteryear. The story by Brian Azzarello is electrifying. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, an issue in this story that ramps up the action.

Story: Brian Azzarello
Art: Richard Corben, Wes Abbott, and  Jose Villarubia
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

The Joker Celebrates 80 Years with a 100-PAge Spectacular in April 2020

Since his first appearance in April 1940, The Joker has become one of the most iconic and compelling characters in comic books and all of popular culture. Time and time again, his drive to sow discord and chaos has made him more than a match for Batman and his mission to protect the citizens of Gotham City.

As The Joker enters his eighth decade of criminal madness, fans can celebrate with a one-of-a-kind collectible tribute comic book. The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a Prestige format one-shot homage to The Joker featuring an original lineup of tales by comics’ most celebrated storytellers, including Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Tom Taylor, Jock, José Luis García-López, Mikel Janín, James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo, and more. The stories run the gamut from terror to humor to outright anarchy, showing how The Joker has left his indelible mark on Gotham City, from the gates of Arkham Asylum to the Gotham City PD, from the local underworld to Batman and his allies.

Artists from across comic books are stepping up to pay their respects to The Joker through a series of variant covers depicting Batman’s arch-nemesis:

  • 1940s variant cover by Arthur Adams
  • 1950s variant cover by David Finch
  • 1960s variant cover by Francesco Mattina
  • 1970s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
  • 1980s variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
  • 1990s variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • 2000s variant cover by Lee Bermejo
  • 2010s variant cover by Jock

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a 100-page, Prestige format one-shot comic book available at comic book retailers and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 for $9.99.

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1

Review: Cage #1

Cage #1

Long gone are the days when comics dared to be pushed their readers out of their comfort zone. The one book that still has a hold on me 20 years later, Batman: Killing Joke, was both disturbing and brilliant, but not to me at the time. It shook me to the core, it made me sick the first time I read it. It would take me several times before I got through the rough parts, before seeing just what the creators were trying to do, bring these epic superheroes into the real world.

Comics would continue to do this, several times, especially when Vertigo was in its prime and drawing talent from Great Britain. It would not be long before the House Of Ideas decided to make more adult fare, when it introduced Marvel Max, and introduce the world to Jessica Jones, a rather realistic look at what means to be a woman and a superhero. It also gave readers everywhere the edgy vision of their favorite heroes that they never got a chance to read until then. In the debut issue of one of Marvel’s most iconic heroes, we find Luke Cage hired to avenge a death in Cage, only to find a more tangled web than he ever imagined.

We find Luke at a local strip club in Harlem, where an older woman has approached him, requiring his services. Her daughter had just been killed by a stray bullet from a local gang, as vengeance she requires, knowing that the police, because it is a gang matter, will not get involved.  As Cage starts investigating, he soon finds out that the bullet was intended for a local gangster but someone hiding in plain view, may also have a hand in it, Tombstone, who is trying to pass for a legitimate businessperson. By issue’s end, he finds out that this is no normal case, and the NYPD may be in the middle of it.

Overall, a gritty version of Luke Cage, one that despite some of its problematic undertones, is also an entertaining story, The story by Brian Azzarello is appealing. The art by Richard Corben is incandescent. Altogether, if you are a fan of Luke Cage, this may be the story that gives you a whole new look at this superhero.

Story: Brian Azzarello Art: Richard Corben
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Noir Gets a Collection Featuring Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Joëlle Jones, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, Paul Grist and more!

Noir: A Collection of Crime Comics gets the Dark Horse hardcover treatment! Murder, passion, and criminal enterprise are reprinted in their darkest form in this new edition, directly from the most talented writers and artists in crime comics! In these eleven pitch-black noir stories, you’ll find deadly conmen and embittered detectives converging on femme fatales and accidental murderers, all presented in sharp black and white by masters of the craft.

Featuring stories by Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and many more of crime comics’ top talent! With artists such as Joëlle Jones, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, Paul Grist, and more bringing these gritty, smoke filled stories to life.

Noir: A Collection of Crime Comics goes on sale July 22, 2020. This 120-page hardcover collection will retail for $24.99.

Noir: A Collection of Crime Comics

Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s Moonshine Returns

The New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award winning creative team that redefined the crime genre with 100 BulletsBrian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso—are back to kick off an all-new story arc of Moonshine from Image Comics this November.

With the help of his girlfriend Delia, “Torpedo” Lou Pirlo made it to New Orleans in search of a cure for his werewolf curse. In Moonshine #13 however readers learn that curse cures cost money, and Lou is a little “light” on scratch. But if there’s one thing Lou can do, it’s hustle. So he’s off to work his way from the crookedest gutters to the swankiest gambling dens in The Big Easy—along the way crossing paths with witches, warlocks, and the occasional zombie.

Set during Prohibition, and deep in the backwoods of Appalachia, Moonshine tells the story of Lou Pirlo, a city-slick “torpedo” sent from New York City to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia, one Hiram Holt. What Lou doesn’t figure on is that Holt is just as cunning and ruthless as any NYC crime boss. Because not only will Holt do anything to protect his illicit booze operation, he’ll stop at nothing to protect a much darker family secret…a bloody, supernatural secret that must never see the light of day… or better still, the light of the full moon.

Moonshine #13 (Diamond Code SEP190054) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 13.

Moonshine #13

Preview: Faithless #6

Faithless #6

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

    Main Cover: Paul Pope
    Erotica Variant Cover: Tula Lotay
Price: $3.99

What happens when the Devil has his heart broken for the second time?

Faithless #6

Preview: Faithless #5

Faithless #5

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Maria Llovet
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Cover Artists:  
     Main Cover:
Paul Pope
     Erotica Variant Cover: Becky Cloonan
Price: $3.99

At first, Faith had faced her trials naively, then willingly. Eagerly, even, becoming more and more corrupted over time. But something has woken her up to the truth… and to the darkness she’s found herself enveloped in.

Faithless #5

DC Announces Birds of Prey by Brian Azzarello and Emanuela Lupacchino

Harleen Quinzel, Dinah Lance and Helena Bertinelli are all-powerful as individuals and become an unstoppable force when together, but you need to break some eggs to become the Birds of Prey. Luckily, none of these heroes have a problem cracking heads, certainly not a post-Suicide Squad Harley Quinn. Debuting this October, DC present Birds of Prey, a new ongoing monthly comic starring Harley Quinn, Black Canary, and Huntress with more pressure and higher stakes than fans have ever seen before, brought to you by hard-boiled superstar writer Brian Azzarello and the bombshell art team of Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, and Trish Mulvihill.

Needless to say, the Birds are back in town!

When the new series launches on October 30, 2019, Black Canary’s life has spiraled out of control: her personal life is going through the wringer and her band is in crisis. An old flame resurfaces only to flicker out and set Dinah on an all-new mission against an all-new opponent: Las Esposas de la Muerte. The only thing Dinah can 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’s life more complicated. And that’s only the first five pages of this dynamic new ongoing series!

Birds of Prey #1written by Brian Azzarello with art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy and Trish Mulvihill, debuts in comic book stores and online retailers on Wednesday, October 30, with a cover by Lupacchino, McCarthy and Nicholas Filardi and a card stock variant cover by J. Scott Campbell.

Birds of Prey #1

Preview: Faithless #4

Faithless #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Maria Llovet
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Cove Artists:  
     Main Cover:
Paul Pope
     Erotic Cover: Jenny Frison
Price: $3.99

Faith falls deeper into Poppy and Louis’s mysterious world, which has dire consequences for her closest friends.

Faithless #4
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