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Your First Look at Coda #2 from Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara

BOOM! Studios has released a first look at Coda #2, the next chapter of the critically-acclaimed broken fantasy epic from Eisner-nominated writer Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara. This all-new series, which sold out at a distributor level before the release of the first issue, reveals the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, in which an antisocial former bard named Hum seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant unicorn and his wits to protect him…but is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the weird wasteland.

InCoda #2, featuring a main cover by Bergara, along with variant covers by Lee Garbett and Chris Wildgoose, a dangerous person from Hum’s past has returned. Now he’s bound, blindfolded and sent into exile on the back of Nag, his loyal Pentacorn. Things don’t seem like they can get worse for Hum…until they get much worse.

Coda #2 will available for sale on June 13, 2018.

Review: The Accelerators #6

As a cinephile, I always root for the protagonist to come out on top. Sometimes, those same protagonists are not as black ad white as some movies tend to show, sometimes these characters operate in the gray area. One of the best examples I can think of is the Shawshank Redemption, a movie which has many running themes. This movie is also about friendship between two men who are prisoners, which is an oversimplification.

The core of the story is that it is about men who finally understand that redemption is achieved through common acts of decency. As a cinephile, the scene that probably was the most memorable was when Andy Dufresne finds a way out, and he had been digging his way out for years. Out of the all-time escape scenes in movies, this ranks up there with the best. In the sixth installment of The Accelerators, we find our heroes reunited and looking for a way out.

In the first few panels, the reader gets a peek behind just how each gladiator gets transported to the arena, as the newest addition just so happens to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Major uses this unique competitor to make his escape along with fellow gladiators, leaving some of the spectators as chum for the dinosaur.  Lexi and Major become reunited and Spat outsmarts Bob and becomes free of the Hub. By issue’s end, our heroes have escaped this world but to where, only time will tell.

Overall, a pulse pounding issue that is wall to wall action. The story by PRFI Porto is fun, fast paced and gives the readers more thane enough Easter eggs to know what is coming. The art by Gavin P Smith is striking and vivid. Altogether, an issue that gives wish fulfillment to anyone who has been giving this book love thus far.

Story: RFI Porto Art: Gavin P Smith
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel’s The Magic Order Will Not Get a Second Printing

Mark Millar has revealed that the #1 launch issue of his first title with Netflix—the hotly anticipated The Magic Order with art by Olivier Coipel which was first announced at Image Expo—will not go to a second printing.

The goal is to make a comic with “real collectibility.” There will be no additional printings of teh first issue.

We live in a world where we’ve never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds. Magic meets the mob in The Magic Order, as five families of magicians—sworn to protect our world for generations—must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends, and co-workers, but by night, they are the sorcerers, magicians, and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness…unless the darkness gets them first.

The Magic Order #1 hits stores on Wednesday, June 13th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, May 21st.

  • The Magic Order #1 (OF 6) CVR A COIPEL – Diamond code APR180455
  • The Magic Order #1 (OF 6) CVR B B&W COIPEL – Diamond code APR180456
  • The Magic Order #1 (OF 6) CVR C HUGHES – Diamond code APR180457
  • The Magic Order #1 (OF 6) CVR D BLANK VARIANT – Diamond code APR180458

Harbinger Wars 2 #2 – Matt Kindt and Tomás Giorello Dive Into the Fray on June 27th!

Valiant has released a first look at Harbinger Wars 2 #2 (of 4), the stunning second installment of the SEISMIC CROSSOVER EVENT OF 2018! On June 27th, Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Tomás Giorello deliver a powerful reckoning as the world’s most powerful superhuman forces face off in a no-holds-barred fight for the fate of psiots everywhere!

From East to West, the nation has been cleaved down the middle as Livewire’s defensive attack on the U.S. power grid envelops America in darkness and sets the stage for the biggest clash of powers ever witnessed… On one side, Peter Stanchek’s ragtag team of Renegades – alongside their newly activated army of untrained and wildly unstable psiots – ready themselves for an unsparing firefight with H.A.R.D. Corps and the agents of Omen. On the other, Ninjak and Bloodshot prepare to enter Livewire’s domain inside blacked-out Los Angeles. But as the casualties pile up and the losses mount on both sides, none of them will be ready to confront the full fury of raw power personified, as X-O Manowar makes his long-awaited return after a year of self-imposed exile among the stars…and delivers a single concussive strike that will send shockwaves across the whole of the Valiant Universe!

Featuring covers by J.G. Jones, Mico Suayan, Juan José Ryp, Felipe Massafera, and Lewis LaRosa!

Peter Milligan and Robert Gill Go to War in Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1 – On Sale July 25th!

Valiant has released a first look at Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1, the incendiary opening salvo of an ALL-NEW EPIC SERIES and BLOODSTAINED JUMPING-ON POINT from Peter Milligan and Robert Gill! On July 25thprepare yourselves for a perilous journey into the barbarian age as history’s first detective takes on another challenging case at the crossroads of magic, mystery, and monsters!

The Roman standard – the eagle borne at the front of each Roman legion – was more than just a symbol of the soldiers that carried it… It was a symbol of Rome itself, the ultimate embodiment of the empire’s power…

But now, in the mist-shrouded Germanic forest of Tottenwald, the unthinkable has happened: A rampaging barbarian horde has crushed three of Rome’s most highly skilled detachments in battle… and captured their mighty Roman eagles.

His authority threatened by this all-too-public shame, the mad emperor Nero has dispatched Antonius Axia, the empire’s finest “detectioner” and hero of Britannia, and Achillia, the sword-wielding champion of the gladiatorial arena, to reclaim his stolen relics at any cost.

But what began as a simple mission will soon become a terrifying journey into the dark heart of belief itself as the isolated woodlands of Rome’s enemies reveal unseen dimensions…and the true power of the legion’s lost eagles threatens to consume any who would pursue them…

Featuring covers from Cary Nord, Brian Thies, and David Mack!

Time Flies When Creating Your Very Own Comic Clock

It should come as no surprise to you that I’m a fan of Valiant comics. Well, I recently decided that I needed a clock for the nerd cave in my house so that  I can keep track of the time when recording (shameless plug) Those Two Geeks with Joe, or otherwise writing within the room (let’s pretend that had forgotten about the clock on my laptop I wasn’t just looking for an excuse to craft something). Since it was unlikely I’d find a Valiant clock anywhere, I thought I may as well go ahead and make one myself. Having made up my mind to create my own clock, I decided that since I have mediocre artistic skills, I’d make a collage of comics for the clock face.

I have never done this before.

What you’ll need to create your own comic clock:

  • Comics you don’t want anymore. I’d suggest against Action Comics #1.
  • A clock face. You can buy this at a craft shop, of sand and make it yourself depending on your level of handiness. I bought mine.
  • Clock mechanism. I found mine at a craft shop.
  • Modge podge. Also from a craft shop. It’s basically glue.
  • Paint brushes. From where ever you get them.
  • Scissors. You probably have these.
  • A sowing needle or pin.

Once I had all my supplies ready I started to cut away at a couple of comics, taking  pages and panels that I thought would be cool or would stand out. Before you get too horrified at my actions, the comics were both free; one from FCBD 2018, and one from the summer of 2017. Even still, cutting them was oddly painful.

My wife didn’t know what to make of her comic loving husband cutting comics, especially Valiant comics, into shreds.

Once I thought I had enough to cover the face, I started putting them roughly in place to see how they’d fit. Not well as it turned out, so I started chopping again.

Once I finally had enough pieces, I started playing around with placement. I figured it would be easier to remove the overlap on the edges once the comic pieces had been attached to the clock face.

At this point I had a decent idea of what I wanted, so I painted a thin layer of Modge Podge on the wooden clock face and started putting the comics down. There’s not as many pictures at this point  because I was in the zone and didn’t want the glue to dry before I’d laid the comics on the clock face. That being said, I quickly discovered that I needed less than half of the pieces I had cut out, and instead settled on some larger panels and such with only a few little additions near the top. It probably doesn’t need to be said, but each comic piece was attached with a very thing layer of the glue and pressed down tightly to avoid air bubbles popping up (but they did anyway, so I poked them with the needle).

Once the glue had dried, I shaved off the edges. Carefully.

Then I poked through the center hole of the clock before putting two more thin layers of glue on the face of the clock. Once that had dried, I put the clock mechanism together, and boom Valiant clock.

The entire process took a couple of hours, which wasn’t as long as I expected. However I did learn that Modge Podge can be tough to work with if you make a slight mistake in laying your pieces down, and that the paper will bubble when applying the glue regardless of how careful you are. The final result, which you can see below, dried remarkably well (and actually looks better the following day – of which there is no image).

All that’s left now is to hang the clock and figure out what to do with all the leftover scraps of comic…

Requiem Revealed? The Answer Will Shatter the Universe in Infinity Wars #2!

This summer, prepare to learn the answer to the question that everyone has been asking…who is Requiem? Acclaimed creators Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato Jr. are bringing you an Infinity Stone story that will change the Marvel Universe…and the lives of those who wield the cosmic stones!

Who Is Requiem? Find out in Infinity Wars, in comic shops this August! The first issue comes to shelves August 1st and the second on August 15th.

Review: X-Men The Wedding Special #1

Full disclaimer: for a long time, Kitty Pryde was my all time favorite Marvel superhero thanks to her awesomeness in X-Men Evolution and Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men run, and there is a Marvel Legends figure of her sitting on my bookshelf right now as I write this.

Even though Kelly Thompson, Marika Cresta, and Federico Blee end up almost saving the day with a fun tale of X-Women out on the town with pretty, shiny art to match, X-Men The Wedding Special #1 is a big stinker of a “special issue.” Greg Land’s stiff art style isn’t a good fit for a raucous bachelor party, Chris Claremont can’t rekindle his old magic, and this book doesn’t really have much for long time X-Men fans who might be a little lapsed (Like yours truly.) and definitely not new or casual fans. Why are Kitty and Piotr even getting married? Maybe, the X-Men Gold  hardcore readership will find something to love here.

In the first story, Kitty Pryde’s co-creator/father of the X-Men Chris Claremont returns to Marvel with his Nightcrawler collaborator Todd Nauck and skilled colorist Rachelle Rosenberg.  However, after having Nauck re-draw Kitty’s greatest hits courtesy of John Byrne, Dave Cockrum, John Romita Jr., Alan Davis, and others, he makes the story all about Kitty’s relationships with the dead men in her life, namely, her dad, Wolverine, and some guy from a 1999 time travel miniseries called X-Men True Friends. Claremont is a still verbose prose stylist, Rosenberg is game with the bright colors of the different eras, and Nauck turns in some gorgeous dualistic compositions contrasting the triumphs and trials of Kitty Pryde’s life as an X-Man.

But there isn’t really a coherent story to channel these skills and traits into as Claremont abruptly cuts from Kitty recounting her life story and feelings about being phased through a bullet (Thank you, Joss Whedon.) to randomly talking about Wolverine and the aforementioned guy from a time travel story. Plus I guess I missed the issue of X-Men Gold where she worked as a bartender at the Hellfire Club themed branch of Coyote Ugly as Claremont and Nauck cut to this, and Nightcrawler has some great lines about faith and facing challenges. There are a few good ingredients, a few bad ones, and sadly, the story doesn’t touch on the great female friendships (and possibly romances) that Claremont set up for Kitty with Magik, Storm, and Rachel Summers among others and focused on ghostly men instead. It’s like a great slice of Chicago deep dish (Shoutout to Deerfield, Illinois resident Kitty Pryde.) that’s completely burnt to a crisp too bogged down in a continuity to have any real emotion or even nostalgia.

The second story by X-Men Gold writer Marc Guggenheim, the aforementioned Land and inker Jay Leisten, and colorist Jason Keith tells the story of Colossus’ bachelor party and except for the part where Piotr throws an anti-mutant alien monster around a casino, it’s cliched, heteronormative, and just plain bad. In keeping with his introverted nature and desire to be faithful towards Kitty after decades of breakups, reunions, and the original Secret Wars crossover, Colossus wants a chill night out and not the typical strippers/booze/brawling trifecta of a normal bachelor party. But Nightcrawler, Gambit, Iceman, and the “boyo” overusing new-look Pyro have other ideas for him including Bobby lecturing Piotr on traditional masculinity and making me glad that Sina Grace had almost exclusive creative control over him for a year. The story follows a limp, through line of getting Colossus to “lighten up”, and you have to buy a whole other comic to see how the story ends. It’s pretty terrible except for the huge smile on Nightcrawler’s face as he ushers his squad into Las Vegas and beams that there is a casino run by demons so he doesn’t have to feel weird or different while having a good time for once. Kurt is such a great character that he shines even in subpar stories like the first two in X-Men Wedding Special #1.

The final story in X-Men Wedding Special #1 is a fun, cute, grownup version of the “X-Men go to the mall” plotline as Storm, Rogue, Jean Grey, Psylocke, and others take Kitty to karaoke, which is actually “stripperoke”. However, there are both male and female strippers at the club, which Kitty is cool with. And it’s also this issue’s only nod at the bisexual subtext surrounding her since the late 1980s. In a similar way to Piotr, Kitty is introverted and more than a little Type A so the cocktail of strippers and karaoke is pretty lethal for her, and she spends most of the issue hoping for a fight.

Kitty does end up doing hand to hand combat with Callisto, who I think had a crush on Colossus, in the 1980s, and her resolves shows how much she has grown in 38 years from the X-Men’s kid sister to their leader. It also shows that artist (and star in waiting) Marika Cresta has a knack for fight sequences as well as conversation, beautiful faces, and high fashion. The bright filters used by Federico Blee and soft lighting definitely give this issue a very laidback field even if Kitty is freaking out a little bit about her wedding. The Kitty/Callisto derails the story a little bit, but Thompson and Cresta easily counterbalance with great moments like Storm rocking the karaoke stage, and Rogue and Kitty having a true heart to heart that reminded me of a more mature version of their bond in X-Men Evolution.

X-Men Wedding Special definitely lessened my faith in the marriage between Kitty and Colossus as well as heterosexual, monogamous marriage as an institution in general. Okay, maybe not completely, but the Marc Guggenheim and Greg Land story is a great example of how bachelor parties are dated and played out. However, Marika Cresta is a real find as an artist in the final story and should definitely be the main artist on one of the big X or Marvel books.

Story: Chris Claremont, Marc Guggenheim, Kelly Thompson
Art: Todd Nauck, Greg Land with Jay Leisten, Marika Cresta
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg, Jason Keith, Federico Blee Letters: Clayton Cowles

Story: 5.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Isola recruits more readers in the quest to save Queen Olwyn

Image Comics has announced that the first and second issues of the new hit fantasy series Isola—from acclaimed writer Brenden Fletcher and Eisner-winning storyteller and artist Karl Kerschl—are being rushed back to print in order to meet customer demand.

Queen Olwyn, suffering under the effects of a terrible spell, has fled her kingdom’s capital city with only her loyal Captain of the Royal Guard, Rook, for company—and for protection. With their supplies dwindling and their steps hounded by ruthless hunting clans, Rook leads her queen down a road fraught with peril…but it’s a road they must walk if they’re to restore Olwyn to the throne.

Isola #1, 3rd printing (Diamond code: APR188160) and Isola #2, 2nd printing (Diamond code: APR188161) will hit stores Wednesday, June 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 21st.

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