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Preview: Bloodshot Unleashed #3

Bloodshot Unleashed #3

Written by DENIZ CAMP
Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover B by NICOLE RIFKIN
Cover C by JUAN JOSE RYP
Pre-order Cover by E.M. GIST
On sale NOVEMBER 23RD | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | M

Guest-starring X-O MANOWAR!

BLOODSHOT recruits X-O MANOWAR – who knows a thing or two about ending alien threats – as a parasitic alien takes hold in an Appalachian church putting an entire congregation of lost souls at risk.

Bloodshot Unleashed #3

Preview: Bloodshot Unleashed #3

Bloodshot Unleashed #3

Written by DENIZ CAMP
Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover B by NICOLE RIFKIN
Cover C by JUAN JOSE RYP
Pre-order Cover by E.M. GIST
On sale NOVEMBER 23RD | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | M

Guest-starring X-O MANOWAR!

BLOODSHOT recruits X-O MANOWAR – who knows a thing or two about ending alien threats – as a parasitic alien takes hold in an Appalachian church putting an entire congregation of lost souls at risk.

Bloodshot Unleashed #3

Review: Wakanda #1

Wakanda #1

When Chadwick Boseman passed, the world pretty much stopped. As everyone was dealing with fatigue of COVID and the deaths related. Never would anyone think that someone like him would pass. As he was the first actor who played a superhero whom many of us saw ourselves in.

So when the news broke that they would continue on with a sequel to the modern classic, Black Panther, many did not know what to expect. As the world speculated that the role would be recast. To many fans great delight, it was not, and they found a way to carry the story forward in Wakanda Forever. In Wakanda #1, fans get to know more about the world where T’Challa was born and a true history of every Panther before him.

In “ Shuri”,  we find a Wakanda with T’Challa on the run, as his sister looks to use her lab for good, creating a synthetic type of vibranium. As she tries to understand how to navigate her future without her brother, Rhino uses smugglers  infiltrate his way into the nation state, but Shuri is there to stop him in his tracks. By story’s end, we find out Rhino was not operating alone, as an old foe surfaces. In “ History Of The Black Panthers Part One”, we are taken to 1,000,000 BC, in the Wakandan wilderness, where we discover how the first Wakandans survived and how many of their myths came to fruition and how the first Black Panther fought his way to the top to lead his people.

Overall, Wakanda #1 is an excellent debut issue which shows why fans have loved the birthplace of T’Challa, even before the movies. The stories by Williams and Narcisse, are funny, powerful and resonating. The art by the different creators are awesome. Altogether, a must buy for Black Panther fans.

Story: Stephanie Williams, Evan Narcisse Art: Paco Medina, Natacha Bustos
Ink: Walden Wong, Elisabetta D’Amico Color: Bryan Valenza, Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Secret Invasion #1

Secret Invasion #1

It’s been many years, but Secret Invasion was a solid event Marvel put on. Skrulls had infiltrated the superhero community and more creating a level of paranoia that perfectly captured the time it was released. Throughout the event you were left guessing who was indeed a Skrull, not knowing what would be revealed and who might be a traitor or even return! Secret Invasion #1 continues that tradition with another Skrull infiltration. The why or for what remains a mystery but it does a good job of capturing the original event’s fun.

Written by Ryan North, the story has Nick Fury investigating a Skrull “invasion” which spins into something so much more. What’s great is that the issue does what that event so many years ago did well, it taps into today’s zeitgeist. There’s the paranoia of who can you trust but North puts a rejection of reality front and center. It’s hard to not read particular scenes and immediately think of those today who reject the reality of elections and science. North taps that to kick things off but it’s a small slice of what’s to come. The unknown is what made the first event fun and looks like this one will follow in that path.

The art by Francesco Mobili is solid. With color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Joe Caramagna the art delivers the paranoia of the story. Small details tease what and who you can and can’t trust bringing a visual tension. There’s also a horror aspect at times as Skrulls are revealed in a “jump scare” on page that delivers dread as to what will happen next.

Secret Invasion #1 is a worthy successor to the event of the same name. While it hits a lot of the same beats to start, it’s fun and entertaining capturing today’s reality. Where it differs will be key and it’ll be exciting to discover that as well as who we can and cannot trust.

Story: Ryan North Art: Francesco Mobili
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.3 Overal: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Geralt confronts evil in The Witcher: The Lesser Evil

Dark Horse Books in partnership with CD PROJEKT RED follow up the successful The Witcher: A Grain of Truth graphic novel with the second graphic novel adaptation from Andrzej Sapkowski’s acclaimed short story collection, The Last WishThe Witcher: The Lesser Evil is a standalone story that’s perfect for new and returning The Witcher fans alike. Story adaptation by Jacek Rembiś, art by Adam Gorham, colors by Jordie Bellaire, letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and cover art by Kai Carpenter

A tragic tale of passion, vindication, and the root of evil is presented in this adaptation of the original prose short story.

In search of a reward, Geralt brings the carcass of a slain creature to a small town where he is told it may be of use to the local sorcerer—but the mage isn’t who he is alleged to be. In hiding for his life, he requests Geralt’s help in slaying the monster who seeks to murder him: a young woman said to have been born under the Curse of the Black Sun, a prophecy of inborn evil. He declares that she is more a monster than the creature presented before him. 

Geralt later encounters the woman, who asserts that it is the sorcerer who is the true monster—committing unspeakable crimes at the behest of his superstitious beliefs. With the boundaries blurred between the evil that is done and the evil done in return, Geralt is met with a quandary. The face of evil is ever-changing and his verdict, whether by choice or by force, can only lead to tragedy. 

Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher: The Lesser Evil hardcover will be available in comic shops June 21, 2023 and bookstores July 4, 2023. It is available for pre-order now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at your local comic shop and will retail for $17.99. 

Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher: The Lesser Evil

Preview: Bloodshot Unleashed #2

Bloodshot Unleashed #2

Written by DENIZ CAMP
Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover B by NICOLE RIFKIN
Cover C by ALEX GARNER
Pre-order Cover by DEXTER SOY
On sale OCTOBER 26TH | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | M

Bloodshot’s mission to stop rogue super soldiers takes him to Howl, Michigan, where dangerous levels of radiation have seeped into the town. All the evidence points to the now-defunct Lombard Motors plant—and a wounded soldier whose brain was placed inside a robotic chassis with nuclear capabilities. No matter what happens, there’s going to be fallout!

Bloodshot Unleased #2

Review: Miracleman: The Silver Age #1

Miracleman: The Silver Age #1

After almost 30 years, writer Neil Gaiman and artist Mark Buckingham are finally going to conclude one of the great superhero epics, Miracleman, wrapping up the unfinished “Silver Age” storyline and maybe even getting to the long-awaited “Dark Age” arc where Miracleman’s utopia collapses and the corrupted, twisted Kid Miracleman returns. But, before getting to the new material, Gaiman and Buckingham serve up remastered versions of the first two issues of “Silver Age” with new coloring from Jordie Bellaire. Basically, Miracleman: The Silver Age #1 is a remastered version of Miracleman #23, and it’s all about Young Miracleman coming back from the dead after 40 years and honestly being freaked out and appalled by the new utopia he lives in, especially when Miracleman tells him about the Alan Moore retcon that all his “adventures” in the classic Marvelman comics were just a fantasy dream world created by the evil Gargunza. This is bookended by the a look in on what the young superheroes of this era are up to aka mostly nostalgia exercises, which is as much a commentary on the genre as it is on the world we live in where an almost 40 year old song topped the charts this summer and a 77 year old comic book character is topping the box office.

Unlike the “Golden Age” stories which mainly focused on different citizens of Miracleman’s utopian world, Miracleman: The Silver Age #1 returns the focus on superheroes, especially adolescent ones. Mark Buckingham and Bellaire may portray the superhero battle between Jenda, Zapster, and Klingstor the Galaxtron as a brightly colored, double page spread punch-fest, but it’s just kids playing in their backyard as drawn by Jack Kirby in the 1960s with one of the Miracle children basically having the ability to shapeshift into different Kirby monsters. They live in a perfect world, there’s no crime or supervillains so they fight each other in the ruins of old skyscrapers and clean up the debris before one of the adults notice. The Miracle children are the like the classic Legion of Superheroes with just a dash of the 1990s sarcasm. However, they’re quickly turned from their pointless fisticuffs to the human drama of Young Miracleman waking up because emotional conflict and tension is always more interesting than action figure battles. (And if you combine both, it’s a fucking masterpiece aka Miracleman #15)

Buckingham and Jordie Bellaire do a pastiche of modern and Golden Age art styles for the scenes with Young Miracleman that correlates well to Neil Gaiman’s 1950s British style dialogue. Seriously, I felt like Young Miracleman was one of the kids from Chronicles of Narnia or something, and it especially comes out when he’s alone again with Miracleman and slut shames Miraclewoman and is racist towards Huey Moon and xenophobic towards the the aliens that were responsible for bringing him back to the dead. It totally makes sense that someone born in the 1940s would act that way, especially if they’ve been in a coma since 1963 and reminds me of what Mark Millar did with Captain America in the Ultimates albeit with more restraint and a decade before. Gaiman and Buckingham lean into the trauma behind Young Miracleman’s beaming, innocent face, and although he doesn’t leave Olympus, there’s a general feeling of unease with even the Miracle children feeling sorry for them even as they have one last play battle as the issue wraps up.

Miracleman: The Silver Age #1 succeeds as an old/new first issue reintroducing the current status quo of Miracleman and his utopian world while providing insightful commentary on youth, the superhero genre, and the mixed bag that is nostalgia through the return of Young Miracleman and the activities of the Miracle children. Jordie Bellaire’s colors are a near perfect fusion of the old Eclipse books, classic comics, and modern techniques while Mark Buckingham’s use of double page spreads add more energy and momentum to Neil Gaiman’s scripting. Miracleman isn’t as fresh in the 2020s because so many comics, TV shows, and films have borrowed from whether intentionally or unintentionally, but dealing with trauma and the aimlessness of youth will always universal struggles.

Story: Neil Gaiman Art: Mark Buckingham 
Colors: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Todd Klein
Story: 8.2 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

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James Tynion IV and Fernando Blanco’s W0rldtr33 will debut in Image! #8 this November

The upcoming issue #8 of the Image! anthology series will provide readers with the debut of an all new series set to launch from Image Comics in Spring 2023. The W0rldtr33 story will kick off the forthcoming ongoing series of the same name.

W0rldtr33 is set to be the next major horror offering from multiple Eisner Award-winning writer James Tynion IV and his Razorblades collaborator Fernando Blanco, along with Eisner Award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire and Eisner Award-nominated letterer Aditya Bidikar.

This early tease of what’s to come for the series drops readers straight into the action with high-stakes to cultivate an immediate sense of unease.

In 1999, Gabriel, Amanda, Liam, Yoshi, and Darren discovered what they dubbed the Undernet—a secret architecture beneath the internet. They charted their exploration of the Undernet on a private message board called W0rldtr33. Then they lost control. And unleashed unimaginable horrors.

The Image! anthology is a 12 issue series celebrating the 30th anniversary of Image Comics. It treats readers to all-new stories from some of the biggest and best names in comics and is edited by Image Comics’ Publisher Eric Stephenson. The series features a combination of ongoing serials, standalone short stories, and first looks at exciting upcoming new projects at Image.

Image! #8 (Diamond Code SEP220273) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 23. W0rldtr33 #1 will hit shelves in Spring 2023.

The Farseer Trilogy comes to Dark Horse

The Assassin is back in this new adaptation of the first installment of the bestselling Farseer Trilogy. Dark Horse Comics is teaming up with Assassin’s Apprentice creator Robin Hobb, co-writer Jody Houser, artist Ryan Kelly, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou to present Assassin’s Apprentice like never before. Assassin’s Apprentice #1 also features cover art by Anna Steinbauer.

Until recently, Fitz was only known as “boy.” The illegitimate son of a powerful noble, Fitz is taken in by his uncle, Prince Verity, who prepares the boy for a journey to the capital to meet his royal grandfather. But Fitz is not a normal child. An ancient power stirs inside him, something that will change the destiny of the Six Duchies forever!

The incredibly influential fantasy novel comes to comics in this first installment of best-selling author Robin Hobbs’ Assassin’s Apprentice!

Assassin’s Apprentice #1 (of 6) will be in comic book stores December 14, 2022 and is available for pre-order now at your local comic shop for $3.99. 

Assassin’s Apprentice #1

Review: Bloodshot Unleashed #1

Bloodshot Unleashed #1

Dangerous super soldiers and bloodthirsty living weapons have mysteriously escaped into the world to wreak havoc across the dying towns and forgotten farms of America. Now, Bloodshot must take up arms again to travel across the country hunting down these violent monsters, battling his own demons, and defending the most defenseless. Deniz Camp and Jon Davis-Hunt join forces to unleash Valiant Entertainment’s first Mature Readers, Bloodshot Unleashed #1, a title that puts the BLOOD in BLOODSHOT.

Valiant’s offerings over the last couple of years have been somewhat hit and miss with the fans, and while I’ve enjoyed what they’ve been putting out on the whole, I understand that not every reader has been as fond of the recent offerings. That said, Bloodshot Unleashed is a book that feels like the earlier offerings from Valiant Entertainment; there’s a bit of ambiguity in what Bloodshot has been doing, an acknowledgement that he’s been manipulated and used in the past, and a tacit understanding that he’s going to be manipulated and used again in the future if certain agencies have the opportunity to do so. This book’s plot reminds me a little of the plot of Ninja K from a few years back in the premise; retired super soldiers seek revenge for the way they’ve been treated – only this time there’s a lot more bullets than blades involved (thus far at least).

Deniz Camp structures the book into an almost one and done story that’ll either capture the reader’s attention or it won’t; for new readers this is a pretty decent introduction that doesn’t require in depth knowledge of the character’s previous exploits and long term fans will find something refreshing in the action interspersed with plot building flashbacks. Jon Davis-Hunt‘s artwork is exactly what I was hoping it would be; detailed, exciting and easy to follow. There’s no attempt to shy away from the results of a mad super soldier, but nor does Davis-Hunt go over board in what’s shown. Coupled with Jordie Bellaire‘s colours, and this book is one pretty looking bag of violence.

As an introduction to the character, this is as good a place as any to start; I mean, really when it comes to an action book, there’s not much more that you can be looking for. Bloodshot Unleashed #1 is a bloody fine comic.

Story: Deniz Camp Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 8.8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

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