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Black Panther #1, Hulk #1, and Venom #1 Get New Printings

Three of Marvel’s hottest new #1s will be getting new printings in January! Readers will get a chance to dive into the latest eras of some of comics’ most iconic heroes by picking up these sold-out debut issues of Black Panther, Hulk, and Venom! Complete with two new covers each, these exciting new printing covers will showcase new art, sketches, and more!

Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and artist Juann Cabal take the world of Wakanda into a new age in Black Panther #1. The new run kicks off with an action-packed espionage story that will upend everything in T’Challa’s life and have ramifications for the entire Marvel Universe! Secrets from T’Challa’s past have come back to haunt him! Fresh from his travels in space, Black Panther receives an unexpected and urgent message from a Wakandan secret agent! Now, T’Challa must race the clock not only to save his agent, but also to keep his true agenda under wraps. Because if the truth comes out, it could cost T’Challa everything… BLACK PANTHER #1’s second printing covers will feature the sketch art of Alex Ross’ mesmerizing cover as well as a second printing cover featuring Juann Cabal’s new Black Panther design.

Superstar creative team Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley look to the stars for Bruce Banner’s colossal-sized next era in Hulk #1! Immortal no longer, the Hulk’s uncontrollable rage has reached an all-new level, and nobody – including the Avengers – is prepared to handle it. But is it really the Hulk that people should be afraid of, or is there something missing to this puzzle? Hulk #1’s second printing covers will showcase Hulk and Iron Man’s explosive fight in a wraparound cover as well as a character sketch by Ryan Ottley.

And a new symbiote saga begins in Ram V, Al Ewing, and Bryan Hitch’s Venom #1. This trio is set to take the symbiote mythos to the next level with thrilling new developments for father-son pair Eddie and Dylan Brock. Each writer will lend their talents to a different character, with Ewing taking us beyond the stars with Eddie in his new role as the “King in Black,” and Ram V bringing us back to earth penning Dylan’s beginnings as a Super Hero. Together, the two journeys will intertwine and impact one another to create a singular and epic new vision. Venom #1’s second printing covers will feature all-new artwork from Bryan Hitch as well as a sketch artwork of his main cover.

Preview: Black Panther #1

Black Panther #1

(W) John Ridley (A) Juan Cabal (CA) Alex Ross

NEW CREATIVE TEAM, NEW DIRECTION – “THE LONG SHADOW” STARTS HERE!
Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and Stormbreaker artist Juann Cabal launch an all-new BLACK PANTHER series with an action-packed espionage story that will upend everything in T’Challa’s life and have ramifications for the entire Marvel Universe!
Secrets from T’Challa’s past have come back to haunt him! Fresh from returning from his travels in space, Black Panther receives an unexpected and urgent message from a Wakandan secret agent! Now T’Challa must race the clock not only to save his agent, but also to keep his true agenda under wraps. Because if the truth comes out, it could cost T’Challa everything…

Black Panther #1

Review: Black Panther #1

Black Panther #1

I love a good political thriller. There’s a tense paranoia that often accompanies them that keeps readers on their toes. In Black Panther #1 we get a debut that takes those aspects and infuses superhero action. After a galaxy spanning previous run helmed by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Black Panther is back on Earth dealing with a changed Wakanda. Now a fledgling Democracy, T’Challa must abdicate some of his power to Parliament while also being threatened by decisions he made as King.

John Ridley steps in as the new writer for the character bringing his mix of action, politics, and thought-provoking moments. T’Challa is now split in his duties across multiple fronts. He’s still the Chairperson for the Avengers. He’s still the King of Wakanda. He’s also the leader of the galactic society we met in the previous volume. And, he’s still Black Panther. Ridley makes sure to emphasize this is an individual being pulled in numerous directions and neglecting some duties because of that. He’s not completely focused on everything he needs to be and it’s impacting him.

As a leader in multiple fronts, he’s attempting to balance his role. That includes a new Wakanda that is attempting to become a Democracy, putting T’Challa in the awkward position of figuring how to balance his previous role and allow Wakanda to find its next steps.

And that’s an interesting theme in Ridley’s opening. Wakandan sleeper agents are being hunted and murdered. These are individuals placed throughout the world because T’Challa does not trust Democracy. As he puts it, while an ally can be elected today, an enemy could be elected tomorrow. It’s an interesting first issue on multiple fronts. It paints a man who is weary of the political direction in his own country, hinting we might see an adversarial government elected in the future. It also acts as a reflection of our real world challenges not just in the United States but beyond. That you can elect leaders who are not just bad for our own nation but those we once considered friends. Ridley as expected leaves us a lot to chew on.

Juann Cabal‘s art is solid. There’s some fantastic moments full of action and heartbreak and those are balanced well with the moments that are more focused on reflection. Cabal is joined by Federico Blee on color and Joe Sabino on lettering. While the comic looks great there’s also a lack of flashiness to it too. The enemies in the opening battle are kind of generic and the fight overall is good but lacks an epic feel about it. Where the art stands out is those quieter moments that lead to a surprise. There’s a solid capture of body language of the characters that really emphasizes what’s going on. Hands on top of each other or just sitting and talking, it nails down the little more emotional moments. And those moments get a punch as the action kicks up interrupting them.

Black Panther #1 is exactly what I was hoping for in a series written by Ridley. It delivers just enough to chew on and think about while setting up an action mystery that feels more thriller than spandex superhero action. After a galaxy spanning epic, the comic comes home in a more grounded, down-to-earth, focus of a man who may be split in too many directions and whose past decisions are coming back to haunt him.

Story: John Ridley Art: Juann Cabal
Color: Federico Blee Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.95 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Black Panther #1

Black Panther #1

(W) John Ridley (A) Juan Cabal (CA) Alex Ross

NEW CREATIVE TEAM, NEW DIRECTION – “THE LONG SHADOW” STARTS HERE!
Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and Stormbreaker artist Juann Cabal launch an all-new BLACK PANTHER series with an action-packed espionage story that will upend everything in T’Challa’s life and have ramifications for the entire Marvel Universe!
Secrets from T’Challa’s past have come back to haunt him! Fresh from returning from his travels in space, Black Panther receives an unexpected and urgent message from a Wakandan secret agent! Now T’Challa must race the clock not only to save his agent, but also to keep his true agenda under wraps. Because if the truth comes out, it could cost T’Challa everything…

Black Panther #1

Jace Fox Heads to New York City in February in I Am Batman #6

The fallout from Fear State begins next year as Jace Fox and his family leave Gotham for a new home base. I Am Batman #6, written by John Ridley, shifts the series permanently to New York. I Am Batman #6 marks the first time an ongoing Batman title will be based in New York City since issue #47 of Detective Comics in January 1941. Gotham City makes its official debut in the DC Universe later that same year, in Batman #4 and Detective Comics #48. 

From his first appearance in DC’s Future State event, to developing his history and mission in The Next Batman: Second Son, to joining Batman and his allies in defeating The Scarecrow and The Magistrate in Fear State, Jace Fox has become a rich addition to the Bat-family at the hands of Ridley.

On sale February 8, 2022, I Am Batman #6 (“Empire State of Mind”) features art by Ken Lashley, colors by Rex Lokus, and letters by Troy Peteri. The book features a main cover by Olivier Coipel and Alex Sinclair, with a primary variant by Francesco Mattina. Fans can also pre-order the book with a special 1:25 ratio variant cover by Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez, as well as a special Black History Month variant cover by Alexis Franklin.

To see exactly what drives Jace and his family to move to New York, make sure to also check out I Am Batman #5, available in stores and on participating digital platforms on Tuesday, January 11. 2022.

Get an Early Look at I Am Batman #4

The Scarecrow’s campaign of terror and The Magistrate’s aggressive attempts to pacify Gotham City comes to a head for Batman and all his allies with the explosive conclusion to Fear State this month! Jace Fox has been on the front lines, fighting his own war with The Magistrate’s forces, and here’s your first look at some stunning visuals from I Am Batman #4 by artist Stephen Segovia

Following the collapse of the Magistrate program, Jace Fox is still doing damage control from the events of Fear State. Amidst its defeat, a Magistrate hit team is on the hunt for The Next Batman, looking for some serious payback. Find out more about Jace’s newest adversaries when the issue hits comic book shops and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, December 14! I Am Batman is written by award-winning screenwriter John Ridley, with art by Segovia and Christian Duce, colors by Rex Lokus and letters by Troy Peteri. The main cover is by Gerardo Zaffino, with the card stock variant cover by Rafael Sarmento. A 1 in 25 “ratio” variant by Max Dunbar is also available, check with your local comic book shop for availability. 

I Am Batman #4

Preview: I Am Batman #3

I Am Batman #3

Written by: John Ridley
Art by: Christian Duce, Stephen Segovia

Jace attempts to stem the tide of misinformation from the Seer as this mysterious adversary sends a heavily armed mob to a juvenile detention facility to break out a member of their militia. When Jace realizes his mother, Tanya, is at the facility, he’ll stop at nothing to save her! But will he be too late?

I Am Batman #3

Preview: I Am Batman #3

I Am Batman #3

Written by: John Ridley
Art by: Christian Duce, Stephen Segovia

Jace attempts to stem the tide of misinformation from the Seer as this mysterious adversary sends a heavily armed mob to a juvenile detention facility to break out a member of their militia. When Jace realizes his mother, Tanya, is at the facility, he’ll stop at nothing to save her! But will he be too late?

I Am Batman #3

Black Panther Celebrates 200 Issues in January

This January, the third issue of Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and artist Juann Cabal’s highly-anticipated run on Black Panther will also mark the character’s milestone 200th issue! To celebrate, Black Panther #3 will be an oversized issue with bonus stories celebrating the past and foreshadowing the future of the Black Panther and the world of Wakanda. Ridley will also introduce a new hero who rises up to protect the people of Wakanda while T’Challa finds his life and role as Black Panther thrown into turmoil! Fans will be able to witness the beginning of this new hero’s journey before seeing him become a key player of Ridley’s run in future issues.

In addition, the main story in the 200th issue of Black Panther will see T’Challa face off against the X-Men! With assassins closing in and Wakanda’s faith in him shaken, T’Challa goes to visit Storm on the newly terraformed Mars. But this will not be a happy reunion as T’Challa has ulterior motives for his visit. And back home, Shuri discovers who is behind the attacks on Wakanda’s secret agents — a revelation that will change everything.

Check out the covers by Alex Ross, Taurin Clarke, and Gary Frank now and pick up Black Panther #3 when it hits stands on January 26!

Review: I Am Batman #2

John Ridley continues to give us a different take on Batman as the series begins to tie itself into Fear State.

Story: John Ridley
Art: Olivier Coipel
Color: Stephen Segovia
Letterer: Troy Peteri

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