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Preview: Hulkverines #2

Hulkverines #2

(W) Greg Pak (A) Guiu Vilanova (CA) Greg Land, Frank D’Armata, Jay Leisten
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $4.99

SLASH AND GRAB!

The Hulk is already on Weapon H’s tail – but now Wolverine is involved. And he’s got an Adamantium-laced bone to pick with Weapon H. But they’re not the only monsters coming for Clay. The Leader and Dr. Alba meet at last – and the result will transform the course of Clay’s entire life. Weapon H veteran Guiu Vilanova returns with the second installment of a classic clash in the making!

Hulkverines #2

Review: Firefly: Bad Company #1

Firefly: Bad Company #1

Attraction is a fickle thing, a spark that can turn into a fire. You may fall for someone that you never saw yourself being in a relationship with. Then there are people who you may have many things in common with, where it was an inevitability. Either way, you never see it coming and it hits you like a ton of bricks.

I’ve had a few relationship where it felt like a rollercoaster and others where it felt like a routine. Then there are those wild cards which make feel like they are nothing but trouble, yet you’re drawn to them like a moth to a flame. Those are the encounters that make you feel like you are alive. In the one shot, Firefly: Bad Company, fans everywhere finally get the backstory of everyone’s favorite bad girl, Saffron, the one Mal could not say no to.

We meet Saffron, as a teenager, where we see her in action, as a pickpocket, and also the reason for why she steals in the first place, her sick father. Everything changes one day when she gets caught by the Alliance Military, but she is saved from imprisonment by a Priestess of the Guild, like Inara.

Unfortunately for Saffron, her father dies, she ends up seeking refuge with the Guild, where she served and grew up around companions. After years of in service, she finally gets her revenge on the man who was responsible for her father’s death. By book’s end, we find out Saffron is more than she was in the show, a women comprised of many different motivations.

Overall, an engaging backstory of a character who made an impression on a legion of fans despite her abbreviated appearances. The story by Greg Pak is heart wrenching and enjoyable. The art by Dan McDaid, Marcelo Costa, and Diego Galindo is simply gorgeous. Altogether, an impressive origin that will both entice and satisfy the most hardcore Firefly fan.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Dan McDaid, Marcelo Costa and Diego Galindo
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: James Bond 007 #5

James Bond 007 #5

writer: Greg Pak
artist: Stephen Mooney, Triona Farrell
covers: Dave Johnson (A), Rags Morales (B), Adam Gorham (C), Stephen Mooney (D)
Dave Johnson (RI-Virg), Adam Gorham (RI-BW), Rags Morales (RI-Virg), Stephen Mooney (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

ODD JOB continues, by superstars GREG PAK (Planet Hulk, Firefly) and STEPHEN MOONEY (Grayson, The Dead Hand)!

007: Arrested! John Lee: Saving the world, solo! But when the time comes, will Lee be able to pull the trigger, or will his love for the mind-controlled Agent K prevent him from stopping her terrorist organization from succeeding in their world-altering endgame?

James Bond 007 #5

A First Look at the Mayhem of Battle in Ronin Island #2 from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has revealed a new look at Ronin Island #2, the next chapter in the new five-issue limited series from superstar writer Greg Pak and fan favorite artist Giannis Milonogiannis that sold out of Ronin Island #1 on its day of release. Two brave young warriors must overcome their differences to save their home from a mutant zombie horde that seeks to mindlessly destroy them all. 

After a mysterious attack devastates a great swath of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society. The island has endured generations of devastation and strife by hiding away from the larger world, but that’s no longer an option when an army of mainland soldiers, led by General Sato, lands on their shores with a terrifying warning. Their arrival heralds a deadly invasion of mutants, and brings with it an offer of safety that comes at a cost. Hana and Kenichi must not only fight for their survival against the mutant hordes but also for their freedom under the rule of this new army — which is difficult to do when they disagree on exactly who should be in charge and how best to save their people. 

Ronin Island #2 arrives in stores April 10, 2019 and features a main cover by Milonogiannis, along with variant covers by acclaimed artists Ethan Young and Kris Anka.

Ronin Island #2

Meet Marvel’s First Filipino Character, Wave

Revealed at SXSW, Marvel has debuted Wave, the company’s first Filipino superhero. Co-creator Greg Pak made the announcement on Twitter showing off co-creator Leinil Yu‘s design with color by Sunny Gho.

The character will debut for the first time in War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1 which features art by Gang-Hyuk Lim!

Review: Ronin Island #1

Ronin Island #1

Concepts, or really curses like “Sins Of The Father,” are things that haunt families for years.  Blood feuds between families have been known to separate people who’d normally be friends. Though it may sound cliché, but it is so very true in many instances, hate is something you are thought. As Tupac said in his song “THUG LIFE” and what was further elaborated on in The Hate U Give, the power of hate drives many to do things out of pure evil for reasons many do not even know how to express.

Sometimes the only thing that can break that cycle of hate is a common enemy. One of my favorite shows The Orville explored in its recent two-parter episode eradication may be enough for enemies to become allies. In a historical example of this and a “what if,” I always wondered if the Kouga and Iga clans in Japan ever figured out what Tokugawa Ieyasu was up to, how powerful they would have been? In the debut issue of Ronin Island, a post-apocalyptic event in 19th century Japan leads once enemies to become allies against a greater threat.

We are taken to 19th century Japan, in a time where a mysterious event has wiped every major city in China, Japan and Korea, leaving many to flee elsewhere including one island in the East China Sea. We meet Kenichi, the son of a great samurai leader, who has just passed away, as he is still dealing with the grief and trying to live to his father’s looming legacy. We also meet Hana, a Korean orphan who has been raised by her swordmaster and who has become one of the best swordsman on the island. As we soon find out they pretty much hate each other and must compete to see who is the better Samurai. Before either of them could relish any respite from the competition, the intruder alarm goes off, as a strange ship approaches the island, where we meet general Sato, an envoy for the new Shogun who demands fealty from the island dwellers. By issue’s end, a greater menace has invaded the island as the island’s elders face a decision that may save or doom them all.

Overall, a powerful story that proves how engaging and entertaining a storyteller Greg Pak is. The story by Pak is heartfelt, action packed, and at times funny. The art by the creative team is beautiful and complements the story well. Altogether, a well-done debut that instantly invests the reader in this world.

Story: Greg Pak
Art: Giannis Milonogiannis, Irma Knivila and Simon Bowland
Story: 10 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Ronin Island #1

Ronin Island #1

After a mysterious attack wipes out the major cities of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society.
Hana, the orphaned daughter of Korean peasants, and Kenichi, son of a great samurai leader, have little in common except for a mutual disdain for the other. But these young warriors will have to work together when an army invades the island with shocking news: there is a new Shogun and the Island is expected to pay fealty in exchange for protection from a new enemy…a mutated horde that threatens to wipe out all humanity.

I picked this comic up partly because it was written by Greg Pak, but mainly because of the concept; I mean, how can samurai verses monsters not be appealing on some level to any comic fan? It’s one of those things that demands your attention with the promise of much slicing and dicing, of warrior verses monster.

On paper it’s a pretty freaking cool concept.

Ronin Island #1 starts out with a trial to determine the leader of the island community (though in fairness the reward for victor of the trial isn’t explicitly stated, so that may be just one character adding pressure on another to perform well). Unfortunately, the trial feels a little too familiar, and that the build up and event takes place over the better part of half the comic doesn’t leave much room for the story to find its legs once the trial is over (complete with a subtle commentary on the weight that traditions and expectations place upon our shoulders), which causes the issue to stumble a little.

But where the plot feels a tad routine right now, there are several moments (like the previously mentioned commentary) that shine brightly for the future, leaving numerous possibilities open – both for the plot and how Pak intends to tell the story.

Giannis Milonogiannis has an energetic and lively style to his artwork, with the characters feeling like they belong in the visual world he’s created. There is the slightest flavour of traditional manga in the visual presentation of the comic as motion-blur lines make frequent appearances when the events on screen are progressing as a rapid pace. Milonogiannis’s art, along with Irma Knivila‘s colouring bring the opening segment of the comic around, keeping me engaged visually at least.

It may seem that I wasn’t a fan of this book, but that’s not the case; I really enjoyed Ronin Island #1, and aside from a few minor things, which may very well never be an issue again in future issues, now that we’ve gotten to know the characters a little more. This is a fun read, and certainly one worth checking out if you’re curious.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Giannis Milonogiannis Colours: Irma Knivila
Story: 7.6 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: A Strong Read

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Ronin Island #1

Ronin Island #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Colorist: Irma Kniivila
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Giannis Milonogiannis
    Preorder Cover: Ethan Young
    Incentive Cover: David Lafuente
    Unlocked Retailer Variant: Kris Anka
Price: $3.99

After a mysterious attack wipes out the major cities of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society.

Hana, the orphaned daughter of Korean peasants, and Kenichi, son of a great samurai leader, have little in common except for a mutual disdain for the other. But these young warriors will have to work together when an army invades the island with shocking news: there is a new Shogun and the Island is expected to pay fealty in exchange for protection from a new enemy…a mutated horde that threatens to wipe out all humanity.

Award-winning writer Greg Pak (Firefly, Mech Cadet Yu) and artist Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet) present a story that examines how we move forward when our past divides, set against the backdrop of a post-disaster 19th century Japan.

Ronin Island #1

Preview: John Wick #5

John Wick #5

writer: Greg Pak
artist: Matt Guadio
covers: Giovanni Valletta (A), George McWilliams (B), Photo Variant (C)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

In the stunning climax to the prequel to the JOHN WICK movie saga, John nears the end of his first great vendetta. But in order to take out Calamity and the Two Bills, he may need to cut a deal that will teach him the true meaning of the Book of Rules — and change his destiny forever.

John Wick #5

Preview: Firefly #4

Firefly #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover A: Lee Garbett
Preorder Cover B: Joe Quinones
Incentive Cover C: Marguerite Sauvage
Incentive Cover D: Joe Quinones
Incentive Cover E: Lee Garbett
Unlocked Retailer Variant: Jonathan Case
Price: $3.99

The truth about Mal and Zoe’s past during the Unification War has been exposed and now the Unificators make their final move against them in the shocking conclusion to the first arc! New enemies arise, heroes fall and the crew of Serenity will pay the price.

Firefly #4
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