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Exclusive Preview: Eternals #3

Eternals #3

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Esad Ribic (VCA) Todd Nauck
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Journey to the heart of the DEVIANT CITY!
• Come berserk Lemuria, home of the Deviants, city of a 12 million species.
• An Eternal has been murdered by one of their own.
• And Sersi’s number one suspect is…Thena?!
• Plus, why is Ikaris so interested in the fate of a human boy?

Eternals #3

ComiXology Features 11 New Comics Today from Marvel, Harlequin, Yen Press, and Cinebook

ComiXology has a packed Thursday with 11 new digital comic releases. Get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

The Battle Vol. 2

Written by Patrick Rambaud, Frédéric Richaud
Art by Ivan Gil
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The battle has been joined. On this first day, Massena desperately holds onto Aspern, the French cavalry charges again and again, but the Emperor cannot seem to break the Austrians. Louis-Francois, stuck on the wrong side of the only available bridge, impatiently waits for repairs to conclude. Not only are his official messages delayed, but he’s also dying to send news to Miss Krauss in Vienna. However, his friend Stendhal, who’s remained with the beautiful Austrian lady, makes some upsetting discoveries …

The Battle Vol. 2

Blake & Mortimer Vol. 27: The Call of the Moloch

Written by Jean Dufaux
Art by Christian Cailleaux, Etienne Schréder
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Tasked by the queen to close the ‘Septimus Wave’ case once and for all, Captain Blake is facing a daunting task, for many questions remain unanswered. Where did the spaceship buried beneath London come from? What became of Lady Rowana and Professor Evangely? Meanwhile, Mortimer is trying to pull Olrik out of the catatonic state the villain has been in since his encounter with the ship’s occupant. Has the threat to the nation truly been vanquished?

Blake & Mortimer Vol. 27: The Call of the Moloch

À celle qui occupe mes souvenirs

Written by Annie West
Art by Kyoko Sagara
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Pourquoi réapparaît-il maintenant dans ma vie !? Alessandro, l’ancien amour de Charis, est revenu.
Il ne s’agit rien de moins que du célèbre Comte de l’éminent clan italien des Mattani. Leur première rencontre date d’il y a deux ans, dans une station de ski. Cet homme passionné au physique avantageux a ravi le cœur de Charis dès que ses yeux ont croisé ces iris émeraudes pétillantes de vie. Ce bonheur, croyait-elle, durerait éternellement… s’il ne l’avait pas un jour cruellement plaquée en doutant de sa fidélité.
Aujourd’hui, le passé est revenu la hanter de douloureux souvenirs et ses baisers volés, aussi sucrés et délicieux qu’autrefois, n’arrangent pas les choses.

À celle qui occupe mes souvenirs

Lucky Luke Vol. 77: A Cowboy in High Cotton

Written by Jul
Art by Achdé
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Big surprise for the Lonesome Cowboy: a rich widow and admirer of his exploits has bequeathed him a 250 acre cotton plantation in Louisiana! Thrust into the role of a rich landowner, welcomed as one by his white neighbours, he will have to fight to gain the trust of his terrified black employees and split his heritage among them. A goal towards which he’ll receive help from the local Cajun community, and from … the Daltons!

Lucky Luke Vol. 77: A Cowboy in High Cotton

One Night With The Forbidden Princess

Written by Amanda Cinelli
Art by Kaoru Ohashi
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Though Princess Olivia had always dreamed of falling in love, her father forces her into a political marriage for the sake of their country. Not ready to marry a foreign sheikh, she attempts to escape from the palace. But she’s soon caught by Roman, the sheikh’s best friend and security personnel. In order to calm the tearful Olivia and ease her into accepting the marriage, Roman takes the princess to his private island. But there’s still plenty of adventure awaiting her…

One Night With The Forbidden Princess

So I’m a Spider, So What? #49

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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A spider in shining armor’s work is never finished! After saving that dandy stud and li’l vampy and co., guess I’ll hang around as their protection detail for a bit. But is robber really that popular a job or is somethin’ funny going on in town…?

So I'm a Spider, So What? #49

Wolverine Legends Vol. 2: Meltdown

Written by Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson
Art by Jon J. Muth, Kent Williams
Cover by Jon J. Muth, Kent Williams
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Collects Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown #1-4.

Wolverine comes to blows with his teammate Havok when a femme fatale strikes. This modern-classic psychological thriller was written by the husband and wife team of Walter and Louise Simonson, and features gorgeous fully-painted artwork by Jon J. Muth and Kent Williams.

Wolverine Legends Vol. 2: Meltdown

Wolverine Legends Vol. 3: Law Of The Jungle

Written by Frank Tieri
Art by Sean Chen, Rachel Dodson, Terry Dodson, Tom Palmer
Cover by Esad Ribic
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Collects Wolverine (1988) #181-186.

Wolverine probes the dark and seamy underbelly of the city, and guts it. Placing himself in the center of a bloody mob war, Logan plays a most dangerous game.

Wolverine Legends Vol. 3: Law Of The Jungle

Wolverine Legends Vol. 4: Xisle

Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Jorge Lucas
Cover by Jorge Lucas
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Collects Wolverine: XISLE #1-5.

Intending to spend a rare carefree moment at a carnival with his beloved stepdaughter Amiko, Wolverine shows a violent side of himself that sends the young girl running in fear. Unable to face what he’s done, Logan is propelled into a soul-searching adventure he may not be able to escape. What did he do? And what did young Amiko see?

Wolverine Legends Vol. 4: Xisle

Wolverine Legends Vol. 6: Marc Silvestri

Written by Larry Hama
Art by Hilary Barta, Dan Green, Tom Palmer
Cover by Marc Silvestri
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Collects Wolverine (1988) #31-34, 41-42, 48-50.

Witness how artist Marc Silvestri rose to comics’ superstardom during his legendary and sales record-breaking run on WOLVERINE and UNCANNY X-MEN. Now having made his triumphant return to NEW X-MEN, energizing his fans and finding legions of new ones, Marvel offers a new collected edition of some of his best Wolverine stories, highlighting a benchmark in the career of one of comics’ top artists and a run of one of the industry’s best-selling titles! Watch Wolverine take on the drug-crazed Japanese Yakuza, face down a legendary Canadian monster and uncover secrets of the mysterious Weapon X program, culminating in a battle with a cyborg version of himself!

Wolverine Legends Vol. 6: Marc Silvestri

Yakari Vol. 18: The Wall of Fire

Written by Job
Art by Derib
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In the middle of the night, a daring thief from another tribe makes off with the horses of Yakari’s people. Only Little Thunder managed to escape him by fleeing into the forest. While the warriors hurry after their precious mounts, Yakari goes in search of his friend … who is himself trailing the thief! Once the two groups converge near a huge camp, Yakari will have to display extraordinary cleverness to help his folk…

Yakari Vol. 18: The Wall of Fire

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Review: Eternals #2

Eternals #2

Eternals #2 continues the battle between Ikaris and Thanos. This time, it seems to span throughout time, ending in an odd draw caused by Sprite. From there, the cast expands and we’re introduced to more of the Eternals. All the while, there’s still the murder mystery from the first issue that the cast is trying to solve.

I have a bit of a learning curve I still need to get over when it comes to the Eternals. For one, I don’t quite know the extent of their abilities. When the fight between Ikaris and the mad titan spun out into a portal that thrust them through time, I didn’t really understand who caused it to happen. But that is just one part of this issue and everything else, I really enjoyed. Whether it was this big fight or the middle sequence of the man on the beach who spends his lifetime after meeting a god waiting for a monster to appear, to the 3rd act of more Eternals, I think I’m really digging what’s going down in these pages. I am appreciative that there’s a writer of Kieron Gillen’s skillset on this because I just think Eternals isn’t quite the kind of book that just goes from A to B in the normal way. However, with these characters not falling into the territory of household names, it would be nice to know within the pages what their abilities are.

I raved about the art team in my review of the first issue. I’m still blown away by what Esad Ribíc‘s pages look like. The action sequences look fantastic and even when there’s just a room full of people talking, this art just shines. If I had to nitpick, which I should, I did feel like Ikaris is the victim of having the same facial expression quite a bit. Still, it’s one of the better-looking Marvel books out right now and Ribic and Wilson are the real deal on Eternals.

If I had one concern with Eternals #2, it would be whether this book sticks the landing. Is the focus on Thanos or the mystery killer of Zuras? Is it both? And who is narrating the issue? I know that not everything can be revealed. I liked Eternals #2 but I feel the Eternals need to focus their efforts going in the next issue.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Esad Ribíc
Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 6.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.5

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Review: Eternals #2

Eternals #2

Eternals launched with an impressive debut comic. It reintroduced the characters who are being set up to be major players with a film coming soon. Created by Jack Kirby, the characters are riffs on various mythology mixed with superheroics and a lot of drama. The new series brings them back, cementing them squarely in the Marvel comic universe, and Eternals #2 does so with a flag planted.

Written by Kieron Gillen, the issue picks up on the surprise appearance of Thanos proceeding into an interesting but expected with Ikaris. The battle itself is presented in an interesting way with the two warriors hurtling through portals and locations as they battle. But, it’s another meet and fight situation, rather trope-ish for the superhero genre. For the most part, the rest of the comic is Ikaris and Sprite repeating “Thanos is here” with only a mild reaction of concern. It’s a bit odd of a reaction concerning it’s mentioned over and over how Thanos has one of the highest body counts out of anything in existence. You’d think Ikaris and Sprite’s claim would immediately raise alarms and have more individuals worried.

There’s also the shelving of the murder of Zuras. The first issue focused on the murder and investigation but the second issue feels sidetracked in multiple ways. The issue is brought up but the “who” behind it doesn’t feel as much of a concern as it was in the previous issue. Eternals #2 feels a bit distracted in multiple ways with delivering a lot of different plot threads but not focusing enough on any of them and their priority and concern feel off. There’s something out of touch and aloof about it all.

Esad Ribíc‘s art for the most part is impressive. With color by Matthew Wilson and lettering by Clayton Cowles there’s a lot to dwell on soaking in the beauty. But, there’s also some missteps in the art as well. Facial reactions between the same characters are far too similar in multiple panels as if they’re almost cut and paste. Eyes, mouth, everything is a bit too similar. It’s a distraction from the otherwise amazing art. Some characters too look a bit too similar to each other getting things a bit lost.

Eternals #2 is an interesting comic but is a bit scattered in its presentation. Too many threats and too many concepts are on the table making the end result a bit jumbled and a little confusing. But, there’s truly beautiful moments. Any of the plot threads could have been a comic by itself. But, all together they feel like a slice of something bigger, none of it stand on its own. While the debut was a home run of a start this second issue loses much of the momentum.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Esad Ribíc
Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Exclusive Preview: Eternals #2

Eternals #2

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Esad Ribić (C) Matthew Wilson (L) Clayton Cowles (VCA) Jamie McKelvie, Todd Nauck
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THANOS VS. IKARIS!
• In the heart of a city driven mad by time!
• Eternals live eternally. One is dead. They handle it well.
• No, they don’t. They handle it badly. Eternal revenge is a dish best served forever.

Eternals #2

Today’s Digital Releases Include the Imperfects, Ororo, Wolverine, and Harlequin Romance

There’s six new releases on comiXology for your reading pleasure. Check out the new comics from Marvel and Harlequin below or get shopping now.

Marvel Nemesis: The Imperfects

Written by Greg Pak
Art by Renato Arlem
Cover by Jae Lee
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Collects Marvel Nemesis: The Imperfects #1-6.

An evil scientist sets his crosshairs on planet Earth, in search of test subjects for his experiments, transforming even the most timid creatures into vicious fighting machines. Thousands of years later, the Thing, Wolverine, Spider-Man and Elektra all find themselves unwilling participants in the scientist’s millennia-old trials…or perhaps not all of them are that unwilling.

Marvel Nemesis: The Imperfects

Ororo: Before The Storm

Written by Marc Sumerak
Art by Carlo Barberi
Cover by Mark Brooks
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Collects Ororo: Before the Storm #1-4.

Celebrating 30 years of Storm! The back alleys of Cairo’s thieves-quarter are no place for a child to grow up — unless that child is destined to be one of the greatest Marvel heroines of all time! Long before she became the X-Man known as Storm, a young orphan named Ororo Munroe stalked the streets of Cairo picking pockets and scraping to survive. Get ready for some awesome Egyptian action and adventure as Ororo leads her fellow street urchins on the adventure of a lifetime! This is a history lesson you won’t want to miss!

Ororo: Before The Storm

The Innocent’s Secret Baby Vol. 1: Billionaires & One-Night Heirs

Written by Carol Marinelli
Art by Yuuki Mizuswa
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While staying at a very fancy Venetian hotel, Lydia happens to be seated at a table beside Raul Di Savo, a real estate tycoon. He overhears the conversation between her and her stepfather, who plans to use Lydia for a business deal. Lydia is disgusted by the terms and flees the table, but Raul chases her and presents her with an offer she can’t refuse. He’ll stay with her tonight, but on her terms. She’s never had anyone in her life respect her opinions, so why does he?

The Innocent's Secret Baby Vol. 1: Billionaires & One-Night Heirs

Une Nuit Dans Le Désert

Written by Maggie Cox
Art by Mao Karino
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Le travail de Gina l’a amenée jusqu’au royaume du désert de Kabuyadir, un endroit dans lequel, il était une fois, elle a passé une nuit magique avec un homme costaud du nom de Zahir. Alors qu’ils se sont promis de se revoir un jour, Gina n’a pas pu croire aux voeux d’amour de son amoureux au long cours, alors elle a rompu. Elle est maintenant revenue pour évaluer le Coeur du Courage, un joyau transmis par la famille royale Kabuyadir avec la prophétie que tous les membres de la famille royale ne vivront toujours que par amour. Et qui devrait arriver pour accueillir Gina au palais, sinon Zahir lui-même ! Jamais, dans ses rêves les plus fous, Gina n’aurait imaginé que Zahir était un roi ! L’a-t-il appelée ici pour se venger de l’avoir largué il y a tant d’années ?

Une Nuit Dans Le Désert

Wolverine Vol. 1: Brotherhood

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Darick Robertson
Cover by Esad Ribic
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Collects Wolverine (2003) #1-6.

The world’s deadliest mutant Wolverine embarks on a dangerous mission of revenge, seeking justice for a young neighbor who was murdered in her sleep. Logan must use all of his lethal skills to take on a mysterious organization hell-bent on keeping its dark secrets hidden from the world.

Wolverine Vol. 1: Brotherhood

Wolverine Vol. 2: Coyote Crossing

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Leandro Fernandez
Cover by Leandro Fernandez
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Collects Wolverine (2003) #7-11.

In a dusty border town on the edge of Mexico, Wolverine, the world’s most dangerous – and most popular – mutant, chances upon a grisly discovery that begs for his unique brand of justice.

Wolverine Vol. 2: Coyote Crossing

Review: Eternals #1

Eternals #1

Out of the numerous bodies of characters that exist within the Marvel universe, there’s no one more unknown to me as the Eternals. The characters have more-or-less relegated to their own title and seldom pop out for other appearances. The Eternals are not the types that pop up in your monthly summer events. Somehow, the stars aligned in their favor and there’s an MCU movie on the horizon for them so it’s the perfect time to reintroduce these godlike characters to readers this week with Eternals #1.

Eternals #1 starts with a resurrection. Apparently, the Eternals were dead but are alive again, thanks to the machine that works within the confines of their lives. Ikaris, leader of the Eternals, ends up chasing around another Eternal that’s a bit more of a pain in the ass in Sprite. While their superpowered game of tag concludes with them seeing where humanity has gotten to in the Eternals’ absence, there’s one thing staring them down; the death of another Eternal has happened and they cannot wait for his return to get down to it.

I think my only problem with this book was my own confusion about the Eternals themselves. It’s a bit easier to jump into an Avengers or FF relaunch when the characters are fairly much the same from one book launch to another. Eternals #1 gives Marvel the chance to establish these characters in a new light while keeping true to what Jack Kirby envisioned and I think that’s pulled off quite well. They brought in Kieron Gillen to pilot this book and I think the end result speaks for itself. The starting cast is small and Gillen is able to allow those present to have their own voice while not throwing a lot of characters at the reader.

Esad Ribić delivers an absolute stunner on art. It’s a really beautiful book from cover to cover. It’s weird to say this but as much as I loved how this book looked, and I did, I cannot wait to see him delve into the inner workings of the Eternals and show us the Celestials, or, I’m hoping we get to that with Ribić still on the title. His style has so much detail to it that I really enjoy what I’m looking at. Really, I get a bit nervous when Marvel launches something new because you never know what direction they’ll go artistically.

I think going into this, I didn’t have that high of hopes but I enjoyed this a lot and plan on continuing the adventure of the Eternals. I think if Marvel can keep this creative team on the book, it’s going to help with keeping readers interested in the Eternals. I’m sure the upcoming movie will help, too, but in the pages of the comics is where the work needs to be done and Gillen and Ribić are the right team for it. This book has way too many variants but that should also mean it’s an easy book for potential readers to find a copy of.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Esad Ribić
Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer/Designer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5

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Preview: Eternals #1

Eternals #1

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Esad Ribic
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 06, 2021
SRP: $4.99

NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS.
What’s the point of an eternal battle?
For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we’d be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares.

But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they – or anyone on Earth – survive their discovery?
From the thought provoking minds of Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Uncanny X-Men, Thor) and Esad Ribi? (Secret Wars, King Thor) comes a new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!

Eternals #1

Review: Eternals #1

Eternals #1

The Eternals are an interesting group of characters. Created by Jack Kirby, there’s a certain pedigree about them. But, despite the talent that birthed them, it’s never been a group or characters I’ve cared much about. There’s been some good moments, like Neil Gaiman and John Romita, Jr.’s take, but overall, it’s a group of characters I can’t say I’ve been excited about. And due to that, I’ve been rather excited to read Eternals #1 by Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribić.

For those catching up, the Eternals are beings created to serve the whims of the Celestials. They’re at odds with other beings called Deviants. It’s all interesting but never quite clicked for me.

Well, Gillen may be changing that. Eternals #1 is a hell of a start. It brings the characters squarely back into the Marvel Universe and doing it in a way that it makes sense. The beauty of Eternals #1 is that it catches new readers up. It explains the characters so well it feels like they’ve just always been around and characters and concepts I knew about. But, on top of that, it drops readers into a familiar type of story that it’s easy to enjoy while doing so.

Eternals #1 is a hell of a balance and beginning. Beyond the introduction to the characters, the issue also moves things along with an intriguing murder mystery that also plays into teaching readers about this world. It’s an interesting mix in that it feels like a video game whose opening is both cinematic and geared towards teaching players the fundamentals of it all.

Esad Ribić’s art is fantastic. That’s not too surprising at all. Ribić is joined by Matthew Wilson on color and letterer/designer Clayton Cowles. The designs of the characters are solid but it’s the world that’s really amazing. The locations, the presentation of the world, it’s all beyond impressive. Much like the current X-Men, comics, Eternals #1 uses diagrams and info drop pages to help make the information from being too overloading. The locations presented are amazing and really make the series stand out from the rest of what Marvel’s putting out currently. It’s a unique series in so many ways.

Eternals #1 clearly takes a lot of inspiration from the relaunched X-Men. The inclusion of info dump pages and the tone itself feels very inline of that entire line of comics. That’s not a bad thing because it works and works REALLY well. Eternals #1 is a highly anticipated comic for 2021 launching the year and if this is any indication of what we can expect for the year, it’s going to be a very good one. The comic sets a high bar for what follows in its path and easily meets the expectations for this debut. It’s a must get and a great way to start the new year.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Esad Ribić
Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer/Designer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Early Preview: Eternals #1

Eternals #1

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Esad Ribic
(Variant Covers) Alex Ross, Art Adams, Mahmud Asrar, Russell Dauterman, Dave Johnson, Alan Davis, Mike Del Mundo, Frank Cho, Rian Gonzales, Jeff Johnson, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Land, Todd Nauck, Dan Panosian, Joe Quesada, Khary Randolph, Ron Lim, Otto Schmidt, Walt Simonson, Superlog, Skottie Young, Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 06, 2021
SRP: $4.99

NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS.

What’s the point of an eternal battle?

For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we’d be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares.

But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they – or anyone on Earth – survive their discovery?
From the thought provoking minds of Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Uncanny X-Men, Thor) and Esad Ribi? (Secret Wars, King Thor) comes a new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!

Eternals #1
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