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Black Hammer Gets a the Super Treatment and Giant-Sized Annual

Jeff Lemire’s superhero comic series is getting the super treatment: Dark Horse has announced that Black Hammer will have an oversized anthology issue in early 2017.

Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual features an all-star slate of guest artists illustrating five stories by Jeff Lemire. Dustin Nguyen, Emi Lenox, Nate Powell, Matt Kindt, Ray Fawkes, and Dave Stewart bring Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Barbalien, and Madame Dragonfly to life.

The forty-page Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual will be available on January 18, 2017.

Black Hammer is currently available as an ongoing comic series from Dark Horse. The popular series is from the prodigious brain of Lemire and brought to life by Ormston, with colors by none other than Eisner Award–winning veteran Dave Stewart.


Review: Nova #11

nova-11-coverSam Alexander has led a busy life as Nova, but after all of his intergalactic gallivanting, is it time to hang up the helmet?

I’ll confess I haven’t read the new Nova series and barely know Sam Alexander as a character. What little I’ve read I’ve enjoyed, but it’s never been a series that has really been one thats stood out in the avalanche of weekly releases. From what I’ve read, it’s completely enjoyable and there’s a niche it absolutely fills.

So, with that being said, I dove in to Nova #11 with a pretty clean state not going what was going on. There’s a lot in there that new readers will like and there’s a lot there for long time fans of the Nova character, especially with a twist and reveal at the end. I’m not going to reveal what that twist is, but it’s one aimed at fans of classic Nova… read between the lines with that.

Writer Sean Ryan has done a good job giving us a character who feels like he’s really struggling with his role. Sam is wondering can he balance being a hero, not having his mother worrying about him, and also having friends. It’s a twist on the same sort of angst that we’ve seen in classic Spider-Man stories. And that’s what this issue felt like, Spidey sitting down and talking things through with the ghost of Uncle Ben. In this case Sam is talking to the computer that houses all of the knowledge of the past Nova Corps. It’s a cute story, but nothing that feels really new, it’s just a semi-new thing for this character. And with how it’s presented it feels like it might be a good entry point for new readers.

The art by Cory Smith is solid. This really stood out to me. The art jumps and really takes on the youthful feel of the main character. There’s a certain energy about it that flies off of the page.

This one is definitely one for Nova fans, especially classic Nova…

Story: Sean Ryan Art: Cory Smith
Story: 7.15 Art: 8.05 Overall: 7.35 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Kim and Kim #3

kimandkim3coverKim and Kim #3 is really a lot to process. There’s new characters galore, some flashback, robot gorillas, and some genuinely sweet moments like when Kim Q and Kim D hold hands and talk about how they never remember not being around each other. The banter between the Kims and their friends and frenemies still crackles under the pen of writer Mags Visaggio, but she also tells and doesn’t show a big climactic action scene where Thomas, the polyform, pulls out a gun and makes it to Dimension 12. Or does he? The ending of Kim and Kim #3 has plenty of fun interactions between the Kims and their friends Gretchen and Kathleen, but it seems there’s a “missing reel” between scenes. Or maybe that’s just the futuristic drugs they’re on.

Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre continue to kick ass in the art department beginning with the battle between the Kims and robot gorillas as they’re marooned in a snowy dimension far from, well, everything. They start the fight slow and chill with a couple wide panels of Kim Q enjoying some kind of drug before there’s an explosion, and the comic goes from hangout to action mode in no time at all. It’s a moment of zen before a big helping of chaos. Aguirre’s intense red and orange colors show that despite their skis and tacky coats, these robot gorillas are no pushovers. The fight is paced nicely by Visaggio with each reversal happening on a page turn like Tom almost getting captured. Cabrera and Aguirre also continue to show their skill with set pieces in a Firefly worth escape sequence that introduces Mina Sayles, a skilled pilot and plot fixer upper.

Mina is a cool character, and the flashback establishes her daring nature better than any dialogue could. (And most of her dialogue is plot clarification spiced with a little sass about Kim and Kim messing up her old van.) However, this sequence is placed awkwardly between Kim and Kim cuddling up in the cold and Kim D waking up in a nice, warm bed. We quickly learn that Mina and her Owl buddy have saved them and are fixing the Contessa, but the kim-and-kim-3-3sequence of events turns Kim and Kim #3 from a one-liner heavy thriller to a slight head scratcher. Visaggio has loads of cool ideas, colorful dialogue, and fun characters, but sometimes the pieces don’t all fit together like the middle of this issue, and the transition from Tom pointing a gun at everyone and Kim and Kim eating ramen with their friends.

The great thing about Kim and Kim as a comic is how relatable the main characters are even though they live in a world filled with necromancy, interdimensional travel, and again, robot gorillas. (Honestly, you can’t go wrong with them as minions, especially when you add skis.) They forget to charge their phones while traveling between dimensions, gloss over major events (Like the supposed resolution of the miniseries’ plot), and maybe have a little bit too much fun. Kim and Kim also deeply care about each other, and the quiet scene where they hold hands in the freezing cold dimension is heart wrenching.

Some pieces of the plot don’t really fit together, but Kim and Kim #3 is a fun read for the character banter, candy shop color palette from Claudia Aguirre, and the strangeness of the world that Mags Visaggio and Eva Cabrera have constructed alone.

 Story: Mags Visaggio Art: Eva Cabrera Colors: Claudia Aguirre
Story: 7.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Dark Horse Celebrates Ten Years of Empowerment

In honor of the tenth anniversary of Adam Warren’s breakout hit, Dark Horse has announced the next installments in the Empowered series: Empowered and the Soldier of Love and Empowered Volume 10. Adam Warren creates more adventures for Emp while Karla Diaz applies her magnificent artistic skills to the Soldier of Love miniseries.

Empowered and the Soldier of Love finds Emp battling the International Magical Girl of Mystery. Emp’s new foe is using her unearthly powers to inflame the superhero community’s passions and create tension and problems among her fellow Superhomeys.

Empowered and the Soldier of Love’s first issue (of three) goes on sale February 8, 2017. Empowered Volume 10 will be available in summer 2017.


BOOM! Studios Teases New Series from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins

In the lead up to New York Comic Con, BOOM! Studios has teased a new original comic book series launching in March 2017 from New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt and illustrator Tyler Jenkins.

They’ve released the below teaser image and more information will be coming at a later date.


Around the Tubes

bmbreb_cv1_dsIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you 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.

Around the Tubes

The Washington Post – Why Banned Books Week is increasingly a good thing for graphic novels – A good read.

Newsarama – Is Wonder Woman Queer? ‘Obviously Yes,’ Says RUCKA – Um, duh?

DC Entertainment – DC Super Hero Girls Join Forces with Fifth Harmony – This is interesting.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Newsarama – Blue Beetle #1

Newsarama – Detective Comics #941

Comic Vine – The Flash #6

Newsarama – Frostbite #1

IGN – Wonder Woman: The True Amazon

Preview: Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Ryan Sook
Cover by: Ryan Sook
Variant cover by: Martin Ansin

Six months have passed since the events of BATMAN BEYOND #16. While areas of destruction remain in the outside world, Gotham City has made great strides toward reclaiming its bright future. But new threats arise and old adversaries may be coming back. And the question still remains: whatever happened to Bruce Wayne?


Preview: Zoe Dare vs Disasteroid #4


Writer(s): Brockton McKinney
Artist Name(s): Andrew Herman
Cover Artist(s): Standard Cover A: Andrew Herman
Variant B Cover: Andrew Herman
32 pgs./ T / FC

The epic space adventure concludes as Zoe Dare faces off with the alien assassin Yano, while Danni Dare attempts to reroute the Disasteroid from certain impact, and the entire crew faces the realization that not everyone is making it outta this one alive! Explosive oversized final issue!


Preview: Sonic Universe #90


Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms
Variant Cover: Evan Stanley, Gary Martin & Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 9/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The fate of Angel Island is revealed in ”Shattered” Part Four: Time is running out for Knuckles and Amy!  The vile wizard Walter Naugus has made his big move, which means certain doom for our heroes!  And as the Shattered World Crisis comes to an end, Angel Island begins to fall!  Can Red and Rose snatch victory at the last second? Featuring cover artwork by the legendary Tracy Yardley and an “and Knuckles” variant by the exceptional Evan Stanley!


Preview: Brickleberry #3

Brickleberry #3

writer: Waco O’Guin, Roger Black
artist: Frank Forte
cover: Gerardo Fuentes Jr., Mike Guerena
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

Future Steve’s pursuit of Woody Johnson continues across time and space. Malloy has joined forces with Future Steve to eradicate Woody from existence. In typical Malloy fashion, he is calling the shots now. Woody is on the run with his dips#%t defender, Future Bobby. Written by Brickleberry co-creators Waco O’Guin and Roger Black.


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