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Around the Tubes – Injustice 2, Digital Comic Therapy, and NBM

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots on tap. But, while you wait for things to kick off, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – March: Book Three wins big at the Annual Glyph Awards – Congrats to all of the winners!

The Atlantic – The Power of Digital-Comic Therapy in Schools – An interesting read.

Publisher’s Weekly – Graphic Novels Publisher NBM Turns 40 – Congrats!

Kotaku – Injustice 2 Might Have A Deadshot Problem, Depending On Who You Ask – Who’s playing the game?

ICv2 – IDW To Produce ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Games – This is pretty cool and should be interesting.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – The Mighty Thor #19

Talking Comics – Secret Empire #2

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Review: Chunri, The Dancing Death

A recent hashtag that has been making the rounds not only on Twitter and Instagram, but even one the news, is #FirstWorldProblems. These things that we complain about within our comforts here, where our roads are paved, and for the most part, everyone has access to water. For the longest time, America, never had as much as security at airports and bus terminals, as we do now, but the rest of the world always had. I even have enjoyed some of these same conveniences to where I remembered catching a plane, when I was in the military, leaving from England, and experiencing their security measures at Heathrow, feeling at the time, it was extreme.

What the world and America knows now, is that things like that were not extreme, they were necessary and needed for a long time. Not only our security was a first world problem but our way of life, as many immigrants and especially refugees will tell you that we are “lucky” to be in America. One of the most pervading issues still ongoing in the Third World, is slavery, and not just human trafficking but sex slavery to be more precise. This problem and its extenuating circumstances are explored in Chunri, The Dancing Death.

In this single comic, the reader is introduced to the streets of Mumbai, and to the world of Bar-Ballas, women who entertain men at bars, and the abuse most of them suffer at the hands of these drunk patrons. We are introduced to Priya, an older bar-balla and Chunri, the young girl whom she mentors and looks out for. Priya works a job where her patron tried to rape her but when she refused, he beat her to death. This not only tears up Chunri but inspires her, as what follows is a training montage, inspired by Kung Fu movies, where she imitates moves by Bruce Lee. As we watch Chunri grow up, she becomes a fighting machine, and kills the first man who tries to rape her, having to flee, she runs up on a woman being raped by a gang of men, putting her into action and eventually starting a movement which livens the city and its people.

Overall, a powerful story which not only touches on a rarely talked about issue here in the first world, but gets the reader invested. The story by Baber Khan is intimate and universal, at the same time, something rare for a reader to do. The art by M. Basit Ansari evens the playing field, as strong a story it is, the art punches it a more than few decibels. Altogether, an issue that is not only a third world problem but a first world problem, as but as can be seen in this book, it definitely is worse elsewhere.

Story: Baber Khan Art: M. Basit Ansari
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Future Fight #2 is Out Now!

The second issue of Marvel Future Fight, the custom comic series based on Netmarble‘s mobile action RPG game of the same name, is available today! The series spotlights Captain America (Sharon Rogers), who made her debut in the Marvel Future Fight game as the daughter of Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter from an alternate reality, teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy!

Set in an alternate universe, the story begins when S.H.I.E.L.D. sends Sharon to retrieve the Eye of the Watcher, a mysterious galactic relic known for its ability to predict the future. Her mission puts her on a crash course with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and she joins Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Mantis, and Agent Venom to put a stop the universe-shattering calamities foreseen by the Eye.

Marvel Future Fight #2 is written by Marc Sumerak, with art by Andrea DiVito.

Both Marvel Future Fight #2 and Marvel Future Fight #1, which was released in April 2017, can be found online.

 

 

Review: Diskordia #3

Neil Gaiman’s psychedelic Sandman, portrayed the world as it is and how it could be. The art and the storyline melded so well together, that it feels like a lucid dream. Every issue was not only about a story but the world of stories. The mere “keeping up” with the storyline could be taxing on the reader, as at times it felt it was on me when I read the seminal series.

As with all epic stories, there must be a source of conflict, something that pushes the story forward. Sometimes, that conflict can be as simple as sexual tension. Other times, can tension between friends and/or family. Then there is the one type of conflict, which if portrayed right, can be excellent, a fight.

In this issue, Iverna Diskerna, a multimillionaire, still being interviewed by Vernon Cutter, has a first seat view to war between Iverna and someone who has come to be known as the Nightmare King. Jackal also is also being introduced this world he has found which is known as the Bone Desert, which happens to be in a constant state of Dreamtime, a concept explained by Squid Girl, who he is still trying to figure out as well as what he stepped into. Before the end of the issue, Jackal, finds out exactly how “dreamlike” it is. Also, Iverna is on her way to take the battle to the Nightmare King.

Overall, “the calm before the storm”, which is a great setup for the next issue, and leaves the reader wondering where he is going next. The story by Rivenis is entertaining and absorbing. The art by Rivenis shows his influences throughout. Altogether, an excellent third issue that will keep the reader guessing.

Story: Rivenis Art: Rivenis
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Diskordia #2

To keep an audience’s attention throughout a book, movie, or comic strictly is a difficult task.  To keep that audience’s attention strictly on dialogue is an even harder task. This is no to say it is impossible, but words and their intention must engage the reader enough stay just for it. Some of the best writers in the world can hold a room just on dialogue, so it is understood dialogue is as just as important as prose.

One of the examples is A Few Good Men, which was written by Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing fame, which is intriguing as a story but also works because of the dialogue. Another example is Glengarry Glen Ross, which if anybody gets to see is a powerhouse drama, with multiple leads, and strong dialogue. The last example is Interview with A Vampire, written by the immortal Anne Rice, which is expertly written but thrives mostly on banter between the two main characters. This brings me to the second installment of Diskordia which is excellent dialogue.

In this issue, we are introduced to Iverna Diskerna, a multimillionaire who is being interviewed for a piece, by a reporter by the name of Vernon Cutter, who uncovers more than he bargained for. Instead of a recluse elitist, he finds about a world he had never known. The issue also gets into Squid Girl’s origin, where the reader finds out that she used to be a moss maiden. How she gained human form, is straight out of a Tales from The Crypt episode, as it is just as eerie as one would never believe.

Overall, an unexpected turn in tone and in the story as what the reader uncovers in this installment will make you wonder what twist is coming next. The story by Rivenis is very much multifaceted and intriguing. The art by Rivenis, continues to show his range and the limitlessness of his imagination. Altogether, a great second issue that will keep the reader guessing.

Story: Rivenis Art: Rivenis
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Pencil United is giving away digital comic Northern Souls #1 on Free Comic Book Day

The Independent comics studio Pencil United is making the first episode of the drama series Northern Souls free to download in the Pencil United digital comics app on Free Comic Book Day, May 6, 2017.

The atmospheric nordic fantasy drama series Northern Souls follows the journey of a young man in finding his origin in Europe’s last wilderness, Swedish Lapland, in the year 1940. The tormented man can’t remember where he comes from. Intrusive voices in his head, possible signs of schizophrenia, call him “Mielat” and insist that he has a calling. The man is unexpectedly joined by a female German Red Cross doctor. Gradually it is revealed that this rational and determined woman, named Elke, has her own agenda but also that the fates of the two wanderers are intertwined in curious ways.

“Kevin Smith & Friends Presented by Dynamite” is the Latest Comics Humble Bundle

Dynamite Entertainment again teams with Humble Bundle to offer an essential collection of filmmaker Kevin Smith‘s fan-favorite work at the publisher. The promotion, which includes over 70 issues (many of which inhabit the universe of Smith’s groundbreaking Green Hornet reimagining), launches today and will run through 11:00am PDT on May 17th.

Humble Comics Bundle: Kevin Smith & Friends Presented by Dynamite” features Kevin Smith’s first-ever Dynamite series, Green Hornet, took the comic market by storm in 2010 by introducing a modern incarnation of Britt Reid’s masked alter-ego, fighting crime undercover side-by-side with a fearsomely adept female bodyguard, Kato. Smith’s fellow comic book collaborators Phil Hester and Ande Parks expanded on his ten-issue saga with further Green Hornet and Kato projects. Now, Dynamite Entertainment offers fans an exclusive opportunity to pick up a massive collection of Green Hornet comics by these exceptional talents, and explore their other Dynamite work, as well. Furthermore, projects like Cryptozoic Man — created by Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson of Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men television show — and the Sundance Film Festival movie tie-in Yoga Hosers one-shot (premiering as a digital comic on Humble Bundle for the first time ever) welcome more glimpses into the creative world surrounding one of master storytellers of the modern age.

Part of the proceeds from the “Humble Comics Bundle: Kevin Smith & Friends Presented by Dynamite” promotion will contribute to The Wayne Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading awareness of CSEC occurring in the United States, and providing direct services to young women victimized by commercial exploitation.

The “Pay What You Want” model offers readers the chance to unlock over 70 comics — a total of over 1,500 pages of content!

The core selection, set at a tier of $1.00 minimum, will give Kevin Smith fans access to:

  • Green Hornet #1-10 by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau
  • Army of Darkness (2014) #1 by Cullen Bunn, Larry Watts, and Featuring a Cover by Walter Flanagan
  • Cryptozoic Man #1-4 by Bryan Johnson and Walter Flanagan
  • Seduction of the Innocent #1-4 by Ande Parks and Esteve Polls
  • The Shadow Annual 2013 by Ande Parks and Bilquis Evely

For those whose contribution meets or exceeds $8.00, they will also unlock the following titles:

  • Green Hornet #11-15 by Phil Hester and Jonathan Lau
  • Green Hornet #16-19 by Phil Hester, Ande Parks, and Igor Vitorino
  • Kato #1-14 by Ande Parks, Diego Bernard, Ale Garza, and Lee Ferguson
  • “Ink”, a Short Story from Vampirella Masters Series Vol. 4 by Phil Hester and Stephen Segovia
  • Black Terror #5-14 by Phil Hester, Alex Ross, Jonathan Lau, Mike Lilly, Wagner Reis, and Jack Herbert
  • The Shadow Special 2014 by Phil Hester and Ivan Rodriguez

$15 or more will get you all of the above, plus:

  • Yoga Hosers by Kevin Smith, Jeff Quigley, and Liam Quigley
  • Green Hornet #20-27 by Ande Parks, Igor Vitorino, and Ronan Cliquet
  • Green Hornet: Blood Ties #1-4, by Ande Parks and Johnny Desjardins
  • Kato Annual #1 by Ande Parks and Edgar Salazar
  • “Magic”, a Short Story from Vampirella: 1969 by Phil Hester and Jethro Morales
  • Masquerade #1-4 by Phil Hester, Alex Ross, Carlos Paul, Jean Diaz, and Manny Clark
  • Project Superpowers: Chapter Two Prelude by Joe Casey, Phil Hester, Jim Krueger, Alex Ross, Mike Lilly, Carlos Paul, Alex Ross, and Edgar Salazar

All customers, who purchase any threshold, will also be rewarded with a digital code that allows them access to the Dynamite.com website, where they can enjoy Kevin Smith’s comic writing talent in all its glory by purchasing the physical copy of the much-coveted Yoga Hosers comic book for only $14.99 (plus shipping and handling).

As an added bonus for Humble Bundle fans, fifteen (15) of the digital comic books featured in this bundle will include exclusive cover artwork: Green Hornet #1-10, Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #1, Cryptozoic Man #1, Kato #1, Masquerade #1, and Yoga Hosers.

Marvel Joins comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading

Marvel, comiXology, and Amazon announced today that select Marvel Comics’ titles are now available through comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading – creating three new ways for readers to enjoy Marvel Comics’ rich world of Super Heroes. Fans can now read a bestselling selection of Marvel Comics’ single issues and collections as part of their comiXology Unlimited membership featuring Super Heroes like The Avengers, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Black Panther, Iron Fist, Guardians of the Galaxy and more. Additionally, readers can now enjoy select Marvel collections on both Kindle Unlimited and Amazon’s Prime Reading that provide perfect entry points for those new to Marvel Comics.

Some of the select bestselling Marvel Comics titles available on comiXology Unlimited today include:

All-New Wolverine (2015-) #1-#10
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1.1: Learning To Crawl
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3: Spider-Verse
America (2017-) #1
Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther?
Black Widow (2014-2015) #1-#12
Cable & Deadpool Vol. 1: If Looks Could Kill
Civil War
Elektra (2017-) #1
Fantastic Four Special 2005 #1
Gamora (2016-) #1-#3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers
Guardians of the Galaxy: New Guard Vol. 1: Emperor Quill
Invincible Iron Man (2008-2012) #1-#12
Iron Fist (2017-) #1
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal
Rocket Raccoon (2016-) #1-#2
Runaways Vol. 1: Pride and Joy
She-Hulk Vol. 3: Time Trials
Spider-Gwen Vol. 1: Greater Power
Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes
Star Wars: Darth Maul (2017-) #1
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader
X-23 (2010-2012) #1-#16
X-Men Prime (2017) #1
…and many more!

Kindle Unlimited members today will have access to 40 critically praised Marvel collections, with 20 also available through Prime Reading, a benefit for U.S. Prime members. These titles include:

Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted
Spider-Man Vol. 1: Brand New Day
New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout
Deadpool Vol. 1: Secret Invasion
Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes
Thor by J. Michael Straczynski Vol. 1
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1
Hawkeye Vol. 1: My Life As A Weapon
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked On A Feline
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1: The Parker Luck
Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader
Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther?
Daredevil by Mark Waid Vol. 1
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More
Legendary Star-Lord Vol. 1: Face It, I Rule
The Punisher Vol. 1: Black and White
…and 20 more titles on Kindle Unlimited.

ComiXology Unlimited now offers over 10,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial and is available on the comiXology app for Fire Tablet, Android, iOS and on the web.

Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.

Prime Reading offers Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost.

 

Marvel Unlimited Expands This May! Check Out the Latest Releases.

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 20,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With classic and newer issues added every week, here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this May:

Week of 5/1

A YEAR OF MARVELS: OCTOBER INFINITE COMIC #1
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #10 FINAL ISSUE!
ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #15 FINAL ISSUE!
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #6
CIVIL WAR II #6
DEADPOOL #21
DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1
DOCTOR STRANGE: MYSTIC APPRENTICE #1
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #15
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #13
GUIDE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE AGENTS CARTER SEASON ONE
MARVEL TSUM TSUM #3
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VS. THE SINISTER SIX #4
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #12
MS. MARVEL #12
NEW AVENGERS #17
NIGHTHAWK #6 FINAL ISSUE!
PROWLER #1
SILVER SURFER #7
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #10
STAR WARS #24
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #7
THE PUNISHER ANNUAL #1
THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #11
ULTIMATES #12 FINAL ISSUE!
VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT #13 FINAL ISSUE!
VISION #12 FINAL ISSUE!

 

Week of 5/8

AVENGERS #1
CHAMPIONS #2
DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY #5
DEATH OF X #3
DOCTOR STRANGE/PUNISHER: MAGIC BULLETS INFINITE COMIC #1
FOOLKILLER #1
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS: ULTRON REVOLUTION #5
MOON KNIGHT #8
OCCUPY AVENGERS #1
SCARLET WITCH #12
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #17
SPIDER-WOMAN #13
SPIDEY #12 FINAL ISSUE!
THE UNWORTHY THOR #1

 

Week of 5/15

ALL-NEW X-MEN #15
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1
AVENGERS #1.1
BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #1
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #7
DAREDEVIL #13
DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK #3
GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #8
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1
MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #14
MOSAIC #2
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #10
SOLO #2
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #11
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION #6 FINAL ISSUE!
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #8
THE CLONE CONSPIRACY #2
UNCANNY AVENGERS #16
UNCANNY X-MEN #15

 

Week of 5/22

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #14
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21
BLACK PANTHER #8
CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #15
CARNAGE #14
DEADPOOL #22
DOCTOR STRANGE #14
DOCTOR STRANGE/PUNISHER: MAGIC BULLETS INFINITE COMIC #2
INFAMOUS IRON MAN #2
OLD MAN LOGAN #13
PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT! #12
SILK #14
SLAPSTICK INFINITE COMIC #2
SPIDER-MAN #9
SQUADRON SUPREME #13
THANOS #1
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #14
UNCANNY INHUMANS #15
UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1

 

Week of 5/29

A YEAR OF MARVELS: NOVEMBER INFINITE COMIC #1
ALL-NEW X-MEN ANNUAL #1
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1
CAGE! #2
CAPTAIN MARVEL #10 FINAL ISSUE!
CIVIL WAR II #7
DEATH OF X #4 FINAL ISSUE!
DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #2
ENCHANTED TIKI ROOM #2
HAN SOLO #5 FINAL ISSUE!
MARVEL TSUM TSUM #4 FINAL ISSUE!
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VS. THE SINISTER SIX #5
MIGHTY THOR #13
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #13
PROWLER #2
SPIDER-GWEN #14
STAR WARS #25
ULTIMATES2 #1
VENOM #1
X-MEN ’92 #9

Not a Marvel Unlimited member? Join today!

Marvel Unlimited members have access to some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and more! With May’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following series: Power Pack (1984), Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (1974) and X-Factor (1986)!

Get Overrun by Zombies and Monsters with the Latest Dynamite Groupees Bundle

Dynamite Entertainment has announced the all-new, all-fearsome “Zombies and Monsters” limited bundle, available from Groupees! This bundle is only available for a limited time and is available through Tuesday, May 2nd at 11am EST! This value-priced digital bundle allows zombie fans to experience over 600 pages’ worth of brain-munching horror for over 80% off the regular price — that’s right, 24 creepy digital comics, regularly a $55.00 value, for only $9.99!

Celebrating Dynamite’s April release of Z Nation #1, the limited time-only “Dynamite Zombies and Monsters” bundle includes a spine-chilling selection of titles that all focus on the horror — and sometimes humor — of brain-chewing, flesh-eating corpses and fanged and clawed monsters of all shapes and sizes! These walking, running, talking, and sometimes super powered creatures may have been created by different means but they all have one purpose – to slaughter the living!

The “Dynamite Zombies and Monsters” bundle includes the following digital comic books, and has a recommended age rating of 15+.

  • Army of Darkness Vol. 1 #8-13 (the “Ash Vs. The Classic Monsters” storyline) by James Kuhoric, Kevin Sharpe, and Fernando Blanco
  • Evil Ernie Vol. 2 #1-6 by Tim Seeley, Steve Seeley, and Rafael Lanhellas
  • Raise the Dead #1-4 by Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Hugo Petrus
  • Raise the Dead II #1-4 by Leah Moore, John Reppion, Mike Raicht, and Guiu Vilanova
  • Reanimator #1-4 by Keith Davidsen and Randy Valiente
  • Vampirella / Army of Darkness #1-4 by Mark Rahner and Jett Morales

For the first fifty (50) Groupees customers who surpass the $19.99 threshold, they will unlock a physical copy of Z Nation #1, a super-rare Photo Variant originally offered as a 1-in-30 incentive exclusively for retailers, and featuring the actor Tom Everett Scott as his fan-favorite character, Sgt. Charles Garnett. As an added bonus, this Photo Variant will be signed by series co-writer Fred Van Lente.

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