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Marvel Drops a Sizzle Real With a First Look at The Eternals Plus New Movie Announcements

Marvel kicked off the week with a sizzle real celebrating what has come and what is to come. In the video, we get our first look at Eternals, the highly anticipated film as well as dates for film releases and the reveal of two new films (well, a title for one).

Check out the dates for the films, the revealed films, and the video below!

  • Black Widow – July 9, 2021
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – September 3, 2021
  • Eternals – November 5, 2021
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home – December 17, 2021
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – March 25, 2022
  • Thor: Love and Thunder – May 6, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – February 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – May 5, 2023
  • Fantastic Four

Revealed were:

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – July 8, 2022
  • The Marvels – November 11, 2022

Preview: Eternals #4

Eternals #4

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Esad Ribic
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The hunt for the Eternals traitor continues!
• With 100 Eternals comes 100 prime suspects.
• Well, increasingly less, as more and more are being murdered.
• But surely it’s simpler than that…because it’s Druig, the schemer, right?
• Wrong.

Eternals #4

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Proctor Valley Road #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman: Urban Legends #1 (DC Comics) – An anthology featuring top talent taking on the world of Batman? Yeah, we’re in for this one.

Blade Runner Origins #1 (Titan Comics) – Discover the origin of the Blade Runners in this brand-new series!

Blue, Barry, & Pancakes (First Second) – A cute graphic novel geared towards young readers with lessons about friendship and listening.

Children of the Atom #1 (Marvel) – This series has been a long-time coming. The covers and art has hinted at a group that has a lot of inspiration from classic X-Men characters but what’s their deal? It’s not what we expected and a solid mystery.

Eternals #3 (Marvel) – The characters are coming to the big screen and this series is clearly an attempt to re-introduce them to the Marvel comic universe. So far, it’s been an interesting start though a little scattered in focus. The art has stood out as amazing though.

The Joker #1 (DC Comics) – We’ll admit, we were a bit skeptical about this one when announced but the first issue is a solid setup that has us excited for more.

Karmen #1 (Image Comics) – Guillem March’s series comes to Image as five single issues.

Maiden #1 (Heavy Metal) – A tale of revenge from Heavy Metal featuring Michelle Sears and Bart Sears!

Maniac of New York #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue knocked it out of the park. A film-like serial killer exists and terrorizes New York City. This is the story of the two cops looking to bring it down.

Mighty Morphin #5 (BOOM! Studios) – The origin of the new Green Ranger!

Minerva’s Map Key to a Perfect Apocalypse #1 (Lev Gleason – New Friday) – Don’t know much about this beyond the description. Minerva has been hired to locate two ancient, otherworldly items. Kind of has an Indiana Jones vibe about it.

Non-Stop Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – A new Spider-Man comic? Sure, we’re interested in seeing what makes it different.

Nottingham #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – A new take on the classic story of Robin Hood. Read our review.

Proctor Valley Road #1 (BOOM! Studios) – During a “Spook Tour”, students goes missing and a rescue for them begins.

Scout’s Honor #3 (AfterShock) – The series so far has been an interesting spin on an apocalyptic world with some solid underlying themes. We want to see where it all goes.

Serial #2 (Abstract Studios) – Zoe is on the hunt for a serial killer hiding in plain sight in her community. The first issue threw out a lot of concepts, this second issue begins to bring them together.

Sh*tshow #2 (Scout Comics) – A big bad destroyed almost all of the world’s superheroes and now it’s back to snuff out the rest. Can those traumatized about the first battle stand against this world threat?

Space Bastards #3 (Humanoids) – The series is full of over-the-top violence and humor and each issue has left a smile on our face.

Specter Inspectors #2 (BOOM! Studios) – We expected the first issue to be a spoof of ghosthunting shows but the debut delivered something different and very entertaining.

Thor and Loki: Double Trouble #1 (Marvel) – Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru are back together for another fun adventure!

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

• 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

Get a Look at the LEGO Eternals Sets

The Eternals are getting the spotlight by Marvel with a new high-profile comic series and film coming soon. It’s unknown exactly what direction Marvel Studios will take the cosmic property created by Jack Kirby but we have a look at four upcoming LEGO sets that hint at what’s to come.

The Eternals are genetically modified by the Celestials who were created to take on the dangerous Deviants.

  • Deviant Ambush – Thena, Gilgamesh, and Makkari take on a 6-legged Deviant – $24.99
  • In Arishem’s Shadow – Featuring Ajak, Kingo, Ikaris, and Sersi, the set also features a Celestial with a light-up brick – $59.99
  • Rise of Domo – Makkari, Ikaris, Thena, Sersi, Druig, and Phastos plus a ship which opens up, take on the leader of the Deviants and an accomplice – $89.99
  • Eternals’ Aerial Assault – Sprite and Ikaris take on a Deviant – $9.99

So, what have we learned? Deviants are the “big bad” of the film and we might be getting some Celestial action, something that’s been hinted at through previous films from Marvel Studios.

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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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Scout's Honor #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Crossover #3 (Image Comics) – The series has been fun so far mixing solid action and mystery with a love letter to comics as a whole. Part of the fun is playing “spot the character” with each issue. An enjoyable comic on multiple levels, this is one to snag and catch up on if you haven’t been reading it.

DC’s Future State (DC Comics) -Dark Knights: Death Metal is over and now we get “what if” and possible futures for the next two months. The first round is out this week and what we’ve read, we’ve really enjoyed. You can get Future State: Harley Quinn #1, Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1, Future State: Swamp Thing #1, Future State: The Flash #1, Future State: The Next Batman #1, and Future State: Wonder Woman #1.

Eternals #1 (Marvel) – The first issue is amazing bringing the Kirby creations back into comics ahead of their film. Check out our review and then make sure to get this debut!

The Last Witch #1 (BOOM! Studios) – It’s the one time of the year when the witch known as Cailleach hunts the children of the village – so Saoirse, a brave and reckless young girl, decides this is the perfect opportunity to defy her father and discover the secrets of the witch’s tower! A new series about witches and magical powers. The art looks great and the concept really fun. It looks like a great start to a new magical fantasy series.

Scout’s Honor #1 (AfterShock) – It’s years after a nuclear apocalypse and a new society has risen based on the teachings of an old Ranger Scout manual. It’s a fantastic start with lots of twists and turns.

Star Wars: High Republic #1 (Marvel) – A new era of Star Wars kicks off here as we travel to a galaxy even further away. With a fairly blank slate to work with, we’re excited to see where all of this goes.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #6 (Image Comics/Skybound) – The series has been interesting to revisit and re-read during COVID. There’s definitely a different layer to it now. Add in the bonus material and each issue is definitely something to get to experience the series again or for the first time.

The Wrong Earth: Night and Day #1 (AHOY Comics) – The alternate-earth versions of the same masked crimefighter meet! Will they team-up or fight? The previous volumes have been great and we’re excited to check out the latest series.

Preview: Eternals #1

Eternals #1

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

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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