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It’s Black Panther vs. Deadpool!? The Two Hit Movie Franchises Clash this October

Deadpool has gone up against almost everyone in the Marvel Universe…and now, that roster includes the legendary Black Panther in Black Panther vs. Deadpool, a new story from Lockjaw and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert writer Daniel Kibblesmith and artist Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and a cover by Ryan Benjamin.

For a reason he’d rather not disclose (because, well, it makes him look bad!) Deadpool needs a piece of Vibranium…and the only way to get Vibranium is to go through the Black Panther himself! But Deadpool soon learns that his unconventional methods don’t exactly work against the king of the most technologically advanced country on the planet…

Don’t miss the throw-down of the century when Black Panther vs. Deadpool comes to comic shops this October 3rd!

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) Vol. 1: Kiss Kiss, Klang Klang TPB

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) VOL. 1: KISS KISS, KLANG KLANG TPB

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO with FRANCIS PORTELA
Additional Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (APR181868)
$9.99 | 128 pgs. | T+
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-269-0

The world’s worst superhero team returns in an explosive new ongoing series!

Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your troublemaking adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome superpowers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is…and where he’s been hiding all these years.

With great power comes great sibling rivalry! This summer, you’ll believe two men and one goat can split a one bedroom apartment and still be a credible threat to evil and injustice everywhere when QUANTUM AND WOODY make headlines and take names! Starting right here, deeply alarming and untrustworthy writer Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and eye-popping artist Kano (Daredevil) give the Valiant Universe the adjective-worthy superheroes it deserves: QUANTUM AND WOODY!

Collecting QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1–5.

Preview: Valiant High #3 (of 4)

VALIANT HIGH #3 (of 4)

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by DEREK CHARM
Colors by DAVID BARON
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE (MAY182099)
Variant Cover by IRENE LEE (MAY182100)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | All-Ages | On Sale JULY 4th

An all-ages dose of superpowered school spirit!

All schools have their secrets…but at Valiant High, the truth is ETERNAL! Enigmatic foreign exchange student Colin “Ninjak” King and his new bestie, wallflower Peter Stanchek, have made it their mission to find out what’s really going on behind the scenes at their superpowered prep school…and the fallout is going to take EVERYONE – from Coach Bloodshot to Principal Harada – by surprise! Red-hot writer Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and Eisner Award winner Derek Charm (Jughead) present the Valiant Universe like you’ve never seen it before with another all-ages chapter set outside of Valiant’s standard continuity!

Preview: Valiant High #2

VALIANT HIGH #2 (of 4)

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by DEREK CHARM
Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE (APR181866)
Variant Cover by DAN PARENT (APR181867)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | All-Ages | On Sale JUNE 6th

Class is in session as Valiant’s all-ages escapade escalates!

As Valiant Universe’s best and brightest young minds know all too well, Valiant High isn’t your average everyday high school… It’s the kind of place where dodgeball is a literal blood sport and trying to find a date to homecoming can be just as stressful as saving the world! But deep within the hero-filled halls of this otherwise prestigious institute, Principal Harada is hiding a mysterious secret…and Valiant High’s newest foreign exchange student, Colin “Ninjak” King, is ready to seek out the truth – once he’s done giving omega-level nerd Peter Stanchek a cool-kid makeover first, of course!

Get ready for second period as rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (QUANTUM AND WOODY!, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert) and Eisner Award-winning artist Derek Charm (Jughead) detail another hysterical day in the life of the world’s most talented teenagers, in an incredible all-ages adventure set outside of Valiant’s standard superhero continuity!

Review: Valiant High #1

valiant-high_001_cover_lafuenteOriginally released digitally as part of comiXology’s original comics, Valiant High #1 is now seeing a physical release. Written by Daniel Kibblesmith, the series is a new and unique take on the Valiant universe and characters.

Before they became legends, the world’s most formidable heroes were roaming the halls at Valiant High – a super-powered preparatory academy where Aric “X-O Manowar” Dacia is a record-setting running back, Colin “Ninjak” King is a debonair foreign exchange student, and Coach Bloodshot is way, way too into dodgeball. Now, Amanda “Livewire” McKee and her best friend, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, are taking it all in for the first time at the one high school where power trumps popularity!

Valiant High is full of fun taking the familiar Valiant heroes and throwing them into a new situation, high school. Each in their own way are distilled down to their basic core. Writer Daniel Kibblesmith makes it works, it works really well, by playing off of tropes and types, the first issue feels familiar but at the same time fresh considering the characters involved.

“Teen” stories tend to feel similar in so many ways involving the outcast, the jock, the popular girl/guy, the burnout, some mix of all of that, and that’s all here with a charm and fun about it that it reminds me a bit of a comedic Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Not Another Teen Movie. We’re introduced to each character and get a good sense of their archetype in a first issue that nails it all when it comes to that. And while much of the issue is setup, there’s still a little bit of conflict to keep things interesting.

The art by Derek Charm and David Baron is fantastic translating each character into their teen self, with a couple of characters acting as teachers. The art is what really helps draw out the comedy of the issue with some fantastic moments involving Bloodshot who’s the driver ed teacher in a look that feels like it’d work perfectly in an animated show.

The first issue is a great debut and while it relies on familiar character types and conflict, the use of classic Valiant characters in this new setting is fresh and entertaining. If you missed the digital release or prefer your comics in the physical form, Valiant High is well worth picking up as it blends tropes, archetypes, and humor nicely into a series I wish we could see more of beyond this mini.

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Derek Charm and David Baron Cover: David Lafuente
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Valiant High #1 (of 4)

VALIANT HIGH #1 (of 4)

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by DEREK CHARM
Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE (MAR182006)
Variant Cover by SINA GRACE (MAR182007)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | ALL-AGES | On Sale MAY 30th

Valiant proudly presents its first ALL-AGES escapade with a pitch-perfect entry point for new fans and longtime readers alike!

Before they became legends, the world’s most formidable heroes were roaming the halls at Valiant High – a super-powered preparatory academy where Aric “X-O Manowar” Dacia is a record-setting running back, Colin “Ninjak” King is a debonair foreign exchange student, and Coach Bloodshot is way, way too into dodgeball. Now, Amanda “Livewire” McKee and her best friend, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, are taking it all in for the first time at the one high school where power trumps popularity!

From rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and Eisner Award-winning artist Derek Charm (Jughead), get ready for your first day of school inside a hilarious reimagining of Valiant’s award-winning superhero universe – one where the next world-ending cataclysm will have to wait until after prom night!

In the tradition of Archie and DC Super Hero Girls, this side-splitting adventure takes place outside of Valiant’s standard continuity…and comes packed with all-new incarnations of virtually every Valiant hero and villain! You’ve never seen the heroes of the Valiant Universe quite like this before!

Preview: Lockjaw #3

Lockjaw #3

(W) Daniel Kibblesmith (A) Carlos Villa (CA) David Nakayama
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $3.99

WHO’S A GOOD BOY? Part 3
A SPIDER’S PURPOSE!
• Just when you thought the journey couldn’t get any weirder, along came Spider-Ham!
• Peter Porker needs Lockjaw and D-Man’s help. A terrible danger is building – and it’s all wrapped up in Lockjaw’s scattered siblings!
• Will Lockjaw find his last brothers and sisters? Can he save the Multiverse with Porker and friends? Will D-Man finally find out what the heck is going on? Find out here!

Review: Quantum And Woody! #5

QW2017_005_COVER-B-(ULTRA-FOIL)_SHAW“After three decades and 10,000 miles, the moment of truth has finally arrived: Our heroes are about to come face-to-face with Woody’s long-lost father! In Australia! Will Woody abandon his adoptive brother and trusted partner-in-crime-fighting to embrace a hard-partying scoundrel with no sense of decency? Or…is the world’s worst superhero team about to become a terrible trio?

Plus: Back in America, DC’s super-science crime cabal is about to get an energizing new addition!”

Disclosure: I read this comic after another comic that made my mind hurt.

The final issue (for now) of Daniel Kibblesmith‘s stint in the writing chair, Quantum And Woody #5 concludes a with a suitably zany comic that refuses to take itself seriously but never has you rolling your eyes in exasperation. Kibblesmith uses his talent as a comedy writer to accentuate an already good story and elevate the reader’s enjoyment of a comic that’s very self aware. Quantum and Woody are seen as jokes within the Valiant universe, and their series acknowledges that in some pretty great ways.

There’s a great exploration of the relationship between brothers amidst the chaos of a potentially world ending event at the hands of a twelve year old boy. When the premise behind the comic sounds as oddly stupid as that you can’t help but fall in love with it. I suppose it  doesn’t hurt that Kano‘s art is an assault on your eyes in all the right ways.

Quantum And Woody #5‘s layouts are inventive, exciting and make brilliant use of the page, with Kano showing an artistic ability in sequential art that exceeds expectations. The comic is made all the stronger thanks to the lettering of Dave Sharpe who delivers an additional level of intricacy to the visual aesthetic of the comic.

I didn’t honestly expect to enjoy this issue as much as I did, but it is remarkably easy to leave this comic with a nice warm feeling in your stomach and a smile on your face. If you want a series to take your mind away from the real world then you can’t go wrong with Quantum And Woody.

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Kano Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.3 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #5

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #5

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Cover A (Standard) by MICHAEL WALSH (FEB181898)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (FEB181899)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (FEB181900)
Q&W Icon Variant by PETER BAGGE (FEB181901)
Pre-Order Edition by ADAM GORHAM (OCT171909)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale APRIL 18th

Three’s company!

After three decades and 10,000 miles, the moment of truth has finally arrived: Our heroes are about to come face-to-face with Woody’s long-lost father! In Australia! Will Woody abandon his adoptive brother and trusted partner-in-crime-fighting to embrace a hard-partying scoundrel with no sense of decency? Or…is the world’s worst superhero team about to become a terrible trio?

Plus: Back in America, DC’s super-science crime cabal is about to get an energizing new addition!

It’s going to be a real “Martha” moment when Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and dazzling artist extraordinaire Kano (Immortal Iron Fist) tear one family apart, only to bring another one together as “KISS KISS, KLANG KLANG” heads to a death-defying finish!

Preview: Lockjaw #2

Lockjaw #2

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Carlos Villa
Ink: Roberto Poggi Color: Chris O’Halloran Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Kris Anka, Matthew Wilson
Logo: Gustavo Duarte
Editor: Wil Moss Associate Editor: Sarah Brunstad
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

WHO’S A GOOD BOY? Part 2
• Lockjaw and his hapless recruit D-Man end up in the prehistoric Savage Land!
• And Zabu, the last living sabretooth tiger, is not happy about it. But there’s no time to mark territory – a puppy is in danger, and Lockjaw will need Ka-Zar and Zabu’s help to find it!
• Who’s after Lockjaw’s lost siblings? And can D-Man get over his D-pression long enough to help?

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