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Review: Shadowman #4

SM2018_004_COVER-A_ZONJICFor years, Jack Boniface believed that he knew the true story of the Shadowman loa – the true story of the curse inside him. He was wrong.

For the first time, Jack Boniface is about to discover the long-hidden history of the supernatural power that became his birthright… Unmoored in time and space, the loa is about to reveal its untold dimensions…and now, the last defender of the wall between our realm and the Deadside is falling backwards through the astral void, finding himself face to face with his forebears across the centuries – from the paranoia-addled alleyways of 1940s New York to the fire-scorched plantations of the Civil War…all the way back to the primeval height of the African savannah in 40,000 B.C.!

The fourth issue of Shadowman is both a continuation of the previous issue’s surprise ending that left us with the dead body of Jack Boniface, and a standalone story set before the USA joined the Second World War that focuses on Jack’s grandfather. In doing this we get a near perfect blend of a comic that is the perfect jumping on point for those who want to give the series a shot as well as a compelling read for those who had to pick their jaw up after the third issue. Andy Diggle takes what could easily be a story used to fluff out an arc simply for the trade paperback and weaves it into an arc as an essential piece of the puzzle. It’s something that’s seldom done as effectively as it is here as Jack Boniface’s spirit becomes a passenger in his ancestor’s body, and subsequently proceeds to act as narrator for the duration of the book. It’s a simple touch, but oh so effective.

Artistically, Shawn Martinborough and Stephen Segovia adopt an Art Deco style that perfectly suits the time period and noir style pulp-hero feeling of the story. The lines are thick and chunky, and the comic is heavily steeped in deep blues, solid blacks and shades of grey, all of which add to the feeling that you’re being immersed in the shadowy worlds that the Shadowman of 1940 inhabits in New York.

If this is the style of story that we’re going to get with this arc, with Jack bouncing through various historical Shadowmen (and the cover certainly indicates this is the case) then I’m even more excited to see where Diggle takes the Shadowman.

Story: Andy Diggle Art: Shawn Martinborough and Stephen Segovia
Colors: Jose Villarrubia Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Teen Titans Go! #28

Teen Titans Go! #28

(W) Sholly Fisch (A) Jeremy Lawson (A/CA) Marcelo DiChiara
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $2.99

Control Freak’s latest plan? Sending the Teen Titans to the past! Will our heroes have fun in 1950s Hollywood? Maybe. But when they return to the present, Robin’s got some chores to do, and the rest of the team will need some superhero mentoring!

Preview: Scooby-Doo! Where Are You? #93

Scooby-Doo! Where Are You? #93

(W) Sholly Fisch, Joe Edkin (A) Scott Jeralds, Eric Doescher, Andrew Pepoy
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $2.99

Off on a long-overdue vacation, Scooby and the gang travel to a photographic safari park, where their only plan is to get up close with nature. But nature gets a whole lot more up close than they planned when their safari’s interrupted by the ancient Spirit of the Land! Thrust into the midst of lions, leopards and rhinos, the gang will have to unmask the bogus spirit… assuming they can escape the all-too-real savage beasts long enough to do it!

Preview: The Wild Storm #14

The Wild Storm #14

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $3.99

John Lynch, ex-director of IO, is travelling to America to warn the subjects of his most secret program that the current heads of IO may know about them – what Lynch did to them in Project Thunderbook, how they changed and where they’re hiding. He may be a day too late to help Alexandra Fairchild, waiting in the middle of nowhere for people to come and kill her.

Preview: The Brave & The Bold: Batman & Wonder Woman #5

The Brave & The Bold: Batman & Wonder Woman #5

(W) Liam Sharp (A/CA) Liam Sharp
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $3.99

There’s a grave missing detail of Batman and Wonder Woman’s investigation into the death of King Elatha – it’s not only about who killed him, but also what it means. As one king dies, another must arise… long live the new king Balor Evil-Eye! Now Batman and Wonder Woman must fight alongside Tir Na Nóg and destroy its causeways to our dimension!

Sam Kieth Makes Long-Awaited Return to The Outback in Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams

Batman must face the strangest adventure of his career as he meets the most bizarre hero in comics: The Maxx!

IDW Publishing and DC Comics welcome legendary artist Sam Kieth back to his first Maxx story in over a decade, teaming his greatest creation with the Dark Knight for a mind-blowing five-issue miniseries event. The first issue of Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams will debut this September with covers by Sam Kieth and Jim Lee.

When a devious new doctor at Arkham Asylum conducts unconventional forays into the human psyche, he kicks off a disastrous chain reaction by experimenting on Arkham’s newest patient: The Maxx! The city of Gotham soon begins to merge with the Outback, The Maxx’s psychedelic mental landscape. It’s up to Batman to save Gotham and all of reality… but only by joining The Maxx on a trip into the darkest depths imaginable: the twisted minds of Batman’s greatest enemies!

Archie Comics’ Releases in September 2018

ARCHIE: 1941 #1 (of 5)

THE HISTORIC, GROUND-BREAKING MINI-SERIES STARTS HERE! Archie has been around for over 75 years and has been through many significant moments in time, but never before have we seen the characters take on real-world events as they unfold. WWII is looming and Archie and many young men from Riverdale are close to enlistment age. If you’re a Riverdale teen, how would you cope with a looming world-changing event? Join the writing team of MARK WAID and BRIAN AUGUSTYN along with artist PETER KRAUSE for the all-new mini-series that is sure to have everyone talking!

Script: Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn
Art: Peter Krause, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE: 1941 #1 CVR A Reg: Peter Krause
ARCHIE: 1941 #1 CVR B Var: Sanya Anwar
ARCHIE: 1941 #1 CVR C Var: Francesco Francavilla
ARCHIE: 1941 #1 CVR D Var: Dave Johnson
ARCHIE: 1941 #1 CVR E Var: Aaron Lopresti
On Sale Date: 9/12
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


The historic crossover mini-series rolls on! Gotham’s villains have infiltrated Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe to enact their plans of mind control! But when one of Pop’s best customers sees the action taking place, will he be able to let the others know, or will the joke be on him?

Script: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #3 CVR A Reg: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #3 CVR B Var: Art Baltazar
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #3 CVR C Var: Howard Chaykin
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #3 CVR D Var: Veronica Fish
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #3 CVR E Var: Franco Aureliani
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #3 CVR F Var: David Mack
On Sale Date: 9/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


The Vixens—forced to flee Riverdale! But with their work done in their hometown the ladies are ready to expand their reach and help out women all over the globe. *FINAL ISSUE

Script: Jamie Lee Rotante
Art: Sanya Anwar, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
B&V: Vixens #10 CVR A Reg: Sanya Anwar
B&V: Vixens #10 CVR B Var: Laura Braga
B&V: Vixens #10 CVR C Var: Genevieve F.T.
On Sale Date: 9/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Get ready for out of this world fun in the ALL-NEW sci-fi adventure series COSMO! Join Cosmo and his Space-Ace Martian crew as they find adventure and dangers in the deepest corners of space! Their latest mission turns into a much larger adventure when they stumble upon their most unique specimen yet: A panicked human! Writer Ian Flynn (Archie) and artist Tracy Yardley (Hero Cats) bring the classic 1950s space alien into the present day in this graphic novel that collects the full 5-issue mini-series!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Evan Stanley, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
$12.99 US/$14.99 CAN
6 x 9”
128 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/26


From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the CW’s Riverdale comes the third collection of the comic book set in the universe of the SMASH HIT TV series. RIVERDALE VOL. 3 collects issues 9-13 of the ongoing series.

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Murray, Aaron Allen
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Photo courtesy of CW
$17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/5


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “A Pain in the Bot!” Archie hopes his new dog will impress his friends—but there’s something very odd about his new pet, and his friends aren’t amused!

Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/12
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


Get ready for a fun ROMP through the Archie vault with over 1000 pages of Archie’s most hilarious and entertaining stories!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
$14.99 US/$15.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
1000 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/19


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “The Princess and the Pea!” Prince Archie can’t find someone to wed! When a wayward visitor shows up on his doorstep claiming to be a princess, she must undergo an unusual test to prove who she is!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/5
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “The Snow Queen” Veronica is the Snow Queen, a teen with special powers and a heart of ice. Will anyone be able to warm her heart and turn her back to normal?

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/19
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY:  “The Wear Wolf” Archie’s so excited to wear his homemade werewolf mask for Halloween, he tries it on early—too bad he didn’t wait for the glue to finish drying! Will anyone in town be able to help him out? Or will he scare them all off?

Script: Francis Bonnett
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/26
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Unboxing: June 2018’s Comic of the Month Club

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Image Reveals a Special wraparound cover of The Weatherman #2

Image Comics has revealed a special, breathtaking wraparound cover for The Weatherman #2 by Jody LeHeup and Nathan Fox. This limited cover will feature artwork by Fox and will hit select stores this July.

The Weatherman follows Nathan Bright—a man who had it all: an awesome girlfriend, a kickass dog, and a job as the number one weatherman on terraformed Mars. But when he’s accused of carrying out the worst terrorist attack in human history—an event that wiped out nearly the entire population of Earth—Nathan becomes the most wanted man alive and a target of a manhunt that spans the galaxy. But is Nathan truly responsible for such a horrific crime? And why can’t he remember?

The Weatherman #2 Cover A (Diamond Code MAY180284), The Weatherman #2 Cover B (Diamond Code MAY180285), and The Weatherman #2 Cover C (Limited, Diamond Code MAY188886) wraparound cover will be available on Wednesday, July 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 25th.

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