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Preview: Telepaths #2 (of 6)

Telepaths #2 (of 6)

(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A/CA) Steve Epting
In Shops: Oct 13, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The brand new epic from comic book legends J. Michael Straczynksi (The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor) and Steve Epting
(Captain America: The Winter Soldier). An electromagnetic disturbance results in the sudden awakening of telepathic powers in a tenth of the Earth’s population. In the moments after the world comes to grip with this development, newly Boston police find themselves sent against a wrongly convicted prisoner who becomes a hero and leader of other telepaths trying to escape a world in which their powers will make them targets. Both are heroes of their own story, and the future may depend on whether or not trust can be found between them.

Telepaths #2 (of 6)

Preview: Resistance: Uprising #6

Resistance: Uprising #6

(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A) C. P. Smith (CA) Rahzzah
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In the wake of the assassination of their leader, the Resistance is in disarray, disconnected from each other and hunted by authorities around the world – including an army of “reborns” recruited by the American government. To avert decimation at the hands of a fascist government crackdown, the Resistance must discover the ace up their sleeve and the key to unlocking it.

Resistance: Uprising #6

5 New Comics from Harlequin and Marvel are Available Now on comiXology

Marvel and Harlequin have you covered with five new releases available now on comiXology. Check out what you can get now!

Wolverine by Jason Aaron Complete Collection Vol. 1

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Howard Chaykin, Ron Garney, Adam Kubert, Paco Diaz Luque, Stephen Segovia, Udon Studios
Cover by Olivier Coipel
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Collects Wolverine (2003) #56, #62-65 and material from #73-74; Wolverine: Manifest Destiny #1-4; Wolverine: Weapon X #1-5; and material from Wolverine (1988) #175.

He’s the best there is at what he does – and Wolverine’s not so bad, either. Now, the debut of writer Jason Aaron’s acclaimed and character-defining Wolverine run is collected in one volume! Joined by some of comics’ top artists, Aaron (PUNISHERMAX, Scalped) pits Wolverine against an array of twisted foes including super-powered kung-fu gangsters, a platoon of Adamantium-enhanced mercenaries, a broken little man with a very big gun, a nonstop barrage of Marvel’s heaviest hitters, and – in a brutal, no-holds-barred battle that may destroy them both – the treacherous, shape-changing Mystique! Guest-starring Spider-Man, the X-Men, X-Force, the Avengers and more!

Wolverine by Jason Aaron Complete Collection Vol. 1

Wolverine by Jason Aaron Complete Collection Vol. 2

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Jock, Ron Garney, Davide Gianfelice, Yanick Paquette, Esad Ribic, C.P. Smith
Cover by Steve Epting
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Collects Dark Reign: The List – Wolverine, Wolverine: Weapon X #6-16, and material from All-New Wolverine Saga And Dark X-Men: The Beginning #3.

He’s the best there is at what he does – and Wolverine’s not so bad, either. The acclaimed and character-defining Wolverine run of writer Jason Aaron’s (PUNISHERMAX, Scalped) continues in this second volume! Joined by some of comics’ top artists, Aaron puts Wolverine through his paces: fighting the bizarre “living religion” Allgod, battling his way back to sanity from within Dr. Rot’s corrupt asylum, and facing unstoppable Deathlok assassins from the future – not to mention getting a girlfriend and grappling with the loss of his best friend! Plus: the double threats of Norman Osborn and Mystique! Guest-starring Marvel Boy, Fantomex, Psylocke, Captain America, the Avengers and more!

Wolverine by Jason Aaron Complete Collection Vol. 2

Thor: Warriors Three Complete Collection

Written by Tom DeFalco, Gary Friedrich, Stan Lee, Walt Simonson, Len Wein, Bill Willingham, Alan Zelenetz
Art by Deodato Studios, Joe Barney, John Buscema, Neil Edwards, Jack Kirby, Marie Severin, Herb Trimpe, Charles Vess
Cover by Joe Barney
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Collects Thor Annual #2, Incredible Hulk (1968) #102, Marvel Spotlight (1971) #30, Marvel Fanfare (1982) #34-35, Journey Into Mystery (1952) #-1, Warriors Three #1-4 — And Material From Tales To Astonish (1959) #101; Marvel Fanfare (1982) #13 And #36-37; Thor (1966) #400, #410 And #415-416; Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #66; Thor Annual #17; And Marvel Super-Heroes (1990) #15.

The Lord of the Sword, the Master of the Mace and the God of Girth! A romance-seeking rogue, a somber soldier and a fumbling family man: They’re one odd trio, but they’re the God of Thunder’s closest comrades – and even without him, they remain Asgard’s finest! Watch the Warriors Three face down Loki, Ulik, the Enchantress, the Destroyer and more! And when the fearsome Fenris Wolf returns, the Warriors Three undertake a quest to discover the secret of his defeat!

Thor: Warriors Three Complete Collection

Twelve: The Complete Series

Written by J. Michael Straczynski, Chris Weston
Art by Chris Weston
Cover by Kaare Andrews
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Collects The Twelve #1-12, The Twelve: Spearhead.

Yesterday’s men of tomorrow – today! The Phantom Reporter. Electro. The Black Widow. The Laughing Mask. The Blue Blade. Dynamic Man. Mastermind Excello. Mister E. The Fiery Mask. The Witness. Rockman. Captain Wonder. Lying dormant for sixty years, these twelve heroes awaken in a tormented world that needs them more than ever. But has the world grown beyond their brand of old-fashioned heroism? Behold the stunning post-modernist tale of sacrifice, betrayal and human nature by writer J. Michael Stracyzynski (TV’s Babylon 5, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and artist Chris Weston (The Invisibles, FANTASTIC FOUR: THE FIRST FAMILY). Plus: Journey into the past to follow the death-defying exploits of the Phantom Reporter on the front lines of World War II and witness his first encounter with history’s greatest super heroes!

Twelve: The Complete Series

Without Trust

Written by Penny Jordan
Art by Azumi Kana
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After being falsely accused of embezzlement, Lark decides to confront the prosecuting lawyer to prove her innocence. What awaits her is gorgeous, intimidating attorney James Wolfe. Lark decides to trust James with her plea but finds out a week later that her information has been leaked! Tabloids paint her as a conspiring femme fatale, which results in Lark losing not only her job and home but also the trust of her family. Overcoming her despair, Lark reunites with James, who wants to help her fight her case!

Without Trust

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Review: Telepaths #1

Telepaths #1

AWA Studios has been an interesting publisher. There’s a string of releases that have all been worthy checking out at least the first issue and numerous series to dive in and enjoy. J. Michael Straczynski has been one of the creators who have really taken advantage giving us a whole new world to escape into with The Resistance. Straczynski looks like he might be repeating that with Telepaths #1, a new series with an intriguing concept.

A solar flare threatens the Earth with an unknown impact to come. Telepaths #1 lays out the numerous pieces of the puzzle of what that impact will be in both good and bad ways. The issue is a hodgepodge of moments with various characters in numerous situations. Some of it plays out while some of it is just left on the shelf. A Presidential aide, a police officer, a convict, and more all get a snapshot as we’re introduced to their situations. It’s the calm before the storm and it’s the storm that’s the interesting aspect.

The solar flare, it’s clear by the end, has granted some individuals telepathic abilities. But, it’s the moments during impact that are the most intriguing. We see the failure of technology and the chaos it causes as the flare hits the planet. Accidents are plenty as it seems the whole world takes a nap for a little while. The whole world missing some time is a concept that feels familiar but it’s a small aspect of the bigger story. The fallout of it all is what stands out as individuals come to realize what has happened. Telepaths #1 is a solid tease of what’s to come, the opening moments of a big-budget film.

It’s no surprise that Steve Epting‘s art looks great. With color by Brian Reber and lettering by Sal Cipriano, Telepaths #1 has a style about it that ads to the cinematic quality of the story. Other than a couple of characters looking too similar, there’s a grounded aspect to everything that makes it all clicks. In fact, the art could have gone even more over the top in the chaos and it’d still have worked. Epting chooses to give us a big picture of the damage without a sensational aspect that might pull us out of the story.

Telepaths #1 is an interesting start to the series. There’s some aspects that are absolutely great. There’s some aspects that are thrown in there and feel like they don’t go anywhere. It’s clear they will eventually but we have one issue to review right now. There’s a making of a great series within and hopefully with the second issue we get to see the impact of this event with those lingering plotlines. For now, it’s a good start with a lot of potential.

Story: J. Michael Straczynski Art: Steve Epting
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

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Review: The Resistance #5

The Resistance #5

The Boys has changed what most people think of how superheroes are supposed to act. It has changed hoe we should look at such narratives. Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson superlative concoction more than subverts genre, it redefines it.  AS it not only puts  pragmatic narrative into play, one that the DCU movies, have sparingly attempted to do, but lacking the emotive punch needed for the audience to buy into it.

As both seasons thus far has proven to naysayers how to do a story about superheroes the right way. The one premise in the show  which sounded like something in the news, is how the company producing the superhero serum , has sold that same serum to terrorists. As one would logically see that something like that would eventually happen. In The Resistance #5, just like in The Boys, a powerful enemy is found to also have superpowers

We are taken to North Korea, where one young man is about to undergo a public execution, but before this was his plan all along, was for it a public display, where he used his powers to show them that superpowered beings were indomitable. We are also taken to Guatemala, where one of our heroes , stops a child from being  sex trafficked. Our heroes eventually ask Hasburg, of the best way to move forward, leading them to organize a revolution. By the issue’s end, their stand gets resistance from the the military worldwide, leading them to stand firm .

Overall, The Resistance #5 is an exciting penultimate issue. The story by J. Michael Straczynski is hypnotic. The art by the creative team is remarkable. Altogether, an issue where our protagonists realize exactly who they are.

Story: J. Michael Straczynski Art: Mike Deodato Jr., Frank Martin Jr., and Rahzzah
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Early Preview: Telepaths #1 (of 6)

Telepaths #1 (of 6)

(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A/CA) Steve Epting
In Shops: Sep 01, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The brand new epic from comic book legends J. Michael Straczynksi (The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor) and Steve Epting
(Captain America: The Winter Soldier). An electromagnetic disturbance results in the sudden awakening of telepathic powers in a tenth of the Earth’s population. In the moments after the world comes to grip with this development, newly Boston police find themselves sent against a wrongly convicted prisoner who becomes a hero and leader of other telepaths trying to escape a world in which their powers will make them targets. Both are heroes of their own story, and the future may depend on whether or not trust can be found between them

Telepaths #1 (of 6)

Marvel, Harlequin, and Seven Seas Have Five New Releases For You to Explore

There’s five new digital comics available now on comiXology. You can check out the individual releases below or start shopping now.

Civil War Companion

Written by Chris Baiocchi, Chris Biggs, Ronald Byrd, Madison Carter, Peter David, Mike Fichera, Anthony Flamini, Justin Gray, Mark Guggenheim, David Hine, Michael Hoskin, Jerome Maida, Jim Mclauchlin, Clifford Meth, Terry Morrow, Mark O’English, Brian Reed, Mike Sangiacomo, Dan Slott, J. Michael Straczynski, John Rhett Thomas, Stuart Vandal, Zeb Wells
Art by Scott Kolins, Mike Mayhew
Cover by Steve McNiven
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Collects Civil War Files, Civil War: Battle Damage Report, Marvel Spotlight: Mark Millar/Steve McnNiven, Marvel Spotlight: Civil War Aftermath, Daily Bugle: Civil War Special Edition. The legislation has been passed. The battle lines have been drawn. The opening shots have been fired. Now, as the controversial Super Human Registration Act continues to divide America’s super human community, go behind the lines of the Marvel Comics event starring Spider-Man, the New Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the entirety of the Marvel pantheon! Featuring in-depth S.H.I.E.L.D. dossiers on the nation’s most prominent super humans; behind-the-scenes coverage with CIVIL WAR planners Mark Millar and Steve McNiven; news, gossip, and opinions from the Daily Bugle, the very newspaper the citizens of the Marvel Universe read to keep informed; and more!

Civil War Companion

X-Men: Children Of The Atom

Written by Joe Casey
Art by Esad Ribic, Steve Rude, Michael Ryan
Cover by Steve Rude
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Collects X-Men: Children of the Atom (1999) #1-6. Joe Casey and Steve Rude explore the early days of the X-Men! You’ve read Casey’s bold vision of the mighty mutants in UNCANNY X-MEN, now read his interpretation of the original squad! Collecting issues #1 – #6 of the hit mini-series, this adventure digs deep into the lives of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel and the Beast to reveal new depths to the origins of the first X-Men! Professor X and Magneto stand on opposite sides in the war for evolution — but which one will draft these powerful young soldiers? Featuring the art of Steve Rude (SPIDER-MAN: LIFELINES), Michael Ryan (CABLE) and Esad Ribic (THE BROTHERHOOD), this saga will please fans of all ages, with its earnest yet modern examination of these gifted, but troubled youths!

X-Men: Children Of The Atom

Enfant du samedi

Written by Betty Neels
Art by Reiko Kishida
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Voulant repartir de zéro, Abigaïl, infirmière, part pour la Hollande où elle trouve un nouveau travail. Dans la maison de son employeur, elle rencontre le beau docteur Wighklen, mais son air hautain et son attitude froide lui laissent à penser qu’elle ne l’intéresse pas. Bien qu’elle ait mis de la distance entre eux, lorsque le contrat d’Abigaïl arrive à terme, Wighklen lui propose un nouveau travail. Quelque peu déroutée, elle accepte malgré tout, irrésistiblement attirée par son charme inexplicable… Peut-être ne la détestait-il finalement pas tant que ça ?

Enfant du samedi

Married To The Sheik

Written by Carol Culver
Art by Mayu Kasumi
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“Find my bride!” That’s an order from Ben, a sheikh and an oil tycoon, whom Emily works for as a secretary. His sudden, unexpected order depresses her. Because she’s been his secret admirer! But she’s well aware that her love for him will never come true. Ben, on the other hand, has to find a bride to fulfill his tribal custom. Hiding her pain, she agrees to help him find a woman he’s looking for!

Married To The Sheik

Seaside Stranger Vol. 1: Umibe no Étranger

Written by Kanna Kii
Art by Kanna Kii
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This series is rated Adults Only
DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality
Ever since his parents disowned him for being gay, Shun has been living with his aunt on a small island near Okinawa. One day, he meets Mio, a high school student who recently lost his own parents and now spends his days sitting by the sea. The two young men begin to open up to each other… until Mio reveals that he’s leaving. Three years later, an adult Mio returns to the island to confess his true feelings, but is Shun ready for a relationship?

Seaside Stranger Vol. 1: Umibe no Étranger

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Review: The Resistance #4

The Resistance #4

What I absolutely loved about Smallville is the dense world-building. It doesn’t seem like it at first because the character of Superman is well known. What the creators had to overcome was immense because of that fact. They had to make him interesting, especially since many fans thought of him as too “perfect”.

The only other iteration before that explored this fact was the short-lived cartoon in the early 1990s. It did its best to show him while he learned his powers but failed ultimately to tell a compelling story. One of the major catalysts within the story was a “green rock” shower which explained away how everyone else got powers In The Resistance #4 we get an inkling of this same trope.

We are taken to 4 months, earlier in a remote part of New Mexico, where four men rush towards what they feel will be their payday, when they find a meteor, not knowing this is how they get affected. We are taken back to the United Nations Security Council, where they are assuming the worst is behind them, but still not having full knowledge of how the losses occurred in the first place. We also see Hasburg confronted by two superpower beings, as they plead for his help in understanding how they got it and how to use it. By issue’s end, Lisa using her powers of imposition shows him just how many of them are there and how they can affect real change.

Overall, The Resistance #4 is a strong fourth issue that gives readers the proper perspective. The story by J. Michael Straczynski is spellbinding. The art by the creative team is impressive. Altogether, a story where the protagonists become invincible.

Story: J. Michael Straczynski Art: Mike Deodato Jr., Frank Martin Jr., and Rahzzah
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Underrated: Becoming Superman

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet-pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Becoming Superman by J. Michael Strazinsky


I’m not usually one to read autobiographies, if I’m honest, which probably sounds like a contradiction to those of you who know how much I like reading about history – specifically the history of comic books – given that autobiographies will typically deal with history in some form or another. And so it was somewhat surprising to me that when I saw Becoming Superman show up at my local comic shop of all places I felt compelled to pick it up. Especially considering I didn’t consider myself a huge J. Michael Straczynski fan to begin with (more as I hadn’t read a lot of his comics as far as I was aware of than because I didn’t like what I read), and so I went into the book knowing relatively little about who he was.

The reason I’m focusing on that book this week, rather than the broader subject of comic book creator auto/biographies is purely that I haven’t read enough of them to have any kind of compelling point to make. Plus, I am sure part of me knows I can then milk the subject a bit further as needed.

Anyway, obviously this is a book that fans of Straczynski are more likely to pick up, but what about those of us who aren’t that into autobiographies or even that big a fan of the man himself?

As somebody who fits both those categories, I can honestly say this was a super compelling book (pun not intended). Straczynski doesn’t shy away from the harsh truths of his life or even the way his actions shaped them. It’s an often times unflinching look at his journey, and you can see how his childhood shaped the man he became, and how he has shaped that into his work. From the harsh reality of television, the highs and lows, JMS is a fantastic storyteller (which shouldn’t be surprising given the list of things the man has worked. Seriously, it reads like a geek’s Must Watch list – Babylon 5, He-Man… the man is nonstop. And yet he looks back upon his life with a wisdom and analytical mind that stops him from portraying the events with rose tinted glasses.

It’s as honest an autobiography as I’ve read, and certainly more than I expected.

Being a comics fan primarily, I came to this looking for insight on his comics, and boy was I not disappointed. His telling of the script writing for Amazing Spider-Man #36, the 9/11 tribute issue, is genuinely beautiful, and had me rushing out to find a copy for my collection (as well as reading it digitally because that all black cover is a nightmare with fingerprints).

I didn’t expect that this would be a book I’d ever cover here, but man oh man was it good. Becoming Superman is a book that checks a lot of boxes, and yet despite that I haven’t heard many folks talking about it, which is why I wanted to write about it today.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: The Resistance Vol. 2 #1

The Resistance Vol. 2 #1

(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A) C. P. Smith (CA) Rahzzah
In Shops: Apr 07, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Acclaimed writer J. Michael Straczynski returns the prescient, ambitious world of The Resistance! In the wake of the assassination of their leader, the Resistance is in disarray, disconnected from each other and hunted by authorities around the world – including an army of “reborns” recruited by the American government. To avert decimation at the hands of a fascistic government crackdown, the Resistance must discover the ace up their sleeve, and then the key to unlocking it.

The Resistance Vol. 2 #1
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