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Matthew K. Manning and Jon Sommariva Take on Marvel Action: Avengers from IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing has announced today its exciting line-up of creators for the all-new Marvel Action: Avengers comic book series for younger readers, based on Marvel’s most popular Super Hero team. Marvel Action: Avengers will be helmed by writer Matthew K. Manning and artist Jon Sommariva, introducing a dynamic roster to battle a mega-sized threat, weirder and wilder than any faced before!

In addition to writing Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Batman / TMNT Adventures crossover for IDW, Matthew K. Manning has proven his knowledge of the Marvel Universe as author of the DK Publishing books Iron Man: The Ultimate Guide to the Armored Super Hero and The Avengers Encyclopedia.

Jon Sommariva’s kept very busy at IDW over recent years, illustrating several licensed projects aimed at all ages: Star Wars AdventuresTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures, and – partnered with future Avengers collaborator Manning – Batman / TMNT Adventures.

Advance Review: DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman

When most people who don’t read comics think of the genre and the culture they often think of iconic figures of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. One of my favorite movies is Justice League: Doom which is based on the storyline “Justice League Of America: Tower Of Babel,” which I read first and then years later saw the animated movie. I had the same question, both times, how did Bruce Wayne collect all this intelligence on each of his friends? Thankfully, I wasn’t the only person thinking this, as the good people at Insight Editions have put together a behind the scenes look at what goes on in the mind of Bruce Wayne. We get a chance to discover his notes on every major metahuman, friend and foe, in Anatomy Of A Metahuman.

Concerned about the threat that so-called “metahumans” may pose to the world, Batman has begun compiling a detailed dossier on their incredible physiology and abilities. From villains like Killer Croc, Bane, and Brainiac, to Batman’s own comrades, including Superman and Cyborg, the file brings together the Dark Knight’s fascinating personal theories on the unique anatomical composition of these formidable individuals. This unique book delves into the incredible abilities of DC Comics characters like never before. Using beautifully illustrated anatomical cross sections depicting twelve different DC characters.

In “Introduction,” the reader gets a handwritten note form Bruce Wayne himself, as he lays out the very reason he has put these files together in the first place and how they can help when all the good has gone. In “Superman,” Bruce breaks down his friend and sometimes adversary, as he dives into how Kryptonian anatomy differs from human, though they look humanoid on the surface, as the most fascinating section focuses on his brain and how it is both superior and similar to humans. In “The Cheetah,” the reader get insight into her and Wonder Woman’s relationship and what Steve Trevor initially thought of the subjects. In “Aquaman,” the reader learns about Atlantis and how Atlanteans function almost like most sea creatures except with some rather unique abilities. In “Cyborg,” we learn about Victor Stone’s connection to the Mother Box, and though he may be human he is equally robot. In “Martian Manhunter,” we learn how Jonzz and Martian morphology, and how his need to fit in as human is both fascinating and mystifying. In “Swamp Thing,” we get a deep dive into how chlorokinesis works in his case and how it affects both his powers and his ability to rejuvenate himself. In “Darkseid,” we find out about the New Gods and though they are aliens, they also have deity-like qualities. In “Bane,” we learn how Bane became so strong and how this same elixir has made some foes unusually invincible including one former protege. In “Doomsday,” we find just how dangerous this creature is and why Superman and most Kryptonians both fear and revile him. In “Killer Croc,” we find out how a skin disorder made him into who he would become.  In “Bizarro,” we find the only true irregularity amongst the file,s as his whole physiology was due to defects that could only happen to Kryptonians. In “Killer Frost,” we get an in-depth look at cryokinesis, and just how it works with heat absorption. In “Conclusion,” Wayne laments the attention to detail he wished he gave each subject but wishes to go more in depth, with a promise to release more files.

The book is a deep dive into the characters as the Bruce Wayne gives the readers and painstaking look at each character and also into the mind of Bruce Wayne AKA Batman. The narration and notes by writers S.D. Perry and Matthew K. Manning are very entertaining and capture the character’s voice perfectly. The art by Ming Doyle can easily be in a sketchbook as well as an art museum. Altogether, an entertaining coffee book that can satisfy both comic book fans and pop culture fans equally.

The book is out September 18 and you can pre-order it now.

Story: S.D. Perry and Matthew K. Manning Art: Ming Doyle
Story: 9.4 Art: 9.0 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Rise of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #0

Rise of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #0

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Chad Thomas (a & c)

A new age of mutant madness begins with the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! This special zero issue is your very first look at the new adventures the guys in green will be getting into this fall! Will the TMNT be able to master their new weapons, or will the weapons master them?!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Teen Titans Go! #27

Teen Titans Go! #27

(W) Matthew K. Manning, Ivan Cohen (A) Jeremy Lawson, Erich Owen (CA) Marcelo DiChiara
In Shops: Apr 18, 2018
SRP: $2.99

The team makes an “Appointment with Doom” when they each try to see a doctor. Beast Boy is convinced that evil Insure Ants will attack-and he might be right! And when Robin forces the team to do some “Spring Cleaning,” they discover sentient, angry dust bunnies-and things go downhill from there. Is the team toast?

Preview: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Jon Sommariva (a & c)

The animated worlds of the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon cartoon and Batman: The Animated Series collide in this outstanding mini-series featuring fan-favorite characters from both universes! Villains start to mysteriously escape Arkham and Batman seeks to track them down, but he discovers that they have left Gotham completely… and gone to the New York City of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Collects issues #1-6!

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-909-7

Preview: Batman/TMNT Adventures #6

BATMAN/TMNT Adventures #6

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Jon Sommariva (a & c)

Months after the conclusion to their adventure, Batman and the TMNT discover that the hidden threat has not passed and now Gotham is in danger! A last-ditch effort may be the only thing that saves two worlds!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Batman/TMNT Adventures #5

BATMAN/TMNT Adventures #5

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Jon Sommariva (a & c)

The surprising conclusion to the hit all-ages crossover! Surprising alliances are formed and friendships are tested as the villain behind the cross-dimensional chaos is revealed!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Batman/TMNT Adventures #4 (of 5)

Batman/TMNT Adventures #4 (of 5)

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Jon Sommariva (a & c)

The Turtles must face their worst fears when they confront the deadly Scarecrow! Meanwhile, Batman takes the fight to Shredder and the Joker only to find that the greatest danger has yet to be revealed!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Preview: Batman/TMNT Adventures #3 (of 5)

BATMAN/TMNT Adventures #3 (of 5)

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Jon Sommariva (a & c)

A fiendish alliance unfolds behind the scenes, unbeknownst to Batman and the TMNT as they are forced to fight a Poison Ivy-powered Snakeweed!


Preview: Batman/TMNT Adventures #2 (of 5)

BATMAN/TMNT Adventures #2 (of 5)

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Jon Sommariva (a & c)

The Joker and Harley Quinn escape Arkham Asylum and make their way to the TMNT’s NYC where they meet none other than the Shredder! Meanwhile, will Batman, Robin, and Batgirl be able to form a truce with the Turtles?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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