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Preview: Multiple Man #4 (of 5)

Multiple Man #4 (of 5)

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Andy MacDonald (CA) Marcos Martin
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE SECRET HISTORY OF MADROX!
• When you saw many footprints, that was Jamie Madrox… When you saw only one set of footprints, that was still Jamie, but he was carrying the entire Marvel Universe to safety!
• Find out how Multiple Man single-handedly saved the Marvel Universe – past, present and future!

Preview: Astonishing X-Men #15

Astonishing X-Men #15

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Greg Land
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• After the events of last issue, Havok and his team are on the run from the law.
• Plus, the Reavers’ secret mission is revealed!

Preview: New Mutants: Dead Souls #6 (of 6)

New Mutants: Dead Souls #6 (of 6)

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Adam Gorham (CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 29, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• The shocking conclusion is here!
• Magik and the New Mutants have been wondering what their true mission is, and what they discover will shake them to their core!
• Secrets will be revealed…questions will be answered…and it will be the worst thing that’s ever happened to them.

Review: The Punisher #1

Punisher no longer has the War Machine armor, but he retained his newly acquired taste for big game, and he’s hungry for more. However, the paths to such perilous pursuits are fraught with dangers bigger than any Frank has faced before, and this lone wolf could use otherworldly help on his way up to the world stage.

There’s been all sorts of takes on the Punisher. There’s the classic version that wages a war on crime. There’s the one that was brought back from the dead to avenge for God. There was Franken-Castle… which, yeah. And there was Nazi-Punisher manipulated by the evil Steve Rogers. That last one is key here as Frank Castle is attempting to atone for his mistakes as Hydra is rising once again.

Writer Matthew Rosenberg is taking Castle through a journey where he’s attempting to right some wrongs and in doing so giving us a version that’s a mix of some classics. This is more the classic version waging a war it feels like so far but also one who’s on a bigger stage and now viewed as a terrorist not just a psycho vigilante. It’s a logical extension for the character and gives him a character progression and growth we haven’t seen addressed enough in a post Secret Empire Marvel universe. What’s more interesting is the use of characters not normally associated with the Punisher to do so. There’s the Mandarin, Baron Zemo, Roxxon, and even Hydra. It’s an expansion of rogues that feels like a solid move in getting this character more out there and integrated into the Marvel Universe.

The art by Szymon Kudranski with color by Antonio Fabela and lettering by Cory Petit builds off of Rosenberg’s Jaws-like narrative. The art uses the slow build as the action ramps up and Castle is revealed more and more not just physically but also his actions. Kudranski gives us slight sparks of enjoyment as the Punisher uses crazier and crazier weapons. Fabela keeps the color choices minimal using it to enhance the carnage and destruction. There’s some great choices on peppering pages with bullet casings as if they’re flying off the page.

The Punisher is on a mission again and this time it’s hunting for bigger game. It’s a great take on the character mixing the old with the new and bringing back the character into what feels like a force of nature that’s pure destruction and chaos and something criminals and villains need to fear.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Szymon Kudranski
Color: Antonio Fabela Lettering: Cory Petit
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Punisher #1

The Punisher #1

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Greg Smallwood
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Aug 22, 2018
SRP: $4.99

YOU CAN TAKE THE PUNISHER OUT OF THE WAR MACHINE…
Punisher no longer has the War Machine armor, but he retained his newly acquired taste for big game, and he’s hungry for more. However, the paths to such perilous pursuits are fraught with dangers bigger than any Frank has faced before, and this lone wolf could use otherworldly help on his way up to the world stage. MATTHEW ROSENBERG continues pushing the boundaries of the Punisher, and now joined by acclaimed artist RICCARDO BURCHIELLI (DMZ, Northlanders), this is the book Punisher fans will be talking about for years to come!

Preview: Astonishing X-Men Annual #1

Astonishing X-Men Annual #1

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Travel Foreman (CA) Rod Reis
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 15, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Jean Grey and the original X-Men reunite! Following her resurrection, Jean Grey can no longer make sense of her life since becoming an X-Man. Who better to relate to this than Hank McCoy, Warren Worthington III and Bobby Drake? But this reunion will prove bittersweet when they’re joined by an unexpected guest…the former Professor Charles Xavier, X! Why has X revealed himself to his former students? And what strange mission does he want to send them on?

The Uncanny X-Men… Disassembled with Uncanny X-Men #1 this November

This November, Uncanny X-Men returns with a new ongoing series and it all kicks off with a massive 10-part weekly story! X-Men Disassembled brings together nearly every mutant left on earth in a story that threatens to destroy them – an epic tale of mystery and tragic disappearance, with an adventure so earth-shattering, it could very well be the X-Men’s FINAL mission!

Following Uncanny X-Men’s initial announcement at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Marvel is excited to announce the full Uncanny X-Men creative teams! Featuring fan-favorite creators fresh from their own X-projects, Uncanny X-Men brings together acclaimed writers Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson,and Matthew Rosenberg. The three superstar writers will join forces with all-star artists Mahmud Asrar, R.B. Silva, Yildiray Cinar,and Pere Pérez. The first issue features art by Asrar, second by Silva, and third by Cinar. Covers are by Leinil Francis Yu.

Starting this November, the new ongoing series will launch with Disassembled, a stunning and spectacular 10-part weekly epic. Where the series goes from there?

That depends on who survives the experience…

Don’t miss Uncanny X-Men #1, coming this November 14th to your local comic shop!

Exclusive Preview: Multiple Man #3

Multiple Man #3

Story: Matt Rosenberg
Art: Andy MacDonald
Color: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover: Marcos Martin
Logo & Design: Nick Russell
Assistant Editor: Chris Robinson
Editors: Christina Harrington, Jordan D. White
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 15, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE WAR FOR THE FUTURE IS NOW!
BECAUSE WE’RE IN THE FUTURE!
Jamie Madrox – the X-Man you tell people is your favorite to seem cool – is trapped and his allies are dropping like flies! With the enemy closing in, Jamie has time to make one last desperate move… But he’ll need Forge’s help to evade a familiar new villain that threatens the future, the present and the past of the Marvel Universe!

Multiple Man #3 Cover

Review: The Archies #7

Unfortunately, The Archies’ U.S. tour and status as an actual band comes to an end in The Archies #7 where writers Matthew Rosenberg and Alex Segura, artist Joe Eisma, and colorist Matt Herms have them participate in a difficult battle of the bands against the world famous Josie and the Pussycats at the Hollywood Bowl. Rosenberg and Segura’s writing crackles with self-awareness beginning with starting the comic with Reggie doing a fourth wall breaking monologue/recap instead of Archie. Reggie is more of a straight shooter than the optimistic, messiah complex sporting Mr. Andrews and realizes how many chances the band has squandered throughout the series. (i.e. all the band cameos from Blondie, CHVRCHES, Tegan and Sara, and even the Monkees.) However, The Archies do rock individually, but not as a unit, which is their fatal flaw and plays a big role in the conclusion of the series plot.

Even if The Archies get dunked on by Josie and the Pussycats, Eisma and Herms show that they have an enthusiasm and energy to match their power pop sound beginning with the title page. Betty’s hair is flipping everywhere, Archie is being super earnest, Veronica is being cool as hell on keyboards and backup vocals, and even Reggie looks like he cares about hitting his bass notes. When The Archies are actually playing music, they’re pretty fantastic, but the whole interacting after the gig part is not a strong suit for them as is made evident throughout the series and even how they “break up” and react to each other after the battle of the band results. And I like how Rosenberg, Segura, and Eisma play with the slice of life fantasy nature of most Archie comics during the judging stages with long pauses and nice comments to build a little suspense that the band will pull an alternate ending of Rocky and Rocky Balboa. But they don’t, and the story is better for it.

In context of the story of The Archies #7, it makes sense that Eisma draws Josie and the Pussycats like icons with big panels and stage patter plus a little of that salt of the Earth Riverdale humor to keep them relatable. Herms floods their panels with light to show that this is a band that plays stadiums and big arenas while The Archies can barely keep the local dive bar entertained. It reminded me a little bit of the way that David Mazzucchelli drew the Avengers in Daredevil: Born Again, all larger than life while Daredevil is barely able to protect his one neighborhood. And, of course, this unwinnable duel leads to the final bit of band drama, which has been the recurring theme of the series with Jughead and Veronica butting heads. Veronica even does a little bit of upward mobility and joins the Pussycats as a keyboard player in a nice nod to her appearances wearing the cat ears in Riverdale.

Even though their continued success (The fact that they got Blondie to produce their debut EP for one.) is something straight out of a cheesy feel good TV movie, Matthew Rosenberg, Alex Segura, and Joe Eisma spend The Archies #7 deconstructing underdog narratives while still have plenty of rock out splash pages. There are not nice results to The Archies’ in-fighting, and that’s solo careers even though Rosenberg, Segura, and Eisma do leave the door open for future creative teams to explore The Archies’ career as they mature a little bit. (Who am I kidding? The Archie gang will be in high school forever.)

With stunning visuals, actual consequences, and a bittersweet, yet earned ending, The Archies #7 is one heck of a curtain call for this sadly short lived series.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg and Alex Segura Art: Joe Eisma Colors: Matt Herms Letters: Jack Morelli
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Punisher #224

The Punisher #224

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Stefano Landini (CA) Clayton Crain
Parental Advisory
In Shops: May 16, 2018
SRP: $3.99

BACK IN THE U.S. OF A!
• FRANK CASTLE brings the WAR MACHINE armor back to the good old USA!
• Better armed than ever before, nothing can stand in the way of the Punisher’s mission.
• Well, that is, unless CAPTAIN MARVEL and other heroes of the Marvel Universe have something to say about it!

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