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In anticipation of VENOM ISLAND arriving in December, set your sights on these variant covers featuring the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Captain Marvel battling their way through the symbiote-infested island.
X-MEN #3 VENOM ISLAND VARIANT by MIKE MCKONE
EXCALIBUR #3 VENOM ISLAND VARIANT by KOI PHAM
EXCALIBUR #4 VENOM ISLAND VARIANT by KAEL NGU
FANTASTIC FOUR #17 VENOM ISLAND VARIANT by CARLOS GOMEZ
CAPTAIN MARVEL #13 VENOM ISLAND VARIANT by JOSHUA CASSARA
And be on the lookout for these other Venom Island variant covers in December featuring more of your favorite Marvel heroes!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #36 by DECLAN SHALVEY BLACK CAT #7 by OTTO SCHMIDT MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN# 13 by EDWARD PETROVICH VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER 6 by ANNA RUD
Dynamite and Archie Comics have announced the extension of the Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica series, doubling from 6 issues to 12!
The same beloved creative team, top to bottom will pick right up with issue 7 this November. Amy Chu continues her victory lap writing Red Sonja following her acclaimed run with Carlos Gomez. Plus her further exploration of Vampi and Riverdale’s leading ladies. Maria Sanapo will keep contributing some of the sharpest and cleanest artwork in comic books. While colorist Vinicius Andrade and letterer Taylor Esposito keep raising the bar. Fans will also be excited for more covers from the existing cast of diverse styles. Including Fay Dalton, Robert Hack, Laura Braga, Dan Parent, and Cat Staggs.
The web-head’s favorite redhead (and ours!) is spinning out of the Amazing Spider-Man and into her own, all-new ongoing series! Coming this October, Mary Jane Watson will take on the Marvel Universe with her characteristic style, sass, grit and glamour! All of which is captured in a new Artgerm variant, featuring MJ as a Femme Fatale screen siren!
Take a look at this gorgeous cover now and stay tuned for more amazing variants!
The Amazing Mary Jane #1 is out 10/23/19 from writer Leah Williams, artist Carlos Gomez, and the main cover by Humberto Ramos.
Writer: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham Artist: Carlos Gomez Cover: John Royle 132 Pages | $19.99 | Teen+
Following the defeat of Kulan Gath, Sonja discovers her trusty sword has a secret history as the legendary Blade of Skath and faces a decision: does she keep her steel, or return it to its rightful Cimmerian owner?
Uncanny X-Men #19 is when the magician reveals how they did their trick. Focused entirely on Emma Frost, the issue weaves her story and machinations. We learn about her manipulation and game of chess and how that’s impacted the X-Men. Why did Logan and Scott team up? Why did Scott have a list? What was up with that Mr. Sinister fight? Captain America is doing what? Anole stole what? It’s all explained here and it’s impressive.
Writer Matthew Rosenberg takes us in to the Hellfire Club. It’s a new club with very interesting members. Each makes you ponder what it all means and how things have shifted. Emma Frost sits at the head of it all, manipulating her way through life. But why is she doing it? Rosenberg reveals that too. We get a clear motivation and some struggles as she attempts to outmaneuver the person pulling her strings.
This is very much the moment in the film where you learn how the robber pulled off the heist. As each piece of the puzzle is shown, it all makes a bit more sense.
Rosenberg does kill off yet another character. It’s something this run will become known for, for better or worse.
The art is pretty solid in the issue. That’s in spite of numerous artists and inkers. The transition from one to the other is fairly smooth and doesn’t hinder the issue at all.
Uncanny X-Men #19 brings it all together. Uncanny X-Men #19 explains so much as to what has been going on. The issue also explains why some things have felt off in this run, though still fun. If you’re not more excited by the time the issue wraps up, I don’t know what to say, but this one has me loving the X-Men again. If you’re an X-fan, this is a must buy.
Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Carlos Villa, Carlos Gómez, Bob Quinn Ink: Juan Vlasco, Adriano Di Benedetto, Michelle Delecki, Carlos Gómez, Bob Quinn Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna Story: 8.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation:Buy
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First…the X-Men lose one of their own. Then…the new Black King of the Hellfire Club makes a move.
An X-Man has fallen forcing the team to face their current situation and their real legacy. It also forces a showdown between Cyclops and Wolverine who have had a tense alliance since each has returned.
Writer Matthew Rosenberg delivers an emotional issue with Uncanny X-Men #17. It’s not just an exploration of the current state of the team and reality of what it is to be an X-Man but also has us see the death of Rahne Sinclair. With every scene, every word, Rosenberg is clearly thinking through details and what this issue is saying.
Sinclair’s death is shown through flashbacks as Wolverine attempts to mourn in his own way and as the tension builds you’re unsure of exactly where it’s going but know it’s only going badly. The scene uses transphobic wording to justify the attack against her and her eventual murder and this use has to be on purpose creating another group of individuals whose struggle the X-Men take up through allegory. While absolutely triggering for some, the scene just becomes even more of a gut-punch due to that detail turning from over the top tragedy to something a bit more relevant.
Then there’s the fallout as Cyclops and Wolverine go at it about what has happened. Each has a point of view that’s both right and wrong and the dynamic gets more interesting. The past, the two’s split, is evoked, and it’s something that’s been brewing. There’s also the backdrop that these survivors think all of their friends are dead instead of just in an alternate reality.
The art by Carlos Gómez, color by Guru-eFX, and lettering by Joe Caramagna has a roughness about it that enhances the pain and hurt. There’s a dark cloud about it all that evokes both the sadness and anger. There’s also a simplicity to it all that keeps the focus on the situation and what’s said, a smart decision overall.
The issue is a good one delivering a cathartic release to the tension that’s been building since Rosenberg’s run began. There’s a lot he’s packing in and this issue focuses on the two visions of Wolverine and Cyclops and how each sees the X-Men and its legacy. Then, like solid X-Men writing we get the twist a the end to take us on their next adventure.
Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Carlos Gómez Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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writer: Scott Duvall artist: Vincenzo Federici covers: Carlos Gomez (A), Tom Mandrake (B), Robert Hack (C), Diego Galindo (D), Emma Kubert (E) Carlos Gomez (RI-B/W), Emma Kubert (RI-B/W), Diego Galindo (RI-B/W), Tom Mandrake (RI-B/W), Robert Hack (RI-Virg) FC | 32 pages | Comedy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+
Two cult classics clash for the first time in an epic crossover miniseries: ARMY OF DARKNESS VS. BUBBA HO-TEP. Ash embarks on a soul-searching road trip to Texas on a hunch that Elvis Presley may still be alive and kicking (and supposedly vanquished a mummy)! What follows is a series of universe-spanning events that involve an Elvis jumpsuit with special time-travel abilities, a trip to 70’s Vegas, plus the reveal of an evil new Book of the Dead, the Necronomicon Ho-Tep. Has Ash met his ultimate match when trading barbs with a 4,000-year-old, foul-mouthed mummy who sucks souls? Can his idol Elvis mentor him through a mid-life crisis before it becomes his final crisis? Join the adventure in a road-tripping, time-hopping groovy tale!
writer: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham artist: Carlos Gomez covers: Mike McKone (A), Erica Henderson (B), Tom Mandrake (C), David Williams (D), Cosplay Cover (E-Sub) Mike McKone (RI-Virg), Dave Williams (RI-Virg), Tom Mandrake (RI-B/W), Cosplay (RI-Virg) FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+
The Sounds of Music! When the She-Devil saves a musician from a gang of thieves, she learns that some things are mightier than the sword and finds they have more in common than meets the eye.
writers: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham
artist: Roberto Castro
covers: Ben Caldwell (A), David Williams (B), Tom Mandrake (C), Carlos Gomez (D), Cosplay Cover (E-Sub)
David Williams (RI-Virgin), David Williams (RI-B/W), Tom Mandrake (RI-BW), Cosplay (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+
It’s the final battle against the forces of Sandak, the usurper of Skath’s castle! Lera’s secret is revealed to Sonja! Can the warrior Skath find redemption? Will the dark power of Kulan Gath’s amulet influence our heroes? And how does Sonja best a SHARK? Find out in the last chapter of THE BLADE OF SKATH!