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Life Imitates Comic Book Art in Batman: Creature of the Night

Young Bruce Wainwright lost his parents in a violent crime…and in the real world, no superheroes exist to save the day. But as grief and rage builds inside Bruce until he feels he can’t keep it inside anymore, something strange starts taking wing in the Gotham night! Perhaps Bruce’s grief isn’t inside him after all?

Modern masters Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon unite for Batman: Creature of the Night the spiritual companion to the beloved Superman: Secret Identity, putting a new spin you’ve never seen before on the legend of Batman—and the dark emotions that drive him!

Out November 29th.

Preview: Savage Things #6 (of 8)

Savage Things #6 (of 8)

(W) Justin Jordan (A) Ibrahim Moustafa (CA) John Paul Leon
In Shops: Aug 02, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Cain has been murdering his way across New York City, and Abel has been one step behind him the whole time. As he and Kira take out the last of Black Forest’s thugs, and get nearer to Cain himself, they can’t help but think that maybe he’s been luring them to exactly where he wants them-which is far from where he’ll end up causing the worst damage.

Preview: Mother Panic #9

Mother Panic #9

(W) Jody Houser, Jim Krueger (A) John Paul Leon, Phil Hester, Ande Parks (CA) Tommy Lee Edwards
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

As Mother Panic zeroes in on Remains, Violet’s augmentations continue to lock up, making her unbelievably vulnerable. Will she be able to defeat her mysterious nemesis in time, or will Dr. Varma’s warnings and predictions finally be actualized? Also includes the next installment of “Gotham Radio” by Jim Krueger (JUSTICE) and Phil Hester (GREEN ARROW)!

Exclusive Preview: Mother Panic #8

Mother Panic #8

Written by: Jody Houser
Art by: John Paul Leon
Backup Art by: Phil Hester
Backup Written by: Jim Krueger
Cover by: Tommy Lee Edwards
Variant cover by: Emanuela Lupacchino
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: June 28, 2017

No one ever said detective work was Violet’s strong suit, but she’s never been one to let details get in her way. Mother Panic’s got a hunch about the new murderer in Gotham, but are impulsiveness and a thirst for vengeance really the right tools to stop a killer?

Exclusive Preview: Savage Things #4

Savage Things #4

Written by: Justin Jordan
Art by: Ibrahim Moustafa
Cover by: John Paul Leon
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: June 7, 2017

As New York edges closer to chaos, two mortal enemies meet face to face for the first time since they were children. Cain and Abel grew up together in the same government black ops facility, but they went their separate ways when Abel escaped the program. Now that Cain’s murder spree has drawn his old rival out of hiding, the two face off for the fate of the city. But will Kira prove to be the vulnerability that could provide Cain with the one advantage he needs to win?

Preview: Mother Panic #7

Mother Panic #7

(W) Jody Houser, Jim Krueger (A) Phil Hester (A/CA) John Paul Leon
MATURE READERS
In Shops: May 24, 2017
SRP: $3.99

A life Mother Panic once saved is again struck by tragedy, causing her to take a deeper look at her mission of revenge and her role in Gotham City. And with the shadow of the Bat looming ever closer, she may not have much time to decide where she stands!
And don’t miss chapter seven of the backup story, “Gotham Radio”!

Preview: Savage Things #3

Savage Things #3

(W) Justin Jordan (A) Ibrahim Moustafa (CA) John Paul Leon
MATURE READERS
In Shops: May 03, 2017
SRP: $3.99

New York is under attack. The Black Forest cell has hit the Big Apple with everything it has, creating chaos through random attacks. It’s panic in the streets as Abel and Kira race to stop the bad guys and stem the mayhem. Abel grew up with these killers and should know their every move, but that doesn’t mean taking them down will be easy-especially when fighting them also puts Kira’s life in danger.

Friday Flashback Review: Static Shock: Trial by Fire

StaticTBFFor my first installment to the GP Time Portal that is “Flashback Friday,” I’m going to go back to the 90’s for a re-read of Static Shock: Trial by Fire, originally Static issues #1-4, the name change came with wanting to capitalize on the cartoon from the WB.

This collection is the first appearance of our hero Virgil Hawkins aka Static, a superhero most of us could relate to, a scifi geek making it through high school, battling the bad guys while trying to get the girl and this is only a taste of what the Milestone crew brought to this series.

Co-written by Dwayne McDuffie and Robert L. Washington III, both gone too soon, you would think that something written over 20 years ago would be dated. The writing is able to balance humor and danger like phasers and photons. With the exception of one or two words, the pacing of the dialogue is a master class in writing teens, the issues our hero faces in and out of costume are sadly problems young kids still face today.

static-01-02And let’s not forget the art, the early work of then newcomer John Paul Leon is full of energy and I’m not just talking about Static’s power effect. From fighting to walking down the street, JPL infused a crazy amount of kinetic flow into the movement of the characters, but he doesn’t stop there. His character designs, based off of Denys Cowans work in the Milestone bible, Static is like a snapshot of today’s kids walking around being teenagers, minus the video chatting.

If by this point I haven’t persuaded you to run to your local store to track down this trade. I’ll put it to you this way, if you like Miles Morales and Riri Williams, you can thank Virgil for paving the way. Static is that super smart, geeky kid that shows us how anyone can be a hero and still be cool. This series was that it talked about bullying, dating, gangs and just about everything else a modern teenager faces today and not in a condescending manner, instead it did it in a way that makes you think about how these issues can be fixed.

For more of my money bring back Static, bring back Milestone.

 

George Carmona 3rd is an Artist/Writer, former Milestone Media Intern, former DC Comics paper pusher, current book lover, and lifelong comic geek. You can find his work at FistFullofArt.com or follow him on twitter at GCarmona3.

Preview: Savage Things #2

Savage Things #2

(W) Justin Jordan (A) Ibrahim Moustafa (CA) John Paul Leon
MATURE READERS
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Years after escaping the U.S. government’s clandestine global terrorist cell, Abel is back under surveillance. Being the only one of the trained killers to have ever left the Black Forest program, they need him to stop his former comrades before their terror campaign can escalate further. As the bad guys continue their bloody quest at a local hospital, Abel has to convince his handlers that the only way to stop these monsters is to become one. But even that might not be enough to stop Cain…

Early Preview: Savage Things #1

Savage Things #1

Written by: Justin Jordan
Art by: Ibrahim Moustafa
Cover by: John Paul Leon

Twenty-five years ago, a secret government organization kidnapped children and trained them to be chaos agents who went on to foment unrest and execute enemies of the state around the world. When these cold and unfeeling creations proved too difficult to control, the powers that be exterminated their kill squad with extreme prejudice.

Too bad it didn’t work.

Now a rogue band of the worst monsters the world has ever known is cutting a swath of terror across the United States, threatening not just a disruption of the peace but to expose secrets their handlers never wanted to come to light. The only way to stop them is to call back the only man who ever walked away from them. His code name is Abel, and he’s not afraid of getting his hands bloody.

This new eight-issue miniseries from writer Justin Jordan (The Legacy of Luther Strode) and artist Ibrahim Moustafa (High Crimes) features the action of the Jason Bourne movies with the gruesome horror of classic grindhouse!

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