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Preview: My Bad: Volume Two #1

My Bad: Volume Two #1

(W) Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman
(A) Peter Krause
Cover A: Peter Krause
Cover B: Shaky Kane
November 30, 2022
$4.99

“One of the most hilariously offbeat superhero comics on the stands” (IGN) returns, from the original creative team of Mark Russell (Second Coming), Bryce Ingman, and Peter Krause (Irredeemable)! Someone is killing capes—or would be, if they were better at it. Will this crisis draw the crime-fighting Chandelier out of retirement? PLUS! Emperor King adopts a new costumed identity so he can get a date!

My Bad: Volume Two #1

Review: My Bad Volume 2 #1

My Bad Volume 2 #1

Someone is killing capes—or would be, if they were better at it. Will this crisis draw the crime-fighting Chandelier out of retirement? PLUS! Emperor King adopts a new costumed identity so he can get a date! My Bad Volume 2 #1 brings back the madcap world created by Mark Russell and Bryce Ingman in a first issue that’s as funny as it pitch sounds.

Composed of a series of shorts all tied together, My Bad Volume 2 #1 has two focuses, the murders and the date. Each brings their own insanity to the table and each will get you to laugh. These are characters who are such exaggerations they go from unlikeable to actually funny. None of these characters are good people, they’re the extremes of modern superheroes stretched even further. The powers, the personalities, the issues, are all here expanded and pumped full of jokes.

It’s hard to read My Bad Volume 2 #1 and not smile and laugh. It takes itself seriously and also sees itself as a spoof of modern superheroes. And it works so well. It, and other comics like it, are built on a love of the genre and what makes heroes and villains larger than life. It’s not just their powers but their personality quirks and the strange lives they live. Russell and Ingman take that all to the extremes for a great result.

The assassination attempts, the date, like early Tarantino films, the various short stories all come together to build a bigger picture and cohesive narrative. But, each of the segments can work on their own too delivering enough for the punchline and packed with silliness. This is a comic that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The art by Peter Krause and Joe Orsak with color by Kelly Fitzpatrick by Paul Little and lettering Rob Steen is solid. Each character’s design is as exaggerated as their personality challenging the reader as to where to look for the jokes. Add in a brilliant design for the assassin and his victims and it’s a comic whose laughs come from all over.

My Bad Volume 2 #1 left me with a smile on my face as a reader and got me to actually laugh out loud multiple times. It’s a silly love letter to superheroes that loves its genre and has no problem making fun of it too. A definite must get for those who need a pick me up.

Story: Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman Art: Peter Krause, Joe Orsak
Color: Kelly Fitzpatrick, Paul Little Letterer: Rob Steen
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: My Bad: Volume Two #1

My Bad: Volume Two #1

(W) Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman
(A) Peter Krause
Cover A: Peter Krause
Cover B: Shaky Kane
November 30, 2022
$4.99

“One of the most hilariously offbeat superhero comics on the stands” (IGN) returns, from the original creative team of Mark Russell (Second Coming), Bryce Ingman, and Peter Krause (Irredeemable)! Someone is killing capes—or would be, if they were better at it. Will this crisis draw the crime-fighting Chandelier out of retirement? PLUS! Emperor King adopts a new costumed identity so he can get a date!

My Bad: Volume Two #1

Preview: Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Blade: Vampire Nation #1

(W) Mark Russell (A) Dave Wachter, Mico Suayan (CA) Valerio Giangiordano
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 16, 2022
SRP: $4.99

• A deep dive into Dracula’s new kingdom as established in AVENGERS. Starring BLADE, the sheriff of Vampire Nation!
• An assassination threatens to unravel the fledgling country and spread chaos throughout the world. But is getting rid of a nation full of bloodsuckers really all that bad of an idea? Blade himself isn’t too sure…

Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Review: Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Wow. You know a comic is good when you get to the end and realize it’s a one-shot and you want more. Blade: Vampire Nation #1 is a hell of a comic that plants a flag that Marvel is asleep in what could be it’s breakout series of the year. That vampire nation is young and someone has assassinated one of its rules. Blade, as Sheriff of this new nation, is tasked by Dracula to find out who and why.

Written by Mark Russell, Blade: Vampire Nation #1 shows all his political acumen but missing his usual satire. There’s moving parts and machinations where you can see it coming but it’s delivered with a punch you don’t mind. Russell not only packs in the investigation, mystery, and conclusion, but also fits in so much detail that Vampyrsk feels like a fleshed out idea and concept and not just a backdrop. Russell packs in more detail and information in this one issue than some creators do over arcs. In the end, though the comic features Blade and Dracula, it’s this fledgling nation that is the character that’s in danger.

And the results are so good. Though humans are clearly second class in Vampyrsk, this is a world I want to see more of. The structure, the power plays, and what’s revealed, it can’t be left hanging! We need more! This has grand political epic with lots of action written all over it with such potential that has yet to be tapped. And, Russell sets up the philosophy of its ruler to make that potential beyond intriguing and easily would suck in readers.

Dave Wachter’s art helps. With color by Dee Cunniffe and lettering by Cory Petit the new nation feels like it’s industrial in its growth, a rough and dirty beginning being built upon a destroyed land (Chernobyl). The buildings have a brutality about them enhanced by the color choice, a drab look that adds to the sadness of a country struggling.

Blade: Vampire Nation #1 is good. Really good. It screams that the concept, and this creative team, deserve to return for more. A series of miniseries, an ongoing, I don’t care, this one-shot is fantastic and is so different than the rest of Marvel’s line. It shows so much of what can be done with this corner of the Marvel Universe, it’s like a nation just waiting for the right leadership council to see its potential and have it thrive.

Story: Mark Russell Art: Dave Wachter
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Jodorowsky’s The Technopriests

On November 15 Humanoids will publish The Incal: Psychoverse by Mark Russell and Yanick Paquette, the shocking and explosive prequel to the legendary and best-selling Incal saga by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Mœbius. Also in November, Humanoids will be publishing some fantastic Incal-related titles from their backlist all written by Jodorowsky: The Incal: Deluxe Edition, Technopriests, and The Deluxe Megalex.

We’ve got an exclusive excerpt from Jordowsky’s Technopriests and get a look at The Incal: Psychoverse!

THE TECHNOPRIESTS

Hardcover Trade
November 1, 2022
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Zoran Janjetov & Fred Beltran

The cosmic adventures of a young boy on his path to ridding the galaxy of an insidious technological plague.

After the Greek tragedy of “The Metabarons,” Alexandro Jodorowsky comes back to his biblical roots with this quest reminiscent of Moses and set on a galactic scale. To top it off, the characters and the theme of virtual reality are tailor-made for artist Zoran Janjetov (“Before The Incal”), who finds in Jodorowsky his perfect match. Albino, hero of this space odyssey, remembers here his childhood, his apprenticeship, and the big and small battles he had to fight to fulfill his ambitions in a universe where technological advances are paradoxically matched only by the cruelty and the barbarism of the forces controlling it.

THE INCAL: PSYCHOVERSE

Hardcover Trade
November 15, 2022
Mark Russell, Yanick Paquette, Alejandro Jodorowsky & Mœbius

In a shocking and explosive prequel to the legendary and best-selling INCAL saga, prepare to enter…the Psychoverse.

A realm made of pure potential and possibility known as the Psychoverse has declared war on all material reality, and the only ones who can save it are the deadly Metabaron, the swashbuckling Kill Wolfhead, and the bumbling John Difool.

Preview: Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Blade: Vampire Nation #1

(W) Mark Russell (A) Dave Wachter, Mico Suayan (CA) Valerio Giangiordano
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 16, 2022
SRP: $4.99

• A deep dive into Dracula’s new kingdom as established in AVENGERS. Starring BLADE, the sheriff of Vampire Nation!
• An assassination threatens to unravel the fledgling country and spread chaos throughout the world. But is getting rid of a nation full of bloodsuckers really all that bad of an idea? Blade himself isn’t too sure…

Blade: Vampire Nation #1

Preview: Billionaire Island: Cult of Dogs #1

Billionaire Island: Cult of Dogs #1

(W) Mark Russell
(A) Steve Pugh
Cover A: Steve Pugh
Cover B: Shannon Wheeler
November 9, 2022
$4.99

The long-awaited return of the “series that’s simultaneously infuriating and hysterically funny in its indictment of not just the 1%, but of the people—and the economic system—that enable them” (Comics Beat). The year is 2046, two years after Billionaire Island fell—taking the world’s economy with it. Only one man—er, dog—can save us now. But where IS Business Dog? By writer Mark Russell (Second Coming, One-Star Squadron) and artist Steve Pugh (Animal Man)!

Featuring cover A by co-creator Steve Pugh and incentive cover B by Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man).

Billionaire Island: Cult of Dogs #1

Review: Traveling to Mars #1

Traveling to Mars #1

Who will be the first person to travel to mars? There’s work going on now to determine who that might be in reality. Traveling to Mars is that story, with a twist, it’s written by brilliant satirist Mark Russell. Roy Livingston has the honor to be that person. A great pilot? Some brave astronaut? Nope, Livingston, the first human to ever set foot on Mars, is a former pet store owner. Why does he have the honor? He’s terminally ill and there’s no expectation he’ll return. Russell kicks off a twisted sci-fi adventure in Traveling to Mars #1.

Roy is joined on his mission by Leopold and Albert, two Mars rovers equipped with artificial intelligence, who look upon the dying pet store manager as a sort of God. Russell delivers an interesting, and somewhat surprising debut in Traveling to Mars #1. Russell is known for not just delivering entertaining stories but packing them in with so much humor and even better, skewering society at the same time. He delivers a lot of that here, but it’s also a rather poignant story as well.

Traveling to Mars #1 introduces us to Livingstone and how he got to where he is. We learn about his childhood and how he pretty much went nowhere. He manages a pet store and has had a fairly uneventful life. There’s a bit of sadness to it all and Russell does an excellent job of mixing what easily could be a depressing story with a lot of small jokes that keeps the melancholy at bay.

Russell is joined by Roberto Meli on art. The two is an interesting combo. Often with Russell’s stories, the art is vital to the jokes. Panels are packed with subtle digs throughout and keeps readers on their toes. Traveling to Mars #1 features some of that but it’s not to the usual extent we see. But, Meli’s art is vital in telling Roy’s story. We get a sense of his life, both past and present, through the visuals and get a better sense of who he is. The visuals build some sympathy in some ways that just “telling” wouldn’t do.

Traveling to Mars #1 delivers a story of reflection. We’re teased with the story of a man who hasn’t done much with his life and finding meaning in his final days. I’m positive we’re going to see a lot of surprises as the story progresses as Livingstone reflects on life and deals with his new robot friends. This feels like a series that’s going to not just deliver some laughs but also very well might tug at heart strings as well.

Story: Mark Russell Art: Roberto Meli
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Billionaire Island: Cult of Dogs #1

Billionaire Island: Cult of Dogs #1

(W) Mark Russell
(A) Steve Pugh
Cover A: Steve Pugh
Cover B: Shannon Wheeler
November 9, 2022
$4.99

The long-awaited return of the “series that’s simultaneously infuriating and hysterically funny in its indictment of not just the 1%, but of the people—and the economic system—that enable them” (Comics Beat). The year is 2046, two years after Billionaire Island fell—taking the world’s economy with it. Only one man—er, dog—can save us now. But where IS Business Dog? By writer Mark Russell (Second Coming, One-Star Squadron) and artist Steve Pugh (Animal Man)!

Featuring cover A by co-creator Steve Pugh and incentive cover B by Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man).

Billionaire Island: Cult of Dogs #1

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