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Preview: Last Line #2

Last Line #2

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Jose Holder
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 10.12.22

With the mystery of what lies beneath London’s subway network deepening, Sally Hazzard and Edward Tarn must follow the scant clues to the truth. But what they discover is not just a dusty abandoned Tube station, but a fantastic subterranean interplanetary travel complex. With time against them, Sally, Ed and their rag-tag team have to take the fight to the enemy as they prepare their counterattack. And this fight will take them away from everything they know to the surface of another planet…

Last Line #2

Last Line #2 is a bit unfocused and all over

With the mystery of what lies beneath London’s subway network deepening, Sally Hazzard and Edward Tarn must follow the scant clues to the truth.

Story: Richard Dinnick
Art: Jose Holder
Color: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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TFAW
Zeus Comics
comiXology/Kindle


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Action Comics #1051 brings the family together for a super debut

Action Comics #1051

I will admit I am not a regular Superman reader. I tend to check out new creative teams or events and then slink away soon after. It’s a character that I appreciate but with so much out there, there’s only so much time to read. Action Comics #1051 kicks off this year’s new DC publishing initiative, “Dawn of DC,” which brings in new creative teams and new directions for characters. It felt like the perfect opportunity to see what was going on with the Man of Steel and it might be enough of a start to keep me around for a while.

Action Comics #1051 is an interesting direction for the series which has at times focused on other members of the Superman family in that it does exactly that, focus on the Superman family. It’s everyone from Superboy to Jon, to Supergirl, and the Superman of China. They’re all here and more delivering a debut that delivers a vision of where the series is going to go and takes on an anthology spin. Not only is there a main story focusing on Big Blue and his pals but also two additional stories focused in on other members of team Superman.

Picking up from the previous issue, the featured story is written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with art by Rafa Sandoval, color by Matt Herms, and lettering by Dave Sharpe. “Speeding Bullets” sees the return of Metallo as the Super crew are taking all that they’ve learned over the years in an attempt to usher in a new age of technology to help Metropolis and the whole world. There’s a treatise in a way, driven by Superman’s time on Warworld. The plan is to do more and we see this “team” attempting to do exactly that. This feels like the first time in a while that the Super-family is exactly that. They have a shared goal and vision and are going to do what so many of us has wondered why they haven’t, use their powers to “do more”. It’s also a chapter that has one of the best moments ever between son and mother that is both horrific and funny. But, most importantly, there’s a balance of a group of superpowered individuals that you can see the good in and want to cheer for mixed with some great action and a reflection on how a world might really react to them. This is the new status-quo and it looks like it’s going to be a good one. The art is wonderful with some great visuals that do a fantastic job of mixing those family moments with big explosions. This story alone is worth getting this issue.

Home Again” takes things back a bit. Written by Dan Jurgens with art by Lee Weeks, color by Elizabeth Breitweiser, and lettering by Rob Leigh, the story takes place a bit after Superman and Lois moved to California. They return to the home with Jon picking up after the story from The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special. It’s just a tease of what’s to come but Jurgen’s writing and the art delivers a story that feels like a bit of a classic in some ways. Jurgens has such a handle on the characters it’s a fantastic read with a slow build going in an unexpected direction. The art by Weeks, Breitweiser, and lettering by Leigh has an ominous feel to it creating an interesting mix with Jurgens’ storytelling style. It’s the perfect morsel to have you excited to see what’s next.

Wrapping things up is “Head Like a Hole.” Written by Leah Williams with art by Marguerite Sauvage, and lettering by Becca Carey the story ties into the current “Lazarus Planet” event going on. Power Girl’s powers have changed and she’s now working as a counselor helping heroes. There’s a bit of Heroes in Crisis to it but the story takes on a touching subject of helping Beast Boy after his tragic experience. It’s not all depressing. The colorful pop art mixed with some funny moments brings a levity to what could easily have been a downer.

Action Comics #1051 is a solid start to the series. With a new anthology focus, it has a little bit of everything making it easy to change things up and keep things fresh. The trio of stories each have their own strengths with a variety of styles and voices and a wide focus. Overall, a solid start to the “Dawn of DC.”

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Leah Williams
Art: Rafa Sandoval, Lee Weeks, Marguerite Sauvage
Color: Matt Herms, Elizabeth Breitweiser Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh, Becca Carey
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Book of Shadows #3

Book of Shadows #3

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by VICENTE CIFUENTES
Colors by NICK FILARDI
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Cover B by DAVID ROMERO
Cover C by TRAVIS ESCARFULLERY
Pre-order Cover by KELLEY JOMES
On sale January 25th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Exarch Fane, an ancient, otherworldly warlord, is intent on sacrificing our world to satiate his hunger. Only a team of mystic heroes stands in his way. But while three heroes—SHADOWMAN, PUNK MAMBO, and PERSEPHONE—attempt to stop Fane from forging the Chain of Ruin, DOCTOR MIRAGE and the ETERNAL WARRIOR pass through the veil of death to discover the BOOK OF SHADOWS’ terrible secrets.

Book of Shadows #3

Fear of a Red Planet #2 adds depth to the world while focused on the murder mystery

There’s been a murder on Mars. Unfortunately for the Sheriff, it’s the most hated person on the planet.

Story: Mark Sable
Art: Andrea Olimpieri
Color: Andrea Olimpieri
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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Kindle/comiXology
Zeus Comics


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Review: Action Comics #1050

Action Comics #1050

With Dark Crisis over, there’s a new “start” to the DC Universe. The status quo for numerous characters has shifted as they head off in new adventures and in new directions. Action Comics #1050 acts as a bridge in a way between that event and what’s to come delivering a big shift for the Man of Steel and setting him up for what’s next.

With one main story and then a few codas, Action Comics #1050 turns back one major recent change for Superman with major implications. Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Tom Taylor, and Joshua Williamson, the issue impacts Clark, Jon, and the world as a whole.

Lex Luthor has a plan, and the plan is to make the world forget the secret identity of Superman and elevate big blue to the level of a god. He thinks humanity can be led to a better future guided by Superman but Superman himself needs a guiding hand. It’s a massive shift from a character who once saw Superman as an invading alien threatening humanity.

But, Lex’s shenanigans are an interesting one and the end results are intriguing. The world forgets Superman and Clark are the same people beyond a small set of individuals. Lex is thrown in jail for murder. And, we get teases of what’s to come in various series. It’s all a satisfying bridge from what was to what is showing off a major difference between Superman and Lex Luthor but also how they can be so similar as well. Both want what’s best for humanity at this point. They just differ heavily in how to get there. The downside to the issue is so much is devoted to a fight between Superman and Lex. While entertaining, there’s a point it feels a little dragged out. But, the ending is a satisfying one showing the weakness of Lex and the true strength of Superman. The Man of Steel in the end believes in justice, not revenge, and when he could easily kill, he still shows mercy and lets the “system” work.

The art by Mike Perkins, Clayton Henry, and Nick Dragotta is good. With color by Frank Martin and lettering by Dave Sharpe there’s some solid visual moments in the action. Where things really stand out is the emotional moments though. The shock of a character having a heart attack, the anger show by Superman in a panel, the realization of anonymity, it all really adds the real punches to the comic. While the battle between Superman and Lex has its interesting visual moments, it’s those more personal ones and the close ups that really stand out.

Action Comics #1050 is a pretty key issue setting up a new status quo for the character and setting up what’s to come. It’s not the spot to hop on for new readers but feels like a nice entry to shift from what was to what’s coming. It’s implications reverberate far beyond just the Superman comics and there’s potential there’s more to come than just what’s presented. As a Superman comic goes, it’s entertaining with a nice balance of what makes the character great and reminding us why he’s so super.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Tom Taylor, Joshua Williamson
Art: Mike Perkins, Clayton Henry, Nick Dragotta
Color: Frank Martin Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Fear of a Red Planet #1

There’s been a murder on Mars. Unfortunately for the Sheriff, it’s the most hated person on the planet.

Story: Mark Sable
Art: Andrea Olimpieri
Color: Andrea Olimpieri
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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Kindle/comiXology
Zeus Comics


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Preview: Fear of a Red Planet #1

Fear of a Red Planet #1

Writer: Mark Sable
Artist & Colorist: Andrea Olimpieri
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Paul Azaceta
Incentive Cover: Jeremy Haun
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 11.23.22

Mars. Fifty years from now, humanity’s first Martian colony is no longer self-sustaining. Under the thumb of its corporate mining overlords, the surviving colonists slave away just to pay for resupply rockets from Earth, will little or no hope of returning home.

One woman has kept a fragile peace: the U.N.’s first and only interplanetary marshal. A lawwoman escaping a violent past on Earth, she prides herself on never having fired a shot on Mars. But when she’s tasked with solving the murder of the colony’s most hated man, her investigation threatens to tear the red planet apart.

Written by Mark Sable (MISKATONIC, WHERE STARSHIPS GO TO DIE) and illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri (Dishonored, Dark Souls), FEAR OF A RED PLANET is a near-future western with the hard sci-fi of The Expanse and the hard-boiled gunslinging of Justified.

Fear of a Red Planet #1

Exclusive Preview: Fear of a Red Planet #1

Fear of a Red Planet #1

Writer: Mark Sable
Artist & Colorist: Andrea Olimpieri
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Paul Azaceta
Incentive Cover: Jeremy Haun
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 11.23.22

Mars. Fifty years from now, humanity’s first Martian colony is no longer self-sustaining. Under the thumb of its corporate mining overlords, the surviving colonists slave away just to pay for resupply rockets from Earth, will little or no hope of returning home.

One woman has kept a fragile peace: the U.N.’s first and only interplanetary marshal. A lawwoman escaping a violent past on Earth, she prides herself on never having fired a shot on Mars. But when she’s tasked with solving the murder of the colony’s most hated man, her investigation threatens to tear the red planet apart.

Written by Mark Sable (MISKATONIC, WHERE STARSHIPS GO TO DIE) and illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri (Dishonored, Dark Souls), FEAR OF A RED PLANET is a near-future western with the hard sci-fi of The Expanse and the hard-boiled gunslinging of Justified.

Fear of a Red Planet #1

Review: Side Effects

Hannah is having a rough time in her first year in college. She’s suffering from anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, the medication she’s given has some side effects… super powers.

Story: Ted Anderson
Art Tara O’Connor
Color: Tara O’Connor
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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Amazon
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