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Preview: Stone Star Season 2 #4

Stone Star Season 2 #4

Written by Jim Zub
Art by Max Dunbar
Colored by Espen Grundetjern
Cover by Max Dunbar
Lettered by Marshall Dillon
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The nomadic space station called Stone Star brings gladiatorial entertainment to ports across the galaxy. Inside this gargantuan vessel of tournaments and temptations, foragers and fighters struggle to survive. A young warrior named Dail has been drawn into the ring and is trying to prove himself in the Grand Arena, but there are forces on the station determined to see him destroyed as revenge for his father’s fighting legacy.

Stone Star is an action-adventure spectacle bursting with colorful characters and pulse-pounding action! Grab your weapons, gritters, and join the fray!

Stone Star Season 2 #4

Exclusive Preview: Bequest #1

BEQUEST #1

Writer: Tim Seeley 
Artist: Freddie E. Williams II 
Colorist: Jeremy Colwell 
Letterer: Marshall Dillon 
Cover: Freddie E. Williams II w/ Jeremy Colwell 
Incentive cover: Tyler Walpole
$4.99 / 32 Pages / Color / On Sale 3.17.2021 

Welcome to the high fantasy world of Tangea! A land where wizards and warriors battle dragons in dark dank dungeons! Where thieves pillage ancient ruins and priests answer the audible words of their great gods! 

Welcome to Chicago, Illinois! Where the magical items from Tangea are being traded on the black market and are messing everything up. 

Now, a group of Tangea adventurers must go undercover in our modern world to stop artifacts and monsters from falling into the wrong hands. But how will they fare in a world without wizards and warriors? A world without heroes? 

From Tim Seeley (DARK RED, BRILLIANT TRASH) and Freddie E. Williams II (HeMan/ThundercatsBatman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) comes BEQUEST, a real-world fantasy tale. 

Each issue of BEQUEST has 24 pages of story and art and cardboard stock covers! 

BEQUEST #1

Cullen Bunn, Dalibor Talajić, Valentina Briški, and Marshall Dillon Introduces Us to Eden

EDEN

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Dalibor Talajić
Colorist: Valentina Briški
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Dalibor Talajić
Incentive Cover: Tony Harris
$6.99 / 48 pages / Color / On Sale 5.5.21

Tattoo artist Niles lives his life in a kind of daze. Minute after minute, he muddles through the repetitive moments of his job, his life and his guilt. All that changes when Eden walks through the doors of the tattoo shop. She’s looking for something…different…and she finds it with Niles. But Eden is a woman surrounded by deep mysteries…not the least of which is how and why her new tattoos vanish after only a few days. As Niles learns more about Eden, he is driven to fathomless depths of both love and horror.

A prestige format “One-Shock” featuring top creative talent, EDEN is a harrowing horror/romance conceived and written by Cullen Bunn (PIECEMEAL, DARK ARK, KNIGHTS TEMPORAL, BROTHERS DRACUL), drawn by Dalibor Talajić (WITCH HAMMER, RELAY) and colored by Valentina Briški. Be prepared to accompany the notions of love, creation, and heartbreak to terrifying places.

EDEN

Review: Taarna #1

Taarna #1

Taarna is a property I know so little of. Other than some images, it’s a character I haven’t read comics of or seen on the big/small screen. So, with Taarna #1, I thought it’d be a good opportunity to check it out and can say, it’s not what I was expecting at all.

Taarna is a character that I expected to be a female Conan. I went in to read the comic and was taken back when it wasn’t so much sword and sorcery as it was Kirby cosmic.

Writer Stephanie Phillips uses Taarna #1 as an introduction to the character delivering an epic scale of a story involving a dying sun threatening to engulf a planet. It’s the type of bombastic, over the top, imagery that you’d expect in a big budget film.

From a sun dying and people being saved, to a “god” falling from the sky, the story is an epic scale of a start. It cements Taarna as a powerful being. It also establishes her as one who works on a grand scale. Starvation of the people or lack of medicine aren’t pleas she hears. A world about to be engulfed in flames is. She’s aloof in a way creating an interesting character to explore and see more of.

The art by Patrick Zircher is solid. Zircher is joined by Jessica Kholinne on color and those pop from the page. There’s a great combination of the two. They capture both the tender moments of a people witnessing their death and that of an individual taking on a sun. On a marco and micro scale the visuals work and it works well switching between the two without it seeing a bit silly. Marshall Dillon handles the lettering. Dillon brings a flair of sword & sorcery fantasy to the comic with narration boxes whose lettering evokes that a bit. It adds a bit of classic fantasy to a cosmic adventure.

Taarna #1 isn’t what I expected and that’s not a bad thing at all. It fuses classic fantasy with futuristic cosmic adventures. It does it on a massive scale. It’s not the rogue warrior battling on the landscape that I’d expect. Instead it’s a deity like being protecting an entire planet and taking on a dying sun. I was off in those expectations. It’s an interesting start. It doesn’t reveal too much but gives you just enough to come back. The details and depth are traded for spectacle resulting in a first issue that makes me want to come back for more.

Story: Stephanie Phillips Art: Patrick Zircher
Color: Jessica Kholinne Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Fantasy Meets Chicago in Bequest from Tim Seeley, Freddie E. Williams II, Jeremy Colwell, and Marshall Dillon

BEQUEST #1

Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Freddie E. Williams II
Colorist: Jeremy Colwell
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Freddie E. Williams II w/ Jeremy Colwell
Incentive cover: Tyler Walpole
$4.99 / 32 Pages / Color / On Sale 3.17.2021

Welcome to the high fantasy world of Tangea! A land where wizards and warriors battle dragons in dark dank dungeons! Where thieves pillage ancient ruins and priests answer the audible words of their great gods!

Welcome to Chicago, Illinois! Where the magical items from Tangea are being traded on the black market and are messing everything up.

Now, a group of Tangea adventurers must go undercover in our modern world to stop artifacts and monsters from falling into the wrong hands. But how will they fare in a world without wizards and warriors? A world without heroes?

From Tim Seeley (DARK RED, BRILLIANT TRASH) and Freddie E. Williams II (HeMan/ThundercatsBatman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) comes BEQUEST, a real-world fantasy tale.

Each issue of BEQUEST has 24 pages of story and art and cardboard stock covers!

BEQUEST #1

Review: Piecemeal

Piecemeal

Piecemeal is a new horror comic one-shot from Cullen Bunn, a creator who has proven again and again his mastery of the genre. Bunn delivers a comic that feels like a perfect read to curl up with a warm fire and enjoy during a dark and spooky night.

The story revolves around a group of kids whose time together is wrapping up as their lives post high school lay before them. Enter the Nightmare House, the source of local legend and superstition. What they discover inside will change their lives… and end them as well.

Bunn delivers a solid haunted house story. It feels like a B-horror movie in so many ways and that’s not a bad thing at all. There’s something enjoyable about old schlocky horror films, and many of their recent remakes, and this one-shot leans into the concept. It doesn’t have to make sense, it’s just supposed to deliver some scares and unsettle the readers in some ways and it does both.

How individuals will die. What’s going on. It all just kind of happens and we accept it. There’s no need, or reason, to dive too deeply into the “how”, instead the comic focuses on the why. It creates that story you’d tell around a campfire to scare and entertain your friends. You go with the flow and want to see who gets killed and how.

Szymon Kudranski‘s art adds to the atmosphere with a moody style full of mystery. With lettering by Marshall Dillon, the art delivers a poetic vibe about Bunn’s dialogue and plot. Kudranski focuses on blues and purples delivering a “dark” style to the comic but still one that’s clear as to what’s going on. There’s also plenty of horror and gore without going over the top to distract. Much is left to the reader’s imagination making the deaths a bit more horrific as our minds fill in the gaps.

Piecemeal is just a well done horror one-shot comic. There’s nothing groundbreaking to it, it’s just done to a solid quality. For those that enjoy the genre, it’s a comic worth checking out and curling up to read. The story and art deliver an atmosphere and mood that brings chills during these cold fall and winter nights.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Szymon Kudranski
Color: Szymon Kudranski Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Stone Star Season Two #1 (of 5)

Stone Star Season Two #1 (of 5)

Written by Jim Zub
Art by Max Dunbar
Colored by Espen Grundetjern
Cover by Max Dunbar
Lettered by Marshall Dillon
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The nomadic space station called Stone Star brings gladiatorial entertainment to ports across the galaxy. Inside this gargantuan vessel of tournaments and temptations, foragers and fighters struggle to survive. A young warrior named Dail has been drawn into the ring and is trying to prove himself in the Grand Arena, but there are forces on the station determined to see him destroyed as revenge for his father’s fighting legacy.

Stone Star is an action-adventure spectacle bursting with colorful characters and pulse-pounding action! Grab your weapons, gritters, and join the fray!

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. On release, this title is available as part of comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading.

Stone Star Season Two #1 (of 5)

Cullen Bunn, Szymon Kudranski, and Marshall Dillon Deliver it Piecemeal at AfterShock

PIECEMEAL

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist & Colorist: Szymon Kudranski
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Szymon Kudranski
$6.99 / 48 pages / Color / On sale 12.09.20

Five high school kids, soon to say goodbye to each other and to the lives they have known, enter the Nightmare House, the source of local legend and superstition. What they discover within the crumbling old house fills them with terror – a human brain, floating in a jar of murky liquid. Soon, the teens find themselves stalked by a vicious killer, a murderer intent on building itself a new body. Piece by piece. 

The first in a new series of prestige format one-shots from AfterShock by the top creative talent the industry has to offer, PIECEMEAL is conceived and written by Cullen Bunn (DARK ARK, KNIGHTS TEMPORAL, BROTHERS DRACUL, WITCH HAMMER) and drawn by Szymon Kudranski (BLACK-EYED KIDS, Spawn, Punisher).

PIECEMEAL

Preview: Shazam!: Lightning Strikes #2

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

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On the Job!” by Louise Simonson, Bret Blevins, Chris Sotomayor, and Marshall Dillon

Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?

Destroying Eugene Choi” by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, David Baron, and Marshall Dillon

A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!

Shazam!: Lightning Strikes #2

DC Reveals this Week’s DC Digital First Releases

DC’s Digital First continues this week with another installment of Shazam: Lightning Strikes, plus the return of Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice and a new story in Superman: Man of Tomorrow! These three, plus today’s Batman: Gotham Nights featuring a story by Tom Taylor and Daniel Sampere, give fans even more choice of characters while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories.

And don’t forget to watch for the fifth chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red on Friday, July 24!

Monday July 20

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #12

Superman’s Day Off” by Robert Venditti, Scott Hepburn, Ian Herring, and Dave Sharpe
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Metropolis is without the Man of Steel for a day and villains are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage. Can the city stand against the many threats? And where is Supeman?!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #12

Tuesday July 21

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

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Bad News” by Tom Taylor, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Lucas, and Tom Napolitano.

Deathstroke is hired to take out the only witness to a corrupt politician’s mob ties, but his newest mark has some friends in high places…

Monster” by Frank Tieri, Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto, and Tom Napolitano

A surprise during a bank robbery brings back old memories for Killer Croc. But he’s not that bullied, defeated kid from the freakshow anymore…he’s something much worse.

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

Wednesday July 22

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

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Disguises” by Robert Venditti, Isaac Goodhart, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham

Harley reluctantly agrees to meet with an old roommate from med school and finds herself considering the paths not taken. Turns out, she wasn’t missing much.

The Killing” by John Layman, Cully Hamner, Dave McCaig, and Justin Birch

Huntress is on the trail of a mobster on the lam, but her mission turns into a race when another bounty hunter joins the fray. And it’s no ordinary gun for hire—it’s none other than Deathstroke!

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

Friday July 24

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

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On the Job!” by Louise Simonson, Bret Blevins, Chris Sotomayor, and Marshall Dillon

Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?

Destroying Eugene Choi” by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, David Baron, and Marshall Dillon

A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2
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