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Review: The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1

The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1

The recent MCU series What If?, is one of the studio’s best projects to come out in recent years. As the stories they have told thus far, has transcended what they have done in the movies. As the latest episode as of this writing, asks the question, if Killmonger used his intellect to outsmart Iron Man and Black Panther, how powerful could he become? These types of questions would only be asked before, only in the comic books.

The show posits possibilities that if one took a different road or made a different decision, just how drastically different things would be. The aspect I loved about the show thus far is how much it has delved into the world of Wakanda. As it has become increasingly apparent that the Wakandans are at the center of whatever is going on in the MCU. In this one –shot we find Black Panther and M’Baku as the join forces to fight Dormammu in The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1.

We open on M’Baku , as he reminisces about his friend, Nakia, and wonders the meaning of life , after he fought with T’Challa against the Emperor N’ Jadaka, and raising N’Jadaka’s daughter, Zenzi, who is being trained with the Dora Milaje. T’Challa is soon contacted by the Shiar Imperial Guard, as they have intel that the forces of Dormammu is carrying out a galaxy wide invasion , which forces him to ask M’Baku to help, with the assistance of Shuri, Manifold and Vibraxas. As soon as they arrive on Shiar home world, the discover a planet overrun by Dormammu’s forces, pushing Manifold to seek the guidance of Zawavari, one of Wakanda’s most powerful mystics, who uncovers the villain’s main motive, to have power over fear. M’Baku returns our heroes to Planet Bast, to retrieve a KouKou Array a device which can shake a whole planet to death, but can be repurposed to protect the planet from magical energy from Ego. By issue’s end, T’Challa and Storm arrive to help, giving them another weapon to use and proving M’Baku can be more than he ever saw himself to be.

Overall, The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1 is an excellent one shot comic which adds dimensions to these characters we have come to love. The story by Narcisse is layered and thrilling. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a great book which highlights one of the MCU’s favorite characters.

Story: Evan Narcisse Art: Germán Peralta
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1

The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1

(W) Evan Narcisse (A) German Peralta (CA) Philip Tan
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 15, 2021
SRP: $4.99

With the universe itself at stake, Black Panther enlists the might of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda to help stop the dreaded Dormammu! And leading the Wakandan forces is none other than the legendary M’Baku! Will T’Challa and M’Baku be able to defeat Dormammu’s army of Mindless Ones? Don’t miss this critical chapter of the LAST ANNIHILATION event as a new hero emerges!

The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1

Preview: WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #2 (of 2)

WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #2 (of 2)

(W) Evan Narcisse, Austin Walker (A/CA) Daniel Bayliss
In Shops: Aug 11, 2021
SRP: $7.99

The New Day are finally a team… but something is missing!

Discover how the New Day came out of the shadows and into a beautiful moment of high-flying, hip-gyrating, trombone-playing chaos to find strength in the power of authenticity.

Will they be able to stay true when The Shield challenge them to an all-out epic Philadelphia Flapjack Match?

WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #2 (of 2)

A New Day for Evan Narcisse, Writing WWE & Black Panther

“Being a Black fan means loving media that doesn’t necessarily love you back” — writer Evan Narcisse.

Evan joins me to talk about his new comic about the groundbreaking and radically fun wrestling stars, New Day, race, creativity, and change in the wrestling industry as well as his work on Rise of the Black Panther. No wrestling knowledge is necessary for this episode.

Evan Narcisse is a writer and consultant who works in video games, comic books, and TV, often focusing on the intersection of blackness and pop culture. He was a journalist and critic for many years, having previously written for The Atlantic, Time Magazine, Kotaku, io9, and The New York Times. He’s taught a course on video game journalism at New York University and appeared as an expert guest on CNN and NPR. He’s the author of the Rise of the Black Panther graphic novel for Marvel Comics and served as a narrative design consultant on the upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales video game. A native New Yorker, he now lives in Austin, Texas. https://twitter.com/evnarc

Preview: WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #1 (of 2)

WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #1 (of 2)

(W) Evan Narcisse, Austin Walker (A/CA) Daniel Bayliss
In Shops: Jul 07, 2021
SRP: $7.99

Who are The New Day?

Kofi. Xavier. Big E. Six-time. W.W.E. Tag. Team. Champions! The. Longest. Reign. In. W.W.E. History!

You know the matches. You know the catchphrases. You think you know The New Day… but now discover the origins and struggles of these three WWE Superstars before that fateful day when they realized that they’re stronger together than apart and seize their place in WWE history.

Writers Evan Narcisse (Rise of The Black Panther) and Austin Walker (Friends At The Table) (tag) team up with artist Daniel Bayliss (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) to reveal the untold story behind one of the greatest tag teams of all time!

WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #1 (of 2)

Dormammu Lays Siege in The Last Annihilation

In yesterday’s action-packed Guardians of the Galaxy #15, fans finally learned that the dark threat behind the upcoming cosmic crossover “The Last Annihilation” is none other than Dormammu, Lord of the Dark Dimension! The dreaded Doctor Strange adversary has merged with Ego the Living Planet and plans to use his powerful magical abilities to conquer space, forcing the galaxy to unite like never before. The saga will kick off on July 21st in Guardians of the Galaxy #16 where Dormammu’s endless army of Mindless Ones will put the new lineup of Guardians to the test. The crossover will continue in Ewing’s space-based X-Men title S.W.O.R.D. in an issue that will see Storm face one of her first challenges as the newly appointed Queen of Sol.

“The Last Annihilation” will also spin out into a series of one-shots, each focusing on a different corner of the galaxy as Dormammu unleashes his evil across space. Al Ewing will team up with artist Bob Quinn in Cable: Reloaded #1, featuring the highly-anticipated return of classic Cable who will lead a band of mutants on a mission to retrieve a dangerous weapon that’s deeply rooted in X-Men history. When Black Panther enlists the help of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda in the war against Dormammu, a new hero rises in The Last Annihilation: Wakanda by writer Evan Narcisse and artist Germán Peralta. And writer Anthony Oliveira nd artist Jan Bazaldua will deliver another chapter in the saga of Marvel’s beloved power couple in The Last Annihilation: Wiccan & Hulkling, showcasing the might of the newlywed superheroes as they’re forced to split up to defend planets against Dormammu’s overwhelming forces.

This is what the new Guardians were built to do. But will it be too much? The war to end all wars begins. And not everyone’s going to come home. Check out the fully revealed cover of Guardians of the Galaxy #16 by Brett Booth below along with never-before-seen artwork and a “Last Annihilation” checklist. Guardians of the Galaxy #16 is written by Al Ewing with art by Juan Frigeri, and colors by Federico Blee. And be there for the start of the latest Marvel space epic when “The Last Annihilation” begins on July 21st!

The Revolution Never Sleeps with Chuck D and Z2 Comics

Z2, along with UMe/Def Jam, has announced the first-ever graphic novel from hip hop icon Chuck DApocalypse 91: The Revolution Never Sleepsthe latest in the publisher’s series of graphic celebrations of music icons which pair some of most notable names in comics with music luminaries from all genres. The book will be available in November, marking the 30th anniversary of the album that inspired it, Apocalypse 91: The Enemy Strikes Black. Nominated for a GRAMMY Award, the album hit #4 on the Billboard 200 chart and featured powerful anthems “Shut ‘Em Down,” “Can’t Truss It” and “By the Time I Get To Arizona,” a fiery retort to the state governor’s refusal to recognize the new Martin Luther King, Jr national holiday.

Apocalypse 91: Revolution Never Sleeps begins in 1991 and explodes into far-flung futures with a series of speculative fiction stories by the industry’s leading creators, including Evan NarcisseRegine Sawyer (Dark Nights: Death Metal), Che GraysonTroy-Jeffrey Allen, and many more. Revolutionaries in every millennium stand up and fight the power.

The poignant and inspired graphic novel inspired by PE’s 1991 album, will be released in the fall of its thirtieth anniversary with multiple editions available to order now direct from Z2 Comics, including limited edition vinyl and prints exclusively available to the deluxe and super deluxe editions. In conjunction, UMe will release a special limited-edition version of this icon LP, originally released in 1991 by Def Jam Recordings.  Standard softcover and hardcover versions available in finer comic, book, and record stores everywhere in November. Preorder your copy today.

Apocalypse 91: The Revolution Never Sleeps

Get a Look at WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #1, the first issue in the two-issue limited series available on July 7, 2021 featuring WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods, by writers Evan Narcisse and Austin Walker, artist Daniel Bayliss, and letterer DC Hopkins.

Kingston, Woods and Big E have collectively won 11 Tag Team Championships in WWE, including the longest reign in WWE history! This new series will allow fans to discover the origins and struggles of the three WWE Superstars before that fateful day when they realized they were stronger together than apart.

WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #1 features main cover art by series artist Bayliss and variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Rahzzah and Oliver Barrett.

WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #1

WWE’s The New Day Brings Their Fun to Comics with the Power of Positivity!

BOOM! Studios has revealed the brand new two-issue limited series WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity, available in July 2021 featuring WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods, by writers Evan Narcisse and Austin Walker, and artist Daniel Bayliss.

Kingston, Woods and Big E have collectively won 11 Tag Team Championships in WWE, including the longest reign in WWE history! This new series will allow fans to discover the origins and struggles of the three WWE Superstars before that fateful day when they realized they were together than apart.

WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #1 features main cover art by series artist Bayliss and variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Rahzzah and Ernanda Souza.

WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity

Marvel Declassified is Now Airing on SiriusXM

Marvel Declassified

Marvel has launched Marvel Declassified, its newest non-fiction narrative podcast series, exclusively on SiriusXM! For its first 10-episode season, the series focuses on the rich, dynamic, and evolving history of Marvel Comics—as told through a contemporary lens. The first episode of Marvel’s Declassified is available now exclusively on SiriusXM.

Each week, writer and comic book expert Lorraine Cink and acclaimed journalist and critic Evan Narcisse will give SiriusXM listeners unprecedented access behind the scenes of Marvel Comics, featuring writers, artists, editors, and industry insiders who have shaped Marvel’s iconic storytelling.

In its premiere episodeMarvel Declassified explores a time when comedy, romance, westerns, sci-fi, and horror defined Marvel’s comics, leading up to a historical shift that triggered the return of Super Heroes. Other episodes during the season will cover how New York City became the core of the Marvel Universe; the now-legendary impact of Marvel Knights, the beginnings of Marvel’s vast multiverse, war-era comics, and more. The series will also shed light on the societal impact of fandom, representation, and the evolution of some of Marvel’s most iconic characters like Captain America, Black Panther, the Hulk, and Captain Marvel, and what their roles meant—and can mean—for Marvel fans around the world.

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