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Preview: Batman: Damned #3

Batman: Damned #3

(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Lee Bermejo
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $6.99

The stunning conclusion to the groundbreaking miniseries by the critically acclaimed team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo is here! Batman’s most baffling case brings him face to face with his worst nightmare in this highly anticipated finale!

Batman: Damned #3

Review: Human Target

Human Target

Sylvester Stallone is one those actors whose exterior offputs a lot of people. His acting talent is truly undervalued.  I gravitated to his star power through the Rocky and Rambo franchises.  Since those, he’s made movies that have been hit or miss. One of my favorites was Cobra, a truly 80s action movie that dripped all the sleek hair, outfits, and overall style that the decade was notorious for.

Another movie of his which as very entertaining was The Specialist. In it he plays a hitman who can’t stay out of the way of Sharon Stone. These roles were the ones that he actually thrived in, a quiet but steady man of strength, one which everyone trusts and no one wants to cross. One of those movies was in the brilliantly executed Avenging Angelo. That film mixed film noir and gangster films into an entertaining blend. In Len Wein’s stark take on Christopher Chance, we get a singular unique story in Human Target.

We find Chance and Winston entertaining a job of protecting a disgraced mobster, Angelo Morelli. He needs to deliver evidence to the Feds before he can be killed. The job becomes more complicated as Morelli has left pieces of evidence which would incriminate his organization all over the world and it’s up to Chance and him to retrieve them all before anyone else finds out about it. This leads him to Paris, Geneva, Hong Kong and everywhere in between, as Morelli’s organization starts to figure out exactly what the two are up to.

Overall, Human Target is an action-packed miniseries which borrows form the source material and the television show generously enough not to forget how fun this character is. The story by Len Wein and Peter Johnson is pulse pounding, smart and well developed. The art by the creative team is awe inspiring. Altogether, a portrait of a man for hire who will stop at nothing to do his job.

Story: Len Wein and Peter Johnson
Art: Simon Coleby, Bruno Redondo, Jason Masters, Chris Sprouse,
and John Paul Leon
Ink: Sergio Cariello, Karl Story, Cliff Rathburn, Jason Masters, John Paul Leon,
and Sergio Sandoval
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Faithless #1

Faithless #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Maria Llovet
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Paul Pope
    Variant Cover: Tula Lotay
    Unlocked Retailer Variant: Lee Bermejo
Price: $3.99

Faith. Sex. The Devil.

Faith likes to dabble with magic. Her friends think it’s cute—and not just a little off-putting, but it’s part of her charm and her warped search for purpose in a world that makes too much sense. But she’s a true believer and knows there is a power within her reach. She’s right, of course. It just took a while for that magic, that temptation, that unknowable thing to find her . . .

In short—Faith is bored as hell. And Hell has noticed.

New York Times bestselling writer Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and artist Maria Llovet (Loud) with Eisner Award-winning artist Paul Pope on covers coalesce in a story of self-exploration, eroticism, and maybe even love.

Faithless #1

A First Look at Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet’s Faithless #1 from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Faithless #1, the first chapter of an all new five-issue comic book series from New York Times bestselling author Brian Azzarello and artist Maria Llovet about a young woman’s thrilling journey of personal exploration as she dabbles in the occult, discovers her own latent magical abilities, and attracts all the wrong attention. In short—Faith is bored as hell. And Hell has noticed.

Arriving in stores April 10, Faithless #1 introduces readers to Faith, a young woman who doesn’t know what she wants out of life but knows that nothing in her utterly mundane everyday life is satisfying her needs. Faith finds solace in her devotion to the occult and the belief that magic exists somewhere in the world, and she longs for the power to make her runes and rituals actually work but as much as Faith loves practicing magic, she’s never so much as lit a candle with her spells. 

Everything changes when she runs into Poppy, an exciting and strangely compelling woman with whom Faith strikes up an instant connection, leading them both to deal with an unexpected trauma and ending in a magical night that reveals that Poppy might not be exactly who she appears to be. 

Faithless #1 features a main cover with art by Eisner Award-winning artist Paul Pope, a variant cover by Lee Bermejo,  and an erotic variant cover by superstar Tula Lotay that will be polybagged and not publicly previewed due to sexually explicit material. Subsequent issues of Faithless will continue this variant cover program with similar content and packaging.

Faithless #1

Preview: Batman: Damned #2

Batman: Damned #2

(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Lee Bermejo
In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
SRP: $6.99

As Batman’s descent into the madness of Gotham City’s decadent underbelly continues, he must try to exorcise some of his demons…and who better to help than the Demon, Etrigan himself. And where there’s demons, there’s also a Deadman, a Spectre, an Enchantress and a host of other supernatural friends and foes-it’s a veritable Grand Guignol!

Review: Batman: Damned #1

The Joker is dead. There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery.

We’ve got a third review of this much talked about debut from DC Black Label.

Review: Batman: Damned #1 Has Gorgeous Visuals, Overwrought Narration

Batman: Damned #1 is 50 pages of glorious and sometimes creepy Lee Bermejo as well as 50 pages of John Constantine yapping about theology, heaven and hell, religious things, and the like and occasionally displaying his snarky wit courtesy of writer Brian Azzarello, who returns to the character almost two decades after being the first American to write Hellblazer in 2000. Batman: Damned has the tailor made for an elevator pitch premise of the Joker mysteriously being wounded, and Batman mysteriously having no idea what happened to him and teaming up with John Constantine to get to the bottom of things. It’s equally parts gritty and Gothic thanks to Bermejo’s art and works best when it’s reveling in its spookiness and disorienting atmosphere instead of trying to be deep or give Bruce Wayne a screwed up childhood before his parents were murdered.

At times, Azzarello and Bermejo seem to be working at counter purposes in Batman: Damned #1. The comic is filled with brilliant and sometimes shocking imagery from Bermejo and then kind of ruined with the overwrought narration from Azzarello. Brian Azzarello definitely is having a fun time writing Constantine narration, and the lettering has a nice storybook flow to it, but it undercuts the art sometimes by describing what is on the page instead of creating an interesting juxtaposition or adding layers to characterization like in Watchmen or Kingdom Come, for example. Azzarello and Bermejo do nail Constantine’s character in a single panel when he’s smoking and refers to himself as “the unreliable narrator”, which fits the non-linear, yet non-confusing nature of Batman: Damned’s plot whose supernatural elements keep it from being a cut and dried “What If Batman killed the Joker” story.

Honestly, the most unsettling part of Batman: Damned #1 are the flashbacks to Bruce’s childhood that go beyond the typical Zorro, pearls, Crime Alley, Waynes getting shot, and I’m not talking about Lee Bermejo’s creepy girl from The Ring take on The Enchantress. There’s a scene where young Bruce is out with his father Thomas and his mistress and entertaining himself by spitting off a tall building and counting, and he almost falls off the building when his dad throws a penny for his spit to “race”. A lot of orphan superhero’s parents were at least some kind of moral paragon, like Uncle Ben or Battlin’ Jack Murdock refusing to take a dive for a mob boss, but despite being super rich, Thomas Wayne doesn’t come across as a great dad or husband. Having a near death experience while your dad is cheating on your mom is definitely traumatic and adds more tragedy to the Batman mythos.

Batman: Damned #1 is at its finest when Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo go away from the theological narration and hurl the reader forward in a story about Batman being on the ropes with a gritty, supernatural tinge to it like Zatanna being a street musician or an eerie, invasive take on the body possessing Deadman. The comic’s opening sequence is a perfect example this beginning with a nine panel grid of an EKG and cutting to a full page image of Batman bleeding out before having him beat up cops, EMTS, and random passerbys while being disoriented and falling into the open arms of Alfred, er, John Constantine. There’s a real feeling of peril like the guy who has extensive notes and solutions for each Justice League member’s weaknesses has finally screwed up and could actually die or fail. It reminds me a lot of the Batman: Arkham video games when your health is dwindling, and the world is all cloudy and blood filled.

As shown in a scene where he’s crouching naked in front of a Batsuit (A page or so after the famous full frontal nudity.), Batman is definitely in pain throughout Batman: Damned #1 as he spends the entire comic trying to retrace his steps and figure out if he’s responsible for killing the Joker. Brian Azzarello’s incessant John Constantine is both parts annoying and hilarious, insightful and overbearing, but Lee Bermejo’s gorgeous image composition and aforementioned Gothic grit make the first DC Black Label book worth a read.

Story: Brian Azzarello Art: Lee Bermejo
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher

Story: 6 Art: 9.5 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Batman: Damned #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the launch of DC Black Label with Batman Damned #1!

Batman Damned #1 is by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, Jared K. Fletcher, Steve Cook, Will Dennis, Maggie Howell, and Mark Doyle.

Get your copy in comic shops 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: Batman: Damned #1

Batman Damned #1

(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Lee Bermejo
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $6.99

DC BLACK LABEL, the highly anticipated new imprint from DC Comics, starts here!
The Joker is dead.

There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery.
Problem is, Batman can’t remember… and the more he digs into this labyrinthine case, the more his mind starts to doubt everything he’s uncovering.

So who better to set him straight than… John Constantine? Problem with that is as much as John loves a good mystery, he loves messing with people’s heads even more. So with John’s “help,” the pair will delve into the sordid underbelly of Gotham as they race toward the mind-blowing truth of who murdered The Joker.

BATMAN: DAMNED is a bimonthly super-natural horror story told by two of comics’ greatest modern creators-a visceral thrill-ride that proudly puts the “black” in BLACK LABEL.

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