Tag Archives: james stokoe

Nuclear Family banner ad

Jeffrey Veregge Brings his Iconic Art to Heroes Reborn in Variant Covers

This May, fans will be presented with a new vision of the Marvel Universe in Heroes Reborn. Crafted by superhero masterminds writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuiness, this series will present a world without the Avengers where the Squadron Supreme had to rise up to take their place. To celebrate this grand venture into a new age, Marvel is proud to debut a new series of variant covers by renowned artist and writer Jeffrey Veregge. This extraordinary collection will grace the covers of each issue of Heroes Reborn, giving readers a unique view of the new Marvel Universe with depictions of Hyperion, Blur, Doctor Spectrum, and more in Veregge’s iconic Formline style.

HEROES REBORN #1

Written by JASON AARON
Art by ED MCGUINNESS
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
On Sale 5/5

HEROES REBORN #1 Jeffrey Veregge variant

HEROES REBORN #2

Written by JASON AARON
Art by DALE KEOWN & ED MCGUINNESS
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
On Sale 5/12

HEROES REBORN #2 Jeffrey Veregge variant

HEROES REBORN #3

Written by JASON AARON
Art by FEDERICO VICENTINI & ED MCGUINNESS
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
On Sale 5/19

HEROES REBORN #3 Jeffrey Veregge variant

HEROES REBORN #4

Written by JASON AARON
Art by JAMES STOKOE & ED MCGUINNESS
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
On Sale 5/26

HEROES REBORN #4 Jeffrey Veregge variant

Exclusive Preview: Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #5 (of 5)

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #5 (of 5)

(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Jacen Burrows (I) Guillermo Ortego (C) Java Tartaglia (L) Clayton Cowles (CA) James Stokoe (VCA) Games Workshop, E.M. Gist
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Feb 24, 2021
SRP: $4.99

CALGAR’S ULTIMATE TEST!
• MARNEUS CALGAR’S deadly gambit brings him back to the moon where it all began… and an enemy who has been in hiding for centuries!
• To quell the threat of this darkest power, Calgar will show no mercy.
• There.
• Is.
• Only.
• WAR.

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #5 (of 5)

Heroes are Reborn in Trading Card Variant Covers

The Marvel Universe has always been protected by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. But this May, the world will be reborn without the Avengers! From mastermind creators Jason Aaron and Ed McGuiness comes Heroes Reborn, a bold new vision of the Marvel Universe where the Avengers never assembled and the Squadron Supreme took their place as Earth’s greatest superheroes. Marvel has announced that each issue of this exciting series will have a special Trading Card Variant Cover by superstar artist Mark Bagley!

Featuring all the major players of this upcoming saga including Hyperion, Doctor Spectrum, Whizzer, and Blade, this extraordinary collection of covers will allow fans to further immerse themselves in the new world of HEROES REBORN with cover designs modeled as 90s style trading cards. A series of 9 covers, the Heroes Reborn Trading Card Variant Covers will connect to form one epic image.

In addition, the artwork from these variant covers will be featured on trading cards, and the cards will be available at participating comic shops while supplies last! Packed with essential information on the main heroes and villains of Heroes Reborn, these trading cards will help immerse fans into this new Marvel Comics era. Retailers will be able to order these packs and begin distributing them when Heroes Reborn #1 launches on May 5th.

Trading cards have always been a beloved part of the comic book world, offering fans another way to collect a piece of their favorite stories. Celebrate this tradition by picking up these unique variant covers when the first five covers debut in May. Check out four of them now, along with a sneak peek at the full connected image.

HEROES REBORN #1

Written by JASON AARON
Art by ED MCGUINNESS
Trading Card Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Center Trading Card Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
On Sale 5/5

HEROES REBORN #1

HEROES REBORN #2

Written by JASON AARON
Art by DALE KEOWN & ED MCGUINNESS
Trading Card Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
On Sale 5/12

HEROES REBORN #2

HEROES REBORN #3

Written by JASON AARON
Art by FEDERICO VICENTINI & ED MCGUINNESS
Trading Card Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
On Sale 5/19

HEROES REBORN #3

HEROES REBORN #4

Written by JASON AARON
Art by JAMES STOKOE & ED MCGUINNESS
Trading Card Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
On Sale 5/26

HEROES REBORN #4

Review: Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4

Games Workshop’s world of Warhammer 40,000 comes to Marvel comics with Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar!

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 takes us to the past to show what it takes to become a Space Marine and in the present Marneus battles Chaos forces!

Story: Kieron Gillen
Art: Jacen Burrows
Ink: Guillermo Ortego
Color: Java Tartaglia
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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

comiXology
Kindle
Zeus Comics

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Red Hood is on the Hunt… for the Bat-Family in Future State: Dark Detective

This May, Red Hood continues the his hunt for the Bat-family in Future State: Gotham. Currently playing out in Future State: Dark Detective, Jason Todd, aka Red Hood, has turned on his family. The former hero is now a bounty hunter for The Magistrate as part of their “zero tolerance” policy on masked vigilantes.

Set in the world of DC Future State, Future State: Gotham continues against the backdrop of a possible future Gotham City seen in other titles such as Future State: The Next Batman, Future State: Harley Quinn, Future State: Robin Eternal, and Future State Nightwing. Rendered in stark, black and white tones, Future State: Gotham will evoke the gritty, noir aesthetic that reinforces Gotham City as a living, breathing part of any Bat-family story.

“Hunt the Next Batman” kicks off the six-issue debut story arc co-written by Joshua Williamson and Dennis Culver, with art by Giannis Milonogiannis.

Disaster strikes Gotham City and all evidence points to Tim Fox, The Next Batman! Jason Todd chooses justice over his family and allies when The Magistrate enlists him to bring in the new Batman, dead or alive! Featuring the entire cast from the popular DC Future State Batman titles, Future State Gotham  begins the next chapter in this inevitable world of tomorrow and does so with this dynamic, noirish format.

The series debuts on Tuesday, May 11 in all comic book stores and participating digital retailers. Issue #1 features a main cover by Yasmine Putri, with a card stock variant cover by James Stokoe, available in comic book stores and participating digital retailers. Each 32-page issue sells for $3.99, with the card stock variant available for $4.99.

Future State: Gotham

Review: Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4

What does it take to be a Space Marine in the Warhammer 40,000 universe? Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 answers that question in a comic that focuses more on the warrior’s growth than the battle currently waging. The series has been an interesting one doing a solid job of mixing two eras for its main character Marneus Calgar. Through his battles in the present, he reflects on what it took for him to become the leader he is today. And through the past, we get to see more of the world and his difficult journey.

In the past Tacitan, now Marneus, has helped defeat a Chaos cult and is going through the trails to join the ranks of the Ultramarines Space Marine chapter. writer Kieron Gillen does an excellent job showing how difficult a task it is as the bodies pile up and Marneus goes through a torturous transformation. It’s been years since I read up on all of the specifics of the augments that go into being a Space Marine, but Gillen takes us step-by-step. It feels like an update to the rather dry spec-readouts I remember reading as a fan of the Warhammer 40K miniature game. Organs are added and training is done and through it all we get to see Marneus grow, literally.

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 does an impressive job of taking what has been told so many times before and making it interesting. There’s been a lot written as to the various upgrades in Space Marines but Gillen breaks it down as to what those upgrades are, when they’re given, why they’re given, and what the gains are. He does that through Marneus’ training in the field. For new readers, some of it might be surprising as things like acid spit and the ability to gain memories through the consumption of others are presented. And it all just flows without a hint of silliness.

In the present, Marneus battles the Chaos forces. The blood flows with somewhat comedic effect. The art by Jacen Burrows works well this issue delivering an over the top experience. The training scenes, especially towards the beginning are full of chaos at times as the numbers dwindle due to death. The present battle we see heads up and bodies crushed under tanks. Whether it’s meant as a comedic spin, I don’t know. But, it’s over the top and hard to not enjoy it in that way. Java Tartaglia‘s colors deliver some of the fun in rather bright colors and Clayton Cowles‘ lettering the right touch for the calls of Chaos warriors.

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 is a fun comic that feels like a nice updated take on a “field guide”. We get to see what it takes to be a Space Marine step by step. And we get a lot action in both the past and present. It works really well to educate people about this new new world and property and entertain at the same time.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Jacen Burrows
Ink: Guillermo Ortego Color: Java Tartaglia Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyKindleZeus ComicsTFAW

Heroes Reborn Covers Revealed

Last week, True Believers everywhere got their first look at writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuiness’ extraordinary new vision for the Marvel Universe in the Heroes Reborn trailer. Now, Marvel presents Leinil Francis Yu’s covers for the first four issues of Heroes Reborn coming in May. The mystery behind this strange new world without Avengers will unfold across these brand-new connecting covers.

In this radical transformation of the Marvel Universe, the Squadron Supreme rise up to take the place of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. But what’s become of familiar faces like Tony Stark, Peter Parker, and Carol Danvers, and what deadly new threats have emerged in the void they left behind?

Her’es what’s to come in the early issues of this unpredictable new series!

Reborn #1 will welcome readers to a world where Tony Stark never built the Iron Man armor. Where Thor is a hard-drinking atheist who despises hammers. Where Wakanda is dismissed as a myth. And where Captain America was never found in the ice because there were no Avengers to find him. Instead, this world has always been protected by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: the Squadron Supreme of America. And now, the Squadron faces an attack from some of their fiercest enemies, including Dr. Juggernaut, the Black Skull, the Silver Witch, and Thanos with his Infinity Rings. But why is the Daywalker Blade the only man alive who seems to remember that the entire world has somehow been…reborn?

In Reborn #2, make way for the adventures of Marvel’s Mightiest Megastar, the all-powerful Hyperion! When America’s solar-powered, super-sentinel of liberty looks to return his archenemy Victor Von Doom to the Negative Zone, mighty Hyperion must deal with a breakout of his most powerful enemies, such as Ultron, General Annihilus, and the Immortal Hulk. Plus: a special backup tale starring Blade, Earth’s last living vampire. Along with McGuinness, the second issue features art by Dale Keown.

In Reborn #3, brace yourself for chaos magic at Mach 5! Blur, the swiftest mortal alive, must win a race through the mind-bending Dread Dimension in order to save his soul from the hypersonic hexes of the Speedster Supreme, the Silver Witch. Plus: a back-up tale takes us inside the dark secrets of the Ravencroft Asylum and its newest inmate, the Phoenix. Featuring art by Federico Vicentini and Ed McGuinness.

And finally, in Reborn #4, Doctor Spectrum, equipped with the cosmic might of his Power Prism,  has become the most feared lawman in the heavens. But now the dark forces of deep space have sent the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter to end Spectrum once and for all. That’s right, here comes Rocket Raccoon! Plus: in a backup tale, the all-new Starbrand finds herself alone in a strange new universe. James Stokoe provides art as well.

Prepare to enter a world without Avengers when Heroes Reborn launches in May!

Heroes Reborn

Exclusive Preview: Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 (of 5)

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 (of 5)

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Penciler: Jacen Burrows
Inker: Guillermo Ortego
Colorist: Java Tartaglia
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Designer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover: James Stokoe
Variant: Luke Ross, Arif Prianto; Mico Suayan, Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $4.99

THE MAKING OF A SPACE MARINE!
• Young MARNEUS CALGAR has passed his Space Marine Aspirant testing…but that means the real trial is only just beginning!
• As Marneus undergoes the rigorous training, excruciating organ implantation and strenuous physical augmentation, he will have to prove that, against all odds, he has what it takes!
• And in the 41st Millennium, the assault on CALGAR ESTATES reaches a deadly climax!

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 (of 5)

Review: Batman Annual #5

Batman Annual #5

I’ve been a bit mixed on James Tynion IV‘s run on Batman. The various arcs so far have had great ideas but each has felt like an incomplete stand-alone story instead they’ve built upon each other to set up a new status-quo. One of the more interesting aspects and additions is Clownhunter, a young man named Bao whose parents were killed by the Joker. During the “Joker War” storyline, Clownhunter struck brutal terror in the clown gangs dealing “justice” by executing those who themselves terrorize. Batman Annual #5 delivers more of the history about the character as well as his dealing with the after-effects of his actions.

Tynion is joined by James Stokoe who handles the art for an interesting exploration of a character that is Batman without his “no killing” policy. Clownhunter visits longtime Batman friend Leslie Thompkins, a suggestion by Batman himself. Clownhunter talks his motivation and evolution from Bao to Clownhunter. We get the story of a young man whose faith in “the system” is let down. The Joker murdered his parents and Batman never delivers the justice promised. It’s an interesting discussion and evolution and one I can’t really blame.

Bao’s story is one of a broken system, one where morals are cherished more than stopping the hurt and destruction. It’s an interesting debate and we get all sides of the discussion. Clownhunter feels violence should be met with violence. Batman believes that violence should be met with violence but draws the line at killing. Thompkins feels that violence should not be met with violence and absolutely no killing. Each has their view and we can debate whose is more effective. The issue delivers no answers to the question, nor should it. Instead we’re left to ponder it ourselves. By killing, is Clownhunter no better than those he hunts? What about Batman’s inability to end the killing, does his line make him responsible for the death others commit?

Stokoe’s art enhances the experience. His style delivers a slight horror tinge to the story. There’s a fit to the art to what Bao experiences and how he’s feeling. Batman, Leslie, Crime Alley, the Joker, there’s a look to them all that fits the experiences depicted. It’s a weird exaggeration that one might experience in a dream. It made me the reader question the reality of it a bit as well, much like you would a nightmare. It’s very fitting for the annual and story as a whole.

Batman Annual #5 delivers both concepts and story. It feels more like an example of what Tynion’s run has been missing up to this point. There have been concepts thrown around but not much of an exploration of them and definitely only a slight exploration through the events of each arc. Batman Annual #5 asks philosophical questions while delivering no answers. It makes me want to read more to see if I can ever come up with my own.

Story: James Tynion IV, James Stokoe Art: James Stokoe Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyAmazonKindleZeus Comics

« Older Entries