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Review: Syphon #1

Syphon #1

When a fast-living EMT is entrusted with the power to sense and siphon pain from others, Sylas is presented with a new purpose: to ease the misery of those around him. But the more he uses this gift, the more it curses him with carrying the burdens of others’ pain. And it soon attracts the attention of mysterious forces who covet the power for themselves, forcing Sylas to decide whether he will continue his mission or revert to his old ways. Syphon #1 kicks off an interesting new series with a dip in fantasy and noir.

Syphon #1 is a promising debut issue from Mohsen Ashraf and Patrick Meaney that merges fantasy with the modern world. Sylas is a hard-working EMT striving to make a difference in a cold, hard world. Yet, that principled work ethic and morality may prove to be his undoing. Something unnaturally empathic has chosen Sylas to be its next host.

The debut is a good one teasing a new world and mythos to explore. We can see Sylas’ slide as this mysterious power takes its root and the pain of others begins to weigh on him. His life begins to suffer and we see the impact in his relationships.

The debut issue is brimming with spectacular artwork from Jeff Edwards. The art is used heavily to hint and tease at the supernatural origin of the power Sylas is given. Along with John Klasiz’s color, the art does an interesting job of balancing the dark nature of the pain Sylas deals with and a neon glow that goes along with his newfound power.

Syphon #1 is a good start mixing a few genres and delivering nice artwork. It’s a debut that does an excellent job of teasing what’s to come through the artwork and giving us a quick run-through of the burden that gets our main character to the next part of his journey.

Story: Mohsen Ashraf Written: Patrick Meaney, Mohsen Ashraf Art: Jeff Edwards Colors: John Kalisz
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Syphon #1 (of 3)

Syphon #1 (of 3)

(W) Patrick Meaney, Mohsen Ashraf (A) Jeff Edwards, John Kalisz
In Shops: Jul 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

When a fast-living EMT is entrusted with the power to sense and siphon pain from others, Sylas is presented with a new purpose: to ease the misery of those around him. But the more he uses this gift, the more it curses him with carrying the burdens of others’ pain. And it soon attracts the attention of mysterious forces who covet the power for themselves, forcing Sylas to decide whether he will continue his mission or revert to his old ways.

Comic book documentarian PATRICK MEANEY (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods, The Image Revolution) teams up with artist JEFF EDWARDS (G.I. Joe) with a story by MOHSEN ASHRAF for a creator-owned noir fantasy.

Syphon #1 (of 3)

Review: Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1

I don’t know a whole lot about Fortnite. I tried playing the game one evening but quickly gave up for a combination of reasons. I know the basics about the game but nothing of the characters and little about the world. So, I was intrigued to check out Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1 and see how the two properties would crossover and how it’d read to someone who’s generally a blank slate to about half of the comic.

Written by Christos Gage with concepts by Donald Mustard, Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1 has Batman dealing with a mysterious energy and being sucked into the world of Fortnite (I think). Where he winds up isn’t really explained and that’s part of the point of the comic. Batman is lost. He doesn’t remember his past and can’t speak. But, he’s able to think in words (weird if he can’t speak) and remembers his fighting abilities. This is good, since he’s soon attacked drawing him into battle against unknown foes.

Like Batman, the reader doesn’t get much of an explanation as to where he is or who’s battling. It favors those into Fortnite. But, the reader know little like Batman is a rather interesting direction to take the comic. Some readers will have more information than others and in this case it’s pretty clear which those are. It’s not a bad direction for the comic but there isn’t much I found to suck me in to where it’s going.

Batman fights mysterious people in crazy costumes. The actual fight doesn’t stand out a lot and Batman being in a weird location also doesn’t feel like anything that really pops. The world of Fortnite is presented as a chaotic mess of a thing and for someone on the outside, not in a way that I want to find out more about the game. So, I’m left with a ho-hum Batman story in a world that’s not all that interesting.

But, if you’re Fortnite player, the results are likely very different. The comic is packed with characters (I assume characters) from the game. It’s a chaotic battle which I assume is pretty accurate. It all comes together for a rather wacky battle royale.

The visuals are decent. With art by Reilly Brown the characters and world do pop. Nelson Faro DeCastro provides inks, John Kalisz handles the color, and Andworld Design does the lettering. The group come together for a world that’s a bright almost cartoonish contrast to Batman’s Gotham. The impressive part of the art is how many characters are unique. There’s a lot packed in when the action gets rolling and all of it stands out. There’s little that’s shorted with characters in the background and it’s impressive so much is worked in. While that’s impressive, the art doesn’t quite excite. There’s room for more dynamic choreography in the battle and while there’s some interesting moments, there’s a kinetic flow that doesn’t quite click. The battle is stiff in a way.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1 is for fans of Fortnite. With downloadable content included and how the story is presented, it’s clear this is to get the video game players to check out comics and not comic readers to check out the game. There’s a good chance that the story comes together but as presented, there’s not enough for comic readers to really get sucked into the story. For Fortnite players, they might be more into it.

Story: Donald Mustard, Christos Gage Art: Reilly Brown
Ink: Nelson Faro DeCastro Color: John Kalisz Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Get an Early Look at Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #4

The train keeps rolling for Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point, and with characters like Harley Quinn, Catwoman and even Snake Eyes mysteriously popping up on The Island, it’s anyone’s guess who will show up next! Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #4 of this six-issue limited series is no exception, as DC’s deadliest assassin, Deathstroke makes his appearance on The Island, and here’s a first look!

Batman has broken free from the Loop and the endless cycle of combat. Now free to explore the island without limitation, the World’s Greatest Detective will discover secrets about the world of Fortnite never before revealed in the game or anywhere else. Just one thing…he’s not alone. Not only is he met by a rogue faction of Fortnite bandits who have ALSO escaped the loop–Eternal Voyager! Bandolette! Magnus! Fishstick! And a few others– there’s someone else trapped, someone who is trying to get free from the world of Fortnite …someone deadly. Will Batman recognize this familiar hunter-for-hire, and even more importantly, will he trust him? Just because Batman’s out of the Loop doesn’t mean the fighting is over!

Based on a story concept by series consultant and Chief Creative Officer of Epic Games, Donald Mustard, this six-issue limited series is written by Christos Gage, featuring pencils by Christian Duce, with inks by Nelson Faro DeCastro, and colors by John Kalisz. The main cover for issue #4 is by Mikel Janín, with a card stock variant cover by Dan Mora, plus a premium variant cover by Mustard (check your local comic book store for availability).

Each 32-page issue is priced at $4.99, with the card stock variant priced at $5.99. Each print issue of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point also includes a redeemable code for a bonus digital cosmetic in Fortnite inspired by the events in the comic; Issue #4 includes a code for the “Deathstroke Destroyer Glider” in-game item. As a bonus, fans who redeem all six codes will unlock a new Armored Batman Zero Outfit.

U.S. subscribers to the DC Universe Infinite digital service will receive the series and bonus codes included as part of their paid subscription. Bonus codes will not be available during the free trial period.

Batman vs. Snake-Eyes!? Get a Look at Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #3 Coming in May

With no memory and battling strange adversaries (and even some allies) on a mysterious island for 22 minutes at a time, you’d think Batman has enough to worry about in Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point.

Think again.

In issue #3 of this six-issue limited series from DC and Epic Games, the Dark Knight faces off against the most unexpected adversary yet, Snake-Eyes, from G.I. Joe!

You read that right: Snake-Eyes from G.I. Joe! Worlds collide on the Island as the unstoppable ninja goes up against Batman! But can either of them win the fight when neither of them can remember why they’re fighting, nor escape this twisted version of Groundhog’s Day? Will Batman even remember that he’s got to find a way back to Catwoman, all the while trying to figure out how to get back to Gotham City? And just what is Harley Quinn doing here?

Based on a story concept by series consultant and Chief Creative Officer of Epic Games, Donald Mustard, this six-issue limited series is written by Christos Gage, featuring pencils by Reilly Brown, with inks by Nelson Faro DeCastro and colors by John Kalisz. The main cover for issue #3 is by Mikel Janín, with a card stock variant cover by DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee and Scott Williams, plus a premium variant cover by Mustard (check your local comic book store for availability).

Each 32-page issue is priced at $4.99, with the card stock variant priced at $5.99. Each print issue of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point also includes a redeemable code for a bonus digital cosmetic in Fortnite inspired by the events in the comic; Issue #3 includes a code for the Catwoman’s Claw Pickaxe in-game item. As a bonus item, fans who redeem all six codes will unlock a new Armored Batman Zero Outfit.

U.S. subscribers to the DC Universe Infinite digital service will receive the series and bonus codes included as part of their subscription.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #3

Get a First Look at Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #2

Batman has acquired many aliases in his crime fighting career, including “The Dark Knight,” and “Caped Crusader.” But he’s also celebrated as “The World’s Greatest Detective,” and those skills will be put to the test if he wants to break out of an ongoing 22-minute time loop as Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point continues with issue #2, on sale May 4.

Batman is trapped on a mysterious Island–unable to speak, his memory gone – fighting to survive against the deadliest warriors of countless worlds. But how will the World’s Greatest Detective escape this trap when time itself resets every twenty-two minutes? And if getting reintroduced to Harley Quinn over and over isn’t enough, will the presence of a familiar feline fatale–help or hinder his efforts to escape, especially when they don’t remember each other? In another life, they were enemies, friends, partners…but here on the Island, can they do anything but battle to the death?

Based on a story concept by series consultant and Epic Games Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard, this six-issue Limited Series is written by Christos Gage, featuring pencils by Reilly Brown, with inks by Nelson Faro DeCastro, and colors by John Kalisz. The main cover for issue #2 is by Mikel Janín, with a card stock variant cover by Kenneth Rocafort, plus a premium cover by Mustard (check your local comic book store for availability).

Each 32-page issue is priced at $4.99, with the card stock variant priced at 5.99. Each print issue includes a redeemable code for a bonus digital cosmetic in Fortnite inspired by the comic; issue #2 includes a code for Batman Zero Wing Glider. U.S. subscribers to the DC Universe Infinite digital service will receive the series and bonus codes for free as part of their subscription. Issue #1 arrives in stores and digitally on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 and will feature a bonus code to unlock the Harley Quinn Rebirth Outfit which can be used in the game.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #2

Batman and Fortnite Come Together for a Six-Issue Miniseries. Free on DC Universe Infinite

The worlds of comic books and video games collide on April 20, 2021, as DC and Epic Games have announced that the world of Fortnite and Batman are coming together in Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point. Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point is a six-issue miniseries that combines the Dark Knight and other DC Super Heroes with the global gaming phenomenon.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point arrives in comic book stores and on participating digital platforms Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Subsequent issues will ship twice monthly beginning in May (May 4/May 18) and June (June 1/June 15), with a single issue concluding the series on July 6. Each issue sells for $4.99, with the card stock variant cover versions available for $5.99.

Each print issue of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point will include a redeemable code for bonus DC-themed Fortnite digital items, inspired by the events in the comic, starting with the new Rebirth Harley Quinn Outfit. US Subscribers to DC Universe Infinite will receive the series for free, including the bonus digital codes. Fans who redeem all six codes will also unlock a new Armored Batman Zero Outfit for their Fortnite character.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point will also launch in print day and date (including the item codes), published in the native languages of the following territories: Germany, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and the Czech Republic.

Written by Christos Gage with concept and story consultation from Chief Creative Officer of Epic, Donald Mustard, this miniseries features art by Reilly Brown, Christian Duce,  Nelson DeCastro, and John Kalisz. The main cover for issue #1 main cover is provided by Mikel Janín and the variant cover by Kenneth Rocafort. Mustard will also provide premium variant covers for each issue of the series (check local comic shops for availability), and future variant covers will be provided by an impressive lineup of artistic talent, including Arthur Adams, Jim Lee, Amanda Conner, and others.

A crack splits the sky above Gotham City… a tear in reality itself. This rift pulls the Dark Knight into a bizarre and unfamiliar world, with no memory of who he is or where he came from…Batman has been drawn into Fortnite!

As he fights to recall his past and escape an endless loop of chaos and struggle, he’ll come face-to-face with the likes of Renegade Raider, Fishstick, Bandolier, and more. While the world’s greatest detective strives to make sense of this strange new world, he’ll uncover the shocking truth about the Island, what lies beyond the Loop, and how everything is connected to the mysterious Zero Point.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point uncovers secrets never before revealed in-game or anywhere else! Every fan of Batman, Fortnite, stunning art and edge-of-your-seat excitement won’t want to miss the Caped Crusader facing off against Fortnite champions on the Island, in a desperate attempt to save not only himself, but other familiar faces from the DCU…and perhaps the Multiverse itself!

ComiXology has 8 New Digital Comics for you Today

ComiXology has eight new digital comics for you today. Get new comics from DC or revisit the Fantastic Four or enjoy some romance manga. Check out all of the comics here or the individual issues below.

Batman: The Adventures Continue #8

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
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After nearly killing Penguin, Azrael races to find the person who stole from the Church of St. Dumas. Batman, however, won’t allow Azrael to use such aggressive methods. Who will be left standing when the Dark Knight faces the burning vengenance of St. Dumas?!

Batman: The Adventures Continue #8

But I’m A Cat Person #29

Written by Erin Ptah
Art by Erin Ptah
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REVELATION
Two ordinary graduates accidentally adopt a magical shapeshifting battle monster. Chapter 29: The one where they change the world.

But I'm A Cat Person #29

Fantastic Five: The Final Doom

Written by Tom DeFalco
Art by Ron Lim
Cover by Clayton Henry
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Collects Fantastic Five #1-5.

As the Human Torch and Lyja discuss the merits of leaving the F5 to form their own team and Sharon Ventura returns to confront her ex-husband the Thing, the real Doctor Doom returns with cosmic-like power and a thirst for revenge on Reed Richards and the Sub-Mariner! Also starring the Invisible Woman, Psi-Lord and Kristoff – and cameos galore!

Fantastic Five: The Final Doom

Fantastic Four And Power Pack: Favorite Son

Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by Gurihiru
Cover by Gurihiru
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Collects Fantastic Four and Power Pack #1-4.

It’s more all-ages action in the mighty Marvel manner as two super-powered families team-up in this Power Pack adventure! Featuring Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the ever-lovin’ Thing! Can Power Pack stand up to the FF’s rogues gallery including Wizard, Trapster and the dangerous Dr. Doom?!

Fantastic Four And Power Pack: Favorite Son

Justin

Written by Diana Palmer
Art by Marito Ai
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After her wealthy rancher father’s bankruptcy, Shelby was forced off her family’s property. Then Justin, a man she’d never been able to forget after their difficult breakup, turned up. She asked him if he’d come back to gloat at the now penniless former rich girl who dumped him due to his poverty, but she couldn’t hide the anxiety beneath her words. He surprised her with his solution: “We should get married.” She knew his proposal was born out of a desire for revenge, but why couldn’t she reject him?

Justin

Bargaining For King’s Baby Vol. 1: Kings of California

Written by Maureen Child
Art by Nanao Hidaka
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Gina has been in love with the first son of the King family, Adam, for years, but it’s always been one-sided. She’s ready to give up on him, until one day her father tells Adam that he’s willing to give him a piece of the land he has always wanted if he agrees to marry his daughter. Gina feels relieved after hearing that Adam instantly turned down the offer. But she also thinks this could be her chance. After careful deliberation, she goes to Adam with her mind made up and says, “I want a baby.”

Bargaining For King's Baby Vol. 1: Kings of California

Space Riders: Vortex Of Darkness #2

Written by Carlos Giffoni
Art by Alexis Ziritt
Pencils Alexis Ziritt
Inks Alexis Ziritt
Colored by Alexis Ziritt
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It’s a suicidal mission into an INFINITE VORTEX OF BLOOD AND DEATH!

Space Riders: Vortex Of Darkness #2

Titans: Titans Together #4

Written by Phil Hester
Pencils Scott Koblish
Inks Scott Koblish
Colored by John Kalisz
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When Wonder Girl, Starfire, and Raven give a presentation at a local high school, they’re confronted by a student with an ax to grind against the Titans. Raven is compelled to investigate, and they learn this teenager’s grievances might run deeper than they thought…

Titans: Titans Together #4

Preview: Titans: Titans Together #4

Titans: Titans Together #4

Career Day” by Phil Hester, Skott Koblish, John Kalisz, and Marshall Dillon
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When Wonder Girl, Starfire, and Raven give a presentation at a local high school, they’re confronted by a student with an ax to grind against the Titans. Raven is compelled to investigate, and they learn this teenager’s grievances might run deeper than they thought…

Titans: Titans Together #4

Shazam Debuts on DC Digital First as Harley Quinn Returns

DC’s Digital First launches a new series this week, Shazam: Lightning Strikes! The digital comic features a story by Dan Jurgens and Travis Moore about DC’s Big Red Cheese vs the gods of Egypt! Also of note this week is the return of Harley Quinn: Make ‘em Laugh with a story by Mark Russell and Laura Braga, and a new story in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow by Robert Venditti and Gleb Melkinov, giving fans even more choice of characters while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories.

And watch DC’s digital space this week for the fifth chapter of DCeased: Hope at World’s End on Tuesday July 14, the seventh chapter of Batman: The Adventures Continue on Thursday July 16, and the fourth chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red on Friday July 17!

Monday July 13

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #11

Fight of a Lifetime” by Robert Venditti, Gleb Melkinov, Jordie Bellaire, and Clayton Cowles
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A powerful warrior from space arrives to Earth with the sole purpose of fighting the Man of Steel himself. Can Superman defeat Grikus, the champion of 10,000 battles?

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #11

Tuesday July 14

Batman: Gotham Nights #13

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Nothing 2 See Here…” by Michael Grey, Carlos D’Anda, Luis Guerrero, and Ryan Christy.

Damian Wayne, the most powerful adversary crime has ever known, sits alone in the Batcave, twiddling his thumbs. Where is Batman? Why won’t he allow Robin to help? And most importantly, why has he left Damian to die of boredom?

Incorruptable Force” by Scott Bryan Wilson, Christopher Mooneyham, Ivan Plascencia, and DC Hopkins

Two-Face and Commissioner Gordon walk into a bar. When old grudges are resurrected and new plots are revealed, it’s a coin toss as to who walks out.

Batman: Gotham Nights #13

Wednesday July 15

Harley Quinn: Make ‘em Laugh #3

Escape Therapy” by Mark Russell, Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero, and Marshall Dillon
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Therapist extraordinaire Harley Quinn has been knocking it out of the park while helping Gotham’s criminal element navigate their psychological burdens. But not everyone shares her dedication to the mental health, and now Harley and her patients are stuck in Arkham Asylum with a robot who doesn’t make coffee and no way out!

Harley Quinn: Make ‘em Laugh #3

Thursday July 16

Titans: Titans Together #4

Career Day” by Phil Hester, Skott Koblish, John Kalisz, and Marshall Dillon
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When Wonder Girl, Starfire, and Raven give a presentation at a local high school, they’re confronted by a student with an ax to grind against the Titans. Raven is compelled to investigate, and they learn this teenager’s grievances might run deeper than they thought…

Titans: Titans Together #4

Friday July 17

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #1

Home Quest” by Dan Jurgens, Travis Moore, Nick Filardi, and Marshall Dillon. Cover by Evan “Doc” Shaner.

A class trip to an exhibit on Ancient Egypt goes all wrong when Billy tries to set a bragging classmate straight. Now they’ll have to work together to help a lost spirit find its way home!

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #1

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