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Preview: Aquaman #27

Aquaman #27

(W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Aug 16, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“UNDERWORLD” part three! Aquaman lives! Threatened by the return of Atlantis’ natural-born ruler, King Rath accelerates his plan to scrub the sunken city of all its ancient magical treasures-but why is he stockpiling magic? Whatever the reason, Rath will need all the firepower he can get when Mera breaks through the barrier surrounding the city!

Ninjak Gets a Complete Classic Omnibus Oversized Hardcover

Valiant has announced Ninjak: The Complete Classic Omnibus Oversized HC – an 800+ page oversized hardcover compendium collecting the groundbreaking debut and complete adventures of the Valiant Universe’s master super-spy in November! From his deadly debut in the pages of Bloodshot in 1993 all the way to the final mission of his best-selling solo series, the complete classic adventures of Valiant’s deadly secret agent have finally been collected between two covers for the first time anywhere!

Colin King — sophisticated British playboy by day, elite super-spy by night! Codenamed Ninjak, King is gifted with a brilliant mind and lethal training in the world’s most dangerous fighting techniques. Both will be put to the ultimate test as he is drawn into a globe-spanning mission to bring down a cavalcade of covert agents and criminal cartels, including his greatest nemesis – the Webnet terror network and its villainous mastermind, Dr. Silk! From the British Isles to the land of the Rising Sun, Ninjak is about to leave an indelible imprint on the Valiant Universe — or die trying.

Featuring all-time classic contributions from acclaimed writers Mark Moretti, Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, Jorge Gonzalez, Mike Baron, Kevin VanHook and more alongside legendary artists Joe Quesada, Bryan Hitch, and Luke Ross, this oversized, omnibus hardcover bursts with more than 800 pages of non-stop action and special features, including:

  • Over 30 full-color issues, including Ninjak’s landmark first appearances from BLOODSHOT (1993) #6–7, his complete solo series run from NINJAK (1994) #1–26, #0 and #00NINJAK YEARBOOK 1994 #1, and SECRET WEAPONS (1993) #5 – collected together in one volume for the first time anywhere!
  • Over 20 pages of bonus content, including rarely seen artwork and extras!
  • A stunning cover by comics legend Joe Quesada, fully remastered by Paul Mounts (The Ultimates)!
  • An oversized, deluxe hardcover presentation!

This November 22nd, find out where the legend of one of Valiant’s greatest icons began!

Preview: Titans #14

Titans #14

(W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
In Shops: Aug 09, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“THINGS FALL APART!” With a traitor in their midst, the Titans reach their breaking point as Nightwing reveals his shocking prime suspect! As tempers flare and distrust spreads, the team is forced to face a new conspiracy-and the Titans must save Manhattan from the nefarious Trident!

The Dark Knight’s Rise at DC Comics

After teasing comic book fans with ominous shadow images of six evil Batmen from the Dark Multiverse several weeks ago, their final, terrifying images have been revealed by DC Comics.

Each of these malevolent characters – The Red Death, The Murder Machine, The Dawnbreaker, The Drowned, the Merciless and The Devastator – all represent corrupted versions of Batman set upon the DC universe to help conquer it once and for all, as part of the Dark Nights: Metal event beginning this August.

From L to R: The Murder Machine, The Red Death, The Devastator, The Merciless, The Drowned, The Dawnbreaker

BATMAN: THE RED DEATH #1 (on sale September 20)
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

 

BATMAN: THE MURDER MACHINE #1 (on sale September 27)
Written by Frank Tieri
Art by Ricardo Federici

 

BATMAN: THE DAWNBREAKER #1 (on sale October 4)
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Ethan Van Sciver

 

BATMAN: THE DROWNED #1 (on sale October 18)
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Philip Tan

 

BATMAN: THE MERCILESS #1 (on sale October 25)
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Francis Manapul

Preview: Aquaman #26

Aquaman #26

(W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Jul 19, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“UNDERWORLD” part two! Enraged by rumors of Arthur’s survival in the slums of Atlantis, the ruthless King Rath orders the use of ancient Atlantean techno-magic to track down the Aquaman at all costs! But the ex-king Arthur can’t hide for long when his fate collides with that of a mysterious young woman on the run from Rath’s own secret police. Her name: Dolphin.

Review: Aquaman #26

In a fantastic turn of events, Sunstone and Switch creator Stjepan Sejic became the main artist on Aquaman beginning  with issue 25. He has joined series writer Dan Abnett to tell the story of a king in hiding from his own kingdom as Aquaman hides in the Ninth where Atlanteans, who are immigrants and have mutations hide. The new storyline is part the second act of Lion King and Game of Thrones, part Batman (Especially in its darker approach to the kingdom under the sea.), and is even connected to the real world with the Atlantean usurper Rath building a “wall” called the Crown of Thorns to seal Atlantis off from the surface world. He is basically Donald Trump with a blue tattoo on his face and the ability to breathe underwater and is obsessed with keeping Atlantis racially pure through any means necessary including wasting and using its store of magic improperly.

The political intrigue and class struggles plus magic is great and all, but the real draw of Aquaman #26 is the art and colors of Stjepan Sejic. His character designs are famously sexy and detailed, and Aquaman really pulls off the beard as the lone vigilante of the Ninth instead of the monarch of Atlantis. Sejic’s action scenes are full throttle beginning with a powerful double page spread of Aquaman and a returning classic supporting character, Dolphin kicking the Drift soldiers’ asses with a stream of bubbles acting as a speed line. Your eye is drawn to the big punches that take up most of the page, but as you look down, the magically enhanced Drift (Basically, the ICE of the sea.) have Aquaman and Dolphin in different holds. Then, Sejic brings that Superfriends nostalgia with Aquaman having sonar around his head and calling in some sharks to save the day. He easily synthesizes classic (and unfairly maligned) parts of the character with beautiful, modern storytelling and uses breathtaking colors any time magic is used.

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Dan Abnett’s plotting is definitely Game of Thrones influenced as he jumps around from POV character to POV character and builds up to one final showdown in the future between Rath and Aquaman. There will be a few pages of Rath, then cut to Krush, the crime lord of the Ninth, and on the good guy side, Abnett shows what Aquaman, Vulko, and Mera are up to. The cast is definitely manageable for now and is bookended with enough undersea magical action and cool art to make up for the table setting. Abnett also plays with characters’ roles and likeability.

For example, Cetea, who wanted Mera to basically join a magical Atlantean convent in an earlier arc, ends up teaming up with Vulko in a slow burn rebellion. This is because Rath’s wild use of magic goes against her  traditional, conservative beliefs about magic. I might be making a jump here, but this is like some Christians (E.g. Pope Francis.) opposing Donald Trump because he’s just plain immoral with his affairs and general greed. Mera is on Aquaman’s cover, and Stjepan Sejic draws her like the aquakinetic goddess she is, but her role in the plot is just a slow burning threat against the new Atlantean status quo. I wish she had more panel time, but the full page spreads of her raging and magic-ing out in blue and red are poster worthy. It’s gonna be fucking awesome once Abnett and Sejic cut her loose on the usurpers.

As the second chapter in an epic arc, Aquaman #26 does its fair share of setup, but it’s far from boring as Dan Abnett transitions Aquaman and supporting cast members, like Mera and the earlier mentioned Cetea into new roles. The villains aren’t as interesting with the exception of Krush, who is a mutant, yet still is loyal to Rath for now. Finally, there’s Stjepan Sejic’s thrilling fantasy art that makes Aquaman stand out from the other house style DC superhero books and transforms Aquaman into the king in exile, the Aragorn of the open sea.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Stjepan Sejic
Story: 6.8 Art: 10 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Titans #13

Titans #13

(W) Dan Abnett (A) V Kenneth Marion, Norm Rapmund (CA) Kenneth Rocafort
In Shops: Jul 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“JUDAS AMONG US”! As Omen begins her investigation into the identity of the team’s traitor, the Titans launch a full assault on H.I.V.E., who they believe hold the key to restoring Bumblebee’s broken mind. Meanwhile, tensions rise when Roy discovers Wally and Donna’s blossoming romance – which threatens to tear the Titans apart!

Preview: Aquaman #25

Aquaman #25

(W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“UNDERWORLD” part one! In this extra-sized anniversary issue, former terrorists have replaced the Atlantean police. Crime lords control huge swaths of the kingdom. And a deadly undersea arsenal is trained on the surface-dwellers. All is as King Rath commands-and yet whispers persist of a rebel in the slums of Atlantis: A hero with the potential to change the world. A whole new era of AQUAMAN begins as master storyteller Stjepan Sejic (Sunstone, Death Vigil) joins series writer Dan Abnett for Arthur’s boldest and most harrowing adventure yet!

Preview: Titans #12

Titans #12

(W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Kenneth Rocafort
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 14, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Bad Omen”! After the stunning events of “The Lazarus Contract” rocked the Titans to their core and called into question the team’s leadership, Omen discovers the shocking truth about their future-that one of their very own is destined to betray them…and it could be anyone!

Titan Reveals Covers for Hammer Film’s Captain Kronos Sequel Comic!

Titan Comics has revealed the first look at covers from Hammer Films and Titan’s new comic series, Captain Kronos – continuing the original 1974 cult movie this September!

Captain Kronos will be the second Hammer title following the success of Peter Milligan and Ronilson Freire’s The Mummy: Palimpsest which hits bookstores in August.

Written by Dan Abnett with stunning art by Tom Mandrake Titan Comics’ new series chronicles the adventures of the mysterious and powerful Kronos who has dedicated his life to destroying the evil vampire plague.

Check out all three variant covers by artist Mike Perkins, series artist Tom Mandrake and also a special “Hammer Glamour” variant cover featuring Hammer actress Caroline Munro! These are available to use on your site immediately.

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