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Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson’s Adventureman Continues!

The fan favorite fantasy epic Adventureman by Matt Fraction artist Terry Dodson with Rachel Dodson will embark on an all new story arc this month with the release of issue #5 from Image Comics.

In Adventureman #5, as New York City teeters on the brink of a strange armageddon, Claire tries the Adventureman mantle on for size just in time to face the monstrous evil that vanquished her predecessor—only he didn’t have a family like hers.

Everyone knows the story of Adventureman. The greatest pulp hero of all time’s story ended in a heartbreaking cliffhanger with our hero facing his very execution…now, learn the startling truth about how, 80 years after his seeming demise, single mother Claire and her Adventurefan son Tommy light the spark of RESURRECTION! Can these inheritors of the Adventureman legacy rise up to face down the evil that bested the original? 

Adventureman #5 (Diamond Code JUL210036) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 29.

Adventureman #5

The Old Guard Recruits a New Army in the Tales Through Time Anthology

The bestselling series The Old Guard by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández will build upon its immortal universe with an anthology story arc in The Old Guard: Tales Through Time. The six-issue chapter begins on the heels of the top-ranking Netflix Original film adaptation’s success and will launch from Image Comics this April and feature an exciting lineup of talent.

The star-studded anthology event will include new stories from series co-creators Rucka and  Fernández, joined by such contributors as: Vita Ayala, Brian Michael Bendis, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Matt Fraction, David F. Walker, Horacio Altuna, Rick Burchett, Valentine De Landro, Justin Greenwood, Kano, Nicola Scott, and more.

Andromache the Scythian—a warrior over six thousand years old, who has fought more battles than she cares to remember—has kept one constant companion through her long lifetime of combat…her labrys. Andy’s battle axe takes many forms, and many lives, in its centuries at her side, a story told by The Old Guard creators Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernández. 

Meanwhile, Nicolo “Nicky” di Genova and Yusuf “Joe” al-Kaysani, lovers since they tried (and failed) to kill each other in the First Crusade, spend an evening at Berlin’s famed Eldorado nightclub in the twilight era of 1932, sharing drinks with drag queens and fistfighting Nazis in an all-new story by writer Andrew Wheeler (Another Castle: Grimoire) and Jacopo Camagni (Nomen Omen)!

The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #1 Cover A by Fernández (Diamond Code FEB210016), The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #1 Cover B by Jacopo Camagni (Diamond Code FEB210017), and The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #1 Cover C Interconnecting “Battlefield” Variant by Leandro Fernández (Diamond Code FEB210018) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 21.

Matt Fraction, Elsa Charretier: November is Coming and Jimmy Olsen too

November isn’t just the election it’s also the hit hardboiled graphic novel series from Elsa Charretier and Matt Fraction. A special commentary edition of the book is on its way and Elsa has the scoop! Fraction and I also chatted about Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, his series with Steve Lieber- and there are some interesting connections between the two very different works!

Support the massively popular Kickstarter for the November art book here.

If you missed my episode with Elsa this Spring definitely give it a listen for her amazing, and inspiring origin story as an artist.

For more Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen check out my interview with artist Steve Lieber and review.

and if you are looking for ways to volunteer around the election or want to share show feedback I’m on Twitter.

Preview: Detective Comics #1027

Detective Comics #1027

Written by: Matt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis, Peter J. Tomasi, Grant Morrison, Dan Jurgens, Mariko Tamaki, Greg Rucka, Scott Snyder, Marv Wolfman, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Tom King
Art by: Jim Cheung, José L. García López, Lee Bermejo, Dan Jurgens, Jamal Campbell, Dan Mora, Ivan Reis, Emanuela Lupacchino, Riley Rossmo, Eduardo Risso, Chip Zdarsky, David Marquez, Chris Burnham

Light the Bat-Signal, because Detective Comics #1027 is here! In honor of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27, this special, book-size celebration brings you the biggest names in comics as they chronicle the most epic Batman adventures Gotham City and the DC Universe have ever seen! The World’s Greatest Detective has a mountain of cases to crack: Who murdered Gotham’s most corrupt police officer? What does The Joker’s annual visit mean for Bruce Wayne? And most importantly, what WayneTech mystery will sow the seeds of the next epic Batman event? All this and more await you within the pages of the biggest Batman issue of them all!

Detective Comics #1027

Adventureman #2 Goes Back for a 2nd Printing

The breakout new series from Matt Fraction, Terry and Rachel DodsonAdventureman—is being rushed back to print once again in order to keep up with growing reader and retailer demand.

In Adventureman #2, the mysterious disappearance of the original Adventureman gets a little more complicated when single mom, Claire Connell, stumbles into his legacy. But with the adventuremantle come untold dangers from those who would seek to destroy it!

Adventureman #2, second printing (Diamond Code JUN208563) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 19.

Adventureman #2, second printing

Preview: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #12

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #12

Written by: Matt Fraction
Art by: Steve Lieber

Whoa-is that what I think it is? If I’m reading this solicitation text correctly, we made it to issue #12! Mazel tov! Party time! If you see Matt and Steve at the next convention, go buy them a drink because I have no idea how we made it this far! No, wait, I do-it’s all thanks to you guys! In this final issue, with the Daily Planet on the ropes, Jimmy learns something about it that’ll change everything forever.

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #12

Adventureman #1 Gets a Second Printing

The highly anticipated new series launch from Matt Fraction, Terry and Rachel DodsonAdventureman—is being rushed back to print from Image Comics in order to keep up with growing reader and retailer demand. The new adventure series stole readers’ hearts with out-of-this-world fantasy escapism, low flying steampunk dirigibles, and a pulse-pounding premise perfect for any age.

Adventureman #1 begins when a mysterious customer enters Claire’s bookstore and leaves behind a mint condition Adventureman edition in a hurry, strange things begin happening. Did Adventureman’s story truly end eighty years ago? Or is there more to the pulp superhero’s tale yet to be unveiled?

Adventureman #1, second printing (Diamond Code APR208592) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 22. Adventureman #2 (Diamond Code MAR200214) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 8.

Adventureman #1, second printing

Preview: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #11 (of 12)

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #11 (of 12)

(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Steve Lieber
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Hey, look-it’s issue 11 of a 12-issue series, so it’s the perfect jumping-on point for new readers! Mysteries get solved, criminals are revealed, and a secret ally emerges from the shadows. Want more? There are robots, aliens, and The Daily Planet faces a threat to its existence at the same moment the actual planet faces the same! Now’s the time to get on board, guys!

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #11 (of 12)

Detective Comics #1027 Celebrates 1000 Issues Since Batman’s Debut

Light the Bat-signal, because Detective Comics #1027 is headed your way this September 15! In honor of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, this special 144-page celebration is poised to truly spotlight the “Detective” in Detective Comics. Batman and his allies will have a mountain of mysteries to solve, taking them from the seediest corners of Gotham City to the farthest reaches of the DC universe, plus a few early hints at what’s in store for the future of the Caped Crusader!

A book of this magnitude deserves the best storytellers in comics and a must-read lineup of DC’s most prolific writers and artists are rising to meet the challenge, including Greg Rucka/Eduardo Risso, Grant Morrison/Chris Burnham, Tom King/Walt Simonson, James Tynion IV/Riley Rossmo, Peter J. Tomasi/Brad Walker, Dan Jurgens, Marv Wolfman/Emanuela Lupacchino, and Bill Sienkiewicz, Brian Michael Bendis/David Marquez, Mariko Tamaki/Dan Mora, Scott Snyder/Ivan Reis, Kelly Sue DeConnick/John Romita Jr and Klaus Janson, and Matt Fraction/Chip Zdarsky.

Detective Comics #1027 also includes “tribute” art from fan-favorite artists, including, José Luis García-López, Jamal Campbell, Lee Bermejo, and Jorge Jiménez, among others. An extensive variant cover program is planned for this landmark issue, including a series of ten variants spotlighting both friends and foes of Batman, and an extensive program of retailer-exclusive variant covers.

Detective Comics #1027 arrives at open and operating comic book stores and participating digital retailers beginning Tuesday, September 15, 2020. This must-have collectible sells for $9.99.

Review: Adventureman #1

Adventureman #1

I definitely understand where the all-star creative team Matt Fraction, Terry Dodson, and Rachel Dodson are coming from in their new series Adventureman #1. The series chronicles the exploits of Claire Connell. She’s a single mom/used bookstore owner, who is tasked to complete the cliffhanger of an old pulp novel called Adventureman. It’s an homage to old World War II pulp-era stories as evidenced by the art from the Dodsons. That swings from old school pinups to two-fisted action with a very 21st century metafictional twist.

But it’s not all retro with a lot of the story having a domestic, realist feel in Claire’s interactions with her Adventureman-obsessed son, Tommy, to her boisterous family at Shabbat dinner. The collision of these worlds is the true hook for Adventureman. The first issue has a few stumbles to go with Fraction’s clever writing and the Dodsons’ beautiful visuals.

I like Claire Connell as a character. However, Adventureman #1 is overstuffed and overwhelming as a narrative. It’s packed with constant character introductions, extraneous caption boxes, all to tell an origin story beat. Fraction and the Dodsons introduce dozens of characters even though two, maybe three matter at this point in the story. Luckily, the characters (Especially the baddies) in the “Adventureman” portion of the story have fun, atompunk character designs from the Dodsons whereas Claire’s family get melodramatic captions and a unifying trait of loudness. This tone is matched by Fraction’s writing, which is pure bombast in both parts of Adventureman #1 and also by a flurry of double page spreads and moving parts from Terry Dodson and an explosive color palette from Rachel Dodson.

But what Adventureman #1 really has going for it, and why I will continue to follow this comic is the development of its protagonist, Claire. First off, it’s super cool to have a single mom take the lead in a heroic adventure that is rooted in both the real world as well as pulp fiction. The page turn reveal from a hero falling to a mom reading is pure joy, and Claire’s love of books and stories are evident in her interactions with Tommy and approach to the work day at her used bookstore that specializes in stories like Adventureman.

However, she is content to interact with these stories from an arm’s length as a reader and as she shares them with her son and the occasional customer. Instead of leaping into action, Claire removes her hearing aids to escape New York (or her family’s noise) and relax for a bit. Fraction and the Dodsons connect this very specific behavior, which demonstrates her introversion and love for escapism, to the comic’s big turning point.

As I have hinted at earlier, Adventureman #1’s other big selling point other than its relatable, likable main character is the Dodsons’ art and colors. Their visuals are much more refined and fluid than their recent work on the X-Men/Fantastic Four miniseries showcasing an advantage of creator-owned comics over corporate, monthly deadline ones. Fraction’s script creates wonderful spaces for storytelling like expressionist cityscapes where Adventureman and his friends battle Baroness Bizarre and her goons or the sanctuary of fandom, story, and later adventure that is Claire and Tommy’s loft apartment. A sense of drama drives everything whether it is over-the-top conversations at the dinner table or punching, kicking, and airships, and the Dodsons do a good job of illustrating both types.

Matt Fraction, Terry Dodson, and Rachel Dodson definitely take an everything but the kitchen sink approach to the form and content of Adventureman #1. It’s a fully realized pulp story and family comic held together by metafictional strings. Yes, Grant Morrison fans, there’s a sigil. Plus, there’s a never-ending flurry of widescreen pages with detailed art. A fan of a type of story finding herself in the middle of one is just good old fashioned comfort food for dark times.

Story: Matt Fraction Pencils: Terry Dodson
Inks/Colors: Rachel Dodson Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 6.2 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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