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It was new comic day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

DC Comics – Super Here For…the Politics of Superman – Really interesting read and post by DC.

CBR – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Canceled at Netflix – This doesn’t surprise us. The PR push to us was rather limited.

Book Riot – Giant-Size X-Men #1: Iconic and Racist AF – They’re not wrong.

ICv2 – Diamond Companies Received $5-$10M+ in PPP Loans – Well now you know.

ICv2 – Genius Brands Acquires Control of Stan Lee IP – Interesting….

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Ash & Thorn
Comic Attack – Excellence #8

Rob Liefeld’s Snake Eyes: Deadgame Launches with 36 Exclusive Covers

The highly anticipated Snake Eyes: Deadgame comic book series written and illustrated by superstar creator Rob Liefeld is almost here! Hitting stores next Wednesday, the first issue of IDW Publishing’s G.I. JOE comic book spin-off is being supported by a combined 36 Retailer and Convention Exclusive covers, including 9 covers illustrated by Liefeld himself!

Snake Eyes has long been the most mysterious member of the G.I. JOE team, but within the pages of DEADGAME, he’ll finally be forced to play his hand! How long can he keep his past classified… and what deadly secrets will come back to haunt him?

The first issue of Snake Eyes: Deadgame will arrive in stores on July 15.

Snake Eyes: Deadgame Covers
Snake Eyes: Deadgame covers

Review: Join the Future #3

Clementine Libbey continues her mission of revenge and seeks the training of the Trader. Will she compromise her ideals and use technology to go up against her hi-tech opponents?

Story: Zack Kaplan
Art: Piotr Kowalski
Color: Brad Simpson
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

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

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Zeus Comics

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Review: Transformers: Galaxies #7

Transformers Galaxies #7

Cycles ago, a Reversionist ship left Cybertron in the wake of a great calamity. Gauge, the youngest Cybertronian in the universe, knows she was forged on the planet, but only remembers her life on the ship. Her life’s about to be shaken as her whole concept of the truth is thrown into question by the mysterious figures in the brig. It’s been some time since I’ve read the new volume of IDW Publishing‘s Transformers comics. Transformers: Galaxies #7 kicks off a new story-arc with “Gauging the Truth” and felt like a nice opportunity to dive back in and see what I’ve missed.

Transformers has always been an interesting series when it comes to the comics. While many see the toy tie-in or just robots fighting each other, the comics have been so much more. Like good science fiction, they’ve explored society, philosophy, culture, and religion, with a transforming exterior. “Gauging the Truth” kicks off a new story arc focused on the Reversionist sect of Cybertronians.

Reversionists are a religious sect who believe that Cybertron was once their creator Primus and thus every Cybertronian is a bit of Primus. They’re generally disliked for their piousness and also feel like a group that hasn’t been the spotlight as much as others.

We get to see some of their focus and beliefs in this comic as they come off as very regimented and not to be questioned. Through Gauge, we get to explore faith in the world of Transformers and what happens when that faith is shaken. It’s an interesting start of the story-arc and ends in a spot that’s unexpected. Where it’s going from here? I have absolutely no idea. But, it adds a bit to the Transformers menagerie of groups and factions.

Written by Sam Maggs Transformers: Galaxies #7 is presented as a mystery. But it’s one where you don’t know if the main character is going insane, being sent a message, or if they’re having a religious awakening of some sort. I actually expected that last one myself but was rather happy I was wrong (sort of). What we look to still be getting is an exploration of religion but one that’s more of an examination of cult-like following and infallible leadership.

The art by Beth McGuire-Smith is solid. Along with colors by Josh Burcham and lettering by Jake M. Wood, the look of the comic is great. The Transformers all look solid and consistent with IDW’s style. The coloring adds a dreamlike aspect that has us questioning what Gauge is experiencing. Much of the comic is told through Gauge’s thoughts so the panels are heavy in narrative boxes instead of dialogue bubbles. The design is interesting with some subtle choices that make it feel a bit more than meets the rectangle eye.

It’s been a while since I’ve read IDW’s Transformers line of comics but Transformers: Galaxies #7 feels like returning to a familiar friend. It has exactly what I want to see in a Transformers comic, an exploration of society, culture, and politics… with cool robots who can turn into things. It may sound cheesy but the property continues to be “more than meets the eyes.”

Story: Sam Maggs Art: Beth McGuire-Smith
Color: Josh Burcham Letterer/Design: Jake M. Wood
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy


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Review: Ginseng Roots #5

Ginseng Roots continues to explore creator Craig Thompson‘s life. This issue pivots a bit adding in the history of the region and more about the history of ginseng. It’s educational and eye-opening.

Story: Craig Thompson
Art: Craig Thompson

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Review: Strange Academy #2

Strange Academy #2

It’s been quite some time since the debut of this series. Strange Academy #2 feels like no time has passed at all. It’s the first day of classes at Strange Academy. The issue hops around in a frenetic pace giving us the big picture of the school, students, and courses. We’re taken to numerous classes, introduced to the professors, and get to know the personalities of the students a bit more. We also get the first hints as to what the “big bad” will be.

Writer Skottie Young has a lot of fun with this second issue which can be picked up and enjoyed without needing to read the first. Young along with artist Humberto Ramos, deliver story pacing and a vibe that’s full of fun and energy. It’s a chaotic issue and you’ll either enjoy it or dislike it just for that. There doesn’t feel like enough time is spent in any one situation or on any one focus. But, you still feel like you get a lot of the issue as it gives us the quick tour of everything.

There are absolutely some aspects that get a bit more time on the page. Some of that is just to set up punchlines but it also helps move the characters along as well as they must deal with the situations at hand. There’s clearly some fun thought into each course and how they’re presented. That’s obvious by small jabs they make and so much is left for the reader’s imagination.

Ramos’ art is full of energy and that’s helped by the colors of Edgar Delgado and lettering of Clayton Cowles. The colors pop on the page with a bright aspect to them. Everything just looks exciting and fresh and full of energy in part due to the artistic choices. It’d be so easy to do a dour take on the same issue but as presented there’s a youthful energy about it all. There pages are full of mystical details that often tell the entire story of that particular segment. The issue relies heavily on the visual. Cowles’ lettering too is key as it often helps bring out the personality of the various characters as the lettering shifts between them.

Strange Academy #2 is a crazy paced issue where entire scenes and situations are left for a single page or a single panel gag. It’s a whirlwind tour of the school and what the kids will be dealing with. It also drops hints as to where things will be going. And it needed to be this way. An issue focusing more on any of the elements would have felt like it dragged on and given other aspects the short end of things. Instead, everyone gets their moments with a lot of humor thrown in. For as crazy as it is, it’s a great read and a welcome return of the series.

Story: Skottie Young Art: Humberto Ramos
Color: Edgar Delgado Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy


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Review: Empyre: Fantastic Four

Empyre: Fantastic Four

Marvel’s anticipated, and delayed event, Empyre draws nearer. Empyre: Fantastic Four is the prelude comic introducing the Fantastic Four into what’s to come. Much like its Avengers counterpart, the comic feels like a nice walk through the history of the key players and teases the upcoming event and its impact.

Stranded in space, the Fantastic Four are given a lift to a gambling planet where they learn of a gladiatorial combat that relives the Kree/Skrull War but the wording indicates the war is officially over. The galactic credit system has collapsed as well leading to a bartering system. It’s all tied together but the Fantastic Four must put the pieces of the puzzle together as well as figure out a way to pay for their ship repair to get home.

Written by Dan Slott, Empyre: Fantastic Four is a decent transition for the team into the event. You get a good sense of the history of the Kree/Skrull War as well as the Fantastic Four’s involvement with both. We’re also introduced to new concepts in Marvel’s cosmic landscape that fit right in and feel at home.

Slott mixes in some comedic elements and action within the pages keeping a nice pace throughout the issue. While it’s not quite as good as the Avengers lead in issue, it does a decent job overall of catching readers up and leaves them on a “what the hell is that?” cliffhanger, though without the dread like the Avengers issue.

Where things get a bit weird is the revelation of who’ battling in the arena. SPOILER: It’s two children who the Fantastic Four liberate from their oppressor. While this is overall a good thing, this, along with the Future Foundation, is making the team feel like they’re collecting wards quicker than Batman. They’re also as questionable when it comes to the kids’ safety. Still that detail provides some humorous and cute moments of interactions between the kids, the Human Torch, and the Thing.

The art by R.B. Silva and Sean Izaakse is solid work. Along with color by Marte Gracia and Marcio Menyz and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the art is really interesting with a lot of small details to tell the story. The art really plays well into the gambling world as we get a sense of the wonder and alien nature of it all but it also feels familiar. There’s a sense of excess without it being over the top and exploitation without it feeling too grimy. It feels like Vegas. Despite some of the weightier aspects of the story, the art helps keep it light too befitting the tone of the Fantastic Four.

While Empyre: Fantastic Four doesn’t quite have the excitement of Empyre: The Avengers, it does add in some more details about the current state of the cosmic Marvel Universe and how things are shifted. It’s a transition to get the team into the action without using up an issue of their main series. But, as is, this is a prelude issue that’s more interesting to read than a must get.

Story: Dan Slott Art: R.B. Silva, Sean Izaakse
Color: Marte Gracia, Marcio Menyz Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read


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Review: Quantum and Woody #4

QUANTUM & WOODY #4

Home Alone, the boys are left to defend their lair against would-be bandits! What is Woody’s dark secret? The truth is finally revealed in Quantum and Woody #4!

The finale to the four-part miniseries finds writer Christopher Hastings, artist Ryan Browne, and color artist Ruth Redmond coming together one more time (though hopefully not for the final time) for a comic I have waited nearly three months to read. Was it worth the wait? Was I able to just pick it up and enjoy it without refreshing myself by reading the first three again?

Two kill two birds with one stone, the answer is yes.

While not everybody will want to just pick the book up and dive in after three months, the way the Hastings has been crafting the story over three almost standalone issues means that while there are some elements that cross the four issues, the specific events don’t need to have been memorized to enjoy Quantum and Woody #4 (though if you do want a refresher, there’s no reason not to go back and read the other three).

Hastings has once again packed a full story, start middle and end, into a single comic, though with the finale he also wraps up the threads he had left over the course of the previous three issues. It is in many ways a bitter sweet comic, because as far as we currently know, there aren’t any plans to bring Hastings back to Quantum and Woody, but he ends his story on a high note without leaving any real loose ends dangling – but you’ll be wanting more from him and the creative team by them time you turn the final page.

Browne’s art has been perfectly suited to the chaos that has been this series, and both he and Redmond shine in the final issue. There’s often a lot occurring on every page, but the comic never loses its ability to tell a coherent visual story. The art is bright, bold, absolutely insane, and I love it. There’s a lot going on in almost every page, but you’re never lost; this is a book that you’re going to want to take your time reading, or read it a second time so that you can really appreciate the talent on display here.

I’ve never really been the biggest Quantum and Woody fan, but Hastings, Brown, Redmond, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou have delivered one of my favourite series this year. This is a nigh-on perfect comic book in its own right, but when you take it as the final part of a four-part miniseries, then it becomes an absolute must-read book.

If every comic that I read after Diamond started delivering again was half as good as this, I’d be happy.

Story: Christopher Hastings Art: Ryan Browne
Colors: Ruth Redmond Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Story: 9.6 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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Act-Age

It’s new comic book day! What are you all excited about? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about it, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Comics Journal – No Oversight Leads to a History of Sexual Misconduct And Bullying at the CBLDF – This is far more than anyone knew as of a week ago.

How to Love Comics – Batman: Joker War Reading Order Checklist – For those interested in reading the event.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Discover your inner Chimera in URBAN ANIMAL – Free comics!

Review

The Beat – Act-Age
But Why Tho Podcast – Batman #94
Games Radar – Fire Power #1
Games Radar – Fire Power Vol. 1
But Why Tho Podcast – Supergirl: Being Super

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