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Review: Snow Angels #3

Snow Angels #3

Snow Angels has been an amazing series. It has delivered tension, mystery, and a world that feels both hopeful and bleak. Set in a snow-covered trench, the story follows a father and his two daughters as they attempt to survive a massacre in their town by the mysterious Snowman. Snow Angels #3 delivers a confrontation with the Snowman as we discover more about the puzzling trench.

Jeff Lemire‘s plotting and writing has been fantastic. Like the snow-covered world itself, there’s a minimal aspect to his dialogue and what’s told to readers. We’re teased just enough to continue the story, never any more than what’s needed.

Snow Angels #3 particularly stands out as it features multiple striking moments, each toying with a different emotion. There’s a confrontation with the Snowman, something completely unexpected, and a reveal about the world and the trench. Tension, wonder, and confusion are presented at different moments taking the reader on a reading journey.

Lemire also delivers heart too. We get some very touching moments concerning this family as we learn why they’re three and we get more of their history. It’s information that adds depth to the characters and and much more child-like qualities to Mae and Milli. At its heart, the story is about a family trying to survive in a harsh world.

Jock‘s art continues to be amazing. Along with lettering of Steve Wands, the art is the usual breathtaking and brilliant. Since it’s set in a frozen world, there’s a limited amount you can do as far as color and background but the art nails it all. The use of whites and blues create a harsh environment. Details flesh out the situation and breathes more life than what you’d expect in a world of white sheets of snow. In particular, what happens to the Snowman is cold but beautiful at the same time.

Snow Angels #3 builds upon the story in so many ways. We learn more about our main characters. We learn more about the frozen world. There’s a focus on adding details while also delivering excitement and wonderment. It’s a fantastic continuation of a series that has me excited to see what’s happening next and where it all goes.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Snow Angels #3

Snow Angels #3

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Jock
Colored by Jock
Edited by Will Dennis
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Two of the most acclaimed creators of their generation — Writer JEFF LEMIRE and Artist JOCK — together for the first time in SNOW ANGELS — a 10-part science fiction adventure story set in a brutal world like no other!

In part 3 of “Season One,” Father battles the Snowman and secrets of the history of the Trenchfollk are revealed.

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Snow Angels #3

Preview: Sweet Tooth: The Return #6

Sweet Tooth: The Return #6

Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Jeff Lemire

Once upon a time a young boy with antlers lived in a little house under the earth. He had a father and two nannies. They raised him to be good and to obey their every command. They said they loved the boy, and maybe some of them did, but Father? Well, he only loved himself. Father says the boy is a weapon against those who stand in opposition to humanity, while the rebellious Undersider dissidents believe the child to be the second coming of a mythological savior from the past. Haunted by dreamlike memories of a life he never lived and hunted by the man who created him, the boy must choose what and who he will be, and bring this chapter of his life to a close.

Sweet Tooth: The Return #6

The Silver Coin #1 is a Hit on the Charts and Gets a Second Printing

The Silver Coin #1 by Eisner Award winning creative team Michael Walsh and Chip Zdarsky has sold out instantly upon release at the distributor level and is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand. This second printing will feature new cover artwork by Walsh.

Each issue of Silver Coin will tell a tale of terror in a shared supernatural world interwoven with common characters and overlapping stories. The series begins in 1978 with a failing rock band whose fortune suddenly changes when they find the mysterious Silver Coin. Little do they know that fame comes with a cost, and a curse is always hungry.

Subsequent issues of The Silver Coin will showcase the talents of Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, and Jeff Lemire.

The Silver Coin #1, second printing (Diamond Code FEB219272) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 5.

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The Silver Coin #1, second printing

ComiXology Features 7 New Releases Including New Challenge of the Super Sons and Inferior Five!

It’s a new week and comiXology is kicking it off with seven new releases. Get new comics from DC, Magnetic Press, and Harlequin. Get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Batman Univers Vol. 1

Written by Collectif
Art by Collectif
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“Scott SNYDER et Greg CAPULLO ouvrent une nouvelle ère pour Gotham avec l’arrivée d’un Chevalier Noir totalement différent ! Les hommes de Bullock s’acclimatent à ce nouveau venu, par Francis MANAPUL, Brian BUCCELLATO et Fernando BLANCO ! Dans une toute nouvelle série, Damian Wayne parcourt le monde à la recherche de ses racines, par Patrick GLEASON ! Une nouvelle ennemie électrique pour Batgirl, par Cameron STEWART, Brenden FLETCHER et Babs TARR ! Et la Matrone prend les rênes de Spyral, l’organisation où enquête Dick Grayson, par Tim SEELEY, Tom KING et Mikel JANIN ! (contient les épisodes US BATMAN #41, ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN #1, DETECTIVE COMICS #41, BATGIRL #41, GRAYSON #9, ainsi que toutes les SNEAK PEEK des séries)”

Batman Univers Vol. 1

Brindille Vol. 1 #2

Written by Frédéric Brrémaud
Art by Frédéric Brrémaud
Cover by Frédéric Brrémaud
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The village is empty — they’ve abandoned the mysterious girl rescued from the fire. Now, with no friends and no ideas where to go, she wanders the woods, where she quickly finds a new friend — and apparent guardian angel — a wolf who will help her uncover her past!

Brindille Vol. 1 #2

Challenge of the Super Sons (2020-) #10

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils Evan Stanley
Inks Evan Stanley
Colored by Luis Guerrero
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Journey back with us once more through the mists of time to uncover the secrets of the Doom Scroll! Picking up where we left off in Chapter 5, Superboy and Robin have been rescued from the clutches of some truly wicked spells by their new ally, Rora. As Rora rushes to help the boys return to the present, their pursuers close in and prepare for attack – and Vandal Savage and Felix Faust are one deadly duo that mean BUSINESS.

Challenge of the Super Sons (2020-) #10

Hard Melody Vol. 1 #2

Written by Lu Ming
Art by Lu Ming
Cover by Lu Ming
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Part two of Lu Ming’s tale of Rock-and-Roll dreams shattered by reality. A barfight wakes the trio from their numb lives and suddenly the future seems bright and full of possibility again. But reality has a way of stepping up its game when challenged by fantasy…

Hard Melody Vol. 1 #2

L’amante du rebelle.

Written by Jennifer Lewis
Art by Nayuna Sakurano
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Alicia s’inquiétait d’être encore vierge à 26 ans. La cause en était un grand frère hyperprotecteur qui l’avait élevée à la place de leurs parents après la mort de ceux-ci. Il fallait à Alicia trouver le garçon parfait, capable de le convaincre. Le prince charmant de ses rêves, Rick Jones, apparait alors ! Beau, riche, prévenant, Rick, est le partenaire idéal à qui donner sa virginité. Alicia en tombe complètement amoureuse, sans savoir qu’il lui cache quelque chose…

L'amante du rebelle.

Almost Perfect

Written by Judy Duarte
Art by Taki Inase
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Maggie, a pediatrician, invited her childhood friend, Jake, to her hospital’s reception party. It’s been fifteen years since she last saw him, and he’s become a stunning cowboy who catches everyone’s eye when he walks into a room. Is he really the same skinny Jake I once knew? That’s when her ex-husband walked in with his new fiancée. Maggie asked Jake to act like her boyfriend in an attempt to make her ex-husband jealous. Jake listened to her wishes and told her he’d play the best lover ever and kissed her…!

Almost Perfect

Inferior Five (2019-) #5

Written by Keith Giffen, Jeff Lemire
Pencils Keith Giffen, Jeff Lemire
Inks Michelle Delecki, Jeff Lemire
Colored by Hi-Fi, Jose Villarrubia
Cover by Hi-Fi, Michelle Delecki, Keith Giffen, Howard Porter
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The danger under Dangerfield: the young heroes have discovered a relic from the Invasion interred deep beneath their horrifying hometown, but will they be as irresponsible with it as they have with everything else? Plus, the Peacemaker arrives on the scene to keep them from hurting themselves and planet Earth!

Inferior Five (2019-) #5

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Preview: Inferior Five #5

Inferior Five #5

Written by: Keith Giffen, Jeff Lemire
Art by: Keith Giffen, Michelle Delecki

Seems like old times…or does it? In the days following the Invasion, the Tasmanian Devil pulverizes a certain cosmic starfish from space (and gets pulverized in return!), while the Peacemaker streaks across Russian skies to battle the Rocket Reds! And when you see the alien monsters descend on Dangerfield, Arizona, it’ll be more like ‘screams like old times!’

Inferior Five #5

Review: Snow Angels #2

Snow Angels #2

In Snow Angels #1, I was a bit fixated on trying to figure out the world. Was it ours but frozen? Was it something else? In Snow Angels #2, I no longer care about those details. Instead, I’m focused, full of tension, and just rolling with the frozen horror story that Jeff Lemire, Jock, and Steve Wands have created.

The first issue ended with the shock revelation that their entire village has been slaughtered. In Snow Angels #2, Millie, Mae Mae, and their father come face-to-face with the killer Snowman for the first time! It’s a tense issue as the trio must hide or face being murdered by the unknown entity and force. Why did the Snowman kill so many? One of the three rules were broken but we don’t know by who or what. It’s just a part of the mystery of the story.

Lemire doesn’t give answers in this issue. Instead, only more questions are presented in what is a classic horror aspect. While the hunter stalks its prey, the bodies of the village are the only protection that exists keeping the reader on the edge of their seat wondering if the trio will be found and what their fate is.

Lemire also uses the situation to give us more about this world and their beliefs. While it adds some depth to everything it also adds so many unknowns as to exactly what’s going on. Teases of what lies ahead hint at the history and what we might experience in the comic. But, in its basic form, Snow Angels #2 is a classic slasher horror story with the unstoppable force hunting its prey.

Jock’s art continues to impress, as expected. The world is a white tomb and the art reflects that with a depressed, though not depressing style. The look of terror on the characters as the Snowman hunts, plus its hunting, deliver a tension that builds throughout the scene. It’s a classic horror scene and Jock nails it perfectly. There’s something to the colors as well. With a limitation to blues and whites, the eye focuses on what isn’t. In this case, it’s our trio, the Snowman, and the bodies lying about. It keeps the focus on what matters without distractions and creates greater fear through the feel of emptiness.

Steve Wands lettering too helps build that tension reflecting how loud or soft the talking is and each word muttered possibly betraying their position. Just the lettering existing on the page creates stress and fear oozing from the page.

Snow Angels #2 is a solid entry. It both builds on the world and makes you forget about it and focus. There’s an anxiety that builds through the issue to the very last panel. It has me wanting to see what’s next as soon as possible.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Black Hammer is Reborn

Black Hammer returns in a new ongoing series picking up twenty years after the events of Age of Doom in Black Hammer: Reborn! The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga created by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston welcomes Caitlin Yarsky as the new main series artist for Black Hammer, with colors by Dave Stewart. Issues #5-#8 will feature guest artists Malachi Ward and Matt Sheean!

In 1986, Black Hammer and the rest of Spiral City’s greatest superheroes seemingly died defeating the cosmic despot known as Anti-God and saving the world. But one woman refused to believe they were truly gone: Lucy Weber, the daughter of Black Hammer.  Learning that her dad had sacrificed himself to save the other heroes, Lucy soon took up the mantle of Black Hammer and carried on the legacy of her father as the world’s greatest superhero.

Now, it’s twenty years later, and Lucy, and the world, have moved on. Living in the suburbs of Spiral City, Lucy is married and has children. But all is not blissful. Her marriage is falling apart, her job has reached a dead end, and for mysterious reasons, she hasn’t picked up the hammer in years.  But, as her domestic life begins to crumble, the secrets of the last twenty years, and the reasons Lucy really gave up being Black Hammer, begin to resurface, threatening her family, and the peace she has tried hard to find for herself.

Black Hammer: Reborn is the next era of the Black Hammer Universe; a series that juxtaposes an achingly human story of domestic life, marriage, parenthood, and destiny with a pulse-pounding superhero thriller that peels back new layers of mystery, and pulls the Black Hammer history into the present.

Black Hammer: Reborn #1 will hit comic shops on June 23, 2021, featuring an issue #1 variant by Jeff Lemire and Dave Stewart.

Celebrate 80 Years of Green Arrow With the Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

Time to dust off your Boxing Glove arrow, fire up the Arrowcar and join DC in celebrating eight decades of emerald excellence! On June 29, the Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 brings together some of comics’ greatest storytellers to pay tribute to Green Arrow’s legacy and the heroes and villains that have fought aside and against him.

Since his first appearance in More Fun Comics #73 in 1941, Oliver Queen, a.k.a. the Green Arrow has been one of the premier (and loudest) characters in the DCU, always at the forefront of where the superhero genre is headed as the eternal champion of the underdog. This over-sized anniversary issue follows in those footsteps, combining an all-star line-up of Green Arrow storytelling legends such as Mike Grell, Jeff Lemire, Phil Hester, Otto Schmidt, Ben Percy, Tom Taylor, and Devin Grayson alongside new Green Arrow contributors, including Stephanie Phillips, Mariko Tamaki, Ram V, Vita Ayala, Nicola Scott, Chris Mitten, Laura Braga, Max Fiumara, Brandon Thomas, and others to pay homage not just to the Battling Bowman, but Ollie’s partner-in-crime fighting Black Canary, Connor Hawke, Arsenal, Red Arrow, Speedy, Onomatopoeia, Count Vertigo and more!

Featuring a breathtaking cover by Detective Comics artist Dan Mora, this can’t- miss collectible will also feature an incredible selection of “decade” variant covers, courtesy of some of the best artists in the business:

  • 1940’s Variant: Michael Cho
  • 1950’s Variant: Daniel Warren Johnson
  • 1960’s Variant: Neal Adams
  • 1970’s Variant: Derrick Chew
  • 1980’s Variant: Gary Frank
  • 1990’s Variant: Howard Porter
  • 2000’s Variant: Jen Bartel
  • 2010’s Variant: Simone Di Meo

See what the past, present and future have in store for Green Arrow his allies and his enemies when the Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular arrives in comic book stores and on participating digital platforms on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 for $9.99.

Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular
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