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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road! #5 (of 5)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road! #5 (of 5)

Ben Bates & Dustin Weaver (w) • Ben Bates (a) • Nick Pitarra (c)

Bebop and Rocksteady’s road trip reaches its crazed conclusion as old enemies from their trip catch up and a brand new unbeatable foe stands between them and their home!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road! #4 (of 5)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road! #4 (of 5)

Ben Bates & Dustin Weaver (w) • Dustin Weaver (a) • Nick Pitarra (c)

Bebop and Rocksteady’s trail of destruction has got them a lot of attention… including from the government who’s sending an army to stop them!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road! #2 (of 5)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road! #2 (of 5)

Ben Bates & Dustin Weaver (w) • Ben Bates (a) • Nick Pitarra (c)

When Bebop and Rocksteady run into a major roadblock, they’re forced to do the unimaginable—get real jobs!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road! #1 (of 5)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road! #1 (of 5)

 Ben Bates & Dustin Weaver (w) • Ben Bates (a) • Nick Pitarra (c)

Everyone’s favorite mutated masters of mayhem, Bebop and Rocksteady, are road tripping back to NYC! But before they can get started on their journey across America, they run into a crazy old enemy who’s bent on derailing their trip before it can begin!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: S.H.I.E.L.D. by Hickman and Weaver #6

It has been a long time coming, but the ground-breaking series that showcased the ancient founding of SHIELD,  S.H.I.E.L.D. by Hickman and Weaver, has come to an end. I have not been this excited to see a series wrap up since perhaps Secret Wars, which famously suffered a similar prolonged publishing delay. It has been awhile and I had to do a second reading of both volumes of this title to jog my memory. It is best read in my opinion as a trade or in one sitting. Hickman’s writing style is very complex and layered but rewards close attention and patience.

This issue showcases the climax of the battle for SHIELD, as LEONID, the chosen catalyst for Da Vinci’s  enigmatic human machine, bridges a solution to the dichotomous philosophies fueling the SHIELD war. i.e. the philosophy that everything eventually dies or the philosophy of endless possibility. The ending was long over due but shed some thematic light on some other Hickman works within Marvel’s publications. What I loved the most about this series and this issue in particular is how so much of it was an elegant yet succinct love letter to Marvel’s cosmology. The series explored the origins of humankind, its renaissance, its future the Inhumans, Deviants and the evolutionary guidance of the Celestials all within 12 issues. What appears to be the resolution in this issue (at least from my perspective) is that Da Vinci’s machine becomes a earth-made celestial of sorts, a literal deus ex machina that resolves the conflict by creating ideal earths for the figureheads of each faction in the SHIELD conflict. Issac Newton gets his desolated apocalyptic landscape, and Da Vinci gets his Utopia of human progress.

One question that I could not get out of my head was my own speculation if the resolution in this issue was the trigger point for the multiversal incursions we saw later in Hickman’s run on the Avengers and New Avengers titles? There was some strong theme carryover particularly with the dualities of life and death, building/ planning complex structures, from a single idea and so on.  I tend to judge writers on their contributions to the meta-narrative. I really have to praise Hickman for deep and lasting contributions to the Marvel mythos. From the infinity formula, to life model decoys, the SHIELD series (volumes 1 and 2) offered us a compelling and poignant origin story.

If you enjoyed this title I strongly recommend reading other works under Hickman’s pen, such as his run on the Fantastic Four  or Secret Warriors which brought back Leonardo Da Vinci, and his work on Avengers and Infinity. Hickman’s stories are carefully constructed plots that are well organized, and filled with wonder, additionally they feel like pieces of a puzzle revealing a greater landscape. No other writer in my opinion has executed their vision as sophisticated as Hickman’s they are artistic products of wonder and imagination that have really fleshed out the marvel universe, I’m happy to have been along for the ride, delay notwithstanding.

Story: Jonathan Hickman Art: Dustin Weaver
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation Buy!

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: All-New Wolverine #33

All-New Wolverine #33

Story: Tom Taylor
Art: Ramon Rosanas
Color: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: David Lopez
Venom 30th Anniversary Cover: Dustin Weaver
Recap Page Art: Leonard Kirk, Jesus Aburtov
Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
Editors: Mark Paniccia, Christina Harrington
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

OLD WOMAN LAURA BEGINS!
In the not-too-distant future, the world is a utopia where heroes have succeeded in bringing peace worldwide. At the head of this utopia is none other than Laura Kinney, who’s passed on her mantle of Wolverine and is living her best life as Madripoor’s benevolent queen. But a long simmering evil will force Laura, out of retirement and back into the blue-and-yellow. This final journey will take everything Laura has to give….maybe even her life.

Bebop and Rocksteady Hit the Road this August in a New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Miniseries

Following in the footsteps of Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything, writers/artists extraordinaire Ben Bates and Dustin Weaver return to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan-favorite dysfunctional duo of Bebop and Rocksteady in Bebop & Rocksteady Hit The Road! With a new issue available every Wednesday in August, there’s going to be mayhem and hijinks to keep fans satisfied all month long!

When a road trip back to New York City goes sideways and their powers begin to waver, Bebop and Rocksteady stumble upon trouble, as only they can.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman will provide variant covers for the series.

Catch up on the comic book adventures of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles available wherever books are sold, and mark your calendar for a month of mayhem this August, when Bebop & Rocksteady Hit The Road crashes into stores!

Venom 30th Anniversary Variants in March

In preparation for Venom’s 30th anniversary, get ready for 20 key moments showcasing the symbiote’s epic history. These anniversary covers will feature art by some of the industry’s top creators and rising stars, including Mark Bagley, Mike Perkins, Francesco Francavilla, Ron Lim, Inhyuk Lee and more!

  1. All-New Wolverine #33 by Dustin Weaver
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #798 by Terry and Rachel Dodson
  3. Avengers #687 by Jamal Campbell
  4. Black Panther #172 by Greg Horn
  5. Captain America #700 by Mark Bagley
  6. Daredevil #601 by Ramon Perez
  7. Doctor Strange #388 by Chris Stevens
  8. Infinity Countdown #2 by Ron Lim
  9. Invincible Iron Man #599 by Akcho
  10. Marvel Two-In-One #5 by Dave Johnson
  11. The Mighty Thor #706 by Mark Bagley
  12. New Mutants #2 by Bengal
  13. Old Man Logan #38 by Greg Smallwood
  14. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #303 by Rob Liefeld
  15. Thanos #18 by Mike Perkins
  16. Venom #164 by John Tyler Christopher
  17. Weapon H #2 by Mike Mayhew
  18. X-Men: Blue #25 by Francesco Francavilla
  19. X-Men: Gold #25 by Todd Nauck
  20. X-Men: Red #3 by Inhyuk Lee

The first wave of Venom Variant Covers will hit comic shops on March 7th. Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 variants, coming to comic shops this February!

Review: Paklis #1

In recent weeks/months/years, I’ve bemoaned the lack of “single-creator anthologies” in the contemporary comic-book marketplace, and while I’m not suggesting that Dustin Weaver was actually listening to me — I’m sure he’s got better things to do with his time — I’m happy to see that he is, however inadvertently, determined to prove me wrong with the arrival of his new Image Comics series Paklis, a genre-centric showcase for his many talents that sees him wearing every conceivable “hat” a cartoonist can as he tackles the writing, art, coloring, lettering, and (to the extent any is even being done) editing on a rotating series of sci-fi and horror strips of varying lengths done in varying styles. At first glance the Moebius influence leaps right off the page at readers, but on subsequent pass-throughs, more subtle stylistic forebears — particularly Japanese masters Miyazaki and Otomo — make their presence known, as well, and the end result, while not always completely coherent, is a dizzying mix of artistic approaches that feels like an “international smorgasbord” of sorts and makes me damn happy I forked over my $5.99 for this 56-page introductory volume.

After a pleasingly clever introductory page that plays with meta-fictional conventions in a succinct and light-hearted manner, Weaver — who should bring over a healthy readership with him given his status as a “fan-favorite” artist for Marvel — drops us right in at the deep end with the dreamlike Cronenebergian insectoid body-horror of “Mushroom Bodies,” a stand-alone story that drips with nightmare menace and physically repulsive terror, and then follows that up with the first short installments of “Sagittarius A*,” a black-and-white drama set on a space station that reads very much like the short-form strips that 2000 A.D. readers have become accustomed to over the years, and finally treats us to the first chapter of “Amnia Cycle,” a long-form story about a female star-fighter pilot with a rebellious streak and, perhaps, a tenuous grip on reality. It’s a nice selection of stories that showcases Weaver flexing his artistic muscles in ways that his “Big Two” work never could.

Of the three, “Mushroom Bodies” is certainly the strongest of the bunch — probably to be expected given that it’s apparently been gestating in his mind (as well as on his drawing board) for a number of years — but the other two features offer intriguing set-ups and do a terrific job establishing their characters quickly, so the best is more than likely yet to come from both of them. This is “art-first” storytelling all the way — something else in depressingly short supply these days — but the writing is strong and confident enough to know when to accentuate the visuals and when to just get the hell out of the way, so if you’re concerned that Weaver may have bitten off more than he can chew with this project, rest easy : he seems to know exactly what he’s doing.

That being said, he still has areas where improvement would be welcome : the more limited color palette he employs with “Amnia Cycle,” while stylish, is nowhere near as effective as the wide range of hues on offer in “Mushroom Bodies,” the premise behind “Sagittarius A*” seems to be lifted more or less directly from Battlestar Galactica (not necessarily a bad thing, mind you, just a bit “been there, done that”), and all told a wider variety of subject matter might make for a more varied and interesting reading experience, but hey — it’s Weaver’s book, he can do with it what he wants. That’s the beauty of projects such as this, rare as they’ve become.

How long will it all last? That’s a good question, but as of right now Image has solicited four issues slated to appear over as many months, so hopefully sales will remain strong enough for Weaver to go beyond that point. “Amnia Cycle,” in particular, seems to have the potential to carry on for a good long while, and the inclusion of some more “one-and-done” strips would make for a nice balance with the ongoing narratives. Not knowing exactly what you’re going to get is part of the beauty of these types of comics, and so my earnest hope is that our de facto “emcee” will avail himself of the opportunity he’s got here to follow his muse wherever it takes him.

So, yeah, count me as being among those who are very excited to see what Paklis develops into — and hey, if we end up getting an explanation as to just what the title means somewhere along the way, that’s all the better. It’s your show, Dustin Weaver — make the most of it!

Story and Art: Dustin Weaver
Story: 7.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dustin Weaver’s Paklis—an Unsettling, Surrealist Anthology

Image Comics is pleased to introduce Paklis—a new anthology series from writer/artist Dustin Weaver—where the characters in three mind-bending stories find themselves faced with dark, existential questions that will haunt readers.

In “Mushroom Bodies,” Greg struggles with knowing what’s real and fears becoming complacent in a world of human insects.

In the first installment of “Sagittarius A*,” war hero Linus Rad is on a mission to the center of the galaxy to learn the dark secrets of his dead father’s scientific experiments.

In the first chapter of “Amnia Cycle,” Tara, a young Jet-Wing pilot, goes AWOL in the war against the Nuriel in order to help Amnia, a mysterious alien with no memory of where she came from and a desperate need to stop a terrible disaster! When Amnia disappears, it sends Tara on an adventure into the Shadow Zone.

Step into the unknown. Journey into the shadows. There you’ll find Paklis.

Paklis #1 (Diamond Code MAR170691) hits stores on Wednesday, May 31st. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 8th.

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