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Preview: The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #6

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #6

(W) Cary Bates, Greg Weisman (A) Will Conrad (CA) Anna Dittman
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 07, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“Mission Creep” part six! After past and present events collide in a crisis for Captain Atom and General Eiling, longtime adversaries are forced to team up. But even though they seem to be on the same side for once, their motives could not be further apart.

Preview: The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #5

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #5

(W) Cary Bates, Greg Weisman (A) Will Conrad (CA) Steve Rude
RATED T
In Shops: May 03, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“Quantum Mechanic” part five! Still shaken by the secret General Eiling and Dr. Megala went to extraordinary lengths to conceal, Captain Atom would like time to adjust. But a serial killer who wields astounding powers that rival his own has other plans!

Preview: The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1

(W) Cary Bates, Greg Weisman (A) Will Conrad (CA) Jason Badower
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 04, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“Blowback” part one! Captain Atom hasn’t been seen or heard from in years-and even if you think you know what happened to him…you’re wrong! But you’re not alone. To this day, no one on Earth-not even the other superheroes-has an inkling of the missing Captain Atom’s true fate. At last, the truth is about to be revealed in a saga that transcends not only the meaning of life and death, but the limits of time and space.

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Preview: The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1

Written by: Greg Weisman, Cary Bates
Art by: Will Conrad
Cover by: Jason Badower
Variant cover by: Gabriel Hardman

“Blowback” part one! Captain Atom hasn’t been seen or heard from in years—and even if you think you know what happened to him…you’re  wrong! But you’re not alone. To this day, no one on Earth—not even the other superheroes—has an inkling of the missing Captain Atom’s true fate. At last, the truth is about to be revealed in a saga that transcends not only the meaning of life and death, but the limits of time and space.

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DC Comics Announces The Odyssey of the Amazons and The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom in January

On the heels of three new miniseries featuring Midnighter, Hawkman and Deadman this month, January will bring more unique and noteworthy miniseries to readers, including a tale of the Amazon warriors in the years before Diana, and the return of Captain Atom.

The Odyssey of the Amazons #1 is a brand-new miniseries set in the world of Wonder Woman from writer and actor Kevin Grevioux and artist Ryan Benjamin. Years before the birth of Princess Diana, a group of Amazons set out on a globe-spanning quest to find others of their kind, encountering legendary creatures and beings along the way. But their journey soon turns into a rescue mission as two of their own are captured by the legendary Storm Giants of Norse mythology. It’s up to their leader, the stalwart Hessia, to keep them together through the many trials that lie ahead. The series will run for six issues.

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1 is a new miniseries from the writing team of Cary Bates and Greg Weisman and artist Will Conrad. Bates and Weisman return to the character with “Blowback: Part One”! Captain Atom hasn’t been seen or heard from in years—and even if you think you know what happened to him…you’re wrong! But you’re not alone. To this day, no one on Earth—not even the other superheroes—has an inkling of the missing Captain Atom’s true fate. At last, the truth is about to be revealed in a saga that transcends not only the meaning of life and death, but the limits of time and space. The series will run for six issues.

Both titles will debut in January 2017, beginning with The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1 on January 4, and The Odyssey of the Amazons #1 on January 18.

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Review: Starbrand and Nightmask #1

Starbrand_and_Nightmask_1_CoverImbued with tremendous cosmic power and almost zero life experience – nothing will prepare them for the likes of class registration, choosing a major and midterms. Learning to be the heroes they were meant to be whilst learning all there is to know about sharing a dorm room. It takes more than superpowers to be a hero.

The concept of Starbrand and Nightmask are ideas brought over from Marvel’s New Universe in the pages of last volumes Avengers. The two were a weird enigma, cosmic beings that never felt like they were being used quite the right way.

Here the two are enrolled in college, attempting to mask their identities while dealing with a mysterious villain, at least it would seem there’s one main bad guy.

Heroes in college is a concept we’ve seen before and it’s currently being done in Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (who makes an appearance) and has been done in Spider-Man. In other words, we’ve seen this. A lot. We’ve even seen the awkward guy in college with a crush on a girl. It’s not a new concept, and in Starbrand and Nightmask #1, written by Greg Weisman, it’s a take that isn’t particularly new or different. It is entertaining, and there’s lots of potential, especially with a love interest for Starbrand. That familiarity makes the comic just ok to read, and your enjoyment will vary.

The art by Domo Stanton is very distinctive and I kind of dig it. It’s definitely something different, and has a youthful feel about it. There’s not a ton to say other than it’s cool, and has a webcomic vibe about it for me.

Overall, the comic is decent and has potential. I’m clearly not blown away by it, but Starbrand’s last foray in college mixed with him going back should make for an interesting time and concept. Still, hopefully we’ll get something different other than the characters to make the series stand out.

Story: Greg Weisman Art: Domo Stanton
Story: 7 Art: 7.6 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Cosmic Entities Attend College in Starbrand & Nightmask #1!

Beings of unspeakable power. Former Avengers. Cosmic entities who have defended Earth at the far reaches of the cosmos. Yet their greatest adventure is upon them – going to college! Marvel has released a first look inside Starbrand & Nightmask #1 – a new ongoing series from critically acclaimed writer Greg Weisman and rising star artist Domo Stanton!

Imbued with tremendous cosmic power and almost zero life experience – nothing will prepare them for the likes of class registration, choosing a major and midterms. Learning to be the heroes they were meant to be whilst learning all there is to know about sharing a dorm room. It takes more than superpowers to be a hero. Witness the rise of two galactic saviors as Weisman & Stanton bring you a titanic twosome!

STARBRAND & NIGHTMASK #1 (OCT150789)
Written by GREG WEISMAN
Art by DOMO STANTON
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
Variant Covers by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO (OCT150790)
and SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT150792)
Hip-Hop Variant by KERON GRANT (OCT150791)
FOC – 11/16/15, On-Sale 12/16/15

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Starbrand & Nightmask #1 – New Heroes. New Universe. New Series!

They are beings of unspeakable power. Former Avengers and cosmic entities that have defended Earth from the far reaches of the cosmos. This December, they return from outer space to embark on the adventure of a lifetime – going to college! Marvel has announced Starbrand & Nightmask #1 – a brand new ongoing series from writer Greg Weisman and artist Domo Stanton!

Imbued with cosmic powers, they’ve battled alongside some of the universe’s greatest champions. And repelled invasions from destructive alien forces. But nothing will prepare them for the likes of class registration, choosing a major and midterms. What meal plan will cover a cosmic metabolism? Can two all-powerful entities share a dorm room the size of a roach motel? Can you safely teleport to Mars after partying all night long at your first kegger?

This December, it takes more than superpowers to be a hero. Witness the rise of two galactic saviors as Weisman & Stanton bring you a titanic twosome!

STARBRAND & NIGHTMASK #1
Written by GREG WEISMAN
Art by DOMO STANTON
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
On Sale in December!

Review: Kanan: The Last Padawan #1

kanan the last padawan 1 coverI’ve loved Marvel‘s three Star Wars series that have launched so far. To me, they may be a beginning, but they’re exciting and there’s some freshness to them (that’s not to say what came before wasn’t solid as well). I known, as I’ve paid attention, that those three comic series are in the new Star Wars timeline/mythos. Also in the mix is Star Wars: Rebels, the new animated series that is in canon too, though it’s a show I don’t watch (but one I’ve been told I should). Spinning out of that, the animated series, Kanan: The Last Padawan.

Kanan Jarrus–in Star Wars: Rebels, he’s a cocky, sarcastic renegade fighting against the Galactic Empire alongside the rag-tag crew of the Ghost…but years before, at the height of the Clone Wars, he was known as Caleb Dume, Jedi Padawan under the instruction of Jedi Master Depa Billaba. Neither master nor apprentice ever suspected that the Clone Troopers they commanded would turn on them upon the issuing of Order 66—the order to execute all Jedi. How did Caleb Dume survive? How did he learn to survive on his own? And how did he become the man we know as Kanan Jarrus? Kanan: The Last Padawan is written by Greg Weisman who is joined on art by Pepe Larraz. The comic series bridges the gab between the Clone Wars animated series and Rebels.

The above, I’d have had no idea about any of that if I didn’t either read the description above, or the infamous text scroll that proceeds each Star Wars film, and this comic. Without reading that, The comic jumps in a way that’s a bit confusing with different names and a setting I wasn’t quite expecting. I know Rebels takes place on a ship, but this first issue starts in the past, during the Clone Wars, a bit of ignorance threw me for a bit as to what was going on.

But, the story is interesting. It takes us through the end of a battle to just before Order 66 is given. The battle itself seems a bit short and the end rushed, but it’s not the point of the story, it’s Order 66 and how Caleb Dume survived. That doesn’t come towards the end, so to be continued…. The only odd moments for me is this obsessions with positions and stances, during battle. It’s just odd to me.

The art is decent. I like the style and it feels appropriate for the likely audience that’ll be interested in the comic, those into Rebels. It seems like a nice transition from animated to the printed page. It didn’t blow me away at all, but it’s good, and also feels like it fits with the style present in the other three comics out too.

Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 is an ok start. It didn’t quite grab me like Marvel’s other three series, but that might be because I’m unfamiliar with the characters. I’m sure for those who watch the television series will have a different opinion, or will have noticed things I didn’t. You don’t need prior knowledge of the animated series, but knowing Star Wars mythos is helpful. The line of comics need a comic that’s geared more towards kids, and I think this one is it. Not quite my cup of tea, but definitely interesting enough to get me to keep reading and see where it all goes…. and see what I might have missed when it comes to the animated series.

Story: Greg Weisman Art: Pepe Larraz
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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