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Review: Cage #2

Cage #2

Bruce Willis is one of those actors whose presence onscreen is one of reassurance. He’s now known mostly for his tough-guy roles but that not has always been the case. As was shown in The Movies That Made Us, when he made Die Hard, most test screen audiences laughed at his very presence, because they remember him as the guy from the television show, Moonlighting. He would go on to make movies that straddled the line between tough-guy and comic relief, but most of his fans love his action movies.

Even Sylvester Stallone saw his bankability to put Willis in one of his Expendables movies before their offscreen tiff. One of my favorite movies by him was a period drama called Last Man Standing where he played a rogue gunman in the middle of a turf war. His character, no matter what he did, got pulled in deeper before he had no choice but to pick sides. In the second issue of Cage, our protagonist finds a bird in a hand, and looks to live up to the title of Hero for Hire.

We find Luke in a conversation with a dirty cop that knows about the case he just took and the implications that would occur if he gets close to the truth, giving him fair warning before trouble is headed his way. A warning that Luke doesn’t take heed, but looks to make money from. Soon Luke plots The Italian Mob, against the gang that controls Harlem, to the dirty cops that run the neighborhood, with none the wiser. By the issue’s end, a miscalculation by Luke leads to a vital witness being fatally shot which changes his plans completely.

Overall, an engaging issue that plays out like some of the best crime noir thrillers of yesteryear. The story by Brian Azzarello is electrifying. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, an issue in this story that ramps up the action.

Story: Brian Azzarello
Art: Richard Corben, Wes Abbott, and  Jose Villarubia
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Cage #1

Cage #1

Long gone are the days when comics dared to be pushed their readers out of their comfort zone. The one book that still has a hold on me 20 years later, Batman: Killing Joke, was both disturbing and brilliant, but not to me at the time. It shook me to the core, it made me sick the first time I read it. It would take me several times before I got through the rough parts, before seeing just what the creators were trying to do, bring these epic superheroes into the real world.

Comics would continue to do this, several times, especially when Vertigo was in its prime and drawing talent from Great Britain. It would not be long before the House Of Ideas decided to make more adult fare, when it introduced Marvel Max, and introduce the world to Jessica Jones, a rather realistic look at what means to be a woman and a superhero. It also gave readers everywhere the edgy vision of their favorite heroes that they never got a chance to read until then. In the debut issue of one of Marvel’s most iconic heroes, we find Luke Cage hired to avenge a death in Cage, only to find a more tangled web than he ever imagined.

We find Luke at a local strip club in Harlem, where an older woman has approached him, requiring his services. Her daughter had just been killed by a stray bullet from a local gang, as vengeance she requires, knowing that the police, because it is a gang matter, will not get involved.  As Cage starts investigating, he soon finds out that the bullet was intended for a local gangster but someone hiding in plain view, may also have a hand in it, Tombstone, who is trying to pass for a legitimate businessperson. By issue’s end, he finds out that this is no normal case, and the NYPD may be in the middle of it.

Overall, a gritty version of Luke Cage, one that despite some of its problematic undertones, is also an entertaining story, The story by Brian Azzarello is appealing. The art by Richard Corben is incandescent. Altogether, if you are a fan of Luke Cage, this may be the story that gives you a whole new look at this superhero.

Story: Brian Azzarello Art: Richard Corben
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: CAGE!


(W) Genndy Tartakovsky (A/CA) Genndy Tartakovsky
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

It’s the wrap-up, baby! Cage, Fist, Misty and a bevy of fellow travelers put the hurt on the big bad behind Luke’s bad day! • It’s dynamite – only more explosive!


Preview: Cage!


(W) Genndy Tartakovsky (A) Stephen DeStefano (A/CA) Genndy Tartakovsky
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 21, 2016
SRP: $3.99

Trapped with Misty Knight, Iron Fist and a bevy of guest stars on the Island of No Return, Cage and his cohorts are forced to battle strange beasts who walk like men! It’s outasight!


Preview: CAGE! #2

CAGE! #2

(W) Genndy Tartakovsky (A/CA) Genndy Tartakovsky
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 23, 2016
SRP: $3.99

TRAPPED in the jungle a thousand miles from home, HUNTED by savage beasts that walk
like men, Luke’s got just one thing going for him: Ain’t no cage that can hold Cage!


Sell-Outs and New Printings

Check out some of the announced sell-outs and new printings over the past week in our Sunday roundup.

Image Comics

The Black Monday Murders issues #1-3 created by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Tomm Coker are being rushed back to print in order to keep up with increased customer demand. Printings of every issue will be available upon release of the forthcoming The Black Monday Murders #4.

The Black Monday Murders #1, 4th printing, The Black Monday Murders #2, 3rd printing, The Black Monday Murders #3, 2nd printing, and The Black Monday Murders #4 will all be available on Wednesday, November 16th.

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Green Valley #1—created and written by Max Landis, drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli, inked by Cliff Rathburn, colored by Jean-Francois Beauliu, and lettered by Pat Brosseau—is being fast-tracked to a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand. The comic returns to shelves November 9th.


Image Comics has announced that issue #2 of the genre-bending sci-fi noir series Hadrian’s Wall by C.O.W.L. super-team Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand. It will be available on shelves the same day as forthcoming Hadrian’s Wall #3, providing customers with the perfect jumping-on point to the hot new series.

Hadrian’s Wall #2 is out November 16th.


Kill or Be Killed—the hot new series from Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser—back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand. The breakout hit from the creative team behind the Eisner Award-winning The Fade Out series made headlines with critics and fans alike raving about this mind-bending thrill ride.

As an added bonus, the 4th printing of issue #1 will feature a new cover by award-winning artist David Aja.

Kill or Be Killed #1, 4th printing, Kill or Be Killed #2, 3rd printing, Kill or Be Killed #3, 2nd printing, and Kill or Be Killed #4 will all be available on Wednesday, November 16th.

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Author Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso, the New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award winning creative team that redefined the crime genre with 100 Bullets, have served up another hit with Moonshine. The first issue is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with increasing customer demand.

Moonshine #1 2nd printing arrives November 16th.


Reborn by Mark Millar and Greg Capullo which launched today is being rushed back to print immediately to keep up with the overwhelming customer demand.

Reborn #1 2nd printing is being released November 16th.



Just like the Jackal himself, The Clone Conspiracy #1 keeps making new copies! Following a rapid sell-out of both the first and second printing at the distributor level, Marvel is pleased to announce that The Clone Conspiracy #1 will return to comic shops for a third printing! Copies may still be available at retail level, and now is your chance to jump on board the next turning point in the life of the Amazing Spider-Man! The world is already talking, so don’t get left behind because the story is just getting started!


The arrival of the Champions was just the beginning. Marvel NOW! is charging forward, pushing the Marvel Universe into new and exciting directions with new books and new story arcs from some of the industry’s top creators. Marvel has announced a wave of sellouts for these can’t-miss comics! In addition to the new Marvel flagship title Champions #1 (arriving in stores 11/02/16), the following titles have all sold out at the distributor level and will be rushed back for new printings: Amazing Spider-Man #19, CAGE! #1, Deadpool: Back in Black #1, Death of X #1, Doctor Strange #12, Enchanted Tiki Room #1, Invincible Iron Man #14 and Jessica Jones #1! Champions #1 2nd printing is out November 2nd with the rest arriving November 16th.

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Around the Tubes

mosaic-1-coverIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited to get? Sound off what you’re planning on getting in the comments below.

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

CBR – Supergirl Premiere Rockets CW Ratings to 8-Year High – That’s good to hear!

Comics Alliance – Finn Jones Says ‘Iron Fist’ Will Acknowledge Diversity Issues – Well this will be interesting…

The Beat – Jamal Igle announces Action Lab Entertainment departure – Good luck Jamal!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Black #1

Comic Attack – Cage #1

Newsarama – The End of Summer

Newsarama – Glitterbomb #2

Newsarama – Mosaic #1

Around the Tubes

deadman1coverNew York Comic Con has begun! What things already announced are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – :01 is Serializing Spillzone Online – Check it out!

CBR – Arrow Ratings Down in Season Five Premiere – Well that’s not good.

The Beat – Marvel and Netflix’s Punisher announces three new cast members, including Micro – Are folks excited for this?


Around the Tubes Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – Arcane Sally & Mr. Steam #1

Atomic Junk Shop – Bloody Moon

Talking Comics – Cage #1

Newsarama – Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1

Talking Comics – Death of Hawkman #1

Talking Comics – Death of X #1

Newsarama – Death of X #1

Comic Attack – Nighthawk #5

Around the Tubes

tdohkm_cv1_dsIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What got you excited? What was a dud? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Village Voice – Ms. Marvel Will Save you Now – Hey, it’s like all of that data we’ve been publishing that shows all of what this article says about diversity for the past four years was right.

CBR – Superhero Funeral Honors Grade School Shooting Victim – Absolutely heartbreaking.

Kotaku – Batman Arkham VR: The Kotaku Review – Who’s excited for this?


Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Cage #1

Newsarama – Death of Hawkman #1

Newsarama – Justice League #6

Newsarama – Midnighter and Apollo #1

The Beat – Shade, The Changing Girl #1

Genndy Tartakovsky Brings Cage! #1 to Marvel NOW! This October!

The wait is finally over! Award-winning animator Genndy Tartakovsky charges headlong into Marvel NOW! to bring his long-awaited Luke Cage tale to life! Written by Tartakovsky with art by Tartakovsky & inker Stephen DeStefano, Marvel has released a new look at the hard-hitting, action-packed Cage! #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices this October!

Welcome to the mean streets of New York City – shoes are big, bottoms are belled and crime is rampant! But in the heart of the city, the world’s hardest-working, smack-talking, chain-wearing, tiara-sporting super hero is hitting the streets hard and hitting the bad guys harder. This Hero for Hire is on the case, and his rates are reasonable! He’s Luke Cage, and he’ll save your ass. Dig it!

CAGE! #1 (of 4) (AUG160854)
Hip-Hop Variant by MARCO D’ALFONSO (AUG160855)
Run the Jewels Variant by DAMION SCOTT (AUG160856)
Classic Variant by TREVOR VON EEDEN (AUG160857)
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA (JUL168645)
FOC – 09/12/16, On-Sale – 10/05/16


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