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Preview: Gunhawks #1

Gunhawks #1

(W) Maria Lapham, David Lapham (A) Luca Pizzari (CA) Gerardo Zaffino
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

For Marvel’s 80th anniversary we’ve set our sights on bringing some old titles back into the herd, and we’ve brought in Stray Bullets” David & Maria Lapham for a bullet-riddled saga of violence, vengeance and Western justice. In the days of the Old West there were plenty of fearsome folk… cowboys, rustlers, lawmen and outlaws…but few were as fearsome as THE GUNHAWKS!

Gunhawks #1

Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal Returns To Marvel as Part of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary One-Shot Titles!

In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, Marvel is excited to kick off 2019 with a series of special one shots, from a variety of superstar writers and artists!

First announced at New York Comic Con, Marvel has announced an additional series of one shots on sale this February – including the return of Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal! Frank Tieri and Jacob Chabot will bring back the comedy duo in an all-new adventure, while Eisner winning writers David and Maria Lapham and Luca Pizzari will share an Old West tale in The Gunhawks #1! And writers Dennis Hopeless, Gail Simone, Jon Adams and more will join a variety of superstar artists including Roge Antonio and Annapaola Martello for Love Romances #1 — love stories that can only be told in a comic book!

Join in the celebration as Marvel invites you to return to a time when it wasn’t stories about super heroes that drove the industry, but stories of westerns, crime, romance, humor and science fiction…and look for Marvel’s 80th Anniversary one shot titles in your local comic shops starting next year!

On Sale 2/6/19

On Sale 2/20/19

Written by FRANK TIERI
Cover by NIC KLEIN
On Sale 2/27/19

Preview: Marvel Two-In-One #9

Marvel Two-In-One #9

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Ramon K. Perez (CA) Gerardo Zaffino
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 29, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• But there’s something quite off about them…
• Ben and Johnny, powerless and stranded, are in the fight of their lives as NEXT OF KIN continues!

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #8


Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (FEB181902)
Cover B (Deadside) by RENATO GUEDES (FEB181903)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by GERARDO ZAFFINO (FEB181904)
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (FEB181905)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (FEB181906)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale APRIL 11th

Can Bloodshot rewrite “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” to save his daughter from the darkness?

In the realm of the dead, three travelers now seek salvation. Bloodshot – a man remade as a weapon. Bloodhound – an innocent creature imbued with formidable power. And Baby Jessie – Bloodshot’s infant daughter, newly transformed in his own terrible image. Together, these three have all been damned by fate – an injustice they now seek to undo by striking a demonic pact to save Jessie’s life. But in the underworld known as the Deadside, there are few fair deals and even fewer promises fulfilled… With his weapons laid down, can Bloodshot tip the scales of life and death to save the one precious light his existence has ever offered?

Master storyteller Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) presents a haunting and powerful turning point in the life of Valiant’s machine-made soldier for the final chapter of the “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” – featuring fully painted artwork by Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR)!

Every Issue of God Country Heads Back to Print

The bestselling series God Country by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw is being rushed back to print on issues #1, #2, and #3 in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

In God Country, Emmet Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia, isn’t just a problem for his children—his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home—as well as the surrounding West Texas town—a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. The enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He’s now the only man who can face the otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State…

God Country #1, 4th printing (Diamond Code FEB178359), God Country #2, 3rd printing (Diamond Code FEB178360), God Country #3, 2nd printing (Diamond Code FEB178361), and God Country #4 Cover A by Geoff Shaw & Jason Wordie and God Country #4 Cover B by Gerardo Zaffino and Jason Wordie will be available on Wednesday, April 19th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 27th.

Review: Karnak #2

karnak2After several months hiatus, Warren Ellis and Gerardo Zaffino’s (with inking help from Antonio Fuso) meditation in minimalism returns with Karnak #2. Its plot is simple. Karnak, an Inhuman martial artist and philosopher, is tasked by S.H.I.E.L.D. to rescue an Inhuman boy from a dark, cult-like organization called the I.D.I.C., who sees him as an archetypical Chosen One. The comic is part martial arts extravaganza, part philosophical debate, and it definitely draws inspiration from the tightly edited, no room for fatty subplots action films of the 2010s, like The Raid, Dredd, Hawywire, and John Wick, with a dash of superheroes and pop philosophy. Plus he one punches a church building.

Most of Karnak #2 is silent sequences involving punching, martial arts moves, and Karnak using literal fragments from his environment to dispatch his opponents. Zaffino and Fuso’s inking style is rougher and scratchier than the previous issue as the cool fighting moves getting covered in speed line and pitch black colors from Dan Brown. The art style is reminiscent of some of Bill Sienkiewicz’s looser work, like Elektra Assassin , but with less of a painting influence even if some panels are hit and miss. But when Zaffino, Fuso, and Brown hit, the result can be pretty breathtaking like Karnak taking out a line of goons with splinters, or the revelation that the creepy, priestlike man keeping the Inhuman boy has his own special ability known as Zen Gunnery. He channels his faith into a weapon in a way similar to Morpheus in The Matrix, but instead of standard issue martial arts and marksmanship, he gets a cool Inhuman power with a burst of red. But he’s no match for Karnak, the philosopher/warrior, who dismantles his flimsy Messianic philosophy

Karnak is definitely the most unlikely protagonist to have a book in All-New, All-Different Marvel. He’s cold, karnak2015002-int2-04-170449humorless, and tells his opponents how he is going to defeat them, like Midnighter, but with none of his wit. (Ellis was actually the co-creator back in Stormwatch so it’s interesting to pit the characters’ abilities and temperaments against each other.) There is really no suspense when he takes out the Inhuman boys’ guards in the first half of the issue, but Ellis hooks readers for upcoming issues (Other than the promise of more skillful pugilism.) by giving Karnak himself a relatable character flaw: loneliness.

From the opening of the issue where he builds blocks and takes them down while his parents argue about exposing him to the Terrigen mists or not to its conclusion where he drinks water alone while people are kissing and dancing, Karnak is truly isolated. He has no personal connections, and his current mission, argument, or fight is his life. But perhaps he wants to be part of something bigger just like the Zen gunning priest, and it will be interesting to see if Ellis develops Karnak’s character or just uses him as a cipher for fight scenes or philosophical debates.

In its second issue, Karnak continues to develop its identity as a minimalist kung fu philosophy comic with a side of science fiction and an incredibly cranky protagonist. The comic sort of just trails off at the end, but Karnak’s interest in finding the Inhuman “savior” out of true faith or to prove people wrong sets up the rest of the series. Gerardo Zaffino and Antonio Fuso’s art is roughly inked (Almost too rough in some spots.) and hard hitting, but lacks the ballet-like choreography of Ellis’ previous action minimalist Marvel story, Moon Knight  #5 that he did with Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Gerardo Zaffino with Antonio Fuso Colors: Dan Brown
Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

The Mad Monk of the Inhumans Goes Solo in Karnak #1!

This October, the most mysterious and enigmatic of the Inhumans is on his own for his very first ongoing series! Marvel has released a new look at Karnak #1 – the new series from writer Warren Ellis and artist Gerardo Zaffino!

Who is Karnak? You may not know now, but you will! With the power to see the flaw in all things – systems, philosophies, structures, people – there is nothing he cannot defeat. But when Phil Coulson  and S.H.I.E.L.D. request his help with a peculiar case, even Karnak may have met his match! Prepare for an explosive debut unlike any you’ve seen in the Marvel Universe before!

KARNAK #1 (AUG150782)
Cover by DAVID AJA
Variant Covers by GERARDO ZAFFINO (AUG150784), SKOTTIE YOUNG (AUG150783),
Design Variant by GERARDO ZAFFINO (AUG150785)
Connecting Variant Cover by JIM CHEUNG (AUG150787)
Hip-Hop Variant by KAARE ANDREWS (AUG150788)
Kirby Monster Variant by ERIC POWELL (AUG150789)
FOC – 09/28/15, On-Sale 10/21/15