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Review: Ninja-K #9

NINJA-K_008_COVER-B_QUAH“It all comes down to this! Ninjak – plus his black-ops backup squad of Livewire, Punk Mambo, Doctor Mirage, and GIN-GR – have been sent into Mexico City to destroy an indestructible target! But their quarry – The Jonin, the Ninja Programme’s seemingly ageless former sensei – has assembled his own strike force of improbable powers to meet them head on!”

The final pages of Ninja-K #8 had me giddy with excitement as possibly my favourite character in the Valiant Universe made his reappearance (needless to say if you haven’t read the previous issue, spoilers will be found ahead – though if you pay attention to the cover you can figure that out)

Both this and the previous issue of Ninja-K have built upon the slower paced Ninja-K #6 with an explosively frenetic story that is all action and very little plot. I’m not complaining about that, however, as Juan Jose Ryp is unleashed to depict the havoc of battle as only he can. With his kinetic and hyper detailed style, Ryp barrels us through the conclusion of the current chapter in Colin King’s life with all the delicacy of a hot knife through a helium balloon. It is glorious, thanks in no small part to Jordie Bellaire’s colouring work that bring out the detail in Ryp’s work and allows the reader’s eye to flow along the artwork.

Christos Gage clearly wanted to let the artists shine, and in doing that they pull a comic that suffers in the plot department into must buy territory; Gage’s plot could easily be simplified down into a single line (but then if you can break Lord Of The Rings down to “people walk a long way to return stolen property” you can break everything down quite a bit, so this is a meaningless criticism, and I am aware of that). But it’s a single line that brings back one of my favourite Valiant characters, sets up an interesting new faction in the Valiant Universe and leaves our hero surprisingly vulnerable while providing some freaking amazing visual set pieces.

Sometimes, simple is exactly what you need.

Story: Christos Gage Art: Juan Jose Ryp
Colours: Jordie Bellaire Letters: A Larger World Studios
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Ninja-K #9

NINJA-K #9

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by A LARGER WORLD STUDIOS
Cover A by CARMEN CARNERO (MAY182092)
Cover B by ALAN QUAH (MAY182093)
Interlocking Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAY182094)
Ninjak Icon Variant by ADAM POLLINA (MAY182095)
Pre-Order Edition by JESSE HAMM (MAR188174)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 18th

The super team vs. super team smackdown you’ve been waiting for!

It all comes down to this! Ninjak – plus his black-ops backup squad of Livewire, Punk Mambo, Doctor Mirage, and GIN-GR – have been sent into Mexico City to destroy an indestructible target! But their quarry – The Jonin, the Ninja Programme’s seemingly ageless former sensei – has assembled his own strike force of improbable powers to meet them head on! Now, the biggest hero-versus-villain showdown of 2018 is about to reach a fever pitch in the stunning finale to “THE COALITION” from renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA)!

Review: Bloodshot Salvation #11

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To save his daughter’s life, Bloodshot brokered an unthinkable bargain…and has been thrown forward two thousand years in the future to 4002 A.D.! But preserving life requires a sacrifice…and now, he’s on the hunt to take out the one man standing between him and the safe return of his family! Too bad the only thing standing in his way is…Bloodshot? When the 41st century’s Bloodshot finds out Ray Garrison has come to town, all hell is bound to break loose!

I’m going to dispense with any meaningful introduction to this review, and get right to what bothered me about Bloodshot Salvation #11; parts of it felt very familiar. Almost too familiar…

Indeed, they felt familiar enough that I had to go back to earlier issues in the series to find out if a little under a third of the book was a truncated recap of Magic and Jesse’s adventures from the first to the fifth issue in the series. Which is great for those who didn’t read them – like I said, it’s a giant recap, but it feels a little cheap if you’ve been following the story from the beginning to this point. The earlier scenes aren’t reproduced as Doug Braithwaite recreates the original art with subtle differences, which is nice because at least we get a full comic of new art, but the plot those scenes depict is nothing new. 

That being said, despite my earlier reservations about the older material, it is interesting to see it parallel to Bloodshot’s story – something we’re only now seeing for the first time.

Despite my misgivings about the repetition, Jeff Lemire still delivers a top notch comic book as Bloodshot, sent to the future, seeks to kill a man to save his daughter at the behest of Baron Samedi. It’s the question, and the way Lemire phrases the answer, that brings the book back from the brink from of annoyance and throws it forward into a truly interesting read. After all, would you kill a person to save the life of your child?  The involvement of the Bloodshot of 4002 AD adds another dynamic to the comic, and seeing the two Bloodshots on the page at the same time is quite entertaining.

Bloodshot Salvation #11 does stumble out of the starting gate, however upon reflection some form of recap was needed (I just don’t think we needed as much of it as we got),  but the penultimate issue of the series leaves us with a great set up for an explosive finale. For me, the good far outweighed the annoyances in this issue (I’m not saying “bad” because nothing here was bad – just a little too familiar), which leaves us with a compelling comic chock full of some amazing artwork and a few eye opening moments as Lemire brings the series home.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Doug Braithwaite
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire Letter: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.1 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy if you’ve come this far

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Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #11

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #11

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT (MAY182096)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (MAY182097)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by WHILCE PORTACIO (MAY182098)
Pre-order edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 11th

Time to kill!

To save his daughter’s life, Bloodshot brokered an unthinkable bargain…and has been thrown forward two thousand years in the future to 4002 A.D.! But preserving life requires a sacrifice…and now, he’s on the hunt to take out the one man standing between him and the safe return of his family! Too bad the only thing standing in his way is…Bloodshot? When the 41st century’s Bloodshot finds out Ray Garrison has come to town, all hell is bound to break loose! Eisner Award winner Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and master storyteller Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR) are about to pull the pin on the next explosive chapter of “THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS” with a centuries-spanning gunfight for the ages!

Review: Death of Inhumans #1

I will give no spoilers for The Death of the Inhumans, the amazing, well written and soulful story that writer Donny Cates tells with precision bringing you further into the world of the Inhumans. Cates opens this new miniseries with a bit of a history lesson on Inhuman history and evolution before pushing us forward to Black Bolt on his mission to discover more about the 11,036 dead Inhumans that he never knew existed but feels responsible for. There’s a killer on the loose bent on Inhuman genocide and there is no question that war is coming.

Ariel Olivetti and Jordie Bellaire’s art work makes the characters look realistic and human. The mutated hybrids look both ethereal and sympathetic. The art is simplistic yet refined and gives off the feel of reading a movie rather than a comic book, it’s not so flashy that you’re distracted but, not so dull that you’re bored. The present tense portion of the story uses a beautiful blue tint that feels calming and cold, a wonderful compliment to the mission that Black Bolt finds himself on, it’s also a direct contrast to the earth tones and primitive but, detailed art style used in creation story of the Inhumans that fills the early pages of this issue. The palette and tone of the art shifts again to a more muted and realistic tone after Medusa’s pep talk as she and Black Bolt go to speak to their people. Every color change and panel comes off as deliberate , even when the features on the characters is hard to make out, you feel it’s intentionality and get moved by the feeling of despair and confusion which sets up the carnage that follows perfectly especially when the comic panels get tinged with red for the introduction of Vox and continues as a theme for the deaths he causes.

Between Cates compelling and information packed story and Olivetti and Bellaire’s scene and character appropriate art Death of Inhumans #1 is one hell of a page turner. The fact that Olivetti and Bellaire use a different color palette for each change and part of the story could be messy and disorientating but, is done so well that it helps you shift your emotion to whatever is happening on the page now. The creative team mixes what they do so well that it’s more like looking at a movie more than reading a comic book and the story is so riveting that you forget that you’re actually reading and not just watching.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Ariel Olivetti, Jordie Bellaire
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Batman #50

It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages.

The build up has been coming for a while now and with Batman #50 writer Tom King answers the question as to whether Batman and Catwoman tie the knot.

The issue is done in an interesting way with what amounts to two page spreads with generally half dedicated to Batman’s preparation for the day and the other half for Catwoman’s. In between these normal panel pages, there’s full page images by some top art talent on top of which we’re presented the two’s thoughts about their meeting and what they’re about to do.

While the “will they or won’t they” has been spoiled the comic is interesting as it delves into the thought process of two individuals who are clearly nervous about tying the knot and if they do what it means.

Catwoman isn’t a hero, she’s a criminal.

Batman is a hero. He’s a hero driven by his pain.

If they were to get married, what does that mean for each of them? Can Batman be happy? These are the types of thoughts that run throughout the comic as the two characters explore their love for each other. And that’s the impressive thing, Tom King convinces you that these two love each other. By the end, you’re convinced there’s no one else for these two.

And that spoiling? Well, not quite. There’s a twist but you’ll have to read the comic yourself and go elsewhere.

The issues with the comic is the hype and a build up that doesn’t pay off. The quality of the narrative is excellent, it all just doesn’t quite live up to the lead up and the end result is rather predictable. A single panel does not make a comic and this one relies heavily on that final panel.

The art duties are mainly handled by Mikel Janin with colors by June Chung and lettering by Clayton Cowles. The art is solid and there’s some fantastic page layouts. The way some of these pages are laid out is impressive with very creative visual storytelling. What’s also interesting is the use of pin-ups to tell the story as well. There was a similar thing done in Action Comics #1000 and here it sort of works. The artwork is fantastic, there’s some talent. But, it breaks up the story a bit and after a while becomes a little tedious. When the big picture comes in to focus, the choice is an interesting one and adds a poetic aspect, somewhat appropriate considering what’s happening.

This is a chapter in King’s larger story. There’s much more to come as things weave together and that final panel indicates we’ve got a hell of a lot of excitement to come. As a single issue, this one has its good and its bad but as a piece of the larger puzzle it fits like a perfectly crafted piece of the larger picture.

Story: Tom King Art: Mikel Janín
Pin-up Art: David Finch, Joëlle Jones, Mitch Gerads, Rafael Albuquerque, Neal Adams, Andy Kubert, Becky Cloonan, Ty Templeton, José Luis Garcia-Lopez, Frank Miller, Lee Bermejo, trish Mulvihill, Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson, Alex Sinclair, Hi-Fi, Tony S. Daniel, Tomeu Morey, Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts, Tim Sale, José Villarrubia, Paul Pope, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Greg Capullo, FCO Plascencia, Lee Weeks
Color: June Chung Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Death of the Inhumans #1

This week’s new comic book day sees the possible end for the Inhumans!

Death of the Inhumans #1 is by Donny Cates, Ariel Olivetti, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles, Kaare Andrews, Sarah Brunstad, and Wil Moss.

Get your copy in comic shops starting July 4. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Review: Ninja-K #8

NINJA-K_008_COVER-A_ZONJICColin King has recruited a highly skilled team of black ops specialists – including Livewire, Dr. Mirage, Punk Mambo, and the robotic alien colossus called GIN-GR – for the ultimate search-and-destroy mission! The Jonin, the mysterious mentor behind the program that trained MI6’s elite ninja assassins, has resurfaced in Mexico City at the head of a covert cabal of long-lived and near-immortal renegades with incredible powers…and a mission that could destabilize human civilization as we know it!

I haven’t been as happy with a comic as I was when I finished Ninja-K #8 in a long time. But I’m jumping ahead of myself here.

Last issue saw Ninjak assemble a team of Valiant heroes of various talents geared specifically to take on a villainous cabal who may have slightly got the drop on our heroes at the end of Ninja-K #7. Picking up right where the previous issue left off, we get to see a very fast paced airborne sequence that transitions to  the confrontation that Christos Gage spent all of last issue building toward. And it’s a confrontation that lasts for almost the entire comic in what proves to be a frantic action sequence that gives each character a chance to shine – all the while you’re never quite sure who could actually be considered as winning the fight. What you can be sure of, however, is that between Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire you couldn’t expect a better illustrated battle. Bellaire’s colours are a wonderful counterpoint to the detailed line work of Ryp, the colourist brings out the detail in a way that never leaves the reader feeling over stimulated as they feast their eyes upon the chaos within the pages of the comic.

The plot itself is fairly straight forward, and barely needs any space to talk about other than to say that this is a comic where the art is the focus – I’m not saying the plot is bad, far from it, because this action packed issue is the result of the slower paced Ninja-K #7, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. But the most exciting thing about this comic, for me? Well that’d be spoiler I won’t be giving – you’ll just have to read right to the end to find out what had me grinning from ear to ear upon finishing Ninja-K #8.

Story: Christos Gage Art: Juan Jose Ryp
Colours: Jordie Bellaire Letters: A Larger World Studio
Story: 8.6  Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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The Dead Hand Comes to Trade this October

The first story arc of the critically acclaimed new Cold War espionage thriller The Dead Hand—by writer Kyle Higgins, artist Stephen Mooney, and Eisner Award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire —will be collected into trade paperback and available this October. The Dead Hand, Vol. 1: Cold War Relics will include issues #1-6 of the series.

The Dead Hand, Vol. 1 follows Carter Carlson, who was a highly decorated operative during the Cold War. But in the Fall of 1991, as the Soviet Union collapsed, Carter discovered a secret that not only changed his life… but also altered the course of history. Now, as the mysterious “Dead Hand” threatens to end the world once again, the only thing standing in its way is the relationship between four old spies, a secret town, and a special little boy.

The Dead Hand, Vol. 1 trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1534308398, Diamond Code JAN188509) will hit stores on Wednesday, October 3rd and bookstores on Tuesday, October 9th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 20th.

Review: Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Batgirl vs. The Riddler

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the next chapter leading up to the wedding of Batman and Catwoman!

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Batgirl vs. The Riddler is by Tom Seeley, Minkyu Jung, Jose Marzan, Jr., Jordie Bellaire, Otto Schmidt, Dave Sharpe, Rafael Albuquerque, Dave McCaig, Brittany Holzherr, and Jamie S. Rich.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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