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Preview: Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #298

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #298

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Juan Frigeri (A/CA) Adam Kubert
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Most Wanted Part 2
• As if the police being after Peter and his sister Teresa weren’t enough, BLACK PANTHER IS ON THEIR TRAIL!
• Is he out to secure the Twilight Protocol information or just secure it for himself?
• Either way, Spider-Man’s not giving up his sister without a fight!

Preview: Marvel Two-in-One #1

Marvel Two-in-One #1

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Jim Cheung
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The Fate of the Four Part 1
THE FOUR ARE NO MORE, SO TWO MUST DO! Something is very wrong with THE HUMAN TORCH and only THE THING can help him! It’s the Marvel Universe reunion you’ve all been waiting for (well, HALF of it, at least!). Plus: What monumental secret has DOOM been hiding since the end of SECRET WARS, and how will it completely change the lives of Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm? PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES!

Spider-Man Hits a Milestone in Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #300!

He’s a staple of the Marvel Universe, and this February, Peter Parker’s legacy will be honored with a milestone issue in Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #300!

A celebration of the Spider-Man legacy, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #300 follows the reveal of Peter Parker’s true identity as he goes up against the Tinkerer in what promises to be his biggest challenge yet! It’s a Mighty Marvel story worthy of a 56 page epic as the webslinger is joined in his fight by several Marvel heroes, including Black Panther, Iron Heart, Hawkeye, Wasp and more!

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #300 is written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Adam Kubert and a cover by Marcos Martin.

Don’t miss Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #300, coming to comic shops this February!

 

 

Preview: Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #297

Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #297

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Adam Kubert
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

MOST WANTED Part 1
Peter Parker is back in the friendly neighborhood, but he’s persona non grata as far as the NYPD is concerned! It’s the ol’ switcheroo as we here at the House of Ideas ask that classic question – PETER PARKER: THREAT OR MENACE?!
PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES!

Preview: Not Brand Echh #14

Not Brand Echh #14

(W) Nick Spencer, Christopher Hastings, Jay P. Fosgitt (A) Jay P. Fosgitt, Gurihiru, Chip Zdarsky, Erica Henderson, Katie Cook, Scott Koblish (CA) David Nakayama
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

FORBUSH MAN RETURNS Part 1 (OF 1)
Get ready to break the internet, folks, because FORBUSH MAN IS BACK – and he’s ready to take over the comics industry! Meanwhile, Captain America, Gwenpool, and more are…not quite themselves these days. Featuring stories by NICK SPENCER (SECRET EMPIRE, CAPTAIN AMERICA) CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS (GWENPOOL, VOTE LOKI) JAY FOSGITT (My Little Pony, Bodie Troll) and many, many more!

Review: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26

SquirrelGirlCoverUnbeatable Squirrel Girl takes a little break in issue 26 for a special in-universe zine comic written and drawn by various heroes, villains, and denizens of the Marvel Universe. In real life, they are all written by Ryan North with Erica Henderson switching roles with her Jughead collaborator Chip Zdarsky to pen a surprisingly sultry Howard the Duck story. It’s a fun sampler that mostly hit and very little miss from the much vaunted series of three panel Galactus gag strips by Garfield‘s Jim Davis to Anders Nilsen and Soren Iverson’s poignant story of Wolverine befriending a Sentinel and shotgunning a beer with his adamantium claws. The series Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has a lot of fantastic action, jokes, and the occasional superhero parody, but it’s a book where Doreen listens to both her opponents and allies and tries to work things out with eating nuts and kicking butts. S

So, it’s fitting, we get this comic that is written by a wacky range of POVs beginning with Squirrel Girl herself who stutters through the intro about his being a fundraiser zine. We get to listen to Kraven, hear Spider-Man’s retort, and see the world through Tippytoe’s eyes, which is drawn and colored in an adorable manner  Madeline McGrane’s art and colors make this frame story definitely look like a zine you might pick up at the local coffee shop or one of those fancy schmancy zine stores in bigger stories. It’s followed up by Chip Zdarsky going the closest he’ll ever get to his work on Sex Criminals in a mainstream comic with Erica Henderson doubling as a film noir director, but more awkward. They use close-ups and small panels of Howard the Duck and his femme fatale/client like they’re egging Marvel editorial to linger on this scene more while adding a funny caption. Zdarsky doing Big Two interiors is a big treat, and he barely holds back.

Tom Fowler’s Brain Drain story is a nice showcase of the underrated Unbeatable Squirrel Girl supporting character and hews the closest to Henderson’s usual style on the book. His take on Brain Drain is philosophical, adorable, and structured like the computer science programs that the character loves. It’s oddly motivational too and worth a reread thanks to its erudite writing style. Speaking of rereads, Carla Speed McNeil draws a Loki comic that only makes sense forwards and backwards and is a great example of how the comics medium allows for flexibility of meaning using Loki as a litmus test. It’s a wonderful double page spread, and the best Loki story since Journey into Mystery.

After this, Michael Cho draws a Kraven the Hunter comic/Spider-Man diss story, which is a pretty fun riff off “Kraven’s Last Hunt” and features dead presidents. His art has a light hearted old school vibe while having a subversive take on superhero/supervillain relationships kind of like the main Unbeatable Squirrel Girl title, but from the bad guy’s perspective. It’s followed up by a one page retort from Spider-Man with some gorgeous, yet still funny digital painting work from Rahzzah, who teams up later in the book to do Nancy Whitehead’s photo collage comic with the help of North, who channels Dinosaur Comics in the strip. It’s a well-designed remix story that will make the non-artists reading this comic smile and the kind of mash-up that you would find in a real zine.

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But the heavy hitter of the bunch is Anders Nilsen and Soren Iverson’s Wolverine story that is fitting for an artist who had done a comic called Poetry is Useless. Anders Nilsen has a minimalist Euro style perfect for a comic about Wolverine getting talked out of killing a Sentinel, who challenges him to look past his shiny mutant killing exterior and team up with him to beat up some kaiju. (Sadly, this part of the story is off panel.) Wolverine gets a big epiphany moment when he realizes that he’s “hating and fearing” the Sentinel just like the X-Men have been treated for most of their career. This story is proof that more Fantagraphics and Drawn and Quarterly guys should draw superhero comics.

Following this weighty, yet fun story is a couple of candy confections. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl colorist Rico Renzi draws an adorable and faux edgy Batman parody starring the one and only Tippytoe. It pokes fun at Batman’s angsty backstory as well as the fact that Tippytoe always plays second banana. Renzi’s art style is similar to the cartoon The Amazing World of Gumball with lush digital backgrounds and colors. Finally, Jim Davis, whose work I was familiar with eons before I ever opened a Marvel comic, transposes the classic Garfield and Jon relationship to Galactus and the Silver Surfer. It’s the same dad-ish, three panel punchline jokes, but told in a more cosmic key, and Davis has a lot of fun showing Galactus doing his planet devouring, face stuffing thing. His literal eye popping Silver Surfer has a similar manic energy to Robin Williams’ Genie in Disney’s Aladdin.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26 is a real treat as independent cartoonists, the creator of Garfield, and even the book’s colorist get to take a stab at some of the more familiar faces in the Marvel Universe while also giving Squirrel Girl’s supporting cast a moment in the sun. It’s sometimes poignant and always funny.

Story: Ryan North, Erica Henderson Art: Madeline McGrane, Chip Zdarsky, Tom Fowler, Carla Speed McNeil, Michael Cho, Anders Nilsen, Rico Renzi, Jim Davis Colors: Madeline McGrane, Chip Zdarsky, Rico Renzi, Rahzzah,Soren Iverson
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall:9.2 Recommendation: Read

Preview: Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1

Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1

(W) Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Paul Dini, Chip Zdarsky, Daniel Kibblesmith (A) Chad Hardin, Joe Quinones, David Lafuente (A/CA) Amanda Conner
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $4.99

In a story written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, with art by Conner, learn what really happened when Harley, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy hit Vegas!
Then, a tale written by Paul Dini with art by Chad Hardin takes us back to Harley’s days with the Joker to see the hell he unleashes when he makes the mistake of scheduling the biggest heist of their career on Harley’s birthday!

Plus, writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones pit Harley and the Joker against Batman and Robin — but while you might think the Joker knows how to play with Batman’s mind, it’s nothing compared to Harley’s ability to crack Robin’s psyche!
And that’s not all! Writer Dale Kibblesmith with art by David LaFuente put Coney Island right in the path of a hurricane — and put Harley on a collision course with Swamp Thing, of all people…monsters…things…?

This issue also includes Harley pin-up pages with art by Babs Tarr, Bengal, Dustin Nguyen and more!

DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Harley Quinn!

Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1 by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Paul Dini, Chip Zdarsky, Chad Hardin, and Joe Quinones.

Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1 is in comic book stores today.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

 

 

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