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Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down

Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down

Scott Beatty (w) • Derek Charm, Jon Sommariva (a) • Derek Charm (c)

On sweltering Jakku, explore with Rey as she races to uncover the secrets inside a crashed Star Destroyer! Swallowed by the shifting sands, the Imperial Star Destroyer Spectral has been lost for two decades, giving rise to rumors of hauntings and buried treasure. But an epic sandstorm has revealed the ruins of the starship, and renowned scavenger Rey now leads the race to claim whatever lies within! Also includes a backup story depicting the Battle of Jakku, revealing how the Star Destroyer Spectral met its fate during the last days of the Empire.

TPB • FC • $9.99 • 80 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-509-8

Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down

Preview: Marvel Action: Avengers #5

Marvel Action: Avengers #5

Matt Manning (w) • Jon Sommariva (a & c)

All-new mighty Marvel action continues here! As the notorious ne’er-do-well Count Nefaria threatens New York City, Captain Marvel, Thor, and Doctor Strange attempt to escape from their confounding crimson confinement—but will the God of Thunder’s strength be their undoing?! The nature of the Ruby Egress is revealed—you won’t want to miss it!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Marvel Action: Avengers #5

Preview: Marvel Action: Avengers #4

Marvel Action: Avengers #4

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Jon Sommariva (a & c)

Magic and mayhem collide for more mighty Marvel action in this new adventure featuring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Thor, Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange have gone missing! Forced to face fiendish foes without their teammates, can the rest of the Avengers find their friends before it’s too late? And what’s this about a ruby?! It’s an adventure you’ll need to see, True Believers!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Marvel Action: Avengers #4

Preview: Marvel Action: Avengers: The New Danger (Book One)

Marvel Action: Avengers: The New Danger (Book One)

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Jon Sommariva (a & c)

A new era of all-out Avengers action begins! A new team is formed to battle a mega-sized threat that is weirder and wilder than any of the superheroes have met before! The New Danger will be the perfect opportunity for middle grade readers—and fans of all ages—to experience the thrilling adventures of Avengers comics for the first time!

TPB • FC • $9.99 • 80 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-515-9

Marvel Action: Avengers: The New Danger

Preview: Marvel Action: Avengers #3

Marvel Action: Avengers #3

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Jon Sommariva (a & c)

The saga of the stolen Iron Man armor comes to a thrilling conclusion! Will the Avengers be able to stop the wily machinations of the Iron Mechanic and his army of AIM agents? Can they ever hope to silence the destructive appetite of Fin Fang Foom? And where on earth is Tony Stark?!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Marvel Action: Avengers #3

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #3

Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #3

Scott Beatty (w) • Derek Charm, Jon Sommariva (a) • Derek Charm (c)

Swallowed by the shifting sands of Jakku, the Imperial Star Destroyer Spectral has been lost for two decades, giving rise to rumors of hauntings and buried treasure. But an epic sandstorm has revealed the ruins of the starship, and renowned scavenger Rey now leads the race to claim whatever lies within!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #3

Review: Marvel Action: Avengers #1

Marvel Action: Avengers #1

A new era of all out Avengers action begins! A new team is formed to battle a mega-sized threat that is weirder and wilder than any of the superheroes have met before!

It’s a whole new era for the Avengers as IDW Publishing takes on Marvel‘s premiere team with Marvel Action: Avengers #1. Aimed at middle grade readers, the first issue is entertaining and thrilling enough that fans of all ages can enjoy it.

Writer Matthew K. Manning gives us the basics to start assuming the readers know little making this a perfect point for younger readers to start. As the action unfolds, small factoids are included allowing for an easy point of entry and catching up on the characters, their powers, and what to expect. That’s included for heroes and villains like. It’s a small detail but a solid one that keeps the entry level low.

The story itself is entertaining involving A.I.M., Madame Masque, U-Foes, not the biggest of villains, which is appreciated in a way. The material seems good for the ages it aims for, though an early explosion/bomb left me scratching my head (I’m not a great judge on that). There’s the expected violence of punching but none of it’s over the top and some of it is a little odd actually (how Madame Masque is eventually dealt with is an example). But, kids won’t be judging that at all.

The art by Jon Sommariva, color by Protobunker, and lettering by Christa Miesner is a solid style that reminds me a bit of Marvel’s animated series. There’s a nice design to the characters and the action flows nicely throughout with some nice use of panels. It all works and works really well.

The first issue is a good one that I’d have no problem handing to a younger kid who’s really in to the Avengers or the characters. It’s a solid entry to the world and characters succeeding where Marvel has stumbled, material made for non-adults. There’s also a nice sophistication to it that doesn’t talk down to its audience and should keep everyone who reads it engaged. A great start to a new take on classic characters.

Story: Matthew K. Manning Art: Jon Sommariva
Color: Protobunker Letterer: Christa Miesner
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Marvel Action: Avengers #1

Marvel Action: Avengers #1

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Jon Sommariva (a & c)

A new era of all-out Avengers action begins! A new team is formed to battle a mega-sized threat that is weirder and wilder than any the superheroes have met before! This new ongoing series will be the perfect opportunity for middle grade readers, and fans of all ages, to experience the thrilling adventures of Avengers comics for the first time!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Marvel Action: Avengers #1

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #2 (of 3)

Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #2 (of 3)

Scott Beatty (w) • Derek Charm, Jon Sommariva (a) • Derek Charm (c)

Swallowed by the shifting sands of Jakku, the Imperial Star Destroyer Spectral has been lost for two decades, giving rise to rumors of hauntings and buried treasure. But an epic sandstorm has revealed the ruins of the starship, and renowned scavenger Rey now leads the race to claim whatever lies within!

FC• 32 pages • $3.99

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