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Review: Martian Manhunter #1

No matter what you know about J’onn J’onnz, you’re not prepared for this! Martian Manhunter #1 is a reinvention of the Manhunter from Mars in this twisted, unexpected series from writer Steve Orlando, artist Riley Rossmo, colorist Ivan Plascencia, and letterer Deron Bennett.

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Review: Martian Manhunter #1

No matter what you know about J’onn J’onnz, you’re not prepared for this! Martian Manhunter #1 is a reinvention of the Manhunter from Mars in this twisted, unexpected series. Back on Mars, J’onn was about as corrupt as a law officer can be, and when a reckoning comes for his entire society, he’ll get a second chance he doesn’t want or deserve! One shocking murder, and an unexpected fragment of the Mars he lost, will change his life-and the course of the Earth-forever!

J’onn J’onnz has been a character that has had so many takes and versions, it’s hard to keep track. The basics are often there but tweaks in his history or his role are often made and have made things… confusing at times.

Writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo team up for this new maxi-series that explores J’onnz and after one issue, looks like it’ll rewrite the character for the better in many ways.

The focus here is his past as a crooked cop on Mars and his, what feels like, attempt to repent in some sort of way as a “good” cop on Earth after the reckoning of his people. We get to explore his life a bit on Mars, his family and the society there. It’s an interesting twist to his story delivering what feels like a depth and clear vision as what this character should be.

Orlando and Rossmo deliver a sadness about him that oozes from the page. This is a being who feels guilty of his actions of the past and is attempting to find redemption, it seems. And with it, we get a nice Law & Order type procedural at the same time.

Rossmo’s art is fantastic and he’s joined by Ivan Plascencia on color and lettering by Deron Bennett. The art is classic Rossmo with his exaggerated style that’s one of the most unique out there. With a color palette that’s defined, this is a comic that just doesn’t look like anything else on the shelves this week making it stand out even more so.

This is a fascinating first issue and delivers a story that has me caring for a character I’ve never particularly liked. It has a clear vision for a character who, like his shapeshifting, has been all over as far as history and background. The team here is delivering something that feels special and like it’ll be the next maxi-series “must read.”

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Riley Rossmo
Color: Ivan Plascencia Letters: Deron Bennett
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Deathbed #5

Deathbed #5

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Riley Rossmo
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $3.99

What do you want to be when you grow up? For Antonio Luna… it was everything. He wanted to do it all, so he became a race car driver, a masked wrestler, an artist, a baseball player, a spy and countless other careers. But there was one life goal he never fulfilled… the one that got away. Now, for Luna to solve the mystery of who killed his friends and family, he will have to voyage to the one place he swore he never would return to and achieve his long-lost dream… even if it kills him.

Review: Dark Nights Metal: Dark Knights Rising

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 a collection of the Dark Knights Metal one-shots!

Dark Nights Metal: Dark Knights Rising is by Scott Syder, Grant Morrison, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Frank Tieri, Sam Humphries, Dan Abnett, Peter J. Tomasi, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Riccardo Federici, Ethan Van Sciver, Philip Tan, Tyler Kirkham, Francis Manapul, Tony S. Daniel, Danny Mini, Riley Rossmo, Howard Porter, Jorge Jimenez, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Ivan Plascencia, Rain Beredo, Jason Wright, Dean White, Arif Prianto, Tomeu Morey, Hi-Fi, Alejandro Sanchez, Wil Quintana, TOm Napolitano, Clayton Cowles, Jason Fabok, and Brad Anderson.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on June 26. 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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Preview: The Flash #44

The Flash #44

Story: Joshua Williamson
Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Color: Ivan Plascencia
Letters: Steve Wands
Cover: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia
Variant Cover: David Finch, Danny Miki, Tomeu Morey
Group Editor: Marie Javins
Editor: Rebecca Taylor
Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“PERFECT STORM” part six! Grodd rains lightning down on Central City to burn it to the ground. The Flash is as fast as a bolt of lightning, but is he as fast as a thousand?

Review: Deathbed #2

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Dearest Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Margaret Mars, philanthropist, globetrotter and onetime lover of Antonio Luna. Her noble pursuit of humanitarian causes dates back to the first word she ever spoke (“Peace”), which is juxtaposed with the seven words she uttered right before being assassinated (“Who let these ninjas into my house?!”). Indeed, these seven words paint an inexplicably bizarre, yet accurate, picture of her final moments on earth. Who let these ninjas into her house, and why were they there to begin with? What business did a pack of inhuman zombie-mummy-ninjas have with Ms. Mars, and why did they murder her? Fascinating questions, none of which we have the answers to. But Ms. Mars would not want us to grieve! Ms. Mars’ will states her desire that we celebrate her life and not mourn her death (as horrific and gruesome as it may have been)! So come! Be merry and help us send off the great Maggie Mars in a way that honors her remarkable life!

 

Just be sure not to invite Antonio Luna.

The adventurous and odd life of Antonio Luna continues to be revealed in Deathbed #2. Someone is killing off everyone Antonio Luna has come into contact with and that includes one of his greatest loves, Ms. Mars. That’s the set up of this issue as Luna heads to the wake leading to hilarious and sad results.

Writer Joshua Williamson continues to hold nothing back in this issue that’s both funny and offensive. And through the cringeworthy humor, we also get a glimpse of Luna the man and how egocentric he truly is. It’s a fascinating character and way to allow us to dive further into his world and experiences. We might not like Luna but we understand him.

The art by Riley Rossmo with colors by Ivan Plascencia continues to drop subtle hints and reveal the life of Antonia Luna. The scenes and situations vary from the streets of Paris to the desert with mutants and a funeral. Every one important in telling Luna’s life and adding to his story that’s being told. The art in this case may be more important than the dialogue as it not only tells so much of Luna’s history but also delivers much of the humor that the dialogue sets up. The lettering by Deron Bennett is important too as it sets each scene and emotional punch and in some cases helps land the joke.

The issue continues the inappropriateness that is the exploration of Luna’s life and when you think it can’t get anymore cringeworthy funny, you’re proven wrong. A fantastic series that delivers laughs with some heart underneath.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Riley Rossmo
Color: Ivan Plascencia Letterer: Deron Bennett
Executive Edits: Mark Doyle Edits: Amedeo Turturro
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Deathbed #1

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Myth, hack, sex symbol, stark raving lunatic—all of these words have been used to describe Antonio Luna, the world’s greatest living adventurer. Or at least he was until 20 years ago, when he mysteriously vanished from the public eye. Now the ninety-year-old has returned and claims to be on his deathbed. Which is where Valentine Richards, a failed novelist turned reporter, comes in. Val is hired to travel to Luna’s remote castle home and uncover where the old star has been all these years, and just how much of what he says is actually true. But once Val starts to hear Luna’s tale, she finds herself entering into an insane world of psychedelic violence and explosive supernatural adventure.

In Deathbed #1, what starts out relatively normal quickly takes a hard right into strange territory. Val reluctantly agrees to ghostwrite the life story of mysterious Antonio Luna, that seems simple enough. What happens next is not what was expected. Writer Joshua Williamson delivers a story that you think will go one way but then surprises you. What was thought to be an adventurer recounting his life turns into something completely else.

The art by Riley Rossmo is interesting and intriguing simultaneously. The first issue shows the diverse capabilities of Rossmo as he not only creates scenes of action but also puts in numerous details to give depth to the characters. The art hints at the great spectacle of odd things and adventure that Luna has had throughout his life with Williamson spelling it out. All of it leads to a specter of slaughter that helps deliver the punchline of the first issue.

The first issue is a fun one delivering lots of mystery and action and does so in a way that is unexpected.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Riley Rossmo
Ink: Riley Rossmo Color: Ivan Plascencia
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Batman: The Red Death #1

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 an evil Batman?!

Batman: The Red Death #1 by Joshua Willaimson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia, and Tom Napolitano.

Batman: The Red Death #1 is in comic book stores today.

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

Batman: The Red Death #1
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Review: Batman/The Shadow #2

The combination crossover/murder mystery/exploration of Batman’s debt to The Shadow in pop culture continues in Batman/The Shadow #2. The big reveal in the previous is that Henri Ducard, Batman’s mentor and Liam Neeson’s character in Batman Begins, was one of many civilian identities that The Shadow took on to strike out at evil. Artist Riley Rossmo and colorist Ivan Plascencia continue to draw The Shadow more like a force nature than a man throughout the comic, and Batman seems clumsy and unwieldy in the face of his supernatural opponent and former mentor.

The main highlight of Batman/The Shadow #2 is Rossmo continuing to draw The Shadow like a gun toting, will-o’-the-wisp, but Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando have also plotted a hell of decades spanning, complex, yet archetypical mystery. The Shadow deals in absolute good and evil, and that is why his nemesis, the Stag, is preying on the “best” people of Gotham, including Leslie Thompkins. Also, with the death of Lamont Cranston, he lacks a connection to humanity. By trotting out the wizened, old versions of his “agents”, including love interest Margot Lane, Snyder, Orlando, and Rossmo show that The Shadow is a manipulative bastard, who only had relationships with people to further his war on crime. Batman has acted this way sometimes too, like in Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Death of the Family” storyline in Batman, and it’s interesting to see him be used by The Shadow as a kind of tour guide in Gotham to track down The Stag yet again.

There is an anarchic energy to Rossmo and Plascencia’s art in Batman/The Shadow #2, and it’s the furthest thing from superhero house style. Rossmo plays with the supernatural of the Shadow by making him barely fill out the edges of a panel and then having him collide into Batman like their opening hand to hand battle. His line is stronger any time there is the scene in the present or any kind of corporeal action while Rossmo uses a looser style for flashbacks, like Batman questioning the Shadow about the different identities and people he’s slain over the years. With his predominantly dark grey palette, Ivan Plascencia is a perfect choice for these two dark vigilantes even if the first splash page featuring The Shadow has a run of crimson too.

Batman/The Shadow continues to be the dark double of the classic “Beware the Gray Ghost” episode of Batman: The Animated Series where Batman meets Gary Trent, his childhood hero. Whereas that episode had a rose-colored, nostalgic view of the pulp heroes that inspired modern superheroes, Batman/The Shadow shows that these characters were intense and often disturbed. Batman may be a creature of the night, but after his early appearances in the 1930s, he never capped criminals in the head like The Shadow. They aren’t essential to the plot, but Batman’s conversations with Alfred, who he treats as a friend, ally, and not some disposable weapon, make his humanity shine. Along with Rossmo’s close-up of him dropping a bowl of soup when he hears that Leslie is in danger, it shows that Batman has friends and wants to help them instead of just following an obsessive quest to wipe out evil like The Shadow.

Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo, and Ivan Plascencia continue to explore Batman’s violent, supernatural, and handgun wielding past in Batman/The Shadow #2. Except they add a twisting, turning mystery and an idiosyncratic art style to the mix so there’s a little for everyone in this intercompany crossover. There’s also just a touch of the old school pulps in the comic, like the swashbuckling duel between Batman and “Ducard” that opens the story.

Story: Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando Art: Riley Rossmo Colors: Ivan Plascencia
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy 

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Wednesday Graphic Novel Review: The Flash Vol. 1 and Justice League Vol. 1

Three weeks into the new year and three weeks of new comic days! We’ve got two more first volumes to two DC Comics “Rebirth” trade paperbacks!

The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice collects issues 1-8 and the Rebirth issue by Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Ivan Plascnecia.

Justice League Vol. 1: The Extinction Machines collects issues 1-5 and the Rebirth issue by Bryan Hitch, Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, and Tomeu Morey.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores January 11 and bookstores January 18.

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The Flash Vol. 1 Amazon/Kindle/comiXology and TFAW

Justice League Vol. 1 Amazon/Kindle/comiXology and TFAW

 

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