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Preview: Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade #2 (of 4)

Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade #2 (of 4)

(W) Charles Soule (A) Marco Castiello (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
Rated T
In Shops: Jan 25, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Jedi Master PORTER ENGLE has journeyed with his sister, Barash, to a planet far on the Republic frontier in response to a desperate request for aid. They are certain they will succeed. No one in the galaxy fights like Jedi Porter Engle. No warrior can stand against him. No one even comes close. They are certain…until they see what awaits them.

Star Wars: The High Republic - The Blade #2 (of 4)

Preview: Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade #1 (of 4)

Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade #1 (of 4)

(W) Charles Soule (A) Marco Castiello (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
In Shops: Dec 28, 2022
SRP: $3.99

• Hundreds of years before the Skywalker Saga, witness the rise of a legend – the mighty Jedi PORTER ENGLE, perhaps the most skilled lightsaber wielder in the High Republic.
• With his fellow Jedi Knight Barash, he travels the galaxy, serving as a guardian of peace and justice.
• But even Porter Engle has enemies he cannot defeat.

Star Wars: The High Republic - The Blade #1 (of 4)

Preview: Star Wars: Darth Vader #24

Star Wars: Darth Vader #24

(W) Greg Pak (A) Marco Castiello (CA) Paul Renaud
In Shops: Jun 29, 2022
SRP: $3.99

• Someone’s been to Polis Massa. Someone’s heard Padmé’s last words. Someone knows Vader’s deepest secret. What happens when the Dark Lord of the Sith finds out?
• Meanwhile, a colony of refugees from a certain sandy planet struggle under the rule of an Imperial governor. Will their connection to Vader’s past be their salvation – or their doom?
• Plus: the shocking return of two of Anakin Skywalker’s oldest friends!

Star Wars: Darth Vader #24

Review: Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #2

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #2

I enjoyed the first issue of Spider-Man 2099: Exodus. There was a nice return to the classic world and characters. For someone who read the line of comics when it first came out, it was absolute nostalgia that hooked me. Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #2 I think improves on the formula continuing to expand the world but also focused on the quest at hand.

Written by Steve Orlando, the comic begins with Spider-Man 2099 attempting to recruit another individual for his mission. From there, we get the story of Loki 2099 and what has happened to the gods of Asgard.

It’s an interesting story and one that adds a lot to the world of 2099 with a tragic story that looks at the past as well as the future of that corner of the Marvel Universe. It’s a solid story that way that answers some questions and sets up a nice future for Asgard as well.

The art by Marco Castiello is solid. With color by Antonio Fabela and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the comic has a feel that’s nice mix of western, fantasy, and the futuristic world. There’s an interesting design to everything and the characters Loki comes across. The feel of it all reminds me a lot of Marvel’s futuristic “Old Man” world of stories which also blended a western aesthetic with the world of superheroes.

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #2 is a solid comic that builds on its world infusing different genres in an already intriguing story. It switches things up a lot taking what feels like inspiration from other genres than what have been explored in the past with the line. Overall, it feels like it celebrates the 2099 of the past while setting up the 2099 of the future.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Marco Castiello
Color: Antonio Fabela Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Purchase: comiXology/Kindle

Preview: Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #2

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #2

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Marco Castiello (CA) Ryan Stegman
In Shops: Jun 15, 2022
SRP: $3.99

• THE PRINCE OF LIES – last survivor of Asgard’s Ragnarok, sponsored by ALCHEMAX’s Aesir program – is now THE PRINCE OF OUTCASTS.
• While THE CABAL preys upon society’s dregs, LOKI schemes to resurrect Asgard on his own terms.
• But when Loki’s involved, can mischief be far behind?
• What’s the secret of Loki’s last trick, and how does it affect the future of Asgard and Midgard alike?

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #2

Marvel’s Star Wars: The High Republic Enters Phase II

At Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, fans got an exciting look at what’s to come in Phase II of Star Wars: The High Republic. The highly-acclaimed publishing initiative will begin an all-new era of interconnected stories told across novels, children’s books, and of course, comics! Marvel Comics’ Star Wars: The High Republic sagas will return this fall with a new ongoing Star Wars: The High Republic comic series and a new limited series titled Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade.

Launching in October, Star Wars: The High Republic #1 will see writer Cavan Scott and artist Ario Anindito reunite after their mega successful run on volume 1. Set 150 years before Phase 1, Phase II of Star Wars: The High Republic will center around Jedha, a planet rich in its connection to the Force and the focus of every major faith in the galaxy. The new flagship Star Wars: The High Republic comic series will introduce Jedi Vildar Mac, who arrives as Jedha’s fragile peace begins to crumble and a nameless terror arrives…

Author of Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi and one of the chief architects behind the Star Wars: The High Republic storytelling initiative, writer Charles Soule will team up with artist Marco Castiello on Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade #1. The four-issue limited series will explore the mysterious backstory of Porter Engle, the Jedi-turned-cook also known as the Blade of Bardotta.

Check out the cover to Star Wars: The High Republic #1 by Ario Anindito and Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade #1 by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Frank Martin below. They’re set to come out in October and November.

Preview: Star Wars #21

Star Wars #21

(W) Charles Soule (A) Marco Castiello, Ramon Rosanas (CA) Ramon Rosanas, Rachelle Rosenberg
In Shops: Mar 02, 2022
SRP: $3.99

• After a mission gone wrong, ace Rebel pilot SHARA BEY (POE DAMERON’S mother) was left for dead aboard the TARKIN’S WILL, a huge Star Destroyer.
• Shara survived and has been hiding deep inside the massive ship ever since, evading COMMANDER ZAHRA’S notice.
• But her time is up. Can she live long enough to escape?

Star Wars #21

Head Back to 2099 this May

In 1992, Marvel embarked on its first trip to the dystopian far-future of 2099, and fans discovered a new age of Marvels filled with fascinating takes on their favorite heroes such as the X-Men, the Avengers, and of course, Spider-Man! Presenting a twisted corporate-run society and the inspiring characters who sought to overthrow it, the stories set in Marvel 2099 had a tremendous impact on readers and now 30 years later, Spider-Man 2099: Exodus will revisit this rich world in a saga that will revolutionize its role in the tapestry that is the Marvel multiverse.

Beginning in May’s Spider-Man 2099: Exodus – Alpha #1, this all-new limited series will be written by Steve Orlando and brought to life by an all-star lineup of artists from throughout Marvel comics including Paul Fry, David Wachter, Marco Castiello, Ze Carlos, Alessandro Mircola, and Kim Jacinto. The story will kick off when a Celestial falls to Earth, bringing a glimmer of hope to this broken world. Sensing a chance for real change, fan-favorite hero Spider-Man 2099 will undertake a journey that will bring him into contact with all corners of the Marvel Universe from Asgard to mutantkind! Each issue will shift focus to a new character or team, debuting exciting new characters along the way such as 2099 Winter Soldier, a new version of 2099 Loki, and new members of the 2099 X-Men. Recontextualizing the core elements of the 2099 mythos, Spider-Man’s quest for a better tomorrow will be a perfect entry point for 2099 newcomers and an essential chapter for those who have enjoyed past 2099 adventures!

After fighting battles across the timestream, Miguel O’Hara is at last back defending his present and the world’s future! For Spider-Man 2099, the only thing constant about life in Nueva York is change. So when a cataclysmic crash creates a new Garden of Eden in what was once the American Wastelands, Spider-Man knows exactly what the next atrocity will be. Watch as the mysterious group known as The Cabal plans to set society ablaze and find out which Marvel villain is leading them in Spider-Man 2099: Exodus – Alpha #1!

Then in Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #1, meet the Winter Solider of 2099 aka Winter Soldier 13! It’s not just The Cabal who is hungry to control the Garden. Salvaged from the black market as a child, the Winter Soldier — raised on mad science — is bent on vengeance and rebirth. What power will he find in the Garden and how will she use it?

Also coming in May, witness Loki 2099 in Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #2! The Prince of Lies, last survivor of Asgard’s Ragnarok, sponsored by ALCHEMAX’s Aesir program — is now the Prince of Outcasts. While The Cabal preys upon society’s dregs, Loki schemes to resurrect Asgard on his own terms. But when Loki’s involved, can mischief be far behind? What’s the secret of Loki’s last trick, and how does it affect the future of Asgard and Midgard alike?

The revolution of 2099 begins this May in Spider-Man 2099: Exodus – Alpha #1! Check out the covers of the first three issues as well as new characters designs and stay tuned for more details in the coming months! Spider-Man 2099: Exodus – Alpha #1 features a cover by Leinil Francis Yu, Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #1 and #2 feature covers by Ryan Stegman.

Hulk #3, Venom #4, Star Wars #20, and Strange Academy #15 Return for New Printings

Fans will get a chance to dive into Marvel Comics’ most exciting ongoing series with new printings of Hulk #3, Star Wars #20, Strange Academy #15, and Venom #4! These sold-out issues will be available at comic shops starting on March 2, complete with new second printing covers.

Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley take things to a whole new level in Hulk #3, part three of “SMASHSTRONAUT.” There is another Bruce Banner! But where is his Hulk? The answer to that question? Well, it’s a doozy. And it’s about to change our Hulk’s entire course of action. The most insane, action-packed HULK story you’ve ever read gets even MORE epic! HULK #3’s second printing variant cover will be a wraparound cover showcasing Ryan Ottley’s interior artwork.

Charles Soule and Marco Castiello continue to tell Luke Skywalker’s journey along the Jedi path in Star Wars #20. Luke has found a key piece of instruction in the voice of his teacher, Jedi Master Yoda. But the lesson Luke must learn will not be taught by Yoda, and it will take – and give – more than the young Skywalker could ever have imagined. Star Wars #20 stunned fans with surprise appearances by some of the Jedi from the High Republic era. The new printing features a variant by Carlo Pagulayan.

Skottie Young and Humberto Ramos’ Strange Academy #20 sheds more light on the new Marvel villain on everyone’s mind—GASLAMP! It’s a very special day at Strange Academy: Battle Class with Magik and Wong! But not every student is competing at the same level, and Calvin has a trick up his sleeve thanks to his new mysterious friend, Gaslamp! Meanwhile, a student is missing, and Emily Bright won’t rest until they’re found. Strange Academy #20’s second printing variant cover will be a new version of Humberto Ramos’ haunting depiction of Gaslamp seen on the issue’s main cover.

The villainous Life Foundation is back – and they have Dylan Brock dead in their sights in Ram V. and Bryan Hitch’s Venom #4! Led once again by the insidious Carlton Drake, the symbiote-hunting organization has larger ambitions than ever before, and with Arthur Krane in the palm of their hand, they finally have the political leverage to make them a reality. The new printing features a cover by Humberto Ramos!

Review: Almost American #4

The true story of two Russian agents as they defect to the United States. Almost American #4 takes us further into the silliness and frustration of the process highlighting some of the issues that arise and what needs to be done.

Story: Ron Marz
Art: Marco Castiello, Beni Lobel
Color: Juancho!
Letterer: Rus Wooton

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