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Review: Black Panther: Man Without Fear – The Complete Collection

The popularity of the Black Panther movie, cannot be understated, as it being of the few movies to the cross Billion-dollar threshold, and for good reason. The movie had action, comedy, politics, history, and war. Never has a movie, come from the MCU, where it was self-contained, and fans were transported to an experience, one that fans will not forget anytime soon. In retrospect, the movie only scratched the surface on just how complex the character is, as describing as Marvel’s version of Batman, doesn’t do the character justice.

His journey in the comics also have takne T’Challa through the ringer, as he has faced series of trials and tribulations that’s has seen him get married, get his marriage annulled, become King of Wakanda and lose his crown to his sister, Shuri.  The movie briefly flirted with the idea that T’Challa can lose his crown and the mantle of Blck Panther. In David Liss and Francesco Francavilla’s Black Panther: The Man Without Fear, T’Challa ends up in New York city, more specifically Hell’s Kitchen.

We meet T’Challa,shortly after abdicating the throne, realizing he has to make a way without the mantle of Black Panther, he seeks a way to do good, as he finds his way to New York City, right after Matt Murdock , being corrupted by the Hand, leaves Hell’s Kitchen, for his own redemption. As T’Challa, looks to create a new identity and fight crime without the use of Vibranium or the Black Panther suit, he takes on the mantle of the Protector of Hell’s Kitchen, which brings the ire of the Romanian mob and its chief architect, Vlad The Impaler. As quiet as T’Challa is trying to keep his presence in NYC, he catches the attention of Spiderman and Luke Cage, who both don’t know he is secretly fighting crime, but Kraven the Hunter does, as he comes to the city to find him as  hatemongering version of himself pops up, in the American Panther,  both whom T’Challa defeats in some hard fought battles. By book’s end, Storm comes to aid him as he battles Lady Bullseye and finds out exactly where Matt Murdock has been, as he leaves city back in his hands, just a bit better.

Overall, an engaging book that reminds readers that though we love to see superheroes triumph, it’s when they suffer and struggle, is what builds character in them as it does in us. The story by Liss, is large, sweeping, adventurous, action packed and gives T’Challa a new light to see him under. The art by Francaviilla feels intimate, warm, and sparks in places where you least expect it. Altogether, an important part of his canon which would like a sin if it is overlooked, as any fan of Black Panther needs to read this book.

Story: David Liss Art: Francesco Francavilla
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Green Hornet: Reign Of The Demon TPB

Green Hornet: Reign Of The Demon TPB

writer: David Liss
artist: Kewber Baal
cover: Ken Lashley
FC • 136 pages • $15.99 • Teen+

COLLECTS ISSUES 1-4

Britt Reid, the masked crimefighter known as The Green Hornet, and his inseparable ally Kato return in an all-new tale by David Liss (Black Panther, The Spider) and Kewber Baal (Kiss)! If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it could be the deadliest for Central City’s staunch defenders! Green Hornet’s personal vendetta against organized crime creates a void in Chicago, one filled by two more masked individuals: the vicious Demone and the cavalier Swashbuckler. While the former establishes himself as a most formidable foe, the latter claims to be a friend… but is he playing a far more subtle game?

Preview: Green Hornet: Reign Of The Demon #4

Green Hornet: Reign Of The Demon #4

writer: David Liss
artist: Kewber Baal
covers: Ken Lashley (a), Anthony Marques (b)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The Green Hornet and Kato are trapped in the web of the sinister crime lord Demone! The mystery began with three missing women; but the twisted game has only grown more complex – and deadly – as the pair try to reclaim the city from his Machiavellian machinations! And while the vigilante Swashbuckler seems to want to serve as their stalwart ally against villainy – can they truly trust this new masked man? Or is he just another one of Demone’s puppets? They just might not have any choice, if they want to defeat the nefarious kingpin!

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Preview: Green Hornet: Reign Of The Demon #2

Green Hornet: Reign Of The Demon #2

writer: David Liss
artist: Kewber Baal
covers: Ken Lashley (a), Anthony Marques (b)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Who is an enemy and who is an ally? It’s hard to tell, even if they aren’t wearing a mask. The Green Hornet and Kato try to save the city from the grip of Demone, but first they must figure out who is THE SWASHBUCKLER!

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Preview: Green Hornet: Reign Of Demon #1

Green Hornet: Reign Of Demon #1

writer: David Liss
artist: Kewber Baal
covers: Ken Lashley (a), Anthony Marques (b)
incentive cover: Ken Lashley (B/W art), Anthony Marques (B/W art)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery for most people, it could be the deadliest for The Green Hornet and Kato. With their vigilantism tearing apart organized crime, Chicago is visited by two more masked individuals: one claiming to be a friend and the other…their most formidable foe yet!

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Preview: Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #5 (of 5)

SHERLOCK HOLMES: MORIARTY LIVES #5 (of 5)

David Liss (w)
Carlos Furuzono (a)
Francesco Francavilla (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

FINAL ISSUE!!! While Bombastus von Hohenheim makes his final play to destroy Moriarty, the world’s most notorious criminal proves he still has a few tricks up his sleeve. It’s the final showdown in the villain vs. villain contest of wits and wills. Moriarty plays his final hand, and all is revealed. Is he the villain he wants the world to believe, or is there a shred of goodness still within his cunning heart? Find out as the miniseries races to its shocking conclusion.

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Preview: The Spider Vol. 3: City of Crime TP

THE SPIDER VOL. 3: CITY OF CRIME TP

David Liss, Shannon Eric Denton (w)
Ivan Rodriguez, Igor Vitorino (a)
Francesco Francavilla (c)
FC • 176 pages • $19.99

THE SPIDER: WEB OF LIES

Richard Wentworth has been brought low, but his costumed alter-ego, The Spider, must still protect New York! As a terrible new wave of violence sweeps across the city, the Spider faces a ring of crooked cops, a deadly uptown gang, and a terrible new enemy who will stop at nothing. But when an honest cop comes along for the ride, the brutal vigilante has to protect the life of an innocent amidst the chaos. With the odds stacked up so high, The Spider has never been more desperate — or more dangerous! The Spider volume 3 collects issues 13-18 and the 2013 Annual of the acclaimed series by David Liss, Ivan Rodriguez, Shannon Eric Denton and Igor Vitorino, as well as all of the covers by Eisner Award winning cover artist Francesco Francavilla and Colton Worley.

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Preview: Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #4 (of 5)

SHERLOCK HOLMES: MORIARTY LIVES #4 (of 5)

David Liss (w)
Carlos Furuzono (a)
Francesco Francavilla (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The deadly game of cat-and-mouse between the world’s most notorious villain and the most dangerous man in Switzerland continues to unfold with skull-cracking, wife-stealing, cattle-mutilating action! Moriarty begins to move his plan into his endgame, but he may have already been outwitted by the master alchemist who delights in murder and atrocity. Can Moriarty be evil enough to emerge as a hero, or will the people who have trusted him find themselves betrayed? The game is afoot in the penultimate issue!

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Preview: Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #3 (of 5)

SHERLOCK HOLMES: MORIARTY LIVES #3 (of 5)

David Liss (w)
Daniel Indro, Olavo Costa (a)
Francesco Francavilla (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Bimonthly! Driven by a promise to a dying woman and a vow of vengeance, the world’s most notorious villain must take on a madman who is as brilliant as he is dangerous. In deep disguise, Moriarty works his way deeper into the trust of his new enemy, but even as he forms new alliances and plots new treacheries, his own allies begin to move against him. But when charged with a task too sinister to contemplate, Moriarty must find a way to maintain his cover and pursue his plot. It’s mastermind versus mastermind, as the plot thickens!

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Preview: The Shadow Now #6 (of 6)

THE SHADOW NOW #6 (of 6)

David Liss (w)
Colton Worley (a)
Tim Bradstreet (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

FINAL ISSUE!!! New York has been plunged into darkness and chaos looms as Khan attempts to restore his youth while his granddaughter seeks to stop the Shadow. This is the moment of truth, as the Shadows plans, at long last reveal, begin to unfold, but will it be enough to stop Khan and save New York City? It’s the final chapter of the Shadow’s return!

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