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Preview: The Wildstorm: Michael Cray #6

The Wildstorm: Michael Cray #6

Story: Bryan Hill Breakdowns: Larry Hama
Art: N. Steven Harris Ink: Dexter Vines Color: Dearbhla Kelly Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Steve Buccellato
Variant Cover: Larry Stroman, Mark Morales, Hi-Fi
Group Editor: Marie Javins, Group Editor: Rob Levin Assistant Editor: Diego Lopez
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The hunt for Arthur Curry continues, but Cray’s decisions and plans are beginning to push his teammates to the brink of abandoning him. And when Cray’s tumor begins to act in ways that it hasn’t before, his underwater brawl may end with Cray floating up to the surface as a dead man.

Preview: Scooby Apocalypse #23

Scooby Apocalypse #23

Story: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Rob Wagner
Art: Ron Wagner
Cover: Jill Thompson
Ink: Andy Owens, Color: Hi-Fi Letterer: Travis Lanham
Editor: Harvey Richards Assistant Editor: Liz Erickson
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

With their new base of operations established, the gang begins the search for the last remnants of the human race! In their quest to find survivors, they encounter creatures who aren’t mindless savages-and the discovery just might tear the team apart! Also: the next chapter in the outrageous adventures of Secret Squirrel!

Preview: The Flash #42

The Flash #42

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Dan Panosian
Cover: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Variant Cover: David Finch, Danny Miki, Tomeu Morey
Color: Hi-Fi Letterer: Steve Wands
Group Editor: Marie Javins Editor: Rebecca Taylor Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“PERFECT STORM” part four! The Flash teams up with an unlikely ally as the fight for Central City rages on. Meanwhile, Grodd sinks his telepathic teeth into the Flash Family as he tries to finish Barry Allen once and for all!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13


Story: Richard Dinnick
Art: Pasquale Qualano
Color: Hi-Fi Letterer: Richard Starkings, Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Editor: Jessica Burton Senior Editor: Andrew James Senior Designer: Andrew Leung
Cover A: Blair Shedd
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Simon Myers
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, $3.99, On sale: March 14, 2018

The conclusion of Year Three!

The weeping angels descend on the Doctor, but his companions, old and new, have a few tricks up their sleeves to help him out!

Review: New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #20

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the New Super-Man and the Justice League of China!

New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #20 is by Gene Luen Yang, Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli, Hi-Fi, and Dave Sharpe.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.



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Review: Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1

WildHuntCoverDetective Chimp and Grant Morrison fans, rejoice! Both play pivotal roles in Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt, a one-shot that acts as the penultimate chapter of obscure DC Comic character and evil version of Batman filled “Metal” crossover. Morrison is joined by writers/DC architects Scott Snyder, James Tynion, and Joshua Williamson and a blockbuster art team of Howard Porter, Jorge Jimenez, Doug Mahnke, Jamie Mendoza, Hi-Fi, Alejandro Sanchez, and Wil Quintana to show the last stand of the multiverse against the Dark Multiverse and its metal album cover Batmen. You might want to dust off that copy of Final Crisis or at least check out the Wiki page of The Bleed before diving into this one-shot. The Batman: Red Death one-shot helps the emotional beats land.

The Wild Hunt has several gears it hits. There’s the Morrisonian multiversal technobabble that gets dropped pretty early on and thankfully is roasted by mad scientists, like T.O. Morrow and Sivana, who are apparently good guys in this crossover. This is when the book is at its least fun. However, it’s entertaining when the writers say “Screw it!” and let Porter, Jimenez, and Mahnke cut loose with super cool double page splashes that show these high (As balls.) concept in action. Some personal visual highlights include Jimenez’s manga meets speed lines pages of Raven interfacing with and then empathizing with The Bleed (Barrier between universes.) and then throwing down a kick-ass one-liner with a purple background. There’s also Porter’s ballad of Red Death, who gets a golden makeover and a little redemption in a decent homage to Crisis on Infinite Earths down to his final fate. (Maybe, you should read that comic too before taking on this one.)

The third gear of Wild Hunt, and honestly I blame Morrison for this one, is pure comics kookiness embodied by the first and final pages of the book. (I think they were drawn by Mahnke and Mendoza, but don’t quote me because his style blends well.) Morrison and Mahnke retell the origin story of Detective Chimp and gets a little metafictional by including the map from Multiversity and the sheet music from Superman’s song in Final Crisis. These panels feel like a couple of old rockers digging into their greatest hits before the last third of the comics hits, and they realize they need a new hit single to get the fans on their feet again. (In light of the event of Wild Hunt #1, this comic could be taken literally or metaphorically.)


However, I don’t think they stick the landing and going for wacky for the sake of wackiness instead of something poignant. I do find the idea of Detective Chimp as a kind of ersatz furry Batman to be fascinating, and he gets a full Hero’s Journey in Wild Hunt #1 as he comes to grips with using the vast knowledge of the DC multiverse stored underneath his deer stalker. (The origin for his trademark headwear gave me all the feels.) He wants to be hopeful and look up in the sky, but hell is opening up at his feet. Chimp is piddling around a keyboard and trying to find a tune to save the world, and hell, he might have found it. Also, his piano playing is a nice throughline between Morrison’s work on Final Crisis and Snyder’s on Metal because a shared superhero universe is a neverending symphony of players, characters and creators both.

With searing multiversal land (and sound)scapes from Howard Porter, Jorge Jimenez, and Doug Mahnke; enchanting and frightening colors from Hi-Fi, Alejandro Sanchez, and Wil Quintana; and a very Grant Morrison, The Wild Hunt #1 is a decent setup to the Metal finale even though the last few pages will either make you laugh nervously or do a hard eye roll.

Story: Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison, James Tynion IV, Josh Williamson Art: Howard Porter, Jorge Jimenez, Doug Mahnke with Jamie Mendoza
Colors: Hi-Fi, Alejandro Sanchez, Wil Quintana

Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson from Eddie Gorodetsky and Marc Andreyko this January

Image Comics will debut The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson created by Emmy Award winning writer-producer Eddie Gorodetsky and Eisner Award winning writer Marc Andreyko. Gorodetsky, whose credits include MomBig Bang Theory, and Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan, teamed up with Andreyko whose recent collection Love Is Love united the comics world to raise money and awareness in the wake of the Orlando LGBTQ shootings.

Nick Wilson, their first collaboration, is illustrated by comics veterans Steve Sadowski and Ian Churchill. Colored by Hi-Fi Colour Design, lettered by A Larger World Studios, and edited by Shannon Eric Denton with covers by Pete Woods and Ian Churchill.

The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson is a story for anyone who failed publicly, who didn’t prepare for a second act in their life, who hit a wall and didn’t know how to recover. For a few years in his early 20s, Nick Wilson had super powers and all the acclaim associated with them. When those powers vanished, so did his fame, sending him from national hero to late-night punch line. By the time we pick up his story, he is not yet 30 and barely a name in a trivia contest. Faced with a life in a rear view mirror full of lost powers, faded glory, former enemies, ex-girlfriends, and forgotten grudges, Nick struggles to figure out who he is today. Packing on an extra 20 pounds and peering through a medicinal marijuana haze, he is trying to build a future when all that’s left is just a man who hasn’t been super for a very long time. These are THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF NICK WILSON.

Nick Wilson #1 Cover A by Woods (Diamond Code NOV170648) and Cover B by Churchill (Diamond Code NOV170649) will be available on Wednesday, January 17th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 18th.

Review: Batman/The Flash: The Button

First I’m truly surprised at how good the Batman/The Flash: The Button collection is and this is not a slight to the skill and talent of the creative teams. It’s just I’ve been BURNED these last few mega crossover events and this being a tie-in to one of these, I came in with low expectations. And that’s not the only reason I passed over these books initially.

As a fan of The Watchmen, I haven’t been the biggest supporter of rehashing this universe. Despite the lineup of talent, I’m not big on the idea of that universe intersecting with the DCU proper.


The deluxe edition of The Button collects Batman #21-22 and The Flash #21-22, with all of the variant covers for you to eyegasam. And without spoiling too much here’s why you should give it a read.

The feel of the book takes me back to Batman’s Brave and the Bold days, where each month he would team up with a different character of the DCU. Picking up the story from DC Universe: Rebirth #1, Batman and the Flash continue to investigate the mysterious Button that appeared in the Batcave when Wally West returned to the DCU. This investigation gives the heroes a few more clues to who has been influencing their world for the past few years, setting the stage for the next event Doomsday Clock.


Writers Tom King and Joshua Willamson bring to the table an ability to highlight unique traits in characters, and this is one of several reasons why I really enjoyed this book. The way they connect Batman and the Flash with forensic science is so simple and basic, that it makes them work as friends on such a higher level. I haven’t been reading King’s run on Batman, I’ve heard good things, but this makes me curious about it. And these guys work on pulling your heartstrings with some interesting story beats.

The art team for these books also bring their “A game.” Jason Fabok‘s art is as clean and sharp as ever, but it’s his subtle nod to the art and style of Dave Gibbons’ original Watchmen, using a grid pattern for the storytelling. That helps enhance his beautiful line work with the visual brutality that fills most of this chapter.

And I’ve missed Howard Porter’s art, I’ve been a fan of his stuff since his run on JLA with all the dynamic, over the top, hyper-kinetic energy, which is perfect for The Flash, even when he’s not running Porter has energy crackling off of the Flash giving you the sense that he is Speed.

Putting the cherries on top, the colors by Brad Anderson on Bats and Hi-Fi for the Flash bring a rich depth to these books that play off of Batman’s dark tones and the Flashes intense vibrant flare. Assists also go to Deron Bennett and Steve Wands on the lettering, bringing the words to the page might seem easy but there is an art to using it to help guide the reader and not distract from the art.


Please note if you’re looking for a Christmas gift for someone who likes Batman or the Flash, but don’t regularly read the comics, this might not be the right gift as it’s a stepping stone from a previous one-shot to a bigger event coming up. If they like a good story with amazing art for under $20 this makes a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.

If you want a second opinion about The Button, check out another opinion from the GP team here.

Story: Tom King and Joshua Williamson
Art: Jason Fabok and Howard Porter
Color: Brad Anderson and Hi-Fi
Letters: Deron Bennett and Steve Wands
Variant Covers: Tim Sale & Brennan Wagner, Mikel Janin


George Carmona 3rd is an Artist/Writer, former Milestone Media Intern, former DC Comics paper pusher, current book lover, and lifelong comic geek. You can find his work at FistFullofArt.com or follow him on twitter at GCarmona3.

Review: Superman #26


After the fallout with Manchester Black, in the last arc, Superman #26 is a slower and more happier issue between a father and son, Clark, and Jon. It also reflects on Clark’s experience as a child with his own father. Jon aka Superboy is just learning his powers, as we’ve seen in this book, and in Super Sons, and sometimes, in Clark’s opinion, goes in head first without thinking. Just like Pa Kent showed Clark a lesson when he was a boy, Clark gets the idea to do that with Jon.

Throughout the issue, Jon is seen smashing and punching things and not thinking things through at first, or planning ahead, like Clark wants him to do. After a few flashbacks to Clark’s own childhood, he realizes he may need to listen to Jon more, and they can learn from each other. The two super Kent’s finally meet eye to eye and beat up some baddies before they reflect on a touching final page. Michael Moreci tells a simple tale of a father and son learning to work around each other’s differences and come together as a team. It is touching, and it works with these two characters.

The art in the book by Scott Godlewski is a little more cartoony than this series usually has, and it had almost a Doonesbury comic strip look to the faces. That isn’t a bad thing, it was just much different than we’ve seen on the book, and worked just fine for a one shot issue like this. It’s a smart tactic by DC with the bi-weeekly format, letting new creators or different creators try their chops at their big names, while also only having a month to get back to the main story and the main creators. The colors by Hi-Fi were solid as usual, and added to the style Godlewski was going for.

This was an issue that went quick, and was short and sweet. I don’t think it was anything spectacular, but it didn’t have to be. It was a nice breath of air before we begin our next arc, and this book uses these little breaks well, because this comic is usually going full speed ahead. Now that Clark has given Jon that confidence in himself, it will be interesting to see if that spills over to Super Sons and Damian’s constant lecturing and attitude toward Superboy.

Story: Michael Moreci Art: Scott Godlewski
Colors: Hi-Fi Letters: Rob Leigh Cover: Lee Weeks & Brad Anderson
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1

MMCoverTwo very different “Last Martians” meet in the Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian SpecialThe stately Martian Manhunter wants to protect Earth and its people while the tiny, non-superpowers-having Marvin the Martian wants to blow it up. Steve Orlando and Frank Barbiere craft a story of the battle between hope and cynicism while Aaron Lopresti, Jerome Moore, and Hi-Fi ably and hilariously adapt the cartoon physics of Marvin’s “looney” world to the DC Universe house style.

Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special works as a story because Orlando and Barbiere take everything that Marvin says seriously via the character of Martian Manhunter, who is honestly the DC Universe’s ultimate straight man thanskThey also make him a total nihilist cynic, who has lost his planet and wants to destroy Earth, who he thinks is a bad little sibling because of wars, diseases, and traffic. The interplay between J’onn’s utter zen and Marvin’s complete chaos creates a lot of the issue’s conflict and comedy beginning with J’onn’s reaction to Marvin’s “form”.

However, shades of grey come to play when the humans that J’onn tries to save immediately turn on him and accuse him of being in cahoots with Marvin. For a moment, he is seduced to watch the world burn with one whiff of Marvin’s firecracker shaped plot device bomb. J’onn takes it easy on Marvin for most of the story because he is still super overjoyed to see another of his kind even though they are super different in abilities and disposition. Martian Manhunter’s physical weakness might be fire, but his real weakness is loneliness. He has to carry the hopes and memories of an entireMMinterior race in his powerful mind, and not even Superman can understand what’s he been through because Mars was destroyed when J’onn was an adult. However, even though he does the angst thing (And Martian rightfully pokes fun at this.), J’onn is one of the noblest DC superheroes, and Orlando, Barbiere, Lopresti, and Moore keep this characteristic at the forefront of the story.

Other than the novelty of seeing various Acme doodads drawn in a semi-photorealistic DC house style, Aaron Lopresti and Jerome Moore provide clean artwork that is easy to follow even when Marvin decides to wreck an entire government warehouse. Some of the explosions seem generic, but Lopresti also delivers on some majestic moments like J’onn bursting through the flames that are supposed to weaken him to defend Earth from Marvin. Even though it doesn’t go into Laura Allred category, Hi-Fi delivers some trippy space thrills like the green on the special gate that Marvin uses to travel to the Earth of the DC Universe.

As an added bonus, Jim Fanning and John Loter do backup story featuring Marvin and J’onn in the Looney Tunes art style. It’s a lighter take on Marvin that the main story, which makes sense based on the art style even though he still wants to destroy the Earth. The plot involves Oreo cookies, or Jonn’s equivalent of kryptonite, and there are even some fun “cameos” from other Looney Tunes characters.

Marvin the Martian/Martian Manhunter hits that sweet spot between serious and silly. Steve Orlando and Frank Barbiere explore the reasons behind Marvin’s cynicism and J’onn’s optimism while delivering a pretty fun superhero-meets-Saturday morning cartoon beat ’em up with a clever twist ending that is something Alan Moore would do. They also make Marvin legtimately evil. And Aaron Lopresti and Jerome Moore get the biggest laughs for drawing his tiny self in the DC house style

Story: Steve Orlando and Frank Barbiere Pencils: Aaron Lopresti Inks: Jerome Moore Colors: Hi-Fi
Backup Story: Jim Fanning Backup Art: John Loter

Story: 8.5  Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.0  Recommendation: Buy

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