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An All-New Bounty Hunter Enters the Fray in Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Jabba the Hutt #1

A new bounty hunter character will be making their first appearance on July 21st in Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Jabba the Hutt #1. Created by writer Justina Ireland and artist Iban Coello, Deva Lompop will be recruited by Jabba the Hutt to succeed where Boba Fett has failed and bring him Han Solo! Equipped with an array of unique weaponry and sporting a killer design, Deva is set to have a major impact on the action-packed crossover and will appear in all four upcoming War of the Bounty Hunters one-shots.

And while Deva may be new to fans, she’s been causing trouble in the Star Wars galaxy for a very long time. A member of the alien species known as the Shani, Deva’s long lifespan has allowed her to operate in the underworld since the High Republic era, and readers can expect to see her in works set during that time in the near future!

Don’t miss the debut of Deva when Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Jabba the Hutt #1 hits stands on July 21st! Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Jabba the Hutt #1 is written by Justina Ireland with art by Luca Pizzari and Ibraim Roberson, colors by Giada Marchisio and Edgar Delgado. It has variant covers by Iban Coello with colors by Jesus Aburtov and Bernard Chang.

The Hunt for Han Solo Begins in May

Throughout the week a series of teasers spotlighting the major players of the highly-anticipated Marvel crossover, Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters have been revealed! Drawn by artist Giuseppe Camuncoli, these headshot images will also serve as variant covers for upcoming tie-in issues of the event that will see Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Doctor Aphra, Boba Fett, the galaxy’s deadliest bounty hunters, and more on a collision course for the greatest prize of all: Han Solo! The final teaser was unveiled today and revealed that Jabba the Hutt, the infamous Tatooine crime lord, will also be joining the hunt in a special one-shot.

Jabba the Hutt is one of the most powerful and ruthless gangsters in the galaxy—and Boba Fett, his most trusted bounty hunter, has failed him. How will Jabba deal with betrayal and what does this have to do with a bounty hunter with ties to the High Republic? Star Wars: War of the Bounty HuntersJabba the Hutt #1 by writer Justina Ireland and artist Luca Pizzari will be the first of four action-packed “War of the Bounty Hunters” one-shot tie-ins about the criminal underworld’s most notorious hunters and scoundrels, all told by the best Star Wars writers and illustrators in the galaxy.

Check out all six teasers and the main cover for Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters — Jabba the Hutt #1 by Mahmud Asrar. And don’t miss the start of this pulse-pounding epic when War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1 by Charles Soule and Steve McNiven hits stands on May 5th!

On Sale in July!

  • STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS #2 (OF 5) HEADSHOT VARIANT COVER by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
  • STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS — JABBA THE HUTT #1 COVER by MAHMUD ASRAR
  • STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS — JABBA THE HUTT #1 HEADSHOT VARIANT COVER by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
  • STAR WARS #15 HEADSHOT VARIANT COVER by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #12 HEADSHOT VARIANT COVER by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
  • STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #14 HEADSHOT VARIANT COVER by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
  • STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #14 HEADSHOT VARIANT COVER by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

Explore More of the World of Heroes Reborn in June

The expansive tapestry that makes up the world of Heroes Reborn continues to be revealed! Jason Aaron and Ed McGuiness’ incredible new take on the Marvel Universe where the Avengers never assembled and the Squadron Supreme took their place as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes starts in May. But that’s only the beginning. On sale in June, this unpredictable story marches to its startling climax in Heroes Reborn #5-7 as the history and future of this new world is unveiled. The issues feature covers by Leinil Francis Yu.

In Heroes Reborn #5, witness a riot at the Ravencroft Asylum! Nighthawk must descend alone into a realm of madness, surrounded by the most deranged members of his notorious rogues’ gallery, including his archenemy, the maniacal Goblin. Featuring additional art by R.M. Guera.

Heroes Reborn #6 will turn the spotlight on the fabled daughter of Utopia Isle known as Power Princess. She’s defeated the All-Gog, Gorr the God Butcher and the King in Black, but now she must venture into the ruins of Asgard, where something unexplained is stirring in the graveyard of the gods. It features additional art by Erica D’Urso.

And the matchup you’ve been waiting for arrives in Heroes Reborn #7! Together they ended the Kree/Skrull war, defeated Dr. Doom in his Secret War, and even endured their own civil war between Hyperion and Nighthawk, but now the Squadron Supreme of America faces their greatest challenge yet: a mysterious new group of troublemakers called the Avengers. Aaron Kuder provides additional art.

June will also bring a series of new Heroes Reborn one-shots from all-star creative teams!

This is the Squadron’s world, and the age of vigilantes is over. Police Commissioner Luke Cage has one job: Find the scum and eliminate them – before ambition takes them beyond the city streets. Backed by the Squadron Supreme, Commissioner Cage takes care of criminals who’ve escaped justice in Heroes Reborn: American Knights by writer Paul Grist and artist Christopher Allen. Chris Sprouse provides the cover.

Meet Nightbird in Heroes Reborn: Night-Gwen by writer Vita Ayala and artist Farid Karami. By day, Dr. Gwendolyn Stacy is Ravencroft Asylum’s leading psychiatrist. But by night, she dons the guise of the vigilante known as Nightbird! But how did this happen? Why did this happen? And what does Kyle Richmond, the Nighthawk, have to do with it? It features a cover by David Nakayama.

Writer Tim Seeley and artist Dan Jurgens bring you a tale from the Squadron’s past in Heroes Reborn: Marvel Double Action! Years ago, Nighthawk and his trusted partner, the Falcon, patrolled the streets of Washington, DC, from the vile criminals that lurked in the dark. But that all changed one fateful night… Re-presenting for the first time ever: the Night Sam Wilson Died! With a cover by Dave Johnson.

Elektra leads a team of the world’s deadliest heroes and villains in Heroes Reborn: Squadron Savage written by Ethan Sacks and drawn by Luca Pizzari! There are some threats that require a more savage approach than the Squadron Supreme of America can offer. For those missions, the Department of Defense has put together a team consisting of Elektra, the Punisher, Crossbones, Cloak and the enigmatic new character, Murder Hornet. The cover is by Stephen Segovia.

Finally, the Squadron Supreme protects and defends the interests of America but where does that leave a country like Canada? Who will stand up and protect them from the supremacy of the Squadron? Meet Weapon X & Final Flight by Ed Brisson and artist Roland Boschi. They’re the best there is at what they do! Featuring a cover by Tony Daniel.

See all the covers now and stay tuned for even more exciting Heroes Reborn news coming your way, including the reveal of the epic double-sized finale issue!

Preview: Conan the Barbarian #18

Conan the Barbarian #18

(W) Jim Zub (A) Luca Pizzari (CA) E.M Gist
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

CONAN UNLEASHED!
• The Tooth of the Nightstar has warped Conan’s perception of reality, driving him to berserker madness he can’t control!
• But who will fall to his deadly blade, and how will this alter this quest for Khitai?
• You’ve never seen CONAN like this!

Conan the Barbarian #18

Review: ROM: Dire Wraiths

Rom: Dire Wraiths

The first season of the epic Right Stuff on Disney+ is more than good television. The show gives us a behind the scenes look at some iconic figures, astronauts. Hearing these names growing up, and especially in school, we tend to give them a reverence that makes them infallible. The series shows them as very much human. It also showed what made them so heroic, embracing that indomitable spirit that we all aspire to. ROM: Dire Wraiths uses those iconic space explorers for a new twist on history.

Going into space seems so farfetched for so many of us that we often tether it to science fiction stories. We often think about aliens and unidentified flying objects. This is often met with skepticism and never really with actual thought. In ROM: Dire Wraiths we get a story that uses the real-life events of the Space Race and asks what if “we ran into a dangerous alien race while exploring space?”

We’re taken to 1969, where three astronauts are on the Adventure One, a secret mission that monitors alien life when they detect traces of life on the Moon, which looks to be more than they could ever imagine. Wraith soldiers are holding camp and look to send a message to any humans from Earth, as they ascend on the astronauts right before they plant the flag. From there, a battle with ROM and other forces begins in a battle to end the Wraith threat.

Overall, ROM: Dire Wraiths is a nice story that is an interesting prequel to a well-established hero. The story by Chris Ryall has echoes of Harlan Ellison and Richard Matheson, which is both exciting and scary. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that should bring this character a bigger fan base.

Story: Chris Ryall Art: Sal Buscema, Guy Dorian Sr., Ron Joseph, and Luca Pizzari
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Rom: Dire Wraiths

Rom: Dire Wraiths

(W) Chris Ryall (A) Guy Dorina Sr., Sal Buscema (A/CA) Luca Pizzari
In Shops: Jan 20, 2021
SRP: $15.99

July, 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are about to become the first humans to set foot on the moon, but something inhuman is waiting for them!

Seeking to conquer everything in their path, the Dire Wraiths wield powerful dark magic and can infect other creatures transforming them into more of their kind. The only thing powerful enough to oppose them is Rom the Spaceknight. But, with Rom nowhere in sight, can even the Earth Corp help prevent one giant leap for Wraithkind or is there no way to stop an invasion of Earth? Only the crew of Apollo 11 and some unexpected guest-stars stand in their way! Plus, a special back-up story with art by Guy Dorian, Sr. and Rom legend Sal Buscema!

Rom: Dire Wraiths

Preview: Robert E. Howard’s Dark Agnes #2 (of 5)

Robert E. Howard’s Dark Agnes #2 (of 5)

(W) Becky Cloonan (A) Luca Pizzari (CA) Stephanie Hans
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

MAYHEM, A MASKED BALL, AND MURDER MOST FOUL!

AGNES and ETIENNE enter the lair of the beast-sneaking into the palace of DUKE D’ALENCON, even as his agents hunt for them!

But when a murder victim turns up in the court, will they escape notice or be drawn deeper into the labyrinth of disaster forming around them?
All this and the return of a ghost from Agnes’ past!

Robert E. Howard's Dark Agnes #2 (of 5)

Review: Dark Agnes #1 is a not-so-great pulp yarn

Dark Agnes #1

Dark Anges #1 is based on a more obscure Robert E. Howard creation that may have been one of the inspirations for Red Sonja. Agnes de la Ferre aka Dark Agnes is a French woman, who killed the disgusting man she was going to be forced to marry and became a great swordswoman and adventurer. Writer Becky Cloonan, artist Luca Pizzari, and colorist Jay David Ramos definitely understand the swashbuckling, pulpy tone of a Howard story. Even if the execution is lacking in times in the parts of the story that aren’t dialogue. The characters, Dark Agnes and her sidekick Etienne, are more stock than three dimensional. Cloonan writes some witty dialogue and places them in settings that would be out of place in a capital “R” French Romantic novel written in the 19th century, but set centuries before.

However, Dark Agnes #1’s chief weakness isn’t with its prose, but with the visuals. This comic seems to suffer from the “Dynamite problem”, which is having a fantastic, inviting cover and incomprehensible-to-above average (At times) interior art. If it wasn’t for Cloonan’s shout-y dialogue, the initial scene of Dark Agnes rescuing Etienne would have zero suspense. Luca Pizzari handles the big reactions, or flashback dreams, but not the little things that make a set piece great in Dark Agnes #1. There are too many moving parts in his action sequences, and a scene that should be epic (Aka Dark Agnes kicking ass with a sword in her mouth.) falls flat because the focal point on the panel is off center. However, Jay David Ramos does a decent job emphasizing Agnes’ flame red mane as well as using a muddy palette to evoke the stench of stereotypical “Dark Ages” France. He uses brighter colors when Etienne and Dark Agnes take on a rich woman and her nun companion to protect towards the end of the first issue.

One thing that these modern Robert E. Howard adaptations can do is add interiority and shading to pulp archetypes. However, Dark Agnes #1 doesn’t do that, for better or worse. I hate to say it, but Becky Cloonan and Luca Pizzari basically transpose the story of Red Sonja to medieval France. And it’s not intrigued, well-researched medieval France, but just a backdrop for swashbuckling adventures and interspersed French dialogue. The Duke of Alencon seems to be the bad guy, but he could easily be substituted by the Duke of Burgundy or the Sheriff of Nottingham or any such mustache twirler. Hopefully, his real menace is shown down the road.

I do like the basic premise for the character of Dark Agnes, and that she is a woman in an incredibly oppressive time period, who overcomes trauma to be a badass. Even though the storytelling around her is wooden, Cloonan, Pizzari, and Ramos give her true energy to match her flame red hair beginning with the opening of Dark Agnes #1 where she rescues the “damsel in distress” Etienne from execution in a scene that is actually pretty funny. Her sheer swagger coupled with the foreboding images of her dreams sow the seeds of a potentially interesting pulp heroine, and the final pages definitely up the stakes. In video game terms, think “fast travel”.

I definitely wish that Becky Cloonan had the opportunity to both write and draw Dark Agnes because her work on Dark Horse’s Conan shows that she is a natural fit for high energy, bloody adventures. However, that is not the case, and the visuals of Dark Agnes #1 make the book seem more sluggish than exciting. The writing and plotting isn’t pristine either with a generic sense of setting and several cliches even though Cloonan’s dialogue is musical and humorous sometimes. It’s a comic to definitely trade wait for

Story: Becky Cloonan Art: Luca Pizzari
Colors: Jay David Ramos Letters: Travis Lanham
Story: 7.3 Art: 5.8 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Review: Dark Agnes #1

Swashbuckling adventure awaits as Robert E. Howard’s Dark Agnes comes to Marvel Comics!

Story: Becky Cloonan
Art: Luca Pizzari
Color: Jay David Ramos
Letterer: Travis Lanham

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Preview: Dark Agnes #1 (of 5)

Dark Agnes #1 (of 5)

(W) Becky Cloonan (A) Luca Pizzari (CA) Stephanie Hans
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

HER FIRST SOLO COMIC SERIES!

Forced into an arranged marriage, Agnes de Chastillon took matters into her own violent hands to free herself from the yoke of a life she never wanted. Now, the woman known as DARK AGNES, along with her mercenary partner ETIENNE VILLIERS, make their way through 16th century France as sellswords on their way to join the wars in Italy, where the real money is! But when Etienne is captured by the DUKE OF ALENCON’s forces and set for execution, it’s up to Dark Agnes to save the day! But what evil designs are being enacted on Agnes, and will she doom herself by saving Etienne?

An all-new story following up Robert E. Howard’s tales, the swashbuckling saga of DARK AGNES in Marvel Comics starts here!

Dark Agnes #1 (of 5)
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