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Preview: Lodger

Lodger

David Lapham & Maria Lapham (w) • David Lapham (a & c)

Lust, guns and revenge. As American as the wicked west. Ricky Toledo is going to find the man who killed her mother, and revenge is going to be sweet. Ricky was 15 when she fell hard for a handsome drifter who rented a room in her family home. Then he killed her mother and got her father sent to prison for it. It’s three years later, and Ricky will stop at nothing to get revenge. A broken young woman and her trusty companion—a Smith and Wesson 45 named Golddigger—track a serial killer hiding in plain sight as a travel blogger. It’s a dark, grimy game of cat and mouse through a tangled American landscape. And, like all the best crime noir, it’s a twisted love story.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-476-3

Lodger

Preview: Lodger #5

Lodger #5

David Lapham & Maria Lapham (w) • David Lapham (a & c)

After his dalliance with Rhonda doesn’t go exactly to plan, a lovesick Lodger goes full tilt. Ricky and Golddigger deal with damage control and the carnage in a breathless ending you’ll never see coming!

B&W • 32 pages • $3.99

Lodger #5

Preview: Lodger #4

Lodger #4

David Lapham & Maria Lapham (w) • David Lapham (a & c)

The line between hunter and hunted gets blurred when the Lodger gives into temptation. And out on the open road, Ricky and Golddigger close in for the kill.

B&W • 32 pages • $3.99

Lodger #4

Review: Marvel Comics Presents #2

Marvel Comics Presents #2

Three fantastic fables in one mighty magazine! First, a tale of Logan in the fabulous fifties! Then, a new swinging story of the jungle’s cursed crusader, Gorilla-Man! Finally, Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom enter the space race as Sputnik takes orbit!

I don’t have a long history with Marvel Comics Presents, although I have read stories reprinted from the original series, I’ve never read one of the original issues. The first one I had picked up was the first issue of the 2019 series, and I was immediately taken with the format. Probably because I’m a big Wolverine fan.

Thus far, each comic features two standalone stories, with the series being linked by a multi-part story featuring Wolverine (though even that can be read starting here is you missed MCP#1). It’s a format that immediately brings me back to a time when I didn’t care about continuity as much as I did a good story (now I’m a little more concerned with continuity whilst also wanting a good story). This issue has three stories that decline gradually in quality from the first to the final, though I’d happily read the issue for two of the three, so one average tale in an anthology style comic isn’t bad (especially when it takes up the least amount of page space).

Charles Soule‘s Wolverine tale kicks us off, and was the highlight for me. It follows on from the previous issue, though one can read this without having read the first part. The story is set in the fifties, and finds Logan teaming up with a young mystic to combat an unkillable demon named The Truth from corrupting the world; one can argue the allegories and symbolism in this till the day is long, but even on face value this is still a very entertaining tale.

Mark Waid‘s revisionist take on the Fantastic Four before their powers is interesting, and a neat twist on Marvel’s First Family focused more on Reed and Ben’s relationship against a Cold War setting. It’s an interesting What If? style story that I’d love to get more of in the future.

Lastly, we have the Gorilla-Man feature by David and Maria Lapham. It isn’t bad by any means, but certainly isn’t the highlight of the issue. In fairness, this may be more down to my lack of knowledge of – and desire to read about – Gorilla Man than any indication of the ability of the writers. It wasn’t my cup of tea, and I found it a touch jumbled as it seemed to bounce the story between present and flashback. Still, this is far from unreadable, and suffers more because of the stories it’s paired with than anything else.

All in all, Marvel Comics Presents #2 is a win. Easily one of the more fun comics for Marvel right now., unencumbered by continuity and story constraints as it is.

Wolverine: The Vigil
Story: Charles Soule Penciler: Paulo Siqueira
Colour Artist: Frank D’Armata Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.7

Liftoff featuring Mister Fantastic
Story: Mark Waid Artist Djibril Morissette-Phan
Colour Artist: Dan Brown Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.1 Overall: 7.8
This Man, This Gorilla featuring Gorilla-Man
Story: David & Maria Lapham Artist: David Lapham Colour Artist: Lee Loughridge Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Story: 6.3 Art: 7.2 Overall: 6.7

Marvel Comics Presents #2 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Marvel Comics Presents #2

Marvel Comics Presents #2

(W) Charles Soule, Maria Lapham, David Lapham, Mark Waid (A) Paulo Siqueira, David Lapham, More (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 27, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Three fantastic fables in one mighty magazine! First, a tale of Logan in the fabulous fifties! Then, a new swinging story of the jungle’s cursed crusader, Gorilla-Man! Finally, Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom enter the space race as Sputnik takes orbit!

Marvel Comics Presents #2

Preview: Gunhawks #1

Gunhawks #1

(W) Maria Lapham, David Lapham (A) Luca Pizzari (CA) Gerardo Zaffino
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

For Marvel’s 80th anniversary we’ve set our sights on bringing some old titles back into the herd, and we’ve brought in Stray Bullets” David & Maria Lapham for a bullet-riddled saga of violence, vengeance and Western justice. In the days of the Old West there were plenty of fearsome folk… cowboys, rustlers, lawmen and outlaws…but few were as fearsome as THE GUNHAWKS!

Gunhawks #1

Preview: Lodger #3

Lodger #3

David & Maria Lapham (w) • David Lapham (a & c)

As a mysterious grifter continues to corrupt and kill damaged souls on the open road, he accepts a request on the Lodger travel blog that might put his own heart in danger. Meanwhile, Ricky Toledo and Golddigger get one step closer to their prey.

B&W • 32 pages • $3.99

Lodger #3

Preview: Lodger #3

Lodger #3

David & Maria Lapham (w) • David Lapham (a & c)

As a mysterious grifter continues to corrupt and kill damaged souls on the open road, he accepts a request on the Lodger travel blog that might put his own heart in danger. Meanwhile, Ricky Toledo and Golddigger get one step closer to their prey.

B&W • 32 pages • $3.99

Lodger #3

Preview: Lodger #2

Lodger #2

David & Maria Lapham (w) • David Lapham (a & c)

Ricky Toledo was 15 when a handsome lodger rented a room in her family’s small, rural home. Lust, adultery and murder would follow. It’s three years later and the serial killer who murdered Ricky’s mother and got her father sent down for it is cutting a bloody swath through the broken soul of America. This warped game of cat and mouse between a tortured young woman and a serial killer can only be told by the comics masters of the crime thriller and the artform, David and Maria Lapham.

B&W • 32 pages • $3.99

Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal Returns To Marvel as Part of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary One-Shot Titles!

In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, Marvel is excited to kick off 2019 with a series of special one shots, from a variety of superstar writers and artists!

First announced at New York Comic Con, Marvel has announced an additional series of one shots on sale this February – including the return of Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal! Frank Tieri and Jacob Chabot will bring back the comedy duo in an all-new adventure, while Eisner winning writers David and Maria Lapham and Luca Pizzari will share an Old West tale in The Gunhawks #1! And writers Dennis Hopeless, Gail Simone, Jon Adams and more will join a variety of superstar artists including Roge Antonio and Annapaola Martello for Love Romances #1 — love stories that can only be told in a comic book!

Join in the celebration as Marvel invites you to return to a time when it wasn’t stories about super heroes that drove the industry, but stories of westerns, crime, romance, humor and science fiction…and look for Marvel’s 80th Anniversary one shot titles in your local comic shops starting next year!

THE GUNHAWKS #1
Written by DAVID & MARIA LAPHAM
Art by LUCA PIZZARI
Cover by GERARDO ZAFFINO
On Sale 2/6/19

LOVE ROMANCES #1
Written by DENNIS HOPELESS, GAIL SIMONE, JON ADAMS & MORE
Art by JON ADAMS, ANNAPAOLA MARTELLO, ROGE ANTONIO & MORE
Cover by PYEONG-JUN PARK
On Sale 2/20/19

ZIGGY PIG – SILLY SEAL COMICS #1
Written by FRANK TIERI
Art by JACOB CHABOT
Cover by NIC KLEIN
On Sale 2/27/19

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