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Preview: Monkey Prince #11 (of 12)

Monkey Prince #11 (of 12)

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A/CA) Bernard Chang
In Shops: Feb 07, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Lazarus Planet event tie-in! Monkey Prince, now at the Hall of Justice with Supergirl, must defend it against the Ultra-Humanite. But it looks like Ultra-Humanite needs to get through not only to acquire secret information about the Monkey King that could defeat Nezha…but also for information about how Marcus is related to the Monkey King. Will Monkey Prince give in to learn his truth but put all the other heroes at risk?

Monkey Prince #11 (of 12)

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Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise #3

It’s one of two new comic days! What are you all getting? What are you excited about? Sound off in the comments! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – Graphic Novel winners at 2023 ALA Awards: Victory. Stand!, Frizzy, Himawari House and more – Congrats to all the winners!

CBR – American Born Chinese: Gene Luen Yang & Kelvin Yu Detail Updating the Graphic Novel – We’re beyond excited for this one.

Book Riot – Dig Into These Excellent Bisexual Comics – What would you add to the list?

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Check out the comic adaptation of THE INNKEEPER CHRONICLES – Free Comics!

Kotaku – Report: Microsoft, Sony & Nintendo All Skipping E3 2023 – Maybe companies figured out they don’t need massive conventions?

Reviews

CBR – Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise #3
Collected Editions – Orion Omnibus by Walter Simonson

Preview: Monkey Prince #10 (of 12)

Monkey Prince #10 (of 12)

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A/CA) Bernard Chang
In Shops: Jan 17, 2023
SRP: $3.99

BATMAN VS. ROBIN TIE-IN! Sound the alarm bells and bow at his feet, because the legendary Monkey King is finally released from the Phantom Zone! And what timing this is, when the first thing Monkey King senses is that his oldest foe-turned-friend-turned-??? was also just released from his own captivity…Nezha! But most importantly…does Monkey King sense his own son, Monkey Prince, and does he even know of Monkey Prince’s existence? Find out here, along with the secret origin of Marcus Sun and why he is the Monkey Prince!

Monkey Prince #10

Preview: Lazarus Planet Alpha #1

Lazarus Planet Alpha #1

Written by: Gene Luen Yang, Mark Waid
Art by: Billy Tan of Tan Comics, Riccardo Federici
In Shops: Jan 10, 2023
SRP: $5.99

CHANGE THE WORLD. Following the explosive (literally) events of Batman vs. Robin #4, the Lazarus Volcano has erupted, spewing dangerous and transformative chemicals into Earth’s atmosphere! As these Lazarus clouds rain down upon the planet, people across the globe begin to develop strange new abilities, watch their already-extraordinary abilities change, and witness a whole host of chaos unlike anything the DCU has experienced before! It’s up to Damian Wayne to put out the distress call for whoever can still hear it: come to the ruins of the Hall of Justice and help save the world! Poison Ivy, Power Girl, Cyborg, Batman, and more answer the call…but why could the fate of all life as we know it rest in the hands of…Monkey Prince?

Lazarus Planet Alpha #1

Lazarus Planet Alpha doesn’t feel like a start but a continuation

Lazarus Planet Alpha

Lazarus Planet Alpha kicks off the new year for DC with an event that has a planetary impact. A volcano on Lazarus Island has gone off raining down magical energy on the world. Its impact is transforming individuals, and when it comes to heroes impacting their powers. It’s a crisis that’ll call in the scattered heroes of the world to try and stop it, all lead by… Damian Wayne!?

Mark Waid continues his big picture story with Lazarus Planet Alpha, a debut that doesn’t feel so much as a start is it does the next chapter. Waid brings together his recent runs on World’s Finest and Robin vs. Batman to this event which sees the dots connected. Unfortunately, if you haven’t been reading those comics, the story feels like you’re coming into a movie well after it began. Lazarus Planet Alpha catches readers up and provides the info needed to understand what’s going on but it’s at a surface level. There’s something missing in the experience, mostly the motivation of the “big bad”. Batman’s hurt, we don’t really know why, and various demons are thrown around as having to be found or stopped and not much info is given on them. It’s surface level entertainment that can be enjoyed but you might be missing the lead ups to it that gives greater depth and a richer story.

What stands out is the art by Riccardo Federici. With color by Brad Anderson and lettering by Steve Wands, the comic is beautiful to look at and the art feels like it gets better as the comic progresses. Federici’s art delivers dynamic visuals that break panels and provides a mix of clear vision as to what’s going on but in a way that emphasizes the chaos the characters are experiencing. There’s also some interesting choices in what does and does not get a full panel to linger on the shot. One page you’d have expected it but Federici chooses not to which makes a full page image just a bit later hit even more. It stands out and not known if it’s intentional or not.

The comic also features a story focused on the Monkey Prince who will play a key role in the event. Written by Gene Luen Yang with art by Billy Tan, color by Sebastian Cheng, and lettering by Janice Chiang, the comic delivers a bit more information about some of the characters involved in the event. These backups if throughout the run of the series might flesh out what can’t be stuffed in to the main story but the tone and style is so different it almost clashes with the main story. It’s overall very good but just a whiplash from what leads into it.

Lazarus Planet Alpha isn’t bad at all, it’s quite entertaining and delivers some solid “summer box office action.” But, where it stumbles is its clear continuation of what has preceded it. The comic, despite being an “alpha” doesn’t feel so much as an easy entry for new readers as it does the next issue in an ongoing series. Still, it’s easy to catch up on the major things you need to now, it’s just hard to not feel like you’re missing out on… something. Still, the art is fantastic and worth checking out and depending on how much fun what’s to come is, it might be worth seeing what lead up to this point.

Story: Mark Waid, Gene Luen Yang Art: Riccardo Federici, Billy Tan
Color: Brad Anderson, Sebastian Cheng Letterer: Steve Wands, Janice Chiang
Story: 7.75 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1 is a fun debut issue

Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1

Crispin Glover is one of those actors whose filmography is pretty prolific. Like many actors you feel as though he leaves a piece of themselves within their characters. As many play a version of themselves. This why many actors relish their roles , especially when it comes to a character who is a bit unhinged.

This is why he really shined in his role in American Gods, which shows how he could tap into eccentricities to sculpt a masterful character. Then there is his role in Cabinet of Curiosities  where he showed his range more so than most of his roles. But for me and many genre fans, he will always be George McFly in Back to The Future. In Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1, our protagonist travels back in time to meet his father like Marty did in those BTTF movies , but in  a much more complex paternal portrayal.

We are taken to the Temple of Zheng Zu in China, the bones of Zheng Zu have been found, leading some nefarious characters to resurrect this ancient evil. We also find Shang Chi and his siblings tracking this mysterious group, where we soon find out are former warriors of the Deadly Hand. This leads to a fight between the two and unexpected turn, where a time portal is opened and Shang is transported back in time, to when his father and uncles were still young. AS he gets to know him, he understands just how different he was, and how life’s complications made him the father would become. By issue’s end, Shang’s siblings find a way to bring him back.

Overall, Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1 is a fun debut issue which shows off why Gene Luen Yang is a master storyteller. The story by Yang is exquisite. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that fans of the movie and the character will surely enjoy.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Michael Yg
Color: Erick Arciniega, Fer Sifuentes-Sujo Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/Kindle

Preview: Lazarus Planet Alpha #1

Lazarus Planet Alpha #1

Written by: Gene Luen Yang, Mark Waid
Art by: Billy Tan of Tan Comics, Riccardo Federici
In Shops: Jan 10, 2023
SRP: $5.99

CHANGE THE WORLD. Following the explosive (literally) events of Batman vs. Robin #4, the Lazarus Volcano has erupted, spewing dangerous and transformative chemicals into Earth’s atmosphere! As these Lazarus clouds rain down upon the planet, people across the globe begin to develop strange new abilities, watch their already-extraordinary abilities change, and witness a whole host of chaos unlike anything the DCU has experienced before! It’s up to Damian Wayne to put out the distress call for whoever can still hear it: come to the ruins of the Hall of Justice and help save the world! Poison Ivy, Power Girl, Cyborg, Batman, and more answer the call…but why could the fate of all life as we know it rest in the hands of…Monkey Prince?

Lazarus Planet Alpha #1

Preview: Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1

Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Michael Yg (CA) Jim Cheung
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 04, 2023
SRP: $4.99

FATHER AND SON, SIDE BY SIDE?!
Shang-Chi is lost in time and the only one who can help him is…his father?! What will Shang-Chi do when he meets the younger version of his evil parent? Will he be able to change the course of history? Or will Shang-Chi be shocked to discover he didn’t know his father as well as he thought? Find out as Gene Luen Yang’s Shang-Chi saga comes to its shocking conclusion!

Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1

Preview: Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1

Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Michael Yg (CA) Jim Cheung
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 04, 2023
SRP: $4.99

FATHER AND SON, SIDE BY SIDE?!
Shang-Chi is lost in time and the only one who can help him is…his father?! What will Shang-Chi do when he meets the younger version of his evil parent? Will he be able to change the course of history? Or will Shang-Chi be shocked to discover he didn’t know his father as well as he thought? Find out as Gene Luen Yang’s Shang-Chi saga comes to its shocking conclusion!

Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1

Preview: Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1

Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Michael Yg (CA) Jim Cheung
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 04, 2023
SRP: $4.99

FATHER AND SON, SIDE BY SIDE?!
Shang-Chi is lost in time and the only one who can help him is…his father?! What will Shang-Chi do when he meets the younger version of his evil parent? Will he be able to change the course of history? Or will Shang-Chi be shocked to discover he didn’t know his father as well as he thought? Find out as Gene Luen Yang’s Shang-Chi saga comes to its shocking conclusion!

Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1
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