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Preview: Justice League #7

Justice League #7

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Mark Morales, Jim Cheung
In Shops: Sep 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It’s wall-to-Source-Wall Justice League action as artist Jim Cheung rejoins writer Scott Snyder! Hawkgirl takes wing against Legion of Doom leader Lex Luthor; John Stewart faces off with old foe Sinestro; the Flash must run down the Still Force-empowered Gorilla Grodd; and Wonder Woman tackles the tag team of Black Manta and Cheetah-underwater, no less!

Review: Justice League #1

Dark Nights Metal and Justice League: No Justice were just the first steps in Scott Snyder’s quest to tell a DC multiverse spanning story starring some of its most underrated characters, and in Justice League #1, some of its heaviest hitters. And in his love of bonkers concepts at the expense of clear storytelling, he’s becoming a lot like Grant Morrison, for better or worse. However, he and artists Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, and Tomeu Morey find a way to a bring back the Timmverse era Justice League lineup as well as assemble the Legion of Doom for the first time in comics and successfully please two generations of JL fans. But can nostalgia overcome a loud, sometimes disjointed plot that spends most of its time talking about a big threat? Justice League falls somewhere in the middle of maybe it can, maybe it can’t.

After a cameo filled opening page, Snyder and Cheung jump right into some double page spreads, wide screen heroics as each Justice League “member” leads a small task force to fight different types of “Neoanderthals” as Vandal Savage tries to take over the universe again. Cheung’s figures are dynamic and powerful with the help of superstar inker Morales, but his fights are cluttered and not blocked well. In fact, scenes where characters are talking around a table or are drawn in heroic poses by themselves (i.e. John Stewart packing construct heat.) have more of an impact than the group fight scenes, which is a definite weakness for an artist on a book where readers expect a big pitched, superhero fight every issue or so.

However, Snyder saves these underwhelming sequences that kick off Justice League #1 with a sense of humor and nigh perfect use of Martian Manhunter as team leader, POV character, and comedic straight man riding off his excellent work with the character in No Justice. The Justice League spends the opening battle basically roasting Batman while J’onn dryly riffs off their dialogue and keeps them on task while remaining aware of the big picture because his home planet Mars was destroyed because his people decided to shut off their literal connection with each other. Even if he’s been away for a while and has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, the Martian Manhunter has the temperament and power set to unite the world’s greatest heroes to stop some quite otherworldly threats. He’s also not afraid to get his hands dirty and take some small setbacks if it keeps his adopted home world safe and contributes to a greater plan. Also, Jim Cheung does a great job showing J’onn’s steady, yet sad demeanor and even gets to cut loose a little bit and show him shapeshift into a dragon.

Through the aforementioned cold open and a pretty nifty sequence where they meet a table like the one in the old Silver Age Justice League of America comics, Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung do a decent job establishing the the heroes of Justice League #1. They drop the ball with the villains and the introduction of the Legion of Doom, especially Lex Luthor, who has gone from a complex figure in Dan Jurgens’ Action Comics run and even No Justice to a mustache twirling, “for the evulz” baddie. When he makes his first play for the Legion, Snyder and Cheung throw any kind of interesting characterization out the window other than making Lex do cool and “badass” things like dropping a bunch of Neanderthals through a trap door, for example. These things do have consequences, and hopefully, Snyder gets a handle on these villains’ voices and motivations so they don’t play second fiddle to symbols and MacGuffins. Obviously, he has the Joker down.

Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung are talented creators, and they have their pick of the litter cast-wise: both heroes and villains. Justice League #1 works when the multiverse shattering stakes have a personal dimension too aka every time Martian Manhunter is involved, but mostly, it seems like it might collapse under the weight of these stakes and its forgettable action scenes.

Story: Scott Snyder Pencils: Jim Cheung
Inks: Mark Morales Colors: Tomeu Morey Letters: Tom Napolitano
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Justice League #1

Justice League #1

(W) Scott Snyder (A) Mark Morales (A/CA) Jim Cheung
In Shops: Jun 06, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“THE TOTALITY” part one! A brand-new era begins here! Comics legends Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung launch the Justice League into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes…in ways our heroes couldn’t possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…

The Amazing Spider-Man #800 Gets a Variant Cover from John Romita, Sr. and Richard Isanove

It’s all been building to this – the biggest Peter Parker and Norman Osborn story of all time, and the first Marvel comic EVER to hit 800 issues! In celebration of the 800th issue of The Amazing Spider-Man and the now historic run of Dan Slott, Marvel is excited to show a variant cover from industry great John Romita Sr. and Richard Isanove!

Witness the culmination of the Red Goblin story as Slott is joined for his final issue by epic artists such as Stuart Immonen, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Jim Cheung, and a cover by Alex Ross.

The Amazing Spider-Man #800 comes to shelves May 30th.

Review: New Mutants: Demon Bear

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a classic New Mutants story!

New Mutants: Demon Bear features New Mutants (1983) #18-20, X-Force (1991) #99, and material from X-Force (2008) #7-10 by Chris Claremont, John Francis Moore, Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jim Cheung, and Mike Choi.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores April 10. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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DC Reveals Two New Justice League Series with a Team Including Darkseid?!

At WonderCon, DC Comics revealed some of what we can expect in coming months including details on the three new Justice League comic series being released later this year.

Writer Scott Snyder dished the latest on the Justice League: No Justice four issue miniseries he’s working on with co-writers James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson and artist Francis Manapul, as well as his plans for Justice League, with newly-acquired artist Jim Cheung and rising star Jorge Jimenez.

But jaws really dropped when he announced that not one, but two all-new Justice League titles will debut from the May miniseries, each featuring new team rosters: Justice League Dark, written by Tynion with art by Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez (inker) and Brad Anderson (colors) and Justice League Odyssey, written by Williamson, with art by Stjepan Sejic. Both titles are scheduled to launch in June.

Synder revealed that No Justice sets up a new mission and direction for the group which he calls “New Justice.” In his run on the series, the organization will face the Legion of Doom and operate out of the Hall of Justice moving away from the orbiting Watchtower satellite.

Justice League Dark is a relaunch of the series which began with DC’s New 52 and again has a magic focus. The team includes Zatanna, John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat, Detective Chimp and be led by Wonder Woman.

Odyssey is the fascinating one which Snyder called a “crazy space western.” That series features Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, Starfire, Azrael, Cyborg… and Darkseid! Snyder called the character the team’s  “Hannibal Lecter” and the series will deal with an epic plot involving Darkseid’s father, the Source Wall. The team will travel around in an old Brainiac head.

Snyder wasn’t finished there; he hinted that the conclusion of Dark Nights: Metal #6 would have repercussions throughout the DC Universe, and he wasn’t kidding when he announced that Adam Glass, writer for popular TV shows Supernatural and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders would be joining fan-favorite artist Bernard Chang as the new talent team for Teen Titans, beginning with issue #20 in June. In addition to Damian Wayne (Robin) leading Kid Flash and Red Arrow into new adventures, several completely new characters will be added to the roster, including the daughter of the Main Man and everyone’s favorite(?) Czarnian, Lobo!

Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung, and Jorge Jiménez Take on the Justice League Starting in June

DC Entertainment continues to attract dynamic, top-name talent, announcing today that artists Jim Cheung and Jorge Jiménez will join writer Scott Snyder in launching DC’s flagship Justice League in June.

On sale June 6, Justice League #1 follows the events of DC Nation #0 (on sale May 2) and Justice League: No Justice (on sale weekly from May 9 through 30). The Justice League is launched into a mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes…in ways our heroes couldn’t possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…

Shipping biweekly, in Justice League #2 on June 20 by Snyder and Jiménez, the League is faced with an impossible decision…and now they must face the consequences! While Martian Manhunter and Batman attempt to recruit an old ally back into the fold, The Flash and Hawkgirl are blindsided by new challenges that could rewrite their mythologies!

Justice League #1 arrives in stores June 6, followed by Justice League #2 on June 20. Below is a first look at both Cheung and Jiménez’ covers for their issues. Fans can also expect variant covers by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.

Review: Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1 Life of X

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the Astonishing X-Men!

Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1 Life of X collects issues #1-6 by Charles Soule, Mike Deodato, Ed McGuinness, Carlos Pacheco, Rosa-Nas, Ramon, Mike Del Mundo, and Jim Cheung.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores March 6. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Amazing Spider-Man #800: The Red Goblin and Spider-Man’s Final Showdown!

For ten years, Dan Slott has taken Peter Parker on crazy and spectacular adventures throughout the Marvel Universe – and as he races towards his final issue, there’s no reprieve for the webslinger. “Go Down Swinging” takes Spider-Man on his most harrowing journey yet, and fans agree: the red hot arc has been an epic hit, with issues #794-796 selling out before they even hit comic shops!

Now, in issue #800, Slott and artist Stuart Immonen will unveil the biggest Peter Parker and Norman Osborn story of all time, joined by artists Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Jim Cheung. It’s the first Marvel comic EVER to hit 800 issues, and they’re celebrating by bringing readers an epic and oversized anniversary issue – featuring 80 pages of a brand-new story from the writer who has written more issues of Amazing Spider-Man than any other creator!

Before Dan Slott takes his final bow in Amazing Spider-Man #801, dive into one of the most exciting stories in Spider-Man lore – culminating in the conclusion that has Spider-Man facing his most terrifying villain yet!

You’ve never seen – or read – a story like this. It’s a Mighty Marvel tale that sets the stage for Spider-Man’s future…and you won’t want to miss it!

THE Amazing Spider-Man #800 hits comic shops this May and features a cover by Alex Ross.

Preview: Marvel Two-In-One #3

Marvel Two-In-One #3

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Jim Cheung
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE FATE OF THE FOUR Part 3
• Flame off! Johnny Storm is losing his powers, but why?
• And who is the mysterious woman who says she can help?
• Plus: The MAD THINKER and DOOM square off over REED RICHARDS as “THE FATE OF THE FOUR” continues!

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