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Preview: The Terrifics Annual #1

The Terrifics Annual #1

(W) Gene Luen Yang, Mark Russell, James Asmus (A) Joe Bennett, Evan Shaner, Viktor Bogdanovic (CA) Emanuela Lupacchino
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $4.99

It’s three startling Terrifics tales, kicking off with a deadly nightmare at Stagg Manor! When a plot to steal Plastic Man’s powers goes awry, the Terrifics’ new home and everyone in it are at the mercy of stealthy plastic monsters. Looks like Sapphire picked the wrong day to host a Halloween dance for her Stagg Industries internship program! Next up, discover the secret origin of Java the caveman, and the secret he’s keeping will shock you. Last but not least, we uncover Tom Strong’s hidden adventure in the Dark Multiverse-hold on to your holy socks!

Review: Secret Coders Vol. 6 Monsters & Modules

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes is a fantastic all-ages graphic novel series that not just entertains but also educates. Blending fun story as well as lessons to teach computer coding, the graphic novels are a perfect way to learn!

This sixth volume is out in comic and book stores now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW (Hardcover) or TFAW (Softcover)

 

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Review: New Super-Man Vol. 3 Equilibrium

As a child of the 1980s, I remember when there was a great influx of comics talent from overseas. This was when we started seeing names like Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, and when Neil Gaiman came on to the scene. We also got some excellent Canadian artists in the way of Todd McFarlane. We also got some raw talent from the Philippines in the way of Whilce Portacio, a still hidden gem of an artist.

This influx of talent to our shores also offered differing point of views at a time when the narrative in many of the comics became repetitive. As these talents went from burgeoning artists to full on rock stars, the craft evolved and became what most know now. These auteurs pushed canons to the brink of collapse, and even made us look at superheroes differently, like Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons did in Watchmen. Rarely, among this renaissance, did we see anything from the Eastern part of the world. This is why the importance of the narrative and the world building cannot be understated in the third volume of Gene Luen Yang and Billy Tan’s New Super-Man, as the world not only gets a Chinese version of DC’s most popular heroes but also the sensibilities and philosophies of that part of the world along with it.

Kenan’s mind is reeling from revelations about his parents. Meanwhile, his teammates in the Justice League of China are dropping one by one. And from across the globe, Task Force X Director Amanda Waller has sent in the one force that can stop the chaos and carnage from spreading: Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Killer Croc, a.k.a. the Suicide Squad!

But the Emperor isn’t the only Super-Man they’ve been licensed to kill. Unless Kenan acts fast, he’ll become a casualty of war.

Yet even as the struggle rages on, the New Super-Man is transported to Old Gotham City, to the era when the magic that fuels his powers began…and where his true enemy will reveal himself at last…

Overall, a sweeping epic chapter in the adventures of Kong Kenna and the Justice League of China, as he can be more than the typical superhero and may be more powerful than his Western version. The story by Yang is relatable, funny, action packed, and full of intrigue. The art by Tan is gorgeous and complements the story well. Altogether, a trade paperback which addresses some sociopolitical issues, dealing with wretched history, and entertains, all in one book.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Billy Tan
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: New Super-Man Vol. 2 Coming to America

As I remember growing up we relied on our parent and other relatives to show us what to do. This extended to our lives in school, as some of us may remember that one teacher who you connected to, and you thought knew everything about life. Eventually, as you leave school and away from the trappings of family and friends, the search for guidance becomes more difficult. For those of us in the military, we followed our superiors, but sometimes we meet someone, as I did, who guided us along and told you what things you must do to move on up the ladder. My relationship with that person extends to today, and I always liken to how Yoda thought Luke the ways of the force. That theme extends to comics, like DC ComicsNew Super-Man. In the second volume of New Super-Man, Kong Kenna struggles with new found powers and the mystery of his mother’s death, as these issues will eventually collide.

We find Lex Luthor in Shanghai introducing the Justice League of China, as not only Kong struggles with the spotlight, so does the rest of the JLC. As Kong stills struggles with his powers, he seeks the help of Master I -Ching, a powerful master, who is at first, reluctant to help the young upstart. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman uncovers and thwarts a plot by the Alpaca, the Chinese Joker and the actual brother of the Chinese Batman.  As Lex Luthor usually has an ulterior motive, he brings the JLC to the USA, and brings Superman to face off against China White Triad a new supervillain team in Metropolis. Among all this, Superman arrives and tries to neutralize the skirmish between the two groups, as an army of demons is unleashed on the city, and the JLC and Superman are the only ones who can save it. Wonder Woman, also uncovers that someone whom everyone thought was dead, is still alive, but may not be themselves. As they come back to China, they face off against a Kaiju from the sea, while at the same time, fighting off against a powerful Man Of Steel clone, known as Superman Zero. By book’s end, one member of the JLC has an secret power and a person Kong trusted, turns to be a person he longer for.

Overall, this volume is a game changing new chapter to this already superior story. It feels like one which pushes boundaries, challenges tropes, and proves that we need more diversity. The story by Gene Luen Yang is exciting, complicated, and intelligent. The art by Billy Tan and Viktor Bogdanovic is gorgeous. Altogether, one of the best series that DC has ever put together.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Billy Tan and Viktor Bogdanovic
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: New Super-Man Vol. 1 Made in China

“Superman” is synonymous with the best a person can do and especially when they go beyond. I’ve always wondered would Superman ever really look like one of us? I know the new show Krypton, shows the planet has as many shades as Earth does, even giving the ficticious world its first black General Zod. This has been a major milestone for the character’s canon, one which mostly has shown the character and his cast a certain way. Caucasian actors have usually occupied the roles. The world has become more “woke” and so has comics leading to their onscreen portrayals to follow suit.

This is especially true in comics which has seen heroes become more aware of the consequences of their actions and the social issues affecting their readership. The advent of Ms. Marvel and Riri Williams at Marvel has shown depictions of heroes as more progressive. At DC’s house, they have been slower to progress with more recent changes like the revival of Black Lightning. This was not the only sea change in recent years at DC as Gene Luen Yang has re-imagined another young man taking over a well-established mantle in New Super-Man: Made In China.

We meet Kong Kenan, a teenager whose father is an auto mechanic and lives in Shanghai, and who unexpectedly beats back a villain through sheer luck. This catches the eye of the China’s Ministry, who gives him powers and also catches the eye of the Justice League Of China. As he gets better at his job, his heroics also catches the eye of the supervillain group, The Freedom Fighters Of China, one that looks to have their way without any “superheroes” in their way. By book’s end, the JLC wins the battle against the Freedom Fighters, but has lost someone close to him.

Overall, an excellent introduction to a superhero that never want to be but stepped regardless. The story by Gene Luen Yang is funny, relatable and emotion tinged. The art by Viktor Bogdanovic and Richard Friend complements the story well. Altogether, a familiar cape and suit but with a different flavor all his own.

Story : Gene Luen Yang Art: Viktor Bogdanovic and Richard Friend
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #24

New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #24

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“Fear the Future”! New Super-Man and the Justice League of China prepare for their final mission, and the fate of the Chinese metahuman future lies in the treacherous realm of ghosts! The team must enter the realm and confront their greatest fears to discover the path forward for their country – and help restore balance to the entire world in the process!

Preview: New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #23

New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #23

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“SEAS OF CHANGE” part four! As a tidal wave threatens to engulf all of Pyongyang, the Justice League of China must save the North Korean capital from destruction whether they like it or not! The Dragonson has risen to ascend to his throne as the Aqua-Man of North Korea, and he’ll make his countrymen pay for what they did to him, come hell or high water!

Review: Secret Coders Vol. 5 Potions & Parameters

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes is a fantastic all-ages graphic novel series that not just entertains but also educates. Blending fun story as well as lessons to teach computer coding, the graphic novels are a perfect way to learn!

This fifth volume is out in comic and book stores now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW (Hardcover) or TFAW (Softcover)

 

 

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Preview: New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #22

New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #22

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“SEAS OF CHANGE” part three! The saga of the Aqua-Man of North Korea crashes to a close! As the Justice League of China heads off an international incident on their shores, our heroes discover that sometimes villainy is only a matter of perspective – and reasoning with North Korea’s most menacing metahuman and his marine militia may be the only hope both countries have of survival!

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