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Dragon Age Returns to Comics with Dragon Age: Blue Wraith

Fans of BioWare’s hit fantasy series, Dragon Age, rejoice! Dark Horse Comics is publishing a canonical follow-up comic series to BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition—featuring the beloved character, Fenris.

Bringing Dragon Age: Blue Wraith to life are writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, artist Fernando Heinz Furukawa, and colorist Michael Atiyeh, with covers done by Sachin Teng.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith starts off with the fanatical Qunari seeking to topple the Tevinter mageocracy. Caught in the middle, one powerful young mage’s desperate search for her father brings her face-to-face with a notorious mage hunter—Fenris, the Blue Wraith.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #1 (of three) goes on sale January 15, 2020.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #1

Dark Horse Announces Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat

Prolific Aliens writer Brian Wood, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Michael Atiyeh, letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot, and cover artist Tristan Jones are bringing the terror of the xenomorphs to the printed page once again with Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat.

Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat delves into the formative years of the Colonial Marines. Tying into the events of the upcoming Cold Iron Studios video game, this new series introduces Olivia Shipp, leader of a squad of battle-weary Marines who have defied orders to rescue the survivors of a refinery under siege. 

Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat #1 (of eight) goes on sale September 18, 2019.

Return to the World of Starcrat this July in Starcraft: Survivors

Writer extraordinaire Jody Houser, artist Gabriel Guzmán, colorist Michael Atiyeh, and letterer Steve Dutro team up to continue the tale started inStarCraft: Scavengers. Based on an original story by Jody Houser and Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft game team, StarCraft: Survivors reveals exciting new territory in the StarCraft universe!

After surviving a murderous dark templar’s rampage, a terran space engineer named Caleb is forced to carry out the protoss’s bidding: he must infiltrate a munitions factory in the Umojan Protectorate and find a mysterious source of power.

StarCraft: Survivors #1 (of four) goes on sale July 24, 2019.

StarCraft: Survivors #1

ECCC 2019: Explore more of The Orville in Comics

The Orville Executive Producer/writer David A. Goodman, artist David Cabeza, and colorist Michael Atiyeh are teaming up to bring all the adventures from the crew of The Orville onto the printed page in The Orville Season 1.5: New Beginnings. These all new adventures will consist of two, two-issue “episodes” bridging the gap between the events of the first season of Seth MacFarlane’s hit television series, and the second season now airing on FOX.

The first of these “episodes” starts with The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1 (of two). On their way to a fleet conference, Ed and Gordon investigate a distress signal from a century-old buoy belonging to a Union ship. Back on the Orville, Kelly tries to mediate when Bortus insists on enrolling Topa into school despite him being only a few months old.

The second “episode” begins with The Orville #3: The Word of Avis Part 1 (of two) which sees the Orville intercept a small Union ship en route to the interstellar territory of the easily aggravated Krill. The passengers, originally thought to be a group of xenoanthropologists, turn out to be much, much more interesting and dangerous than the crew of the Orville could’ve imagined.

The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1 (of two) goes on sale July 17, 2019.

The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1

Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis from Dark Horse and Ubisoft this January

Dark Horse Comics and Ubisoft have revealed more information from their upcoming comic series—Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis. Dark Horse and Ubisoft tapped writer Christofer Emgård, artist Fernando Baldó, colorist Michael Atiyeh to further explore the world of Tom Clancy’s The Division in Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis. The gorgeous Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis covers are by J.P. Leon. A must-have for fans of intrigue and tales of survival, this three-issue comic series is the perfect introduction to the post-pandemic world of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, the sequel to Ubisoft’s record-breaking videogame Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Months after a bioweapon attack devastated New York City, the Division agents are the last hope of a United States struggling to hold itself together. During a mission gone horribly wrong, Division Agent Caleb Dunne’s partner is gruesomely killed and Dunne vows to track down the mysterious woman responsible. As he gathers clues to her whereabouts, he uncovers a grave threat to a nation already on the brink of total collapse.

The first issue of Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis goes on sale January 9, 2019.

Dragon Age: Deception this October

BioWare’s bestselling fantasy franchise continues in a new Dragon Age comics series from Dark Horse Comics this October with writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, artist Fernando Heinz Furukawa, colorist Michael Atiyeh, and cover artist Sachin Teng returning for Dragon Age: Deception!

Dragon Age: Deception follows the twisted tale of a con artist in Tevinter. Olivia Pryde, a failed actress turned successful con artist has come to the city of Ventus with a new target: the head of a wealthy house named Calix Qintara. But as Olivia gets closer to Calix, she realizes that he is not exactly who he says he is. And soon realizes that she is in too deep, and that they may no longer be playing her game.

Dragon Age: Deception #1 (of three) goes on sale October 10, 2018.

For more Dragon Age stories from Dark Horse, look for Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown July 31, 2018Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne Deluxe Edition September 18, 2018Dragon Age: The Calling Deluxe Edition October 17, 2018.

Review: Titans Special #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the beginning of the next step for the Titans.

Titans Special #1 is by Dan Abnet, Sergio Davila, Vicente Cifuentes, Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli, Brian Ching, Nicola Scott, Max Raynor, Ben Oliver, LuisGuerrero, Marcelo Maiolo, Michael Atiyeh, Jordie Bellaire, Dinei Ribeiro, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Ben Sharpe, Brandon Peterson, Marie Javins, Rob Levin, and Paul Kaminski.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Demi-God #1

Demi-God #1

Story: Ron Marz
Art: Andy Smith
Color: Michael Atiyeh
Letterer: Steve Dutro
Cover A: Andy Smith, Michael Atiyeh
Cover B: Bart Sears, Nanjan Jamberi
Retailer Incentive Cover A: Jeff Johnson, Michael Atiyeh
Retailer Incentive Cover B: Bob Layton, Michael Atiyeh

The next Ominous Universe title is here! With great power comes great… wait, how does that go again? Demi-God is a contemporary superhero tale like no other. When irresponsible slacker Jason McAndros suddenly gains the power of a god, the fourth wall isn’t the only thing he breaks! As Jason revels in his newfound might, he begins calling himself Hercules and indulging in his every whim.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Supergirl #2

supergirl2fiSupergirl #2 has all the ingredients of an intriguing teen superhero comic: twisted family drama, killer robots, punching, and of course, adolescent awkwardness. Writer Steve Orlando, artist Brian Ching, and colorist Michael Atiyeh give Supergirl quite the hard time as various men in her life keep telling her what’s best for her from Cyborg Superman saying that he’s her dad Zor-El to her classmate, Ben Rubel, interrupting her and getting a spot as one of Cat Grant’s Young Innovators. In light of a male presidential candidate interrupting a female presidential candidate multiple times and still complaining about not having equal time, the events of Supergirl #2 are very relevant as Orlando simultaneously explores the tragedy of Krypton’s destruction and the cutthroat world of new media.

Speaking of media, Orlando and Ching’s take on Cat Grant is fantastic as they start to build her arc as a journalist who wants to go from reporting gossip for the Daily Planet to running an “open source” media empire. She is the most engaging character that Orlando has written this side of Midnighter and his original creation Virgil and gives Supergirl life lessons while Ching makes her throw choice side eye at Kara’s timidity as well Ben’s brashness to interrupt Kara and answer the question. Cat is also self-aware and understands that her ego and cult of personality could lead to fall of her nascent media empire, which is why she is getting the most talented people to research and check the news before she brings it into the world. Even though (for now) it’s missing the warm banter and friendship/love triangles of Catco in the Supergirl TV show, Orlando and Ching’s version of the organization in the comic is much more bleeding edge and intriguing. It will be interesting to see how the company as well as Kara’s civilian life fits into the storyline featuring Cyborg Superman and the return of Argo City.

For most of Supergirl #2, Kara speaks in her native Kryptonian to Cyborg Superman, who claims to be her father Zor-El, and towards the end of the issue, shows her memories that only Kara’s father would know. His story is a tragic sci-fi epic as he subjugates himself to Brainiac to save Argo City and his daughter, who meets in battle as a supervillain. However, Cyborg Superman remembers his life on Krypton when he sees the hope shining through Supergirl. The overly literal connection to the House of El is on the nose, but Atiyeh’s faded reds, blues, and yellows create the effect of long forgotten memories coming to the forefront of Kara’s brain and also make Cyborg Superman a more sympathetic figure. He cares about Kara even though his body possession and robot-obsessed ways are extremely creepy.

supergirl2interiorThree issues in, and Orlando and Ching should be praised for not resolving the conflict between Kara being a native of Krypton and a current resident of Earth as she struggles to fit in. Ching captures her loneliness in a quiet scene where she floats above her bed while her adopted mother, Eliza Danvers, calls out to her. This moment where she finds solace in her special abilities is a perfect transition for Cyborg Superman’s “flashback attack”. Supergirl has been treated like dirt over her peers so maybe a return to Argo City would make her feel better. (If the city wasn’t populated by the main family from Tom King and Gabriel Walta’s Vision.) However, just like she defeats Cyborg Superman with the power of her fists, she uses sarcasm to keep Ben Rubel on edge saying that he only got his position at Catco because of his super interruption abilities.

In Supergirl #2, Steve Orlando, Brian Ching, and Michael Atiyeh take the internal conflict between Earth and Krypton out of Supergirl’s head and into the light of day. Cyborg Superman may speak Kara’s language and give her the offer of a return to her home planet, but his Argo City is definitely not And Orlando doesn’t just focus on the upcoming battle, but deepens the characters of Cat Grant and Eliza Danvers as Kara begins to forge relationships. Ching’s loose, John Romita Jr-esque art style that adds energy to the brawl between Cyborg Superman and Supergirl, and Atiyeh’s nostalgic color palette make Supergirl #2 a comic with both a physical and emotional punch.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Brian Ching Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Supergirl #1

supergirl1coverIn Supergirl #1, Steve Orlando writes Supergirl as the most awkward super teen this side of Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man as she tries to “fit in” on Earth at her new school, with her new family, and with the DEO. It’s a tough task, and Orlando and artist Brian Ching make good use of flashbacks to show how confident Kara was using the more advanced technology of Krypton versus the internal combustion engines and PowerPoints of Earth. The constant scolding from people, like Cat Grant and the DEO head Cameron Chase, doesn’t help either, and by the end of the issue, Orlando and Ching have taken Kara to a sad place.

In most stories, the fish out of water trope is played for a few easy and often stereotypical laughs. (E.g. Crocodile Dundee, Hercules in New York, most recently Thor) Orlando goes for a more nuanced approach in Supergirl #1 and has Kara make little quips about how slide projectors are primitive technology and about her adopted dad, Jeremiah Danvers’, pretty atrocious attempts at speaking Kryptonian. Except these jokes come from a place of deep pain and loss as she simply can’t fit on Earth. Ching opens the comic with a gorgeous splash page of Supergirl flying around one of Jupiter’s moons with Michael Atiyeh putting the red, yellow, and and blues of her costume on full display. And this sets the tone for the comic as Atiyeh uses brighter, richer colors for the Krypton flashbacks and more muted tones for the present scenes set on Earth except when Supergirl is in action. Earth is a dull, awkward place for Kara except when she’s being Supergirl, who everyone likes to criticize.

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The underlying theme of Supergirl #1 is the danger of stereotyping other cultures, especially when they are new to your native country. For example, after Supergirl rescues hostages on a train without the DEO’s permission, Chase uses that incident to rant about how Kryptonian culture was “toxic”, arrogant, and that her going in solo to save the day could lead to Earth suffering the same fate as Krypton. Supergirl doesn’t say much in this confrontation, but her sadness is conveyed excellently through wistful facial expressions from Ching as Chase gets in Kara’s face, asserts her power over her, and passes judgment on an entire culture.

But this stereotyping can happen in other ways, like when Jeremiah Danvers redesigns their living room after some pictures he saw of Krypton. (That happen to be 200 years out of date.) He wants to make Kara feel more comfortable, but this gesture makes her feel even more awkward and leads to her flying out to the Fortress of Solitude. This action is equivalent to a white parent cooking a meal or wearing the “traditional costume” of their adopted child from another country and leads to bad feelings all around as they feel that they can “master” the child’s culture.

Supergirl #1 is an intense exploration of both the immigrant experience (Especially when Orlando has Kara quote the line from the old Superman radio show, “strange visitor from another planet.”) and the general awkwardness of moving to a new area and trying to figure out what people like and don’t like and failing at fitting in. And Steve Orlando and Brian Ching aren’t afraid to end this issue on a down note as Kara is no closer to feeling like she is valued by her parents, peers, and handlers at the DEO. Supergirl isn’t hated and feared, but is treated like an out of place nuisance, which actually is a more relatable experience, even if she can fly and destroy assault rifles with her freeze breath.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Brian Ching Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

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