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Preview: Star Wars #13

Star Wars #13

(W) Charles Soule (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Carlo Pagulayan
Rated T
In Shops: May 12, 2021
SRP: $3.99

PRELUDE TO WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS: “THE HUNT FOR HAN”
• CHEWBACCA has heard from an old friend with intelligence on the location of notorious bounty hunter BOBA FETT, known to be in possession of HAN SOLO.
• Along with LUKE SKYWALKER, the loyal Wookiee sets off in search of his lost friend, on an adventure to Nar Shadaa… the SMUGGLER’S MOON!
• But will this mission prevent plucky astromech droid ARTOO DETOO from passing along a crucial message to Luke, one that will affect the fate of the entire Jedi Order…?

Star Wars #13

ComiXology Features Seven New Digital Releases from Marvel, Harlequin, and Cinebook

There are seven new digital comics available now on comiXology. You can choose new digital releases from Marvel, Harlequin, and Cinebook. Get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Elektra Vol. 2: Everything Old Is New Again

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett, Carlos Meglia, Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by Greg Horn
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Collects Elektra (2001) #16-22.

Armed with superior fighting skills and her razor-sharp sais, for years the femme fatale Elektra has offered her killing touch to the highest bidder. Now, after being confronted with the choice to change or die, Elektra chooses to amend her murderous ways … but can she really reach out for help and find a life beyond killing and death? High-speed action mixed with ethical explorations makes this a book packed with explosive excitement and incredible depth.

Elektra Vol. 2: Everything Old Is New Again

Elektra Vol. 3: Relentless

Written by Robert Rodi
Art by Sean Chen
Cover by Rodolfo Migliari
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Collects Elektra (2001) #23-28.

Experience the life of Elektra, the stunning killer-for-hire, from two unique perspectives – through the eyes of the assassin herself, and through the eyes of her latest mark, completing a unique journey ending on a dying man’s last day – if Elektra has her way, that is!

Elektra Vol. 3: Relentless

Elektra Vol. 4: Frenzy

Written by Robert Rodi
Art by Will Conrad
Cover by Tom Fleming
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Collects Elektra (2001) #29-34.

The beautiful but deadly assassin is hired to eliminate the leader of a violent guerilla movement in Southeast Asia, but will Elektra’s conscience allow her to fulfill the contract when she learns the insane guerilla leader is just an 8-year-old boy hailed as a prophet by his followers? Plus: What happens when the world’s most lethal woman is felled by… the Flu?!

Elektra Vol. 4: Frenzy

Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Imaginauts

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mark Buckingham, Mike Wieringo
Cover by Mike Wieringo
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #56, 60-66.

As Waid & Wieringo are redefining Doctor Doom in the monthly series, get on board their run from the beginning. Learn the truth behind Mister Fantastic’s decision to turn his friends into the Fantastic Four. See our heroes face off against a sentient mathematical equation driven mad by love, an infestation of insects from another dimension, a cascading wave of molecular instability, and the Thing on a homicidal rampage that only the Human Torch can stop.

Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Imaginauts

L’honneur Des Crighton: Les Crightons

Written by Penny Jordan
Art by Takako Hashimoto
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Les Crighton sont une famille anglaise fortunée et réputée, dont les membres sont avocats de génération en génération. Jonathan et David Crighton sont jumeaux. Étant le plus calme des deux, Jonathan vit dans l’ombre de David depuis des années. Son épouse, Jenny, est même sortie avec son frère avant d’être avec lui. Leur idylle a duré jusqu’au jour où David l’a abandonnée alors qu’elle était enceinte. Jonathan lui a alors demandé sa main, comme pour tenter d’essuyer les erreurs de David. Mais voilà que tout bascule : David est victime d’une crise cardiaque et s’effondre lors de leur cinquantième anniversaire. Après avoir découvert que David avait détourné des fonds à l’insu d’un de ses clients, les Crighton sont plongés dans une crise sans précédent. Les querelles familiales anciennes et latentes resurgissent l’une après l’autre, conduisant David à se demander à qui il peut vraiment se fier.

L’honneur Des Crighton: Les Crightons

Chosen As The Sheikh’s Royal Bride

Written by Jennie Lucas
Art by Satoru Nagasawa
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The bride market… It was a competition where Omar, the handsome king of Samarkala, gathered the most talented and beautiful women from other countries to see which one is worthy of becoming his queen. Beth, who took part in the competition in place of her talented older sister, was convinced that she, an ordinary girl, would never be chosen. She only wanted the large sum of money that she could get as an entry fee to fulfill her own important purposes. But when Omar looked at her with a passionate gaze, he made an unexpected confession. “Beth, I need you,” he said. These words were the beginning of a tumultuous romance that would change Beth’s dull life forever!

Chosen As The Sheikh's Royal Bride

Wanted: Lucky Luke

Written by Matthieu Bonhomme
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Riding peacefully along a western trail, Lucky Luke is suddenly ambushed by an unknown assailant. After a quick gunfight, the cowboy loses his mysterious attacker, but happens upon a lone wagon beset by Apache raiders. Another quick fight later, Luke is surprised to find that the occupants of the wagon are three lovely young women! Three sisters on their way to start a new life, and who all find the lonesome cowboy … quite interesting.

Wanted: Lucky Luke

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ComiXology Delivers 7 New Comics For you to get right now

There’s seven new comics available on comiXology right now. You can get comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and AAM-Markosia. Check out the individual issues below!

Captain Marvel Vol. 2: Coven

Written by Peter David
Art by Kyle Hotz, Ivan Reis
Cover by Claudio Castellini
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Collects Captain Marvel (2002) #7-12.

Karl Coven is a serial killer sentenced to die for his crimes, and Rick Jones the star witness in the prosecution’s case. Claiming to be an alien not subject to our laws, Coven’s argument is dismissed, but he gets the last laugh by promptly returning back to life immediately after his death sentence is executed. When a loophole in the legal system requires Coven to be set free, he comes to the attention of Captain Marvel, who’s intrigued by the mysterious figure not only because of his apparent resurrection and immunity to Genis’ Cosmic Awareness, but by the peculiarities of the judicial system that let the killer go free. Rather than annihilate Coven, he suggests that they become the law: Coven to be prosecution, and Marvel to be judge.

Captain Marvel Vol. 2: Coven

Captain Marvel Vol. 3: Crazy Like A Fox

Written by Peter David
Art by Paul Azaceta, Michael Ryan
Cover by Neal Adams
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Collects Captain Marvel (2002) #13-18.

The complications continue to pile up for Captain Marvel as the return of his long-thought-dead mother and the arrival of a new female Captain Marvel force Genis to re-evaluate his life and role in the universe.

Captain Marvel Vol. 3: Crazy Like A Fox

Captain Marvel Vol. 4: Odyssey

Written by Peter David
Art by Keith Giffen, Aaron Lopresti
Cover by Tony Harris
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Collects Captain Marvel (2002) #19-25.

It’s the long-awaited return of Rick Jones’ wife, Marlo. But her arrival may not be the upbeat event Rick had been hoping for…especially when the first thing she attempts to do is annihilate the new Captain Marvel! In trying to head off the horrible fate awaiting Marlo, Marv begins an odyssey into the future – where he immediately discovers he’s the only being in the universe capable of saving the Earth from a conquering, power-hungry alliance of the Kree, Skrull and Shi’ar!

Captain Marvel Vol. 4: Odyssey

Elektra Vol. 1: Introspect

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett, Greg Horn, Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by Greg Horn
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Collects Elektra (2001) #10-15.

Acclaimed crime novelist Greg Rucka takes on Elektra! Who has set out to destroy the assassin’s career – and why? Elektra is determined to discover the truth – that is, if she doesn’t go mad first!

Elektra Vol. 1: Introspect

Küsse, berauschend wie Champagner

Written by Kat Cantrell
Art by Nami Akimoto
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Ein geheimes Wochenende in Las Vegas, wild und verrückt, wie aus ihren verruchtesten Fantasien. Danach hat Meredith den unwiderstehlich attraktiven Geschäftsmann Jason Lynhurst nie wiedergesehen. Bis sie schockiert feststellen muss, dass ihre im Rausch geschlossene Ehe tatsächlich rechtsgültig ist. Obwohl sie Jason gegen ihren Willen immer noch heiß begehrt, muss sie sich auf der Stelle von ihm scheiden lassen – sonst ist ihre Karriere im konservativen Familienunternehmen ein für alle Mal ruiniert! Doch wider Erwarten sagt Jason Nein zu ihrem Plan …

Küsse, berauschend wie Champagner

L’enfant Née de L’amour Secret du Milliardaire Italien

Written by Cathy Williams
Art by Masami Shinohara
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Un été, la jeune Charlotte rencontre Riccardo et tombe amoureuse. Elle découvrit alors qu’il est le fils d’une famille noble d’Italie, ne faisait que profiter de ses amours d’été. La dévotion de son cœur et de son corps se terminèrent en tragédie. Quelques années plus tard, les regards méchants de Riccardo la hantent encore et la font souffrir. Aujourd’hui agent immobilier, Charlotte est choquée lorsqu’elle découvre que son prochain client n’est autre que l’inoubliable Riccardo !

L'enfant Née de L'amour Secret du Milliardaire Italien

Monument #3

Written by Richard Perry
Art by RH Stewart
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As Nicole and DCI Venn learn that they have a common enemy, it becomes apparent that Nicole has encountered this new gang over 350 years previously. DCI Venn and Nicole understand that the only way to solve the recent murders in East London is to work together.

Monument #3

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Preview: Star Wars #12

Star Wars #12

(W) Charles Soule (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Carlo Pagulayan
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

REFLECTIONS ON THE LOST!
• LEIA ORGANA and KES DAMERON share stories of their lost loves!
• Learn how POE DAMERON’S parents met!
• Learn the real reason HAN SOLO is so important to THE REBELLION!

Star Wars #12

Boba Fett Ignites the War of the Bounty Hunters

War of the Bounty Hunters” is an upcoming Star Wars crossover event, will begin in May. The event will kick off with War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1, written by Charles Soule and drawn by Steve McNiven. From there, the event will tie into Marvel’s entire post-Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back lineup including Star WarsStar Wars: Bounty Hunters, Star Wars: Darth Vader, and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, starting with special prelude issues throughout May. The crossover will continue in June, centering around a five-issue War of the Bounty Hunters miniseries from Soule and artist Luke Ross. The epic story will see the entire galaxy from the Rebellion to the Empire at war for the greatest prize of all: Han Solo!

The notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett is on route to Tatooine to collect the massive bounty placed on Han Solo’s head by the fearsome crime lord Jabba the Hutt. But no one said it would be easy. The hunter becomes the hunted as pursuers from all corners of the galaxy set their sights on Boba and his precious cargo. Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Doctor Aphra, the galaxy’s deadliest bounty hunters, and more are all on a collision course that will reveal surprising new details about this long-unexplored era in the Star Wars mythos.

Fans will also be able to pick up a special Director’s Cut version of Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1, complete with Steve McNiven’s mind-blowing black and white art and more incredible bonus features. Be there when Boba Fett fires the first shot of the WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS this May!

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS ALPHA #1

Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
On Sale 5/5

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS ALPHA #1

STAR WARS #13

Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by RAMON ROSANAS
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
On Sale 5/12

STAR WARS #13

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #12

Written by ETHAN SACKS
Art by PAOLO VILLANELLI
Cover by MATTIA DE IULIS
On Sale 5/19

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #12

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #12

Written by GREG PAK
Art by GUIU VILANOVA
Cover by AARON KUDER
On Sale 5/26

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #12

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #10

Written by ALYSSA WONG
Art by RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT
Cover by SWAY
On Sale 5/26

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #10

Preview: Star Wars #11

Star Wars #11

(W) Charles Soule (A) Jan Bazaldua (CA) Carlo Pagulayan
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

OPERATION STARLIGHT GOES SUPERNOVA!
• The mission to reunite the REBEL FLEET is countered by a deadly trap sprung by the cunning COMMANDER ZAHRA!
• How will WEDGE ANTILLES, SHARA BEY and the other elite pilots of STARLIGHT SQUADRON survive?
• And then there’s LANDO CALRISSIAN… forced to choose between THE REBELLION and one of his oldest friends!

Star Wars #11

Preview: Batman #105

Batman #105

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki, Alvaro Martinez, Christian Duce

Batman battles Ghost-Maker in the no-holds-barred, bloody conclusion of this epic tale…winner take Gotham City! And the outcome is not what you’re expecting! The future of Gotham City and the fate of Clownhunter hang in the balance!

Batman #105

Preview: Star Wars #9

Star Wars #9

(W) Charles Soule (A) Jan Bazaldua (CA) Carlo Pagulayan
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 09, 2020
SRP: $3.99

UNDERTAKE A DESPERATE MISSION TO THE IMPERIAL CORE.
• In the Imperial Museum on CORUSCANT, an ancient droid holds the key to salvation of the REBEL ALLIANCE.
• The Rebels’ elite operations team, the PATHFINDERS, must pull off a daring heist right under the nose of the EMPEROR himself, with LANDO and LOBOT along for the ride!

Star Wars #9

Review: Batman #103

Batman #103

Batman #103 continues a rather middling new arc for the series after the mixed “Joker War”. The issue features Batman battling Ghost-Maker as we learn a little more about the two’s history. Nothing is too surprising or exciting but at the same time, there’s also nothing particularly bad about the issue. It’s a fine, somewhat forgettable read.

Writer James Tynion IV continues his Batman run with a “fight issue”. It’s interspersed with cliché and things we’ve seen so many times before. All it was missing was Ghost-Maker uttering “you have failed this city”. That’s just some of the frustration of the comic. With Ghost-Maker uttering “Bruce” every other page, you wonder who at this point doesn’t know Batman is Bruce Wayne. With Clownhunter standing there… does everyone have to know his identity?

There’s nothing particularly bad about the issue. If you enjoy fights and battles, that’s about it. Whether it’s Batman vs. Ghost-Maker or Clownhunter vs. Harley Quinn, Batman #103 delivers visuals and action over substance. There’s a bit more depth as to the history between Batman and Ghost-Maker but overall you leave the issue with little more than you began the issue with.

Where things do get a bit more fun and interesting is the mentioned Clownhunter vs. Harley Quinn. Harley is attempting to right her ship and do the hero thing again. Clownhunter though, wants his revenge. Watching the two battle it out is actually interesting as Harley mostly plays defense, laying out her vision of going legit. She also has some fun with it all analyzing Clownhunter a bit during their dance. That’s the most interesting aspect of the comic and hints at what Tynion might have been going for presenting the issue as is. We’re supposed to get a little juxtaposition between the two sets of adversaries. But, that never clicks. We generally get some nice visuals and tired cliché where Batman explains how Ghost-Maker’s actions actually hurts things.

Visually, the comic features a trio of creators, Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki, and Guillem March. Along with David Baron on color and Clayton Cowles lettering, the art flows between the three with little notice of changing things up. Visually, the comic looks crisp and nice and beyond a weird positioning of Batman at the end the action as presented is interesting. Harley and Clownhunter’s dance especially stands out with its close quarters and humorous tone to it.

As I stated, Batman #103 isn’t a bad comic at all. It’s just rather boring. Much of it feels like things we’ve already seen. That can work if it’s presented in a new or interesting way. As is, we have another “anti-hero” thinking Batman’s actions haven’t worked while Batman explains he sees a bigger picture. It’s an attempt to extend some of the themes from “Joker War” but it never quite works or clicks. Instead, the comic feels like it putters about a bit never getting to the point and extended things out much longer than they should.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki, Guillem March
Color: David Baron Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Batman #102

Batman #102

With “Joker War” over, I’ve been intrigued to see where Batman would be taken. In the event, we saw how Batman’s plans have failed Gotham. The city isn’t better off and in many ways, it’s as broken as when he started his battle. Bruce and Batman have also pushed away his allies and relied a bit too much on his toys in his war on crime. Batman #102 takes the first real steps as to Batman putting things back together.

Writer James Tynion IV delivers a reflection in Batman’s current state with Ghost-Maker, a character from Bruce’s past. Like the Joker, Ghost-Maker feels Batman has failed in his role of protecting the city. But, his take is a more brutal justice. Criminals should be executed, not taken to jail, and Ghost-Maker’s first real target is Clownhunter, the new hero of the Narrows.

The issue is an interesting one with a clear focus on reminding us of Batman’s new status-quo. Barbara is back as Oracle and without his unlimited funds, he needs to handle issues differently. We’ll clearly see a Batman whose battle is hindered by failing gimmicks. That’s been foreshadowed a lot. We’re also going to get a new Bat-team for Batman to rely on if this issue’s hints are a bit more than just that. This is the arc to get us… somewhere.

And that’s the good and bad of the issue. Like much of Tynion’s run so far, the issue feels like it has a specific job of take us to some other point in the story arc. That the point of the issue isn’t Ghost-Maker, it’s to set up what happens next in the following arc. This is much like the previous arcs of Batman that had Tynion leading to Joker War. His Batman feels more like a three-act play that a self-contained story or arc. That each issue and story is built to drive you towards something down the road, not so much focused on the here and now. In that way it feels a little forgettable. While there’s some solid action and interesting concepts, the issue itself feels a little thin.]

The art by Carlo Pagulayan and Carlos D’Anda is solid. Along with ink by Danny Miki and lettering by Clayton Cowles Batman #102 is crisp in style and really gives a visual sense of where things are. That “status quo check” is not just for Batman but also Gotham as a whole. We can see it’s a city still under construction attempting to rebuild itself from its ashes. With Batman, there’s a low-fi feel about him. Gone are the cool vehicles and tools, instead things feel a bit back to basics visually. But, it’s Ghost-Maker that really stands out. Compared to Batman and Gotham, the character feels like the future. It’s a sleek design that looks modern and advanced compared to the more rusty/under construction Gotham and lacking toys Batman.

Batman #102 feels a bit like a reminder of much of what the previous issue laid out. The difference is, this issue has Batman in the field. There’s a bit too much set-up and foreshadowing making the issue feel not so much as something that stands on its own but a bit focused on what comes down the road. Unlike Batman, who’s attempting to focus on the now, the issue is focused on its endpoint down the road.

Batman #102 is a rather thin issue that gets to the conflict between Ghost-Maker and Batman too quickly and doesn’t build enough tension. In other words, it’s just another person for Batman to fight not some difficult obstacle for him to overcome. Batman #102 rushes to its end fight without giving us much of a reason to care or much of a reason to think that this will be a tough battle. It needed to focus on setting up the issue itself not issues down the road.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Carlo Pagulayan, Carlos D’Anda
Ink: Danny Miki Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

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