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Review: Tankers #1

An oil company decides that the dwindling supply can be fixed by traveling back in time and just making more! Tankers #1 kicks off a satirical action series.

Story: Robert Venditti
Art: Juan José Ryp, Jorge Monlongo
Color: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Jorge Monlongo

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Review: Tankers #1

Tankers #1

There’s a lot to like about Tankers #1. The comic is both action and over-the-top satire. An oil company decides it wants to extend oil production by delaying the comet that killed the dinosaurs using time travel and a laser. It’s the type of sci-fi concept that could be a comedy played straight. And, Tankers #1 sort of does that. But, the comic has a lot of bump aspects that are hard to get past.

Robert Venditti nails so much with this debut. The concept of a Texas oil company doing this sort of plan is hilarious. The characters presented are such caricatures that they deliver laughs at the silliness of it all. The plan itself is funny and so extreme, it too deserves laughs. The fact the comic goes in a predictable direction that no one thought of is groan-worthy. It’s to a point that the comic wraps up with an end that’s something we’ve seen so many times before, it’s like when people in zombie or horror stories have clearly never seen a zombie or horror story. Tankers #1 is the Butterfly Effect plain and simple. And sadly that kills the creativity.

The fact the comic goes in the direction that’s expected is a killer. I had hoped the series would deliver something new or different. There’s so much leading up towards the end that would indicate that. The sci-fi satire nails so much right. The oil execs, the gung-ho soldiers, they all play to laughs at the ludicrousness of it all. Sadly, the comic winds up in a spot that’s not new and seen a mile away. For as creative as it opens, Tankers #1 closes exactly where you expect it to.

Juan José Ryp‘s art delivers an exaggeration that plays to Venditti’s story. There’s both seriousness and silliness to the design and characters. The action scenes would fit in the testosterone-fueled 80s and that’s where this comic belongs in many ways. Along with Andrew Dalhouse‘s colors, the art nails down the over-the-top satirical nature of it all. The soldiers are all alpha in their looks and attitudes. The dinosaurs splatter by raining blood everywhere. It’s so simple in the ridiculousness of it all. Dave Sharpe‘s lettering adds a macho flavor punctuating the cliched dialogue. It adds to the comedic feel of it all.

Venditti and artist Jorge Monlongo deliver a backup that feels like it fits the satirical nature of the main story. Involving President Lincoln, it’s best to experience the short which has a lot of potential to it. It’s bizarre and a direction that’s unexpected but quite welcoming.

Tankers #1 is an interesting comic. It has so much going right, it’s unfortunate that it doesn’t stick the landing. A great concept that skewers its subjects loses its impact with an ending that’s far to predictable. There’s something that can be read into that but the fact no one mentions the obvious direction feels like an opportunity lost. A few more lines, and the comic would have nailed the humor of it all. I’m hoping the second issue of Tankers surprises me by heading into a different direction but as is, this is a story we’ve seen before too many times.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Juan José Ryp, Jorge Monlongo
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Jorge Monlongo
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read


Purchase: Zeus Comics

Bad Idea in June 2021 includes Tankers #2 and ENIAC #4

TANKERS #2

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Cover by LEWIS LaROSA with LAURA MARTIN
PLUS: An All-New BAD IDEA B-SIDE
THREE ISSUES | BI-MONTHLY

$5.99 EACH  |  40 PGS.  |  RATED: T+  |  ON SALE JUNE 2, 2021

The CEO of global energy conglomerate Greenleaf Oil has just discovered a terrifying secret: the planet only has a decade or less of petroleum left before it’s gone forever. But he has a plan to make sure his great-great grandchildren can continue to generate maximum shareholder value – and secure his own legacy in the process. Rather than develop a game-changing renewable energy source through the power of corporate innovation, Greenleaf has perfected the next best thing – time travel (duh) – so that a team of six field-rat contractors armed to the teeth in individually customized mech suits can go back to the Cretaceous Period, tweak the trajectory of the meteor that killed the dinosaurs, and give mankind another 500 millennia worth of oil reserves. What could go wrong? Only all of human history, of course – because when Greenleaf’s team of Tankers come home, they’ll discover that not only did the dinosaurs never die out, they’ve kept evolving for another 60 million years…and they’re more pissed off than ever.

Bone-shredding destruction! Wanton corporate malfeasance! Reckless use of industrial machinery! And lots and lots of ammunition. Like a Saturday morning cartoon that’s run irresponsibly over-budget, New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Justice League), blockbuster artist Juan Jose Ryp (Wolverine), and colorist extraordinaire Andrew Dalhouse (The Multiversity Guidebook) are here to take all of our insecurities about mankind’s most self-destructive impulses and turn them up until the knob snaps off with the second of THREE MEGA-SIZED ISSUES SHIPPING BIMONTHLY (that means every other month, don’t look it up).

ENIAC #4

Written by  MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Cover by LEWIS LaROSA with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
PLUS: An All-New HERO TRADE story as a BAD IDEA B-SIDE
FOUR ISSUES  |  MONTHLY  
$3.99 EACH  |  40 PGS.  |  RATED T+  |  ON SALE June 2, 2021

Seventy-seven years ago, the United States unlocked the key to defeating the Axis powers, but, in their desperation to end the war, accidentally created a far more powerful threat: ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer). Designed to be a cutting-edge breakthrough in supercomputing that could deliver a decisive victory to the Allies, ENIAC did just that…by ordering the bombing Nagasaki without human consent or approval. A fully autonomous A.I free from the bounds of programming or morality, ENIAC spent the decades since manipulating global superpowers from the shadows, secretly shaping everything we thought we knew about the history of the geopolitical order. And, throughout it all, one classified question has plagued presidents and prime ministers, generals and spymasters alike: “What is ENIAC planning next?”

Now, after years of silence, ENIAC has re-emerged with a 72-hour countdown until it unleashes every weapon in Earth’s atomic arsenal. Its motives? Unknowable to humankind. Its endgame? Destruction on an unthinkable scale. As ENIAC’s clock rockets toward zero, it’s down to two covert operatives to infiltrate a Russian black site and free the one man alive who knows how to kill the machine…before it erases mankind, once and for all.

It’s Not a Bad Idea to be First and Get the Tankers #1 Pin

Tankers #1 – the double-sized, bi-monthly, dinosaur-battling, hyphen-invoking, much-anticipated spectacular from Robert Venditti, Juan José Ryp, and Andrew Dalhouse– will drop into select stores worldwide and finally give comics something other than ENIAC to talk about. But before Tankers bursts out of its comic book-sized muscle tee and melts your face with awesome

As part of the upcoming April 7th festivities, Bad Idea will send to each Destination Store location another mysterious and bewildering gold metallic pin. These pins are strictly to be awarded only to the first customer to purchase a copy of Tankers #1 at each BAD IDEA Destination store location. That’s right, the first customer to walk in during official store hours and pick up a copy – that includes early-bird Wednesday Warriors buying at the counter, someone picking up a pre-order, a random making a purchase, even the guy who really needs to use the restroom but then locks eyes with TANKERS – you just have to be the first.

These pins are badges of honor and should be worn proudly and with much pageantry! Each pin will arrive in a sweet (super not collectible so you better wear them!) pin backing that brandishes the BAD IDEA logo and is inscribed with the following:

If you manage to secure an illustrious pin make sure to post about it on social and tag @badideahello so that their crack social media team can amplify it and spread the word.

Tankers #1 pin

Preview: Year Zero Vol. 2 #5

Year Zero Vol. 2 #5

(W) Ben Percy (A) Juan Jose Ryp (CA) Kaare Andrews
In Shops: Mar 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Upshot’s hit series Year Zero returns with four new harrowing tales of survival from around a post apocalyptic world, set several months after the events on Volume One: A grizzled Norwegian sea captain and her two young grandchildren navigate an ocean teeming with undead while eluding the relentless pirates on their trail. A Colombian cartel boss indulges all of his most sadistic whims unaware that a threat far greater than zombies is headed toward his jungle fortress. A Rwandan doctor must overcome the crippling fear that has plagued him all his life as he stumbles through the African bush. And a pregnant woman barricaded in an American big box store discovers that the greatest threat to her life – and her unborn child’s – might not be undead. Benjamin Percy (Wolverine, X-Force) once again pens this global look at the zombie apocalypse, now joined by artist Juan Jose Ryp (Britannia) and colorist Frank Martin (Infinity Wars).

Year Zero Vol. 2 #5

Preview: Bloodshot #12

BLOODSHOT #12

Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by PEDRO ANDREO
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by ADELSO CORONA
Cover B by JIMBO SALGADO
Preorder Variant Cover by JIM TOWE
Backup Written by BENNY POTTER
Backup Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Backup Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Backup Letters by DAVE SHARPE
On sale MARCH 10th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

“One Last Shot” has a final epic battle!

Will Bloodshot and his team be able to stop one of his greatest villains from obtaining Project Rising Spirit’s most insidious weapon?

It’s the jaw-dropping conclusion to the series by best-selling writer Tim Seeley and rising star Pedro Andreo!

BLOODSHOT #12

Preview: Year Zero Vol. 2 #4

Year Zero Vol. 2 #4

(W) Ben Percy (A) Juan Jose Ryp (CA) Kaare Andrews
In Shops: Feb 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Upshot’s hit series Year Zero returns with four new harrowing tales of survival from around a post apocalyptic world, set several months after the events on Volume One: A grizzled Norwegian sea captain and her two young grandchildren navigate an ocean teeming with undead while eludingthe relentless pirates on their trail. A Colombian cartel boss indulges all of his most sadistic whims unaware that a threat far greater than zombies is headed toward his jungle fortress. A Rwandan doctor must overcome the crippling fear that has plagued him all his life as he stumbles through the African bush. And a pregnant woman barricaded in an American big box store discovers that the greatest threat to her life – and her unborn child’s – might not be undead. Benjamin Percy (Wolverine, X-Force) once again pens this global look at the zombie apocalypse, now joined by artist Juan Jose Ryp (Britannia) and colorist Frank Martin (Infinity Wars).

Year Zero Vol. 2 #4

The Predator Hunts the Marvel Universe in Variant Covers

In anticipation of all-new Predator stories coming to Marvel Comics later this year, the extraterrestrial hunter will get the spotlight on a series of variant covers this May. For the first time ever, fans will get to witness their favorite Marvel superheroes in epic showdowns with the iconic and terrifying Predator in action-packed artwork crafted by the industry’s top talents including Cory Smith, Superlog, Junggeun Yoon, Juan José Ryp, Mattia De Iulis, and Chris Sprouse.

Since making its debut in the landmark 1987 film, the remorseless alien killer has invaded pop culture in film, comic books, video games, and more. Now, locked in combat with Marvel’s greatest heroes from Spider-Man to the Fantastic Four, the Predator begins a new conquest. Capturing the horrifying, unforgiving nature of Predator with classic Marvel Comics storytelling, these outstanding covers are sure to capture the imagination of both Marvel and Predator fans as they prepare for what’s next to come.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this unparalleled mashup by collecting each Predator variant cover starting in May. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as Marvel reveals more of these extraordinary covers and be on the lookout for exciting news about new Predator adventures coming your way this year.

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #65 PREDATOR VARIANT COVER by CORY SMITH
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #32 PREDATOR VARIANT COVER by SUPERLOG
  • SPIDER-WOMAN #12 PREDATOR VARIANT COVER by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
  • THE MIGHTY VALKYRIES #2 PREDATOR VARIANT COVER by JUNGGEUN YOON
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #14 PREDATOR VARIANT COVER by CHRIS SPROUSE
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #26 PREDATOR VARIANT COVER by MATTIA DE IULIS

Comicstorian Makes their Comic Writing Debut in Bloodshot #12

It’s time for a team-up. Valiant Entertainment and Benny Potter, aka Comicstorian on YouTube, are joining forces for a backup story in Bloodshot #12, on sale March 10th and available for pre-order right now at a comic shop near you.

For his debut as a comic writer, Benny will do what he does best: Recap Bloodshot’s story! This four-page tale, illustrated by Juan José Ryp, colored by Andrew Dalhouse, and lettered by Dave Sharpe, explores Bloodshot’s journey leading up to the compelling events in Bloodshot Salvation.

Bloodshot #12 is written by Tim Seeley with art by Pedro Andreo, color by Andrew Dalhouse, and lettering by Dave Sharpe. It features covers by Adelso Corona, Jimbo Salgado, and Jim Towe.

Bad Idea in April 2021

TANKERS #1

Written by  ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by JUAN JOSE RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Cover by LEWIS LaROSA with LAURA MARTIN
PLUS:An All-New BAD IDEA B-SIDE
THREE ISSUES  |  BI-MONTHLY  
$5.99 EACH  |  40 PGS.  |  RATED T+  |  ON SALE APRIL 7, 2021

The CEO of global energy conglomerate Greenleaf Oil has just discovered a terrifying secret: the planet only has a decade or less of petroleum left before it’s gone forever. But he has a plan to make sure his great-great grandchildren can continue to generate maximum shareholder value – and secure his own legacy in the process. Rather than develop a game-changing renewable energy source through the power of corporate innovation, Greenleaf has perfected the next best thing – time travel (duh) – so that a team of six field-rat contractors armed to the teeth in individually customized mech suits can go back to the Cretaceous Period, tweak the trajectory of the meteor that killed the dinosaurs, and give mankind another 500 millennia worth of oil reserves. What could go wrong? Only all of human history, of course – because when Greenleaf’s team of Tankers come home, they’ll discover that not only did the dinosaurs never die out, they’ve kept evolving for another 60 million years…and they’re more pissed off than ever.

Bone-shredding destruction! Wanton corporate malfeasance! Reckless use of industrial machinery! And lots and lots of ammunition. Like a Saturday morning cartoon that’s run irresponsibly over-budget, New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Justice League), blockbuster artist Juan Jose Ryp (Wolverine), and colorist extraordinaire Andrew Dalhouse (The Multiversity Guidebook) are here to take all of our insecurities about mankind’s most self-destructive impulses and turn them up until the knob snaps off with the first of THREE MEGA-SIZED ISSUES SHIPPING BIMONTHLY (that means every other month, don’t look it up).

Tankers #1

ENIAC #2

Written by  MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Cover by LEWIS LaROSA with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
PLUS: An All-New BAD IDEA B-SIDE
FOUR ISSUES  |  MONTHLY  
$3.99 EACH  |  32 PGS.  |  RATED T+  |  ON SALE APRIL 7, 2021

Seventy-seven years ago, the United States unlocked the key to defeating the Axis powers, but, in their desperation to end the war, accidentally created a far more powerful threat: ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer). Designed to be a cutting-edge breakthrough in supercomputing that could deliver a decisive victory to the Allies, ENIAC did just that…by ordering the bombing Nagasaki without human consent or approval. A fully autonomous A.I free from the bounds of programming or morality, ENIAC spent the decades since manipulating global superpowers from the shadows, secretly shaping everything we thought we knew about the history of the geopolitical order. And, throughout it all, one classified question has plagued presidents and prime ministers, generals and spymasters alike: “What is ENIAC planning next?”

Now, after years of silence, ENIAC has re-emerged with a 72-hour countdown until it unleashes every weapon in Earth’s atomic arsenal. Its motives? Unknowable to humankind. Its endgame? Destruction on an unthinkable scale. As ENIAC’s clock rockets toward zero, it’s down to two covert operatives to infiltrate a Russian black site and free the one man alive who knows how to kill the machine…before it erases mankind, once and for all.

ENIAC #2
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