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Preview: Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #16

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) #16

Written by Frank Tieri
Pencils Tom Fowler
Inks Tom Fowler
Color: Brian Reber
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Digital Release Date December 22 2020

“’Twas The Night Before Quinn-mas”
Harley thought she was doing a good deed by busting up the ring of crooks that stole all of Coney Island’s Christmas presents – but when her Gang gets a little overzealous and the gifts all wind up roasting in an open fire, the task of replacing every single one lands in her distinctly un-Santa-like lap!

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) #16

Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #16

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #16

Part of what has made Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red so much fun is seeing the various takes on the same character by different teams. The digital anthology series has varied with each issue giving us something new with each release. The issues have entertained and been one of the best ideas and releases of the year. In time for the holidays, we’re getting a new round this time with a theme to tie then together. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #16 delivers some Christmas cheer as Harley and her team attempt to save the holiday.

Harley thought she was doing a good deed by busting up the ring of crooks that stole all of Coney Island’s Christmas presents – but when her Gang gets a little overzealous and the gifts all wind up roasting in an open fire, the task of replacing every single one lands in her distinctly un-Santa-like lap!

Writer Frank Tieri mixes up the action, humor, and inappropriate comments in this over the top holiday tale. It’s a fun story that delivers a little bit of everything for readers. The first half gives us a somewhat typical action sequence with purposely cheesy lines. It’s the latter half where Tieri’s tale takes off with quick hits as far as jokes, some very adult.

When Harley and her crew attempt to fix the problem, the chapter stands out. It becomes a series of jokes as to “what’s inside the box” or the reactions of Harley attempting to do good. Where it could easily have played it clean, the issue takes things just enough across the line to surprise and make things more in the adult category. Jokes will likely go over kids’ heads but surprise those who get it.

The art by Tom Fowler is solid. Joined by Brian Reber on color and Dave Sharpe on lettering, there’s a lot packed into every page and panel. There’s a lot of characters to juggle here and the art tells so many little stories throughout. While Harley does her thing, there’s other jokes and stories being told in the background. It’s impressive how much is there visually and each panel and page had me lingering in an attempt to catch every joke. And even then, I’m sure I missed quite a few.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #16 is a solid entry in the “holiday” pack of the digital series. It delivers some laughs during this holiday season with a bit of adult humor. A fun, and funny, digital comic that’s well worth checking out.

Story: Frank Tieri Art: Tom Fowler
Ink: Tom Fowler Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Black Cat #1

Black Cat #1

I really enjoyed writer Jed MacKay‘s previous work on Black Cat. Those volumes have been fun, sexy, with a certain cool factor. And thankfully, none of that is missed here as Black Cat #1 kicks off a whole new adventure. The new series kicks off as a tie-in to the current King in Black storyline presenting a challenge but it pulls off the unenviable task and does so well. New York City is under attack by the symbiote god Knull and the chaos has caused Felicia Hardy’s latest heist to be interrupted. So, Felicia is out for revenge as the greater battle looks to be lost.

MacKay continues to deliver cool when it comes to Hardy and the series. There’s something very “big screen” about all of this work previously and the first issue does the same. The scenes are over the top in their depiction and the dialogue delivers that solid back and forth banter. Black Cat #1 drops Felicia into the action giving her a good part to play in the overall event. But, it also plays to her strengths and hearkens back to earlier heists. The first issue uses the bigger storyline but at its core keeps Black Cat who she is. She’s not out to play superhero and battle her way through things. She steals stuff and the comic keeps it at that.

There’s also a solid mix of what MacKay does best. There’s some solid action and humor mixed together. But, there’s also Felicia dropped into a situation much bigger than she is. She realizes it and we get an honest assessment of what’s going on. Knull and his symbiotes are attacking New York City and there’s a sense of awe to it all. Felicia is our protagonist but also gives us an average person’s view of what’s going on. She’s both a hero here but also caught off guard fighting at the side of Captain America. She gives us an honest assessment of the reality of it all and something we the reader can relate to.

C.F. Villa‘s art is fantastic. Joined by Brian Reber on color and lettering by Ferran Delgado the art delivers eye popping action with a bit of sexy. There’s something that’s been refreshing about the previous volume and this first issue. It teases the sex of it all. It doesn’t go over the top and allows the reader to use their imagination to really titillate. Where others would have put an “ass” shot, Villa puts it just off the panel with just the top showing. There’s something that’s refreshing about that as it recognizes Black Cat being a sex symbol but also not making that front and center and distracting. There’s also an over the top factor of the action scenes which are all worthy of summer popcorn fun. You can tell the art team, along with MacKay, were having fun with the issue.

Black Cat #1 is another solid start for the series. It doesn’t hold back even when dealing with an event. It takes that aspect and uses it as a launching board in some ways keeping the focus on the character and what she does best. Here’s hoping this volume sticks around for a while because this debut is a hell of a lot of fun.

Story: Jed MacKay Art: C.F. Villa
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Ferran Delgado
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: E-Ratic #1

E-Ratic #1

(W) Kaare Andrews (A/CA) Kaare Andrews

You’re fifteen years old. You’re suddenly granted incredible powers. Cool, right? There’s only one problem: you can only use your powers for ten minutes at a time. What do you do when you have to save the world but you only have ten minutes to do it? This is the problem faced by Oliver Leif, a teenager who has just moved to a new town, and a new school, and is having a hard enough time navigating classes and his crush before the inter-dimensional monsters started showing up.

E-Ratic #1

Dani Moonstar Takes Aim in Afua Richardson’s Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 Cover

This November, Marvel honors Indigenous history with Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, a landmark special exploring the legacy and experiences of Marvel’s incredible cast of Indigenous characters in stories told by renowned Indigenous talent.

Marvel has revealed one of the covers of this upcoming book, a striking depiction of one of Marvel’s most prominent Native characters, Dani Moonstar, by Eisner award-winning artist Afua Richardson. Known for her work on the critically acclaimed series, Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Richardson brings the New Mutants leader to life in this vibrant piece showing Moonstar readying her psionic bow for her latest battle. In Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger and acclaimed Whitefish Lake First Nation artist Kyle Charles will team up for a Dani Moonstar story, as the Cheyenne superhero faces the crucial question of what her Indigenous heritage means in the new era of mutantkind.

Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 features stores written by Jeffrey Veregge, Rebecca Roanhorse, Darcie Little Badger, and Stephen Graham Jones with art by Verregge, Weshoyot Alvitre, Kyle Charles, and David Cutler with commentary by Taboo and Ben Jackendoff and a main cover by Jim Terry and Brian Reber.

Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 is out on November 18th!

Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 Afua Richardson cover

Indigenous Talent are Highlighted with Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices

This November, Marvel celebrates Indigenous history with a landmark special, Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, written and drawn by some of the industry’s most renowned Indigenous talent along with talents making their Marvel Comics debut! Celebrated writer and artist Jeffrey Veregge, who just wrapped up his exhibition Jeffrey Veregge: Of Gods and Heroes at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, is leading this book alongside a team of acclaimed creators to explore the legacy and experiences of Marvel’s incredible cast of Indigenous characters.

Hugo, Nebula, and Locus-award winning Black/Ohkay Owingeh writer Rebecca Roanhorse and Tongva artist Weshoyot Alvitre tell an Echotale like none before as she is set to play a critical role in Marvel Comics. Geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger joins acclaimed Whitefish Lake First Nation artist Kyle Charles for a Dani Moonstarstory where she will face the crucial question of what her Indigenous heritage means in the new era of mutantkind. And Bram Stoker-winning horror writer Stephen Graham Jones of the Blackfeet Nation teams up with Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation artist David Cutler to revisit one of the darkest spots of X-Men history! The cover is by Jim Terry and Brian Reber and the issue features commentary by Taboo and Ben Jackendoff.

Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 comes after the critically acclaimed Marvel’s Voices #1 anthology earlier this year, which featured top BIPOC talents such as James Monroe Iglehart, Sanford Greene, Method Man, Charlamagne tha God, Roxane Gay & more, telling stories about the X-Men, the Hulk, Black Panther, Killmonger, She-Hulk, Black Widow, and many more of Marvel’s iconic heroes. Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 kicks off the next phase of Marvel’s expanded Marvel’s Voices program to introduce fans to experience more inclusive stories and talent at Marvel Comics.

Be sure to check out Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 and the re-released special printing of Marvel’s Voices #1 this November!

Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices #1

Review: Bloodshot: Definitive Edition

Want to know what inspired the Bloodshot film starring Vin Diesel? Bloodshot: Definitive Edition has you covered collecting issues #0-13!

Story: Duane Swierczynski, Matt Kindt
Art: Manuel Garcia, Arturo Lozzi, Barry Kitson, Matthew Clark, Matt Ryan, Stefano Gaudiano, Mark Pennington, Clayton Crain, ChrisCross
Color: Ian Hannin, Moose Baumann, Brian Reber, Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Rob Steen, Dave Sharpe

Get your copy in comic shops and bookstores! 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.

Amazon
Kindle/comiXology

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Max Bemis and Nathan Stockman Get Savage for Valiant in June

The wild ride begins this June in Savage #1!

Critically-acclaimed writer Max Bemis and energetic artist Nathan Stockman present a thrilling new series that’s packed with over-the-top action, animated artwork, and a massively entertaining and totally unpredictable story!

Kevin Sauvage, aka Savage, grew up on a remote island populated by bloodthirsty dinosaurs and terrifying marauders. The wild child knew only one thing: survival. Now, he’s living in London and has become a breakout viral sensation. As Savage learns to live in his new environment, a taste of home comes to London as dinosaurs invade the city! It’s time for Savage to do what he does best: hunt!

The dinosaur-hunting fun begins in Savage #1 on June 17th, 2020, featuring colors by Brian Reber, letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and covers by Marcus ToChristian WardStacey Lee, and Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Savage #1

Review: Black Cat: Grand Theft Marvel

Felica Hardy, aka the Black Cat, is back and on the run from the New York Thieves Guild but that’s not stopping her from doing what she does best. That’s stealing things!

Story: Jed MacKay, Nao Fuji
Art: Travel Foreman, Michael Dowling, Nao Fuji
Color: Brian Reber
Letterer: Ferran Delgado

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores on January 14! 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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Get a First Look at Taran Killam’s Marvel Debut in Spider-Verse #4

Miles Morales’ explosive tour through the multiverse continues in Spider-Verse #4! Each issue of this unforgettable adventure introduces new takes on Spider-Man for readers to fall in love with, and this time, it’s high noon as Taran Killam (star of ABC’s Single Parents, formerly of Saturday Night Live) takes readers to the wild, wild west! Making his Marvel Comics debut alongside artist Juan Gedeon and colorist Brian Reber, Killam spins a web of adventure that teams Miles up with the mysterious cowboy, Webslinger!

Take a sneak peek at this wild issue and pick it up in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com on its new on sale date, January 29th! It features a cover by Dave Rapoza.

Spider-Verse #4
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