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Preview: Adam Strange/Future Quest Special #1

Adam Strange/Future Quest Special #1

(W) Marc Andreyko, Jeff Parker, Dan DiDio (A) Steve Lieber, Phil Winslade (CA) Evan “Doc” Shaner
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $4.99

After the events of the DEATH OF HAWKMAN miniseries, Adam Strange is blasted through multiple dimensions only to land on Earth! There, instead of super-powered beings and legendary crime fighters, he encounters a boy adventurer and his scientist father – and they’re the only ones who can help him return home. Jonny Quest, Hadji, Dr. Quest and Race Bannon have a plan, but it’s going to involve a dangerous trek through Dino Boy’s Lost Valley of prehistoric threats! And in the backup feature starring Top Cat, breaking out of prison is challenging enough for a cat, but sometimes it means stumbling through a cosmic portal to planet Earth… and right into the hands of Batman!

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Review: Adam Strange/Future Quest Special #1

After the events of the Death of Hawkman miniseries, Adam Strange is blasted through multiple dimensions only to land on Earth! There, instead of super-powered beings and legendary crime fighters, he encounters a boy adventurer and his scientist father – and they’re the only ones who can help him return home. Jonny Quest, Hadji, Dr. Quest and Race Bannon have a plan, but it’s going to involve a dangerous trek through Dino Boy’s Lost Valley of prehistoric threats! And in the backup feature starring Top Cat, breaking out of prison is challenging enough for a cat, but sometimes it means stumbling through a cosmic portal to planet Earth… and right into the hands of Batman!

And in the backup feature starring Top Cat, breaking out of prison is challenging enough for a cat, but sometimes it means stumbling through a cosmic portal to planet Earth… and right into the hands of Batman!

Two stories with very different styles and characters, the first brings Adam Strange to the world of Future Quest in a cute and simple tale that feels like strange epilogues to both the Future Quest series and The Death of Hawkman. The comic is fun with a good mix of the vibe built in Future Quest and a little bit of flavor of the main steam DC Comics universe. Writers Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker blend the two and it works, though the story a feels a bit paint by numbers (heroes fight due to misunderstanding type of thing). But, Andreyko and Parker spin it into some fun, especially watching Strange trying to figure out what’s going on and seeing this DC Character set in Hanna-Barbera world.

The art by Steve Lieber is pretty good, though I admit I miss Evan “Doc” Shaner’s art from Future Quest. Things aren’t bad at all and Lieber’s style for this plays off of the fun action packed aspect of the issue. It’s a departure of that classic Hanna-Barbera style, though close to it. It’s good though and fits really well to the story.

The issue has a back-up story featuring Top Cat and it’s really interesting. It’s very short and is a prologue in so many ways, but what’s done with the few pages is entertaining and somehow works.

Written by Dan DiDio the story brings Top Cat to Gotham and is just a straight up origin tale as Top Cat tells Batman how he got to the city. It’s entertaining and is a solid lead in to further stories, but that’s the thing, if there’s nothing else, you wonder if something else could have been done. And, whatever is to come, will it be in Gotham!? It’s an interesting choice and the story is decent though nothing amazing. What is entertaining is reading DiDio’s take on the Batwoman/Catwoman relationship as there’s some solid digs.

While I wasn’t blown away by the story, the art is pretty solid at points. I really enjoy Phil Winslade‘s style for this which has an almost New Yorker-ish look to it. Top Cat’s world is what really stands out to me, but Batman and Catwoman don’t work as well. It’s interesting because the art style works so well in Top Cat’s world, but when in Gotam, things aren’t quite as visually interesting.

Overall, this is a mixed issue and sets up some interesting things for the future. It’s really cool that the Adam Strange Future Quest aspect of the issue takes place post both of their stories. That’s really smart and makes this one shot feel that much more important. But, the story itself doesn’t bring a lot that’s new or different, like their series before did. It also feels like it sets up something for the future, which Top Cat does as well. It’s an interesting concept overall with these two mash-ups, but neither quite feels like it lets loose in the ways I expected.

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Story: Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker Art: Steve Lieber
Story: 7.45 Art: 7.65 Overall: 7.50 Recommendation: Read

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Story: Dan DiDio Art: Phil Winslade
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.15 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Love Is Love Raises Over $165,000 for Victims of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre

Last December, IDW Publishing, with support from DC Entertainment, created Love is Love, an anthology graphic novel that united the comic book community in support of the victims and families affected by the tragedy at Pulse nightclub. It has been announced that the graphic novel has raised more than $165,000 from digital and print sales. Through Equality Florida, the proceeds have been donated to the OneOrlando Fund to assist the victims and families impacted.

Love is Love was conceived and curated by comic book writer Marc Andreyko, under the editorial guidance of IDW Publishing’s Sarah Gaydos and DC Entertainment’s Jamie S. Rich, who called upon his industry colleagues to lend their talents to a benefit comic book. The overwhelming response he received in support of the project resulted in contributions from comic and entertainment luminaries including Grant Morrison, Gail Simone, Jim Lee, Paul Dini, Amanda Conner, Scott Snyder, Tom King, Brian Michael Bendis, Steve Orlando, Cat Staggs, Kieron Gillen, Mark Millar, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez, David Mack, Brad Meltzer, Taran Killam, Patton Oswalt, Damon Lindelof, Morgan Spurlock and Matt Bomer, among many others.

The graphic novel is currently in its fourth printing, and the remaining copies will be donated to Equality Florida and sold as fundraising items.

A fifth printing is forthcoming, with all proceeds from this and future editions of Love is Love being donated to LGBTQA charities.

Exclusive Preview: Death of Hawkman #6

Death of Hawkman #6

Written by: Marc Andreyko
Art by: Livesay, Aaron Lopresti
Cover by: Aaron Lopresti
Variant cover by: Bill Sienkiewicz
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 1, 2017

The odds are impossible, but Hawkman and Adam Strange must team up as the fates of Rann, Thanagar and the known universe hangs in the balance. But can anyone—or anything—stop Despero? Don’t miss the finale of this red-hot miniseries!

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Preview: Death of Hawkman #4

Death of Hawkman #4

(W) Marc Andreyko (A) John Livesay, Rodney Buchemi, Norm Rapmund, Sean Parsons (A/CA) Aaron Lopresti
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 04, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Having uncovered Despero’s plans to acquire the Zeta energy, Hawkman and Adam Strange realize that hundreds of thousands of Thanagarians could perish in the process! But is it already too late for Thanagar?

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Marc Andreyko and Taran Killam Promote Love is Love on Late Night with Seth Meyers

December 28th sees the release the comic anthology Love is Love which benefits the victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting. Marc Andreyko and Taran Killam were on Late Night with Seth Meyers to help promote to project.

Make sure to go out, buy it, and help support this great cause, proceeds go to Equality Florida.

 

Preview: Death of Hawkman #3

Death of Hawkman #3

(W) Marc Andreyko (A) John Livesay, Rodney Buchemi (A/CA) Aaron Lopresti
In Shops: Dec 07, 2016
SRP: $3.99

With both Adam Strange and Hawkman on the run as intergalactic fugitives with bounties on their heads, the march to war between Thanagar and Rann intensifies! In order to stop it, the heroes must secretly try to unravel who-or what-is instigating hostilities while dodging pursuit from all corners of the universe! And if you thought you knew Despero, you were wrong!

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Archie Gets Involved with the Love is Love Anthology

Archie Comics is teaming up with IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment and will be contributing to the Love is Love anthology benefiting victims of Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub tragedy.

The company will include two stories featuring Archie Comics characters designed to show support for the LGBTQ community.

Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, artist Stephen Byrne, and Archie legend Dan Parent have crafted two heartfelt and moving pieces featuring Kevin Keller, Archie, and other Archie Comics characters as they stand with the victims of this national tragedy and the entire LGBTQ community.

The Love is Love collection, curated by writer Marc Andreyko, features artwork from dozens of collaborators in the comic book industry designed to send a powerful message of support to the victims, survivors, and their families. All materials for the project have been donated and all proceeds will go directly to the families and victims via Equality Florida.

Kevin Keller, the first gay character in Archie Comics history, was introduced in 2010 by longtime Archie writer/artist Dan Parent, whose contribution to Love is Love features a one-page pinup featuring a message from Kevin Keller to the LGBTQ community about how to cope and respond to the tragic events that struck Orlando.

The Love is Love anthology graphic novel goes on sale December 21st at comic book shops.

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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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