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Review: Star Wars: Vader: Dark Visions

Star Wars: Vader: Dark Visions explores the Dark Lord of the Sith from the perspective of other individuals across a galaxy far far away.

Story: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum
Art: Paolo Villanelli, Brian Level, David Lopez, Javier Pina, Stephen Mooney, Geraldo Borges
Color: Arif Prianto, Jordan Boyd, Muntsa Vicente, Lee Loughridge, Marcio Menyz
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

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Review: Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety

Absolute Carnage spreads and the call to the symbiotes is too strong. Even innocent families are being called to Knull.

Story: Clay McLeod Chapman
Art: Brian Level
Color: Jordan Boyd
Letterer: Travis Lanham

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Review: Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1

Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1

Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1 is everything you’d hope for in a tie-in to the Carnage focused event. The comic is a follow-up in a way to Deadpool vs. Carnage. At the end of that series, four of the five Life Foundation Symbiotes – Riot, Phage, Agony, and Lasher – bonded to a stray dog, wandering the Midwest. But with Carnage descending on New York, the call to join him is too great.

Written by Clay McLeod Chapman, Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1 is horror done right. The comic revolves around an abusive family who is paid a visit by the symbiotes. From there, it’s a descent into destruction and murder as the family is consumed.

The comic is rather simple in a way taking the trapped in a house while hunted horror setting. But, it works really well. Chapman leaves it open as to who will and won’t escape and you can feel the tension build as the comic progresses. Sure, there’s a lot of tropes here but that’s also partially what makes horror enjoyable.

The one negative to the comic is, if you’ve never read Deadpool vs. Carnage, the symbiotes aren’t really explained. The dog is a mystery. I haven’t read that previous series but I still enjoyed this for the spiral into death that it is.

Part of that enjoyment is due to Brian Level‘s art. Along with color by Jordan Boyd and lettering by Travis Lanham, the art emphasizes the terror. There are literal spirals that play off the Knull motif and the out of control nature of it all. Lanham’s lettering provides a disturbing “tone” to the dialogue. Boyd’s colors at times add a sickly palette. The art and lettering come together to build on and emphasize the scariness of it all.

The comic absolutely delivers horror tropes but there’s something to it that makes it all enjoyable. There’s an unknown aspect to the comic that makes its story all the more scary and disturbing. Add in just enough macabre and it comes together to create the perfect tone for a comic tied into Carnage.

Story: Clay McLeod Chapman Art: Brian Level
Color: Jordan Boyd Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Port of Earth #12

PORT OF EARTH #12

(W) Zack Kaplan (A/CA) Andrea Mutti, Jordan Boyd

END OF STORY ARC! Seattle is scheduled for destruction in order to protect Earth from an alien outbreak. But to protect our authority over our own planet’s security, the ESA will have to face off with our alien partners in the ultimate game of espionage, politics, and galactic business.

Port of Earth #12

Review: Star Wars: Target Vader #1

Darth Vader has hunted many who have opposed him. Now, he’s being hunted be a hired band of bounty hunters.

Story: Robbie Thompson
Art: Marc Laming, Cris Bolson
Color: Neeraj Menon, Jordan Boyd, Andres Mossa, Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega
Letters: Clayton Cowles

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Review: Star Wars: Target Vader #1

Star Wars: Target Vader #1

While we think of Star Wars mainly in its battles between Rebels and the Empire, it’s so much more. The world features so many genres within and some are used more than others. Star Wars: Target Vader #1 shifts from the space opera to more of a crime story focus.

Written by Robbie Thompson, Star Wars: Target Vader #1 has Vader and Palpatine attempting to stamp out a crime syndicate running guns for the Rebels. Business is good though, and the crime syndicate has a mission too. Hire bounty hunters to take out Vader first.

Thompson delivers the first issue as a complete set up of what’s to come. That includes a trope-filled part where we’re introduced to our bounty hunters. You can imagine the movie screen pausing as the bounty hunter’s name pops up and a voice, or lettering, takes you through what they’re known for. That all helps create a different pace than we’d normally expect for a Star Wars story. The beats feel more like a heist story than what we’ve seen in the past.

The personalities make the comic interesting. While the excitement is a bit muted, we get a taste of just how dysfunctional this group will be. It gets you interested in what’s to come.

The art by Marc Laming and Cris Bolson (and a load of colorists) is pretty solid. There’s a nice shift from the normal humans as far as characters and the bounty hunters are varied in style and look. It helps create a ragtag bunch. What’s also nice is there’s enough design at times that characters are familiar. An example is a Jedi hunting droid who will remind you of a past character. Even with similar attributes the character is unique. But, due to the familiarity there’s a built up expectation as far as what the character will be like.

While the issue doesn’t totally excite, it’s more than enough to get you to come back. There’s something fun about Target Vader. It has a style and voice that feels different than what we’ve seen so many times before. It delivers a new reading experience for an established franchise. This is one to check out for Star Wars fans or just comic readers.

Story: Robbie Thompson Art: Marc Laming, Cris Bolson
Color: Neeraj Menon, Jordan Boyd, Andres Mossa, Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Port of Earth #11

PORT OF EARTH #11

(W) Zack Kaplan (A/CA) Andrea Mutti, Jordan Boyd

As our alien business partners urge the Earth Security Agency to destroy Seattle in order to protect the planet from a deadly alien virus, covert agents scramble to uncover the truth about the outbreak’s origins. Why does the Consortium want to recover these escaped aliens so badly, and what secret are they hiding?

PORT OF EARTH #11

Review: Star Wars: Han Solo – Imperial Cadet

Have you wondered about Han Solo’s time at the Imperial Academy? Star Wars: Han Solo – Imperial Cadet fills in some of that mystery diving in to his time training. The trade collects Star Wars: Han Solo – Imperial Cadet #1-5 and Star Wars: Beckett.

Story: Robbie Thompson, Gerry Duggan
Art: Leonard Kirk, Edgar Salazar, Marc Laming, Will Sliney
Ink: Leonard Kirk, Daniele Orlandini, Cory Hamscher
Color: Arif Prianto, Jordan Boyd
Letterer: Joe Caramagna, Travis Lanham

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Preview: Port of Earth #9

Port of Earth #9

(W) Zack Kaplan (A/CA) Andrea Mutti, Jordan Boyd, Cover B by Aaron Campbell

NEW STORY ARC!

In a deal with an alien business consortium, humanity has opened the Port of Earth for galactic travelers. After countless violent, deadly incidents, alien soldiers have been stationed here to help bring peace. Now our Earth Security Agency must stop a deadly alien outbreak, contain a growing human resistance, and navigate a delicate relationship with our alien partners-or risk planetary occupation.

Port of Earth #9

Review: Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #2

Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions #2

To command an Imperial Destroyer is a coveted position. But with such great responsibility comes grave consequences if you fail your mission. How far will one officer go to spare himself from the judgment of Darth Vader?

Some of the most memorable scenes from Star Wars is that of Darth Vader choking individuals who fail him (or threatening to). The fear that it generates is a motivator for some and lets face it, there’s some wish fulfillment there for some of us. Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #2 explores that concept with a story of a commander who doesn’t want to fail Vader and knows if he does what that means.

Writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum delivers an entire issue to what an officer would do to avoid being choked out. The situation spirals in comedic ways to deliver a story that’s actually kind of funny due to the absurdity of it all. As commands are issued, the reader knows things aren’t going to work out, but how badly things goes is so over the top it’s hard to not laugh at times.

Brian Level‘s art, with color by Jordan Boyd and lettering by Joe Caramagna, is interesting and helps add to the levity of it all. The story could easily have taken on a much more serious, almost horror like quality easily. But, as presented, there’s a slapstick like quality about the art style that enhances the humor of it all. There’s also interesting use of panels and perspectives that makes the comic a bit more interesting visually.

The issue is an entertaining one that’s a quick read but had me laughing throughout. It’s a less serious take on Star Wars in a way poking fun at what is a serious matter. While not as good as the first issue, it’s still succeeds in delivering an aspect of how others view Vader, in this case fear of his wrath. For those that want a laugh or are Star Wars fans, this is well worth checking out.

Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Brian Level
Color: Jordan Boyd Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.45 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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