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The Hunt for Wolverine Features Four Series from Four Creative Teams

Logan’s return was just the beginning – the opening chapter of a story that will touch all corners and all characters of the Marvel Universe! Dive into all the excitement in the Hunt for Wolverine one-shot this April, and then be sure to follow all of the action with Weapon Lost, Adamantium Agenda, Claws of a Killer, and Mystery in Madripoor.

Featuring thrills and chills for all X-Men fans as Wolverine’s past comes back to haunt all our merry mutants, each unique story harkens back to their old school adventures – with each featuring a different shocking X-Men moment that no fan will want to miss!

Things kick off April 25th with Hunt for Wolverine #1 written by Charles Soule, art by David Marquez, and cover by Steve McNiven.

The Hunt for Wolverine: Weapon Lost debuts on May 2nd. That four issues series is by writer Charles Soule, artist Matteo Buffagni, and covers by Greg Land.

Writer Tom Taylor and artist R.B. Silva team up for Hunt for Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda. The four issues series features covers by Greg Land and debuts May 9th.

The four issue series Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer is by writer Mariko Tamaki, artist Butch Guice, and features by Greg Land. It comes to shelves May 16th.

And last, but not least, writer Jim Zub, artist Thony Silas take us to Madripoor with the four issue series Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor. It features covers by Greg Land. It comes to shelves May 23rd.

Review: The Adventures of Captain America

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 Captain America!

The Adventures of Captain America collects issues #1-4 and Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strips #1-3 by Fabian Nicieza, Kevin Maguire, Kevin West, Steve Carr, Josef Rubenstein, Terry Austin, Tom Christopher, Paul Mounts, Richard Starkings, Barry Dutter, Mike Rockwitz, Karl Kesel, Ben Dimagmaliw, Jared K. Fletcher, Butch Guice, Rachel Pinnelas, Lauren Sankovitch, Bill Rosemann, Tom Brevoort, Tim Smith 3, Harry Go, and John Cerilli.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores March 13. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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The Life and Death of Toyo Harada, a Six-Part Prestige Series

Valiant has announced The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of a SIX-PART, PRESTIGE SERIES from Eisner Award-winning writer Joshua Dysart and spectacular rising star CAFU! Alongside each oversized issue’s main narrative – set in the present day and featuring stunningly detailed art by CAFU – each chapter of The Life and Death of Toyo Harada will also feature a striking episode from Harada’s past, illustrated by a rotating cast of staggering guest talents, including Mico SuayanLewis LaRosaAdam Pollina, and more yet to be revealed when the series debuts in early 2019.

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 will see Dysart – one of the driving forces behind Valiant’s visionary Harbinger saga – make his long-awaited return to the forefront of the Valiant Universe with a sweeping, continent-spanning chronicle of the man behind the rise and fall of the Harbinger Foundation…and, in the modern day, his last gambit to remake Earth in his own utopian image…or sacrifice everything in the process…

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” – Toyo Harada, 1992

In 1945, the bombing of Hiroshima awakened an immense and terrifying power inside young Toyo Harada. A literal “child of the bomb,” as a newly orphaned teenager he quickly discovered that the explosion had unlocked extraordinary and extremely rare psionic powers within him. Powers that could allow him to read thoughts and control matter… To bend steel and stop bullets… To manipulate armies and deceive governments… To reshape the wills of men…and build a better world.

Ripped from his own family in a blinding flash of heat and fire, Harada set out to build a new one for himself…and dedicated decades to finding and activating other unique “psiots” – thousands of fellow latent telekinetics unknowingly living across the globe – that could be harnessed to further his mission. Across the years, he publicly became a billionaire businessman and philanthropist as CEO of Harada Global Conglomerates, while in secret, he quietly erected the Harbinger Foundation – a clandestine international operation dedicated to recruiting and training psiots for the day when their skills would be needed.

In 2019, that day will finally come. With the existence of psiots revealed to the world and the Harbinger Foundation left in ruins, Harada has been run to ground and outed as the invisible hand behind the course of recent human history. With his resources dwindling and a death warrant on his head, the world’s most powerful man is about to become its most dangerous…

Featuring cover artwork by Eisner Award-nominated artist Butch Guice and more yet to be revealed!

Preview: Black Panther and the Crew #6

Black Panther and the Crew #6

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey (A) Butch Guice (CA) John Cassaday
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• Black Panther and the Crew finally crack the case surrounding the mysterious death of Harlem community pillar Ezra Keith!
• In the wake of Ezra’s life one thing is certain: the world needs the Crew now more than ever!

Preview: Black Panther and the Crew #5



  • The teleporting hero known as MANIFOLD joins The Crew in their search for answers about the mysterious death of Harlem community pillar Ezra Keith…
  • …and what they learn is not only shocking but devastating!
  • It seems an old evil has infiltrated the very heart of Harlem, and if it’s not rooted out, the community will be brought to its knees.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Preview: Archangel #5

Archangel #5

William Gibson (w) • Butch Guice (a) • Tula Lotay (c)

Aboard a B-29 bomber soaring high over Europe, the Vice-President of a radioactive America one reality removed from our own is about to nuke all of history as we know it. This is the end.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Black Panther & The Crew #4

Black Panther & The Crew #4

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Butch Guice (CA) John Cassaday
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• In the wake of the death of his close friend and mentor, community pillar Ezra Miller, Luke Cage sets out to stop the siege on the streets of Harlem.
• And he’s not the only one – Black Panther, Misty Knight and Storm all have a stake in the fight for Harlem’s future.
• But in order to save that future, they’ll have to uncover the dark truth of Ezra’s past…

Preview: Archangel #4

Archangel #4

William Gibson (w) • Butch Guice (a) • Tula Lotay (c)

Time is running out. Corrupt, otherworldly political powers threaten to hijack our reality, and they have the nuclear capabilities needed to alter the course of our history forever. One lone pilot and those who dare to trust him are all that stand in the way of a radioactive future.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review : Black Panther & The Crew #1

Unlike many (but very much like many others, I suppose), I have to date been decidedly underwhelmed by Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ take on the Black Panther. I found “A Nation Under Our Feet” to be a dour, navel-gazing, self-important, and frankly confused attempt to “modernize” both T’Challa and his kingdom of Wakanda that pretty much failed miserably at everything it set out to do, reached its apex with a bog-standard fight, and followed that up with an issue-length epilogue that essentially changed nothing about the status quo for its characters and their world apart from stating that they were, in essence, all gonna try to listen to both listen, and be nicer, to each other more. Not exactly the groundbreaking work we’d been hoping for from one of the leading intellectuals of our times.

Still, ya gotta figure, the man is smarter than you and me put together, and eventually he’ll get this whole comic book thing figured out. Maybe a change of scenery will be just what he needs?

To that end, he’s decided to oversee a re-vamp of Marvel’s urban super-hero non-team, The Crew, with Black Panther at the helm. The name of this new(-ish) enterprise? Why, Black Panther & The Crew, of course, and while Coates has essentially nothing to do with the other title spun off from the BP “mothership,” Black Panther : World Of Wakanda (apart from laying an entirely unjust claim to the top spot in the book’s credits as a “consultant”), with this one he’s actually co-writing the series, and flying solo altogether with the scripting on this first issue. And whaddya know? It appears as though going from the actual jungle to the so-called urban jungle wasn’t such a bad idea, after all.

To be sure, this comic has some glaring flaws — no appearance whatsoever from its title character being chief among them — but it’s a reasonably entertaining and engaging romp that manages to be topical without resorting to brow-beating and posits the existence of some hitherto-unseen history for the venerable old “616 Universe” (is it still called that post- Secret Wars?) that might just make Harlem the printed-page equivalent of Netflix’s Hell’s Kitchen . We shall see.

Misty Knight is the primary mover and shaker this time out, and for those of us who feel a solo series for her is long overdue, this book at least seems determined to be an acceptable-enough substitute in the meantime. After a brief introductory flashback segment that hints at some of that “hidden history” I was just talking about, we see Misty take the point in an investigation focused on the death in police of one of the folks whose 1957 iteration we just met, and this allows Coates to touch on things you know he’s probably been dying to ever since signing on with Marvel — BLM, police brutality, the usual suspects. The privatized, mercenary Americops, who have been doing their level best to screw up Sam Wilson’s tenure as Captain America, would appear to be the primary “baddies” here, but pulling their strings are larger forces with very deep pockets, and my best guess based on some of the less-than-subtle hints peppered throughout the dialogue in this issue is that the very real evil of gentrification is going to be revealed as the “big bad” our heroes are tackling sooner rather than later. Coates displays a fairly sharp understanding of what makes Misty tick right off the bat and odds seem good that we won’t be seeing her in any of the “boob window” costumes or latex bodysuits that the always-risible Nick Spencer seems to look for every opportunity to put her in over in the pages of that just-referenced Cap book. Here, by contrast, she’s tough, capable, smart, and a pillar of her community. Things are looking up for her character already.

Storm, Manifold, and Luke Cage make up the rest of the team, and while keeping one of them under wraps (literally) for most of this chapter makes for a “reveal” that has to be considered one of the most anti-climactic cliffhangers in recent memory, on a purely technical level it still works, even if it’s less than surprising. Before we get to that point, though, we have some solidly-scripted police procedural work and some fairly strong fight sequences, as well as some short “establishing scenes” that actually do the job they’re supposed to do rather than just muddying the waters as was too often the case in the pages of “A Nation Under Our Feet.” All in all, then, while this is hardly groundbreaking stuff, it’s a more-than-competent opening segment for a story that seems to bear all the hallmarks of a politically-charged and intriguing little mystery.

Steady, veteran hands handling the art chores definitely help the proceedings here, as well. Butch Guice has always been a reliably good penciller with a strong sense of fluidity and realism to his work, and here he adds a welcome touch of urban grit to his repetoire that’s ably accentuated by the faithful inks of Scott Hanna. The visuals aren’t going to knock your socks off, but they belie a keen understanding of how to move a story along with ease in front of a reader’s eyes that too many people out to “wow” you with their style never seem to understand. Top it off with Dan Brown‘s well-chosen color palette and what you have here is a comic that knows it’s more important to tell you a story than to floor you with it — always appreciated, as far as I’m concerned, and almost a lost art these days.

Capping off the “old school” look and feel is John Cassaday‘s sleek and graceful cover, where he seems to be content to deviate a bit from his usual style and channel his inner Paul Gulacy with a ’70s-style composite-image “jam” that fits the tone of the interior pages to a proverbial “T,” and goes some way toward mitigating the pain always inflicted by Marvel’s outrageous $3.99 cover price (which I shelled for out of my own pocket, by the way, no “freebie” review copy here).

So, yeah — count me as being borderline-impressed by Black Panther & The Crew #1. Low expectations may have played a part in that, but even going in “blind,” so to speak, I probably would have walked away wanting to know what would happen next. With the writing duties being farmed out (at least partially) next month, we’ll see if things suffer at all, but I feel reasonably confident that the groundwork has been laid for a nice little series here that we can probably look forward to at least 12 (or thereabouts) issues from.

Now, about that Misty Knight solo book —

Story : Ta-Nehisi Coates  Art :  Butch Guice & Scott Hanna

Story : 7 Art : 8 Overall : 7.5 Recommendation : Buy


Review: Black Panther and The Crew #1

BlackPantherCrew.jpgEven though most of Black Panther and The Crew #1 is spent in the Harlem of the 1950s and Black Panther doesn’t even show up, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ thoughts and ideas squarely fit in 2017. (Also, a team of black vigilantes beating up mafiosos in 1954 is pretty awesome.) An activist named Ezra Keith was arrested after protesting gentrification and ended up dead in police custody, and Misty Knight must investigate his murder while coming to terms with being a “good cop” in a world where brutality and cover ups are the norm. The twist is that Keith was Lynx, the leader of that earlier mentioned vigilante team, and Coates, artists Butch Guice and Scott Hanna, and colorist Dan Brown are off to tell a Harlem superhero/crime yarn that spans decades.

Coates does a little point/counterpoint with his writing of Misty Knight and Blue with Misty being more sympathetic towards police officers while Blue leans more towards the protesters’ POV. They end up somehow making a great team. I like how open he was about Misty’s bias because she is a police detective herself even though the presence of the fascist Robocop wannabe Americops makes the veteran superhero’s defense of the system come across as naive. She even starts by pulling her punches against the Americops when they confront her and Blue for missing their curfew before Guice and Hanna show her kicking ass in a flurry of sparks and kicks ass like the Daughter of Dragon that we know she is.

Misty’s sympathetic point of view towards the police comes off better in a scene where she talks to a correction officer who is badly and doesn’t appeal to some idealistic view of justice, but just doing his job well. Guice and Hanna do a great job blocking panels having Misty move closer to the guard because they both understand the tough reality of fighting for justice and keeping a job to pay the bills when corruption is everywhere. She comes off better as the constantly questioning detective than being aTheCrewInterior mouthpiece for respectability politics or a borderline “Blue Lives Matter” advocate. (There’s a scene where she says that police need more credit for making Harlem a better place.) It seems like her becoming an active part of resisting society’s corruption will be part of her arc in Black Panther and The Crew as she interacts with characters like Blue and the other superheroes set to appear in this comic.

Butch Guice and Scott Hanna’s art in Black Panther and The Crew #1 is pretty fantastic at seamlessly transitioning from the past to present Harlem and showing character’s emotions in a more effective way than Ta-Nehisi Coates’ bombardment of caption boxes. The examples of their skill are numerous from Misty rolling her eyes about a police cover-up to an intense expression from Blue’s friend Ava-Jean that nails his passion for his justice even though he barely appears in the comic. And their drawings of the 1954 members of The Crew are just pure fun and old school superhero nostalgia with Coates’ captions feeling like Stan Lee’s carnival barker act, but cooler.

Other than Ta-Nehisi Coates’ characterization of Misty Knight, Black Panther and the Crew #1 is a knock-out combination of a generation-spanning murder mystery, ripped from the headlines thoughts about police brutality and capitalist systems,  and eventually superhero team-up action. It’s worth thumbing or clicking through again just for Butch Guice and Scott Hanna’s gift with faces and action choreography alone.

Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates Pencils: Butch Guice Inks: Scott Hanna Colors: Dan Brown
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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