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Review: Batman: Ego and Other Tales

Darwyn Cooke was an amazing writer and artist and Batman: Ego and Other Tales collects some of his best work. It’s also one of the inspirations for The Batman!

Batman: Ego and Other Tales collects:

  • Batman: Ego
  • Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score
  • stories from Batman: Black and White and Solo

Story: Darwyn Cooke, Paul Grist
Art: Darwyn Cooke, Bill Wray, Tim Sale
Color: Matt Hollingsworth, Dave Stewart
Letterer: Jonathan Babcock, Rick Parker, Richard Starkings

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Review: Maestro: World War M #1

Maestro: World War M #1

When people in power become comfortable, they tend to feel an air of invincibility. They start to feel like they are untouchable. That often leads them to mistreat the people under them. They often change for the worse.

When I was in the military, I saw the devolution often. The ones who would got promoted often decried the current leadership. When they got promoted, it became about self preservation, which lead them to forsaking those around them along the way. This is where they stop seeing their friends as well as their enemies. Blindspots become overwhelming. In the opening of Peter David’s final chapter the saga of Maestro, Maestro: World War M #1, unseen threats come to take the tyrant off his perch.

We are taken to a simulation within the Kremlin in Moscow where Maestro looks to settle a score with Abomination. The battle is brutal resulting in a tragic ending.  We soon find out MODOK had been keeping Abomination is stasis this whole time. They live in a world where Maestro rules over the survivors from a nuclear apocalypse. The issue takes us further into the world catching up with Doom and Namor and by the issue’s end, another hero for the Maestro to contend with. The issue is a solid set up showing us the key players of the story to come and reminding us of Maestro’s dominance.

Overall, Maestro: World War M #1 is an excellent first chapter to the ongoing saga of Maestro. The story by David is astounding. The art by Germán Peralta and Pasqual Ferry is amazing. Altogether, the debut issue proves just how formidable a villain Maestro is in this final chapter.

Story: Peter David Art: Germán Peralta, Pasqual Ferry
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Matt Hollingsworth Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Avengers #50

Avengers #50

(W) Jason Aaron, Christopher Ruocchio (A) Aaron Kuder, More (CA) Ed McGuinness
RATED T+
In Shops: Dec 01, 2021
SRP: $9.99

COMMEMORATING LEGACY #750!
Supersize extravaganza of Earth’s mightiest action and surprises!
Witness the jaw-dropping conclusion of “World War She-Hulk!” Learn the true purpose of the prehistoric Avengers! Uncover the shocking secret of the Iron Inquisitor! Behold the most powerful collection of super-psychopaths that any Earth has ever seen! Watch the Avengers recruit some shocking new members! And follow the Ghost Rider on a quest for vengeance across the Multiverse that will spark an all-new era in Avengers history!
Plus: A bonus story featuring Thor by Christopher Ruocchio and Steve McNiven!

Avengers #50

Preview: Avengers #50

Avengers #50

(W) Jason Aaron, Christopher Ruocchio (A) Aaron Kuder, More (CA) Ed McGuinness
RATED T+
In Shops: Dec 01, 2021
SRP: $9.99

COMMEMORATING LEGACY #750!
Supersize extravaganza of Earth’s mightiest action and surprises!
Witness the jaw-dropping conclusion of “World War She-Hulk!” Learn the true purpose of the prehistoric Avengers! Uncover the shocking secret of the Iron Inquisitor! Behold the most powerful collection of super-psychopaths that any Earth has ever seen! Watch the Avengers recruit some shocking new members! And follow the Ghost Rider on a quest for vengeance across the Multiverse that will spark an all-new era in Avengers history!
Plus: A bonus story featuring Thor by Christopher Ruocchio and Steve McNiven!

Avengers #50

Batman and Fortnite Return with Foundation!

DC and Epic Games are teaming up again to combine the worlds of Fortnite and the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Batman/Fortnite: Foundation #1 arrives at participating comic shops on Tuesday, October 26

This 48-page one-shot also releases day and date in nine international territories: Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, and Spain. Each physical copy of the comic includes a bonus code to download a special Batman Who Laughs player Outfit and exclusive Batman Who Laughs-themed Fortnite Loading Screen. The Batman Who Laughs Outfit will also be available for purchase in the in-game Fortnite Item Shop on the book’s release date. 

Batman/Fortnite: Foundation #1 follows the successful and critically acclaimed Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point series where, upon arriving on the Fortnite Island, an amnesiac Batman battles unknown enemies and must use all his detective skills to solve the mystery of the Zero Point to find his way home.

Batman/Fortnite: Foundation #1 is co-written by Epic Games Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard, Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point writer Christos Gage and acclaimed Batman and Dark Nights Metal/Dark Nights Death Metal writer Scott Snyder. Art is provided by Joshua Hixson (pencils and inks), Roman Stevens (colors) and AndWorld Design (letters). Snyder’s longtime collaborator, artist Greg Capullo, teams up with Jonathan Glapion, and Matt Hollingsworth for the main cover, with variant covers provided by Alex Garner, plus a premium variant cover by Epic Games CCO Donald Mustard (check local stores for availability). 

Returning to Gotham City after the events of Zero Point, Batman is faced with a new mystery and a new arrival. The Foundation, an enigmatic figure from Fortnite Island, emerges from the depths of Gotham Harbor, and the Dark Knight wants to investigate what he is doing in his city. 

In collaboration with DC and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, clothing designer Extra Butter NY and Epic Games is offering an awesome selection of DC x Fortnite t-shirts and hoodies featuring the sinister Batman Who Laughs. A must for any DC or Fortnite fan, these items are available worldwide

Exclusive Preview: Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #3 (of 5)

Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #3 (of 5)

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Pasqual Ferry (C) Matt Hollingsworth (L) Joe Caramagna (CA) Phil Noto
32 PGS./Rated T
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $3.99

WHAT IF PETER PARKER BECAME VENOM?
The greatest enemies of Spider-Man have banned together to take the new version of Spidey down! They must act fast, as their numbers dwindle at the hands of Spider-Man. While some plan for his demise, others like Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four hope to save him, but is it too late to have the old Spider-Man back… or even Peter Parker?

Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #3 (of 5)

Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals is Getting a Not First Printing

When Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals was initially released, Bad Idea wasn’t sure if they’d release a “Not First Printing” due to the unique nature of the printing. The publisher has decided that while it’s done with whale puns, it’s not done with the comic.

The 72-page perfect-bound format will return due to interest from stores.

Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals features two stories from Matt Kindt with art by Adam Pollina and Tony Millionaire and color by Matt Hollingsworth and James Campbell. The cover is by Pollina and Hollingsworth.

WHALESVILLE x ROCKS AND MINERALS Not First Printing

Review: Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals

Bad Idea dives into the all-ages category with this beautiful comic that features two stories!

Story: Matt Kindt
Art: Adam Pollina, Tony Millionaire
Color: Matt Hollingsworth, Jim Campbell
Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Tony Millionaire

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Zeus Comics


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Review: Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals

Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals

Bad Idea dives into the all-ages arena with this beautifully packaged comic featuring two stories of high quality. Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals delivers a double dose of writer Matt Kindt with two stories that would feel right at home with the Jim Henson Company and some puppets.

Whalesville delivers a familiar story with a group stuck inside a whale. It’s a beautiful story in both its narrative and visuals. There’s a modern classic feel about it including its underlying messages and magical flow.

Kindt delivers a cute menagerie of creatures whose only world is within a whale. When a young boy winds up with them, a debate of where he came from and what might lay outside begins.

There’s a very adorable aspect to the discussion diving into perspectives and how we perceive the world around us. There’s solid lessons within that young children might pick up on and while there’s a minor scary moment, the story is one as a parent I could read over and over.

The art by Adam Pollina with color by Matt Hollingsworth and lettering by Dave Sharpe is magical. With a style that reminds me of the stop motion animation of Wes Anderson. Like the story itself, it’s cute and adorable and just full of detail. It feels like a miniature world and one I want to visit and get to experience for myself. It’s magical story and art.

Rocks and Minerals is a kookier focusing on a world where rocks and minerals have come alive. It too has a theme of the world is more than we see but there are other lessons within. Kindt is joined by Tony Millionaire on art, Jim Campbell on color, and Millionaire on lettering. The story is an interesting one about following authority and exploring the world around you and most importantly not hating things that are different. All good lessons for sure. The art is interesting with the different types of rocks adding a nice layer of fun for inquisitive minds. The ending is a bit abrupt in some ways though delivering a rather odd reading experience.

Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals is something very different for Bad Idea both in content and format. But, it’s another win for the upstart publisher. There’s quirky fun about it that hearkens back to stories of my childhood (the terrorizing 80s). This is one for the whole family to enjoy from the fun stories to the beautiful art. It’s a unique experience on the comic shelf.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Adam Pollina, Tony Millionaire
Color: Matt Hollingsworth, Jim Campbell Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Tony Millionaire
Story: 8.65 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy


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Bad Idea’s Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals Has Sold Out and New Printing is Unknown

The next release from Bad Idea is almost here and the publisher has announced that Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals is sold out at the distributor level.

Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals will debut the same day as ENIAC #3. Unlike previous releases, this comic features a brand-new, perfect bound format featuring two stories in one epic 72-page, ad-free read.

Even with an over-print the comic has sold out. Due to its unique printing its unlikely the comic will receive a “Not First Printing”.

This means, those that must have the comic should contact their shops and make sure they have one reserved.

Whalesville is by writer Matt Kindt with art by Adam Pollina, and color by Matt Hollingsworth. Rocks and Minerals is written by Kindt with art by Tony Millionaire, and color by James Campbell. It features a cover by Adam Pollina and Matt Hollingsworth. The retail price is $9.99.

Locate a Bad Idea retailer here.

First, from the limitless imaginations of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (River Run), virtuoso artist Adam Pollina (Pyrate Queen), and Eisner Award-winning colorist Matt Hollingsworth (Whalesville…duh) comes a very special whale tale for all ages (and species) in the tradition of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli and Pixar!

When young Wawae – the seaborn son of a whaling captain – is knocked overboard and swallowed by an enormous whale, he discovers the town of “Whalesville” – a colorful, cobbled-together village inhabited by all the astounding sea creatures that live in the belly of the beast.  A crab named Caleb, an angler fish called Angela, and a seadragon that prefers to go by Lilly. But, to Wawae’s new friends, Whalesville isn’t just their home, it’s their whole world – they don’t realize they live inside of a whale — and they can’t fathom that Wawae’s father will stop at nothing to destroy the creature that stole his son!   To rescue his new friends and save Whalesville, Wawae will have to convince them of the truth and escape the whale…before his own father sends them sinking into the murky depths forever.

Then, Matt Kindt’s highly developed brain musculature joins forces with multiple Eisner Award-winning living legend, Tony Millionaire, and the color stylings of James Campbell, for a tale of friendship and adventure in the far future.

In the time after the Great Polishing, organic life is no more.  Earth is ruled by highly evolved rubble, rocks and minerals. They walk. They talk. They are free. But their age is just beginning and the world is still a largely unknown and very scary place. When the Rock Queen’s daughter and her two best friends venture into the forbidden unpolished zone, they find the world mankind left behind and meet what they think is a very quiet new green rock. To their surprise it sprouts a head, four legs and a very loud voice. This is no rock. This is Elpis the turtle, and she needs help getting back to her pond in time to lay her eggs. But what is a pond? For that matter, what’s a turtle? The three friends must venture further into the unknown to help Elpis to unravel a secret the Queen herself has fought to keep from her people. A tale of high adventure in the second stone age!

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