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Review: Yondu #1

Who is Yondu? How is this thief going to potentially screw up the future? Find out this and more in this series spotlighting the popular character from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Story: Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler
Art: John McCrea
Color: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

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Preview: Yondu #1 (of 5)

Yondu #1 (of 5)

(W) Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson (A) John McCrea (CA) Cully Hamner
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Yondu, lone Ravager and all-around scoundrel is about to hit the biggest pay day of his life when he stumbles upon a dangerous new weapon! But when this artifact turns out to be deadlier than he bargained for, will the reward outweigh the risk as Yondu finds himself targeted by a mysterious mercenary? Plus, when an unexpected visitor from the future turns up to stop Yondu, it begs the question: exactly how bad did he screw up?! Find out in this all-new miniseries from ZAC THOMPSON and LONNIE NADLER (AGE OF X-MAN, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ANNUAL) and JOHN MCCREA (Dead Eyes)!

Yondu #1 (of 5)

Review: Green Lantern Mosaic #11

Green Lantern Mosaic #11

As true as it is that your experiences shape who you are, it goes for both good and bad. If you take the pessimist view of experiences, one would consider bad experiences to be the best teacher. While good experiences tend to shelter you from the realities of most situations. Then there’s the one thing we all have regardless of the current station in life, regrets.

We all wished we did something different. If we just went a different direction, how much would that change things? Then there are those people we lost. How we wished we spent more time with them if we knew how much time we had left. If you were in the military, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, that last time you talked, stays with you. In the tenth issue of Green Lantern: Mosaic, we find Jon reliving missteps in what feels like a nightmare.

We find Jon, as he wakes up from a deep sleep, to his childhood home, and to his father scolding him about getting to school on time. As he gets acclimated  to what is going on, certain memories of that time washes over him,  as he goes to his grandparents place, to remember exactly how his grandfather died, with a knife to the chest, one which he still has in this reality, which indicate to Jon that something is truly off. This is where Ch’p and the Guardians step in, making him realize that this reality is a mind manipulation of a powerful outside force.

Overall, a nice trip down memory lane for Jon which gives readers a better understanding of who Jon, not the Green Lantern, really is. The story by Gerard Jones is enjoyable. The art by the creative team is outstanding. Altogether, an issue that gives readers a behind the scenes look at this sometimes enigmatic character in the Green Lantern Corps.

Story: Gerard Jones Art: Cully Hamner and Danny Panosian
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Green Lantern Mosaic #10

Green Lantern Mosaic #10

Being the oldest grandchild on both sides of my family comes with some advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are that most of my cousins usually give me more respect than my children some days. The disadvantages are I get to suffer the signs of aging way before they do. One of the few things that I do relish is the gift of memories.

I’m old enough to remember all of my grandparents’ stories including their memories of growing up during World War II. I heard from them the horrors that they endured from the Japanese soldiers that came to the Philippines. As a student of history, I often wondered why it took America so long to enter the war and for what reasons. In the ninth issue of Green Lantern: Mosaic, we find Jon in the middle of a galactic conflict about to erupt in the Mosaic world.

We find Jon, as he holds court with The Guardians, imploring to them the complexity of the challenges he faces on a daily basis. As he finally resolves to break down and give them a tour of the realm, he was assigned by them to protect, where he explains the intricacies and eccentricities of each species living the Mosaic, and how it has led to more cooperation than dissolution. Of course, just as he was making his point a conflict breaks out between two races, which as John always does, diffuses. By the issue’s end, the Guardians succumb to John’s point of view, a door which has opened the door to some possibilities according to some Lanterns looking on.

Overall, an idyllic issue that revels in the Green Lantern mythology while giving readers a front-row seat to why so many of us love this book.  The story by Gerard Jones is entertaining. The art by the creative team is superb. Altogether, an issue that plays on the book’s strengths and further embeds the reader in the genius of the book’s premise.

Story: Gerard Jones Art: Cully Hamner and Danny Panosian
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Green Lantern Mosaic #9

Green Lantern Mosaic #9

When it comes to holiday specials, comics can be a bit of a minefield. Every child has their perfect holidays special in mind and it mostly involves cartoons. Peanuts were something that many generations including mine enjoyed. Then every Saturday morning cartoon had a special Holiday episode, one of the most memorable ones being He-Man & The Masters Of The Universe.

Comics were even a bit different than what the cartoons gave viewers. I remember seeing comics books with Batman and Robin wearing Santa hats and smiling It was an odd look for the Dark Knight. Also, most of the stories worked around the Scrooge archetype. Though entertaining, readers became wary of this reiteration. In the ninth issue of Green Lantern: Mosaic, we’re taken to the holiday season in Mosaic and just like here on Earth, dealing with different cultures and rituals.

We find Jon, as he reminisces about his family back home on Earth and how during this time of the year, Xmas, how much he misses them. As his time on Mosaic has taught him adaptability is what key to surviving in this world, as he reflects on how being a Black man on Earth has given him empathy on how to deal with the different races of aliens. As finds a way for all the different alien races living on Mosaic to get along for just one night. By issue’s end, John is one of the best Christmases he had in a place where he never imagined himself being.

Overall, a blissful issue that celebrates the reason for the season. The story by Gerard Jones is enjoyable. The art by the creative team is stunning. Altogether, an issue which shows the world that sometimes comics can tell better stories about the holiday season than any other medium.

Story: Gerard Jones Art: Cully Hamner and Danny Panosian
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Green Lantern: Mosaic #8

Green Lantern: Mosaic #8

I remember the first time I saw the movie Gremlins. I was all of 12 years old and was more than excited to watch the movie in the theater with my friends. What I did see was nightmare fuel for my adolescent imagination for days to come after. The movie would spawn a sequel that I enjoyed. It captured what was both enjoyable and frightening about the genre.

You can see the movie’s influence in pictures like Slither and Mars Attacks!. It took what was scary but sprinkled a hint of dark comedy in it. In the eighth issue of Green Lantern: Mosaic, we find Jon in the middle of a battle between some fun-loving aliens and determined humans.

We’re taken to a world where suburbia is being attacked by aliens and Chicano gangsters are under siege by these space invaders. This is where the humans are forced to call John into action. He finds out firsthand just how turbulent things are between the two factions. As John gets deeper into what is truly dividing them he finds out there are more forces at work.

Overall, an engaging issue that despite some of its dated and problematic portrayal of racial archetypes, is still fascinating as a story. The story by Gerard Jones is entertaining. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, an issue which shows how far we have come.

Story: Gerard Jones Art: Cully Hamner and Dan Panosian
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Killers #3 (of 5)

KILLERS #3 (of 5)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by JEFF POWELL
Cover A by JONBOY MEYERS
Cover B by LARRY STROMAN with ROB STULL and ULISES ARREOLA
Cover C by YANNICK CORBOZ
Cover D by CULLY HAMNER
Preorder Edition by WHILCE PORTACIO with RAYMUND LEE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 18th

The unstoppable marksman, Sights, joins the carnage! But where does his allegiance lie?

Can you trust a superninja with a mind broken by MI6? Just ask the Undisciple.

The high-octane battle royale continues as the Killers tear each other apart in a competition like no other!

KILLERS #3 (of 5)

Review: Green Lantern: Mosaic #7

Green Lantern Mosaic #7

Seth McFarlane has changed television forever. He leaves fans wondering what he will do next. His show Family Guy helped redefine what an animated family television show could be, making way for many imitators. Then there’s American Dad, which was a crazier version of what the typical American family is supposed to be. As far as his live-action television ventures they’ve been hit or miss.

His show Dads was definitely something not watchable. I personally couldn’t get through a whole episode. His newest venture, The Orville, has got to be one of the better science fiction shows in recent memory. What most people thought was going to be a parody of Star Trek, feels like its spiritual successor. Within the last season, there was a storyline where a supposed alliance became a secret plan to invade and overtake, making a once-beloved crew member, a sordid villain. In the seventh issue of Green Lantern: Mosaic, John Stewart is caught in a war between two factions, where one looks to destroy the other.

We find John breaking up a skirmish between a tribe of native Americans who have been uprooted and a group of mystics who hate each other and often call him in to stop a fight. This leads him to look for a long-term solution, one that would give both parties what they want and John the peace he has strongly desired since entering this world, as he finds it out of all places, in music. As it soothes both parties but ultimately envelopes John himself. By issue’s end, John and both factions find serenity in the very thing that overtook them in the first place.

Overall, a head-trip of an issue, one that confuses but still amazes the reader. The story by Gerard Jones is smart and immersive. The art by the creative team is captivating. Altogether, a story that shows even your worst fear can be your greatest joy if given the chance.

Story: Gerard Jones Art: Dan Panosian and Cully Hamner
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Green Lantern: Mosaic #6

Green Lantern: Mosaic #6

As a fan of Star Trek, I have always been fascinated with how deftly Gene Roddenberry used his art form as a platform. He often left fans of the show pondering things beyond the surface entertainment. There’s a reason so many people have shown their devotion to the franchise. For good reason. The show pushed its viewers when other shows were just mindless entertainment. It often made their audience peer into their hearts and minds and subscribed to the concept that each person must do better for all of humanity.

Every franchise that came out in the 1990s made the band even stronger. As my favorites were Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Both shows gave fans a deeper look into this universe. One of the best stories to come from Roddenberry’s mind was from the original series, “Arena.” It gave viewers a battle of brute and smarts while asking what’s the reason for the fight in the first place. In a fight similar to Kirk and Gorn, we have a fight between two Lanterns, both of equal skill in the sixth issue of Green Lantern: Mosaic.

We find John as he meditates only to be interrupted by Kilowog. Kilowag has brought his recruits, Kreon and Boodikka, to train with him on Mosaic. He starts by doing a quick mind scan showing their elevated disgust for each other. As he utilizes their worst fears, and turns it against them, only for them to work together. By issue’s end, John has gotten these two to work together, proving to Kilowog, that sometimes pushing beyond their limits, is the only way you know where they truly lie.

Overall, this issue adds a layer of depth to this book. The story by Gerard Jones is reflective, intellectual, and expertly plotted. The art by the creative team is stunning. Altogether, an issue that will make readers see just how powerful this book truly is.

Story: Gerard Jones
Art: Albert De Guzman, Dan Panosian, Steve Mattsson,
and Cully Hamner
Story: 10 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Year of the Villain: Black Mask

Year of the Villain: Black Mask

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Cully Hamner (CA) Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Black Mask was one of Gotham City’s most ruthless crime lords. He had money, power and respect. But after months in the Teen Titans’ secret prison, Roman Sionis is finally free. Given a new purpose and new abilities thanks to Lex Luthor’s offer, he’s found a new racket. Corporate crime not only pays better, but it’s far less dangerous. At least until Batwoman discovers what he’s up to and plans to put an end to Black Mask’s latest power grab. Is Black Mask the same crime boss he’s always been, or has time and a new approach made him something far more unstoppable than he’s ever been?

Year of the Villain: Black Mask
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