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Review: War is Hell #1

War is Hell #1

In honor of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary and history with War Comics comes a brand new edition of War is Hell with two fascinating and soul-crushing tales of War. “In the Mood” by Howard Chaykin takes you to the skies as the Luftwaffe and RAF battle over the English Channel for a battle tale of bitter irony and “War Glammer” by Phillip Kennedy Johnson brings you back to Earth in modern day Afghanistan with a story that will chill you to the bone.

War Is Hell #1 is a comic of two stories – quite literally. Paying homage to the publisher’s roots, we get two separate and distinct stories decry the horrors of war. The second is far more brutal than the first, and is set up as a narration over imagery as a group of US soldier embark on a raid in Afghanistan. The story, War Glammer is written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and features art by Alberto Alburquerque with colours by Andres Mossa. It’s easily the darker of the two in terms of subject matter and the visuals used – which are really quite solid – and doesn’t try to gloss over the soldier’s experience.

Look, I need to be utterly clear here: I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of the armed forces. I genuinely don’t know what war is like beyond news reports and stories online, so while this story fills my impression of war, my impression could be very, very wrong.

That said, War Glammer is a good story, fully contained with a powerful impact on the reader (especially upon the second read through).

Howard Chaykin’s story, In The Mood takes place over several years in the Second World War and follows a German fighter pilot who disagrees with the Nazi philosophy, but takes pride in serving his country (“Germany, not Nazi-Germany”) well. This short story feels very much like the older stories that this book is paying homage too, both in setting and the content of the story. In The Mood is much lighter than the follow up, again both visually and in subject matter, but leaves no less an impact upon the reader as the story reminds us that our actions have consequences.

War Is Hell #1 is a really interesting comic, and the dual story nature of it forces both writers to trim the chaff – neither is forced to extend their stories to fill the space within, and the comic is stronger for it. If you’re interested in a couple of really good short stories, then this is worth picking up; I was going to recommend this when I assumed it was $6, but after a quick fact check, it’s only $4.

Story: Howard Chaykin and Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Howard Chaykin and Alberto Alburquerque
Colourist: Edgar Delgardo and Andres Mossa Letterer: Ken Bruzenak Story: 7.9 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read.

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Preview: War is Hell #1

War is Hell #1

(W) Howard Chaykin, Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Howard Chaykin, More (CA) Dan Panosian
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 23, 2019
SRP: $3.99

ALL-NEW WAR STORY!

In honor of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary and history with War Comics comes a brand new edition of WAR IS HELL with two fascinating and soul-crushing tales of War. “In the Mood” by Howard Chaykin takes you to the skies as the Luftwaffe and RAF battle over the English Channel for a battle tale of bitter irony and “War Glammer” by Phillip Kennedy Johnson brings you back to Earth in modern day Afghanistan with a story that will chill you to the bone.

War is Hell #1

Preview: Further Adventures of Red Sonja Vol.1

Further Adventures of Red Sonja Vol.1

writer: Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Doug Moench, Clair Noto, Frank Thorne, Christie Marx, Charles Dixon, James Owsley, Bruce Jones, Peter B. Gillis, Jim Valentino, Sue Flaxman, Marie Javins, Steve Buccellato
artists: Frank Thorne, E.R. Cruz, Estaban Maroto, Howard Chaykin, Dick Giordano, Terry Austin, John Buscema, Pablo Marcos, Tony DeZuniga, Barry Smith, Ernie Chan, Neal Adams, Geof Isherwood, Luke McDonnell, Armando Gil, Bruce Jones, Steven Carr, Gary Kwapisz, Josef Rubinstein, Gavin Curtis, Keith Williams, Alfredo Alcala, Del Barras, Reggie Jones, Kirk Etienne, Howard Simpson, Rober Quijano
cover: Frank Thorne
FC | 200+ pages | $19.99 | Teen+

Featuring a collection of issues from the original Marvel Comics series “The Savage Sword of Conan,” with each page painstakingly re-mastered for this volume! Plus, Sonja Tales from Kull and the Barbarians, as well as pin-ups!

Review: Captain America: Promised Land

The year is 2314, and the grandson of Steve Rogers lives in the utopian America Captain America dream about.

Captain America: Promised Land collects issues #701-704 from Mark Waid, Leonardo Romero, J.G. Jones, Adam Hughes, Howard Chaykin, Rod Reis, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Jordie Bellaire, Paul Mounts, Jesus Aburtov, Irma Knivila, and Joe Caramagna.

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Preview: Archie Meets Batman ’66 #3

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ‘66 #3

Script: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
Variant Covers: Art Baltazar, Howard Chaykin, Veronica Fish, Franco Aureliani, David Mack
On Sale Date: 9/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The historic crossover mini-series rolls on! Gotham’s villains have infiltrated Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe to enact their plans of mind control! But when one of Pop’s best customers sees the action taking place, will he be able to let the others know, or will the joke be on him?

Pop’s is overrun by Gotham’s villains in this early preview of Archie Meets Batman ’66 #3!

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ’66 #3

Script: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
Variant Covers: Art Baltazar, Howard Chaykin, Veronica Fish, Franco Aureliani, David Mack
On Sale Date: 9/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The historic crossover mini-series rolls on! Gotham’s villains have infiltrated Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe to enact their plans of mind control! But when one of Pop’s best customers sees the action taking place, will he be able to let the others know, or will the joke be on him?

Preview: Captain America #702

Captain America #702

(W) Mark Waid (A) Leonardo Romero, Howard Chaykin, Rod Reis (CA) Michael Cho
Rated T+
In Shops: May 16, 2018
SRP: $3.99

PROMISED LAND Part 2
The quest to save his son leads Jack Rogers into the bowels of the Earth, far from the idyllic surface – and a meeting with the descendant of another notable Marvel hero!

Preview: The Michael Moorcock Library: Erekose – The Swords of Heaven, The Flowers of Hell

THE MICHAEL MOORCOCK LIBRARY: EREKOSE – THE SWORDS OF HEAVEN, THE FLOWERS OF HELL

Writer/Artist: Howard Chaykin
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 80pp, $19.99
On sale: May 15, 2018
ISBN: 9781782763307

A classic comic adaptation from the acclaimed fantasy author Michael Moorcock!

In this story Erekosë assumes the role of “Clen of Clen-Gar,” a noble of the land called the “Dream Marches”, part of a greater land called “Heaven”.

He befriends a peaceful race of beings known as “Angels”, who can best be described in one of their forms as flying manatees. In the day-time, they gracefully float through Heaven, absorbing water vapour from the air, and by night they release the stored water as acid rain upon a neighboring land coincidentally called “Hell”, whose savage inhabitants live in poverty compared to the luxury of Heaven and the Dream Marches. The angels can also assume an insectoid form similar to human sized ant-men.

Adam Hughes, JG Jones and more join Mark Waid on Captain America #701 & #702

The year is 2134, and the legacy of Captain America lives on…not only shaping the future of the country, but the future of Steve Rogers’ family! This May, series writer Mark Waid will be joined by Leonardo Romero and a host of superstar guest artists such as Adam Hughes, JG Jones, Chris Sprouse, and Howard Chaykin, as Captain America’s storied history in the Marvel Universe is spotlighted in an all-new adventure told through the eyes of Steve Rogers’ grandson!

But this seemingly perfect utopia isn’t exactly the America Steve Rogers dreamed of…

Captain America #701 is out May 2 and Captain America #702 is out May 16. Both feature a cover by Michael Cho.

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #13

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #13 

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Ryan Bodenheim
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover A by Lewis Larosa (JAN182024)
Cover B by Giuseppe Camuncoli (JAN182025)
Interlocking Variant by Ariel Olivetti (JAN182026)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by Howard Chaykin (JAN182027)
Pre-Order Edition by Ryan Bodenheim (OCT171928)
Editor: Warren Simons Assitant Editor: David Menchel
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale MARCH 28th

This means war!

The alien-armored warrior called X-O Manowar once commanded the most formidable army the alien world of Gorin had ever known. Now, his comrades have been forsaken, his crown has been commandeered, and his power has been rejected by the very subjects he once ruled. But he still has his sword…and a never-ending furnace of fury drawn from deep within…

The end of X-O Manowar’s year-long conquest at the farthest reaches of the Valiant Universe draws near – and a powerful new beginning awaits – as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (ETERNITY) and astonishing artist Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead) unleash the final reckoning of “VISIGOTH”!

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