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Preview: Star Wars Adventures: #2

Star Wars Adventures: #2

(W) Michael Moreci, Shane McCarthy (A) Ilias Kyriazis, Nick Brokenshire (CA) Francesco Francavilla
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Between the events of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, Poe and Finn have taken Rey to a remote planet to continue her Jedi training. But they’re surprised to find that the First Order’s reach extends far and wide.

Star Wars Adventures: #2

Preview: X-O Manowar #2

X-O MANOWAR #2

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by CHRISTIAN WARD
Cover B by NETHO DIAZ
Preorder Variant Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
1:25 Sword of Shanhara Variant Cover by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON
On sale NOVEMBER 25th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

A new threat emerges from the fires of X-O’s latest battle!

Can X-O save the day, or does the world need a new kind of hero?

X-O MANOWAR #2

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Shadow of Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures: Shadow of Vader’s Castle

(W) Cavan Scott (A) Derek Charm, Nicoletta Baldari, Nick Brokenshire (A/CA) Francesco Francavilla
In Shops: Nov 04, 2020
SRP: $7.99

The Empire has fallen, and the Mustafarians celebrate. But they know they will never be safe as long as they live in the shadow of Vader’s Castle. Two young boys decide they’re going to destroy the castle themselves. But a wizened old Mustafarian tries to put them off by telling them tales to teach them the lessons they might otherwise have to learn the hard way.

Star Wars Adventures: Shadow of Vader's Castle

Preview: X-O Manowar #2

X-O MANOWAR #2

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by CHRISTIAN WARD
Cover B by NETHO DIAZ
Preorder Variant Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
1:25 Sword of Shanhara Variant Cover by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON
FOC is 11/02/20 (Reviews by then are greatly appreciated)
On sale NOVEMBER 25th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

A new threat emerges from the fires of X-O’s latest battle!

Can X-O save the day, or does the world need a new kind of hero?

X-O MANOWAR #2

Preview: Star Wars: Adventures #1

Star Wars: Adventures #1

(W) Michael Moreci, Nick Brokenshire (A) Nick Brokenshire, Ilias Kyriazis (CA) Francesco Francavilla
In Shops: Oct 07, 2020
SRP: $3.99

An exciting new era begins! Each issue in this monthly series will feature two stories starring all your favorite Star Wars characters! Between the events of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, Poe and Finn have taken Rey to a remote planet to continue her Jedi training. But they’re surprised to find that the First Order’s reach extends far and wide. Plus, an all-new tale of the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader!

Star Wars: Adventures #1

Preview: Miles to Go #1

Miles to Go #1

(W) B. Clay Moore (A/CA) Stephen Molnar
In Shops: Sep 23, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Amara Bishop is a newly single mother with a long-buried past. Raised by an
alcoholic father in a rundown trailer, Amara was a child when she learned to kill. And she hasn’t killed an-yone since she was thirteen. When her aging mentor is murdered, and her daughter is threatened, that will soon change…

An unlikely assassin in a deadly game of cat and mouse, brought to you by B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, Battle Hymn) and Stephan Molnar (Imaginary Fiends, Star Trek).

Miles to Go #1

Preview: Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Nights #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Nights #1

Story: Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson, Peter J. Tomasi, Daniel Warren Johnson, Marguerite Bennett, Garth Ennis, Frank Tieri
Art: Jamal Igle, Joëlle Jones, Francesco Francavilla, Riley Rossmo, Daniel Warren Johnson, Tony S. Daniel

The DC Universe has become engulfed by the Dark Multiverse, where demons dwell and reality is overrun by monstrous versions of the Dark Knight, all ruled by the Batman Who Laughs. In this collection of short tales, learn the terrifying secrets of these new Bats out of hell and other creatures of the night like Robin King, whose origin is just the worst! Plus, read about the secret buried beneath Castle Bat, the sentient Batmobile, and…how did Batman turn into a dinosaur?

Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Nights #1

Underrated: Black Beetle: No Way Out

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet-pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Black Beetle: No Way Out


Another week, and yet another case of “Alex bought something for Underrated without knowing anything about it beforehand.” This week we’re looking at the first volume of Francisco Francavilla‘s Black Beetle: No Way Outanother book that I found at a thrift store for an absolute bargain price. Actually, bargain is understating things. I paid $1 for this book (technically $1.25, but at but 4 get 1 free it works out to a dollar). Which is an absolute steal of a deal for a hardcover trade.

Black Beetle: No Way Out is published by  Dark Horse, written and drawn by Francavilla, and takes the form of a modern reinterpretation of the old pulp novels of the 30’s and 40’s, with all the semi futuristic-steampunk technology and sleek lines that includes.

This throwback feeling permeates the entire graphic novel, genuinely allowing it to read as a pulp novel from a bygone era – but one with the tonal sensitivities of today. It’s within this area that Francavilla tells the story of a vigilante who is equal parts the Shadow, the Spider and the Black Bat – and though comparisons to Batman will be made, the only similarity there is that Batman is more prevalent in the cultural awareness of our medium than the other three characters previously mentioned. I’m not saying the comparisons are unfair, but that the similarities are more in line with the characters Batman took inspiration from rather than Bruce Wayne himself.

The story, then, that is told within No Way Out is very reflective of those pulp novels, especially the original covers that are used as story breaks between the individual issues. Francavilla’s artistic approach is very evocative of the art styles of the time – simple colours, thick lines and a sense of foreboding. With Francavilla handling both the writing and the art duties in the book, we’re given a tour-de-force of a creative offering as he delivers an incredible experience.

And that, ultimately, is why I loved this book so much. It’s an incredibly fun pulp story, a classic hero romp with a hero who in’t shy about using his guns. Of course that does leave a little room for folks to be concerned about a lack of substance in the plot, but I think for the most part that is a concern that can be put aside by the artistic offering.

This is a book that’s absolutely worth a read.

Yes, I only paid $1 for it, and yes, I only bought it because it was in a thrit store, but I am so glad that I did. Black Beetle: No Way Out is easily the best thing I have read all week – including the four other books I picked up – and I am frankly astounded that I had never read this before. I’m equally as astounded that I’d never even heard of the book before.  Consequently, this is a book I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Cavan Scott (Author) Francesco Francavilla (Artist) Megan Levens (Artist) Nicoletta Baldari (Artist) Kelley Jones (Artist) Charles Paul Wilson III (Artist) Derek Charm (Cover Artist)

Return to Vader’s Castle for a spooky spin on your favorite villains from a galaxy far, far away….

This exciting graphic novel explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features a wretched hive of scum and villainy including Darth Maul, Jabba the Hutt, Grand Moff Tarkin, Asaji Ventress–all under the shadow of Darth Vader!

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Preview: Dead Day #1

Dead Day #1

Writer: Ryan Parrott 
Artists: Evgeniy Bornyakov 
Colorist: JUANCHO! 
Letterer: Charles Pritchett 
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia 
Incentive Cover: Francesco Francavilla
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 05.27.20

If the dead could come back for just one night, would we want them to?

Meet the Haskins, a seemingly normal suburban family, as they prepare for the annual macabre holiday known as “Dead Day” – when the deceased rise from the grave from sunset to sunrise. Some come back to reunite with family and friends, others for one last night of debauchery, still others with only one thing on their decomposing mind: revenge. 

From writer Ryan Parrott (OBERON, VOLITION, Power Rangers) and artist Evgeniy Bornyakov (DESCENDENT, YOU ARE OBSOLETE) comes an unnerving tale of existential horror with grave consequences.

Dead Day #1
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