(W) Jason Aaron, Al Ewing (A) Pere Perez (CA) Mahmud A. Asrar Rated T+ In Shops: Dec 11, 2019 SRP: $3.99
HEROES OF MEDICINE UNITE!
But are they all about to become doctors to the dead?! Doctor Strange, Night Nurse, Cardiac, Faiza Hussain and more join forces with Jane Foster for a supernatural medical emergency that will give you heart palpitations!
(W) Jason Aaron, Al Ewing (A) CAFU (CA) Mahmud A. Asrar Rated T+ In Shops: Nov 27, 2019 SRP: $3.99
INTO THE ETERNAL DARKNESS!
Valkyrie’s enemy finally reveals themself to teach the guardian of the fallen an important lesson: Not every life can be saved. It’s the explosive end of the first arc as Valkyrie faces the death that’s been stalking her since issue #1!
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness Rated T+ In Shops: Nov 27, 2019 SRP: $3.99
STARBRAND REBORN Part One: RIOT IN THE SPACE PRISON!
Artist Ed McGuinness returns for an epic space adventure that takes the Avengers into an alien prison the size of a galaxy, where a mysterious new wielder of the all-powerful Starbrand has suddenly appeared, unleashing cosmic chaos. Good thing the Avengers brought along their newest member, the Black Widow.
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Esad Ribic Parental Advisory In Shops: Nov 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99
BY CROM – THE BARBARIAN VS. HIS GOD!
• As Conan shuffles off this mortal coil, he stands face to face with his God, CROM! • But Crom does not care for the fate of some weak mortal… • Unless Conan MAKES him! • CONAN IS DEAD! LONG LIVE CONAN! • Plus: the penultimate chapter in the all-new novella “BLACK STARLIGHT”!
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Dale Keown Rated T+ In Shops: Nov 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99
A PREHISTORIC SAVAGE… WITH THE POWER OF THE STARS!
Legendary artist Dale Keown (The Incredible Hulk) is here to unleash the secret, savage origin of the biggest, nastiest, most cosmically-powered caveman who ever lived: the original Starbrand, one of the mighty Avengers of One Million B.C.
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic Rated T+ In Shops: Nov 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99
THE RETURN OF THE GOD BUTCHER!
All-Father Thor believed the fight with his brother Loki – now empowered by the Necrosword and more bitter than ever – would be the bloodiest fight of his long life. But he’s about to be proven wrong. Gorr the God Butcher has bided his time for millennia. Now, it is the end of all things. And the end of the last of the gods.
The first story arc of the epic, critically acclaimed science-fiction adventure Sea of Stars—by writing duo Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum, artist Stephen Green, with colors by Rico Renzi, and with letters and design by Jared Fletcher—will be collected into trade paperback and available from Image Comics this January. Sea of Stars, Vol. 1: Lost in the Wild Heavens will collect issues #1-5 of the intense, galaxy-spanning comic book series that features all the scope and heart of The Neverending Story crossed with imaginative weirdness of a Miyazaki animation.
Being a space trucker may sound like a cool job, but in reality it can be boring as hell. In Sea of Stars, Vol. 1 a recently widowed Gil gets a long-haul gig across the universe, he figures it’s safe enough to bring his young son Kadyn along for the ride. But when their “big rig” gets bitten in half by a gigantic Space Leviathan, Gil is separated from his young son—with a breached suit that’s venting oxygen at an alarming rate. He’ll have to defy the odds and stay alive long enough to rescue Kadyn. But Kadyn seems to be getting all the help he needs from a talking Space Monkey riding a Space Dolphin… or maybe it’s the strange powers he’s suddenly manifesting.
Sea of Stars, Vol. 1: Lost in the Wild Heavens trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1495-5, Diamond Code OCT190059) will be available on Wednesday, January 15 and in bookstores on Tuesday, January 21.
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Esad Ribic
In Shops: Oct 30, 2019
THE STORY YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU’D SEE – THE DEATH OF CONAN!
• It’s all been leading to this! • The thief, the reaver, the slayer – CONAN meets his ultimate fate at the hands of the CRIMSON WITCH! • But what lies beyond? • And find out the secret history of the Crimson Witch and her mysterious underlings! • Plus: The next chapter in the all-new novella “BLACK STARLIGHT”!
Seven teams of creators get together and jam on this comic in a round-robin style story. Each team has no idea who the previous are until they get their part and no idea what’s coming. The result? Really entertaining.
Story: Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Nick Spencer, Kelly Thompson, Al Ewing, Chip Zdarsky, Jason Aaron Art: Chris Bachalo, Greg Smallwood, Michael Allred, Valerio Schiti, Chris Sprouse, Rachael Stott, Cameron Stewart, Mark Bagley Ink: Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Greg Smallwood, Michael Allred, Valerio Schiti, Karl Story, Rachael Stott, Cameron Stewart, John Bell Color: Chris Bachalo, Greg Smallwood, Laura Allred, Mattia Iacono, Dave McCaig, Triona Farrell, Nathan Fairbairn, Frank D’Armata Letterer: Joe Caramagna
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Thor and Loki’s battle against the God Butcher Gorr continues. King Thor #2 is poetic at moments and at times visually captivating.
Writer Jason Aaron continues his final Thor story as years of setup finally begins to pay off. Gorr is back and in this issue, we find out how and why.
Within the action, Aaron focuses on the relationship between Loki and Thor in what plays out as a tragic dance. Despite the rather twisted nature of it all, it still comes off as sympathetic and to the point you feel for Loki in some ways. There’s a sense of twisted brotherly love and rivalry that is full of emotion.
What Aaron also masterfully does is give us a villain whose viewpoint makes sense in a way. Gorr has a sense of Lucifer about him wanting to free beings from the shackles of gods. It’s an interesting perspective that in some ways is correct and anti-authoritarian and represents a twisted sense of liberty. That angle provides a deeper twist to Aaron’s epic that’s worthy of exploration.
The art by Esad Ribić is amazing as expected. Joined by Ive Svorcina on color and lettering by Joe Sabino, there’s panels that are jaw-dropping. The coloring especially stands out in scenes where the lighting is used to its potential as the dance of battle plays out at a cosmic level. King Thor #2 is a treat to read but visually it’s breathtaking.
The team is knocking it out of the park with a series that is just amazing in every way. Years in the making, the story is coming together in a way that makes it worth the wait.
Story: Jason Aaron Art: Esad Ribić Color: Ive Svorcina Letterer: Joe Sabino Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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