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Preview: Captain America #702

Captain America #702

(W) Mark Waid (A) Leonardo Romero, Howard Chaykin, Rod Reis (CA) Michael Cho
Rated T+
In Shops: May 16, 2018
SRP: $3.99

PROMISED LAND Part 2
The quest to save his son leads Jack Rogers into the bowels of the Earth, far from the idyllic surface – and a meeting with the descendant of another notable Marvel hero!

Preview: Captain America #701

Captain America #701

(W) Mark Waid (A) Leonardo Romero, J. G. Jones, Adam Hughes (CA) Michael Cho
Rated T+
In Shops: May 02, 2018
SRP: $3.99

PROMISED LAND Part 1
The year is 2314, and the grandson of Steve Rogers lives in the utopian America of which his ancestor dreamed. The legacy of Captain America has been realized – but something sinister lies beneath the surface! Leonardo Romero (HAWKEYE) joins Mark Waid for this very special look into the tomorrow of Captain America, featuring guest contributions from notable artists past and present!

Preview: Harbinger Wars 2: Prelude #1

HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1

Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTÍN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (MAR181990)
Cover B by MICHAEL CHO (MAR181991)
Variant Cover by CARY NORD (MAR181992)
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA (MAR181993)
Pre-Order Edition by KHARI EVANS (MAR181989)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 2nd

Before HARBINGER WARS 2 begins, JUMP ON BOARD HERE with A STANDALONE INTRODUCTION TO THE VALIANT UNIVERSE’s most powerful forces from the master storytellers behind SECRET WEAPONS: Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Harvey Award-nominated artists Raúl Allén (SECRET WEAPONS) and Patricia Martín (BLOODSHOT REBORN)!

The Harbinger Renegades have been scattered across America… battered by the brutal MASSACRE that decimated their ranks.

Now, Livewire – leader of the Harbinger Foundation’s most unusual group of SECRET WEAPONS – is about to incite the coast-to-coast clash that brings them all together in an inescapable collision of power.

Pushed to the brink by the government she once served, Toyo Harada’s former star pupil is about to make an irreversible decision… and deactivate America’s power supply in a last-ditch bid to save the extraordinary individuals called “psiots” from extinction. As a nation goes dark, the paths of our world’s most powerful heroes will soon converge…and the stage will be set for the most cataclysmic confrontation in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Witness the ground-zero moment for the future of the Valiant Universe with a startling, self-contained prelude to HARBINGER WARS 2 – and the perfect introduction to all of Valiant’s biggest icons from one of the most acclaimed creative teams in comics today!

Exclusive Preview: Batwoman #14

Batwoman #14

Written by: Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Fernando Blanco
Color by: John Rauch
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover by: Dan Panosian
Variant cover by: Michael Cho
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Editor: Brittany Holzherr
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 18, 2018

“The Fall of the House of Kane” part two! Vengeance and madness come home to Gotham City! The Many Arms of Death have descended upon the city, bringing a plague that will devour everything Batwoman holds dear—and Alice, Kate’s long-lost sister, leads the way!

Adam Hughes, JG Jones and more join Mark Waid on Captain America #701 & #702

The year is 2134, and the legacy of Captain America lives on…not only shaping the future of the country, but the future of Steve Rogers’ family! This May, series writer Mark Waid will be joined by Leonardo Romero and a host of superstar guest artists such as Adam Hughes, JG Jones, Chris Sprouse, and Howard Chaykin, as Captain America’s storied history in the Marvel Universe is spotlighted in an all-new adventure told through the eyes of Steve Rogers’ grandson!

But this seemingly perfect utopia isn’t exactly the America Steve Rogers dreamed of…

Captain America #701 is out May 2 and Captain America #702 is out May 16. Both feature a cover by Michael Cho.

Harbinger Wars 2: Prelude #1 – Heisserer, Allén & Martín Set the Stage for 2018’s Seismic Comics Event on May 2nd!

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside Harbinger Wars 2: Prelude #1 – a STUNNING STANDALONE INTRODUCTION to the biggest comic event of the summer! On May 2nd, the creative team behind the best-selling Secret Weapons – including Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer and visionary artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín – reunite to deliver the powerful prologue to the SEISMIC, SIX-ISSUE EVENT that will soon reshape the landscape of the Valiant Universe!

The Harbinger Renegades have been scattered across America…battered by the brutal Massacre that decimated their ranks.

Now, Livewire – leader of the Harbinger Foundation’s most unusual group of Secret Weapons – is about to incite the coast-to-coast clash that brings them all together in an inescapable collision of power.

Pushed to the brink by the government she once served, Toyo Harada’s former star pupil is about to make an irreversible decision… and deactivate America’s power supply in a last-ditch bid to save the extraordinary individuals called “psiots” from extinction. As a nation goes dark, the paths of our world’s most powerful heroes will soon converge…and the stage will be set for the most cataclysmic confrontation in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Featuring covers by Raúl AllénMichael ChoCary Nord, and Felipe Massafera!

Review: Shoplifter

It seems like ages ago, when the show, Mad Men, aired on television, as it brought back a certain sophistication to the television landscape, reminding everyone that after a certain age, every man should at least have two good suits. Don Draper, certainly had more than two, and had his own indulgences. The show had great acting and great writing going for it, where they not only showed the world the glamorous side of those yesteryears but also gave the world reality of how it was for women and minorities.

The most prominent character who embodied this struggle, was the character played by Elisabeth Moss, Peggy Olson. She was the viewer’s entry into this world and the many rules that governed who climbs the corporate ladder. Each season, showed how any woman in her position, would subvert perceptions, challenge the status quo, and elevate herself because of her talents and not what society expected of her. In Michael Cho’s brilliant Shoplifter, we meet a woman, much like Peggy, with her own set of struggles, who eventually become the hero of her own story.

In the first few pages, we meet Corinne, a millennial, who has found herself stuck in the same job for the past five years, dreaming of a world where she could have used her degree. As, she is no part of the Boys club, like Peggy Olson, she finds her vices in other places, through shoplifting, a local convenience store several times a week. She endures her day to day, through shoplifting ang socializing with her friends after work, until one day, the local shop clerk, confronts her, which makes Corinne take stock on who she is and what she needs to do move forward with her life. By book’s end, Corinne leaves her, at peace, in full breath, ready to go to the next stop in her journey.

Overall, Cho takes the reader on a journey, that feels melancholy at first, but leads to place where the protagonist is the captain of her own destiny. The story by Cho feels like a procedural, but beautifully develops into a coming of age tale. The art by Cho is gorgeous. Altogether, ultimately Cho gives the reader, a protagonist, who is a mixture of Peggy Olson and Don Draper, making her a force of will.

Story: Michael Cho Art: Michael Cho
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26

SquirrelGirlCoverUnbeatable Squirrel Girl takes a little break in issue 26 for a special in-universe zine comic written and drawn by various heroes, villains, and denizens of the Marvel Universe. In real life, they are all written by Ryan North with Erica Henderson switching roles with her Jughead collaborator Chip Zdarsky to pen a surprisingly sultry Howard the Duck story. It’s a fun sampler that mostly hit and very little miss from the much vaunted series of three panel Galactus gag strips by Garfield‘s Jim Davis to Anders Nilsen and Soren Iverson’s poignant story of Wolverine befriending a Sentinel and shotgunning a beer with his adamantium claws. The series Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has a lot of fantastic action, jokes, and the occasional superhero parody, but it’s a book where Doreen listens to both her opponents and allies and tries to work things out with eating nuts and kicking butts. S

So, it’s fitting, we get this comic that is written by a wacky range of POVs beginning with Squirrel Girl herself who stutters through the intro about his being a fundraiser zine. We get to listen to Kraven, hear Spider-Man’s retort, and see the world through Tippytoe’s eyes, which is drawn and colored in an adorable manner  Madeline McGrane’s art and colors make this frame story definitely look like a zine you might pick up at the local coffee shop or one of those fancy schmancy zine stores in bigger stories. It’s followed up by Chip Zdarsky going the closest he’ll ever get to his work on Sex Criminals in a mainstream comic with Erica Henderson doubling as a film noir director, but more awkward. They use close-ups and small panels of Howard the Duck and his femme fatale/client like they’re egging Marvel editorial to linger on this scene more while adding a funny caption. Zdarsky doing Big Two interiors is a big treat, and he barely holds back.

Tom Fowler’s Brain Drain story is a nice showcase of the underrated Unbeatable Squirrel Girl supporting character and hews the closest to Henderson’s usual style on the book. His take on Brain Drain is philosophical, adorable, and structured like the computer science programs that the character loves. It’s oddly motivational too and worth a reread thanks to its erudite writing style. Speaking of rereads, Carla Speed McNeil draws a Loki comic that only makes sense forwards and backwards and is a great example of how the comics medium allows for flexibility of meaning using Loki as a litmus test. It’s a wonderful double page spread, and the best Loki story since Journey into Mystery.

After this, Michael Cho draws a Kraven the Hunter comic/Spider-Man diss story, which is a pretty fun riff off “Kraven’s Last Hunt” and features dead presidents. His art has a light hearted old school vibe while having a subversive take on superhero/supervillain relationships kind of like the main Unbeatable Squirrel Girl title, but from the bad guy’s perspective. It’s followed up by a one page retort from Spider-Man with some gorgeous, yet still funny digital painting work from Rahzzah, who teams up later in the book to do Nancy Whitehead’s photo collage comic with the help of North, who channels Dinosaur Comics in the strip. It’s a well-designed remix story that will make the non-artists reading this comic smile and the kind of mash-up that you would find in a real zine.

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But the heavy hitter of the bunch is Anders Nilsen and Soren Iverson’s Wolverine story that is fitting for an artist who had done a comic called Poetry is Useless. Anders Nilsen has a minimalist Euro style perfect for a comic about Wolverine getting talked out of killing a Sentinel, who challenges him to look past his shiny mutant killing exterior and team up with him to beat up some kaiju. (Sadly, this part of the story is off panel.) Wolverine gets a big epiphany moment when he realizes that he’s “hating and fearing” the Sentinel just like the X-Men have been treated for most of their career. This story is proof that more Fantagraphics and Drawn and Quarterly guys should draw superhero comics.

Following this weighty, yet fun story is a couple of candy confections. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl colorist Rico Renzi draws an adorable and faux edgy Batman parody starring the one and only Tippytoe. It pokes fun at Batman’s angsty backstory as well as the fact that Tippytoe always plays second banana. Renzi’s art style is similar to the cartoon The Amazing World of Gumball with lush digital backgrounds and colors. Finally, Jim Davis, whose work I was familiar with eons before I ever opened a Marvel comic, transposes the classic Garfield and Jon relationship to Galactus and the Silver Surfer. It’s the same dad-ish, three panel punchline jokes, but told in a more cosmic key, and Davis has a lot of fun showing Galactus doing his planet devouring, face stuffing thing. His literal eye popping Silver Surfer has a similar manic energy to Robin Williams’ Genie in Disney’s Aladdin.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26 is a real treat as independent cartoonists, the creator of Garfield, and even the book’s colorist get to take a stab at some of the more familiar faces in the Marvel Universe while also giving Squirrel Girl’s supporting cast a moment in the sun. It’s sometimes poignant and always funny.

Story: Ryan North, Erica Henderson Art: Madeline McGrane, Chip Zdarsky, Tom Fowler, Carla Speed McNeil, Michael Cho, Anders Nilsen, Rico Renzi, Jim Davis Colors: Madeline McGrane, Chip Zdarsky, Rico Renzi, Rahzzah,Soren Iverson
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall:9.2 Recommendation: Read

Preview: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26

(W) Ryan North, Erica Henderson (A) Razzah, Rico Renzi, Chip Zdarsky, Michael Cho, Carla Speed McNeil (CA) Erica Henderson
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• In this special standalone issue, Squirrel Girl has convinced, cajoled, and otherwise induced her friends in the Marvel Universe to make comics of their own! For the very first time, find out what kind of comics your favorite Marvel characters would REALLY make!
• Will Tony Stark write author-insert coffee-shop alternate-reality comics where everyone talks up how great he is? It seems likely, and yet, he has given us something EVEN CRAZIER to publish!
• Featuring TONS of special guest artists, including a legendary comic strip artist making his Marvel debut!
• This unique view of both Squirrel Girl and the Marvel Universe is sure to make readers laugh, turn the page, read a bit, see a new joke, and then laugh again! It may also make readers say, “Oh my gosh you’ve gotta read this comic; I’m so glad I purchased it at my local comic-book store and will definitely patronize them again in the near future!!”
• NO OTHER COMIC is making this explicit promise this month, so in our opinion you should definitely order our talking squirrel comic book.

Review: Secret Empire Omega #1

Hydra has fallen, but the world is not secure! As the heroes of the Marvel Universe stir from the wreckage of the battlefield, the inevitable rebuilding must begin. One big question hangs in the air over the proceedings: What redemption can there be for Captain America?

This is it (hopefully), the final nail in the coffin that is writer Nick Spencer‘s uneven, poorly thought out, millimeter deep Marvel event, Secret Empire. Secret Empire: Omega picks up after the finale that saw Steve Rogers “return” to defeat Hydra Steve Rogers. And while this epilogue is at times self aware, it also at times falls short of reality playing with grand generaliztions and of course setting up a future that feels like a repeat of the past.

The story, as shouldn’t be a surprise, sees “good” Steve Rogers confront is incarcerated “bad” Steve Rogers where the two spar verbally back and forth and lay out their vision of the world. This seems familiar as Spencer has done this exact same thing before when he wrote Civil War II: The Oath. It’s clearly on purpose, but can’t help solidify that Spencer has a habit of just reworking what’s come before instead of paving  his own new path and narrative (similarities between Secret Empire and Secret Invasion are many for instance).

There’s some good here in that it does a decent job of establishing the status quo that faces many of these characters, especially Captain America, as it is questioned if and how they can recover from this mistrust. Some characters who were declared “dead” are indeed not (at least we’re lead to believe that), shocker, and we’re taken through some of the rebuilding and fallout.

The bad is how easily Spencer and Marvel feel like they’re brushing off the fact the majority of the country fell in line with Nazis (and in one image from Andrea Sorrentino it is impossible for Marvel to claim Hydra is anything but). A double page spread mixes the Nazi Luftwaffe with Hydra. We also get some simplistic worldviews of “I’m good and you’re bad” from each of the main characters. Finally Spencer again doesn’t explore his concepts enough, an issue that has plagued the event. The concept of “fake news” and worldviews is explored in discussion but what that means and its reflection on the real world is barely explored. It just comes down to “some believe the Nazi/Hydra world is the real one and will now fight harder.” It’s not explained why, how this will be perpetuated, or how it touches upon the misinformation that permeates our every day lives. It’s wide in ideas and thin in the exploration and common issue with a lot of Spencer’s work.

Sorrentino’s art is amazing though and that’s the draw here. What is a “talky” issue that features a debate, the flow of the page and layouts are absolutely amazing. Sorrentino is easily one of Marvel’s top art talents and one of the best out there for comics as a whole. While I found myself bored and unchallenged by the writing, the art is enthralling and memorizing. It’s unknown who came up with the artistic choices but Sorrentino’s art is the draw here, no pun intended.

Hopefully this is the end of Spencer’s guiding hand and we can see other writers pick up the themes and concept he’s laid out and run with them in a way that does them justice. The damage has been done and Secret Empire: Omega shifts things towards the healing but in the end gives us a story that’s “sound and fury signifying nothing.”

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Andrea Sorrentino Cover Art: Mark Brooks, Michael Cho
Story: 5.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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