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Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja #2

Legenderry Red Sonja #2

writer: Marc Andreyko
artist: Igor Lima
covers: Joe Benitez (A)
Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Red’s return to the life of a pirate-for-hire puts her square in the middle of a High Seas gang war, which spells trouble for someone, but maybe not who you would expect!

Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja #1

Legenderry Red Sonja #1

writer: Marc Andreyko
artist: Igor Lima
covers: Joe Benitez (A)
Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-Blood Red)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

The last we saw of Red Sonja of the Legenderry world, she was living the pirate’s life aboard her ship, The Nautilus. But times have changed. As she tries to rebuild her life once again, she must save the Big City from two houses divided and the star-crossed love bringing them to the brink of war!

Marc Andreyko Becomes Legenderry

Dynamite Entertainment is bringing back the fantastical world first created by bestselling writer Bill Willingham in 2013’s Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure with their upcoming launch of Legenderry: Red Sonja! Helmed by writer Marc Andreyko, with art by Igor LimaLegenderry: Red Sonja #1 is set to arrive in stores this February!

The last we saw of Red Sonja of the Legenderry world, she was living the pirate’s life aboard her ship, The Nautilus. But times have changed. As she tries to rebuild her life once again, she must save the Big City from two houses divided and the star-crossed love bringing them to the brink of war!

The debut issue of Legenderry: Red Sonja features incredible cover art from legendary artist Joe Benitez, whose talents graced the cover of 2015’s Legenderry: Red Sonja run! Additionally, limited variant in “Black & White,” “Virgin Art,” and “Blood Red Line Art” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.

Review: Lady Mechanika Vol. 2

When stories are set in the steampunk genre, they usually take place in some major metropolis. Blade Runner, took place, in Los Angeles, in in what Philip K Dick believed 2019 was going to look like. In Hugo, the movie is set in 1930s Paris, where he invention of automaton is centerpiece to the story.  The recent Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, has a Neo- Gothic feel which screams steampunk.

Anime studio have been working in the genre for years. Take the aptly named and brilliant Steamboy, taking place in 1860s Britain, an inventive young man is caught up in a huge conflict in an advance in steam power. The glaring omission amongst all these examples, are anything involving satires taking place in Third World or barely having people of color. These omissions are not lost on the creative team behind Lady Mechanika, as they venture into Africa in Lady Mechanika Volume 2: Tablet of Destinies.

In this storyline, Mechanika, is visited by an old friend, whose Grandfather, gets himself into a bit of trouble. They go throughout London, try to find out clues as to what happened to him, and find themselves in a globetrotting adventure. They soon end up in Africa, where her grandfather has been kidnapped so he can find an ancient artifact which holds secrets to an prehistoric race. By book’s end, Mechanika has rescued her friend (a few times) and her friend’s grandfather, while saving the world from impending doom.

Overall an excellent story arc, which thrills and addresses subjects which other writers would otherwise bypass. The story by M.M. Chen shines as it reminds me of those swashbuckling serial adventures of yesteryear, and the fact it takes place in Africa, is a major plus, as the characters introduced especially Akina, are fully fleshed out and well developed, as lesser writers would just make them background characters, instead of integral to the plot as Chen does here. The art By Benítez, Montiel, Garcia and Heisler, is lush, detailed, and remarkable. Altogether, another excellent story arc, in this ongoing series, which most come for the art, but will stay for the well-developed stories and characters.

Story: M.M. Chen Art: Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel, Mike Garcia and Michael Heisler
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy Now!!

Review: Lady Mechanika Vol. 1

There are many things that come to mind, when one hears the word” steampunk”. Some people may think of the leather clad individuals you would see at comic book conventions wearing goggles and top hats. One may think of movies like Blade Runner and Buckaroo Bonzai. Then there are the inspirations found in the works of Jules Verne and HG Wells.

I know for me, when I think of steampunk I think of 80s cartoons. Of course, there is Brave Starr, which combined westerns future technology much like Wild Wild West with James Garner. Then there is the definite steampunk influences that can found all throughout Firefly, which in my opinion is the definitive steampunk western. Then here is the world of Joe Benitez’s Lady Mechanika, which is one of the more well written examples of how steampunk should be done.

In this first volume of Lady Mechanika, the reader gets a quick and dirty introduction of who she is in The Demon of Satan’s Alley, where the reader finds a tortured private investigator who is more than meets the eye. In the first collected arc, The Mystery of The Mechanical Corpse, the corpse of a young lady with mechanical limbs are found in the city, Lady Mechanika springs into action to not only find her but also find out if she has anything to do with her own mysterious past. Along the way, Commander Winters, and bevy of villains stand in her way. By book’s end, she has destroyed a longtime foe but she may have been colluding with the person who is behind all her troubles.

Overall, an excellent story, which feels more like an action film, than anything I have read in a while. The story by Benitez is engaging, fast paced, and has all the trappings of an excellent action adventure. The art by Benitez is in line with the best Steampunk artists but has a beauty all its own. Altogether, an excellent book, which will leave thirsting for the next chapter.

Story: Joe Benitez Art: Joe Benitez
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy NOW!!!!!

Diamond Comic Distributors and Diamond Book Distributors Announce a New Agreement with Benitez Productions

Diamond Comic Distributors has signed a multi-year deal with Benitez Productions to be the exclusive distributor of the publisher’s comics and graphic novels. The agreement includes worldwide distribution rights into comic book specialty stores, and into bookstores, libraries, mass-market chains, and other specialty outlets under the banner of Diamond’s book market division, Diamond Book Distributors.

As publisher of some of the best-selling independent creator-owned comics in the industry, Joe Benitez has been self-publishing with Benitez Productions since 2014. Lady Mechanika and Wraithborn have been the publisher’s flagship titles, meeting with both critical and commercial success. Last month saw the release of Lady Mechanika: La Dama De La Muerte #1, which ranked as the #5 best-selling small press title for September.

In the October PREVIEWS catalog, retailers and fans can pre-order The Lady Mechanika Steampunk Coloring Book, an all ages coloring book featuring goggles, gears, and of course the elegantly dressed half-human half-machine Victorian heroine herself.

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Preview: The Precinct Collection

The Precinct Collection

writer: Frank J. Barbiere
artist: Crizam Zamora
cover: Joe Benitez
FC • 128 pages • $19.99 • Teen+
COLLECTS ISSUES 1-5

In the sprawling, steampunk metropolis of the big city, it’s up to one group to keep the peace and uphold the law: the officers of The Precinct! Mortimer Hill is a veteran officer who has busted his fair share of criminals, but when a high-ranking official ends up dead and mechanical monsters start causing trouble, he’ll need to use all his wits to get to the heart of the mystery. Alongside his new partner Josephine Winters, a representative from the enigmatic Alchemy Academy, Mort will face the biggest case of his career… and the most dangerous!

Join writer Frank J. Barbiere (The Howling Commandos of SHIELD, Avengers World, Five Ghosts) and Crizam Zamora (Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro) on an action-packed adventure full of mystery and magic, set in the world of Bill Willingham’s steampunk epic, Legendary!

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Preview: Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Written by: John Semper, Jr.
Art by: Tony Kordos, Sandra Hope, Paul Pelletier
Cover by: Will Conrad
Variant cover by: Joe Benitez

Victor Stone was once a star athlete and brilliant student with a bright future. But after a tragic accident destroyed over half of his body, Victor was kept alive by merging flesh with advanced technology. Today he is the Justice League co-founder called Cyborg. But is the young hero a man…or a machine that merely believes it’s a man?

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Preview: Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Written by: John Semper, Jr.
Art by: Tony Kordos, Sandra Hope, Paul Pelletier
Cover by: Will Conrad
Variant cover by: Joe Benitez

Victor Stone was once a star athlete and brilliant student with a bright future. But after a tragic accident destroyed over half of his body, Victor was kept alive by merging flesh with advanced technology. Today he is the Justice League co-founder called Cyborg. But is the young hero a man…or a machine that merely believes it’s a man?

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Preview: Executive Assistant Iris: Sourcebook #1

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS: SOURCEBOOK #1

Hannibal Tabu – Writer / Joe Benitez ; various – Art / Peter Steigerwald ; various – Colors

Your ultimate source for the Executive Assistant universe is here!

Created by David Wohl, Brad Foxhoven and Michael Turner, Aspen’s best-selling Executive Assistant: Iris series has thrilled audiences since its inception, and now fans and new readers alike can finally explore the rich tapestry of the EA Universe in this all encompassing sourcebook! Jam-packed from cover to cover with detailed character profiles, in-depth power charts, revealing story elements and so much more–this is the definitive source to learn about all things Executive Assistant!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS: SOURCEBOOK #1 is in stores January 27th, 2016!

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