Tag Archives: kieron gillen

Preview: Star Wars #67

Star Wars #67

(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Angel Unzueta (CA) Gerald Parel
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 19, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“THE SCOURGING OF SHU-TORUN” PART 6

• The fate of an entire world is in the hands of the REBELS!
• And even then, can anyone manage to escape the Scourging of SHU-TORUN?
• The cataclysmic end of KIERON GILLEN’s run on STAR WARS.

Star Wars #67

Kieron Gillen’s Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt Gets Deluxe Collection!

Dynamite has revealed that Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt will be collected in a deluxe oversized hardcover format for fans to fully appreciate and treasure the critically acclaimed limited series.

Not only is Kieron Gillen writing superheroes again… Not only is Pete Morisi’s iconic Charlton hero back again… The series turns the mirror around to reflect the deconstruction of the legendary text, Watchmen. Peter Cannon, of course, served as the template for Alan Moore’s Ozymandias, alongside the other characters inspired by Charlton Action Heroes. What if the inspirations get to respond to this modern post-Watchmen landscape of the medium?

The ambitious series by a perfectly in-synch creative team wowed fans and critics when it debuted at the beginning of 2019. Kieron Gillen’s scribe is matched by rising artist extraordinaire Caspar Wijngaard and renaissance man and Eisner-nominee Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou on letters. Additionally, this editions contains all the gorgeous and fun covers of the series by Kris Anka, Kevin Wada, Chip Zdarsky, Sean Phillips, Christian Ward, Paulina Ganucheau and more! All bringing 110% to this series. The next classic text? You be the judge.

This edition will collect the entire series in a high-quality hardcover with pages measuring 7.2 by 11.2 inches. Readers can marvel at Wijngaard and Safro’s art at this larger size. And even Ostmane-Elhaou’s subtle lettering tricks, especially in the game-changing fourth issue.

Fans can cherish this edition of the book, studying it closely for all the Easter eggs and homages. At least until a prequel unauthorized by Gillen is announced…

The Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt Oversized Hardcover is slated for release in September 2019.

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt

Godscast Issue 10 Are You Ready to Ragnarock!?

Hosted by Steven Attewell and Chris Holcomb, Godscast takes you issues by issue through the hit comic series The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. Welcome to The Wicked + The Divine, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

In The Wicked + The Divine #10, Ragnarock is finally here. The show to end all shows promises to be a lovely experience for all the gods…wait. Oh noes! Jamie and Matt have drawn Baphomet drenched in blood on the cover. What a hilarious internal communication error.

Steven writes about the intersection of history, politics, and pop culture in “The People’s History of the Marvel Universe” for Graphic Policy. In his day job, He teaches public policy at CUNY’s Murphy Institute for Labor Studies. He is the founder of Race for the Iron Throne.

Chris Holcomb podcasts about pop culture and where we went wrong in the 90s. You can listen to him at Unspoiled Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Godscast Issue 9 A Private Audience with Anake

Hosted by Steven Attewell and Chris Holcomb, Godscast takes you issues by issue through the hit comic series The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. Welcome to The Wicked + The Divine, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

In The Wicked + The Divine #9, it’s time for a private audience with Anake, she who has protected and judged the Pantheon for thousands of years. Yes, it’s time for an interview… with an umpire. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Also: Baphomet being all goth and having a nice little mope.

Steven writes about the intersection of history, politics, and pop culture in The People’s History of the Marvel Universe for Graphic Policy. In his day job, He teaches public policy at CUNY’s Murphy Institute for Labor Studies. He is the founder of Race for the Iron Throne.

Chris Holcomb podcasts about pop culture and where we went wrong in the 90s. You can listen to him at Unspoiled Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Preview: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #5

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #5

writer: Kieron Gillen
artist: Caspar Wijngaard
covers: Kevin Wada (A), Paulina Ganucheau (B), Caspar Wijngaard (C),
Caspar Wijngaard (RI-Virg), Kris Anka (RI-Virgin), Paulina Ganucheau (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | Superhero | $3.99 | Teen+

All that exists, and all that ever will exists rests on the confrontation between two men who are the same man. Peter Cannon versus Peter Cannon, for the future of the canon. Who wins? Who loses? Peter Cannon. Evidently.

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #5

BOOM! Releases a First Look at Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora’s Once and Future #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Once & Future #1, an extra-sized issue kicking off an all-new limited series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, introducing retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire and her unsuspecting grandson Duncan as they prepare for battle against a rising evil that plans to take over the country to bring it back to its former glory.

Duncan McGuire is having a terrible day and a terrible date when his grandmother’s retirement home calls with an emergency. Little does he know, the emergency is actually the emergence of a villain from Arthurian legend, being summoned back from the dead by a group of Nationalists to serve their cause. And the only person who knows how to stop them is . . . his grandmother, Bridgette McGuire, ex-monster hunter and lifelong badass. Duncan is soon swept up into a world of magic and myth as he comes face-to-face with the legends from England’s past and his own complicated family history, as he and his gran fight for their country’s future. 

Once & Future #1 features a cover by Dan Mora and will be available for sale on August 14, 2019.

Once & Future #1

Exclusive Preview: Star Wars #66

Star Wars #66

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Art: Angel Unzueta
Color: Guru-eFX
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Art: Gerald Parel
Rated T
In Shops: May 15, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“THE SCOURGING OF SHU-TORUN” PART 5
• QUEEN TRIOS vs. PRINCESS LEIA at last!
• Can LUKE SKYWALKER hold out against the attack of overwhelming force…from his own allies?!
• And when you think things couldn’t get worse for our Rebels, there’s always an orbital bombardment to survive!

Star Wars #66

Die #4 is Rushed Back for a Third Printing

New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen and artist Stephanie Hans’ series Die is being sent back to print yet again. This time Die #4 will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand.

Die is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. The series is perhaps best described as “Goth Jumanji”—but that only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in this series where fantasy gets all too real.

Die #4, third printing (Diamond Code MAR198647) and will be available on Wednesday, May 29. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, May 6.

Die #4 3rd printing

Review: The Wicked + the Divine #43

Writer Kieron Gillen alluded to this on Twitter, but there is very much an Avengers Endgame feeling of one last adventure before calling an era of generation, or at least this reviewer, shaping storytelling quits to WicDiv #43. The remaining Pantheon members and a de-divinitied Laura confront Minerva/Ananke, and Gillen, artist Jamie McKelvie, and colorist Matthew Wilson lay out the real source of their powers and the origin of 12 teenagers in a more resonant flashback than anything in “Mothering Invention”. There are lots of big ideas on the board in this issue like mortality, belief, and storytelling, and belief leading to physical powers and general coolness gives this issue a real Grant Morrison vibe in a similar way to WicDiv #1 quoting Invisibles #1.

But, before characters get confessional about their status as gods in anti-Pantheon transformation sequence, Gillen, McKelvie, and Wilson whip together a big action scene. And Laura’s perceptive narration shows that it’s meant to illustrate the emptiness of such scenes and scuffles even though McKelvie and Wilson outdo themselves with giant Tara punching a Valkyrie and various streams of energy and poses. It’s a single page, gets the point across, and leads to another great Dionysus character beat as he uses his second chance at life for good and to free the fans/Valkyries from Minerva’s control. We get some infrared colors from Wilson and a burst of flame, and yeah, no one wants to have anything to do with mind control machine using, strangely young looking immortals.

WicDiv #43 is all about stripping down, breaking up, and breaking free, and none of these things in a romantic context. But, first, there must be a narrative or ritual to be liberated from like an underlying mechanism or a plot in a story to get meta. (And Gillen does.) We see the first “Kllk” as Ananke and her sister create fire, and then their powers get more complex with the creation of the ideas of godhood and its manifestations starting with green tendrils. Ananke plays on each Pantheon’s flaws and pride to end in their deaths and sacrifice as evidenced in the main series and the historical specials.

It’s primal storytelling from Gillen, McKelvie, and Wilson with flat colors and fantastic character acting to go with the dark, tendril-y panel borders that represent the mind meld between Minerva and Persephone. The flashback (Which functions better than a wall of exposition)gives the characters of WicDiv a peek behind the curtain and their own powers. They have to interrogate why they want to be gods, and this is the powerful last act of the comic before a devilish cliffhanger.

And this interrogation leads to liberation beginning with the aforementioned Valkyrie/fan flight. Owing to their gentler, more symbiotic relationship, Gillen and McKelvie have Urdr wrap up her time with the other Norns with a kiss and a promise that they’ll live. These plot beats are a prelude to the Pantheon members following Laura’s lead in the previous issue and renouncing their godhood in rhythmic, almost liturgical six panel grids from McKelvie. They realize that they were pawns in a millennia long story and now seek to erase themselves from the narrative in a positive way.

But WicDiv #43 isn’t the final or even the penultimate issue of the series so it’s not that easy, and the final page is dynamic and a reminder of with whom and why I fell in love with the series five years ago as I took a leap of faith and signed up for that John Milton elective class.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Jamie McKelvie Colors: Matthew Wilson
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Exclusive Preview: Star Wars #65

Star Wars #65

(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Angel Unzueta (CA) Gerald Parel
Rated T
In Shops: May 01, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“THE SCOURGING OF SHU-TORUN” PART 4
• Her planet under threat, a heroic princess battles to save it!
• Not Leia – it’s QUEEN TRIOS OF SHU-TORUN, ally to Darth Vader and the Empire!
• PRINCESS LEIA’S plan begins to unfold. But some members of her strike team have schemes of their own. When will Leia realize just what she’s set in motion?!

STAR WARS #65
« Older Entries