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Marvel Delivers Daredevil and Wolverine in Today’s Digital Comic Releases

There are currently seven new digital releases on comiXology. You can choose from Marvel, Harlequin, and Yen Press. Get shopping or check out the individual releases below.

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 2

Written by Frank Miller
Art by Frank Miller
Cover by Frank Miller
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Collects Daredevil (1964) #168-182.

The celebration of one of the comic book industry’s top talents continues as writer/artist extraordinnaire Frank Miller’s classic Daredevil adventures are collected in a second tribute volume. All the elements that made Miller’s tenure on Daredevil a comic noir classic are here: gritty, street-level action, moody atmosphere, and widescreen adventure told with a cinematic eye. The stories in this volume feature unforgettable characters like the Kingpin, the mammoth king of the New York Underworld; Bullseye, the deranged but deadly assassin; Elektra, the woman Daredevil loves but is forced to oppose; and of course, Daredevil himself, blind as justice, he is an attorney by day and an urban vigilante by night. Also introduced in this collection is the mysterious ninja brotherhood, The Hand, the group that will ultimately cause Elektra’s untimely demise. Tense and dramatic, the stories included in this volume dedicated to Frank Miller’s classic work show the continued development of an artistic legend as his formidable skills continued to grow in stature and depth.

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 2

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 3

Written by Mike W. Barr, Roger McKenzie, Frank Miller
Art by Terry Austin, Klaus Janson
Cover by Frank Miller
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Collects Daredevil (1964) #183-191 and material from What If? #28, 35 and Bizarred Adventures #28.

The action, drama and artistic brilliance continue withDAREDEVIL #183 – #191, plus WHAT IF? #28 (“What If Elektra Had Lived?”) and #35 (“What If Daredevil Joined S.H.I.E.L.D.?) — and as a special treat, an Elektra story from BIZARRE ADVENTURES #28! It’s more amazing visuals and gut-wrenching twists from the master of crime noir as Matt Murdock tussles with the Black Widow, collides with the Punisher, and has a sickening showdown with the Hand as they try to kill Stick and resurrect Elektra!

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 3

So I’m a Spider, So What? #48

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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With Mother defeated and Body Brain working on the Demon Lord’s soul, I got some time to kill! But before that, time for your friendly neighborhood Spidermonster to kick some robber butts and save that dandy stud!!

So I'm a Spider, So What? #48

The Sheikh’s Guarded Heart

Written by Liz Fielding
Art by Satomi Tsuya
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Lucy has traveled to Ramal Hamrah to chase her new husband, who stole all of her money right after their wedding. However, confused in this foreign desert land, she soon gets into a terrible car accident. Right before her car explodes, she’s rescued by a stranger. When Lucy wakes up, she finds herself in the strong arms of a beautiful, angelic man. The man who saved her is Hanif, the prince of Ramal Hamrah. As he’s volunteered to protect her in his palace!

The Sheikh's Guarded Heart

Un amour contraire au contrat

Written by Maisey Yates
Art by Kanoko Yamamoto
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Comment ça une femme ne peut pas gérer une entreprise !? Le père d’Elaine a choisi Marco, figure légendaire de l’industrie, comme successeur de son entreprise malgré le sens des affaires de sa fille. Celle-ci, passionnée par la compagnie de son père, propose un contrat de mariage d’un an à Marco afin de l’amener à lui céder l’entreprise après le divorce. Marco, qui fait souvent la une des magazines à scandales, a besoin de reconstruire sa réputation en se mariant. Ce qui aurait dû être un simple mariage de raison, prend une tournure un peu différente lorsque Marco découvre une nouvelle facette de sa nouvelle femme et que l’innocente Elaine tombe sous le charme de Marco.

Wolverine: Blood Wedding

Written by Joe Casey, Chris Claremont, Tom DeFalco, Todd DeZago, Fabian Nicieza
Art by Denys Cowan, Oscar Jimenez, Cary Nord, Leinil Francis Yu
Cover by Jae Lee
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Collects Wolverine (1988) #123-132, Wolverine: Black Rio.

Why is Wolverine tying the knot with one of his most vicious foes? What do Shadowcat and Sabretooth have to say about it? And what deadly new advantage makes Sabretooth unbeatable? X-Men legend Chris Claremont returns to the character he made famous in an old-school, actionpacked caper against Hydra and the Hand! Then: Wolverine faces Roughouse and Bloodscream, and teams with Captain America on a quest for self-improvement — but when he battles the Wendigo, it’s all he can do to stay alive! Plus: Wolverine scales a mountain, attends Carnaval and confronts the grim specter of domestic abuse! Guest-starring the ladies of the X-Men!

Wolverine: Blood Wedding

Wolverine Legends Vol. 1: Wolverine/Hulk

Written by Sam Kieth
Art by Sam Kieth
Cover by Sam Kieth
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Collects Wolverine/Hulk (2002) #1-4.

Sam Keith (The Maxx, Zero Girl) returns to Marvel – and takes on two of Marvel’s most popular – and toughest — characters! A metal-clawed X-Man, an emerald behemoth and a scared little girl named Po what draws these three very different characters together? Answer: Expect the unexpected!

Wolverine Legends Vol. 1: Wolverine/Hulk

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Review: All-America Comix

All-America Comix #1

In 2011, Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta created America Chavez/Miss America with Marvel, a character that has gone on to earn a cult following and sporadic use by the publisher. Nine years later, Casey is at it again, this time with artist Dustin Nguyen for a new spin on a similar concept. All-America Comix feels a bit like an attempt to reclaim his creation but at the same time a meta statement about Casey’s time with Marvel.

We’re introduced to America Vasquez who has flight, super-strength, and the ability to travel through dimensions… pretty much the same as Chavez. She has encounters with a star-spangled hero with a shield and a despotic ruler of a nation encased in a suit of armor. It’s all familiar and that’s what makes the first issue fascinating and frustrating.

With All-America Comix, Casey had an opportunity to show us where he’d have gone with the character and what direction he’d have taken her. Instead we get a spin on Marvel characters and a frenetic story that spends little time with any concept. The only real uniting bit is Vasquez as she reflects on her life and world. Through Vasquez it feels like Casey is venting his frustrations with his time with Marvel and where the character has gone.

What’s very frustrating is that Casey could have done anything with the comic. Instead, it just feels like a rant through the lens of Michel Fiffe’s Copra. Unlike Copra, there’s no deconstruction here, it’s just been there done that and some meta-commentary.

What does stand out, and shows the potential of the comic is Nguyen’s art. There’s some breathtaking visuals and the combo of the two could deliver a hero to challenge the big two. Along with colors by Brad Simpson, design by Sonia Harris, and lettering by Rus Wooton, the comic and character stand out for the visuals. Nguyen takes advantage of the dimensional aspects of the character and has fun with it all. There’s potential, lots of potential.

For those that might not know Casey’s history with Miss America, they may find a hero they want more of. For those that know the character, it’s hard to not examine every word and every decision made. It’s a fascinating comic on multiple levels but a frustrating one. Where Casey could have shown us what he’d have done with his creation that was far superior than what we’ve seen, instead we get what feels like a creator venting about having their toys taken away.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Dustin Nguyen
Color: Brad Simpson Design: Sonia Harris Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 6.75 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read


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Preview: Project Superpowers Omnibus Vol. 3: Heroes and Villains TP

Project Superpowers Omnibus Vol. 3: Heroes and Villains TP

writers: Alex Ross, Joe Casey, Phil Hester, J.T. Krul, Brandon Jerwa
artists: Edgar Salazar, Carlos Paul, Jonathan Lau, Mike Lilly, Jackson Herbert, Heubert Khan Michael, Patrick Berkenkotter
cover: Alex Ross
FC | 448 pages | $34.99 | Superheroes | Teen +

Collects four graphic novels featuring your favorite Superpowers characters; The Death-Defying ‘Devil, The Owl, Masquerade, and more. Also includes the Project Superpowers Free Comic Book Day comic and the Project Superpowers Xmas special. 448 pages for one great price.

Project Superpowers Omnibus Vol. 3: Heroes and Villains TP

Review: Jesusfreak

Jesusfreak

There have been many different interpretations throughout history and popular culture of Jesus’s story. One of the most glaring and controversial examples is Anne Rice’s Christ The Lord series. It reimagined the religious figure out of the canon most followers had grown up believing and some thought it was sacrilegious for the author to write it. As hard it may believe, this probably was not the worst reimagining.

There was Martin Scorsese’s contentious film, The Last Temptation Of Christ, which also retold Jesus’ story and how he dealt with all the temptations of man, including the flesh where they discuss his relationship with Mary Magdelene.  On the lighter side, The Life Of Brian shows how a man who followed a similar path as Jesus would exist during this time. The one reinterpretation that has not been seen as often as these few examples is the one of action hero. This is why Joe Casey and Benjamin Marra‘s Jesusfreak had me intrigued.

We meet a young man in Sepphoris, the capital of Gallilee, that goes by the name Jesus. He’s traveled to this land as a result of his visions. We also meet Pontius Pilate, the new Roman governor, whose distaste for the locals and thirst for power is unrivaled. We also meet John The Baptist, a rough religious man whose followers treated him like the voice of God. As John and Jesus meet an uncanny spark between the two ignite and a kinship is formed instantly. As an ambush by Roman soldiers lead the two to fight alongside each other where Jesus unleashes his own fighting style, a martial art, but unfortunately John gets captured by Pontius Pilate. From there we get a mix of action as Jesus must free John, a traditional take on the Bible of Jesus’ healing, and Jesus finding himself and his destiny.

Overall, it’s an action-packed story through biblical times that I wanted to compare to Spartacus but feels more like Ghost Dog: Way Of The Samurai. The story by Casey is fun, engaging, and wildly imaginative. The art by Marra is breathtaking. Altogether, a story that will intrigue readers and think of these historical and religious figures in a totally new way.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Benjamin Marra
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Jesusfreak

Jesusfreak

The year is 26 C.E. A young Nazarean carpenter is having some trouble adjusting to the violent world around him-and finding his place within it. He knows he’s different, but he doesn’t know why. Not yet, anyway.

Take some kung-fu, mix in a little 70s exploitation films, stir some of the Bible, and you get Jesusfreak, a gonzo take on Jesus Christ.

The comic is a mix of over the top insanity and sort of “grounded” Biblical tale that mixes into a comic that feels like it’s not quite sure what it wants to be.

Writer Joe Casey and artist Benjamin Marra go back and forth between a story that’s a spin on the Biblical story we know and something else. That something else is a kung-fu infused action/adventure featuring giant lizard people and a style that’s a bit 70s exploitation. It never quite commits one way or another and without doing so never quite gels in a way that makes sense. Aspects seem to come out of nowhere and never quite explained like there’s pages missing to the story.

Marra’s art, with color by Brad Simpson and lettering by Rus Wooton is good. The art style really helps deliver that retro feel to it all. There’s some odd art here and there (one panel has Jesus’ finger looking like they’re broken as he performs kung-fu) but there’s a charm to it all that makes it entertaining. One also can’t overlook the fact that Jesus isn’t white and those depicted are of a darker complexion as they should be.

There’s a lot of potential here but the comic never quite commits as to what it wants to be. It’s entertaining in a pulp/grindhouse sort of way but at times it feels like it wants to be serious and other times it wants to be something like a John Carpenter film. With a bit more focus, the story would be amazing and a lot of fun. As is, it feels like it’s unsure as to what it wants to be much like the Jesus it depicts.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Benjamin Marra
Color: Brad Simpson Letterer: Rus Wooton Design: Sonia Harris
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Jesusfreak

Jesusfreak

(W) Joe Casey (A/CA) Benjamin Marra
In Shops: Mar 20, 2019
SRP: $17.99

The year is 26 C.E. A young Nazarean carpenter is having some trouble adjusting to the violent world around him-and finding his place within it. He knows he’s different, but he doesn’t know why. Not yet, anyway. A bloody, two-fisted tale of historical heroic fiction brought to you by JOE CASEY (SEX, BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER, MCMLXXV) and BENJAMIN MARRA (Night Business, Terror Assaulter: O.M.W.O.T.).

Jesusfreak

Sex Gets Graphic… Novels

Image Comics has announced that the popular, provocative  superhero series Sex by Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski has returned as an ongoing, original graphic novel series with Sex, Vol. 6: World Hunger hitting stores in trade paperback this April.

In this all-new Sex experience, readers will return to Saturn City and the continuing exploits of retired superhero and awkward civilian, Simon Cooke, as he attempts to uncover the illicit secrets of the so-called Illuminati that desperately wants to recruit him. Typically, this leaves his beloved city vulnerable to all manner of desperate depravity. Fans won’t realize how much they’ve missed Sex until they indulge in this latest adventure. 

Sex, Vol. 6: World Hunger (Diamond Code FEB190105, ISBN: 978-1534308770) will be available on Wednesday, April 24. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 11. It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, April 30 and can be pre-ordered now. Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct.

Sex, Vol. 6: World Hunger

Image Comics to publish Jesusfreak — an original graphic novel by Joe Casey and Benjamin Marra

Next spring, Image Comics presents Jesusfreak, an all-new, never-before-published and sure-to-be-controversial original graphic novel by writer Joe Casey and artist Benjamin Marra. Jesusfreak is a bloody, two-fisted tale of heroic historical fiction featuring a certain young Nazarean carpenter who is having some trouble finding his place within a world of ever-increasing violence. He knows he’s different… he just doesn’t know why. Image Comics will publish the original graphic novel as a 64-page, full-color hardcover retailing for $17.99 in comic book stores on March 20, 2019 and in bookstores on March 26, 2019.

An exclusive 16-page black-and-white ashcan preview of Jesusfreak, featuring a two-color cover, will be available for purchase for $1.00 at the Image Comics booth #1444 at New York Comic Con. Joe Casey and Benjamin Marra will attend the convention, which will be held at the Javits Center in New York City from Thursday, October 4th through Sunday, October 7.

Jesusfreak (ISBN: 978-1534311749) can be ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

Review: MCMLXXV #1

Meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter who wields an enchanted tire iron. Welcome to the year of her greatest adventure.

A glowing object. A voice over on the radio. Gang battles in the city. A lot of the elements from writer Joe Casey and artist Ian MacEwan‘s MCMLXXV might seem familiar but together they create a whole new modern mythology from the mythology of the past. Featuring a cab drive as the heroe, MCMLXXV is a mash-up of concepts and ideas brought together for something new that’s a hell of a lot of fun.

The issue begins with a rather mundane experience of picking up a far but delivers a voice over that’ll remind individuals of The Warriors and dovetails into a Ninja battle that’s very Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles. With gang battles like Big Trouble in Little China, and a glowing tire iron ala Mage (instead of the bat), the comic feels like it’s trying to be the Ready Player One of comics delivering winks and nods to classic franchises remixed in a way. That’s not bad at all as the comic without any of that is engaging and a hell of a lot of fun. Casey infuses a mystical adventure into it all too as we learn more through flashbacks that only makes the set up more excited to see where it goes from this debut issue.

Artist Ian MacEwan adds to it all with a artistic flair that matches the energy Casey’s writing brings. There’s over the top scenes and MacEwan captures that feeling with every single one. The humor of it all is enhanced too with the way a character is posed or a small detail that’s the punchline in a way. There’s some scenes that just nail it through a small detail like how a passenger reacts to the madness.

The comic is just a lot of fun no matter the level you read it on. It can be a simple action fantasy story staring a cabbie in a big city or it can be that and an amazing homage to so much fun that has come before. No matter which level you choose, MCMLXXV is modern fun.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Ian MacEwan
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

MCMLXXV Introduces a Tough-as-Nails Monster-Fighter of Mythic Greatness

Fan favorite writer Joe Casey and artist Ian MacEwan come together to weave modern mythology for a new generation in the forthcoming MCMLXXV launching this September.

In MCMLXXV, readers meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter. Welcome to the year of her greatest adventure.

MCMLXXV #1 (Diamond Code JUL180110) hits stores on Wednesday, September 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 20th.

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