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Preview: Jupiter’s Legacy #3

Jupiter’s Legacy #3

Story By: Mark Millar
Art By: Frank Quitely
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUN130547
Published: September 25, 2013

The heroes conspire to overthrow The Utopian, discontent rumbling in the bars and the clubs where the superheroes get wasted and complain how much he’s been holding them all back with his old-fashioned ideas of power and responsibility. There’s a new world out there if they will only grasp it. But what is his daughter’s secret and how will it change things forever for their family?

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Preview: East of West #6

East of West #6

Story By: Jonathan Hickman
Art By: Nick Dragotta
Price: $3.50
Diamond ID: JUL130420
Published: September 25, 2013

“JUSTICE”

The work of the Chosen is revealed as the RANGER is recruited to hunt down and kill Death.

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Preview: Garth Ennis’ Red Team #5

GARTH ENNIS’ RED TEAM #5

Garth Ennis (w)
Craig Cermak (a)
Howard Chaykin (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

A close encounter with one of their own leaves Red Team on uncertain ground, while Eddie faces problems at home.  So no one’s quite ready when a very bad night in the ghetto catapults our heroes into a tense situation beyond their wildest nightmares…

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Preview: Clive Barker’s Next Testament #4

Next Testament #4

Written by Clive Barker, Mark Miller
Drawn by Haemi Jang
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR13 0940

The first arc of Clive Barker’s all-new comics creation comes to a shocking climax!

In the wake of the fallout from Wick’s first public appearance, people begin to choose sides… but only total allegiance will appease the Lord of Colors. Meanwhile, Tristan and Elspeth find roadblocks on their path for answers…

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Preview: Saga #14

Saga #14

Story By: Brian K. Vaughan
Art By: Fiona Staples
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL130538
Published: September 25, 2013

Gwendolyn and Slave Girl think about the future.

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Preview: Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 #3

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 #3

Written by David Petersen, Christian Slade, Rick Geary, and Jemma Salume
Drawn by David Petersen, Christian Slade, Rick Geary, and Jemma Salume
Cover by David Petersen
SC, 24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.50

“Tell me the best story you’ve ever told and the best I’ve ever heard,” was the request of mouse innkeep June to her delinquent patrons in Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 #1. And the stories continue in this third issue of the second Legends of the Guard series. David Petersen is joined by talented comic writer/illustrators C.P. Wilson III (The Stuff of Legend), Cory Godbey (Fraggle Rock) and Eric Canete (Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin) to tell stories of mice befriending moles, brothers out to rescue a mouse maiden, and an epic battle of mice against weasels.

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Review: The X-Files Season 10 #4

20130913-211144.jpgDedicated fans usually bemoan movie adaptations of their favorite television series (akin to the eternally obnoxious sayings, “the book was WAY better” or “that’s not even the best song on their album”). For me, the opposite was true. Although I had seen a number of episodes, it wasn’t until The X-Files: Fight the Future came out on the silver screen that I was convinced it was one of the best shows of the 90s.

Despite overstaying it’s television welcome and a dreadful follow up movie (with an equally awful title, I Want To Believe, ugh), the show maintains an ever present fan base. These fans, like myself, will be relieved to know IDW‘s five issue miniseries The X-Files Season 10 is a fantastic and reverent continuity of the characters and mythos.

In this series, the former Special Agent’s discreet, mundane lives in rural Virginia (Spotsylvania County, just south of Graphic Policy‘s northern Virginia headquarters) are shattered when the FBI database is hacked and a mysterious group begins targeting Deputy Director Skinner, Dr. Scully, and a child very close to her and Mulder. This group, known as the Acolytes, is an assemblage of beings determined to help bring about the alien re-population of planet earth, as eloquently theorized by a familiar cigarette-smoking individual. Is it all just another alien conspiracy theory, or are their lives in danger from forces not of this world?

It is  apparent that IDW Publishing and writer Joe Harris went above and beyond to stay true to the series and deliver to the fans. After seeking Fox’s approval, Harris met with series’ creator Chris Carter who agreed to come on board as executive producer. The script pays homage to the TV series with witty dialogue from Mulder and well-timed appearances from Agent Doggett, The Lone Gunmen, and The Smoking Man. While I was afraid the alien conspiracy plot was going to be a ‘been there done that’ storyline, it turned out to be a perfect continuation of the show.

As much as I enjoyed this miniseries as a whole, I, unfortunately, was not a fan of the artwork. Michael Walsh‘s illustrations, while unique, lacked the gritty detail I was looking for in an X-Files comic (I still can’t pinpoint what I envisioned, maybe Ten Grand‘s Ben Templesmith?). There was also a couple reoccurring artistic decisions that bothered me, including a blue light shining out of the Acolyte’s eyes that looked like a misplaced icicle.

I was going to wait for the next and final issue to post a review, but I wanted to get this up to convince anyone on the edge that it’s worth it. Old and new fans alike will appreciate what Harris and Carter have done for the series.

Story: Joe Harris, Chris Carter Art: Michael Walsh
Story: 8.5 Art: 6 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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