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Preview: United States vs. Murder Inc. #3

United States vs. Murder Inc. #3

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Michael Avon Oeming
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

When the president of the United States puts her foot down against the five families, they task newly made Valentine Gallo and Jagger Rose to “take care of things.” That sounds like trouble to us!

In an alternative history set in a world where the five families of Murder, Inc. never gave up power, this sexy crime thriller takes you somewhere you’ve never seen in comics. From writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming, the Eisner Award-winning creators of POWERS, comes another brand-new chapter of THE UNITED STATES VS. MURDER, INC.

Review: Scarlet #3 (of 5)

Scarlet has fought back against the corruption that destroyed her life-and now the next American revolution is underway! The city of Portland has been shut down-or, in the eyes of some, taken hostage-and Scarlet must decide how far she is willing to take her crusade. Enter Kit, the woman who will reduce Portland to rubble.

It’s weird to read and review a comic about revolutionaries (or terrorists depending on your side) on a day when some is sending bombs to likely political opponents in real life. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Scarlet #3 describes itself as telling the “story of a generation pushed too far in an alternative world we may soon find ourselves in.” Except, it doesn’t feel all that alternative at all and that we’re in the beginning stages of the world Bendis created so many years ago.

When Scarlet began, it was a response to the situation of the time which gave rise to the Occupy Movement. It was Occupy gone to the extreme of militancy. Since then, while the book slumbered awaiting a return, Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, the Women’s March, March for Science, and so many more movements have risen up and mostly simmered down. Scarlet is what happens when that spark finally happens and it questions what comes after the revolution?

And this is specifically looks at that spark, the first gunshot, the moment that takes things to the next level. And again asks, what’s next?

It’s an interesting issue that explores how this, all of this comic and the real world movements, are born out of abuse by those in power, those with privilege. And it shows that some just won’t stand for it anymore and whether consciously or unconsciously, we’ll fight back.

The art by Alex Maleev, with lettering by Joshua Reed, is amazing as always. There’s a reality to it all despite the destroyed American city. We, the reader, can still connect and relate to everything. This doesn’t feel like a foreign future but a reality we can experience now. Reed’s lettering too is key as Scarlet has a habit of talking directly to the reader and with subtle switching of the speech bubbles, a different tone and experience is had.

There’s something surreal about this issue’s release today of all days and it feels as though it’s as pertinent to today’s political situation as it was when the series debuted 8 years ago. It’s the rage many of us feeling and a reality many of us would like to see happen. All it’ll take is a spark and some inspiration. But for now, we can imagine that revolution kicking off and experience that possible reality on the printed page.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Alex Maleev
Lettering: Joshua Reed Design: Curtis King, Jr.
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Scarlet #3 (of 5)

Scarlet #3 (of 5)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev
In Shops: Oct 24, 2018
SRP: $3.99

From the Eisner Award-winning team that brought you Daredevil and Iron Man comes the latest chapter in their critically acclaimed series SCARLET. Scarlet has fought back against the corruption that destroyed her life-and now the next American revolution is underway!

The city of Portland has been shut down-or, in the eyes of some, taken hostage-and Scarlet must decide how far she is willing to take her crusade. Enter Kit, the woman who will reduce Portland to rubble.

SCARLET tells the story of a generation pushed too far in an alternative world we may soon find ourselves in as created by writer Brian Michael Bendis (SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS) and artist Alex Maleev.

Preview: Action Comics #1004

Action Comics #1004

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Ryan Sook (CA) Steve Rude
In Shops: Oct 24, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Superman confronts Lois Lane and wants answers: Where is Jon Kent? What happened during Lois’ trip into space with Jor-El? Why didn’t she contact the Man of Steel when she returned? And most importantly, does she still love him? Or is the world-famous reporter looking to let Clark Kent down easy? Lois and Clark’s relationship gets redefined in this issue illustrated by acclaimed artist Ryan Sook!

Preview: Pearl #3

Pearl #3

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Michael Gaydos
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

From the Peabody and Eisner award-winning creators of Jessica Jones comes a brand-new force of nature. Her name is Pearl…a master tattoo artist and reluctant assassin for the modern-day yakuza. With Pearl’s dangerous secret now revealed, her chances of happiness in her yakuza clan have all but disappeared. With real true love revealing itself to her for the first time, Pearl begins to discover her story isn’t completely written yet. It’s the latest beautifully illustrated, fully painted chapter by Michael Gaydos.

Preview: Cover #2 (of 6)

Cover #2 (of 6)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) David Mack
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Nazi-hunters? Escape artists? Some M.I.A. for decades? Exactly how long have comics creators been part of the intelligence community? Follow the latest recruit from the Comic-Con circuit as he falls in with this mysterious crowd. The secrets he uncovers about its legacy will shock and delight, well, just about everyone.

This whip-smart multimedia explosion by lifelong collaborators Brian Michael Bendis (writer of SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS) and David Mack bring the worlds of spies and comics together in a loving mash-up that celebrates both. Fans of David’s multimedia comics work are in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat.

Preview: Superman #4

Superman #4

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

As Superman fights to protect the world from Rogol Zaar and the Kryptonian convicts trapped inside the Phantom Zone, the greatest minds on Earth devise a risky plan to return the planet from the deadly prison. With the Earth continuing to crack and crumble and its greatest heroes fall, can the Man of Steel hold the line and give his adopted world a chance to escape?

NYCC 2018: DC Reveals Details on Brian Michael Bendis’ Wonder Comics Imprint including Young Justice!

At New York Comic Con 2018, DC Comics publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee hosted a “Meet the Publishers” panel to kick off the show. There was lots of news including the first details of releases from Brian Michael Bendis‘ imprint Wonder Comics, his personal curated line of teen-focused, in-continuity comics. They’re scheduled to debut in early 2019.

The line will be anchored by the return of Impulse (Bart Allen) and Superboy (Conner Kent), teaming up with Robin (Tim Drake) as the nucleus of an all-new Young Justice, which Bendis will write with art by his Action Comics partner in crime, Patrick Gleason. As a tease for his Saturday evening spotlight panel, Bendis also announced the rest of the first wave of titles:

  • Naomi, which Bendis will co-write with David Walker, featuring art by Jamal Campbell
  • Wonder Twins, written by Mark Russell with art by Stephen Byrne
  • Dial H For Hero, an updated take on the Silver Age classic series from the team of writer Sam Humphries and artist Joe Quinones

Preview: United States vs. Murder Inc. #2 (of 6)

United States vs. Murder Inc. #2 (of 6)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Michael Avon Oeming
In Shops: Oct 03, 2018
SRP: $3.99

In a world where the five families of Murder, Inc. never gave up their stranglehold on parts of America, the U.S. president tried to pit them against one another and failed. Badly. Now the families are united in their common cause. And there will be blood.

From the Eisner Award-winning creators of POWERS comes another big, bold world of crime-comic alternative history full of sexy, smart fun.

Preview: Action Comics #1003

Action Comics #1003

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Yanick Paquette (CA) Patrick Gleason
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

How well does Clark Kent know his own city? Are the threats targeting Metropolis new or something older and more dangerous than they seem?

With mobsters being killed off and the Daily Planet staff hunting for answers, it’s up to Superman to discover what lurks in the underside of the city he thought he knew so well. Who is the Red Mist, and why has Superman never heard of someone so powerful and dangerous? And what is Lois Lane doing with Lex Luthor?

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