(W) Tom King (A) Mikel Janin, Jorge Fornes (CA) Andy Kubert In Shops: May 01, 2019 SRP: $3.99
In chapter one of “The Fall and the Fallen,” Batman escapes his Knightmares only to wind up in a whole other bad dream. He’s locked in Arkham Asylum with his worst enemies, and the only way to get out is to fight them all. It’s a gladiatorial game of madness and mayhem, all for the amusement of Bane!
writer: Amy Chu artist: Edu Menna covers: Stuart Sayger (A), Jorge Fornés (B), Denis Medri (C), Photo Cover (D) Stuart Sayger (RI-Virgin), Jorge Fornés (RI-Virgin), Denis Medri (RI-Virgin) FC | 32 pages | Rock ‘n’ Roll | $3.99 | Teen+
What lies beyond our world? Is there a heaven? Is there a hell? When a young man finds himself on the wrong side of life, he encounters Death itself and is set on a quest to seek out his errant demon offspring in an attempt to make his way back to the world of the living! But there is much peril on the way and the only ones who can help him are KISS! From writer Amy Chu (Red Sonja, KISS) and artist Edu Menna (Z Nation, Twilight Zone: Shadow & Substance) comes the next chapter in the KISS saga! Coinciding with KISS’ FINAL TOUR, this’ll be one for the ages!
Heroes in Crisis has been up and down in quality delivering a comic that at times nails its concept of heroes dealing with PTSD and at other times coming close to torture porn. Heroes in Crisis #7 gets things a bit back on track as the series begins to wrap up with an issue that focuses a bit on exactly what happened but also the trauma of three characters, Wally West, Booster Gold, and Harley Quinn.
Writer Tom King focuses the issue a bit revolving around those three characters at it explores each of their trauma while also driving the story forward. It’s what the series was pitched as and much more of what I expected.
Through various segments we see Wally West discuss his issues and dealing with them in a way using his powers. The empathy towards him builds until that final page where it’s hard to not feel sadness for his experience, especially about his possible death. I say possible as the issue touches on the time difference in bodies though doesn’t explain it yet. We also get some interesting things concerning Poison Ivy which points to the obvious that not everything we’ve witnessed in this series is as it seems and some of the deaths will be “undone” when things wrap up.
The rest of the comic mostly has to do with Booster Gold and Blue Beetle and Batgirl and Harley Quinn who have clashed as Harley and Booster battle each other. That too is cathartic in numerous ways as the two characters have their own breakdowns before getting their act together to eventually save the day. The highlight though is Batgirl and Blue Beetle who chat as Harley and Booster battle.
The art is split between Clay Mann, Travis Moore, and Jorge Fornes with color by Tomeu Morey and lettering by Clayton Cowles. Despite three different artists, the issue is smooth as far as look and there is some very solid pages and panels that’ll have you linger. Small artistic details add to the story enhancing the enjoyment and the emotional connection.
The issue gets back to basics in some ways exploring the emotional issues these three characters have due to their heroic nature and at the same time drives the murder mystery story. If only every issue was like this, the series would stand out more than it has and possibly have avoided its ups and downs in quality and focus.
BATMAN #66 COMIC REVIEW – THE QUESTION OR THE ANSWER?
The “Knightmares” storyline continues! Something—or someone—is forcing Batman to live through some of his darkest fears, amplifying the Dark Knight’s anxieties and reimagining some of his worst traumas. Now that Batman has become aware of the nature of these delusions, he must find a way to break through and find out the source of this disruption. So who does he turn to for answers? Why, the Question, of course! But is Vic Sage just another figment of the Caped Crusaders imagination?
(W) Tom King (A) Jorge Fornes (CA) Mikel Janin In Shops: Mar 06, 2019 SRP: $3.99
The “Knightmares” storyline continues! Something-or someone-is forcing Batman to live through some of his darkest fears, amplifying the Dark Knight’s anxieties and reimagining some of his worst traumas. Now that Batman has become aware of the nature of these delusions, he must find a way to break through and find out the source of this disruption. So who does he turn to for answers? Why, the Question, of course! But is Vic Sage just another figment of the Caped Crusaders imagination?
writer: Leah Williams
artist: Germán García
covers: Zach Hsieh (A), Jorge Fornés (B), Pasquale Qualano (C), Tom Feister (D), Cosplay (E)
Maria Sanapo Barbarella “Seduction” (RI), Maria Sanapo, Dejah Thoris “Seduction” (RI), Pasquale Qualano (RI-Virgin), Tom Feister (RI-B/W), Pasquale Qualano (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Sci-Fi/Fantasy | $3.99 | Teen+
From opposite ends of time, two heroines unite for an otherworldly adventure! Barbarella, the siren of space, meets Dejah Thoris, Princess of Barsoom, and together they must solve a murder mystery that spans time and space in order to find their way home. Leah Williams (Adventure Time Comics, X-Men: Black) teams with Germán García (Action Comics, X-Men) for a fun, deadly, mind-bending epic!
writer: Mike Carey
artist: Kenan Yarar, Jorge Fornés
covers: Yuko Shimizu (A), Jim Mahfood (B), Scott Morse (C), Eric Shanowar (D), Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
Yuko Shimizu (RI-Virgin), Scott Morse (RI-B/W), Jim Mahfood (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+
“A Place Called Overkill” The event horizon of a black hole is a bad spot to have your ship break down — especially if the breakdown isn’t an accident. But who wants Barbarella dead? And why have they chosen to bury her so very, very deep?
(W) Tom King, Jodie Bellaire, Ram V., Cheryl Lynn Eaton, Tom Taylor (A) Jorge Fornes, Elena Casagrande, Brad Walker (A/CA) Mikel Janin
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
Delve into Batman’s case histories and discover brand-new stories by some of comics’ most exciting talents. The BATMAN team of Tom King and Mikel Janin provides a framing sequence, setting up our hand-picked teams of creators to take a look at Bat-mysteries past and present. Featuring a bevy of Batman villains, including a look at how the Scarecrow’s fear toxin affects the common man, and a special story written by Tom Taylor with art by Brad Walker that teams the Dark Knight Detective with Detective Chimp.
writer: Mike Carey | artist: Kenan Yarar, Jorge Fornes
cover: Kenneth Rocafort
FC | 128 pages | $17.99 | Mature
Earth’s star-crossed daughter is back! When Barbarella wanders into a war zone, the theocratic rulers of Parosia arrest and imprison her. A prison break is brewing, but now that she knows what the Parosians do to their own citizens Barbarella decides to make this fight her own…
AfterShock Comics has announced Hot Lunch Special, a brand new series from writer Eliot Rahal and art by Jorge Fornes. The comic is out this August.
From Eliot Rahal, the writer of Cult Classic, The Paybacks and Quantum & Woody comes HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, with art by Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine, Magnus)!A midwestern noir series set in the harsh landscape of the northern Minnesota Iron Range—Hot Lunch Special is all about family, food and the fight for survival.
The Khourys are a classic immigrant success story: A fractious and quarrelsome Lebanese family who carved their slice of the American Dream by becoming the largest distributors of vending machine sandwiches in the upper northern Midwest.
Unfortunately, the Khourys gains have been ill-gotten and a branch of the Chicago Irish Mob has come back to collect a past debt. Fealty is demanded, shots are fired, and long-hidden family secrets are fully revealed. Now, Dorothy Khoury, the daughter of the family patriarch is forced to unite her splintered bloodline and fight back.
Only one question is worth asking…is blood thicker than sandwiches?
Hot Lunch Special #1 features lettering by Taylor Esposito and colors by Fornes. Covers include one by Fornes and another by Robert Hack. You can find it on shelves August 8th.