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Preview: Sonjaversal #10

Sonjaversal #10

writer: Christopher Hastings
artist: Pasquale Qualano
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Jae Lee & June Chung (C), Junggeun Yoon (D), Gracie the Cosplay Lass Cosplay Variant (E), Joseph Michael Linsner (F-RI//BW), Jae Lee (G-RI/BW), Junggeun Yoon (H-RI/BW), Gracie the Cosplay Lass Cosplay Variant (I-RI/BW)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Final issue!

The worlds of Purple Sonja, Yellow Sonja, Sonja Noir begin collapsing on themselves. In order to save them, they must learn the humongous secret… what is HELL SONJA’s grand design!?

By CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS (Deadpool) and PASQUALE QUALANO (Dejah Thoris)!

Sonjaversal #10

Preview: Sonjaversal #9

Sonjaversal #9

writer: Christopher Hastings
artist: Pasquale Qualano
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Jae Lee & June Chung (C), Junggeun Yoon (D), Gracie the Cosplay Lass Cosplay Variant (E), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-F/BW), Jae Lee (RI-G/BW), Junggeun Yoon (RI-H/BW), Gracie the Cosplay Lass Cosplay Variant (RI-I/BW), Lucio Parrillo (RI-J/BW Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Behold…BLUE SONJA! She wears leather! Rides a motorcycle! Shoots guns! Beats the hell out of every villain that gets up in her grill! But nothing can prepare this badass champion for…HELLGOOP!?

By CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS (Deadpool) and PASQUALE QUALANO (Dejah Thoris)!

Sonjaversal #9

BOOM! Studios Announces Exclusive Variant Covers for Local Comic Shop Day 2021

BOOM! Studios has unveiled the three exclusive cardstock variant covers that will be available on Local Comic Shop Day 2021, taking place on Wednesday, November 24th at participating comics retailers.

These three instantly collectible covers feature black and white cardstock versions of these highly-anticipated variant covers from superstar artists:

  • House of Slaughter #1 2nd Printing by Jae Lee & June Chung
  • Magic: Master of Metal #1 by Adam Gorham
  • Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body #1 by Ryan Sook

Local Comic Shop Day is an annual event that began in 2014, conceived and implemented by ComicsPRO, the only trade organization dedicated to the progress of direct market comic book retailers, to call attention to locally owned independent comic book specialty stores, celebrating their unique and vital role as the primary fire-starters of pop culture. Pop Culture begins in your Local Comic Shop!

House of Slaughter #1 Gets a Second Printing Two Weeks Before It’s Released

BOOM! Studios has announced that the debut issue of House of Slaughter is the best selling original comic book series in BOOM!’s history after Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR. The first issue has sold out at the distributor level and will be going back to press!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced House of Slaughter #1 Second Printing, featuring three brand new covers! The main cover and foil variant feature art by fan favorite artist Miguel Mercado and the incentive variant cover is by superstar artists Jae Lee and June Chung, available in stores on November 17, 2021.

House of Slaughter #1 is the premiere issue of the brand new ongoing original series set in the world of creators James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera’s Eisner Award-nominated global phenomenon Something is Killing the Children. The series is co-written by James Tynion IV and writer Tate Brombal, and illustrated by Werther Dell‘Edera and artist Chris Shehan, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design

You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica’s handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager training within the House of Slaughter. Surviving within the school is tough enough, but it gets even more complicated when Aaron falls for a mysterious boy destined to be his competition. Discover the inner workings of the mysterious House of Slaughter in this new horror series exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into the monster hunter she is today. 

Preview: Sonjaversal #8

Sonjaversal #8

writer: Christopher Hastings
artist: Pasquale Qualano
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Jae Lee & June Chung (C), Junggeun Yoon (D), Gracie the Cosplay Lass Cosplay Variant (E), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-F/BW), Jae Lee (RI-G/BW), Junggeun Yoon (RI-H/BW), Gracie the Cosplay Lass Cosplay Variant (RI-I/BW), Lucio Parrillo (RI-J/BW Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

In the far-flung sci-fi future, PURPLE SONJA and her mech act as scouts for a space pilgrimage of the remaining members of humanity fleeing Earth.

This scouting is made difficult by the return of Purple Sonja’s greatest enemy Kaiju descending upon her. Her demise is all but assured, until she receives help from…HELL SONJA!?

By CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS (Deadpool) and PASQUALE QUALANO (Dejah Thoris)!

Sonjaversal #8

Preview: Sonjaversal #7

Sonjaversal #7

writer: Christopher Hastings
artist: Pasquale Qualano
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Jae Lee & June Chung (C), Junggeun Yoon (D), Savannah Polson Lass Cosplay Variant (E), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-F/BW), Jae Lee (RI-G/BW), Junggeun Yoon (RI-H/BW), Savannah Polson Cosplay Variant (RI-I/Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-J/BW Virgin), Jae Lee (RI-K/BW Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Welcome to the gothic steampunk world of YELLOW SONJA!

You’re just in time to watch YS struggle to trust her recently-resurrected vampire-hunting family.

Meanwhile, Sonja Noir discovers that the roomful of mobsters she killed a SECOND time is starting to attract a bevy of paranormal weirdness.

How are these two resurrecting tales connected? Find out, courtesy of CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS (Deadpool) and PASQUALE QUALANO (DIE!namite)!

Sonjaversal #7

Preview: Sonjaversal #6

Sonjaversal #6

writer: Christopher Hastings
artist: Pasquale Qualano
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Jae Lee & June Chung (C), Junggeun Yoon (D), Savannah Polson Cosplay Variant (E), Junggeun Yoon (RI/BW), Jae Lee (RI/BW), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI/BW), Savannah Polson Cosplay Variant (RI/Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI/BW Virgin), Jae Lee (RI/BW Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

ALL-NEW STORY! ALL-NEW SONJA’S! PERFECT JUMPING-ON POINT FOR NEW READERS!

A low-level criminal is suddenly making a big mysterious underworld splash…which is remarkable, considering that the guy’s very recently DIED. Sounds like a case for NOIR SONJA. But not only does N.S. have to solve The Mystery Of The Successful Cadaver, she’s got to manage the arrival of a whole new cadre of Sonja’s that’ll throw her investigation for a loop…

Sonjaversal #6

Review: Future State: Swamp Thing #2

Future State: Swamp Thing #2

Ram V, Mike Perkins, and June Chung’s apocalyptic Swamp Thing yarn comes to a conclusion in Future State: Swamp Thing #2. Swamp Thing, his children, and the last remnants of humanity storm a STAR Labs bunker in Canada where Jason Woodrue is using the body of the superhero Obsidian to black out the sun forever and bring an end to the world. Swamp Thing #2 is definitely heavier on the action than the previous installment, but it also sets up kind of an ideological duel between Swamp Thing and one of his greatest villains, Woodrue aka the Floronic Man. Basically, Woodrue is a human who feels more of a natural kinship with plants and wants to destroy humanity while Swamp Thing sees their potential and capacity for things like hope, transcendence, and belief. This book has discussions on the nature of the soul and fisticuffs.

June Chung’s color palette hammers home the themes of Future State: Swamp Thing #2 along with the nature of its characters, and Aditya Bidikar’s letters do a similar thing by using a more vibrant world balloon color for Swamp Thing and cold, dying one for Woodrue. Chung’s glimpse into the STAR fortress shows an environment that is utterly sterile with a blast of purple energy around Obsidian and a red hoodie for Woodrue that symbolizes his opposition to Swamp Thing and the Green. It complements the twisted nature of Mike Perkins’ art as he goes full horror in showing Woodrue’s face that looks like the exposed bark of a tree, and his rib cage where he’s replaced his human organs with plant parts. Perkins can do the action-packed double-page spreads of Swamp Thing’s children overwhelming STAR’s soldiers as well as the defiant poses of Swamp Thing walking through the flames while Chung makes his hue greener and greener. But he also has a gift for the macabre in his close-ups of Woodrue and other sequences towards the end of the comic, which come back to Swamp Thing’s horror roots. This is why I’m excited to see Perkins’ work on the ongoing Swamp Thing series with Ram V.

Speaking of Ram V, his writing once again is very florid, but it matches the tone of Future State: Swamp Thing #2. Woodrue and Swamp Thing have lived for millennia, and Swamp Thing has even participated in sub-creation so, of course, they have beautiful thoughts about life and death, creation and destruction, and nature and humanity. V and Perkins go beyond the conflict between good and evil and instead play with Swamp Thing’s complex relationship to humans and nature via the Green. As evidenced by the first issue and the “anatomy” flashbacks to his process in creating them, he deeply cares about his children, but they are only emanations of him and don’t have that “something extra” (i.e. a soul) that humanity has. This is why he storms the STAR fortress and explains his actions in the final act of the comic. Even though hope is a recurring theme and life and new growth is a recurring image in Future State: Swamp Thing, this is actually a pretty tragic comic in the end.

As well as Swamp Thing, Ram V, Mike Perkins, and June Chung also do a wonderful job making Jason Woodrue a compelling villain. For the most part, he’s an ecoterrorist on steroids with his mission of ridding the Green of the blight of the humanity taken the furthest extreme. So, he’s not the most sympathetic figure. However, he does have one great panel where he connects with Swamp Thing’s children and shows them that Swamp Thing (In some shape or form; it’s a bit ambiguous.) is responsible for destroying the world. He seeds doubt in the mind of these children, and Perkins draws him like an anatomy diagram with skin and the Green in the place of muscle tissue. Looking at the narrative from a big picture view as well as in light of what Swamp Thing eventually does, his children are right to be wary of how much he cares about the humans, who have treated the environment terribly and even attacked them in a previous issue. Swamp Thing even criticizes humanity’s propensity for violence in the middle of Future State: Swamp Thing #2’s fight sequence while lifting them up. Through this doubt-tinged dialogue, Ram V truly shows the conflict in Swamp Thing between the Green and his human host, who we never see in this issue.

Future State: Swamp Thing #2 is a powerful and thought-provoking conclusion to Ram V, Mike Perkins, and June Chung’s saga of humanity versus nature in the shadow of the end of the world. Swamp Thing himself is portrayed as a complex figure, who must make difficult choices about whether to cast his lot with his children (Who are really just extensions of himself) or with the humans, who have some good eggs but are also trying to blot out the sun and end life on this planet. Future: Swamp Thing is a disaster story with soul that ends on just the right note of hope and tragedy.

Story: Ram V Art: Mike Perkins
Colors: June Chung Letters: Aditya Bidikar

Story: 8.6 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Future State Swamp Thing #1

Future State: Swamp Thing #1

“Who killed the world?”- Mad Max: Fury Road

Ram V, Mike Perkins, and June Chung turn in a very post-apocalyptic take on DC Comics’ famous (and often critically acclaimed) swamp creature in Future State: Swamp Thing #1. True to its iconic cover, the book feels a lot like a more botanical version of Planet of the Apes. V saves the overarching conflict of the two-issue miniseries for the final page of the comic and instead spends most of its running time showing the relationship between Swamp Thing (Called simply “Green”) and his children, Calla, Indigo, Vruk, and his “firstborn”, Heather, who he created after the end of the world. Swamp Thing’s mission is to find humanity, but that mission is controversial and leads to jealousy from his people, who think that he cares more about humans than them.

In the past, I’ve really enjoyed Mike Perkins’ art on action-driven superhero stories like Captain America and Iron Fist. However, he really get to flex his storytelling range in Future State: Swamp Thing #1 as he gets to work on both a Biblical scale in his double page spread that shows the DC Universe falling prey to violence and basically being to destroyed and a more intimate one in the interactions between Swamp Thing, his people, and later a human survivor. Perkins and colorist June Chung definitely fall back on the superhero idiom in some sequences like a glorious full page image of Swamp Thing encircling his roots around a falling building in the ruins of New York. But he definitely looks more like a monster with a huge, gnarly hand covering his people and mayhem in his wake in a similar manner to the subterranean monster on the cover of Fantastic Four #1. However, Heather and the other folks are beaming and treat him like a savior figure. You can definitely tell that this is a world bereft of heroes, and it may have even been screwed up by their actions although this is outside the scope of Ram V’s script, and the story he and Perkins are trying to tell.

My favorite visual flourish in Future State: Swamp Thing #1, and that extra piece that makes it go beyond a dystopian disaster story with a side of vegetation, is the bits of narration and art that Ram V and Mike Perkins provide showing Swamp Thing’s process of creation. Perkins draws these panels like images in early modern anatomy textbooks with Chung giving its colors that faded out feel compared to the more detailed rendering on his other linework. V’s narration uses purple prose a la classic Swamp Thing while providing insight into how characters like Heather and Indigo feel and interact with their environment. For example, their emotions come from pheromones, but they don’t have any feelings that didn’t already originate with Swamp Thing.

This is why Indigo is so angry and skeptical while Heather is full of determination and leadership qualities while still being deferential to her “creator”. These special panels also connect smoothly to the ongoing narrative like V and Perkins’ description of their vocal organs coinciding with Swamp Thing talking to the “child” Calla. Or their description of their transpiratory (Think respiratory for humans.) systems being literally sandwiched between two panels showing a journey through the show. It’s an added layer of verbal and visual commentary on these characters and a corner of the nearly post-human world that Ram V and Mike Perkins have crafted as Swamp Thing and his people behave in very human ways although their equivalent of first aid is sunlight, water, and keeping roots planted in a bit.

Future State: Swamp Thing #1

However, Future State: Swamp Thing #1 doesn’t shy away from showing their differences compared to the human they run into with them being unable to communicate with him until he eats a bit of fruit, which is a wonderful (and much less erotic) riff on the classic Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, and John Totleben story. However, you don’t have to be familiar with this 36 year old comic to understand Swamp Thing trying to find common ground through the breaking of bread even though Indigo and Heather want to take the human out for killing one of their people in self-defense. Communication versus violence is a throughline in this comic with a nice chat or a story revealing more context about this very strange world in contrast with tree limb on tree limb contact, which is why it’s fitting that Swamp Thing #1 is bookended by a pair of visually interesting flashbacks. On a pure aesthetic level, I love how Mike Perkins and June Chung depict snow and whites, which is set against (G)reen and trees.

Ram V, Mike Perkins, and June Chung use Swamp Thing’s immortality, sub-creator instincts, and preference for communication over fisticuffs to tell a wonderful post-apocalyptic yarn in Future State: Swamp Thing #1. V’s prose is beautiful, and you really get to know the dynamic between Swamp Thing and his people throughout the book. Perkins gets to experiment with different kinds of layouts, including powerful spreads and interesting grids, to keep things lively and weird while Chung’s colors tell a story of green, or life, trying to flourish in an inhospitable environment as Swamp Thing and his people move farther North. Future State: Swamp Thing #1 is a smart take on one of DC’s most beloved characters as well as being a holistic take on the “dark future” genre, and it even adds a touch of mystery at the end.

Story: Ram V Art: Mike Perkins
Colors: June Chung Letters: Aditya Bidikar

Story: 8.2 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

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Discover the Destiny of the DC Universe! What is Swamp Thing’s Obsidian Sun? Get a Look at Future State: Swamp Thing #1

Welcome to DC Future State, a two-month extravaganza that reveals what lays in store for the World’s Greatest Heroes! Spinning out of the finale of Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 (on sale January 5), DC Future State will take you on a journey from the near future to the end of time to witness the destinies of heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Justice League, the Teen Titans, and so many more.

In Future State: Swamp Thing #1from the ashes of a terrible war, life blooms anew in Swamp Thing’s image. The remnants of humanity lie in hiding, forever in the shadow of the green god who now rules the planet. When the new avatar of the Green uncovers a stray human, a rebellion is revealed! But this Swamp Thing is no stranger to violent ends, and neither are his creations. If it’s war humanity wants, it will be at their doorstep—and Swamp Thing will never be the same!

Future State: Swamp Thing #1 (of 2), “Obsidian Sun,” written by Ram V. with art and cover by Mike Perkins, colors by June Chung, lettering by Aditya Bidikar, and a card stock variant cover by Dima Ivanov, hits shelves January 5.

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