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Review: Shadowman #2

SM2018_002_COVER-A_ZONJIC“Baron Samedi calls!

Jack Boniface has only just returned home to New Orleans…but the Deadside won’t let him stay gone! From across the veil of life and death, the malignant presence of Baron Samedi – a ravenous voodoo deity bent on consolidating power at all costs – now seeks to infiltrate the mortal plane and claim the legacy of Shadowman for himself! But even as Jack and Alyssa marshal a defense to Samedi’s inhuman agenda, a monstrous new force – driven by killer instinct and a rabid hatred of the Shadowman – is about to turn the Big Easy’s back alleys into a hunting ground…”

Of all the Valiant characters I’ve read about over the last three years I’ve been obsessed with a fan of the publisher, Shadowman is one of the ones with which I am not as familiar with. That hasn’t been a concern with this series, however, as despite the storied history of the character, Andy Diggle crafts a tale that can be read by newcomer and long time fan alike.

As a newly returned Jack Boniface struggles to adjust to life in the living world after spending months, if not years, in the Deadside, the responsibilities of the Shadowman continue to pull. Shadowman #2 opens the conflict between Shadowman and the antagonist in an organic way that doesn’t feel forced or contrived. In doing this, Diggle gives Stephen Segovia the ability to sink his teeth into some brilliant action scenes whilst also crafting an incredible visual journey with each page.

At the end of the day, Shadowman #2 is a really solid comic, but unfortunately I really don’t have much to say about it other than you should read it if you’ve even half an interest in the character or publisher. You don’t need to know everything about Shadowman to enjoy this comic, though I’m sure it helps, because Diggle, Segovia and colourist Ulises Arreola have delivered a comic that is a wonderful addition to any pull list.

You can’t go wrong reading Shadowman.

Story: Andy Diggle Artist: Stephen Segovia Colourist: Ulises Arreola
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: X-O Manowar #14

XO2017_014_COVER-A_ANDREWSAfter a brutal year spent waging war on the far side of the galaxy, Aric of Dacia must now face the one thing he yearned to leave behind: planet Earth. But as the man called X-O Manowar prepares for a world-shaking homecoming, he must come to terms with a savage awakening inside himself…and the obligations that still await him on our world. Just as the forces of Harbinger Wars 2 – Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event – begin to vie for Aric’s loyalties, a long-awaited reunion might just shatter everything we’ve come to believe about the fallen warrior-king in control of the universe’s most powerful weapon…

Finally, after more than a year, X-O Manowar is back on Earth. X-O Manowar #14 takes Aric from the edge of the milky way back to the planet at the center of the Valiant universe, coincidentally just in time for Harbinger Wars 2. And that’s not only a summary, but effectively the entirety of the comic. There is additional content within the comic that is in place to emphasize  Aric’s new place in the world, but the entire comic issue be easily summarized in a handful of sentences.

Delving into the psyche of the man Aric has become provides a journey far more interesting than his intergalactic travel, and the emergence of the armour as character and foil for Aric has been one of the more interesting aspects of the series over the past few issues. The relationship building between man and armour more than off set the relative lack of plot development. Aric’s reasons for leaving earth are also explored in a touch more detail than we’ve seen before, compounding the character development.

Matt Kindt has been at the top of his game lately, and although he stumbles a little here in comparison to other issues in the series, this is still a comic to enjoy for the little things. Yes, it feels like the comic was written just to set up Aric’s involvement in Harbinger Wars 2, but this is just good enough that I didn’t care.

Ariel Olivetti‘s work in this issue is both parts incredible and off putting, with his artwork merged with an almost digital background that wasn’t really my cup of tea, but your mileage may vary. At the very least it provided some stunning space visuals, some cool water effects and some really odd ground scenes.

For an issue that serves as a transition for the character, this isn’t a bad comic, but it’s also not essential reading either.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Ariel Olivetti Lettering: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.2 Art: 7.6 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Andy Diggle & Stephen Segovia Descend Into the Deadside with Shadowman #3, Hitting Stores In May!

Valiant has revealed a first look inside Shadowman (2018) #3, the thrilling conclusion to “FEAR OF THE DARK” – the action-packed premiere story arc of the POWERFUL NEW ONGOING SERIES by acclaimed writer Andy Diggle and action-packed artist Stephen Segovia! On May 23rd, before the reluctant hero known as Shadowman can embrace his role as humanity’s paranormal protector, he must carry out some unfinished business… and go toe-to-toe with none other than the self-proclaimed king of the Deadside!

After years of purgatorial exile, Jack Boniface – the newly returned Shadowman – is back in the one place he thought he’d left behind for good: the damned dimension known as Deadside! His mission? To recover a lost relic of the Shadowman legacy that could redefine the eternal balance of power between the living and the dead. If he fails, the vengeful voodoo god called Baron Samedi will exact a terrible toll on the souls of humanity… But – back among the monsters, back among the cursed – can Jack stand resolutely against evil incarnate…without succumbing to the call of the literal demons within himself?

Featuring covers by Tonci ZonjicRenato GuedesJuan José Ryp, and Greg Smallwood!

Those Two Geeks Episode Twenty Two: Planes, Tangents and More

On the docket this week: The geeks use fancy editing to cobble together both halves of the podcast after the recording stopped midway through. I Love Tom King, But… makes another return as do the tangents the geek are known for. Joe also had some trouble at the airport.

As always, the Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter or email ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next week in the future!

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #14

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #14

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by ARIEL OLIVETTI
Lettering by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KAARE ANDREWS (FEB181890)
Cover B by RAÚL ALLÉN (FEB181891)
Variant Cover by KERON GRANT (FEB181892)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA (FEB181893)
Pre-Order Edition by RENATO GUEDES (OCT171928)
Editor KARL BOLLERS
Assistant Editor DAVID MENCHEL
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale APRIL 25th

THE MOMENT MORE THAN A YEAR IN THE MAKING! AT LAST – X-O MANOWAR RETURNS TO EARTH!

After a brutal year spent waging war on the far side of the galaxy, Aric of Dacia must now face the one thing he yearned to leave behind: planet Earth. But as the man called X-O Manowar prepares for a world-shaking homecoming, he must come to terms with a savage awakening inside himself…and the obligations that still await him on our world. Just as the forces of HARBINGER WARS 2 – Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event – begin to vie for Aric’s loyalties, a long-awaited reunion might just shatter everything we’ve come to believe about the fallen warrior-king in control of the universe’s most powerful weapon…

The comics odyssey of a lifetime comes full circle as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (ETERNITY) and acclaimed artist Ariel Olivetti (Incredible Hulk) begin the countdown to HARBINGER WARS 2 with an inescapable turning point for the Valiant Universe’s unrelenting man of war!

Preview: Shadowman (2018) #2

SHADOWMAN (2018) #2

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Lettering by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC (FEB181885)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (FEB181886)
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (FEB181888)
Shadowman Icon Variant by BEN TEMPLESMITH (FEB181889)
Pre-Order Edition by RAÚL ALLÉN (JAN182006)
Blank Cover Also Available (FEB181887)
Editor WARREN SIMMONS
Assistant Editor BENJAMIN PETERSON
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale APRIL 25th

Baron Samedi calls!

Jack Boniface has only just returned home to New Orleans…but the Deadside won’t let him stay gone! From across the veil of life and death, the malignant presence of Baron Samedi – a ravenous voodoo deity bent on consolidating power at all costs – now seeks to infiltrate the mortal plane and claim the legacy of Shadowman for himself! But even as Jack and Alyssa marshal a defense to Samedi’s inhuman agenda, a monstrous new force – driven by killer instinct and a rabid hatred of the Shadowman – is about to turn the Big Easy’s back alleys into a hunting ground…

“FEAR OF THE DARK” stalks forward as superstar writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) and incendiary artist Stephen Segovia (NINJAK) bring a hard-hitting reckoning of magic and might to Valiant’s must-read new series launch of 2018!

Review: Quantum And Woody! #5

QW2017_005_COVER-B-(ULTRA-FOIL)_SHAW“After three decades and 10,000 miles, the moment of truth has finally arrived: Our heroes are about to come face-to-face with Woody’s long-lost father! In Australia! Will Woody abandon his adoptive brother and trusted partner-in-crime-fighting to embrace a hard-partying scoundrel with no sense of decency? Or…is the world’s worst superhero team about to become a terrible trio?

Plus: Back in America, DC’s super-science crime cabal is about to get an energizing new addition!”

Disclosure: I read this comic after another comic that made my mind hurt.

The final issue (for now) of Daniel Kibblesmith‘s stint in the writing chair, Quantum And Woody #5 concludes a with a suitably zany comic that refuses to take itself seriously but never has you rolling your eyes in exasperation. Kibblesmith uses his talent as a comedy writer to accentuate an already good story and elevate the reader’s enjoyment of a comic that’s very self aware. Quantum and Woody are seen as jokes within the Valiant universe, and their series acknowledges that in some pretty great ways.

There’s a great exploration of the relationship between brothers amidst the chaos of a potentially world ending event at the hands of a twelve year old boy. When the premise behind the comic sounds as oddly stupid as that you can’t help but fall in love with it. I suppose it  doesn’t hurt that Kano‘s art is an assault on your eyes in all the right ways.

Quantum And Woody #5‘s layouts are inventive, exciting and make brilliant use of the page, with Kano showing an artistic ability in sequential art that exceeds expectations. The comic is made all the stronger thanks to the lettering of Dave Sharpe who delivers an additional level of intricacy to the visual aesthetic of the comic.

I didn’t honestly expect to enjoy this issue as much as I did, but it is remarkably easy to leave this comic with a nice warm feeling in your stomach and a smile on your face. If you want a series to take your mind away from the real world then you can’t go wrong with Quantum And Woody.

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Kano Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.3 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe #4

NJKVS_004_COVER-A_LEVELHis allies have turned against him. His last options have been exhausted. And there is nowhere left to run. Now, Ninjak – the rogue super-spy turned against his former masters by the cunning assassin called Roku – must face the final revelation of his no-holds-barred showdown with the heroes of the Valiant Universe. Bloodied but unbowed, Colin King’s gauntlet ends here…and Valiant’s first-of-its-kind crossover between live action and the comic book page is about to come to an explosive finale that will leave you stunned!

Alright so I’m not to try to sugar coat anything, but in an effort to refrain from an angry rant, I’ve used bullet points to gather my thoughts about Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe #4.

  • This four issue miniseries is set in a separate universe from the rest of Valiant’s comics. If you read this prior to anything else, expect to be a little confused when things aren’t the same (but happy that the writing is better).
  • If you consider a “first-of-its-kind” crossover to be an adaptation of live action and comics, you’re behind a couple decades. This may be the first crossover from webseries to comics, however. Maybe  that’s what they mean.
  • Expecting the typical quality that you would ordinarily get from a direct tie-in comic (and not an adaptation like, say, the Bloodborne comics are adapted from the videogames) will leave little room for dissapointment.
  • Eliot Rahal is a much better comic book writer than he’s showing here, because at the end of the day he’s only got so much to work with. You can only polish a turd so much, really, and even then it’s still a turd.
  • The art by Joe BennettBelardino Brabo and Ulises Arreola remain the only saving grace for an issue that caps off perhaps the worst thing Valiant have published in the last three years.
  • If you want a better story starring all the Valiant characters read The Valiant. If you want a better Ninjak story look up Ninja-K or Bloodshot Salvation to get a small dash of Ninjak with Bloodshot.

I am oddly relieved this series is over, because it wasn’t really all that good (if you enjoyed it then fair play to you. I’m not saying you’re wrong, only that we hav different opinions). I tried to find the good in it (the art, mostly), but the pervading sense I got from the entire series was that it was a poor adaptation of another story. This doesn’t read like the kind of comic Valiant, or Eliot Rahal are capable of putting out, nor like the story was ever written for comics. It’s shoehorned into the four colour medium and it doesn’t work. Hopefully the webseries that this is adapted from will be better than the series, but after having read the comics I’m not holding out much hope of anything more than a brief diversion.

Screen story: Aaron Schoenke
Screenplay: Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, Joe Harris and Andrew Rowe
Comic Script
: Eliot Rahal Art: Joe Bennett
Ink: Belardino Brabo Color: Ulises Arreola
Story: 4.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 5.0
Recommendation: Read it if you’ve come this far. Don’t start if you haven’t.

Thankfully, Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Robert Meyers is Promoted to Editorial Director at Valiant Entertainment

Valiant Entertainment has announced that Managing Editor Robert Meyers has been promoted to Editorial Director, effective immediately. The news comes on the heels of the announcement of Joe Illidge joining as Executive Editor, and is part of an effort by the publisher to strengthen its editing team of Editor Karl Bollers and Editorial Assistants Benjamin Peterson and David Menchel.

Meyers first joined Valiant in 2013 as Operations Coordinator, and was named Managing Editor in 2016. Meyers holds a B.A. in Communications from University of California, San Diego; an M.A. in Media Studies, with a Certificate in Media Management from The New School.

Meyers will play an increased role in helping to shape the company’s publishing plan going forward, in addition to his editorial and operations responsibilities, which include, developing and editing new projects, creator outreach and recruitment, and working closely with the Sales and Marketing teams.

Bloodshot Salvation #10 Travels to the 41st Century with Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite!

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside Bloodshot Salvation #10 – the FIRST ISSUE of “THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS,” A SHOCK-INDUCING JUMPING-ON POINT from writer Jeff Lemire and dazzling artist Doug Braithwaite! On June 13th, the creative team that brought the Bloodshot of 4001 A.D. to life returns to the 41st century once again, as Ray Garrison’s salvation-seeking odyssey to secure his daughter’s safety reaches forward – and past the point of no return!

Two thousand years in the future – in the year 4002 A.D. – the man once known as Ray Garrison is no more…but the microscopic nanites inside him live on. Enter Bloodshot 4001 – a strange, gunslinging echo of Bloodshot’s mind, body, and soul that is now more machine than man. But when our century’s Bloodshot finds himself delivered to the dawn of the 41st century with one last mission to fulfill, two Valiant legends will finally come face to face…just as the secret revelation that binds them together across the ages will forever reshape Bloodshot’s place at the center of the Valiant Universe!

Featuring covers by Kenneth Rocafort, Renato Guedes, and Kim Jung Gi!

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