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Preview: Spider-Verse is Here! Your New Look Inside Amazing Spider-Man #9!

The biggest Spider-Man event of all time is finally upon us as every Spider-Man from every universe unite in Spider-Verse! And it all begins this November in Amazing Spider-Man #9 – the first blockbuster chapter of Spider-Verse from the star-studded creative team of Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel! Today, Marvel has released a stunning look inside Amazing Spider-Man #9, as Peter Parker and thousands of Spider-Men and Spider-Women band together to stop Morlun and his kin from exterminating spider-powered heroes across the entire multiverse!

Alone, Morlun was nearly enough to eradicate Peter Parker. How can Peter stand against an entire family of Morluns? This deadly family stalks the multiverse, exterminating spider-powered heroes as they go. It will take the combined powers of thousands of spider-powered heroes if they are to have a single hope of survival. Even then, they may not be enough…

Who lives? Who dies? The answers are almost here. Find out when the biggest Spider-Man event of all-time kicks off this November in Amazing Spider-Man #9, chapter 1 of Spider-Verse!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 (SEP140823)
Written by DAN SLOTT
Art & Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Variant by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (SEP140824)
Interlocking Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (SEP140825)
Marvel Animation Variant by JEFF WAMESTER (SEP140826)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot Variant by RYAN STEGMAN (SEP140827)
FOC – 10/13/14, On-Sale 11/05/14

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Review: The Darkness: Four Horsemen #4


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THE DARKNESS: FOUR HORSEMEN #4 coverYesterday, I reviewed Velocity #4, and lamented that the final issue was a bit of a let down after three solid issues.  The Darkness: Four Horsemen #4 was the exact opposite.  The fourth issue is actually higher quality than the first three issues.  You can read those reviews here, here and here.  While I definitely liked the first three issues the fourth has some twists and gets you to reflect on the nature of good and evil.  It’s a great ending for a limited series that was good, but didn’t necessarily needed to be a limited series.

The Darkest Tale of The Darkness Yet!
Apocalypse has come to Ginsberg, CA! Two ominous powers arrive in town, one of ultimate light and the other of deepest darkness, and Jackie Estacado is trapped between them. The Four Horsemen are ascending to their full power. Can Jackie muster the power to prevent the end of the world?
From David Hine (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and up-and-coming artist Jeff Wamester (Frenemy of the State).

Writer David Hine has put together an entertaining limited series.  I’m still scratching my head as to why it couldn’t have been part of the normal run, but it was well worth being told.  While the first three issues were solid, they were pretty straight forward.  This fourth issue puts you on your toes.  Who’s good?  Who’s bad?  And what is good and evil?  It asks those questions and leaves it to you the reader to decide.  For what at first seemed like a simple story throws on the layers towards the end that really sets it apart.

Jeff Wamester‘s art is what I’d expect from a Top Cow book.  It has some great detail and the character design is solid.  How each horseman is portrayed especially stands out.

Overall, while I may question why this needed to be done as a limited series, it’s an entertaining read.  If you’ve picked up the first three, this last issue is definitely worth it, and for those who haven’t, pick up all four issues or definitely grab the eventual trade paperback.

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Review – Frenemy of the State #4


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Frenemy #4 Preview pg (1)Frenemy of the State has been a fun read and the fourth issue is no exception.  It’s not perfect, but it’s that key thing, fun and keeps on improving.  Frenemy of the State #4 which was written by Christina Weir, Nunzio DeFilippis and Rashida Jones and art by Jeff Wamester picks up with Ariana in hot pursuit of the nuke.

Ariana’s two worlds have now officially collided! Her life in shambles because of her cover story, Ari gets a surprise from her mother that may prevent her from taking part in her mission. Oh, and did we mention the nuclear bomb?

There’s great entertainment with Ariana having to balance her two lives.  It’s not like she can tell her family, which forces her to look unstable.  She also knows the people she has to deal with and uses that to her advantage.

And there’s a great sense of “girl power” here, which is nice to see.  Action, mixed with humor, the series has matured nicely, and hopefully we continue to see improvement as issues continue coming.

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Review – The Darkness: Four Horsemen #3


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The Darkness Four Horsemen #3The Darkness: Four Horsemen has been a pleasant surprise as far as limited series goes and this third issue stands out from the previous two.  Not only does it feature villains who seem like a match for Jackie and the Darkness but the bad guys aren’t cookie cutter forgettable one dimensional engines of destruction.

For the first time in many, many years, Jackie Estacado, bearer of The Darkness, finds himself fearing for his life. The Demon Riders have taken over Ginsberg and aim to destroy Estacado. Meanwhile, two mysterious beings close in on the town and the countdown to extinction begins!

Written by David Hine the story follows a modern day version of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who have come in the form of a motorcycle gang.  But we’re also given some reasons to sympathize for their situation as they didn’t want to become what they are.  They’re evil and kill people for their own amusement, but they also seem to go with their fate, playing the rolls they are.  All because they have to, not because they want to.

Overall, this has been an entertaining series.  It’s a nice limited series featuring Jackie and The Darkness.  Did it need to be releaesd as one?  No, it could have been a four issue arc, but it’s nice to see it on the shelves.

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Preview – Frenemy of the State #4

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Frenemy of the State #4

Writer:  Christina Weir,  Nunzio DeFilippis,  Rashida Jones
Artist: Jeff Wamester
Format: Standard, Full Color
Page Count: 32
Price: $3.99
Genre: Comedy/Action/Thriller
Age Rating: T+ – Older Teens
Solicit Text: Ariana’s two worlds have now officially collided! Her life in shambles because of her cover story, Ari gets a surprise from her mother that may prevent her from taking part in her mission. Oh, and did we mention the nuclear bomb?

Review – Frenemy Of The State #3


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Frenemy of the State #3 CoverIt’s the third issue in and I actually think the series is getting better.  Frenemy of the State #3 which was written by Christina Weir, Nunzio DeFilippis and Rashida Jones and art by Jeff Wamester picks up where the second issue’s cliffhanger left off.  Ariana is surrounded and it’s not looking good.  The issue flashes between the present and her training a nice gimmick that’s pulled off well.  The issue also builds to one hell of an ending.

Celebutante Ariana Von Holmberg is in over her head chasing a lead during her first mission as a secret agent for the CIA. Will her training save her from jihadists out for blood? Will she get caught and sold into white slavery!? Will she score a totally SWEET kafiyah?!

I thought the first two issues were decent, but the third one starts to really pull off the double duty of a celebutante who’s undercover for the CIA.  How does a former bad girl deal with her image and keeping cover?  There’s a lot of potential with that and as seen by this issue’s ending the authors are going to play with that.  And in this particular instance, it’s great.

The series took a bit to get going, but it’s hitting it’s stride.  The issue is a good mix of action and “quieter” moments.  This is the perfect series for a tween girl who wants to get into comics but spandex and big muscles aren’t their thing.  Very entertaining and well worth the read.

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Preview – Frenemy Of The State #3

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FRENEMY OF THE STATE #3

Writer: Christina Weir, Nunzio DeFilippis, Rashida Jones
Artist: Jeff Wamester
Format: Standard, Full Color
Page Count: 32
Price: $3.99
Genre: Comedy/Action/Thriller
Age Rating: T+ – Older Teens
UPC: 649856 00030 9 00311
Comparison Titles: Comics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. TV Shows like Chuck.
Description: Celebutante Ariana Von Holmberg is in over her head chasing a lead during her first mission as a secret agent for the CIA. Will her training save her from jihadists out for blood? Will she get caught and sold into white slavery!? Will she score a totally SWEET kafiyah?!

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Review – The Darkness: Four Horsemen #2


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The Darkness: Four Horsemen #2 COVA_stampedThe four horsemen are on the warpath in a small town and Jackie Estacado has to stop them.  This series is so twisted with each depiction of the horsemen just being as depraved as it needs to be.  One had me gagging a bit, and that’s impressive.  It’s brutal but The Darkness: Four Horsemen #2 is a fun read.

Jackie Estacado has arrived in the California desert town of Ginsberg, where Hell has come to Earth. The Demon Riders have brought out the worst in the townspeople and Ginsberg burns. Jackie believes he has faced monsters before, but nothing like this.

The Darkness: Four Horsemen #2 is published by Top Cow, written by David Hine with art by Jeff Wamester.  It picks up from the first one with further descriptions of each horseman’s power and the terror they have been causing on Ginsberg.  And let me say, it’s twisted.  One scene and descsription makes the glutton scene in Se7en look tame.

The issue continues to build the scene for the eventual drag out fight and that’s ok.  Hine’s description of the horsemen is entertaining enough and Wamester’s twisted mind puts it all on paper for us to be repulsed and giggle at the same time.

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Preview – The Darkness: Four Horsemen #2

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THE DARKNESS: FOUR HORSEMEN #2

(w) DAVID HINE    (a) JEFF WAMESTER    (cov) JEFF WAMESTER

The Darkest Tale of The Darkness Yet!

Jackie Estacado has arrived in the California desert town of Ginsberg, where Hell has come to Earth. The Demon Riders have brought out the worst in the townspeople and Ginsberg burns. Jackie believes he has faced monsters before, but nothing like this.

From David Hine (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and up-and-coming artist Jeff Wamester (RAZE).

32 pages    Full Color    Limited Series    $3.99

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Review – The Darkness: Four Horsemen #1


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The Darkness: Four Horsemen #1 COVA_stampedI’ve always been fascinated by outlaw bikers.  I’ve never wanted to be one, but still there’s some weird fascination with them.  So, I was in luck in this four issue miniseries Jackie Estacado must take on the four horsemen in the form of a biker gang.

Jackie Estacado has known little fear since he inherited the power of The Darkness on his 21st birthday. But when an old mafia boss blackmails him to hunt down four fiendish bikers in the California desert, he will find that even The Darkness can know fear.

The Darkness: Four Horsemen #1 is published by Top Cow, written by David Hine with art by Jeff Wamester.  The story is really entertaining and one thing I enjoyed a lot about it is the build up of exactly what these bikers have been doing.  The description of each of their abilities and what they cause is slow and leads up to the obvious reveal.  But it’s still fun to watch how Hine twists famine, war, pestilence and death.

The story is really entertaining and there’s some twists in there that we still get to see how they play out.  We know this’ll build into one hell of a drag out fight but there’s enough there to add in some mystery.  Perfect for new and old Darkness fans alike.

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