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Preview: Batman: Reptilian #2

Batman: Reptilian #2

Story: Garth Ennis
Art: Liam Sharp

Batman hits the streets in search of the creature terrorizing Gotham’s underworld-and hits them hard. First stop is the lair of the Penguin, but Oswald Cobblepot is at death’s door (which is better off than the beast left many of his cronies). The mangled rogue has no answers for Batman, but his blood-and the surprising secrets that it holds-will send the vigilante ever deeper into darkness…

Batman: Reptilian #2

Preview: Batman: Reptilian #1

Batman: Reptilian #1

Written by: Garth Ennis
Art by: Liam Sharp

What strikes fear into the hearts of those who terrorize Gotham? It used to be Batman, but something far more frightening than a mere man stalks the shadows—and it’s after Gotham’s villains. How savage must a monster be to haunt the dreams of monsters? Pick up this dark and bone-chilling tale by comics legends Garth Ennis and Liam Sharp to find out!

Batman: Repitilian #1

Marvel, Hermes Press, Harlequin, and Yen Press all have New Releases on comiXology

There are nine new releases available now on comiXology. You can get comics from Marvel, Harlequin, Hermes Press, and Yen Press. Get shopping now or check them out below.

Captivated By The Brooding Billionaire

Written by Rebecca Winters
Art by Atsuko Nakamura
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Desperately needing to get away, Abby takes a vacation to Europe and meets gorgeous Raoul. His sexy body and dark, brooding eyes instantly captivate her. While she’s staying at the winery that he operates, Abby can’t help but hope that Raoul might be her destined lover. But in order to get close to Raoul, she’ll first have to deal with his cruel aristocratic family!

Captivated By The Brooding Billionaire

Dethany and the Other Clique

Written by H.H. Glenn, Bill Holbrook
Art by Bill Holbrook
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“Dethany and the Other Clique is a graphic novel prequel to the hit comic strip series On the Fastrack, created by Bill Holbrook. The lighthearted, middle-grade reader follows the popular comic character Dethany Dendrobia as she navigates daily life in contemporary middle school.

The 128-page graphic novel’s humor spoofs the restrictiveness of a school’s culture of cliques by taking its social strata to absurd extremes. Upper elementary and middle-grade readers will enjoy the laughs along the way and cheer its ultimate celebration of individuality.”

Dethany and the Other Clique

Emma Frost Vol. 1: Higher Learning

Written by Karl Bollers
Art by Randy Green
Cover by Greg Horn
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Collects Emma Frost #1-6.

Learn the secret of how the Astonishing X-Men’s diamond-sculpted seductress, Emma Frost, became the formidable woman she is today. Witness the first time her mutant powers manifested, her difficulties at home and in school, and her early first love that explains how she blossomed from an innocent teenager into the wealthy, ruthless, feared and desired White Queen who has fought alongside and against the X-Men!

Emma Frost Vol. 1: Higher Learning

Incredible Hulk: Big Things

Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Doug Braithwaite, Mike Deodato Jr., Darick Robertson
Cover by Mike Deodato Jr.
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Collects Incredible Hulk (1999) #70-76.

All is revealed in this arc-including the identity of the man behind the sneering lips! When Banner awakens in a post-apocalyptic future, his problems are just beginning. The mastermind behind the plot that made him a fugitive has big plans for the Hulk. Plus: The Hulk goes toe-to-toe with the Invincible Iron Man in a classic super-hero showdown!

Incredible Hulk: Big Things

Incredible Hulk: Dead Like Me

Written by Garth Ennis, Bruce Jones
Art by Doug Braithwaite, John McCrea
Cover by Mike Deodato Jr.
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Collects Incredible Hulk (1999) #66-69, Hulk Smash (2001) #1-2.

There’s something big and nasty in the desert, and it’s cutting a bloody swath toward Dr. Bruce Banner – the man also known as the Incredible Hulk! As Banner marshals the monster within for his ultimate battle, he must be ready to confront a creature with intimate knowledge of his very soul.

Incredible Hulk: Dead Like Me

Incredible Hulk: Split Decisions

Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Mike Deodato Jr.
Cover by Mike Deodato Jr.
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Collects Incredible Hulk (1999) #60-65.

Still caught in a relentless conspiracy to capture him by a mysterious clandestine organization, the indomitable Hulk faces off against a new array of powerful abominations. Aided only by his old friend and foe, Doc Samson, and his mysterious benefactor – the enigmatic Mr. Blue (whose identity is at last revealed in its entirety) – the Hulk must fight to save both his life and reputation.

Incredible Hulk: Split Decisions

The Phantom: The Complete Sundays Vol. 9: 1966-1970

Written by Lee Falk
Art by Sy Barry
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“The critically acclaimed, best selling complete reprint of The Phantom continues!

The long anticipated ninth volume of the reprint of the entire run of Lee Falk’s full color Phantom Sundays continues! This volume continues the long awaited SY BARRY years of the Sunday stripes! Fans of The Ghost Who Walks have waited for years to have a complete series of full size hardcover volumes featuring the complete Phantom Sundays and this is the ninth book in the series. As with Hermes Press’ complete reprint of The Phantom dailies, this book contains every strip digitally reconstructed to perfection”

The Phantom: The Complete Sundays Vol. 9: 1966-1970

So I’m a Spider, So What? #51.2

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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So I'm a Spider, So What? #51.2

Un Mari Pour La Vie

Written by Anne Mather
Art by Marito Ai
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Il y a deux ans, Rachel a surpris son mari, Ben, au lit avec la baby-sitter. Ben a même le culot de lui dire qu’il ne l’avait pas trompée ! Depuis, ils vivent séparément, mais voilà que le petit ami de Rachel lui propose d’emménager ensemble. Le temps semble venu pour Rachel de tourner la page, elle demande donc le divorce à Ben. Elle veut épouser Simon et s’installer avec lui pour le bien de sa petite fille, le seul souci est que… Ben refuse catégoriquement !

Un Mari Pour La Vie

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Review: The Tankies

The Tankies

As a fan of war movies, even before I joined the military, it is quite confounding how much movies get it right. One of the best examples of recent times was the much-acclaimed Greyhound, which had me “triggered” in some sequences. The difference between what I saw before I joined and what I saw after I joined is, was astounding. For some of those movies, I re-watched and felt like an internet troll pointing out the inaccuracies in the different depictions.

One of the movies that felt so real, even though I was not in that conflict, was Saving Private Ryan. The movie depicted how real it is when you are in combat, as every step may be your last. This included the final standoff between our main cast and a tank. In Garth Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra’s pulse-pounding The Tankies, we see the drama from within that ‘steal beast”, as we find out how it is for a tank crew who goes from one battle to the next.

In the opening story of The Tankies, we’re taken to World War II shortly right before the Battle of Normandy, where the British and Canadians were making their way through German territory, as we find the British Army’s Royal Tank Regiment as one of the tank units, Baker Troop, a fairly nascent group of soldiers, who suddenly loses its commanding officer, Archie Wingate to enemy fire and gets them a new CO, Sergeant Stiles. They would go to survive a fight with a German Tank unit, eventually catching up with the rest of the regiment, as they come soon to understand war,  is an endurance race.

In the second chapter, “Yeomen of England”, Baker Troop meets the Northshires Company, which has been mostly decimated by the Germans, where both survive a German infantry standoff but not without a crucial casualty.

In the third chapter,” To The Greenfields and Beyond”, Baker’s troop faces off against a German Tiger Tank, destroying their cannon, leaving its unit to flee and for the Northshires to capture a German infantry.

In the fourth chapter, “Welcome to the Fatherland”, we are then transported to West Germany February 1945, and Baker troop stumbles upon an American Sherman Tank Unit who has just been annihilated by a German Panther tank infantry, as Sergeant Stiles soon realizes it’s the same unit they have been tracking since he got assigned to Baker Troop.

In the fifth chapter,” Soldiers of the Reich”, Baker’s troop faces off a German regiment and finds out firsthand just how hardened German soldiers really are.

In the sixth chapter, ”Kingdom Of Dust”, we finally see the toll the war has taken on the civilians left defenseless,  and a final faceoff with the German Panther tank infantry leaves Baker Troop victorious but wounded.

In the seventh chapter, ”Now Thrive The Armourers”, we catch back up with Baker Troop, now the 29th Brigade, as they are now in the Korean War, as they happen to go on night patrol and find a whole Chinese platoon, which they take down with suppression fire, while aided by a squadron of Royal Commandos.

In the eighth chapter, “God for Harry, England, and Saint George”,  we find the guys undermanned and running low on supplies, as they face off against thousands of Chinese soldiers, as their own saving grace is USAF bombers dropping Napalm.

By book’s end, the final chapter, “Death Ride”, where a final face-off takes place in the Valley Of the Dragon, between Allied forces and China, as the 29th Regiment forges forward victoriously one final time.

Overall, The Tankies is a book that reminds me of one of my favorite war movies A Bridge Too Far. It earnestly gives an affecting portrait of military combat, unvarnished and unfiltered. The story by Ennis is masterful, moving, and pulse-pounding. The art by the great Carlos Ezquerra belongs in a museum and the reader gets a treat from the publisher in this collected edition, giving us his sketchbook for this wonderful story. Altogether, The Tankies is a comic collection that delivers a great story and reminds readers of the sacrifice so many veterans have given for a peaceful way of life.

Story: Garth Ennis Art: Carlos Ezquerra
Ink: Hector Ezquerra Color: Tony Avina Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy


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Review: Marjorie Finnegan Temporal Criminal #1

Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal #1

Garth Ennis teams up with his A Walk Through Hell artist Goran Sudzuka and colorist Miroslav Mrva to tell a cheeky, breezy cop vs criminal time travel story in Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal #1. Ennis uses a simple dual protagonist setup in this first issue. Marjorie uses her time travel tech to steal treasures from the past and generally have a good time using her “Unfucker” to avoid any anomalies or angry fanboys who spend every spare moment watching “Cinema Sins” and bitching and moaning about “plot holes” in the Back to the Future films. She enjoys David Bowie records and has a human head named Tim to do all the tech stuff. On the other hand, there’s Harri, who is your typical time cop and trying to make sure that no one is having fun in the time stream.

Misogynistic dialogue, mysterious guys being creepy to Marjorie, and some cultural insensitivity aside, Marjorie Finnegan is really toned down for an Ennis comic, especially in the violence department. (A lone Viking taking a point blank machine gun shot to the chest aside.) He and Sudzuka lean into the novelty of people having modern weapons in the past and live off Marjorie pumping Rameses’ soldiers full of shotgun shells and another rogue time traveler named Otto protecting some unnamed European coast from Vikings. Goran Sudzuka and Miroslav Mrva’s art is easy to follow with fun touches like shell casings, severed limbs in silhouette, and choreographed dance moves. Everyone is generally having a good time.

Much of the humor in Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal comes from Garth Ennis poking fun at the seriousness and logic (Or lack of logic) in time travel stories and dropping funny captions for each person that Harri and Marjorie kill with the fate they avoided. It’s a toss up if being perforated by bullets that make you look like a cheese grater, or autoerotic asphyxiation is a worse way to go out. The whole time travel thing is just an opportunity for Sudzuka to draw fun action sequences in interesting locales, or Ennis to indulge his love of history and go into great detail about the burial rituals of Egyptian pharaohs. (But in any time period, David Bowie and cold pizza are always cool.) They can do Doctor Who with more sex and violence and about the same amount of dancing while setting up Marjorie and Harri as the proverbial immovable object and unstoppable force with the final page hinting at the true nature of their conflict in future issues.

He’s already done Preacher, Hitman, a definitive Punisher run, and hopefully he’s rolling in The Boys money so Garth Ennis really has nothing to prove to anyone any more. Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal #1 is living proof of that and is the comic book equivalent of a fast food meal. But, one of the classier places like Cook Out, In-N-Out, or Skyline Chili thanks to the energy of Goran Sudzuka’s art and the brightness of Miroslav Mrva’s color palette. Marjorie Finnegan is an action-comedy with better shootouts than one-liners and hopefully, future issues find that balance.

Story: Garth Ennis Art: Goran Sudzuka
 Colors: Miroslav Mrva Letters: Rob Steen
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.6 Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

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Bulletproof Comics Gets Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal Variants by Buzz, Johnny Desjardins, and Damion Scott

Garth Ennis‘ Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal has retailers like Hank Kwon of Bulletproof Comics delivering unique variants for the debut issue. The retailer has variants from three different creators, BuzzJohnny Desjardins, and Damion Scott.

She’s Marjorie Finnegan. She’s a temporal criminal. What more do you need to know? Oh, all right then: all Marj wants to do is race up and down the time-lanes, stealing every shiny-gleamy-pretty-sparkly she can lay her hands on. But her larcenous trail from the Big Bang to the Ninety-fifth Reich has drawn the beady eye of the Temporal PD, whose number one Deputy Marshall is now hard on our heroine’s tail – and taking things extremely personally. Worse still, Marj’s worthless creep of an ex and his even scummier partnerhave seen an angle of their own in all this, and now intend to use her time-tech to change history for their own benefit. Marj’s only ally? A guy called Tim. And he’s just a head. I mean come on, what use is just a head…?!

Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal #1 is written by Garth Ennis with art by Goran Sudzuka. Head to Bulletproof Comics to pre-order the variants below.

Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal #1 Gets a Variant by Elias Chatzoudis

AWA Studios will launch creator Garth Ennis‘ Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal on May 5th and it has made many fans and retailers excited. Retailers Sanctum Sanctorum Comics and Slab City Comics teamed up again for a new variant. Both retailers decided to commission Elias Chatzoudis again — This time to capture the mischief that the main character, Marjorie, causes as she time travels through history.

Fans can get two different versions of the cover or collect both, only through Sanctum Sanctorum Comics‘ and Slab City Comics‘ online. The pre-sale has already gone live.

Review: The Tankies

Three stories of war from the perspective of those who ride in tanks. The Tankies collects three stories originally published by Dynamite and now released by Dead Reckoning.

Story: Garth Ennis
Art: Carlos Ezquerra
Ink: Hector Ezquerra
Color: Tony Aviña
Letterer: Simon Bowland

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: The Tankies

The Tankies

Within The Tankies are three tales: in “The Tankies”, we meet Corporate Stiles, a hardened vet who is ready to bring his men against the German Tiger tank, a machine feared to be unrivaled. Then in “The Firefly & His Majesty”, Stiles and co. lead a Firefly, which is a Sherman tank, up against the German’s newest weapon, the King Tiger. Lastly, “The Green Fields Beyond” sees Stiles and company’s involvement in Korea against the Communists.

These stories were originally published under the “Battlefields” title that Dynamite had going with Garth Ennis from back in 2011. Last year saw Dead Reckoning release The Stringbags, which was another WW2 Ennis book. That said, it’s nice to see these stories see light again and to also be dedicated to longtime Ennis collaborator and Judge Dredd co-creator Carlos Ezquerra, who passed away in 2018. Like any Ennis-written War Story, they certainly aren’t for the squeamish and the language is something totally beyond colorful. I do feel that a good Ennis war story is as good as it gets.

Reading through The Tankies, you can see that the research has been done to be accurate to the times portrayed. You’ll almost feel like an expert in tanks after reading this. There’s a great afterword by Ennis at the end that really encompasses the amount of research done for such a book as The Tankies. And to finish the book, a section of sketches from Carlos Ezquerra.

I’ve always appreciated the artwork of Carlos Ezquerra. He worked with Ennis on many stories, from Kev at Wildstorm to World Of Tanks at Dark Horse, just to name a few. With The Tankies, I feel like he took this job seriously and put forth a great amount of detail in everything from weapons of destruction to the people using them. His character expressions are great. I have a real appreciation of the art within these pages.

I enjoyed reading The Tankies very much. Honestly, I buy every war story Ennis works on when I know about them. While some might not enjoy the destructive power of war or the violence man casts upon themselves with it, I always appreciate the history lesson of it and the little things that Ennis and Ezquerra inject into it. If you enjoy war or if you like what Garth Ennis brings to comics, The Tankies is just the book for you. It’s not as funny as Ennis and Ezquerra’s work in The Adventures Of The Rifle Brigade but certainly feels similar in tone to World Of Tanks.

Story: Garth Ennis Art: Carlos Ezquerra
Ink: Hector Ezquerra Color: Tony Avina Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 10 Art: 8.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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DC Presents: Batman: Reptilian, a New DC Black Label Miniseries from Garth Ennis and Liam Sharp

In Gotham City, either Batman or Killer Croc were the two most dangerous things lurking in the city’s shadows.

On June 22, that all changes.

A new predator makes Gotham City its hunting ground, courtesy of Garth Ennis and artist Liam Sharp in an all-new six issue limited series, Batman: Reptilian.

Gotham City is filled with murderous creatures who stalk the shadows–foul villains with murderous impulses who strike fear into the hearts of every man, woman, and child in the city. But what strikes fear into the hearts of those who terrorize the city? It used to be Batman, but something far more frightening than a mere man has begun stalking the shadows—and it’s after Gotham’s villains. How savage must a monster be to haunt the dreams of monsters?

Sharp’s breathtaking and moody art is the perfect complement to Ennis’ haunting and suspenseful narrative, making Batman: Reptilian the kind of series that you’ll definitely want to read with the lights on. Issue #1 also features an intense main cover by Sharp. Cully Hamner provides the variant cover, and Bill Sienkiewicz provides a 1 in 25 “ratio’ variant (check your local comic book store for availability).

Each 32-page issue sells for $4.99 and arrives in comic book stores and at participating digital retailers on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

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