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The Omega Rangers Secret Mission Revealed in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #42

BOOM! Studios has revealed a new look at Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #42 by the all -star team of acclaimed writer Ryan Parrott and Shattered Grid artist Daniele di Nicuolo, the essential next chapter in the epic Power Rangers event, Necessary Evil, arriving August 28, 2019.  

Dayne’s plan to destroy the Power Rangers takes shape with the first appearance of ALL NEW PUTTIES! Meanwhile, The Omega Rangers go undercover for a secret mission on a hostile planet — and now must face an old enemy with the fate of the universe in the balance! 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #42 features a main cover by Jamal Campbell, as well as a special foil variant of the iconic Helmet Covers featuring the Pink Ranger by fan favorite artist Goñi Montes, a collectible Trading Card variant cover by Kris Anka, an exclusive Story variant cover written by Ryan Parrott and illustrated by Dan Mora, and more!  

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #42 Trading Card variant cover by Anka features the Pink Ranger, Kimberly Hart, with an image of the Pink Ranger in action on the front, and stats on the back cover, including team name, alias, biography, and Alpha-5’s assessment.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #42

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #42

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #42

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Daniele di Nicuolo
Colorist: Walter Baiamonte, Kaiti Ranalli
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
     Main Cover:
Jamal Campbell
Foil Variant Cover: Goñi Montes
     Incentive Cover: Kris Anka
Unlocked Story Variant: Dan Mora
Price: $3.99

NECESSARY EVIL continues as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers have returned—just in time to discover a secret that may tear apart the team!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #42

Once & Future #2 Gets a First Look

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Once & Future #2, the latest issue in the critically acclaimed series, following the biggest new original series launch of the year from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, as retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire and her unsuspecting grandson Duncan prepare for battle against a rising evil that plans to take over their country to bring it back to its former glory.

There’s no turning back now as Bridgette drags Duncan deeper and deeper into the heart of British mythology and folklore to search for a way to stop a rising group of Nationalists from bringing an ancient and terrible power to life. Duncan’s just battled an absolutely impossible creature from legend and been shot—by his Gran, no less!—so he feels he’s due a few explanations, starting with how his nice, perfectly normal Gran knows so much about monsters and how to deal with them?! And what else has his family been hiding from him?

Once & Future #2 features a cover by Dan Mora, will be available for sale on September 18, 2019.

Once & Future #1 Gets a Fifth Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that Once & Future #1, the anticipated original series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, and acclaimed colorist Tamra Bonvillain, has already sold out of its fourth printing at the distributor level.

Due to the historic levels of demand from retailers and fans alike, BOOM! Studios has fast-tracked the Once & Future #1 Fifth Printing Variant, featuring an all-new cover by an acclaimed artist Khary Randolph, arriving in stores on September 18, 2019. 

Once & Future #1 introduces readers to ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire, who must pull her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat when a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead. Now Bridgette and Duncan must navigate the complicated history of the McGuire family and combat the deadly secrets of England’s past that threaten its very future.

Once & Future #1 Fourth Printing

Preview: Klaus: How Santa Claus Began Vol. 1 SC

Klaus: How Santa Claus Began Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Grant Morrison 
Artist: Dan Mora
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Price: $19.99

He’s a myth. He’s a legend. He’s loved worldwide by children and adults alike…but does anyone truly know the origins of Santa Claus? Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be—the tale of one man and his wolf against a totalitarian state and the ancient evil that sustains it. 

Award-winning author Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Happy!) and Eisner Award-nominated illustrator Dan Mora (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Go Go Power Rangers) revamp, reinvent, and reimagine a classic superhero for the 21st century, drawing on Santa’s roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism, and taking in the creepier side of Christmas with characters like the sinister Krampus. 

Klaus is “Santa Claus: Year One” and finally answers the burning question: what does Santa Claus do on the other 364 days a year?

Collects issues #1-7

Klaus: How Santa Claus Began Vol. 1 SC

Review: Once and Future #1 is a Rollicking Adventure For Our Dark Times

Once and Future #1

Even before cracking the opening pages of Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, and Tamra Bonvillain‘s Once and Future #1 seemed tailor-made for my own personal interests. It’s set in the beautiful English county of Somerset where I studied Jane Austen and Edgar Wright’s Spaced for a semester and has some deep dive Arthurian lore (The Questing Beast makes an appearance!). It also seeks to interrogate and apply those legends to the current state of the U.K., namely, Brexit, Boris Johnson, and all that white nationalist nonsense.

It’s set in the beautiful English county of Somerset where I studied Jane Austen and Edgar Wright’s Spaced for a semester and has some deep dive Arthurian lore (The Questing Beast makes an appearance!). It also seeks to interrogate and apply those legends to the current state of the U.K., namely, Brexit, Boris Johnson, and all that white nationalist nonsense.

However, Once and Future isn’t a political treatise, but the latest adventure in a line of magical quests, armed knights, and killing monsters that began with the Epic of Gilgamesh and were probably best represented in 20th popular culture by the two of the four Indiana Jones films. But what sets apart Gillen and Mora’s story from this previous ones is the team-up between the constantly flustered/audience surrogate Duncan and his grandmother Bridgette, who has a dry wit and is even sharper with various gun/edged weapon and knowledge of the supernatural forces of the British Isles that are illustrated in an almost twilight palette from Bonvillain.

After a Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Nigel Farage’s wet dream MacGuffin establishing cold open, Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora use humor to establish the characters of Duncan and Bridgette and their relationship. Duncan is the handsome, kind, yet klutzy one so he gets introduced wide eyed with his hands out after accidentally splashing his date with red wine. It instantly establishes him as the equivalent of Level 1 Dungeons and Dragons character, but he’s not an utter joke as he does an okay job later on with the Questing Beast and his car is the 21st century version of him and his grandmother’s knightly steed.

In contrast, Bridgette is introduced making killer quips about breaking her fellow old folks’ home residents’ fingers when they want to change the channel from local news stories about archaeological dig thefts/murders to the more pleasant Great British Bake-Off. Gillen and Mora subvert the “crazy old lady gets lost and freaks out” trope by making her walk in the woods discover a cache of weapons. Bridgette might have lost a step, but she’s still a total badass. Honestly, her take on Arthurian lore like Excalibur’s heal-every-wound scabbard being more valuable than the sword itself and wariness about the return of Arthur is just as cool as her action scene.

Sure, Once and Future has funny lines and hilarious reactions courtesy of Gillen and Mora, but it has a noble, earnest band together against the forces evil tone that makes it super endearing. Or, at least, that’s how energetic, if a little naive Duncan sees the world. Bridgette reads between the lines, and her dialogue about the iconic hero Arthur’s return maybe not being the best thing is a classic example of reading against the grain. It also connects to white nationalists/fascists in the real world using legendary imagery like Thor’s hammer to make their hate-filled movement cooler.

Once and Future #1 modernizes and humanizes the classic Arthurian legends by making the protagonists of the story that kind of nerdy, cute guy who says smart things in the back of a college class and his tough, no-nonsense grandma that’s been through some stuff. Kieron Gillen bolsters his quest plotline and monster fights with character-based humor and sociopolitical commentary while Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain bring an infectious energy with just a touch of darkness to the visuals. To cut it down to its core, Once and Future #1 entertains as just as well as it enlightens and uses myths and legends to bring hope to a world in need of salt of the Earth heroes like Bridgette and Duncan.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Dan Mora
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

DC Reveals More of the Infected in November

Six corrupt versions of DC’s Super Heroes are coming to terrorize Earth this November and December, as DC Comics has teased early details of a series of six comics running parallel to the story unfolding in Batman/Superman by writer Joshua Williamson and artist David Marquez. Each one-shot or tie-in special spotlights a corrupt version of Shazam!, Supergirl, Hawkman and more, known within the DC Universe as The Infected. These six issues star DC’s beloved heroes, revealed to be secretly infected by The Batman Who Laughs with a toxin that violently transforms them into the worst versions of themselves. Their buried frustrations and pent-up anger will boil to the surface, unleashing dangerous results.

Kicking off these spotlight, one-shot issues is The Infected: King Shazam! #1 on November 6th by writer Sina Grace and artist Joe Bennett, to be followed by The Infected: Scarab #1 on November 20th, written by Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum with art by Freddie E. Williams II. Both issues will feature covers by David Marquez and Dean White. One is a story of a hero whose soul has been turned black and who has something to prove to the old guard, the other a tale of a hero fighting the evil inside him, with his friends and family about to pay the price…and then some.

While fans got hints of The Infected in The Batman Who Laughs by Scott Snyder and Jock and have seen the brutality of a jacked-up, Dark Multiverse-infected Shazam! in previews of Batman/Superman, the scope of the deadly pathogen unleashed by The Batman Who Laughs, himself a twisted Dark Multiverse version of Bruce Wayne, has yet to be realized.

Rounding out November are The Infected tie-in issues Hawkman #18 on November 13th, written by Robert Venditti with art by Pat Olliffe and Tom Palmer, and Supergirl #36 on November 13th, written by Marc Andreyko with art by Eduardo Pansica and Julio FerreiraHawkman #18 cover art is by Tyler Kirkham while Supergirl #36 cover art is by Dan Mora.

Through all this, neither Superman nor Batman know who’s been infected, they don’t know who has turned, and they don’t know who’s a sleeper agent for The Batman Who Laughs. Can they even trust each other? All six of The Infected will be revealed when Batman/Superman #4 by Joshua Williamson and David Marquez, with an acetate cover by Emanuela Lupacchino, hits shelves on November 27th

The final two victims of The Batman Who Laughs’ toxins, no spoilers here, will hit shelves with spotlight one-shot issues of their own in December 2019. Pick up The Batman Who Laughs (HC) by Scott Snyder and Jock along with Batman/Superman#1 by Joshua Williamson and David Marquez on August 28th at your local comic shop for clues to who the other two heroes turned by The Batman Who Laughs’ influence might be!

Review: Once & Future #1

Once & Future #1

Once & Future #1 is already a success going into four printings, so far, and that’s before it’s release. When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat.

Written by Kieron Gillen, Once & Future #1 is a hell of a debut. The issue takes a relevant current issue and uses it to drive a fantastical story. Boiled down to its basics, the comic is a person trying to stop nationalists. With the rise of the alt-right and nationalists, that’s something that reflects today. But, while that’s the basics, the comic itself is enjoyable without that aspect. It’s a monster hunter trying to stop the monster. It just so happens the monster hunter is a woman in her 80s.

And that’s what makes the comic fun.

Gillen delivers characters with personality. There’s something about each of them that they stand out. They’re larger than life in a way and are familiar but still stand out. Everything is over the top in a way that forces you to just go with the ride and enjoy each beat.

That’s helped by Dan Mora whose art emphasizes each moment. With color by Tamra Bonvillain and lettering by Ed Dukeshire, that larger than life aspect applies to the characters too. Expressions are over the top in a way, but a good way. It helps create a fun aspect to it all and helps the comedic beats. There’s a solid blend of fantasy and reality to a point a mystical monster can show up and be challenged with a spear as well as a gun that’d make Rob Liefeld smile.

Once & Future #1 is a solid debut. The comic has a fun vibe about it and is able to blend a serious subject with comic fantasy. The characters all stand out and the pacing is amazing. It’s one hell of a beginning that shows off why it’s already into four printings and expect many more.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Dan Mora
Color: Tamra Bonvillain Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation:
Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Once & Future #1 Gets a Fourth Printing Before its Release

BOOM! Studios has announced that Once & Future #1, the extra-sized issue kicking off an all-new series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, and acclaimed colorist Tamra Bonvillain (Doom Patrol), has sold out of its third printing at the distributor level before the series debut tomorrow on August 14, 2019.

Due to the unprecedented demand from retailers and fans alike, BOOM! Studios has fast-tracked the Once & Future #1 Fourth Printing Variant, featuring an all-new cover by artist Jakub Rebelka, arriving in stores on September 11, 2019. 

The most anticipated original series launch of the year, Once & Future introduces readers to ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire, who must pull her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat when a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead. Now Bridgette and Duncan must navigate the complicated history of the McGuire family and combat the deadly secrets of England’s past that threaten its very future.

Print copies of Once & Future #1 First Printing, featuring cover art by artist Dan Mora, will officially be available for sale on August 14, 2019 at local comic book shops or at the BOOM! Studios webstore.

Once & Future #1 1st Printing

Once & Future #1 Second Printing, featuring a new variant cover by Dan Mora will be available for sale on August 28, 2019 at comic shops.

Once & Future #1 2nd Printing

And Once & Future #1 Third Printing, with a new variant cover by Dan Mora, will be available on September 4, 2019 at local comic book shops.

Once & Future #1 3rd Printing

Preview: Once & Future #1

Once & Future #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Dan Mora
Colorist: Tamara Bonvillain
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:
     Main Cover: Dan Mora
     One-per-Store Variant: Dan Mora
Price:
$3.99

When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat. 

Bestselling writer Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus) explore the mysteries of the past, the complicated truths of our history and the power of family to save the day…especially if that family has secret bunkers of ancient weapons and decades of experience hunting the greatest monsters in Britain’s history!

Once & Future #1
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