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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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Preview: Telepaths #3 (of 6)

Telepaths #3 (of 6)

(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A) Brian Reber (A/CA) Steve Epting
In Shops: Nov 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The brand new epic from comic book legends J. Michael Straczynksi (The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor) and Steve Epting (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). An electromagnetic disturbance results in the sudden awakening of telepathic powers in a tenth of the Earth’s population. In the moments after the world comes to grip with this development, newlyBoston police find themselves sent against a wrongly convicted prisoner who becomes a hero and leader of other telepaths trying to escape a world in which their powers will make them targets. Both are heroes of their own story, and the future may depend on whether or not trust can be found between them.

Telepaths #3

Preview: Knighted #1 (of 5)

Knighted #1 (of 5)

(W) Gregg Hurwitz (A) Brian Reber (A/CA) Mark Texeira
In Shops: Nov 03, 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, Spider) 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 #1 (of 5)

Preview: Knighted #1 (of 5)

Knighted #1 (of 5)

(W) Gregg Hurwitz (A) Brian Reber (A/CA) Mark Texeira
In Shops: Nov 03, 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, Spider) 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 #1 (of 5)

AWA Reveals Knighted #1 Retailer Exclusive Variants

AWA Studios/AWA Upshot Studios has revealed the retailer exclusive variants for their upcoming new November series, Knighted #1 by by Gregg Hurwitz, illustrated by Mark Texeira, and colored by Brian Reber. The series is part of the AWA Studios universe built by J. Michael StrazynskiKnighted is Batman meets The Other Guys and is why a few retailers had some fun paying homage to the caped crusader.

Here’s a list of the variants and the links to collect:

Be sure to pick up Knighted #1 on November 3rd, 2021.

Review: Dark Ages #2

Dark Ages #2

Tom Taylor is a master of the dystopian comic story. With stories like Injustice and DCeased for DC, he’s shown the heroes we know other fallen from good or struggling to survive. He takes the characters we know and puts them up against impossible odds with no issue having them fail. Marvel‘s Dark Ages is about what happens after that failure. After stopping an immense being called the Unmaker, Earth is enveloped in an E.M.P. that has shut down all of the technology. The first issue left us with a world that had gone dark, Dark Ages #2 shows us what comes after.

Impressively, Taylor subverts some of the expectations going into Dark Ages #2. This isn’t a world that is crumbling with roving gangs battling it out. The heroes and villains that remained eventually found a better way for everyone and worked together. That’s what the issue takes us through, the history and the more hopeful, smaller world that now exists. It’s an interesting twist compared to Taylor’s previous work. There’s absolutely some carnage but all of that is mentioned giving us the history to the now. It’s in the past as the people that remain have moved forward to work towards something greater and better. It’s weirdly… hopeful. But, can you do an entire comic of that? Where’s the fun!? Taylor delivers twists and turns in Dark Ages #2 and by the end the danger and conflict to come is clear.

What’s great is Taylor has really thought about this world. The comic is full of small details that makes it all feel “lived in” and more real in so many ways. Alarm systems and how the heroes and villains use their powers to keep things going are interesting and there’s clearly ideas mapped out in how all of this works. Those small details help add depth to the comic and adds to the enjoyment as we see how the world has adatped.

Some of that detail is due to Iban Coello‘s art. There’s so many visual queues as to what has happened to the world and how it, and the survivors, have changed. Along with color by Brian Reber and lettering by Joe Sabino, the combination of the trio gives us a comic that feels a little bit grimy but in a way you’d expect for a world without technology. There’s a bit of dirtiness about it all that adds to the realism and sucks the reader in. The designs for everyone really stands out though. The changes are fantastic blending classic superhero looks with an almost steampunk flair about it. It never quite crosses over into any one genre instead it feels cobbled together like would really happen.

Dark Ages #2 is a fantastic second issue. The first setup the world to come and this issue gives us the conflict to come while also going over the history that was. Such a solid story that it’s one to not be missed and feels like a classic Marvel alternate future in the making.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Iban Coello
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Gregg Hurwitz, Mark Texeira, and Brian Reber Get Knighted

KNIGHTED

Story: Gregg Hurwitz
Art: Mark Texeira 
Colors: Brian Reber
Release Date: November 3
Final Order Cutoff: October 11
Cover A Code: SEP211337 
Cover B Code: SEP211338

Heroes never die.

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 Brian Reber (X-Men: Legacy, Spider-Man/Deadpool) introduce a masked vigilante for the 21st Century. Bob RyDee 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

Review: Telepaths #1

Telepaths #1

AWA Studios has been an interesting publisher. There’s a string of releases that have all been worthy checking out at least the first issue and numerous series to dive in and enjoy. J. Michael Straczynski has been one of the creators who have really taken advantage giving us a whole new world to escape into with The Resistance. Straczynski looks like he might be repeating that with Telepaths #1, a new series with an intriguing concept.

A solar flare threatens the Earth with an unknown impact to come. Telepaths #1 lays out the numerous pieces of the puzzle of what that impact will be in both good and bad ways. The issue is a hodgepodge of moments with various characters in numerous situations. Some of it plays out while some of it is just left on the shelf. A Presidential aide, a police officer, a convict, and more all get a snapshot as we’re introduced to their situations. It’s the calm before the storm and it’s the storm that’s the interesting aspect.

The solar flare, it’s clear by the end, has granted some individuals telepathic abilities. But, it’s the moments during impact that are the most intriguing. We see the failure of technology and the chaos it causes as the flare hits the planet. Accidents are plenty as it seems the whole world takes a nap for a little while. The whole world missing some time is a concept that feels familiar but it’s a small aspect of the bigger story. The fallout of it all is what stands out as individuals come to realize what has happened. Telepaths #1 is a solid tease of what’s to come, the opening moments of a big-budget film.

It’s no surprise that Steve Epting‘s art looks great. With color by Brian Reber and lettering by Sal Cipriano, Telepaths #1 has a style about it that ads to the cinematic quality of the story. Other than a couple of characters looking too similar, there’s a grounded aspect to everything that makes it all clicks. In fact, the art could have gone even more over the top in the chaos and it’d still have worked. Epting chooses to give us a big picture of the damage without a sensational aspect that might pull us out of the story.

Telepaths #1 is an interesting start to the series. There’s some aspects that are absolutely great. There’s some aspects that are thrown in there and feel like they don’t go anywhere. It’s clear they will eventually but we have one issue to review right now. There’s a making of a great series within and hopefully with the second issue we get to see the impact of this event with those lingering plotlines. For now, it’s a good start with a lot of potential.

Story: J. Michael Straczynski Art: Steve Epting
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Dark Ages #1

Dark Ages #1

Going into the comic, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect in Dark Ages #1. Is it some “mini event” that entertains but has little impact? Is it some major event? All I was sure of was it has something to do with technology failing and society starting over, at least that’s the sense I got. With Tom Taylor writing and Iban Coello on art, no matter what was inside, I was pretty sure I’d be entertained.

Taylor has become a master at delivering alternate takes on superheroes throwing them into dystopian worlds like DC’s Injustice and DCeased line of stories. Even in those rather dark and bleak stories Taylor delivers stories that feature hope. He knows how to nail the emotional ride of such stories. By every indication of Dark Ages #1, we’re getting more of that.

Dark Ages #1 is an interesting comic as it’s not quite clear if this is during normal continuity at first or not. After a while, we get a better sense of how it “fits” into Marvel’s universe and as those questions are answered it’s easier to get into the story, especially knowing what those answers mean. And it means Taylor can have some fun. Like his alternate world work with DC, this series hits you in unexpected ways. Heroes die. The heroes fail. And that’s the basis of the story, what if the heroes didn’t save the day? What happens after? But, even in that bleak idea, Taylor delivers a glimmer of hope.

Iban Coello‘s art delivers as expected. Joined by Brian Reber on color and Joe Sabino on lettering, there’s just enough spectacle to nail home how tragic these events are but never overwhelms. We see cities destroyed, buildings collapse, and heroes die, but there’s never a moment so shocking it hits you and takes you out of the story. Instead, there’s just a sadness about it. You get a sense of the scale of the disaster but there’s a focus on key moments and characters to set up the “humanity” of what’s happening. As the issue closes, the art kicks it up a notch delivering hints as to what’s to come and what we can expect.

Dark Ages #1 is a solid start. Taylor is delivering yet another spin on classic characters in a new world and setting. The debut sets the bar as what we can expect and the answer is everything. No one is safe and we’re being delivered a solid spin and direction it seems like. If you like Taylor past similar work, this is a start that’s well worth checking out.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Iban Coello
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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