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Preview: Ghost Rider #11

Ghost Rider #11

(W) Ben Percy (A) Dave Wachter (CA) Bjorn Barends
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 08, 2023
SRP: $3.99

HELLFIRE AND DANNY KETCH!
The F.B.I. has cast out Johnny Blaze and Talia Warroad, maybe because they’re too destructive and unmanageable or maybe because there is some corruption present that reaches inside the very institution meant to protect us. As Johnny and Talia head down to Savannah to investigate a necropolis, there are hints of old friends and new foes on the horizon. A new chapter of horror is beginning for the Ghost Rider, and Danny Ketch is roaring up to speed in the rearview mirror.

Ghost Rider #11

Planet of the Apes return in April courtesy of David F. Walker, Dave Wachter, and Marvel!

This April, Eisner-winning writer David F. Walker joins forces with artist Dave Wachter in Marvel’s highly-anticipated new Planet of the Apes comic series! The all-new ongoing series will continue the thought-provoking and thrilling conflict over which species will dominate Earth.

This new era of apes kicks off with part 1 of “Devolution”. The ALZ-113 virus has rampaged across planet Earth, and humanity is crumbling. While well-meaning researchers hunt for a cure, a fanatical group of humans has their own solution: kill all apes. Peacekeeper Juliana Tobon is one of the few willing to stand against them, but the crisis is spreading, and soon apes will witness the true depths of human cruelty…

Earlier this year, Marvel announced that the Planet of the Apes franchise would be returning to Marvel with all-new stories, collections, and an exciting variant cover program. Marvel Comics and Planet of the Apes have a deep history that goes back over 40 years. Marvel first published Planet of the Apes stories in 1974, and in 1975, Marvel published Adventures on the Planet of the Apes, full-color adaptations of the iconic Planet of the Apes films. The legendary science fiction franchise has spanned over five decades with media including comics, books, films, television series, video games, and toys and Marvel is thrilled to explore the storytelling limits of this groundbreaking saga once again!

Check out Joshua Cassara’s brand-new cover below and witness the start of a new revolution when Planet of the Apes #1 arrives in April! Also featuring variant covers by Mike McKone and Logan Lubera.

Review: Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Blade: Vampire Nation

The vampire genre is one whose storied canon has been a mixed bag. Thankfully, most of the new content coming out is far better than much of what has previously been put out. The new iteration of Interview with a Vampire has given fans hope for more to come. It features a story that is faithful to its source material yet groundbreaking.

The series has shown a world that is true and not romanticized at all. Not afraid of diving into weighty topics, the series shows Louis, and even though he’s a vampires he still has suffered the indignities of racism because he was a Black man. Portrayals of people of color in the genre has long been fetishized but we’re hopefully moving past that. In Blade: Vampire Nation, what happens when vampires are ruled by the one person they feared the most?

We’re taken to Stravmor a city in Vampyrsk ( The Vampire Kingdom), where a hit team just assassinated a prominent member of the Vampire Council, s this gives their ruler, to acquire Blade’s services to find to who is behind the killings. As he digs deeper , he finds that there are ploitcial implications at play where  a revolution is burgeoning as humans do not want to be lorded over by vampires any longer.  He runs into the only survivor of the company who was hire dfor the hit, as he finds out the threat is from within. By the issue’s end, Blade finds the traitor and finds out who really holds power within Vampyrsk.

Overall, Blade: Vampire Nation is a different take on the vampire genre, as it feels like Robert Harris Fatherland, but with bloodsuckers. The story by Russell is pure crime noir. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that readers will enjoy for its many nods to some cultural touchpoints.

Story: Mark Russell Art: Dave Wachter
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Blade: Vampire Nation #1

(W) Mark Russell (A) Dave Wachter, Mico Suayan (CA) Valerio Giangiordano
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 16, 2022
SRP: $4.99

• A deep dive into Dracula’s new kingdom as established in AVENGERS. Starring BLADE, the sheriff of Vampire Nation!
• An assassination threatens to unravel the fledgling country and spread chaos throughout the world. But is getting rid of a nation full of bloodsuckers really all that bad of an idea? Blade himself isn’t too sure…

Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Review: Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Wow. You know a comic is good when you get to the end and realize it’s a one-shot and you want more. Blade: Vampire Nation #1 is a hell of a comic that plants a flag that Marvel is asleep in what could be it’s breakout series of the year. That vampire nation is young and someone has assassinated one of its rules. Blade, as Sheriff of this new nation, is tasked by Dracula to find out who and why.

Written by Mark Russell, Blade: Vampire Nation #1 shows all his political acumen but missing his usual satire. There’s moving parts and machinations where you can see it coming but it’s delivered with a punch you don’t mind. Russell not only packs in the investigation, mystery, and conclusion, but also fits in so much detail that Vampyrsk feels like a fleshed out idea and concept and not just a backdrop. Russell packs in more detail and information in this one issue than some creators do over arcs. In the end, though the comic features Blade and Dracula, it’s this fledgling nation that is the character that’s in danger.

And the results are so good. Though humans are clearly second class in Vampyrsk, this is a world I want to see more of. The structure, the power plays, and what’s revealed, it can’t be left hanging! We need more! This has grand political epic with lots of action written all over it with such potential that has yet to be tapped. And, Russell sets up the philosophy of its ruler to make that potential beyond intriguing and easily would suck in readers.

Dave Wachter’s art helps. With color by Dee Cunniffe and lettering by Cory Petit the new nation feels like it’s industrial in its growth, a rough and dirty beginning being built upon a destroyed land (Chernobyl). The buildings have a brutality about them enhanced by the color choice, a drab look that adds to the sadness of a country struggling.

Blade: Vampire Nation #1 is good. Really good. It screams that the concept, and this creative team, deserve to return for more. A series of miniseries, an ongoing, I don’t care, this one-shot is fantastic and is so different than the rest of Marvel’s line. It shows so much of what can be done with this corner of the Marvel Universe, it’s like a nation just waiting for the right leadership council to see its potential and have it thrive.

Story: Mark Russell Art: Dave Wachter
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Blade: Vampire Nation #1

(W) Mark Russell (A) Dave Wachter, Mico Suayan (CA) Valerio Giangiordano
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 16, 2022
SRP: $4.99

• A deep dive into Dracula’s new kingdom as established in AVENGERS. Starring BLADE, the sheriff of Vampire Nation!
• An assassination threatens to unravel the fledgling country and spread chaos throughout the world. But is getting rid of a nation full of bloodsuckers really all that bad of an idea? Blade himself isn’t too sure…

Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Preview: X-Men Legends #2

X-Men Legends #2

(W) Roy Thomas (A) Dave Wachter (CA) Kaare Andrews
RATED T+
In Shops: Sep 21, 2022
SRP: $3.99

WOLVERINE…VERSUS THE X-MEN?!
• Department H has sent their operative WEAPON X, A.K.A. WOLVERINE, on a mission to retrieve “dangerous individuals” – who just so happen to be mutants known as the X-MEN!
• But what sinister forces are moving the mutants against each other, and how does it play into Wolverine’s eventual membership on the team?
• At last – X-Men and Marvel legend Roy Thomas reveals a missing link between Wolverine’s appearance in HULK #182 and joining the X-Men in GIANT-SIZE X-MEN!

X-Men Legends #2

Preview: Ms. Marvel and Venom #1

Ms. Marvel and Venom #1

(W) Jody Houser (A) Dave Wachter (CA) Sara Pichelli
In Shops: Sep 14, 2022
SRP: $4.99

DEADLY SYMBIOSIS!
VENOM is on the hunt-ut who is hunting Venom?! MS. MARVEL teams up with Dylan Brock, the new wicked web-slinger on the block, as a scheme to harness the symbiote rears its ugly head! The first Venom/Ms. Marvel partnership is also the concluding movement of the super hero symphony of the summer, as we reveal the connection between WOLVERINE, MOON KNIGHT and VENOM, and KAMALA KHAN’S team-up uncovers the larger plot behind it all-you will NOT believe who’s pulling the strings!

Ms. Marvel and Venom #1

Review: Spider-Man: Exodus #1

Spider-Man: Exodus #1

As lauded as DC Comics is right now, what cannot be said enough is how they are the reason why Marvel’s TV shows are so good. As DC showed Marvel exactly how not to and how to do a superhero TV show. The early success of Smallville gave them the confidence to  explore more characters but to varying degrees of success. Then there are the few DC shows that did not leave the pilot phase, like Aquaman.

One thing that the recent boom of DC shows did was explain how people got their powers. Smallville explained it with when Clark landed on Earth, also it focused on how all the villains got their powers. In The Flash TV show, they did the same thing, even introducing some new heroes. In Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #1,  a new hero with a familiar name emerges, but not quite the same as the classic one we know and with completely different agenda.

We’re taken to Tansverse City, where Miguel O’Hara and Ghost Rider are meeting to stop a bounty contest from Norman Osborn from causing chaos, to secure what is known as the Celestial Garden, where man and machine could be healed. We are also taken to Siberia, where we meet the new Winter Soldier, a disavowed spy for Free Russia, who was betrayed by the same people who created her and her siblings, as she has come to the city, to carry out vengeance for those who betrayed her, but also finds out the Celestial Garden. She eventually hops a train to find out herself, but runs into Crossbones who looks to end her sojourn, but she proves too much for him, and ends him despite his bravado, taking with her, a very familiar piece of hardware. By the issue’s end, Winter Solider finds out the Celestial Garden is so wanted and Miguel is readies her for the fight that is headed their way.

Overall, Spider-Man: Exodus #1 is an action packed debut issue that puts the reader in a scary alternate future. The Story by Orlando is exciting. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that shows the future can be changed.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Dave Wachter
Color: Carlos Lopez Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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