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Preview: Planet Of The Apes: After The Fall Omnibus SC

Planet Of The Apes: After The Fall Omnibus SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers:  Daryl Gregory, Caleb Monroe, Michael Moreci, David F. Walker, Ryan Ferrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artists: Damian Couceiro, Tony Parker, Tom Derenick, Dan McDaid, Jonas Scharf, Lalit Kumar Sharma, Morgan Beem
Colorist: Renato Faccini, Darrin Moore, Michael Garland, Jason Wordie, Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Steve Wands, Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera
Price: $39.99

Set in the reimagined universe of the modern Planet of the Apes movies, witness the rise and fall of humanity to a planet dominated by apes. But there’s trouble in paradise as ape leader Caesar is forced to contend with violent power struggles, while the outbreak of a mysterious, deadly virus threatens to decimate the remaining populations of humans. Can humans and apes join forces to establish a new world order, or will chaos finally reign supreme?

Collects Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes, Planet of the Apes: When Worlds Collide for the first time in one prestigious omnibus.

Planet Of The Apes: After The Fall Omnibus SC

Review: War of the Realms: War Scrolls #1

The War of the Realms is raging across the Marvel Universe and there’s so many stories to be told. War of the Realms: War Scrolls #1 kicks off the anthology miniseries with four stories.

It features the works of Jason Aaron, Andrea Sorrentino, Matthew Wilson, Josh Trujillo, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Felipe Sobreiro, Ram V., Cafu, Brian Reber, Chip Zdarsky, Joe Quinones, Joe Rivera, Rico Renzi, and Joe Sabino.

Get your copy in comic shops April 17th! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.


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Preview: Planet of the Apes: Ursus SC

Planet of the Apes: Ursus SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  David F. Walker
Artist: Chris Mooneyham, Lalit Kumar Sharma
Colorist: Jason Worde
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera
Price: $19.99

General Ursus has always hated and feared mankind. Get a glimpse at his rise through the ranks to General and what experiences brought him to the Forbidden Zone.

Set in the world of the classic Planet of the Apes films, discover what drives the fiercest enemy of man: General Ursus.

Written by the critically acclaimed David Walker (Luke Cage) and illustrated by Christopher Mooneyham (Five Ghosts) and Lalit Kumar Sharma (Witchblade) discover the truth hidden deep in the Forbidden Zone, and in Ursus’ past!

Collects the complete 6-issue series

Preview: Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #301

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #301

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Joe Quinones
Ink: Joe Rivera Color: Jordan Gibson Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Main Cover: Joe Quinones
Variant Cover: Bilquis Evely, Matt Lopes
Editor: Nick Lowe Associate Editor: Devin Lewis Assistant Editor: Tom Groneman
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Peter Parker, his sister (?) Teresa and J. Jonah Jameson take a trip back in time!
• The massive events of issue #300 presented them with a problem so huge that the only solution is way back in the past.
• The biggest challenge here won’t be keeping Jameson from changing the future, but it’s up there!

Preview: Planet of the Apes: Ursus #2 (of 6)

Planet of the Apes: Ursus #2 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Christopher Mooneyham
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera
Intermix Cover: Michael Allred
Subscription Cover: Becca Carey
Price: $3.99

Discover how the first meeting of Ursus and Zaius changed their destinies!

Preview: War for the Planet of the Apes #1 (of 4)

War for the Planet of the Apes #1 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Mikhail Borulko
Subscription Cover: Jay Shaw
FOC Cover: Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera
Price: $3.99

This limited series is an original story set between 20th Century Fox’s films, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. San Francisco lies in ruin, as the war for survival between man and ape rests on the shoulders of one solitary soul.

Covers Added for War For the Planet of the Apes #1, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #1, and Grass Kings #5

BOOM! Studios has added extra covers at the June 19 Final Order Cut-off (FOC) for the titles below. These are able to be ordered by retailers in any amount, so fans can let their local comic shop know if they would like to get these specific covers.

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #1
FOC Cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
(Cover connects with the FOC Cover for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #17)

War for the Planet of the Apes #1
FOC Cover by Paolo Rivera and Joe Rivera

Grass Kings #5
FOC Cover by Greg Smallwood

Review: America #2


Gabby Rivera brings the heat and, a compelling story line of personal growth in this second issue of America’s solo comic book series. There’s so much realism and humanity contained in the pages of this issue that it would be a shame to miss out on it. Rivera portrays America as a no-nonsense, Latina lesbian trying to find her way in the world as she adjusts to being newly single and starting college. The diversity doesn’t stop with the title character, America has managed to serve up multiple minority characters in each issue that are devoid of tropes or stereotypes and the sophomore outing for this amazing character is no exception to the standard that started in America #1.

America #2 finds America punching her way back through time and space from WWII Germany where she punches Hitler and gets reprimanded by Peggy Carter. The language used in the comic is realistic and leans more towards cultural usage than cliched caricature. Rivera makes sure to keep America authentic and easy to relate to without watering down her ethnicity and culture or falling into a whitewashed version of the character. There is something beautiful in Rivera allowing the reader to come along on America’s journey and letting us be a fly on the wall as the character is exploring the facets of her life that make her who she is.

Joe Quinones makes sure to keep America looking like a real person, as opposed to whitewashing her features and dipping her in caramel. He allows the character to retain her ethnic features and his drawings show the beauty that is found within her ethnicity. The panels that show her full body do show in a way to showcase her figure without lingering in the male gaze and subjecting her to being merely an object of sexuality, the way that many forms of media tend to do with Hispanic women.

This issue shows America trying to figure out how her powers work and how far they can take her, we also see her forming a community with other females which is always good to see in any form of media. We find her supporting and engaged by a black child prodigy and fighting brodudes about their appropriation, objectification, and dismissal of minority culture and to a similar degree women. America tackles hard subjects and makes them entertaining without diminishing the gravity of the situations. This comic is a prime example of how to merge representation, politics, and entertainment in a way that is both strong and full of teaching moments without watering down very real problems and ideas.

Story: Gabby Rivera Art: Joe Quinones
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: America #1

america_1_coverThis was a one “Wepa” issue and it ended with Hitler getting a fist to the dome, everything that happened in between the pages of writer Gabby Rivera‘s go at America’s solo series is pure gold and I’m here for it! The beginning issue of this much-awaited stand-alone series for everyone’s new favorite queer Hispanic bad ass is everything we hoped for and more. Rivera manages to keep the cliches at a minimum, there was a requisite wepa but, nothing that made America feel like a stereotype or caricature. In between the pages of this issue, we are treated to some amazing character development, real emotions and a connection to an imaginary character that feels so real and fleshed out that we feel free enough to have real feelings about her and her situation.

Rivera is tasked with squeezing a story and hook within a minimal number of pages, America is Marvel‘s first queer Hispanic superhero and this coming out story is layered, clever and emotional. America’s age adds to the story and provides a cue for her feelings and actions, she is trying to find herself, thinks she knows everything, yet is self-aware to get that she doesn’t have it all figured out. This issue shows a gut punch of a break-up, leaving America heart broken and feeling alone, there’s also a fresh start at a new college, a familiar face in an old teammate and, some time tavel that places our hero face to face with Hitler and Captain America!

Joe Quinones provides some stellar pencil work giving us some crisp lines, well defined features and an ethnic super hero that looks authentic and not just like a white super hero with a tan. Joe Rivera and Paolo Rivera lay down some stellar inking and Jose Villarrubia gives the issue color that is both authentic in its simplicity when it needs to be and, stylized when it’s full of pop & needs to be fun. Bonus points for the team making sure that America looks Hispanic in a way that doesn’t several up imagery of Liz Taylor as Cleopatra. The rainbow flag outside of America’s lady loves partner is a nice intro and foreshadowing of what’s going to happen when the door opens. I’m also a fan of the throwback style used in the ending pages of the issue when she’s pushed back in time facing Nazis in WWII Germany.

Overall, I found this issue to be a rapid-fire, clever and interesting setup. The writing is solid and appropriate for a young superhero, the story was realistic (in comic book storytelling format). The main character is thoroughly fleshed out, auxiliary characters were shown in a way that not only introduced them but, gave an insight to their personality. This is a great comic book for tweens and up. I suspect it will resonate immensely with the young adult comic book readers who can identify either as LGBT, Hispanic, or female (and any combo of that) who are looking for heroes that resemble them in any way. Rivera doesn’t take her task of inclusion lightly and, makes America story about America and her journey without using her as a cheap gimmick. This issue is a nice starting point for America’s solo debut and, I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.

Story: Gabby Rivera Art: Joe Quinones Inkers: Joe Rivera & Paolo Rivera Color: Jose Villarrubia
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D 1953: Beyond the Fence #3


Man’s best friend becomes Hellboy’s worst nightmare in a Cold War–era mission.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D 1953: Beyond the Fence #3 raises more questions than it answers, as a coworker with Hellboy has a vision of something strange and a cult like group kneeling at a mysterious idol. This is on top of a vision of a man who seems to be a magician of some kind. While the link is subtle as to why he’s there, it does beg one key question; What are Russian agents doing in small town America?

Like the story, the art is polished but violent. The monster’s arrival at a child-filled school is almost iconic as it is simple. I will admit the fight between Hellboy and the strange dog thing is action filled and visually solid as they both trade blows. The vision scenes are amazing, even as they raise a whole bunch of questions, they look absolutely great.

I doubt, and hope not, that this will be the end of Hellboy’s adventures in 1953.

Story: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson Art: Paolo Rivera Ink: Joe Rivera
Color: Dave Stewart Cover Art: Paolo Rivera
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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