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Preview: Star Wars Adventures #10

Star Wars Adventures #10

(W) Michael Moreci, Dave Scheidt (A) Michael Avon Oeming, Stefano Simeone (CA) Francesco Francavilla
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Mace Windu and his Lightning Squadron land on the planet Ridlay, which has gone mysteriously dark, expecting a Separatist attack. But what they find instead is a surprise to them all. Then, Zak and Tash Arranda sneak off to investigate a creepy cave, where they find a strange artifact-and a mysterious cult waiting for them!

Star Wars Adventures #10

Preview: Star Wars Adventures #9

Star Wars Adventures #9

(W) Michael Moreci, Vita Ayala (A) Michael Avon Oeming, Devaun Dowdy (CA) Francesco Francavilla
In Shops: Sep 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Mace Windu and his Lightning Squadron land on the planet Ridlay, which has gone mysteriously dark, expecting a Separatist attack. But what they find instead is a surprise to them all. Then, Boba Fett makes his Star Wars Adventures debut as he clashes with Han Solo in the time before Episode IV!

Star Wars Adventures #9

Preview: Midnighter 2021 Annual #1

Midnighter 2021 Annual #1

Written by: Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan
Art by: Michael Avon Oeming

The big finish to the adventure starting all the way back in the conclusion of Future State: Superman: Worlds of War. Midnighter traveled into the future to help get himself out of a jam, only to swap places with his future self. Now, the Midnighter from the future finds himself trapped in a paradox, working his way back to his onetime present to swap places again. Don’t worry if you’re confused-so is he! The key to this whole thing is Andrej Trojan, the nefarious industrialist who tried using Superman’s mission on Warworld to his own end. Midnighter has been carrying Trojan’s robotic skull with him, hunting for the 2021 iteration of the man, and shutting his whole company down before any of this trouble even starts. Finishing the serial, which runs in the back of Action Comics, this time-travel escapade also leads into Superman and the Authority!

Midnighter 2021 Annual #1

Review: Midnighter Annual 2021

Midnighter Annual

After a series of short backups in Action Comics, Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Michael Avon Oeming, and Taki Soma get to wrap up their time travel/action movie/love story/techno-thriller/body horror saga in Midnighter Annual. It’s a good time and Midnighter, Apollo, and Shilo Norman aka Mister Miracle have throuple-like chemistry as they escape from various explosions, killer robots, and try to figure out the mechanics of the whole time loop deal and make sure organic life isn’t extinct while cracking jokes and having heart to hearts. However, Oeming and Soma’s very un-house style-like art and colors are what make this arc such a great read.

Visually, Midnighter Annual isn’t a DC Comic nor a Wildstorm comic: it’s a Michael Oeming and Taki Soma comic. Their power-packed style with a side of flat colors and slight psychedelic elements is front and center in the book from the first action sequence where Midnighter, Apollo, and Shilo fight off Andrej Trojan’s drones/cultists and remember that Midnighter can teleport anywhere. (He didn’t do this in previous issues because it led to Shilo’s death in multiple timelines.) Oeming’s gift for cartooning brings out the different personalities of the lead characters. This ranges from Apollo casually using his godlike abilities to protect the man he loves to Midnighter relishing in each goon he takes out and Shilo stressing out and quipping like standup comic having an anxiety attack to deal with how out of his depth he is. Although their faces (Except for Apollo and Trojan) are hidden by masks, Michael Avon Oeming makes their faces super expressive in his signature style.

Plus Midnighter always perceiving himself wearing a mask (Until the end when we get in true paradox mode.) is the perfect for his visual. It reminds me of a Steve Orlando interview from 2015 where he talks about Midnighter only knows fighting and doesn’t know basic stuff like if he likes the taste of bagels or going to the movies. To get the job done and break the time loop, Midnighter must compartmentalize, and there’s no time for opening up or sharing your feelings even with the man who loves him most, Apollo. Midnighter and Apollo share many embraces and sweet moments across this double-sized comic, but Midnighter never lets him in on the secret that Trojan is literally in his head until nearly the end of the issue. Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad make fun of this with cheeky, innuendo-laden dialogue about threesomes, but you can tell in Oeming’s art and use of negative space that this lack of disclosure has created a rift between this iconic power couple.

However, Apollo isn’t just an all-powerful foil for Midnighter in Midnighter Annual. He gets to have his own personality and reactions to situations including a triple dose of pettiness and being over it all. When Andrej Trojan’s chief scientist releases sarin gas to take out Midnighter and company, Apollo shields them from the poison and backhands his henchmen like he’s swatting flies. Even though he is full of emotional depth, Apollo is basically a god in this comic as Midnighter alludes to a pinpoint line of dialogue from Cloonan and Conrad. He can make gold sparks come out of his hands, and Taki Soma uses a brighter color palette whenever he jumps into action. Part of what Midnighter and Apollo a great couple is their love, passion, and chemistry despite their differences in personality, and Midnighter Annual definitely doesn’t shy away from those.

I think that this is the part of the review where I have to confess that I’m not the biggest fan of time travel-driven stories. However, Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, and Michael Avon Oeming through dialogue and visuals show that they’re more focused on Midnighter’s journey than the nitty gritty of time travel mechanics a la a much weirder (and less incestuous) Back to the Future. In a chilling scene with dark background colors and a nine panel grid layout from Oeming, Midnighter is offered a release from the stress of time loops and stopping the world’s extinction from Trojan, but that would be a total cop out for a guy who was beating baddies to death with a hammer a few issues of Action Comics ago. Between juggling multiple timelines, taking a copious amount of notes, and doing strange things to protect Shilo and Apollo, you know he’s not going to take the easy way out and leans into that complexity.

Even though it’s a non-stop action thrill ride with a garish color palette from Taki Soma and uniquely kinetic art from Michael Avon Oeming that’s an argument against house styles, Midnighter Annual is another installment in the beautiful love story between Midnighter and Apollo, but with some very trippy obstacles. Add in the everyman vibe of Shilo Norman plus the sense of humor in Conrad and Cloonan’s script, and this is is the flashy conclusion to this Midnighter arc that his fans deserve while cementing Andrej Trojan as a memorable member of his rogues gallery as he tries to avoid the thing that closes all of our loops, er, lives aka death.

Story: Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan Art: Michael Avon Oeming
Colors: Taki Soma Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 7.9 Art: 9.0 Overall:8.4 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Second Sight Publishing’s No Other Gods Warns of the Dangers of Fascism Heading Into the 2022 Midterm Elections

Second Sight Publishing is definitely changing things up with their newest series announcement! No Other Gods is a five-issue mini-series set to be released just after July 4th, 2022 and will conclude just a few days before the 2022 midterm elections in the United States in November of the same year. The series is set in a world with enhanced powered beings but other than that tale of fantasy, the series is grounded in the reality of a politically divided nation.

No Other Gods is co-created by Chuck Satterlee (writer) and Neil van Antwerpen (artist). The series will be colored by Mickey Clausen and lettered by industry legend, Tom Orzechowski. Variant covers by Michael Avon Oeming and Steven Bryant have been announced.

Preview: Midnighter 2021 Annual #1

Midnighter 2021 Annual #1

Written by: Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan
Art by: Michael Avon Oeming

The big finish to the adventure starting all the way back in the conclusion of Future State: Superman: Worlds of War. Midnighter traveled into the future to help get himself out of a jam, only to swap places with his future self. Now, the Midnighter from the future finds himself trapped in a paradox, working his way back to his onetime present to swap places again. Don’t worry if you’re confused-so is he! The key to this whole thing is Andrej Trojan, the nefarious industrialist who tried using Superman’s mission on Warworld to his own end. Midnighter has been carrying Trojan’s robotic skull with him, hunting for the 2021 iteration of the man, and shutting his whole company down before any of this trouble even starts. Finishing the serial, which runs in the back of Action Comics, this time-travel escapade also leads into Superman and the Authority!

Midnighter 2021 Annual #1

Preview: Action Comics #1034

Action Comics #1034

Written by: Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by: Christian Duce, Michael Avon Oeming

The Warzoons make their way to the doorstep of the Fortress of Solitude and only Lois Lane and the alien girl Thao-La are there to defend it. That’s because Superman is halfway around the world trying to stop the U.S. from declaring war on Atlantis. The Man of Steel must make a tough choice, and odds are, no one walks away happy. Elsewhere in Metropolis, Midnighter moves closer to the center of Trojan’s empire in the penultimate chapter of his back-up adventure. The story finishes later this month with the Midnighter 2021 Annual.

Action Comics #1034

Brian Michael Bendis’ Jinxworld Heads to Dark Horse

Brian Michael Bendis brings his line of creator-owned titles, Jinxworld, to Dark Horse Comics. The partnership includes new series as well as the reintroduction of classic Jinxworld titles. Jinxworld and Dark Horse have announced the debut of the fiercely ambitious science-fiction odyssey: Joy Operations coming to comic shops in November.

In addition to the launch of Joy Operations, over the next few months Dark Horse will be publishing all new chapters of the critically-acclaimed yakuza epic Pearl with Jessica Jones co-creator Michael Gaydos, the three-time Eisner nominated spy thriller Cover with David Mack, an all-new saga in the Murder Inc. series by Powers creators Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma, plus upcoming unannounced projects by Alex Maleev, Jacob Edgar, and plenty of surprises. All this plus new editions of many Jinxworld titles including PowersTorsoScarlet, and more starting with the critically acclaimed Pearl volumes 1 and 2, with brand new covers by series co-creator Michael Gaydos! AND a new printing of the brand-new sold-out Powers: The Best Ever graphic novel.

In Joy Operations, Brian Michael Bendis teams up with Stephen Byrne for their very first creator-owned blockbuster series.

Fifty-five years from now. Joy is an EN.VOI. A special agent of one of the JONANDO TRUST. Trusts are corporate-owned cities that are the centerpiece of modern society. She rights wrongs for the trust. She is excellent, hard on herself, and driven. Almost a legendary figure in some parts. Until one day a voice pops in her head trying to get her to betray everything she has ever believed.

This meticulously-designed Akira meets Inception journey shows us a new future like only comics can. Joy Operations #1 will also feature a variant cover by David Mack, as well as an exclusive look behind-the-scenes and a look forward to other, brand-new Jinxworld projects coming exclusively to Dark Horse.

Joy Operations #1 (of five) will be in comic shops on November 17, 2021. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

Pearl Volume 1 trade paperback will be in comic shops on March 16, 2022 and in book stores on March 29, 2022. Pearl Volume 2 trade paperback will be in comic shops on April 13, 2022 and in book stores on April 26, 2022. They are available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Pearl Volume 1 and 2 will retail for $19.99.

Powers: The Best Ever trade paperback will be everywhere books are sold January 26, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Powers: The Best Ever will retail for $24.99.

Preview: Action Comics #1033

Action Comics #1033

Story: Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art: Daniel Sampere, Michael Avon Oeming

Atlantis is under attack! Taking in the Warworld refugees also means taking possession of the deadly Warworld tech they brought with them, and holding that much power makes the undersea kingdom a threat to the rest of the world. Can Superman move fast enough to prevent all-out war? Doing so may mean taking the power into his own hands…Meanwhile, some of the escaped Warworld prisoners have found the Fortress of Solitude…and along with it, Lois Lane! In our second feature, Midnighter has gone deep into the Trojan compound and found a very unexpected guest whose path he crossed in Future State-none other than Mister Miracle!

Action Comics #1033

Preview: Action Comics #1032

Action Comics #1032

Written by: Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by: Michael Avon Oeming, Daniel Sampere

“Warworld Rising,” part three! As the Superman family fights to keep the mysterious refugees alive, they find shocking answers about their lost colony. Meanwhile, Atlantis faces destruction by a host of supernaturally powerful sea kaiju, apparently created by the newfound “Warworld fragment”! As other world governments come to understand the devastating power Atlantis now possesses, tensions rise, and the threat of global war looms closer. As this goes on, back in Metropolis, the time-flung version of Midnighter digs deeper into Trojan’s dirty scheme.

Action Comics #1032
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