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Review: Excellence #2

Excellence #2

Excellence #2 continues the entertaining tale that began in the first issue. Mixing action with emotion it keeps the story focused while still revealing so much more.

The issue revolves around Spencer Dales as he deals with his grandmother’s illness. Spencer is convinced there’s magic that can help her. But, the use of it breaks the established rules. While what follows is a bit cliche, writer Brandon Thomas delivers a story that stands out.

Excellence might be a spin on magic in the modern world but underneath it’s about family and expectations of a father for his son. Thomas infuses that with emotion as we’re again shown Spencer’s life through flashbacks that explain his current attitude. He’s brash and headstrong and a character we’ve seen so many times before. But, there’s still something fun about it all. There’s something we all can relate to and that’s due to the comic’s focus on family.

Thomas is also able to use the narrow plotline to still introduce us to Aegis and this new world. The comic does an excellent job of giving us new details so that we can learn more about the rules and this secretive organization. That introduction also includes a character who is most likely the main antagonist.

The art by Khary Randolph is fantastic. Along with colorist Emilio Lopez and letterer Deron Bennett, the visuals pop and stand out as unique. The characters and world presented stand out as both grounded and magical. New takes on a simple thing like an elevator makes the comic really stand out as unique. There’s thought put into it all. Every detail, especially in the character designs, helps tell the story and help fully realize the world.

Excellence #2 is a solid read. The issue adds depth to a fantastical world. It also makes sure to keep the series focused on an emotional connection we can all relate to. This is a series that’s a must get.

Story: Brandon Thomas Art: Khary Randolph
Color: Emilio Lopez Letters: Deron Bennett
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation:

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Head to the Bermuda Triangle with New Comic Series Relics of Youth

Vault Comics delves into the secrets that lie in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle in the new comic book series, Relics of Youth. Landing on shelves in September, the fantasy series is co-written by Chad Rebmann and screenwriter Matt Nicholas, with artist Skylar Partridge and letterer Deron Bennett.

Nat Rodrigues keeps dreaming of an island. Soon, the dreams become waking visions. Alone and concerned, Nat manages to locate other teenagers across the globe who share her intense obsession with the unmapped enclave. And then, the strangest part: Every one of them wakes one morning with a mysterious tattoo. A tattoo only the six of them can see. Now, each of them knows – no matter the obstacles in their way – they must discover this unknown paradise.

The series will launch with a Cover A drawn by Skylar Partridge, and a Vault Vintage Cover B drawn by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel. The Vault Vintage cover is an homage to Wes Craig’s cover for Deadly Class #1, the series he co-created with Rick Remender.  

Relics of Youth #1 hits shelves September 25, 2019.

Check out a New Trailer for Canto, Out this June from David M. Booher, Drew Zucker, and IDW Publishing

In a world where love is forbidden and hope seems lost for a race of enslaved tin people, a new hero must emerge to save the life of the one he loves. His name is Canto and he is the star of his own eponymous all-ages comic series arriving June 26. 

Inspired by the cinematic scope of such fantasy classics like The Wizard of Oz and Labyrinth, co-creators David M. Booher and Drew Zucker invite you into a beautiful new world filled with heroism, hidden danger, adventure, and wondrous landscapes. 

Canto is written by Booher with art by Zucker, colors by Vittorio Astone, letters by Deron Bennett, with covers by an array of talent including Nick RoblesMorgan BeemJorge CoronaPhillip SevyBen Bishop, and Roberta Ingranata

Check out this trailer which perfectly captures our hero’s quest and the world he inhabits.

Review: Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale

DC Ink‘s latest release, Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale feels like it needs one big warning. The graphic novel aimed at teenage readers deals with topics such as abuse, animal abuse, cutting, and more. Watch our full review to find out if this is really one for the teenage reader.

Story: Lauren Myracle
Art: Isaac Goodhart
Color: Jeremy Lawson
Letterer: Deron Bennett

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores now! 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: Waves HC

Waves HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Ingrid Chabbert
Artist: Carole Maurel
Translator: Edward Gauvin
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover Artist: Carole Maurel
Price: $14.99

After years of difficulty trying to have children, a young couple finally announces their pregnancy, only to have the most joyous day of their lives replaced with one of unexpected heartbreak.

Their relationship is put to the test as they forge ahead, working together to rebuild themselves amidst the churning tumult of devastating loss, and ultimately facing the soul-crushing reality that they may never conceive a child of their own.

Based on author Ingrid Chabbert’s own experience, coupled with soft, sometimes dreamlike illustrations by Carole Maurel, Waves is a deeply moving story that poignantly captures a woman’s exploration of her pain in order to rediscover hope.

Waves HC

What Would You Do When the Waves Came? Find Out in Resonant this July!

Decades have passed since the first waves hit—waves that stripped away humanity’s impulse control. People have reverted to smaller townships, many built on intense fear and oppressive fanaticism. Paxton, a single father of three and a care-giver to his chronically ill son and mobility impaired daughter, must venture out alone to restock the medicine his boy needs to survive. When a somewhat routine trip goes awry, Paxton and his children—now separated—will battle everything in their path to reunite, worst of all, their own deepest, most painful impulses.

Resonant, “an Odyssey Even More Terrifying than BIRD BOX”, is coming your way this July. Written by David AndryResonant is a deeply crafted world is brought to life with inks from Alejandro Aragón, colors from Jason Wordie, and letters by Deron Bennett. The first issue features a “Vault Vintage” cover by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel paying homage to Y the Last Man.

Resonant #1

Canto is Clockwork Fantasy Beginning this June

IDW Publishing has announced Canto, a surreal six-issue journey beginning in June. Created by writer David M. Booher and artist Drew Zucker and featuring the talents of colorist Vittorio Astone and letterer Deron Bennett, this all-ages comic book miniseries explores a strange and fantastic world in search of the greatest prize of all: a heart!

Enslaved for generations, Canto’s people once had hearts. Now they have clocks. When slavers damage a little tin girl’s clock beyond repair, Canto must brave the darkest corners of his hostile world to bring back her heart. Can he overcome the dangers that await to save the one he loves?

Canto #1 features a regular cover by Zucker and a special variant by Nick Robles.

Canto #1

Review: Assassin Nation #1

Assassin Nation #1

The World’s Former Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe while attempting to solve the mystery of who’s trying to off him.

Created by writer Kyle Starks and artist Erica Henderson, Assassin Nation #1 is a fun send-up of the assassin genre. It plays with some tropes and delivers a first issue that’s over the top in its violence. There’s a Tarrantino quality about it all with blood and guts flying everywhere.

The concept of the comic is so simple yet so brilliant introducing us to the world’s greatest assassins and hitmen who are hired to protect someone who has an issue with someone trying to assassinate him. That plot would be enough alone but the team has included some teases of further plot points that should make this series a bit more than its initial concept.

The series could easily just be a serious action thriller by Henderson’s art delivers a more comedic take on the genre. Taking the violence to that next level is so silly to look at, it’s hard to not chuckle at the ultra-violence presented. Blood splatters. Brains fly. When things get going, there’s a Looney Tunes aspect to it.

The first issue is good and feels like it ramps up to a finale that’s so over the top, it’s hard to not laugh and smile at the silliness of it all. I expected an action comic and got a massive laugh by the end. This is a solid debut that has me excited to see what comes next.

Story: Kyle Starks Art: Erica Henderson
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Freedom Fighters #2

Freedom Fighters #2

The Freedom Fighters go public in present-day Nazi America! It’s been 50 years of fascist rule in the U.S. under Hitler and his heirs, and frankly, everyone’s had enough. A new Freedom Fighters team makes a very public debut in hopes of rallying the people and re-igniting the long-dormant American spirit. Phantom Lady, Black Condor, Doll Girl and Human Bomb strike a blow against the Gestapo’s Iron Police Force, but will it be enough to summon the long-lost Uncle Sam from retirement?

In reality, there’s an ominous cloud of the creeping of fascism into our lives and the rise of a far right movement across the world. For many, there’s a want to just punch these Nazis and get some of the frustration of our reality out. Freedom Fighters #2 helps in that fantasy experience as the team takes on the Nazi robot in an issue that’s all about the action and it is epic.

Writer Robert Venditi knows what the audience wants in this issue which is one giant extended fight scene picking up from the exciting ending of the first. The issue serves a few purposes, one of which is introducing us to these characters. We get to learn about their personalities and their powers through the fight. The second is, to give us hope. We, like the people witnessing the battle, get a little hope out of it all. There’s something satisfying watching Nazis get beat and done so in a rather patriotic rah-rah sort of way.

That’s delivered through the art of Eddy Barrows with ink by Eber Ferreira, color by Adriano Lucas, and lettering by Deron Bennett. The art is fantastic with amazing panels and page layouts that emphasizes the action. The explosions are big, the framing and focus of the action is dynamic. This is a big summer popcorn blockbuster on every page and it’s beyond entertaining.

There’s not a lot of rocket science to the comic. It’s action pack and the Nazis get their butts kicked. In this day, that’s about as satisfying as you need. The team mixes the high octane action with just enough rah-rah to not go too over the top into parody instead keeping the tone grounded in a retro sort of way. Fun action delivered through awesome art creates a comic that’s a hell of a lot of fun.

Story: Robert Venditi Art: Eddy Barrows
Ink: Eber Ferreira Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Freedom Fighters #1

In today’s time we need good ole Nazi punching and in Freedom Fighters we’re given exactly that as we travel to Earth X where they won World War II.

The first issue of this twelve issue maxi-series is written by Robert Venditti, art by Eddy Barrows, ink by Eber Ferreira, color by Adriano Lucas, and lettering by Deron Bennett.

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

Amazon/comiXology/Kindle

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