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Preview: Avengers #52

Avengers #52

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Javi Garron
RATED T+
In Shops: Jan 19, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THE ALL-NEW MASTERS OF EVIL ARE HERE!
The Death Hunt continues as super-psychopaths the Black Skull and Ghost Goblin invade New York City to slaughter Deathloks and anyone who gets in their way, including Captain America and Captain Marvel. But the bad guys didn’t plan on having to face the world’s most dangerous young Avenger. Believe us – no one’s ever seen anything like the Starbrand unleashed!

Avengers #52

Marvel Announces Five New Second Printings

Fans will get a chance to dive into Marvel Comics’ most exciting new launches and ongoing series with new printings of Avengers Forever #1, Captain America/Iron Man #1, Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone #1, and Shang-Chi #7l! These sold-out issues will be available at comic shops starting on February 23, complete with new second printing covers.

Meet the Avengers of the multiverse in Jason Aaron and Aaron Kuder’s Avengers Forever #1! On a quest for cosmic vengeance, Ghost Rider finds himself roaring through the wasteland on a ruined Earth, where the great age of heroes never came to be, where hope is a four-letter word and where his only ally in the coming battle against the greatest villains any universe has ever seen is the world’s most wanted archaeologist, Tony Stark…the Invincible Ant-Man. Spinning out of the cataclysmic events of Avengers #750 and operating in lockstep with the prime AVENGERS series, the next great Avengers saga begins here, as the Mightiest Heroes of every Earth begin to assemble. Avengers Forever #1 will have two Second Printing variant covers, one of which will showcase Aaron Kuder’s original design for the new villain known as the Black Skull and the second by Russell Dauterman!

Derek Landy and Angel Unzueta team up to bring you a thrilling adventure starring a fan-favorite dynamic duo in Captain America/Iron Man #1! A government agent turned Hydra provocateur stages a daring breakout on her way to prison, attracting the attention of both Iron Man and Captain America. When Steve and Tony realize they both have a connection to the slippery fugitive, they team up to track her down-only to discover she’s not the only player on the board with big plans and sinister motives… Check out the new cover by Alex Ross.

Captain America/Iron Man #1

Tini Howard and Ig Guara present an exciting new chapter for the Bloodstone family in Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone #1!

Who better to defend Earth from magical invaders than monster hunter ELSA BLOODSTONE?! Elsa is the best there is at what she does – tough, skilled and clever enough to handle any problem…except her brother, CULLEN. They have issues, and they’ll have to put them aside not only to protect Earth but also to welcome the latest addition to the Bloodstone clan: their long-lost SISTER! Her awesome set of powers and unique Blood gem have placed a target on her back, and the worst horrors from beyond this realm are on the hunt. The Second Printing variant cover will be a new version of Ig Guara’s cover that showcased his enchanting design for Lyra Bloodstone!

Learn more secrets about Shang-Chi’s fascinating family tree in Gene Luen Yang and Dike Ruan’s Shang-Chi #7! Arrows will definitely fly when we flashback to the first meeting of Shang-Chi’s parents! Who was Shang-Chi’s mother? And how did someone so virtuous and heroic fall for an evil warlord like Zheng Zu? Plus, in the present, the tides begin to turn against Shang-Chi, as the mastermind gathering all of his foes stands revealed! Fans will be able to check out Dike Ruan’s design for Shang-Chi’s mysterious grandfather, Xin, on Shang-Chi #7’s Second Printing variant cover.

Shang-Chi #7

Thor’s Greatest Creators Return to Celebrate 750 Issues

This April, the halls of Asgard will erupt with thunder as its greatest legends return home to tell thrilling new tales in an oversized spectacular honoring 750 issues of Thor!

Thor #24 will take place in the aftermath of “God of Hammers,” the latest epic in writer Donny Cates and artist Nic Klein’s hit run on the title. After a scorched-earth victory, Thor and all of Asgard reel from a brutal loss. And as Thor and his allies come together so will fan-favorite creators from throughout Thor’s history! In addition to the main story by Cates and Klein, join some of Thor’s most acclaimed writers and artists as they revisit their landmark runs with all-new adventures:

  • Writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Oliver Coipel reunite for a story set during their redefining Thor saga
  • Legendary comics creator Dan Jurgens writes and draws an incredible Thor and Balder teamup
  • Comics icon Walter Simonson writes and draws an all-new adventure starring his beloved creation, Beta Ray Bill
  • Al Ewing and Lee Garbett collaborate for the first time since Loki: Agent of Asgard to bring you an all-new chapter for the god of mischief 
  • Superstar team Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz are back together to captivate you with an Enchantress story
  • And prepare for a revelatory tale about Odin that only writer Jason Aaron and artist Das Pastoras can deliver!

Celebrate the long and storied history of the God of Thunder with the writers and artists who helped build his legacy when Thor #24 hits stands in April. 

Thor #24

Preview: King Conan #2 (of 6)

King Conan #2 (of 6)

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Mahmud A. Asrar
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THE BARBARIAN KING OF AQUILONIA VS. THE UNKNOWN!
• CONAN must make an unholy alliance if he is to continue his journey on the Western Sea!
• But as the fallen warriors of this mysterious isle rise to fight once more, will Conan succumb to the lure of CURSED SORCERY after all this time?
• And what of his son, PRINCE CONN, and the Kingdom of Aquilonia left behind?

King Conan #2 (of 6)

Review: King Conan #1

King Conan #1

When it comes to 80s movies, there is no bigger star than Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor came of nowhere and made a name for himself. Bodybuilders have tried to make their way into movies but rarely are they ever taken seriously. It was not until he showed up in a documentary about his bodybuilding career (Pumping Iron), that movie producers saw potential.

Then came his first few forays into acting. Action movie fans took notice when he starred in Commando. The movies which I felt fans saw his star power were his Conan The Barbarian movies. Those movies were cheesy but they were also action packed and showed what he could do in a sword saga. Jason Aaron and Mahmud A. Asrar return to the Cimmerian as he faces a deadly foe in King Conan#1.

We find Conan marooned on an island at the edge of the world, a place where maps hadn’t been charted in that part of the world yet and seemingly desolate. As he looks for shelter, right when he is about to start a fire, he finds he is not alone, as Thoth-Amon attacks with a snake dagger, looks to bleed out the former king. A skirmish occurs between the two, and as death may be knocking, his life flashes before his eyes, as his memories of every triumph and tragedy replay in his mind. By the issue’s end, right when Conan was set to strike the deathblow to Thoth-Amon, an unusual dark magic takes over the island, awakening every dead body.

Overall, King Conan #1 is an exciting debut, especially for fans of Conan. The story by Aaron is dense, and contains multitudes of well developed characterization. The art by the creative team is dripping with awesomeness. Altogether, a good old fashioned sword saga that has some high fantasy elements, with everyone’s favorite Barbarian.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Mahmud A. Asrar
Color: Matthew Wilson Color: Travis Lanham
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: King Conan #1 (of 6)

King Conan #1 (of 6)

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Mahmud A. Asrar
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Dec 22, 2021
SRP: $4.99

CONAN’S LAST STAND AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD!
Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar return to the saga of CONAN in an all-new adventure that takes the story of the Cimmerian further than has ever been revealed in ANY media to date! As Robert E. Howard posited, when King Conan grows restless on the throne, he sails west, toward land and adventure unknown. Now see the first step of King Conan’s fateful journey from Aquilonia, as an old and terrible danger threatens to end the saga of the Cimmerian once and for all!
Don’t dare miss the first issue of the adventure of a lifetime!

King Conan #1 (of 6)

Preview: Avengers Forever #1

Avengers Forever #1

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Aaron Kuder
RATED T+
In Shops: Dec 22, 2021
SRP: $4.99

AN ALL-NEW SERIES STARRING THE AVENGERS OF THE MULTIVERSE!
On a quest for cosmic vengeance, Ghost Rider finds himself roaring through the wasteland on a ruined Earth, where the great age of heroes never came to be, where hope is a four-letter word and where his only ally in the coming battle against the greatest villains any universe has ever seen is the world’s most wanted archaeologist, Tony Stark…the Invincible Ant-Man. Spinning out of the cataclysmic events of AVENGERS #750 and operating in lockstep with the prime AVENGERS series, the next great Avengers saga begins here, as the Mightiest Heroes of every Earth begin to assemble.

Avengers Forever #1

Review: Avengers Forever #1

Avengers Forever #1

A super evil is moving across the multiverse destroying worlds and conquering all of reality. The Multiversal Masters of Evil can’t be stopped unless a group of heroes from across the multiverse are assembled. Sound familiar? Avengers Forever #1 feels a bit like the classic Avengers mixed with the recent Dark Knights storyline from DC.

Written by Jason Aaron, Avengers Forever #1 kicks off a new multiverse story that feels like it follows the formula we’ve seen so often. Take familiar characters and twist them somehow, sometimes taking other characters and mixing them, then throw in some “dark” aspect about it all. It’s not necessarily a bad formula, it’s just something we’ve seen so many times before.

Avengers Forever #1 has Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider and Deathlok traveling to Earh-818 where we meet this world’s version of Tony Stark. Heroes have been destroyed making “hope” a four letter word. Take the Old Man Logan future, throw in Tony Stark as Ant-Man, and there you have the concept this opens with. It all doesn’t quite excite, instead focusing almost too much on Tony and too broad of action when it comes to Ghost Rider and Deathlok. It all feels like an event mini-series tie-in that is largely forgotten. There’s absolutely potential, the issue just never gets to an exciting moment to really care about it all.

The art by Aaron Kuder is ok. With ink by Cam Smith, color by Jason Keith and Triona Farrell, and lettering by Cory Petit, the style isn’t quite my thing. It just doesn’t click never taking advantage of what the story depicts. A sequence of stopping a train should feel far more epic than it does. Stark discovering Mjolnir and lifting it should have a grand aspect that’s memorable. It doesn’t and it doesn’t. Weirdly the comic doesn’t have an “eye” that’s focused in on what it needs to leaving an issue whose story feels like should be on the big screen but not delivering visuals that require it. It all weirdly feels like it’s almost too broad in its visual scope and doesn’t focus in on the aspects to truly make the story exciting.

Avengers Forever #1 feels like a been there, done that, sort of story. It doesn’t deliver a start that hooks the reader to bring them back for more. It’s a start that has a good idea but never delivers any new aspects that really stand out. Like so many “multiverse” stories that are now on the market, it takes a formula these comics deliver and little more. It’s clearly leading to a major event down the line but I’m not sure this is the series that’ll really make it an exciting one.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Aaron Kuder
Ink: Cam Smith Color: Jason Keith, Triona Farrell Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.95 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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The Punisher Gets a New Series, New Status-Quo, and New Skull Logo for 2022

It’s been a few years since the Punisher has had a series at Marvel. The character was generally listless post Secret Empire where the character for a while was picking up the pieces and killing members of Hydra attempting to redeem himself and then kind of fell of the radar. There have been questions and debates since as to where Marvel should take the character considering his being co-opted by the far right and his symbol becoming one of white supremacy and racism. Well, it looks like Marvel is dumping a lot of the characters past to move away from that entirely.

A new 13-issue, prestige format limited series is coming from writer Jason Aaron, artists Jesús Saiz and Paul Azaceta, and colorist Dave Stewart. Saiz will handle the present day parts of the comic while Azaceta handles flashbacks.

Frank Castle is taking over The Hand and is now “The King of Killers” serving The Beast. That means a new job and a new costume to go with it. The series will focus on unrevealed secrets about his past and leads to something bigger on the horizon.

The Punisher #1 is coming March 2022.

(via IGN)

Preview: King Conan #1 (of 6)

King Conan #1 (of 6)

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Mahmud A. Asrar
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Dec 22, 2021
SRP: $4.99

CONAN’S LAST STAND AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD!
Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar return to the saga of CONAN in an all-new adventure that takes the story of the Cimmerian further than has ever been revealed in ANY media to date! As Robert E. Howard posited, when King Conan grows restless on the throne, he sails west, toward land and adventure unknown. Now see the first step of King Conan’s fateful journey from Aquilonia, as an old and terrible danger threatens to end the saga of the Cimmerian once and for all!
Don’t dare miss the first issue of the adventure of a lifetime!

King Conan #1 (of 6)
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