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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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Preview: Star Wars #8

Star Wars #8

(W) Charles Soule (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Carlo Pagulayan
32 PGS./Rated T
In Shops: Nov 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

TO ESCAPE THE EMPIRE’S TRAP, THE REBELS SPRING ONE OF THEIR OWN!

What’s behind COMMANDER ZAHRA’s quest for revenge against LEIA ORGANA? The powerful, dark answer revealed this issue!

And the REBEL’S Fourth and Seventh Divisions will pay the price for Zahra’s revenge.

See LUKE SKYWALKER, WEDGE ANTILLES and SHARA BEY battle against an onslaught of TIE fighters in the greatest dog fight of the series.

Star Wars #8

Preview: Atlantis Attacks #4 (of 5)

Atlantis Attacks #4 (of 5)

(W) Greg Pak (A) Ario Anindito (CA) Carlo Pagulayan
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

SECRETS REVEALED!
• For months, the young AGENTS OF ATLAS have served secret agent Jimmy Woo’s Atlas Foundation and defended billionaire Mike Nguyen’s Portal City of Pan.
• But as their efforts to defend Pan from KING NAMOR and ATLANTIS rip the hard-fought unity of their team to pieces, Silk and Amadeus Cho finally fight to find out if Woo and Nguyen have been guiding them – or manipulating them.
• And why is new Agent of Atlas WAVE sitting atop the Atlantean throne?
• What’s Jimmy’s true endgame? Is Nguyen a visionary or villain? The curtain’s ripped aside – and the Agents of Atlas may never be the same!

Atlantis Attacks #4 (of 5)

Preview: Batman #102

Batman #102

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Carlos D’Anda, Carlo Pagulayan

Bruce Wayne and the city he loves have changed dramatically following the events of “The Joker War,” but Batman and his mission are eternal. But not everyone thinks that should be the case… The mysterious vigilante known as Ghost-Maker has known Bruce since they were teenagers, and he’s made his decision. It’s time Gotham City had a new hero.

Batman #102

Review: Batman #100

Batman #100

Joker War” ends here with the monumental Batman #100 that has Batman taking on the Joker for Gotham. Much like the issues leading up to this finale, the issue feels like a statement as to where Batman is going in the continued shift from the previous writer Tom King’s epic run. “Joker War,” much like the previous arc, is more of a statement as to the vision of the character and a transition as to the direction for the new creative team.

Written by James Tynion IV, Batman #100 is broken down into various segments each with an important role to play. The main of course is Batman and his allies taking on the Joker and his. Each character feels like they have their moment and there’s a lot of “hell yeah” for so many of them. Barbara Gordon is front and center as she steps back into her role as Oracle, something that will make numerous fans of the character happy. Her banter with characters like Nightwing feels like fanservice that re-centers the relationship between the two and reestablishing their playful flirting. Nightwing two steps back in with Dick Grayson in his classic black and blue and tasked with taking on Punchline. After months of the character’s journey, that should also make fans happy.

But, the main focus is really Batman taking on the Joker within a chemical plant as the two do their usual dance. What’s interesting out of it is a couple of things. The Joker is obsessed with his role not as just the Clown Prince of Crime but the connection he has with Batman. With Harley Quinn’s inclusions, the entire part of the comic is a look at the abusive relationship the Joker has with the two characters. It also stresses that maybe Batman and Harley aren’t so different and might have a lot in common. It’s a scene of empowerment as Batman stands up against the Joker.

But, the Joker takes it in another direction focused on how Batman hasn’t been good for Gotham. The city and system is broken as is and what the Joker has done and accomplished is evidence of that. Batman is disconnected from the reality of his city as he has been disconnected from so much of his family. And that’s been part of the point of “Joker War”. It recenters Bruce and Batman and gives them a new direction and outlook at it all.

What Harley does and Batman’s reaction is most interesting signaling where the series might be going and a slightly different take on Batman. But, we’ll all see as much is teased about what’s to come including a new nemesis to focus on.

All of the above is beautifully drawn by Jorge Jimenez with color by Tomeu Morey and lettering by Clayton Cowles. The art is amazing with so much packed in and energy that pops from the page. Each fight is brutal and you can feel the daggers being dug into Batman by the Joker. Joker has rarely looked better and just each segment pops with excitement. Batman has had some fantastic art in years but this is some of the best artwork that has graced the series.

And there’s so much more packed in…

Tynion continues his focus on Clownhunter where we learn his motivation and his name in the appropriately named story “Intervention.” With art by Carlo Pagulayan, the story has Batman confronting the new character-revealing everything we need to know about him and teasing a possible direction. It’s an interesting back and forth and there’s a lot of potential here for the character. Clownhunter is a failure of the system Batman has created. He’s a product of Batman’s inability and unwillingness to truly deal with evil and injustice. It’s everything that the Joker talks about in his battle with Batman personified. With the right direction and creative team, we potentially have an exploration of Batman’s failures in an intriguing character.

Wrapping up the issue is “Dead Ringer” which is an epilogue to the event and story. We get a bit more about Punchline and what happens to her, it sets up more that I’d rather not spoilt. Guillem March handles the art from the story by Tynion and both make a discussion in a diner and recorded video being watched interesting. It too has some potential with exploring the ideas and themes that the Joker goes on about in his battle.

Batman #100 is what I’ve wanted from “Joker War” since the beginning. Yes, it does feel a bit like a transition to what’s next, it’s also a statement as to Batman’s failures. This issue lays out the Joker’s motivations and viewpoints and forces us to question Batman’s effectiveness in multiple ways. We see how Batman’s inaction has impacted a citizen of Gotham and perpetuated the violence. We also see that failure of definitive action being explored again perpetuating the cycle. This is the highlight of an uneven event and finally delivers meat on the bones.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Jorge Jimenez, Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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