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Review: The Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1

Betty Ross is dead and Bruce Banner is suicidal and has an assassin waiting for his signal to end his life. It’s a touching and emotional issue that reunites Peter David and Dale Keown.

Story: Peter David
Art: Dale Keown
Ink: Mark Farmer, Marc Deering, Walden Wong, Scott Hanna
Color: Peter Steigerwald, John Starr
Letterer: Cory Petit

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Review: The Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1

The Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1

The Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1 is a celebration of two creators who have had a massive impact on the character. It re-teams writer Peter David with artist Dale Keown for an oversized one-shot that packs a punch.

Bruce Banner is tired of being the Hulk. Heck, he’s tired of being. Taking place after the death of Betty Ross, Banner is broken and wants the pain to end. He’s debating if he should remain in this world and contemplating suicide. Not so much contemplating as Banner has tried it multiple times. But, now he has a plan that might work. But, instead of pulling the trigger right away, he reaches out to a help line.

David delivers a story focused on Banner’s ups and downs. It’s a “this is your life” type tail going through his history, both good and bad. All the time he’s contemplating if he should continue on.

The Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1 is a tough read. The comic’s a rough emotional ride focused on depression and loss. But, that’s also where the comic soars. It creates an emotional impact in the reader and when art can impact you like that, it’s a success.

The art by Keown has ups and downs. For the most part it’s dazzling and engaging. But, it’s clear Keown’s strength is the monster himself. So, when presented with Banner, things just aren’t as impressive. What’s interesting is that Keown forgoes the expected splash pages and full page spreads to let us soak in the Hulk. Instead the art matches the emotional tone with a subdued style to it all. It’s more emotional horror than monster. The art also has a lot of inkers and colorists and the shift is noticeable. None of it enough so to hamper the issue. But, it is something that sticks out while reading the comic. Keown’s work still holds up though. The art brings home the emotional story David has put together adding a depressing tone to it all through the art style and look.

The comic is an emotional one that needs a trigger warning to start. It’ll impact you at an emotional level and that’s a good thing. When art hits you at that level, it’s a success. The Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1 is a comic you may want to grab a box of kleenex while reading. These two are still a hell of a team and hopefully we get some more down the road.

Story: Peter David Art: Dale Keown
Ink: Mark Farmer, Marc Deering, Walden Wong, Scott Hanna
Color: Peter Steigerwald, John Starr Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.1 Art: 7.65 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Nu Way #5

NU WAY #5

J.T. Krul – Story  / Alex Konat – Art / John Starr- Colors

It’s the FINAL issue of the first volume! 

Zihao is determined to free Cassi from her penthouse prison, but the obstacles in his way seem insurmountable. Lei has an entire media conglomerate at his disposal, and Jasper – well, he has Ajax! It looks like Zihao’s destiny may still lead into the big arena – For his greatest battle ever!
Don’t miss this exciting finale chapter of the first volume of Nu Way! Aspen is proud to partner with ZMX Entertainment on their landmark project created by J.T. Krul, Yuyan Song, and Dinna Wu, and featuring the stellar creative team of Alex Konat, Mark Roslan, John Starr, and Sal Cipriano.

NU WAY #5 is in stores JANUARY 30th, 2019!

FC                               32 pages                                 $3.99

NU WAY #5

Preview: Dellec Vol. 2 #3

DELLEC vol 2 #3

Frank Mastromauro ; Vince Hernandez – Story / Andre Risso ; Michael Ste Maria – Art / John Starr – Colors

Aspen’s hardest hitting series, DELLEC returns for its long-awaited second volume!
The Hands of God versus Tera, with Dellec and the fate of the world stuck in the middle!

From the minds of creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Awaken Skies) and Vince Hernandez (Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani, Charismagic), along with art by Andre Risso, Michael Ste Maria and John Starr, this newest volume of DELLEC is gonna redefine your definition of the human spirit!

DELLEC vol 2 #3 is in stores November 14th, 2018!

FC 32 pages $3.99

Preview: Nu Way #4

NU WAY #4

J.T. Krul – Story  / Alex Konat – Art / John Starr- Colors

The world of NuWay is one of struggle. For survival. For sanity. For self. As Zihao tries to find a meaningful center, he comes to realize the battle is not just his alone. The balance between humanity and machinery is a delicate one, and it seems to be reaching a dangerous tipping point.
Don’t miss this exciting new chapter of an electrifying story in a bold new world! Aspen is proud to partner with ZMX Entertainment on their landmark project created by J.T. Krul, Yuyan Song, and Dinna Wu, and featuring the stellar creative team of Alex Konat, Mark Roslan, John Starr, and Sal Cipriano.

NU WAY #4 is in stores October 24th, 2018!

FC                               32 pages                                  $3.99

Preview: Nu Way #3

NU WAY #3

J.T. Krul – Story / Alex Konat – Art / John Starr- Colors

On the run, Zihao and Harper try to hide in the shadows as they plot their next move forward. Zihao thinks the hard part is over and that he can chart a new path, but his past life isn’t done with him yet. Not by a long shot. Jasper dedicated a lot of resources to Zihao’s development, and he aims to see a return on his investment, one way or another!

Don’t miss this exciting new chapter of an electrifying story in a bold new world! Aspen is proud to partner with ZMX Entertainment on their landmark project created by J.T. Krul, Yuyan Song, and Dinna Wu, and featuring the stellar creative team of Alex Konat, Mark Roslan, John Starr, and Sal Cipriano.

NU WAY #3 is in stores September 19th, 2018!

FC 32 pages $3.99

Preview: Nu Way #1

Nu Way #1

J.T. Krul – Story / Alex Konat – Art / John Starr- Colors

In the future, technology continues to dominate every aspect of civilization, and nowhere is it more on display than the city of New Sheng, a vast metropolis where those with means live high amongst the lights and those without wallow in the shadows below. In his desperate struggle to reach a better life, a young fighter named Zihao has sacrificed his body in the ring and now prepares to pay an even bigger price in order to battle in the main arena with the elitecybernetically-enhanced warriors. But will seeing another lost soul from his past make his climb easier or harder?

Don’t miss the first chapter of an electrifying story in a bold new world. Aspen is proud to partner with ZMX Entertainment on their landmark project created by J.T. Krul, Yuyan Song, and Dinna Wu, and featuring the stellar creative team of Alex Konat, Mark Roslan, John Starr, and Sal Cipriano.

NU WAY #1 is in stores July 11th, 2018!

FC 32 pages $3.99

Preview: Jirni Vol. 3 #5

JIRNI VOL 3 #5

J.T. Krul – Story / Michael Santamaria – Art / John Starr – Colors / Micah Myers – Letters

Aspen’s popular fantasy adventure series, JIRNI, reaches the final issue of its epic third volume!

Ara has once again come face-to-face with the evil sorcerer Torinthal as she tries to free her mother. But, she never imagined where her search would lead her and what life-changing results might befall her. If she’s survives. Don’t miss the climatic finale to the biggest Jirni story yet. The Fall of the D’jinn!

Created by New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul (Michael Turner’s Soulfire, Green Arrow) with art by Michael Santamaria and Mauricio Campetella, colorist John Starr, and letters by Micah Myers this next exciting chapter of Jirni will once again return readers to a land of untapped wonder!

JIRNI VOL 3 #5 is in stores July 11th, 2018!

FC 32 pages $3.99

Preview: Jirni Vol. 3 #4

JIRNI VOL 3 #4

J.T. Krul – Story / Michael Santamaria – Art / John Starr – Colors

Aspen’s popular fantasy adventure series, JIRNI, continues its epic third volume!

As Ara closes in on Torinthal and Luna with the help of Kaspar, the warrior princess finds herself thrust into a battle for the ages, amongst men and gods, where the lines separating ally and enemy grow hazy. Luckily for Ara, she knows what she is fighting for – Her mother’s freedom.

JIRNI VOL 3 #4 is in stores June 13th, 2018!

Created by New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul (Michael Turner’s Soulfire, Green Arrow), art by Michael Santamaria and Mauricio Campetella, colors by John Starr, and letters by Micah Myers.

FC 32 pages $3.99

Preview: Jirni Vol. 3 #3

JIRNI VOL 3 #3

J.T. Krul – Story  / Michael Santamaria, Elias Pineda, Mauricio Campetella – Art / John Starr – Colors / Micah Myers — Letters

Aspen’s popular fantasy adventure series, JIRNI, continues its epic third volume!

Ara takes to the skies once again in her airship, soaring higher than ever in the hopes of reaching the realm of the D’jinn, but danger lurksall around her. Meanwhile, Torinthal reveals his true purpose in capturing Luna and the other D’jinn, and it could spell doom for them and all the D’jinn – in this world and beyond.

Created by New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul (Michael Turner’s Soulfire, Green Arrow) with art by newcomer Michael Santamaria,this next exciting chapter of Jirni will once again return readers to a land of untapped wonder!

JIRNI VOL 3 #3 is in stores May 16th, 2018!

FC 32 pages $3.99

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