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Preview: Moon Knight: Black, White, & Blood #2 (of 4)

Moon Knight: Black, White, & Blood #2 (of 4)

(W) Ben Percy, David Pepose, Patch Zircher (A) Gerardo Zaffino, Leonardo Romero, Patch Zircher (CA) Ryan Stegman
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Jun 15, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Another hard-hitting series of tales told in a limited palette of black, white and red, by today’s top creators! Benjamin Percy and Gerardo Zaffino have Moon Knight seek out an odd favor from Doctor Strange! Moon Knight’s four personalities come together to debrief the night’s events in a story by David Pepose and Leonardo Romero! And Marc Spector’s mercenary past comes back to haunt him in an adventure by Patch Zircher!

Moon Knight: Black, White, & Blood #2 (of 4)

Preview: Moon Knight: Black, White, & Blood #2 (of 4)

Moon Knight: Black, White, & Blood #2 (of 4)

(W) Ben Percy, David Pepose, Patch Zircher (A) Gerardo Zaffino, Leonardo Romero, Patch Zircher (CA) Ryan Stegman
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Jun 15, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Another hard-hitting series of tales told in a limited palette of black, white and red, by today’s top creators! Benjamin Percy and Gerardo Zaffino have Moon Knight seek out an odd favor from Doctor Strange! Moon Knight’s four personalities come together to debrief the night’s events in a story by David Pepose and Leonardo Romero! And Marc Spector’s mercenary past comes back to haunt him in an adventure by Patch Zircher!

Moon Knight: Black, White, & Blood #2 (of 4)

Review: Elektra: Black, White, and Blood #1 (of 4)

Elektra: Black, White, and Blood #1 (of 4)

When it comes to the Marvel Universe, there are very few characters as polarizing as Elektra. She started off as a love interest for Daredevil, but proved throughout the years to be a formidable hero and villain. She has proven to be Matt Murdock’s most enduring rogue, sometime being an ally, other times being his foe, as in the time she became Black Sky. Her onscreen representation may have given audiences a different view.

As her representation in the movies was less than astounding, as Jennifer Garner, though a brilliant actress , she could only do so much with her appearance in the Daredevil movie and her spinoff. In the Daredevil series, Elodie Yung, gave fans what we always wanted , Matt’s antagonistic foil, who could meet him intellectually and then some.  It is fair to say, her journey within comic books has been better written than it has been onscreen. In a celebration of the character, Marvel has rounded up some of the best scribes who have ever written her. Elektra: Black, White, Blood #1 kicks things off with a trio of stories showing her at her best.

In ”Red Dawn”,  Elektra loses a a battle to a band of vampires but not before taking down some , as she relishes her last few hours, saying goodbye , only face the sunlight for the last time. In “Not The Devil”, Elektra has a hard time taking out a Yakuza target, as past trauma stops her from finishing a job, one that she happily walks away from. In “The Crimson Path”, we are taken to a mystical realm, where she must fight off a hoard to save a young girl, but as we soon find out it is an allegory for salvation that well crave. By the issue’s end, we get different looks at the same character showing off how multifaceted she can be.

Overall, Elektra: Black, White, and Blood #1 is a great first issue that is both deep and action packed. The stories by the different writers are incredible. The art the different artists  is stunning. Altogether, a set of stories that shows the versatility of the Assassin in Red.

Story: Leonardo Romero, Declan Shalvey, Charles Soule
Art: Leonardo Romero, Mark Bagley, Simone D’Armini
Ink: John Dell Color: Edgar Delgado
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Marvel Celebrates Latinx Heroes with Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades #1

This October, Marvel presents Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades #1! This latest one-shot in the Marvel’s Voices series will continue the tradition of highlighting the cultural richness of Marvel Comics and uplifting new voices in the comic book industry. The comic turns the spotlight to Latinx heroes and creators from the Marvel Universe.

These all-new stories will feature thrilling adventures of some of Marvel’s most popular heroes while celebrating the range of their cultural heritage as told by fan-favorite writers and artists and those making their Marvel Comics debut.

  • Writer Terry Blas introduces a brand-new hero in an action-packed adventure spinning out of his acclaimed Reptil series. 
  • New York Times best-selling author Daniel José Older revisits the legacy of Marvel’s first super hero of Latino descent, Hector Ayala aka White Tiger, in an inspiring story rooted in real history. 
  • Catch up with the current White Tiger, Ava Ayala, when author Amparo Ortiz has the young hero confront the dark nature of her powers. 
  • Travel to the past with writer Juan Ponce to witness Nina the Conjuror, the Brazilian Sorcerer Supreme of the 1950s, battle the raging nature spirit known as Anhangá.
  • Plus an introduction by renowned comics scholar Frederick Luis Aldama about the history of Latinx heroes and creators in the comic book industry. 

Stay tuned for information on the other stories in this collection including works by Karla Pacheco, Alex Segura, Leo Romero, Edgar Delgado, Nico Leon, and more! Announced artists include Enid Balám, Vanesa Del Ray, Adriana Melo, Leonardo Romero, Nico Leon, Alitha E. Martinez, and more. It features a main cover by Joe Quesada and variants by Mateus Manhanini, Maria Wolf and Mike Spicer, Nabetse Zitro and Jesus Aburtov, and George Pérez and Java Tartaglia.

Marvel’s first Latino super hero, White Tiger, was created by writer Bill Mantlo and artist George Pérez in 1974’s Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #19. Since then, Marvel has introduced many heroes of Latino-descent from a multitude of different backgrounds including current stars such as Miles Morales, America Chavez, and Reptil. Join us in celebrating these heroes and many more when Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades #1 hits stands on October 20th!

Black Hammer: Visions Opens Up a Playground for Creators

Experience Black Hammer like never before in this exciting reimagining of the Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston created, Eisner-award winning series! Black Hammer: Visions is a series of one-shots bringing some of comic’s most exciting talent into the Black Hammer Universe including Patton Oswalt, Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Dean Kotz, Scott Kolins, Chip Zdarsky, Johnnie Christmas, Cullen Bunn, Malachi Ward, Matt Sheean, Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, Mariko Tamaki, Diego Olortegui, Cecil Castellucci, and Melissa Duffy, with colors by Jason Wordie, Bill Crabtree, Jordie Bellaire, and Dave Stewart and letters by Nate Piekos!

Kicking off Black Hammer: Visions, Patton Oswalt joins artists Dean Kotz and Jason Wordie to explore the life of youthful super heroine Golden Gail on the Black Hammer Farm before the beginning of Black Hammer#1, and her struggle to maintain sanity as a middle-aged woman trapped in the unchanging body of a superpowered grade-schooler. This 32-page issue also features variant covers by Evan Dorkin with Sarah Dyer, and Gilbert Hernandez with Dave Stewart!

Black Hammer: Visions #1 (of eight) will hit comic shops on February 10, 2021. 

Review: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1

TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS: NATIONAL ANTHEM #1

Set in the world sung about in My Chemical Romance’s fourth studio album Danger Days, True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1 tells the story of the original Killjoy, Mike Millimeter. He’s been hinted at in concept art since 2008, but finally, writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon, artist Leonardo Romero, and colorist Jordie Bellaire tell his epic and tragic narrative. In National Anthem #1, Way and Simon juggle twin narratives with one showing Mike at his peak, rocking a cool car, ray gun, a mask, and a crew of Killjoys and the other one showing his life in a dystopia that has homogenized everything from breakfast cereal to Ramones records. And, of course, Mike rebels against “the Man” even if it means his death.

One of Gerard Way’s most underrated talents is artist curation. For example, take a look at the artist lineup for the sadly dormant Young Animal imprint and see how Nick Derington was born to be a star penciler and nail both the adventure of Batman and the weirdness of the Doom Patrol. His curation skills strike again in National Anthem #1 as Leonardo Romero’s storytelling styles perfectly fits the duel between conformity and non-conformity from crashing on the couch and vegging out to nationalistic television to starting a revolution anew. He uses lots of small panels to show little interactions between characters or memorable moments like Mike thinking back to his abusive childhood. Jordie Bellaire’s color palette adds emotion to this and other scenes with strong color choices like yellow pages for the abuses of the past or a vomit green as Mike grows sick of life as stock shelver with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Ramones.

Gerard Way and Shaun Simon go for a drinking at a fire hydrant style of scripting and plotting that is similar to Way’s work on Umbrella Academy and Doom Patrol although they predominantly focus on Mike Milligram as a character with supporting players acting as window dressing, obstacles, plot points, or getting him to act. Just like the Danger Days album, National Anthem #1 scratches the surface of a futuristic world that is similar to ours with megacorporations and surveillance states, but a bit quirkier. For example, there’s a gang of books on tape addicts in National Anthem #1, and they are one of several gangs that get into one hell of a shootout in the middle of the comic.

This extended setpiece showcases Romero eye for action as he breaks down each gun fight into manageable chunks using smaller panels before going widescreen for a big plot point or a car chase. For the most part, Bellaire uses primary colors for the Killjoys to make sure that readers can see what they’re up to in the middle of the fray. It matches the yellow pops of their ray guns and the red of blood and guts that streak across the panel and even into the gutters as Mike loses control of the situation. There’s a reason why he’s slumped on the couch while the U.S. National Anthem plays on his television, and Romero and Bellaire use visual similarities to transition to this future timeline like a film editor, who wants to make their cuts memorable and appealing and not give the audience a headache.

True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1 has futuristic, punk rock worldbuilding with a stellar sense of style. It is also the first chapter of a compelling story arc for Mike Milligram, who goes from revolutionary leader to sad sack cog in a corporate machine. (But there’s yet hope for the masked man with the cool car.) Gerard Way and Shaun Simon’s Burroughs-esque word play, Leonardo Romero’s high energy pencils, and the Jordie Bellaire’s eye popping colors bring it all to life in magical, music video fashion. This one is for the MCRmy, Timothy Leary followers, aging crust punks in cubicle prisons, folks who prefer vinyl to streaming, and anyone who wants to give the middle finger to the current status quo.

Story: Gerard Way and Shaun Simon Art: Leonardo Romero
Colors: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1 Has an Exclusive Variant Comic Bundle on Dark Horse Direct

With it being released this coming Wednesday, Dark Horse Direct has an exclusive variant bundle of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem#1! Forget everything you already knew about The Fabulous Killjoys! Writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon, along with Illustrator Leonardo Romero, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Nate Piekos team up to present an all-new modern-day Killjoys series as Way and Simon take it all the way back to the original story that inspired My Chemical Romance’s concept album Danger Days and its dystopian comic book series in The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem.

Limited to just 300 total copies, this $49.99 bundle features an exclusive black and white variant cover comic with cover art by Daniel Warren Johnson and also a deluxe limited-edition lithograph colored by Mike Spicer. This lithograph is printed on a high-quality, premier rose-colored paper with hints of white to really make Daniel Warren Johnson’s line art and Mike Spicer’s colors pop off the page! 

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1 Variant Comic Bundle will begin shipping to pre-order customers on October 28th, 2020.

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1 Variant Comic Bundle

Turn On. Tune In. Drop Out. With The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem

Forget everything you already knew about The Fabulous Killjoys! Writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon, along with illustrator Leonardo Romero, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Nate Piekos team up to present an all-new modern-day Killjoys series as Way and Simon take it all the way back to the original story that inspired My Chemical Romance’s concept album Danger Days and its dystopian comic book series in The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem. 

The Fabulous Killjoys, once a group of teenage exterminators determined to save reality, have lost their way—and their memories. After a period of mental confinement, former Killjoys leader Mike Milligram gets de-programmed and hits the road to bring the gang back together for a final showdown against an evil pharmaceutical corporation, their monstrous hitman, and savage gang rivals.

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1 (of six) goes on sale October 14, 2020. The first issue has a standard cover illustrated by Leonardo Romero and variant covers by Becky Cloonan and Paul Rentler. This over-sized issue sits at 44 story pages for the standard price of $3.99!

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1

Preview: Vampirella/Red Sonja #8

Vampirella/Red Sonja #8

writer: Jordie Bellaire
artist: Drew Moss
covers: Jae Lee (A), Junggeun Yoon (B), Leonardo Romero & Jordie Bellaire (C), Allyson Ochs Cosplay Cover (D), Drew Moss “Then and Now” Variant (E)
Adam Gorham “McFarlane Homage” Variant (RI), Drew Moss “Then and Now” Variant (RI-B/W), Adam Gorham “McFarlane Homage” Variant (RI-B/W), Leonardo Romero (RI-Virgin), Drew Moss “Then and Now” Variant (RI-Virgin), Leonardo Romero (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Behold…DRAKULON.

What the hell is Red Sonja doing there? How will its inhabitants greet her? And where… is… Vampirella? From JORDIE BELLAIRE (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and DREW MOSS (Star Wars).

Vampirella/Red Sonja #8

The Green Hornet Celebrates 10 Years at Dynamite with a New Series

The Green Hornet strikes in a slick new series by prolific scribe Scott Lobdell and artistic mogul and teacher Anthony Marques, from Dynamite in June! In time to help commemorate the 10th anniversary of Dynamite’s publishing the iconic character!

Green Hornet, Kato, the Black Beauty and a bounty of gadgets are back in this artistically unique series. Featuring a slimmed-down, tight-knit creative team, fans of the classic pulp hero will be amazed. Writer Scott Lobdell is joined by artist Anthony Marques, who is also handling coloring to create a stylish, minimalist palette of black, white and green. Letterer extraordinaire Taylor Esposito plays the comic book bass with his consistently on-point storytelling. And did we mention there’s a baby? An alien baby?

A show-stopping series like this wouldn’t be complete without some real stunners in the cover art category. Fellow Kubie and maestro Lee Weeks mirrors the interior color scheme. As does Marques with his newspaper inspired piece. Eisner Award-winning cover artist Dave Johnson brings some 60s mod flavor. Mike McKone has the most action-packed of the bunch. A double-breasted coat and smoking Tommy gun are the name of the game with Leonardo Romero. And Walter Geovani closes it out with a limited incentive cover.

Green Hornet #1 is out June 2020.

Green Hornet #1
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