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Review: All-America Comix

All-America Comix #1

In 2011, Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta created America Chavez/Miss America with Marvel, a character that has gone on to earn a cult following and sporadic use by the publisher. Nine years later, Casey is at it again, this time with artist Dustin Nguyen for a new spin on a similar concept. All-America Comix feels a bit like an attempt to reclaim his creation but at the same time a meta statement about Casey’s time with Marvel.

We’re introduced to America Vasquez who has flight, super-strength, and the ability to travel through dimensions… pretty much the same as Chavez. She has encounters with a star-spangled hero with a shield and a despotic ruler of a nation encased in a suit of armor. It’s all familiar and that’s what makes the first issue fascinating and frustrating.

With All-America Comix, Casey had an opportunity to show us where he’d have gone with the character and what direction he’d have taken her. Instead we get a spin on Marvel characters and a frenetic story that spends little time with any concept. The only real uniting bit is Vasquez as she reflects on her life and world. Through Vasquez it feels like Casey is venting his frustrations with his time with Marvel and where the character has gone.

What’s very frustrating is that Casey could have done anything with the comic. Instead, it just feels like a rant through the lens of Michel Fiffe’s Copra. Unlike Copra, there’s no deconstruction here, it’s just been there done that and some meta-commentary.

What does stand out, and shows the potential of the comic is Nguyen’s art. There’s some breathtaking visuals and the combo of the two could deliver a hero to challenge the big two. Along with colors by Brad Simpson, design by Sonia Harris, and lettering by Rus Wooton, the comic and character stand out for the visuals. Nguyen takes advantage of the dimensional aspects of the character and has fun with it all. There’s potential, lots of potential.

For those that might not know Casey’s history with Miss America, they may find a hero they want more of. For those that know the character, it’s hard to not examine every word and every decision made. It’s a fascinating comic on multiple levels but a frustrating one. Where Casey could have shown us what he’d have done with his creation that was far superior than what we’ve seen, instead we get what feels like a creator venting about having their toys taken away.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Dustin Nguyen
Color: Brad Simpson Design: Sonia Harris Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 6.75 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Mars Attacks Red Sonja & All of Hyrkania in New Series!

Fans have seen them attack fin-headed cops, iconic rock bands, and fellow denizens of the red planet, but now Dynamite presents Mars Attacks Red Sonja!

John Layman and artist Fran Strukan will chronicle the untold tale of when the dastardly Martians invaded Hyrkania during the Hyborian Age. Joined by colorist Valentina Briški and letterer maestro Taylor Esposito, the team will unravel this forgotten piece of history. How do the steel and savagery of Red Sonja stand up against the advanced weaponry and science of the big-brained baddies? Only one way to find out, by reading the ACK-ing book!

The explosive first issue features a crop of covers by the coolest creators. A man very well-versed in depicting the She-Devil With a Sword is Lucio Parrillo, who highlights the menace of the Martians. Fan-favorite Dustin Nguyen uses plenty of red and his signature style, and we’re not just referring to Sonja’s hair. Arthur Suydam evokes the classic era of science fiction that birthed the Mars Attacks franchise originally. Coming a long way from having fan art featured in an issue of Red Sonja (Vol 4 #7), is Luca Strati showing off a victorious Sonja. The legendary Barry Kitson swings through with a wraparound bursting with dynamism. And last but certainly not least is an incentive variant by Alan Quah homaging the classic trading cards.


Preview: Batman Beyond #44

Batman Beyond #44

(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Sean Chen (CA) Dustin Nguyen
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Batman brings a wounded Damian Wayne to base, only to discover that Damian has been dethroned as leader of the League of Assassins and left for dead by a former acolyte of Ra’s Al Ghul’s called Mr. Zero! Batman, Bruce, and Damian will have to join forces to stop Mr. Zero from eradicating humanity!

Batman Beyond #44

Preview: Batman Beyond #43

Batman Beyond #43

(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Sean Chen, Sean Parsons (CA) Dustin Nguyen
In Shops: May 27, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Terry McGinnis has his memories back, and he’s ready to resume his duties as Batman in Neo-Gotham. But as soon as he comes home, so does Goliath, the Man-Bat pet of Damian Wayne. What adventure with the heir of the Demon lies in store for Batman Beyond?

Batman Beyond #43

DC Releases the Surprise DC Digital First Series DCeased: Hope at World’s End

DCeased, 2019’s blockbuster series, makes its DC Digital First debut with new original stories set before the fall of Earth! Fan-favorite Injustice: Gods Among Us writer Tom Taylor’s epic DCeased storyline continues with DCeased: Hope at World’s End with art by Dustin Nguyen, Renato Guedes, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Marco Failla! Set in the span of DCeased #5’s time jump, DCeased: Hope at World’s End will expand the story of the Anti-Life War, featuring Superman and Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Stephanie Brown, Wally West, Jimmy Olsen, and more.

This new DC Digital First series, in addition to DCeased and DCeased: Unkillables, will pave the way to the launch of DCeased’s sequel, DCeased: Dead Planet, in June 2020.

In DCeased: Hope at World’s End, the Anti-Life Equation has infected over a billion people on Earth. Heroes and villains have fallen. In the immediate aftermath of the destruction of Metropolis, Superman and Wonder Woman spearhead an effort to stem the tide of infection, preserve and protect survivors, and plan for what’s next. In the Earth’s darkest hour heroes will bring hope! The war for Earth has only just begun!

DCeased: Hope at World’s End, written by Tom Taylor with art by Dustin Nguyen, Renato Guedes, Carmine Di Giandomenico and Marco Failla, will publish digitally twice a month through its fourteen-chapter run. Cover art will be by Ben Oliver, Francesco Mattina, and Yasmine Putri.

You can read our review of the first chapter and buy your own copy now.

DCeased: Hope at World’s End

Review: DCeased: Hope at World’s End Chapter 1

DCeased: Hope at World's End Chapter 1

DCeased: Hope at World’s End is a surprise DC Digital First series. It takes place within the DCeased storyline (specifically within DCeased #5’s time jump). Its story will be told through fourteen chapters twice a month chronicling the fall of Earth. DCeased: Hope at World’s End Chapter 1 is a somber comic about the end and the heroes who tried to stop it. And with what’s going on in the real world, it feels rather odd.

This debut chapter is told from the perspective of Jimmy Olsen. He attempts to register what has happened with the spread of the Anti-Life Equation and the fall of the planet. From his perspective we see survives, the change, and watches the heroes do what they can. It’s hard to read this and not think of the news as a disease we can’t see stalks us all. It’s hard to read this and not think about the real-world heroes who are attempting to save us. And, it’s hard to read this and not think about the zombie-like masses who think nothing of themselves and attempt to drag society down with them.

It’s a case of bad timing for the series. It’s unknown when writer Tom Taylor began writing it but there’s an odd extreme reflection of what we see on the news or around us every day. The difference is, it’s clear that technology is the villain and you can see the infection here while the opposite holds true for both in our reality.

Taylor captures a somber tone. We witness the fall from Jimmy’s perspective and get a sense of what his mission is. It feels like running into battle knowing you won’t come out of it alive.

That sober reality is delivered beautifully by Dustin Nguyen‘s art with colors by Rex Lokus and lettering by Saida Temofonte. The team gives us an emotional roller coaster. They deliver the horror spreading and the reality of so many lives lost without going over the top. The faces of each character tells as much of the story as Taylor’s words. There’s also a solid use of not showing us much of the horror. Instead, our minds can fill in the gaps delivering the panic and fear of the story.

DCeased: Hope at World’s End Chapter 1 isn’t bad at all. It’s actually quite good. But, the timing of the release and some of what’s written echoes reality a bit too closely. It’s hard to take Superman as a serious hero when we have them front and center today. The escapism is marked by a dose of truth.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Dustin Nguyen
Color: Rex Lokus Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Roy Miranda and Inaki Miranda Deliver a World of Violence and Beauty with We Live

This October, head to a future where the human race faces extinction. AfterShock has announced We Live from writers Roy Miranda and Inaki Miranda, featuring art by Inaki Miranda, color by Eva de la Cruz, and lettering by Dave Sharpe. The main cover is by Inaki Miranda with an incentive cover by Dustin Nguyen.

The year is 2084 and the world has changed. Wracked by calamities and crawling with monsters, the last remaining members of the human race face a dangerous existence.

And now Earth has been sent a message from the deepest reaches of space: A dark countdown to the extinction of all humanity. But there is hope – five thousand children will be rescued on extinction day by these mysterious message-senders. 

This is the journey of little Hototo, one of the lucky five thousand children who will be taken from Earth to live a better life in the stars – but only if his teenage sister, Tala, can safely deliver him to the nearest Beacon before time runs out. 

We Live is a world of violence and beauty, a unique tale of the apocalypse as told by the Miranda Brothers, that invites both dread and hope. We Live #1 is out on October 14, 2020.

We Live #1

Preview: Batman Beyond #42

Batman Beyond #42

(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Sean Chen, Sean Parsons (CA) Dustin Nguyen
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The battle against Blight rages on! Batwoman will need Batman’s help to take down his greatest foe and the man who killed his father. But with Batwoman’s identity revealed, it’s sending shock waves through Neo-Gotham. Everyone will have to get on board with her-or face Blight’s nuclear destruction.

Batman Beyond #42

Preview: Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

(W) Marv Wolfman, Chuck Dixon, Devin Grayson, Tim Seeley, Tom King, Judd Winick, James TynionIV, Amy Wolfram, Robbie Thompson, Adam Glass, Peter J. Tomasi, Others (A) Tom Grummett, Scott McDaniel, Mikel Janin, Kenneth Rocafort, Freddie Williams II, Javi Fernandez, Nicola Scott, Dustin Nguyen, Andy Kubert, Frank Miller, Others (CA) Lee Weeks
Prestige Format
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $9.99

DC Comics celebrates Robin the Boy Wonder’s 80th anniversary in style with an all-star creative team representing each iteration of the iconic character across eight decades of history! From the high-flying adventures of Dick Grayson to the tragedy of Jason Todd, the enthusiasm of Tim Drake and the arrogance of Damian Wayne, the persistence of Stephanie Brown and the rebelliousness of Carrie Kelley-the mantle of Robin has been worn by many, but always represents one thing: a hero.

Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

It’s a Busy June for Superman and Superboy!

Now that he’s revealed his secret identity to the world, there’s no way things slow down for the Man of Steel! Heading into the Summer it looks like award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis and a host of all-star artistic talent have every intention of keeping the heat on Entertainment Weekly’s “Superhero of the Year” all summer long!

Superman #24

In the pages of Superman #24 (on sale June 10), Kevin Maguire joins Bendis to tell a tale of Superman’s legendary susceptibility to magic, and how a new villain is about to use that to turn Big Blue’s life inside out and upside down. This mysterious character has come into Superman’s world to pit him against the most powerful sorcerer and agent for the Lords of Order: Doctor Fate!

Variant cover by BRYAN HITCH
Wonder Woman 1984 variant cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
ON SALE 06.10.20 | $3.99 US | 32 PAGES

Superman #24

Action Comics #1024

Next, in the pages of June 24th’s Action Comics #1024, the fallout from Superman: Villains continues as Clark Kent steps out into the world as a reporter for the first time! Metropolis has been rocked by Lex Luthor’s latest attack and the drama surrounding Superman’s truth, and that gives the invisible mafia a new foothold to change the City of Tomorrow forever. Meanwhile, the Daily Planet is under siege!

Art and cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. and KLAUS JANSON
Variant cover by LUCIO PARRILLO
Wonder Woman 1984 variant cover by FRANK CHO
ON SALE 06.24.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES

Action Comics #1024

Event Leviathan: Checkmate #3

Also, on sale June 24, the Man of Steel makes a guest appearance in this next surprising chapter in DC’s saga of high-stakes espionage! Green Arrow’s team of super-spies—including the Question, Manhunter, Lois Lane, and Talia al Ghul—has infiltrated Leviathan! Along the way, they learn that one of their own is a secret Leviathan agent who plans to betray the new Checkmate from the start!

Art and cover by ALEX MALEEV
Variant cover by MATT TAYLOR
ON SALE 06.24.20
$3.99 US | 3 OF 6 |32 PAGES

Event Leviathan: Checkmate #3

Legion of Super-Heroes #8

And just to show dear old Dad that the heat is on in the 31st Century too, Superboy makes a discovery about the future that will change everything he knows when he discovers a new Krypton! This new story arc also begins with the United Planets in a war that threatens to divide the League into separate camps, as Ultra Boy’s homeworld of Rimbor and Chameleon Boy’s homeworld of Durla declare interplanetary war!

Art and cover by RYAN SOOK
Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
ON SALE 06.03.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES

Legion of Super-Heroes #8
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