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Preview: The Thrilling Adventure Hour: A Spirited Romance SC Discover Now Edition

The Thrilling Adventure Hour: A Spirited Romance SC Discover Now Edition

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Artist: Phil Hester
Cover Artist: Phil Hester
Colorists: Maurico Wallace, John Rauch
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Price: $14.99

It’s time to send the little ones to dreamland and set your radio’s dial to “spooky.” Steel yourself for mysterious suspense in…BEYOND BELIEF!

Trading quips and tossing back cocktails, the Doyles take what they want and hoodwink their clientele for the rest. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, even diabolical gingerbread men are nothing but obstacles in the way of the liquor cabinet for our fast-talking, hard-drinking sleuths.

Written by the creators of the wildly popular Hollywood stage show and podcast, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Deadpool, Star Wars Adventures), and illustrated by Phil Hester (Batman Beyond), The Thrilling Adventure Hour: A Spirited Romance is a rip-roaring adventure that harkens back to the heyday of old-time radio entertainment.

Collects The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Beyond Belief #0-4.

Exclusive Preview: Sideways #5

Sideways #5

Written by: Justin Jordan
Art by: Robert Gill
Color: John Rauch
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover by: Kenneth Rocafort
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Editor: Katie Kubert
Assistant Editor: Dave Welgosz
U.S. Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: June 13, 2018

After the devastating loss of one of the most important people in his life, Derek James tries to throw himself into being the hero Sideways to distract himself. Unfortunately, new villain the Showman has arrived to tear those wounds right back open.

Exclusive Preview: Batwoman #14

Batwoman #14

Written by: Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Fernando Blanco
Color by: John Rauch
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover by: Dan Panosian
Variant cover by: Michael Cho
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Editor: Brittany Holzherr
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 18, 2018

“The Fall of the House of Kane” part two! Vengeance and madness come home to Gotham City! The Many Arms of Death have descended upon the city, bringing a plague that will devour everything Batwoman holds dear—and Alice, Kate’s long-lost sister, leads the way!

Preview: Batwoman #13

Batwoman #13

Story: Marguerite Bennett Art: Fernando Blanco
Color: John Rauch Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover Art: Dan Panosian
Variant Cover: Lee Bermejo
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich Editor: Brittany Holzherr
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“The Fall of the House of Kane” part one! After her deadly trip around the world hunting the infamous Many Arms of Death, Batwoman returns to her childhood home in Brussels, the site of her most brutal losses and memories. As the clock begins to tick on a new cycle of violence, Kate must overcome her haunted past to prevent an attack more terrible than any before!

Review: Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1

Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are back on the scene to kick off he first take in this super fun, super sized, four story issue celebrating Harley, Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1. We are treated to a bevy of talented writers and artist and, despite the diverse writing and art styles, cover to cover Harley Quinn 25th is an interesting and fun exploration into Harley’s most interesting relationships. In “Diva Las Vegas” we get a glimpse into a girls road trip featuring Harley, Catwoman and Poison Ivy where they stop a robbery and destroy some stuff with a huge party. We then get a history of Harley’s birthdays and some slight Joker interaction where we get a sweet wink into her relationship with Ivy. The third story is another fun adventure with Ivy and the issue wraps up with a Harley vs Robin fight where Robin gets to be a hero and Harley does something unexpected.

There are some amazing artists lending a hand in this issue using various but, somehow cohesive styles. Paul Mounts and Dave Sharpe make the colors and art pop in “Diva Las Vegas,” Chad Hardin and Alex Sinclair give some pop style art to the Paul Dini written “Birthday Blues,” David Lafuente and John Rauch provide the muted tones and throwback art for the Daniel Kibblesmith penned “Somewhere That’s Green” story and Chip “Zdark Knight” Zdarsky‘s “Bird Psychology” gets an artist assist from Joe Quinones who served us some simple but, aesthetically pleasing characters and detailed backdrops.

Overall, this issue is a fun read for Harley fans. There’s some nice girl powered storylines, a glimpse into Harley and Joker, a view into her turning point where we remember the complex nature of our favorite antihero. It’s a hella fun ride and I think that everyone should get in on the action for some great stories that are short, sweet, and packed full of Harley Quinn goodness.

Story: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chip Zdarsky, Paul Dini, Daniel Kibblesmih Art: Joe Quinones, Paul Mounts, Dave Sharpe, David Lafuente , John Rauch, Chad Hardin, Alex Sinclair
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Captain America: Sam Wilson and Mockingbird

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got two new volumes from Marvel featuring Sam Wilson Captain America and Mockingbird.

Captain America: Sam Wilson Vol. 4 #TakeBackTheShield featuring issues #14-17 and Captain America (1968) #344 by Nick Spencer, Paul Renaud, Angel Unzueta, and John Rauch.

Mockingbird Vol. 2 My Feminist Agenda featuring issues #6-8 and New Avengers (2010) #13-14 by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Sean Parsons, and Rachelle Rosenberg.

Find out about the trade and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores April 19 and bookstores May 2.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Captain America: Sam Wilson Vol. 4 #TakeBackTheShield
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Mockingbird Vol. 2 My Feminist Agenda
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: AXIS and Power Man & Iron Fist

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got two volumes from Marvel covering some of their newer releases.

Avengers and X-Men: AXIS collecting issues #1-9 by Rick Remender, Adam Kubert, Leinil Francis Yu, Terry Dodson, and Jim Cheung.

Power Man and Iron Fist Vol. 2 Civil War II collecting issues #6-9 and Sweet Christmas Annual by David F. Walker, Flaviano, Sanford Greene, Scott Hepburn, John Rauch, and Matt Millia.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find all three in comic stores March 8 and bookstores March 21.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Avengers and X-Men: AXIS
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Power Man and Iron Fist Vol. 2 Civil War II
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Review: Midnighter and Apollo #6

midnighterapollo6coverMidnighter and Apollo #6 concludes the miniseries in breathtaking, double page spreading, and smooching as fashion as Apollo rescues Midnighter from hell and shines a little life into his life. Steve Orlando, Fernando BlancoRomulo Fajardo Jr., and John Rauch go for broke in showing the bond between Midnighter in creative and epic ways. The plot is  simple: escape from the creepy hell place, but the creative team pours all their efforts into letting Midnighter and Apollo go full badass and team up together against the hordes of Neron before having some much needed alone time.

Fernando Blanco’s layouts have been a consistent highlight of this series , and he tops himself in Midnighter and Apollo #6 beginning on the second and third pages. Blanco plays with symmetry with an opposing set of panels juxtaposing Apollo flying through Hell with Neron torturing Midnighter about how he’s going to die here because he’s a murder, and evil always wins. Except Neron’s words are empty air because the panels featuring Apollo get bigger and bigger as Fajardo’s yellows seeping in culminating in a full page splash of Apollo cold cocking Neron. It’s just lines on the page, but you can feel the rage and love behind Apollo’s solar powered fists as he goes flying. For most of Midnighter and Apollo, Midnighter has been trying to save Apollo, but its time for superpowered boyfriend to return the favor.

Through their quick dialogue during the action scenes and an extended epilogue, Orlando and Blanco dig into why Midnighter and Apollo work as a couple in a sweet, violent way. There’s nothing like exploding your scarecrow-looking demon doppelganger to show that your man really cares for you. But Midnighter gets really honest too as he’s in excruciating pain after returning from Hell with his body and fight computer healing all over the place. He doesn’t come back with some big no killing plan after having a near death experience, but is going to continue to kill the really bad guys to stop the pervasive spread of evil. It’s a dark duty that Blanco shows with the bodies of his victims

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When it comes to stories or songs about rescuing your lover from the Underworld, most writers and artists allude to Orpheus and Eurydice. But Steve Orlando should be applauded for a little deeper into Ovid’s Metamorphoses and referencing Apollo and Hyacinth as the god couldn’t rescue the man he loved, but did create a beautiful flower out of his death. He riffs on this myth and gives it a much needed happy ending (In more ways than one.) even though both Midnighter and Apollo have been put through the wringer throughout the miniseries. Apollo didn’t pick out his superhero name because of his solar power, but because he was inspired by the story a man, who went to the realm of the dead to plead for his dead lover’s life. And he’ll keep fighting for Midnighter to the end. It’s nice to see them as a happy couple at the end, talking out their issues, and sharing the strangest of dinner parties with Extrano, his husband, and some friends from the Midnighter ongoing series.

Yes, queer characters occasionally get happy endings, and Midnighter and Apollo #6 is a wonderful story of two men, whose love was so strong that they would fight Hell and all its demons just to be in each other’s arms. The comic also is a technical marvel with Fernando Blanco’s clever layouts and Romulo Fajardo’s play of light and darkness showing the contrasts between Apollo and Midnighter while also showing that their differences make them great. Midnighter’s determination and Apollo’s sense of hope definitely makes them the true power couple of the DC Universe, and hopefully there will be many more adventures featuring them in years to come.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Fernando Blanco Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr. with John Rauch
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Manga Monday: Attack on Titan Anthology

aot_anthology_nycc-450x675The manga megahit Attack on Titan, reinterpreted by some of comics’ top talent! Featuring original stories by a long roster of comic superstars such as Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Faith Erin Hicks, Michael Avon Oeming, Paolo Rivera, Cameron Stewartand Babs Tarr!

This unprecedented, full-colour collaboration between East and West will be released first in English, making it indispensable for Attack on Titan fans and curious comic fans.

When it comes to Attack on Titan my only real exposure to the series was watching the horrendous live action film that came out. I haven’t watched the anime and I haven’t read the manga, but when I heard the Attack on Titan Anthology was coming out, I made sure to grab a copy during New York Comic Con. If I was going to buy it, might as well go with the limited edition cover.

While this anthology isn’t a traditional way to be introduced, it was an interesting one as a who’s who of Western creators tackle this manga phenomenon. And what’s nicer is that each creator gave it their own spin sticking to their style of storytelling and moving the settings of the stories around for different situations and locations.

This is an eclectic mix in a good way with stories that seem to stick to a setting and story that you’d see in the manga series while other creators went with a complete break. There’s horror. There’s humor. There’s action. There’s a little of everything and it’s all enjoyable in its own way.

What’s really interesting to me is recognizing the creators based on their entries. I read the entire graphic novel in one sitting and played guess the creator as I went along creating a fun little game and each creator really does bring their own style. So, if you’re a fan of the folks’ work, you’re probably going to enjoy this.

I knew so little about the world and what to expect going in other than the creative talent lined up, but coming out of it, I want to check out more. If you’re interested in finding out a bit about Attack on Titan, but don’t want to take the chance on manga, this is a solid way to go to find out a bit more about what it’s all about.

Story and Art: Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, John Rauch, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Bill Murdon, Afua Richardson, Genevieve Valentine, David Lopez, Faith Erin Hicks, Cris Peter, Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma, Paolo Rivera, Gail Simone, Phil Jimenez, Alonso Nunez, Elmer Santos, Sam Humphries, Damion Scott, Sigmund Torre, Rhianna Pratchett, Jorge Corona, Jen Hickman, Ben Applegate, Ronald Wimberly, Kevin Wada, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Jiji Knight, Si Spurrier, Kate Brown, Paul Duffield, Dee Cunniffe, Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka, Kate Leth, Jeremy Lambert
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Captain America: Sam Wilson #14

captain-america-sam-wilson-14-cover“TAKE BACK THE SHIELD” STARTS NOW! The world has received an ULTIMATUM: Peace in our time…or face the fury of The Flag-Smasher! Amid cries of “#TakeBacktheShield”, Sam Wilson stands against a rising tide. But he is not alone! Guest-starring in this issue – Steve Rogers: Captain America! Only, Steve has a secret…

Marvel Comics is back with issue #14 of Captain America: Sam Wilson. This is the first issue of this series that I’ve read and I was able to gather pretty quickly that America is having a hard time with Sam Wilson now holding the shield and there has been a movement formed called #Takebacktheshield in response. Sam’s also having a hard time dealing with the response from the public and at times has issues with the job itself. After all he isn’t a super human.

Writer Nick Spencer does a great job with the writing for this series except for one spot and that is Captain America’s big secret at the end of the issue. His writing makes you feel bad for Sam and everything that he has gone through as well as the dialogue with the main protagonist.

The artwork, coloring and cover art by Paul Renaud, John Rauch and Marcos Martin was really well done but what else do you expect from artists with Marvel Comics. The visualization was really solid and all the characters look really good as well, the only thing I will say is the colors could have been a little more vibrant, but that’s just how I like it…. bright and colorful but the artistic team did a fantastic job

Overall this issue was good. There was a strong plot point and the dialogue was good and the art was fantastic, but the big surprise at the end pissed me off and I feel like they made Sam Wilson sound too much like a baby and a bit out of character.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Paul Renaud Colors: John Rauch Cover: Marcos Martin
Story: 6 Art & Color: 9 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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