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Preview: X-O Manowar #7

X-O MANOWAR #7

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Inks by RAFFAELE FORTE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Cover B by DEXTER SOY
Pre-order Cover by CHRIS JOHNSON
On sale OCTOBER 20th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Part 3 of “Upgrade the World!”

A bond destroyed. Power wielded recklessly. A deadly force on the attack.

X-O Manowar’s world will be shattered.

X-O MANOWAR #7

Preview: X-O Manowar #7

X-O MANOWAR #7

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Inks by RAFFAELE FORTE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Cover B by DEXTER SOY
Pre-order Cover by CHRIS JOHNSON
On sale OCTOBER 20th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Part 3 of “Upgrade the World!”

A bond destroyed. Power wielded recklessly. A deadly force on the attack.

X-O Manowar’s world will be shattered.

X-O MANOWAR #7

Preview: X-O Manowar #7

X-O MANOWAR #7

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Inks by RAFFAELE FORTE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Cover B by DEXTER SOY
Pre-order Cover by CHRIS JOHNSON
On sale OCTOBER 20th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Part 3 of “Upgrade the World!”

A bond destroyed. Power wielded recklessly. A deadly force on the attack.

X-O Manowar’s world will be shattered.

X-O MANOWAR #7

Preview: X-O Manowar #6

X-O MANOWAR #6

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Inks by RAFFAELE FORTE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Cover B by CHRIS JOHNSON
Pre-order Cover by JEFF DEKAL
On sale SEPTEMBER 22nd | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Part 2 of “Upgrade the World!”

X-O Manowar has saved the planet from hostile forces countless times before, but the new threat that looms in front of him is unlike anything he has faced before. And with his sentient alien armor glitching, X-O’s situation is about to get much worse…

X-O MANOWAR #6

Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Universe Collection

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Universe Collection

As far back as I can remember Star Trek has been one of those franchises that always been part of the public imagination. Permeating throughout popular culture, leading to even George Lucas admitting the franchise’s influence on his Star Wars saga.  Even though I watched and enjoyed the original series, the movies including the original cast, and the cartoon series, it was definitely before my time. What really got me pulled into this universe was The Next Generation series.

I remembered the first episode where we met the crew, and of course, Data is who stood out. The other aspect of Star Trek, I have enjoyed are the ever-interesting Mirror Universe episodes, which every show that came after the original series got to has enjoyed, except for ST: TNG. As it would have been an interesting endeavor by the show, giving us a different view of our favorite characters. In David and Scott Tipton’s Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Mirror Universe Collection, we get some wish-fulfillment in a trio of comic stories which shows just how menacing our heroes are in the Mirror Universe.

In “Mirror Broken,”, we’re introduced to the crew of the ISS Stargazer and their insidious captain, Jean Luc Picard and belongs to the once-powerful Terran Empire, and where Vulcans are slaves to the powerful Klingon-Cardassian alliance, which gives Picard the perfect opportunity to assemble the crew we know, but more ominous, to take over the Enterprise and give the Empire an advantage over their enemies with a long-dormant weapon. In “Origin of Data”, we get an interesting side story of how Picard recruited Data to his ranks in this alternate dimension. In “Through the Mirror”, the ISS Enterprise crosses over to the Prime Star Trek universe where they meet the heroes we know and looks to conquer worlds in their dimension, while the mirror universe Picard hatches a plan to infiltrate the Enterprise which leads to a tense standoff between both crews. In “Ripe for Plunder”, Data goes on a solo mission to find Emperor Spock, who was thought to be long dead and reveals long-hidden keys to Picard’s plans. In the last story, “Terra Incognita”, one of the show’s long-endeared characters takes a baleful turn as his evil doppelganger infiltrates the Prime Universe Enterprise crew.

Overall, Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Mirror Universe Collection is an exciting set of stories that play with alternate universes and realities masterfully. The stories by the Tiptons are engrossing and exciting. The art by the creative teams is beautiful. Altogether, a collection that gives more than fan service, as it stretches the imagination and the possibilities, infinite.

Story: Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art: J.K. Woodward, Charlie Kirchoff, Josh Hood, Marcus To, Chris Johnson, Carlos Nieto, Debora Carita, Tony Shasteen, Angel Hernandez
Color: Jason Lewis, Brittany Peer, Jason Lewis, David Garcia Cruz, Fran Gamboa, Jay Fotos, Jo Mettler, Mark Roberts
Letterer: Andworld Design, Neil Uyetake
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.6 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Chainsaw Reindeer

Chainsaw Reindeer

Chainsaw Reindeer is an interesting comic. The concept has some humor to it but the execution turns into one repeated joke with a lot of cringe-worthy in between.

Created and written by Brandon Rhiness, Chainsaw Reindeer is about a reindeer who is tired of Santa’s abuse goes on a revenge spree against mankind. The abuse? Lots of beatings and for some reason multiple implied rapes. A mean Santa who’s an asshole would be enough but Rhiness takes everything so over the top it makes one groan.

And that over the top attitude extends to the comic forgoing much of a story consists of nine-panel pages featuring a reindeer chainsawing people. It’s so over the top I found myself laughing at parts but at the same time, the comic isn’t quite as funny or as clever as it thinks it is. It’s juvenile humor at best and if that’s your thing more power to you.

Carlos Trigo delivers the bloody art. Along with colors by Przemyslaw and lettering by Chris Johnson the humor is in the images. There’s little dialogue and the joke is in what’s cut off by a chainsaw and where. Locations around the world play to stereotypes and implied abuse in the beginning makes one shudder. If you laugh at the images, this is a comic for you. It’s all over the top.

Chainsaw Reindeer is a one-note joke that only differs slightly when played. It’s a great concept that’s never quite realized as it sticks to cheap and cringe-worthy laughs.

Story: Brandon Rhiness Art: Carlos Trigo
Color: Przemyslaw Letters: Chris Johnson
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe, Vol. 5: The Coming Doom

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe, Vol. 5: The Coming Doom

Paul Allor, Caleb Goellner, Ross May (w) • Mark Torres, Pablo Tunica, Chris Johnson (a) • Freddie E. Williams II (c)

Comics’ biggest creators make their mark on the Turtles universe! Go beyond the main series in this exciting anthology of stand-alone stories. Find out what becomes of the Triceratons after the Invasion! Will they get along with their new neighbors or become victims of a terrifying new villain? Plus, can Donatello mediate a truce between the Utroms and the Triceratons, or will fanatics on both sides cause a deadly derailment? The fate of alien life on Earth hangs in the balance! Collects issues #21-25.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-362-9

Preview: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror

Scott Tipton, David Tipton (w) • Chris Johnson, Marcus To, Josh Hood, Carlos Nieto, Debora Carita (a) • J.K. Woodward (c)

The Mirror Universe Next Generation crew is looking for new worlds to conquer, and they’re crossing over to the Prime Star Trek Universe to find them! When the Enterprise-D discovers a burned-out, pillaged Andorian vessel, the search for the culprits behind it leads to some startlingly familiar faces. But, how did the Mirror Universe crew find their way to ours, and what does Emperor Spock have to do with it? Plus, it’s interstellar espionage aboard the Enterprise-D when the Mirror Universe crew infiltrates Captain Picard’s ship!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-343-8

Preview: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #1

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #1

Scott Tipton & David Tipton (w) • Chris Johnson, J.K. Woodward (a) • J.K. Woodward (cover a) • Chris Johnson (cover b)

Because you demanded it! Following up the smash-hit miniseries MIRROR BROKEN, the Mirror Universe Next Generation crew is looking for new worlds to conquer, and they’re crossing over to the Prime Star Trek Universe to find them!

Also in each issue: Just how did the Mirror Universe crew find their way to ours, and what does Emperor Spock have to do with it? Backup stories every issue illustrated by MIRROR BROKEN co-creator J.K. Woodward!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dimension X #4

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dimension X #4

Ryan Ferrier (w) • Chris Johnson (a) • Nick Pitarra (c)

The TMNT land on a planet of criminals and lowlifes. In these surroundings, one heroic pilot is on the lam from the most powerful crime boss on the planet: a pilot named Ace Duck!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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