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Review: Impossible Jones #1

Impossible Jones #1 is a blast in every way introducing us to a new world of superheroes and villains and leaves us wanting more.

Story: Karl Kesel
Art: David Hahn
Ink: Karl Kesel
Colors: Tony Aviña
Letterer: Comicraft

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Review: Impossible Jones #1

Impossible Jones #1

Karl Kesel and David Hahn seem to be quite fond of 90’s cartoons. Their new comic, Impossible Jones, is often just a panel away from full motion and you can just see its world and characters being broadcast on TV screens, alongside the likes of Batman: The Animated Series and The Tick.

Impossible Jones isn’t just a love letter to those cartoons, though. It’s a comic with an edge that uses nostalgia as a springboard to come up with an inventive story about an accidental superhero that’s hiding a lot of bad under her secret identity.

Impossible Jones #1 kicks off the story of the titular character, a thief that acquires impossible powers—mainly elasticity, but also shadow manipulation and perhaps other skills yet to be revealed—and passes off as a superhero as she looks for her crew, the ones responsible for leaving her behind during the heist that led to her current predicament.

Kesel’s script does a great job of populating Impossible Jones’ universe with a well-rounded cast of characters that already feel storied, familiar enough to help the story move at a brisk pace without having to stop and dump copious amounts of exposition on readers. There’s a fair amount of fun poked at superhero conventions here as well, especially when it comes to character names (which include Holly Daze, Even Steven, and Polecat, all winners in my book).

Impossible Jones #1

The dialogue is kept snappy and agile, helping the story get to where it needs to without getting tangled up with specifics. It’s an economical approach not unlike that employed in individual cartoon episodes, in which the story bustles with activity but not at the expense of worldbuilding. It all unravels smoothly as the narrative progresses, providing just enough character development and plot to feel like a good chunk of story was provided. Fans of Kesel’s previous work, namely Section Zero, will find a lot to like here.

Hahn’s art is completely in sync with the grandiose aspect of the story and its pacing. His previous work on Batman ’66 makes this type of story play to his strengths and not a panel is wasted getting the most out of character interactions and action sequences. Tony Aviña’s colors make everything pop with a larger-than-life feel that captures the more fantastical elements of the story.

Hahn’s character designs also help with the fast and furious storytelling approach Impossible Jones brandishes. Each one wears a part of their story on their proverbial sleeves, another element that’s very present in cartoons given the short runtime the usually have per episode.

Something that surprised me from Impossible Jones’ origins, so to speak, was how much it reminded me of Dr. Manhattan’s in Watchmen. It’s a clever play on the character’s lab accident sequence that, whether intentional or not, made for a particularly memorable part of this first issue. It was good fun associating something as fast and furious as Impossible Jones with something as serious as the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons book.

Impossible Jones #1

Impossible Jones #1 is a blast, in every sense of the word. It will satisfy readers searching for not-too distant nostalgia in their comics and readers looking for a creative alternative to the usual superhero offering on the shelves these days. To sum it all up, it’s a crowd pleaser.

Story: Karl Kesel Art: David Hahn Colors: Tony Aviña
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0

Recommendation: Buy and then go dust off those 90’s cartoons you recorded on VHS.

Scout Comics provided Graphic Policy with a review copy


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Impossible Jones is Coming in September from Karl Kesel, David Hahn, Tony Aviña, and Comicraft

A thief pretending to be a superhero? IMPOSSIBLE! That’s what IMPOSSIBLE JONES hopes people believe as she tries to convince citizens, cops—and fellow superheroes—that she’s New Hope City’s latest and greatest super-powered protector! But she’s also a damn good thief with no intention of giving up her criminal ways. You kidding—with these new powers? Pilfering and purloining have never been easier! Plus, cops don’t shoot at her, they gladly tell her exactly what they’re up to, and everyone’s happy to show her their security systems. But it’s a high-stakes, high-wire balancing act, and even shape-shifting superpowers can be stretched thin. One misstep and Jones will fall so far she’ll never bounce back…

Impossible Jones is written by Karl Kesel who provides the inks, pencils by David Hahn, colors by Tony Aviña, lettering by Comicraft. Out in September it’s edited by Nicole D’Andria, production by Joel Rodriguez, and published by Scout Comics.

The Dusk Kickstarts a new Superhero

Down below the abandoned skyscrapers and crumbling colonial architecture, beneath the buzzing lights and ragged billboards, is a fading, floundering city propped up by vice, extortion, and fear. This is BLACKSTONE—a dark, mirror image of Boston or Philadelphia. A city whose history dates back to the earliest days of our nation.

Jaime Nuñez is a former baseball hero turned public defender. After coming into a fortune and some super heroic tools, he discovers there might be a more direct way to do good in the world.

The Dusk is a new superhero comic from Creation.Ink and Alex Segura, Elizabeth Little, and David Hahn, with Ellie Wright and Taylor Esposito. It’s currently running on Kickster and will be published by Ominous Press.

The Dusk is a modern reimagining of the superhero vigilante that flips the script on the traditional “might makes right” approach while adding the grounded, socially conscious perspective that modern crime fiction has become known for.

There’s a lot of options to back the comic with single issues, collected graphic novel, t-shirt, and so much more.

The campaign runs until April 22 at 11:50 AM and is looking to raise $39,500.

The Dusk

Louis Southard, David Hahn, Ryan Cody, Buddy Beaudoin, and Kalman Andrasofszky take us to the Midnight Western Theatre

During a time when it’s kill or be killed, a peculiar duo of adventurers come face-to-face with the dark and disturbing things that inhabit the wild west.

Welcome to the Midnight Western Theatre! Our feature presentation is a series of tales spanning across the turbulent 1860’s of the United States of America. It is a time where rights have been wronged! Where the guilty plague the innocent! Where man and beast have little difference! HOWEVER, the new frontier has far more dangerous threats than the folly of man! Threats that are MYSTERIOUS!!! STRANGE!!! DEADLY!!! In such a chaotic era, who is brave enough to face these most dastardly beings? Enter our heroes, The Woman In Black and her right-hand man, Alexander Wortham! Together, they must confront what no one else can on this journey of blood, betrayal, and self-discovery!

Midnight Western Theatre is by writer Louis Southard, artist David Hahn, colorist Ryan Cody, letterer Buddy Beaudoin, and features Kalman Adrasofszky. It’s out this March from Scout Comics.

Midnight Western Theatre

ComiXology has Seven New Digital Comics from Marvel and Harlequin

ComiXology delivers seven new digital comics for you today from Marvel and Harlequin. Get some new and classic comics now or check out the individual issues below.

The Other Woman Vol. 1: Hollywood Dynasty

Written by Candace Schuler
Art by Misao Hoshiai
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Tara Charming is a beautiful actress who often plays the role of seductress and is labeled as the industry’s femme fatale. She can endure the rumors to get her name out to the public, but she can’t stand being misunderstood by a colleague! She finally earns an opportunity to be the lead actress in a highly anticipated film by the famous Kingston family, but she can’t focus on her acting after the cameraman, Gage Kingston, misjudges her. Since Gage believes what the tabloids write about her, he assumes Tara is a seductress who tries to sleep with every male costar, and he wants to keep her away from his brother and the lead actor, Pierce Kingston. Seeing Tara in a love scene with Pierce irritates Gage, and Tara can’t concentrate with Gage staring at her… Could this be the start of their romance?

The Other Woman Vol. 1: Hollywood Dynasty

Spider-Man Family: Untold Team-Ups

Written by Chris Eliopoulos, Chris Giarrusso, Kevin Grevioux, Jeff Parker
Art by Rick Burchett, Chris Eliopoulos, Chris Giarrusso, Leonard Kirk
Cover by Mike Wieringo
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Collects Spider-Man Family (2007) #4-6.

A heaping helping of timeless tales of Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man! Peter Parker has a wonderful evening lined up for Mary Jane that starts with a horse-carriage ride to a popular Broadway show. But then the stage magic becomes terrifyingly real and it’s Spider-Man who has a date – with the secret super team known as the Agents of Atlas! The action continues with an all-new untold tale featuring Spidey and that magical master, Dr. Strange! The good Doc ain’t feeling so well, so here’s hoping ol’ Web Head can cure what ails him in time to fight off EVERY mystical demon in the universe! And finally, (ribbit) it’s time for a team-up, Spidey! (ribbit) Let’s see…Iron Man’s busy (ribbit), Captain America’s a little under the weather (ribbit), the FF are doing their own (ribbit) thing…who’s not busy this month? (ribbit) FROG THOR!!!!!!!! Plus: an all-new Mini Marvel tale and a backup story featuring Man-Wolf!

Spider-Man Family: Untold Team-Ups

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Collection Vol. 1

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Norman Lee, Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover by Takeshi Miyazawa
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Collects Mary Jane #1-4, Mary Jane: Homecoming #1-4, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #1-5.

Whether she’s going to school or hanging out with her friends at the Coffee Bean, Mary Jane Watson is always the center of attention. But what no one knows is that this gorgeous redhead’s exuberant personality is a shell designed to make her forget about life’s harsh realities. From her social life to her undying interest in becoming an actress to her crush on that costumed crime-fighter who swings along the New York City rooftops, it’s clear Mary Jane just wants to escape. Join MJ, Harry Osborn, Liz Allen, Flash Thompson and Harry’s nerdy friend, Peter Parker, as they experience the thrilling highs and the crushing lows of high-school existence in this electric teen drama!

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Collection Vol. 1

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Collection Vol. 2

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Valentine De Landro, David Hahn, Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover by Takeshi Miyazawa
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Collects Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #6-20.

There’s a new girl at Midtown High. Her name’s Gwen Stacy, and she has her sights set on Peter Parker! What’s a lovesick Mary Jane to do? Plus: Mary Jane Watson wasn’t always the girl she is today. How did she become the sort of person to push her problems away rather than face them? And how is it that Peter Parker, Spider-Man and Spidey’s origin itself all play pivotal roles? See the birth of the greatest modern super hero like you’ve never seen it before! Then, take a look at Mary Jane through the eyes of her supporting cast. What do they think of her, especially now that she’s…changed? And what does this change mean for her relationship with Peter Parker? Plus: Gwen Stacy has a problem with Peter, and MJ has a secret. And what’s the story between Mary Jane and Peter in the aftermath of recent shocking revelations? Between Peter and Gwen? Between Liz and – Oh, who CARES?! Is that FIRESTAR?! What’s the second most awesome redhead in the world got planned for Spidey this time? Well, we’re sure not gonna tell you here!

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Collection Vol. 2

Star Brand Classic Vol. 1

Written by Jim Shooter
Art by John Romita Jr.
Cover by John Romita Jr.
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Collects Starbrand #1-7.

A New Universe is born as Pittsburgh mechanic Ken Connell is gifted with the strange superhuman abilities of the Star Brand! As he struggles to come to grips with his newfound powers in an all-too-real world without super heroes, Ken battles terrorists and paranormals, survives a point-blank nuclear explosion, blows up a mountain on the moon…and single-handedly attacks Libya!

Star Brand Classic Vol. 1

Sub-Mariner: Revolution

Written by Matt Cherniss, Peter Johnson
Art by Phil Briones
Cover by Michael Turner
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Collects Sub-Mariner (2007) #1-6.

The King has returned! Fresh off of his key appearances in CIVIL WAR and WOLVERINE, Marvel’s first mutant returns in his own series that will forever change the way we look at Namor and Atlantis. A horrendous terrorist attack has struck the U.S., and all clues point to an Atlantean sleeper cell’s involvement. Now, Namor and Atlantis find themselves in the crosshairs of S.H.I.E.L.D. But is Namor to blame for the attack? Or is this just the first strike in a dark coup orchestrated by those within Atlantis who would see Namor stripped of his title and his kingdom? The half-human, half-Atlantean son of two worlds must now race between the sea and the surface to track down those responsible for the attack before Tony Stark, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. – a.k.a. Iron Man – takes him down! Written by Matt Cherniss and Peter Johnson (POWERLESS) with art by the internationally acclaimed Phil Briones (WHITE TIGER)!

Sub-Mariner: Revolution

The Spaniard’s Inconvenient Wife Vol. 1: The Alcolar Family

Written by Kate Walker
Art by Nanao Hidaka
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In a bid to fix up Estrella’s damaged reputation, her father decides to marry her off to the highest bidder. He makes a deal with Ramon, a successful Spaniard who is only interested in buying the family’s company. Estrella won’t be forced into anything…yet she finds herself falling for Ramon. Will he fall for her, too, or does he only care about acquiring her father’s company?

The Spaniard's Inconvenient Wife Vol. 1: The Alcolar Family

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Preview: Villains Seeking Hero Volume 1

VILLAINS SEEKING HERO VOLUME 1

Writer(s): Louis Southard
Artist Name(s): Ben Matsuya, Kyle Petchock, David Hahn
Cover Artist(s): Ben Matsuya

120 pgs./ T+ / FC$5.99
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Drowning in his own professional downward spiral, the veteran super-villain known as Master Molecule has been forced to become the leader of a new team of heinous criminals. In his shadow now lurks the powerful yet eccentric Spirit King and the mute force majeure Nite-Man. As the three coworkers learn to live with each other, they must also deal with whatever else their dangerous and bombastic world of costumed crusaders throws in their direction.

Writer Louis Southard is joined by artists Ben Matsuya, Kyle Petchock, David Hahn, and more in this most dastardly tale! Collects Villains Seeking Hero #1-5.

VILLAINS SEEKING HERO VOLUME 1

Preview: Six Million Dollar Man TP

Six Million Dollar Man TP

writer: Christopher Hastings
artist: David Hahn
cover: Michael Walsh
FC | 120 pages | $19.99 | Action/Adventure | Teen +

THE DRASTICALLY DEPRECIATING MAN

It’s the 1970s. Things are going great. Steve Austin (used to be an astronaut, now has robo-parts & a laser eye) heads to Japan to help Secret Agent Niko Abe stop a madman with missiles. Steve figures, no sweat. But then…sweat. How’s Steve going to complete his mission, when his fancy $6,000,000 body starts (DRASTICALLY) depreciating in value!?

Six Million Dollar Man TP

Review: Aztec Empire #5

Aztec Empire

Game Of Thrones is one of those shows and stories where the ebbs and flow of the momentum make for an interesting arc. Take, for instance, the arc of Sansa Stark. Once a meek character, but by show’s end, a fierce ruler whose loyalty to her people, made her formidable. There was one point where she was more hated than loved for her perceived weakness.

What made the story so magnetic is its unmistakable likeness to the flight of the human spirit. As everyone rooted for the Starks, when we saw how despite the misfortune that befell their house, they still rose. Who cannot champion those who are clear-minded and full-hearted? In the fifth issue of Aztec Empire, we find the Maya, at a crossroads, as some of them have surrendered while other factions look to fight.

We are taken to the Palace of Montecuhzoma, where the Council of Four is strategizing how to stop these usurpers and drive them from their land. The Great Speaker, Montecuhzoma II, ruminate with the advice of his generals, their next move, and treat these new strangers as a threat, one that he sees he must be more decisive, he must be accurate. We’re then taken to Potonchon, where the Spanish invaders start to impose the Christian religion and their ravaging of food supplies, one that pushes the natives to the brink. By issue’s end, Cortes looks to plunder Montecuhzoma’s land for gold, not knowing what unknown dangers lay ahead.

Overall, an engaging penultimate episode, one which will have reader rooting to defeat the invaders. The story by Paul Guinan is stirring and emotional. The art by Guinan and David Hahn is beautiful. Altogether, a story that leaves the reader beginning to comprehend the complexities and atrocities of colonization in all its repulsiveness.

Story: Paul Guinan Art: Paul Guinan and David Hahn
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Aztec Empire #4

Aztec Empire

When one looks through history, clearly the way stories are told is through the eyes of the victor. The only time where you have completely different views of who won the battle is War Of 1812. This view of history is often skewed by the glamor of victory and less with the blood-filled trails they leave behind.  Most of the stories do not include the bloodshed innocent people suffered at the hands of these “noble” men as they are considered to be carrying out “God’s work” against the indigenous peoples who are often referred to as savages.

There’s no better example than the ferocity of Hannibal and the fall of Carthage. His existence serves as one of the most brutal victories that the Roman Empire endured and because of it, Roe wanted to make an example. As the Empire eventually took Carthage and made slaves of the kingdom’s population, serving as a shameful chapter in their history that is shunned because of the far-reaching implications. In the fourth issue of Aztec Empire, we find the people who were protected by the Triple Alliance getting adjusted to colonization.

We are taken to Potonchan, as the negotiation for peace between the Maya and the Spaniards commences. Cortes looks to get the upper hand. With the arrival of King Tabscoob a lack of understanding of each other’s customers leads to hostile talks. Avarice turns to lust and rape as we see the cost of colonialism.

Overall, an engaging installment that gives readers, a rare look that the ugliness of colonization The story by Paul Guinan is enthralling. The art by David Hahn is superb. Altogether, a story that doesn’t hold back on exactly what happened, giving readers a truth, even when its uncomfortable.

Story: Paul Guinan Art: David Hahn
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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