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Review: X-Factor Epic Collection Vol. 8 X-Aminations

X-Factor: X-Aminations is volume 8 in Marvel’s Epic Collection. It collects issues #84-100 and Annual #8

Story: Peter David, Scott Lobdell, Skip Dietz, J.M. DeMatteis, Shana David, Joe Quesada
Art: Jae Lee, Joe Quesada, Chris Batista, Buzz, Jan Duursema, Terry Schoemaker, Paul Ryan, Greg Luzniak, Cliff Van Meter
Ink: Al Milgrom, Mark McKenna, Andrew Pepoy, Jeff Albrecht, Cliff Van Meter
Color: Brad Vancata, Glynis Oliver, Marie Javins, Ariane Lenshoek, Tom Smith, Joe Rosas, Mike Thomas, Matt Webb, Carlos Lopez
Letterer: Richard Starkings, Steve Dutro, Lois Buhalis, Janice Chiang, Dave Sharpe, Pat Brosseau

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Preview: Riverdale Season 3 Vol. 1

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 VOL. 1 (TP)

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: CW Photo Cover
978-1-68255-803-4
$17.99 US/$31.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/13

Everyone is hiding something in this companion to the third season of the massive hit CW series Riverdale, by Scholastic writer Micol Ostow and RIVERDALE artists Thomas Pitilli and Joe Eisma. Take a deeper dive into some of the skeletons buried in and around Riverdale as well as hidden and unexpected connections to the Farm and the Game. Collects RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #s 1–5.

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 VOL. 1 (TP)

Review: Superman Smashes the Klan #1

Superman Smashes the Klan #1

Writer Gene Luen Yang is an ambassador of comic storytelling (literally). Superman Smashes the Klan #1 is a prime example why. Inspired by the 1940s Superman radio serial, the comic is a retro story in a way. Superman fights a KKK like organization who wants a new Chinese family to leave the neighborhood.

Yang is an amazing writer who infuses his own personal history, and history in general, with compelling stories. They can be enjoyed on a surface level or in a deeper way. They also often make you think.

Superman Smashes the Klan #1 is an example of his talent with an almost innocent style about it. It’s clear who the bad guys are and who the hero is. There’s no ambiguity about that. There’s a childlike clarity to it. With two children, Tommy and Roberta Lee, as the main characters, it’s fitting the story has this tone and sense of right and wrong.

Characters are depicted of the time with racist and now cringeworthy words coming out of their mouths. It captures the pervasive racism of the time and thought that anyone not white (which itself was defined differently then) was other. That’s on display here.

The story too gets Superman back to his roots. When he debuted in 1939 he fought crooked landlords and politicians not supervillains and here his battling hooded racists is on that level. There’s clearly more to come infusing a sci-fi aspect to it as the comic opens with him battling a Nazi powered by Kryptonite.

The art has a hint of Fleischer’s iconic Superman cartoons and Darwyn Cooke’s Justice League: New Frontier. Gurihiru’s art is amazing with an animated quality about it. There’s an innocence and such pure style about it that it makes the more uncomfortable scenes that much more so. Roberta Lee is adorable in so many ways, not just Yang’s writing, but Gurihiru’s detail in her body language. It’s just beyond perfect in so many ways.

This is an amazing release that exceeds expectations in every way and near perfection, if not achieving it. Beyond the story, Yang delivers a history of the KKK in the United States including some of his personal experiences with racism. In a world with right-wing fascism, hatred on the rise, and it all front and center, to have Nazi/racist punching so clear is a breath of fresh air. Superman is a symbol for fighting for what’s right and this comic embodies that clearly in every way.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Gurihiru Letters: Janice Chiang
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #3

John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #3

Living in today’s society, information is at the tip of most people’s hands. In a matter of minutes, we know information about anything and everything through the information we can find on our smartphones. One of those things that people find out about is human rights issues and the places throughout the globe where there are problems. A hot button topic that’s explored now and again is prisoner abuse.

Prisons are filled with thousands of men and women, each of them being abused by prison guards, other inmates, and other employees. The immediate remedy, which itself is a form of torture, is solitary confinement. As can be seen in shows in like Orange Is The New Black and When They See Us, both have explored the psychological effects it has on different people. In the third issue of Tales Of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack, we see how similar circumstances affect the psyche of both the Kutter family and Donnie and his friends.

We find the Kutters having a nice family dinner where they’re homeschooling their children due to their current conditions. The threads that hold their family together start to unravel. We also find Donnie and the rest of his friend, looking for answers. They look at the files left behind and try to find the power source for the bunker. By issue’s end, a tragedy befalls Donnie’s group of friends while their action awakens a long-dormant alarm.

Overall, an eerie installment of an already captivating series that pushes readers to the edge of their seats. The story by Joe Harris is enigmatic and intense. The art by Cat Staggs and Janice Chiang is as eerie as it is beautiful. Altogether, another great issue in this tense thriller.

Story: Joe Harris Art: Cat Staggs and Janice Chiang
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Riverdale Season 3 #5 (of 5)

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #5 (OF 5)

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Janice Chiang, John Workman, Andre Szymanowicz, Matt Herms
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 7/31
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The comic based on the hit CW series is back! These two stories set between episodes of Season 3 of Riverdale are filled with adventure, including a musical road trip and a gals’ weekend!

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #5 (OF 5)

Josie and Archie hit the road in this advance preview of Riverdale Season 3 #5!

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #5 (of 5)

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Matt Herms, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 7/31
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The comic based on the hit CW series is back! These two stories set between episodes of Season 3 of Riverdale are filled with adventure, including a musical road trip and a gals’ weekend!

Review: Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #1

Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #1

When the show Doomsday Preppers first aired, I initially thought it was purely a novelty or worse case, a staged ploy like some reality shows are. My misconceptions and preconceived notions were forever altered once I actually sat down to watch one of the episodes. Immediately, I was both riveted and puzzled by these people. They’re not very different than I was, just that they live underground and thought to believe in certain truths. The most ubiquitous fact about the show is that everything they believe in is based on some fact.

Many American in the 1950s and beyond believed in this omnipresent threat of nuclear bombs and the world powers fighting to seize control of the arsenal. Soon most of the world either chose to forget or chose to believe in the safety of these weapons. But for those who readied themselves for the worst day ever, it was all too real. In Tales Of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #1, we meet one such family and the extremes they went to keep their home safe.

We meet Captain George Kutter and his family, in the middle of a nuclear bombing drill. The American government has chosen them to be legacy survivors. We cut to the present day, where a group of friends gets together for a hunting trip, somewhere in Pennsylvania wilderness. These friends thought this was a normal hunting trip. One of the guys triggers an alarm, becomes startled and falls over, which is when the group discovers a hidden bunker. By issue’s end, they are able to enter the shelter, but what they find is more like a catacomb of secrets, one where the answers may prove deadly.

Overall, a story shrouded in mystery, one where choices and their consequences may lead to fatal ends. The story by Joe Harris is dense, skilled, and well developed. The art by Cat Staggs and Janice Chiang is breathtaking. Altogether, a story that looks to leave the reader captivated and frightened. A job done very well.

Story: Joe Harris Art: Cat Staggs and Janice Chiang
Story: 9.6 Art: 10 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Riverdale Season 3 #4 (of 5)

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #4 (of 5)

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Matt Herms, Janice Chiang, John Workman,
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 6/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The comic based on the hit CW series is back! These two stories set between episodes of Season 3 of Riverdale are filled with thrills! First, Betty is caught up in a dangerous pact with someone way too close to home, then #Veggie stave off terror on the high seas when an overnight on Ronnie’s boat goes all kinds of wrong.

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #4 (of 5)

Review: DC SuperHero Girls: Spaced Out

Meet the newest student to Super Hero High… Jessica Cruz! If school wasn’t tough enough, she has to head to Oa to be sworn in as a member of the Green Lantern Corps!

Story: Shea Fontana
Art: Agnes Garbowska
Color: Silvana Brys
Letterer: Janice Chiang

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores 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.

Amazon
Kindle/comiXology
TFAW

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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

#Veggie hit the high seas in this advance preview of Riverdale Season 3 #4!

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #4 (of 5)

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Janice Chiang, John Workman, Andre Szymanowicz
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 6/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The comic based on the hit CW series is back! These two stories set between episodes of Season 3 of Riverdale are filled with thrills! First, Betty is caught up in a dangerous pact with someone way too close to home, then #Veggie stave off terror on the high seas when an overnight on Ronnie’s boat goes all kinds of wrong.

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #4 (of 5)
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