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Rural crime noir meets superhero action in Local Man

Tony Fleecs and Tim Seeley team up for the upcoming Local Man. This new ongoing series will combine rural crime noir with superhero action and hit shelves in February 2023 from Image Comics.

Each issue of the series will be a classic Image Comics “flip book” format with a lead story drawn by Fleecs and a superhero flashback—into the depths of the Image Universe—drawn by Seeley. The premier issue will contain 30 pages of story content for only $3.99.

Once the star recruit of the media sensation super-team Third Gen, Jack “Crossjack” Xaver had it all. But when controversy sends him crawling back to his mom and dad’s basement in the Midwest, Jack struggles to fit into a world he left far behind. And then the bodies start piling up.

Local Man #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 22:

  • Local Man #1 Cover A by Seeley & Fleecs – Diamond Code DEC220084
  • Local Man #1 Cover B by Seeley & Brian Reber – Diamond Code DEC220085
Local Man #1

Review: Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1

Marvel Voices: Identity

The impact of Shang Chi and the Ten Rings cannot be understated. The fact that Marvel took a big swing by giving a movie to a character with no prior introduction, was risky. AS the fan base, other than the actual comic book readers, know who he was. The movie met the moment in this time and place.

 As with what happened when Black Panther was released, suddenly fans that never saw themselves were finally …seen. The movie much like the iconic Chadwick Boseman starrer,  also had a nuanced flawed and complicated villain , in Tony Leung’s Mandarin As the world waits for the Ms. Marvel TV show, the visibility of  AAPIs have never been as apparent . In what seems to be Marvel’s annual one shots showing diversity, we get Marvel’s Voices: Identity, showcasing some of the Marvel Universe’s mightiest Asian heroes.

In “ Secrets”, we find Jimmy Woo and Shang Chi, as prey in a  a challenge much akin to Saw coordinated by Crossfire, which finds them saying hard truths to each other, only to become closer for it.  In “ Fool Me Twice”,  Ms. Marvel meets a former love interest /fellow Inhuman/foe, who attempts to use her feelings about him against her but thankfully Shang Chi , shows up , to open her eyes. In “The Primeval Paradox”, Groot and Mantis take a trip to her home planet,   but instead elicits memories of her family who been long gone. In the last story, “While You Were Out”, Wong fights off a creature trying to enter the Sanctum Sanctorum.

Overall, Marvel Voices: Identity is an excellent collection of stories which offers the right bit of nuance, and just how super we all are. The stories by the different creators are immersive. The art by the different creators are beautiful. Altogether, an excellent  one shot that, I hope will continue for many years.

Story: Pornsak Pichetshote, Sabir Prizada, Jeremy Holt, Emily Kim
Art: Creees Lee, Eric Koda, Kei Zama, Rickie Yagawa
Color: Bryan Valenza, Brian Reber, Irma Kniivila, Sebastian Cheng
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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See what awaits for Marvel’s greatest Asian heroes in the Marvel’s Voices: Identity Trailer

In honor of AANHPI Heritage Month, Marvel’s Voices: Identity returns to stands tomorrow with an all-new collection of stories starring some of Marvel’s most iconic Asian heroes! Crafted by an incredible lineup of AANHPI writers and artists from throughout the comics industry, this year’s issue will spotlight Shang-Chi, Ms. Marvel, Mantis, Wong, and Jimmy Woo in four action-packed and heartfelt adventures! Fans can get a first look at the action to come in the all-new Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork!

  • Writer Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Creees Lee take Shang-Chi and Jimmy Woo on a vital mission with some unexpected surprises
  • Writer Sabir Pirzada and artist Eric Koda teams up Ms. Marvel with Shang-Chi in a story that explore these two heroes’ differences and similarities
  • Writer Jeremy Holt and artist Kei Zama spotlight the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Mantis, diving into the iconic character’s fascinating past and gearing her up for a bright future
  • Writer Emily Kim and artist Rickie Yagawa showcase the power and expertise of master of the mystic arts, Wong, in an exciting solo adventure

Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 2022 continues the tradition of inspiring and uplifting storytelling that truly reflects “the world outside your window.” These stories celebrate Marvel’s ongoing, ever-expanding pantheon of heroes and the vastness of all Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Island cultures and identities. Celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month with Marvel Comics by picking up Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 tomorrow, digitally or at your local comic shop!

Preview: Marvel Voices: Identity #1

Marvel Voices: Identity #1

(W) Pornsak Pichetshote, Sabir Pirzada, Jeremy Holt, Emily Kim (A) Creees Lee, Eric Koda, Kei Zama, Rickie Yagawa (c) Bryan Valenza, Brian Reber, Irma Kniivila, Sebastian Cheng (CA) Creees Lee
RATED T
In Shops: May 18, 2022
SRP: $5.99

THE GREATEST ASIAN SUPER HEROES AND CREATORS RETURN!
Just in time for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, comes a new spotlight on the best Asian super heroes in comics! Ms. Marvel! Shang-Chi! Wong! Mantis! Plus, more surprises to come from an amazing lineup of new and established AAPI creators!

Marvel Voices: Identity #1

Get a First Look at Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1

Shang-Chi, Kamala Khan, Wong, Mantis, and Jimmy Woo headline Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 2022. The second Marvel’s Voices anthology honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will showcase brand new stories crafted by both emerging and established Asian and AAPI talent. Arriving on May 25, Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 2022 will feature four action-packed and heartfelt adventures set throughout the Marvel Universe plus an introduction by Isabel Hsu, Senior Manager of Creative Development at Marvel Games and exclusive interview with longtime comic book letterer and industry pioneer, Janice Chiang. Right now, fans can get their first look at all four covers and preview each of the featured stories, including:

  • Writer Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Creees Lee take Shang-Chi and Jimmy Woo on a vital mission with some unexpected surprises
  • Writer Sabir Pirzada and artist Eric Koda teams up Ms. Marvel with Shang-Chi in a story that explore these two heroes’ differences and similarities
  • Writer Jeremy Holt and artist Kei Zama spotlight the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Mantis, diving into the iconic character’s fascinating past and gearing her up for a bright future
  • Writer Emily Kim and artist Rickie Yagawa showcase the power and expertise of master of the mystic arts, Wong, in an exciting solo adventure

Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 2022 features colors by Bryan Valenza, Brian Reber, Irma Kniivila, and Sebastian Cheng. It features covers by Creees Lee and Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jeehyung Lee, Stan Sakai and Emi Fuji, and Wooh Nayoung.

Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 2022 continues the tradition of inspiring and uplifting storytelling that truly reflects “the world outside your window.” These stories celebrate Marvel’s ongoing, ever-expanding pantheon of heroes and the vastness of all Asian, Asian American and Pacific Island cultures and identities.

Review: Dark Ages #6

Dark Ages #6

It’s a good sign for a comic when you want more of it. Dark Ages is that type of comic where six issues is just not enough to explore the world, characters, and let things play out a bit. Wrapping things up, Dark Ages #6 delivers a satisfying, though rushed, finale to the alternate world story.

Tom Taylor wraps things up in Dark Ages #6 with an issue that’s packed with action and has heroes and villains confronting Apocalypse and his enslaved army of heroes and villains. It’s full of action and unfortunately not given quite enough time to breathe and play out. The finale feels like an issue that could have used a bit more to expand its world and story, either a whole issue or at least an extra special supersized finale. The comic feels a little compressed especially with some dramatic moments that happen and then, that’s it. It feels like a story that was cut short in issues and forced to wrap up sooner than originally planned. Still, it’s satisfying in a popcorn summer blockbuster sort of way. It’s very satisfying with Taylor hitting the beats you want as a reader and delivering moments that stand out. Don’t forget the tinge of humor to it all.

Iban Coello‘s art continues to be solid. There’s a character or panel or two that feel a little off at times but overall, there’s a lot packed in. With color by Brian Reber and lettering by Joe Sabino the action is fierce and there’s so many moments that are memorable visually. The team does an amazing job of making this world look lived in. It’s not just heroes and villains with different costumes. Here we see haggard and starved characters who look like they’ve been held and tortured. It’s a small detail that really makes the world feel more “real”. It’s something the art has been amazing at with each and every issue.

Hopefully, we get a sequel to the series. Dark Ages #6 leaves more than enough out there to build a really interesting follow up. Unfortunately, due to an exclusive deal with DC, any sequel won’t have the talent of Tom Taylor. Taylor through six issues helped balance heart and action with the fantastic art of Iban Coello for a miniseries that delivers on popcorn entertainment.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Iban Coello
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Dark Ages #4

Dark Ages #4

Tom Taylor is a master at alternate takes on characters. He’s regularly done that with multiple series for DC and his talents are being used by Marvel in a similar way. Dark Ages takes us to a world where an EMP wave has disrupted electricity. Taking place seven years after the event, heroes and villains have helped form a new society. Unfortunately, they face a threat in Apocalypse who has enslaved some heroes and villains in an attempt to bring back power. War looms and Dark Ages #4 ups the tension and action as our heroes must decide what to do.

Dark Ages #4 doesn’t just show off Taylor’s solid storytelling abilities. What the issue really highlights is his worldbuilding abilities. Each issue has added elements that make this world feel lived in and thought out. Details show off elements that feel like they’ve been in motion for a while and this is all an ongoing story of which we’ve come into, not starting with.

In this issue we’re introduced to the refugee crisis that has occurred in Europe. Nightcrawler and Fury have commandeered a naval force to help bring those fleeing the continent to Africa and Wakanda where Black Panther and Storm have helped create a stable nation. But, it’s the small details of that naval force that stands out. How the ships move, the use of certain powers, it’s not just “this exists”, it’s clear there’s thought put into how it all works.

Beyond the detail, Taylor takes us on a rollercoaster of emotion and action. Of course things don’t go easily and with it being an “alt” take on characters, some can be killed off. That leads to some harrowing moments whose visuals stand out. But, Taylor also brings heart. Like those small details, Taylor remembers we need to care about these characters. And he makes sure to add elements that we can relate to them and connect in some way. This allows the reader to experience even more worry and tension as we don’t know who might be injured or die and since we’re connected, we actually care about those results. This isn’t a story where someone is just going to come back. It being a finite series and “closed” world allows for actual stakes.

Iban Coello’s art style is fantastic. Despite the low-tech setting, there really is a great “Mad Max” quality of it all. Old technology and vehicles are reused. With color by Brian Reber and lettering by Joe Sabino, it all comes together in a focus that continues from Taylor’s story. There’s a detail about the art that helps make the world feel lived in. Things look worn and used. They’re familiar but also slapped together. It’s both clean and dirty in a way. Like the story itself, the details of the world look amazing and will get you to linger trying to figure out where it’s all coming from in the regular Marvel universe.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Iban Coello
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Knighted #2 (of 5)

Knighted #2 (of 5)

(W) Gregg Hurwitz (A) Brian Reber (A/CA) Mark Texeira
In Shops: Dec 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In this action-packed adventure set in the universe of The Resistance, Gregg Hurwitz (Legends of the Dark Knight, Vengeance of Moon Knight), Mark Texeira (Ghost Rider, Wolverine), and Brain Reber (X-Men: Legacy) introduce a masked vigilante for the 21st Century. Bob Ryder is a hapless bureaucrat whose bad luck streak comes to a crescendo when he accidentally kills the city’s masked vigilante, The Knight. Oops. Now, Bob is forced to take on the mantle of the legendary hero before the city descends into chaos. Good thing he’s got The Knight’s former butler/assistant to show him the ropes.

Knighted #2 (of 5)

AWA Studios Reveals Primos by Al Madrigal and Carlo Barberi

AWA (Artists, Writers, Artisans) has announced the All-New Latinx Superhero Comic Series, Primos which will debut February 2, 2022 in both Spanish and English (solicitation date: November 19, 2021).  From the mind of renowned Latinx comedian, actor, writer and producer Al Madrigal and artist Carlo BarberiPrimos brings together three distant cousins, bound by their ancient spacefaring Mayan lineage to the historical King Janaab, with a profoundly special purpose: to save the world as we know it. They are the “Primos,” and they are Earth’s last hope.

The ultimate Latinx heroes for the 21st Century are here!  Centuries ago, two Mayan brothers constructed a spacecraft that sent them hurtling into outer space.  Returned to Earth only to find their culture and civilization destroyed, one of the brothers vows revenge and seeks to decimate the planet with intergalactic technology gathered on his travels.  To prevent this, his sibling creates a contingency plan that activates the world’s protectors – three descendants of their own family who have been granted great power.  Now, the fate of the universe lies in the hands of three cousins scattered throughout Central and North America who have never even met.

Review: Dark Ages #3

Dark Ages #3

Tom Taylor has become a master at the “alternate world” storyline. He’s shown time and time again he’s able to take familiar characters, and even somewhat familiar stories and concepts, and mix it all up for something new and entertaining. While these stories could easily just be surface level changes, Taylor constantly surprises with a depth of emotion and moments that are memorable long after being read. His twists are new classic alternate takes and Dark Ages #3 is a perfect example of what he’s able to do.

Dark Ages is a world where technology has failed due to a powerful being that is preventing its use. Electricity is gone and the remaining heroes and villains have banded together in an attempt to rebuild society. While things are generally working, we discovered in the last issue Apocalypse has plans of his own and with the help of Purple Man, enslaved some of the world’s greatest minds to help achieve whatever that is. With help from Mystique Apocalypse has captured Tony Stark to continue whatever he’s up to.

Dark Ages #3 is the fallout from that as our heroes discover Tony has been taken. Debate begins as to what to do and if confrontation with Apocalypse needs to happen. Taylor takes us on a rollercoaster as heroes are corrupted, someone dies, and someone discovers people she thought were dead are not. It’s all these moments together, including a smartass Doctor Doom, that creates an issue that’s a fun read. Dark Ages is popcorn fun and this third issue is a prime example of that.

The art by Iban Coello continues to impress. With color by Brian Reber and lettering by Joe Sabino, the comic looks fantastic. The character designs are great and the details tell so much of the story. This is a world that feels lived in and thought is put into how it all works. We can figure some of that out visually, which just tells more of the story.

Dark Ages #3 is another fantastic issue that has us already wanting more from Taylor twisting the Marvel world. It’s an issue full of moments, exciting, shocking, sad, and funny. It’s a hell of a read that’s enjoyment from cover to cover.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Iban Coello
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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