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Preview: Killing Red Sonja #1

Killing Red Sonja #1

writers: Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman
artist: Craig Rousseau
covers: Christian Ward (A), Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (B)
Christian Ward Grayscale Variant (RI/BW), Christian Ward (RI/Crimson Spot Color Variant), Christian Ward (RI/Crimson Variant)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Don’t miss out on this mini-series that will affect the Sonja series for years to come!

An all-new mini-series, spinning out of the smash hit RED SONJA title written by MARK RUSSELL!

In order to become queen, Sonja The Red had to defeat an evil emperor. But that emperor had a son. And that son will do ANYTHING to exact his revenge… even if it means embracing horrible magics he does not understand. By MARK RUSSELL (Red Sonja, Year Of The Villain), BRYCE INGMAN (Edgar Allen Poe’s Snifter Of Terror) and CRAIG ROUSSEAU (The Flash).

Killing Red Sonja #1

Preview: Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #14

Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #14

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Bob Q
covers: Jae Lee (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Bob Q (C), Marc Laming (D), Katy DeCobray Cosplay Variant (E)
Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (RI), Pepoy “Seduction” Cover (RI), Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (RI/Virgin), Jae Lee (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W), Bob Q (RI-Virgin), Pepoy “Seduction” Cover (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

The epic continues. Sonja is queen but has nothing. She will wager everything to save her people. From MARK RUSSELL (Year of The Villain) and BOB Q (Captain America). And if you read Red Sonja, be sure to pick up KILLING RED SONJA #1, on sale in March.

Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #14

Preview: Billionaire Island #1

BILLIONAIRE ISLAND #1

(W) Mark Russell
(A) Steve Pugh
Cover A: Steve Pugh
Cover B: Pia Guerra
March 4, 2020
$3.99

A savage satire reuniting the critically acclaimed team behind DC’s The Flintstones, Mark Russell (SECOND COMING) and Steve Pugh (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), in an all-new creator-owned series! Welcome to Billionaire Island, where anything goes…if you can afford it. But the island’s ultra-rich inhabitants are about to learn that their ill-gotten gains come at a VERY high price.

Every AHOY comic also features extra prose stories and illustrations.

Featuring a variant cover by Pia Guerra (Y the Last Man).

BILLIONAIRE ISLAND #1

Preview: Second Coming Vol. 1

Second Coming Vol. 1

(W) Mark Russell (A) Leonard Kirk (A/CA) Richard Pace
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $19.99

The book everyone’s talking about, by award-winning writer Mark Russell (Wonder Twins, The Flintstones) and artist Richard Pace (Pitt, New Warriors) …now in one volume! God commands Earth’s mightiest superhero, Sunstar, to accept Jesus as his roommate and teach him how to use power more forcefully. Jesus, shocked at the way humans have twisted his message over two millennia, vows to straighten them out. Collects Second Coming #1-6.

Second Coming Vol. 1

Preview: Wonder Twins #12 (of 12)

Wonder Twins #12 (of 12)

(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Stephen Byrne
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The world is saved again! But now Zan and Jayna must answer to the Justice League for the choices they made in order to save it. Meanwhile, the League of Annoyance is back in action, and Cell Phone Sylvia will do whatever it takes to get her revenge on the twins-but they might get a little help from an unexpected ally! The critically acclaimed series ends here-don’t miss it!

Wonder Twins #12 (of 12)

Preview: Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #13

Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #13

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Bob Q
covers: Jae Lee (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Bob Q (C), Marc Laming (D), Katy DeCobray Cosplay Variant (E), Sanya Anwar “Valentine” Variant (F)
Pepoy “Seduction” Cover (RI), Jae Lee (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W), Bob Q (RI-Virgin), Pepoy “Seduction” Cover (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

Year Two of MARK RUSSELL’s epic tale kicks off here, joined by artist BOB Q (Captain America, Fantastic Four). And, because it’s February, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special variant by artist Sanya Anwar! In this issue: Sonja The Red has won. Now comes the impossible part…

Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #13

Preview: Wonder Twins #11 (of 12)

Wonder Twins #11 (of 12)

(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Stephen Byrne
In Shops: Jan 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99

WONDER COMICS
Colonel 86-the malfunctioning supercomputer that still thinks it’s 1986-has taken over the world! As its obsolete memory creates one disaster after another, the Wonder Twins must team up with Filo and Polly Math to stop it!

Wonder Twins #11 (of 12)

Review: Second Coming #6

Second Coming #6

Second Coming #6 channels The Last Temptation of Christ and Superfriends and is a solid season finale despite the occasional whiplash in tone from funny and satirical to earnest to maybe serious. Mark Russell, Richard Pace, Leonard Kirk, and Andy Troy spin the story of Sunstar’s wedding and Jesus’ final showdown with Satan that may have some people of faith have similar reactions as some Superman fans did to the ending of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.

The best part of this comic and probably of the whole miniseries is how Russell and Pace riff on how Jesus, God the Father, and Satan are portrayed in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. (My favorite one is Jesus’ reaction to the writings of St. Paul.) With callbacks to changing water to wine, the Last Supper, and even Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, the interrogate the nature of faith as well as the temptations of money and power that Jesus rejected according to the New Testament narrative. Pace’s scratchy inks and sepia color palette versus the cleaner lines, bright colors, and classical proportions of Kirk and Troy’s art in the Sunstar scenes create tension and doubt in these flashbacks.

Russell sometimes undercuts this by going for the easy, obvious joke (i.e. his description of circumcision), but from his work on the page and in the letters column, he seems to have a desire to grapple with the relationship between faith and religion, Instead of going the route of Christian philosopher Soren Kierkegaard and seeing Abraham as a “knight of faith”, Russell and Pace point out the absurdity of his actions and especially the naivete of Isaac, who despite being a teenager, lets his father kill because God “said so”.

However, there is a positive side to this dig as Jesus shares with his new “followers” that they need to think carefully about what they choose to trust and believe and not just blindly do something or follow someone because they think a higher power told them to. Pace is great at showing the quick reactions to these ideas from Jesus’ new followers, who have a knee jerk reaction instead of listening and asking questions. Then, Leonard Kirk and Andy Troy jump back in when Sunstar comes to save the day to show the futility of the outwardly heroic, yet inwardly flawed superhero to bail him out. Jesus has to make a sacrifice, and in Second Coming, he makes an ideological one that raised the stakes higher than any crucifixion/resurrection redux or superhero slugfest.

Speaking of superheroes, these elements are the weakest in Second Coming, and the conspiracy theorist in me thinks that they were inserted to make the pitch more initially palatable to DC Comics/Vertigo. The superhero genre is so well-trodden, and Russell, Pace, Kirk, and Troy don’t really break new ground with Sunstar’s struggle to balance relationships with crime fighting. However, earlier issues created a nice contrast between Jesus’ pacifism and Sunstar’s violence. Russell and Pace unfortunately don’t have Jesus and Sunstar after Jesus gives into violence in the conclusion of Second Coming and just have him and Sheila be Jesus and God’s bowling partners. It’s a fun joke, but shows that the superhero part of Second Coming was just kind of there and didn’t really enhance the narrative except for the aforementioned visual contrast or a joke or two.

The final sequence of Second Coming #6 is both profound and banal. There are a few more fun jokes like God sucking at bowling and the “+” of the pregnancy looking like a cross. Russell and Pace are also trying to create some kind of meaning out of Jesus choosing to be a killer and not a martyr and land on “You messed up. There will be a fresh start next day/bowling frame.” There is a dark layer of irony to these statements because they’re delivered by God, who basically took this approach to the Earth and its inhabitants during Noah’s flood and was about to destroy the world again if Jesus was killed by modern humans. There’s a whole “I’m all powerful. I don’t give a shit.” attitude air to the gestures and body language that Richard Pace gives whereas Jesus is much more tense, angsty, and heavily inked. Life goes on, and there are no consequences. Oh, and look, here’s a miracle baby for the “faithful” Sheila and Sunstar because that’s something I’ve done in the past.

Second Coming #6 is a comic that is both entertaining and attempts at wrestling with the big questions in life, and Mark Russell, Richard Pace, Leonard Kirk, and Andy Troy succeed at the first part more than the second one. However, there’s also a level of humility to not trying to wrap up a tale of gods and humans, faith and doubt in an easily packaged takeaway. Just like God’s bowling game and metaphor, humans are flawed and messed up, but we have our moments and can find friendship and community like Jesus did with his superhero roommate in Second Coming.

Story: Mark Russell Art: Richard Pace with Leonard Kirk
Colors: Andy Troy Letters: Rob Steen
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

Ahoy Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Red Sonja #12

Red Sonja #12

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Mirko Colak
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Khoi Pham (C), Mirko Colak (D), Casabella Cosplay (E), Andrew Pepoy “Seduction” Cover (RI), Amanda Conner (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W), Khoi Pham (RI-Virgin), Pepoy “Seduction” Cover (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

Know then, O Prince, that after two months of chasing Sonja The Red through the Hyrkanian steppes, Dragan and Sonja at last met in pitched battle. They fought, not for a bridge, as the great histories say, but for the future of the Hyborian Age. For what is a bridge, O Prince, but the choice of one realm over another? By MARK RUSSELL (Year of The Villain: Sinestro) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan).

Red Sonja #12

Preview: Harley Quinn #69

Harley Quinn #69

(W) Mark Russell (A) Sami Basri (CA) Guillem March
In Shops: Jan 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Harley Quinn is great at kicking jerks in the face. Paying her taxes? Not so much. Things turn from bad to worse when Harley’s new accountant, an ex-con called the Hambezzler, runs into trouble with his old crew and they come to Coney Island with one thing on their minds: payback!

Harley Quinn #69
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