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Preview: The Hellblazer #18

The Hellblazer #18

(W) Richard Kadrey (A) Davide Fabbri, José Marzan (CA) Jesus Merino
RATED T+
In Shops: Jan 24, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“The Bardo Score” finale! John Constantine’s latest foray into detective work is getting uglier every moment. Bodies are falling, there’s a gun pointed at him, and the stupid grin on his face is ruining his studied air of detached cool. Can he con his way out of this one?

Preview: Batgirl #19

Batgirl #19

(W) Hope Larson (A) Chris Wildgoose, José Marzan (CA) Dan Mora
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 24, 2018
SRP: $3.99

When a massive blizzard hits Gotham City without warning, Batgirl must brave the bitter cold to discover the truth behind the storm. Is it an act of nature? Or is the Penguin up to no good? Find out in what promises to be a chilling metropolitan mystery for the ages!

Preview: Batgirl #16

Batgirl #16

(W) Hope Larson (A) Chris Wildgoose, José Marzan, Andy Owens (CA) Dan Mora
RATED T
In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Summer of Lies” part three! Batgirl and Nightwing thought Mad Hatter was the worst of their problems, but when the true identity of the mysterious villain hunting them is revealed, they realize the trap set for them was years in the making…and it may be inescapable!

Preview: Gotham City Garage #2

Gotham City Garage #2

(W) Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly (A) Lynne Yoshii, José Marzan, John Livesay, Don Ho, Richard Friend (CA) Jason Badower
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $2.99

Gotham City Garage strategist Barda Free is determined not to let the new kid slow them down. But when her team rolls into trouble in Clayface Valley, will Kara be the only thing standing between them and sudden death?

Preview: Batgirl #15

Batgirl #15

(W) Hope Larson (A) Chris Wildgoose, José Marzan (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Sep 27, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Summer of Lies” part two! Just as Batgirl and Nightwing discover which villain from their past has returned, they realize something worse…it was all a trap! When everything they thought they knew comes crashing down, will they be able to confront their true feelings for each other?

Preview: Batgirl #14

Batgirl #14

(W) Hope Larson (A) Chris Wildgoose, José Marzan (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Aug 23, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“SUMMER OF LIES” part one! Batgirl and Nightwing’s feelings for each other have always run deep…but is their bond built on more than Bat Family loyalty and a long-ago childhood crush? When an old villain comes back into Babs’ life, she and Dick will have to reopen painful wounds and remember a time they’d hoped would remain forgotten. This is an event no Batgirl or Nightwing fan will want to miss!

Preview: The Hellblazer #9

The Hellblazer #9

(W) Simon Oliver (A) Davide Fabbri, José Marzan, Karl Kesel (CA) Declan Shalvey
RATED T+
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“The Smokeless Fire” part three! Magic is all very well, but in the City of Light John and Misabel’s hunt for the missing journal has become a battle of wits-and Constantine may finally have met someone more slippery than he is. Meanwhile, Marid’s plan moves into London’s corridors of power…and an Angel loses his wings.

Preview: The Hellblazer Vol. 1 The Poison Truth

The Hellblazer Vol. 1 The Poison Truth

(W) Simon Oliver (A) Pia Guerra, Jose Marzan (A/CA) Moritat
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $16.99

In the first Rebirth collection starring John Constantine, the Hellblazer returns home to London to face an impossible choice: live an immortal life bonded to a demonic curse, or shift that curse to eight million people-killing each and every one of them! Collects THE HELLBLAZER: REBIRTH #1 and issues #1-6!

Review: Civil War II Kingpin #1

Back in 2013Civil_War_II_Kingpin_1_Ribic_Variant, I clamored for Marvel to release a Kingpin solo series, and three years later, my prayers have finally been answered in Civil War II: Kingpin #1. In this comic, writer Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home) and artist Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (Zero) use both the conflict between heroes and the fact that Ulysses, a new Inhuman, can predict crimes before they occur to craft a clever crime yarn in the shadow of yet another summer event. And speaking of shadow, this is where artist Ortiz and colorist Mat Lopes (The Wicked + the Divine) dwell as the Kingpin tries to rebuild his criminal empire in a world where superheroes can protect you’re committing a crime before it happens.

Ortiz and Lopes’ art kind of reminds me of Michael Lark’s on Daredevil in the mid-2000s when that comic was a straight-up crime book, but where Lark evokes stylish film noir, their work looks like the indie crime books at Image or Black Mask, like The Fix or Rosenberg’s own 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank albeit with a subtler approach to humor. (Kingpin is the master of condescending sass.) It’s a word of tattered newspaper and backroom deals where one false move leads to a spray of bullets. Ortiz also draws some potentially character-defining images for the Kingpin that fits his cynical attitude towards people outside the law (Superheroes) upholding the law like a powerful panel of him pressing a finger down on the star symbol on Sam Wilson’s Captain America costume that cuts to a pair of panels of Kingpin towering over the hero. Even if he is down in resources and soldiers, the Kingpin’s sheer presence can’t be discounted, and his bluffs look like threats. But a later scene of Hawkeye buying a coffee on Kingpin’s dime while he’s slumped impassively at a table shows that maybe the crime lord has lost a step when in fact he is biding and preparing to strike instead of picking fights with the Avengers’ bow and arrow guy. Ricardo Lopez Ortiz’s work in Kingpin #1 shows how important body language is to building and especially reintroducing a character in a comic.

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Matthew Rosenberg makes Wilson Fisk a slightly sympathetic if highly opportunistic character in Kingpin #1. In the second half of the comic, he takes on the mantle of the “bad guy fighting worst guys” as he and his all time favorite lackey Turk fight human traffickers that the superheroes have neglected. But he’s not some uber dark vigilante as this exercise in “heroism” is just Kingpin asserting his power over Janus, who has started working more morally unsavory crime jobs to make ends meet in the Civil War II era Marvel Universe. Kingpin digs up the worst of dirt on the nebbish Inhuman so his future prediction blocking ability will always be in the pocket of his organization. Up to this point, Rosenberg has portrayed Wilson Fisk as an underdog as he gets shot by C-list villain Bushwhacker, pushed around by various superheroes, and only two crime bosses show up to his meeting. But the last few pages jolt you out of sympathy and show that the Kingpin is back and is ready to reach the heights when guys named Miller, Bendis, and Brubaker were writing him.

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And if the $4.99 price tag on Civil War II: Kingpin #1. scares you, wait there’s more. Rosenberg pens an origin story for Kingpin’s Inhuman sidekick Janus that is part early David Cronenberg movie, part a darker version of last year’s hilarious Secret Wars tie-in Hank Johnson, Agent of HYDRA. Janus is utterly an outcast as he can’t even do basic warehouse duty for Black Cat without getting into some Terrigen mist even though it seems like the only side effect is puking and spacing out 24/7. (Think Peter Parker after he got his powers turned to eleven without the genius intellect.) And he gets zero acknowledgment from the Inhuman community, much less Medusa or the royal family. His initial connection to the Black Cat is kind of poetic because she has bad luck powers whereas he is extremely lucky to have the ability to somehow block Ulysses’ future predicting powers. And of course, he ends up a pawn in the hands of the Kingpin, who is ready to become the ultimate war profiteer. Dalibor Talajic and Jose Marzan also create a nice continuity from Ortiz’s grimy artwork and even create a nice Steve Ditko vibe, which fits a character, who has great abilities, but is underappreciated by the world around him. Also, colorist Miroslav Mrva leaves the shadows occasionally to show the trippy, mind and body altering nature of becoming an Inhuman. Making the first issue extra sized was a smart decision from Rosenberg as Janus’ backstory is out of the way, and the main story as well as future issues can focus on the rise of Kingpin’s rebellious enterprise.

If you’d rather watch old Sopranos episodes on HBO Go instead of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster for and are okay with a touch of Philip K. Dick to go with your turf wars, Civil War II: Kingpin #1 may be the comic for you.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Dalibor Talajic, Jose Marzan
Colors: Mat Lopes, Miroslav Mrva

Story: 8  Art: 9  Overall: 8.5  Recommendation:  Buy

DC Comics Reveals More Details on Convergence

Last week DC Comics revealed the cover to their big event next year Convergence. Now, They’ve revealed even more details about what we can expect during the event including plot details, creative teams, and teaser images. Check out below for what you can expect.

SUPERMAN

Superman and Lois deal with the impending birth of their child as he is called in to protect the city. Dan Jurgens (W), Lee Weeks, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund (A).

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THE ATOM

Ray Palmer finds that Ryan Choi is still alive. Together, they meet and confront Deathstroke, the man responsible for “killing” Choi, before fighting the invading Extremists. Tom Peyer (W), Steve Yeowell and Andy Owens (A).

THE ATOM

BATGIRL

After a year in the dome, Stephanie Brown is not sure she wants to be Batgirl again. But when Flashpoint Catman attacks, Red Robin and Black Bat call her back into service.Alisa Kwitney (W), Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington (A).

Batgirl

NIGHTWING/ORACLE

Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon reevaluate their relationship under the dome (wedding!), but Flashpoint Hawkman & Hawkwoman attack, and everything changes. Gail Simone (W), Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons (A).

NIGHTWING ORACLE

SPEED FORCE

Wally West and his kids are separated from Linda, which was bad enough, but when the dome falls, Flashpoint Wonder Woman comes for them. Tony Bedard (W), Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons (A).

SPEED FORCE

TITANS

Starfire and Donna Troy come to get Roy Harper who has gone into seclusion since the death of his child and loss of his arm, but then Arsenal has to choose between his team and resurrecting his dead daughter. Fabian Nicieza (W), Ron Wagner and Jose Marzan (A).

Titans

JUSTICE LEAGUE

When Supergirl, Zatanna, and Jade went to Jessie Quick’s baby shower, they didn’t expect to be taken to another planet for a year, or to be attacked by Flashpoint Aquaman. Frank Tieri (W), Vicente Cifuentes (A).

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THE QUESTION

Two-Face is fighting another world’s Harvey Dent, and it’s up to Renee Montoya as the Question to help him beat the odds. Greg Rucka (W), Cully Hamner (A).

The Question

BATMAN & ROBIN

Bruce Wayne and Damian have friction with Red Hood before the Extremists attack. Ron Marz (W), Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson (A).

Batman and Robin

HARLEY QUINN

Harley Quinn is enjoying her normal life under the dome until Catwoman and Poison Ivy draft her to fight Captain Carrot. Steve Pugh (W), Phil Winslade and John Dell (A).

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(via iO9 and CBR)