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Review: Justice League 3001 #1

jl3001-covThe Giffen era of the Justice League was a strange one for DC Comics.  It came about in the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity (technically post-Legends for anyone that remembers that crossover series) and it was noteworthy for specifically going against the trend of other superhero comics.  Notably Batman became a lot more darker and serious, but other heroes also followed the trend.  The lone exception was the Justice League which got a lot less serious under the guidance of Keith Giffen.  Although the League was theoretically built of some of the bigger names on its roll call, it became a lot more like the Booster Blue Beetle and Guy Gardner comedy club, as the creative team attempted to put the characters in increasingly comedic scenarios in order to elicit laughs.  It kind of worked for a bit, but also didn’t as the creative team moved on to other things and the League got a lot more serious once again.

For those looking for a return to those times, the modern alternative is here, or at least kind of is.  Justice League 3001 is set in the future where individuals are imprinted with the DNA of heroes and thus become somewhat like those heroes, at least for the major core of the team.  Lois is also imprinted and as the team’s manager she is trying to exact revenge on Superman for some unspecified reason, and to do so she tries to destroy the team on especially dangerous missions.  In this case she has sent them to a planet completely overrun by Starro and the team is forced to look for a solution.  In the meantime fans of Giffen’s run on the title will see some other familiar faces as Fire and Ice share some panel time, as they talk about Booster and Beetle (and even make some references to obscure story arcs from the Giffen run.)  Perhaps most notably is Guy, although he has been imprinted on a female, as Giffen was known for a bit of shock value by doing gender switches on characters.

Although this is very much a Giffen product, the end result is not as corny as it might be expected to be.  The jokes are there, and they mostly misfire, although they do work on occasion.  What is most noteworthy is that the plot almost perfectly fits the group of characters (except for the self serving nods to his own work from 20 years ago) as the concept is big idea enough for this powerful team.  This issue is not a grand slam, but it works well enough on enough levels to be an enjoyable read, though not much more.

Story: Keith Giffen Art: J.M. DeMatteis
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

12-Gauge Comics in November 2014

ICE: CRITICAL MASS #1 (of 4)

Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Daniel Hillyard
Colorist: Charlie Kirchoff
Cover Artist: Jason Pearson (Covers A and C), Jose Holder (Cover B)
$3.99 | 24 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 12

In this prequel to the original ICE mini-series, Cole Matai is a new recruit at the Montana branch of The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency. While shadowing decorated agent Ezra Delgado on a routine mission, all hell breaks loose and the new partners are baptized by fire. But this first battle is only the tip of the iceberg, as a terrorist plot to wipe out the Pacific Northwest is unfolding right at their feet. Get all this explosive action at the special introductory price of $1.99!

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ICE: Vol. 1 Trade Paperback

Writer: Doug Wagner
Artists: Jose Holder, Brian Stelfreeze
Colorists: Michael Wiggam, Michelle Poust
Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
$14.99 | 128 pgs. | T+ | TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 9781939346452

The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency (a.k.a. ICE) is charged with keeping our borders secure. The politics are complicated, but they don’t matter to COLE MATAI, leader of the best tactical group ICE has to offer.  For him, it’s all about protecting the public from men like LUIS MORALES, head of a ruthless Mexican drug cartel. When Morales notices that some of his drug runners are stealing inventory, he takes it personal. Shockwaves hit three U.S. cities as members of his cartel are savagely murdered over a period of weeks, all at the hands of Morales. The cross-country manhunt for this vicious killer pushes Cole and his team to the limit!

Collecting issues #0 – #4 of the original limited series, featuring art by Brian Stelfreeze (DAY MEN) and Jose Holder (DECEIVERS).

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SHERWOOD, TX #5 (of 5)

Writer: Shane Berryhill
Artist: Daniel Hillyard
Colorist: Charlie Kirchoff
Cover Artist: Andrew Robinson
$3.99 | 24 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 12

John Prince and Rob Hood slug it out for the soul of Sherwood, Texas in the stunning conclusion to this tale of betrayal and revenge. You don’t want to miss the big finale of this smash-hit series!

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Preview – ICE #4

ICE #4 (of 4)

Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Jose Holder
Co-Feature Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Colors: Michael Wiggam
$3.99

The battle for simple justice has turned deeply personal for ICE agent Cole Matai, who has left his badge in the states and illegally crossed the border into Mexico, seeking only revenge after the shocking events of the last issue.

With his goal being to finish off Luis Morales once and for all, Cole takes the battle straight to the most ruthless criminal he’s ever encountered.  Two men, two knives, and a battle for the ages.  It has all led to this….ICE #4 will not disappoint!

Teaser – ICE #3

ICE #3 (of 4)

Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Jose Holder
Co-Feature Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Colors: Michael Wiggam
$3.99

Following issue #2’s stunning conclusion, the worm has turned and the ICE team is under attack! Luis Morales and his cartel are now on the offensive—taking the battle directly to Cole Matai and his elite tactical team while they are off-duty and alone.  Unfortunately, this bold move by Morales will cost an ICE agent his life, causing Cole to take justice into his own hands—or die trying.

Teaser – ICE #2

Official Press Release

ICE #2 (of 4)

Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Jose Holder
Co-Feature Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Colors: Michael Wiggam
$3.99

Following a string of brutal drug-runner murders in the States, the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency’s top tactical team is in hot pursuit of the killer.  As they close in on the suspect (drug-kingpin Luis Morales), chaos erupts on the streets in a jumble of bullets and explosions!  As the battle rages, Morales attempts to escape and ICE agent Cole Matai is forced to leave his team and pursue the ruthless killer on foot.  Cole corners Morales and gets the upper hand— but makes a critical decision that will end up haunting him forever.

12-Gauge Comics is known for high-octane action, and ICE is taking that reputation to a new level!  Don’t miss the next installment of this summer’s hottest new series!

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ICE #1 Teaser

Official Press Release

ICE #1 (of 4)

Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Jose Holder
Co-Feature Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Colors: Michael Wiggam 

$1.00 BUCKSHOT EDITION (special introductory price)

ICE #1 – Blasting into comic stores for only $1.00! 

The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency (a.k.a. ICE) is charged with keeping our borders secure.  The politics are complicated, but they don’t matter to COLE MATAI, leader of the best tactical group ICE has to offer.  For him, it’s all about protecting the public from men like LUIS MORALES, head of a ruthless Mexican drug cartel.  When Morales notices that some of his drug runners are stealing inventory, he takes it personal.  Shockwaves hit three U.S. cities as members of his cartel are savagely murdered over a period of weeks, all at the hands of Morales. The cross-country manhunt for this vicious killer begins here—don’t miss it!

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