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Preview: Immortal Hulk #25

Immortal Hulk #25

(W) Al Ewing (A) Joe Bennett, German Garcia (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 23, 2019
SRP: $5.99


• You’ve never read a Hulk comic like this before. You’ve never read a Marvel comic like this before.
• The heat death of our universe has come and gone. The Hulk is finally dead. Now, billions of years later, the Ninth Cosmos cowers…
• …before the BREAKER OF WORLDS.

Immortal Hulk #25

The Infected: King Shazam! #1 Gets a First Look

The Infected: King Shazam! #1

Written by Sina Grace
Art by Joe Bennett
Inks by Belardino Brabo and Matt Santorelli
Colors by Hi-Fi
Cover art by David Marquez
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
Final Orders Due: Oct 14, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Billy Batson is a good kid. Well… he was. Following the events of Batman/Superman and “Year of the Villain,” Shazam is now one of the Infected! One of DC’s greatest heroes has seen his soul turned black by the Batman Who Laughs—and Shazam’s on a journey to punch a bunch of so-called “gods” in the face and show the establishment exactly what the future looks like. The Infected: King Shazam, from writer Sina Grace (Iceman, Go Go Power Rangers) and artist Joe Bennett (Immortal Hulk), is the first spotlight one-shot focusing on the heroes infected by the Batman Who Laughs, leading the way to the December-debuting Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen!

The Infected: King Shazam! #1

Review: Blackjack #3

Blackjack #3

“Vengeance is mine, said the Lord,” these are the very lines that Samuel L. Jackson utters in Pulp Fiction. The role is definitely one of his most brilliant portrayals and stood out in a movie that contained a multitude of stories while being interconnected. What’s most memorable about his role is that he gave the “everyman” aspect to what a hired gun usually is. Most of the time, these characters, are rarely portrayed as multidimensional.

His and John Travolta’s characters show us how taking a life is rarely trivial and much more calculated, it becomes especially complicated when feelings are involved. What constitutes a “righteous kill,” and who makes that call? Especially, when the matter becomes an eye for an eye. When does it become, resolved? In the final issue of this volume of Blackjack, our hero’s journey ends, but will revenge be as sweet as he wishes it would be?

We find Arron as he recovers from the attack, one that could have ended his life, as he realizes that sometimes no matter what we do, we cannot save everyone. As he holds up in Silas’s place, he reminisces about his father’s funeral, and despite the people he helped, how few people showed up, as his grief then drives his search The Cobra now. Meanwhile, The Cobra, readies his army for the final fight between him and Arron, as his faith drives him to this point. As Arron departs, Maryam wishes good luck but unbeknownst to everyone at Blackjack’s camp, the interloper was Maryam all along, as she kills everyone at the camp, but she soon has a change of heart and rides to warn Arron of the impending wrath headed his way. They all soon find out that the Cobra had sent a fighter plane to take them out, but Blackjack finds a way to hijack the plane. The issue ends with a face off you’d expect but results that are unexpected.

Overall, a powerful conclusion of this mercenary’s tale, one that more than satiates. The story by Alex Simmons is smart, well-paced, and still surprises. The art by Joe Bennett is spectacular. Altogether, a comic that any reader who loves a good story will go head over heels for.

Story: Alex Simmons Art: Joe Bennett
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Blackjack #2

Blackjack #2

The world is filled with people not on the winning side of history. Howard Zinn’s books are filled with many of these histories of the unjust thriving and the beleaguered masses suffering. What happens when those downtrodden fight back and get that “sweet revenge”? In the second issue of Blackjack, our hero begins his trail of retribution but not without cost.

We find Arron as he stares death in the eyes with a Bengali Tiger looking to end his life, but he narrowly escapes, as his learned skills, has given him a few tricks and a few old friends come to help. As he ruminates on his next moves, he reminisces on his time in Cairo as a child and what brought his family there in the first place. While he and Maryam recuperate, he’s approached by a local entrepreneur about a warlord who is hurting his business and would like Arron’s helps in neutralizing this threat.

Overall, an exciting continuation of this mercenary’s tale. The story by Alex Simmons is well told and well characterized. The art by Joe Bennett is stunning. Altogether, a series that gets better with each issue.

Story: Alex Simmons Art: Joe Bennett
Story: 10 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Reveals More of the Infected in November

Six corrupt versions of DC’s Super Heroes are coming to terrorize Earth this November and December, as DC Comics has teased early details of a series of six comics running parallel to the story unfolding in Batman/Superman by writer Joshua Williamson and artist David Marquez. Each one-shot or tie-in special spotlights a corrupt version of Shazam!, Supergirl, Hawkman and more, known within the DC Universe as The Infected. These six issues star DC’s beloved heroes, revealed to be secretly infected by The Batman Who Laughs with a toxin that violently transforms them into the worst versions of themselves. Their buried frustrations and pent-up anger will boil to the surface, unleashing dangerous results.

Kicking off these spotlight, one-shot issues is The Infected: King Shazam! #1 on November 6th by writer Sina Grace and artist Joe Bennett, to be followed by The Infected: Scarab #1 on November 20th, written by Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum with art by Freddie E. Williams II. Both issues will feature covers by David Marquez and Dean White. One is a story of a hero whose soul has been turned black and who has something to prove to the old guard, the other a tale of a hero fighting the evil inside him, with his friends and family about to pay the price…and then some.

While fans got hints of The Infected in The Batman Who Laughs by Scott Snyder and Jock and have seen the brutality of a jacked-up, Dark Multiverse-infected Shazam! in previews of Batman/Superman, the scope of the deadly pathogen unleashed by The Batman Who Laughs, himself a twisted Dark Multiverse version of Bruce Wayne, has yet to be realized.

Rounding out November are The Infected tie-in issues Hawkman #18 on November 13th, written by Robert Venditti with art by Pat Olliffe and Tom Palmer, and Supergirl #36 on November 13th, written by Marc Andreyko with art by Eduardo Pansica and Julio FerreiraHawkman #18 cover art is by Tyler Kirkham while Supergirl #36 cover art is by Dan Mora.

Through all this, neither Superman nor Batman know who’s been infected, they don’t know who has turned, and they don’t know who’s a sleeper agent for The Batman Who Laughs. Can they even trust each other? All six of The Infected will be revealed when Batman/Superman #4 by Joshua Williamson and David Marquez, with an acetate cover by Emanuela Lupacchino, hits shelves on November 27th

The final two victims of The Batman Who Laughs’ toxins, no spoilers here, will hit shelves with spotlight one-shot issues of their own in December 2019. Pick up The Batman Who Laughs (HC) by Scott Snyder and Jock along with Batman/Superman#1 by Joshua Williamson and David Marquez on August 28th at your local comic shop for clues to who the other two heroes turned by The Batman Who Laughs’ influence might be!

Review: The Immortal Hulk #1 Director’s Cut

Did you miss Immortal Hulk #1? Now’s your chance to read it and more with The Immortal Hulk #1 Director’s Cut!

Story: Al Ewing
Art: Joe Bennett
Color: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Cory Petit
Ink: Ruy José

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Review: Blackjack: Second Bite Of The Cobra

Blackjack: Second Bite Of The Cobra

When it comes to “swashbuckler” adventures, so there are not too many names as synonymous with that genre than Edgar Rice Burroughs. His stories are what George Lucas and Stephen Speilberg had in mind when they brought Indiana Jones to the big screen. His imprint is all over the genre and has endured despite the many anachronistic tropes that has plagued including the “foreign trickster” stereotype. Thankfully, many of those fans who have continued the tradition do not entertain such outdated and at times racist landmines.

Many of those stories featured people of color in a few categories. They were the villains or the minions of the villain or an ally/sidekick of the protagonist. Or worse, the victim of the villain. The roles furthered the narrative of the “untamed savage” as many of Burroughs’ stories, as well as his contemporaries, never had a person of color as a protagonist. It wasn’t until Rick Riordan, that some of that void was filled in mainstream media.  In the debut issue of Blackjack: Second Bite Of The Cobra, we find Arron Day AKA Blackjack, seeking revenge in the only place he called home.

We are taken to 1918 Cairo, where Arron’s father, Mad Dog, a veteran of countless wars, finds himself toe to toe with a warlord, known only as The Cobra as he and his friend, Silas Lincoln, were able to beat back his men, but was not able to defeat him completely, as he vanished from existence . Unfortunately for Mad Dog his days were numbered as a mysterious force killed him in cold blood years later in Spain. As the Cobra’s wraths strikes again, reaching a grown-up Arron in Harlem, New York, where is he a wealthy estate holder, and is given word by his father’s old friend, Silas. By issue’s end, Cobra unleashes his men on Blackjack ad his cohorts, leading to an all-out fight.

Overall, an exciting first chapter in a hero that seems out of time but more than likely true to life than most would admit. The story by Alex Simmons is smart, intense and well developed. The art by Joe Bennett is gorgeous. Altogether, a great story that should gain this series more readers.

Story: Alex Simmons Art: Joe Bennett
Story: 10 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.9 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: The Immortal Hulk #22

The Immortal Hulk #22

(W) Al Ewing (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 07, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• Shadow Base has one goal: to stop the monsters, the forces of chaos – And give their power to men of order.
• But the monsters have goals of their own. And now they’re working together.
• RICK JONES remembers everything… and you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

The Immortal Hulk #22
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