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Preview: Archie Meets Batman ’66 #1

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ’66 #1

Script: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Michael Allred with Laura Allred
Variant Covers: Derek Charm (B), Francesco Francavilla (C), Sandy Jarrell with Kelly Fitzpatrick (D), Dan Parent with J. Bone and Rosario “Tito” Peña (E), Ty Templeton (F)
On Sale Date: 7/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Two iconic comic book characters meet up for the FIRST TIME in this historic crossover mini-series! A battle in Gotham City extends its reach into Riverdale—with Mr. Lodge becoming enemy #1 of the dynamic duo! Now it’s up to Veronica to recruit some help and place a call… to the Batcave!

BOOM! Studios Releases a First Look at Coda #4 from Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Coda #4, the newest chapter of the critically-acclaimed broken fantasy epic from Eisner-nominated writer Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara, on-sale in August.

This all-new series, which sold out at a distributor level before the release of the first issue, reveals the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, in which an antisocial former bard named Hum seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant unicorn and his wits to protect him…but is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the weird wasteland.

In Coda #4, featuring a main cover by Bergara, along with variant covers by the award-winning team of Michael & Laura Allred and artist Jay Shaw, Hum has successfully warded off Thundervale from its assault on Ridgetown for at least one more day, and now turns his attention to the Urken soldier who turned the tides of the battle…

Coda #4 comes to shelves August 15, 2018.

The Historic Crossover Begins in this Early Preview of Archie Meets Batman ’66 #1!

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ’66 #1

Script: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Michael Allred with Laura Allred
Variant Covers: Derek Charm (B), Francesco Francavilla (C), Sandy Jarrell with Kelly Fitzpatrick (D), Dan Parent with J. Bone and Rosario “Tito” Peña (E), Ty Templeton (F)
On Sale Date: 7/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Two iconic comic book characters meet up for the FIRST TIME in this historic crossover mini-series! A battle in Gotham City extends its reach into Riverdale—with Mr. Lodge becoming enemy #1 of the dynamic duo! Now it’s up to Veronica to recruit some help and place a call… to the Batcave!

Square-Jawed Justice Returns to Comics in Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive

One of the most iconic comic-strip heroes of all time is back in action, courtesy of IDW Publishing’s new series, Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive! Reimagined for the 21st century through a retro lens by the superstar team of Michael AllredLee AllredRich Tommaso, and Laura Allred, the four-issue miniseries launches in September… so criminals had best beware!

In Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive, the All-American​ detective just made the biggest collar of his career… and it only cost him his job. Now, the honest cop has packed his bags for “the city by the lake,” and its criminal community is firmly in his sights! Featuring cover art and co-written by Eisner Award-winning superstar Michael Allred, the new series features strange villains, crooked cops, and gunfights galore.

Since 1931, Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy has thrilled millions with tales of good guys versus bad guys, while showcasing the latest criminology techniques and old-fashioned values. Throughout the years, the quintessential detective had numerous partners and sent thousands of rogues either to the slammer or their graves, but there were always more bizarre, out-of-this-world villains (with funny names and hideous faces) to pursue.

Review: Bug! The Adventures of Forager

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day for book stores. This week we’ve got the Jack Kirby classic character Bug!

Bug! The Adventures of Forager collects issues #1-6 by Lee Allred, Michael Allred, and Laura Allred.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: The Prisoner #1

The Prisoner #1

Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Cover A: Mike Allred. Colors By Laura Allred
Cover B: Photo cover
Cover C: Jack Kirby, Mike Royer. Colors by Mike Allred
Cover D: Colin Lorimer. Colors by Joana Lafluente
Cover E: John McCrea. Colors by Michael Spicer
Cover F: Mike Allred Black and White Variant.
Publisher: Titan Comics

FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: April 25, 2018

In the 21st Century, the global currency is no longer oil or gold but information. And he who possesses it possesses the world. There is one place on the planet where the most valuable information is mined, a place that prides itself on ‘mental fracking’, promising to extract any secret from any individual using any means possible.

It is perhaps the intelligence community’s darkest secret, aligned to no one political system or state, an autonomous institute, free of state manipulation. The identity of its controller, the mysterious Number One, is unknown. It is a place so secret, some believe it to be a myth. It is The Village.

Now read on…

Catwoman Gets an Ongoing Series by Joëlle Jones

Announced at C2E2, Joëlle Jones will be taking on Catwoman in her own solo ongoing series. The series will spin out of the “Bat wedding” taking place in Batman #50.

Catwoman’s back on the streets dealing with a mysterious copycat and taking on a brand new, as-yet-unrevealed villain.

The revealed solicitation:

The wedding night’s barely over, but Catwoman’s back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who’s pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she’s attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham’s most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn’t have enough problems, there’s an all-new villain determined to make trouble for all nine of Selina’s lives.

The series will be written by and feature art by Jones with color by Laura Allred and variant covers by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau.

Catwoman #1 will debut in July.

Review: Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock

INFINITY COUNTDOWN ADAM WARLOCK #1Adam Warlock is back! Reborn from the realm of the dead, Adam has come seeking the Soul Stone…and the truth about what it did to Him! His guide through this Infinity Quest is none other than…Kang the Conqueror?!? Be there as Adam begins down the dark trail sure to lead him into the heart of the mystery of the Infinity Stones…

Don’t know who Adam Warlock is? Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock catches up new readers as to who this classic character is and at the same time sets up the next major event. Writer Gerry Duggan does an excellent job in condensing the 51 year history of the character created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, and significant contribution by Jim Starlin. There’s a lot to pack in and Duggan does an excellent job of catching readers up.

And that’s exactly what this issue is, a primer as to who Warlock is and what’s being set up. The issue touches upon the character’s history, the Infinity Stones, and what’s going on. And it feels epic and cosmic, with the cosmic seriously feeling like it’s been lacking in the Marvel Universe. Basically, someone is collecting the Stones and Kang has sent Warlock through time to save the universe.

What’s interesting to me though is this issue’s reflection on the current season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in what is revealed and what we know is coming in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hopefully the two will be a bit more divergent that what is revealed here.

But, what definitely stands out as original is Mike Allred‘s art. I love Allred’s style which takes so much from Kirby (in a good way). The pop style art is suited so well to cosmic stories in space with grand imagery and trippy visuals. Allred clearly has fun with impressive double page spreads taking us through history in a journey that’s fun to look at. That’s helped by colorist Laura Allred who delivers a color palette that feels like it’s missing black light. The colors are bright and full of energy that matches Mike’s style. Cory Petit‘s lettering helps too, emphasizing the emotional moments throughout. It adds to the pop sensibility of the visuals within.

While the story for the issue doesn’t excite, it does an excellent job of setting things up and taking us through Warlock’s history. The art though is what stands out and is utterly amazing. There’s something so unique about it all and out of everything this is the draw, no pun intended. A visual treat that is a solid way to catch up and see where things are going.

Story: Gerry Duggan Art: Mike Allred
Color: Laura Allred Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 7.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy

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Titan to Publish Lost Jack Kirby and Gil Kane Prisoner Comic

Titan Comics has announced two new projects based on The Prisoner, licensed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the surreal 1960’s cult TV classic in 2018: an oversized artist edition of a lost comic book classic by comic book legends Jack Kirby and Gil Kane; as well as a brand-new comic series set in the world of The Prisoner by celebrated writer Peter Milligan and artist Colin Lorimer.

First shown on Canadian and UK TV screens in 1967, The Prisoner was co-created, written, directed and starred Patrick McGoohan. Titan’s new unmissable comic collections and comic series are set to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the first US transmission in 1968.

In July, Titan Comics will publish an art-sized, hardcover collection of Jack Kirby, Gil Kane and Steve Englehart’s long-lost, previously unpublished The Prisoner comic strips based on the cult classic.

This special oversized collectors edition will contain the entire 17 page Jack Kirby strip, the first six pages of which were inked and lettered by Mike Royer, as well as 18 pages of pencils drawn by legendary comic artist Gil Kane.

In addition to reprinting these rare pages, this collection also features unmissable bonus archive material including facsimiles of the original script as written by Steve Englehart.

The Prisoner: Jack Kirby And Gil Kane Art Edition (ISBN: 97817858662878) is just one part of Titan Comics’ exciting plans for The Prisoner’s 50th Anniversary year –alongside a brand-new comic series based on the cult favorite TV series, written by Peter Milligan with art by Colin Lorimer.

Titan Comics’ new series transports readers back to the mysterious village where everyone is a number, and features six amazing covers, including Mike and Laura AllredJack Kirby, a Patrick McGoohan photo cover and more to be revealed.

Review: Doom Patrol #7

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Niles Caulder is a terrible, manipulative human being, and writer Gerard Way, artist Mike Allred, and colorist Laura Allred make readers, both new and veteran, aware of that fact in the standalone Doom Patrol #7. The comic might start with Robotman and Negative Man (Larry Trainor) hanging out at the mall and getting away from the general strangeness of the first arc, but this is no slice of life story. Robotman, Negative Man, and new team member Casey Brinke end up following Niles Caulder on a wild goose chase of a mission where they receive “upgrades” without their consent, travel in a cube to a world where bad ideas are jelly, and even transform into werewolves. Just another day in the life of the new look Doom Patrol.

Mike and Laura Allred are the perfect art choice for the adventurous tone of Doom Patrol #7. The one constant is the matching red uniforms that Niles forces Casey, Robotman, and Larry to wear, but their plaid patterned journey to the world of Scantaria provides an opportunity for Laura Allred to go wild with all kinds of reds, brown, and finally a downright disgusting blue when the team fights a monster that decided to ingest all of humanity’s bad ideas in one gulp. For his layouts, Mike Allred sticks mainly to grids and fills them up with all kinds of wobbling, viscous images because everything falls apart when Niles Caulder gets involved. In most of the action scenes, Niles is barking orders and turning the Doom Patrol into putty in his hands, but Allred goes for a iconic, superpower pose towards the end of the issue when Robotman whacks the aforementioned monster with his severed arm. It shows that the Doom Patrol doesn’t need Miles and are find chilling in Dannyland and looking for Casey’s missing cat.

Doom Patrol #7 is a clever book because it deconstructs superhero comics without going the usual  Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns route, having a postapocalyptic setting, or doubling down on the grim dark. It shows that superhero teams don’t have to have a clear leader, go on missions for the hell of it, wear spandex uniforms, or unquestionably follow the old white guy like the Doom Patrol of old. They can wander around the mall and find themselves or look for lost cats named Lotion. They can wear bandages on their faces, clank like a robot, or have a missing leg and still be happy. In the main Doom Patrol, Gerard Way and Nick Derington have taken a fluid, open ended approach to stories and took their time reassembling a “team”, which is the complete opposite of the rigidness that Niles immediately imposes on them. And he’s not a good guy just one on a power trip that tells people what’s good for them instead of asking them like when he gives Robotman a new body that emotions of its own to go with his mind’s emotions. (Being violent is awkward in this case.)

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Sure, he has kooky gadgets, serums, and vehicles that match the surrealistic tone of the comic, but Niles is entirely self-serving. There is savage irony in a man, who makes so many terrible decisions in this story on the behalf of some kind of greater good, looking for a substance that puts bad ideas that you think are good in your head. And the reason he wants this jelly to rectify one of his personal bad decisions, and the cycle continues like Mike Allred’s drawing of the rapid evolution process the “final boss” of this issue undergoes when he straight up ingests the jelly. Of course, Niles gives Casey and Larry the jelly in granola bar form to fight him off. This rapid sequence of events shows that he is willing to play god at a moment’s notice so the outcome favors him.

Doom Patrol #7 is a statement of this comic’s freedom from ordinary superhero storytelling using Niles Caulder as a metaphor with vibrant wit and an idea a minute plot from Gerard Way and transformative art from Mike Allred and Laura Allred. Old white guys usually don’t know best even if they can regrow limbs in a jiffy or travel between dimensions, and sometimes trying some weird and creative can be more fun than reading the same, “To me *insert old superhero team name here*” over and over again.

Story: Gerard Way Art: Mike Allred with Nick Derington Colors: Laura Allred
Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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