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Review: Avengers: Tech-On #2

Avengers: Tech-On #2

Every once in a while you come across a comic that’s just fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. It might recognize everything it riffs off of. But, those comics mostly just cut loose with crazy ideas and imagery you can only see on the page of a comic. Avengers: Tech-On #2 continues that type of series as the newly armored Avengers first take on a powered up Red Skull and then a powered up Venom. Its over the top images and ideas nail the manga feel it takes its influence from.

Written by Jim Zub, Avengers: Tech-On #2 continues the battle for the struggling Avengers. Red Skull has used shards of Infinity Stones to gain more power and stripped the heroes of their powers. This forces Iron Man to equip the team with their own suits of armor also powered by the same energy as the Red Skull.

Zub is mining a lot with the comic. There’s a clear manga influence in the action scenes and art but it’s the “tie-in” aspect that stands out. I grew up in the age that began toys having their own tv shows and comics to go along with them. G.I. Joe, Transformers, these were some of the pioneers of the 30 minute commercial. Avengers: Tech-On #2 reminds me of that in some ways with creations that feel like I should have action figures to recreate the scenes. And, that is happening in some ways with collectables based on the characters and armor comic. They aren’t cheap action figures but it recreates some of the “classic” product tie-in.

Zub also makes sure the comic is fun. There’s battles, lots of battles, each with their own style. But, the characters at the center of this all is what matters. There’s some conflict and questioning as the Avengers attempt to figure out what to do next and how to stop Red Skull. This isn’t a simple “go with the flow” type of story. There’s actual questioning of what Tony Stark has built for the team.

But, what really works for the comic is Jeffrey Cruz‘s art. With Travis Lanham on lettering, the art pops over and over again. The colors and style work so well that I felt like I was reading Marvel manga. There’s clear influences throughout the comic and every single one of them work. This isn’t some cheap knock-off manga, it feels like I should be reading this in a small digest format. The only negative is that we get so few pages compared to a volume of manga. I want more. The visuals are fantastic and you staring at the page long after finishing reading Zub’s dialogue.

Avengers: Tech-On #2 is a hell of a lot of fun. It doesn’t take itself seriously at all. It’s a comic that just throws crazy ideas out there and you run with it. The art is fantastic and just nails the tone and concept of the series. The designs are a hell of a lot of fun. It’s a comic to just sit back and enjoy, going along for the ride.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Jeffrey Cruz Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Avengers: Tech-On #1

Avengers: Tech-On #1

Marvel over recent years has been launching interesting licensing agreements that have seen their classic characters reimagined in other ways. There was a deal with Bandai that had characters given a Samurai spin. Most recently, superheroes armored up with mechs they could pilot. Now, we get another version, with collectible figure tie-in, that has the Avengers getting Iron Man-like armor. Avengers: Tech-On #1 delivers a fun start that feels part manga, part Saturday Morning Cartoon, and part kid playing with their toys.

Written by Jim Zub, Avengers: Tech-On #1 has the avengers facing a powerful Red Skull who has taken dust from the Infinity Stones and harnessed their power. Outmatched, the Avengers must look for solutions to win the day.

Zub delivers a fun and entertaining start that can be enjoyed by long-time fans and new readers. While similar in concept to the recent “mech” miniseries (both using tech suits to win) the style is far different. Zub blends an American style of storytelling with manga for a combination that feels like it’s an homage in some ways. There’s some solid dynamic moments of action but Zub also makes sure to deliver heart as well.

Where the comic stands out is its subtle exploration of what each hero brings and what they stand for in some ways. We’re reminded of their most basic being in many ways as they’re forced to deal with what the Red Skull has done. And, while exploring that, Zub emphasizes what makes many of these characters so special and what also makes them special even without their powers, technology, or weapons.

The art by Jeffrey Cruz takes inspiration from manga but doesn’t attempt to recreate the style completely. It honors the over-the-top moments at times but also keeps the comic squarely in a Western style as well. With lettering from Travis Lanham, the art and style of Avengers: Tech-On #1 pops. It captures the vibe and energy that Zub goes for in his story. The character designs as well really stand out. Red Skull powered up looks like a character straight out of manga. The designs for the characters as the story progresses is fantastic as well.

Avengers: Tech-On #1 is a fun comic. There’s a popcorn entertainment aspect to it that it leans in to. While it’s clearly a tie-in to a toy line, it still delivers a lot of heart and emotion and remembers the characters are what’s important. Add in some solid artwork, this is a series that screams summer enjoyment.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Jeffrey Cruz Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Udon Reveals the Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter’s Field Guide

Charge up your Mega Buster and look to the sky! UDON Entertainment has announced the upcoming release of the Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter’s Field Guide. The fan-favorite Mega Man X games took the classic platforming franchise in a dynamic new direction. In this future world filled with conflict and strife, sentient artificial beings known as Reploids have grown in population. When rogue Reploids called Mavericks threaten humanity, the daring Maverick Hunters rise up to meet them. Written by David Oxford and Nadia Oxford, The Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter’s Field Guide is your ultimate handbook to the Reploids of the 22nd century!

Inside you’ll find detailed profiles of every dangerous Maverick, plus other important characters like X, Zero, Axl, Sigma, Vile, and many more. The book also includes a detailed appendix section covering X’s armors, vehicles, and the various forms of Sigma. Featuring a mix of classic Capcom art, and new art illustrated by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, Mega Man X fans will not want to miss out on this essential guide!

Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter’s Field Guide will be released on August 17, 2021 and is available for pre-order now! 

Mega Man Mastermix #1 Launches Quarterly this January

UDON is bringing the original Blue Bomber back to comic shop shelves with Mega Man Mastermix – a quarterly, 80-page comic series presenting Hitoshi Ariga’s classic Mega Man stories in color for the first time. Featuring colors by Josh Perez, the series launches in January 2018, and joins the celebration of the video game icon’s 30th anniversary!

The Birth of Mega Man! In a world where humans and robots live and work together, six powerful robots have suddenly turned against their programming and set their sights on causing chaos and destruction! Only one heroic robot stands in their path – Mega Man, the greatest creation of Dr. Light!

Mega Man Mastermix #1 sports two standard covers — CVR A by Hitoshi Ariga and Cover B by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz ( promotional artist for Capcom’s Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2). Also available is a Blank Sketch cover (Cover C), and a Retailer Incentive cover (Cover D) by Rob “Robaato” Porter which homages a classic comic cover from the 1980’s.

Two exclusive covers will also be produced for the issue. The first is for Fried Pie Comics, and features Mega Man battling the enormous Yellow Devil robot (illustrated by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz). The second is UDON’s own online exclusive cover, showcasing four classic Mega girls – Kalinka, Plum, Splash Woman, and of course, Roll! Illustrated by Aki Li, this cover is available exclusively through FocusAttack.com.

Mega Man Mastermix #1 arrives in comic shops everywhere January 24, 2018.

Udon Entertainment Reveals Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers #1 Covers

The time-tested combatants of Street Fighter and Darkstalkers have met many times in the arcades, but nothing can prepare you for their first action-packed, fan service-fueled comic crossover! Villains will unite, friends will become foes, and the worlds of two fighting game franchises will be changed forever! This April, Street Fighter Vs. Darkstalkers #1 arrives, launching the 8-issue comic series with a bevy of unique and fun variant covers.

Street Fighter Vs. Darkstalkers #1 sports two standard covers. Series artist Edwin Huang provides the Wraparound Story cover (CVR A). Rob “Robaato” Porter illustrates the Midnight Bliss cover (CVR B), which features an array of fighters who have succumbed to Demitri’s gender-swapping power – in fact, issue #1-4’s CVR B will connect to form one massive four-part Midnight Bliss image!

Also available for Street Fighter Vs. Darkstalkers #1 is a special Blank Sketch cover (CVR C) and two retailer incentive covers. The Movie Poster incentive cover (CVR D) by Joe Vriens pays tribute to a classic horror movie poster, while popular cover artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau provides a Guest Artist incentive cover (CVR E) showcasing leading ladies Chun-Li and Morrigan.

UDON has also teamed up with some righteous retailers to produce epic retailer-exclusive variants! Focus Attack, the top-tier arcade parts e-commerce shop, will be selling an exclusive wraparound cover by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, that pays homage to a classic Capcom Secret File cover. It will be available in both full color and black-and-white line art versions at focusattack.com.

Meanwhile, Fried Pie Comics will be selling their own Street Fighter VS. Darkstalkers #1 exclusive cover by Jean-Baptiste Nanteau. This cover connects with Fried Pie’s exclusive cover for Street Fighter VS. Darkstalkers #0 to form a terrifying two-part image! Fried Pie variant covers are available through Books-A-Million and 2nd & Charles stores.

Street Fighter VS. Darkstalkers #1 hits stores everywhere in April 2017, preceded by a special prelude issue, Street Fighter VS. Darkstalkers #0, in February 2017. Every issue of Street Fighter VS. Darkstalkers will also be made available digitally via comiXology.

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Review: I Hate Fairyland #8

ihatefairyland08_CoverArtBSkottie Young‘s I Hate Fairyland #8 continues to cover Gert’s quest to find her way home. She frags u along on this journey and the reader gets to follow her descent into madness and possible psychopathic tendencies. She runs through Fairyland with little care about the inhabitants in her singular mission. The harshness of her character isn’t entirely her fault. she’s a grown woman trapped in the body of a child.

This time around, we get to watch her trade black market eyes for a coin, browbeat a newly arrived and still kind of hopeful and, green little boy in an adorable dinosaur costume. She also continued her verbal sparring with her equally tact devoid sidekick Larry, engaged in a Battle Royale style underground fight club battle with a male warrior thrice her size & dispensed of the kitty mob bosses goons before getting knocked out herself by Purty Pretty Princess in a boss battle comprised of two equally Bad Ass Ladies.

Gert did not come here to play,she came to get herself one step closer to getting home and after this latest defeat, it looks like Gert’s journey is not over and we’re all going to have to hang around Fairyland a little while longer. Considering the look of pure rage on Gert’s face as she is shot out of the Battle Dome and she walks away with her wayward companions, I pity the poor Fairyland soul that she encounters next.

Skottie Young’s as does a majority of the artwork on the series and, it’s sweet enough to give you diabetes. Every color pops off the page and combined with the confectionery houses and the talking fairy tale animals makes it feel like your comic pages have been laced with LSD. The beautiful often over the top art makes the characters actions and Gert’s often sociopathic world seem even more jarring. The mix of candy-colored dreamscapes and killer rage work in tandem to give this issue of I Hate Fairyland a disturbing feel, in a good way.

As a whole, I Hate Fairyland #8 is a good read. It’s quick, fun and easy. There isn’t a lot of depth but, there is a lot of cleverly written potty humor. It’s not a comic for engaging in deep thought, it’s a comic for people looking for an escape, some bad jokes and a little bit of fun. It serves its purpose and niche well. I don’t know how long the running gags with our surly, baby-faced anti-hero can go on before they get a bit tedious but, for now, the jokes still funny and the comic is still a nice diversion.

Story: Skottie Young Art: Skottie Young & Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz
Story: 7.2 Art: 7.2 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Big Trouble in Little China #25

Big Trouble in Little China #25

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artists: Victor Santos, Dan McDaid, Joe Eisma, Brian Churilla
Cover Artists:
Main: Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz
Incentive: Jillian Crab
Price: $4.99

Final issue, featuring every artist from the entire series run! Jack Burton is thrown through time back to the events of the original film, where he’ll have to work with Winona to make sure everything goes the way it did the first time or risk exploding time!

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Street Fighter Unlimited #5 Cover Reveals

UDON has announced that Edwin Huang is the new lead artist on the monthly Street Fighter Unlimited comic series! Edwin is well known as the penciler for the fan-favorite Image Comics series Skullkickers and recently wrapped up a successful stint on Archie Comics’ Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man comics. Edwin is also the designer of Pop Culture Shock Toys’ upcoming line of Street Fighter™ V 1/6 scale statues.

Edwin’s art will be headlining the series for four issues, starting with Street Fighter Unlimited #5. This issue sees Ryu, desperate to control the dark forces within him, seeking out a new master – the ancient hermit Oro! Plus, in a special bonus story illustrated by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, Oro is paid a visit by another student of the Ansatsuken martial arts – the deadly Akuma!

Street Fighter Unlimited #5 features two standard covers by Gonzalo “Genzoman” Ordóñez Arias and Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, as well as two special incentive variants. Joe Vriens provides the CVR C homage variant, which calls back to a classic 1990s comic event, while Steve “Kandoken” Mack provides a Street Fighter V variant featuring the game’s fierce new Brazilian fighter – Laura Matsuda!

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Street Fighter Unlimited #3 Covers and Variants Revealed

Street Fighter Unlimited #3 is is up for pre-order now and Udon Entertainment has revealed the covers you can expect. Writer Ken Siu-chong and artist Joe Ng bring us a vicious new chapter of the ongoing story line, while guest writer Adam Warren teams up with artist Omar Dogan for a fun-filled bonus story.

Guile, Cammy, and Alex travel to Spain to confront the claw-wielding Vega and his deadly new allies. Plus, it’s a school-girl throwdown in a bonus story pitting wealthy warrior Karin against nimble ninja Ibuki!

This issue’s standard covers  include CVR A (Story cover) by Gonzalo “Genzoman” Ordonez Arias, and CVR B (Ultra Jam variant) which continues the 12-part connecting image drawn by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz.

This issue also features two retailer incentive covers. CVR C (Homage variant) features wraparound artwork by Joe Vriens, paying tribute to a modern classic comic series. CVR D (Street Fighter™ V variant) by artist Steven “Kandoken” Mack showcases British super-agent Cammy’s new Street Fighter™ V design.

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Street Fighter Unlimited #2 Covers and Variants Revealed

Street Fighter Unlimited #2 is pre-orderable now at comic specialty retailers everywhere. Joining the regular team of writer Ken Siu-chong and artist Joe Ng, is long-time UDON artist Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz illustrating a 4-page bonus story.

Guile and friends are on the hunt for the truth about Gill’s Secret Society, but the answers they want lay with an old enemy – Balrog, the blood-crazed boxer! Plus, a bonus story featuring a pair of science experiments gone wrong – the mysterious Necro and Effie!

This issue’s standard covers  include CVR A (Story cover) by Gonzalo “Genzoman” Ordonez Arias, and CVR B (Ultra Jam variant) which continues the 12-part connecting image drawn by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz.

This issue also features two retailer incentive covers. CVR C (Homage variant) features wraparound artwork by Edwin Huang, paying tribute to a classic comic cover from the 1990s. CVR D (Street Fighter V variant) by artist Steven “Kandoken” Mack showcase’s the villainous M.Bison in his new Street Fighter V form.

The comic hits shelves January 2016.

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