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Mark Waid and Neal Adams Team for Fantastic Four: Antithesis

The soaring sentinel of the space-ways may have finally met his match in the all-new series Fantastic Four: Antithesis – the first full-length Fantastic Four story ever illustrated by industry legend Neal Adams! Adams is joined by Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid, who jam-packs this tale with a fan-favorite roster of Fantastic Four heroes and villains! Together, this celebrated creative team create a new nemesis for the Fantastic Four guaranteed to send shockwaves throughout all of fandom.  

Who or what is the Antithesis, and will the combined might of the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer, and Galactus himself be enough to defeat it? Find out more when Fantastic Four: Antithesis #1 hits comic shops in August! 

Fantastic Four: Antithesis is written by Waid, with art by Adams, ink by Mark Farmer, and colors by Laura Martin.

Fantastic Four: Antithesis

Review: X-Men/Fantastic Four : 4X #1

It’s been foreshadowed for a while but the Fantastic Four and X-Men clash over the future of wellbeing of Franklin Richards.

Story: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Terry Dodson
Ink: Rachel Dodson, Dexter Vines, Karl Story
Color: Laura Martin
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

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DC Releases a First Look at the Landmark Wonder Woman #750

Wonder Woman #750

Stories and artwork by Steve Orlando, Jesus Marino, Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, Gail Simone, Colleen Doran, Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, Scott Snyder, Bryan Hitch, Mariko Tamaki, Elena Casagrande, Kami Garcia, Phil Hester, Shannon and Dean Hale, Riley Rossmo, Vita Ayala, Amancay Nahuelpan, Ramona Fradon, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, Emanuela Lupacchino, Liam Sharp, Bilquis Evely and Travis Moore.
Cover by Joëlle Jones and Trish Mulvihill
In Shops: Jan 22, 2020
Final Orders Due: Dec 09, 2019
Prestige Format
SRP: $9.99

Decade Variant covers:
1940s variant cover by Joshua Middleton
1950s variant cover by Jenny Frison
1960s variant cover by J. Scott Campbell and Sabine Rich
1970s variant cover by Olivier Coipel
1980s variant cover by George Pérez and Laura Martin
1990s variant cover by Brian Bolland
2000s variant cover by Adam Hughes
2010s variant cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams & Alex Sinclair

AN ALL-STAR COLLECTION OF CREATIVE TALENT CELEBRATE
WONDER WOMAN THIS JANUARY IN LANDMARK ISSUE

Wonder Woman #750 is an all-star 96-page celebration of the Amazon Princess by longtime favorites and acclaimed new voices! This oversized gem tells tales from Diana’s past and present, along with major implications for the future of DC’s first Super Hero! Storytellers contributing to the issue include Colleen Doran, Mariko Tamaki, and legendary Wonder Woman creators Gail Simone, Liam Sharp, Nicola Scott and Greg Rucka returning to the character! Wonder Woman #750 also features pinup artwork by Ramona Fradon, José Luis Garcia-López, Emanuela Lupacchino, Bilquis Evely and Travis Moore. 

In this first look, Mariko Tamaki and Elena Casagrande show Wonder Woman’s strength; Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott test her friendship and grace; and Gail Simone, Colleen Doran, and Hi-Fi revisit her love and compassion (and bring back Star-Blossom!) to showcase Diana’s wisdom and wonder. All this and more when Wonder Woman #750 hits shelves on January 22nd, 2020. 

Wonder Woman #750

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #25

The latest epic featuring Kraven is over but what’s next for the Wallcrawler? The Amazing Spider-Man #25 follows up on the latest story arc and begins much more to come in the future in this oversized issue!

Story: Nick Spencer, Zeb Wells, Keaton Patti
Art: Ryan Ottley, Humberto Ramos, Patrick Gleason, Kev Walker, Todd Nauck, Dan Hipp
Color: Nathan Fairbairn, Edgard Delgado, Dave Stewart, Laura Martin, Rachelle Rosenberg
Ink: Patrick Gleason, Kev Walker
Letters: Joe Caramagna

Get your copy in comic shops starting July 10! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Firefly Legacy Edition Book Two SC

Firefly Legacy Edition Book Two SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers:  Zack Whedon, Chris Roberson
Artists: Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Stephen Byrne
Colorist: Laura Martin, Loren Kindzierski, Wes Dzioba,
Letterer: Michael Heisler,
Cover Artist: Nimit Malavia
Price: $29.99

BOOM! Studios presents the second of two Firefly Legacy Editions. Collecting all previously released Serenity comics in an all-new value-priced format, no fan can afford to miss this official follow-up to Joss Whedon’s (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) critically-acclaimed film Serenity, collected in one place for the first time!

The ‘Verse is on the brink of war, and Captain Mal and his crew are on the run from an old, unstoppable foe. With the crew scattered to the far ends of the ‘Verse, it’ll take quite a gamble to pull them back together . . . but when the chips are down, never bet against Captain Malcolm Reynolds!

Collects Leaves on the Wind #1-6, “The Warrior and the Wind” from Dark Horse FCBD 2016, and No Power in the ‘Verse #1-6.

Firefly Legacy Edition Book Two SC

Review: Return of Wolverine #4

Return of Wolverine #4

Can Logan handle the truth of what he’s done?

As the penultimate issue of the series (finally) heralding Wolverines, uh, return to the Marvel Universe, Return Of Wolverine #4 does an admirable job of setting up the conclusion, but there’s nothing here that really excites, either. It’s an example of a perfectly average – at best – book.

The story tries to have shocks, but fails. There’s a revelation that, presumably, should carry some weight, but either I’ve read far too many comics and books or it’s telegraphed early enough that any surprise is long gone by the time you finally get to it. The promise of the first issue has either been long spent or Charles Soule ran out of time while writing this. Soule is a really good writer, and has produced some top tier comics; this just isn’t one of his best.

Declan Shalvey does his best to bring the scores up, but while he’s very solid, there’s nothing here that pushes this comic into a Must Buy purely because of the art.

The comic’s plot is focused almost entirely on a conversation and the flashbacks that part of the story is told in, which leaves one with the feeling that not a whole lot occurs. Certainly the longer flashbacks were almost unnecessary when combined with the brief flashes we get earlier in the comic (personally I find the brief flashes have more of a weight than the full window into the past; less is more, after all). There’s very little inherently wrong with the comic, but it’s hard to recommend paying full price for an issue that doesn’t seem integral to the story when a quick recap blurb in the finale would sum up this issue in its entirety.

Unfortunately, it’s a comic that neither demands to be read nor garners enough of an emotional reaction in your humble reviewer to find a lot to talk about. It’s simply very okay. That’s not always a bad thing, but neither is it a particularly great thing, either. As the oft used phrase goes, “it is what it is.”

And that’s very average.

Return Of Wolverine #4 is a comic that’s far from bad, but struggles to be anything more that pretty good. At the end of the day, for the price of this comic, I expected more.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Declan Shalvey 
Colours: Laura Martin Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino
 Story: 6.2 Art: 7.6 Overall: 6.6 Recommendation: Read 

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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 Back to Basics

It’s a new beginning for Spider-Man as Peter Parker and Spider-Man goes back to basics. No more big business and lots of money, this is sad sack Peter we know and love.

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 Back to Basics collects issues #1-5 and Free Comic Book Day 2018 by Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, Laura Martin, Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, and Edgar Delgado.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on December 11! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Return of Wolverine #3

Wolverine vs. the X-Men?! Yes, Wolverine comes into contact with the X-Men as they finally find his location and he of course is tricked into attacking. Writer Charles Soule gives us a fairly by-the-numbers issues in many aspects relying a bit much on tropes but what is presented is still intriguing.

Return of Wolverine #3 has him still on the hunt for a kidnapped child and has questions for Soteira. At the same time, the X-Men are searching for him and go after him hoping to figure out what’s going on. That leads to the good guy vs. good guy trope fight, of course due to a misunderstanding.

But, Soule presents some interesting things like the varied personalities within Wolverine that are presented much like Legion’s many. Then there’s the manipulation of Wolverine to attack the X-Men and hints that Persephone isn’t completely sure what’s going on with him. There’s enough mystery to make it interesting but as presented it feels like a chapter in the overall story as opposed to something special by itself.

Declan Shalvey takes on the art duty and it doesn’t quite work. There’s some odd panels and a grittiness is missing that should exist. Laura Martin provides colors and Joe Sabino is on lettering and overall the art is just good. The characters look a little off and many panels feel like there’s just too much space given with odd framing of everything. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t feel right for an “X” comic though. The style doesn’t fit the content and tone. But, it gets the job done.

With art that doesn’t stand out and an issue that falls a bit too much into tropes, this is one that’s best read as part of the whole in trade. It doesn’t stand out enough to really provide much to the story and like last issue feels a bit dragged out. The series feels like there’s a decompression issue for the overall arc and could stand to lose an issue to speed things up.

The overall story is still intriguing and there’s some moments here and there that stand out, add in a new X-villain and it’s not quite a story to give up on but there’s something that doesn’t quite feel special enough to justify the price of admission.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Declan Shalvey
Color: Laura Martin Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Firefly Legacy Edition Book One SC

Firefly Legacy Edition Book One SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Patton Oswalt, Brett Matthews, Jim Krueger
Artists: Will Conrad, Chris Samnee, Patric Reynolds, Fabio Moon
Colorists: Laura Martin, Dave Stewart, Michelle Madsen, Julius Ohta, Chris Peter
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Nimit Malavia
Price: $29.99

BOOM! Studios presents the the first of two Firefly Legacy Editions collecting all the previously released Serenity comics for the first time under one cover in an all-new value priced format that no fan can afford to miss.

From Joss Whedon (the visionary creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), buried histories and secret identities are revealed, along with all the heist-takin’, authority-dodgin’, death-defyin’ space-cowboyin’ you’ve been missing from your life, as this ragtag crew of mercenaries, outlaws, and fugitives travel the stars in search of their next adventure in these sequels to the hit Firefly television series and Serenity film.

Collects Serenity: Those Left Behind #1-3, Serenity: Better Days #1-3, and Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale OGN.

Review: Return of Wolverine #2

Logan is alive again – let’s see if he can stay that way!

If the first issue was the 15 minutes before the credits role, Return of Wolverine #2 is the action sequence we’re thrown into right after the credits wrap up. Logan is in pursuit of the mysterious individuals that have kidnapped a kid and… that’s about it really.

Writer Charles Soule gives us a frustrating issue that is generally just one long pursuit. It’s a setting for Logan to remind us he doesn’t remember who he is, then have glimpses of someone he might know, and reveals his claws now get hot. Yes, flaming claws. That, and the particularly weird portrayal of Logan in his dialogue makes for a comic that feels like a 90s James Bond sequence than anything with Wolverine in it.

Declan Shalvey‘s art, with color by Laura Martin and lettering by VC’s Joe Sabino, can’t help the issue which is generally boring and forgettable. There’s actually not a whole lot to work with for the artistic team as a lot of the issue is on a boat pursuing another boat. But, when given opportunities to do something interesting, a mental shock a fight scene, it all is rather boring. Nothing stands out in the art or the panel layout.

The issue feels like it’s phone in. The major aspects to it is the reveal of Logan’s new claws and the ending, which I won’t revealed but isn’t Earth shattering either. It’s not bad, it’s just rather boring and feels like it’s a few pages stretched out for 22. There’s also Wolverine not really acting like Wolverine and hell, not even struggling a whole lot not remembering. We’ve seen him struggle more in this sort of situation in the past. There’s a tone in character and story that feels rather off.

There’s a lot to go so maybe this is a bump in a road but after a surprisingly good first issue, this is quite a few steps back.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Declan Shalvey
Color: Laura Martin Lettering: Joe Sabino
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.5 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

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