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Chris Cantwell and Ángel Unzueta Expand IDW’s Star Trek Continuity with Star Trek: Defiant

Earlier this year, IDW Publishing revealed it was building an expansive, accessible Star Trek universe of comic book continuity, debuting with a brand-new ongoing series simply titled Star Trek due for release later this month. Now, IDW proudly forecasts the first expansion of that initiative with the March 2023 launch of Star Trek: Defiant, an ongoing series that sees the fan-favorite Worf assembling a hand-picked crew to face a galaxy-spanning threat.

Described as The Dirty Dozen meets Star Trek, the dark and edgy Defiant series is helmed by two creators with significant comic book clout: Chris Cantwell, writer of such blockbuster projects as Iron ManNamor, and Star Wars: Obi-Wan; and Ángel Unzueta, artist on Iron ManStar Wars: Poe Dameron, and The Flash.

In Defiant, someone is killing the gods…but while Benjamin Sisko and the U.S.S. Theseus have been facing the threats in the higher cosmos, very real casualties are growing on lower ground. The true enemy is a man, not a god, and Worf of House Martok has put together his own crew aboard the U.S.S. Defiant in the hopes of defeating the dangerous messiah behind a genocidal cult. Pulling from all eras of Star Trek canon to create something wholly unique and unexpected, Star Trek: Defiant unites some of the strongest personalities in the franchise—including Spock, B’Elanna, Lore, and more—on a mission with very little guarantee of success!

Star Trek: Defiant #1 will be available in March with several variant covers for fans and retailers to enjoy, including covers by series artist Ángel Unzueta, Malachi WardDeclan ShalveyDavid Aja, and Daniel Warren Johnson.

Preview: The Jurassic League #6 (of 6)

The Jurassic League #6 (of 6)

(W) Daniel Warren Johnson, Juan Gedeon (A) Rafa Garres (CA) Daniel Warren Johnson
In Shops: Oct 11, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The League is fully assembled. Darkseid and his League of Doomasauria are on the precipice of world domination. Can our heroic herbivores and courageous carnivores defeat these ancient antagonists? Find out in this epic final issue!

The Jurassic League #6 (of 6)

Preview: The Jurassic League #5 (of 6)

The Jurassic League #5 (of 6)

(W) Daniel Warren Johnson, Juan Gedeon (A) Rafa Garres (CA) Daniel Warren Johnson
In Shops: Sep 13, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Darkseid has revealed himself, and the entire world trembles beneath his might. Can even the newly assembled Jurassic League stand a chance against this ankylosaur antagonist and his Legion of Doomasauria? Experience this prehistoric penultimate chapter to find out!

The Jurassic League #5 (of 6)

Review: Do a Powerbomb #3

Do a Powerbomb #3

Do a Powerbomb could easily be seen as just a “wrestling comic.” But, in the three issues, creator Daniel Warren Johnson has crafter a story that has wrestling action, high stakes, humor, and also a lot of heart. The series goes much deeper than it’s highflying punches. Do a Powerbomb #3 highlights that delivering a little bit of everything that makes the series so good.

Lona Steelrose and Cobrasun have the same goal. Resurrect Lona’s mother that Cobrasun killed in the ring. What Lona doesn’t know is Cobrasun is actually her father underneath the mask. Yeah, that feels a little bit of a stretch but it also makes the drama that much more in the issue. It’s reveal was one of the best of the year on comics and absolutely took the series to another level. To get Lona’s mother back, the two have entered a wrestling contest in a hellish world featuring other tag-teams from around the universe. If they win, she returns. It also means the other teams are fighting for a lot too. Oh yeah, the wrestling isn’t fake here, it’s all real.

And that’s part of what makes Do a Powerbomb #3 so interesting. Johnson makes it clear that it’s not the moves and wrestling ability that’ll make it difficult for Lona and Cobrasun (going but the team name of Sun and Steel), it’s their getting over not holding back. Unlike on Earth, wrestling is very real and unscripted everywhere else it seems. The hits are actual hits. The moves can hurt. And while the wrestling we watch on television absolutely wears on the athletes and performers, it’s quite different than a punch actually landing or a move that can really hurt. This is wrestling with a bit of MMA.

With a contest where anything can happen, Johnson takes advantage. With color by Mike Spicer and lettering by Rus Wooton, the comic’s visuals pop. There’s so much personality in every aspect of the comic. The details and design of city and characters tell a story by itself. It’s fantastic to look at. The wrestling matches too pop with action that feels like Johnson has taken the best of manga and used that flare to emphasize the brutal moves.

Do a Powerbomb #3 is best described as full of personality. We meet the contestants and their finishing moves, we get a sense of the world, and the stakes are laid out for many. There’s a great mix of action but it’s the heart that really stands out to me. The guilt of Cobrasun and what he did is clear throughout the issue and ups the drama of everything going on. There’s an amazing focus on the weight he carries on his shoulders which has become center of the series. What started as a “wrestling comic” has turned into something so much more.

Story: Daniel Warren Johnson Art: Daniel Warren Johnson
Color: Mike Spicer Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Jurassic League #4

The Jurassic League #4

(W) Daniel Warren Johnson, Juan Gedeon (A) Rafa Garres
In Shops: Aug 09, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The trinity of Batsaur, Wonderdon, and Supersaur welcomes a few new monstrous members in the form of Aquanyx, Flashraptor, and Green Torch! But can even a fully staffed Jurassic League stand a chance against Darkseid and his army of corrupted carnivores?

The Jurassic League #4

Review: Do a Powerbomb #2

Do a Powerbomb #2

Amazing. That’s the only way I can describe Do a Powerbomb #2. The issue is fantastic, eclipsing the debut as we learn more about what’s to come… and that ending!

Written by Daniel Warren Johnson, Do a Powerbomb #2 lays things out as far as what’s going on. Lona is teased by Necroton that if she wins his wrestling tournament, he’ll raise her mother from the dead. It’s a tag-team tournament and the one person who will team up with Lona is the man who killed her mother, Cobrasun.

Johnson has created an amazing issue. It teases the dangers to come. It builds tension. It creates drama. And, it makes it clear, this isn’t scripted like television. Johnson focuses on Necroton as he explains why he likes wrestling and also makes it clear he doesn’t understand exactly what’s going on. He thinks it’s real which makes the series all the more interesting.

But, it’s that ending that made this a series I was excited to read into a must read as soon as I get it. Holy crap, what an ending that ups the drama to massive levels and opens up so many questions. It’s a twist I didn’t expect and didn’t see coming at all.

Johnson also provides the art with color by Mike Spicer and lettering by Rus Wooton. It looks great with a dirty and worn look to it all the fits not just Necro’s demonic world but Lona and Cobrasun’s life. There’s a grittiness about it all that emphasizes the broken down nature of their experiences and the bruises and pain they’ve experienced. A cleaner art style just wouldn’t have the same impact. Wooton’s lettering too emphasizes things perfectly, especially in the wrong. The announcers words echo off the page.

Do a Powerbomb #2 is an amazing second issue. I said “holy shit” out loud when I got to the ending and immediately wanted to read more. If your a fan of wrestling, action, or good drama, this is a must. One of the best second issues of the year.

Story: Daniel Warren Johnson Art: Daniel Warren Johnson
Color: Mike Spicer Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Jurassic League #3

The Jurassic League #3

Written by: Juan Gedeon, Daniel Warren Johnson
Art by: Rafael Garres

With Wonderdon entering the fray to help Batsaur and Supersaur defeat Brontozarro, the Jurassic League has officially formed! But Darkseid’s mysterious machinations continue to reveal themselves, and this Triassic trinity might not be enough to stop him. Luckily a heroic hadrosaur has joined the battle. Enter the Green Torch!

The Jurassic League #3

Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman Reteam for Vanish, coming to Image in September

From the all-star creative team—Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Sonia Oback, and John J. Hill—comes an all-new series, Vanish. This brutal-as-hell tale of magical worlds, gifted youth, evil sorcerers, superheroes, war, blood, guts, and death is set to launch in print from Image Comics this September.

In Vanish, Oliver Harrison was a mythical hero who slayed the greatest threat to his realm before even hitting puberty. But that was then.

As an adult, Oliver leads an average cookie-cutter suburban life—aside from the fact that he’s mentally unstable, massively paranoid, smokes like a chimney, and gets blackout drunk every night to hide from his horrific nightmares. Will the arrival of a superhero team called the Prestige prove the madness isn’t all in Oliver’s head? And what about all the epic fantasy crap from his childhood?

Vanish #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 7:

  • Vanish #1 Cover A by Stegman – Diamond Code JUL220030
  • Vanish #1 Cover B by Daniel Warren Johnson – Diamond Code JUL220031
  • Vanish #1 Cover C Blank Sketch Cover – Diamond Code JUL220032
  • Vanish #1 Cover D 1:10 copy incentive Ed McGuinness – Diamond Code JUL220033
  • Vanish #1 Cover E 1:25 copy incentive Greg Capullo – Diamond Code JUL220034
  • Vanish #1 Cover F 1:50 copy incentive Stegman – Diamond Code JUL220035
  • Vanish #1 Cover G 1:75 copy incentive Johnson Raw – Diamond Code JUL220036
  • Vanish #1 Cover H 1:100 copy incentive McGuinness Raw – Diamond Code JUL220037
  • Vanish #1 Cover I 1:200 copy incentive Capullo Raw – Diamond Code JUL220038
  • Vanish #1 Cover J 1:500 copy incentive Stegman Raw – Diamond Code JUL220039

Preview: The Jurassic League #2

The Jurassic League #2

Written by: Juan Gedeon, Daniel Warren Johnson
Art by: Juan Gedeon

Bizzarosaur has invaded Supersaur’s home village, and now the super-powered sauropod must defend his home and the humans who have raised him since his arrival on Earth. But will he be strong enough to defeat this strange foe, or will he need the help of Wonderdon and Batsaur, who are both converging on his location? A whole new Trinity assembles for the first time in this adventure that will need to be seen to be believed!

The Jurassic League #2

Review: Do a Powerbomb! #1

Do a Powerbomb! #1

I watched a lot of wrestling growing up. When I was a younger kid I remember watching WWE (then WWF) and the launch of PPV shows. In high school and some of college it was a reason to get together with friends. I enjoyed the storylines and characters but it was the mix with the high flying athleticism that really interested me. I haven’t really watched much in recent years, tuning in when there’s nothing else on mostly. But, I still enjoy films and comics set in that world and Do a Powerbomb! #1 nails everything I enjoy.

Written and with art by Daniel Warren Johnson, Do a Powerbomb! #1 mixes all the pageantry and action of professional wrestling with family drama and loss. Opening up with a match, Johnson nails the fun of wrestling. Heroes that connect with the audience. Villains who attack all of that. Action and moves that feel like they’re being put on by individuals with superhuman abilities. And then tragedy strikes. Johnson shifts things to a story that has the reflection and sadness and drama of The Wrestler, a film I absolutely love. The first issue isn’t so much about the action within the ring but that action’s impact outside of it. Beyond the Mat and other documentaries show the reality of wrestling and while this is drama and fiction, Johnson captures some of that with an emotional ride.

Johnson’s art along with color by Mike Spicer and lettering by Rus Wooton come together for a visual experience that captures the fun of wrestling. The trio somehow create visuals that are both eye popping punk neon with a bit of grittiness. It has the signature of Johnson’s artwork but a bit more eye popping colors as the comic relies on pinks and bright blues and later yellows and oranges. The color creates a bit larger than life cartoonish look to Johnson’s unique style that perfectly fits its subject.

Do a Powerbomb! #1 is a hell of a lot of fun. That’s amazing to say considering the sadness within but it’s a fantastic start that mixes the over the top visuals and characters of wrestling with drama. It has the highs and lows of it all captured in a single issue. It’s a fantastic ride that has me pumped to see where it goes from here.

Story: Daniel Warren Johnson Art: Daniel Warren Johnson
Color: Mike Spicer Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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