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Get Your First Look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer #20, out in December

BOOM! Studios has released a first look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer #20 from acclaimed writers Jordie Bellaire and Jeremy Lambert, artist Ramon Bachs, colorist Raúl Angulo, and letterer Ed Dukeshire along with visionary writer, director, and Buffy creator Joss Whedon, available in December 2020.

It’s Faith, Buffy and Willow versus Xander – not everyone is making it out alive. Meanwhile, Wesley Wyndam-Price has arrived in Sunnydale with his own secret mission. No Buffy fan will want to miss the shocking conclusion!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #20 features a main cover by artist David López, as well as variant covers by artists Marguerite Sauvage and Becca Carey. It comes to shelves December 2, 2020.


Black Hammer: Visions Opens Up a Playground for Creators

Experience Black Hammer like never before in this exciting reimagining of the Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston created, Eisner-award winning series! Black Hammer: Visions is a series of one-shots bringing some of comic’s most exciting talent into the Black Hammer Universe including Patton Oswalt, Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Dean Kotz, Scott Kolins, Chip Zdarsky, Johnnie Christmas, Cullen Bunn, Malachi Ward, Matt Sheean, Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, Mariko Tamaki, Diego Olortegui, Cecil Castellucci, and Melissa Duffy, with colors by Jason Wordie, Bill Crabtree, Jordie Bellaire, and Dave Stewart and letters by Nate Piekos!

Kicking off Black Hammer: Visions, Patton Oswalt joins artists Dean Kotz and Jason Wordie to explore the life of youthful super heroine Golden Gail on the Black Hammer Farm before the beginning of Black Hammer#1, and her struggle to maintain sanity as a middle-aged woman trapped in the unchanging body of a superpowered grade-schooler. This 32-page issue also features variant covers by Evan Dorkin with Sarah Dyer, and Gilbert Hernandez with Dave Stewart!

Black Hammer: Visions #1 (of eight) will hit comic shops on February 10, 2021.

Preview: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen Ones

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen Ones

(W) Jordie Bellaire (A) Eleonora Carlini (CA) Jenny Frison
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
SRP: $16.99

For the first time, discover the untold origin stories of some of the most important Slayers in history from all around the world… and the secret that changes everything you ever thought you knew about Buffy!

Acclaimed creators including award-winner Nilah Magruder (Marvel Rising), Mairghread Scott (Batgirl), Celia Lowenthal (Over The Garden Wall: Hollow Town), Alexa Sharpe (Rolled and Told) and more join forces to reveal the Slayers of times pasthow they forever change Buffy’s future.

Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen Ones #1 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Every Generation #1.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen Ones

Review: Black Widow #3

Black Widow #3

Talk about a series that has gotten better with every single issue. Black Widow #3 delivers it all with some great intrigue, some humor, and lots of action. This is a series that should be on everyone’s pull list and continues a fantastic debut and new series.

Writer Kelly Thompson lifts the veil on the mystery as we find out who is behind Black Widow’s world. We also get some motivation to their actions too. Thompson keeps it basic as to the who and the why keeping the focus more on the action and what’s said than some overly complicated plot. In many ways, Black Widow #3 keeps it simple with a progression that we’ve seen in other media. But, the issue does it in a style and with such flair, it’s hard to not enjoy it all.

Thompson builds to the eventual action slowly. We get the reveal as to who’s behind the plot. We get her allies discussing what to do. And we get Natasha debating if something is wrong in her perfect life. While the comic could, and with the title somewhat expected, be a lot of action, instead we get a lot of focus on the characters. There’s a lot of humor and laughs, mostly driven by Bucky and Clint as they debate what to do. There’s also some amazing action with art that pops off the page and just nails its sequences in every single way.

Elena Casagrande handles the art with Jordie Bellaire on color and Cory Petit doing the lettering. The team does a fantastic job of building to the eventual explosion of action. When we get there, the imagery pops off the page with eye-catching spreads and some amazing uses of the page. There’s also a great focus on the quieter moments, especially when Natasha is thinking about her impending marriage. The design is fantastic and there’s an attention to detail that emphasizes the perfection of it all. But, it’s the action sequences… they’re amazing in their flow. The two-page “web” page is so amazing with imagery of Natasha’s past webbed in… you’ll know the page when you get to it.

Black Widow #3 is just a fantastic issue. The action is solid. The humor is great. There’s just so much there to enjoy and it’s all tied together with top-notch visuals. This is a comic that just improves on the previous two and it’s a series that’s getting better with every issue.

Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Elena Casagrande
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19

(W) Jordie Bellaire (A) Ramon Bachs (CA) David Lopez
In Shops: Nov 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Xander’s true evil has been unleashed on Sunnydale, with only Buffy and the Scooby Gang standing in his way – but can they do what needs to be done?

Meanwhile, Robin struggles with his place in Buffy’s life and embarks on a new path that no other Watcher could’ve ever imagined.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19

Valiant’s Shadowman Unleashes New Horror in April 2021

Terror will be unleashed this April in Shadowman #1.

New York Times bestselling writer Cullen Bunn and acclaimed artist Jon Davis-Hunt pull you into a world of horror and supernatural suspense as Jack Boniface, aka Shadowman, protects humanity from the nightmares that lurk within the dimension known as the Deadside… but the barrier between Earth and the horrifying realm is tearing and gateways are popping up all around the globe. The forces of darkness are hungry for life, and only Shadowman stands in their way.

Shadowman #1 by writer Cullen Bunn, artist Jon Davis-Hunt, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Clayton Cowles goes on sale April 2021 and features covers by Jon Davis-Hunt (Cover A), Rod Reis (Cover B), Dave Johnson (Horror Movie Homage Variant), and Jeff Dekal (1:250 Variant). The debut horror issue is available for pre-order now at comic shops.

Shadowman #1

Review: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1


Set in the world sung about in My Chemical Romance’s fourth studio album Danger Days, True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1 tells the story of the original Killjoy, Mike Millimeter. He’s been hinted at in concept art since 2008, but finally, writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon, artist Leonardo Romero, and colorist Jordie Bellaire tell his epic and tragic narrative. In National Anthem #1, Way and Simon juggle twin narratives with one showing Mike at his peak, rocking a cool car, ray gun, a mask, and a crew of Killjoys and the other one showing his life in a dystopia that has homogenized everything from breakfast cereal to Ramones records. And, of course, Mike rebels against “the Man” even if it means his death.

One of Gerard Way’s most underrated talents is artist curation. For example, take a look at the artist lineup for the sadly dormant Young Animal imprint and see how Nick Derington was born to be a star penciler and nail both the adventure of Batman and the weirdness of the Doom Patrol. His curation skills strike again in National Anthem #1 as Leonardo Romero’s storytelling styles perfectly fits the duel between conformity and non-conformity from crashing on the couch and vegging out to nationalistic television to starting a revolution anew. He uses lots of small panels to show little interactions between characters or memorable moments like Mike thinking back to his abusive childhood. Jordie Bellaire’s color palette adds emotion to this and other scenes with strong color choices like yellow pages for the abuses of the past or a vomit green as Mike grows sick of life as stock shelver with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Ramones.

Gerard Way and Shaun Simon go for a drinking at a fire hydrant style of scripting and plotting that is similar to Way’s work on Umbrella Academy and Doom Patrol although they predominantly focus on Mike Milligram as a character with supporting players acting as window dressing, obstacles, plot points, or getting him to act. Just like the Danger Days album, National Anthem #1 scratches the surface of a futuristic world that is similar to ours with megacorporations and surveillance states, but a bit quirkier. For example, there’s a gang of books on tape addicts in National Anthem #1, and they are one of several gangs that get into one hell of a shootout in the middle of the comic.

This extended setpiece showcases Romero eye for action as he breaks down each gun fight into manageable chunks using smaller panels before going widescreen for a big plot point or a car chase. For the most part, Bellaire uses primary colors for the Killjoys to make sure that readers can see what they’re up to in the middle of the fray. It matches the yellow pops of their ray guns and the red of blood and guts that streak across the panel and even into the gutters as Mike loses control of the situation. There’s a reason why he’s slumped on the couch while the U.S. National Anthem plays on his television, and Romero and Bellaire use visual similarities to transition to this future timeline like a film editor, who wants to make their cuts memorable and appealing and not give the audience a headache.

True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1 has futuristic, punk rock worldbuilding with a stellar sense of style. It is also the first chapter of a compelling story arc for Mike Milligram, who goes from revolutionary leader to sad sack cog in a corporate machine. (But there’s yet hope for the masked man with the cool car.) Gerard Way and Shaun Simon’s Burroughs-esque word play, Leonardo Romero’s high energy pencils, and the Jordie Bellaire’s eye popping colors bring it all to life in magical, music video fashion. This one is for the MCRmy, Timothy Leary followers, aging crust punks in cubicle prisons, folks who prefer vinyl to streaming, and anyone who wants to give the middle finger to the current status quo.

Story: Gerard Way and Shaun Simon Art: Leonardo Romero
Colors: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Buffy the Vampire Slayers Vol. 4

Buffy the Vampire Slayers Vol. 4

(W) Jordie Bellaire (A) Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Various (CA) David Lopez
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $14.99

After the shocking conclusion to the Hellmouth event, The Slayer must defend Sunnydale…AND IT’S KENDRA? Welcome to the next era of the Buffy-verse…the Ring of Fire!

That’s right, there’s a New Slayer in Sunnydale, who must confront an all-new threat to the ENTIRE WORLD and she’ll need to pull the Scooby gang together once more after what happened to Buffy…

Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and artist Julian L pez (X-Men: Blue) kick off a new era for Slayers and Scoobies by revealing a secret that will change everything you think you know about Buffy!
Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer #13-16.

Buffy the Vampire Slayers Vol. 4

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1 Has an Exclusive Variant Comic Bundle on Dark Horse Direct

With it being released this coming Wednesday, Dark Horse Direct has an exclusive variant bundle of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem#1! Forget everything you already knew about The Fabulous Killjoys! Writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon, along with Illustrator Leonardo Romero, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Nate Piekos team up to present an all-new modern-day Killjoys series as Way and Simon take it all the way back to the original story that inspired My Chemical Romance’s concept album Danger Days and its dystopian comic book series in The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem.

Limited to just 300 total copies, this $49.99 bundle features an exclusive black and white variant cover comic with cover art by Daniel Warren Johnson and also a deluxe limited-edition lithograph colored by Mike Spicer. This lithograph is printed on a high-quality, premier rose-colored paper with hints of white to really make Daniel Warren Johnson’s line art and Mike Spicer’s colors pop off the page!

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1 Variant Comic Bundle will begin shipping to pre-order customers on October 28th, 2020.

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1 Variant Comic Bundle

Review: Black Widow #2

Black Widow #2

Something is wrong with Natasha Romanoff… she’s happy!? Black Widow #2 improves upon the first issue as we dig deeper into this rather odd situation for Black Widow to be in. Domestic bliss is not a situation you’d expect her to battle.

Written by Kelly Thompson, Black Widow #2 has an exploration as to what’s going on with our heroine. Clint and Bucky have teamed up to figure out if Natasha is in need of help or if she’s truly happy and safe. It’s that espionage thriller that’s a hell of a draw. The second issue really takes its queues from some classics leaving us to wonder not necessarily what’s going on but more of the why.

And that’s partially what’s interesting with what Thompson has set up. We know Natasha is being watched by the classic villain Arcade and can guess he’s behind what’s going on. A false reality is something he’s known for. But, what’s also clear is, he’s not in charge. There’s someone who has hired the assassin to pull the strings. Who? Why? We get hints as to that by this issue’s end.

Thompson delivers so much more than that though. With the inclusion of Clint and Bucky, we get a “buddy cop” aspect to the issue that adds humor to it all. It’d be easy to focus just on Natasha and as she lives her life we discover the truth. But, with the duo of heroes we not only get some laughs but also a moral debate as to what should be done. She seems happy. Should they leave her to be? Should they “wake” her up? There’s an interesting moral aspect to the issue that couldn’t exist without them.

Elena Casagrande with color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Cory Petit is fantastic. Much of the comic is domestic goings on. But, when there’s action, there’s some solid action. The team also uses shadows to really build the mystery as to who is behind things delivering just enough to figure out some of the answers. The comic is just fantastic to look at though and there’s some designs for outfits that are top notch. Natasha’s dress is amazing and beautiful for instance. The art just nails that thriller aspect.

Black Widow #2 delivers the goods and tops the first issue in every way. That was the basic setup but this is the issue where the cards are on the table and we get a thrilling story of espionage and sleeper agents. There’s also enough teased out to get readers really interested as to where it all goes, especially due to the ending which really emphasizes the “why” of it all. This is just a fantastic superhero comic without the flashy spandex.

Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Elena Casagrande
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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