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Preview: Guardians of the Galaxy #14

Guardians of the Galaxy #14

(W) Al Ewing (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Brett Booth
Rated T+
In Shops: May 12, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A WHOLE GALAXY OF TROUBLE!
• As half the team defends the Kree/Skrull Throneworld against a deadlier threat than they’ve ever faced before…
• …the other half investigates a terrifying sacrificial cult on a mysterious planet…with the power to plunge the universe into war.
• Plus: A new space hero…joins…the team…
•…No way.

Guardians of the Galaxy #14

Black Cat is on the Prowl in the Phil Jimenez Pride Cover

This June, Marvel will commemorate Pride Month this year with a new series of stunning variant covers by legendary artist Phil Jimenez! These Pride Month Variant Covers will spotlight Marvel’s growing LGBTQ+ representation, and when first announced in March, fans got to see Jimenez’s incredible depictions of Iceman, Daken, America Chavez, and Northstar. Now check out another popular hero, Black Cat in a stunning cover that will proudly adorn the cover of Black Cat #7, an upcoming issue of Jed MacKay’s hit ongoing run.

See below for a full list of Pride Month Variants and be on the lookout for more reveals coming soon!

  • BLACK CAT #7 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER (APR210898)
  • MARAUDERS #21 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Iceman (APR210751)
  • X-MEN #21 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Mystique (APR210772)
  • THE MIGHTY VALKYRIES #3 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Runa (APR210877)
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #15 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Moondragon (APR210928)
  • MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring America Chavez (APR210814)
  • MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER B featuring Hulkling and Wiccan (APR210816)
  • WOLVERINE #13 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Daken (APR210792)
  • X-FACTOR #10 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Northstar (APR210802)
Black Cat #7 Pride Month Variant Cover

A New Cosmic Threat Rises in The Last Annihilation

Known for his long-term world-building and big payoffs, mastermind writer Al Ewing has completely revolutionized Marvel’s space-based sagas, introducing exciting new developments such as Emperor Hulkling, the Kree/Skrull Empyre, the return of S.W.O.R.D., and a wild new lineup for the Guardians of the Galaxy. And since last year’s epic Empyre, Ewing has laid the groundwork for an explosive conflict that’s set to erupt this July in The Last Annihilation, a new storyline that will impact some of your favorite cosmic titles and more. The Last Annihilation will unfold throughout the summer starting in July with Guardians of the Galaxy #16 and S.W.O.R.D. #7.

With art by Juan Frigeri and cover by Brett Booth, Guardians of the Galaxy #16 will see the entire galaxy under attack, the likes of which haven’t been seen since Annihilus first waged war. Someone out there has awakened with a new vision for the universe and they have the army to make it a reality. When five different planets fall under siege, will it be too much even for the new Guardians of the Galaxy to handle?

With art and cover by Valerio Schiti, S.W.O.R.D. #7 will take place immediately following the Hellfire Gala. The party is over…but not all the guests have gone home. Victor Von Doom is staying for dinner. Be there as he catches up with an old friend… just as THE LAST ANNIHILATION hits!

This summer… the war to end all wars begins. And not everyone’s going to come home. Find out who the mysterious foe behind The Last Annihilation is on June 23rd in Guardians of the Galaxy #15. And be there on July 21st when it kicks off in Guardians of the Galaxy #16!

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #13

Guardians of the Galaxy #13

When the Guardians of the Galaxy relaunched under Al Ewing‘s guidance I was excited to check the series out. I followed it through its first arc and enjoyed where it was going. But I fell off and found myself reading an issue here and there that tied into something else. With Guardians of the Galaxy #13, the issue feels like another good jumping on point. It’s perfect for new readers as well as long-time fans.

My experience with the Guardians of the Galaxy goes back to the team from the future but I fell in love with the team during the Abnett and Lanning days. Since then there’s been ups and down (a lot of downs, lets be honest) but Ewing’s run has been solid (of what I’ve read of it). With The Kree and Skrulls now in an alliance, The Guardians of the Galaxy have a new role, that of superheroes. They’ve been soldiers, misfits, and thieves, but now they’re getting a more formalized take… Avengers in space. And that’s not a bad thing. With a large cast of heroes, the teams can now tackle multiple issues and try to help the infinite issues out there.

Guardians of the Galaxy #13 kicks off with two, an attack on the Kree/Skrull capital planet and the mystery of a cult on a mysterious planet. Each provides different aspects to the issue. With one we get the big-screen adventure and action. The other builds a mystery that will clearly play out down the line. We also get to know each team and members and how the various personalities play out. There’s also a bit of uniformity now too hearkening back to those classic days of matching uniforms (with a bit of a throwback to them).

The art by Juan Frigeri is fantastic. Frigeri is joined by Federico Blee on color and Cory Petit on lettering. There’s some amazing visuals that make you take notice. From the opening of Throneworld II to Super Skrull managing the teams, to the Guardians arriving to battle, and more, there’s so much to enjoy. There’s a fun energy about the art. The colors help and the lettering adds personality to so many of the characters. All of that combines into a visual treat that makes the comic fun!

Guardians of the Galaxy #13 is a near-perfect jumping-on point. There’s just one sequence between Peter and Gamora that feels really out of place. But, beyond that, the comic is a fun adventure. There’s a certain energy and excitement about the issue that jumps from the page. If you’ve wondered about the Guardians of the Galaxy, this is the point to hop and because it looks like it’s going to be an awesome ride.

Story: Al Ewing Art: Juan Frigeri
Color: Federico Blee Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Home #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman: The Detective #1 (DC Comics) – Tom Taylor, Andy Kubert, and Brad Anderson take Batman on a European adventure!

Canto & the City of Giants #1 (IDW Publishing) – A bridge between the second and third volumes of the beloved series.

Children of the Atom #2 (Marvel) – The first issue left us scratching our heads and we’re excited to discover the secret about this team.

Doctor Who: Missy #1 (Titan Comics) – The Doctor Who villain gets the spotlight!

Guardians of the Galaxy #13 (Marvel) – It’s a new team and new direction for Marvel’s cosmic side of its universe.

Home #1 (Image Comics) – A story about immigration and asylum mixed with superhero abilities. The series explores the real-world implications of migration.

Jenny Zero #1 (Dark Horse) – The military’s top kaiju killer, “Jenny Zero” now lives the celebutante life. When the massive creatures return, Jenny must decide if she can sober up and save the world!

The Joker #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was fantastic with its focus on Jim Gordon and his being recruited to hunt the Joker. Now, Gordon must decide what he wants to do and how to do it. There’s also a hell of a reveal in it that will have an impact of Batman stories of the past!

Jules Verne’s Lighthouse #1 (Image Comics) – Based on the story by Jules Verne, he who controls the Lighthouse controls part of the galaxy.

Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1 (IDW Publishing) – The two properties come together for what is sure to be an entertaining tale.

Maniac of New York #3 (AfterShock) – The first two issues were fantastic. The series asks what if Jason was real in New York City?

MPLS Sound (Humanoids) – MPLS Sound is the ultimate love letter to the legendary Minneapolis funk-rock sound of the 1980s.

Non-Stop Spider-Man #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was full of action and excitement and we’re excited to see if it can keep it up.

Phantom on the Scan #1 (AfterShock) – A comment gives Matthew incredible psychic powers but those who gained similar powers are all dying in horrible ways.

Proctor Valley Road #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was full of mystery and has us returning to see what happens when the group of girls is blamed for the disappearance of their friends.

Scout’s Honor #4 (AfterShock) – A great series that’s been building its world while telling an engaging and exciting story. No idea where it’s all going but we want to find out!

Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #1 (Marvel) – What if Peter Parker became Venom? By Chip Zdarsky, Pasqual Ferry, and Matt Hollingsworth? Yeah, we’re in.

The Tankies (Dead Reckoning) – Garth Ennis’ latest collection of war comics!

Undone By Blood or the Other Side of Eden #2 (AfterShock) – It’s a crime comic set during the Depression. Yeah, we’re in for this one.

White Lily #2 (Red 5 Comics) – Based on the real Russian pilot during World War II. She was one of the best of the time!

Marvel Debuts Anime-Inspired Peach Momoko Variant Covers

Marvel’s Stormbreaker artist Peach Momoko is back with an all-new collection of must-have variant covers! The top-selling cover artist recently depicted many of Marvel’s biggest stars for an entire line of Upper Deck trading cards. Now, these popular anime-inspired art pieces will serve as variant covers on some of your favorite ongoing series this July! From Captain Marvel to Groot, Peach Momoko once again brings Marvel’s heroes to life in her iconic style with these Peach Momoko Anime Variant Covers.

Collect all 12 Peach Momoko Anime Variant Covers starting in July!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #70 PEACH MOMOKO ANIME VARIANT COVER
  • AVENGERS #45 PEACH MOMOKO ANIME VARIANT COVER
  • IMMORTAL HULK #48 PEACH MOMOKO ANIME VARIANT COVER
  • X-MEN #1 PEACH MOMOKO ANIME VARIANT COVER
  • CHAMPIONS #8 PEACH MOMOKO ANIME VARIANT COVER
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #71 PEACH MOMOKO ANIME VARIANT COVER
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #30 PEACH MOMOKO ANIME VARIANT COVER
  • DAREDEVIL #32 PEACH MOMOKO ANIME VARIANT COVER
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #16 PEACH MOMOKO ANIME VARIANT COVER
  • SHANG-CHI #3 PEACH MOMOKO ANIME VARIANT COVER
  • WOLVERINE #14 PEACH MOMOKO ANIME VARIANT COVER
  • THOR #16 PEACH MOMOKO ANIME VARIANT COVER

Preview: Guardians of the Galaxy #13

Guardians of the Galaxy #13

(W) Al Ewing (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Brett Booth
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 14, 2021
SRP: $4.99

A NEW AGE OF SPACE STARTS HERE!
They were soldiers, misfits, mercenaries, thieves and a family. They were heroes… but times have changed. The galaxy no longer needs heroes.

It needs super heroes! Now, when the call goes forth – whether it’s from a stranded team of planetary explorers or Emperor Hulkling and his Kree/Skrull Alliance – the Guardians of the Galaxy answer!

The New Age of Space brings a new artist! New headquarters! New costumes! New teammates! And an all-new enemy you’ll have to see to believe! Get on board, true believer – it’s going to be the ride of your life!

Guardians of the Galaxy #13

Preview: Guardians of the Galaxy #12

Guardians of the Galaxy #12

(W) Al Ewing (A) Juan Cabal (CA) Rafael Albuquerque
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

END OF AN ERA!
• Since day one, the Guardians of the Galaxy has been a rag tag group of mercenaries, survivors, and oddballs surviving by the skin of their teeth.
• Will it finally be their undoing?
• Liftoff in ONE…

Guardians of the Galaxy #12

Enter a New Space Age in Guardians of the Galaxy #13 Trailer

MARVEL’S NEW SPACE AGE IS HERE! Prepare for the ride of your life as writer Al Ewing and artist Juan Frigeri kick off a new era of Guardians of the Galaxy in Guardians of the Galaxy #13. The milestone 175th legacy issue will introduce a new status quo for the band of cosmic heroes which finds the Guardians deputized by the Galactic Council.

Facing down their greatest threats and embarking on their boldest missions, the Guardians need to expand their roster like never before. The new team will have Guardians mainstays like Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, and Groot as well as surprising recruits such as Wiccan, Hulkling, the original Quasar, and DOCTOR DOOM! See the full team lineup for yourself and the first glimpse at their action-packed new adventures in the Guardians of the Galaxy #13 trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork!

For Earth, there are the Avengers. For everywhere else, there’s the Guardians of the Galaxy. Blast off with the Galaxy’s Mightiest Heroes when Guardians of the Galaxy #13 hits stands on April with colors by Federico Blee and a cover by Brett Booth.

Spider-Man’s Greatest Villains take on the Marvel Universe in Variant Covers

Doctor Octopus. Kraven the Hunter. Green Goblin. These iconic Spider-Man villains and many more belong to one of the most legendary rogues gallery in pop culture history, and this June, they’ll be getting the spotlight on 20 all-new variant covers by some of the industry’s leading artists. See explosive matchups like the Immortal Hulk taking down Rhino, Daredevil going head to head with Shocker, Miles facing off against Lady Octopus, and Shang-Chi caught in the grip of King Cobra on incredible artwork on the covers of your favorite ongoing Marvel series. Fans can collect all 20 pieces from a range of top artists. Here are some of the action-packed brawls you can expect from this collection:

  • Black Cat vs. Scorpia
  • Black Widow vs. Electro
  • Captain America vs. Kraven the Hunter
  • Captain Marvel vs. Vulture
  • Fantastic Four vs. Sandman
  • Iron Man vs. Boomerang
  • Jean Grey & Emma Frost vs. Beetle (Janice Lincoln)
  • Silk vs. White Rabbit
  • Spider-Man vs. Chameleon
  • Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus
  • Spider-Man vs. Taskmaster & Black Ant
  • Star-Lord vs. Trapster
  • Thor vs. Lizard
  • Wolverine vs. Stegron

Check out the first four now and stay tuned for more Spider-Man Villains Variant Cover reveals in the coming weeks!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #67 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by JAVIER GARRÓN
  • BLACK CAT #7 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TERRY DODSON
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #33 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DIKE RUAN
  • IMMORTAL HULK #47 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DECLAN SHALVEY
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #68 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
  • IRON MAN #9 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DAN PANOSIAN
  • X-MEN #21 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by EMA LUPACCHINO
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #30 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TAURIN CLARKE
  • DAREDEVIL #31 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by GREG LAND
  • MILE MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #27 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by ROSE BESCH
  • THE MIGHTY VALKYRIES #3 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TBA
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #69 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TBA
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #29 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DAVID LAFUENTE
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #15 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by CARLOS PACHECO
  • SILK #4 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by BETSY COLA
  • THOR #15 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TONY DANIEL
  • WOLVERINE #13 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by RYAN BENJAMIN
  • BLACK WIDOW #8 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DAVI GO
  • GIANT-SIZE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: CHAMELEON CONSPIRACY #1 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by RYAN STEGMAN
  • SHANG-CHI #2 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by NATACHA BUSTOS
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