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Preview: The Green Lantern Season Two #3

The Green Lantern Season Two #3

Written by: Grant Morrison
Art by: Liam Sharp

Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp continue their master class in comic book entertainment as Hal Jordan remains grounded on Earth by the Young Guardians. But when U.S. Air Force general “Herc” Stone reenlists “Highball” Jordan for a mission to locate his missing pilots, including Hal’s ex Cowgirl, Jordan discovers an alien presence more dangerous than any stormy relationship!

The Green Lantern Season Two #3

Preview: Green Lantern: Blackstars #3 (of 3)

Green Lantern: Blackstars #3 (of 3)

(W) Grant Morrison (A) Xermanico (CA) Liam Sharp
In Shops: Jan 29, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The epic conclusion to this twisted rewrite of DC Universe history! Will Hal Jordan and his fascist band of Blackstars sublimate the entire universe to the diamond will of Controller Mu? Can the timeline ever be restored before more of Earth’s heroes perish?

Green Lantern: Blackstars #3 (of 3)

Get a First Look at The Green Lantern: Season Two #1

The Green Lantern: Season Two #1 (of 12)

Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by Liam Sharp
Colors by Steve Oliff
In Shops: Feb 12, 2020

Is the Universe Ready for…the Young Guardians?

The team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Liam Sharp continue their bold new take on the Emerald Warrior in a wild 30-page second season opener—The Green Lantern: Season Two #1!

In the wake of the Blackstar incursion, Hal Jordan and his fellow Lanterns must pick up the pieces from that cataclysmic conclusion. Among them is Jordan’s next critical mission: search for the next generation of cosmic immortals. Is the universe ready for…the Young Guardians?

The Green Lantern: Season Two #1

Preview: Klaus: The New Adventures of Santa Claus HC

Klaus: The New Adventures of Santa Claus HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Price: $24.99
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire

Luminary author Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Happy!) and Eisner Award-nominated illustrator Dan Mora (Go Go Power Rangers) bring their lauded reinvention of Santa Claus fully into the 21st century with two modern tales of Klaus saving Christmas from sinister threats that span dimensions.

Collects Klaus and the Witch of Winter and Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville.

Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s Happy! Gets a Trailer

Meet Nick Sax, an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hitman. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named Happy.

Happy! is one of the latest comics turned live action getting a series on SyFy. Written by Grant Morrison with art by Darick Robertson it was a four issue mini-series that debuted in 2012 and wrapped in 2013.

The series follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named Happy (Patton Oswalt).

At San Diego Comic-Con, SyFy released a first look at the series.

Review: The Multiversity #1

multiversity 1 coverFrom the mind of writer Grant Morrison prepare to meet the Vampire League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Rechsmen of Earth-10 and the latest, greatest Super Hero of Earth Prime.

The Multiversity is six complete adventures with a bookend framing story that looks at the numerous worlds of the DC Multiverse. This issue begins the adventure, that while interesting, is geared towards die-hard DC fans who might understand the numerous references and nods. For me Morrison runs hot and cold, for this very reason.

While this first issue is good, not knowing many of the references I could really only focus on the story, and to me that was just ok. There’s a big threat, heroes from around the Multiverse are gathered together to battle it, this is the start of that. All of it’s ok, and introduces us to each main character very well. That’s the strength of the issue, introducing us to all of these different worlds, and lots of different characters.

The downside to all of that is that reading through the issue I knew that a lot of it was going over my head. There’s entire posts (on other sites) explaining all of the details, nods, basically Cliff’s Notes for the first issue. I shouldn’t feel like I need a degree in Morrison to read an issue.

Morrison benefits from the art of Ivan Reis, who is one of my favorite artists. His work is crisp and beautiful to look at. In one issue he has to pull of numerous types of characters, worlds, and more, and does so all with ease. If he was the artist on every issue, his art alone would be a reason to check out the series, but alas he’s not.

While there’s lots of interesting things in the first issue, I think it overall attempts to be too cute at times with its layers, like it’s trying to be Watchmen redux in that manner. For the die-hard fans, I’m sure there’s a lot here that they’ll love, but for those not in that category (like me) the story is really nothing too special. At its heart, it’s a story we’ve seen before, just with different characters and different settings.

Story: Grant Morrison Art: Ivan Reis
Story: 7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: DC Comics Provides First Look at Batman, Incorporated #13

This summer, Grant Morrison’s epic series Batman, Incorporated will reach its explosive finale.

The New York Times bestselling series, which saw both the introduction and ultimate death of Damian Wayne (a.k.a Robin), concludes in next month’s issue #13. In this must-have issue, all bets are off as war fills the streets of Gotham City, Talia al Ghul faces the Dark Knight once again, and much more! Plus, how does the unmasking of Leviathan in issue #12 (in stores next week) impact Batman and his crew? Find out when Batman, Incorporated #13 flies into stores on July 24th.

But in the meantime, check out some of Chris Burnham’s action-packed interior art from the issue.

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Review – Constantine #1 and Action Comics #18

Constantine #1

Constantine #1The historic 300 issue run of Hellblazer is over, which has made way for a new series and it’s star John Constantine to join DC’s New 52 in a new series. This is his first proper solo outing though he’s been a part of Justice League Dark and been seen in Animal Man and Sword of Sorcery.

I haven’t known a lot about Constantine, other than the few issues of Dark I’ve read, some Hellblazer and the lackluster movie from years ago. But, it’s clear, DC is attempting to prop up the character to be up there in importance with the trinity of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. He’s played a pretty big role in some recent series to indicate this.

So, that brings us to this first issue. It needs to do two things, set up the bad guy big enough that it feels like a threat to the entire DCU and at the same time introduce Constantine to new readers. The first issue is entertaining, but it doesn’t quite reach the former, but does decent in the latter goal.

What Constantine learns in this first issue will shake the very foundations of the New 52…and only he knows how to deal with it!

That’s the tease for this issue, and I’m not quite sure the issue really made it feel like what Constantine learns will “shake the very foundations.” But, it’s all interesting and we’ll see how it pans out.

The issue is successful in introducing the character. We get a solid feel for what he’s like and how he acts, and that’s as a “liar, cheater and manipulator.” This is a hero we’re not supposed to like but want to cheer for.

The first issue doesn’t know it out of the park, but it’s definitely interesting enough to have me come back for the second issue.

Story: Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes Art: Renato Guedes

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Action Comics #18

Action Comics #18 CoverWith this issue Grant Morrison’s epic run on Action Comics comes to an end. Morrison himself said in an interview that this issue is “like no Superman story before, there’s a lot of stuff going on in it. The readers themselves are implicated in the story.”

But to me, I just didn’t get and of that or it. I didn’t feel implicated in the story, I just felt confused. I had no idea what was going on, this isn’t a comic for a new reader. In fact, this might be a hard comic to figure out for anyone that hasn’t read this series from the beginning.

The villain is from the 5th Dimension, and this character, Lord Vyndktvx, is attacking Superman in a lot of different levels and ways, like a horrible acid trip (and maybe if I were on one, I’d of enjoyed the comic more). I got that much from a lot of the dialogue, but beyond that, for a new reader, the issue is a mess of ideas and disconnected scenes.

The issue seems epic, I’ll give everyone involved in that, but the resolution seems silly in how the bad guy is defeated, it feels like it’s been there, done that.

I read the first few issues of the series, but to me, Morrison is hit and miss as a writer, and his Superman, like his Batman, has been a miss for me. I just haven’t enjoyed it. Both seem to have grand ideas that aren’t clearly laid out coherently. If I need Cliff Notes to read a comic, there are serious issues with the storytelling. And this entire issue I felt like I needed notes if not a translator to help me decipher what was going on.

Those who have read this story arc and Morrison’s run might appreciate the issue, but as a new reader, I can’t recommend for those looking to try something new.

Story: Grant Morrison Art: Rags Morales, Brad Walker, Cam Smith and Andrew Hennessy

Story: 5 Art: 7 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

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