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Review: Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 Ch. 1

bm66mww77_ch01-d_sfcoverIt was a matter of time before these two classic properties came together, but we finally have the 1960s Batman meeting the 1970s Wonder Woman in a digital first series that begins with a flashback and I think introduces some more modern characters into the classic setting.

What mysteries are hidden in the book Ra’s al Ghul just hired Catwoman to steal? And why does this caper lead Batman down memory lane-to his childhood fight against actual Nazis?!

Written by Jeff Parker and Marc Andreyko, Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 kicks off with a caper by Catwoman, but quickly dives into the past as Bruce reflects on his childhood and an incident of an auction that was crashed by Nazis and the League of Assassins.

The story is over the top fun as you’d expect with a series such as this bringing together not just the characters but also Ra’s al Ghul, Catwoman, Talia al Ghul, and Nazis in a story that feels like it’s a mix of classic Batman with Indiana Jones.

There’s a certain camp you’d expect when reading this type of story and Park and Andreyko delivers making sure to not take things too seriously and also work it so it feels fairly natural as to how Wonder Woman fits into it all. And since this is a digital chapter which tend to run pretty short, there’s actually a hell of a lot fit in there.

The art by David Hahn continues the style we’ve seen and has become what I’d expect for this setting and these series. It’s solid and I’d be interested in seeing how it flows in comiXology compared to my reading it as single pages in a PDF. So, my reading wasn’t ideal in reality and there may have been some things I missed due to that (Wonder Woman spinning to change could be really cool digitally for instance). Still, it’s solid work that continues the style we’ve seen before.

Overall, it’s a digital chapter, so a bit short for me, but it does pack in a lot and continues the fun tone of classic Batman and Wonder Woman. I can’t wait to read the next chapter and see where things go from here.

Story: Marc Andreyko, Jeff Parker Art: David Hahn
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

The first chapter is now available for download  via the DC Comics App, Readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Death of Hawkman #2

Death of Hawkman #2

Written by: Marc Andreyko
Art by: Livesay, Aaron Lopresti
Cover by: Aaron Lopresti

Imprisoned on Rann and accused of being a spy for the enemy Thanagarians, Adam Strange finds a most unusual ally in his rescuer, Hawkman, who knows his people are innocent of the recent devastating attack on Rann and is desperately searching for the truth of who began this conflict…and why!

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Batman ’66 Heads to the 70s to Meet Wonder Woman ’77

batman66-wonder-woman-cover-1_lr3Things are about to get a little groovier for the 1960s Batman comic book series! At New York Comic Con, DC announced the all-new Digital First title Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77.  Co-written by Batman ’66 veteran Jeff Parker and Wonder Woman ’77 writer Marc Andreyko, the best of the ‘60s and ‘70s will come together in this action-packed miniseries based on the classic Batman TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward, and the fan-favorite Wonder Woman TV series starring Lynda Carter.

Also announced, the 12-chapter series will launch digitally November 23, releasing new chapters every other week, and will feature art from popular artists David Hahn and Karl Kesel and cover art by Michael Allred.

Following the November digital launch, the comic will later be offered as a six-issue print series with the first issue debuting in January 2017.

Here is the full solicitation information including a description of the first chapter:

BATMAN ’66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN ’77 #1

What mysteries are hidden in the book Ra’s al Ghul just hired Catwoman to steal? And why does this caper lead Batman down memory lane—to his childhood fight against actual Nazis?! Witness his first encounter with one of the greatest heroes the world has ever known: Wonder Woman!

batman66meetswonderwoman77alexross_lr3Rated E for Everyone
Writers:  Jeff Parker and Marc Andreyko
Artists: David Hahn and Karl Kesel
Cover Artist: Michael Allred
Variant Cover: Alex Ross

Digital Chapters 

The first digital chapter will be available for download via the DC App, Readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus.

On sale November 23, 2016
US $0.99

Print Periodicals

The first print issue will be available everywhere comics are sold
On sale January 2017
US $3.99

Preview: Death of Hawkman #1

Death of Hawkman #1

Written by: Marc Andreyko
Art by: Aaron Lopresti
Cover by: Aaron Lopresti
Variant cover by: Walter Simonson

Residing on Earth and out of the hero game, Adam Strange finds himself trying to live a “normal” life, until he’s literally pulled back into adventure again when a seemingly normal Zeta beam transmission returns him to the planet Rann, where he hopes to be reunited with his beloved Alanna. But instead he finds the once-great city of Ranagar in ruins, with millions dead, and the once peaceful Alanna is now calling for the blood of Rann’s oldest enemy, Thanagar, home of the Hawkmen. Sensing something is amiss, Strange finds an ally in Hawkman, who also is trying anything possible to avert war. Don’t miss the start of this sensational new six-issue miniseries!

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Review: Death of Hawkman #1

tdohkm_cv1_dsResiding on Earth and out of the hero game, Adam Strange finds himself trying to live a “normal” life, until he’s literally pulled back into adventure again when a seemingly normal Zeta beam transmission returns him to the planet Rann, where he hopes to be reunited with his beloved Alanna. But instead he finds the once-great city of Ranagar in ruins, with millions dead, and the once peaceful Alanna is now calling for the blood of Rann’s oldest enemy, Thanagar, home of the Hawkmen. Sensing something is amiss, Strange finds an ally in Hawkman, who also is trying anything possible to avert war.

Two characters I don’t really care about? That’d be Adam Strange and Hawkman. They just never really interested me. However… Death of Hawkman #1 has me rethinking that.

Written by Marc Andreyko, Death of Hawkman is interesting in that this first issue is actually mostly about Adam Strange. Yeah, there’s a little switch in that the issue is mostly a flashback telling how Strange wound up side by side with Hawkman in the middle of a battle. That take is both unexpected and really welcome as Strange feels like the character by which we’ll be able to connect with and thus enjoy the story more.

The comic does a lot to let us know who Adam Strange is and it works. I felt kind of bad for him and I could relate to him too. This is a guy who spends his time playing video games when he wishes he was out in space and the way Andreyko does it is so good. There’s also this great tinge of Flash Gordon to it all, which I love cause that’s a character I really enjoy.

Aaron Lopresti‘s art is pretty solid and seems to work best in the war-torn areas in the beginning and end of the comic. It’s good and captures the pulp/sci-fi vibe of the series. I’m actually looking forward to seeing the next issue and the alien word and war more because that’s where I think the art really stands out.

The first issue really surprised me and feels a bit Flash Gordon with a potential buddy cop story coming. I want to see what’s going on as Andreyko has set the comic up to build on the mystery and it works for me. I think what has really sold me though is Adam Strange. This is a character I’ve never cared about, but all I want now is a pulp space adventure featuring Strange and written by Andreyko.

Story: Marc Andreyko Art: Aaron Lopresti
Story: 8.15 Art: 7.85 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Hawkman and Adam Strange Race to Save Two Worlds in Hawkman and Adam Strange: Out of Time

Writer Marc Andreyko and interior/cover artist Aaron Lopresti are teaming up for a return to the worlds of Rann and Thanagar in Hawkman and Adam Strange: Out of Time, a six-issue monthly miniseries scheduled to debut on October 5.

Residing on Earth and out of the hero game, Adam Strange finds himself trying to live a “normal” life, until he’s literally pulled back into adventure again as a seemingly normal Zeta beam transmission returns him to the planet Rann, where he hopes to be reunited with his beloved Alanna. But instead, he finds the once great city of Ranagar in ruins with millions dead, and the once peaceful Alanna is now calling for the blood of Rann’s oldest enemy, Thanagar, home of the Hawkmen.

Sensing something is amiss, Strange enlists the aid of Thanagarian policeman Katar Hol, aka Hawkman, who is also trying anything possible to avert war. Together the two try and uncover who’s really behind the destruction of Rann while at the same time preventing Rann and Thanagar from marching into interplanetary armageddon!

Hawkman and Adam Strange: Out of Time #1 arrives at comic retailers on October 5.

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Wonder Woman ’77 Signing at Golden Apple Comics

ii_155271be705cbe91To celebrate the release of Wonder Woman ‘77 Vol. 1, writer Marc Andreyko, artist Cat Staggs and artist Matt Haley will be signing copies for fans at Golden Apple Comics on Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m.

Based on the fan-favorite 1977 Wonder Woman TV series starring Lynda Carter, the Digital First comic series follows the undercover Amazon Princess as she joins forces with special agent Steve Trevor to defend America against Cold War-era criminals. A search for an escaped Soviet scientist brings Wonder Woman to the hottest disco of the day, Studio 52, where a live stage act might prove more of a threat to Wonder Woman than the Russian Roller Derby girls out to bring the scientist home. This new title collects Wonder Woman ’77 Special #1-2.

A purchase of Wonder Woman ’77 Vol. 1 is required to attend. Fans are encouraged to line up early as space will be limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.

WHO:
Marc Andreyko, Wonder Woman ’77 Vol. 1 Writer
Cat Staggs, Wonder Woman ’77 Vol. 1 Artist
Matt Haley, Wonder Woman ’77 Vol. 1 Artist

WHERE:         
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

WHEN:
Saturday, June 11, 2016
1-3 p.m.

Preview: Clive Barker’s Nightbreed Vol. 2 TP

Clive Barker’s Nightbreed Vol. 2 TP

Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Piotr Kowalski, Emmanuel Xerx Javier

In the catacombs beneath an abandoned cemetery lies the city of Midian. A home to all that have none, this sanctuary from the cruelty of man has been sought by monsters throughout time. Explore both the past and present of this clandestine tribe, unleashing new secrets and horrors as these creatures fight to coexist with mankind. From master storyteller Clive Barker, writer Marc Andreyko (Batwoman) and artists Piotr Kowalski (Dark Tower: The Drawing of Three) and Emmanuel Xerx Javier (Raven Nevermore) comes the story behind Midian’s most famous monsters and the one who is destined to save them all! Collects issues #5-8.

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Review: Airwolf: Airstrikes TPB

airwolf_airstrikesI can honestly say that growing up in the 1980s, was a real treat, for nerds everywhere as we were exposed to some of the best and the most innovative entertainment. The reverberations of my generation can still be felt in all mediums of entertainment , as shows like The Goldbergs, stands as a testament to just how influential , the popular culture of the era was and still is. The era was also filled with more action heroes than one can count on one hand, as I remembered many great TV shows like Fall Guy, A-Team and Knight Rider, had heroes that every kid in America wanted to be and urged our parents to buy their action figures. Then there were TV shows, that were truly unsung, until years later, when retro loving sites such as AV Club, gives it, it’s just due.

I can think of many TV shows, that fit this category, and yet to find it under any spotlight such as Stingray and the original Denzel Washington –less Equalizer. Another TV show, which I remembered that fits this category, and actually exceeded the expectations of its less than stellar movie counterparts, was Airwolf. The show surrounded a high tech military helicopter and the crew that supported it, as I remember people synopsizing it as “Knight Rider with propellers.” The show was more than that , it was spy craft with tons of action usually in high stake situations, and spoke very much of the times, as America was involved in the Cold War.

IDW has continued the missions of Airwolf, in its comic series, and to extremely interesting results, and none which were good. I came into reading this collection, hoping IDW would continue their string of successes in nostalgia comics, but this one falls flat on its face. This collection reintroduces you to the characters from the TV show as well as to new characters to bring it up to date. Sad to say, this collection comes off as no more than “a bad guy of the week” series as not one story I can talk truly of note.

Overall, I came into the trade paperback, hoping to relive the adventures of Stringfellow Hawke and rest of the Airwolf crew, and their struggles with the Firm, and felt seriously cheated, having met a poor copycat. The stories by Mike Baron, Jeff Mariotte, Marc Andreyko, Barbara Kesel, Rob Worley, Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman, were very much well intentioned but uninspired. The art by Jean Froes and Fabiano Neves, were probably the only highlight, but paired with the average stories contributed, diminishes their contributions. Altogether, IDW and the talented team, on this project, should have seriously construed their plans, as execution is always key, as this serves as a perfect example of when it is poorly done.

Story: Mike Baron, Jeff Mariotte, Marc Andreyko, Barbara Kesel, Rob Worley, Marc Bernardin & Adam Freeman Art: Jean Froes and Fabiano Neves
Story: 3 Art: 7 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Airwolf Airstrikes, Vol. 1

Airwolf Airstrikes, Vol. 1

Mike Baron, Jeff Mariotte, Marc Andreyko, Barbara Kesel, Rob Worley, Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman (w) • Jean Froes, Fabiano Neves (a) • Billy King (c)

Hawke, Santini, and the coolest attack chopper ever made are back in this epic reimagining of the hit TV classic! Airwolf, the nuclear-powered helicopter, is featured in this blistering anthology of stand-alone thrillers that redefines the classic for a new generation!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-315-6

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