When it comes to comics, the big two usually makes carbon copies of each other’s characters with slight tweaking. Look at the actual names of Deadpool and Deathstroke, two characters who are universally loved by everyone who follows them. They both have the same occupation but their personalities are where the differences begin to splinter. Eventually, comic fans make their own mind up on which version is superior.
Another such “coincidence” is the Green Lantern Corps and the Nova Corps. Both are galactic space forces ensuring the safety of the universe. I never quite caught on to the allure of the Nova Corps but definitely loved the Green Lantern Corps and the various men and women who wielded the Lantern Ring. One of my favorite Green Lanterns is John Stewart, a daunting hero in his own right and one which I wished had his own book. Fortunately, he did have a series back in 1992, Green Lantern: Mosaic.
We find John Stewart as he introduces the reader to the wonders of the Mosaic world, where everything is and is not what it seems. As John protects this world, he is also very much part of it, as he reveals that his also an alien within these confines. As we find out a bit of history behind the character and the struggles he endured while on Earth. By issue’s end, this new world of his own making is more than he could ever have dreamt of.
Overall, a fascinating almost psychotropic trip that both the reader and the character go on to understand what we have stepped into. The story by Gerard Jones is enigmatic and captivating. The art by the creative team is alluring. Altogether, an excellent story which feels like Star Trek with superheroes.
Story: Gerard Jones
Art: Brian Stelfreeze, Albert De Guzman, Cully Hamner, Dan Panosian, and Steve Mattson
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics has revealed an excerpt from Matador, Vol. 1 by Devin Grayson and Brian Stelfreeze, which will find a new home at Image Comics this May and collect issues #1-6 of the original series.
Matador is an explosive story pitting Lt. Isabel Cardona against a deadly serial killer in an edge-of-your-seat thriller that fans of Killing Eve and True Detective won’t want to miss. Dismissed as a quota minority hire by her work peers, Cuban-born and Florida-bred Detective Isabel Cardona makes no friends on the Miami force by insisting that a series of seemingly unrelated murder cases lead to an urban-legend contract killer known only as “The Matador.” Proving his existence soon becomes equal parts self-preservation and obsession—but how close to the dangerous Matador will Cardona have to get to make that happen?
Matador, Vol. 1 (Diamond Code JAN190134, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1068-1) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 22. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, Feb 4. It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, May 28.
This December, Miles Morales returns in his own solo series written by Saladin Ahmed with art by Javier Garron and a first issue cover by Brian Stelfreeze which you can see below.
Spider-Man #1 arrives December 12, which we expected with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse coming to theaters December 14. It’s the perfect combination of comic on the shelf timed with a movie release.
In Ahmed’s take, Miles is focus on protecting his community and city instead of universe shattering events. There’s also school, family, bullies, and attempting to have a social life. The first arc will pit him against Rhino and guest-star an unexpected character, a “big hero.”
This is the first series to feature the character that doesn’t feature Brian Michael Bendis writing (the character was co-created by Bendis with Sara Pichelli).
Rise of Black Panther #5
(W) Evan Narcisse, Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Javier Pina (CA) Brian Stelfreeze
In Shops: May 02, 2018
WINDS OF CHANGE BLOW THROUGH WAKANDA!
SECRET ORIGIN OF THE BLACK PANTHER Part 5
• Just as Wakanda comes onto the global stage, enemies close by make their move! The Hyena Clan is out to exploit the country’s vast technology – and with a new king on the throne, it’s a perfect time to strike.
• Assaulted on all fronts, T’Challa seeks out a love he left behind: Ororo Munroe, soon-to-be Storm of the X-Men. A missing chapter of the Black Panther and Storm’s lifelong romance comes to light!
• And it’s a triple threat as a traitor gathers forces. What is Project Koukou – and who is behind it?!
It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Domino!
X-Men: Domino collects Domino (1997) #1-3, Domino (2003) #1-4, X-Force: Sex and Violence #1-3, material from X-Force & Cable Annual ’95, A+X #10, and Uncanny X-Men Annual (2016) #1 by Ben Raab, Joe Pruett, Brian Stelfreeze, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Todd Dezago, Adam Warren, Anthony Piper, David Perrin, Gabrielle Dell’Otto, and Daerick Gross.
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Black Panther #172
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) Brian Stelfreeze
In Shops: Apr 18, 2018
KLAW STANDS SUPREME FINALE!
• Klaw and his allies have brought Wakanda to the brink of destruction.
• To seal the deal, Klaw has summoned a powerful Marvel foe not seen in years.
• But Black Panther isn’t done fighting yet. He still has a secret weapon: his ex-wife.
Rise of the Black Panther #4
Story: Evan Narcisse
Consultant: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art: Javier Pina
Color: Stēphane Paitreau
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover and Title Pages: Brian Stelfreeze
Design: Manny Mederos
Logo: Rian Hughes
Editor: Wil Moss
Associate Editor: Sarah Brunstad
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SECRET ORIGIN OF THE BLACK PANTHER Part 4
• Now that T’Challa has revealed Wakanda to the world, he must face that world’s demands – and those of its monarchs. What does Doctor Doom want from the new king?
• And it is not only governments and councils who worry about Wakanda’s safety in the new era. A young refugee sees his country’s coming struggle – and will make his own violence to save it.
Black Panther #171
Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates Art: Leonard Kirk
Color: Laura Martin Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze, Laura Martin
Variant Cover: Nick Bradshaw, Morry Hollowell
Design: Manny Mederos
Editor: Wil Moss Associate Editor: Sarah Brunstad
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
KLAW STANDS SUPREME Part 6
• The Black Panther finally meets Ulysses Klaw face-to-face. Will the king lose his country?
• But Klaw is not the only monster corrupting Wakanda. The gods are still lost – all save one. The true Originator returns!
Rise of the Black Panther #3
(W) Evan Narcisse, Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Paul Renaud (CA) Brian Stelfreeze
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SECRET ORIGIN OF THE BLACK PANTHER Part 3
• Against the wishes of his tribal council, the Black Panther unveils his country to the globe.
• But will T’Challa’s faith in humanity bring ruin on his resource-rich home?
• The new king will quickly find his invitation brings unexpected guests. What is the Winter Soldier doing in Africa?!
Black Panther is coming to theaters and we’re reviewing each trade paperback volume of the current ongoing series from Marvel! We continue with the third volume of, “A Nation Under Our Feet.”
Black Panther Vol. 3 A Nation Under Our Feet collects issues #9-12 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Goran Sudzuka, Walden Wong, Roberto Poggi, Scott Hanna, Laura Martin, Matt Milla, Larry Molinar, Rachelle Rosenberg, Paul Mounts, and VC’s Joe Sabino. It also features material from New Avengers (2013) #18, #21, and #24 by Jonathan Hickman, Valerio Sciti, Salvador Larroca, Frank Martin, Paul Mounts, David Curriel, and VC’s Joe Caramagna.
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