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Preview: Rorschach #12

Rorschach #12

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Juan Gedeon

The end to the mystery is here! It’s been a long road to get here, and there have been a lot of dead bodies along the way, but the detective is very near closing the case. All the disparate threads lead back to the crime itself, to the assassination attempt that claimed the lives of the would-be assassins. Find out how it all went wrong for the comic book artist who put on a mask and declared himself Rorschach.

Rorschach #12

Preview: Pennyworth #2

Pennyworth #2

Written by: Scott Bryan Wilson
Art by: Juan Gedeon

More MI6 adventures for the star of TV’s Pennyworth! While investigating the possibility of nuclear weapons in a Soviet military base near the arctic circle on behalf of MI6, Alfred and Shirley find the real danger is something they never expected: a human science experiment gone terrifyingly wrong! Meanwhile, in the present, Alfred tries to figure out just who of his many enemies has it out for him this time…

Pennyworth #2

Preview: Pennyworth #1

Pennyworth #1

Written by: Scott Bryan Wilson
Art by: Juan Gedeon

Spanning the years between the hit TV show and today, Pennyworth tells the continuing adventures of Alfred Pennyworth as an MI6 counterintelligence agent-this time in Cold War-era Soviet Russia. When Alfred and his partner receive intelligence that nuclear weapons are being manufactured near the Arctic Circle, they’re off to infiltrate the remote military base to learn more. But things don’t go exactly as planned, and the ramifications of this mission may be more far-reaching than anyone could have guessed, as our present-day butler gets dragged back into his past…

Cypress Hill Gets Insane in the Membrane with Z2 Comics

Cypress Hill: Tres Equis

Multi-platinum hip-hop group, Cypress Hill, announces a partnership with Z2 Comics to relive their classic self-titled debut with this original graphic novel! Extending the relationship between Los Angeles street culture, hip hop, and art, Cypress Hill: Tres Equis is available to preorder now!

1991: XXX years ago, a trailblazing trio made music history blending East Coast hip-hop fundamentals with West Coast chicano swagger to form a sound all their own. Before they became icons, Louis and Senen were just a couple teenage cholos from around the way, trying to stay out of trouble–Until a series of chance encounters with both sides of the law changed their path forever. Guest-starring Officer O’Malley, Sister Maggie, and many more!

Cypress Hill: Tres Equis is written by Noah Callahan-Bever and Gabriel Alvarez and illustrated by Felix RuizJefte PaloJuan GedeonDamion ScottAngel Hernandez, and Paris Alleyne.

The landmark graphic novel event will be available in three formats: a standard 160 page softcover, a deluxe hardcover edition, and a strictly limited super deluxe edition. All are available to preorder now, in both English and Spanish language editions with the deluxe and super deluxe editions packaged an exclusive LP edition of their self-titled debut on green vinyl with all-new cover art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, special edition art prints by Ortiz, Scott and Gedeon; and much more! The standard edition will be released in finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere in August, with deluxe and super deluxe editions ONLY available directly from Z2! Reserve yours today!

Preview: DC Love is a Battlefield #1

DC Love is a Battlefield #1

Written by: Crystal Frasier, Mark Russell, Sina Grace, John Ridley
Art by: Amancay Nahuelpan, Rob Guillory, Juan Gedeon, Karl Mostert

BLAM! KRACK! POW! Look out, it’s…love?! Falling in love is rough, even for DC’s greatest. Watch as Batman and Catwoman, Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, Mister Miracle and Big Barda, and all the rest of your OTPs fight in vain against the all-powerful forces of romance (and super-villains)! Even Amanda Waller fights the urge to bail on her mystery date. We guarantee that this Valentine’s Day, someone’s taking a shot to the heart—from Cupid’s bow!

DC Love is a Battlefield #1

Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse That Laughs #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs

I’ve been vocal in my mixed feelings about Dark Nights: Death Metal. The main event has been mixed in quality and the one-shots, while they used to stand out, are now fumbling themselves. Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs is another stumble presenting four stories with few standing out and most being forgettable.

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs opens with an introduction introducing the scary stories to follow. Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson, the intro isn’t so much Cryptkeeper as it’s a tease. Juan Gedeon handles the art, Mike Spicer color, and Troy Peteri the lettering and the art is solidly entertaining. But, the tales the Robin Kings aren’t what’s presented, and sadly what is, is far less interesting. A nice introduction to lay out the concept of the comic but it actually hurts what’s really could have been accomplished with some text on the first page.

Patton Oswalt, Sanford Greene, David Baron, and Josh Reed to a twisted take on Zsasz in “Feeding the Beast”. Sadly, the story itself doesn’t make a whole lot of sense at all. It feels like interesting ideas chopped together without a strong narrative. To say it’s a frustrating start is an understatement and the issue stumbles from there.

The Super-Pets get the spotlight in “The Super-Threats“. Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, the story is a Super-Pets spin on DCeased. Krypto returns from space to find a planet ravaged and all that remains are the Super-Pets. It’s a nice horror short story packed in well and filled with a little bit of humor to make it different and stand out from DCeased. Chad Hardin‘s art with color by Enrica Eren Angiolini‘s color is solid as the animals are filled with emotion as the story unfolds. There’s a slight coloring issue when one infected creature is described as having yellow eyes and red teeth and neither being present. Lettering by Carlos M. Mangual really stands out with the unique speech bubbles that makes the story really fun.

In “Hard-Traveled“, Earth has been taken over by Hal Jordon who’s used his power to bring order to the planet. Standing in his way is Green Arrow. Saladin Ahmed‘s story is interesting in concept but sadly doesn’t get enough pages to really stand out. But, it’s a comic I’d love to read. What does stand out is Scot Eaton‘s art. With Norm Rapmund on ink and Hi-Fi on color, the story builds to a Rocky vs. Apollo ending.

Much like the story leading into it, “The Fear Index” also suffers from not enough pages. Steel has to deal with a planet that has been enveloped by Scarecrow’s toxin. It’s a great idea that we’re mostly teased with. Written by Brandon Thomas, the story itself is the trailer for a film we want to see more of. The art by Thomas Mandrake is solid. With color by Sian Mandrake, it comes off as the twisted fear-induced visions you’d expect. It’s not the over the top trip that has been done before but it’s presented as unsettled. That’s helped by Deron Bennett‘s lettering which enhances the hallucinations from the fear toxin. It emphasizes the situation and world.

There are some things to like about Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs. The idea of an anthology telling stories in this twisted world has potential but few are given the space they’re needed to really be interesting. Instead, they all fall short as teases for something far more entertaining. Both the Green Arrow and Steel stories are worthy of their own one-shots and an entire line could be done like the other Dark Multiverse one-shots releases. But, as is, there’s not a lot here to get excited about.

Story: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Patton Oswalt, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Saladin Ahmed, Brandon Thomas
Art: Juan Gedeon, Sanford Greene, Chad Hardin, Scot Eaton, Thomas Mandrake
Color: Mike Spicer, David Baron, Enrica Eren Angiolini, Sian Mandrake, Hi-Fi
Ink: Norm Rapmund
Letterer: Troy Peteri, Josh Reed, Carlos M. Mangual, Deron Bennett
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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BOOM! Studios Releases Super-Rare 2020 Convention Variants For The First Time

BOOM! Studios has announced that it would be making available, for the first time, some of the rarest convention variants in company history. Originally scheduled for release in 2020 as part of key convention stops around the United States, these variant covers will now be exclusively available in extremely limited quantities through comic shop retailers on February 24, 2021.

These never-before-seen convention variants are available for the first time ever:

A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in the Ashes Limited Edition Hardcover

$40 each
Cover art by Qistina Khalidah.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at Comic-Con International 2020.

A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in the Ashes Limited Edition Hardcover

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon Limited Exclusive Hardcover

$40 each
Cover art by Myra Rose.
Collects Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #1-6.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at WonderCon 2020.

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon Limited Exclusive Hardcover

Firefly: The Sting Limited Edition Hardcover

$40 each
Cover art by Miguel Mercado.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at WonderCon 2020.

Firefly: The Sting Limited Edition Hardcover

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #45 Showcase Variant

$40 each
Cover art by Felipe Massafera.
Limited to 300 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at Wondercon 2020.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #45 Showcase Variant

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition Softcover

$20 each
Cover art by Dan Mora. 
Collects the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-6.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at Comic-Con International 2020.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition Softcover

Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer #1 Convention Exclusive Variant

$40 each
Cover art by Dan Mora.
Limited to 300 copies.
Originally set to debut as part of BOOM! Studios 2020 Convention Tour.

Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer #1 Convention Exclusive Variant

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1 Convention Exclusive Wraparound Variant

$50 each
Cover Art by Juan Gedeon.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally set to debut as part of BOOM! Studios 2020 Convention Tour.

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1 Convention Exclusive Wraparound Variant

Additionally, extremely limited quantities of these previously released convention exclusive variant covers have been made available while supplies last:

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 SDCC 2019 Convention Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Evan Cagle.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Comic-Con International 2019.

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 SDCC 2019 Convention Variant

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #18 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Joana LaFuente
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted as part of BOOM! Studios 2019 Convention Tour.

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #18 Convention Exclusive Variant

Angel #1 SDCC 2019 Exclusive Variant

$15 each
Cover Art by Will Sliney.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Comic-Con International 2019.

Angel #1 SDCC 2019 Exclusive Variant

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #3 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Rii Abrego.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally debuted at WonderCon 2019.

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #3 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #25 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at WonderCon 2019.

Steven Universe #25 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #26 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at WonderCon 2019.

Steven Universe #26 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #27 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Denver Pop Culture Con 2019.

Steven Universe #27 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #28 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Denver Pop Culture Con 2019.

Steven Universe #28 Convention Exclusive Variant

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1 NYCC Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Dean Stuart.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally debuted at New York Comic Con 2019.

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1 NYCC Exclusive Variant

Preview: Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs #1

Written by: Patton Oswalt, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Brandon Thomas, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Saladin Ahmed
Art: Juan Gedeon, Sanford Greene, Chad Hardin, Scot Eaton, Thomas Mandrake

The DC Multiverse is a collection of alternate-reality worlds where anything is possible. Each world tells the tale of a possible split in reality, or shows how lives vary depending on a single, solitary decision. But now that the Multiverse has been destroyed, the Batman Who Laughs has used his god like power to create a new Dark Multiverse…a collection of 52 evil worlds, each more terrifying than the last. This one-shot offers the curious-and the brave-a glimpse into the nightmare realities that the Batman Who Laughs has created in tales by creators who know what it means to have a truly twisted sense of misfit humor. An Arkham Asylum even more terrifying than what we know? A world of evil Super Pets? All that and more in these new tales of the Multiverse Who Laughs!

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs #1

ComiXology has a trio of new digital comic releases including Batman: Gotham Nights

There’s three new digital releases today on comiXology. You can get new digital comics from DC Comics and Harlequin including the DC Digital First series Batman: Gotham Nights. Check out all three now or the individual issues below.

Batman: Gotham Nights #21

Written by Corinna Sara Bechko
Pencils Juan Gedeon
Inks Juan Gedeon
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Batman and Nightwing investigate an urban legend of monsters in the woods outside of Gotham City, but the basis for these stories might be stranger than they ever guessed…

Batman: Gotham Nights #21

Australia’s Maverick Millionaire

Written by Margaret Way
Art by Keiko Yamada
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Their backgrounds couldn’t be more different, but Clio has been smitten with Josh ever since he saved her little sister from drowning decades ago. And though Josh had always been written off as a bad seed, he’s now a successful businessman and popular playboy. There’s a darkness he can’t shake that keeps him from opening up to her, but Clio refuses to give up on him. Will her love be able to reach him?

Australia's Maverick Millionaire

Wildest Dreams

Written by Carole Mortimer
Art by Mito Orihara
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Merlin becomes popular after writing a series featuring a handsome young man named Paul Free. Arabella is in charge of editing the series, but she can only contact the reclusive Merlin by mail. However, upon hearing that Merlin plans to end the series, Arabella goes to his home to convince him otherwise. When she sees him for the first time, she’s shocked that Merlin is an attractive young man just like the character from his books. Arabella tries to persuade him not to end the series but is soon distracted by her growing attraction to him!

Wildest Dreams

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Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse’s End #1

DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL MULTIVERSE'S END #1

I’ve been a bit mixed about the Dark Nights: Death Metal event. The story so far hasn’t quite lived up to the “attitude” that was pitched. It’s not so much “death metal” as “geek/nerd metal”. My other issue is that the event feels like the latest “Crisis” but with a different title. There’s also a habit of key events taking place in one-shots instead of the main title. Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse’s End #1 is one of those “key” event stories which is frustrating but the issue has a lot going for it too. Those things? That’d be humor and heart.

Written by James Tynion IV, Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse’s End #1 focuses on the teams whose role is to destroy the various towers fueling Perpetua. Dubbed “Justice Incarnate,” heroes from across the multiverse have teamed up to save the day. John Stewart, Guy Garder, President Superman, and Captain Carrot, are just some of the characters featured in the comic and each role is interesting.

There’s a lot to like about the comic. For those who haven’t been reading the event, Stewart acts as narrator catching readers up with the details. He presents the current situation to Owlman who has captured Stewart and debating if he wants to help save the day. It’s the best description of the current event and how it ties into classics DC “Crisis” events. It’s also the nail in the coffin that this is indeed just the latest of those. What Stewart delivers is a clearer understanding of DC meta history. After reading the issue, I actually “got it” and could explain things better. It’s info that’d be so useful in other aspects of the comic event.

But, the comic is more than a primer to Dark Nights: Death Metal and the previous Crisis. Tynion delivers an action packed issue of the heroes attempting to shut down the towers to stop Perpetua from siphoning more energy. With different teams on different worlds, we get to see Justice Incarnate battle vampires, Nazis, and the Crime Syndicate. Each fight has its own moments. To see Guy Gardner and Captain Carrot punch Nazis delivers a bit of catharsis in these times.

And, Tynion delivers some heart too. While it feels a little bit out of place, there’s moments where character reflect on their friends lost and the hope they’re delivering. Much of that is through Captain Carrot who I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot more of after the dust settles from the latest event.

Tynion also has some fun with the silliness of the event. Perpetua sends more Evil Batman creations to stop the heroes introducing the Rainbow Batman Corps led by Evil Batman Baby. Yes, a baby Batman who’s cute as can be but also deadly like a small dog on the attack. Tynion recognizes the over the top nature of it all and just goofiness and decides to make that a part of the story as the evil Batman Corps is battled. There’s a layering to the story like that which provides a fascinating aspect.

The art from Juan Gedeon delivers a Simon Bisley Lobo vibe to the comic emphasizing the exaggerated nature of events and adding to the humor of it all. There’s a lighthearted aspect in that way as punches are over the top and the action full of color delivered by Mike Spicer. Nazis, vampires, and more never quite feels like an ominous scary threat. The situation is dire and downright depressing at times but there’s a cartoonish quality to the style that makes the comic fun. Punches lack “pow” and “blam” but the style has readers adding that as we bounce from fight scene to fight scene and planet to planet.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse’s End #1 is a chapter in the bigger picture event. It doesn’t quite stand on its own but there’s a certain insanity to it that almost makes it worth it. But, what’s truly impressive with the comic is a self-awareness that doesn’t seem present elsewhere. It makes fun of itself and the silliness we’ve seen throughout the event. It goes all out, then makes fun of itself for doing so. And that brings a certain enjoyment.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Juan Gedeon
Color: Mike Spicer Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation:
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