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Preview: Aquaman #29

Aquaman #29

(W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
RATED T
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“UNDERWORLD” part five! Desperate to penetrate the supernatural barrier surrounding Atlantis, Mera enlists the help of an ex-Atlantean magician: Garth, the Titan known as Tempest! But Aquaman’s former protégé has sworn off his mystical practices, and the magisters of the Silent School don’t take betrayal lightly. Meanwhile, as Arthur and Dolphin fight off both the armies of the Drift and Krush’s criminal empire, Vulko discovers that which the former will need to take back his throne…something forgotten!

Review: Batman: The Drowned #1

As the events of Dark Nights: Metal rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures?

DC Comics has been knocking it out of the bark with Dark Nights: Metal and with each spin-off the nightmarish Batmen from the Dark Multiverse have gained depth. Writer Dan Abnett adds depth to this Batman/Aquaman hybrid in Batman: The Drowned creating a character that has motivation, cause, a backstory, and is pretty badass. He also adds some material from his Aquaman run that creates an even more exciting read for fans of his run there.

While the motivations of The Drowned are simple, dead lover, the story itself is just full of dread that amps up as the action builds and by the end of the story, this is a villain that we have some sympathy for but also someone we don’t want to cross.

Abnett’s writing is helped by Philip Tan whose art is amazing with a use of panels that create a flow that I haven’t seen in two many comics. This isn’t a flow in the reading, this is a literal blow where a blast of water on one page feels like it’s knocking panels away on another. You can see an example of this below where the blast knocks the panels on the right away. That use of panels is a detail in the comic that enhances the storytelling.

Dark Nights feels like it’s getting better and better the more it goes on and these one-shots have helped make that the case by adding depth to each of these new villains. They’re stories that can’t fit in the main series but need to be told. Abnett and Tan deliver an issue that gives us everything we need packed into one comic. It’s a prime example that you don’t need to drag things out over multiple issues and spin-offs. This is how a comic should be and why Dark Nights: Metal is shaping up to be one of the best events in a long time.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Philip Tan Cover Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Batman: The Drowned #1

Batman: The Drowned #1

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Philip Tan (CA) Jason Fabok
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!

Preview: Hammer Comics: Captain Kronos #1

HAMMER COMICS: CAPTAIN KRONOS #1

​(Part 1 of 4)
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Tom Mandrake
​Cover A: Mike Perkins
Cover B: Hammer Glamour – Caroline Munro
Cover C: Tom Mandrake
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: September 27, 2017

In the depths of Eastern Europe, the legendary vampire hunter, Captain Kronos, and his two assistants, Grost and Carla, are called upon to help rid a town of its vampire plague.

However, beneath the surface of the beleaguered town a malevolent force far more evil and deadly is awakening and it might just be the match of Kronos… ​

Preview: Aquaman #28

Aquaman #28

(W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“UNDERWORLD” finale! Caught in the claws of the monstrous crustacean crime baron known as Crush, Aquaman and Dolphin are bargaining chips in a most dangerous game with the cruel King Rath, who’ll do anything to keep the secret of Arthur’s survival from the people of Atlantis. Meanwhile, Mera’s mission to break into the sealed kingdom hits a rough patch when Atlantis’ magical technology short circuits on a massive scale-especially those devices made of a certain metal…

Preview: Titans #15

Titans #15

(W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Double Agent”! The hunt for the team’s traitor takes an impossible turn when Nightwing is revealed as an agent of H.I.V.E.! As the Titans hunt for answers about their leader and friend, loyalties are tested like never before-and the Titans may never recover!

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

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