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Preview: Star Wars: The High Republic – Eye of the Storm #1

Star Wars: The High Republic – Eye of the Storm #1

(W) Charles Soule (A) Guillermo Sanna (CA) Ryan Brown
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $4.99

ACT ONE: Ro. The Truth. The Lie. The Kill.
• In which we reveal the true origins of MARCHION RO, the Eye of the Nihil and sworn enemy of the Jedi Order.
• In which the lie at the heart of his family is exposed.
• In which the doom of the High Republic begins… with a single kill.

Star Wars: The High Republic - Eye of the Storm #1

Preview: Star Wars #20

Star Wars #20

(W) Charles Soule (A) Marco Castiello (CA) Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, Rain Beredo
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99

DANGEROUS LESSONS!
• LUKE SKYWALKER has found a key piece of instruction in his journey along the JEDI path – the voice of his teacher, JEDI MASTER YODA.
• But the lesson Luke must learn will not be taught by Yoda, and it will take – and give – more than the young Skywalker could ever have imagined.

Star Wars #20

Review: Elektra: Black, White, and Blood #1 (of 4)

Elektra: Black, White, and Blood #1 (of 4)

When it comes to the Marvel Universe, there are very few characters as polarizing as Elektra. She started off as a love interest for Daredevil, but proved throughout the years to be a formidable hero and villain. She has proven to be Matt Murdock’s most enduring rogue, sometime being an ally, other times being his foe, as in the time she became Black Sky. Her onscreen representation may have given audiences a different view.

As her representation in the movies was less than astounding, as Jennifer Garner, though a brilliant actress , she could only do so much with her appearance in the Daredevil movie and her spinoff. In the Daredevil series, Elodie Yung, gave fans what we always wanted , Matt’s antagonistic foil, who could meet him intellectually and then some.  It is fair to say, her journey within comic books has been better written than it has been onscreen. In a celebration of the character, Marvel has rounded up some of the best scribes who have ever written her. Elektra: Black, White, Blood #1 kicks things off with a trio of stories showing her at her best.

In ”Red Dawn”,  Elektra loses a a battle to a band of vampires but not before taking down some , as she relishes her last few hours, saying goodbye , only face the sunlight for the last time. In “Not The Devil”, Elektra has a hard time taking out a Yakuza target, as past trauma stops her from finishing a job, one that she happily walks away from. In “The Crimson Path”, we are taken to a mystical realm, where she must fight off a hoard to save a young girl, but as we soon find out it is an allegory for salvation that well crave. By the issue’s end, we get different looks at the same character showing off how multifaceted she can be.

Overall, Elektra: Black, White, and Blood #1 is a great first issue that is both deep and action packed. The stories by the different writers are incredible. The art the different artists  is stunning. Altogether, a set of stories that shows the versatility of the Assassin in Red.

Story: Leonardo Romero, Declan Shalvey, Charles Soule
Art: Leonardo Romero, Mark Bagley, Simone D’Armini
Ink: John Dell Color: Edgar Delgado
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Star Wars: Crimson Reign #1 and Hellions #18 Return with New Printings

Fans will get a chance to dive into Marvel‘s latest Star Wars saga and the final issue of one of the X-Men’s most talked about series with new printings of Star Wars: Crimson Reign #1 and Hellions #18! These sold-out issues will be available at comic shops starting in early February, complete with exciting new second printing covers!

AFTER THE DAWN… COMES THE REIGN! The story that began with War of the Bounty Hunters continues in Charles Soule and Steven Cummings’ Star Wars: Crimson Reign #1! This second installment of the trilogy sees Qi’ra and Crimson Dawn begin their plan to reshape the Star Wars Galaxy during the Age of Rebellion. Featuring the return of beloved characters, shocking twists, epic feats of the Force and a story that will reach from Star Wars’ darkest underworld all the way to the Imperial palace on Coruscant, Crimson Reign is a Star Wars saga like no other! The new printing features a cover by Leinil Francis Yu and sketch cover by Steven Cummings.

HELLIONS NO MORE! Orphan-Maker has committed a horrible crime. As he faces the ultimate penalty, the cracks in the team are on full display in the final issue of Zeb Wells, Ze Carlos, and Stephen Segovia’s Hellions. Secrets, betrayals, alliances and loss all come to the surface as the fallout of Orphan-Maker’s actions threatens to end all the Hellions have worked toward! Plus: Madelyne Pryor’s long-awaited return in a decision that will rock the foundation of Krakoa! Featuring a new cover by Stephen Segovia and sketch cover by Philip Tan!

Preview: Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Annual 2021

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Annual 2021

(W) Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Justina Ireland, Daniel Jose Older, Cavan Scott (A) Various (CA) Stefano Simone
In Shops: Dec 15, 2021
SRP: $7.99

Join all five High Republic authors, together in one book for the FIRST TIME EVER, as they each explore different corners of the galaxy during the height of the Galactic Republic. From daring Jedi, to the always adventurous Geode, and nefarious Nihil, The High Republic Adventures Annual has it all!

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Annual 2021

Preview: Star Wars: Crimson Reign #1 (of 5)

Star Wars: Crimson Reign #1 (of 5)

(W) Charles Soule (A) Steven Cummings (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
RATED T
In Shops: Dec 08, 2021
SRP: $4.99

AFTER THE DAWN… COMES THE REIGN!
The story that began with WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS continues here, in the second installment of a trilogy that will reshape the history of the Star Wars Galaxy during the Age of Rebellion. Featuring the return of beloved characters, shocking twists, epic feats of the Force and a story that will reach from Star Wars’ darkest underworld all the way to the Imperial Palace on Coruscant, Crimson Reign is a Star Wars saga like no other!

Preview: Star Wars #19

Star Wars #19

(W) Charles Soule (A) Marco Castiello (CA) Carlo Pagulayan
RATED T
In Shops: Dec 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

LUKE’S QUEST FOR ANSWERS TAKES A DANGEROUS TURN!
• As the REBELLION tries to pull itself together for a last-ditch effort to defeat the evil GALACTIC EMPIRE, LUKE SKYWALKER realizes it is time for his journey to become a JEDI to continue.
• After near-death at the hands of DARTH VADER, he knows he has much to learn if he will ever defeat the DARK LORD OF THE SITH.
• But the JEDI ORDER is gone, and his teachers have vanished… where can Luke turn to find the Jedi legacy he so desperately needs?

Star Wars #19

Preview: Star Wars: Crimson Reign #1 (of 5)

Star Wars: Crimson Reign #1 (of 5)

(W) Charles Soule (A) Steven Cummings (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
RATED T
In Shops: Dec 08, 2021
SRP: $4.99

AFTER THE DAWN… COMES THE REIGN!
The story that began with WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS continues here, in the second installment of a trilogy that will reshape the history of the Star Wars Galaxy during the Age of Rebellion. Featuring the return of beloved characters, shocking twists, epic feats of the Force and a story that will reach from Star Wars’ darkest underworld all the way to the Imperial Palace on Coruscant, Crimson Reign is a Star Wars saga like no other!

Review: Undiscovered Country #17

Undiscovered Country #17

Our group is in the zone of Possibility with a machine that can create anything. Undiscovered Country #17 presents the possibility of the infinite with an interesting proposal and debate about what to do and how to proceed. In an issue revolving around Ace, we get to learn more about his character and the hope of the possible, that feels grounded in reality, that he represents.

Written by Scott Snyder and Charles Soule, Undiscovered Country #17 begins the issue focused on the possibility of music and ends on something grander. The group is presented with an offer to use the tool in front of them to rebuild the realm they’re in and then use it to create anything they want. And that’s literally anything. They can create a cure for disease, a weapons system to protect themselves, the possibilities are endless. And that sums up a lot of what this arc is about, the possibility of America.

One scene in the issue sticks out and it’s the discussion of what the United States is good at. That’s selling and exporting its own legend. That its message told some sort of truth. In this realm, all of those legends come together and the result is a mess of a situation. But, it’s also clear those legends mean nothing without the people to share them and believe in them, and more importantly to create new ones. There’s a to to chew on in this arc and issue which makes what to ruminate on much more interesting than the specifics of the issue.

Giuseppe Camuncoli and Leonardo Marcello Grassi continue their fantastic art. Matt Wilson provides the color whole Crank! handles the lettering. The small details of the issue is what stands out as readers will linger on pages to catch the references and hints as to what things represent. Ships in the background are throughout history and concepts and that alone is interesting but it’s the reveal at the end that’ll leave readers excited to guess the references.

Undiscovered Country #17 continues grand ideas. The issue, and series, is one that will challenge readers to think through its themes and debate themselves the concepts within. It’s also a story that can be appreciated for its surface level action and entertainment. In other words, it’s a comic that captures so much about what America is about.

Story: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Leonardo Marcello Grassi
Color: Matt Wilson Letterer: Crank!
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Star Wars #18

Star Wars #18

(W) Charles Soule (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Carlo Pagulayan
RATED T
In Shops: Nov 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“COLLISION COURSE”
• Reeling from the events on JEKARA and forced to confront the reality of her own choices and losses, LEIA ORGANA meets QI’RA to discuss the person they both have in common – heroic smuggler HAN SOLO!
• How has he influenced their lives to that point?
• And how will it change their fate moving forward?

Star Wars #18
Almost American
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