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Exclusive Preview: Shang-Chi #3

Shang-Chi #3

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Dike Ruan (C) Tríona Farrell (L) Travis Lanham
(CA) Leinil Francis Yu (VCA) David Lafuente, Peach Momoko
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

SHANG-CHI VS WOLVERINE!
• Shang-Chi discovers yet another sibling he never knew he had!
• Even more surprising…she’s a mutant!
• You know what that means…Shang-Chi won’t be the only one looking for her.
• Enter: Wolverine!

Shang-Chi #3

Review: Slay Bells

Slay Bells might not be the most original story but it’s still really entertaining. Add in a B-side that’s just weird and high price point and this is one that’s good but debatable if it’s worth the price.

Story: Zeb Wells, Eliot Rahal
Art: David LaFuente, Adam Pollina
Color: Ulises Arreola
Letterer: Simon Bowland, Dave Sharpe

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Preview: Slay Bells #1

SLAY BELLS #1

ZEB WELLS (writer)
DAVID LAFUENTE (artist/cover)
ULISES ARREOLA (colors)

You’ve heard of black comedies? Well, this is the first one that’s not just black, but red and green and covered in reams of extremely flammable tinsel that’s already been banned in Canada!

Every Christmas Eve, little Bobby Hamilton and his father rise at dawn for an early morning hunting trip. It was their favorite tradition – until they accidentally killed a certain red-nosed reindeer. They should have known better. They shouldn’t have tried to cover it up. Because Santa Claus knows that they’ve been naughty – and, now like so many fragile Christmas ornaments violently shaken free, the yuletide peace of a quaint Midwestern farming hamlet will forever be shattered as Old Saint Nick comes to town to reap the sweetest gift of all: vengeance.

This July, Emmy Award winner Zeb Wells (HellionsRobot Chicken), mischief-making artistic all-star David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man), and colorist Ulises Arreola (Action Comics) are ready to ruin Christmas a solid six months in advance with the only thing we really wanted this year, anyway: another king-sized Bad Idea one-shot that will soon go down in infamy!

SLAY BELLS #1

Shang-Chi and Wolverine Clash over the Fate of a Mysterious New Mutant in Shang-Chi #3

Over the course of award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang and rising star artist Dike Ruan’s redefining work on Shang-Chi, the iconic martial arts hero has taken over leadership of his evil father’s cult-like organization known as the Five Weapons Society. In the process, Shang-Chi has reconnected with his many siblings, and in this month’s Shang-Chi #3, he’ll discover yet another sister, a mutant warrior named Zhilan! Gifted with the ability to transform music into solidified energy, Zhilan is a formidable fighter who was banished from the Five Weapons Society by Shang-Chi’s father long ago. But why was she exiled? And should Shang-Chi invite her back?

To make matters more complicated, Shang-Chi won’t be the only one looking for Zhilan. Sent by Krakoa to protect a fellow mutant, Wolverine will face off with Shang-Chi in an intense matchup between two of Marvel’s most legendary fighters. Having already gone head-to-head with the likes of Spider-Man and Captain America, this is the latest in Shang-Chi’s series of clashes with the heroes of the Marvel Universe, and they are beginning to question if he can truly change the Five Weapons Society’s evil ways….

Don’t miss the next issue in Gene Luen Yang and Dike Ruan’s epic run when Shang-Chi #3 hits stands on July 28th! Check out newly revealed variant covers by artists Michael Cho and David Lafuente as well as a sneak peek showcasing Zhilan’s amazing abilities and the incredible showdown between Wolverine and Shang-Chi! Shang-Chi #3 features colors by Triona Farrell, a main cover by Leinil Francis Yu, and an additional variant cover by Peach Momoko.

Radiant #6 Special to feature art by David “Darko” LaFuente and guest co-writer Cherish Chen

Radiant Black #6 by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa will treat fans to a special one-shot, in-universe story featuring the artwork of legendary David “Darko” Lafuente and guest co-writer Cherish ChenRadiant Black #6 is set to hit shelves from Image Comics this July.

Who’s under the helmet of Radiant Red? Radiant Black #6 promises fans a red-hot new story that challenges everything you think you know about the man beneath the mask!

Radiant Black #6 Cover A by Lafuente (Diamond Code MAY210190), Radiant Black #6 Cover B by Kira Okamoto (Diamond Code MAY210191), and Radiant Black #6 Cover C 1:25 incentive by Doaly (Diamond Code MAY210192) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 21.

Radiant Black #6

Review: The Flash #768

The Flash #768

The Flash kicks off its Infinite Frontier run with Wally West taking center stage. It also stumbles right out of the block with a forgettable issue that feels like a filler arc. The Flash #768 has Wally West making the decision that he wants to hang up his suit to spend more time with his newly reunited family. And, to do that, he feels like he needs the Speed Force taken from him.

Writer Jeremy Adams delivers a story that’s just ok. There’s nothing bad about the comic but it also doesn’t deliver anything that really stands out. It takes what should be some solid concepts and distracts things with a time travel sci-fi comedy. While Wally and Barry race so Barry can suck the Speed Force from Wally, the Speed Force acts up. Wally is sent to the past for unknown reasons that are teased as the issue progresses. There’s a lighthearted take to it all and some comedic moments. But, the issue’s strength is the exploration of how Barry and Wally have approached their roles. That is far too short.

But, this is jus the opening chapter in this arc and it all might come together. Beyond Barry and Wally’s different approach to life there’s an interesting exploration of Barry and Wally’s attachment to the Speed Force. Barry has a better understanding but Wally has a greater attachment to it. Again, there’s potential.

The art races around with Brandon Peterson, Marco Santucci, and David Lafuente mixing things up as the story hops around time. Mike Atiyeh, Arif Prianto, and Luis Guerrero handle the colors. Steve Wands provides the lettering. The art is good but it lacks a certain sense of motion that has been a highlight of the art of the series for some time. While Wally and Barry race, there’s a lack of flow that makes the art feel more like a snapshot in time as opposed to enhancing the movement of the characters.

There’s some small details to enjoy in The Flash #768. A scene of Wally and Barry and Iris walking down the street has some great comments from those watching. There’s also a lighthearted and “fun” tone about the comic as well. It’s a throwback in some ways. Overall though, this is a starting arc that doesn’t excite enough to have readers coming back for more.

Story: Jeremy Adams Art: Brandon Peterson, Marco Santucci, David Lafuente
Color: Mike Atiyeh, Arif Prianto, Luis Guerrero Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Spider-Man’s Greatest Villains take on the Marvel Universe in Variant Covers

Doctor Octopus. Kraven the Hunter. Green Goblin. These iconic Spider-Man villains and many more belong to one of the most legendary rogues gallery in pop culture history, and this June, they’ll be getting the spotlight on 20 all-new variant covers by some of the industry’s leading artists. See explosive matchups like the Immortal Hulk taking down Rhino, Daredevil going head to head with Shocker, Miles facing off against Lady Octopus, and Shang-Chi caught in the grip of King Cobra on incredible artwork on the covers of your favorite ongoing Marvel series. Fans can collect all 20 pieces from a range of top artists. Here are some of the action-packed brawls you can expect from this collection:

  • Black Cat vs. Scorpia
  • Black Widow vs. Electro
  • Captain America vs. Kraven the Hunter
  • Captain Marvel vs. Vulture
  • Fantastic Four vs. Sandman
  • Iron Man vs. Boomerang
  • Jean Grey & Emma Frost vs. Beetle (Janice Lincoln)
  • Silk vs. White Rabbit
  • Spider-Man vs. Chameleon
  • Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus
  • Spider-Man vs. Taskmaster & Black Ant
  • Star-Lord vs. Trapster
  • Thor vs. Lizard
  • Wolverine vs. Stegron

Check out the first four now and stay tuned for more Spider-Man Villains Variant Cover reveals in the coming weeks!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #67 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by JAVIER GARRÓN
  • BLACK CAT #7 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TERRY DODSON
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #33 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DIKE RUAN
  • IMMORTAL HULK #47 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DECLAN SHALVEY
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #68 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
  • IRON MAN #9 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DAN PANOSIAN
  • X-MEN #21 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by EMA LUPACCHINO
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #30 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TAURIN CLARKE
  • DAREDEVIL #31 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by GREG LAND
  • MILE MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #27 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by ROSE BESCH
  • THE MIGHTY VALKYRIES #3 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TBA
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #69 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TBA
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #29 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DAVID LAFUENTE
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #15 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by CARLOS PACHECO
  • SILK #4 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by BETSY COLA
  • THOR #15 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TONY DANIEL
  • WOLVERINE #13 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by RYAN BENJAMIN
  • BLACK WIDOW #8 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DAVI GO
  • GIANT-SIZE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: CHAMELEON CONSPIRACY #1 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by RYAN STEGMAN
  • SHANG-CHI #2 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by NATACHA BUSTOS

Exclusive Preview: King in Black: Gwenom vs. Carnage #3 (of 3)

King in Black: Gwenom vs. Carnage #3 (of 3)

(W) Seanan McGurie (A) Flaviano (CA) Ken Lashley (VCA) David Lafuente
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

AMP VS. AMP, SYMBIOTE VS. SYMBIOTE, FRIEND VS. FRIEND!
• Unwittingly pulled into her bandmate Gwen Stacy’s interdimensional adventures and the Marvel Universe, MARY JANE WATSON of Earth-65 has bonded to a symbiote and become a new and deadly iteration of CARNAGE!
• As dragons rain from the sky and New York finds itself on the precipice of the abyss, it’s up to Gwen Stacy to rid MJ of the symbiotic spiders that have infected her and get them both home – while saving any civilians MJ endangers along the way!

King in Black: Gwenom vs. Carnage #3 (of 3)

Bad Idea Has some Promotional Ideas

Bad Idea Crass Promotional Module v1

With their launch in March 2021 with ENIAC #1, Bad Idea is loading comic shops up with promotional material to get comic readers excited.

The Bad Idea Crass Promotional Module v1 gives a preview of the various series coming our way. It features 16 pages of preview content of titles including:

  • ENIAC #1 by writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) & artist Doug Braithwaite (Justice)
  • TANKERS #1 by Robert Venditti (Justice League) & Juan Jose Ryp (Wolverine)
  • WHALESVILLE #1 by Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) & Adam Pollina (X-Force)
  • THE LOT #1 by Marguerite Bennett (Animosity) & Renato Guedes (DCeased)
  • SLAY BELLS #1 by Zeb Wells (Hellions) & David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man)

Plus: This bad boy also has A BUNCH OF SUPER-SECRET SURPRISES that you shouldn’t take pictures and tweet, SO DEFINITELY DON’T DO THAT!!!

Stores aren’t just a shop, they’re an art gallery — and it’s about damn time that someone treated it as such. That’s why Bad Idea is sending stores a museum-worthy framed poster. Yes, framed. And not just in one of those stylish, modern-thin black frames that looks good everywhere, but in a garish, lavishly adorned, 16×20 overly ornate gold frame that is impossible to miss. (Retailers: check your emailed instructions for the minimum required time it needs to be displayed, per “the rules.”) But don’t worry, Bad Idea will be sending a new 16×20 promo poster to pop in there every month, and they’ll be rounding out the minimum display time with one hell of a poster surprise, too!

This display stands approximately 16 inches high and handles two (count ’em!) rows of up to 25 comics apiece. That’s double-sided header cards promoting Bad Idea’s upcoming March 3, 2021 launch date and ENIAC #1, too, for once you’ve got those puppies in hand. In the meantime, you can pop your Bad Idea promo books in there or whatever in there once those run out. BUT REMEMBER: This lives on your counter. It is now an immovable part of your counter. These are the sacred rules of Bad Idea, and they are inflexible and unchanging.

Ho Ho, Oh No, It’s Slay Bells #1 – Bad Idea’s Santa Spectacular Kicks Butt, Takes Names with Zeb Wells & David Lafuente

Next summer, Bad Idea is taking the #1 spot on Christmas classics forever with a king-sized holiday spectacular so touching, so hilarious, and so relentlessly bloodthirsty that it has to be released in July!

That’s because Emmy Award-winning writer Zeb Wells, powerhouse artist David Lafuente, and colorist Ulises Arreola are giving the Christmas season what it’s always needed – firepower – as Bad Idea’s battering ram of a rollout continues in Slay Bells #1– a seasonally twisted tale of broken dreams, dead reindeer, and insatiable revenge that will forever live in infamy…and our hearts.

Every Christmas Eve, little Bobby Hamilton and his father rise at dawn for an early morning hunting trip. It was their favorite tradition – until they accidentally killed a certain red-nosed reindeer. They should have known better. They shouldn’t have tried to cover it up. Because Santa Claus knows that they’ve been naughty – and, now like so many fragile Christmas ornaments violently shaken free, the yuletide peace of a quaint Midwestern farming hamlet will forever be shattered as Old Saint Nick comes to town to reap the sweetest gift of all: vengeance.

You’ve heard of black comedies? Well, this is the first one that’s not just black, but red and green and covered in reams of extremely flammable tinsel that’s already been banned in Canada! And it comes packed with all of the holiday-themed accoutrements we’ve come to know and love:

  • Stockings full of bullets
  • Weapons of opportunity
  • Red clothes that don’t show other people’s blood
  • The cries of our enemies
  • Fruit cake
Slay Bells #1
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