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Champions #2 Adds a New Member to the Mix – Your First Look!

The Champions are about to get a new member! Marvel has released a first look inside Champions #2 – the thrilling next issue from writer Mark Waid and artist Humberto Ramos!

The Champions’ mission to “change the world” has reached the ears of a prospective new member – Cyclops! Looking to escape the shadow of what he may become, Scott Summers seeks to become a full-fledged member of the Champions. Only not all of his would-be teammates feel the same way! Welcome to the Champions, Cyclops – hope you survive the experience!

CHAMPIONS #2 (SEP161005)
Written by MARK WAID
Variant Cover by MICHAEL CHOI (SEP161006)
Steam Variant by PASCAL CAMPION (SEP161007)
Classic Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP161008)
Marvel NOW! Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP161009)
Divided We Stand Variant by MIKE MCKONE (SEP161009)
On Sale 11/02/16!


Preview: All-New, All-Different Avengers #15

All-New, All-Different Avengers #15

W) Mark Waid (A) Adam Kubert (CA) Alex Ross


In her short time wielding the hammer Mjolnir, Thor has witnessed cosmic chaos – but how does her human half process the consequences of the Iron Man/Captain Marvel struggle and what it does to the Avengers?

Rated T+


Preview: Archie #13


Script: Mark Waid with Lori Matsumoto
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Veronica Fish
Variant Covers: Audrey Mok, Cameron Stewart
On Sale Date: 10/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Veronica’s out… and Cheryl Blossom is in! Veronica has to adjust to her new settings at Pembrooke Academy, a private school. That shouldn’t be a problem for the rich, affable teen, except for one thing: Pembrooke’s reigning queen, Cheryl, isn’t looking to make any friends. Can Veronica establish her place at the haughty high school? And just how is Archie going to adjust back home in Riverdale? Find out in this can’t-miss issue!


Avengers #1 Assembles for Marvel NOW!

Their ranks shattered by war, their spirits weighed down by tolls both personal and spiritual, what’s left of the Avengers must find the resolve to stand together once more. Marvel presents a new beginning for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and your first look inside the highly-anticipated Avengers #1! Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid joins rising comics superstar Mike Del Mundo to bring Marvel’s mightiest into Marvel NOW! and face-to-face with their greatest villain!

Now, Captain America, Thor, The Vision, The Wasp, Hercules and the Amazing Spider-Man leap into the time stream to confront Kang the Conqueror! But when the dust settles, not a one of these valiant heroes will make it to the final page alive. Welcome to…KANG WAR ONE!

AVENGERS #1 (SEP160885)
Written by MARK WAID
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant Covers by ADAM KUBERT (SEP160886);
Hip-Hop Variant by DANIEL ACUNA (SEP160889)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160890)
Divided We Stand Variant by BUTCH GUICE (SEP160891)
Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant by ALEX MALEEV (SEP160888)
Blank Variant Also Available (SEP160892)
FOC – 10/10/16, On-Sale – 11/02/16


Review: Champions #1

Champions_1_CoverFollowing the fallout of Civil War II, Avengers Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man strike out on their own – joined by Cyclops, Viv Vision and the Totally Awesome Hulk! Six young heroes determined to change the world – and they’re only the beginning!

I’m just going to start off with the bad. This is the first comic that really is meant to kick off Marvel‘s post-Civil War II world. The problem is we’re another 2+ months out from knowing how that event ends, so there’s a lot of questions left out there and some references that leave you scratching your head.

But, that little bump aside, Champions #1 firmly plants a flag as to what it is, a return to positive heroes who do more than just punch the bad guys and cause damage. These are heroes who also stay around to help clean up, fix their mess, and, more importantly, let the justice system do its job.

Written by Mark Waid, this first issue is beyond enjoyable with a fun positive vibe that seems to bounce along at a solid pace. These are heroes without the killing squarely aimed at a bit younger crowd or for folks who want heroes that might punch the bad guys, but also have a clue they’re causing damage when doing so. The series seems to take on that conundrum that exists in superhero comics where you have heroes that can do amazing things, but they never use those powers for basic things, like fixing the building they just damaged.

Spinning out of All-New, All-Different Avengers, the series’ heart is its core heroes of Ms. Marvel, Nova, and the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man that all have seen the Avengers for what they are, a wrecking crew. The discussion and events that lead into their teaming up feels natural and honest with some heartfelt moments peppered throughout. I can’t say for sure this is how kids of that age talk, but Waid also doesn’t attempt to painfully write their age either. It all works, and works really well.

Waid is helped by Humberto Ramos‘ art which is absolutely amazing. He’s helped by inker Victor Olazaba and colorist Edgar Delgado for a combination that’s some of his best recent art. There’s some flashbacks which are colored kind of like old-time films in a slight brown tint that look amazing. Ramos’ art also adds to the youthful energy of the characters and comics with colors that feel like they pop off the page.

I had no idea what to expect going into this series and coming out the other side… it’s awesome. It has an energy and vibe that’s missing from a lot of comics. It has action, humor, solid banter, and more importantly characters that feel very aware of what they’re doing. Marvel has position the series to be the center of what comes next and if this is any indication of what’s coming, bring it on.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Humberto Ramos Ink: Victor Olazaba Color: Edgar Delgado
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Archie #12


Script: Mark Waid
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Ryan Jampole, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli
Cover: Veronica Fish
Variant Cover: Bilquis Evely, Marguerite Sauvage
On Sale Date: 9/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE END OF AN ERA FOR RIVERDALE’S POWER COUPLE! The romantic rivalries and not-so-friendly competitions in Riverdale will finally come to an end as newly-crowned queen of Riverdale Veronica Lodge is sent packing once and for all! What does this mean for Archie? You won’t want to miss this one!


Custom Champions #1 Variant Covers Bring Marvel’s Newest Team to Your Local Comic Book Store!

Ms. Marvel, Viv Vision, Cyclops, Miles Morales, Nova and the Totally Awesome Hulk are exploding onto the scene this October as Marvel’s newest teen team supreme. And they’re coming at you in the highly anticipated new series Champions #1 – from Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid and Eisner Award nominated artist Humberto Ramos!

To celebrate the release of this historic 1st issue and the kickoff to the brand-new Marvel NOW! initiative, Marvel has partnered with valued retail partners across the globe to produce custom Champions #1 variant covers! Participating retailers have the opportunity to showcase Marvel’s newest super team on covers that are exclusive to their stores.

Want to know more? Fans are encouraged to check with their local comic book retailers for more information about availability of these can’t-miss variant covers. Plus, look for more exclusive covers to be revealed soon!

Written by MARK WAID
On-Sale October 5!

Change the World – Your First Look Inside Champions #1!

The Marvel Universe is fractured. Heroes who once stood together now position themselves in against one another. The next generation of heroes are fed up! It’s time for a change. It’s time for a brighter tomorrow. Enter…the CHAMPIONS! Six determined young heroes out to change the world. Get ready to meet them in Marvel’s Champions #1 – a brand-new ongoing series launching this October as the flagship title of Marvel NOW!

Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid and Eisner Award-nominated artist Humberto Ramos join forces to bring you a brand new super team for a brand new era. A teen team supreme that refuses to adhere to the outdated ways of old and is ready to change the world on their own terms. It’s time to be heroes again, and Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, Nova, Viv Vision, Cyclops and the Totally Awesome Hulk are striking out on their own to make a new future. Not Avengers. Not Defenders. They are – Champions!

It doesn’t take a Tony Stark or Captain America to make a difference. All it takes is six young heroes and you can change the world. A new day is dawning – and these six are just getting started!

CHAMPIONS #1 (AUG160733)
Written by MARK WAID
Party Variant by JAY FOSGITT (AUG160748)
Variant Covers by ALEX ROSS (AUG160734) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (AUG160735)
Champions Variant by MARK BROOKS (AUG160739)
Classic Ghost Rider Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (AUG160737)
Miles & Hulk Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (AUG160736)
Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (AUG160740)
Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant Also Available (AUG160738)
Blank Cover Available (AUG160741)
FOC – 09/05/16, On-Sale – 10/05/16


Preview: Archie #11


Script: Mark Waid
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Ryan Jampole, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli
Cover: Veronica Fish
Variant Covers: Sanya Anwar, Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 8/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Archie and Jughead have been playing their instruments in Archie’s garage for a while, but now it’s finally time for them to take their talents elsewhere. Veronica suggests that the two form a band—assuming, of course, that she gets to be their lead singer. This bothers Betty, since music was a deep connection that she had always shared with Archie—so she’ll just have to form her own rival band. Now it’s #TeamArchie vs. #TeamBetty in a battle of the bands that has the whole school picking sides!


Review: All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1

All New All Different Avengers Annual #1 CoverYou’ve dreamed of it, you’ve asked for it, you’ve longed for it – and now, you’re going to GET it! No Avenger is safe from – the fan fiction of Kamala Khan!

All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 is a who’s who of creators and most importantly, a lot of fun. The annual features six entertaining stories from writers G. Willow Wilson, Mark Waid, Natasha Allegri, Zac Gorman, Faith Erin Hicks, Scott Kurtz and art from Mahmud Asrar, Tamra Bonvillain, Chip Zdarsky, Natasha Allegri, Jay Fosgitt, Megan Wilson, Faith Erin Hicks, Scott Kurtz, and Steve Hamaker.

Lets get back to that fun part. Usually, I can’t stand annuals. I find them to be filler and rarely are worth the money or time reading them. This is a hell of an exception with entertaining stories from front to back. The transition in the beginning is a little odd, but once it’s clear how the annual is laid out, things are a hell of a ride that had me smiling and laughing throughout.

The concept is simple with Kamala Khan reading fan fiction about her (and a She-Hulk story) written by others. And with that we can stories and styles that vary and all of them work.

Waid and Zdarsky give us humorous jabs at online MRAs, while Gorman and Fosgitt provide an almost meta crack at Marvel itself (at least Spider-Ham). Each is very different in their look and all are solid. This is the first annual I’m actually suggesting folks get, it’s that much fun.

But, what I really like in this annual is the different styles and inclusion of writers and artists you don’t normally see playing in the Marvel universe. Natasha Allegri’s She-Hulk story has me wanting more in both tone and look while Gorman’s hero/animal mix fully expects me to see an entire spin-off from this universe ala Marvel Zombies. It’s very different, and very well done. So much so that I’d love to see Marvel embrace this for an entire year of annuals.

While I’d love to have seen more of a meta-discussion of online culture and fanfiction, there is some of that, but that’s not really the point. The point is to provide something different and fun and this annual succeeds when it comes to that.

Story: G. Willow Wilson, Mark Waid, Natasha Allegri, Zac Gorman, Faith Erin Hicks, Scott Kurtz
Art: Mahmud Asrar, Tamra Bonvillain, Chip Zdarsky, Natasha Allegri, Jay Fosgitt, Megan Wilson, Faith Erin Hicks, Scott Kurtz, Steve Hamaker
Story: 8.55 Art: 8.55 Overall: 8.55 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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