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Review: Raising Dion #1

As most creative types, especially writers, do when they read a book/comic book, watch a tv show/movie or watch a play, they tend to get invested in characters, oftentimes it is not the protagonist. This is basically how fan fiction was created, as fans love to see how a certain character took a different turn or even how certain characters viewed certain events. This is where we get to see characters be involved in certain subplots, or be “shipped” and explore relationships with characters who would otherwise never even be entertained. This “fan” industry has served the various interests of a lot of the fanbase, exploring the different aspects of certain fan favorites that might not otherwise happen.

Who would not love to see how the Kents reared Clark, while knowing that he is an alien and has superpowers? That’s something that has been masterfully dissected in Kumail Rizvi’s Kahlil. Another example that was briefly seen in the TV show but explored even more in the comics, is Elektra’s relationship with Stick. Who would not love a Stick comic? Comics have been progressively letting side characters have some focus, much like what Marvel is doing with all the Star Wars characters, especially Chewbacca, who should have had his own comic a long time ago. In Dennis Liu and Jason Piperberg’s supreme Raising Dion, the reader gets a front row seat on how it is to be a parent to someone who is not only extraordinary but superpowered.

In the opening sequence, we meet Dion, a precocious child, who with his mother, Nicole, the narrator of this book, we see how she manages being a single mother and the caretaker of this super being. This is her origin story of how she fell in love with Dion’s father, Mark and how her whole world changed one during what seemed to be Northern Lights. After what seems to be a lightning strike, Mark’s body is absolutely altered, giving him powers, that he struggles to reveal to Nicole. By issue’s end, Nicole reveal she is pregnant, and Mark finally reveals what he has been hiding.

Overall, a great introduction to these characters and to this world. This would have been a typical coming of age superhero story but turns out be something more adept and personal. The story by Liu is relatable and beautiful. The art by Piperberg is gorgeous. Altogether, an engaging story that despite its abbreviated installment, is moving and engaging.

Story: Dennis Liu Art: Jason Piperberg
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Sonic Universe #91


Script: Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms & Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley and Ben Hunzeker
Variant Cover: Jason Piperberg
On Sale Date: 10/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Vector, Espio and Charmy are on the job in “The Case of the Pirate Princess” Part One: The Chaotix are back!  Our favorite detectives are hired to find a missing princess from the bottom of the ocean!  There will be pirates!  There will be ninja! (At least one, anyway.) There will be a car that drives underwater!  Don’t miss the beginning of a new, wacky adventure! Featuring cover art by Sonic comics veteran Tracy Yardley and a “Super Sleuths” variant by super-talent Jason Piperberg!


Preview: Mega Man #53


Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman and Elaina Unger
Cover: Jason Piperberg
Variant Cover: Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 9/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The BLUE BOMBER is BACK from the events of “Worlds Unite” and is ready to fight for justice! That’s all well and good, if there was actually someone to fight! In “Blue Shift,” peace has finally come to Mega Man’s life—but is that a bad thing?  Could it be possible that our super fighting robot has come to actually love the battles he was once so opposed to?  Meanwhile, Dr. Wily plots something sinister from the shadows, reaching an even newer low for the mad doctor!  It’s an extended curtain call as we come to the end of the Mega Man series! Featuring cover art from Jason Piperberg and a BOT UNDER FIRE variant from superstar Thomas Pitilli!


Raising Dion, a Superhero from a Mother’s Perspective

Comic creator Dennis Liu has put together a wonderful short film to help promote his comic Raising Dion. Unlike a lot of the superhero stories, this one is told from the perspective of Dion’s mother and her dealing with his special abilities. Called Raising Dion, the comic is Superman, but from Martha Kent’s point of view. Or, Spider-Man from Aunt May’s perspective.

Liu is joined on the art by Jason Piperberg who is also handling the lettering.

You can download or purchase a physical copy right now.

Preview: Mega Man #49


Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman and Elaina Unger
Cover: Edwin Huang
Renaissance Man Variant Cover: Jason Piperberg
On Sale Date: 5/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

On the eve of SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE comes “Prisoners of War”: Dr. Wily built his Robot Masters as tools of war—but when war is over, what happens to these mechanical servants? Mega Man has hopes that they can become tools of peace!  Of course, not everyone agrees with Mega Man’s positive point of view. Will his optimism lead to his destruction?  Meanwhile, who is the mysterious Mr. X, and what connection does he have to the past, present and future of Mega Man?  This story leads into the next mega cross-title crossover “WORLDS UNITE!” so don’t miss a moment of the action! Featuring cover art from Mega Man rising star Edwin Huang and a “Renaissance Man” variant cover from Jason Piperberg!