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Preview: Awaken Skies #0

AWAKEN SKIES #0

Frank Mastromauro – Story / Marco Lorenzana – Art / Justice – Colors

It’s our newest comic’s debut and a new world of flight prepares to take the Aspen Universe by storm!

In the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain, a covert scientist discovers that possessing valuable data that could change the world comes with a dangerous price. However, it may be far too late for him to escape before the powers that be come to collect! Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a loving suburban family makes a similar discovery, that the world is indeed much smaller than it seems, and no one is safe!

AWAKEN SKIES #0 is in stores June 13th, 2018!

Don’t miss the thrilling opening chapter to Aspen’s newest action-adventure series from creator and writer Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken), artist Marco Lorenzana, digital-inks by Mark Roslan, colors by Justice, and letters by Taylor Esposito.

FC 24 pages $1.50

Aspen Comics Debuts Awaken Skies #0 this June

Aspen Comics is celebrating fifteen years of publishing in 2018, and the publisher will be releasing several all-new properties in addition to bringing back classic series from their library of titles. One of the aforementioned new properties set to debut on June 13th with a zero issue is the action-adventure series Awaken Skies created by Frank Mastromauro with art by Marco Lorenzana, Justice, and lettering by Taylor Esposito. Solicitation copy for Awaken Skies #0 reads:

A new world of flight prepares to take the Aspen Universe by storm!

In the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain, a covert scientist discovers that possessing valuable data that could change the world comes with a dangerous price. However, it may be far too late for him to escape before the powers that be come to collect! Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a loving suburban family makes a similar discovery, that the world is indeed much smaller than it seems, and no one is safe!

Awaken Skies #0 features two direct edition covers by series artist Lorenzana and Aspen newcomer Mauricio Campetella.

Preview: Incredible Hulk #716

Incredible Hulk #716

(W) Greg Pak (A) Marco Lorenzana (CA) Greg Land
Rated T
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $3.99

WORLD WAR HULK II CONTINUES!
Amadeus Cho has always thought of himself as the fun Hulk – the totally awesome Hulk. But now the Dark Hulk within him is calling the shots with brutal consequences for anyone who’s ever wronged Amadeus or stood in his way. Get ready for Amadeus unleashed and cataclysmic smashing in the heart of New York as our hero – and the world – finally learns just what the curse of the Hulk is all about.

Aspen Announces Soulfire, Awaken Skies, and Artifact One

Aspen Comics has announced their final wave of new releases for their 15-Year Anniversary campaign. The Aspen Wave 3 titles follow the publisher’s anniversary year pattern of bringing back classic series such as their top selling Michael Turner’s Fathom and Executive Assistant: Iris while debuting new properties throughout 2018. Wave 3 kicks off with Aspen’s flagship title, Michael Turner’s Soulfire:

July:

Michael Turner’s Soulfire returns for its seventh volume and celebrates its fifteen-year anniversary since its inception in 2013, with Aspen veteran writer J.T. Krul and art by newcomer Chahine Ladjouze and Wes Hartman on July 18th coinciding with summer’s biggest comic book celebration, San Diego Comic Con International 2018.

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of its creation, Michael Turner’s incredible vision of magic and wonder returns for an all-new volume! As the new age of magic continues in the shadows of this future landscape, Malikai and his friends try to enjoy a little down time, but such plans never seem to last. Grace continues to serve as a protector for all things magic, more specifically the dragons, but she is growing tired of having to keep the true power of the world a secret. And, there is a new danger on the horizon, a new figure in the Soulfire universe who may be the greatest threat to the fragile balance between magic and technology yet!

August:

Awaken Skies, an all-new title from Aspen created by Frank Mastromauro with art by Marco Lorenzana and Justice releases in August with a zero available on June 13th. Solicitation copy for Awaken Skies #0 reads:

A new world of flight prepares to take the Aspen Universe by storm! In the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain, a covert scientist discovers that possessing valuable data that could change the world comes with a dangerous price. However, it may be far too late for him to escape before the powers that be come to collect! Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a loving suburban family makes a similar discovery, that the world is indeed much smaller than it seems, and no one is safe!

September:

Aspen’s supernatural action-adventure series Dellec returns for a second volume in September following the character’s recent appearance in the Aspen series No World. Created and written by Frank Mastromauro and Vince Hernandez, the publisher will release more details soon.

October:

Artifact One, a brand new action-adventure series from creators/writers Vince Hernandez and J.T. Krul and illustrated by Romina Moranelli, debuts in October with a zero issue available on August 22nd. Aspen will release official solicitation copy and more details soon.

November:

The hit 2017 series No World returns for a second volume in November from writers Scott Lobdell and Blake Northcott with art by Giuseppe Cafaro. The No World title unites many of Aspen’s most popular characters in one action-adventure series with a rotating cast each volume.

Preview: Bubblegun Vol. 2 #5

BUBBLEGUN #5 (vol 2) 

Mark Roslan – Story / Marco Lorenzana and Angel Tovar – Art / Federico Blee – Colors

BubbleGun reached its high tech finale!

In order to stop the Nectar drug from mass distribution across the city, the BubbleGun crew sets out on what could be their final mission! The team stares down insurmountable odds amidst a final stand against Drazic, along with his legion of deadly security bots led by their traitorous former teammate, Roman. Can they stop Drazic’s dream of a new world order?!

BUBBLEGUN #5 (vol 2) is in stores October 4th, 2017!

FC                               32 pages                                 $3.99

Preview: No World #5

NO WORLD #5

Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson, Marco Lorenzana – Art / Juanchoo – Colors

They exist in the all-new ASPEN UNIVERSE…yet belong to NO ONE!

With Iris, Dellec and Miya out of the picture at the moment, the rest of this motley crew realizes they have their work cut out for them. However, the aforementioned trio has their own problems to deal with—including the strange dimension they find themselves in that threatens to swallow the entire Earth whole!

Written by legendary Uncanny X-Men scribe Scott Lobdell (Michael Turner’s Fathom) with art by Jordan Gunderson (Aspen Universe: Revelations), this is THE NEW Aspen title you won’t want to miss!

NO WORLD #5 is in stores September 6th, 2017!

Review: Ultimates 2 #100

Ultimates_2_Vol_1_100_TextlessAl Ewing’s ambitious, multiple reality and multiverse spanning run on Ultimates comes to a suitably hopeful and abstract conclusion in Ultimates2 #100 with some fantastic art and colors from Travel Foreman, Filipe Andrade, Marco Lorenzana, Scott Hanna, Dan Brown, and Matt Yackey. Ewing starts out crowd pleasing with a great fight scene between both teams of Ultimates and the malevolent Ultimate Reed Richards plus sharp, quick satire of Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s Ultimates before they return to the larger task of restoring Eternity to its proper place in the universe with the help of anthropomorphic embodiments of past multiverses.

I was slightly disappointed that the abstract beings and concepts got more panel time than the actual team of Ultimates. However, it’s incredibly cool that Ewing, Foreman, Andrade, Lorenzana, and Scott Hanna use them to make a metafictional comment on the Marvel Universe with its mixture of magic, science, and other fun stuff and superhero stories in general and the idea of “illusion of change” and no one really staying dead in superhero comics. (Hence, the Ultimate Universe Ultimates, Chaos, and Order coming back.)

Except Galactus does change throughout the series and continues to be the bringer of life to the whole multiverse and set the Ultimates on hopeful paths as they return to their own comics with his bright gold coloring from Brown and Yackey. In the past, the heralds of Galactus have been harbingers of doom and general bad guys, but in this case, they are his helpers in helping everything return to normal. One thing I have enjoyed about Ultimates2 as a whole is seeing more of the series from Galactus’ POV instead of having him lurk in the background when the team needs a heavy hitter or feature in a one-off issue. He is basically the team leader in Ultimates2.

Even though there is some spectacular punching like America kicking Ultimate Captain America’s jingoistic ass to next week and then some, Ewing makes the Ultimates more like “paramedics” (As America describes them.) than the paramilitary heroes that Millar’s Ultimates were. They are all about fixing the multiverse’s problems through science and logic than executing preemptive strikes on Middle Eastern countries in service of American imperialism. The Ultimates are a search and rescue team on a cosmic level trying to preserve hope in a universe filled with cynicism like whatever is going on with Captain America and HYDRA. Technically, they’re sealed off from Earth by the planetary defense shield that was built to withstand hungry purple Galactus, but this doesn’t hinder the Ultimates and company from saving the Marvel universe light years away from Hydra Cap and the Secret Empire event.

The unsung hero of both Ultimates and Ultimates2 is colorist Dan Brown, who gets some help from Matt Yackey on this issue. They make Ultimates2 #100 look otherworldly with intergalactic blues, blacks, and purples as Al Ewing wraps his storyline up. And even when the storyline gets a little too metaphysical, they save the day with bright golds and orange that instantly evoke hope and rebirth. Foreman, Andrade, and Lorenzana complete this lightness with their art that is fluid like the Superflow that crosses the multiverses although their lines get more rigid during the fight scenes, and there are some epic speed lines when Blue Marvel one punches Ultimate Hulk, who is a total MRA.

In Ultimates2 #100, Al Ewing ties his team of Ultimates in with the original Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch in a non-awkward way and also paves the way for any alternate universe characters to return after the events of Secret Wars. Once again, he shows a rare talent for combining epic, high level plotting with characters (Including Galactus), who have genuine emotional arcs. Honestly, he should be in  charge of Marvel’s next blockbuster event

Story: Al Ewing Art: Travel Foreman, Filipe Andrade, Marco Lorenzana with Scott Hanna
Colors: Dan Brown with Matt Yackey
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Overtaken #3

OVERTAKEN #3

Frank Mastromauro – Story / Marco Lorenzana – Art / Justice, Enrica Eren Angiolini – Colors

Prepare yourself to be – OVERTAKEN!

Alone on a strange new world, Will and Jessica Harden find themselves face to face against an enemy that is only out for one thing – their lives! Outnumbered and running low on weapons, their hope for survival is slim. But, if they can stay alive just long enough, help may arrive in the most unlikely of forms.

Written and created by Frank Mastromauro, featuring artwork by the talented newcomer Marco Lorenzana, OVERTAKEN is going to take your breath away and leave you gasping for more!

OVERTAKEN #3 is in stores July 5th, 2016!

FC 32 pages $3.99

Preview: Overtaken #2

OVERTAKEN #2

Frank Mastromauro – Story / Marco Lorenzana – Art / Justice V – Colors

Prepare yourself for the return of – OVERTAKEN!

Picking up from the shocking events of issue #1… after months of dead ends and uncooperative authorities, Will Harden focuses his desperation to find his missing wife and turns to an unlikely source to help locate her…but is it already too late?? As he begins to unravel the truth, Harden will discover that the answers he seeks are far out of this world!

Written and created by Frank Mastromauro, featuring artwork by the talented newcomer Marco Lorenzana, OVERTAKEN is going to take your breath away and leave you gasping for more!

OVERTAKEN #2 is in stores March 30th, 2016!

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Preview: Overtaken #1

OVERTAKEN #1

Frank Mastromauro ­ Story / Marco Lorenzana ­ Art / Wes Hartman – Colors

The sci-fi thriller OVERTAKEN takes center stage as Aspen¹s 10 year anniversary celebration marches on!

Some questions, you may not want to know the answers to. Journalist Will Harden is well equipped for most situations, but nothing can prepare him for what¹s about to come. Relocating from the big city to a small mountain town with his wife, everything is turned upside-down the moment she goes missing. Are the rumors of alien abductions true or did something far worse happen to his wife? No matter the cause, Harden will not stop until he uncovers the truth, or dies trying.

OVERTAKEN #1 is in stores August 28th, 2013!

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