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Preview: Wildstorm: Michael Cray #9

Wildstorm: Michael Cray #9

(W) Bryan Hill (A) N. Steven Harris, Dexter Vines, Andy Owens (CA) Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: Jul 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Michael learns the truth about John Constantine’s plans to provide the world free energy, and his sinister plot will shake Michael to his core and potentially plunge the world into a new age of darkness. Killing Constantine and his allies might save the world, but doing so could trap the alien entity growing in Michael’s brain forever.

Preview: Wildstorm: Michael Cray #8

Wildstorm: Michael Cray #8

(W) Bryan Hill (A) N. Steven Harris, Dexter Vines (CA) Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Constantine and Diana Prince promise Michael they can help free him from the alien consciousness growing inside him, but in order for them to help, Cray must keep them both alive… protecting them from his former team as Trelane aims war at them all. How far is Cray willing to go to rid himself of the thing festering inside his mind? And how far will that alien inside Cray go to protect itself?

Preview: Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey #1

Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey #1

(W) Bryan Hill, Jeff Parker (A) Scott Kolins (A/CA) Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: May 30, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Back from Viet Nam, kung fu master Hong Kong Phooey has set up his own detective agency in the inner city. Meanwhile, Jefferson Pierce (a.k.a. Black Lightning) has uncovered a plot by three assassins to collect the components of a sacred text revealing the darkest secrets of Martial Arts magic, and they’ll kill anyone who owns them – including the dog who holds the last chapter of the book, Hong Kong Phooey. Plus, a tale of the Funky Phantom as he goes toe-to-toe with the Spectre in a tale by Jeff Parker and Scott Kolins.

Review: Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey Special #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Black Lightning teaming with Hong Kong Phooey!

Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey Special #1 is by Bryan Hill, Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jeromy Cox, Janice Chiang, ChrisCross, Gabe Eltaeb, Liz Erickson, Jim Chadwick, and Funky Phantom story by Jeff Parker, Scott Kolins, and Tony Avina.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Wildstorm: Michael Cray #7

Wildstorm: Michael Cray #7

(W) Bryan Hill (A) N. Steven Harris, Dexter Vines (CA) Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The organization he works for doesn’t trust him. The thing in his brain wants to transform him. Sanity is leaving him. Michael Cray is losing everything. The only hope Michael has to reclaim his mind and his life may come from his next target: a brilliant scientist in London who’s equal parts Nikola Tesla, Hannibal Lecter and Aleister Crowley… Dr. John Constantine! A man obsessed with death, the occult and the darkest powers of the universe, Constantine could hold the power to free Michael of the consciousness inside him – but the price is steep! Michael Cray doesn’t believe in magic, but he’s about to discover how much magic believes in him.

Preview: The Wildstorm: Michael Cray #6

The Wildstorm: Michael Cray #6

Story: Bryan Hill Breakdowns: Larry Hama
Art: N. Steven Harris Ink: Dexter Vines Color: Dearbhla Kelly Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Steve Buccellato
Variant Cover: Larry Stroman, Mark Morales, Hi-Fi
Group Editor: Marie Javins, Group Editor: Rob Levin Assistant Editor: Diego Lopez
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The hunt for Arthur Curry continues, but Cray’s decisions and plans are beginning to push his teammates to the brink of abandoning him. And when Cray’s tumor begins to act in ways that it hasn’t before, his underwater brawl may end with Cray floating up to the surface as a dead man.

DC Entertainment Announces a New Round of Hanna-Barbera/DC One-Shot Comics

Following the success of DC Comics’ modernized takes on classic Saturday morning cartoons and a previous selection of acclaimed one-shot crossovers featuring Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters, DC plans to shake up the worlds of superhero fans and lovers of old-school cartoons yet again. Today, the publisher announced plans to release four all-new one-shot comics that bring some of DC’s most exciting heroes together with well-known characters from the world of Hanna-Barbera cartoons from the 1970’s. These books will be available at comic book retailers and for purchase digitally on May 30.

The title lineup includes:

AQUAMAN/JABBERJAW SPECIAL #1

In a story written by Aquaman writer Dan Abnett with art and by Paul Pelletier and Andrew Hennessey, the town of Amnesty Island is besieged by a series of shark attacks, and the authorities call Aquaman for help! What’s unusual about this case is that the shark isn’t trying to kill people—he just wants to talk to them. All Jabberjaw wants is to get back to Aqualand, the future undersea utopia where he came from. But that peaceful city where man and sentient sea life have been living in harmony has been turned into a dystopian nightmare created by a new Ocean Master! Now the King of Atlantis and his friendly shark ally must team up to set things right.

This one-shot also includes a bonus short story by Jeff Parker and Scott Kolins that tells the tale of the first-ever meeting between Captain Caveman, The Spectre and the wizard Shazam.

BLACK LIGHTNING/HONG KONG PHOOEY SPECIAL #1

Back from Vietnam, kung-fu master Hong Kong Phooey has set up his own detective agency in the inner city. Meanwhile, Jefferson Pierce (a.k.a. Black Lightning) has uncovered a plot by three assassins to collect the components of a sacred text revealing the darkest secrets of martial arts magic, and they’ll kill anyone who owns them—including the dog who holds the last chapter of the book, Hong Kong Phooey. Bryan Hill, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz team up to deliver a story with all the power of a roundhouse kick to the chops!

Plus, Jeff Parker and Scott Kolins team up once again in a bonus story featuring a pre-DEMON Jason Blood and Hanna-Barbera’s own “Spirit of ’76,” The Funky Phantom.

THE FLASH/SPEED BUGGY SPECIAL #1

Red Hood and the Outlaws scribe Scott Lobdell, along with Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund, is gearing up to deliver a rubber-burning story that pushes all the way into the redline! When Wally West tries to take down the villain Kilg%re, he’s surprised to find he has an unknown ally who can move just as fast as he can. Dr. Pernell, a brilliant S.T.A.R. Labs scientist, has found a way to power his dune buggy using the Speed Force. When the Flash agrees to help test the limits of the vehicle in a race, something unexpected sends them spiraling out of the Speed Force and into the unknown. They land in a post-apocalyptic future, but Dr. Pernell is missing, leaving a now-sentient Speed Buggy to help the Fastest Man Alive repair the time stream and stop the triple threat of Savitar, Speed Demon Buggy and… Reverse Speed Buggy?

SUPER SONS/DYNOMUTT SPECIAL #1

It’s no fun for Jon Kent to be visiting Big City with his parents for the funeral of an old friend, so his best pal Damian Wayne decides to follow along and give him the inside scoop on the city. But when they go to meet Robin’s local friend, Dynomutt, they find him injured and in need of help. And Dynomutt’s human superhero companion, Blue Falcon, has seemingly turned evil. What’s the reason for this betrayal between once-loyal companions, and what role might the evil Red Vulture play in this scenario? Fan-favorite Super Sons writer Peter J. Tomasi teams up with Fernando Pasarin and Oclair Albert to tell this story featuring the first encounter of the Dog Wonder with the sons of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight.

Each one-shot will be 48 pages long and cost $4.99.

Preview: Wildstorm: Michael Cray #8

Wildstorm: Michael Cray #8

(W) Bryan Hill (A) N. Steven Harris, Dexter Vines (CA) Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

As Michael Cray continues to learn about the powers given to him by his tumor, he uses them to go after Trelane’s next target: a genetic scientist that’s splicing himself with the DNA of aquatic predators: Arthur Curry. But when Cray dives into the depths to defeat this sea monster, will his powers give him the advantage or grow out of his control?

Preview: Deathstroke Annual #1

Deathstroke Annual #1

(W) Christopher Priest (A) Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz (CA) Ryan Sook
RATED T+
In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
SRP: $4.99

“An Innocent Man”! Team Defiance is pushed to the edge of oblivion when one of their own ends up dead-and Deathstroke is to blame! Is this the end of Slade Wilson’s hero turn? It’s all been building to this-don’t miss the finale of “Defiance,” the events of which will lead Deathstroke down a shocking new path!

Review: Deathstroke Annual #1

It’s hard to summarize the plot of this issue since a lot happens in the space of 39 pages but essentially it’s all about the slow unraveling of Slade Wilson’s attempt to redeem himself after a lifetime of murder for hire.

The level of talent on display here is impressive. Writer Priest juggles moments of violence, introspection and interaction with a mastery of the form born of decades of creating some truly great comics. He really uses the length of the book to great effect, cramming as much plot and character development as possible into the space allotted. There’s almost enough story for an entire arc here.

The art suits the words perfectly. Together penciller Denys Cowan and inker Bill Sienkiewicz create a visual style that is grit made manifest on the page. It’s not for everyone but both of these guys are legends and their mere presence on a title deserves your attention.

Unfortunately this isn’t the best place to join the story in progress. This is an ending, not a beginning, thoroughly enmeshed in what has gone before. The story refuses to follow a straightforward progression from beginning to end, leaping back and forth through its own chronology. This could easily confused a reader with no experience in comics, who knows Deathstroke only from TV and video games. That said the next regular issue promises to be a good starting place and this is definitely a run to read if this issue is any indication of its overall quality.

Not a great comic for the casual readers but essential for anyone who has been following the series from the beginning (and this is a series anyone who likes superhero comics should be following).

Story: Christopher Priest Art: Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz Cover: Ryan Sook
Story:8.5 Art:9 Overall:8.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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